Showing posts with label Core. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Core. Show all posts

Sunday, March 11, 2018

ZTE enhances core router with Bit Indexed Explicit Replication

ZTE has enhanced its ZXR10 T8000 core router with the addition of Bit Indexed Explicit Replication (BIER) technology -- an industry first according to the company, and useful for balancing SDN backbone network traffic.

ZTE describes BIER as a simplified multicast packet forwarding technology that does not require complex multicast protocols and multicast forwarding tables. It can efficiently distribute multicast packets only by switching the messages of the multicast senders and receivers instead of maintaining multicast flow status, which perfectly fits the philosophy of SDN centralized control.

The ZXR10 T8000 router supports multiple northbound interfaces. The company's software enables traffic optimization and scheduling based on policies, which can help achieve load balancing, reduce the link congestion ratio, delay network expansion, and improve user experiences.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nokia Unveils its Next Gen IP Routing Engine

Nokia unveils its fourth generation network processing silicon for powering the first petabit-class core IP routers.

The new FP4 silicon, which comes six years after the preceding FP3 chipset was announced, offers 2.4 Tb/s half-duplex capacity, or 6X more capacity than the current generation 400 Gb/s FP3 chipset. The FP4 will support full terabit IP flows. All conventional routing capabilities are included. Deep classification capabilities include enhanced packet intelligence and control, policy controls, telemetry, and security.


The FP4 could be used to provide an in-field upgrade to Nokia’s current line of core routers and carrier switches. It will also be used to power a new family of 7750 SR-s series routers designed for single-node, cloud scale density. In terms of specs, the SR-s boasts a 144 Tb/s configuration supporting port densities of up to 144 future Terabit links, 288 400G ports, or 1,440 100GE ports. Absolute capacity could be double for a maximum of 288 Tb/s configuration. It runs the same software as the company’s widely-deployed systems.  The first 7750 SR-s boxes are already running in Nokia’s labs. First commercial shipments are expected in Q4.

Nokia is also introducing a chassis extension option to push its router into petabit territory. Without using the switching shelf concept employed in the multi-chassis designs of its competitors, Nokia is offering the means to integrate up to six of its 7750 SRS-s routers into a single system. This results in 576 Tb/s of capacity, enough for densities of up to 2,880 100GE ports or 720 400G ports.

https://networks.nokia.com/ip-networks-reimagined

Friday, January 29, 2016

Bell Canada Deploys Nokia 7950 XRS Core Router

Bell Canada is deploying Nokia's 7950 XRS core router to support its wireless, residential and business customers. Specifically, Nokia is providing Bell Canada with the 7950 XRS - to be managed by Nokia's 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) - to create a single, end-to-end managed IP platform streamlining day-to-day network operations and enhancing operational efficiency, including a reduced energy footprint. The 7950 XRS scales from 6.4 to 32 terabits per second in a single system. 

The deal was won by Alcatel-Lucent, a subsidiary of Nokia.

http://nokia.com

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

NTT DOCOMO to Deploy ALU's 7950 IP Core/Edge Routers

NTT DOCOMO will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing System for supporting its 68 million mobile subscribers in Japan. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent said the deployment of its 7950 XRS core/edge router strengthens a long-standing relationship with NTT DOCOMO, particularly in the supply of IP technology. Alcatel-Lucent previously supplied its 7750 Service Router series and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch for DOCOMO's Border GateWay Router and Radio Access Network Switch projects.

"NTT DOCOMO is a company that is well-known for its emphasis on quality and reliability to offer the most innovative services to customers. As such, we are very pleased to be able to deliver our powerful IP core/edge router to help NTT DOCOMO support the increasing mobile traffic and the introduction of 5G," stated Nicolas Bouverot, President of Alcatel-Lucent Japan.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

DOCOMO Expands 5G Collaboration Program

NTT DOCOMO is expanding its industry collaboration program for 5G.  The company announced individual collaborations with five additional vendors: Intel, Keysight Technologies, Panasonic Corporation, Qualcomm Technologies, and Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.

DOCOMO and its vendor-partners expect to begin technical discussions and various indoor trials at the DOCOMO R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture within the current fiscal year ending in March 2016. The trials will expand to outdoor settings thereafter. Key findings and achievements will be shared with global research bodies and at international conferences. Through the collaborations, DOCOMO expects to evaluate and verify its proprietary 5G technologies and thereby accelerate 5G standardization.

