Thursday, March 17, 2016

Japan's O Three Project Touts SDN Milestones

Japan's O3 (O Three) Project, which is back by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, announced a number of SDN milestones:

1. Technology for a common control framework -- this structuralizes complex network configurations that span multiple layers (wireless, optical, packet, and other networks) and multiple domains, enabling the integrated and rapid construction/operation of virtual wide area networks. The technology takes virtual networks comprised of multi-layer/multi-domain networks and creates a database of their control structures. The database is used to visualize the virtual network, as well as automatically convert construction- and control-related processes to processes directed at devices comprising the physical network. These processes are then executed automatically. As a result, it becomes possible within a virtual wide area network to introduce value-added functions for individual applications, such as enhanced security through real-time analysis of transferred data, improved throughput achieved by traffic distribution, and improved reliability through redundancy.

2. Technologies for integrated control of multiple layers and domains -- uses the virtual network's control structure database mentioned in 1. to construct a resource pool that stores the relationship between the layers and domains within the physical and virtual networks. This enables the dynamic allocation of network resources that exist across different layers and domains, and realizes the efficient use and stable operation of virtual wide area networks. Specifically, they refer to technology for managing multi-layer network resources, technology for impact assessment and recovery in the event of multiple system failures, and technology for checking the quality of the entire virtual network, such as OAM(7) functions within SDN. Whereas network control previously required layer- and domain-specific operations, the new technologies will remove physical constraints such as location and configuration, and enable a holistic approach combining resources across the entire network. This will improve the efficiency, usability, and convenience of virtual wide area networks. Even service platform operators, who do not own physical network resources, will be able to provide added value by creating unique functions through software control. These could include real-time communications transfer control that responds to communications content, traffic distribution through the flexible switching of networks, and network redundancy for bypassing faults in the event of system failure.

3. Technologies for developing virtualization-compatible SDN nodes -- uses the integrated control of multiple layers and domains to realize communications devices (nodes) that enable flexible changes in the network configuration and network quality of telecommunications carriers. They are aimed at telecommunications carrier networks comprised of networks within data centers (DCs) and networks between DCs, and consist of two technologies: "automatic tunnel-setting processing" and "packet-aware optical path processing." The "automatic tunnel-setting processing" technology is aimed at networks within DCs and the connection between networks within and between DCs. It automatically sets a tunnel protocol for configuring a virtual network within the SDN software switch. This technology is an expanded version of the high-performance open-source SDN software switch Lagopus(8), which the project has been developing. The "packet-aware optical path processing" technology is aimed at networks between DCs. Based on the situation of resources within the upper packet transport layer, it provides multiple optical paths (ODUflex(9)) of optical core networks with various band frequencies within the lower layer. For the control, the project proposed and standardized the OpenFlow protocol expansion method(10), which is similar to packet layer control. Whereas each network previously required separate nodes, the new technologies enable a single node (multi-layer node) to realize the optical core network and packet transport, and another to realize the IP network and tunnel protocol. This reduces the number of nodes and enables the efficient use of resources, and can lead to lower capital expenditure (CAPEX). In addition, by realizing automated tunnel protocol setting and the automated and targeted control of optical paths, operating expenditure (OPEX) can also be reduced.

Key players in O3 include NTT, NTT Communications, Fujitsu Limited, and Hitachi.

http://www.o3sympo.com/

NTT Communications Develops SDN OAM


NTT Communications announced the development of a basic operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) function for software-defined networking (SDN) on multiple wide area networks (WAN). The new SDN OAM functions enable end-to-end network connection quality to be visualized on multiple WAN using link trace and loopback tests. The new technology visualizes network topology by automatically collecting connection information on physical networks...

Japan's O3 Project Announces First Milestones for Multi-Carrier, Multi-Layer SDN


Japan's "Open Innovation over Network Platforms" research and development (R&D) project, also known as the "O3 Project", announced the first milestones in its development of multi-carrier, multi-layer SDN, including the development of a database of expressions for integrating the optical layer of the network with packet layer. The O3 project is supported by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and includes the participation...

