Thursday, May 14, 2015

NTT Com Enhances its SDN-based Arcstar Universal One VPN

NTT Communications announced three new SDN-powered capabilities for its Arcstar Universal One virtual private network (VPN) service, which is available in nearly 200 countries.

By the end of May, NTT Comm will add:

  • Multi-cloud - enterprise customers will be able to connect to services on private clouds other than NTT Com's Enterprise Cloud, such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services.
  • Asset Light - the Arcstar Universal One Advanced Option menu will offer an application acceleration function that does not require additional hardware at the enterprise's locations. End-to-end communications via the cloud, including from customer endpoints and applications on mobile devices, can be rapidly deployed by the enterprise via a portal for accelerated performance and on a reduced cost basis.
  • Multi-client - Arcstar Universal One Virtual, a virtual network service first launched in Japan, will now be introduced on a global basis. Global customers will use this function for highly secure cloud connection via various devices, such as PCs, smartphones and tablets, and various networks, such as Arcstar Universal One, the Internet and the networks of other service providers. This function will also be a world's first.

NTT Com said it is able to leverage SDN to shorten the provisioning time for these new services, as well as lower operational costs.

In January, NTT Communications activated a new API Gateway that enables customers and partner companies to use their own systems to directly view and control information to operate and maintain business services. The API Gateway, which leverages NTT Com's network and cloud services, is available from delivery centers in Japan, the USA and Europe.

Initially, the following NTT Com services will be compatible with the new gateway: Arcstar Universal One, Arcstar Universal One Virtual, and Arcstar Universal One Mobile Global M2M, Enterprise Cloud, Cloudn, Nexcenter colocation, Arcstar UCaaS (Unified Communication), Arcstar SIP Trunking (External telephone), and Enterprise Mail.

NTT said the chief advantage of an API Gateway is that it les corporate customers to use NTT Com services faster and more efficiently.  The gateway standardizes API specifications for NTT Com services and simplifies deployment on the systems of customers and partners by leveraging the REST API and OAuth industry standards. Information on specifications and deployment will be readily available through a developers' portal. The gateway has multilayered security, including Web Application Firewalls, protection against DDoS attacks and unauthorized API access.

DOCOMO to Integrate Mobile Services with Facebook

NTT DOCOMO plans to integrate its "dmarket" services with Facebook's social networking functions.

Starting this summer, DOCOMO will enable music from its "dhits" music-streaming service to be shared with friends on Facebook. In addition, from Facebook's News Feed, people will be able to listen to music samples and then easily access full-length versions on dhits or purchase songs at dmusicTM.

Also, DOCOMO will launch "d anime store" Facebook pages to provide anime content including titles, key visuals and stories, which will allow Facebook users to easily find and share their favorite anime content.
Additionally, a shortcut to dmarket will be added to the Favorites section in the navigation bar of the Facebook apps from July.

Earlier this month, NTT DOCOMO outlined a medium-term vision to widen the scope of its business and collaborate with new partners for valued-added networking services.

Under the +d (pronounced "plus d") initiative, DOCOMO will share its extensive business assets with partner companies for streamlined collaboration. Services co-created through such efforts will be branded with unified names that begin with the letter "d." DOCOMO will strive, together with its partners, to empower customers in ways that enable them "to realize more affordable, enjoyable and convenient lives."

The alignment of service brands under the "d" banner will include a unified docomo Point system (dPOINT), a docomo Premier Club membership program, a Docomo credit card service (dCARD), and a common docomo customer ID (dACCOUNT).  Docomo is hoping this approach can be adopted in a variety of fields, including medicine, agriculture, education, local governments, etc.

In view of its 2020 planning, Docomo expects its forthcoming 5G deployments will pave the way for partners to develop innovative services around its platform.

Arista Posts Revenue of $179 Million, up 53% YoY

Arista Networks posted revenue of $179.0 million for Q1 2015, an increase of 52.8% compared to the first quarter of 2014, and an increase of 3.2% from the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP gross margin was 65.8%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 69.4% in the first quarter of 2014 and 67.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014. Net income (GAAP) amounted to $24.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $12.3 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014.

