Thursday, June 25, 2015

ADVA Joins T-Systems’ Advanced Terabit Demonstrator Project

ADVA Optical Networking announced its participation in T-Systems’ advanced Terabit Demonstrator project, which focuses on the transportation of terabit applications between high-performance computing centers in Dresden and Stuttgart (a span of over 1000 km) using T-Labs’ SASER optical testbed.  T-Systems is using software-defined networking and virtualized network functions to show how programmability can be used in advanced networks.

ADVA is supplying key components of this project, including 100 Gbps coherent systems along with its latest 33GHz ultra-narrow channel spacing technology.

“The Terabit Demonstrator isn’t simply about showcasing the future of our networks. It’s about collaboration. It’s about harnessing our strengths to see what’s truly possible,” said Eduard Beier, head, Terabit Demonstrator, T-Systems. “That’s what’s so special about the team at ADVA Optical Networking and their technology. They’ve developed an open optical networking solution that is so different to others on the market. This is especially true when you consider its transparency. It interoperates with other vendors’ equipment in such a unique way. This is a key advantage in today’s heterogeneous network infrastructures and especially in our testbed. ADVA Optical Networking was able to interoperate with a broad range of other vendors’ technology without any need for special conversions.”  

http://www.advaoptical.com

ZTE and OFS Mark 400 Gbps Optical Transmission Record

ZTE and OFS achieved a new record for 400 Gbps optical transmission by carrying 128.8-GBaud wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) QPSK signals over 10,130- and 6,078-kilometer terrestrial fiber links.

Specifically, the tests transmitted single-carrier 515.2-Gb/s polarization division multiplexing (PDM)-QPSK/9-QAM signals over 10,130km and 6,078km links of OFS TeraWave optical fiber. It was the highest ETDM-based symbol rate reported so far, and the longest WDM transmission distance of single-carrier 400G signals with terrestrial span lengths (100km). For the first time, the 515.2-Gb/s single-carrier PDM-QPSK signals in 200-GHz-grid are successfully transmitted over distances over 10,000km in a terrestrial transmission environment. Researchers have also demonstrated the transmission of single carrier 128.8-GBaud filtered QPSK signals in 100-GHz-grid over 6,078km, which has the line SE of 5.152b/s/Hz.

ZTE said this result sets a new record for 400G transmission in both symbol rate and distance. The milestone, published recently on Optics Express (OSA), surpasses the record last year of 110 GBaud over 3000 km transmission distance of 400G set by the same group from ZTE.

According to Dr. Jianjun Yu, the Chief Scientist on high-speed optical transmission at ZTE and OSA Fellow, “400G transmission on a single optical carrier emerged as an attractive solution since it would offer benefits in terms of system complexity. Namely, the employment of the highest feasible electronic multiplexing rates with a minimum number of channel subcarriers reduces the number of deployed optical components, which typically dominates the transponder cost. ZTE has been relentless in pushing forward-looking research and development on the single carrier 400G transmissions, and we have solved most of key technologies for this 400G product.”

http://www.zte.cn.com

CESNET Tests 400G with ALU

CESNET, a national research and education network (NREN) e-infrastructure provider in the Czech Republic, has completed a trial of a 400 Gbps optical transmission system in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent.

The CESNET network spans all major cities in the country, primarily serving organizations involved in research and development, science, education and healthcare.  The trial used Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) together with the 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE).

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Oracle Extends Cloud Presence across Applications, Platforms, Infrastructure

Oracle announced more than 24 new cloud services, including Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The new services span a range of applications, including Hadoop, Java middleware, Node.js, Ruby, etc.

Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison said his company intends to compete at all tiers of the cloud: Applications (SaaS), Platform (database, middleware, analytics), and Infrastructure (storage, compute and network-as-a-service), whereas its major competitors typically only compete at one or two tiers.

“Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That’s an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter,” said Ellison. “Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier and it’s one-tenth their price.”

