Monday, February 24, 2014

TM Forum Releases Blueprint for Managing Virtualized Networks

The TM Forum is launching its new Zero-touch Orchestration, Operations and Management (ZOOM) project aimed at defining a vision of the new virtualized operations environment, and a management architecture based on the seamless interaction between physical and virtual components that can easily and dynamically assemble personalized services.

The ZOOM project is supported by leading providers and suppliers, including AT&T, IBM, Huawei, Oracle, Orange and Telecom Italia.

“The pressure for IT and operational agility to enable new digital service revenues, and continuing demand for cost reduction makes it essential to radically rethink network, operations and service management. Virtualized environments can open up previously unimaginable expectations for service personalization, speed, flexibility, automation and customer centricity,” said Nik Willetts, chief strategy officer, TM Forum. “ZOOM brings together the industry and the Forum’s extensive set of best practices and standards to deliver practical answers for game-changing operations concepts, including operations, adaptive automation and customer-created service definitions.”

https://www.tmforum.org/PressReleases/TMForumBuildsBlueprint/54445/article.html

NSN's LTE Stadium Optimization Claims 30–60% Interference Cut


New software from NSN claims to double the uplink capacity in existing LTE networks, without any additional hardware, by linking centralized RAN links of multiple base stations and turns mitigating interference.  The capability is especially relevant in areas with high concentrations of smart phones, such as stadiums, where people tend to upload a lot pictures and videos.

NSN said its Centralized RAN links multiple LTE base stations to work directly with one other to reduce interference between neighboring cells. This can double the average uplink capacity across a cell, while uploads at the cell edge can be up to ten times faster. It also helps extend battery life as smart devices no longer need to transmit at high power to cut through the interference.

NSN also announced two new software features for its Liquid Radio Software Suite to allow operators to steer LTE-capable smart devices onto 4G more quickly, freeing up WCDMA capacity.

The first feature is Measurement-based LTE layering, which ensures LTE capacity is available before devices are steered, even when LTE and WCDMA sites are not co-located. Also launched is Smart LTE handover, which enables smooth handover from WCDMA to LTE with low delay.

“Our Centralized RAN is capable of enabling operators to convert interference into useful traffic and all without additional hardware or even having to modify their existing base station structure,” said Thorsten Robrecht, vice president, Mobile Broadband portfolio management, NSN. “Apart from this, our two new Liquid Radio software features allow operators to ensure top class mobile broadband experience for their LTE subscribers. These features are valuable in any areas with fluctuating network traffic or densely populated by subscribers, as they are adding more capacity whenever needed, even during special events.”

http://www.nsn.com


NSN's Enhances Flexi Zone Controller for Small Cells

Nokia Solutions and Networks is extending its Flexi Zone comtroller, which runss on macro cells, to now support nearby small cells.

A software version of its Flexi Zone controller that can be deployed on Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations to implement clusters of outdoor and indoor small cells for fill-in coverage near existing macro sites, for example in streets flanked by high-rise buildings. It also enables early deployment of hot zones by re-using macro site infrastructure.

Flexi Zone controller software can also be used to increase the capacity of macro-cellular Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) in large buildings by supporting the deployment of complementary LTE and Wi-Fi small cells. Unlike conventional DAS or hybrid DAS systems, the enhanced Flexi Zone controller can make use of many different transport media including a building’s existing and shared Ethernet (LAN), fiber or coaxial cabling, or even wireless links for large open indoor spaces, slashing operators’ deployment costs by avoiding the need to install dedicated connections. Using a mix of fiber and dedicated Ethernet, Hybrid DASs are a more recent variant of DAS that takes advantage of remote radio heads deployed closer to the antennas.

A third major development enables the Flexi Zone controller to support the integration of NSN Radio Application Cloud Server functionality to enable Liquid Applications on a cluster of small cells. Radio Application Cloud Server provides processing and storage, together with the ability to collect real-time network data.

