This week’s top story picks from the Kentik team.

This week in networking news, GE, HPE and LinkedIn are just a few of the companies pushing for open data center designs via the launch of a new nonprofit. Meanwhile, researchers are pushing for a way for first responders to have faster internet access during emergency situations. Facebook’s Telecom Infrastructure Project is aiming to disrupt the $350 billion market. And 451 Research is forecasting the data platforms and analytics market will reach $138.5 billion by 2021. 

Here are those stories and more:

  • GE, HPE Launch Nonprofit to Support Open Data Center Designs (ZDNet)
    New nonprofit Open19 Foundation was launched this week by notable companies like GE, HPE and LinkedIn. According to the organization’s website, its mission will be to provide “an industry specification that defines a cross-industry common server form factor, creating a flexible and economic data center and edge solution for operators of all sizes.”
  • Team Creates High-Speed Internet Lane for Emergency Situations (Phys.org)
    Emergency situations and natural disasters can disrupt networks with huge spikes of traffic. For first responders and crisis managers, quickly sharing critical information during these times can be nearly impossible. That’s why researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology created the Multi Node Label Routing protocol, a new network protocol for “a faster and more reliable way to send and receive large amounts of data through the internet.”
  • Verizon Asks FCC to Eliminate Annual International Traffic, Revenues Reporting (FierceTelecom)
    The FCC tracks international network traffic and revenue reports on an annual basis. The purpose is so that the government can benchmark and monitor rates. However, Verizon says the process is too “burdensome.” That’s why they’re asking the FCC to eliminate these reports.
  • Inside Facebook’s Plan to Eat the $350B Telecom Market (Business Insider)
    Facebook’s Telecom Infrastructure Project is aiming to disrupt the $350 billion market. It’s all part of the social media giant’s mission to “make the world more open and connected,” according to reports. Rightfully so, as it already has support from industry heavyweights like Equinix, Orange and Telia. Axel Clauberg, a VP for Technology Innovation at Deutsche Telekom weighed in to say, “Decades ago, hardware and communications engineers went to the telecom companies to build amazing new things, like mobile networks. Then they went to the tech companies like Cisco to build the tech that created the internet. Today, they are going directly to the internet companies like Google and Facebook and creating new hardware so they don’t have to rely on the vendors.”
  • How IoT, 5G & NFV Will Impact Data Center Infrastructure (Light Reading)
    Data center operators need to prepare for the incoming data generated by IoT, 5G and NFV, according to industry analyst Roz Roseboro. How can the operators stay ahead? “Automation will allow operators to move faster, but they cannot afford to do so recklessly,” advises Roseboro. “They will need to continue to be disciplined in their testing, leveraging the increased visibility and analytics capabilities of next-generation service assurance and monitoring systems.”
  • 451 Research Predicts Total Data Market to Reach $138.5B by 2021 (451 Research)
    Last but certainly not least, 451 Research this week is predicting the “Total Data” market, which consists of data analytics and data platforms, will reach $138.5 billion by 2021. The analysts’ forecast is based on analysis from a sample size of 336 relevant vendors.
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