Highlights of the new Oracle Cloud Platform and Infrastructure services:

Oracle Database Cloud – Exadata Service -- customers can run Oracle databases in the cloud with the same functionality, performance and availability of on-premises Oracle Exadata-based production databases, already in operation at thousands of mission critical sites worldwide. Oracle databases deployed in the cloud as part of this service are 100 percent compatible with those that are deployed on-premises.

Oracle Archive Storage Cloud Service -- provides storage for applications and workloads that require long-term retention at the "lowest price in the industry." As a “deep cloud” archive, the Archive Storage Cloud is suited for infrequently accessed large-scale data sets, such as corporate financial records, medical and pharmaceutical archives, cultural preservation content, insurance records and digital film masters.

Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service -- provides a high-performance, secure platform for running diverse workloads on Hadoop and NoSQL databases to help enterprises acquire and organize Big Data. Combined with the new Big Data SQL Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud extends Oracle’s industry-leading implementation of SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, providing users with a comprehensive Big Data Management System in an enterprise cloud.

Oracle Integration Cloud Service -- simplifies integration between the cloud and on-premises Oracle and third-party applications. Innovative new features, such as pre-built integrations and embedded best practice recommendations, provide an entirely new application integration experience. The Integration Cloud provides simple and intuitive application integration that combines business users’ ease-of-use requirements with the proven mission-critical foundation of Oracle SOA Suite.

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service -- simplifies enterprise mobility by removing the complexity in the mobile backend infrastructure. A next-generation Mobile Back-end as a Service (MBaaS), the Mobile Cloud allows developers to rapidly develop and deploy engaging mobile apps integrated with a robust enterprise-grade backend cloud infrastructure.

Oracle Process Cloud Service -- enables business users to innovate and deliver process applications independent of IT. With a zero-code, cloud-based process automation platform, the Process Cloud empowers business users to manage the entire lifecycle of business processes and gain actionable insight on process health and SLAs. Business users can now deliver mobile workflows, automate manual processes, and customize SaaS applications.

https://www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/comprehensive-cloud-platform-062215.html

Red Hat Releases its Web-Scale Distributed Application Platform

Red Hat introduced its web-scale container application platform based on Docker format Linux containers, Kubernetes orchestration and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat said its goal is to enable organizations to easily deploy new microservices-based applications architectures, while also managing their existing applications across physical, virtual, private and public cloud environments. The newly-released Red Hat OpenShift Enterprise 3 represents the next-generation of Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering.

The company said it is able to provide OpenShift users with access to the broadest ecosystem of packaged application components, combined with the security and trust delivered by Red Hat’s Container Certification Program. To orchestrate enterprise applications that typically span multiple containers and hosts, OpenShift Enterprise 3 also includes the Kubernetes container orchestration and management engine developed with Google.  Above this core container infrastructure platform, OpenShift adds a wide selection of tools for developers to create and collaborate on application projects, leveraging OpenShift web, command line, or integrated development environment interfaces.

In addition to the launch of OpenShift Enterprise 3, Red Hat is announcing the beta of OpenShift Dedicated, a new public cloud service based on the OpenShift 3 platform. This service builds on OpenShift Online, Red Hat’s hugely popular public PaaS offering, hosting more than two and a half million applications since its launch in November 2011. The new OpenShift Dedicated service enables businesses to quickly build, launch and host innovative applications in the public cloud by offering enterprises a dedicated instance of OpenShift in the public cloud managed completely by the OpenShift operations team.

http://www.redhat.com



http://www.redhat.com

Open is the way to innovate in your network, says Guido Appenzeller

Open is the way to innovate in your network, says Guido Appenzeller, Chief Technology Strategy Officer for VMware's Network & Security business unit.

