Sunday, December 7, 2014

Blueprint: NFV Needs to Get Back to (Virtual) Reality

by Pravin Mirchandani, CMO, OneAccess

Calls for ‘plausible NFV’ amid a world of short-sighted proof-of-concepts

NFV has been voraciously hyped and with good reason; there is much to get excited about. The potential benefits to operators and communication service providers (CSPs) of enabling a virtualized and service oriented network environment are vast: increased network flexibility, additional security, reductions in network OPEX/CAPEX, dynamic capacity adaptation according to network needs and, perhaps most crucial of all, reduced time to market for new, revenue generating network services that can combat declining ARPUs.  NFV really could be the silver bullet that operators and CSPs have been looking for.

Breaking Vendor Lock-in with NFV

But there’s a storm brewing for 2015. So excited has the networking industry become that its NFV gaze has focused almost universally on the end-game: an idealized world in which new services are ‘turned up’ as part of a complete virtualized service chain. Perilously little has been said about how operators will migrate to utopia from the battlegrounds of today.

To date, the central migration message coming from the big five networking vendors has been: ‘Trust us. We’ll get you there.’ Needless to say operators, whose collective future may be determined by their success with NFV, are far from comforted by such assurances. Many have endured vendor lock-in for decades and, as a result, are rightly viewing this first wave of proprietary NFV proof-of-concepts (POCs) with a healthy dose of skepticism. Given a viable and open alternative, NFV could be their chance to break free.

It’s not only vendor lock-in that operators should fear. In their haste to establish NFV dominance, many vendors have NFV-ized their existing lines of routers and switches by installing x86 cards and are now conducting operator POCs via this generic computing environment. This is sledgehammer NFV in action; it may prove that the theory behind NFV is possible, but it is seriously lacking in plausibility when any kind of scaled migration path is considered.

Cash-strapped operators are highly unlikely to stomach the significant price premium required to install x86 cards across their entire CPE infrastructure. Moreover, x86 does not always deliver the optimized performance needed for the volume packet handling and SLA requirements for today’s network services, and in the operators’ last-mile network, there are far too many access link combinations required to enable the physical hardware to be done away with any time soon. ADSL, VDSL, S.HDSL, among others, plus cellular for radio access (frequently used for backup), together with SFP ports to support different fiber speeds and optical standards, are not readily available in an x86 platform, and could only be made so at a prohibitive cost.

Operators Should Focus on Virtual Network Functions (VNFs)

Most importantly, however, is the need for operators to focus on the services, or virtual network functions (VNFs), that they wish to deliver. Today (over their legacy infrastructures) operators are just starting to introduce bundles of managed network services to enterprise customers and are generating much needed revenues as a result. In cash terms, the most valuable of these services (VPN encryption, application performance management and WAN optimization, are good examples) rely on intelligence being present at the edge of the network, as well as in the core. Locating ‘dual-headed’ functions such as these on the router itself makes by far the most sense, but will be a huge technical challenge to achieve via an x86 card.

Operators may go to sleep dreaming of a fully functioning virtualized infrastructure, but the tough truth is that they’re not going to wake up to one any time soon. Theirs is a world where every cent of network investment must be pegged against immediate performance gains. The slim budgets which do exist are focused on network imperatives, like tackling legacy infrastructure obsolescence and reducing TCO.

For operators to commit to NFV beyond today’s POCs, they will need a staged, scalable and flexible migration strategy, which neither increases costs nor diverts budgets away from more immediate priorities. They also need managed migration. This means the ability to ‘activate’ VNFs only when they are ready to do so, otherwise the money simply won’t be spent. It’s high time that the vendor community understood this and adjusted their management of these customers accordingly.

With this in mind, OneAccess has spent the last three years preparing its product portfolio to address precisely these issues. While the big five have vied for influence in NFV, scrapping over ‘who leads the market’, OneAccess has been doing the heavy lifting. It has successfully separated the hardware-dependent forwarding plane from the ripe-for-virtualization control plane in its CPE routers and integrated the tail-f management framework; something that no other CPE vendor has accomplished.

As a result, it can now enable both the virtualized management of each router and support the continued delivery of today’s legacy services as well as support dual-headed functions as VNFs.  And finally, because OneAccess is an operator service-enablement specialist, its router platforms are purpose designed for this environment which, in the context of NFV, means they are open. Not only does this guarantee interoperability with each operator’s existing infrastructure, it also hands them a skeleton key which they can use to force the bigger vendors to follow suit.

