Network Communications News (NCN) October 2017 - Page 4

EDITORIAL The shape of things to come I ts been a busy time at NCN with trips to the IP Expo in London recently (resulting in some interesting articles from Silver Peak and Pure Storage in this issue) various other industry events and a very informative event hosted by ADTRAN with its annual Connect event in Berlin, one day ahead of the Broadband World Forum. So, lots going on and even a brief glance at this month’s issue will show NCN is bursting with many launches, case studies, opinion, features and facts. Pu tting together thi s m o nt h ’ s i ssu e lef t N CN with a th o u ght that ju st wo n’t go awa y, eve r y thin g is a bout to c h a nge , bi g ti me! A l l i n d u s t r i e s go t h ro u g h p e r i o d s w h e re t h e re i s m o re te c h n i c a l d eve l o p m e nt t h a n at ot h e r p o i nt s . T h e n et wo r k i n g a n d d ata i n d u s t r y i s n o d i f fe re nt , eve n b e i n g o n t h e c u t t i n g e d ge a s i t i s , t h e re a re t i m e s w h e n i t 4 | October 2017 “Working hard or working smart? The future will be very different.” Daniel J Sait, editor in chief fe e l s l i ke t h e s e cto r i s re a c h i n g a t i p p i n g p o i nt . Te c h n o l o g i e s l i ke S D - WA N a re s et to f re e n ot j u s t n ew n et wo r k s , b u t l e ga c y o n e s to o , a l l ow i n g co m p a n i e s to d o w h at t h e y d o b e s t , n ot wo r r y a b o u t t h e i r i nf ra s t r u ct u re a n d co n c e nt rate o n co re co m p ete n c i e s . T h e co n c e pt of s m a r t c i t i e s (s e e t h i s m o nt h ’ s co m m e nt f ro m o n e M 2 M ) wa s fo r m a n y y e a r s of f s o m ew h e re i n t h e d i s ta n c e , p atc h y exa m p l e s h e re a n d t h e re t h at y o u co u l d p o i nt to o , b u t m a i n l y t h e re a l i t i e s of a s m a r t c i t y o r tow n , h u n g ta nta l i s i n g l y of f i n t h e i m a g i n e d f u t u re . N ow t h e re i s s t i l l a h u ge a m o u nt of wo r k to d o , b u t w h at d o e s fe e l d i f fe re nt n ow i s t h at t h e m o d e l s a n d k n ow h ow d o e s ex i s t to m a ke s m a r t u r b a n a re a s a re a l p o s s i b i l i t y . S o m e co u nt r i e s l i ke S o u t h Ko re a c a n a l re a d y p o i nt to c i t i e s l i ke B u s a n a s s h i n i n g exa m p l e s of w h at c a n b e d o n e , t h e re s t of t h e wo r l d c a n ta ke n ote a n d fo l l ow s u i t a n d i t w i l l . Lo o k at w h at h a s h a p p e n e d in China in the last 30 years, t h e co u nt r y i s d ete r m i n e d to b e a l e a d e r i n te c h n o l o g y a n d has made serious noises about l e a d i n g o n t h e e nv i ro n m e nt a n d c l e a n e n e rg y . Y e s , i t a l s o p l a n s to b u i l d a h u ge a m o u nt of i nf ra s t r u ct u re i n c l u d i n g p o l l u t i n g a i r p o r t s , b u t t h e fa ct re m a i n s i t i s ve r y i nte re s te d i n s m a r t te c h a n d c l e a n p owe r a n d h a s t h e p owe r a n d m o n e y to d r i ve d eve l o p m e nt to t h e n ex t l eve l . C o m p a re t h at to w h at t h e c u r re nt U . S G ov s p e n d s m o s t of i t s t i m e d o i n g ( t w i t te r a n d go l f ) a n d i t s co m m i t m e nt to o l d e r te c h l i ke co a l p owe re d p owe r, t h e n i t s p ret t y c l e a r w h o w i l l b e t h e l e a d o u t of t h e t wo i n te r m s of p u s h i n g towa rd s a s m a r te r m o re co n n e cte d f u t u re . So if it feels like things are about to go up a notch, then that is because they are, NCN will be on hand to catch it all and deliver it to you every month.