“Flexi Zone architecture continues to push the boundaries of what small cells can do and future HetNets will look like,” said Randy Cox, head of Small Cells product management at NSN. “Our latest enhancements open up vast new potential for operators to provide top-quality mobile broadband services to their subscribers in even the largest indoor environments and make Flexi Zone the most versatile and lowest overall cost small cell solution. The ability to run Liquid Applications from clusters of small cells will transform what HetNets can do by providing game-changing applications and personalized services matched to a subscriber’s location and context.”

http://www.nsn.com

NSN Intros Indoor Pico Cell

Nokia Solutions and Networks introduced a new indoor Flexi Zone pico base station that offers the same capacity and runs the same software as a macro base station. Pico base stations for indoor coverage provide easier connection options and higher capacity than a distributed antenna system (DAS)* can offer.

The new multi-radio outdoor and indoor Flexi Zone picocell base station integrates LTE and Wi-Fi in one unit. Combined with NSN Smart Wi-Fi real-time traffic steering, operators can  take advantage of unlicensed spectrum to further increase site capacity and improve the customer experience at busy locations.

A new indoor Flexi Zone picocell base station for small and medium-sized buildings has optional Wi-Fi and can provide significant performance gain over femto, DAS and hybrid DAS.

Flexi Zone LTE micro/pico base stations now support all the most commonly used frequency bands for FDD LTE and TD-LTE and can be deployed in outdoor and harsh indoor environments such as railway stations or factories.

Click here and here to download photos illustrating the new indoor Flexi Zone pico base station, the only indoor small cell with the same capacity and running the same software as a macro base station.

http://www.nsn.com

SingTel Gets Ready for LTE Launch with Ericsson

SingTel is preparing to launch voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in Singapore in the coming months.

The deployment, which uses Ericsson's VoLTE solution, enables calls to be connected in less than two seconds compared with five to ten seconds on 3G networks.

SingTel's VoLTE service will be the first of its kind to be equipped with Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC) capability, whicg automatically switches ongoing calls without interruption to the 3G network if users lose connection to the 4G network.

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.singtel.com

Sprint Spark Deliver Fixed LTE Acces with Netgear Router

Sprint will begin selling the NETGEAR LTE Gateway 6100D fixed wireless router to deliver LTE access to small business customers at rates of 50-60 Mbps and increasing over time.


The NETGEAR LTE Gateway 6100D (LG6100D) is equipped with an embedded 3G/4G LTE modem to take full advantage of the Sprint Spark enhanced LTE network. The NETGEAR LTE Gateway 6100D also supports the next generation 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi.

The NETGEAR LTE Gateway 6100D will be available for $199.99 (excluding taxes). Sprint wireless router plans start as low as $14.99 for 100MB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers can also choose from additional plans as large as 30GB of combined 3G/4G data for $109.99 excluding taxes and fees.

“At Sprint we’re always striving to provide new innovation to meet the growing needs of our business customers, and this product is a great example of that,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “The launch of devices like NETGEAR LTE Gateway 6100D, which can operate on three spectrum bands, is another milestone in the rollout of Sprint Spark. Customers will find that the enhanced technology of Sprint Spark and spectrum integration creates a more seamless network.”

http://www.sprint.com
http://www.netgear.com

AT&T Expands LTE Roaming to 15 Countries

AT&T has expanded its LTE roaming coverage to now include 15 countries:  Canada, UK, Spain, France, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Guam, Philippines and Antigua & Barbuda.

AT&T said it is expanding the program quickly and currently has agreements to allow for LTE roaming in over 200 countries.

http://att.com/globalcountries

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mobile World Congress Opens in Barcelona

 


This year's exhibition floor covers over 240,000 m2 (gross) and organizers expect 65,000 to 75,000 attendees.

http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/

Alcatel-Lucent and Intel Team on Virtualized Solutions

Alcatel-Lucent and Intel announced a global collaboration aimed at accelerating the development and delivery of optimized virtualized cloud, wireless and IP Network Functions using Intel architecture.

The companies said Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) appeals especially to mobile service providers now because it allows them to innovate more quickly and easily while providing the best return on their investments in an all-IP network infrastructure such as LTE.

