Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Broadcom Positions New XLP II Multi-core Processors for Cloud Scale Networking

Broadcom is expanding its XLP II multi-core communications processors family designed for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) equipment.

The XLP500 processor features 32 NXCPUs with an innovative quad-issue, quad-threaded superscalar architecture with out-of-order execution for 80 Gbps performance. The processor supports Broadcom's Open NFV platform provides seamless interoperability with Broadcom's StrataXGS Switch Series.

XLP500 Series Key Features:

  • Optimized driver and tight integration with Broadcom's FASTPATH software enables seamless interoperability with Broadcom's StrataXGS Switch Series
  • Support for Broadcom's Open NFV platform enables seamless migration of virtual functions independent of Instruction Set Architectures (ISAs)
  • Full end-to-end virtualization of CPUs memory, I/Os and acceleration engines
  • Integrated autonomous acceleration engines support a broad range of applications such as Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), encryption, network acceleration and storage
  • Configurable pool of high performance multi-core processors along with application-specific engines accelerates advanced networking and security functions in a virtualized environment
  • Supports open-source virtualization platforms such as KVM, QEMU and OVS
  • Integrated high speed I/Os including 40GEs, 10GEs, GE, HiGig2 and Interlaken
  • Dedicated lanes for PCIE Gen3.0 and SATA3.0

"For service providers and data center operators looking to manage dynamically changing workloads and massive data requirements, the XLP500 Series provides the processing performance and flexibility required to deploy new services and cost-effectively scale the network," said Chris O'Reilly, Broadcom, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Processors & Wireless Infrastructure.  "With the addition of the XLP500 Series, Broadcom now offers the industry's broadest end-to-end portfolio of 28 nanometer multi-core communications processors, spanning 4 NXCPUs to 640 NXCPUs."

"In order to facilitate a successful industry-wide NFV rollout, HP's OpenNFV program requires an open platform to easily migrate virtual functions across systems and a new class of processors that can improve packet processing, help reduce hardware costs, simplify applications and improve time-to-market," said Vinay Saxena, Chief Architect, Network Functions Virtualization, Hewlett Packard. "We believe our collaboration with Broadcom on its Open NFV platform, and communications processors such as the XLP500 Series, are ideally suited to deliver the right balance of power, performance and workload flexibility needed to meet the requirements of NFV solutions."

Broadcom is also working on a dual-core, 64-bit ARM processor optimized for embedded applications. The company said its forthcoming Vulcan processor will be the highest performance ARMv8 CPU (see below).

http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s836479

In October 2013, Broadcom unveiled its ARMv8-A architecture for a new generation of multicore processors designed to deliver server-class performance for network functions virtualisation (NFV).  The new design is built around a 64-bit ARM core with virtualized accelerators for networking, communications, big data, storage and security applications. The design also features a quad-issue, quad-threaded 64-bit ARMv8-A core with superscalar out-of-order execution. The core enables 3-GHz performance in the advanced 16-nm FINFET process node.

“By offering the industry’s highest performance ARM-based multi-core processor architecture, Broadcom is expanding its technical leadership in multiple generations of multi-core processing,” said Ron Jankov, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager, Processor and Wireless Infrastructure. “Our innovations in the CPU core and comprehensive virtualization, along with our adoption of 16-nm FINFET technology, will further separate us from our competitors.”

Broadcom and ARM announced a partnership to define and develop an open, standards-based NFV software environment for the ARM ecosystem. The companies said they will work with members of the Linaro Networking Group and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to standardize the environment’s programming model, tool chains, application programming model, tool chains, application programming interfaces and networking-specific libraries across the industry.

Supermicro Shows Intel-based SDN Superswitch and MicroBlade Microserver

Super Micro Computer introduced its new advanced Software Defined Networking (SDN) SuperSwitch and MicroBlade microserver solutions.

The new 1U SDN switch platform was developed using the Intel Open Network Platform (ONP) top of rack (TOR) switch reference design.

