Virtualization Primer

A Primer on Virtualization, a topic we hear and read a lot about today. Join us on a short journey to discover why virtualization is good for our business as well as our clients’ businesses. When you are done, you will be able to confidently speak about the benefits of virtualization with your customers.
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Hybrid Fiber/Coax Virtual Field Trip

Ever look up at all those wires on utility poles and wonder what they all are? Are you the type of person who likes to go on field trips? Well, do we have the knowledge nugget for you! Hybrid Fiber/Coax is the access infrastructure of the cable industry, and there are quite a number of components that are readily visible if you take the time to look. This knowledge nugget will help you know what to look for when you go out in your own neighborhood. It will help you identify what is cable network versus telephone network and where coax, fiber, amplifiers, nodes, splices, and taps are. This quick tour also offers you a chance to test your new knowledge. 
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Carrier Ethernet

Ethernet was invented in 1973. Since then it has become the standard for LANs and is the fastest growing MAN and WAN technology for private networking and access to the Internet and IP VPNs. This knowledge nugget looks at the journey from LAN to carrier services. We examine the three popular flavors of carrier Ethernet, along with their applications.
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Mobile Madness - The Quest for 4G

Every ad about new and improved cell services, neat applications, and new “smart” phones has its share of “unknown speak.” We hear about 3G, 4G, LTE, speeds faster than 3G, and 4G speeds, but what does all of this mean? Do we really care or are we wondering how much speed is enough to get the job done? In this nugget we will address the hype and reality of fourth generation (4G) mobile communications. There will be a short academic view and a view from the trenches that separates hype from reality. The nugget will look at how the madness evolved and when the “G for Generation” terminology came into being. To close, we’ll look at some of the drivers of the madness, and they are not the cute, new, network technologies you might be thinking of.
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