Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Skyport Raises $30 Million from GV and Cisco

Skyport Systems announced a $30 million round of funding led by GV (formerly known as Google Ventures), with participation from Cisco Investments, Thomvest Ventures, Northgate Capital and InstantScale, as well as existing investors Index Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Intel Capital. This Series C round brings total Skyport funding to $67 million.

Skyport, which is based in Mountain View, California, specializes in secure infrastructure for protecting IT environments from attacks while providing total visibility into all traffic and administrative changes. Skyport SkySecure is the first commercial Hyper-Secure Infrastructure architected from the ground up to provide continuous validation to ensure system integrity and remote management to ensure auditability.

“Security leaders have been saying for decades that security needs to be built in from the ground up yet most solutions just bolt on or around. If organizations are serious about protecting their information they need to consider that now is the time to re-platform for security.” said Art Gilliland, CEO of Skyport Systems. “Skyport Systems’ approach delivers powerful security protections in a pre-integrated easy-to-use system saving customers money and helping them achieve a high level of security and compliance.”

http://www.skyportsystems.com


  

AT&T Expands its Gigapower Fiber Networks

AT&T expanded its Gigapower Internet service, which offers residential broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps, in the following areas:

Chicago: Hampshire, Munster and St. John
Dallas: Richardson
Houston: Friendswood, Pearland, Manvel and Missouri City
Miami: Coral Springs, North Miami and Tamarac
San Antonio: Converse

http://about.att.com/newsroom/ultrafast_gigabit_internet_speeds_march_2016.html


Monday, March 14, 2016

ONOS Releases Falcon Software for Service Provider SDN and NFV

The ONOS community announced its latest open source SDN Network Operating System release - Falcon, featuring additional support for Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center (CORD), many new applications and more support for southbound protocols. This marks the 6th software release since the ONOS project became public in December 2014.

Some highlights of Falcon:

  • ONOS is now a part of the OPNFV distribution called Brahmaputra, thanks to the efforts of Huawei who developed OpenStack Neutron ML2/L3 interfaces/features, VTN, Service Function Chaining, OVSDB and Installers' Plugin. 
  • ONOS continues to be a key component of ONF's Atrium distribution, and Falcon will be integrated with the most recent ONF Atrium 2016/A distribution through the ONOS project's collaboration with the ONF.
  • Continued expansion of the REN networks including new network support with NCTU Taiwan, GÉANT Europe, KREONET Korea, AARNET Australia, AmLight South America.
  • Troubleshooting applications from FNLab/BUPT china.
  • OSPF southbound protocol support from Huawei and Cognizant and a SNMP southbound provider from BTI.
  • New GUI views including the driver matrix view and the application view.
  • New northbound reservation capabilities from Fujitsu
  • Dynamic cluster scaling support.

"ONOS has rapidly evolved to become a platform for service providers to monetize SDN and NFV, while helping vendors and service providers alike to create SDN and NFV solutions leveraging open source and invent new business models," said Bill Snow, vice president of engineering at ON.Lab. "The ONOS project continues rapid innovation and delivery with quarterly releases, and the capability of each release continues to improve with accelerating participation of the community. It is really exciting to see the new PoCs. Our goal has always been to methodically move the use case ideas from concept to trial and then into production."

http://www.linuxfoundation.org

Pure Storage Scales All-Flash to Multi-Petabytes at <$1/GB

Pure Storage introduced an all-flash storage platform designed to scale to multi-petabyte data sets at economics of less than $1/GB usable.

The company said its new FlashBlade architecture makes all-flash storage affordable for even the largest file and object environments, opening up the performance gains of flash to a wide range of applications.

