Monday, April 6, 2015

CoreOS Announces "Tectonic" Kubernetes Platform, Google Investment

CoreOS, a San Francisco start-up building a new Linux distribution for modern infrastructure stacks, introduced Tectonic, its commercial Kubernetes platform.

Tectonic, which combines Kubernetes and the CoreOS stack, pre-packages all of the components required to build "Google-style infrastructure."  CoreOS said it adds a number of commercial features to the mix, such as a management console for workflows and dashboards, an integrated registry to build and share Linux containers, and additional tools to automate deployment and customize rolling updates.

In addition, CoreOS announced a new $12 million round of funding led by Google Ventures, with additional investment from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Fuel Capital and Accel Partners, bringing its total funding to $20 million.

"When we started CoreOS, we set out to build and deliver Google's infrastructure to everyone else," said Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS. "Today, this goal is becoming a reality with Tectonic, which allows enterprises across the world to securely run containers in a distributed environment, similar to how Google runs their infrastructure internally."

"We see a broader industry trend where enterprise computing is shifting to mirror the infrastructure of large-scale software companies," said Dave Munichiello, Partner at Google Ventures. "With a focus on security, reliability, and ease of deployment CoreOS delivers a comprehensive platform for global enterprises to deliver services at scale. We are excited to be working with the team."

https://coreos.com/blog/announcing-tectonic/


In December 2014, CoreOS released Rocket, a new portable container format, as an alternative to the Docker runtime. The idea is to provide a “standard container” that can be used for moving workloads between multiple servers and environments. The company said its container consumes 40% less RAM on boot than an average Linux installation and features an active/passive dual-partition scheme to update the OS as a single unit instead of package by package. Applications on CoreOS can run as Docker containers.  Up until this announcement, CoreOS had been a big supporter of Docker. In a blog posting, the company said the Docker company has strayed from its early principle of building a simple, composable container unit that could be used in a variety of systems and supported by everyone. So CoreOS is now developing Rocket around the App Container specification and promoting it as a new set of simple and open specifications for a portable container format.

Akamai Acquires Octoshape for OTT Optimization

Akamai Technologies has acquired Octoshape, a cloud OTT IPTV service provider that focuses on delivering broadcast, enterprise, and carrier solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Octoshape's services are designed to help optimize the quality of video streams for over-the-top (OTT) content and to enable Internet Protocol television (IPTV) solutions. Octoshape uses a combination of patented video and network optimization technologies for the delivery of video streams across the Internet using standard media formats and players. The privately-held company has approximately 40 employees.

"As more video gets consumed over the Internet, and on devices that can display higher-quality resolution, it is important for us to develop new ways to acquire, transform and distribute the highest-quality media for broadcast-size audiences," said Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai. "We are working to continue to extend our platform to accommodate video throughput increases that come from the adoption of 4K, and to support a potential 100-1000X increase in network traffic in the future."

http://www.octoshape.com
http://www.akamai.net

100G and Beyond - @Huawei Comments at #OFC2015

What changes will we see as network transport evolves to 100G and beyond? Peter Ashwood-Smith, Technical VP of Optical Product Line at Huawei, breaks it down into a discussion of the control layer and the physical interface.  He sees 100G as the "workhorse" of optical transport for the next 3-5 years. We'll see improvements in density and the adoption on pluggable formats in 100G interfaces. Another factor for 100G is silicon photonics.

See video:  https://youtu.be/1xLUwwwhwiA


Comcast Rolls out 2 Gbps Residential Service

Comcast is launching a symmetrical, 2 Gbps residential broadband service starting next month in the Atlanta metro area.


The Comcast Gigabit Pro service will be delivered via fiber-to-the-home. Comcast says the service will be available to any home within close proximity of its fiber network and will require an installation of professional-grade CPE.

Comcast also said it plans to expand the 2 Gbps service to other markets across the country.  The goal is to have the service available to 18 million homes by the end of the year.

"Our approach is to offer the most comprehensive rollout of multi-gigabit service to the most homes as quickly as possible, not just to certain neighborhoods," said Doug Guthrie, SVP of Comcast Cable’s South Region.