NTT Readies its "Lagopus" SDN SoftSwitch


NTT will be showing  "Lagopus" Open Source Software (OSS) SDN switch at this week's Interop Tokyo 2014 conference ahead of a formal unveiling next month. Development of the Lagopus SDN software switch originates with NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, which is one of the participants in Japan's O3 Project commissioned by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. A prototype SDN software switch “Lagopus” that enabled 10 Gbps forwarding...



Comcast Business Offers Direct Ethernet to AWS at Up to 10G

Comcast Business is now offering AWS Direct Connect Ethernet service at up to 10 Gbps.

Comcast Business is now a member of the AWS Partner Network (APN).  Comcast said it has the reach to connect more than 1 million Ethernet-enabled buildings in the Comcast network to AWS services like Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Solution (Amazon S3) and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).

The integration with AWS Direct Connect marks another addition to the data center and cloud program Comcast Business unveiled in 2014 that is designed to provide customers with more efficient access to cloud solutions. Comcast noted that it has one of the largest and most diverse networks in the country, with connections to more than 400 data centers and cloud exchanges.

“Connecting to a leading provider of cloud services is an advanced IT asset for our enterprise customers, and as CIOs and IT leaders look to expand their use of AWS, our integration with AWS Direct Connect will give them a new Ethernet network option to connect dispersed office locations and data centers,” said Denice Hasty, senior vice president of Marketing and Product Management for Comcast Business. “A key part of our cloud and data center initiative is to give businesses direct access to cloud providers for increased options and flexibility as they customize their hybrid network strategies.”

http://business.comcast.com



China Mobile Now Has 1.1M Base Stations and > 300M 4G Customers

China Mobile reported 2015 operating revenue or RMB668.3 billion (approximately US$103.3 billion), up by 2.6%; of which, revenue from telecommunications services was RMB584.1 billion, down by 1.3%. Profit attributable to equity shareholders was RMB108.5 billion, down by 0.6%.

Some highlights from the company's financial report:

  • Total mobile customers was 826 million, up by 2.4%
  • For the first time, revenue from data services exceeded its revenue from voice services, accounting for 52.0% of revenue from telecommunications services.
  • Approximately 1.1 million base stations in service, providing coverage for China's over 1.2 billion people.
  • 2015 net addition of over 200 million 4G subscriber, bringing its total 4G customer base to over 300 million. 
  • Mobile data traffic increased 143.7% compared to the previous year.
  • The total number of wireline broadband customers exceeded 55 million

http://www.chinamobileltd.com/en/ir/webcasts/pre160317.pdf

Fujitsu Announces Smart CPRI Transport for Mobile Fronthaul

Fujitsu announced the availability of its Smart CPRI Transport solution designed to support advanced Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) fronthaul deployments.

The Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) solution contains a smart WDM system with integrated diagnostics, remote visibility, self-healing functionality, and ultralow latency. It provides CPRI fronthaul transport between remote radio heads (RRHs) on cellular towers and centralized baseband units (BBUs).

Fujitsu said its highly scalable architecture transports up to 80 CPRI channels via CWDM/DWDM over a fiber pair, while facilitating easy operation and maintenance. The solution can be configured for point-to-point, linear chain, point-to-multipoint, or ring network topologies. It utilizes a remote terminal connected to each RRH and one or more aggregators connected to BBUs residing at a BBU hotel, central office, or super macrocell site. In partnership with HFR, Inc., Fujitsu is supplying Smart CPRI Transport products in North America.

