Saturday, September 24, 2016

AT&T Project AirGig Puts mmWave Antennas Along Power Lines

AT&T is looking to deploy low-cost plastic antennas along medium-voltage power lines as a means of propagating millimeter wave (mmWave) signals that can be used for 4G LTE and 5G multi-gigabit mobile and fixed deployments.

Project AirGig, which originates out of AT&T Labs, aims to deliver ultra-fast broadband connectivity of license-free spectrum.  Project AirGig is expected to enter field trials in 2017.

Significantly, there’s no direct electrical connection to the power line required and it has the potential of multi-gigabit speeds in urban, rural and underserved parts of the world.

The company says this makes the AirGig technology interesting as a means to deliver last-mile access without any new fiber-to-the-home.  It is flexible enough to be configured with small cells or distributed antenna systems. It does not require the construction of new towers or laying new cables in the ground. Advantages include low-cost hardware, low deployment costs, and high signal quality.
AT&T points out that Project AirGig could also be a benefit to utility companies, enabling a variety of smart-grid applications.

“Project AirGig has tremendous potential to transform internet access globally – well beyond our current broadband footprint and not just in the United States,” said John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president, Technology and Operations, AT&T. “The results we’ve seen from our outdoor labs testing have been encouraging, especially as you think about where we’re heading in a 5G world. To that end, we’re looking at the right global location to trial this new technology next year.”

http://www.att.com


Azure Batch Shipyard Toolkit Automates Docker

Microsoft's Azure Big Compute team released version 1.0.0 of its Batch Shipyard toolkit, which enables easy deployment of batch-style Dockerized workloads to Azure Batch compute pools.

The toolkit makes it possible to run parallel jobs in the cloud without having to manage the infrastructure. Applications include parametric sweeps, Deep Learning training with NVIDIA GPUs, and simulations using MPI and InfiniBand, whether the containerized jobs are run on a single machine or hundreds or even thousands of machines.

Some highlighted features:
  • Automated Docker Host Engine installation tuned for Azure Batch compute nodes
  • Automated deployment of required Docker images to compute nodes
  • Accelerated Docker image deployment at scale to compute pools consisting of a large number of VMs via private peer-to-peer distribution of Docker images among the compute nodes
  • Automated Docker Private Registry instance creation on compute nodes with Docker images backed to Azure Storage if specified
  • Automatic shared data volume support for:
  • Azure File Docker Volume Driver installation and share setup for SMB/CIFS backed to Azure Storage if specified
  • GlusterFS distributed network file system installation and setup if specified

More...

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/deep-learning-simulation-and-hpc-applications-with-docker-and-azure-batch/

Microsoft Azure Activates in Germany with T-Systems

Microsoft Azure is now generally available in Germany via new data centers in Magdeburg and Frankfurt that are managed under the control of a data trustee, T-Systems International.

Microsoft said its commercial cloud services in these data centers adhere to German data handling regulations and give customers additional choices of how and where data is processed.

Microsoft now has announced 34 Azure regions, and Azure is available in 30 regions around the world.

http://www.microsoft.com



Microsoft Activates Azure from UK Data Centers


Microsoft announced the availability of its Azure cloud services and Office 365 from multiple data centers in the UK. Microsoft has now announced 34 Azure regions around the world with 28 generally available today – more than any other major cloud provider. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-azure-now-available

Friday, September 23, 2016

Huawei Marine Achieves 648.5km Unrepeatered 100G Reach

Huawei Marine Networks Co. announced a record transmission distance of up to 648.5 km for an unrepeatered system in a laboratory test in Beijing.

The laboratory test used Huawei’s 100G technology, enhanced raman amplifier (ERPC), remote optical pump amplifier (ROPA) and ultra-low loss optical fiber. The 100G transmission combined PDM BPSK modulation, ODSP and third-generation soft decision technology.

Huawei Marine's previous record, set in April 2016, was a transmission distance of 627km.

