Monday, November 20, 2017

Video: Intro to ONAP Amsterdam



ONAP is a next-generation automation platform and "Amsterdam" is the first software release for early deployments.

Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project, which unites AT&T's open source ECOMP and the Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O).

In this four-minute video, Arpit Joshipura, GM of Networking for The Linux Foundation, walks us through highlights of the Amsterdam release.

See Video: https://youtu.be/vzJlbxXuM5Q




U.S. DoJ moves to block AT&T + Time Warner merger

The U.S. Department of Justice will file a legal case to block the proposed AT&T + Time Warner merger.

It has been nearly 13 months since AT&T first announced its intention to acquire Time Warner. The companies said the reason for the deal is to combine Time Warner's vast library of content and ability to create new premium content with AT&T's extensive customer relationships, world’s largest pay TV subscriber base, and leading scale in TV, mobile, and broadband distribution.

Time Warner, which was formed in 1990 through the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications, encompasses a number of premium media properties, including HBO, New Line Cinema, Turner Broadcasting System, The CW Television Network, Warner Bros., CNN, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Animation, Castle Rock Entertainment, Cartoon Network Studios, Esporte Interativo, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It also owns 10% of Hulu.

In response to the DoJ suit,  David R. McAtee II, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AT&T stated: “Today’s DOJ lawsuit is a radical and inexplicable departure from decades of antitrust precedent. Vertical mergers like this one are routinely approved because they benefit consumers without removing any competitor from the market. We see no legitimate reason for our merger to be treated differently. Our merger combines Time Warner’s content and talent with AT&T’s TV, wireless and broadband distribution platforms. The result will help make television more affordable, innovative, interactive and mobile. Fortunately, the Department of Justice doesn’t have the final say in this matter. Rather, it bears the burden of proving to the U.S. District Court that the transaction violates the law. We are confident that the Court will reject the Government’s claims and permit this merger under longstanding legal precedent.”

Marvell to acquire Cavium for $6 billion

Marvell Technology Group Ltd., which is a leading supplier of HDD and SSD storage controllers along with wireless and Ethernet components, agreed to acquire Cavium for $40.00 per share in cash and 2.1757 Marvell common shares for each Cavium share, representing a transaction value of $6 billion. Current Cavium shareholders would own approximately 25% of the combined company.

Cavium, which is based in San Jose, California, offers a portfolio of multi-core processing, networking communications, storage connectivity and security silicon solutions. For Q3 2017, Cavium reported net revenue of $252.0 million, a 4.1% sequential increase from the $242.1 million reported in the second quarter of 2017, and a GAAP net loss of $6.2 million, or ($0.09) per diluted share.

Marvell,  which is based in nearby Santa Clara, California but has its corporate headquarters in Bermuda, was founded in 1995 and has over 5,000 employees and over 9,000 patents. For its most recent fiscal quarter, Marvell reported sales of $605 million, and GAAP net income from continuing operations of $135 million, or $0.26 per share. The company underwent a restructuring in October 2016.

Marvell said the acquisition will give it scale and breadth to deliver end-to-end solutions across the cloud data center, enterprise and service provider markets.

“This is an exciting combination of two very complementary companies that together equal more than the sum of their parts,” said Marvell President and Chief Executive Officer, Matt Murphy. “This combination expands and diversifies our revenue base and end markets, and enables us to deliver a broader set of differentiated solutions to our customers. Syed Ali has built an outstanding company, and I’m excited that he is joining the Board. I’m equally excited that Cavium’s Co-founder Raghib Hussain and Vice President of IC Engineering Anil Jain will also join my senior leadership team. Together, we all will be able to deliver immediate and longterm value to our customers, employees and shareholders.”

The companies expect at least $150 to $175 million of annual run-rate synergies within 18 months post close.

American Tower buys network infrastructure in Mexico

American Tower Corporation completed its previously announced acquisition of KIO Networks’ infrastructure subsidiary in Mexico. The deal includes more than 50,000 concrete poles and approximately 2,100 route miles of fiber, primarily located in Mexico’s key urban centers. The price was approximately $500 million in cash.

