Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Linux Foundation Launches Open Platform for NFV Project

The Linux Foundation is launching the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV) with the goal of accelerating the commercial introduction of NFV products and services.

OPNFV will establish a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV and ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components. Because multiple open source NFV building blocks already exist, OPNFV will work with upstream projects to coordinate continuous integration and testing while filling development gaps.

The initial project objectives are to:

  • develop an integrated and tested open source platform that can be used to investigate and demonstrate core NFV functionality;
  • include proactive participation of leading end users to validate that OPNFV meets the needs of the end user community;
  • contribute to and participate in relevant open source projects that will be leveraged in the OPNFV reference platform;
  • establish an open ecosystem for NFV solutions based on open standards and open source software; and
  • promote OPNFV as the preferred open reference platform.

While not developing standards, OPNFV will work closely with ETSI’s NFV ISG, among others, to drive consistent implementation of standards for an open NFV reference platform. When open source software development is aligned with standards development, it can root out issues early, identify resolutions and become the de facto codebase, resulting in a far more economical approach to platform development.

OPNFV will license new components under the Apache License Version 2.0 and will work within the licensing requirements of upstream projects in order to contribute code back to these projects. A Board of Directors and Technical Steering Committee (TSC) will govern the initiative. The Board will be made up of representatives from member companies and will set the business direction and scope of the project. The TSC will also provide technical governance and leadership for the project.

Board officers for OPNFV include:

  • Prodip Sen, board chair  (HP)
  • Margaret Chiosi, president (AT&T)
  • Wenjing Chu, secretary (Dell)
  • Hui Deng, treasurer (China Mobile)

Platinum founding members of IPNFV include AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telecom Italia and Vodafone. Silver-level founding members include 6WIND, Alcatel-Lucent, ARM, Broadcom, CableLabs, Cavium, CenturyLink, Ciena, Citrix, ClearPath Networks, ConteXtream, Coriant, Cyan, Dorado Software, Ixia, Metaswitch Networks, Mirantis, Orange, Sandvine, Sprint and Wind River.

“Open source code has been proven to accelerate innovation and time to market for new technologies,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Open Platform for NFV will bring together providers, cloud and infrastructure vendors, developers and users alike to define a new type of reference platform for the industry, integrating existing open source building blocks with new components and testing that accelerates development and deployment of NFV. We are excited to host this important industry initiative that will provide a common foundation for the future of networks.”

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/announcements/2014/09/telecom-industry-and-vendors-unite-build-common-open-platform

A 21-page whitepaper on OPNFV is here:
https://www.opnfv.org//sites/opnfv/files/pages/files/opnfv_whitepaper_092914.pdf

AT&T: 2 Million Connected Cars and Growing Fast

AT&T told a group of investors that it expects meaningful subscriber growth for its connected car services in the next three-to-five years. As of today, AT&T provides either wholesale or retail connectivity (“connected cars”) to nearly 2 million U.S. registered passenger vehicles with about 500,000 added in the third quarter.

In 2015, AT&T expects to connect nearly half of new wireless-connected U.S. passenger vehicles and the company expects to serve more than 10 million such vehicles by the end of 2017.

Initially, AT&T will get revenues through wholesale customer relationships with auto manufacturers.  Later, the company will have the opportunity to develop a direct retail relationship with drivers. Wholesale ARPU (average monthly revenue per subscriber), paid for by auto manufacturers, is expected to be in the low single digits and retail ARPU, paid for by the car owners, is expected to be similar to that of a tablet on an AT&T Mobile Share Value Plan.

AT&T also update some of its guidance on its wireless business:


  • For the third quarter of 2014, AT&T still expects wireless postpaid churn to be 1 percent or lower.
  • AT&T Next take rates are expected to be approximately 50 percent and to have over 400,000 postpaid smartphone gross adds from customers who “bring their own mobile devices” (commonly known as BYOD adds).
  • AT&T expects approximately 58 percent of its postpaid smartphone base to be on Mobile Share Value plans at the end of the third quarter.
  • AT&T Digital Life, the company’s home security and automation service, has approximately 140,000 subscribers at the end of the third quarter with more than half of those added in the last two quarters. 

http://www.att.com/gen/landing-pages?pid=5718

Oracle is Just Getting Started in Clouds: 19 of Top 20 SaaS Apps

Oracle is just getting started in the cloud, said Larry Ellison in a keynote address at Oracle Open World 2014 in San Francisco, but already almost every major enterprise SaaS application is built upon the Oracle database.  This includes Salesforce.com, Ariba, SuccessFactors, NetSuite and many others. This give Oracle “the largest portfolio of applications [in the cloud] of anybody".

Oracle’s cloud infrastructure consists of over 30,000 server and 400 petabytes of storage.  It currently support 62 million users a day.

For Oracle, one path to the cloud is to offer a seamless Database as a Service, enabling enterprise customers to move workloads between on-premises and public clouds via tools in the Oracle platform. To ensure security, Oracle will provide full isolation for network, VM and OS instances.  Oracle Database 12c is now available as a cloud service,

The advantage of migrating database apps to the Oracle cloud, said Ellison, include the cost advantages of multitenancy, high-speed analytics delivered by Oracle, and social & mobile capabilities that the company is rapidly developing.  Ellison showcased the speed boost from the Oracle Database In-Memory option, which delivers up to 1000x gains compared to conventional row-based searches.

Oracle also introduced an automated real-time data backup system, a Flash storage system, and the latest generation M7 SPARC chip, which incorporates memory protection and accelerators for database queries and data decompression.

http://medianetwork.oracle.com/

Windstream Cranks Up its 100G Long-haul Express Net with Infinera

Windstream has begun deployment of phase two of its 100G long-haul express network, which leverages Infinera’s optical transport platform. Windstream operates a nationwide fiber and IP network as well as 27 data centers.

Phase two of the 100G long-haul express network rollout covers about 4,100 miles and is scheduled to be complete by year’s end. It includes routes from Chicago to Omaha, Kansas City and St. Louis; Cleveland to Albany, N.Y.; Boston, New York City and Philadelphia; Atlanta to Charlotte and Ashburn, Va.; and Monroe, La., to Memphis.

Phase one of the project, announced in March, covers about 5,300 miles. It included routes from St. Louis to Chicago, Indianapolis, Lexington, Ky.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Atlanta, Memphis and Dallas; and from Chicago to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, the District of Columbia and Ashburn, Va.

Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Network features the industry’s only commercially available single-card 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels based on Infinera's widely deployed photonic integrated circuits. This provides Windstream with a solution integrating DWDM optical transmission and non-blocking OTN switching in a single platform. Infinera's intelligent software combined with this converged platform automates manual operations to lower operational costs and enable faster service delivery. The Infinera DTN-X is designed to scale without compromise to single-card terabit super-channels and Terabit Ethernet in the future.

“Windstream, with our ‘smart solutions, personalized service’ brand promise, is committed to meeting the rapidly expanding data needs of our enterprise customers, and our high-capacity, low-latency long-haul network reflects that commitment,” said Randy Nicklas, executive vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for Windstream. “The Infinera platform we are deploying enables Windstream to rapidly provision network services that support our customers’ critical applications in a highly reliable and secure way.”

http://www.windstream.com

Alcatel-Lucent Invests in Ikanos for G.fast

Ikanos Communications announced that Tallwood Venture Capital and Alcatel-Lucent are purchasing $11.25 million and $5.0 million, or approximately 27.4 million and 12.2 million shares, of the company’s common stock, respectively, at $0.41 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $16.25 million.

Alcatel-Lucent has committed to loan the company up to $10.0 million, subject to the terms of the loan agreement.  Tallwood has also agreed to purchase an additional $11.25 million of common stock at the same per share price.

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent has entered into a collaboration with Ikanos on the development of ultra-broadband products.

“As a world leader in ultra-broadband, we place a great deal of value in technology and innovation,” said Federico Guillen, president Fixed Networks Division at Alcatel-Lucent.  “We set a very high standard when it comes to selecting our partners.  The collaboration with Ikanos is aligned with our vision of bringing ultra-broadband to as many people as possible.”

http://www.ikanos.com

Blueprint: Carriers Set Their Sights on 1Gbps Rollouts with G.fast


By Kourosh Amiri, VP Marketing, Ikanos, Inc. Demand for high-speed broadband access by consumers has never been more intense than it is today.  Rapidly increasing numbers of connected devices inside the home and the adoption of higher-resolution (4K and 8K) television are just the tip of the iceberg.  Home automation, remote patient monitoring, and multi-player gaming – among countless other applications – are contributing to an Internet...

Ikanos Intros New High-Performance Gateway Processors


Ikanos Communications introduced a new line of Fusiv Vx500 processors for next-generation smart residential gateways. Ikanos' Vx58x vectoring xDSL gateway processors deliver an aggregate (combined upstream and downstream) data rate of up to 400Mbps with VDSL2 bonding, while providing 11GHz of offload processing for cloud access, dual-band, dual-concurrent WiFi acceleration (AC1750), LAN management and QoS, and secure content processing and distribution....

Ceragon Receives Follow-on Orders from Global Tier 1 Operator

Ceragon Networks announced the receipt of follow-on orders from a global Tier 1 operator serving 20 countries across Asia and Africa. This latest upgrade of both African and Asian subsidiaries brings the total order value to over $50 million year to date.

Ceragon said its Evolution Long-Haul solution is being used in to expand the operator’s mobile reach across eight national markets. In Asia, Ceragon’s all-out-door expertise and FibeAir solutions will be used to both expand existing 3G services and facilitate the upgrade to high-speed 4G/LTE networks.

The African mobile broadband market is growing at very fast rate. According to market research firm Ovum, mobile broadband penetration in the continent will grow from a
mere 12%, or 95 million subscribers in 2013, to over 45% or 522 million by 2017.

http://www.ceragon.com

Dell'Oro: Worldwide Carrier CAPEX to Decline $6B in 2015

Worldwide telecom carrier CAPEX is forecast to decline by $6 billion in 2015, according to a newly published Carrier Economics report by Dell'Oro Group.  The expected decline follows growth rate in the mid-single digits for 1H 2014. Double-digit growth in mobile network infrastructure significantly outpaced the low single-digit growth in service revenues.

"While we maintain our view that worldwide Capex will grow around 3% in 2014, we believe multiple factors will contribute to a decline in Capex during 2015,” said Stefan Pongratz, Dell’Oro Group’s Carrier Economics analyst. “Higher device penetration, decelerating mobile data growth rates, lack of new revenue streams, and increased competition in both the developing and developed markets have caused worldwide revenue growth to decelerate in the last couple of years.  Slower growth in service revenues coupled with the rapid network progress during 2014 in China, North America, Japan, and Europe will also put some pressure on worldwide Capex upside in 2015,” continued Pongratz.

Other Dell’Oro Group Carrier Economics Report highlights:

  • The amount of mobile Capex required to support incremental mobile data usage has declined more than 50% per year since the smartphone boom started.
  • Fiber and LTE coverage build-outs will continue to drive telecom equipment investments in 2H14 and 2015.  The proportion of Capex that will be allocated to new technology enablers and network topologies including NFV and small cells is expected to be negligible over the next six quarters.

http://www.delloro.com/news/worldwide-telecom-carrier-capex-forecast-to-decline-6-billion-in-2015

Dell’Oro: Network Security Appliance Market Grows 4% Q/Q

The Network Security Appliance market grew four percent quarter-over-quarter, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.  Gains were recorded in both Physical and Virtual Appliances as new threats, the necessity of protecting network assets, and the priority of mitigating the risks associated with attacks continued to drive demand.

The market also saw a change in vendor rankings in the second quarter 2014 as Fortinet’s strong sales into large enterprise customers in the Unites States pushed the company’s security revenues up eight percent.  The transition to new products platforms caused some softness for vendors such as Juniper as they migrate customers to higher end SRX platforms.

“The way security policies are created and enforced has changed. The previous generation of perimeter-deployed firewalls was not equipped to address new network complexities,” explained Casey Quillin, Director of Data Center Appliance research at Dell’Oro Group.  “Application-aware new security platforms—such as those offered by Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, Check Point, Dell (SonicWALL), Juniper, and Cisco (Sourcefire)—use deep-packet inspection to create and enforce user- or application layer policies. We believe such enterprise firewall products will continue to grow in utility and increasingly contribute to NSA growth,” Quillin explained.

http://www.delloro.com

Accenture and Alcatel-Lucent Form Customer Care Alliance

Accenture and Alcatel-Lucent announced a strategic alliance to design, build and run scalable, cost effective customer care operations for all-IP networks.

