Showing posts with label MPLS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MPLS. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

MPLS-TP OpenFlow extensions approved

ZTE announced that the 'MPLS-TP OpenFlow Protocol Extensions for SPTN' (ONF TS-029) technical document proposed by China Mobile has become a formal standard of the ONF (Open Networking Foundation) after receiving unanimous approval from the forum's board of directors.

The release of MPLS-TP OpenFlow Protocol Extensions for SPTN is intended to provide a foundation for interworking between devices from heterogeneous vendors, and between devices and controllers. ZTE noted that China Mobile's large-scale deployment of software-defined packet transport network (SPTN) devices provides an example for other operators, while five operators are believed to be planning to implement the standard in the near future.

ZTE stated that packet transport network (PTN) technology features separate forwarding/control and a centralised management architecture, while OpenFlow offers an open protocol that performs programmable control for flow tables on the forwarding plane. In addition, an abstract adaptation layer supporting OpenFlow to encapsulate the existing forwarding functions of PTN is intended to provide an efficient means of enabling PTN devices with open and software-defined features.

Additionally, this design is expected to facilitate the commercialisation of PTN devices supporting SDN and thereby accelerate the development of the SPTN supply chain.

It was noted that China Mobile has a longstanding commitment to SPTN technology, in mid-2015, working with ZTE, Broadcom and Microsemi, establishing a discussion group within the ONF to research device specifications for SPTN based on OpenFlow and table type pattern (TTP).

In November 2015, a first ONF draft was proposed based on SPTN TTP that extended flow tables, group tables and related fields supporting MPLS-TP, expanded the OF-Config protocol to support QOS, OAM, protection and alarm performance configuration, and leveraged local OAM processing units to ensure a 50 ms protection switching time.

In tandem with the draft specification, China Mobile also organised lab tests for SPTN devices complying with the specifications and amended the document in accordance with the test results. The draft document was subsequently passed for review by experts from a number of ONF technical groups and adopted as a formal standard.

ZTE stated that MPLS-TP OpenFlow Protocol Extensions for SPTN standard is supported by the SPTN industrial supply chain, including chip manufacturers Broadcom, Microsemi, Centec and Marvell, equipment providers ZTE, Ericsson, Fiberhome, Raisecom, Greenwell, Chuling and Huahuan, instrument manufacturer Spirent and open source software Open Daylight and ONOS.

To date it is estimated that more than 50 operators have deployed MPLS-TP-based PTN devices at scale, including China Mobile, which purchased around 590,000 group customer devices compliant with the SPTN TTP standard in 2016. In addition, six equipment vendors have worked with China Mobile to deploy the networks.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tata Power selects Nokia IP/MPLS network in Delhi

Nokia announced that it has provided major Indian power utility Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TATA Power-DDL) with an advanced IP/MPLS network to support the management of its electrical grid in its area of operation across north and north-west Delhi.

The deployment is designed to enable TATA Power-DDL to support both mission-critical operational services and traditional business and IT services leveraging a single communications network. Leveraging the new IP/MPLS network, TATA Power-DDL can support most of its operational and business services using a single network for enhanced operational efficiency.

The IP/MPLS network features Nokia's 7210 Service Access Switch and 7705 Service Aggregation Router portfolios and is designed to support the applications required by utilities, for example Asymmetric Delay Control, a feature developed by Nokia to help ensure network stability for critical teleprotection services. The network is managed by Nokia's 5620 Service Aware Manager system.

For the project, Nokia also provided professional services including network design, installation, commissioning and integration, and will provide ongoing maintenance services and support.

Nokia noted that TATA Power-DDL is the first power utility in India to implement teleprotection service utilising Line-Differential Relay (LDR) over an IP/MPLS network. This capability is a key requirement for operating and maintaining a reliable and safe electric grid. Teleprotection enables fault detection and trip breakers for isolation of specific sections of the grid to contain the affects of a fault to a localised region.

Additional mission-critical services supported by the new network include supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), integrated surveillance system, distribution management system and distribution automation. The network will also enable TATA Power-DDL to support emerging smart grid applications such as distributed energy resources, mobile workforce management systems and automated demand response.

