Big networks are big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big they are

Unexpectedly, I was in one of the worlds biggest network control centres today. It isn’t built on AWS, or Google, or Microsoft.

The future of technology happens where and when you aren’t looking. If you’ve been around long enough, you’ll know this.

So, what’s it built on? It surprised me, but it really shouldn’t have.

4 to 3 it’s Tcl/Tk
2 to 1 it’s Perl
4 to 1 it’s Erlang

10 to 1 it’s StarBasic

Why? What’s wrong with javascript?

I was trying to extrapolate from the “surprising, but shouldn’t have been” clue. Javascript didn’t fall under surprising in my head.

Plenty, just as with every programming language ;).

Sorry, I was being unnecessarily flippant.

Ain’t that the truth.

They are building on OpenStack. I’d kind of thought that OpenStack was one of those good ideas that no-one was committed to build on at global/all-encompassing-network scale. I suspect I thought that due to living in (or being surrounded by) the Amazon/Google/Microsoft bubble, none of which I’m particularly enamoured with. I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty and seeing how OpenStack works in practice.

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