Thursday, September 29, 2016

IBM to Add Promontory to its Watson Expertise

IBM agreed to acquire Promontory Financial Group, a global market-leading risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm, to expand the deep industry expertise of Watson.

IBM said Watson’s cognitive capabilities will directly address the massive operational effort and manual cost of escalating regulation and risk management requirements. Promontory's team of 600 professionals will train Watson to help manage financial risk and compliance.

More than 20,000 new regulatory requirements were created last year alone, and the complete catalog of regulations is projected to exceed 300 million pages by 2020.

“What Watson is doing to transform oncology by working with the world’s leading oncologists, we will now do for regulation, risk and compliance,” said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Industry Platforms. “Promontory’s experts are unsurpassed in this field. They will teach Watson and Watson, in turn, will extend and enhance their expertise. This initial offering of Watson Financial Services is emblematic of the transformative cloud-based solutions that IBM Industry Platforms will bring to clients.”

http://www.ibm.com

Microsoft Creates AI and Research Group

Microsoft has formed a new research organization with more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers focused on the company’s AI product efforts.001

The Microsoft AI and Research Group, which will be led by computer vision luminary Harry Shum, is dedicated "to democratizing AI for every person and organization, making it more accessible and valuable to everyone and ultimately enabling new ways to solve some of society’s toughest challenges."

“We live in a time when digital technology is transforming our lives, businesses and the world, but also generating an exponential growth in data and information,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we are focused on empowering both people and organizations, by democratizing access to intelligence to help solve our most pressing challenges. To do this, we are infusing AI into everything we deliver across our computing platforms and experiences.”

http://www.microsoft.com


Adobe Picks Azure as its Preferred Cloud

Adobe has agreed to make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud.

The companies said their strategic partnership will help enterprise companies embrace digital transformation and deliver compelling, personalized experiences through every phase of their customer relationships. Together, the two companies will enable businesses to dramatically strengthen their brands through solutions with Microsoft Azure, Adobe Marketing Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

“Business leaders in every industry are focused on how to better engage their digital customers, wherever they are,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Together, Adobe and Microsoft are bringing the most advanced marketing capabilities on the most powerful and intelligent cloud to help companies digitally transform and engage customers in new ways.”

http://www.microsoft.com

Microsemi Intros Network Synchronization Phase-locked Loops

Microsemi introduced a new family of network synchronization phase-locked loops (PLLs) for Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE), IEEE 1588 and optical transport network (OTN).

The company said its new miTimePLL new products have one third the jitter and half the footprint of current devices, which, in combination with the company's new miTimePLL technology, is specifically designed to address the demands of phase alignment performance required by networks such as wireless infrastructure.

Microsemi's ZL307xx and ZL306xx family of network synchronization PLLs offers 180 femtoseconds (fs) typical jitter, ensuring a single chip, small footprint, low cost synchronization solution for 10GbE to 100GbE applications. These devices come with new features vital for network applications requiring phase alignment, including any-to-any frequency, better than 2 ns input/output (I/O) alignment, embedded 1 pulse per second (ePPS), time of day (ToD) registers, reference/synchronization inputs, and full monitoring and hitless reference switching between GPS/SyncE/1588. Microsemi's ePPS is already providing a simple solution for chassis systems with limited backplane pins by combining phase into a high speed clock, thereby using a single pin, where before two were required.

"Microsemi has a long history in IEEE 1588 PLL devices dating back to 2008 with our first product introduction, and our 1588 solutions are widely used within tier 1 telecommunications equipment vendors. We continue to invest strongly to drive our technologies forward, meeting new challenges to stay ahead of the competition with ultra-low jitter on our new miTimePLL devices—providing a highly integrated, cost-effective solution for our customers," said Maamoun Seido, vice president and business unit manager of Microsemi's timing products. "Customers can remain confident in our capabilities, as these products enable them to handle phase alignment seamlessly within their equipment with a smaller footprint and attractive price point."

http://www.microsemi.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fast Forward Labs: The Growing Impact of AI on Networks

Kathryn Hume, President of NYC-based Fast Forward Labs, discusses the growing impact of artificial intelligence on the world of networking.  We're already seeing the first applications, such as resource optimization.

Filmed at Net Events' Global Press & Analyst Summit in California.




See video: https://youtu.be/C-ZJO7K3sck

http://www.netevents.org
http://www.fastforwardlabs.com/


Cylance: AI and Cybersecurity

James E. Carroll

Stuart McClure, CEO and founder of Cylance, discusses the intersection of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

Cylance, which has been selling its AI-based solution for about 2 years, has grown to over 700 employees and about 3,000 customers with some 3 million endpoints.

