Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Here's what Happened at Open Compute Project Summit

In the five years since its launch, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has chalked up dozens of innovations and technical specification contributions that have been implemented by hyperscale data center operators. The ambitions have now expanded beyond rack hardware to include switching, storage, silicon photonics,  a telemetry framework, an open-source analytics platform and new domain of solutions adapted for telecom operators.

Here are some highlights from this week's OCP Summit in San Jose, California:

  • Hundreds of companies and thousands of developers are now participating in Open Compute
  • Facebook estimates it has saved several billion dollars thanks to OCP
  • The OCP Board of Directors includes Jason Taylor (Facebook), Bill Laing (Microsoft), Don Duet (Goldman Sachs), Mark Roenick (Rackspace), Jason Waxman (Intel), Andy Bechtolsheim, and Frank Frankovsky.
  • OCP has big ambitions for the telecom world which needs efficient infrastructure too. OCP has launched a Telecom Infrastructure Project that includes initial participation from AT&T, DT, EE, Equinix, Nokia, SK Telecom and Verizon.
  • Facebook is moving quickly to bring 100G technology into the network backbone of its hyperscale data centers
  • Intel said its OCP Rack Scale Architecture, with compute shelves, NVMe storage shelves, and network shelves has gained traction from a robust ecosystem of partners.
  • OCP rack servers are moving to a standard 19" design.  This enables system to pack up to 256GB of DDR4 DIMMs on a single motherboard.
  • OCP foresees that specialized workloads, such as security or SDN, will benefit from acceleration boards based on FPGAs.
  • Silicon photonics will soon be a requirement in hyperscale data centers, especially when backbones eventually upgrade beyond 100G.
  • OCP is developing an open telemetry framework for data centers.
  • OCP open telemetry will be matched by an OCP open analytics platform.
  • Microsoft highlighted its role in developing an open switch abstraction interface (SAI) to remove complexity in hyperscale data centers
  • Microsoft's next OCP contribution is Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC), which allows sharing of the same software stack across hardware from multiple switch vendors. With its modular architecture and lean stack, SONiC allows data center operators to debug, fix, and test software bugs much faster. It also allows the flexibility to scale down the software and develop features that are required for datacenter and networking needs.
  • Artificial Intelligence applications will require highly efficient and massively scalable hardware blocks.  Facebook is bringing these AI requirements to OCP. Its Big Sur AI hardware assembly has already deployed thousands of machines in just a few months. Big Sur is Open Rack-compatible and incorporates eight high-performance GPUs of up to 300 watts each, with the flexibility to configure between multiple PCI-e topologies. It uses NVIDIA's Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform.

  • Google has just joined OCP. The biggest cloud participants also include Facebook, Microsoft and Rackspace.  (still missing Amazon, Alibaba, Apple, LinkedIn, etc).
  • Google's first contribution to OCP is its design for a 48v data center rack.  Google said its design is 30% more energy efficient, in part by minimizing AC-DC conversions.
  • Equinix has announced it is adopting Facebook’s Wedge network switch design and open-source architecture.
  • Goldman Sachs announced that more than 80% of servers that the company has acquired since last summer are based on OCP standards.
  • OCP is introducing Lightning, which is  flexible NVMe JBOF (just a bunch of flash). It is designed to provide a PCIe gen 3 connection from end to end (CPU to SSD). It leverages the existing Open Vault (Knox) SAS JBOD infrastructure to provide a faster time to market, maintain a common look and feel, enable modularity in PCIe switch solutions, and enable flexibility in SSD form factors. 

http://www.opencompute.org/


Panasonic's "freeze-ray" Long-term Storge Uses 300 GB Optical Discs

Panasonic unveiled its enhanced "freeze-ray" series Data Archiver, which uses 300GB Optical Discs for long-term storage. The system was developed in collaboration with Facebook and shown at this week's Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose.


A fully-loaded freeze-ray system can pack 1.9 petabytes of data in a standard 19-inch data center rack.

