Sunday, March 17, 2019

MWC19: Where Telecommunications and Cloud Meet



As a cloud solution architect, my passion is learning the details about how cloud computing uniquely supports specific business cases. This curiosity is what drove my excitement when Ericsson invited me to work with them during Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. As the largest mobile event in the world, MWC Barcelona brings together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 leading companies. With its highly-rated conference program and assemblage of telecommunications visionaries, it seemed like the perfect venue for getting details about how the cloud is driving changes across the mobile and wireless landscape.

Cloud computing and digital transformation have rapidly redefined telecommunications. From a service provider point of view, this redefinition requires entirely new skills including:
  • The ideation of new customer services and revenue streams;
  • The operational flexibility to create, develop, test, deploy and manage these new services; and
  • Automated and continuous service improvement across much more comprehensive service portfolios.
Telecom service providers also need to efficiently manage the multitude of network types, service types, system stacks and infrastructure layers which can cause untenable complexity for many operators. Complexity is also the root cause of an inability to maintain profit margins or deliver customer desired service performance for new services (i.e., 5G and IoT). To be competitive, network operators experiencing this situation need to “digitally transform” operations through deployment of network virtualization capabilities and software-defined networking.

As the market leader, Ericsson is delivering a powerful, cloud computing-based solution to address all of these requirements today. They actually call it their “5G Platform.”


As part of Ericsson's 5G Platform, the  Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration solution is a pre-integrated software suite that enables service providers to leverage both physical, virtual and cloud native network functions to design, launch and manage modern network services.

The solution includes:

1.      NFV Orchestration Ericsson is adding the capability to orchestrate cloud native workloads on Kubernetes (K8s). This is augmenting hybrid orchestration capability to seamlessly combine PNFs, VNFs and Kubernetes based workloads into a single network service.  

2.      Service Orchestration . This is a new module built on cloud native principles providing Ericsson customers with the capability to create network services spanning across private, central and edge data centers. 

3.      CENX Service Assurance (acquired in September 2018). CENX Service Assurance is now natively integrated into Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration and gives visibility of the entire network in near realtime. It delivers assurance of services and network slices end to end across core, radio, and transport networks. 

4.      WAN Orchestration . This is a new module that automates the transport resources as part of a network slice. The module also includes pre-integration of Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration with Juniper nodes for quick time to market, reduced SI complexity, and enhanced TCO. 

5.      Ericsson Cloud Deployment Engine This module provides automated testing, onboarding, and continuous deployment of new services for both Ericsson and non-Ericsson applications. 



The Pre-integrated and modular solution delivers the appropriate path for updating manual datacenters processes. Using automated provisioning and insight-driven service assurance, Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration simplifies operations while simultaneously moving companies closer to the zero-touch experience. Being a single radio, transport and core orchestrator that manages physical, virtual and cloud-native network functions, it enables tailored service level agreement design, delivery, and management capabilities. Also included are the essential network slicing capabilities for meeting quality of service requirements for applications like drones, factory robotics, and smart cars.

On top of all that, it uses artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to power closed-loop assurance functions that automatically adapts the network in real time. Its automated onboarding and continuous deployment accelerate time to market in multivendor environments. Finally, network slicing automation enables the quick monetization of new 5G and IoT business opportunities.

Ericsson Digital taught me quite a lot about the intersection of cloud computing and telecommunications. I could appreciate their long industry experience and in-depth operational knowledge. If you’re interested in putting Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration to work for you, feel free to engage an Ericsson Digital Services Expert.

This blog post was sponsored by Ericsson.


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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Tulane University SoPA Selects "Architechting Cloud Computing Solutions"




Last week, Packt Publishing announced that "Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions" by Kevin L. Jackson and Scott Goessling was selected for use by the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement, Applied Computing Systems & Technology Program as the textbook for their mandatory Enterprise Architecture - Hardware course starting Spring Semester 2019. I am proud and honored to be trusted by such a prestigious institution. Being an "Amazon Bestseller" cloud computing publications the book is doing well. This recognition from Tulane University, however, clearly supersedes that commercial success. 


