Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Juniper Brings 3X Boost and New Automation to MX Edge Routers

Juniper Networks rolled out a major upgrade for its MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routing portfolio, including new line cards and software features that triple throughput and enable network automation.

Some highlights:

  • Three new MX Series line cards (MPC7, MPC8 and MPC9) powered by a new iteration of Juniper's programmable Trio silicon.  At the high-end, the 400 GbE-ready MPC9 provides an industry-leading 1.6 Tbps of throughput, enabling a single MX2020 to scale to 32 Tbps of throughput, enough to stream more than 2 million 4K videos simultaneously. The MPC7 doubles the performance and density of all currently installed MX240, MX480 and MX960 routers, providing customers with investment protection.
  • Juniper Extension Toolkit (JET), which uses open APIs, yields new automation capabilities in Junos software. JET provides a programmatic interface to develop highly customized third-party applications, such as provisioning and self-healing capabilities. These applications can reside on or off the MX2010 or MX2020 to seamlessly interact with the network layer. Not limited to the MX Series, JET is available on all Juniper platforms that run Junos software. In addition, JET includes support for OpenConfig, a standardized, vendor-independent configuration and management capability with customizable YANG data models for flexible vendor integration.
  • Junos Telemetry Interface: a high-frequency telemetry export function for optimizing network performance and fault management. Junos Telemetry Interface facilitates SDN/NFV migrations by synchronizing operational states to external controllers. Advanced analytics and real-time data correlation to deliver real-time reporting at scale are made possible through advanced technologies from companies like SevOne, a leading global provider of digital infrastructure management solutions. Junos Telemetry Interface are expected to be available in 1H 2016.

“You know you’re onto something when you have a platform that has continually outpaced Moore’s Law since the first MX shipped in 2006. As Juniper’s flagship edge routing platform, the MX Series is the market leader in feature availability, use case support, performance, reliability, scale, and now, with the addition of advanced Junos software features, we are extending our automation capabilities. In an industry that’s constantly touting the ‘new,’ it’s important to remember that customers are making significant technology investments with the expectation that it will continue to deliver ROI for many years. With the MX Series, we believe customers can invest with the confidence that the platform will exceed requirements for future network demands,” stated Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation.

Juniper noted that its MX series, which was first introduced in 2006, has been deployed by more than 90 percent of the 50 largest telecom companies.


Coriant Unveils 1 RU Data Center Interconnect Platform

Coriant unveiled a stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform packaging 3.2 terabits of capacity in a compact 1RU form factor.

The Coriant Groove G30 DCI Platform boasts up to six times higher system density and up to 70% better power efficiency than comparable offerings.  Coriant said its platform simplifies provisioning of 10G, 40G, and 100G Wide Area Network (WAN) cloud connectivity services in metro, regional, and long haul DCI applications while offering a pay-as-you-grow approach that enables the lowest startup costs, cost-effective scalability, and reduced equipment sparing costs. It supports dynamically adjustable modulation formats (16QAM, 8QAM, QPSK) to deliver cost-optimized optical reach in both metro and long haul applications

"Coriant is changing the game in data center interconnect with a breakthrough solution that helps cloud and data center operators deliver highly competitive and profitable services," said Paul Smelters, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, Coriant. "The Coriant Groove™ G30 DCI Platform builds upon our leadership in high-speed optics and ensures the best end-user cloud experience at the lowest operational cost."

The Coriant Groove G30 DCI Platform is currently entering customer trials. The product is planned for availability in Q2 2016.


Open Container Initiative Cites Progress and Growing Membership

The Open Container Initiative (OCI), which was launched earlier this year with a mission to host an open source, technical community and build a vendor-neutral, portable and open specification and runtime for container-based solutions, cited a number of milestones and a growing membership base.

Founding members, including nine new companies committed to the OCI include: Amazon Web Services, Apcera, Apprenda, AT&T, ClusterHQ, Cisco, CoreOS, Datera, Dell, Docker, EMC, Fujitsu Limited, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, IBM, Infoblox, Intel, Joyent, Kismatic, Kyup, Mesosphere, Microsoft, Midokura, Nutanix, Odin, Oracle, Pivotal, Polyverse, Portworx, Rancher Labs, Red Hat, Resin.io, Scalock, Sysdig, SUSE, Twistlock, Twitter, Univa, Verizon Labs, VMware and Weaveworks.

