Recently someone asked me why packet transport is so hyped right now. I answered that I don’t see it in those terms. To me, something that’s ‘hyped’ is exaggerated or intensified in a questionable way, and packet transport is none of those things. Rather, I view packet transport as a technology whose time has come.
I am in India, where the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) is hosting two seminars on Carrier Ethernet services. One was held two days ago in Mumbai and the other is taking place today in Bangalore. What’s refreshing about these seminars is that they are centered on real case studies of enterprise pain points and how they’ve been solved. Real-life cases are being presented on everything from medical scan files sent across the globe for physicians’ evaluation, to retail fashion chain inventory communications, to international law firm data sharing and storage. The presentations are then followed by panel discussions and Q&A from the attendees.
Originally, cloud computing was about SaaS (Software as a Service), and now it is a widely used term in the IT industry. Although SaaS has the widest range of associated services and applications, the “as a Service” is widening and the most up-to-date term is Everything as a Service (XaaS). This refers to other cloud computing services, such as the other SaaS (Storage as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), etc. These appeal to enterprises because they reduce the need to buy, maintain and power IT infrastructure. Most XaaS vendors deliver their applications via the Internet, which means that no single service provider (infrastructure or ISP) controls the entire virtual pipe between that XaaS provider and the enterprise. This leaves the WAN managers with little control over XaaS performance and delivery.
What does the future hold for utelcos? Well, while we polish our crystal balls, let’s take a quick look into the past.
Topics: critical infrastructures