Since May 2014, DOCOMO has been working with a number of other vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, Nokia and Samsung.

DOCOMO said it aims to introduce 5G on a commercial basis in 2020. 5G is being developed for ultra-high-speed data transmissions of over 10Gbps and 1,000 times the capacity of LTE, which will help address the proliferation of connected items in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), as well as to support the increasingly diverse range of mobile services.

"Global expectations for 5G are growing as we approach the start of the standardization phase," said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at DOCOMO. "We are delighted to form these new collaborations on 5G experimental trials for wider technical areas to establish the 5G ecosystem with additional world-leading global vendors to promote R&D targeted at 5G deployment in 2020."

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2015/0722_00.html

Monday, December 7, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Lands Two More Big Routing Contracts in China

Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that China Unicom and China Mobile are both significantly expanding their deployment of the company’s core router. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Mobile’s CMNET, its national IP backbone network, is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS IP Core Router. China Mobile will also use the 7950 XRS in its metro networks. The agreement expands on terms announced in October 2014 of Alcatel-Lucent’s selection as the sole supplier for the China Mobile 2014 high-performance Ethernet router central bid. In July, Alcatel-Lucent announced it would advance China Mobile’s move to the cloud using ultra-broadband access, IP networking and NFV technology. With 820 million subscribers, China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile operator.

China Unicom will expand the deployment of the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS IP Core Router to meet high-traffic demand in nine Chinese cities within the Jiangsu, Shandong, Jiangxi, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia provinces. Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its 7950 XRS IP Core Router within the 14 metro network nodes of nine cities in China. Deployment will be completed toward the end of 2016. China Unicom is aiming to ensure its metro networks can meet the surging capacity demands of a growing base of more than 400 million fixed and mobile broadband subscribers into the future. This agreement expands on Alcatel-Lucent’s 2014 announcement of its selection as the supplier for the China Unicom 2014 IP metro network core router central bid.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ALU's 7950 Core Router Lands at CenturyLink, China Telecom, China Unicom, China Mobile

Alcatel-Lucent announced key contracts to supply its 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) to four major carriers: CenturyLink, China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent said the deployments in China will help the nation address the expected explosion of demand for capacity over the next five years, as well as supporting the operators’ contributions to China’s national ‘Broadband China’ strategy.  The contracts results from a recent central bidding process for IP core routers. The deployments will mark the first scale commercial use of the system in China.

Some highlights:

  • CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S., has deployed the 7950 XRS in its IP core network.   CenturyLink obtains an end-to-end managed IP/MPLS network.  The deployment enables the company to scale its network and provide services to its customers that support their growing broadband needs, including 1 Gbps service which was recently made available to residential and business customers in 16 cities. CenturyLink's IP network also has a direct connection into its 57 worldwide data centers.
  • In the China Telecom 2014 400G-enabled core router central bid, Alcatel-Lucent successfully secured Jiangsu province and Shanghai city, two areas with the highest demand for network traffic, out of the five bidding areas.
  • In the China Unicom 2014 all Ethernet core router central bid, Alcatel-Lucent was selected as the sole supplier.
  • Alcatel-Lucent was also selected as the sole supplier for the China Mobile 2014 high-performance Ethernet router central bid.

"As a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions, we are focused on ensuring we have the speed and capacity to meet the data demands of our customers," said James Feger, vice president, CenturyLink network strategy and development. "This new platform is flexible and supports our IP networking needs as we continue to grow and transform our network."

“These first scale commercial deployments in China of the world’s most powerful core router will provide China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile, with the increased capacity needed to meet internet service demand in the world’s largest market. The experience gained in China will lay a solid foundation for future deployments of the 7950 XRS across the entire region of APAC,” stated Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/products/7950-extensible-routing-system


  • In August, Alcatel-Lucent announced that Turk Telekom had deployed its 7950 Extensible Routing Platform (XRS) to provide core routing for its growing base of more than 13.5 million access lines and 7.4 million ultra-broad band subscribers.   Turk Telekom initially deployed the 7950 XRS in three major locations in Istanbul and in Ankara .  At the time, Alcatel-Lucent said the 7950 was deployed by more than 24 Service Providers worldwide.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent Chalks Up Another Core Router Win

Turk Telekom has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing Platform (XRS) to provide core routing for its growing base of more than 13.5 million access lines and 7.4 million ultra-broad band subscribers.  

