As mobile data and the demand for extensive bandwidth-hungry content and applications continues to grow, service providers are forced to evolve and migrate legacy high-touch services, and in particular, their authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) infrastructure. In addition, as Evolved Packet Core (part of the 4G-Long Term Evolution) is able to address extensively higher traffic capacity, offer flexible charging models, deliver innovative services and seamless access connectivity, messages-based protocols, like Diameter, are more high touch than ever.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, businesses everywhere are readying themselves for the post-holiday shopping blitz. And with the National Retail Federation predicting that sales will increase by 2.8 percent this holiday season, Cyber Monday promises to be lucrative for retailers that are prepared.
In anticipation of Cyber Monday, online retailers need to assure that tools are in place to minimize downtime when web traffic spikes, and that applications are available as customers make purchases from their mobile devices.
While everyone is talking about IPv6 in light of the IPv4 address space depletion – driven by the increasing demand for mobile and hand-held data services – the actual transition into pure-IPv6 networks and equipments takes place rather more slowly. There are several reasons for that, while the prominent one is cost: Large carriers and ISPs that made enormous investments in their currently deployed IPv4 infrastructure (servers, switches, routers, firewalls, etc.) are not keen to replace this entire equipment at once due to the massive investment that needs to be made. The decision to delay the transition into IPv6 equipment is also driven by the fact that although IPv6 end-user devices become more popular, there is still a large portion of clients that use IPv4 stacks – giving a partial justification to keep the good, old IPv4 equipment.
Tablet computers popularity skyrockets. Devices like Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, ASUS Eee Pad, BlackBerry Playbook and more not only change our life-style, the way we consume content and interact with each other; they also blur the line – and sometimes completely break the boundaries – between our personal and professional worlds, to completely change the way we live. In essence, the tablet is the first, single device that addresses one’s personal AND professional needs – so you might find yourself looking at an end-of-quarter CRM report and a minute after wish your mom happy birthday via email.
Everyone knows that both the bandwidth and scope of mobile applications continue to grow and evolve. It’s all around. Just take a quick look around you to see how many people use their iPhone or other smartphones to browse the Internet, use mobile applications and collaborate – on a daily basis. I personally experienced it a couple of weeks ago when I was travelling to India to deliver business seminars, where I had a video-conference with my wife and daughters using Skype on my iPhone over the hotel’s free Wi-Fi network (and yes, surprisingly… it actually worked just fine!).