As we move into 2015, fever-pitch excitement over all things NFV will subside and the serious business of service migration will take center stage. For the sake of the operators, vendors in the networking industry can’t get back to (virtual) reality soon enough.

About the Author 

Pravin Mirchandani is chief marketing officer and NFV service evangelist at OneAccess, a service provider specialist in the design, development and deployment of cost-effective managed network services on pCPE.

Mirchandani leads product strategy and is responsible for product management and corporate communications at OneAccess. His particular strength is seeing around the corner and anticipating the unexpected, of particular relevance when considering the changes surrounding SDN and NFV.



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Docker Releases Three Orchestration Services for Multi-Container Distributed Apps

Docker released alpha implementations of three orchestration services for multi-container distributed applications. The goal is to help developers and sysadmins to create and manage a new generation of portable distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers that can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud.

The three new orchestration services are:

  • Docker Machine: This service further expands the portability capabilities of distributed applications by providing the user the flexibility to provision any host with the Docker Engine, whether a laptop, a data center VM, or a cloud node. This saves a developer a significant amount of time in manual setup and custom scripting, resulting in faster iterations and compressing the development-to-deployment cycle.
  • Docker Swarm: Docker Swarm is a Docker-native clustering service that works with the Docker Engines, provisioned by the new Docker Machine service, and creates a resource pool of the hosts on which the distributed applications run. By automatically scheduling container workloads and allocating resources, Docker Swarm provides users with high-performance and availability while eliminating inefficient and error-prone manual resource management.
  • Docker Compose: This service provides developers with the ability to assemble applications from discrete, interoperable Docker containers completely independent of any underlying infrastructure, enabling distributed application stacks to be deployed anywhere and moved at any time. Defining a distributed application stack and its dependencies through a simple YAML configuration file converts what was an incredibly complex process into a simple one that can be executed in just a few keystrokes.
  • Open APIs and Open Design Create Opportunity for Broad Ecosystem

“As we evolve from applications created from a small number of Docker containers on a handful of hosts to large, multi-Docker container applications spread across clusters and diverse infrastructures, it is important that users don’t lose the qualities that have made Docker so successful,” said Solomon Hykes, CTO and founder of Docker and the Chief Maintainer of the Docker open source project. “This includes native and open interfaces, the ability to be portable across all environments, and through a common UI the power to leverage a broad ecosystem of 18,000 tools and 60,000 Dockerized apps.”

Docker said its orchestration services are being backed by a partner ecosystem that includes Cisco, Digital Ocean, HP, IBM, Mesosphere, Microsoft and VMware.

Cisco Hits Arista with Multiple Patent Lawsuit

Cisco filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Arista Networks, claiming that a dozen key switching features covered by 14 different U.S. patents held by Cisco were copied.

In a blog post, Mark Chandler, General Counsel at Cisco, writes that none of these features are incorporated in industry standards andy were patented by individuals who worked for Cisco and are now at Arista, or who at Cisco worked with executives who are now at Arista. Specifically, Cisco's complaint cites the following technologies that are incorporated by Arista in their entirety into Arista’s products.

  • System Database (“SysDB”) (Arista uses Cisco’s networking device implementation covered by Cisco Patent No. 7,162,537)
  • Zero-Touch Provisioning (“ZTP”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No. 7,290,164)
  • On Board Failure Logging (“OBFL”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No.7,340,597)
  • Control Plane Policing (“CoPP”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No. 7,224,668)
  • Spanning Tree Loop Guard(Arista uses Cisco’s implementations covered by Cisco Patent Nos. 7,460,492 & 7,061,875 )
  • In-Service System Upgrades (“ISSU”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation described by Cisco Patent No. 8,356,296)
  • Virtual Port Channels (“vPC”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No 8,051,211)
  • Access Control ListsImprovements (“ACL”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent Nos. 7,023,853 & 6,377,577)
  • Private Virtual Local Area Networks (“Private VLANs”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent Nos. 6,741,592 & 7,200,145)
  • Generic Command Interface (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No. 7,047,526)
  • CLI Command Data Translation (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No. 7,953,886)
Furthermore, Chandler argues that "Arista promotes the theft of Cisco’s intellectual property as a key differentiator for Arista versus other Cisco competitors."

