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Cloud Video

By: Tim Young

In early December, IBM made another in a long line of cloud-focused acquisitions, this one focused on cloud-based video delivery. Big Blue picked up Clearleap, a firm that specializes in processing and packaging videos for delivery to devices of all sorts, and which claims a list of clients that includes HBO, Scripps Howard Networks, BBC America, and Verizon. The move was, in part, another step in IBM’s march toward the cloud—the company has in recent years also purchased SoftLayer (the basis for its IaaS offering), Gravitant, Aspera, Cleversafe and several more firms and technologies—but also demonstrates the substantial value to be found in mastering the delivery of cloud video…

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The Information Model Jigsaw Puzzle

By: Leo Zancani

The communication industry has long aspired to increase automation whilst maintaining interoperability and vendor-independence. In the past, this ambition has been hobbled by the challenges involved in making equipment and software efficiently and effectively share a common language. With the advance of automation technologies such as NFV and SDN, human-in-the-loop workarounds that have been used to keep things running will soon become impossible. In the world of cloud computing, this challenge has already been encountered, and has created a significant slow-down in the progression to full automation…

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What Can't Be Virtualized?

By: Chris Piedmonte

Virtualization of compute, networks and storage is a key component of modern information technology cloud management.  Virtualization allows for better alignment of computing resources with the workload at hand, better security and isolation of applications and data, superior administration, improved manageability and many other advantages.  Some of these advantages and other aspects of virtualization are covered in this issue of Pipeline magazine by Paul Teich in his article, Software Defined Disruption and by Dan Baker in his article, The Four Layers of Virtualization…

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Software-Defined Will Disrupt Your Datacenter

By: Paul Teich

The term “software-defined” is broadening to include other data center functions, including storage, computing, and the data center itself. The implications of software-defined architecture (SDx) on data center operations are profound. SDx had its roots in Network Function Virtualization (NFV), which, as its name suggests, started in the network and is based on virtualization technology. However, SDx also impacts storage, computing and general data center architecture. In order to understand the transformative nature of SDx, I’ll start at the beginning, with virtualization, and from there describe composable services at cloud data center scale…

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NFV = New Revenue Opportunities

By: David Walters

A growing share of Communication service providers (CSPs) have embarked on strategic network transformation projects, whether it involves transitioning from legacy TDM networks to IP, undertaking an all IP network transformation, or evolving to IMS. Today, CSPs are looking to Network Function Virtualization (NFV), an industry standard that defines the architecture for virtualization of network functions to create and deliver communications services in a cloud environment.But CSPs need to rethink their approach to Network Function Virtualization or NFV…

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The Carrier Network of the Future

By: Chris Piedmonte

In December, Pipeline magazine covered the 5G Revolution as part of the annual year-end Top Trends issue.  In that issue, Pipeline clearly indicated that 5G networks will not be fully deployed as the primary technology until the early to mid-2020s.  As that is still considerably far off, what should carriers, service providers and other members of the telecommunications services industry be focusing on in the near future while still on the road to 5G?  How can the network of the future be ushered in with existing or near-term technologies and business practices rather than waiting until the 5G revolution is upon us? When speaking with both business and consumer telecommunications customers, certain key issues are always the topic of discussion when talking about their near-term needs, desires and expectations…

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Cybercrime Fighter

By: Wedge Greene

This episode of Pipeline's fictional IoT series begins at Rachael’s house immediately following the conclusion of the cyber-attack on her suburban home and her corporation, North East Control Analytics. Medical With the potentially lethal cyber-attack seemingly behind her, Rachael begins cleanup and getting on with her life.  Jorge, the head of Sabre Gaming and her security black hat, reports in over the house system, leaving a video-message for Rachael.“Hey Rachael, just wanted to let you know we downloaded your full backup from the secured cloud…

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The Four Layers of Virtualization

By: Dan Baker

Necessity is the mother of virtualization and telecoms are desperate to monetize cloud and virtual services because Rome is burning.Costly 3G, LTE and bandwidth roll outs have been great for users, but have not contributed big revenue gains. Traditional voice, SMS, and even new IP services are steadily being gobbled up by OTTs who can replicate and more cheaply deliver any “killer IP service” a telecom can dream up. And,shared revenue and other partnerships with content providers have largely failed to deliver enough value to the bottom line…

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Letter from the Editor - January 2016

By: Tim Young

“I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster … carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.” - Steve Jobs, 1997You know, 2016 has barely begun and I’ve already broken my resolution to not quote Steve Jobs in my letters. After all, you read that name enough in pretty much every other publication on the planet. But I love this one because it’s yet another example of how well he nailed some elements of the direction of personal computing…

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Monthly News Digest - January 2016

By: Jim Schakenbach

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s only appropriate that we provide some industry and market perspective, take a look at some of the trends we’ve seen developing over the past months, and highlight some notable developments. Also, this month security remains a major concern in these uncertain times, while network speed and bandwidth continue to gather steam internationally. Looking ahead Everybody likes a good year-end list, and Ericsson is no exception. This month the communications giant took a look ahead and released its 10 hot consumer trends for 2016…

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