If Big Tech Is Toxic, How Do We Build Something Better?

Last week I participated in a meetup titled “If Big Tech is toxic, how do we build something better”. In this article I discuss some of the views expressed in that meetup. I provide a few observations of my own, but this article is not intended as a holistic analysis. Big Ideas Concentration of power:…

Social, Interest, Target, and Influence Graphs

Introduction This article uses the term “graph” in a sometimes loose sense to refer to a subset of a population. That said, “graphs” are at the center of the social media revolution and sometimes the controversy over the influence of social media. Graphs are an area of innovation as the TikTok saga has highlighted. Social…

Unfiltered – Post Internet Social Chaos

Over the last few hundred years, many different institutions and groups have evolved in society that use soft power, influence and appeal, to shape the opinions and actions of individuals. These groups include religion, business, science, government, political parties, myth/entertainment, education systems, the local community/village, family, and friends. Prior to the Internet, they all existed…

A Light Mist Falls on Juniper’s Soil

The Important Mist provides Juniper with: A re-energized entry point to Enterprise AI-cred Another Cloud-subscription business Pull through of other parts of the portfolio Potentially the best growth opportunity Introduction I’ve spoken to numerous Wall Street firms recently looking to get a review of Juniper’s prospects going forward. Juniper describes its solutions in three customer…

Cisco’s Take on 5G Packet Architectures

The Important Is hard-slicing too complex? IP/MPLS, SR MPLS or SRv6? Should SPs be building converged infrastructure for all wireline and wireless services? Packet/optical convergence and pluggables – how fast, how soon? When will end-to-end automation be a reality? Introduction In Telco networking, 5G is the biggest driver of change that most in the industry…

Network Design: Operations Needs by Customer Segment

The Important Operation needs by customer segment is influenced by operations capacity and capability, as well as the outcome needed for a business / mission. Variation has implications for solution design / delivery across different customer segments; including consequences for optionality and tradeoffs. Related / Building on NETWORK ARCHITECTURE: A THREE OLIVE MARTINI Discussion In…

NETWORK ARCHITECTURE: A THREE OLIVE MARTINI

WHY AND HOW CHOICES ARE MADE IN NETWORK ARCHITECTURE The Three Olive Martini model is a network design model that focuses on the forces that compel network designers to make choices (the “why”), and the optionality & tradeoffs of choices (the “how”). Optionality starts at a theoretical level, and is then narrowed down to the…

Internet, VPNs, and Personal Privacy

The “P” in VPN stands for “private”, but what exactly does private mean, and whose responsibility is it? There are many layers to the Internet Innovation stack. I suspect many more than I can keep track of. Should there be a privacy architecture across all the layers? Should each layer ensure privacy independently? If I…

NETWORK OUTCOMES: QUALITY IS A DETERMINANT OF DEMAND

The Important Quality has the ability to increase or reduce service pricing Quality is an often focused on attribute in network design Quality can be over-engineered if it exceeds the level that would lead to further price increases Introduction I am currently working on what is tentatively called “The three olive martini model” of network…

A Network Is Always A Tradeoff

The Important Version: 3, 1:06 PM PDT, September 15, 2020 The very act of building a network with routers and switches is a decision to make tradeoffs. As topologies approach structures that are economically, technologically, and aesthetically challenging, they will tend towards new topology/networking that addresses those challenges. Failure to do so will likely inhibit…