Filmed at Net Events' Global Press & Analyst Summit in California.

 

See video: https://youtu.be/27yUlW0lskg

http://www.netevents.org/
http://www.cylance.com


ARM Releases a New Coherent On-Chip Interconnect Technology

ARM released a new CoreLink CMN-600 Coherent Mesh Network interconnect and CoreLink DMC-620 Dynamic Memory Controller technology enabling the latest ARM-based SoCs to offer unmatched data throughput and the lowest edge to cloud latency in the market.

Key attributes:

  • New architecture achieving higher frequencies (2.5 GHz and higher), 50 percent lower latency
  • 5x higher throughput and more than 1TB/s of sustained bandwidth
  • New Agile System Cache with intelligent cache allocation to enhance any sharing of data between processors, accelerators and interfaces
  • Supporting CCIX the open industry standard for coherent multi-chip processor and accelerator connectivity
  • CoreLink DMC-620 includes integrated ARM TrustZone security and supports 1 to 8 channels of DDR4-3200 memory and 3D stacked DRAM for up to 1TB per channel
  • Accelerated SoC development and system deployment

The company said its new on-chip interconnect technology has applicability across multiple markets including 5G networks, data center infrastructure, HPC, automotive and industrial systems.

"The demands of cloud-based business models require service providers to pack more efficient computational capability into their infrastructure," said Monika Biddulph, general manager, systems and software group, ARM. "Our new CoreLink system IP for SoCs, based on the ARMv8-A architecture, delivers the flexibility to seamlessly integrate heterogeneous computing and acceleration to achieve the best balance of compute density and workload optimization within fixed power and space constraints."

http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-system-ip-boosts-soc-performance-from-edge-to-cloud.php

Nutanix Prices IPO Shares in $13-15 Range

Shares in Nutanix are expected to begin trading on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “NTNX.”

The company expects the initial public offering price will be between $13.00 and $15.00 per share, potentially raising up to $241.5 million for the San Jose based firm.


Nutanix S1 Filing: Quarterly Revenue at $139.8 million


For its most recently fiscal quarter ended 31-July-2016, Nutanix recorded revenue of $139.8 million, according to a recently updated Form S-1 registration statement filed with the SEC ahead of a potential initial public offering (IPO). Nutanix provides a next-generation enterprise cloud platform that "converges traditional silos of server, virtualization and storage into one integrated solution and can also conn

China Unicom Expands Deployment of Nokia Core Routers

China Unicom selected the Nokia 7950 XRS core router family for additional deployments across China. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Unicom initially deployed the 7950 XRS into metro networks in six provinces - Beijing, Shandong, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Inner Mongolia and Qinghai - and this year plans to scale out to an additional four including Heilongjiang, Henan, Zhejiang and Hunan to improve speed and response times for the fixed and mobile broadband subscribers.

In 2013 China launched its Broadband China initiative to invest $182 billion to boost the speed and quality of Internet services across the country. The aim is to reduce the digital divide by providing businesses and urban and rural citizens with national broadband coverage by 2020. In keeping with this initiative, China Unicom has been continually improving the scale and capacity of its networks.

http://www.nokia.com


OIF Begis Work on IC-TROSA and CFP2-Digital Coherent Optics Project

The Optical Internetworking Forum’s (OIF) has begun work on two optical interface projects:

the IC-TROSA project would enable manufacturers to have a higher level of integration for transmit and receive optical components. Integrated Coherent Transmitter-Receiver Optical Subassembly (IC-TROSA) is the evolutionary step that combines Polarization Multiplexed Quadrature (PMQ) Transmitter (Tx) and Integrated Coherent Receiver (ICR) components to create a single integrated optics package.  The optical sub-assembly that supports high-bandwidth and high-order QAM operations is suited for data center interconnect, metro and long-haul applications. As module sizes decrease, current coherent optics components need similar size reductions to enable next generation multi-terabit switches, line cards, and transport. Density requirements for next-gen line cards, front-pluggable and future on-board 400G+ optical modules are driving the need for further integration and miniaturization.

the CFP2-Digital Coherent Optics (DCO) project will work with other standards bodies to implement coherent modulations formats in CFP modules. The OIF’s CFP2-DCO project includes a way to build address management interface and identify registers necessary to talk to the DSP located in the module, specific to coherent modulation techniques. The CFP2-DCO is intended to be used for 100G, 200G or 400G applications for metro, long-haul and data center interconnections and it can support different formats such as DP-QPSK and DP-xQAM.

