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Updates from Ciena

Optic Zoo Networks Keeps Vancouver’s Data Traveling at Blistering Speeds with Ciena

By Tony Ross – Optic Zoo Networks is a recognized brand throughout metro Vancouver due to our extensive carrier grade dark fiber network and infrastructure. Based on demand and to further accelerate our growth and better serve Tier 1 service providers, we knew it was time to take our offerings to the next level.

Our customers need to support bandwidth-hogging applications like virtual and augmented reality, as well as Internet of Things (IoT). However, in order for data to continue to flow with ease, we needed to ensure that Optic Zoo Networks was ready to support that growth. That meant offering new Carrier Ethernet Services (CES), and in turn, required that we build a Carrier Ethernet Network (CEN).

To continue to support top-echelon service providers, however, we needed to build a CEN that could scale instantaneously and meet the needs of organizations in a range of industries – from finance, healthcare, education, and more.

For example, customers that previously wanted to upgrade to higher levels of bandwidth had to go through inefficient processes, such as having to order a network loop that could take weeks. With our CEN, today’s 1G customers can easily upgrade to 10G tomorrow with a simple software upgrade. more> https://goo.gl/fh54t3

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Updates from Ciena

#Ciena25: The Story Behind the Founding of Ciena

By Bruce Watson – The company that would eventually become Ciena began its life as an inspiration inside the head of David Huber.  The former General Instruments engineer had an idea for how to help cable companies squeeze more television channels through their lines to end consumers.  In 1992, he set out to turn those ideas into a reality, and on November 8, 1992, the paperwork was officially filed in Delaware for the new company.

Huber immediately began searching for venture capital funding.  In late 1993, Huber was introduced to Pat Nettles, a veteran leader of several telecom companies.  By early 1994, Nettles was brought on-board to run the business side of things and was soon the company’s first CEO (though owning a doctorate in particle physics, Nettles was no stranger to the technology side of things himself).

Nettles quickly convinced Huber that it was the long-distance phone companies, not the cable TV industry, that would be the best target for Huber’s invention.

The introduction between the two was orchestrated by Jon Bayless, a venture capitalist who’s firm Sevin Rosen Funds provided $3 million in start-up funding for the business in February 1994. more> https://goo.gl/ZdVzLE

Updates from Ciena

Future of 5G
By Susan Friedman, Brian Lavallée – 5G is coming, and with it comes the expectation of wireless speeds that are 100X or more what we experience today with 4G. In fact, one of the goals of 5G is to achieve maximum download speeds of 10 Gbps per user. This influx of traffic won’t come without a cost to the underlying networks that support it.

To succeed, mobile network operators (MNOs) will need more than just a new radio access network, they will also need fiber—and lots of it – to manage the massive increase in bandwidth that will come as billions more users, both human and machine, join the network.

5G is expected to be deployed strategically in different locations, especially in the early days. If consumers are expecting all 3G and 4G networks to be replaced with 5G, they’ll be disappointed. 5G is expected to complement 3G/4G where it makes sense. And depending on where service providers believe applications and use cases will be most lucrative, they can roll out speeds of up to 10 Gb/s.

This means if you’re in a rural community, chances are you probably won’t get 5G in the early days. In cities and metro areas you’ll see potential applications like enhanced mobile broadband, self-driving cars, video broadcast services, and other use cases that will require high-bandwidth and/or low-latency. So, service providers will deploy 5G in geographic areas where it makes economic sense. more> https://goo.gl/kmxQSs

Net neutrality 2.0: Perspectives on FCC regulation of internet service providers

By Stuart N. Brotman – The final outcome of this high-profile, high-impact proceeding will not be apparent until sometime late in 2017, at the earliest. Congress may also become more seriously involved at some point on the legislative front.

But without a doubt, as Chairman Pai noted in his Newseum speech, a “fierce debate” lies ahead for a number of months at least. And if past is prologue, the FCC may well receive an avalanche of comments in response to these proposed changes; the record in the Title II Order shows that over four million comments were filed by interested parties and the general public combined.

There will be no lack of political discourse, to be sure.

As we move into 2016, an unresolved national communications policy dilemma remains: whether the public-switched telephone network and the internet are parallel systems or parts of a larger ubiquitous network environment. Determining which characterization will be followed has profound consequences for regulatory treatment.

Given the emerging dominance of mobile over fixed service, if the FCC can’t regulate both, it may win the battle but lose the war. Given that a further appeal is likely regardless of which side prevails, including possible review by the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress may find itself re-emerging as the best source of guidance for the FCC. Legislative action can definitively clarify whether Congress intends for the telephone network and internet to be joined at the hip, or should continue to function in parallel with differing regulatory treatment. more> https://goo.gl/f4x8Uh

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The Dawn of Automated Network Services


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

Updates from GE

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

World Wide Web born at CERN 25 years ago


By Cian O’Luanaigh – In March 1989 Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist working at CERN, submitted a proposal to develop a radical new way of linking and sharing information over the internet. The document was entitled Information Management: A Proposal. And so the web was born.

The first website at CERN – and in the world – was dedicated to the World Wide Web project itself.

In 1993 CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain. CERN made the next release available with an open licence, as a more sure way to maximise its dissemination. Through these actions, making the software required to run a web server freely available, along with a basic browser and a library of code, the web was allowed to flourish. more> http://tinyurl.com/q3s565x

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The Financialization of the Economy

BOOK REVIEW

The Trouble with Markets: Saving Capitalism from Itself, Author: Roger Bootle.

By John Mauldin – Roger Bootle once wrote:

“The whole of economic life is a mixture of creative and distributive activities. Some of what we “earn” derives from what is created out of nothing and adds to the total available for all to enjoy. But some of it merely takes what would otherwise be available to others and therefore comes at their expense.

Successful societies maximise the creative and minimise the distributive. Societies where everyone can achieve gains only at the expense of others are by definition impoverished. They are also usually intensely violent …

Much of what goes on in financial markets belongs at the distributive end.” more> http://tinyurl.com/nn3v46f

The future of the internet is flow

By David Gelernter and Eric Freeman – The web was a brilliant first shot at making the internet usable, but it backed the wrong horse. It chose space over time.

The conventional website is “space-organized,” like a patterned beach towel—pineapples upper left, mermaids lower right. Instead it might have been “time-organised,” like a parade—first this band, three minutes later this float, 40 seconds later that band.

Today, time-based structures, flowing data—in streams, feeds, blogs—increasingly dominate the web. Flow has become the basic organising principle of the cybersphere. The trend is widely understood, but its implications aren’t. more> http://tinyurl.com/q4m9xyb

Updates from GE

‘Digital Twin’ Technology Changed Formula 1 and Online Ads. Planes, Trains and Power Are Next
By Mark Egan – Winning a Formula 1 race is no longer just about building the fastest car, hiring the bravest driver and praying for luck.

These days, when a McLaren team races in Monaco or Singapore, it beams data from hundreds of sensors wired in the car to Woking, England. There, analysts study that data and use complex computer models to relay optimal race strategies back to the driver.

What’s the connection between racers and online shoppers? To GE Vice President of Software Research Colin Parris, it is clear. The McLaren race crew and the online retailers both harness data and use algorithms to make reasonable projections about the future, Parris explains. The concept is called digital twin.

“The opportunities of the digital twin are huge,” he says. more> http://tinyurl.com/nusklc3