Monday, November 10, 2014

Juniper Appoints New CEO following Board Level Dispute

Juniper Networks appointed Rami Rahim as chief executive officer effective immediately following the sudden resignation of Shaygan Kheradpir as CEO and director of the company. Juniper said the followed a review by its board of directors regarding Kheradpir's conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer.

 Rahim started at Juniper as employee #32 and worked as an engineer on Juniper's first product, the M40 core router. Rahim was also one of the original architects of the MX, Juniper's flagship routing platform. He most recently served as executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation.

 Rahim holds 17 US Patents in networking technologies, a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

  • Shaygan Kheradpir took over as CEO of Juniper Networks on January 1, 2014. Kheradpir replaced Kevin Johnson, who in July 2013 announced his plan to retire as CEO.  Kheradpir joined Juniper Networks from Barclays PLC, where he served as the chief operations and technology officer, and as a member of its executive committee. Prior to joining Barclays, he was executive vice president and chief information and technology officer at Verizon Communications. He holds a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

Pica8's CrossFlow Combines OpenFlow-based Policy with L2/L3

Pica8 introduced a new capability that lets its PicOS bare metal switch operating system integrate OpenFlow-based applications and business-logic policies into existing Layer-2 / Layer-3 networks.

The new CrossFlow Networking lets administrators run L2/L3 protocols and OpenFlow on the same switch at the same time. This lets users leverage OpenFlow for policy-driven applications to drive business logic into the network, while leveraging their network topology and protocols like OSPF and BGP for the most efficient packet transport and performance.

Pica8 said its CrossFlow Networking brings the potential to significantly accelerate SDN adoption because customers are able to run OpenFlow on the existing L2/L3 network.

“Some customers have made commitment to OpenFlow in green field deployments, but networking shops with existing infrastructure want to be able to use OpenFlow in use cases where it makes sense,” said Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing and Pica8. “For the first time, CrossFlow mode allows users to leverage both ways of thinking – Layer-2 / Layer-3 and OpenFlow – to deal with networking challenges appropriately on the same switch.”

Some sample use cases include:
  • In a traditional data center that uses Layer-2 / Layer-3 switching and routing, monitoring and tapping can be done on the switches with rules triggered by the OpenFlow protocol.
  • In an OpenFlow data center, the edge devices need to interact with traditional switching/routing devices (using spanning tree, OSPF, BGP, and other Layer-2 / Layer-3 
Available in PicOS 2.4, CrossFlow allows every port in the bare metal switch the ability to act as either a legacy or a CrossFlow port. A legacy port uses traditional Layer-2 / Layer- 3 switch (OVS) commands can be used, either locally via OVS commands or via an SDN controller using OpenFlow and OVSDB.

  • Pica8 currently claims over 320 customers.
  • Pica8 is based in Palo Alto, California with development offices in Beijing.
  • In October, Pica8 announced $12.5 million in Series B funding from a group of investors led by VantagePoint Capital Partners, Cross Head and Pacific Venture Partners (PVP), bringing its total funding to date to over $20 million.

Chicago's StarWave Exchange Implements Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave

StarWave, a Chicago-based research and education (R&E) communication services exchange facility, is deploying Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave Platform for 100GbE bandwidth interconnection. This upgrade will facilitate transfers for multiple sciences, such as data flows used by high energy physicists investigating particle collisions, and medical researchers sharing massive genomic data files and high-resolution images of protein strands used for cancer research.

The StarWave multi-100 Gbps exchange, located at the StarLight International/National Communications Exchange Facility Consortium, supports large-capacity, long duration, and low latency individual data flow transfers.

Multiple national and international 100 Gbps demonstrations leveraging StarWave are expected at next week's Supercomputing (SC14) conference in New Orleans.

“Ciena’s technology plays a pivotal role in supporting big data, high-performance computing and R&E efforts, improving the way researchers interact and conduct complex, data-intensive scientific discovery. Our 8700 platform enables the needed collaboration in the R&E community by offering massive scalability to carry huge science data flows in a platform that is easy to set up, deploy, and manage,” stated Rod Wilson, Senior Director of External Research, Ciena.

