Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Transpacific FASTER Cable Enters Service with 60 Tbps Capacity

The world's highest capacity undersea cable system has entered commercial service -- six fiber pairs capable of delivering 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific.

FASTER is a 9,000km trans-Pacific cable connecting Oregon and two landing sites in Japan (Chiba and Mie prefectures). The system has extended connections to major hubs on the West Coast of the U.S. covering Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle. The design features extremely low-loss fiber, without a dispersion compensation section, and the latest digital signal processing technology.

Google will have sole access to a dedicated fiber pair. This enables Google to carry 10 Tbps of traffic (100 wavelengths at 100 Gbps). In addition to greater capacity, the FASTER Cable System brings much needed diversity to East Asia, writes Alan Chin-Lun Cheung, Google Submarine Networking Infrastructure.

"From the very beginning of the project, we repeatedly said to each other, 'faster, Faster and FASTER,' and at one point it became the project name, and today it becomes a reality. This is the outcome of six members' collaborative contribution and expertise together with NEC's support," said Hiromitsu Todokoro, Chairman of the FASTER Management Committee.

"This was the first trans-Pacific submarine cable built solely by NEC Corporation, employing the latest 100Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology. We are honored that the consortium entrusted us to build FASTER. Although we faced many challenges during the construction, I am truly glad that we were able to overcome these and to welcome this day," said Kenichi Yoneyama, Project Manager for FASTER at NEC's Submarine Network Division. "This epoch-making cable will not only bring benefits to the United States and Japan, but to the entire Asia-Pacific region."

Construction of the system was announced in August 2014 by the FASTER consortium, consisting of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel.

http://www.nec.com
https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/06/Google-Cloud-customers-run-at-the-speed-of-light-with-new-FASTER-undersea-pipe.html


  • Google previously invested in the 7.68 Tbps Pacific Unity cable system, which came online in 2010.

Video: The Increasing Impact of Cloud Providers in Submarine Cables

What impact are big cloud companies such as AWS, Facebook, Google and Microsoft having on the market for submarine cable capacity?

The big content providers are having a positive impact on the submarine cable market, says Julian Rawles, Principal at Julian Rawles Consulting, particularly with the development and financing of new cable projects. Traditional carriers, which have long been the main sponsors of undersea cables, are under pressure and frankly do not have the same kind of bandwidth demands as the cloud providers.

See video:
https://youtu.be/xlrnfA8GpYQ


Microsoft and Facebook to Build 160 Tbps Transatlantic Cable

Microsoft and Facebook will jointly fund a new transatlantic cable system linking Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain.

The MAREA cable, which will be managed by Telxius, Telefónica’s new infrastructure company, will feature eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160 Tbps. The new 6,600 km submarine cable system will take a more southern route than other transatlantic cables, which mostly connect northern Europe to the New York/New Jersey region.

Construction is set to begin in August 2016 with completion targeted for October 2017.

“In order to better serve our customers and provide the type of reliable and low-latency connectivity they deserve, we are continuing to invest in new and innovative ways to continuously upgrade both the Microsoft Cloud and the global Internet infrastructure,” said Frank Rey, director, global network acquisition, Microsoft Corp. “This marks an important new step in building the next generation infrastructure of the Internet.”

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/server-cloud/2016/05/26/microsoft-and-facebook-to-build-subsea-cable-across-atlantic/

  • Microsoft has previously announced investments with Hibernia and Aqua Comms for fiber connectivity from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom.
  • Microsoft is a consortium partner in the New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable Network.  Other partners include China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, and KT. TE SubCom its the cable supplier.


O3b Beams "Fiber from the Sky" to Amazon

O3b Networks began delivering its "Fiber from the Sky" satellite service to Tefé, a city of 60,000 located in the interior of the Amazon, about 500km from the regional capital of Manaus.

The announcement marks O3b's entrance into the Brazilian market. O3b provides high-performance connectivity to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and government so that they enjoy a link via satellite with fiber optic quality (high throughput and low latency), enabling 3G and 4G/LTE performance. O3b satellites are located only 8,000km from Earth, far closer than traditional geostationary satellites which are 36,000km from Earth.

"Our technology provides the same high quality connectivity for a remote region as a large urban center would have,” said Sandro Barros, General Manager of O3b Networks in Brazil. “We want to bring to Tefé citizens, as well as many other similarly under-connected cities in Brazil, the ability to access the same type of connection found in Rio or São Paulo. Any city that has difficulty being connected with fiber is a potential market for O3b."

By 2018, O3b Networks will add another eight satellites to the 12 which comprise the company’s constellation today.

http://www.o3bnetworks.com/

Nokia Intros Cloud-based Diameter Engine

Nokia introduced a cloud-based Dynamic Diameter Engine (DDE) aimed at simplifying, scaling and securing control plane traffic in mobile and fixed networks.

