The more network functions get virtualized, the greater the computing demands on data centers. That's a well-known fact, but it's taking on new meaning as NFV blurs the lines between IT and the network.
Data centers, whether they are operated by service providers or third parties, are going through a fundamental change, driven by the cloud and the need for lower operational costs and higher degrees of flexibility.
How to meet these needs, keep up with demand, and evolve the data center has been a big topic of discussion here on Light Reading, especially this month, our data center virtualization month leading up to the "NFV and the Data Center" live event in Santa Clara in September. (See Data Center Virtualization: Tough for Carriers, Tougher for Vendors.)
To keep the conversation going, and include your voice, we are holding a LIVE CHAT here on Light Reading with Heavy Reading analyst and data center expert Roz Roseboro. The chat will take place this Thursday, August 21, at 12:00 noon ET (9:00 a.m. PT) when we'll discuss the opportunities, challenges, and storage, automation, management and performance requirements in building a virtualized, carrier-grade data center.
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.