Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Corsa Introduces SDN Metering and QoS for Big Data

Corsa Technology, a start-up based in Ottawa, unveiled new SDN metering and QoS (Quality of Service) capability for its line of performance SDN hardware. Bandwidth reservation is seen as especially interesting for organizations running Big Data workloads.

The traffic engineering function, which is based on OpenFlow 1.3, allows network architects to better manage bandwidth across their network with dynamic, policy-aware metering and QoS. Metering and queuing allows networks to create bandwidth profiles by putting limits and guarantees on traffic with particular classes.

Corsa said the advantage With SDN is that bandwidth limits are no longer fixed as part of a static topology and rigid hardware platform. Policy-aware provisioning can be dynamically pushed down to the flexible Corsa SDN hardware to make on-going adjustments to meters and queue assignments. The network can then make immediate, informed queuing and discard decisions under congestion. Real-time performance monitoring automatically returns meter statistics and is checked against policy such as SLAs. For network operators including service providers and ISPs, SDN metering and queuing allows new self-serve features to be offered such as “bandwidth reservation” where users can dynamically schedule and reserve bandwidth via separate class of service and meters.

“Dynamic, policy-driven networks is what SDN is about and SDN hardware solutions must be able to respond to these policy changes. SDN metering and QoS functionality is one important area for policy-driven networking requiring a very capable hardware solution,” said Yatish Kumar, Corsa Technology CTO. “Corsa’s line of performance SDN hardware has deep packet buffers, multi-table datapaths, and can support over a million active flows with flow modifications updated at >50,000 flow mods/sec. Together, these attributes make Corsa SDN metering and QoS a powerful tool for creating granular bandwidth profiles.”

http://www.corsa.com/corsa-technology-announces-sdn-metering-and-qos/

Huawei and Vodafone Alliance Targets Global Enterprise Market

Huawei and Vodafone announced a new strategic alliance focusing on the enterprise market in Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa.

The companies will work together on the development of a variety of enterprise communications and technology services for global enterprise customers, including solutions that use Huawei’s fixed and mobile connectivity bonding technology, in-building coverage solutions, Machine-to-Machine module designs, and solutions for Safe City, Internet of Things, and cloud data centers.

Vodafone Group Enterprise, Chief Executive, Nick Jeffery, said, “We have worked with Huawei across various parts of our business and this agreement to focus on the enterprise market is an important evolution. There is an opportunity for us both to bring our expertise to bear on some of the key challenges in the enterprise market.”

Mr. Yan Lida, President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei, said, “Now, many enterprises realize that technology-led transformation is necessary for companies to stay competitive, and improve operational efficiency and performance. Huawei is pleased to extend our long-standing relationship with Vodafone to establish a new agreement. We aim to carry out joint innovations, integrate our ICT expertise and global resources, help customers cope with challenges and opportunities brought by the new industrial revolution, and push ICT transformation in the industry.”

http://www.huawei.com

Cavium Shows New Xpliant Silicon Driving SDN-enable Ethernet Switches

Cavium is demonstrating OpenFlow and OpenFlow-Hybrid Ethernet switches based on its new XPliant silicon.

Cavium's XPliant Ethernet switches deliver full line rate support in OpenFlow through XPliant's SDK APIs and integration of Open vSwitch (OVS) at an aggregate switching capacity of 3.2 terabits per second.

"Historically, large scale data center customers were only interested in the speeds and feeds of networking silicon. Now customers are looking for standards based vendor interoperable features that enable them to effectively control their networks, scale and grow over time," said Eric Hayes, VP/GM, Switch Platform Group at Cavium. "The XPA architecture is the ideal solution available today with all of these capabilities simultaneously in a cost effective manner."

Cavium noted its XPliant packet architecture XPA Software APIs expose the OVS control abstractions, enabling users to benefit from OVS rich management and networking features, such as L2 pipeline (VLANs, LAGs, FDB, STP etc.), bonding modes (LACP), and advanced tunneling protocols (Geneve, VxLAN, NVGRE) as well as future yet-to-be-defined standards. Now, through XPA Software and APIs, these open and industry proven features can be seamlessly invoked representing a truly hybrid switch optimized for virtualized environments, in a single hardware.

http://www.cavium.com



  • In September 2014, Cavium made its entrance into the merchant Ethernet switching silicon market with the launch of its programmable XPliant Packet Architecture and chips. The technology for this new product line originates with XPliant, a Silicon Valley start-up that Cavium agreed to acquire in July.  The new products target switches for cloud / enterprise data centers and service provider infrastructure, for both top-of-rack and backbone applications.
    The company said its design approach with its XPliant Packet Architecture was to take the dedicated function blocks present in conventional Layer 2 switching silicon and replace then will a flexible Table Type structure that enables software personalities to dictate the exact operation to be performed – for packet parsing, table look-ups, packet re-writes, fabric scheduling, and statistics and counters – without impacting performance. The company said its design fits well with the spine/leaf architecture of scale-out data centers.

