Monday, August 17, 2015

IO Visor Project Aims for Universal In-Kernel Linux VM

A new IO Visor Project has been launched by The Linux Foundation with a mission to advance IO and networking technologies to address new requirements presented by cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

The idea is to create a universal in-kernel virtual machine with run-time extensibility -- essentially, "a new type of programmable data plane that enables developers to dynamically build IO modules (think stand alone “programs” that can manipulate a packet in the kernel and perform all sort of functions on it), load and unload those in-kernel at run time and do it without any disruption to the system." The IO modules would be able to run on any hardware that supports Linux.

The core technology behind IO Visor Project is eBPF (extended Berkeley Packet Filter). The IO Visor Project is supported initially with contributions from PLUMgrid.

Founding members of IO Visor include Barefoot Networks, Broadcom, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, Huawei, Intel, PLUMgrid and SUSE.

“The ability to modify a Linux kernel at runtime without rebooting the server or entire data center is critical to efficient operation of SDN and NFV technologies,” said Pere Monclus, founder and CTO at PLUMgrid. “As a company that actively supports a number of open source projects, we believe that open sourcing IO Visor through a community hosted with the Linux Foundation was in the best interests of not only our company, but of everyone dependent upon agile and highly performant cloud technologies at scale.”

http://www.plumgrid.com/press-releases/2015/08/new-io-visor-project-to-advance-linux-networking-and-virtualization-for-modern-data-centers/
https://www.iovisor.org/

IBM Unveils LinuxONE Mainframes with Virtualization and Container Support

IBM introduced two Linux mainframe servers – called LinuxONE – designed for hybrid clouds and the new era of open systems.  With its new LinuxONE mainframe, IBM will enable open source and industry tools and software, including Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef and Docker. IBM, which helped pioneer virtualization on the mainframe, will now offer more choices for virtualization by enabling the new LinuxONE systems to be provisioned as a virtual machine through the open standards-based KVM hypervisor.

Some highlights of the announcement:

  • LinuxONE is a new portfolio of hardware, software and services solutions, providing two distinct Linux systems for large enterprises and mid-size businesses.
  • LinuxONE Emperor, based on the IBM z13, is described as the world’s most advanced Linux system with the fastest processor in the industry. The system is capable of analyzing transactions in “real time” and can be used to help prevent fraud as it is occurring. The system can scale up to 8,000 virtual machines or hundreds of thousands of containers – currently the most of any single Linux system.
  • LinuxONE Rockhopper, an entry into the portfolio, is designed for clients and emerging markets seeking the speed, security and availability of the mainframe but in a smaller package.
  • SUSE, which provides Linux distribution for the mainframe, will now support KVM, giving clients a new hypervisor option.
  • Canonical and IBM also announced plans to create an Ubuntu distribution for LinuxONE and z Systems.
  • IBM will contribute a large amount of its mainframe code to open source community – this includes code to help enterprises identify issues and help prevent failures before they happen, help improve performance across platforms and enable better integration with the broader network and cloud.
  • IBM is joining the Linux Foundation's new “Open Mainframe Project,” which brings together a collaboration of nearly a dozen organizations across academia, government and corporate sectors to advance development and adoption of Linux on the mainframe.
"Fifteen years ago IBM surprised the industry by putting Linux on the mainframe, and today more than a third of IBM mainframe clients are running Linux,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems. “We are deepening our commitment to the open source community by combining the best of the open world with the most advanced system in the world in order to help clients embrace new mobile and hybrid cloud workloads. Building on the success of Linux on the mainframe, we continue to push the limits beyond the capabilities of commodity servers that are not designed for security and performance at extreme scale."

http://www.ibm.com/linuxone
http://ibm.biz/linuxONEimages

Equinix Provides Carrier-Neutral Access to AquaComms' Transatlantic Cable

Equinix's New York and London International Business Exchange data centers will serve as carrier-neutral network access points for AquaComms new transatlantic fiber optic system, America Europe Connect (AEConnect), which is scheduled to enter service before the end of the year.

AEConnect spans more than 5,400 km across the Atlantic between Long Island, NY and the West Coast of Ireland.

