Fields of Fiber

Colocation Evolution – News of the Week, 6/16/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jun 16, 2017 9:09:09 AM

Cloud computing is all the rage, but colocation data center demand is also on the rise. Just like enterprise data centers, they face the challenges caused by increasing demands for computation and bandwidth. Unlike enterprise-owned data centers, however, colocation providers thrive on building out new space! Still, tenant concerns about costs and reliability are driving new alliances and standards, which add a few challenges of their own.

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Topics: data center, colocation data center, Cisco Live!

Adaptive, Dynamic, Web-Scale - News of the Week, 6/9/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jun 9, 2017 8:25:22 AM

Is digital transformation just the buzzword du jour? Maybe, but there are real business and technical needs driving all of the trends that fall into that bucket. This week’s articles may not mention digital transformation in so many words, but they all address the changes to both IT infrastructure and business processes that are necessary for companies of all sizes to stay competitive in today’s – and tomorrow’s - world.

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Topics: Network Architecture, data center, digital transformation

Memory, Destiny and Disaster Recovery – News of the Week 6/2/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jun 2, 2017 10:54:15 AM

It seems like most of the network innovations showing up this year have to do with applying abstraction of control, disaggregation of resources or both, and this week’s first two articles definitely follow that pattern! Read on for news about a new memory disaggregation technology, a game company using hybrid network architecture, and some commentary on the latest airline data center failure.

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Topics: Disaggregation, Cloud

Who Wants Data Centers? - News of the Week, 5/26/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on May 26, 2017 7:49:00 AM

Who wants the hassle of running their own data centers?

Lots of large enterprises, evidently!

Cloud is booming, but a lot of companies are keeping a foot in both worlds. At the same time, many of the large telcos that were so eager to get into the colocation data center business over the past few years are now equally eager to get out – read on to find out what they’re moving into instead.

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Topics: data center, colocation data center, NFV

Day 3 at Interop ITX 2017, the final day!!

Posted by Bill Miller on May 19, 2017 9:43:20 AM

We had an eventful week exhibiting at Interop ITX! After lots of great conversations, a well-attended presentation by our CEO M.H. Raza about “Automating the Physical Layer,” and a wealth of different answers to our survey questions, it’s time to travel home to Connecticut. First, though, here’s a roundup of day 3!

For the final day, we asked a new survey question, “Does anyone in your organization talk to the physical infrastructure team? Why or why not?” Here are some highlights from the responses:

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Topics: Interop, digital transformation

Preparing Data Centers for the Future – News of the Week, 5/19/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on May 19, 2017 6:17:00 AM

We had a great week at Interop ITX in Las Vegas, and Bill will be posting a summary soon. In the meantime, though, I hope you enjoy this roundup of my favorite articles of the week! As always, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for interesting commentary on the state of network and data center technology, with a focus on the new technologies and approaches that will be needed in the future.

Read on for more about IoT, data center infrastructure, and dynamic physical networks.

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Topics: data center

Day 2 at Interop ITX 2017, top of the stretch!

Posted by Bill Miller on May 18, 2017 2:11:56 PM

The middle and longest day was filled with:

Fiber Mountain sponsored an Interop ITX Theater presentation on Wednesday 5/17 delivered by M.H. Raza, Fiber Mountain CEO, entitled, “Automating the Physical Layer”. The audience was standing room only and several attendees came to our booth immediately after the presentation and learned more about the Glass Core.

One small group of senior IT folks as they watched the demo and asked questions, got into a discussion about Digital Transformation (DX) because that was the survey question. It brings great satisfaction to hear comments that we at Fiber Mountain ourselves said, like “The entire concept of physical layer automation in itself is DX from the ground up!” You can read about Fiber Mountain’s perspective of DX in our eBook – click here to download the eBook and accompanying infographic.

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Topics: Interop, digital transformation

…and We’re off, at Interop ITX 2017!

Posted by Bill Miller on May 17, 2017 3:59:47 PM

We are back in Las Vegas, this time at Interop ITX 2017, the rejuvenated version of Interop. As I have written in the past, Interop has a long history back to the mid-1980’s and has reinvented itself many times. Interop ITX 2017 is the newest edition, with only paid attendees and no more free passes to the expo floor. UBM, the owner of Interop, intends to increase the quality of attendees, sessions and leads for exhibitors and sponsors.

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Topics: Interop

Data Centers on the Edge – News of the Week, 5/12/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on May 12, 2017 10:43:01 AM

What does “edge data center” mean to you? Looking at the first two articles today, I would say it’s any concentration of networking capacity located according to where it’s needed, no matter how challenging it is to accomplish it. That means an edge data center can be as small as a rolling suitcase, or as big as it needs to be. What matters is bringing that computing power closer to where it’s needed, so that availability is no longer impacted by latency or unreliable infrastructure.

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Topics: Interop, data center, edge computing

Cities, Hospitals and Digital Transformation – News of the Week, 5/5/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on May 5, 2017 11:39:13 AM

Digital Transformation – on one hand, it feels like yet another marketing buzz phrase. But on the other hand, it takes exactly that kind of broad concept to describe the forces driving everything from city-wide fiber optic projects, to hospitals pushing the cutting edges of networking and virtualization, to enterprise-level initiatives to create competitive advantage out of technological innovation.

The first two articles this week don’t mention digital transformation at all, but they exemplify the kind of “real” digital transformation we’re all looking for – which is what the third article is all about.

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Topics: Virtualization, Interop, digital transformation