The Next Generation Communications Community had a little bit of everything this past week with items related to wireless (LTE and M2M), the enterprise and the need for speed on fixed networks.
Community host Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) actually had noteworthy developments in almost all of the areas mentioned. On the enterprise front, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise unveiled its new access switch, and enhanced its solutions portfolio with additional analytics and SDN capabilities. The sale of its LGS Innovations unit, which sells to the U.S. federal government, to Madison Dearborn Partners and CoVant was completed. And, European electric utility company Numergy will be deploying Nuage Networks' SDN platform and Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 service router in its datacenters to manage and automate the datacenter networks and make them programmable and operationally efficient.
The rest of the industry news featured, as noted, covered some interesting territory. It included:
The broad span of community interests was also front and center this week as witnessed by the subjects that were featured:
- The convergence capabilities that enable SMBs to gain the benefits of unified communications (UC) and advanced collaboration tools using the enhanced capabilities of the OpenTouch suite of solutions was in the spotlight.
- There is an interesting case study about how and why Calgary, a large and fast-growing city in Western Canada, decided to upgrade its network infrastructure to next generation capabilities with a particular eye on enabling public safety agencies to improve their responsiveness.
- Highly recommended is the item, Past Network Learnings Are Catalyst for its Quickening Evolution to VoLTE and Cloud, done by special guest contributor Sue White, Advanced Communications (News - Alert) and Cloud solutions, Alcatel-Lucent.
Frequent next generation communications blogger, TMCnet Contributor Mae Kowalke, looked at insights by Dave Brown, Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent in his recent podcast and postings as to why just adding capacity will not be enough to meet exploding data demands and that network operators need to look at upgrading their metro networks to be cloud-optimized.
The weekend is always a good time to get caught up on industry news and trends and the links from the community home page are the place to access a trove of valuable news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies that are constantly being updated.
The homepage also provides links to several eZines, and two recent Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles, are items worth reading:
The other eZInes, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK have detailed articles into key market sectors that are equally as timely and informative.
Finally, I’d like to give a pitch for a new book by Randee Adams, Consulting Member of Technical Staff, and Eric Bauer, Reliability Engineering Manager, Alcatel-Lucent entitled, Service Quality of Cloud-Based Applications. As we move deeper and deeper into the cloud-based era, understanding the issues surrounding providing consistent, high-performance experiences will be critical and there is a lot to know about how we get from here to there.