Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Linksys Returns to Selling Cable Modems

Linksys has returned to the business of selling cable modems.

Specifically, Linksys is announcing 3 new cable modems and will be shipping two of them:

  • 8X4 Cable Modem – CM3008 --  Broadband plans under 100 Mpbs - $59.99
  • 16X4 Cable Modem – CM3016 – Broadband plans up to 250 Mbps – Available soon.
  • 24X8 Cable Modem – CM3024 – Broadband plans over 250 Mpbs - $129.99

The CM3008 8X4 and the CM3024 24X8 are DOCSIS 3.0 certified, include Intel Puma chipsets and are compatible with major cable service providers including Charter, Comcast Xfinity, Cox and Time Warner Cable.

“Consumers can save up to $120 a year if they purchase their own cable modem instead of paying monthly rental fees,” said Brian Nickell, cable modem product manager at Linksys.

http://www.linksys.com


  • In 2013, Belkin acquired Linksys from Cisco. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • In 2003, Cisco acquired Linksys for approximately $500 million in Cisco stock
  • Linksys was founded in 1988 in Taiwan and later moved its HQ to California.

NEC Completes Wireless Transport SDN

NEC completed a Wireless Transport SDN Proof of Concept (PoC) with the Open Networking Foundation’s (ONF) Open Transport Working Group.

The PoC, which was hosted by the Telefonica laboratory in Germany in April 2016, involved 12 companies, including NEC, and used a standard OpenDaylight controller.

The actual PoC consisted of five use cases used for the purpose of demonstrating dynamic network view, configuration, discrepancy monitoring and detection, and event handling:

  • Detection and configuration of new microwave devices
  • Detection of aberrances
  • Detection and visualization of the configured microwave network
  • Detection and visualization of the currently effective network
  • Receiving, displaying and storing of alarm information

NEC said it provided its iPASOLINK VR ultra-compact microwave communications systems equipped with a NETCONF interface. The iPASOLINK VR completed all the test cases for configuration and management of wireless network elements in an open environment with an OpenDayLight-based controller.

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201606/global_20160613_01.html


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CANARIE and Starlight Test 300G at 8QAM with Ciena

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, and the StarLight International/National Communications Exchange Facility Consortium completed an optical transport trial that carried 300 Gbps capacity using the latest coherent optical modulation available via Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset.

Specifically, the trial carried 150 Gbps per wavelength with 8QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) on a live research network that connects Ciena’s labs in Ottawa with StarLight’s Chicago-based R&E communication services exchange facility -- a distance of more than 1,440 km.

Ciena said 8QAM modulation means more flexibility for the network operator, providing higher capacity than QPSK, and greater optical reach than 16QAM. All three programmable modulations will be generally available on Ciena’s any-haul Data Center Interconnect (DCI) Waveserver this summer.

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN).

http://www.ciena.com

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Barefoot Unveils 6.5 Tbps Tofino Switching Chip

Barefoot Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California emerged from stealth to unveil its "Tofino" switching chip and announce that it has raised $130 million, including a strategic investment from Google.

Dubbed "the fast switch every built", Barefoot’s programmable Tofino switch chip processes packets at 6.5 terabits per second, twice as fast as the previous record holder. While conventional programmable network devices such as NPUs have orders of magnitude slower than their fixed-function brethren, Barefoot said its Tofino silicon provides the first programmable forwarding plane while setting a new performance benchmark for performance, power, and price.

The silicon is designed for user programmability via the open-source P4 programming language, enabling precise control over packets and bringing entirely new features into the switch—for example, features that replace load balancers, features that replace firewalls, features that add packet-by-packet telemetry enabling rapid debug of distributed application behavior.

Barefoot said the open-source P4 language provides software developers with the compilers, tools, and applications they need to successfully program the fastest networking gear. This could eliminate "middle boxes" that add latency, complexity and cost to a data center network. Barefoot’s new compiler technology has taken P4 programs – written by customers – and converted them into blazing-fast running code executed on Tofino.  Barefoot will open an ecosystem of compilers, tools and P4 code to make P4 accessible.

Barefoot Networks also disclosed that it has recently closed a $57 million funding round led by Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments and Google Inc. This brings total funding to more than $130 million to date.

“The basic fixed-function switch architecture was set in 1996 and has remained unchanged for twenty years,” noted Nick McKeown, co-founder and chief scientist at Barefoot Networks. “Yet everything else in the data center changed. We went from monolithic software to VM’s and then to containers and fully distributed applications. With the rise of the cloud, data center traffic patterns changed as did the role of the data center. How could a 1996 switching architecture be the right foundation for 2016’s applications? In all other parts of the data center we have moved to programmability. Tofino enables this move for networking. It empowers network owners and their infrastructure partners to design, optimize and innovate to their specific requirements.”

