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“When dreams start coming true …”

By Nick Watson, Vice President EMEA Enterprise Group, HP Networking

 

Nick WatsonThis week, Mobile World Congress gets underway. 

At centre stage is the push by the Operators towards standards and simplification, which is essential to improving operating cost efficiency as these giant networks experience dramatic growth.  Costs need to remain in check if networks are to keep up with the demand of mobile devices and the use we now routinely put them to, with messages, voice, video; often all in a single “conversation”.

 

Network functions Virtualization (NFV) is all about simplification and standardisation. It’s about taking complex proprietary network products, often referred to as “appliances”, and changing the hardware to a simplified, standardised design. While, at the same time, moving all the necessarily complex, historically proprietary elements toward standards based software.  There are many parallels to Software Defined Networks (SDN) in the Enterprise, where the hardware and the software need to adhere to Open Standards for the real benefits to be gained; https://www.opennetworking.org/

 

The move to the dominance of mobile devices as the consumer and business tool of choice is both remarkable and challenging for IT leaders and for traditional Telephony and IP Telephony providers. Today, a walk through an open-plan office will demonstrate the move away from fixed telephony (of any type) with employees routinely using their mobile device to initiate and receive calls. Why try to remember a number when you have their name (and often picture) in the directory within your mobile device!

 

The dream of IP Telephony in the late 1990s was always a single, converged application, integrating data, voice, video, email, voicemail (“voice for free” came later and was not related to the office based IP Telephony installations) yet the application software always struggled to produce this experience.  Routinely today, across HP Worldwide, we use Microsoft Lync to seamlessly connect devices, whether desk “phones”, mobile devices, or traditional desktop or laptop computers.  We finally have that converged application, running on a converged infrastructure – life is good!

 

 

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