01 Feb What Do Cisco Systems And A Famous Church In Spain Have In Common?

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I attended Cisco Live! Europe 2019 this week in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. Famous for its amazing cuisine of tapas, paella, and ham, the city also features architectural wonders like the La Sagrada Familia, designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction started in 1882 and the story is that it’s been under […]

15 Jan Verizon, John Deere Bet Big On 5G At CES 2019

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I had the opportunity to attend CES 2019 in Las Vegas last week. Once relegated to consumer gadgets, the massive technology tradeshow showcased the latest in displays, computing, smart appliances, drones, and automotive technology, and much more. The event attracted close to 200,000 attendees, and 4,500 companies around the globe. I arrived at the conference […]

08 Dec Cisco Meraki Eyes Market Disruption Through Simplification

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I recently spent time at Cisco Meraki headquarters, located in the trendy, up-and-coming Mission Bay district of San Francisco. The spectacular views of the water from the complex nearly sent me tumbling down the stairs. I toured engineering, sales, and support areas with Todd Nightingale, Meraki’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. Nightingale has been […]

29 Nov HPE Aruba Turns Green With Artificial Intelligence

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No, I’m not talking about the Grinch or a Marvel superhero. AI is probably one of the hottest trends in the technology world today. It seems that its application is limitless, and networking is no exception. Many solution providers tout AI’s ability to automate, validate, self-heal, and in general make connectivity smarter. This raises several […]

13 Nov Cisco Systems And David Goeckeler’s Vision For Networking

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Before the kickoff of Cisco Systems’Partner Summit 2018 in Las Vegas this week, I had the opportunity to gain some insights from David Goeckeler, Executive Vice President of Networking and Security. David has responsibility for the entire connectivity infrastructure portfolio for the networking giant. His vision for the future of Cisco is decidedly multi-domain and cloud-centric. […]

13 Nov Cisco Systems And Its Bridge To Possible

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Cisco unveils new branding campaign at the Cisco Partner Summit 2018.   WILL TOWNSEND Before I was an industry analyst, I spent a considerable amount of time working in the IT distribution channel. First at Compaq, then HP (after the merger of the two companies), and lastly at a number of smaller start-ups. Some of my […]

08 Nov CenturyLink Field Delivers A “Fan”-tastic Networking Experience

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WILL TOWNSEND I had the recent opportunity to tour CenturyLink Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC. Built in 2002 upon the same site that the original Kingdome stood, the venue is a marvel of architecture and engineering. Paul Allen, may he rest in peace, was the famous Microsoft  executive credited for winning […]

26 Oct Impressions From The Road: Linux Foundation And Its Role In Network Transformation

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The ONS 2018 Keynote.   Credit: Will Townsend In the past several weeks, I attended both the Open Networking Summit (ONS) Europe and the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Userspace event in Dublin. Both were very different events. ONS showcased many of the dozen or so networking projects hosted by the Linux Foundation. DPDK happens to […]

17 Oct Huawei’s Ambitious Goal To Make Connectivity Smarter

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Shanghai, China.  WILL TOWNSEND Last week, I attended Huawei Connect 2018 in Shanghai, China. In the event’s third year, Huawei outlined its broad strategy to bring artificial intelligence (AI) to the masses, leveraging its growing global footprint in consumer devices, enterprise networking, and wireless carrier infrastructure. With over 26,000 in attendance (a dramatic increase from […]

05 Oct Can Artificial Intelligence And Networking Transform The Hospitality Industry?

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.  SWANDOLPHIN.COM These days we often take finding directions for granted. Easy smartphone apps like Google Maps and Waze all but make paper maps and standalone GPS devices obsolete. Why then hasn’t mapping found its way indoors? Historically, companies used sensors (commonly referred to as beacons) to accomplish […]

20 Sep Verizon Delivers Carrier Network Reliability And Innovation

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  WILL TOWNSEND All of the tier one carriers in the United States claim that their networks are the most reliable, but what are each doing to deliver on that promise? A number of third parties such as JD Power and RootMetrics pour through qualitative and quantitative data to get to the bottom of this. […]

18 Sep Perspectives On MWC Americas 2018: Cisco, Samsung, Qualcomm, Sprint, And More

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Samsung showcases its 5G-related solutions at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018.    WILL TOWNSEND As a technology analyst, I examine and analyze the hardware and software that powers both wired and wireless networking and the services behind the infrastructure. One thing I’ve noticed is that networking is not as dry as it used to be. […]

31 Aug Microservices: Scalability For An Emerging Networking Paradigm

It seems the technology industry is always coining new buzz-words. “Intent-based” has been all the rage in networking lately, with Cisco Systems pushing its highly visible “Network. Intuitive” strategy. Today I’d like to talk about the buzz-word “disaggregation”—the notion of separating functions such as computing, storage, and networking in order to drive organizational efficiency and […]

21 Aug The Linux Foundation Is Changing The Fabric Of Networking

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LINUX FOUNDATION Chances are you’re familiar with Linux, but for tech novices, it’s a collection of open-source software built upon the Linux kernel (the core of a computer operating system). Linux was first released in 1991 at about the same time I joined a small computer company in Austin, Texas that had a crazy notion […]

23 Jul Is White The New Color Of Networking?

AWS  has had a rough couple of weeks. Maybe it was stress-testing its flexible computing infrastructure power on Prime Day last week when the site crashed for hours (I eventually scored a great deal on some wireless cameras). Then there were the recent rumors of the online giant getting into the network switch business, followed by […]

09 Jul HPE Aruba And Its Secret Competitive Weapon

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HPE Aruba logo. WILL TOWNSEND Before I was a tech analyst, I spent many years in product marketing at Dell , Compaq, and HP , on both the consumer and enterprise sides of the business. As such, I tend to geek out on technology. Naturally, I jumped at the invitation to tour Hewlett Packard Enterprise ‘s Aruba test […]

25 Jun It’s All About Networking At The Edge At HPE Discover 2018

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Walking through the doors of HPE Discover 2018. WILL TOWNSEND No, I’m not talking about the Edge, lead guitarist for the rock band U2. Rather, I’m referring to edge network computing. Data is proliferating at an astounding rate and traditional networking can’t keep up. Software-defined topologies are taking center stage and the benefits are enormous—greater scale, […]

14 Jun API Is The New CLI For Cisco Systems

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Source: Cisco Systems For the less technical, it might be helpful to define these acronyms. API (Application Program Interface) refers to a set of tools, definitions, and rules or protocols for building a software application. Think of it as a set of basic building blocks, Legos if you will, that make the software development process […]

18 May 5G Reality: Insights From The 2018 Big Communications – 5G North America Event

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  Source: Will Townsend Light Reading held its Big Communications event this week in Austin, Texas, sharing the Austin Convention Center with 5G North America. At times, I felt like I was in the “upside-down” from Netflix’s Stranger Things series—everything was turned around, and on several occasions, I found myself in the wrong keynote or […]

08 May Samsung: The New 5G Kid On The North American Infrastructure Block

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Samsung Logo Today, Samsung is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Founded in 1938 initially as a trading entity, the company has been quietly building momentum in the wireless wide area networking (WWAN) infrastructure space outside of its traditional markets of South Korea and Asia. Recent standalone and partnership announcements at Mobile […]