Sunday, June 5, 2016

AT&T Expands 5G Trial Work with Nokia

AT&T is expanding its 5G lab trial work in collaboration with Nokia. Specifically, 5G system and software architecture lab work is now underway at AT&T facilities in Middletown, N.J., Atlanta, Ga. and San Ramon, California.  Nokia is supplying test equipment for a variety of 5G technology building blocks and features, including sub-6Hz and mmWave spectrum use, low latency, advanced beamforming and very high throughput.

"We've seen great results in our 5G lab trials, including reaching speeds above 10 gigabits per second in early tests with Ericsson," said Tom Keathley, senior vice president – wireless network architecture and design, AT&T.  "Nokia is joining to help us test millimeter wave (mmWave), which we expect to play a key role in 5G development and deployment. The work coming out of AT&T Labs will pave the way toward future international 5G standards and allow us to deliver these fast 5G speeds and network performance across the U.S."

AT&T noted that early latency performance tests have shown positive signs for future consumer experiences, such as self-driving cars.

In the coming months, the carrier expects to conduct outdoor 5G wireless connectivity trials to fixed locations in cities such as Austin, Texas and Middletown, N.J.

http://www.att.com

AT&T Unveils 5G Roadmap - First Trials This Year

AT&T will begin 5G trials this year.  The first lab test with Ericsson and Intel will begin in Q2, followed by outdoor trials over the summer. 5G field trials to fixed locations in Austin will begin before the end of this year.

AT&T expects 5G to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections. Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. 5G latency is expected to be in the range of 1 to 5 milliseconds.

“New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, AT&T Technology and Operations.

“These technologies will be immersive, pervasive and responsive to customers. 5G will help make them a reality. 5G will reach its full potential because we will build it on a software-centric architecture that can adapt quickly to new demands and give customers more control of their network services. Our approach is simple – deliver a unified experience built with 5G, software-defined networking (SDN), Big Data, security and open source software.”

AT&T said technologies such as millimeter waves, NFV, and SDN will be among the key ingredients for future 5G experiences. AT&T Labs has been working on these technologies for years and has filed dozens of patents connected with them.

Some additional notes:
  • Data traffic on AT&T’s wireless network grew more than 150,000% from 2007 through 2015, driven largely by video.
  • More than 60% of the data traffic on the AT&T network was video in 2015.
  • AT&T already has 14 million wireless customers on its virtualized network and will millions more this year.

http://about.att.com/story/unveils_5g_roadmap_including_trials.html

Turkcell Opens Massive Data Center in Istanbul

Turkcell inaugurated a new data center measuring 33,000 m2 (355,000 square feet) in Gebze, a suburb of Istanbul.

The Tier III data center consists of 20 rooms of 500 m2 each. The building is supported by a 30-megawatt energy capacity and 25 generators of 2500 KVA each. Turkcell said its new facility has earned a Leed Gold certificate - a mark of sustainability and energy efficiency - and has been designed to withstand earthquakes of magnitudes of up to 9.0 on the Richter scale.

Turkcell noted that in addition to the data traffic of Turkey, 50% of the data traffic to Georgia, Iraq and Iran goes through its network. Turkcell now aims to expand its international collaborations into providing cloud services for global content companies and act as a node for international data traffic.

“As the global landscape of industrial production shifts to an ICT-focused mode with Industry 4.0, storing data safely and securely , and attaining the ability to analyze it become essential. With this new data center, we are providing the infrastructure for Turkey-based companies to benefit from these capabilities using the state-of-the-art technology at the highest global standards.” said Kaan Terzioglu, CEO of Turkcell. “With our technology leadership in Turkey and international collaborations, we will establish a new Silk Road of information on fiber, and contribute to raising the profile of our country as a regional hub of information.”

Turkcell also announced plans to open two new data centers in Ankara and Izmir, the second and the third largest cities of Turkey, in the coming 18 months. Upon completion of these two data centers, Turkcell will have 107,000 m2 of data center area.

http://www.turkcell.com.tr

Cavium's 64-Bit ARM ThunderX2 Packs up to 54 Cores

Cavium unveiled its 64-bit ARM-based ThunderX2 processor for servers in cloud data centers used for workloads such as compute, security, storage, data analytics, network function virtualization (NFV) and distributed databases.