To date, Comcast has built out more than 145,000 route miles of fiber across its service area.

http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/comcast-begins-rollout-of-residential-2-gig-service-in-atlanta-metro-area

Dell Intros X-Series Smart-Managed 1GbE and 10GbE Switches for SMBs

Dell introduced a new X-Series family of smart-managed 1GbE and 10GbE switches for small and medium-sized businesses. The new product provide work flow management, traffic visibility and real-time control to optimize cloud and onsite network applications.  Dell is also expanding its N-Series family of fully managed 1GbE switches with Layer 2/3 capability designed for smaller networks. The switches utilize a comprehensive enterprise-class Layer 2/3 feature set, common command-line interface (CLI) for consistent management and standard 10GbE SFP+ transceivers and cables for stacking, providing up to 200 1GbE ports in a 4-unit stack.

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/press-releases/2015-04-06-dell-networking-smb

Thursday, April 2, 2015

ONOS Blackbird Focuses on SDN Control Plane Performance and Scale

A new version of the Open Network Operating System (ONOS), named Blackbird, has been released (the first version of ONOS was out in December 2014).

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. It is architected as a distributed but logically centralized control plane to achieve high performance, scale-out and high availability. ONOS' high availability characteristics include full recovery from events such as switch and link failure, node failure, entire ONOS cluster failure, single node cluster failure, cluster partitioning and device-node communication failure.

The ONOS Blackbird release defines the following set of metrics to effectively measure performance and other carrier-grade attributes of the SDN control plane.

Performance Metrics
Topology – link change latency
Topology – switch change latency
Flow operations throughput
Intent (Northbound) install latency
Intent (Northbound) withdraw latency
Intent (Northbound) reroute latency
Intent (Northbound) throughput

Scalability
Ability to scale control plane by adding capacity

High Availability
Uninterrupted operation in the wake of failures, maintenance and upgrades

ONOS aims to achieve extremely high target numbers of 1,000,000 flow operations per second and less than 100 ms (and ideally under 10 ms) latency. Most of ONOS Blackbird release's measurements meet these targets; the ones that do not will continue to be optimized in the coming releases and in conjunction with use case and deployment requirements.

The Blackbird release also addresses the challenge of effectively determining "the carrier-grade quotient" of the SDN control plane. Metrics currently used to measure performance, including simplistic ones such as "Cbench," do not provide a complete or accurate view of the SDN control plane capabilities thereby highlighting the need for a more indicative set of measurements.

"Achieving the high availability required to deliver network resilience at the necessary scale without compromising performance as you add controller instances has been an elusive goal for open source SDN solutions and a barrier to adoption—until now," said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director for ON.Lab.  0"Architected as a distributed system, ONOS is the first open source SDN solution to achieve linear scale-out while maintaining high performance and availability. As the size of your network grows, ONOS instances can be added to scale the SDN control plane, and seamlessly deliver the needed throughput. This ability not only breaks down barriers to real-world deployment but also future-proofs your network."

A comprehensive explanation of these metrics and Blackbird performance assessment using these metrics is published on the ONOS wiki at http://bit.ly/1GhIr3X

http://onosproject.org/


Video: Guru Parulkar on the Strategic Vision of ONOS

The strategic vision of ONOS is simple - to build a scalable, high-available, high-performance network operating system for Service Provider networks, says Guru Parulkar, Executive Director of ON.Lab. Here he gives an update of how this open community effort fits in with the ambition of network operators.

See video:  https://youtu.be/ilKSkCK91U8

 

Video: Evolving Transport Networks for Clouds

TeliaSonera International Carrier is already seeing a major impact from cloud traffic, says Mattias Fridström Vice President, Technology.  Much of it is driven by the enormous flows between the mega data centers of the big cloud providers.

