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Mobile World Congress 2016 Recap

March 1, 2016 — by Mike O'Malley5

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After all the meetings have finished, the jamon has been eaten, Rioja has been drunk and all the world’s Mobile Carriers have returned from Barcelona, what have we learned?  And does it fit with what we expected?  As predicted, Mark Zuckerberg chided the industry for focusing too much on IoT connections (who would not open new Facebook accounts), but he also spoke about spending more to connect to people in the developing world (who would open new Facebook accounts).

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What to Expect at MWC 2016

February 18, 2016 — by Mike O'Malley0

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Once again another year has started and the Mobile industry will descend upon Barcelona to discuss the latest trends.  There will be the obligatory talks about over-the-top applications. Tech personalities like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will discuss how all people on the planet need a fast mobile Internet.  The Tier 1 Carriers will all discuss their plans for 5G.  I do, however, expect to see some new themes this year that will add new dimensions to this yearly event.

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The Future of Application Delivery: Hyper-Convergence, Micro-Services AND On-Demand?

January 20, 2016 — by Frank Yue0

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I am one of those people that like the concept of instant gratification when shopping.  I like that I can purchase something, and immediately hold it in my hands and use the item, whether it is a piece of technology or a cooking accessory.  This is not unlike what customers expect when they want to access an application on the network.

We live in a hyper-converged, micro-service driven, and on-demand world.  You may agree with that statement, but do we really understand what it means?

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Hybrid Cloud is Not Genetically Modified, But You Can Still Benefit

December 8, 2015 — by Frank Yue0

When I hear IT people use the term hybrid, I recall my background and education in biology.  In the biology community, hybrid usually refers to the result from a combination of two different species or subspecies.  For example, a zonkey is a cross between a zebra and a donkey.  More recently, hybrids have also been associated with the controversial practice of genetically modified crops where genes from completely different organisms are spliced into a plant to provide an otherwise unavailable benefit.  Some strains of corn have had a gene added to improve their resistance to popular herbicides.

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How Application Delivery Can Simplify Enterprise Challenges

June 24, 2015 — by Prakash Sinha0

In enterprise environments it is common for an application to be hosted by a pool of servers, either physical or virtual.  Over time these applications also go through a lifecycle that consists of security patches, maintenance, upgrades to update capabilities, and changes to keep up with trends such as virtualization, consolidation and deployment in a hybrid cloud environment.  For scalability, additional servers may also be deployed.

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Does NFV Have a Place in the Enterprise?

May 18, 2015 — by Jim Metzler0

Jim Metzler is a Distinguished Research Fellow and Co-Founder of Ashton Metzler & Associates and is a featured guest blogger.

Many people associate NFV exclusively with service providers. That’s understandable because the organizations that are most closely associated with the definition and development of NFV, such as the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the TM Forum, focus almost exclusively on service providers. The service provider orientation of these organizations shows up in all of their documents.

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SDN Use Cases: Myths and Realities

February 25, 2015 — by Jim Frey0

Jim Frey is Vice President of Research, Network Management for Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and is a featured guest blogger.

There were a lot of promises made when software-defined networking (SDN) first came onto the scene, and while some real benefits have been experienced, not all promises have been realized, or were even realistic. Such is commonly the case with new technologies: the initial hype exceeds the reality of the situation, but usually there are reasons to hold firm to the trend and take advantage of what the technology does deliver successfully.

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Transformation of the Data Center & Building the Private Cloud, Part 2

December 16, 2014 — by Jim Frey0

Jim Frey is Vice President of Research, Network Management for Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and is a featured guest blogger.

In Part 1 of this blog, we looked at the growing adoption of cloud and Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC), but also the fact that network virtualization choices are many and varied, creating some uncertainty regarding how to proceed.  In part 2, we will look at network virtualization options and how to align for best success.

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Transformation of the Data Center & Building the Private Cloud (Part 1)

December 1, 2014 — by Jim Frey3

Jim Frey is Vice President of Research, Network Management for Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and is a featured guest blogger.

In order to remain engaged and relevant in the long run, a growing percentage of enterprise IT organizations are seriously considering transforming themselves into internal private cloud service providers. The requisite enabling technology is virtualization across all three primary technology domains – compute, storage, and network – combined with a healthy dose of automation and orchestration. Server virtualization is the most mature, and has taught us much with regard to automation and improving IT agility, fueling a desire to extend the model and achieve fluid architectures such as the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

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NFV Application Delivery, Revisited

November 3, 2014 — by Nir Ilani0

About half a year ago I wrote about the adoption of next-generation technologies in the virtual/cloud data center, and focused on Network Function Virtualization (NFV). As more and more network architects and professionals talk recently about NFV, I think it is a good time to revisit NFV and reflect on its concepts and the value it brings.

Today, operators are constantly seeking solutions and standards to simplify their network operation, increase its agility, reduce implementation time of new and advanced network functions, and reduce their TCO. That’s why they are pushing the telecommunication industry to standardize network equipment by using commercially-of-the-shelf (COTS) servers and running advanced network function software on them.