Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Procera Ships its 100GE Interface Cards

Procera Networks confirmed several-million dollars of orders from Tier 1 operators for 100GE-equipped PacketLogic 20000 Platform. These deployments will leverage the 100GE interfaces deployed in existing or new PL20000 systems delivering Subscriber Experience solutions for fixed and mobile operators. Most of the revenue from these orders is expected to be recognized in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The PacketLogic 20000 offers up to 600Gbps of capacity and up to 8 ports (4 channels) of 100GE interfaces, enabling a fixed or mobile operator to handle millions of subscribers traffic flows with full subscriber experience visibility in both real-time and with historical visibility into the subscriber experience metrics that matter. The intelligence gathered from Procera's Perspectives solutions (RAN, Video, Subscriber, Device, Routing, Traffic, Content, and Topology) is displayed in real-time using Dynamic LiveView or streamed using IPFix, and then stored in the PacketLogic Intelligence Center for visualization in the Insights Product family (Engineering, Customer Care, and Marketing) or an external Big Data solution. The PL20000 can then act to improve the subscriber experience through Congestion Management, Policy and Charging, Advanced Traffic Steering, or Mitigation.

http://www.proceranetworks.com


Broadcom's GPS-enabled Satellite Receiver Paves Way for Geo-locked Content

Broadcom introduced the industry's first GPS-enabled satellite outdoor unit (ODU), enabling operators to better track the location of subscriber equipment and pinpoint subscriber's service issues in the home.  The unit Broadcom's BCM4551 satellite TV device with its BCM4771 GPS receiver.

Broadcom said its new satellite dish solution can locate and validate a subscriber's home location. GPS technology within the low-noise block (LNB) of a subscribers' satellite dish also allows operators to geo-lock content to subscribers. Content geo-locking uses a subscriber's location to deliver video content specific to the subscriber's service address.

"By combining Broadcom's field-proven satellite ODU technology with GPS functionality, we are able to provide operators with the capability to more conveniently and cost-effectively track the location of their equipment and prevent redistribution of content to nonsubscribers," said Nicholas Dunn, Broadcom Vice President of Direct Broadcast Satellite Marketing. "This integrated technology can also open the door to operator delivery of location-based social media and business applications, providing subscribers with targeted content such as information on local service providers, retail operations and restaurants, or a specific televised event."

http://www.broadcom.com/

Big Switch Achieves Red Hat Certification

Big Switch Networks' flagship Big Cloud Fabric has achieved certification with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5.

The certification enables customers to replace complex and costly legacy box-by-box networking with SDN fabric. The Big Cloud Fabric plug-in for OpenStack Neutron provides dynamic creation of network segments on the physical leaf/spine SDN fabric. Additional support for OpenStack Nova networking provides increased flexibility to customers. To speed up diagnostics, online fabric connectivity testing is exposed directly into OpenStack Horizon GUI, so each tenant can verify workload connectivity without involving a cloud operations team. Such self-service diagnostic tools, enabled through Big Cloud Fabric's native REST APIs, further reduce the customer's operational expenses.

http://bigswitch.com/press-releases/2014/12/16/big-switch-networks-big-cloud-fabric-achieves-red-hat-certification-for


  • In July 2014, Big Switch Networks unveiled its new flagship product -- Big Cloud Fabric, a switching fabric designed for hyperscale data centers powered by SDN software and bare metal switch hardware.  The Big Cloud Fabric leverages the company’s Switch Light Operating System on physical leaf and spine bare metal switch hardware.  It supports the latest Trident II silicon from Broadcom and is designed for 10G and 40G scale and resiliency, featuring headless mode high availability, zero-touch provisioning, L2/3 forwarding options, application-centric policy and service chaining. Management is available via OpenStack, Cloudstack, REST, CLI, or GUI.

NBASE-T Alliance Builds Momentum for 2.5 and 5 GbE

The newly formed  NBASE-T Alliance, which promotes the development of 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) over twisted pair copper cabling (2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T) for enterprise network infrastructure, announced a dozen new members:  Aruba Networks, Brocade, Cavium, Centec Networks, CME Consulting, Intel, Microsemi Corp., Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless, Shenzhen GLGNET Electronics Co., Tehuti Networks and Vitesse Semiconductor.

