Monday, June 15, 2015

ADVA Launches NFV Demarcation Products

ADVA Optical Networking introduced its FSP 150-GE110Pro Series, multi-layer, service demarcation solution for NFV-based services.

The ADVA FSP 150-GE110Pro Series, which is currently in trials, enables network operators to offer multi-service access by combining the demarcation of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and IP services in one network element.

For security, the box leverages the company's ConnectGuard Ethernet technology. ADVA said it developed the solution on a fully open and standardized architecture, ensuring that it’s not limited to vendor-specific orchestration implementations.

“We’re reaching a key juncture in the migration to service-centric networks. The decisions the industry makes this year will have far-reaching implications,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “That’s why we’re launching our ADVA FSP 150-GE110Pro Series today. Over the past decade, we’ve developed a clear lead in the NID space and we’ve used all of our expertise and insight to take demarcation technology to the next level."

http://www.advaoptical.com/

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cisco Prices $5 Billion of Senior Unsecured Notes

Cisco announced the pricing of five series of senior unsecured notes for an aggregate principal amount of $5 billion.

Of these notes, $900 million will mature in June 2018 and will bear interest at a floating rate equal to three-month LIBOR plus 31 basis points, $1.6 billion will mature in June 2018 and will bear interest at an annual rate of 1.650%, $1.5 billion will mature in June 2020 and will bear interest at an annual rate of 2.450%, $500 million will mature in June 2022 and will bear interest at an annual rate of 3.000% and $500 million will mature in June 2025 and will bear interest at an annual rate of 3.500%.

http://www.cisco.com

GSMA Urges Europe to Support 700MHz

The GSMA is calling on the European Commission to support Member States’ requests for release of the 700MHz band, preferably between 2018 and 2020 and potentially earlier for markets that are able to release it sooner, such as Finland, France, Germany and Sweden.  The industry association hopes the EC will accelerate the review of the sub-700MHz band, as the mobile and broadcast markets are evolving quite rapidly, as demonstrated by ongoing 5G research programmes in Europe.

Anne Bouverot, Director General of the GSMA, commented on the release of the European Commission’s (EC) summary of the results of the Lamy Report public consultation: “Allowing for flexible use of the UHF band will also mean the EC will be one step closer to achieving its Digital Agenda objectives of providing high-quality mobile broadband to European citizens.”

“A co-primary allocation will give Member States full flexibility to use UHF spectrum for both mobile and broadcast in the future. If mobile data continues to grow as predicted, national governments will retain the option of reallocating more spectrum to mobile if required. This flexible solution will protect consumer interests by empowering people in Europe to choose how they want to access content. It also supplies long-term guarantees for the future of digital terrestrial TV in European countries that rely on terrestrial broadcast services, ensuring a robust future for both industries."

http://www.gsma.com/

HGST Launches 10TB HDD

HGST, a Western Digital company, introduced the first enterprise-class 10TB (terabyte) hard disk drive (HDD) for next-generation active archive applications.

The host-managed Ultrastar Archive Ha10 SMR HDD is aimed at the densest server and storage systems.

The Ultrastar Archive Ha10 is the third of HGST's helium-based HDDs launched in less than two years. It leverages HGST's second generation HelioSeal platform and shingled magnetic recording (SMR). HGST said that by overlapping or "shingling" the data tracks on top of each other, higher areal density can be achieved within the same physical footprint.

The drive is rated at two million hours mean time between failure (MTBF), offers a five-year limited warranty, a 10-15 unrecoverable reduced bit error rate, rotational vibration safeguards, and 600K load/unload cycles.

The company noted that the initial rollout of the 10TB HDD is focused on cloud and OEM storage customers who have the in-house capability to develop the software required.

http://www.hgst.com/10TBnow

Hurricane Electric Connects 100 Internet Exchanges

Hurricane Electric has become the first Internet backbone in the world to connect to over 100 unique Internet exchanges.

