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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: The Path to VoLTE

Join us for the following, upcoming webinar covering one of the hottest topics in the network performance assurance market: Voice over LTE (VoLTE). 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Insight: Making Sense of 5G's Crowded Confusion

Making sense of what 5G is (or ought to be) is a task made difficult by the sheer amount of noise from many industry consortiums, associations, and research institutes all working to define use cases, standards, and spectrum needed for the next generation of mobile networks. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Insight: IoT Trends

There's no shortage of news items and analysis these days about the Internet of Things (IoT). Some of the questions people and organizations are asking include: In what applications can augmented reality be useful? What's the outlook for smart watches? Is IoT secure enough to trust with our personal data? And what about automobile in-dash connected devices and services?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Insight: Wireless Spectrum Developments

In both the U.S. and Europe, there has been some recent, noteworthy regulatory activity surrounding wireless spectrum for mobile telecom use. And, more is on the horizon as 5G takes shape and industry groups unite around changes needed to move toward the next generation of mobile broadband. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, April 19-25, 2015

This week's roundup of telecom industry news touches on small cells, Wi-Fi, FM on smartphones, growth of the LTE device market, spectrum auctions, and Google's launch of its Project FI MVNO. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Insight: Internet of Things Drivers

The Internet of Things (IoT) includes many types of "things," from personal fitness trackers (think FitBit) to smart watches (think Apple Watch) to augmented reality tools (think Google Glass). One of those things is definitely the vehicle. Connected cars seem pretty futuristic, but actually they're already here. 

At first glance, it appears telecommunications players are new to the connected car market, and can't ad much value except for connectivity itself. Not true, pointed out Claudia Bacco, managing director for EMEA at RCR Wireless News, in a recent article. Cars have been 'connected' in one way or another for a while (e.g. telematics, machine-to-machine). What's new are applications like autonomous driving.

This shift toward new connected car applications is altering business practices, as the old "set it and forget it" strategy on the part of OEMs (tech is sold built into a vehicle, and after sale there's no further interaction with the customer) is being phased out because it's no longer competitive for OEMs.

Bacco noted in the article that specific challenges faced by telecom players in the connected car market include:
  • Quality and reliability. Carrier-grade products still don't reach automotive-grade product standards (technology that will last for 10-15 years with little or no service, for example).
  • Vehicle life cycles. Long-term functionality for connectivity tech is vital, since consumers typically keep their cars for many years.
  • Automative regulatory requirements. While this factor can get in the way to some extent, it may also be an opportunity; for example, the European E-Call mandate (requiring an embedded SIM chip in every new vehicle) could be a way to piggyback on standard functionality to offer connected vehicle services.
  • Billing. Direct-to-customer monthly billing for ongoing subscriptions is a foreign concept in the automotive industry. Telecom companies can help migrate connected cars closer to being a service.
In another article, Bacco explored the concept of the connected car as-a-service. She explained that there's an important distinction to be made here between the connected car itself and the technology that enables that connectivity. In other words, technology and service are not the same thing.

She noted that consumers generally still don't understand what a connected car is or why they need it. Clearly, work needs to be done in education and marketing, which means operators and vendors themselves need to agree on what they are talking about.

On the service side, Bacco predicted (based on conversations with industry players) that OEM and not mobile operators will drive end-user services. Eventually, segmented services (personal infotainment, car usage) will merge together. The car will become an extension of the consumer's house.

And what about self-driving cars? To the average consumer, a car that drives itself might seem even more futuristic than many other 'connected car' services being imagined or marketing. But guess what? It's probably coming sooner than you'd expect. 

Last month, The Roadrunner--an Audi modified by English auto tech company Delphi--completed a 3,400-mile almost totally driverless trip from San Francisco to New York City. (Engineers took control only when the vehicle had to traverse non-interstate roads; 99% of the trip was autonomous.) 

RCR Wireless reported that the Roadrunner's journey--which included traffic circles, construction zones, tunnels, bridges, a variety of weather conditions, and aggressive drivers--took nine days. Much of the technology used (e.g. collision mitigation, integrated radar and cameras, forward collision and lane departure warning) is already on the automotive market today. 