A new Accenture Alcatel-Lucent Business Group will be formed with dedicated sales and delivery resources.  The solutions will be based on Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive line of products.  The new Group will also explore small cell wireless network solutions with a focus on integrating cellular technology and WiFi between service providers and large enterprises.

Accenture will be Alcatel-Lucent’s preferred supplier for software and network integration services. Alcatel-Lucent will also be a preferred technology provider for Accenture’s customer care and small cell solutions needs.

“Consumers and businesses expect any network they are on to provide sophisticated services that support multiple devices, combined with fast, reliable access,” said Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent. “Our collaboration with Accenture is strategic to our growth as we work to enable our clients to deliver on those expectations. By combining our outstanding IP platforms with Accenture’s consulting, systems integration, delivery, and process optimization skills, we will be well-positioned to significantly and measurably improve the world’s communication experience.”

“We look forward to working with Alcatel-Lucent to help fulfill the increasing demand for broadband services over wireless networks,” said Pierre Nanterme, chairman and CEO, Accenture. “The collaboration is consistent with our strategy of working at the heart of the digital ecosystem and growing our network services to enable communications service providers to undergo the transformation they need to thrive.”

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/
http://www.accenture.com

Microsoft India to Offer Local Azure and Office365 Cloud Services

Microsoft will offer commercial cloud services - Azure and Office 365, from local data centers in India by the end of 2015.

The company said local cloud facilities will ensure data sovereignty within India, lower latency and geo redundancy.

“Microsoft is deeply committed to helping people and organizations thrive in our mobile-first and cloud-first world - that’s why we are proud to offer our commercial cloud services through datacenters in India,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “With more than 250 million Indians using Internet-connected devices today, there is incredible demand and opportunity for India with Microsoft’s cloud services.”

http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/news/Press/2014/Sep14/MicrosoftAnnouncesCo.aspx

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cisco's Intercloud Expands Reach

Cisco has formed Intercloud partnerships with Deutsche Telekom, BT, Equinix, NTT Data and over 30 additional companies, demonstrating significant momentum behind its strategy to bring programmable networking to the interconnection of private and public clouds.

Cisco now aims to bring its Intercloud fabric into 250 of the top co-location data centers worldwide in the coming months, significantly advancing its goal of making Intercloud the leading architecture and ecosystem for exchanging cloud traffic. The company will dedicate $1 billion from its financing division to accelerate these key rollouts.

Intercloud, which Cisco first announced in March 2014, is a distributed network and security architecture designed for interconnecting high-value application workloads between clouds while retaining high security and local data sovereignty.  Intercloud uses APIs to connect cloud IT services across a data center network It supports OpenStack and multiple hypervisors. It is based on Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

At a press event in Silicon Valley, Rob Lloyd, Cisco's president of development and sales, described Intercloud as "the phase of the Internet," saying the challenge of interconnecting today public and private clouds in many ways resembles the challenges of the early Internet.

“Just as Cisco played a leading role in connecting isolated islands of LANs to architect the modern Internet, Cisco’s Intercloud Fabric and Application Centric Infrastructure innovations uniquely position us to connect disparate cloud services to unlock the full potential of cloud, and with it a new era in IT,” said Lloyd.

Some highlights:

  • Deutsche Telekom plans to deploy Intercloud nodes within its state-of-the-art data centers in Germany. The DT Intercloud will be operated by T-Systems to deliver sovereign and secure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings that meet Germany’s strict data protection standards.  Deutsche Telekom’s new Intercloud infrastructure, based on OpenStack to allow DT to standardize and scale their services globally, will incorporate Cisco’s suite of cloud solutions, including Cisco Intercloud Fabric and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which includes Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches  and the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC).
     
  • BT will deploy Cisco Intercloud Fabric in its 45 data centers worldwide. BT will become fully Intercloud enabled to support highly secure, global hybrid clouds with unparalleled workload portability for BT’s customers.  BT Cloud Compute is a pre-provisioned data center infrastructure that enables customers to create, deploy, monitor and manage their own cloud service. It integrates advanced Cisco technologies and is available in major economies across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific.
  • Cisco will offer its own Intercloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in its own data centers and with its own switches and UCS servers.  Cisco will also offer its own cloud services based on the Intercloud architecture.
  • Equinix will deploy the Cisco Intercloud, including the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switch, Cisco APIC, and the Cisco Evolved Services Platform, for the Equinix Cloud Exchange, which is available in major markets worldwide. The companies plan to develop a hosted private cloud solution that utilizes the Equinix Cloud Exchange to deliver highly secure private access to the rich ecosystem of cloud service providers in Equinix data centers globally. Cisco plans to deploy Intercloud capabilities in 16 Equinix markets across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • Cisco will use its Meraki platform to help Service Providers offer secure cloud VPNs to SMBs.
  • Other announced Intercloud partners include ANS Group, CGI Group, Cirrity, CTI, Dimension Data, Ethan Group, Infront Systems, LightEdge Solutions, LG CNS, Logicalis, Long View, Netelligent, NWN, NetApp, NTT DATA, OneNeck IT Solutions, OnX Managed Services, Peak 10, Presidio, Proxios, PT Portugal/Oi, Quest Media and Supplies, RedHat, Steria, Sungard, Telstra, VCE, Virtustream and Wipro.
  • Comstor, Ingram Micro Inc. and Tech Data will become cloud aggregators for Cisco.
  • Cisco Intercloud Fabric has now been officially released to customers.
  • Cisco Capital has earmarked $1 billion to accelerate rollout of these solutions.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1494528


  • In November 2013, Cisco unveiled its Application Centric Infrastructure for data centers and clouds. In a press event in New York, John Chambers described ACI as the next big transformation of the IT industry driven by imperatives of the application economy.