Hurricane Electric said it runs the largest IPv6 network on the planet, as measured by the number of networks connected. Its fiber backbone has four redundant paths crossing North America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia. Hurricane Electric offers IPv4 and IPv6 transit solutions over the same connection at speeds including 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet.

http://www.he.net

Elliott Sends Letter to Citrix Board of Directors

Elliot Management Corp. published an open letter to the Board of Directors of Citrix, saying it believes the company can achieve a notable increase in shareholder value by implementing a new management plan and undertaking structural reforms.

Elliot currently holds 7.1% of Citrix Systems' stock.

Specifically, Elliot said it believes that Citrix can achieve a stock price of $90 ~ $100+ per share by the end of 2016, which represents a rise of 50%, by improving its operational performance given that it great products in strong markets. One area of concern for Elliot is the company's cost structure, which has grown faster than revenues.

Elliot, which also criticized Citrix's product portfolio as too broad, is presenting a new operating plan for the company.

http://www.elliottmgmt.com

Raytheon Demos Advanced GPS OCX Capabilities

Raytheon demonstrated advanced capabilities of the Global Positioning System's Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX)to key Defense Department and other stakeholders.

GPS OCX is the ground-based command and control system that will manage GPS satellites with significantly improved accuracy and precision, while providing higher levels of cyber protection.

"These successful demonstrations incorporating actual GPS OCX software reflect Raytheon's significant and continuing progress on this program and the growing maturity of this very complex system," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services. "Once delivered, this pathfinding, cyber-hardened ground system will significantly enhance the capabilities GPS brings to military, civil and commercial users worldwide," said Wajsgras.

http://raytheon.mediaroom.com/2015-06-12-Raytheon-Demonstrates-Advanced-GPS-OCX-Capabilities

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Verizon Delivers Secure Cloud Interconnect to CoreSite

CoreSite has joined Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) service ecosystem.  Enterprises using cloud, hybrid cloud and colocations solutions from CoreSite will be able to tap into Verizon’s networking solution, which features dynamic bandwidth allocation, strong security (encryption), application performance throughput and quality of service options.

Service is available initially at four CoreSite data centers  in Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Chicago, and Silicon Valley with a fifth site in Northern Virginia expected to come online next month.

Verizon's SCI now provides connections to six cloud providers (Amazon, Google, HP, Microsoft, Salesforce and Verizon) and now three data center providers (Equinix, Verizon and CoreSite). SCI is built on Verizon’s Private IP network that offers any-to-any connectivity of IP via MPLS, while providing the security and reliability associated with private wide-area networking solutions. Using Verizon’s Mobile Private Networking service, SCI is further extended to users of its 4G LTE service.

“With Verizon’s SCI solution, our customers can tap directly into the leading enterprise-class cloud networking service to meet their performance and reliability objectives,” said Ben Green, VP of Network and Mobility for CoreSite. “The cloud offers a huge opportunity for organizations on so many levels especially with the ease of control offered by Verizon’s solution.”

“Verizon SCI now connects to CoreSite which gives our customers more choices when architecting their cloud and colocation solutions,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation for Verizon. “CoreSite is a good fit for Verizon as they offer the security, expertise and right mix of customer locations that will enhance our customers’ experience.”

http://news.verizonenterprise.com/2015/06/secure-cloud-interconnect-coresite-verizon/

http://www.coresite.com/investors/coresite-information/press-releases


An Overview of Verizon's Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) @VZEnterprise



See video: https://youtu.be/JS5eU4_OcJc

Verizon's Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) allows direct connections into leading cloud providers (Amazon, Google, HP, Microsoft, Salesforce and Verizon) and three data center providers (Equinix, Verizon and CoreSite).


The service really represents an evolution of connectivity, says Shawn Hakl, VP of Product & Innovation at Verizon Enterprise.

