Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Global Capacity's Mary Stanhope: Ethernet Drives Today's Hybrid WANs

Ethernet continues to drives the next wave of hybrid networks or software-defined WANs, says Mary Stanhope, VP of Marketing for Global Capacity, speaking at the MEF's Annual Members Meeting in Boston.

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MEF16 - November 7-10, 2016, Baltimore

ONF's Dan Pitt: SDN Meets MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has been working with the MEF for over a year to bring SDN and NFV into the scope of Carrier Ethernet, says Dan Pitt, Executive Director of ONF.

The focus now is on Lifecycle Service Orchestration and carrier-grade SDN into multi-carrier deployments.

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Wedge Networks on Security and Lifecycle Services Orchestration

Security must be an essential part of the MEF's Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO) and the Third Network, says Wedge Networks' CTO Hongwen Zhang. Tomorrow's cloud-based economy will rely on the security of network services.

Wedge Networks is proposing a Security as a Service Ad Hoc Working Group within the MEF.

MEF Readies University Partnership Program

The MEF is looking to kick-off a new University Partnership program aimed at fostering collaboration with academia, says Lance Hassan, MEF Director and Principal Engineer at Charter Communications. The first site will be Purdue.

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Riverbed: Olympic Games Could Strain Enterprise Networks

The majority of global enterprise network managers expect to be monitoring performance trends next week as the summer Olympics are underway in Brazil, according to a survey of 403 companies commissioned by Riverbed.

The survey found that network managers are wary of employees accessing Olympic video content during business hours, potentially impacting the performance of mission-critical applications.

Riverbed said 85% of surveyed companies reported that they were likely to more closely monitor the performance of their applications and networks, including Wi-Fi, specifically because of potential strain due to employees accessing Olympic content, with 42% of these same companies being very likely to monitor more closely. Only 2% stated that they were very unlikely to monitor any differently during this the Olympics.

"As athletes prepare for the games, IT organizations need to prepare for the significant increase in network traffic that will occur as a result of employees accessing and streaming online content and applications, and the related increase in volatility of that network demand,” said Mike Sargent, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelCentral at Riverbed.

IEEE Publishes 802.3by 25 Gb/s Ethernet Standard for Server Interconnectivity

IEEE officially released its 802.3by Standard for Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 25 Gb/s Operation.

The standard defines single-lane 25 Gb/s PHYs for operation over electrical backplanes, copper twin axial cables with lengths up to 3-5 meters and multimode fiber with lengths up to 100m.
IEE said this new amendment to 802.3 represents the first available industry standard developed specifically to address the growing need for increased Ethernet speeds for server interconnects exceeding 10 Gb/s, and one that offers cost-saving advantages over current higher speed Ethernet offerings.

“We have been fortunate to pool the resources of many individuals who’ve demonstrated considerable dedication and commitment to work collaboratively to advance a much sought after standard for 25 Gb/s Ethernet,” said Mark Nowell, chair, IEEE P802.3by 25 Gb/s Ethernet Task Force. “The work of the IEEE P802.3by 25 Gb/s Ethernet Task Force epitomizes how standards development is a key factor in ensuring best practices, and how best to meet the rapid demands of industry as technological advancements are pursued in the respective areas where Ethernet continues to play a growing role.”

Velostrata 2.0 Accelerates Workload Migration to AWS and Azure

Velostrata, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, released version 2.0 of its solution for migrating enterprise workloads to public clouds, especially stateful workloads like ERP, collaboration, middleware, OLTP, Oracle and MS-SQL databases, and compilers.
Velostrata 2.0 is an agentless, streaming-based mobility software that decouples compute from storage for rapid migration. Velostrata uses streaming and caching to allow applications to be operational in the public cloud within minutes, while storage is migrated in the background. The solution adapts workloads for the target cloud, requiring no changes to virtual machine images, storage or even management processes.

Velostrata 2.0 also comes with additional support for Microsoft Azure, complementing existing AWS support and providing multi-cloud flexibility and anti-lock-in.