Turk Telekom initially deployed the 7950 XRS in three major locations in Istanbul and in Ankara to address the growing need for capacity for residential and business customers and consolidation of existing core routers.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that its 7950 XRS is now in use with more than 24 major service providers worldwide.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Huawei to Supply 400G Routers to Etisalat Misr in Egypt

Huawei announced a deal with Etisalat Misr, a mobile operator in Egypt, to deploy its NE5000E 400G core router as core nodes for its national IP backbone network (IPBB) in Egypt.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei said Etisalat Misr aims to build a next-generation convergence network platform in Egypt.  Huawei's NE5000E 400G solution provides 100G/400G/1T/2T slots that ensure smooth capacity expansion.

"Huawei will utilize its global commercial deployment experience of 400G core routers to provide Etisalat Misr with a converged backbone network solution that supports multi-service access. Based on the innovative chips and software/hardware platform, Huawei's 400G solution provides a large capacity and enables smooth capacity expansion and low power consumption, empowering operators to reduce TCO while meeting the challenges of future network,” said Zha Jun, president of Huawei Fixed Network Product Line.

http://www.huawei.com

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Core Router Market Grows 4%

The Service Provider Core Router market posted a four percent increase in the first quarter of 2014 versus the year-ago period, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.  The report forecasts even more rapid growth for this segment through 2014.

"Two major factors have driven growth: first, pent up demand due to low investment in 2012; and second, the demand for new higher capacity products," said Alam Tamboli, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group.  "The four major vendors in the market have all introduced higher capacity products that make better use of 10 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports and many vendors have stepped outside of their traditional flagship core routing products and have introduced products tailored to new use cases in the core," added Tamboli.

Routers Quarterly Report, 1Q14: Service Provider Core Router Market Highlights

Top Four Vendors Accounted for 97% Share

  • #1 Cisco Systems: Lost four percentage points of its four-quarter trailing market share versus the year-ago period as revenues grew but the market grew faster.
  • #2 Juniper Networks: Maintained its four-quarter trailing market share above 25% of the market with its trio of products—T, PTX, and MX.
  • #3 Huawei Technologies: Gained two percentage points in four-quarter trailing market share versus the year-ago period, with continued high-exposure to its domestic market, China.
  • #4 Alcatel-Lucent: A relative newcomer to the market gained two percentage points in four-quarter trailing market share versus the year-ago period.

http://www.delloro.com/news/service-provider-core-router-market-records-fourth-consecutive-quarter-of-growth-2

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Huawei Announces Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution

Huawei introduced its Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution that ties together its CloudEngine series of data center switches, the Huawei Agile Controller and cloud applications.

The solution, which was launched at the Huawei Network Congress 2014 (HNC) held in Beijing this week, helps IT administrators to provision network resources.

Each type of service can be represented by an independent application profile. The Agile Controller is capable of interpreting three types of perspectives: the application profile perspective, the logical network perspective, and the physical network perspective. The Agile Controller automatically converts application profiles into the required logical networks, and delivers the associated configurations to physical network devices, allowing network resources to be dynamically migrated or adjusted on-demand and based on service requirements.

Huawei said it is actively building a cloud computing data center ecosystem. It Cloud Connect Solution connects to VMware’s vCloud cloud management platform and NSX network virtualization platform to provide automated network policy migration and VxLAN based hardware gateway solutions.

"In 2012, we launched the Cloud Fabric Data Center Solution and the industry's highest performance data center switches, the CE12800 series, allowing us to build scalable, virtualized, and open cloud data center networks for customers. To date, more than 360 global customers have implemented the Cloud Fabric solution and around 1,800 CE12800 switches have been deployed in cloud computing data centers", said Mr. Liu. "Today, we’ve introduced the Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution and we want to work with our partners to build a fully integrated cloud service system. The solution will integrate network, compute, and store resources in data centers to unify the virtual and physical network worlds, implementing multi-cloud connectivity and cloud-based network automation to make cloud computing simpler."

