Right now, we’re at the infancy in the development of a whole new layer of added business value. AI and especially deep learning have tremendous potential to improve network planning and operations. You can get dizzy thinking about how much data is collected and monitored each day in networks across the world, and yet the vast majority of it goes ignored. It’s only when some network failure occurs that we dig into our pile of data to understand what happened ...

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The enterprise’s insatiable demand for bandwidth shows no signs of letting up any time soon. In fact, if current trends continue, it’s about to expand dramatically both inside the data center and on wide area infrastructure. But adding bandwidth is not simply a matter of widening the pipe. More bandwidth means more complexity, faster throughput and improved layering and segmentation to accommodate workloads of various types and sizes. And it all has to be done with an eye toward the future so you don’t end up repeating the process a few short years from now ...

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Here’s a sentence that hasn't been written too often. It's one that is music to the ears of security pros and the organizations for which they work: "There is some good news about ransomware." Ransomware of course is an existential threat in which a computer or computer system is taken over by hackers who prevent access to files unless a ransom is paid. The good news is that the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center said that last year ransomware attacks fell. The reduction was not incidental: 2,673 attacks were reported in 2016 and 1,783 last year ...

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Communication service providers will remember the days when service innovation cycles took many months or even years. The process was long and troublesome, starting with the operator’s idea for a new service, followed by detailed technical discussions with the network supplier, feasibility studies and estimations of related development efforts. Contracts for feature extensions were signed. As new hardware became available, system integration and testing had to be performed. Finally, a new service could be launched. By this stage, many months or even years had passed and the conditions that made the service attractive in the first place may no longer exist ...

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Service providers are working to replace customer premises equipment (CPE) appliances with software running on a standard platform referred to as universal CPE (uCPE). They also want to minimize the steps required for setting up uCPE, both in the supply chain and at the customer site. In an ideal situation, the deployed uCPE would not require user intervention, and there would be no need for a technician on site. This is what we refer to as zero touch ...

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