Internet evolution has been stagnating both conceptually and in business model terms, and what is likely to bring us out of that is the concept of software-defined networking, not as it is today but in the form it will become.
I think that the current focus of SDNs has been in the data center, but conceptually the notion of software control of networking has to be pervasive to be broadly useful. You can see some SDN concepts in the cloud in the OpenStack Quantum interface, for example. Even though it's currently focusing on a data center too, it's clearly designed to be extended to the WAN.
I think we have to unless we want that future to develop without any input from the market, Susan! The problem is first creating a dialog on the useful points and second making that dialog relevant in the marketplace. Right now the cloud, SDN, and the Internet are all evolving based on vendor opportunism. That sort of evolution has been good for us in that it gave us the Internet as it is. Will it always produce an optimum result? It's like breeding horses by linking males and females based on birthdays or something; it might work out once but odds are that the continuation of the practice won't measure up to any early (serendipitous) success.
Regulations never seem to be able to look beyond the end of the nose of the regulators!
The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
YouTube's move to a partial pay-for-view model could help relieve a dearth of good new content but it could also complicate debates in many parts of the world over payment by content providers for delivery of their material to customers.
That's what Larry Page said on Google's earnings call, referring to the conjunction of mobile and the cloud. Well, let's chart it then! We need to be thinking about an Internet where 90% of our traffic goes to 70 destinations within 40 miles of us.
Facebook's Graph Search may face some profound challenges and risks, first, because Facebook users haven't been thinking of their posts as product reviews; and second, because Facebook will now have to contend with the social-network equivalent of SEO "gaming" of results.
EU operators are considering joining up to create a pan-European network to reduce competitive overbuild and cost. This might lower costs and focus operators on higher-level, more interesting services.
The amount of data traffic running over US wireless networks grew 123 percent from 2010 (388 billion MB) to 2011 (866.7 billion MB), according to the CTIA. Carriers have tried to prepare for the change by moving from 3G to 4G networks. But with data rates increasing so rapidly, will there be enough bandwidth to meet future demand? Doubtful!
There are reports out there that say LTE providers want to throttle their services to protect wireline broadband. This, with Verizon dropping naked DSL? This, with LTE requiring as much deep fiber as wireline? Think again!
A combination of an announcement by DT and a Pew survey is showing us what the next-gen Internet may look like, and why. The demand for flexible services, created by rewired, iPhoned, social brains, combines with cloud and optical technology to create something totally new!
Telecom operators say they are adding new high-speed broadband wireless technology to their networks to improve services for users, but they are also introducing tiered pricing which punishes us for taking advantage of the new speed. No fair, says Tom Nolle.
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