“Huawei Marine has achieved another breakthrough in unrepeatered system design which demonstrates our continuous commitment to investing in high-performance technology,” said Zhang Shigui, Vice President of Technology, Huawei Marine. “When used commercially, this technology will broaden the range of unrepeatered system applications and create value for our customers.”

http://www.huaweimarine.com/marine/marine/commonWeb.do?method=showContent&webId=498

ADVA Optical Networking Cites Key Role in COMBO Project

ADVA Optical Networking is playing a key role in the Convergence of Fixed and Mobile Broadband Access/Aggregation Networks (COMBO) project, which is an initiative funded by the European Commission to develop technology vital to the success of 5G. The project also focuses on integrating network functionality to enhance security, simplicity and user experience.

The COMBO project, which has 16 partner organizations, including operators, equipment suppliers and research centers, is pursuing a new network architecture based on the concept of next-generation point-of-presence (NG-PoP), which enables network components to be hosted centrally or at the edge for optimum efficiency.

“Fixed-mobile convergence is essential to 5G and therefore underpins the growth of the European digital economy. That’s why so many major vendors, operators and research institutes from seven European countries have joined forces to create and evaluate the technology,” commented Achim Autenrieth, director, advanced technology, ADVA Optical Networking. “The 5G network will have to cope with a vast increase in traffic to accommodate users as well as an enormous range of connected objects. It will also have to be agile to handle an increasingly diverse range of services. That’s why it’s essential not only to integrate Wi-Fi, wireless and fiber access infrastructure, but also to create functional convergence. The new automated system of universal user authentication that ADVA Optical Networking has been working to integrate will bring simplicity, enhanced security and a massive increase in coverage.”

http://www.advaoptical.com

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Digital Realty Launches Cloud Service Exchange

Digital Realty is launching Service Exchange, an interconnection platform that facilitates direct, private and secure connections from clients in its data center to multiple cloud service providers – including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure – as well as telecommunications providers and other Digital Realty customers worldwide.


The new Service Exchange, which is powered y Megaport, provides the elastic, SDN-based Ethernet fabric that enables interconnection between cloud providers and Digital Realty customers. An online portal will enable Digital Realty customers to actively manage multiple virtual private connections ("Virtual Cross Connects") to cloud operators and service providers.

Digital Realty said its new Service Exchange will be available in 24 data centers across 15 markets by mid-year 2017, beginning with Atlanta , Chicago , Dallas , Los Angeles , New York , San Francisco , Seattle and Ashburn, VA in the fourth quarter of 2016. Service Exchange will be available in London and Phoenix in the first quarter of 2017, and in Amsterdam , Dublin , Miami , Singapore and Portland in the second quarter of 2017.
About Digital Realty

"We're delighted to partner with Megaport to bring customers enhanced, easy-to-use interconnection services and SDN-enabled flexibility to their IT operations," said Chris Sharp , Digital Realty's Chief Technology Officer. "The Service Exchange creates a simple, flexible and scalable solution for our customers, including those looking to make, jump-start or accelerate their digital transformations."

"We look forward to working with Digital Realty on this pioneering initiative," said Denver Maddux , Megaport's Chief Executive Officer. "Service Exchange is fully integrated with Megaport's ubiquitous elastic fabric, which enables Digital Realty customers around the world to easily access the newest interconnection services and cloud network solutions. Megaport and Digital Realty have partnered to bring services, capabilities, SDN-enabled flexibility, and a great customer experience to IT operations in every business segment. Digital Realty has a longstanding tradition of enabling rapid scalability through its global infrastructure platform, and these benefits are now being complemented by Megaport's similarly scalable interconnection platform. The combination of these capabilities creates an innovative offering for the industry."

https://www.digitalrealty.com



What does the future of Internet Exchange points look like? Software will bring new capabilities.

Digital Realty to Acquire Telx for Data Centers and Internet Exchanges

Digital Realty Trust agreed to acquire Telx, a national provider of data center colocation, interconnection and cloud enablement solutions, for $1.886 billion from private equity firms ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners.

The combination is expected to double Digital Realty's footprint in the rapidly-growing colocation business, as well as provide Digital Realty customers access to a leading interconnection platform.