The second generation ARM processor from Cavium, which offers a number of on-board accelerators and advanced capabilities, packs up to 54 cores, enabling it to deliver two to three times the performance across a wide range of standard benchmarks and applications compared to ThunderX. It is built in 14nm FinFET process and is compliant with ARMv8.2 architecture as well as ARM's Server Base System Architecture (SBSA) standard.

Key ThunderX2 features will include:

  • 2nd generation of full custom Cavium ARM core: 2.4 to 2.8GHz in normal mode, Up to 3 GHz in Turbo mode; > 2X single thread performance compared to ThunderX.
  • Up to 54 cores per socket delivering 2-3X socket level performance compared to ThunderX.
  • Cache: 40K I-Cache and 64K D-cache, highly associative; 32MB shared Last Level Cache (LLC).
  • Single and dual socket configuration support using 2nd generation of Cavium Coherent Interconnect with > 2.5X coherent bandwidth compared to ThunderX.
  • System Memory: 6 DDR4 memory controllers per socket; Dual DIMM per memory controller, for a total of 12 DIMMs per socket.
  • Full system virtualization for low latency from virtual machine to IO enabled through Cavium virtSOC technology.
  • Integrated 10/25/40/50/100GbE network connectivity.
  • Multiple integrated SATAv3 interfaces.
  • Integrated PCIe Gen3 interfaces, x1, x4, x8 and x16 support.
  • Integrated Hardware Accelerators: OCTEON style packet parsing, shaping, lookup, QoS and forwarding; Virtual Switch (vSwitch) offload; Virtualization, storage and NITROX V security.

Four versions of the ThunderX2 will be offered:

  • ThunderX2_CP:  Optimized for cloud compute workloads such as private and public clouds, web serving, web caching, web search, commercial HPC workloads such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and reservoir modeling. This family supports multiple 10/25/40/50/100 GbE network Interfaces and PCIe Gen3 interfaces. It also includes accelerators for virtualization and vSwitch offload.
  • ThunderX2_ST: Optimized for big data, cloud storage, massively parallel processing (MPP) databases and Data warehousing workloads. This family supports multiple 10/25/40/50/100 GbE network interfaces, PCIe Gen3 interfaces and SATAv3 interfaces. It also includes hardware accelerators for data protection/ integrity/security, user to user efficient data movement.
  • ThunderX2_SC:  Optimized for secure web front-end, security appliances and cloud RAN type workloads. This family supports multiple 10/25/40/50/100 GbE interfaces and PCIe Gen3 interfaces. Integrated hardware accelerators include Cavium’s industry leading, 5th generation NITROX security technology with acceleration for IPSec, RSA and SSL.
  • ThunderX2_NT: Optimized for media servers, scale-out embedded applications and NFV type workloads. This family supports multiple 10/25/40/50/100 GbE interfaces. It also includes OCTEON style hardware accelerators for packet parsing, shaping, lookup, QoS and forwarding.

"ThunderX2 combines our next generation core that will deliver significantly higher single thread performance with next generation IO and hardware accelerators to provide a compelling value proposition for the server market and greatly expand the serviceable server TAM," said Syed Ali, President and CEO of Cavium. "ThunderX2 will enable flexible, scalable and fully optimizable servers for next generation software defined data centers."

http://www.cavium.com


Cavium Unleashes 64-bit ARM-based OCTEON TX

Cavium unveiled its OCTEON TX family, a line of 64-bit ARM based SOCs for control plane and data plane applications in networking, security, and storage.

The OCTEON TX combines Cavium's data plane architecture with its optimized ARMv8.1 cores (the company continues to produce its OCTEON III processors, which are based on MIPS).

The new processors expand the addressability of Cavium’s embedded products into control plane application areas within enterprise, service provider, data center networking and storage that need support of extensive software ecosystem and virtualization features. This product line is also optimized to run multiple concurrent data and control planes simultaneously for security and router appliances, NFV and SDN infrastructure, service provider CPE, wireless transport, NAS, storage controllers, IOT gateways, printer and industrial applications.