AquaComms’ AEConnect is one of the first subsea cables between New York City and London in nearly 15 years and was specifically designed to meet the high growth of bandwidth requirements of global data centers, cloud-based networks, financial services market participants and content providers. With more than 52 Tbps of available capacity, the 100G compliant system will utilize the latest optical technologies to provide the most advanced subsea system, coupled with a control plane based on a SDN platform to serve bandwidth-intensive applications.

http://www.equinix.com
http://www.AquaComms.com

  • Earlier this year Equinix announced that it is boosting interconnection capacity by opening new data centers in five major markets including New York and London. Equinix’s New York campus is the largest retail colocation campus in the New York metro and has a high interconnection rate, with more than 18,000 interconnections between businesses in this metro alone. 
  • AEConnect will be optimized to carry 130 wavelengths of 100G per fiber pair. It will also feature an SDN control plan for advanced service provisioning.


Lagrange Systems Offer ADC Integrated with Google Cloud Platform

Lagrange System, a start-up offering an Application Delivery Controller (ADC), announced that it is now a Google Cloud Platform Technology Partner.

The Lagrange CloudMaestro application delivery controller (ADC) is built for web workloads within cloud provider infrastructure.  It proactively optimizes performance, dynamically scales sites out and in to synchronize with traffic demands, increases cloud throughput, and secures and self-heals across any cloud.

By tapping into the Google Cloud Platform, e-commerce and enterprise customers can work with right-sized infrastructure scaled proactively and in real time.
"The only way to always offer a consistently positive customer experience is to make sure your website infrastructure stays perfectly synchronized with demand," said Jay Smith, CTO of Lagrange Systems. "The Google Cloud Platform with CloudMaestro can provide high-quality resources that deliver consistent performance relative to the load -- an approach that helps businesses meet their user expectations in an affordable, simple and scalable way."

http://www.lagrangesystems.com/

F5 Validates BIG-IP Virtual Editions within Leading Clouds

F5 Networks launched a program to verify that its software-based solutions support a broad array of cloud providers worldwide.

Specifically, the F5 Ready program verifies F5 BIG-IP virtual edition compatibility with a growing list of public cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bluelock, BT, Cisco Intercloud, Datacom, Dimension Data, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, SingleHop, Skytap, and VMware vCloud Air. F5 Ready will continue to add cloud providers from around the globe and across industries to best serve the diverse needs of customers worldwide.

“Organizations going to the cloud want to know that they don’t have to give up their valuable application services to get there,” said Alex Rublowsky, Sr. Director, Licensing Business Models at F5. “Through the F5 Ready program, customers can keep their trusted security, availability, and acceleration services—even as they evaluate cloud service providers, combine technologies from multiple vendors, and look to scale additional application resources to public cloud environments.”

https://f5.com/about-us/news/press-releases/new-program-seamlessly-blends-f5-and-cloud-service-provider-technologies

Spectra Logic Introduces Shingled Magnetic Recording

Spectra Logic introduced a new Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR)-based NAS disk platform designed to provide high-density bulk storage for reliable, high-capacity digital preservation.

SMR technology is described as the lowest cost spinning media currently available with costs as low as 9 cents per gigabyte raw.

Verde DPE (Digital Preservation Enterprise) utilizes the newest SMR disk technology and is optimized by Spectra Logic’s unique ZFS implementation, which provides data integrity with RAID Z3 triple parity, automatic rebuild to global spare drives, continuous data checksum, and asynchronous replication. The system is expandable to 7.4 PB raw in a single rack – 2.5 more dense than most other systems on the market.

“Verde DPE combines our 35 years of deep storage expertise with the latest in disk technology providing the most affordable way to preserve digital assets forever,” said Spectra Logic Chief Executive Officer, Nathan C. Thompson. “We will always provide our customers with best-in-class solutions and superior customer support for total confidence in the safety of their data.”

https://www.spectralogic.com/products/verde-dpe/

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fujitsu Unveils Open 1FINITY Networking Platform

Fujitsu is introducing a new multi-layer category of networking equipment that leverages disaggregated architecture and dense form-factor blades for fast time-to-market, low initial investment, and efficient scaling. The first product is targeted at the data center interconnect market (DCI).

The Fujitsu 1FINITY platform marks a strategic departure from physically aggregated platforms, emphasizing open development, optimized functionality, and increased operating efficiencies.  Leveraging functional disaggregation, the initial platform release comprises four distinct product families providing transport, lambda, switch, and access functionality.

Fujitsu said each product in this 1FINITY family will be an independent system on a blade that is capable of being a full network element. The self-contained, modular blades can stand alone to deliver specific functionality or be combined with others for a broader network solution. The software framework logically reaggregates modular functions and provides a consolidated northbound interface, supporting communication with a user’s operations support system (OSS) and business support system (BSS).