"I am pleased with our Q1 2015 results, as we made strides in our top four verticals,” stated Jayshree Ullal, Arista President and CEO. “Our customer momentum in cloud networking, combined with our profitable growth and disruptive product innovations positions us well for the year."

Ethernet Alliance Garners Support for 2.5G and 5G

The Ethernet Alliance announced that twenty six of its member companies have joined its call for an IEEE 802.3 standard addressing 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (2.5G) and 5 Gigabit Ethernet (5G) operation over today’s Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling infrastructure.

The Ethernet Alliance notes that since 2003, some 70 billion meters of Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling have been sold. While the existing cable infrastructure can’t support 10GbE, new 2.5G/5G BASE-T speeds can provide the necessary bandwidth upgrade to support the deployment of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, enabling customers to extract the maximum value from their infrastructure investment.

“The Ethernet Alliance is dedicated to promoting industry awareness of both existing and emerging IEEE 802 Ethernet standards. With this standardization endeavor targeting an estimated 90 percent of the installed cabling infrastructure, and deployment of IEEE 802.11ac technology, our upcoming webinar will provide the industry with an overview of IEEE 802.3 standardization efforts,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance, and chief Ethernet evangelist, Dell. “We, like our members, believe that an IEEE 802.3 standard for 2.5G/5G BASE-T operation will accelerate its development and adoption, allowing the technology to proliferate and expand into new markets and applications.”

ADTRAN Cuts Costs of NG-PON2 Architecture Using Flexible Transceivers

ADTRAN is adopting a flexible optics approach to significantly cut the cost of delivering Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) services based on NG-PON2 architecture.

The company said its breakthrough uses the latest 10G wavelength symmetric ITU/FSAN standards-based technology. ADTRAN's system can interoperate with multiple “cost vs. capability” types of optical transceivers to maximize economic flexibility. The company claims this “pay as you grow” approach allows the service provider to align the optics cost with the target applications, starting with low-cost symmetric 10G deployment options and growing to multi-wavelength TWDM capabilities.

ADTRAN’s NG-PON2 platform supports 10 Gigabit GPON, TWDM PON, P2P DWDM, 10 Gigabit EPON, and GPON. To optimize the full service agility promise of NG-PON2, ADTRAN’s solution supports provisioning through modern, open APIs, facilitating deployment using next-generation software defined networking (SDN)-based management systems. The company says its new architecture is currently available for demonstration and will begin field trials in the third quarter of this year.

“ADTRAN has a long history in developing designs that break economic barriers, giving service providers the maximum flexibility they need to deliver the services of tomorrow that their customers demand today,” said Robert Conger, associate vice president, carrier strategy for ADTRAN. “With seemingly infinite demand for broadband from both residential and business customers, service providers are challenged to explore economically viable options that allow them to scale PON networks to support Gigabit service growth.”

NetCracker 10 Suite Adds Virtualization and Analytic Capabilities

NetCracker Technology released its latest product suite, NetCracker 10, which combines capabilities in virtualization, cloud-based delivery of applications, embedded analytics and biometrics onto a single, unified platform.

NetCracker 10 product highlights include:

