Sunday, October 5, 2014

Blueprint: The Rise of the Virtualized Network

By Sanjeev Mervana, senior director, products & solution marketing, service provider business, Cisco

Growth of mobile data services

In the era of smart phones, tablet computers and connected devices, mobile data traffic is increasing exponentially. Spurred by consumers that are constantly consuming music, games and video over cell phones, mobile data traffic is projected to climb 61 percent by 2018, to 190 exabytes annually.

This growth in traffic is felt by everyone, from content providers, to service providers to consumers. During live sporting events such as the Super Bowl, or the premiere of Game of Thrones, providers are struggling to meet the escalating bandwidth demands placed on the network, despite ostensibly preparing for this “rush hour traffic” for months. The challenges associated with unpredictable consumption and accommodating this influx of viewers is largely due to how costly it is to instantaneously adjust the capacity and functionality of existing internet infrastructure assets.

As consumer’s bandwidth demands and quality experience expectations are increasing, service providers’ operational expenditures (OpEx) also are growing at an average rate of 11 percent each year. To address the needs of end-users and provide new, more lucrative services, operators are increasingly looking at adopting several new technology innovations  to reduce their OpEx and improve their bottom line – virtualizing many of their network functions is one of such innovation.

How can the industry meet this challenge?

The principal challenge confronting operators today is meeting massive bandwidth demands across an increasing array of devices and products that have different traffic needs, while ensuring they’re driving down their own CapEx and OpEx. There is a limited amount of spectrum available and the current cost per bit for delivering mobile data is quite high – on an avg approximately $2 or $3 per 1Gbps of mobile data, compared to $1 or little less  for the same amount of data  on wireline broadband, according to Cisco’s Monitization and Optimization Index Forecast .

When building out national mobile networks, most service providers are facing increased coverage and bandwidth demands with more users in a given town or neighborhood who require more bandwidth over time. This means that the individual coverage within the cell area goes down and service providers are splitting a set amount of bandwidth among a growing number of people; thus, each individual’s share of available data capacity per cell is going to decrease over time, as number of people consuming data increases. Obviously, this problem is exacerbated by the fact that consumers are demanding more data, not less.

To correct this, many operators have begun deploying solutions such as small cells and Wi-Fi as part of their broader plan to manage this exponential growth.  Macro cells, or traditional cellular towers, have a higher deployment cost and, though they cover a wider footprint, may not be the right strategic fit for highly populated areas or in facilities such as malls or stadiums.

As operators evolve their architectures and solution offerings to meet the growing demand, it’s critical that they do not increase the complexity of managing and operating those networks and ensure architectures seamlessly communicate with one other and effectively onload and offload services to consumer devices. Carriers can no longer build out networks out in silos; networks must be interoperable and optimized, with a focus on operational simplicity.

One way of addressing these evolved needs is to virtualize many of the functions of the network. Traditionally, wireless carriers have been leveraging customized hardware to deliver various services both in Radio Access Network and their Packet Core. But moving forward, network function virtualization must be an increasingly important part of their strategy.

Are operators embracing this move toward virtualization?

Most operators are planning to adopt virtualization in one way or another. According to a recent Infonetics survey, 93 percent of all operators have plans to deploy Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), a network architecture that proposes uses IT virtualization related technologies to virtualize network functions , in some capacity. Virtualization; however, is only part of a strategy, it is not the strategy. Instead, operators must decide on a desired business outcome and map out a plan of attack that meets their goals. For example, if providers want to offer new data rates and packages, they may choose to virtualize their packet core, which working in conjunction with their existing physical infrastructure, could offer operators the flexibility to create data packages that are not economical under their existing model. That said, it’s imperative that providers evaluate what makes sense to virtualize and what does not – a “one size fits all” approach to network virtualization will not work.

Another benefit of network virtualization is the agility it enables.   . Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy and are relying on new sources of data and entertainment consumption, such as Netflix or HBOgo. For service providers, these viewing habits present new obstacles, as well as unexpected opportunities. To avoid incurring significant capital and operational expenses, operators must be able to add in and remove services instantly. If service providers virtualize portions of their network, they have the flexibility to elastically scale their resources up or down to address needed bandwidth issues and user demand. The ability to better manage services arms service providers with significant OpEx savings in the long term.