As of March 31, 2015, Telx managed 1.3 million square feet of data center space operating out of 20 facilities across the country, of which two are Telx-owned, 11 are leased from Digital Realty, one is partially sub-leased from Digital Realty and an unrelated third party, and six are leased from third parties. Telx's flagship facilities include its NYC1 data center at 60 Hudson Street in Manhattan, which serves as a nerve center for international communications and offers access to physical connection points to the world’s telecommunications networks and Internet backbones. Telx occupies multiple floors at 60 Hudson with interconnectivity to more than 400 carriers, financial exchanges and application, media, content, and software-as-a-service providers with just a single connection. Telx operates other NYC data centers at 111 8th Ave. and 32 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave).

As of March 31, 2015, Digital Realty's portfolio consisted of 130 properties, including 14 properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprised of approximately 22.1 million square feet, excluding approximately 1.2 million square feet of space under active development and 1.3 million square feet of space held for future development, located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Yahoo Cites State Actor for Massive Security Breach

Yahoo believes a state-sponsored actor breached its network in late 2014 and may have stole names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers from at least 500 million accounts.

Yahoo said its ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information.

http://www.yahoo.com


New Jersey Fiber Exchange Builds Tier 3 Colocation on the Shore

New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX) officially commissioned its new 64,800-aquare-foot, Tier 3, carrier-neutral data center that intersects where subsea cables from around the globe meet on the New Jersey coast.

NJFX has operated the exclusive carrier-neutral Meet-Me-Room (MMR) inside Tata Communications cable landing station (CLS) in Wall, New Jersey for the past year.  The new facility builds this out to a data center campus with 250 fiber conduits connecting the new data center to the MMR.

NJFX said its key advantages include:

  • Direct Connectivity to leading service providers within Tata’s CLS and secured express routes with several facility-based carriers
  • Direct Access to robust international capacity and the availability of Tier 1 ISP services with multiple fiber-based providers offering regional, national and independent international networks
  • Interconnection Options, at the cable head-end, for service providers, enterprises, carrier-neutral operators and cable companies without recurring cross-connect fees
  • Direct Peering and the ability to design high-capacity, low latency networks directly to and from the cable head, minimizing the need for traditional backhaul connectivity. This removes a detour to New York City, eliminates choke points and lowers cost and latency. 

http://www.njfx.net/



Level 3 Launches Adaptive Threat Intelligence Service

Level 3 Communications is launching an Adaptive Threat Intelligence service that provides customized threat intelligence and alerting for customers. The cloud-based service leverages Level 3's expansive view of worldwide Internet traffic and a broad view of risks. The solution distills actual communications, indicators of compromise (IoC), between customers and bad actors.

The company said the new offer works as follows:

  • Adaptive Threat Intelligence is a one-stop shop for customers. They no longer have to purchase reputation feeds for malicious activity, manage on-premises boxes or have in-house resources to correlate threat data and identify risks on their network.
  • Adaptive Threat Intelligence is a cloud-based service that handles these requirements, providing a personalized, ranked list of actual malicious communications, no hardware needed.
  • Sampled customer data is correlated against known malicious communications using Level 3 proprietary analysis from threat data sources, including its DNS, CDN and MSS infrastructure, and third-party data.
  • Customers receive near real-time alerts for correlated events on their network.
  • Level 3 SOC experts are available to provide additional context, and if needed, to mitigate threats or escalating Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
  • The interactive near-real time reporting system also provides historical views for additional analysis.

"Investigating threats using intelligence or reputation feeds is painful for customers. They need a smart filter for their security alerts to help them understand their priorities and to allocate resources. We correlate and prioritize live communications and rank the potential risks for customers, taking the burden off their IT and security teams so they can focus on their core business initiatives," stated Anthony Christie, Chief Marketing Officer, Level 3.

http://news.level3.com/

Cisco and Salesforce Set Alliance

Cisco and Salesforce announced a strategic alliance under which the two companies will jointly develop and market solutions that join Cisco’s collaboration, IoT and contact center platforms with Salesforce Sales Cloud, IoT Cloud and Service Cloud.

