Monday, September 28, 2015

HP Offers an SDN "Brite Box" with Pica8

HP will begin selling a "brite box" SDN solution solution that combines its Altoline family of Open Networking switches and HP VAN SDN Controller with Pica8's PicOS network operating system (NOS).  Pica8's PicOS has been certified and integrated to work with HP’s Altoline switches.

Pica8’s PicOS provides Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 routing and supports OpenFlow 1.4, enabling advanced integration with HP’s Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN Controller.  HP Altoline switches are available in 10- and 40-Gigabit configurations. The integration enables PicOS customers to leverage over 40 applications and tools from the HP SDN App Store.  Additionally, every instance of PicOS resold by HP includes HP Foundation Care for PicOS. HP Foundation Care for PicOS provides software support for PicOS direct from HP giving customers 24x7x365 access to thousands of trained and certified HP experts with skills that span multi-vendor networking, Linux and PicOS and the experience that comes with decades of global service delivery excellence.

“This agreement gives Pica8 customers a “brite box” option for network switching combined with the vast expertise of HP’s Technology Services organization,” said Niraj Jain, vice president of business development at Pica8. “HP is a leader in open networking solutions, and by integrating PicOS into an overall HP solution, customers gain a Linux-based operating system and access to the entire HP SDN App Store ecosystem, leveraging key SDN technologies like OpenFlow, Open-vSwitch, and others.”

“The PicOS networking operating system enables users to integrate Layer 2/3 networking with SDN in the same switch,” said Dominic Wilde, vice president, Global Product Line Management at HP. “By offering PicOS as part of HP’s Open Networking portfolio, we provide customers a powerful new option when integrating the HP VAN SDN Controller with our Altoline switches.”

http://www.pica8.com
http://www8.hp.com/us/en/networking/

Video: SDN Shifts Margins from Legacy Vendors to Channel



A market disruption caused by SDN is shifting margins from the legacy networking vendors to the channel, says Steve Garrison, VP of Marketing at Pica8.  By tearing apart the stack and letting customers pick the applications, OS, and bare metal hardware, you end up with a customized solution where the channel has a key role to play. Many customers might not have that expertise to pull that together, but this is where the margin shifts from...


Pica8 Powers France’s TOUIX Internet Exchange with SDN



TOUIX, one of France’s leading Internet exchanges, is leveraging Pica8’s network operating system and white box switches to program and optimize its exchange fabric. TouIX is providing an interconnected network infrastructure in 4 PoPs around Toulouse city and is interconnected with the Paris FranceIX and LyonIX IXPs. Pica8 said its software enables TOUIX to avoid network outages and congestion caused by broadcast storms. The deployment is leveraging...


Pica8 Leverages Open-vSwitch Database Protocol for Overlays



Pica8 announced that it is leveraging the Open-vSwitch (OVS) database protocol (OVSDB) to control hardware VTEPs (VXLAN Endpoints) as part of an overlay architecture and integrate with leading network virtualization systems such as MidoNet and NSX for VTEP provisioning.  This helps simplify VXLAN and Network Virtualization deployments. “The adoption of open source software in the enterprise has become mainstream. Open networking is following...


Pica8 Runs on White Box Switches Powered by Broadcom's Tomahawk



Pica8 announced support for white box switches powered by Broadcom’s latest chipset, Tomahawk, which enables line rate 100G Ethernet, as well as support for 25G and 50G Ethernet. To support Tomahawk, Pica8 has ported its network operating system, PicOS, to Inventec’s DCS Series 1-RU top of rack switch, which comes with 32x100G QSFP28 ports. Pica8 said it has limited samples of Inventec’s Tomahawk plat

ODPi Project Envisions Open Ecosystem for Big Data

ODPi, which is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project aimed at fostering an open ecosystem of Big Data, announced that membership in the organization has double since it got underway in February.  Members to date represent a diverse group of Big Data solution providers and end users such as Altiscale, Ampool, Capgemini, CenturyLink, DataTorrent, EMC, GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Linaro, NEC, Pivotal, PLDT, SAS Institute Inc, Splunk, Squid Solutions, SyncSort, Telstra, Teradata, Toshiba, UNIFi, VMware, WANdisco, Xiilab, zData and Zettaset.

