Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Juniper intros Mist Premium Analytics Service

Juniper Networks is preparing to launch an AI-driven Mist Premium Analytics service that offers network visibility and business insights to its enterprise customers.

The new premium service will be a complement to existing Mist wireless, wired and location subscription services and the Marvis AI engine.

The company said its new Mist Premium Analytics will help simplify data collection across heterogenous network, security and location domains. It will then convert that data into actionable insights for better capacity planning, optimal user experiences and positive business outcomes for today’s digital businesses.

“End-to-end network visibility into network, security and location behavior is traditionally both complex and costly because of disparate systems, organizational silos and the lack of an overarching intelligence engine to tie all the pieces together,” said Sudheer Matta, VP of Products at Juniper Mist. “With Mist Premium Analytics, we solve this challenge by taking data from numerous systems and turning it into actionable insights for better IT and business decisions.”

With premium network analytics, Juniper Mist customers can do the following:

  • Improve insight into Wide Area Network (WAN) performance in branch/retail offices with Link Quality of Experience (QoE) and Application QoE
  • Get insight into usage patterns of Wireless LANs (WLANs) to predict trends and adapt to changing requirements such as soaring bandwidth needs or increased client density
  • Compare & contrast data from a Mist network with other data sources from third-party providers
  • Get a full stack view into network performance for heterogeneous networks


The Mist Premium Analytics service will be available on April 1st from Mist’s network of value-added resellers and managed service providers.

https://www.mist.com/premium-analytics-service/


https://youtu.be/NUftKtBr8wY

The mission now is to change networking for the cloud era, says Manoj Leelanivas, Chief Product Officer, Juniper Networks. This 2-minute clip discusses two key ideas: (1) the cloud-delivered enterprise powered by an AI engine (2) SD-WAN solutions for the branch. Another area of focus for Juniper this year is the 400G transition.

AddOn debuts QSFP28-DD 2x100G transceiver

AddOn Networks introduced a QSFP28-DD 2x100G transceiver that consists of a new high-density CS connector and contains two 100G transceivers in one housing, enabling the subtending of two common 100G NRZ to the network.

AddOn's 2x100G transceiver is interoperable with existing 100G-CWDM4, 100G-LR4 and 100G-4WDM10 transceivers.

“At a time when new technologies such as 5G are driving greater traffic onto networks, it is vital that enterprises and data centers deliver high-quality, large-capacity connectivity to meet the needs of businesses and consumers,” said Patrick Beard, Chief Technology Officer at AddOn Networks. “Our newest transceiver enables network expansion at a multitude of levels while keeping expansion costs to a minimum – proving key to addressing the network demands of the future.”

 Beard added: “Expansion of network infrastructure can be cost prohibitive but with our new QSFP28-DD 2X100G transceiver, we are able to meet the needs of those migrating to 400G, as well as organizations looking to achieve more capacity through their current setup. This flexibility is something that we pride ourselves on as a global leader in optical connectivity solutions – to enable consumers to receive the bandwidth and speeds that they expect without the need for operators to replace entire systems.”

http://awww.addonnetworks.com

Bouygues and Phoenix to operate 4,000 mobile towers in France

Blackstone-backed Phoenix Tower International and Bouygues Telecom will form a joint venture to develop approximately 4,000 newly constructed wireless towers over 12 years across France outside the Very Dense Area.

The companies said some of the sites will be deployed as part of Bouygues Telecom’s “New Deal Mobile” regulatory obligations of targeted mobile radio coverage improvements, accelerated mobile radio rollouts alongside transportation routes. With attractive size and coverage, the JV is very well positioned as an infrastructure operator of choice in the market.

“We are quite enthusiastic to partner with Bouygues Telecom on such an important and exciting project.  We believe the French market is well positioned for significant wireless growth throughout the country as further 4G and 5G deployments are made over the coming years and we are proud of our participation in these deployments,” stated Dagan Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower International.

“Phoenix’s landmark partnership with Bouygues Telecom is consistent with its position as the preferred partner for carriers worldwide,” said Jasvinder Khaira, a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. “Phoenix will continue to look for creative ways to support the coverage requirements of carriers and usher in the 5G technology revolution across Europe and the Americas.”