  • Single platform across physical and virtual network and IT infrastructure: NetCracker 10’s single-platform approach enables service providers to address all infrastructure changes and all resource allocation requests in a distributed environment consisting of multiple data centers and points of presence.
  • End-to-end service and network orchestration: The NetCracker 10 orchestration solution combines deep-rooted networking and IT expertise and supports large-scale, unique system integration capabilities, enabling providers to deliver personalized services faster and apply an agile DevOps approach to service modeling.
  • Embedded analytics across network, service and customer layers: NetCracker 10’s big data analytics component helps increase network planning accuracy by up to 40 percent, increase effectiveness of personalized campaigns by 30 percent and reduce churn by up to 15 percent.*
  • Smart location of virtual infrastructure: NetCracker 10 allows service providers to use embedded intelligence and analytics in order to optimize the deployment of virtual functions over servers distributed across the whole network. This reduces unnecessary traffic hops and re-routing and delivers better user experience through proactive network intelligence. It also accurately models projected service demand, optimizes capacity for trending events and aligns demographic requirements with application performance.
  • Biometrics-enabled customer experience management: NetCracker 10 focuses on humanizing the customer experience. Beyond the traditional data sources, such as network, service and device, NetCracker’s solution leverages unstructured data from social networks as well as various dimensions of biometric data, including facial recognition, fingerprinting, voice measurement and more, to provide the most comprehensive CEM solution in the communications industry.
  • Cloud platform for hosted applications: NetCracker 10’s cloud platform empowers service providers with the ability to build a flexible, open ecosystem that can support innovative business models and a variety of partnerships.
  • Virtualized functions, management and infrastructure: New to NetCracker 10 is a proven, field-deployable suite of virtual network functions, management and infrastructure solutions combining leading innovation from NetCracker and its parent company, NEC. With these solutions, operators can build and deploy virtualized networks in an open ecosystem, leveraging technologies from NEC, NetCracker and a wide range of third-party partners.

“We are thrilled to announce NetCracker 10, the next generation of our highly sophisticated end-to-end product suite, which redefines some of the fundamental economics around network and IT, operations, deployment, customer retention and service creation,” said Sanjay Mewada, Vice President of Strategy at NetCracker. “As service providers prepare for the inevitable shift from physical to hybrid to virtualized infrastructure and offerings, NetCracker 10 lays the foundation for a risk-free and seamless migration, ushering in the next wave of innovation.”

KT to Build Electric Car Charging Network in Seoul

KT has signed a memorandum of understanding with the city government of Seoul and other local partners to build an extensive network of charging stations for electric cars and/or mobile devices.

Initial plans call for 100,00 RFID tagged charging points this year, scaling up to 100,000 points by 2018.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blueprint: Data Management Challenges with Continuously Streaming Telemetry

by Ravi Mayuram, Senior Vice President of Products and Engineering at Couchbase

As the Internet of Things continues to take shape, millions of connected devices collect and share remote sensor data that organizations use to understand and improve business efficiencies. The process of collecting this remote sensor data – which can be anything from movement to temperature to power status and more – is known as telemetry and it presents a unique challenge for organizations. As a technology, telemetry has been around for decades, but with the rise of the Internet of Things, the characteristics (speed, volume, etc.) of telemetry data have changed significantly. Whether it’s the utility industry leveraging new smart meters to improve the reliability and efficiency of smart grids in real-time, or the airline industry to monitoring all aspects of a jet engine in motion, or blind spot detection in cars, telemetry has become a primary source of Big Data and Big Data requires new capabilities in order to catalog, interpret, and derive value from the data collected.

As a result, most industries that rely on telemetry are implementing new database technologies that have the ability to capture and analyze the vast amounts of incoming real-time data in a millisecond range. These continuous streams of bite-sized data require high-performance databases that can sustain very high throughput, maintain very low latency, and store semi-structured data in a useful and easy-to-understand format.

Challenges of Managing Continuously Streaming Telemetry Data - The Three Vs: Volume, Velocity and Variety 

The biggest challenge for managing streams of telemetry data is being able to keep up with the demands of “Big Data” (as the unprecedented volume of data generated today is called). Big Data has three primary characteristics; its volume (there is an awful lot of it), its velocity (how fast this volume is generated) and its variety (the very different types of data that are generated). All three of these create unique challenges for next-generation databases.

First, consider the performance needed to keep up with the speed with which data is generated in a true Big Data implementation. A single sensor can generate hundreds of readings per second. Your average jet engine may have as many as 250 sensors operating simultaneously. As a result, a single component of a machine can generate hundreds of thousands of readings at the same time. All of the machines within a single oil rig can generate millions, if not tens of millions, of readings per second and a machine cannot wait seconds, or even milliseconds, for a data point to be collected because it is continuously producing new data.

Scalability is a byproduct of the amount of infrastructure required to handle the volume of data generated by a Big Data implementation. It does not take long to accumulate massive volumes of data when generating millions of data points per second. Enterprises now store much, much more data than they used to because the most complete data set enables early detection of trends as well as deeper insights.

