Jon Gold

Senior Writer

Jon Gold covers IoT and wireless networking for Network World. He can be reached at jon_gold@idg.com.

What is Open RAN?

What is Open RAN?

Standards for cellular radio-access networks known as Open RAN could make deployment of 5G and other cellular networks less expensive and result in faster innovation of features and services.

5G base stations could be powered by lasers

5G base stations could be powered by lasers

PowerLight Technologies has teamed up with Ericsson to power up a 5G base station using a laser system rather than a wired electrical connection, which could lead to faster 5G deployments.

Sweet-spot spectrum for enterprise 5G is growing, but slowly

Sweet-spot spectrum for enterprise 5G is growing, but slowly

The FCC is auctioning off more bandwidth for carriers to deliver the best of 5G, perhaps not at the rate service providers and their corporate customers want.

Ananki startup tries to simplify private 5G

The ONF’s newest commercial arm is a move to showcase the group’s open standards for 5G technology.

Gartner: SD-WAN, SASE biggest drivers of WAN edge infrastructure

More and more WANs live on the Internet, according to the latest market report.

Report: The chip shortage's next victim is data-center switching

Report: The chip shortage's next victim is data-center switching

Dell’Oro Group says robust data-center switch sales over the past year could foretell a looming shortage.

What is firewall as a service?

What is firewall as a service?

Virtualizing physical appliances is just one part of the equation.

Private 5G as a service is now a thing

Private 5G as a service is now a thing

Japanese carrier NTT is bringing a new offering to the US: P5G, its name for setting up private 5G networks for enterprises.

Feds' demand for software standards could boost enterprise security

Feds' demand for software standards could boost enterprise security

An executive order issued in May by the Biden Administration has elevated the status of the software bill of materials, by mandating their use in federal government contracting.

Wi-Fi 6E: Don’t let hype push you off your refresh cycle

Wi-Fi 6E: Don’t let hype push you off your refresh cycle

The promise of Wi-Fi in the 6GHz band is undeniable, but experts agree that, for now, it’s rarely worth deviating from your usual Wi-Fi refresh cycle.

IoT startup makes battery-free sensors

IoT startup makes battery-free sensors

Everactive combines very low power requirements with electricity generated from ambient energy to make IoT sensors that need no batteries.

What is edge computing and why does it matter?

What is edge computing and why does it matter?

With deployments of IoT devices and the arrival of 5G fast wireless, placing compute, storage, and analytics close to where data is created is making the case for edge computing.

A startup makes IoT sensors, no batteries necessary

A startup makes IoT sensors, no batteries necessary

Using indoor solar, thermal-gradients, and vibrations, Everactive IoT sensors power themselves without the cost of batteries and the expense of replacing them when they die.

Open-source: Get SLAs to protect network apps with open-source components

Open-source: Get SLAs to protect network apps with open-source components

Open-source code in commercial network software can mean that when flaws are found by open-source project teams, fixes don’t make it to the commercial products.

Aruba Wi-Fi 6E access point to launch this fall

Aruba Wi-Fi 6E access point to launch this fall

Aruba’s AP 635 will support the 6GHz spectrum that doubles the space previously designated for unlicensed wireless by the FCC.

‘FragAttack’ flaws threaten Wi-Fi, but not too seriously

‘FragAttack’ flaws threaten Wi-Fi, but not too seriously

A set of vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi’s basic design offers a long-standing and widespread threat vector, but the probability of compromise remains low.

VMware picks an in-house exec for its new CEO

VMware picks an in-house exec for its new CEO

VMware's incoming CEO Raghu Raghuram is considered an experienced technologist who helped shape VMware’s strategy and is expected to stick to it.

Tech employers focus on training for IT pros

Tech employers focus on training for IT pros

Report: Large enterprises are looking toward robust hiring and developing skills for IT teams this year.

Red Hat buttresses edge features in RHEL 8.4

Red Hat buttresses edge features in RHEL 8.4

New features in Red Hat’s latest enterprise Linux release emphasize the company’s focus on edge computing.

Organizations need to patch Pulse Secure VPNs

Organizations need to patch Pulse Secure VPNs

Vulnerabilities in Pulse Connect Secure VPN software have reportedly been exploited by attackers, some believed linked to China, to compromise networks.

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