Monday, November 3, 2008

Storage device - Nucleus of an atom

In a world where time is of the essence, science and technology just keep giving us faster ways to achieve older goals and new paths towards new breakthroughs. A team of scientists from around the globe are working on a way to store information into the nucleus of an atom.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/102408-small-storage-device.html


Najam Saquib

New Generation of Internet

Some thing to watch on.

Component-ware for Autonomic Situation-aware Communications, and Dynamically Adaptable Services

CASCADAS (ALTO)
re-feedback and re-ECN

Najam Saquib

OTT and Internet Service Providers

I have seen that most of the OTT providers like Akamai; Google etc are currently pushing towards higher bandwidths and dump pipes in the Internet.
I think this is too narrow thinking from OTT companies, most of them thinks that fat dump network pipes are the only thing they need from the network. It could be a wise decision to rack and stack commodity PCs as an alternative to supercomputers but to build overlay application/service routing is not a scaleable and long term solution. It is like solving one problem and creating other. Applications need to talk to the network in order to get the best and optimal use of the technology. At the moment most of these companies are looking only on the content and especially video, the network (Internet) is more than just video. We might see at the moment some growth due to video but network architecture have to address even unknown future killer applications. I am not suggesting replacing the applications all together and every thing should be in the network (as some people thinks), but there is a part of intelligence in the network which can help applications to concentrate on their core business instead solving network problems. We need a better interface between application and network in order to solve some of the issues. E.g. Network is asking application from number of years to use SSM for content multicast but you know the result, it is still missing from most of the major applications. (MSTV etc) Other way around applications needs to know the routing information in order to do a better distribution decision, but most of the Service Providers are not willing to open their network topology.
Some of the work is already started in IETF with newly formed alto WG/BOF. Other example for QoS improvement is with explicit congestion notification (ECN). Still there is a lot work required at standardization bodies and at Service providers to open their network topologies and quality information to the internet community.

Najam Saquib

Sun Loses Co-Founder to Start-Up + Cisco's Jayshree Ullal

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/23/technology/start-ups/23switch.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

New Switch startup - Arista Networks

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Surviving in the new world

The world is flat or round, it is divided in Continents or close as Global Village, one thing is sure that it is changing on high pace. Globalization is not a new phenomena, people who had studies history knows that Roman, Persian or Egyptian empires was as Global as EU, USA or China today. The trade of Silk Road is the one of few well known examples. Residents of this world were exchanging goods and services from very beginning of the human race. The only difference between the Global Village of today and past is speed of communication and transport. In history it took generations to see the effect of innovation. Following are just few examples how the collaboration happen at Global level during different historic periods:
The Sumerians the first known civilization started farming around 9000 BCE. It took 2000 years to reach India, 3000 years to Egypt and 4000 years to China. About 2700 BCE, agriculture had come to America. It was the time period when it requires thousands of years to bring innovation from one part of the world to other parts.
The paper was produced as early as 3500 BC in Egypt. China started early paper making around 105 AD. Use of paper for writing was common in China in this time and later on in Middle East (Baghdad) around 700 AD papers was widely used for books. In this period adoption of an innovation from one part of the world to other part took few hundred years.
From 8th till 12th century technology and innovation took other leap frog under Umayyad Caliphate in Al-Andalus (South Spain). In this time if some thing was innovated it took less than 100 years to be spread around the world. The collaboration and sharing of knowledge gets faster around the world. The next era started from 17th century till 19th century, where it took just 10s of years that a new technology and innovation was known in entire world.
In 20th century it took just a year and specially in last quarter days for some thing to be invented in one part of the world and got known in other part. From last 10 years the information exchange around the world need only few seconds depending on Optical cable path and speed of light. Exchange of knowledge and collaboration was done world wide from the beginning of human race it is just the speed what changed over the period. I am sure it will not stop here, we will see during 21st century that communication can be done faster than speed of light.
It is to be notice that time of adoption gets shorter in the same manner as spread of knowledge and technology. Now the question is how it is affecting our life. A kid born in Sumerians time does not see a big change until his death due to slow movement of technology and adoption. Even until 18th century knowledge gain in early youth was enough to survive till death. So that normal jobs stays same in one to two generations. The people got retired 10 years before might have seen the same that the knowledge they gain during their studies was valid and useable. But they still needed some upgrades every 10 or 5 years. I am sure that the people started their jobs 20 years before see it completely different as they need to update faster and adjust them self according to new environment.
From human resource perspective now it does not matter how much experience some body have, what matter is the speed with which some one can learn some thing new. In order to survive in this ever changing world we need to learn how to adopt change and how to learn fast. A best employ is not who think to work until retirement in the same company rather a best employ is the one who can adopt to change. An employer needs to adopt processes where some one new can be integrated fast and leaving person can be replaced faster. The alarming part is our education system which is still build on 18th and 19th century principles. Governments and educationists need to reform the education system, and this need to be done every 5 years. The change will not slow down now rather the speed will increase. It might look bizarre but I think it is not far that we will invent the ways to communicate much faster than light. I agree with Lisa Randall when she says that there are many more dimensions than what we know today and I think next way of communication have to do some thing with one of new dimension we will invent.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Internet Service Provider

