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
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.
Some service providers are regarding the strongest users of their network as their worst enemies… the OTT’s. Those mystic folks who reside in data centers, earn billions and billions and don’t even have an own network.
Every network operations center (NOC) manager dreams of the day when he or she can relax on the beach without worrying about monitoring or maintaining their network. Or, more realistically, NOC managers are waiting for the day that they can put the network on autopilot, freeing up their time and resources for more ‘meaningful’ tasks.
This is the sixth post in the series – Strategies for Maximizing Network Efficiency
As networks grow and become more complex, an increasing amount of network designers are turning their attention to power consumption. Along with spiraling costs, service providers are also facing a space issue as they try to jam more and more servers, racks and cooling equipment into a single location.
This is the third post in the “Strategies for Maximizing Network Efficiency” series It wasn’t too long ago that service providers competed fiercely and invested heavily to be the first to lay fiber on a grand scale. The benefits were clear – its highcapacity for carrying data, guaranteed consistency of signal transmission over long distances and immunity to electromagnetic interference made it an ideal transport solution. However, just because these resources are long buried doesn’t mean they should remain static.
When it comes to getting more out of the network, service providers can either add capacity or put existing assets to better use. Today we'll be talking about network functions virtualization – NFV — and how it helps service providers transform networks to be more flexible and agile. When implemented, NFV gives services providers the freedom to change how existing assets are used in response to evolving customer needs – all without leaving their management console.
Today people talk about making networks more agile, flexible and scalable as if that kind of transformation were trivial and companies just don't feel like making the necessary adjustments to keep pace. What those people seem to be overlooking themselves is just how complex these networks really are. With so much traditional technology embedded throughout a service provider environment, it would be extremely expensive to try to replace everything overnight.
Topics: Enhancing Network Efficiency
I understand that in the Blogosphere 8 weeks is a long time between blogs, especially in the corporate world. But five months??? That's a lifetime – for some startups anyway. But let's face it, the blame for this lack of communication usually falls on the new guy and, well, yes… that's me. I have replaced Sandra Welfeld here at ECI as Head of Marketing Communications and Sandra, the former mistress of this blog, has decided to move on.