  • In June 2014, Ciena introduced its programmable, 8700 Packetwave Platform, a multi-terabit Ethernet/DWDM switch designed to transform metro and inter-data center networks. The new 8700 Packetwave integrates Ethernet and MPLS-TP switching with Ciena’s WaveLogic Photonics into a single, scalable platform. It leverages Ciena’s Service-Aware Operating System, OneControl Unified Management System, and SLA portal.  It can also be deployed in conjunction with Ciena’s V-WAN software to give customers performance-on-demand cloud service connectivity.

Facebook's Messenger Reaches 500 Million

Facebook's Messenger app has reached a big milestone: 500 million active users per month.  The app launched in 2011.

  • In February, Facebook acquired WhatsApp.  At the time, What'sApp claimed 450 million using the service each month, of whom 70% were active on any given day.

CyrusOne Picks BTI for Cloud + DC Connectivity

CyrusOne is now deploying BTI’s Cloud Networking and Data Center Interconnect Solutions in metro Chicago and metro Virginia.

Specifically, CyrusOne has deployed the BTI 7800 Series Intelligent Cloud Connect platform, the BTI 7000 Series Packet Optical platform with ROADM and the BTI proNX Service Manager to connect CyrusOne data centers in Lombard, IL to the main downtown Chicago telecommunications hub. Additionally, CyrusOne is capitalizing on BTI’s solutions to expand its market reach by connecting a new data center facility in the Northern Virginia metro market to the CyrusOne national network footprint.

The SDN-enabled BTI 7800 Series Intelligent Cloud Connect is purpose-built to integrate high-capacity optical switching and MPLS Label Switch Routing (LSR) with Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)-based applications.

The BTI 7000 Series is a modular system that unifies packet and optical service delivery into one platform for network-layer consolidation and improved efficiencies. It integrates Ethernet switching, 10G WDM optical layer and Dynamic Optical Layer ROADM-on-a-blade support to simplify network deployment and operations.

Obama Urges FCC to Move on Net Neutrality

President Obama is urging the FCC to act now to reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, setting a legal basis to create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality.  In a statement, Obama said he believes the bright-line rules should include:

  • No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player — not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business.
  • No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
  • Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
  • No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.

Rackspace Brings in $1,405 Per Server Per month

Rackspace reported net revenue for the third quarter of 2014 was $460 million, up 4.2 percent from the previous quarter and 18.3 percent from the third quarter of 2013. Net income was $26 million for the quarter, up 14.6 percent from the previous quarter.

"We are pleased with our operating performance this quarter and encouraged by the momentum we are seeing in the business,” said Taylor Rhodes, president and CEO of Rackspace. "We are poised to capitalize on the massive opportunity ahead in the managed cloud market, where we see increasing demand for our managed services and expertise. And while we made strong progress this year, we’re determined to continually improve our execution and seize our future.”

Some highlights:

  • Total server count in the third quarter of 2014 increased to 110,453, up from 107,657 servers at the end of the previous quarter. 
  • Revenue per server grew to $1,405 per month up from $1,375 in the previous quarter.
  • Net income margin for the quarter was 5.6 percent compared to 5.1 percent for the previous quarter.
  • On a worldwide basis, Rackspace employed 5,939 Rackers as of September 30, 2014, up from 5,798 in the previous quarter.

UK to Auction 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz Spectrum

Ofcom, the official regulator for the UK, plans to auction spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands in late 2015 or early 2016. The bands are expected to be of interest to the mobile industry. Ofcom intends to hold an auction for a total of 190 MHz of spectrum in the two bands - equivalent to around three-quarters of the airwaves released by Ofcom through the 4G auction in 2013. The spectrum is currently used by the Ministry of Defence.

Ofcom noted that many existing mobile handsets from major manufacturers, including the Apple iPhone 5 and 6, HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy, are already compatible with the 2.3 GHz spectrum in other markets. The band is so far being used for high-speed 4G mobile broadband networks in 10 countries outside Europe, including China, India and Australia.

The 3.4 GHz band is currently being used for 4G wireless broadband in six countries including the UK, Canada and Spain.

Plexxi Names Richard Napolitano as CEO

Plexxi, a start-up specializing in next-generation networking, named serial entrepreneur Richard Napolitano as CEO.

Napolitano has a long track record in the technology industry, including president of the Unified Storage Division at EMC Corporation and president and general manager of U.S. sales for Sun Microsystems, which was acquired by Oracle. He also served as chairman, CEO and president of Pirus Networks, which was acquired by Adaptec.

