Friday, January 15, 2016

Taoglas Opens Antenna & RF Design Center in San Diego

Taoglas has opened a fully-equipped, design and test center in San Diego for companies building wirelessly-connected M2M and IoT applications.

The new Taoglas IoTx Center offers two CTIA-calibrated anechoic chambers, and includes a custom antenna and RF cable assembly facility, expanded development and office space as well as a well-equipped, sound-proofed customer lounge area. Taoglas said it plans to increase its San Diego staff by 50% this year and expects to double that in the next three years.

“This kind of open-door policy is rare in the antenna and wireless device testing business,” explained Dermot O'Shea, president of Taoglas USA. “We have expanded our engineering team, added more test equipment and now have two chambers here to increase design and test capacity. As well as being able to prototype antennas and PCB’s etc we can test the antenna and devices in operation on site to ensure they work reliably in the real world. We have also now added an antenna and cable assembly operation so we can quickly produce antenna and custom RF cable orders here in San Diego. Quite often customers require products in a few days rather than weeks and we have now facilitated that demand with this new move.”

http://www.taoglas.com

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Blueprint: What’s in Store for the Database in 2016?

by Roger Levy, VP of Product at MariaDB

In 2015, CIOs focused on DevOps and similar technologies such as containers as a way to improve time to value. During 2016, greater attention will be focused on data analytics and data management as a way to improve the timeliness and quality of business decisions. How best to store and manage data is on the minds of most CIOs as they kick off the New Year. It’s exciting to see that databases, which underlie every app and enterprise on the planet, are now back in the spotlight. Here’s what organizations anticipate for next year.

Securing your data at multiple layers
2015 saw every type of organization, from global retailers to the Catholic Church, experience financial losses and reputation damage from data breaches. Security has long been a concern of CIOs, but the growing frequency of high-profile attacks and new regulations make data protection a critical 2016 priority for businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations.

Organizations can no longer rely on just a firewall to protect your data. Amidst a myriad of threats, a robust security regimen requires multiple levels of protection including network access, firewalls, disk-level encryption, identity management, anti-phishing education, and so forth. Ultimately, hackers want access to the contents of an enterprise's database, so securing the database itself must be a core component of every organization’s IT strategy.


Prudent software development teams will use database technology with native encryption to protect data as it resides in the database, and SSL encryption to protect data as it moves between applications. They also will control access to the database with stronger password validation and a variety of access authorization levels based on a user’s role. Of course organizations can’t kick back and rely on software alone; they still have to hold themselves accountable via regular audits and testing.

Migrating to the cloud 
With the recent revenue announcements by public cloud providers such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, it is clear that adoption of public cloud services is becoming mainstream. But they may never fully replace on-premise data storage. While the cloud offers greater scalability and flexibility, better business continuity, disaster recovery, and capital cost savings, for economic and security reasons companies continue to optimize a mix of public and private cloud and traditional on-premise data management solutions.

Managing data across multiple environments also presents challenges. Navigating the myriad of data privacy regulations across the globe, integrating applications and data across private and public infrastructures, and managing latency issues are a few of the challenges organizations face in their migration to the cloud. Enter the hybrid cloud where IT organizations are achieving the best of today’s cloud solutions – traditional data storage, private cloud and public cloud benefits.

In 2016, we’ll likely see hybrid clouds experiencing a surge in popularity as an alternative to either a public or a private cloud solution. Greater focus will be applied to developing solutions that improve migration to hybrid cloud infrastructures for overall security and efficiency, as well as instances such as cloud bursting when bandwidth demand spikes or disaster recovery by replicating databases in the cloud as backups.

Multi-model databases 
The variety, velocity and volume of data is exploding.  Every minute we send over 200 million emails and over 300 thousand tweets. Already by 2013, 90% of the world's data had been created in two years. But size is not everything. Not only have the volume and velocity of data increased, there is also an increasing variety of formats of data that organizations are collecting, storing and processing.

While different data models have different needs in terms of insert and read rates, query rates and data set size, companies are getting tired of the complexity of juggling different databases. Next year will kick off an increased trend toward data platforms which offer “polyglot persistence” – the ability to handle multiple data models within a single database. The demand for multi-model databases is exploding as Structured Query Language (SQL) relational data from existing applications and connected devices must be processed along-side JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) documents, unstructured data, graph data, geospatial and other forms of data generated in social media, customer interactions, and machine to machine communications.