NBASE-T Alliance is working on a new standard to enable multi-gigabit speeds over existing Cat5e and Cat6 cabling.  The technology is especially relevant for supporting Wave 2 of 802.11ac access points without requiring enterprise customers to engage in the costly upgrade of their wired infrastructure.

Member companies gain access to the recently-released NBASE-T 1.0 specification – a specification based on silicon-proven, production-ready devices.  In addition, participants have the opportunity to join the alliance’s newly-formed Technical Working Group and Marketing Working Group.  The Technical Working Group will define a comprehensive end-to-end solution, including additional specifications to address application needs beyond the physical layer.  The NBASE-T Alliance and its participant companies are also working closely with IEEE to ensure rapid standardization and drive industry-wide adoption of multi-gigabit rates in enterprise infrastructures.

“Our diverse membership ensures that the broadest range of opinions and perspectives will be reflected when our working groups gather,” said Peter Jones, Chairman of NBASE-T Alliance. “We believe this level of diversity and collaboration is a requirement when driving new standards and building the product ecosystem required to support them.”

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MRV Appoints New CEO

MRV appointed Mark J. Bonney, 60, as President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing David Stehlin, who resigned as an officer and director of MRV to pursue other interests.

Bonney has been a member of the MRV Board of Directors since April 2013 and served as Executive Vice President and CFO from August 2014 until December 2014. From January 2013 through August 2014, he served as the President and CEO of On Board Advisors, LLC, a strategic and financial advisory firm.

MRV also promoted Stephen Krulik, 42, who has served as Vice President of Finance since May 5, 2014 to Chief Financial Officer. These appointments were unanimously approved by the independent members of the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Bonney commented, “Since taking on the role of CFO four months ago I have become increasingly confident in our people, our technology and our product and service offerings of both our Network Integration and Network Equipment businesses. I am excited to expand my role and work more closely with an excellent management team as we drive the MRV strategy forward.”

http://ir.mrv.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=103858&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1999306

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sonera Delivers 230 Mbps on Live LTE-A Network in Helsinki

Sonera is delivering peak downlink rates of up to 230 Mbps in certain areas of Helsinki over its commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network, with a theoretical top speeds of 300 Mbps.

The network aggregates a total bandwidth of up to 40 MHz using the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequency bands.

Sonera offers Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones to use LTE-A and new devices are being added to the portfolio at the beginning of 2015.

Nokia Networks delivered the network upgrade. The agreement includes systems integration services and Nokia’s Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.

http://networks.nokia.com/
http://www.sonera.com


  • Sonera first launched LTE service in Helsinki in November 2010.

BT Confirms Negotiations to Acquire EE

BT confirmed exclusive negotiations to acquire EE from Deutsche Telekom and Orange. EE would provide BT with an advanced 4G network across the UK, accelerating its mobile strategy.

The key headline terms, which are non-binding:

  • A purchase price of £12.5bn (US$19.5 billion) for EE on a debt/cash free basis through a combination of cash and new BT ordinary shares issued to both Deutsche Telekom and Orange.
  • Following the transaction, Deutsche Telekom would hold a 12% stake in BT and would be entitled to appoint one member of the BT Board of Directors.
  • Orange would hold a 4% stake in BT.
  • BT expects significant synergies mainly through network and IT rationalisation, back-office consolidation and savings on procurement, marketing and sales costs.

http://www.btplc.com/News/Articles/ShowArticle.cfm?ArticleID=C166A667-9C87-4128-8A2C-03E2DD8E017C


Orange Tests FDD LTE-A in 3.4 - 3.6 GHz with Ericsson

Orange and Ericsson have successfully used the 3.4-3.6 GHz (3.5 GHz) frequencies for testing data speeds, coverage and FDD carrier aggregation.

Orange has conducted a live LTE-Advanced FDD trial using the 3.4-3.6 GHz (3.5 GHz) frequencies.  The tests, which were conducted with Ericsson, were  carried out in October-November 2014 on Orange's network in Bordeaux using Ericsson's pre-commercial equipment.

