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Converge! Network Digest publishes articles from across the industry in our ongoing Blueprint Network Architecture series.  These articles provide insights on how new infrastructure is being deployed, how new technologies are changing the network, and how the big traffic trends are transforming the market.

The columns are published on a regular basis via our daily email newsletter and on this website. The topics often coincide with major industry events occurring that week,

We welcome your ideas.  Here's what we are looking for.

  • The column should be an original article that has not been published elsewhere.
  • The column should be about 1,000 words in length.
  • It should be addressed to "the architects of next generation networks." Assume a high level of technical proficiency and awareness of major trends.
  • The column should be about a topic of interest to the whole field.  It should not be about your product or proprietary technology.  We are happy to help promote these via our whitepaper service or marketing programs.
  • We welcome 2 or 3 graphics to illustrate your column, so long as these are not product specific.
  • We will need a photo and one paragraph about the author.

To get started, please send us a brief abstract of the column.  Be sure to put 'Blueprint column proposal' in the subject of your email.

Here are some samples:
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Blueprint: The Path to an All-Wireless World



by Dirk Gates, executive chairman and founder, Xirrus An all-wireless world is within our grasp. No matter where we go or what device we are on, connectivity is an expectation. Getting on a plane? No problem; Wi-Fi is accessible thousands of feet in the air. Taking a road trip across the U.S.? Pull off at a rest stop and watch Netflix from the passenger seat. The advancements taking place in the Wi-Fi space are unprecedented and the future of connectivity...


Blueprint: Five Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With DNS



by Shannon Weyrick, Director of Engineering for NS1 Over the past 25 years there have been dramatic shifts in how companies deliver websites and applications. The pervasiveness of globally distributed cloud computing providers like AWS and Digital Ocean, along with the rise of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and deployment automation, have dramatically reduced the costs and complexities of deploying applications. Users today can deploy servers...


Blueprint: The Year of Actionable Data



by Rod Bagg, vice president of customer support at Nimble Storage As more businesses strive to become data-driven, business leaders will rely heavily on IT teams to easily access, manage and leverage the value of that data in the coming year. In 2016, IT departments will become increasingly focused on keeping data secure and optimized in a way that not only keeps operations flowing, but delivers real value and positive results back to the enterprise. Additionally,...


Blueprint: 2016 Predictions -- Big Guns and Long Tails



by Michael Murphy, CTO for North America, Nokia Networks In 2014, I suggested that 2015 would be an inflection point due to the start of serious 5G activity and the start of cloud based deployments , which together had the potential to fundamentally change the telecom industry. So what really happened and what’s up for 2016? Retrospection 5G did of course progress throughout the year, but perhaps the biggest news came in September. At the CTIA...


Blueprint: What’s in Store for the Database in 2016?



by Roger Levy, VP of Product at MariaDB In 2015, CIOs focused on DevOps and similar technologies such as containers as a way to improve time to value. During 2016, greater attention will be focused on data analytics and data management as a way to improve the timeliness and quality of business decisions. How best to store and manage data is on the minds of most CIOs as they kick off the New Year. It’s exciting to see that databases, which underlie...


Blueprint: What’s Coming in 2016 and Beyond for Cybersecurity



by Vincent Weafer, VP of Intel Security’s McAfee Labs, Intel Corporation A five-year look ahead at how cybersecurity is likely to evolve Clouds, devices, and sophistication are three of the big areas that will affect cyber threats and security over the next five years, according to McAfee Labs 2016 Threats Predictions report. Cloud applications, storage, and services are converging with rapid growth in mobile and connected devices to create an ever-expanding...