Accton Contributes Open Switch Software to ONF’s Atrium

Accton Technology has contributed switch software to Atrium, the Open Network Foundation’s new open source SDN distribution for OpenFlow-based SDN deployments.

Specifically, Accton’s contribution to ONF’s Atrium distribution enables the use of Edge-Core open network switches in OpenFlow-based SDN deployments.

With the first release of Atrium, an SDN network can be deployed using Edge-Core switches communicating via the OpenFlow v1.3 protocol to the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) SDN controller running a BGP peering application based on Quagga. The Accton contribution consists of the following open source software components, which were integrated, ported and validated by Accton on the Edge-Core AS5710-54X 10GbE top-of-rack switch, the first switch hardware design fully approved by the Open Compute Project (OCP):


  • Open Network Linux, the OCP-approved reference NOS;
  • OpenFlow Data Plane Abstraction (OF-DPA), developed by Broadcom and implementing an OpenFlow hardware abstraction layer;
  • Indigo OpenFlow client.
  • Accton will continue working with ONF’s Atrium project by enhancing the Accton contribution to support Edge-Core’s 40GbE and 100GbE open network switches, and by supporting the next release of Atrium running on the OpenDaylight SDN and NFV software platform.

Accton also announced that it will make available open switch software distributions with additional features to enable customers, data center operators, software providers and the open source community to develop software applications to automate and control networks deploying Accton’s Edge-Core open network switches. The open switch software distribution will consist of the following open source software elements, packaged and validated by Accton on the Edge-Core 10GbE, 40GbE, and 100GbE open network switches:

  • Open Network Linux, the OCP-approved reference NOS;
  • OpenFlow Data Plane Abstraction (OF-DPA), developed by Broadcom and implementing an OpenFlow hardware abstraction layer;
  • Indigo OpenFlow client;
  • OpenNSL, contributed by Broadcom and implementing an open API to the Broadcom StrataXGS switch silicon which is designed into the Edge-Core OCP switches;
  • FBOSS Agent, contributed by Facebook to provide an interface to control Broadcom switch silicon and manage low-level control packets.

“Cloud providers and enterprises with web-scale infrastructures want greater automation and control over their networks through the use of open software platforms,” said Jeff Catlin, VP Technology, Accton Technology Corporation. “With our contributions to ONF’s open source SDN distribution and with Accton’s distribution of open switch software, we are enabling an ecosystem of customers, cloud providers, software companies, and the open source community to add value on top of our OCP-approved Edge-Core switches to deploy SDN and NFV architectures that meet those needs.”

http://www.accton.com


  • Last week, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced its "Atrium" open SDN software distribution, integrating previously standalone open source components. Atrium, which will be released by the end of the month, incorporates the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the Open Network Operating System (ONOS), and Open Compute Project (OCP) components. The software elements run in either controllers or switches, communicating via the OpenFlow protocol, and include plugin opportunities for other switching solutions to help foster an open ecosystem of interoperable, hardware-based OpenFlow switches.

IBM Opens Softlayer Cloud Data Center in Milan

IBM has opened its first cloud data center in Cornaredo, a municipality in the Province of Milan, Italy.

The new IBM Cloud center, powered by SoftLayer infrastructure, allows customers and partners adopting cloud computing to more easily manage, run, and store data and workloads Italy, key for many local clients in regulated industries.

The IBM Cloud data center in Milan joins existing SoftLayer EMEA cloud centers in London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam and connects to IBM Cloud’s growing network of facilities around the world. From the new location, connections to SoftLayer services within Europe are less than 30 milliseconds, which means data can be transmitted quickly—key for a wide range of computing needs, including real-time bidding (RTB), big data, and analytics applications.