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-340353-ict.htm#.U4Z1EPldWP0


In May 2013, Huawei introduced its CE12816 CloudEngine (CE) switch for the data center core, boasting the a 64 Tbps total capacity.  The new switch uses Huawei's next-generation VRP8 software to deliver high-performance L2/L3 switching capabilities. Like all the switches in Huawei's Cloud Engine 12800 family, the CE12816 provides support for 1, 10, 40 and 100 GE connectivity. Densities supported on the CE12816 include up to 192*100GE, 384*40GE, or 1536*10GE line-speed ports.

The CloudEngine series provides high bandwidth of up to 2 Tbps per slot(scalable to 4 Tbps) and switching capacity of 64 Tbps.

Huawei's CloudEngine series incorporates a Cluster Switch System (CSS) feature to virtualize multiple switches into one logical switch, as well as the Virtual System (VS) feature to virtualize one switch into multiple independent logical devices. Huawei said its CSS and VS capabilities turn the network into a resource pool, allowing network resources to be allocated on demand.

The CloudEngine series also supports virtual machines by allowing network administrators to build large-scale Layer 2 networks with over 500 nodes based on TRILL, allowing for fast migration and flexible service deployment. Combined with the usage of the nCenter, network management system, the CloudEngine series is able to achieve over 10 times the virtual parallel processing capability of the industry average.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Finland's Elisa Deploys Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Core Router

Elisa, Finland’s leading provider of mobile and fixed broadband services, announced a significant network upgrade that includes Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 eXtensible Routing System (XRS) core router, 7750 Service Router (SR) , 7210 Service Access Switch (SAS) family for aggregation, 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) for management and a service portal for provisioning.
 Alcatel-Lucent will also be supplying installation and commissioning, lifecycle program management, operations support and consulting and will manage a seamless migration of network elements and services from its global Migration Operations Centre.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

”Finns use the most mobile data per capita in the EU, which requires us very high standards for being able to fulfill all future needs our customers have. The world of our customers will become even more digital as data centers evolve into cloud services and the use of IPTV services continues increasing. Upgrading our core network to the new generation IP/MPLS network will ensure enough capacity and speed for our customers also in the future," stated Timo Katajisto, Executive Vice President of Elisa.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cisco Supplies 100G to Russia's Bashinformsvyaz

Bashinformsvyaz JSC, one of the largest service providers in the Urals region and in Russia at large, has deployed the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) and Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers in key traffic nodes.

As a result, new coherent transponders were installed on DWDM-network multiplexors, ensuring data transmission at the rate of 100 gigabits per second per wavelength. Cisco said this type of transponder features a 100 Gigabit Ethernet client interface for user equipment; it is capable of transmitting data at a distance up to 4,000 km without intermediate Optical-to-Electronic-to-Optical regeneration. Along with the above, Cisco ASR 9000 routers were upgraded with line cards featuring 100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces; these were connected to 100 Gbps DWDM transponders. This allowed building a high-speed trunk line scalable to 4 Tbps, connecting major cities of the Republic of Bashkortostan. Additionally, traffic grooming and optimization have been performed to enable more efficient utilization of the existing infrastructure; due to deep integration of IP and optical levels, reliability and survivability of the company's backbone network were dramatically increased.          

"Upgrade of the backbone network segment to 100 Gbps helps ensure a huge margin of safety, and efficient and scalable data transport infrastructure required to maintain further network growth and telecom services development within this area. It is very important to notice that implementation of 100 Gbps channels did not require any alterations of the existing DWDM network built some years ago for 10 Gbps speed capacity; our engineer staff was directly involved in those works. This allowed minimizing the deadlines and costs, completing works without interfering with existing services, as well as enriching ourselves with this precious experience of such a large-scale project,” stated Rustam Yanyshev, first deputy general director, CTO, Bashinformsvyaz.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/rss.html
http://www.bashtel.ru/

Friday, January 3, 2014

Huawei Cites 53 Customers for its 400G Core Router

As of the beginning of 2014, Huawei claims that 53 operators worldwide have deployed its 400G core router over the past five months.

