Tuesday, February 4, 2014

OpenDayLight: Open Collaboration on SDN





Neela Jacques, Executive Director of OpenDaylight, discusses collaboration with the Open Networking Foundation, ETSI and others in developing solutions for software defined networks.

OpenDaylight Project Delivers Hydrogen Sourcecode for SDN

The OpenDaylight Project officially released its "Hydrogen" software for enabling software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).  The Hydrogen release contains over a million lines of code, with contributions from 154 people.

Three versions of Hydrogen are available:
Base Edition
  • Controller: A modular, extensible, scalable and multi-protocol SDN controller based on OSGi.
  • OpenFlow Plugin: Integration of OpenFlow protocol library in controller Service Abstraction Layer (SAL).
  • OpenFlow Protocol Library: OpenFlow 1.3 protocol library implementation.
  • OVSDB: Open vSwitch Database configuration and management protocol support, e.g. for Open vSwitch and other OVSDB servers.
  • YANG Tools: Java-based NETCONF and YANG tooling for OpenDaylight projects.
Virtualization Edition (includes Base Edition)
  • Affinity Metadata Service: APIs to express workload relationships and service levels.
  • Defense4All: DDoS detection and mitigation framework.
  • Open DOVE: Multi-tenant network virtualization based on overlays, including control plane and Open vSwitch-based data plane.
  • Virtual Tenant Network: Multi-tenant network virtualization application using OpenFlow.
Service Provider Edition (includes Base Edition)
  • Affinity Metadata Service: APIs to express workload relationships and service levels.
  • BGP-LS/PCEP: Support for traffic engineering with BGP-LS (BGP protocol library and topology model) and PCEP (path programming model).
  • Defense4All: DDoS detection and mitigation framework.
  • LISP Flow Mapping: Locator/identifier Separation Protocol plugin, LISP mapping service (can be used to implement virtual networks).
  • SNMP4SDN: SNMP protocol support and APIs to manage commodity Ethernet switches.
“We are seeing new OpenDaylight implementations and solutions coming to the forefront every day,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. “All signs point to 2014 being a key year for the project as we continue to grow the community, build the architecture and engage with organizations and end users who want to accelerate the path to SDN and NFV.”

“OpenDaylight formed with the goal of tackling one of IT’s toughest challenges: simplifying network management,” said David Meyer, Technical Steering Committee chair, OpenDaylight. “This first release is a great step forward and the community is already looking to build on its work to address a variety of additional capabilities and features in subsequent releases that are being discussed at the first OpenDaylight Summit this week.”

NEC Contributes Network Virtualization to OpenDaylight Hydrogen

NEC has contributed its Virtual Tenant Network (VTN) source code to the OpenDaylight Project's “Hydrogen” release, which was revealed at the first annual OpenDaylight Summit in Santa Clara.

The VTN, introduced by NEC at the July 2013 HackFest, consists of a set of technology components that provide a multi-tenant virtual network through the OpenDaylight controller.

The VTN provides an abstraction that enables the complete separation of the network’s logical plane from its physical plane. Applications can program the network using Northbound APIs. Once the network has been defined using VTN, it will automatically be mapped to the physical network through the controller.

NEC said the benefits of the VTN include:

  • More efficient management of the network resources
  • Reduced time to configure network services
  • Minimized network configuration errors

“The VTN is a core technology of NEC’s ProgrammbleFlow® Network Fabric, and has been deployed globally by carrier and enterprise customers for their production networks,” said Don Clark, director of business development for NEC Corporation of America. “The VTN network design enables deployment of logical networks on top of any underlying physical network topology, reducing complexity of traditional network design and increasing service agility. We’re pleased to be part of the Hydrogen release.”

http://www.necam.com/sdn



IBM Debuts OpenDayLight Unified Network Controller

IBM introduced a new unified network controller based on OpenDaylight technology.

The new IBM Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments (SDN VE), which is built using open source components and interfaces, can automate and speed up the process of setting up such networks. It also includes support for OpenStack, which enables organizations to integrate their SDNs into private and public clouds. The SDN VE consists of the unified controller, virtual switches for creating overlays, gateways to non-SDN environments and open interfaces for application integration.


IBM said its unified controller was designed for both VMware and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization environments. It also supports the Open Networking Foundation’s OpenFlow standard. The goal is to enable network administrators to achieve greater enterprise performance, scalability and security, and address ever-changing business needs by speeding up network provisioning from days to hours.