What will the industry look like moving forward?

While most operators are planning to leverage virtualization in their networks, they will roll out services at different speeds to address different pain points and use cases. For example, some operators are already embracing new machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, driven by the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). They’re already delivering high-speed wireless access to vehicles or bringing wearable devices such as smart watches and fitness monitors online. Each device requires new functionality from the network. So we’re certainly seeing NFV happening in the near term.

To thrive, service providers must integrate new services and capabilities and roll them out at a much higher speed than in the past. Virtualization empowers operators to become more experimental and agile. Currently, it often takes several months for service providers to introduce new services for consumers and businesses, but with a virtualized network, they can introduce new services at a fraction of that speed. Once operators have swifter, more nimble infrastructures in place, the monetization of these services becomes a much simpler process.

Additionally, as service providers virtualize their networks, the processes of service orchestration and automation become simpler and more nimble.  Service orchestration allows operators to coordinate the provisioning and reuse of their physical and virtualized computing, storage, and network resources from shared pools. Operators can then use the network to help ensure that applications are dynamically supported throughout the infrastructure, contributing to a faster time to market for new services and a more seamless, less costly process for providers.

Whether it is additional bandwidth for streaming content during live sporting events, or location-based coupons in malls and shopping centers, network virtualization will enable operators will become more innovative in delivering value-added services.

About the Author

As Senior Director of Marketing for Service Provider Business at Cisco, Sanjeev Mervana is responsible for setting and executing the strategic direction of products and solutions for Cisco Service Provider Solutions and Architectures around SDN/NFV, Evolved Services Platform,  Evolved Programmable Network ( EPN) , Mobility, Cloud and Video for Cisco’s global service provider customers.

Sanjeev has been with Cisco for over 16 years and has authored various publications, blogs as well as a Cisco Press Book “Design Principles of DSL Based Access Solutions.” With over 25 years of experience in networking , Software & Solutions , Sanjeev has held prominent roles leading innovative architectures and solutions around  Software, SDN, NFV,  Broadband Aggregation, IPTV Carrier Ethernet and Mobile IP RAN business within Cisco.

Sanjeev holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from Pune University and currently resides in San Jose with his wife, daughter and son.


Six months 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?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

NTT Backs a Start-up for Distributed Processing and Machine Learning

NTT announced a research partnership and investment with Preferred Networks (PFN) to co-develop technologies for processing Big Data streams in the network.

PFN is a new venture established in March 2014 as a spin off from Preferred Infrastructure, a developer of natural language processing and machine learning technology. NTT will invest about 200 million yen to acquire under 10% of PFN. The company has offices in Tokyo and San Mateo, California.

The partnership will combine NTT’s distributed processing and leading-edge machine learning technologies and know-how on network security with PFN’s machine learning and deep learning technologies and know-how on development and implementation.

NTT Laboratories and PFI have been working on Jubatus, a Big Data processing platform, since 2011. Jubatus is said to provide better performance in both real-time processing and deep analysis than existing Big Data processing technologies, such as Hadoop. Jubatus has been released as open source software.

NTT said this joint research will be needed to deal with the coming era of Super Big Data, when billions of distributed sensors and edge nodes will create vast amounts of real time data. Advanced machine learning will be needed in the network.

Vodafone Builds Out Global MPLS Backbone

Vodafone will triple the number of MPLS points of presence (PoPs) available to enterprise customers across the USA, Canada and South America. Specifically, Vodafone will establish an additional 21 PoPs in North America and 12 in South America and Latin America, each of which will be in locations close to Vodafone’s major enterprise customer sites, high-density populations and data centre locations. Over the coming months, Vodafone will connect more than 67 countries directly, rising to more than 150 countries via partner networks.

