Monday, October 28, 2013

NTT Com Expands Global Cloud Vision with 2 Investments: Virtela and RagingWire

NTT Communications announced two major international investments:  the acquisition of Virtela for US$525 million in cash, and the acquisition of an 80% stake in RagingWire for US$350 million.

Virtela Technology Services (Virtela), which is based in Denver, is a leading global managed and cloud network services provider serving over 500 multinational companies. Virtela integrates 1,000+ local and regional network providers, enabling the customer to build a virtual overlay network from multi-carrier MPLS, Ethernet, DSL, 3G/4G/LTE and other IP links, while benefitting from a single SLA and management portal. Virtela operates global operations and delivery centers in the U.S., India and the Philippines.  It has over 400 employees.

NTT Com said it plans to combine Virtela’s advanced service/operational platforms and expertise with its own global ICT infrastructure and resources.  NTT Com will also upgrade its cloud-based network services with Virtela’s network function virtualization (NFV) technology to virtualize the functions of customers’ network equipment, such as firewalls and WAN accelerators, enabling enterprises to benefit from instant service activation and significant cost reduction.

"Virtela is well known for its strong technology, networking expertise, global reach and highly regarded services," said Akira Arima, CEO of NTT Com. "As we advance our Global Cloud Vision, we expect to continue offering enterprise customers the highest possible value in services ranging from branch office networking to large-scale cloud migration."

"Virtela’s virtualized network services model combined with NTT Com’s brand and strength will create the industry’s most advanced services portfolio that enables enterprises to break free from the constraints of traditional network architectures and services," said Vab Goel, Virtela founder and general partner at Norwest Venture Partners.

Separately, NTT Communications will acquire approximately 80% equity interest in RagingWire Data Centers (RagingWire), a leading provider of data center services in the United States.

RagingWire has 650,000 square feet of data center space at its campuses in Sacramento, California, and Ashburn, Virginia. Both campuses are currently being expanded. In addition, RagingWire has begun construction of a new 150,000 square foot data center in Sacramento and will soon break ground on a 78 acre parcel of land in Ashburn, Virginia with designs to build 1,500,000 square feet of data center space. The company has annual revenues of approximately $85 million (USD), and a compounded annual growth rate of 30%.

NTT Com said the acquisition will more than double its data center space in the U.S.

"We are rapidly expanding our capabilities to provide cloud and telecommunications solutions worldwide and the deal with RagingWire is critical to increasing our overall capacity, providing data center infrastructure management tools which enhance colocation service’s reliability and efficiency. RagingWire leads the data center industry in availability, innovation, and customer experience, and that will enhance our global cloud solutions significantly," said Akira Arima, CEO of NTT Com.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/
http://www.virtela.com/
http://www.ragingwire.com/

  • In September 2013, RagingWire Data Centers closed on a $230 million credit facility to fund its strategic growth plan and ongoing expansion of its data center campuses in Sacramento, California and Ashburn, Virginia. The funding was led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, co-led by Comerica Bank, and included eight financial institutions in total.  RagingWire noted that its 500,000 square foot data center campus in Sacramento is almost entirely full and plans are underway for an additional facility in the area. In Ashburn, Virginia, the heart of “Data Center Alley,” RagingWire has five data center vaults within a 150,000 square foot facility and plans to build a 1,500,000 square foot campus on 78 acres of land in Ashburn that the company recently acquired.
  • In 2012, RagingWire was awarded two patents for data center power delivery systems and technology. These patented technologies include the 2N+2™ design, which offers double the redundancy of a standard data center design at a lower cost. The unique infrastructure, design and operations of 2N+2 has enabled RagingWire to deliver customer SLAs (service level agreements) for 100% availability without any exclusions for maintenance periods or utility disruptions. NTT Com will now begin introducing these advanced technologies throughout its data centers worldwide.
  • NTT Communications was among the first Service Providers to implement SDN.  The company has a Global Cloud Vision encompassing many of its enterprise services.
  • In June 2012, NTT Communications launched a globally seamless enterprise cloud service using OpenFlow network virtualization technology within and between data centers. The service was launched via NTT Com data centers in Japan and Hong Kong, followed by data centers in the United States (two locations), the United Kingdom and Singapore in December and in Australia, Malaysia and Thailand in March 2013.

