Posts about Network Infrastructure

In the last few years, Data Center Operators and Internet Content Providers (ICPs) have grown from being just footnotes on analysts' charts to dominating transport bandwidth consumption. A pervasive question in the press this year has been how much bandwidth do the new kings of consumption really need? One prognosticator will claim they need as much as they can get, and would buy a Petabit if made available today, while another industry sage proffers a single Terabit will suffice for the foreseeable future. So who's right? It turns out, both. To illustrate the point, let's look at two ICPs in the exact same line of business, similar in size, global reach, and number of subscribers. Both have hundreds of thousands of servers running in leaf and spine configurations. Computing clusters are formed by groupings of these servers and switches between them. These clusters used to be ...

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The telecommunications market is facing disruption from all directions as the traditional roles of the communications, broadcast and IT industries converge. This convergence is enabling new services and business models, but also a reinvention of the telco into a new type of CSP that is decidedly different to the traditional model. This new CSP is also a full-service IT provider – in which traditional telco services run over the data network with an increased focus on business-to-business services ...
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It's difficult to imagine how a financial crisis could help a city. How it could stimulate thought and drive innovation forward. Yet it appears this is exactly what's been happening in Europe over the past few years. While many of us have focused on the continent’s financial recovery and growth, others have been busily using Europe's economic doldrums to kick-start long-term change and create a new vision for a smart and sustainable future.
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Earlier this year, I gave one of the biggest keynotes of my career at OFC/NFOEC. The focus was whether or not the optical networking industry has lost its mojo. At the time, I didn't realize how many conversations this topic would start. Since then, thousands of people have watched the video of my keynote and reviewed the supporting slides. What's more, people continue to start discussions with me on this topic.
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