Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blueprint: What’s Wrong with the WAN?

by Khalid Raza, CTO, Viptela

Today’s WANs are built on largely the same infrastructure as they were 10 years ago.  Back then, demands by users and applications were more predictable, resulting in more expected traffic patterns and bandwidth requirements.  And there was no cloud.  And there was no virtualization.

But things are different today.  Delay-sensitive real-time applications such as VoIP and video are now enterprise staples. Network traffic patterns are shifting due to the cloud, data center consolidation, and remote and mobile workers. Added to this are the performance burdens introduced by desktop, server, and application virtualization. The result? Network professionals are having major challenges with traditional, rigid WAN architectures that cannot meet the demands of today's traffic and applications.

What’s more, the cloud has upset the status quo in which the data center is at the hub of the network.  Today's public, private, and hybrid cloud environments are expanding the boundaries of the enterprise network. As a result, ensuring connectivity and security across an enterprise is an extremely arduous task, and rolling out a new service for WAN users in this much more complex environment can take months.

The enterprise architect’s list of priorities is long, including:

  • Delivering and managing connectivity across such disparate transport networks as MPLS, Broadband, LTE, and Metro Ethernet
  • Embedding policy and control at every hop in the network 
  • Mitigating network security vulnerabilities created by inadequate network-wide segmentation and weak encryption policies 
  • Dealing with long lead times to provisioning new applications 
  • Managing perennial performance issues related to public cloud, VDI, and bandwidth-hungry applications
WAN the New Way

Solving the aforementioned WAN challenges without added distributed complexity requires a comprehensive yet simpler approach. This is where Software-Defined WANs (SD-WANs) becomes an effective approach for the network architect. Essentially SD-WANs solve challenges related to scalability, performance, and rigidity.  And best of all the cost arbitrage between MPLS and broadband make this a compelling approach, with 50% savings right from the start. The essential building blocks of an SD-WAN are:
  • An encrypted overlay of MPLS and broadband 
  • Integrated routing and application-aware traffic steering
  • End-to-end network segmentation 
  • Centralized management of policy and control 
  • Optimization of Layer4 – Layer7 network services and cloud applications 
The end result is an enterprise network that is agile and easy to control, and that provides secure segmentation of traffic from different lines of business and business partners. A network built in this fashion enables CIOs to significantly reduce costs, dramatically improve time required to enable new services, and raise the security threshold across the network.

Apart from improved capacity on the network, some use-cases for SD-WANs include:
  • Guest Wi-Fi.  In industries such as hospitality and healthcare, where guests are granted access to the corporate network, IT needs the flexibility to establish a secure network segment that provides specific services to guests while keeping them isolated.
  • Cloud performance. In addition to increased capacity, cloud performance is determined by efficient routes to the service provider. SD-WANs enable aggregated exit points to the Internet with local peering in colo facilities, bringing down latencies by more than 50% typically. 
  • Business partners. Business partners may require access to portions of the enterprise networks, but are isolated from all sensitive content. Network-wide segmentation with centralized policies can prevent those risks.
Given today’s more complex networks, combined with the diversity of new devices accessing data on corporate networks, legacy WAN architectures are quickly becoming antiquated. Clearly, the range of benefits from a secure, high-performance WAN is immense across a wide range of applications.

About the Author

Khalid Raza is a co-founder and CTO at Viptela, a Sequoia-funded technology company focused on SD-WAN. He was a former Distinguished Engineer at Cisco and widely regarded as a visionary in Networking. In a career spanning over 20 years, Khalid has played an instrumental role in architecting the network infrastructure for Fortune 100 companies and Global Tier-1 carriers.

About Viptela

Viptela, Inc. is a software-centric networking company focused on transforming how Fortune-500 companies build and secure their end-to-end network infrastructure. Viptela improves the security, agility and performance of corporate IP networks for next-generation business applications. Viptela was founded in 2012 by a team of top-tier talent from Cisco, Juniper Networks,
Alcatel-Lucent, and VMware, who have decades of experience delivering multi-billion dollar networking products to market, and, architecting many of the largest and most complex networks in the world. Viptela is backed by Sequoia Capital and headquartered in San Jose, CA. For more information, visit:

Pluribus Races Ahead in SDN with $50 Million in New Funding

Pluribus Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced $50 million in a Series D round of funding to advance its vision for unified computer, network, storage and virtualization driven by a single, open and programmable SDN platform.