Growth in applying machine learning
With the rapid growth in the type and volume of data being created and collected comes the opportunity for enterprises to mine that data for valuable information and insights into their business and their customers. As IT recruiters know well, more and more companies are employing specialist “data scientists” to introduce and implement machine learning technologies. But the number of experts in this field simply isn’t growing fast enough, and this rarity makes hiring a data scientist cost-prohibitive for most companies. In fact, the US alone faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with analytical expertise and 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to understand and make decisions based on the analysis of big data, according to McKinsey & Company. In response, organizations are turning to machine learning tools that enable all of their employees to derive insights without needing to rely on specialists. Just as crucial as collecting data is the need to understand what lies in a company’s database and how it can be turned into valuable insights.

Recently the major public cloud vendors have introduced a variety of offerings to provide machine learning services. These include offers such as Azure ML Studio from Microsoft, the Google Prediction API, Amazon Machine Learning and IBM’s Watson Analytics. We can expect that 2016 will be a year when additional solutions appear and mature, and are recognized as a critical, possibly required, piece of enterprise IT operations. The growth of machine learning will place new demands on databases which store and manage the data “fuel” for such applications.  In 2016, look for a focus on database capabilities that facilitate real-time analytical processing of large data sets.

What can IT personnel do?
With the recent rise of the Chief Data Officer, the widespread adoption of new database technologies, and the acute need for better IT security, the database is back in the spotlight. A CIO’s best bet for staying on top of these new trends in 2016 will be the same strategy as in years past, laying down clear policies for who can access data and what it gets used for, all the while staying on top of new technologies and new threats targeting the integrity of a company’s data.

About the Author

Roger Levy brings extensive international, engineering and business leadership experience to his role as VP, Products, at MariaDB. He has a proven track record of growing businesses, transforming organizations and fostering innovation in the areas of data networking, security, enterprise software, cloud computing and mobile communications solutions, resulting in on-time, high-quality and cost-effective products and services. Previous roles include VP and GM of HP Public Cloud at Hewlett-Packard, SVP of Products at Engine Yard, as well as founding R.P. Levy Consulting LLC.



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US$300M SUPERNAP Thailand Aims to be First Tier IV Gold Data Center In Asia

Construction is underway of a new US$300 million (11 billion THB) SUPERNAP data center in in Thailand’s eastern province Chonburi.

The new SUPERNAP Thailand data center, which is in the Hemmaraj Industrial Estate, will cover an area of nearly 75 rai or 12 hectares and will be strategically built outside the flood zone, 110-meters above sea level and only 27 kilometers away from an international submarine cable landing station.  The facility, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017, will have capacity for more than 6,000 data server racks.

SUPERNAP Thailand will be the first Uptime Institute rated Tier IV Gold data center in Asia, as well as the largest data center in the Kingdom.

“The SUPERNAP Thailand data center is a mirror of Switch SUPERNAP U.S. facilities, which are the first Tier IV Gold carrier-neutral colocation data centers on the planet. This cutting-edge data center will meet the global demand for innovation in Asia Pacific,” said CEO of SUPERNAP International Khaled Bichara. “With the emergence of the AEC and with Thailand’s focus on digital growth, this data center will set a new precedent for quality, security and innovation in Asia Pacific. We look forward to working with Thailand to attract more investment and more growth to the Thai digital economy.”

SUPERNAP International is developing the project in partnership with a group of leading Thai organizations, including CPB Equity, Kasikorn Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and True IDC. Executives from Kasikorn Bank and Siam Commercial Bank say the development of the SUPERNAP Thailand data center will enhance the banks’ use of technology to better serve their customers and provide a homegrown solution for Thai companies that seek to expand their IT capabilities.

https://www.supernap.com/news/supernap-international-build-supernap-thailand-data-center-in-asia.html

VeloCloud Raises $27 Million for SD-WAN, Including Cisco Investment

VeloCloud Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, closed $27 million in Series C financing for its cloud SD-WAN solution.

VeloCloud enable enterprises to rapidly, seamlessly and economically expand their wide area networks to support application growth, network agility and simplified branch implementations, while delivering optimized access to cloud datacenters and applications. The company reports rapid adoption of its SD-WAN solution in 2015, fueled, in part, by a significantly expanded partner ecosystem which now includes BroadSoft, Cisco, Equinix, HP, IIx Console, Intel, VMware, Websense and Zscaler.

