Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ONOS Project Enters 8th Release - Hummingbird

The ONOS Project, which develops an SDN control plane for service providers and enterprises, announced its eighth quarterly platform release: Hummingbird.

New Features in ONOS Hummingbird:

Southbound: Hummingbird expands ONOS to be able to configure and control legacy networks with additional support for Arista and Cisco devices. The Hummingbird release also includes Optical feature enhancements and improvements to OSPF and ISIS drivers. Numerous NETCONF enhancements in ONOS create support for many additional devices. In short, all these enhancements allow ONOS to support a variety of legacy devices to help service providers incrementally deploy SDN.

Northbound: Hummingbird rounds ONOS out with new features that improve interoperability and ways for applications to interact with the Northbound protocol through message bus integration (RabbitMQ from ADARA and Kafka from Calix), as well as add more flexibility for intent-based management.

Disruptive SDN: In support of disruptive SDN, ONOS continued to focus on scaling views for very large networks and making it easy for applications to be written to benefit from ONOS’ high availability primitives. Hummingbird brings major new features with additional distributed primitives, support for controller to controller peering and enhancements to the P4 driver support.

Legacy device support: In support of incremental SDN, Huawei brought in significant YANG modeling and management capabilities at both the Northbound and Southbound interfaces, as well as support for the IEEE Abstraction and Control of Traffic Engineered Networks (ACTN).

Commercial support: Hummingbird brings new commercial support for ONOS with Huawei’s announcement of the ONOS-based converged controller, “Agile Controller 3.0.”

Broad Set of Use Cases: Hummingbird’s new service offerings and other enhancements enable valuable use cases in the areas of Cloud and SDN. The vibrant ONOS community has already built use case applications upon ONOS with CORD, packet-optical, and SDN-IP peering, and is building new ones in the areas of dynamic configuration and provisioning, and traffic engineering.

“Hummingbird is the ideal platform to deliver the full SDN value proposition to service providers,” said Bill Snow, vice president of engineering, ON.Lab. “Hummingbird delivers important advancements not only in the core control functions, but also in support of automation and configuration of legacy and OpenFlow-enabled devices to serve the growing set of use cases being tackled by service providers today and into the future.”

https://wiki.onosproject.org/display/ONOS/Release+Model

China Mobile Joins Open Daylight Project

China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) has joined the OpenDaylight project at the Silver level.

Recently, China Mobile released its commercial OpenDaylight-based datacenter SDN controller named “AERO,” currently in trial, and believed to be the first datacenter SDN controller developed by a telecom operator based in China, according to the company and the Linux Foundation. Additionally, CMCC initiated the “SPTN” project within OpenDaylight, which evolves the packet transport network (PTN) toward SDN.

China Mobile joins Tencent and Alibaba, also members of OpenDaylight, as part of a growing number of Chinese internet and communications companies that actively participate in open networking projects and leverage open source SDN to support their extreme scalability demands.

“I am pleased to see the OpenDaylight community growing so rapidly and on such a global scale,” said Neela Jacques, executive director of the OpenDaylight project. “China Mobile’s expanding contributions are beneficial to the OpenDaylight community, and their involvement is yet another example of the innovation happening in the Chinese market today. As Chinese telcos, enterprises and equipment manufacturers embrace open source, they’re enabling new solutions at a breathtaking pace.”

https://www.opendaylight.org

ETSI Announces NFV Release 2

ETSI’s Network Functions Virtualisation  (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG) announced the publication of NFV Release 2 specifications covering a wide set of functional areas, such as the management of virtualized resources, lifecycle management of both network services and virtualized network functions, network service fault/performance management, virtualized resource capacity management, etc.

NFV Release 2 incorporates 11 new group specifications, in addition to the many NFV specifications already published. These detail the various requirements, interface descriptions and information models enabling interoperability of solutions based on the ETSI NFV Architectural Framework.


“This represents another major step towards our objective of defining a comprehensive set of specifications that will facilitate the deployment of NFV throughout the telecommunication industry, with significant benefits being subsequently derived in many interrelated sectors,” states Telefonica’s Diego Lopez, the newly appointed Chairman of ETSI NFV ISG. “Through the collaborative efforts of all parties involved in the ETSI NFV ISG, we have been able to identify and define the required capabilities, following a practical approach that leverages proofs of concept to explore and demonstrate what was proposed. The combination of wide consensus and experimental evidence has led to NFV being recognized as a completely viable and highly valuable technology. This has allowed us to make progresses at a fast pace.”

