Increasing Prevelance of Open-Source in Telecoms
The last years have seen a strong push for ‘open-source’ in the telco industry. Perhaps as an anti-thesis to the closed, proprietary world of telecom or as an alternative to the slow standardization bodies that have traditionally dominated the landscape. It was hoped that open-source communities would drive innovation and shorten time to market, effectively removing the need of multiple vendors investing in similar infrastructures. But has open-source succeeded in achieving these goals?
In the second of our ‘Taming the Big Four’ blog series, which looks at four key challenges facing power distributors, Marco Berger, ECI’s Head of Critical Infrastructure Solutions, unlocks the door on security.
Challenge #2: Security: how secure does secure have to be?
Let’s be honest, cyber security, or rather the lack of it, has damaged a fair few corporate reputations. We can each probably think of one or two major breaches in the last few years that have caught the power utilities industry napping. Breaches that, with even a slight shift in thinking or approach, most likely could have been prevented.
200G Optical Announcements
In the run up to NGON 2017 in Nice, the hype machines from optical vendors have been spinning up in anticipation of one of the most reported shows in our industry. In particular, there have been several announcements around 200G recently – many touting “first” or “lowest power” or “best performance”. It is important that reporters, analysts, and customers understand what’s going on behind the hype.
When the industry moved from simple on-off-keyed 10G signals to coherent, multi-phase, multi-amplitude 100G signals, we entered a new era of optical communications. Now, technologists can work on improving the baud rate and modulation types of these signals to get ever better capacities and distances.
Topics: Optical Networking
5G: Still picking a winning team
For those of you not familiar with TechXLR8, the event organisers describe it as “A festival of technology taking you on a journey between networks, tech and consumer services”. Techxlr8’s ambitious plan is to bring together 8 disparate, but somehow interlinked, tech showcases; 5G world, IoT World Europe, Cloud & DevOps World, Apps World Evolution, VR&AR World, AI & Machine Learning World, Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Europe and project Kairos.
Standardization Bodies May be Slow Moving, BUT They are Pertinent to Success
Standards… what a boring, old fashioned and backwards oriented term. How can the representative of a vendor that claims to be open, elastic and forward thinking use it in a headline? Be honest… this was one of the thoughts that ran through your mind while reading the title. Now relax and sit back, the following blog might surprise you.
Topics: Enhancing Network Efficiency
Optics is Going Software
I recently gave a lecture at Georgia Tech to a group of graduate students. After the lecture, I had a student approach me and ask, “I am really interested in telecommunications. What areas should I study?” My answer was “Either the fundamentals of high speed optics … or software. Software is where the networks are moving.”
DDoS is a Threat to Large and Small Operators Alike
Most large scale providers manage Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks by spreading the attack over as many servers as possible, and simply “eating” the traffic. This traffic spreading routine is normally accomplished using Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) communities and selective advertisement of reachable destinations, combined with the use of anycast to regionalize and manage load sharing on inbound network paths. But what about the smaller operator, who may only have two or three entry points, and does not have a large number of servers, or a large aggregate edge bandwidth, to react to DDoS attacks?
Topics: Cyber Security
SDN and NFV Landscapes Have Not Gotten Any Clearer
The technical content of this year’s BCE was, as usual, presented by some of the best and brightest minds in telecom. Unfortunately, most of those minds were in agreement that the landscape for SDN and NFV, in particular, has not gotten any clearer in the last year. In fact, in many ways the clouds have gotten denser.