Key points:

  • The OCI follows an open governance model that guides the project’s technical roadmap, currently available on GitHub. 
  • A Technical Developer Community (TDC) has been formed for the project and includes independent maintainers as well as maintainers from founding members including Docker, CoreOS, Google and Huawei. The TDC is responsible for maintaining the project and handling the releases of both the runtime and specification. 
  • A Technical Oversight Board (TOB) will be appointed by the members of the OCI and the TDC. The TOB will work closely with the TDC to ensure cross-project consistencies and workflows. The governance model also includes a Trademark Board to oversee the development and use of the OCI’s trademarks and certifications. 
  • As part of the original formation of the OCI in June of this year, Docker has donated both a draft specification for the base format and runtime and the code associated with a reference implementation of that specification. 
  • Since the OCI’s inception, there have been two releases of the specification and six releases of runc. Docker will be integrating the latest version of runc into future releases of Docker and Cloud Foundry has implemented runc as part of its Garden Project. 

“Collaborative development continues to prove its ability to transform markets and advance emerging technologies. The OCI is a welcome addition to The Linux Foundation Collaborative Project ecosystem,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “This level of industry support illustrates the prevalence of container technologies across IT infrastructures, much in the way we saw with virtualization 10 years ago. I’m very excited to support the work of this community.”


IBM Acquires Clearleap for Cloud Video Platform

IBM has acquired Clearleap, a privately-held provider of cloud based video services based in Duluth, Georgia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Clearleap video platform is optimized for massive scalability, which enables clients to ramp up and support millions of concurrent users within seconds to support special events. Clearleap offers an open API framework that enables organizations to easily build video into applications and to adapt to specific business needs such as custom workflows and advanced analytics. The framework also enables access to key third-party applications and includes subscription and monetization services, and data centers from which to host digital video assets.

Clearleap said it serves leading brands such as HBO, A+E Networks, the NFL, BBC America, Sony Movie Channel, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon Communications, among others. The company operates data centers in Atlanta; Las Vegas; Frankfurt, Germany; and Amsterdam.

Clearleap will be integrated into the IBM Cloud platform to provide enterprises with a fast and easy way to manage, monetize and grow user video experiences and deliver them securely over the Web and mobile devices.

IBM said the acquisition is part of its broader strategy to help clients unlock the value of video as it grows in importance in business. IBM is advancing its cloud strategy to improve the performance and management of this powerful tool, and help clients extract insight from it.

“Clearleap joins IBM at a tipping point in the industry when visual information and visual communication are not just important to consumers, but are exploding across every industry," said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Cloud. "This comes together for a client when any content can be delivered quickly and economically to any device in the most natural way."


IBM Wins U.S. Research Grant for Quantum Computing

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) program has award a multiyear research grant to IBM to advance the building blocks for a universal quantum computer.

The award is funded under the Logical Qubits (LogiQ) program of IARPA led by Dr. David Moehring. The LogiQ Program seeks to overcome the limitations of current quantum systems by building a logical qubit from a number of imperfect physical qubits.

IBM said its research team will continue to pursue the leading approach for building a universal quantum computer by using superconducting qubits. By encoding the superconducting qubits into a logical qubit, one should then be able to perform true quantum computation. These logical qubit designs will be foundational to future, more complex quantum computing systems.

“We are at a turning point where quantum computing is moving beyond theory and experimentation to include engineering and applications,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director, IBM Research. “Quantum computing promises to deliver exponentially more speed and power not achievable by today’s most powerful computers with the potential to impact business needs on a global scale. Investments and collaboration by government, industry and academia such as this IARPA program are necessary to help overcome some of the challenges towards building a universal quantum computer.”


IBM Announces Two Breakthroughs for Quantum Computing

Researchers at IBM have demonstrated for the first time the ability to detect and measure the two types of quantum errors (bit-flip and phase-flip) that will occur in any real quantum computer. The researchers have also shown a new, square quantum bit circuit design that could scale to larger dimensions.

“Quantum computing could be potentially transformative, enabling us to solve problems that are impossible or impractical to solve today," said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director of IBM Research. “While quantum computers have traditionally been explored for cryptography, one area we find very compelling is the potential for practical quantum systems to solve problems in physics and quantum chemistry that are unsolvable today. This could have enormous potential in materials or drug design, opening up a new realm of applications.”

