Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ericsson Introduces Software Model for Mobile Operators

Ericsson is introducing a software model for adding features to networks of its mobile operator customers on a recurring basis. The idea is to continually improve the performance and capabilities of mobile networks through periodic software releases. Operator customers would pay on a software model similar to the IT industry, with major releases twice per year.

At an industry analyst event in Silicon Valley, Ericsson executives introduced Software Release 15A, the first installment of the new model, featuring packages such as HD Voice, multi-carrier mobility and load management. Altogether, this release includes 150 new features and capabilities for improving the user experience of a mobile network.

Some specific new capabilities include:

  • Ericsson Radio Dot system support for both LTE and WCDMA
  • Small cell coordination features including Combined Cell which improves throughput by 100 percent for a single user at the cell edge, and Coverage-Adapted Load Management to optimize network resources
  • Energy-saving LTE features, including Micro Sleep Transmission (TX) and Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) Sleep Mode, which reduce power consumption during low-traffic periods
  • Three Carrier Multi-carrier for HSDPA, which provides download peak rates to 63Mbps, increases 3G network capacity by 40 percent and improves user experience for all load situation and entire cell
  • Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment 15A is based on OpenStack providing openness for third party applications and hardware. It focuses on a high level of resiliency through a triplicated cloud infrastructure controller and efficient infrastructure O&M.
  • Modem Assisted Service Classification which enables the monetization of single or multiple app bundles by dynamic, real-time service classification and policy enforcement. 

Johan Wibergh, Head of Segment Networks, Ericsson, says: "This is a logical evolution in the shift toward virtualization. Our new model builds on the software performance benefits by making it simpler and faster for operators to implement the packages that best address their business needs. Networks can do much more today and their speed of evolution will only increase."

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1857801
http://www.slideshare.net/Ericsson/ericsson-networks-software-15a

Ericsson Confirms Contract with T-Mobile US

T-Mobile US has awarded a major contract to Ericsson to continue expanding its nationwide 4G LTE network, improve in-building, highway and rural performance, and expand the availability of high-quality VoLTE services.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The contract, which is an expansion of T-Mobile's 2012 network transformation project with Ericsson, includes RBS 6000 base station equipment, installation and  integration of 700,1900 and 1700/2100 MHz LTE-Advanced radio sites and tuning services.

T-Mobile is the first U.S. wireless carrier to deploy enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC) technology, which enables a seamless handover of VoLTE calls in LTE to existing 2G or 3G networks.  Ericsson has delivered its Session Border Gateway (SBG) and Ericsson Media Resource System (MRS) to support voice handovers using eSRVCC.

Ericsson has enabled Wi-Fi calling through its evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG)1 and interoperates with T-Mobile's existing IP Multimedia System and Evolved Packet Core network infrastructure.Additionally, Ericsson's Services organization will help T-Mobile achieve OPEX reduction through the decommissioning of MetroPCS sites and ecological repurposing or recycling of removed site material.

Neville Ray, CTO of T-Mobile US, says: "We are constantly working to enhance and grow our network for our customers. With the help of Ericsson LTE equipment and services, not only have we rolled out the fastest nationwide LTE network in the US in record time, we're able to continue advancing voice and data performance at an unprecedented pace."

http://www.ericsson.com

Radisys Builds Bigger, Smarter COTS Platforms for SDN/NFV

Radisys introduced its T-100 platform featuring new "FlowEngine" data plane software and optimized for high performance SDN and data plane Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) processing requirements.

Significantly, the new T-100 Platforms, which are based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) silicon, can support multiple 100G ingress ports, while classifying, switching and load-balancing traffic to the latest Intel Xeon-based processing blades for performing virtual network functions.

