Erasure coding is the de facto standard for data resiliency in the era of HCI and cloud storage. Various acceleration techniques—GPUs, SSEs and FPGAs—are opening new frontiers in accelerated storage solutions including erasure coding.

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Lately, there has been a lot of media attention about ending net neutrality, which would provide internet service providers (ISPs) with tremendous power to determine speed and bandwidth of service to subscribers. While some are optimistic about this development, there is a large contingent that believes anti-net neutrality will result in a “slow death” for the internet.

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Most digital devices today are created with wireless capabilities and sensors built into them. The Internet of Things (IoT) makes use of these features to connect and control the devices. Cheaper broadband and mobile data connections have helped grow the number of both IoT deployments and connected devices, but privacy and security remain a major concern for the commercial viability of IoT networks.

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The number of vehicles on the roads increases every day. And everyone drives in their own way – slow, fast, aggressive and so on. Some travel the same route daily while some are driving roads they’ve never been on before. Vehicles may be more comfortable and have more safety features than in the past, but they get stuck in unavoidable situations such as traffic jams during rush hours and more rarely in collisions.

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Transcoding is the process of converting a media file from one format type to another, a higher resolution to a lower resolution and a higher bitrate to a lower bitrate and vice versa. The growing variety of technologies-including different generations of equipment, low-speed to high-speed networks and over-the-top (OTT) services-are creating the need to transcode videos to a common format in order to maintain interoperability across devices and ensure a higher quality of experience.

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Last month (April 2018), I represented Aricent at the MPLS+SDN+NFV World in Paris and in attendance were some of the world’s largest mobile operators including AT&T, DT, Turk Telecom and Reliance Jio. SDN/NFV is coming to fruition and 5G is almost here. The main theme at the show was automation - and what transpired was that while many operators have been making good ground, end-to-end automation of the network was a conundrum.

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