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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Viodi View – 02/25/14

February 25, 2014
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Testing TV White Spaces in the footsteps of radio pioneer, Charles D. Herrold.

That a 55 person company with probably no physical infrastructure can have the approximate market capitalization of one of the Baby Bells (an outdated term, no doubt) is another indicator of our new hyper-productive era where a small team can do what would have taken thousands in years past. The FCC’s IP Transition Order: What Do the…

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Viodi View – 02/06/14

February 6, 2014
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An example of the Man-Machine Connection at International CES 2014. Robots being used for advertising. A new definition of the sandwich board.

The first time Peyton Manning was in the Super bowl, I watched with 2,000+ others at the 2007 NTCA Annual Convention. Unfortunately for Manning, this year’s results weren’t the same and, unfortunately, for me, I didn’t get a chance to attend this week’s NTCA event, now known as RTIME.  Fortunately, we have a video from…

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Building a Playground – Building a Community

February 5, 2014
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S.J. Sharkie give his opinions on playground designs.

Readers and viewers who follow Viodi on various social outlets may have seen some somewhat odd messages lately about dancing bunnies, wiener dogs meeting Wienermobiles and S.J. Sharkie mixing it up with a bunch of kids. Let me explain the background and the bigger picture behind these seemingly off-topic dispatches. Together by Necessity One of…

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Augmenting the Local Caregiver’s Abilities via Google Glass

February 3, 2014
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Telemedicine with Google Glass - image courtesy of Wound Care Advantage

Telemedicine is the kind of practical application that may make Google Glass and other wearable technologies into something revolutionary. Pristine, a company that claims to be the only company that has developed commercially available Glass-software that meets HIPPA regulations, has partnered with Wound Care Advantage (WCA) to be the first to use Google Glass to help…

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FCC’s “All IP” Network Transitions Trials – What to Expect

February 2, 2014
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An image of a typical VoIP adapter.

Introduction: At its January 30th Open Commission Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission  (FCC) voted to approve a petition AT&T had filed (in November 2012) to conduct trials of an “all-Internet Protocol (IP) network” that would eventually replace the PSTN and TDM networks now used extensively in the U.S.  The transition will be from plain Plain…

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Viodi View – 01/21/14

January 21, 2014
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Rajeev Krishnamoorthy and Devabhaktuni Srikrishna discuss possible pilot projects for testing the SocialMesh Network concept.

All-IP Network Transition Plan at FCC’s Jan 30th Open Commission Meeting by Alan Weissberger With all the noise of International CES, it was easy to overlook Tom Wheeler’s first sojourn into Silicon Valley since becoming FCC Chairman. Alan Weissberger reports on Wheeler’s comments about the transition to IP. Wheeler also suggested that spectrum management needs to keep…

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All-IP Network Transition Plan at FCC’s Jan 30th Open Commission Meeting

January 21, 2014
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An image of Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC,.

Introduction: During his January 8th speech at the Computer History Museum (CHM) , FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the CHM audience that the U.S. was in a transition to a “4th Network Revolution” that would be led by a transition to an “all-IP” network.   The 4th Network is actually a multi-faceted revolution based on  IP based packet…

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Net Neutrality Ruling – The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?

January 17, 2014
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An image showing a race between a horse drawn and steam powered trains in 1830.

In his January 8th speech at the Computer History Musuem (CHM), F.C.C. Chairman Tom Wheeler said we were in the midst of a transition to a “4th Generation Network” which had an “Open Internet” as it’s foundation. The concept of net neutrality- where there are no privileges or added costs or special deals for high bandwidth…

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