Upcoming Webinar: Assuring Performance in 5G Networks

Join us for the following, upcoming webinar covering one of the hottest topics in the network performance assurance market: 5G. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Insight: Small Cells Market Trends

Recently, RCR Wireless News took a close look at the small cell testing arena, and concluded that there are five main trends in the market right now:

  1. Enterprise small cell solutions, like AT&T's Small Site
  2. Multitechnology, multiband support improvements, such as Alcatel-Lucent's new metro cells that support LTE for up to 200 users with a  Wi-Fi option 
  3. Management and interoperability challenges persisting, with the Self-Optimizing Networks (SON) standard still in development
  4. Architecture evolution, including connectivity systems converging for in-building coverage
  5. Cost pressures continuing as the industry figures out realistic price points

Although the small cells market hasn't heated up as quickly as was predicted, Joe Madden, principal analyst at Mobile Experts, noted that it's finally gaining momentum. 

"The drought is ending," Madden said in an RCR Wireless article. "Mobile operators have ended the endless field trials, and have moved toward reliance on small cells for network capacity and enterprise applications."

Companies now investing in small cells include Cisco, Verizon Wireless, China Mobile, Vodafone, EE, and TELUS. 

ABI Research confirmed the conclusion that small cells are taking off in a report predicting the small cell backhaul equipment market is on track to exceed $4 billion by 2020. ABI thinks sub-6GHz technology will capture the largest share of backhaul last mile links, while millimeter wave technology will grow the fastest. 

So what does this mean for operators and the people who are employed in the small cells market?
For one thing, managing large scale deployments of small cells can be quite complex. Factors that should be considered include automation for rapid activation and commissioning, careful planning when moving many devices around at once time to avoid growing pains, getting distributed SON (D-SON) and centralized SON (C-SON) to play nicely together, visibility for both Wi-Fi and LTE, and the trade-offs between hardwired and cloud-based architecture. 

Workers hoping to get jobs in the small cells market are more hirable if they have some combination of these skills, advised RCR Wireless:

  • Radio frequency knowledge, covering at least a general familiarity with GSM, LTE, CDMA, EVDO and probably Wi-Fi too.
  • Project management experience, covering both "hard" skills (site acquisition, permitting and zoning) and "soft" skills like communication and coordination.  
  • Familiarity with cabling systems in order to solve backhaul issues and establish proper provisioning. 
  • Network testing skills and certifications, covering topics like sweep testing, passive intermodulation testing (PIM), and Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) testing for fiber optic.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Insight: How Does Mobile Video Growth Affect Backhaul Networks?

Increasingly, video content is being consumed on mobile devices rather than home TVs--a change driven by new devices with larger screen sizes, and new applications. The result is an exponential increase in demand for mobile bandwidth. 

In its recently published report, Forecast of Mobile Broadband Bandwidth Requirements, ACG Research explains that, because mobile video streams are unicast, even a small shift of broadcast TV traffic to mobile put significant strain on the mobile backhaul network.

"One broadcast channel of 2 Mbps bandwidth would be multiplied by millions of times more bandwidth if everyone were to switch to consuming video content over mobile devices," the report explained.

Just how big an impact is this having on mobile backhaul networks, and how much will it in future? The report estimates the impact by predicting bandwidth requirements (in bits per second) during the busy period, rather than total mobile data usage (in bytes per month) as is typically done. As shown in the graph below, ACG looked at the period 2014-2018, with three scenarios to give a sense of what could happen depending on market dynamics. 

Figure 8 from page 10 of ACG Research's report

In the most likely scenario, ACG predicts bandwidth requirements will increase by 52% compound annual growth rate through 2018. There is, ACG noted, a good deal of uncertainty in this projection, particularly around share of total device usage time and minutes of use during time of peak demand. 

These projections were then used in a model to forecast backhaul capacity requirements for a 1,200 square kilometer metro area with 2.5 million population. According to this model, in 2018 backhaul bandwidth requirements would range from 0.4 Gbps to 2.5 Gbps, with odds favoring the high end of that range. What would it take to achieve that? 10 Gbps Ethernet links in the access network, with 10 Gbps rings. The model predicted need for 600 cell sites within the area, serving 4,167 people per cell site.   