Pluribus features a distributed network hypervisor operating system that converges compute, network, storage and virtualization with an open, programmable approach. The platform brings full bare-metal control and visibility into the network through Unix-style APIs. The solution is based on a distributed network operating system with hypervisor bare-metal virtualization capabilities of computing resources - CPU, memory, and storage - and merchant silicon switch chip.

Pluribus said this latest round makes it the best-funded SDN company in the industry.

The new funding was led by Temasek Holdings, an investment company based in Singapore with a net portfolio value of US$177 billion. This up-round brought the Pluribus total funding to date to US$95M million. All of the existing investors, including New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow and AME Cloud Ventures, participated in the round. Furthermore, the company added new global strategic investors, including Ericsson, as well as Newtech, a leading turnkey datacenter infrastructure provider in Asia.

“Fundamentally, the sea has changed and CIOs are turning away from endless hardware upgrade cycles to a software and network-application-centric view,” said Kumar Srikantan, president and CEO of Pluribus Networks. “With our Netvisor, we have a superior, converged SDN platform that not only provides better scale and performance, but also enables virtualization and security while driving down cost and complexity. The funding we are announcing today validates our architecture approach and the breakaway growth potential of the company.”

  • Pluribus is headed by Kumar Srikantan (CEO), who was previously VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco where he was responsible for the HW engineering execution of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking portfolio.
  • Pluribus was founded in 2010 and entered general availability in March 2014.

Ravello Raises $28M for Nested Virtualization on Public Clouds

Ravello Systems, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, raised $28 million in third round funding for its nested virtualization powered cloud service.

Ravello, which was founded in 2011 by the team that created the KVM hypervisor, is working to simplify access to leading public clouds. Ravello enables enterprises to recreate their data center environments in the public cloud, with the ability to run VMware workloads, Android emulators and even entire OpenStack labs on AWS or Google Cloud. The company entered into a successful public beta in February 2013 and launched its nested virtualization powered cloud service product globally in August 2013.

The latest round brings the total capital raised to date by Ravello to $54 million. The funding round was led by Qualcomm Ventures and SanDisk Ventures. Existing and new investors - Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Vintage Investment Partners also participated in this funding round.

“There is a clear need in the market to bridge the divide between VMware oriented virtualized data centers and public clouds like AWS and Google - and nested virtualization has clearly emerged as the right technology to achieve this,” said Rami Tamir, CEO and co-founder of Ravello Systems.

Vodafone Leverages Elephant Talk's SDN/NFV to Launch MVNO in Spain

Vodafone Enabler España has enabled a new mobile virtual network operator called "LOWI" to launch consumer services of its infrastructure by leveraging an SDN/NFV platform developed by Elephant Talk Communications Corp.

The LOWI brand is a novel entrant into the Spanish market featuring very low cost plans (including 1GB data plan with roll-over).  Vodafone, working with Elephant Talk, was able to develop and launch the full platform in only three months.

The virtualized  SDN platform includes an Evolved Packet Core from Affirmed Networks and an HLR from HP.  The infrastructure supporting this MNVO also includes new HLR\HSS’s, new upgraded IP systems, new GGSN’s, new provisioning, a new postpaid billing system and backup systems hosted in two mirrored datacenters in Barcelona and Madrid.

"Global consumer interest in high-value mobile services continues to drive new MNO and MVNO brands, creating valuable opportunities for MNOs and enablers like us that can provide the critical software infrastructure needed to efficiently and cost effectively deploy these new integrated services,” stated Steven van der Velden, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Elephant Talk. “Due to the unique Network Function Virtualization foundation of our ET Software DNA 2.0 platform, we believe we are able to dramatically reduce capital investment costs for mobile operators, while improving their time to market and also increasing added value for their customers. We look forward to continue to add MNO and MVNO brands to our portfolio over the course of 2015 and, as these brands aggressively build their subscriber bases, we expect to continue adding high margin SIMs to our platform.”

