Friday, April 7, 2017

What's Next for SDN? Think Software Defined Capacity

What's Next for SDN? While SDN has done a great job of virtualizes services at the higher layers of the OSI model, software defined capacity allows operators to turn up the amount of capacity at the transport layer.

Presented by Mark Showalter and Amrit Hanspal. Filmed at #ONS2017 in Santa Clara, California.

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Zayo appoints Andrew Crouch, formerly Level 3, as president and COO

Zayo Group, a provider of communications infrastructure services with a network spanning North America and Europe, announced the appointment of Andrew Crouch as president and chief operating officer, effective April 27, 2017.

Mr. Crouch will become a key member of the Zayo executive management team with responsibility for overseeing the company's business operations. He will be based in Denver, Colorado and report to Zayo chairman and CEO Dan Caruso. The current president and COO, Chris Morley, will continue with Zayo during a transition period.

In his new role, Andrew Crouch will oversee Zayo's global Communications Infrastructure business, which comprises the fibre solutions, transport, enterprise networks and colocation segments, as well as the Allstream business.

Mr. Crouch has previously served in roles with a number of carriers, most recently as regional president of EMEA with Level 3 Communications, in which position he also was responsible for the company's global accounts division. Mr. Crouch joined Level 3 in 2001 and during his time with the company served in a number of executive positions in the marketing, product and commercial organisations, including as regional president of North America and Asia-Pacific.

Prior to joining Level 3, Mr. Crouch served with British Telecom and Concert Communications, a joint venture between British Telecom and AT&T.

In February, Zayo announced the appointment of Steven N. Kaplan and Emily White to newly created positions on its board of directors. Mr. Kaplan is the Neubauer family distinguished service professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Ms. White most recently served as the COO at Snapchat, and prior to that held leadership roles at Facebook and Google.

With the addition of Mr. Kaplan and Ms. White, the Zayo board increased to nine members, including eight independent directors.

Italy-based Enter partners with Megaport

Enter, a provider of network and cloud services based in Italy, announced a partnership with Megaport (USA), a subsidiary of Australia-based Megaport. a provider of software defined networking (SDN), to enable near-instant access to its Enter Cloud Suite (ECS) and services ecosystem via Megaport's global interconnection network.

Through the agreement, enterprise and carrier customers connected to the Megaport network in Amsterdam and other Megaport-enabled locations worldwide can directly connect to Enter's cloud platform.

Enter Cloud Suite is claimed to be the first European OpenStack-based cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution. ECS enables orchestration of servers, storage, networks, DNS and CDN via a graphical interface or API. The scalable solution can be delivered autonomously or as a fully managed, turnkey solution featuring design, set-up, migration and ongoing maintenance and support. Enter Cloud Suite serves as the cloud platform of 52 European institutions, including the European Parliament and Court of Justice.

The OpenStack-based Enter Cloud Suite was launched in 2012 and is available in Milan, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Enter delivers connectivity, data centre and Internet solutions in Europe, the U.S. and Asia Pacific leveraging its IP backbone that spans key PoPs across Europe, as well as New York and Hong Kong.

Commenting on the agreement, Belle Lajoie, EVP, Asia Pacific at Megaport, said, "Enter customers can consume elastic bandwidth for connectivity across the globe, enabling the customer to adjust the bandwidth consumption as their business requirements change… Megaport's software defined network also enables direct, instant and scalable access to its global ecosystem of service providers (and) connectivity to Internet exchange services throughout Europe".

Telia Carrier Activates PoP in Berlin

Global wholesale services provider Telia Carrier announced it has added a new point of presence (PoP) that enables connectivity services for a growing economic sector in Berlin, Germany via the Carrier-Colo data centre, owned by I/P/B/, which offers connectivity and IP services to international, national and regional start-ups, carriers, cloud and content providers.

Located between Frankfurt, Germany and Warsaw in Poland, the new PoP follows Telia Carrier's recently launched low latency DWDM route, the Frankfurt - Warsaw Express, and will meet increasing demand for connectivity in the German capital.

In partnership with I/P/B/, a local ISP, Telia Carrier is able to serve start-ups, as well as established and international businesses wishing to establish a presence in Berlin. The data centre facility hosts the highest number of networks and fibre connections in the region. Telia Carrier noted that it has already brought a number of customers online, and expects to add more leveraging its relationship with I/P/B/.

The Carrier-Colo facility, located near Potsdamer Platz in the centre of Berlin, is designed to support carrier-lass colocation and IP interconnection services. The data centre serves as a hub between West and East Europe on route to the east and emerging markets.

  • Recently, Telia Carrier announced it had established two new PoPs in St. Petersburg, Russia in response to growing customer demand. The new facilities, Miran and Selectel, are intended to support IP transit, Ethernet and wavelength services at rates up to 100 Gbit/s, in particular for content providers and operators within Russia and the Baltic states.
  • In January, Telia Carrier announced its new route extending 900 km from Stockholm, Sweden to St. Petersburg via Tallinn, Estonia. At the same time the carrier stated it had upgraded multiple submarine cables across the Baltic Sea using coherent Flex-Grid technology to add capacity, lower latency and enable the delivery of 100 Gbit/s and higher rate services to carriers, content and cloud providers in the Baltics, Russia and beyond.

FirstLight Provides Dark Fibre for Wireless Carrier in New England

FirstLight, a fibre bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in New York and northern New England, announced a long-term dark fibre contract with a major wireless carrier for the implementation of a new metropolitan CRAN ring throughout Manchester, New Hampshire, Biddeford, Maine and Burlington, Vermont.

FirstLight stated that the fibre networks have been designed to support additional small cell deployments across smaller, Tier 2 and 3 markets throughout the region. In addition, the service provider's solutions are also available to enterprise customers along the newly built routes in New England.

The company noted that small cell technology is advancing as wireless carriers seek efficient solutions able to deliver network management and greater network capacity as traffic increases. While noting that mobile carriers have to date focused on expanding infrastructure in metro markets and the rural and remote market for small cells is in its early stages, FirstLight stated that according to industry estimates deployments will increase from around 8,150 units in 2014 to 87,644 units by 2020.

The company believes that the recent deployment in New England demonstrates that wireless carriers are beginning to turn their attention to Tier 2 and 3 markets, where they will build out non-macro cell site network infrastructure to support traffic growth and prepare for the future evolution to 5G.

FirstLight noted that this agreement is the latest in a number of projects completed throughout its footprint that will bring fibre-based connectivity to macro and non-macro sites for multiple wireless carriers.

FirstLight recently announced that owner Oak Hill Capital Partners had completed the acquisition of Sovernet Communications and combined the operations of the two companies. Sovernet offers high-capacity network transport, broadband Internet, data centre and voice services in Vermont and New York leveraging a network spanning approximately 3,300 fibre route miles in New York and 1,300 fibre route miles in Vermont.

Combined with the previous acquisitions of Oxford Networks and Finger Lakes Technologies Group, FirstLight has a regional network comprising around 12,000 route miles of fibre across six states and connecting to Montreal, Canada, with more than 5,000 lit locations, 7,000 on-net locations, access to 20,000 near-net locations and 12 data centres.