Showing posts with label Routing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Routing. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Orange deploys Cisco NCS 5500 for its Open Transit Internet backbone

Orange is using the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) to modernize and expand the Orange Open Transit Internet (OTI) service, which is a Tier 1 international Internet connectivity service offering direct access to the Internet networks in more than 100 countries through more than 50 points of presence (POPs). Orange's OTI targets both Internet service providers and content providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The companies said this initiative expands Orange's OTI network in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, with reduced operational complexity and increased capacity using the new generation of routers on its OTI service.

“Our work with Cisco on OTI supports the further evolution of our network, allowing us to cope with huge traffic growth and improving the reach of our network,” said Jean-Luc Vuillemin, senior vice president, Orange International Networks Infrastructures and Services.


Cisco adds to its Service Provider routing portfolio

Cisco announced the addition of hardware, software and security options to its Service Provider routing portfolio. Highlights include:

Routing hardware 

Cisco NCS 500 Series: addressing converged wireline and wireless 5G-ready requirements for mobile x-haul and future evolutions of Carrier Ethernet networks, and various bandwidth needs ranging from 1 to 100 Gbps interfaces in small form factors.

Cisco ASR 9901: it supports applications such as distributed provider edge, Internet peering, metro aggregation and broadband network gateway (BNG) in a space-optimized platform; It delivers 456 Gbps of port capacity while also providing flexibility in terms of port speeds ranging from 1 to 100 Gbps with industry-leading MACsec encryption support across all ports.

Cisco NCS 5500 Series:

  • Two fixed chassis supporting 24 and 36 100GE ports 
  • A 36 100GE ports line card targeted at high-density core, mobile backhaul and data center interconnect use cases; Offers flexible port configuration supporting 10G/25G/40G and 100G per port with enhanced scale capabilities (external TCAM) 
  • A compact 2RU router targeted at high-density metro aggregation, mobile backhaul networks and long-haul connectivity use cases; Delivers maximum flexibility with the support of Modular Port Adapters (MPA) with options of different port types and MACsec encryption support.

Routing software additions

Segment Routing: Offers service providers more control over Internet traffic by delivering a unified transport fabric across aggregation, edge, core and data center network domains with unmatched simplicity, resiliency and scalability; With Segment Routing Flexible Algorithm, a new addition to the Cisco Segment Routing Traffic Engineering toolkit, service providers can:

  • Optimize the same physical network infrastructure along various dimensions such as low-latency, bandwidth or path disjointness. 
  • Custom fit 5G network slices to specific applications

Ethernet VPN (EVPN): Cisco is now offering seamless integration with Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), helping service providers speed up migration from VPLS to EVPN as another method to provide Ethernet-based multipoint to multipoint communication over IP or MPLS networks; EVPN offers improved scalability, optimal forwarding and helps prevent traffic floods.

"Cisco continues to drive innovation in service provider routing to help our customers uplevel their architectures and be one step ahead in managing their network traffic demands,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Networking, Cisco.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Cisco adds to its Service Provider routing portfolio

Cisco announced the addition of hardware, software and security options to its Service Provider routing portfolio. Highlights include:

Routing hardware 

Cisco NCS 500 Series: addressing converged wireline and wireless 5G-ready requirements for mobile x-haul and future evolutions of Carrier Ethernet networks, and various bandwidth needs ranging from 1 to 100 Gbps interfaces in small form factors.

Cisco ASR 9901: it supports applications such as distributed provider edge, Internet peering, metro aggregation and broadband network gateway (BNG) in a space-optimized platform; It delivers 456 Gbps of port capacity while also providing flexibility in terms of port speeds ranging from 1 to 100 Gbps with industry-leading MACsec encryption support across all ports.

