Sunday, August 23, 2015

ADTRAN Commits to Open FTTH

ADTRAN is delivering on its open interface commitment and decoupling the closed equipment “lock-in” from fiber broadband access solutions.

The company said it is providing a standards-based carrier-grade set of products and solutions spanning the entire access network from the central office to the cabinet and the customer premises. Until now, carriers have been forced to choose  the same vendor for the fiber aggregation and the optical network terminal (ONT) equipment, limiting the available solution set.

ADTRAN multi-service access nodes (MSAN) seamlessly interoperate with its portfolio of ONTs, residential and business gateways, as well as MDU switches. The open interfaces of the ADTRAN MSANs also support third-party developed ONTs and Wi-Fi integrated residential gateways. ADTRAN G.fast Fiber-to-the-Distribution Point and 10G FTTH MDU solutions supporting TR-301 defined YANG and RESTful interfaces and making them both interoperable within an open multi-vendor MSAN network.

Finally, the ADTRAN customer premises equipment portfolio – which includes FTTH-enabled IP business gateways, FTTH Wi-Fi integrated residential gateways and micro ONTs – are compliant to BBF.247 in order to deliver a higher level of interoperability across multi-vendor access networks.

“The pace of network innovation and new services introduction has been slowed due to proprietary network connections and disparate operational models between different vendors. This is driving the need for a fully open, software defined programmable network,” said Chris Thompson, director, customer device portfolio, ADTRAN. “ADTRAN has helped build more open residential, business and backhaul networks than any other access supplier in the world and is committed to delivering the framework that will support the next-generation of broadband network deployments and services.”

http://www.adtran.com

Vonage to Acquire iCore Networks

Vonage, which offers cloud communications services for businesses and consumers, agreed to acquire privately-held iCore Networks for $92 million.

iCore offers a broad range of voice, video, mobile and collaboration services. iCore sells its solutions primarily through its large, direct field sales force, adding significant scale and a national footprint to Vonage's existing sales force. iCore supports more than 85,000 customer seats, with monthly ARPU per customer of more than $4,000, and derives more than 60% of its revenue from customers with 100 or more seats. Monthly revenue churn is less than one percent as a result of three-year contracts that include Quality of Service ("QoS") guarantees.

iCore leverages the same BroadSoft BroadWorks call processing platform used by Vonage, resulting in ease of integration for iCore's customers. iCore has a subset of customers running on BroadSoft's M6 platform.

"iCore is an excellent strategic fit and a natural complement to Vonage's rapidly expanding UCaaS business. This acquisition will deepen our penetration at the higher end of the business market and further strengthen our industry leadership," said Alan Masarek, Vonage Chief Executive Officer. "iCore has a proven track record of delivering the innovative UCaaS solutions required by mid-market and enterprise companies, and has been particularly successful combining hosted communications with complementary cloud services to create a robust unified communications experience."

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Europe's GEANT Deploys ONOS

GEANT, the European research network formed last year through the integration of the TERENA and DANTE initiatives, has deployed the Open source SDN Network Operating System (ONOS) on its pan-European testbed network. The ONOS installation allows researchers to define, build, test and rebuild highly scalable, high capacity virtual networks quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

Specifically, GEANT is running a new Inter Cluster ONOS Network Application (ICONA) – developed by CREATE-NET and the University of Rome Tor Vergata/CNIT in collaboration with the ONOS project – to efficiently manage the intercommunication of geographically distributed ONOS clusters and deliver faster controller response time during network events such as failures or congested links.

GEANT's GTS network is currently comprised of four points of presence (PoPs) located in Amsterdam, Bratislava, Lubiana and Prague, creating a software-defined network entirely based on OpenFlow. Each external entity (e.g. CREATE-NET and University of Rome) connected to the testbed exposes a "legacy" Border Gateway Protocol (BGP ) router that peers directly with the border router placed in the Amsterdam PoP of the GTS network, thus exchanging IP routes with the rest of the global network IP prefixes. This enables the entities connected to communicate together and with the rest of the universities and the research institutions attached to the global network. In fact, the Amsterdam PoP connects GTS directly with Internet2 in the U.S. Through ONOS' application intent framework, the ONOS clusters are able to provide L2 connectivity between all the "legacy" routers connected at the edge of the network.

