Automobile manufacturers initially sold cars to wealthy families. The automobiles were expensive and uncommon because the production of the vehicles was labor-intensive and took a long time to produce. Henry Ford changed the way cars were built by moving from individual teams that required the time and expertise to build a car from start to finish, to a process that automated the assembly line with people owning individual tasks along the assembly line.
Load balancing technologies are still needed when businesses put their applications in the cloud. One of the primary reasons people are putting their applications in the cloud is because they want the applications available anytime and anywhere.
The cloud infrastructures are designed to provide a unified service that makes their applications available without having to understand or deploy many of the complex technologies that provide application availability and resiliency.
In retail marketing, companies often try to add value to a product with the addition of extra items that are discounted or free. In the words of one of the infomercial kings, Ron Popeil, ‘But wait, there’s more!’. While I may have been originally interested in a set of Ginsu knives, the bonus vegetable dicer sealed the deal.
Carriers converged on Singapore last week to discuss the state of the industry and plans for 5G. Singapore remained the same as ever. Hot and humid weather dominated the banking and shopping mecca in SE Asia. The global slowdown is being felt there, particularly in the continued slide in housing prices, which peaked here in 2013.
Amid this environment, most major APAC Carriers don’t plan to roll out commercial 5G services until 2020. Highlighting the need for continued technical trials, finding the elusive 5G killer app, and the continuing evolution of 5G standards, the APAC Carriers showed little resolve to push 5G commercially prior to 2020.
Last week in Denver, Carriers discussed their plans to migrate their networks to NFV and SDN, and what they’ve learned so far. Some themes were predictable. Carriers see agility and service innovation as the key drivers for their NFV/SDN deployments. This driver is fundamentally more important to them than cost reduction, though they are seeing reduced costs in deploying NFV over proprietary hardware. Accordingly, the new generation of Open Source Standards bodies (OPNFV, ONF, and ODL) is seen as more important than the traditional IETF and ETSI standards bodies since it’s through them that Carriers see the ability to compete with more agile open source deployments. However, the presiding theme throughout the conference was that Managed Security Services are clearly on Carriers’ minds as they make this transition.
A few months ago, I attended the 5G World Congress and listened to discussions around the many challenges and technical requirements facing 5G technology.
The questions everyone wants solved are:
- Which services actually require 5G access technology? What types of content demand the fastest service? According to lectures delivered by leading mobile service providers such as DoCoMo and KT, 5G networks need to deliver higher date rates to support applications such as 3D hologram video, VR and live broadcast.
- How will the networks support the exponential growth of end-devices requiring service brought about by IoT? As IoT end devices are carrying different ARPU models, 5G should address this challenge in improved cost per bit technology.
- What is the best way to support critical services such as voice, and how to build private networks (e.g. for connected antonyms driving cars) with zero latency and improved QoS, avoiding outages?
As 5G will be commercially launched only during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, it was agreed that the road to 5G will be via GIGA LTE that delivers 1Gbps data rates already.
I am a self-professed nerd or geek. I like technology and what it can do for me. I like to go to the electronics store looking for items that I
need want. When comparing the different models and brands, I will tend to drift towards the higher-priced gadgets that have all of these great features in addition to the function that I need.
For example, I recently purchased a Swiss Army knife. I needed a new pocket knife and wanted something that was functional and versatile. The knife I ended up buying has two knives, a screwdriver, can opener, bottle opener, corkscrew, wood saw, awl, toothpick, and tweezers. It is nice to have all of the additional functionality if I need it. But, in reality, 99% of the time I use my Swiss Army knife just to cut things with the knife blade.
You never know what you are going to get when you take something from a box of chocolates. I can guarantee you that sometimes you will get one that you like, and other times, well, you know. When I was younger, my mom used to pick up a chocolate and poke through the bottom of it to see what was inside. If she didn’t like it, she would put it back in the box for someone else (read: the kids) to eat.
Managing security on the network is very similar. There are many different types of attacks and it is important to have security solutions that can manage as many as possible. Some of the attacks are easy to identify and mitigate, while others are less appetizing to deal with. Different attack types need to be detected and mitigated. Like my mom, some attacks are better suited to be identified in one location and mitigated (eaten) in another.
IT architectures are evolving rapidly with the introduction of virtualization, cloud, software-defined data center (SDDC), and DevOps models. They are changing the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) technology landscape and how ADCs integrate into IT environments today. Core ADC technologies are mature and stable. Basic load balancing technologies have been around for 20 years. Organizations are looking for ways to integrate ADC functionality into these new IT environments.
Gartner has released their application delivery controller (ADC) magic quadrant for 2016.* We believe that the Magic Quadrant shows a shifting landscape for ADC vendors as IT architectures evolve and companies incorporate ADC technologies into their designs.
Applications need to change quickly and easily in today’s fast-paced world of the internet. DevOps is bringing applications the ability to morph and evolve the same capabilities that the cloud has delivered to IT infrastructures. Applications require constant adjustments and fine tuning to meet consumer and market requirements. DevOps offers application development a flexible process model that delivers the agility and elasticity benefits found in cloud architectures.