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September 2016

Open Source Foundational Fatigue: Is It Growing?

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There was an article a few weeks ago regarding “foundation fatigue” with regard to the Linux Foundation. This article touched on a few key points, but among them was the “fatigue” felt by the participants in the Linux Foundation projects when it comes to the cost of playing, which can approach $500,000 for some companies. The question of “pay to play” is touched on, but not really discussed a whole lot in the article. The angle I’d like to talk about on this topic is more along the lines of: are…

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How Much Wind Is In The NFV Sails?

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An interesting article recently on Light Reading talked about whether NFV is “in the doldrums” or not. It is a really good read, and I think a lot of what I had been talking about in the state of NFV blogs refers to just this question. There has been a ton of hype about NFV, and people are getting frustrated with the lack of results that have occurred. This is because of the general lack of maturity in the tooling around NFV that will allow it to realize all of…

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That Overhyped Thing Called SDN…

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So what is up with SDN, and is it living up to the hype? Is the hype even still there like it used to be? I think the answer to these is that it is still out there. People are still working on it. And, kind of. Using the Gartner Hype Cycle on Emerging Technologies we can see that SDN has pretty much topped the peak of inflated expectations and is headed into an area where things either persevere and survive or fall by the wayside. As we enter this phase…

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Operational Challenges Abound, and Not Always Tech Related

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This is a topic I have written on a while back, but it is so important it seemed to deserve a revisit, with a slightly different view than I approached it from before. In the last few weeks we have been discussing with a client this very issue. This client is nearing the launch of a production trial of their NFV environment with a small group of friendly customers. We have worked with them on processes, the issues they can expect to see, and what they should do if/when each of…

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NFV Induced Operational Complexity and the Absent VNF Supplier Support Myth

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An article on SDxCentral.com yesterday points out a few major issues facing Service Providers when it comes to NFV and the operational complexities involved. It focuses most attention on the maintenance of VNFs and how the software model will be very different than the traditional, hardware-based model Service Providers are used to. I have to take exception with comments about VNF support from vendors in the following excerpt from the article: “Often, when service providers ask incumbent suppliers for VNFs, suppliers merely produce virtualized versions of existing boxes, writes Aloke Tusnial, VP…

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