Wednesday, July 1, 2015

5G Novel Radio Multiservice Adaptive Network Project Gets Underway

to develop a novel, adaptive and future-proof mobile network architecture for the 5G era.

As part of the 5GPPP initiative, vendors, operators, IT companies, enterprises and academia in Europe are joining forces to launch the 5G NORMA (5G Novel Radio Multiservice adaptive network Architecture) project.

The 5G NORMA project, which is expected to run for 30 months, will propose an end-to-end architecture that takes into consideration both Radio Access Network (RAN) and Core Network aspects. The consortium envisions the architecture will enable unprecedented levels of network customizability to ensure that stringent performance, security, cost and energy requirements are met. It will also provide an API-driven architectural openness, fueling economic growth through over-the-top innovation.

Consortium members
Vendors and IT: Alcatel-Lucent, NEC, Nokia Networks, ATOS
Operators: Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Azcom Technology, Nomor Research, Real Wireless
Academia: University Kaiserslautern in Germany, Kings College London, University Carlos III Madrid

The technical approach is based on the innovative concept of adaptive (de)composition and allocation of network functions, which flexibly decomposes the network functions and places the resulting functions in the most appropriate location. By doing so, access and core functions may no longer reside in different locations, which is exploited to jointly optimize their operation whenever possible. The adaptability of the architecture is further strengthened by the innovative software-defined mobile network control and mobile multi-tenancy concepts and underpinned by corroborating demonstrations.

"5G is not only about new radio access technology, network architecture will play an important role as well. 5G networks will have to be programmable, software driven and managed holistically to enable a diverse range of services in a profitable way. With 5G NORMA, the consortium aims to ensure economic sustainability of the network operation and open opportunities for new players, while leveraging a future-proof architecture in a cost- and energy-effective way," stated Dr. Werner Mohr, Chairman of the 5GPPP Association.

https://5g-ppp.eu/
https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-norma/
http://company.nokia.com/en

Level 3 Acquires Black Lotus for DDoS Mitigation

Level 3 Communications has acquired Black Lotus, a start-up offering global Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation services. Details on the all-cash deal were not disclosed.

Black Lotus, which is based in San Francisco, operates a global DDoS mitigation network which monitors traffic on edge routers to generate sample data called flows which are then sent to an analysis platform. The traffic sample is then evaluated to determine if there is a DDoS attack against the destination IP, and if so traffic to that IP is diverted into one or more scrubbing centers. Once traffic is in the scrubbing center it can be filtered based on signatures which are predefined traffic patterns which are known to be DDoS attacks, or heuristics which are abnormalities in traffic patterns which may be indicative of a DDoS attack.

Level 3 said the acquisition of Black Lotus will add additional capabilities to the existing Level 3 DDoS service, which launched earlier in the year, including adding extra scrubbing centers. The Level 3 DDoS Mitigation service provides an enhanced network-based detection and mitigation scrubbing solution alongside network routing, rate limiting and IP filtering abilities. Black Lotus adds proxy-based DDoS mitigation services to the portfolio providing additional capabilities for application layer attacks, along with advanced behavioral analytics technology. The application layer is a prime target for DDoS attacks that often impact Web servers and Web hosting providers.

"At Level 3, we value security and are committed to protecting our customers and our network," said Chris Richter, senior vice president of managed security services at Level 3. "Black Lotus' proxy and behavioral technologies, combined with their experienced team of DDoS experts, perfectly complements Level 3's DDoS mitigation and threat intelligence capabilities. With this acquisition, Level 3 continues its commitment of investing in a comprehensive portfolio of services that enhance the growth, efficiency and security of our customers' operations, helping enterprises combat the cybersecurity challenges they face every day."

http://www.level3.com
https://www.blacklotus.net

Interoute Claims Fastest Transatlantic Cloud

Interoute claims that its global cloud platform, Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC), delivers nearly double the throughput across the Atlantic than the next best cloud provider, as evidenced by research conducted by Cloud Spectator.

The research from March 2015 compared Interoute VDC with three leading cloud providers (Amazon AWS, Rackspace and Microsoft Azure), testing network throughput and latency between Europe and USA and between providers' European data centres. In all of the comparisons, Interoute VDC demonstrated the highest throughputs and lowest latencies.

Key research findings:

Transatlantic:

  • Interoute VDC delivered 1.1 Gbps throughput, which was 96% better than Amazon AWS, 141% better than Rackspace, and 195% better than Microsoft Azure.
  • Interoute VDC had the lowest latency, between its London and New York data centres. Interoute was the only provider in the comparison with both of its transatlantic data centres located in key business cities, meaning that VDC users can access compute and storage resources, and deliver data to their customers, from two centres of European and US business activity. 

Within Europe:

  • Interoute VDC achieved 1.3 Gbps throughput between its London and Amsterdam data centres. This was 52% better than Amazon AWS (Dublin – Frankfurt) and 73% better than Microsoft Azure (Dublin - Amsterdam)
  • Interoute VDC achieved a latency of 6 milliseconds between London and Amsterdam, over three times better than the inter-data centre latency of the comparison providers.

“This independent report confirms and validates our networked cloud strategy. Building cloud into a world class network provides our customers with significantly better performance when compared with the traditional cloud models. Businesses looking to grow between Europe and US should definitely be looking at the importance of these network characteristics for their ability to shift workloads into the cloud. Interoute’s fourteen global zones are all built into high performance network with over 300 interconnects in Europe alone. So wherever you choose to put your data and connect to us, your services are typically going to perform faster on Interoute than on many other global providers,” stated Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute.

http://www.interoute.com/press-release/interoute-virtual-data-centre-fastest-transatlantic-cloud-service

Ixia Ships its Private and Hybrid Cloud Visibility Solution

Ixia has enhanced its Net Tool Optimizer (NTO) platform with single-pane-of-glass visibility into hybrid cloud deployments, allowing a unified view of the entire network.

The new major capabilities delivered in this release include:

  • Unified visibility for virtual and physical networks under a single management interface
  • Intelligent routing of application traffic
  • Double the available interconnects with existing hardware
  • High speed visibility with the 4x40Gbps Advanced Feature Module (AFM) hardware
  • Enabling visibility without borders - Insight into Hybrid Cloud Deployments

Ixia said its graphical user interface, patented dynamic filtering technology and "virtual tap" enable visibility into hybrid cloud deployments. Ixia’s NTO now controls a consolidated data flow from physical and virtual networks that can be then shared with existing security and application performance tools. This extends their life through the virtualization migration, leveraging existing infrastructure and reducing transition risk.

Ixia is also announcing the availability of a new advanced 160Gbps feature module, with 4x40Gbps interfaces. This module supports all existing packet grooming features such as de-duplication, slicing, stripping and tunnel termination.

http://www.ixiacom.com

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