Verizon's SCI now provides connections to six cloud providers (Amazon, Google, HP, Microsoft, Salesforce and Verizon) and now three data center providers (Equinix, Verizon and CoreSite). SCI is built on Verizon’s Private IP network that offers any-to-any connectivity of IP via MPLS, while providing the security and reliability associated with private wide-area networking solutions. Using Verizon’s Mobile Private Networking service, SCI is further extended to users of its 4G LTE service.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AT&T and ONOS to Show Central Office Re-architected as Data Center (CORD)

At next week's Open Networking Summit (ONS2015) in Santa Clara, California, AT&T, ONOS project, PMC-Sierra and Sckipio will showcase the first public demonstration of the Central Office Re-architected as Data Center (CORD) proof-of-concept (POC).

The idea behind CORD is to use SDN and NFV to transform carrier functions into workloads that are hosted on common, commodity infrastructure. The CORD solution POC spans the Telco Central Office, access including Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON) and G.fast as well as home/enterprise customer premises equipment (CPE). CORD enables service providers to build an underlying common infrastructure with white boxes using ONOS (carrier-grade open source SDN Control Plane), OpenStack (virtual infrastructure management), and XOS (an open source service orchestration/management platform built on OpenStack) with a diversity of organizations building the services and solutions that ride above.

Key capabilities demonstrated at ONS will include:
  • Proof-of-concept Central Office: Highlights the open software and hardware building blocks for CORD - ONOS, XOS, OpenStack, white box switches, commodity servers, OpenFlow-enabled GPON OLT MAC from PMC, and OpenFlow-enabled G.fast distribution point unit (DPU) connected to a G.fast CPE bridge from Sckipio.
  • Service Provider-focused capabilities
  • SDN Control, orchestration and management with ONOS, OpenStack and XOS on commodity infrastructure
  • An open high-performance leaf-spine fabric
  • OpenFlow-enabled PON OLT MAC hardware enabling virtualization of the traditional OLT
  • OpenFlow-enabled G.fast DPU
  • Access-as-service, Subscriber-as-a-service, Internet-as-a-service Caching/Content delivery-as-a-service, Virtualized functions including Firewall, URL Filtering, Parental Control, BNG
  • Service Provider portal for intuitive provisioning, management, monitoring of infrastructure and services
  • Subscriber-focused capabilities
  • A simple CPE that replaces existing complex CPEs and can be managed by ONOS
  • Subscriber Services: Internet, Firewall, Parental Control
  • Subscriber portal for signing up for and managing services
  • Third-Party Provider-focused capabilities
  • Third-party provider services: Content delivery (Caching) for its own content in the Service Provider network
  • Third-party provider portal for signing up for and managing services
  • CORD POC software used for the demo at ONS 2015 will be available publicly in the ONOS "Drake" release that is slated for the end of August, 2015. Beyond the ONS demo, the CORD solution will undergo the next phase of development and advance to lab trials. A CORD "Pod" bundling together the software and hardware building blocks into a ready-to-use system, will be made available for service provider lab trials by the end of 2015.

"SDN and NFV are speeding up innovation, as seen in projects like CORD," said Tom Anschutz, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T. "These technologies create systems that do not need new standards to function and enable new behaviors in software, which decreases development time. Faster development time leads to rapid innovation, something the industry needs to continue satisfying data-hungry customers."

"The first CORD proof-of-concept is a big step towards demonstrating AT&T and other providers' vision of reinventing the central office to bring data center economies of scale and cloud-style agility to their networks," said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, ON.Lab and ONRC. "With CORD, service providers can architect their central offices using common, commodity infrastructure such as ONOS, OpenStack, XOS, white box switches and servers. CORD also represents an open and unique opportunity with AT&T as the leading service provider, ON.Lab and ONOS project as providers of open source software platforms, and merchant silicon vendors PMC-Sierra and Sckipio. This team plans to enhance the solution with new features and harden it, bring in new players and advance CORD from lab trials all the way to deployment."

http://onosproject.org
http://onlab.us


Key Themes for this Year's Open Networking Summit



See video: https://youtu.be/eEqhbmAza90

Ram Appalaraju previews key themes at next week's #ONS2015 in Santa Clara, California.

