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 […]

03 May Job Creation And Beating China: Political Rally Or A T-Mobile/Sprint Merger?

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Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and T-Mobile CEO John Legere. The on again, off again rumors about a T-Mobile and Sprint merger were finally laid to rest this week. CEOs John Legere and Marcelo Claure, clad in their respective corporate colors of magenta and yellow, joined each other and announced their intent to combine companies. If […]

23 Apr Huawei And Shenzhen: A Tale Of Two Successes

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Huawei logo Last week, I visited Shenzhen, China, for the first time to attend HAS 2018, Huawei ’s annual analyst summit. I’ve been to many other cities in the country, including Beijing, Dongguan, and Shanghai, and while each has their own unique appeal, I found Shenzhen to be different. In Mandarin, the city derives its […]

18 Apr Is Cisco Opening Up With Its DevNet Group?

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Cisco DevNet logo When you’re big, it seems like everyone is gunning for you. Much the same could be said for Cisco Systems . Chided in the past for locking in its customers with a closed approach to delivering networking solutions, the company is now embracing an open standards approach. I had the opportunity recently […]

06 Apr Who Will Win The U.S. 5G Race?

The race for 5G is heating up! At Mobile World Congress 2018, each of the U.S. tier one carriers announced their 5G plans. Let’s look at each of the specific announcements and I will share my perspective and analysis. AT&T:  Has its promise of a 5G “evolution” delivered or confused the market? AT&T  has been […]

05 Apr Aruba Aims To Digitize The Workplace And Make It Smarter

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Aruba Networks   I recently had the opportunity to spend time with Aruba at its annual user event, Atmosphere 2018, which took place last week in Las Vegas. Best known for its wireless networking capabilities, the company has always been focused on delivering an enhanced user experience with integrated functionality, such as wayfinding and asset […]

09 Mar Huawei Delivers A Comprehensive Networking Portfolio At MWC 2018

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Huawei corporate logo While Huawei is an enigma in the United States, it is well-known throughout other parts of the world. Founded by Ren Zhengfei in 1987, the company has grown from its humble beginnings in Shenzhen, Guangdong China to become a global powerhouse in integrated communications, wireless infrastructure, smartphones, and enterprise networking. I spent […]

06 Mar Did Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018 Deliver?

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In my pre-show article, I posed a question: Would Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC18) deliver on the event organizer GSMA’s promise of a better wireless future? Now that MWC18 is behind us and I’ve recovered from my jetlag, I’d like to offer my recap of the show. Overall, I believe MWC18 lived up to the […]

20 Feb Can Mobile World Congress Barcelona Deliver A Better Wireless Future?

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GSMA   “Creating a better future” is the mantra for this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. From February 26th through March 1st, over 100,000 attendees are expected to descend upon the picturesque city for the premier wireless tradeshow. Their end-goal? To learn more about the latest in wireless devices, infrastructure, and services—and enjoy […]

15 Feb Does T-Mobile Have What It Takes To Attack The Enterprise?

T-Mobile US Inc. seems to be on fire in recent history. The “un-carrier,” as it bills itself, came out of the FCC auction last year winning an impressive amount of spectrum for future 5G deployment. Financial performance continues to be strong as the company adds subscribers and profit to its bottom line. CEO John Legere […]

01 Feb The Super Bowl Promises To Deliver A Super Mobile Experience

This Sunday’s Super Bowl LII promises to be an exciting match up, pitting the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles. Last year’s game brought in over $400 million in TV advertising revenue for Fox , and thirty second spots for the upcoming game have reached an astronomical $5 million. The NFL , tier one […]

30 Jan Could Cisco Be One Step Closer In Delivering Its Network Intuitive Vision?

It seems like intent-based networking is on the lips of every C-level executive and IT administrator these days. It’s not necessarily a new concept—it’s just been slapped with a slick new marketing term (not unlike other technical platforms of the past, I might add). I’ve written about intent-based networking from several perspectives and you can […]

25 Jan Can The Movie ‘Tommy Boy’ Teach The Value Of Network Assurance?

I’ve written quite extensively on intent-based networking in the past. There are many vendors that own various subsets of the topology such as orchestration, translation, validation and optimization. Others, such as Cisco Systems with its “Network Intuitive” strategy, are endeavoring to take a more comprehensive and closed-loop approach, including all these elements to automate the […]

10 Jan 2018 Predictions: Sprint Wins 5G Race — Ericsson And Nokia Merge

As a technology analyst, I’m often asked what I do for a living. Simply stated, I get paid to provide my opinion on the sectors that I cover. That’s a dream job for me—just ask my friends and family if I ever fail to give my opinion or shy away from a debate! What’s really […]

14 Dec Fixed 5G, The Prequel: Starring AT&T And Verizon Wireless

I’m a Star Wars nerd and this week brings the release of the latest installment to the franchise, The Last Jedi. Before Disney took the helm, George Lucas kept us all confused with prequels and sequels. When it comes to 5G, one thing is certain—“fixed” 5G is the prequel to mobile broadband 5G network rollouts, […]

04 Dec Ericsson Vs Huawei: Who’s Winning The 5G Race?

There are many players in the wireless infrastructure space, all battling it out for their stake in future 5G networks. However, two of particularly significant scale and market presence are Ericssonand Huawei . Will one conquer overall? Today I wanted to dive a little deeper into that question. Does financial endurance to invest in 5G […]

30 Nov Amazon AWS And Xilinx: A Progress Report

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Amazon.com has built a formidable position in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (AWS EC2), and it is hoping to extend that position to applications that benefit from acceleration using GPUs and FPGAs. FPGAs are relatively difficult to program, and the cloud leader is laying the foundation to simplify […]