The global MPLS-enabled network will ultimately connect 212 PoPs across Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and the Americas. This expansion will complement Vodafone-operated fixed and mobile networks in 17 countries.  The company said its goal is to create "the most expansive global MPLS network by both reach and depth in the industry."
Vodafone Global Enterprise President of the Americas region, Chuck Pol, said: “We’re putting the very best next-generation infrastructure where our customers need it and  investing for the future by giving businesses access to the world’s most expansive network by depth and reach. For the first time, multinational customers in the Americas region can benefit from global end-to-end services supplied by a single supplier.”

Tesla Picks Orange Business for Telematics in France

Tesla Motors has chosen Orange Business Services to provide wireless connectivity to its fleet of Tesla Model S vehicles in France.

Tesla will be able to offer their French customers interactive navigation services, Internet radio and web browsing, as well as provide seamless remote diagnostics and over-the-air updates of M2M software.

  • In June 2014, Telsa Motors selected NTT DOCOMO to provide M2M connectivity and mobile communications for the Tesla Model S in Japan.  The in-car telematics include navigation using high-resolution maps, online music such as on-demand Internet radio, and communications via the vehicle's 17-inch touchscreen. Tesla anticipates first deliveries of it its Model S in Japan this summer.

FCC Fines Marriott for Wi-Fi Blocking at Gaylord Opryland

The FCC imposed a $600,000 fine on Marriott Hotel Services for blocking customers' own Wi-Fi signals at the conference facilities of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The FCC said its investigation revealed that Marriott employees had used containment features of a Wi-Fi monitoring system at the Gaylord Opryland to prevent individuals from connecting to the Internet via their own personal Wi-Fi networks, while at the same time charging consumers, small businesses, and exhibitors as much as $1,000 per device to access Marriott’s Wi-Fi network. This action was determined to be a violation of Section 333 of the Communications Act. The FCC investigation was prompted by a consumer complaint in March 2013.

“Consumers who purchase cellular data plans should be able to use them without fear that their personalInternet connection will be blocked by their hotel or conference center,” said Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “It is unacceptable for any hotel to intentionally disable personal hotspots while also charging consumers and small businesses high fees to use the hotel’s own Wi-Fi network. This practice puts consumers in the untenable position of either paying twice for the same service or forgoing Internet access altogether,” he added.

Friday, October 3, 2014

IBM's Latest Power Servers Boast 20% Gain over Xeon Machines

IBM introduced its latest generation Power servers built with its own POWER8 processor and NVIDIA's GPU.

The servers, which are optimized for the most demanding Big Data workloads, leverage the OpenPOWER stack for runing data-intensive tasks on the POWER8 processor while offloading other compute-intensive Big Data workloads to the NVIDIA GPU accelerators.  The GPU is capable of running millions of data computations in parallel.

IBM will be tuning a number of its enterprise applications for this model, including the IBM DB2 database software with BLU Acceleration. Additionally, IBM is working to optimize Power versions of widely used GPU-accelerated applications for bioinformatics, defense, finance, molecular dynamics, weather modeling – including SOAP3, NAMD, GROMACS, FFTW library, and Quantum Espresso.

VMware Hires Big Switch's Guido Appenzeller and Cisco's Dominick Delfino.

Guido Appenzeller, co-Founder of Big Switch Networks and CEO from 2010-2013, is headed to VMware, where he is expected to help direct the company's networking strategy. Previously, Appenzeller was an entrepreneur in residence at Morgenthaler and Consulting Professor at Stanford University.

VMware also recently hired Dominick Delfino as Vice President, WW Systems Engineering.  Previously, he was VP of Systems Engineering at Cisco and Senior Director of its Global Data Center & Virtualization Systems Engineering & Technology Strategy.

Google to Take Over Juniper's Old Sunnyvale Campus

Google will assume the leases for Juniper's old 3-building campus on Mathilda Avenue in Sunnyvale, California.

Juniper recently moved into a new headquarters across the street.

In an SEC filing, Juniper calculates that transferring the leases on the old buildings to Google will help it avoid $112 million in future rent obligations.