In October 2016, Nokia announced it had delivered a solution with IP/MPLS and optical technology to Swiss electricity transmission system operator Swissgrid as part of its Grid Control Network to enable the management of its electricity grid and specifically support monitoring and switching for electricity transmission.

The project included Nokia's 7705 Service Aggregation Router and 7750 Service Router portfolio, with the xWDM network layer based on the 1830 Photonic Service Switch.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

AT&T Brings NetBond Connectivity to IoT Control Center

AT&T's IOT solutions are now part its NetBond Ecosystem, which brings IP/MPLS VPN connectivity to cloud services.

Enterprise customers will now be able use AT&T NetBond connectivity to reach the cloud-based AT&T Control Center, powered by Cisco Jasper, which helps businesses launch, manage and monetize IoT services.

The solution will give businesses highly secure connectivity to leading cloud service providers and to their own data centers. The connection travels through the AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN), isolated from public internet risks. It also saves costs through work resources on demand, and consistent and predictable performance.

“The industry is growing rapidly with analysts forecasting there will be tens of billions of connected devices by 2020.  This acceleration will introduce new risks for businesses,” said Chris Penrose, President, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “By integrating AT&T Control Center and AT&T NetBond, we can give businesses a robust and highly secure solution to address those risks.”

“AT&T NetBond isn’t just about connecting customers to their clouds. It offers simple, scalable, and highly secure software-defined connections for all businesses,” said Mo Katibeh, Senior Vice President, AT&T Advanced Solutions.  “Bringing our IoT solutions into AT&T NetBond keeps businesses’ critical IoT devices, workloads and information off of the public internet and on a private network. That brings inherent security and latency benefits at an incredibly affordable price.”

http://www.att.com/netbond

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nokia Extends IP/MPLS for Power Distribution Smart Grids

Nokia introduced its 7705 SAR-Hm, an LTE/3G wireless router aimed bring IP/MPLS to the distribution networks of utilities and other vertical applications.

Nokia noted that many power utilities currently use narrowband or proprietary wireless solutions to connect their field devices to each other and the control center, with most remote devices have no connectivity at all.

The SAR-Hm uses standards-based LTE/3G and IP/MPLS technologies, and security features in both hardware and software implementations, including Network Group Encryption (NGE).  The SAR Hm expands Nokia's mission critical WAN solution set, already deployed in over 100 utility customers globally.

Sri Reddy, head of the IP Routing and Packet Core Business Unit for Nokia, said: "Power utilities worldwide are in the midst of a significant transformation as they gear up to meet new market forces, green environmental regulations and disruptive renewable energy technologies. Grid reliability, power quality and automation are all key areas that will require improved field area networks. We are excited to offer our utility customers wireless options for extending the proven, secure and reliable IP/MPLS services of our Service Router portfolio. This will not only allow them to modernize their field area operations with more automation and monitoring for improved grid reliability and power quality, it will position them well to maximize tomorrow's opportunities."

http://www.nokia.com

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Blueprint: Why SD-WAN Cannot Solve for the MPLS Conundrum

by Gur Shatz, Co-Founder and CTO, Cato Networks

Software-defined infrastructure has firmly gained traction in public and private data centers and clouds, because of its game-changing nature: It has virtualized the server, giving it scalable capacity on demand at a fraction of the cost of its hardware counterpart. And what software-defined did for the server and storage markets, it is bound to do for the network, too.

Initial advances in software-defined networking include SD-WAN, which is poised to grow from $225 million in 2015 to $6 billion by 2020, according to IDC. Yet, SD-WAN has not fully cracked the network performance and security conundrum. SD-WAN still relies on MPLS links to ensure low-latency connectivity, and the use of the Internet is mostly for WAN backhauling and doesn’t fully address the need for secure Internet and cloud access.  This points to the need for a new software-defined approach that firmly binds network and security as one, and which frees up valuable networking resources.