Key capabilities of Radisys' new FlowEngine include:

  • Wirespeed flow classification within the platform switch mechanics to rapidly identify traffic, reducing DPI loads on CPU blades and increasing overall chassis capacity and performance
  • Integrated load balancing to intelligently share loads across VNFs

Radisys’ T-100 Platform family consists of the T-100 Ultra, a 14 slot chassis that delivers 2+ Tbps aggregate throughput, and the T-100 Pro, a 6 slot chassis that delivers 640 Gbps aggregate throughput. The T-100 Ultra and T-100 Pro can be populated with Radisys’ new SDN and data plane NFV optimized blades:

  • A2470 (NPX) Intelligent Switch Blade with FlowEngine supports integrated packet classification, SDN routing and load balancing. Its supports up to 4 x 100GbE network ports. OpenFlow and Neutron plug-ins can be used for orchestration. Service chaining can be implemented across single and clustered chassis/frames
  • A4700, based on the latest Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 series processors, delivers optimized performance for processor-intensive virtualized applications

Radisys said the new T-100 Platform with A2470 switches, populated with A4700 resource blades running Intel Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), is an ideal NFV data plane processing platform for Layer 5-7 DPI applications, Policy Control Enforcement Functions (PCRF), or Gi-LAN application processing requirements.

For NFV, the Radisys T-100 is designed to maximize use of open source and standards such as RedHat and Ubuntu KVM. It can be managed from an orchestration layer via NF-Vi interfaces.  It supports OpenStack Nova (Compute) and OpenStack Neutron (Network).

“We’ve harnessed our 25 years of telecom platform engineering expertise with the introduction of our T-100 Series Platforms with FlowEngine technology, to overcome the tough challenges around realizing SDN and NFV for the data plane,” said Keate Despain, vice president, Business Development, Radisys. “In addition, Radisys support and integration services are available to help our customers rapidly adopt these unique NFV platform capabilities. The bottom line is that the T-100 with FlowEngine can help telecom application developers accelerate their NFV product programs with a platform architecture backed by Radisys that delivers CapEx and ongoing OpEx savings for mobile operators.”

http://www.radisys.com

Earlier this month, Radisys announced support for the new Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 series processors with performance upgrades across its broad x86 product portfolio.  A new, standards-based ATCA-4700 blade for the Radisys T-Series Ultra and Pro and the latest Radisys T-Series Compact Rackmount Server are based on the new Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 series processor.

Radisys said the performance boost makes these solutions well suited for SDN and NFV applications. Carrier-scale deployment of SDN and NFV will require platforms that can process hundreds of millions of data plane flows simultaneously, across thousands of Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs).

Radisys also noted Intel Data Plane Developer Kit (Intel DPDK) optimizations and support across its x86 product line to ensure customers get the best performance possible.  In addition, Radisys brings solutions and expertise in LTE, Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and security to its broad range of applications. The combination of telecom-grade performance and a broad product portfolio optimized with Intel DPDK allows TEMs to focus resources on rapid innovation in the virtualized application arena.

Google Breaks Ground on Huge Data Center in Holland

Google held a ground breaking ceremony with Dutch officials to launch construction of a huge data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands -- its fourth mega data center in Europe.  Other sites are Dublin, Hamina (Finland) and the Belgian St. Ghislain.

The data center is expected to enter service in late 2016 and be fully operational in 2017.  Foofle said its plans to invest EUR 600 million in the project.

http://googleproducts-nl.blogspot.nl/

365 Data Centers Adds Local Enterprise Cloud Storage

365 Data Centers introduced a local, enterprise cloud storage-as-service (STaaS) across 17 U.S. markets. The service is geared for applications such as clustered databases, big-data analytics, file storage, archiving, storage migration, backup, remote disaster recovery and temporary workloads.

365 Cloud Storage provides enterprise-class security and controls, self-service provisioning, high security and pay-for-use pricing.  Some additional features include selection of dedicated SATA, SAS and SSD drives; support for both SAN block storage and NAS file storage (NFS/SMB), and 10Gbps and 1Gbps private network access via cross connect or metro fiber.

