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Something Scary Happened on the Way to the Internet of Things

By By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 27 April 2015

There was a lot of discussion at OFC last month about enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), a next generation interconnect technology that could profoundly change almost every aspect of our daily lives. Although the IoT is almost certainly over-hyped right now, at least according to a recent Gartner Group report, there’s a clear trend in the industry towards interconnecting massive numbers of devices on pervasive, wireless networks. I’ve always been an advocate for new technologies, and usually I can’t wait to try out “the next big thing”, but while I can’t wait for some of the new features promised by the IoT, I’m also starting to lose sleep thinking about how to manage and provide security for all those new networked devices.

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Most Memorable Moments from OFC

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 7 April 2015

I’m starting to think that enthusiasm for a conference seems to follow the Gartner Group hype cycle - a huge buildup leading up to the event, followed by the culture shock of returning to your day job, and later the realization that you learned a bunch of useful things after all. 

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Service Provider Summit at OFC

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 27 March 2015

As the OFC conference continues, today provided a unique opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s leaders in a slightly less formal setting where business and technology issues come together to create market value.  Of course I’m referring to the Service Provider Symposium, held on the 300,000 square foot exhibit floor at OFC.  

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Hot Topic of Net Neutrality Wraps Up Special Sessions

By OFC | Posted: 26 March 2015

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued new rules on net neutrality that are due to go into effect before the summer and will reclassify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service.

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Upbeat Mood at OFC Signals Market Potential

By OFC | Posted: 26 March 2015

Five hundred sixty exhibitors, 106,000 square feet of exhibit space, 12,375 registered attendees, five days in Los Angeles, countless business cards exchanged, meetings taken, pens and Jolly Ranchers handed out and it has all come down to this: Thank you!

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Networking from a High-Performance Computing Perspective

By OFC | Posted: 26 March 2015

We have known since the dawn of the Computer Age that one thing you can almost always count on, like glorious weather in Los Angeles, is that computer processors tend to get faster, cheaper and smaller— a trend enshrined in Moore's Law.

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SDN Deployments Every Customer Should Love

By OFC | Posted: 25 March 2015

Carriers have long desired greater control over transport so that they could reduce cost, increase availability, reduce time to deliver services and explore new services, such as on demand.

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The Value of Multi-layer SDN

By OFC | Posted: 25 March 2015

Repackaging, something of an art form, is also a viable approach to business because it can save cost or create new ventures. These themes were touched upon during a special symposium at OFC 2015 on Wednesday, which focused on how packaging and integration may be used to dramatically reduce the cost of traditional “gold box” optical modules for different applications in the network.

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OFC Day 3 – OFC Plenaries, Panels, and Rump Sessions

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 25 March 2015

Today was the busiest day yet at OFC, with a full schedule packed with plenaries, invited speakers, tutorials, and much more.  I’ve barely had time to write it all up, but let’s take a quick look at some of the day’s highlights.

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Hidden Gems at OFC

By Cary Snyder, Principal Analyst at EJL Wireless Research USA, and Consulting Engineer at Sarokal Test Systems Oy, Finland | Posted: 25 March 2015

Anyone attending OFC 2015 knows there is a LOT of material and not everything may apply to their respective interest or work product. However, it is hard to ignore the importance of optics and the role it plays in both the current Mobile Fronthaul/Backhaul Transport and more importantly Next-Generation Mobile Fronthaul for 4.5G (2020) and 5G (2025).

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