If you go back 15 years, servers were closed too. Today, there are many choices for servers and it only takes a few clicks to spin-up a new VMs.  Networks need this same DevOps mindset.  The ability to pick the software that runs your network independently of the hardware is a huge step forward and will usher in the 'golden age of networking.'

http://open.convergedigest.com/2015/06/open-is-way-to-innovate-in-your-network.html

Open networking is driven by sound economics says Cliff Young

Open networking is driven by sound economics, says ClearPath Networks' Cliff Young.

To head off the over-the-top challenge, network operators need solutions that are much more interoperable, much more flexible and much more software-defined.

Clearpath is excited about OPNFV as the common platform for service providers. Virtual CPE offers the potential to extend network functions directly to the customer.

http://open.convergedigest.com/2015/06/open-networking-is-driven-by-sound.html

HackerOne Raises $25 Million for Vulnerability Tracking

HackerOne, a start-up based in San Francisco with offices in the Netherlands, raised $25 million in Series B funding for its vulnerability management and bug bounty platform.

HackerOne, which was created by people who scaled a new security approach at Facebook, Microsoft and Google, relies on the worldwide hacker community to find and disclose software security holes. The company said it can identify security vulnerabilities on a continuous basis, allowing companies to fix issues before attackers have a chance to exploit them.

More than 250 organizations use the HackerOne platform, including Yahoo!, Twitter, Adobe, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Square, Airbnb, Slack, Snapchat, Mail.ru, QIWI and Vimeo. In addition, HackerOne is the founding member of Internet Bug Bounty, a program for hackers to divulge bugs for the most important open source software that supports the Internet, including Ruby on Rails, OpenSSL and Flash.

The company said it has helped companies find nearly 10,000 security holes paying over $3.19 million in bounties to more than 1,500 independent hackers to date. HackerOne runs over 90 public programs as well as invitation-only programs from companies in banking, insurance, retail, technology and telecommunications, among others.

The funding was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and included existing investors Benchmark along with numerous angel investors:  Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff, Digital Sky Technologies Founder Yuri Milner, Dropbox CEO and Co-Founder Drew Houston, Yelp CEO and Co-Founder Jeremy Stoppelman, Zenefits COO David Sacks, Riot Games CEO and Co-Founder Brandon Beck, and Berggruen Holdings Chairman Nicolas Berggruen, among others.

“Fulfilling the promise of a safer Internet requires a fundamentally new approach to vulnerability management,” said Merijn Terheggen, co-founder and CEO, HackerOne. “Identifying and fixing software security holes at scale truly takes an army. HackerOne’s early success has been driven entirely by word-of-mouth, proving that our model really works. With this new funding we will be one step closer to our mission of enabling any company to run a world-class vulnerability management program.”

http://www.hackerone.com

Juniper and Ruckus Wireless Enter Alliance

Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless have formed a technology alliance to deliver open, wired and wireless networking solutions for enterprise, government and education customer segments. The companies will work to deliver a unified wired and wireless solution, as well as collaborate on global go-to-market opportunities to deliver proven, carrier-class network performance, resiliency and scale to mid-size and large enterprise customers.

“The network infrastructure of our enterprise customers is experiencing incredible performance pressure due to the influx of mobile devices in the workplace connecting to mission-critical apps and to content in the cloud. Building on Juniper’s Open Converged Framework, teaming with Ruckus ensures carrier-grade levels of scale and performance through our interoperable wired and wireless solutions to solve the WiFi capacity and coverage challenges that our enterprise customers face,” stated Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation, Juniper Networks

http://www.juniper.net
http://www.ruckuswireless.com

Orange Business Extends Cloud infrastructure in APAC

Orange Business Services is expanding its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud offering, called Flexible Computing Advanced, in Asia Pacific countries.

In Asia Pacific, Flexible Computing Advanced is delivered from Orange cloud service data center nodes in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, reaching customers across the region. Customers’ data and applications are hosted in the Tier 3+ data centers and are protected by a suite of comprehensive backup and disaster recovery services.

http://www.orange-business.com/en


Marvell Expands Set of IoT Tools

Marvell announced the implementation of JavaScript 6th Edition into its Kinoma software for embedded and Internet of Things (IoT) product prototyping.