“Our goal is to take advantage of the openness of the OpenDaylight platform and deliver that advantage to clients by collaborating with other developers to establish an ecosystem of interoperable network applications and services,” said Dr. Inder Gopal, IBM vice president of System Networking Development. “The cooperation needed to realize the benefits of SDN is only possible within an open framework, and IBM is pleased to provide a holistic solution for new and existing networks.”

With the OpenDaylight Project, IBM is working closely with its partners, such as A10 Networks, ADVA Optical Networking, Brocade, Citrix, F5, Juniper Networks, Palo Alto Networks, Plexxi, Radware, SilverPeak, vArmour, VSS Monitoring and others to enable scalable networking applications that include load balancing, firewall, intrusion detection, routing and other services.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/43082.wss



Ericsson Launches OpenDaylight Lab

Ericsson announced an OpenDaylight Lab aimed at helping SDN developers to integrate, test and verify their applications in an OpenDaylight ecosystem. The lab at Ericsson's campus in San Jose, California, will accelerate the availability of SDN applications from developers.

The lab will provide an OpenDaylight network environment open to all SDN developers based on an agreed schedule.

"Network programmability and interoperability are two key goals of the OpenDaylight Project," said Neela Jacques, Executive Director, OpenDaylight. "It is great to see Ericsson devoting significant resources to support the integration and testing of SDN and NFV innovations and applications coming out of the community."

Ericsson is a founding Platinum sponsor of the OpenDaylight Project, and is collaborating with other project members to develop the OpenDaylight SDN and NFV platform including the first open source software release named Hydrogen. Ericsson will run the new lab in collaboration with the OpenDaylight Project.

http://www.opendaylight.org
http://www.ericsson.com

Google and Cisco Sign Patent Cross-Licensing Deal

Cisco and Google announced a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement covering a broad range of products and technologies.

"Our agreement with Cisco will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products," said Allen Lo, Google's Deputy General Counsel for Patents. "We're pleased to enter into this cross-license, and we welcome discussions with any company interested in a similar arrangement."

"In today's overly-litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits," said Dan Lang, Cisco's Vice President of Intellectual Property. "This agreement is an important step in promoting innovation and assuring freedom of operation."

Both Cisco and Google are members of the Coalition for Patent Fairness, a leading advocacy group for patent reform.

http://thenetwork.cisco.com
http://www.google.com

Mellanox Releases Ethernet Switch API

Mellanox Technologies released its Ethernet Switch Software Development Kit (SDK) Application Programming Interface (API) with full Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionality as an Open Source software platform. The Open SDK API code and documentation can be downloaded for free.


Mellanox describes its release of the API as a continued step in the Open Ethernet initiative and works in conjunction with Open Compute Project (OCP). The Open SDK API enables the Ethernet community to build open source networking applications and protocols faster and can be a base for a standard Ethernet switch interface.

“By opening the SDK API, we provide our customers with an open interface for integration of their applications and the freedom to optimize the Ethernet switch hardware platforms to their needs,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “We encourage other vendors to join the growing community of the Open Ethernet initiative and to agree on a common, standard API for all switches, and for application developers to write network stacks on top of Ethernet switch ICs.”

http://www.mellanox.com
http://www.mellanox.com/page/products_dyn?product_family=124&mtag=switchx_sdk

AT&T Names Chief Medical Advisor to Support Health IT Initiative

AT&T has appointed Dr. Eric Topol as its Chief Medical Advisor to oversee the design, development and delivery of AT&T's healthcare IT solutions.

Dr. Topol is a premier cardiologist, geneticist and researcher, and will continue in his position as the Chief Academic Officer at Scripps Health. He is author of the best-selling book The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care and editor-in-chief of Medscape. He is also the founder of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Topol has been involved with the evolution of wireless medicine since its emergence.

"With connected devices, the flow of health and medical information is going through a radical change, which puts patients in an exceptionally powerful and important position. I'm honored to work with AT&T as we seek to develop new solutions that will change the trajectory of digital health and impact patient outcomes," Dr. Topol said.

http://www.att.com

Verizon Wireless Customers Chewed Through 1.9TB in Stadium at Super Bowl

Verizon Wireless customers generated an unprecedented 1.9 TB of data usage over the company's wireless network during Super Bowl XLVIII.

During the game, Verizon Wireless said it handled more than 800 percent more data connections than during the busiest hour at last year's Super Bowl in New Orleans. In fact, during the halftime show with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Verizon Wireless customers shattered records, using more data in MetLife stadium during a single hour than at any previous Super Bowl. 
"Our network got the trophy last night and during Super Bowl week, delivering the consistent, reliable performance at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and throughout the New York metropolitan area that our customers have come to expect from Verizon Wireless," said Nicola Palmer, chief technology officer of Verizon Wireless.

