Monday, June 29, 2015

AT&T Confirms $3 Billion to Upgrade Networks in Mexico

AT&T last week confirmed plans to invest US$3 billion to extend its high-speed, mobile Internet service to Mexico, covering 100 million people in Mexico by year-end 2018. This is in addition to the US$4.4 billion AT&T invested earlier this year to acquire Iusacell and NEXTEL Mexico.

Specifically, AT&T said the first phase of the mobile network will be complete in the next six months and cover 40 million Mexicans, about one-third of the population. By the end of 2016, AT&T expects its mobile Internet service will reach 75 million people, nearly two-thirds of the population. AT&T plans to reach 100 million people by year-end 2018.

AT&T is preparing to introduce new plans around a North American Mobile Service Area, letting customers extend their plans across both countries.


http://about.att.com/story/att_to_invest_approximately_3_billion_in_mexico_to_extend_mobile_internet_to_100_million_consumers_and_businesses_by_year_end_2018.html

AOL and Microsoft Deal Covers Advertising and Search

Microsoft and AOL (now a division of Verizon) announced a major, 10-year deal under which AOL will assume management and sales responsibility for all of Microsoft’s display, mobile and video advertising inventory in nine key global markets -- the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan. AOL will represent inventory from across Microsoft’s suite of online brands, including MSN Homepage and verticals, Outlook Mail, Xbox, Skype and ads in apps.

In addition, Microsoft will provide its Bing-powered search capabilities to AOL beginning January 1, 2016.

Commenting on the partnership, AOL President, Bob Lord said, “We have enjoyed a terrific relationship with Microsoft, and this expanded partnership is a win for both companies and our advertiser partners as our industry continues to rapidly transform and evolve. This collaboration further validates our leadership position in digital advertising and the shift to automation, while also allowing Microsoft to focus on what they do best: industry leading services and search innovation.”

http://www.aol.com
http://www.microsoft.com

SK Telecom and Nokia Target 5G R&D

SK Telecom and Nokia Networks announced the opening of a 5G research and development center at Nokia Networks' Korean office. The center will serve as a venue where researchers from the two companies will study and develop core 5G technologies, including gigabit-level data transmission technology and cloud-based virtualized base stations. Moreover, SK Telecom and Nokia Networks will open a test bed within the end of 2015 to verify and demonstrate 5G technologies.

The companies said they have successfully verified the performance of the co-developed “user plane and control plane separation technique,” one of the key enabling technologies for hybrid core network architecture for 5G.

“SK Telecom is spearheading the efforts to develop 5G enabling technologies and architecture to flawlessly support high-speed transmission of massive data, including immersive multimedia contents,” said Alex Jin-sung Choi, the Chief Technology Officer of SK Telecom. “We will continue to work closely with Nokia Networks to optimize network architecture in preparation for the 5G pilot service demonstration in 2018.”

http://www.sktelecom.com/en/press/detail.do?idx=1127


Cloud Security Open API Working Group Gets Underway


CipherCloud and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) are forming a Cloud Security Open API Working Group to jointly define protocols and best practices for implementing cloud data security as a part of the cloud access security broker (CASB) framework.

The Cloud Security Alliance is an industry coalition for promoting best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing. CipherCloud offers an open platform for cloud application discovery and risk assessment, data protection – searchable strong encryption, tokenization, data loss prevention, key management and malware detection – along with user activity and anomaly monitoring services.

 “Cloud is the killer app for security innovation,” said Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud. “But currently, inefficiencies at the technical level in the form of custom connector protocols can hold back innovations in cloud security. Defining a uniform set of standards can enable us all to operate from the same playbook. As a pioneer in CASB, we are excited to co-lead this initiative with CSA to accelerate security across clouds.”



In this video, Chenxi Wang talks about the need for cloud security open APIs as a means to govern how data is accessed, classified and protected within cloud applications.  The reason for cloud security open APIs is that everyone will benefit by a wider pool of contributors.

https://youtu.be/qYISZfO4YtA



CoreSite Announces $500 Million Credit Facility

CoreSite Realty Corporation, which operates high-performance data centers across the US, announced an amended and expanded $500 million senior unsecured credit facility.

The credit facility, consisting of a $350 million revolving credit facility and a $150 million term loan, extends CoreSite’s debt maturity profile and increases total debt capacity. The revolving credit facility has a four-year primary term, expiring in June 2019, with a one-year extension option, while the term loan has a five-year term maturing in June 2020. The term loan bears interest at a variable rate, and CoreSite elected to swap the variable interest rate associated with $75 million, or 50% of the principal amount of the term loan facility, to a fixed rate of approximately 2.95%. Net proceeds from the term loan will be used to partially pay down the current revolving credit facility balance.

