Blockchains can configure ‘Circles of Trust’ in telco

If you are a movie buff like me, you would have tried out six degrees of Kevin Bacon to find your shortest path to the actor of your choice — Bacon included. The actual route to Bacon is not predetermined and can vary depending upon your own network of acquaintances, which can change and potentially grow over time. What if you had the ability to select and configure the optimal path including the acquaintances? More to the point, what if you had an assurance that these acquaintances were inherently secure, with built-in trust? Not just a network of connections, but a Circle of Trust? Say hello to blockchains and join me as I share my thoughts from an enlightening conversation I had with Ian Hood, chief architect, Global Service Provider, Red Hat.

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Survey Finds: Majority of telcos are using OpenStack as the NFV platform of choice

It’s really no surprise to us that so many telecommunications companies are eyeing OpenStack. After all, the open source software platform gives them a path towards virtualized network platforms using network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud. But don’t just take our word for it. A new survey, conducted by Heavy Reading and commissioned by the OpenStack Foundation, confirms it: 86 percent of global telcos consider OpenStack essential or important to their success.

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Tip o’ the Red Hat to energy executives who shared their insights in Houston

ict-tip-o-the-red-hat-photoJust a few weeks ago, I made my first visit to the CDM Media CIO Energy Summit to moderate a roundtable on the relevance of IT to the energy industry. To kick off the summit, Dr. Steve Pratt, CTO of Centerpoint, gave a passionate and energizing keynote. His message? IT and its critical role in adding value to business. I couldn’t agree more.

“Strategy has become the single most important document,” asserted Pratt, effectively reinforcing the point about the vital need to realize value out of technology. Pratt’s keynote highlighted several best practices that can be adopted for IT to continuously add value and be relevant to the business.

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The telco mindset that RAMPS up cloud-ready NFV

Telcos have been providing network services for decades now and have always had to address the challenges of providing highly available, reliable services that can be easily managed. And yes, they have also had the continuous need to meet or exceed performance expectations while providing these services in a secure way. So, what is different today? Admittedly, the basic need to provide these services has not changed much. But the fundamental definition of what is meant by the all-too familiar network service terms of reliability, availability, manageability, performance and security has undergone a seismic shift.

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Tune In: Fast, available and secure application delivery in telco NFV environments

Many telecommunications service providers are moving toward network function virtualization (NFV) as a way to implement flexible, scalable and secure application delivery. A move toward NFV means that software, rather than hardware, will be the deciding factor in the network performance of applications. We’ll be covering these topics and detail a combined, integrated solution offered by Red Hat and F5 Networks in an October 6 webinar delivered by Sandro Mazziotta, director of NFV product management at Red Hat and Paul Pindall, senior solution architect at F5 Networks.

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Adapting the networks of the future so they’re elastic, automated and well-managed.

If there’s one thing the digital age has shown us, it’s that business is moving faster. Digital providers are laser-focused and fully automated, and they’re deploying new apps and services as quickly as they can, sometimes in just minutes. No doubt, this has upped the ante for telecommunications companies. As such, downtime is more costly than ever, and reliability, availability and serviceability have to happen at cloud scale. At the recent Red Hat Summit 2016, held June 27-30 in San Francisco, I gave a presentation on what telco operators are looking for in cloud computing and how a Telco NFV Service Delivery Framework can meet their needs.

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Code Healthy with OpenShift hackathon competition

Red Hat just rolled out our OpenShift Online (Next Generation) service — our container cloud offering. This cloud-based service is designed especially for developing Docker and Kubernetes-based container applications, and is a great tool for today’s booming healthcare technology industry.

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Read It: Utilizing a cloud-based open source solution can mean big savings for healthcare providers

Digital healthcare is driving improvements in patient care. But when you deliver digital healthcare on an open-source and cloud-enabled foundation, there’s opportunity for even more improvements, with innovation and cost efficiencies in the mix.

My colleague Gregory Mezo recently wrote an IT infrastructure feature in the June/July publication of “Canadian Healthcare Technology,” about this, noting that “every major cloud service today is underpinned by open source projects.”

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