"Mega-scale data center operators greatly benefit from building their own networking equipment and writing the software that runs on it. The forwarding plane, though, has been off-limits to programmers because of the rigid nature of high-performance switching solutions,” noted Martin Izzard, co-founder and CEO, Barefoot Networks.  “With P4 and Barefoot, the landscape is changing; users can develop the P4 programs to define the innovative forwarding plane behavior, introducing new ways to monitor and analyze network traffic, making networks more reliable, scalable, efficient and secure."

http://www.barefootnetworks.com


  • Barefoot Networks was co-founded by Nick McKeown, a Stanford professor and co-founder of Nicira (acquired by VMware), Martin Izzard, Pat Bosshart, and Dan Lenoski VP Engineering.

Portworx Debuts Enterprise-Class Storage for Containers

Portworx, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, introduced its purpose-built, enterprise-class storage for containers.

While containers are distributed and fast, legacy storage is siloed and slow, and cannot be quickly provisioned or scaled to respond to changing container workloads. Portworx said its solution for container storage provides per-container storage management and can keep pace with container scalability and bursts.

The company also claims that it can cut the cost of traditional storage arrays and virtual machines by up to 70 percent.

Key features and benefits of PX-Enterprise include:

  • Scale-out block storage deployed as a container, which minimizes required resources
  • Container-granular controls for storage capacity, performance and availability
  • Container-granular snapshots, which require less storage capacity
  • Replication, which adds an extra measure of redundancy
  • The ability to deploy in the cloud, on-premises or both, thus preventing vendor lock-in
  • A RESTful API and a command-line interface, which allows easy deployment and integration with containers
  • Unified storage with a global file namespace that makes storage easy to deploy and manage
  • Multi-cluster visibility for unified storage management
  • Predictive capacity management that provides proactive alerts before storage capacity is reached

“Like containers themselves, Portworx container-defined storage is radically simple, and the cost-savings are undeniable,” said Murli Thirumale, CEO and co-founder of Portworx. “For the first time, we’ve eliminated the complex and expensive decision of purchasing storage for containers in production. Portworx will enable enterprises of all sizes to realize the true potential of containers.”

http://www.portworx.com

CenturyLink acquires multi-cloud platform startup ElasticBox

CenturyLink has acquired ElasticBox, a start-up offering a multi-cloud application management service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ElasticBox, which has offices in San Francisco and Madrid, enables enterprise IT organizations to orchestrate the deployment of applications and create a self-service catalog of applications and infrastructure.

Specifically, ElasticBox enables application orchestration for more than 12 different cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services, IBM's SoftLayer, Microsoft Azure and VMware. ElasticBox recently added support for CenturyLink Cloud and more feature support for Google Compute Engine and OpenStack. ElasticBox also supports Docker and Amazon ECS containers, and recently added Kubernetes as another destination for applications. These deployment options enable customers to package a range of applications into a container and manage it via ElasticBox.

"The acquisition of ElasticBox strengthens and enhances CenturyLink's development and deployment of multi-cloud services management capabilities, as well as our ability to deliver end-to-end network and hybrid IT services to business customers globally," said CenturyLink Chief Technology Officer Aamir Hussain. "The ElasticBox multi-cloud management platform frees businesses to focus on issues that are central to their organization rather than spending time and resources managing multiple clouds."

http://www.ctl.io


  • ElasticBox investors included Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Sierra Ventures, and a16z seed.

Loggly Raises $11.5 Million for Log Management

Loggly, a start-up based in San Francisco, raised $11.5 million in funding for its cloud-based, enterprise-class log management service.

Loggly's cloud-based log management solution crunches through huge volumes of log data to reveal key insights. The company said customers in the gaming and entertainment industry, consumer services, technology as well as marketing and finance platforms, are using its cloud-based log management service to aggregate all logs in one central place and turn large amounts of log data into valuable insights in real-time.

The funding was led by True Ventures and included Matrix Partners, Cisco, Trinity Ventures, Harmony Partners and Data Collective Venture Capital.