Why SD-WAN Is Not Enough

The promise of SD-WAN lies in providing standard, low-cost Internet connections to supplement the managed, low-latency, yet expensive MPLS with its guaranteed capacity. However, a survey of network security professionals found that one-third cited latency between locations as their biggest network security challenge, and a quarter cite direct Internet access from remote locations.[1]

SD-WAN, while taking some of the network performance issues and costs out, cannot fully provide the game-changing impact of true software-defined infrastructure; it is a primarily a networking technology, not a security solution. For SD-WAN to be a viable solution for today’s hybrid networks, it needs to be secured in a way MPLS is not. Due to its nature as a private network, companies didn’t need to encrypt MPLS traffic. While MPLS networks are often not encrypted, SD-WAN cannot forego encryption – a new problem for most network teams. Furthermore, it has no impact on enabling direct internet access – for example, at the branch level – without adding third-party security solutions. SD-WAN requires investment in core security capabilities, such as app control, URL filtering, next-generation firewalls, and cloud access control (among others) – all of which add costs and management complexity right back into the enterprise.

SD-WAN++

SD-WAN tackles the legacy enterprise WAN: branches and datacenters. It adds Internet links to the MPLS-based WAN, but must continue and rely on MPLS for low-latency connectivity. This limits its impact. A contemporary WAN design should integrate, in addition to physical locations, mobile users and public cloud infrastructure. It should enable low-latency connectivity on a global basis to ensure consistent user experience, even if MPLS is not used. And, it should include an integrated security stack to protect WAN and Internet-bound traffic to Public Cloud Applications (SaaS) for all network users. To truly evolve the network, today’s IT leaders need a new simple, scalable and secure solution that binds a global network and built-in security. Such a unified, software-defined solution could enforce policies for all users and locations, with access to all data, in a way that reduces complexity and management overhead.  

Effectively, such a system becomes the real solution to the MPLS conundrum: it optimizes performance/latency and enables enterprise-grade security, creating the true hybrid network of the future - today. 

About the Author

Gur is co-founder and CTO of Cato Networks. Prior to Cato Networks, he was the co-founder and CEO of Incapsula Inc., a cloud-based web applications security and acceleration company. Before Incaspula, Gur was Director of Product Development, Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Products at Imperva, a web application security and data security company.
Gur holds a BSc in Computer Science from Tel Aviv College.

About Cato Networks

Cato Networks is rethinking network security from the ground up and into the cloud. Cato has developed a new Network Security as a Service (NSaaS) platform that is changing the way network security is delivered, managed, and evolved for the distributed, cloud-centric, and mobile-first enterprise. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Cato Networks was founded in 2015 by cybersecurity luminary Shlomo Kramer, who previously cofounded Check Point Software Technologies and Imperva, and Gur Shatz, who previously cofounded Incapsula. Cato Networks is backed by Aspect Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners. For more information, visit http://www.catonetworks.com/.




[1] Based on feedback from 70+ network professionals who took part in “MPLS, SD-WAN and Cloud Networks: The path to a better, secure and more affordable WAN," May 18, 2016.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Nokia Supplies IP/MPLS + DWDM for Swissgrid

Nokia supplied an IP/MPLS network overlaid on an optical network to Swiss electricity transmission system operator Swissgrid for the management of its electrical grid, which has a length of 6,700 km covering 140 substations. The "Grid Control Network" additionally interconnects power plants, data centers and offices.

In a turnkey project, Nokia implemented two IP/MPLS -based networks, one an operational network and the other a business communications network. They are both overlaid on an encrypted DWDM and Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplex (CWDM) network, also from Nokia. The IP/MPLS network features Nokia's 7705 Service Aggregation Router portfolio, with features tailored to support critical applications required by utilities as well as the 7750 Service Router portfolio. The xWDM network layer, based on the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch, provides optical intrusion detection and on-the-fly low latency wavelength encryption for the operational and business communications network. This means that potential physical intrusions on the fiber cable can be detected and located. In case of an intrusion, sensitive data are nevertheless protected through embedded optical layer encryption (AES-256).

Nokia said its solution is supporting mission-critical operational services such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Teleprotection, video surveillance via closed-circuit TV (CCTV), site access control and intrusion detection. This will allow Swissgrid to maintain the highest level of reliability, safety and security across the entire grid. The network is also enabling business communications between electricity substations and Swissgrid locations for tasks such as office local area network (LAN) and voice over IP (VoIP) in a highly secure way.

