Tuesday, June 16, 2020

OIF to host SDN API interoperability demonstration

OIF will host a Transport SDN Application Programming Interface (API) interoperability demonstration over a six-week period (September to October) using Telefonica’s lab in Europe.

Building on OIF’s 2018 and 2016 interoperability demonstrations that helped establish ONF Transport-API (T-API) as the defacto northbound interface (NBI) standard, the 2020 demonstration will test Ethernet, Layer 1 OTN and Layer 0 OTN control using ONF T-API 2.1.3, with additional testing of OpenConfig device APIs for transport equipment in network-operator-defined use cases.

The multi-vendor interoperability demonstration includes participating vendors ADVA, Ciena, Cisco Systems, Infinera and Nokia. China Telecom and Telia are participating as consulting network operators.

“Interoperability is the key success factor for SDN deployment in production networks,” said Arturo Mayoral, Telef√≥nica Transport Global CTIO Unit – Technology Expert and Lead of Optical SDN strategy. “This OIF interop event arrives at the perfect moment to evaluate maturity of the commercial solutions, fostered by the recent efforts done by Telef√≥nica through the iFUSION project, in the design of reference implementations based on ONF T-API and OpenConfig standards.”

“Widespread adoption of transport SDN is a must for network operators to accelerate their transformation for the 5G era and reap the benefits of a more dynamic and open network,” said Dave Brown, Nokia and OIF Officer - Director of Communications. “OIF’s facilitation of this thorough test of specifications and interoperability of open transport SDN APIs will highlight the tools necessary to create an open manageable, flexible network.”

Public read-out events highlighting the results of the testing will take place at select industry events in Q4 2020. In Q1 2021, OIF will hold a webinar and launch a whitepaper describing the results of the event. 

https://www.oiforum.com/technical-work/2020-oif-transport-sdn-api-interoperability-demo/

Hawaiki upgrades Oregon-Hawaii route with Ciena GeoMesh

Hawaiki has implemented Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine network solution to upgrade its subsea cable between Oregon and Hawaii.

“This route previously went from Kapolei (Hawaii) to Pacific City (Oregon) where an optical-electrical-optical regeneration was required to allow protection on the terrestrial link to Hillsboro,” Hawaiki chief executive officer, Remi Galasso said. “We upgraded this part of our network with the deployment of a multi-span trunk switching solution from Ciena, enabling optical regeneration only. This allows the link to be extended right into the Hillsboro POP with optical protection while eliminating the need for costly regeneration and reducing latency in our cable landing station.”

The full Hawaiki cable system spans 15,000km, connecting Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Hawaii, and the United States. Shortly after the commercial launch in mid-2018, the cable was upgraded with Ciena’s GeoMesh solution allowing Hawaiki to offer the lowest cost per transported bit, while evolving to a total 67Tbps of capacity, enabling design capacity to be increased by 53 percent.

http://www.hawaikicable.co.nz

Hawaiki activates Los Angeles branch on its transpacific cable

Hawaiki Submarine Cable activated a new direct route to Los Angeles for its transpacific network linking Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

The new route – based on the most easterly segment of the SEA-US cable – completes Hawaiki’s existing links to the United States, including Hillsboro, Seattle and Hawaii. Los Angeles becomes Hawaiki’s third PoP on the US West coast.

The new route adds resiliency to the system and cuts latency between Sydney and Los Angelea.

“As demand for capacity continues to rise sharply, customers are constantly looking for versatile connectivity solutions. This expansion marks an important milestone for Hawaiki as it both strengthens our position in the US market and greatly enhances our network flexibility,” said Hawaiki CEO, Remi Galasso.


  • Launched in July 2018, the Hawaiki transpacific cable is a 15,000 km fibre optic deep-sea, carrier-neutral cable with a design capacity of 67 Tbps. Hawaiki is the fastest and largest capacity link connecting Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and mainland United States.

Credo raises $100 million for serial connectivity devices

Credo, which develops Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology for 100G, 400G, and 800G, closed $100 million in a Series D funding round. Funds & accounts managed by BlackRock led the funding round.

Credo is based in San Jose, California. The company's high performance, low power serial connectivity solutions are designed for next generation platforms requiring 25G, 50G, and 100G signal lane-rate connectivity for 100G, 200G, 400G, and 800G port enabled networks.

Credo’s solutions have been adopted and implemented by leading data centers, networking OEMs and ODMs, and optical transceiver manufacturers. The company has pioneered the development and deployment of HiWire™ Active Electrical Cables (AEC). Plug & play AECs deliver the simple functionality and speed of optical cables without the expense and high energy draw of optics. Built-in retiming and fully equalized signals make AEC a high-performance alternative to the risk and hassles of DAC for in-rack and mid-tier interconnects.