New integrations will include:

  • Collaboration: Cisco and Salesforce will natively integrate Cisco Spark and WebEx into Sales Cloud and Service Cloud via the Salesforce Lightning Framework. With this integration, joint customers will be able to communicate in real-time using chat, video, and voice without leaving Salesforce or having to install a plug-in, eliminating the hassle of toggling between apps.
  • IoT Services: Cisco Jasper and the Salesforce IoT Cloud will integrate to provide visibility, control and recommended customer actions for connected devices, providing businesses with a more comprehensive and intelligent view of their IoT services. Cisco Jasper provides real-time visibility into launching, managing and monetizing IoT devices at every stage of their lifecycle. The Salesforce IoT Cloud connects billions of IoT events with Salesforce, unlocking insights from the connected world that empower anyone to take the right action, for the right customer, at the right time. 
  • Customer Service: The two market leaders in customer service are teaming up to deliver a complete customer service solution, from communications infrastructure to an integrated, intelligent agent desktop experience. 
“Cisco wants to deliver simple, magical experiences. Our goal is for technology to fade into the background so people can get their best work done,” said Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM of IoT and Applications Groups, Cisco. “Cisco and Salesforce coming together to form a strategic alliance can eliminate the friction users experience today so they can become more productive.”

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1791687

Openreach Picks Huawei and Nokia for G.fast Rollout

BT's Openreach division has selected Huawei and Nokia to provide a range of equipment in support of its ultrafast broadband roll out across the UK. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The companies, which have been working with Openreach on the world’s largest trials of G.fast technology in Huntingdon, Gosforth and Swansea, will provide cutting edge switches, modems and cabinet ‘side pods’ to help deliver download speeds up to 330 Mbps – more than 20 times the current UK average – to 10 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020.

The new kit will be rolled out in parts of Gillingham and Cherry Hinton later this year and will help Openreach deliver its ambition of getting ultrafast broadband of at least 100Mbps to 12 million premises in the same timeframe, and the majority of the UK by the end of 2025.

Clive Selley, Openreach CEO, said: “Openreach is pioneering G.fast technology because we want to get affordable ultrafast speeds to as many people as possible in the fastest possible time.

“We also want to deliver this next generation of broadband services in the most efficient and least disruptive way – so it is a testament to our world leading R&D team that they’ve managed to define and drive new standards with operators and equipment manufacturers around the globe.

Openreach noted that more than 91% of homes and businesses in the UK currently have access to speeds of 24 Mbps and above, whilst the Openreach fibre network is available to more than 25 million homes and businesses. More than 100 different communications providers (CPs) are offering services over the company’s open wholesale fibre network, and all CPs will have access to these new ultrafast services under the same terms, conditions and pricing.

http://www.btplc.com/news/#/pressreleases/openreach-selects-huawei-and-nokia-to-support-its-ultrafast-broadband-roll-out-1572100

BT to Offer Microsoft Azure Services

BT is set to launch a "Compute for Microsoft Azure" service that allows BT customers to order Microsoft Azure alongside BT’s own cloud services through its Compute Management System (CMS) online management tool. The service enables customers to build hybrid cloud infrastructure with a single service wrap, contract and on a single bill.

BT customers already use private and public cloud services – also known as hybrid cloud - hosted in BT Compute’s 48 data centres globally. With BT acting as their cloud services integrator, and by using CMS, customers can manage their cloud services end-to-end from datacentre to network, maximising the benefits and minimising the complexity, risk and costs of moving to the cloud. Using local delivery with global scale allows BT to meet the evolving needs of organisations for cloud services and at the same time address the complexity of regulatory requirements.

BT said integration of Microsoft Azure into its CMS expands choice for BT customers. They gain access to Microsoft’s rapidly growing collection of integrated cloud services, including leading Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) computing capabilities.

http://www.btplc.com/news/#/pressreleases/bt-joins-forces-with-microsoft-to-simplify-hybrid-cloud-1570135

Viptela Extends SD-WAN to Microsoft Azure

Viptela is extending its Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) platform to enable customers to extend their Wide Area Network (WAN) into the Microsoft Azure public cloud environment. An

Enterprise can now treat their Azure Virtual Network (VNET) resource as a branch and benefit from all the SD-WAN capabilities offered by the Viptela platform. All Viptela elements can also be deployed on a Hyper-V hypervisor.