The companies said the testing established that 3.5 GHz is suitable for the deployment of macro-cells in FDD mode in cities.

The first phase of the trial was performed at the Orange Labs in Paris. In this trial, speeds of 300 Mbps were achieved by using the 3.5 GHz band in aggregation with the 2.6 GHz band, thereby confirming the potential of 3.5 GHz FDD technology to increase mobile broadband capacity. The second phase was carried out on Orange's live mobile network and was based on Ericsson's pre-commercial FDD 3.5 GHz radio base station equipment.

For the trial, new antennas supporting the 3.5 GHz band were installed at the Le Ponant and Meriadeck sites in the city center of Bordeaux. A range of streaming-based services were tested allowing the team to continuously monitor network performance between the base station and the mobile prototype throughout the live trial. The data throughputs acquired during the tests were measured, both before and after carrier aggregation of the two bands. A peak performance of 150 Mbps at a distance of up to 700 meters was achieved in the 3.5 GHz band when used alone, and speeds of 300 Mbps was attained when used in aggregation with the 2.6 GHz band.

"This live FDD trial demonstrated that the 3.5 GHz band can be successfully used in urban and suburban environments in stand-alone mode or in aggregation with another band to provide advanced mobile broadband services using a FDD access scheme for high peak data rate applications to enhance user experience," said Alain Maloberti, Senior Vice President, Orange Labs Networks.

http://www.orange.com
http://www.ericsson.com

T-Mobile's Wideband LTE Hits NYC

T-Mobile's Wideband LTE service is now live throughout the greater New York City metro area, boasting speeds up to 50 percent faster than before. The company saind customers in the metro area are seeing download speeds in excess of 100 Mbps.

In addition to Manhattan, Wideband LTE now covers T-Mobile customers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and Northern NJ. All of Westchester County, including White Plains and Scarsdale as well as Central New Jersey will be added soon.

T-Mobile noted that its customers in and around New York City have been using an average of 2.6 GB of data per month with average download speeds of 22.2 Mbps.

http://www.t-mobile.com


  • T-Mobile has defined Wideband LTE as at least 15+15MHz.  The carrier is also starting to roll out its new low-band 700 MHz A-Block spectrum. 

Nokia Networks and STC Demo TDD-FDD Aggregation

Nokia Networks and Saudi Telecom Company (STC) demonstrated TDD-FDD Carrier Aggregation using a commercial chipset.

The demonstration was carried out using a new band combination of FDD 1800 MHz and TDD 2300 MHz.

Nokia Networks said high frequency bands have limited uplink coverage, but operators can significantly extend TDD coverage with TDD-FDD carrier aggregation with no additional changes to the network. Load balancing between TDD- and FDD-LTE networks ensures the best coverage and speed for all subscribers in both networks.

http://networks.nokia.com/

Riverbed Enters $3.6 Billion Privatization Deal with Thoma Bravo

Riverbed Technology (RVBD) announced a privatization deal with Thoma Bravo, LLC and Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21.00 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6 billion. Riverbed CEO Jerry Kennelly will remain with the company as CEO.

“We are extremely pleased with this transaction, which we believe will be a winning proposition for all of our stakeholders,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO of Riverbed. “Having undertaken a thorough strategic review, during which we assessed a wide variety of options to maximize value, the Board unanimously concluded that partnering with Thoma Bravo was the best choice for Riverbed, as this transaction will provide our stockholders with significant and immediate cash value.

The private equity deal is the largest for the firm of Thoma Bravo to date.

http://ir.riverbed.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=198235&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1999462


  • Previous networking investments by Thoma Bravo have included: Blue Coat Systems, Empirix, InfoVista, Keynote Systems, Sailpoint Technologies, and others.

Orange Builds Cloud for European Space Agency

Orange Business Services has been selected to deploy and manage a private cloud for the European Space Agency.

ESA operates from eight sites across Europe with 2,200 staff working in a wide range of roles including scientific, engineering, operations, industrial and administrative.