The research is published in the April 29 issue of the journal Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7979).


Pluribus Develops Virtualization-Centric Fabric

Pluribus Networks introduced its Virtualization-Centric Fabric (VCF), its SDN architectural approach based on proven approaches to networking, clustering, management and resiliency.

Pluribus VCF, which is available now as part of the company's family of Netvisor operating systems for open switches, is a completely virtualized networking fabric with macro segmentation capabilities and flow-level visibility.

Key attributes of Pluribus VCF include:

Virtualized networking fabric - the creation of a virtualized networking fabric at the hardware layer in dedicated switches, rather than consuming server-level resources. Each switch participates in the switching fabric as an equal partner, with complete visibility into the entire network and its end-points and flows.

Virtual fabric automation - maintains virtualized connectivity across the entire fabric, regardless of the number of switches or intermediaries involved.

Virtual Port (vPort) and Virtual Network (vNet) segmentation - at the macro and micro levels, enabling any source and destinations, physical or virtual, to be combined into virtual networks.

Virtual TAP - provides visibility to information that flows between any source and destination, physical or virtual. Virtual flow (vFlow) management, enabling sessions to be copied, re-directed or terminated via user or programmatic command.

Virtual fabric API - allows advanced applications to take advantage of the fabric as a single entity, using common programming interfaces including REST, Java, JSON and C++.

Fabric-wide Command Line Interface (CLI) - allowing interaction from any point to the entire fabric, making simple changes that span the infrastructure. This ensures compatibility with existing tools, processes and associated management best practices.

Relies on industry-standard TCP/IP protocols - providing full compatibility with existing networking infrastructures, and the use of existing spines and backbones during the transition to a more agile topology.

“In the data center networking space, Pluribus’ advanced fabric technology was exactly the approach we were looking for as we developed our hyperscaled Cloud solutions, like our recently announced HDS8000. Pluribus shares our vision of elastic capacity, with deep visibility and control,” said Howard Wu, Head of Product Line, Hyper Cloud Solution, Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson. “Ericsson has a long standing expertise in optical networking and when combined with Pluribus’ VCF fabric architecture, our customers will realize a level of on-demand and subscription capabilities not available anywhere else.”


Pluribus Ports Open Netvisor Linux OS onto Dell’s ONIE compatible 10G/40G Switches

Pluribus Networks announced an agreement to port its Open Netvisor Linux operating system onto Dell’s family of Open Networking (ONIE compatible) 10G/40G switches, including the S6000-ON and S4048-ON. Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux combines the benefits of Linux with a plug-and-play, application-aware fabric, advanced network flow programming and embedded analytics and visibility capabilities. It offers interoperability with the Layer 2 and IP/BGP...

Blueprint: Ready to Evolve with SDN and Open Alternatives?

by Kumar Srikantan and Dave Ginsburg, Pluribus Networks One of the great promises of SDN is its programmability and interoperability.   Both are required if the evolution from legacy approaches in the way our networks are deployed and operated is to succeed. I’ll first look at programmability, the software and applications, and a great comparison is the evolution of the phone.  For those old enough to experience the old black handset,...

Pluribus Races Ahead in SDN with $50 Million in New Funding

Pluribus Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced $50 million in a Series D round of funding to advance its vision for unified computer, network, storage and virtualization driven by a single, open and programmable SDN platform. Pluribus features a distributed network hypervisor operating system that converges compute, network, storage and virtualization with an open, programmable approach. The platform brings full bare-metal...

PMC Intros Smart Solutions for Data Center Storage Connectivity

PMC-Sierra introduced its HBA 1000 series of 12Gb/s SAS/SATA Host Bus Adapters, the first products in PMC’s new Smart family of solutions for high-performance cloud and enterprise server storage connectivity.

The HBA 1000 use field-proven Smart intellectual property (IP) from the most widely deployed server storage stack and PMC’s SmartIOC controller. It offers up to 16 internal or external SAS/SATA ports in a low-profile MD2 form factor.

