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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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IBM’s Telco Cloud And Network Edge Journey

It has been almost a year since IBM closed its acquisition of Red Hat. I was initially skeptical of the announcement in the fall of 2018. Red Hat has been nimble and quick, disrupting the telco space with its Enterprise Linux, OpenStack, OpenShift, Cloudforms, and other open source platforms. I worried that Big Blue’s culture …

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RESEARCH PAPER: A10 Networks Delivers Comprehensive 5G Security

Mobile networks utilizing cellular technology play a pivotal role in the overall global communications fabric. Many, if not most, countries consider 4G LTE and 5G security vital to their overall national security due to the potential disruption of energy grids, transportation systems, financial markets, and borders. High-profile outages and attacks, in addition to the recent …

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RESEARCH PAPER: AT&T’s Legacy Of Innovation

The deployment of 5G will revolutionize fixed and mobile services with its ultra-low latency, blazing-fast throughput, and ability to support a massive number of connected devices. In addition to greater speed and responsiveness, 5G will redefine connectivity and the subscriber experience by enabling a new era of network-based intelligence, virtualization, and computational power at the …

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The Latest Chinese Supply Chain Restrictions And Its Impact To The Telco Industry

Creative Commons CC0 License US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE The trade debate between the United States and China has been hard fought by both sides since the beginning of 2018. Flash forward to the spring of 2019, and the U.S. began to place restrictions on Huawei to limit its ability to purchase needed components from U.S. manufacturers …

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Networking Providers Inject Needed Liquidity Into The COVID-19 Fight

COVID-19 continues to shock global markets, affecting nearly every sector of the U.S. economy. It has exposed a weakness in business continuity plans—organizations of all sizes are scrambling to support work from home. The need for reliable and secure collaboration is paramount. Last week I wrote about the efforts by networking infrastructure and service providers …

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Aims To Deliver 5G Simplification

This week Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a set of initiatives aimed at simplifying operator deployments of 5G, including a new platform initiative, enhanced standards and tools, and open source collaboration. I recently spent time with executives from the company’s telecommunications division. I would like to share my insights into what I found to be …

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

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 …

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Carrier Networking 101: Decoding The Acronyms

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 …

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

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 …

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TechChill 2020 Is Hot For Connectivity

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. …

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Cisco Systems Goes Big On 5G

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 …

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Cisco Live Europe 2020 Delivers CX And IoT

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 …

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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 …

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

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 …

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Cisco Systems Goes Big On The ‘Next’ Internet

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 …

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AWS Wavelength Could Supercharge 5G

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 …

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Latvia And Its 5G Path to Prosperity

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 …

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

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 …

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Dell Technologies Is Livin’ On The Edge

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 …

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