Monday, September 22, 2014

Orange Business Extends VPN Internet to Cloud Services

Orange Business Services is extending its core Business VPN service to provide its core clients with high-performance, secure access to Internet-based cloud and Web services.

Orange Business VPN Internet improves performance for the entire network by eliminating congestion risks on the IP VPN, reducing Internet access latency and prioritizing business-critical traffic.

Orange Business Services has initially invested in 15 global Internet gateways on five continents in order to route Internet traffic off of the IP VPN closer to the user.  This helps reduce the latency caused by the long physical distances between the user, the gateway and the destination web site on a conventional IP VPN.  Orange Business VPN Internet also ensures that Internet connectivity complies with the enterprise security policy, while delivering Internet costs benefits through smart pricing.

Key Features

  • Worldwide access: gateways are currently available in London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, Sydney, Tokyo, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg and Bahrain.
  • Global security policy: each gateway provides virtual firewall protection based on the customer’s security policy. Orange Business Services can also provide cloud-based security such as URL filtering to complement the service.
     
  • Geolocalization: provides geolocalization as standard, so that users in each country are able to access local Internet services.
     
  • Application prioritization: new Internet Class of Service (CoS) enables accurate application prioritization and supports traffic bursting between the Internet and IP VPN as required.
     
  • Pricing: competitively priced hybrid Internet/WAN ports can offer bandwidth cost savings of up to 30%. The solution is available with no additional capital expenditure for customers. 

“By seamlessly integrating secure Internet and cloud services into our core network, we are able to support new ways of working and deliver the best possible end-user experience,” says Pierre-Louis Biaggi, head of the Network Solutions Business Unit, Orange Business Services. “Ultimately, Hybrid Networks as we conceive them at Orange Business Services, help drive the move toward digital transformation by supporting the new generation of Internet-based services.”

http://www.orange-business.com/en/network

Brocade Introduces its OpenDaylight SDN Controller

Brocade introduced its Vyatta Controller as a keystone product in its SDN portfolio and an open platform for the scalable management of end-to-end services across a wide range of underlying physical and virtual network infrastructure, such as switches, routers, firewalls, VPNs and load balancers.

It can be deployed as a Virtual Machine (VM) on any major hypervisor and is interoperable with Brocade MLXe, VDX, ICX, vADX and vRouter product families, as well as popular third-party network infrastructure equipment.

The Brocade Vyatta Controller is powered by the OpenDaylight Project, a community-led open source initiative aimed at accelerating the adoption of SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The company cited a number of early use cases, including:

  • Bandwidth Calendaring
  • Context-Aware Policy Enforcement
  • Prioritization of Unified Communication Traffic
  • Security for Issues Such as DDoS Attacks
  • Advanced Network Programmability and Control for Heterogeneous NFV environments

Among the initial applications available from Brocade will be the Path Explorer and Volumetric Traffic Management applications. Designed to provide topology awareness and path optimization, the Path Explorer application will be available concurrently with the Brocade Vyatta Controller. The Volumetric Traffic Management application is planned for early 2015, and will help customers manage volumetric traffic attacks, as well as legitimate "elephant flows" in the data center.

"Network architects and data center engineers have been trained to manage the complexities dictated by vendors," said Kelly Herrell, VP and GM Software Networking at Brocade. "The Brocade Vyatta Controller is the first commercially supported open source solution to remove that vendor lock-in from the network and allow the user to deliver the innovation that the network needs."

"Where other networking vendors are requiring customers to rip and replace networks in order to get access to new technologies, the Brocade Vyatta Controller enables organizations to dictate the pace of change so they can gradually integrate new solutions," Herrell said. "This eliminates a majority of the risk and allows customers to cap their current infrastructure while focusing new spending on where it can accelerate innovation."

The Brocade Vyatta Controller is planned for availability in November 2014 and will be based on the Helium release from the OpenDaylight Project.

http://www.brocade.com/networkdestiny

China Telecom Tests Huawei's Virtual Customer Premises Equipment

China Telecom Corporation Limited Beijing Research Institute completed live network tests of Huawei's Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) based Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE).

The idea with vCPE is to "cloudify" and simplify enterprise service functions, such as firewalls, that have traditionally been implemented in the CPE.  Upgrading such equipment is costly and slow, whereas changes can be more flexibly implemented in the network.

Mr. Chen Yunqing, Vice President, China Telecom Corporation Limited Beijing Research Institute, said, "Through this live network test of vCPE, we have realized the immense benefits of Network Functions Virtualization to carriers. This provides software and hardware support for future development and deployment of integrated Cloud services, helping carriers address challenges from cloud computing and big data."

The successful vCPE test demonstrates the partnership China Telecom and Huawei have developed. The two parties are also exploring the commercialization of NFV and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) on carrier networks. As industry leaders, Huawei and China Telecom will continue to develop new technologies and improve current network functions and architecture. Both parties aim to play a leading role in the commercialization and full popularization of NFV and SDN.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-371867-vcpe.htm#.VCDvJvldW1g

ClariPhy Ships 200G Coherent Optical Chip

ClariPhy has begun commercial shipments of its LightSpeed-II CL20010 coherent system-on-a-chip (SoC) that features configurable data rates from 40G to 200G per wavelength.

The company said its CL20010 leverages a multi-rate and multi-modulation architecture for Software Defined Networking (SDN) at the physical layer. It supports 200G 16QAM modulation on a single wavelength, and that enables 400G dual-carrier super channels in 75GHz of DWDM spectrum.

The chip is implemented in 28nm.