Three modular chassis are available:
  • The HSN8100NA is a remote terminal. The 2U shelf has two service slots and supports up to eight CPRI channels.
  • The HSN8300NA can function as either a remote terminal or a midsize aggregator. The 4U shelf has six service slots and supports up to 24 CPRI channels.
  • The HSN8500NA is a high-capacity aggregator. The 8U shelf has 20 service slots and supports up to 80 CPRI channels.
  • Carriers can use the Fujitsu NETSMART 1500 to simplify network management, provisioning, and surveillance. With the adoption of cloud-based architectures, the Smart CPRI Transport solution positions the RAN for SDN and the BBUs for virtualization, providing enhanced visibility into the RAN through a self-optimizing network (SON).
Some additional highlights of the solution:
  • Easy installation. Integrated engineering and installation tools reduce installation and maintenance expenses. Internal BERT, loopback, and distance measurement functions improve installation velocity. Optional FEC overcomes fiber impairments for substandard fiber pathways.
  • Easy upgrades. Pluggable optics simplify upgrades from CPRI service interface options 3 and 5 to CPRI option 7. Carriers can minimize capital expenses by reprovisioning transponders for new CPRI rates.
  • Fault detection. Extensive OAM for centralized remote visibility identifies alarm locations and distinguishes between radio and transport network faults, reducing MTTR, test equipment, and truck rolls. Custom threshold alerts enable proactive fault resolution before service is affected.
  • High reliability. Self-healing network operation for ring or diverse linear paths provides sub-50 millisecond protection switching. Integrated differential delay compensation maintains in-service calls upon protection switches. These network resiliency features provide five 9s availability and reduce customer churn.
“Carriers are seeking better ways to cost-effectively address the performance of next-generation mobile networks,” said Steve Pelosi, vice president and head of the Optical Business Unit, Fujitsu Network Communications. “Fujitsu Smart CPRI Transport is a proven, highly scalable solution that optimizes fronthaul network design for a C-RAN architecture — reducing operating costs and improving network reliability.”

http://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/resources/news/press-releases/2016/fnc-20160317-02.html

Birch to Acquire Primus Assets in Canada, U.S. and P.R.

Birch Communications agreed to acquire select assets and customers of Primus Telecommunications, one of Canada's largest independent, full-service, telecommunications service providers.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Primus' more than 250,000 business and consumer customers will significantly expand Birch's service footprint. The transaction will also include 20,000 customers in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The companies said they complement each other from a product perspective, each offering industry-leading broadband internet, cloud-hosted PBX, dedicated data access, local phone, long distance and a variety of wholesale solutions.

"This transaction demonstrates our continued commitment to grow our service territory, product-set and customer base," said Vincent Oddo, President and CEO at Birch. "Primus customers will benefit from being part of a larger service provider with a strong commitment to award-winning customer care, and Birch customers will benefit from a new, significantly larger service territory. With the addition of the Primus assets, Birch expects that a significant portion of its revenue in 2016 will come from its fast-growing fiber and managed services segments."

The deal marks the 28th asset purchase for Birch.

http://www.birch.com
http://wwww.primus.ca

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Google Highlights its Software-based "Maglev" Load Balancers

Google disclosed key details on Maglev, the software-based, network load balancer that is used to ensure consistent performance for the Google Compute Engine.

In a blog posting, Google said Maglev load balancing has been handling most of the traffic to Google services since 2008. It runs on the same, ordinary servers that the services themselves use. The system "uses Equal-Cost Multi-Path routing (ECMP) to spread incoming packets across all Maglevs, which then use consistent hashing techniques to forward packets to the correct service backend servers, no matter which Maglev receives a particular packet."

https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/03/Google-shares-software-network-load-balancer-design-powering-GCP-networking.html