The new funding was led by March Capital Partners and two additional strategic investors, including Cisco Investments. Existing investors, including New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Venrock, also participated in the round. The funding will be used to expand business operations as the company accelerates new product development and customer rollouts, and ramps up sales and marketing in expanded theaters to meet growing global demand. Today’s funding brings the company’s total funding to $49 million.

“We are seeing exploding growth in global demand for VeloCloud’s Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN solutions,” said VeloCloud CEO and Co-founder Sanjay Uppal. “This new financing validates our unique cloud-delivered direction and success, and will accelerate growth in our core business of providing simplified branch WAN networking, improved performance and service delivery to mid to large enterprises and service providers.”

http://www.velocloud.com

Shaw Sells Media Assets for C$2.65 Billion to Fund Wind Mobile Acquisition

Shaw Communications agreed to sell its wholly owned broadcasting subsidiary, Shaw Media, to Corus Entertainment for C$2.65 billion.  The deal includes Shaw Media's conventional television network, Global Television, and 19 specialty channels, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase.

“This transaction represents a significant milestone for Shaw, firmly positioning the company as a leading pure-play connectivity provider with an attractive growth profile while allowing Shaw to participate in the significant upside potential resulting from the combination of Shaw Media and Corus,” said Chief Executive Officer, Brad Shaw. “With the previously announced acquisition of WIND and sale of Shaw Media, Shaw will be focused on delivering consumer and small business broadband communications supported by its best-in-class wireline, WiFi and wireless infrastructure. In combination, these transactions will also enhance Shaw’s growth profile, with approximately 25% of total revenue derived from growth services1.”

http://newsroom.shaw.ca/


Shape Security Gets $25 Million for Botwall Service

Shape Security, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, announced $25 million in Series D funding to accelerate deployments of its Shape Botwall Service.

The Shape Botwall Service, available in the cloud or on­-premises, stops automated web and mobile application attacks, like credential stuffing, content scraping, and application-­layer DDoS, that bypass existing defenses. The company says its ShapeShifter botwall technology disables the attack capability of malware, botnets, and scripts.

The new funding was led by Baseline Ventures, Northern Light and Epic Ventures, joining existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Venrock, Norwest Venture Partners, Google Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures and others.

"We have grown tremendously in the last year, adding customers in new industries, and demonstrating that a platform for comprehensive protection against automated attacks is the most important missing piece of security for the world's largest companies," said Derek Smith, CEO of Shape Security. "Attackers are constantly evolving, but we are able to stay ahead of them successfully. Our new funding will allow us to take our proven approach and scale it to other major markets around the world."

https://shapesecurity.com/

Source Photonics Hits Milestone for 100G: 10,000 Single Mode QSFP28 Modules Shipped

Source Photonics announced a big milestone: the shipment of its 10,000th single mode 100G QSFP28 module.

Source Photonics began production shipments of 10km QSFP28 LR4 and 2km QSFP28 LR4-Lite modules in Q1 2015 after a successful introduction and sampling program with several leading customer-partners throughout 2014. The company said major applications include cloud scale and Web 2.0 data centers worldwide.

“Potential market opportunity for 100G optics in mega data centers has been making headlines over the last 3 years, attracting many new suppliers and technologies” – commented Vladimir Kozlov, CEO and founder of LightCounting Market Research. “The early shipments data from Source Photonics clearly shows that this opportunity is real. We expect that shipments of these products will exceed 100,000 units in the first 6-9 months of 2016.”

http://www.sourcephotonics.com

Valve Upgrades to 100G for its Online Gaming Service

Valve, an online gaming company, selected Level 3 Communications to upgrade its network infrastructure to include 100 Gbps ports.

The upgrade is in response to the substantial rise in popularity of digital services and online games provided by Steam, Valve's social entertainment and gaming platform. The new ports will give Valve the bandwidth necessary to continue providing an optimal experience as Steam's audience size and usage expands. Valve's Steam gaming platform has over 100 million users, averaging more than 10 million concurrent players and over two billion minutes played logged per day. Traffic levels to Steam's servers are growing approximately 75 percent year-over-year.

http://www.level3.com

Intel Posts Growth in Data Center, IoT and Non-Volatile Memory

Intel posted Q4 revenue of $14.9 billion, operating income of $4.3 billion, net income of $3.6 billion and EPS of 74 cents.

Some highlights for full-Year 2015:
• Client Computing Group revenue of $32.2 billion, down 8 percent from 2014.
• Data Center Group revenue of $16.0 billion, up 11 percent from 2014.
• Internet of Things Group revenue of $2.3 billion, up 7 percent from 2014.
• Software and services operating segments revenue of $2.2 billion, down 2 percent from 2014.
• Non-Volatile Memory Solution Group revenue up 21 percent from 2014.