"ODPi is a useful downstream project for the community to work on a common reference platform and set of technologies around Hadoop," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "We've seen this model work with open source technologies experiencing rapid growth and know it can increase adoption and open up opportunities for innovation on top of an already strong Hadoop community."

Technical milestones include the release of an initial ODPi core specification and reference implementation that simplifies upstream and downstream qualification efforts and has been created by developers from across the Big Data landscape. More than 35 maintainers from 25 companies are dedicated to this ongoing work to start. The planned ODPi Certification Program is also underway. The goal of ODPi Certification Programs will be to ensure consistency and compatibility across the Big Data ecosystem.


http://www.ODPi.org
http://collabprojects.linuxfoundation.org/

Latest version of Altiscale Data Cloud has Spark as a Service, ODPi support

Altiscale is updating its Big Data-as-a-Service with an expanded Spark-as-a-Service offering that supports all major versions of Apache Spark.  The new Altiscale Data Cloud 4.0 also features major upgrades to core Hadoop components, such as HDFS and YARN.

"Altiscale is dedicated to providing its customers with a full breadth of production-ready big data analytical options. That’s why we’ve been active in the Spark community from the very beginning,” said Raymie Stata, CEO and founder, Altiscale. “It’s also why Altiscale is ensuring that we support all major recent versions of Spark. Spark is evolving so rapidly that we want to ensure anything our customers rely on for Big Data analytics continues to be there for them.”

The latest version of the Altiscale Data Cloud also features the following updated capabilities:

  • Apache Spark 1.5.0, which provides improved performance and stability. It offers enhanced support for Data Science APIs, especially with advances in DataFrames features and improved support for the R Language, making it a compelling release for data scientists.
  • Apache Hadoop 2.7.1, so that customers can utilize YARN’s resource manager to deploy and manage long-running data access applications in Hadoop.
  • Apache Hive 1.2.0, for access to enhanced SLQ Semantics and major performance improvements.
  • Apache Pig 0.15.0, which now provides the capability to run Hive UDFs inside Pig as well as improved stability for Pig on Tez.

There are also improvements to the workflow manager, Apache Oozie (4.2.0) and to Apache Tez (0.7.0).

https://www.altiscale.com/

Coriant Names Kheradpir as CEO

Coriant has appointed Shaygan Kheradpir as its new Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, replacing President and CEO Pat DiPietro, who will transition to the position of Coriant’s Vice Chairman, as well as return to his role as Operating Partner at Marlin after successfully guiding the company through integration and portfolio development initiatives.

Kheradpir joins Coriant after having worked closely with the senior management team since earlier this year in the role of Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners, which owns Coriant.

He began his career at GTE Corporation, and subsequently was appointed Verizon's EVP & Chief Information Officer and member of the executive leadership team driving the systems modernization, efficiency, innovation and pioneering product initiatives, including FiOS, one of the largest infrastructure programs in the U.S. with a capital investment of over $20 billion. Shaygan next joined Barclays as Chief Operations and Technology Officer and also served as a member of the bank’s Executive Committee. Following this role, he became CEO of Juniper Networks, where he developed an Integrated Operating Plan for the company and focused execution on the strategic growth markets of Cloud Builder & High IQ Networking.

http://www.coriant.com


  • In November 2014, Juniper Networks appointed Rami Rahim as chief executive officer effective immediately following the sudden resignation of Shaygan Kheradpir as CEO and director of the company. 

