Thursday, June 2, 2016

Arista Debuts Universal Leaf Network Platform

Arista rolled out its latest fixed switching and routing platform for next generation data centers.

The new 7280R Series Universal Leaf combines dynamic and deep buffering, Internet scale route tables, and open, programmable Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) in a compact form factor. The platform complements Arista's recently-announced 7500R Universal Spine platform.

Arista said its Universal Leaf design challenges traditional network designs like fiber channel storage area networks (SAN), legacy routers or analog audio-video infrastructure by reducing operational costs through a single platform capable of a broad set of leaf networking use-cases, especially IP storage, routing and digital media.

Key attributes of the 7280R Universal Leaf

  • 48 ports of 100GbE, with choice of 10/25/40/50/100GbE speeds
  • 36 ports of 40GbE, with flexible combinations of 10GbE and 40GbE with up to 12 ports of 100GbE
  • 48 ports of 10GbE SFP+ with 6 100G uplinks
  • 48 ports of 10GBASE-T with 6 100G uplinks
  • 4 to 32 Gigabytes of deep and dynamic buffer memory for reliable packet transfers
  • Agile port speeds of 1/10/25/40/50/100GbE
  • FlexRoute™ technology delivers up to 1 Million wire speed routes with MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), Segment Routing and EVPN (Ethernet Virtual Private Network) protocol support, programmable traffic engineering with up to 128,000 MPLS, GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation), VXLAN (Virtual Extensible Local Area Network) and IP-in-IP tunnels.
  • Support for NEBS (Network Equipment Building System) for carrier deployments
http://www.arista.com

Arista Unveils 100+ Terabit Switching/Routing Platform

Arista Networks introduced a 100+ Terabit switching and routing platform for cloud service provider and next generation enterprise data centers. The new Arista 7500R is being positioned as the industry's highest performance universal spine switch for data centers.

Arista believes that shifting traffic patterns inside the data center are best served with scalable two-tier active Leaf-Spine and single tier Spline architecture. The traditional core routing layer can be replaced with an Arista 7500R series-based spine for rapid re-convergence and network-wide resilience between data centers and to the Internet. The Arista 7500R Series supports familiar MPLS functions allowing up to 13-labels deep packet lookup for programmatic control across the largest networks. Along with the state oriented architecture of Arista’s Network–wide Database NetDB and SDK, Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) users can customize their own preferred path across the largest networks in the world, instead of relying on best-effort forwarding on the Internet.

The new Arista 7500R Series, which begin shipping in Q2, provides industry-leading 100GbE density and large table sizes in a single chassis. Key attributes:

  • Chassis Fabric capacity of up to 115 Tbps
  • Up to 432 wirespeed 100GbE ports in a choice of three form factors
  • 288 Gigabytes of deep and smart packet memory for reliable packet transfers
  • Virtual Output Queues (VoQ) for lossless forwarding
  • Agile port speeds of 1/10/25/40/50/100GbE
  • FlexRoute technology delivers up to 1 Million wire speed routes with MPLS, Segment Routing and EVPN (Ethernet Virtual Private Network) protocol support
  • Programmable traffic engineering with up to 128,000 MPLS, GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation), VXLAN (Virtual Extensible Local Area Network) and IP-in-IP tunnels
  • Support for NEBS (Network Equipment Building System) compliance for Service Provider deployments
  • Mix and Match across the wide selection of 7500E and 7500R series line-card options
Arista is also introducing three new wire speed 7500R Series line cards:
  • 36 x 100GbE QSFP - choice of 10/25/40/50/100GbE
  • 36 x 40GbE with flexible combinations of 10GbE and up to 6 ports of 100GbE
  • 48 x 10GbE SFP+ and 2 x 100G QSFP
“The 7500R is the highest performance switching and routing platform that supports the full Internet routing table, enabling a Universal Spine in cloud-scale networks,” said Andreas Bechtolsheim, Arista’s Chairman and Chief Development Officer.

https://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/1283-pr-20160329

Viptela Delivers SD-WAN for China's CBCcom

CBCcom, a leading ICT and cloud services provider in China, has selected Viptela for a new SD-WAN service for business customers.

The new CBCcom service, powered by Viptela, enables the ICT Provider to “mix and match” private and public IP connections such as MPLS, wireless LTE, broadband and Ethernet to meet each customer’s application requirements based on geographic location, topology, bandwidth and application service availability needs. It is being offered in China.

“The new Viptela-based SD-WAN service enables our customers to take advantage of both our private MPLS service and uncongested Premium Dedicated Internet Access offerings in China. This new offering provides greater flexibility and lower cost of operation to organizations without comprising performance and availability,” said Richard Fung, CEO of CBCcom.

http://www.viptela.com

NTT Com Focuses of Global Network Reliability

At its annual Arcstar Carrier Forum in Tokyo, NTT Communications announced an agreement with 28 international carrier partners to further improve the quality of global network services, including its IP-VPN, e-VLAN, leased lines and Arcstar Universal One cloud-optimized network service for securely linking closed enterprise networks with global cloud services.

