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.
Libelium and Movandi and their founders are pioneering new technologies that are already changing the game for IoT and 5G, respectively, making them startups you want to keep an eye on in 2018 and beyond.
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.