A low-profile form factor and mini-SAS HD connectors allow the HBA 1000 to install into 2U servers for maximum native connectivity in the smallest footprint with no impediment to air flow. It is fully compatible with RAID adapters and expanders for complete scalability to store, retrieve, and manage data across SSDs, HDDs and tape drives. The HBA 1000 saturates the PCIe Gen 3 bus and delivers up to 1.3 million I/Os Per Second (IOPS) with SAS SSDs, utilizing 60 percent less power than competing HBAs. This lowers energy consumption and helps avoid the heat dissipation issues that are typically found in dense server environments. The HBA 1000 also delivers 2.5 times greater sequential throughput and 85 percent higher random read performance for cloud data centers deploying SATA drives for application acceleration, compared to a common configuration of up to 10 SATA SSDs attached directly to the server without an HBA.

“PMC’s new Smart Storage Solutions combine over 25 years of Adaptec compatibility with our high performance and resilient Smart IP that’s based on the industry’s most broadly deployed server stack, running on high-density PMC silicon,” said Pete Hazen, vice president of the Scalable Solutions Group at PMC. “The HBA 1000 products are the first offering in our Smart family, enabling storage connectivity at less than half the power of alternatives.”


Monday, December 7, 2015

AT&T to Expand its Fiber Residential Footprint to 38 More Metros

AT&T unveiled plans to extend its  fiber residential network, which offers Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps, to an additional 38 metro areas across the U.S..  This rollout will double the reach of the AT&T GigaPower service, which currently passes over 1 million locations, bringing the total number of metros served to 56.

AT&T also announced the launch of its ultra-fast Internet service in parts of 2 of these metros – Los Angeles and West Palm Beach.  AT&T GigaPower is now available in 20 of the nation’s largest metros.  

“Customer demand for AT&T GigaPower and sales have exceeded expectations since launching speeds up to 1 gigabit per second in Austin,” said Brad Bentley, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, AT&T Entertainment Group. “The faster speeds offered through AT&T GigaPower keep consumers and small businesses connected as they are accessing more content on more devices. This improves a customer’s experience when they are connecting to the cloud, hosting a videoconference, streaming videos and music, playing online games and more.”

The 38 metro areas that AT&T will be entering, starting with the launch of service in parts of the Los Angeles and West Palm Beach metros today, are:

  • Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery
  • Arkansas: Fort Smith/Northwest Arkansas and Little Rock
  • California: Bakersfield, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose4
  • Florida: Pensacola and West Palm Beach
  • Georgia: Augusta
  • Indiana: Indianapolis
  • Kansas: Wichita
  • Kentucky: Louisville
  • Louisiana: Baton Rouge, Shreveport-Bossier, Jefferson Parish region and the Northshore
  • Mississippi: Jackson
  • Missouri: St. Louis5
  • Michigan: Detroit
  • Nevada: Reno
  • North Carolina: Asheville
  • Ohio: Cleveland and Columbus
  • Oklahoma: Oklahoma City and Tulsa
  • South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia and Greenville
  • Tennessee: Memphis
  • Texas: El Paso and Lubbock
  • Wisconsin: Milwaukee


GSMA: Mobile Industry Boosts European Economy

The mobile industry’s contribution to European GDP will increase from EUR500 billion in 2014 to EUR600 billion by 2020, as markets across the region benefit from the improvements in productivity and efficiency brought about by the adoption of new mobile technologies, including machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, according to a new study by GSMA.

“Europe’s mobile operators have invested heavily in 4G over the past few years despite challenging macroeconomic and regulatory conditions, and we expect investments in 4G deployments, capacity and spectrum to be sustained for the remainder of the decade,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer at the GSMA. “Mobile subscribers in Europe are now benefiting from download speeds that far exceed the global average and are taking advantage of a range of innovative new services made possible by next-generation networks and devices.”

Some highlights:

  • 4G will account for 60 per cent of the continent’s mobile connections1 by 2020, according to the report, up from 20 per cent today.
  • 4G network coverage passed 80 per cent of the European population in early 2015 and is forecast to exceed 95 per cent by the end of the decade.
  • Smartphones are forecast to account for 76 per cent of Europe’s mobile connections by 2020, up from 60 per cent this year.
  • Average monthly data usage for Western Europe is set to grow from less than 1GB per month in 2014 to nearly 6GB in 2019, a 45 per cent compound annual growth rate, according to Cisco.
  • The EUR500 billion generated by the mobile industry in Europe last year was equivalent to 3.2 per cent of the region’s GDP. 
  • The mobile industry directly and indirectly supported 3.8 million jobs and contributed approximately EUR84 billion to public funding in the form of various types of taxation. 


