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NTT Com Leads all Network Providers in Deployment of SDN/OpenFlow; NFV Coming Soon

March 15, 2014
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Diagram of how NTT Com is helping customer Yamaha Motor reduce ICT costs via cloud migration.

Introduction: While AT&T has gotten a lot of press for its announced plans to use Software Defined Networking (SDN) to revamp its core network, another large global carrier has been quietly deploying SDN/OpenFlow for almost two years and soon plans to launch Network Function Virtualization (NFV) into its WAN. NTT Communications (NTT-Com) is using an…

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AT&T to Test All-IP Phone Network in 2 U.S. Cities

February 28, 2014
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An image of a typical VoIP adapter.

AT&T will begin pilot testing all-digital IP phone networks in West Delray Beach, Florida, and Carbon Hill, Alabama, as part of the U.S. carrier’s push to move away from legacy switched telephone networks (PSTN and POTS) in favor of all-IP delivery of voice, data and video. AT&T’s announcement: Testing the Next Generation of IP Networks, states that…

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Virtually Networked: The State of SDN

An image of a cloud as a metaphor for SDN.

We have all heard about hectic activity with several initiatives on network virtualization. The potpourri of terms in this space (SDN/OpenFlow/OpenDaylight etc.) are enough to make one’s head spin. This article will try to lay out the landscape as of the time of writing and explain how some of these technologies are relevant to independent…

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How is the Public Interest Served When Broadcasters Depict Illegal Behavior with No Consequences?

November 14, 2013
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Perceived Great Risk of Marijuana Use among Youths Aged 12 to 17: 2002-2011

A recent episode of CBS’ hit series, Two Broke Girls, was thought-provoking; thought-provoking in the sense that it made me ponder, “In 2013, what is the public interest with regards to television broadcasters?”  That is, does it serve the public interest when a prime time (8:30/7:30 pm Monday), entertainment television program depicts behavior which is…

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Silicon Photonics – Cisco and Intel see “Light at the End of the Tunnel”

November 8, 2013
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Silicon Photonics – Cisco and Intel see “Light at the End of the Tunnel”

Introduction: Among the many presentations on Silicon Photonics (SiPh) at the excellent 2013 Open Server Conference,  two were of special interest: Joel Goergen of Cisco called for a radically new data center architecture that used SiPh to interconnect components and modules, rather than circuit cards or racks of equipment. Mario Paniccia of Intel focused on using…

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