Tuesday, November 8, 2016

AT&T and Colt Hold SDN Interoperability Trial

AT&T and Colt Technology Services announced a trial of a standard SDN application programming interface (API) that enabled users to reserve ports, order a point-to-point Ethernet service, flex the bandwidth up and down and turn down the service in near-real time.

During the trial between the two networks in the U.S. and Europe, AT&T successfully provisioned network services between the east coast of the U.S. and various locations in Europe. This allowed SDN-to-SDN control using a programmatic API-to-API interface between the separate SDN architectures, proving that SDN-managed services can be set up and run across multiple networks in just minutes. They can also be managed and flexed in near-real time. This creates a template for providers to deploy new services in a matter of minutes over each other's networks.

The companies said they plan to share the network-to-network interface and open API code with standards bodies and industry forums.

“Our work at AT&T Labs and AT&T Foundry, and our collaboration with Colt will help enable customers to have more cost-efficient, flexible and adaptable networks,” said Roman Pacewicz, senior vice president, Offer Management and Service Integration, AT&T Business Solutions. “Businesses looking to provide a seamless connected environment for their customers can benefit greatly from a unified industry ecosystem that’s focused on interoperability.”

“This proof of concept is a key building block giving enterprises the power to provision scalable, flexible network services on-demand. The API in our trial makes managing integrated SDNs accessible, agile, flexible, and easy to adopt,” said Rajiv Datta, chief technology officer, Colt. “As use cases and APIs continue to evolve, we’ll be able to add attributes, services and enhancements that will drive further innovation. This will be critical as SDN becomes increasingl­­­y important in our business climate.”

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

Amdocs Launches Mobile Financial Services Card

Amdocs introduced a Mobile Financial Services card management system for helping service providers in launching their own debit or prepaid payment cards. The cards can be linked to a mobile wallet, with stored monetary value, loyalty points or airtime as the source of funds.

Amdocs said its card management system can be quickly deployed on the cloud as Software as a Service (SaaS), integrating securely with local card-manufacturing companies for card printing and distribution. The system incorporates a back-office administration user interface that manages card specifications, card product definitions and issuer identification number (IIN) ranges.

The company also noted that customers who don’t have a bank account can use these cards to pay for purchases at retail point of sale terminals, to withdraw cash from an ATM or for online shopping.

“Enabling unbanked and under-banked consumers to own debit or prepaid payment cards will empower them to join the modern digital economy and further encourage them to adopt more mobile financial services,” said Patrick McGrory, president for Amdocs’ emerging offerings. “Amdocs’ Mobile Financial Services card management system supports our mobile financial services offerings in digital banking, remittances, and digital commerce and payments markets. The ability to issue debit or prepaid payment cards, without investing in technology infrastructure or third-party systems, enables mobile financial service providers across all industries to offer a true multi-channel consumer experience, driving the growth of mobile financial services adoption and usage.”

http://www.amdocs.com

Velostrata Tunes its Cloud Mobility Software

Velostrata, which specializes in cloud workload mobility, has added key new features to its software aimed at bringing  automation, acceleration and simplicity to public cloud adoption.

The update adds new functionality to help organizations test applications in the cloud before they migrate, unique support for AWS Spot Instances, and WAN optimization enhancements that can result in 1000x faster migrations when compared to replication-based solutions.

Highlights of Velostrata 2.3 include:
  • Leveraging AWS Spot Instances: Users can now move workloads to and from AWS Spot Instances in minutes, allowing them to cut compute costs by up to 90% over on-demand public cloud rates. Velostrata synchronizes all changes made to cloud workloads back on-premises, preserving work even if AWS recalls the instance, making it feasible to use them for development and testing of stateful workloads. This real-time data synchronization used to require special applications and/or code to deal with the short lifespan of spot instances. Velostrata solves this challenge entirely.
  • Agentless Clone-to-Cloud: With the click of a mouse in vCenter, IT can now quickly clone a copy of a production application (even when it spans multiple VMs) and boot it in the cloud in minutes, without installing agents on the source or destination VM(s). This allows IT to verify operations, test across different clouds, identify fit, prove out cost structure, and/or verify configurations, without taking their production applications offline.
  • Bandwidth Multiplier: Users can perform mass workload migrations with new WAN optimization capabilities which includes cross-VM deduplication, resulting in significantly better scalability. For example, Velostrata can migrate 200 VMs over the same bandwidth other solutions would require to move a single VM. This means IT can perform workload migrations over slower uplinks and/or complete the migration operations much faster.
  • AWS Marketplace Support: Customers can now license Velostrata as pay-per-use, directly through AWS billing, saving time and simplifying billing by customers using their native AWS dashboard.
Velostrata software will be available via Amazon Marketplace beginning November 15, 2016.