  • OpenFlow is being used for inter-data center back-ups between NTT Communications' Global Data Centers. The service allows bandwidth can be boosted on-demand using the OpenFlow controller.

FCC Adopts Technical Specs for FirstNet Wireless Broadband

The FCC adopted technical service rules, including power limits and other technical parameters, to govern the spectrum for First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide wireless broadband system.

The rules are intended to provide a foundation for FirstNet's operations, help avoid harmful interference to spectrum users in adjacent bands, and expedite the availability of equipment for use on the public safety network, thereby fostering competition and innovation in the marketplace.

The has granted a license to FirstNet for the combined use of two spectrum blocks  -- one block that was previously designated for public safety use (763-768/793-798 MHz) and a second, spectrally adjacent block (758-763/788-793 MHz).

The FCC said this action consolidates the technical requirements governing both spectrum blocks into a uniform set of rules, which will provide vendors with specifications they need to develop equipment for use on this spectrum.

The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology will now begin accepting and processing applications for equipment certification in this band, consistent with the newly consolidated rules.

http://www.fcc.gov

FCC Supports Lower 700 MHz Band Agreement

The FCC endorsed a voluntary industry agreement that will establish interoperable LTE service in the Lower 700 MHz band and adopted and an Order that modifies the technical rules of the D and E blocks.

The FCC said its new rules remove the likelihood of harm caused by attendant power levels while continuing to allow high-value uses of the D and E blocks.

The order also proposes to modify AT&T's B and C block licenses to incorporate the commitments of AT&T and makes changes in construction requirements and deadlines for various E Block licensees in the Lower 700 MHz band.

The Lower 700 MHz interoperability agreement was brokered by several wireless providers, along with the Competitive Carriers Association.  The FCC expects it will give consumers more choice in using their devices with large and small carriers alike and will promote widespread deployment of mobile broadband services, especially in rural areas.

http://www.fcc.gov

In September 2013, the FCC and mobile operators announced an agreement that resolves handset interoperability issues in the lower 700 MHz bands.  At the time, the FCC's Acting Chairwoman, Mignon Clyburn issued the following statement:

"After many frustrating years, wireless carriers have finally reached a voluntary industry solution that will resolve the lack of interoperability in the lower 700 MHz band in the most efficient manner. This is a big win for consumers, especially in rural areas, who will see more competition and more choices. Also, by making it easier for small wireless carriers to compete, today's interoperability solution will spur private investment, job creation, and the development of innovative new services and devices.  "That's why for the past few years, I have been consistent in pushing for a final resolution to this issue. Thank you to all the parties - AT&T, The Interoperability Alliance, The Competitive Carriers Association, DISH, and the consumer advocacy groups - who came to the table and worked collaboratively with FCC staff to hammer out a solution that benefits all consumers."

NSN Refines its Multi-stack Approach to Carrier-Grade Clouds

Nokia Solutions and Networks is reinforcing its multi-stack approach to telco cloud to give operators full flexibility in their choice of cloud platforms.  The company confirmed that it is working closely on cloud technology with major operators, leading cloud stack vendors such as VMware, open source cloud platforms  such as OpenStack and the ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG).

NSN cited recent trials and proof of concept projects with Tier 1 operators that demonstrate the reliability of its core virtualization.  The tests also show its capability to adapt cloud IT platforms to meet the demands of telco cloud.

“NSN supports multiple stack solutions such as OpenStack  and VMware,” said Thorsten Robrecht, VP of MBB Portfolio Management at NSN. “As well as enabling operators to increase the flexibility and agility of core network infrastructure, we are committed to creating a telco cloud ecosystem that supports the co-existence of traditional networks and cloud environments and gives operators the option of choosing the most competitive hardware and cloud platform for their specific needs.