How might operators keep up? Some possibilities:

  • Use of LTE-Advanced to optimize heterogeneous networks
  • Mix of macro and small cells to improve coverage and reduce costs
  • Multicarrier arrangements to support higher data rates
  • Policy-based pricing schemes to precisely match subscribers needs and motivate them to stay on-net

What options do you see operators leveraging to meet mobile bandwidth demand as video consumption continues shifting to mobile?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Insight: What Telecom 'Business Models' Mean in the Real World

When discussing the future of mobile telecommunications generally, and 5G in particular, the term 'business models' gets tossed around a lot. But what does that really mean, in the real world?

A broad definition might be to say that a 'business model' is all the core, interrelated aspects of successfully (read: profitably) running a company. By that definition, 'business model' encompasses many aspects of telecommunications, including striking the right balance with anti-trust regulation, competition among carriers, billing strategies, relationships between and classification of video distributors, and even the unemployment rate in this sector of the economy.

Here is a quick survey of some recent industry news items that illustrate the dynamics of those business aspects, as they're playing out in the real world. 

Anti-Trust Balance: Mergers and acquisitions are just part of the game for telecom companies. But making decisions about how to adapt in this way often is restricted (rightly or wrongly, depending on who you ask) by anti-trust regulation. At the moment, companies in Europe (among them, Telef√≥nica, Hutchison Whampoa, BT, and EE) face a tougher road in this regard than those in the U.S., Fierce Wireless reports

U.S. Tier 1 Mobile Carrier Carrier Competition: First quarter 2015 earnings quarterly calls are just around the corner for T-Mobile, Sprint, At&T, and Verizon, notes Fierce Wireless. Pundits are pondering questions like: Will T-Mobile maintain its momentum and surpass Sprint in terms of total subscribers? How's AT&T doing in terms of signing customers up for its Next installment and handset upgrade plan? Can Verizon retain its reputation as having the best wireless network? Stay tuned. 

Carrier Billing: Operators and over-the-top (OTT) content companies (like Amazon, Hulu, Netflix) stand to gain significantly by extending direct carrier billing options from mobile phones to other devices like tablet, PCs, and gaming consoles. Juniper Research predicts a bright future for this billing strategy, identified as an important asset in monetizing digital content. 

Video Distributor Classifications: The relationship between online video distributors (OVDs) and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) is complicated, and made more so by how the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) classifies these entities, Light Reading noted. Comments are now in on whether or not FCC should reclassify certain OVDs as MVPDs. Does it make sense for online providers that offer linear, scheduled programming to have the same rights and responsibilities as traditional pay-TV operators?  Pros and cons abound, with potentially far-reaching consequences for OTT players and wannabes. 

Telecom Unemployment: Overall, the effects of economic recovery in the U.S. may not be as strong as hoped. But at least unemployment in the telecom sector is continuing to drop, RCR Wireless reports. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that rate is down to 1.7%, a waning trend that's been ongoing for several months. As of March, 863,400 people were employed in telecom, a category that includes telephony, VoIP, cable, and satellite television distribution; internet access; and telecom reselling. The pay's pretty good too: on average, $31 per hour. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Upcoming Webinars: 5G and HetNets

Join us for the following, upcoming webinars covering two of the hottest topics in the network performance assurance market: 5G and HetNets. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Insight: Investing in HetNets

Wireless operators investing in their heterogeneous networks (HetNets) have one overarching goal in mind: future-proofing those investments by choosing solutions that can scale and adapt to new technology. Small cells and distributed antenna systems are an important part of HetNet evolution. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, April 12-18, 2015

This week's survey of mobile communications trends includes results of a survey on big data, a couple of observations about smartphone economics, the potential influence of direct carrier billing on service provider revenue streams, the outlook for small cells, and how VoLTE gives carriers the freedom to innovate. 

Dell survey yields surprising results for big data
How should companies capitalize on big data? Dell Software surveyed 300 database administrators, and was surprised to find that small, structured data is still the main focus for up to 75% of companies. RCR Wireless article

CCS Insight: N. American smartphone sales growth to peak in the near future
According to a recent report from research firm CCS Insight, smartphone sales growth in North America and Western Europe over the next couple years, driven by factors that include lengthening replacement cycles, device innovation slowdown, and growing popularity of other devices like tablets and smart watches. Fierce Wireless article.  