"ON.Lab and its ONOS network operating systems are a great example of emergent network paradigms that would be difficult or impossible to test or evaluate at full European scale without the infrastructure provided by the GEANT network and the virtualization capabilities provided by the GEANT Testbeds Service," said Jerry Sobieski, GTS Activity Leader. "We are excited to work with ON.Lab to deploy ONOS across our GTS facilities as this allows us to showcase both the advanced capabilities ONOS delivers as well as the advanced capabilities of our testbed. GEANT's mission is to facilitate this type of leading edge global network research to help deliver the next generation of networking."

"We are very excited to participate in this worldwide SDN testbed deployment," said CREATE-NET Research Director Elio Salvadori. "It gave us the perfect setting to test our ICONA application and it opens up even more opportunities for controlled testing of further SDN apps that we are currently developing on top of ONOS."

"ONOS' deployment on GEANT's GTS is another major milestone for the ONOS project," said Bill Snow, Vice President of Engineering at ON.Lab. "With the GTS connecting to Internet2 in the U.S. and, through them, to South America we now have the best and brightest minds from three continents linked together via pure OpenFlow-based networks running ONOS software. Drawing from a global collaborative community provides us with resources that can't be matched and accelerates the pace of open SDN innovation by providing valuable insight, testing and feedback for ONOS to deliver the benefits of true SDN."

http://www.geant.org
http://www.onlab.us


FIU/AmLight Deploys ONOS and SDN-IP Across the Americas

Florida International University (FIU) has deployed the Open source SDN Network Operating System (ONOS) on Americas Lightpaths (AmLight), creating a software-defined networking (SDN) facility entirely based on OpenFlow. Five Latin American research and education networks (RENs) – Academic Network at Sao Paulo (ANSP), Brazilian National Research and Education Network (RNP), Latin American Advanced Networks Cooperation (RedClara), National University Network of Chile (REUNA) and the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN) – interconnect Brazil, Chile and the Caribbean with the U.S. via a virtual slice of the AmLight network.


This implementation takes advantage of AmLight's ability to create virtual network slices using Internet2's FlowSpace Firewall. Symmetrically to a previously announced OpenFlow-based Internet2 ONOS deployment, the AmLight network can communicate with the Internet2 ONOS slice through a shared (legacy) BGP router deployed at FIU in Miami. Through Internet2, AmLight is linked to other ONOS network facilities such as GEANT in Europe.

The solution deployed is able to: provision L3 connectivity without using legacy routers in the network core; transform ASs running OpenFlow into IP (BGP) transit networks; allow an SDN network to seamlessly connect to the rest of the Internet using BGP thus providing a powerful migration strategy; and aggregate different SDN administrative domains into BGP confederations, making the control plane more scalable.

"The deployment of ONOS represents groundbreaking work in the field of SDN and networking," said Dr. Julio Ibarra, Assistant Vice President for Technology Augmented Research at FIU. "We're not just connecting one organization to another, but are connecting a dynamic global software-defined REN to create an open instrument for collaboration. This accelerates research discovery, advances education, and improves the delivery of public services while offering the benefits of ONOS' next-generation networking technology for improved learning, collaboration and innovation."

"The production deployment provides invaluable real-world insight from end users and network engineers, and the testbed aspect of the deployment enables experimentation to further improve and harden ONOS," said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director and Board Member at ON.Lab. "The ONOS project values collaboration with R&E network operators and their users, and the ONOS platform enables R&E network operators to rapidly innovate and better serve their communities."

http://www.fiu.edu
http://www.onlab.us

Kaminario's K2 All-flash Array Goes Under $1/GB with 3D TLC

Kaminario unveiled its K2 v5.5 all-flash primary storage array, bringing the average cost/GB usable to less than $1/GB and introducing 3D TLC drives.

