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Spirit of Innovation: The 2014 COMET Awards

By: Scott St. John

It's three o'clock on a breezy summer afternoon. It's Monday in Nice, France which played host to the 2014 COMET Innovation Awards.  The air is filled with the light mixture of lavender and sea air while the radiant azure-blue sky provides ample warming beams of sunshine to combat the pockets of cool air and shade.  The streets are full of people walking the Promenade des Anglais with some unspoken and seemingly common destination in mind.  The shuffle of bustling foot traffic accompanies a cacophony of traffic sounds which reach a crescendo when an ambulance speeds past trumpeting the distinctive tones known only to those who live or have ventured here to taste the city's unique and rich culture…

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Navigating Network Virtualization

By: Jesse Cryderman

I got my first taste of virtualization in the mid-90s when I began using video-game emulators to play classic arcade games on my PC. I was essentially running multiple virtual machines on commodity hardware—in this case, a home-built desktop computer with an equally home-built water cooling rig. The expensive, proprietary and specially designed hardware of arcade game consoles was effectively replicated by inexpensive, open-source software, and enabled me to play classic shooters from the golden age of arcade games and the entire catalog of Atari, Nintendo, Sega and TurboGrafx titles…

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Hacking Pays

By: Becky Bracken

The hackers are winning. From taking over CNN's Twitter account to compromising Target's payment systems over the busy holiday shopping season, attacks are becoming more frequent, more sophisticated and more devastating. And the stakes continue to push ever higher. The December 2013 customer data breach is likely what cost Target's CEO Gregg Steinhafel his job when he was forced to step down in May 2014.Enterprises and the service providers which power their information and communications systems are under enormous pressure to stay one step ahead of the hackers…

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The Network of the Future

By: Jesse Cryderman

“The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.”--Timbuk3 When one-hit-wonder Timbuk3 sang their trademark song in 1986, cellular communication was in its infancy, email and text messaging didn’t exist, and there was no commercialized public Internet. If applied to technology, this song could have not been more correct. Five years later, digital cellphone technology was deployed, the Internet went international and the digital age sparked an unprecedented era of innovation. The pace has quickened…

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SDN and NFV: Expect the Unexpected

By: Prayson Pate

The saying, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” has variously been attributed to Albert Einstein, Yogi Berra, Niels Bohr, Mark Twain and others. We may not know who first said it, but it is obviously true. Even so, I will stick my neck out and make a prediction regarding SDN and NFV: The biggest benefits will be a surprise to all of us. Furthermore, there are concrete steps we can take to ensure that surprising future. Planning for history to repeat itselfThe great innovation of the smart phone was that it enabled easy development of innovative third party apps, and that these apps were delivered from the cloud under the control of the user…

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Addressing the Internet of Things

By: Jesse Cryderman

14,809. That’s how many steps I walked in one day at Mobile World Congress, which translates to roughly 7 miles. I don’t count my steps, because I’m not obsessive compulsive, but I know this figure to be fact because a small disc on my wrist monitors all of my movement. It even tracks my sleeping patterns; and, unlike the calculator watch I wore in middle school that screamed dork, this device is slick and attracts both interest and compliments. » read this article

The Cutting Edge of Smart Devices

By: Becky Bracken

The Internet of Things (IoT) imagines a world where everything from street lights to the toothbrush next to your bathroom sink is connected to a communications network. Heck, even the bathroom sink will probably be connected one day. The telecommunications industry is stoked on the idea of connecting a practically infinite number of devices to their networks and charging for the pleasure. Major carriers and service providers are serving as incubators for the next wave of devices to connect to their network and hope to help an entire new wave of inventors connect nearly every aspect of our daily lives--no matter how critical or mundane…

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All In: Cashing In on Connected Cars

By: Becky Bracken

Enough of the conjecture and fantasizing about all of the services that will one day run through the car. Every car maker from Audi to Volkswagen and service providers from AT&T to Orange are getting in and rolling out cars with staggering broadband capacity and the promise of more to come. If there is any lingering doubt about the viability of the connected car as a platform for business, simply follow the money and it will tell the tale. Billions are being invested by manufacturers and service providers to position themselves squarely in the future of the connected car…

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Embracing Pervasive Visibility: How Tool Vendors Can Bring New Value to Service Providers

By: Andy Huckridge

Big Data has been a major business growth driver in the IT community and doesn’t seem to be slowing down; in fact, things seem to be speeding up. As the service providers increase the amount of data across their networks, analytics tools are scrambling to keep up with increasing information complexity and generation. This is nothing new; when the tools industry moved from 1Gb to 10Gb line rate speeds, their throughputs were usually quoted between 5-7Gb per 10Gb tool due to computational limitations of appliance-based architectures…

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Letter From the Editor

By: Tim Young

“Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.” -Rosabeth Moss Kanter COMET InnovationLanguage is a terribly fluid thing, but from time to time it can be reassuring to check out the etymology of a word or phrase, particularly if that word has become unbelievably ubiquitous…

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COMET News - June 2014

By: Jesse Cryderman

Show me the moneyWhen it comes to investing in the future, where are service providers laying their cards? Recent news stories may help decrypt the tea leaves. Verizon just invested $5 million in Newlans to fund innovation for programmable duplexers that can reduce the cost of handset RF modules. In Australia, Telstra became the largest investor in the latest round of funding for MATRIXX Software, a company whose real-time tools are designed to help CSPs become Digital Service Providers (DSPs). In the UK, BT has committed roughly a billion dollars to wind energy, following five years of green energy investment that has saved the company more than $200 million…

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