“The IC-TROSA project tackles much more than just a simple size reduction,” said Karl Gass of Qorvo and the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer (PLL) Working Group – Optical vice chair.  “It addresses optical packaging in a way that isn’t done in high volumes today. We want to come to industry consensus in this pre-competitive environment.”

http://www.oiforum.com.

5G Automotive Association Gets Underway

A new 5G Automotive Association has been formed with the backing of AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm.

The mission is to develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration of 5G technologies and intelligent transportation.

The association said it will address key technical and regulatory issues, leveraging next generation mobile networks and integrating vehicle platforms with connectivity, networking and computing solutions. The main activities of the association include:

  • Defining and harmonizing use cases, technical requirements and implementation strategies. 
  • Supporting standardization and regulatory bodies, certification and approval processes.
  • Addressing vehicle-to-everything technology requirements, such as wireless connectivity, security, privacy, authentication, distributed cloud architectures and more.  


Christoph Voigt is appointed Chairperson of the Board and Dino Flore is appointed Director General of the Association.

"We expect 5G to become the worldwide dominating mobile communications standard of the next decade. For the automotive industry it is essential that 5G fulfills the challenges of the era of digitalization and autonomous driving. With the 5G Automotive Association we founded a cross-industry forum that allows us to shape the future 5G technology with leading ICT companies. As a co-founder of the 5G Automotive Association we would be excited to welcome further partners engaged in the automotive industry, the information and communication technologies or mobile network operators in the association," stated Dr. Christoph Grote, Senior Vice President Electronics, BMW Group.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ONOS Project Enters 8th Release - Hummingbird

The ONOS Project, which develops an SDN control plane for service providers and enterprises, announced its eighth quarterly platform release: Hummingbird.

New Features in ONOS Hummingbird:

Southbound: Hummingbird expands ONOS to be able to configure and control legacy networks with additional support for Arista and Cisco devices. The Hummingbird release also includes Optical feature enhancements and improvements to OSPF and ISIS drivers. Numerous NETCONF enhancements in ONOS create support for many additional devices. In short, all these enhancements allow ONOS to support a variety of legacy devices to help service providers incrementally deploy SDN.

Northbound: Hummingbird rounds ONOS out with new features that improve interoperability and ways for applications to interact with the Northbound protocol through message bus integration (RabbitMQ from ADARA and Kafka from Calix), as well as add more flexibility for intent-based management.

Disruptive SDN: In support of disruptive SDN, ONOS continued to focus on scaling views for very large networks and making it easy for applications to be written to benefit from ONOS’ high availability primitives. Hummingbird brings major new features with additional distributed primitives, support for controller to controller peering and enhancements to the P4 driver support.

Legacy device support: In support of incremental SDN, Huawei brought in significant YANG modeling and management capabilities at both the Northbound and Southbound interfaces, as well as support for the IEEE Abstraction and Control of Traffic Engineered Networks (ACTN).

Commercial support: Hummingbird brings new commercial support for ONOS with Huawei’s announcement of the ONOS-based converged controller, “Agile Controller 3.0.”

Broad Set of Use Cases: Hummingbird’s new service offerings and other enhancements enable valuable use cases in the areas of Cloud and SDN. The vibrant ONOS community has already built use case applications upon ONOS with CORD, packet-optical, and SDN-IP peering, and is building new ones in the areas of dynamic configuration and provisioning, and traffic engineering.

“Hummingbird is the ideal platform to deliver the full SDN value proposition to service providers,” said Bill Snow, vice president of engineering, ON.Lab. “Hummingbird delivers important advancements not only in the core control functions, but also in support of automation and configuration of legacy and OpenFlow-enabled devices to serve the growing set of use cases being tackled by service providers today and into the future.”

https://wiki.onosproject.org/display/ONOS/Release+Model

China Mobile Joins Open Daylight Project

China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) has joined the OpenDaylight project at the Silver level.

Recently, China Mobile released its commercial OpenDaylight-based datacenter SDN controller named “AERO,” currently in trial, and believed to be the first datacenter SDN controller developed by a telecom operator based in China, according to the company and the Linux Foundation. Additionally, CMCC initiated the “SPTN” project within OpenDaylight, which evolves the packet transport network (PTN) toward SDN.