Velostrata said benefits of its solution include:

  • Improved Business Agility: Migrate compute in minutes while intelligently streaming data in the background, enable workload mobility across cloud regions without the need to move storage, and support dev/test projects on demand, without inflating storage requirements on-premises
  • Reduced Costs: Eliminate data centers by migrating enterprise applications to the public cloud; reduce opex costs by simplifying and accelerating the migration process.
  • Improve Operational Efficiency: Leverage the same in house management tools and processes currently in use. Simplify movement of complex multi-tier applications using Velostrata Runbook Automation, allowing for mass operations with scheduled orchestration.
  • Mitigated Security and Compliance Risks: Gain full control over where data resides (on-premises, in the public cloud or some combination), as data is encrypted in motion and at rest.

In addition, Velostrata announced $17.5M in Series B funding led by strategic investor Intel Capital, with participation from existing investors Norwest Venture Partners and 83 North. Velostrata software enables customers to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy that incorporates the best of both public and private clouds. This latest funding will be used to accelerate growth, particularly within the mid-to-large enterprise market.

Everspin Readies First 256Mb MRAM

Everspin Technologies announced the commercial release of the world’s first product using perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (pMTJ) based ST-MRAM to customers.

The 256Mb DDR3 product, which is the highest density commercially available perpendicular ST-MRAM in the market, is based on Everspin’s third generation MRAM technology.

Product highlights:

  • Supports over 100,000 times faster write speeds than NAND flash
  • Persistent data with retention that meets the requirements of many enterprise and cloud computing applications
  • DDR3 interface compatibility with symmetrical read and write speed
  • Provides the highest endurance of currently available non-volatile memories
  • No wear leveling required
  • Compatible with standard CMOS and is scalable to Gigabit+ densities
  • Everspin has shipped more than 60 million discrete and embedded MRAM products into data centers, cloud storage, energy, industrial, automotive, consumer, and transportation markets.

“By implementing our patented perpendicular MTJ technology in a 256Mb ST-MRAM commercial product, we have solidified our leadership position as the provider of the fastest non-volatile products to our customers,” said Everspin CEO Phill LoPresti. “By working closely with our partner, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, we brought up the MRAM technology faster than planned on their 300mm line, achieving our target yield and product performance objectives. Everspin and GLOBALFOUNDRIES are now focused on the successful production ramp of the 256Mb MRAM."

ZTE Seeks to Crowdsource the Next Big Idea in Mobile

ZTE USA, which claims to be the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market, is seeking to crowdsource “the next great mobile device.”
Project CSX will engage directly with consumers at every step of the development process, from conception to what is finally delivered to consumers. The project will be broken into two key development stages where users can submit and vote for their favorite ideas.

Submissions are held to three rules: it must be a mobile product, the technology must be realistically possible by 2017, and the final product must be affordable for the general population.

“This is the first time a phone manufacturer is stepping out and crowdsourcing something entirely new, from start to finish,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “It’s a bold approach for the industry that demonstrates how ZTE keeps consumers at the heart of everything we imagine, design and deliver. Project CSX is taking our core value to the next level.”

Ethernet Alliance Adds to its Board

The Ethernet Alliance named David J. Rodgers of Teledyne LeCroy to its Board of Directors.
Rodgers, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Teledyne LeCroy, focuses on defining, designing, deploying, and marketing high-speed serial analysis test and measurement products for Ethernet and Fibre Channel SANs and LANs. A 30-year industry veteran, he is a member of industry groups and organizations including the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA); PCI special interest group (PCI-SIG); and NVM Express (NVMe) special interest group.

“There’s a symbiotic relationship between Ethernet and test and measurement, with advancements in one driving changes to the other. Meeting the test and measurement needs of emerging applications enabled by new Ethernet speeds is critical to their adoption and deployment,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and senior principal engineer, Huawei. “Utilizing David’s vast expertise enables us to address another critical area of the Ethernet ecosystem, in turn allowing us to better serve both the Ethernet and test and measurement communities. His valuable insight is a welcome addition.”