The platform is the first to incorporate Nokia's Agile Rules Technology (A.R.T.), which is backed by more than 150 patents. It can run on commercial off the shelf hardware but is designed to run in the Telco Cloud. It is integrated with Nokia's CloudBand portfolio that hosts, orchestrates, automates, and manages virtualized network functions and services.

Nokia said its DDE serves as a control plane "traffic cop" with a rules-based engine that reduces operational expenses by allowing operators to quickly create and modify rules.

Bhaskar Gorti, president of the Applications and Analytics Business Group at Nokia: "There are plenty of established signaling control solutions that do the job as required today. However they typically are not built for virtualization and often lack the flexibility needed for the signaling requirements of IoT and VoLTE. In contrast, Nokia DDE was built for the Cloud and is ready to support emerging signaling requirements."

http://company.nokia.com/en/news/press-releases/2016/06/29/nokia-dynamic-diameter-engine-prepares-networks-to-handle-growing-iot-and-volte-signaling-traffic

Windstream Launches Cloud Connect

Windstream introduced its new Cloud Connect service for making it easier for companies to access the cloud and use it as a foundational element of their IT strategy.

Windstream Cloud Connect benefits new and existing Ethernet, MPLS and Wave (optical) customers, by providing mission critical cloud connectivity through highly secure, performance-optimized virtual and dedicated private access to third party public and private cloud providers. Bandwidth options range from 50 Mbps to 10 Gbps.  Connectivity options include switched Ethernet, MPLS, VPN or point-to-point. Initial clouds supported are AWS and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute.

“More companies are moving mission-critical applications and business processes to the cloud to take advantage of the flexibility and cost savings that cloud infrastructure can provide, but using the public internet for such applications has a number of downsides: poor performance that affects accessibility, iffy security that puts sensitive data at risk, just to name two,” said David Works, president of Enterprise at Windstream. “The solution to that is dedicated cloud connectivity, but in the past, that has only been available to the largest companies with the deepest pockets. Now, Windstream’s Cloud Connect solution makes it possible for a much larger swath of companies to have much more reliable, faster, safer cloud connectivity.”

http://www.windstream.com

Google's Project Zero Discloses Symantec Vulnerabilities

The Project Zero team at Google published details of multiple critical vulnerabilities in all platform editions of Symantec Endpoint Protection.

The report said the "vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets", with the potentila for remote exploits corrupting kernel memory without requiring any user action.

Symantec has responded by publishing a long list of security advisories.

http://googleprojectzero.blogspot.com/2016/06/how-to-compromise-enterprise-endpoint.html

Australia's Vocus to Acquire Nextgen

Vocus Communications agreed to acquire NextGen Group, including its North West Cable system and the planned Australia Singapore Cable.

Vocus Communications, which is headquartered in Sydney, owns a significant fibre network across Australia and New Zealand. Vocus also owns and operates 18 data centers across Australia and New Zealand.

The deal includes Nextgen’s 17,000km national fiber network, the almost‐completed subsea Port Hedland to Darwin cable and the proposed Perth to Singapore subsea cable. The Nextgen Group will continue to own its data center business, Metronode, which operates as a separate entity.

Nextgen Group is owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (71%) and CIMIC Group Limited (29%). Both OTPP and CIMIC Group will retain ownership of the Group after the sale.

https://www.nextgengroup.com.au
http://www.vocus.com.au/

Red Hat Insights Now Extends to Containers, OpenStack

Red Hat announced a number of enhancement to its analytics platform, including  risk assessment and remediation planning capabilities for virtualization hosts, containers, and OpenStack-based private clouds.

Red Hat Insights provides highly scalable, prescriptive analytics across users’ hybrid IT infrastructure. It is delivered as a Software-as-a-Service offering and generates tailored remediation steps that can be fully automated. The newest additions and enhancements to Red Hat Insights include:

  • Container workload analysis: Red Hat Insights now offers workload analysis for containers, giving operations the visibility they need to more safely adopt containers.
  • Actionable intelligence for OpenStack private clouds and KVM virtualized environments: Operating at both the infrastructure and guest level, Red Hat Insights now offers real-time, full-stack analysis of OpenStack-based private clouds and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization environments. 
  • Insights Action Planner: This new feature on the Insights Dashboard enables teams to identify and assign remediation tasks individually or in groups. 
  • Insights Early Access mode: A new opt-in modality gives users visibility into upcoming new features, allowing users to test out functionality, give feedback, and help shape the evolution of Red Hat Insights. 

http://www.redhat.com

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