Phoenix currently owns and manages over 8,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, France, Jamaica, Argentina, Ecuador, and Bolivia.


Garmin implements SiTime’s MEMS timing

Garmin International has chosen SiTime’s MEMS timing solutions for several of Garmin’s automotive, aviation, marine, fitness, and outdoor products.

“Garmin makes products that are engineered on the inside for life on the outside,” said Patrick Desbois, Garmin executive vice president of operations. “Our innovation focuses on developing technologies that enable our customers to enrich their experiences as they pursue their passions. SiTime’s MEMS timing solutions help extend battery life across several of our product lines.”

“Garmin creates products for active people,” said Piyush Sevalia, executive vice president of marketing at SiTime. “Precise time is at the heart of every GPS receiver and impacts the speed of signal acquisition as well as position accuracy. Garmin’s outdoor products encounter many environmental stresses such as shock, vibration, rapid temperature changes, and extreme temperatures. SiTime’s MEMS timing solutions are engineered to provide the highest level of robustness to such stressors and provide a powerful value-add to Garmin’s high-performing, robust, and reliable products.”

Airspan and Altiostar partner on 4G & 5G Open virtualized RAN

Airspan Networks and Altiostar Networks are teaming up on Open RAN 4G and 5G platforms.

The partnership combines Airspan's radio solutions with Altiostar’s virtualized RAN (vRAN) solutions.

The companies said their partnership is born out of real-world field experience and successful integration of thousands of sites in the world’s first commercial Open cloud-scale web-based virtualized RAN network in Japan. Together the companies will enable network operators all over the world to take advantage of fully virtualized cloud native network architectures utilizing Altiostar’s Open vRAN solution with Airspan’s OpenRANGE platform. Open RAN architectures completely change the status quo for mobile network economics by reducing CapEx and OpEx costs up to 40%, according to a 2019 study conducted by Strategy Analytics.

“Airspan has a proven ability to disrupt deployment strategies. Open RAN disaggregated network architectures for mobile networks provides us another opportunity to innovate the way networks are deployed and we are proud to partner with another visionary US company and disrupt monolithic large vendor lock-in.” said Henrik Smith-Petersen, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Airspan Networks.

“We are excited to bring our field-proven collaboration with a US innovator like Airspan to solve 4G and 5G network challenges through the introduction of cloud-scale into mobile networks, enhanced network intelligence and simplified network automation for rollouts for service providers. Together with Airspan, we are helping service providers reach their 4G and 5G deployment goals.” said Thierry Maupile, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Product Management for Altiostar.

BT looks to sell operations in France to Computacenter

BT has entered exclusive negotiations to sell its domestic operations in France to Computacenter.

BT’s domestic operations in France include management and maintenance of IT and network infrastructure, as well as networking and related professional services. During the fiscal year ending in March 2019 they generated total revenue of c.£104m (c.€118m). The acquisition would enable Computacenter to strengthen its position in the French networking market and increase the number of its major domestic customers in France.

The transaction is subject to consultations with works councils over a minimum period of two months. Financial terms were not disclosed.

BT said the sale is part of the ongoing transformation of its Global unit as it sharpens its focus on delivering next-generation networking, cloud and security services to multinational organisations.

BT would retain a strong presence in France serving multinational businesses and organisations, including access points to its global network and a cyber security operations centre. BT and Computacenter also intend to enter into a partnership agreement in France, ensuring continuity for existing customers and future growth opportunities.

“With this agreement we are close to reaching another milestone in the execution of our strategy to make BT Global a more agile business focused on the growing requirements of our multinational customers. I believe this agreement will prove a key step forward for our customers, for our people and for BT. It also offers a positive future for our domestic customers and the people who support them,” said Bas Burger, CEO of Global, BT.

“This planned acquisition represents a small increase in our current revenues in France, which totalled €644.7m in 2019. The current coronavirus pandemic shows the importance of secure and reliable networks to our customers and this deal would significantly strengthen our existing French business in this growth area. It would bring our customer offering in France closer to the broader portfolio in our larger European markets, providing a strong foundation for our continued long-term growth,” said Mike Norris, CEO of Computacenter Group.