Mark Chandler's blog post is here:
http://blogs.cisco.com/news/protecting-innovation

A copy of the complaint is posted here:
http://www.slideshare.net/Cisco/cisco-patent-complaint-against-arista

Arista has not yet officially responded to the complaint but Jayshree Ullal, Arista’s chief executive, was quoted in the press expressing her disappointment in her former employer.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Arianespace Launches DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16

Arianespace successfully launched two satellites into orbit: DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16. The launch used the Ariane 5 ECA rocket.

DIRECTV 14 is a 20-kilowatt class Ka-band and reverse-band digital broadcast satellite that will be used to provide Ultra HD and other new consumer services.  It is based on the SSL 1300 platform and will deliver a very advanced beam forming network for service across the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii and Puerto Rico. It will be positioned at 99 degrees West longitude when launched and is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

GSAT-16, which is the 11th Indian communication satellite, was built in Bangalore, carries 12 ku, 24 C and 12 Extended C band transponders.

DIRECTV said it expects the new satellite to be in service in early second quarter of next year. Tt will be the first commercial satellite to use the Reverse Band Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) spectrum.

 “DIRECTV 14 shows our commitment to the latest in satellite technology, including the development of a full broadcast payload for Reverse Band DBS spectrum and the leading edge delivery of 4K UltraHD video services,” said Phil Goswitz, senior vice president, Space & Communications, DIRECTV.  “SSL is a strong and reliable partner and continues to play a key role in DIRECTV’s ability to deliver the best entertainment experience for its customers.”

http://www.arianespace.com/


  • Last month, DIRECTV became the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming direct to customers’ TVs, offering a variety of new releases, popular films and nature documentaries with nearly four times the resolution of HD. Customers who have DIRECTV’s Genie HD DVR are able to watch 4K programming on supporting 2014 Samsung UHD TVs.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ericsson Signs 7-Year Nationwide Manage Services Deal with India's Reliance

Ericsson has signed a seven-year deal Reliance Communications to operate and manage their wireline and wireless networks across India. Ericsson will also take over responsibility for the field maintenance, network operations and operational planning of Reliance Communications' 2G, CDMA and 3G mobile networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Reliance Communications' infrastructure covers over 150,000 km of fiber, 2G/3G/CDMA mobile network, wireline access and enterprise network in 22 telecom circles, across India and includes 21,000 towns and 400,000 villages to which it offers converged services including voice, data and video.

Ericsson said the agreement extends its managed services footprint nationwide across all the 22 circles in India. This is the first pan-Indian managed services deal for Ericsson.

Ericsson will streamline Reliance Communication's operations by bringing all aspects of fiber, mobile networks and wireline access networks to Reliance Communications' wireless and Global Enterprise Business, across differentiated product lines.

"We are happy to announce our partnership with Ericsson to manage our wireline and wireless network on a pan-Indian basis.  Given the complexity of networks and the growing performance expectations from customers, we are banking on the experience, innovation and technical expertise of Ericsson to improve the productivity of our network and ensure customer satisfaction and retention by delivering superior network performance and service quality at optimized costs," stated Suresh Rangachar, Head of Commercial, Reliance Communications.

Magnus Mandersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson, said; "We are excited to partner with Reliance Communications for this strategic multi-technology managed services deal. We have been managing their networks in north and west and are now pleased to extend this support to all 22 Circles.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1877570

  • In February 2013, Reliance Communications awarded an eight-year, managed services contract to Ericsson valued at US$1 billion to operate and manage wireline and wireless networks in the Northern and Western states of India.  Under this deal, Ericsson will manage the day to day operations across wireline and wireless networks and will take over responsibility for field maintenance, network operations and operational planning of Reliance Communications 2G, CDMA and 3G mobile networks.
  • In July 2014, Ericsson opened a Global Network Operations Center in Kolkata, India -- its fourth such facility in the nation.  It also operates NOCs in Noida, Gurgaon and Bangalore.  The new Global Network Operations Center provides managed services that help operators in 49 countries around the world reduce capital expenditure, improve network performance and promote end-user loyalty. The managed services provided include service and resource fulfillment, proactive and reactive maintenance, alarm and network fault handling, restoration and repair of network faults, problem management and change management, customer problem management, help desks, network planning, design and optimization, application development and support, and operations management.

