Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Nokia Networks Hits 10Gbps Over the Air at 73 GHz

Nokia Networks announced it has achieved a 10Gbps peak rate system over the air at 73GHz (mmWave), paving the way for future 5G networks.  The technology is being demonstrated this week at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, jointly organized by Nokia Networks and the university research center NYU WIRELESS.

Also being demonstrated is NYU WIRELESS' updated prototype of a "channel sounder," which is a system for how millimeter waves propagate in indoor and outdoor environments.  Its earlier version of this system provided the first validation that mmWave cellular networks were feasible. The organization's second demonstration will be a millimeter-wave (mmWave) communication link using an LTE-like transmission but in the higher frequencies bands for future cellular.

Plenary sessions at this week's event include:

  • Gerhard P. Fettweis, TU Dresden, "5G Tactile Internet: mm-Waves versus cm-Waves"
  • Tom Keathley, SVP, AT&T, "The Road to 5G: Requirements, Capabilities and Expectations"
  • Hossein Moiin, CTO & EVP, Nokia, "Expanding the human possibilities with 5G"
  • Seizo Onoe, CTO, NTT DoCoMo
  • Minerva Tantoco, CTO of New York City
  • Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr., SVP, Qualcomm, "MIMO Technology: Past, Present and Future"
  • James Truchard, CEO, National Instruments, "Next-Generation Tools for 5G Research".
"At NYU WIRELESS, we have witnessed an industry eagerly developing this technology that holds the potential to increase wireless data capacity a thousand-fold," said NYU Professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, Founder and Director of NYU WIRELESS. "Part of the reason for the excitement is because early studies at our research center and elsewhere are demonstrating feasibility, yet we must maintain this momentum."

PLUMgrid Adds SDN Monitoring Tools, Red Hat Certification

PLUMgrid announced a major upgrade for its SDN software suite, including new operational tools, enhanced high availability, dynamic routing, and expanded service insertion for 3rd party virtual, physical and container based appliances.

PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite 3.0, which is powered by OpenStack Juno, also introduces new high availability features that seamlessly increase up time for both physical and virtual networks. The new enhancements include the following:

  • PLUMgrid Toolbox - suite of seven monitoring and troubleshooting tools offering enhanced visibility into virtual network functions, network health of virtual machines, PLUMgrid Zone, Virtual Domains, etc. 
  • Dynamic Router VNF - a new dynamic router virtual network function (VNF) that supports dynamic routing protocols allowing the network to automatically learn and distribute IP routes. The new router VNF supports a portfolio of routing protocols including RIP, OSPF and BGP. The dynamic router VNF can peer with and learn from other routers in the network, greatly simplifying provisioning of tenants.
  • Enhanced High Availability - supports VXLAN Tunnel Endpoint (VTEP) with hardware and software gateways. In ONS 3.0, PLUMgrid introduces VTEP support in active/active configuration for selected switches that include VTEP multi-chassis link aggregation feature. Providing load balancing and redundancy over multi-chassis links enables higher availability and traffic distribution.  
  • Service Insertion Architecture (SIA) for Container based Service Appliances - seamless insertion of 3rd party virtual, physical, and container based service appliances via SIA. PLUMgrid SIA allows customers to seamlessly complement and augment their Virtual Domains with additional network functions - both open source and commercial versions for faster time to service.
  • Red Hat Certified - RHEL-OSP 6 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6. The integration and certification ensure compatibility for customers and provide highly available, automated installation of PLUMgrid ONS 3.0 in a RHEL OSP 6 environment.

PLUMgrid ONS for OpenStack enables scalable and secure virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds. PLUMgrid ONS supports Canonical, Mirantis, Oracle, Piston, Red Hat and SUSE.

Microsoft Announces Hyper-V Containers for Next Gen Cloud

Microsoft announced plans to offer containers with a "level of isolation previously reserved only for fully dedicated physical or virtual machines." The company said the goal of its new Hyper-V Containers is to ensure code running in one container remains isolated and cannot impact the host operating system or other containers running on the same host.

The announcement follows an alliance with Docker disclosed last October to bring containers to developers across the Docker and Windows ecosystems via Windows Server Containers, available in the next version of Windows Server.