In the future, Panasonic plans to increase the capacity of the Archival Disc to 500GB and eventually 1TB per disk.

http://panasonic.net/avc/archiver/freeze-ray/

Radisys Launches DCEngine Frame Inspired by Open Compute

Radisys launched its "DCEngine" - a 42 RU frame based on principles of the Open Compute Project (OCP) with enhancements for communication service providers.

Radisys said its DCEngine provides a disruptive cloud platform that goes well beyond software-defined networking to create a truly open, software-defined services delivery infrastructure that fully embraces open source hardware and software technologies and offers DevOps agility to service providers.

DCEngine highilghts:

  • A pre-installed, ready-to-deploy frame inspired by OCP as an open architecture for Radisys and third-party partners. 
  • Performance and scalability through a collection of easily deployed and serviced compute, storage and networking sleds. DCEngine offers up to 2.4 petabytes of storage and up to 152 Intel Xeon class processors in a standard 42 RU frame.
  • A flexible software and management framework enabling the most demanding service provider workloads. This framework is based on leading open source projects including the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) and Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) initiatives being led by On.LAB.
  • A design that meets next-generation central office and service provider data center specifications, including NEBS temperature, EMI and seismic requirements where required.
  • Professional services and cradle-to-grave lifecycle management of DCEngine hardware and fully validated and supported software stacks, including design, installation, configuration, deployment and ongoing maintenance and validation.
Radisys confirmed initial orders and shipment of DCEngine into one of the world’s largest mobile operators late in 2015 .

“Radisys’ 25-plus years of communication software DNA, coupled with our leadership in open telecommunication platforms, positions us as the ideal partner for communication service providers looking to evolve from existing central office architecture to the cloud,” said Brian Bronson, President and Chief Executive Officer at Radisys. “DCEngine’s seamless scalability and efficient lifecycle management, coupled with our proven track record of understanding and addressing the needs of the service provider, positions Radisys to be a leader in enabling the evolution of next-generation operator infrastructure.”

Separately, Radisys noted that it has joined the Open Compute Project as a silver member.

Trend Micro Completes TippingPoint Deal

Trend Micro completed its previously announced acquisition of TippingPoint, a leading provider of next-generation intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and integrated network security solutions, from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Trend Micro TippingPoint solutions are immediately available to bring customers comprehensive threat intelligence and protection for current and zero-day vulnerabilities and exploits.

“We are very excited to see this agreement come to fruition as it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to enterprise security,” said Eva Chen, CEO, Trend Micro. “With the addition of TippingPoint, Trend Micro provides customers with the unmatched ability to respond to known and unknown threats, exploits and vulnerabilities across the entire attack lifecycle. Trend Micro is now in a unique position to deliver these integrated, layered capabilities to address the complex network security challenges facing global companies today.”

http://www.trendmicro.com

Trend Micro to Acquire's HP's Tipping Point Intrusion Prevention Business for $300M

Trend Micro agreed to acquire HP TippingPoint, a leading provider of next-generation intrusion prevention systems (NGIPS) and related network security solutions, for approximately $300 million.

The deal encompasses security technology, intellectual property, industry expertise, as well as a large, loyal enterprise customer base.

Since 2014, Trend Micro and TippingPoint have had a strategic partner relationship. HP and Trend Micro will continue to be strong partners post transaction. The two companies will form a strategic partnership with TippingPoint around re-sale, managed services and OEM activities, as well as security intelligence, app security and data security.

Trend Micro said the acquisition positions it as the go-to enterprise security provider of dynamic threat defense solutions spanning endpoints, network, data center and the cloud. Trend Micro will also combine current and acquired capabilities to create a Network Defense business unit, serving more than 3,500 enterprise customers.