“By drawing upon the combined merits of a well-defined standards structure and the support of the open source community, we have been able to accelerate the development process and ensure widespread interoperability,” Lopez continues. “I am therefore confident that the ETSI NFV Architectural Framework will be the foundation upon which future virtualization of the network is established - enabling cost effective allocation of resources and the rapid addition of new services, while still ensuring the highest degrees of security and reliability, as well as painless and seamless integration with existing infrastructure.”

http://www.etsi.org/deliver/etsi_gs/NFV/001_099/002/01.02.01_60/gs_NFV002v010201p.pdf

ETSI’s NFV Group Publishes Phase 1 Specs


ETSI’s Network Functions Virtualisation  (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG) announced the publication of eleven specifications under phase 1 of its activity. The work includes an infrastructure overview, an updated architectural framework, and descriptions of the compute, hypervisor and network domains of the infrastructure. The new specifications also cover management and orchestration, security and trust, resilience and service quality...

Wave2Wave Simplifies Data Center Cabling with QSFP28 Copper DAC

Wave2Wave introduced a QSFP28 copper-based, direct attached cable (DAC) for data centers.

The new product, which expands the company's EDGE cable fabric family, simplifies the cabling for spine-and-leaf, data center infrastructure, and server rack-and-stack environments. The QSFP28 DAC offering supports higher data rates – now up to 100Gbp/s – with near-zero wire speed latency and no power consumption, reducing data center energy use, CAPEX and OPEX.

Key features:

  • Four-channel, full duplex passive copper cable transceiver
  • Up to 25 Gbps per channel, maximum aggregate data rate of 100 Gbps
  • Conforms to SFF-8665
  • IEEE 802.3bg 100 GEBASE-CR4
  • Copper link length up to 3 meters
  • Power supply of +3.3V
  • Low crosstalk
  • I2C-based two-wire serial interface for EEPROM signature that can be customized


“The newest addition to the EDGE cable fabric family, QSFP28 DAC, cuts down time to deployment in the data center significantly,” said David Wang, founder and chief executive officer of Wave2Wave. “With these turn-key offerings, operators and integrators can build a spine-and-leaf cluster or a server rack with hundreds of cables within an hour – an undertaking that would typically take days to build otherwise.”

http://www.wave-2-wave.com/

Wave2Wave Launches Robotic Optical Switches for Data Centers


Wave2Wave Solution introduced a line of robotic optical switches for automating physical fiber connections in high-density data centers. The Wave2Wave "ROME" Robotic Optical Management Engine platforms, which are offered in three sizes, enable full control of physical fiber connections, allowing changes to be made automatically, remotely, quickly, and without manual intervention.  The robotic systems are designed in 19-inch chassis. The company...

Cisco Cites Traction for cBR-8 Converged Broadband Access Platform

In a little over a year since launching its cBR-8 Converged Broadband Access Platform, Cisco said it has 100 service providers globally deploying the platform. The latest customer is Cablevision Argentina, which has more than 3.5 million video subscribers and 2.2 million broadband subscribers.

The cBR-8 leverages key technologies such as SDN, NFV and DOCISIS 3.1 to enable cable operators to offer Gigabit or multi-Gigabit services to their subscribers.

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/video/cbr-series-converged-broadband-routers/index.html


Monday, September 26, 2016

SiTime Unveils Next Gen Oscillators for Telecom and Networking Systems

SiTime unveiled a new family of Super-TCXOs (temperature compensated oscillators) and oscillators for telecommunications and networking equipment.


The new Elite Platform encompassing leverages the company's MEMS and analog technologies to deliver better performance, higher reliability and higher quality of service than conventional quartz solutions, even in the presence of environmental stressors.

In particular, SiTime's ELITE-Platform addresses environmental issues with potential to impact the performance of timing of network equipment in uncontrolled environments such as basements, curbsides, rooftops, and on poles. The company said precision timing components in these systems must now operate in the presence of high temperature, thermal shock, vibration and unpredictable airflow.

SiTime's Elite timing solutions are based on its unique DualMEMS architecture with TurboCompensation.