When fully deployed in partner sites outside of Switzerland in 2016, the "Grid Control Network" will be the key element in the exchange of electricity between Swissgrid's network in Switzerland and sites in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and France.

http://www.nokia.com

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

MEF Appoints CTO, Launches Layer 3 IP Project

The MEF has appointed Pascal Menezes as its first-ever Chief Technology Officer. Menezes formerly was Principal at Microsoft Skype for Business. In this new role, he will lead the MEF’s technical strategy and align key work programs internally and in conjunction with the open source and SDO partners.

The MEF also announced an expansion of the scope of its work to accelerate the transition to agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services.

The new Layer 3 IP project will create a standard set of service attributes that can be used to define IP services delivered over a single provider network or over multiple interconnected networks. Having standardized service attributes – consistent and compatible with the globally adopted CE 2.0 services framework – will allow Layer 3 providers to leverage LSO definitions work and the new LSO Reference Architecture to create agile, assured, and orchestrated IP services.

"The new MEF project on IP Service Attributes is the first step in incorporating IP Services into the MEF LSO framework,” said David Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, Cisco. “It enables the definition of standard LSO APIs and Yang modules at the service layer for managing and monitoring IP Services - including inter-provider services -  that are consistent with the LSO Reference Architecture used for Carrier Ethernet services.  Enabling automation of inter-provider IP services is a key pain point for our Service Provider customers today, which this work will help address."

The MEF now has more than 30 ongoing projects and initiatives, including a new project on Layer 3 IP service attributes that is a key step toward enabling multi-operator orchestration of IP services using MEF LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration).

http://www.mef.net

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Coriant Offers Converged IP-Optical for Mobile Backhaul

Coriant is introducing an IP-Optical solution for mobile backhaul evolution in LTE and LTE-A networks.

Specifically, Coriant is combining its 8600 Smart Router Series, which is widely deployed in Tier 1 mobile networks, with optical layer capabilities to deliver an enhanced multi-layer solution with SDN programmability features.

The company said tighter coupling between the IP and optical domains will enable mobile operators to address key challenges as LTE/LTE-A networks evolve over time to support the stringent performance requirements of 5G. These challenges include an approximately 20-fold increase in end-user data rates (up to 10Gpbs) compared to LTE/LTE-A, ultra-low latency of 1msec round trip, and ultra-dense deployments that will set unprecedented requirements for synchronization of cells sites as small and overlapping cell sites proliferate.

Some highlights of the Coriant multi-layer solution include:

  • Synchronization – optimized for ultra-dense small cell architectures and CoMP/MIMO transmission environments, Coriant’s suite of integrated synchronization capabilities (frequency, time-of-day, phase) supports the stringent end-to-end synchronization demands of LTE-TDD, LTE-A, and 5G-ready networks.
  • Enhanced IP-Optical Layer Optimization – to support cost-efficient scalability in evolving backhaul networks, Coriant is extending the reach and cost/performance benefits of optical layer transmission with the introduction of colored interfaces on its 8600 Smart Routers. In addition, the 8600 Series is designed to support interworking with Coriant’s newly introduced Pluggable Optical Layer.
  • LTE-A/5G-optimized Scalability – from cell site access at 10G to multi-terabit switching and transport in aggregation and metro core applications, the Coriant IP-Optical Solution delivers optimal capacity-, space-, and power-efficient scalability across the mobile backhaul network. By extending optical layer connectivity closer to the mobile edge and maximizing lowest cost-per-bit optical transport, the Coriant multi-layer solution can help network operators cost-efficiently address current LTE-A capacity and performance demands, while creating the scalable foundation for the massive scalability requirements of future 5G services and a world of highly distributed Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
  • Multi-layer SDN Automation – powered by the Coriant Transcend SDN Solution, which includes a recently introduced SDN packet controller, the Coriant IP-Optical Solution enables multi-layer and multi-domain SDN automation and control for optimal utilization of network resources, improved reliability, and simplified end-to-end provisioning. 

“Recent industry research has reinforced the critical challenge that mobile backhaul networks face as they brace for the new scalability, latency, and synchronization requirements of 5G,” said Mikko Hannula, Director of Product Management, Coriant. “Optimizing the value of both the IP and optical layers with purpose-built solutions and ensuring world-class synchronization will enable network operators to scale cost-efficiently as they transform mobile backhaul networks to support a new era of mobile broadband and cloud connectivity.”

http://www.coriant.com

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Coriant Transcend SDN Packet Controller for IP/MPLS

Coriant is expanding its Transcend SDN Solutions portfolio with the introduction of a packet controller optimized for mobile backhaul and carrier aggregation networks. Combining the Coriant Transcend SDN Transport Controller and Coriant Transcend SDN Packet Controller enables full, end-to-end network control – from optical transport to IP/MPLS access and aggregation networks.

