Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Metaswitch Launches Managed Voice Core in the Cloud

Metaswitch Networks launched seven new products and services for helping network operators quickly create, enhance and protect valuable services for businesses and consumers. These include:

MetaSphere Cloud Service -- the core of an operator's communications network deliverable from a cloud infrastructure that is 100 percent managed and maintained by Metaswitch, allowing operators to focus their resources on new business growth and service offerings. With a voice core in the cloud, operators will find it easier to manage, purchase and grow their communication services, quickly introducing new features from Metaswitch's most advanced virtualized telephony application servers.

Metaswitch Robocall Blocking Service -- a new service that protects operators' customers by automatically dropping calls from a database of numbers that have been blacklisted by service providers around the globe. This cloud-based service also leverages complex, weighted algorithms that determine the relative threat posed by a calling party based on geolocation, call volume and other historical trend data.

Insights - System Security Review -- this new service provides a rigorous review of everything from network functions to applications servers and management systems, enabling carriers to act on potential security issues and protect themselves from service theft. This systematic, multi-step process covers many aspects of operators' service delivery strategies, including network access connectivity, internal security practices and end user password strength.

vNOW - NFV Starter Kit -- this offering enables operators to step quickly into network virtualization without adding resources or skill sets. Building on standard Dell platforms, Metaswitch will install and configure VMware virtualization components, then apply the appropriate Metaswitch virtualized network functions.

MetaView Analytics -- this suite of analytical tools gives network operators actionable insight into the performance of their network, their customers' quality of experience and end-user use of unified communication services delivered from their Metaswitch platforms. Advanced data mining tools, interactive dashboards and reports enable operators to increase network efficiency, dramatically reduce repair times for customer quality issues, and adjust their product packages, strategies and pricing in line with actual customer behaviors and predicted use.

Accession Meeting 2.0 -- unified communications that scales to support hundreds of meeting attendees, adding webinar capabilities for thousands of participants, integrating with legacy video conference bridges and offering a low-cost alternative to today's in-room conferencing systems. A standalone client also extends collaboration capabilities to a broader addressable market, allowing service providers to deliver a differentiated, best-in-class complete web and video conferencing portfolio.

MarketVisions Complete -- featuring a new expansion to give network operators a suite of engineering, marketing and business planning resources that equip them to model, build and launch a leading business communications service fast. MarketVisions Complete includes training and consultative services; multivendor reference architectures; exclusive, dedicated, engineering resources; and a powerful configuration validation solution.

"Metaswitch has never been more focused or better prepared to help network operators take advantage of the growth opportunities enabled by a move to software infrastructures, and the products and solutions announced today are a strong testament to that," said Martin Lund, CEO of Metaswitch.

The launch coincides with the company's Metaswitch Forum 2016, which is taking place this week in Scottsdale, Arizona.


IHS: Carrier SDN Market to Grow at a 98% CAGR from 2015 to 2020

The service provider SDN market, including hardware, software and services, is forecast to grow from $289 million in 2015 to $8.7 billion in 2020, with a 2015–2020 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 98 percent, according to IHS.  Some highlights:

  • SDN and NFV represent the shift from a hardware focus to software one: Software and outsourced services will comprise 46 percent of SDN revenue in 2020
  • SDN orchestration and controller software revenue is forecast to grow to over $1.8 billion in 2020
  • But by 2020, there will be more value in SDN apps than in orchestration and control, which will be priced reasonably due to competitive pressure


IEEE 802.3 YANG Data Model Study Group Gets Underway

A new IEEE 802.3 YANG Data Model Study Group has been formed to help build consensus on best network management practices and lead IEEE 802.3 YANG standardization efforts to ensure uniform definition of data models used to configure instances of the IEEE 802.3 standard in network architectures adopting the principles of Software Defined Networking (SDN).
”The introduction of six new Ethernet speeds over the next five years, ranging from 2.5 Gb/s to 400 Gb/s, increases the challenges of managing and configuring services in increasingly complex data networks,” said Marek Hajduczenia, network architect, Principal Engineer, Bright House Networks. “YANG data models are emerging as the management schema for the future due to their functionality and operational consistency across different platforms, vendors, and implementations. Their pervasive support also helps drive forward SDN principles by enabling automated network service provisioning.”