“Our results for the fourth quarter marked a strong finish to the year and were consistent with expectations,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. “Our 2015 results demonstrate that Intel is evolving and our strategy is working. This year, we’ll continue to drive growth by powering the infrastructure for an increasingly smart and connected world.”

http://www.intel.com

Ericsson and Huawei Extend Global Patent Deal

Ericsson and Huawei agreed on extending their global patent license agreement.  The deal includes a cross license that covers patents relating to both companies' wireless standard-essential patents (including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards). Under the agreement, both companies are able to access and implement the other company's standard essential patents and technologies globally.

As part of the renewed agreement, Huawei will make on-going royalty payment based upon actual sales to Ericsson from 2016 and onwards. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.huawei.com
http://www.ericsson.com

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ADVA Acquires Overture for NFV-enabled Carrier Ethernet Solutions

ADVA Optical Networking has acquired Overture, bringing together two of the industry’s largest manufacturers of Carrier Ethernet (CE) access equipment. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ADVA described the acquisition as a key step to further expand its cloud access solution portfolio. The acquisition completes the ADVA FSP 150 product family with an Ethernet-over-Copper solution, a programmable white-box network interface device (NID), a virtualized NID and an end-to-end orchestration solution. This means ADVA to deliver CE-based cloud services in a hybrid or NFV-pure-play environment.

Overture is a privately-held company based in North Carolina.

“Our acquisition of Overture is a defining moment in the cloud access market. We’re building something remarkable here,” said Brian Protiva, CEO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Firstly, we’re creating a number one player in Ethernet access devices. There’s a full account and product synergy between our companies, ensuring a complete solution set for business Ethernet, mobile backhaul and carrier wholesale applications that can be sold into each other’s customer base. Secondly, we have a shared vision for the future of the cloud services market and the virtualized network. Adding Overture’s NFV-pure-play and orchestration solutions to our hybrid NFV solutions, operators can select what best fits their plans. And last but not least, we’re creating an incredible team. Overture has great people with a wealth of knowledge. With one united company, we’re going to help CSPs take a huge leap forward. There can be no question that exciting times are ahead.”

http://www.advaoptical.com/en/newsroom/press-releases-german.aspx



Overture + Hatteras Merger Targets Carrier Ethernet Acceleration

Overture Networks and Hatteras Networks agreed to merge, creating a larger and more competitive supplier of Carrier Ethernet products. Hatteras is a leading supplier of Ethernet over Bonded Copper solutions, while Overture is the frontrunner in Ethernet over TDM and recently introduced a set of Ethernet over Fiber platforms. Financial terms were not disclosed. Both companies are venture-backed, privately-held start-ups based in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park.





CableLabs Awards First DOCSIS 3.1 Modem Certifications

CableLabs awarded the first DOCSIS 3.1 certifications to five cable modem vendors: Askey, Castlenet, Netgear, Technicolor and Ubee Interactive. Certification verifies compliance to the specifications, interoperability among products and enables competition and choice in the marketplace.

DOCSIS 3.1 technology is designed to meet the demand for higher speeds cost effectively by improving network efficiency and scalability while operating on existing cable operator networks, maintaining backward compatibility with existing DOCSIS deployments. DOCSIS 3.1 technology also reduces network latency, and so dramatically improves responsiveness for sophisticated applications such as gaming and rich web experiences. Cable operators can deploy multi-gigabit services over their existing Hybrid Fiber Coax networks based on consumer demand, leveraging their existing network infrastructure and DOCSIS devices to enable a smooth migration to the new capabilities of the DOCSIS 3.1 technology. This also represents the first set of DOCSIS specifications with worldwide applicability, a key element to delivering rapid scale and cost-effective products.

“Today’s news marks a key milestone for CableLabs in technical leadership and time to market,” said Phil McKinney, President and CEO of CableLabs. “The DOCSIS 3.1 specifications assure the cable industry’s leadership in the delivery of broadband services. This represents the most rapid development and implementation cycle for a broadband technology development program ever delivered by CableLabs. Development of the initial DOCSIS 3.1 specifications to product certification has occurred in half the time of previous DOCSIS specifications.”

http://www.cablelabs.com

BT Wins Cloud Contracts with the European Commission

BT has been awarded two new contracts by the European Commission to deliver public and private cloud services across 52 major European institutions, agencies and bodies - including the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Defence Agency.