The range of technologies on display will include OpenFlow, OpenStack, Open Daylight, OPNFV, ONOS, as well as vendor-specific offerings such as Cisco's ACI and VMware's NSX.

http://opennetsummit.org/




AWS Offers 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2676 v3 Haswell processors

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced M4 instances, the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) General Purpose instances.

M4 instances get a performance boost using custom 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2676 v3 Haswell processors. M4 also offers dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and provides Enhanced Networking for higher packet per second (PPS) performance, lower network jitter, and lower network latencies.

AWS said M4 with Enhanced Networking delivers up to 4 times the packet rate of instances without Enhanced Networking, while ensuring consistent latency, even when under high network IO. Within Placement Groups, Enhanced Networking reduces average latencies between instances by 50 percent or more. M4 instances are well-suited for a wide variety of applications including relational and in-memory databases, gaming servers, caching fleets, batch processing, and business applications like SAP and Microsoft SharePoint. To get started with M4 instances, visit http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/.

“Amazon EC2 provides a comprehensive selection of instances to support virtually any workload, and we continue to deliver new technologies and high performance in our current generation instances,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS. “M4 instances bring new capabilities to the General Purpose family through the use of a custom Intel Haswell processor and larger instance sizes. We are also pleased to deliver even better network performance with dedicated bandwidth to Amazon EBS and Enhanced Networking, an Amazon EC2 feature that we are providing, for the first time, to General Purpose Instances. With these capabilities, M4 is one of our most powerful instance types and a terrific choice for workloads requiring a balance of compute, memory, and network resources.”

http://aws.amazon.com

U.S. Court of Appeals Won't Block Open Internet Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided not to impose an injunction on the FCC's new Open Internet rules, allowing the new code to go into effect on June 12, 2015.  However, the court agreed to expedite the case.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler stated: “This is a huge victory for Internet consumers and innovators! Starting Friday, there will be a referee on the field to keep the Internet fast, fair and open. Blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other efforts to come between consumers and the Internet are now things of the past. The rules also give broadband providers the certainty and economic incentive to build fast and competitive broadband networks.”

CTIA's President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker stated: "While the stay decision is disappointing and a loss for consumers, securing a judicial stay is always a challenge given the extremely high standards. The case is just beginning and the stakes are high – the U.S. is the world's leader in the deployment and adoption of wireless broadband, due in large measure to decades of light-touch regulation. The wireless industry seeks to restore that approach so consumers can benefit from competition and innovation, rather than suffer the harmful consequences of the FCC's overreach that would imperil new services and inhibit investment. As we said from day one, CTIA and its member companies support an open Internet. We look forward to presenting our full case to the court."

http://www.fcc.gov
http://www.ctia.org/


In March, the FCC released its newly adopted Open Internet rules, which were approved by a 3-to-2 vote last month. The new rules aim to establish a legal standard for broadband provider practices to ensure that they do not unreasonably interfere with or disadvantage consumers' access to the Internet. At the time of the vote, FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler said the order would establish three "bright line rules":
  • No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no “fast lanes.”   This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates. It also prohibits practices that target specific applications or classes of applications.  
http://www.fcc.gov/openinternet

Pluribus Ports Open Netvisor Linux OS onto Dell’s ONIE compatible 10G/40G Switches

Pluribus Networks announced an agreement to port its Open Netvisor Linux operating system onto Dell’s family of Open Networking (ONIE compatible) 10G/40G switches, including the S6000-ON and S4048-ON.

Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux combines the benefits of Linux with a plug-and-play, application-aware fabric, advanced network flow programming and embedded analytics and visibility capabilities. It offers interoperability with the Layer 2 and IP/BGP infrastructure already in place, including all standard management interfaces familiar to Network Operations (NetOps) professionals while also offering Linux-based Development Operations (DevOps) tools to empower the modern cloud.

“Dell wants to fundamentally change the nature of networking by focusing on openness and the disaggregation of hardware and software. With this announcement, we are expanding the Dell open networking ecosystem, showing how multiple operating systems can now offer our customers choices that complement our open hardware solutions and are flexible enough to adapt to our customers’ requirements,” said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking and Converged Infrastructure.

