About Arthur Cole

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Arthur Cole is a freelance journalist specializing in the hi-tech communications and information field. Prior to striking out on his own, Arthur held editorial positions for a wide range of technology publications, covering such industries as audio/video production and distribution, multimedia, computer gaming, and IP communications. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the Southern Connecticut State University. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

Posted by Arthur Cole on January 25, 2019
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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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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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The data center interconnect (DCI) is emerging as a key element in the enterprise strategy to transition to a more digital-oriented business model, one that encompasses multiple data processing and storage sites on the cloud and the IoT edge. At the same time, however, static network connectivity both within the data center and over the wide area is becoming increasingly virtualized and software-defined, meaning that in the very near future organizations will take to managing and optimizing their DCI infrastructure as code ...

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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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The enterprise is quickly migrating from a single-cloud strategy to a multi-cloud footing as a means to cope with the increasingly heavy data loads of emerging service-based business models. It doesn't take long, however, to realize that performance of these distributed architectures is tied directly to network connectivity. Unfortunately, network solutions tend to become more expensive as demands for bandwidth and flexibility mount, putting the enterprise in a difficult position when it comes to meeting the demands of increasingly tech-savvy users at a reasonable price point ...

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