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Expanding the Customer Base and Product Offerings through Emerging Communications Technologies

Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization, and the Resource Decoupling Disruption Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are two trends in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) industry that are relieving constraints for carriers, enterprises, and customers … Continue reading

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Good Design Rules

Axiomatic Design is a general purpose method for designing engineering systems that are highly effective (among other things). The axioms described in this approach are essentially as follows. 1) Maintain independence of the functional requirements so that you can set … Continue reading

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Net2Plan is worth a look

I recently found a network planning tool that is publicly available through GNU public license, called Net2Plan, and I suggest anyone working on telecommunications or IT networks to give it a try.  You can find a copy at net2plan.com of … Continue reading

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Reliable information, reliable decisions, reliable systems, reliable teams

I don’t attend many meetings these days, but when I do, I’m reminded of the failure modes of meetings, when group think can take over, leading to poor decisions by the group. But like all human reliable systems, the group … Continue reading

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Network Capacity Management and the Trouble with Change

While working parallel projects on different sides of the Capacity Management (CM) problem, I’ve noticed a rather large disconnect between the way some networks operate and the assumptions hidden with the monitoring tools in use. Stable networks are the ideal … Continue reading

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Leveraging Human Solutions in Operations Research

People maintain control in spite of our new machine overlords. Operations Research (O.R.) projects often focus on trying to take control of the entire problem, and therefore fail when the engineer or manager with the ultimate control cannot validate, verify, … Continue reading

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Virtual Machines (VM) and the Capacity Management (CM) advantage

An important attraction of using Virtual Machines (VM) instead of traditional servers can be presented as a Capacity Management (CM) advantage. While a traditional server can serve multiple purposes up to a point, they are not built to be as … Continue reading

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Checklist for capacity management

Checklists are a very effective way to improve a manual process. When an enterprise realizes they have a resource that should be better managed, they consider capacity management, in its general form if not specifically in the context of IT. … Continue reading

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Reliability drives innovation

The real engine behind technology advancement is reliability. Innovators would benefit from focusing on reliability. Sure we always strive to do better for various reasons: competition, market share, profit, save lives. If necessity is the mother of invention, perhaps laziness … Continue reading

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