"Businesses continue to struggle with the non-stop growth and management of storage. It is costly and risky to buy dedicated storage. Public cloud providers have been unable to crack the enterprise cloud storage market because it requires businesses to move both applications and data into the cloud," said Keao Caindec, CMO, 365 Data Centers. "365 is bringing the cloud to 17 local markets. We believe businesses should be able to connect their enterprise applications and servers to local on-demand storage to support development, testing, QA and production environments securely. We enable our clients to reduce the risk associated with purchasing dedicated physical storage infrastructure while avoiding large upfront capital expenditures and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership."

http://365datacenters.com/cloudstorage

High-Intensity, Short Duration DDoS Attacks Rise in Frequency

The majority of DDoS attacks are short in duration and repeated frequently, according to a newly issued 2014 Mid-Year Threat Report from NSFOCUS, which specializes in distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation solutions.

However, the number of high-volume and high-rate DDoS attacks continued to rise in the first half of 2014 as well.  The report drew on statistical analysis of actual DDoS attacks.

Some of the key findings from the report include:

  • Attacks continue to be short in duration with repeated frequency: More than 90 percent of attacks detected lasted less than 30 minutes. This ongoing trend indicates that latency-sensitive websites, such as online gaming, eCommerce and hosting service should be prepared to implement security solutions that support rapid response.
  • High-rate, high-volume attacks increased: DDoS traffic volume was up overall with a third peaking at over 500Mbps and more than five percent reaching up to 4Gbps. In addition, findings showed that over 50% DDoS attacks were above 0.2Mpps in the first half of 2014, increasing from around 16%. And over 2% of DDoS attacks were launched at a rate of over 3.2Mpps.
  • Top three DDoS attack methods revealed: HTTP Flood, TCP Flood and DNS Flood were the top three attack types, together making up 84.6 percent of all attacks. DNS Flood attacks held their place as the most popular attack method, accounting for 42 percent of all attacks. While the number of DNS and HTTP Flood attacks decreased, TCP Flood attacks grew substantially.
  • Increase in ISPs, enterprises and online gaming targets: Attacks targeting ISPs increased by 87.2 percent, enterprises by 100.5 percent and online gaming by 60 percent.
  • Longest, largest and highest-frequency attacks: The longest single attack lasted nine days and 11 hours, or 228 hours, while the single largest attack in terms of packet-per-second (pps) hit at a volume of 23 million pps. More than 42 percent of attack victims were targeted multiple times while one in every 40 victims was repeatedly hit more than 10 times. The highest frequency of attacks experienced by a single victim was 68 separate DDoS attacks.


“NSFOCUS has maintained a continuous review of DDoS attacks over recent years, and we have observed that the trends constantly change as attacks morph and hacker behavior evolves. To stay ahead of these trends, we strongly encourage our customers to take a defensive approach in identifying and mitigating these threats before they happen,” stated Terence Chong, Solutions Architect, NSFOCUS.

http://www.nsfocus.com

Monday, September 22, 2014

Orange Business Extends VPN Internet to Cloud Services

Orange Business Services is extending its core Business VPN service to provide its core clients with high-performance, secure access to Internet-based cloud and Web services.

Orange Business VPN Internet improves performance for the entire network by eliminating congestion risks on the IP VPN, reducing Internet access latency and prioritizing business-critical traffic.

Orange Business Services has initially invested in 15 global Internet gateways on five continents in order to route Internet traffic off of the IP VPN closer to the user.  This helps reduce the latency caused by the long physical distances between the user, the gateway and the destination web site on a conventional IP VPN.  Orange Business VPN Internet also ensures that Internet connectivity complies with the enterprise security policy, while delivering Internet costs benefits through smart pricing.

Key Features

  • Worldwide access: gateways are currently available in London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, Sydney, Tokyo, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg and Bahrain.
  • Global security policy: each gateway provides virtual firewall protection based on the customer’s security policy. Orange Business Services can also provide cloud-based security such as URL filtering to complement the service.
     
