Book Review: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Summary Thoughtful, well researched, well articulated discussion of opposing perspectives on multiple global issues. A clear warning about the coming confluence of biotech and infotech. Topics covered include:¬†disillusionment, work, liberty, equality, community, civilization, nationalism, religion, immigration, terrorism, war, humility, god, secularism, ignorance, justice, post-truth, science fiction, education, meaning, and meditation. In particular, the section on…

2018 Top Networking Media Stories

A summary of what the top 2018 media stories imply about networking, including automation, multicloud, SD-WAN, NFV, 5G, 400GE, silicon-photonics, composable infrastructure, white box, unplugged consumers, and Huawei. We add some color to some of the most talked about topics in networking during 2018. In future articles we will cover our own thoughts on the…

The Information of Things

The Important The information of things is one of the most important issues in networking over the next decade. There are at least two types of information that are critically important and monetizable (directly and/or indirectly). Information about the network itself, and the information flowing over the network. Discussion We like to think of information…

Open Source Software is not a Business Model – You have to create that

The Important Open source software: is a development and/or software source code licensing model. does not dictate or describe how value is created, delivered, and captured by a business. Any business using open source code: may face the need to have a non-product model and/or a tiered licensing model must have clarity about who buyers…

Networking Business Models: Post Humpty Dumpty

Summary Network virtualization, as historically targeted, breaks what already works There is a necessary maturation process to get all the new pieces working together again After that comes new value propositions and outcome innovation That could have been done upfront, as it often is when new entrants/ businesses lead the charge, but the lack of…

Network as a Subscription – Opportunity to change the game

Information technology in general, and networking specifically, have benefited greatly from silicon economics for decades. Consistent gains in networking price/performance have been on the capital expense side / hardware procurement. Operations gains have not benefited as much, and are increasingly a barrier to productivity.  Network managers can benefit from replacing large operational expenses, with smaller,…

The information dilemma and the good thing about social media…

There is an old saying about the Internet that goes something like “The good thing about the Internet is that everyone is connected. The bad thing about the Internet is everyone is connected.” With so much criticism about social media today, we might easily assert something very similar “The good thing about social media is…

NLP for IBN (intent-based networking)

If you have proficiency in the English language, chances are you understand the following phrases as being fundamentally the same, even if you would tend to use one over the rest: There are none There, none are. None are there. None there are. Some of the phrases are clunky, but nonetheless, you understand the meaning…

Why (Networking) Software?

Why software, for any purpose? The simplest answer is: it is the easiest way, for the most engineers, to tell computers what to do, in the most expansive ways. The cloud era adds to that: it is the easiest way, for computer instructions, to be adapted to, the largest scope of computer / storage configurations….