About Ulrich Kohn

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As Director of Technical Marketing, Ulrich Kohn translates market requirements into highly competitive solutions based on ADVA Optical Networking products. With global experience in communication systems for Fixed & Mobile as well as enterprises and governments, Ulrich is familiar with the challenges and pain points of today’s networks and is able to show how the latest technology provides answers and an economic, future-proof path forward.

Cable network operators have begun modernizing their infrastructure by extending fiber as deeply as possible. The trend to push fiber ever closer to the end user, in conjunction with distributed access architecture (DAA), is transforming cable networks and providing higher bandwidth capacity, improved customer quality of experience and access to advanced applications ...

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Moving applications and data into public clouds is an easy way for enterprises to simplify cooperation among geographically dispersed teams and use compute and storage resources in a more efficient way. But those advantages come at a price. Transporting data from secured premises into the private cloud is risky, as is, sharing compute and storage resources with other stakeholders. The business advantages are difficult to weigh up against the risk, leading to time-consuming evaluations, and delaying a business step with huge potential Providers of public cloud services need to assure security and integrity of customer data if they want to get enterprises to move their data from enterprise sites and private clouds into public clouds ...

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Keeping mobile networks on track is no easy task as they evolve from 2G to 3G to LTE and finally 5G. Each mobile radio innovation comes with additional requirements for the underlying transport network, resulting in new interface cards or replacement of transport network devices. This constant change creates pain for the network design teams and service teams, not to mention significant cost. A new approach for transport network evolution is overdue ...
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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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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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