Cavium said the control planes of next gen platforms will need to run commercial software distributions and operating systems (e.g., RHEL, Canonical and Java SE), support open source applications (e.g., OpenStack, OpenFlow and Quagga), launch services dynamically and run customer specific services. Multiple types of high performance data plane applications also need to be supported for firewall, content delivery, routing, and traffic management. While current OCTEON SOCs are used in applications for data plane as well as control plane with embedded software, control plane applications requiring wider software ecosystem and support traditionally have been addressed by the x86 architecture. The ARM architecture is able to service these critical needs.

Ixia Demos 400GbE Test with Forward Error Correction

Ixia will conduct the first public demonstration of its test system running 400GbE with RS-544 Forward Error Correction (FEC) at this week's Interop Tokyo 2016.

RS-544 FEC is a digital signal processing technique used to enhance data reliability. It does this by introducing error correcting code that is calculated prior to data transmission. The IEEE P802.3bs Task Force defines two FEC engines that are required for the electrical interface that supports 400GbE.

http://www.ixiacom.com

Marvell Intros Campus Switch Silicon for 2.5 GbE

Marvell introduced its Prestera 98DX325x campus programmable switch optimized for 24- and 48-ports of 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

The switching silicon offers dedicated 10GbE and 40GbE uplinks and stacking ports. Key features:

  • 48 ports of 1GbE with four ports of 10GbE uplinks and two ports of 40GbE stacking for standard Enterprise and SMB/SME access deployments
  • Up to 24 ports of 2.5GbE with 10GbE and 40GbE uplink and stacking for large wireless campus deployments
  • Support for virtual bridging and routing and congestion management features enabling software-defined networking (SDN)/Network Function Virtualization (NFV) cloud-managed network deployments
  • Advanced virtual overlay networking offering support for NVGRE, VXLAN-GPE, NSH, GENEVE, Shortest Path Bridging (SPB), TRILL and GRE
  • Server virtualization compliant with IEEE 802.1Qbg EVB, 802.1BR Port Extender
  • IEEE 1588 1-step timing for precision timing applications

Sampling is underway.

“2.5GbE network ports are being widely deployed in campus environments. This is a prime time for a disruptive, cost-effective 2.5GbE access solution with 40GbE uplinks or stacking,” said Michael Zimmerman, Vice President and General Manager, Connectivity, Storage and Infrastructure (CSI) Business Unit at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.

http://www.Marvell.com

Friday, June 3, 2016

ViaSat Selected for Wi-Fi on American Airlines 737 MAX Fleet

American Airlines has selected ViaSat to outfit its new Boeing 737 MAX fleet with in-flight Wi-Fi internet service. The new American planes will tap into ViaSat's Ka-band satellite system, which will include ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and its next gen ViaSat-3 satellites. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ViaSat said its first two generation satellite platforms together provide more capacity than all of the commercial satellites over North America combined. When the first ViaSat-3 class satellite platform launches in 2019, it will more than double the capacity again. ViaSat promises an 'at home' internet experience when in-flight – with the ability to stream movies, videos, television and music, as well as surf the web, upload pictures to social media, email large files, etc..

"We believe we are now approaching the end of an era where passengers have paid very high prices for very slow connections. Our agreement highlights a significant initial step for American to deliver an onboard Wi-Fi experience every passenger will want to use," said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO.

The first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with the ViaSat in-flight internet system are scheduled to go into service in September 2017.

http://www.viasat.com

IDC: WLAN Market Shows Steady Growth

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 4.5% year over year in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), while declining 10.7% on a sequential basis, according to IDC's newly updated Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker.

Some highlights:

  • The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide WLAN market grew 4.5% year over year in Q1 2016
  • 802.11ac now accounts for 59.6% of dependent access point unit shipments and 75.6% of dependent access point revenues, representing a noticeably faster adoption rate than the 802.11a/b/g to 802.11n transition several years ago
  • Consumer WLAN market revenue was flat on a year-over-year basis in 1Q16. The adoption of the 802.11ac standard in the consumer market has been significantly slower than in the enterprise segment. In 1Q16, the 802.11ac standard accounted for just 18.4% of shipments and 46.1% of revenue in the consumer category.
  • Cisco's 1Q16 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue increased 2.7% year over year in 1Q16. Cisco's worldwide market share came in at 45.2% in 1Q16, up from the 45.0% seen in 4Q15, and down from 47.8% in 1Q15. 
  • Aruba-HPE (combining HP and Aruba but excluding its OEM business), after several consecutive quarters of growth, declined 2.3% in 1Q16 on a year-over-year basis. Aruba-HPE's market share stands at 15.8% in 1Q16, down from 15.9% in 4Q15 and 17.6% in 1Q15.
  • Ruckus had a strong quarter in 1Q16, growing 21.3% year over year. Ruckus accounted for 7.7% of the overall market in 1Q16, up from 6.7% in 4Q15 and 6.9% in 1Q15.
  • Ubiquiti experienced very strong growth in 1Q16, increasing 63.3% year over year. Ubiquiti accounted for 4.3% of the overall market in 1Q16, up from 2.7% in 4Q15.
  • Aerohive also experienced noteworthy growth, increasing 62.9% year over year in 1Q16 as it continues to benefit from E-rate implementations in the U.S. In 1Q16, Aerohive held 2.3% of the market compared to 2.5% in 4Q15.


"2016 is off to a strong start in terms of WLAN market growth, compared to the situation in the first quarter of 2015," said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, Network Infrastructure at IDC. "With no major macroeconomic or geopolitical disruptions during the quarter, and as many network refreshes came due, WLAN spending trended upward in 1Q16."

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS41338416

U.S. Commerce Department Looks into Huawei

The United States Commerce Department has issued a subpoena to Huawei Technologies' office in Plano, Texas regarding sales to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, according to The New York Times. At issue could be products from the U.S. or with re-exported technology that could fall under the domain of U.S. export controls.  The U.S. Department of Commerce has not commented publicly on the matter.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce added ZTE to the list of entities involved in "activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States." The issue was later resolved when ZTE confirmed that it will fulfill any commitments necessary to be removed permanently from the U.S. Department of Commerce's list of sanctioned entities.  The company

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Arista Debuts Universal Leaf Network Platform

Arista rolled out its latest fixed switching and routing platform for next generation data centers.

The new 7280R Series Universal Leaf combines dynamic and deep buffering, Internet scale route tables, and open, programmable Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) in a compact form factor. The platform complements Arista's recently-announced 7500R Universal Spine platform.

Arista said its Universal Leaf design challenges traditional network designs like fiber channel storage area networks (SAN), legacy routers or analog audio-video infrastructure by reducing operational costs through a single platform capable of a broad set of leaf networking use-cases, especially IP storage, routing and digital media.

Key attributes of the 7280R Universal Leaf

  • 48 ports of 100GbE, with choice of 10/25/40/50/100GbE speeds
  • 36 ports of 40GbE, with flexible combinations of 10GbE and 40GbE with up to 12 ports of 100GbE
  • 48 ports of 10GbE SFP+ with 6 100G uplinks
  • 48 ports of 10GBASE-T with 6 100G uplinks
  • 4 to 32 Gigabytes of deep and dynamic buffer memory for reliable packet transfers
  • Agile port speeds of 1/10/25/40/50/100GbE
  • FlexRoute™ technology delivers up to 1 Million wire speed routes with MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), Segment Routing and EVPN (Ethernet Virtual Private Network) protocol support, programmable traffic engineering with up to 128,000 MPLS, GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation), VXLAN (Virtual Extensible Local Area Network) and IP-in-IP tunnels.
  • Support for NEBS (Network Equipment Building System) for carrier deployments
http://www.arista.com

Arista Unveils 100+ Terabit Switching/Routing Platform

Arista Networks introduced a 100+ Terabit switching and routing platform for cloud service provider and next generation enterprise data centers. The new Arista 7500R is being positioned as the industry's highest performance universal spine switch for data centers.

Arista believes that shifting traffic patterns inside the data center are best served with scalable two-tier active Leaf-Spine and single tier Spline architecture. The traditional core routing layer can be replaced with an Arista 7500R series-based spine for rapid re-convergence and network-wide resilience between data centers and to the Internet. The Arista 7500R Series supports familiar MPLS functions allowing up to 13-labels deep packet lookup for programmatic control across the largest networks. Along with the state oriented architecture of Arista’s Network–wide Database NetDB and SDK, Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) users can customize their own preferred path across the largest networks in the world, instead of relying on best-effort forwarding on the Internet.

