It's been a busy week here at The New IP news desk, especially with the New IP Agency releasing its NFV interoperability testing results at Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Dublin. With these results out, it seems like there are finally some answers to all the questions about VNF lifecycle management that I've heard asked at many industry conferences and events over the last two years.
Speaking of NFV, also in Dublin,
Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Jim Hodges told the audience that it will be impossible to monetize 5G, NFV, cloud and security without analytics. Already, CSPs are implementing big data and analytics strategies -- which is good news. And, according to the results of a Heavy Reading survey of CSP executives from earlier this year, 35% have already implemented a big data and analytics strategy; 24% have formulated a strategy, but have not implemented it; 28% are developing their strategy, and just 13% have not yet started to devise a big data and analytics strategy. See NFV, Cloud, Security & 5G Need Analytics – Heavy Reading for more research results.
On the analytics note and going back to my article earlier in the week about the importance of machine-learning and automation, Facebook says it plans to open source its Big Sur AI hardware servers and will submit the design to the
Open Compute Project . Writes Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief of Light Reading, "Facebook has a strong track record of backing open source, and founded the Open Compute Project to drive open source designs into data center hardware... Deep learning is useful for identifying images, recognizing spoken words and language translation -- just the thing Facebook, Google and other comms companies need to understand the oceans of unstructured content available on social networks and the general Internet." Read more in Facebook Open Sources AI Servers, and also check out IBM Sees Telcos Capturing, Connecting Data in Cognitive Era.
Also regarding data, as it turns out, most enterprises today don't know where their critical data is stored or how it moves through their networks, making risk assessment hard, and controlling that data even harder, according to Chris Richter, senior vice president of managed security services for
Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT). Watch Light Reading's Carol Wilson's interview with Richter: Level 3: Enterprises Have Frayed Approach to Data Protection.
And finally, because it's Friday, find out what Light Reading's News Editor, Iain Morris, thought the highlight of the 2020 Vision event in Dublin was by watching this short video: When in Dublin...
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