In recent years, utility plant owners have been investigating opportunities and strategies to bring intelligence into substations to enable smart grid paradigm. In a typical digitalized substation, it is obvious to see robust embedded computing gateways with high-performance compute, networking and storage have been integrated to enable control and monitoring of substations. Intelligent HMIs (human-machine interfaces) terminals and protocol-authenticating servers are used to enable communications. All these have contributed to the increasing complexity and footprint of SCADA management in substations.

In order to accommodate the escalating growth of data on the Internet, the networking infrastructure has undergone a revolutionizing transformation to redefine network compute and topology, in order to enhance bandwidth and reduce latency, while keeping operational expense in check. Meanwhile, the trends of IoT/IIoT, 5G, edge cloud and MEC (multi-access edge computing) have driven enterprises to migrate applications from the cloud to the edge. However, some edge computing devices are still based on traditional hardware will one day be inadequate to enable or maintain multi-Tbps QoE (quality of experience) and QoS (quality of service), and eventually additional expenses will arise. Thus, enterprises shall seek long-run, programmable instead of fixed interconnect technologies to enable intelligent and high-performance network traffic for MEC infrastructure.

The growing use of mobile devices at work has contributed to the transformation of enterprise networks. One of the first dynamic trend was BYOD (bring your own device) as this concept offered significant economical benefits for enterprises. However, there are security and compatibility challenges. Therefore, VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) has emerged to address new challenges in enterprise networking.

Hyperscalability enables seamless system resource management, provisioning and distribution by integrating networking and compute resources in a software-defined system. A healthy and robust system must be built on such hyperscalability in order to combine storage, compute, and virtualization layers of an infrastructure into a single system architecture.

With the fast-evolving pace of today’s networking landscape, organizations are seeking more economical and efficient ways to deliver their applications and services to their targets. Indeed, application delivery has drastically changed in its forms since the widespread of smart mobile devices. Therefore, organizations have to enhance the centralized management in their data centers in order to cope with the ever-rising in bandwidth demand without excessive expenses.

Telehealth has been on the momentum in the healthcare sector and the related technologies have attracted increased attentions. According to survey data from renowned health research institutions, there were nearly 7 million people who experienced telehealth technology in 2016, and the number is still on the rise. It is believed that telehealth can improve clinical benefits, particular for individuals with chronic conditions, disability or residence in remote areas.

A county government serving more than 4000 daily patrons in more than 18 public libraries set out to provide high-speed Internet service so that the patrons would be able to use the access for researching and information sharing. The computing hardware involved ranges from laptops and desktop computers to mobile devices such as tablets and cell phones. With the deployment of such Internet access comes with the need for an Internet filtering system.