“Our recent proof of concept projects demonstrated in practice how we enable telco cloud by running our core network software on top of virtualized network infrastructure. In the process, we are moving from the virtualization of single network elements to full cloud orchestration, including cloud application management.”

NSN has also launched its cloud-ready NetAct 8 , which helps simplify network operations, reduce operational expenses and deliver very high availability. NetAct 8 includes the NSN Cloud Application Manager, which provides off-the-shelf management, orchestration and elasticity for virtual network functions.

http://www.nsn.com

China Telecom Carries Terabit Wavelength over 3,200km with ZTE

China Telecom Corporation Ltd. Beijing Research Institute carried a terabit wavelength over a distance of 3,200 kilometers on G.652 optical fiber without Raman amplification that was error-free for 24 hours.  The world record demonstration used ZTE’s ZXONE 8700 WDM platform and advanced Nyquist WDM Terabit PM-QPSK optical modulation and optical coherent detection technologies.  The system leveraged ultra-high-speed signal processing and soft-decision forward error correction algorithms, achieving spectral efficiency of 4bit/Hz/s.

ZTE said this latest demonstration strengthens its global leadership in terabit optical transport systems. In 2012, ZTE and Deutsche Telekom successfully completed 100G/400G/1T long-haul transmission over 2,450 kilometers, setting a record in long-distance multi-rate mixed transmission. ZTE has successfully deployed more than 50 100G trial and commercial networks globally.

ZTE noted that it achieved record revenue in optical network products in the second-quarter of 2013, achieving the industry’s fastest growth rate in the preceding 12-month period, according to data from research company Ovum.

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201310/t20131028_410952.html

Telstra Tests LTE Broadcast on Live Network

Telstra has completed a test LTE Broadcast session on its commercial LTE network using Ericsson's solution.

During the demonstration, end user devices received different video feeds, including a sports match replay, sporting network news, horse racing coverage and news. Additionally, the devices received a large file using the single LTE Broadcast channel.  The trial devices used Qualcomm Labs' LTE Broadcast SDK and middleware running on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and integrated modem platforms.

Mike Wright, Telstra Executive Director, Networks said: "The trial is an important step in testing this technology to see how it provides network efficiencies while providing consumers the content they want in a high-quality experience. Our goal is to ensure consumers can get the content they are looking for easily and to explore the wider benefits that might be obtained using broadcasting technology."

Thomas Norén, Vice President and Head of Project Area Radio, Ericsson says: "LTE Broadcast provides the ability to send the same content simultaneously to a very large number of devices in a target area. Mobile operators can use this ability and monetize their media and network assets for new services. Revenue generation and cost-saving opportunities are significant and provide an attractive value proposition for mobile operators."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.telstra.com

Telefónica I+D and Oracle Develop Fixed-Mobile Convergence Use Cases

Telefónica I+D, the research and development company of the Telefónica Group, and Oracle have completed a process of definition, developing and testing to allow Oracle’s Tekelec Policy Server (PCRF) to extend mobile policy management to fixed broadband networks. The work paves the way for the use of Policy Server and Oracle’s Tekelec Subscriber Profile Repository (SPR), or subscriber database, in a fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) environment.

The test was developed in Telefónica I+D’s properties, where some business case scenarios were prepared in order to verify the FMC capabilities of the Oracle solution.

Oracle said the work has produced a solution that sets out the key next-generation policy management requirements and handles a more diverse set of subscriber-centric rules.

“Service providers have a tremendous untapped potential to create and offer new innovative broadband data services that both increase revenues and increase customer loyalty,” said Albert Fernandez, Senior Director, Europe Sales, Oracle Communications.

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/2045532

ZTE Picks Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge for TD-LTE Small Cells

ZTE has selected Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge BSC9132 “base station-on-chip” for TD-LTE femtocell products.  The small cells are to be deployed starting later this year.