http://www.velostrata.com

China Mobile Launches Wideband Massive MIMO with Huawei

China Mobile Shanghai Branch has deployed a wideband Massive MIMO site using Huawei's solution.

Huawei said its next-generation Massive MIMO solution provides an uplink 8-stream capability configuration to continuously enhance the uplink performance of China Mobile's TD-LTE networks. The live network in Shanghai acts as a verification platform, with peak cell throughput rates reaching 72 Mbps uplink and 630 Mbps downlink.

A single module supports activation of three carriers on 2.6GHz. The expedient delivery of this solution is guaranteed as only one optical fiber and one power cable are required to ensure smooth deployment from an engineering perspective. The adoption of the latest chips helps provide processing capabilities 4-fold higher than that of the industry standard, clearly demonstrating the performance advantages inherent to Massive MIMO.

http://www.huawei.com

Monday, November 7, 2016

OPEN-O Reaches Release 1.0 as Member Count Grows

The OPEN-Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O), which is developing an open source software framework and orchestrator to enable agile SDN and NFV operations, reached an important milestone - Release 1.0 is now available.

OPEN-O Release 1.0, which is called "SUN", the gap between virtualized functions and connectivity services for brownfield environments for both residential and enterprise virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) use cases.

"OPEN-O Release 1.0 was successfully delivered in only five months since the initial formation of the project,” stated OPEN-O Executive Director Marc Cohn. "The global collaboration among leading operators and vendors has resulted in one of the fastest growing open source networking projects, with contributions from over 125 developers."

OPEN-O membership now stands at 13. Premier members include three major operators: China Mobile, China Telecom, and Hong Kong Telecom (HKT), along with Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, Intel, and ZTE. General members include Canonical, Cloudbase Solutions, InfoBlox, Raisecom, and Red Hat.

OPEN-O also announced that Xiaodong Duan, Director of the Department of Network Technology for China Mobile Research Institute, was elected the Chair of the OPEN-O Governing Board, joining Treasurer Amir Levy of GigaSpaces.

https://www.open-o.org/news/announcement/2016/11/open-o-bridges-gap-between-sdn-and-nfv-release-10

BT Picks Nuage for SD-WAN

BT has selected Nuage Networks from Nokia for its future software defined WAN service. An intitial launch is planned for early 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed.

BT said its SD-WAN service is specifically being developed to serve global organisations using a cloud-based IT consumption model and will complement BT’s existing IP and Ethernet VPN offering.

In the coming months, BT will unveil further details of its roadmap for other software-defined services, aligning to the SDN capabilities that are being introduced in BT’s cloud-service nodes. These will enable organisations to control both their network connectivity and hosted applications from a single SDN-automated infrastructure.

Also coming, BT’s SD-WAN services will integrate with new virtual services that will include ‘try before you buy’ capabilities and be consumed on a utility basis. Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) capabilities will provide integrated 'branch in a box' services, using the centralised automation of SD-WAN. And, with this, customers will be able to simultaneously control their on-premise and network applications.

Chet Patel, president of global portfolio & marketing, BT, said: “We aim to be the leading global cloud of clouds services integrator for our customers. As part of that strategy, we are now leveraging our expertise in SDN and NFV technology and using the breadth and depth of our global network infrastructure to enhance further our portfolio of dynamic network services. To offer more choice to our customers, we are constantly reinforcing an ecosystem of world-class partners. We are therefore happy to announce today that we will integrate the technology of Nuage Networks from Nokia into our SD-WAN offering. This is an important stage in a journey that will ultimately give BT customers unparalleled choice, security, resilience, service, and agility in the roll out of high performance networks designed for the age of the cloud.”

http://www.btplc.com/news/#/pressreleases/bt-accelerates-global-investment-in-dynamic-network-services-1635474

ADVA Debuts One Network Edge Portfolio

ADVA Optical Networking unveiled its One Network Edge portfolio of devices designed to help service providers respond to growing demand for high-value communication solutions.

