How iPhone and Android Are Changing the Network

15 thoughts on “How iPhone and Android Are Changing the Network”

    1. Not sure if you noticed but Pandora and Netflix are two examples of companies whose future changed because of the iPhone/Android platforms. I think you are going to see many more in a few years.

      1. am talking about revenues, am not sure Pandora is making billion dollars in revenues. I see that netflix is making 2 billion dollars, just wondering how much of netflix viewers time is in ipad/iphone compared to PCs,PS3,Xbox,Nintendo etc

      1. I think there are several examples: FaceBook, Twitter, FourSquares, OpenTable etc. Many of these companies may not have reached the popularity or use without an iPhone or Androd Phone.

    1. Stephen

      I am not sure you are following the recent changes in the Juniper product line they are making in order to adapt to the new network dynamics. From their new chip architecture to new software layer, Juniper is obviously doing a lot of work to adapt itself.

      That is what is his shareholders pay for.

  1. I have always been a little bit dubious about the need of anything to be “absolutely centralised”. Centralisation makes sense in periods of technological immaturity and resource scarcity as it is a more efficient solution allowing people to get more with less. However, this efficiency comes at the cost of flexibility (big, centralised systems cannot be quickly changed) and, consequently, of fragility in the face of ‘black swan’ events (the events cannot be predicted and the system cannot be changed quickly enough to compensate; moreover, when it fails it takes everything out with it).

    Sure, network technologies are progressing at a rapid enough pace to allow for massive amounts of data to be transmitted between centralised datacentres and ‘client’ devices anywhere in the world. But battery, processing, and storage technologies are progressing just as quickly. Indeed, the only thing that remains stagnant is the human capacity to process information. How many terabytes of storage would our phone need to fit before it is able to store all of the information that we regularly access, for instance?

    To sum up, cloud services and centralised datacentres will certainly play an important role in the information solution systems of tomorrow. What I have my doubts about, however, is that they will play the crucial role. Why have ‘dumb’ terminals capable only of accessing cloud services, when one will be able to have all of one’s data and processing capacity mirrored and extended across a ‘personal cloud’ composed of the set of one’s own devices, including, but not limited to, the cloud-based storage and processing capacity that one would rent.

    Think Dropbox in other words – the data is both hosted on their servers and mirrored across each of your own capable machines. In fact, it would not be stupid to adopt something like ‘user proximity’ as a general design principle – all data should first be processed and held as ‘close’ to the user as possible, propagating across his/her other devices as he/she gets ‘closer’ to them. It should not be a bunch of users orbiting some datacentres; it should be devices and data orbiting users. The user should be at the centre.

    1. Excellent comment. It has more content than Juniper’s CEO.

      I think LTE Advanced (not the “4G” or LTE of today) changes everything and results in irrevocable disruption of the telco/wireless market. I was lucky enough to work through the transitions of network technologies from dial-up to T1 to T3 & Ethernet and beyond. I think we’ll see a repeat of the rapid growth of greenfield opportunities that ubiquity of sufficient bandwidth brings. This will be the death of voice as a product (vs. a service), the computer companies win out over the telcos. Now, what happens to TV? And others?

      1. N8nNC while I agree that Andrei’s comment is excellent, I am surprised that your comment about LTE_Advanced. I think many of those changes are happening right now.

        As to your point about the Juniper CEO, I think the point of the piece is that the seemingly little toys like iPhone are actually causing people to reconsider the whole network architecture and it is making some if not all executives reshape their businesses for the future and Juniper is one of them.

        Thanks again for participating?

    2. Andrei

      Thanks for the excellent comment. I am doing a follow up series of posts, including one later today which touches upon some on the issues you bring up. Clearly, it is not possible to fit everything in one piece, but hopefully this new series of posts is going to help.

  2. I am always impressed at the amount of platitudes these billion-dollars execs can produce. Is there something in this article that wasn’t obvious to anybody who owns a phone?

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