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Here at MetraTech we work hard to provide a billing and compensation platform that will help service providers monetize their services, whether those services are deployed in the cloud, across the Internet or other methods. However, we have learned that before proposing a billing solution, we first need to understand the full extent of the problems our customers face. The cloud business model is already exciting enough, offering opportunities for a plethora of new services, delivering services in new and better ways and enabling collaborative business models that could be worth more than the sum of their parts. But, if all that isn't enough, the cloud is now being infused with "magical" properties. This week I read several articles that introduced a new concept that takes the cloud one step further: the magic cloud. Here is just one example from Billing World: "Clo... (more)

Industrial Internet and Beyond | @ThingsExpo #IoT #API #InternetOfThings

Esmeralda Swartz @ThingsExpo Slides: ▸ Here In the last blog we started the conversation on our findings from @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015 as the industry came together to explore the impact of Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) on business models as we know them. While often the focus of IoT are consumer services and the sometimes over-simplification of what constitutes an IoT company or service, one area there is no disputing is the significant advancement in the Industrial Internet (a term made popular by GE). Ongoing improvements in sensor technologies - including ... (more)

Re-inventing the Enterprise in the Cloud

Why should enterprises move data and applications into the cloud? The discussion on cloud strategy is still to this day focused on cost-reduction, primarily featuring economies achieved in infrastructure, platform and even applications. Certainly no one is going to argue that this is all worth thinking about; every business needs to be aware of cost reduction opportunities. However a complete cloud strategy for an enterprise needs to be a whole lot more comprehensive than that. Enterprises, big and smaller, need to stretch their minds to take in the business opportunities that e... (more)

Close Familial Ties: SDN and NFV | Part 2

In a previous blog I took the opportunity to comment on the role of billing in a future of Software Driven Networks (SDN). However, before we get too caught up in the billing component, it might be worthwhile to discuss where SDN itself is going and to tease out some of the distinctions between SDN and its cousin, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). For those who are not deeply involved in the development of either SDN or NFV, some of the discussions might seem arcane, while some of the distinctions might seem overly subtle. SDN and NFV have different origins and different ... (more)

The World of SDN and NFV: The Rise of the Stupid Network? | Part 3

In my previous blog, I suggested that both Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), although arguably different in intent and in detail, are nevertheless both driving the evolution of network architecture in the same direction. Network functions are abstracted in order to enable them to run on commodity servers using commodity storage with all the benefits associated with that approach: cost reduction, flexibility and superior management. The "network" (the SDN data forwarding plane) will be simplified and somewhat dumb, and the intelligence, suc... (more)