Topics in this interview include:

1:04 - Does traffic from cloud services tend to be aggregated in big hubs?
1:44 - Has the market for 100G transport developed as expected?
2:39 - Who is buying 100G interfaces today?
3:13 - Do you provide wavelength or dark fiber as well?
4:03 - Hot trends at #OFC2015

See video:  https://youtu.be/lGfowCF6gvI

FCC to Consider Spectrum Sharing in 3.5 GHz Band

The FCC upcoming open meeting on April 17 will consider ways to leverage spectrum sharing technologies to make 150 megahertz of contiguous spectrum available in the 3550-3700 MHz band for wireless broadband and other uses, as part of a Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-announces-tentative-agenda-april-open-meeting-2

Dell'Oro: Strong Dollar to Have Big Impact on Telecom CAPEX

Telecom operators around the world invested heavily in their fiber and LTE networks during 2014 resulting in a fourth consecutive year of Capex growth as advancements in mobile related spending offset declining wireline investments. However, the strength of the dollar could wipe out $20 billion in telecom Capex in 2015, according to a newly published Carrier Economics report by Dell’Oro Group.

“We have not made any major changes to our constant currency Capex projections for 2015 and continue to expect the market will grow at a low-single-digit pace in 2015 driven primarily by China and Europe,” said Stefan Pongratz, Dell’Oro Group Carrier Analyst. “But in U.S. Dollar terms, assuming rates remain at current levels, the strengthening U.S. Dollar will unequivocally impact Telecom Capex, and we have revised our 2015 Capex in U.S. Dollar terms downward rather significantly to adjust for currency fluctuations,” continued Pongratz.

http://www.DellOro.com

Telstra to Sell IBM's SoftLayer Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Telstra will sell IBM's SoftLayer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform from IBM. Under the agreement, Telstra customers will have access to SoftLayer’s highly secure and agile cloud infrastructure.

IBM recently opened new data centres in Melbourne and Sydney.

“Telstra customers will be able to access IBM’s hourly and monthly compute services on the SoftLayer platform, a network of virtual data centres and global points-of-presence (PoPs), all of which are increasingly important as enterprises look to run their applications on the cloud. SoftLayer is a platform that lets businesses quickly migrate, build, test, and deploy their applications and innovations,” said Erez Yarkoni, Telstra’s Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of Cloud.

http://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media/media-releases/ibm-and-telstra-join-forces-to-offer-softlayer-cloud-platform.xml

CyrusOne Buys New Data Center in Austin

CyrusOne will purchase an additional powered shell in Austin’s Met Center, creating what is expected to be its largest facility in Austin at 172,000 total square feet of shell and offering 120,000 colocation square feet (CSF), with up to 12 megawatts of power, and over 25,000 square feet of class A office space at full build.

CyrusOne’s new Austin III data center will use the company's "Massively Modular" design engineering approach to optimize materials sourcing and enable delivery of industry-leading energy optimization and just-in-time data hall inventory to meet customer demand. The first phase of construction includes up to 60,000 square feet of CSF and 6 megawatts of critical load.

“Based on current and projected customer demand, it was essential to expand in this market. We’ve been extremely successful and have seen a tremendous amount of growth in Austin,” said John Hatem, senior vice president, data center design and construction, CyrusOne. “Once this facility is complete, enterprise-level companies will be able to utilize our Massively Modular design capabilities to scale rapidly and efficiently while taking advantage of CyrusOne’s exceptional uptime delivered by redundant power, cooling, and connectivity infrastructure.”

http://www.cyrusone.com/



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ethernet Roadmap Envisions Terabit Interfaces in 2020s

The Ethernet Alliance has published a 2015 Ethernet Roadmap that outlines the ongoing development and evolution of Ethernet through the end of the decade, while envisioning terabit speed interfaces scaling up to 10 Tbps rates by 2030.

Four new speeds – 2.5 Gigabit per second (Gb/s); 5 Gb/s; 25 Gb/s; and 400 Gb/s Ethernet – are currently in development by the IEEE, while the industry is also considering 50Gb/s and 200 Gb/s Ethernet.

The 2015 Ethernet Roadmap looks at Ethernet’s accelerating evolution and expansion in four key areas: consumer and residential; enterprise and campus; hyperscale data centers; and service providers. The roadmap provides visibility into the underlying technologies, including electrical and optical infrastructures. It further highlights the different area’s rate progressions, while emphasizing the changing dynamics and challenges within the Ethernet ecosystem, which includes support for wireless technologies such as 802.11ac.

