Showing posts with label Oracle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oracle. Show all posts

Monday, October 2, 2017

Larry Ellison claims Oracle 18c is first Autonomous Database

Larry Ellison introduced what he calls "the world's first, 100%, self-driving, self-scaling and self-repairing Autonomous Database.

Oracle 18c, which will be released later this year, uses machine learning to eliminate human labor involved with managing the database. The automation includes upgrades, security patches and tuning to ensure a 99.995% uptime guarantee. Ellison claims this automation will reduce typical AWS Redshift bills by over 50% while delivering significantly better performance. Demos at Oracle World showed 6 ~ to 8X advantage for Oracle compared to AWS.

Some of the new features in Oracle 18c:

  1. 4x faster in-memory OLTP access
  2. 5x faster RAC for high-concentration OLTP
  3. 2X faster in-memory column store
  4. 100x faster in-memory analytics for external data
  5. 100x faster approximate query processing
  6. New machine learning algorithms


Monday, August 7, 2017

Video: Extending MEF's LSO Architecture


Stéphan Pelletier, MEF Orchestration Area Co-Director and Director of Product Management, Oracle, discusses how LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs will enable end-to-end service orchestration across multiple service provider networks and multiple technology domains. LSO will help overcome the biggest OSS-related obstacles that have impeded delivery of on-demand services across providers. Stéphan explains why Oracle has embraced LSO and is playing a lead role in contributing to LSO development within MEF.

See video: https://youtu.be/yHxa7Y2_GEk


Thursday, July 13, 2017

AT&T adds Oracle Cloud to NetBond for Cloud ecosystem

AT&T announced that it will add Oracle Network Cloud Service – FastConnect to the AT&T NetBond for Cloud ecosystem, thereby enabling customers to manage and access Oracle Cloud services utilising NetBond for Cloud's secure, dedicated connectivity with high reliability.

Through the partnership, AT&T and Oracle aim to facilitate global enterprise customers to transition to the cloud and gain the benefits in terms of performance, cost and security offered by combining the Oracle Cloud with AT&T's NetBond for Cloud solution.

AT&T's multiple protocol label switching (MPLS) VPN solution is designed to provide a secure, low-latency network connection for multiple locations and users. This enables improved performance, enhanced control, flexibility and scalability that can provide access to critical business data and functions.

The AT&T NetBond for Cloud ecosystem comprises more than 20 members delivering secure access to more than 25 major cloud services.


  • Recently, AT&T announced that NetBond for Cloud users would be provided with enhanced connectivity to more than 100 additional cloud software and service providers hosted on the AWS platform as part of the AWS Direct Connect (DX) bundle.
  • AT&T also announced that AWS software and solution providers would be able to join the AT&T NetBond for Cloud Solution Provider program, which allows service providers to attract new customers by identifying AT&T NetBond for Cloud as a dynamic, flexible and secure connectivity option when used with AWS Direct Connect (DX) bundles.
  • AT&T’s Solution Provider Program for AWS enables members to expand reach via connectivity to 198 countries worldwide and offer their clients a secure and high performance connectivity option to AWS hosted SaaS platforms.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Equinix provides direct access to Oracle Cloud at Washington DC IBX facility

Equinix, the global interconnection and data centre company and member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, announced the availability of dedicated, private access to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure IaaS offering via the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

Direct access via Equinix enables enterprise customers to migrate applications and data to Oracle Cloud and gain low latency connectivity for an enhanced user experience. The latest agreement builds on previous collaborations between Equinix and Oracle to enable direct access to Oracle's suite of cloud services, including PaaS and SaaS solutions, in markets worldwide.

Under the new agreement, access to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will initially be available via the Oracle Cloud Network Service FastConnect in the Equinix Washington, DC International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre; additional markets scheduled to be added during the year.

Equinix noted that leveraging Cloud Exchange and API integration with Oracle's FastConnect, customers are able to establish direct connectivity between on-premises infrastructure and Oracle Cloud environments. This allows customers to adopt a hybrid cloud model, with the ability to reliably and efficiently move application, middleware and database workloads between on-premises systems and the Oracle Cloud.

Equinix cited examples of hybrid deployments enabled by the collaboration including:

1.         Customers wishing to migrate and host complex, multi-tier solutions in the cloud while minimising production downtime.
2.         Customers with the need to perform analytics on large data sets residing in Oracle databases, which can host Oracle solutions on-premises inside Equinix and, via FastConnect on Equinix Cloud Exchange, extend their network into the Oracle Cloud, so removing data size limits, increasing throughput and reducing latency.

