Showing posts with label Packet Systems. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Packet Systems. Show all posts

Monday, November 9, 2015

Advantech Debuts Platforms with Intel Xeon Processor D-1500s

Advantech unveiled a series of platforms based on the new Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family and scaling from Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMC) and Versatile Server Modules (VSM) to Carrier Grade servers and Network Security appliances, all the way to high density, highly available blade server platforms for NFV and Edge Computing. Use

The Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family offers a range of cores for performance scalability, 128MB of memory and dual Intel Ethernet 10GbE ports, and enables services to be delivered with high reliability, availability, and serviceability.

Versatile Server Module - the MIC-8304 VSM is the first member of a family of Server-on-a-Module platforms. VSMs allow for simplified integration of the latest, high performance Intel processors into equipment such as small cells, base stations, carrier Ethernet and demarcation boxes to add service capabilities. By running the same VNFs that run in the core network, VSM is a key element of what Advantech terms as NFV elasticity. The tailored, rich feature set also makes VSMs an ideal choice for control plane applications in telecom as well as enterprise networking. Advantech has demonstrated the use of the VSM in a wide range of equipment such as a cloud control node inside its new Packetarium™ XLc system, as a server node inside an SDN-enabled Top-of-Rack Switch and adapted for use by Equipment Providers to add service capabilities based on NFV technologies to existing legacy platforms amongst others.

1U mid-range network appliance - the FWA-3260 brings robust performance into a cost and feature optimized 1U platform for network security and other enterprise networking applications. With the scalability of the new Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family it also enables cost efficient solutions in new applications such as software defined WAN (SD-WAN) and virtualized Enterprise CPE (vE-CPE). A vCPE variant of the appliance is under preparation as a vCPE demonstrator platform with pre-integrated Intel® Open Network Platform (Intel ONP) Server-compliant NFV middleware and 3rd party VNFs from select members of the Intel Network Builders ecosystem.

1U Carrier Grade Server - the CGS-3010 based on the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family offers a single processor option for customers looking for the best price/performance ratio with balanced compute and I/O expandability. The server has been designed to support two full-height, full-length PCIe cards at high TDP fitting applications that need both server-class performance and a sophisticated PCIe subsystem.

Packetarium XLc PAC-6009 Carrier Grade Blade Server and NFVI - accommodates the maximum density of compute available in a 400mm deep 6U carrier-grade chassis. It is a highly scalable platform for deploying Intel Atom processor, Intel Xeon E5 processor and Intel Xeon Processor D-1500-based blades designed for the most demanding NFV workloads. For media processing and content handling needs, it offers a flexible infrastructure for the addition of video acceleration hardware providing unprecedented video encoding capabilities. The system's 400W per RU power footprint enables deployment in industry standard 19" racks. The PAC-6009 chassis incorporates a highly versatile and modular design with 9 front slots to host 9 single or dual node Intel Xeon processor-based blades. Generic compute blades run application workloads (VNFs) while dedicated cloud control nodes provide orchestration and virtual infrastructure management functions. Cloud storage nodes for content caching and nodes optimized for media and image processing are in preparation. Built-in high availability features and the high compute density achievable at rack-level make the PAC-6009 a perfect fit for scale-out data plane workloads as well as mission critical control plane gear.

Intel Xeon Processor D-1500-based compute blades are available for the Packetarium XLc in single or dual node SKUs. The MIC-8304C node blade is based on a single 8- or 16-core Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 with additional on-board SSD storage while the MIC-8303C is a dual node blade equipped with two 8- or 16-core Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 series CPUs. The MIC-8304C and MIC-8303C extend the range of available blades and complement the MIC-8302C node blade based on a single Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 with up to 14 cores.

Processor AMC - the MIC-5604C is designed to upgrade legacy equipment to the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family, enabling higher performance compute and LAN speeds. Processor AMC's are broadly used as control plane and service processors in ATCA switches and many bespoke network equipment designs.

"The Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family enables robust levels of performance and integration for enterprise, data center and telecom networking equipment alike," said Peter Marek, senior director x86 solutions, Advantech Networks & Communications Group. "The processors offer a foundation for platforms that can be used in various deployment scenarios and that scale from access, edge to core, from small to corporate offices and data centers. Our full range of products announced today will not only bring significant CAPEX and OPEX savings to equipment providers and carriers, but will allow them to capitalize on innovative technologies using an NFVI-on-a-module approach, using stand-alone appliances and servers for legacy and virtualized premise equipment, and leverage carrier-grade blade servers optimized for best-in-class compute density at rack level. With support for Intel QuickAssist technology across the product range, even greater efficiencies can be achieved for use cases requiring support for security protocols like IPsec or support for compression/decompression."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Load DynamiX Raises $12 Million for Storage Performance Test

Load DynamiX, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced a $12 million round of funding to support its storage performance validation solutions. The company develops tools to understand the performance of flash and hybrid storage systems under load.  The funding was led by HighBar Partners.