    ACI is a step beyond virtualization and software-defined networks (SDN), said Chambers, because it brings agility and automation with full visibility and integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT resources at the system, tenant, and application levels.  The architecture promises a pay-as-you-grow mode scaling to over 100,000 switch ports and capable of supporting more than one million IP end points in a data center spine with 60 Tbps capacity.  A key premise is that the network should adapt to application requirements through dynamic insertion and chaining of physical and virtual L4-7 network services including firewalls, application delivery controllers, and intrusion detection systems.  The new architecture is designed for multi-tenant cloud environments by providing real-time view of per tenant and per application health, statistics, and troubleshooting.  Real-time analytics will be used to drive intelligent application placement decisions.
    The foundation for ACI is an Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), enhanced versions of the NX-OS data center switching operating system, and a new line of Nexus 9000 data center switches based on technology from Insieme Networks, the Cisco spin-in start-up that is being acquired and re-integrated into the company.


Interview: Cisco Builds its Intercloud

Six month after unveiling its Intercloud strategy, Cisco announced 30 new partners, including Deutsche Telekom, BT, Equinix and NTT Data.

In this interview, Fabio Gori, Director, WW Cloud Marketing at Cisco, discusses:

00:04 - What is the Intercloud?
01:12 - Is the Intercloud really gaining market traction?
02:54 - Whats the real business value for Cisco Intercloud partners?
04:05 - What is Cisco doing to accelerate adoption of Intercloud?
05:21 - What does Intercloud mean for the industry? Will this be standards driven?

See video http://youtu.be/qf4eMHviIOE

Cisco and Equinix Team Up on Intercloud to Cloud Exchange

Cisco and Equinix will jointly develop enterprise customer solutions that utilize Cisco’s Intercloud technologies and the Equinix Cloud Exchange to deliver more secure, resilient and efficient interconnection to public clouds.  The non-exclusive partnership aims to extend connectivity from the application layer through data center networking system to enable a seamless experience between public cloud services, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, to enterprise networks that powered by Cisco equipment. The partnership is significant because of the shared enterprise customer base and global reach of the companies into key co-location data centers.

Some highlights:

  • Cisco intends to deploy Intercloud-enabled capabilities in 16 Equinix data centers across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • As Cisco expands its Intercloud capabilities, Equinix will be a preferred supplier, offering access to Cisco Cloud Services inside its global platform of International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.
  • Equinix intends to deploy Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) within the Equinix Cloud Exchange infrastructure to deliver application-driven policy control. It plans to deploy the key hardware and software elements of the Cisco ACI architecture in its data centers, including the Nexus 9000 Series Switch and the APIC Controller.
  • Equinix has already deployed elements of the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP) - an open, comprehensive orchestration and virtualization software platform on Equinix Cloud Exchange, providing real-time automation for service provisioning, over physical and virtual networks.
  • Equinix, the global interconnection leader, has a global data center footprint of more than 100 data centers across 32 markets in 15 countries.  

"What Cisco and Equinix are doing together is all about visibility and control. By connecting Cisco Intercloud and Cloud Exchange, we are adding policy, performance, security and visibility all the way to the application level, removing performance concerns sometimes associated with hybrid cloud services. Elasticity is essential for enterprises, and by providing a private, high bandwidth, highly secure infrastructure, we’re allowing enterprises to achieve their vision of a truly elastic cloud,” stated Ihab Tarazi, Chief Technology Officer, Equinix.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1496004




Interview: Cisco's Intercloud Meets the Equinix Cloud Exchange

Equinix will deploy Cisco's Intercloud capabilities in the Equinix Cloud Exchange, enabling native connectivity between the Cisco ecosystem and all of the third-party cloud services available via Equinix, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.  Cisco Cloud Services will also become available in the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

In this interview, Ihab Tarazi discusses:

0:05 - About the Equinix Cloud Exchange
0:57 - Highlights of the new partnership between Equinix and Cisco
1:51 - New capabilities enabled by Intercloud
2:27 - Is the deal exclusive?
3:04 - Significance for the rest of the networking industry
3:35 - How does this impact Equinix customers and partners?
04:14 - Will this change the way Equinix designs and develops its own data centers?
5:01 - Will the Intercloud deployments be enable across Equinix metro markets?

See video:  http://youtu.be/syio-23t2xU


OpenDaylight's Helium Delivers Better SDN/NFV Interoperability

The OpenDaylight Project, which is the community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance SDN and NFV, officially released Helium, its second generation open source software code.

Helium features 11 new protocols, applications and technologies for creating interoperability across software-defined networks.

Some highlights:

  • A new user interface provides a much simpler and customizable installation process.
  • The use of the Apache Karaf containers enables users to build on-demand combinations of components and features.
  • Deeper integration with OpenStack, including significant improvements in the Open vSwitch Database Integration project.
  • A technology preview of advanced OpenStack shoes features such as Security Groups, Distributed Virtual Router and Load Balancing-as-a-Service.
  • Improvements in high availability, clustering and security.
  • Strengthening and adding new protocols like OpenFlow Table Type Patterns, PacketCable MultiMedia, an application policy framework.
  • New tools for Service Function Chaining.

The OpenDaylight Project also confirmed that over a dozen vendors are building their controllers on top of OpenDaylight,.

“The OpenDaylight community is iterating, shaping and defining a de facto standard for SDN and NFV through code creation,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. “They’ve taken on the monumental task of bringing together all the disparate technologies, thoughts and ideas around SDN and forming it into a cohesive platform. The community has made amazing progress in a short amount of time as you can see in this second release which integrates more functionality, apps and use cases. Helium brings us one step closer to having one common platform the entire industry can standardize on.”

http://www.opendaylight.org/announcements/2014/09/opendaylight-paves-way-innovation-software-defined-networking-latest-open

Oracle Adds Big Data and Mobile Cloud Services

Oracle introduced six new Oracle Cloud Platform services that help customers and partners develop and deploy new applications, extend and personalize Oracle SaaS applications, and migrate existing on-premises applications to Oracle Cloud. New functionality targets big data analytics, integration, process management, Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE), and Node.js for server-side JavaScript.