Google has been expanding rapidly in Sunnyvale and nearby Mountain View, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Sprint Commences October Layoffs

Sprint has begun a new round of layoffs and will take a charge of approximately $160 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2014 for severance and related costs.  In an SEC filing, Sprint said the workfouce reduction is expected to be largely completed by October 31, 2014 and will include certain management and non-management positions.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AT&T's NetBond Extends to AWS

AT&T and Amazon reached a deal to extend AT&T's MPLS-based NetBond service to AWS. The new integrated solution is expected to be available next year. 

AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to AWS.

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 has previously announce NetBond cloud partnerships with:
  • IBM Softlater
  • Box
  • VMware vCloud
  • HP Helion
  • Equinix data centers

Oracle Adds Virtual Networking OpenStack Neutron plug-in

Oracle announded a Virtual Networking OpenStack Neutron plug-in based on the OpenStack Icehouse release.  This enables Oracle’s SDN and network fabric capabilities to be created, provisioned and managed by the OpenStack framework.

Oracle said its SDN implementation virtualizes the SAN and LAN infrastructures by defining connectivity in software, giving users the flexibility and agility needed for cloud-enabled Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service deployments. By consolidating both SPARC and x86 systems on a single fabric, Oracle Virtual Networking can reduce infrastructure complexity by 70 percent and cut capital expenditures by up to 50 percent.

The new plug-in allows OpenStack-based cloud deployments to virtually eliminate VLAN exhaustion. The Oracle SDN is able to dynamically deploy thousands of completely segregated L2 networks on the fabri.

OpenStack is fully integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.2, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM.

Earlier this year, Oracle acquired Corente, a start-up developing software-defined WAN virtualization technology, for an undisclosed sum.  Oracle already offers a LAN virtualization platform, so the deal extends its SDN portfolio for cloud services covering both the enterprise data center LAN and the WAN.

Corente, which is based in Bernardsville, New Jersey, offers a virtualization platform that accelerates the deployment of distributed and cloud-based applications services.  Key components of the offering include:

  • Corente Cloud Services Exchange:  A cloud-based service delivery platform that establishes trusted network services between public or private cloud data centers and any location over any IP network
  • Corente Services Gateway: An integrated virtual appliance that provides secure endpoints for private networks that are connected over global IP networks with zero-touch installation and service activation
  • Corente Services Portal: Secure, role-based access to service life cycle management tools for both service operators and service subscribers.

DEC-CIX Upgrades Frankfurt Exchange with ALU 7950 XRS-40 Routers

DE-CIX has upgraded its flagship Apollon Internet exchange in Frankfurt with Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS-40 routing systems.

The XRS-40 system combines two XRS-20 chassis back-to-back. One XRS-40 currently delivers up to 160 x 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports or 1600 x 10 GE ports. DE-CIX deployed the first XRS-40 system on October 1, 2014, and will expand this setup to multiple data centers in the Frankfurt metropolitan area.

DE-CIX said this deployment enable it to aggregate more customers on a single edge router and to keep Internet exchange (IX) traffic local within the data center. It will also reduce the amount of traffic that needs to be routed through the Apollon core nodes, which are based on XRS-20 platforms, keeping latency low and data flow manageable in a marketplace that is growing rapidly.

Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that this installation by DE-CIX is the first deployment of the XRS-40 outside of North America .

DE-CIX has already added more than 80 new customers to its Apollon platform this year, with the number of exchange customers and ports growing.

“We are pleased to see these powerful XRS-40 systems fulfill such a critical role in the delivery of global Internet traffic at the world’s leading Internet exchange,” said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing and Transport division. “This is the first XRS-40 implementation in Europe, one that is designed to deliver expanded capacity, simplify management and maintain high availability for the DE-CIX team. The XRS-40 will allow DE-CIX to grow for years to come.”

In December 2013, DE-CIX, which operates the world’s largest Internet exchange in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), completed a major upgrade to its flagship DE-CIX Apollon platform and successfully migrated all of its nearly 600 customers to the next system.

DE-CIX Apollon consists of four fully implemented Supernodes and six edge nodes spread across the Frankfurt metro, with the platform’s deployment having begun in April 2013. In ten scheduled maintenance windows, 580 customers with a total of 928 ports were successfully migrated to the new DE-CIX Apollon platform.