Alberto Galaso, Director of Low Cost in Vodafone Spain, explained: “LOWI starts with the purpose of leading the low cost segment in Spain, with a disruptive approach based on simplicity and transparency. We are featuring 1GB+ of mobile data for 6€ VAT included, and 0c€/min calls to all Spanish mobile and fixed numbers (charging only the call set-up). Additionally, customers benefit from the ability to rollover non-consumed data to the next month.”

Windstream Gains Regulatory Approvals for REIT Spinoff

Windstream confirmed that it has received all regulatory approvals from state public service commissions required for its planned real estate investment trust (REIT) spinoff, which will be named Communications Sales & Leasing, Inc. (CS&L). Windstream earlier received a favorable private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service relating to the transaction.

"Securing these regulatory approvals is an important milestone in our work and affirms the compelling benefits of the transaction to consumers and businesses," said Windstream Director Francis X. "Skip" Frantz, who will serve as chairman of CS&L's board. "The spinoff remains a strategic priority for Windstream and with the state regulatory approval process complete, we are focused on executing the final steps of the transaction."

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015.

In July 2014, Windstream announced a bold plans to spin off its fiber and copper network, along with certain other assets, into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).  The network operations business would then lease back the physical assets to Windstream through a long-term triple-net exclusive lease with an initial estimated rent payment of $650 million per year.

The company said the separation of its physical network from its services business will enable it to become a more nimble competitor, while accelerating network investments, and maximizing shareholder value. The new REIT would be open to diversify its assets through acquisitions.

"This transaction will make Windstream a more nimble competitor in today’s increasingly dynamic communications marketplace and accelerate our deployment of advanced communications services," said Jeff Gardner, president and CEO of Windstream. "Additionally, the REIT will have geographically diverse, high-quality assets and sustainable cash flows with the ability to grow and diversify over time."

F5 Posts Sales of $463M, up 14% YoY, But Lower Outlook

F5 Networks reported revenue of $462.8 million for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, down slightly from $465.3 million in the prior quarter and up 14 percent from $406.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. GAAP net income was $89.1 million ($1.21 per diluted share), compared to $94.0 million ($1.26 per diluted share) in the prior quarter and $68.0 million ($0.87 per diluted share) in the first quarter a year ago.

“In addition to the seasonal softness we normally experience in the first quarter of a new fiscal year, product sales during the quarter reflected a marked decrease in the number of deals greater than $1 million,” said John McAdam, F5 president and chief executive officer. “While this resulted in slower than expected revenue growth for the quarter, the number of large deals in the current pipeline is encouraging and indicates that we should see a resumption of the recent trend toward larger deals in the second quarter.

“From a product perspective we were also encouraged by the continuing strong growth of software revenue, which increased 44 percent year over year. The growing percentage of software as a component of our product offerings highlights increasing customer demand for hybrid solutions that allow greater flexibility in the deployment of application services within and across data centers and out into the cloud."

Ericsson to manage TeliaSonera Field Operations in Sweden

TeliaSonera has decided to outsource certain field operations in parts of Sweden to Ericsson.

The companies announced a five-year-agreement that expands Ericsson Managed Services footprint for fixed and mobile networks. The new deal builds on an outsourcing contract initially signed back in 2010.

Increased network complexity and performance expectations puts high demands on the operators to run their operations in a cost-efficient manner while providing world-class experience to their customers.

Charlotta Sund, President Region Northern Europe and Central Asia, Ericsson, said; "Increased network complexity and performance expectations puts high demands on the operators to run their operations in a cost-efficient manner while providing world-class experience to their customers. Ericsson has invested more than USD 1 billion in tools, methods and processes in order to help its customers increase network efficiency. We are committed to ensure that our best capabilities and global expertise are available to TeliaSonera so that its subscribers could enjoy even better quality and speed".