The new Arista 7500R Series, which begin shipping in Q2, provides industry-leading 100GbE density and large table sizes in a single chassis. Key attributes:

  • Chassis Fabric capacity of up to 115 Tbps
  • Up to 432 wirespeed 100GbE ports in a choice of three form factors
  • 288 Gigabytes of deep and smart packet memory for reliable packet transfers
  • Virtual Output Queues (VoQ) for lossless forwarding
  • Agile port speeds of 1/10/25/40/50/100GbE
  • FlexRoute technology delivers up to 1 Million wire speed routes with MPLS, Segment Routing and EVPN (Ethernet Virtual Private Network) protocol support
  • Programmable traffic engineering with up to 128,000 MPLS, GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation), VXLAN (Virtual Extensible Local Area Network) and IP-in-IP tunnels
  • Support for NEBS (Network Equipment Building System) compliance for Service Provider deployments
  • Mix and Match across the wide selection of 7500E and 7500R series line-card options
Arista is also introducing three new wire speed 7500R Series line cards:
  • 36 x 100GbE QSFP - choice of 10/25/40/50/100GbE
  • 36 x 40GbE with flexible combinations of 10GbE and up to 6 ports of 100GbE
  • 48 x 10GbE SFP+ and 2 x 100G QSFP
“The 7500R is the highest performance switching and routing platform that supports the full Internet routing table, enabling a Universal Spine in cloud-scale networks,” said Andreas Bechtolsheim, Arista’s Chairman and Chief Development Officer.

https://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/1283-pr-20160329

Viptela Delivers SD-WAN for China's CBCcom

CBCcom, a leading ICT and cloud services provider in China, has selected Viptela for a new SD-WAN service for business customers.

The new CBCcom service, powered by Viptela, enables the ICT Provider to “mix and match” private and public IP connections such as MPLS, wireless LTE, broadband and Ethernet to meet each customer’s application requirements based on geographic location, topology, bandwidth and application service availability needs. It is being offered in China.

“The new Viptela-based SD-WAN service enables our customers to take advantage of both our private MPLS service and uncongested Premium Dedicated Internet Access offerings in China. This new offering provides greater flexibility and lower cost of operation to organizations without comprising performance and availability,” said Richard Fung, CEO of CBCcom.

http://www.viptela.com

NTT Com Focuses of Global Network Reliability

At its annual Arcstar Carrier Forum in Tokyo, NTT Communications announced an agreement with 28 international carrier partners to further improve the quality of global network services, including its IP-VPN, e-VLAN, leased lines and Arcstar Universal One cloud-optimized network service for securely linking closed enterprise networks with global cloud services.

The parties agreed to continue to increase availability, reduce failure rates and strive for a number of other improvements measured by strict key performance indicators (KPI).  NTT Com said its efforts are aimed at enabling overseas carriers to continue delivering high-quality services that meet customer expectations.

http://www.ntt.com/en/about-us/press-releases/news/article/2016/20160602_2.html

Qualcomm's Vanitha Kumar on 5G and IoT Possibilities

Qualcomm's Vanitha Kumar reflects on the rapid evolution of the mobile industry since the early days of CDMA.

Having worked on the evolution of air interfaces, she now sees 5G opening the door to new possibilities, including for the next generation, which is already thinking about the next cool app.

See video: https://youtu.be/n7E-KUYJYVY





Sprint Cites Gains in Network Reliability

Sprint reported that its reliability now beats T-Mobile’s and performs within 1 percent of AT&T and Verizon, according to its own analysis of the latest Nielsen drive test data for average network reliability (voice & data) in top 106 markets.

Nielsen drove a total of more than 165,000 miles conducting tests in 106 major metro markets spanning a population of more than 200 million. Nielsen’s reliability tests measure both accessibility and retainability of voice calls and data sessions. For example, it measures the ability of a voice call or download to initially connect to the network as well as maintain that network connection from start to finish.

