Thinking Differently

Apr 22, 2013 by Prayson Pate

I recently started watching the “Downton Abbey” series, which takes place in the second decade of the twentieth century.  The characters are facing massive changes in their lives due to the rapid evolution of technology, including the growing presence of cars, phones and electricity.  Very quickly the characters will go from viewing these inventions as alien intrusions to being necessary parts of the infrastructure of daily life.  They will change how they think.

In previous blog entries I have covered some of the aspects of applying the cloud to the problem of telecom services.  In this segment I close the loop and talk about how we can apply the concepts previously discussed.  As with the characters in Downton Abbey, making this transition will require us to change how we think.

The Value of Open

Apr 15, 2013 by Prayson Pate

In previous blog entries I discussed the value of cloud principles and tools.  A critical aspect of cloud development is the use of applications developed using open interfaces and standard protocols.

Virtualizing the Edge

Mar 18, 2013 by Prayson Pate

In a previous blog entry I discussed some of the technology enablers that led to the success of the cloud, and how they could be applied to other domains such as the metro edge portion of the network.  One key enabler is the use of virtualization and Virtual Machines (VMs) to build the infrastructure of the cloud, which leads to the question, “Can virtualization be applied to the metro edge of the network?” Before digging in further, let’s step back and understand some of the key points of virtualization: abstraction and separation/layering.

The Cloud is a Mindset, Not a Destination

Mar 11, 2013 by Prayson Pate

People talk about the cloud as if it were a specific destination or set of destinations (“My music is in the cloud.”).  In fact, the answer to the question “Where is the cloud?” is “everywhere”.  The cloud is no longer limited to virtualized storage and services in a datacenter.  It is now a metaphor and model for distributed applications built on low cost hardware using Virtual Machines (VMs).