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Third MUOS Satellite Successfully Launched

The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite was successfully launched on January 20 from the Naval Satellite Operations Center (Point Mugu, California) aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve beyond-line-of-sight communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users 10 times more communications capacity over the existing system by leveraging 3G mobile communications technology, and will provide simultaneous voice and data capability. Lockheed Martin, which the prime contractor and integrator for MUOS, said the satellite-based, smart-phone cell network will enable IP-based terminals to transmit and receive clear voice calls and data from almost anywhere in the world.

“Thanks to the Atlas team for the safe delivery of MUOS-3 into our Geosynchronous Transfer orbit,” said Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Narrowband Communications at Lockheed Martin. “We look forward to completing our on-orbit health checks and delivering this important asset to the U.S. Navy. The addition of this satellite will give the MUOS constellation coverage over more than three-quarters of the globe, further extending the reach of the advanced communications capabilities MUOS will provide our mobile warfighters.”

Equinix Acquires Nimbo for Hybrid Cloud Professional Services

Equinix has acquired Nimbo, a professional services company focused primarily on helping enterprises develop and implement hybrid cloud IT architectures. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nimbo, which is a certified AWS and Microsoft Azure partner, specializes in migrating business applications to the cloud.  The company has extensive experience moving legacy applications into a hybrid cloud architecture, and connecting legacy data centers to the cloud.

Equinix said the acquisition represents an important step in its larger initiative to build its professional services capabilities to support data center migrations,WAN optimization and the creation of scalable, high performing hybrid cloud solutions.

The company had revenue of less than $10 million in 2014, and recently earned position #480 on the 2014 Inc. 500 list of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Nimbo has offices in NYC, Houston and Seattle.

"Nimbo has a thriving practice, advising many of the Fortune 100 on their cloud strategies, winning awards for growth and innovation in this space. With our acquisition of Nimbo, we have expanded our ability to help customers leverage our unique cloud-density and Cloud Exchange value propositions and assist with the design and deployment of hybrid cloud solutions," stated Pete Hayes, chief sales officer, Equinix.

Tropo Launches on Apcera for Real-Time Telco APIs

Apcera, a start-up backed by Ericsson that offers a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that deploys, orchestrates and governs workloads on premise and in the cloud, announced a partnership with Tropo to provide telcos and developers a platform for building and delivering mission-critical communications apps.  Tropo specializes in real-time telco APIs.  These will now be offered running on Apcera's Continuum policy-driven platform-as-a-service (PaaS).  The planned joint solution will be deployed by a Tier 1 carrier in 2015.

Tropo's APIs allow telcos, developers and enterprises to quickly create and deploy real-time voice, video and messaging apps.

“Apcera is a young, agile company that is leveraging its innovative technology to reinvent the PaaS market, much like Tropo has done in the communications-as-a-service space,” said Jason Goecke, CEO and president of Tropo. “Our solutions are perfect complements to each other, and bringing them together will give our customers a great opportunity to leverage a leading-edge PaaS to speed new cloud-based communications apps to market, while ensuring a high level of security.”

Apcera's Continuum PaaS++ ensures reserved capacity and more fine-grained control over resources, including network and service access.

“Tropo shares our vision for delivering the platform and solutions telcos require to develop new offerings to differentiate themselves in a competitive market,” said Derek Collison, founder and CEO of Apcera. “We look forward to working with Tropo to showcase the ease with which new, high-performance communications apps can be quickly developed and securely deployed with our respective offerings.”

  • In September 2014, Ericsson announced its acquisition of a majority stake in Apcera, a San Francisco-based start-up developing an IT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables enterprises to securely and transparently control the allocation and consumption of IT resources on premise and in the cloud. Financial terms were not disclosed.  Apcera's Continuum PaaS works across cloud, on premise and hybrid environments. Ericsson said the addition of Apcera's technology enables it to provide cloud automation to run all workloads and use cases, while providing complete control for infrastructure.
  • Apcera was founded in 2012 with investment from True Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Rakuten, Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective. The cinoabt was started by former Google and VMware executive Derek Collison with the intent of bridging the divide between developers and ops organizations with an enterprise-class platform that integrates policy and security from the start.