Mobile spending projected at $77B annually by 2024
Research suggests that, currently, consumers spend just over $14 billion each year while shopping on mobile devices. Barclays predicts that will top $77 billion by 2024. RCR Wireless article

Reader Forum: Direct carrier billing – new wine in a new bottle?
Direct carrier billing--the practice of having purchases of additional services charged to the customer's phone account--is a significant opportunity for service providers seeking new revenue streams. They can use this strategy to participate in the over-the-top (OTT) market through complementary business relationships rather than direct competition, for example. RCR Wireless article

Small cells: 4 reasons the outlook is changingAs carriers explore voice over Wi-Fi options, it seems small cells may never come into their own. Carrier decision-makers and vendor organizations disagree, though, standing by the idea that small cells are poised to finally take off. RCR Wireless

Reality Check: Open, virtualized VoLTE gives carriers the freedom to innovate
LTE is redefining telecom operators, with the transition of telephony services form circuit-switched to VoLTE all but a done deal. Although hesitation over perceived costs is holding up that transformation, the introduction of a virtualized, cloud-based service layer could enable more agile, innovative businesses. RCR Wireless article

Insight: Light Reading 5G Ecosystem Event Recap

Accedian's VP of Solutions Marketing, Scott Sumner, attended Light Reading's "Building America's 5G Ecosystem" event this week in New York City, to keep a finger on the pulse of next-generation mobile communications development. Some of his observations from attending sessions at the event are summarized here. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Accedian Included in SDxCentral NFV Report

In its newly released 2015 Network Functions Virtualization Report, SDxCentral takes an in-depth look at the emerging NFV market, including the technology's growing use by both service providers and enterprises leveraging virtualized environments.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Insight: Microwave and Millimeter Wave Spectrum for 5G

Among stakeholders working to define 5G and develop appropriate standards, there is growing consensus that the next generation of mobile communications will require use of both microwave and millimeter wave spectrum, in addition to sub-3GHz radio frequency (RF) already in use, to address bandwidth demands. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Accedian vCPE Solution Wins TMC NFV Pioneer Award

Accedian's virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) solution, SkyLIGHT™ VCX, has won a 2015 INTERNET TELEPHONY NFV Pioneer Award from TMC. The award products with demonstrated innovation, unique features, and noteworthy developments toward improving Network Function Virtualization. 

Insight: While We're Waiting for 5G, A Look at 4G Opportunities

With all the hype around 5G, it's important not to lose sight of what's possible with existing 4G networks, both through more efficient management and technology upgrades like LTE-A. 

To its credit, Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) addressed this very topic in its December 2014 white paper on 5G, stressing that many proposed 5G requirements (such as 100% coverage, 99.999% availability, and 90% reduction in network energy usage) should be achievable with existing technology; these shortcomings are constraints more of economics than technology.

Certainly, there are plenty of opportunities to profitably improve 4G/LTE and these are the things much more likely to happen in the next five years than building out a completely new system.

Operators are already making progress increasing data speeds of existing networks using dual-carrier LTE-A, capable theoretically of up to 300 Mbps downlink speeds. This represents a big opportunity for operators to develop profitable 4G services and meet mobile broadband demand for several more years.

Other potential technology opportunities around 4G include:

  • NFV and SDN to improve the performance of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) IT platforms, enable dynamic reconfiguration of network topology in response to load and demand, direct capacity to maintain QoS at peak consumption times, and potentially reduce operator CapEx and OpEx.  

  • HetNets to provision cellular networks using a combination of cell types and access technologies. This allows operators to potentially improve customer service consistency.

  • Small cell deployments to allow more flexibility.

  • Wi-Fi for data offload and roaming.

  • Wider use of multi-carrier aggregation (including unlicensed LTE and WiFi)

  • Beam-forming to increase throughput and cell tower range

Of course, there are some significant challenges around improving 4G, including:

  • Keeping up with the surge in data usage, a problem actually exacerbated because 4G users typically consume twice as much data per month as other users.

  • Achieving increased ARPU through LTE in all markets. Effectively monetizing upgraded networks is especially difficult in regions with relatively higher proportion of prepaid subscribers.