  • Geolocalization: provides geolocalization as standard, so that users in each country are able to access local Internet services.
     
  • Application prioritization: new Internet Class of Service (CoS) enables accurate application prioritization and supports traffic bursting between the Internet and IP VPN as required.
     
  • Pricing: competitively priced hybrid Internet/WAN ports can offer bandwidth cost savings of up to 30%. The solution is available with no additional capital expenditure for customers. 

“By seamlessly integrating secure Internet and cloud services into our core network, we are able to support new ways of working and deliver the best possible end-user experience,” says Pierre-Louis Biaggi, head of the Network Solutions Business Unit, Orange Business Services. “Ultimately, Hybrid Networks as we conceive them at Orange Business Services, help drive the move toward digital transformation by supporting the new generation of Internet-based services.”

http://www.orange-business.com/en/network

Brocade Introduces its OpenDaylight SDN Controller

Brocade introduced its Vyatta Controller as a keystone product in its SDN portfolio and an open platform for the scalable management of end-to-end services across a wide range of underlying physical and virtual network infrastructure, such as switches, routers, firewalls, VPNs and load balancers.

It can be deployed as a Virtual Machine (VM) on any major hypervisor and is interoperable with Brocade MLXe, VDX, ICX, vADX and vRouter product families, as well as popular third-party network infrastructure equipment.

The Brocade Vyatta Controller is powered by the OpenDaylight Project, a community-led open source initiative aimed at accelerating the adoption of SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The company cited a number of early use cases, including:

  • Bandwidth Calendaring
  • Context-Aware Policy Enforcement
  • Prioritization of Unified Communication Traffic
  • Security for Issues Such as DDoS Attacks
  • Advanced Network Programmability and Control for Heterogeneous NFV environments

Among the initial applications available from Brocade will be the Path Explorer and Volumetric Traffic Management applications. Designed to provide topology awareness and path optimization, the Path Explorer application will be available concurrently with the Brocade Vyatta Controller. The Volumetric Traffic Management application is planned for early 2015, and will help customers manage volumetric traffic attacks, as well as legitimate "elephant flows" in the data center.

"Network architects and data center engineers have been trained to manage the complexities dictated by vendors," said Kelly Herrell, VP and GM Software Networking at Brocade. "The Brocade Vyatta Controller is the first commercially supported open source solution to remove that vendor lock-in from the network and allow the user to deliver the innovation that the network needs."

"Where other networking vendors are requiring customers to rip and replace networks in order to get access to new technologies, the Brocade Vyatta Controller enables organizations to dictate the pace of change so they can gradually integrate new solutions," Herrell said. "This eliminates a majority of the risk and allows customers to cap their current infrastructure while focusing new spending on where it can accelerate innovation."

The Brocade Vyatta Controller is planned for availability in November 2014 and will be based on the Helium release from the OpenDaylight Project.

http://www.brocade.com/networkdestiny

China Telecom Tests Huawei's Virtual Customer Premises Equipment

China Telecom Corporation Limited Beijing Research Institute completed live network tests of Huawei's Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) based Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE).

The idea with vCPE is to "cloudify" and simplify enterprise service functions, such as firewalls, that have traditionally been implemented in the CPE.  Upgrading such equipment is costly and slow, whereas changes can be more flexibly implemented in the network.

Mr. Chen Yunqing, Vice President, China Telecom Corporation Limited Beijing Research Institute, said, "Through this live network test of vCPE, we have realized the immense benefits of Network Functions Virtualization to carriers. This provides software and hardware support for future development and deployment of integrated Cloud services, helping carriers address challenges from cloud computing and big data."