3.         Customers wishing to consolidate databases into Oracle Exadata Cloud Service but with limited capacity in their existing data centre, who can place Oracle Exadata racks inside Equinix and connect to Oracle Cloud for high availability.


Oracle FastConnect, offering private access to Oracle Cloud on Equinix Cloud Exchange, is scheduled to be available in six markets, including Washington DC, Chicago, Amsterdam, London and Sydney, by the end of 2017. Equinix Cloud Exchange is currently available in 21 markets worldwide across North America, Europe and Asia.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

AT&T to Move its Databases and App Workloads to the Oracle Cloud

AT&T will move thousands of its large scale internal databases to Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Under the agreement, AT&T will migrate thousands of existing Oracle databases containing petabytes of data plus their associated applications workloads to Oracle Cloud. AT&T will have global access to Oracle’s cloud portfolio offerings both in the public cloud and on AT&T’s Integrated Cloud. This includes Oracle’s IaaS, PaaS, Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

“This is an historic agreement,” said Mark Hurd, CEO, Oracle. “The Oracle Cloud will enable AT&T to use Oracle technology more efficiently across every layer of the technology stack. This includes AT&T’s massive redeployment of Oracle Databases, which will be provisioned entirely from the Oracle Cloud Platform including our highly cost effective Exadata as a Service.”

The companies noted that AT&T has led the industry when it comes to virtualizing and software-controlling the wide area network. The company’s goal is to virtualize 75% of its core network functions by 2020, hitting 55% by the end of 2017.

“We believe that the future of the network is to be data-powered, to be software-centric, and to be fast and responsive,” said John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations. “We call this three-pronged approach AT&T Network 3.0 Indigo, and it’s all about enabling a seamless and intuitive network experience for our customers. This collaboration with Oracle accelerates our network transformation and migration to the cloud to expand efficiency, performance, and reduce cost while improving overall customer service.”

https://www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/oracle-and-att-050417.html

Friday, April 21, 2017

NTT Com extends Multi-Cloud Connect to Oracle Cloud

NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced the extension of the Multi-Cloud Connect solution to Oracle Cloud to help multinational customers leverage the performance and cost benefits offered by the cloud while leveraging its secure, high performance MPLS network.

Under the agreement, Multi-Cloud Connect will connect directly to Oracle Cloud's platform via Oracle Network Cloud Services – FastConnect, enabling private connectivity to its portfolio and features based on platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings. The agreement encompasses middleware such as Oracle Database Cloud Service and Java Cloud Service, as well as integration and business analytics features.

Additionally, NTT Com and Oracle will enable hybrid deployment of Oracle Cloud and Oracle software hosted on-premises or Oracle Cloud at Customer based on a single, global network.

Multi-Cloud Connect currently connects to Oracle Cloud and other third party cloud services including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, as well as NTT Com's private cloud service, via a security-enhanced, private Layer 3 connection, avoiding the public Internet.
Multi-Cloud Connect is designed to enable enterprises to support the demands of different applications by delivering a hybrid cloud environment incorporating a mix of public cloud and private cloud or on-premises, private cloud (enterprise cloud) and/or public cloud elements.

NTT Com's Multi-Cloud Connect is directly connected to public clouds hosted in key markets across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

http://www.ntt.com/en/about-us/press-releases/news/article/2017/0418.html?_ga=1.166327358.1897876473.1492805105


  • Earlier this year, NTT announced that as part of a commitment to expand its position in the cloud it would explore how to leverage the potential of its cloud investments worldwide. Specifically, Dimension Data and NTT Com planned to explore how to deliver a unified cloud experience to clients through greater collaboration within NTT, initially via closer integration of the Dimension Data and NTT Com cloud IaaS platforms.
  • In addition, NTT Com recently announced the launch of software-defined (SD) services and a suite of technologies with managed services named SDx+M (Software Defined Everything and Management). The new solution is part of NTT Com's strategy of providing software programmable networking, cloud and infrastructure environments.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Oracle and Tech Mahindra Partner on VoLTE as a Service Offering

Tech Mahindra, a leading system integrator for network infrastructure services, and Oracle Communications have partnered to deliver an end-to-end VoLTE-as-a-Managed-Service solution based on Oracle’s IMS Core and Signaling products.