Building on its earlier K2 all-flash array, the new system also includes native array-based replication and the company’s Perpetual Array program, enabling customers to seamlessly phase in new hardware and phase out old to deliver on the evolving needs of enterprise storage.

Kaminario's average price of under $1/GB usable represents a reduction of 50% in the cost/GB from its v5 system introduced in May 2014.

The company said it is also the first vendor to offer 3D MLC NAND, allowing enterprises to double effective capacity to more than 360TB per K-block and scale one K2 array to multiple petabytes in a single rack unit while providing consistent performance. Customers can expect higher data endurance and increased scalability, and therefore the ability to move all active data to all-flash arrays.

“In developing our transformative v5.5 all-flash array, we listened to our customers and kept a close eye on the market trends driving the evolution of the modern data center now and will through the next decade,” said Dani Golan, CEO of Kaminario. “The result is our best K2 yet; a truly dynamic and scalable storage system that allows any business to quickly, and extremely cost efficiently, expand its data center. Our new K2 makes all-flash storage lower cost than hybrid arrays.”

http://kaminario.com/blog/press-releases/kaminario-cuts-flash-storage-costs-less-1gb-introduction-k2-v5-5/

See video:  Kaminario Launches K2 V5.5 - https://youtu.be/VkgyTPVTawY


Mesosphere and Microsoft to port Apache Mesos to Windows Servers

Mesosphere and Microsoft have agreed announced to port Apache Mesos to Windows Servers.

Mesosphere, which is a start-up based in San Francisco, offers a Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) that provides a highly elastic, and highly scalable way of deploying applications, services and big data infrastructure on shared resources. The company is a major contributor to the Apache Mesos project and is the primary organization writing open source services for Mesos.

Mesosphere provides:

  • Application scheduling and scaling
  • Application fault-tolerance and self-healing
  • Under load application prioritization of applications
  • Application service port unification
  • Application service discovery
  • Application service end-point elasticity

https://mesosphere.com/blog/2015/08/20/mesos-everywhere-apache-mesos-for-windows-server/

Seagate to Acquire Dot Hill for SAN Arrays

Seagate agreed to acquire Dot Hill, a supplier of SAN solutions based in Longmont, Colorado, for approximately $694 million ($9.75 per share).

Seagate said Dot Hill’s external storage array-based systems and software products will complement its own storage systems offerings and be offered as part of Seagate’s Cloud Systems and Electronics Solutions business.  Seagate will leverage Dot Hill’s storage technology IP portfolio and software capabilities to drive innovation and provide incremental value to their combined OEM customer base.

“Dot Hill’s innovative storage systems and IP portfolio are a strategic addition to our storage technology portfolio, enabling us to accelerate the growth of Seagate’s OEM-focused cloud storage system and solutions business,” said Phil Brace, President of Cloud Systems and Electronics Solutions at Seagate.  “We are focused on providing the highest quality storage systems for our OEM customers and Dot Hill’s storage solutions will enable us to advance our strategic efforts.  We look forward to welcoming Dot Hill’s strong team, which has proven experience in developing and delivering best-in-class storage solutions that are trusted by the world’s leading IT manufacturers and their channel partners, and we expect the transaction to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings in fiscal 2016.”

https://www.dothill.com/storage-arrays/overview/

Brocade Posts Q3 Revenue of $552 Million

Brocade reported Q3 revenue of $552 million, up 1% year over year and up 1% sequentially. The company reported GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.21, up from $0.20 in Q3 2014 and up from $0.18 in Q2 2015. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.27 for Q3 2015, up from $0.23 in Q3 2014 and up from $0.22 in Q2 2015.