“ZTE is playing a pivotal role in the build-out of LTE networks across global 4G markets,” said Zhang Shizhuang, TDD product director for ZTE. “The performance, energy efficiency and scalability of Freescale’s proven QorIQ Qonverge platform allow us to deliver compelling and highly differentiated products designed to establish an early leadership position in LTE solutions.”

http://www.freescale.com

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Huawei Demos SDN Virtual Transport Service

Huawei demonstrated a transport SDN prototype capable of delivering Network on Demand (NoD) services.

Huawei's SDN virtual transport service solution is based on its Path Computation Element (PCE) architecture.

The goal of the virtual transport service platform is to provide users with multiple modeled virtual topologies through programmable interfaces to meet on-demand virtual network service (such as NoD service) user requirements in real time.

Huawei said its platform can help carriers deliver customized services and deploy value-added services efficiently and flexibly. An intelligent Transport Path Engine (TPE) algorithm ensures dynamic network resource optimization.

The announcement follows Huawei's demonstration of a transport SDN controller prototype launched last year.

SoftCOM is Huawei's end-to-end ICT network architecture based on concepts such as cloud computing, SDN, NFV, and network openness.

The demonstration occurred at the recent Layer123 conference in Bad Homburg, Germany.  In a keynote address at the conference, Justin Dustzadeh, Huawei's CTO & VP Technology Strategy, said Carrier SDN ultimately will be an end-to-end framework spanning Last Mile, Access, Aggregation, Metro & Core, and Data Center equipment. He presented several SDN use cases, including:


  • SDN-based Mobile Backhaul
  • Virtualized Residential Gateways with virtual set-top boxes
  • Traffic Steering for Gi-LANs
  • Cloud IMS
  • SDN-based Transport Network Virtualization


Huawei is also continuing work on its Protocol-Oblivious Forwarding (POF) technology, which is a software-defined networking (SDN) forwarding implementation.  The goal is to leverage the OpenFlow protocol in a programming model where forwarding devices are no longer limited by pre-defined packet protocols or forwarding rules.  Data plane hardware would not be limited by hard­-wired protocol implementations. POF has been prototyped on Huawei's NE5000E Core Router

http://www.huawei.com

http://www.layer123.com/

ETSI's NFV Group Publishes Update

ETSI's Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV ISG) has published its second white paper highlighting progress to date.

The NFV ISG, which will be meeting this week in California, currently has four working groups: Infrastructure Architecture, Management & Orchestration, Reliability & Availability, and Software Architecture.  Altogether, the NFV ISG has grown to over 150 companies, including 28 Service Providers.

The new whitepaper provides an overview of the following topics:

  • NFV Use Cases document describes initial fields of application.
  • NFV Requirements document describes the high level business and technical requirements for an NFV framework including service models. It is a key reference document for the NFV ISG.
  • NFV Architectural Framework document describes the high-level functional architecture and design philosophy for virtualised network functions and the underlying virtualisation infrastructure. By delineating the different constituents and outlining the reference points between them, it paves the way for fully interoperable multi-party NFV solutions.
  • NFV Terminology document is a common repository for terms used within the NFV ISG documents.
  • NFV Proof of Concept Framework document. The NFV ISG has launched a global call for multi-party NFV Proof of Concepts (PoC) to validate NFV approaches. 


The 16-page whitepaper is available online.

http://portal.etsi.org/NFV/NFV_White_Paper2.pdf

IBM Awarded Patent for Cloud Security Technique

IBM has been awarded U.S. Patent #8,539,597: Securing sensitive data for cloud computing.  The technique enables clients to use cloud-based services without risking the release of sensitive data into cloud environments, alleviating security and privacy concerns due to information disclosure or attribution.

IBM said its invention helps overcome security concerns by redacting, removing or replacing sensitive data from records that are being sent to the cloud for processing. It then restores the sensitive data when the records are returned from the cloud.