“400G is a top priority for network operators as they look to deploy and scale their Internet infrastructure,” said Nariman Yousefi, CEO of ClariPhy. “Achieving production shipments of the CL20010 represents an important milestone and demonstrates ClariPhy’s unique ability to engineer advanced 200G and beyond coherent optical transport solutions that address stringent carrier requirements for increased performance, bandwidth, speed and reach, while interoperating with today’s transport infrastructure. We have generated a considerable amount of design momentum with OEMs and carrier networks worldwide.”

“We see strong market demand for 200G coherent solutions for applications in optical transport networks, new data centers and cloud-based networks, where advanced performance, network flexibility, and a rich feature set are required,” said Richard Craig, President of Oclaro's Integrated Photonics Business. “We are very excited that ClariPhy’s latest 200G coherent SoC exhibits excellent performance with Oclaro’s analog coherent CFP2 module. Several of our customers have expressed strong interest in solutions based on this combination since it provides them with the speed, efficiency, and scalability needed to meet their increasing bandwidth demands.”

http://www.clariphy.com

IBM Inaugurates Cloud Resiliency Center in RTP

IBM officially opened a cloud resiliency center in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. The facility aims to provide state-of-the-art business continuity capabilities in the cloud to protect companies from potential costly disruptions.

IBM’s new resiliency center integrates cloud and traditional disaster recovery capabilities with new physical security features. A resiliency center team will monitor developing disaster events and then mobilize as needed to ensure that the infrastructure for all customers is configured to handle the latest threats to keep data, applications, people and transactions secure.  IBM said cloud resiliency services can significantly reduce the disaster recovery times to a matter of minutes.

IBM expects the overall market opportunity for business continuity and disaster recovery to grow to almost $32 billion by 2015. This year, IBM will also be opening two new cloud based resiliency centers in Mumbai, India and Izmir, Turkey.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44927.wss

Ericsson Acquires Majority Stake in Apcera for Cloud Automation Tools

Ericsson will acquire a majority stake in Apcera, a San Francisco-based start-up developing an IT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables enterprises to securely and transparently control the allocation and consumption of IT resources on premise and in the cloud. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Apcera's Continuum PaaS works across cloud, on premise and hybrid environments.

Ericsson said the addition of Apcera's technology enables it to provide cloud automation to run all workloads and use cases, while providing complete control for infrastructure.

Jason Hoffman, Vice President and Head of Product Line Cloud Software, Ericsson says: "The beauty of the cloud is that it is much more efficient to develop, roll-out and operate applications. To realize the full potential, cloud environments need security and governance, which our partnership with Guardtime and our acquisition of a majority stake in Apcera provides. With these technologies in place, enterprises and individuals can trust the integrity and the confidentiality of their infrastructure."

Derek Collison, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apcera says: "We welcome Ericsson's backing. With a history of transforming the world's most demanding businesses and the global ability to deploy and scale critical infrastructure, Ericsson will enable us to accelerate our innovation of Continuum and provide enterprises the next-generation platform that enables them to achieve a significantly faster time-to-market as they deploy, orchestrate and govern a diverse set of workloads, both on premise and in the cloud."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.apcera.com


  • Apcera was founded in 2012 with investment from True Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Rakuten, Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective. The cinoabt was started by former Google and VMware executive Derek Collison with the intent of bridging the divide between developers and ops organizations with an enterprise-class platform that integrates policy and security from the start.


Source Photonics Launches Pluggable GPON for Small Cell Backhaul

Source Photonics announced the industry-first integrated, pluggable GPON SFP ONU with 1 Pulse-Per-Second (1PPS) and Time-of-Day (ToD) support for network clock synchronization in mobile small-cell backhaul applications.

The new transceiver is based on the ITU-G.984.2, G.988, and the Broadband Forum TR-156 standards, and offers full GPON OMCI stack, an SGMII interface operating at 1 Gbps or 2.5 Gbps , and full digital diagnostics monitoring capability. It is available in industrial-temperature grade with a low typical power dissipation of 1.5W.

http://www.sourcephotonics.com

Mavenir Opens R&D Centers in Bangalore and Shanghai

Mavenir announced the opening of Centres of Excellence in Bangalore, India and Shanghai, China to support the development of NFV, Voice over LTE (VoLTE), VoWi-Fi and Rich Communications Services (RCS) deployments in the Asia Pacific region.

"Mavenir’s portfolio of over 30 fully virtualized products and solutions provide mobile operators with a time-to-market advantage in deploying cloud-based architectures," said Pardeep Kohli, Mavenir’s President and CEO. "Singapore, being one of the most advanced markets in the world, with an application-hungry customer base at its heart, is a great location from which to focus our efforts and allow Mavenir to more readily demonstrate our leadership and new, advanced offerings for NFV, VoLTE, VoWi-Fi and RCS."

"We are seeing accelerated 4G deployments in Asia-Pac in 2014. Most Asia-Pac operators are either beginning to deploy 4G, or they have already deployed 4G, moving from a data-only 4G deployment to a fully converged and virtualized rich communications services offering. We expect that Mavenir’s NFV Centres of Excellence in Asia will play a big role in accelerating the acceptance and deployment of fully virtualized Mobile Core solutions by Operators in the region," said Idris Vasi, Mavenir’s Vice President, APAC.

http://www.mavenir.com

In April 2014, Mavenir Systems introduced a Converged Video and Voicemail solution that enables mobile operators to offer a new, differentiated service for their subscribers and enhances their Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service offering.


Mavenir said its Converged Video and Voicemail solution utilizes common functional components, such as cloud storage, message delivery and notifications that are needed to enable VoLTE and Rich Communications Services (RCS).

"Videomail is taking messaging to a whole new level, allowing subscribers to send and receive video messages,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir Systems. “Our unique approach of having a single solution that enables mobile operators to replace existing legacy Voicemail while adding new cloud-based Videomail service, has already been well received by our customers where we already have three contracts with Tier 1 mobile operators globally.”

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