Are the Internet of Things (IoT) & Internet of Everything (IoE) the Same Thing?

Introduction:

For quite some time, Cisco and Qualcomm have used the term Internet of Everything (IoE) to describe what almost everyone else refers to as the Internet of Things (IoT).

Qualcomm says on its IoE web page

“When smart things everywhere are connected together, we will be able to do more and be more. This is the Internet of Everything (IoE), a paradigm shift that marks a new era of opportunity for everyone, from consumers and businesses to cities and governments….”

“Qualcomm is creating the fabric of IoE for everyone everywhere to enable this Digital Sixth Sense.”

Cisco defines the Internet of Everything (IoE) as bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.

But is that the same as the IoT? And how do they both relate to Machine-to-Machine communications (AKA M2M)?


Network Gives Value to “Things” at Cisco:

Cisco devoted several sessions to the IoE at its flagship Cisco Live conference this week in San Francisco, CA:

  1. ITMGEN-4113 –  Delivering Value in an Internet of Everything World
  2. BRKNMS-2703 –  Managing the Internet of Everything
  3. BSAIoT-2400 –  The Transition to the Internet of Everything: Architectures and Use Cases
  4. GENKEY-2400 –  The Internet of Everything Ecosystem – Bringing IT and OT Together with the Internet of Things
  5. BRKIOT-2020 –  The Evolution from Machine-to-Machine (M2M) to the Internet of Everything: Technologies and Standards
  6. ATE-CL342 –  What Does the Internet of Things Mean to You?
  7. PSOIoT-2000 –  How will the Internet of Things Help your Business?

We liked this statement from one of the above IoT session abstracts: “The value of the Internet of Things is realized through networked connections of physical objects and devices. These connections are crucial for the transition to an Internet of Everything…”  But what exactly does that mean?

At Cisco Live, CEO John Chambers said the Internet of Everything (IoE) has changed the way the world looks at data and technology. Future IT industry growth will come from the IoE, which is generally referred to as the sharing of data between smart devices over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

Chambers said:

“The simple concept, as you move forward with IoE, is that you have to get the right information at the right time to the right device to the right person to make the right decision. It sounds simple, but it is very, very difficult to do, and is almost impossible to do without our architecture….”

Mala Anand, Sr VP of Software and Service Platforms at Cisco, attempted to clarify the difference (from Cisco’s perspective) between the Internet-of-Things and the Internet-of-Everything at the Cisco Live session titled: The Internet of Everything Ecosystem – Bringing IT and OT Together with the Internet of Things .

Ms. Anand opined the Internet-of-Everything begins with the Internet-of-Things, which she explained is the movement driving connectivity into devices that were previously not connected.  “The Internet-of-Everything is a paradigm with a promise of business transformation at scale,” she said.   The “business transformation and value at stake” includes: asset utilization, employee productivity, supply chain/logistics, customer experience, and innovation.

Ms. Anand outlined three types of Internet-of-Everything connections:

  1. machine-to-machine, a.k.a. M2M (i.e. robots, sensors, etc.)
  2. machine-to-people
  3. people-to-people (i.e. social networking)

This world of IoE creates a different level of complexity with hyper-distributed environments, according to Anand.  She stressed the need to build a partner ecosystem that drives interoperability and support for a platform that can drive new sources of value and business models.  Indeed, Cisco partners Intel, NetApp and EMC also spoke at this Cisco Live session.

Anand reiterated previous forecasts made by Cisco executives – that the Internet-of-Everything will evolve into a $19 trillion market (“value at stake”) in the next few years.


IoT = IoE at Qualcomm?

During his opening keynote at TiECon 2014, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf made no such distinction between IoE (the term they use) and IoT (mainstream term).  Steve implied that Qualcomm believed that the Internet of Things (IoT) was the same thing as the Internet of Everything (IoE).

He said IoE was an extension of Qualcomm’s existing business as it requires both mobile connectivity and wireless LANs (e.g. WiFi, Zigbee, etc).  

Note that Qualcomm now owns Atheros Communications- a leading chip maker for WiFi and other wireless LANs.

“Qualcomm is building a portfolio of products to enable the Internet of Everything (IoE),” Steve Mollenkopf said.  “Scale is very important to deliver on the very large surface area that will exist for the IoE,” he added.

What about “wearables?” “Health monitoring and wireless healthcare in general is a great, but different opportunity for Qualcomm. What’s needed is for the health care industry to fully embrace innovation in the IT industry. The supply chain for wearables is an opportunity for Qualcomm,” Mollenkopf added.


