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Employing Blockchains in Consumer IoT Infrastructures

Simon Dredge | Aug 1, 2016 12:47:16 PM

Internet of Things (IoT) Industry Trends

Like many of you, I have taken a back seat over the last few years as Bitcoin bedlam has swelled, subsided and swelled once again. Let’s be completely honest -- while a form of currency that can’t be systematically plied from my wallet by my teenager and plunked down on the counter of the Hot Topic at my local mall in exchange for various useless Once Upon A Time-branded items is appealing, I have little use for it in my daily life.  Naturally, I put my indifference on hold for a brief time, along with the rest of our (typically apathetic)1 industry, when Verizon Ventures announced in September 2015 that they see value in the Bitcoin Blockchain.2 I quickly moved on, however, when I remembered how confused I was when I previously had read up on Blockchains and how little I cared about something that had nothing to do with MPLS or a PCE.

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Guaranteeing QoS for the IoT - With the Obligatory Pokemon Go References

Simon Dredge | Jul 20, 2016 2:00:00 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) Internet of Things (IoT) Industry Trends

References that, like everyone else right now, I’m using to grab a few additional page views. Do I feel as slimy as an Ekans?1 Yes -- but my mother is proud of me. Then again, she is also a proud supporter of the Crystal Palace Football Club, so I generally take her adulation with a grain of salt. Sorry, Mum.2

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Pixie Dust and Unicorn Stuff - The Magic Behind SDN

Simon Dredge | Nov 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) SDN (Software Defined Networking) PCE (Path Computational Element) Internet of Things (IoT) application-based network operations (ABNO) Industry Trends

PCE: The magic behind tomorrow’s software defined networks

Although Metaswitch has been supplying a path computation element (PCE) function to network equipment providers for quite some time, I first took an interest when it was incorporated into our own little SDN controller. While that interest grew to something akin to Internet stalking, the lawsuits have now been settled and the daily meditation is working, so I’m better now. With that behind me, I feel I can share my admiration for this little-known SDN function in a calm and rational manner. Well, calm and rational-ish.

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IoT: The Internet of Turkey Bacon?

Simon Dredge | Oct 1, 2015 7:00:00 AM

SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) Internet of Things (IoT) Industry Trends

Are we really developing complex and expensive infrastructure for foodstuffs?

Alright, admittedly that would be IoTB. Sure, I could have used tomatoes, but let’s face it, bacon is a funny word and apparently has positive connotations, judging by the fact that the meat industry uses it to describe thin slices of reformed poultry meat that has a reputation for sticking to your frying pan. But enough of my breakfast tribulations. The fact that I can’t cook turkey bacon is of little concern to today’s great minds. The fact that I may run out of the stuff is, however, enough to send a shock wave across an entire industry, causing otherwise intelligent men and women to stand up in forums of their peers waving their arms excitedly at both the prospect of this catastrophe being averted with billions of dollars of complex infrastructure and the fear for humanity if it isn’t.

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