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The system three core elements:

  • Blade: The core scale-out element of FlashBlade, each blade contains compute power for data and metadata processing, raw NAND flash for storage and NV-RAM capacity for power-safe protection of writes in flight. Blades are engineered to be ultra-dense and low-power, in 8TB and 52TB capacities.
  • Elasticity Scale-Out Software: Running in a distributed fashion across all blades, Elasticity is the software heart of FlashBlade. Elasticity implements a common object store in the system, storage services such as data reduction, encryption and N+2 erasure coding, scale-out protocol services such as NFS (file) and S3 (object), as well as low-level flash management and LDPC error correction. Because Elasticity is one code base across flash management, protocols, volume and storage services, all layers share a common extensible metadata engine and garbage collection for higher global system efficiency.
  • Elastic Fabric: FlashBlade includes a built-in, software-defined, low-latency 40 Gbps Ethernet network. The Elastic Fabric combines blade-to-blade, chassis interconnect and client connectivity into one network, with software-defined QoS to ensure proper traffic prioritization. Both the Elastic Fabric and Elasticity leverage proprietary protocols on top of the commodity Ethernet network for the highest performance low-latency communication.

Significantly, FlashBlade enables an elastic scale-out, where storage capacity, IO and metadata performance, bandwidth, and client connectivity grow linearly as 8TB or 52TB blades are added non-disruptively to the system. FlashBlade delivers up to 15 GB/s of bandwidth per 4U chassis and consistent all-flash low-latency. The Elasticity OS supports a gigantic scale-out namespace that can be accessed via both file and object protocols, and can adapt to future protocols.

“The value that can be gained from efficiently storing and analyzing unstructured data has a transformative affect on business,” said John Hayes, Co-founder and Chief Architect, Pure Storage. “FlashBlade unlocks new capabilities and use cases that are simply not possible with today’s existing solutions by delivering real-time analytics at massive scale and blazing speeds to enable the future of innovation.”

http://www.purestorage.com

Video: Infinite Storage Bandwidth

We're facing a really big problem in shared storage because CPU bandwidth is not keeping up with network bandwidth or SSD bandwidth, says Fritz Kruger, Engineering Fellow and Chief Hardware Architectu for SanDisk System and Software Solutions.

This video looks at the widening performance gap between network, storage and DRAM bandwidth.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/JHcIVhq199Q




HPE Intros Hyperconverged Appliance

Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduced an all-in-one compute, software-defined storage and intelligent virtualization appliance for mid-sized companies and remote office branch offices.

HPE's new Hyper Converged 380 (HC 380), which is optimized for rapid VM rollout, is built on HPE StoreVirtual VSA. Built in analytics and tools enables IT to reduce VM sprawl and over-provisioning of VMs by 90 percent.

"Hyper-convergence presents a huge opportunity for mid-sized and ROBO enterprises who face the unique challenge of having to stay competitive at enterprise-scale, but with notably less resources," said Ric Lewis, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Datacenter Infrastructure, HPE. "HPE is the only vendor that can offer them the ability to take advantage of the benefits of hyper-converged environments today and provide them with a clear pathway to a composable infrastructure future when they are ready."

http://www.hpe.com

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Video: Equinix Joins Telecom Infrastructure Project

Equinix has just joined OCP's Telecom Infrastructure Project, which aims to bring the same principles of openness and disaggregation to the telco domain.


In this video, Ihab Tarazi, CTO of Equinix, discusses expectations of the project.  Equinix will support customers in its data centers as they deploy the next generation of OCP-compliant systems.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/ViWLx1lFnx8


Video: Open Building Blocks for Data Centers

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is really opening up and disaggregating the fundamental building blocks of data centers, explains Dell's Jeff Baher.

We're seeing a significant shift in the industry as new leaders set the new rules for the cloud.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/jMead-6ZPB4

Cisco ACI Anchors NTT Docomo's NFV Rollout

Cisco confirmed that its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is being used to support the NFV capabilities recently rolled out in  NTT DOCOMO commercial LTE network. DOCOMO serves over 70 million mobile customers in Japan. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“DOCOMO is working to provide our customers with high-quality telecommunications services that address the increasing demands of data,” said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO  INC. “We are pleased that we have built an NFV system employing Cisco's SDN solution ACI for our network infrastructure.  We look forward to working with Cisco to build an ecosystem for the mobile network industry.”

