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Partnership ecosystems: Where innovation meets new revenue (Reader Forum)

Now more than ever, we’re seeing more collaboration in the telecoms industry. Instead of working against each other, the industry is coming together to boost the pace of innovation. This is seeing tangible successes, with many associations and ecosystems forming to help operators deliver...

5G ecosystems: Why application programming is important

The API (application programming interface) is where we need to concentrate to get customers hooked on 5G. Cisco’s CTO of Mobility Business thinks the API (application programming interface) may be more important for the success of 5G than anything else. “If 5G is going to be...

Gluster Community focuses on container integration with Gluster 4.0

Gluster Community announces Gluster 4.0 The Gluster Community recently premiered the latest version of the open source software scalable network filesystem, Gluster 4.0, with new features focused on container integration and storage management. Gluster was founded in 2005 with the goal of simplifying storage using open...

Cisco pushes software disaggregation with network operating systems

Cisco announces updates to network operating systems Cisco recently announced updates on software disaggregation across service provider, enterprise and data center networking. The company noted that software disaggregation has been on the rise for a variety reasons. Hyperscale web providers are pushing for disaggregated solutions for...

Sedona introduces hierarchical SDN controller for multi-layer networks

Sedona announces Hierarchical Network Controller Sedona Systems recently rolled out its new Hierarchical Network Controller product, which automatically provisions and optimizes layer 0 to 3 services across multi-layer, vendor and domain networks. Sedona describes itself as the global leader in multi-layer network automation and control. Its...

Tenable introduces new tool for quantifying cyber risk

Tenable unveils benchmarking solution Software company Tenable announced a new feature, called Tenable.io Lumin, which the company said will enable organizations to quantify and communicate their cyber risk. In cyber security, the concept of an “attack surface” refers to the total number of points or vectors...

How virtual, hybrid and SD-WANs compare and contrast

Different WAN technologies Software-defined networking (SDN) has played a major role in reshaping wide-area networks (WANs). So much so that other WAN technologies, such virtual WAN and hybrid WAN, are often mistakenly conflated with SD-WAN. While virtual and hybrid WAN technologies share similar goals with...

The role of SDN in intent-based networking

The future of networking Software-defined networking (SDN) is expected to play a role in the enablement of intent-based networking systems (IBNS), which promise to give network administrators greater control over networks through a mix of automation and machine learning. While SDN and intent-based networking are...

How to improve network security with NFV and SDN

Securing open distributed architectures Service providers have gravitated toward open distributed architectures over the past few years with the rise of network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), virtual machines, containers and other technologies. Although network operators have been eager to embrace open distributed architectures...

TM Forum develops digital architecture principles with ODA program

TM Forum announces Open Digital Architecture (ODA) program TM Forum, a nonprofit industry association for service providers and their suppliers in the telecom industry, premiered its ODA program today. The purpose of the program, according to TM Forum, is to replace traditional operational and business...

Broadcom introduces software development kit to simplify switch configuration

Broadcom makes available open source software development kit Broadcom recently announced the immediate availability of an open source software development kit (SDK), dubbed SDKLT, for Ethernet switch application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). Based on the BCM56960 Tomahawk switch, the SDKLT provides a way to configure Ethernet switch...

Saguna pushing users to the edge with MEC Starter Kit

Saguna launches MEC Starter Kit Multi-access edge computing (MEC) company Saguna launched what it claims to be the world’s first MEC Starter Kit. MEC is a network architecture that allows IT and cloud-computing capabilities to be performed at the edge of the cellular network. The purpose...

Juniper steps up automation with security platform enhancements

Juniper premieres new security appliances Juniper announced a new line of network appliances and capabilities aimed at making security easier through automated policy management. The latest security capabilities include the Junos Space Security Director, which offers security management with a centralized interface that provides enforcement across...

Leveraging NFV and SDN for network slicing

Network slicing and dicing Network slicing is poised to play a pivotal role in the enablement of 5G. The technology allows operators to run multiple virtual networks on top of a single, physical infrastructure. With 5G commercialization set for 2020, many are wondering to what...

IBM launches ALM v1.2 to address NFV challenges

IBM premieres Agile Lifecycle Manager version 1.2 IBM recently deployed Agile Lifecycle Manager (ALM) version 1.2, which provides a design, test and automated deployment platform to address technical challenges anchored to network functions virtualization (NFV). According to the company, IBM ALM v1.2 enables automated operating...

CNCF announces Kubernetes 1.9 with a focus on stability

Kubernetes 1.9 moves Workloads APIs to stability The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced version 1.9 of the container orchestration and management platform Kubernetes is expected to be released December 13 with various updates and expanded features. The release follows on the heels of the...

CoreOS brings open cloud services catalog to Tectonic 1.8

CoreOS unveils Tectonic 1.8 CoreOS, maker of the Tectonic cloud-management platform built on Kubernetes, announced Tectonic 1.8 will ship with the beta version of Open Cloud Services Catalog. In addition to circumnavigating cloud vendor lock-in, the catalog aims to enable companies to launch key infrastructure...

The role of NFV and SDN in 5G

A new network topology The digital transformation of network infrastructure through network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) is anticipated to play a pivotal role with the respect to the commercialization of 5G. There are several major architectural obstacles facing 5G networks, which...

Trend Micro acquires Immunio to extend DevOps cloud security

Trend Micro purchases Immunio to enhance software security offering Security firm Trend Micro announced it has recently acquired Immunio, a startup focused on web app security, in a bid to expand its hybrid cloud security to DevOps. The company intends to combine automation protection with...

Fortinet extends virtualized Security Fabric apps to AWS users

AWS joins Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner Program Fortinet, a global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, announced it has extended its virtualized Security Fabric applications to Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers with an encompassing set of solutions that can be managed through a centralized console. The agreement...

What are APIs and how do they work?

Introduction Application program interfaces (APIs) are becoming a major part of the internet. Although the technology has been around for years, the API market has witnessed explosive growth in recent memory. According to an IDC survey of IT and business professionals sponsored by Axway, 47%...

Hybrid cloud demand forges Google, Cisco partnership

Google and Cisco team up on hybrid cloud solution offering Google and Cisco recently announced they are teaming up to provide a hybrid cloud solution that allows applications and services to be launched, managed and secured over on-premise environments and Google Cloud Platform. The collaboration indicates...

The role of hybrid IT with digital transformation: IDC

How hybrid IT models are impacting digitalization efforts Digital transformation is impacting a host of industries, including media, healthcare, manufacturing, government and beyond. Although the term encompasses an umbrella of meanings, generally speaking, digital transformation is understood as the incorporation of digital technologies into daily...

The role of open APIs in digital transformation

The shift toward digital transformation Digital transformation has become a major trend across a host of industries, from healthcare to entertainment, with application program interfaces (APIs) spearheading the transition. According to a report by research firm IDC, by 2020, 50% of Global 2000 will see...

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