NeoPhotonics Debuts 400G Waveguides and Lasers

NeoPhotonics introduced a high speed Indium Phosphide based waveguide photodetectors for coherent receivers with higher baud rate transmission, ultra-narrow linewidth lasers for higher order constellations such as 16QAM and 64QAM, dual output lasers for dual carrier architectures, and small form factor coherent components for high density line cards and pluggable coherent optics. The products are designed to support 400G and beyond optical transport across multiple network segments, including long haul, metro and data center interconnects (DCI).

“Just as our hybrid photonic integration technology is a mainstay in 100G coherent transport implementations, we are pleased to see our products and technologies enabling our customers as they move to 400G systems,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “Moving from 100G to 400G coherent transport systems requires increased performance coupled with smaller size and lower power, which clearly demonstrates the power of our hybrid photonic integration,” continued Mr. Jenks.

Separately, for 400G datacenter and client applications, NeoPhotonics is presenting its very high bandwidth electro-absorptive modulated laser (EML) generating superior performance in use with High Order Modulation (HOM) systems. A joint demo with Inphi Corporation in Inphi’s stand 400 will demonstrate a full dual lambda 100G PAM4 solution based on Inphi’s PAM4 PHY IC and NeoPhotonics EML based Q-TOSA.

http://www.neophotonics.com

Finisar Demos 100G QSFP28 SWCM4 Module for Duplex Fiber

Finisar introduced the world's first 100G QSFP28 SWDM4 module, which operates over standard, duplex multimode fiber.

SWDM is an important technology that enables data center operators to upgrade from 10G to 40G and 100G using their existing duplex multimode fiber (MMF) infrastructure. SWDM allows of continued use of existing duplex MMF infrastructure and extends its usable lifetime. SWDM multiplexes different wavelengths onto duplex MMF utilizing WDM VCSEL technology.

The new module, which leverages Finisar's shortwave Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology, follows on the successful demonstration of a 40G SWDM4 QSFP+ module previously demonstrated at the Optical Fiber Communications conference in March 2015.

"As the first to demonstrate and market SWDM modules, Finisar is committed to driving widespread adoption of this technology," said Steffen Koehler, Director of Marketing at Finisar. "With the 100G SWDM4 module, Finisar helps to ensure that duplex MMF continues to be the most cost-effective interconnect for all but the very largest data centers."

http://www.swdm.org
http://www.finisar.com

Inphi Demos 400G PAM4 IC Solutions With NeoPhotonics

At this week's ECOC 2015 in Spain, Inphi is demonstrating interoperability of the industry's first 4-level Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM4) PHY IC chipset solution for service provider interconnects.

The demonstration showcases 100G dual lambda optical link performance with 2-10km SMF fiber loopback featuring Inphi's PAM4 IC solutions and NeoPhotonics' Q-TOSA 100G EML-based modules. This demonstration shows that transferring the complexity from optics into CMOS electronics with PAM encoding, DSP and FEC technologies, one can attain four times as much bandwidth improvement compared to existing solutions, at a lower cost.

The companies said PAM4 modulation is the modulation scheme that will take the industry over the next wave of Ethernet deployments for optical and copper interconnects by doubling the bits per symbol at the same baud rate.

"Our interoperability demo with ecosystem partners, such as NeoPhotonics, achieves excellent bit-error-rate and optical link budget, and proves that the PAM4 technology is ready and available today to help designers build IEEE P802.3bs 400G LR8 line cards and modules for next generation service provider platforms," said Siddharth Sheth, vice president, Networking Interconnect, Inphi.
NeoPhotonics Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks. As part of this demo NeoPhotonics will showcase its new 4x28G Q-TOSA module, that incorporates four channels of PIC integrated transmitters utilizing proven high performance electro-absorptive modulated lasers (EML), which meets the stringent ITU-T standard required by Telecom service providers and also satisfies the datacom requirement.

"This joint demo with Inphi PAM4 chip demonstrates the ability of our very high bandwidth EML to generate superior performance in High Order of Modulation (HOM) based platforms. It has been proven at both 28GBaud and 56GBaud, which will enable future systems with higher link capacity to serve the continuous market demand for increased bandwidth," said Tim Jenks, CEO of NeoPhotonics.

http://www.inphi.com

Qualcomm to Invest up to $150 Million in Indian Start-ups

Qualcomm plans to invest up to $150 million in Indian startup companies.