“Following record growth and customer adoption, including reaching the 2,000 paid customer accounts milestone in Q1 2016, this next round of funding marks continued momentum for Loggly. True Ventures – and all Loggly investors – have set the stage for us to build on these achievements,” said Charlie Oppenheimer, CEO, Loggly. “This funding enables Loggly to further accelerate innovation in powerful analytics, alerts, search capabilities and other key areas so our customers can find root causes faster, spot anomalies earlier and monitor the health of their applications and infrastructure.”

http://www.loggly.com

China Mobile Kicks Off RCS with ZTE

China Mobile has officially initiated the commercialisation of its rich communication services (RCS) network.

ZTE worked with China Mobile to build this virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) based RCS project, which is the world’s largest vIMS network. ZTE provided an RCS open gateway conforming to GSMA specifications, which fully opens up service engine capabilities.

In October 2014, ZTE won the tender to become the system integrator of this project. As such, ZTE provides the complete IMS-based RCS solution, with the initial capacity planned to be 100 million subscribers, and supports RCS including multimedia messaging, network voice calling, video calling and address book capabilities. This project is the world’s largest known commercial network functions virtualisation (NFV) IMS network.

ZTE said building RCS in an NFV-based vIMS platform standardises uniform equipment, enabling service and hardware decoupling, and automatic deployment and flexible scale-in/out of service bearer networks, improving the resource utilisation ratio.

http://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/press-center/news/201666ma/201666ma

Elastifile Announces Investment from Cisco

Elastifile, a start-up based in San Jose, announced a strategic investment by Cisco. Financial terms were not disclosed. Other investors in the company include Battery Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Elastifile's Software Defined Storage solution extends existing file systems, helping large and mid-size enterprises to scale to hundreds and thousands of nodes, while providing millions of Input/output Operations per Second (IOPS) flash performance.

http://www.elastifile.com

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Monday, June 13, 2016

GÉANT to Implement Infinera's Packet Optical SDN

GÉANT will deploy Infinera’s programmable and open packet optical SDN solution on its pan-European network, which interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and supports over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across the continent.

Infinera said GÉANT has tested and validated two key components of its packet optical SDN solution, the Open Transport Switch (OTS) software and the Packet Switching Module (PXM). The PXM enables Ethernet and MPLS switching intelligence on the Infinera DTN-X platform, which is widely deployed in the GÉANT network.

Infinera’s DTN-X family delivers terabit-class scalability, operational simplicity and efficiency, and high levels of flexibility and programmability for multi-layer Intelligent Transport Networks. Infinera’s OTS software further enables multi-layer SDN programmability of Infinera networks with an open modular architecture, open APIs and a simplified programming model for rapid SDN application development. Introduced in 2015 and initially deployed for SDN-driven optical bandwidth on demand services, OTS has been extended to support programmability of Layer 2 packet services via the PXM, enabling multi-layer service provisioning and optimization over an integrated packet-optical transport network.

GÉANT validated the Infinera packet SDN solution components and is working with ON Lab to develop the ONOS SDN controller to create an SDN-driven approach to network optimization. Once the solution is fully deployed, GÉANT will be able to enhance how large data flows across the network are routed, optimizing connectivity and capacity between the IP/MPLS and optical layers to deliver a multi-layer transport solution in the support of data-intensive research computing projects. This will improve the service offered to users and reduce the need to overprovision capacity at the IP/MPLS and optical layers. GÉANT has modeled the benefits of re-architecting its network to use the Infinera packet optical SDN solution versus multiple alternatives. This solution avoids 50 percent of expenditure across the network where it is to be initially deployed.

“Infinera’s packet optical SDN solution offers an effective approach to optimize the GÉANT network and efficiently and optimally handle large traffic flows,” said Mark Johnston, Chief Network Operations Officer at GÉANT. “We look forward to realizing the expected efficiencies and operational benefits of this solution, and continuing our excellent collaborative work with Infinera on future SDN applications.”

“We are delighted to work with GÉANT to deliver real-world, deployable SDN solutions that create tangible value,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, EMEA at Infinera. “This is just one example illustrating the strong partnership between our organizations, and we are excited about working with GÉANT to deliver future innovations.”

http://www.infinera.com


GÉANT Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress with 100 GbE for DCI


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

Europe's GEANT Deploys ONOS


GEANT, the European research network formed last year through the integration of the TERENA and DANTE initiatives, has deployed the Open source SDN Network Operating System (ONOS) on its pan-European testbed network. The ONOS installation allows researchers to define, build, test and rebuild highly scalable, high capacity virtual networks quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Specifically, GEANT is running a new Inter Cluster ONOS Network Application...