UK's Network Rail Deploys Infinera DTN-X

Telefónica UK, announced the deployment of the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform across Network Rail’s railway infrastructure in the UK.

Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run).

Infinera said NRT is using the platform's "Instant Bandwidth" technology to deploy capacity with the click of a mouse. The DTN-X is designed to scale in the future to support up to 12 Tbps of integrated OTN switching as well as Fast Shared Mesh Protection to provide rapid service protection even in the face of multiple fiber cuts.

http://www.infinera.com/j7/servlet/NewsItem?newsItemID=433

Infonetics: LTE-A and Small Cells Driver Microwave Equipment Sales

The worldwide microwave equipment market hit $1.1 billion in 3Q2014, up 4% sequentially, though down 2% from a year ago, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

"So far this year, the microwave equipment market has been in a revenue dip, trending downward due to pricing pressures and intertechnology competition with wireline backhaul alternatives. But now the combination of LTE-A upgrades and modest growth in small cell deployments is giving the market a small injection of energy," notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for mobile backhaul and small cells at Infonetics Research.  "Several vendors saw improved quarter-over-quarter results in the third quarter, and we expect the microwave equipment market to inch up in 2015."

Some highlights:

  • Backhaul continues to dominate the microwave market, while access and transport remain stable niche segments
  • The EMEA region (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) leads the world in microwave equipment revenue, followed by Asia Pacific
  • Pricing pressure on microwave gear persists: Infonetics forecasts ARPU for Ethernet-only units (which account for an increasing proportion of shipments) to decline to around half its 2013 value by 2018
  • Topping the microwave equipment market share leaderboard in 3Q14 are (in alphabetical order): Alcatel-Lucent, Ceragon, Ericsson, Huawei, and NEC.

http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2014/3Q14-Microwave-Equipment-Market-Highlights.asp

T-Mobile Czech Deploys Mavenir's IMS Core + VoLTE

T-Mobile Czech Republic has deployed of a converged IMS Core and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Application Server solution from Mavenir Systems.   The operator has completed the first VoLTE call and limited pilot in their live network.

"Deploying our converged IMS core and VoLTE solution is a key milestone for us as T-Mobile CZ transforms their network," said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO of Mavenir Systems. "We are excited to continue working with T-Mobile CZ to help them with their launch in Czech Republic."

Mavenir operates its European VoLTE Centre of Excellence in Cologne, Germany.

http://mavenir.com/

NetApp Partners with VMware

NetApp announced a new partnership with VMware to deliver enterprise-class EVO: Rail Integrated Infrastructure.

The NetApp Integrated EVO: RAIL Solution is designed for enterprises and midmarket organizations, including remote and branch office environments with limited IT personnel. The NetApp Integrated EVO: RAIL Solution includes flash-accelerated, scale-out NetApp enterprise storage.

“Customers asked us to take a fresh look at how we could extend the benefits of converged systems to meet the needs of smaller department and branch offices,” said George Kurian, executive vice president of Product Operations at NetApp. “By combining NetApp storage with VMware EVO: RAIL, we now offer an integrated solution that offers simple, cost-effective scaling, enterprise performance and the protection required for business critical applications, a single point of support, and best of all, complete flexibility to integrate with the cloud using the NetApp data fabric.”

http://www.netapp.com/us/company/news/press-releases/news-rel-20141203-970055.aspx

Busy week for Partnership Tie-ups in Networking Land

Cisco Teams with IBM on VersaStack Data Center Solution


Cisco and IBM are teaming up to offer an integrated data center solution that combines Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the IBM Storwize storage system. The new VersaStack solution, which will be sold through business partners, is aimed at cloud, big data and analytics, and mobility deployments.  Specifically, the VersaStack solution includes the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), ACI-Ready Cisco 9000 Nexus switches, Cisco MDS...

Juniper and VMware Extend Collaboration


Juniper Networks and VMware have closely aligned their private cloud products and sales teams to support customers in the APAC region.  The companies said their increased collaboration will provide the following: Interoperable products, which are available in APAC today, to deliver smart forwarding across physical and virtual infrastructures and provide end-to-end visibility and management of physical and virtualized infrastructures from a...

