Intel has seen the light. I’m not talking light at the end of the tunnel here, because it can’t be said of Intel that it’s scrambling its way forward. It’s more like the light of revelation. What it saw were the myriads of power-on LEDs, like a constellation in the night sky, lighting up the data centres of hyper-scalers Amazon and Google. The cosmic dawn took a long time coming. Intel’s epiphany moment has arrived in rather less time.
Lately, I’ve been reading about what some people are calling ‘no stack’ start-ups. What on earth is that, you might ask.
Interestingly, the label seems to mean that instead of an emerging company trying to build everything it needs from the ground up, it should focus on its core competence and use third party services for the underlying functions and technologies it needs. It seems to fit very well with the popularity of entrepreneurship and the “faster, ever faster” time to market demands of the 21st century.
Media servers have played an important role in enabling many of the real-time – and non-real-time – telecommunications applications with which we are all familiar. Those interactive applications include many things we take for granted. They include network announcements (e.g., the ‘speaking clock’), voicemail, IVR, unified messaging (which has morphed into unified communications), and outbound diallers (think campaigns and collections).
A couple of months ago, I wrote this blog about the demise of the PSTN. I wrote that people have been forecasting such an event for many years now; well over a decade.
That post was prompted by lots of pertinent news activity in Europe over the last 12 months or so. The newswires reported several telecom operators, including Deutsche Telekom, announcing their intention to terminate ISDN access.