"I am pleased with our Q3 2015 financial results as we delivered improved profitability and higher revenue year over year," said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade. "Our IP Networking revenue growth of 16% continues to outpace the market with strong performance from both service provider and U.S. federal customers. As the storage market evolves, our SAN business continues to demonstrate the vital role of Fibre Channel as customers connect both traditional disk storage and next-generation flash arrays. Brocade is well positioned with our customers, partners, and products heading into the final quarter of our fiscal year."

Some highlights:

  • SAN product revenue was $309 million, down 5% year over year. The decline was primarily the result of softer demand for embedded and fixed-configuration Fibre Channel switches, partially offset by growth in director revenue. The sequential revenue decline of 1% was consistent with normal fiscal Q3 seasonality.
  • IP Networking product revenue was $154 million, up 16% year over year. The growth was across each product category with router sales up 35%, switch sales up 6%, and higher software networking revenue. The increased revenue year over year was primarily from service providers, up 43%, and U.S. federal, up 32%, partially offset by a decline in enterprise revenue of 3%. Sequentially, IP Networking revenue increased 6% due to higher switch revenue, which was up 26%, as well as higher software networking revenue, partially offset by lower routing revenue, which was down 23% primarily due to the timing of large service provider orders. Q3 2015 included a full quarter of revenue from the virtual application delivery software acquired in Q2 2015. 


http://www.brocade.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Intel Network Builders Fast Track Targets 5G

Intel intends to leverage its unique combination of computing, networking and wireless communications assets "to develop 5G solutions that integrate intelligence across the entire network, end-to-end, from the data center to device and throughout systems in between."

Intel has launched a Network Builders Fast Track to guide its efforts with the networking industry in accelerating innovation in the 5G ecosystem. Under the program, Intel is collaborating with equipment and device manufacturers, network operators, service providers, academic institutions. Intel Capital will alos make strategic investments in disruptive companies that are part of the Intel Network Builders program.

At this week's IDF15 in San Francisco,  Intel executives Aicha Evans and Sandra Rivera hosted a panel discussion with Dr. Alex Choi, CTO of SK Telecom, Bin Shen, Verizon’s VP of Strategy and Paul McNamara, VP in Ericsson’s Corporate Strategy Group to discuss how computing and communications will converge in 5G network.

The underlying theme is that 5G connections to cloud-based computing, data services and other connected devices, will enable self-driving automobiles with intelligent traffic routing, smart cities, connected health innovations, etc..

Some outtakes from Intel:

  • Computing and Communications Will Converge: 5G will not be about simply increasing speed and capacity, but will also be about intelligence throughout the network to enable devices and the network to communicate more efficiently, transport data and content more quickly, and share computing resources. Devices and the network will also need to work together to establish intelligent service awareness. They will need to prioritize actions based on level of importance and be flexible enough to accommodate many devices that have widely varying connectivity, processing, power and latency requirements.
  • Devices and Sensors Get Smaller and Smarter: Devices will evolve in size, form, function and computing capability on the road to 5G. Networks and devices will need to intelligently manage connections as users move in to, out of and between cell coverage areas, as well as suppress interference from neighboring cells. They will also take a greater role in sharing contextual information, creating opportunities for developing new breeds of video, web browsing, gaming and interactive cloud-based applications.
  • Building a Network for the Future: Increasingly, networks must be designed to be flexible, efficient and scalable in order to accommodate the rapid growth in number and variety of connected devices in the Internet of Things, including wearables and immersive services like augmented reality. This will require new wireless spectrum and greater network efficiency. 

http://download.intel.com/newsroom/kits/idf/2015_fall/pdfs/Intel-5G_MegaSession_Factsheet.pdf

A replay of the session video
http://intelstudios.edgesuite.net/idf/2015/sf/megasession/150819_aesr/index.html

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies IP Routing for Telefónica’s Fusión Red