JavaScript Sixth Edition is the biggest update to the JavaScript language since it was invented. The update, formally known as ECMAScript 6th Edition or ES6, contains more than 400 individual changes to make the language more concise, improve performance, and integrate support for modules. The addition of modules to the language is fundamental to architecting reliable, long running devices, making JavaScript 6th Edition the right foundation for connecting IoT products.

Marvell also introduced two new connected hardware prototyping products:


  • Kinoma Element -- a small, JavaScript-powered embedded product prototyping platform built around Marvell's MW302 wireless microcontroller system-on-chip, which combines a 200 MHz CPU, 512 KB of RAM, and Wi-Fi. Kinoma Element is designed to connect products to the cloud, to mobile, and to other IoT devices. It works with off-the-shelf sensors, lights, motors, and actuators, which are programmed with the same JavaScript hardware pins module as Kinoma Create.

    Kinoma HD -- a scriptable stick for developers who want to display visually rich content on the biggest displays. Kinoma HD's HDMI output plugs into an HD capable display, connecting wirelessly to IoT devices, iOS and Android handhelds, cloud services, and content from web-based apps. The stick is plug-and-play once slotted into a display's full-sized HDMI port, hooked up to a USB power supply, and connected to a Wi-Fi network. Kinoma HD is thumb-sized.

"Technology enabling the smart lifestyle must be easy to use, seamlessly connected, and beautifully responsive. It also needs to be open source to give the developers of elegant, high-performance products the interoperability, flexibility, and stability that open source offers. The open source KinomaJS application framework is our most advanced software technology for customers, partners, and developers building on Marvell silicon," commented Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell.

http://www.marvell.com/company/news/pressDetail.do?releaseID=6676
http://kinoma.com
http://www.Marvell.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Arista Offers Subscription-based CloudVision for Workload Orchestration

Arista Networks introduces its CloudVision network-wide approach for workload orchestration and workflow automation.

The idea is to provide a turnkey solution for sharing network-wide switch state data across a cloud and integrating with SDN controllers from Arista's ecosystem partner community.

Arista CloudVision extends the SDN architectural approach across the network for state, topology, monitoring and visibility.

Key attributes of Arista's CloudVision:

  • Centralized representation of distributed network state, allowing for a single point of integration and network-wide visibility and analytics
  • Controller agnostic support for physical and virtual workload orchestration through open APIs such as OVSDB, JSON and OpenStack plugins.
  • Turn-key workflow automation for zero touch provisioning, configuration management and network-wide upgrades and rollback.
  • Compliance dashboard for security, audit and patch management
  • Real-time Streaming for telemetry and network analytics, a modern approach to replace legacy polling per device.
  • Provides visibility and troubleshooting for underlay and overlay networks

Arista CloudVision is available now as a software subscription, expanding Arista’s existing software subscription offerings. Pricing starts at $295/device per month.

Arista CloudVision partners include, Dell, F5, HP, Infinera, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Rackspace, Supermicro, and VMware.

“Today more than ever, customers are empowered with software-defined technologies from leaders such as VMware and Arista Networks to gain the agility they need to respond to market opportunities and a rapidly changing business environment,” said Hatem Naguib, Vice President, Networking and Security at VMware. “Through interoperability between our portfolio of software-defined data center offerings and the new Arista CloudVision solution, our mutual customers can move forward with confidence to achieve their IT goals of a more automated, secure, and highly available data center that drives business value.”