“Ethernet is constantly evolving and diversifying into new markets and application spaces. Such expansion is successful when there is greater visibility about a technology’s future. The 2015 Ethernet Roadmap will allow the industry to peer into Ethernet’s future,” said Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance; and principal technologist, Brocade. “The roadmap, developed by our members, will help users understand where Ethernet is going. Such insight will heighten confidence to the market that Ethernet has a clear path forward and help further drive adoption of Ethernet solutions.”

http://www.ethernetalliance.org/roadmap


Vertical Systems: Business Fiber Penetration Hits 42.5% in U.S.

Business fiber penetration of commercial buildings in the U.S. increased to 42.5% in 2014, according to latest research from Vertical Systems Group. This compares to a penetration rate of only 10.9% in 2004. These statistics measure fiber availability at company-owned and multi-tenant buildings with twenty or more employees, which covers more than two million individual business establishments.

“Accessibility to fiber-based business services in the U.S. nearly quadrupled between 2004 and 2014, with hundreds of thousands of sites newly fiber-connected during this time period. As a result of this growth, our fiber penetration benchmark now exceeds 40% for the first time,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “Looking forward, the high stakes endgame for network operators is to deepen and broaden their service infrastructures around fiber – the future of wireline.”

In the U.S., fiber is used to deliver the majority of Carrier Ethernet service connections. Fiber implementations are also increasing for access to high speed IP/MPLS VPN services, Cloud and Internet connectivity, and for mobile backhaul applications.

In response to Vertical Systems Group’s recent worldwide survey of Carrier Ethernet service providers, fiber footprint reach was cited as the top competitive advantage overall. Fiber expansion was the primary growth challenge for 2015.

http://www.verticalsystems.com/vsgpr/business-fiber-penetration-hits-42-5-in-u-s/

Cisco to Acquire Embrane for its ACI Software

Cisco announced its intention to acquire Embrane, a start-up offering a lifecycle management platform for application-centric network services.

Embrane, which is based in Santa Clara, California, offers a software platform for powering application-centric network services, including firewalls, VPN termination, server load balancers and SSL offload.

Cisco said the deal would enhance its ACI vision. The Embrane team will be joining the Insieme Business Unit.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-announces-intent-to-acquire-embrane
http://www.embrane.com/


  • Embrane was co-founded by Dante Malagrinò and Marco Di Benedetto, both previously with Cisco.
  • In March 2014, Embrane, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $14 million in Series-C funding for its application-centric network services. The funding round was led by Cisco and included new Embrane investor Presidio Ventures, and participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and North Bridge Venture Partners.

Palo Alto Networks and VMware AirWatch Target Mobile Security

Palo Alto Networks and VMware are extending their strategic partnership by integrating their enterprise security and mobile management technologies to give organizations a rich and unique combination of mobile device management (MDM) with advanced threat prevention for secure enterprise BYOD support.

The partnership bring together Palo Alto Networks' Next-Generation Firewall, WildFire and GlobalProtect technologies with the AirWatch by VMware Enterprise Mobility Management platform.  The solution helps customers enforce security policy to protect networks from unauthorized or infected devices, provides the appropriate level of access to apps and data for mobile users, and enables mobile devices to be properly configured for business use and connection to a global threat intelligence service.

Detailed capabilities include:

  • Malware Detection:  Palo Alto Networks WildFire security subscription service identifies known and previously unknown mobile malware. By integrating the intelligence provided by WildFire, users can identify infected applications and take immediate and automated action for security and containment, such as creating an application blacklist. 
  • Network Protection:  Organizations need to make sure only approved devices are used with sensitive applications and networks; this is accomplished with Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect Host Information Profile (HIP), a direct tie between information about the mobile device, its configuration and what data and applications the device can access. 
  • VPN and Network Security:  Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect provides a secure connection between AirWatch managed mobile devices and the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall at the device or application level utilizing per-app VPN. This allows consistent inspection of traffic and enforcement of network security policy for threat prevention, wherever the user goes.

The Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect iOS VPN app deployed by AirWatch is now available.

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/products/technologies.html
http://www.air-watch.com


  • In 2014, Palo Alto Networks and VMware announced a software-defined data center reseller agreement and network security and network virtualization solutions.


