Monday, September 29, 2014

OpenDaylight's Helium Delivers Better SDN/NFV Interoperability

The OpenDaylight Project, which is the community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance SDN and NFV, officially released Helium, its second generation open source software code.

Helium features 11 new protocols, applications and technologies for creating interoperability across software-defined networks.

Some highlights:

  • A new user interface provides a much simpler and customizable installation process.
  • The use of the Apache Karaf containers enables users to build on-demand combinations of components and features.
  • Deeper integration with OpenStack, including significant improvements in the Open vSwitch Database Integration project.
  • A technology preview of advanced OpenStack shoes features such as Security Groups, Distributed Virtual Router and Load Balancing-as-a-Service.
  • Improvements in high availability, clustering and security.
  • Strengthening and adding new protocols like OpenFlow Table Type Patterns, PacketCable MultiMedia, an application policy framework.
  • New tools for Service Function Chaining.

The OpenDaylight Project also confirmed that over a dozen vendors are building their controllers on top of OpenDaylight,.

“The OpenDaylight community is iterating, shaping and defining a de facto standard for SDN and NFV through code creation,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. “They’ve taken on the monumental task of bringing together all the disparate technologies, thoughts and ideas around SDN and forming it into a cohesive platform. The community has made amazing progress in a short amount of time as you can see in this second release which integrates more functionality, apps and use cases. Helium brings us one step closer to having one common platform the entire industry can standardize on.”

http://www.opendaylight.org/announcements/2014/09/opendaylight-paves-way-innovation-software-defined-networking-latest-open

Oracle Adds Big Data and Mobile Cloud Services

Oracle introduced six new Oracle Cloud Platform services that help customers and partners develop and deploy new applications, extend and personalize Oracle SaaS applications, and migrate existing on-premises applications to Oracle Cloud. New functionality targets big data analytics, integration, process management, Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE), and Node.js for server-side JavaScript.

The new services are:


30,000 devices. 400 petabytes of storage.
  • Oracle Big Data Cloud: Enables customers to analyze and process vast amounts of data using the Hadoop framework on a secure, elastic, managed, and easy-to-use infrastructure platform that is fully integrated with other Oracle Cloud services.
  • Oracle Mobile Cloud: Enables customers to rapidly bring enterprise-grade mobile apps to market with a cloud-based mobile back end.
  • Oracle Integration Cloud: Enables customers to rapidly design, deploy, monitor, and manage cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-premises integrations using a rich and intuitive browser-based interface.
  • Oracle Process Cloud: Empowers business users to design, deploy, monitor, and optimize business processes to improve efficiency, agility, and productivity.
  • Oracle Node.js Cloud: Enables customers to easily and rapidly deploy JavaScript applications along with any required libraries on a highly available and dynamically scalable Oracle Cloud infrastructure complete with cloud-based tooling for continuous integration and application management.
  • Oracle Java SE Cloud: Enables customers to quickly deploy Java SE 7 or 8 applications along with any required libraries or frameworks on a highly available and dynamically scalable Oracle Cloud infrastructure complete with cloud-based tooling for continuous integration and application management. 
https://www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/cloud-portfolio-092914.html

Ericsson to acquire GEOSS Consulting Firm

Ericsson agreed to acquire GEOSS, an operations support systems (OSS) consulting company based in Germany. Financial terms were not disclosed.

GEOSS’ core competencies include consultancy, systems development, systems integration and operational support. The company, which has presence in Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Munich and Stuttgart, specializes in creating and developing high-performance solutions for the configuration and monitoring of IP networks (Network Near Assurance), and supports leading German fixed and mobile operators in their transition to All-IP networks.

Ericsson said the deal strengthens its position in OSS for communications service providers. Ericsson intends to take over the entire staff and management of 30 people.

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.geoss-gruppe.de/en/Pages/startseite.aspx

Centurylink Inks Data Center Deal with China's Neusoft

CenturyLink announced an agreement with Neusoft, a leading IT solutions and services provider in China, enabling it to extend its global managed hosting services in China.

CenturyLink customers can now access a comprehensive portfolio of managed hosting, security, cloud and networking solutions through a Shanghai data center.

"For multinational corporations looking to grow their customer base, entering China presents enormous opportunities and challenges," said Gery Messer, CenturyLink managing director, Asia Pacific. "CenturyLink makes it easy for businesses to host within China's borders, offering access to the same highly secure managed services and consistent IT experience available across our global footprint."

CenturyLink's hybrid cloud and IT infrastructure and services are now delivered across 57 data centers worldwide, including five in Asia.

http://www.centurylink.com

Christopher Young to Head Intel's Security Division

Christopher Young has been appointed Intel's newest senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security. Young will join Intel's management committee and report to Intel President Renée James.