“Microsoft and Arista have a long history of partnering on industry-leading data center solutions, and we are committed to helping customers leverage software defined technologies to be more agile and efficient in today’s cloud-first world,” said Mike Schutz, General Manager, Cloud Platform, Microsoft. “CloudVision’s open and programmable underlay make it an ideal complement to Microsoft Cloud Platform solutions, which will enable us to jointly help even more customers transform their datacenter for the cloud era.”

http://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/1153-pr-20150623

Freescale Intros Multicore Processors based on ARM Cortex-A53

Freescale Semiconductor introduced its QorIQ LS1088A octal and LS1048A quad multicore processors based on the performance-optimized and power-conscious 64-bit capable ARM Cortex-A53 cores for network edge applications.

The devices integrate Freescale’s second-generation datapath acceleration architecture (DPAA2), delivering datapath offload with software developers in mind, and providing networking engineers with the processing resources to deliver low power, flexible and cost-efficient solutions for new virtualized networks as envisioned by ARM and others.

The new processors feature Cortex-A53 cores running up to 1.5 GHz, along with DDR4 memory controllers and up to two 10 Gbps and eight 1 Gbps Ethernet interfaces with L2 switch capabilities. These ultra-low-power processors are specifically designed for intelligent edge access equipment, NFV and virtual CPE solutions, industrial control systems and intelligent NIC applications.

“Last year we announced the QorIQ LS2 family for the new virtualized network, and today we are in full execution mode and are uniquely positioned for even greater portfolio expansion with the upcoming integration of Cortex-A72 core technology,” said Tareq Bustami, vice president of Freescale's Digital Networking group. “Continuing this momentum, we’re making the network more personal by bringing data closer and more accessible to consumers. The QorIQ LS1088A processor pairs our offload datapath with ARM’s most advanced 64-bit capable Cortex-A53 core, providing an excellent balance of low power and high performance, and bringing an advanced architectural solution to the value tier and the intelligent edge.”


Freescale has also announced plans to use the ARM Cortex-A72 core in a forthcoming communications processor. Planned for integration into an upcoming QorIQ LS2 processor product line, the Cortex-A72 core is the highest-performance and most advanced ARMv8-A processor core. Cortex-A72 technology simultaneously reduces overall power consumption while delivering best-in-class performance.

Freescale’s QorIQ LS1088A and LS1048A devices are planned for availability in Q1 2016.

http://www.freescale.com

Coriant Announces CloudWave Optics with Programmable Modulation

Coriant unveiled a suite of software-programmable photonic layer technologies for bringing flexibility, efficiency, and scalability to next-generation optical transmission networks.

The Coriant CloudWave Optics suite includes photonics, software programmable line side modulation, tunable spectral allocation, and channel frequency flexibility capabilities. The suite can be implemented on the Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform and the Coriant mTera™ Universal Transport Platform.

Key features and benefits of Coriant's flexi-rate solutions portfolio include:

  • Flexible, multi-functional provisioning of service capacity with a single, compact and software-programmable line side interface that can dynamically adapt to a wide range of metro, regional, LH, ULH, subsea, and DCI transport applications
  • Cost-optimized capacity, reach and service performance based on a unique combination of flexi-rate and super-channel features with dynamically adjustable modulation formats (e.g., QPSK, 8QAM, 16QAM), flexible bit rate transmission options (100G, 200G, 300G, 400G), and state-of-the-art RAMAN with up to 25.6Tb/s per fiber in meshed optical networks
  • Lower total cost of ownership via industry-leading power and space efficiency, increased spectral efficiency (up to 33%), increased fiber capacity (up to 166%), and reduced sparing requirements
  • Optimal utilization of optical channel capacity with an innovative, software-programmable system architecture that maximizes client/line-side interconnectivity and throughput efficiencies
  • Seamless interworking with all legacy and third-party infrastructure (e.g., fixed, colorless, directionless, gridless, 40/80/96 channels, etc.), all major fiber types, and across Coriant's metro, ULH/LH, and DCI-optimized packet optical transport platforms

"Increased demand for dynamic, cloud-centric services and applications is a driving force behind innovation in optical layer technologies," said Ken Craft, Executive Vice, Products and Technology, Coriant. "Our programmable flexi-rate capabilities are specifically designed to help service providers and data center operators efficiently and cost-effectively scale their service infrastructure in the face of continued demand for network capacity and highly unpredictable traffic patterns and transport connectivity requirements."

http://www.coriant.com/company/press_release.asp?id=1231

TeliaSonera IC Tests Coriant's 400G in European Network

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has completed a test of Coriant's 400G optical transmission technology in its European backbone.

