About Doug Mohney

Doug Mohney has clocked over 20 years in the ICT arena between working in real-world businesses and writing about them. He has written for a diverse group of publications over the past dozen years, including Boardwatch, Mobile Radio Technology/Urgent Communications, The Inquirer, and VON Magazine, covering telecommunications, the Internet, and online video. He is currently a contributing editor at TMCNet (www.tmcnet.com) and Editor-in-Chief at HD Voice News (www.hdvoicenews.com).

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technology is on a roll this month, notably with all the action at Mobile World Congress 2015. It's especially attractive for the wireless world, as the shift to all IP networks with the deployment of LTE enables mobile network operators to manage, scale, and shift around virtual resources within the network ...
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Over the past six months, there’s been a lot of talk about building a new, faster, better stronger Internet. A chunk of the discussion is driven by the proliferation of 4K video, the next new Big Thing being pushed by the broadcast industry since 3D video up and died. I think we all need to take a deep breath and get a reality check on the headaches that exist trying to tweak the status quo.
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You may or may not take your high-speed fiber connection for granted, depending on how much trouble it took to get it. If you look behind the curtain, local and long haul fiber optic connections are run in some pretty predictable places, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Knowing where and how your high speed connections are routed can provide insight both into the nature of the arcane business of rights-of-way and (more importantly) the ability to be aware of when and how service can be interrupted.
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Big data is the latest Big Concept to sweep the business world. It's the collection of data sets so large -- scary large, as I like to think about it -- that it becomes difficult to process using traditional applications. Dedicated server farms are necessary to collect, store, and process through terabytes to petabytes of information to spot patterns, extract pertinent results, and everything else one might want.
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In a networked and cloud-based business era, broadband may be the most essential pieces for business continuity and disaster recover. It's easy to plan for the expected -- but disasters rarely follow what is written down on a plan conceived on a sunny weekday between 9 to 5. Let me strongly recommend that you review, verify and sanity check your business continuity plans for 2014. If you don't find at least one area to change after a full review, you might want to reconsider how valid your review is in the first place.
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