IoT – A Top Disruptive Trend Giving Rise to Multiple Market Segments:

McKinsey Global Institute’s Disruptive Technologies report calls out the Internet of Things (IoT) as a top disruptive technology trend that will have an impact of as much as $6 Trillion on the world economy by 2025 with 50 billion connected devices! Many are predicting 20 or 25 billion connected devices by 2020.

For sure, IoT will be a huge market, but not monolithic.  Each vertical industry will have its own opportunities and challenges. Lack of industry standards, security (business), and privacy (consumer) are the biggest obstacles for IoT to overcome and be successful. These issues must be resolved for IoT to reach it’s promise and potential.

We’re still not sure if IoT and IoE are two acronyms for the same term or something different. We’ll let the reader be the judge of that.

Looking Ahead to the Wireless Future- Paul Jacobs at the CHM- Part II

Recap:

Part I of this two-part article on Paul Jacobs’ talk at the Computer History Museum reviewed the history leading up to the CDMA standard and assessed where we are now in mobile communications. This second piece examines our wireless future and some of the research projects underway at Qualcomm. It also addresses the potential impact of the end of Moore’s Law on Qualcomm and the mobile communications industry.


Discussion Topics:

Tablets: After a slow start, Qualcomm chips are being designed into 40 different tablets.  With a longer battery life, the tablet can support higher data rates and more powerful embedded processors. The tablet will likely be on-line all the time, which will permit security updates to be performed when it’s not in use or in sleep mode.

Augmented Reality: Will extend the physical world using cyberspace. It will include language translation.

Mobile eHealth: Progress has been very slow. Qualcomm has been working in this space for eight years.  Some examples Paul cited: remote medical exams in India, camera phones for medical diagnosis in Egypt, speech therapy for cleft palate (no location specified). Jacobs said he’d like to move mobile health from a fragmented to mainstream, cohesive market.

Internet of Things (IoT): “World will have interconnected sensors with inter-activity everywhere,” Jacobs said. Health care, education, automotive, connected home, electric power industry/smart grid will all make use of the IoTs, he said. Please see addendum below for related Qualcomm IoE initiative for developers.

Continuous Interaction Model: Audio, glasses, smart watch, other wearable devices with notification mechanisms will all use wireless connectivity and be always on, he said.

How to grow innovation? Internal competitions for employees, time off to build prototypes, internal venture fests all have worked at Qualcomm.

Curiosity driven R&D based on ideas of Qualcomm employees: Qualcomm shipped 172M chip sets in the last quarter – all made by TSMC Ltd in Taiwan. The revenue from chip set sales and IP licensing funds much of the R&D programs at the company. Those include: digital brain, next new radio technologies (e.g. LTE Advanced), augmented reality, and digital sixth sense. The latter involves using a mobile phone to augment physical reality by merging cyberspace and real space). Click here for a Qualcomm video on digital sixth sense.

Note: It’s not clear if digital sixth sense is the same thing as “augmented reality”.

Jacobs believes that many of these new research projects will be successful and create new opportunities, services, software, systems and products.

White House Brain Research Initiative is at the intersection of computing, communications, and neuroscience, according to Jacobs. The big challenge is how to stimulate neurons and brain cells?  There’s the possibility to connect sensors to the brain and monitor the subconscious mind. Regarding implanted wireless devices (for brain research or ehealth monitoring), Jacobs said, “the less invasive the better.”

Impact of end of Moore’s Law on wireless communications:

The success of Qualcomm was based on Moore’s Law which made it commercially viable to make wireless consumer and industrial products that use the same digital communications theory which was previously applied to much more expensive military and space systems. Jacobs exclaimed that he is “worried about the limits of semiconductor fabrication ending Moore’s law, which would slow down the phenomenal advances in semiconductor processing.”

However, Paul noted that the digital communications industry had already approached Shannon’s upper limit on the number of bits per communications channel. The wireless industry turned to other techniques to cope and improve performance, like using different network topologies and small cells (for frequency re-use within a given geographical area).

“Qualcomm is not based on Moore’s Law, but Moore’s Law created the opportunity that enabled Qualcomm (to be successful),” said Jacobs. “We know how to get to smaller size nodes, but we see economic indicators slowing and we are worried about it – we can see the end from here. If we can’t make cheaper transistors, we’ll look to other things like 3D.”


Addendum:   Internet of Everything (IoE) Platform+

Qualcomm and AT&T have teamed up on an M2M development platform they say is now available to developers. Based on Qualcomm’s QSC6270-Turbo chipset, the “Internet of Everything (IoE)” platform – as named by Qualcomm – is intended to accelerate the development of a wide range of applications and devices for use on “the AT&T mobile internet.”

Qualcomm says the platform is an ideal starting point for creating products and applications in verticals that include tracking, industrial controls and healthcare.

Developers are invited to use the IoE Development Platform tools and resources, which can be found here.

+ Surprisingly, this IoE Platform was not mentioned by Paul during the CHM session

2013 Cloud Connect Part I: Highlights & Mobile Cloud Issues

Introduction:

The four-year-old Cloud Connect conference, sponsored by United Business Media, was held  April 2 to 5th in Santa Clara, CA.   Having attended all four Cloud Connects, this one was by far the most in depth and comprehensive treatment of Cloud Computing. At last, no more defining terms and debating methods of cloud computing, this year’s conference discussed how the cloud is being used now. And also how business could leverage the cloud for more effective IT operations.  For example, many attendees wanted to know how to make use of a hybrid cloud as they migrate from private to public cloud or look to combine both.

The balance between convenience and security is depicted in this image.
Image Courtesy of Citrix

In this first article of a three (or four) part series on Cloud Connect 2013, we provide what we perceived to be the key takeways and messages.  We also examine how the Mobile Cloud has and will continue to change business operations.  It’s more of a balancing act, with compromises needed between compliance/security vs worker freedom/convenience as shown in the adjacent figure on the left.

Key Themes and Messages:

  • There’s a strong focus on reinventing the data center for cloud computing, using software defined infrastructure, such as virtualized networking and storage as well as software defined networking (SDN).  However, the legacy networking infrastructure from Cloud to Premises is not going away anytime soon.
  • OpenStack is now an acceptable alternative to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for public clouds.  There was much discussion on using OpenStack for private cloud implementations as well.  Openstack was initially promoted by Cloud Service Provider (CSP) Rackspace, but is now endorsed by many other CSPs, including HP. There are many new and well funded OpenStack based start-ups.
  • Virtual networking and SDN are being added to the growing number of OpenStack capabilities by the OpenStack Foundation (OSF).  On April 4th, OSF issued its “Grizzly release,which contains 230 new features for running production-level cloud computing. Networking has lagged servers when it comes to being managed as a virtual resource and in most enterprises, is still tied to a set of hardware resources that are hard to modify. Virtual networking and SDN aim to change that by making the network a logical rather than physical part of the IT and cloud infrastructure. OpenStack’s work on SDN “lets software change the network infrastructure for cloud computing,” according to one knowledgeable conference attendee.
  • Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) is now the defacto way of accessing AWS, replacing the public Internet (and in some cases) private lines. VPS lets the cloud user provision a logically isolated section of the AWS Cloud where resources are launched in a virtual network.  The customer has complete control over the virtual networking environment, including selection of  IP address range, creation of subnets, configuration of route tables and network gateways.
  • Big Data (analytics) and Cloud are a paradigm shift and an architectural change that involves putting data and computing power together as a massive processing unit.  With the explosion in all types of information, businesses need data analytics to be competitive. Organizations need to analyze data from multiple sources and places to gain insights. That data can’t be stored in one place and can even be maintained outside the organization (such as in a private cloud).
  • The reorganization of computing into larger, more demand-responsive cloud-based data centers run by Google, Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and others is part of a shift in business that replaces transaction systems with “systems of interactions,” said Cisco Systems VP of Cloud Computing Lew Tucker.
  • “Analytics becomes business critical” because huge volumes of data will be generated by the Internet of Things (IoT), with billions of devices soon to be connected to the Internet. The billions of connected devices drive a need for cloud storage and cloud analytics.  The creation of big data drives business decision-making and businesses’ need to keep employees in constant collaboration and communication, driving a need for a new style of internal networking: the software-defined network that responds more flexibly to changing conditions, Cisco’s Tucker said.
  • Dimitri Stiliadis, Chief Architect and Co-Founder of Nuage Networks (http://www.nuagenetworks.net/),-a new start-up within Alcatel-Lucent – presented “The True Power of Network Virtualization.”  Nuage has developed a SDN overlay product for inside and outside the data center.  The start-up plans to extend the product to SDN-enabled wide-area networks for the enterprise.  Nuage’s Virtualized Services Platform incorporates a controller, virtual routing and switching, and a virtualized services directory. It builds tunnels between virtual machines running in the same server rack or in different racks in the same or different data centers. It works with cloud-management software from OpenStack, CloudStack and VMware.  This overlay platform was said to be “a novel, open standards approach that fulfills the full promise of massively scalable network virtualization, enabling seamless interconnection of cloud services with existing enterprise environments.”
  • Mobile Cloud is being used as more workers have mobile computing devices, especially tablets and notebooks.  Organizations continue to make use of mobile apps to improve productivity and business process, according to Citrix.  They deployed over 100 third party apps, e.g. Citrix Receiver, Adobe Reader, etc. as well as custom written apps.  Packaged, deployable mobile apps stores for the enterprise are starting to emerge.  (Mobile Cloud is covered in more detail in the next section of this article).
  • PayPal chief information security officer Michael Barrett stated that cloud computing had changed the stakes involved in the security of computer systems. The cloud can provide the computing power to run an attack to decipher passwords. “Password hacking is now the work for script kiddies,” he warned, as opposed to a challenge for skilled hackers backed by massive compute resources.
  • William Ruh, VP and global technology director at General Electric, said business is moving from an analog way of operating to a digital one which will change nearly every aspect of business.  Civilization is moving from the industrial revolution through the Internet revolution and into what he called “the Industrial Internet.”
  • Machines will be connected to the Internet (IoT) and become intelligent through the software they possess that analyzes the information they’re generating. That will contrast with today’s industrial operations where machines are not intelligent and most of the data they generate “isn’t even stored,” Ruh observed.
  • The shift will, “Foundationally change the way machines are built and the way data is collected on them, petabytes of information,” said Ruh. The information will be fed to the operations staffs at utility power plants and other large industrial installations, who will use it to look for efficiencies that we don’t know about today, he said.
  • Case studies are beginning to emerge from a variety of users. The cloud industry has moved beyond case studies from technology innovators, such as Netflix, to rank-and-file companies that are just getting their first cloud computing systems up-and-running.

The Mobile Cloud:

Mobile and cloud are combining to change how the underlying infrastructure of business. Mobile and cloud combine to change how applications are developed, tested and distributed. Mobile changes what features and user experience exists in applications while cloud changes where data should be located and how it will be accessed. Security and management will also change as businesses embrace mobile. Applications will be device aware, location aware and network/cloud aware. But they have to be purpose built, i.e. desktop/workstation apps won’t run on mobile computing platforms- even with 4G access.  And because the demand for mobile cloud apps is uncertain, the mobile cloud must be very flexible in scaling up or down to accomodate the actual number of users for all the mobile apps being supported.  Going forward, business processes will assume an environment of multiple devices with cloud connectivity and running cloud resident mobile apps.

This graph depicts the number of mobile devices and tablets sold versus PCs.
Image Courtesy of Citrix

Before the end of this year there will be more smart phones than PCs, and in 2015 there will be more tablets than PCs as shown in the illustration to the right.

Mobile work styles are becoming the rule rather than the exception in Enterprise IT and traditional methods of securing data behind VPNs will fall short as employees demand business tools that are as easy to use and frequently updated as the ones they use at home.  Unfortunately, legal and regulatory requirements for securing data are no less stringent than they were before the mobile era.  There are compliance issues with laws such as HIPAA and FINRA that apply to data sync and sharing of information/digital content.

In the future, companies will rebuild transform business applications to take advantage of a  range of by using contextual data from all connected devices, including location, time of day, presence and device type. Sensors in the latest devices will also also provide contextual information such as temperature, humidity, motion, and orientation. Applications based on business critical data from connected sensors will be used by many industries, with utility, oil and gas industries leading the way. Transforming business will require businesses to use the cloud and big data processing to turn mobile data into insight in real-time.

In an excellent presentation by Jesse Lipson, Citrix VP of Data Sharing, Managing Data in the Cloud said:  “VPNs are going away.They are clumsy and incovenient for mobile users.”  Other reasons;  there’s more IP outside of the firewall, Mobile Device Management (MDM) and simpler two factor authentication are combining to alleviate the need for VPN access.  Mr Lipson also sees several new trends as a result of mobile data tsunami:

  • Active Directory Integration with Single Sign On (e..g. SAML 2.0)
  • 2 factor authentication going away; perhaps replaced by text message authentication
  • Auto Log-In from mobile devices, especially smart phones
  • On premises storage alive and well due to security, compliance, convenience, and ability to access existing data stores
  • “Open-in…”  enable another application to open in the application being run
  • Device control via MDM software deployed on all enterprise owned mobile devices
  • Other mobile devices, especially laptops are getting more attention for security and control

In the end, enterprise control of mobile devices, data and apps is a balancing act between corporate compliance and security vs employee convenience and productivity.  Each organization must decide how to chose the necessary tools, methods and procedures to ensure that both objectives are met.


Stay tuned for 2013 Cloud Connect Part II which will summarize several market studies and forecasts related to enterprise cloud computing.

Viodi View – 01/18/13

IOT – the Internet of Things is a hot buzzword and understandably so, given that we are on the cusp of an explosion of low-cost sensing capabilities. As suggested in a Forbes article, combining ubiquitous sensing and ubiquitous telecommunications will create a planet-wide, central nervous system. This sort of inter-connectivity was evident in many of the products and services demonstrated at last week’s International CES.


An image from the floor at CES.
Image from the floor at CES

Putting the “P” in CES

The International CES used to be called the Consumer Electronics Show, but in many ways it is probably appropriate that the CEA removed the term Consumer from the name. This show is so big, that it is easy to have expectations of huge announcements that immediately transform society. What excites me, however, are the incremental developments that offer the potential to improve the quality of life and make for a better world; instead of the C standing for consumer, perhaps the focus should be on P for people. Click here to view the Viodi summary video of this big event.


An image of the protected web site for ViodiTV CES video coverage.
CES Coverage Web Site

More CES Videos

  • Interesting interview, filmed and edited by Viodi, with Michael Strobers of Turner talking about how they are using 2nd screen to create richer stories. Using Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) systems they see the 2nd screen as a way to strengthen their relationships with sponsors and viewers.
  • Need content for your local content operation? We have a number of interviews and demonstrations from CES that could fit with a local technology show. Contact us at documonials@viodi.com for licensing information.

Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

  • Here is TV – Bruce Eisen’s latest venture provides a straightforward way to help viewers filter through thousands of television shows. Delivered as a daily email, this could be an interesting add-on service for operators wanting to simplify the customer experience.
  • Thanks Erin for organizing the great Raynet reunion last night. It was fun to catch up and turn the gears of time back 20 years and talk of what was, what is and what ifs (If Murph and I only had pursued the pizza and movie delivery service back then, instead of going down the VOD path……). Best of all, it was great to reconnect with some of the people who are part of the thread of a lifetime.
  • More Spectrum – everything you wanted to know about the reverse auctions for the broadcast spectrum can be found at this new FCC web site. –
  • Internet of Things – Turkcell reports a 5% water usage reduction because of Machine to Machine monitoring and control to the 1,200 businesses in the Kocaeli region of Turkey. They are planning to expand monitoring of this precious commodity to the residences in the area.

The Korner – Fiber to an Unusual Place

The image shows an ONT on the side of a building.
Fiber to an Unusual Place

Channeling our inner Bob Eubanks, a question we often asked service providers last year was, “Where was the most unusual place you have deployed fiber optics?” One of the more interesting answers was from Home Telecom’s Will Helmly who described their fiber to the septic tank project. We were lucky enough to capture the essence of that project in an interview with him.

This was the first of several videos we edited for Home Telecom and that have been published on Home Telecom’s YouTube channel. First and foremost the stories from Home Telecom, like so many other locally owned telecom companies, are about the importance of having people in the community to make things happen. As shown by this Fiber to the Septic tank story, the Internet of Things may be ready, but it still needs people and their vision to bring the IoT to life.

Click here to read more and view the video.

Viodi View – 12/17/2012

Ken Pyle interviews Neil Mylet of Loadout Technologies
Neil Mylet

The Software Farmer

At the depths of the cold dark winter with an economy sputtering and the future seemingly grim, there remain sparks of light that point to a brighter future. We caught up with one of those sparks last June at the TIA Convention and Conference in Dallas. Neil Mylet is a young man with a company that produces some innovative products in rural America, but who has a vision that is even bigger and extends into helping farmers in Africa help themselves. He is more proof that “youth are our present“. Click here to read more and view our exclusive video interview with this Boilermaker alum and farmer/tech executive.


John Hane, counsel with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
John Hane, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Follow the Money – Sports Programming, Golden Goose & Possible TV Revolution

Although not explicitly stated by any of the panelists, the political adage, “follow the money,” was an underlying theme to the Broadband Unlimited Webinar on Retransmission Consent. There seemed to be agreement among the panelists – all of whom have been involved in the retransmission/must-carry regulatory game since it was enacted with the 1992 Cable Act – that money paid to the talent on the production side of the media business is at the root of what translates into higher pay-TV subscription bills for the consumer. Click here to read more from this webinar that featured Chris Cinnamon of Cinnamon Mueller, John Hane of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP  and Matt Polka of the American Cable Association.


A close up of ZTE Set-Top
Close up of ZTE Set-Top

Are Huawei & ZTE Fading Superstars? New Investments Seen Mostly as a Publicity Ploy! by Alan Weissberger

For several years now, China’s Huawei and ZTE had very strong growth rates and became major players in the telecom equipment market.  Both companies also make low cost mobile phones that are popular all over the world (yes, they are sold in the U.S.). But their growth seems to be slowing and ZTE actually had a loss in the most recent quarter. Click here to read more.


Infonetics: Mobile Infrastructure Market DOWN in Quarter & Year Except for LTE-Growth in 2013; Small Cells not so Hot! by Alan Weissberger

2012 Infonetics 3Q12 2G. 3G 4G LTE Infrastructure Market Forecast.
Image courtesy Infonetics

With the continued exponential growth in mobile data traffic, one would expect a substantial increase in sales of mobile (2G/3G/4G) network infrastructure equipment.  Not so, according to Infonetics Research, which released excerpts from its 3rd quarter 2012 (3Q12) 2G, 3G, 4G (LTE and WiMAX) Infrastructure and Subscribers market share and forecasts report, which tracks 2G, 3G, and 4G (LTE and WiMAX) network equipment and subscribers. Click here to read more.


NSN Exits Optical Network Business; Who Will Be the Last Optical Network Vendor(s) Standing? by Alan Weissberger

Fiber optic spool on trailer credit, Ken Pyle
Fiber Optic Duct Spool

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is selling its optical networking business unit to private investment firm Marlin Equity Partners, a Los Angeles-based private investment firm with over $1bn of capital under management.  The new company intends to operate as “an industry leader in the fragmented optical networking sector.”   This  transaction is another step in the transformation of NSN into a “mobile broadband specialist,” the company said. Click here to read more.


Trends in Cloud Data Center, Networking & Mobile Apps- from the Server Design Summit by Alan Weissberger

Image Courtesy of IBM
Image Courtesy of IBM

“The data center is the cloud,”  said 40 year IT veteran Dileep Bhandarkar, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft, during the closing panel session at this year’s Server Design Summit, which was held November 27-28, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA. Whether that will  be as famous a tagline as Sun Micro’s, “The network is the computer,” remains to be seen. What was clear from this very informative conference is that Cloud resident data centers are and will be quite different from data centers that reside on customer premises. The local network which interconnects switches and servers in such cloud data centers will also be different, with different protocols employed for switching. Click here to read more.


Local Content

In a world cluttered with content choices, it would not have been a surprise if the importance of local content had diminished in the six years since Viodi’s previous survey of Independent Broadband Providers. The results of the current survey indicate just the opposite; that interest in the creation and distribution of local content by Independent Broadband Operators is as strong as ever. And the main motivations for creating local content are to serve as a differentiator and service to a community. Those who responded to the survey, standby, as the Executive Summary will be sent out shortly.


Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

  • A Stocking-full of Coal for Kingsford’s Nicest Person On Social Media – Clorox owns Kingsford – this must be clean coal
  • With their widespread deployment of WiFi Hot Spots, will cable operators come up with a hybrid WiFi/3G/4G offering similar to the value deal from Republic Wireless?
  • Good chart from Will Richmond/Videonuze summarizing recent sports deals. I’m still waiting for one of these kind of deals to trickle down to my youth sports league.

The Korner – We Wish You A Merry Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas…… a Roger Bindl Video

Image of 9 Snowmen singing, "We wish you a Merry Christmas."
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It is the  time of the year for Roger Bindl to provide his interpretation of a classic Christmas song. In the video that can be found at the following link, Bindl managed to coerce nine snowmen into singing, “We wish you a Merry Christmas.” Somehow, I think Roger rewrote the lyrics slightly, as I don’t think “beer” was in the original. Still, it is a clever way to express the sentiment of the season and reflect Viodi’s wishes for its readers; thanks Roger and a Happy New Year!