Viptela said its SD-WAN platform provides ubiquitous connectivity, zero-trust security, end-to-end segmentation with application aware SLA and QoS policies for enterprise WANs that span data centers, branches, remotes offices and cloud resources. It enables organizations to mix and match a variety of connections from different service providers including MPLS, broadband, 3G/4G LTE, satellite and point-to-point links and manage them as a single network. With Viptela, cloud applications running on Microsoft Azure provide the same user experience as if they were hosted in a company’s own data centers.

“Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Skype for Business are pervasive application services used by our customers,” said Ramesh Prabagaran, Vice President of Product Management for Viptela. “The ability of the Viptela SD-WAN platform to integrate Enterprise WANs with Azure public cloud resources, creates one ubiquitous, optimized and easy to manage connectivity fabric.”

http://www.viptela.com


Viptela Pulls In $75 Million for its SD-WAN Platform


Viptela, a start-up based in San Jose, announced $75 million in Series C funding for its Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) platform. The company cites deployments by more than 25 Fortune 500 enterprises including some of the world’s largest retailers, financial institutions, conglomerates, healthcare organizations and other businesses that have many geographically distributed locations. The company has licensing partnerships with Tier-1 carriers Verizon...


Viptela introduced a compact SD-WAN router that natively supports any transport method including 3G/4G/LTE and wireless LANs. The company said the new product extends the business case for SD-WAN to smaller companies, home/remote offices, ATMs and other sites that don’t require the scalability of the company’s existing enterprise and campus vEdge models. The Viptela vEdge-100 provides the same secure data connectivity over any transport technology...

Verizon Delivers SD-WAN with Viptela


Verizon will deliver a new software defined networking solution using Viptela’s Software Defined WAN Platform. Viptela also entered into an exclusive managed services arrangement with Verizon in the United States. The new Verizon service, powered by Viptela, allows enterprises to “mix and match” private and public IP connections such as MPLS, wireless LTE, broadband and Ethernet to meet an organization’s unique application requirements based on...


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Infinera Debuts Cloud Xpress 2 for Data Center Interconnect

Infinera introduced its second generation Cloud Xpress platform for scalable 100 gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) data center interconnect (DCI) over multi-terabit optical links. The platform is aimed at connecting cloud data centers, which are rapidly migrating to 25 GbE server uplinks and 100 GbE fabrics between server racks.

Infinera, which was first to market with a purpose-built compact DCI product in 2014, said its new Cloud Xpress 2 raises the bar by increasing density by 4.8 times while building on the Cloud Xpress Family’s advantages of simplicity, reliability and automation.

“Cloud Xpress 2 is an important milestone for Infinera as it raises the bar for data center interconnect platforms,” said Dr. Stuart Elby, Infinera’s Senior Vice President, Data Center Business Group. “This is the first Infinera product based on our groundbreaking Infinite Capacity Engine, which sets new standards for optical performance and efficiency. With the Infinite Capacity Engine, Cloud Xpress 2 delivers advanced levels of scalability and low power along with simplicity, automation and built-in security.”

Cloud Xpress 2 highlights:

  • Uses Infinera's new Infinite Capacity Engine, which is powered by the company’s next generation FlexCoherent Processor and its fourth-generation photonic integrated circuit (PIC)
  • Delivers a 1.2 terabit per second (Tb/s) super-channel in one rack unit 
  • Enables best in class fiber capacity with up to 27.6 Tb/s on a single fiber pair by stacking multiple chassis, which can be managed as a single system
  • Incorporates Infinera’s unique Instant Bandwidth product offering, a software-activated bandwidth delivery technology that provides a success-based business model while lowering operational costs. 
  • Low power consumption and built-in security with in-flight wire-speed data encryption. 
  • Plug-and-play with simplified provisioning and support for data center automation. 
  • Built-in optical amplification capable of transmitting 1.2 Tb/s up to 130 kilometers using a single fiber pair without an external multiplexer or external amplifier
  • Topology auto-discovery, zero-touch provisioning support, standard application programming interfaces for programmability and streaming telemetry.

http://www.infinera.com





Infinera's Infinite Capacity Engine Revs to 2.4 Tbps Capacity

Infinera unveiled its Infinite Capacity Engine, a multi-terabit optical subsystem combining the company's next generation FlexCoherent Processor and the photonics of its fourth generation photonic integrated circuit (PIC).