In 2013, Load DynamiX expanded its focus to enterprise IT and cloud service providers.  The company recently released the Load DynamiX Enterprise Series solutions that combine advanced storage workload modeling and extreme load generation into an integrated 2RU appliance.

The company’s enhanced product line now provides deep storage infrastructure insight that enables IT managers and architects to optimize the performance, availability and cost of their networked storage infrastructures.

“Storage architects and engineers are demanding a new level of insight into their infrastructure as they migrate to an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model for their public and private clouds. In order to meet their performance, availability and cost objectives, new storage systems and technologies, including flash storage, must be tested, analyzed and validated before production deployment,” said Philippe Vincent, CEO of Load DynamiX. “Our storage workload modeling and performance validation appliances are the only way to properly plan and deploy these new storage technologies without the risk of unpredictable response times, unplanned outages and uncontrolled over-investment in equipment.”

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Blueprint Tutorial: SDN and NFV for Optimizing Carrier Networks, Part II

By Raghu Kondapalli, Director of Strategic Planning at LSI

This is the second article in a two-part series. The first article, which discussed the drivers, benefits and trends of unified datacenter-carrier networks, and introduced SDN and NFV technology, is available here.

This article provides some examples of how SDN and NFV can be applied to various segments of a carrier network, and how the functions of a traditional carrier network can be offloaded to a virtualized datacenter to improve end-to-end performance.

Application of SDN and NFV to a Unified Datacenter-Carrier Network

With roots in voice, carrier networks are connection-oriented, while datacenter networks, with roots in data, utilize connectionless protocols. Carriers wanting to fully integrate its datacenter(s) will, therefore, need a common set of protocols. Possible choices include VxLAN (Virtual Extensible LAN) and NvGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation), which are both extensible and scalable with the ability to support thousands of virtual machines (VMs), as well as tunneling protocols, such as IPSec, which can be used to establish end-to-end virtual private networks (VPNs).

In addition to these well-known protocol-level techniques, network-level abstraction based on SDN similarly enables the integration of datacenter and carrier networks. Here are two examples.

Offloading of network control functions to a centralized datacenter using SDN

Control plane components, such as discovery and dissemination of network state, can be decoupled and executed in a centralized datacenter using commodity servers. Centralizing the control plane has the advantage of providing an end-to-end network state view, and enables the network operator to allocate hardware resource pools based on different application needs. Centralizing the control plane also enables the network operator to use standard APIs to monitor and manage the network, and to provision the network according to changing conditions, such as the number of active subscribers.

Offloading of network application software to a virtualized datacenter using SDN

SDN’s centralized control platform for managing hardware resources also supports the virtualization and execution of core applications in one or more datacenters. For a “software-on-demand” capability, for example, a network operator could designate core application software to run on any hardware platform in any datacenter that provides the required processing capacity. Or to provide LTE services in a certain city, the operator might program serving gateway (SGW) or mobility management entity (MME) software to run on a local platform. A major benefit of having network services being fully abstracted is that the operator need not manage the underlying hardware.

Application of SDN and NFV to Carrier Network Segments

Carrier networks are composed of access networks, transport or backhaul networks, and core networks as shown in Figure 6. Note the use of both connection-oriented (Time Division Multiplexing and Asynchronous Transfer Mode) and connectionless (IP) networks end-to-end across the infrastructure.

Applying virtualization schemes based on SDN and NFV enables the entire carrier network to run on a common, commodity and multi-purpose hardware resource pool. This reduces network cost and complexity significantly, which also simplifies network management. By leveraging centralized control and virtualized hardware platforms, core applications share a common hardware pool that improves both scalability and resource utilization. The use of virtualized resource pools can also enable new services and upgrades to be implemented in many cases without costly hardware upgrades.

Figure 7 shows a conceptual view of the SDN-based carrier network. Note how the hardware platform is decoupled from the software platform, and how this enables different cellular technologies to run as virtualized network elements concurrently and independently of any specific hardware platform.

Application of SDN and NFV to Core Networks

Mobile core networks consist of network elements that reside between connection-oriented radio access networks (RANs) and connectionless backbone networks, including the Internet, that employ packet switching. Core networks now also need to support a growing variety of cellular technologies, including 3G, LTE and 4G—all concurrently. The underlying core network functions, such as packet forwarding, as well as control tasks, such as mobility management, session handling and security, are implemented today using dedicated network elements.