DE-CIX Apollon uses ADVA Optical Networking and Alcatel-Lucent as its technology vendors. Specifically, the platform leverages ADVA Optical Networking's flagship FSP 3000 platform for optical transport capacity of up to 2 Terabits/sec per fiber pair. The switching layer is powered by Alcatel-Lucent's Core Router 7950 XRS, which supports port density of up to 80 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports per chassis. The core of the DE-CIX Apollon network is based on four supernodes that are built from the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS and which are fed by customer-facing switches, both located at secure locations spread throughout the Frankfurt metro.

Lantiq’s VDSL2 Chipset Supports 300 Mbps at up to 200m

Lantiq began shipping its new VINAX dp chipset optimized for Fiber To The distribution point (FTTdp) applications.

The Lantiq VINAX dp chipset enables aggregated 300 Mbps over VDSL2 at distances up to 200m between a customer premise gateway and the fiber network distribution point.

Lantiq said uts new chip set operates in industrial temperature ranges and with low power consumption, enabling installation in outdoor boxes with passive cooling. Since it can be line-powered from the customer premise, the FTTdp unit can be placed conveniently in carrier managed locations, while on the subscriber end, the standard VDSL CPE and power feeder is self-installed.

Key features:

  • Tightly integrated Lantiq carrier-class VDSL2 and GPON (FALC ON) solution
  • 300 Mbps aggregated data rate with G.INP (retransmission) downstream and upstream
  • Based on mature, future proof (VINAX CO platform) technology with demonstrated interoperability on both ends for GPON and VDSL links. 
  • Typical power consumption is 2.7 Watt for the VINAX dp chipset. 
  • The entire system consumes less than 6 Watts – including VDSL, GPON, DC/DC converter and all other active and passive components.  

Lantiq said it has partnered with several leading equipment manufacturers including Alcatel Lucent, ZTE, T&W, Aethra Telecommunications and others for successful field trials of its FTTdp solution.

Canadian Researchers Develop Photon Pair Source

An international team of researchers led by professor Roberto Morandotti of INRS-EMT in Canada announced a new method to achieve a different type of photon pair source that fits into a computer chip. To generate the cross-polarized photons, Caspani and colleagues used two different laser beams at different wavelengths —one vertically polarized and another horizontally polarized.

The researchers said their innovation could form the core of the next-generation of quantum optical communication and computing technology.

The research will be presented at The Optical Society's (OSA) 98th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics, being held Oct. 19-23 in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

“While several efforts have been devoted to develop on-chip sources of polarization-entangled photons, the process typically used to generate these photons only allows the generation of photons with the same polarization as the laser beam used to pump the device — either both horizontal or vertical — after which entanglement can be achieved by accurately mixing these states. Now, we have found a way to directly generate cross-polarized photon pairs,” says Lucia Caspani, a postdoctoral fellow at INRS-EMT and co-author of the Frontiers in Optics paper.

Red Hat Storage Now Scales to Multi-Petabytes

A new release of Red Hat Storage Server optimized for Big Data applications can now support up to 60 drives per server, up from 36, and 128 servers per cluster, up from 64.  This provides a usable capacity of up to 19 petabytes per cluster.
Red Hat is also adding data protection and control capabilities to its storage clusters.  In addition, support for a Hadoop File System Plug-In that enables running Apache Hadoop workloads on the storage server, as well as tight integration with Apache Ambari for management and m
In May 2014, Red Hat acquired Inktank, provider of Ceph and Inktank Ceph Enterprise open source storage solutions. Red Hat’s Inktank Ceph Enterprise delivers object and block storage software to enterprises deploying public or private clouds, including many early adopters of OpenStack. The addition of Red Hat’s Ceph Enterprise to Red Hat’s storage product portfolio gives customers a comprehensive offering of open software-defined storage solutions across object, block and file system storage.