It uses the Intel FM6764 Ethernet Switch and an Intel Core i3 Processor with Intel Communications Chipset 8900 combined with Intel Open Network Software (ONS).  The programmable switch offers flexibility, agility, security and dynamic manageability through SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV). The SuperSwitch Platform supports OpenFlow control protocols and features 48x 10GbE SFP+, 4x 40GbE QSFP and 2x 1GbE RJ45 management ports in a 1U rack mount form factor, the Layer 2/3 SSE-X3848S is ideally suited for high bandwidth Top-of-Rack (ToR) link aggregation with 1,280Gb/s of switching capacity and Layer 3 packet performance of up to 960 million packets per second.

Supermicro also announced its 6U 112-node Intel Atom™ C2000 based MicroBlade microserver with MicroBlade SDN switches. This extreme density, ultra low power modular Blade architecture maximizes rack utilization with 112 independent power-conserving nodes (as low as 10W each) enabling up to 784 servers per 42U rack. Even higher density can be achieved with the Intel Atom-based architecture which can support up to a maximum 224 nodes. MicroBlade incorporates four Intel Ethernet Switch FM5224 modules featuring SDN functionality and an Intel Atom C2000 control plane processor that supports up to 2x 40Gb/s QSFP or 8x 10Gb/s SFP+ uplinks and 56x 2.5Gb/s downlinks per module, reducing cabling by 99%. Performance oriented UP and DP configurations supporting Intel Xeon E3/E5 processors families will be available in the next few months.

"Supermicro’s new SDN enabled SuperSwitch and MicroBlade switches provides Data Center, Cloud and Enterprise environments the greatest flexibility to dynamically allocate networked resources as data demands shift," said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Working with Intel, we’ve developed a high-bandwidth IA based switching solutions enabling a highly efficient and cost effective path to network virtualization. Supermicro’s new top-of-rack SuperSwitch combined with our extreme density, low power MicroBlade and extensive range of energy-efficient SuperServer and SuperStorage platforms delivers complete computing solutions exactly optimized to maximize ROI in hyperscale deployments.”

"The Intel Open Network Platform Reference Designs are an important part of Intel’s networking strategy to enable the industry to move toward open, standards-based technologies such as SDN and NFV," said Rose Schooler, vice president of Intel’s Data Center Group and general manager of the Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group. “The new Supermicro SuperSwitch, developed from the Intel ONP Switch Reference Design, delivers a high performance, easy to deploy and cost effective network switch that offers management and control functionality.”

http://www.supermicro.com/

Riverbed Enhances Stingray for Cloud Applications

Riverbed Technology announced new features for its Stingray virtual application delivery controller (ADC) product family that improve the performance of business applications like Microsoft SharePoint 2013; increase reliability and scalability on Amazon Web Services (AWS); deliver enhanced visibility of an ADC-as-a-Service deployment; and enable enterprise and service provider customers to quickly and easily deploy application delivery services on demand.

Riverbed Stingray allows customers to dynamically deploy an ADC per application with ADC-as-a-Service, enabling scalable, secure and elastic delivery of enterprise, cloud and e-commerce applications. Stingray also controls and optimizes end-user services by inspecting, transforming, prioritizing and routing application traffic across the widest range of environments, from physical and virtual data centers to public and hybrid clouds.

What’s New in Stingray Traffic Manager and Stingray Services Controller

Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager enhancements

  • Active-active load balancing for high-availability and scalability on Amazon AWS, minimizing or eliminating points of failure within IT environments to deliver the highest level of availability and scalability for cloud-based applications.
  • Includes a number of interoperability features, easy-to-use Web Content Optimization and a key security enhancement with a new cryptographic module. This enhancement is in process for validation for Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 1.
  • Improves SharePoint 2013 performance with support for intranet and Internet using the latest Web Content Optimization techniques with no changes to the application or web browsers.

