Paul Parker-Johnson

Principal Analyst

Contact: pj@acgcc.com
Office: +1.978.387.8023


Role: Responsible for Software-Defined Networking, Cloud Computing, Data Center syndicated and consulting division


Experience: 30+ years in in the telecom industry

Paul Parker-Johnson is ACG’s chief analyst and research lead into the combination of cloud, IoT, analytics and AI in the broadly emerging field of digital enablement. This work considers innovations in each of the related categories, and analyzes their impact on use cases in industrial, commercial, consumer and public sector environments.  Special emphasis is placed on the economic impact of the developments in the digital operations of each sector. The impact of innovations on each sector’s domains (user and access, connecting transport network, distributed cloud, analytics, and AI solutions) as well as their relevance in the aggregate to decision making in both operational and strategic contexts are analyzed.

PJ brings a long record of contribution to innovations in both computing and communications to his work.  From his starting point in designing and implementing high performance transaction processing systems in the New York financial sector with IBM in the late 1970s his interests led him into designing networks for distributed computing in both enterprise and service provider environments with BBN Communications (Bolt, Beranek and Newman) in Cambridge, Mass. During the next decade he researched and designed solutions using both proprietary and open protocols (including Arpanet, X.25, Frame Relay, ATM and development of the industry’s original IP protocol stack).  Joining Cisco as a result of its acquisition of BBN’s LightStream unit in 1995 he took part in evolving Cisco’s core IP routing product line, including the introduction of ASIC-based label switching into packet transport networks using MPLS. His focus evolved into cloud computing environments with the widening commercialization of virtual computing in the early 2000s.  In this process he joined Juniper Networks and took part in developing and delivering solutions for overlay virtual networking in private and hybrid clouds, for high performance physical switching and routing in data center environments, and the introduction of virtualized networking functions into service provider environments of various types (beginning with early implementations of virtualized CPE and evolving into additional classes of VNFs). 

Having worked on solution developments in these categories for over 30 years brought his deep interests in industry transformations and their impact to ACG’s research team in 2014, developing the firm’s practice in cloud, virtual system infrastructures and SDN as they evolved.  Based on the industry’s progress in both cloud and distributed networking in that time he has begun working on their continuing fusion (in distributed, hybrid clouds) and their integration with industrial and other IoT, with support from machine learning, analytics and AI in creating more fully unified digital operations.  This work envisions a union of contributing technologies across their deployment domains into intelligent composable fabrics that dynamically enable their managers to achieve the most effective outcomes possible given the state of the art and the dimensions of the solutions they have deployed.  In this work he performs not only his own research, but collaborates with other ACG principals in the areas of AI, automation, distributed cloud, mobility and wireless, intelligent transport networking (both packet and optical), vertical sector applications, and economic and business case analysis. 

The work is supported by original research into each domain, primary survey research with stakeholders, evaluations of architectural and technological developments, economic and business case analyses, and market modeling in each of the related domains.

 

 


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Jan. 28, 2020

Paul Parker-Johnson, Practice Lead Cloud Virtual Systems Infrastructure, ACG Research, gives the opening address (sponsored by Layer123) at the SDN + NFV World Congress in the Hague, which focused on business case considerations in adopting SD-WAN solutions.[embed]https://youtu.be/Nha-io1ZTNk[/embed ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Mobile network traffic is expected to increase 45% annually with video representing 60% of all mobile traffic. To meet the demand, networks will need to be intelligently and cost effectively scaled for secure services delivery, especially the Gi-LAN. As volumes grow, the number of concurrent users, ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

In the past two to three years we have experienced a surge in creative efforts and developments producing the components needed for SPs’ networks to become as agile and efficient as the cloud applications they support. ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Operators need more agile ways to deliver network services if they’re to fully realize the benefits of cloud computing. And many see Carrier Software-Defined Networking as the way forward. ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Disaggregated, modular, mix and match, open, these are the sound bites of the emerging white box and open software ecosystems. Will they define the architectural thinking used throughout our information-driven world moving forward? ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Paul Parker-Johnson catches up with Nuage Networks on the strengths of their new Virtualized Networking Services Solution. Find out what he has to say. ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Accelerating time to deployment, enabling differentiation, achieving policy continuity for services and applications from the endpoint to the cloud, and streamlining operations with the same automation and elastic system architecture at every key point in a network deployment aspirations widely purs ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

WANs using SDN are getting tighter integration with cloud providers' XaaS platforms by putting APIs into their SDNs to interact with cloud management systems and automatically adapt network policies to cloud services' needs.  With SDN operators could make their WANs (VPNs, for example) work as ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

ACI is an important step forward in unifying physical and virtual resources and improving application experiences Among the most important requirements in delivering superior application experiences as the industry transitions to an increasingly virtualized environment is accomplishing tighter inte ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

The OpenStack Foundation has established a bold mission: to harness the cloud community's many talents in developing a robust, open and agile software suite that supports cloud computing in a wide variety of environments, including public, private and hybrid clouds. Read more. For more informa ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

It is a well-established goal for service providers to maximize their agility in creating services and at the same time increase their efficiency and reduce the marginal costs of scaling. This is true for cloud and media and mobile and residential and social networking and the Internet of Things and ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Among the cloud’s great promises are the lure of unmatched agility and scale delivering IT applications and services. Along with these great promises the cloud’s early days have also seen challenges handling governance of applications as they stretch dynamically across their virtualized in ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

While the potential benefits of running IT services in the cloud are clear, there are still important challenges to overcome before the full promise of elastic clouds can be realized. The nature of these challenges varies -- affecting cloud networks, compute resources and storage -- and perhaps the ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Many steps are available for cloud providers to take to enhance their platforms' efficiency and scale. I mention three techniques here that have great upsides and are possible in a number of different platform environments. Of course, the exact method of deployment and the types of outcomes an opera ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Many public cloud offerings require that existing applications be extensively re-architected to run on their infrastructure. If providers offer hybrid cloud services, does this take away the need for customers to re-architect? The answer is sometimes yes, sometimes no. Let's take a look at an exampl ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

The Linux Foundation just announced the formation of a new open source development project intended to harness contributions from a wide range of cloud and networking industry participants to accelerate development of a consistently structured framework for software-defined networks or SDNs. This an ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Today’s cloud-based services, while clearly ground-breaking, still have important gaps to fill, such as in the reliability and integrity of their service delivery infrastructures, or the degree of automation they use for activating and managing services, before the full promise of the cloud can be a ...