Hal Hess, American Tower’s EVP and President, EMEA and Latin America, stated, “We are pleased to close this transaction, which we expect not only to enhance the value of our existing tower portfolio in Mexico, but also to better position American Tower to capture a larger share of future urban 4G network densification efforts and the eventual rollout of 5G.”

Citigroup acted as American Tower's exclusive financial adviser and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Holland & Knight as its legal advisers.

American Tower, one of the largest global REITs, has a portfolio of approximately 149,000 communications sites.

MEF17: 2018 is about creating intelligence at the edge



2017 was all about virtualizing the edge and 2018 will be about creating intelligence at the edge and expanding it to the cloud, says Josh Goodell, VP, Intelligent Edge, AT&T. Application-aware #SD-WAN capabilities will make the extensible platform real.

See video:  https://youtu.be/LrY_Vd8mfTQ


#MEF17 LSO Hackathon Overview



The MEF17 LSO Hackathon attracted participants to work on several projects in various layers of lifecycle service orchestration, says Bithika Khargaria, Technical Program Manager, Office of the CTO at MEF. Here's an overview of the hackathon.

 The MEF17 LSO Hackathon attracted participants to work on several projects in various layers of lifecycle service orchestration, says Bithika Khargaria, Technical Program Manager, Office of the CTO at MEF. Here's an overview of the hackathon.

see video: https://youtu.be/aKULtp7q0oc


AISense raises $10 million for Ambient Voice Intelligence

AISense, a start-up based in Los Altos, California raised $10 million in Series A round for its Ambient Voice Intelligence technology.

AISense's mission is to make voice conversations accessible and searchable. The company's technology is already being used for providing transcriptions for the Zoom Video Communications platform. AISense is planning to launch a consumer product in early 2018. The idea is to give people the power to store, search and share the details of their everyday conversations.

The funding round was led by Horizons Ventures with participation from Tim Draper’s Draper Associates and Draper Dragon Fund, David Cheriton, the first Google investor, and Bridgewater Associates, among others. Bart Swanson, an advisor at Horizons Ventures, has also joined the AISense board.

http://www.aisense.com

Scalyr raises $20m for server log management

Scalyr, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, raised $20 million in Series A funding for its cloud-based log management and server monitoring service.

Scalyr, which was founded by two former Google engineers, aggregates a company’s server logs and metrics into a centralized system for analysis and troubleshooting. The company said its solution takes advantage of the cloud’s economies of scale and allows for efficiencies unseen in rival log management systems. Scalyr said its system enables engineers to search 1 terabyte of log data per second.

The company notes 140 customers, including CareerBuilder, Business Insider, OkCupid, Baidu and Giphy.

The funding round was led by Shasta Ventures with participation from earlier investors Bloomberg Beta, Susa Ventures and Heroic Ventures.

“We’ve had a lot of success with early sales. Once customers see they can resolve issues 5X faster, it’s a no-brainer,” said Scalyr Founder and CEO Steve Newman, a repeat entrepreneur whose last company—Writely—was acquired by Google to become Google Docs. “Now we just need to spread the word, scaling up sales and marketing. We’re also expanding our engineering and product teams. We’ve only just begun to shake up operational visibility.”

MEF17 LSO Hackathon - Modeling Topologies



Crispin Dent-Young and Cody Fant talk about progress at MEF17's LSO Hackathon.

See video: https://youtu.be/YU5KwdvUcFw


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Broadcom completes Brocade acquisition - one year since bid

Broadcom completed its acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems.

Brocade will operate as an indirect subsidiary of Broadcom and will be led by Jack Rondoni as General Manager. Previously, Rondoni served as Senior Vice President of Storage Networking at Brocade, having joined the company in 2006.

