Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ceragon Receives Follow-on Orders from Global Tier 1 Operator

Ceragon Networks announced the receipt of follow-on orders from a global Tier 1 operator serving 20 countries across Asia and Africa. This latest upgrade of both African and Asian subsidiaries brings the total order value to over $50 million year to date.

Ceragon said its Evolution Long-Haul solution is being used in to expand the operator’s mobile reach across eight national markets. In Asia, Ceragon’s all-out-door expertise and FibeAir solutions will be used to both expand existing 3G services and facilitate the upgrade to high-speed 4G/LTE networks.

The African mobile broadband market is growing at very fast rate. According to market research firm Ovum, mobile broadband penetration in the continent will grow from a
mere 12%, or 95 million subscribers in 2013, to over 45% or 522 million by 2017.

http://www.ceragon.com

Dell'Oro: Worldwide Carrier CAPEX to Decline $6B in 2015

Worldwide telecom carrier CAPEX is forecast to decline by $6 billion in 2015, according to a newly published Carrier Economics report by Dell'Oro Group.  The expected decline follows growth rate in the mid-single digits for 1H 2014. Double-digit growth in mobile network infrastructure significantly outpaced the low single-digit growth in service revenues.

"While we maintain our view that worldwide Capex will grow around 3% in 2014, we believe multiple factors will contribute to a decline in Capex during 2015,” said Stefan Pongratz, Dell’Oro Group’s Carrier Economics analyst. “Higher device penetration, decelerating mobile data growth rates, lack of new revenue streams, and increased competition in both the developing and developed markets have caused worldwide revenue growth to decelerate in the last couple of years.  Slower growth in service revenues coupled with the rapid network progress during 2014 in China, North America, Japan, and Europe will also put some pressure on worldwide Capex upside in 2015,” continued Pongratz.

Other Dell’Oro Group Carrier Economics Report highlights:

  • The amount of mobile Capex required to support incremental mobile data usage has declined more than 50% per year since the smartphone boom started.
  • Fiber and LTE coverage build-outs will continue to drive telecom equipment investments in 2H14 and 2015.  The proportion of Capex that will be allocated to new technology enablers and network topologies including NFV and small cells is expected to be negligible over the next six quarters.

http://www.delloro.com/news/worldwide-telecom-carrier-capex-forecast-to-decline-6-billion-in-2015

Dell’Oro: Network Security Appliance Market Grows 4% Q/Q

The Network Security Appliance market grew four percent quarter-over-quarter, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.  Gains were recorded in both Physical and Virtual Appliances as new threats, the necessity of protecting network assets, and the priority of mitigating the risks associated with attacks continued to drive demand.

The market also saw a change in vendor rankings in the second quarter 2014 as Fortinet’s strong sales into large enterprise customers in the Unites States pushed the company’s security revenues up eight percent.  The transition to new products platforms caused some softness for vendors such as Juniper as they migrate customers to higher end SRX platforms.

“The way security policies are created and enforced has changed. The previous generation of perimeter-deployed firewalls was not equipped to address new network complexities,” explained Casey Quillin, Director of Data Center Appliance research at Dell’Oro Group.  “Application-aware new security platforms—such as those offered by Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, Check Point, Dell (SonicWALL), Juniper, and Cisco (Sourcefire)—use deep-packet inspection to create and enforce user- or application layer policies. We believe such enterprise firewall products will continue to grow in utility and increasingly contribute to NSA growth,” Quillin explained.

http://www.delloro.com

Accenture and Alcatel-Lucent Form Customer Care Alliance

Accenture and Alcatel-Lucent announced a strategic alliance to design, build and run scalable, cost effective customer care operations for all-IP networks.

A new Accenture Alcatel-Lucent Business Group will be formed with dedicated sales and delivery resources.  The solutions will be based on Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive line of products.  The new Group will also explore small cell wireless network solutions with a focus on integrating cellular technology and WiFi between service providers and large enterprises.

Accenture will be Alcatel-Lucent’s preferred supplier for software and network integration services. Alcatel-Lucent will also be a preferred technology provider for Accenture’s customer care and small cell solutions needs.

“Consumers and businesses expect any network they are on to provide sophisticated services that support multiple devices, combined with fast, reliable access,” said Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent. “Our collaboration with Accenture is strategic to our growth as we work to enable our clients to deliver on those expectations. By combining our outstanding IP platforms with Accenture’s consulting, systems integration, delivery, and process optimization skills, we will be well-positioned to significantly and measurably improve the world’s communication experience.”