“This acquisition complements Trend Micro’s current threat defense expertise, extending its strength in endpoint, cloud, data center and breach detection to the network,” said Mike Spanbauer, vice president of research, NSS Labs. “By combining two strong brands, this move accelerates Trend Micro’s enterprise position into a non-competing segment, and provides a single, complete threat defense solution for enterprises seeking to make a critical security investment.”

http://www.TrendMicro.com

NeoPhotonics Comments on U.S. Department of Commerce Ruling on ZTE

NeoPhotonics, which supplies advanced hybrid photonic integrated optoelectronic modules and subsystems, confirmed that ZTE is a customer but that the Department of Commerce ruling on ZTE would not impact its financial outlook.

NeoPhotonics revenue to ZTE during fiscal year 2015 were approximately one percent of total revenue, and the company does not anticipate materially different revenue from ZTE in the first quarter of 2016 or in the 2016 fiscal year.

http://www.neophotonics.com

Macom Announces CWDM4 L-PIC for 100G Datacenter Applications

M/A-COM Technology Solutions (MACOM) introduced a silicon photonic integrated circuit integrated with lasers (L-PIC) for a 100G transmit solution for CWDM4 and CLR4 applications.

MACOM’s MAOP-L284CN features four high bandwidth Mach-Zehnder modulators integrated with four lasers (1270, 1290, 1310, and 1330 nm) and a CWDM multiplexer, with each channel operating at up to 28 Gbps. The L-PIC operates on a standard single mode optical fiber, and includes integrated tap detectors for fiber alignment, system initialization and closed loop control. A single fiber aligned to the output edge coupler of this 4.1 x 6.5 mm die is the only optical requirement for implementing this device into QSFP28 transceiver applications. MACOM is also offering the MASC-37053A modulator driver integrated with CDR, matched with this L-PIC™ for optimized performance and power dissipation.

“Silicon-based photonic integrated circuits, or PICs, enable integration of optical devices such as modulators and multiplexer onto a single chip. We believe that MACOM’s L-PIC™ solves the key challenge of aligning lasers to the silicon PIC with high yield and high coupling efficiency, making the adoption of Silicon PICs a reality for high-speed optical interconnects within the Datacenter,” said Vivek Rajgarhia, Vice President of Strategy, High-Speed Networking, for MACOM.

http://www.macom.com

Arianespace Successfully Launches EUTELSAT 65 West

Arianespace successfully launched the EUTELSAT 65 West A relay satellite on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana.

EUTELSAT 65 West A, which was built by SSL, will provide service in Brazil and across Latin America.  It has 10 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, which will be used for video and data services and 24 Ka-band spot beams for broadband connectivity. The satellite, which is designed to provide service for 15 years or more, will be located at 65° West longitude. With this launch, there are 81 SSL-built GEO satellites currently on orbit.

http://www.arianespace.com

Box Hits Quarterly Sales of $85 Million, up 36% year-over-year

Box reported revenue for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 of a record $85.0 million, an increase of 36% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Billings in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 were a record $130.2 million, an increase of 59% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. There was a GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 was $0.41 on 123.3 million shares outstanding, compared to $2.64 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 on 20.0 million shares outstanding.

“Fiscal 2016 was a momentous year for Box with record revenue of more than $300 million. With new products like Box Platform, Governance, and KeySafe, and major customer wins in the fourth quarter with AIG, Genentech, Bain Capital, The Home Depot and Unilever, among others, we continue to be the platform of choice as enterprises move their content to the cloud,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. “We achieved higher operating leverage driven by our strong business model and execution, and we remain focused on expanding our customer base, increasing our scale and driving further operational efficiencies.”

“In the fourth quarter, we delivered strong year-over-year revenue growth of 36% and billings growth of 59%,” said Dylan Smith, Box co-founder and CFO. “These top-line results, coupled with our positive cash flow from operations, reflect our progress towards achieving positive free cash flow in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017. With strong strategic partnerships, expanding cross-selling opportunities, and a large market opportunity still ahead of us, we are well-positioned for both continued growth and future profitability.”

http://www.box.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Telstra Launches NFV/SDN Services based on Cisco

Telstra launched its first SDN services for Australian customers.  The deployment is the result of a recent partnership with Cisco focused on network transformation via NFV and SDN.