NeoPhotonics Sees 40/100G Revenue Growth of 22.9% Sequentially

NeoPhotonics announced Q3 2014 revenue of $81.6 million, an increase of $4.1 million, or 5.3%, from the second quarter of 2014 and up $4.8 million, or 6.2%, from the third quarter of 2013. Gross margin was 24.6%, up from 18.8% in the second quarter of 2014, and up from 23.7% in the third quarter of 2013.  Net loss was $1.9 million, a decrease from a net loss of $6.8 million in the second quarter of 2014 and from a net loss of $9.4 million in the third quarter of 2013.

The company noted sequential 40/100G revenue growth of 22.9%.

“We are pleased to announce that we again achieved record revenue this quarter. Our previously announced profit improvement actions are taking hold and moved us into non-GAAP profitability. We expect to operate in a manner focused on our path to profitability; managing expenses tightly, and continuing to operate so as to strengthen our balance sheet,” said Tim Jenks, NeoPhotonics Chairman and CEO. “Equally important, we believe our product focus on 100G, enhanced by our pending acquisition of EMCORE’s tunable laser product line, positions us to be a major contributor to this expanding market segment, and therefore benefit from the accelerating worldwide deployments of 100G systems,” continued Mr. Jenks.

  • Last month, NeoPhotonics agreed to acquire EMCORE Corporation's tunable laser and transceiver product lines for approximately $17.5 million, which consists of $15.0 million and a working capital and inventory adjustment of approximately $2.5 million.  The deal includes production and development fixed assets, inventory and intellectual property for the ECL-based Integrable Tunable Laser Assembly (ITLA), micro-ITLA, Tunable XFP transceiver, tunable optical sub-assemblies and Integrated Coherent Transmitter (ICT) products for 10, 40, 100 and 400G telecommunications networks.

NeoPhotonics said it intends to add the EMCORE tunable lasers to its current product line and to continue to serve EMCORE’s current customers without interruption. EMCORE has supported these products from its facility in Newark, California and NeoPhotonics expects to integrate this business into in its existing Silicon Valley facilities. EMCORE’s revenue for this product line has been approximately $9 million per quarter. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to NeoPhotonics by the second quarter of 2015.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

AT&T Bets on Mexico with Acquisition of Iusacell

AT&T agreed to acquire Iusacell, a leading Mexican mobile operator, from Grupo Salinas for US$2.5 billion, inclusive of Iusacell debt. The deal includes all of Iusacell’s wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 8.6 million subscribers. The acquisition will occur after Grupo Salinas, the current owner of 50 percent of Iusacell, closes its announced purchase of the other 50 percent of Iusacell that Grupo Salinas does not own today.

Iusacell offers wireless service under both the Iusacell and Unefón brand names with a network that today covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s approximately 120 million people. AT&T plans to expand Iusacell’s network to cover millions of additional consumers and businesses in Mexico.

Iusacell operates a 3G  GSM/UMTS network based on the same technology that AT&T uses in the United States. Iusacell owns between 20 and 25 MHz of 800 MHz spectrum, primarily in the southern half of the country, including Mexico City and Guadalajara, and an average of 39MHz of PCS spectrum nationwide. Iusacell’s Total Play business, including the network assets to support pay TV and wireline broadband services will be spun out to Grupo Salinas’ existing shareholders prior to AT&T closing its acquisition of Iusacell.

AT&T cited recent changes to government policies in Mexico that have created a friendly climate for foreign investment.  AT&T plans to create a North American Mobile Service area for U.S. customers calling or visiting Mexico, and Mexican customers calling or visiting the United States.

“Our acquisition of Iusacell is a direct result of the reforms put in place by President Peña Nieto to encourage more competition and more investment in Mexico. Those reforms together with the country’s strong economic outlook, growing population and growing middle class make Mexico an attractive place to invest,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Iusacell gives us a unique opportunity to create the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering over 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States. It won’t matter which country you’re in or which country you’re calling – it will all be one network, one customer experience.

“Mexico is still in the early stages of mobile Internet capabilities and adoption, but customer demand for it is growing rapidly,” Stephenson said. “This is an opportunity for us to provide Iusacell the financial resources, scale and expertise to accelerate the roll-out of world-class mobile Internet speeds and quality in Mexico, like we have in the United States.”