Riverbed Stingray Services Controller enhancements

  • Operations graphical user interface (GUI) helps administrators support service deployment and monitor ADC deployments.
  • Virtual appliance form factor for Stingray Services Controller and micro instance host simplifies deployment by freeing customers from the need to maintain the underlying operating system.
  • Simplified licensing and billing reports for chargeback.
  • Enhanced visibility of an ADC-as-a-Service deployment with a comprehensive suite of reports that provide customers feedback on utilization of multiple resources.

http://www.riverbed.com

Telefónica acquires eyeOS for Virtual Desktop Service

Telefónica has acquired eyeOS, a cloud computing start-up based in Barcelona, Spain offering an open-source web desktop.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telefónica said the acquisition brings an open-source desktop virtualisation service (DVS), adding to Telefónica's current cloud software.  eyeOS makes it possible for companies to translate legacy applications to mobile as well as harness desktop virtualisation technology and apply this to mobile devices. This technology enables Telefónica to offer comprehensive solutions tailor made to specific needs based on free software capable of competing against other commercial proposals. The companies have collaborated since 2010.

“The acquisition of eyeOS demonstrates the willingness of a large company like Telefónica to work with start-ups, highlighting its openness to innovation and its ability to seek talent and the best
ideas outside of its own structure” said Pau Garcia-Milà, co-founder of eyeOS. “Telefónica will help eyeOS to not only consolidate and expand its technological proposal, but give it international reach through Telefónica's global network.”

David del Val, product innovation director at Telefónica and chairman and CEO of Telefónica I+D, said: "The integration of eyeOS into Telefónica will allow us to harness the technological abilities of a great team and develop a new generation of cloud services based on open technologies. These services define a scalable and affordable proposal that meets the needs of public administrations and SMEs among others.”

Spirent Intros SDN/NFV Test Environment

Spirent Communications introduced a virtual lab environment for SDN/NFV.

Spirent Velocity allows users to quickly set-up a predictable and repeatable virtualized test fabric to a desired deployment architecture, including choice of hypervisors, guest operating systems, reference server setup, NFV and other network elements such as SDN controllers and switches.

Spirent Velocity’s cloud-based design seamlessly incorporates the Spirent TestCenter Virtual and Spirent Avalanche Virtual test appliances, simplifying setting-up and running test cases using a database of methodologies for testing performance, availability, security and scale (PASS) of SDN/NFV. The cloud-based framework lets test engineers utilize physical and virtual test products of their choice on the platform, including other various test appliances or open source tools, to take advantage of existing investments and resources.

“With its cloud-based design, Spirent Velocity provides our customers a new platform to test a new generation of virtualized devices,” said Patrick Johnson, vice president of Cloud and Virtual Solutions at Spirent Communication. “With Spirent Velocity, enterprises, service providers and network equipment manufacturers are able to build out a predictable and repeatable virtual test environment that ensures they qualify their systems for performance and scalability with confidence, while minimizing the investment needed in test equipment or expertise.”

http://www.spirent.com/products/velocity

Open Cloud Project to Build Silicon Valley Test Bed

The CloudEthernet Forum (CEF) and the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) are launching an "Open Cloud Project" to advance their cloud service delivery paradigm for service providers, industry vendors and over-the-top (OTT) cloud service providers.

The Open Cloud Project includes a dedicated proof of concept test laboratory based in Silicon Valley to provide ongoing testing and support for the iterative development of the CEF’s CloudE 1.0 open cloud environment. It will also provide the basis of future compliance and benchmark testing. Informed by the experience and learning of its close association with the MEF, and seeing the benefits that rapid, iterative development has brought to the cloud industry, the CEF is taking the pioneering step of integrating testing into the standards development process right from the start.

Initial work will be focused on three areas: application performance management, cloud security and traffic load balancing. The project’s open test program will lay the groundwork for a fully inter-working cloud environment, and the advancement of best practices to manage OTT and cloud services.