IP Infusion releases OS for open packet transponder systems

IP Infusion released its new OcNOS Optical Transport software stack for modular open packet transponder systems designed for data center interconnect, long haul and service provider backhaul use cases.

OcNOS is a network operating system for white box open packet transponder systems. The first available platform for the OcNOS-based solution is the Cassini packet transponder from Edgecore Networks.

Cassini is the industry's highest capacity (3.2T) and first modular open packet transponder, offering a flexible mix of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) packet switching ports and 100/200 Gbps coherent optical interfaces. The Cassini platform enables DMDM-based long haul transport and supports CFP2 ACO and DCO modules from different vendors which support L2/L3/Multicast features for metro, long haul and data center interconnect use cases. Both packet switching and optical line side can be managed via CLI, SNMP or NETCONF.

“The desire of network operators to control end-to-end solutions and components to achieve operational simplicity and open interfaces is driving the momentum towards open optical networking,” said Atsushi Ogata, CEO, IP Infusion. “The combination of the carrier-grade OcNOS networking operating system and the Cassini packet transponder from Edgecore Networks gives our network customers another example and further shows that IP Infusion is a leading software vendor for service provider network disaggregation.”

“With support for Cassini and DCSG, IP Infusion is well aligned with TIP and helping to drive disaggregated networking to service providers. We are pleased that disaggregated networking has now arrived for optical transport solutions,” said Dave Hutton, Chief Engineer, Telecom Infra Project.

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Cloudflare expands Bandwidth Alliance with Alibaba Cloud

Cloudflare has expanded the Bandwidth Alliance by partnering with Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group.

The Bandwidth Alliance, launched in September 2018, is a group of forward-thinking cloud and networking companies that are committed to discounting or waiving data transfer fees (also known as bandwidth fees) for shared customers. The Bandwidth Alliance now includes 20 partners, all committed to providing the most performant and cost-efficient experience for mutual customers.

“We launched the Bandwidth Alliance to give our customers a faster, more secure, and more reliable Internet, without the awful fees that have historically bogged them down,” said Arjunan Rajeswaran, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Cloudflare. “Alibaba Cloud has built an impressive business that considers its customers first, and together, we will give our joint customers the best Internet experience possible.”

By joining the Bandwidth Alliance, customers using both Alibaba Cloud Object Storage, and Cloudflare products, will have their data egress fees waived outside mainland China if OSS products are purchased from alibabacloud.com.

"In addition to waiving the egress fee, Alibaba Cloud will also waive up to 100 million API requests, and 10TB image processing fees for all customers in regions outside of China after joining the Bandwidth Alliance,” said Alex Chen, Alibaba Cloud Senior Director of Product Management. “Alibaba Cloud’s initiative of the elimination of ‘request fees’ is an industry game changer. The combined solution will pass on massive savings to our customers, and at the same time, eliminate complexity in managing storage cost.”


Cloudflare adds Tencent to Bandwidth Alliance to reduce transfer fees

Cloudflare has added Tencent Cloud to its Bandwidth Alliance program.

Now, joint customers of Cloudflare and Tencent Cloud will pay zero data transfer fees for all traffic between their networks outside of China. Cloudflare has long had an international presence, with co-location facilities in more than 180 cities across more than 80 countries, including China.

“People everywhere want faster, more secure, and more reliable Internet,” said Cloudflare co-founder and CEO, Matthew Prince. “In working with Tencent, and other partners, we are better positioned to address the numerous challenges that are faced by enterprises as they expand internationally, to help users everywhere experience the best Internet possible.”

In September 2018, Cloudflare announced the Bandwidth Alliance, a group of forward-thinking cloud and networking companies that are committed to discounting or waiving data transfer fees (also known as bandwidth fees) for shared customers. The Bandwidth Alliance was launched with 10 partners, all committed to providing the most performant and cost-efficient experience for mutual customers, and has now nearly doubled to 18 partners. Tencent Cloud is a division of Tencent Holdings Limited, one of the world’s largest Internet services providers.

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