Young comes to Intel from Cisco, where he was senior vice president of the global Security and Government Group, responsible for strategy, engineering and product development for the company's security product business. Prior to Cisco, he held executive roles in end user computing at VMware and cybersecurity at RSA.

http://www.intel.com

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fujitsu Introduces its BroadOne GX4000


In this sponsored video, Fujitsu introduces its BroadOne GX4000 Multi-Gigabit Wireless Transport System for the North American market.  This E-band solution operates in the 70 / 80 GHz frequency band and uses Fujitsu's “Impulse Radio” technology to enable an ultra-high data rate of 3 Gbps for a wireless link. It provides wireless CPRI transport for cellular fronthaul.


Microsoft Chops Azure Prices, Including ExpressRoute

Microsoft announced significant price cuts on several of its Azure cloud computing services, including its ExpressRoute connectivity option.

Azure ExpressRoute ensures private connections between Azure data centers and on-premise infrastructure or colocation facilities by using an MPLS VPN or other secure tunnel.

As of late July, Azure ExpressRoute partners included AT&T, Equinix (7 locations running), Level 3 (EVPL service and IP VPN service), Verizon, BT, Orange, TeleCity, Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) and SingTel.

The full Azure price list is available here:

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-pricing-updates/

HP to Open SDN App Store

On October 1, HP will open an "SDN App Store" to provide its ecosystem partners a go-to-market platform to uncover the business value of SDN.  The online store will also feature HP's consulting and support services.

To help customers easily navigate the HP SDN App Store, HP will offer four different categories of applications defined by their support and test process:

  • The HP Circle, with applications built and tested exclusively by HP.
  • The Premium Circle, containing applications that are top sellers and jointly tested by HP and its partners.
  • The Partner Circle, encompassing applications that have been self-tested by HP partners and reviewed by HP.
  • The Community Circle, offering open-access and community-supported applications to demonstrate open source and concept SDN applications.

As part of the HP SDN App Store launch, HP is introducing six partner applications, in addition to two applications developed by HP:

  • BlueCat DNS Director delivers network-driven enforcement of DNS policies that allow security infrastructures to gain complete visibility and control through IP address management data across all devices and applications.
  • Ecode evolve is an SDN orchestrator that facilitates dynamic service provisioning with built-in quality of service and denial-of-service mitigation. Streamlining network design, change simulation and automated policy provisioning, it accelerates operations.
  • F5 BIG DDoS Umbrella allows customers to implement network, application, DNS and SSL DDoS protection near the network edge, closer to the attacker.
  • GuardiCore Defense Suite provides highly scalable, SDN-based network security for software-defined data centers, detecting and mitigating advanced persistent threats, malware propagation and insider attacks, at an early stage.
  • KEMP Adaptive Load Balancer Application, integrated with the HP VAN SDN Controller solution, provides end-to-end visibility of network paths for optimal routing of applications across the server and switching infrastructure.
  • Real Status Hyperglance is a hybrid cloud and SDN simplified-management platform that provides a unified, full-scale, interactive topology view with 360-degree navigation, intuitive monitoring and context-aware controls for confident insight and action.
  • HP Network Protector enables automated network posture assessment and provides real-time security across OpenFlow-enabled network devices.
  • HP Network Optimizer for Microsoft Lync enables automated provisioning of network policy and quality of service to provide an enhanced end-user experience.

http://www.hp.com

BT Tests G.fast in Adastral Park Lab

BT's Adastral Park R&D centre in Ipswich is conducting trials of G.fast technology in conjunction with Fibre To The Distribution Point (FTTdp) architecture.

Initial testing achieved downstream speeds of around 800 Mbps over a 19m length of copper, combined with upstream speeds of more than 200 Mbps. Speeds of around 700/200 Mbps were also achieved over longer lines of 66m.

BT said its fibre network rollout, which is being carried out by Openreach, currently passes more than 20 million UK premises using a mix of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and Fibre to the Cabinet technology (FTTC).  FTTPdp and G.fast offer potential cost savings.

http://www.btplc.com/news/articles/showarticle.cfm?articleid=%7b1f647c20-6f61-4e0f-a545-e23443e128ab%7d

Friday, September 26, 2014

Telefónica and Huawei Sign MoU

Telefónica and Huawei announced a collaboration agreement focused on three areas:

  • Transformation of Telefónica's new-generation networks, including 4G/5G networks, 400G, FTTX, SDN IP/Optical networks and technology for the connected home.
     
