Monday, April 13, 2015

Conquer the 10X Challenge by @Napatech

The networking industry is undergoing a leap from 1G to 10G on edge systems, as well as from 10G to 100G on core systems, creating a 10X Challenge for developers of analytics platforms.

The 10X Challenge really occurs in 3 dimensions: ten times the amount traffic, ten times the interface speeds, and ten times the required precision for analysis.

Napatech address this challenge by providing a portfolio of solutions with common APIs, and by ensuring maximum performance with powerful accelerators.


Google Moves Further into Enterprise Networking

Google is moving further and faster into enterprise networking services.  The opportunity is to leverage a global network footprint – over 70 points of presence across 33 countries – to deliver enterprise networking services with the same low latency and responsiveness as Google’s own services. Google's ambition is to enable enterprises to run mission-critical workloads by connecting their on-premises infrastructure to Google’s network with enterprise-grade encryption.

This week the company is announcing several enhancements:

  • General Availability of Cloud DNS -  enables customers to host millions of zones and records and handle SLA-backed name-serving queries. For customers with more than 10,000 zones, our new pricing tier lowers the cost of ownership for large organizations operating DNS infrastructure at scale.
  • Expansion of load balancing solutions to 12 additional points of presence globally - PoPs includ Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, Miami, London, Paris, Stockholm, Munich, Madrid, and Lisbon. This enables workloads running on Google Cloud Platform to closer in proximity to users.
  • Beta of VPN -  enabling enterprises to connect their on-premises infrastructure to Google’s network over encrypted channels to run data-intensive, latency-sensitive workloads.
  • 11 additional Carrier Interconnect service providers - bringing the total number of announced partners to 18. Ingress is free and egress is priced at $0.04/GB in North America, $0.05 in EU and $0.06 in APAC.

Huawei and China Mobile Develop SDN Clock Sync

Huawei and China Mobile introduced a software-defined clock metwork solution which provides centralized control and automated management of clock synchronization for mobile backhaul networks.

Huawei said the jointly developed solution automatically computes, plans and provisions the clock paths based on the overall physical network topology, and can thus eliminate the risks associated with manual planning. The embedded algorithm can compute and plan a clock network with tens of thousands of nodes in a few minutes, with the guarantee that synchronization loops will not be introduced. When compared with traditional, manual planning, the efficiency output of the Software-defined Clock Network solution is almost a thousand times better. In addition, the solution also provides performance monitoring, fast assessment, intelligent optimization and rapid trouble-shooting when deployed. Overall, the solution greatly enhances the ability to manage a mobile backhaul clock network, simplifies the network operation to reduce future issues, and reduces operational costs for telecommunications companies.

Mr. Yang Zhiqiang, Vice President, China Mobile Research Institute, said, "Facing the evolving needs of future services and the operation pressure from large scale mobile backhaul networks, more requirements have been placed on the ability of telecommunications companies to effectively and efficiently manage a clock network. The ability to intelligently manage the clock network through centralized control makes the Huawei Software-defined Clock Network solution highly efficient, agile and reliable. It realizes a smooth evolution from the traditional synchronization network to the Software-defined Clock Network, which is why it has proved extremely useful for China Mobile."

Mr. Zha Jun, President, Fixed Network Product Line, Huawei, said, "By applying SDN technology to the mobile backhaul, the Huawei Software-defined Clock Network solution creatively resolves the difficulty operators face planning and managing clock networks. As the industry’s first solution of its kind, Huawei and China Mobile are leading clock network research and innovation, and remain invested in developing SDN commercial applications and networks."

Infonetics: SDN Hesitation Impacted SP Switch/Router Market

Service provider router and switch revenue totaled $14.6 billion worldwide in 2014, essentially flat over 2013 as SDN (software-defined networking) hesitation slowed spending, according to a new report from Infonetics Research, which is now part of IHS.

“We’ve been talking about this for the past year and it’s still true: the enormity of the coming SDN-NFV transformation is making carriers more cautious with their spending,” said Michael Howard, senior research director for carrier networks at Infonetics Research, now part of IHS. “But this does not mean that router and switch spending will take a sizeable downturn. Rather, we look for the market to slowly climb to $17 billion in 2019, a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just over 3 percent—unchanged from our previous forecasts.”

