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It wasn’t long ago when a typical commute involved taking wide, well-developed roads to your destination. But, with an increase of cars on the roads and office parks being built, traffic at peak travel times soon proved to be an issue and congested roads soon became problematic. Today, new technologies (such as traffic apps) give commuters options to alternate routes. As new routes are suggested, others are removed and adapted.

Where am I going with this, you might ask? The same approach can be applied to networks. Networks were optimized to carry traffic flows to centralized applications. But the arrival of scale out application designs brought an increase in volume and a dramatic change in the traffic patterns, significantly impacting overall performance of the network, and causing administrative headaches.

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Below please find a few of our top picks for our favorite news articles of the week.

Forbes: My One Big Fat Cloud Computing Prediction For 2018
By Joe McKendrick
It’s that time of year again, when everyone is unleashing their “Top-10” predictions lists on the world. As with years past, I’m only going to unleash on the world just one, solitary prediction for looking ahead. For 2018, expect to see cloud computing morph into a new, more distributed form, which many observers and some vendors (mainly Cisco) are referring to as “fog computing.” I don’t want to fog up the works with new terminology, so let’s just cut to the chase and clear the air on what is happening.

RCR Wireless News: Leveraging NFV and SDN for network slicing
By Nathan Cranford
Network slicing is poised to play a pivotal role in the enablement of 5G. The technology allows operators to run multiple virtual networks on top of a single, physical infrastructure. With 5G commercialization set for 2020, many are wondering to what extend network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) can help move network slicing forward.

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