Under the watchful eye of T-Rex Sue, one of Chicago's most beloved residents, Light Reading kicked off its second annual Big Telecom Event on Monday Night at the Field Museum.
As the communications industry moves from old IP architecture to the New IP world of software-based, virtualized networks, it's clear that the days of the dinosaur circuit switched networks are long gone. Sue was a nostalgic presence at Light Reading's Leading Lights Awards dinner, which recognized companies for their efforts in emerging New IP sectors like network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), Internet of Things (IoT) and more. (See Leading Lights Awards 2015: The Winners.)
Check out all the news and views from the 2015 Big Telecom Event at Light Reading's
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The New IP shift was also felt throughout the pre-event workshops hosted by organizations like ATIS and ONF, and on day one of the event where the keynotes and sessions focused on how to cope with the unprecedented growth in mobile data over the last eight years -- 100,000% according to keynote Andre Fuetsch, senior vice president of architecture and design at AT&T.
Analysts are predicting this to grow another order of magnitude, said Fuetsch, pointing out how things have changed over the last 20 years.
"If you were a network capacity engineer 15 years ago, you really only had to worry about one day out of the year -- Mother's Day," he said. "Now it's unpredictable. You never know who is going to start binge-watching the latest show, or when Apple is going to release the next big iOS update. Network demand spikes are happening all over."
Because a hardware-centric network is hard to move and adapt, he said, "Software is the answer." (See On the Cusp of Change.)
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Sue's Watchful Eye
One of the most popular sights at the famous Chicago Field Museum is the fossil known as "Sue," the largest, best-preserved and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. Sue measures 42 feet long from snout to tail and 13 feet tall at the hip. Sue’s original skull, which weighs 600 pounds, is on exhibition on the Museum’s balcony, under the mural seen above her. Sue was the guest of honor at
BTE's Leading Lights Awards dinner on Monday night.