China Mobile joins Tencent and Alibaba, also members of OpenDaylight, as part of a growing number of Chinese internet and communications companies that actively participate in open networking projects and leverage open source SDN to support their extreme scalability demands.

“I am pleased to see the OpenDaylight community growing so rapidly and on such a global scale,” said Neela Jacques, executive director of the OpenDaylight project. “China Mobile’s expanding contributions are beneficial to the OpenDaylight community, and their involvement is yet another example of the innovation happening in the Chinese market today. As Chinese telcos, enterprises and equipment manufacturers embrace open source, they’re enabling new solutions at a breathtaking pace.”

https://www.opendaylight.org

ETSI Announces NFV Release 2

ETSI’s Network Functions Virtualisation  (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG) announced the publication of NFV Release 2 specifications covering a wide set of functional areas, such as the management of virtualized resources, lifecycle management of both network services and virtualized network functions, network service fault/performance management, virtualized resource capacity management, etc.

NFV Release 2 incorporates 11 new group specifications, in addition to the many NFV specifications already published. These detail the various requirements, interface descriptions and information models enabling interoperability of solutions based on the ETSI NFV Architectural Framework.


“This represents another major step towards our objective of defining a comprehensive set of specifications that will facilitate the deployment of NFV throughout the telecommunication industry, with significant benefits being subsequently derived in many interrelated sectors,” states Telefonica’s Diego Lopez, the newly appointed Chairman of ETSI NFV ISG. “Through the collaborative efforts of all parties involved in the ETSI NFV ISG, we have been able to identify and define the required capabilities, following a practical approach that leverages proofs of concept to explore and demonstrate what was proposed. The combination of wide consensus and experimental evidence has led to NFV being recognized as a completely viable and highly valuable technology. This has allowed us to make progresses at a fast pace.”

“By drawing upon the combined merits of a well-defined standards structure and the support of the open source community, we have been able to accelerate the development process and ensure widespread interoperability,” Lopez continues. “I am therefore confident that the ETSI NFV Architectural Framework will be the foundation upon which future virtualization of the network is established - enabling cost effective allocation of resources and the rapid addition of new services, while still ensuring the highest degrees of security and reliability, as well as painless and seamless integration with existing infrastructure.”

http://www.etsi.org/deliver/etsi_gs/NFV/001_099/002/01.02.01_60/gs_NFV002v010201p.pdf

ETSI’s NFV Group Publishes Phase 1 Specs


ETSI’s Network Functions Virtualisation  (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG) announced the publication of eleven specifications under phase 1 of its activity. The work includes an infrastructure overview, an updated architectural framework, and descriptions of the compute, hypervisor and network domains of the infrastructure. The new specifications also cover management and orchestration, security and trust, resilience and service quality...

Wave2Wave Simplifies Data Center Cabling with QSFP28 Copper DAC

Wave2Wave introduced a QSFP28 copper-based, direct attached cable (DAC) for data centers.

The new product, which expands the company's EDGE cable fabric family, simplifies the cabling for spine-and-leaf, data center infrastructure, and server rack-and-stack environments. The QSFP28 DAC offering supports higher data rates – now up to 100Gbp/s – with near-zero wire speed latency and no power consumption, reducing data center energy use, CAPEX and OPEX.

Key features:

  • Four-channel, full duplex passive copper cable transceiver
  • Up to 25 Gbps per channel, maximum aggregate data rate of 100 Gbps
  • Conforms to SFF-8665
  • IEEE 802.3bg 100 GEBASE-CR4
  • Copper link length up to 3 meters
  • Power supply of +3.3V
  • Low crosstalk
  • I2C-based two-wire serial interface for EEPROM signature that can be customized


“The newest addition to the EDGE cable fabric family, QSFP28 DAC, cuts down time to deployment in the data center significantly,” said David Wang, founder and chief executive officer of Wave2Wave. “With these turn-key offerings, operators and integrators can build a spine-and-leaf cluster or a server rack with hundreds of cables within an hour – an undertaking that would typically take days to build otherwise.”

http://www.wave-2-wave.com/

Wave2Wave Launches Robotic Optical Switches for Data Centers


Wave2Wave Solution introduced a line of robotic optical switches for automating physical fiber connections in high-density data centers. The Wave2Wave "ROME" Robotic Optical Management Engine platforms, which are offered in three sizes, enable full control of physical fiber connections, allowing changes to be made automatically, remotely, quickly, and without manual intervention.  The robotic systems are designed in 19-inch chassis. The company...

