Thursday, August 28, 2014

Intel Highlights Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge for 14nm

Intel highlighted two new advanced packaging and test technologies for its foundry customers.

Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB), available to 14nm foundry customers, is a simpler 2.5D packaging approach for very high density interconnects between heterogeneous dies on a single package.

Intel said this technology embeds a small silicon bridge chip in the package, enabling very high density die-to-die connections only where needed. Standard flip-chip assembly is used for robust power delivery and to connect high-speed signals directly from chip to the package substrate.

Intel also announced the availability of its revolutionary High Density Modular Test (HDMT) platform for markets including server, client, system on chip, and Internet of Things. Until now, this capability was only available internally for Intel products.

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/08/27/intel-announces-new-packaging-and-test-technologies-for-foundry-customers

South Africa's MTN Tests 2.4 Tbps Wavelength with Huawei

South Africa-based MTN has conducted a live trial of Huawei's Transport Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and 2.4 Tbps wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) system.

The ultra-fast single-channel 2.4 Tbps field trial took place on MTN’s national fibre backbone network in South Africa. In the first scenario, 2.4 Tbps with 16QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) was achieved over a transmission distance exceeding 300 km. In the second scenario, 2 Tbps with QPSK was achieved over a transmission distance of 1031 km.

Huawei described the system as the biggest in terms of capacity tested to date. In addition to the large system capacity, the "world’s first" transport SDN new features were also tested. Huawei Transport SDN solutions, using physical network modeling and resource abstraction, have realized transmission pipe virtualization. These advances allow traditional communication technology networks to be "IT-like". This trial successfully demonstrated SDN features such as Bandwidth on Demand (BoD), Virtual Transport Service (VTS) and Automatic O&M functions.

Mr. Navi Naidoo, Group Technology Officer, MTN, said: "With this successful field trial, we have demonstrated our commitment to digital innovation. MTN continues to invest in future-proof transport networks to realize world class technologies, not only to our existing markets, but to extend our technology offerings globally. We believe that networks such as cloud computing, streaming media and mobile broadband must be scalable, intelligent and flexible. To this end, Huawei's next generation optical evolution concept 'SDN-based flex optical network' properly fits our requirements."

Mr. Zha Jun, President of Huawei's Fixed Network Business Unit, said: "Huawei will maintain cooperation and joint innovation with MTN, and continue to promote the commercialization process of SDN and ultra-high speed optical transmission technology, in order to jointly meet the challenges of a digital future. "

http://www.huawei.com

Zayo Announces Connect to the Cloud Platform

Zayo introduced its Connect to the Cloud platform for helping enterprise customers adopt a hybrid cloud strategy.

Zayo's Connect to the Cloud platform will provide a direct connect options to multiple cloud providers and over 500 data centers worldwide. The expanded program offers a direct connect option to many leading cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Softlayer.

“More and more companies are relying on some form of cloud computing,” said John Real, vice president of strategic channels at Zayo Group. “It’s clear that the business landscape is changing, and with so much critical business intelligence now residing in the cloud, it is crucial to have reliable network connectivity. Zayo’s Connect to the Cloud platform provides that connectivity.”

http://www.zayo.com


  • In 2011, Zayo became one of the first providers to offer direct bandwidth up to 10G through the AWS Direct Connect portal and in 2013, announced it had become an Amazon Partner Network (APN) Technology Partner. As an APN, Zayo provides private networks with circuits to enable connectivity to each AWS Direct Connect location.

CenturyLink Opens 2nd Toronto Data Center

CenturyLink inaugurated a new data center in the greater Toronto area, offering 5 megawatts of IT load and 100,000 square feet of raised floor space.

The new Tier III data center, known as TR3, is located in Markham. CenturyLink now operates 57 data centers worldwide, including Canadian facilities in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

“Today’s dynamic business environments require businesses to partner with an agile data center provider that offers reliable, secure IT services and outstanding support,” said Ash Mathur, regional vice president and country manager for CenturyLink Technology Solutions’ Canadian operations. “Businesses that operate in Canada partner with CenturyLink because we help them succeed by understanding and addressing their specific technology needs, as well as ensuring the continuity of mission-critical business applications.”

http://www.centurylink.com

BT Signs Ciena for Ethernet Service Delivery

Openreach, BT’s local access network business, has selected Ciena’s packet networking solutions to support the evolution of its Ethernet services.