“This is vitally important work if we are to avoid fragmentation of the cloud,” explains James Walker, CEF President and Vice President of Managed Network Services at Tata Communications. “Cloud services rely on the end to end interoperability of so many players – enterprises, network and datacenter equipment vendors, datacenter operators, orchestration layers, management and reporting platforms, security devices, network service providers – the list goes on. The MEF has shown a successful model of defining service types and attributes which everyone can agree to and align with, which through this test bed we can adapt and bring to the cloud industry. Unless we can define industry best practices and global standards to establish an open cloud environment, cloud services run the risk of becoming more and more fragmented and difficult to integrate.”

http://www.CloudEthernet.org
http://www.MetroEthernetForum.org

What is the Open Cloud Project?

Bob Mandeville, Founder and President of Iometrix Labs, introduces The Open Cloud Project - an initiative of the Cloud Ethernet Forum aimed at advancing standards for cloud services connectivity.

The ongoing reference architecture of the Cloud Ethernet Forum will be reproduced in a reference test bed. Six cloud Ethernet use cases will integrated into the test bed. 

See video: http://youtu.be/nmBIgeYin9g

 Filmed at Net Event's Cloud Innovation Summit in Saratoga, California.

 

Overture Adds adds Copper Density to Ethernet over Optical and TDM

Overture rolled out a number of enhancements to its 6500 service aggregation and switching platform, including a 96-pair Ethernet over Copper (EoC) interface module that makes the 6500 the industry’s highest density EoC solution on the market.

The EoC interface module offers from 1 to 24 pair bonding across cards for resilient delivery of up to 300Mbps of symmetric performance-assured Ethernet service. The 6500 integrates seamlessly with Overture’s 400, 4000, and 6100 family of EoC Ethernet Access Devices to enable rapid service deployment on any scale.

“The 6500 and Ensemble OSA represent a fundamental new approach for service creation, activation and assurance,” said Keith Donahue, vice president of Product Management, Overture. “Ubiquitous Carrier Ethernet access – as enabled by the 6500 – is the foundation on which virtualization and software-defined services will be used to drive service agility and improve operational efficiency. At Overture, we are committed to helping service providers meet today’s challenges while providing a path to efficiently address future service evolution.”

http://www.overturenetworks.com

Broadcom's 802.11ac Chip Offers Sub-Meter Indoor Location

Broadcom introduced an 802.11ac system-on-chip (SoC) featuring indoor positioning technology.

The BCM43462 SoC uses Broadcom's new AccuLocate technology to provide sub-meter accuracy on physical locations enabling retailers and public venue operators to deliver more personalized experiences to consumers.  It leverages fine timing measurement (FTM) technology, which Broadcom says yields highly accurate positioning regardless of environmental factors. Previous versions of indoor positioning relied on received signal strength indicator (RSSI) technology, where signal strength and performance can vary depending on environmental factors such as crowd density or temperature.

Key Features of the Broadcom BCM43462 SoC

  • Dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) complete 5G WiFi (11ac) SoC with integrated MAC, PHY and radio
  • Three-stream spatial multiplexing up to 1.3 Gbps
  • State-of-the-art security provided by industry standardized system support
  • Embedded hardware acceleration enables increased system performance
  • Full IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n legacy compatibility with enhanced performance
  • Support for FASTPATH UAP, Broadcom's enterprise class access point software

http://www.broadcom.com

Equinix Opens Fifth Data Center in Dallas

Equinix opened its fifth International Business Exchange (IBX) in Dallas.

Equinix invested over $34 million in the first phase of the DA6 data center which includes space, power, and cooling for 450 cabinets. Future expansion phases of DA6 will accommodate 900 additional cabinets for a total of over 82,000 square feet of usable colocation space. With the addition of DA6 at full build, Equinix's total Dallas footprint will exceed 230,000 square feet dispersed over five data centers.

