Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Verizon Names Five Vendors for SDN

Verizon named five technology partners for its software-defined architecture: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper Networks and Nokia Networks.

"Verizon and our key technology partners have always focused on providing high-performance networks for our customers, and with this SDN architecture we will continue to ensure our network and services meet the needs of our customers, today and in the future," stated Roger Gurnani, Verizon chief information and technology architect.

Verizon said its SDN-based architecture will drive a number of key customer facing benefits, including elastic, scalable, network-wide service creation and near real-time service delivery.

To enable its network vision, Verizon and its technology vendors have co-authored a comprehensive SDN network architecture document, which includes all interface specifications and reference architectures plus requirements for both the control layer and forwarding box functions. This network architecture document will enable Verizon's key technology partners to develop solutions to achieve the business and technical benefits of an SDN-enabled network.

http://news.verizonenterprise.com/2015/04/software-defined-network-architecture-hakl/
http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-announces-software-defined-networking-strategy

What Does SDN Need to Succeed? Citrix Responds...

SDN needs to become "business-defined networking," says Graham Melville, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Networking at Citrix.

Businesses need an IT infrastructure that is more agile, consumes fewer resources, and capable of making intelligent decisions as network loads change.  Application intelligence should drive the way that the network is formed and the way paths are formed.

Filmed at NetEvents' Cloud Innovation Summit 2015 in Tiburon, California.

See: https://youtu.be/YN2BaDWMjtw


Dell's 13th Gen PowerEdge Servers Pack 6 TB of RAM, Eight PCIe SSDs

Dell introduced its 13th generation PowerEdge servers including its most powerful PowerEdge R930 designed for demanding enterprise applications such as in-memory databases, customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

Dell noted that the global x86 server market has grown more than 600 percent since it first introduced the PowerEdge portfolio roughly 20 years ago, while the non-x86 market has been on a constant decline – shrinking 70 percent between 2000 and 2013. Even with the declines, the non-x86 market presents a $9.1 billion (USD) addressable market in 2015.

The PowerEdge R930 features the future Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families, 6TB of memory in 96 DIMMs, 24 internal hard drives and support for up to eight high performance PowerEdge Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSDs.

Dell was the first to ship NVMe PCIe SSDs and it’s now offering the new 3.2TB PCIe SSD. Dell PowerEdge Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSDs deliver ultra-high performance, front loading, hot pluggable 2.5-inch devices, providing up to 10 times more input /output operations per second (IOPS) over traditional SSDs.

In addition to the PowerEdge R930 rack server, Dell is updating its PowerEdge VRTX and PowerEdge M1000e converged platforms, and introducing the PowerEdge FC830 and the PowerEdge M830 blade server as part of Dell’s 13th generation of PowerEdge servers.

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/press-releases/2015-04-28-dell-r930-server

Cavium Demos 48-core, ARMv8-A ThunderX_NT Processor

At this week's Interop in Las Vegas, Cavium is demonstrating its 48-core, dual-socket capable ThunderX_NT family of ARMv8-A based processors with integrated security, networking and virtual flow accelerators.

Cavium said its ThunderX_NT-based platforms are well suited for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) applications, such as virtual application delivery controller (vADC), virtual unified threat management (vUTM), virtual router (vRouter), and virtual wireless LAN controllers (vWLANs).  The design offers a large number of cores, integrated standard low latency Ethernet fabric, 10/40/100 GbE networking, end-to-end virtualization enabled through virtSoC technology, and integrated accelerators for packet processing, security, deep packet inspection and virtualization.

“Enterprises, service providers and cloud data center operators are looking to gain the benefits and flexibility of virtualizing the network to manage dynamically changing workloads and massive data requirements,” said Surya Hotha, Director of Product Line Marketing, Infrastructure Processor Group at Cavium. “The ThunderX_NT family provides the processing performance and flexibility by integrating a huge amount of compute along with targeted workload accelerators for secure low-latency networking into a power, space and cost-optimized form factor.”

http://www.cavium.com

Oracle Launched Evolved Communications Application Server

Oracle is introducing an Evolved Communications Application Server for service providers that supports enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity for delivering Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services even when widespread LTE network coverage isn’t available.

Communication Service Providers can configure and extend out-of-the-box VoLTE and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) applications without coding or having to rely on costly vendor customization, enabling them to develop and deliver rich media services more quickly and cost-effectively, while also assuring reliability.

The communications application server offers a network function virtualization (NFV)-enabled environment for VoLTE and VoWi-Fi applications, and is designed to permit virtualization and management by a virtual network function (VNF) manager. The solution also provides automated deployment capabilities across testing, staging, and production environments equating to greater service agility and velocity for CSPs.

