Thursday, June 25, 2015

Automating Visibility inside the Cisco Live Network with Gigamon and JDSU

The Cisco Live Network and its state-of-the-art network operations center serve all of the attendees of Cisco's big annual event. Equipment must be deployed rapidly. As soon as the show begins, the network supports tens of thousands of clients and pushes terabytes of data to the Internet.

This video takes a look at the Cisco Live Network and the use of Gigamon's new software-defined visibility,  which leverages APIs to make real-times changes in the types of data under analysis. Software-defined visibility allows the NOC to change the nature of the visibility fabric to provide only the type data needed by the testing tools in real-time.  In addition, the video features a live use-case presented by JDSU covering software-defined visibility and their tools.

Presented by Andy Huckridge, Director of Service Provider Solutions at Gigamon; Joe Clarke, Distinguished Engineer at Cisco; and Charles Thompson, Senior Director, Product Line Management, at JDSU.

See video:  https://youtu.be/giYXwy2thlQ

Masergy Deploys Commercial NFV at the Network Edge

Masergy, which owns and operates an independent global cloud networking platform for enterprises, has commercially deployed pure-play network functions virtualization (NFV) at the edge of its network using technology from Overture, Brocade, Fortinet  and Intel.

The deployment provides Masergy with greater agility, enabling it to deliver new and advanced premium services quickly and easily.

“Our primary focus is on service agility and our pure-play NFV deployment sets the stage for immediate response to customer requests,” said Tim Naramore, Masergy’s chief technology officer. “Masergy has long been an innovator, providing our customers with solutions that give them real-time control and the ability to get the services they need, when they want them.  With this launch, we’re adding incredibly agile and flexible solutions to our Managed Network f(n) family of distributed, fully managed network functions.”

Masergy’s NFV deployment, Virtual f(n) comprises virtualized network services at the edge of the network and is based on the Overture Ensemble Carrier Ethernet (ECE), Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter and Fortinet FortiGate-VM firewall virtualized network functions (VNFs) running on the Overture 65vSE VNF compute node platform, based on the Intel Atom processor, at the customer premise.

“The promise of pure software-based NFV has become a reality. Other operators have been taking a hybrid approach, using software functionality in existing Layer 2 devices or leveraging proprietary features in backbone switching equipment to deliver NFV-like services,” said Prayson Pate, Overture’s chief technology officer. “Masergy’s deployment, with our Ensemble Carrier Ethernet platform as the foundation, shows how a completely software-defined NFV environment can deliver performance comparable to today’s hardware-based solutions.”

“We work closely with Intel Network Builders members, including Overture, to ensure that their NFV solutions meet the stringent requirements of operator networks,” said Lynn Comp, Director of Market Development, Intel Network Platforms Group. “These collaborative efforts with the ecosystem have helped service providers understand the many benefits of running virtual network functions on open, Intel architecture-based systems in their deployments.”

http://www.overturenetworks.com/first-deploy
http://www.masergy.com

New RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) Initiative Gets Underway

A new RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) Initiative has been launched by the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) to raise awareness about the benefits that RoCE delivers for cloud, storage, virtualization and hyper-converged infrastructures.

Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) enables faster movement of data between servers and between servers and storage with much less work being done by the CPU. RoCE utilizes RDMA to enhance infrastructure solutions for hyper-converged data centers, cloud, storage, and virtualized environments (see RoCE video). The technology brings greater network utilization with lower latency and improved CPU efficiency, in addition to reducing overall financial investment by increasing server productivity while leveraging Ethernet technology. RoCE technology transports data across Layer 2 and Layer 3 networks, providing better traffic isolation and enabling hyperscale data center deployments.

“The RoCE Initiative will be the leading source for information on RDMA over Ethernet solutions,” said Barry Barnet, co-chair, IBTA Steering Committee. “The IBTA remains committed to furthering the InfiniBand specification, of which RoCE is a part. The RoCE Initiative expands our potential audience and will enable us to deliver solution information and resources to those requiring the highest performing Ethernet networks.”

http://www.RoCEInitiative.org

Juniper Debuts 3 Tbps PTX1000 Supercore Router

Juniper Networks introduced its compact, 3 Tbps, PTX1000 supercore router.

Like the larger PTX3000 and PTX5000 core routers, the new two-rack unit (RU) router uses Juniper's 28nm ExpressPlus chipset for IP/MPLS performance applications. The 28-nanometer chip can drive 5x100G interfaces and leverages 3D memory architecture, which reduces power consumption and space requirements. In addition, the PTX1000 features flexible port interface options to maximize investment protection and ensure smooth upgrade cycles.

Commercial deliveries are expected in Q3.