FIU/AmLight Deploys ONOS and SDN-IP Across the Americas


Florida International University (FIU) has deployed the Open source SDN Network Operating System (ONOS) on Americas Lightpaths (AmLight), creating a software-defined networking (SDN) facility entirely based on OpenFlow. Five Latin American research and education networks (RENs) – Academic Network at Sao Paulo (ANSP), Brazilian National Research and Education Network (RNP), Latin American Advanced Networks Cooperation (RedClara), National University...


Infinera and DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe), have set a Guinness World Record for the fastest rate of multi-Terabit optical capacity provisioning across the GÉANT Network. Infinera and DANTE were able to install and activate eight Terabits per second (Tbps) of long haul super-channel optical capacity. The record was set using an Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, featuring the DTN-X packet optical transport networking...

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LinkedIn Acquisition Brings More Cloud Services and Traffic

Microsoft agreed to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash, giving it the world’s largest social network for professional contacts.

LinkedIn highlights:
  • 19 percent growth year over year (YOY) to more than 433 million members worldwide
  • 9 percent growth YOY to more than 105 million unique visiting members per month
  • 49 percent growth YOY to 60 percent mobile usage
  • 34 percent growth YOY to more than 45 billion quarterly member page views
  • 101 percent growth YOY to more than 7 million active job listings
Microsoft said LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals,” Nadella said. “Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet.”

“Just as we have changed the way the world connects to opportunity, this relationship with Microsoft, and the combination of their cloud and LinkedIn’s network, now gives us a chance to also change the way the world works,” Weiner said. “For the last 13 years, we’ve been uniquely positioned to connect professionals to make them more productive and successful, and I’m looking forward to leading our team through the next chapter of our story.”
http://www.microsoft.com
  • LinkedIn's Project Falco is building a disaggregated switching platform to enable a programmable data center fabric on top of an open network operating system. LinkedIn has said its goal is to move toward "a fully-automated, self-healing, and purpose-built application-centric network that operates on its own. " https://engineering.linkedin.com/blog/2016/06/openswitch

  • The LinkedIn website and related infrastructure are hosted in multiple third-party facilities in multiple cities in the U.S. and in Singapore. 
  • LinkedIn's 2015 annual report discussed significant investments in data centers that the company was expecting to make to handle future growth and new services.
LinkedIn Develops its Own Data Center Switch
LinkedIn's engineering team has developed its own data center switch to keep up with the rapidly growing traffic demands of its professional, social network.

The new switch, dubbed "Pigeon", is a 3.2 Tbps switching platform that can be used as a leaf or spine switch. It uses Broadcom's latest Tomahawk silicon (32X100G) and switch software developed in house.

In a blog post, Zaid Ali Kahn describes why the company decided to take on the difficult task of switching software code development rather than relying on an existing network equipment supplier. Key reason include ongoing bugs, unneeded features, lack of a Linux-based platform support tools such as Chef/Puppet/CFEngine, out-of-date monitoring capabilities, and the high-cost of scaling the software license.

The Pigeon switch will be deployed in LinkedIn's upcoming data center in Oregon.

https://engineering.linkedin.com/blog/2016/02/falco-decoupling-switching-hardware-and-software-pigeon


Symantec to Acquire Blue Coat for $4.65 Billion in Cash

Symantec agreed to acquire Blue Coat for approximately $4.65 billion in cash. Symantec intends to finance the transaction with cash on the balance sheet and $2.8 billion of new debt. In connection with the transaction, Silver Lake has agreed to make an additional investment of $500 million in 2.0% convertible notes due 2021 of Symantec, doubling its investment in Symantec to $1 billion. In addition, Bain Capital has agreed to make an investment of $750 million in the convertible notes.

Symantec said the acquisition of Blue Coat enhances its position to define the future of cybersecurity and set the pace for innovation.

“With this transaction, we will have the scale, portfolio and resources necessary to usher in a new era of innovation designed to help protect large customers and individual consumers against insider threats and sophisticated cybercriminals. Together, we will be best positioned to address the ever-evolving threat landscape, the massive changes introduced by the shift to mobile and cloud, and the challenges created by regulatory and privacy concerns,” said Dan Schulman, Chairman of Symantec.

For its fiscal year ending April 30, 2016, Blue Coat reports GAAP revenue of $598 million and non-GAAP revenue was $755 million, with 17% year-over-year growth, supported by new products and new customers. For the same time period, the company had non-GAAP operating margins of 22% and cash flow from operations of $135 million. Also for this time period, GAAP operating margins were -42%.

