Extreme: The second season of the Inflection Points podcast is coming!

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Inflection Points are back! The second season is almost here! We’re about to dive into an in-depth look at the technology that’s set to change our lives over the next five to fifty years. We’re going to talk about robots, drones, avatars and virtual reality and…wait a second…aren’t we a networking company? Aren’t we here to talk about computer networks?

Well, we are. Because the fastest growing technology that changes our lives almost always requires a corporate network.

This is not discussed enough. There is an interesting gap in global enterprise networks that everyone in the industry faces: typically, the person managing the backend systems is not necessarily the person using the services provided by the network. For example, you go to a cafe and get the Wi-Fi password and a cafe – you bought the cafe, and it’s yours, but it’s the wired and wireless network infrastructure chain that got you provided Wi-Fi. This is a common approach at your workplace or school. You buy the smartphone, but the phone company operates the 5G cellular network. An Internet Service Provider (ISP) provides fiber to the business enterprise. The business enterprise maintains a cloud-managed dial-up network and Wi-Fi connection for access. etc

This means that all kinds of people have ideas and intentions about how to use the networks in the years to come, and not just to sell you more coffee or cell phone plans.

Global networking companies like Extreme need to prepare for what all of these businesses and entrepreneurs need to ensure the right building blocks are available for any application. If you want to access the rest of the world through a network – and build your business on it – first, the network has to work.

This means that the need for networks is only increasing. The pandemic has changed the world forever, and many, many, many people are trying to figure out exactly how and what to do about it.

Well, we have an idea. We have a theory at Extreme called the Infinite Enterprise.

Essentially, the idea is this: our world is becoming more and more infinitely distributed as people move away from the centers – our communities, cities and towns. This means that companies must, in turn, work At scale in order to connect with them. And for people to reconnect, businesses need to become consumer centric and deliver what people want.

Our first season of Inflection Points was spent looking at the Infinite Enterprise concept, discussing it, testing it, and seeing if the ideology held true. We’ve applied it to industries like retail and healthcare, and looked at the rise of esports gaming through the lens of the Infinite Enterprise. We assessed how the workplace has changed and will continue to change. We learned a lot.

For the most part, we learned that the theory held firm. And that’s why we’re proud to bring you the second season of the Inflection Points podcast!

This season, we wanted to go further. We know that our idea is not the only one. Others have big thoughts about what the future holds. Many of these people are also developing the consumer-centric technology that will thrive best on scalable, infinitely distributed network solutions.

We wanted to go talk to them. They also have thoughts.

Did they ever! You’ve no doubt heard of the Metaverse by now. Lost in most chatter are the required networking platforms where the metaverse lives. And our gap appears: most of the people who end up working in the metaverse won’t be the ones who built it, in the same way that you didn’t build your company’s office building either.

But the development of one side of the network relationship affects the other. That’s why we wanted to dive deeper into the second season of Inflection Points. What are the dominant ideas guiding the development of the new technologies we are discussing? What world do the leaders of these sectors see for our future? Does the future they envision align with or challenge the infinite enterprise? Are tech entrepreneurs creating solutions because they see specific problems in our world that only network-based technology can solve?

How far we’ve come to put season two together. We spoke with avatar and virtual reality (VR) experts, robot and drone leaders, cloud-based networking gurus, app developers and biometrics visionaries. Will we ever have a personal avatar the way we have an email address and phone number? When will we use our eyeballs to open locked doors instead of keys or passwords? How will outlets solve the problem of selling clothes when people can’t try them on? More importantly, when will host Carla Guzzetti receive the boots she bought online delivered by drone and fall into her outstretched hands?

So many questions! I can promise you there will be answers. There will be lively discussions, as always, from Inflection Points host Carla and co-host Tim Harrison, both top executives at Extreme. This season offers CEOs, entrepreneurs, frontline experts, all exciting news to report.

It’s a fun season. We learned a lot – again! Our first guest is Victor Riparbelli, CEO of Synthesis, who is in the avatar business. Plug in and you’ll see that’s just part of the world of network-based technology he wants to build for people.

I hope you tune in, every other Wednesday, wherever you get your podcasts.

From February 23rdwelcome to the Inflection Points Season 2 podcast.

Jon Filson is the Senior Content Producer in the Office of the CTO of Extreme Networks and the producer of Inflection Points.

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