Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Next Gen SD-WAN: Automation and Programmability



In enterprises today, too many tasks are manual, but as the network evolves from site-to-site to a user-to-app model this will change,  says Kelly Ahuja, CEO of Versa Networks.

A key to this is network telemetry from wherever the user is located. This data will open new possibilities for (1) security/compliance and (2) automation/programmability.

Kelly Ahuja, CEO of Versa Networks, discusses market momentum with SD-Branch services. Versa recently surpassed 1,000 enterprise customers and 200,000 software licenses.

https://nginfrastructure.com/sd-wan

Internet2 to deploy open line system (OLS) from Ciena

Internet2 will deploy a flexible grid open line system (OLS) from Ciena to transform its network to a more scalable, programmable and adaptive architecture.

The upgraded network, which connects several hundred universities, government agencies, and community anchor institutions across the U.S., strengthens Internet2 and the wider R&E community’s ability to conduct scientific research, enhance collaboration, and improve operations.

The OLS element will provide access to a highly reliable, contiguous coherent optical network that can facilitate wavelength delivery and efficient data transfer throughout the continental United States. The OLS also includes Ciena’s commitment to support wavelengths launched directly from Internet2’s member networks for transport to strategic endpoints beyond their regional footprints.

Specifically Internet2 will deploy Ciena’s latest-generation Waveserver – powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme – programmable 200G-800G coherent optics to enable Internet2 to deploy 800G wavelengths in metro locations and support efficient 400GE interconnect over native 400G wavelengths between Internet2 points-of-presence system-wide.

Ciena said Internet2’s deployment will reduce the overall space and power footprint of the current optical add-drop locations by as much as two-thirds, contributing to a lower cost and greener network that supports substantially more capacity. Internet2 will be able to tune, control and dynamically adjust optical capacity across any path using Ciena’s Liquid Spectrum ™ analytics software. Additionally, Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan domain controller will help improve network management and operations.
Executive Comments:

“Ciena put forth a great proposal that met Internet2’s objectives to efficiently increase capacity, increase optical reach, and support open line system use cases. Together with superior coherent modems and a proven support system, the openness, flexibility and greener profile of this network will play a key role in our ability to accelerate discoveries in the research and education community. We are delighted to have Ciena as a partner in tackling the great research and education challenges of the next decade,” stated Howard Pfeffer, President and CEO, Internet2.

“Internet2 is a trailblazer in the R&E community. They are also leaders in developing collaborative environments that are shaping how future high performance, high capacity networks will be created to fuel the digital society. Ciena worked with Internet2 to establish America’s first nationwide 100G R&E network and this latest initiative will significantly enhance Internet2’s services,” said Rod Wilson, Chief Technologist for Research Networks, Ciena.

https://www.internet2.edu/news/detail/17395/

Intel acquires Smart Edge from Pivot Technology Solutions

Intel agreed to acquire the Smart Edge intelligent-edge platform business from Pivot Technology Solutions Inc., an IT infrastructure and service provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Smart Edge is a cloud-native, scalable and secure platform for multi-access edge computing (MEC). The Smart Edge platform is built to run on Intel Xeon Scalable processors and, going forward, Intel Optane memory, Intel FPGAs and other accelerators. Smart Edge’s software is also highly complementary with Intel’s OpenNESS (Open Network Edge Services Software) project. Approximately 25 Smart Edge employees will join Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group (NCLG) when the transaction closes, which is expected in the coming weeks.

Intel said the Smart Edge platforms will enable enterprises and communications service providers to bring cloud-like services closer to the user on the customer-premise or network edge.

“This transaction enhances our ability to address the 5G network transformation with a leading position in edge computing. We plan to take full advantage of our combined technologies and teams to accelerate the development of the edge computing market while creating a compelling solution for customers,” stated Dan Rodriguez, Intel vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Network Compute Division.

