Will Townsend

Cisco Systems And Its Bridge To Possible

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 …

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CenturyLink Field Delivers A “Fan”-tastic Networking Experience

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 …

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

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 …

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Huawei’s Ambitious Goal To Make Connectivity Smarter

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 …

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Can Artificial Intelligence And Networking Transform The Hospitality Industry?

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 …

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Verizon Delivers Carrier Network Reliability And Innovation

  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. …

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

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. …

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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 …

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The Linux Foundation Is Changing The Fabric Of Networking

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 …

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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 …

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

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, …

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

  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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Huawei And Shenzhen: A Tale Of Two Successes

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 …

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Aruba Aims To Digitize The Workplace And Make It Smarter

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 …

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