HP and Alcatel-Lucent Expand Alliance


HP and Alcatel-Lucent are expanding their global alliance to include selected Alcatel-Lucent IP routing and optical products in HP's existing routing and storage portfolios. Specifically, HP Storage will extend its solutions between datacenters to provide joint HP and Alcatel-Lucent customers with fully validated end-to-end business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities. The companies have certified long distance synchronous, low-latency...

Brocade Partners With Mirantis on OpenStack


Brocade announced a partnership with Mirantis to provide cloud service providers with a new turnkey, OpenStack-based, on-demand data center solution. Mirantis, which is a start-up based in Mountain View, California, offers software and services for running production-grade OpenStack clouds. Its solution provides a visual interface as a single control plane for OpenStack clusters and enables automated hardware discovery and network verification. Brocade...


IBM and Docker Announce Strategic Partnership


IBM and Docker announced a strategic partnership. The Docker platform will make it easier for enterprises to build and run the next generation of applications on the IBM Cloud and on prem. The idea is to develop portable, distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud. IBM...


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blueprint: Building an IT Security Road Map to Avoid Cyber Attacks

by Matthew Goche
Will you be (or have you been) the subject of a headline? The victim of a damaging cyber attack or intrusion? If you’ve avoided it, count yourself lucky. But if you’ve already been victimized, you aren’t alone. It appears that such attacks and data breaches are practically inevitable today.
However, help is at hand. Organizations can build a strong IT security road map to counter – and more importantly, prevent – what was once an occasional hacking attempt to today’s constant bombardment by savvy cyber gangs.  
Consider this your Cybersecurity Roadmap and Toolkit
The first priority is to perform an initial gap analysis. This will identify weaknesses in your network and other IT infrastructure defenses. It helps you locate where the starting point is, where to spend your time and where you need to improve.
As my colleague Chris Sell advised in a recent article on information security gap analysis, you should compare your security program as it stands versus overall best security practices. This will help pinpoint vulnerabilities and risks. Also, have a clear understanding of the security threats you should be looking for or may find.
In addition, develop a security organizational chart that clearly outlines all participants’ roles and responsibilities to disarm intruders. This is vital because today’s security world has become much more complicated. There’s more hardware and software to monitor – period. Regulators also have become much more in-your-face about protecting their constituents, who likely are your customers and who you are protecting – especially if you’re in the financial services, retail and health-care sectors. Auditors, too, have higher thresholds to examine operations.
Identify your ‘Security Chieftain’
In developing that security chart, first identify the ‘security chieftain’ empowered to lead this group. If you have a chief information security officer (CISO), this is likely your leader. If you’re a smaller organization without a CISO, tap someone with authority – someone who has a seat at the executives’ table but who also doesn’t have a blatant conflict of interest.
The chief information officer (CIO) is fine, unless she or he also holds the CISO role. If an IT professional is responsible for uptime of applications, that person shouldn’t be the security chief because of an inherent conflict. Too many pressures exist in terms of uptime and innovation that can influence that individual’s mindset. In these cases, the security chief’s role usually falls to the lead infrastructure specialist. 
Be sure to build in checks and balances. If the organization chart lists the person responsible for managing a firewall device, also include the person ensuring the firewall device is managed correctly. At every stage, insert in an additional layer of control.
Consider including someone that deals with risk on a broader basis. A trend has begun that converges security roles and budgets into the same hub overseeing continuity and recovery roles, as well as budgets. An organization will likely reap real benefits by assessing the different categories of risk and judging them on their merits while measuring them together. In doing this, you can distill a clear understanding of overall risks and risk tolerance and invest, accordingly, for business continuity and data recovery.
Find a Hacker and Let Him Loose
Here’s a revolutionary suggestion – but a good one. Appoint your own internal hacker to poke holes in your IT systems, identifying vulnerabilities and seeking ways to strengthen those weak links. Initially when enterprises searched for a third-party internal hacker, they could find few candidates without criminal records.
Today, an increase in ethical training grounds has boosted the number of legit IT professionals trained to take on that role. Since most organizations don’t have an IT professional trained for such duties, it’s best to look to a third-party source.
Next, develop a clear methodology that allows for testing of the basics. Why? Because most successful attacks reflect a basic element that wasn’t followed. Also, inject methodologies that test the latest malware and other threats to outages.
Develop a plan for “application interdependence” that identifies where third-party vendors leave companies the most vulnerable to be hacked. Some of the most recent major cyber intrusions involved the attackers getting into an enterprise’s system through a vulnerable third-party security weakness. Target’s data breach late last year is an example.
Retain an external consultancy or partnership with expertise in business continuity/disaster recovery or in the regulatory/compliance sectors. This firm can review your security processes and test the resiliency and compliance of your IT infrastructure.
Consider identifying a partnership with a managed security services provider that, basically, can serve to augment your current resources. Its IT professionals can provide 24/7 eyes and ears monitoring your environment and looking for the gaps and weaknesses in your defenses.  
This managed security services provider is performing, not reviewing, operations. These providers do this for a living, so their specialists maintain constant communication with law-enforcement agencies, perhaps global in nature, that identify new types of security attacks cropping up somewhere and advising companies and organizations to watch out for them. 
While you can never be certain you’ll be completely safe from a cyber attack, you can definitely take measures that will make it more difficult for today’s sophisticated cyber thieves to crack the safe.
Plan. Prepare. Prevent. These three Ps can lead to a hopeful outcome that also begins with a fourth P: Peace. 
About the Author
Matthew Goche is director of Security Consulting at Sungard Availability Services, which helps clients keep mission-critical information and applications available, recoverable and secure.   


