I’m writing a screenplay for a TAKEN/LOVE, ACTUALLY crossover/sequel.

If anyone thought there might, at some point, be a pull-back by telcos from SDN and NFV, then such thoughts would have been wiped this week, despite an eye-wateringly long list of tough challenges that now face the infrastructure operators.

The financial, hardware, software, staffing, process, organizational and cultural challenges facing network operators moving to SDN and NFV are enormous and complex: The shift will be long, difficult and expensive, and it will be years before tangible benefits will be achieved by a significant body of network operators. That, by the way, is the view of the operators that have already started their migration processes, not of bystanders and industry-watchers such as myself.

By +Ray Le Maistre  on +Light Reading 

One of the biggest challenges for telcos as they plan to introduce NFV and SDN into their existing networks is how they’ll manage their legacy/virtualized hybrid next-generation networks.

Colt Technology Services Group Ltd  might just have the answer. Or, at least, the pan-European operator has one of the answers.

By +Ray Le Maistre on +Light Reading 

Apple’s new iPads: Built for the enterprise

Apple’s iPad announcement last week was good news for carriers looking to sell mobile services to enterprises, which will enjoy new security features that make the devices more business-ready.

Last week’s iPad announcement was a bit of a puzzling yawner for Apple enthusiasts (like me) who pant and drool over every detail about new gear from Cupertino. The iPad Air 2 gets a speed bump and is a bit thinner than its predecessor. Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 get support for Touch ID security and the new Apple Pay service. Nice, but not reasons for consumers to upgrade. 

Touch ID support is the only new feature of the iPad mini 3 (well, it also now comes in gold, which its predecessors didn’t, but oh, come on). It’s otherwise the same machine. “The iPad mini 3 is improved so little, I would not recommend anyone buy one,” says  at ZDnet. “The iPad mini 2, still sold by Apple, is a much better value than the iPad mini 3 given its lower price ($100 cheaper currently).”

And indeed, last week I ordered myself a new iPad mini, and got last year’s iPad mini 2 rather than the new iPad mini 3. When I did a side-by-side comparison of the configurations I want, the price difference wasn’t $100 — it was $150.

But James and I aren’t the target customers for the new iPads; the target customers are business users. And business users will love the new iPads.

Find out why at the link.

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Winds of change blow NFV at +HP

DÜSSELDORF — SDN & OpenFlow World Congress — HP’s Saar Gillai is great at putting on an expression of childlike innocence.


Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) has been going through big changes recently, which have the potential to buffet the NFV business. The company said this month it will split in two parts — one focused on business customers, and the other on consumers. Also, Bethany Mayer, HP senior VP and GM of the NFV business unit, quit recently. 


In a one-on-one interview here, I asked Gillai whether those changes signal reduced commitment to SDN and NFV.


That’s where Gillai, who is Mayer’s replacement and also SVP/COO for HP Cloud, batted his big blue eyes at me and asked why anybody would think HP is reducing its commitment to networking in light of those events.


(That’s a figure of speech about his big blue eyes — they’re eye-sized and I’m pretty sure they’re not blue.)


Gillai’s innocent act was a halfway decent response. Given demand from its business customers, HP would be stupid to reduce commitment to networking, NFV and SDN. On the other hand, businesses make stupid decisions with some regularity. As evidence, let me present this Windows Vista laptop, Cisco Flip camera and can of New Coke.


And when a technology champion leaves a company at a time of fundamental organizational change, it’s reasonable to ask whether that company has diminished its commitment to the technology.


To make a long story short — or at least, keep the story from getting any longer than it already is — Gillai said no, HP is not diminishing its commitment to NFV.


Find out more about HP’s NFV strategy at the link. 

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"Putin’s Coup": "Fear has returned to Moscow.""European leaders and diplomats believe…. Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow."Says one Russian banker: “We are no longer going to grow like an emerging market. We are going to be living in a country a lot more like Iran than China.”Also: “The Myth of Russian Humiliation:” We didn’t humiliate Russia after the end of the Cold War. We were too easy on them. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/anne-applebaum-nato-pays-a-heavy-price-for-giving-russia-too-much-credita-true-achievement-under-threat/2014/10/17/5b3a6f2a-5617-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html

"Putin’s Coup": "Fear has returned to Moscow."