The Fujitsu 1FINITY platform will use blades as compact as one rack unit (1RU).  The design eliminates rack partitioning due to chassis boundaries. Fujitsu will offer open pluggable optics. This will simplify procurement for users. Fujitsu will also support open APIs and open standard protocols. By separating the blades from a shelf, network operators will benefit from independent blade improvement and replacement as functionality advances.  Fujitsu also promises interoperability and backward compatibility between the new 1FINITY and its existing FLASHWAVE platforms.

The first product in the series is the 1FINITY T100 blade, which is designed specifically for metro data center interconnect (mDCI) applications.  The blade delivers 1.6 Tbps of bidirectional transport capacity.  Other key features include SDN-enabled Linux software, support for the latest optical technologies, and compliance with DWDM transmission standards. Customer trials of the 1FINITY T100 blade are in progress, and general availability is scheduled for December 2015.

“DCI is the fastest-growing application for optical networking equipment,” said Rod Naphan, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Fujitsu Network Communications. “Fujitsu’s response to this market demand is a purpose-built product with cost, space, and power attributes that will enable hyperscale data center operators to reduce their footprints and power requirements, efficiently scale their metro clouds, and create new Fujitsu will expand the 1FINITY portfolio beyond the mDCI solution with blades for wavelength services, extended-reach transport, high-density packet switching, innovative access, and multilayer interoperation with the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform."

http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/telecom/news/newsroom.html

EC Project SESAME Targets 5G with RAN Virtualization + Edge Computing

The European Commission has awarded EUR 8 million grant to a consortium of telecom industry vendors to develop the infrastructure required to support the future 5G network and communication systems.

Project SESAME, which is led by Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) and funded under the EC Horizon 2020 programme (H2020), will design and demonstrate virtualised, cloud-enabled, multi-operator, frequency agile, 5G-oriented radio access and services.

Project SESAME targets innovations around the three central elements of 5G: network intelligence through Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Mobile Edge Cloud Computing, substantial evolution of the Small Cell concept to create targeted coverage and capacity, and the consolidation of multi-tenancy in mobile network infrastructure; allowing several operators and service providers to engage in new sharing models.

"The old model for cellular, with dedicated hardware and dedicated spectrum per operator, is breaking down," said Dr. Nick Johnson, CTO of ip.access. "As demand continues to grow exponentially, with limited additional spectrum, flat subscriber growth and falling revenues per subscriber, new ways have to be found to use the resources we have more efficiently. This project does this by allowing spectrum to be shared between operators in a controllable, measurable and agile way."

Project SESAME consortium includes 18 members that span across the European Union, including the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Greece.

http://www.ipaccess.com
http://horizon2020projects.com/
http://horizon2020projects.com/il-ict/h2020-backs-5g-infrastructure-project/

NYT: AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

Citing leaked documents, The New York Times reported that AT&T has passed billions of emails flowing across its domestic network to the NSA and that it was instrumental in helping the NSA to wiretap the United Nations in New York.

The article describes a "highly collaborative" relationship between 2003 and 2013. The leaked documents are attributed to Edward Snowden.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/us/politics/att-helped-nsa-spy-on-an-array-of-internet-traffic.html

Video: Operators Want a Single Journey of Transformation

Operators are going to embark on a single transformation journey covering SDN, NFV, cloud and the OSS transformation, says Bala Thekkedath, SDN/NFV Product Marketing Lead for Ericsson.

There are numerous open source projects underway in each layer of the network.  OpenDaylight is the open source effort underway for the SDN controller. Ericsson has already moved from use cases to Service Provider deployments for SDN controllers. But we have to remember that the transformation must happen at other layers as well.

See 2-minute video: https://youtu.be/0ulX7a7gGHM


Friday, August 14, 2015

Ciena's Senior VP of Worldwide Sales to Step Down

Philippe Morin will step down as senior vice president of worldwide sales and field operations, effective October 31, 2015. Morin joined Ciena through its acquisition of Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) business in March 2010, having served in various leadership positions for more than 20 years at Nortel.

“Philippe played an instrumental role in Ciena’s successful integration of the Nortel MEN business and has made significant contributions toward our continued growth and diversification as we lead the industry into a new era of open, software-defined, multi-vendor networking,” said Gary B. Smith, president and CEO, Ciena. “On behalf of the entire Ciena team, we thank Philippe for his dedicated leadership and wish him the very best as he pursues his next challenge.”

http://www.ciena.com

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Video: New IP and Open Networking Put Control in Customer Hands

An important aspect of New IP and Open Netwoking is the need to put control in the hands of the customer, says Brocade's Kevin Woods, Director of Product Management, Software Networking.

The video discusses Brocade's OpenDaylight controller.