The first product, Internet Virtual Private Network (Internet VPN), available later this month, will enable businesses to connect multiple sites and mobile workers to office networks, with secure, encrypted links over the public Internet, with just a few clicks in Telstra’s online portal.

The second product, available today in beta is Cloud Gateway Protection, a virtual security appliance that can be deployed and configured within minutes in the cloud to protect internet access, cloud services and Next IP networks from malicious attacks and unauthorised access.

The third SDN product, available later this year, is Data Centre Interconnect, an extension of Telstra’s global data centre interconnect SDN product, PEN . By adding Australian PoPs, the extended solution will enable businesses to instantly set up point-to-point links between domestic and global data centres, configure them on-the-fly and choose from a variety of pay-as-you-go, flexible contract terms, all from the same portal.

Philip Jones, Telstra Executive Director of Global Products and Solutions said, “Just as cloud computing redefined the user compute experience – with simple, dynamic configuration and provisioning – SDN and NFV technologies are redefining the user experience on the network. By allowing us to overcome the constraints of traditional network infrastructure, the software driven customer experiences dramatically increases our agility by enabling us to quickly create new solutions, and puts the control of those solutions into the hands of our customers.”

Kelly Ahuja, Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Service Provider Business, Products, and Solutions, said: “This is yet another example of Cisco’s commitment to redefining the networks of the future. Software and virtualisation are set to transform the network and customer experience for thousands of businesses everywhere. By combining Cisco’s agile and flexible software platform with Telstra’s customer focused and customer friendly range of products, we send a powerful message to the industry and a provide a clear example of how to develop and design the network services of tomorrow.”

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.telstraglobal.com/insights/news/newsitem/telstra-and-cisco-redefine-customer-experience-with-software-defined-networking

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Center in South Africa

IBM is opening a Cloud Data Center in Johannesburg, South Africa in collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom. The facility will provide a portfolio of cloud services, including running and managing SAP applications and workloads in the cloud.

IBM’s growing cloud footprint now includes 46 cloud data centers across six continents.

“We’re working to drive cloud adoption that best leverages a customer’s existing IT investments,” said Hamilton Ratshefola, IBM Country General Manager in South Africa. “Our new Cloud Data Center gives customers a local onramp to IBM Cloud services including moving mission critical SAP workloads to the cloud with ease. It also gives customers the added flexibility of keeping data within country which is a key differentiator for IBM.”

“The increase of enterprise cloud computing on the continent is being driven by large enterprise and multinational organisations expanding their presence and IT requirements across Africa,” said Vuyani Jarana, Chief Officer of Vodacom Business. “CIO’s are looking to gain efficiencies and cut cost by moving more of their IT infrastructure, applications and processes into the Cloud. Vodacom’s extensive Fixed and Mobile network infrastructure, Pan African and global footprint and its investment in data center infrastructure provides the ideal platform and environment to deliver cloud services to large and multinational enterprises.“

http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing

Cisco Acquires Synata for Collaboration Search Tools

Cisco has acquired Synata, a start-up based in San Francisco that developed search tools that work within Cisco Spark, the company's business collaboration service.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Synata’s technology allows users to search both on-premise and cloud-based applications simultaneously from one platform.

Cisco said the Synata search technology works within Spark’s end-to-end encryption in the cloud. Cisco plans to integrate the technology into its Spark platform.

https://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-spark-collaboration-news

Cisco to Acquire Leaba Semiconductor for $320M


Cisco agreed to acquire Leaba Semiconductor, a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company, for $320 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention based incentives. Leaba, which is based in Israel, specializes in networking semiconductors.  The company is in stealth mode and has not announced any products. The Leaba team will report into Cisco’s Core Hardware Group, led by Senior Vice President, Ravi Cherukuri. https://blogs.cisco.com/news/networking-semiconductors-news http://www.leabasemiconductor.com/ Leaba...

