Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Telefónica Tests Network Functions Virtualization with Brocade

Telefónica has conducted a series of tests with Brocade's Vyatta 5600 vRouter aimed at benchmarking the performance range service providers can expect from virtualized, software-based networking infrastructure. The establishment of NFV benchmarks is part of a joint effort by both companies within the Telefónica NFV Reference Lab framework.

In the tests performed by Telefónica, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter achieved 80 Gbps on a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Intel-based x86 server. Deployed within a Red Hat KVM environment, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 was deployed as a single Virtual Machine (VM) and supported all of the server's available ports at line rate. Released in early 2014, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 is a purpose-built NFV solution offering advanced routing, firewall, and VPN functionality.

"The promise of NFV is rapid service creation and highly elastic scalability. While virtualization is significant to achieving this agility, it has historically been the fundamental limiter to the kind of performance required for scalability," said Enrique Algaba, Network Innovation and Virtualization Director at Telefónica.

"In less than two hours, we deployed the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter from a memory stick and completed our performance tests in our NFV Reference Lab. These results are allowing us, as network operators, to aggressively change our perspective regarding what is possible with software-driven networking in order to accelerate the adoption and deployment of these revolutionary technologies," said Francisco-Javier Ramón, Head of Telefónica NFV Reference Lab.

Brocade also noted that its vPlane™ technology enables the Vyatta 5600 vRouter to leverage Intel Xeon processor-based servers and the Intel Data Plane Development Kit.

The next update to the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter will further advance the NFV solution's capabilities by adding:

  • Layer 3 MPLS
  • Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol Version 3 (L2TPv3)
  • High-availability enhancements to support IPv6
  • OpenDaylight integration through NETCONF/YANG


http://www.brocade.com/NFV

In June, Brocade outlined the first phase of a long-term corporate strategy to develop an open and modular networking platform for cloud and telecommunications service providers.

The Brocade Vyatta Platform, which is the first phase this strategy, encompasses proven Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and emerging SDN technologies based on open standards and open source initiatives. It utilizes established core components, including as the Brocade Vyatta vRouter and Brocade vADX products, along with the open source software projects such as OpenDaylight and OpenStack.

The architecture of the Brocade Vyatta Platform is comprised of three core layers: NFV Connection Services, SDN Structural Services and Functional Orchestration. Each layer of this open architecture is modular and enables customers to select the products and/or solutions that fit their particular data center requirements:
  • NFV Connection Services: Deploy Layer 3-7 network functionality with the Brocade Vyatta vRouter and the Brocade vADX products, along with service chains including third-party elements where needed.
  • SDN Structural Services: Leverage the rapid advancements of the multivendor OpenDaylight Project to simplify management through centralized control.
  • Functional Orchestration: Engage a vast range of capabilities from OpenStack and widely interoperable third-party provisioning and orchestration layers.
Communication between the layers utilizes transparent standards-based protocols and methods, including REST APIs and the NETCONF/YANG model, to ensure configuration interoperability.  

Brocade Supplies High-Performance Cloud Fabric for NZ's AO Cloud

New Zealand-based AO Cloud Ltd has selected Brocade's VCS Fabric technology and data center architecture for a new wave of "convergent cloud" solutions.

Specifically, AO Cloud has deployed Brocade VDX 6740 Switches in its data centers to create single-layer 10 GbE fabrics. The fabrics are automatically aware of all devices (servers, switches, appliances) within their domain, and AO Cloud can add and remove switches from any VCS fabric without manual configuration. Virtual Machine (VM) network automation features are intrinsic to the fabric and are also hypervisor-agnostic.  To extend VM awareness and mobility between data centres, AO Cloud has also deployed Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series high-performance routers that support Layer 2 VPN connections between sites. In common with the Brocade VDX switches, the new routers feature Software-Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities based on the OpenFlow standard, providing greater programmatic control over the network.