Consider, for example, an SGW that forwards packets and an MME that is responsible for activation or authentication in an LTE network. Because these functions are typically executed on common and proprietary hardware platforms, they are visible to one another, resulting in management, resource sharing and security problems. Abstraction with SDN enables the use of commodity hardware, while also mitigating the management, resource sharing and security issues.

Another example is shown in Figure 8. In this example, dedicated application software, which implements network functions for each dedicated core network element like MME or Gateway and Serving GPRS Support Nodes (GGSN and SGSN), can be virtualized and centralized with SDN to run in a private cloud, on virtualized commercial server platforms, or on multi-vendor, non-proprietary hardware.

Application of SDN and NFV to Carrier Access Networks

Subscribers interface with the carrier network via basestation nodes in the RAN, as shown in Figure 6. Owing to the explosion in mobile device adoption and mobile data usage worldwide, the RAN must now be optimized to address these challenges:

  • rapid increase in the number of more closely-spaced base stations needed to cover a given area with LTE eNodeB deployments
  • relatively low basestation utilization with relatively high power consumption
  • similarly low utilization of RF bandwidth resulting from RF interference and limited network capacity in a multi-standard environment
Virtualization of resources in a basestation based on SDN and NFV holds tremendous promise for confronting these and other challenges. As shown in Figure 9, the virtualized real-time operating system and the multiple, multi-standard basestation instances run on top of resource pools, which have been allocated from the physical processing resources. The virtualized operating system dynamically allocates the processing resources based on each virtualized basestation’s changing requirements. Virtualization also enables different basestation instances using different standards and different application software to be provisioned dynamically through resource reconfigurations performed exclusively in software.

Under an SDN architecture, basestation pools with high-bandwidth, low-latency interconnects can be centralized to form virtualized “basestation clouds.” A centralized control plane, which has a global view of all physical processing resources throughout the cloud, enables network operators to program basestation processing tasks for different standards. For example, operators can deploy 3G or 4G RANs by programming different virtual basestations, and then adjust the capacity of each, all through software reconfigurations.

Figure 10 shows an implementation of such a “Cloud-based RAN” (C-RAN) architecture that has been proposed by China Mobile (CMCC). The wireless remote radios connect to a cloud-based, virtualized basestation cluster, which can be implemented using SDN running on heterogeneous hardware processors.

Application of SDN and NFV to Carrier Transport Networks

The transport network in a wireless infrastructure serves as the backhaul network connecting the basestations in the access network to the core network. Transport networks can utilize many different technologies, including SONET, TDM, carrier Ethernet and IP, each of which exhibits different operating characteristics. For example, TDM has a simple operational model characterized by static routes and traffic flows across the network’s centralized control. By contrast, the IP network operational model routes traffic packet-by-packet across the network under distributed network control.

SDN is able to combine these different networking technologies in a way that leverages their respective strengths; in the example above, the simplicity of static network routing is combined with the flexibility and economic advantages of IP. This is possible because SDN decouples the network control and traffic-forwarding functions, thereby eliminating any interdependencies. For this reason, a distributed transport network element is able to support both static routes and dynamic traffic flows.


The telecommunications industry today, fueled by exploding growth in mobile subscribers and data usage, is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. As a result, service providers are under enormous pressure to deploy new value-added services while lowering costs to remain competitive. To achieve these objectives, carriers are integrating datacenters into their networks to create a more versatile and affordable unified datacenter-carrier network model.

Service providers also need to increase average revenue per user (ARPU) while reducing capital and operational expenditures through hardware consolidation, network resource optimization and ease-of-service deployment. Virtualization is a proven technology that has been adopted universally in datacenters to enhance resource utilization and scalability. By extending virtualization principles to the carrier infrastructure, service providers can optimize the unified datacenter-carrier network end-to-end and top-to-bottom.

Software-defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization enable this versatility in all three segments of a carrier network. SDN enables network functions and applications to leverage virtualized datacenter resources, while a combination of SDN and NFV enables carriers to deploy and scale innovative services more cost-effectively than ever before.

 Raghu Kondapalli is director of technology focused on Strategic Planning and Solution Architecture for the Networking Solutions Group of LSI Corporation.

Kondapalli brings a rich experience and deep knowledge of the cloud-based, service provider and enterprise networking business, specifically in packet processing, switching and SoC architectures.

Most recently he was a founder and CTO of cloud-based video services company Cloud Grapes Inc., where he was the chief architect for the cloud-based video-as-a-service solution.  Prior to Cloud Grapes, Kondapalli led technology and architecture teams at AppliedMicro, Marvell, Nokia and Nortel. Kondapalli has about 25 patent applications in process and has been a thought leader behind many technologies at the companies where he has worked.

Kondapalli received a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Osmania University in India and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Metaswitch Announces Support Service for Legacy Class 5 Switches

Metaswitch Networks has extended its technology service and support to include a range of legacy Class 5 switches. The service targets the DMS-10 and DMS-100 families of switches (originally manufactured by Nortel Networks and acquired by Genband) and the 5ESS Class 5 switches (made by Western Electric, which became part of Alcatel-Lucent).

Metaswitch said its service for these switches will include 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year “Level 3” support to assist service provider network operation center (NOC) employees managing day-to-day operations. The company continues to encourage network migration for all service providers.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Procera's PacketLogic 8960 Policy Enforcement Platform Packs 7 0Gbps Throughput

Procera Networks introduced its PacketLogic 8960, a 2RU flexible Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) appliance for network deployments supporting high-density subscriber scenarios.The PacketLogic 8960 supports up to 70 Gbps of network traffic throughput accessible through 6 modular I/O slots supporting up to 12 x 10GE or 24 x 1GE channels. It supports up to three million active subscribers and 20 million active flows, with the ability to enforce policy on all concurrent flows in the system.

Procera said its new PL8960 is designed for both larger fixed broadband service provider deployments where traffic is aggregated and analyzed at the edge of the network, requiring high I/O density in a small form factor, and in the core network of more geographically compact service providers. The PL8960 is also ideally suited to LTE network deployments where mobile operators need dispersed, small footprint configurations that quickly and economically scale to millions of users as LTE coverage expands to support subscriber expansion.

"With the introduction of the PL8960, Procera Networks once again sets a new industry benchmark for implementing IPE capabilities that brings chassis-level scale, performance, and reliability into a space and energy efficient appliance form factor," said Cam Cullen, vice president of Global Marketing for Procera Networks. "Our new PL8960 is a natural evolution of our highly regarded PL8920 platform that has been widely deployed by both fixed broadband service providers and mobile operators worldwide."

Monday, September 23, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent Adds Long-Haul Microwave Packet Radio System

Alcatel-Lucent introduced its 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) long-haul system for areas where fiber is too costly or difficult to deploy.

The 9500 MPR long-haul system is designed to offer a smooth transition from TDM and hybrid microwave networks while providing a path to 10G capacity between microwave towers. It is ETSI-optimized to meet deployment requirements in Europe and other parts of the world.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Riverbed Appliance Combines Application+ Network Performance Mgt

Riverbed Technology introduced a single appliance with integrated application aware network performance management (aaNPM) and application performance management (APM) capabilities.

The solution, which represents a milestone in the integration of the Riverbed Cascade and OPNET product families, provides end-to-end performance management from deep dive packet and network analysis through application transactions and end user experience (EUE). The goal is to ensure consistent and reliable application performance as enterprises virtualize their data centers, consolidate branch offices, and support more mobile end users.

The new AppResponse Xpert 6000 appliance is targeted at high-performance application infrastructures. It provides the storage and high-speed analysis needed to keep up with higher speed networks and to retain packet data longer. It processes and writes to disk at up to 2x10Gbps line rates and provides 48TB of packet storage, expandable to 264TB.

Riverbed is also introducing a Shark module for AppResponse Xpert, thereby integrating application transaction analysis and deep network intelligence in a single view.

  • Riverbed completed its acquisition of OPNET Technologies in December 2012.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A10 Networks Intros Entry-level Application Delivery Controller

A10 Networks announced its new entry-level A10 Thunder Series, extending its family of Unified Application Service Gateways (UASGs) to small/medium business and enterprise customers.

The 1-RU appliance delivers Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and Server Load Balancing (SLB) functionality for optimization and acceleration, full Layer 4-7 support, scalability and availability. Additional advanced modules include Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) and Application Delivery Partitions (ADPs) for multi-tenancy through virtualization to enable more applications and more services.  It also integrates home-grown services including a Web Application Firewall (WAF) for website protection, DNS Application Firewall (DAF) for DNS infrastructure protection, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection for next-generation attack mitigation, SSL Intercept (SI) to inspect encrypted traffic and Application Access Management (AAM) for pre-authentication.
The A10 Thunder 930 – Entry-level UASG supports 200,000 connections per second (CPS), 5 Gbps of application throughput, and up to 16 million concurrent sessions.  Hardware highlights include 2 x 10-Gigabit ports (SFP+), 6 x 1-Gigabit Copper, 2 x 1-Gigabit SFP ports and 8 GB of RAM. All new entry-level Thunder appliances include an Intel Ivy Bridge Xeon CPU, solid-state drive (SSD), hot-swap smart fans and 80 Plus "Platinum" efficiency (best-in-class) power supplies. The Thunder 3030S and 1030S also include Lights-out Management (LOM).

Other new models scale to higher performance levels.