"We are pleased to complete this transaction, which strengthens Broadcom's position as a leading provider of enterprise storage and networking solutions and enables us to better serve our OEM customers," said Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom. "Broadcom has a track record of successfully integrating and growing companies we acquire, enabling us to offer customers a leading portfolio of best-in-class franchises across a diverse set of technologies. We intend to invest in and grow the Brocade business to further enhance its capabilities in mission-critical storage networking."

Broadcom to Acquire Brocade for Fibre Channel Business

Broadcom agreed to acquire Brocade Communications Systems for $12.75 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $5.5 billion, plus $0.4 billion of net debt.

Broadcom plans to keep Brocade's Fibre Channel storage area network (FC SAN) switching business and divest Brocade’s IP Networking business, consisting of wireless and campus networking, data center switching and routing, and software networking solutions.

Broadcom expects to fund the transaction with new debt financing and cash available on its balance sheet.

The companies said the deal is not subject to any financing conditions, nor is it conditioned on the divestiture of Brocade’s IP Networking business.

Broadcom said key reasons for the acquisition include the profitability margin for Brocade's FC SAN business, which currently comprises vast majority of Brocade’s non-GAAP operating profit.

Extreme to Acquire Brocade's Switching Business for $55 Million

Extreme Networks agreed to acquire Brocade Communications Systems' data center switching, routing, and analytics business from Broadcom following Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade. The deal is valued at $55 million in cash, consisting of $35 million at closing and $20 million in deferred payments, as well as additional potential performance based payments to Broadcom, to be paid over a five-year term. The sale is contingent on Broadcom closing its acquisition of Brocade, previously announced on November 2, 2016 and approved by Brocade shareholders on January 26, 2017. Broadcom presently expects to close the Brocade acquisition in its third fiscal quarter ending July 30, 2017.

Iliad's revenues rise 6.6% yoy - growth indicators in France

Iliad reported strong financial results for the first nine months of 2017 as its number of 4G subs and FTTH customers across France continued to rise.

Iliad's consolidated revenues rose 6.6% year on year in the first nine months of 2017, to €3,710 million. During that period, revenues for Broadband and Ultra-Fast Broadband climbed 4.7% to €2,087 million and Mobile revenues advanced 9.0% to €1,630 million.

Some highlights:

  • 250,000 new mobile subscribers during the latest quarter – the net growth being fully attributable to the €19.99/month Free Mobile Plan
  • Iliad now serves a total of 7.4 million 4G subscribers at September 30, 2017, with average monthly data usage of almost 7 GB
  • Iliad's 4G users have an average download speed of 37 Mbps
  • Added 64,000 new FTTH subscribers in the latest quarter for a total of nearly 500,000 subscribers.
  • Ongoing deployment of 4G frequencies, with 1,100 sites newly equipped to use 1,800 MHz, 100 new sites equipped for 700 MHz and 560 sites for 2,600 MHz. Iliad's 4G network now covers more than 84% of the French population. 
  • Iliad's 3G network now has a total of 11,300 sites, representing an increase of over 1,000 during the quarter.


NTT East implements Cisco NFV

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation has adopted a full-stack, ETSI-compliant NFV solution validated and supported by Cisco for its new Maruraku Office service, which is aimed at small and medium enterprises and which consolidates Internet lines, firewalls, routers, storage and business phones in the cloud.

Specifically, NTT East deployed Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), Cisco Elastic Services Controller (ESC), and the Cisco Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) solution, including Cisco Virtual Topology System (VTS) and Cisco Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM).

Cisco to Automate NTT DOCOMO’s Network Device Provisioning


Cisco is supplying its Network Services Orchestrator to help NTT DOCOMO carry out network device provisioning and transform its service lifecycle. Cisco noted that DOCOMO deployed a network functions virtualization (NFV) system last year, but due to the complexity and time-consuming operations with network device provisioning, it has taken the initiative to fully improve its business efficiency by applying “automation” to various operations. The...


China Mobile, ZTE and Qualcomm show 5G NR system

ZTE, China Mobile, and Qualcomm demonstrated an end-to-end 5G NR Interoperability Data Testing (IoDT) system data connection based on 3GPP R15 standard - an industry first.

