More and more enterprises are managing distributed infrastructures and applications that need to share data. This data sharing can be viewed as data flows that connect (and flow through) multiple applications. Applications are partly managed on-premise, and partly in (multiple) off-premise clouds.
With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) the need to share data between applications, sensors, infrastructure and people (specifically on the edge) will only increase. This raises fundamental questions on how we develop scalable distributed systems: How to manage the flow of events (data flows)? How to facilitate a frictionless integration of new components into the distributed systems and the various data flows in a scalable manner? What primitives do we need, to support the variety of protocols? Read More »
As an industry, we are starting to see a convergence of small cells and Wi-Fi to help solve coverage, capacity, and spectrum issues in our increasingly connected, mobile-dominated world. Today more than ever, mobile operators are increasingly realizing that Wi-Fi and small cells must be part of their traditional licensed network in order to realize the future of mobility.
This topic was especially evident during last month’s Small Cell Americas conference in Dallas, Texas. During the conference, I had the opportunity to discuss how small cells and Wi-Fi can work together, which proved especially timely as the Dallas conference also marked the launch by the Small Cell Forum of their Enterprise Release, comprising of 25 documents to help overcome barriers to small cell deployment in the enterprise. Release Two: Enterprise is the result of over nine months of hard work by the Forum and its members!
As small cells and Wi-Fi bring corporate networks and mobile networks closer to each other, IT leaders and service providers are increasingly asking questions about how the convergence of small cells and Wi-Fi coexist, from a product, architecture and business model perspective. Some common questions include: Read More »
Israeli subscribers to satellite TV provider yes can now view 60+ channels of live/linear video, and thousands of on-demand titles, on devices well beyond the television set — and they can do so inside and outside of their homes.
It kicked off on December 23, when yes announced its “yesGO” service to PCs and Macs, as well as iOS and Android devices. (Tablets are particularly popular in Israel — nearly 40% of yes’ subscribers own them.)
With the new yesGO service, customers can stream (but not download) content at 720P, with full trick play support (rewind/fast forward) as well as preservation of state (resume on one screen where you left off on another.)
We have big plans for our presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Look for new mobility products and services, demonstrations, and ample opportunities to discuss your business needs with Cisco executives, engineers and mobility experts.
Innovation for virtualization, orchestration, automation and agility will be a consistent theme this year at Mobile World Congress. Only Cisco has the breadth and depth of solutions that can help Mobility providers quickly turn up services that help monetize their investments.
As we head to Barcelona, I wanted to introduce you to John Kerrigan as our new leader for Cisco SP Mobility Architectures.
For a long time, the Pay TV world had a reliable division of labor. It used to look something like this:
Film and TV studios generated content. Aggregators purchased this content and packaged it in the form of linear TV channels. TV operators acquired channels and offered it to viewers by means of a set-top box. But gradually, this model changed. Aggregators began to create and distribute their own content. STB manufacturers became distributors. But the biggest change, the one that has blown the doors off the old model, is the introduction of unmanaged networks, also known as OTT (Over the Top), into the viewing space.
What is OTT? It’s any content delivered over the internet, but outside a managed network such as the ones your local cable or satellite operator provide. It’s YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and countless other video providers. They’re wildly popular, and they provide content on any device. You probably don’t need statistics to see how widespread these video sites have become – you can see it with your own eyes – but here’s some anyway:
--Between Q1 2011 and Q1 2013, online viewing has increased 50-100% Read More »