Nokia Expands 1830 Photonic Service Switch Portfolio

Nokia announced significant enhancements to its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) portfolio, including the introduction of a new Photonic Service Engine version 2 (PSE-2) chip that enables the platform to double wavelength capacities and wavelengths per fiber. The new electro-optic chipset PSE-2 is available in two versions:
  • the PSE-2 Super Coherent (PSE-2s) provides the ultimate in performance and flexibility for applications with very high traffic demands and potentially challenging distance requirements. It can be programmed with seven unique modulation formats to support optimized 100G to 500G transport wavelength capacities, and distances for applications ranging from metro to ultra-long haul - including the industry's first 400G single carrier, the first 200G long haul and the first 100G ultra-long haul. The PSE-2s lowers cost per bit per kilometer by maximizing capacity for every distance, while using 50 percent less power.
  • the PSE-2 Compact (PSE-2c) is optimized for 100G DWDM applications where density, space and low power are paramount, including metro access and aggregation networks. The PSE-2c design creates more compact line cards that support "pay as you grow" pluggable optics, while consuming 66 percent less power.
The portfolio update includes:
  • a new 1830 PSS-24x packet/OTN multilayer switching platform powered by a new Nokia-designed Transport Switching Engine (TSE) chipset. Nokia said that by combining a TSE-powered switch fabric with PSE-2 coherent interfaces, the 1830 PSS-24x offers 9.6 terabits of switching per half-rack shelf, scalable to 48 terabits per rack. 
  • a new 1830 PSS 500G DWDM Muxponder, powered by the PSE-2s and its variable modulation capabilities, offers operators investment protection for their 1830 PSS platforms with an instant capacity upgrade, carrying as many as five 100G services per line card. The 500G line card is available and being delivered to customers now.
  • an expanded Wavelength Routing solution that supports the L wavelength band, thereby doubling the number of wavelengths per fiber. By integrating PSE-2 powered interfaces and Colorless, Directionless, Contentionless, with Flexgrid (CDC-F) technology, the 1830 PSS Ultra-Wideband Wavelength Routing solution becomes the industry's first C+L band CDC-F system, giving operators unprecedented programmability in the photonic layer.
Sam Bucci, head of optical networking at Nokia, said: "When we introduced the industry's first single carrier 100G solution in 2010 we became a leader in optical network transformations, a position that was further solidified when we released the first programmable 100G/200G line card. With the launch of the PSE-2, our 500G Muxponder and the 1830 PSS-24x, we are again at the forefront of innovations, leading the way to 100G client services being the currency of modern optical networks. Thanks to the optical innovations of Nokia Bell Labs we are able to keep operators ahead of today's aggressive bandwidth demand curve."

http://www.nokia.com

Ciena Unveils 6500 T-Series Packet-Optical Platform

Ciena unveiled a new 6500 T-Series packet/optical platform for metro and regional networks.

Ciena’s 6500 T-Series, which converges packet, OTN, and flexible WaveLogic photonics, provides up to ten times more port density, scaling from 2.4 Tb/s to 24 Tb/s in a single chassis, and to more than 100 Tb/s in a multi-chassis nodal configuration.

Ciena confirmed that Verizon is in the process of deploying the new 6500 T-Series to scale its next generation 100G metro network from both a capacity and an operational perspective, as well as efficiently distribute customizable content to end users and provide an on-demand, superior customer experience.

Ciena is also adding greater levels of openness and programmability to its entire 6500 Packet-Optical Platform family by adding open API support and the ability to leverage its Emulation Cloud, which allows service providers to create, test and fine-tune customized applications in a virtual networking environment, giving them the power to innovate and speed time-to-market for new services.

Ciena is also integrating 6500 into its Blue Planet software, enabling service providers to automate services – from creation through orchestration and delivery – across both physical and virtual domains as well as multi-vendor environments.

“More powerful smartphones, tablets and the proliferation of streaming video from consumers and businesses alike are pushing networks to the brink of current capabilities. T-Series adds powerful new capabilities to our market-leading 6500 Packet-Optical Platform family and builds on its widespread installed base to help our customers build larger, more agile and robust networks that cater to rising web-scale demands today and well into the future,” stated Scott McFeely, Senior Vice President, Networking Platforms Division, Ciena.

http://www.ciena.com

Couchbase Raises $30 Million for NoSQL Databases

Couchbase, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $30 million in a series F round of funding.

Couchbase offers a NoSQL database architected to consolidate multiple layers of functionality delivering the simplicity, speed and performance of a key value database, the flexibility of a document database, the ultra-low latency of a cache, and end-to-end mobile support with on-device storage and synchronization.

