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In The Netherlands we recently celebrated Circular Economy Week. Within this framework many organizations have introduced a variety of sustainability initiatives including Dutch telecom provider KPN. As of 2025, all of their modems, TV setup boxes and other networking devices will be 100% recyclable. Nice. A bit late, some will argue, but still. Other companies promise to take a closer look at the procurement of their raw materials. Nice. At this pace, however, a ‘week’ will never do the trick.

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‘Another year over, and a new one just begun’. A phrase from the well-known Christmas song by John Lennon that we are sure you have heard once or twice during the last couple of weeks. A phrase too that expresses a sense of melancholy as time seems to go by in the blink of an eye. With IT technology changing at breakneck speed, we feel that it actually does as there is hardly time left for contemplation. According to business gurus and trend watchers, 2018 will be no exception.
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Hi, it’s me again. Hope your journeys in the deep oceans of data systems were met with warm and inviting telemetry data flows. Hold on a second – how exactly can we envision these data flows actually? Above, you can see a short movie clip that I captured in our lab. These are three data flows deriving from ‘tailing’ the syslog files from three separate servers. Somehow, this picture reminds me of a scene from my favorite Matrix movie…
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Intent-Based Networking has already been labeled “the holy grail in networking”, the “next big thing”, “intuitive network” and the list goes on. It does indeed have a lot of potential so for those who are still unfamiliar with this phenomenon, here are some key aspects of IBN. IBN consists of four elements:

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Ability to control vast infrastructures was always a matter of critical importance. Starting from the ancient civilizations to modern world computer games, ability to remain in control of key assets and resources is always a key to winning. And lack of such control has always led to demise of empires and loosing battles to more agile rivals. This topic was illustrated countless times in historical books and movies culminating in my personal favorite fiction movie “The Matrix” where Neo is struggling to differentiate between the real world and virtual one, controlled by extremely advanced machines.

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