According to Tulane SoPA, they pick the text based on its:
  • Specific support the institution's mission of providing high-quality degree and certificate programs that are directly relevant to the needs and interests of working adults;
  • The holistic approach enabled the University to quickly and effectively update their applied computer technology curriculum;
  • Effectiveness in addressing a business relevant, cost-effective and efficient approach to the adoption of cloud computing and the pursuit of digital transformation; and
  • Adaptability of hands-on activity chapters for course labs, which provided a much needed practical extension to the curriculum

The course labs will use Burstorm Cloud Infrastructure Modeling and Design online software to create and modify cloud infrastructure designs in real-time.  This capability uniquely supports the iterative "what if" business-driven analysis capability critical to modern information technology infrastructure design.

Tom Thomas, of the Tulane University's School of Professional Advancement, said, "We selected "Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions" because of the book's practical approach to important business requirements." Scott Goessling, Burstorm Vice President Cloud Services adds, "Successful IT transformation requires new skill sets and real-time data delivered via automated and insightful enablement platforms.  Tulane University quickly identified "Architecting Cloud Solutions" as a very innovative way to train and enable the development of next generation of technology leaders and strategists." 





"Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions" reaches  #3 on the "Amazon Best Sellers" list for Cloud Computing

Tulane University, School of Professional Advancement (SoPA)


SoPA offers high quality, distinctive undergraduate and graduate professional programs to a diverse student population in New Orleans and beyond. The school dates back to 1886, when it was founded as the outreach division of Tulane with a mission to offer courses to teachers. While the school's offerings have greatly expanded and changed over time, its focus on programs relevant to working adults has remained. The Applied Computing Systems & Technology program offers flexible degree and certificate options based on the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) published model. Students enrolled in this program will be prepared to pursue careers in information technology, cybersecurity, and programming. The curriculum balances advanced problem-solving techniques and business acumen with practical solutions for computer-based problems. Courses cover an in-depth range of topics in the information systems and technology fields.

Packt Publishing

Founded in 2004 in Birmingham, UK, Packt's mission is to help the world put software to work in new ways, through the delivery of effective learning and information services to IT professionals. Working towards that vision, we have published over 6,000 books and videos so far, providing IT professionals with the actionable knowledge they need to get the job done - whether that's specific learning on an emerging technology or optimizing key skills in more established tools. As part of our mission, we have also awarded over $1,000,000 through our Open Source Project Royalty scheme, helping numerous projects become household names along the way.

Burstorm

Burstorm is a cloud technology platform company enabling enterprises, service providers and systems integrators to model, design, benchmark and optimize cloud infrastructure.  Combining an easy-to-use drag-and-drop modeling application with a continuously updated catalog of service provider assets, the Burstorm platform helps organizations more quickly and accurately assess and select the optimal computing storage, networking and data center solutions for their digital transformation to the cloud.


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5G Wireless Technology Connecting Healthcare


Healthcare is in the middle of massive change. Called digital transformation by many, this term describes the industry’s pursuit of the many promises offered by connected patients, connected caregivers, and connected hospitals. While the goals of this transformation are many and varied, a recent HIMAA Media survey revealed the top four as:
  • Seeking improved quality of care (68%);
  • Delivering better clinical outcomes (54%);
  • Improving communications and care coordination (54%); and
  • Reducing readmission rates (42%).



Key obstacles preventing attainment are limited budget (53%), privacy/security concerns (47%) and clinical resistance to the adoption of digital technologies (43%).

The promise of connected healthcare, however, is being leveraged today by Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System for Health in Chicago. This system, which encompasses multiple hospitals and healthcare providers across the city, is using both AT&T's 5G network and its multi-access edge computing (MEC) cloud-based edge IT service environment.

Working with Rush, AT&T Business is helping to deliver on the connected healthcare promise through 5G technologies by expanding telemedicine, delivering near real-time remote healthcare monitoring and delivering a capability to transmit large imaging files quickly. According to Anthem, 86% of doctors say wearables, which are a common type of remote monitoring, increase patient engagement with their health. Additionally, wearables are predicted to decrease hospital costs by 16% in the next five years.

With 5G, healthcare systems can enable mobile networks to handle telemedicine appointments, which can significantly increase the reach of the program. When healthcare systems utilize this technology, patients can often get treated sooner and have access to specialists otherwise not available. It can also allow doctors and other staff members to collaborate more efficiently. According to a study by Market Research Future, this is a crucial need because the telemedicine market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.5% from 2017 to 2023. By using IoT devices, healthcare providers can monitor patients and gather data that can be used to improve personalized and preventive care.