“The Italian IT sector is changing as startups and enterprises alike are increasingly turning to the cloud to optimize infrastructure, lower IT costs, create new revenue streams, and spur innovation,” said Marc Jones, chief technology officer for SoftLayer, an IBM Company. “The Milan data center extends the unique capabilities of our global platform by providing a fast, local onramp to the cloud. Customers have everything they need to quickly build out and test solutions that run the gamut from crunching big data to launching a mobile app globally.”

http://www.softlayer.com/Milan

AirTight Networks Appoints New CEO

AirTight Networks, which specializes in enterprise, cloud-managed Wi-Fi, named Rick Wilmer as its new CEO. Prior to joining AirTight as COO in December 2014, Wilmer served as CEO of Leyden Energy and was an executive-in-residence at Lightspeed Venture Partners. He previously served as CEO of Pliant Technology (acquired by SanDisk) and as COO of Santur Corporation. Prior to that he was head of business operations at Aruba Networks, from its early days through its IPO in 2007. Wilmer also served in executive engineering and operations roles at 2Wire, Seagate and Maxtor.

AirTight also appointed Kester Kyrie to the position of vice president of worldwide sales and channels.

"I am extremely pleased with the executive team we have assembled, which positions us well to continue our growth and expand our presence in the global Wi-Fi market," said Wilmer. "2015 will be a transformative year for AirTight in terms of market expansion, sales growth and product innovation. Kester and I, along with our remarkable engineering team, will help ensure that we make the absolute most of the opportunities that lie ahead of us. We intend to do some spectacular things this year by driving our industry away from the old, expensive and complicated controller-based Wi-Fi to a completely new generation of cloud-based Wi-Fi that supports scalability and ease of use beyond anything that's out there today -- all with the very best wireless security."

http://www.airtightnetworks.com

Monday, June 15, 2015

#ONS015 -- Open Networking Can Address Complexity

The big challenge is solving network complexity, says Ram Appalaraju, Executive Advisor to ONS.

It's come to the point where we need the entire community to put its weight behind open source projects.  There are several open networking initiatives at play here.  The minimum bar is extracting the control plane from the data traffic, but beyond that customers are expecting very high scalability, high throughput etc.

Cisco Advances its Application Centric Infrastructure

Cisco is rolling out a number of new Software-defined Networking (SDN) capabilities, including a major new software release for its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), new automation APIs for hyperscale data centers, and new Nexus data center switches. Cisco's pitch is that ACI provides a fully integrated SDN approach with a focus on security, centralized management, compliance, and an ability to scale quickly. The company is also working to build a deeper partner ecosystem.

Significantly, Cisco claims to be pulling away from its competitors in terms of programmable network installations.  The company now has over 2,600 Nexus 9K and ACI globally, with over 585 customers using its Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). Its ecosystem has expanded to 36 partners. Cisco also said its Nexus 3000 and Nexus 9000 portfolio grew 144 percent year-over-year, with over 1 million switch ports shipped.

In terms of its SDN strategy, the flagship ACI platform is not the only story. Cisco is also supporting customers building mega-datacenters who wish to implement programmability in their networks by means of open APIs and tools such as Puppet, Chef or Ansible.  Here Cisco is supporting a common NX-API model across its N2K-N9K switches.  Cisco is also offering 3rd-party controller support in its NK-N9K switches along with VxLAN-BGP EVPN capabilities. This enables software overlays for Nexus data center switches without implementing ACI.

However, Cisco argues that customers deploying its ACI can gain a significant ROI over implementing a "two-network" approach of white boxes + VMware NSX. At last week's Cisco Live! in San Diego, the company released cost comparison studies backing up its ACI claims.

In terms of ACI improvements, the latest version of software for ACI deployments centers on cloud management integration, enhanced multi-site support and improved operations. Some highlights:

  • Cisco supports hypervisors from VMware, Microsoft and Red Hat and provides comprehensive centralized virtual network automation and visibility with Cisco ACI
  • Microsoft Azure and System Center virtual network automation and transit fabric interconnect support
  • Expanded ACI stretched fabric support for multi-site data center deployment and disaster recovery use cases for up to 150 kilometers over DWDM, Pseudo wire and 40G dark fiber
  • CliQr, a new ACI ecosystem member, provides application dependency mapping and application deployment automation on ACI networks
  • Improved operational simplicity with heat maps, capacity planning and new simplified troubleshooting tools. 
  • Cisco NX-OS operating system extensibility support on Nexus 9000 switches with: object store and model-driven NX-API enhancements
  • Built in third party DevOps automation tools
  • Secure SDK enabling third party and custom application development running natively on NX-OS
  • A common programmatic approach using NX-API across the entire Nexus switch portfolio (Nexus 2000 through Nexus 9000 switches)
  • New Nexus 3200 Top of Rack switches for next generation 10G/25G/40G/50G/100G cloud data centers are available Q3CY15.
  • Nexus 3232C  delivers 128 ports of 25Gb or 32 ports of 100Gb
  • Nexus 3264Q delivers 64 ports of 40Gb
  • Now shipping: extension of standards-based fabric support with VXLAN BGP EVPN to the modular Cisco Nexus 9500 series switches
  • New Cisco Virtual Topology System (VTS) - a data center overlay provisioning and management system for stand-alone Nexus fabric, supports overlays across the entire Cisco Nexus switch portfolio (Nexus 2000 through Nexus 9000 switches.) VTS supports the BGP EVPN control plane for managing VXLAN overlays in the programmable fabric. It also integrates with cloud management systems such as OpenStack, using plug-ins for seamless integration and overlay automation.
  • Support for BGP-EVPN VXLAN provisioning.
  • Provisioning and management for existing environments by extending the BGP-EVPN fabric via software overlay
  • Integration with cloud management systems such as OpenStack


