Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Facebook Deploys Infinera for Multi-Terabit European Network

Facebook has deployed an Infinera Intelligent Transport Network  to light the world's longest terrestrial optical network route, spanning 3,998 kilometers without any regeneration.

The network, which is capable of delivering up to eight terabits per second (Tbps) of data transmission capacity, stretches from Facebook's data center in Lulea, Sweden across major hubs throughout Europe. Facebook deployed the Infinera portfolio of products, which includes the DTN-X platform, to connect these hubs, harnessing Infinera’s unique FlexCoherent solution to deliver terabits of capacity on a single fiber across the continent.

Infinera said its DTN-X platform enables Facebook's European network to deliver 100G coherent transmission via 500 Gbps super-channels, with the ability to support 1.2 Tbps super-channels in the future. The high capacity super-channels are enabled by 500 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs) developed and fabricated by Infinera – the only supplier providing 500 Gb/s of transmission capacity from a single line card. PICs enable the DTN-X platform to integrate wavelength division multiplexing super-channel transmission with up to 12 Tbps of non-blocking optical transport network switching, providing seamless scaling as traffic requirements grow in the future. The DTN-X also features SDN-ready application programming interfaces that enable network programmability and automation of network operations to reduce both operational cost and service delivery times while facilitating new services.

"The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network makes it easy for us to rapidly grow network capacity while keeping operations simple,” said Niclas Comstedt, Director of Network Engineering at Facebook. “Once the equipment is in place we are able to turn up as many terabits as we need."

“I’ve worked closely with service providers around the world to test and deploy ultra-long-haul optical transport systems for over a decade,” said Steve Grubb, Fellow at Infinera. “The route we are announcing with Facebook is delivering multi-terabit capacity today and I believe this is the world’s longest 8 Tb/s capable route in production.”

"Facebook's deployment of the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network underscores the value Infinera brings to Internet content providers and datacenter operators around the world," said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. "Facebook is a classic example of how leading Internet content providers are building global networks that interconnect their datacenters to accelerate the delivery of high bandwidth, feature rich services worldwide.”

http://www.infinera.com/j7/servlet/NewsItem?newsItemID=447


  • In June 2013, Facebook activated its major European datacenter in Lulea, Sweden, on the Fulf of Bothnia near the Arctic Circle. The facility is powered by locally-generated hydro power. 

The CloudRouter Project Aims for Linux-based Routing at Scale

A beta version of The CloudRouter Project has been officially released.

The CloudRouter Project is an open source initiative for secure Linux-based open source routing and software-defined networking (SDN) in large-scale cloud environments, data centers, enterprises, and network operators. Backers of the project include CloudBees, Cloudius Systems, IIX, NGINX, and OpenDaylight.

It incorporates the latest release of OpenDaylight and will maintain a stable and up-to-date Linux distribution based on Fedora, including best-of-breed open source technologies. This provides DevOps for networks (NetOps) with the ability to easily deploy an integrated and hardened stack.

Key CloudRouter features include:

  • Capability to run on public and private cloud infrastructures at scale with a fully-automated configuration system
  • Container-ready, including support for Docker, Cloudius, OSv, and KVM images
  • Secure connectivity using standards-based IPSec VPN, SSL or L2TP
  • Monitoring and reporting with integrated network protocol analysis for network detail at a fine-grained level
  • High availability and system redundancy with failover and synchronization


"With our peers in the industry, we hope to build a true open source community around the CloudRouter Project to really respond to industry demand for a secure, high-quality SDN and router distribution, something that's essentially non-existent today," said Jay Turner, CloudRouter Project Lead and Senior Director of DevOps at IIX. "As the industry moves to cloud computing, there needs to be a bridge from legacy architectures to SDN, hybrid clouds, and data center-to-data center connections. To accelerate the development of this bridge, the CloudRouter Project will initially focus on performance and security."

https://cloudrouter.org/

The Weather Company Moves to IBM Cloud

The Weather Company will shift its massive weather data services platform to the IBM Cloud and integrate its data with IBM analytics and cloud services.

The global alliance with IBM enables The Weather Company, through its WSI B2B division, to integrate real-time weather insights into the business processes of other enterprises to improve operational performance and decision-making. Its forecasting system ingests and processes data from thousands of sources, resulting in approximately 2.2 billion unique forecast points worldwide, and averages more than 10 billion forecasts a day on active weather days.

IBM and WSI will deliver new cloud services to businesses in three key ways:

  • Watson Analytics for Weather: IBM and WSI will enable easy integration of historical and real-time weather data in business operations and decision making with IBM analytics platforms such as Watson Analytics. The companies will jointly develop industry solutions for insurance, energy & utilities, retail and logistics among others.
  • Cloud and Mobile App Developer Tools: Entrepreneurs and software developers will be able to rapidly build mobile and web apps that take advantage of WSI data combined with data from operational systems, connected devices and sensors using advanced analytics through Bluemix, IBM’s cloud application development platform.
  • Business and Operational Weather Expertise: Thousands of consultants from across IBM Global Business Services will be trained to combine WSI data with other sources to more effectively interpret industry pain points, providing clients new insights that solve business problems.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/46446.wss

Charter to Acquire Brighthouse for $10.4 Billion

Charter Communications, the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S., agreed to acquire Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. Bright House is the sixth largest cable operator in the United States, and serves approximately 2 million video customers in central Florida including Orlando and Tampa Bay, as well as Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, and California.

Tom Rutledge, President and CEO of Charter Communications said, "Bright House Networks provides Charter with important operating, financial and tax benefits, as well as strategic flexibility. Bright House has built outstanding cable systems in attractive markets that are either complete, or contiguous with the New Charter footprint. This acquisition enhances our scale, and solidifies New Charter as the second largest cable operator in the US. I look forward to working with the Bright House team, whom we have known for years, in delivering great products and services to grow our market share."

Steven Miron, Chief Executive Officer of Bright House Networks said, "We are excited about our transaction with Charter. At Bright House Networks, we are very proud of what we have achieved - from the quality of our infrastructure to the level of service our employees provide to customers every day. We share the same vision for the future of our business as Tom and the Charter leadership team, which is to gain market share by offering customers competitive products and excellent service at a tremendous value. Also, our family has known and worked with Tom Rutledge for more than 20 years. Tom managed cable systems that were part of our partnership with Time Warner Cable prior to the formation of Bright House Networks. We think the combination with Charter gives our employees, our customers and Advance/Newhouse the strongest prospects for the future."

https://www.charter.com/
http://brighthouse.com/

Tanium Secures $52 Million in Funding for Endpoint Security

Tanium secured an additional $52 million in venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz for its security and systems management solution.  The additional funding is a follow-up to Andreessen Horowitz’s initial financing of $90 million Tanium in May 2014.