“With this combination of Pluribus and Dell, we are demonstrating that the value of SDN goes far beyond disaggregation of hardware and software alone. Cloud providers need security, monitoring and virtualization built in at the architectural level to enable them to compete with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other hyperscale cloud providers, and that is exactly what we are delivering with Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux running on Dell’s line of OCP-compliant open networking hardware. Together, we are changing the game!” said Kumar Srikantan, president and CEO of Pluribus Networks.

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com

Hitachi Launches Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud Platform.

Hitachi Consulting announced the launch of its private, public, and hybrid cloud platform.

The Hitachi Cloud Framework offers capabilities and services to support all levels of the data center -- from development and testing to operations and productionalized enterprise applications.

"We work to understand the security, data access and reliability pressures that today's CIO's face every day. We help companies extend private cloud environments to include a public, hosted platform for non-mission-critical workloads," said Jim Cole, Senior Vice President of Outsourcing Services, Hitachi Consulting. "Our new cloud service offers customers our proven expertise and capabilities while also extending the power of exceptional technology from Hitachi Data Systems. The combination gives our customers a wide range of choices to support the specific requirements of their business applications."

http://learn.hitachiconsulting.com/Cloud-Outsource

ViaSat Acquires Start-up Focused on Virtualization

ViaSat has acquired Engreen, a privately-held company based in San Jose, California that is focused on network virtualization.

Engreen's flagship virtualization product provides a path to enhance network management, lower capital expenses, energy and real estate, and minimize overall network complexity.

ViaSat said the technology will benefit its satellite broadband netwokr

"Our investment in Engreen reinforces our commitment to the global Ka-band satellite market," said Kevin Harkenrider, senior vice president, Commercial Networks, ViaSat. "This transaction will enhance our ability to rapidly create, deploy and manage services in our Flexible Broadband System."

Pawan Uberoy, Engreen CEO, commented, "There are multiple synergies in how ViaSat and Engreen approach network management leveraging enhanced virtualization capabilities. We are looking forward to joining ViaSat and adding value to its global customer base."

http://www.viasat.com

Sckipio G.fast Supports NETCONF and YANG

Sckipio Technologies' G.fast Distribution Point Unit (DPU) can now be SDN-controlled via the Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF), using the standard G.fast YANG data model, and with traffic managed via OpenFlow. The support for NETCONF YANG and OpenFlow is part of Sckipio’s new G.fast Management Stack, the first management stack designed from scratch to enable software-defined network (SDN) control on G.fast devices.

“G.fast is the ultra-broadband access technology for the 21st century and demands a modern approach to device management,” said David Baum, co-founder and CEO of Sckipio. “Instead of simply supporting outdated, proprietary management approaches, Sckipio is giving OEMs and ultimately operators, complete control and management of G.fast equipment using open solutions.”

Sckipio state-of-the-art management platform and networking stack includes NETCONF YANG, CLI, SNMP, IGMP, DHCP, MSTP, Y.1731 and CFM support, and is designed to comply with all relevant Broadband Forum G.fast management specifications (WT-301, WT-318/355 drafts) as they are released.

The Sckipio G.fast Management Stack is available now and runs on the PMC-Sierra WinPath family of network processors.

http://www.sckipio.com

ABI Research: 1.37 Billion LTE Users by Year-end 2015

There will be nearly 1.37 billion 4G LTE subscribers worldwide by year-end 2015, up from nearly 650 million in 2014, according to a new forecast from ABI Research.

ABI Research predicts that the LTE subscriber base will exceed 3.5 billion by 2020, demonstrating a 5 year CAGR of 20.8%. The exponential rise in LTE points-of-presence covered justifies the need for sustained investment in LTE infrastructure, which is expected to grow nearly 10% year-on-year.

The report cites ongoing LTE infrastructure deployments in the United States, Asia and China, including plans for small cell rollouts and LTE-U.

https://www.abiresearch.com/

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