"AO Cloud is differentiating its cloud services offering with a new network architecture we have branded 'convergent cloud.' Our plans always encompass fast compute and storage facilities that could talk to multiple production data centres, capable of isolating customer traffic in VLANs and producing an extremely secure environment," said Jeff Herbert, Director, AO Cloud Ltd.

"For this we needed the highly scalable capabilities of Brocade Ethernet fabrics. We also wanted to provision the network for SDN capabilities to facilitate drag-and-drop capabilities for VLANs between data centres, and prepare to write our own SDN software to modify new connections as homogenous across the network. For this we needed an active-active data centre environment to host resilient managed services. It had to be Brocade," added Herbert.

Brocade said active-active data centre architectures support real-time synchronization and load balancing of applications and their data between two or more cloud data centers, enabling service delivery from any or all of them. This approach makes location another virtualized layer in the service cloud. AO Cloud is leveraging the SDN capabilities of Brocade routers and switches to help its customers design and self-provision secure Layer 2 VPNs within the cloud built around multiple data centres.

"The automated fabric environment that AO Cloud has constructed provides a key technical benefit of allowing it to manage customer services, rather than focusing on managing infrastructure," said Gary Denman, Senior Director for Australia and New Zealand at Brocade. "Not very long ago, the concept of virtual machine mobility between data centers was just a theory, but AO Cloud is now leveraging it to offer a range of services with strong value-add. I believe this is very much a sign of how the cloud will deliver business services in the future."

http://newsroom.brocade.com/press-releases/brocade-fabric-innovates-high-performance-data-cen-nasdaq-brcd-1136720#.U_QdxfldX5w
http://www.aocloud.co.nz/

Viatel Announces €125 Million Expansion in Metro Nets + Data Centers

Viatel, which operates metro fiber networks and data centers in Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Paris, Rotterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Lyons, Bordeaux and Marseilles, announced a €125 million expansion.

Over the coming year, Viatel will invest in extending its fiber infrastructure, cloud services and data centres, and will execute on a stream of acquisitions, supported by newly announced funding partner, Proventus Capital Partners.

"This is an exciting time for Viatel" says company CEO, Colm Piercy, "While we already connect 150 data centres and thousands of multinational enterprises and organisations across Western Europe, this investment will now enable us to enhance our services and to extend our reach further and deeper within Europe, and to connect new locations in the USA, Canada, the Middle East and Asia" he adds.
Already one of the largest owners of transcontinental duct and fibre across Europe, Viatel also offer a wide portfolio of voice and managed services, and operate an extensive data centre estate.

"Proventus Capital Partners is committed to working with dynamic and growth oriented businesses throughout Europe. In Viatel, we have found an exciting mix of opportunity and capability and we look forward to working closely with management to develop the company's true potential" comments Henrik Bjerklin, Investment Director with Proventus Capital Partners.

Viatel also owns over 8,500km of duct and fibre optic network infrastructure connecting 8 countries, 35 primary cities, 150 data centres and thousands of mid and large sized enterprises.

http://www.viatel.com/news/press-releases/viatel-to-invest-%E2%82%AC125-million/


Cumulus Hits Milestone: 1 Million Switch Ports Worldwide

Cumulus Networks announced a big milestone for its Linux operating system for data center networking: well over 1 million switch ports worldwide.

The company said its customers range in size from webscale to small business across many industries.

Cumulus Networks now supports 16 hardware platforms, two CPU architectures and five hardware vendors.

“Just over a year ago, we brought the transformational impact of Linux out of the data center and introduced it to networking, and enterprises have responded well to its promise of breaking vendor lock-in, increasing performance and significantly reducing hardware costs,” said JR Rivers, co-founder and CEO, Cumulus Networks. “Our continued expansion is a testament to the growing demand in the industry for solutions that empower more choice, ease and flexibility within their data centers. It is now just as easy to choose Cumulus Linux as it is any other solution, and customers are overwhelmingly deciding against vendor lock-in.”

http://cumulusnetworks.com/

Nokia Networks and Harris Partner on First Responder LTE

Nokia Networks and Harris introduced a rapidly deployable LTE solution for providing 4G/LTE coverage to first responders.  The solution can be deployed in one hour or less, enabling network restoration or remote temporary coverage, which is crucial in disaster or rural areas where coverage is not present or has been compromised.  It could also be used for extending network coverage during special public events.