Internet is there today due to small and medium size ISPs. Most of the big Telecoms was never been interested in a platform which was threat to their cash cows (PSTN, SDH, ATM, Frame-Relay etc.). Today all of the big telcos talk about IP/Internet and would like to milk as much as they was doing before, they just don't know how.
Future consolidation will shows that only Internet/Infrastructure Provider and Over The Top (OTT) providers will dominate the connectivity market. A walled garden approach will be successful only in very rear cases.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Open OS Part II

Most of the computers (PC, server, supercomputer etc) or modern day devices (iphone, xbox, PS3 etc) have main functionality common, than way not create a standard to do computation, storage and Input/Output which can free us from platform dependent OS and in long run applications too. Today on Internet point A is independent of point B and that is the main reason cloud computing and P2P storage is getting attraction. In Internet you can compute, store, put or get independent of OS running on client or server side.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

World needs an Open standard for Operating Systems

Operating System (OS) is one of the main components in today's device world. Every digital electronic device requires an OS to operate, control and manage the resources. These resources could be in the form of Hardware like Processor, Memory, keyboard, mouse, and printer or could be in the form of Software like Browser, Spreadsheets and databases. An OS is required for using mobile phone, super computer, PC, Laptop or even a car's board computer. The main function for every OS is same and that is "managing resources". There are four main types of resources an OS have to control. They are components use for Processing, storage, Input and output of information. I do not agree with following both definitions about an OS:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termshm/g/term_os.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_system

The main function of all operating systems is same. I think there is a need to standardize the main functions of OS. I do not mean to create an OS like Linux instead only standardizing the main functionality. An open standard base OS can provide the platform to develop HW and SW in much robust way. Just for example imagine a world without device drivers or single software for every kind of OS (Mac, Windows, UNIX, and Linux). An open OS standard can help accelerate the development of HW and SW at much faster pace.

The open OS standard should be viable to use on Car's board computer, Handheld, PC, Laptop, supercomputer or virtually on any device which perform the main functions I mentioned in the first paragraph. The standard should not delivery any code instead it should delivery the way a code should communicate with the device. In order to understand the concept we can use the example of IETF which define open standards for Internet. There are no programming codes defined in the IETF instead only the way it should be written to communicate with rest of the systems.
I would love to discuss this idea with any body who is interested in it.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ricardo Semler - Catalyst of Change

I am impressed by this Brazilian guy due to his innovative ideas about running a successful business.
Could be good learning point for Higher Management of dull and dump blue chips.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2003/apr/27/theobserver.observerbusiness7
http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/302/
http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/308/

I enjoyed these lectures and would completely agree with Ricardo's ideas. There are still things can be improved or changed depending on industry segment but in general this is the way for future.

Inovations - Out of box thinking

There is a lack of innovation in the big companies. e.g IBM, Google, HP, etc.
Let’s talk about Google; the core innovation in Google was from two friends, who develop a search code in the beginning. I do not know any product or service which was developed after that. Only other popular products from Google are acquisition of small innovative companies. The same pattern you can see across the board in all major companies. This is not specific to IT only. We can see this too in other industry segments too.
I think the main reason for this is due to the close company structures. Most of the big companies have a big R&D center and every body working in the R&D center is getting monthly salary for doing an innovation. An innovation never happened in this way before and will never happen in future. Most of the R&D center just improves the product to the next level. For example Intel Processor is always a processor and it is not an innovation to just increase the speed and decrease the size of the processor. The main technology behind it stays same.
Look on Automobile industry; nothing had changed from last 100 years. Around 100 years before you had a car with 4 wheels, one staring, few gears, 2 or 4 door on the side and today you have the same just the speed and comfort changed.
For innovation; out of box thinking is required which could not grow in the legacy form of top down management of business. An innovator can not be judged on his capability to innovate some thing in a specific time period.
I think two things need to be changed to have innovative business. First the company structures should change from top down management to flat structure. Second is to create pool of intelligent people without giving them any target to achieve. Of course an R&D center will be still required to improve the innovation.

Think Cloudy

Business application for sharing business resources. Every big corporate have number of fixed computers with a lot of storage (P2P) and processing resources (Cloud computing). Why not using them together to make it bigger storage and process CPUs. Time shift in the world can help them to use idle resources from one to an other place.

