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'Community Voices' Forum Focuses on Transforming Network Infrastructure Challenges and Opportunities

January 21, 2015

In our efforts to continue to make the Transforming Network Infrastructure (TNI) Community your preferred online resource for TNI news and insights, I wanted to call your attention to the latest addition to the community.  If you look to the top of the right hand side of the community landing page you will see a brand new section, COMMUNITY VOICES

Given the speed at which the challenges and opportunities the world is becoming more networking, data center and applications centric, virtualized and agile, we believe having a highly visible and informative interactive forum for members of the community to interact on subjects of importance is critical.

 Indeed, the speed of diversity along with coalescences of approaches and opinions about the future of networking has been breathtaking in just the past few months. This includes in areas such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), optical networking, hyperscale data center deployments, data center infrastructure resource management, and a host of others network transformation activities surrounding virtualization in general, cloud adoption, mobility, etc. And, that may be just the short list.

Realities are the speed at which the future is coming at us is only going to increase. From an infrastructure transformation acceleration standpoint it is already clear despite encouraging consensus in many areas that the devil really will be in the details of getting from here to there. However, this will take some time as we physically and virtually are on the bottom of the on-ramp of the learning curve. 

What is clear is that it is going to take a community(s), i.e., almost unprecedented collaboration and discourse between all TNI stakeholders, to move ahead. There really is urgency to move as fast if not faster to align with the exponentially increasing speed at which demands are being placed on data center networks, the resources required to facilitate their connectivity and interoperability and answering all of the challenges of transitioning to next generation capabilities from legacy systems.

The above is why COMMUNITY VOICES  is being introduced and how and why it can become invaluable.

Please note that for the forum to serve as a place that you will wish to engage in often it will be moderated. The reason is that while we all are passionate about our respective beliefs, we wish to encourage constructive discourse and keep this a place where civility matters as the best way to air and share our perspectives.

We look forward to your participation. These types of forums are only as useful as the active engagement of its members so we hope you bookmark COMMUNITY VOICES not just visit but comment often.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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