VMware Adds Advanced Networking Capabilities

VMware introduced enhanced disaster recovery and advanced networking services for VMware vCloud Air and announced the general availability of vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, which provides customers a quick online sign-up to pay for only those resources that are used.

The new capabilities for VMware vCloud Air include:

  • Native failback support - an easier way to resume normal data center operations in a primary data center following a failover to vCloud Air. Customers will be able to replicate workloads back from vCloud Air to the primary customer environment over the network to resume normal operations.
  • Multiple recovery points - Customers will have the option to roll back to multiple earlier snapshots of their data center environment. This is vital to recover from outages caused by data corruption, viruses or hacking attacks that compromise the most recent recovery point.
  • Self-service automation - Customers will be able to define and deploy recovery playbooks to streamline failover operations using a new vRealize Orchestrator DR plug-in, open source DR Command Line Interface (CLI) and an expanded REST API.

Highlights of VMware vCloud Air advanced networking services, powered by the VMware NSX network virtualization platform, include:

  • Fine-grained network security groups and isolation - Customers can define security groups that provide stateful network traffic isolation without requiring multiple virtual networks. Unique to the public cloud market, this enables a "zero trust" security model designed to prevent insiders and intruders from gaining full network access if an application or virtual machine is compromised. It also dramatically simplifies network configuration and is implemented as a distributed firewall, so there is no network traffic bottleneck.
  • Dynamic Routing - VMware vCloud Air will support both Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) based routing to simplify network integration between on-premises and cloud-based environments, allowing for redundancy and continuity in cloud-hosted application deployment. It drives down networking and administration costs.
  • Additional vCloud Advanced Networking Services - Expanded network scalability up to 200 endpoints, enhanced VPN support for point to site connectivity and enhanced load balancing with support for HTTPS.

Brocade Offers SDN Controller Trial License

To help enterprises and service providers explore and vet their SDN use cases, Brocade has begun by offering a free one-year license for its recently released Brocade Vyatta Controller. The free license provides management of up to five physical or virtual network nodes in a non-production environment and includes 60 days of free 24x7 worldwide access to the Brocade Technical Assistance Center. A production license for the Brocade Vyatta Controller is priced at $100 per attached node per year including support.

Brocade said its SDN controller is a fully tested, documented and quality-assured edition of the OpenDaylight platform. The company plans to contribute any enhancements made to the Brocade Vyatta Controller back to the community to ensure interoperability with other OpenDaylight-based controllers on an ongoing basis.

The company is also announcing the Brocade Vyatta Controller Developer Edition, which provides templates, libraries, and testing environments -- to help developers quickly write and test SDN applications and easily deploy them into service. The Brocade Vyatta Controller is free of proprietary extensions, so developers can be assured that their applications will run on any other OpenDaylight-based controller. In addition, developers retain full intellectual property rights to the applications they build.

"Today's announcement further distinguishes Brocade in our deep commitment to helping customers accelerate their transition to the New IP by delivering a truly open SDN solution based on the Brocade Vyatta Controller," said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager, Software Networking, Brocade. "Our free license model, new services that cater to both users and developers, as well as ongoing allegiance to OpenDaylight, not only remove significant barriers to implementing SDN solutions but also accelerate the time from proof-of-concept to production."

A10 Networks Outlines Harmony Application Architecture

A10 Networks introduced its "Harmony" service integration architecture for enterprise, cloud, and service provider networks.  The idea is to integrate intelligent application networking services more easily with its A10 Thunder Series Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs). A10 said its Harmony framework will accelerate service integration and manageability through open and standards-based programmability.

A10 also released its latest ACOS 4.0 software, bringing brings new features and capabilities such as Secure Interconnect IPsec VPNs, SSL Insight, Application Access Management (AAM) and Web Application Firewall (WAF).

The company is also releasing a new A10 Harmony Policy Engine and an expanded aXAPI SDK and RESTful APIs. The ACOS 4.0 policy engine enable A10 to swiftly create consistent API, CLI and web management interfaces supported by advanced telemetry. A10 customers and partners will be able to take advantage of ACOS 4.0 and A10 Harmony architecture to integrate their own advanced networking, security, and management services.