Cisco to Acquire CliQr for Cloud Orchestration


Cisco agreed to acquire CliQr Technologies, a start-up offering an application-defined cloud orchestration platform to model, deploy and manage applications across bare metal, virtualized and container environments. Cisco will pay $260 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus retention based incentives. The CliQr platform provides a broad variety of application profile templates and an integrated service library to make it easier to model...


Cisco agreed to acquire Jasper Technologies, which offers a cloud-based IoT service platform, for $1.4 billion in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention based incentives. Jasper, which is based in Santa Clara, California, enables the connectivity and management of any device -- from cars to jet engines to implanted pacemakers -- over the cellular networks of service providers.  The company said its Software as a Service (SaaS)...

Ericsson Debuts 240 Gbps Broadband Network Gateway Router

Ericsson introduced a 240 Gbps 1RU router which supports distributed Broadband Network Gateway (BNG), distributed cloud gateway, distributed provider edge and hyper-scale Open Flow switch with integrated inline high touch applications.

The Ericsson Router 8801 uses an in-house smart network processor SNP 4000 for enabling application-aware and subscriber-aware personalized services.

"Exponential traffic and the growth of over-the-top applications are forcing service providers to scale their network. Router 8801 is cost optimized for disaggregated deployment scenarios which makes it attractive for next generation distributed cloud architecture. With this deployment, network operators will get a solution to efficiently meet rapidly increasing demand for advanced services by supporting today's network requirements and also future growth in terms of speed, devices and applications," stated Arne Sjule, Head of Product Area IP routing, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com

Hutchison First to Deploy Infinera for Mobile Fronthaul Across Hong Kong

Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC) has deployed the Infinera TM-Series Mobile Fronthaul Solution across its extensive optical network in Hong Kong.

Infinera's TM-Series Mobile Fronthaul Solution boasts low latency, superior synchronization, low power consumption and high density. It will allow HGC to provide mobile operators with high capacity active mobile fronthaul services within the Hong Kong region.

The Infinera TM-Series Mobile Fronthaul Solution supports all of the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) rates, with HGC’s initial services in Hong Kong ranging from 2.5 Gbps to 10 Gbps. HGC’s deployment of the transponder-based active option of the Infinera Mobile Fronthaul Solution provides mobile fronthaul services featuring high bandwidth and low latency with superior synchronization performance. With these services, HGC’s customers can reduce their operating expenses while improving RAN performance.

“We considered the mobile fronthaul solutions in the market and concluded that the Infinera TM-Series solution best enables HGC to deliver massive bandwidth with low latency, while being adaptive to the evolution of mobile technology,” said Byron Chiang, Chief Technology Officer of HGC. “The Infinera team was highly responsive, able to deliver quickly and implement services required by us.”

“We applaud HGC’s deployment of the TM-Series for mobile fronthaul, leading what we expect to be global adoption of this technology,” said Andrew Bond-Webster, vice president, regional sales APAC. “With this deployment HGC has transformed its mobile transport architecture and positioned themselves and their customers to effectively manage the tremendous growth of mobile data that should continue for the next several years.”

http://www.infinera.com


Gogo Signs Major Capacity Deal Across Intelsat Globalized Network

Gogo signed a long-term agreement with Intelsat for pole-to-pole and gate-to-gate coverage from the 10 Tbps shared Intelsat EpicNG/OneWeb network.

Specifically, Gogo’s next generation in-flight connectivity technology will be powered by an innovative high performance shared network featuring reliable, multi-layered Ku-band capacity on the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput geosynchronous (GEO) satellites combined with OneWeb’s planned low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. Beginning in 2016, Gogo will expand its use of the Intelsat Globalized Network by purchasing additional capacity on Intelsat’s Ku-band infrastructure, a contiguous, resilient network within Intelsat’s 50 satellite system which covers 99 percent of the world’s populated regions.