As the type or variety of data continues to expand, organizations find they require a flexible data model. For example, when a new sensor is added to a machine or firmware is upgraded (which can be often, depending on the application), the data model changes, as there is new information being captured by this new sensor. Modern NoSQL databases which support flexible schemas take this change in stride and adapt to this new data model in real-time – no upgrade outages. The ability for a database to incorporate a variety of sensor data (new and updated) without having to change application code or relational schemas is what enables these more modern systems to make applications as agile as they are.

NoSQL and Real-Time Database Systems 

As a result of these characteristics for today’s telemetry, more and more organizations are turning to NoSQL databases. These next-generation solutions deliver the performance and scale capable of meeting the challenges of today’s telemetry streams. These systems also deliver significant developer agility, a requisite for today’s telemetry applications. Telemetry data is semi-structured, making it difficult to force into the highly structured format of a relational database. In contrast, instead of rows and columns used in other models, NoSQL data is stored in JSON documents. JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a lightweight, developer-friendly, data-interchange format that is easy to parse and generate. The database is schema-less and thus the data model is flexible, fast to read and write, and easy to scale across commodity servers. This is the ideal format for telemetry data.

The native distributed nature of NoSQL technology is another advantage when massive amounts of data are being stored and accessed. Data is spread across multiple processing nodes and often across multiple servers. As a result, NoSQL databases are referred to as horizontally scalable systems. What this means is that if you find that you need more database capacity you don’t have to buy a more powerful hardware system, you simply add one more server (commodity class hardware will do) to your database server farm, adding additional servers as needed. You can do this based on the immediate need without needing to plan too much in advance and procure sophisticated hardware. This real-time ability to elastically scale this system is a distinct advantage to agile business who cannot predict the data (business) growth a priori.

NoSQL solutions are also ideal for the kind of analysis required by Hadoop-based machine learning, a critical form of advanced analytics that’s capable of identifying deep insights from Big Data sources like telemetry. NoSQL databases provide the best of both worlds when it comes to analytics, since NoSQL enables organizations to reap the benefits of real-time analysis while simultaneously feeding the company’s Hadoop platform the data it needs for deeper, offline analysis.

A high performance, distributed NoSQL database can store raw and/or processed data from stream processors; it can further process the data by sorting, filtering, and aggregating it; and it enables external applications to access raw and processed data via live dashboards for real-time monitoring and visualization. For real-time analysis, sensor data can be ingested as messages for a stream processor to analyze in real-time. The analysis can be written to a NoSQL database for display by live dashboards so enterprises can take immediate action. At the same time the stream processor writes the analysis to the NoSQL database, it continues to write raw sensor data to Hadoop for offline analysis. This allows enterprises to combine real-time analytics and data access with offline analytics to improve both short-term and long-term operations.


Continuously streaming telemetry data has the potential to transform industries from healthcare, to energy, to transportation. But in order to maximize its potential, we need the right Big Data architecture in place. The combination of NoSQL and Hadoop gives organizations a modern data architecture that can continuously analyze streaming data, make smart decisions in milliseconds, and intelligently evolve system behavior to respond to events happening in real-time.

About the Author
Ravi Mayuram is the Senior Vice President of Products and Engineering at Couchbase. He leads product development and delivery of the company’s NoSQL offerings. He was previously with Oracle where he was a senior director of engineering leading innovations in the areas of recommender systems and social graph, search and analytics, and lightweight client frameworks. He was also responsible for kickstarting the cloud collaboration platform. Ravi has also held senior technical and management positions at BEA, Siebel, Informix and HP in addition to couple of startups including BroadBand office, a Kleiner Perkins funded venture. Ravi holds a MS in Mathematics from University of Delhi.

About Couchbase
Couchbase delivers the world’s highest performing NoSQL distributed database platform. Developers around the world use the Couchbase platform to build enterprise web, mobile, and IoT applications that support massive data volumes in real time. All Couchbase products are open source projects. Couchbase customers include industry leaders like AOL, AT&T, Bally’s, Beats Music, BSkyB, Cisco, Comcast, Concur, Disney, eBay, Intuit, KDDI, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Orbitz, PayPal, Rakuten / Viber, Ryanair, Tencent, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Willis Group, as well as hundreds of other household names. Couchbase investors include Accel Partners, Adams Street Partners, Ignition Partners, Mayfield Fund, North Bridge Venture Partners, and West Summit.

