In the third week of 1991, Tim Berners-Lee invited consumers to use the World Wide Web, a network previously restricted to the CERN community. It was also when Linus Torvalds debuted an operating system that service providers increasingly rely upon for their networks: Linux.
The free Unix-like operating system went on to spawn an entire ecosystem, with vendors selling everything from distributions and services to applications and automation frameworks. Linux adoption within telecommunications is growing, both in mobile devices and across networks. Market share of Linux will reach 64.7% of embedded systems in 2017 versus 56.2% share in 2012, finds VDC Research.
This week wasn't solely about anniversaries, however. Plenty of news hit the wires. Read on to catch up:
Happy 25th birthday, Linux. In a quarter-century, the open source operating system literally has changed the world as evidenced by service providers' adoption. Ubuntu celebrated the occasion on Aug. 25 with articles and slideshows, advocates shared accolades across social media.
Birthdays are often times of reflection -- and that's just what Fortinet did this week when it looked back on its 2016 predictions. Unfortunately, at least three are on-target, including the rise of machine-to-machine (M2M) attacks and the vulnerability of Internet of Things (IoT) to a variety of malware and cyber thieves. "So far we have seen a number of attacks and trends that indicate that M2M attacks are on the rise, and that concerns about the security of IoT are well founded," Fortinet Inc. , analysis says.
Artificial intelligence (AI) will become a $36.8 billion market by 2025, compared with $643.7 million today, according to a new report by Tractica. The technology already is transforming many aspects of business, including virtualized networks. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), for example, uses machine learning in its ECOMP virtualization solution, says Chris Rice, vice president of Advanced Technologies and Architecture at
AT&T Labs , in a New IP Agency "Voices on Virtualization" radio show this week. (Listen to AT&T Labs: How to Write a Virtualization Playbook.)
Indeed, AI is one of many benefits Taiwan Mobile expects from the plug-and-play IoT solution it's creating based on Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) Jasper Control Center. Taiwan Mobile Co. Ltd. will use the IoT solution to help customers generate revenue and new services, as well as cut costs. "Taiwan Mobile's partnership with Cisco Jasper shows its commitment to enabling enterprises to bring IoT services to market rapidly and cost-effectively, while also providing the capability to easily scale as business demands require," says Hong Lu, managing director of North Asia at Cisco Jasper, in a release.
Similarly, Ooredoo Myanmar is serving its customers via a partnership with Nokia. In this case, Nokia leveraged software to upgrade Ooredoo's existing 3G network with its Single RAN and Packet Core platforms in less than three months, enabling the Myanmar service provider to debut high-capacity service in several regions as part of the nation's digital transformation.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) continues to deliver managed services to the operator and its seven million subscribers, the vendor says. "The ability to roll-out 4G services mainly via a software upgrade meant that we could complete deployment in the quickest time and in the most cost-effective way, allowing Ooredoo Myanmar to leverage its existing infrastructure," says Harald Preiss, head of Asia North at Nokia.
VMware certified Juniper Networks' QFX5100 switch line for the VMware NSX network virtualization platform. "We're pleased that our QFX5100 line of switches are now VMware NSX-certified, giving customers an added level of assurance, interoperability and enterprise-grade performance," says Mike Marcellin, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, at Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR).
For its part, the Infoblox DDI platform achieved VMware Ready status for network functions virtualization (NFV), meaning it's been certified interoperable with the VMware vCloud NFV platform, according to Infoblox Inc. The platform now is part of the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX).