The Future Is Dispensable Servers

RIKARD KJELLBERG | September 24, 2018

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The cloud computing paradigm has been a table stake for web scale companies for well over a decade, although it’s just now starting to make inroads in the telco industry.Cloud computing impacts everything. The hardware is commoditized, servers are virtualized, networking and network functions are software-defined. Everything can be managed via software through API calls. Operational challenges are addressed via automation and increasingly applied via artificial intelligence (AI). Cloud computing also impacts applications and other workloads. They have to adopt to a cloud-friendly design pattern where resiliency and scalability is integral to the application (think stateless microservices). Done right, this transformation results in a more robust and agile platform, enabling a new generation of interactive applications such as connected cars, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and IoT. But done wrong, you are left with a fragile environment and an eroded user experience.

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