QLogic and Brocade Demo NVMe Over Fabrics with Fibre Channel

QLogic and Brocade demonstrated a Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) over Fabrics solution using Fibre Channel as the fabric.

The demonstration, which is an industry first, is based on the draft specification of NVMe over Fabrics under definition by the NVM Express, Inc. organization and the draft Fibre Channel over NVMe (FC-NVMe) standards under definition by T11.

The companies said this FC-NVMe proof of concept (POC) sets a foundation for lower latency and increased performance, while providing improved fabric integration for flash-based storage.

NVMe provides a standards-based approach for PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) access that significantly improves performance by reducing latency and streamlining the command set while providing support for security and end-to-end data protection. NVMe over Fabrics defines an efficient mechanism to utilize these devices in large scale storage deployments and provides investment protection by allowing the latest in innovations and advances in low latency SSD flash to be used over proven Fibre Channel fabrics. This enables the NVMe storage devices to be shared, pooled and managed more effectively.

“Next-generation data intensive workloads are utilizing low latency NVMe flash-based storage to meet ever increasing user demand,” said Vikram Karvat, vice president of products, marketing and planning, QLogic. “By combining the lossless, highly deterministic nature of Fibre Channel with NVMe, FC-NVMe targets the performance, application response time, and scalability needed for next generation data centers, while leveraging existing Fibre Channel infrastructures. QLogic is pioneering this effort with industry leaders, which in time, will yield significant operational benefits to data center operators and IT managers.”


Spirent to Acquire Epitiro for Wi-Fi Experience Monitoring

Spirent Communications has acquired Epitiro, a privately-help company specializing in Wi-Fi experience monitoring.

Epitiro, which is based in Cardiff (UK), offers compact, rugged probes that may be deployed in office buildings, factories, stadiums and other mobility locations providing real-time insight into the availability and experience of services.  Key metrics include availability of Wi-Fi connectivity, file transfer and web browsing speed, availability and performance of social media applications like Facebook, etc..

Spirent said the acquisition of Epitiro builds on the success of a strategic partnership which has led to experience monitoring system deployments at multiple customers, including a tier 1 US service provider. Spirent’s service assurance suite enables providers to proactively identify problems, often before they impact the customer experience. The suite consists of four product lines: Device and End-to-End, Network, In-Home and Mobility.

“Our service provider and enterprise customers increasingly see Wi-Fi as an integral part of their strategy to provide services anywhere and anytime,” said Des Owens, general manager of Service Assurance at Spirent. “With this acquisition, we’re building on the success of our strategic partnership with Epitiro and see an exciting opportunity to improve the visibility of Wi-Fi experience for many more service providers and enterprises worldwide. We’ll also be better positioned to integrate Epitiro’s pioneering Wi-Fi technology across our suite and to provide our customers with seamless support and services.”


New IBM Cloud Service for Apps Targeting Unstructured Data

IBM introduced a new, Bluemix cloud service that lets developers interactively compose and connect object storage into their apps.

IBM Object Storage service provides app creators with a fully scalable, API-accessible platform to store and retrieve unstructured data, as well as build apps around this content.  It also allows developers to access this valuable data from external apps.

IBM said that to help capture, store and gain intelligence from rapidly increasing amounts of unstructured data, it has built a portfolio of technologies - including IBM Object Storage and its recent acquisition of Cleversafe. Cleversafe’s portfolio allows businesses to efficiently store and manage massive amounts of data throughout their organization, enabling them to scale and connect into large-scale content repositories, backup, archives and more.


Alcatel-Lucent Lands Two More Big Routing Contracts in China

Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that China Unicom and China Mobile are both significantly expanding their deployment of the company’s core router. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Mobile’s CMNET, its national IP backbone network, is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS IP Core Router. China Mobile will also use the 7950 XRS in its metro networks. The agreement expands on terms announced in October 2014 of Alcatel-Lucent’s selection as the sole supplier for the China Mobile 2014 high-performance Ethernet router central bid. In July, Alcatel-Lucent announced it would advance China Mobile’s move to the cloud using ultra-broadband access, IP networking and NFV technology. With 820 million subscribers, China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile operator.