Tanium, which was founded in 2007 and is based in Emeryville, California, said its system and help enterprises achieve "15-second visibility and control over every endpoint, even across the largest networks." Its system is designed to to detect and remediate threats and issues across millions of endpoints in seconds.  The company said it ended 2014 cash flow positive, debt free, with total cash in excess of $100 million.

“Tanium's magic innovation uniquely positions the company at the modern crossroads of systems management and security. Tanium's platform reimagines these categories and adds a new level of value and capability to forward-leaning IT teams,” said Steven Sinofsky, partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

“We started Tanium in 2007 with the goal of re-inventing how organizations secure and manage their endpoints, which have quickly become the most business critical – and vulnerable – IT assets. With Tanium, even the world’s largest organizations can achieve 15-second visibility and control over every endpoint, even across the largest networks,” said Orion Hindawi, co-founder and CTO at Tanium.

http://www.tanium.com/

Zayo Extends 100G Wavelengths in London, Paris, AMS, Frankfurt

Zayo announced an extension of its 100G wavelength network in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris.

The company said it has recently completed a project that involves the consolidation of a large number of legacy point-to-point wavelength connections into single coherent 100G lineside capacity.  This moves it towards a fully integrated, seamless long haul platform, increasing spectral efficiencies and reducing physical footprint and power requirements.

“This extension of our London metro network will enable us to be more efficient and provide a significantly reduced port cost for our customers,” said Leeland Pavey, chief operations officer for Zayo Europe. “Extending our 100G capability so we can offer this capacity to our customers is important for Zayo.”

http://zayo.com/services/wavelengths

Rogers launches VoLTE across Canada

Rogers Communications activated Voice over LTE (VoLTE) across Canada. The LG G3 Vigor is the first smartphone supported.  More VoLTE-ready devices are expected this year.

"We know our customers lead busy lives and their smartphones help them stay in touch with family and friends. Now customers making voice and video calls will benefit from clear sound quality and the same lightning fast LTE speeds for calls that Rogers delivers to surf the web or stream from your mobile device," said Raj Doshi, executive vice-president, Rogers Communications. "VoLTE will help our customers enjoy rich, multimedia voice services and we are proud to be the first Canadian carrier to offer it."

http://www.rogers.com/VoLTE

Monday, March 30, 2015

ALU Intros Flexible Wavelength Routing on its 1830 PSS

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a wavelength routing solution that can be deployed on its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), which the company said brings greater flexibility to the optical transport network while reducing CAPEX compared to electrically-switched alternatives.

The wavelength routing solution consists of specialized Colorless Directionless Contentionless-FlexGrid (CDC-F) hardware and Wave Routing Engine (WRE) software. The WRE software provides end-to-end wavelength routing, deployment, and management capabilities. This includes unique in-band per wavelength OAM capabilities to allow for efficient monitoring of wavelength connectivity and support the rapid diagnosis and troubleshooting of potential wavelength connectivity issues. The solution can be scaled from 100G wavelengths to 200G wavelengths without changing equipment required to route wavelengths.

ALU noted that Verizon has chosen the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) for its ultra-longhaul, core optical network. The company said Verizon selected its 1830 PSS converged WDM/OTN/Packet based-platform as part of its transition to an optical converged infrastructure to address traffic growth and enable faster and less expensive deployment of new services.

“Operators need unlimited network dynamism and scale. A programmable IP/optical fabric is essential. Our wavelength routing technology is a foundational ingredient in providing the unparalleled flexibility with massive automation and increased efficiency that are needed in the optical layer. This solution provides unconstrained wavelength networking and can be deployed at scale,” stated Brian Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucent-prepares-operators-agile-optical-networking-launching-scalable-wavelength-routing


NTT Com Launches Arcstar UCaaS Microsoft Type

NTT Communications is preparing to launch a unified-communication cloud service on April 13 called Arcstar UCaaS Microsoft Type.

Arcstar UCaaS Microsoft® Type leverages Microsoft Lync for unified communication on the NTT Com cloud platform and via Arcstar Universal One, NTT Com’s secure, high-quality, extra-reliable VPN. This will be the first deployment in Japan of Microsoft Lync (Skype for Business).

Going forward, NTT Com plans to offer Arcstar UCaaS Microsoft® Type in markets outside Japan, including North America, the EU and Asia-Pacific. The service will be further integrated with functions for remote conferencing, Arcstar Conferencing and unified communications.

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20150330.html

Telefónica NFV reference lab releases OpenMANO NFV

Telefónica posted its OpenMANO NFV orchestration stack on GitHub, making it available to the open source community.

Telefónica’s NFV Reference Lab has been working on the open source OpenMANO project to provide a practical realization of the Management and Orchestration reference architecture (NFV MANO), currently under ETSI’s NFV ISG standardization.  The carrier has successfully validated OpenMANO with the more than 30 VNFs involved in the lab during the past year.

Telefónica NFV Reference Lab said its goal was a real vendor-neutral orchestration environment that provides advanced orchestration capabilities to assure high and predictable performance for the most advanced VNFs. Its aim is to promote interoperability and foster a more open ecosystem.

OpenMANO provides three software modules:


  • Openmano (the key component): reference implementation of an NFV-O (Network Functions Virtualisation Orchestrator), which allows the creation of complex virtual network scenarios. It interfaces with an NFV VIM through its API and offers a northbound interface, based on REST (openmano API), where NFV services are offered, including the creation and deletion of Network Services or VNFs.
  • Openvim: reference implementation of an NFV VIM (Virtualised Infrastructure Manager), with support for high and predictable performance. It interfaces with the compute nodes in the NFV Infrastructure and an openflow controller to provide computing and networking capabilities and deploy virtual machines. It offers an OpenStack-like northbound interface (openvim API), where enhanced cloud services are offered including the creation, deletion and management of images, flavours, instances and networks. This implementation follows ETSI’s NFV-PER001 recommendations.
  • Openmano-gui: web GUI to interact with openmano API in a graphical and user-friendly manner. A command line interface is also provided for the most advanced users.


