We’ve all heard about the recent global ransomware attacks Petya and WannaCry. The news instilled a sense of fear in businesses around the world, as they illustrated that cybercrime doesn’t discriminate and organizations of all sizes in every industry are potential victims. Despite these high-profile attacks throwing cyber security into the mainstream media, knowledge on how to address cybersecurity varies widely, especially for small and medium businesses (SMBs). This in itself, provides a unique business opportunity for communications service providers whereby they can help address key cybersecurity challenges facing the SMB market.
Breakfast and Technology a heady mix
For those of you that are not aware, a 5G innovation centre was recently opened in Basingstoke, UK. The opening was held in the form of an event breakfast to launch the centre to the business community that is likely to be impacted by 5G. The innovation centre puts Basingstoke at the forefront of the UKs push to get businesses and consumers ready to understand the benefits that 5G can bring to them. The innovation centre provides one of biggest test beds for 5G networks in Europe and it links directly to the University of Surrey’s 5G research and development centre.
Part 2 – Microservices and Containers
When Service Providers (SPs) look to the future they see a tsunami bearing down that threatens to drown their traditional world. The over-the-top (OTT) delivery of cloud-based services has already diminished the SP role in many cases to being a pipe supplier and bit transporter. Cloud services are now also beginning to endanger SP’s value-added business, residential, and mobile services.
In my last article, I discussed hyperconvergence at the network edge—the concept of composable systems and a scalable set of compute, storage, and network access resources. As the networking market often follows the compute and storage market in a broad sense, it would seem some thought around what hyperconvergence in the network itself might look like. What were the components of the hyperconverged system at the edge?