Category: Cloud


Microsoft strives for an intelligent edge in IoT

Microsoft has announced it will invest $5 billion in the Internet of Things over the next four years focused on security, creating development tools and intelligent services for IoT and the edge.

Red Hat Offering Telcos The Power of Innovation from Open Source Community

Santiago Madruga, GM of Telco & ICT, EMEA at Red Hat, discusses how Red Hat is leveraging Open Source to offer telcos more opportunities through NFV and network cloudification. Santiago also discusses what needs to happen to make applications ready for the elastic infrastructure of NFVi and what telcos are looking at application modernization.

Linux Foundation looks to open source growth for AI

The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of LF Deep Learning Foundation, an umbrella organization which will support open source projects in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning.

TM Forum brings Open APIs to the Linux party

Some might bring chips and dips, others potato salad, while the rogue ones bring Tequila, but the TM Forum has pitched up to the Linux Foundation’s LA party with a bag full of Open APIs.

The future of business services

We are seeing access networks, that use a mix of high speed mobile, WiFi, copper and fibre access, with the potential to drive a new era of converged business services that will change the way the enterprises operate.

Local Break-out that doesn’t break the network… and a stepping stone to 5G!

Athonet gives us a tour of their mobile-edge solution in collaboration with Qwilt and Orange
Athonet launched its innovative Mobile Edge Offload (SGW-LBO) solution at the Mobile World Congress. The solution was demonstrated in collaboration with Qwilt, the video caching solution provider, and Orange.
SGW-LBO (SGW Local Break Out) is a software function/VNF that, deployed close to the RAN, provides a local secure network for placing locally offloaded content and services. Operators are seeing that a lot of their traffic, and in some cases as high as 60-70%, is video traffic. Our solution allows this secure content to be cached and served locally. This improves user perceived quality and reduces the amount of backhaul required in a network. It may also enable new business with content providers and other low latency services. The SGW-LBO is a modified SGW function which has been enhanced by Athonet to allow traffic to be broken-out and steered locally to support i) caching of video and other content and ii) other applications that require low latency or local offload (smartcity, autonomous cars etc.).
The benefit of this approach is that it allows specific traffic (not all traffic) to be offloaded for key applications that are implemented at the network edge without impacting the existing network or breaking network security. It also provides a bridge and upgrade path to 5G where the User Plane Function can be deployed flexibly at the network edge. We therefore believe that it is the optimal enabler for MEC (Mobile Edge Computing).

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Virtually interesting

Iain, Jamie and Scott move on from the rigours of MWC by reflecting on some of the conversations they had in Barcelona about how much progress we have made with NFV. The answer seems to vary wildly according to who you speak to and it seems clear that industry consensus remains elusive. Jamie then talks us through some of the highlights of the next version of Android, including a new indoor location technology, which leads to conversational tangents including Bluetooth and the MWC smartphone app. Scott concludes by reviewing the many positive messages he heard at the Women4Tech series of talks and discussions at the end of MWC, and notes how good it would be to have more female voices on the pod itself.

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