Showing posts with label Sparkle. Show all posts
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

MEF LSO APIs critical to enabling on-demand services across providers



MEF Annual Meeting – July/August 2019, Daniele Mancuso, EVP, ICT Engineering, Sparkle, shares his perspective on how the global communications service provider is leveraging MEF LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) to accelerate go-to-market plans for digital services. He spotlights the importance of LSO APIs not only for service automation within a service provider network, but also for orchestration of dynamic services across an ecosystem of interconnected, automated networks envisioned in the MEF 3.0 global services framework.

“Sparkle has been pioneering in that field by implementing one of the early solutions for LSO - specifically for service orchestration - by tackling a specific use case of bandwidth on demand. Today, we are already at the second wave of the implementation. We are redesigning everything from scratch and taking advantage of the very recent release of our new BSS platform that allows us to unify completely the CRM, the catalog of services and products of the company all over our subsidiaries around the world.”

“The LSO concept will allow us to be faster in realizing and putting on the market new digital services, not just pure connectivity services, but something that will use connectivity as a commodity – so everything on-demand, everything as a service, everything in an ecosystem of partners. Because, today we need to think of about our network not taking into account the physical boundaries of the Sparkle network, but considering an interconnection of multiple clouds where any partner taking part in the ecosystem can request an order of a connectivity service or whatever other service that can be realized through the Sparkle network, whether the destination point is residing within our boundaries or we also need to ask for the support of another service provider. In this scenario, LSO – together with the east-west API interconnection points – is a critical element because it’s basically the key and the core of the creation of this ecosystem of interconnected partners.”

To learn more about MEF LSO Sonata APIs for inter-provider service automation, download this FAQ document:  https://www.mef.net/images/LSO-Sonata-FAQ-August-2019.pdf

To explore the latest on LSO innovations and engage with industry-leading service and technology experts such as Daniele Mancuso, attend MEF19 (http://www.MEF19.com), held 18-22 November 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Sparkle to build new ULH photonic backbone with Infinera

Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy and among the top 10 global operators, announced plans for a new ultra-long-haul photonic backbone connecting Sicily with major points of presence and data centers in Europe.

Infinera confirmed that its XT-3600 platform will power Sparkle's new "Nibble" network.

Nibble is expected to provide market-leading speeds and low-latency, high-performance, scalable, and guaranteed connectivity services between top European locations. Infinera's XT-3600 enables Sparkle to deliver 100 Gigabit Ethernet cloud-scale services in a compact form factor while automating service activation through Instant Bandwidth.



Sparkle said its new backbone will implement a "Software-defined Bandwidth" model using capacity License to disaggregate the underlying hardware installation from the capacity activation.

Nibble's ultra-performant photonic layer will progressively be integrated with its existing Mediterranean and Balkans networks and with BlueMed, the new multifiber submarine cable linking Palermo and Milan via Genoa, creating a seamless Pan Mediterranean Optical Transport Network.

The first link - planned to go live in summer 2019 - will connect Sparkle’s Sicily Hub in Palermo with Milan Caldera open datacenter; Nibble construction is planned to continue in several phases until the end of 2020 to fully deploy the entire Italian and European footprint and to integrate with the Mediterranean and Balkans networks.

“Sparkle confirms its strong leadership in the European telecom market with a solution that ensures top quality and efficiency standards,” said Mario Di Mauro, Sparkle’s Chief Executive Officer. “The Gigabit Society is demanding faster and more sophisticated capacity services and with the Infinera Instant Network solution we can expand our geographical footprint and satisfy customers’ needs at light speed, investing only in the capacity we need to deploy, where and when we need it.”

“We are pleased to partner with Sparkle, providing Infinite Network solutions that help Sparkle win in its market,” said Bob Jandro, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Infinera. “As bandwidth demands continue to grow, operators seek solutions that can scale capacity and simplify operations. The Infinera XT-3600 is yet another example of how Infinera is transforming transport networks to cloud scale.”

https://www.tisparkle.com/PR_NibbleAnnouncement
http://www.infinera.com

Sparkle announces BlueMed subsea cable - up to 240 Tbps

Sparkle announced plans for a massive subsea cable along the west coast of Italy, linking Genoa and Palermo.

BlueMed will be a multi-fiber cable spanning 1,000 kilometers and with a design capacity of 240 Tbps. It will cross the Tyrrhenian Sea connecting Sparkle’s Sicily Hub open data center in Palermo, which serves eighteen international cables, with Genoa’s new open landing station, directly connected to Milan’s rich digital ecosystem. BlueMed will also include multiple branches within the Tyrrhenian Sea and is set to support further extensions southbound of Sicily.

With a capacity up to 240 Tbps and about 1,000 km long, BlueMed will provide advanced connectivity between Middle East, Africa, Asia and the European mainland hubs with up to 50% latency reduction than existing terrestrial cables connecting Sicily with Milan.

BlueMed is expected to enter service in 2020.

Sparkle also noted that its new open landing station in Genoa is set to become the alternative priority access for other upcoming submarine cables to Europe.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Sparkle announces BlueMed subsea cable - up to 240 Tbps

Sparkle announced plans for a massive subsea cable along the west coast of Italy, linking Genoa and Palermo.

BlueMed will be a multi-fiber cable spanning 1,000 kilometers and with a design capacity of 240 Tbps. It will cross the Tyrrhenian Sea connecting Sparkle’s Sicily Hub open data center in Palermo, which serves eighteen international cables, with Genoa’s new open landing station, directly connected to Milan’s rich digital ecosystem. BlueMed will also include multiple branches within the Tyrrhenian Sea and is set to support further extensions southbound of Sicily.

With a capacity up to 240 Tbps and about 1,000 km long, BlueMed will provide advanced connectivity between Middle East, Africa, Asia and the European mainland hubs with up to 50% latency reduction than existing terrestrial cables connecting Sicily with Milan.

BlueMed is expected to enter service in 2020.

Sparkle also noted that its new open landing station in Genoa is set to become the alternative priority access for other upcoming submarine cables to Europe.

“The investment on the deployment of BlueMed and of the landing station in Genoa represents the first phase of a wider plan aimed at consolidating Sparkle’s leadership in the Mediterranean basin through the extension and enhancement of its regional backbone”, says Mario Di Mauro, CEO of Sparkle.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

MEF18 PoC - MEF 3.0 Inter-Carrier Services and Blockchain Settlement



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - MEF 3.0 LSO Federated Inter-Carrier Bandwidth-on-Demand Services Through Automated Discovery and Blockchain Settlement. 

PoC Participants:  PCCW Global, Sparkle, Tata Communications, SingTel, CBCcom, Liquid Telecom, Infonas, Clear, and Cataworx.

This group won the MEF18 PoC Silver Award.

Speaker:  Shahar Steiff, AVP, New Technology, PCCW Global.

A typical Communications Service Provider (CSP) owns and delivers a combination of network connectivity, compute, and storage services that are bundled into billable product offerings. It is most likely that such product offerings rely on partner CSPs that use each other’s resources to complement geographical or service capability coverage. To meet its potential, the market needs solutions that will dramatically streamline the commercial interactions between the CSP partners in the supply chain delivering such products. Those interactions typically include establishment of legal and commercial relationships, inquiries about availability of services, requests for quotes, placement of orders, billing, and settlement. As new and ever more complex products enter the market, commercial interactions based on manual intervention and processing using, for example, phone-calls, emails, and fax, will continue to consume significant time, thus delaying the delivery of these high margin services and holding back market growth.

Secure automation of these commercial interactions is highly significant for the availability of services supporting the growth of productivity and the global economy. In the immediate term, demonstrations of automation of billable connectivity/compute/storage services are of great significance to CSPs and vendors of commercial and business platforms.

This PoC provides a powerful demonstration of the dramatic reduction in time and resources required by service providers and partner operators throughout the commercial and business phases of the lifecycle of each service, as well as the ability to offer new products and services with deployment times significantly shorter than the current typical weeks or months. The PoC is based on the distributed ledger paradigm where commercially-sensitive transactions and information are managed using blockchain technology. Although blockchain is popularly perceived as being synonymous with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, blockchain can be used for a large variety of applications of distributed ledgers, including global supply chain verticals. The PoC illustrates the automation of commercial interactions, including product offer discovery, recursive quoting, and blockchain-based settlement and clearing across a network of seven wholesale/transit operator domains.

In addition, automated commercial interactions require machine-to-machine interfaces standardized and designed in such a way that they can be used by most, if not all, the suppliers and customers of these connectivity, compute, and storage billable services. MEF is making progress in standardizing business interaction interfaces (LSO Sonata APIs) which form an important part of this demonstration. These APIs have been combined in this demonstration with smart contract technology in which pre-standardized commercial and business service attributes are captured and expressed dynamically in machine form.  This combination of MEF-defined APIs, smart contract technology, and the secure distributed ledger paradigm based on blockchain technology will enable the dramatic reduction of time and human resources in querying, quoting, ordering, billing, and settlement between stakeholders in the WAN-based services market, as well as the explosive growth of new services based on end-to-end, multi-domain, automation.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/Lv8IH1ds4uc

MEF18 PoC - MEF 3.0 Service Spanning Four Operators



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Fulfillment and Activation of an Intercontinental MEF 3.0 Service Spanning Four Operators.

PoC Participants: Tata Communications, Sparkle, Equinix, Liquid Telecom, ECI, Amartus, and Spirent.

This PoC won the MEF 3.0 Implementation Project 2018 Award in 2018.

Speaker: Vova Kamenker, Technical Presales Engineer, ECI.

The main goal of this PoC is to demonstrate the automated & assured orchestration of MEF services across multiple operators’ domains on production networks. The PoC demonstrates the ordering and fulfillment of a complex service comprising connectivity services and VNFs. The showcase demonstrates the feasibility of using NFV-based Service Activation and Testing solutions for MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet services via LSO Presto APIs.

As part of this PoC, several LSO:SOF implementations are used (e.g. ONAP, proprietary) in a single MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet service deployment interacting via LSO Sonata and LSO Interlude APIs.

Use Case: A Tata Communications customer uses the Tata service portal to order a service to Tata cloud service. However, one of the customer’s sites is not located on a Tata network and hence this request is sent to Tata’s operator partners for serviceability checks.

This PoC is part of a multi-year MEF 3.0 Implementation project that provides feedback to the MEF technical committees on a range of aspects of LSO orchestration of complex services comprising connectivity and virtual entities (SDN + NFV) across multiple operator domains.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/J7iyUNC-C4M

Sunday, December 2, 2018

MEF18 PoC - Multi-Vendor Orchestrated SD-WAN



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Towards a Multi-vendor Orchestrated SD-WAN: LSO-Enabled Solution with Open Source Orchestrator and Container-Based uCPEs. PoC Participants: Sparkle and Amartus.

Speaker: Daniele Mancuso, EVP, ICT Engineering, Sparkle.

Sparkle is moving into the SD-WAN space and regards SD-WAN as the technology of the future for managed services.

'SD-WAN technology is great, but it's having a critical factor that is really disturbing a little bit the business plan. This is the universal CPE. In order to create virtualized services running in the customer premises, today the market is offering universal CPEs that are based on X86 servers. Those are still consuming a lot of power. They are requiring a level of interaction done by customer specialists. And this is something we want to bypass."

Sparkle and Amartus have developed a solution orchestrated by Cloudify - an open source, cloud-based orchestrator - that is designed to stimulate the market to produce uCPEs based on containers rather than standard virtual machines.

"We believe the next step is to decompose virtual network functions into smaller footprint of microservices...If we reduce the VNF to a minimal set of containerized microservices, the space and the power that they need in order to run at the customer premises will be much reduced."

This PoC showcases an LSO Presto-enabled SD-WAN solution and illustrates how LSO Presto is a key enable for multi-vendor SD-WAN. The LSO Presto implementation is based on the MEF 60 Network Resource Provisioning Interface Profile Specification and was built using artifacts from the LSO Presto SDK in the latest published version (2018R2). The LSO Presto implementation consists of an LSO Presto NBI endpoint and an inventory/topology engine that allows the exposure of SD-WAN resources in an LSO Presto compliant fashion. Input data and inventory are used to create TOSCA (graph) descriptors for resources and the SD-WAN service. Southbound provisioning is handled by a TOSCA-enabled orchestration component. Cloud native (containerized) virtual functions are provided by customized uCPE appliances.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/bG9vSI-qeHg


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