Ciena – Network operators are struggling to gain greater control over an increasingly complex network environment, which may include everything from virtual technologies to cloud services and legacy infrastructure. They must find a way to efficiently deliver and scale up new services and applications to keep pace with varying customer demands.
To address their challenges, many organizations are learning to embrace virtual services and infrastructure using Software Defined Networking (SDN), and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
However, these technological advances also introduce new pitfalls. For example, as organizations adopt SDN and NFV, they must prevent migrating from legacy hardware silos to ‘virtual software silos’—replete with their own vendor dependencies—which could hinder an organization’s ability to deliver new services or keep up with the pace of change.
The current situation underscores the need for service orchestration to help organizations break down potential silos and efficiently tie hardware, software, applications, and networks neatly together. more> blueplanet.com/resources
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Czech This Out: Like the Wright Flyer, GE’s Turboprop Business Was Born in a Bike Shop
By Tomas Kellner – GE got into the turboprop business in 2008, when it acquired Walter Aircraft Engines in the Czech Republic. There, Walter is still a household name.
Just like Wilbur and Orville Wright in the United States, Josef Walter, the founder of Walter Engines, built his aviation business from a bike shop. He started out in 1898 by fixing bicycles, but soon started adapting their design and adding a small engine to the frame so his customers wouldn’t have to pedal.
From bicycles and tricycles, Walter expanded into the automobile business. In 1923, two decades after the Wright brothers’ first powered flight, the company moved into the quickly growing aviation industry.
In the 1920s, Czechoslovak State Airlines started using Walter engines. Within a decade, they covered nearly 2 million miles in the carrier’s service.
By the mid-1930s, new Walter designs like Castor and Pollux allowed Czech acrobats to show off their skills in front of 150,000 people attending the first World Aerobatic Championships in Paris in 1934, and also at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. more> http://tinyurl.com/o6kyyy4
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GE to Deploy the First Industrial-Strength Cloud For Machine Data
By Tomas Kellner – There are already plenty of massive datacenters that store music, photos, workout information and other consumer data.
But GE believes that industrial data, which is growing twice as fast as any other sector, needs its own secure, heavy-duty cloud that can hold and process information that’s not always in the best shape.
“The data we’re storing is very different from a Facebook picture, which is pretty well defined,” says Harel Kodesh, vice president and general manager for GE’s Predix software platform at GE Software.
“Some of the sensors on machines may not be working properly and their data is dirty. It needs to be cleaned, normalized, compressed and ingested in a secure and efficient manner.”
That’s why GE said today (Aug 5) that it’s going to launch the first cloud service designed specifically for industrial data and analytics. more> http://tinyurl.com/pfwjo2s
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By Gabe Rottman – What does the bill—dubbed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or “CISA”—do? It’s a surveillance bill, pure and simple.
It says that any and all privacy laws, including laws requiring a warrant for electronic communications, and those that protect financial, health or even video rental records, do not apply when companies share “cybersecurity” information, broadly defined, with the government.
If the federal government can’t secure the most sensitive intelligence and military data against spies and cyber-thieves, what does that mean for the vast amount of personal information that would flow to the government from the private sector under CISA?
The answer is obvious. The honeypot would grow all that much sweeter. Not only would you have a one-stop shop for government worker information, you would have a new trove of personal information about all of us, held in what have proved to be tempting and vulnerable targets for the baddest of actors. more> http://tinyurl.com/pqzyady
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OECD – A technical standard may lock in a technology and its future development path. Therefore, setting standards too early may lead to the adoption of an inferior technology, while setting standards too late may result in a slower diffusion of the technology than would otherwise be the case.
Moreover, setting standards can under some circumstances result in higher prices and a less competitive market. For instance, when standards are proprietary and used strategically by incumbent firms, they may lead to higher prices and less competition than if different technologies competed for the market.
In any case, inter-operability among different services providers and technological compatibility are considered important for competitive markets and trade. more> http://tinyurl.com/mtl63lg
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