Docker Announces Commercial Partnership With Microsoft

Docker has formed a commercial partnership with Microsoft to enable enterprises to run Commercially Supported Docker Engine (CS Docker Engine) and Docker Datacenter with Windows Server 2016.

As part of a new agreement, Microsoft and Docker will make the CS Docker Engine available to Windows Server 2016 customers at no additional cost. Docker Datacenter helps organizations manage heterogeneous environments of Windows and Linux workloads, running in both on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure, such as Microsoft Azure.

As part of the commercial relationship, Microsoft will provide enterprise support options for CS Docker Engine, backed by Docker, Inc.

"Over the last two years, we have partnered with Docker, a leader in containerization, to bring the Docker platform to Windows Server as well as the Microsoft Azure cloud ecosystem,” said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft Executive Vice President, Cloud + Enterprise. “With today’s announcement, we are deepening our commitment to creating an open platform, bringing together Windows Server and Linux to help developers and IT professionals deliver new levels of innovation.”

http://www.docker.com

New Spec for Audio over USB Type-C

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced a new USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification to establish USB Audio over USB Type-C as the primary solution for all digital audio applications, including headsets, mobile devices, docking stations, gaming set-ups and VR solutions.

“USB is the simplest and most pervasive connector available today, making USB Type-C the logical choice for the future of digital audio,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. “We encourage companies interested in adopting USB specifications to take advantage of USB-IF resources to reduce time-to-market and deliver reliable USB products.”

The USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification makes it easier to support digital audio over USB, add capabilities to reduce power consumption and add support for new features such as hotword detection. It defines minimum interoperability requirements across analog and digital solutions to minimize user confusion when not all hosts or devices support audio consistently. USB Audio over USB Type-C™ allows OEMs to remove the 3.5mm analog audio jack, shaving up to a millimeter off product designs and reducing the number of connectors on a device. Fewer connectors will open the door for innovation in countless ways and make it easier to design waterproof or water-resistant devices.

http://www.usb.org

Cisco Cites Traction for cBR-8 Converged Broadband Access Platform

In a little over a year since launching its cBR-8 Converged Broadband Access Platform, Cisco said it has 100 service providers globally deploying the platform. The latest customer is Cablevision Argentina, which has more than 3.5 million video subscribers and 2.2 million broadband subscribers.

The cBR-8 leverages key technologies such as SDN, NFV and DOCISIS 3.1 to enable cable operators to offer Gigabit or multi-Gigabit services to their subscribers.

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/video/cbr-series-converged-broadband-routers/index.html


Monday, September 26, 2016

SiTime Unveils Next Gen Oscillators for Telecom and Networking Systems

SiTime unveiled a new family of Super-TCXOs (temperature compensated oscillators) and oscillators for telecommunications and networking equipment.


The new Elite Platform encompassing leverages the company's MEMS and analog technologies to deliver better performance, higher reliability and higher quality of service than conventional quartz solutions, even in the presence of environmental stressors.

In particular, SiTime's ELITE-Platform addresses environmental issues with potential to impact the performance of timing of network equipment in uncontrolled environments such as basements, curbsides, rooftops, and on poles. The company said precision timing components in these systems must now operate in the presence of high temperature, thermal shock, vibration and unpredictable airflow.

SiTime's Elite timing solutions are based on its unique DualMEMS architecture with TurboCompensation.

This architecture delivers exceptional dynamic performance with three key elements:

  • Robust, reliable, and proven TempFlat MEMS that eliminates activity dips and enables 30 times better vibration immunity than quartz
  • DualMEMS temperature sensing with 100% accurate thermal coupling that enables 40 times faster temperature tracking, which ensures the best performance under airflow and rapid temperature changes
  • Highly integrated mixed-signal circuits with on-chip regulators, a TDC (temperature to digital converter) and a low-noise PLL that deliver 5 times better immunity to power-supply noise, 30 uK temperature resolution that is 10 times better than quartz, and support for any frequency between 1 and 700 MHz

“New telecom infrastructure uses 4G/5G small cells and Synchronous Ethernet to increase network data capacity; the high-power components that are used in such systems will have high and constantly changing heat loads,” said Joe Madden, founder and principal analyst at Mobile Experts. “The dynamic performance of precision timing components during rapid temperature change will become a critical requirement in such equipment. MEMS technology inherently performs better in the presence of dynamic environmental conditions, and has become a very interesting alternative to quartz technology.”