“Because Ethernet is pervasive across many different application areas, it’s important that we leverage the flexibility and extensibility of YANG data models to ensure interoperability, and to streamline industry network management practices that can help save on time and costs,” said Yan Zhuang, acting chair, IEEE 802.3 YANG Data Model Study Group and system engineer, Huawei Technologies. “We look forward to defining the study group’s goals at our first meeting in May and anticipate active participation and dialogue from the industry at large.”

The IEEE 802.3 May 2016 Interim Meeting will be held May 23 to May 27, 2016 in Whistler, British Columbia.


Video: Aquacomms - Introducing AEConnect Transatlantic Cable System

AEConnect is a new  sub-sea cable system that extends from Long Island, New York to a corresponding cable landing station on the west coast of Ireland.

Greg Varisco, COO of Aquacomms, introduces the key capabilities of AEConnect, which boasts capacity of 130 wavelengths, each at 100Gbps.


Riverbed Extends its Visibility in the Cloud

Riverbed is rolling out a series of enhancements to its SteelCentral platform to improve monitoring across the cloud and virtualized environments. These include:

  • extending monitoring capabilities into the cloud with Microsoft Azure and AWS
  • platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and containerized environments
  • large-scale virtualized network performance monitoring
  • expanded unified communications (UC) monitoring with new support for Skype for Business
  • and next generation diagnostics and troubleshooting.

“This release of SteelCentral delivers significant enhancements in cloud-based performance monitoring, along with new capabilities that will help accelerate business execution and boost productivity,” said Mike Sargent, SVP, General Manager of SteelCentral at Riverbed. “As more enterprises embrace digital and cloud services, SteelCentral provides the high definition visibility that is critical to enabling and assuring the success of these transformational initiatives. SteelCentral is the only performance management solution that can deliver comprehensive insight into end user experience, application, network, and infrastructure performance in a unified, central view. It truly is the command center for application performance for the digital enterprise.”


Avanan Raises $14.9 Million for Cloud Security

Avanan, a start-up headquartered in New York City with R&D in Tel Aviv, announced $14.9 million in Series A financing for its cloud security technology.

Avanan’s Cloud Security Platform  helps enterprises to protect Amazon AWS, Box, Google, Office 365, or any other Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) product, using preconfigured cloud-based versions of security technology from more than 60 leading vendors such as Check Point, Symantec, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Sophos and Kaspersky.

The funding round was led by Greenfield Cities Holdings with participation from both of Avanan’s existing investors, Magma VC and StageOne Ventures. The round brings the company’s total capital raised to $16.4 million.

“Companies that leverage SaaS platforms such as Office 365 are looking for ways to ensure these platforms are being used in a secure and compliant manner. Avanan created the solution they need with the security technologies they already trust. With their current list of partnerships and integrations, most recognized brands in the industry are on Avanan’s platform,” said Yuda Doron, co-founder and head of GFC. “We’ve been impressed with the fast adoption of the Avanan vision by customers and look forward to partnering for continued growth.”

Avanan was founded in 2014 by the team that led ForeScout’s successful pivot to Network Access Control.


NETSCOUT Debuts Updated Wi-Fi Field Tester

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS introduced its latest AirCheck Handheld Wireless Tester featuring enhancements such as troubleshooting and diagnosing 802.11ac networks, access point backhaul testing, and free access to the Link-Live™ Cloud dashboard for more effective results management.

NETSCOUT said it developed the AirCheck G2 wireless tester to enable front-line IT to quickly and easily identify issues responsible for spotty connections, dead zones, and slow speeds, as well as locating rogue access points and unauthorized devices.

New AirCheck G2 enhancements include:

  • 802.11ac 3×3 radio to support next-generation wireless initiatives
  • Link-Live integration for collaboration, reporting and results management
  • 5” touchscreen display for improved ease-of-use
  • Ethernet tests for AP backhaul verification