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Advantech: Faster Development with a Deep NFV Ecosystem

Advantech is building a deep ecosystem for accelerating the rollout of NFV infrastructure. In this video, Paul Stevens introduces the Advantech ecosystem, Renu Navale discusses participation in Intel's Network Builders community , Kelly LeBlanc discusses 6Wind's high-performance virtual accelerator technology, and Charlie Ashton presents the Wind River Titanium Server NFV infrastructure solution.

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Cisco Sees Strength in Data Centers and Cloud, SP Business Remains Challenged

Cisco reported third quarter revenue of $12.1 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.4 billion or $0.47 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.8 billion or $0.54 per share. Overall revenue was up 5.1% compared to the same period a year ago.

"Cisco is in a very strong position and we delivered another solid quarter. Our vision and strategy are working and we are executing very well in a tough environment, as evidenced in our revenue growth, profitability, strong gross margins and cash generation. Our customers feel the pace of change and disruption in every industry and market, and know their success depends on digitizing their business. Whether they are the disruptor or the incumbent, they are coming to Cisco as their strategic partner. We believe we are pulling away from our competition using the same formula we've always used: integrating our industry-leading products in every category into architectures and solutions that deliver real outcomes. We've created this opportunity and it is ours to execute," stated John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO.

"I am extremely honored and proud to have led Cisco for the last 20 years and to get us to this positive inflection point. We have a tremendous opportunity to extend our lead in the industry, and with Chuck Robbins as the CEO for Cisco's next chapter, we have exactly the right leader to capture that opportunity. I could not be more confident in our future."

Some highlights:

  • U.S. Public sector growth of 10%
  • Service Provider business remains "challenged". Orders declined 7% globally and 17% in the U.S.
  • Nexus 3K and 9K sales were up 144% y/y. Cisco now has 2,650 Nexus 9K and ACI customers, as well as over 580 APIC controller customers
  • Nexus 9K + APIC orders were up 27% q/q, and Cisco expects growth to continue in Q4
  • Data center revenues were up 21% y/y with UCS now on an over $3 billion run rate and over 43,800 customers
  • NGN Routing was up 4% y/y
  • Gross margins remain solid in switching
  • Wireless was up 9% y/y/ and Meraki was up 92% y/y
  • Security was up 14% y/y
  • Collaboration was up 7% y/y
  • There were over 15 million users of Webex
  • Returned $2.1 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends

Citrix Workspace Cloud Aims for On-Demand IT

Citrix is launching a new cloud platform designed to simplify the on-demand delivery of a wide range of IT tools and services.

The Citrix Workspace Cloud creates a new control plane that merges the on-premises and cloud, allowing IT managers to create secure, mobile workspaces that include desktops, applications and data from whatever infrastructure source best meets their specific needs.

Citrix said its cloud-based management platform provides customers the flexibility to choose which clouds or datacenter resources fit their needs best, then select the applications, data, files and features that work best for each specific organization and each person. Partners add value by architecting and designing customized, personalized workspaces uniquely suited to meet their customers’ business requirements.

“Citrix Workspace Cloud is the future of on-demand IT. People want access to all their apps and data, and this no longer equates to a desktop. Citrix has created the fastest and easiest way to deploy new resources, simplified infrastructure management, and provided freedom of choice in selecting the right hosting and delivery model. Today, we are excited to offer this test drive to our partners and customers so they can see how Citrix Workspace Cloud supports their business and on-demand IT strategies.”

CenturyLink Opens Hydro-electric-powered Data Center

CenturyLink inaugurated a new data center in central Washington, adding hydro-electric-powered data center services to its hybrid IT services portfolio.

