Showing posts with label MPLS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MPLS. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Verizon Launches MPLS-based Direct Connect to AWS

Verizon Enterprise Solutions added Amazon Web Services (AWS) to its growing list of cloud services accessible via its Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) service, which runs over Verizon's MPLS-based Private IP network.

SCI with AWS Direct Connect is available immediately in Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley. London and three Asia-Pacific locations (Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo) are planned for late October.

Verizon SCI lets customers manage a multi-cloud environment with dynamic bandwidth allocation, application performance throughput, quality of service and usage-based billing.

http://www.verizonenterprise.com/news/2014/09/amazon-aws-cloud-interconnect-services

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

VMware vCloud Links Up to AT&T's MPLS-based NetBond

VMWare's hybrid vCloud Air service will be available via AT&T's Netbond virtual private networking starting in the first half of 2015.

AT&T NetBond is a highly secure private path between a customer's AT&T VPN and a cloud service provider, like HP. The service is automated through APIs and rides over AT&T MPLS network.

"VMware vCloud Air is unique in allowing customers to extend their existing applications seamlessly into the public cloud, using the same management and security capabilities they use in their on premises environments," said Bill Fathers, executive vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "By working with AT&T, our customers will be able to connect their existing sites to VMware vCloud Air using AT&T worldwide network in hours or minutes rather than the weeks required for traditional network connections."

"Secure, private and reliable connectivity to cloud services has been a key concern for businesses," said Jon Summers, SVP Growth Platforms, AT&T Business Solutions. "VMware vCloud Air with AT&T NetBond provides a pre-integrated network-enabled cloud, enhancing performance and flexibility by extending an AT&T VPN into VMware's hybrid cloud platform."

http://www.vmware.com
http://www.att.com

Monday, July 21, 2014

Algérie Télécom Upgrades MPLS Transport with Nokia and Juniper

Algérie Télécom, Algeria’s state-owned operator, has selected Nokia Networks to modernize its transport network with "Seamless MPLS".

Specifically, Nokia Networks Global Services will provide project management and network deployment of Juniper Networks' IP/MPLS platform.

Nokia Networks will also provide network planning, optimization and systems integration to ensure that the opeartor’s network can deliver the necessary throughput, latency and resiliency. A five-year contract also provides hardware, software and competence development services to protect Algérie Télécom’s capital investment.

Nokia Networks is also a supplier of LTE equipment to Algérie Télécom.

“This project underlines our resolve to deliver a truly differentiated customer experience to our subscribers,” said Azouaou Mehmel, president and CEO of Algérie Télécom Group. “We have complete faith in Nokia Networks’ capability to deliver on our vision due to its technical knowledge and extensive experience in similar implementations. Nokia Networks is a natural choice for this initiative that will stregthen our position as the operator of choice for Algerian subscribers.”

http://www.algerietelecom.dz/
http://nsn.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-connects-algerie-telecom-sites-with-all-ip-technology

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AT&T Delivers Global MPLS VPN for K+S

K+S, an international commodities company, has awarded a five-year contract to AT&T move K+S's current network infrastructure to AT&T's single global private network. This will enable K+S to connect its operations, comprising 200 locations in Europe, North and South America and Asia. AT&T will provide a primary MPLS-based VPN, complemented by a secondary Internet connection.

"It's clear that K+S wanted better visibility of its communications around the world.  And that's just what our strategic network services are designed to give them, providing them with a platform for supporting their future success," said Vice President, Germany and Central Europe, AT&T, Joachim Kathmann.

http://www.att.com

Monday, July 14, 2014

Whirlpool's Hybrid Cloud Integrates IBM Softlayer Servers with AT&T NetBound

Whirlpool is transitioning from an on-premise hosting environment to a globally integrated cloud model that combines IBM's Softlayer infrastructure with AT&T Netbond private network access.

Whirlpool chose to deploy a SoftLayer Infrastructure on bare metal servers. IBM Cloud Managed Services and AT&T NetBond are foundational elements for the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environment

"As a global organization that operates in almost every country in the world, we needed to find a way to grow our capacity to store and track business-critical data and address compliance activities to respond to market dynamics more quickly," said Whirlpool Vice President of IT Operations and Security Alan Douville. "Based on our longstanding relationship with IBM, IBM Cloud and SoftLayer Infrastructure served as an opportunity to continue to drive transformation within our business and migrate mission-critical workloads securely to a cloud environment and provide us with the flexibility to respond faster to issues that impact our business."

