Mobile World Congress 2015 is right around the corner, which gets me thinking about what a difference ten years makes, especially in the world of mobility. We all talk about the huge growth in mobile traffic, which will increase by about 5,000 times between 2007 and 2017.1 But working in technology, we see big numbers every day, so 5,000 may not seem impressive until we take a step back and look at a couple comparisons.\nAs you sip a 3 Euro cup of coffee at a caf\u00e9, would you be willing to pay 15,000 Euros for it ten years from now? Or imagine your car, which gets 400 kilometers on a tank of gas today, being able to circle the globe over 50 times before needing a refill.\nA New Way of Doing Things\nOur lifestyles explain why mobile traffic is increasing so fast. We live in an increasingly connected world where people expect services to be available anytime, anywhere. The billions of machines making up the Internet of Things (IoT) are consuming incredible amounts of bandwidth, and soon there\u2019ll be hundreds of millions of wearables, automobiles \u2013 and you name it \u2013 connected to the network.\nThen there\u2019s big data and the desire to deliver new services and improved customer experiences by extracting business value from vast amounts of data \u2013 that must also be stored, managed, and secured.\nAll this begs the question: are we doing the right things (or enough) to support the always-connected lifestyle?\nIt\u2019s fortunate that about two years ago, visionaries in our industry saw the writing on the wall, and realized the economics and flexibility of our current networking infrastructure wouldn\u2019t cut it. Since then, a lot of effort has been put into re-architecting networks embracing NFV and SDN concepts with the goal of reducing cost and making it easier to deploy new services.\nFrom the Laboratory to Trials\nTests are already underway. ZTE completed joint testing with a leading operator in China on a mobile core network, and indications are that it performed well and was positively acknowledged by clients. Telef\u00f3nica held field trials in Brazil, testing virtualized customer premise equipment that is expected to simplify installations and upgrades. Both of these NFV\/SDN-based solutions run on Intel hardware and software, which enable a high-performance virtualization environment.\nDoing Enough?\nThe connected lifestyle requires that all types of infrastructure play nicely together. In many ways, this has been accelerated by SDN and NFV, as they\u2019re driving consistency between telecom networks, enterprise data centers, and cloud. In fact, virtualization and the use of standard IT, high-volume servers will lead to a common infrastructure that will increase interoperability and information sharing.\nNonetheless, much more needs to be done with end points, like consumer devices and machines. For example, networks and devices must work better together to protect data (encryption) and save network bandwidth (compression).\n\u201cGame On\u201d\nPowering the connected lifestyle takes scalable and flexible solutions for telecom, data center, cloud, and devices. At Intel, we\u2019re covering all the bases. Intel is teaming up with industry-leaders to make mobile communications more integrated and intelligent, efficient and scalable, flexible and secure.\n1 Sources: Cisco* Visual Networking Index \u2013 Forecast and Methodology, 2007\u20132012, and Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2013\u20132018.