The data center, located in Moses Lake, Washington, will ultimately support up to 30 megawatts of IT load on the site, with an initial ramp to 8 megawatts. It offers data center and network services, and includes access to cloud, colocation and managed services available through CenturyLink's global data center footprint. The site also has a seismic rating of 2B, the lowest rating in the western United States, making it a key location for disaster recovery solutions.

"CenturyLink's new low-cost power data center services provide many benefits to our customers, including a highly resilient solution coupled with power costs and efficiency metrics that rank among the best in the industry, and the facility serves as an excellent disaster recovery location," said David Meredith, senior vice president, CenturyLink. "Enterprises enjoy global access to CenturyLink's portfolio of cloud and managed hybrid IT services, and we continue to extend the reach of our data center footprint to new markets to meet from the needs of our customers."

The property is owned by Server Farm Realty and leased to CenturyLink.

VeloCloud Exceeds ONUG Testing for Software-Defined WANs

VeloCloud Networks, a cloud-delivered SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) company, has exceeded all Open Networking User Group (ONUG) SD-WAN tests. ONUG is a user-driven community of IT executives focused on open networking solutions. Its board includes IT leaders from Bank of America, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap Inc., JPMorgan Chase, the Lippis Report, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Symantec and UBS. An ONUG meeting is underway this week in New York.

VeloCloud said the extensive ONUG testing process, which lasted three months, aim to provide proof of concepts, feature validation and demonstrations to ensure that the networking solutions in the network overlays, SD-WAN and network services virtualization areas deliver on the top 10 requirements developed by the ONUG Working Groups. The testing was conducted by Ixia, in conjunction with ONUG.

“Our success in ONUG’s landmark Top Ten requirements testing for SD-WAN is an important milestone demonstrating VeloCloud’s SD-WAN solution alignment with the needs of enterprises,” said Sanjay Uppal, CEO and co-founder of VeloCloud. “As the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN leader, we are committed to working closely with ONUG and the IT community to accelerate the adoption of secure and innovative technologies that dramatically improve the economics, performance and security of enterprise applications.”

“These tests underscore our commitment to the ONUG community of IT executives and vendors to validate product features that meet IT business leader requirements for enterprise cloud infrastructure,” said Nick Lippis, chairman and co-founder of ONUG. “We are confident that this testing effort with companies such as VeloCloud will assist in moving the open infrastructure industry from technology curiosity to operations.”

Alcatel-Lucent Extends Reach of Unrepeatered 100G Subsea Links

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks has extended the reach of unrepeatered cable systems at 100 Gbps to more than 610 kilometers using the same fiber for both signal and amplifier transmission.

The company said this advancement will lead to significant improvements to cable system efficiency, creating benefits for operators in terms of total cost of network ownership. Mainly driven by connectivity needs, unrepeatered undersea cable projects consist in the construction of cable systems for distances currently up to 500km without using repeaters to amplify the signal. Built to offer additional capacity and/or complement terrestrial networks to gain resiliency, they can offer a design capacity of 25 Tbit/s depending on the system configuration.

Olivier Gautheron, Chief Technology Officer of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said: “Operators’ infrastructures continue to be challenged by the demands of traffic arising from  broadband services and content delivery. ASN’s breakthrough further demonstrates the application of our own innovation to extend the reach of unrepeatered submarine cable systems in order to enhance their performance to help operators get the most out of their networks and build new revenue streams.”

ASN has so far deployed more than 20,000 km of unrepeatered cable systems in more than 40 projects for major telecom operators worldwide.

Clouditalia Deploys Coriant for Packet/Optical

Clouditalia, a provider of integrated telecommunications and cloud services throughout Italy, has deployed the Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform to enhance service delivery to its Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) business customers.

The Coriant Packet Transport Network (PTN) solution, which includes support for MPLS-TP, enables Clouditalia to cost-effectively deliver flexible Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services directly to end-user business customers, while expanding support for growing cloud and Data Center Interconnect (DCI) applications. With the ability to efficiently support diverse traffic types on the same platform, the Coriant solution also enables Clouditalia to enhance customer value by seamlessly migrating legacy services such as E1, SDH, and lower bit rate Ethernet.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

IBM Implements 100G Optical Transceiver in Sub-100nm CMOS

IBM announced another significant advancement with is CMOS integrated nano-photonics technology. The company said its researchers for the first time have tested a fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip, which will soon enable manufacturing of 100 Gbps optical transceivers. The design implements multiple optical components side-by-side with electrical circuits on a single silicon chip using sub-100nm CMOS technology.

