Thursday, October 2, 2014

AT&T's NetBond Extends to AWS

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

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

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

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

Oracle Adds Virtual Networking OpenStack Neutron plug-in

Oracle announded a Virtual Networking OpenStack Neutron plug-in based on the OpenStack Icehouse release.  This enables Oracle’s SDN and network fabric capabilities to be created, provisioned and managed by the OpenStack framework.

Oracle said its SDN implementation virtualizes the SAN and LAN infrastructures by defining connectivity in software, giving users the flexibility and agility needed for cloud-enabled Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service deployments. By consolidating both SPARC and x86 systems on a single fabric, Oracle Virtual Networking can reduce infrastructure complexity by 70 percent and cut capital expenditures by up to 50 percent.

The new plug-in allows OpenStack-based cloud deployments to virtually eliminate VLAN exhaustion. The Oracle SDN is able to dynamically deploy thousands of completely segregated L2 networks on the fabri.

OpenStack is fully integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.2, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM.

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/2321794?rssid=rss_ocom_pr



Earlier this year, Oracle acquired Corente, a start-up developing software-defined WAN virtualization technology, for an undisclosed sum.  Oracle already offers a LAN virtualization platform, so the deal extends its SDN portfolio for cloud services covering both the enterprise data center LAN and the WAN.

Corente, which is based in Bernardsville, New Jersey, offers a virtualization platform that accelerates the deployment of distributed and cloud-based applications services.  Key components of the offering include:

  • Corente Cloud Services Exchange:  A cloud-based service delivery platform that establishes trusted network services between public or private cloud data centers and any location over any IP network
  • Corente Services Gateway: An integrated virtual appliance that provides secure endpoints for private networks that are connected over global IP networks with zero-touch installation and service activation
  • Corente Services Portal: Secure, role-based access to service life cycle management tools for both service operators and service subscribers.

DEC-CIX Upgrades Frankfurt Exchange with ALU 7950 XRS-40 Routers

DE-CIX has upgraded its flagship Apollon Internet exchange in Frankfurt with Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS-40 routing systems.

The XRS-40 system combines two XRS-20 chassis back-to-back. One XRS-40 currently delivers up to 160 x 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports or 1600 x 10 GE ports. DE-CIX deployed the first XRS-40 system on October 1, 2014, and will expand this setup to multiple data centers in the Frankfurt metropolitan area.

DE-CIX said this deployment enable it to aggregate more customers on a single edge router and to keep Internet exchange (IX) traffic local within the data center. It will also reduce the amount of traffic that needs to be routed through the Apollon core nodes, which are based on XRS-20 platforms, keeping latency low and data flow manageable in a marketplace that is growing rapidly.

Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that this installation by DE-CIX is the first deployment of the XRS-40 outside of North America .

DE-CIX has already added more than 80 new customers to its Apollon platform this year, with the number of exchange customers and ports growing.

“We are pleased to see these powerful XRS-40 systems fulfill such a critical role in the delivery of global Internet traffic at the world’s leading Internet exchange,” said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing and Transport division. “This is the first XRS-40 implementation in Europe, one that is designed to deliver expanded capacity, simplify management and maintain high availability for the DE-CIX team. The XRS-40 will allow DE-CIX to grow for years to come.”

https://www.de-cix.net/news-events/latest-news/news/article/de-cix-frankfurt-to-operate-worlds-largest-ixp-node/
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


In December 2013, DE-CIX, which operates the world’s largest Internet exchange in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), completed a major upgrade to its flagship DE-CIX Apollon platform and successfully migrated all of its nearly 600 customers to the next system.

DE-CIX Apollon consists of four fully implemented Supernodes and six edge nodes spread across the Frankfurt metro, with the platform’s deployment having begun in April 2013. In ten scheduled maintenance windows, 580 customers with a total of 928 ports were successfully migrated to the new DE-CIX Apollon platform.

DE-CIX Apollon uses ADVA Optical Networking and Alcatel-Lucent as its technology vendors. Specifically, the platform leverages ADVA Optical Networking's flagship FSP 3000 platform for optical transport capacity of up to 2 Terabits/sec per fiber pair. The switching layer is powered by Alcatel-Lucent's Core Router 7950 XRS, which supports port density of up to 80 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports per chassis. The core of the DE-CIX Apollon network is based on four supernodes that are built from the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS and which are fed by customer-facing switches, both located at secure locations spread throughout the Frankfurt metro.

Lantiq’s VDSL2 Chipset Supports 300 Mbps at up to 200m

Lantiq began shipping its new VINAX dp chipset optimized for Fiber To The distribution point (FTTdp) applications.

The Lantiq VINAX dp chipset enables aggregated 300 Mbps over VDSL2 at distances up to 200m between a customer premise gateway and the fiber network distribution point.