China Unicom will expand the deployment of the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS IP Core Router to meet high-traffic demand in nine Chinese cities within the Jiangsu, Shandong, Jiangxi, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia provinces. Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its 7950 XRS IP Core Router within the 14 metro network nodes of nine cities in China. Deployment will be completed toward the end of 2016. China Unicom is aiming to ensure its metro networks can meet the surging capacity demands of a growing base of more than 400 million fixed and mobile broadband subscribers into the future. This agreement expands on Alcatel-Lucent’s 2014 announcement of its selection as the supplier for the China Unicom 2014 IP metro network core router central bid.


City of San Jose Tests LED SmartPoles with LTE Small Cells

The City of San Jose will install 50 Philips SmartPoles, which bring together energy efficient LED lighting and fully integrated 4G LTE small cell technology by Ericsson. This pilot was initiated through the City’s Demonstration Partnership Policy.

The 50 Philips SmartPoles, along with 750 Philips RoadFocus LED luminaires, are connected through a system in which they can be wirelessly controlled to modify lighting to accommodate the needs of the city. Philips said its SmartPole fixtures are 50 percent more energy efficient than conventional street lighting.

For this implementation, Philips collaborated with utility company PG&E and its metering engineering team over an unprecedented 90 day development cycle to design, test, certify and install a specialized two-way communicating meter that is affixed to the top of the SmartPole. This new meter measures the amount of electricity used by the mobile network and transmits the data transmitted directly back to PG&E. The new meters de-clutter dense urban areas by eliminating the need for standalone pedestal meters that are typically installed next to any equipment that uses electricity.

“Smart cities like San Jose share a commitment to safety, sustainability and connectivity, so we are pleased to be an integral part of this innovative project that delivers all these benefits in one sleek solution that complements their streetscape,” said Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson. “Integrating our LTE small cells in Philips SmartPoles and Ericsson Zero Site ensures that the mobile broadband connectivity requirements of citizens and new IoT applications can be addressed today and as we evolve towards 5G.”


Dell'Oro: Ethernet Switch Data Center Sales Surge

The Ethernet Switch – Data Center market surged to $2.6B, setting an all-time record in 3Q15, with the bulk of the increase driven by sales of 40 GE switches, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. In 2016, Dell'Oro Group is predicting explosive growth for 100 GE, with sales to well-exceed half a billion dollars.

"The quarter was highlighted by Arista achieving the number two rank in revenue for the first time along with strong growth from most vendors and the filling out of next generation 100 GE switch platforms," said Alan Weckel, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group.  "Looking forward to the last quarter of 2015 and early 2016, we expect to see a very strong ramp in 100 GE as customers like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft begin widespread deployments," stated Weckel.

The Quarterly Ethernet Switch – Data Center Report also indicates there is a significant difference in market share and rank across geographical regions with Cisco, Arista, and Juniper being the top three vendors in North America, but Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Huawei being the top three vendors in China in the third quarter 2015.


Mexico's Axtel to Merge with Alestra

Alestra announced a merger agreement with Axtel, a fixed line operator based in Monterrey, Mexico. It serves 39 cities across Mexico with fixed line services, including FTTH, VPNs and integrated communications.

Alestra is an IT services company based in Monterrey, Mexico.  It operates five data centers across Mexico. It's parent company. Alfa, purchased AT&T's 49% in Alestra baci in 2011.


Huawei Supplies Cloud Data Center Network for Abraxas in Switzerland

Abraxas, a large information and communications technology (ICT) integrator and Cloud Service Provider (CSP) in Switzerland, has built a virtualized multi-tenant cloud data centre network with Huawei’s Cloud Fabric Data Centre Network Solution.

The fabric, built by Huawei through Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) and Ethernet Virtual Network (EVN), has helped Abraxas build an ultra-large cross-DC Layer 2 network, implementing flexible deployment and scheduling Virtual Machine (VM) resources. The Virtual System (VS) technology used by Huawei’s Cloud Fabric implements “1: N” virtualisation of a core switch.

“Huawei’s Cloud Fabric has been deployed in more than 1000 data centres in over 80 countries and regions around the world, including multiple world-renowned corporations such as Telefonica, Alibaba, Tencent, and 21Vianet Group, Inc., etc.” said Wu Chou, CTO, Switch & Enterprise Communications Product Line, Huawei. “As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei will continue to devote itself to building a better connected world by carrying out customer-centric innovations.”