"Our new Thunder models extend the expansive benefits of our Unified Application Service Gateway family to the entry-level and mid-range markets," said Lee Chen, Founder and CEO of A10 Networks. "With the new Thunder 3030S, 1030S and 930 UASGs, customers receive additional value to optimize and scale their existing infrastructure, reduce latency and cost through device consolidation, and increase management efficiency."

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cisco Focuses on Application-Centric Infrastructure, New Nexus Chassis/Modules

At this week's Cisco Live! event in Orlando, Florida, Cisco further outlined its data center networking architecture for the era of Application-Centric Infrastructure.  The goal is an open, programmable and automated infrastructure that is ready for cloud deployment models and Big Data applications. Cisco also announced new Nexus 7700 Series switches and new F3 Series I/O modules.

Some highlights:

  • Cisco's Application-Centric Infrastructure architecture will cut application deployment time  via fully automated and programmatic equipment.  The architecture will provide integration across physical and virtual applications normalizing endpoint access while delivering flexibility of software and performance, scale and visibility of hardware across multi-vendor virtualized, bare metal, distributed scale out and cloud applications. Another design element is a common policy management framework and operational model across network, security and application teams that is extensible to compute and storage in the future. Cisco said it will support a broad ecosystem of partners empowered by a comprehensive published set of open APIs.
  • New Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) for the Nexus portfolio brings support for optimized spine-leaf topologies with enhanced forwarding and distributed control plane capabilities.  It also delivers greater resiliency with smaller failure domains and multi-tenant scale of greater than 10,000 tenants/networks.
  • Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) 7.0 provides a single point of management automates and simplifies infrastructure deployment, enables dynamic infrastructure provisioning for virtual machine (VM) deployment and provides troubleshooting tools.
  • Cisco Prime Network Services Controller 3.6 -- dynamically creates network services, communicates with VMware and Cisco Nexus 1000V, and passes relevant information to DCNM.
  • New Nexus 7700 Series switches consist of environmentally efficient Nexus 7710 (10-slot) and Nexus 7718 (18-slot) chassis.
  • New F3 series I/O modules, which are supported on both 7000 and 7700 Series switches, deliver 40G/100G density, improve power efficiency by 60%, and support a broad set of proven Data Center Switching features. These enable the Nexus 7718 to support up to 384 40-Gbps ports and 192 100-Gbps ports. The Nexus 7718 has been designed to deliver up to 83Tbps of overall switching capacity.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Allot Confirms Orders from 3 Top-Tier Mobile Operators

Allot Communications has secured orders from three of the world’s top ten telecommunication operators to assist in their LTE network rollouts. All three orders are from existing customers, including two in Europe and one in the United States. These operators will use the Allot Service Gateway as part of their initial LTE deployments.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Allot recently announced availability of its pure-play, 3GPP-compliant Traffic Detection Function (TDF) for LTE networks for helping operators analyze subscriber behavior and monetize their broadband networks.
TDF - part of the 3GPP Release 11 LTE standard - provides network visibility to better analyze and respond to broadband traffic. Allot said its TDF-enabled Allot Service Gateway can be used by operators to monetize OTT traffic by leveraging application awareness and transaction information in order to deploy innovative pricing plans, drive new service revenues and increase customer loyalty.  
“TDF brings with it the opportunity for carriers to implement business intelligence analytics and application-specific charging policies. This type of dedicated functionality is critical for carriers looking to add value to OTT providers like Facebook and Skype,” said Andrei Elefant, VP Marketing & Product Management of Allot Communications. “Allot is a market leader in TDF, and we are leading the change in standardizing this important technology to simplify operator networks and bring our customers the most powerful analytics tools available.”

Compass-EOS Integrates McObject’s High Availability Database

Compass-EOS is using McObject's eXtremeDB High Availability database in its new r10004 core router.

Specifically, the Compass-EOS r10004 router relies on eXtremeDB High Availability’s replication features to maintain two fully synchronized copies of the control plane database, on active and standby controller cards. If the main database instance becomes inoperable due to hardware or software failure, its responsibilities are immediately assumed by the standby. This enables Compass-EOS’s core router to offer non-stop forwarding (NSF), protecting users against unplanned downtime.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Radisys Unveils MPX-OS for Media Processing and Software MRF

Radisys introduced its MPX Operating Software (MPX-OS) as the new foundation of its media processing portfolio, including the company’s purpose-built MPX-12000 MRF platform and Software MRF.

The MPX-OS brings new capabilities for interactive service architectures, including KVM virtualization for cloud deployments, VP8 video codec for WebRTC services, and Over The Top (OTT) HD video conferencing and transcoding requirements

Radisys said the new MPX-OS provides the common media processing software foundation for current and future Radisys products and a key enabler for VoLTE, RCS and OTT services.