"ACOS 4.0 is our most significant release since the launch of the 64-bit version of ACOS," said Lee Chen, CEO of A10 Networks. "ACOS 4.0 with A10 Harmony ushers in a new era of SDN and cloud computing; it lays the foundation for next-generation SDN ADC and paves the way for programmable intelligent application and security services."

"Integration with leading SDN and Cloud Orchestration vendors is important as we address emerging cloud frameworks," said Raj Jalan, CTO of A10 Networks. "A10 Harmony provides L4-L7 policy enforcement in Cisco ACI and VMware NSX networks."

Procera Confirms Orders from Tier 1s for Mobile Analytics

Procera Networks confirmed that it has received two orders that total several million dollars from two Tier 1 mobile operators to deliver Mobile Subscriber Experience Assurance.

The operators will use PacketLogic products solely for the mobile network and for the subscriber analytics that are visualized via its multiple mobile-centric Perspectives solutions. The revenue from these orders is expected to be recognized in the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.

Procera's Subscriber Experience analytics solutions offer operators both real-time and historical visibility into the metrics that can have the greatest impact on their customers' experience such as insight into the cause of video stalls, slow page load times, social networking feeds not loading, or slow sync times for cloud services. The intelligence gathered from Procera's Perspectives (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 in an external Big Data solution.

"Mobile operators are desperate to collect meaningful subscriber experience metrics so that they can deliver a superior broadband service for their customers," said Andy Lovit, senior vice president of global sales and services at Procera. "Procera's unique ability to correlate subscriber-based intelligence coupled with our extensive broadband experience delivers significant value to engineering, marketing, and customer care teams at mobile operators."

Hitachi Data Systems Adds Cloud Capabilities to Content Platform

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS) announced major enhancements to its Content Platform portfolio, featuring integrated solutions for private and hybrid cloud, Openstack, elastic scale backup-free cloud gateways, file sync and share, and mobile access to enterprise NAS file shares from a single architecture.

HDS said its new Content Platform capabilities support cost-optimized cloud services for elastic scalability across onsite and offsite storage environments. Organizations will be able to integrate the Hitachi Content Platform into their OpenStack environment.

The company also updated Hitachi Data Ingestor and HCP Anywhere to enable secure – and unified – mobile access to both cloud and enterprise data.

HDS also is enhancing mobile access to its content platform, so users have secure access to cloud and enterprise data from anywhere, on any device, at any time.

“With Hitachi Content Platform cloud storage solution from Hitachi Data Systems, Xinhua News Agency will become the first news agency to adopt disks for streaming media asset storage in China,” said, Jiao Lu, leader of cloud media asset project team, audio-visual data division, technology department, Xinhua News Agency. “The object storage technology and customized metadata function of HCP provides self-description capabilities that are independent of the database and application system for streaming media files. At the same time, the standard HTTP-based access protocol offered by HCP can not only eliminate the waiting time of tape export, but also provide service for users from external networks. This can improve the read and write response speed of streaming files significantly. Upon the completion of the system implementation, HCP cloud storage will become the core data platform for TV service of Xinhua News Agency.”

Anuta Enhances Its Orchestration System for OpenStack, NFV, YANG

Anuta Networks, a start-up developing network orchestration systems, announced support for OpenStack, NFV and YANG modeling.

Anuta Networks NCX is an industry leading software solution designed to deliver complete network service orchestration for campus, branch, and data center networks by leveraging both physical and virtual devices across multi-vendor network infrastructures.