This architecture delivers exceptional dynamic performance with three key elements:

  • Robust, reliable, and proven TempFlat MEMS that eliminates activity dips and enables 30 times better vibration immunity than quartz
  • DualMEMS temperature sensing with 100% accurate thermal coupling that enables 40 times faster temperature tracking, which ensures the best performance under airflow and rapid temperature changes
  • Highly integrated mixed-signal circuits with on-chip regulators, a TDC (temperature to digital converter) and a low-noise PLL that deliver 5 times better immunity to power-supply noise, 30 uK temperature resolution that is 10 times better than quartz, and support for any frequency between 1 and 700 MHz

“New telecom infrastructure uses 4G/5G small cells and Synchronous Ethernet to increase network data capacity; the high-power components that are used in such systems will have high and constantly changing heat loads,” said Joe Madden, founder and principal analyst at Mobile Experts. “The dynamic performance of precision timing components during rapid temperature change will become a critical requirement in such equipment. MEMS technology inherently performs better in the presence of dynamic environmental conditions, and has become a very interesting alternative to quartz technology.”

The Elite Platform comprises four new product families with a wide range of frequencies and the following unique features. All Elite solutions offer 0.1 ppb/g vibration immunity and do not have activity dips or micro-jumps.

Stratum 3 precision Super-TCXOs for communications and cloud infrastructure equipment
  • ±100 ppb frequency stability over -40°C to +105°C, the widest operating temperature available with any TCXO
  • 1 to 5 ppb/°C frequency slope (ΔF/ΔT) at an extremely fast temperature ramp rate of 10°C/minute, a performance level that is unique among timing devices
  • 3e-11 Allan deviation (ADEV) at 10 second averaging time, 10 times better than typical quartz TCXOs
  • 0.2 ps/mV power supply noise rejection (PSNR), eliminates dedicated system LDO
  • Optional I2C/SPI frequency tuning, eliminates external DAC
 Super-TCXOs for GNSS, industrial and automotive applications
  • ±0.5 ppm frequency stability over -40°C to +105°C
Ultra-low jitter differential oscillators
  • 0.23 ps integrated RMS phase jitter (12 kHz to 20 MHz)
  • 0.1 ps integrated RMS phase jitter under Ethernet mask for 10G/40G/100G
  • ±10 ppm frequency stability over -40°C to +95°C, enabling better system reliability
High-temperature high-reliability differential VCXOs
  • Up to +95°C with excellent phase noise
  • Wide pull range from ±25 ppm to ±3600 ppm
  • 0.1% frequency tuning linearity under all conditions, 50 times better than quartz 
Engineering samples of the Elite-based ultra-low jitter differential oscillators and high-temperature VCXOs are available to qualified customers now. Samples of Elite-based Super-TCXOs are expected to be available in the first half of 2017. Pricing is available upon request.

SiTime is a wholly owned subsidiary of MegaChips Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 6875).

http://www.sitime.com

See video:  https://youtu.be/awhiNV1FQgQ

Microsoft Azure Accelerates its Networking Capabilities

Microsoft rolled out a number networking capabilities for its Azure cloud service, including advancements to its global server fleet that the company says will improve networking bandwidth performance 33% to 50%.

The improvements include hardware technologies such as NVGRE offload, which harnesses the network processing capabilities of the hardware. Windows and Linux VMs will experience these performance improvements while returning valuable CPU cycles to the application.

Microsoft said its Accelerated Networking provides up to 25 Gbps of throughput and drastically reduces network latency up to 10x.

The new hardware technologies including SR-IOV, which allows VMs to communicate directly to the hardware NIC completely bypassing the Hypervisor’s virtual switch, bringing higher bandwidths and lower latencies, along with reduced jitter and improved Packets Per Second (PPS) performance. With Accelerated Networking, Azure SQL DB In-Memory OLTP transaction performance improved 1.5X.

Additional highlights:

  • Azure Storage users will benefit from substantially increased IOPS performance based on these advancements, combined with newly developed storage specific offloads. Hardware now efficiently performs data transfers up to the line rate of the NIC. The roll out for Storage will also complete in 2016.
  • General availability of Virtual Network Peering (VNet Peering), which connects Virtual Networks (VNets) in the same region, enabling direct full mesh connectivity. VMs in the peered VNets communicate with each other as if they are part of the same VNet, thus benefiting from high bandwidth and low latency. Hub & Spoke topologies are supported with Transit Routing through gateways. The VNet without a gateway still has cross-premises connectivity via the gateway in the peered VNet. VNet Peering works across subscriptions allowing for simplified service management.
  • New UltraPerformance Gateway SKU for ExpressRoute that supports up to 10 Gbps throughput. This is a 5x improvement over the existing ExpressRoute HighPerformance gateway with a 99.95% availability SLA. 
  • Azure now supports Native IPv6 network connectivity for applications and services hosted on Azure Virtual Machines.
  • New Active-Active Virtual Private Network (VPN) Gateway for the High-Performance VPN gateway SKU is recommended for production workloads.
  • New Azure Load Balancer configurations, including general availability of multiple VIPs on internal load balancers and new port reuse options across public and internal load balancers. 
  • Azure will also be previewing multiple IP addresses on a Network Interface Card (NIC) and enabling all NICs on a VM to have a Public IP address on the NIC or through the load balancer. 
  • GA release of Azure DNS, enabling customers to host domains in Azure DNS and manage DNS records using the same credentials, APIs, tools, billing and support as other Azure services.  
  • Additional network monitoring and diagnostics capabilities.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-networking-announcements-for-ignite-2016/

OPNFV Advances with its Colorado Release

The OPNFV Project announced its third platform release: Colorado.

OPNFV Colorado brings advances to accelerate the development of NFV applications and services through key feature enhancements across security, IPv6, Service Function Chaining (SFC), testing, VPN capabilities, and support for multiple hardware architectures.

“Colorado represents a more robust version of OPNFV’s previous Brahmaputra platform,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “The OPNFV community, in close collaboration with other upstream communities, has delivered enhanced capabilities most important to the NFV platform growth and maturity.”

Key enhancements available in OPNFV Colorado include:

  • Core feature upgrades. These improvements come via focused collaboration with upstream communities and are centered on improving foundational support for NFV applications and services. All feature enhancements are integrated into the automated install/deploy/testing framework.
  • Enhanced security by earning the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Badge for best practices in open source development; additionally, the Moon project has been prototyping identity federation and management for OpenStack and OpenDaylight.
  • Service Function Chaining (SFC) now runs across multiple nodes, includes installer support for VNF Manager (Tacker) installation and support for enhanced cloud scenarios.
  • Improved IPv6 support includes IPv6-only deployments, full underlay and overlay support and integration with additional install tools.
  • The SDN VPN project now enables full Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN support including BGP peering.
  • Full support for multiple hardware architectures, including both ARM and x86 architectures.
  • Enhanced testing capabilities. Colorado includes a greater integration across testing projects with additional feature testing capabilities, and increased automation. 
  • Infrastructure and testing environment advancements. The Phros Test Lab project continues to be a key element of OPNFV release development and validation. Colorado brings increased governance, consistency, availability and quality to the labs, increasing efficiency and ccreating the groundwork for a robust Lab-as-a-Service program. See the full list of Pharos labs --including those participating in Colorado--here. 
  • Community expansion. Improved cross-project collaboration via working groups focused on Management and Operation (MANO), Infrastructure, Security, and Testing. Five Committers-At-Large members have been elected to the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) to enhance the meritocratic nature of the project. OPNFV also continues to build relationships with key upstream communities such as OpenStack, OpenDaylight, ONOS, OpenContrail, FD.io, OVS, Open-O, OpenBaton, KVM, DPDK, ODP, and Linux. Additionally, OPNFV launched its intern program during the Colorado release timeframe, already providing valuable contributions across work on the Pharos Labs, VNF on-boarding and CINDR performance testing.

“We’re seeing a maturity of process with the Colorado release, reflected by things like achievement of the CII Best Practices badge for security and the growing maturity of our testing and DevOps methodology,” said Chris Price, TSC chair, OPNFV and Open Source Manager for SDN, Cloud & NFV, Ericsson. “The creation of working groups across MANO, Infrastructure, Security, and Testing also help the project evolve towards a foundational and robust industry platform for advanced open source NFV.”

https://www.opnfv.org/colorado

OPNFV Brahmaputra Adds IPv6, VPN Config, Fault Detection



The OPNFV Project, which is the community based effort sponsored by the Linux Foundation to develop an open source platform to accelerate the introduction of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), announced its OPNFV Brahmaputra release. Key enhancements in OPNFV Brahmaputra include: Hardened feature enhancements. Layer 3 VPN instantiation and configuration Initial support for IPv6 deployment and testing in IPv6 environments, Improved fault...