Coriant said its new Transcend SDN Packet Controller supports a broad range of packet-based access and aggregation transport network use cases, including:

  • Automated provisioning via customer portals
  • Dynamic load distribution based on network congestion
  • Alarm-based service re-route to reduce network instability
  • Automated assignment of SRLG LSPs over diverse optical paths
  • Low latency services
  • WAN integration with virtualized and cloud-based services

Key features of the Coriant Transcend SDN Packet Controller include:

  • Programming interfaces built upon standards-based interfaces (RESTCONF/YANG) for seamless interoperability with third-party OSS, orchestrators, and applications. The open API framework simplifies end-to-end service provisioning and enables automated synchronization between IP/MPLS and optical layers for enhanced multi-layer traffic engineering and optimization.
  • A centralized Path Computation Element (PCE) that defines traffic flows based on real-time performance criteria in addition to traditional routing algorithms for context-optimized path computation and routing (e.g., routing based on network congestion or underlying optical transport paths). These capabilities have been shown to enable network operators to increase network utilization, improve network reliability, simplify operations, and deliver performance-aware services, while enabling efficiency improvements that can generate CapEx savings of up to 35%.
  • Support for new and currently deployed network elements, as well as interoperability with existing NMS deployments, including the Coriant® 8000 Intelligent Network Manager (INM), to enable seamless migration and a non-disruptive roll out of network-wide SDN programmability.

“The introduction of the Coriant Transcend SDN Packet Controller follows upon successful completion of Tier 1 customer and multi-vendor interoperability trials,” said Paul Smelters, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, Coriant. “This solution significantly strengthens the Coriant Transcend™ SDN Solutions portfolio by advancing SDN-enabled IP/Optical interworking at a time when network operators are looking to simplify multi-layer architectures without sacrificing scalability, flexibility, or resiliency.”

http://www.coriant.com/company/press-releases/Coriant-Extends-SDN-Control-from.asp

Blueprint: The Age of Swiss Army Knife Transponder


by Dr. Danish Rafique and Dr. Maxim Kuschnerov, Coriant What does the term flexibility signify for the optical transport business? In today’s market space, this is a challenging question, as the degrees of freedom are practically limitless. Over the last decades, the industry has exclusively focused primarily on increasing transport bandwidth or overall capacity per fiber. However, simple bit loading beyond 100G interfaces has resulted in significantly...

Coriant Adds to its Transcend SDN Platform


Coriant is rolling out a set of new capabilities for its Transcend SDN Transport Controller including enhanced multi-layer optimization and standards-based service interworking.  The company's approach is to combine SDN with its packet optical transport and smart router products to enable dynamic, end-to-end network control in an open network environment. The platform is currently in customer trials. "The lack of efficient interworking in...


Saturday, June 13, 2015

An Overview of Verizon's Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) @VZEnterprise



See video: https://youtu.be/JS5eU4_OcJc

Verizon's Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) allows direct connections into leading cloud providers (Amazon, Google, HP, Microsoft, Salesforce and Verizon) and three data center providers (Equinix, Verizon and CoreSite).


The service really represents an evolution of connectivity, says Shawn Hakl, VP of Product & Innovation at Verizon Enterprise.

Verizon's SCI now provides connections to six cloud providers (Amazon, Google, HP, Microsoft, Salesforce and Verizon) and now three data center providers (Equinix, Verizon and CoreSite). SCI is built on Verizon’s Private IP network that offers any-to-any connectivity of IP via MPLS, while providing the security and reliability associated with private wide-area networking solutions. Using Verizon’s Mobile Private Networking service, SCI is further extended to users of its 4G LTE service.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pica8 Enables Label BGP on White Box Switches

Pica8 announced support for Labeled BGP on bare-metal, white box switches -- a new network overlay solution with applications for service providers and cloud data center operators.

Pica8 said the approach will appeal to many large enterprises who are pursuing a VXLAN / VMware model for multi-tenant services, workload mobility and overlay networking within their data centers.