The successful vCPE test demonstrates the partnership China Telecom and Huawei have developed. The two parties are also exploring the commercialization of NFV and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) on carrier networks. As industry leaders, Huawei and China Telecom will continue to develop new technologies and improve current network functions and architecture. Both parties aim to play a leading role in the commercialization and full popularization of NFV and SDN.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-371867-vcpe.htm#.VCDvJvldW1g

ClariPhy Ships 200G Coherent Optical Chip

ClariPhy has begun commercial shipments of its LightSpeed-II CL20010 coherent system-on-a-chip (SoC) that features configurable data rates from 40G to 200G per wavelength.

The company said its CL20010 leverages a multi-rate and multi-modulation architecture for Software Defined Networking (SDN) at the physical layer. It supports 200G 16QAM modulation on a single wavelength, and that enables 400G dual-carrier super channels in 75GHz of DWDM spectrum.

The chip is implemented in 28nm.

“400G is a top priority for network operators as they look to deploy and scale their Internet infrastructure,” said Nariman Yousefi, CEO of ClariPhy. “Achieving production shipments of the CL20010 represents an important milestone and demonstrates ClariPhy’s unique ability to engineer advanced 200G and beyond coherent optical transport solutions that address stringent carrier requirements for increased performance, bandwidth, speed and reach, while interoperating with today’s transport infrastructure. We have generated a considerable amount of design momentum with OEMs and carrier networks worldwide.”

“We see strong market demand for 200G coherent solutions for applications in optical transport networks, new data centers and cloud-based networks, where advanced performance, network flexibility, and a rich feature set are required,” said Richard Craig, President of Oclaro's Integrated Photonics Business. “We are very excited that ClariPhy’s latest 200G coherent SoC exhibits excellent performance with Oclaro’s analog coherent CFP2 module. Several of our customers have expressed strong interest in solutions based on this combination since it provides them with the speed, efficiency, and scalability needed to meet their increasing bandwidth demands.”

http://www.clariphy.com

IBM Inaugurates Cloud Resiliency Center in RTP

IBM officially opened a cloud resiliency center in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. The facility aims to provide state-of-the-art business continuity capabilities in the cloud to protect companies from potential costly disruptions.

IBM’s new resiliency center integrates cloud and traditional disaster recovery capabilities with new physical security features. A resiliency center team will monitor developing disaster events and then mobilize as needed to ensure that the infrastructure for all customers is configured to handle the latest threats to keep data, applications, people and transactions secure.  IBM said cloud resiliency services can significantly reduce the disaster recovery times to a matter of minutes.

IBM expects the overall market opportunity for business continuity and disaster recovery to grow to almost $32 billion by 2015. This year, IBM will also be opening two new cloud based resiliency centers in Mumbai, India and Izmir, Turkey.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44927.wss

Ericsson Acquires Majority Stake in Apcera for Cloud Automation Tools

Ericsson will acquire a majority stake in Apcera, a San Francisco-based start-up developing an IT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables enterprises to securely and transparently control the allocation and consumption of IT resources on premise and in the cloud. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Apcera's Continuum PaaS works across cloud, on premise and hybrid environments.

Ericsson said the addition of Apcera's technology enables it to provide cloud automation to run all workloads and use cases, while providing complete control for infrastructure.

Jason Hoffman, Vice President and Head of Product Line Cloud Software, Ericsson says: "The beauty of the cloud is that it is much more efficient to develop, roll-out and operate applications. To realize the full potential, cloud environments need security and governance, which our partnership with Guardtime and our acquisition of a majority stake in Apcera provides. With these technologies in place, enterprises and individuals can trust the integrity and the confidentiality of their infrastructure."

Derek Collison, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apcera says: "We welcome Ericsson's backing. With a history of transforming the world's most demanding businesses and the global ability to deploy and scale critical infrastructure, Ericsson will enable us to accelerate our innovation of Continuum and provide enterprises the next-generation platform that enables them to achieve a significantly faster time-to-market as they deploy, orchestrate and govern a diverse set of workloads, both on premise and in the cloud."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.apcera.com


  • Apcera was founded in 2012 with investment from True Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Rakuten, Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective. The cinoabt was started by former Google and VMware executive Derek Collison with the intent of bridging the divide between developers and ops organizations with an enterprise-class platform that integrates policy and security from the start.