OPNFV Community Delivers Arno, its First Release



The OPNFV Project, which is the community based effort sponsored by the Linux Foundation to develop an open source platform to accelerate the introduction of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), announced the availability of OPNFV Arno, its first software release. Arno provides an initial build of the NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) components of ETSI NFV architecture. Key capabilities of OPNFV Arno: Availability...


Nokia Intros Gainspeed Platform for Unified Cable Access

Nokia introduced its new Gainspeed portfolio for unified cable access, supporting all cable access networks including hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC), passive optical networking (PON) and point-to-point Ethernet.

Nokia said its new platform takes a software-defined Virtualized Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) approach that provides the capacity, agility and flexibility cable operators need to deliver new revenue-generating services while significantly reducing operating expenses.

The architecture pushes cable-specific functions out to access nodes close to the subscriber while centralizing control and management. This approach significantly reduces the costs of traditional cable architectures by eliminating the CCAP as a physical box and replacing the analog optical transmission with 10Gbps Ethernet.

"The cable industry is at a crossroads and facing change at a level it has never seen before. The current way of building cable networks simply will not scale to meet the tidal wave of IP video and high-speed data demands faced by cable operators. We're helping operators add capacity, greatly simplify the network operations and prepare for an all-fiber, all-IP network," stated Jeff White, head of business development and strategy for cable in Nokia's Fixed Networks business group.

The new Nokia portfolio of cable access products includes:


  • Gainspeed Access Controller
  • Gainspeed Video Engine
  • Gainspeed Access Node SC-2D supporting DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1
  • Gainspeed Access Node SF-4X supporting 10G EPON


The company said lab and field trials are underway.

http://company.nokia.com/en/news/press-releases/2016/09/26/nokia-accelerates-cable-operators-transition-to-all-digital-ip-and-fiber-networks-with-industry-first-solution-for-unified-cable-access


Nokia to Acquire Gainspeed for Virtualized Cable Architecture

Nokia agreed to acquire Gainspeed, a start-up specializing in DAA (Distributed Access Architecture) solutions for the cable industry via its Virtual CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform) product line. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Gainspeed's Virtual CCAP enables cable operators to increase the capacity of their existing HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coax) infrastructure and rapidly deploy new services, while simultaneously reducing space and power requirements in the headend. The solution also enables cable operators to migrate their networks to a software-driven, all-IP architecture.

Gainspeed's design eliminates the physical CCAP by leveraging SDN and NFV to distribute the CCAP’s functions to other devices and locations in the network. This centralizes routing, control and management in the data center or cloud and pushes
the physical layer, DOCSIS processing and RF modulation into the node, deep within
the access network

Gainspeed is based in Sunnyvale, California and has approximately 70 employees.

Federico Guillen, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks business group, said: "We are very excited to have Gainspeed, the technology leader in its field, joining us. Cable is one of the fastest growing areas in our fixed networks business, and we are committed to delivering a complete solution set to cable operators. Gainspeed's Virtual CCAP perfectly complements our leading fiber access solutions for cable MSOs."

http://www.nokia.com
http://www.gainspeed.com/

  • Gainspeed is headed by Krish Padmanabhan, who previously was Senior Vice President of Products and Solutions at Harmonic Inc., where he oversaw overall strategy for its video playout and compression portfolio.
  • Gainspeed was founded in 2012 by Shlomo Rakib (previously co-founded Novafora and Terayon Communication Systems, where he invented the SCDMA technology that was the basis for DOCSIS 2.0), Jeff White (previously president of Hatteras Networks),  Mark Stalica (previously Vice President of Strategic MSO Accounts for Metaswitch Networks), and Drew Perkins (previously a co-founder at Infinera, On-Fiber Communications, Lightera Networks, FORE Systems, and InterStream).

Telefónica Picks Juniper Networks' SRX Series Services Gateways

Telefónica has chosen Juniper Networks' SRX Series Services Gateways as its preferred solution for delivering their global network security. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Juniper said its new cloud-based network architecture with integrated security functions will allow Telefónica to scale, automate and simplify its business operations, and improve network performance while future-proofing to enable a software defined secure network (SDSN) where security issues can be detected and where mitigating policy can be enforced anywhere in the network.

