Soft Edge and Hard Core

Om Malik wrote about George Gilder: “Gilder summed it up nicely today when he said, “we discussed dumb networks. dumber than a Peter Farelli movie.” Apparently he and David Isenberg disagreed about the future. Isenberg called for the stupid network. “I opted for dumb networks. optics is indifferent to QoS and content and what you do with the damn bandwidth,” Gilder said. “This means that the intelligence has to be on the edge. Skype is accomplished by intelligence on the edge, and IQ on the center actually obstructs.” His argument, Skype circumvents in the smarts of the networks. Skype is extending this model to video, video conferencing etc and that depend on intelligence on the edge. Gilder made a persuasive argument, and pointed out that the networks are softening on the edge, and hardening on the core. In other words, smart software on the edge and hardware managing and running the network.”

An interesting comment by Goldberg summed it up nicely: soft(ware) edge and hard(ware) core. That’s how we should look at the network computer-grid computing Emergic vision also.

Goldberg wrote about Asterisk, which Asterisk is “a complete PBX in software that runs on Linux and provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX and more, does voice over IP in three protocols, and can interoperate with almost all standards-based telephony equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware. [It] is a perfect example of the trend that will produce a lot of interesting software-centric innovation in the telecommunication space.”

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.