Cisco NCS 5500 Series:

  • Two fixed chassis supporting 24 and 36 100GE ports 
  • A 36 100GE ports line card targeted at high-density core, mobile backhaul and data center interconnect use cases; Offers flexible port configuration supporting 10G/25G/40G and 100G per port with enhanced scale capabilities (external TCAM) 
  • A compact 2RU router targeted at high-density metro aggregation, mobile backhaul networks and long-haul connectivity use cases; Delivers maximum flexibility with the support of Modular Port Adapters (MPA) with options of different port types and MACsec encryption support.

Routing software additions

Segment Routing: Offers service providers more control over Internet traffic by delivering a unified transport fabric across aggregation, edge, core and data center network domains with unmatched simplicity, resiliency and scalability; With Segment Routing Flexible Algorithm, a new addition to the Cisco Segment Routing Traffic Engineering toolkit, service providers can:

  • Optimize the same physical network infrastructure along various dimensions such as low-latency, bandwidth or path disjointness. 
  • Custom fit 5G network slices to specific applications

Ethernet VPN (EVPN): Cisco is now offering seamless integration with Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), helping service providers speed up migration from VPLS to EVPN as another method to provide Ethernet-based multipoint to multipoint communication over IP or MPLS networks; EVPN offers improved scalability, optimal forwarding and helps prevent traffic floods.

"Cisco continues to drive innovation in service provider routing to help our customers uplevel their architectures and be one step ahead in managing their network traffic demands,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Networking, Cisco.

The news was announced at this week's MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress in Paris.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Metaswitch positions Composable Network Protocols for disaggregated networking

Metaswitch introduced a portfolio of Composable Network Protocols (CNP) for powering next-generation white box routing platforms with fully-decoupled control plane components and open management interfaces.

The suite of Composable Network Protocols is based on Metaswitch's more than 35 years of protocol development. Its proven and stable IP routing and MPLS networking stacks and layer 2 and 3 protocols are deployed in the products of more than 250 network OEMs, which the company says distinguishes its code from open source alternatives, enabling true software disaggregation while lowering capex, opex and operational risks. Metaswitch's CNP routing and control plane protocols install and operate as binary applications on top of any open network operating system, running stand-alone or combined with any third-party commercial or open source stack.

“Our new white box and open network operating system solution introduces groundbreaking capabilities and flexible purchasing options, while reducing the risk of moving to a fully-disaggregated architecture,” said Martin Lund, CEO of Metaswitch. “Metaswitch has a very strong track record in the development and deployment of hardened protocol stacks for the most demanding applications and OEMs and we look forward to working with an expanded range of customers to help them realize the future of composable networking.”

In addition, Dell EMC has agreed to resell Metaswitch Composable Network Protocols (CNP). Specifically, Dell EMC will combine Metaswitch’s CNP IP routing and MPLS networking stacks with its own EMC OS10 Open Edition on ONIE-enabled platforms. The companies said this joint solution embodies the evolution of networking software as it introduces new levels of software flexibility and programmability in large-scale data center environments for cloud and communications services providers (CSPs).

“The combination of Metaswitch CNP and Dell EMC OS10 Open Edition significantly raises the viability of software disaggregation in production deployments,” said Drew Schulke, VP of networking at Dell EMC. “With this comprehensive portfolio of hardened network protocol stacks, we’ll work closely on addressing the complexities of data center interconnect and wide-area IP/MPLS routing at scale. We’re pleased to be working closely with Metaswitch with its long and successful track record of development and deployment of protocol stacks.”

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Coloclue deploys Juniper vMX virtual router for next-generation network

Juniper Networks announced that Netherlands-based Coloclue, a non-profit, independent association of network specialists, has selected the Juniper Networks vMX Virtual Router for its next-generation production network.

Juniper's vMX, a virtualised MX Series 3D universal edge router, offers a full-featured, carrier-grade virtual router that will enable Coloclue to upgrade its network environment. For the project, Coloclue will deploy the vMX on the NFX250 Network Services Platform and leverage the automation features of Junos OS as part of an effort to create a Self-Driving Network, designed to reduce time required for testing, as well as reduce costs, and allow its staff to focus on higher-value activities.

Deployment of Juniper's vMX on the NFX250 network services platform is intended to enable a high-performance, automated and operationally-efficient network that will deliver an advanced production environment for Coloclue members. Members will also be able to leverage the production network to test and troubleshoot new applications before they are rolled out.

The vMX solution offers a suite of advanced routing functions on an open platform and is designed to support network automation to allow engineers to create a real-world network environment while gaining experience with a variety of automation tools that help to reduce the resources needed to operate the network. This can allow engineers to focus on higher value testing and troubleshooting activities.


Juniper noted that partner Infradata BV, a network integrator focused on designing, implementing and managing next-generation networks, is carrying out the deployment with Coloclue.



  • Juniper recently announced that Dutch Internet connectivity provider A2B Internet had selected its vMX Virtual Routers as the first virtual network function (VNF) for its next-generation network platform. A2B Internet selected the vMX to enable improved service agility for its customers and reduced costs through simplifying its network.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Arista Unveils 100+ Terabit Switching/Routing Platform

Arista Networks introduced a 100+ Terabit switching and routing platform for cloud service provider and next generation enterprise data centers. The new Arista 7500R is being positioned as the industry's highest performance universal spine switch for data centers.

Arista believes that shifting traffic patterns inside the data center are best served with scalable two-tier active Leaf-Spine and single tier Spline architecture. The traditional core routing layer can be replaced with an Arista 7500R series-based spine for rapid re-convergence and network-wide resilience between data centers and to the Internet. The Arista 7500R Series supports familiar MPLS functions allowing up to 13-labels deep packet lookup for programmatic control across the largest networks. Along with the state oriented architecture of Arista’s Network–wide Database NetDB and SDK, Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) users can customize their own preferred path across the largest networks in the world, instead of relying on best-effort forwarding on the Internet.

The new Arista 7500R Series, which begin shipping in Q2, provides industry-leading 100GbE density and large table sizes in a single chassis. Key attributes:

  • Chassis Fabric capacity of up to 115 Tbps
  • Up to 432 wirespeed 100GbE ports in a choice of three form factors
  • 288 Gigabytes of deep and smart packet memory for reliable packet transfers
  • Virtual Output Queues (VoQ) for lossless forwarding
  • Agile port speeds of 1/10/25/40/50/100GbE
  • FlexRoute technology delivers up to 1 Million wire speed routes with MPLS, Segment Routing and EVPN (Ethernet Virtual Private Network) protocol support
  • Programmable traffic engineering with up to 128,000 MPLS, GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation), VXLAN (Virtual Extensible Local Area Network) and IP-in-IP tunnels
  • Support for NEBS (Network Equipment Building System) compliance for Service Provider deployments
  • Mix and Match across the wide selection of 7500E and 7500R series line-card options
Arista is also introducing three new wire speed 7500R Series line cards:

  • 36 x 100GbE QSFP - choice of 10/25/40/50/100GbE
  • 36 x 40GbE with flexible combinations of 10GbE and up to 6 ports of 100GbE
  • 48 x 10GbE SFP+ and 2 x 100G QSFP

“The 7500R is the highest performance switching and routing platform that supports the full Internet routing table, enabling a Universal Spine in cloud-scale networks,” said Andreas Bechtolsheim, Arista’s Chairman and Chief Development Officer.

https://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/1283-pr-20160329

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

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Juniper Brings 3X Boost and New Automation to MX Edge Routers

Juniper Networks rolled out a major upgrade for its MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routing portfolio, including new line cards and software features that triple throughput and enable network automation.

Some highlights:

  • Three new MX Series line cards (MPC7, MPC8 and MPC9) powered by a new iteration of Juniper's programmable Trio silicon.  At the high-end, the 400 GbE-ready MPC9 provides an industry-leading 1.6 Tbps of throughput, enabling a single MX2020 to scale to 32 Tbps of throughput, enough to stream more than 2 million 4K videos simultaneously. The MPC7 doubles the performance and density of all currently installed MX240, MX480 and MX960 routers, providing customers with investment protection.
  • Juniper Extension Toolkit (JET), which uses open APIs, yields new automation capabilities in Junos software. JET provides a programmatic interface to develop highly customized third-party applications, such as provisioning and self-healing capabilities. These applications can reside on or off the MX2010 or MX2020 to seamlessly interact with the network layer. Not limited to the MX Series, JET is available on all Juniper platforms that run Junos software. In addition, JET includes support for OpenConfig, a standardized, vendor-independent configuration and management capability with customizable YANG data models for flexible vendor integration.
  • Junos Telemetry Interface: a high-frequency telemetry export function for optimizing network performance and fault management. Junos Telemetry Interface facilitates SDN/NFV migrations by synchronizing operational states to external controllers. Advanced analytics and real-time data correlation to deliver real-time reporting at scale are made possible through advanced technologies from companies like SevOne, a leading global provider of digital infrastructure management solutions. Junos Telemetry Interface are expected to be available in 1H 2016.

“You know you’re onto something when you have a platform that has continually outpaced Moore’s Law since the first MX shipped in 2006. As Juniper’s flagship edge routing platform, the MX Series is the market leader in feature availability, use case support, performance, reliability, scale, and now, with the addition of advanced Junos software features, we are extending our automation capabilities. In an industry that’s constantly touting the ‘new,’ it’s important to remember that customers are making significant technology investments with the expectation that it will continue to deliver ROI for many years. With the MX Series, we believe customers can invest with the confidence that the platform will exceed requirements for future network demands,” stated Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation.

Juniper noted that its MX series, which was first introduced in 2006, has been deployed by more than 90 percent of the 50 largest telecom companies.

http://www.juniper.net

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


Monday, November 23, 2015

China Telecom Expands Rollout of ALU's 7950 XRS IP Core Router

China Telecom is deploying Alcatel-Lucent's IP routing technology, including the 7950 XRS IP Core Router and 7750 Service Router, to expand its 4G LTE network.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent said its 7950 XRS, which is already in use in Jiangsu province and Shanghai, will manage the increasing traffic in the urban data centers of Beijing  as the financial hub of Guangzhou. Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Router will be deployed across seven major provinces.

All deployments will be completed in preparation for service in China Telecom’s network in December.

Alcatel-Lucent is also providing 15 percent of China Telecom’s new-build edge routing capabilities under this contract, including the deployment of its 7750 SR portfolio across seven major provinces to aggregate traffic at the metro network edge.

Alcatel-Lucent now providing 25 percent of China Telecom’s new build core routing network capabilities under this contract, including support for all data center interconnections in Beijing and Guangzhou.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com]

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cisco Brings Hyperscale Cloud Smarts to IOS XR

Cisco is rolling out new capabilities for its IOS XR network operating system that deliver cloud-scale networking for service providers and web companies. The goal is to deliver cloud applications at scale with greater agility, automation and simplicity by enabling traditional and web service providers to converge their data centers and wide area network (WAN) architectures.

Cisco developed the new capabilities with some of the world’s leading web companies (unnamed for competitive reasons) and based on their operational best practices. The rollout includes three additions to the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) Series routing portfolio, which
converges IP and optical fabrics.

Cisco IOS XR is currently deployed across over 50,000 live network routers.  The newly announced capabilities include:

  • Software modularity and extensibility
  • Increased service agility with granular software packaging and automated upgrade
  • IT and network automation convergence with third-party application hosting, such as industry standard DevOps tools, Chef or Puppet
  • Open innovation with IOS XR Software Development Kit (SDK) and Cisco DevNet Developer Program
  • Large-scale Automation for Greater Operational Efficiency
  • Predictable network programmability through data-model-driven APIs (YANG/OpenConfig)
  • Extensive flexibility to adapt to customerss’ operational environment (i.e., any data model, any encoding method, and any transport method)
  • Fine-grained visibility and control for simplification and enhanced end-user experiences
  • Actionable and contextual network insight due to data-model-driven access to extensive operational state data (i.e., highly augmented visibility compared to mechanisms such as SNMP)
  • Near real-time network programmability with enhancements to Application Engineered Routing solution – WAN Automation Engine (WAE) support for Telemetry and Segment Routing Traffic Engineering.

Additions to the Cisco NCS portfolio include:

  • Cisco NCS 5000 Series, delivering up to 40-80 10GE ports and 4 100GE ports
  • Cisco NCS 5500 Series, providing up to 288 routed 100GE ports for WAN aggregation
  • Cisco NCS 1000 Series, supporting 100/200/250Gb wavelengths over distances exceeding 3000 km with existing fiber

“Service providers are looking to leverage the operational best practices established in massively scalable computing environments and marry them with their own networking reach to compete and innovate faster,” said Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president of Cisco’s service provider segment.  “With this announcement, Cisco is leading the industry toward cloud-scale networking, converging the data center and WAN and delivering new levels of speed, automation and simplicity. We feel this a real game-changer that will help service providers of all types in their digitization journeys, enabling them to operate their networks in near real-time while dramatically increasing operational efficiency.”

http://www.cisco.com

In September 2013, +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.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Juniper Debuts 3 Tbps PTX1000 Supercore Router

Juniper Networks introduced its compact, 3 Tbps, PTX1000 supercore router.

Like the larger PTX3000 and PTX5000 core routers, the new two-rack unit (RU) router uses Juniper's 28nm ExpressPlus chipset for IP/MPLS performance applications. The 28-nanometer chip can drive 5x100G interfaces and leverages 3D memory architecture, which reduces power consumption and space requirements. In addition, the PTX1000 features flexible port interface options to maximize investment protection and ensure smooth upgrade cycles.

Commercial deliveries are expected in Q3.

“For telecom service and cloud content providers, the network is the lifeblood of their business. Juniper is always looking for new ways to ensure the network is a true competitive advantage for them. In developing the PTX1000, we recognized that these customers can increase performance while reducing operational complexity by distributing the load of serving up content across multiple peering points to deliver the high quality user experience that consumers expect,” stated Paul Obsitnik, vice president of service provider marketing, Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net


In March 2015,  Juniper Networks rolled out a series of enhancements to its Converged Supercore PTX Series router based on new custom silicon and expanded software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities. The PTX routers combine full IP and MPLS functionality, transport integration and SDN programmability.

Juniper said its new ExpressPlus custom ASIC is capable of performing more than 1.5 billion filtered operations per second and scaling up to 500 Gbps (1 Tbps half-duplex).It delivers four times the performance and three times the efficiency gains over Juniper’s previous-generation Express chipset. 

The new silicon enables the PTX5000 routers to deliver 3 Tbps per slot (30x100GE interfaces) for a total capacity of 24 Tbps (48 Tbps half-duplex).  Energy efficiency is estimated at 1/2 watt per gigabit. In terms of size, the PTX3000 is designed for space-constrained environments and can scale up to 8 Tbps or (16 Tbps half-duplex) in a form factor 91 percent smaller than its nearest competitor. Juniper will also introducing new line cards for the PTX Series core routers.

In addition, Juniper has extended the capabilities of its NorthStar Controller to provide visibility and control into additional layers of the network and fully support and handle dynamic traffic, such as that driven by mobile and cloud applications. Juniper said these capabilities enable the NorthStar Controller to increase utilization by dynamically adjusting to changing network conditions in real-time.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The CloudRouter Project Aims for Linux-based Routing at Scale

A beta version of The CloudRouter Project has been officially released.

The CloudRouter Project is an open source initiative for secure Linux-based open source routing and software-defined networking (SDN) in large-scale cloud environments, data centers, enterprises, and network operators. Backers of the project include CloudBees, Cloudius Systems, IIX, NGINX, and OpenDaylight.

It incorporates the latest release of OpenDaylight and will maintain a stable and up-to-date Linux distribution based on Fedora, including best-of-breed open source technologies. This provides DevOps for networks (NetOps) with the ability to easily deploy an integrated and hardened stack.

Key CloudRouter features include:

  • Capability to run on public and private cloud infrastructures at scale with a fully-automated configuration system
  • Container-ready, including support for Docker, Cloudius, OSv, and KVM images
  • Secure connectivity using standards-based IPSec VPN, SSL or L2TP
  • Monitoring and reporting with integrated network protocol analysis for network detail at a fine-grained level
  • High availability and system redundancy with failover and synchronization


"With our peers in the industry, we hope to build a true open source community around the CloudRouter Project to really respond to industry demand for a secure, high-quality SDN and router distribution, something that's essentially non-existent today," said Jay Turner, CloudRouter Project Lead and Senior Director of DevOps at IIX. "As the industry moves to cloud computing, there needs to be a bridge from legacy architectures to SDN, hybrid clouds, and data center-to-data center connections. To accelerate the development of this bridge, the CloudRouter Project will initially focus on performance and security."

https://cloudrouter.org/

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cisco Boosts its Evolved Programmable Network

Cisco unveiled three enhancements for its Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) framework for service providers:

Cisco Application Engineered Routing - an agile service-creation environment that combines open, standards-based Segment Routing with software-defined-networking (SDN). Cisco said its solution drives new levels of programmability, allowing service providers to reduce operational costs and drive incremental revenue with on-demand latency, bandwidth and availability capabilities.

Cisco IOS XRv 9000 Virtual Router - operates on x86-based hardware for on demand, cost optimized service deployment and complements the existing Cisco Cloud Services Routers (CSR1000v) targeted at the enterprise and managed services markets. The IOS XRv adds to the nearly 50 virtual network functions (VNFs) currently supported by Cisco. Availability expected in Q2.

High-density 100GE line cards for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series - available in both four- and eight-port versions. The new 100GE cards support Cisco silicon photonic CPAK technology and enable each 100GE port to be configured as 100GE, 40GE, or 10x10GE based on customer requirements.


http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1611303


The Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP) for Service Providers is a unified virtualization and orchestration software platform that creates, automates and provisions services in real time, across compute, storage and network functions, to deliver desired business outcomes for applications running across multiple domains. Cisco says  ESP is multi-vendor and based on open standards and incorporating Openstack and Open Daylight (SDN) protocol suite, it is fully compliant with ETSI NFV MANO, 3GPP, etc.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Juniper Boosts its Supercore Router with New Silicon, Density, SDN

Aiming to 'Revolutionize Routing Again,' Juniper Networks rolled out a series of enhancements to its Converged Supercore PTX Series router based on new custom silicon and expanded software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities. The PTX routers combine full IP and MPLS functionality, transport integration and SDN programmability.

Juniper said its new ExpressPlus custom ASIC is capable of performing more than 1.5 billion filtered operations per second and scaling up to 500 Gbps (1 Tbps half-duplex), making it the world’s most advanced routing silicon.  It delivers four times the performance and three times the efficiency gains over Juniper’s previous-generation Express chipset. The 28 nanometer chip can drive 5x100G interfaces and leverages 3D memory architecture, reducing its physical footprint by 20 times compared with previous solutions, which optimizes power consumption and space requirements.

The new silicon enables the PTX5000 routers to deliver 3 Tbps per slot (30x100GE interfaces) for a total capacity of 24 Tbps (48 Tbps half-duplex).  Energy efficiency is estimated at 1/2 watt per gigabit. In terms of size, the PTX3000 is designed for space-constrained environments and can scale up to 8 Tbps or (16 Tbps half-duplex) in a form factor 91 percent smaller than its nearest competitor. Juniper will also introducing new line cards for the PTX Series core routers.