Huawei NE5000E boasts a capacity of up to 2 Tbps per slot, 6.4 Tbps per chassis, and 32 Tbps per system.

http://www.huawei.com


  • In August 2013, Huawei deployed a 400G IP backbone network for Mobily in Saudi Arabia, and upgraded IP backbone networks for True and DTAC in Thailand.
  • In October 2013, Russian operator MegaFon and Huawei rolled out Europe's first 400G backbone network.
  • In November 2013, Spain’s fixed network operator Jazztel took the lead in deploying Huawei's 400G solution in Western Europe. 


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Core Router Market Rebounds

After almost two years of year-over-year declines, the Service Provider Core Router market grew by seven percent in the third quarter of 2013 versus the year-ago period, according to a new report by Dell'Oro Group.

“All major core routing vendors have recently introduced, or will soon introduce new core routing platforms with significantly increased capacity,” said Alam Tamboli, Business Analyst at Dell’Oro Group.  “We expect the confluence of these new products to drive the core router market to double-digit growth for the full-year 2014 as service providers qualify these new products for their networks,” added Tamboli.

The top four core routing vendors:

  • #1 Cisco -- remained the number-one ranked vendor and has introduced two new core routing platforms during the past six months.
  • #2 Juniper --  new product offerings gave the company a more complete core router product portfolio and spurred year-over-year growth in the third quarter.
  • #3 Huawei -- contract wins to provide its new higher capacity router to both domestic Chinese and international service providers drove year-over-year growth.
  • #4 Alcatel-Lucent -- held fourth place with sales of its first core routing product.

http://www.delloro.com/news/service-provider-core-router-market-rebounds-according-to-delloro-group#sthash.8dmcUAZi.dpuf

Monday, December 2, 2013

University of Florida Deploys Brocade 100 GbE Core Routers

The University of Florida is deploying Brocade MLXe Core Routers with 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) blades and Brocade ICX Switches in its core network connecting the institution's HiPerGator supercomputer and external research networks, such as Internet2. In the newly opened data center, the University of Florida consolidated three primary Campus Research Network (CRN) sites to two, resulting in a 200 GbE triangle configuration connection between the two sites and the gateway to Internet2.

"All high-energy physics researchers in the southeast United States use the University of Florida's network as a resource and all of the data flows through Brocade routers," said Erik Deumens, Ph.D., Director of Research Computing at the University of Florida. "The 100 GbE Brocade MLXe routers enable us to keep up with demands and are also what the campus needed to develop a clear technology roadmap supportive of software-defined networking (SDN)."

In addition to the 100 GbE network, the University of Florida is participating in an early field trial of the recently announced Brocade MLXe 40 GbE module and connecting the Brocade MLXe Core Routers with high-density Brocade ICX 6650 Switches that provide 40/10 GbE performance. Brocade said the resulting solution positions the university as a leading example of a campus deploying an SDN-ready 100 GbE network core with 40 GbE connectivity to the aggregation layer.

http://www.brocade.com

Monday, November 18, 2013

Compass-EOS Raises $42 Million for Silicon-Photonic Routers

Compass-EOS, a start-up based in Netanya, Israel, raised $42 million in a new round of venture funding for its next-gen silicon-to-photonics-based routers.

The company's silicon-to-photonics implementation, which it calls icPhotonics, simplifies router design by bringing the entire backplane on-chip.   The on–chip optical integration ensures QoS routing at high utilization rates and congestion-free multicast packet handling.

The company's first product, r10004, is a carrier-grade, modular platform offering 800 Gbps Capacity in a 6U enclosure.  It offers 2 x 100G ports or 20 x 10G ports with full Layer 3 routing functionality for core, peering or aggregation deployments. Compass-EOS launched its r10004 router in March 2013, announcing the commercial shipment of its icPhotonics-based routers.  NTT Communications and major research and education organizations, including CERNET, have successfully deployed the company’s routers.

The new funding round included participation of existing investors Comcast Ventures, Cisco, Pitango Venture Capital, Benchmark Capital, Northbridge Venture Partners and Marker LLC with a US-based Private Equity Fund and RUSNANO joining the round as new investors.  This brings the total of capital raised by Compass-EOS to $160 million, a record for total funds raised by an Israeli startup.