Sprint cited its rich tri-band spectrum portfolio, and its use of carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Two-channel carrier aggregation, deployed on high-traffic 2.5 GHz cell sites, doubles speed and capacity offering peak speeds of more than 100 Mbps on capable devices. With three-channel carrier aggregation, currently in lab testing, customers can expect peak speeds of more than 200 Mbps on capable devices.

Sprint also announced that its LTE Plus Network is now running in 204 markets, including newly added markets such as New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Honolulu, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition, total Sprint LTE coverage now reaches nearly 300 million people, with approximately 70 percent covered by Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum.

http://www.sprint.com

Ciena Posts Q2 Revenue of $641 Million

Ciena reported Q2 revenue of $640.7 million as compared to $621.6 million for the fiscal second quarter 2015. Net income (GAA) amounted to $14.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $20.7 million, or $0.17 per diluted common share, for the fiscal second quarter 2015.

"This quarter's strong financial performance is a result of the investments we've made to diversify our business, in particular the expansion of our packet business and our momentum in key geographies," said Gary B. Smith, president and CEO, Ciena. "As the industry shifts toward an on-demand networking model across an open ecosystem, we are confident in our ability to address those demands with a broader set of customers, applications and geographies to deliver sustainable long-term growth and increased profitability."

http://www.ciena.com

DigitalOcean Opens Bangalore Data Center

DigitalOcean inaugurated a data center in Bangalore, India.  Bangalore will be DigitalOcean’s 8th region globally, following New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Singapore, London, Frankfurt, and Toronto.

DigitalOcean offers SSD-enabled cloud servers starting at US$5 per month, along with simplified pricing for bandwidth, snapshots and additional services.
http://www.digitalocean.com


Digital Ocean Secures $130 Million for Cloud Buildout

DigitalOcean, a start-up based in New York City, secured a $130 million credit facility to continue its mission of building a next generation cloud for scaling startups and software defined businesses.

DigitalOcean offers SSD-enabled cloud servers with simplified pricing tiers.

The company said that over the past two years it has expanded its registered customer base from 253,000 to 708,000 users, who have launched over 13 million cloud servers. The credit facilities will be used to purchase equipment in order to continue its global expansion and support increasing demand.

"We are delighted with the outcome of our credit facility. It complements the $83 million Series B equity financing that we closed in June 2015 and our strong cash flows and balance sheet in pursuing long-term growth opportunities," commented Brian Cohen, Chief Financial Officer of DigitalOcean.

http://www.digitalocean.com


DigitalOcean Raises $83 Million for Cloud Hosting

DigitalOcean, a start-up based in New York City, announced $83 million in Series B funding for its cloud infrastructure for developers of websites and applications.

DigitalOcean offers simple cloud hosting with all servers built on powerful Hex Core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD storage. The company notes that more than 6 million Droplets (cloud servers) have been deployed on DigitalOcean by more than 500,000 developers to date.

The funding round was led by Access Industries, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz.

https://www.digitalocean.com/features/technology/

Telefónica Deploys Nokia Centralized RAN for Stadium Traffic

Telefónica has deployed Nokia's Centralized RAN and small cells technologies at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium to better handle the flood of mobile traffic from over 50,000 football fans.

Nokia's Centralized RAN technology is built on the company's Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and runs on operators' existing LTE networks with no additional network elements needed.

"Telefónica remains committed to building a cutting-edge network infrastructure in Spain, using innovative solutions that offer outstanding service quality in spite of exceptional circumstances. With Nokia, we will improve mobile broadband performance at Mestalla Stadium so our customers can share content easier," stated Joaquín Mata, Network Technology and Operations Director at Telefónica Spain.

http://www.nokia.com

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

OpenSwitch Project Now Under Linux Foundation

The OpenSwitch Project, which is developing an open source, Linux-based Network Operating System, will be managed as a Linux Foundation project.

OpenSwitch is designed to power enterprise grade switches from multiple hardware vendors that will enable organizations to rapidly build data center networks that are customized for unique business needs. OpenSwitch also includes optional integration with SnapRoute’s open source L2/L3 stack. The SnapRoute stack is designed with the principles of a modern network stack and safe software design, is built for developer use and includes extensive operator control and instrumentation.