"Patents like this help to solve real-world security challenges that are inhibiting cloud computing growth," said Josyula Rao, IBM Director of Security Research. "IBM's investment in research and development is producing innovations that will advance the company's cloud computing and security leadership."      

http://www.ibm.com/security

CommScope Completes IPO -- Nets $437 Million for Debt Repayment

CommScope completed its initial public offering of 38,461,537 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share, raising $577 million.

The shares, which are listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "COMM", closed at $14.99 on the first day of trading (Friday, October 25).

The company expects to net approximately $437.3 million after underwriting costs. The company intends to use the net proceeds it receives from the offering, plus cash on hand, to redeem approximately $399 million in aggregate principal amount of its 8.25% Senior Notes due 2019 and to pay related premiums, expenses and accrued interest. J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch were lead book-running managers.

http://www.commscope.com

Friday, October 25, 2013

Infonetics: Cisco Takes Lead in Femtocells

The global 2G/3G/4G residential and enterprise femtocell equipment market grew 4% sequentially in 1Q13, to $115 million, driven by LTE, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

“Sales of 3G femtocells still dominate the market, despite the focus of vendors on 4G,” notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave and carrier WiFi at Infonetics Research. “Residential femtocells still account for the bulk of the market, though from this point forward we will see increasing adoption of femtocells from the enterprise segment, which is a key focus for a growing number of operators.”

Some additional highlights:

  • Integrated femtocells are expected to account for nearly half of all femtocell units shipped in 2017, almost entirely within the residential segment.
  • Infonetics forecasts FDD-LTE femtocells to grow at a 76% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2012 to 2017.
  • Cisco, who recently acquired Ubiquisys, sprang to the top of the femtocell revenue share leaderboard in 2Q13, thanks also to its work with AT&T, who lays claim to the largest scale femtocell deployment in the world.
  • Airvana dropped to the #2 spot overall, but moved into the lead in the 3G femtocell segment.

http://www.infonetics.com

Australia's NBN Co Set for Strategic Review

Australia's NBN Co named a panel of outside consultants and appointed an executive to help with a Strategic Review of its operations.

A 60-day Strategic Review is being undertaken by NBN Co’s Board and executive management pending the introduction of new Government policy in the wake of the nation's recent elections.

Mr. JB Rousselot has been to the new position of Head of Strategy and Transformation, responsible for activities within the Quality group and also the corporate planning, strategy and decision support functions of the office of the Chief Finance Officer. He will lead the Strategic Review process and then help manage the implementation of recommendations and their incorporation into the company’s 2014-17 Corporate Plan.

NBN Co has retained the following outside consultancies to support the Strategic Review:

  • Deloitte will provide governance and the program management office services to ensure the Strategic Review fits within the parameters and tight deadline for submission set by the Government;
  • KordaMentha will contribute to the analysis of the current NBN operational and financial performance;
  • Boston Consulting Group will participate in the review of the timing, financials and product offers under alternative models of delivering very fast broadband.

http://www.nbnco.com.au/

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Open Server Summit: Open Compute Hardware - Facebook Future Directions

Facebook has been able to quantify energy efficiency gains of 38% for new servers conforming to the specs of The Open Compute Project, said Matt Corddry, Director of Hardware Engineering at Facebook, speaking at the Open Server Summit in Santa Clara, California.  Moreover, the new servers deliver a 24% cost savings compared to generic OEM servers.

The Open Compute Project, which Facebook launched in April 2011, has resulted in vastly simplified Compute Servers, Storage JBODs and an innovative Open Rack System.

But where do we go from here?

Corddry said the long-hanging fruit has now been harvested and we are unlikely to see the double-digit efficiency gains with future design tweaks.

Instead, Corddry said Facebook is now undertaking a fundamental rethinking of its server types.  Currently, the company deploys about six different types of standardized servers depending on which applications it is destined to serve. Every service has changing needs and it is standard practice to re-use equipment as application performance needs change.

Looking ahead, Facebook is investing heavily in flash, although traditional disk is still good for cold storage.  Corddry said one of Facebook's design principles is to keep storage in close physical proximity to the compute resource because their experience has shown that latency variation becomes an issue when these resources are virtualized and moved across data centers.