OpenMANO is available under Apache 2 License

https://github.com/nfvlabs/openmano
http://pressoffice.telefonica.com/j

NTT and Oki Develop 40 Gbps WDM/TDM-PON

NTT nd Oki Electric Industry Co. have jointly developed a WDM/TDM-PON technology capable of transmission at 40 Gbps over a 40km distance while servicing 1,024 users.

The jointly developed WDM/TDM-PON technology consists of (1) wavelength-tunable burst-mode optical transceivers, (2) a wavelength multiplexed burst-mode optical amplifier and (3) a wavelength tuning protocol. Each Optical Network Unit (ONU) on the customer premises communicates at one of four pre-determined wavelengths. Two types of wavelength-tunable burst-mode optical transceiver have been developed in this project. Each wavelength carries 10 Gbps.  A wavelength tuning protocol has been developed that allows for the switching of the ONU’s wavelength to any one of the other three wavelengths at which there is less traffic.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2015/1503e/150327a.html

AT&T Brings GigaPower Broadband to Cupertino

AT&T launched its GigaPower network in Cupertino, California, offering downlink speeds up to 1 Gbps starting at $110 per month, or 300 Mbps for $80 per month.  U-verse with AT&T GigaPower customers also get an upgraded residential gateway with the latest in Wi-Fi technology. AT&T is offering a number of single, double and triple play bundles.

"We are proud to be the first city on the west coast to launch the AT&T GigaPower network, bringing the speed of fiber to homes and businesses," said Cupertino Mayor Rod Sinks. "People come to Cupertino from around the world, and want to connect with families and culture in their home countries, as well as with work colleagues and customers worldwide. We place high value on education and access to information, and GigaPower enables more and improved services, from remote learning to telemedicine to entertainment. "

http://att.com/gigapower

Centec Debuts Fourth Generation 1.2 Tbps Switching Silicon

Centec Networks announced its fourth-generation GoldenGate switch silicon, a 1.2 Tbps chip designed to address SDN and virtualization in 10GE, 40GE and 100GE networks by increasing visibility in the forwarding plane.

The company said it was able to incorporate a number of unique features to solve SDN challenges for elephant flow detection, flow completion time, and flow visibility and control, while also supporting network virtualization with diverse overlay technology including the latest GENEVE protocol.

Highlights:

  • 1.2Tbps/1200Mpps switching capacity in small, 45x45mm FCPBGA 1825 package:  GoldenGate provides 20 percent lower power consumption in a small footprint at half the cost of today’s dominant alternative silicon.
  • Native 100GE uplink:  GoldenGate supports the latest 10GE requirements with a 100GE uplink that is optimally configured for cost and power in a native 4x25G configuration, eliminating the need for an external 10x10G to 4x25G gearbox.
  • Improved application-centric flow completion time and a better user experience for real-life environments including data centers with a diverse mix of short and long flows;
  • Improved support for versatile network virtualization use cases, with diverse tunneling overlay technology to support VXLAN, NVGRE and the newest GENEVE protocol;
  • Improved flow-level visibility and control in a solution that is VM-aware and supports detection of large (a.k.a. elephant) flows, uses enhanced Internet Protocol Flow Information eXport (IPFIX) technology to improve flow visibility, and includes software-defined counters with N-flow technology  that support three stages of general OpenFlow processing with up to 64k flow tables; 
  • Improved fault protection mechanisms including hardware flow self-healing for equal-cost multi-path (ECMP) and link aggregation protocol (LAG) routing, and packet loss minimization on link failures; and 
  • Improved trouble-shooting, monitoring and analytics capabilities, ranging from active buffering and latency monitoring and logging, to the use of buffer and latency watermarks, microburst detection and logging, and enhanced Switch Port Analyzer (SPAN) for remote monitoring.

“With GoldenGate, Centec is extending its TransWarp™ product line to bring next-generation Ethernet switching silicon costs toward the same small premium over legacy industry solutions as was the case prior to the massive worldwide transition from 10/100Mbps Ethernet to 1GE networking,” said Tao Gu, vice president of business development for Centec Networks. “Centec is also taking 10GE switching silicon to lower power levels made possible using IBM process technology, while providing a key missing piece in switching silicon that the industry has needed in order for SDN to deliver on its value proposition.”

GoldenGate is available now with volume production scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.

http://www.centecnetworks.com

Spirent Launches Landslide Diameter Testing

Spirent introduced its Landslide Diameter solution for testing network signaling protocols at scale.  Peak events known as signaling storms can degrade and disrupt network services. Sprint said the use of IP networks for signaling and the move to “always on” Internet of Things (IoT) and other connected devices is driving huge levels of signaling traffic in the mobile network, necessitating the need for testing at scale.

Landslide Diameter lets carriers and their vendors emulate specific Diameter applications to test specific nodes or test the network from end-to-end to ensure that the management and monetization functions operate at extreme scale. The test system can be used to simulate real-world traffic scenarios or call models at scale so carriers can see what happens on a node-by-node basis. The call models can be adapted to test the impact new services and devices will have on the control network. These tests remove the guesswork out of predicting signaling traffic loads so they can adequately and effectively architect their networks. Carriers and vendors worldwide use Spirent Landslide in the design, optimization, monetization, and maintenance of their broadband and mobile network.

Landslide Diameter is a key component of Spirent Landslide, a suite of advanced test tools for mobile networks and services that emulates millions of mobile subscribers simultaneously accessing wireless networks using various mobile devices.

http://www.spirent.com/About-Us/News_Room/Press-Releases/2015/3_30_15_Spirent_Adds_Diameter_AAA_Testing

China Telecom Picks ALU as a Supplier for LTE Ultra-broadband

China Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent as one of its top three suppliers for the rollout of mobile ultra-broadband services across China. This agreement follows an initial trial deployment contract awarded in December 2013. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Telecom – which currently has approximately 186 million mobile subscribers – is preparing to expand LTE services in both new and existing regions of China, following the award of full FDD-LTE licences by the Chinese Government, an expansion that will address exploding demand for high-performance data and video content.

Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will supply its 9926 eNodeB radio access network (RAN) portfolio and services during the first half of 2015.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucent-help-china-telecom-expand-lte-ultra-broadband-services

Sprint to Showcase Network Upgrades in Chicago

Sprint plans to make Chicago into the showcase city of its upgraded network.  Over the next two year, the carrier plans to invest $45 million in its LTE Advanced infrastructure in Chicago.

Hundreds of new cell sites will be located in neighborhoods throughout the city and include the areas around Rush University Medical Center, along Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) subway routes as part of the project to upgrade the wireless network in the City’s system, and areas surrounding Garfield Park.

“Sprint’s investment means more jobs in our neighborhoods today, and supports Chicago’s continued economic growth,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “From the new storefronts to making us the first in the nation to upgrade to faster service, Sprint is helping to bring both the jobs and the technology to power Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities for the 21st century.”

“Chicago is the perfect city for Sprint to expand its operations – diverse, innovative and on the path to becoming a world-class technology leader,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “New stores mean more jobs, and a first-class network means loyal and satisfied customers ready to use faster and more reliable connections.” Chicago has long been Sprint’s city of choice for introducing new technologies and the company continues that commitment with the support of the Mayor’s office.

http://www.sprint.com

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blueprint: Ready to Evolve with SDN and Open Alternatives?

by Kumar Srikantan and Dave Ginsburg, Pluribus Networks

One of the great promises of SDN is its programmability and interoperability.   Both are required if the evolution from legacy approaches in the way our networks are deployed and operated is to succeed.

I’ll first look at programmability, the software and applications, and a great comparison is the evolution of the phone.  For those old enough to experience the old black handset, the phone was a phone, and nothing more.  Fast-forward to early cell networks, and many of us, myself included, carried around flip-phones, good for texting but little else.

With the Blackberry, our lives were finally tethered to the network through email and scheduling.  But realizing its true promise as a platform was only made possible by the iPhone and Android, supporting hundreds of thousands of applications, the value of the device increasing by orders of magnitude, a Metcalf’s Law for mobility.   This is a third dimension beyond the ‘n2’ advantage of simple connectivity.

The Smartphone Revolution

In the smartphone revolution, flash storage, compute and “wireless / cellular” networking came together with a foundation based on a couple different smartphone platforms, IOS and Android, which play roles in mobile similar to the role of OpenStack in networking.  Both accelerated the “software defined” transition in the mobile world.  I am talking about software-defined-cameras, software-defined-GPS, and software-defined-maps – effectively virtualization of functions that were previously defined by single-function, aka-carte offerings etc.   In essence, the smartphone is a converged digital platform.

The advent of converged network computing appliances is creating a situation in networking similar to what the coming of the smartphone did for mobility. No longer are you just concerned with making a call (or basic L2/L3 connectivity for networking) - you are now thinking about the software and applications you can run on the platform and the capabilities that they bring.

The Need for a Network Hypervisor

The key to unlocking this value is an SDN operating system leveraging open source technology that brings together compute-network-storage into a converged operating system.  It is an offering that virtualizes not only compute and storage, but also the network (a Type 1 network hypervisor) for operational simplicity through automation.  At Pluribus, we call this the Netvisor, but given the value of this approach, we expect others to follow in our steps.


Netvisor SDN Operating System – A Distributed Network Hypervisor

It unleashes the power of the network, forming a ‘fabric’ that becomes a platform for enabling the applications of the future in a software-defined way.  And to be fair, although we talk about both Apple’s IOS and Google’s Android at the OS and application layer, when looking at hardware, Android is a much better analogy to were we are going given the choice of vendors and the various form-factors and costs.

Today’s Reality

But unfortunately, today’s reality is very different, despite some recent vendor announcements on software interoperability.   Though we’ve spoken about applications and programmability for a few years now, beginning with early OpenFlow pilots, networking gear hasn’t really changed.  Sure, vendors have added some flow programmability, but common ‘white-box’ switches offer only basic L2 and L3 and box-by-box configuration.  These are not platforms for the CIO or cloud architect to truly differentiate and keep up with advances in other data center technologies.  The network is stuck in the Blackberry-era.

Enter the Server-Switch

We realized that a converged SDN platform requires an application-centric approach to infrastructure that fuses server and switch capabilities with a high-performance control architecture.   Recently, the value of fusing network and compute was evident in the Facebook Wedge announcement, and ODMs are beginning to deliver platforms with these capabilities.  But just server switch hardware is not sufficient if not driven by a sophisticated SDN operating system as described earlier.

And this is not just a science project, as some have made SDN out to be.  At the recent ONUG conference in NYC, capabilities enabled by a converged overlay and underlay approach – single point of management, analytics, network virtualization, and application hosting – were key requirements from CIOs.

A Word on Interoperability

Jumping to interoperability, the premise in SDN is that vendors must take the best of open source, adding to it where required, contributing where they can, and avoiding lock-in.  Server-switches and converged SDN platforms offer this openness, abstracting the open hardware from the network applications, the choice through ‘disaggregation’ we read so much about.  This approach contrasts to the last two decades of networking where vendors have built fortresses around their hardware and software and where CIOs are tied to legacy network vendor hardware refresh cycles.

The elements that are converging to permit SDN to deliver on its promise, finally evolving the network from the Blackberry era, are therefore:

  • An SDN operating system with network virtualization, a distributed control plane, based on open standards, and abstracting the hardware from a host of network applications.
  • Adoption of merchant silicon and open hardware architectures.


About the Authors


Kumar Srikantan is President and CEO of Pluribus Networks. Previously, Kumar was VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco where he was responsible for the HW engineering execution of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking portfolio. Kumar brings 25 years of diverse leadership and operational experience in the technology industry that spans development, marketing, and engineering across computing, silicon and communications industries.


 Dave Ginsburg is Chief Marketing Officer at Pluribus. He brings over 25 years of experience to his role as CMO, having served as CMO at Extreme Networks and VP of Marketing at InnoPath Software. Prior to that he held the role of VP of Marketing at Lucent Technologies, responsible for all aspects of Lucent's Carrier Ethernet marketing, product strategy and business operations. Prior to Lucent, he served as Sr. VP of Marketing and Product Management at Riverstone Networks as well as VP of Marketing at Allegro Networks and VP of Product Marketing at Nortel Networks in addition to a variety of positions with Cisco, Alcatel and the U.S. Army. About Pluribus

About Pluribus Networks


Pluribus Networks delivers software-defined networking as an open application platform for today’s data centers. The company’s flagship product, Netvisor®, is the industry’s first distributed network hypervisor operating system, converging compute, network, storage and virtualization with an open, programmable approach. Our customers realize tangible and immediate business benefits while protecting their existing network investments. For more information, visit www.pluribusnetworks.com


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Intel and Micron Announce 3D NAND Flash Memory

Intel and Micron Technology announced availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory, for use in data center servers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.


