Fields of Fiber

    Digital Transformation, or Adaptation? – News of the Week, 8-18-17

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Aug 18, 2017 11:14:57 AM

    Technology is certainly an essential component of today’s digital transformation efforts, but is it in the driver’s seat? Today’s articles once again indicate that it is business (or organizational) needs that drive the selection and deployment of technology in successful initiatives.

    Technology for the sake of technology doesn’t increase efficiency, efficacy or value – but new technology implementations guided by business needs can deliver all three.

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    Topics: software defined infrastructure, digital transformation

    Urban Digital Transformation – News of the Week, 8/11/17

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Aug 11, 2017 11:04:36 AM

    Digital transformation – companies around the world realize it’s important, but making it work is a different matter. There are all sorts of “X Rules” type articles, but I tend to think that concrete examples are more likely to provide useful insights. Even when those examples come from vastly different industries or teams, there’s always something that can translate over to your own situation.

    And they’re more fun too! Even if you don’t take away any specific ideas for your digital transformation strategy, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this week’s featured articles.

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    Topics: digital transformation

    Networks On Land, at Sea & in the Cloud - News of the Week, 8/4/17

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Aug 4, 2017 11:58:28 AM

    The pace of change in technology is accelerating, opening up new opportunities for both efficiency and efficacy. It’s a challenge - evaluating and implementing new technologies takes a combination of time, resources and in-depth understanding of present and evolving needs.

    It will take time for larger organizations to implement tools like SDN and dynamic infrastructures – especially government organizations weighted down by regulations written to address now-outdated technologies and best-practices. Fortunately, there are also a growing number of examples available to lead the way - making potential benefits clear and giving insight into the situational pros and cons of different options. 

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    Topics: data center, digital transformation

    Can you Spot the Digital Transformation? – News of the Week, 7/28/17

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jul 28, 2017 9:34:38 AM

    Digital transformation is starting to transform from a buzz phrase into an expected part of everyday life, from enterprise boardrooms to sports teams to city infrastructure. Even when the phrase “digital transformation” is absent, the influence of its disruption and potential is easy to spot.

    What do you think?

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    Topics: digital transformation

    Day 4, Cisco Live! 2017 - The Wrap

    Posted by Bill Miller on Jun 30, 2017 10:11:30 AM

    Day 4 was the final day of our first ever Cisco Live! We had a great show, with many great conversations and new connections with existing and potential end users, resellers, partners and job hunters. Cisco Live is different from the smaller events we have participated in, such as the independent Interop ITX and ITExpo, and the analyst-focused Gartner Data Center Conference. Cisco Live! is a vendor-sponsored event, and focused on the Cisco ecosystem, but there is no doubt that many of the Cisco fans attending also use equipment from other vendors.

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    Topics: digital transformation, Cisco, Cisco Live!

    Adaptive, Dynamic, Web-Scale - News of the Week, 6/9/17

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jun 9, 2017 8:25:22 AM

    Is digital transformation just the buzzword du jour? Maybe, but there are real business and technical needs driving all of the trends that fall into that bucket. This week’s articles may not mention digital transformation in so many words, but they all address the changes to both IT infrastructure and business processes that are necessary for companies of all sizes to stay competitive in today’s – and tomorrow’s - world.

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    Topics: Network Architecture, data center, digital transformation

    Day 3 at Interop ITX 2017, the final day!!

    Posted by Bill Miller on May 19, 2017 9:43:20 AM

    We had an eventful week exhibiting at Interop ITX! After lots of great conversations, a well-attended presentation by our CEO M.H. Raza about “Automating the Physical Layer,” and a wealth of different answers to our survey questions, it’s time to travel home to Connecticut. First, though, here’s a roundup of day 3!

    For the final day, we asked a new survey question, “Does anyone in your organization talk to the physical infrastructure team? Why or why not?” Here are some highlights from the responses:

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    Topics: Interop, digital transformation

    Day 2 at Interop ITX 2017, top of the stretch!

    Posted by Bill Miller on May 18, 2017 2:11:56 PM

    The middle and longest day was filled with:

    Fiber Mountain sponsored an Interop ITX Theater presentation on Wednesday 5/17 delivered by M.H. Raza, Fiber Mountain CEO, entitled, “Automating the Physical Layer”. The audience was standing room only and several attendees came to our booth immediately after the presentation and learned more about the Glass Core.

    One small group of senior IT folks as they watched the demo and asked questions, got into a discussion about Digital Transformation (DX) because that was the survey question. It brings great satisfaction to hear comments that we at Fiber Mountain ourselves said, like “The entire concept of physical layer automation in itself is DX from the ground up!” You can read about Fiber Mountain’s perspective of DX in our eBook – click here to download the eBook and accompanying infographic.

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    Topics: Interop, digital transformation

    Cities, Hospitals and Digital Transformation – News of the Week, 5/5/17

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on May 5, 2017 11:39:13 AM

    Digital Transformation – on one hand, it feels like yet another marketing buzz phrase. But on the other hand, it takes exactly that kind of broad concept to describe the forces driving everything from city-wide fiber optic projects, to hospitals pushing the cutting edges of networking and virtualization, to enterprise-level initiatives to create competitive advantage out of technological innovation.

    The first two articles this week don’t mention digital transformation at all, but they exemplify the kind of “real” digital transformation we’re all looking for – which is what the third article is all about.

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    Topics: Virtualization, Interop, digital transformation

    Digital Transformation Gets Edgy – News of the week, 4/21/17

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Apr 21, 2017 2:00:36 PM

    Cloud computing vs. edge computing – is it a competition or a collaboration? Personally, I think they are complementary systems, each with strengths and weaknesses to take into consideration. If you’re backing up data and retrieving it at human speeds, then the cloud can deliver – but if microseconds of latency are critical, then you need computing power on the edge, as close as possible to the task at hand.

    Read on for this week’s “Edgy” network news, and let me know what you think in the comments!

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    Topics: Cloud, digital transformation, edge computing