This is some thing where Google, IBM and others are currently working. But in my opinion a new startup could gain the market much faster and easier as compare to big giants due to lack of innovations in the big companies.

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=152754

Electric cars - New origin of Innovation

Kathmandu, Nepal, has one of the highest per-capita rates of electric vehicles in the world.
http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2008/05/25/rivers.nepal.rickshaw.cnn

The most interesting part is the use of patrol stations as charging stations. Looks like a transformation which can not happen in developed world due to domination of Oil companies and Car manufacturers.

Electric car hits the road in fuel-starved Gaza
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/gaza-genius-helps-beseiged-city-survive-a-year-of-israels-blockade-846258.html

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Video over IP "Open"

IP as protocol for services create challenges for service producer and distributors. The only advantage of IP platform is for end users. In the form of WWW first time in history end-users got free access to general information. Second step was voice communication, which is got now almost free inform of flat rates or skype kind of applications. Internet also changed the music industry and now it is going towards video's future. Companies with open agenda for video will have alot to win in future and the companies with walled garden video deployments will face challenges competing in the market.
Some Telco companies are already moving in open IP platform and other's are trying to understand their possible position in future of communication industry. One example was the presentation of Telekom Austria at Sofnet:

http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?id=20a7a68a-2059-4789-b41e-300f9df23236&vidid=2824&view=video


Some other activities are going on for IPTV standardization. Few links for more deeper information:

http://www.openiptvforum.org/index.html
IPTV open standard from ITU-T
http://www.atis.org/iif/

Friday, April 25, 2008

Ideas for increasing ARPU

Internet access, email, and messaging are among the applications that are pumping up data revenues in general. Lehman Brothers analyst Inder Singh writes in a research note issued Wednesday that the operator's users of "integrated devices" -- of which the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL - message board) iPhone is arguably AT&T's flagship -- deliver twice the data revenues generated by customers using other phones.

http://www.unstrung.com/document.asp?doc_id=151734

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Internet - Who should pay the price?

I think that Internet should be part of infrastructure of a country and Govt. should pay for it same like they do for roads, railway and other utilities.
Value add services can be provided by Service providers. There are a lot of success stories for Service providers buying a wholesale infrastructure service and doing retail to the customer. In this way a service provider can really concentrate on service and customer instead of infrastructure.
This also provide fair open market for main telco companies without going in to regulatory problems of monopoly.

IPTV or Video as service

We have seen during last months that TV Channels start providing content directly over internet. This trend will goes on further and soon we will see most of the TV channels will be available online with option of VOD and new features. In future it will be a great challenge for Telco to position IPTV solutions with customer. Why an eye bowl will go to Telco if the content can be available from first hand?

Few examples:

USA:

NBC Universal

Fox Broadcasting Co.

CBS Corp.

ABC Inc.

Germany:

www.zdf.de (ZDFmediathek)

www.rtlnow.de

www.premierleague.com (offer for the subscriber)

UK:
www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer (Currently available for UK only)

Most of the big media companies opening their content over Internet. Some of them have restrictions that the content is only viewable in a specific country but this will also change in future. International Intellectual property copyright is one reason for the content not available all over the world, which might also change with time.

Telco companies have to look for some other way to get in the video market. One of the other problem most of the Telco companies face is lack of experience with end customer in video content market. I think that closed network video will have a short life span as previously thought or predicted. Their will be users subscribe to pay-TV services but they can get the content directly over Internet or with legacy technology. Premier league (Football) is one of the examples.

Young audience with high-speed connection to internet is increasing rapidly and most of this audience use Internet only for their free time entertainment.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Bionade vs. Beer / Innovation vs. Commodity

BIONADE Corporation is a young, innovative and privately owned German company producing and distributing organically manufactured non-alcoholic refreshment drinks under the BIONADE trademark.
The company was established in 1995 on the occasion of the invention of BIONADE, the world’s first and still unique non-alcoholic organically produced refreshment drink. Borrowing from age-old brewing techniques, BIONADE is produced through a completely organic fermentation process.

The inventor of this drink had a brewery and seen that Beer is getting a commodity and with just decreasing prices or increasing production will not bring enough revenue. Invention of BIONADE is an example how out of the box thinking brings new products.