Alcatel-Lucent is supplying its IP Routing portfolio for Telefónica Fusión Red project, which aims to collapse the traditional eight network layer architecture into only four. Residential and business services will converge on a single network and the IP service edge will move closer to customers, enabling Telefónica to use network capacity more efficiently and optimize data and video delivery, lowering latency to boost performance and reduce costs, while setting the stage for advanced services in

Under a three-year project, Alcatel-Lucent will replace older routers within the network, using its IP routing portfolio to perform core routing and layer two and three edge routing functions and act as a broadband network gateway for the provision of residential services. Alcatel-Lucent will deploy the 7950 Extensible Routing System, the 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (7450 ESS-MM), and the 7750 Service Router (7750 SR-12). End-to-end management will be provided by the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager. Alcatel-Lucent will employ its services expertise to manage the project, including installation and commissioning, systems integration, integration of nodes with the network and migration of current services to the new network architecture.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucent-transforms-telefonicas-ip-network-demand-grows-highest-network-performance-deliver#sthash.aJsKtavt.dpuf

Platform9 Enables OpenStack Private Clouds

Platform9, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced general availability of its a SaaS solution that transforms an organization's existing servers into an AWS-like agile, self-service private cloud.  A version of Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere environments is now available.  A version for KVM environments has been in production since January 2015. Support for Docker is in development; a beta will be announced later this year.

The company said its Platform9 Managed OpenStack’s unique SaaS delivery model not only makes it easy for IT to quickly deploy an OpenStack private cloud but also provides ongoing operational support by including monitoring, troubleshooting and updates for OpenStack.

With today’s announcement, Platform9 now fully supports VMware vSphere environments: a new VMware specific Virtual Appliance is now available to integrate the OpenStack controller services with vSphere resources. The Virtual Appliance works using vSphere APIs and is 100% interoperable with VMware vSphere, so operations can be performed either via the OpenStack control plane or via vSphere directly. The result is that for the first time, VMware customers have an easy to manage, fully interoperable solution to orchestrate their resources as an OpenStack-based private cloud.

“Platform9’s mission is to make private clouds easy to deploy and manage for the enterprise. By fully supporting VMware vSphere, we are enabling every VMware customer to instantly derive greater value and infrastructure agility from existing virtualized infrastructure,” said Sirish Raghuram, co-founder and CEO of Platform9. “Customers no longer need to choose between the world’s leading private cloud platform (OpenStack) and the world’s leading virtualization platform (VMware vSphere): Platform9 Managed OpenStack is 100% interoperable with VMware vSphere, allowing customers to integrate OpenStack and vSphere seamlessly. Developers can have self-service provisioning using OpenStack while at the same time, IT Operations manages the underlying infrastructure using vSphere.”

Platform9 also announced $10 million in Series B funding, bringing the funding total to $14.5 million. Menlo Ventures led the round, and previous investor Redpoint Ventures also participated. The company plans to use the money to accelerate its product roadmap for its growing customer base.

http://www.platform9.com


  • Platform9 was founded by early VMware engineers Sirish Raghuram (CEO), Madhura Maskasky (VP Product), Roopak Parikh (VP Engineering) and Bich Le (Chief Architect)/ 


Advantech Launches Packetarium XLc Carrier Grade Blade Server

Advantech launched its Packetarium XLc carrier-grade blade server designed for mobile edge computing, where greater scalability and elasticity are needed to respond to fluctuations in subscriber demand and the introduction of additional new services.

Advantech said its Packetarium XLc is the first commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) telco-grade server of its class to extend Network Function Virtualization (NFV) beyond the core network to both edge and access equipment. The system scales compute performance over nine Intel Xeon processor blades. Higher processing densities and lower power footprints are achieved through dual Intel Xeon processor blades that provide up to 144 powerful Intel Xeon processor cores in a compact 6U platform with a reduced depth of 400mm. The system routes traffic through two redundant switches that connect to the dual-star backplane creating an internal network with no single point of failure. It integrates Advantech’s Advanced Platform Management and is designed to meet demanding industry standards requiring five 9’s availability and NEBS Level 3 compliance.