ADVA's One Network Edge, which utilizes the ADVA FSP 150 product family, combines a mixture of hardware and software that ensures quick and easy service implementation with low operational impact. One Network Edge simplifies the challenge of security, synchronization and service demarcation. The portfolio will include edge devices to suit various edge applications.

“When we talk to service providers, there’s always one issue, one frustration – the network edge is too fragmented, too complex; it’s limiting their ability to meet customer demands and new business opportunities. This is the genesis of One Network Edge,” commented Stephan Rettenberger, VP, marketing and investor relations, ADVA Optical Networking. “Ultimately, One Network Edge is the next step of the journey for our FSP 150 product family. It’s the evolution of a technology that has continually garnered industry praise and topped analysts’ charts of Ethernet access devices (EADs). Our FSP 150 has the highest installed base of any EAD in the industry. We’ve taken all of this experience, all of this knowledge and created something game changing. One Network Edge offers customers something unique in the industry, something that will help them to take their next steps. It’s all about building one network together.”

http://www.advaoptical.com/en/newsroom/press-releases-english/20161107-adva-optical-networking-introduces-one-network-edge

Zayo Acquires Silicon Valley Data Center for $12.8 Million

Zayo has acquired a data center in Santa Clara, California - its first in Silicon Valley - for $12.8 million. Zayo has 1,500 route miles of fiber in the SF Bay Area.

The facility, located at 5101 Lafayette Street, includes 26,900 total square feet and three megawatts (MW) of critical power. The location is adjacent to the recently completed Levi’s Stadium and connects to multiple data centers in Silicon Valley via Zayo-owned fiber assets. The facility also includes high-efficiency power and cooling infrastructure, seismic reinforcement to “1.5” and proximity to Zayo’s long haul dark fiber routes between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The acquisition will contribute over $1 million in incremental annualized adjusted EBITDA.

“We have long targeted Northern California as an expansion opportunity for our zColo data center business. The quality and high-power density of this facility is perfectly matched to the requirements of our leading-edge, Bay Area customers,” said Chris Morley, COO at Zayo.

http://www.zayo.com


Windstream to Acquire Earthlink for $1.1 Billion

Windstream will acquire Earthlink in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $1.1 billion, including debt. Upon closing of the transaction, Windstream shareholders will own approximately 51 percent and EarthLink shareholders will own approximately 49 percent of the combined company.

The combined company will have increased scale and scope giving it the ability to leverage best practices across a broader platform, and offer customers expanded products, services and enhanced enterprise solutions. The combination

The merger will result in an extensive national footprint spanning approximately 145,000 fiber route miles and provide advanced network connectivity, managed services, voice, internet and other value-added services. The deal brings together Windstream’s scale in the Enterprise segment and EarthLink’s newly-launched SD-WAN service.

“The combination with EarthLink further advances Windstream’s strategy by creating a stronger, more competitive business to serve our customers while increasing free cash flow and reducing leverage,” said Tony Thomas, president and chief executive officer at Windstream. “With this transaction, we are combining two highly complementary organizations with closely aligned operating strategies and business unit structures. We look forward to working with the talented EarthLink team to create significant benefits and drive value for all of our stakeholders.”

The companies cited approximately $900 million from synergies, plus tax benefits, including more than $125 million in annual operating and capital expense synergies that are expected to be fully realized within 36 months of closing.

http://www.windstream.com
http://www.earthlink.com

  • Windstream is based in Little Rock, Arkansas. The company was founded in 2000 as Valor Telecom through through the takeover of Verizon's GTE' southwest assets. It adopted the Windstream name in 2006 with the acquisition of Alltell's landline business.
  • Earthlink was founded in 1994 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.