  • Interconnect for LTE roaming. Wide adoption of voice over LTE (VoLTE) is constrained by lack of a standard IP-based interconnect technology for voice.

But, those challenges should be overcomeable with innovation and time; 4G LTE is still in the early stages of its lifecycle and conceivably won’t peak until well into the 2020s. As such, 4G still represents significant growth opportunity for the mobile industry, and will for some time to come.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Insight: RAN Sharing and Its Role in 5G

Thought leadership and industry-guiding white papers published recently on the subject of 5G (e.g. GSMA, NGMN Alliance) touch on the role of network sharing (aka RAN sharing) as being a key aspect of how future mobile infrastructure and services are designed, deployed, and delivered. This includes spectrum sharing or reuse.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Insight: Five Questions About 5G

Amid all the hype over 5G, it's good to periodically take a step back and ask some questions about where things are headed for future mobile broadband, and how to get there. Here are five things we've been pondering as part of some in-depth analysis into 5G, each with reference to a recently curated article that either attempts to answer the question, or adds depth to the inquiry. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, April 5-11, 2015

This week's roundup of telecom industry news look at the true nature of 5G, what's spurring NFV and SDN growth, why a secondary RF spectrum market is needed, and a couple of warnings about cloud and network security. Plus: a new breakthrough could lead to cheaper, faster-charging smartphone batteries.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Video: Introduction to OpenStack

Now managed by the OpenStack Foundation, OpenStack is an open-source cloud computing software platform, primarily deployed as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution. It covers a collection of inter-related projects that control aspects of data center processing, storage, and networking resources. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Insight: Just a Few Things About IoT

By conservative estimates, five years from now (in 2020) the Internet of Things will consist of 20 billion "things," or three connected devices for every human on earth. That's daunting enough to consider, but now imagine all these things talking to each other with no human oversight. Scary.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Insight: Checking in on Small Cells

When exploring the business case for deploying small cells for urban, residential, and rural areas, what key considerations should be part of the discussion? Kelly Hill, an editor RCRWireless, recently suggested five factors: ease of deployment, return on investment, impact to the overall network, timing of deployment, and indoor vs. outdoor focus. 

Those factors are just a subset of ideas explore in RCR Wireless' recent special report on small cell testing; another set of recommendations to come out of that is a list of resources for learning more about small cell deployment and the technology's technical progress. The list includes Small Cell Forum's library of information, Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance technical documents, and results from ETSI's plugfests, among other.
Another question worth asking is: how's the small cell market doing? Answer: pretty good. 

As of mid-March, about 75 mobile network operators have deployed small cells, with approximately 10 million units shipped (Small Cell Forum figures). Shipments are expected to double during 2015.

All those small cells shipped implies that operators are using this technology to increase the capacity and reliability of their networks. And, that's true. Small cells are playing an increasingly integral role in microwave backhaul network deployments, for example. These deployments are complex, however; in fact, as RCR Wireless did recently in a Reader Forum article, you can compare small cell backhaul to a road construction project.  

As growth in the small cell market growth unfolds, it seems likely this technology will start showing up in more and more places. Like where? Light Reading recently suggested a list of "Unusual Places to Stick a Small Cell," including the great pyramids, Alcatraz, and Great Wall of China. Anyone ready for a tour of the Seven Wonders?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Insight: LTE Market Check-In

What technologies and techniques are available to mobile operators seeking to meet demands for reliable, fast, stable broadband services? The key lies in intelligently increasing network capacity. Traditionally, that capacity came from three places, said Kevin Linehan, CTO at CommScope, in a recent Telecoms Tech article: more efficient use of spectrum, expanded spectrum, and adding cells to existing networks.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Insight: SDN/NFV Market Check-In

There have been some interesting developments in the SDN/NFV market latelyand commentary on the significance of those activities. Seems like a good time to take a look at a few virtualization sub-topics. 

To start off, SDxCentral Keith Griffith recently noted that a number of industry observers predict the divide between IT departments network administrators and data center operators will soon vanish. Why? Because of the "silo-busing" effect of SDN/NFV as virtualization and disaggregation bring compute, storage, network, and facilities under one roof, centrally controlled by a team of DevOps professionals.  