Some highlights of Infonetics’ fourth quarter 2014 (4Q14) and year-end Service Provider Routers and Switches:

  • Worldwide service provider router and switch revenue was $3.8 billion in 4Q14, up 2 percent on a quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year basis
  • Sales in the core router segment dipped 5 percent in 2014 from the previous year as expected due to the volume of capacity already “in the ground”
  • Carriers in North America exercised caution in their router/switch spending in 2014, sending revenue down 7 percent from 2013
  • However, the other major geographical regions—EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America—were in positive territory in 2014
  • China came to the rescue of a flat 2014 Asian telecom economy with a double-digit increase over the previous year
  • On the whole in 2014 and 4Q14, the top 4 router and CES manufacturers—Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Huawei and Juniper—stayed in dominant positions, together taking 85 percent of revenue

Zayo Launches Live Video Service for Broadcasters

Zayo launched a Live Video service to provide customers in the broadcast, production, video distribution, sports and live event industries with video local loops for point-to-point live video, managed video and distribution network for long haul video delivery, and occasional use events for short-term turn up of live video.

The core video network, which extends throughout the U.S. and U.K., is owned and operated by Zayo. It provides customers with direct access to a single solutions provider, with a high degree of control and connectivity to key destinations, gateways, on and off ramps, customer sites and venues. These video exchange points are reached via Zayo’s core video network with infrastructure in eight key markets: Atlanta, Chicago, D.C., Denver, Houston, Portland, New York and London.

“Zayo’s long haul network and supporting infrastructure enables our customers to access hundreds of ‘on-net’ venues including stadiums, production and conference centers, hotels and casinos – making our service highly flexible and competitive,” said Walt Banfield, technology lead for Live Video. “Our deep fiber assets, combined with our new video technology and 24/7/365 monitoring, give customers unlimited broadcast and streaming video opportunities.”

The video network is managed by Zayo’s dedicated Video Network Control Center located in Tulsa, Okla.

Cyan Announces Rollouts with Rural Carriers

Cyan announced a series of recent deployments of its Z-Series packet-optical hardware and Blue Planet SDN software with rural and regional carriers across the U.S., including Bloomingdale Communications, Broadband Visions, Palmetto Rural Telephone Company, and Vision Net.

Cyan also confirmed that INDATEL, a group of wholesale carriers throughout rural and metro America, has selected the Z-Series packet-optical transport platform (P-OTP) and Blue Planet SDN software for its first-ever 100G deployment. The upgrade to 100G connectivity improves aggregation and scale for the INDATEL carrier members to enable more efficient and cost-effective service delivery.

“Cyan understands the challenges facing regional carriers and rural telephone companies who are competing against larger incumbents to better serve their customers,” said Jeff Parow, vice president of sales at Cyan. “Since our inception, we have focused on helping these customers deliver compelling new service offerings, and build networks that are both highly scalable and cost-efficient. Our ultimate goal has always been to provide these customers with a network infrastructure that allows them to successfully grow their business and we’re proud to see the results.”

Hortonworks to Acquire SequenceIQ for Launching Hadoop Clusters in the Cloud

Hortonworks, which offers enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions, agreed to acquire SequenceIQ, an open source provider of rapid deployment tools for Hadoop. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SequenceIQ, which was founded in February 2014, allows organizations to deploy secure and elastic HDP clusters in a consistent manner across the entire analytics application lifecycle. Simple set up will now allow customers to launch HDP into any major cloud platform, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and OpenStack. SequenceIQ also optimizes these deployments via policy-based autoscaling that expands and contracts clusters based upon actual usage metrics. Its products include Cloudbreak, an elastic and cloud agnostic deployment solution for HDP clusters, and Periscope, which provides policy-based autoscaling for multi-tenant HDP clusters.

Hortonworks said the acquisition will enable it to deliver a consistent and automated solution for launching on-demand Hadoop clusters in the cloud or to any environment that supports Docker containers. The transaction is expected to close in Q2. Upon close, Hortonworks will incorporate SequenceIQ technology into the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and ultimately transition the technology to the Apache Software Foundation.

"The SequenceIQ team has developed key tools that allow enterprises to efficiently automate the launching of Hadoop clusters on any cloud infrastructure platform across the entire lifecycle, from proof-of-concept to development, test and production," said Rob Bearden, chief executive officer of Hortonworks. "This acquisition complements our strategy of providing enterprise customers the broadest choice of consumption options for Hortonworks Data Platform, from on-premise deployments to cloud architectures."

