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Chatsworth science team also hits homer

Posted in hawtgbjn on January 10th, 2020

first_imgOdds and ends from around the Valley: It would have been easy to overlook the other big event going on at Chatsworth High School on Thursday morning, but Principal Jeff Davis wasn’t about to let that happen. While the school’s much-heralded city championship baseball team met in the parents lounge to watch the TV coverage of the Major League Baseball draft – two Chatsworth players were chosen in the top 12 picks – the less than heralded science team was picking up a trophy of its own in the next room. A team of four ninth-graders came up with a science game they call Elemanium that beat out about 6,000 other team entries in the city to win the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Integrated Coordinated Science Award. You guys showed a lot of class when you gave the $2,000 your team won back to the school to help support other academic teams on campus. While we’re giving a pat on the back to people and groups who do great work, but seldom get the recognition for it, I’d like to give a big thank-you to the Valley University Women. For the last 58 years, this local group of education-minded women have provided scholarships to hundreds of hardworking high school students in the San Fernando Valley, many of whom thought college was financially out of reach for them. “Many have overcome substantial obstacles, such as poverty, family difficulties and cultural barriers, to succeed in high school to become what they are today,” said Doris Dent, scholarship chairwoman for the organization, founded in 1945. As always, the women want all the credit to go to the 16 students who earned the $1,500 scholarships this year, not to themselves for providing them. Nice touch. So, congratulations to Loren Diaz, Melissa Medina and Tracy Lee from Burbank High School; Meredith Anderson and Dianne Pulido from Burroughs High; Angeline Chen and Melissa Zanit from El Camino Real High; and Gladys Rodriquez from North Hollywood High. Also, Gina Hong and Jayme Zahavi from Taft High; Suejung Shin and Jason Hong from Granada Hills High; Dianna Delgado and Joana Samson from Sylmar Math/Science; Dorothy Tulanont from Van Nuys Magnet; and Ryan Luong from Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies. For more information on Valley University Women, call co-president Sara Coyle at (818) 789-1574. And finally, if you’re a local history buff, stop by the Canoga Park/Owensmouth Historical Society this Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and help it celebrate Canoga Park’s 95th birthday. “Many members of pioneer families from the area will be there, and the public is invited,” said Jean Jauck, president of the society at 7248 Owensmouth Ave. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m not smart enough to understand it, but they tell me it’s based on the periodic table of elements,” Davis said, laughing as he went back and forth between rooms to praise both teams. The athletes in any high school always get the lion’s share of adulation and attention, but the kids on the academic teams work just as hard and successfully to bring pride to their school, Davis figures. “They deserve the recognition, too,” the principal said. Yes, they do. So, congratulations to baseball players Mike Moustakas, picked second by the Kansas City Royals, and Matt Dominguez, who went 12th to the Florida Marlins. And congratulations to the award-winning science team of Eric Zisfain, Derek Lau, Jonathan Ching, and Zi Ma. last_img read more

Video: Grazie, Fernando! Torres’ only goal for AC Milan

Posted in hawtgbjn on January 6th, 2020

first_img1 Fernando Torres Former Liverpool and Chelsea star Fernando Torres joined Atletico Madrid on loan from AC Milan today meaning during his spell in Serie A he only managed one solitary goal in ten appearances.The strike came against Empoli in his second game for the club and you can check it out above.last_img

Gareth Bale tells talkSPORT: I came to Real Madrid to win trophies

Posted in hawtgbjn on December 29th, 2019

first_imgGareth Bale has praised a ‘very professional performance’ by Real Madrid to book their place in the Champions League final. Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Bernabeu to set up a meeting with city rivals Atletico at the San Siro on May 28. Bale, who moved from Tottenham to the Spanish capital in 2013, played a key role in getting them closer to their 11th European title, as his shot deflected off Fernando past Joe Hart. The Welsh star will play in his second Champions League final for the club in under three years – he scored against Atletico in the 2014 final. Bale told talkSPORT: “It’s massively important. “Whoever got the goal tonight, whatever it was – the most important thing is we got to the final.“It was a very professional performance, we kept it tight at the back and did well to get the goal to take us to the final.“Obviously we needed a bit of luck with the goal, but I felt like we controlled both games. Maybe they lacked a bit of ambition going forward but that’s down to us. We kept it tight and limited their chances and ultimately got the goal.”On the final against Diego Simeone’s side, who beat Bayern Munich in the other semi, Bale added: “We know it’s going to be another difficult game,  it always is against them.“They make it very difficult to play against but it’s one we’re looking forward to – hopefully another trophy.  We’re looking forward to it.“It’s the main reason I came to Real Madrid – to win Champions League trophies. We’ve obviously won the most in the history of the tournament.“To have another chance to win another trophy is amazing for us and hopefully we can take that opportunity.”Gareth Bale was talking to talkSPORT after the Champions League win over Manchester City, listen in full above.last_img read more

Manchester United 4-1 Fenerbahce: Paul Pogba scores twice as Red Devils move top

Posted in hawtgbjn on December 28th, 2019

first_img Paul Pogba scored twice in Manchester United’s win 1 Paul Pogba scored twice as Manchester United eased past Fenerbahce at Old Trafford to move top of Europa League Group A.The Frenchman scored a penalty and a superb long-range strike to cap his best performance in a United shirt, with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard also grabbing goals in the 4-1 win. Robin van Persie netted a late consolation for the visitors, an act which saw him applauded round the ground.The early stages of the game were dominated by the hosts, although there was a lack of incisiveness in the final third.Skrtel blocked a curling effort from Pogba, and Mata overhit a cross with Rooney in a good position in the box.Pogba had another strike blocked, with Martial coming inches from converting a wonderful Mata cross, before United managed to take the lead.A rare direct attack resulted in Mata being brought down in the area, and Pogba stepped up to convert the resultant penalty.And just minutes later the lead was doubled, Martial also netting from the spot having won the penalty after Mata’s glorious ball forward.A few moments of craziness had given United a convincing lead, but they did look shaky at the back when Fenerbahce managed to break.Souza forced a fine low save from De Gea after an excellent move saw him work his way into the penalty area, and after sidestepping Darmian he really should have hit the back of the net – but the Spanish stopper was in top form.And the game was all-but won in the final seconds of the first period, Pogba adding his second of the match with an exceptional long-range strike, having run onto the ball from deep to convert Lingard’s lay-off with a right-foot curler which nestled in the back of the net.The visitors responded by taking Kjaer off at the break, bringing on striker Emenike for the defender who had a horror show in the opening period.But before the forward had a chance to test De Gea, Fener were four goals down, Lingard netting a powerful strike from outside the area after some great combination play between Pogba and Rooney.Van Persie went close to pulling one back for the visitors.The Dutchman picked up the ball from Emenike, who had done well to hold up play, but his left foot strike curled just wide of the far post with De Gea scrambling.The game passed into a passage of meaningless play, neither side pushing to score.United had the three points secured, and Fener lacked the ability to pose any real threat to the Red Devils.However, with eight minutes remaining the visitors did net, Van Persie grabbing a goal on his return to Old Trafford – to a round of applause from the entire stadium.Mata came close to grabbing a fifth for Mourinho’s men, but the final whistle went with the hosts claiming all three points after a convincing win.last_img read more

Liverpool ‘favourites’ to re-sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona

Posted in hawtgbjn on December 25th, 2019

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Netherlands vs England (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTFrance vs South Korea (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTDenmark vs Republic of Ireland (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Croatia vs Wales (Saturday, 2pm) – talkSPORTEngland vs Scotland (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST shining Next in line are Manchester United and Paris Saint-German who both are at 6/1.There is then a big jump to the next lot of teams with Tottenham (14/1), Bayern Munich (16/1), Arsenal (20/1) and Newcastle (33/1) all listed.United have been heavily linked with a move for Coutinho as they look to rebuild their squad in the summer under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. deals talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… getty gameday cracker Coutinho has not rediscovered the form he showed at Anfield that convinced Barcelona to part with such a substantial transfer fee.The 26-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs this transfer window but Sky Bet have Liverpool as the favourites at 5/1. Coutinho has struggled since his move to Barcelona in January 2018 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REPLY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool are favourites to re-sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona in the summer.The Brazilian forward has not settled at the LaLiga club and looks destined to leave despite only signing 18 months ago in a blockbuster £142million deal from the Reds. LIVE ON talkSPORT 1 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ tense Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ huge blow no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Spanish newspaper Sport have reported he would be reluctant to join the Red Devils, or another of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals, as he would not want to further sour his relationship with Reds fans.PSG are said to be his favoured destination where he could link up with Brazil team-mate Neymar.last_img read more

The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Mickey Shaped Food at Walt Disney World!

Posted in hawtgbjn on December 21st, 2019

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Mickey Shaped Food at Walt Disney World! Long time SAT SIX readers have probably noticed that we are more than a bit obsessed by theme park snacks. Whether it be in Disneyland, Disney World, or Universal, if the theme parks make it, we’ll eat it, that’s our policy. In fact this very blog series is the leading cause of adult onset diabetes. You may be thinking, “maybe you guys should cover some healthy options?”  To that we say NAY, NAY! We’re only going to cover the good stuff here. In fact, today we are going to check out some of our favorite foods in all of Walt Disney World: those shaped like Mickey.  That’s right, Disney snacks that taste good and bring a smile to our face, so let’s kickoff the countdown with…# 6 – Ice Cream SandwichTo show the power that Mickey shaped foods have over us, let’s start off with a staple snack of our Disney trips: Mickey’s premium ice cream sandwich. Back in the real world we may buy a pint of Ben & Jerrys, or maybe a box of popsicles, but who gets ice cream sandwiches? Inside the Disney parks this cookies and cream flavored frozen treat just tastes better than the vanilla ones we get back home. This is also one of the rare treats that has Mickey Mouse’s full face smiling back at you, making it even more special.Available: Throughout the resort.Mickey’s premium ice cream sandwich. (photo by Brandon Glover)Mickey’s premium ice cream sandwich.(photo by Brandon Glover)–# 5 – Mickey WaffleThe small Mickey waffles are our go-to foods at Disney buffets like Tusker House and Cape May Cafe, but it’s inside the Magic Kingdom where we can get the full size version. At rope drop many guests head straight to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, but we take a left hand turn at the hub and head over to Liberty Square to get a plate of golden brown goodness.Available: Sleepy Hollow RefreshmentsMickey Waffle. (photo by Brandon Glover)Mickey Waffles at Cape May Cafe.–# 4 – Rice Krispies TreatsBakeries in Walt Disney World have a lot of tremendously tasty options, but we love the Mickey-shaped Rice Krispies treats. Unlike traditional Rice Krispie treats, these are served on a stick, so your hands won’t get sticky while eating. Several bonus points awarded here as Disney uses the actual Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal in making them, so you don’t have some goofy name like “crisped rice snack” that you’ll see elsewhere, and this is also the only food on this list that you pretty easily replicate in your own home.Available: At bakeries throughout the resort along with hotel food courtsRice Krispies + Butter + Marshmallows = YUM–# 3 – PretzelWe love pretzels at the theme parks. They are a filling snack that is easy to eat while on the go. Some pretzels are better than others though, such as a Bavarian pretzel and beer at Germany in Epcot that should be on every Disney foodie’s bucket list. The best pretzel however is a Mickey pretzel. The optional cheese sauce can help turn this large and hot pieces of perfection into just about a meal by itself.Located: At all the Disney theme parks.Mickey pretzel. (photo by Brandon Glover)Mickey pretzel with “cheese” sauce. (photo by Katie McNair)–# 2 – Mickey BarWhen it comes to iconic snacks in Walt Disney World we have a short list of front runners for the top spot. Dole Whip, popcorn, and churros would be in contention, but don’t count out the Mickey premium ice cream bar. The perfect treat for a hot day (which, in Florida, is just about every day,) the crunchy chocolate coating mixed with the softer vanilla ice cream inside combine for a great taste in every bite. The Mickey bar is a first ballot Hall of Famer snack for both young and old.Available: Throughout property.Mickey’s premium ice cream bar. (photo by Lisa Gilmore)Mickey’s premium ice cream bar. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 1 – Colossal Cinnamon RollWhen you bill a food item as “colossal,” you better deliver on the goods. When it comes to “blessing of size” at Walt Disney World we could just as easily be referring to foods such as the s’mores baked Alaska at The BOATHOUSE or the famous Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream. At Animal Kingdom, the colossal cinnamon roll at Kusafiri is the real deal and should be your second stop in the park after stopping by Pandora: The World of Avatar. Doubters may think the price of near $9 may be excessive for a cinnamon roll, but remember we are now in a world of $7 pizza slices. If anything the cinnamon roll (which serves two people) can be considered a “value.” Think of it as three cinnamon rolls, a giant one for the “face” and two regular ones for the ears. It is LOADED with extra cinnamon on top, and Disney doesn’t get skimpy with the frosting either. Pro Tip: start your journey in the morning with a colossal cinnamon roll at Kusafiri; in the afternoon stop by Dawa Bar for a sugar cane mojito and walk over to Satu’li Canteen for lunch , and finish your day with a meal at Tiffins.Available: Kusafiri Coffee Shop and BakeryColossal cinnamon roll. (photo by Michael Carelli)Colossal cinnamon roll. (photo by Michael Carelli)So there you have it: Six Mickey-Shaped Food at Walt Disney World! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).It’s a scientific FACT that everything tastes better when it’s shaped like MICKEY.If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:Ranking the New Restaurants in DISNEY SPRINGSThe 6 Most Unique Dining Experiences at Walt Disney WorldDISNEY DINING: ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortDISNEY DINING: FoodQuest at DisneySprings (R.I.P.)SATURDAY SIX Investigative Report: Disney PET PEEVESThe SATURDAY SIX Uses Disney Villains To Explain Theme Park Blogging6 Times Our Favorite TV Shows Went To Walt Disney WorldSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, Ledo’s favorite customer and Captain Phasma’s ex, @HoCoHowie, hot shot Michael Carelli, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with goofballs co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde , while fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2018 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!This soup at Via Napoli was so close making the list!last_img read more

The Patriots Are Going to Walt Disney World

Posted in hawtgbjn on December 21st, 2019

first_imgShare This!Well, it’s official! The New England Patriots are headed to Walt Disney World! Two of the Super Bowl LIII champions, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman proclaimed those famous words last night following the big game following the question of “What are you going to do next?”There will be a special parade that takes place today starting at approximately 2:40 p.m. at the Magic Kingdom Patriots fans are invited to line Main Street, U.S.A. for the festivities. The celebration will include popular Disney characters, festive music and lots of confetti.Monday will mark the fifth time Patriots players have participated in a celebratory parade at Disney Parks following one of their world championship victories. No other NFL team has had a player appear more than four times in this time honored tradition.last_img read more

Cloud Computing: Cloud Beginning to Shift to a Replacement of Rather than Complement to On-Premise

Posted in hawtgbjn on December 17th, 2019

first_imgForrester Research recently revised their forecast for the size of the public cloud market upwards by 20 percent than their 2011 estimate.  Forrester now says that public cloud computing will be a $191-billion market by 2020.  Their estimates changed after reviewing the past five years of cloud vendor data.  At the end of 2013, the public cloud was estimated to be about $58 billion and is expected to grow to $72 billion this year.  At $36 billion in 2013, Software as a Service (SaaS) accounts for the largest portion of the public cloud market.James Staten, Forrester analyst, said that “public cloud platforms will rival traditional infrastructure deployments by 2020. The growth in use, maturity, and financial viability of public cloud platforms are proving their longstanding value as legitimate deployment options for enterprise applications. While not a one-for-one replacement for on-premise, hosting, or colocation, cloud platforms fit well as ideal deployment options for elastic and transient workloads built in modern application architectures.”While the Forrester report noted that the “Cloud will not take over the technology market but will become an increasingly large part of that market, especially as a complement to on-premises core transactional systems,”  Andrew Bartels, an analyst with Forrester, said that “you need to update your forecast to keep up with reality.  Now we have a new set of numbers to work with. One of the key trends behind this is that the cloud is starting to shift from a complement to a replacement for existing technology.”last_img read more

Get Advice From PMI PgMP® Credentialed Program Managers at Intel

Posted in hawtgbjn on December 9th, 2019

first_imgDid you know there is a globally recognized credential for program managers and six Intel employees currently have that unique designation? As of October 1st, 2007, PMI (Project Management Institute) has offered a PgMP® (Program Management Professional) credential.  As a project manager,  you may already have heard or have a PMP® (Project Management Professional) which globally recently passed over 400,000 PMP’s, the PgMP credential holders as of February 15th, 2011 are only 524.  Where according to PMI, the number of new PMP’s is 4000-5000 per month, the new PgMP’s average only a dozen per month. Given the experience requirements and the challenge to obtaining the PgMP, Intel makes a great demographic representation with six PgMP’s or 1.2% of the total.  Our PgMP’s are Bill Crider, Jeff Hodgkinson, Arvind Kejriwal, Charles Pettitt, Ravi Tipparaju, and Terri Williams.The PgMP® CredentialIn October 2007, the Project Management Institute (PMI) launched the Program Management Professional (PgMP®) credential. One of five ‘Family of Credentials’ offered by PMI, the PgMP® credential is intended to “recognize advanced experience, skill, and performance in the oversight of multiple related projects and their resources, aligned with an organizational objective”.  As with other credentials you submit an application and if you meet the experience and educational requirement, then take an exam. More information on the application process can be found at Program Management Professional (PgMP®) .Advice For Success from Intel PgMP’sFrom a survey conducted last year of 225 PgMP’s, the average time invested in the application and examination study preparation is 160 hours over a 5 month period from submittal of the application to completion of the MRA.  Below is some advice from Intel’s PgMPs. Jeff Hodgkinson, IT Senior Program Manager in Chandler, Arizona, was one of the first PgMP’s as part of a PMI pilot group and obtained the PgMP as at the time was an IT PMO Coach and wanted to be a role model for those PM’s he was coaching.  Jeff found the mapping of the program domains and tasks as PMI’s specified in the program standard was a challenge as at the time there was virtually no exam preparation material available.  Having since mentored several PgMP applicants, the best advice is to ensure the eight experience summary questions on the PgMP application are through and succinct using ‘SMART’ statements and that you identify twice the number of MRA respondents to ensure you meet the minimum # during the MRA evaluation phase.In ClosingPgMP’s at Intel have made the effort to distinguish themselves not only at Intel but globally in the program and project management community.  Have successfully maneuvered through the PgMP applicant process they are a resource for others at Intel who also seek to obtain the PgMP.  Obtaining the PgMP as with other globally recognized program and project credentials and certifications contributes to the quality and competency of Intel employees as now being perceived excellent program and project management expertise along with engineering expertise. Terri Williams, IT Program Manager in Hillsboro, Oregon, and one of the most recent PgMP’s at #508 obtained her PgMP to solidify her program and project management skills and enhance her professional standing.  Terri’s challenge was studying around an extremely busy work schedule that limited the amount of preparation time to complete the PgMP application and prepare for the exam.  She gives sound advice to PgMP applicants to manage the process of obtaining the PgMP it like a project; apply your program/project mgmt skills to help you achieve it.  If possible, take a PgMP exam prep course from an REP (PMI registered education provider) to help you focus on the key concepts and understand the PMI mindset for the exam.Arvind Kejriwal, IT Program Manager in Bangalore, India, and PgMP #324, desired to enhance his program management skills by having a structured Program Management education supporting his On-The-Job learning. Arvind ‘s motivation wanted to improve his professional standing in the PM Community.  He advises applicants to spend ample time filling in the application form particularly the 8 summary questions and the details of the Programs managed earlier. Review the form with others who have been through this process earlier.  His biggest challenge was self study as at the time there were no PgMP exam preparation courses in the APAC region.  The limited time a disposal to prepare for the exam can also be a big challenge. Bill Crider, IT Senior Program Manager in Austin, Texas, and is the 507th PgMP.  Bill’s advice to potential PMP or PgMP candidates is to seek large, complex projects and programs to manage. Go for the really interesting, high-impact work. Focus on performance and delivery basics, and keep good records of the time spent on each aspect of program and project management – these will be needed for the PMI application process. Also be sure to understand the differences between the ‘Intel way’ and the ‘PMI way.’ While we may use the ‘Intel way’ at work, you will need to completely understand the ‘PMI way’ for your application and testing. It is also important to tie your success to helping other people succeed. Take time to mentor and assist other PMs. True success is measured not by how much you do, but by how much you help other people accomplish their goals.center_img Ravi Tipparaju, Engineering Manager in Bangalore, India, and the 140th person to obtain the PgMP did so to enhance his professional qualifications.  His biggest challenge was understand program management process from PMI and map them to how we manage programs at Intel.  His advice to PgMP applicants is to be persistent about obtaining the PgMP because of 3 step process involved. Understanding the process and having a clear learning plan will help a lot. Charles Pettitt, IT Program/Project Manager in, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, is the 367th PgMP.  Charles likes the global standardization for program management that the PgMP is setting and advises to get advice/mentoring from current PgMP’s to ensure all your bases are covered. He suggests you also do due diligence in understanding PMI’s definition of Program Management and the role of a Program Manager within an organization, It will most likely differ in many respects from the company you are currently employed by.last_img read more

Mobile World Congress: Blurring the Lines of the Data Center and the Network

Posted in hawtgbjn on December 9th, 2019

first_imgThe world of mobile has descended on Barcelona with an expected 90K+ executives assembled at MWC 2015.  Many conversations here focus on the latest mobile gadgets and the advent of 5G, the 5th generation mobile network expected to reach final specifications in 2019 in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  What 5G will bring to our devices is still not fully understood, but what is known today is that users’ insatiable demand for data-rich experiences continues its ascent.  Today, the average mobile user is consuming 2GB of data monthly, a doubling of usage within the last 12 months alone, and this data usage is pushing back-end networks from the network core to edge to innovate at an unprecedented pace. With Netflix already representing over a third of downstream internet traffic in the US, 2015 will represent the first year where we’ll stream more content from the Internet than consume from broadcast television.  Telco providers are facing this scaling user demand as well as new network traffic driven by the Internet of Things and new competition as the arenas of telecom and cloud services become further blurred. The pressure to innovate the core network to keep pace with demand has never been more acute. Networking equipment vendors used to gather at the edges of MWC vs. their mobile device and provider customers, but since the industry began buzzing with the concepts of Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) a few years ago, the innovation in core networking equipment has taken its rightful place at center stage.  At focus is virtualization of the telecommunications network enabling telco providers to deliver new service capabilities far more nimbly than they can with traditional telecom solutions.  Where 2014’s MWC event was focused on the first proof of concept tests of NFV solutions, 2015 is focused on delivery of initial products for implementation across the network.  Today, I spoke to Steve Shaw, Director of Service Provider Marketing at Juniper Networks, about their vMX 3D Universal Edge Routers, and he pointed out that NFV enables telcos to deploy routing technology in places that the sophistication of routing would historically not reach.  This embeds greater intelligence across the network and provides more insight to the provider on real time network traffic data helping to improve service capability.  In talking to Steve, I also heard what would become a continual refrain from all of my conversations today – a demonstrated commitment for broad industry collaboration to bring these solutions to market.  Steve noted the critical importance for both east west and north south interoperability and the strategic role that orchestration software plays in connecting solutions from across the industry. NFV is also driving broad industry innovation within virtual base stations (vBS), the devices that connect mobile users to the network edge.  By virtualizing a base station, providers are better able to address frequency issues and improve network performance and coverage capabilities to users while providing infrastructure on efficient, Intel architecture based platforms.  While vBS solutions were initially targeted for Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) environments, many vendors are looking at in-building and distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions as initial beach head markets.  Imagine the rich media experience of the 21st century stadium environment, today often limited by access overload of too many mobile users in a confined physical space.  vBS promises to address this issue ensuring that coverage can more efficiently scale based on real time usage demand.  Here, broad industry innovation is also present.  I spoke to Eran Bello, VP of Products and Marketing for Israeli startup Asocs, today about their vBS solutions and he highlighted the acute interest in urban deployments for Asocs products and the importance of broad industry collaboration embracing of open standards to ensure delivery in the market. And talking about blurred lines, Ericsson shook up the tech industry today with the announcement of new NFV fueled platforms to help telcos take their infrastructure hyperscale.  Based on Intel’s RackScale Architecture and integrated open orchestration capabilities, Ericsson’s offering will help telco operators utilize software defined infrastructure to help them compete with their cloud provider counterparts.  I spoke with Howard Wu, Head of Product Line for Cloud Hardware and Infrastructure at Ericsson, and he stated it was the company’s 139 year history in building relationships with customers that will make this venture a success given that technology innovation takes partnership and trust to result in deployment. May sure to checkout  all my interviews from MWC Day 1 and check back tomorrow for more insights from Barcelona.last_img read more