Viewics Secures $10.5 Million for Healthcare Analytics

Viewics, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $10.5 million in new funding for its healthcare-focused analytics for hospitals and health systems.

The new funding was led by existing investor Canvas Ventures and new investor Roche Venture Fund, whose portfolio includes 23andMe, Flatiron, and Lumos Pharma. City National Bank also participated.

Viewics HIPAA-compliant platform provides advanced analytics beyond business intelligence software.

Aerohive Posts Q2 Revenue of $47.6 Million, up 29% YoY

Aerohive Networks posted Q2 2016 revenue of $47.6 million, an increase of 29% compared with $36.8 million for the second quarter of 2015 and an increase of 19% compared with $40.1 million for the first quarter of 2016. There was a GAAP net loss of $7.4 million, compared with $10.8 million in the second quarter of 2015. GAAP gross margin was 67.5%, compared with 67.0% in the year-ago period.

Software subscription and services revenue was $8.1 million, or 17% of total revenue for the quarter, compared with $6.1 million, or 17% of total revenue, for the second quarter of 2015.

 “We delivered record results in Q2 through strong execution in the face of some market headwinds, leading to our fifth consecutive quarter of exceeding expectations on both the top and bottom line and continued progress toward non-GAAP operating profitability,” stated David Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am also pleased with the significant progress we made in our business to strengthen our channels and product offerings, including the introduction of 7 new products in Q2.”

Phononic Unveils Precise Temperature Control for Optical Electronics

Phononic introduced a high-performance solid-state thermoelectric module (TEM) designed to provide precise temperature control in order to meet the unique thermal management requirements of optoelectronics and fiber optic modules.

The new pico-TECs, which are manufactured using advanced automated semiconductor fabrication technology, have a device height of less than 0.7mm with a typical ΔT max of 65°K and a Qc max of 25 W/cm2 or more. In addition to the ultra-thin and ultra-small footprint, the pico-TECs offer accurate temperature control, reduce power consumption and application specific design options.

“This new generation of ultra-thin semiconductor technology removes barriers to miniaturization and enables higher data rates and operating speeds in a whole range of electronic applications,” said Michael J. Bruno, vice president and general manager of Phononic’s electronics cooling business unit. “Optoelectronics and fiber optic communication devices, such as Fiber To The X (FTTX), CATV and optical LAN requiring active cooling in an extreme form factor can immediately benefit from our pico-TECs.”

Silicon Labs Launches High-Speed Multi-Channel PLC Input Isolators

Silicon Labs introduced the industry’s first high-speed, multi-channel digital isolators designed to meet the demands of programmable logic controller (PLC) applications.

The new Si838x PLC field input isolator family offers a combination of high-speed channels (up to 2 Mbps), up to eight channels per device, bipolar input flexibility, high noise immunity and 2.5k VRMS safety isolation. 

Target applications include industrial I/O modules, computer numerical control (CNC) machines and servo motor control.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

AT&T Offers Ethernet Prequalification Tool, Implements Cloud-based vProbe

AT&T has introduced new tool to qualify Ethernet-based services for its wholesale customers. The tool, which leverages two AT&T Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), allows wholesale customers to automatically check the availability and speed of select Ethernet-based services by address.

“We’re bringing much needed innovation and agility to wholesale customers,” said Brendan Floyd, vice president of Wholesale Solutions for AT&T. “We’re making it as easy as possible for service providers to help their customers move from legacy services to transformative technologies like 100-Gigabit Ethernet and AT&T Switched Ethernet Broadband Port.”

“We closely followed the MEF’s new framework to deliver an API flow – one that lets our wholesale customers validate AT&T Switched Ethernet services within our 21-state footprint,” said Mike Lesher, executive director, Product Marketing Management, AT&T. “The tool’s capabilities are leaps and bounds ahead of the manual process the industry is currently accustomed to.”

Separately, AT&T confirmed that it is migrating network probe functions to the cloud with new service assurance software from RADCOM Ltd.