The parties agreed to continue to increase availability, reduce failure rates and strive for a number of other improvements measured by strict key performance indicators (KPI).  NTT Com said its efforts are aimed at enabling overseas carriers to continue delivering high-quality services that meet customer expectations.

http://www.ntt.com/en/about-us/press-releases/news/article/2016/20160602_2.html

Qualcomm's Vanitha Kumar on 5G and IoT Possibilities

Qualcomm's Vanitha Kumar reflects on the rapid evolution of the mobile industry since the early days of CDMA.

Having worked on the evolution of air interfaces, she now sees 5G opening the door to new possibilities, including for the next generation, which is already thinking about the next cool app.

See video: https://youtu.be/n7E-KUYJYVY





Sprint Cites Gains in Network Reliability

Sprint reported that its reliability now beats T-Mobile’s and performs within 1 percent of AT&T and Verizon, according to its own analysis of the latest Nielsen drive test data for average network reliability (voice & data) in top 106 markets.

Nielsen drove a total of more than 165,000 miles conducting tests in 106 major metro markets spanning a population of more than 200 million. Nielsen’s reliability tests measure both accessibility and retainability of voice calls and data sessions. For example, it measures the ability of a voice call or download to initially connect to the network as well as maintain that network connection from start to finish.

Sprint cited its rich tri-band spectrum portfolio, and its use of carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Two-channel carrier aggregation, deployed on high-traffic 2.5 GHz cell sites, doubles speed and capacity offering peak speeds of more than 100 Mbps on capable devices. With three-channel carrier aggregation, currently in lab testing, customers can expect peak speeds of more than 200 Mbps on capable devices.

Sprint also announced that its LTE Plus Network is now running in 204 markets, including newly added markets such as New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Honolulu, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition, total Sprint LTE coverage now reaches nearly 300 million people, with approximately 70 percent covered by Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum.

http://www.sprint.com

Ciena Posts Q2 Revenue of $641 Million

Ciena reported Q2 revenue of $640.7 million as compared to $621.6 million for the fiscal second quarter 2015. Net income (GAA) amounted to $14.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $20.7 million, or $0.17 per diluted common share, for the fiscal second quarter 2015.

"This quarter's strong financial performance is a result of the investments we've made to diversify our business, in particular the expansion of our packet business and our momentum in key geographies," said Gary B. Smith, president and CEO, Ciena. "As the industry shifts toward an on-demand networking model across an open ecosystem, we are confident in our ability to address those demands with a broader set of customers, applications and geographies to deliver sustainable long-term growth and increased profitability."

http://www.ciena.com

DigitalOcean Opens Bangalore Data Center

DigitalOcean inaugurated a data center in Bangalore, India.  Bangalore will be DigitalOcean’s 8th region globally, following New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Singapore, London, Frankfurt, and Toronto.

DigitalOcean offers SSD-enabled cloud servers starting at US$5 per month, along with simplified pricing for bandwidth, snapshots and additional services.
http://www.digitalocean.com


Digital Ocean Secures $130 Million for Cloud Buildout

DigitalOcean, a start-up based in New York City, secured a $130 million credit facility to continue its mission of building a next generation cloud for scaling startups and software defined businesses.

DigitalOcean offers SSD-enabled cloud servers with simplified pricing tiers.

The company said that over the past two years it has expanded its registered customer base from 253,000 to 708,000 users, who have launched over 13 million cloud servers. The credit facilities will be used to purchase equipment in order to continue its global expansion and support increasing demand.

"We are delighted with the outcome of our credit facility. It complements the $83 million Series B equity financing that we closed in June 2015 and our strong cash flows and balance sheet in pursuing long-term growth opportunities," commented Brian Cohen, Chief Financial Officer of DigitalOcean.

http://www.digitalocean.com


DigitalOcean Raises $83 Million for Cloud Hosting

DigitalOcean, a start-up based in New York City, announced $83 million in Series B funding for its cloud infrastructure for developers of websites and applications.

DigitalOcean offers simple cloud hosting with all servers built on powerful Hex Core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD storage. The company notes that more than 6 million Droplets (cloud servers) have been deployed on DigitalOcean by more than 500,000 developers to date.

The funding round was led by Access Industries, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz.

https://www.digitalocean.com/features/technology/

Telefónica Deploys Nokia Centralized RAN for Stadium Traffic

Telefónica has deployed Nokia's Centralized RAN and small cells technologies at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium to better handle the flood of mobile traffic from over 50,000 football fans.

Nokia's Centralized RAN technology is built on the company's Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and runs on operators' existing LTE networks with no additional network elements needed.

"Telefónica remains committed to building a cutting-edge network infrastructure in Spain, using innovative solutions that offer outstanding service quality in spite of exceptional circumstances. With Nokia, we will improve mobile broadband performance at Mestalla Stadium so our customers can share content easier," stated Joaquín Mata, Network Technology and Operations Director at Telefónica Spain.

http://www.nokia.com

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