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ON.Lab Releases its Open Source SDN Network Operating System

The Open Networking Lab, ON.Lab, and leading service providers, including AT&T, NTT Communications and key vendors, are releasing an open source SDN Open Network Operating System (ONOS) for Service Providers that enables agile service creation and deployment at scale on any hardware, including white boxes.

ONOS will be available for download starting later today, Friday, Dec. 5.

ONOS features a highly available, scalable SDN control plane featuring northbound and southbound open APIs and paradigms for a diversity of management, control, and service applications across mission critical networks. ON.Lab said it was architected to provide high availability, scalability, performance and rich northbound and southbound abstractions.

Key features of the first ONOS release include:

  • A clean-slate, clustered, modular architecture with distributed core for high availability, performance and scale-out
  • Application Intent Framework providing a high-level policy driven, network-agnostic programmatic abstraction and interface
  • Pluggable southbound for supporting a diversity of devices and protocols.
  • OpenFlow 1.3 and 1.0 support
  • GUI for visualization, visibility and configuration
  • Apache Karaf for modularity, customization and extensibility
  • Service provider use cases to demonstrate capabilities such as—
  • Multilayer SDN control for packet-optical networks
  • SDN-IP for seamless peering of SDN islands within legacy networks
  • Proof of concept Network Functions as a Service (NFaaS)
  • SDN-based WAN control with segment routing (developed with ONF) 
  • Developer and end-user on-boarding resources
  • QA infrastructure and processes
  • Black Duck audit certifying usability and cleanliness of open source ONOS codebase

"The ONOS project partnership was formed with a unique blend of service providers, vendors and ON.Lab to accelerate the adoption of SDN by providers," said Bill Snow, vice president of Engineering at ON.Lab. "A highly available and scalable open source SDN OS platform will help transform service provider networks by delivering significant CapEx and OpEx savings and enabling new revenue-generating services. The first release of ONOS is the start of the journey towards service provider network transformation."

"2015 will be a pivotal year for the open source ONOS project," said Guru Parulkar, executive director of ON.Lab. "We will grow the ONOS community, harden and enhance the current architecture and code, and focus all of our efforts on accelerating SDN adoption in service provider and mission critical networks."

Founding members who are funding and contributing to the ONOS initiative include AT&T, NTT Communications, Ciena, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, NEC; and members who are collaborating and contributing to ONOS include Infoblox, SRI, Internet2, CNIT and Create-Net.

http://onosproject.org

Cisco Teams with IBM on VersaStack Data Center Solution

Cisco and IBM are teaming up to offer an integrated data center solution that combines Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the IBM Storwize storage system.


The new VersaStack solution, which will be sold through business partners, is aimed at cloud, big data and analytics, and mobility deployments.  Specifically, the VersaStack solution includes the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), ACI-Ready Cisco 9000 Nexus switches, Cisco MDS switches, and Cisco UCS Director and the IBM Storwize V7000 storage.

Over time, the platform will be optimized for IBM business applications, while integrating Cisco innovations such as Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Intercloud Fabric.

