For the last many months I have been promising a blog on Software Defined Networks (commonly known as SDN). I have been skillfully avoiding the topic – why – to be honest because it is a bit hard for me to wrap my brain about it. I think like the world ‘cloud’ before it – SDN has become the latest tech accessory.
Motivation 2014 - Alcatel-Lucent’s annual customer event for our Motive Customer Experience, Payment, Policy & Charging and Network Intelligence portfolios - took place a couple of weeks ago in Athens, Greece.
With so much riding on the capabilities of today’s network infrastructures, our customers can’t settle for second-best solutions. They want to work with suppliers who understand their network requirements and the best way to optimize available hardware and software to meet their business objectives. The best way for us to do this is to partner with system integrators, value-added resellers and distributors who can bring tailored solutions to a customer’s front door.
A few days ago I was asked to do a virtual interaction with three young students from ConnectEd Brazil, the signature program of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation. The idea was to do a mentoring session where I could share my experiences and answer questions from the youngsters. As it turned out, I ended up being the one who learned the most, was moved and felt inspired by their life stories and enthusiasm.
Did you know that in 2013 telecommunications networks worldwide consumed around 69 Gigawatts (GW), or the equivalent of about 12 New York Cities? Almost a third of that energy is consumed by the access network, the wireless and fixed onramps to the Internet that connects users to their content and applications. And that is just the picture in 2013.