Facebook users gobble up bandwidth. The service has grown from a scant 1,500 Harvard students soon after its 2004 launch to nearly 2 billion monthly active users as of March 31, 2017. Those users are sharing different types of data -- text at first, then images, now video, with virtual reality and augmented reality, with other immersive content to come. And they share more often today than they did in the past.
Put it all together and that means Facebook has a lot of work to do to keep up with the bandwidth needs of its users. To feed those needs, Facebook is building out enormous data centers, and working with service provider and vendor partners on initiatives such as the Open Compute Project and Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) on open source designs for equipment that can carry networks forward into the next generation of demand.
Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Facebook director of engineering, provided an overview of Facebook's networking efforts at the Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas, last week. Find out what he had to say on our sister site, Enterprise Cloud News: see Facebook Flexes Networking Muscles.
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How Will Facebook Handle The Demand? I don't regularly use Facebook and even less the videos there, but this weekend watch a "live" event that was available also afterward and noticed quite a lot of lag time in viewing the program. I'm not sure the lag was a function of my end or Facebook or somewhere inbetween, but there's surely going to be some issues that Facebook will have to look at carefully as the platform become more and more bandwidth sensitive over coming months and years.
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.