"European leaders and diplomats believe…. Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow."

Says one Russian banker: “We are no longer going to grow like an emerging market. We are going to be living in a country a lot more like Iran than China.”

Also: “The Myth of Russian Humiliation:” We didn’t humiliate Russia after the end of the Cold War. We were too easy on them. 

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What the iPad mini 3 is good for.> The iPad mini 3 is improved so little I would not recommend anyone buy one. The iPad mini 2, still sold by Apple, is a much better value than the iPad mini 3 given its lower price ($100 cheaper currently). There’s not a single compelling reason to get the newest iPad mini.+James Kendrick is only half-right here. There is no reason for a consumer to buy the iPad mini 3. But businesses will appreciate the added security.

What the iPad mini 3 is good for.

> The iPad mini 3 is improved so little I would not recommend anyone buy one. The iPad mini 2, still sold by Apple, is a much better value than the iPad mini 3 given its lower price ($100 cheaper currently). There’s not a single compelling reason to get the newest iPad mini.

+James Kendrick is only half-right here. There is no reason for a consumer to buy the iPad mini 3. But businesses will appreciate the added security.

Happy to wake up this morning in my own bed after 9 nights away from it

I was confronted by a mystery this morning: I was missing one sandal. I searched very thoroughly, with a flashlight so as not to waken Julie. 

How is it possible to be missing one sandal? Both sandals, sure, you kick them off somewhere unusual and then you forget you did it. But one sandal?

I know what you’re thinking: Minnie’s the culprit. But the sandals live in the bedroom when they are not on my feet. Minnie doesn’t go into the bedroom unsupervised. She rarely is allowed in there at all. 

Have our cats started dragging off individual items of footwear for cult rituals?

Mystery solved when Julie woke up: She had been smelling a Foul Odor from the bedroom, and traced the source of the odor to a Substance in the sandal tread. So she brought the offending footwear into the laundry room, tucked it in a plastic bag, and forgot to tell me. 

In other news: I caught Minnie drinking from my water glass on the sofa side-table in the living room. She seemed to find it very satisfactory, better than the water in her bowls on the floor. 

It’s good to be home.

Schrödinger’s Shift Key"In iOS 7.1, Apple changed the design of the shift key. This was the worst thing to happen in the history of software."

Schrödinger’s Shift Key

"In iOS 7.1, Apple changed the design of the shift key. This was the worst thing to happen in the history of software."

She wants to believeThe X-Files connects a young woman to the memory of her troubled father.

She wants to believe

The X-Files connects a young woman to the memory of her troubled father.

A brief history of Gilligan’s Island.It debuted 50 years ago in September.The greatest masterpiece of three quarters of a century of American television was The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island. Some may say this honor goes to The Wire or Breaking Bad. They would be wrong.

A brief history of Gilligan’s Island.

It debuted 50 years ago in September.

The greatest masterpiece of three quarters of a century of American television was The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island. Some may say this honor goes to The Wire or Breaking Bad. They would be wrong.

Why Germans fear GoogleGermans love business and technology, but they trust the state.“The German voter-consumer will always trust the state more than he will any private company, no matter how ardently it insists on being a good guy.”Disclaimer: Coincidentally, I read this article just before I went to Germany. After spending a week in Germany, I have the same direction knowledge of German attitudes toward business and the state as I did before: Zero.

Why Germans fear Google

Germans love business and technology, but they trust the state.

“The German voter-consumer will always trust the state more than he will any private company, no matter how ardently it insists on being a good guy.”

Disclaimer: Coincidentally, I read this article just before I went to Germany. After spending a week in Germany, I have the same direction knowledge of German attitudes toward business and the state as I did before: Zero.

"Day 3. Humans still think I’m lost."

"Day 3. Humans still think I’m lost."

Enjoying American coffee for the first time since Monday. Germany is a wonderful country but mother of god the coffee.

Sometimes I feel pretty smart but then I try to work the motion detector faucets in a public toilet.