The joint solution offers operators the ability to achieve a faster time to market with new VoLTE services, increased voice quality and greater network efficiency while significantly reducing cost and complexity.

Tech Mahindra’s VoLTE-as-a-Managed-Service solution, powered by Oracle Communications technology, simplifies the path to an all-IP network by offering a fully virtualized solution that runs on common off the shelf hardware rather than relying on proprietary networking equipment.

The companies said a typical service provider with an LTE data network can expect to service its first Oracle-enabled VoLTE call within 3-6 months of deploying the solution, often at significant cost savings compared to traditional vendors and in-house solutions.

“The need to drive increased network efficiency and coverage while offering enhanced voice quality necessitates the move to Voice-over-Packet technologies,” said Manish Vyas, CEO Tech Mahindra Network Services. “Leveraging Oracle technology, Tech Mahindra is enabling service providers to adopt VoLTE in a simpler and more cost-effective way, with a powerful end-to-end pre-integrated solution that is virtualized and offers industry leading capabilities at each function.”

http://www.techmahindra.com
http://www.oracle.com

Friday, January 20, 2017

Oracle to Acquire Apiary for API Framework

Oracle agreed to acquire Apiary, a start-up based in San Francisco that provides a framework and tools for developing application programming interfaces (APIs) for cloud-based applications and services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Apiary said it has helped companies create hundreds of thousands of APIs. Its APIFlow framework spans the API creation lifecycle, including design, governance, testing, and documentation, while supporting API Blueprint and OpenAPI industry standards.

“Oracle’s API Integration Cloud enables companies to secure, consume, monetize, and analyze APIs,” said Amit Zavery, Senior Vice President, Integration Cloud, Oracle. “With Apiary, Oracle will also provide customers advanced capabilities to design and govern API’s, allowing companies to manage the entire API lifecycle and deliver integrated applications.”

“Oracle customers will have unique access to a comprehensive API management platform providing control and increased agility, enabling them to focus on innovation,” said Jakub Nešetřil, Founder and CEO, Apiary. “We are excited to join Oracle and bring even more value to customers as part of Oracle’s Integration Cloud.”

More information about this announcement is available at

http://www.oracle.com/apiary

Monday, November 21, 2016

Oracle to Acquire for DNS Operations

Oracle has agreed to acquire Dyn, a leading cloud-based Internet Performance and Domain Name System (DNS) provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services. Financial terms were not disclosed, although media reports valued the deal at over $600 million.

Dyn said its DNS platform drives 40 billion traffic optimization decisions daily for more than 3,500 enterprise customers, including preeminent digital brands such as Netflix, Twitter, Pfizer and CNBC.

Oracle said Dyn’s DNS solution extends the Oracle cloud computing platform and provides enterprise customers with a one-stop shop for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

“Oracle already offers enterprise-class IaaS and PaaS for companies building and running Internet applications and cloud services,” said Thomas Kurian, President, Product Development, Oracle. “Dyn’s immensely scalable and global DNS is a critical core component and a natural extension to our cloud computing platform.”

“Oracle cloud customers will have unique access to Internet performance information that will help them optimize infrastructure costs, maximize application and website-driven revenue, and manage risk,” said Kyle York, Chief Strategy Officer, Dyn. “We are excited to join Oracle and bring even more value to our customers as part of Oracle’s cloud computing platform.”

https://www.oracle.com/corporate/acquisitions/dyn/index.html

Dyn Managed DNS Hit by Major DDoS Attack


Dyn, which provides cloud-based Internet Performance Management and traffic steering to major websites, including Twitter, Zappos, Red Hat, BT, CNBC and Zillow, experienced a major DDoS was impacting its Managed DNS customers in its US East region. On its status update site, Dyn noted that it began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21st-Friday 2016 against its Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Impacted web

Monday, September 19, 2016

Oracles Targets IaaS Market with Bare Metal Servers

Oracle has set its sights on AWS, Azure and other infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers with the launch of bare metal cloud servers that it says are 11.5X faster and 20 percent cheaper than the fastest solution offered by the competition.

