MEF ‘Third Network’ Vision Challenges Net Neutrality

The MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) is arguably the best-functioning global industry networking forum. So when Bob Metcalf (the inventor of the Ethernet standard) on behalf of MEF launches a vision of Networking-as-a-Service — dubbed the ‘Third Network’ — to be realized on top of Carrier Ethernet 2.0, we sit up and take note. The central […]

Net Neutrality? Why?

The original concept of the internet was for a free and egalitarian means of moving and accessing data around the globe.  Indeed, originally, the whole idea of commercial activity on the internet was frowned upon. Now, however, the World Wide Web has moved a bit on how we use the internet.  Although we are all […]

P-OTS Is Not POTS Anymore, And It’s Anything But Plain

We have come a long way from the POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) infrastructure of yesteryear. Indeed, today’s Metro P-OTS (Packet-Optical Transport Services) deliver many thousand times more capacity using less energy, and at a fraction of what customers were paying back in the days of analog voice services. Ciena, a specialist packet-optical network vendor […]

How the Dark Side is Creating the “Notwork”

Despite the massive strides being made in the bandwidth available to users through improved consumer and business connectivity, often, the internet just doesn’t seem responsive enough.  Sure, poorly crafted web sites with poor code can be part of the problem, but just a small part a larger overall problem. According to Kaspersky Labs, averaged across […]

The Future Is Crisper And Clearer

I’ve attended a few events lately with vendors in the PC, laptop, tablet, and display markets.  In their attempts to drive a desire in users to upgrade or change their devices, these vendors are finding it a struggle to push the speeds and feeds as they always have done of old.  Whereas there are still […]

Why The Future Needs Local CDN

Content delivery (or distribution) networks (CDN) are generally perceived as being of concern only for wide area networks (WANs).  The idea is that relatively static content can distributed to be held as close to a user as possible so as to reduce the stress on a single server that would result from videos, music, and […]

Beware of Streams Becoming Floods

Apple’s announcement this week of its upcoming iTunes Radio music streaming service, coming hot on the heels of Google’s launch of All Access, a subscription service that gives unlimited and personalized access to a huge library of songs, ought to ring an alarm bell — or at least play the streamed recording of one — […]

Network Forecast: Need For WAN Optimization Growing

Well it’s that time of year again — Memorial Day just passed, and summer has officially kicked off.  The NHL playoffs are rolling along, my pool is opened up, and I’m prepping to have my kids get out of school and then bug me for snacks all day long as I try and work in […]

How Do I Love Mobility ? Let Me Count The Ways…

Let’s do a quick calculation. How many employees do you have, rounded up to the nearest 100? What percentage of them are mobile? Have they sourced their own devices through BYOD? Do you use VPN access through to a private data center? Hang on… what has the last question got to do with all this? […]