AT&T’s “SDN-WAN” as the Network to Access & Deliver Cloud Services

September 18, 2014
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AT&T's vision of a network enabled cloud. Image courtesy of AT&T.

Introduction: For several years, we’ve wondered why there was so many alternative WANs used and proposed to access and deliver cloud computing and storage services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, etc.) for public, private, and hybrid clouds. The list includes: the public Internet (best effort), IP MPLS VPN, other types of IP VPNs, Carrier Ethernet for Private…

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2014 Hot Interconnects: Hardware for Software Defined Networks & NFV – Part II.

September 5, 2014
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Operator SDN and NFV timeline, according to Infonetics.

Introduction: This closing Hot Interconnects session on  Hardware for Software Defined Networks (SDN) & Network Function Virtualization (NFV) was very informative. It revealed very interesting carrier market research and raised quite a few questions/ open issues related to dedicated network hardware to be used in SDN/NFV networks.  It was not, however, a “Venture Capital Forum” as…

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Viodi View – 09/05/14

September 5, 2014
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A security key pad is just an outward view of the importance of having excellent internal controls.

September typically means the start of the fall trade show season. Fortunately for this author, the trade show season started a week early in Viodi’s Silicon Valley home in the form of NTCA’s Finance and Accounting Conference. A big theme of this conference was building a culture of ethics, accountability and quality. This conference reminded me of an…

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2014 Hot Interconnects Semiconductor Session Highlights & Takeaways- Part I.

September 4, 2014
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Introduction: With Software Defined: Networking (SDN), Storage and Data Center movements firmly entrenched, one might believe there’s not much opportunity for innovation in dedicated hardware implemented in silicon.  Several sessions at the 2014 Hot Interconnects conference, especially one from ARM Ltd, indicated that was not the case at all. With the strong push for open networks,…

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2014 Hot Interconnects Highlight: Achieving Scale & Programmability in Google’s Software Defined Data Center WAN

August 31, 2014
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An image of Google's Andromeda Controller diagram.

Introduction: Amin Vahdat, PhD & Distinguished Engineer and Lead Network Architect at Google, delivered the opening keynote at 2014 Hot Interconnects, held August 26-27 in Mt View, CA. His talk presented an overview of the design and architectural requirements to bring Google’s shared infrastructure services to external customers with the Google Cloud Platform. The wide…

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Shared Automation – Up to 90% Reduction in Vehicles

August 25, 2014
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A screen shot from Dan Fagnant's presentation at the July 2014 Automated Vehicle Symposium.

Removing up to 9 of every 10 cars from the road is the promise of sharing automated vehicles, according to University of Texas, Austin research from Dan Fagnant and Dr. Kara Kockelman. In the above interview, Fagnant, now an assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Utah, discusses what he means by Shared Automated Vehicle (SAV).…

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Viodi View – 08/22/14

August 22, 2014
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Viodi View – 08/22/14

It’s obvious by the look on their faces, that people could be thinking that this guy is from another planet. This is the feeling I have when talking about my latest obsession, the autonomous vehicle. The obsession first manifested itself in the fictional story of what life will be like for today’s youth in the year 2040 thanks to self-driving vehicles.…

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Autonomous Vehicles and the Law

August 15, 2014
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Ken Pyle interviews autonomous car expert, Brian Walker Smith.

“You can look forward to automation as a similar set of local and national tensions and developments and opportunities,” said Bryant Walker Smith. Smith was comparing the early days of broadband and its organic development to what we are seeing with vehicle automation. He brings a unique perspective on this topic, as he is a…

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Sony Vegas 13 – Catalyst for a New Computer

August 14, 2014
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When the GPU option is enabled on the NewBlue FX, occasional noise would be introduced, as seen in this screen capture. This noise would be seen in the rendered output. Interestingly, the noise was only visible in the edit line when it was in draft quality. Even if it couldn't be seen in the edit mode, it was still there in the rendered output.

PC hardware manufacturers should love Sony Vegas 13, as it will drive new sales, at least if the experience of this author is typical. Granted, this author’s two-plus year old laptop, with its 4 Gig of memory and Intel, i5-based CPU, had issues editing with Sony Vegas 12 (would need to reboot at least once…

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