The new servers are deployed in a fully virtualized network environment and offer database-as-service, network block storage, object storage and VPN connectivity. In addition, Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services provide a secure, private and high-performance software defined Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) that allows customers to treat Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services as a secure and elastic extension of their on-premise network. The servers are designed to maximize network throughput by providing direct connectivity between compute and storage nodes.

Another new offering is the Oracle Ravello Cloud Service, which takes enterprise VMware and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) workloads and runs them in the public cloud without any changes. Customers can run VMware natively on public cloud without requiring VM conversion, application reconfiguration or networking changes. It is also allows enterprises to have full L2 and L3 networking flexibility in the public cloud.

The company is also introducing Oracle FastConnect, which provides secure connections from an enterprise data center to the Oracle Cloud. Connectivity options now include IPsec VPN, MPLS to connect to existing enterprise networks and Fast Connect for quick peering.

https://www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/iaas-cloud-offerings-091916.html

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Oracle to Acquire NetSuite for Enterprise Resource Planning

Oracle agreed to acquire NetSuite (NYSE: N), for $109.00 per share in cash, or approximately $9.3 billion.

NetSuite provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of more than 30,000 companies, organizations, and subsidiaries in more than 100 countries. NetSuite (originally NetLedger) was founded in 1998 by Evan Goldberg and is based in San Mateo, California.

“We expect this acquisition to be immediately accretive to Oracle’s earnings on a non-GAAP basis in the first full fiscal year after closing,” said Safra Catz, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle.

“NetSuite has been working for 18 years to develop a single system for running a business in the cloud,” said Evan Goldberg, Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman, NetSuite. “This combination is a winner for NetSuite’s customers, employees and partners.”

“NetSuite will benefit from Oracle’s global scale and reach to accelerate the availability of our cloud solutions in more industries and more countries,” said Zach Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, NetSuite. “We are excited to join Oracle and accelerate our pace of innovation.”

The evaluation and negotiation of the transaction was led by a Special Committee of Oracle’s Board of Directors consisting solely of independent directors. The Special Committee unanimously approved the transaction on behalf of Oracle and its Board of Directors.

http://www.oracle.com/netsuite

Sunday, July 3, 2016

BT to offer Direct Access to Oracle Cloud

BT will begin offering direct access to the Oracle Cloud in the final quarter of calendar year 2016.

With BT Cloud Connect for Oracle FastConnect, customers can use a private connection based on BT’s IP Connect VPN service, which is designed to predictably, securely and consistently exchange large volumes of data between the Oracle Cloud and their own on-premises environment. BT will connect directly to Oracle’s Cloud locations in Amsterdam and London, giving customers access from anywhere in the world to services provided in European data centres. Through pre-provisioning via BT Cloud Connect, BT can cut the typical dedicated connection deployment time from months to days.

The Oracle Cloud supports 70 million users and more than 34 billion transactions each day and runs in 19 data centres around the world.

“Cloud is the fastest growing part of Oracle’s business,” said Thomas Kurian, president of Product Development, Oracle.“This partnership will help our customers leveraging the Oracle Cloud execute on their business strategies by taking advantage of the breadth and depth of BT’s global network and its Cloud Connect offering for their high bandwidth connectivity needs.”

http://www.btplc.com/
http://www.oracle.com

Monday, December 21, 2015

Oracle Acquires StackEngine for Container Management

Oracle has acquired StackEngine, a start-up specializing in container operations management.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

StackEngine, which is based in Austin, offers software to manage and automate Docker applications, giving organizations the power to compose, deploy, and automate resilient container-native applications. Its flagship product, Container Application Center, is an end-to-end container application management solution for developers, DevOps and IT operations teams that brings users through the entire container application lifecycle, from development to deployment.

All StackEngine employees will be joining Oracle as part of Oracle Public Cloud.

http://www.stackengine.com/
https://www.oracle.com/corporate/acquisitions/stackengine/index.html

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Oracle: Growth in Devices/Services Means Surge in Diameter Signaling Load

New devices and the proliferation of more-personalized and sophisticated digital services will lead to a massive increase in LTE Diameter signaling traffic, according to the recently published "Oracle Communications LTE Diameter Signaling Index, Fourth Edition."

Oracle forecasts that LTE Diameter signaling traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 68 percent in the next five years, from 30 million messages per second (MPS) in 2014 to 395 million MPS by 2019.

