People have been telling stories with pictures since early man painted scenes of animal hunts on cave walls. These stories often recorded military victories, such as in Egyptian hieroglyphs and battle tableaus featuring chariot riding pharaohs, Assyrian palace bas-reliefs depicting monumental sieges, and the war columns of the Roman emperors Trajan and Marcus Aurelius. These were the YouTubes of their day.
Probably more than any other industry sector, the telecommunications market has the habit of jumping from one hype cycle to the next, with only short phases of realism and depression in between. As opposed to other industries, both vendors and customers seem to be participating in this vicious circle - ‘full steam’. Neither side wants to be woken up, let alone stopped.
The name "chicken" has its origins in a game in which two drivers drive towards each other on a collision course: one must swerve, or both may die in the crash. The driver who swerves will be called a "chicken".-- Wikipedia
The demand for mobile data is spiraling as we all consume more and more services, especially video. Did you know that video now makes up more than 70% of the traffic traversing the network? This traffic explosion has put immense pressure on current networks. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that ~40% of services providers have already announced that they intend to roll out 5G networks.
In the old westerns (often actually shot in Italy or Mexico, rather than the Western United States), when a new gunfighter strolls into town there will always be that fateful moment when someone will say, “this town ain’t big enough for the two of us.” Then some arrangement will be made to meet at dawn on the main street. In the routing world, the problem is often not too many gunfighters, but too few, particularly when it comes to routing stacks. There are a few, of course, including Cisco, Juniper, IP Infusion, Ericsson, and some other well-known names.
Data Center Interconnect (DCI) having a significant impact on the optical market, both from a demand standpoint and from a requirements standpoint. While still a relatively small part of the overall market, DCI is growing quickly and has allowed exciting new players like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft to get involved in the optical market. Estimates are that DCI represents 30% of the total DWDM market at the moment.
Over 200 years ago, Richard Trevithick developed the first high-pressured steam locomotive and used it to haul a train along the Penydarren tramway. Just 15 years later Stephensons’s Rocket won the Rainhill Trials and became the template for most rail transportation for the next 150 years. Anyone still around from those days would probably find today’s rail infrastructure very familiar, with locomotives still hauling trains over standard gauge metal rails.
At this year’s OFC conference and in many articles before and since, the impact of China on the optical market has been a huge topic of conversation. Financial models for the industry are being thrown off by the huge consumption of the Chinese carriers. Analysts are reporting that certain components, especially high speed optical components, are essentially sold out through the middle of next year due primarily to the demands in China.
Topics: Optical Networking
The field of artificial intelligence (Al) has tickled human interest for decades. It began in earnest in the mid-20th century when a group of scientists and programmers presented the world’s first true “artificial intelligence program: the Logic Theorist”. Since then, top scientists and practitioners have proven repeatedly how we can teach computers to do human tasks.
To protect the innocent, hereafter component vendors will be called A, B or O. And I swear that I started writing this blog prior to the announcements in the last weeks…
Kudos to the organizers who do a great job of keeping this long running event fresh and relevant, even as they continue adding acronyms to its name. I had the distinct pleasure this year of presenting an opportunity for SPs to offer cyber security as a managed service to business customers, by exploiting network function virtualization.