Four of Equinix's five Dallas data centers are located within the Dallas Infomart, a 1.6 million-square-foot building with multiple diverse fiber entry points into the building. Equinix is the largest colocation tenant in the Infomart.

http://www.equinix.com

Embrane Hires Bill Burns to Lead Company

Embrane, a start-up developing application-centric network services, appointed Bill Burns as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Burns previously was CEO of Spirent Communications plc, a global leader in test and measurement solutions.  Burns also held several executive leadership positions at Tellabs, Inc., including Senior Vice President Global Marketing, Strategy and Business Development, Senior Vice President – Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Vice President – Competitive Service Providers.

http://www.embrane.com

In March 2014, Embrane, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $14 million in Series-C funding for its application-centric network services.

The funding round was led by Cisco and included new Embrane investor Presidio Ventures, and participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and North Bridge Venture Partners.

Also,  Embrane announced it will deliver life cycle management for third-party network services, including the Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv) and Sourcefire virtual appliances.

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Pacific Cloud Xchange Cable to Bring 100 x 100Gbps on US-Japan Route

Global Cloud Xchange (formerly Reliance Globalcom) unveiled plans for a new trans-Pacific submarine cable linking California and Japan and designed for flexible access options.

The Pacific Cloud Xchange (PCX) cable will be a four fiber pair system with initial design capacity per fiber pair at 100 x 100 Gbps using next generation Coherent Submarine Fiber. The new system will be ready for service in 2015.

Global Cloud Xchange is currently finalizing its submarine cable vendors and additional partners.  Global Cloud Xchange will announce the awarding of the PCX supply contract in second quarter 2014 and expects to bring the system into commercial service in 2015.

"The cable with its open architecture and flexible landing station technology will allow companies to rent and own subsea capacity from speeds of 10 megabits to 1000 gig between Silicon Valley and key technology centers in Asia and India," said Bill Barney, CEO, Global Cloud Xchange. "With flexible access speeds and open co-location, the system will be designed to allow start-ups and smaller cloud operators to buy and rent fiber affordably in a scalable model."

"The new fiber system, which runs approximately 8,300 kilometers between Japan (Tokyo) and California (Silicon Valley), will create a next generation IP and Cloud environment held together with a single AS number and connecting into Tier III+ data center facilities on the ground," Barney added.

http://www.globalcloudxchange.com


  • Global Cloud Xchange owns and operates the world's largest private undersea cable system spanning 67,000 route kms which. The company also has extensive global VPLS-enabled Ethernet


FCC Opens 5GHz Spectrum for Outdoor Wi-Fi

The FCC adopted new rules making 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band more accessible for Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices.

U-NII devices play an important role in meeting public demand for wireless broadband service.

Currently U-NII devices operate in 555 megahertz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band, and are used for Wi-Fi and other high-speed wireless connections.

The new rules remove the current restriction on indoor-only use and increase the permissible power which will provide more robust access in the 5.150-5.250 GHz band.

The FCC said the new ruleswill allow U-NII devices to better integrate with other unlicensed portions of the 5 GHz band to offer faster speeds and reduce congestion at crowded Wi-Fi hot spots such as airports and convention centers.

The Commission also modified certain technical rules to improve protection for incumbent systems by requiring manufacturers to secure their devices against illegal modification which could cause
interference to incumbent users in the band.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote: "This is a big win for consumers who will be able to enjoy faster connections and less congestion, as more spectrum will be available to handle Wi-Fi traffic. It will make it easier to get online wirelessly in public places like airports and convention centers, as well as in your living room. This is also a big win for American innovators. The changes we are making will provide fertile ground for the growth of “Gigabit Wi-Fi” – the latest generation of ultra-high-speed, high-capacity Wi-Fi that can provide data speeds in excess of 1 Gigabit per second."

http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-increases-5ghz-spectrum-wi-fi-other-unlicensed-uses

FCC Sets Stage for Auction of 65 MHz of AWS Spectrum

The FCC adopted new rules that set flexible-use regulatory, licensing, and technical rules for 65 megahertz of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, which includes the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands.  The action establishes a band plan that makes spectrum available in a mix of spectrum block and geographic license area sizes to meet the needs of large and small wireless providers.