“Oracle Communications Evolved Communications Application Server brings the speed of innovation with the low cost profile typically seen in IT initiatives, yet it can deliver the performance of a CSP network appliance,” said Steve Aulds, vice president of products, Oracle Communications. “This is the ideal complement to our converged application server, API exposure platform, and session delivery infrastructure, which CSPs around the world have embraced for nearly a decade.”

https://www.oracle.com/industries/communications/evolved-application-server/index.html

Microsemi Completes Acquisition of Vitesse

Microsemi completed its previously announced acquisition of Vitesse Semiconductor for $5.28 per share in cash.

Vitesse offers a portfolio of high-performance semiconductors, application software, and integrated turnkey systems solutions for carrier, enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks worldwide. Key markets include network infrastructure for mobile access/IP edge, enterprise cloud access, and industrial-IoT markets. Vitesse is headquartered in Camarillo, California.

Microsemi (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers semiconductors and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California.

http://www.microsemi.com

VeloCloud Partners With Japan's Net One Systems on SD-WAN

VeloCloud Networks, a start-up offering a subscription-based, virtualized WAN service for enterprises that aggregates multiple access lines (cable modem, DSL, LTE) into a single secure connection, announced a partnership with Net One Systems, a leading networking solutions provider and cloud builder and broker in Japan. The partnership represents VeloCloud’s foray into the Japan market as part of a larger strategy of entering into the broader Asian market.
ch offices virtually by uniquely using the cloud as the WAN.

“Net One Systems aims to provide a fully hybrid, virtualized and abstracted Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure that will free our customers from the burdens of managing various ICT technologies,” said Chief Marketing Officer Fumihiko Shinoura of Net One Systems. “Cloud Delivered SD-WAN by VeloCloud is at the core of this initiative. By combining VeloCloud SD-WAN with Net One Systems’ advanced product portfolio for hybrid virtual data centers and network, cloud service providers and large enterprise customers can easily build a next generation branch WAN that they can use efficiently and easily.”

http://www.netone.co.jp
http://www.velocloud.com

Dell SonicWALL TZ Analyzes Encrypted SSL Traffic

Dell introduced new SonicWALL TZ Series firewalls with the ability to analyze encrypted SSL traffic, and an integrated wireless controller.

The new TZ firewalls, which are aimed at small businesses and large, multi-site distributed organizations, leverages multi-core security processors for high-performance Unified Threat Management (UTM).

The company cites intrusion prevention speeds of up to 1.1Gbps. Offering 1GbE network interfaces in a compact desktop form-factor appliance, the Dell SonicWALL TZ Series delivers anti-malware protection, intrusion prevention, content and URL filtering, application control, and secure mobile access for laptops, smartphones and tablets. With the SonicWALL Mobile Connect unified client, the new TZs provide secure mobile access to Google Android, Mac OS X, Kindle Fire and laptop users. The integrated, secure wireless controller in the new TZ Series supports the high-speed 802.11ac wireless standard.

Dell said the patented reassembly-free deep packet inspection engine allows the SonicWALL TZ Series to scan every byte of every packet on all ports and protocols with almost zero latency.

China Telecom Reports Dip in Q1

China Telecom reported 1Q2015 operating revenues of RMB81,453 million, representing a decrease of 2.1% over the same period of last year. Service revenues were RMB72,704 million, representing a decrease of 0.4% over the same period oflast year.  EBITDA was RMB24,525 million, representing a decrease of 2.2% over the same period of last year.

China Telecom added 3.20 million net mobile users in Q1, giving it a total base of 189 million. The carrier was granted an LTE FDD license in February and is planning a quick rollout. Meanwhile, the number of traditional fixed line connections continues to decline.

Key performance indicators (click to enlarge).



http://www.chinatelecom-h.com/en/global/download.php

Metaswitch Picks Radisys’ vMRF for Clearwater IMS

Metaswitch Networks has selected Radisys’ virtualized Media Resource Function (vMRF) to power its cloud-based IMS solution.

Radisys’ vMRF, pre-integrated with OpenCloud’s Rhino Telecom Application Server, is being resold by Metaswitch as part of its Clearwater IMS solution that helps service providers accelerate the transformation of their network and communication services.

“Mobile operators are embracing IMS as the foundation of their LTE networks so they can be flexible enough to provide a complete portfolio of immersive IP-based multimedia communications services,” said Paul Drew, senior vice president, Metaswitch Networks. “As Metaswitch helps its customers continue down a path towards a software-centric, cloud-based, all-IP future, we are pleased to work with Radisys as they share our overall vision and have been a leading provider of IP Media Processing and MRF products for more than 10 years.”

“The shift to all-IP networks made possible by IMS is enabling communication service providers to become more software-centric, rethinking not only their network architecture, but also how they deliver profitable, differentiated services to their customers,” said Grant Henderson, vice president, MediaEngine and corporate marketing, Radisys.

http://www.radisys.com

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