The Elite Platform comprises four new product families with a wide range of frequencies and the following unique features. All Elite solutions offer 0.1 ppb/g vibration immunity and do not have activity dips or micro-jumps.

Stratum 3 precision Super-TCXOs for communications and cloud infrastructure equipment
  • ±100 ppb frequency stability over -40°C to +105°C, the widest operating temperature available with any TCXO
  • 1 to 5 ppb/°C frequency slope (ΔF/ΔT) at an extremely fast temperature ramp rate of 10°C/minute, a performance level that is unique among timing devices
  • 3e-11 Allan deviation (ADEV) at 10 second averaging time, 10 times better than typical quartz TCXOs
  • 0.2 ps/mV power supply noise rejection (PSNR), eliminates dedicated system LDO
  • Optional I2C/SPI frequency tuning, eliminates external DAC
 Super-TCXOs for GNSS, industrial and automotive applications
  • ±0.5 ppm frequency stability over -40°C to +105°C
Ultra-low jitter differential oscillators
  • 0.23 ps integrated RMS phase jitter (12 kHz to 20 MHz)
  • 0.1 ps integrated RMS phase jitter under Ethernet mask for 10G/40G/100G
  • ±10 ppm frequency stability over -40°C to +95°C, enabling better system reliability
High-temperature high-reliability differential VCXOs
  • Up to +95°C with excellent phase noise
  • Wide pull range from ±25 ppm to ±3600 ppm
  • 0.1% frequency tuning linearity under all conditions, 50 times better than quartz 
Engineering samples of the Elite-based ultra-low jitter differential oscillators and high-temperature VCXOs are available to qualified customers now. Samples of Elite-based Super-TCXOs are expected to be available in the first half of 2017. Pricing is available upon request.

SiTime is a wholly owned subsidiary of MegaChips Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 6875).

http://www.sitime.com

See video:  https://youtu.be/awhiNV1FQgQ

Microsoft Azure Accelerates its Networking Capabilities

Microsoft rolled out a number networking capabilities for its Azure cloud service, including advancements to its global server fleet that the company says will improve networking bandwidth performance 33% to 50%.

The improvements include hardware technologies such as NVGRE offload, which harnesses the network processing capabilities of the hardware. Windows and Linux VMs will experience these performance improvements while returning valuable CPU cycles to the application.

Microsoft said its Accelerated Networking provides up to 25 Gbps of throughput and drastically reduces network latency up to 10x.

The new hardware technologies including SR-IOV, which allows VMs to communicate directly to the hardware NIC completely bypassing the Hypervisor’s virtual switch, bringing higher bandwidths and lower latencies, along with reduced jitter and improved Packets Per Second (PPS) performance. With Accelerated Networking, Azure SQL DB In-Memory OLTP transaction performance improved 1.5X.

Additional highlights:

  • Azure Storage users will benefit from substantially increased IOPS performance based on these advancements, combined with newly developed storage specific offloads. Hardware now efficiently performs data transfers up to the line rate of the NIC. The roll out for Storage will also complete in 2016.
  • General availability of Virtual Network Peering (VNet Peering), which connects Virtual Networks (VNets) in the same region, enabling direct full mesh connectivity. VMs in the peered VNets communicate with each other as if they are part of the same VNet, thus benefiting from high bandwidth and low latency. Hub & Spoke topologies are supported with Transit Routing through gateways. The VNet without a gateway still has cross-premises connectivity via the gateway in the peered VNet. VNet Peering works across subscriptions allowing for simplified service management.
  • New UltraPerformance Gateway SKU for ExpressRoute that supports up to 10 Gbps throughput. This is a 5x improvement over the existing ExpressRoute HighPerformance gateway with a 99.95% availability SLA. 
  • Azure now supports Native IPv6 network connectivity for applications and services hosted on Azure Virtual Machines.
  • New Active-Active Virtual Private Network (VPN) Gateway for the High-Performance VPN gateway SKU is recommended for production workloads.
  • New Azure Load Balancer configurations, including general availability of multiple VIPs on internal load balancers and new port reuse options across public and internal load balancers. 
  • Azure will also be previewing multiple IP addresses on a Network Interface Card (NIC) and enabling all NICs on a VM to have a Public IP address on the NIC or through the load balancer. 
  • GA release of Azure DNS, enabling customers to host domains in Azure DNS and manage DNS records using the same credentials, APIs, tools, billing and support as other Azure services.  
  • Additional network monitoring and diagnostics capabilities.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-networking-announcements-for-ignite-2016/