“Esacloud will allow our scientists to do rocket science rather than IT, and our business to jump ahead in time more than five years,” said Filippo Angelucci, ESA head of IT Department and CIO. “We put a high value in close partnership with suppliers in IT and since being selected in 2000, Orange Business Services has helped ESA innovate and be a pioneer in many areas, such as the first European converged MPLS IP VPN. Esacloud marks a new milestone in our joint path.”

http://www.orange-business.com

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Michael Kay, VP of Business Development at Procera Networks, gives his one-minute take.

http://youtu.be/fCkgOvh1Mv8

 





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http://youtu.be/lrtKYJwHh3U

 


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http://youtu.be/VbX95Cty4-E





Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blueprint: 2015 Top Networking Predictions

by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor

2015 should be a defining year in the communications industry, thanks in large part to our world’s growing connectedness – between people, and machines, and more and more “things.” Here’s a look at what I expect will dominate the networking industry focus in the coming year.

Ethernet will be everywhere – 2015 will be the year where Ethernet will conquer industrial IoT networks

We have seen it again and again, and it’s about to happen at least twice more: networking protocols that have been long entrenched in specific markets and applications are being replaced by Ethernet.

This first happened for the Enterprise Local Area Network in the late 1990s, and we have seen the same thing happening in Carrier networks starting around 2010, where Ethernet replaced SONET/SDH, PDH, Frame Relay, and ATM. This transition is well underway, and another one just started:  the transition of the many legacy Industrial-IoT protocols like PROFINET, ControlNet, Fieldbus, HART and Ethernet/IP to standards-based Ethernet. Why is this all happening? The answer is simply that the industry has evolved the Ethernet standards and protocols over time to address most, if not all, the of special requirements of the industrial market like high availability, quality-of-service, and network synchronization.

In 2015, we will see the Ethernet standards tackle the last hurdle:  making Ethernet deterministic, so that a packet can be guaranteed to be delivered and accepted by mission-critical devices within a specific time window. This will be accomplished as part of the IEEE 802.1tsn (time sensitive networking) effort, after which Ethernet switches know exactly the time in the network, and can deliver packets out of queues at a certain time or within a certain time. This new Ethernet technology will be relevant not only to factory automation and industrial control systems, but also transportation in general and mission-critical systems like antilock brakes and advanced driver assist and collision avoidance systems in automobiles. The automotive market will thus be the next convert to Ethernet.

By 2020, the number of Ethernet connections in automobiles will exceed all other Ethernet-connected devices in the world

All major automotive companies are driving the replacement of the many legacy and semi-proprietary protocols used within cars by Ethernet to drive economies of scale for the IC supply chain, and to accommodate the ever increasing connectivity and bandwidth challenges in the connected car. It started with infotainment systems and backup cameras being connected by Ethernet, but soon, much more critical systems like diagnostics, advanced driver assist (collision avoidance) systems, and even the main system bus in the car will be Ethernet-networked.

By 2020, more than 120 million cars will be equipped with Ethernet connectivity, with the premium segment connecting up to 35 systems with Ethernet, and in mid-range vehicles, between 8-20 systems. All in all, that translates to somewhere between 500-600 million ports, more than all the Ethernet LAN ports combined today. This is all enabled by new 2-wire Ethernet PHYs developed as part of the IEEE 802.3 100Base-T1 and 1000Base-T1 standards developments, as well as the IEEE 802.1tsn “Deterministic Ethernet” standardization.

In the near-term, all the Software-Defined-Networking (SDN) attention will cut into switch and router sales

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) have captured the attention and imagination of the networking world, and eventually will revolutionize networks of the future. In the near-term, however, they are putting a damper on switch and router sales as network operators and large enterprises figure out what SDN and NFV mean to them, what the business opportunities are, and how to migrate their networks to a more software- and IT-centric model. For wide-area operators in particular, SDN is a tough value proposition. Although the flexibility of a software-defined network can reduce operational and perhaps even capital costs, most of the equipment in the network is “free” since it is already there, and won't be fully depreciated until years from now. The key to SDN’s success is therefore to figure out how to allow the existing network to participate in the new IT-centric operational model with more centralized control planes and network-wide orchestration. Once that is clear, switch and router sales will pick up again.