I think this is a good example for any Telco/IT/Internet company to re think about their ideas and start thinking different in order to produce new and innovative services.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

IPTV on its best

Slowly but IPTV is getting reality. France is leading as country for IPTV deployments and acceptance from customers. TV and Video content will come over IP transport it is just mater of time and innovation on productizing side. Following table have a top ten list:

Table 1: Global IPTV Top 10 Carriers (by subscribers)

Ranking

Carrier

Country

Number of IPTV subscribers*

IPTV middleware platform by vendor

1

Iliad (Free)

France

2,170,000

Homegrown

2

France Telecom

France

975,000

Thomson SmartVision

3

PCCW

Hong Kong

818,000

Homegrown (Cascade, owned by PCCW)

4

Neuf Cegetel

France

600,000

Homegrown

5

Telefonica

Spain

469,067

Homegrown (Imagenio, now managed by Alcatel-Lucent)

6

Chunghwa Telecom

Taiwan

358,000

Orca, Alcatel-Lucent

7

China Telecom

China

310,000

UTStarcom

8

Belgacom

Belgium

249,434

Nokia Siemens (Myrio)

9

TeliaSonera

Sweden

216,000

Homegrown

10

Fastweb

Italy

170,000

Homegrown

* Most recent available data from carrier


Source: Light Reading

Silicon chips stretch into shape

Silicon chips can be starched find by US scientist. Is this is the possibility to use silicon chips in human body or other movable objects?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7313203.stm

Monday, March 17, 2008

Google says Microsoft's Yahoo buy might hurt Internet

It is interesting to see who is saying this Google :-). I think they do not like any other incumbent that there is a competition. Microsoft do not like that some one comes up with a nice OS and Google do not like that there will be an alternative search engine. In every day life we always try to teach ourself about tolerance but in reality it do not work. Big fish always like to have power further. We need a freshness in Operating System area and as well as in Internet Search both big giants are not capable to deliver Quality and service which fit the scene of IT today.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

Legal Movie clips over Facebook

This might will change how we watch movies in future.

http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?api_key=6c08221d623fcc240d87f90c70615431

Telesites from Free France = Cool service

The future of any service provider resides with the offering of differential services over Internet Platform. The Telesites service from Free in France is one of the examples how telecommunication companies can be converted in to a service provider. I think selling bits to the Internet customers will not be enough for the revenue of a Telco in future. The question is not which successful service a telecommunication company provides rather it is number of services they offer in a given time period. Internet is a huge pool of ideas some of them get successful and some of them fails. In order to cop with the speed and dynamic of Internet Telcos have to stop calculating business cases instead start realizing ideas from their own Human Resource pool or look for the ideas online.

If I am a service provider I will start a portal where I give people incentive to bring new service ideas and I will backed it with budget and technical expertise to realize them. I think collective human brain is better than just few people.

http://adsl.free.fr/tv/telesites/

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Thomas Friedman on Internet and Green Future

Here is a very interesting speech from Thomas Friedman on today's society, Internet and future of Green energy. I will suggest every one to spare some time to hear this speech.

http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/global/milestone/ocw1800-keynote.mp4

French court says site cannot grade teachers

A very interesting news, this shows how internet can change the way people behave. Just image if there will be site where people start writing about their doctors and other service personals. I think this can bring alot of business for some people and some of them can get jobless ;-) (Darwin's Law)

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6232855.html


In my opinion this is not bad thing, i will my self prefer a doctor or teacher for my kid who can deal my kid responsibly.

Friday, February 29, 2008

UC from traditional Telco manufacturer

Even the tradition telco manufacturing companies are not going towards UC, it comes late but at least a sign for changing the way how business will communicate in future.

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=147386

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Open Internet (Net Neutrality)

Today i have seen the following on Light Reading and would like to provide some comments on net neutrality.

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=146870&site=cdn

How we see the internet today is only due to the openness and freedom of it. It is very simple and easy to say that some provider needs a way to control traffic but at the end it is difficult to control what a service provider or authority is doing with DPI. We can see this in China, Saudi Arabia and other authoritative Govt. After Sep. 11 the same is going on in USA and EU on the name of police in the internet to catch bad guys.
Today's Internet is not only a tool to connect people, it is also a part of media of expression like newspaper or TV. Internet provides a platform for general public to give their point of view on different issues within a country or at the international level. It differ from legacy media outlets as there is no editorial process involved.
I know if we like or not there will be a control on Internet in future. We can just hope that Freedom of speech/expression will not completely disappear.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Unified Communication and Internet

I had seen an article and looked on some offers about Unified communication. It is very interesting to see how the business community is legging behind new technologies. There was a time the technology moves from business arena to customer arena and now a day it is in the opposite direction. Most of the applications are currently used in the public community first and than it moves to Business. Some of the examples are Instant Messaging, Video, collaboration tools and P2P applications.
The same trend you can see in the telecommunication sector. One of the example is video. Before the .com bubble most of the telecoms sector was convinced that video is not profitable business and especially video on IP has no future. Now we have seen after popularity of Internet based Video web sites every telecoms company have in one or other way a video story.
I think internet community had an innovation platform for last 10 years and it will be for new technologies for the years come.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My First Message

Hi everyone,
It is my first entry to this blog. I never thought about having a daily diary but from quite some time I am thinking to share my thoughts with like minded people. Hopefully I can actively participate in the community for the betterment of mankind.

Have a nice time