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Unification and Optimization of SP Data Center Assets

In the near term, even without the current global economic challenges, it’s apparent that 2009 was already going to be a year of significant transition for most broadband service providers.silosA recent assessment from Mike Cansfield at Forrester Research describes how the traditional one-size-fits-all business model in the communications sector is breaking down. Moreover, new ways for service providers (SPs) to do business are emerging, and as a result, strategists have hard choices to make.Legacy Barriers Handicap InnovationCansfield believes that the typical SP operational model is inherently inefficient. Product silos lead to multiple overlapping functions structurally -- in terms of people -- and can also lead to duplicate IT systems. Any service provider wanting to introduce new services essentially has to build more overlay networks with associated systems -- it’s an inherently slow and inefficient process. Read More »

Mobile Internet meets Smart Grid

Photo credit: All Lined Up, by Ian Muttoo, via FlickrThe Mobile Internet is also the pervasive internet, making simple connections available everywhere. Beyond connecting people, broadly available wireless networks also simplify connecting devices, sometimes called “machine-to-machine” (M2M) communications or the “Internet of things.” One application of this technology currently gaining much attention is the smart grid.The smart grid augments the electricity network with sensors, controllers, data communications, computers and software to distribute energy with greater economy, efficiency, reliability and security. New technology increasingly makes possible the extension of the smart grid all the way to residential users and even into their homes. Cisco recently announced its participation in the Florida Power & Light smart grid initiative in Miami. Read More »

Architectural Innovation: A Clean Break from Tradition

When the first automobiles were conceived and designed, it was difficult for some people to take a forward-looking view of this innovation. The term “horseless-carriage” was an attempt to describe this new mode of transportation from a historical perspective.horseless carriageReady for road trials by September 1893, the vehicle built by Charles and Frank Duryea was the first gasoline powered automobile in America. The brothers had purchased a used horse drawn buggy for $70 and installed a 4 HP (horse-power), single cylinder gasoline engine.Just imagine what automobiles would be today, how they would look and function, if product designers and component engineers stayed with the notion that it’s a carriage -- minus the horse? Read More »

Cisco Unified Service Delivery: The Pathway to Cloud Services

Cisco Unified Service Delivery combines the power of the data center with the power of the network to transform service delivery and build the foundation for cloud services. Learn more by viewing the video or slides below.

From China IPv6 Summit to Futurenet in Boston

Monique MorrowJust back from Beijing where I had great pleasure to participate in the Global Mobile Internet & IPv6-Next Generation Internet Summit 2009.The conference message was a resounding “move forward” with IPv6 adoption, a rather appropriate follow-up to my blog posting from March 2008.However it should be noted that the IPv4 address free pool held by the IANA is running out. Estimates of the depletion date point to mid 2011 as the time when IANA will have no more IPv4 address space to distribute to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). Read More »