“Cisco Systems is proud to expand our relationship with DOCOMO through a co-development model for NFV deployments,” said Soni Jiandani, Senior Vice President of Cisco. “In order to meet the needs of our customers, we continue to offer the broadest choice of SDN solutions in the market. Taking advantage of Cisco ACI innovations for NFV, DOCOMO is able to lead the industry in the rapidly changing environment of mobility services.”

ACI is Cisco Systems next-generation SDN solution incorporating application profiles for the integrated management of virtualized network functions, whether the functions are deployed purpose-built hardware, physical servers, virtual servers, or container-based micro-services. The ACI solution is comprised of Cisco Nexus 9000 switches, a policy controller called the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), and the ACI operating system.

http://www.cisco.com

NTT DOCOMO Deploys NFV with NEC in Commercial Network

NEC confirmed that NTT DOCOMO has deployed its NFV solutions, including virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and a Virtual Network Function Manager (VNF Manager), in its commercial networks.

On March 9, DOCOMO started providing its commercial mobile communication service by using the NFV technologies.

The vEPC virtualizes the functions of a LTE core network, including the Mobility Management Entity (MME), the Serving Gateway (S-GW), and the Packet Data Network-Gateway (P-GW). A VNF Manager from Netcracker, a wholly owned NEC subsidiary, handles lifecycle events, such as creation, activation, termination and update of virtualized Network Functions (VNF).

"I'm delighted that we have developed and deployed NFV with NEC and other leading vendors in the NFV domain. To maximize benefit of NFV, DOCOMO expects to virtualize many other key components of its mobile network, aiming to eventually establish a fully virtualized network. I'm convinced that our multi-vendor NFV is the first step toward our goal," said Mr. Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO.

"We are delighted to contribute to DOCOMO's successful deployment of network virtualization technologies for their commercial networks," said Mr. Shunichiro Tejima, Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation. "With this success, NEC will further expand commercial deployment of NFV based solutions globally, which enable telecom operators to introduce innovative services to the market more quickly and efficiently."

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201603/global_20160311_02.html

Ericsson Supports Multi-vendor NFV for NTT DOCOMO

Ericsson announced that its open NFV platform is supporting the multi-vendor solution deployed in the commercial network of NTT DOCOMO. The launch represents the first commercial deployment of this kind in the world.

The Ericsson NFV platform provides interoperability and connectivity with any carrier class virtualized network function and SDN. Based on an open architecture, the solution consists of the OpenStack-based Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment as the virtualization platform and the NFV orchestrator, Ericsson Cloud Manager. In addition, Ericsson provided system integration and support services.  The solution initially supports a multi-vendor virtual EPC deployment.

Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NTT DOCOMO, says: "DOCOMO has again demonstrated its technology leadership by the launch of multi-vendor NFV.  I am extremely excited to see this progress to provide better services based on standardized future-proof architecture."

Anders Lindblad, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP at Ericsson, says: "As the solution partner to NTT DOCOMO, Ericsson is proud to be part of a landmark launch which is significant for the whole industry. We believe our mutual experiences from the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) network architecture will accelerate global standardization and interoperability. We will continue to bring cost effective network operation and flexible, dynamic resource management for them. "

http://www.ericsson.com

Saturday, March 12, 2016

O3b Networks Brings Broadband to Kiribati

O3b Networks is bringing broadband access to The Republic of Kiribati, which has a population of about 100,000 spread over 33 atolls and islands across 3.5 million square km of the Pacific.

The service will be provided to consumers, businesses and government customers by Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (Kiribati) Limited (ATHKL), a subsidiary of Amalgamated Telecom Holdings of Fiji.

Kiribati is in the final stages of testing the O3b link, and will first deploy the service to Tarawa, the largest island in the country. The multi-year agreement provides flexibility to expand capacity where required, ensuring ATHKL can provide high-performance connectivity for HD video, e-commerce, online education, or cloud services.

