Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization (NVF) themes
dominated workshops and side conversations throughout the PTC 2015 venue in
Honolulu, Hawai'i this week.
SDNs, or more specifically provisioning automation platforms service provider
interconnections, and have crept into nearly all marketing materials and
elevator pitches in discussions with submarine cable operators, networks,
Internet Exchange Points, and carrier hotels.
While some of the material may have included a bit of "SDN Washing," for the
most part each operators and service provider engaging in the discussion
understands and is scrambling to address the need for communications access,
and is very serious in their acknowledgement of a pending industry "Paradigm
shift" in service delivery models.
Presentations by companies such as Ciena and Riverbed showed a mature service
Modern Data Centers are very complex environments. Data center operators
must have visibility into a wide range of integrated data bases,
applications, and performance indicators to effectively understand and manage
their operations and activities.
While each data center is different, all Data Centers share some common
systems and common characteristics, including:
Facility inventories Provisioning and customer fulfillment processes
Maintenance activities (including computerized maintenance management systems
) Monitoring Customer management (including CRM, order managemen... (more)
The Changing Face of Technology and Innovation
A friend of mine's son recently returned from an extended absence which
basically removed him from nearly all aspects of technology, including the
Internet, for a bit longer than 5 years. Upon return, observing him restore
his awareness of technologies and absorb all things new developed over the
past 5 years was both exciting and moving.
To be fair, the guy grew up in an Internet world, with access to online
resources including Facebook, Twitter, and other social applications.
The interesting part of his re-introduction to the "wired... (more)
Carrier hotels are an integral part of global communications
infrastructure. The carrier hotel serves a vital function, specifically the
role of a common point of interconnection between facility-based (physical
cable in either terrestrial, submarine, or satellite networks) carriers,
networks, content delivery networks (CDNs), Internet Service Providers
(ISPs), and even private or government networks and hosting companies.
In some locations, such as the One Wilshire Building in Los Angeles, or 60
Hudson in New York, several hundred carriers and service providers may
Focusing on Cloud Portability and Interoperability
Cloud Computing has helped us understand both the opportunity, and the need,
to decouple physical IT infrastructure from the requirements of business.
In theory cloud computing greatly enhances an organization’s ability to not
only decommission inefficient data center resources, but even more
importantly eases the process an organization needs to develop when moving to
integration and service-orientation within supporting IT systems.
Current cloud computing standards, such as published by the US National
Institute of Standards a... (more)