Credo is a founding member of the HiWire Consortium.

"Raising $100M in this round of funding with support from new and existing investors puts us in a very strong position," said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo. "This enables us to accelerate deployment of our current 400Gbps products, as well as to extend our high-speed connectivity leadership with next generation 800Gbps solutions."

https://www.credosemi.com

CommScope rolls out AI-enabled, cloud network management

CommScope introduced an AI-enabled network management as-a-service platform that enables enterprise IT and managed service providers (MSPs) to manage a converged wired and wireless network.

RUCKUS Cloud offers single-pane management with network visibility and service assurance.  Key features:

  • Unified wired and wireless management - Intent-based workflows expedite provisioning, management, and control from large venues to hundreds or thousands of sites.
  • ML and AI - Analytics tools enable IT to react quickly to issues and stop network anomalies from rising to the service-affecting level.
  • RESTful APIs - OpenAPI-compliant APIs allow IT to automate any network function, create custom dashboards and reports, and easily integrate RUCKUS Cloud into existing enterprise systems.
  • MSP dashboard - Allows MSPs to offer branded services and manage multiple end customers.
  • Network health monitoring - IT teams can define and measure performance against service level agreements (SLAs) that best reflect the requirements of their users.
  • Remote client troubleshooting - Remote access to connection history and clearly identified points of failure facilitate a rapid response to user-reported network issues, regardless of client location.
  • Planning and reporting - 12 months of included historical device- and element-level data helps IT make well-informed network planning decisions.

“Networks are changing rapidly, with accelerating growth in users, network elements, devices and device diversity that’s driving a new level of network complexity, making it difficult for IT organizations to keep up,” said Matthias Machowinski, Omdia senior research director, enterprise networks. “Modern cloud-managed networking and ML/AI-based assurance tools provide automation and in-depth network insights, promising to give control back to the IT organization and deliver greater efficiency.”

CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange connects to Oracle Cloud

CoreSite Realty will offer on-demand connectivity to Oracle Cloud through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect on the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange.

CoreSite’s cloud-enabled data center campuses now offer low-latency connectivity to each of the Oracle Cloud regions in the United States located in Ashburn, VA and Phoenix, AZ. Oracle customers can harness the power of scalable, low-latency, hybrid architectures at CoreSite to unlock innovation and drive business growth.

“Having Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect within our facilities and as part of the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange simplifies the connectivity model with an automated provisioning process, offers flexible bandwidth options, and additional points of access into Oracle Cloud services. This is another example of how CoreSite continues to enrich the value of our interconnection platform to aid enterprises and service providers in designing and implementing hybrid and multi-cloud solutions, inclusive of bare metal environments,” said Maile Kaiser, CoreSite’s SVP of Sales.

Digital Realty builds carrier-neutral data center in Seoul

Digital Realty began construction on its first data center in South Korea.

Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10) will be built on a 22,000 square foot land parcel within the Sangam Digital Media City in northwest Seoul.

ICN10 is designed to accommodate 12 megawatts of information technology (IT) load.  The building will encompass over 162,000 square feet, spanning twelve levels.  It will provide seamless connectivity, with a vibrant community of domestic and internal bandwidth and data service providers, internet transit, and multiple internet access services.  The facility is scheduled to be ready for customers in the fourth quarter of 2021.

"Our investment in South Korea is an important milestone on our global platform roadmap, adding coverage, capacity and connectivity capabilities to enable our customers' digital transformation strategies while demonstrating our commitment to supporting customers' future growth on PlatformDIGITAL," said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.  "The current pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation and adoption of cloud services across the world.  Customers in the Asia Pacific region are set to gain from our new ICN10 facility, as they ramp up their own digitalization efforts." 

Nokia to supply DCI for Tencent and Baidu

Nokia has been awarded two contracts with China-based webscale giants, Tencent and Baidu, for data center interconnect (DCI) network solutions.

Tencent and Baidu are two of the top four China-based webscale operators. Baidu is the number one search engine and Tencent leads in social media and online gaming. Both have large cloud operations in China and abroad to support their global businesses.

Nokia’s webscale DCI solutions, which are based on the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Interconnect (PSI) and powered by the Nokia Photonic Service Engine (PSE), are also enabling webscale operators in China to support edge cloud applications such as Industry 4.0, AI, machine learning and autonomous driving. Nokia’s DCI and SDN solutions maximize capacity and agility, while simplifying and automating key operational functions for lower costs.