Additionally, Juniper will provide Telefónica with Professional Services to increase its overall network stability for enhanced business operations. Telefónica

"Our partnership with Juniper is yet another step forward in Telefónica's technological transformation strategy. We are making huge advancements towards our goal to secure, simplify and modernize our network to offer differentiated services that greatly enhance the customer experience. We partnered with Juniper for its proven capability to deliver end-to-end solutions, services, innovative technologies and strong leadership," stated Javier Gavilan, Planning and Technology Director, Global CTO, Telefónica.

http://www.juniper.net/us/en/company/

Puppet appoints Sanjay Mirchandani as CEO

Puppet announced the appointment of Sanjay Mirchandani as chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors, replacing founder Luke Kanies, who will remain a strong advocate for the company as a member of the board.

Mirchandani joined Puppet in May as the company’s first-ever president and chief operating officer. He previously served as corporate senior vice president and general manager at VMware for Asia Pacific and Japan. Before this, Mirchandani held several management positions at EMC, including CIO of the company’s IT organization. He also led the company’s Global Centers of Excellence, emerging markets and international development initiatives. Prior to EMC, Mirchandani held several field-based senior management roles at Microsoft over an 11 year period.

“Puppet is a truly revolutionary company. In a short time, Puppet has grown to become the market-standard platform for IT automation – helping customers deliver and operate their software no matter where it runs,” said Sanjay. “I have enormous respect for Luke. He built a company that has transformed the industry. I am honored to continue what he started and lead the business as we embark on an exciting new period of growth. I look forward to working with our talented team, customers, partners, and community to scale the use of Puppet worldwide through product innovation, go-to-market execution, and operational excellence.”

https://puppet.com/company/press-room/releases/puppet-appoints-sanjay-mirchandani-chief-executive-officer

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hibernia Expands Financial Net to Moscow, Dubai, Mumbai

Hibernia Networks has expanded its global connectivity service aimed at the financial sector to include low-latency connections to Moscow, Dubai and Mumbai.

The roundtrip latency performance for the three routes is as follows:

CME – M1 Moscow 105.40ms
CME – BKC Mumbai 176.95ms
CME – DGCX Dubai 172.85ms

“Hibernia Networks is a critical enabler of the global financial ecosystem, reinforced by the expansion of our low latency footprint into the key markets of Moscow, Mumbai, and Dubai,” states Omar Altaji, Chief Commercial Officer of Hibernia Networks. “These cities and the regions they’re part of are poised for substantial growth in financial trading activity, driven by the expansion of electronic trading in equities, futures and options. Customers are now able to execute financial transactions and efficiently access vital market information in real time utilizing our ultra low latency routes into Moscow, Mumbai, and Dubai, resulting in enhanced profitability,
as well as improved performance across this ecosystem.”

http://www.hibernianetworks.com/


IBM to Implement Blockchain for Banking App in China

IBM will implement a blockchain solution to support a loyalty bonus points exchange among multiple banks in China.

The project with China UnionPay E-payment Research Institute will enable consumers to exchange loyalty bonus points between any of the banks they do business with. Currently, credit card bonus points cannot be freely exchanged among different banks, so many bonus points go unused because of strict bonus points policies or a limited selection of goods for exchange.

"The combination of blockchain technology and expertise from IBM coupled with an innovative business approach by China UnionPay in the payment industry has resulted in a significant first of a kind demonstration of blockchain technology in the financial payments industry,” said Dr. Shen Xiaowei, Director of IBM Research - China, CTO of IBM Greater China Group.  “IBM is partnering with the Hyperledger Project to build an open source, enterprise-grade blockchain platform and is helping clients define and develop more industry use cases. In time, we expect this to result in widespread adoption of permissioned blockchain networks to solve a number of business challenges.”

http://www.ibm.com

IBM Opens Cloud Data Center in Norway - its First in Nordics

IBM inaugurated a cloud data center in Fetsund, 30 km outside Oslo, Norway. The facility is IBM’s 48th global cloud data center and the 12th in Europe.

The IBM Cloud data center will support growing cloud adoption in the Nordics, providing the complete portfolio of IBM cloud services for running mission critical enterprise workloads, including IBM Bluemix, Watson and analytics capabilities.

EVRY, a leading Nordic IT services company, is already leveraging these capabilities to accelerate its transformation and deliver business value to its clients, which was part of a strategic partnership announced last year. This includes establishing a private cloud solution enabling their clients to further drive innovation.