The Nokia Networks/Harris LTE deployable solution is a field transportable eNodeB system that is installed in a rugged enclosure for off-road operations. It offers grid independent fuel cell powering options, field erectable antennas and several backhaul solutions such as Wi-Fi, microwave and/or satellite. The solution can also be equipped with an optional core network and application server to provide local connectivity in case of backhaul failure.  It includes the latest generation of Nokia Networks’ market leading Flexi Multiradio Base Station family, the Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station (BTS). This solution supports higher LTE capacities and a wider variety of BTS site configurations with a minimized amount of equipment and the industry’s lowest power consumption. The LTE deployable solution also includes BeOn, the world's most advanced group communications solution, which is offered by Harris and available as an application for smartphones and similar devices.

“The collaboration on the new LTE deployable solution builds upon Nokia Networks’ market leading LTE technology and Harris’ proven leadership in integrating LTE and land mobile radio systems,” said Bob Fennelly, head of government and public safety for Nokia Networks. “By leveraging our Flexi Multiradio Base Station family and Harris' BeOn®  group communications suite, we are providing first responders a best-in-class commercial solution that ensures delivery of real-time data and video when most needed.”

http://nsn.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-and-harris-corporation-launch-a-rapidly-deployable-lte-coverage-solution-at

Dell'Oro: Telecom Equipment Sales to Increase $30 Billion by 2018

The trends for the combined service provider telecom equipment market comprising the Access, Carrier IP Telephony, Microwave, Mobile RAN, Optical, SP Routers, SP WiFi, and Wireless Packet Core markets, are set to improve between 2013 and 2018—by approximately $30 billion, according to recently published reports by Dell'Oro Group.

 After recording a CAGR of -1% between 2008 and 2013, Dell’Oro Group forecasts the combined service provider equipment markets to grow at a CAGR of 2% between 2013 and 2018.

“Since the introduction of the iPhone back in 2007 and subsequent proliferation of smart phones generating data as well as voice traffic, service providers have prioritized building out and improving both their wireless and wireline networks,” said Tam Dell’Oro, President and Founder of Dell’Oro Group. “While we believe carriers will continue to enhance their wireless networks, we anticipate carriers will put more emphasis on backhauling traffic which means improving their wireline networks in the next five years,” added Dell’Oro. 

Other 5-year Forecast Report highlights:

  • Wireless and Wireline Telecom Markets to grow at a CAGR of 1% and 3%, respectively between 2013 and 2018. 
  • Microwave, Optical, SP Routers, and Wireless Packet Core to drive the majority of the growth in the forecast period. 

http://www.DellOro.com


Monday, August 18, 2014

CloudSigma Joins Equinix Cloud Exchange

CloudSigma, a public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider with advanced hybrid hosting solutions, has joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange. Equinix’s Silicon Valley SV5 data center is the initial Cloud Exchange connection point for CloudSigma.

CloudSigma, which operates both in Europe and the U.S., gains access to private networking services, and the ability to easily interconnect with service providers and enterprises stationed on the Cloud Exchange.

“By providing enterprises with direct, private access to our public cloud, we are able to significantly enhance performance and security, while capitalizing on Equinix’s global footprint. We are actively expanding our partnership with Equinix across new geographies and joining the Equinix Cloud Exchange will enable us to extend our reach even further. Now, more enterprises and network service providers will be able to use our services in an even easier and cost-effective way,” stated Robert Jenkins, CEO, CloudSigma.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange is currently available in 17 markets globally – Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., New York, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt – with plans to expand to 19 markets by the end of 2014.

http://www.equinix.com
https://www.cloudsigma.com

CloudFX Readies a Cloud Services Brokerage

Singapore-based CloudFX Group announced plans to launch an open standards-based Cloud Services Brokerage platform.

