We live in a hyper-connected, mobility-enabled world, one in which carriers
must make drastic changes to how they do business if they are to survive and
thrive in the future. Accordingly, great strides have been made over the last
three years to prove the viability of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
Many Proof of Concept (PoC) trials have proven that workloads can be migrated
to virtual environments running on standard hardware, and there are even
examples of carrier deployments using NFV.
The next step is to determine how to make NFV work effectively so it will
deliver on its promise. The issue is no longer whether a service can be
deployed using NFV, but whether we can manage and secure that service in an
NFV environment. In other words, the challenge now is to operationalize NFV.
How can we ensure that NFV is ready for this challenge?
Network appliances a... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
We are standing on the threshold of a new transition in information
technology and communications; a radical departure from current practice that
promises to bring us new levels of efficiency at a vastly reduced cost. Cloud
computing is full of potential, bursting with opportunity and within our
But, remember, that clouds always appear to be within our grasp and bursting
clouds promise only one thing: rain!
As with all radical transitions, it takes time for the various pieces to fall
into place. Some of them are already in place; some of them hav... (more)
Cloud computing has now passed the stage of hype to reality. More and more
enterprises are realizing the benefits of remote hosting of IT services
rather than local IT management, especially as managing and operating IT
networks and services is not getting any easier.
Managing IT networks requires a broad set of competencies in a growing number
of technologies and products. It therefore makes sense that these
competencies are centralized in larger data centers providing cloud services
to a number of smaller enterprises for which IT is not a core competency.
Larger data centers al... (more)
In 1956, Malcolm McLean invented a shipping system that revolutionized cargo
shipping forever, namely the container. The shipping container provides a
standard, universal packing solution that can be used for transporting
whatever you need to ship. Containers can be transported on trucks, trains or
on ships, because they are of standard size.
Containers are an example of a universal solution that revolutionized the
shipping industry. Can the emergence of the standard PC server platform as a
universal computing platform herald the proliferation of even more innovative
dedicated n... (more)
Cloud services provide a new and promising opportunity for Enterprises to
address the growing complexity of IT. The availability of smartphones and the
expectation of immediate and simple access to both private and company
specific information on a global basis are driving demand for centralization
of IT services and the related competence required to support these
Cloud service providers have established the necessary competence and IT
infrastructure to deliver on these demands, but there is one potential
Achilles heel that can present a challenge; assuring cloud s... (more)