Prior to the game, the company upgraded its Distributed Antenna System (DAS) inside MetLife Stadium to quadruple 4G LTE data capacity and added additional cell sites outside to enhance customers' game-time experiences.

http://www.verizonwireless.com 

Procera Networks Introduces Service Plan Assurance

Procera Networks announced "Service Plan Assurance," enabling fixed and mobile operators to provide individual subscribers with real-time and historical score cards detailing application performance and traffic management impact.

This solution demonstrates to subscribers that they are getting the performance and quality of experience that the network operators are promising, making any network management policies enforced in the network transparent to end users. It uses Procera's PacketLogic solutions, which are able to ensure that the correct level of service is being delivered to the customer, as well as measure the impact of network congestion on the customer's end user experience. The operators' customer service team can also see a real-time and historical view of exactly what quality of service that user has been delivered, regardless of their location or the devices that they are operating.


"Service providers want to make a commitment to their subscribers that they will get the value they are expecting from their service plan choices," said James Brear, President and CEO of Procera Networks. "Procera's technology has always designed fairness and transparency into its PacketLogic™ traffic management products so that service providers implementing network management policies can readily understand the impact these algorithms have on their customers. By introducing our Service Plan Assurance solution we believe that our philosophy of fairness can be easily implemented and demonstrated to subscribers."

http://www.proceranetworks.com

Brocade Hires Tom Nadeau from Juniper

Brocade announced the appointment of Tom Nadeau to the position of Distinguished Engineer.


Previously, Nadeau served as a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper, where he was heavily involved in the company's SDN and NFV efforts. He has held similar roles at CA Technologies, Cisco and others.

Brocade said Nadeau will play a key role in advancing the company's open source SDN and NFV strategy and involvement, specifically related to the OpenDaylight Project and OpenStack initiatives.

"The pace at which SDN has transformed the industry is astounding, but community-oriented open source projects have the potential to further accelerate customer adoption by producing multivendor-supported solutions," said Nadeau. "Brocade's involvement in projects such as OpenDaylight demonstrates its understanding of the evolving data center and the solutions customers need to be successful."

http://www.brocade.com

Range Networks Expands its Executive Team

Range Networks, a start-up developing open source cellular systems, followed-up on its recent appointment of Ed Kozel as CEO, with the announcement of further members of its team:

  • Pedro Rump, vice president of engineering – Rump began his 30-year career at ROLM Corporation and has served as VP of engineering at four early stage cellular equipment and IP telephony companies, most recently as senior vice president of engineering and operations at ShoreTel.
  • Bob Fultz, vice president of products – A former VP of engineering at Aeris Communications and VP of strategic partnerships at GoBeam from its start through acquisition by Covad Communications,
  • Bobbi Frioli, vice president of sales – previously served as VP of sales or strategic alliances at five prior companies, four of which were successfully acquired. Most recently, she was vice president of global sales at Xora.
  • John Callon, director of marketing & business development – played a key role in the global service launch at mobile carrier Globalstar and subsequently founded CloudMeeting. Callon most recently worked at QMC Telecom, a Brazilian mobile infrastructure start-up.


Range Networks, which was founded by the creators of OpenBTS, uses open source software to present ordinary cellular handsets as SIP endpoints in a VoIP system. All are designed to work as a single-site network or as part of a multi-site network. The company already has a number or deployments around the world – including Indonesia, Zambia and Antarctica.

http://www.rangenetworks.com


Monday, February 3, 2014

NTT Com Launches Cloud UC Service in US and Europe

NTT Communications has begun offering U.S. and Europe-based platforms for Arcstar UCaaS, its globally seamless, cloud-based unified communications service for enterprises.

NTT Com's Arcstar UCaaS uses cloud-based infrastructure to assure low-latency, highly redundant communication. It integrates VoIP phones, web and audio conferencing, instant messaging, presence and other collaboration tools in the cloud.

Arcstar UCaaS combines the expertise and experience of NTT Com and group companies including Arkadin in fields such as applications, cloud infrastructure and networks.

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20140203.html

In 2013, NTT Communications agreed to acquire the majority stake in Arkadin, which delivers SaaS conference-related solutions covering audio, web, video conferencing and unified communications services.

Arkadin, which was launched in 2001 by CEO, Olivier de Puymorin, serves approximately 37,000 customers in 32 countries, including France, Germany, the UK, USA, Australia, China, Singapore and Japan. The company was based in Paris.  Arkadin was backed by AXA Private Equity.