The Infinite Capacity Engine, which will be integrated into the Infinera portfolio of long-haul terrestrial, subsea, metro and data center interconnect platforms, breaks new ground for optical transport by being the first in the industry to deliver optical super-channel capacity up to 2.4 terabits per second and reach up to 12,000 kilometers in a single small package.

Infinera said its new Infinite Capacity Engine represents the next step function in WDM performance because of the capacity jump to 2.4 Tbps of optical bandwidth, combined with longer reach, better power efficiency and the integration of other advanced functions. Significantly, the Infinite Capacity Engine furthers the company's Instant Bandwidth capability, which enables pre-deployed bandwidth to be provisioned on-demand in 100 Gbps increments via software activation. New capabilities include 100G temporary licenses, enabling capacity to be deployed for a specific duration of time.

Some highlights of the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine:

  • Massive scale: supporting super-channels up to 2.4 Tbps from a single subsystem with up to 12 times more bandwidth than other implementations.
  • Advanced Coherent Toolkit (ACT):delivers up to 60 percent more capacity-reach performance for submarine and terrestrial networks than the current generation of optical technologies by allowing extended reach and/or utilization of higher order modulation formats on a per channel or super-channel basis in challenging fiber environments. The Infinera ACT features Nyquist subcarriers, a new technology that increases tolerance for non-linear effects and SD-FEC gain sharing. In addition, multiple modulation formats are supported including matrix enhanced - phase shift keying (ME-PSK), BPSK, 3QAM, QPSK, 8QAM and 16QAM.
  • Sliceable super-channels: provides the unique ability to deliver 2.4 Tbps of capacity in a single module with a single fiber pair. In addition, it provides fine-grained and flexible control of optical wavelengths at 100 Gb/s. The Infinite Capacity Engine can tune and route a 100 Gbps wavelength or N x 100 Gbps super-channels in multiple separate directions with any specified flexible grid coherent modulation across the extended C-Band. As a result, network line-card module requirements can be reduced up to 77 percent while delivering tremendous flexibility. Moreover, total cost of ownership can be reduced by up to 53 percent as compared to non-sliceable implementations.
  • In-flight wire-speed encryption: encrypts traffic transparently at Layer 1 on a per service basis or in the bulk mode per super-channel, using the strong 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) key. The Infinite Capacity Engine is integrated with easy-to-use key exchange and cryptography mechanisms, providing wire-rate multi-terabit processing with more capacity than current industry solutions.

"The Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine ushers in a new era in optical transport networking and is the foundation for network operators to rapidly respond to massive bandwidth demands," said Dr. Dave Welch, Infinera Co-founder and President.

https://www.infinera.com/technology/engine/ 

OpenDaylight Boron Focuses on Use Cases for SDN

The OpenDaylight Project announced its fifth open SDN release: OpenDaylight Boron, featuring significant enhancements to Cloud and NFV use-case capabilities, as well as to performance and tooling to simplify management of a range of use cases.

“Since its inception in 2013, OpenDaylight has served to unite the industry around a common SDN platform,” said Neela Jacques, Executive Director, OpenDaylight. "With Boron, the OpenDaylight platform cements its position as the de facto standard platform for building next-generation networking solutions. Boron further develops and standardizes support for the industry’s leading use cases, while facilitating development of innovative new approaches to solving network-related business challenges. From the world’s biggest telco networks to webscale giants and even the Large Hadron Collider, OpenDaylight is at the heart of more and more SDN solutions and production infrastructures.”

More than half of the new projects proposed came from user organizations, including:

  • YangIDE, led by AT&T, provides support for building new YANG models
  • Telefonica and Intel-led NetIDE, which makes it easier to share apps across controller deployments
  • EMAN, led by Comcast, for improved energy efficiency for the network​
  • As deployments grow in scale and sophistication, end-users are increasingly looking to integrate OpenDaylight more deeply into their core architectural frameworks. One example of cross-industry collaborations is the Atrium Enterprise project which was led by the Open Networking Foundation with participation from Criterion Networks, WIPRO and Microsoft. Another example is  ECOMP, from AT&T, an infrastructure delivery platform and scalable, comprehensive network cloud service for a software-centric network.