Dan Rodriguez, General Manager, Intel Communications Infrastructure Division, said “Advantech’s Packetarium XLc is a good example of how members of the Intel Network Builders ecosystem play a key role in providing operators with the tools they need to actually go out and deploy a scalable and flexible NFV infrastructure built on Intel Xeon processors”.

“The Packetarium XLc enabled by a rich middleware partner ecosystem provides a solid NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) to application developers and content providers enabling them with the cloud-computing capabilities and IT-style service environment they need at the edge of the mobile network so they can drive new revenue streams for operators.” said Peter Marek, Senior Director x86 Solutions, Advantech Networks and Communications Group. “In addition, the system addresses real network deployment needs in locations with high mobile subscriber density and where greenfield installations are not possible.”

http://www2.advantech.com/networks-telecom/News.aspx?doc_id=32F7F005-9765-459F-B8B9-ECAF13A5B1C5


6WIND Launches Remote NFV Portal with Advantech

Advantech and 6WIND announced the opening of 6WIND’s remote Network Function Virtualization (NFV) portal for telecom operators, integrators and Virtual Network Function (VNFs) partners worldwide.

The portal provides access to a broad range of highly scalable NFV platforms where the performance of 6WIND Virtual Accelerator and Turbo Appliances, plus third-party VNFs, can be rapidly evaluated, and where interoperability between VNFs can be successfully validated.

The initiative is also intended to encourage collaboration between VNF vendors, NFV middleware providers such as 6WIND, OpenStack vendors, and platform providers such as Advantech to stimulate further innovation, to speed wider adoption and faster deployment of NFV-related technologies.

Testing is currently underway with third-party VNF vendors on a variety of software appliances providing functions such as load balancing, security and policy enforcement that enable VNF as a Service (VNFaaS) solutions. In addition, 6WIND is now demonstrating the NFV portal test drive environment at its monthly DPDK Meetups, showing users how to run their own applications in the cloud leveraging OpenStack with increased performance from 6WIND Virtual Accelerator.

“In the transition to NFV and virtual networking environments, telecom operators, integrators and application vendors can benefit from Advantech’s Remote Evaluation Service to help solve performance challenges faster and deploy the best solutions to meet fast-evolving needs,” said Eric Carmès, Founder and CEO of 6WIND. “Our NFV portal in Advantech’s lab allows users to test 6WIND’s Turbo Appliances and third party VNFs on top of 6WIND Virtual Accelerator managed by OpenStack for rapid performance evaluation.”

“We’re excited to expand our Remote Evaluation Service program from hardware-only to full NFV platforms” said Paul Stevens, Marketing Director, Advantech Networks & Communications Group. “We deploy widely used and fully featured OSs in the telecom industry and 6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator adds the most advanced acceleration for VM-to-VM communication on top of Advantech’s range of scalable networking hardware based on x86 architecture. Not only will RES for NFV allow users to evaluate NFV platforms and configurations quickly but it will also foster collaboration with VNF providers to enhance interoperability and speed innovation.”

http://6wind.testdrive-advantech-nfv.com/




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Video: Margaret Chiosi on AT&T's Pursuit of Open

Openness is a now fundamental design principle at AT&T, says Margaret Chiosi, Distinguished Network Engineer at AT&T and President of OPNFV.

AT&T's new SDN/NFV infrastructure is composed of many functional blocks, each of which is evolving in its own way. Openness allows best-of-breed for each functional blocks.

This 3-minute video covers AT&T's participation in multiple open networking projects, as well as the Domain 2.0 initiative.

