Monday, October 15, 2018

Kaloom unveils its Software Defined Fabric for white boxes based on P4

Kaloom, a start-up based in Montreal with offices in Santa Clara, California, introduced a Software Defined Fabric (SDF) for automating and optimizing data center networks based on open networking white box switches.

Kaloom's SDF, which is designed to virtualize the data center, leverages P4-based programming capabilities initially in switching silicon from Barefoot Networks. A physical data center can be partitioned into multiple independent and fully isolated virtual data centers (vDCs). Each vDC operates with its own Virtual Fabric (vFabric), which can host millions of IPv4 or IPv6 based tenant networks. Its software-defined fabric offer interfaces to standard orchestration systems and SDN controllers such as Openstack (ML2), Kubernetes Container Networking Interface (CNI) and OpenDaylight (NETCONF). Initially, supported white boxes include Accton, Delta and Foxconn, which have been designed for hyperscale and distributed data centers. The SDF features self-forming and self-discovery capabilities, as well as zero-touch provisioning of the virtual network and virtual components with automated software upgrades.



Kaloom said its solution delivers feature velocity and reduced network latency compared to conventional fixed form switches or SDN approaches from conventional vendors. The feature velocity is enabled by the P4 programming language. The increased performance is obtained by offloading data plane functions from virtual machines and containers. Kaloom claims its SDF delivers an increase of up to 2x in throughput with a 7x reduction in latency, improving overall networking efficiency by a factor of 5-10x.

“The general availability of the SDF is a great achievement by our team. Our product has been tested by several beta customers, which require lower-latency solutions, and it was very well received,” said Laurent Marchand, CEO of Kaloom. “Since founding Kaloom, our goal has been to deliver the most automated, programmable and scalable data center networking fabric at the lowest cost in the industry and we’re proud to say that we’ve exceeded that goal.”

The Kaloom Software Defined Product Family consists of the following components:

  • Kaloom Software Defined Fabric
  • Kaloom vRouter
  • Kaloom vSwitch
  • Kaloom vGW (virtual gateway)

Kaloom was founded by Laurent Marchand (CEO). The company has received funding from Fonds FTQ, Somel Investments and MBUZZ.

http://ww.kaloom.com

SK Telecom completes first 5G call with Samsung

SK Telecom completed its first 5G call using the 3GPP 5G Non-standalone(NSA) new radio (NR) standard and Samsung's commercial 5G NR equipment.

The call took place at SK Telecom's 5G testbed located in its Bundang office building.

The first 5G NSA-NR calls were achieved by utilizing end-to-end solutions that SK Telecom and Samsung jointly developed and built for the trial on 3.5GHz 5G NR radio, 4G LTE radio and NSA core.

Infomart Data Centers names Brian Cox as CEO

Infomart Data Centers named Brian Cox as Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors, replacing Phil Koen, who became interim CEO in June and will remain actively involved in the company as a member of the board of directors.

Cox most recently Chief Operating Officer of Cologix, a global data center and interconnection solutions provider. At Cologix, Mr. Cox was responsible for market positioning, strategy, marketing, and commercial management, growing the business from a startup with one data center into an international platform with 25 locations across the U.S. and Canada. He previously held the role of Chief Financial Officer at Cologix.

“Finding a CEO with a proven track record of growing a company in this space and creating shareholder value was of critical importance to Infomart’s board,” said Mr. Koen. “The company is in a very strong position and Brian is an accomplished leader with an innate understanding of our business and the strategy we are implementing. He has successfully built and grown great businesses, and we are confident he is the right person to drive our success well into the future.”

http://www.infomartdatacenters.com

Ciena appoints Jamie Jefferies as VP and GM of EMEA

Ciena appointed Jamie Jefferies as Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Most recently, Jefferies led the Ciena team that supported Verizon’s One Network initiative, a strategic effort to consolidate and operate a single seamless network infrastructure in which Ciena played a key role with its WaveLogic coherent optical and Packet Networking platforms. Before joining Ciena, Jamie held several global sales and leadership positions at Nortel Networks. He will be based in Ciena’s London office.

Brazil's Aloo Telecom deploys Infinera

Aloo Telecom, one of the largest telecommunications groups in Brazil, has deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress and Infinera DTN-X to address increasing bandwidth demand on its long-haul and data center interconnect networks. Aloo serves more than 3,000 private and public-sector clients including cloud operators, internet content providers and service providers across 14 Brazilian states.

Infinera said its Cloud Xpress and DTN-X with Instant Bandwidth allow Aloo to activate additional capacity in minutes and pay for the capacity as it is activated, reducing the initial cost of deployment while increasing Aloo’s competitive edge in the market.