Some highlights of the study:

Applications

  • LTE Broadcast is the fastest-growing generator of Diameter signaling traffic, creating 49.5 million MPS by 2019 at a CAGR of 75 percent. The technology is just emerging, and continued growth is expected as CSPs trial LTE Broadcast for everything from digital signage to live video feeds at sporting events
  • Policy continues to drive the majority of Diameter signaling traffic, creating 277 million MPS. With more-sophisticated policy use cases, the number of Diameter transactions between policy enforcement points and charging has increased
  • Mobility will generate 25.3 million MPS by 2019. It is currently not a major factor in overall Diameter signaling traffic generation, because it creates a low number of transactions in the Diameter network
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE) will generate 43.1 million MPS at a CAGR of 49 percent by 2019

Geographical Regions

  • Latin America and the Caribbean showed the fastest growth and will account for 15.4 million MPS by 2019—a CAGR of 118 percent
  • The Middle East and Africa region is the second-lowest generator of Diameter signaling traffic, creating a combined 29.8 million MPS—but it is the second-fastest–growing region with a CAGR of 103 percent
  • The Asia Pacific region will become the largest generator of Diameter signaling traffic in the world by 2019, with 188 million MPS and a CAGR of 78 percent. The region also leads the world in VoLTE signaling, generating 19.9 million MPS at a CAGR of 55 percent
  • North America is beginning to mature in Diameter signaling traffic. Generating 82.9 million MPS by 2019, signaling growth in this region has slowed to a CAGR of 42 percent
  • Europe is the third-largest generator of Diameter signaling traffic, contributing 78.7 million MPS to global Diameter signaling traffic

“LTE innovation is still in the early stages, but it is gaining momentum,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “And we’re looking beyond today’s LTE—NFV is developing, creating a very attractive cloud-based LTE opportunity. The time for CSPs to plan for Diameter signaling growth is now.”

https://go.oracle.com/LP=21245?elqCampaignId=29082

Friday, October 30, 2015

Oracle's Chris King on the Open Networking Transformation



The first impact of open networking in the telecom industry is a tear-down of the traditional purpose-built network appliances, says Chris King, Senior Director - Product Marketing for Oracle. As we think about where this is headed, the hope is that many of the techniques of the IT industry will be adopted to really deliver interoperable software.

https://youtu.be/xZdu23yM-iA




Monday, October 26, 2015

Oracle Intros Visual Analytics Cloud Service

Oracle unveiled a Data Visualization Cloud Service that lets users combine data from a variety of sources -- Oracle and other SaaS applications, on-premises systems, external sources and personal files -- and immediately gain new insights using visual analysis.


Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service provides compatibility and integration with the full breadth of Oracle's analytics offerings.

"Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service makes data visualization 100 percent self-service, empowering business users to go from raw data to actionable business insights in just a few minutes. This new service delivers rich visual analysis, rapid discovery of insights and secure collaboration, enabling fact-based decisions at every level of the organization," stated Hari Sankar, group vice president, Business Analytics, Oracle.

http://www.oracle.com


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Blueprint: NFV - the New and Improved Network…with Some of the Same Old Baggage

by Douglas Tait, Director, Product Marketing, Oracle Communications

Network function virtualization (NFV) is in motiion Software functions are separating from hardware infrastructure and virtualizing, then becoming capable of running on a wide array of suitable hardware. In fact, NFV adoption is so strong that according to a statement made by Heavy Reading analyst Jim Hodges at the recent NFV Everywhere event in Dallas, the global NFV market will grow from $485.3 million in 2014 to $2.2 billion by the end of this year. The promise here, of course, is that communications service providers (CSPs) can reduce operational and expenditure costs related to updating, maintaining, or enhancing network functions by decoupling the software from the hardware.  This provides CSPs with more options to buy and deploy best-of-breed software components that run on best-of-breed hardware components.

If only it were that simple.

This article will cover why the path to NFV isn’t so clear cut, and some ideas for overcoming the complexity.  

The New and Improved Network

The NFV “divide and conquer” approach makes sense—the software lifecycle is completely different from the hardware lifecycle, and IT has made huge strides in developing and testing software virtualization technology. NFV provides the blueprint to virtualize software and deploy agile services when needed, or when upgrades are required, all without major expensive network re-deployments.  

