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As Data Networks Become Virtual, Enterprise Integration Must Become a Reality

January 20, 2015

Last week, as I was walking down the hallway, I came across two gentlemen painting a hallway door. They paused and kindly let me through. While I waited, I caught a glimpse of a door with a sign that read, in big bold red letters, “pre-action sprinkler control”. What exactly is a “pre-action”?, I thought, […]

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ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group Publishes Second Release of Documents

January 14, 2015

In September, I blogged about the launch of the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) initiative, this week saw another significant event, the second release of ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group (NFV ISG) documents. These documents cover the following NFV topics: Architectural Framework Revision 2 Infrastructure Management and Orchestration Performance & Portability Best Practices Resiliency Requirements […]

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OpenStack: Pushing the Cloud

November 19, 2014

Software defined, programmable networks are becoming ubiquitous. They need an underlying software orchestration and infrastructure layer to accelerate their adoption. Without reimaging network management to run at scale without constant human intervention, operational savings will never be realized. After attending The OpenStack Summit in early November, and seeing what the NFV working group has planned, […]

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CableLabs Founding Member of Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization

September 30, 2014

Almost exactly two years after a group of 13 network operators launched Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) onto the world stage, there is now another seismic industry shift taking place towards using open source software for networks. Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), which launched today, is a new open source initiative that brings together the network […]

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Video Coding Platforms: Then, Now, and On the Horizon

June 5, 2014

Up until a few years ago, the encoder/transcoder market was dominated by systems based on ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) architectures that provided excellent performance with minimal power consumption.  These audio/video compression workhorses have allowed cable operators to provide more and more high-quality video to their customers in an increasingly bandwidth-constrained head end environment.  Fast-forward […]

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SDN & NFV: Moving the Network into the Cloud

February 26, 2014

Cisco recently predicted that Internet traffic will reach 1.4 zettabytes per year by 2017. This traffic explosion is putting pressure on service providers to rein in costs while increasing capacity.  Enter Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).  In much the same way that virtualization and Cloud have changed computing, the combination of […]

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