The IoDT connection demonstration took place at China Mobile’s 5G Joint Innovation Center, and utilized ZTE’s 5G NR pre-commercial base station and Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G NR sub-6 GHz UE prototype.

The end-to-end 5G NR system operates in 3.5GHz and supports 100MHz bandwidth, compliant with the 3GPP Release-15 5G New Radio layer 1 framework — including the scalable OFDM numerology, new advanced channel coding and modulation schemes, and the low-latency self-contained slot structure.

Li Zhengmao, Vice President of China Mobile Communications Corporation, said: “China Mobile has been committed to promoting the unified global 5G standard with industry partners. The achievement of end-to-end 5G NR interoperable connection testing, compliant with the 3GPP 5G NR standard, is an important milestone of 5G to productization and pre-commercialization from standard. China Mobile is willing to cooperate with other industry leaders, including Qualcomm Technologies and ZTE to promote that the 5G products continue to mature and the 5G industry marches to success.”

State of Georgia signs on to FirstNet

The state of Georgia has accepted the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community.

Under the public/private partnership, first responders in Georgia, including fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers, will have access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network.  Preemption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end.

"FirstNet will provide the coverage, experience and next-generation technologies our first responders need and deserve," said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. "AT&T is proud to work with Governor Deal to bring this dedicated, interoperable public safety broadband network to Georgia, and connect its public safety community to advanced technologies that will help save lives."

Interoute opens Virtual Data Centre in Sydney

Interoute has opened a new point-of-presence (PoP) in Sydney, Australia.

The PoP will host the 18th Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) globally, the company’s third in the Asia Pacific region. It offers resilient connectivity to Interoute’s Singapore and Hong Kong locations

Interoute cited growing customer demand for expanded global cloud coverage in the Asia Pacific region.

The Sydney POP also and extends the reach of Interoute’s new Edge SD-WAN services.

The Interoute Cloud Fabric binds together all Interoute VDC cloud zones, co-location facilities, PoPs, as well as third-party cloud providers with Interoute’s ultra-low latency private network backbone. 

Shell picks AT&T for global networking services

Shell has selected AT&T to provide strategic services like network management and integration, global voice and data services, security, video and collaboration solutions. AT&T will deliver network capabilities and network integration services across multiple vendors that are designed to support virtualized services, cloud strategy, and hybrid network solutions. The agreement builds an existing relationship spanning the last five and a half years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Shell needs global integrated network solutions accessible from just about every corner of the planet. We can offer that. And it’s a task we take seriously,” said Frank Jules, president Global Business at AT&T. “We’re eager to continue the relationship and move forward into new areas of innovation with Shell.”

IDC: Worldwide IT and Business Services reach $475B in 1H17

IDC sees a steady increase in spending for IT and business services worldwide.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Services Tracker, revenues for IT Services and Business Services totaled $475 billion in the first half of 2017 (1H17), an increase of 4.0% year over year. IDC expects worldwide services revenues to surpass $1.0 trillion in 2018.

The largest subcategories for 1H17 were as follows:

  • Business process outsourcing - $92.9 billion 
  • Systems integration - $62.1 billion 
  • Business consulting 
  • IT outsourcing and software deploy and support services. 
  • Hosting infrastructure services

On a geographic basis, the United States was the largest services market with revenues of $216.7 billion in 1H17. Western Europe was the second largest region, followed by Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ). The markets with the fastest year-over-year growth in 1H17 were APeJ, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and the United States. Only two of the eight regions (Japan and the Middle East & Africa) recorded a decline in services revenue in 1H17.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

MEF 3.0 - a Bigger Picture



MEF 3.0 is a milestone opportunity to build on the success of Carrier Ethernet to transform the industry, says Michael Strople, President, Enterprise Networks, Zayo Group; Chairman, MEF.

MEF 3.0 is a bigger idea because it incorporates networking, big bandwidth, and adds agile, assured, and orchestrated.  It broadens the expanse of MEF and will bring in a larger community.

See video:  https://youtu.be/8aZ4l9ttisw


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