At launch, CloudSelect promises over 200 world class, fully automated cloud services which will enables enterprises and service providers to offer "Anything as a Service" -- including underlying IT infrastructure, application development platforms and fully configured business software applications. The company said its CloudSelect platform is differentiated by providing value-added services based on compliance, configuration, performance monitoring, capacity management, security and availability, full stack provisioning and change management.

CloudSelect's advanced, managed cloud services will be offered directly through www.cloudselect.com, in dedicated on-premise Enterprise appliances where CloudFX guarantee full IT as a Service, and finally, white-label Service provider appliances to strategic partners looking to participate and compete in the public cloud service domain.

"We've built CloudSelect from the ground up to meet the needs of both enterprise cloud customers and cloud service providers (CSPs), enabling them to successfully accelerate cloud adoption and transformation, as well as to differentiate and deliver value added services. Featuring integrated services management, our cloud procurement and management solution is already helping many enterprises and Cloud Service Providers around the globe achieve success with their cloud offerings" said CloudFX Group Founder and CEO, Damian Crotty.


Telstra Picks Ciena/Ericsson for Optical Backbone

Telstra has renewed a contract under which Ericsson will continue as its supplier for optical transport equipment and services. The agreement includes the supply of Ericsson optical transport equipment and services as well as Ciena packet-optical platforms. Financial terms were not disclosed.

David Robertson, Director Transport and Routing, Engineering, Telstra says: "We want to have one of the world's best optical networks and this agreement will provide us with the ability to dynamically move and shape transport capacity with the flexibility and scalability to streamline our network operations. This will help us ensure a consistent satisfactory customer experience, despite the demands for high traffic across different parts of the transport network.  The continued improvement of Telstra's optical technology will increase bandwidth capacity and also lower latency which is of growing importance as more and more operations move to the cloud."

http://www.ericsson.com


  • Ericsson signed a strategic agreement with Ciena in February 2014 enabling Ericsson to sell and support Ciena's Converged Packet Optical portfolio, and collaborate on the joint development of the Multilayer WAN Controller.


Sprint's "New Day for Data" Campaign Offers Bigger Buckets

Sprint kicked off its "New Day for Data" campaign offering 20GB of shared Data and unlimited talk & text for $100 a month for up to 10 lines, plus access line charges.

During a limited promotion, Sprint is also offering up to $350 to new customers to buy out their existing contracts.  Sprint is also waiving the data access charge for handsets, tablets and mobile broadband devices on 20GB or higher data allowances for up to 10 lines.

“Sprint is offering the best value to data-hungry consumers. Period,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “We are doubling the high-speed wireless data because today’s customers rely so much on their smartphones and tablets. We make it simple and easy for wireless consumers to get the data they need at affordable prices to make their lives easier, more productive and enjoyable. We are so certain that this is the best value on wireless today that for any customer who wants to switch to our new Sprint Family Share Pack, we will reimburse them for the cost to end their contract with another carrier.”

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/its-a-new-day-for-data-for-american-consumers-1.htm

Infonetics:Optical Spending Rises in Asia-Pac

Global optical spending is roughly flat year-over-year (2Q14 from 2Q13) as strength in Asia Pacific offset weakening spending trends in EMEA, according to Infonetic Research's new  2nd quarter 2014 (2Q14) Optical Network Hardware report.