The new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by Intel and Micron, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies.  The companies have been able to package up to 48GB of NAND per die — enabling three-fourths of a terabyte to fit in a single fingertip-sized package.  A 256Gb MLC version of 3D NAND currently is sampling with select partners, and a 384Gb TLC design will be sampling later this spring.

"Micron and Intel's collaboration has created an industry-leading solid-state storage technology that offers high density, performance and efficiency and is unmatched by any flash today," said Brian Shirley, vice president of Memory Technology and Solutions at Micron Technology. "This 3D NAND technology has the potential to create fundamental market shifts. The depth of the impact that flash has had to date—from smartphones to flash-optimized supercomputing—is really just scratching the surface of what's possible."

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2015/03/26/micron-and-intel-unveil-new-3d-nand-flash-memory


HP Helion Rack Delivers Pre-tested OpenStack Private Cloud

HP introduced a pre-configured, pre-tuned and pre-tested private cloud solution, based on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry technologies integrated with HP server hardware.

HP Helion Rack enables rapid infrastructure provisioning for enterprise IT departments. The company says HP Helion Rack provides a complete private cloud, with integrated infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities that support cloud native applications.

“The demand from lines of business and dev/test teams for fast delivery of flexible compute resources is putting many IT departments under intense pressure,” said Owen Rogers, senior analyst, Digital Economics, 451 Research. “While IT departments understand these needs, they don’t always have the time, resources, infrastructure, or skills needed to meet demand. HP Helion Rack can help overcome the cloud and OpenStack software skills barrier that delays many companies private cloud deployments.”

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1938833#.VRjFWfm-2-0
http://www8.hp.com/us/en/cloud/helionrack.html?jumpid=ba_h4m8zie7kg

IBM Opens Innovation Centers in France and Texas

IBM announced two Network Innovation Centers - located in Nice, France, and Dallas, Texas - focused primarily on solutions for large enterprise networking systems and telecommunications operators.

The new facilities will let IBM clients test and experience new network technologies from IBM and a variety of alliances, including Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Juniper Networks, Riverbed, and VMware.  Areas of expertise will include SDN, virtualization and automation technologies.

"Effectively applying cloud technologies to the network could allow a company to reduce its overall network capacity while increasing utilization by dynamically providing resources during the day in Beijing while it’s nighttime in New York, and vice versa," said Pete Lorenzen, general manager, Networking Services, IBM Global Technology Services. "Or a telecom company could better manage periodic, localized spikes in smartphone usage caused by major sporting events or daily urban commutes, dynamically provisioning capacity when and where it's needed.”

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/46405.wss

NTT Com Vending Machine Sells Pre-paid SIMs for Japan

NTT Communications has activated the first two vending machines to sell “Prepaid SIM for Japan” (Prepaid SIM) cards for short-term business travelers and tourists in two locations in Japan.

The first two locations are AQUA CITY ODAIBA and New Kansai International Airport. The carrier is currently offering 7-day and 14-day prepaid mobile data packages with nationwide (Japan) coverage. Wi-Fi coverage at 95,000 hotspots operated by NTT Broadband is also included.

http://service.ocn.ne.jp/mobile/one/visitor/en/index.html

CALIENT Debuts LightConnect Fabric Manager Software

CALIENT Technologies introduced its LightConnect Fabric Manager interconnect orchestration software for its S-Series family of Optical Circuit Switches (OCS) for intra-data center connectivity .

The LightConnect orchestration software creates an optical fabric that allows racks or rows of compute resources to be shared between physical Pods across the data center to accommodate varying workload demands.

To enable the OCS-Powered LightConnect Fabric, CALIENT is announcing the new LightConnect Fabric Manager. Core functions of the Fabric Manager include a topology manager and a cross-connect manager. The topology manager maintains a database of the data center network topology including which layer 2/3 switches and ports are connected to specific optical ports on the LightConnect Fabric.

Similarly, the cross-connect manager maintains a complete database of all optical cross connects in the LightConnect Fabric. Together, these two core functions and their databases allow the Fabric Manager to maintain a complete view of overall topology and optical connectivity in the data center.

The Fabric Manager also maintains a consolidated dashboard summary with operational status of all optical circuit switches including alarms, events, and port utilization. The Fabric Manager is a CentOS-based Linux Application, capable of running on off-the-shelf hardware or any virtual machine

“Operational cost efficiency is a compelling competitive advantage in cloud data centers, which makes any innovation that improves compute economics – the biggest contributor to cost – an essential consideration for data center architects and managers,” said Atiq Raza, Chairman and CEO of CALIENT. “Together, the new LightConnect Fabric and Fabric Manager enable a completely new paradigm in data center design and optimization that will support tremendous improvements in server and storage utilization. It is simply not possible to achieve these results with existing layer 2/3 switching solutions, because the round-trip latency of packet-switching is several microseconds every time the hop is made and that is far too great a penalty.”

http://www.calient.net/2015/03/calient-announces-new-lightconnect-fabric-manager-software-to-virtualize-data-center-pods/

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sumitomo Electric Develops High-Density, 8-Core Fiber

Sumitomo Electric Industries introduced a multi-core optical fiber featuring 8 cores in the standard 125-µm cladding suitable for optical interconnects.

Sumitomo said its MCF has optical characteristics comparable to the standard single-mode fiber (SSMF). The 125-µm cladding realizes the mechanical reliability equivalent to that of the standard optical fibers, and can utilize various technologies related to the standard optical fibers such as cabling and connecting technologies.

Evaluation tests using 100GE (100GBASE-LR4) transceivers revealed that the MCF cable assures the error-free transmission for 800 Gbps (8 cores × 4 wavelengths × 25 Gbps) signals, which is 8 times higher than the SSMF case. The results of the transmission experiment indicate that the developed MCF cable has the transmission capacity no less than 9.6 Tbps (12 fibers × 8 cores × 4 wavelength × 25 Gb/s). Improvements on transceivers can further enhance the transmission capacity.

http://service.ocn.ne.jp/mobile/one/visitor/en/index.html

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ericsson Announces More 5G Academic Partners

Ericsson announced 5G collaboration partnerships with King's College London and Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden).


