Guest Author: This week’s blog was brought to us by Michelle Patterson – Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.
Have you heard a new term taking ahold of the telecom industry — “the new IP?” If you’re anything like me, you’ve wondered what that was. Intellectual property? Information processing? Industrial property?
Turns out it’s none of these. It’s the same old familiar Internet Protocol. But it’s simply viewed in a different way. It’s viewed in a new, more user-centric way, as opposed to the older more IT-focused model.
When the web was first coming out, and people were first starting to use mobile devices, then it made sense for the old IT-focused model to be continued to be used. After all, it had worked since the days when computer filled entire rooms; why should things change now?
Yet now with most of the world on mobile devices — some estimates say nearly 7 billion cellular contracts signed by the beginning of 2015, and that’s not even counting devices tethered to landlines — now the time has come to focus on the user’s part of the equation rather than the corporate part. Providers and networks alike are being forced to tackle this progress straight-on, welcoming the change with the flowering of virtualized networks with a strong focus on both service and software.
Neglecting to include these new expansions in their overall model for business can mean a grievous death for providers and networks. Their more progressive competitors will surely leave them in the dust. Therefore, making sure both yourself and your staff are educated so as to make informed and intelligent decisions is crucial. The future of your operations hangs in the balance, along with your software, services and networks.
How to understand “The New IP”
The way to understand the new IP is to take a deep and detailed look at the changes that are underway already. In the old IT-centric IP structure, the majority of the focus was on the network and infrastructure. The architecture was rigid and decisions were centralized around IT.
In the new IP, focus has changed to the user. This has pushed other things such as BYOD, COPE, cloud applications, applications functions, content, mobility, data centers and virtualized networks into center stage. The new IP seeks to scale to resources and clients on-demand by aiming its power at the user, using a cloud-like design. Contrast this with the older way of doing things, with a rigid, IT-based architecture.
We see that it is now software that forms the backbone of what we call the new IP, changing the old mentality that “hardware is the center of the computing universe.”
So what does this mean for the wholesale telecom industry?
Early adopters will rush in to take advantage of the new IP. In the face of this, there is an overall secret to staying ahead. Overall, you should virtualize many of your network processes, especially those that focus on open-source, open-interface services, network function virtualization, modernized operations and simplified software defined networks.
There is potential in the new IP to save a great deal for a communication providers’ profit, especially regarding operating expenses and capital expenses. This is while at the same time creating additional proceeds through content-driven services. You might as how this is possible; I was skeptical as well. But when I studied some more, I realized the answer lay with the virtualization of the network landscape. Since with virtualization, you can limit unnecessary hardware purchases, this helps to create an environment where savings are promoted through effectively using infrastructure and personnel resources. The same can be said for using automated on-demand services.
What about the end-users?
The new IP is very good news for end users. The changes are bringing greater flexibility and control when picking applications and services. As people advance their fluency with the Internet, the new IP is altering the landscape to fit their needs. This “better fit” allows a more customized experience that’s shaped by the users themselves — altering, adding and removing services in moments rather than months. All Internet-related operations are more simplified, resulting in both happier users and happier IT staff; usability and services are both propelled to the forefront as a result.