The new funding was led by Sorenson Capital with current investors participating in the round, including Accel Partners, Adams Street Partners, Ignition Partners, Mayfield Fund, North Bridge Venture Partners and West Summit. This capital will be used to accelerate sales, and expand technical support and engineering investments as Couchbase extends its leadership as the de facto standard operational database for Digital Economy businesses.

“Our business, built on customers focused on winning in the Digital Economy, is very strong. This funding round will take us to cash flow positive and should be our last round prior to an IPO,” said Bob Wiederhold, Couchbase CEO. “To be successful in the Digital Economy, businesses need to build great Web, mobile and IoT applications that deliver great user experiences that critically depend on the capabilities of the underlying operational database. Developers, architects and CIOs across every industry realize this, and are selecting Couchbase over our competitors as their operational database for modernizing their technology platforms.”

http://www.couchbase.com/

IO Raises $505 Million for Data Center Operations & Expansion

IO, which operates data centers in Arizona, Ohio, New Jersey, Singapore and London, raised $445 million in debt capital from Deutsche Bank and $60 million in additional growth capital from an affiliate of Macquarie Capital.

The proceeds from the Deutsche Bank loan allowed IO to refinance its existing U.S. indebtedness. In addition, IO has exercised its purchase options to acquire the land and buildings underlying its IO.New Jersey and IO.Ohio data centers. IO will use the proceeds from the Macquarie Capital transaction to further its international and domestic growth and for general corporate purposes.

IO also announced that it purchased approximately nine acres adjacent to its Phoenix data center campus and that it has plans to substantially expand capacity at that campus.

http://www.io.com

Level 3 Activates Pacific Subsea Cable in Colombia

Level 3 Communications activated a new subsea cable landing station in Buenaventura, Colombia, giving the country a Pacific Ocean route to connect to its international network.  At launch, Level 3´s undersea system has a total installed capacity of eight terabits of which 400-gigabits are already available.

The fiber optic undersea cable runs 300 kilometers to the seaport city of Buenaventura on Colombia's Pacific coast, then 154 kilometers over land to the city of Cali, where it connects with Level 3's national fiber optic system that provides access to the main Colombian markets.

Level 3 said demand for connectivity and network services in Colombia and Latin America is rising.

http://www.level3.com

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

AT&T's ECOMP is its Next Big Thing

AT&T is moving quickly to transform itself into a software company, said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer, in a keynote at the sixth annual Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California.  Last year, AT&T hit its target of virtualizing 5% of its network functions.  This year, the company aims to increase its NFV rollout to 30% of network fuctions.  This includes some 39 VNFs going into the production infrastructure. As of today, 14 million wireless customers are on AT&T's fully virtualized mobile packet core

Some additional highlights:

  • AT&T next big thing is ECOMP - Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management & Policy) Architecture. Donovan describes ECOMP as the most sophisticated software project that AT&T has ever undertaken -- the engine that powers its software-centric network.  The goal is to enable high utilization of network resources by combining dynamic, policy-enforced functions forcomponent and workload shaping, placement, execution, and administration. Over the past 18 months, a team of 300 AT&T developers has assembled 8 million lines of codes. It is designed to interoperate with Open Stack.  AT&T has just published a whitepaper (link below) on ECOMP and is inviting industry commentary.  If there enough community interest, AT&T is considering making ECOMP open source.
  • AT&T continues to make progress on Central Office Re-architected as Data Center (CORD), which was first showcased at ONS last year. The idea behind CORD is to use SDN and NFV to transform carrier functions into workloads that are hosted on common, commodity infrastructure. AT&T trials for CORD begin this month.
  • AT&T has doubled its usage of open source software in the past year. The company is participating in many open source initiatives and has just joined the Open Compute Project.
  • Donovan sees virtual reality as being a huge driver of bandwidth
  • Regarding competition and/or cooperation with other big cloud providers, Donovan said AT&T is comfortable with its role as owner/operator of its infrastructure.
  • AT&T is now serving 26 million IoT devices.
  • 60% of AT&T total network traffic is video 
  • AT&T is carrying more than 114 petabytes on its network daily.

http://att.com/ecomp

Updates for CORD - Central Office Re-architected as Data Center

Vendors are ready to show the first reference implementation of CORD - the Central Office Re-architected as Data Center - initiative within the ONOS Project. uUse cases for CORD are on display at this week's Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California.

