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Midokura's 2015 Predictions in Networking

A Contributed Article by Adam Johnson, VP of Business, Midokura

With the specifications for the next generation of networks calling for better resource management, faster connectivity to the networks, and smoother transition between networks, existing carrier infrastructure seemed ill-equipped to support those requirements without massive and expensive network upgrades.

Along with the Linux Foundation, the industry is tackling those challenges head-on by forming an industry alliance of telecommunication equipment providers and operators with the goal of developing a carrier-grade, integratable, open source reference architecture. The Open Platform for NFV ( is an open source project focused on advancing the adoption of Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

To help address today's business networking needs, Midokura recently joined the OpNFV Project as a Silver-level member. We look forward to advancing the movement, and as we continue on in the New Year, are happy to share our top networking predictions for 2015:

1.    App owners will increasingly own the whole app and IT Stack from dev/test to production and scale. Shared Infrastructure services (compute, networking, storage) will be accountable to app owners in the lines of business. Additionally, IT will become more and more decentralized and reporting into business unit P&L leaders and doing away with silos completely.

2.    Rich content will drive open networking and the consumption of rich media will skyrocket globally. The ability to delivering rich content to regions with spotty Internet will become even more of an imperative. Carriers supporting next-gen networks with infrastructure upgrades will look to open source software and open platforms for cost reasons.

3.    Hyper-convergence gets real. Purpose-built virtualized hardware (compute/storage/networking) optimized for specific application workloads will come from ODMs. The competition between OEMs and the ODMs will intensify, and while price performance, analytics and ease of management offer some differentiation, true differentiation will come from pre-deployment support during POC and post-sale, architectural design and support to help the end user company with scale.


About the Author

Based out of San Francisco, Adam Johnson is a founding member at Midokura. He has built and manages the Global Technical Services organization, and started the US office for Midokura. Prior to joining Midokura, Adam was founder and COO of Genkii, doing strategic consulting and development for social media and virtual worlds, with a focus on open source solutions.

Adam has been advising and working with a number of startups over the last 8 years. In addition to his experience with early stage startups, Adam has also worked extensively in Fortune 250, Healthcare, and Education.

Adam Johnson has Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics.
Published Monday, February 02, 2015 6:32 AM by David Marshall
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