"SequenceIQ and Hortonworks are aligned on providing customers an automated method for launching on-demand Hadoop clusters with policy-based autoscaling across public or private clouds within minutes," said Janos Matyas, co-founder and chief technology officer of SequenceIQ. "We are excited to be joining the Hortonworks team to deliver on this vision and look forward to continuing our work within the open source community."

CenturyLink Deploys Bloom Energy Fuel Cells

CenturyLink announced the installation of Bloom Energy fuel cells at its data center in Irvine, California.

The Bloom Energy Servers use fuel cell technology to generate electricity through a clean electrochemical process using air and natural gas. Bloom delivers enhanced sustainability benefits, including high efficiency, small physical footprint and reduced water use.

"We are excited to work with a progressive, industry-leading service provider like CenturyLink on our first Bloom data center deployment in Southern California," said Peter Gross, vice president of mission critical systems at Bloom Energy. "This CenturyLink project demonstrates that data centers and cloud service providers now have alternative solutions that will meet both their reliability and sustainability goals."

Aerohive to Miss on Q1 Financials

Aerohive announced preliminary results for Q1, saying it now expects net revenue to be in the range of $25 million to $26 million, which is below the company's previously stated guidance of $29 million to $31 million.

“While our international business performed to expectations, our North America business fell well short of expectations,” stated David Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This result primarily reflects the combination of significantly lower than expected U.S. education business during the quarter, orders received late in the quarter that could not be recognized as revenue, and continued sales execution challenges that we have seen during the last few quarters. Despite this result, we remain confident in the business opportunity before us as we continue to take actions to improve execution and our results, including the hiring of our new sales leader.”

Separately, Aerohive announced the appointment of Tom Wilburn as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Wilburn most recently was Vice President of Global Enterprise Networking Sales at Cisco.


ADVA Optical Networking has officially joined the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), the open source project aimed at accelerating the development and adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

"NFV presents the industry with an incredible opportunity; an opportunity to simplify network infrastructure, an opportunity to rapidly respond to networking needs. But we're only at the start of this journey," said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. "What's key in such an early stage of a technology's development is that the supporting community moves forward together. The transition from vendor-specific, monolithic networks to open architecture requires clear collaboration and communication throughout the entire ecosystem. It's critical that there are no silos, no fragments. That's why we're part of the OPNFV. We believe in working together to develop open source platforms that can help the entire community. With such a collaborative approach we'll move forward quicker and with greater success."

"Communication service providers are eager to benefit from speed of innovation, cost efficiency and flexibility of NFV based on carrier-grade, integrated, open-source platforms. Various open source components have emerged from the work of different standards developing organizations (SDOs) and focusing on the consistency, performance and interoperability is key to the success of NFV," commented Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. "We're excited to have ADVA Optical Networking bring their expertise in building VNF infrastructures (NFVI) and its commitment to open-source for orchestrating NFV infrastructures, to our community. We look forward to their contributions in assuring a seamless integration of NFVI in OPNFV."

"What's critical about the OPNFV is its openness, its deep-rooted sense of community. It shares our values here. It understands that NFV's true potential can only be achieved if the industry works collectively," commented Stephan Rettenberger, VP, marketing, ADVA Optical Networking. "Our membership of the OPNFV is a clear signal to our customers, to our partners and to the wider industry that we believe in open collaboration, in transparency. We've displayed this already with our NFV demos at Mobile World Congress and MPLS SDN World Congress. The key question is how do we move forward together? We're going to be working closely with our partners at OPNFV to answer this question and ensure that NFV continues to advance."

Toshiba's Latest IoT Processors Pack 802.11ac

Toshiba America Electronic Components introduced three new processors based on the ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU and designed for Internet of Things (IoT).

The latest additions to its TZ5000 series of ApP Lite processors use Toshiba proprietary hardware-based technologies for power management and system integration, delivering the low power consumption necessary for IoT applications. Two of the new application processors incorporate a built-in baseband for high-speed Wi-Fi 802.11ac, graphics and video engine. The new processors extend CPU performance, memory performance and temperature range compared to earlier products in the TZ5000 line, making them suitable for IoT products that require greater data capacity, and enabling them to be used in a broader range of applications.

"As end-product developers' needs evolve, we are continuing to grow our ApP Lite processor family with new devices designed to accommodate these requirements," said Deepak Prakash, senior director of marketing, Logic LSI Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. "These newest processors, which deliver high memory efficiency and robust security features, enable development of highly reliable and stable applications with an enhanced user experience compared to earlier devices in the series."