  • Development and adaptation of IT solutions to improve Telefónica's business processes and improve its customers' experience.
  • Creation of an efficient technical solution for the virtualization of certain network functions based on the UNICA architecture, a Telefónica project to transform its network infrastructure; and the development of services based on an Open Digital Platform to improve the user experience and competitiveness in both the B2B and B2C segments. 

Telefónica and Huawei will create several working groups to advance their collaboration in each of these areas.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-372483-telef-nica.htm#.VCibjPmWWSo

Intel to Invest Up to US$1.5B in China's Tsinghua Unigroup

Intel plans to invest up to RMB 9 billion (US$1.5 billion) in Tsinghua Unigroup, a Chinese state-owned company administered by Tsinghua University, with the goal of expanding the adoption of Intel-based mobile devices.   Intel will work with Tsinghua Unigroup to jointly develop Intel Architecture and communications-based solutions for mobile phones.

Under the agreement, Intel will acquire a minority stake of approximately 20 percent of the holding company under Tsinghua Unigroup  which will own Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics.

Both Spreadtrum and RDA, controlled by Tsinghua Unigroup, are leading fabless semiconductor companies in China, which develop mobile chipset platforms for smart phones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards.

"China is now the largest consumption market for smartphones and has the largest number of Internet users in the world," said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. "These agreements with Tsinghua Unigroup underscore Intel's 29-year-long history of investing in and working in China. This partnership will also enhance our ability to support a wider range of mobile customers in China and the rest of the world by more quickly delivering a broader portfolio of Intel architecture and communications technology solutions."

http://newsroom.intel.com/
http://www.unigroup.com.cn/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vertical Systems Group: 1 Million Carrier Ethernet Ports in U.S. by '18

Customer installations of Carrier Ethernet services in the U.S. will reach one million ports in 2018, according to new @Ethernet research from Vertical Systems Group. The projected figure includes all retail Ethernet services at speeds ranging from sub-10 Mbps to more than 10 Gbps.

“U.S. market demand for business-class Carrier Ethernet services is solid. Enterprises and SMBs will make purchase decisions to deploy hundreds of thousands of new Ethernet ports throughout the next several years, facilitated by a range of service options and competitive price points that have never been better,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “Following a 26% increase in U.S. customer port installations last year, growth projections are on track to hit the one million mark by 2018.”

Vertical Systems Group’s latest U.S. Ethernet research quantifies how market growth is being impacted by rising customer demand for bandwidth, coupled with falling service prices. Detailed analysis for six Ethernet service segments shows significant variations in port and revenue projections by access speed. Revenue opportunities by service, as well as the challenges of competitive pricing pressures are also quantified.

http://www.verticalsystems.com/vsgpr/one-million-carrier-ethernet-service-ports-projected-in-u-s-by-2018/

Rackspace Launches Managed OpenStack Private Cloud

Rackspace launched a new Private Cloud service powered by OpenStack.

The Rackspace Private Cloud, which is designed for enterprise production workloads, includes a 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee, increased scalability to hundreds of nodes and DevOps automation services for application lifecycle management.

In addition, hybrid customers have the ability to burst into the public cloud by using RackConnect to securely connect the customer’s Rackspace Private Cloud with the Rackspace Public Cloud.

“Rackspace Private Cloud was designed to deliver stable API-driven OpenStack infrastructure so that our customers can focus on the development of business-critical, revenue-generating applications,” said Darrin Hanson, vice president, Rackspace Private Cloud. “Rackspace’s expertise in operating OpenStack clouds allows our customers to take advantage of a private cloud without investing in in-house operational expertise. With the addition of an industry leading guarantee and DevOps automation of the application lifecycle, customers can rest assured that Rackspace Private Cloud delivers a production-ready platform that can unlock the full power of cloud technology.”

The new release of Rackspace Private Cloud is immediately available in the U.S. and will roll out in Rackspace international data centers in early October 2014.

http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/private/

Interoute Strikes "Patch Tax" Fees, Opens Canary Wharf Data Centre

Interoute opened the doors of its new London data centre and announced that any customers using its data centres and colocation facilities across Europe will not be subjected to the standard industry practice of recurring colocation patch costs.

Interoute describes these recurring costs for static cables as a "Patch Tax". The company estimates that currently business in the UK spend between £70 and £100 million a year on recurring patch charges.

Interoute's London City data centre forms part of the company's distributed cloud services platform, which encompasses over 60,000 km of lit fibre, 11 data centres, 8 Virtual Data Centres and 31 collocation centres, with connections to 140 additional third-party data centres across Europe.

http://www.interoute.com/press-release/making-stand-against-data-centre-industry%E2%80%99s-%C2%A370m-patch-tax

Colt Activates Dublin-to-London Fiber Route

Colt announced activation of a new, fully operational network route from Dublin to London via Manchester. This is the second high bandwidth route on the Colt network linking Dublin to London.