Openreach provides CPs with equal access to the wires and fibres that deliver the data, broadband and voice services to tens of millions of homes and businesses in the UK. Openreach’s EAD+ services offer a wide choice of high-bandwidth, permanently connected, point-to-point Ethernet solutions that help CPs expand their own networks and deliver a range of high-quality services, such as cloud computing, storage area network connectivity and mobile backhaul.

Openreach’s EAD+ services will use Ciena’s E-suite family of packet switch modules, including the 3916 and 3930 Service Delivery Switches and 5142, 5150 and 5160 Service Aggregation Switches. Openreach will also leverage Ciena’s Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) software, including its Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) and OneControl Unified Management System, to enable low-touch service provisioning. With Ciena’s automated reporting and service-level testing capabilities, Openreach will be able to proactively monitor and measure the network’s ongoing performance for greater efficiency.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We have been providing our Ethernet Access Direct products to the UK communications industry since 2009. During this time, market demand for secure, dedicated business connectivity has grown exponentially – literally underpinning the bread and butter of businesses right across the UK. Maintaining a robust supply chain against this backdrop is of paramount importance to us and our customers. Choosing Ciena as our new dual NTE vendor will provide assurance of continuous supply while also maximising opportunities to further develop the capabilities we offer," stated Jon Hurry, MD, Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy, Openreach.

http://www.ciena.com

http://www.openreach.co.uk/

Norway's Broadnet Resigns Contract with Ericsson

Broadnet, the leading Norwegian provider of fiber-based data communication, has signed a five-year network transformation agreement with Ericsson, extending a partnership started in 2006. Ericsson will supply IP routing, optical and microwave solution. The current agreement extends a long-term partnership that started in 2006.

Ericsson said the first stage of the project will cover the upgrade of the 125 metro rings in Norway. Transforming the infrastructure will allow the operator to simplify network management, enjoy less opex and faster time to market for new services.

Per-Morten Torvildsen, CTO Broadnet: “Our network is constantly evolving and we are always seeking advanced tools for improving the efficiency and quality of our services. Our transformation endeavors were primarily focused on simplifying the network. To this end, we decided to reduce the number of vendors from 22 to three. Ericsson was chosen based on the solid mix of own and partner products and the ability to deliver a wide range of professional services. We expect that transformation will allow us to lower operational costs while meeting the growing demand for high-speed services.”
Aksel Aanensen, Head of Ericsson Norway: “We are happy to continue our long-term partnership with Broadnet and proud to be selected as one of very few vendors for the network transformation. We look forward to supporting Broadnet in meeting its goals to achieve a simple and robust network with advanced services now and in the years to come.”

http://www.ericsson.com

Global Cloud Xchange Hires Mark Simpson

Global Cloud Xchange appointed Mark Simpson as President of North America.

Simpson most recently served as CEO of SEACOM Ltd. where he was instrumental in transitioning the company into a profitable organization serving many markets in Africa and international operators.  Prior to SEACOM, Mr. Simpson was President and CEO of Pacific Crossing where he completed the sale of the company to NTT Communications and remained in the role during a one-year transition to maintain the company's strong financial performance post-acquisition.

http://www.globalcloudxchange.com/

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Software Defined NFV in Google's Cloud Platform

by James E. Carroll

The really exciting phase of cloud computing is just beginning, said Google's Distinguished Engineer Amin Vahdat, speaking at the 22nd Annual Symposium on High Speed Interconnects at Google's HQ in Mountain View, California. It's not about delivering old capabilities cheaper but about new programming models unavailable elsewhere, leveraging low-latency and massive IOPS.

To get there, Vahdat said the old way of networking simply is insufficient to achieve the performance and flexibility needed by next-gen compute and storage systems. Google is leveraging SDN and NFV to run its cloud.

Some key points in his talk:

  • Everything at Google runs on shared infrastructures.  The SDN creates the illusion that individual applications/services are running in their own networks with their own IP address space.
  • Google private backbone, which connects its data centers, is larger and growing faster than its public-facing network. Bandwidth between Google data centers is comparable to what others see inside their data centers.
  • Google has $2.9 billion of additional planned data center builds worldwide.
  • Operating at Google scale reveals that the dominant costs of running a big data center is power and cooling, not the cost of the initial equipment.
  • Google operates a global CDN of edge connectivity with express lanes back to its data centers.
  • Google Andromeda software stack provides the logically centralized SDN control that orchestratew VM, vSwitch, NIC, fabric switch, packet processors and routers.
  • A logically centralized/hierachical control plane with peer to peer data plane beats full decentralization.
  • Baseline NFV is in the fabric. While Google's Andromeda contoller delivers NFV as a cloud service, new APIs will allow 3rd parties to offer additional network services over Google infrastructure.
  • DDoS protection is an essential NFV service. Large companies are under constant attack. The only question is how big is the ongoing attack.
  • Another NFV application is Google Cloud Load Balancing. This can be provisioned in 5 minutes and then takes 4 seconds to ramp. Steady state can be achieved in under 120 seconds. The total cost is $10.
  • Looking at future needs, the challenge is how to spin up a 1,000 port virtual network in a matter of seconds while ensuring isolation, load balancing, external access, bandwidth provisioning and SAN resources. Using Amdahl's lesser known law (1 Mbps of IO for every 1 MHz of computation) and assuming 32-core CPUs supporting lots of VMs, we can see the virtual network will require 100s Tbps of switching capacity.
  • Future NPU must be >2X better than switches and CPUs for the same functionality.
  • Every piece of the system has to be in sync and to achieve this constant auditing is required. You are only as good as weakest link.

http://www.hoti.org


Nutanix Raises $140 Million for Converged Data Center Solutions

Nutanix, a start-up based in San Jose, California, announced a $140 million Series E funding round at over a $2 billion valuation.

Nutanix offers a Virtual Computing Platform, which integrates compute and storage into a single solution for the data center. Its web-scale software runs on all popular virtualization hypervisors, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and open source KVM, and is uniquely able to span multiple hypervisors in the same environment.

The latest round brings Nutanix's total funding to $312 million.

Nutanix reports annualized bookings exceeding a run rate of $200 million.  The company has over 800 customers, including 29 customers who have purchased more than $1 million in aggregate products and services.  Nutanix's growing list of customers includes Airbus, China Merchant Bank, Honda, ConocoPhillips, Total SA, Toyota, US Navy and Yahoo! Japan.

"The convergence of servers, storage and networking in the datacenter has created one of the largest business opportunities in enterprise technology, and Nutanix is at the epicenter of this transformation," said Dheeraj Pandey, co-founder and CEO, Nutanix. "We are proud of the progress we have made, and are confident in capitalizing on the enormous opportunity that lies ahead of us. We recognize the importance of building relationships with leading public market investors, and are honored to welcome them as partners in driving the long-term success of our Company."

http://www.nutanix.com


  • In June, Nutanix announced an OEM deal under which Dell will offer a new family of converged infrastructure appliances based on Nutanix web-scale technology under an OEM deal announced by the firms. The companies said the combination of Nutanix’s software running on Dell’s servers delivers a flexible, scale-out platform that brings IT simplicity to modern data centers.
    Specifically, the new Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances will be built with Nutanix software running on Dell PowerEdge servers, and will be available in multiple variants to meet a wide range of price and performance options. The appliances will deliver high-performance converged infrastructure ideal for powering a broad spectrum of popular enterprise use cases, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), virtualized business applications, multi-hypervisor environments and more.

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VMware vCloud Links Up to AT&T's MPLS-based NetBond

VMWare's hybrid vCloud Air service will be available via AT&T's Netbond virtual private networking starting in the first half of 2015.

AT&T NetBond is a highly secure private path between a customer's AT&T VPN and a cloud service provider, like HP. The service is automated through APIs and rides over AT&T MPLS network.

"VMware vCloud Air is unique in allowing customers to extend their existing applications seamlessly into the public cloud, using the same management and security capabilities they use in their on premises environments," said Bill Fathers, executive vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "By working with AT&T, our customers will be able to connect their existing sites to VMware vCloud Air using AT&T worldwide network in hours or minutes rather than the weeks required for traditional network connections."

"Secure, private and reliable connectivity to cloud services has been a key concern for businesses," said Jon Summers, SVP Growth Platforms, AT&T Business Solutions. "VMware vCloud Air with AT&T NetBond provides a pre-integrated network-enabled cloud, enhancing performance and flexibility by extending an AT&T VPN into VMware's hybrid cloud platform."

http://www.vmware.com
http://www.att.com

Riverbed Annouces SteelStore Back-up for Amazon Web Services

Riverbed Technology announced an enterprise-class, cloud data backup and recovery solution that protects workloads running in AWS by backing them up in secondary cloud locations.