Both framework contracts - awarded last December - run for up to four years with a combined worth of more than €24 million. Following execution of the framework contracts, BT will implement the contracted private cloud services, and becomes one of five providers that will compete for public cloud projects.

Corrado Sciolla, President Europe and Global Telecom Markets, BT Global Services, said: “This is a milestone in our journey to be the leading global cloud services integrator, and demonstrates how we minimise the complexity, risks and costs for our customers as they move to the cloud. I’d like to take this opportunity to, once again, thank the EU for putting its trust in BT.”

http://www.btplc.com/news/#/pressreleases/bt-secures-major-cloud-services-contracts-with-the-eu-1290656


  • Last August, BT signed another framework contract with the European Commission, with a value of up to €15.2 million over seven year, that included voice services across 21 major European institutions, agencies and bodies. This followed a large framework contract signed in March 2015 - with a maximum value of €55.7 million over five years - for the delivery of dedicated internet access to all major European institutions, agencies and bodies across the 28 member states.

Seagate Releases 10TB HDD Aimed at Data Centers

Seagate Technology launched its first 10TB enterprise capacity hard disk drive (HDD).

The new, 10TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD incorporates seven platters and 14 heads. The drive seals in helium to create a turbulence-free, quiet environment, decreasing both friction and resistance on the platters and delivering the industry’s lowest power/TB ratio and weight specifications for a 10TB HDD. It delivers an improved MTBF of 2.5 million hours and provides consistent performance to customers in a 24x7 multi-drive environment. Enterprise ready, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD is available in both a 6Gb/s SATA and 12Gb/s SAS interfaces.

“Cloud-based data center storage needs are expanding faster than many current infrastructures can sustain, rendering the capacity demands of users a herculean task for cloud managers,” said Mark Re, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Seagate. “Built on our years of research and development of sealed-drive technology, our new helium-based enterprise drive is designed precisely to help data-centric organizations worldwide solve the needs of their growing storage business.”

http://www.seagate.com

Fujitsu Network Communications Joins Canada's CENGN Consortium

Fujitsu Network Communications has joined Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), which is a consortium of industry, academic and research leaders dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of next generation communications solutions.  CENGN’s fully operational multi-vendor data centre houses an OpenStack production  environment connected to a real world WAN enabling connectivity speeds of more than 100 Gbps.  This unique environment is used to validate and test the performance and interoperability of proof-of-concept (PoC) end to end solutions based on emerging network technologies such as SDN and NFV.

“Fujitsu will be a great addition to our membership,” says Ritch Dusome CENGN President and CEO. “CENGN is aligning the global leaders in SDN and NFV solutions and Fujitsu will provide significant value considering their NGN expertise, technical competencies, and robust product and development environment.  This global collaboration is required to accelerate the development and introduction of new SDN and NFV products and services.”      

CENGN’s members also include Alcatel-Lucent, Allstream, BTI Systems, Cisco, EWA Canada, EXFO, Invest Ottawa, Juniper, Mistral Ventures, Rogers, TELUS and Viavi.

http://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/resources/news/press-releases/2016/fnc-20160113.html
http://www.cengn.ca/

Ixia Offers First 50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Validation Test

Ixia introduced its 50GbE validation solution based on its Xcellon-Multis family of load module.

The 50GbE capabilities on Ixia’s Xcellon-Multis QSFP28 follow the company’s introduction of the world’s only shipping 25GbE solution in April 2015, based on the field tested Xcellon-Multis platform.

The company said it has already successfully connected its Xcellon-Multis QSFP28 load modules over copper media and demonstrated full line rate 50GbE interoperability with the ConnectX-4 Dual-Port network interface adapter and LinkX 50 Gbps direct attached copper cables from Mellanox Technologies.

“Ixia has developed and introduced the world’s first validation solutions for many Ethernet technologies, including 100, 40, 25 and now 50-Gigabit Ethernet,” said Sunil Kalidindi, Vice President of Product Management at Ixia.

http://www.ixiacom.com

Seaborn Completes $500 Million Funding for US-Brazil Cable

Seaborn Networks has secured the US$500 million in project funding for Seabras-1, a new transoceanic subsea fiber optic cable system directly connecting points of presence (POPs) in New York City (US) and São Paulo (Brazil). All conditions to this project financing have been fully satisfied; debt and equity funds have been drawn.

