Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Advantech video: NFV Elasticity at the Edge and Access

Advantech introduces its Packeterium platform for network functions virtualization (NFV). The rollout includes a solution made for middle boxes on a GiLAN, as well as another version tailor-built for extending NFV capabilities out from the central offices to the edge of the network - supporting visions like Intel's Edge Cloud or what ETSI refers to as Mobile Edge Computing.  Advantech is also introducing a Versatile Server Module (VSM) for server-class processing of VNFs at the access layer.

Presented by Peter Marek and Paul Stevens.

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Alcatel-Lucent's Network Services Platform Unifies IP and Optical

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its SDN-based Network Services Platform (NSP) for unifying control across service provider IP/MPLS and optical networks.

The Alcatel-Lucent Network Services Platform is a unified software solution that enables operators to define and deliver on-demand network services across multiple network layers. It combines network-aware service automation and service-aware network optimization by leveraging a unified real-time network view across the IP and optical infrastructure.

The platform operates across Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Router family, 1830 Photonic Service Switch and 5620 Service Aware Manager.  Using standard NETCONF and YANG protocols, the NSP can provision IP, Ethernet and optical  services over multi-vendor equipment as well, and in hardware-based, virtualized or hybrid networks. The system maintains visibility of the state of the network across all layers at all times, allowing automatic multi-layer service provisioning, to use the best available network resources as well as real-time network optimization. Algorithms developed at Bell Labs create and optimize L0-3 paths given current network conditions and operator-defined policies.

Alcatel-Lucent said its Network Services Platform allows new services to be defined and provisioned more than 58% faster and with at least 56% fewer resources than has been possible before. Once defined, the new services can be provisioned instantaneously across multiple layers, domains, and networking vendor platforms.  In addition, Bell Labs research shows that operators are also able to support 24% more revenue-generating traffic by using sophisticated algorithms to intelligently distribute new connections across their network.

Alcatel-Lucent cited several use cases for its NSP: (1) Bandwidth-on-demand and bandwidth calendaring for large back-up jobs and data center synchronization applications (2) Network Slicing, where carrier infrastructure is shared by wholesale, enterprise and IT partner clouds, and (3) Value-added services, such as IT functions. Another benefit of the NSP is automated network optimization, which not only unlocks stranded bandwidth but also enables greater service resilience by allowing for path selection along physically separate routes.

“In order for SDN to mean we can really improve our customer experience and impact our network economics, we need approaches that consider the real-time state of the network and relate it to the requirements of the service we provide. Doing so allows us to assure performance, and optimise resource usage across all our network layers. Tightly coupling service requirements and performance with network control, as in ALU’s NSP, promises to deliver real-world benefits of centralised optimisation whilst exploiting the strength of our existing distributed network,” stated Rob Shakir, BT End-to-End Network Architect.

Multiple trials are underway and the NSP will be commercially available in June 2015.

Ciena Intros Compact Waveserver for Data Center Interconnect

Ciena introduced a new data center interconnect (DCI) platform that allows cloud, Internet content providers and data center providers to quickly scale bandwidth between facilities.

The new Waveserver stackable interconnect platform is designed to support high-speed data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup between data centers. The compact, stackable server design supports 19.2 Tbps per fiber on a 50 GHz and is powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic technology. It provides a total of 800G of input and output made up of 400G Ethernet clients plus 400G of line capacity in one rack unit.  Client interfaces include 10 x QSFP+ (40 x 10GbE; 10 x 40GbE); 4 x QSFP28 (4 x 100GbE).

Additionally, with Ciena’s new Emulation Cloud, an open, rapid prototyping environment, network providers, data center operators and developers can test and refine applications before they are added to the network.

“The requirements of the new DCI operational paradigm can only be met by introducing new functionalities, tools and capabilities that live and breathe at web-scale. Ciena’s Waveserver encompasses multiple attributes of web-scale IT into the network to handle connections, offer open APIs, and support applications for any bandwidth need between data centers. The introduction of this platform further cements Ciena’s established DCI market leadership,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena.

Apcera Extends its Hybrid Cloud Ecosystem to Mirantis OpenStack

Apcera, a San Francisco-based start-up developing an IT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables enterprises to securely and transparently control the allocation and consumption of IT resources on premise and in the cloud, has extended its Hybrid Cloud Operating System (HCOS) for Mirantis OpenStack.  This enables OpenStack users to safely and automatically connect with multiple public clouds, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), VMware vSphere, and Google Compute Engine (GCE). Applications can be shared, moved and governed consistently and securely across all clouds, from a single technology platform. Apcera’s policy-driven HCOS delivers enhanced security and workload mobility for OpenStack by extending fine-grained policy and strong governance functionality across all cloud environments.

