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Network virtualization will force us to architect intelligent networks

One key area of network intelligence is its role as the front-end, or virtualization engine, for many IT resources. An illustration of this concept is the firewall service modules available in certain switches and routers, whereby users can establish virtual contact for different types of connectivity with different rule sets and different security capabilities. Previously, those services would have been handled individually by stand-alone appliances. Now, they're embedded within the core fabric of the network and can be addressed in a virtual way. This can also be accomplished with network architectures that combine different capabilities, functions and features, and other certain appliance-based services to make them function as one.

A second area is transformation. The intelligent network is no longer just moving packets of information from point A to point B. Now, in certain cases, the network infrastructure can actually transform the data as it moves through the environment, eliminating the need for this process to take place in an application environment and improving upon the approach historically addressed with middleware. For example, intelligent networks can enable a manufacturer to handle order fulfillment from two large retail chains, each of which has varied and multiple legacy protocols for their specific, individual transactions. This process was typically addressed through middleware, but the intelligent network can analyze traffic flow and customer requirements to effectively and accurately manage information from each retail chain


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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
we're the survivors


we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




*osedax(bone devourer, newly discovered marine genus) feeds on a fallen(sunken) whale carcass(which is also called a whale fall). Read more here