The new capability, which is part of Pica8’s latest SDN release (PicOS 2.6), is similar to MPLS in that it uses labels to establish service tunnels across the network. Label BGP adds the
dynamic programmability of SDN. BGP is a signaling mechanism carriers can use to create MPLS paths; but today this function is only available in expensive edge routers from the likes of Cisco and Juniper. This capability in Pica8’s OS, coupled with white box economics, gives carriers a far more cost-effective alternative to deploying this technology.

“We are seeing a real debate in the “how” of offering end-to-end services inside and between data centers,” said Olivier Vautrin, head of product management at Pica8. “The need is real if you want to deploy hybrid cloud services and to accomplish that, you need a flexible and proven encapsulation technology. We believe MPLS and Labeled BGP offers that opportunity and the experience in the market is there. Once MPLS is used in the data center, complex stitching technologies between data center and WAN encapsulations are not needed anymore. This is disrupting traditional data center edge devices by adding this functionality into our hardware-agnostic white box switching OS.”

http://www.pica8.com/company/press-releases/pica8-disrupts-data-center-economics-by-offering-service-providers-overlay-choice.php

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BTI Demos Optical Transport with Converged MPLS Core Routing

BTI System has demonstrated interoperability between its 7800 Intelligent Cloud Connect platform and products from Cisco, ZTE and another leading router vendor in tests completed at the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC).

BTI said it is the first company to converge MPLS core routing functions with a full-featured optical transport platform and provisioned via Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF). The BTI 7800 Series NETCONF interface is implemented as a full YANG model, providing native integration with SDN architectures and significantly simplifying the development of complex management applications. In the EANTC NETCONF Provisioning Test, the BTI 7800 was centrally configured using a Cisco Tail-f NETCONF client, providing automated network configuration.

https://www.btisystems.com/

Thursday, January 29, 2015

VeloCloud: Variable Performance for Broadband WAN Connections

Businesses relying on broadband lines (DSL, cable, LTE, Ethernet or fiber) continue to experience variable and insufficient performance one-quarter of the time, according to data compiled by VeloCloud Networks.

Specifically, the VeloCloud Internet Quality Report for enterprise applications performance measured packet loss and jitter/latency during work hours over Internet WAN connections. Data was gathered by continuous monitoring of VeloCloud’s cloud network service. These 2H2014 results of 6 million link statistics cover more than 60 locations and 50 ISPs.

“The survey confirms that unpredictable Internet performance can’t be solved by switching Internet service providers (ISPs), changing the type of service (DSL, cable, LTE, Ethernet or fiber) or throwing any amount of bandwidth at the problem,” said Sanjay Uppal, CEO and co-founder of VeloCloud. “But it also shows that by fundamentally transforming how these inexpensive broadband links are utilized, enterprises can use the Internet as their WAN to augment their existing private lines, at a fraction of the cost.”

Key findings of the VeloCloud Internet Quality Report include:

  • During business hours (defined as 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., local time), Internet links could not deliver enterprise-quality real-time traffic 25% of the time, on average.
  • Poor performance varied by city from as low as 1% to over 50%. This magnitude of variation was found even within an ISP’s service in the same city over time.
  • There was no improvement in performance even as available bandwidth increased to 200Mbps and more.
  • An overlay cloud-delivered SD-WAN service, featuring dynamic multipath optimization, was able to deliver enterprise-quality application performance 99.3% of the time.
  • Unreliable Internet Links Equals Money Lost
  • Enterprises want to optimize both real-time application performance and costs across their WANs. As the network demands of these real-time applications have increased, so has the number of applications delivered from the cloud. These changes are driving enterprises to look to the Internet for a more cost-effective way to connect directly to cloud applications. However, broadband Internet links to date have not been able to deliver the quality needed to run enterprise applications.

