Part 3 – Service Provider Platform as a Service
The first blog in this series explained how service providers are exploring use of cloud software engineering techniques to achieve service agility and operations automation. The second blog covered two essential techniques, microservices and containers. This blog covers the third piece, the platform-as-a-service or PaaS. Together they enable DevOps benefits of being able to develop, test, release, update, and maintain software rapidly and reliably, to provide a competitive advantage in delivering applications to end-users.
Next Generation Communications
The media and broadcast industry is evolving at an extremely rapid pace. We now expect high-quality from all of our media content, whether this content is from pre-recorded shows, live outside broadcast (OB) events or even incidents unfolding in real time. As a consumer, I also expect to be able decide on how to consume my content, real time, on-demand or a mixture of these where I skip between real time and on-demand.
To achieve this, it is essential that the communications network supports the broadcasters in delivering this high-quality content, when and where it is needed in the network. This is best achieved by taking specialist media solutions and linking them with specialist telecoms solutions that extend these media capabilities across a countrywide network.
Are We Moving Back to Fixed Cells?
One of the core issues of the argument between Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and the Internet Protocol (IP) was the fixed cell size. While IP network rely on variable length packets, ATM, in order to facilitate faster switching speeds, and in order to interoperate better with the many different Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) physical layers, specified fixed length cells. IPv4, in particular not only provides for a variable length packet, but fragmentation in flight. The figure below illustrates.
The Easiest Way to Upgrade Your Optical Network
Another David Bowie song… this time leading to a topic which once was everybody’s darling, but never really took off. Yes, this is going to be a plea for deploying alien wavelengths in your network, either as a replacement or as an add-on… to save you a lot of time and money.