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January 5, 2016

Hacktivism, Malware, Cloud Security: A Review of Our 2015 Update

It’s likely that in 2016 companies will continue to be confronted with various dangers surrounding IT security. Here’s a look back at a review of our 2015 update on some of the leading risks.

In 2012, we took a look at some of the top IT security threats faced by companies; since then how has the threat landscape changed, and where are businesses best served spending time and money?

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January 9, 2014

Top 10 Telecom Predictions for 2014

It’s that time of year again when I pull out my crystal ball to divine which new trends and technologies will have a major impact on the telecom industry over the coming year. Here are my top 10 predictions for 2014:

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November 12, 2013

In Defense of MPLS IP-VPN

Over the last few months, I’ve seen some Industry analysts ask the question “Is MPLS dead”. Of course, the short answer is no. Even those asking the question, will readily admit that MPLS is not dead. For the majority of enterprises, MPLS is and will continue to be the right networking technology for their private network needs. So, in an age when technology disruption is constantly happening at a faster and faster pace, there are a number of reasons why MPLS is the right technology now and for the foreseeable future for the majority of enterprises. Here are just a few of the reasons.

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September 23, 2013

What do Cloud, Mobile Internet, 3-D Printing and Internet of Things Have in Common?

The network, of course!  The Cloud, Mobile Internet, 3-D Printing, and Internet of Things are rapidly changing the way we live our lives. These technologies are truly transformative. And, when I use the word transformative, I mean it will touch every aspect of our lives and associated industries. For example, the impact that 3-D printing will have in the not so distant future includes:

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May 13, 2013

A Year Later… Where is the New Internet?

Last year at this time, I wrote about a change to the Internet that is going to affect all of our lives. It is a change that the vast majority of Internet users still have not heard about. In my post Say Goodbye to DotCom… and Hello to the New Internet I explained how the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was going to fundamentally change the way the Internet worked by allowing organizations to apply for their own Top Level Domain (gTLD).

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April 1, 2013

Back to the Future – The Reemergence of Token Ring Networking

The 1980s are back in fashion. The nostalgia of the era is everywhere. One item of 1980s technology that has reemerged is Token Ring networking. With the growing adoption of mainframe computing by enterprises worldwide, Token Ring is the ideal protocol for not only the local area network but the wide area network as well.

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February 27, 2013

The Interplanetary Internet – Science Fiction or Fact?

In the telecom industry, product roadmaps are usually constructed based on 1 to 3 year views of the market. However, in this blog, I have decided to take a longer view of the industry in terms of where the Internet and associated technologies are heading.

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January 22, 2013

Top 10 Telecom Trends for 2013

It’s that time of year when everyone publishes a Top 10 list.  As a product manager, I spend a lot of my waking hours thinking about where the telecom industry is heading.

This year I decided to create my own Top 10 list of items that I see impacting telecom in the coming year. Here they are:

1. The march of Ethernet continues.  The sun is quickly setting on TDM and SONET and by the end of the decade these services will be history.

2. Cloud, Cloud, and more Cloud.  Need I say more about this?

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October 22, 2012

Race to 1 Terabit Ethernet Hits Speed Bump

With all the recent news about the launch of 100G networks, industry attention is now turning to what’s next in regards to high speed interface speeds.  In September of this year, the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group met in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss this topic.  Although the IEEE has already concluded that by 2015 networks will need to support capacity requirements of 1Tb and 10Tb by 2020, the unanimous opinion at the meeting was to focus on 400Gb interface specifications before moving to 1Tb.  Unfortunately, this means that we won’t be seeing 1Tb i

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June 20, 2012

Going Bananas…The Rise of the “Internet of Things”

The other day I was eating a banana and noticed that it had a QR code on it. It dawned on me that my banana was connected to the Internet! For those who aren’t familiar with a QR code (also referred to as a 2D bar code) you might have noticed it as a digital looking item on a product or advertisement. The code is different than a traditional UPC code that you would scan for a price. The QR code was originally created for inventory control but has proliferated throughout society with the growth of smartphone adoption.

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