In recent years, SDN and NFV have matured from technologies with potential into mandatory requirements for agile, fast and cost-efficient production of communication services. We’re now seeing widespread deployment with communication service providers (CSPs) implementing ambitious digitization projects. Many CSPs are combining this with a transition towards full automation and even autonomous operations, while also minimizing the amount of proprietary hardware. Standard hardware components in combination with network operating systems and software appliances will form the networks of the future ...

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Posted by Teresa Mastrangelo on January 16, 2019

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“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” These days just look to your augmented reality mirror to get all the answers and more! CES never disappoints in showcasing new, cool (and even ridiculous) technology, but for 2019 there was more tech related to beauty – including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 360-degree video capture, facial recognition, and even 3-D printing – than ever before ...

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Amid all of the technological and architectural changes taking place in data infrastructure heading into 2019, the elephant in the room is the internet of things. Even without the prospect of millions – no, billions – of connected devices feeding data back to processing centers, and vice versa, the world was on a trajectory of exponentially larger volumes every year. Now, that process has been kicked into even higher gear, and networks are on the front lines in the effort to keep it all on track ...

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and an excellent start to 2019. Well, for me, Christmas dinner was somewhat in doubt, since the wife (Sarah) and I, in our profound wisdom, decided to have a new kitchen fitted. Unbeknown to us, something we found out later when all the chaos came to a conclusion and the dust literally settled, was that the neighbors were taking bets and the odds weren’t in our favor ...
 
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Did you visit any of this year’s major communication conferences? If so, I’m sure you noted service providers and vendors talking a lot about the increasing relevance of the network edge. There’s a common understanding that powerful edge servers will soon be hosting virtual network functions and control processes in proximity to the customer or an enterprise appliance. But what might look like a logical complement to central clouds needs to be seen as a disruptive change to long-standing network design best practices, with complexity being centralized to create economies of scale and operational savings. So what created this shift in network architectural preferences and how will this unfold next year?
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