The VeloCloud report includes a Quality Score that rates the ability of Internet connections to support application performance. This scoring is consistent with industry standards, such as mean opinion scores (MOS) for VOIP, and calibrated with third-party tools. The real-world data has been anonymized and aggregated to ensure customer privacy.

http://www.velocloud.com/about/news/internet-quality-report/


  • In July 2014, VeloCloud Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View , California, launched its subscription-based, virtualized WAN service for enterprises that aggregates multiple access lines (cable modem, DSL, LTE) into a single secure connection that is defined and controlled in the cloud. The VeloCloud service uses an Intel-based customer premise device at a branch office to communicate with a VeloCloud gateway in the cloud. The service analyzes network performance and application traffic to determine the best path and dynamically steer traffic to corporate data center or cloud services.
    Compared to MPLS VPNs, VeloCloud said its services offers a significant cost savings because it uses available Internet access lines while delivering enterprise-grade reliability and performance. Advanced network services, such as application-aware firewalls, can be virtualized on the CPE or delivered in the network.  VeloCloud will charge a flat fee per month per location served. The subscription service comprises a Cloud Orchestrator, distributed Cloud Services Gateways and a Cloud Services Edge per branch.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vitesse Delivers SDN/NFV-Ready Carrier Ethernet Switch Engine

Vitesse Semiconductor introduced its Serval-2 Lite (VSC7436) Carrier Ethernet switch engine for service provider IP Edge and Ethernet/MPLS access applications, including mobile backhaul and business-class service delivery. The chipset and software is aimed at small form factor, low-power network interface devices (NIDs) and lower port count customer premise equipment (CPE) to connect the Enterprise to Carrier networks.

Serval-2 Lite features Vitesse Service Aware Architecture (ViSAA) for delivery of MEF CE 2.0 services in packet-based mobile and cloud access Ethernet networks. When combined with Vitesse's CEServices software, Serval-2 Lite delivers a turnkey SDN-ready solution for touchless provisioning and remote control of MEF CE 2.0 services over Carrier networks.

Key attributes include:

  • Vitesse Service Aware Architecture delivering hardware-based advanced fault detection, service activation test and performance monitoring features for business-class Ethernet service delivery;
  • VeriTime IEEE 1588 timing technology, the industry's only 1588 solution that meets and exceeds the new stringent ITU specifications for 4G TD-LTE and LTE-Advanced wireless networks;
  • Hierarchical QoS (H-QoS) for robust support MEF CE 2.0-compliant delivery of SLA-based Carrier Ethernet services.


"Vitesse's turnkey solutions will be imperative for Carriers to keep up with the network demands of the future and enable SDN/NFV service automation," said Uday Mudoi, vice president of product marketing at Vitesse. "Vitesse's service-aware portfolio is unique in the industry and designed to help service providers efficiently scale network capabilities with traffic demand and improve business agility. We have customers using OpenDaylight today in conjunction with our solution to remotely provision and control services in Carrier deployments. This is vital for Carriers to realize the full benefits of #SDN and #NFV in their networks."

Sampling is expected in January.

http://www.vitesse.com
http://investor.vitesse.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=888044

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Vodafone Builds Out Global MPLS Backbone

Vodafone will triple the number of MPLS points of presence (PoPs) available to enterprise customers across the USA, Canada and South America. Specifically, Vodafone will establish an additional 21 PoPs in North America and 12 in South America and Latin America, each of which will be in locations close to Vodafone’s major enterprise customer sites, high-density populations and data centre locations. Over the coming months, Vodafone will connect more than 67 countries directly, rising to more than 150 countries via partner networks.

The global MPLS-enabled network will ultimately connect 212 PoPs across Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and the Americas. This expansion will complement Vodafone-operated fixed and mobile networks in 17 countries.  The company said its goal is to create "the most expansive global MPLS network by both reach and depth in the industry."
 
Vodafone Global Enterprise President of the Americas region, Chuck Pol, said: “We’re putting the very best next-generation infrastructure where our customers need it and  investing for the future by giving businesses access to the world’s most expansive network by depth and reach. For the first time, multinational customers in the Americas region can benefit from global end-to-end services supplied by a single supplier.”

http://www.vodafone.com

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AT&T's NetBond Extends to AWS

AT&T and Amazon reached a deal to extend AT&T's MPLS-based NetBond service to AWS. The new integrated solution is expected to be available next year. 

AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to AWS.

