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Building The Network Of The Future: Getting Smarter, Faster, And More Flexible With A Software Centr


Alibaba achieves this by leveraging the new technologies of network coordination and data intelligence. It harnesses the efforts of thousands of Chinese businesses to create an ecosystem that is faster, smarter, and more efficient than traditional business infrastructures.




Building the Network of the Future: Getting Smarter, Faster, and More Flexible with a Software Centr



Network virtualization is rewriting the rules for the way services are delivered, from the software-defined data center (SDDC), to the cloud, to the edge. This approach moves networks from static, inflexible, and inefficient to dynamic, agile, and optimized. Modern networks must keep up with the demands for cloud-hosted, distributed apps, and the increasing threats of cybercriminals while delivering the speed and agility you need for faster time to market for your applications. With network virtualization, you can forget about spending days or weeks provisioning the infrastructure to support a new application. Apps can be deployed or updated in minutes for rapid time to value.


When selecting an Ethernet hub, be sure to consider manageability issues. Large networks require remote management capabilities for all devices on the network; each device must be capable of communicating all aspects of its operation with a central management device through protocols such as SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), as well as support common implementations such as MIB-2. Most large networks will have one or more dedicated workstations monitoring the network, with the capability to monitor the status of each device, measure overall network performance and alert a network administrator when a device fails, or when its performance falls below acceptable thresholds. Ethernet hubs are classified as either managed or non-managed. If your network is large and relies on central management, it is important to purchase manageable Ethernet hubs. Managed hubs are a requirement of most enterprise networks. Typically, you can purchase one hub with management capabilities, and cascade stackable units from that hub that can rely on the base unit for management. With smaller networks, you may be able to save considerable expense by purchasing unmanaged hubs. Manageability is a relatively expensive feature. If your environment is small and does not use centralized network management, it is not cost-effective to buy managed hubs; most small office networks will work quite well without managed devices. But if you buy non-managed hubs in a managed environment, you will miss out on the ability to monitor and tune the performance of your network, and to detect and repair many network problems in time to head off a total failure.


All modern Ethernet networks follow a star topology, where each device on the network connects with its own cable to a hub or some other device. If your network is contained in a single room, then you can simply use drop cables to connect each device on your network to a hub. If your network spans an entire building, then you will need to install a cabling system, and designate one or more wiring centers for your network. Cables originate at the location of each device on the network and terminate in a wiring center. On the user end, the cable will terminate with a wallplate and in the wiring center the cable will terminate in a jack on a patch panel. To ensure that your network will work not only for your current needs, but in the future, be sure to use high-quality cables that conform to well-established standards.


Fiber optics work very well in enterprise networks as a backbone infrastructure. Fiber offers exceptional performance for high-bandwidth applications, and is extremely reliable and secure. Fiber is not susceptible to many of the sources of interference that can play havoc with copper-based cabling systems. Fiber is also considered to be more secure since it cannot be tapped unless you cut and splice the fiber strands-a task that is virtually impossible to accomplish without detection. If you need to connect a set of buildings within a corporate complex or academic campus, then fiber optics offer the very best solution.


Your file server's disk system is an extremely critical device in that it holds one of your organization's most valuable assets-its data. All reasonable measures must be taken to ensure that data cannot be lost in the event of a hardware failure, power outage, software malfunction or human error. One option for the disk storage in a file server is to use RAID (redundant array of inexpensive devices). RAID-based storage systems use several SCSI disks configured in such a way that even if one drive fails, the storage systems continue to function with no loss of data. To achieve this ability to survive hardware failures, a RAID system will have more physical disks than the amount of available storage. A significant part of the space on the disks stores parity information, which can be used to reconstruct the data on the other disks in the event of a failure. When a disk fails, data are derived from parity, and when the failed disk is replaced, its data is reconstructed. Most RAID systems will also include redundant power supplies, and software to configure and monitor the system. Most rely on a specialized disk controller. RAID systems cost significantly more than raw disk storage. The factors that would motivate an organization to use RAID would be the cost of data loss and the impact of downtime. If the nature of your environment is such that you can live with a worst-case scenario of losing one day's or part of a day's worth of data, then RAID-based storage might not be necessary. Again, small networks are the ones least likely to require an industrial-strength storage solution based on RAID.


The more functional model of connecting to the Internet involves establishing a link between your local network and the Internet, rather than providing Internet access to individual computers. To enable this model of connectivity you would use a device called an router. Large networks have sophisticated routers that manage multiple internal and external connections. Such a router can easily cost $20,000 and requires an experienced network engineer to program. Small networks typically use much simpler, scaled-down devices called access routers. An access router would have an Ethernet port that connects to your local network and another port that connects to the link to your ISP and is equipped with simplified routing software that can be easily configured.


The more current the operating system of your desktop computers, the less you will need to worry about network software. Windows 95 and Windows NT both come with a variety of built-in network capabilities. With Windows 3.x, you will need to install network software for both IPX and TCP/IP.


Tesla was a first-mover, expanding the limits of traditional automotive software by designing a computer network and then building vehicular firmware around it. The concept is to think of a car, like today's electric vehicles (EVs), as essentially a high-performance computer (HPC) on wheels, with software providing the means for a personalized, two-way "conversation" between vehicles and their manufacturers, as well as enabling connections across the entire ecosystem.


As the software and hardware requirements of the software-defined vehicle proceed in parallel, the direction of travel is towards high-performance platforms for compute, leveraging centralized and cross-domain architectures that are more flexible and empowering than where we are today. This will allow for agile software development, (i.e. additional feature delivery) right up to vehicle launch and beyond, ensuring the customer experience is the best that it can be as the car rolls off the assembly line and throughout its lifecycle.


Build a business that works smarter, not harder with the Intelligent Automation Platform (IAP) that gives you everything you need to futureproof your enterprise. Imagine a workforce unburdened from mundane work to focus on tasks that excite them, making you a faster more flexible enterprise that drives business results. Our automation platform ecosystem will accelerate your digital transformation.


As customer service standards and expectations continue to rise, you need call center software with features that enable you to serve customers faster, better, and more conveniently. An IVR phone system can be that solution.


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