"Compass-EOS has an enormous market opportunity with the rapid growth of data services and online devices," said Gadi Bahat, CEO of Compass-EOS. "Our initial success with global network service providers has enabled Compass-EOS to raise considerable capital from leading investors around the world. We will continue to innovate while investing in customer support, sales and marketing, all of which are key elements for our future.”

http://compass-eos.com


  • Compass-EOS was founded in 2006 by Michael Laor, who previously was a Director of Engineering and Architecture of Cisco Systems, and Dr. Michael Mesh, who had been a co-founder and CTO of PacketLight Networks.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Belgium's Telenet Selects ALU's 7950 Core Router

Telenet, Belgium’s leading cable broadband provider, has selected Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) to meet the ever-expanding video and data demands of its customers.

Alcatel-Lucent said its 7950 XRS will prepare Telenet for the next decade of demand-growth from both residential and enterprise customers, supporting the explosion of video traffic created by high definition content, on-demand viewing and multi-screen delivery the widespread use of smart-phones and tablets, and the rapid adoption of ‘cloud’ applications.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Australia's Megaport Deploys Brocade MLXe Core Routers

Australia-based Megaport has selected Brocade's MLXe Core Routers will the goal of becoming a leading provider of network interconnection services across the Asia-Pacific region.   ASI Solutions serves as integrator for the project, which represents the first delivery of 100 Gbps network services in the region from Brocade.

Since its launch in July 2013, Megaport -- which currently extends to 18 major data centers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane -- has connected over 700 Gbps in bandwidth as customers embrace its groundbreaking solutions. With strong demand expected to continue, Megaport wants to lead the charge to roll out 100 Gbps network interconnection services across the entire Asia-Pacific region.

"We want to revolutionize the way communications networks connect," said Bevan Slattery, Chief Executive Officer, Megaport. "For too long the industry has been dominated by providers that are operating on legacy technology and are often bound by restrictive price models based on limited capacity. Megaport's offering is based on a massive interconnection fabric designed to allow providers to use a single physical Ethernet interface to seamlessly connect with other parties. We aim to make a significant positive impact towards the operating costs borne by network operators, content hosts and cloud service providers."

http://www.brocade.com

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cisco Positions Network Convergence System as SuperCore Fabric

+Cisco unveiled its flagship Network Convergence System (NCS) core routing fabric designed to bring scalability, open programmability, and IP/Optical integration to power the Internet of Everything.

The Cisco NCS family serves as network fabric and orchestration system uniting the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) and Aggregation Services Router (ASR) product lines.  It can be deployed as part of the Cisco ONE Service Provider Architecture, which embraces and extends SDN/NFV. The NCS family leverages several innovations:

Programmable Silicon: The NCS features the recently announced Cisco nPower X1 integrated network processor, which is also used in the CRS-X.  The nPower X1 packs 336 cores and 4 billion transistors on a single chip.  It also features new memory technology , the nPower X1 implementation achieves
unprecedented levels of performance, functionality, programmability and scale for a network processor.

Intelligent Convergence for Optimization and Simplification: The Cisco NCS converges IP and optical networks and is designed to seamlessly integrate with the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and the Dynamic Fabric Automation capabilities supported by Cisco's data center innovations. This convergence capability enables the NCS to act as a flexible foundational network fabric for an evolved programmable network, able to shift and redirect data center, core, edge and optical resources spontaneously and in real time, allowing service providers to accelerate service velocity while reducing overall complexity and operating costs.

Advanced Virtualization Capabilities: The NCS's element, system and architectural virtualization capabilities converge to enable the system to orchestrate services and resources across disparate physical, virtual and geographical elements as if they are part of a single unified system using Cisco Prime and Cisco Quantum solutions. The system's advanced virtualization features enable service providers to elastically scale up and down both network and compute resources, utilizing scalable multichassis configurations that can be managed as a single entity. If system scale is exceeded in one part of the network, the NCS moves control plane functions onto UCS servers in the data center, creating virtually unlimited control plane scale by capitalizing on the blade servers' processing.