This builds on partnerships with other leading European research institutes and universities, including the Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology and Lund University in Sweden.

Ericsson is also leading the EU project METIS (Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society) and been a driving force of 5G PPP (5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership), in which vendors, operators and players from industries such as the automotive, utilities and automation sectors are working closely together.

http://www.ericsson.com

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blueprint: The 5 Fundamentals of Building the New Enterprise WAN

by Mary Stanhope, Vice President of Marketing, Global Capacity

Wide Area Network (WAN) architectures are changing to meet the evolving needs of business. WANs are the critical component of any medium and large enterprise data environment, connecting locations, people, and systems, and transporting data to support day-to-day and critical business operations. As businesses expand geographically across the US, outside of major metropolitan cities into cost-effective rural locations as well as international business centers, their need to connect a larger and distributed workforce with business applications expands in complexity.

While enterprise business is expanding geographically, WAN architectures also need to evolve to support the growing use of the cloud and the sheer volume of real-time, interactive business applications being deployed outside of headquarters’ brick and mortar. This year alone, enterprises predict they will increase their spending on cloud computing by 42% according to IDG’s Computerworld Forecast Study 2015. Furthermore, enterprises also plan to allocate more budget to both collaborative and enterprise applications, which IDC predicts will show fluctuating CAGR rates of 6-8% into 2017.

Evolving the Traditional WAN

Since the late 90’s, enterprises have turned to the Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) architecture solution to interconnect branch offices to each other because it offers any-to-any connectivity for thousands of sites combined with Quality of Service (QoS) for packet prioritization.  Unlike the standard IP table lookups performed by non-MPLS routers, MPLS’ label switching technology enables faster lookups for destinations and routing.   Interconnecting thousands of sites, such as branch offices and data centers, and handling any-to-any traffic patterns is simplified by MPLS’ routed architecture and Layer-3 IP Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). While, MPLS remains a popular WAN connectivity option, it is no longer the total solution. The evolution of the enterprise has created a need for alternative and complementary access services.

Single provider, single technology WAN architectures no longer cost-effectively satisfy the complex needs of today’s medium and large enterprises. Different technologies and services may work better in connecting different business locations. When interconnecting data centers, the most common alternative to MPLS is Carrier Ethernet.

The advantage to Carrier Ethernet is that the bandwidth is lower cost and the services are easy to set up.  Connectivity to cloud computing is better served by Carrier Ethernet rather than MPLS due to its higher bandwidth connectivity to and between datacenters. In contrast, Carrier Ethernet services do not scale to the same magnitude of sites as MPLS. So, it is best used for a subset of locations requiring high-bandwidth such as data centers and headquarters.

MPLS services are most available in metropolitan areas, but not everywhere. When it comes to remote offices that only require Internet connectivity to be successful, Internet access or Broadband are best used for lower cost and ubiquitous coverage. Sometimes, these are business- grade Service Level Agreement (SLA) Internet services; alternatively they are "best effort" offerings.

Today, there is no single WAN technology that effectively meets every single requirement across enterprise applications and locations.

The Hybrid WAN

Today’s business WAN requires designing the right connectivity for the right application at the right location. For many enterprises, this means deploying multi-service WAN switches at the edge of the network to connect to multiple services such as Internet, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and storage over the same aggregated connection. For others, it involves implementing multi-network, multi-geography WANs built from a hybrid of technologies, including Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) to remote offices with lower bandwidth needs, Carrier Ethernet between headquarters and data centers, and a combination of MPLS and Ethernet connectivity based on availability and pricing between locations.  The new WAN encompasses multiple technologies and locations in order to support multiple bandwidths and performance levels.

Appropriately sizing connectivity to the location, users and applications being used at each enterprise office is imperative to successful WAN performance. With the fractured nature of today’s telecommunication access market, however, this is often easier said than done.

The Five Fundamentals of Building the New WAN 

The need for MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, and Internet access across disparate locations and geographies creates a new complexity for IT and network teams to design WANs. Where buying managed services from a local exchange providers may have been a one-stop solution for an MPLS WAN, the evolving architecture requires a modern approach and tool set to design, order, and manage evolving WAN connectivity.

So, how does any one enterprise effectively design, manage, and maintain the new WAN, and how can this process be simplified? One solution is to leverage a network marketplace for visibility into service options, pricing, and availability. A marketplace of networks offers enterprises connectivity as a service through aggregated network bandwidth combined with an online self-service application to design, order, and deliver services. A network marketplace simplifies the complexity of procuring the new WAN with five fundamental attributes:

1. Visibility – To make informed decisions, Network designers need to have increased visibility into the network availability, technology, and pricing connecting their business locations. Network-building tools need to provide transparency into the fractured nature of today’s telecommunication access market to optimize the cost and performance of connectivity.

2. “What-if” Modeling - “What-if” modeling scenarios greatly simplify designing optimal, purpose-built WANs. With “what-if” modeling capabilities, anyone can enter an address and filter connectivity options based on specific service criteria, including data center locations, service technologies, latency, contract term, and price point to design the optimal WAN that meets specific business objectives.

3. Real-Time Pricing – Enterprises are dynamic and growing, with new locations being added through expansion, mergers, and acquisitions. Access to real-time, automated pricing of network connectivity allows IT teams to make timely decisions on connecting new locations and expanding existing ones.  

4. Ease of Ordering – We are all used to the convenience of online ordering. After spending the time to design and price the optimal WAN, enterprise IT and network teams need to be able to transact on their design without delay. A digital marketplace allows for immediate transactions that deliver the network with a single master service agreement, supporting SLAs, and invoice, as opposed to proposals, orders and provisioning from multiple network service providers.

5. Simplify – Because WANs are growing in complexity and requirements, tools need to be made available that leverage data and automation to simplify the experience for the IT professional. A network marketplace can be used not only to simplify connectivity in today’s fractured market, but also for added control, efficiency, and optimized performance and cost.