Additionally, Apcera will be included in the OpenStack Community Application Catalog.

“From our inception, we have strongly supported the open source community,” said Derek Collison, founder and CEO of Apcera. “As adoption of the hybrid cloud takes hold, it becomes even more critical that open source solutions have the same level of security and governance offered by traditional commercial solutions. By partnering with Mirantis, the leader in OpenStack technology, we are able to deliver the most secure platform for OpenStack users and create a bridge to extend OpenStack interoperability across the public cloud.”

“Many enterprises today want to combine the power of OpenStack with other public and private clouds,” said Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel. “By certifying Apcera with Mirantis OpenStack, our customers have this ability at their fingertips, backed with the ubiquitous policy and governance enabled by Apcera’s Hybrid Cloud Operating System.”

  • Ericsson holds a majority stake in Apcera.

Nuage Builds an OpenStack Ecosystem

Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage Networks announced important additions to its ecosystem around OpenStack.

Nuage said its ecosystem unifies and leverages best-of-breed components, overlaying virtualized and bare metal resources without imposing hardware swap outs. It enables unified network controls and management of multiple standalone DevOps clouds.

The company has added support for Linux Containers and Docker alongside with existing and operational support for OpenStack, KVM, and Xen virtualization hypervisors.

The partner technologies supporting the ecosystem include F5 Big IP Local Traffic Manager for application delivery, Infoblox DDI for DNS, DHCP and IP address management, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for next-generation firewall protection, and Red Hat OSP 6 as the OpenStack distribution.

Dell'Oro: Wireless Packet Core Sales Hit by Double Digit Decline

The Wireless Packet Core (WPC) market declined in double digits year-over-year to under $890 million in revenues, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The faster growing Evolved Packet Core (EPC) segment that is associated with LTE radio networks grew six percent year-over-year.

"While foreign currency moves explain some of the drop in quarterly results, North American and European markets experienced significant drops that were not quite offset by Asia Pacific and Latin American growth trends," said Chris DePuy, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group with responsibility for Wireless Packet Core coverage.  "Additionally, service providers in all regions of the world continue to conduct trials and proofs of concept of Network Functions Virtualization-based EPC, which we understand is slowing down purchasing of currently-available systems until NFV EPC systems are ready."

Fluke Realigns Product Strategy for "Borderless Enterprise"

Fluke Networks is pursuing a new strategy to align its product portfolio around the needs of the "Borderless Enterprise." The goal is to put organizations back in control of the performance of their entire IT landscape -- regardless of whether services are running on premise or in the cloud.  Fluke will provide powerful, easy-to-use tools to accomplish this end.

As part of this strategy, Fluke is introducing TruView Live, a new SaaS offering that extends enterprise-grade, real-time network activity and performance monitoring to also cover cloud applications.

"IT departments have traditionally focused on technology, service delivery and stability, while line-of-business leaders are eager to adopt solutions that enable rapid competitive advantage and winning more customers. These different perspectives can sometimes create tension between IT and business leaders, but they can all agree poor user experience has a cost -- whether it's lost customer relationships, decreased revenues or reduced employee productivity," said Arif Kareem, President of Fluke Networks. "Traditional IT has reached an inflection point where balancing technology and business outcomes is critical. With the growing influence of business units in selecting and bringing cloud-based services into the enterprise, IT leaders have to not only act as business partners, but also ensure Quality of Service for all applications. By taking accountability for improving user experience, IT can demonstrate a critical business benefit."

Fluke Networks' suite of products for identifying performance and user experience issues across devices, applications, locations and cloud providers:
  • Visual TruView -- a unified network and application performance monitoring appliance that helps IT quickly identify and solve issues across client, network, service and applications by incorporating five tools in one
  • OptiView XG -- a rugged, portable tablet for network engineers that combines wired and wireless network analysis to troubleshoot issues and assess network quality for VoIP/Video/UC deployments
  • OneTouch AT 10G Network Assistant -- an automated handheld tester for network technicians that troubleshoots 10-Gigabit data centers and validates connectivity, service availability and path performance
  • AirMagnet -- A comprehensive suite of products that address wireless network design, analysis and security, including intrusion prevention, wireless health assessment and remote troubleshooting
  • TruView Live (new) -- a SaaS offering that delivers enterprise-grade cloud application monitoring in real time to ensure service availability and performance

Huawei Debuts LiteOS for IoT

Huawei introduced its Agile Internet of Things (IoT) solution for helping enterprises capture the opportunities of billions of connected devices and sensors.

Huawei predicts that by 2025, a total of 100 billion connections will be generated globally and two million new sensors will be deployed every hour.