Iusacell will continue to be headquartered in Mexico City following the transaction closing.

The transaction is subject to review by Mexico’s telecom regulator IFT (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones) and Mexico’s National Foreign Investments Commission.

In 2011, AT&T sold its 49% stake in Mexico's Alestra, giving ALFA 100% control of the firm. Financial terms were not disclosed. Alestra offers a range of business-class services, including converged communications, hosting and cloud capabilities. The company operates a 40 Gbps fiber network spanning 6,700 kms. across Mexico, including 1,750 kms of metro rings.

AT&T Says CAPEX for Project VIP has Peaked

AT&T confirmed that capital expenditures for its three year old Project VIP will have peaked in 2014. As a result, AT&T now expects its 2015 capital expenditure budget for its existing businesses to be in the $18 billion range, or "mid-teens" as a percentage of total revenues and consistent with historical capital spending levels.

Expansion of AT&T's 4G LTE network is largely complete as the network now covers more than 300 million people in the United States.

AT&T has also completed the build-out of wired high-speed Internet service to 57 million U.S. customer locations. Under the project, the company has deployed fiber connections to 600,000 of its planned 1 million multi-tenant U.S. business locations.

AT&T said it will continue to focus its capital investments on the most strategically important assets and opportunities, such as acquiring DIRECTV and Iusacell, while continuously reviewing and rationalizing its portfolio of less strategic assets.

As outlined in 2011, objectives of the three year Project VIP included:

Densification of the wireless grid through multiple technology deployments, including 10,000+ new macro sites, 1,000+ distributed antenna systems, and 40,000+ small cells.  Over half of the densification will come from small cells. 

Extending the wireline broadband network to 57 million homes.  

Extending fiber to many more business locations.  The target is for 1 million more customer locations in 3 years.

Cable & Wireless to Acquire the Columbus Undersea Cable Network

Cable & Wireless Communications Plc agreed to acquire Columbus International for approximately US$1.85 billion.  The deal creates a strengthen telecom player in Central America and the Caribbean.

CWC is a USD1.69bn revenue telecom services provider operating in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and the Seychelles. It serves 5.7m residential customers with a comprehensive suite of fixed telephony, high-speed broadband, television and mobile services.

Columbus is a privately-owned diversified telecommunications and technology services company, based in Barbados, with approximately 700,000 residential customers in the Caribbean, Central America and the Andean region. In the Caribbean, it is one of the leading providers of triple-play cable TV and broadband enabled services over its proprietary fibre optic network infrastructure.

CWC said the merger positions it for regional convergence leadership. CWC is rolling out high-speed broadband in Jamaica, Cayman, Barbados, Anguilla, Antigua, Turks & Caicos, British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent, St Lucia and Grenada. The enlarged group will benefit from Columbus’ high-speed fibre optic and hybrid fibre-coax n Curacao and Trinidad, as well as broadening network reach in markets where both CWC and Columbus operate today such as Jamaica, Barbados and Grenada.

DOCOMO and NEC Test VxLAN Offloadingfor OpenStack Neutron

NTT DOCOMO and NEC Corp. claim up to six times faster data transmission between multiple virtual machines by utilizing network interface cards (NICs) with Virtual eXtensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) offloading.

The companies have completed a proof-of-concept that verified that a cloud system configured with open-source OpenStack Neutron, the cloud networking controller within the promising cloud management software OpenStack, is capable of up to 16 Gbps data transmission between virtual machines on two different physical hosts.

DOCOMO and NEC developed high availability (HA) capability for OpenStack Neutron's network controlling process. The HA is achieved by enabling multiple networking controllers to instantly take over a failed network controller. The combination of this HA and the huge increase in data transmission speed verified by the trials now qualifies OpenStack Neutron for commercial use. DOCOMO expects to introduce OpenStack Neutron on a commercial basis to provide faster and more stable cloud services within the fiscal year ending in March 2016.

The trials, the largest scale ever involving OpenStack Neutron, were conducted in cooperation with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, VirtualTech Japan Inc., NTT Advanced Technology Corporation, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Tokyo University and Dell Japan Inc.

Mesh Networks Raises $4.3 Million for Bandwidth Mgt

Mesh Networks, which specializes in bandwidth management and optimization, has secured $4.3 million a new round funding from an existing investor base and new private investors. 