Marvell Posts Revenue of $674 Million, Down 28% YoY

Marvell Technology Group reported preliminary third quarter fiscal 2016 revenue of $674 Million, down approximately 5 percent from $711 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, ended August 1, 2015, and down approximately 28 percent from $930 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, ended November 1, 2014.

In the third quarter of fiscal 2016, storage revenue declined 16% sequentially reflecting lower demand from HDD customers but was offset slightly by better-than-expected SSD controller sales.  Networking revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 declined 8% sequentially reflecting continued weak demand for enterprise networking products while mobile and wireless revenue grew 15% sequentially on stronger smartphone demand, particularly in the low-end.

Marvell is restructuring its mobile handset business only. The company anticipates mobile handset platform-related revenue to decline through fiscal year 2017 due to the restructuring actions announced on September 24, 2015.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Blueprint: Predictions of Big Trends Impacting the Digital Economy

by Tony Bishop, VP Global Enterprise Strategy and Marketing, Equinix

From the Internet of Things to renewable energy principles, we’ll see our digital economy transforming before our eyes in 2016. Here are my predictions.

1. Digital commerce will be transformed.

The confluence of new payment platforms, big data and technologies such as real-time fraud detection and location-based services is transforming the digital payments industry. Meanwhile, consumer expectations are only rising as digital payment options become more available, banks transition to secure, chip-embedded credit cards and merchants adopt new EMV terminals that make it easier to use those cards. To adapt, 2016 will see the players in the digital payments industry seeking fast, continuous availability of colocation services in a scalable, interconnected environment. These environments must supply real-time access to brokers, as well as to digital wallet and market data providers. They must also connect to hundreds of point-of-sale providers, digital commerce sites, financial institutions and mobile networks. We predict that 2016 will also see major digital payment players realize that the true value of the digital transaction is in the customer data it provides, such as on spending habits and shopping locations. They will redesign their networks to better handle and analyze these non-payment data elements, so they can better position themselves for precise customer targeting, such as personalized time and location-based offers mixed with loyalty systems.

2. The Internet of Things (IoT) will dramatically impact IT networks.

Record-breaking adoption and expansion of IoT devices and sensors will continue to accelerate, resulting in a flood of data that severely strains network capacity and security. We predict that in 2016, enterprises will work to more seamlessly combine networked intelligence with the data being processed by sensors and actuators. This will enable the enterprise to gain more control of its information and enhance its ability to use the IoT to quickly adapt to changing conditions, create new value and drive new growth. Enterprises can improve their agility in rapidly changing IoT environments by deploying infrastructure that enables direct and secure connections between the multiple components that must be in synch to exploit the real-time insights the IoT offers. That kind of interconnection ensures employees, partners and customers can get the information they need, in the right context, using the devices, channels and services they prefer. Businesses will realize this, meaning robust interconnection will become a more prominent solution in this space in 2016, as an intersection point between IoT, clouds and the enterprise becomes increasingly necessary.

3. Content providers will increasingly bypass the Internet to meet surging demand for capacity.
The massive shift toward 3D, Super HD, 4K and high dynamic range (HDR) streaming technologies will present huge challenges to networks and digital content providers in 2016. For instance, the latest digital video report from Sandvine indicates Netflix streams used a whopping 36.5% of all downstream traffic to North American broadband households at prime viewing hours. But that kind of capacity demand is set to spike in 2016 as more households embrace new streaming technologies that require up to four times the normal bandwidth. In addition, the Cisco Visual Networking Index points to even more strains on networks and content providers as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and other video streaming services grow to make up 76% of consumer Internet traffic by 2018. To handle these looming capacity demands, in 2016 we’ll see more media companies follow Netflix’s lead by shifting workloads to the cloud and using interconnection to optimize Internet application performance. Netflix has also created internal content delivery networks to circumvent Internet bandwidth limitations and stream even more digital content to customers, effectively and efficiently.