The new services are:


30,000 devices. 400 petabytes of storage.
  • Oracle Big Data Cloud: Enables customers to analyze and process vast amounts of data using the Hadoop framework on a secure, elastic, managed, and easy-to-use infrastructure platform that is fully integrated with other Oracle Cloud services.
  • Oracle Mobile Cloud: Enables customers to rapidly bring enterprise-grade mobile apps to market with a cloud-based mobile back end.
  • Oracle Integration Cloud: Enables customers to rapidly design, deploy, monitor, and manage cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-premises integrations using a rich and intuitive browser-based interface.
  • Oracle Process Cloud: Empowers business users to design, deploy, monitor, and optimize business processes to improve efficiency, agility, and productivity.
  • Oracle Node.js Cloud: Enables customers to easily and rapidly deploy JavaScript applications along with any required libraries on a highly available and dynamically scalable Oracle Cloud infrastructure complete with cloud-based tooling for continuous integration and application management.
  • Oracle Java SE Cloud: Enables customers to quickly deploy Java SE 7 or 8 applications along with any required libraries or frameworks on a highly available and dynamically scalable Oracle Cloud infrastructure complete with cloud-based tooling for continuous integration and application management. 
https://www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/cloud-portfolio-092914.html

Ericsson to acquire GEOSS Consulting Firm

Ericsson agreed to acquire GEOSS, an operations support systems (OSS) consulting company based in Germany. Financial terms were not disclosed.

GEOSS’ core competencies include consultancy, systems development, systems integration and operational support. The company, which has presence in Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Munich and Stuttgart, specializes in creating and developing high-performance solutions for the configuration and monitoring of IP networks (Network Near Assurance), and supports leading German fixed and mobile operators in their transition to All-IP networks.

Ericsson said the deal strengthens its position in OSS for communications service providers. Ericsson intends to take over the entire staff and management of 30 people.

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.geoss-gruppe.de/en/Pages/startseite.aspx

Centurylink Inks Data Center Deal with China's Neusoft

CenturyLink announced an agreement with Neusoft, a leading IT solutions and services provider in China, enabling it to extend its global managed hosting services in China.

CenturyLink customers can now access a comprehensive portfolio of managed hosting, security, cloud and networking solutions through a Shanghai data center.

"For multinational corporations looking to grow their customer base, entering China presents enormous opportunities and challenges," said Gery Messer, CenturyLink managing director, Asia Pacific. "CenturyLink makes it easy for businesses to host within China's borders, offering access to the same highly secure managed services and consistent IT experience available across our global footprint."

CenturyLink's hybrid cloud and IT infrastructure and services are now delivered across 57 data centers worldwide, including five in Asia.

http://www.centurylink.com

Christopher Young to Head Intel's Security Division

Christopher Young has been appointed Intel's newest senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security. Young will join Intel's management committee and report to Intel President Renée James.

Young comes to Intel from Cisco, where he was senior vice president of the global Security and Government Group, responsible for strategy, engineering and product development for the company's security product business. Prior to Cisco, he held executive roles in end user computing at VMware and cybersecurity at RSA.

http://www.intel.com

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fujitsu Introduces its BroadOne GX4000


In this sponsored video, Fujitsu introduces its BroadOne GX4000 Multi-Gigabit Wireless Transport System for the North American market.  This E-band solution operates in the 70 / 80 GHz frequency band and uses Fujitsu's “Impulse Radio” technology to enable an ultra-high data rate of 3 Gbps for a wireless link. It provides wireless CPRI transport for cellular fronthaul.


Microsoft Chops Azure Prices, Including ExpressRoute

Microsoft announced significant price cuts on several of its Azure cloud computing services, including its ExpressRoute connectivity option.

Azure ExpressRoute ensures private connections between Azure data centers and on-premise infrastructure or colocation facilities by using an MPLS VPN or other secure tunnel.

As of late July, Azure ExpressRoute partners included AT&T, Equinix (7 locations running), Level 3 (EVPL service and IP VPN service), Verizon, BT, Orange, TeleCity, Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) and SingTel.

The full Azure price list is available here:

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-pricing-updates/

HP to Open SDN App Store

On October 1, HP will open an "SDN App Store" to provide its ecosystem partners a go-to-market platform to uncover the business value of SDN.  The online store will also feature HP's consulting and support services.

To help customers easily navigate the HP SDN App Store, HP will offer four different categories of applications defined by their support and test process:

  • The HP Circle, with applications built and tested exclusively by HP.
  • The Premium Circle, containing applications that are top sellers and jointly tested by HP and its partners.
  • The Partner Circle, encompassing applications that have been self-tested by HP partners and reviewed by HP.
  • The Community Circle, offering open-access and community-supported applications to demonstrate open source and concept SDN applications.

As part of the HP SDN App Store launch, HP is introducing six partner applications, in addition to two applications developed by HP:

  • BlueCat DNS Director delivers network-driven enforcement of DNS policies that allow security infrastructures to gain complete visibility and control through IP address management data across all devices and applications.
  • Ecode evolve is an SDN orchestrator that facilitates dynamic service provisioning with built-in quality of service and denial-of-service mitigation. Streamlining network design, change simulation and automated policy provisioning, it accelerates operations.
  • F5 BIG DDoS Umbrella allows customers to implement network, application, DNS and SSL DDoS protection near the network edge, closer to the attacker.
  • GuardiCore Defense Suite provides highly scalable, SDN-based network security for software-defined data centers, detecting and mitigating advanced persistent threats, malware propagation and insider attacks, at an early stage.
  • KEMP Adaptive Load Balancer Application, integrated with the HP VAN SDN Controller solution, provides end-to-end visibility of network paths for optimal routing of applications across the server and switching infrastructure.
  • Real Status Hyperglance is a hybrid cloud and SDN simplified-management platform that provides a unified, full-scale, interactive topology view with 360-degree navigation, intuitive monitoring and context-aware controls for confident insight and action.
  • HP Network Protector enables automated network posture assessment and provides real-time security across OpenFlow-enabled network devices.
  • HP Network Optimizer for Microsoft Lync enables automated provisioning of network policy and quality of service to provide an enhanced end-user experience.

http://www.hp.com

BT Tests G.fast in Adastral Park Lab

BT's Adastral Park R&D centre in Ipswich is conducting trials of G.fast technology in conjunction with Fibre To The Distribution Point (FTTdp) architecture.

Initial testing achieved downstream speeds of around 800 Mbps over a 19m length of copper, combined with upstream speeds of more than 200 Mbps. Speeds of around 700/200 Mbps were also achieved over longer lines of 66m.

BT said its fibre network rollout, which is being carried out by Openreach, currently passes more than 20 million UK premises using a mix of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and Fibre to the Cabinet technology (FTTC).  FTTPdp and G.fast offer potential cost savings.

http://www.btplc.com/news/articles/showarticle.cfm?articleid=%7b1f647c20-6f61-4e0f-a545-e23443e128ab%7d

Friday, September 26, 2014

Telefónica and Huawei Sign MoU

Telefónica and Huawei announced a collaboration agreement focused on three areas:

  • Transformation of Telefónica's new-generation networks, including 4G/5G networks, 400G, FTTX, SDN IP/Optical networks and technology for the connected home.
     