Members and participating organizations include Barefoot Networks, Broadcom, Cavium, Inc., Edgecore Networks, Extreme Networks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, LinkedIn, Marvell, Mellanox Technologies, Nephos Inc., P4.org, Quattro Networks, Inc. and SnapRoute.

“OpenSwitch brings another important ingredient of the open networking stack to The Linux Foundation,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “We’re looking forward to working with this community to advance networking across the enterprise.”

https://openswitch.net/
http://collabprojects.linuxfoundation.org


HP Launches OpenSwitch Network Operating System

HP launched a new OpenSwitch network operating system (NOS) designed for data centers.

OpenSwitch is intended to be an open community that provides developers and users the ability to accelerate innovation, avoid vendor lock-in, and realize investment protection as they rapidly build data center networks. HP announced a number of early supporters including Accton Technology Corporation, Arista, Broadcom, Intel, and VMWare.

“Open source software, with its collaborative community of specialized developers, accelerates innovation and improves the stability of the software platform, providing organizations with a more powerful infrastructure to support their specific business requirements,” said Mark Carroll, chief technology officer for HP Networking. “The newly formed developer community and Linux-based OpenSwitch NOS early release code will help developers address the rapidly evolving business and web-scale networking needs in the industry.”

Initial components and key attributes of OpenSwitch include:

  • A fully featured NOS with L2/L3 protocols support
  • Open source cloud database for persistent and ephemeral configuration
  • All inter-module communication is through system database
  • Universal API approach: CLI, REST, Puppet/Chef, Ansible


http://www.openswitch.net
http://www.hp.com

Mellanox Intros ARM-based "BlueField" Processors for Networking

Mellanox Technologies introduced a new line of "BlueField" programmable processors for networking and storage applications, including dataplane offload for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), advanced networking and security, and serving as the embedded storage controller of an array of solid state Flash drives. Sampling is expected in Q1 2017.

BlueField incorporates Mellanox ConnectX network acceleration offload technology together with an array of high-performance 64-bit ARMv8 CPU cores that leverages the Tilera coherent mesh interconnect technology from the recent acquisition of EZchip.

BlueField offers multiple Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) 100Gbps networking ports supporting InfiniBand and Ethernet. The company's SkyMesh coherent on-chip interconnect – proven in multiple generations of Tilera processors – enables scalable performance and leading power efficiency.

Key Technical Features

  • Both Ethernet and InfiniBand support
  • Multi-rate ports supporting 10, 25, 40, 50, 56 and 100 Gb/s
  • Networking offloads including VXLAN, NVGRE, GENEVE overlay networks, RSS, TSS, HDS, LRO, LSOv2, RDMA, and RoCE
  • Low latency NVMe over Fabrics translation between PCIe and Ethernet/InfiniBand
  • High-bandwidth PCIe controllers with Gen3 and Gen4 support as well as SRIOV
  • Tiled array of ARMv8 processor cores with unified virtual memory system
  • Three-level cache hierarchy with scalable distributed hardware coherency
  • Multi-DDR4 memory controllers with ECC, supporting up to 2667MT/s
  • Integrated security acceleration for protocols including IPsec, SSL/TLS, DTLS and data-at-rest applications
  • High-performance crypto acceleration for AES, SHA, RSA, DSA, Elliptic Curve and Diffie-Hellman
  • Integrated cores leverage the vast ARM software ecosystem for development tools and pre-ported applications
  • Typical runtime environment is based on KVM/Linux and standard frameworks and applications such as DPDK, OVS, Ceph, etc.

“We have leveraged our industry-leading ConnectX technology in the BlueField SOCs to achieve unmatched networking throughput and low-latencies,” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing, Mellanox. “Our ConnectX adapter technology is the industry standard for connectivity and has become pervasive throughout the industry. Now, when combined with the multicore technology from EZchip, the vision of a Software-Defined dataplane accelerator can be realized.”

http://www.mellanox.com

Mellanox Samples its High-end Network Processor

Mellanox Technologies has begun sampling its next generation, NPS-400 network processor, which is capable of performing advanced deep packet processing for security and telecommunications applications at over 800 Gbps.