The companies cited the following customer benefits:
  • · Simple: Seamlessly works with existing AT&T VPN through APIs, creating an automated experience. Customers don’t need to order or manage any other equipment or access lines.
  • · Savings: Network elasticity that automatically flexes with the needs of the cloud service. Companies can save as much as 60 percent on networking costs.
  • · Performance: Delivers as much as 50 percent lower latency and three times the availability when compared with the public Internet.
  • · Security: Isolates traffic going directly to cloud platforms using the AT&T private global network, providing more protections from risks such as DDoS attacks.
http://www.business.att.com/enterprise/Family/cloud/network-cloud/

AT&T has previously announce NetBond cloud partnerships with:
  • IBM Softlater
  • Box
  • VMware vCloud
  • HP Helion
  • Salesforce.com
  • Equinix data centers

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Verizon Outlines New Cloud Services Model

Verizon Enterprise Solutions is pursuing a new service model for cloud services under which it will encourage multi-cloud hybrid architectures while offering a variety of services tiers, onboarding and workload migration services to encourage help enterprises to migrate business critical workloads.

Verizon promises seamless integration with third-party cloud services.  It will offer several deployment options ranging from public cloud to private on-premise cloud.

At the centerpiece of the strategy is its own Verizon Cloud, which is tightly bound with network and security capabilities. A unified user console will tie multiple cloud services together.

Verizon's MPLS-based Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) provides Private IP access to major cloud service providers, including just announced connectivity to AWS.

In a Verizon blog, Kevin King describes this as a "Workload-Driven Approach to the Cloud".

http://www.verizonenterprise.com/news/2014/09/cloud-services-platform-verizon-networking

Verizon Launches MPLS-based Direct Connect to AWS

Verizon Enterprise Solutions added Amazon Web Services (AWS) to its growing list of cloud services accessible via its Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) service, which runs over Verizon's MPLS-based Private IP network.

SCI with AWS Direct Connect is available immediately in Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley. London and three Asia-Pacific locations (Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo) are planned for late October.

Verizon SCI lets customers manage a multi-cloud environment with dynamic bandwidth allocation, application performance throughput, quality of service and usage-based billing.

http://www.verizonenterprise.com/news/2014/09/amazon-aws-cloud-interconnect-services

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

VMware vCloud Links Up to AT&T's MPLS-based NetBond

VMWare's hybrid vCloud Air service will be available via AT&T's Netbond virtual private networking starting in the first half of 2015.

AT&T NetBond is a highly secure private path between a customer's AT&T VPN and a cloud service provider, like HP. The service is automated through APIs and rides over AT&T MPLS network.

"VMware vCloud Air is unique in allowing customers to extend their existing applications seamlessly into the public cloud, using the same management and security capabilities they use in their on premises environments," said Bill Fathers, executive vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "By working with AT&T, our customers will be able to connect their existing sites to VMware vCloud Air using AT&T worldwide network in hours or minutes rather than the weeks required for traditional network connections."

"Secure, private and reliable connectivity to cloud services has been a key concern for businesses," said Jon Summers, SVP Growth Platforms, AT&T Business Solutions. "VMware vCloud Air with AT&T NetBond provides a pre-integrated network-enabled cloud, enhancing performance and flexibility by extending an AT&T VPN into VMware's hybrid cloud platform."

http://www.vmware.com
http://www.att.com

Monday, July 21, 2014

Algérie Télécom Upgrades MPLS Transport with Nokia and Juniper

Algérie Télécom, Algeria’s state-owned operator, has selected Nokia Networks to modernize its transport network with "Seamless MPLS".

Specifically, Nokia Networks Global Services will provide project management and network deployment of Juniper Networks' IP/MPLS platform.

Nokia Networks will also provide network planning, optimization and systems integration to ensure that the opeartor’s network can deliver the necessary throughput, latency and resiliency. A five-year contract also provides hardware, software and competence development services to protect Algérie Télécom’s capital investment.

Nokia Networks is also a supplier of LTE equipment to Algérie Télécom.

“This project underlines our resolve to deliver a truly differentiated customer experience to our subscribers,” said Azouaou Mehmel, president and CEO of Algérie Télécom Group. “We have complete faith in Nokia Networks’ capability to deliver on our vision due to its technical knowledge and extensive experience in similar implementations. Nokia Networks is a natural choice for this initiative that will stregthen our position as the operator of choice for Algerian subscribers.”

http://www.algerietelecom.dz/
http://nsn.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-connects-algerie-telecom-sites-with-all-ip-technology

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