Some highlights:

  • In North America, internet content providers (ICPs) such as Google and others generated a wave of optical spending at a handful of vendors including Adva, BTI, and Infinera, altogether accounting for an estimated $40 million surge in 2Q14
  • Worldwide optical network hardware revenue, including SONET/SDH and WDM, totaled $3.3 billion in 2Q14, a sequential gain of 27% aided by strong seasonal performances from Huawei and ZTE
  • Worldwide WDM equipment revenue in 2Q14 is up 6% year-over-year
  • The 1st half of 2014 brought another huge flood of 100G WDM shipments by Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Huawei, and Infinera
  • Ciena’s and Infinera’s North American optical revenue grew rapidly on a year-over-year basis in 2Q14, while Fujitsu’s and Alcatel-Lucent’s decreased.

“While the term ‘tier-1’ is traditionally associated with the incumbent operators of Europe and RBOCs in North America, it is now qualitatively clear that tier-1 spending growth is coming from the competitive dark fiber and internet exchange carriers. These carriers, as well as vertically-integrated internet content providers (ICPs), provide a growing portion of core internet connectivity and intra-datacenter capacity,” notes Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for carrier transport networking at Infonetics Research.

GuardiCore Raises $11 Million for Software-defined Data Center Defense

GuardiCore, a startup based in Tel Aviv, raised US$11 million in venture funding for its security solutions for software-defined data centers.

GuardiCore is pursuing a strategy that looks beyond traditional perimeter defenses to address intra data center traffic (east-west) that has come to dominate software-defined network architectures. The company's first product is an "Active Honeypot" that responds to attacks by dynamically re-routing traffic, without the attacker knowing, to a highly monitored stealth “ambush” server. This approach exposes the true intentions of an attacker, provides quick insights about the nature of the attack and eliminates it in real-time.

The round of funding was led by Battery Ventures, with participation from Greylock IL and undisclosed strategic investors.

“GuardiCore is developing a completely new breed of network security,” said Pavel Gurvich, the company’s chief executive. “Powered by software-defined networking (SDN) methodologies and recent advances in virtualization, our solution is scalable to multi-terabit traffic rates. GuardiCore’s mission is simple: to provide security and IT executives with advanced tools to win the war against cyber-attacks.”

http://www.guardicore.com

Telstra Launches a Global Cloud UC Collaboration Service

Telstra launched a cloud-based, unified communications service for global enterprises. The service is based on Cisco's unified communications platform. A version of the service has been available in Australia since last year.  Telstra is now taking it to 25 countries.

Telstra’s service will be available from the end of August to customers on a monthly, "per worker" basis. Telstra is defining several worker types (such as essential, office, information or mobile) to provide better support and scalability.

“Our new global service is a significant development in global collaboration capabilities and has been designed specifically for today’s dynamic workplace where employees use the web, video, voice to drive innovation and improve productivity. With Telstra Cloud Collaboration, businesses can roll-out extensive collaboration and communications tools to staff throughout the world, scale user profiles and functionality up and down depending on business requirements and ensure employees working remotely have identical resources to those working in the office – all while minimising traditionally significant upfront investment models,” said Nathan Bell, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, Director of Marketing, Portfolio and Pricing.

http://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media/media-library/telstra-unveils-next-gen-cloud-collaboration-service-for-global-businesses.xml

Fujitsu Expands North American Data Center Capabilities

Fujitsu announced the availability of new Tier III data center capabilities in New York and California, in addition to the planned opening of its new Tier III data center in Regina, Saskatchewan.  The facilities, which cater to Japan Originated Companies (JOC), offer state-of-the-art datacenter services, including big data analysis, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), deployment of cloud applications, as well as secure storage and disaster recovery.  Users connect through a dedicated network. Fujitsu also provides Japanese bilingual services.

"Companies across the world are demanding more enhanced services and solutions to help them realize their globalization ambitions," says Bob Pryor, head of Americas and corporate vice president, Fujitsu Ltd. "By delivering Japanese bi-lingual datacenter capabilities, Fujitsu further demonstrates its long-standing commitment to helping customers achieve their business objectives, in this case delivering unique capabilities to JOC customers well beyond the scope of its world-class datacenter offering."

Fujitsu noted it has more than two million square feet of data center capacity from more than 150 data centers spread across North America, Asia and Europe.