4. The Internet will get greener.

The Internet will get greener in 2016, even as the number of global Internet users reaches 50 percent of the world’s population. This continuous expansion of our digital lives requires massive amounts of electricity, particularly for the data centers that serve as catalysts of the digital economy. Data center operators know that has consequences in a fossil-fuels based economy, with 84% of North American operators recently recognizing a need to consider renewable energy for meeting future energy demands (Trends in Data Centers, Mortenson). In 2016, we’ll see more enterprises adopt renewable energy principles. Companies that rely on electricity to supply power to critical Internet infrastructure and maintain operational reliability will continue to reevaluate the energy efficiency of their data centers, adopt proven energy-saving techniques and evolve sustainability best practices.

5. The enterprise will turn to multi-cloud interconnection strategies for cost savings.

Multi-cloud strategies will be a huge part of the enterprise push in 2016 toward improving production workloads, achieving business agility, accelerating application performance and controlling costs. According to the recent Forrester study, “The Total Economic Impact of Equinix Interconnection Solutions,” enterprises realized major cost reductions with multi-cloud interconnection strategies that enabled them to deploy and scale applications with lower-cost cloud service providers, compared to running those applications internally. Peering locally with cloud providers through secure, direct interconnections that access and integrate multiple clouds enables organizations to provision cloud services quickly and provide an improved end-user experience. We believe enterprise adoption of multi-cloud interconnectivity will continue to increase, as organizations realize bypassing the public internet and directly and securely connecting to cloud providers eases corporate concerns.

6. Cyber-security will fuel increased adoption of interconnection.

Cyber-security was one of the biggest concerns identified by enterprise IT leaders in the recent Equinix “Enterprise of the Future” report. In fact, 64% of global IT business decision-makers admitted cyber-security concerns could prompt them to consider re-architecting their IT infrastructure over the next 12 months. In 2016, we’ll see more focus on reducing risks and minimizing exposure for corporate networks. Security in the cloud continues to be a growing concern for enterprises, which are realizing that their own on-ramps to cloud services, not the cloud providers themselves, are their weakest links. They also know that accessing cloud services via the public Internet exacerbates those risks. As enterprises continue to evaluate their IT infrastructure options, direct connection will continue to prove to be a more consistent and secure tool for connecting organizations to each other and to the cloud.

7. Interconnection will remove significant barriers to IT growth.

In 2016, the corporate network will be strained by trends such as the global dispersion of workforces (75% of enterprise employees reside in locations outside of a company’s headquarters) and the proliferation of multiple users who access the network via multiple devices in multiple locations. Centralized, siloed IT architectures, often trapped in on-premise data centers, can’t scale to get closer to end users and deliver the high-performance connections users demand. Meanwhile, interconnection via the public internet will continue to be plagued by questions about reliability and security. For all these reasons, 2016 will be a year that enterprises increasingly design interconnection-oriented infrastructures to enable direct and secure links to cloud and network providers and various other partners. In this interconnected era, companies will increasingly rely on instantaneous interconnection with each other to create value and succeed. They’ll find the benefits of this interconnection are real and quantifiable. According to the recent “Enterprise of the Future” report by Equinix, more than a third of respondents who have already deployed interconnection solutions report greater than $10 million in value created, with 58% reporting this value came from increased revenue opportunities.

About the Author

Tony Bishop is the vice president Global Enterprise Strategy and Marketing for Equinix.  In this role, he is responsible for creating the global growth strategy and go to market execution plan for Enterprise, as well as building out global enterprise ecosystems. Author of Next Generation Datacenters - Driving Extreme Efficiency & Effective Cost Savings., Bishop previously drove strategic IT transformation programs for Morgan Stanley & Wachovia Bank. He is recipient of multiple industry awards including ComputerWorld’s Top 40 under 40 IT Leaders.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Facebook Engineering: Building a Live Video Broadcast Capability

The Facebook Engineering team is building the ability for people to share live video on Facebook, potentially to very large numbers of viewers.

In this blog post, engineers described "the thundering herd" problem - public figures with millions of followers on Facebook may suddenly start a live broadcast. Facebook needs to be able to handle the potential of more than a million people watching the broadcast at the same time, as happened recently with a live stream from Vin Diesel.

Facebook's approach is to deploy a network of edge caches around the globe. A live video is split into three-second HLS segments, which are sequentially requested by the video player displaying the broadcast. The segment request is handled by one of the HTTP proxies in an edge data center, which then checks with an edge cache and the origin cache. Facebook is aiming to take the latency "down to a few seconds."

A trial of these capabilities is starting with a small percentage of people in the U.S. on iPhones.