In addition, Juniper has extended the capabilities of its NorthStar Controller to provide visibility and control into additional layers of the network and fully support and handle dynamic traffic, such as that driven by mobile and cloud applications. Juniper said these capabilities enable the NorthStar Controller to increase utilization by dynamically adjusting to changing network conditions in real-time.

"Today, we build on the Converged Supercore architecture we announced in 2011 with the addition of new silicon, systems and software designed specifically to help our customers achieve unparalleled levels of scale in our platforms and a level of performance, automation and optimization never before seen in the industry with NorthStar SDN control. This holistic approach to networking gives our customers the power to innovate and bring new concepts to life through connecting ideas to people and people to solutions," stated Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation.

http://newsroom.juniper.net/press-release/juniper-networks-unveils-industrys-most-powerful-core-routing-platform

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Intros 400G IP Router Interface with DWDM Optics

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a 1-port 400G IP line card with integrated, tunable DWDM optics that enables data transmission between existing Alcatel-Lucent IP Routers at speeds of 400 Gbps line rate over hundreds of kilometers.

The new Alcatel-Lucent 1-port 400G IP line card, which is powered by the company's FP3 400G routing processor, provides the industry’s first ‘clear channel 400G’ capability, avoiding the need to aggregate IP traffic over multiple 100G links. It could also be used to interconnect routers at 400G using alien wavelengths over a DWDM transport network. The 1-port 400G IP line card will be available for use in Alcatel-Lucent’s XRS IP Core Routers and on its 7750 SRs in the second-half of 2015.

Alcatel-Lucent will also be introducing GMPLS-UNI (Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching User Network Interface) to its IP router portfolio in the second half of 2015.  This will enable operators to coordinate the optical and IP network layers. Greater control plane co-ordination between IP and optical networks can deliver efficiency gains of 40%, according to a recent study by Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent.

"Networks need to evolve to ever higher capacity and port speeds, but changes can be costly. The transition from 10G to 100G was very disruptive for many network operators, but today we can say we are the first router vendor to enable the transition from 100G to 400G link speeds, leveraging our FP3 technology so that there is no disruption to operators in terms of  having to retrofit or forklift their installed hardware base,” stated Steve Vogelsang, CTO for IP Routing and Transport.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucent-boosts-operator-capacity-deliver-big-data-and-video-over-existing-networks-launch

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent Extends its 7750 Edge Routing Line

Alcatel-Lucent introduced its 7750 SR-a edge router - a hardware platform designed for high density, high performance aggregation of mobile backhaul, business and residential services.

The new platform, which extends the company’s 7750 Service Router family and leverages the company's FP3 400G Network Processor, targets fixed, mobile and cable operators, governments and enterprises.

The 7750 SR-a is powered by Alcatel-Lucent’s Service Router Operating System (SR OS) and managed by the 5620 Service Aware Manager (5620 SAM).  It offers class-leading GE and 10GE density with high-performance 40G and 100GE interface investment protection. Oversubscription allows providers to efficiently and cost-effectively support the changing traffic demands of a mix of customers - LTE Advanced and small cell mobile backhaul, business VPN, datacenter and cloud-based services and residential broadband services.

The 7750 SR-a  is available in two variants:

  • The 4-slot 7750 SR-a4 offering 200G system throughput capacity
  • The 8-slot 7750 SR-a8 offering 400G system throughput capacity

“We are committed to delivering product innovations that bridge a gap in the market. The 7750 SR-a will allow providers to go closer to the customer to meet their exploding traffic demands across the network. Despite its compact size, by leveraging the FP3 network processor we are not compromising on scalability, functionality or quality of service – it offers performance beyond its size and drives down costs at the same time,” stated Basil Alwan, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing & Transport business line.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2014/alcatel-lucents-new-compact-high-performance-edge-router-drives-down-operator-costs-even-data

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


Last week, Alcatel-Lucent unveiled a Virtualized Service Router (VSR) built on Intel silicon and implementing its Service Router Operator System (SROS) and managed by the 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM).