The Dublin to London route via Manchester follows the launch of Colt’s low latency route from Dublin to London via Birmingham. This latest expansion completes a network ring that links the two capital cities and connects hundreds of Ireland-based companies in the financial services, media and retail sectors to over 195 European cities. It connects Colt’s customers to all major business parks in Dublin, 20 data centres in and around the city, and provides fibre access to over 250 buildings.

“With half of the world’s top banks in Ireland, we’re seeing an increasing demand for high bandwidth connectivity, driven by the move to cloud services and the mission critical nature of data in the digital economy,” said François Eloy, Executive Vice President, Network Services, at Colt. “Our aim is to be the first choice for businesses in Europe. Our continued pan-European network investments provide our customers with unparalleled reach and world class infrastructure, thereby meeting their needs today and in the future.”

Colt said its network is ready to support new technical solutions including IPv6 and 1000Gbps Ethernet. The carrier's infrastructure consists of 47,000km European network connecting 42 metropolitan area networks, 195 European cities and 20 Colt data centres, as well as 37,500km of transatlantic routes and US presence.

http://www.colt.net/

A larger map of the Colt network is here:
http://www.slideshare.net/ColtTechnologyServices/colt-network-expansion-update

NTT Electronics Ships 20 nm 100G Coherent PHY

NTT Electronics began shipping a new 20nm 100G coherent digital signal processor (DSP) for long-haul and metro transport systems.

Broadcom confirmed the device is using its high performance 20 nanometer (nm) signal processing enhanced mixed signal technologies.

Designed in collaboration with NTT Electronics (NEL), the low-power 100G coherent PHY allows the use of a DSP within lower power and smaller second generation coherent 100G modules, including C form factor pluggable (CFP) and compact CFP2 analog coherent optical (ACO) modules.

The Broadcom-enabled coherent physical layer transceiver (PHY) consumes less than half the power of existing long-haul coherent ICs and expands the use of coherent technology to metro and shorter reach links.

"Our collaboration with NTT Electronics has resulted in a game-changing product optimized to deliver the economies of scale and flexibility needed for wide-scale adoption and rapid deployment of 100G over fiber optic networks," said Lorenzo Longo, Broadcom Vice President and General Manager, Physical Layer Products. "Our industry leading 20-nm signal processing enhanced mixed-signal technologies and A0 silicon execution has allowed NEL to substantially reduce power consumption while meeting stringent time to market requirements."

"We are strongly committed to pioneering innovation in the coherent DSP market through our robust partnership with Broadcom," said Haruhiko Ichino, NEL Executive Vice President and General Manager of Broadband System & Device Business Group. "Our novel LP-DSP has already been shipped to more than ten customers, who are designing their product families. We look forward to deployment of our product in early 2015 thereby providing value to the end customers by maximizing the number of 100G ports per system."

http://www.broadcom.com
http://www.ntt-electronics.com/en/news/2014/9/20nm-low-power-coherent-dsp.html

Telstra Expands Presence in Equinix Data Centers

Telstra will expand its data center connectivity with Equinix with two new Australia data center deployments in SY3, the most densely connected data center in Australia, and Melbourne’s ME1, Equinix’s first International Business Exchange (IBX) data center at the heart of Australia’s second largest city.

Telstra is also deployed with Equinix in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney.

Through our global and domestic deployments in Equinix data centers, we have a strong and existing relationship with Equinix. We are in close proximity to hundreds of networks and through these networks, are closer to our customers. The increased network bandwidth enables Telstra to manage more international customers coming to the Australian market. Through our expanded capability in SY3 and ME1, Telstra will have enhanced access to service our customers who choose Equinix as their provider of choice," stated David Piltz, director, Telstra Fixed and Data Access Engineering.

http://www.equinix.com

Cisco Opens Global Support Center in Dalian, China

Cisco inaugurated a Global Support Center in Dalian, China.

Cisco Global Support Center Dalian will enable Cisco to provide 24/7 technical support and services for customers in countries including China, Korea, Japan and Russia. The center currently provides services in languages including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Japanese. Others such as Russian and Asian languages will be added over time.

Dalian has always been one of the most important strategic markets for Cisco in China. Prior to this, Cisco had already established the Cisco Technical Services (Dalian) Co., Ltd., and the Cisco Networking Training Center in Dalian.

http://www.cisco.com

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