For those that don’t know SGTech, it is a conference focused on power companies, both distribution (DSOs) and energy transmission (TSOs). The conference focuses on how these companies can move to embrace the smart grid with substation automation, SCADA, control room technology, smart meters and telecommunications.
This is the eighth and last blog in a series of blogs on the topic of the evolving enterprise WAN that is based on a survey that was completed in May 2016 by 110 network professionals. The previous blogs were:
So MWC is behind us :-). And the telecom industry can breathe again, or at least we all hope so. Every year it seems to me that the industry officially launches itself at MWC – and perhaps with good reason. After all nearly 108K visitors attended this year. Maybe not as many as the organizers hoped, but definitely up from 2016.
In consumer marketing we are familiar with the concept of giving a way one product (or selling it at a heavily discounted price) in order to build a market for even larger sales of another product. Giving away the razor to sell the blades is the classic example, and a more modern one is giving away the printer to sell the ink cartridges.
When initially introduced into the market, optical encryption was a niche application looking for a market. Optical encryption protects primarily against fiber tapping and traffic cloning, which were not viewed as widespread threats a few years ago.
The original Path Computation Element Protocol (PCEP) work dates from the early 2000’s, with the first IETF RFC (4655) being made informational in 2006—which means PCEP predates the time when SDNs were “cool.” PCEP was originally, because of the increasingly complex nature of computing Traffic Engineering (TE) paths through (primarily), Service Provider (SP) networks. Three specific developments drove the design, standardization, and deployment of PCEP—