Daily Archives: March 5, 2019

Updates from Ciena

Extending the 100G Edge
Introducing Ciena’s new 5171 Service Aggregation Switch and Service Aggregation Platform, bringing more capacity closer to the network edge, enabling deployment into outdoor street cabinets and other uncontrolled locations.
By Wayne Hickey – Streaming applications like Amazon Prime, Facebook, Netflix, and YouTube (… and the list goes on) are consuming Internet content at a torrid pace with the end nowhere in sight. To adjust to the high-speed pace of today’s business, enterprises use technology to change what they do and how they do it. Think about healthcare, hospitality, financial, manufacturing, and education organizations, to name a few—all are taking advantage of digital transformation to push more and more data.

Additionally, in the next few years, the promise of 5G is expected to make the number of connected devices and bandwidth swell. To deliver much faster download speeds and latency of just a few milliseconds, the network edge is key.

Coherent packet-optical technology is playing an increasingly critical role in solving networking business challenges: capacity, cost reduction, and competitiveness. Increasingly, network providers look to coherent packet-optical technology to solve the scalability and cost per bit challenges in their network.

Here are a few ways packet switching with integrated coherent DWDM is helping network providers … more>


Updates from Chicago Booth

Class action lawsuits hit innovative companies the hardest
By Alex Verkhivker – Corporate America has long complained that many class action suits are frivolous and an unfair tax on business. Lawyers have a financial incentive to file meritless suits because companies are often willing to settle—even when allegations are false—to save time, money, and public image. Lawmakers in Congress have wrestled with this issue for years without resolution.

But research suggests more reason to address it: the costs of such litigation weigh disproportionately on the most innovative US corporations, according to Chicago Booth’s Elisabeth Kempf and Tilburg University’s Oliver Spalt. Using data on more than 40,000 lawsuits filed between 1996 and 2011 against 6,111 companies, the researchers find that frivolous lawsuits tended to focus on highly innovative businesses, which represented juicy targets—and cost the average company in this group $1.1 million a year, or about 4 percent of annual profit gains. more>


Updates from Siemens

Manufacturing Operations Center
Siemens – Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software is a holistic solution that enables you to implement your strategy for the complete digitalization of manufacturing operations. Our portfolio provides end-to-end visibility into production allowing decision makers to readily identify areas to be improved within both the product design and associated manufacturing processes, and make the necessary operational adjustments for smoother and more efficient production.

The technologies and architecture of the our portfolio adapt to the specific requirements of different industrial processes. It provides comprehensive MOM applications with a rich ecosystem of industry-specific functionalities developed from deep expertise in manufacturing. The highly scalable platform delivers multiple capabilities and enables customers to combine production efficiency with quality and visibility to reduce time to production.

Our products provide solutions for:
• Advanced Planning and Scheduling
• Manufacturing Execution
• Quality Management
• Manufacturing Intelligence
• R&D and Quality management for process industries


Updates from Datacenter.com

Changing the Rules: Flexible Colocation Models
Datacenter.com – We all know that Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS) allows us to pay only what we use. It allows us to parallel our costs with our actual usage. While traditionally only found in IaaS or SaaS environments, that model is now making its way to colocation providers.

But does this align with your current colocation contract?

Previously, colocation was a fairly standard contract for 36 months or longer. It included space, allocated power circuits and a burstable bandwidth subscription. Downsizing the environment for a short period meant you paid the same amount, but just used fewer resources. Short-term agreements meant 12 months, no ifs, ands, or buts. You paid for the allocated space and power regardless of how much you were actually using. Internet bandwidth had a base amount you would select. Use it or lose it.

Progression within the data center business have come a long way. Much like cloud technology, companies are increasingly coming up with Consumable Colocation Model options, designed to help customers lower costs and be more efficient in their use of resources.

The positive impact of the Flexible Colocation Model for you as Customer:


Flexible colocation model (Colocation as a Subscription) allows you as a company to plan resources and predict revenue. If your company or your client wants to change the focus of the project? Or like to migrate a part of the infrastructure to the Cloud? No problem — nothing is “out of scope” because there is no scope. Colocation subscription allows you to be flexible in your tactics without having inconsistent service due to recalculating costs. It gives your company the ability to provide different types of services, not just deliverables. more>