Leveraging a digital network marketplace, enterprises with thousands of sites can easily design their WAN without laborious RFP processes and accurately choose and price different solutions for quality, performance, and location. With added visibility into the marketplace, enterprises realize substantial cost savings by connecting the right applications to the right locations with the right services for optimal network performance and price. The evolving WAN demands a new method of network design, build, and management, delivered exclusively, cost-effectively, and simply by the digital network marketplace.

About the Author

Mary Stanhope is Vice President of Marketing for Global Capacity.  Ms. Stanhope is responsible for the strategic positioning and go to market of Global Capacity’s products and services. She has over 23 years in the communications industry, holding business development and product marketing roles of increasing responsibility with companies such as Sidera Networks, RCN, Teleport Communications, Atos Origin and SchlumbergerSema.  From the introduction of SMS and prepaid wireless to the development of online communities and launch of Ethernet and cloud services, Ms. Stanhope has been a pioneer for architecting change in how businesses and people communicate as recognized by Fierce Telecom 2013 Top 10 Women in Wireline.  She is an active participant in the MEF and Light Reading Ethernet Executive Council.  Ms. Stanhope holds a B.A. degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.




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Huawei Unveils ONOS-based IP + Optical and Transport

Huawei demonstrated an IP + optical and Transport Software-Defined Networking (TSDN) implementation the based on the Open Network Operating System (ONOS).

The application shown at this week's #OFC2015 show in Los Angeles comprised a number of features including a graphical multi-layer network view of the SDN application system, automatic resource discovery, automatic IP link setup, automatic service provisioning and multi-layer network protection. Huawei also presented bandwidth-on-demand (BoD), transport network virtualization and innovative VTS2.0 applications, which provide network level services that can be customized by tenants, as well as cloud-like resilience.

The demo used the Huawei ONOS-based Smart Network Controller (SNC) and NetMatrix service synergy platform to remotely control a real network constructed with Huawei NE series routers and Huawei OptiX OSN series smart optical devices located in Dallas, Texas.

http://www.huawei.com

PMC Unveils OTN-based Fronthaul for C-RAN Architecture

PMC-Sierra unveiled an OTN-based solution for fronthaul networking in Centralized Baseband RAN (C-RAN) architectures used for LTE and LTE-Advanced systems.

The OTN solution meets the 3GPP specifications for end-to-end latency and jitter while multiplexing multiple CPRI signals onto a single 10G wavelength. PMC said this OTN fronthaul architecture substantially reduces fiber consumption in the access network. The company is offering a reference design based on its existing HyPHY 20Gflex and HyPHY 10Gflex devices.

“Solving the mobile fronthaul networking challenge is the key to enabling C-RAN,” said Dr. Chih-Lin I, chief scientist of wireless technologies, China Mobile Research Institute, CMCC. “CMCC is looking for more cost-effective, scalable and carrier-grade fronthaul solutions. As the standard protocol for carrier-grade transport, OTN is a very compelling option and we’re excited to see ecosystem partners like PMC innovating to deliver solutions that address the networking needs of mobile fronthaul.”


“Distributed remote radios in a C-RAN architecture has tremendous potential to address expanding mobile capacity and coverage needs, but it creates a fronthaul networking problem that PMC has now solved,” said Babak Samimi, vice president of marketing for PMC’s Communications Business Unit. “PMC’s new OTN-based mobile fronthaul solution not only meets operator needs, it also allows carriers to build on their end-to-end OTN strategy and benefit from the operational efficiency and management simplicity that comes with a converged network.”

http://www.pmcs.com/fronthaul

Google Introduces Cloud Launcher

Google introduced Cloud Launcher -- a way for developers to launch more than 120 popular open source packages configured by Bitnami or Google Click-to-Deploy for Google Cloud Platform.

Cloud Launcher includes developer tools and stacks such as Apache Solr, Django, Gitlab, Jenkins, LAMP, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, and Tomcat. It also includes popular databases like MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL and popular applications like Wordpress, Drupal, JasperReports, Joomla and SugarCRM.

Google said it is optimizing many of these packages specifically for Google Cloud Platform.

http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com/2015/03/deploy-popular-software-packages-using-Cloud-Launcher.html

Latest Puppet Labs Release Can Provision Docker, AWS, Bare Metal

The latest software update from Puppet Labs (Enterprise 3.8) brings provisioning capabilities for Docker containers, AWS infrastructure and bare metal.

Puppet Node Manager, released late last year, initially included a rules-based method to organize servers based on key characteristics, such as application, role, data center, operating environment, and geographic location. With Puppet Enterprise 3.8, Puppet Node Manager includes capabilities for automating the provisioning of infrastructure, from containers to bare metal.

“Businesses are adopting DevOps tools and practices because they are under tremendous pressure to deliver new and reliable services faster, across an ever-expanding set of infrastructure technologies, “ said Nigel Kersten, CIO of Puppet Labs. “By adding support for Docker, AWS and bare metal, Puppet Enterprise 3.8 makes it faster and easier to provision and manage nearly any infrastructure technology. Now, IT teams can focus less time on managing change, and more time driving change throughout their organizations.”

https://puppetlabs.com/

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

OIF Shows 56G Electrical Interfaces & CFP2-ACO

At this week's OFC exhibition in Los Angeles, the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is showcasing the first electrical interfaces running at 56 Gbps, effectively doubling the current 28G electical interface specification.  The OIF has five CEI-56G specifications are under development, such as platform backplanes and links between a chip and an optical engine on a line card.

To address power consumption issues, the OIF is pursuing two parallel tracks: using 56 Gigabit non-return-to-zero (NRZ) signalling and 4-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM-4) which encodes two bits per symbol such that a 28 Gbaud signalling rate can be used. The 56 Gig NRZ uses simpler signalling but must deal with the higher associated loss, while PAM-4 does not suffer the same loss as it is similar to existing CEI-28 channels used today but requires a more complex design.

More online...

http://www.oiforum.com/oif-shows-56g-electrical-interfaces-cfp2-aco/

CommScope Demos WideBand Multimode Fiber for 100G Short WDM

CommScope demonstrated 100 Gbps Ethernet applications using short wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM) over wide band multimode fiber (WBMMF). The technology is targeted at high bandwidth applications in high-performance data centers.  The demonstration at this week's OFC in Los Angeles was held in partnership with Finisar, which supplied the 100G transceivers for use with the CommScope LazrSPEED 550 WideBand multimode fiber.