Key features include:

  • KVM virtualization, enabling virtualized deployment on Intel multi-core services in the telecom cloud for both IMS and OTT services
  • HD 720p H.264 video codec, delivering support for HD video, including HD video recording, playback and conference mixing for OTT communications and IMS MRF deployments
  • Support for VP8 video codec, enabling termination of WebRTC endpoints for streaming, record and playback, or multimedia conferencing applications, or H.264 to VP8 media transcoding for WebRTC gateway applications
  • AMR-WB audio codec for VoLTE, including transcoding support for interoperability between LTE and 3G mobile endpoints using different codecs
  • Supports both SIP and H.248 interface on the same platform
  • Virtualized media processing applications, including MPaaS (Media Processing as a Service)

"MPX-OS is an exciting development from Radisys, providing the common media processing software foundation for current and future Radisys products,” said Manish Singh, CTO, Radisys. “MPX-OS also broadens our media processing expertise into new markets, offering our application partner and service provider customers improved economics, flexibility and interoperability as they roll-out interactive communication services. And by engineering MPX-OS for virtualized deployments in the cloud, operators can deploy these services with maximized OPEX and CAPEX savings."

“MPX-OS represents a unique foundation for our customers that are breaking down the barriers between telecom and web communications for seamless voice and video service delivery, regardless of the network or communications device,” said Amit Agarwal, vice president and general manager, Software and Solutions, Radisys. “MPX-OS based solutions are deployed today as the foundation for media processing in VoLTE, RCS and OTT services, including serving as a bridge across those network domains to enable much broader service reach and stickiness.”

Radisys' MPX-12000 Broadband Media Processing platform,  which is based on the company's 40G ATCA open platform technologies, is specifically designed to provide mobile and IMS network operators the capacities, capabilities and reliability essential for monetizing real-time wireless broadband communications, including mobile video and voice over LTE (VoLTE). Specifically, the platform offers huge scalability in performing the Multimedia Resource Function (MRF) in LTE IMS networks.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Broadcom's XLP900 Flagship Processor Packs 80 CPUs

Broadcom unveiled its highest performance, multicore processor to date -- the XLP900 Series, packing 80NX CPUs on a single die for 160 Gbps performance.  The new XLP900 Series is optimized for deployment of network functions such as hardware acceleration, virtualization and deep packet inspection.

Broadcom's XLP900 Series, which is implemented in 28nm, extends the company's portfolio of multicore processors for networking applications. The new flagship processor features end-to-end virtualization, advanced security capabilities such as deep-packet inspection (DPI), and innovative network and application intelligence technology with wire-speed networking and multi-layer QoS capabilities.

Key Features:

  • 160Gbps application performance, scalable to 1.28Tbps
  • Full end-to-end hardware virtualization support for the CPU cores, I/Os, hardware accelerators and on-chip interconnects
  • Supports hundreds of virtual machines (VMs), with protected memory, resources and I/Os, supports KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and QEMU (open-sourced Quick EMUlater)
  • 100Gbps encryption and authentication performance, scalable to 800Gbps
  • 40Gbps deep-packet inspection performance with grammar processing, scalable to 320Gbps
  • 20Gbps compression and decompression, scalable to 160Gbps
  • RAID5/6 engines with deduplication support

Broadcom said up to eight of its XLP900 processor can be linked to function as a single device with 640 NX CPUs for the full 1.28 Tbps system performance.  Sampling is underway.

"Our new XLP900 Series of processors integrates server-class CPU core performance with industry-leading networking and communications technology to deliver the industry's highest performance, most scalable and intelligent processor for next-generation networks," said Ron Jankov, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager, Processor and Wireless Infrastructure. "By out-executing the industry and being first to market with a multicore solution capable of over a trillion operations per second, we once again raise the bar and further solidify our technical leadership."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Openet and Procera Collaborate on Policy Enforcement for Mobile Operators

Procera Networks and Openet, which specializes in real-time transaction management software and services, introduced an end-to-end turnkey Policy Control and Charging (PCC) solution for mobile operators.

The new Revenue Expres solution combines Intelligent Policy Enforcement and analytics coupled with Policy Management functionality.  It delivers the full PCC components defined by 3GPP standards.  Openet's software performs the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) and Procera's platform provides the analytics and Policy and Charging Enforcement Function (PCEF).

The joint offering includes pre-packaged functionality designed to reduce cost of ownership and address time to market challenges faced mobile operators.  One of several options available, for example, offers a Service Pass for customers who have exhausted their existing data limit, such as 500 MB of extra data usage for a number of days at a small additional fee. In this case, providing subscribers with simple transparent data purchase options that they understand not only reduces customer service calls, and costs, but also encourages them to experiment with data usage, creating new customer segments that often choose to purchase additional data.

