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Lesson 2 of 5: Embrace commodity hardware

x86 processors from Intel and AMD were used by a range of server ODMs. Moore’s Law held and these chips grew in raw processing power. It meant that the need for custom silicon greatly diminished. Custom silicon was common – think of Sun servers running Sun’s own SPARC processors. Commodity should not be viewed as

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5 Lessons for virtual routing from server virtualization

In tomorrow’s webinar hosted by IHS Markit’s Michael Howard, we will be discussing routing virtualization in the context of cloud native NFV.  One of the key points is that network operators want the same benefits that data centers saw from server virtualization. I want to take the next few blog posts to discuss what lessons

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Thinking about the cost trade-offs of NFV

We are getting our presentation ready for a webinar on September 12 hosted by IHS Markit “Exposing the Cost Trade-offs of Cloud Native NFV” featuring Michael Howard, IHS Technology Fellow. The webinar will focus on the impact of virtualization on network operators.  Volta’s portion will use two routing uses cases to talk about why virtualization

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Recruiting in a Software Defined World

Telecommunications and Computer Networking recruitment has played its big part in the general recruitment industry for some time. Technology is evolving as we all know at a rapid rate.  With Digital, Virtual, AI Infrastructure becoming the norm, companies need the right expertise to propel themselves forward, make that difference, disrupt and succeed in competitive markets.

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TCO: Service Velocity and Agility

In our recent blog posts, we have looked at different aspects of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). CapEx spending gets the headlines and for good reason. Flattening revenues driven by lower revenue per bit coupled with explosive growth in bandwidth demands have made it difficult for carriers to achieve the industry’s standard goal of 15%–20%

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Network Automation Update from IETF105

Volta’s Dean Bogdanovic was at IETF105 where he delivered a talk on Network Automation Evolution:

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TCO: Capital Intensity

In our last post, we discussed how service provider revenues are massive but have settled into a low growth rate of around 1 % per year. How does this affect CapEx? Network operators can drive new sources of revenue because they invest in their networks. Service provider CapEx is a source of intense interest because

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The State of Carrier Revenues

By any measure, the telecommunications industry is huge. According to GSMA Intelligence, total mobile revenues reached $1.05 trillion in 2017 and will break $1.1 trillion in 2020.  That summarizes the problem; while the absolute numbers are big the growth rate is small.  In fact, the growth rate for mobile revenues is forecast to drop to

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TCO in the New Service Edge

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a familiar concept – it recognizes that the acquisition cost is only part of the cost story.  Think about a car.  You have the purchase price (or the lease).  In addition, there are the costs incurred over the life of the vehicle such as fuel, maintenance, insurance and licensing.

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Ask Volta: Questions from the Webinar

On March 14, I did a webinar with Roz Roseboro of Heavy Reading, hosted by Light Reading. Our topic was “Routing Requirements for the New Provider Edge.” If you are interested, the replay is available here. Once of the most interesting aspects of doing webinars are the questions. Here are several from the attendees: Isn’t

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