The combined Symantec + Blue Coat would have had $4.4 billion in revenues in fiscal year 2016, of which 62% would come from enterprise security. By the end of fiscal 2018, Symantec expects to realize $550 million in run-rate cost savings, of which $400 million will come from Symantec’s previously announced cost efficiency program.

Greg Clark, CEO of Blue Coat, will be appointed Chief Executive Officer of Symantec and join the Symantec Board upon closing of the transaction. The Board of Directors will continue to be led by Symantec’s current Chairman, Mr. Schulman. Mr. Clark will serve as CEO and Mr. Seifert will continue as Chief Financial Officer.

http://www.symantec.com
http://www.bluecoat.com

VMware Acquires Arkin for SDDC Tools

VMware agreed to acquire Arkin Net, a start-up offering software-defined data center security and operations tools. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Arkin, which is based in Santa Clara, California, brings operational visibility to software-defined data centers. The Arkin platform provides insights into the datacenter traffic flows via a pre-assessment tool that enables faster NSX deployments via micro-segmentation planning. Post deployment, Arkin significantly lowers time to resolution, leveraging constructs such as time-machine, plain English search and contextual analytics across virtual and physical layers.

The companies said that as organizations adopt a software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture based on VMware virtualized infrastructure, they will require an operational model that delivers cross-silo visibility and collaboration. By integrating Arkin's platform with the VMware vRealize Suite, cloud management teams will have access to a new generation of planning, troubleshooting and automation platform that provide visibility and control across the entire data center environment.

“Arkin is a great fit for VMware and its customers as we look to accelerate our growth businesses including cloud management and network virtualization,” said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, cloud management business unit, VMware. “With VMware NSX combined with Arkin and vRealize, VMware will deliver the security and operations management plane for the SDDC. Over time, Arkin will solidify vRealize Suite’s position as the industry’s most comprehensive Cloud Management Platform that delivers application-focused operations, NSX micro-segmentation at scale and cross-domain visibility and context across physical and logical infrastructure.”

http://www.vmware.com

  • Arkin previously disclosed a $15 million Series B investment from Nexus Venture Partners, key strategic investors and industry veterans including B.V. Jagadeesh (formerly CEO at NetScaler)
  • Arkin was co-founded by Shiv Agarwal (previously VMware), Rohit Toshniwal (previously VMware), Mukul Gupta (previously Playdom), and Abhijit Sharma (previously BMC).

China Mobile Signs EUR 1.36 Billion Deal with Nokia

China Mobile awarded a one-year frame agreement valued at up to EUR 1.36 billion to Nokia.

Under the deal, Nokia will deploy its 5G-ready AirScale Base Station, which allows multiple radio technologies to operate simultaneously in one base station, and also additional elements of its mobile radio access and core portfolio in addition to fixed access, IP routing and optical transport, customer experience management, operational support system (OSS) and third party products as well as its global Services expertise.

The agreement was signed at the Sino-German Economic Forum by Li Huidi, Executive Vice President at China Mobile, and Hans-Juergen Bill, Executive Vice President at Nokia and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Networks GmbH & Co KG in Germany.  The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attended the forum.

http://www.nokia.com

Ericsson Lands Big Upgrade Contract with VimpleCom

VimpelCom, which serves more than 200 million mobile and broadband customers across Russia and 13 other countries, has selected Ericsson to transform its global IT infrastructure. Ericsson valued the deal at more than US$1 billion.

Under the partnership, Ericsson will undertake a complete overhaul of VimpelCom's IT infrastructure across 11 countries and 12 time zones.  Ericsson said the project's scale is the largest and most ambitious in the industry's history.

VimpelCom will digitalize and globalize its Business Support Systems (BSS) infrastructure using Ericsson's new software and cloud technologies. The Digital Stack will accelerate product and service development, while the delivery and use of near real-time analytics, will allow greater personalization of services for customers. In addition, a simpler user interface will also enhance the customer experience on all levels.

Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive Officer of VimpelCom, said: "This marks a fundamental milestone in our transformation as we move ahead with our strategy to turn VimpelCom into a true digital pioneer. The new Digital Stack will help us better respond to our customers while also centralizing and simplifying our business, creating lean and agile operations that will result in a more efficient cost structure across our global footprint."

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, said: "In a fully connected world, success for operators requires performance, flexibility and efficiency. Ericsson's unique BSS as a service concept, combed with our leading services and technology capabilities, will support VimpelCom in realizing these ambitions while positioning the company for further growth as ICT transforms industries everywhere."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.vimpelcom.com

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