ADTRAN Trims Q3 Guidance Citing Weaker Conditions in Europe

ADTRAN announced updated financial guidance for Q3 2014 say it now expects revenue to range from $162.0 million to $163.0 million. GAAP earnings per share for the quarter, assuming dilution, are expected to range from $0.19 to $0.20. Non-GAAP earnings per share for the quarter are expected to range from $0.23 to $0.24. Non-GAAP earnings per share exclude the effect of acquisition related expenses, amortizations and adjustments, and stock compensation expense.

ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “Although we did see a sequential increase on our domestic carrier business, that increase was not enough to overcome the more than expected sequential decrease in our European business and a softer enterprise spending environment. We expect a material improvement in results beginning in 2015 as we see a re-acceleration in carrier spending both in Europe and the US. We believe the shortfall in enterprise spending was influenced by inventory corrections which we expect to be resolved as we enter 2015.”

Ericsson Releases WebRTC Browser as Open Source

Ericsson Research has released its its web browser called Bowser, and the underlying framework OpenWebRTC, as free and open source.

Ericsson said it made the decision to quicken the pace of innovation in the WebRTC community.

WebRTC provides a very simple way to build real-time voice, video and data applications. It consists of a set of API's and protocols that are being standardized within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and  the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

OpenWebRTC is built on the belief that the WebRTC standard will transcend the pure browser environment and that native apps, implementing the same protocols and API's, will become an important part of the WebRTC ecosystem.  This is especially true on mobile platforms where native app distribution is often preferred over pure web apps.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Interoute to Acquire Vtesse for UK Network and Data Center

Interoute Communications has acquired the UK Vtesse group. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vtesse operates an extensive fiber network connecting 55 data centres and 48 major towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales.  The company provides metropolitan and Wide Area Network (WAN) solutions to some of the largest companies in the world both directly and via leading global system integrators, such as IBM, ARUP, Redstone and Logicalis. Its enterprise customers including Lloyds TSB, Poundland, Friends Provident, Invesco, DEFRA and the AA, will now have access to Interoute’s advanced Unified ICT portfolio of services.

Vtesse also operates a Tier 3 data center, situated 25 minutes from central London, with 2,700m² space, capable of accommodating 877 racks at 5kW each via a 5MW power supply.  The companies said this is an ideal site for colocation, disaster recovery back-up for Interoute’s London City data centers.

Interoute said the acquisition enables it to bring its VDC cloud service and its Enterprise Unified ICT portfolio of advanced Computing, Connectivity and Unified Communications solutions to businesses across the UK.

“When you look at the options for European businesses wanting to take advantage of flexible, scalable cloud infrastructure, they are often limited to the public cloud providers who think Europe can be served by one European data centre location connected by the public internet. With this acquisition Interoute is adding its twelfth data centre in Europe and over 7000km of UK network to its 60,000km pan-European global Cloud services platform. This provides a highly resilient, secure low latency Cloud platform that businesses everywhere can benefit from,” stated Gareth Williams, Interoute CEO.

Google Trims Cloud Compute Pricing In Step with Moore's Law

Google announced a 10% price reduction in all Google Compute Engine instances types, across all regions, effective immediately.

Earlier this year, Google said it would price cloud computing in accordance with Moore’s Law, setting a new standard for economics in the public cloud. The latest price cuts are attributed to a decrease in Google's underlying cost of hardware and efficiency gains in running its service and managing its data centers.

HP Intros 64-bit ARM-based Servers

HP introduced two ARM-based servers, including the first enterprise-class 64-bit ARM-based server, as part of its  HP ProLiant Moonshot portfolio.

HP describes the launch as a major milestone in next-generation infrastructure.

The HP ProLiant Moonshot servers deliver high-density, ARM-based systems for hyperscale, data center environments to help customers improve application performance, drive business innovation and deliver breakthrough data center economics.

“ARM technology will change the dynamics of how enterprises build IT solutions to quickly address customer challenges,” said Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, Servers and Networking, HP. “HP’s history, culture of innovation and proven leadership in server technology position us as the most qualified player to empower customers with greater choice in the server marketplace.”

HP is also extending the reach of the growing ARM ecosystem to enable developers to test and port code stacks and solutions to the ARM architecture with the launch of an ProLiant Moonshot Discovery Lab.