“Making silicon photonics technology ready for widespread commercial use will help the semiconductor industry keep pace with ever-growing demands in computing power driven by Big Data and cloud services,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director of IBM Research. “Just as fiber optics revolutionized the telecommunications industry by speeding up the flow of data -- bringing enormous benefits to consumers -- we’re excited about the potential of replacing electric signals with pulses of light. This technology is designed to make future computing systems faster and more energy efficient, while enabling customers to capture insights from Big Data in real time.”

IBM's new 100G transceiver has a range of up to 2 kilometers and uses four laser at different wavelenghts, each operating as an independent 25 Gbps optical channel. Within a full transceiver design, these four channels can be wavelength multiplexed on-chip to provide 100 Gbps aggregate bandwidth over a duplex single-mode fiber, thus minimizing the cost of the installed fiber plant within the data center.

Telstra Extends its Global SDN into the Optical Layer

Telstra has extended its new global Software Defined Networking (SDN) Platform into the optical layer, enabling high-bandwidth provisioning up to 100G and automated fault restoration across its global Points of Presence (PoPs).

The announcement follows Telstra's recent acquisition of Pacnet, a provider of connectivity, managed services and data centre services to carriers, multinational corporations and governments in the Asia-Pacific region.  The Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN)an SDN-based service delivery platform with automated provisioning capabilities.

Telstra now operates 25 PEN Points of Presence across eight countries – including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and the UK. Additional connectivity options into public Cloud services to bridge hybrid Cloud deployments are available too.

Jim Clarke, Telstra’s Director of Marketing, Product and Pricing – International, said the extension of SDN and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) capabilities into Layer 1 followed the announcement last month that Telstra had added nine Telstra PEN PoPs to Pacnet’s existing footprint of sixteen PoPs across Asia, creating a globally connected on-demand networking Platform.

“Extending our global PEN platform into the optical layer is the natural next step in our SDN strategy and by providing this infrastructure on demand, we’re able to significantly shorten the provisioning cycle times and better meet our customers’ growing high-bandwidth needs.

“This is an exciting milestone in Telstra’s SDN journey and by leveraging our high quality infrastructure assets and Pacnet’s leadership in early adoption of SDN technology, we will continue to innovate and deliver cost-efficient virtualised network resources to our customers,” Mr Clarke said.

“We believe it’s time for global networks to evolve. The applications of tomorrow require a different kind of network and this latest enhancement to the PEN Platform means we now have the unique capability to provide customers with on-demand provisioning of their network services up to 100G, whenever they want it and wherever they are based.

“Furthermore, Telstra plans to extend virtualisation to its suite of Managed Services offerings which means we can now, more than ever, deliver the choice and flexibility our customers require, in an age of bandwidth hungry applications, fuelled by distributed computing, big data and mobility,” Mr Clarke concluded.

In March 2015,

In March 2015, Infinera announced that Pacnet, which operates submarine cable systems connecting 15 cities in the Asia-Pacific region, has deployed the new Infinera Open Transport Switch (OTS) software to extend virtualization into the optical layer of its network. Pacnet’s existing Intelligent Transport Network is based on the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform.

Infinera’s OTS is now deployed within the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), which is an SDN-based service delivery platform that offers Layer 2 Ethernet services on-demand from 1 megabit per second to 10 Gbps. PEN delivers scalable bandwidth and software-enabled intelligence, allowing customers to dynamically provision bandwidth in minutes through a custom portal based on their business needs.

The combination of Infinera's DTN-X platform with the new Open Transport Switch allows PEN to offer a Layer 1 transport bandwidth on-demand service in increments of N x 10 Gbps. It is designed to allow services in increments of N x 100 Gbps for high-capacity customers in the future. The deployment runs in Hybrid Control mode, with new services leveraging bandwidth under SDN control, while existing production services continue to operate using their Infinera DNA network management system.

