Posts about Network Edge

There’s more than one way to migrate a metro network from 10Gbit/s aggregated bandwidth to 100Gbit/s. At first, you might consider data center leaf/spine switches, expecting significant cost savings from volume-deployed devices. However, on second thought, there may be some concerns. Those devices are optimized for a very specific application, which doesn’t necessarily makes them the perfect solution for other use cases ...

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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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The internet of things (IoT) is pushing the enterprise network edge to new boundaries. With data soon to be streaming back and forth between legions of user devices across the globe, the edge will blow right past the cloud and even the micro data centers that will foster this widespread connectivity and extend all the way into our homes, businesses and even our bodies ...
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The enterprise is rapidly deploying new classes of compute and storage on the network edge in order to service the plethora of devices that are populating the internet of things (IoT). But while the edge forms a vital link between centralized resources and the multitude of data points all around us, it is by no means the only link in what is emerging as a highly dynamic and intelligent data chain. In between the data center, the cloud facility and the edge is a host of systems and architectures that some experts are starting to call “fog computing” ...


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