Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Juniper Sets a Course to SDN Service Chaining


In what it described as a transformative step for the company and for the networking industry, Juniper Networks outlined a four-step roadmap to software-defined networking with the goal of improving automation and agility in data centers and across service provider networks.

A key part of Juniper's SDN strategy involves the concept of "Service Chaining" whereby an SDN controller is used to virtually insert services into the flow of network traffic.  The company sees SDN extending all the way across all domains of the network: Core, Edge, Access & Aggregation, Data Center, WAN, Campus & Branch.  Juniper's SDN roadmap initially targets two of these areas -- the Service Provider Edge and the Data Center.

Pradeep Sindhu, Juniper's CTO and Founder, said the company has always believed in open standards. Juniper is supporting OpenFlow in routers and switches this year. The company has also partnered with Big Switch and others in the SDN space.  However, Sindhu described OpenFlow as an early protocol that needs to evolve, and probably not the most important one for SDN.

Juniper is enabling the SDN virtualization with existing protocols, including BGP, thereby enabling the existing routing and switching infrastructure to participate in the SDN transformation. Juniper will adopt the OpenStack model as its primary orchestration system and will work with others including VMware and IBM.

It is still early days in SDN and Juniper believes the adoption of this technology will be gradual over many years.  One significant change will be the way network software is delivered.  Juniper is introducing a new software licensing and maintenance model that allows the transfer of software licenses between Juniper devices and industry-standard x86 servers.

Juniper's Four Step Roadmap

Step 1: Centralize network management, analytics and configuration functionality to provide a single master that configures all networking devices.

Step 2: Extract networking and security services from the underlying hardware by creating service virtual machines (VMs). This enables network and security services to independently scale using industry-standard x86 hardware based on the needs of the solution.

Step 3: Introduce a centralized controller that enables multiple network and security services to connect in series across devices within the network using "SDN Service Chaining" – using software to virtually insert services into the flow of network traffic. The SDN Service Chaining will be introduced in 2014 utilizing the SDN controller technology acquired from Contrail Systems, together with the evolution of the JunosV App Engine.

Step 4: Optimize the usage of network and security hardware to deliver high performance.  Specifically, Juniper's MX Series and SRX Series products will evolve to support software-based Service Chaining architecture.

"SDN is a major shift in the networking industry. At Juniper, we think the impact of SDN will be much broader than others have suggested. It will redefine networking and create new winners and losers. We’re embracing SDN with clearly defined principles, a four-step roadmap to help customers adopt SDN within their business, and the networking industry’s first comprehensive software-centric business model," stated Bob Muglia, executive vice president, Software Solutions Division, Juniper Networks.


Muglia said the Service Chain concept can satify a range of applications across the networking industry.  Some examples include: (1) a cloud data center connection between the Internet and a web server, (2) between two components of a cloud application, such as between a web server and a middle-tier application VMs, and (3) the mobile service provider edge, where network traffic is coming from a cell phone tower, moving through an edge router and then to various systems where deeper processing occurs.


The six principles of Juniper’s SDN strategy:

  1. Cleanly separate networking software into four layers (or planes) – management, services, control and forwarding – providing the architectural underpinning to optimize each plane within the network.
  2. Centralize the appropriate aspects of the management, services and control software to simplify network design and lower operating costs.
  3. Use the cloud for elastic scale and flexible deployment, enabling usage-based pricing to reduce time-to-service and correlate cost based on value.
  4. Create a platform for network applications, services and integration into management systems, enabling new business solutions.
  5. Standardize protocols for interoperable, heterogeneous support across vendors, providing choice and lowering cost.
  6. Broadly apply SDN principles to all networking and network services including security from the data center and enterprise campus to the mobile and wireline networks used by service providers
http://www.juniper.net

  • In December 2012, Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Contrail Systems, a start-up developing software defined networking (SDN) solutions for approximately $176 million in cash and stock. Contrail Systems, which is based in Santa Clara, California, was founded in early 2012 was still in stealth mode at the time of the acquisition. Juniper was a strategic investor in the company. Contrail Systems is headed by Ankur Singla (CEO), who previously served as Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering at Aruba Networks.  The Contrail team  includes Dr. Kireeti Kompella (CTO), who was formerly CTO and Chief Architect, JunOS at Juniper; Pedro Marques,previously a developer of control applications for the Cluster Management Team at Google and before that a distinguished engineer at Cisco and Juniper; Harshad Nakil, previously at Aruba Fellow and also distinguished engineer at Juniper and Cisco; and others.
  • In June 2012, Juniper Networks introduced a smaller version of its QFabric System aimed at mid-sized data centers. The QFabric architecture, which was first unveiled in February 2011 and began shipping in September 2011, collapses multilayer data center infrastructure into a single, any-to-any fabric that unifies networking, storage and cloud computing resources.  The product set is composed of three components that create a high-performance, low latency fabric. The QF/Node acts as the distributed decision engine of the fabric; the QF/Interconnect is the high speed transport device; and the QF/Director delivers a common window, controlling all devices as one.

    The first implementation of QFabric scales to 6,000 network nodes, allowing any network interface within the network to connect to any other interface in a single hop. Juniper achieves this 6,000 port switching fabric by decoupling the line cards on the central fabric and moving them out into the network using dual-homed fiber connections. The entire 6,000 node network is a single switch and can be managed as such.

Farice Upgrades Iceland-Denmark Cable to 40G with Ciena

Farice, the main provider of international capacity from Iceland to mainland Europe, is upgrading the DANICE submarine cable system connecting Iceland with Denmark using Ciena's 40G coherent optical transport technology.  The cable system implements Ciena’s GeoMesh networking solution to optimize the cable landing stations for seamless connectivity to terrestrial networks. The upgraded DANICE submarine cable consists of four fiber pairs giving a maximum capacity of 35.2 Tbps.

Specifically, Farice is using Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform for deployment on its 2,295 km long DANICE submarine cable system providing high-bandwidth connectivity between Landeyjar, Iceland and Blaabjerg, Denmark. The network will initially utilize Ciena’s 40G coherent transport technology, with ultra-long distance 100G wavelengths (based on the WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors) to be deployed in 2013.  It will be managed by Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.ciena.com
http://www.farice.is


  • In October 2012, Farice announced that BMW decided to move its HPC clusters to data centers in Iceland to take advantage of low cooling costs and renewable energy.

Accuris Delivers SIM-based Wi-Fi Offload and Roaming for AT&T Mobility Internationally

Accuris Networks confirmed that AT&T Mobility is using its Wi-Fi offload and roaming solution to help its mobile users to automatically connect tot partner Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK.

Accuris' AccuROAM isolution uses SIM-based account credentials to enable automatic authentication of users to Wi-Fi networks without the need to enter cumbersome usernames and passwords. AccuROAM enables any Wi-Fi to work as a full extension of GSM or CDMA networks for billing, policy, and authentication.

Accuris Networks, which is based in Dublin, Ireland, said its solution enables carriers such as AT&T Mobility to deliver a best international roaming experience for its subscriber by providing easy access to partner Wi-Fi networks.  These partner networks need only implement simple roaming rules on their access systems as AccuROAM authentication server is maintained by the mobile carrier.  The system will support the forthcoming Hotspot 2.0.  For the Wi-Fi operator, SIM-based authentication by roaming smartphones and other mobile devices provides an additional means of monetizing the network.

“The AccuROAM platform gives subscribers automatic and secure access to Wi-Fi hotspots globally by using subscriber SIM credentials as the means of authentication. Accuris Networks is the only provider globally to provide this level of security and ease of access when connecting to Wi-Fi,” stated Larry Quinn Chairman of Accuris Networks.

http://www.accuris-networks.com


  • In November 2012, AT&T Mobility introduced discount roaming packages for calling and messaging, as well as new Wi-Fi capabilities, on select AT&T Data Global Add-On packages.  Customers who subscribe to either the 300MB or 800MB Data Global Add-On package will now be able to use the AT&T Wi-Fi International app to access up to 1GB of Wi-Fi each month, at no additional charge, at select AT&T International Wi-Fi hotspots. 


http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/international/att-call-international-application.jsp

SevOne Raises $150 Million for Flow Monitoring and Analysis

SevOne,a start-up headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, raised $150 million from Bain Capital to support its IT infrastructure management solutions.

SevOne provides an monitoring and reporting solution for enterprises and service providers that uses peer-to-peer IT Performance Appliances to monitor and manage IT infrastructure of any size. The hardware-based appliances collect and store one year of raw performance data optimally without requiring aggregation. SevOne virtual appliances are also available running on on VMware.  Multiple appliances are joined in a peering fabric to access information about the entire network. It supports NetFlow, IPFIX, sFlow, NetStream, and Juniper J-Flow.

SevOne said it closed 2012 with its 6th consecutive year of record financial results.

"SevOne is thrilled to partner with Bain Capital as we take the company to the next level,” said Mike Phelan, CEO, SevOne. “The investment caps a highly successful 2012 for SevOne. Our bookings doubled year over year, profitability increased significantly and our customer base doubled.”

Pacific Crest Securities served as financial advisor.

http://www.sevone.com

EMC Expands On-Premise and Cloud Storage Options


EMC is preparing to launch a "Syncplicity" cloud-based online file sharing service that gives customers the option to use either EMC Isilon scale-out NAS or EMC Atmos object-based storage.  This enables on-premise storage in addition to the cloud.

"The combination of Syncplicity and the Atmos cloud storage platform delivers a highly automated, enterprise-grade file sharing capability, where policies and performance follow data wherever it's accessed or shared without sacrificing security or control.  As corporate users increasingly demand more mobility and access to files from multiple devices, EMC gives enterprises the tools they need to deliver new levels of productivity to their users," stated Chris Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing, EMC Advanced Storage Division.

http://www.emc.com

vArmour Raises $6 Million for Software-defined Security

vArmour Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, $6 million in a Series A funding for its work in software-defined security for virtualized data centers.

vArmour said its mission is to take virtualization into the realm of network security, pioneering a new kind of software-defined security (SDSec) that addresses the scalability, flexibility and cost challenges of current network security technologies.

Product details have not yet been announced but vArmour said its SDSec solutions are currently in evaluation with large enterprises and service providers in the US and internationally.

The funding round was led by Highland Capital Partners. This brings the company's total funding to $8 million since its founding in January 2011 by two NetScreen veterans.

"We're extremely excited to join the Highland Capital Partners portfolio," said Roger Lian, co-founder and CEO of vArmour. "Corey and the Highland team have a clear understanding of how virtualization places new demands and opens new opportunities across the IT spectrum. With the benefit of their deep enterprise experience, and our new resources, we're in a great position to further build our team and launch our SDSec solutions into the market."

http://www.varmour.com

EXFO Adds Wideband Copper and DSL Testing Capabilities

EXFO introduced a Wideband Copper Test Module and a Wideband Copper and DSL Test Module for its FTB-1 handheld platform.

The new test modules combine with the platform's built-in optical power meter, VFL and fiber inspection probe to create an all-in-one, all-at-once FTTN/hybrid network troubleshooting platform. EXFO said the modules' feature sets are aligned with FTTN and VDSL2 requirements, and packed with not only traditional copper tests, but also advanced wideband, noise and fault location tests (e.g., TDR and RFL). The addition of copper and DSL test functionalities to the FTB-1, which also supports high-speed Ethernet, OTDR and iOLM testing.

http://www.exfo.com

Lloyd Carney Takes Over as CEO of Brocade


Brocade appointed Lloyd Carney as chief executive officer effective immediately, replacing Michael Klayko, who had announced his intention to step down last August, after serving as CEO since 2005.

Most recently, Mr. Carney was CEO and member of the board of directors at Xsigo Systems, a privately held company specializing in data center virtualization.  Previously, he was CEO of Micromuse, Inc., which specialized in network management software and later became an integral part of the IBM Tivoli framework. Carney has also held key senior leadership positions at Juniper Networks as its chief operating officer and at Nortel Networks as president of its Core IP, Wireless Internet and the Enterprise divisions. He also served at Bay Networks as the executive vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Business Group, the company's largest business unit.

"I believe Brocade is poised to leverage its heritage of strong innovation and significantly disrupt the status quo in the data-networking industry," said Mr. Carney. "There are profound changes happening across high tech today and Brocade has a great opportunity to lead that transformation through differentiated products and customer focus. Success here will accelerate profitable growth for our company and drive further value for our shareholders. I am very excited and honored to lead Brocade at this time."

http://www.brocade.com

Alvarion Delivers Carrier Wi-Fi Offload in Tokyo


Alvarion confirmed that its Wi-Fi base stations are currently being deployed in Tokyo to enable 3G data offload by one of Japan’s largest mobile operators.

The Wi-Fi base stations will cover major train stations and congested areas in downtown Tokyo business districts, enabling the offload of heavy traffic from the 3G network.

Hitachi Cable Networks is Alvarion’s partner in Japan.

The companies said the project is the initial phase of a nationwide deployment targeting crowded public spaces where data usage is in high demand.

"Alvarion’s Beamforming-based Wi-Fi solution allows us to provide our customer, a tier one mobile operator, the best coverage and capacity in challenging congested downtown areas, thus ensuring the highest quality of service to the end-user and a low cost of ownership," said Teruaki Tsutsui, President and Board Director, Hitachi Cable Networks.

http://www.alvarion.com

United Airlines Intros Satellite Based Wi-Fi Service


United Airlines launched satellite-based Wi-Fi Internet on its first of its international widebody aircraft.

The initial deployment is on a Boeing 747 serving trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes.  The aircraft is outfitted with Panasonic Avionics Corporation's Ku-band satellite technology.

United has also outfitted Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi on two Airbus 319 aircraft serving domestic routes and aims to  to complete installation of satellite-based Wi-Fi on 300 mainline aircraft by the end of this year.

Customers have the choice of two speeds: Standard, priced initially between $3.99 and $14.99 depending on the duration of flight, and Accelerated, priced initially between $5.99 and $19.99 and offering faster download speeds than Standard.

Monday, January 14, 2013

ARRIS Sells Shares to Comcast to Fund Motorola Home Acquisition

ARRIS will sell approximately 10.6 million shares of its common stock, valued at $150.0 million, to Comcast in order to raise money for its previously announced acquisition of the Motorola Home business, which is currently owned by Google.

Under the deal, the ARRIS shares issued to Comcast will reduce, on a share-for-share basis, the number of shares of ARRIS stock to be issued to Google and simultaneously increase the cash consideration to be received by Google by $150.0 million.  The total purchase price remains the same.  Following the close of the deal, Comcast and Google will each own approximately 7.85% of the outstanding ARRIS shares post-closing based on ARRIS' current capitalization.

"We are very pleased that Comcast has agreed to make this significant investment in ARRIS," said Bob Stanzione, Chairman and CEO of ARRIS.  "We believe this investment by one of our largest customers is a strong indication of customer support for the Motorola Home acquisition and its potential to accelerate innovation to the benefit of the industry and consumers."

http://www.arrisi.com
http://www.comcastcorporation.com


  • In December, Google agreed to sell its Motorola Home Business to ARRIS for $2.35 billion in cash and stock.
  • Motorola Home is a leading global supplier of digital video and IPTV hardware and software solutions for the cable, telecom, broadcast & satellite markets. The Motorola Home division, which is based in Horsham, PA, had revenues of approximately $3.4 billion over the past 4 quarters and about 5,000 employees. The company is profitable.
  • ARRIS reported revenue of approximately $1.3 billion over the past 4 quarters. It has approximately 2,100 employees and is based in Suwanee, Georgia.
  • For ARRIS, the acquisition effectively triples its overall revenue, brings an enhanced product portfolio, a larger customer base, and strengthened relationships with cable operators and broadband service providers worldwide. The deal also includes the transfer of certain Motorola patents related to the business.

Two More Huge Data Centers Planned for Ashburn, Virginia


Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) has signed a lease with Fortune 500 company for two shell buildings in Ashburn, Virginia.

COPT said construction on the first 200,000 square foot building (COPT DC-8) will commence early in 2013 and that construction on a second 115,000 square foot building (COPT DC-9) no later than mid-2014.  The company also noted that these two projects brought the company’s development leasing volume in 2012 to 1.2 million square feet.

"We are pleased to be able to meet this customer’s need in Northern Virginia, one of COPT’s strategic markets," stated Roger A. Waesche, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer of COPT.

http://www.copt.com/

  • In October 2012, RagingWire Data Centers, which operates 650,000 square feet (60,000m2) of wholesale and retail data center space in Northern California and Northern Virginia, has paid $20 million offer to acquire 75 acres of land in Ashburn, Virginia.

    RagingWire said it plans to build  a 750,000 square foot (69,000m2) data center in phases on the site.

    RagingWire currently operates a 150,000 square foot facility in Ashburn, along with its flagship 500,000 data center in Sacramento, California.  The current Ashburn facility was activated in July 2012. It features 2N+2 redundancy in its critical facilities infrastructure all the way to the customer’s rack and 21 megawatts of highly available facility power.  The campus includes RagingWire’s patented power management system and a number of energy efficiency innovations. 

How Facebook Handles Back-up

Facebook has developed a three stage back-up strategy for maintain high-availability of its massive MySQL installation across thousand of servers in multiple geographic regions.

In this blog posting, Facebook's Eric Barrett describes the Binary logs and mysqldump (Stage 1), Hadoop DFS (Stage 2), and Long-term Storage (Stage 3) components that make up its strategy.  On the networking side, he notes that back-up system currently needs to move many petabytes per week.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-engineering/under-the-hood-automated-backups/10151239431923920

Arrow Bundles IBM Flex + Juniper QFabric


Arrow Electronics will offer converged infrastructure for cloud data centers by integratin the IBM Flex System and the Juniper Networks' QFabric.

Arrow said its bundled solution helps customers manage virtualization demands driven by big data initiatives that require integrated server and storage.  Tested and integrated into a single part number, the Arrow bundled solution combines the IBM Flex System server, storage, management, and the Juniper Networks QFabric networking speed and scalability.

"Arrow is pleased to enable these two technology powerhouses, IBM and Juniper, to come together in a complementary fashion to deliver a robust converged infrastructure solution to the respective channel ecosystems," said Sean Kerins, president, North America, Enterprise Computing Solutions, Arrow. "Customers have clearly demonstrated their preference for choice. This bundle enables solution providers to deliver infrastructure that caters to their customers' current and future needs."

https://ecs.arrow.com/q4f
http://www.ibm.com/press/pure
http://www.juniper.net

Canadian Court: Former Nortel Execs Not Guilty of Fraud

The Ontario Superior Court has acquitted Nortel's CEO, Frank Dunn, its former CFO, Douglas Beatty, and its former controller, Michael Gollogly of fraud charges in a case dating back to 2002 and 2003.

Nortel posted significant losses in 2001 and 2002 and downsized its work force by nearly two-thirds. Later 2002 and 2003, Nortel published financial results that made it appear as though the company was recovering faster than in actuality.  The three former executives were charged with manipulating the company's financial statements so as to appear more profitable and garner bonus payments for themselves.  The defendants argued that their accounting methods were approved by the company's outside auditor, Deloitte & Touche.

