Some Abbreviated Thoughts on Acronyms
We at Light Reading live for acronyms: They are inescapable elements of the telecom vernacular that we use every day to tell our stories.
In 2014, we saw a handful of technology acronyms comes into frequent usage. Here are some that became seared in our souls, and probably yours, too.
VNF (virtualized network function)
Not to be confused with NFV, except that it is easy to confuse them because the same three letters are involved and they are, in effect, blood brothers. What's next? FNV (Functions of Networks, Virtualized)? In any case, VNF was one of the hottest acronyms of 2014. (Would it be too nerdy to get a "VNF" tattoo?)
Short for collaborative effort between software development and IT operations teams. We can debate about whether or not this is technically an acronym, but instead let's talk about how it reminds us of the completely unrelated, but much cooler, term 'Black Ops.' The guys in DevOps probably don't get to carry guns -- or do they?
IaaS, PaaS, UCaaS, DRaaS, etc.
Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Services, Unified Communications as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service. There are more aaSes than we're identifying here -- the industry is literally full of aaSes -- but you get the idea. When the hardware apocalypse is finally complete and all of us and our gear are virtualized or rendered into software, there will be even more, but perhaps by then we can just collectively refer to them as EDTaaS: Every Damn Thing as a Service.
FTTdp (Fiber to the distribution point)
We've never been fully on board with capitalizing the abbreviation for 'to the' in Fiber to the Curb, Fiber to the Building, etc. (Especially when we don't do the same for 'as a' in acronyms like IaaS, PaaS and so forth.) Now, with FTTdp, someone has somewhat absurdly decided that 'to the' is worth capitalizing, but 'distribution point' is not. (We've also seen the even more non-sensical 'FTTdP.') The lower case 'dp' makes it sound like a distribution point, generally speaking, is a less worthy destination for fiber than a curb, which seems a little discriminatory, doesn't it?
What other increasingly common acronyms have you had stuck in your head this year? Let us know by posting to the comments section.
— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading