Head of Product Marketing, Software Business Unit
Rhonda leads software solutions marketing for Fujitsu telecommunications network automation teams, collaborating deeply with global product line management and CI/CD teams. With over 25 years in high-tech, Rhonda has worked on multiple on-premise and cloud software solutions. In the Fujitsu network businesses, that includes network automation and artificial intelligence for 5G+, WDM, OTN, and Packet technologies. Beyond mobile transport and layer 0-3 software-defined networking, Rhonda has worked with middleware, IT systems management, supply chain management software, customer relationship management software, and mainframe and distributed databases, with a heavy emphasis on Go-To-Market, pricing, and licensing models that fit every customer’s unique needs.
Beyond her professional roles, Rhonda is a third-generation beekeeper and an intense advocate for using technology and equipment to help those with neuromuscular diseases. If you are interested in how one non-profit is guiding this mission, please visit http://www.teamgleason.org/.
Enabling Automation, Multivendor Integration, and Cloud-Native Optimization with O-RAN SMO and Intelligent Control
Manual processes are time-consuming and susceptible to errors, contributing to the time they take to complete. And that was before accommodating all the moving parts in next-generation mobile networks like centralized radio access networks (C-RAN), virtualized RAN (V-RAN), mobile edge computing (MEC), and the cloud. Automating RAN improvements and optimization The O-RAN SMO (Service Management and Orchestration)
The importance of O-RAN Open Fronthaul Specification If we are to believe certain prominent wireless vendors, the idea of opening up the radio access network (RAN) is novel and untested. They say open networking in the RAN won’t be ready for hardened commercial use for another five to ten years. They warn that to safeguard
According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), global mobile data traffic, including Machine-to-Machine (M2M) traffic, is expected to grow to 607 Exabytes (EBs) per month by 2025, climbing to 5016 EB per month by 2030. To meet demand and manage proportionate growth in network complexities and data volume, network operators are exploring new virtualization technologies
Recently, I had the pleasure of joining RCR Wireless News Managing Editor Catherine Sbeglia Nin on her technology podcast where women do the explaining, “Well, technically…” We talked about building digital muscles, how digital transformation has changed and accelerated in the era of COVID-19, and why now is an exciting time to be working in
Data centers, central offices, and enterprise campuses all over the world make up “the cloud.” Public and private cloud configurations with compute, storage, and networking capabilities are provided by distributed physical servers, networking equipment, and software. Whether it’s physical, virtual, on-premises, in a distant data center, or a hybrid mix of all of the above,
I read an interesting article from Gartner recently. I found it so interesting I decided to do something I don’t often do, which is write about how marketing can impact the B2B sales process—especially with regard to wireline and wireless networks. This story is going to take the long way around the barn, so I
by Rhonda Holloway As we know all too well, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on how we live and work, causing repercussions that will be felt for many years to come. What’s not obvious, however, is where we go from here. We are now experiencing a critical inflection point. As businesses worldwide
Video Transcript: Networks are under more and more pressure as the needs and expectations for connected communications get more complicated and demanding. That means providers need new ways to make their networks perform better. Not just with more capacity and higher speeds but by making them more resilient, faster to operate, easier to fix and
Early in the pandemic, organizations were pushed to find solutions to new business problems, literally overnight. Many companies amped up their online operations, deploying chatbots, conversational AI, and virtual customer service assistants to handle the deluge of online service requests that replaced face-to-face interactions. Two years in, it’s obvious that automated online customer service is here
It does. It can be easy to conflate service orchestration with turn-up, testing, configuration, control, management, and even the broader category of network automation itself. It’s fairer to describe service orchestration as a subset of all of the above. However, when the DevOps and cloud connector teams start talking about service choreography, it’s vitally important
The optical network “disaggregation conversation” has evolved steadily over the past ten years. Starting with “that’s nuts,” consensus moved through “maybe we’ll try it in the lab” to “how much disaggregation can we tolerate right now?” This is because the new service types made possible by rapid adoption of 5G, IOT, and cloud technologies have
Digital collaboration has never been more commonplace—or more critical. In the new world of “remote everything,” the wholesale transformation communications service providers (CSPs) have been talking about for years is finally here. We’ve gone from “nice to have” 4K streaming for sports and gaming enthusiasts, to “must have” bandwidth and reliable connectivity for everyone, on
Well-connected clouds with frameworks architected for hyperconverged digital infrastructure create a critical need for network intelligence in Layers 0-3. Insights and remediation related to slowdowns, degradations and failures in remote network elements inevitably cascade into major usability problems at customer endpoints, setting off alarm storms all along the way. As a result, modern applications running
The Core Network is Ready for Automation: Planning, Designing and Managing Converged Network Traffic
The pandemic has changed network traffic patterns worldwide. Even as we hoped for a two-to-four week disruption, the crisis has stretched many months beyond what most of us could imagine. It’s officially safe to say that this is the new normal. While communities are trying to figure out exactly what that means for them, Communications
As service providers explore the meaning of digital transformation and cloudification, an exciting range potential innovations is emerging. With so many ideas to choose from, it’s smart to prioritize cloud integrated solutions that create customer value. From digital customer engagements to data-driven insights and productivity innovations, cloud capable solutions must be top priority for successful digital transformation.
Automation and Operations in the Modern Network: Bridging the Gap Between Legacy and Digital Infrastructure
In terms of network automation, we’re beyond removing manual tasks, speeding up production, and improving service quality. In the face of complex mesh network architectures, automated network slicing with guaranteed SLAs, as well as real-time spectrum and resource management, automation has become a foundational capability that is required for sheer survivability in basic network operations.
By Kevin Dunsmore, with Rhonda Holloway The Virtuora® Product Suite is a collection of software products that makes network management a breeze. A distinct advantage of the Virtuora™ software platform is its use of YANG models. These models are unique in that when someone tweaks a part of the model, the associated REST/RESTCONF is automatically
Mobile broadband connections will account for almost 70% of the global base by 2020. The new types of services those customers consume will drive a tenfold increase in data traffic by 2019. At this rate, most of the world will be mobile, with “mobile” expectations. The “cloud” has become synonymous with mobility and is matching customers
The Virtuora Path Computation application is part of the Fujitsu Virtuora Product Suite for software-defined networking. The product suite is based on a modular architecture designed for simplicity, control, and extreme flexibility. The suite includes a network controller (Virtuora NC) with supporting applications that deliver services to market faster and more competitively. The Virtuora Path
One of the most popular statistics cited for technology diffusion and the associated hyper-accelerated increase in technology adoption is the so-called “Angry Birds” Internet meme. The premise is this: it took the telephone 75 years to get to 50 million users, but it took the Angry Birds gaming application 35 days. A quick google fact