“We are committed to providing global and local clients the fastest and easiest onramp to the IBM Cloud to accelerate their digital transformation,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud. “This investment will provide Nordic customers, especially those in regulated industries, with more flexibility to manage and gain insight into data within the region.”

http://www.ibm.com

Saturday, September 24, 2016

AT&T Project AirGig Puts mmWave Antennas Along Power Lines

AT&T is looking to deploy low-cost plastic antennas along medium-voltage power lines as a means of propagating millimeter wave (mmWave) signals that can be used for 4G LTE and 5G multi-gigabit mobile and fixed deployments.

Project AirGig, which originates out of AT&T Labs, aims to deliver ultra-fast broadband connectivity of license-free spectrum.  Project AirGig is expected to enter field trials in 2017.

Significantly, there’s no direct electrical connection to the power line required and it has the potential of multi-gigabit speeds in urban, rural and underserved parts of the world.

The company says this makes the AirGig technology interesting as a means to deliver last-mile access without any new fiber-to-the-home.  It is flexible enough to be configured with small cells or distributed antenna systems. It does not require the construction of new towers or laying new cables in the ground. Advantages include low-cost hardware, low deployment costs, and high signal quality.
AT&T points out that Project AirGig could also be a benefit to utility companies, enabling a variety of smart-grid applications.

“Project AirGig has tremendous potential to transform internet access globally – well beyond our current broadband footprint and not just in the United States,” said John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president, Technology and Operations, AT&T. “The results we’ve seen from our outdoor labs testing have been encouraging, especially as you think about where we’re heading in a 5G world. To that end, we’re looking at the right global location to trial this new technology next year.”

http://www.att.com


Azure Batch Shipyard Toolkit Automates Docker

Microsoft's Azure Big Compute team released version 1.0.0 of its Batch Shipyard toolkit, which enables easy deployment of batch-style Dockerized workloads to Azure Batch compute pools.

The toolkit makes it possible to run parallel jobs in the cloud without having to manage the infrastructure. Applications include parametric sweeps, Deep Learning training with NVIDIA GPUs, and simulations using MPI and InfiniBand, whether the containerized jobs are run on a single machine or hundreds or even thousands of machines.

Some highlighted features:
  • Automated Docker Host Engine installation tuned for Azure Batch compute nodes
  • Automated deployment of required Docker images to compute nodes
  • Accelerated Docker image deployment at scale to compute pools consisting of a large number of VMs via private peer-to-peer distribution of Docker images among the compute nodes
  • Automated Docker Private Registry instance creation on compute nodes with Docker images backed to Azure Storage if specified
  • Automatic shared data volume support for:
  • Azure File Docker Volume Driver installation and share setup for SMB/CIFS backed to Azure Storage if specified
  • GlusterFS distributed network file system installation and setup if specified

More...

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/deep-learning-simulation-and-hpc-applications-with-docker-and-azure-batch/

Microsoft Azure Activates in Germany with T-Systems

Microsoft Azure is now generally available in Germany via new data centers in Magdeburg and Frankfurt that are managed under the control of a data trustee, T-Systems International.

Microsoft said its commercial cloud services in these data centers adhere to German data handling regulations and give customers additional choices of how and where data is processed.

Microsoft now has announced 34 Azure regions, and Azure is available in 30 regions around the world.

http://www.microsoft.com



Microsoft Activates Azure from UK Data Centers


Microsoft announced the availability of its Azure cloud services and Office 365 from multiple data centers in the UK. Microsoft has now announced 34 Azure regions around the world with 28 generally available today – more than any other major cloud provider. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-azure-now-available

Friday, September 23, 2016

Huawei Marine Achieves 648.5km Unrepeatered 100G Reach

Huawei Marine Networks Co. announced a record transmission distance of up to 648.5 km for an unrepeatered system in a laboratory test in Beijing.

The laboratory test used Huawei’s 100G technology, enhanced raman amplifier (ERPC), remote optical pump amplifier (ROPA) and ultra-low loss optical fiber. The 100G transmission combined PDM BPSK modulation, ODSP and third-generation soft decision technology.

Huawei Marine's previous record, set in April 2016, was a transmission distance of 627km.

“Huawei Marine has achieved another breakthrough in unrepeatered system design which demonstrates our continuous commitment to investing in high-performance technology,” said Zhang Shigui, Vice President of Technology, Huawei Marine. “When used commercially, this technology will broaden the range of unrepeatered system applications and create value for our customers.”

http://www.huaweimarine.com/marine/marine/commonWeb.do?method=showContent&webId=498

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