Also, as a part of this acquisition, Intel and Pivot will sign a Preferred Partner Agreement, which identifies Pivot as an authorized Smart Edge reseller and Intel’s non-exclusive Preferred Systems Integrator for Smart Edge-based edge services solutions.

“Intel is the right company and brand to advance and scale Smart Edge’s software solution,” said Kevin Shank, CEO of Pivot. “Our partnership with Intel will leverage Pivot’s core strengths as a technology integrator and service provider with Intel’s advanced technology solutions to drive the adoption of the Smart Edge platform. We look forward to collaborating with Intel to develop and take to market many new edge computing use cases.”

https://newsroom.intel.com/news/intel-eyes-leadership-5g-edge-computing-acquiring-smart-edge/#gs.agncn0

Broadband Forum demos CloudCO and OB-BAA

At Broadband World Forum (BBWF) 2019 this week in Amsterdam, the Broadband Forum is showcasing its Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) and Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) initiatives.

The CloudCO demonstration leverages a combination of SDN automation and virtualization, open source innovation and Broadband Forum’s Open Broadband Labs (OB-Labs) infrastructure. This will show zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network containing NETCONF/YANG and SNMP access nodes via standard and vendor specific adapters, all through a single portal. It will also take advantage of major enhancements to Broadband Forum’s OB-BAA open source project and a soon-to-be-released new Application Note, APPN-446 – ONAP and CloudCO integration for Residential Broadband HSIA Service.

The OB-BAA specifies Northbound Interfaces (NBI), Core Components and Southbound Adaptation Interfaces (SAI) for functions associated with access network devices that have been virtualized, facilitating co-existence and seamless migration.

“The CloudCO and OB-BAA demonstration will represent a radical recasting of services deployment and orchestration to the benefit of the industry,” said Geoff Burke, Chief Marketing Officer at Broadband Forum. “CloudCO and OB-BAA are among our Open Broadband initiatives which aim to advance network migration to cloud-based broadband infrastructures and help service providers realize the possibilities of SDN and NFV. This demonstration will highlight the innovative work of the global Open Broadband Labs and the benefits of industry-wide collaboration and interoperability.”

Specifically, the demo illustrates a multi-vendor network use case in which a customer making a service request has the service created and activated by the service provider, only then to relocate to a new location and find the service seamlessly reactivated. This will show a plethora of benefits which are available to service providers through CloudCO, including reductions in the costs of validating, engineering, and improving operation of services.

BT, Swisscom, and TIM will sponsor the demonstration, reinforcing the important role open standards have to play in operators’ future networks.

Access vendors participating in the demonstration include Nokia, Altice Labs, and DZS which will all leverage an OB-Labs infrastructure enabled by The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and VMware.

Alibaba Cloud scales with Intel

Alibaba Cloud has achieved a new performance benchmark using Intel Xeon Scalable processors: the industry’s first 100,000 scale factor on Alibaba Cloud MaxCompute cluster running on Intel Xeon Scalable processors, demonstrating Alibaba Cloud’s ability to deliver high-performance, cost-effective cloud services.

Intel said Alibaba Cloud is the first cloud service provider to release benchmark results on 100TB data; previous records were on 10TB and 30TB data performances. Benchmark results released by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) are an important reference standard enabling customers to choose the best software and hardware platforms. TPC benchmarks comprehensively measure system performance through the most commonly used big data application scenarios.

On the TPCx-BigBench benchmark tests, Alibaba Cloud MaxCompute reached 25,641 BBQpm (Big Bench Query-per-minute) with price/performance ratio of up to $224.49/BBQpm. TPCx-BB measures the performance of hardware and software components of Hadoop-based big data systems.
On TPC-DS benchmark tests, Alibaba Cloud’s Elastic MapReduce (EMR) reached 14,861,137 QphDS (queries per hour) and a price/performance ratio of up to $0.18/QphDS.