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ADTRAN Develops Frequency Division Vectoring

ADTRAN introduced a Frequency Division Vectoring (FDV) technology that enhances the capabilities of both G.fast and VDSL2 vectoring by enabling them to better coexist by working in tandem across a single subscriber line in the service provider’s network. The company said its patent-pending FDV doubles data rates and increases the reach of intermediate-rate services – between 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps – allowing the delivery of cost-effective premium broadband to 80% more subscribers.

FDV expands the addressable market for G.fast by broadening its applicability from Fiber-to-the-Building (FTTB) and Fiber-to-the-distribution points (FTTdp) out to existing street cabinet sites.

“While G.fast and VDSL2 have always been seen as complementary technologies, the limitations of G.fast have been exposed when forced to operate in a VDSL2-compatible mode at higher rates,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst, broadband access and pay TV, Infonetics. “As service providers look to build out their G.fast adoption strategies, ADTRAN’s FDV technology has a key performance impact by allowing G.fast and vectored VDSL2 technologies to work in concert to boost performance. Service providers can now maximize a broader market opportunity without wasting unused bandwidth in their networks or prematurely forcing subscribers served by 100Mbps VDSL2 to move to G.fast.”

http://www.adtran.com

Infographic: Vectored VDSL Adoption Around the World

Huawei Signs 100th Contract for NE5000E 400G Core Router

Signalling its continued expansion in the core routing market, Huawei announced its 100th contract for its NE5000E 400G core router deployment on an IP backbone network. The platform was commercially launched in August 2013. It is now deployed in some 37 countries on five continents. Huawei said the system has operated fault free for over one year on these multiple networks.

In August 2013, Huawei deployed the industry's first 400G IP backbone network for Mobily in Saudi Arabia. Over the past year, a growing number of leading operators, such as MegaFon Russia, Jazztel Spain, True and DTAC in Thailand, Etisalat UAE, as well as China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, have deployed the 400G router.

Key features of the Huawei NE5000E-based platform include its acceptance of three generations of service boards: 100G, 400G, and 1T. The system capacity can be smoothly upgraded from 3.2 Tbps to 32 Tbps and the super 2+8 router cluster system can achieve a capacity of up to 128 Tbps.  The NE5000E 400G router has passed testing certification from the European Advanced Network Test Center (EANTC).

http://www.huawei.com

Empirix Acquires Verios for Mobile Analytics

Empirix has acquired Verios Software & Systems, a privately-held company specializing in real-time analytics, for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Verios takes a “Big Data” analytic approach to managing the increasingly complex radio access network environment. Unlike conventional radio access network management solutions that only sample customer segments, the Verios Vision Platform is designed to provide customer-level detail in high-volume distributed networks in real time. The company was founded in 2009 by Gerard Carroll, Mike Manchip and David O’Loghlin.

Empirix said it plans to integrate the Verios solution with its own analytical, troubleshooting, monitoring and management capabilities to give wireless providers unprecedented capabilities for managing their networks from their customers’ perspectives.

“The radio access network is a vital, expensive and often unpredictable link in the mobile network. Verios provides insight that enables network operators to enhance service levels and predictability of service for their customers,” said Empirix CEO John D’Anna. “Verios’ solution provides complete visibility into radio access network operations, down to the individual user. Integrating that functionality into our IntelliSight platform will enable wireless providers to know exactly what their customers are experiencing, when and where. At the strategic level, that intelligence will help providers target their investments at the areas most likely to yield more revenue.”

“Empirix and Verios have complementary visions of service performance management and how to help providers deliver outstanding customer experiences,” said Verios Founder and CEO Gerard Carroll. “Unifying our respective approaches to SOC – Empirix across the core network and Verios across the radio access network – will give providers immediate, detailed insight for responding to their most lucrative customer segments’ needs.

http://www.empirix.com/news/press-releases/2014/2014-08-14.aspx

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