Monday, April 27, 2015

Performance Scalability for NFV - Procera & Intel

The scalability that is required in carrier networks for NFV to succeed is huge.

 If you don't solve the performance requirements, you will not meet the expectations of customers. In this video, Procera Networks' Cam Cullen and Intel's Renu Navale talk about their partnership and the success achieved in benchmarking NFV performance.

 Working with Intel's Network Builders program, Procera has demonstrated its PacketLogic/V virtualized software solution running at over 150 Gbps on Intel Xeon Processor E5 v3 Family-based commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms.

See Video: https://youtu.be/OvQTnbTBDMw

 

Lightower to Acquire Fibertech, Extending Footprint

Lightower Fiber Networks agreed to acquire Fibertech Networks, a leading provider of fiber-optic based network services throughout mid-size cities in the eastern and central regions of the United States, for $1.9 billion in cash.


The combined company will own and operate over 30,000 route miles of fiber network providing access to nearly 5,000 wireless towers and almost 13,000 on-net service locations, including commercial buildings, data centers, financial exchanges, content hubs and other critical communications facilities.

Lightower’s existing financial backers, Berkshire Partners, Pamlico Capital and ABRY Partners, will each provide additional equity to support the transaction.

“The combination of Lightower and Fibertech is a win for customers by enabling us to serve more locations, across a wider area, and with more service options – all with the same superior level of reliability and customer support,” stated Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower. “Lightower and Fibertech have built distinct networks in their respective regions that will be very complementary when merged. In addition, we plan to continue to invest capital in these regions for additional network expansion.”

“This merger between our two high growth companies is a very positive development for both organizations, both customer bases and both sets of employees,” said John Purcell, CEO of Fibertech. “Bringing together these two talented teams under an integrated leadership group will be a great cultural fit, while also broadening opportunities and career growth for employees.”

http://www.lightower.com/company/news/press-releases/lightower-fiber-networks-to-merge-with-fibertech-networks/#.VT8N2CH484k

OpenCloud Connect - Faster Standards for Cloud Services

Sebastien Jobert, co-chair of the Open Cloud Committee for OpenCloud Connect, provides an update on the forum and its ambition for faster development of standards for cloud services.

OpenCloud Connect, which was previously called Cloud Ethernet Forum, is a global industry alliance founded to address the need for scaling and enhancing current network technologies to meet the stringent demands of delivering cloud services.

OpenCloud Connect is working on solutions that address technical challenges such as VLAN scaling, layer 2 performance and resilience across very large domains and consolidating storage network technologies onto Ethernet.

See video: https://youtu.be/vCXsl_p9jQg


Dell Intros New Open Data Center Switches

Dell Networking introduced three new open switches for data centers and featuring support for the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) to allow for a zero-touch install of all pre-qualified operating systems, including Dell Networking OS9 and third party options.


Dell said the rollout reinforces its strategy to pursue open architectures in the new era of software-defined data centers.

"These advancements are another example of Dell helping our customers to future proof and accelerate the financial and performance rewards the software-defined data center promises," said Arpit Joshipura, vice president, product management and strategy, Dell Networking. "The new products announced today offer customers complete flexibility to take advantage of open networking environments and new computing models as well as the revenue streams these network infrastructures will allow."

The rollout includes:

Dell Networking Z9100-ON - a 100GbE fabric switch in a 1RU fixed form factor for aggregation and access layers. It and offers multi-rate switching (10/25/40/50/100GbE). The Z9100 is designed for cloud, HPC and Web 2.0 applications that require a range of options in switching rates in high-density environments and excels in Big Data analysis and where high performance, low latency requirements exist. The fabric switch offers up to seven times the density per RU versus a competing switch.1

Dell Networking S4048-ON - a low-latency 10/40GbE Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch designed for the software-defined data center. It offers advanced features supporting large hardware tables, VXLAN and expanding buffering. It is designed for Web and Cloud service providers with Linux and open source-heavy environments. The S4048 provides a low latency 10GbE switching in HPC and business sensitive deployments that require the highest bandwidth and low latency, while cutting in half the latency versus a competing switch.

Dell Networking S3048-ON - designed for enterprise and mid-market customers with an existing 1GbE installed base. It is Dell’s first entry into 1GbE open networking switching. The S3048 is a ToR equipped with next-generation 1GbE silicon, a complete OS9 feature set including VLT, OpenFlow, Open Automation, Cloud Stack integration with OpenStack, Microsoft, VMware, Docker and others, while offering up to half the power consumption and costs up to 50 percent less than the current generation of Dell 1GbE switches.

Dell today also announced IP Infusion, Inc. as a new ecosystem partner in support of its Open Networking initiative.

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/press-releases/2015-04-23-dell-networking-data-center-innovation

Open Switches for SDN Data Centers

Arpit Joshipura discusses Dell's pursuit of open architectures and its newly launched switches for software-defined data centers, saying the disaggregation of hardware and software allows for faster innovation from all sides. Dell is introducing new switches with port speeds from 1G to 100G.  The openness allows for Dell's own OS or third-party implementations such as Big Switch, Cumulus and IP Infusion.

Filmed at NetEvent's Cloud Innovation Summit in Tiburon, California.

See video:  https://youtu.be/UioGzGx3Xg8

Facebook Adds Video Calling to Messenger

Facebook is adding video calling in Messenger, enabling face-to-face calling on iOS or Android devices.

The service is initially available in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay.

http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/04/introducing-video-calling-in-messenger/


  • Last week, Facebook disclosed that it served 936 million daily active users (DAUs) on average for March 2015, an increase of 17% year-over-year. Mobile DAUs were 798 million on average for March 2015, an increase of 31% year-over-year. Monthly active users (MAUs) were 1.44 billion as of March 31, 2015, an increase of 13% year-over-year. Mobile MAUs were 1.25 billion as of March 31, 2015, an increase of 24% year-over-year.

Apple Confirms $2 Billion Investment in European Data Centers

On its quarterly conference call, Apple confirmed plans to invest $2 billion on data centers in Ireland and Denmark. These will be Apple's largest data centers in the world and will be 100% powered by renewable energy.

The company notes that 100% of it U.S. operations and 87% of global operations are running on renewable energy.

http://www.apple.com

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