Software-defined infrastructure is changing things for services providers, too. Providers know their operations and billing software (OSS/BSS) falls short of being able to orchestrate the coming wave of virtualized networking, said SDNCentral.com managing editor Craig Matsumoto in a recent article. The need for more automated replacements is becoming more urgent as SDN and NFV come closer to reality. 

Another focus of virtualization is using SDN to optimize WAN, internetworking and the network edge, observed SDxCentral in a recent Featured Article. There are huge drivers for cost, utilization, resiliency and overall service delivery around SDN in external network connectivity and performance applications. 

For mobile network operators (MNOs), which have increasingly been adopting policy control solutions to gain insights from network analytics, virtualization is leading to even more flexibility and agility, noted SDxCentral. Using NFV can deliver both cost savings and service velocity for MNOs. Combining cloud with virtualization further enhances this effect.  
Most telcos find it took costly in terms of time, money, and effort to economically serve the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market, observed Light Reading Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre. But, that's changing thanks to the capabilities made possible by virtualization and the cloud. Could this finally lead to a viable strategy to service the SMB sector? 

What do you think is the most significant recent development in the SND/NFV market?

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, March 29-April 4, 2015

This weeks' roundup of industry news is mostly serious stuff about the differences between NFV and SDN, the benefits of C-RAN, demographics of people who drive connected cars, and imagined 5G use cases. But, with just a bit of foolishness added in given the numeral associated with Hump Day as a new month got underway. 

NFV and SDN: What’s the Difference Two Years Later?
Although sometimes referred to interchangeably, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) play distinct but complementary roles in telecom networks. Increasingly, they are coupled in network evolution deployments, hence the confusion. SDxCentral article

Study Finds Major Cost Advantages in New Enterprise LTE Wireless Approach
In a study commissioned by small cell solutions company Airvana, Real Wireless found that, even in multi-operator deployments, cloud RAN LTE small cell solutions can reduce costs by 69% compared with traditional distributed antenna systems. Yahoo! Finance article

Analyst Angle: C-RAN generating new business opportunities
Cloud RAN (C-RAN) is the latest frontier for operators seeking ways to cost-effectively add density to their networks in metro areas. This does, though, change the fundamental architecture of cell sites. RCR Wireless article.

EMEA: GfK talks connected cars

Who drives connected cars? Why are they attracted to this new role for technology in their lives? GfK took on that topic in a study of drives in Brazil, China, Germany, Russia, U.K., and the U.S. and found the demographic to be one mostly of car owners (as opposed to leasers) who commute to work by car and are early adopters of technology generally. RCR Wireless article.  

Building 5G networks without the band aid
In attempting to plan for 5G, the mobile industry is mostly preparing for an imaginary future. At least, they are starting from use case scenarios and then moving on to technology requirements. Fierce Wireless article

Jarich: Q1 2015 - 3 months that changed telecom forever5G? That's so last year. U.S. should be focusing on 6G. Everybody loves the net neutrality ruling. Someday, the smartwatch you invest in now will help fund your child's college education. Price wars are good for everybody. Say what? April Fool's! Fierce Wireless article.  

Friday, April 3, 2015

Insight: NFV for Data Centers in the Age of Cloud

In the quest to keep pace with desktop virtualization, cloud computing, and mobile device integration, data center network operators are turning to network function virtualization (NFV), notes tech writer David Geer in a recent TechTarget article

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Insight: Super-Powering Wall Street's Networks

The financial services industry and trading systems are driving new technologies forward, with good reason: in trading, time literally is money. Any small hiccup can be costly—especially when it affects access between trading firms and financial data centers. Shaving nanoseconds in the datacenter means nothing when you hit a speed-bump in the WAN, which can add microseconds or even milliseconds to transactions.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Accedian in the News

If you're following Accedian's growth, solutions and contribution to conferences and industry organizations, you'll want to see who's been taking note in the media.

Here are the articles we've seen from the past few weeks:

White Paper: vCPE Evolution Path

As business services move to the cloud from private data centers, the focus shifts toward assured data center connectivity. Such services face intense cost pressure but, since they form the lifelines between enterprises and business-critical infrastructure, QoS can't be sacrificed.