http://www.canlii.org/


  • In June 2008, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) formally filed criminal charges against Frank Dunn, the former CEO of Nortel; Douglas Beatty, the former CFO of Nortel; and Michael Gollogly, the former Corporate Controller of Nortel.  The charge alleged the three men made false entries and omitted materials particular in the books and documents in regards to the financial results of Nortel.
  • In January 2005, Nortel released key findings of an extensive, independent review, which found that its former corporate management (terminated for cause) and former finance management (also terminated for cause) in the company's finance organization endorsed, and employees carried out, accounting practices relating to the recording and release of provisions that "were not in compliance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP") in at least four quarters, including the third and fourth quarters of 2002 and the first and second quarters of 2003." In three of those four quarters - when Nortel was at, or close to, break even - these practices were undertaken to meet internally imposed pro-forma earnings before taxes ("EBT") targets.  Nortel posted significant losses in 2001 and 2002 and downsized its work force by nearly two-thirds. The doctored results from 2002/3 made it look as though the company was recovering faster than in actuality.
  • On 27-April-2004, Nortel fired Frank Dunn "for cause." Nortel Networks also fired its former chief financial officer, Douglas Beatty, and former controller, Michael Gollogly, both of whom had been placed on paid leave of absence by Nortel Networks on 15-March-2004.


Southern Cross Cuts Trans-Pacific Prices with 40/100G Upgrade

The Southern Cross Trans-Pacific submarine cable network, which connects Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and the west coast of the U.S., is cutting prices by 20% thanks to its 40G & 100G upgrade programme, which is due for completion in February.

Southern Cross said its latest price decline marks the second stage of the eighth major capacity expansion programme since 2001. The current stage is based on Ciena’s 40Gbps transmission equipment and takes total lit capacity on the Southern Cross Network to 2 Tbps.  The third stage of the current expansion programme is being implemented concurrently and is based on Ciena's 100 Gbps transmission equipment. 100G technology is already installed on some network segments and will take lit capacity to 2.6 Tbps by June 2013.


“We have reduced our capacity prices by another 20%”, said Sales and Marketing Director Ross Pfeffer. “This will be our 10th major price reduction since 2000 and over the period our price decline has averaged more than 22% per year... Our protected circuits continue to provide 100% availability and the performance of the six fibre pairs and 500 repeaters on the diverse cable network is better today than when constructed more than 10 years ago."

http://www.southerncrosscables.com/News/another-southern-cross-price-drop

  • The Southern Cross upgrades use Ciena's 6500 platforms equipped with 40G and 100G submarine-grade coherent line interfaces on each of Southern Cross’ seven segments. Southern Cross is also using Ciena’s 5430 and 5410 Reconfigurable Switching Systems, which offer 3.6 Tbs) and 1.2 Tbps of OTN-based intelligent control plane-enabled switching capacity for bandwidth aggregation and management.

Level 3 Connects NATO-Russia Council Air Traffic Monitoring


The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has selected Level 3 Communications to install and maintain an IP Virtual Private Network (VPN) to be used by the NATO-Russia Council Cooperative Airspace Initiative (NRC CAI).

The joint NRC will have a 24/7 capability to monitor air traffic, thereby enhancing airspace transparency between NATO and Russia.   Level 3 said its network will connect a range of NATO monitoring facilities and enable real-time display and observation of commercial airspace activities.

http://www.level3.com

Radisys Increases Q4 Guidance on Strong Finish to Year


Radisys boosted its financial guidance for Q4 2012 saying it now expects revenue to be near the high end of the range provided on October 30, 2012 and positive non-GAAP earnings per share compared to a previous guidance range of ($0.06) to breakeven.

"A strong finish to the year in our software and solutions business along with continued operational focus enabled us to return to profitability more quickly than originally expected,” commented Brian Bronson, Radisys President and Chief Executive Officer. "Additionally, we generated positive cash flow in the fourth quarter and have adequate liquidity to retire the $16.9 million of convertible debt coming due in February 2013. We will set a specific earnings release and conference call date over the next month. I look forward to sharing the full results for the quarter, go forward guidance, and an update on the strategic objectives we outlined in October at that time."

http://www.radisys.com