“Alibaba Cloud has been investing in Big Data analytic technology for about 10 years, and we’re very excited to see our core products, MaxCompute and PAI, represented so well in the international big data performance benchmark, TPCx-BigBench,” said Yangqing Jia, VP of Alibaba Group and President and Senior Fellow of Data Platform, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. “One of the keys to this achievement is the close collaboration between Alibaba and Intel, which allowed both sides to give full attention to the technology and ecosystem advantages to make this happen. Together, we will continue to deepen innovation and cooperation, to make leading products and technologies, to create more value for the industry, and to drive the development of the digital economy.”

Tejas unveils disaggregated, multi-terabit packet-optical switch

Tejas Networks introduced a disaggregated, multi-terabit packet-optical switch optimized for 5G, cloud and broadband networks.

TJ1600S/I is the latest addition to Tejas’s TJ1600 series of carrier-class products for optical aggregation, metro and core networks. TJ1600S/I is a future-proof packet and optical switching product that enables service providers to efficiently

The company says its platform can handle up to 48 terabits of data traffic while optimizing shelf space and power consumption.

Mr. Arnob Roy, COO and President–Optical Products of Tejas Networks said, “TJ1600S/I adopts an innovative disaggregated architecture vis-a-vis the traditional industry approach of building large monolithic systems that are highly inefficient in terms of space and power utilization. TJ1600S/I’s novel architecture enables dynamic and incremental scaling of switching capacity from a few hundred gigabits to tens of terabits by coupling a central TJ1600S fabric shelf with multiple compact TJ1600I interface shelves in a non-blocking fashion. Unlike traditional chassis-based architectures with design constraints, TJ1600S/I’s flexible disaggregated approach will allow the latest advances in optical and semiconductor technologies to be made commercially available to service providers within the shortest period of time.”

https://www.tejasnetworks.com

Neat builds video conferencing bar for Zoom

Neat, a start-up based in Oslo, Norway, launched its portfolio of meeting room systems designed for Zoom Video Communications.

Neat Bar has a dedicated controller and optional scheduling display and costs $2,500.

"We've combined Zoom’s excellent software team with our world-class hardware design team to deliver meeting room systems that are so radically simple, they always work,” said OJ Winge, Neat Chairman. “What Zoom has done for meetings, Neat and Zoom together will do for meeting rooms. We will make video available everywhere.”

Zoom has made a strategic investment in Neat. Through joint development and a shared roadmap, Neat has designed and developed the Neat Bar and Neat Board for Zoom.

"Keeping our customers happy remains our number one focus," said Eric S. Yuan, Zoom CEO. "Zoom's financial and engineering investment in Neat confirms our belief that its technological capabilities perfectly match our own. It enables us to accelerate our pace of innovation. Together, our teams are uniquely positioned to give Zoom users better meeting room experiences."

“The partnership between Zoom and Neat is a complete game-changer for the video collaboration industry,” said Rowan Trollope, CEO, Five9, Inc. “Zoom Meetings and Zoom Phone have fast become the communications solution of choice for our team. Neat’s video systems were designed from the ground up to deliver an exceptionally easy-to-use, high-quality experience, making Neat the obvious choice for Five9’s global Zoom Rooms deployment.”

Work continues on PCIe 6.0

PCI-SIG posted a new PCI Express Base Specification Revision 6.0, Version 0.3 for review by its membership.

PCI Express (PCIe) 6.0 technology will double the data rate to 64 GT/s while maintaining backwards compatibility with previous generations. PCI-SIG, which is the consortium that owns and manages PCI specification, said PCIe 6.0 is on target for release in 2021.

PCIe 6.0 Specification Features

  • Delivers 64 GT/s raw bit rate and up to 256 GB/s via x16 configuration
  • Utilizes PAM-4 (Pulse Amplitude Modulation with 4 levels) encoding and leverages existing 56G PAM-4 in the industry
  • Includes low-latency Forward Error Correction (FEC) with additional mechanisms to improve bandwidth efficiency
  • Maintains backwards compatibility with all previous generations of PCIe technology

https://pcisig.com/

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