Monday, May 26, 2014

Radisys Video: Load Balancing Innovations for SDN and NFV

Thanks to virtualization, traffic patterns are shifting rapidly and load balancing is becoming a key requirement in next generation systems, says Karl Wale, Director of Product Marketing at Radisys.

Load balancing is important because as SDN and NFV architectures are rolled out, access to virtualized pools of resources becomes critical.  Dynamic traffic patterns and service chaining will require rapid access to resources wherever they reside.

Here Karl introduces the Load Balancing capabilities of the Radisys T-Series platform.

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Google Compute Engine Adds Support for CoreOS

Google Compute Engine is now offering of CoreOS, a a new open source operating system that enables users to run their cloud applications, including applications that require Docker container support. 

Google says the clustering features in CoreOS pair perfectly with VMs that boot quickly and have a super-fast network connecting them. CoreOS integrates with Google load balancers and replica pools. This allows applications to be scaled across regions and zones.

  • CoreOS takes a minimalist coding approach, claiming to require 50% less RAM on boot than an average Linux installation. It is designed to be clustered.

NTT Develops Optical RAM

Researchers at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) have developed an optical random access memory (RAM) device that integrates ultrasmall optical memories based on photonic crystal nanocavities.

Specifically, NTT Nanophotonics Center has succeeded in large-scale integration of over-100-bit optical memories with a wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) configuration. This was enabled by novel optical nanocavities based on a photonic crystal. The scale of this integration demonstrates the feasibility of optical random access memories for optical processing.

Results of this research will be published this week in the UK science journal “Nature Photonics”.

ALU Signs Global Deal with Telenor

Telenor Group signed a global frame agreement making Alcatel-Lucent a candidate provider for 4G LTE networks to the subsidiaries in 13 countries in Europe and Asia. The agreement offers Telenor subsidiaries Alcatel-Lucent’s leading 4G LTE Overlay solution as an alternative to single RAN deployment.  Included in the scope of the agreement are Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE Radio Access Network and the 5620 Service Aware Manager.

Telenor Awards 5-Year Radio Deal to Nokia

Telenor has selected Nokia as a candidate supplier for radio access equipment and professional services over a period of five years. The deal covers upgrades to Telenor networks across Europe and Asia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We continue to invest in the modernization of our network to provide excellent end-user experience as part of our vision of Internet for all,” said Hilde Tonne, EVP, Group Industrial Development Telenor Group. “For this important radio access technology area, we have selected Nokia as a partner due to our excellent working relationship and the company’s proven expertise in mobile broadband and services.”

“This project is another important milestone in our long-standing collaboration with Telenor Group which dates back to the 1990s, and we are currently supplier to several of Telenor’s business units across Europe and Asia”, said René Svendsen-Tune, EVP, Europe and Latin America, Nokia. “We are committed to support Telenor in developing a high-capacity mobile broadband infrastructure that will meet its subscribers’ needs today and tomorrow as well as those of new markets.”

Bouygues Telecom Picks Ericsson for VoLTE/IMS in France

Bouygues Telecom has selected Ericsson to provide key components of the IMS solution for VoLTE including the Ericsson Multimedia Telephony Application Server Ericsson Session Border Gateway, Ericsson Home Subscriber Server and Ericsson User Profile Gateway, as well as software upgrades to the installed base of Ericsson LTE radio access network and Ericsson Evolved Packet Core.

Bouygues Telecom is preparing to introduce VoLTE services to its live, commercial 4G/LTE network in France.  The service will bring major benefits, including HD voice, shorter call set-up times and enriched IP-based communication services such as video calling over LTE. Customers will have the flexibility to make HD voice calls and use 4G/LTE mobile data services at the same time.

Jean-Paul Arzel, Head of the Networks Division, Bouygues Telecom, says: "Bouygues Telecom is proving the capabilities of its 4G/LTE network to support the latest advanced technologies and services. Commercial service roll-out is scheduled for 2015 and our network will be carrying the first voice and video calls over LTE later this year."

Franck Bouétard, Head of Ericsson France, says: "Ericsson has been a partner of Bouygues Telecom for many years, in particular for 4G/LTE technology. With the combination of our leadership in both technology and services we are now supporting Bouygues Telecom in its latest move to improve network and service quality for French customers."

Verizon Demos LTE Multicast at Indy 500

Verizon Wireless tested LTE Multicast services over a commercial 4G LTE network using Ericsson’s LTE Broadcast solution at the Indy Motor Speedway in the weeks leading up to the Indy 500.

During the race, Verizon LTE Multicast capabilities were demonstrated via a series of cameras deployed both trackside and in-car providing IndyCar teams with real time race visibility.

"Verizon has taken the lead by being first in the US to deliver video multicast services over its commercial LTE network in such a challenging environment. Ericsson’s LTE Broadcast solution is designed to deliver the high performance and great video experience that Verizon’s LTE Multicast Service demands at events like the Indy 500," stated Johan Wibergh, Head of Business Unit Networks at Ericsson.

Level 3 Names James Ellis as Chairman of the Board

Level 3 Communications has appointed James O. Ellis, Jr., as Chairman of the Board at its Board of Directors, replacing Walter Scott, Jr.

Ellis has been a member of the Board since March 2005. Since November 2013, he has served as an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. From May 2005 until May 2012, Ellis was the president and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lockheed Martin and Dominion Resources, and served on the Board of directors of Inmarsat PLC until March 2014. Ellis is former commander of the United States Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, where he had global responsibility for strategic warning systems, integrated missile defense, space operations and other critical national defense functions.