How Do We Minimize Downtime in NFV?

How Do We Minimize Downtime in NFV?

By Charlie Ashton At the recent SDN and OpenFlow World Congress in Dusseldorf, I was invited to give a talk about the cost of downtime in telecom networks and how this financial impact might be affected by NFV. This seemed to be a topic of wide interest, at least within the NFV-focused audience at the event. So in this post, I’ll summarize some…
ETSI NFV Proof of Concept #22

ETSI NFV Proof of Concept #22

By Ron Breault I recently returned from a hectic week at the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in Düsseldorf, Germany.  This show has grown to become one of the biggest events in the NFV industry, having increased in attendance by over 50% since 2013.  With an impressive 1300 participants registered this year, the show had representatives from most of…
Enabling Automatic Testing of Anything with Simics

Enabling Automatic Testing of Anything with Simics

By Jakob Engblom Automating testing is a key part of modern software development practice like continuous integration, continuous deployment, and agile development. Using only manual testing is an excellent way to reduce velocity, leave bugs in the product, and make the test department quit in frustration. Doing fully automated testing is sometimes harder than it sounds, in particular for embedded…
Hackers, Crackers, and Pirates: How to Protect Embedded Devices in the Internet of Things

Hackers, Crackers, and Pirates: How to Protect Embedded Devices in the Internet of Things

By Daniela Previtali/Wibu-Systems and Emeka Nwafor & Michael Weinstein/Wind River As devices and technologies continue to evolve and become more intertwined and connected, the embedded market is experiencing a rebirth. The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming production facilities into smart factories, energy transmission and distribution systems into smart grids, and homes and offices into smart buildings. This shift, in turn,…
Simulink Processor-in-the-Loop with Simics-in-the-Loop

Simulink Processor-in-the-Loop with Simics-in-the-Loop

By Jakob Engblom There are many ways to use simulation in model-based design (MBD) of control systems. In a typical MBD workflow, it is common to model a controller (essentially the electronic “brain” of the system) along with the plant it is designed to control ("plant" is the common term for a model of the physical system and its environment).…
Break Out and Stay Out with Open Source

Break Out and Stay Out with Open Source

By Andreea Volosincu Let’s talk about the issues around proprietary software and closed ecosystems. Using them keeps your embedded devices enclosed. However, some may come to think there is no better option out there, especially when they’ve seen  how other people have tried to break the proprietary bond but failed. Yes, looking at you Munich! Meanwhile the world continues to innovate…
Wanted: Virtual Switching without Compromise

Wanted: Virtual Switching without Compromise

By Charlie Ashton At the recent Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, there was lots of discussion about the tradeoffs associated with various approaches to virtual switching. In this post, we’ll outline the pros and cons of the most common solutions and show that it’s possible to meet aggressive performance targets without compromising on critical system-level features. Virtual switching is…
Continuous Integration + Internet of Things = Continuous Deployment

Continuous Integration + Internet of Things = Continuous Deployment

By Eva Skoglund I have a hunch – Continuous deployment will be the next important change for the embedded industry. Think about it, continuous integration work methods meet device Internet connectivity, what do you get? Continuous deployment of new services and capabilities directly into the live networks and devices connected to the network. Continuous deployment is already in use in…
What’s the Real Cost of Network Downtime?

What’s the Real Cost of Network Downtime?

By Charlie Ashton When networks go down, even for a brief moment, thousands of dollars are in jeopardy. Can service providers afford sacrificing carrier-grade reliability and risk facing downtime? I've been examining the technical requirements for carrier-grade reliability in telecom networks quite a bit in recent weeks. One recent blog post discussed the differences between "high availability" and "carrier grade," while a subsequent…
The Green Trend in the Aerospace and Defense Market

The Green Trend in the Aerospace and Defense Market

By Alex Wilson There has always been some controversy about whether the current global weather conditions are caused by man or are just a natural cycle taking its course.  But, whichever side you take, it’s difficult to deny that it is a good thing in any industry to look at efficiencies you can make in term s of the impact…