KeyBank National Association served as administrative agent, and KeyBanc Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets LLC, Regions Capital Markets and TD Securities (USA) LLC, all served as joint lead arrangers and joint book managers.

“The $500 million credit facility allows us to increase our overall liquidity, decrease our cost of borrowing, and maintain both financial flexibility and a balance between fixed and variable-priced instruments in our capital structure," said Jeff Finnin, CoreSite’s Chief Financial Officer. "When combined with our strong cash flows and balance sheet, the credit facility supports our future growth and development initiatives. We would like to thank our lending institutions for their continued support of CoreSite."

http://www.CoreSite.com


Sophos Completes IPO

Sophos completed its IPO last week on the London Stock Exchange raising nearly £80 million.

Sophos, which is headquartered in Oxford, UK, offers encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. The company has annual revenue of approximately US$447 million and about 200,000 customers.

http://www.sophos.com

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Open networking shifts the dynamics to SDN apps

The whole Open Networking revolution is really about transforming how infrastructure is built, and changing the dynamics from switches and protocols to the business applications, says Kumar Srikantan, President and CEO of Pluribus Networks.

If you think about this, it's no different that what has happened in the world of mobile devices.  Android and iOS are not really about mobile telephony but rather a platform for other applications.

Open networking is all about enabling the next generation of applications.

http://open.convergedigest.com/2015/06/open-networking-shifts-dynamics-from.html


UCSD Cites Major Advancement in Optical Transmission

Researchers at the University of California - San Diego announced a breakthrough in photonic transmission with the potential to increase the efficiency of long haul fiber optic cables.

Research published in the June 26 issue of the journal Science describes a solution to a long-standing roadblock to increasing data transmission rates in optical fiber: beyond a threshold power level, additional power increases irreparably distort the information travelling in the fiber optic cable.

“Today’s fiber optic systems are a little like quicksand. With quicksand, the more you struggle, the faster you sink. With fiber optics, after a certain point, the more power you add to the signal, the more distortion you get, in effect preventing a longer reach. Our approach removes this power limit, which in turn extends how far signals can travel in optical fiber without needing a repeater,” said Nikola Alic, a research scientist from the Qualcomm Institute, the corresponding author on the Science paper and a principal of the experimental effort.

In lab experiments, the researchers at UC San Diego demonstrated transmission over a distance of 12,000 kilometers with standard amplifiers and no repeaters (electronic regenerators). The breakthrough relies on wideband “frequency combs” that the researchers developed. The frequency comb described in this paper ensures that the signal distortions — called the “crosstalk” — that arises between bundled streams of information travelling long distances through the optical fiber are predictable, and therefore, reversible at the receiving end of the fiber.

“Crosstalk between communication channels within a fiber optic cable obeys fixed physical laws. It’s not random. We now have a better understanding of the physics of the crosstalk. In this study, we present a method for leveraging the crosstalk to remove the power barrier for optical fiber,” explained Stojan Radic, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego and the senior author on the Science paper. “Our approach conditions the information before it is even sent, so the receiver is free of crosstalk caused by the Kerr effect.”

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/electrical_engineers_break_power_and_distance_barriers_for_fiber_optic_comm

OneWeb Advances its Vision for Ku-band LEO Constellation

OneWeb, the venture planning to build, deploy and operate a low earth orbit (“LEO”) Ku-band satellite constellation, announced $500 million in funding from  Airbus, Bharti Enterprises, Hughes Network Systems, (Hughes), a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp., Intelsat, Qualcomm, The Coca-Cola Company, Totalplay, a Grupo Salinas Company, owned by Ricardo B. Salinas, and Richard Branson's Virgin Group.

"The dream of fully bridging the digital divide is on track to be a reality in 2019,” said Greg Wyler, founder of OneWeb. “Together with our committed and visionary founding shareholders we have the key elements in place: regulatory, technology, launches, satellites, as well as commercial operators in over 50 countries and territories. We are committed to solving one of the world’s biggest problems – enabling affordable broadband Internet access for everyone. We are excited about the next phase, which will involve working with countries, telecom operators and aid organizations to help them realize their goals of open and ubiquitous access.”