Telstra Sets Low latency 100 Gbps Link with Ciena/Ericsson

Telstra has achieved a new landmark for low latency, high capacity non-regenerated optical transmission between Melbourne, Sydney and Perth – a round trip distance of 10,358 km  - using equipment from Ciena, supplied by Ericsson.

David Robertson, Director Transport and Routing Engineering Telstra says: ”This new optical technology enables Telstra to provide Australia’s lowest latency link between Sydney and Perth – key access points critical for Trans-Australian and international telecommunications. This high-performance link provides Telstra’s customers differentiation for applications which require high-speed and low latency, such as financial trading or cloud based offerings. We are also pleased to receive a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for 10,358 km un-regenerated terrestrial optical transport link between Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.”

In a demonstration, the 100Gbps optical link between Melbourne and Sydney was increased to 200Gbps per wavelength using Ciena’s WaveLogic Extreme technology.

Avago Positions PCIe Switching for Data Center Systems

Avago Technologies announced full production of its PEX9700 Series of 3rd generation PCIe switching silicon for the convergence of servers, storage, and network devices in data centers.

PCIe delivers performance of up to 1.5Tb/s through 97 lanes in full-duplex mode.

The Avago ExpressFabric PEX9700 series of switches simplify connectivity of data center systems, delivering the highest PCIe switching performance available inside the rack.

Avago said that while PCIe is the ubiquitous interconnect for internal devices, external device connectivity typically requires using other architectures. This wastes power, reduces performance, and increases costs. With these PCIe switches, devices within a hyperscale system, NVMe enclosure, and rack-scale-based subsystems can now communicate directly through the same high-performance PCIe fabric, turning those devices into a single high-performance, high-capacity compute system.

PEX9700 key new switching features include:

  • Shared I/O - Enables endpoints to be shared among multiple hosts to maximize system resource efficiency and reduce cost and power
  • Tunneled Windows Connection - Interconnect up to 24 (+1 management host) nodes on a single chip or cascade multiple chips to connect up to 72 nodes with no performance loss
  • Embedded DMA Engines - Equips each port with a NIC-DMA engine that enables efficient data transfers between multiple hosts
  • Flexible Port Configuration - Allows up to 23 endpoints to be combined with ports as wide as 16 lanes, providing nearly 16GB/s of bandwidth on each link
  • Downstream Port Containment - Isolates errors in any endpoint from bringing down the entire system
  • Dedicated Port Management - Enables software control of switch features for customized implementations using Avago-developed software modules

"PCIe is fundamental to next-generation data centers to manage the growth and complexity of data traffic," said Tom Swinford, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center Solutions Group at Avago. "With PCIe technology at the core of nearly every product in the data center, fabric convergence within the rack using Avago ExpressFabric is a powerful approach for intra-rack connectivity to enable powerful performance and scaling of systems."

Xirrus XD4 Packs 4 802.11ac Radios

Xirrus introduced its Xtreme Density (XD) Wi-Fi Access Points (APs) packing four 802.11ac radios for supporting IoT and other other high-density Wi-Fi environments.

The XD platform, paired with Xirrus’XMS cloud management system, automatically chooses the best available bands and power level without IT intervention and customizes client connectivity for the best performance based on the capability of each device. The Xirrus design integrates the controller function into every AP, reducing system costs and improving overall system reliability compared to centralized controllers.

In addition, the company announced today that it is shipping TurboXpress on all Xirrus XD access points. TurboXpress allows administrators to configure every radio on the AP for high-speed 802.11ac operation, providing an instant Wi-Fi performance boost of up to 6x.

“With different devices and applications competing for bandwidth on wireless networks, one AP is not enough to maintain acceptable performance,” says Bruce Miller, Vice President of product marketing. “XD solves this problem by integrating more 802.11ac radios per AP than any solution in the market, and eliminating the central controller from the network. This combination establishes the Xirrus XD as a solution that not only performs better, but actually reduces implementation and ongoing operational costs – a win-win for everyone.”