Specifically the expanded collaboration will focus on three areas:

  • Virtualized Radio Access Networks (RAN) portfolio, developing and optimizing Alcatel-Lucent’s  LTE and LTE-Advanced wireless products. The solution will enable operators to use general purpose platforms in configurations that will reduce TCO and increase operators’ ability to scale networks to satisfy mobile data demand with rapidly changing devices and applications.
  • Cloud Platform, developing and optimizing Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand NFV platform including joint contributions to the Open source community and a push to accelerate service provider testing, validation and deployment of NFV technology and products.
  • High-performance Packet Processing for advanced IP/MPLS platforms and functions to enable Alcatel-Lucent’s IP development team the insights required to use the features and capabilities of Intel architecture to deliver improved performance in virtualized IP/MPLS functions.


http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Earlir this month, Alcatel-Lucent outlined its product roadmap for network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies, including plans to virtualize every element of its IMS platform and even key elements of its LTE RAN product set.

Specifically, The virtualized portfolio includes:

A virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC). This automates the authentication and management of subscribers and the services they access, as well as the creation of and connectivity to services within the operator’s network and to the wider Internet on a massive scale, with the quality and performance subscribers demand. Alcatel-Lucent’s vEPC leverages a software base that has been proven in the networks of the world’s largest mobile network operators. The company is currently conducting five customer trials using the vEPC.

A virtualized IMS (vIMS) solution – a cloud communications platform for delivering a rich portfolio of multimedia services over IP networks. Alcatel-Lucent’s vIMS embraces new open cloud technologies whilst retaining the high performance leveraged from being operational at scale in the largest communication networks with 100% availability. Alcatel-Lucent’s vIMS is already being deployed within customer networks and the company is engaged in eight vIMS cloud customer trials.

A virtualized RAN portfolio – encompassing a virtualized 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC) and virtualized proof of concept for LTE and LTE-Advanced Radio Access Networks.  The LTE components leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE software deployed in eight of the top ten mobile operator networks and advanced wireless algorithms from Bell Labs.

Juniper Adds NorthStar Controller and Fusion Software to its SDN Portfolio

Juniper Networks introduced new SDN software and hardware products for Service Providers.  Some highlights:

Junos Fusion -- software that can control thousands of independent network elements -- either from Juniper or a third-party -- from a single management plane.  The idea is to reduce network complexity and operational costs by collapsing underlying transport elements, including core routers, edge routers and access equipment, into a single point of control from the Juniper Networks MX Series or PTX Series routing platforms. Junos Fusion is fully interoperable with third-party solutions and is extensible to SDN control, including the Juniper Networks Contrail controller and Junos Space network management software provides. Junos Fusion will be available Q2 2014.

NorthStar Controller, a new traffic-engineering controller leveraging open, industry-standard protocols built to optimize service providers' transport networks. NorthStar, which will leverage technology acquired from WANDL, will automatically identify and program the optimal path within a multi-vendor network, based on operator-defined performance and cost requirements. Juniper said this will allow service providers to increase utilization, create service-oriented network paths and dynamically adjust to changing network conditions. NorthStar is expected to be available in the second half of 2014.

CSE2000 Carrier Services Engine, a purpose-built, NEBS-compliant server platform for the service provider environment. This provides customers with the flexibility to virtualize network functions on the router, in a carrier-grade central office (CO) or on a standard x86 server in the data center, providing the ability to optimize service location based on performance and cost requirements. The CSE2000 is available now.

Juniper is also introducing its 1 TB line cards adding further scale to the PTX Series router. Available in Q2 2014, the new line cards double the PTX router's per-slot capacity.

http://www.juniper.net

Earlier this year, Juniper Networks acquired WANDL, a supplier of software solutions for advanced planning, management, design and optimization of next-generation multi-layer networks, for approximately $60 million. WANDL, which is based in Piscataway, NJ, developed a solutions for advanced network analysis, simulation, optimization, capacity planning and management of IP and MPLS networks as well as network solutions for ATM, PNNI/HPNNI, Frame Relay, TDM, Optical Transport, and Voice networks.  Its IP/MPLSView is a multi-vendor, multi-protocol, and multi-layer Traffic Management and Traffic Engineering solution for IP and/or MPLS networks.

Comcast and Netflix Sign Interconnection Deal

Comcast and Netflix confirmed that they have signed an interconnection agreement that will provide Comcast's U.S. broadband customers with a high-quality Netflix video experience.
The companies have established a more direct connection between Netflix and Comcast, similar to other networks, that's already delivering an even better user experience to consumers, while also allowing for future growth in Netflix traffic.