See 1-minute video: https://youtu.be/r2wM66l-DP4


Video: Enabling a New Way for Enterprise-to-Cloud Direct Connect

There is a strong and growing need for enterprises to connect directly to cloud providers, but manual configuration remains a big challenge, says Al Burgio, CEO of Console.

Console is a stealthy start-up based in Santa Clara, California.  A launch event is planned for September 9th.

See 1-minute video: https://youtu.be/uikjW4rpfDs

http://console.to/


Google Cloud Announces Media Rendering Service

The Google Cloud Platform is launching profession Media Solutions ranging from rendering to transcoding to content distribution around the world.

Media Solutions on Cloud Platform offers both turnkey tools tailored to individual artists like Zync, as well as custom architectures to bridge large on-prem render farms to the cloud seamlessly.

Video transcoding software currently support by the Google Cloud Platform includes Wowza Streaming Engine, Zencoder, and PandaStream.

http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com/2015/08/Media-Solutions-by-Google-Cloud-Platform.html

Google Cloud Launches Dataflow and Cloud Pub/Sub

Google Cloud Platform announced availability of two new data processing services: Cloud Dataflow, Cloud Pub/Sub, and BigQuery.

Google said its Cloud Dataflow is specifically designed to remove the complexity of developing separate systems for batch and streaming data sources by providing a unified programming model.  It leverages MapReduce, FlumeJava, and Millwheel.

Google Cloud Pub/Sub is designed to deliver real-time and reliable messaging for applications.  Google's alpha and beta customers have already used it to deliver over a trillion messages. Cloud Pub/Sub connects your services to each other, to other Google APIs, and third parties. The idea is to integrate applications and services reliably, as well as analyze big data streams in real-time. Pricing begins at 5¢ per million message operations for sustained usage.

http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com/2015/08/Announcing-General-Availability-of-Google-Cloud-Dataflow-and-Cloud-Pub-Sub.html



Switch Opens 470,000 Square Foot SUPERNAP LAS VEGAS 9

A robot cut the ribbon to inaugurate a new 470,000-square-foot, SUPERNAP LAS VEGAS 9 colocation data center.

The data center, which is owned and operated by Switch, has already been awarded its Tier IV Design Certificate by the Uptime Institute.  Switch expects the new data center will also be awarded a Tier IV Constructed Facility Certificate and Tier IV Gold Operational Sustainability Certificate.

SUPERNAP LAS VEGAS 9 will support up to 50 MVA of power and will bring Switch’s total square footage past 1.5 million in Las Vegas.

“Switch was started with the idea that data centers needed to not only be able to handle the scale of the Internet but do so in the most efficient manner possible,” said Rob Roy, who invented the Wattage Density Modular Design (WDMD) system in 2005. “We want to power the next evolution of the Internet sustainably and with respect for our natural resources."

https://www.supernap.com/news/supernap-las-vegas-9-ribbon-cutting.html

Qualcomm Completes $2.4 Billion Acquisition of CSR

Qualcomm completed its previously announced acquisition of CSR plc, a developer of connectivity, audio, imaging and location chips, for approximately US$2.4 billion.

CSR's areas of expertise include silicon chips for voice & Music; Bluetooth Smart; Automotive Infotainment; Indoor Location.

Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited is currently an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of CSR that operates, along with its affiliates, substantially all of CSR’s engineering, research and development functions, along with substantially all of the CSR products and services businesses. Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited will be renamed Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., which will become a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies.

 “As we strive to connect billions more devices, automobiles and people within the Internet of Everything, we are enthusiastic about the growth that this combination will foster,” said Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “CSR’s complementary strengths in connectivity, audio technologies and systems-on-chips will help strengthen Qualcomm Technologies’ position in the IoE and automotive industries, and add to a broad and highly advanced portfolio.”

http://www.qualcomm.com


  • In September, CSR introduced dual mode Bluetooth 4.1 compliant chips designed for low latency and ultra low-power wireless gaming controllers.

Ceragon Posts Revenue of $94.8 Million, up 4.8% YoY

Ceragon Networks reported quarterly revenue of $94.8 million, up 4.8% from the second quarter of 2014, and up 1.2% from the first quarter of 2015. Net income was $1.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2015. Gross margin came in at 28.2%, compared to 26.3% in the second quarter of 2014 and 25.9% in the first quarter of 2015.

"We reached a very important milestone in the second quarter by clearly restoring our financial stability with solid profitability and positive cash flow," said Ira Palti, president and CEO of Ceragon. "More important, we are much more confident that we can continue the trend of profit improvement.

http://www.ceragon.com

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