Posts about Physical Layer

When I was a kid, spying was something countries did to maintain the upper hand in war, trade negotiations, bragging rights and financial gain. The tools of the spy trade included listening/recording devices, super telephoto lenses, a submarine, a stylish and aloof international man or woman and, most importantly, a very fast car, plane or speed boat. At least, that’s what the James Bond movies led us all to believe ...
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At the recent Mobile World Congress, I heard many operators express an interest in analytics. They could see its potential to enrich customers’ user experience and offer new services. Many seemed to grasp how the basis for innovative services customized to user interest and user preferences can be built by correlating data from service connectivity, application types, service context, and performance metrics among others. Such data can also be used to identify malicious attacks on a network or on individual users, giving operators the chance to initiate counter action, preventing damage and mitigating the impact ...
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Data security has become the key concern of businesses everywhere. Following last year’s high-profile breaches and the damage to reputation and revenue caused by the fallout, enterprises across the world are waking up to the fact that their networks are fundamentally insecure. For IT operators in all major organizations, protecting the integrity of their network is now the most significant challenge. They know that attacks can come from any direction, including from cyber criminals and secret service organizations who may be hacking into portals to steal data or simply eavesdropping on data sent over WANs to collect information such as unencrypted passwords. The other growing trend is to finally focus on protecting data as it moves outside the walls of organizations and data centers ...
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2015 was a seminal year for data center interconnect (DCI) technology. It was the year that ever increasing spending by big data center operators and Internet content providers finally made the communications industry take note. No longer second fiddle to large Tier 1 Service Providers, large data centers were finally heard when they said “we need something different”. And the optical communications industry responded in a big way, not just tweaking existing products, but launching entirely new product lines to serve their big needs (and big spend). But if DCI hype reigned supreme for 2015, what does 2016 have in store for us all? Well, with the disclaimer that one predicts the future at his own peril, there are 5 major trends that I think show signs of being huge for DCI in 2016: 1. Power Efficiency Will Continue to Dominate - Power efficiency has always been important to DCI and it will stay on the agenda in 2016. Data center operators have plenty of money and space, just not power. They are literally building underfilled warehouses in the hopes that future power efficiency gains will allow them to fill them to capacity ...

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In 2015, several high-profile data breaches made cybersecurity a major talking point. As the companies involved still try to repair the damage to their businesses, the key question is what lies ahead in 2016. Cybercriminals aren’t going anywhere and, with more and more data moving to the cloud, network security will continue to be a key concern. Here are some thoughts on what security trends we can expect to see next year: 1. Cybercriminals Will Be Just as Busy - Unfortunately, communication networks are an increasingly attractive hunting ground for criminals, activists and terrorists motivated to make money, get noticed, or even bring down corporations and governments through online disruption. Several high-profile hacking incidents made the news in 2015. We should brace ourselves for more cyberattacks in the new year. 2. There’ll Be More Data Protection Regulation ...
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