A key element of Huawei's IoT strategy is a new LiteOS for devices and sensors.  LiteOS measures only 10KB in size and supports zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking. It can be widely applied to different areas including smart homes, wearable, connected vehicles and other industries. Huawei says LiteOS helps to simplify the development of smart hardware to enhance IoT connectivity. The company said it will open LiteOS to developers.

“Over the last three years, Huawei has been involved in a number of in-depth technological collaborations with our global industry partners in IoT. We have developed a series of IoT solutions that have already been applied to buildings, electricity meters, vehicles, gymnasiums, factories, retail outlets, and street lights. In line with our approach to provide BDII, Huawei will continue to work with more partners to launch solutions based on our Agile Network architecture for different vertical industries,” said Liu Shaowei, President, Switch and Enterprise Communication Product Line, Huawei.

Huawei and Qualcomm Jointly Demo LTE-A with 256QAM Reaching 600 Mbps

Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies demonstrated LTE-Advanced Category 11 terminals delivering peak downstream rates of 600 Mbps.

The test equipment aggregated three component carriers (3CC CA) with 256QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) on each of the carriers.  The setup included Huawei’s SingleRAN equipment and solutions and a Qualcomm Snapdragon next-generation LTE modem, which supports a maximum aggregate bandwidth of 60 MHz and a modulation scheme as high as 256QAM.

"In 2015, there will be a global surge in LTE-A construction with operators starting to consider the large-scale deployment of 3CC CA. 256QAM will also soon be put into commercial use with the maturing of the industry chain. The success of these tests represents another milestone in the developing commercialization of LTE-A and 256QAM. It shows that terminals are capable of both 3CC CA and 256QAM. We will continue to work together with our global partners in advancing technologies and promoting the global development of mobile broadband," stated David Wang, President, Wireless Network Product Line.

In February of this year, Huawei released 3CC CA to 55 MHz based on LTE CAT9 terminals with EE in London. This past April in Hong Kong, Huawei released 3CC CA to 60 MHz based on LTE CAT9 terminals with HKT. Meanwhile, Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies are adopting the 256QAM technology to improve spectral efficiency, promote the commercialization of advanced technologies, and accelerate the development of the wireless industry.

Microsemi Improves Capacity of Grandmaster Clock for LTE

Microsemi has doubled the Precision Time Protocol (PTP) client capacity of its TimeProvider 2700 PTP grandmaster (GM) clock that provides synchronization to LTE Networks. The TimeProvider 2700 now provides simultaneous hardware time stamping support of up to 128 PTP clients, resulting in a significant cost benefit using a single GM clock.

The higher capacity further facilitates ease of deployment as installed TimeProvider 2700s can be upgraded to greater client capacity without additional hardware. Microsemi said this significantly improves scalability and easily accommodates future network growth for PTP capacity expansion while minimizing future hardware investment or replacements. The capability to support up to 128 PTP clients also extends to Microsemi's TimeProvider 2300 Edge Boundary Clock.

"Microsemi is the world's standard for time and we are committed to continuing to develop timing solutions from the network core to the edge," said Barry Dropping, director, product management of Microsemi's Frequency & Timing division. "As new technologies and standards such as LTE Advanced and small cells are deployed, we are dedicated to providing our customers solutions that will leverage their existing network investment to meet their evolving needs."

Alcatel-Lucent Signs 5G Research Pact with KT

Alcatel-Lucent signed a memorandum of understanding with KT to test technologies for the eventual introduction of 5G mobile networks and infrastructure capable of meeting the huge connectivity demands expected in the future.

The collaboration will initially focus on Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) technology. At Mobile World Congress this year, Alcatel-Lucent demonstrated how its vRAN capability could help operators dynamically meet changing customer, market and environmental demands while enhancing network performance and lowering costs.

Marvell Powers China Unicom's Small Hot Chili Smartphone

China Unicom launched the world's first 5-inch 4G LTE XiaoLaJiao smartphone powered by Marvell's ARMADA mobile PXA1908 platform.

Marvell's device is a field-proven 5-mode 4G LTE modem featuring a quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A53 with NEON, efficient power management and battery charging capability, and integrated location and sensor technology. The HongLaJiao smartphone for China Unicom supports the world's most popular cellular modes including: 4G/TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, 3G/WCDMA and 2G/GSM.

"I am very pleased to see XiaoLaJiao launch the world's first 399 RMB 5" 4G LTE smartphone, the HongLaJiao, for China Unicom. We are proud to power high performance and cost effective smartphones for China Unicom to make their 4G LTE services more accessible to the masses," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. "I believe our industry leading 4G LTE technology and our close collaboration with top global operators and OEMs have significantly accelerated the mass adoption of affordable 4G LTE smartphones in China and around the world. I am thankful for the dedication of XiaoLaJiao and Marvell's global engineering teams in launching this great product."