Specifically, AT&T will integrate the virtual probe (vProbe) functions into the network through ECOMP, its infrastructure delivery platform. AT&T will use RADCOM's MaveriQ software to deploy vProbes as virtual network functions running on the AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC). 

AT&T said that by virtualizing service assurance functions it can boost performance optimization and also help identify and isolate network issues to maximize customer experience.

 “Our shift to a software-based network began a few years ago when we saw the exponential growth in traffic on our wireless and broadband networks,” said Susan A. Johnson, senior vice president, AT&T Global Supply. “To keep up with that demand and scale our capacity, we needed to change our network to be more software-centric. Since we announced our 2020 virtualization goal, we surpassed our first major objective by virtualizing 5.7% in 2015. In 2016, we’re targeting 30%. Technologies like RADCOM’s MaveriQ software will help us accelerate to our goal."

Juniper to Acquires Aurrion for Silicon Photonics

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Aurrion, a start-up developing silicon-photonics technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Aurrion, which is based in Santa Barbara, California and was founded in 2008, has been working on technology to change how photonic transceivers can be packaged and integrated into systems. Its new approach to optics manufacturing could be used for systems in hyperscale data centers.

In a blog post, Juniper's Pradeep Sindhu writes "Aurrion’s breakthrough technology will result in fundamental and permanent improvements in cost per bit-per-second, power per bit-per-second, bandwidth density, and flexibility of networking systems."

IHS Scorecard Evaluates Top Seven Public Clouds

IHS Markit published excerpts from its new Cloud IT Infrastructure Service Provider Scorecard, which profiles and analyzes the top seven revenue producers for cloud IT infrastructure services: Amazon (AWS), CenturyLink, Equinix, Google, IBM, Microsoft (Azure) and Rackspace.

For 2016, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft received the leader designation for cloud IT infrastructure services, while CenturyLink, Equinix and Rackspace were identified as established players.

“Leadership in the cloud IT infrastructure services market requires very strong in-house software development skills, and all the leaders in our Scorecard have a long history of innovation. This is not expected to change moving forward,” said Cliff Grossner, senior research director, data center, cloud and SDN, at IHS Markit.

“Established players, meanwhile, are able to leverage an existing services client base to which they can offer operational efficiencies. Although they have lower market momentum than the leaders, their significant presence indicates strong adoption of their solutions,” Grossner said.
The off-premises cloud service market segments analyzed for this Scorecard include infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud as a service (CaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).

Singtel and Ericsson Demo 5G Peak Rate of 27.5Gbps

Singtel and Ericsson conducted a live demonstration of Ericsson’s 5G Radio Prototypes.  The test achieved a peak throughput of 27.5Gbps and latency as low as 2ms.

Singtel noted that it progressing well on its 5G journey, deploying key pre-5G technologies such as LTE-Advanced (Carrier aggregation, 256QAM) on its live network and taking the next step to LTE Advanced Pro (LAA, NB-IoT).

Ericsson said some key capabilities of its 5G Radio Prototypes include multipoint connectivity with distributed multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) and 5G-LTE dual connectivity, to ensure a smooth evolution to 5G and rapid adoption of new 5G-based services.

Mr Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, says: "We strive to upgrade our networks with cutting-edge enhancements, constantly offering our customers all the possibilities that technology brings. Singapore is at the forefront of the most connected cities in the world and now we want to take it to the next level. 5G is very important to the Singtel Group as it will support advanced communication needs. To ensure the Singtel Group continues our technology leadership in the mobile communications domain, we are exploring, studying and trialling pre-5G technologies with Ericsson."

Mr Magnus Ewerbring, Head of Technology Development, Asia-Pacific, Ericsson says; “5G will enable the full potential of Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society and 5G performance will benefit consumers, business users and entire industries in Singapore. Together with Singtel we have launched many world-first and nation-first achievements with the 4G network since 2011 and we will be together at the forefront of 5G as well.”

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