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There is no doubt the world has changed in many ways in the last 3 months, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the global response to it has been something we have not witnessed before. From a technology point of view, it has presented many challenges, delivering remote IT at scale, stretched VPN’s, flexibility, support, security, the list is long. However as things start to change we are starting to turn our attention to returning to some kind of “normal”, but this also presents an opportunity to us, the chance to take what we have learned over this period and take that knowledge and experience to help plan what we do next, so that next time we need to react quickly to change we can do it better.
To help with that I have put together a short series of shows looking at where do we go next for some of our technology decision making (you can still listen to previous parts one, two and three and four here). In this episode, we take a look at an area that has been pushed more than most during the COVID response and that is the area of connectivity and especially how the reliance on connectivity has shifted from our enterprise network to the connections from our homes and alternate locations to the Internet and Internet services and what this means for the connectivity and communications industry. To discuss that I’m joined by Rob Shore, Rob is a Senior Vice President of Marketing for Infinera a specialist in connectivity solutions for the most demanding of networks. Rob has 27 years’ experience in the telecoms industry and offer a fascinating take on what he’s seen during the COVID response and what it means for the telecoms industry in the future.
- Where are the telecoms industry now and where does it need to go?
- COVID has accelerated issues and changes that were already planned
- The datacentre revolution.
- COVID driven reliance on the cloud.
- While we are used to compute flexibility and scale where is this in our connectivity?
- COVID highlighting the access problem.
- The need for “software-fication”
- Redesigning lasers.
- 5G – it is more than a 4G update.
Rob’s experience in the industry allowed us to have a really interesting conversation touching on the cloud, communications and the need for more intelligence in our network layers and how this is going to be key to take connectivity and network access that today, is struggling to cope with the huge changes that COVID has brought, into the future and make it fit for purpose. You can find out more about what Infinera do via their website infinera.com including a very interesting BLOG section and of course you can follow them on social media on Twitter @Infinera and their LinkedIn pages.
This is the last Tech Interviews for a few weeks as we have a summer break, but to catch our shows on our return then you can subscribe in all good homes of podcasts and of course on YouTube at TechStringyTV. We will be back with a bunch of new shows later in the year and if you have an idea for a show or would like to appear as a guest then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For now, enjoy the summer months, stay safe and healthy until next time, thanks for listening.