http://www.cisco.com

IBM Backs Apache Spark for Cloud Data Processing

IBM is putting its weight behind Apache Spark, which is an open source engine for large-scale data processing and compatible with Hadoop data.

Apache Spark can run in Hadoop clusters through YARN or Spark's standalone mode, and it can process data in HDFS, HBase, Cassandra, Hive, and any Hadoop InputFormat. It is designed to perform both batch processing (similar to MapReduce) and new workloads like streaming, interactive queries, and machine learning.

IBM said Spark is potentially the most important new open source project in a decade that is being defined by data. As such, IBM plans to embed Spark into its Analytics and Commerce platforms, and to offer Spark as a service on IBM Cloud. The company said its will put more than 3,500 IBM researchers and developers to work on Spark-related projects at more than a dozen labs worldwide; donate its IBM SystemML machine learning technology to the Spark open source ecosystem; and educate more than one million data scientists and data engineers on Spark.

“IBM has been a decades long leader in open source innovation. We believe strongly in the power of open source as the basis to build value for clients, and are fully committed to Spark as a foundational technology platform for accelerating innovation and driving analytics across every business in a fundamental way,” said Beth Smith, General Manager, Analytics Platform, IBM Analytics. “Our clients will benefit as we help them embrace Spark to advance their own data strategies to drive business transformation and competitive differentiation.”

http://www.ibm.com

Brocade Intros SDN Flow Optimizer App

Brocade introduced a new FLOW OPTIMIZER application and new SDN capabilities for its MLX SERIES routers.

The Brocade Flow Optimizer is designed to adapt the network based on anomalous traffic patterns and behaviors. The goal is to enable service providers and enterprises to gain proactive insight into their network traffic, mitigate network attacks, and eliminate network congestion, in order to improve the end user experience.

The SDN application supports an OpenDaylight-based controller that provides real-time policy-based management for network traffic flows through Brocade MLXe routers.  The Brocade Flow Optimizer allows network managers to mitigate network flood attacks, throttle bandwidth intensive workloads, reprioritize rogue traffic, and redirect suspicious activity for further analysis. The Brocade Flow Optimizer SDN application is generally available. Price is based on a perpetual software license, depending on the network capacity supported. Capacity for up to 20 GB of traffic management is priced at $4,995 and capacity for up to 200 GB of traffic management is priced at $12,995.

Brocade also announced the Brocade NetIron OS 5.9 software, building on the continued advancement of SDN capabilities in the Brocade MLXe routers. This latest OS release leverages the company's VersaScale programmable forwarding architecture.

"With the introduction of the Brocade Flow Optimizer, Brocade is taking a concrete step to help its customers maximize the value of software-driven networks and increase network performance by mitigating network attacks and enabling policy-based traffic engineering," said Jason Nolet, senior vice president, Switching, Routing, and Analytics Products Group at Brocade. "Brocade is delivering on the merits of agile, New IP networks with a low-risk, highly innovative SDN solution."

http://www.brocade.com

O2 UK Picks Ciena for Nationwide Network

O2, the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited, is deploying Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions in anew backbone network that will connect major UK cities, including London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool.  The network will enable O2 to deliver web-scale services to support massive growth in data center and network virtualization demands. Financial terms were not disclosed.

O's new network will be powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical platform, equipped with WaveLogic 3 Coherent Optical Processors.  Additionally, O2 is deploying the 6500 platform equipped with packet switch modules, which enable seamless integration of packet and optical technologies to reduce total cost of operation and time-to-market for new services.

http://www.ciena.com

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

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