open standards

November 9, 2021


Routed Optical Networking – It’s About the Architecture

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Routed Optical Networking - This transformational architecture drives network optimization, accelerated time to service, and decreased total cost of ownership

February 6, 2018


Three Years On: Open Standards, Open Source, Open Loop

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Eventing, Telemetry, APIs and protocols (in working code) need to be our products. Here is how we need to partner to move these tooling forward.

November 29, 2017


IETF Hackathon Closes Loop Between Open Source and Standards

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The first ever IETF Hackathon was held March 21-22, the weekend before IETF 92 in Dallas, TX. It was a late addition to the conference schedule, answering the call to action from Engineering CTO and Chief Architect Dave Ward’s talk at IETF 91, Open Standards, Open Source, Open Loop. Cisco DevNet teamed up with IETF […]

March 23, 2016


Co-Innovation: Shining a “Lightbulb” on the Myth of the Lone Inventor

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A few years ago I sat down with technology leaders at a major oil and gas company to talk about a solution they wanted Cisco to develop, and they had some unique and interesting requirements:

October 12, 2015


The Internet of Things: Why Now?

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The time is ripe for an IoT explosion. The number of connected “things” in the world has skyrocketed from about a million in the early 1990s to 13 billion today. As the Internet of Everything (IoE) gains momentum—digitizing business processes in every industry—we expect to see 50 billion connected devices by 2020. The technology connecting […]

IoT Meets Standards, Driving Interoperability and Adoption

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For years, industrial control systems have been characterized by proprietary devices, protocols, communications, and applications. However, at the Hannover Fair last spring, virtually every exhibitor showed products that support IP, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi interfaces—something that would have been unthinkable just a decade ago. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is driving this change, with an exponentially […]

IT Is from Venus, OT Is from Mars

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Bringing Alien Worlds Together in the Internet of Things In the 1990s, I, like millions of others, read the book Women Are from Venus, Men Are from Mars. This best-seller suggested that the frequent misunderstandings between genders make it seem as though men and women are from different, alien worlds. But it’s not just men […]

November 13, 2014


Open Standards, Open Source, Open Loop

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As the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) meets in Hawaii (IETF 91), the unavoidable question for both participants and observers is whether a Standards Development Organization (SDO) like the IETF is relevant in a rapidly expanding environment of Open Source Software (OSS) projects. For those new to the conversation, the open question is NOT whether […]

November 6, 2014


OPEN: A Fundamental Part of the Network of the Future

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Over the past several years, I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of two important trends in the networking industry - the evolution of open standards and open APIs,...