Wishing healthcare an innovative new year

As I gear up to deliver my first tech talk at the Illinois Technology Association on Jan. 25, I take a step back and relive my innovative experience delivering a similar session at the Gartner ITXPO Symposium last year. It is all about bringing the trifecta of business, technology and culture together to make Innovation real. Healthcare, for example, is a fascinating domain where there is always scope for innovation that can have a direct impact on our daily lives — whether it be from the perspective of the patient, the healthcare provider or the payer. Consider this paper-based device that can spin blood like a centrifuge — and thus called, lo and behold — Paperfuge! Or this app that took just a few minutes to diagnose the problem that took the doctors 16 years to find! Technology Innovation matters if and when it leads to business differentiation. Join me in wishing healthcare an innovative new year of 2017 — and if you happen to be in the area, I look forward to having an innovative discussion on this very topic at Tech Nexus on Wacker Drive in Chicago.

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Top 10 new features of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 is now available, bringing telecommunications companies increased system-wide scalability and agility, along with enhanced network performance and platform security. In our January 18 webinar, Red Hat’s principal product manager, Rob Young, digs into 10 big changes designed to make your life easier.

Red Hat open source solutions at the center of KazTransCom’s new cloud services in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is a big country. In fact, it is the world’s ninth largest, with more than 1 million square miles. It has a healthy economy, and its population is growing and becoming more educated and more tech-savvy. Internet users in the country have nearly doubled since 2010, and there’s a competitive telecom industry. It’s with this backdrop that KazTransCom, one of the largest telecommunications operators in Kazakhstan, went about modernizing its telco platform with open source solutions from Red Hat so it could offer new cloud services for business customers.

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17 predictions for the telco industry in 2017.

The new year has arrived. And in the telecommunications industry, we expect it to be busy. That’s a prediction we’re making that you can take to the bank. We won’t leave it at just that, though. We’re about to go on record with well over a dozen other telco predictions. We’re basing these on what’s been happening in 2016, what our customers have been talking about, and what other prognosticators have been saying. Of course, we present these to you with a caveat: these are predictions, and predictions are what Merriam-Webster defines as “what will happen or might happen in the future.” So with that, in 2017 we predict …

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Will 2017 be the “Year of Technology Realization?”

Aspire to be a technology strategist whatever your title says – the assertion by Vanguard CIO John Marcante rings true when I look ahead to what lies in store in the new year of 2017. I have the privilege of working – and collaborating – with a distinguished set of colleagues who are technology strategists at heart and who focus across a wide spectrum of domains across the public and private sectors. What follows is the output of a collaborative effort by this innovative bunch to put forth our collective predictions for 2017 – the year when technology has the potential to become real.

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2016 – NFV reference architecture for deployment of mobile networks

Over the last 10 years, the consumption model of the telco service provider network has evolved. Providers, including mobile operators, are finding themselves competing with leaner, meaner over-the-top providers such as Google and Amazon that have redefined what they use, when they use and how they use. In order to compete, mobile operators are stepping up to the demand of the new consumption model that lends itself to service agility, flexibility and — in the long run — lower cost of ownership and operational expenses. As part of the Red Hat Reference Architecture Series, the NFV Reference Architecture for Mobile Networks (vEPC) covers all aspects of virtual mobile networks from architecture to design and best practices. The document details all aspects of NFV architecture while highlighting architecture and design as it pertains to virtual mobile networks.

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Tune In: How to use SR-IOV and OVS-DPDK for OpenStack NFV deployments

Over the past 10 years, mobile data traffic has grown 4,000-fold, and nearly 400-million-fold over the past 15 years. That’s according to Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index, and the growth isn’t slowing. The report forecasts an 8X increase in mobile traffic by 2020, with an expectation that video will comprise 75 percent of all Internet traffic by then.

Expect this explosive growth to put increasingly rigorous demands on communications service providers’ networks. Providers are also likely to face greater competition from the likes of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google. The good news is that open source and DevOps can provide a competitive edge in this challenging telecom environment. Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, December 14 to learn how cloud-ready telecommunications solutions from Red Hat deliver network function virtualization (NFV) capabilities that help providers compete and thrive.

Red Hat talks NFV, cloud and customers on new telco site.

Red Hat is always looking to meet the needs of its telecommunications customers and prospective customers. To that end, the company recently refreshed the telco web pages on www.redhat.com to include lots of vital information on network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud migration and storage with customer success stories, solution briefs and more.

For example, customer profiles on Telefonica, Xchanging Malaysia, Vodafone and Chunghwa Telecom, along with a featured success story and video on Swisscom, outline solution concepts and implementation successes.

How much DevOps should telcos take on?

A culture of engineering. That’s how an IT decision maker I recently spoke with characterized DevOps. It’s a definition that resonates very well with me because it really is about having the right mindset, one that transcends the entire business throughout the complete software development and deployment life cycle. A culture that accommodates the continuous and rapid evolution of the features and capabilities consumers now expect in every aspect of their daily lives. And doing this in a seamless, automated manner makes software development—and the services they enable—an exciting process that leverages collaborative innovation and purposeful automation.

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Striking the right balance of DevOps at telcos

Lessons learned from a large-scale telco OpenStack and SDN deployment.

The obvious cannot be overstated: implementing OpenStack and software defined networking (SDN) at a large telco is a complex undertaking. That’s why it’s just plain good advice to listen in on the experiences of those who’ve already forged such an implementation, and here’s your chance. At the recent OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, Red Hat shared its lessons learned from a Red Hat OpenStack deployment with an SDN provider in the telecommunications market in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.