The NPS features programmable CPU cores that are highly optimized for packet processing and leverage deep packet processing and applications experience, a traffic manager, hardware accelerators for security and DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) tailored for efficiency and performance, on-chip search engines including TCAM with scaling through algorithmic extension to external low-cost low-power DRAM memory and a multitude of network interfaces providing an aggregated bandwidth of 800-Gigabits per second including 10-, 40- and 100-Gigabit Ethernet, Interlaken and PCI Express interfaces. It offers C‑based programming, a standard toolset, support of the Linux operating system, large code space, and a run-to-completion or pipeline programming style. Mellanox supplies a library of source code for a variety of applications.

ZTE plans to use the NPS-400 for its new line cards design for carrier-grade router platforms.

“We are pleased that the NPS network processing unit is now available and shipping to communication technology leaders such as ZTE,” said Marc Sultzbaugh, senior vice president, Mellanox Technologies. “Through the acquisition of EZchip we’ve gained tremendous expertise and advanced network processing capabilities. The NPS is a sixth generation network processor and has evolved to provide unmatched performance and flexibility that meets the needs of the most advanced data center and communications customers.”

http://www.mellanox.com


  • Last month, Mellanox completed its acquisition of EZchip at a total purchase price of approximately $811 million (approximately $606 million net of cash).

99Cloud and Aliyun Partner on OpenStack Cloud

Aliyun, the largest cloud operator in China, and China’s leading OpenStack service provider, 99Cloud, agreed to collaborate on hybrid cloud solutions for business customers.

99Cloud will leverage its expertise in the design, deployment, implementation, and operation of OpenStack platforms.  These will be integrated into the Aliyun public cloud through tailor-made APIs. Jointly, 99Cloud and Aliyun will provide customers with best enterprise hybrid cloud experiences.

http://www.openstack.org/news/view/166/99cloud-and-aliyun-bring-production-quality-hybrid-cloud-seamlessly-integrated-with-openstack

IDC: Server Sales Drop in Q1 Due to Hyperscale Slowdown

Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market decreased 3.6% year over year to $12.4 billion in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), according to IDC's freshly updated Worldwide Server Tracker. The research firm attributed the decline to a pause in hyperscale server deployments as well as a clear end to the enterprise refresh cycle. IDC said worldwide server shipments decreased 3.0% to 2.2 million units in 1Q16 when compared with the same year-ago period.

"As expected, server growth slowed in the first quarter, with a clear end to the Intel-led enterprise refresh, a pause in hyperscale cloud expansion, and a very difficult year-on-year comparison in the high end of the market, coming off of a major mainframe refresh from IBM one year ago," said Kuba Stolarski, Research Director, Computing Platforms at IDC. "Now that the cyclical refresh has comes to an end, the market focus is shifting towards software-defined infrastructure, hybrid environment management, and next-gen IT domains such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, and cognitive analytics. In the short term, IDC expects the second half of 2016 to re-energize hyperscale cloud infrastructure expansion with existing data centers filling out and new cloud data centers standing up across the globe."

Some highlights:

  • On a year-over-year basis, volume system revenue increased 1.8% and midrange system demand increased 8.3% in 1Q16 to $9.8 billion and $1.1 billion, respectively. 
  • Midrange systems were helped by enterprise investment in scalable systems for virtualization and consolidation, as well as increases in x86-based mission critical systems. 
  • 1Q16 demand for high-end systems experienced a year-over-year revenue decline of 33.4% to $1.4 billion on a difficult compare to the prior year, in which a major IBM system z upgrade drove a spike in mainframe system refresh.
  • Demand for x86 servers improved in 1Q16 with revenues increasing 2.6% year over year in the quarter to $10.6 billion worldwide while unit shipments declined 2.9% to 2.2 million servers. HPE led the market with 29.7% revenue share based on 5.5% revenue growth over 1Q15. Dell retained second place, securing 21.5% revenue share following a 1.8% year-over-year revenue decline.
  • Non-x86 servers experienced a revenue decline of 28.7% year over year to $1.8 billion, representing 14.7% of quarterly server revenue. IBM leads the segment with 62.7% revenue share despite a 32.9% revenue decline when compared with the first quarter of 2015. IDC also continued to track falling revenue from ARM server sales in 1Q16, with the HP Moonshot system deployments representing the largest single component.


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