See Video https://youtu.be/AeV5Rp1-HjI

AT&T Picks Metaswitch’s Virtualized SBC

AT&T has selected Metaswitch’s Perimeta Session Border Controller (SBC) to power a portion of the carrier’s software-centric network.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Metaswitch said its Perimeta SBC will enable AT&T to connect its LTE network traffic with other carriers’ networks via SBCs, which are deployed as virtualized network functions (VNFs).

"By embracing VNFs like the Perimeta SBC, AT&T can offer its customers a wide variety of differentiated services on a cost-effective, flexible and programmable network,” said John Lazar, CEO of Metaswitch. "Metaswitch is committed to collaborating with AT&T to deliver agile and high-quality software for AT&T’s software-centric network vision."

http://www.metaswitch.com/

Big Switch Unveils Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 with Elastic Pricing

Big Switch Networks unveiled its Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 architecture based on SDN, inspired by hyperscale cloud networking deployments, and featuring an elastic pricing structure.

Big Switch's architecture features an external SDN controller, advanced fabric design and open networking (bare metal) hardware. The new Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 brings deeper integration for both VMware and OpenStack environments, providing organizations with greater networking automation, resiliency, and simplicity.

Specifically, Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 delivers a unified physical + virtual SDN fabric for deploying resilient OpenStack clouds. Big Switch's Switch Light software is deployed on open networking switches (Switch Light OS) as well as on virtualized KVM servers (Switch Light VX). Its OpenStack Neutron plugin for L2/L3 networking provides resiliency necessary for production-grade OpenStack deployments. The Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 Controller acts as the single pane of glass for provisioning, troubleshooting, visibility and analytics of the entire physical and virtual network environment. This accelerates application deployment, simplifies operational workflows and provides immediate root-cause analysis when application performance issues arise.

Big Switch is offering several starter kits, pre-configured with switch hardware, cables, support and Big Cloud Fabric software for OpenStack, starting at $49k.


In addition, Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 deepens its integration across multiple VMware products in support of the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). This includes natively supporting advanced network automation and deep visibility for vSphere environments, now including vSphere 6; as well as support for VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO).

Big Monitoring Fabric (formerly Big Tap) is a next-generation network packet broker (NPB) that leverages SDN principles and Open Networking switches to provide scale-out data center monitoring at 30% of the cost of traditional NPBs. Popular customer use cases for Big Monitoring Fabric include: Pervasive monitoring, remote monitoring, mobile/LTE monitoring & DMZ / Inline security. Innovations include support for scale-out and low cost monitoring services such as de-duplication and packet modification with an x86 service node, with the Big Monitoring Fabric controller acting as the single pane of glass for both monitoring fabric and service nodes for simplified operational experience.

Big Switch is also introducing a hyperscale-inspired elastic pricing model to provide customers with flexibility, reduced cost and a pay-per-use consumption model for Hardware, Software and support. For the same CapEx amount used to purchase the SDN fabric -- physical switches, software and support -- customers can elect to receive twice the capacity with an "Elastic SDN Fabric" at no additional cost. For example, for the price of a 4 rack configuration, Big Switch would ship 8 racks of SDN fabric. The excess capacity of Elastic SDN Fabric is consumed on an as-utilized basis at $599/switch/month.

http://www.bigswitch.com/


  • Big Switch recently announced global expansion and year-over-year growth of 365%. The company now has customer wins across the US, APAC and EMEA regions, in verticals that include financial services, government, telecom service providers, tech and higher education. Customers include the U.S. Federal Government, Intuit, Clemson University, CleanSafeCloud, and U2 Cloud, a cloud service provider (CSP), 5 of the top 10 telcos in the world, a leading global credit card company, multiple global financial services firms, media companies, and a leading virtualization provider.

Palo Alto Debuts Highest Performance Firewall

Palo Alto Networks introduced its highest performance, next-generation firewall.