Lantiq said uts new chip set operates in industrial temperature ranges and with low power consumption, enabling installation in outdoor boxes with passive cooling. Since it can be line-powered from the customer premise, the FTTdp unit can be placed conveniently in carrier managed locations, while on the subscriber end, the standard VDSL CPE and power feeder is self-installed.

Key features:

  • Tightly integrated Lantiq carrier-class VDSL2 and GPON (FALC ON) solution
  • 300 Mbps aggregated data rate with G.INP (retransmission) downstream and upstream
  • Based on mature, future proof (VINAX CO platform) technology with demonstrated interoperability on both ends for GPON and VDSL links. 
  • Typical power consumption is 2.7 Watt for the VINAX dp chipset. 
  • The entire system consumes less than 6 Watts – including VDSL, GPON, DC/DC converter and all other active and passive components.  

Lantiq said it has partnered with several leading equipment manufacturers including Alcatel Lucent, ZTE, T&W, Aethra Telecommunications and others for successful field trials of its FTTdp solution.

http://www.lantiq.com

Canadian Researchers Develop Photon Pair Source

An international team of researchers led by professor Roberto Morandotti of INRS-EMT in Canada announced a new method to achieve a different type of photon pair source that fits into a computer chip. To generate the cross-polarized photons, Caspani and colleagues used two different laser beams at different wavelengths —one vertically polarized and another horizontally polarized.

The researchers said their innovation could form the core of the next-generation of quantum optical communication and computing technology.

The research will be presented at The Optical Society's (OSA) 98th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics, being held Oct. 19-23 in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

“While several efforts have been devoted to develop on-chip sources of polarization-entangled photons, the process typically used to generate these photons only allows the generation of photons with the same polarization as the laser beam used to pump the device — either both horizontal or vertical — after which entanglement can be achieved by accurately mixing these states. Now, we have found a way to directly generate cross-polarized photon pairs,” says Lucia Caspani, a postdoctoral fellow at INRS-EMT and co-author of the Frontiers in Optics paper.

http://www.frontiersinoptics.com/home/?r=true
http://www.osa.org/en-us/about_osa/newsroom/news_releases/2014/a_new_approach_to_on-chip_quantum_computing/

Red Hat Storage Now Scales to Multi-Petabytes

A new release of Red Hat Storage Server optimized for Big Data applications can now support up to 60 drives per server, up from 36, and 128 servers per cluster, up from 64.  This provides a usable capacity of up to 19 petabytes per cluster.
Red Hat is also adding data protection and control capabilities to its storage clusters.  In addition, support for a Hadoop File System Plug-In that enables running Apache Hadoop workloads on the storage server, as well as tight integration with Apache Ambari for management and m
In May 2014, Red Hat acquired Inktank, provider of Ceph and Inktank Ceph Enterprise open source storage solutions. Red Hat’s Inktank Ceph Enterprise delivers object and block storage software to enterprises deploying public or private clouds, including many early adopters of OpenStack. The addition of Red Hat’s Ceph Enterprise to Red Hat’s storage product portfolio gives customers a comprehensive offering of open software-defined storage solutions across object, block and file system storage.

ADTRAN Trims Q3 Guidance Citing Weaker Conditions in Europe

ADTRAN announced updated financial guidance for Q3 2014 say it now expects revenue to range from $162.0 million to $163.0 million. GAAP earnings per share for the quarter, assuming dilution, are expected to range from $0.19 to $0.20. Non-GAAP earnings per share for the quarter are expected to range from $0.23 to $0.24. Non-GAAP earnings per share exclude the effect of acquisition related expenses, amortizations and adjustments, and stock compensation expense.

ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “Although we did see a sequential increase on our domestic carrier business, that increase was not enough to overcome the more than expected sequential decrease in our European business and a softer enterprise spending environment. We expect a material improvement in results beginning in 2015 as we see a re-acceleration in carrier spending both in Europe and the US. We believe the shortfall in enterprise spending was influenced by inventory corrections which we expect to be resolved as we enter 2015.”

http://www.adtran.com

Ericsson Releases WebRTC Browser as Open Source

Ericsson Research has released its its web browser called Bowser, and the underlying framework OpenWebRTC, as free and open source.

Ericsson said it made the decision to quicken the pace of innovation in the WebRTC community.

WebRTC provides a very simple way to build real-time voice, video and data applications. It consists of a set of API's and protocols that are being standardized within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and  the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

OpenWebRTC is built on the belief that the WebRTC standard will transcend the pure browser environment and that native apps, implementing the same protocols and API's, will become an important part of the WebRTC ecosystem.  This is especially true on mobile platforms where native app distribution is often preferred over pure web apps.

http://www.ericsson.com

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