The Cisco NCS family consists of three key components that can be managed as a single integrated system for business agility and simplified operations:

NCS 6000 -- the flagship router boasts the ability to transport up to 5 Tbps per slot and 1.2 Pbps per system.  By using its 100 Gbps,CMOS-based CPAK transceivers Cisco is delivering the first 1 Tbps line card. Each line card runs up to 1 Tbps throughput, using a mix of 10, 40, or 100 Gbps interfaces per card.  Significantly, the NCS 6000 will run virtualized IOS-XR instances while supporting hardware-enabled true zero-packet, zero-topology loss (ZPL/ZTL) In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU).  This will enable lossless software image updates.  Thanks to the CMOS silicon photonics and new network processor, Cisco said the NCS 6000 will achieve the lowest carbon footprint in service provider routing . The NCS 6000 is currently shipping.

NCS 4000 --  bridges the gap between the IP and optical layers with time division multiplexing (TDM), packet switching, and integrated DWDM functionality. It will support 400 Gbps per slot and 6.4 Terabits per system and be available in single, back-to-back, and multi-chassis configurations.  It will offer full optical channel data unit (ODU-0) level switching, with ports supporting SONET/SDH, Ethernet, and channelized OTN Full IP, MPLS, MPLS-Transport Profile (TP), and Carrier Ethernet switching, supporting 10 Gb, 40 Gb, and 100 Gb Ethernet interfaces with the option of OTN encapsulation. The NCS 4000 will be available in the first half of 2014.

NCS 2000 -- a DWDM transport platform that evolves the Cisco ROADM portfolio by introducing 96-channel nLight ROADM technology.  It offers touchless re-configurability through colorless, omni-directional, and contention-less add/drop, networks.  The NCS 2000 introduces hybrid Raman-EDFA amplifiers known as erbium doped Raman amplifiers (EDRA).  The NCS 2000 is currently shipping.

The three platforms are designed to work as a single, integrated system.

"The Cisco NCS was engineered with the programmability, intelligence and scalability to meet the demands of today and tomorrow.  The NCS delivers an evolved programmable network that will enable service providers to generate new revenue streams and business models, while delivering exciting new experiences to their customers," stated Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Cisco's Service Provider Networking Group.

Cisco named three early adopters for NCS:  BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1268183


Earlier this month, +Cisco unveiled its nPower X1 integrated network processor -- the first generation of a new line of custom-developed silicon designed for programmatically handling high volumes of transactions at high data rates.

Cisco said its nPower X1 is purpose-built for software-defined networking (SDN), enabling on-the-fly reprogramming for new levels of service agility and simplified network operation.  


Key features include:
  • 400 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) throughput to enable multi-terabit network performance.  All packet processing, traffic management and input/output functions are integrated on a single nPower X1 and operate at high performance and scale.
  • Highest-performing programmable control designed to seamlessly handle hundreds of millions of unique transactions per second.  The nPower's industry-leading processing architecture is purpose built for machine-driven events and ultra-high-definition video applications.
  • 4 billion transistors on a single chip for performance, functionality, programmability, and scale.
  • Enables solutions with eight times the throughput and one quarter the power per bit compared with Cisco's previous industry-leading network processor. 
In March 2013, Cisco introduced its 100 Gbps, CMOS-based transceiver technology  -- describing it as a breakthrough for the rollout of 100G services.
By integrating advanced optics in complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology, Cisco is able to significantly increase face-plate density for 100G pluggable optics.

The Cisco "CPAK" transceiver reduces space and power requirements by over 70 percent compared with alternative transceiver form factors, such as CFP. Future routing and switching line cards will also incorporate CPAK technology.




Monday, September 16, 2013

ZTE’s Announces Reconfigurable Terabit Router

ZTE announced a flexible reconfigurable terabit router for high-performance broadband networks.

The terabit router, which uses a custom chipset developed in-house, is designed to support a variety of line cards ranging from 10G up to 1 Tbps. The router's modular design will enable it to scale from 200G to 18T of total throughput. ZTE said its platform will achieve leading power-consumption performance of 0.8W/Gbps.

“Globally, it is becoming more important to deliver excellent value to customers, and help them achieve sustainable development of their businesses,” said Mr. Xu Ming, General Manager of ZTE’s Bearer Network Product Division. “The flexible reconfigurable terabit router offers industry-leading routing performance, and can drive improved efficiency and extend equipment life-span. The high flexibility and configurability of the router offers unprecedented scalability, and supports a wide range of service provisions as the network evolves.”

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201309/t20130916_405853.html 

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