"Coupling our integrated approach and industry-specific expertise with solutions like IBM Cloud Managed Services and SoftLayer provide our clients with the means to quickly differentiate themselves in crowded and increasingly competitive markets," said IBM Cloud Services General Manger James Comfort. "Our ongoing work with Whirlpool is providing the company with robust scalability and enterprise-grade cloud capabilities that are best suited for its long-term requirements.

http://www.ibm.com/cloud

https://www.synaptic.att.com/clouduser/html/productdetail/ATT_NetBond.htm

  • AT&T NetBond uses a software-defined and virtual connection that runs over AT&T’s MPLS core backbone. On its website, AT&T says NetBond will be able to provide coordinated, on-demand provisioning of private network connectivity and cloud compute resources for accommodating dynamic workload distribution across a customer’s hybrid cloud.  It features a pay-as-you-go pricing model with a minimum commitment.

Monday, May 12, 2014

AT&T's NetBond Links Customer VPNs Directly to Salesforce

AT&T customers will soon be able to link their Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) directly to Salesforce cloud services.

AT&T's NetBond capability will connect to Salesforce services directly from an AT&T MPLS VPN from any location on the private network. AT&T said its NetBond is designed to match the simplicity and elasticity of cloud computing services like Salesforce.

“The addition of choice in how users connect to Salesforce is game changing for enterprise customers who need high performing and reliable access to industry-leading cloud services,” said Andy Geisse, CEO, AT&T Business Solutions. “This is an important addition to our growing AT&T NetBond ecosystem and will further accelerate enterprise cloud adoption.”

AT&T highlighted the following advantages for NetBond:

  • Simple: Seamlessly works with existing AT&T VPN through APIs creating an automated experience; no additional equipment or access lines required to order or manage. 
  • Savings: Network elasticity that automatically flexes with the needs of the cloud service; companies can save as much as 60 percent on networking costs. 
  • Performance: Delivers as much as 50 percent lower latency and 3x availability when compared to the public Internet. 
  • Protection: Isolates traffic going directly to cloud platforms using the AT&T private global network, providing additional protections from risks such as DDoS attacks. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Infinera and Telefónica Demo Network-as-a-Service Powered by SDN

Infinera and Telefónica are demonstrating Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) in a multi-layer environment using a software defined networking (SDN) approach. The collaboration highlighted the power of an open SDN approach and how it can unleash the innovation of a carrier like Telefónica.

As a first step in the collaboration, Telefónica developed its own multi-layer IETF-based Application Based Network Operations (ABNO) controller which included the path computation functions to control both the IP/MPLS layer as well as the Infinera transport layer. Telefónica was then able to rapidly integrate their ABNO controller with Infinera’s programmable SDN Open Transport Switch (OTS) running in conjunction with Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Network platforms leveraging both the OpenFlow protocol and Infinera’s RESTful application programming interface (API).

Telefónica also integrated the ABNO controller with a brand name router to support multi-layer integration. In aggregate, this SDN demonstration allowed end users to define MPLS services from a single screen, resulting in the dynamic allocation and configuration of associated networking resources at both the IP/MPLS layer and the transport layer.  With the speed and automation NaaS delivers, service providers can deploy services faster, more efficiently, and at lower cost.

Specifically this demonstration illustrated:

  • How SDN can allow service providers like Telefónica to unleash their creativity and innovation to develop new multi-layer services rapidly and free from the constraints of proprietary operating systems and traditional element management systems.
  • An SDN control framework based on IETF’s ABNO proposal and its ability to be implemented to support the orchestration and provisioning of services across a multi-vendor, multi-layer IP/MPLS and optical transport network.
  • A working prototype controller developed by Telefónica using multi-layer PCE for networking Layers 1 and 3, demonstrating how SDN technologies and a logically centralized control plane approach can help realize dynamic NaaS capabilities on carrier backbones.
  • Infinera’s Open Transport Switch, a lightweight Web 2.0 software construct that abstracts and virtualizes the underlying transport network resources so they can be easily programmed via a controller. The purpose-built design of OTS for SDN solutions is to enable rapid innovation, in contrast to other transport solutions that repurpose large and heavyweight Element Management Systems (EMS) in their SDN implementations.
  • NaaS and its ability to enable network operators to offer user-initiated connectivity services to multiple customers on top of a common physical infrastructure, empowering the customer to request bandwidth services as needed, without manual intervention. 

"This demonstration with Infinera is the type of research and development that puts us on the forefront of testing new technologies that continually reduce deployment time, the number of manual operations, and deliver more dynamic connections on our network," said Víctor López, responsible for SDN transport innovation activities in Telefónica I+D/GCTO.