Netflix receives no preferential network treatment under the multi-year agreement.  Other terms are not being disclosed.

http://www.netflix.com
http://www.comcast.com

Ericsson Builds a Global CDN Partnership Program

Ericsson announced its first three global content delivery network (CDN) partners: Limelight Networks, CDNetworks and ChinaCache.

Ericsson says its global CDN partnership program will facilitate operators' ability to deliver more content to subscribers.

The idea is to create a plug-in ecosystem for operators to add CDNs to their networks. Limelight Networks, CDNetworks and ChinaCache are the first to announce they will integrate their systems with the Ericsson content delivery solution.

Ove Anebygd, Vice President and Head of Solution Area Media, Ericsson, said: "Today's CDNs must be able to deliver all types of content in an ultra-efficient way in order to cope with the pressures of the TV Anywhere era. The convergence of global CDNs with operator networks propels content delivery forward to a new level of effectiveness, and enables the media industry to optimize broadcast potential with the continued explosion of available video content. We have created these partnerships to help operators and content providers to forge even stronger links so that they can continue to deliver the right services to the right audiences at the right time."

The first three CDN partners are:

  • Limelight Networks -- now with over 9Tbps of egress serving over 3 billion objects an hour, providing website acceleration, cloud storage, media delivery, and video services worldwide.
  • CDNetworks -- accelerates more than 40,000 websites and cloud services with 140 nodes spanning six continents, including mainland China and Russia, helping content providers break down barriers to new markets.
      
  • ChinaCache -- operating more than 17000 servers in more than 120 cities across China and global points of presence on four continents.


http://www.ericsson.com/timetoplay

Ericsson Joins NSN and Huawei in OSS Interoperability

Ericsson has signed cross-license agreements with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Huawei for multi-vendor interoperability, to simplify operators' use of Operations Support Systems (OSS).

In signing the agreements, Ericsson furthers the goals of the Operations Support Systems interoperability initiative (OSSii).

OSSii is an initiative led by major network vendors (Ericsson, NSN and Huawei), which aims to facilitate the interoperability between network management systems from different vendors. OSSii is promoting competition for network-level OSS systems by reducing the overall integration costs, as well as speeding up the time to market for new services. The licenses will be available to other OSS vendors on FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) terms and conditions.

Cross-license agreements allow Ericsson and other vendors to develop and sell network management products and services based on each other's proprietary OSS-interfaces. As part of the initiative Ericsson will provide a remote testing service for interoperability testing.

"This initiative marks a positive step towards improving efficiency in the fragmented OSS market. By signing these agreements, we will achieve our goal of stimulating innovation in network management, as well as reducing costs for our customers," stated Thomas Norén, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio.

http://www.ericsson.com

Earlier in February, NSN and Huawei announced a commitment to cross-license the OSS interfaces used for multi-vendor management as part of the OSS interoperability initiative (OSSii).

Wind River and HP Develop an NFV-Ready Server Platform

Wind River is working with HP to certify Network Equipment Building System (NEBS)-compliant HP ProLiant servers for network functions virtualization (NFV) applications.

Specifically, Wind River networking and communications products currently in certification with HP include the following:

  • Wind River Linux
  • Wind River Open Virtualization
  • Carrier Grade Profile for Wind River Linux

HP's portfolio of servers includes carrier-grade NEBS-compliant servers optimized for the needs of telecom service providers and network equipment suppliers.

"The carrier network is undergoing a transformation arising from the potential that comes with NFV. By taking advantage of a virtualized or cloud environment through NFV, the telecom industry could reap the flexibility, scalability, cost and energy benefits that IT data centers already enjoy," said Glenn Seiler, vice president of networking solutions at Wind River. "By combining Wind River’s decades of telecom experience with servers from the market leader like HP, we’re enabling a new generation of carrier grade, NFV-ready servers for the changing telecommunications market."

http://www.windriver.com/


Palo Alto Networks Launches its Next Gen Firewall

Palo Alto Networks launched its next-generation, enterprise firewall, the PA-7050. featuring capabilities such as full application enablement, IPS, AV and WildFire active on all traffic.

