Europe Embraces Network Virtualization, Time Zones Become a Pain Point

LINDA HARDESTY | September 5, 2018

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As a tech and business reporter, part of my job is to notice trends. Lately, I’ve noticed that I keep hearing about interesting European vendors that are doing network virtualization. But connecting with these vendors is kind of a pain. There’s usually about an eight-hour time difference between Denver, where SDxCentral is based, and many European cities. So typically, I have to schedule these interviews for 8 am Mtn. Time/4 pm Central European Time to accommodate everyone’s schedule.That means that just as I’m settling down at my computer, coffee in hand, checking for the top news of the day, I receive a calendar alert that I have an interview in 10 minutes. “Yikes! I totally forgot about that.” And so the stress of the day begins. I remember someone from the open source community talking about time zones being a challenge in that realm as well. It’s great that engineers from Cisco in California are collaborating with engineers from Huawei in China. But they’re never awake at the same time. It results in a lot of exhausted engineers talking about software at 2 a.m. local time.

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