Rick Ramsey

I started my high tech training as an avionics technician in the US Air Force. While studying Economics at UC Berkeley, I wrote reference manuals and developer guides for two artificial intelligence languages, ART and SYNTEL. At Sun Microsystems I wrote about hardware, software, and toolkits for developers and sysadmins, and published “All About Administering NIS+.” I served as information architect before joining BigAdmin, which morphed into the Systems Community at Oracle. I left Oracle in May of 2015, and now write for Ericsson.

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What's involved in a PNF to VNF migration?

Most telecom operators are still structured to support siloed physical network functions. They are not prepared for VNF's agile business model in which new services are launched rapidly. What are the considerations you need to do that, although they are beyond the basic tasks of migrating subscribers from PNFs to VNFs, are critical to the success of a migration?

Can VNFs match the performance of PNFs?

At some point before the procurement and sales teams give each other high fives for a technology purchase well negotiated, I always hope somebody had the courage to call in my favorite kind of techie: the ShowMe Skeptic. This guy or gal is never popular. Seldom gets invited to the party. That's because she warns you that you're about to make a mistake. But when you're about to ink a multi-million dollar deal, that last thing you want to hear is that you're about to make a mistake!

Tips for writing cloud-native VNF applications

To obtain the operational efficiency and business agility promised by cloud, telco applications need to be written so they run optimally on cloud environments. We have published an eBrief that gives you a few tips on writing telco-grade cloud-native applications for a virtual network functions infrastructure.

The time for onboarding NFV is now

It takes vision, confidence, a high tolerance for risk, and a big pile of cash to become an early adopter of a transformative technology. Yes, the rewards are great, but so are the risks. This has been particularly true of transformations from physical network functions to VNFs.

How to include your legacy systems in our hyperscale vPODs

Did you know that you can include certain legacy servers in the virtual performance-optimized datacenters (vPODs) configured by our hyperscale system (Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000)? In fact, if they speak either Internet Management Protocol Interface (IPMI) 2.0 or the Pooled Systems Management Engine (PSME) protocol, we treat them as first-class vPOD citizens, with the same capabilities as our rack- and sled-based resources, including no degradation in performance.

This is what vPODs do to make you lean and agile

Learn how elastic vPODs—part of our implementation of software-defined infrastructure based on Intel® Rack Scale Design—can make your bimodal architecture both agile and lean.

What happens when digital industrialization changes your IT infrastructure?

Advances in cloud computing, plus the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence, and automation, are dramatically altering not only how IT departments are employing cloud technology, but also the fundamental way the enterprise does business.

What are vPODs and how do they make you both agile and lean?

We call our aggregated software systems vPODs, and we implement them through software-defined infrastructure. Find out how you can get both the agility and utilization rates promised by a bimodal architecture but without the potential wasted investment of "bolt-on innovation."

Don't let "Yelp for the Enterprise" destroy your reputation

Traditional company-specific consumer platforms are evolving into digital ecosystems. Enterprise supply chains and partner ecosystems will likewise transform into digital supply networks. This means that enterprises must place high importance on reliability and on their ability to interoperate within ecosystems, lest "Yelp for the Enterprise" destroy their reputation.

Rugby - not sumo or American football - is the best hyperscale sport

Sumo wrestlers are powerful. American football players are agile. But only rugby players are powerful, agile and lean enough to illustrate the strengths of hyperscale cloud datacenter infrastructure. Learn how to get lean with hyperscale and how disaggregated hardware elminates overprovisioning.

How can new and open ecosystems transform your datacenter?

A dramatic shift to online ecosystems and open platforms is requiring business to efficiently handle dramatic changes in scale, sometimes in both directions, with fintech and the automotive industry as key examples. But today's datacenter infrastructure and operations don’t lend themselves to this kind of elasticity. What is the solution?