Network security challenges continue to evolve, according to the company, because sophisticated cyber attacks are now hiding in plain sight, using common applications to penetrate exterior defenses, and once inside a network, act like day-to-day traffic while stealing targeted data via applications such as FTP, webmail or veiled within SSL.  Palo Alto Networks argues that common port-based firewalls, plus simple signature-based protection mechanisms masked as next-generation firewalls cannot safely enable applications; they only block them, and further cannot deliver adequate performance with these security features enabled.  The result: many organizations limit application of tight security controls, leaving their organizations at risk.

The new PA-7050 is designed to protect digital assets by identifying and safely enabling all applications, including those encrypted with SSL while blocking known and unknown threats. It supports throughput speeds up to 120 Gbps for core firewall functionality. It can be used in the data center where validation of applications and users, and threat prevention at 100Gbps or more is critical; as an Internet gateway, where visibility and control over all applications and protection from known and unknown threats are critical; and for internal network segments, where isolation of critical data and business functions is required.

In addition, NTT Com Security (formerly Integralis) will resell the Palo Alto Networks security platform.

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/company/press/2014/palo-alto-networks-launches-industrys-fastest-next-generation-firewall.html

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Juniper Announces Restructring Program

Juniper Networks announced a corporate restructuring aimed at "enhancing its operational efficiency, returning capital to shareholders, refocusing on strategic opportunities and reinvigorating its culture."  The plan has the support of Elliot Management, an outside investment firm that has been lobbying for changes at Juniper.

Juniper said it plans to refocus on "innovation that matters most to service providers and enterprises where demand for High-IQ Networks and best-in-class cloud environments are driving growth.

Key points:

  • Juniper will capitalized on its engineering expertise across routing, switching, security, control and network management
  • The focus is on being a leading provider of secure High-IQ Networks and serving the needs of Cloud Builders.
  • Juniper will create a more focused, connected, agile and execution-oriented company structure driven to deliver on its customers' imperatives for High-IQ Networks and cloud environments.
  • The company will streamline its operations and business portfolio.
  • Juniper said is aiming for a substantial structural reduction to the cost base and a significantly increased operating margin profile through highly detailed and executable actions with directed accountability.
  • The Company expects to exit the first quarter of 2015 with annualized operating expense savings of $160 million from the Q4 2013 level and achieve an operating margin of 25% for 2015 -- an approximate 580 basis point improvement from 2013 -- with operating expenses of 39% of revenue.
  • Juniper will return a minimum of $3 billion to shareholders over the next three years through a combination of share repurchases and dividends.
  • As part of this plan, the board of directors has authorized $2 billion in share repurchases to be executed through the end of the first quarter of 2015, including $1.2 billion through an accelerated share repurchase program to be entered into shortly.
  • Juniper will also initiate a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share of common stock beginning in the third quarter of 2014, with the expectation to increase the dividend over time.
  • Kevin Johnson will retire from the Juniper Board at the end of February 2014. 

Juniper also noted that it has support from Elliott Management, which has agreed among various customary terms, to support the company's restructuring and will vote in favor of Juniper's nominees at its 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

"The cornerstone of our IOP (integrated operating plan) is the belief that our customers, which include some of the world's largest service providers, financial services companies and government agencies, are increasingly building hyper-scale, resilient, secure, highly intelligent, open and virtualized networks," stated Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer of Juniper Networks. "As a pure-play, high-performance networking company with engineering and organic innovation at its core, I believe Juniper is uniquely positioned to help these customers address their rapidly evolving networking needs. Our new, sharpened focus will bring us closer to our customers as we innovate together to address the opportunities ahead, and will enable us to operate much more efficiently as One-Juniper."

http://www.juniper.net

In January, Elliott Management Corp., an investment fund that owns 6.2% of the common stock of Juniper Networks, is pushing for significant changes at Juniper Networks with the goal creating greater shareholder valued.

In an SEC Schedule 13D and presentation, Elliot called for a number of value-accretive steps, including cost realignment, capital return to shareholders, and the optimization of Juniper’s product portfolio. Elliot believes its initiatives can collectively result in a stock price of $35-$40 per share, which is up to 70% above the current price.