  • Development and adaptation of IT solutions to improve Telefónica's business processes and improve its customers' experience.
  • Creation of an efficient technical solution for the virtualization of certain network functions based on the UNICA architecture, a Telefónica project to transform its network infrastructure; and the development of services based on an Open Digital Platform to improve the user experience and competitiveness in both the B2B and B2C segments. 

Telefónica and Huawei will create several working groups to advance their collaboration in each of these areas.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-372483-telef-nica.htm#.VCibjPmWWSo

Intel to Invest Up to US$1.5B in China's Tsinghua Unigroup

Intel plans to invest up to RMB 9 billion (US$1.5 billion) in Tsinghua Unigroup, a Chinese state-owned company administered by Tsinghua University, with the goal of expanding the adoption of Intel-based mobile devices.   Intel will work with Tsinghua Unigroup to jointly develop Intel Architecture and communications-based solutions for mobile phones.

Under the agreement, Intel will acquire a minority stake of approximately 20 percent of the holding company under Tsinghua Unigroup  which will own Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics.

Both Spreadtrum and RDA, controlled by Tsinghua Unigroup, are leading fabless semiconductor companies in China, which develop mobile chipset platforms for smart phones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards.

"China is now the largest consumption market for smartphones and has the largest number of Internet users in the world," said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. "These agreements with Tsinghua Unigroup underscore Intel's 29-year-long history of investing in and working in China. This partnership will also enhance our ability to support a wider range of mobile customers in China and the rest of the world by more quickly delivering a broader portfolio of Intel architecture and communications technology solutions."

http://newsroom.intel.com/
http://www.unigroup.com.cn/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vertical Systems Group: 1 Million Carrier Ethernet Ports in U.S. by '18

Customer installations of Carrier Ethernet services in the U.S. will reach one million ports in 2018, according to new @Ethernet research from Vertical Systems Group. The projected figure includes all retail Ethernet services at speeds ranging from sub-10 Mbps to more than 10 Gbps.

“U.S. market demand for business-class Carrier Ethernet services is solid. Enterprises and SMBs will make purchase decisions to deploy hundreds of thousands of new Ethernet ports throughout the next several years, facilitated by a range of service options and competitive price points that have never been better,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “Following a 26% increase in U.S. customer port installations last year, growth projections are on track to hit the one million mark by 2018.”

Vertical Systems Group’s latest U.S. Ethernet research quantifies how market growth is being impacted by rising customer demand for bandwidth, coupled with falling service prices. Detailed analysis for six Ethernet service segments shows significant variations in port and revenue projections by access speed. Revenue opportunities by service, as well as the challenges of competitive pricing pressures are also quantified.

http://www.verticalsystems.com/vsgpr/one-million-carrier-ethernet-service-ports-projected-in-u-s-by-2018/

Rackspace Launches Managed OpenStack Private Cloud

Rackspace launched a new Private Cloud service powered by OpenStack.

The Rackspace Private Cloud, which is designed for enterprise production workloads, includes a 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee, increased scalability to hundreds of nodes and DevOps automation services for application lifecycle management.

In addition, hybrid customers have the ability to burst into the public cloud by using RackConnect to securely connect the customer’s Rackspace Private Cloud with the Rackspace Public Cloud.

“Rackspace Private Cloud was designed to deliver stable API-driven OpenStack infrastructure so that our customers can focus on the development of business-critical, revenue-generating applications,” said Darrin Hanson, vice president, Rackspace Private Cloud. “Rackspace’s expertise in operating OpenStack clouds allows our customers to take advantage of a private cloud without investing in in-house operational expertise. With the addition of an industry leading guarantee and DevOps automation of the application lifecycle, customers can rest assured that Rackspace Private Cloud delivers a production-ready platform that can unlock the full power of cloud technology.”

The new release of Rackspace Private Cloud is immediately available in the U.S. and will roll out in Rackspace international data centers in early October 2014.

http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/private/

Interoute Strikes "Patch Tax" Fees, Opens Canary Wharf Data Centre

Interoute opened the doors of its new London data centre and announced that any customers using its data centres and colocation facilities across Europe will not be subjected to the standard industry practice of recurring colocation patch costs.

Interoute describes these recurring costs for static cables as a "Patch Tax". The company estimates that currently business in the UK spend between £70 and £100 million a year on recurring patch charges.

Interoute's London City data centre forms part of the company's distributed cloud services platform, which encompasses over 60,000 km of lit fibre, 11 data centres, 8 Virtual Data Centres and 31 collocation centres, with connections to 140 additional third-party data centres across Europe.

http://www.interoute.com/press-release/making-stand-against-data-centre-industry%E2%80%99s-%C2%A370m-patch-tax

Colt Activates Dublin-to-London Fiber Route

Colt announced activation of a new, fully operational network route from Dublin to London via Manchester. This is the second high bandwidth route on the Colt network linking Dublin to London.

The Dublin to London route via Manchester follows the launch of Colt’s low latency route from Dublin to London via Birmingham. This latest expansion completes a network ring that links the two capital cities and connects hundreds of Ireland-based companies in the financial services, media and retail sectors to over 195 European cities. It connects Colt’s customers to all major business parks in Dublin, 20 data centres in and around the city, and provides fibre access to over 250 buildings.

“With half of the world’s top banks in Ireland, we’re seeing an increasing demand for high bandwidth connectivity, driven by the move to cloud services and the mission critical nature of data in the digital economy,” said François Eloy, Executive Vice President, Network Services, at Colt. “Our aim is to be the first choice for businesses in Europe. Our continued pan-European network investments provide our customers with unparalleled reach and world class infrastructure, thereby meeting their needs today and in the future.”

Colt said its network is ready to support new technical solutions including IPv6 and 1000Gbps Ethernet. The carrier's infrastructure consists of 47,000km European network connecting 42 metropolitan area networks, 195 European cities and 20 Colt data centres, as well as 37,500km of transatlantic routes and US presence.

http://www.colt.net/

A larger map of the Colt network is here:
http://www.slideshare.net/ColtTechnologyServices/colt-network-expansion-update

NTT Electronics Ships 20 nm 100G Coherent PHY

NTT Electronics began shipping a new 20nm 100G coherent digital signal processor (DSP) for long-haul and metro transport systems.