"By working closely with the advanced research center at Telefónica I+D we are able to keep our finger on the pulse of network operator requirements for next-generation transport networks,” said Chris Liou, vice president, network strategy at Infinera. “These Network-as-a-Service demonstrations highlight an application for software defined networks that is gaining traction with global carriers."

http://www.infinera.com
http://www.telefonica.com

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Telstra Global Expands MPLS Network

Telstra Global activated new MPLS Points-of-Presence (PoPs) in Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and Chicago.

The company's MPLS network now offers more than 1,900 POPs worldwide, including 377 PoPs in Europe and 341 PoPs in the United States.

Telstra Global's Network Operations Centre proactively monitors the new PoPs and associated infrastructure via the Customer Control Centre – a unified portal interface designed to enhance communications between Telstra Global and its customers particularly during times of issue resolution and performance management.

http://www.telstraglobal.com/

Monday, January 20, 2014

Verizon Adds MPLS Nodes in 10 Countries

Verizon announced the extension of its IP/MPLS network in ten additional countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Madagascar, Mauritius and Tunisia. Additional POPs were added in Chennai, India, and another one in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Verizon's Private IP capabilities now reach more than 150 countries and territories.

“We go where our customers grow,” said Mike Palmer, vice president of strategic solutions, Verizon product strategy and product management. “As our Private IP customers invest and locate in new areas, we are committed to meet the increased network requirements. To stay ahead of our customers’ needs, we’ll continue to add new locations and provide reliable, secure and scalable network services that enable our customers to successfully grow their businesses.”

http://www.verizon.com

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies IP/MPLS for Colombia's Lazus

Alcatel-Lucent will supply its IP/MPLS solution to Lazus, a telecommunications operator working under the model carrier to carriers in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.

The IP/MPLS solution, to be deployed for metro networks in nine Colombian cities this year, will deliver high-bandwidth, high-performance mobile backhaul and wholesale metropolitan services for IPTV and Triple Play, business and cloud service providers.

Lazus plans to use Alcatel-Lucent's converged IP/MPLS to provide continuous nationwide 2G, 3G and 4G-enabled services for subscribers of their service provider customers in the Colombian cities of Bogota, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Sincelejo, Monteria, Bucaramanga, Cali and Popayan. The deployment includes the 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS), 7705 Service Aware Router (SAR) and 7210 Service Access Switch (SAS), as well as advanced network management and network planning tools, and professional services.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://www.lazus.com/

Monday, December 16, 2013

Juniper to Acquire WANDL for Multi-layer Planning Software

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire WANDL, a supplier of software solutions for advanced planning, management, design and optimization of next-generation multi-layer networks, for approximately $60 million.

WANDL, which is based in Piscataway, NJ, offers a solutions for advanced network analysis, simulation, optimization, capacity planning and management of IP and MPLS networks as well as network solutions for ATM, PNNI/HPNNI, Frame Relay, TDM, Optical Transport, and Voice networks.  Its IP/MPLSView is a multi-vendor, multi-protocol, and multi-layer Traffic Management and Traffic Engineering solution for IP and/or MPLS networks.

Juniper said the acquisition brings proven technology and deep experience in traffic engineering, multi-layer optimization and path computation, which will help its service provider customers optimize the performance and cost of their networks.

The WANDL team will continue to be headquartered in New Jersey, joining forces with Juniper Networks OpenLab, The Junos® Center for Innovation.

"WANDL, Inc. is a long-time Technology Alliance partner that brings to Juniper a track record of innovation and extensive experience in optimizing network infrastructure. As our service provider customers continue to focus on finding ways to address the proliferation of mobile, video, cloud computing and other data-intensive services, they will benefit from WANDL's capabilities to design and manage networks more easily and cost efficiently, at any scale. We look forward to working together to grow WANDL's core business and continue offering enhanced value for our customers," stated Daniel Hua, senior vice president and general manager, Routing Business Unit, Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net
http://www.wandl.com

Thursday, December 5, 2013

AT&T and Bharti Airtel Sign MPLS Network Agreement

AT&T and Bharti Airtel signed a Network-to-Network Interconnect (NNI) agreement that will give AT&T customers access to more than 100 cities across India via Bharti Airtel’s more than 130 MPLS-enabled IP Network nodes.