The trial used TSIC’s existing Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platforms with new Coriant CloudWave™ Optics, a versatile suite of software-programmable photonic layer technologies.

Conducted over multiple spans across a 1,634 kilometer fiber optic route between Paris, Luxembourg, and Frankfurt, the TSIC field trial featured the successful transmission of three different software-programmable modulation formats – QPSK, 8QAM, and 16QAM – over the complete distance of 1,634 kilometers each. The trial also featured a variety of line-side transmission speeds (100G, 200G, 300G, 400G) in a mix of capacity and reach application test scenarios. The link represented a popular network scenario, being based purely on Standard Single-Mode Fiber (SSMF) and EDFA-only amplification.

“Staying ahead of the customers ever increasing connectivity needs are paramount for us. This 400G field trial is all about ensuring the flexibility at all layers of the network, and especially in the underlying high-capacity transport infrastructure required for delivering the best high performance connectivity for our customers and their end-users,” said Mattias Fridström, Vice President and Head of Technology, TeliaSonera International Carrier.

http://www.teliasoneraic.com
http://www.coriant.com

Cisco Signs Up for 20MW of Solar Energy

Cisco reached a deal with NRG Energy to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) solar energy facility that will generate clean, reliable solar power for Cisco's San Jose headquarters.

NRG Renew LLC will convert its NRG Solar Blythe II location, which is a 153-acre parcel in the Sonoran desert near the Arizona/California border, into a solar installation that will help Cisco reach its goal of using renewable sources for at least 25 percent of its electricity needs by 2017.  The project is scheduled to begin commercial operation by the end of 2016.

"Enabling a diverse energy supply through low-carbon and renewable sources is key to meeting Cisco's energy goals set forth in 2013. We thoroughly vetted potential solutions to help us realize our sustainability goals and are thrilled to collaborate with NRG to source renewable energy and increase our use of solar power. We look forward to exploring new, innovative ways to green the power we use," said Ali Ahmed, Global Energy and Sustainability Leader, Cisco.

http://www.cisco.com

Google Container Engine Enters Beta Along with Container Registry

Google Container Engine has entered public beta and the new Google Container Registry has become generally available.

Google Container Engine, based on the Kubernetes open source container orchestration system, provides tools for setting-up and managing a cluster of containers. Container Engine supports the common Docker container format. Google also announced pricing for once the free beta period is over: standard clusters that run up to 100 virtual machine nodes will be charged $0.15 per hour. Basic clusters of up to 5 VM nodes have no additional charge.

Google Container Registry is a private repository for storing container images.

https://cloud.google.com/container-engine/

AtScale Raises Funding for Business Intelligence Interface for Hadoop

AtScale, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, announced $7 million in series A funding for its business intelligence solution for Hadoop.

AtScale aims to is the glue between two fast-growing but currently disconnected markets: Big Data, estimated at $50B by Wikibon, and the Business Analytics industry, a space IDC predicts will reach $59.2B in 2018.

AtScale requires no data movement and no new visualization interface to act as the business interface for Hadoop. It provides a unified semantic layer that natively integrates with tools like Microsoft Excel, Tableau Software and Qliktech. The company says it accelerates query performance by 100 times.

The company is headed by Dave Mariani (CEO and founder), who previously was responsible for Yahoo!'s advertising and web properties. Mariani and his team processed over 30 billion events per day in Hadoop, making that data available to business users. Later, when at Klout, Mariani’s team managed a large-scale Hadoop cluster that powered a 1 trillion-row data warehouse.

http://www.AtScale.com

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