SteelStore for AWS, which is now available in the AWS Marketplace, allows organizations without a secondary disaster recovery location or organizations looking for extra protection to utilize the cloud for disaster recovery and business continuity. By using SteelStore physical or virtual appliances on-premises, data is seamlessly and securely protected in the cloud. If the primary site is unavailable, organizations can quickly spin up SteelStore and recover data to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

SteelStore for AWS deduplicates, encrypts, and rapidly migrates data to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) or Amazon Glacier, creating cloud-to-cloud resiliency. It accelerates data protection by reducing data volumes by up to 30x and speeding data transport times by 4x.

Riverbed said SteelStore supports 95% of all cloud providers and customers are already protecting up to 130PB of data in the cloud today.

“As the AWS Cloud continues to grow, offering backup and recovery strategies through partners like Riverbed creates a stronger ecosystem for customers looking to take advantage of the agility and cost-saving you find with the cloud,” said Terry Hanold, Vice President, Cloud Commerce, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Providing data backup and recovery solutions on AWS marketplace is essential and we are excited to have Riverbed offer SteelStore for AWS.”

“Cloud-to-cloud resiliency will transform backup and recovery so companies have a more reliable, cost-effective and seamless way to ensure their data is protected in the hybrid enterprise era,” said John Martin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage Delivery at Riverbed. “SteelStore for AWS is helping to make next generation storage more secure for customers taking advantage of the AWS cloud.”

http://www.riverbed.com

ESnet Establishes 100G Peering Point with Pacific Wave

The Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP), which is a nonprofit corporation serving research and education organizations throughout the Pacific Rim, has activated a 100G connection for the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) on its Pacific Wave service.  The connection, which occurs in Sunnyvale, California, enable ESnet to peer with research networks in 40 countries throughout the Pacific Rim.

“International exchange points such as Pacific Wave serve a critical role in the architecture of the Internet, and they are especially important in supporting large-scale scientific collaboration,” stated ESnet Division Director Greg Bell. “This new 100-Gigabit connection will improve data mobility for scientists at the cutting edge of discovery in high-energy physics, fusion energy research, climate science, and many other fields.”

ESnet provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at national laboratories, universities and other research institutions, enabling them to collaborate on some of the world's most important scientific challenges including energy, climate science, and the origins of the universe. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, and managed and operated by the ESnet team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides scientists with access to unique DOE research facilities and computing resources.

http://www.es.net
http://www.pnwgp.net

Dell'Oro: Packet Microwave Equipment Revenue Grows 50% in 2Q 2014

The Packet Microwave equipment market grew 50 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group.  Ceragon Networks was found to be a beneficiary of the rising demand for packet microwave equipment, as its market share leapt to thirteen percent from just one percent a year ago.

Alcatel-Lucent continued to hold its market-leading position in the second quarter, recording almost half of the Packet Microwave market revenue worldwide.  Ceragon captured the second highest market share; followed by DragonWave.

“This was another fantastic quarter for the packet microwave market,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Microwave Transmission research at Dell’Oro Group. “Interest in packet microwave systems has been steadily rising as operators move towards installing LTE mobile radios.  It’s one of the reasons why the packet microwave market has had four consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth.  Another factor driving the high demand for packet microwave is the rising use of full outdoor units, which carries the advantage of a zero indoor footprint, saving operators both capital and operational expenses,” Yu added.

http://www.delloro.com

Infonetics: Strong Sequential Growth for Carrier Routers and Switches

Worldwide service provider router and switch revenue, including IP edge and core routers and carrier Ethernet switches (CES), is up 20% in 2Q14 over 1Q14, to $3.9 billion, according to Infonetics Research. However, Infonetics said the long-term trend is reflected in the decline of 4% from the year-ago quarter (2Q13).

“As we’ve been cautioning, service providers of all sizes are being more guarded with their router spending habits as massive network transformation goals involving software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) translate into specific activities and milestones. But this does not mean router and switch spending will tank or even take a sizeable downturn,” notes Infonetics Research analyst and co-founder Michael Howard.

Continues Howard: “Core router upgrades and replacements prompted by the move to 100GE and paired with many aging core routers drove the core router segment to 11% sequential growth in the second quarter of 2014, and with a lot of capacity ‘in the ground,’ we believe core routers will stay positive for the full year.”