Broadcom confirmed the device is using its high performance 20 nanometer (nm) signal processing enhanced mixed signal technologies.

Designed in collaboration with NTT Electronics (NEL), the low-power 100G coherent PHY allows the use of a DSP within lower power and smaller second generation coherent 100G modules, including C form factor pluggable (CFP) and compact CFP2 analog coherent optical (ACO) modules.

The Broadcom-enabled coherent physical layer transceiver (PHY) consumes less than half the power of existing long-haul coherent ICs and expands the use of coherent technology to metro and shorter reach links.

"Our collaboration with NTT Electronics has resulted in a game-changing product optimized to deliver the economies of scale and flexibility needed for wide-scale adoption and rapid deployment of 100G over fiber optic networks," said Lorenzo Longo, Broadcom Vice President and General Manager, Physical Layer Products. "Our industry leading 20-nm signal processing enhanced mixed-signal technologies and A0 silicon execution has allowed NEL to substantially reduce power consumption while meeting stringent time to market requirements."

"We are strongly committed to pioneering innovation in the coherent DSP market through our robust partnership with Broadcom," said Haruhiko Ichino, NEL Executive Vice President and General Manager of Broadband System & Device Business Group. "Our novel LP-DSP has already been shipped to more than ten customers, who are designing their product families. We look forward to deployment of our product in early 2015 thereby providing value to the end customers by maximizing the number of 100G ports per system."

http://www.broadcom.com
http://www.ntt-electronics.com/en/news/2014/9/20nm-low-power-coherent-dsp.html

Telstra Expands Presence in Equinix Data Centers

Telstra will expand its data center connectivity with Equinix with two new Australia data center deployments in SY3, the most densely connected data center in Australia, and Melbourne’s ME1, Equinix’s first International Business Exchange (IBX) data center at the heart of Australia’s second largest city.

Telstra is also deployed with Equinix in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney.

Through our global and domestic deployments in Equinix data centers, we have a strong and existing relationship with Equinix. We are in close proximity to hundreds of networks and through these networks, are closer to our customers. The increased network bandwidth enables Telstra to manage more international customers coming to the Australian market. Through our expanded capability in SY3 and ME1, Telstra will have enhanced access to service our customers who choose Equinix as their provider of choice," stated David Piltz, director, Telstra Fixed and Data Access Engineering.

http://www.equinix.com

Cisco Opens Global Support Center in Dalian, China

Cisco inaugurated a Global Support Center in Dalian, China.

Cisco Global Support Center Dalian will enable Cisco to provide 24/7 technical support and services for customers in countries including China, Korea, Japan and Russia. The center currently provides services in languages including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Japanese. Others such as Russian and Asian languages will be added over time.

Dalian has always been one of the most important strategic markets for Cisco in China. Prior to this, Cisco had already established the Cisco Technical Services (Dalian) Co., Ltd., and the Cisco Networking Training Center in Dalian.

http://www.cisco.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blueprint: The Third Network

by Nan Chen, MEF President

The Internet is everywhere, and available on-demand – but it offers no service guarantees, and leaves security to the user. CE 2.0 delivers assured performance and security levels – but it can take weeks to establish a service. The world needs a THIRD Network.

  In 2012, Ethernet bandwidth for business overtook all legacy WAN technologies, and it continues to surge ahead – Fig 1 Also, according to Infonetics Research, Carrier Ethernet revenue in services and equipment will reach $350 billion cumulatively during the next 4 years.  Effectively this means that Carrier Ethernet (CE 2.0) is now the universal “glue” holding global business together – a role once provided by the PSTN during the 20th Century.

 Just consider the two cases: the reliability, performance levels and relative security provided by today’s business services connecting offices across the globe, then compare that with the service mobile workers can expect in their own homes, hotels or on the move when using the Internet.

Of course the miracle of the Internet is that the latter services can still be immediately available almost anywhere, via fixed line or mobile connection, but the downside is that premium office services raise expectations of performance and Quality of Service (QoS) that make mobile business seem slow and frustrating by comparison. It is hard to maintain really effective business negotiations, or technical discussions, when the video image keeps freezing while the speaker talks on – let alone deal with the extra burdens of encryption and security required for safer business.

In both cases the real issue for the user is “connectivity service”. In the former case the service quality, performance and security is outstanding once the service has been established – a process that can take weeks, especially if the connection spans more than one service provider network. In the latter case the service is ubiquitous, immediate and on-demand, but falls short on quality, performance and security.

This is the challenge MEF is now addressing: to envision a THIRD Network that combines the best of both; a THIRD Network that delivers business-class connectivity as a ubiquitous, on-demand service – rather than as a laborious and lengthy installation and commissioning process.

In the words of Bob Metcalfe, Inventor of Ethernet, Professor of Innovation at the University of Texas and Advisory Director of the MEF: “Today we are embarking on the next stage of this remarkable journey with a new vision of the future of network services, building on CE2.0 capabilities. MEF is announcing a new network paradigm, a new THIRD Network vision for Agile, Assured, and Orchestrated services worldwide, one which is based on emerging Network as a Service principles”.


A fertile ground for innovation

It is all very well to express a vision for the future, but is the environment ready and able to make the vision a reality? It was 2010, four years ago, when I gave a presentation comparing Ethernet with the global PSTN, calling for: “a public service Ethernet network bound to provide Ethernet connectivity across the globe as easily as making a telephone call”.

A lot has happened since I expressed that long-term vision. For a start CE 2.0 E-Access provision has made it so much easier to extend services across multiple carrier footprints – the service is increasingly ubiquitous, although it still takes time to establish business SLAs.

Then there is market preparedness: as I write this we already have over seventy companies offering over three hundred CE 2.0 certified services and products – and that is merely since last year’s launch of the certification program – and this number is fast expanding. The importance of this technology is no secret to the business world – we already have over two thousand five hundred MEF Certified Professionals across sixty-five countries worldwide, and that represents a tenfold increase since the launch of CE 2.0.