Source Photonics Launches Pluggable GPON for Small Cell Backhaul

Source Photonics announced the industry-first integrated, pluggable GPON SFP ONU with 1 Pulse-Per-Second (1PPS) and Time-of-Day (ToD) support for network clock synchronization in mobile small-cell backhaul applications.

The new transceiver is based on the ITU-G.984.2, G.988, and the Broadband Forum TR-156 standards, and offers full GPON OMCI stack, an SGMII interface operating at 1 Gbps or 2.5 Gbps , and full digital diagnostics monitoring capability. It is available in industrial-temperature grade with a low typical power dissipation of 1.5W.

http://www.sourcephotonics.com

Mavenir Opens R&D Centers in Bangalore and Shanghai

Mavenir announced the opening of Centres of Excellence in Bangalore, India and Shanghai, China to support the development of NFV, Voice over LTE (VoLTE), VoWi-Fi and Rich Communications Services (RCS) deployments in the Asia Pacific region.

"Mavenir’s portfolio of over 30 fully virtualized products and solutions provide mobile operators with a time-to-market advantage in deploying cloud-based architectures," said Pardeep Kohli, Mavenir’s President and CEO. "Singapore, being one of the most advanced markets in the world, with an application-hungry customer base at its heart, is a great location from which to focus our efforts and allow Mavenir to more readily demonstrate our leadership and new, advanced offerings for NFV, VoLTE, VoWi-Fi and RCS."

"We are seeing accelerated 4G deployments in Asia-Pac in 2014. Most Asia-Pac operators are either beginning to deploy 4G, or they have already deployed 4G, moving from a data-only 4G deployment to a fully converged and virtualized rich communications services offering. We expect that Mavenir’s NFV Centres of Excellence in Asia will play a big role in accelerating the acceptance and deployment of fully virtualized Mobile Core solutions by Operators in the region," said Idris Vasi, Mavenir’s Vice President, APAC.

http://www.mavenir.com

In April 2014, Mavenir Systems introduced a Converged Video and Voicemail solution that enables mobile operators to offer a new, differentiated service for their subscribers and enhances their Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service offering.


Mavenir said its Converged Video and Voicemail solution utilizes common functional components, such as cloud storage, message delivery and notifications that are needed to enable VoLTE and Rich Communications Services (RCS).

"Videomail is taking messaging to a whole new level, allowing subscribers to send and receive video messages,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir Systems. “Our unique approach of having a single solution that enables mobile operators to replace existing legacy Voicemail while adding new cloud-based Videomail service, has already been well received by our customers where we already have three contracts with Tier 1 mobile operators globally.”

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AT&T's NetBond Extends to IBM SoftLayer Cloud

IBM announced the extension of AT&T NetBond services to the SoftLayer cloud platform. AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer’s cloud services.


The companies cited the following customer benefits:

  • · Simple: Seamlessly works with existing AT&T VPN through APIs, creating an automated experience. Customers don’t need to order or manage any other equipment or access lines.
  • · Savings: Network elasticity that automatically flexes with the needs of the cloud service. Companies can save as much as 60 percent on networking costs.
  • · Performance: Delivers as much as 50 percent lower latency and three times the availability when compared with the public Internet.
  • · Security: Isolates traffic going directly to cloud platforms using the AT&T private global network, providing more protections from risks such as DDoS attacks.


“AT&T NetBond gives customers a broader range of options as they explore how to best leverage a hybrid cloud,” said Jim Comfort, general manager of IBM Cloud Services. “Customers can easily move workloads to and from SoftLayer as if it were part of their local area network. This added flexibility helps optimize workload performance while allowing customers to scale IT resources in a way that makes sense.”