Full project equity capital was provided by Partners Group and development capital was provided by Seaborn. The project funding also includes total project debt of up to US$267 million provided by Natixis, Banco Santander, Commerzbank and Intesa Sanpaolo, which debt is backed by COFACE, the French Export Credit Agency.

Seabras-1 is a six-fiber pair system with initial maximum design capacity of 72 Tbps. It is the first system to provide a direct point-to-point route between the commercial and financial centers of the United States and Brazil. Seabras-1 also includes branching units installed on certain of its fiber pairs that point towards Halifax (Canada), Ashburn (US), Miami (US), St. Croix (US), Fortaleza (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Las Toninas (Argentina).

"Seabras-1 is a key telecommunications infrastructure project for the Americas and will bring tangible benefits to businesses and individuals in Brazil and neighboring countries," stated Todd Bright, Managing Director and Head of Americas Private Infrastructure at Partners Group.

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, now part of Nokia, is currently constructing Seabras-1 for Seaborn under a contract in force.  Diverse, dark fiber backhaul and metro routes at each end of the system have been fully secured. Manufacturing of the Seabras-1 system is in progress, and the committed ready-for-service date is in the second quarter of 2017.

htt://www.seabornnetworks.com

Infinera Appoints Scott Jackson to Head Subsea Business Group

Infinera appointed Scott Jackson as vice president, responsible for overseeing the Infinera Subsea Business Group.

Mr. Jackson was involved in undersea fiber systems from their genesis, including the first transoceanic optical cable, TAT-8, connecting North America and Europe. In fact, he spoke the first words carried on fiber between continents.

Mr. Jackson’s experience includes 18 years at Bell Labs Submarine Systems, later Tyco Undersea Systems, where as a managing director, he led development of undersea repeaters and later undersea terminal equipment. Designs for the first optically-amplified repeaters, the first terminals incorporating forward error correction (FEC), the first remote-pump terminals, and the first wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) terminals all came from his group. Mr. Jackson also served as vice president and general manager for the Finisar NJ Transmission Technology Center, vice president of engineering for Kodeos Communications, vice president of engineering for Defense Photonics Group, and most recently, chief technical officer for 4D Security Solutions.

http://www.infinera.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GÉANT Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress with 100 GbE for DCI

GÉANT, Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education (R&E), and operator of the pan-European R&E network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), has deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress to extend their 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network connectivity into data centers.

Initial connectivity is being provided to Jisc, the UK organization for education and research digital services and solutions, which enables the Janet network, and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to deliver connectivity to their data center in Budapest. The addition of the Cloud Xpress allows GÉANT to extend GbE services seamlessly into more European data centers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.

http://www.infinera.com/geant-deploys-cloud-xpress-100-gbe-for-data-center-interconnect/



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.

Southern Cross Cable Deploys Ciena 8700 Packetwave Switch

Southern Cross Cable Network, which connects Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, completed its latest upgrade adding 900 Gbps to all segments of the network, bringing total Network lit capacity to 5.8Tbs. In addition, Southern Cross Cable Network has deployed the Ciena 8700 Packetwave packet switching platform, augmenting its existing suite of Carrier Ethernet services.

“While we have augmented our transmission by 900 Gbps per segment, we have also upgraded our key Ciena 5430 nodes to 15 Tbps OTN switching capability, a first for the region and a world first for a submarine cable operator as far as we are aware. Southern Cross’ key switching nodes are now capable of switching over 100 times Southern Cross’ original segment capacity," stated Anthony Briscoe, president & CEO of Southern Cross.

“Our latest expansion has also deployed Ciena’s 200Gbs per wavelength technology across our Hawaiian inter-Island network in another world first in technology activation, as well as continuing to leverage Ciena’s flexible grid, GeoMesh and 8D-2QAM technologies to maximise capacity and resiliency within our Network while ensuring operational simplicity, scalability and evolution toward software defined networking (SDN).“

“The introduction of Ciena’s 8700 with integrated coherent 100G WaveLogic3 line modules for this market application is yet another world first achieved by Southern Cross. Southern Cross remains critically focused on product and service innovation to continue to enhance its existing product suites to satisfy changing customer and industry demands. The deployment of Ciena’s 8700 platform allows us to provide a seamless MEF CE2.0 compliant Carrier Ethernet packet offering from 1Gbs all the way through to 100Gbs.”

The Southern Cross Cable Network is owned by Spark NZ (50%), Singtel-Optus (40%) and Verizon Business (10%).

http://www.southerncrosscables.com
http://www.ciena.com