Adding a high-speed 5G network to existing architectures can help quickly and reliably transport substantial data files of medical imagery, which can improve both access to care and the quality of care. An example is the Austin Cancer Center where the PET scanner generates huge files — up to 1 gigabyte of information per patient per study. With 5G they can now send study results as soon as the patient leaves the scanner.

Rush System for Health is not alone in this move towards a connected healthcare environment. To realize the Connected Patient promise:
  • 70% of patients surveyed are using Mobile and patient digital health tools;
  • 67% of patients surveyed are using Emails, texts, phone reminders, scheduling, appointments, payments;
  • 62% of patients surveyed are using Comprehensive cybersecurity program; and
  • 47% of patients surveyed are using Patient teleconferencing



To realize the Connected Caregiver promise:
  •  57% of Caregivers surveyed are using Integrated electronic health record platform;
  • 40% of Caregivers surveyed are using Teleconferencing between caregivers;
  • 34% of Caregivers surveyed are using Patient teleconferencing; and
  • 44% of Caregivers surveyed are using Mobile devices for virtually seamless access to patient data.

To realize the Connected Hospital promise:
  • 73% of hospitals surveyed are using Wireless bedside telemetry;
  • 82% of hospitals surveyed are using Simplified check-in with self-service and mobile applications; and
  • 79% of hospitals surveyed are using Enhanced in-room entertainment and education.


In accomplishing digital transformation, healthcare organizations must leverage secure telecommunications and digital technologies. AT&T can help these organizations transform the continuum of care—from the waiting room to the operating room, to the living room—with edge-to-edge technologies, including networking, mobility, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and more. Visit https://www.business.att.com/industries/healthcare.html  for more information.

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Maria Lensing: The Network Platform for Healthcare’s Future

As a girl, Maria and her family traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to get cancer treatment for her sick brother. The miracle she observed, as the healthcare providers saved her brother’s life, ignited a passion for healthcare. Unfortunately, that passion didn’t apply to blood, so she went into electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, eventually falling in love with networking and data. Now Maria Lensing, Vice President of AT&T Healthcare Solutions, is in the perfect position for pursuing her dual passions of healthcare and advanced technology.
 
Maria’s interview with Dez Blanchfield started with this story as they talked AT&T healthcare solutions just ahead of HIMSS 2019 in Orlando Florida. HIMSS 2019 is the annual convention hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. This American not-for-profit organization dedicates itself to improving health care quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access through the best use of information technology and management systems. Listening to Maria, her primary goal, when working with AT&T’s healthcare industry clients is helping them:

·         Deal with the growth, aggregation, consumption, and distribution of data;
·         Manage devices of the Medical Internet of Things ecosystem, that use data (i.e., Fitbit, health sensors, medical instruments);
·         Self-define the healthcare provider engagement model (How do I engage my patients? How do I engage my doctors? How do I engage my payers? How do we prepare for the future?); and

·         Maintain security and privacy across all of these connections.

During the engaging and far-ranging discussion, the pair talked about how healthcare spending has grown significantly in the United States, most of which from private investors. That private investment is allowing for more innovation. While on the bright side, this innovation is driving longer lifespans, a dichotomy also exists. As people are living longer, we now have seniors that are suffering multiple chronic diseases: not diabetes or arthritis for instance, but diabetes and arthritis. Also, while urban areas are enabling telemedicine with 5G, the rural community in the US doesn’t have the same high bandwidth wireless coverage. 

As AT&T FirstNet rolls out to provide high bandwidth wireless capability to first responders, it can also improve our society’s ability to deliver telehealth solutions to our rural community elders. Imagine a First Responder drone, connected via high bandwidth wireless technology, delivering a medical sensor to a distressed patient. Through that network, healthcare providers could collect and interpret critical data as the initial conversation is taking place. This scenario could deliver lifesaving care almost immediately. The intersection of technologies like 5g, IoT, smaller computer chip form 