This separation of software from hardware is a significant first step forward for the communications industry that creates new ways to manage the network elements. Now, an open market for best-of-breed hardware is possible, which could drive down costs. Also possible is the encapsulation of software elements as “virtualized network functions” (VNFs), which allows CSPs to manage software lifecycle management separately so that upgrades and enhancements do not affect the hardware environment (except in the event of rare scaling and performance dependencies).

NFV is moving network technology in the right direction, and in many ways, it’s similar to the revolution of cloud computing in IT. And also like cloud computing, now that the deployment model has been revolutionized, the next step in NFV is to free up the hold on software functions. Specifically, NFV has matured to the point where CSPs can deploy on any suitable best of breed hardware. Now it’s time for CSPs to have more choices to deploy best of breed software on that hardware to build the best possible network.
   
But here is the fly in the ointment, or, the “same old baggage.” While hardware components are interoperable, the network software components were never designed to be interoperable.

Same Old Baggage

For NFV software, interoperability is required on two levels: 1) between VNFs and 2) between Management and Network Orchestrators (MANOs) and the VNFs. Regardless of NFV, the same old baggage comes from taking existing network functions that do not interoperate and virtualizing them into VNFs—you still have network functions that do not interoperate. In many ways, NFV is compounding the problem, because currently there aren’t agreed-upon standards between the MANO and VNF. As a result, the various suppliers are creating the best interface for just the NFV products they own.

If this situation sounds familiar, it probably is: the problem of NFV interoperability is not new. And there have already been several attempts to create hard standards for network functions to fix it—TINA-C, JAIN, PARLAY, OneAPI. Each made a valiant effort at standardization, yet did not fully achieve software interoperability in the communications network. Now, the NFV community is pursuing interoperability with an open sourced approach—that is, creating an open source reference implementation model for NFV and hoping that the network equipment providers will follow. This open source model has had some success in the IT industry—think Apache Foundation, Linux, and GNU. And for the communications industry, projects like OPNFV, Open Daylight, ONF, Open Stack, and Open vSwitch offer an approach that would move the industry to a common software model, but without requiring NFV vendors to comply with a standard.

The original NFV whitepaper makes it clear that many of the largest and most influential CSPs want to allow VNFs to proliferate in an open market where network providers may mix, match, buy, and deploy best of breed VNFs that would automatically connect and run their networks. But to make this objective a reality, full interoperability between VNFs and MANOs is required. So what is the best way for the industry to move forward from this stalemate?

NFV: Path to Software Interoperability 

To overcome these obstacles and achieve the full potential of NFV, the industry should consider not just one solution, but rather an integrated and multi-step path to jumpstart the VNF market from a premise to a promise with a real plan. Here are a few things that the industry should consider:

  • Assemble a policing agency or an interoperability group that tests or runs the software and generates compliance reports.  As discussed, one of the major roadblocks to reaching NFV’s potential is that there is very little standardization enforcement across the communications industry. A standards body or policing agency could help by validating that vendors’ products and solutions meet defined specifications required to call themselves “certified NFV suppliers”—and therefore deemed trustworthy by customers.
  • Continue with the open source community offerings.  Although the open source communities do not have a charter to enforce interoperability, CSPs may use the reference implementation the communities produce as a model or means to test the VNFs. 
  • Define a standard API for VNFs.  While this approach does not completely solve the interoperability issues and does not enforce the standard between the VNFs into the MANO, it would provide a universal programming interface for all VNFs. VNF providers could produce their products despite not having their own MANO product.
  • Define a standard protocol that the industry could adopt as a universal standard, or that at least would be enforceable via something like the Java Community Process. This would enable   CSPs to compare vendors, supporting a fair and free market—CSPs could buy the best product for their company without fear that the vendor is violating standards.
  • Provide an interface framework in the VNF manager.  In the absence of hard protocol standards, another way to accelerate the adoption of NFV is a VNF plugin framework. This would allow VNF suppliers to build and test executable plugins that interface with their products, yet run within the VNF manager—promoting technical interoperability between the VNF manager and the VNF, while opening the market for suppliers to work together. While a plugin framework does not solve the problem of interoperability between VNFs, VNF managers and various VNF suppliers would be able to rapidly integrate their products. And, when the industry finally advances and produces a standard, the only update required is the plugin; the VNF manager and the VNFs would require little change.  

If the industry can develop standards against which vendors can build NFV solutions, and employ a policing body to enforce these standards, VNF interoperability will move forward—driving unprecedented innovation to bring new services and new revenue streams to market quickly, with much lower risk. But the industry must continue to move forward in the meantime. So it must take action now to enable industry players to work together, promoting a culture of openness and innovation.