The new PA-7080 next-generation firewall, which can deliver up to 200Gbps throughput and 100Gbps with all security capabilities enabled, is designed for non-disruptive integration into large networks and data centers. It uses nearly 700 function-specific processors for networking, security, content inspection, and management.  It supports virtual wire, L2 and L3 networking, high availability modes combined with simplified management, simplified licensing, and intelligent traffic management. The PA-7080 is NEBS compliant, has front-to-back cooling, and AC/DC power supply options as standard features.

"By providing industry-leading performance with the full set of Palo Alto Networks security capabilities enabled, the PA-7080 is architected to deliver safe application enablement and to prevent against cyberattacks at the scale needed by service providers and the largest enterprises; it is an integral component of a prevention-minded, integrated platform approach to securing these organizations' networks," said Lee Klarich, Senior Vice President of Product Management.

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/content/campaigns/pa-7000-series/pa-7000-series/index.html

Integra Expands West Coast Fiber Footprint with opticAccess

Integra agreed to acquire opticAccess, which provides high-capacity, fiber-based connectivity solutions for large enterprise and domestic and international carrier customers through its 3,500 route mile network.

The opticAccess network stretches from Seattle to San Diego, with the majority of its metro fiber route miles in the Bay Area and Los Angeles metro areas.

Integra said the acquisition strengthens its western metro fiber network footprint. Following the transaction, Integra will have dense, unique metro fiber routes in all major western markets, enhancing Integra's ability to serve high-demand end-user markets including content and technology providers, financial services companies and international carriers (including the Asia-Pacific market), in high-demand geographies such as the Bay Area. Integra estimates that, following the acquisition, its addressable near-net demand (defined as telecom spend within 2,500 feet of its more than 4,000 route mile metro fiber network) will increase by approximately 40 percent, and it will have sizable additional opportunities within reach as it continues to expand and build its network.

"OpticAccess has become a trusted provider to many leading enterprises, as well as regional, national and international carriers with our unique routes along the West Coast and a high-touch customer service philosophy," said Brady Adams, CEO of opticAccess. "Our network assets and business focus are well aligned with Integra, offering a solid fit to accelerate their growth throughout the region."

"The acquisition of opticAccess reinforces Integra's fiber-centric network investment and growth strategy, and reaffirms our standing as one of the largest regional fiber network operators in the United States," said Robert E. Guth, CEO of Integra. "The combined assets of the two companies will significantly expand Integra's network reach and improve our ability to deliver the high-bandwidth, high-reliability network solutions that our sophisticated wholesale, government and enterprise customers demand."

http://www.integratelecom.com/

Aliyun to Open Singapore Cloud Data Center

Alibaba's Aliyun cloud computing arm is completing construction of a new cloud data center in Singapore.  The facility, which will be Aliyun's headquarters for overseas business, is slated for an early September launch.

The new cloud data center leverages on Alibaba Group’s recent US$1 billion investment for cloud computing, and will enable more businesses to benefit from secure and reliable Aliyun-powered cloud services while riding on record foreign direct investment flows in Southeast Asia.

This is Aliyun's seventh data center globally. It will have direct connections to Aliyun's data center network via Beijing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Silicon Valley.

“Singapore is a natural destination to be our headquarters for overseas expansion. The city state is a natural springboard into the Asia Pacific region, not only for us, but for our target audience. We are seeing healthy demand for cloud-related data management services in Singapore because of the ease of doing business, comprehensive transport and telecommunications connections and robust intellectual property regime. The stable geo-political climate and abundance of highly skilled talent are advantages too,” said Sicheng (Ethan) Yu, Vice President of Aliyun.

http://www.aliyun.com

Intel Backs "America's Greatest Makers" Competition

Intel is sponsoring a new, reality TV competition called “America’s Greatest Makers,” which will be produced by United Artists Media Group CEO Mark Burnett and premiere in the first half of 2016 across the Turner Broadcasting.

The show will challenge makers to create wearables and smart connected consumer devices powered by Intel's Curie technology.  There is a $1 million prize.

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