03 Apr The Networking And Carrier Tech Industry’s Proactive Response To COVID-19

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We are living in unprecedented times. As a product marketer and sales executive, I experienced the impact of other infectious diseases and viruses in tech such as SARS, the Avian flu and H1N1. However, in 2020 we live in an always connected, social media driven, instant news cycle. Has connectivity, the very topic area that […]

30 Mar Carrier Networking 101: Decoding The Acronyms

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It’s no secret that 5G is big tech news these days. As an analyst, I spend considerable time with the largest carriers and cellular networking infrastructure providers in the world, including their silicon providers. I also spend time with the CBRS Alliance as well as the Linux Foundation networking and edge working groups. In all […]

20 Mar Marvell Delivers Huge 5G Enhancements And Announces Samsung And Nokia Wins

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Marvell has a long track record in supporting cellular infrastructure dating back to the 3G networking era. My principal Patrick Moorhead captured his insights in this regard at Marvell’s inaugural analyst event in late January. If interested, you can find that article here. This article contains contributions from him as well. The company made two strategic […]

14 Mar TechChill 2020 Is Hot For Connectivity

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Last week marked my second visit to the beautiful city of Riga, Latvia, for the ninth annual TechChill startup event. The show focused not only on 5G (my main love), but also blockchain, MedTech, FinTech, and Greentech—that’s a lot of tech! I spent nearly three days in the Baltics with a number of innovative companies and startups. […]

14 Mar Cisco Systems Goes Big On 5G

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Despite the cancellation of Mobile World Congress Barcelona, Cisco Systems launched a number of initiatives this week that appear to be follow ups to its “Internet for the Future” announcement from last mid-December. The prior announcement was punctuated with portfolio updates spanning optics, silicon and software. This announcement is focused specifically on the service provider […]

21 Feb Cisco Live Europe 2020 Delivers CX And IoT

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I attended Cisco Systems’ Live European regional event in Barcelona last week, which happened to coincide with the Chinese New Year celebration. From my standpoint, Cisco successfully celebrated customer experience (CX) with several key announcements. I would like to share my insights from the conference.  Why is customer experience such a big deal?   Many organizations laud […]

03 Feb Cisco Systems’ Dual Path To SD-WAN With Meraki And Viptela

The SD-WAN market is expansive. At my last count, over 60 different SD-WAN solution providers were in the market, both large and small. Soon I expect that this number will begin to rapidly consolidate and a half dozen or so dominant players will emerge. I believe Cisco Systems will be one of those SD-WAN victors […]

23 Jan RESEARCH PAPER: Extreme Networks Powers The College Fan Experience And Beyond

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A number of challenges must be overcome in order to deliver Wi-Fi connectivity in sporting venues. Material construction consisting of steel and concrete tends to impede wireless propagation. The sheer number of connected devices also puts immense pressure on network performance, given the tendency for fans to utilize streaming services as well as to upload […]

27 Dec Cisco Systems Goes Big On The ‘Next’ Internet

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Cisco Systems launched a strategic initiative today to bring unprecedented scale to next generation networking and the Internet, dubbed the “Internet for the Future.” I would like to provide insights and summarize the three key components of the new strategy: custom silicon, optics and software enhancements. Our principal analyst Patrick Moorhead attended the event in San […]

26 Dec AWS Wavelength Could Supercharge 5G

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent wrapped up last week in Las Vegas. There was a lot to digest at the event, but my firm’s principal Patrick Moorhead captured five key takeaways. If interested, you can find his article here. What caught both our attention was the AWS Wavelength announcement and partnership with Verizon in the United […]

20 Dec Latvia And Its 5G Path to Prosperity

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I had the opportunity over the Thanksgiving holiday to visit Riga, Latvia and attend the second annual 5G Techritory conference. Riga is a beautiful city—it was founded in 1201 and quickly grew to become one of the main centers of trade in the Baltic Sea region. Over the centuries Latvia has struggled under the control of conquering […]

06 Dec 3 Key Insights Into Nokia’s Path To Long-Term Success

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As a networking infrastructure analyst, I’ve traveled the world to spend time with the likes of Ericsson, Huawei and Samsung to understand their overall 5G strategies. I finally found the same opportunity this week to spend three days with Nokia at its global analyst forum in Finland. It’s no secret that I’ve been critical of […]

02 Dec Dell Technologies Is Livin’ On The Edge

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I attended Dell Technologies Summit 2019 last week in my hometown of Austin Texas. Forgive me if the headline sounds like an Aerosmith song, but the emphasis on this year’s event was decidedly on the edge. There were several strategic announcements, but I would like to take a closer look at the ones that align with my […]

25 Nov Leadership In The Modern Networking Infrastructure World

As an analyst that covers all things networking, spanning the enterprise to carrier cellular services, I’m often asked what defines a modern infrastructure approach. From my perspective, it encapsulates several common elements that include software-defined tools, a fully integrated technology feature stack and a microservices, cloud-native architecture supported by containerization. Many established networking infrastructure providers, […]

25 Nov Is Customer Experience The Future Of Cisco Systems?

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I attended Cisco Systems’ Partner Summit in Las Vegas last week. I’ve participated in many Cisco events in the past, but this one was decidedly different. Beyond the core focus on its partner community, there was a resounding theme around customer experience (CX). From my perspective, CX encapsulates the understanding of how a customer deploys and consumes […]

14 Nov Qualcomm Fires On All Cylinders At 5G Summit 2019

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I had the opportunity mid-October to spend time with Qualcomm at its 5G Summit in Barcelona. There was a bit of excitement with the separatist protests that occurred the same week, but I came away with a new appreciation for how the company is shaping 5G now and into the future. I would like to share my […]

05 Nov Who Is ‘Really’ Leading in Mobile 5G, Part 6: Policy, Regulation And Consortia

Everyone wants to talk about mobile 5G and how they are leading in the space. However, the reality is that mobile 5G is a broadly encompassing wireless standard that will change the way we view the future of cellular communications and the possibilities like never before. As such, it takes a deeper understanding to evaluate […]

22 Oct RESEARCH PAPER: HPE Aruba CX Switching Portfolio

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Widespread adoption of cloud, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies creates operational complexity and puts stress on enterprise networks. Information technology (IT) leaders supporting digital transformation initiatives need to rethink networking strategies as existing architectures are not designed with these next generation considerations in mind. You can download the paper by clicking on the […]

15 Oct RESEARCH PAPER: HPE Delivers Simple And Flexible Network Automation At Scale

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Network automation, much like artificial intelligence (AI), seems to be a topic of high interest among information technology (IT) professionals today. On the surface, automation is poised to deliver enterprise value for a number of reasons. Some of the advantages include faster application delivery to lines of business (LOBs), instantaneous network device provisioning, closed loop […]

30 Sep RESEARCH PAPER: HPE Delivers Intelligent Connectivity

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Today’s 4G LTE mobile networks deliver a number of transformative connectivity services and applications globally. From a consumer perspective, ridesharing applications such as Uber and Lyft continue to disrupt a taxi industry fraught with poor service, high prices, and lack of reliability. For enterprises, private LTE networks provide new connectivity options for verticals such as transportation, […]