"VersaStack will help our mutual customers streamline deployment and operation of their IT infrastructure. It will also provide a foundation for innovation between Cisco and IBM—from mobility and data analytics to Intercloud and application centric infrastructure," stated Satinder Sethi, Vice President, Data Center Solutions, Cisco.

"As cloud, mobile, and big data continue to challenge and transform data centers, more organizations are turning to innovative solutions, like the VersaStack, for help," said Laura Guio, Vice President, Business Line Executive Storage Systems, IBM.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1542257
http://www.ibm.com


  • In October, EMC agreed to take over VCE as Cisco agreed to sell all but 10% of its equity stake in the joint venture to EMC. VCE was the joint venture formed in 2009 by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.  VMware is a subsidiary of EMC. Going forward, VCE will be a subsidiary of EMC and will serve as  "an integration point for technologies from across the company."  VCE's flagship product is its Vblock Systems, a converged infrastructure offering that combines VMware vSphere software running on Cisco Unified Computing Systems (UCS) connected with Cisco Nexus switches, attached to EMC Symmetrix storage. More than 1,000 enterprises and service providers have deployed over 2,000 Vblock Systems worldwide.

Juniper and VMware Extend Collaboration

Juniper Networks and VMware have closely aligned their private cloud products and sales teams to support customers in the APAC region.  The companies said their increased collaboration will provide the following:

  • Interoperable products, which are available in APAC today, to deliver smart forwarding across physical and virtual infrastructures and provide end-to-end visibility and management of physical and virtualized infrastructures from a single pane of glass. These include:

    * Layer 2 Gateway Services for VMware NSX certified on the Juniper Networks' MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers to enable seamless bridging between virtual and physical environments.

    * Full VXLAN routing on the EX9200 and MX Series platforms to extend virtual networks seamlessly across multiple data centers. This capability leverages custom silicon and employs native L3 capabilities on EX9200 and MX platforms for connectivity of L3 LANs and WANs at wire speed, effectively making VXLAN a fully functioning replacement for legacy VLANs

    * Juniper Networks' Junos Space Network Director layer with VMware vCenter® enables discovery, management and monitoring of virtual networks including vCenter servers, hosts, VMs and virtual switches. It also provides detailed virtual to physical network connectivity information. This will help ensure consistency and visibility across virtual and physical networks.
  • A proof-of-concept (POC) lab that will be open to customers for the purposes of conducting testing and analysis of the interoperable VMware NSX and MetaFabric solution.

"While it is no secret that the entire IT landscape is undergoing a dramatic shift toward mobile applications delivered from the cloud, nobody should underestimate the challenge this represents to data center operations. Together with Juniper Networks, we have a strong focus on addressing data center complexity by leveraging the power of network virtualization to radically simplify IT, while delivering services at the speed of today's business," stated Sanjay Mirchandani, senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, VMware.

http://www.juniper.net
http://www.vmware.com

HP and Alcatel-Lucent Expand Alliance

HP and Alcatel-Lucent are expanding their global alliance to include selected Alcatel-Lucent IP routing and optical products in HP's existing routing and storage portfolios.

Specifically, HP Storage will extend its solutions between datacenters to provide joint HP and Alcatel-Lucent customers with fully validated end-to-end business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities. The companies have certified long distance synchronous, low-latency replication using HP 3PAR RemoteCopy for distances up to 130 kilometers. The solution components include HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP 3PAR Remote Copy software, HP StoreFabric Storage Networking and Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS optical products.

HP Networking is also expanding its WAN router portfolio for large organizations with the targeted adoption of selected Alcatel-Lucent Carrier-grade routers.

Under their previously announced alliance, Alcatel-Lucent has comprehensively adopted HP IT technologies and HP supply chain efficiencies. Alcatel-Lucent has also recently joined as a member of the HP's Early Access Forum for HP Helion, HP's open-source, distributed cloud computing platform based on OpenStack technology.

"HP and Alcatel-Lucent's expanded alliance demonstrates our deep joint commitment to help large organizations and service providers transform and disrupt their respective industries and markets," said Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, HP enterprise group. "We do this by taking each other's best-in-class flagship products from our respective IT and networking portfolios, to deliver a unique set of data center and network solutions that reduce complexity, lower OPEX and boost agility to accelerate innovation of new products and services."