CORD is expected to bring the economies of scale and the agility of cloud computing to the service provider central office by leveraging infrastructure constructed from commodity building blocks. It uses merchant silicon, white boxes and open-source platforms such as ONOS, OpenStack, and XOS.

CORD Use Cases Showcased at ONS:

Enterprise (E-CORD) - Extends CORD with enterprise services and enables service providers to offer SDN-WAN, as well as MEF carrier Ethernet services. That is the ability to create multi-site virtual networks on demand with customer-specified services such as intrusion detection, WAN acceleration, and others. E-CORD POC will be demonstrated at ONS.
Mobile (M-CORD) - Integrates disaggregated and virtualized RAN, disaggregated and virtualized EPC, and mobile edge computing with CORD and helps service providers and vendors move closer to realizing 5G. M-CORD POC will be demonstrated at ONS.
Residential (R-CORD) - Combines vCPE and virtualized wireline access technologies (e.g., GPON, 10GPON, G.Fast) with cloud-based subscriber services (e.g., parental control, video delivery). R-

Companies are actively contributing to and advancing CORD: AT&T, China Unicom, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, Verizon, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, NEC, Nokia
Collaborators: Accton, AirHop, Broadcom, Cavium, Celestica, Ciena, Cobham, Flextronics, NetCracker, PMC Sierra, Radisys.

"AT&T supports the goals and achievements that are embodied in CORD," said Andre Fuetsch, senior vice president of Architecture and Design at AT&T. "The work is pushing the boundaries of many technologies and architectures, as well as open source and open spec hardware. We are learning from the CORD experiments and trials and using this knowledge to refine AT&T's Integrated Cloud. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with ON.Lab and others in advancing NFV and SDN technology."

http://www.linuxfoundation.org

MEF & ON.Lab Collaborate To Advance Open Third Network Services

The MEF and ON.Lab announced a collaboration centered on ON.Lab’s E-CORD and the MEF’s new OpenCS (Open Connectivity Services) and OpenLSO (Open Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Projects. Initial collaboration showcases ON.Lab’s E-CORD as one of the first open source instances for dynamic/agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network Services.

OpenCS is a network ecosystem that enables SDN and NFV reference implementations of open source software and open spec hardware for MEF-defined services, starting with Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and evolving to Layer 3 IP and above. OpenLSO is an orchestration ecosystem that enables a reference implementation of open source solutions and interfaces that adheres to the MEF LSO specification.

Areas of CORD and MEF collaboration include:

  • E-CORD Proof of Concept Demonstrations / OpenCS Reference Builds. E-CORD demonstration as a pioneering OpenCS reference build at the ONS 2016 conference being held this week in Santa Clara, California. The PoC will show how E-CORD can enable service providers to provide customized, programmable, on-demand CE 2.0 E-Line services using SDN & NFV. During 2016, the E-CORD platform will evolve to include enhanced support for MEF service models and will include a broader set of CE 2.0 services in future
  • E-CORD Integration With MEF LSO. Research on how to align E-CORD with OpenLSO functions within the overall MEF LSO Reference Architecture. This includes discussions on how E-CORD can evolve to communicate with service orchestration functions using the MEF LSO Presto Management Interface.
  • LSO Hackathons. Participation at the Euro16 and MEF16 LSO Hackathons to be held at the MEF Quarterly Meeting in Rome during 25 – 28 April and at MEF16 respectively, where programmers will orchestrate an E-Line instantiation in E-CORD using XOS over LSO Presto.
  • MEF16. Participation as an open source organization partner at the MEF16 global networking event held during 7 – 10 November in Baltimore-Washington, DC.


http://www.MEF16.com
http://onlab.us
https://www.mef.net/

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, G√ČANT 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."

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