The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of those important technological developments on which the digitial transformation process is based. Studies that predict an extremely rapid expansion frequently see the daylight, but in the real world the IoT technologies' trayectory can be compared to that of a boomerang.
Launching Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has for some time been seems to be yet “another” large project operators are undertaking with more or less success and driven both by the need for operational efficiencies and customer demands.
The question is whether the colossal time and efforts that are being spent by operators to make the efficient IP-only LTE (or 4G) networks backward compatible will ever payoff? The main drivers seem to be efficiencies in spectrum and the promise of being able to provide convergent services based on IP. Moving voice calls to data networks at least in theory means a simpler network to manage and thus lower operational costs. Other industries such as digital and media have been successfully delivering these types of services for years, eating into the two cash-cows on which telecoms has been built, namely voice and messaging, only at a fraction of the investment.
The DevOps paradigm is really cool. Everyone wants to deploy their environments with Puppet on top of OpenStack. It brings reproducibility and scalability at a tremendous speed. This is simply awesome and undoubtedly the way to go forward.
Almost nobody will discuss the benefits of adopting a standard DevOps paradigm, but this implies a major shift in mindset for most companies, especially Telcos, which have a high moment of inertia. In this article we will describe a success story based on our experience with customers.
Are traditional monitoring solutions ready for the software defined world (SDN/NFV) and the Internet of things (IoT)? Not always, in our opinion. In many cases they are not ready for the increasing flow of data originating from such a heterogeneous range of sources, in such diverse formats and through so many and diverse protocols.