O3b’s Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites orbit at 8,062km above the Earth and have a latency of less than 150 msec—25% that of the geostationary (GEO) satellite systems connecting Kiribati. The switch to the lower-latency, higher-throughput O3b service will transform the island nation providing connectivity equivalent to long-haul fiber, while avoiding the exorbitant cost of laying an undersea cable to the island.

http://www.o3bnetworks.com/

Xilinx Develops 56G PAM4 Transceiver Technology

Xilinx has developed a 16nm FinFET+-based programmable device running 56G transceiver technology using the 4-level Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM4) transmission scheme.

Xilinx said PAM4 solutions will help drive the next wave of Ethernet deployment for optical and copper interconnects by doubling bandwidth on the existing infrastructure.

"Our customers are already anticipating how to accelerate their next generation applications. We recognize the need to raise awareness of 56G PAM4 technology solutions now, to help prepare them to transition their own designs," said Ken Chang, vice president of the SerDes technology group at Xilinx. "I am delighted to be able to showcase our technology."

http://www.xilinx.com

Friday, March 11, 2016

IBM to Build Cloud Services with Indosat Ooredoo

IBM announced a partnership with Indosat Ooredoo to develop and deliver solutions on the IBM Cloud to help businesses streamline processes and improve productivity.

Under the five-year partnership, which was valued at $200 million, the companies will build an integrated command center to serve local clients. IBM will also help Indosat Ooredoo transform its own IT operations, improving overall client experience and supporting the rapid development of new telecommunications services in the country.

“This collaboration shows how IBM’s expertise, technology and services can help Indosat Ooredoo and Lintasarta lead market change in Indonesia while also transforming their existing operations,” said Martin Jetter, senior vice president, IBM Global Technology Services. “Indonesia has one of the world's most rapidly growing economies, and the use of smart mobile devices is becoming pervasive, opening up enormous opportunities for local businesses - so we are excited to be working with Indosat Ooredoo and Lintasarta to help clients tap into the power and flexibility of cloud-based solutions and digitally transform their businesses."

http://www.ibm.com

Thursday, March 10, 2016

OIF Completes FlexE IA for Data Center Interconnections

Members of the OIF have finalized and implementation agreement (IA) covering flexible Ethernet for Data Center and transport interconnect efficiency.

The FlexE Implementation Agreement provides a generic mechanism for supporting a variety of Ethernet MAC rates that may or may not correspond to any existing Ethernet PHY rate. This includes MAC rates that are both greater than (through bonding) and less than (through sub-rate and channelization) the Ethernet PHY rates used to carry FlexE.

“The FlexE IA allows Ethernet to be used more efficiently in response to ever changing technologies, link rates, and bandwidth needs,” said Scott Irwin of MoSys and the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer Working Group – Protocol Vice Chair. “OIF members worked hard to get this IA completed in record time to meet the industry’s need for flexible and scalable bandwidth provisioning.”

NTT DOCOMO Deploys NFV with NEC in Commercial Network

NEC confirmed that NTT DOCOMO has deployed its NFV solutions, including virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and a Virtual Network Function Manager (VNF Manager), in its commercial networks.

On March 9, DOCOMO started providing its commercial mobile communication service by using the NFV technologies.

The vEPC virtualizes the functions of a LTE core network, including the Mobility Management Entity (MME), the Serving Gateway (S-GW), and the Packet Data Network-Gateway (P-GW). A VNF Manager from Netcracker, a wholly owned NEC subsidiary, handles lifecycle events, such as creation, activation, termination and update of virtualized Network Functions (VNF).

"I'm delighted that we have developed and deployed NFV with NEC and other leading vendors in the NFV domain. To maximize benefit of NFV, DOCOMO expects to virtualize many other key components of its mobile network, aiming to eventually establish a fully virtualized network. I'm convinced that our multi-vendor NFV is the first step toward our goal," said Mr. Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO.

"We are delighted to contribute to DOCOMO's successful deployment of network virtualization technologies for their commercial networks," said Mr. Shunichiro Tejima, Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation. "With this success, NEC will further expand commercial deployment of NFV based solutions globally, which enable telecom operators to introduce innovative services to the market more quickly and efficiently."

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201603/global_20160311_02.html

Lenovo and Juniper Collaborate on Data Center Infrastructure

Lenovo and Juniper Networks announced a global strategic partnership focused on the next generation of converged, hyper-converged, and hyper-scale data center infrastructure.

Lenovo offer an extensive portfolio of x86 based servers and switches. Juniper's portfolio encompasses routers, switches, network management software, network security products and software-defined networking technology.

The companies expect to collaborate to offer simplified management and orchestration in the datacenter leveraging Lenovo’s xClarity management software as well as Juniper’s Network Director and Contrail SDN software.

“Lenovo is on a mission to become the market leader in datacenter solutions. We will continue to invest in the development and delivery of disruptive IT solutions to shape next-generation data centers. Our partnership with Juniper Networks provides Lenovo access to an industry leading portfolio of products that include Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions – essential for state-of-the-art data center offerings,” stated Gerry Smith, Lenovo executive vice president and chief operating officer, PC and Enterprise Business Group.

“Partnering with Lenovo expands Juniper’s strategy to deliver a full-stack solution for a wide-range of data centers, from the mid-range enterprise to private cloud and to hyper-scale customers. We are excited about collaborating with Lenovo to leverage the full power of our IP-networking portfolio based on JunosOS and Contrail, in delivering the next generation of converged, hyper-converged, and hyper-scale solution to customers in China and globally,” said Rami Rahim, chief executive officer at Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net

Cavium's XPliant Switching Silicon Supports OpenSwitch

Cavium announced support for the OpenSwitch open source network operating system (NOS) on Cavium XPliant switches.  Additionally, Cavium introduced Open APIs for the XPliant Programmable Switch (OpenXPS) open source software.

OpenSwitch is an open source, community-led Linux-based network operating system, launched by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and other industry leaders in October 2015, optimized for the scale and architecture requirements of modern next-generation data center networks. It enables a developer ecosystem with the ability to accelerate innovation and realize investment protection, allowing IT organizations to rapidly build data center networks customized for unique business applications.

“Cavium’s support of OpenSwitch is another example of expanding the open source community effort,” said George Tchaparian CEO Edgecore Networks. “Cavium’s OpenXPS support for these open initiatives including OpenSwitch, SAI, and ONL enables rich ecosystems of differentiated solutions, including those open software options on the Cavium’s XPliant based Edgecore AS7500-32X switch, an open hardware design contributed to the Open Compute Project (OCP).”

OpenXPS APIs map the XPliant Software Development Kit (XDK) rich feature-set to an open software interface enabling integration of custom applications on the extensible XPliant switch hardware platforms.  Users now have more freedom to select their software control plane in disaggregation with the hardware, boosting application innovation. OpenSwitch can now use OpenXPS APIs to control the XPliant switch hardware platforms, leveraging a high degree of extensibility.

http://www.cavium.com/newsevents-Cavium-Seamlessly-Connects-OpenSwitch-Software.html

Cavium Shows New Xpliant Silicon Driving SDN-enable Ethernet Switches

Cavium is demonstrating OpenFlow and OpenFlow-Hybrid Ethernet switches based on its new XPliant silicon.

Cavium's XPliant Ethernet switches deliver full line rate support in OpenFlow through XPliant's SDK APIs and integration of Open vSwitch (OVS) at an aggregate switching capacity of 3.2 terabits per second.

"Historically, large scale data center customers were only interested in the speeds and feeds of networking silicon. Now customers are looking for standards based vendor interoperable features that enable them to effectively control their networks, scale and grow over time," said Eric Hayes, VP/GM, Switch Platform Group at Cavium. "The XPA architecture is the ideal solution available today with all of these capabilities simultaneously in a cost effective manner."

Cavium noted its XPliant packet architecture XPA Software APIs expose the OVS control abstractions, enabling users to benefit from OVS rich management and networking features, such as L2 pipeline (VLANs, LAGs, FDB, STP etc.), bonding modes (LACP), and advanced tunneling protocols (Geneve, VxLAN, NVGRE) as well as future yet-to-be-defined standards. Now, through XPA Software and APIs, these open and industry proven features can be seamlessly invoked representing a truly hybrid switch optimized for virtualized environments, in a single hardware.

http://www.cavium.com

Vapor IO Ups its Open Data Center Runtime Environment

A new release of the Vapor Open Data Center Runtime Environment (OpenDCRE) adds supports for AppliedMicro X-Gene server family and BASELAYER Anywhere modular data center (MDC) products. 

Vapor's OpenDCRE is an infrastructure automation and DevOps platform for connecting IT and physical infrastructure. These partnerships highlight Vapor IO’s goal of furthering development of hyper converged data center architectures within the open source community.

OpenDCRE provides a secure, RESTful API for monitoring and completely controlling your entire data center and IT equipment. It can be used as an open platform for monitoring and managing data center hardware, software and environmental characteristics. The OpenDCRE API enables easy integration with third-party monitoring, management and orchestration providers. An alternative to proprietary interfaces and custom silicon, it provides a simple, curl-able interface for common and custom DevOps tasks. There are a wide variety of possible applications, deployments, physical mounting strategies, and network connectivity options for which Vapor IO is working to foster community support.

“Data center environments are becoming increasingly complex and filled with a myriad of hardware and software solutions and tools from various vendors. In order for IT organizations to succeed they need to run efficient and agile environments. The collection of resources that make up today’s data centers must work together seamlessly, but at the same time exist as independent components so they can be replaced, repaired or upgraded as necessary,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO, Vapor IO. “Our mission is to take the disaggregated data center, and turn it into a highly efficient, well-connected but intentionally decoupled IT system.”


Vapor IO Secures Series A Funding for Hyper Modular Data Center

Vapor IO, a start-up based in Austin, Texas, announced a Series A funding round for its intelligent, hyper modular data center solution.  The funding was led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from AVX Partners, but the amount was not disclosed.

Vapor IO is focused on new design for maximizing density and energy efficiency in data center design.

“For the past nine months we’ve been singularly focused on building a telemetry optimized data center analytics company whose mission is to modernize today’s legacy infrastructure and design,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “Recognizing the need for innovation and the now standard deployment of open source technologies, we’re thrilled to partner with Goldman Sachs and AVX Partners to drive full stack data center automation in an industry that has traditionally bifurcated the physical assets from the application.”

http://www.vapor.io

NEC Selected for Submarine Cable Connecting Guam and Saipan

DOCOMO PACIFIC awarded a contract to NEC to build ATISA, an optical submarine cable system that will connect Guam with the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

ATISA, a state-of-the-art six fiber pair optical fiber submarine cable system measuring approximately 280 kilometers in length, will connect the islands of Guam, Saipan, Rota and Tinian. Completion is expected in early-2017.

http://www.nec.com

Red Centroamericana Deploys Coriant

Red Centroamericana has deployed the Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform to scale its regional transport network and its carrier-class services, including wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, Points of Presence (POP) inter-connectivity, and cloud computing services.

REDCA is a private company that was created under the Panama’s Law to operate and market the Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) fiber installed on SIEPAC’s cable (Sistema de Interconexión Eléctrica de los Países de América Central). Providing coverage of over 2,150 kilometers and scalability to 1 Tbps and beyond, the Coriant hiT 7300 solution is part of REDCA’s end-to-end DWDM transport network built along the SIEPAC infrastructure, an interconnection of the power grids of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The Coriant solution offering includes a range of world-class support services designed for rapid network deployment and always-on service availability.

http://www.coriant.com