“Businesses look to AT&T and IBM to deliver best in class solutions to meet their most demanding needs— especially when it comes to cloud,” said Jon Summers, senior vice president growth platforms, AT&T Business Solutions. “Together, we’re making the network as flexible as the cloud and giving enterprises confidence they can migrate their business systems to the cloud and still meet their security, scalability and performance requirements.”

The companies expect these capabilities to be available in first quarter of 2015.

http://www.att.com/netbond
http://www.softlayer.com/info/att-netbond
http://www.att.com
http://www.ibm.com/cloud

Cisco Integrates ASA 5500 Firewall with Sourcefire

Cisco introduced what it is calling the first "threat-focused Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)," providing the full contextual awareness and dynamic controls needed to automatically assess threats, correlate intelligence, and optimize defenses to protect all networks.

The new solution integrates the Cisco ASA 5500 Series firewall with application control, and the Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems (NGIPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) from Sourcefire.  The idea is to provide an adaptive, threat-focused NGFW that delivers superior, multi-layered protection, extending its capabilities far beyond legacy NGFW solutions before, during and after an attack.

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services top features include:

  • Visibility-Driven – Delivering full contextual awareness of users, mobile devices, client-side apps, virtual machine‐to-machine communications, vulnerabilities, threats, URLs, and other important telemetry. Its enterprise-class management capabilities provide users with dashboards and drill-down reports of discovered hosts, suspect applications, threats, and Indicators of Compromise (IoCs) for comprehensive visibility.
  • Threat-Focused – Incorporating leading NGIPS for comprehensive protection from known and advanced threats, as well as AMP to combat against zero-day and persistent attacks. Big data analytics, continuous analysis and Cisco Collective Security Intelligence (CSI) work together to provide detection, blocking, tracking, analysis, and remediation capabilities to protect against the full spectrum of attacks, known and unknown.
  • Platform‐Based – Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services combines proven firewall functionality and application control, leading NGIPS capability, and advanced breach detection and remediation in a single device. The integration provides organizations with better protection, while also reducing operating costs and complexity. This new solution simplifies an organization’s security architecture and reduces its network footprint with fewer security devices to manage and deploy and ability to license subscriptions to extend functionality.

“Now more than ever, organizations need to be able to implement dynamic controls to manage the pace of change of their environments and address security incidents. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is a major step forward for the NGFW market, empowering customers to deepen their protection from the data center, through the network, to the endpoint with the agility to identify, understand, and stop advanced threats in real-time and retrospectively,” stated Christopher Young, senior vice president, security business group, Cisco.

http://www.cisco.com

In 2013, Cisco acquired Sourcefire for approximately $2.7 billion.

Sourcefire, which was based in Columbia, Maryland, was founded in 2001 by Martin Roesch, author of open source Snort, the world’s most widely deployed intrusion detection and prevention technology.  The company claims nearly 4 million downloads to date. Sourcefire's intrusion prevention solutions are based on Snort.

Red Hat to Acquire FeedHenry for Enterprise Mobile App Platform

Red Hat agreed to acquire FeedHenry, a privately-held developer of an enterprise mobile application platform, for approximately EUR 63.5 million in cash.

FeedHenry, which is based in Waterford, Ireland, helps enterprises to accelerate mobile app backend integration via private clouds, public clouds, and on-premises systems with  connectors and plug-ins to common enterprise systems such as salesforce.com, SAP, Oracle, etc. The FeedHenry platform offers developers the flexibility to create native (Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry), hybrid, HTML5 or web apps. The platform supports a wide variety of popular toolkits including native SDKs, hybrid Apache Cordova, HTML5 and Titanium, as well as frameworks such as Xamarin, Sencha Touch, and other JavaScript frameworks.

FeedHenry was founded in 2010 as a spin out from the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group at the Waterford Institute of Technology.

Red Hat said FeedHenry expands its portfolio of application development, integration, and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions by adding support for mobile application development in public and private environments.