“We look forward to working with Alcatel-Lucent to help fulfill the increasing demand for broadband services over wireless networks,” said Pierre Nanterme, chairman and CEO, Accenture. “The collaboration is consistent with our strategy of working at the heart of the digital ecosystem and growing our network services to enable communications service providers to undergo the transformation they need to thrive.”

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/
http://www.accenture.com

Microsoft India to Offer Local Azure and Office365 Cloud Services

Microsoft will offer commercial cloud services - Azure and Office 365, from local data centers in India by the end of 2015.

The company said local cloud facilities will ensure data sovereignty within India, lower latency and geo redundancy.

“Microsoft is deeply committed to helping people and organizations thrive in our mobile-first and cloud-first world - that’s why we are proud to offer our commercial cloud services through datacenters in India,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “With more than 250 million Indians using Internet-connected devices today, there is incredible demand and opportunity for India with Microsoft’s cloud services.”

http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/news/Press/2014/Sep14/MicrosoftAnnouncesCo.aspx

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cisco's Intercloud Expands Reach

Cisco has formed Intercloud partnerships with Deutsche Telekom, BT, Equinix, NTT Data and over 30 additional companies, demonstrating significant momentum behind its strategy to bring programmable networking to the interconnection of private and public clouds.

Cisco now aims to bring its Intercloud fabric into 250 of the top co-location data centers worldwide in the coming months, significantly advancing its goal of making Intercloud the leading architecture and ecosystem for exchanging cloud traffic. The company will dedicate $1 billion from its financing division to accelerate these key rollouts.

Intercloud, which Cisco first announced in March 2014, is a distributed network and security architecture designed for interconnecting high-value application workloads between clouds while retaining high security and local data sovereignty.  Intercloud uses APIs to connect cloud IT services across a data center network It supports OpenStack and multiple hypervisors. It is based on Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

At a press event in Silicon Valley, Rob Lloyd, Cisco's president of development and sales, described Intercloud as "the phase of the Internet," saying the challenge of interconnecting today public and private clouds in many ways resembles the challenges of the early Internet.

“Just as Cisco played a leading role in connecting isolated islands of LANs to architect the modern Internet, Cisco’s Intercloud Fabric and Application Centric Infrastructure innovations uniquely position us to connect disparate cloud services to unlock the full potential of cloud, and with it a new era in IT,” said Lloyd.

Some highlights:

  • Deutsche Telekom plans to deploy Intercloud nodes within its state-of-the-art data centers in Germany. The DT Intercloud will be operated by T-Systems to deliver sovereign and secure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings that meet Germany’s strict data protection standards.  Deutsche Telekom’s new Intercloud infrastructure, based on OpenStack to allow DT to standardize and scale their services globally, will incorporate Cisco’s suite of cloud solutions, including Cisco Intercloud Fabric and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which includes Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches  and the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC).
     
  • BT will deploy Cisco Intercloud Fabric in its 45 data centers worldwide. BT will become fully Intercloud enabled to support highly secure, global hybrid clouds with unparalleled workload portability for BT’s customers.  BT Cloud Compute is a pre-provisioned data center infrastructure that enables customers to create, deploy, monitor and manage their own cloud service. It integrates advanced Cisco technologies and is available in major economies across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific.
  • Cisco will offer its own Intercloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in its own data centers and with its own switches and UCS servers.  Cisco will also offer its own cloud services based on the Intercloud architecture.
  • Equinix will deploy the Cisco Intercloud, including the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switch, Cisco APIC, and the Cisco Evolved Services Platform, for the Equinix Cloud Exchange, which is available in major markets worldwide. The companies plan to develop a hosted private cloud solution that utilizes the Equinix Cloud Exchange to deliver highly secure private access to the rich ecosystem of cloud service providers in Equinix data centers globally. Cisco plans to deploy Intercloud capabilities in 16 Equinix markets across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • Cisco will use its Meraki platform to help Service Providers offer secure cloud VPNs to SMBs.
  • Other announced Intercloud partners include ANS Group, CGI Group, Cirrity, CTI, Dimension Data, Ethan Group, Infront Systems, LightEdge Solutions, LG CNS, Logicalis, Long View, Netelligent, NWN, NetApp, NTT DATA, OneNeck IT Solutions, OnX Managed Services, Peak 10, Presidio, Proxios, PT Portugal/Oi, Quest Media and Supplies, RedHat, Steria, Sungard, Telstra, VCE, Virtustream and Wipro.
  • Comstor, Ingram Micro Inc. and Tech Data will become cloud aggregators for Cisco.
  • Cisco Intercloud Fabric has now been officially released to customers.
  • Cisco Capital has earmarked $1 billion to accelerate rollout of these solutions.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1494528


  • In November 2013, Cisco unveiled its Application Centric Infrastructure for data centers and clouds. In a press event in New York, John Chambers described ACI as the next big transformation of the IT industry driven by imperatives of the application economy.