factors and better batteries coming together with lower prices for connectivity can create the perfect environment for healthcare innovation. Availability of these technologies pushes our concepts around the delivery and consumption of healthcare services into realms we've never experienced before.
AT&T Business is Delivering The Network Platform for Healthcare’s Future today. Called Edge-to-Edge, by moving computing power closer to the edge,  it delivers the data needed to support the required action. Be that action needed by the doctor holding a phone or action by a subcutaneous implant (an under the skin implant used to deliver a drug over a long period). By connecting quickly and reliably to the desired endpoint, data can be analyzed faster which leads to faster action.
With technologies like software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN), AT&T healthcare solutions team is not talking about replacement technology. They’re talking about technology that extends and enhances existing infrastructure. SD-WAN can also reduce the management costs and allow a business to seamlessly transition between all of those other critical technologies (i.e., MPLS, 5G, LTE, WiFi) so that the experience becomes truly mobile. By understanding this difference, the healthcare IT executive can focus on how all these technologies seamlessly transition data back and forth so that the healthcare team can deliver the best possible patient experience. According to Ms. Lensing, that is what’s meant an Edge-to-Edge solution.

All of this change is happening I an environment which sees the healthcare consumer expectation changing dramatically as well.  In the past, making an appointment and showing up at the doctor’s office at the appointed time was expected. Society has gone past going to the neighborhood health clinic for care when they feel sick to now some expect their wearable health monitor to collect real-time health data, use an artificial intelligence-driven assistant to diagnose an illness, and order the correct medication over the internet.


For more, please listen to the Conversations with Dez podcast.  For more on this, visit the AT&T Healthcare Solutions page for more information. 



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Thursday, January 10, 2019

How "Big Iron" Does "Big Regulation"


According to Verizon, there were over there were over 53,000 security incidents in 2017, with over 2,200 of those identified as confirm data breaches. A Ponemon Institute study also showed that companies experiencing a data breach took an average of 147 days to detect that breach. These statistics serve a key motivator of Stuart McIrvine, Director of Product Management at Broadcom.  In this role, Stuart is responsible for helping Broadcom’s customers protect data held on mainframe systems around the world.  A rapidly broadening aspect of this job is keeping up with evolving data protection and privacy laws. Stuart highlighted his ever relentless drive to build and maintain customer trust in this area during his Conversations with Dez podcast. 

With his extensive experience in hardware with IBM, Software with HP and Operations Management with the newly acquired CA Technologies, Stuart believes that all business comes down to one simple truth. That is a business customer is not going to buy from a company unless they have first established trust. Being a proud husband and father of two young women, one of whom is also working at Broadcom, Mr. McIrvine extends this customer-focused passion towards always delivering the service that any specific customer requests in the way that customer wants and expects.

Maintaining Customer Trust


As the product manager of Broadcom’s computer mainframes, the most secure platform ever built, Mr. McIrvine finds himself in an excellent position from which to pursue his passion. In today’s era of Big Data and Big Regulation, enterprises are increasingly focused on establishing and enhancing their security and compliance strategy. Cross-enterprise data security and compliance must, therefore, protect business-critical data, drive productivity and enhance the enterprise’s overall digital profile. Those companies that chose to take advantage of Broadcom’s leading mainframe security product portfolio are using proven enterprise data security solutions.

During the podcast, Mr. McIrving highlighted that companies must establish and maintain trust with their customers and that protection of their customer’s data is foundational to that trust. To do this, he shared the results of a recent Ponemon Institute study in which indicated that 65% of consumers lose trust in a company that has suffered a customer data breach. Although it’s common knowledge that public companies also see their stock price decline after a breach, those that have superior security posture and quick response to a breach recover from this equity loss over 12 times faster. More importantly, over 30% of consumers discontinued their relationship with a breached company. Regaining that lost customer also costs a company seven times more money when compared to a new acquisition. This data means that a company’s success is heavily dependent on their ability to prove themselves as a trusted institution.

Protecting “Big Iron” data


From an internal point of view, the most significant security spending driver is compliance. In reality, this represents the company’s ability to demonstrate compliance to outside auditors. Since mainframe computers represent the largest repository of customer data, they wind up being the most attractive target for data thieves. According to Mr. Irvine, the typical large company experiences about 2.9 audits per year. 

To avoid data and value loss and to keep up with rapid change in data regulations, companies must update their data management policies by:

Learn more about how to follow these proven steps toward protecting your company’s customer data by talking with a Broadcom mainframe expert. They are available to help you find the right solution to meet your organization’s specific needs.




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