CipherCloud Acquires Anicut Systems - Adaptive Security as a Service

CipherCloud, which provides cloud visibility and data protection, announced the acquisition of Anicut Systems, a privately held provider of adaptive security as a service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CipherCloud said Anicut's technology enhances its cloud discovery, data protection and monitoring platform by bringing additional intelligence and security controls that help organizations defend against a fast evolving threats landscape. Anicut provides advanced cloud security analysis of real-time traffic using machine learning to detect malicious insider and external threats. The technology detects both high risk clouds and high risk user activities in their use of cloud services based on over 60 attributes to detect advanced attacks on cloud services such as spear phishing and watering hole. It also enables administrators to effectively configure and enforce corporate cloud use policies.

CipherCloud's open platform provides cloud application discovery and risk assessment, data protection – searchable strong encryption, tokenization, data loss prevention, key management and malware detection – and extensive user activity and anomaly monitoring services.

"We continue to raise the bar for cloud security," said Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud. "The rapid pace of cloud adoption by organizations requires deep intelligence into cloud threats and real-time protection for data across clouds. We are making this investment to go deeper into cloud visibility and security given the clear demand."

http://www.ciphercloud.com


Dell'Oro: Data Center to Drive Ethernet Switch Market Growth

The Ethernet Switch market continues to fragment as the Campus, Data Center, Small Medium Business (SMB), and Carrier Ethernet segments grow and contract in different ways, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.

While Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard were already above five percent market share in the data center, both Arista and the white box / bare metal switching segment joined them by virtue of their respective greater than 40 percent revenue growth posted in 2014. White box / bare metal switching represented 7% of data center revenue in 2014.

"The Ethernet switch market continued to evolve rapidly in 2014 with vendors performing very differently in each segment of the market," said Alan Weckel, Vice President of Ethernet Switch research at Dell'Oro Group.  "In looking to our forecast, we believe the demands of the Cloud and higher speeds of Ethernet such as 25 Gbps, 50 Gbps, and 100 Gbps, will cause the vendor landscape in the Data Center market to change significantly.  At the same time we believe the Campus market is about to go through a mini upgrade cycle to 2.5 Gbps and 5.0 Gbps to support higher speed WLAN Access Points," explained Weckel.

http://www.delloro.com

Infonetics: Wireless LAN Gear Neared $5 Billion in 2014

Almost 1.2 million 802.11ac access points shipped in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14)-a quarter of all access points-cannibalizing 802.11n rather than the older 802.11a/b/g access points, according to a new report from Infonetics Research (now part of IHS).

Some highlights:

  • Worldwide wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment revenue reached $4.9 billion in 2014, growing just 6 percent over 2013-a far cry from the 20-percent-plus annual increases of a few years ago
  • In 4Q14, WLAN equipment sales totaled $1.3 billion, up 5 percent quarter-over-quarter, and up 10 percent year-over-year
  • Though demand for WiFi connectivity continues unabated-access point shipments were up 22 percent year-over-year in 2014-revenue growth has run out of steam due to fewer service provider and K-12 WiFi sales, 802.11ac not yet lifting ASPs, controller-less approaches and low-cost solutions
  • There was higher than usual demand for WiFi phones in 4Q14, influenced by a large number of deals, but this isn't expected to be sustained in 2015
  • Despite fickle economic conditions, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) was the fastest-growing major region in 2014, up 9 percent
  • Among the top 5 WLAN vendors-Aruba, Cisco, HP, Ruckus and Zebra-Ruckus led revenue growth in 2014.


"A pullback in K-12 spending in the US has caused a significant slowdown in the WLAN market, which, after having grown at double-digit rates for several years, grew only 6 percent in 2014," said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

http://www.infonetics.com

Arista Offers its Extensible Operating System as a Subscription

Arista Networks is now offering its Extensible Operating System (EOS) as a subscription. The Arista EOS is already provided on a perpetual license basis to customers who purchase as such.  The company said that by disaggregating hardware and software, its customers would gain more flexibility in managing their CAPEX/OPEX budgets.

Separately, Arista announced that CFO Kelyn Brannon will leave the company for personal reasons. Ms. Brannon has served Arista as CFO since July 2013, playing an instrumental role in taking the company public in June 2014 at NYSE.

http://www.aristanetworks.com