Posts about IBM

The more I research, the more I discover and understand that the internet of things (IoT) is still very much in its infancy. Many companies I’ve spoken with are still at the paperware stage, with promises of delivering exactly what I need and, of course, satisfying all of my broad expectations with no sight of my requirements. Moreover, each company I’ve spoken with has its own unique definition of what IoT actually is – it’s so frustrating! ...
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Optical networking used to be easy. It wasn’t long ago that most applications could predict how much static bandwidth they would need for the coming year, over-provision that amount just to be safe, and then take a few weeks to deploy the resulting network.  While other aspects of the data center were experimenting with innovative new approaches, the data network was a reliable, if uninteresting, part of the corporate infrastructure. That was before workloads became mobile and dynamic, before data became big and social, and before the economics of cloud computing completely disrupted the industry across practically all market verticals ...
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"Smart City" is one of the trending buzzwords these days. Like all buzzwords, no one really knows exactly what it means, but let me venture a broad definition: a smart city is a city that strives to reinvent itself using technology to improve its efficiency, enhance the service it offers to citizens and visitors and adopt a more sustainable model.
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Once upon a time (Well, actually several different times, depending on how you keep score), there was a fiber "glut" - an excess of fiber carrying capacity. Too much unlit capacity on long-haul routes back in the late 1990s lead to a 2001 market correction among service providers and equipment manufacturers buying into a myth of an exponentially growing Internet with infinite growth potential. I don't think we'll go through another fiber building boom anytime soon, but there are a lot of bits and pieces to indicate more glass will be put to work in long-haul and short haul uses in the years to come.
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Google Fiber’s recent announcement about Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah has sparked a flurry of reactions from other service providers in the US. AT&T and Century made (somewhat dubious) assertions that they would match Google’s Gigabit. Comcast, Time Warner and Frontier on the other hand insisted that no one needs a Gigabit.
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