“We’re excited to see the release of OpenDaylight Boron,” said Chris Rice, SVP of Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design at AT&T. “We contributed to the release and expect to use the code at the heart of our network. We like OpenDaylight for the breadth of ‘brownfield’ protocols that are supported, its model driven approach that matches our service abstraction logic, and the ability to add applications on top of the controller base. One of the tenets of the open source community is that you don’t just take code. You contribute it, as well. We’re committed to doing just that, and this is an example.”

Enhancements in Boron include:

  • OpenStack-related capabilities have been re-architected within a unified development framework for better scalability and performance, including clustering, High Availability (HA), and persistence. 
  • Southbound enhancements for VNFs include OpenFlow and NETCONF optimization, as well as hardware VTEP support, and DPDK enhancements.
  • The NetVirt project brings new focus to features and performance to OpenStack environments. These include improved coordination between OpenStack Neutron and the controller, as well as enhanced support for IPv6, Security Groups (via OpenFlow configuration), VLANs and other important capabilities. The new architecture enables the ability to grow beyond OpenStack integration by allowing control from other orchestration systems and applications.
  • The OPNFV project has driven a broad set of Telco requirements and new functionality in OpenDaylight. As Service Function Chaining has become a key required capability of NFV deployments, collaboration between ODL and OPNFV SFC-focused projects have led to a number of key improvements including Proof of Transit validating service chain packet-flow, enhancements to support FD.io Service Chain Identification and support for the latest OVS release.
  • The Genius project, a community-wide effort, provides an app-agnostic framework for application composition. This supports the deployment of modular distributed applications as well as Service Function Chaining (SFC). First introduced as a “proof of concept” project in Beryllium, Genius is now application-agnostic and can be used to operate production cloud networks.
  • New clustering features in Boron simplify HA management for non-distributed network applications, make it easier for developers to write applications without needing to understand the underlying architecture.
  • Controller health is easier to monitor with the Cardinal project, which provides controller health data as a service. Time Series Data Repository (TSDR) and the Centinel project enable Big Data Analytics for streaming data.

https://www.opendaylight.org/news/foundation-news/2016/09/opendaylight-project-releases-boron-network-driven-businesses

Amazon Plans 253 Megawatt Wind Farm in Texas

Amazon will commission a new 253-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually – enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. homes.

Amazon Wind Farm Texas, which is scheduled to open in late 2017, will include more than 100 turbines and be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date. Amazon previously announced wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia that deliver energy to the electrical grids supplying both current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers. The five projects together will generate more than 2.6 million MWh of renewable energy each year.

http://www.amazon.com/sustainability

Global CDN Picks Zayo for 20 Point-to-Point 10G Wavelengths

A global content delivery network (CDN) provider has selected Zayofor a wavelengths solution to support a large portion of its backbone traffic across North America and Europe. The customer name was not disclosed.

Under the multi-year contract, the customer has purchased 20 point-to-point 10G wavelengths throughout the U.S., Canada and western Europe. The solution provides high-performance capacity and connectivity to many large internet peering locations to meet the customer’s increasing demands for bandwidth.

http://www.zayo.com

Red Hat Revenue Pops to $600 million, up 19% YoY

Red Hat reported total revenue of $600 million for its second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended August 31, 2016, up 19% in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 18% measured in constant currency.

“Red Hat's second quarter revenue results were highlighted by 18% in year-over-year growth for our Infrastructure offerings combined with 33% in year-over-year growth for our Application development and other emerging technologies," said Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. "Digital transformation and hybrid cloud computing are changing how applications are built, deployed, and managed. As organizations adopt agile application development technologies such as Linux containers, they are able to rely on Red Hat as their strategic partner to modernize their infrastructure and application development platforms.”

Subscription Revenue Breakout: Subscription revenue from Infrastructure-related offerings for the quarter was $427 million, an increase of 18% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and 17% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue from Application development-related and other emerging technologies offerings for the quarter was $104 million, an increase of 33% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and 32% measured in constant currency.

http://www.redhat.com

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