"This expanded alliance with HP allows us to continue doing what we do best -- building networks that help meet our customers' objectives. And it will allow us to leverage the strengths of both companies to increase the value we deliver to those customers," said Basil Alwan, President Alcatel-Lucent IP Routing and Transport. "Together, we will continue to innovate and offer large enterprises and service providers the industry's most agile and flexible solutions with the right performance and economics for the cloud era."

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



  • HP and Alcatel-Lucent first announced their global alliance in June 2009.


Brocade Partners With Mirantis on OpenStack

Brocade announced a partnership with Mirantis to provide cloud service providers with a new turnkey, OpenStack-based, on-demand data center solution.

Mirantis, which is a start-up based in Mountain View, California, offers software and services for running production-grade OpenStack clouds. Its solution provides a visual interface as a single control plane for OpenStack clusters and enables automated hardware discovery and network verification.

Brocade said it is building on the Mirantis OpenStack platform and Fuel, an open source deployment automation tool for OpenStack, to enable multitenant network orchestration across the data center. Brocade also provides additional network services to OpenStack environments with the Brocade Virtual ADX and Brocade Vyatta vRouter offerings. Both of these offerings will be certified with Mirantis OpenStack 5.x in the near future.

Brocade also announced that the company's OpenStack plugin for Brocade VDX Switches is now certified for Mirantis OpenStack.

"Cloud service providers face a number of challenges in hosting modern data centers that hinder innovation, including the lack of automation, limited resources, and high costs. To address this, Brocade and Mirantis have partnered to provide a best-in-class solution for cloud service providers based on Mirantis OpenStack distribution and Brocade networking technology -- all designed to support the ever-increasing demands of cloud environments," said Jason Nolet, Vice President Data Center and Enterprise Networking, Brocade.

http://www.mirantis.com
http://www.brocade.com


  • In October, Mirantis raised $100 million for its pure-play OpenStack solutions. Mirantis offers software and services for running production-grade OpenStack clouds. Its solution provides a visual interface as a single control plane for OpenStack clusters and enables automated hardware discovery and network verification.
    For this round, Insight Venture Partners was joined by August Capital, as well as existing investors Intel Capital, WestSummit Capital, Ericsson, and Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures). Alex Crisses, managing director at Insight Venture Partners, will join the Mirantis board of directors.

    Mirantis has helped more than 130 customers implement OpenStack – including Comcast, DirecTV, Ericsson, Expedia, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, Symantec, Samsung, WebEx and Workday.  Among these is the largest OpenStack deal on record: a five-year software licensing agreement with Ericsson. Mirantis is also the largest provider of OpenStack products and services for the telecommunications industry, serving Huawei, NTT Docomo, Orange, Pacnet, Tata Communications, and others.

Cinia Plans Terabit-class Cable from Finland to Germany with ALU

Cinia Group (previously Corenet), a Finnish Government-owned venture, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a terabit-class undersea cable system linking Finland and Germany.

The project, named Sea Lion, calls for the deployment of a new 100G system that will span more than 1,100 km from Helsinki in Finland, to the Rostock-Ribnitz area in Germany. It will have a design capacity of 15 Terabits per second (Tbps) and is expected to enter service in early 2016.

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “We are delighted to support the Cinia Group in its rollout of this new cable system, which will be a catalyst to strengthen global digital connectivity. Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G undersea technology will boost the speed and security of Finland’s infrastructure, building a strong digital cluster for data center connections.”

Institutional investors Ilmarinen and OP Financial Groups insurance and pension affiliates are matching the Finnish governmen's EUR 20 million investment for a total of EUR 40 million capitalization.

http://cinia.eu/en/news/cinia-partnering-strong-institutional-investors-build-digital-infrastructure-finland-europe

IBM and Docker Announce Strategic Partnership

IBM and Docker announced a strategic partnership.

The Docker platform will make it easier for enterprises to build and run the next generation of applications on the IBM Cloud and on prem. The idea is to develop portable, distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud.

IBM will be a premier provider of Docker Hub Enterprise (DHE).

“This partnership with IBM is a great win for the rapidly growing number of enterprises that see Docker as the foundation for a new generation of business critical distributed applications,” said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker  “IBM’s commitment to delivering enterprise-grade Docker native solutions will drive dynamic, new business initiatives for enterprises through portable, highly dynamic Docker-based applications.”

http://www.docker.com
http://www.ibm.com

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