Some highlights on the OneWeb plan:
  • OneWeb aims to launch a constellation of 648 small, low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide global broadband and mobile telephone services.
  • The system will bring more than 10 Tbps of new capacity to rural areas around the globe.
  • OneWeb’s User Terminals will provide high-speed connectivity with no change in latency during satellite handovers to ensure excellent voice quality, gaming and web experience. The terminals can operate with optionally included solar panels, battery packs, and WiFi/LTE/3G and 2G radios to provide coverage directly to cell phones, tablets and laptops.
  • OneWeb's microsatellites will use onboard GPS sensors and ground-tracking measurements to know their position within meters. The satellites will be able maneuver to avoid obstacles.  They will automatically de-orbit at end-of-life to minimize the space junk problem.
  • OneWeb has developed a “Progressive Pitch” technology that enables it to use satellite spectrum in the most efficient way by gradually and slightly tilting the satellites as they approach the equator to make sure they never cause, or receive, interference from GEO satellites.
  • OneWeb has contracted Arianespace for 21 multi-satellite launches on Soyuz rockets beginning in 2017, plus options for five (5) additional Soyuz launches and three (3) Ariane 6 launches. 
  • OneWeb satellites will be launched into a near polar orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers before raising themselves to their operational orbit.
  • OneWeb satellites will weigh less than 150kg.
  •  Virgin Galactic has been selected to provide 39 singlel-sat launches using it's LauncherOne smallsat launch vehicle.
  • Intelsat will partner with OneWeb to use OneWeb’s LEO platform, once established, to complement Intelsat’s geostationary orbit (“GEO”) satellite services, resulting in the first and only fully global, pole-to-pole high throughput satellite system. 
  • Intelsat will make a minority share investment of $25 million in OneWeb. 

http://www.oneweb.world/

Telstra Launches Nationwide Wi-Fi Service in Partnership with Fon

Telstra is launching a nationwide Wi-Fi service that provides its customers with access to hotspots across Australia and overseas.

Telstra Air includes access to thousands of newly deployed Wi-Fi hotspots in payphone sites and retail outlets in popular locations across Australia.

Telstra has joined exclusively with Fon to allow Telstra Air members to access their home broadband allowance at 15 million hotspots overseas in 18 countries including the UK, Spain, Brazil, Japan, France and Germany, making it easier and more affordable to connect when travelling.

Telstra home broadband customers, including customers on the NBN, can become a Telstra Air member at no additional charge provided they have a compatible gateway.

https://www.telstra.com.au/broadband/wifi

Friday, June 26, 2015

San Francisco Public Library Gets 10G Internet Connection

San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and the City and County of San Francisco announced today that they have collaborated to provide unprecedented direct connection at 10 Gbps access speed to CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN) and from there to the world.

SFPL accesses city-owned fiber that is used to connect them to CalREN. SFPL has a direct 10 Gigabit connection to their main library. Seven branches now connect to the main branch at 1 Gigabit, with plans to connect all 27 branch libraries at this speed using city-owned fiber. From CalREN, San Francisco’s libraries are connected to California’s K-12 and higher education systems, to research and education networks throughout the world, and to the public Internet.

http://www.cenic.org
http://www.sfpl.org

Brocade Signs OEM Deal with China's Sugon

Brocade announced an OEM partnership with with Dawning Information Industry Co Ltd (“Sugon”), one of the leading high-performance computing vendors formed under the purview of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Specifically, Sugon will integrate Brocade VDX 6740 Switches, featuring VCS Fabric technology, with its flagship blade server product line – TC6600, as a 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)/16 Gbps Fibre Channel converged network switch module. The embedded switch module in the TC6600 will be named VDX 2741, and is capable of supporting 10 and 40 GbE requirements for cloud computing, Big Data analysis, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), as well as supporting 16 Gbps Fibre Channel requirements for the deployment of high-performance data center networking solutions. The VDX 2741 embedded Ethernet fabric switch is a critical component of the Sugon TC6600 blade system.

http://newsroom.brocade.com

Pluribus Partners with Super Micro Computer and Red Hat

Pluribus Networks has partnered with Red Hat and Super Micro Computer to demonstrate an open and scalable converged infrastructure.  The solution combines Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux (ONVL), Micro-Blade servers from Supermicro and Red Hat OpenStack.

“With the Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux operating system, the entire network underlay can be exported as one logical fabric via Neutron plugin and RESTful APIs. Netvisor’s VNET-based segmentation allows the fabric to be freely virtualized, with each VNET managed by its own Neutron plugin allowing multiple OpenStack and other cloud management systems to share the same network without impacting each other,” said Sunay Tripathi, Co-Founder and CTO of Pluribus Networks, “Most importantly, the much acclaimed Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux fabric-wide visibility and analytics are available also as OpenStack’s Horizon dashboard extensions. This deep interoperability with OpenStack enables a level of computing and networking convergence only dreamed about several years ago. Both NetOps and DevOps teams can take full advantage of our solution without the typical re-learning and forklift-upgrade approaches seen elsewhere.”

Pluribus Networks delivers a unique SDN approach "that can be managed much like any common server is managed today, along with complete Layer-2 and Layer-3 support to allow it to be used in all existing infrastructures."

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com
http://www.supermicro.com

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


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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...

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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...


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