Mesh Networks bandwidth management solutions are scheduled to be installed into both new and retro-fit mission critical IT infrastructures in verticals that service student housing in the USA and Canada and assisted living facilities throughout the USA and Australia. Hospitality media network providers are expected to integrate the NetProfit System to effectively manage bandwidth in their existing highly specialized content delivery systems across guest platforms and provide their customers enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) when using Internet related services.

"Connectivity services in the Hospitality, Student Housing, 55+/Assisted Living, Apartment industries are notorious for being troublesome and slow; often frustrating a customer base that expects connectivity services to be fast and responsive. Mesh facilitates personalizing and improving guest/resident connectivity services by installing our patent pending bandwidth management systems into new, or already existing networks." Said Martin Scheid, CEO and President of Mesh Networks, LLC. "Achieving our funding goals for 2014 has significantly accelerated the advancement of the Company. Subsequently, we are anticipating a rapid expansion into our target verticals, with deployments already scheduled well into 2016."

The company is based in Houston, Texas.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Equinix Announces Another $43M Data Center in Tokyo

Equinix announced its newest data center expansion in Japan.  TY5, which is located near Tokyo’s financial district and in close proximity to the Japan Exchange and Tokyo Commodity Exchange, will provide a total capacity of 725 cabinets with 350 available in the first phase and 375 in the second. With 54,663 square foot of space, TY5 is located in a single tenant facility for improved design and physical security, with 24x7x365 security officers and CCTV. Scheduled to open in Q1 2016, it is being built in close proximity to TY3 to streamline operations.

“TY5 will be built in response to the various demands being driven by the digital economy across the cloud, mobile and financial services industries. As Tokyo is a major international finance center that houses some of the world’s largest investment banks, trading platforms and insurance companies, it is important that we provide the necessary interconnection services to meet these increasing demands. The new TY5 data center will do just that, as customers will have direct access to Equinix’s established financial ecosystem in TY3," stated Kei Furuta, managing director, Equinix Japan.

Huawei Supports University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre

Huawei announced its support for the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) based in Guildford, England.

Specifically, Huawei will collaborate as part of the 5GIC’s work to develop the world’s first 5G test bed, based at the University’s campus, where emerging 5G technologies will be tested in a real-world environment. As one of the founding members of the 5GIC, Huawei has provided expertise in and equipment for large scale radio access for the test bed. Overall, Huawei is investing £5m in the 5GIC, part of the $600m the company is committing to 5G research and innovation globally by 2018.

The test bed will take just over one year to complete and will be built in three separate phases. The first phase will be operational by April 2015 and will be used collaboratively by 5GIC researchers and industry partners to develop and test advanced technologies and actively contribute to shaping the communications standards of the future.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Juniper Virtualizes its Flagship MX Edge Router

Juniper Networks introduced a virtualized version of its flagship MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routing platform, enabling it to operate as software on x86 servers.  The move brings the full feature set and functionality of the company's edge routers to cloud infrastructure.

Juniper said it expects customers will combine the new vMX with its existing physical router portfolio in a common operations model. The virtualized MX implementations bring agility in deployment, scalability and service flexibility, while the physical version powered by the company's proprietary chipsets will deliver highest performance. In particular, the vMX enables new service creation and delivery models by reducing the risks and costs associated with a hardware-centric service roll-out.  Service providers with MX edge routers deployed in their networks can more cost effectively expand the reach of the network by leveraging x86. With the vMX, carrier-grade routing can be deployed in the time it takes to spin up a virtual machine, scaled elastically with virtual capacity, and if the need arises, migrated to the high-performance physical MX Series platforms for high-volume workloads.

"Juniper Networks' heritage is rooted in its willingness to challenge the status quo. Today, Juniper is once again redefining the industry by giving customers the freedom to leverage the benefits of both physical and virtual networking. How committed are we? We've virtualized our number-one selling routing platform so that our customers can increase service satisfaction, improve brand value and protect their profit margins. That's how much we believe in our customer's success," said Rami Rahim, executive vice president of Juniper Development and Innovation, Juniper Networks.