"Policy and charging control is essential for operators innovating data pricing and services,” said Openet’s vice president of Marketing, Christopher Hoover. “Procera’s Internet intelligence expertise and shared vision for delivering value to mobile operators makes them an ideal partner with whom to expand our existing suite of Openet Express solutions.”  

"Our policy work with Openet leverages both companies’ industry expertise and makes it possible for mobile operators to quickly meet common business requirements with reduced complexity and ease of operation,” said James Brear, president and CEO of Procera. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with Openet and finding new ways to bring our policy enforcement and analytics technology to all operators."

Monday, May 13, 2013

GreenTouch: 90% Reduction in Network Energy Consumption by 2020

The goal of a 90% reduction in network energy consumption by 2020 compared to a 2010 baseline is achievable, according to a new study published by the GreenTouch Consortium, a global research initiative dedicated to dramatically improving network energy efficiency.  This remarkable cut in electricity can be achieved while accounting for the dramatic increase in network traffic over this same decade.

GreenTouch said its study applied advanced modeling to better understand potential network operations in 2020 in comparison to those in 2010.

Key findings include:

  • Mobile networks stand to benefit the most from energy efficiency efforts, as they are the most inefficient and yet the fastest growing networks in terms of data volumes.
  • Mobile networks could realize potential energy efficiency improvements of up to 1043 times.
  • Energy efficiencies in fixed-line and core networks are also expected, but will be less dramatic. The modeling shows potential improvements in fixed access networks of 449 times and improvements in the core network of 95 times. Core networks are already relatively energy-efficient, so further gains will be less significant and much harder to achieve than with mobile networks.

Some of the key technologies that could deliver the biggest efficiency gains include:

  • Infrastructure sharing by mobile network operators.
  • Small cell deployments in cities.  Less energy is needed to transmit data over shorter distances.
  • Discontinuous transmission during periods without traffic.
  • Bit interleaved passive optical networking (Bi-PON), a new protocol that would use TDM to more efficiently move packets to their intended destination.
  • Dynamic allocation of resources in the network core to diurnal traffic fluctuations.
  • Power models for energy efficient hardware and network equipment.  Gains from Moore's Law.

Additional technologies that could add even further gains beyond those calculated by this study include the separation of the control plane from the data plane, and further optimization of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs).

“We are extremely proud of the progress we’ve made in our first three years, yet there is still much more we can do to improve efficiencies and effectively reinvent technologies in the name of environmental stewardship,” said Thierry Van Landegem, chairman, GreenTouch. “Reducing energy by 90 percent is conservative as we have many projects underway whose effects were not taken into account in that number.”

The GreenTouch Consortium, which was founded in 2010, has grown to include a wide range of participants, spanning the research community, academia, global service providers and networking equipment vendors.

TeliaSonera International Carrier Launches One of the World's Largest IPX Platforms

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) announced the launch of TeliaSonera IPX running over its 100G, fiber backbone with 200 Points of Presence (PoPs) worldwide.

Available to both TeliaSonera group and external operators, at launch it carries TSIC’s roaming and signaling portfolio and VoIPX. This will be supplemented with LTE signaling services later in 2013 and a comprehensive suite of additional IPX services to follow.
"Once people experience higher quality, they won’t be willing to go back. IPX is crucial to meeting the growing demands of mobile customers," says Veysel Aral, President of TeliaSonera Eurasia. "This is an important launch and shows TeliaSonera’s commitment to quality."

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blue Coat Acquires Netronome's SSL Inspector Line

Blue Coat has acquired Netronome's SSL appliance product line for an undisclosed sum.

The SSL appliances, which are based on Netronome’s NFP family of flow processors, provide visibility into encrypted SSL traffic. Driven by the adoption of cloud-based SaaS applications and the growing use of HTTPS for Web sites such as Google and Facebook, encrypted SSL packets can account for a significant percentage of the traffic on a corporate network.   Netronome’s SSL appliances deliver SSL decryption in networks ranging from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps full duplex.

Blue Coat said the Netronome SSL appliance technology will be fully integrated with its existing Blue Coat products.  The appliances also provide up to four data feeds to a wide range of in-network security applications, such as intrusion prevention, intrusion detection, sandboxing and forensics, which can then analyze the data for threats or data breaches.

“The SSL appliances are the industry’s highest performance transparent proxy for SSL network communications, and provide unique visibility exposing inbound threats and outbound leaks,” said Howard Bubb, chief executive officer at Netronome. “The product is an ideal complement to Blue Coat’s comprehensive suite of cyber security products, and extends their leadership position in securing SSL communications.”
“Netronome’s SSL appliances are crucial for helping customers address a threat landscape made more complex by the growing amount of SSL traffic on the network,” said Greg Clark, CEO at Blue Coat Systems. “Netronome’s leading high performance flow processors are at the foundation of its SSL appliances and will play an important role in our product portfolio moving forward.”