The Facebook design mantra is now to disaggregate resources but keep them in the same rack.  Keep it rack-local and keep it simple.

To get there, the company is pursuing the concept of standardized "sleds" -- a modular shelf of high-density compute or storage that can be easily plugged into any available space in a rack.

An interesting note is that Facebook typically has 20,000 servers per technician, so it is essential that these sleds can be easily plugged in or slid out for replacement.

As far as the network is concerned, Corddry said 10 GigE server connections are great for now, but looking at the density of flash that can be packed into a 2U sled or the corresponding performance of a 2U high-performance compute sled, it is clear that the connections will need to be faster.

 Corddry said Facebook is quite willing to compromise distance for speed.  Most of the connections will be across of the rack, meaning that 1.5 meter lengths should be fine.  The company has previously discussed a silicon photonics partnership project with Intel.  However, Corddry said Facebook is really agnostic about copper vs. fiber.

The overriding design criteria is that all of the assets that go into the rack must be cheap enough to deploy at Facebook's truly massive scale.

http://www.openserversummit.com
http://www.opencompute.org/

IBM Licenses New ARM for Custom Networking Chips

IBM has licensed a broad range of ARM Cortex processors for use in custom networking and communications applications.  IBM's clients include leading companies that build network routers, switches and the cellular base stations.

The ARM Cortex-A15, Cortex-A12, Cortex-A7 and Cortex-M4 processors, as well as the ARM Mali-450 Graphic Processing Unit (GPU), are included in the new license agreement.

"IBM is a top provider of custom-built, system-on-a-chip technology to communications companies -- the silicon technology that has powered much of the mobile computing revolution," said Steve Ray, Vice President, Microelectronics, IBM. "With the addition of ARM's advanced 32-bit microprocessors and peripherals to our Power-based offerings, our clients will now have the broadest array of leading silicon technology and design services available – giving them the ability to create the next generation of communications hardware."

"IBM's manufacturing leadership and expertise in semiconductor innovation means that this agreement will result in a highly competitive portfolio of custom ARM-based solutions being deployed by leading networking infrastructure companies worldwide," said Tom Cronk, executive vice president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM.

http://www.ibm.com
http://www.arm.com

Ericsson's Q3: LTE Rollouts in U.S. Hit Peak as Europe and China Look for Growth

Ericsson reported Q3 2013 sales of SEK 53.0 billion, down -3% YoY, but up 3% YoY for comparable units and adjusted for foreign exchange.  Operating income, including joint ventures was SEK 4.2 (3.1) billion with an operating margin of 8.0% (5.7%). Net income was SEK 3.0 (2.2) billion.

"We are currently seeing sales coming under some pressure. In addition to FX, the major drivers for this development are the two large mobile broadband coverage projects, which peaked in North America in the first half of 2013. We also saw impact from reduced activity in Japan where we are getting closer to completion of a major project," said Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson. "The 4G/LTE tenders in China continue and so far two of the major operators have made their choices. Despite having insignificant market share for 3G, Ericsson has been named technology partner for both these operators and we will now build on this initial footprint."

"The pace is picking up in the European market with continued WCDMA/LTE investments and a major investment announcement by one of the large operators. Ericsson now sees growth in several European markets and margins are also improving as the network modernization projects gradually come to an end and we engage more in new capacity and LTE business."

Some highlights:

  • In North America, sales for Networks continued to decline QoQ as a result of the two large mobile broadband coverage projects which peaked in first half of 2013.
  • In Western and Central Europe, sales grew YoY driven by network modernization in certain markets.
  • In Northern Europe and Central Asia, sales grew both YoY and QoQ. In Russia, there is slow recovery based on 3G investments, but also deployments of LTE. Operators showed an increased interest in OSS and BSS solutions. Managed Services business continued to show good development.
  • In Latin America, 3G network quality and initial LTE rollouts continued to dominate operator investments. Macroeconomic development in Brazil and Mexico slowed down and currency impacted business negatively.
  • In North East Asia , sales declined YoY. Japan continued to be negatively impacted by currency and reduced activity as a major project nears completion. GSM investments in China continued to structurally decline. 