“Demand for bandwidth continues to grow across Brazil as more businesses move to cloud and broadband operators to expand their footprint in the region,” said Sérgio Brito, Director of Operations, Aloo Telecom. “Infinera’s solutions are performing better than advertised at delivering the capacity we need, where and when we need it.”

“Aloo’s commitment to bring scalable bandwidth across Brazil aligns with our goal to bring easy-to-deploy, terabit-scale networks to all of Latin America,” said Bob Jandro, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Infinera. “We are honored help Aloo as they expand their network.”

Telia to acquire TDC's Norwegian operations for US$2.6B

Telia Company completed its previously-announced acquisition of the Norwegian operations of the Danish operator TDC at an enterprise value of NOK 21 billion (US$2.6 billion) in cash.

 The Danish operator TDC’s Norwegian business encompasses GET, a leading provider of fixed and TV services, with a total of 518,000 households and businesses connected to its fiber-based network, and more than 1 million private and business customers who use the TV and broadband services on a daily basis. TDC’s B2B business in Norway is also part of the transaction which paired with Telia’s enterprise business will enable converged offerings to B2B-customers.

 Telia plans to combine its mobile network with GET’s supreme TV and fixed services to create a strong challenger on the Norwegian market with converged customer offerings.

A10 upgrades its multi-cloud analytics and management platform

A10 Networks released a major upgrade to its multi-cloud analytics and management platform, the A10 Harmony Controller.

The upgrade expands A10’s advanced security and connected intelligence capabilities via a new Harmony App that supports A10’s enterprise SSL inspection solution, Thunder SSLi (SSL Insight). The solution provides enterprises with full visibility into encrypted traffic.

Some key features:

  • Centralized management for multi-site deployments and simplified policy distribution to reduce TCO and improve security staff efficiency.
  • Advanced analytics with actionable insights into traffic categorization, anomalies and suspicious activities for easy troubleshooting and rapid response, ensuring ongoing operations.
  • Application detection and control for user behavior analysis, increasing employee productivity and improving operational efficiency.
  • Simplified, wizard-driven configuration for rapid deployment to minimize operational complexity.

ADTRAN opens the door to 10G PON residential

ADTRAN introduced a 10G PON residential optical network terminal (ONT) -- opening the door to mass market 10G PON deployment by offering a multi-gigabit, symmetric alternative to single gigabit capable GPON, EPON, Gfast and DOCSIS 3.1 services. The company already offered  10G PON business ONTs.

The new ADTRAN SDX 621X ONT supports symmetrical 10G PON technologies and uses a flexible optics approach that enables service providers to support existing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers, while also simultaneously supporting higher-bandwidth business and 4G/5G “anyhaul” services over a single, common network.

“The original use cases for 10G PON focused on multi-gigabit enterprise and infrastructure backhaul services, given the high costs of 10G PON ONT optics,” Ovum Principal Analyst Julie Kunstler said. “Technical innovation, as seen within the ADTRAN 10G PON solution, along with economies of scale spurred by 10G deployments globally, are driving down the cost difference between GPON and 10G. Consequently, 10G PON is now a viable option for residential subscriber deployments, and operators understand the competitive and future-proofing benefits of moving to 10G.”

“The demand for higher capacity fiber access will continue to grow as new applications enter the market and operators look to increase efficiency by converging all services onto a common infrastructure,” ADTRAN Portfolio Director for Fiber Access Ryan McCowan said. “With 100G switching, 10G access, and now mass-market 10G CPE, covered by end-to-end open service orchestration, ADTRAN is leading the next wave in fiber broadband.”

Samsung intros automotive app processors and image sensor

Samsung Electronics introduced two new automotive solution brands -- Samsung Exynos Auto and Samsung ISOCELL Auto – targeting application processors and image sensors.

“Samsung's new automotive brand solutions, Exynos Auto and ISOCELL Auto, bring Samsung's market-proven technologies to automotive applications with enhanced features and durability required by the market,” said Kenny Han, vice president of Samsung’s Device Solutions Division. “With fast telecommunication, accurate sensing and powerful processing capabilities, Samsung’s Auto-branded solutions will enable new driving experiences to next-generation smart vehicles.”

Samsung’s Exynos automotive processors bring the efficient qualities of Exynos’ mobile versions and are designed to meet industry requirements for harsher environments for automotive infotainment, advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and telematics.

Samsung’s ISOCELL image sensors feature the company’s innovative pixel isolation technology. The automotive grade ISOCELL sensors provide greater visibility of the road and surroundings even in low-light environments while enabling more precise identification of objects.

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