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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

Energy, Water and Data Centers – News of the Week, 4/28/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Apr 28, 2017 11:02:11 AM

Fiber Mountain’s news this week is that we will be exhibiting in Booth #334 at Interop ITX in Las Vegas. Our CEO, M. H. Raza, will be speaking about Automating the Physical Layer on Wednesday, May 17th at 1:20pm. If you haven’t registered yet, use our discount code FIBER to get 15% off your conference pass. We’re looking forward to the show and planning an exciting announcement, so be sure to stay tuned!

Moving on to more general industry news, this week I saw a cluster of data center articles popping up. Much as I enjoy reading about digital transformation, I never forget that infrastructure is a big part of that – especially the webscale and hyperscale data centers that make cloud computing possible.

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Topics: Interop, data center

Digital Transformation Gets Edgy – News of the week, 4/21/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Apr 21, 2017 2:00:36 PM

Cloud computing vs. edge computing – is it a competition or a collaboration? Personally, I think they are complementary systems, each with strengths and weaknesses to take into consideration. If you’re backing up data and retrieving it at human speeds, then the cloud can deliver – but if microseconds of latency are critical, then you need computing power on the edge, as close as possible to the task at hand.

Read on for this week’s “Edgy” network news, and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Topics: Cloud, digital transformation, edge computing

The Virtuous Cycle of Digital Transformation – News of the Week, 4/14/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Apr 14, 2017 10:29:53 AM

Have you heard the phrase “virtuous cycle” before? It’s like a vicious cycle, but rather than each iteration of the cycle making things worse, each iteration provides a strong base for the next one to be even better. Likewise, different moving parts within a system (such as your company) start working together in a way that both builds on and builds up the strength, agility and capabilities of the other parts, and of the system as a whole. You might already see where I’m going with this – digital transformation done well can become a virtuous cycle that drives your company’s ongoing innovation.

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Topics: Industry News, digital transformation

Digital Transformation IS Business Transformation – News of the Week, 4/7/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Apr 7, 2017 10:31:11 AM

“After all, digital transformation is in reality business transformation.” 

This sentence from today’s first article is a beautiful illustration of why digital transformation is so challenging – and why it has such massive potential.

Successful digital transformation must integrate technology innovations with business drivers and decision-making. It must also be integrated into long-term IT and business planning. And finally, it will affect every area of business operations (such as information security) with both intended and unintended consequences.

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Topics: Industry News, digital transformation