Key points include:

  • Cost Realignment: $200M run-rate reduction in operating expenses from 2013 level.  
  • Capital Return: $3.5B share repurchase program comprised of an immediate $2.5B stock repurchase, a $1.0B repurchase in 2015 and an ongoing commitment to return 50% of free cash flow (including a $0.125/share quarterly dividend) 
  • Product Portfolio Optimization: Review of the security and switching businesses to streamline Juniper’s product portfolio to focus on projects and areas where Juniper has clear competencies and the greatest risk-adjusted return on investment.
In January 2014, Juniper Networks' new CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir, joined the company.  Kheradpir succeeds Kevin Johnson, who in July announced his plan to retire as CEO. Johnson will remain as a member of the board.

Kheradpir joins Juniper Networks from Barclays PLC, where he served as the chief operations and technology officer, and as a member of its executive committee. Prior to joining Barclays, he was executive vice president and chief information and technology officer at Verizon Communications. He holds a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

NSN's Virtualized OSS Offers Rapid Recoveries

Nokia Solutions and Networks announced enhancements to its virtualized Operations Support System (OSS), NetAct 8, to help operators restore large-scale network configurations in record time and keep network operations running even if there are unexpected spikes in demand or in the unlikely event that a Network Operations Center (NOC) goes down.

NetAct 8 now enables operators to change the configuration of up to 10,000 base stations automatically in a few minutes, compared to the hundreds of hours required to do so conventionally by manual reconfiguration. This helps operators ensure continuity of communication, should an unexpected peak in demand congest a network, or severe weather or power outages threaten operational stability.

Also enabled by virtualization is the automatic activation of all NetAct applications and content in a new location, should a disastrous situation damage a Network Operations Centre (NOC).

Operators will also now get automatic, real-time prioritization of netwtork issues based on subscriber impact.

“Unexpected situations can develop rapidly, but with virtualization, automation and moving to more customer-centric management of processes, operators can maintain excellent network and service performance,“ said Peter Patomella, vice president for CEM and OSS at NSN. “To help operators upgrade to NetAct 8, the NSN Services team provides full support to ensure a smooth transition is made to a virtualized OSS. We are able to do this by drawing on our experience as the top OSS vendor and our global service expertise to help operators move to an OSS in the cloud era.”

http://www.nsn.com

Radisys and VMware Collaborate on Virtualized Media Processing

Radisys has partnered with VMware on a virtualized media processing solution for mobile operators that delivers more than 90 percent capacity compared to Software MRF running on a bare metal server.

Radisys’ Software MRF implementation of VMware vSphere 5.5 delivers virtualized high-performance media processing with minimized delay for real-time communications services.

Radisys’ MRF Release 1.7 also works with VMware vSphere vMotion to enable the live migration of Radisys’ MRF virtual machines from one physical server to another, providing mobile
operators with the flexibility to balance their virtual machines across their servers with minimal downtime, continuous availability and complete transaction integrity.

The companies also noted that a European mobile operator is set to begin VoLTE services trial using virtualized media processing based on this implementation.

“We are pleased to work with Radisys and to see Radisys’ Software MRF taking full advantage of the low latency features of vSphere® 5.5,” said Sanjay Katyal, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. “With this collaboration, we’re enabling mobile operators around the world to realize the promise of the telecom cloud.”

“Bringing together the combined engineering expertise of Radisys’ media processing experts with VMware vSphere 5.5 has enabled us to deliver an MRF solution that ensures the real-time processing performance of media packet streams in a virtualized environment with impeccable audio and video media quality,” said Denis Bouffard, director of product management, Radisys. “We designed our Software MRF Release 1.7 to embrace all of the real-time application improvements in VMware vSphere 5.5 to deliver a powerful virtualized MRF solution to the market, and we have several mobile operators lined up to start pilot deployments.”

http://www.radisys.com

Gigamon Announces NFV for Tools (NFVfT)

Gigamon introduced an NFV for Tools (NFVfT) concept that aims to standardize APIs and the demarcation point for network traffic and Big Data to be brokered into an elastic compute architecture for analysis. The NFVfT framework would offer visibility arbitration so that the Big Data analytics tools can virtualize their functions and process data on demand enabling a per-unit-of-information-processed pricing model.