"AT&T is testing vMX for use in its software-defined network architecture. With the rapid pace of innovation required to meet increasing customer demands, our industry needs to shift network infrastructures from hardware-centric to software-centric such that the network behaves as flexibly as the cloud. AT&T's Domain 2.0 initiative embodies this shift," stated Susan Johnson, senior vice president of Global Supply Chain, AT&T.

  • Juniper first launched its MX platform in 2006.
  • In October 2013, Juniper announced line-card enhancements and a new switch fabric for its SDN-ready, MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router portfolio.  The upgrades significantly expand system capacity, subscriber bandwidth and service performance. 
    The new line cards increase per-slot bandwidth up to 520 Gbps and offer hardware support for as many as 128,000 subscribers, enabling cost-effective subscriber concentration. The new switch fabric module more than doubles the capacity of several key MX 3D platforms, including the widely deployed MX960 and enhanced service cards for the entire MX Series portfolio. These new service cards enable up to three times the per-slot capacity and up to four times the service density of similar modules offered by other vendors.

    The enhancements are compatible with tens of thousands of MX Series 3D Universal Edge platforms deployed by service provider, cable and enterprise networks globally. The upgrade path supports SDN capabilities, including those powered by Juniper’s Contrail SDN controller.

Juniper Intros OpenStack-based Contrail Cloud

Juniper Networks introduced Contrail Cloud, a new OpenStack-based software platform for cloud resource orchestration and lifecycle management that brings together compute, network, storage and virtualization.

Contrail Cloud works with Contrail Networking, formerly known as Juniper Networks Contrail SDN Controller, to provide the foundation, framework and ecosystem that enables the delivery of a turnkey NFV solution. It delivers virtual network functions (VNFs) such as Juniper Networks Firefly Perimeter, a fully virtualized security solution that includes firewall, antivirus, antispam and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).

Juniper's Contrail Cloud is supported by a broad set of technology partners, including Amdocs, Akamai and Canonical.

Juniper is also introducing new Junos DevOps capabilities for all of its routing platforms.

The new Junos Continuity is a feature enhancement designed to allow new hardware features or upgrades to be inserted without having to update the OS version, avoiding costly qualification testing.  It will launch in Q1 2015.

Dell, Brocade and Intel Collaborate on Open-standard NFV

Dell, Brocade and Intel have collaborated to deliver new NFV solutions for telecom service providers.

Specifically, Dell has added the Brocade Vyatta vRouter software to its newly introduced NFV platform, which is powered by Intel’s Data Plane Developers Kit (DPDK) and the Xeon E5-2600v3 processor.

Brocade’s latest vRouter (v5600) is the first 10Gbps+ virtual router capable of providing advanced routing in software.  It leverages the Intel DPDK to outperform the previous generation (v5400) and features high-performance virtual routing, stateful firewall, VPN functions and Layer4-7 application delivery service.

  • In October, Dell introduced its deployment-ready NFV platform, which consists of its new Intel Xeon-powered 13th generation PowerEdge servers, Dell Open Networking, and software from open ecosystem partners and open source distributions. The platform also includes foundational software and open interfaces for Management and Orchestration (MANO) for simple operation and ease of integration.  Key marketing points:

  • Open and Standard: The Dell NFV platform is built on Dell PowerEdge servers with the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 processors combined with the innovative open networking platforms and a rich set of open interfaces ensuring maximum interoperability, manageability, and investment protection.  
  • Scalable in Any Direction: The Dell NFV platform can scale easily—up, down, or out—to accommodate a wide range of design goals, service capabilities and environmental conditions from small, unstaffed points-of-presences, to central office environments, and to hyperscale data centers. This includes options for Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) platforms, Fresh-Air systems and modular/containerized solutions.
  • Driving Open Source Innovation: The Dell NFV platform aims to provide a choice of software stack to complement Dell’s infrastructure and management software. This announcement extends Dell’s collaboration with Red Hat to co-engineer OpenStack-based NFV and SDN solutions specifically for the telecommunications industry.  
  • Open Partner Ecosystem: Dell will foster an open partner ecosystem and welcomes participation and engagement without exclusivity across all functional areas. 
  • Dell is making contributions to the Open Compute Project for disaggregating server elements
  • Dell is backing the Linux Foundation’s Open Platform NFV Project (OPNFV) enabling open source reference implementations.
  • Dell and Red Hat will make NFV test equipment available in their respective customer labs to demonstrate their joint offering.