ArchiTECHt Daily: Webscale companies are targeting wireless infrastructure

There was a spate of announcements on Monday coming out of Mobile World Congress, about how Google, F
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ArchiTECHt Daily: Webscale companies are targeting wireless infrastructure
By ARCHITECHT • Issue #26
There was a spate of announcements on Monday coming out of Mobile World Congress, about how Google, Facebook and their webscale peers are helping telcos improve their infrastructure. Sometimes, companies are just flat-out building stuff for/with carriers, such as backhaul networks and software-defined networking platforms, and other times they’re leading consortia to help improve carrier infrastructure at scale. This is not a space I have been following too closely, so I’ll try not to speculate too much about what it all means. 
What I assume, though, is that aside from simply adding new smartphone users and helping users take advantage of more parts of their services, web companies building out wireless infrastructure are also motivated by the Internet of Things and the impending rollback of Net Neutrality. 
On the tech side, they want to ensure that wireless networks can handle new features such as pervasive video, AR/VR and whatever other higher-bandwidth services come down the pike. On the business side, these companies need to ensure they’re not held hostage by carriers on legacy smartphone platforms, or as users fire up more devices that require a cellular connection.
Here are the stories that caught my eye. :
If you have insights or ideas on this topic, I’d love to hear them.

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Around the web: Cloud and infrastructure
Maybe Cisco should buy a container company, too ;-) AppDynamics could be a nice business, but ceding workloads wholly to clouds, and then “managing them,” doesn’t seem like a recipe for success.
This is a deep dive into Alibaba’s cloud business, which appears to be growing fast. When I was in China several years ago, though, nobody was too excited about what Alibaba had built; they were dying for access to AWS.
Speaking of AWS, its new Time to Live feature seems useful. Users can give data an expiration date, and the system will purge it when the time comes.
These are not as much fun as hearing about sharks chewing through underwater cables, but if you’re into Site Reliability Engineering, these are some good anecdotes and best practices.
This is a summary of a podcast featuring Mat Ellis of Cloudability, where serverless was a big topic of conversation. He predicts the next small team to sell for billions will run on a serverless platform.
Black Duck Software highlights its favorite open source startups across a number of areas, including containers, deep learning, SDN and big data.
People do love the idea of hybrid cloud. Nimble needs to hope they’re still willing to buy software from a company without an open source foundation.
And to think SQL was supposed to die a few years ago. 
Around the web: Artificial intelligence
It has the cloud, it has the intelligent assistant APIs, now Microsoft just needs a better hardware platform for Cortana to really compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home
This is an interesting service, DeepMind Health Streams, that was announced in November and has been in trials since. It seems less like AI and more like real-time data at the moment, but I’d guess that will change.
Another system to summarize meetings and make CRM better using NLP. A really smart product would know to skip the parts of the meeting no suitable for inclusion in any notes.
In this case, it’s talking about its Alt-Text service for visually impaired users. Basically, this is a reminder that while AI has led to great advances, it still has to be delivered in a way that’s usable.
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