It's been an "out with the old and in with the new" type of week here at The New IP news desk with whispers of the demise of the age-old telecom-ism five 9s and New IP buzzword "orchestration" replaced with the just-born buzzword "choreography."
So while I resist the urge to sing the chorus of "We're Doing Choreography" from one of my favorite holiday movies, White Christmas, I'd like to introduce you to a new feature here on The New IP where I'll run down some of the more significant New IP news items that popped into my inbox this week. Here goes:
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) says that complications from NFV management and orchestration (MANO) may force it to go "back to the drawing board," says Iain Morris, news editor at Light Reading. In fact, Andy Reid, chief network services architect at BT, argues there is a need for "more theory to solve practical problems." Writes Morris: "There is some confusion about the roles that different elements of the NFV architecture are supposed to play and what Reid calls a 'lack of precision' regarding the responsibilities of the various functional blocks." (See BT Wrestles With NFV Orchestration Confusion.)
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) acquired two companies, ParStream and Lancope, to provide analytics and security in the face of exploding network growth, especially around the Internet of Things, where analytics and security are key. Writes Mitch Wagner on Light Reading: "Cisco believes IoT requires a whole new network infrastructure, with more intelligence at the edge of the network. The vast proliferation of devices and objects means that there won't be time or bandwidth for endpoints to send information to data centers or central offices and wait for return instructions. Data will have to be gathered, analyzed and acted on at the edge of the network, with devices exchanging information directly with each other rather than passing them to central collection points and out again." (See Cisco Boosts Analytics, Security With Acquisitions.)
Also on the IoT front, Nokia Networks is pushing for the development of comprehensive standards for IoT. The move from IoT silo solutions to system-of-systems interoperability based on common standards and open interfaces will be as crucial, just as it was to trigger the worldwide success of mobile broadband.
And finally, who doesn't love emojis? This week, Finland launched a series of national emojis that include people sweating in saunas, classic Nokia phones and heavy metal head-bangers. What would you say are your country's national emojis? For the US, I'd suggest the Statue of Liberty and Frank Sinatra.
Deploying New IP networks and services requires not only a new way of thinking but also a new way of building platforms and services, and getting there is not easy, especially when it comes to orchestration.