Tail-f Delivers OpenStack Functionality for Multi-Vendor Networks

Tail-f Systems announced its NCS plugin for the Havanna release of OpenStack.  This helps organizations to automatically provision a multi-vendor network in response to OpenStack Cloud Network configuration changes.

While current OpenStack plugins are constrained to single-vendors, Tail-f said its NCS plugin allows OpenStack networking to simultaneously utilize the variety of layer 2 networking technologies found in complex real-world data centers.

The NCS OpenStack plugin contains a complete service model of the OpenStack Neutron topology as well as models for the underlying network topologies such as VLAN, GRE, VXLAN. NCS transforms generic request from OpenStack into device-specific configuration changes that are deployed to the network with transactional guarantees. The plugin is built using the new Modular Layer 2 (ml2) plugin architecture of OpenStack.

“Many service provider customers are using OpenStack in SDN/NFV projects,” said Hakan Millroth, CTO of Tail-f Systems. “Support for multi-vendor networking is an important requirement in these projects.”

“We leverage OpenStack to help control large pools of compute, storage and networking resources in our TeraStream Infrastructure Cloud,” said Axel Clauberg, VP Aggregation, Transport, IP (CTO-ATI) & Fixed Access (CTO-FIA), Deutsche Telekom. “Support for multi-vendor networking in these clouds is an important requirement for us. Tail-f now provides the first multi-vendor networking solution for Openstack, which is key for us.”

http://www.tail-f.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Tail-f-DataSheet-OpenStack-SW.pdf
http://www.tail-f.com/tail-f-delivers-openstack-functionality-multi-vendor-networks/

Wind River Enhances its Virtualization Software for NFV

Wind River released a new version of its open source, real-time, multi-core-enabled kernel virtualization software with numerous performance and live migration enhancements.

Wind River said its Open Virtualization optimizes open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology to allow the deployment of network services on virtual machines without performance loss. The software delivers near-native hardware performance speeds, whereas standard KVM maximum latency is typically several thousand percent higher than native results.

The latest version of Open Virtualization includes the following features:

  • Improved throughput and latency speeds, including an 18% reduction in maximum interrupt latency since the introduction of the product earlier this year
  • Improved virtual switching throughput with integrated Intel® DPDK vSwitch, offering a 450% increase in virtual switching speeds over standard Open vSwitch.
  • Enhanced live migration capabilities, including intra-CPU migration to intra-node migration and intra-virtual machine switching.
  • oVirt-powered live migration console, including support for guest operating systems migration
  • Security enhancements based on SELinux
  • Additional hardware support for the latest Intel architectures
  • Expanded guest OS support

"As new devices continue to connect to an increasingly strained network, next-generation telecom equipment must scale to support technologies such as cloud and NFV in order to meet rising data traffic demands and address new service deployment challenges," said Davide Ricci, product line manager for open source platforms at Wind River.

http://www.windriver.com/news/press/pr.html?ID=12262#sthash.XGIpJpkC.dpuf

Ixia's CEO Resigns over Misstated Credentials

Vic Alston has resigned as President and CEO of Ixia and as a member of its board of directors.

Ixia said its audit committee discovered that although Alston had attended Stanford University, he had misstated his academic credentials, incorrectly claiming to have received a B.S. and a M.S. in Computer Science, and had misstated his age and early employment history.

The board has appointed Errol Ginsberg, Ixia’s chairman of the board, founder and former CEO as acting CEO (in addition to his current role as chief innovation officer), and Alex Pepe, senior vice president, strategy, as chief operating officer.

Ixia also reaffirmed its revenue guidance for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013 and expects revenue to be above the midpoint of its previously stated guidance range of $112 million to $117 million.

http://ww.ixiacom.com