Blueprint: How Advanced Analytics Will Change Business in 2016



by Shawn Rogers, Chief Research Officer, Dell Statistica As advanced analytics continue the trajectory from buzzworthy idea to business imperative, we will see companies and consumers alike beginning to optimize their processes for data gathering and analysis in new ways. From healthcare to manufacturing, virtually no industry will be untouched as advanced analytics reach a new level of maturity in the coming year. Here are four specific ways I...



by Charanya Balasubramanian, Veryx Technologies SDN promises to provide an architecture that empowers enterprises and service providers to realize a high degree of network automation, agility and, a decrease in overall costs of the network. By decoupling the control and forwarding planes, SDN provides a logically centralized control and programmable layer. Thus SDN accelerates service deployment and reduces operating expenses across multi-vendor...


Blueprint: Essential Elements of Transport SDN



by Stu Benington Vice President, Cloud/SDN Business Unit, Coriant There is a great opportunity emerging for service providers, driven by the widespread adoption of cloud-based applications by both enterprises and consumers. It’s a chance to capitalize on the elastic network needs of on-demand cloud-based services to create new sources of revenue and tighten control of CAPEX/OPEX costs. The lack of elasticity in most of today’s static networks makes...


Blueprint: Streaming Audio Goes Over the Top and Under the Radar



by Jay Hinman, VP of Operator Solutions, Opera Software So much attention has rightly been paid by industry influencers—from media to analysts and vendors themselves—to the topic of over-the-top (OTT) video streaming and its effects on overall traffic and the end-user experience. While many solutions exist to address this very real need, nearly all in-network solutions overlook one of the fastest growing segments of OTT data consumption: audio...


Blueprint: SDN's Impact on Data Center Power/Cooling Costs



by Jeff Klaus, General Manager of DCM Solutions, Intel The growing interest in software-defined networking (SDN) is understandable. Compared to traditional static networking approaches, the inherent flexibility of SDN compliments highly virtualized systems and environments that can expand or contract in an efficient business oriented way. That said, flexibility is not the main driver behind SDN adoption. Early adopters and industry watchers cite...


Blueprint Column: Women in Engineering - Changing the Odds



by Scott McGregor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Broadcom Corporation Some of the greatest successes in the modern economy come from finding multibillion-dollar industries that are ripe for disruption. Engineers spend a lot of time looking for such opportunities. And yet, one of the ripest targets for disruption is right before their eyes: the engineering industry itself. Here’s how to disrupt it: Increase the number of women in the engineering...


Blueprint: The Rise of the Virtualized Network



By Sanjeev Mervana, senior director, products & solution marketing, service provider business, Cisco Growth of mobile data services In the era of smart phones, tablet computers and connected devices, mobile data traffic is increasing exponentially. Spurred by consumers that are constantly consuming music, games and video over cell phones, mobile data traffic is projected to climb 61 percent by 2018, to 190 exabytes annually. This growth in...


Blueprint: The Third Network



by Nan Chen, MEF President The Internet is everywhere, and available on-demand – but it offers no service guarantees, and leaves security to the user. CE 2.0 delivers assured performance and security levels – but it can take weeks to establish a service. The world needs a THIRD Network.   In 2012, Ethernet bandwidth for business overtook all legacy WAN technologies, and it continues to surge ahead – Fig 1 ...


Blueprint: Carriers Set Their Sights on 1Gbps Rollouts with G.fast



By Kourosh Amiri, VP Marketing, Ikanos, Inc. Demand for high-speed broadband access by consumers has never been more intense than it is today.  Rapidly increasing numbers of connected devices inside the home and the adoption of higher-resolution (4K and 8K) television are just the tip of the iceberg.  Home automation, remote patient monitoring, and multi-player gaming – among countless other applications – are contributing to an Internet...


Blueprint: What’s Next for Carrier Ethernet?



by Stan Hubbard and Members of the MEF More than 1,000 service providers and network operators worldwide now rely on Carrier Ethernet (CE) to support high-performance Ethernet & Ethernet-enabled data services, to interconnect network-enabled cloud services, to underpin 4G/LTE mobile and consumer triple play services, and to meet internal networking needs. Tens of thousands of businesses and enterprises in every industry vertical have transitioned...

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