Next there is the question of need. Humans can be very adaptable, and mobile workers have so far been managing to cope pretty well with the Internet connectivity available, considering its limitations, but the pressure for reform is mounting. It is not just the business-class expectations raised by CE 2.0, there is also the pressure of cloud adoption. As a universal solution – and that ultimately is a vital part of the Cloud’s value proposition – cloud computing will demand all the agility, assuredness and orchestration promised by the THIRD Network. Then there is M2M communications as the next “cloud on the horizon” – while human workers may adapt to whatever best effort service is available, machine to machine communications will demand automatic and immediate delivery on demand.

The THIRD Network

To summarise the argument, business today is served by two types of data networks:
·         Virtual Private Networks based on CE 2.0, MPLS etc., delivering services with assured performance and security, but taking days if not months to initiate across multiple providers.
·         The Internet, delivering on-demand, ubiquitous services but leaving users to deal with security and performance issues.

The MEF believes that there is a need for a new THIRD Network, delivering Agile, Assured and Orchestrated services worldwide, where:
  • Agile means delivery of real-time on-demand services.
  • Assured means delivery of performance and security guarantees
  • Orchestrated means automated delivery of services across multiple service providers.

 How is MEF planning to realise this vision? The solution begins with a simple question: “What makes it so hard to deliver the above type of service today?”.

The answer is that in today’s telecom operations we do not yet have “layered abstraction”. In computing, Hardware is separated from Operating Systems and from Applications, so that each layer can innovate without impacting layers above or below. In telecom operations, however, different systems are in functional silos – with separate inventory, provisioning performance and fault management systems, for example. Each such functional system must hold detailed information of all domains – like Optical, Ethernet or IP. A change in any one domain would result in changing all systems – and that takes extraordinary effort, time and money (see Fig 2)

But using Network as a Services (NaaS) principles, we can develop a layered approach for telecoms operations, to break down complex problems, domain by domain, layer by layer. To achieve this, the industry is working together in three major initiatives – NFV, SDN and Service Orchestration – to develop more responsive and adaptable solutions.

NFV allows us to use general purpose VMs instead of vendor specific network elements, for every network function. SDN is moving control functions in network elements into central controllers. Both NFV and SDN, while providing fundamental building blocks for the THIRD Network, are concerned with network element functions and control – but not the connectivity services businesses or individuals actually purchase. This is where the MEF’s Standardized Service Orchestration comes in – (Fig 3).



Service Orchestration manages the entire lifecycle of connectivity services: Fulfillment, Control, Performance, Assurance, Usage, and Analytics. It holds detailed service inventory of all services in a layer or domain, providing the necessary APIs for information exchange between service providers and internal systems operating at other layers.

Such Service Orchestration is the MEF’s immediate objective. Initial work so far includes: the definition of Service Orchestration lifecycle elements; extending information models to be dynamic and protocol independent; and developing open-standards-based APIs where needed.  All new capabilities leverage and build upon CE 2.0 as the services platform, and this ensures an optimal migration strategy.

It is important to remember that this new THIRD Network can only come into being if we work closely with many and diverse industry leaders. So an expanded collaboration program has been established, called “Unite”, involving key industry standards development bodies. Unite is critical to the acceleration of deployment and realization of the anticipated benefits for all stakeholders, for the THIRD Network – much like CE 2.0 and the Internet/IP Networks – will profoundly change the way we work, live and play.


How we will work, live and play

First imagine the impact of the THIRD Network on anyone taking a business trip. Just by connecting, whether in a hotel or on the move, your personal NaaS performance profile will be automatically loaded, a business-class connection automatically setup – and you are ready for business.
Performance-assured network experience will be available to millions of users with enormous market potential – an exciting prospect for all stakeholders.

Next consider an Enterprise network where customer orders, placed via APIs or portals, initiate automated instructions that flow through to interconnected operators – provisioning virtual service connections where available and physical installations at remote user sites where not. This shows the power of standardized service orchestration, it creates a pervasive virtual network as a platform for on-demand businesses services.

Cloud service delivery will become seamless, with service on-demand network services that interconnect user locations to their virtual machines or Virtual Network Functions running on blade servers inside a remote data center. Automated inter-carrier service orchestration will manage all connectivity – inside and outside the data center.

Finally, to give a taste of what the THIRD Network could mean for society beyond the world of business, I refer back to that presentation I gave in 2010, where I also introduced a concept I called ”Personal Ethernet”.

I gave a single household as an example: Dad, is a media executive needing massive bandwidth to download hi-def video samples; Mum is a social worker, highly reliant on VoIP for counselling and departmental conference calls; Daughter needs reliable fast Internet for schoolwork; Son is crazy about on-line gaming and needs massive bandwidth plus minimal latency and packet loss.

The THIRD Network could deliver all these personalized requirements “as a Service” that would be available equally at home, at work, in school… or even while on vacation. Personal Ethernet would be the ultimate prize for fixed and mobile convergence, and the THIRD Network will make it a practical proposition.

As Bob Metcalfe said in summary at the launch of this vision: “Once again we stand at a new beginning for the world of networking. The THIRD Network auto-orchestrates dynamic, performance-assured services and brings significant growth in the market for all stakeholders. Wouldn’t it be great to have Network as a Service personalized, virtualized and mobilized with an SLA that meets your every need? That’s the promise of the new THIRD Network.”

About the Author


Nan Chen

Nan Chen

President, MEF
Executive Vice Chairman, CENX
Nan is known in the telecom/networking industry as the founding President of the MEF. The MEF has profoundly shaped the telecom and Internet industry by establishing Carrier Ethernet as the predominant technology and service, reaching $60b in revenue, for businesses, homes, mobile infrastructure, and for next generation networking of the Internet.

About the MEF


A communications industry alliance consisting of more than 225 member organizations, the MEF is the defining body for Carrier Ethernet and the driving force behind the global market for Carrier Ethernet services & technologies.

The MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework where service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other member companies contribute to the development of technical and operational specification, certification, and marketing programs. The MEF has enabled Carrier Ethernet adoption and tremendous communications-related cost savings and productivity gains for service providers and end-users worldwide over the past decade.

Building on this success, the MEF is now focused on enabling a new generation of agile, assured connectivity services that are orchestrated over more efficient, automated, and interconnected global networks. For more information about the MEF – including details about services, network equipment, and professional certification – please visit www.MetroEthernetForum.org

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