Internet News Round-Up: Decentralizing the Web, Network Automation & the MPLS Killer

PublishedAug 23, 2021BySubspace Team
In recent weeks, internet news has highlighted how online gaming is fueling network innovation and dug into the battle for superiority between SD-WAN and MPLS.
We’ve also seen continued conversations about how NFT’s are set to change the (virtual) world, plus the need to decentralize the internet—stoked by the increase in large-scale internet outages.
Plus, we’ve come across an in-depth podcast looking at the latest trends around network automation, from the rise in demand for skills to the areas where automation still needs to make headway.
Let’s take a closer look…
From: NASDAQ Read Time: 4 minutes
The volume of large-scale internet outages seems only to be increasing and is a stark reminder of the inherent fragility of our over-centralized internet infrastructure, says Angie Maguire, Head of Marketing for Protocol Labs.
Maguire points out that the internet was originally designed to be decentralized and fault-resistant and explains that we need to focus on returning to a more distributed infrastructure rather than relying on just a few companies where single points of failure can result in sweeping outages.
From: Network World Read Time: 5 minutes
Adoption of software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is rising as telecommuting grows and more applications move to the cloud. Many vendors are positioning this technology as a multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) killer, but is this really the case?
The reality is that both these technologies have a place in the networking world. Which of them is better for your network depends on cost, the demands of mission-critical apps, and the need for centralized management.
For example, MPLS guarantees fast and reliable packet delivery, making it ideal for high-performance or real-time applications, while the potential benefits of SD-WAN include lower costs and improved network reliability and flexibility.
This article looks at the advantages and disadvantages of each technology, guiding readers on how to design a network that offers the best price and/or performance.
From: Capacity Read Time: 3 minutes
VC firm Telstra Ventures sees the potential of a new era of start-ups focused on gaming infrastructure such as network tech, AI/ML, security, and payment, and is investing in companies like Subspace.
An estimated 2.7bn people worldwide now play online games, each expecting a flawless experience. One of the challenges for developers and publishers, therefore, is ensuring fast, resilient networks and global infrastructure to fight against lag—a gamer’s biggest nemesis.
This is driving technological advancements around network infrastructure such as Subspace’s solutions, which dramatically improve latency times and local network performance.
From: PacketPushers Listen Time: 49 minutes
In this podcast, hosts Scott Lowe and Ethan Banks dive deep into the latest network automation trends, discussing the impact of the cloud on networking technology and the growth in demand for network automation skills. This is being backed up by a number of related certifications, including Cisco’s DevNet and AWS’ Advanced Networking Specialty.
The duo also chats about the areas where network automation is making headway, such as the fully virtualized data center, as well as those where it’s lagging behind. These include AI and ML and standardization—especially standardized APIs.
They wrap up by sharing their network automation tool/framework recommendations, which include Python, PyCharm, Ansible, GitHub, and GitLab, noting that by embracing automation, network engineers can free themselves up to work on higher-value tasks such as increasing network resilience, connectivity, or security.
From: Subspace Read Time: 16 minutes
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are going to change the world. The fundamental technology behind NFTs and exploding use cases point to a booming economy, a transformed gaming landscape, and radical new fashions and collectibles that just might entice a billion users into the metaverse.
By enabling people to express their individualism and even buy virtual plots of land, they’re going to be the key to the development of our future online worlds.

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