For 150 years, the US avoided formal alliances. It occasionally went to war — fighting the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, and World War I — but did so without entangling itself in promises to other countries. Then, after World War II, it abruptly changed course, and began to build a network of alliances unlike anything that had come before. Over the next few decades, the US used those alliances to keep countries around the world close, and to fight Soviet expansion, by making a promise that it would go to war if any of its allies were ever attacked. After the Soviet Union fell, the initial purpose of those alliances was gone, but the US recommitted to them, signaling again and again that the central promise of those relationships was still in effect. It kept doing so for the next 25 years. Then the US elected a leader who took America’s global relationships in a new direction.
President Trump was skeptical that America’s network of alliances was still beneficial to the US. He began to distance the US from those alliances, raising doubts about whether America would actually follow through on the promise at the core of them if provoked. Some allies moved closer to Russia or China, both of whom had attempted to undermine America’s alliances. Today, the future of those alliances is on the ballot in the US. One of the major presidential candidates in the 2020 election wants to return the US to its former status with its allies; the other finds its decades-old alliances costly and cumbersome. The world is waiting to see which vision Americans prefer.
Should Sears liquidate its assets, it would become one of the most high-profile victim in the wave of bankruptcies that has swept the retail sector in the last few years, as the popularity of online shopping exacerbates the fierce price competition facing brick-and-mortar stores.
Sears, which filed for bankruptcy protection last October, may have to close hundreds of stores it is still operating, potentially putting up to 68,000 people out of work, the sources said.
Its vast inventories of tools, appliances and store fixtures will be sold in fire sales, the sources added.
This webinar will address the top ten challenges CSPs face when automating for the first time or when increasing and optimizing their existing automation efforts. The presenters will provide expert tips on how to identify and overcome these challenges, while simplifying management of a wide range of network automation tools and orchestrators.
When: Thur Mar 22, 2018, 11:00 am New York/ 3:00 pm London
Autonomous networking has been at the forefront of this discussion. However, automation is only part of the story. Providers require a network that will give the right response where and when needed. A network that can adapt.
In this webinar, Ciena will share key insights on how other companies have begun this journey and provide examples of how to achieve the end-state of an Adaptive Network utilizing:
Software control and automation
Analytics and intelligence
When: Wed, March 21, 2018, 11:00am New York/ 4:00pm London
IoTConnex Virtual: Solving Business Problems in a Connected World moves beyond speculative discussions about technology to show you what’s working in the real world—helping you discover more opportunities, make smarter IoT decisions and save money.
Demands for greater bandwidth and speed are driving a global increase in fiber to the home (FTTH). However, this demand for network infrastructure does not always come paired with a corresponding increase in fiber expertise. In the real world, fiber is installed in harsh environments and is vulnerable to a number of faults.
Charlene Roux, global product line manager for OTDR with VIAVI, walks webinar attendees through recommendations for successful, consistent deployment and maintenance of FTTH/PON networks without requiring special training or expertise.
When: Wed, February 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. ET
In just the last five years, artificial intelligence has evolved from a staple of science fiction to a real-world magnet for large-scale investment, wonder, and hype. Increases in computing power and the emergence of large data sets to train ever more powerful machine learning algorithms have created real world applications and success stories. And both trends are expected to accelerate into the 2020s.
This summit will showcase the researchers, business, government leaders and soldiers that are designing, funding, and shaping the future of artificial intelligence.