Gogo’s Intelsat network infrastructure will initially include use of traditional wide beam services and the next generation high throughput satellite (HTS) Intelsat EpicNG platform, which is expected to enter service in 2016. Coverage will include HTS for the North Atlantic, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Ocean provided by Intelsat 32e, Intelsat 33e and Horizons 3e. In 2019, Gogo’s 2KU system will begin to access the world’s first GEO/LEO shared network, an evolving service architecture that will incorporate the best features of Intelsat GEO and OneWeb LEO HTS capacity as the complete Intelsat EpicNG and OneWeb systems deploy. When the network is fully deployed, Gogo’s 2Ku systems will be able to dynamically route traffic across the fully global 10 Tbps shared network based on coverage, latency, throughput and other performance criteria.

“Gogo’s open strategy gives us the ability to look to the entire satellite market for innovation, and Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites combined with OneWeb’s LEO constellation offers numerous advantages for aviation,” said Gogo’s president and chief executive officer, Michael Small. “Gogo continues to invest in open platforms that leverage the best connectivity technologies for aviation, because single technology, closed systems will not survive the test of time.”

http://www.intelsat.com/global-network/satellites/epicng/

Entel Chile Brings LTE to Rapa Nui with O3b Satellite

Entel Chile has enabled 3G, LTE and broadband Internet services on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) using satellite backhaul from O3B Networks.

Easter Island, which has a population of less than 6,000, is the most remote part of the Entel networ, lying almost 3,700km from mainland Chile in the Polynesian Triangle.  The island is visited by more than 80,000 tourists per year.

O3b satellites orbit much closer to Earth than conventional geostationary satellites. The O3bTrunk service employed by Entel delivers latency equivalent to long haul fiber, with round-trip times of less than 150 milliseconds. This allows access to improved quality voice, streaming HD video, social media, online gaming, enterprise software applications and overall performance for the end-user on par with connections in Santiago or other mainland cities.

“We are excited to see that O3bTrunk is now live on Easter Island, a place right in the middle of the Pacific, which makes it very difficult to reach by terrestrial networks” said Omar Trujillo, VP Americas for O3b. “We are pleased to be enabling broadband, and a true 4G experience to the island’s residents, thanks to our low latency. We look forward to continuing our work with Entel to provide flexible, reliable and scalable solutions to difficult to reach areas in Chile, Peru and beyond.”

http://www.o3bnetworks.com/

Seagate Demos 10 GB/s SSD -- Fastest to Date

Seagate Technology unveiled a production-ready unit of the fastest single solid-state drive (SSD) demonstrated to date, with throughput performance of 10 gigabytes per second (GB/s).

The early unit meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications, making it ideal for hyperscale data centers looking to adopt the fastest flash technology with the latest and most sustainable standards.

The 10GB/s unit, which is expected to be released this summer, is more than 4GB/s faster than the previous fastest-industry SSD on the market.

“Your data is only as good as how easily you can access it and put it to use,” said Brett Pemble, Seagate’s general manager and vice president of SSD Products. “Seagate is committed to providing the full spectrum of technologies to help meet the diverse needs of organizations so they can unlock this value. Whether for consumer cloud or business applications, this SSD will help improve on demands for fast access to information, where split seconds drive incremental value gains.”

http://www.seagate.com

IDT Comments on U.S. Department of Commerce Ruling on ZTE

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) said the U.S. Department of Commerce ruling on ZTE is expected to have minimal impact on its financial performance.

IDT confirmed that ZTE is one of its customers and that ZTE-related revenue has historically ranged between approximately $3 million and $4 million per quarter.

http://www.idt.com

Cisco Bets $500 Million on “Deutschland Digital” Initiative

Cisco announced an investment of $500 million in Germany over the next three years under a program called “Deutschland Digital” that focuses on innovation, security and education. Planned investments foresee funds for specific digitization projects, research projects, an expansion of the Cisco Networking Academy, and direct investments in venture funds, as well as to human resources and infrastructure spending. Cisco will expand its investment in start-ups and venture funds in Germany with priority areas such as security, cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT). The company also seeks to partner with the public sector and contribute to large-scale transformation projects such as smart cities and regions as well as healthcare and utility networks.