“We have been working with our partners on advancing the capabilities of high-speed transmission over multimode fiber and we believe this demonstration will show how far we have come in providing another cost-effective solution to support future data center needs,” said Kevin St. Cyr, senior vice president of Enterprise Solutions, CommScope. “The LazrSPEED WideBand multimode fiber will enable migration from 10 to 40 to even 100 Gigabit speeds over a single fiber pair, as well as provide customers legacy support for existing applications.”

http://www.commscope.com/

Ciena Joins NSF's GENI Project

Ciena has joined the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project that supports "at scale" research in networking, distributed systems, cloud services, security, and novel applications.

GENI provides access to hundreds of widely distributed resources, including virtual machines and “bare-machines.”  The company said that by connecting GENI’s multi-site cloud computing resources with its testbed, its researchers’ gain greater ability to collaborate with external researchers via a multi-directional interconnected system to test new applications on a large scale network and give assurance of their real-world viability. For example, this can be used to test new network function virtualization (NFV) applications like virtual WAN optimization or network security.

“Ciena’s collaboration with the National Science Foundation’s GENI project will help drive continued exploration of advanced network enabled applications and support the creation of more programmable, agile networks that are essential in today’s web-scale world,” stated Rod Wilson, Senior Director of External Research, Ciena.

http://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/Ciena-Joins-National-Science-Foundations-GENI-Project.html

http://www.geni.net/

ZTE Posts 2014 Profit of RMB 2.63 Billion

ZTE reported a net profit of RMB 2.63 billion (US$423.5 million) in 2014. Basic earnings per share climbed to RMB 0.77, while revenue rose 8.3% to RMB 81.47 billion.

ZTE posted revenue of RMB 40.89 billion from international operations, accounting for 50.2% of revenue. Operations in China contributed revenue of RMB 40.58 billion.

http://www.zte.com.cn

Harmonic Debuts Integrated Receiver-Decoder With HEVC

Harmonic introduced the first single-rack, multiformat, integrated receiver-decoder (IRD), transcoder and MPEG stream processor to support the HEVC standard, enabling video content and service providers to decode HEVC compressed streams up to 1080p60 resolution.

The 1-RU chassis ProView 7100 IRD platform offers broadcast-quality SD/HD MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC decoding, in addition to MPEG-2 and AVC transcoding.  It supports AVC HD and HEVC 4:2:2 10-bit decoding up to 1080p60. The HEVC decoding capabilities are available to new and existing ProView 7100 customers via a simple software update and license key.

"The ability to decode HEVC compressed streams is becoming important for video content and service providers as they prepare to deliver high-quality, bandwidth-intensive services like Ultra HD and 4K," said Bart Spriester, senior vice president, video products, Harmonic. "As the world's first IRD platform capable of decoding HEVC content, the ProView 7100 continues to prove that it's the best solution for content reception applications, providing TV operators with the flexibility, scalability, video compression efficiency and low total-cost-of-ownership they need to cost-effectively deliver video offerings with amazing quality now and in the future."

http://www.harmonicinc.com/

Luxtera Debuts 100G QSFP28 Module and Silicon Photonics Chipset

At this week's #OFC2015 in Los Angeles, Luxtera confirmed commercial availability of its 100G-PSM4 compliant chipset and QSFP optical module. The company said its low cost single mode products  make it well positioned for an industry-shift from copper and legacy multimode fiber to single mode fiber at volume scale.

LUX42604 Key Features

  • 100Gb optical transceiver
  • QSFP28 compliant module form-factor
  • Four 4 x 26 Gbps independently operating channels, full-duplex operation
  • Multirate: 1 – 25.78 Gbps (per channel)
  • FEC not required for error free operation but also supports Clause 74 and 91 FEC
  • 1310nm PSM4 MSA compliant – as described by www.psm4.org.
  • Proven Light Source and Packaging Technology
  • Extended Reach Up to 2000 Meters
  • Less than 3.5W worst case power

“In 2015, hyperscale data centers are undergoing a tectonic shift as the industry moves to 100Gb, and single mode photonics replace copper to become the mainstream interconnect. Luxtera is at the forefront of this transition with the only optical transceiver technology that can deliver 100Gb speeds with up to 2km of reach at the aggressive cost points needed for these high volume deployments. Today we are introducing our first Hybrid Silicon Photonics architecture products including the industry’s first 1310nm 100G-PSM4 MSA compliant QSFP28+ pluggable module and a fully integrated SiP PSM4 chipset,” said Greg Young, President and CEO of Luxtera.  “Luxtera pioneered the field of Silicon Photonics starting in 2001 and has been in continuous production since the original introduction of 40Gb SiP AOCs in 2008. With these new products we are addressing connectivity needs of hyperscale/cloud and enterprise datacenters with standard compliant products. We look forward to moving further into these core markets by delivering additional high performance single mode fiber solutions."

http://www.luxtera.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Verizon Picks Cisco and Ciena for Advanced 100G Metro Network

Verizon has selected Ciena and Cisco as vendors for its next generation metro optical network.

Specifically, Verizon will test and deploy Ciena’s metro-optimized 6500 packet optical technology and the Cisco Network Convergence System on portions of its 100G metro network this year, with plans to turn up live traffic in 2016. Supplier volumes will be guided by ongoing testing, support and performance.

“Deploying a new coherent, optimized and highly scalable metro network means Verizon stays ahead of the growth trajectory while providing an even more robust network infrastructure for future demand,” said Lee Hicks, vice president of Verizon network planning. “Ciena and Cisco met not only our technology requirements but the aggressive timeline to deploy our next-generation 100G-and-above metro network.”

“In today's Web-scale world, advanced, next-generation metro networks with high degrees of packet convergence and software intelligence are critical to the future of connecting increasing amounts of content to users,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, Global Products Group at Ciena. “Leveraging the latest capabilities in our 6500 platform for metro applications where density, scale and cost are equally important, Verizon will benefit from an end-to-end solution that can deliver a truly on-demand experience for its customers.”

“Verizon and Cisco are long-standing technology and business partners, and we are pleased to play a key role in Verizon’s optical network modernization program. Cisco has made key investments in next-generation optical technologies to enable Verizon to realize its vision to transform its network architecture to achieve the speed and operational efficiency required to meet the demands of today, while capturing growth opportunities over the next decade,” stated Said Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president of Cisco’s Service Provider Business group.

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-deploy-next-generation-100g-metro-network-us/

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