NCX 4.0 enhancements include:

  • OpenStack Support - Anuta NCX provides the ability to provision end-to-end L2-L7 network services on multi-vendor physical, virtual and software defined network devices. NCX ML2 plugin makes these network services available to OpenStack users by converting OpenStack Neutron requests into NCX network service APIs. Anuta ML2 plug-in allows customers to integrate their legacy as well as new infrastructures with OpenStack self-service frameworks.
  • NFV Support - NCX 4.0 introduces support for ETSI NFV (Network Function Virtualization) use-cases such as Virtual CPE, Virtual MPLS backbone and Edge networks, Virtual Data Center etc. NCX delivers the MANO functionality in the ETSI NFV architecture and supports on-demand service chaining of L4-L7 VNFs including Brocade, Vyatta, Cisco CSR1000V, Cisco Nexus 1000V, VMware DVS, Citrix NetScaler VPX, F5 BIG-IP, Juniper vSRX, Juniper Firefly, Radware ADC-VX and Riverbed Steelhead WAN Optimization. NCX also includes VNF Manager to customize the VNF configuration, scale on-demand and monitor the VNF performance and availability.
  • YANG Modeling Support - NCX 4.0 supports IETF YANG based data models. IETF standard YANG specified by RFC 6020 is a data modeling language used to model configuration and state data manipulated by the network configuration protocol (NETCONF). Customers and partners can extend the YANG based device and service models to rapidly customize the NCX deployments.
  • New Device Support - NCX 4.0 introduces support for Brocade, Vyatta 5400, 5600 series, Cisco XRV, Ericsson SSR 8000 series, Fortigate 3140, 3140B, Juniper MX-80 series, Alaxala AX-3650, AX1240, AX2530 and Apresia 15000 series.

IEEE Addresses Coexistence in Unlicensed Frequency Bands

IEEE has formed a new Study Group to explore radio technology independent methods for enabling wireless networks operating in unlicensed frequency bands to coexist.

The IEEE 802.19 Coexistence in Unlicensed frequency Bands (CUB) Study Group was established to address the growing demand for mitigating interference over unlicensed frequency bands stems from various types of wireless systems including IEEE 802 and non IEEE 802 systems, and aims to:

  • Develop coexistence scenarios and use cases
  • Define necessary information to be exchanged between different systems to mitigate coexistence problems
  • Study how to exchange messages among entities
  • Study methods for improving coexistence among dissimilar wireless systems in unlicensed bands
  • Demonstrate potential coexistence improvements from shared information
  • Investigate other issues related to enhance coexistence in unlicensed bands.

Trans Pacific Express Selects Ciena for 100G

The Trans Pacific Express cable network (TPE) consortium has selected Ciena to upgrade capacity on its 17,968 km international submarine cable system.

Ciena is providing TPE with a multi-terabit upgrade using its GeoMesh submarine solution, including its new WaveLogic coherent optical processors’ capabilities, to more than triple the capacity of TPE, as compared to the original design capacity when it first went into service in 2008.

TPE is a submarine telecommunications cable linking Mainland of China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and the United States. The system is a joint venture originated between multiple telecommunications companies—China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Korea Telecom, NTT Communications and Verizon.

SpaceX Raises $1Billion from Google and Fidelity

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) raised $1 billion in funding from new investors, Google and Fidelity.  The funding will support SpaceX's continued innovation in the areas of space transport, reusability, and satellite manufacturing.

Existing investors include Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity Partners and Capricorn. Google and Fidelity will collectively own just under 10% of the company.

Tata to Take Significant Capacity on Seaborn's US-Brazil Cable

Tata Communications will purchase of significant capacity in Seaborn Networks' cable system between Brazil and U.S.

Larry Schwartz, Chief Executive Office, Seaborn Networks says, "With bandwidth and connectivity growth demand in Latin America at unprecedented levels, we are delighted to have Tata Communications as a strategic partner on Seabras-1. Tata Communications' investment for significant capacity purchase in Seabras-1 is a clear indication of high demand in the market for an express submarine cable route between the US and São Paulo and seamless extension to other geographies in the world."

  • In September 2014, Alcatel-Lucent kicked off construction of US-Brazil subsea cable for Seaborn Networks.  A turnkey installation agreement is in force for the six-fiber pair Seabras-1 system, which will boast an initial maximum design capacity of 60 Terabits per second. The Alcatel-Lucent solution to be deployed for this project includes an integrated 100G wet plant of cable and high bandwidth repeaters, power feed equipment, and its 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipped with advanced coherent technology and offering unique flexibility to increase direct connectivity between countries.