"Digitization goes beyond connectivity. It gives you the ability to secure data, act on data and deliver value based on data,” says Oliver Tuszik, general manager Cisco Germany. "Digitization benefits countries, cities, companies and every one of us. It creates competitiveness, improved public services and better quality of life, particularly amongst the demographic changes over the next years. We would like to make our contribution to this transformation, in addition to our ongoing investments."

Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco, commented: “Germany has long been known for its focus on innovation, and digitization opens up unprecedented opportunities for the country. With our increased investments in education, innovation and security, we can help create a digital Germany that can bring even greater value to the country and its citizens. Cisco is honored to partner with Germany on ‘Deutschland Digital.’”

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1752243


  • In Europe, Cisco previously announced investment plans for digitization acceleration in the U.K., France and Italy. “We all understand there is enormous potential in Germany through digitization”, says Tuszik. “Now, we need to accelerate and make it a success. This is where we want to make a contribution through our investment.”

Monday, March 7, 2016

U.S. Dept. of Commerce Ruling Hits ZTE and Suppliers

The U.S. Department of Commerce has added ZTE to the list of entities involved in "activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States."

The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) listing, which limits the availability of most license exceptions on U.S. technology sales to ZTE, was driven by a finding that ZTE willingly resold restricted U.S. technology products to Iran during the period of economic sanctions,

The move could block U.S. semiconductor companies from selling to ZTE, potentially impacting a wide range of networking gear and mobile devices.

ZTE said it is working expeditiously towards resolution of this issue and that it is fully committed to compliance with the laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which it operates.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-05104.pdf


FBI Opens Criminal Investigation into ZTE Shipments to Iran

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into whether ZTE shipped U.S.-made networking components and surveillance equipment to Iran.  According to various news sources, including Reuters, The Washington Post and The Smoking Gun, various documents have emerged, including a shipping manifest, related to a $130 million sales contract between ZTE and the Telecommunications Company of Iran.  Equipment reportedly includes systems from Cisco, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Juniper, Microsoft, Oracle and Symantec.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/fbi-probes-zte-iran-deal-645912
http://www.washingtonpost.com/

Mellanox Sets Out an Open Composable Network Framework

Mellanox Technologies unveiled its next-generation Open Composable Networks (OCN) platform aimed at helping enterprises and service providers to unlock performance and unleash innovation with predictable application performance and the efficiency of Web-Scale IT.

Mellanox said its OCN framework leverages the network disaggregation model pioneered by the hyperscale cloud operators, where functional independent modules are combined with open, clearly-defined abstraction interfaces.

Some highlights:
  • The Mellanox end-to-end 25/50/100 Gb/s Ethernet portfolio includes Spectrum switches, ConnectX adapters, and LinkX cables.
  • Mellanox has been a key contributor to the development open networking initiatives including OCP ONIE and SAI, and Linux switchdev, where Spectrum is the first switch supported upstream in Linux
  • The Mellanox NEO management package enables network automation and software defined intelligence. Through integration with other cloud management platforms and Software Defined Networking (SDN) controllers, NEO helps to enhance network operational efficiency, and make network infrastructure easy to deploy, manage, and scale.

At this week's Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, Mellanox will be showcasing OCN with a live demo of end-to-end 10/25, 50, 100 Gb/s network composed of LinkX cables, the new ConnectX-4 Lx based OCP adapter cards, and the flagship Spectrum Ethernet switches capable of running multiple network operating systems (NOS) and applications, including Cumulus Linux, OpenSwitch, Metaswitch IP Routing, and Mellanox MLNX-OS, running on open software interfaces such as OCP Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) and Linux Switchdev.

In addition, Mellanox has added Cumulus Linux support for its Spectrum line of 10/25, 40/50, and 100 Gb/s Ethernet switches.

http://www.mellanox.com