    ACI is a step beyond virtualization and software-defined networks (SDN), said Chambers, because it brings agility and automation with full visibility and integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT resources at the system, tenant, and application levels.  The architecture promises a pay-as-you-grow mode scaling to over 100,000 switch ports and capable of supporting more than one million IP end points in a data center spine with 60 Tbps capacity.  A key premise is that the network should adapt to application requirements through dynamic insertion and chaining of physical and virtual L4-7 network services including firewalls, application delivery controllers, and intrusion detection systems.  The new architecture is designed for multi-tenant cloud environments by providing real-time view of per tenant and per application health, statistics, and troubleshooting.  Real-time analytics will be used to drive intelligent application placement decisions.
    The foundation for ACI is an Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), enhanced versions of the NX-OS data center switching operating system, and a new line of Nexus 9000 data center switches based on technology from Insieme Networks, the Cisco spin-in start-up that is being acquired and re-integrated into the company.


Interview: Cisco Builds its Intercloud

Six month after unveiling its Intercloud strategy, Cisco announced 30 new partners, including Deutsche Telekom, BT, Equinix and NTT Data.

In this interview, Fabio Gori, Director, WW Cloud Marketing at Cisco, discusses:

00:04 - What is the Intercloud?
01:12 - Is the Intercloud really gaining market traction?
02:54 - Whats the real business value for Cisco Intercloud partners?
04:05 - What is Cisco doing to accelerate adoption of Intercloud?
05:21 - What does Intercloud mean for the industry? Will this be standards driven?

See video http://youtu.be/qf4eMHviIOE

Cisco and Equinix Team Up on Intercloud to Cloud Exchange

Cisco and Equinix will jointly develop enterprise customer solutions that utilize Cisco’s Intercloud technologies and the Equinix Cloud Exchange to deliver more secure, resilient and efficient interconnection to public clouds.  The non-exclusive partnership aims to extend connectivity from the application layer through data center networking system to enable a seamless experience between public cloud services, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, to enterprise networks that powered by Cisco equipment. The partnership is significant because of the shared enterprise customer base and global reach of the companies into key co-location data centers.

Some highlights:

  • Cisco intends to deploy Intercloud-enabled capabilities in 16 Equinix data centers across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • As Cisco expands its Intercloud capabilities, Equinix will be a preferred supplier, offering access to Cisco Cloud Services inside its global platform of International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.
  • Equinix intends to deploy Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) within the Equinix Cloud Exchange infrastructure to deliver application-driven policy control. It plans to deploy the key hardware and software elements of the Cisco ACI architecture in its data centers, including the Nexus 9000 Series Switch and the APIC Controller.
  • Equinix has already deployed elements of the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP) - an open, comprehensive orchestration and virtualization software platform on Equinix Cloud Exchange, providing real-time automation for service provisioning, over physical and virtual networks.
  • Equinix, the global interconnection leader, has a global data center footprint of more than 100 data centers across 32 markets in 15 countries.  

"What Cisco and Equinix are doing together is all about visibility and control. By connecting Cisco Intercloud and Cloud Exchange, we are adding policy, performance, security and visibility all the way to the application level, removing performance concerns sometimes associated with hybrid cloud services. Elasticity is essential for enterprises, and by providing a private, high bandwidth, highly secure infrastructure, we’re allowing enterprises to achieve their vision of a truly elastic cloud,” stated Ihab Tarazi, Chief Technology Officer, Equinix.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1496004




Interview: Cisco's Intercloud Meets the Equinix Cloud Exchange

Equinix will deploy Cisco's Intercloud capabilities in the Equinix Cloud Exchange, enabling native connectivity between the Cisco ecosystem and all of the third-party cloud services available via Equinix, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.  Cisco Cloud Services will also become available in the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

In this interview, Ihab Tarazi discusses:

0:05 - About the Equinix Cloud Exchange
0:57 - Highlights of the new partnership between Equinix and Cisco
1:51 - New capabilities enabled by Intercloud
2:27 - Is the deal exclusive?
3:04 - Significance for the rest of the networking industry
3:35 - How does this impact Equinix customers and partners?
04:14 - Will this change the way Equinix designs and develops its own data centers?
5:01 - Will the Intercloud deployments be enable across Equinix metro markets?

See video:  http://youtu.be/syio-23t2xU


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

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