Some highlights:


  • The IP edge router, IP core router, and CES segments all had double-digit revenue gains in 2Q14 from 1Q14
  • On a year-over-year basis, EMEA is the only region to achieve positive revenue growth (+3%) in the carrier router and switch market in 2Q14, while all regions—North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and CALA—are up quarter-over-quarter
  • The usual suspects continued to battle it out for the top 4 router and CES market share spots: Cisco stayed in the lead in 2Q14, with Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and Juniper (listed in alphabetical order) in a fight for the 2–4 positions
  • Infonetics expects global service provider router and switch revenue to grow at a 2.8% CAGR from 2013 to 2018


http://www.infonetics.com/

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

OIF and ONF to Test Transport SDN with Global Carriers

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) will begin testing Transport Software Defined Networking (SDN) in several global carrier lab environments, including China Mobile, China Telecom, TELUS and Verizon. Consulting carriers and research institutions participating in the demonstration include KDDI R&D Laboratories, Orange and China Academy of Telecommunications Research. Testing gets underway this month.

OpenFlow extensions for optical transport developed in the ONF Optical Transport Working Group are being prototyped in the demo along with Service Request and Topology APIs from application to controller. The framework of the demo is application-based bandwidth-on-demand between data center sites, also referred to as cloud-bursting. This real-world use case will illustrate prototype deployment of Transport SDN technology, common interfaces required, needs for interoperability and any operational challenges.

“Verizon has been involved with SDN from its genesis and, as this technology evolves, we look forward to a better understanding of its deployment and operation. As one of the carriers involved in the trial and a hosting lab, Verizon fully supports the OIF and ONF and their collaborative efforts to advance the industry development in this area to achieve the expected benefits of SDN, such as increased network programmability, application aware networking and simplified service development.” Chris Emmons, director, Network Systems, Implementation and Planning, Verizon.

http://www.oiforum.com/public/Global_Transport_SDN_Demo_2014.html

IBM's Softlayer Offers Hourly Bare Metal Servers

IBM's SoftLayer unit introduced hourly pricing for new bare metal servers that can deployed in under 30 minutes at its data centers in Dallas, San Jose, Washington D.C., London, Toronto, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Bare metal servers provide the raw performance of physical servers. The new hourly bare metal servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to SoftLayer’s private global network.

Softlayer said its new servers can stand alone or integrate with all other SoftLayer bare metal, virtual, storage, and networking services, all in one seamless global platform.

“We have always focused on providing customers the right balance of performance, commitment, and cost,” said Marc Jones, CTO for SoftLayer. “As businesses deploy more powerful workloads in the cloud, there is increased demand for performance with even shorter demand cycles. Our new hourly bare metal servers are designed to hit the sweet spot of how much power they need, how long they need it, at price points that make sense.”

http://www.softlayer.com/bare-metal-servers

KDDI to Invest US$270M in New Data Centers in Tokyo, Osaka

KDDI will invest US$270 million (28 billion yen) in building two new TELEHOUSE data centers in Tokyo and Osaka. The company cites a growing demand for data center space in Japan.

TELEHOUSE OSAKA 2 and TELEHOUSE TOKYO Tama 3 are scheduled to open in August 2015 and February 2016 respectively. TELEHOUSE Osaka 2, in the center of Osaka city, will offer 700 racks of tenancy space with up to 30kVA (designed) per rack. Both facilities will offer high-density colocation services enabling the hosting of heavy load IT infrastructure. TELEHOUSE Tokyo Tama 3 will be located on the existing Tama data center campus, 30km from the Tokyo city center in a highly guarded surrounding. The five storey building will offer 1,300 racks of tenancy space with up to 42kVA (designed) power supply to racks, the highest in Japan and 5 times industry average, with a designed PUE 1.31 making it one of the most energy efficient data centers in Japan.

These additional facilities will take the total amount of global TELEHOUSE data center space to 371,000 sqm provided by 46 sites across 13 countries/territories and 24 major cities.

http://www.telehouse.jp/en/
http://www.kddi.com


  • Telehouse is a subsidiary of KDDI Corporation.

COSMOTE Romania Picks ZTE for LTE

COSMOTE Romania, the largest multinational mobile operator in the Balkans, picked ZTE to upgrade its existing 2G/3G network and build a new LTE network in southern Romania. The deal is expected to require construction of more than 3,000 base stations, reinforcing ZTE's leading place in the European LTE market. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Based in Greece, COSMOTE Group has its major operations in South Eastern European countries, including Greece, Albania and Romania. Deutsche Telekom is the largest of its shareholders, holding 40 percent of shares in Greece’s OTE Group.

In 2012, COSMOTE Romania won the auction for the 25M 1800M and 10M 2600M LTE spectrums and planned to launch LTE services in the hope of better customer experience and competitiveness.

In 2010, ZTE successfully completed a UMTS project for COSMOTE Romania.

http://www.zte.com.cn

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