Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) was designed to help the telecom industry accelerate innovation and launch services quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. This is done primarily by replacing hardware-centric equipment with cloud native and microservices approaches that allow key core and edge functionality to be virtualized in telecommunications networks.
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(This is the third in a series of three articles regarding how the technology industry is being disrupted and who will be the winners and losers and how the winners are winning).
Open Telecom initiatives continue to grow, as the benefits of belonging to NFV ecosystems are so compelling: working together, private cloud infrastructure, software and systems vendors are helping service providers "future proof" their networks and improve service agility, while avoiding vendor lock-in and continuing to build the basis for the development and launching of new and innovative services.
There is nothing as exciting as our annual customer and partner gathering each year, and this year, for the first time, we are bringing over 600 people together in my backyard, downtown Los Angeles. The energy in LA is unlike any other city, bringing a cool vibe to a hot town, with everything from music and entertainment to technology and a vibrant economy. As part of the real-time communications industry, we are in the networking business, and there will be no better networking happening than at this gathering which has grown each year over the past five years.
Over the last several years, we have been working with some of the largest and most successful Communications Service Providers (CSPs) in the world, and it's been fascinating to be part of their transformation teams, contributing to their large-scale projects, as virtualized and software defined networks emerge and legacy networks continue to fade into the past.
With all the focus on AI and bots, and with all the research on Millennials and their obsession with texting, some may lose sight of the power of live human conversations and how voice may always prove to be the shortest distance between a problem and a solution.
The growth of voice controlled assistants like Siri and Alexa is one leading indicator that the human voice is the most convenient way for humans to interact with their machines.
Mobile World Congress is probably THE conference in the technology industry right now, with more than 100,000 people descending on the city of Barcelona for four days to showcase their latest and greatest. It has become so much more than a “MOBILE” conference. This year, I had the privilege of attending the show again to really get a feel for what’s hot in the industry and where things are going.
What would your work life be like if you could reach exactly the right person at exactly the right time, and have your questions answered in seconds, not minutes, hours or days?
Work would get done a lot faster, stress levels would decrease substantially, and the speed of doing business would flow instead of ebbing and flowing.
For most of history, communications have been asynchronous, and even synchronized communications has often required people to switch from one application to another.