Saturday, February 27, 2016

Preview #ONS2016 with Guru Parulkar

This year's Open Networking Summit is going to bring together everything in open source networking, says Guru Parulkar, Program Chair of ONS. Expect to see mini-summits of all the big open source projects underway. The event will also bring together builders, enterprise users and Service Providers at the forefront of SDN and NFV.

 

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/D2u1VhhAdZY

Open Networking Summit - March 14-16, 2016
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California
http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-networking-summit


Preview #ONS2016 with Jim Zemlin

The Linux Foundation is bringing its unique industry standing to this year's #ONS2016, says Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation.  This relates directly to the big open source projects, including OpenDaylight, OPNFV, ONOS -- all of which are defining the future open source footprint of networking.




YouTube link: https://youtu.be/anx_IWMxIDE

Open Networking Summit - March 14-16, 2016
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, California
http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-networking-summit








Versa Networks Tightens Security for Branch Offices with SD-WAN

Versa Networks has expanded its FlexVNF software to enable service providers (through managed service offerings) and enterprise IT teams to evolve branch security infrastructure from legacy point appliances to a more agile and software-defined approach.

Versa has expanded its portfolio of SD-Security functionality in Versa FlexVNF, which incorporates  a next-generation firewall (NGFW), anti-virus capability, intrusion prevention and category/content filtering, to now include the following advanced functions:

  • DNS threat defense provides additional protection against attacks, APTs and malware and uses big data analytics and machine learning intelligence to automate protection against both known and emerging threats.
  • An SWG provides granular control of and visibility into outbound web traffic to enforce security and corporate policies as well as protection at the browser layer.

Both of these new SD-Security capabilities can be located at the branch office or delivered from the telco cloud, depending on customer requirements and/or the managed service design.

One Versa FlexVNF software instance, running on one RU unit of commodity x86 hardware, can provide up to 40 Gbps of stateful firewall, 20 Gbps of NGFW or 10 Gbps of unified threat management (UTM) – double the capacity of the leading proprietary hardware-based solutions. Because the Versa solution is software-defined, new capacity can be added quickly and new functions can be turned on in minutes.

“Versa FlexVNF is redefining branch security for enterprises and managed security for providers by combining defense-in-depth with the agility and flexibility of software-defined security,” said Kumar Mehta, CEO and founder of Versa Networks. “Branch security has become vital in 2016 and beyond as attackers zero in on branches as the next vulnerable entry point, especially when direct Internet access is enabled. The problem we’re seeing is that most branch offices are not offering enough layers or depth of security – and software-defined security can be the solution.”

http://www.versa-networks.com

Microsemi Targets 400G Metro Optical with DIGI-G4 OTN Processor

Microsemi announced  mass production of its DIGI-G4, its latest DIGI Optical Transport Network (OTN) processor enabling the transition to 400G OTN switching solutions in metro transport networks.

Microsemi's DIGI-G4 enables network equipment vendors to double the 100G OTN port density on their optical transport systems, while achieving a 50 percent reduction in power per 100G port.

Some highlights:

  • Industry's first single-chip 4x100G solution for OTN switched line cards
  • Integrated 100G gearbox for direct connect to CFP2, CFP4 and QSFP28 transceivers
  • Industry's highest density 10G, 40G and 100G multi-service support, including Ethernet, storage, IP/MPLS and SONET/SDH
  • Industry's first sub-wavelength OTN encryption solution to secure the cloud
  • Industry's first 25G granularity flexible framer to DSP interface providing scalable line-rates to match the programmable modulation capabilities found in next-generation coherent DSPs
  • Multi-chip Interlaken interconnect solutions for scalable compact chassis data center interconnect applications
  • High performance OTN-SDK with adapter layer software accelerates customer time-to-market


"We have been working very closely with some of the world's leading original equipment manufacturers to complete Carrier qualification of their 400G OTN designs," said Babak Samimi, vice president and business unit manager of Microsemi, Communications business unit. "This year we will see our DIGI-G4 deployed in networks worldwide as the key technology for driving the transition to 400G OTN switching, in addition to enabling a new wave of flexible optical transport infrastructure that is software-defined networking (SDN)-ready and delivers on the security needs being demanded for cloud-connectivity powered by our embedded encryption engine."

http://www.microsemi.com/applications/communications

  • In January 2016, Microsemi completed its acquisition of PMC-Sierra in a deal valued at approximately $2.5 billion.

PMC's DIGI-G4 Processor Scales OTN Line Card Capacity by 4X

PMC-Sierra has commenced sampling of its new DIGI-G4 chip -- the industry's highest density 4x100G OTN processor and featuring 50 percent less power per port than the previous generation.

The DIGI-G4 OTN processor, which builds on the success of PMC’s DIGI-120G, enabling the transition to 400G line cards in packet optical transport platforms (P-OTP), ROADM/WDM and optimized data center interconnect platforms for OTN switched metro networks. It increases 10G, 40G and 100G line card port density by 4X with flexible client mapping of Ethernet, storage, IP/MPLS and SONET/SDH, while reducing power by 50 percent per port. DIGI-G4 builds on the IP from DIGI-120G, enabling customers to maintain their rich feature set and software investment, which reduces time to market by up to six months and lowers development costs.

Significantly, DIGI-G4 delivers multi-rate, sub-180ns latency OTN encryption, allowing cloud and communications service providers to ensure security without compromising performance. DIGI-G4 supports sub-wavelength OTN encryption and is compatible with OTN switched networks. PMC said these these capabilities, combined with the densest 10G/40G/100G Ethernet ports, enables a new class of low-power, high-capacity transport platforms optimized specifically for the hyperscale data center WAN interconnect market (see whitepaper).

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