The FCC said its order also establishes construction deadlines and other service rules, including a requirement that AWS-3 devices be interoperable within AWS-3 and AWS-1 frequencies.

This spectrum will be available on a shared basis with federal incumbents in accordance with detailed plans for these agencies to relocate out of the frequencies or share within the frequencies.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote: "The new capacity will expand the workhorse AWS-1 commercial wireless band to enable faster wireless speeds and more capacity to help satisfy consumers’ voracious appetite for mobile data. This proceeding represents a step forward in spectrum policy. Some of the spectrum being auctioned is already available in the Commission’s inventory. But 40 megahertz of the spectrum to be  auctioned is used nearly exclusively by federal agencies today."

http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-sets-stage-auction-65-mhz-spectrum-mobile-broadband

Arista Networks' S-1 SEC Filing - Big Sales to Microsoft

Arista Networks filed an S-1 registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of its shares.  The company intends to list under the symbol "ANET".

Earlier this month Arista Networks announced two new 100GbE modules for its 7500 Series switches:

  • 7500E Series 6 port 100GbE card with support for CFP2 optics up to 40km over single mode fiber is orderable in Q2 2014 with pricing starting at $6600 per 100GbE port
  • 7500E Series 12 port 100GbE card is planned for availability in 2H 2014 along with a full range of QSFP-100 optics and cables.
In November, Arista introduced its "Single Tier Spline" architecture for simplifying data centers by simplifying cabling, consolidating servers, migrating between virtual to physical networks and controling IP storage. The idea is to collapse the leaf and spine together into a single-tier network for performance and latency sensitive cloud applications. Arista said its design can bring true deterministic performance for up to 2000 hosts in one cluster while lowering operating and capital asset costs by 40%.

Arista Networks' S-1 statement can be found on the SEC website here:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1596532/000095012314000891/filename1.htm

A few items revealed in the S-1 filing:

Arista reported an 81% annual growth rate for the first nine months of 2013
2010 revenue was $71.7 million
2011 revenue was $139.8 million
2012 revenue was $193.4 million
2013 revenue (first 9 months) was $246.5 million

The annual growth rate from 2010 to 2012 was 64%.

2010 net income (first nine months) was $2.4 million
2011 net income (first nine months) was $34.0 million
2012 net income (first nine months) was $20.3 million
2013 net income (first nine months) was $27.5 million

During 2011 and 2012 and for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, sales to Arista's 10 largest end customers accounted for approximately 41%, 43% and 48% of our revenue, respectively.

Sales to Microsoft accounted for 10% of 2011 revenue, 15% of 2012 revenue, and 24% of revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

Arista also disclosed an intellectual property dispute with a company (Optumsoft) controlled by an Arista co-founder, David Cheriton.

Cloudera's Latest Funding Round Brings Up $900 Million

Cloudera confirmed that its latest funding round, which included a strategic investment from Intel, amounts to $900 million.  This financing round includes the previously-announced $160 million of funding from T. Rowe Price and three other top-tier public market investors, Google Ventures, and an affiliate of MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment arm of Michael Dell and his family, and a significant equity investment by Intel that gives them an 18% share of Cloudera.

“The market opportunity for companies to gain insight and build transformative applications based on Hadoop is tremendous,” said Tom Reilly, CEO of Cloudera. “Clearly, demand is accelerating and the market is poised for growth – for all of the players in this space, and we believe Cloudera will be the company to lead this global shift in extracting value from data. This position of strength and leadership is evidenced by the strong support of public market investors, large institutional investors and now key strategic investors including Intel, who’ve made sizable and significant contributions to cement our platform offering.”