Netronome said the deal enables it to focus on its flow processors and flow processing technology.

McAfee Announces 40 Gbps Intrusion Prevention Powered by Intel

McAfee introduced its Network Security Platform NS-series, a new network intrusion prevention system (IPS) appliance powered by Intel processors and capable of 40 Gbps throughput performance with all of the NGIPS services running.

The NS-series, which is McAfee’s first IPS hardware platform based on Intel technology, is more compact than previous appliances while retaining substantial port density.

“Although the raw throughput of the new McAfee NS-series is impressive by any measure, the real story is the full next generation IPS services at those throughputs,” said Pat Calhoun, senior vice president and general manager of network security at McAfee. “The IPS industry has been talking about next generation IPS functionality for several years now, but when scalability tests are run, these services are almost always disabled, sacrificing security to boost throughput. These next generation IPS services, such as application visibility, situational and behavioral analysis, are needed to address today’s advanced threats.”

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fujitsu Outlines SDN-based Intelligent Networking and Computing Architecture

Fujitsu outlined an Intelligent Networking and Computing Architecture based on the principles of software defined networking (SDN) that aims to provide optimized control over three unique ICT domains: data centers, wide area networks, and smart devices.

The FUJITSU Intelligent Networking and Computing Architecture can virtualize resources across the three domains. The company said that by administering and controlling these virtualized resources on two layers, a "virtual infrastructure layer" and a "distributed service platform layer," the technology is able to achieve optimal service levels while improving the quality of experience for the end user.

The first set of products supporting this vision include an updated version of unified administration and control software for server, storage and network resources, a new switch that supports network virtualization, and a new virtual appliance platform.

  • FUJITSU Software Server Resource Orchestrator -- a resource management software solution that performs unified management of multiple server, storage, and network ICT resources for virtualized consolidation, integration and private cloud applications. The software allocates resources as needed and automatically sets parameters, thereby implementing SDN in data centers.

  • New converged fabric switch -- this network virtualization switch auto
  • matically configures and modifies virtual network parameters. Using the new switch, network administrators are able to pre-configure networks for each virtual system and modify network settings when adding, replacing or migrating servers, thereby sidestepping the troublesome task of network operations.
  • PRIMERGY Converged Fabric Switch -- this virtual appliance platform virtualizes the IPCOM network server, which integrates functions such as firewalls and load balancers, and can run multiple instances of virtual IPCOM on a single piece of hardware. Unlike in the past, where a separate IPCOM would have to be provisioned for each virtual system, the new IPCOM VX Series allows a single piece of hardware to handle multiple virtual systems, obviating the need for additional IPCOM hardware when adding virtual systems. This, in turn, delivers greater speed and flexibility.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Gigamon Builds its Unified Visibility Fabric

Gigamon continues to build its Visibility Fabric architecture with the introduction of a a new Visibility Fabric node, the GigaVUE-HB1 for branch offices and the implementation of a new Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Gigamon’s H Series product line.

The new GigaVUE-HB1 extends Gigamon's pervasive and intelligent visibility and packet modification into a customer’s remote sites and enables remote network monitoring by tunneling monitored data back to a central site for tool centralization and consolidation through a unified Visibility Fabric architecture. The platform comes with GigaSMART technology, which offers the ability to normalize traffic and perform VXLAN decapsulation for monitoring virtualized network overlays, ERSPAN termination, packet de-duplication, packet masking and packet slicing, among others.

The new graphical interface is being introduced as part of the H Series 3.0 OS Software release, which also enables customers to utilize Gigamon’s GigaPORT-C01 100Gb blade for visibility into full line-rate 100Gb Ethernet connections.

Gigamon is also introducing a proof-of-concept application called FlowVUE which will offer flow-based correlation services. Gigamon recently announced a strategy to develop a unified Visibility Fabric architecture that would ultimately deliver orchestrated visibility across physical, virtual and software-defined networks (SDN). These additions to the Gigamon portfolio further that strategy by extending the reach of the Visibility Fabric architecture to remote locations and providing ease of use and configurability for simplified management and provisioning of monitoring policies. FlowVUE, upon release, will help tame big data and allow for the ability to intelligently correlate network traffic for tool optimization.

FlowVUE will join the session-aware flow de-duplication application as the second visibility application to be developed by Gigamon in the Applications Layer. These applications offer flow-based correlation services to tools, ensuring optimal tool utilization and performance by making network-based big data more manageable. Gigamon said it plans to continue to work with technology partners and other third parties to develop additional applications as well as continuing to work on in-house applications.