“For telecom service and cloud content providers, the network is the lifeblood of their business. Juniper is always looking for new ways to ensure the network is a true competitive advantage for them. In developing the PTX1000, we recognized that these customers can increase performance while reducing operational complexity by distributing the load of serving up content across multiple peering points to deliver the high quality user experience that consumers expect,” stated Paul Obsitnik, vice president of service provider marketing, Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net


In March 2015,  Juniper Networks rolled out a series of enhancements to its Converged Supercore PTX Series router based on new custom silicon and expanded software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities. The PTX routers combine full IP and MPLS functionality, transport integration and SDN programmability.

Juniper said its new ExpressPlus custom ASIC is capable of performing more than 1.5 billion filtered operations per second and scaling up to 500 Gbps (1 Tbps half-duplex).It delivers four times the performance and three times the efficiency gains over Juniper’s previous-generation Express chipset. 

The new silicon enables the PTX5000 routers to deliver 3 Tbps per slot (30x100GE interfaces) for a total capacity of 24 Tbps (48 Tbps half-duplex).  Energy efficiency is estimated at 1/2 watt per gigabit. In terms of size, the PTX3000 is designed for space-constrained environments and can scale up to 8 Tbps or (16 Tbps half-duplex) in a form factor 91 percent smaller than its nearest competitor. Juniper will also introducing new line cards for the PTX Series core routers.

In addition, Juniper has extended the capabilities of its NorthStar Controller to provide visibility and control into additional layers of the network and fully support and handle dynamic traffic, such as that driven by mobile and cloud applications. Juniper said these capabilities enable the NorthStar Controller to increase utilization by dynamically adjusting to changing network conditions in real-time.

Qwilt Raises $25 Million for its NFV-based Open Video Caching Delivery

Qwilt announced $25 million in Series D funding for its open caching and online video delivery solution.

Qwilt’s solution is 100 percent software-based, running on commodity, off-the-shelf hardware. Its open cache software architecture leverages the NFV/SDN environments being implemented by network operators worldwide. The company said its sales grew 400 percent year-over-year in 2014 with more than 80 deployments of its Qwilt Video Fabric solution worldwide.

The funding round was led Disrupt-ive with a $16 million investment, and includes new funding from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and continued funding from Cisco Investments. Existing investors Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Marker LLC and Redpoint Ventures also contributed to the round. The company has raised $65 million to date.

“Since we launched just a few years ago with a vision to solve the streaming video problem for network operators, the strategic value of open caching has been broadly embraced as a crucial part of the new network architecture that is required to scale online video for the future,” said Alon Maor, CEO and co-founder of Qwilt. “We recognized the full scope of the opportunity early on and enhanced our open caching solution to support all types of online video, including live streaming. Furthermore, we have proactively extended our product line to address any network medium or configuration, including mobile, telco, cable and even university campus networks. This new funding speeds our ability to scale the company and get our technology deployed faster. We’re proud to be included in the impressive portfolios of these strategic investors.”

http://www.qwilt.com

Blueprint: Next Gen Mobile Video Optimization


Mobile Streaming is the Future – It’s Also the Problem We Must Solve by Mark Fisher, VP Marketing and Business Development at Qwilt To be sure, streaming video really is the future. The online video phenomenon is creating a market and technology transformation that rivals some of the greatest technology disruptions in history. Just like the disruption of broadcast radio and cable television in their day, streaming video is transforming both...

Qwilt: iOS 8 Update Causes Big Spike in Network Traffic


Qwilt, a provider of online video delivery and analytics solutions, published data showing a huge spike in Internet traffic due to Apple's release of iOS 8 on Wednesday.  iOS 8 weighs in at 1.3GB (compared to 750 MB for iOS 7) and over the coming days is expected to be installed by hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads worldwide. Qwilt has been tracking the effects of iOS 8 in networks where its transparent caching solutions are deployed. Daily...

Qwilt and Procera Partner on Transparent Caching + Policy Control


Qwilt, a provider of online video delivery and transparent caching solutions, and Procera Networks have formed a partnership to offer a transparent caching and Internet Intelligence solution for service providers. Qwilt’s QB-Series transparent caching technology and Procera’s PacketLogic platform together provide a plug-and-play solution to seamlessly deliver over-the-top (OTT) video traffic and improve quality of experience (QoE). “Our PacketLogic...

Qwilt Enables Transparent Caching for Live Video Streaming


Qwilt, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, introduced a  transparent caching solution for live-streamed events online. The Qwilt Live Stream Cache, which is a software upgrade for the company's QB-Series Video Fabric Controllers, detects trending and popular live OTT video streams, enabling the QB-Series to instantly direct those streams into the controller's FastCache, a dedicated control and storage path optimized for quick delivery...


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