Qualcomm Ventures has been investing in promising Indian startups since 2007 and currently has more than 20 Indian companies in its portfolio. Sectors of investment vary across the mobile ecosystem and include hardware, software platforms, e-commerce, healthcare, location based services and retail technology.

“We share Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. India is at the cusp of a technology revolution and mobile technologies will lay the foundation for Digital India,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, executive chairman, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are committed to providing local innovative start-ups with the support needed to help India’s IOE ecosystem grow, increasing consumer choice and availability.”

https://qualcommventures.com/

NTT Electronics Adds 200G DSP for DWDM

NTT Electronics (NEL) announced has begun sampling a 20nm 200G High Performance DSP for use in metro, regional and long haul DWDM systems.

The new 200G High Performance DSP (NLD0660) improves OSNR performance with a brand-new DSP core whose Soft-Decision Forward-Error-Correction (SD-FEC) achieves 12dB Net-Coding-Gain (NCG), allowing either less optical repeaters or longer fiber reach between optical transceivers. It supports a variety of Dual Polarization (DP) modulation formats, 16QAM, 8QAM, and QPSK. 200 Gb/s DP 16QAM doubles Metro Access (MA) link capacity, 150 Gbps DP 8QAM upgrades Metro Regional’s (MR’s) capacity, whereas 100 Gbps DP QPSK expands Long Haul (LH) reach through OSNR improvement. If configured with two DSP chips for Nyquist super-channel dual-carrier solution, then dense WDM transmission of 400 Gbps, 300 Gbps, and 200 Gbps all per 100 GHz spacing or denser are made possible in MA, MR, and LH fiber links respectively.

This is the second 20nm CMOS coherent DSP in NEL’s lineup which is enabled by its ongoing collaboration with Broadcom.

“We are committed to pioneering innovation in the coherent PHY market through our partnership with Broadcom,” said Haruhiko Ichino, NEL Executive Vice President and General Manager of Broadband System & Device Business Group. “We are proud to see our 20nm CMOS products contributing to fiber links being deployed world-wide. Our commitment continues with the development of additional DSP products including a next-generation DSP using the most-advanced 16nm CMOS process.”

http://www.ntt-electronics.com/en/news/2015/9/200g-high-performance-dsp.html

UNIFi Raises $10 Million for Big Data Integration Software

UNIFi Software, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, raised $10 million in Series A funding for its enterprise data integration solution.

The company's mission is to build an application that enables the business to acquire data, integrate it, enrich it, and load it into a flexible environment where agile and iterative analytics can occur. UNIFi is building a business application that combines Big Data integration processing layered with an elegant and simple user experience .

The company will use the new round of funding to scale customer acquisition by ramping up its sales and marketing team; to execute on UNIFi's product vision by growing the engineering team; and to accelerate market capture through the introduction of a cloud-based free trial version of the product. UNIFi provides an elegant and simple user experience that enables line of business users to search and discover data assets of interest across the entire enterprise landscape; acquire, enrich and integrate those data assets; and then seamlessly derive insight within their analytics tool of choice. Customers include the likes of Disney, A.T. Kearney and Havas Media Group.

"This layer of the enterprise software stack is primed for disruption," said Rob Carlson, CEO and co-founder at UNIFi. "There's a groundswell movement of self-service access to data, and UNIFi is uniquely positioned to lead this charge. Now we can do even more to enable our customers to become data-driven enterprises, and provide a truly innovative experience around analytics."
Pelion is an early-stage venture capital firm that works closely with visionary entrepreneurs to build innovative and disruptive businesses. Pelion has been an early investor in technology companies such as Riverbed Technologies, CloudFlare, Fusion-io and Soasta.

http://unifisoftware.com/

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