About Niall Robinson

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As VP of global business development at ADVA Optical Networking, Niall focuses on moving cutting edge technology from the lab into the network. He has previously held roles in MCI/Worldcom’s Advanced Technology group, Nortel’s optical research team and Oclaro’s high speed optical modules group.

With the increasing demand for cloud-based services, internet content providers (ICPs) are pushing forward with the expansion of their data center clusters. Consequently, the need for simple and highly efficient data center interconnectivity (DCI) is growing to ensure that connectivity between metro-regional facilities doesn’t become a bottleneck.
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As always, PTC in Hawaii was a great event to kick off the year. It looks like 2016 will be a crucial time for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) and this was reflected in the program for PTC'16. There were three SDN/NFV-focused sessions (compared with only one last year), including the panel discussion that I took part in. It turned out to be a fascinating and very lively roundtable debate chaired by Joe Weinman, author of Cloudonomics and Digital Disciplines. Along with panellists from Ciena and BTI Systems, I discussed the implications of SDN/NFV for cloud and network service providers. Here’s a few of the main points I took from our debate ...
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