Management and network orchestration hold the key to the SDN/NFV network revolution

Although Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are often mentioned in the same context, they are actually different beasts. But what is common to both is an IT-centric view of the network, as opposed to the traditional operational network model. The benefit of the IT-centric model is that network and compute resources can be abstracted from the underlying network and server infrastructure, and “orchestrated” together to deliver services to customers – in minutes and hours as opposed to months.

We predict that the biggest opportunity and revolution will be on this management and orchestration side, and to a lesser degree, on the networking and compute infrastructure side. This will be a dramatic and painful transition, as network operators have to assess skill sets and organizational structures and figure out how to migrate their networks to this new model. Once they do, the revolution can take place.

Security will be the key for Internet of Things (IoT) to succeed

Not a week goes by without a new security breach reported in the press. These threats are not isolated to consumers and credit card and identity thefts, but increasingly are also targeted at Industrial IoT networks. The biggest economic benefits are being realized only when more and more systems are connected to each other and to the cloud, but security becomes a central concern now. No single security scheme can solve all potential vulnerabilities, so it is important to secure applications, networks, and devices. The three As – Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting – apply to all of the above, and are commonplace now for the applications layer, combined with data confidentiality (encryption). But the same principles are enforced less for the network and device/link layer. The link/device layer may be particularly vulnerable since outside of physically secured locations, small cells could be swapped out for rogue devices that can get access to the entire network. Luckily, link layer AAA and encryption technologies like IEEE 802.1AE MACsec are now available even with strong 256-bit AES encryption technologies to secure those last links.

About the Author

Martin Nuss is Vice President, Technology and Strategy and Chief Technical Officer at Vitesse Semiconductor. Dr. Nuss has over 25 years of technical and management experience and is a recognized industry expert in Ethernet technology including timing and synchronization for public and private communications networks. Dr. Nuss serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and IEEE member. He holds a doctorate in applied physics from the Technical University in Munich, Germany.



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Arista's Enhanced OS Supports 3rd Party Functions

Arista Networks announced an enhanced version of its EOS (Extensible Operating System) that allows customers to take advantage of pre-built and custom EOS applications as well as integration with a wide range of technology partner solutions from A10 Networks, Ansible, Aruba, Cloudera, Nuage, Palo Alto Networks, Puppet Labs, Pure Storage, Red Hat, Splunk, VMTurbo, VMware and Zscaler.

The company said its EOS+ allows for rapid deployment using DevOps models and integration with the network as a whole, for reduced operational costs and deployment timeframes. The idea is to allow compute, storage and application teams to integrate with the network, leveraging the Linux and programmatic foundations of EOS. Provisioning, monitoring and dynamic reconfiguration based on application workloads can now be integrated with the network in a programmatic fashion.

Key attributes:

  • EOS SDK – a development framework that allows native access to all levels of EOS for custom development and integration with forwarding and routing stacks that leverage advanced features such as MPLS.
  • vEOS - a virtual machine instance of EOS that includes the same control plane and management plane as the physical switches.
  • EOS Applications – Pre-built integration with technology partners and DevOps systems such as Puppet and Splunk for provisioning and monitoring.
  • EOS Consulting Services – Professional services for development of customized solutions for network automation.

“As part of our work to connect billions of people around the world, we are building a network infrastructure that is more flexible, more scalable, and more efficient than almost anything else out there,” said Najam Ahmad, Vice President of Infrastructure at Facebook. “Arista EOS has proven to be a valuable component of our current designs, providing us with a series of useful features, including better control-plane and data-path programmability, the ability to write traffic steering and monitoring applications that integrate with Sysdb and the entire EOS stack running on our Arista devices, and an SDK framework is fairly easy to develop and test our code in. All this allows us to have more visibility in and greater control over our network — and that helps us continue to move fast as we scale.”

Arista also introduced the EOS SDK for developing applications that integrate directly with the switch operating system. This approach can be used for customizing IP routing, protecting against DDoS attacks through selective workflow-based filtering and analyzing data for fine-grained visibility.

http://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/1031-pr-20141210