Arkadin offers unified communications based on Microsoft Lync, as well as Cisco Jabber combined with WebEx. Services are delivered in the cloud.  Arkadin also offers Adobe Connect for audio/video/web conferencing and collaboration.

Australia's NBNco Picks Optus for Satellite Services

Australia's NBN Co awarded a key contract to Optus to operate two purpose-built satellites that aim to deliver high speed broadband across rural and remote Australia.

Under the contract Optus will provide tracking, telemetry and control services in connection with NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service. The two satellites currently under construction are scheduled to launch in 2015. The contract has a five year term, with options to extend for up to 15 years.

Matt Dawson, Program Director Satellite at NBN Co, said the company was committed to delivering fast broadband to Australians and it made sense to use modern satellite communications to serve around 200,000 homes, farms and businesses in rural and remote areas, including Australia’s overseas territories.

http://www.nbnco.com.au/about-us/media/news/nbn-co-selects-optus-to-operate-long-term-satellite.html

Bouygues and SFR Reach Network Sharing Agreement

Bouygues Telecom and SFR have signed a network sharing agreement.

The companies are to roll out a new, shared network in an area covering 57% of the French population (excluding the 32 biggest urban areas in France and certain blind spots). The new network of shared base stations is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Negotiations had been underway since July.

http://www.bouygues.com/
http://www.sfr.fr


  • Bouygues Telecom currently serves 11.1 million mobile and 1.9 million fixed broadband customers across France, which include more than 1.5 million business and corporate clients.

Italtel Introduces Virtualized Session Border Controllers

Italtel is introducing a Session Border Controller (SBC) that leverages Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies to provide greater flexibility based on the telco-in-the-cloud model.

Italtel's NetMatch-S manages and secures voice, video and multimedia IP sessions at the border of Enterprises and Service Providers' networks. It will be offered in three different models:

  • Performance Edition - based on 14-slots ATCA shelf
  • Compact Edition - based on 2-slots ATCA shelf
  • Lite Edition - the pure software edition running on COTS hardware platforms

It is designed to support different virtualization technologies, including VMware, Linux KVM and MS System Center, and can be managed by different/multiple Cloud Orchestrators.

"Our NetMatch-S is the first "cloud-inside" SBC because it was fully designed and developed in a cloud environment," said Stefano Pileri, CEO of Italtel. "Maximum flexibility, dynamic configuration and scalability to respond to customers' needs are the key features of this product which is designed for differentiating service solutions and strongly reducing OpEx."

http://www.italtel.com/

Compass-EOS Names Matt Bross as Chairman and CEO

Compass-EOS named Matthew Bross as its Chairman and CEO, replacing Gadi Bahat, who had expressed his wish to pursue new challenges. He will also assume the role of Chairman of the Board, replacing Mr. Haim Shani, who will remain as a board member of Compass-EOS, as he begins managing his newly established technology private equity fund. Bross will manage the company from its US and Israel offices.

Bross previously served as CTO of Huawei, and before that he was BT Group Chief Technology Officer and CEO of BT innovate.

Compass EOS is a next-generation routing company that leverages silicon photonics to radically transform routing architectures.

http://www.compass-eos.com


In November 2013, Compass-EOS, a start-up based in Netanya, Israel, announced $42 million in new venture funding for its next-gen silicon-to-photonics-based routers.

The company's silicon-to-photonics implementation, which it calls icPhotonics, simplifies router design by bringing the entire backplane on-chip.   The on–chip optical integration ensures QoS routing at high utilization rates and congestion-free multicast packet handling.

The company's first product, r10004, is a carrier-grade, modular platform offering 800 Gbps Capacity in a 6U enclosure.  It offers 2 x 100G ports or 20 x 10G ports with full Layer 3 routing functionality for core, peering or aggregation deployments. Compass-EOS launched its r10004 router in March 2013, announcing the commercial shipment of its icPhotonics-based routers. 

Violin Memory Names Kevin DeNuccio as CEO

Violin Memory named Kevin A. DeNuccio as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately, replacing interim CEO Howard A. Bain III.

DeNuccio most recently managed Wild West Capital LLC, an angel investing, management and technology consulting firm he co-founded in 2012. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the chief executive of Metaswitch Networks, and before that he served as President and CEO of Redback Networks, a publicly-traded provider of edge routers that was acquired by Ericsson.

http://www.violin-memory.com

In December, Violin Memory fired CEO Don Basile, three months after the company raised $162 million in an IPO in September.  Since then, the price of shares declined significantly.