About the Author

Doug Tait is director of product marketing, Oracle Communications.

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Oracle Partners with Intel to Take on IBM as it Pivots to Cloud

Oracle and Intel announced a special partnership aimed at migrating customers running Oracle databases on Intel Power Systems to new platform based on Intel Xeon silicon. The companies said they are able to deliver database-aware software enhancements optimized for Intel Xeon.


At this week's Oracle OpenWorld, the company is rolling out enhancements to its partner network as it makes a strategic "pivot to the cloud.: “Cloud is our top priority and we are aligning our resources to that strategic initiative,” said Shawn Price, senior vice president, Cloud, Oracle. “We will work with our partner ecosystem to pivot to the cloud and fully capitalize on the historic opportunity before us. We remain committed to expanding our partner community and providing all of its valued members the tools, technology and expertise they need to deliver excellence to our joint customers and succeed in the market.”

  https://www.oracle.com/engineered-systems/exadata/exayourpower.html

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Expects 60,000 Attendees

This week's Oracle OpenWorld 2015 in San Francisco is expected to attract 60,000 in person attendees. The conference, which runs October 25-29, takes place at 18 locations throughout downtown San Francisco. It features 2,500 sessions, 3,000 speakers, and more than 400 Oracle demos, as well as partner and customer exhibitions.

Elton John will highlight the customer party at Treasure Island.

https://www.oracle.com/



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Oracle Releases New OSS suite for NFV

Oracle Communications released a new version of its operational support system (OSS) suite to help communications service providers (CSPs) design services spanning physical and virtual networks. The suite is also designed to help streamline the operational delivery of customer orders—including high-growth B2B and wholesale orders—enabling CSPs to capitalize on the opportunities of a network function virtualization (NFV)-driven communications world.

The new version of the Oracle Communications OSS suite includes updates to several products, including Oracle Communications Design Studio, Oracle Communications Order and Service Management, Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management, Oracle Communications ASAP, Oracle Communications IP Service Activator, Oracle Communications Network Integrity, and Oracle Communications Network Intelligence. It is integrated and optimized to work with the Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle Database 12c, and Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c, improving performance, manageability, and security and enabling future OSS suite deployments in the cloud as well as on premises.

Key capabilities of the new OSS suite:

  • Efficiently deliver and manage contemporary network-based B2B services: the upgraded OSS suite enhances the visual modeling, design, and configuration of packet-based network connectivity, including built-in support for MEF’s Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services such as E-Line and E-LAN, and the ability to efficiently process large B2B or wholesale orders up to 6,000 line items per order. The suite also supports agile orchestration and delivery of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services across multiple network operators, aligning with the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration architecture recently demonstrated at TM Forum Live.
  • Seamlessly support the design and delivery of services on physical, virtual, and hybrid networks: Oracle Communications provides CSPs with a single, integrated, end-to-end design environment spanning business, operations, and network processes that, in conjunction with Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration Solution, extends the OSS suite to deliver services on virtual and hybrid networks. This helps to ensure that CSPs avoid cumbersome or fragmented design approaches and can achieve not just network agility, but actual business agility.
  • Accelerate solution design in collaboration with existing provisioning systems: With a new catalog export capability, CSPs can holistically design their fulfillment solution once and then propagate the design to any number of participating systems, from enterprise catalogs to specialized provisioning systems. This end-to-end design approach enables faster and more efficient solution design by reducing manual steps in the process.
  • Efficiently manage exceptions in order processing: The upgraded OSS suite includes new tools to more effectively process complex orders and manage exceptions during order processing, including enhancements to order jeopardy and fallout management and batch order changes. These new tools can help CSPs diagnose and resolve issues faster without requiring custom modeling or specialist skills, in turn reducing operational costs and improving the customer experience.

“As CSPs continue to standardize and virtualize their networks, agility in service design and automation in service delivery have become major focus areas—which is putting a spotlight on OSS to rapidly launch and efficiently deliver innovative services on an increasingly dynamic network,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “This release of the Oracle Communications OSS suite accelerates design agility, provides support for the latest network technologies, and further simplifies network-based B2B service delivery in practice, supporting our commitment to delivering innovative OSS solutions in an increasingly virtualized communications world.”

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