“The mobile application platform is one of the fastest growing segments of the enterprise software market. As mobile devices have penetrated into every aspect of enterprise computing, enterprise software customers are looking for easier and more efficient ways for their developers to build mobile applications that extend and enhance traditional enterprise applications. FeedHenry will help us enable customers to take advantage of the capabilities of mobile with the security, scalability, and reliability of Red Hat enterprise software,” stated Craig Muzilla, senior vice president, Application Platform Business, Red Hat.

http://investors.redhat.com
http://www.feedhenry.com

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Broadband Forum and NFV ISG (ETSI) Team on Interoperability

The Broadband Forum and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s (ETSI) Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV ISG) are collaborating on a consistent approach and common architecture for the infrastructure needed to support virtualized network functions.

After meeting with ETSI’s NFV ISG in July of this year, the Broadband Forum will help bring NFV solutions and related technologies into operation and help make them the mainstay of the networking industry.

Dr. Steven Wright, Chairman, ETSI NFV ISG, said: “Working with organizations such as the Broadband Forum sends a strong message that we want to promote implementation and interoperability of NFV technologies through collaboration with partner organizations. A lot of valuable work is already making NFV a reality, however with the Forum’s support, we will continue to develop the NFV ecosystem.”

“The pace of development in NFV has been astonishing so, by supporting and working together with ETSI’s NFV ISG, which is at the heart of NFV developments, we can continue to develop further guidance and detailed specifications for the industry,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the
Broadband Forum.

http://www.broadband-forum.org/news/download/pressreleeases/2014/BBF_NFV_FINAL_15Sep2014.pdf

Friday, September 19, 2014

Coriant Upgrades its 6350 Switch Node

Coriant announced a capacity upgrade to its 6350 Switch Node, which is a high-capacity multiservice transport platform designed for efficient transport of diverse traffic in metro-edge networking applications. This new feature release quadruples the switch matrix (400G, high order/80G low order) and service interface capacity (2.5G/10G).

The 6350 Switch Node utilizes SDH and Ethernet switching, along with low-order grooming capabilities to enable efficient transport of end-user business services, mobile backhaul and IP offload traffic. Key features of the multiservice platform include seamless scalability and low latency when Ethernet is mapped into SDH and OTN, facilitating integration into OTN transport networks.

Coriant said the quadruple capacity increase of the 6350 Switch Node allows customers to replace multiple nodes with one 6350, on a single shelf. As a result, OpEx is reduced and operators are able to offer new revenue-generating broadband services.

http://www.coriant.com/company/press_release.asp?id=1157

Comtek Acquires Remaining Assets of Sorrento

Comtek, a pan-European aftermarket supplier to the telecoms industry, has acquired all the intellectual property rights (IPR) and trademarks belonging to Sorrento Networks.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Prior to January 2014, Sorrento Networks specialised in developing optical access solutions, offering CWDM, DWDM and ROADM products.  

"We are thrilled with the acquisition of Sorrento Networks' IPR and trademarks," said John Freebairn, group director and vice president of business development at Comtek, and former Nortel MD.  "Sorrento Networks' solutions underpin the network operations of some of the world's largest carriers, service providers, enterprises and data centre services providers across the world.  At Comtek, we have spent years repairing and servicing this equipment, putting us in a great position to meet the needs of Sorrento Networks' customers now, and to develop the technology they will need in the future."

"Until now, Sorrento Networks' customers have been in a state of flux, with no vendor to service their existing telecoms infrastructure," remarked Askar Sheibani, CEO and founder of Comtek.  "We have a history of giving customers a viable alternative to rip-and-replace when their supplier has folded, and we intend to use the unrivalled expertise of our engineering team to ensure this isn't the only option available to Sorrento Networks' customers.  The acquisition represents yet another chapter for Comtek in extending the lifespan of telecoms infrastructures, protecting customers' investments and eliminating the threat of having to overhaul entire networks."

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