Will Townsend, Patrick Moorhead

Three Cellular Networking Predictions For 2021

As we put a tumultuous 2020 in the rearview mirror, there are a number of exciting developments unfolding in the world of cellular networking. As a technology analyst that spends a significant time with both infrastructure providers and carriers, I anticipate three things gaining momentum in 2021: 5G private networking, Open RAN and the widespread …

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Lab Efforts Seek To Enable 5G On A Massive Scale

I am convinced that the mountains that are near many Hewlett Packard Enterprise(HPE) facilities inspire the company’s lab and research and development efforts. I visited its lab in Roseville, California, in the summer of 2018, and was impressed by its capabilities. I wrote an article highlighting my insights. If interested, you can find it here.  Last month, …

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The Human Network: How Connectivity Will Change Lives

In late 2019, I began writing my first book centered on the life-changing potential of networking. As a technology analyst covering networking over the past several years, I have traveled far and wide to meet with infrastructure providers, customers and developers across the world. It may come as a surprise, but as it currently stands, …

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Cisco Strengthens Portfolios And Programs At Two Key Virtual Events

Over the last few weeks, I attended Cisco Systems’ virtual DevNet Create and Partner Summit events. The networking infrastructure giant made several key announcements—let’s take a closer look.     DevNet Create Typically held in Mountain View, CA, DevNet Create is Cisco’s signature developer event. Cisco founded its DevNet developer community back 2014. Led by executive Susie Wee, …

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Qualcomm Extends Its 5G Reach Into Infrastructure

Qualcomm held its annual 5G summit online last week. I thought the company’s use of a virtual reality conference center was very creative—it made me yearn to board a flight! Qualcomm dedicated day one to keynotes and the second to several breakout sessions. Today I would like to provide my impressions from the event.     5G …

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Juniper Networks And Its Automation Journey

It is no secret that I have been critical of Juniper Networks in the past. Historically, the networking infrastructure provider was overly focused on the service provider market, limiting its reach and top-line revenue. However, things began to change with Juniper’s acquisition of Mist Systems one and a half years ago. Mist’s focus on artificial …

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Four Practical Applications Of Artificial Intelligence And 5G

It is no secret that artificial intelligence (AI) is a technical marketing whitewash. Many companies claim that its algorithms and data scientists enable a differentiated approach in the networking infrastructure space. However, what are the practical applications of AI for connectivity and, in particular, 5G? From my perspective, it encapsulates four key areas. Here I …

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Open Networking And Edge Summit 2020 Delivers

Last week, I virtually attended ONES 2020, the Linux Foundation’s Open Networking and Edge Summit. I was impressed with the diversity of content at ONES this year, and appreciated the added emphasis on edge (which was the impetus for adding the “E” to the conference name—if you’ve never heard of the event, it’s because it …

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HPE Aruba Finds Its Covid-19 Silver Linings In The Clouds And Beyond

I have followed many networking infrastructure providers throughout the pandemic. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been one of the standouts from my perspective based on its willingness to extend credit facilities and offer its solutions as a service for operating expense flexibility. Recently, the Aruba division commissioned a survey that polled IT decision-makers across the globe on several critical issues, including their its likely response to Covid-19. …

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Marvell Delivers Switching With An IQ At Scale Which Is Likely Bad News For Broadcom

I have been following Marvell for quite some time now and as our principal Patrick Moorhead expressed earlier today, the company “is on a roll.” This year, I provided my insights into an announcement that spanned its 5G solution set and significant wins with Samsung and Nokia. If interested, you can find that article here. This week, …

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Snaps Up Silver Peak

This week, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced its acquisition of Silver Peak. I would like to provide my take on the nearly $1B purchase and what it means for HPE, Aruba and the company’s SD-WAN journey.     Why Silver Peak? By most accounts, privately-held Silver Peak is considered a leader in the SD-WAN space. It is a …

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Deconstructing The Real Impact Of Open RAN

There has been much discussion lately on the subject of Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN). Open RAN promises to bring disruption to operators in the form of lower capital expense, accomplished by the disaggregation of general-purpose hardware and software for base station deployment. The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) took a crucial step in February of this …

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How T-Mobile’s ScamShield Rises Above AT&T And Verizon Offerings

T-Mobile announced a new call fraud blocking service called ScamShield today. Fellow analyst Anshel Sag and I wanted to weigh in on the specifics, how it compares to existing offerings from AT&T and Verizon, and where we believe T-Mobile is delivering added value to its subscribers above its competitors. T-Mobile ScamShield  T-Mobile’s announcement is a …

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Sharpens Its Edge At Discover 2020

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) held the digital version of its Discover event this week. Similar to the Atmosphere virtual event, held last week by HPE’s Aruba division, the “Intelligent Edge” was a core theme (see my coverage of the Aruba event here, if interested). Today I would like to share my edge and telco-related insights from Discover …

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Cisco Live! 2020 Goes Digital To Address COVID-19 And Inclusivity

I attended the first ever virtual Cisco Live! event this week from the comfort of my home, as did many of the Cisco executives that presented. Before COVID-19 hit in full force, I traveled the world to attend enterprise networking and mobility conferences. It has definitely been a dramatic change—I miss the personal interactions with attendees as …

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HPE Aruba Delivers A Networking Sixth Sense With Its ESP Platform

HPE Aruba held the digital version of its signature Atmosphere event this week. In an enlightened move, the company decided to have comedian and talk show host James Corden perform master of ceremonies duties, starting the event with some much-needed comic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic and recent social unrest. Not surprisingly, the “Intelligent Edge” …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Aruba Edge Services Platform

The need to support robust networking and new application services places incredible demands on today’s IT staffing. An inherently siloed legacy infrastructure with inconsistent hardware and software platforms spanning local and wide area networks requires excessive manual network operations. This reduces the network operator’s ability to manage device provisioning and ongoing operations. As a result, teams are unnecessarily taxed …

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Microsoft’s One-Two 5G Telco Punch

There has been quite a lot of activity lately tied to the public cloud provider push into the telco space. Amazon Web Services launched its Wavelength initiative at the last re:Invent event in December to help operators “supercharge” 5G networks by placing compute and storage resources closer to the network edge. Google Cloud recently announced …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Inseego: 5G Born In The U.S.A.

The United States government views the deployment of 5G networking as a strategic initiative that will unlock transformative enterprise services. The throughput and latency of 5G — a vast improvement over current 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology — will disrupt the market and accelerate digital transformation. Given the potential positive economic impact of 5G on …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Cisco Systems Delivers Multi-Domain, Modern Networking Infrastructure

Enterprises seek the ability to react quickly to business demands in the digital world. In response, IT professionals today face daunting tasks in deploying and managing networking infrastructure given resource and consumption constraints. Also, connectivity is no longer relegated to the confines of office walls or the traditional centralized datacenter. Rather, businesses require connectivity to …

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