AT&T previously operated 8 MPLS network nodes in India (Delhi / National Capital Region, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad).

http://www.att.com

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Telstra Launches Network Services In India

Telstra Global is now offering International Private Line (IPL), Ethernet Private Line (EPL) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) services via international gateways installed at Mumbai and Chennai.

Two key new product lines available to customers in India are:

IPL Services -- dedicated point-to-point links between two key business locations, ensuring security and reliability of voice, video and data communications. Telstra Global’s IPL offering enables customers to control and manage their own networking routing, protocols and security. There is a wide range of bandwidth options available for this service.

EPL Service -- Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) certified global EPL service that enables customers to expand their networks in small and cost-effective increments. Delivered over Telstra’s cable infrastructure using SDH technology, the global EPL service operates at the OSI model layer 2, enabling customers to retain control of their own networking routing and to manage their own security.

The network services will feature mesh network architecture, with Points-of-Presence (PoPs) in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and virtual PoPs in Pune and Kolkata. Both Mumbai and Chennai will act as dual international gateways out of India.

http://www.telstraglobal.com/our-solutions/network-solutions

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Infonetics: Ethernet and IP/MPLS Continue Growth

Ethernet service revenue, including retail and wholesale, increased 13% worldwide in 2012, and is expected to grow to $56 billion by 2017, according to a new report from Infonetics.

Meanwhile, layer 2 and layer 3 IP MPLS VPN service revenue grew 8% in 2012, and is also on a healthy growth trajectory.

With employees increasingly accessing corporate networks from personal devices for both business and personal use for apps like Facebook and private email, organizations are turning to less expensive IP and Ethernet services to cost-effectively deal with surging network traffic,” says Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research.  "The BYOD trend is adding to the already-pervasive use of networks based on Ethernet and IP/MPLS from the home, office and road, and will help drive a cumulative $374 billion to be spent on Ethernet and IP/MPLS VPN services from 2013 to 2017."

Some other highlights of the report:

  • Mobile backhaul transport’s transition to IP/Ethernet continues: today over 94% of mobile backhaul spending is on IP/Ethernet equipment.
  • The fastest growing Ethernet service revenue opportunities are in the >1G–100G segments.
  • Asia Pacific and Latin America are expected to make up the largest share of IP MPLS VPN services revenue through 2017, due to population and GDP growth, and increasing use of broadband and mobile in South America.

http://www.infonetics.com

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sprint Ties CSC CloudCompute to its Global MPLS Network

Sprint launched a CloudCompute infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution that integrates CSC’s virtualized, utility-based cloud computing solution with its Sprint Global MPLS network.

Sprint said its "cloud-aware" Global MPLS network is congestion-free, designed for low latency and jitter needed for critical, real-time business applications. It offers Class of Service (CoS) at no additional charge to eliminate bottlenecks in a customer’s network through prioritization. Application performance is optimized through network-based Quality of Service (QoS), and Sprint’s comprehensive service level agreements enable full support of any and all enterprise cloud applications.

“Sprint has a long history of providing comprehensive, integrated solutions,” said Mike Fitz, vice president-Wireline and Solutions Engineering, Sprint. “Companies can rely on Sprint as their single source for all their networking needs, which now includes cloud computing solutions. Investing in the network is critical to a company’s cloud strategy and success. Sprint’s all-IP network has the flexibility, scalability and reliability required to meet the performance demands of cloud applications.”

http://convergence.sprint.com/cloudcompute.aspx?ECID=vanity:cloudcompute

Friday, April 12, 2013

IX Reach Opens in Telecity's Docklands Data Center

IX Reach, which operates an MPLS network reaching over 75 data centers in 30 major cities across Europe and North America, has opend its Global Carrier Centre in TelecityGroup’s Harbour Exchange (HEX) facility in the heart of the London Docklands.

Telecity's Docklands facility boasts over 150 global and local carriers, making it one of the most carrier dense colocation facilities in London.

Tenants of the Global Carrier Centre will have low-latency Metro access to over 20 London data centres, as well as IX Reach’s full range of products and services including: national and international Point-to-Point and Multipoint connectivity and access to major European and US Internet Exchanges, such as: AMS-IX, DE-CIX, Equinix, LINX and Netnod.

“London colocation has enjoyed a history of being a popular service of ours,” Stephen Wilcox, founder and Director of IX Reach commented. “With London being one of the main European economic and networking hubs, quality colocation is always in demand and that’s why we’re so pleased to have a considerable amount of new space in this high-spec Docklands data centre.”

http://www.ixreach.com/2013/04/global-carrier-centre/

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sunrise Telecom Adds OAM and MPLS-TP Test Capabilities


Sunrise Telecom has aded OAM (Operations, Administration and Management) and MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) capabilities to its RxT Smart Productivity Test Platform. The new features, which are integrated into the RxT 10GE module, enable service providers to successfully and efficiently deploy and maintain advanced Carrier Ethernet services such as LTE, IPTV and mobile backhaul.

