Michael Howard

Michael Howard

Michael Howard co-founded market research firm Infonetics Research in 1990, and today is recognized worldwide as one of the industry’s leading experts in emerging markets, network operator trends, and user buying patterns. Nicknamed the “Ethernet pope,” Michael leverages 40 years of communications industry experience to author research on carrier Ethernet, cloud access, software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), carrier routers and switches, mobile backhaul, OpenFlow, and packet-optical transport. Before founding Infonetics, Michael was an IT Director at Tymshare/Tymnet, where he created network accounting, and led the First Interstate Bank project that developed the world's first pre-Internet in-home banking system. Prior to that, shortly after majoring in Mathematics at University of California Berkeley, Michael worked for Systems Development Corporation on operating systems and programming language compilers for ARPAnet, which later became the Internet.

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Operator Survey: Smart central offices to be in 85 percent of service provider networks this year
Operator Survey: Smart central offices to be in 85 percent of service provider networks this year

In 2018, 85 percent of operator respondents plan to create, or will have already deployed, smart central offices — that is, installing servers, storage and switching to create mini data centers in selected central offices. These mini data centers are used to offer cloud services, and as the network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure on which to run virtualized network functions (VNFs) such as vRouter, firewall, CG-NAT and IP/MPLS VPNs.

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Enterprise & IT Mobile & Telecom
Routing, NFV & Packet-Optical Strategies Service Provider Survey - 2017

The Routing, NFV & Packet-Optical Strategies Service Provider Survey covers hot and emerging topics in the carrier Ethernet, routing, and switching space, with a focus on the IP edge—the area where architectural changes are occurring closer to the customer

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Carrier SDN Hardware, Software & Services Market Tracker - Regional - H2 2017

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Enterprise & IT Mobile & Telecom
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