Why we need a new approach to network energy efficiency

| March 11, 2020

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Our recent report about breaking the energy curve offers a blueprint for service providers to evolve their networks towards nationwide 5G while lowering energy consumption. In doing so, service providers can achieve something which historically has never happened before. They can finally break the network energy curve. Today’s mobile networks already consume a considerable amount of energy at a global energy cost of USD 25 billion. As we move ahead into 5G, the energy stakes look set to get even higher.

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A historic data center quarter with over 15% of servers running on AMD

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Why Arista Networks Is Buying Big Switch Networks

Article | August 10, 2021

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Article | August 10, 2021

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The tool to improve AI transparency has arrived: AI Registers

Article | August 10, 2021

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