The new Hyper-V containers will offer an additional deployment option between Windows Server Containers and the Hyper-V virtual machine. In addition, applications developed for Windows Server Containers can be deployed as a Hyper-V Container without modification, providing greater flexibility for operators who need to choose degrees of density, agility, and isolation in a multi-platform, multi-application environment.

Dell and Red Hat Announce OpenStack Cloud Solution

Dell and Red Hat announced a co-engineered, enterprise-grade private-cloud solution based on OpenStack.

The Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution combines Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Dell PowerEdge R630 and R730xd high-density rack servers, which offer a hyper-dense memory, storage flexibility and a compact footprint. It could be used for hosting massively scalable Red Hat Ceph Storage.

This latest release of the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution stems from a longstanding collaboration between the two companies, and joint engineering within the OpenStack community.

“Enterprise customers are requiring robust and rapidly scalable cloud infrastructures that deliver business results,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager, Dell Engineered Solutions and Cloud. “Dell and Red Hat continue to jointly deliver cost effective, open source-based cloud computing solutions that provide greater agility to our customers, and this newest version of the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution leverages best of breed technology from both companies to do so.”

InfoVista Acquire Ipanema for WAN Optimization

InfoVista, which offers IP and RF planning, service assurance and network optimization software solutions, has acquired Ipanema Technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ipanema, which is based outside of Paris, provides WAN optimization solutions to guarantee application performance across enterprises’ large and complex networks. Its platform integrates Application Visibility, Application Control, WAN Optimization, Dynamic WAN Selection and Network Rightsizing.

InfoVista said the acquisition is part of its strategy to orchestrate network and application performance. Together, the companies provide unique combination of actionable visibility and in-depth understanding of application behavior across the entire service delivery chain.

“With this acquisition, InfoVista extends its capabilities with Software-Defined WAN to maximize business application experience over the hybrid network,” said Philippe Ozanian, CEO, InfoVista. “Both Ipanema and InfoVista strongly share the conviction that CSPs must play the leading role in helping enterprises make the most of the new hybrid network and hybrid cloud paradigm. The two companies have also established a proven and successful technology partnership for several years. This makes us feel very confident in the benefits it will bring to our enterprise and CSP customers.”

“Ipanema is a disruptive player in the industry. Its vision of business-centric application performance management through all-in-one, objective-based and fully automated solutions is becoming a must-have,” said Jim Darragh, CEO, Ipanema Technologies.

Vodafone Germany Launches VoLTE with Mavenir

Vodafone Germany has launched VoLTE using Mavenir Systems' VoLTE application solution.

Vodafone Germany’s VoLTE implementation includes complex integration with the traditional 3G network using eSR-VCC mobility procedures, and broad interoperability with the rapidly expanding VoLTE device ecosystem.

“We are pleased to have partnered with Vodafone to successfully launch such a critical service,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mavenir Systems. “Mavenir’s VoLTE solution provides the foundation for the transformation to a low-cost, consolidated all-IP network that will enable service innovation, as well as converged consumer and enterprise features across mobile and fixed market segments.”

Mavenir’s virtualized VoLTE application solution consists of its IMS Telephony Application Server (TAS), Application Gateway (AGW) and Media Resource Function (MRF), which are easily and flexibly deployed on Vodafone’s NFV and SDN strategy, Telco over Cloud.

“Completing this milestone has been the result of a very intensive effort and close collaboration across all involved Vodafone teams and our network partners in this journey, including Mavenir,” said Dr. Eric Kuisch, CTO Vodafone Germany. “We are now able to offer our customers a VoLTE service with extremely fast connection time and high quality HD voice, and we plan to continue adding new features to enhance the service experience for customers on our network.”

Bell Labs Dedicates Nobel Laureate Garden

Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, dedicated a Nobel Laureate Garden within its campus in Murray Hill, New Jersey to commemorate the 13 Bell Labs scientists that have shared eight Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry.

Bell Labs' most recent Nobel Laureate, Eric Betzig, who received his Nobel Prize in 2014 for his transformative work on molecular and biological imaging, spoke at the garden's dedication ceremony. Also present were George Smith (2009 Nobel Prize in Physics); Horst Stormer (1998 Nobel Prize in Physics); Bob Wilson (1978 Nobel Prize in Physics) and Philip Anderson (1977 Nobel Prize in Physics).