Cloudera offers enterprise analytic data management software powered by Apache Hadoop, which is the underlying technology behind a growing number of Big Data projects.

Why so hot?  Cloudera cited the following indicators on its target market:

  • Gartner estimates the market for data management infrastructure (database management systems including data warehousing, storage management, BI, ECM and data integration, and related systems as $74 billion in 2014, growing to $94 billion by 2017.
  • IDC predicted the big data technology and services market will grow at a CAGR of 27% from 2012 to 2017, growing to $32.4 billion, and that the Internet of Things will generate 30 billion autonomously connected endpoints.
  • Gartner predicted that Big Data would drive $232 billion in IT spending through 2016.
  • IDC estimates that the amount of data in the world will grow fifty-fold from 2010 to 2020.


http://www.cloudera.com/content/cloudera/en/about/press-center/press-releases/release.html/?ReleaseID=1913444

HP Introduces Cloud Managed Wireless Access Points for SMBs

HP announced new cloud-managed and on-premise wired and wireless network solutions designed for branch offices or SMBs.

The HP Cloud Managed Network Solution, which takes the place of an on-premise WLAN controller, lowers upfront deployment costs and does not require on-site IT staff to manage the network.

For on-premise, HP is introducing two WLAN controller appliances that scale to support up to 30,000 devices.

The rollout also includes new HP 560 and 517 IEEE 802.11ac wireless access points, which offer speeds three times faster than 802.11n. The HP 560 access points will also be OpenFlow-enabled, empowering customers to leverage SDN applications without having to rip and replace existing infrastructure.

HP is also partnering with Citrix and MobileIron to offer mobile device management (MDM) integration with the HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) platform.

In addition, HP is launching a Location Aware SDN application that locates any wireless-enabled device indoors with approximately two meter accuracy.  The solution could be use in context-aware retail, asset management and security applications. This application will be integrated with the HP Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN controller.

“Our customers are telling us that their networks are primarily cost centers that are too complex to manage, while they are at the same time facing increasing end-user demand for a better mobile experience,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking Business Unit and Network Functions Virtualization Business, HP. “With HP’s cloud-managed and SDN-enabled unified wired and wireless solutions, we are enabling IT organizations to provide an improved mobile user experience, as well as offering simplified management and investment protection.”

http://www.hp.com

Numergy Selects Nuage's SDN for Cloud Infrastructure

Numergy, a French company that plans to open two data centers this to support cloud services, has selected Nuage Networks' SDN platform and Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 service router. The deployment will include Nuage's Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) and 7850 Virtualized Services Gateway (VSG).

“We are pleased to implement the Nuage Networks product suite in our cloud infrastructure. The Nuage Networks SDN technology allows us to address key performance and compatibility requirements for an open environment. This will allow us to virtualize our infrastructure and to offer our customers cloud services in a more dynamic way,” said Erik Beauvalot, Chief Operating Officer of Numergy.

“We are excited to work with Numergy in support of their cloud initiative, that will allow them to deliver attractive and innovative cloud services to French and European companies, but also to make their infrastructure more agile, secure and responsive,” added Matthieu Bourgignon, head of Sales for Alcatel-Lucent France.

Nuage said key benefits of its solution include:

  • Service provisioning speed and agility: Setting up networks in an SDN can be as easy and timely as creating virtual machine (VM). Unlike traditional networks that are highly configuration driven and manual, Nuage Networks allows network connectivity to follow seamlessly and instantaneously according to pre-defined policies.
  • Control: The solution provides a common policy framework through which Numergy maintains full control and visibility of their infrastructure,  while ensuring that performance and access rules are met.
  • Network flexibility and holistic management: SDNs enable “network experimentation without impact. “ Nuage Networks allows Numergy to bypass traditional datacenter network restrictions and experiment freely with new network configurations that better support customer scenarios.

http://www.nuagenetworks.net


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