The addition of an Alcatel-Lucent virtualized edge router running on x86 accelerates the industry's shift to network functions virtualization (NFV), enabling service providers to build more flexible infrastructure that scales with cloud technologies. Over 20 trials are underway with carriers and two contracts have already been won.

The virtualized router is positioned as an addition to the company’s routing hardware family. Alcatel-Lucent continues to develop its custom ASICs for powering the higher performance routers.

Alcatel-Lucent's Virtualized Service Router (VSR) will implement its full, non-stop routing code.  Significantly, the company said it was able to optimize the code so as to deliver 2X the routing performance compared to other virtual routers on x86.  The performance gains are achieved by leveraging parallel processing across multiple core on Intel's Xeon processors.  Alcatel-Lucent has a development partnership with Intel.  In data plane performance, the VSR is able to hit 160G throughput in a 2RU x86 server.

In addition, while others have focused on delivering one or two router virtual network functions, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver a suite of router applications.  One of the first applications is a Virtualized Route Reflector, which the company says has achieved 8x the performance in the control plane over competitor offers.

Some highlights:
  • VSR-RR: The industry’s highest performance virtualized Route Reflector. Available now.
  • VSR-SIM: The full IP-MPLS software-based router simulator. Available now.
  • VSR-PE: The Virtualized Provider Edge delivering Carrier Ethernet and IPN services. Available for demonstration now and commercially available during the first half of 2015.
  • VSR-AA: The Virtualized Application Assurance delivers application-based value added services and application-level reporting and traffic management. Available for demonstration now and commercially available during the first half of 2015.
  • VSR-SEGW: The Virtualized IP Security Gateway  will be available for demonstration during the first half of 2015.
  • VSR-WLGW: The Virtualized Wireless LAN Gateway will be available for demonstration during the second half of 2015.
  • VSR-BNG: The Virtualized Broadband Network Gateway will be available for demonstration during the second half of 2015.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pica8's CrossFlow Combines OpenFlow-based Policy with L2/L3

Pica8 introduced a new capability that lets its PicOS bare metal switch operating system integrate OpenFlow-based applications and business-logic policies into existing Layer-2 / Layer-3 networks.



The new CrossFlow Networking lets administrators run L2/L3 protocols and OpenFlow on the same switch at the same time. This lets users leverage OpenFlow for policy-driven applications to drive business logic into the network, while leveraging their network topology and protocols like OSPF and BGP for the most efficient packet transport and performance.

Pica8 said its CrossFlow Networking brings the potential to significantly accelerate SDN adoption because customers are able to run OpenFlow on the existing L2/L3 network.

“Some customers have made commitment to OpenFlow in green field deployments, but networking shops with existing infrastructure want to be able to use OpenFlow in use cases where it makes sense,” said Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing and Pica8. “For the first time, CrossFlow mode allows users to leverage both ways of thinking – Layer-2 / Layer-3 and OpenFlow – to deal with networking challenges appropriately on the same switch.”

Some sample use cases include:
  • In a traditional data center that uses Layer-2 / Layer-3 switching and routing, monitoring and tapping can be done on the switches with rules triggered by the OpenFlow protocol.
  • In an OpenFlow data center, the edge devices need to interact with traditional switching/routing devices (using spanning tree, OSPF, BGP, and other Layer-2 / Layer-3 
Available in PicOS 2.4, CrossFlow allows every port in the bare metal switch the ability to act as either a legacy or a CrossFlow port. A legacy port uses traditional Layer-2 / Layer- 3 switch (OVS) commands can be used, either locally via OVS commands or via an SDN controller using OpenFlow and OVSDB.

http://www.pica8.com/


  • Pica8 currently claims over 320 customers.
  • Pica8 is based in Palo Alto, California with development offices in Beijing.
  • In October, Pica8 announced $12.5 million in Series B funding from a group of investors led by VantagePoint Capital Partners, Cross Head and Pacific Venture Partners (PVP), bringing its total funding to date to over $20 million.

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