The OAM features of the RxT 10GE include connectivity check messages, Ethernet loopback, and link trace generation and analysis. For testing cell site Ethernet backhaul and Ethernet business services, the RxT 10GE supports CFM testing based on IEEE 802.1ag and ITU Y.1731 standards.

The RxT 10GE also now features testing of MPLS-TP services, an emerging Layer 2 transport technology, to verify that MPLS-TP services are properly configured for end-to-end OAM. Customer and control plane data verification is seamlessly included in the RxT 10GE module which means MPLS-TP and SLA verification can be determined simultaneously, increasing the efficiency of both installation and network troubleshooting.

http://www.sunrisetelecom.com/products/rxt_10ge.php

Monday, March 4, 2013

XO's Intelligent WAN Combines MPLS IP-VPN, Security and App Monitoring

XO Communications launched a new Intelligent WAN service that combines MPLS IP-VPN, network security and applications performance monitoring in one unified solution.

The new XO Intelligent WAN service is aimed at cloud-centric connectivity requiring end-to-end visibility of the performance of applications across the network.  Three key capabilities include:

Intelligent Networking: Connect offices, data centers and branch locations while unifying employees, suppliers, and customers with seamless access to applications and services leveraging the intelligent networking capabilities of XO MPLS IP-VPN. This private, application-aware network service enables IT and network staff to prioritize applications and network traffic and build a more scalable network infrastructure that can easily add new locations and services with the intelligent routing capabilities of MPLS.

Integrated Network Security: Monitor network threats and provide secure access to the network with round-the-clock surveillance and unified threat management capabilities of the XO Intelligent WAN’s integrated Hosted Security. With network security hosted in the XO cloud and fully integrated with the enterprise WAN, organizations can more cost-effectively provide network security for each location as well as implement uniform security policies across the network with robust firewall, web and content filtering, and secure remote access capabilities.

End-to-End Visibility of Application Performance: Get real-time application performance insights that help IT and network staff monitor application performance and end user experience with the XO

"Increasingly, the executive suite is seeing the network as creating business value and being central to achieving business objectives. The XO Intelligent WAN can help IT and network staff plan better for tomorrow’s business environment by providing greater agility for exploiting market opportunities, delivering on customer-centric principles, and conquering the two biggest barriers to cloud services adoption: security and application performance," stated Don MacNeil, Chief Marketing Officer, XO Communications.

http://www.xo.com/about/news/Pages/554.aspx

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

EarthLink Offers Private MPLS Access for Cloud Services

EarthLink is introducing a Data Center Connect option that enables clients to leverage the EarthLink private MPLS network to access the cloud by interconnecting one or more sites to EarthLink SSAE 16 SOC 2 compliant data centers.

The Data Center Connect service ensures that the client's application traffic between the data center and the MPLS network is protected by redundant paths and infrastructure, enhancing service availability and improving the value derived from each cloud-based service. EarthLink said its Data Center Connect service also offers a special burst on demand option that can double the port speed on demand, delivering network flexibility that scales when needed.

The EarthLink Data Center Connect  service honors Service Level Agreements (SLAs) up to the full burst bandwidth, ensuring that the bandwidth is always available and Class of Service policies are fully supported. Every EarthLink MPLS connection includes 10 Mbps of bandwidth to a data center, allowing customers to build out their cloud infrastructure on a phased basis, adding additional bandwidth as needed.

http://www.earthlinkbusiness.com/products/mpls.xea

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

AT&T Supplies MPLS-VPN for Canada's Dorel


AT&T has been selected by Dorel Industries to connect more than 40 offices and integrate its worldwide operations and multiple divisions. AT&T will interconnect sites in North America, Europe and Asia through AT&T MPLS-enabled Virtual Private Network (VPN) to enhance employee collaboration and productivity, providing access to shared resources across the organization. 

Dorel is based in Montreal, Canada. Its branded products include Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bebe Confort in Juvenile, as well as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse and SUGOI in Recreational/Leisure.

AT&T's network is also helping Dorel converge its three operating segments worldwide – Juvenile, Recreational/Leisure and Home Furnishings – offering a secure and reliable environment for voice and data applications.

http://www.att.com