Gigamon said its vision is to create a new paradigm for the more effective processing of Big Data by Customer Experience Monitoring (CEM), troubleshooting and Quality of Service (QoS) tools, as well as the OSS/BSS function and other monitoring and analysis solutions. Gigamon’s Visibility Fabric would be used to normalize, filter and forward data in to a storage medium through a virtual demarcation point. The Orchestration Layer of the Unified Visibility Fabric Architecture and any developed APIs would discover which tools are available to the Visibility Fabric and their capabilities. This enables what would be called the Analytic Data Arbitration Function (ADAF) which manages the brokering of analytic tools with the supply of data that needs to be processed or analyzed. The ADAF capability is in many ways similar to a portal, but where a provisioning and arbitration function exists to broker vendors of analytic tools with those who supply data that needs to be processed or analyzed.

“Big Data is changing the status quo for mobile carriers. The current business model for service providers could become problematic as they fund the rising cost of transporting this data,” said Andy Huckridge, Director of Service Provider Solutions at Gigamon. “Many service providers have now realized the value of the Big Data in their pipes and are now in the process of enabling the monetization of that data. However, this model begins to break down with the legacy analytic tool vendors. The NFV for Tools concept empowers the tools of the future to analyze the bandwidth of the future with the end goal of enabling the monetization of Big Data.”

“Vistapointe was founded on this exact NFV vision of decoupling the analytic tools from the underlying custom hardware probes and enabling this functionality via software on x86 compute platforms. This architecture eliminates the current method of deploying multiple custom probe-appliances, and leverages the existing data-center compute infrastructure, therefore drastically reducing the total cost of ownership,” said Ravi Medikonda, CEO, Vistapointe Inc. “With an integrated solution of Vistapointe software analytic tools and Gigamon’s innovative NFVfT, the future of service provider monitoring will create a cost-effective and scalable platform for big-data applications.”

http://www.gigamon.com/visibility-fabric-architecture

Radisys Positions its COTs Platforms for NFV/SDN

Radisys announced its Telecom Cloud-ready T-Series platforms, a commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS), open standards-based ATCA solution that leverages merchant silicon, open source software and a broad range of third-party blades.

The platforms are pre-configured with the latest Intel silicon and integrated load balancing to meet high-performance requirements for Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) deployments. The platform's inclusion of data plane load balancers allows the delivery of up to 1.6 Tbit aggregate performance across the system.

Radisys said the blade architecture of its T-Series enables the migration to SDN by decoupling the control plane and data plane within a single piece of hardware. When operators are ready to physically separate the applications, the bladed architecture of ATCA enables them to easily move the control plane to a dedicated platform. When operators are ready to deploy NFV, they can abstract the application from the hardware. This tiered approach affords operators greater service flexibility, OpEx and CapEx savings and a faster time-to-market. To ensure that operators achieve efficient and seamless integration during their tiered platform integration, Radisys’ Professional Services team is available at each phase to offer full-service consult and assistance.

“Many mobile operators see the value in making the shift to virtualized deployments, but are unsure where to start,” said Grant Henderson, vice president of marketing and product management, Radisys. “Our Telecom Cloud-ready T-Series platforms, available to TEMs and operators alike, provide the flexibility and cost savings that comes with a non-proprietary product, while also breaking the transition to SDN and NFV into convenient steps that support a phased approach to network and service evolution.”

The line up includes:

  • T40 Compact: Designed for data plane appliance applications such as Deep Packet Inspection, Security and Media Optimization, the T40 Compact is an ideal Network Appliance for low-density nodes that require a cost effective but highly flexible platform with a carrier-grade option. It comes with Intel DPDK pre-installed and is supported by a wide range of front serviceable I/O, storage and other hotswap FRUs.
  • T40 Pro: Designed for mid-density node deployments, the T40 Pro is a highly optimized performance/watt/space platform for demanding Policy Enforcement, Security and Service Gateway applications. The T40 Pro, in addition to two 40G switches, sports a 40G backplane and up to four payload slots, allowing a broad range of network processors and compute resource blade options.
  • T40 Ultra: Designed for telecom applications that require the maximum in high density performance, the T40 Ultra provides more than 1 Terabit of switching capacity and the ability to deliver more than 288 Intel cores, making it the highest performing telco-grade platform for SDN/NFV applications.

http://www.radisys.com