Noviflow Scales Up its OpenFlow Switching

NoviFlow, a start-up based in Montreal, released a new version of OpenFlow 1.3/1.4/1.5 switching software aimed at large-scale networks.
Key new features of NoviWare supporting large-scale deployment introduced in release 400.1 include:

  • OpenFlow queues and up to one million meters for use with QoS mechanisms
  • Dynamic provisioning of ports in LAG
  • Plug-and-Play deployment support for large installations:
    - Switch IP address default set via DHCP
  • - gRPC for remote automated provisioning
  • OpenFlow Experimenter-based extensions:
    - VLAN payload matching
    - Symmetric Hash of Fields

400.1 NoviWare fully supports the OpenFlow 1.3 standard and 1.4, including all actions, instructions and match fields, as well as key features of OpenFlow 1.5, such as Copy-Fields action.

"Since the founding of NoviFlow in 2012 as a spin-out from UQAM, our goal has always been to design and deliver SDN solutions that leverage Network Processors to offer both unsurpassed programmability and wire-speed performance, a major innovation in networking equipment. Today, the inherent advantage of this approach has been proven in the field via deployments of our products at a host of major network operators and cloud operators, resulting in ever-increasing demand for our solutions.”

NoviFlow’s products are being used as switches, WAN IP/MPLS routers, network appliances and other high-performance forwarding planes.

http://noviflow.com/products/noviware/


Dolan Family Ventures Sets Sights on Tech Start-ups

Dolan Family Ventures, a new investment company founded by Kristin and James L. Dolan, announced that it is seeking investment opportunities in data, analytics and technology-based businesses.

DFV will be led by Kristin Dolan, who is a founder and the Managing Partner. Ms. Dolan most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, leading all aspects of the company’s cable operations, overseeing thousands of employees, including the company’s entire customer and field service workforce. Among other responsibilities, she oversaw Cablevision Media Sales, the company’s advertising sales division.

http://www.dfv.tv/

  • Cablevision was founded in the 1960s by Charles Dolan. Cablevision was acquired by Altice in June 2016 for $17.7 billion.

Telia Carrier Expands Backbone to Zagreb

Telia Carrier has activatd a new point of presence (PoP) in Zagreb, Croatia, now providing wholesale IP transit and Ethernet services for carriers, content and cloud providers.

Telia Carrier said the new PoP allows it to expand the reach of its top-two ranked global IP backbone, AS1299, to Croatia and adjacent countries.

"Telia Carrier is dedicated to delivering a responsive, connected experience to address the continued demand in the Eastern European market," said Jerzy Wilisowski, director of sales, Europe at Telia Carrier. "By moving into Zagreb, in addition to existing PoPs in Budapest and Vienna, Telia Carrier strengthens its presence in a high growth IP transit market in Croatia, and improves the customer experience for those using online gaming and content services provided in the region."

http://teliacarrier.com

Sunday, November 6, 2016

CenturyLink to sell 57 Data Centers for $2.15 Billion

CenturyLink agreed to sell its data centers and colocation business to funds advised by BC Partners, in a consortium including Medina Capital Advisors and Longview Asset Management, for $2.15 billion in cash. The data center portfolio includes approximately 195 megawatts of power across 2.6 million square feet of raised floor capacity. CenturyLink to retain hosting and cloud assets supporting network-first and hybrid-IT strategy

CenturyLink said it plans to use the net proceeds from this sale to partly fund its acquisition of Level 3 Communications announced on October 31, 2016. CenturyLink also noted that it will continue to offer colocation services as part of its product portfolio through its commercial relationships to be entered into at closing with the BC Partners/Medina-led consortium.

"After conducting a thorough review process, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with BC Partners," said Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president of CenturyLink. "We believe this transaction will benefit customers, employees and investors. Both CenturyLink and BC Partners have a strong customer focus and are committed to ensuring a seamless transition of the customers and their colocation environments."

Justin Bateman, a managing partner at BC Partners, said, "We are excited to be acquiring CenturyLink's portfolio of data center assets. CenturyLink has built and maintained an impressive global footprint of colocation data centers that is unparalleled for a portfolio of assets of this size. Led by Manny Medina and his management team at Medina Capital, these data centers will become part of a new, global secure infrastructure platform that will meet the growing and changing needs of customers today and for the future. We thank Glen Post and the entire team at CenturyLink for their partnership, and we look forward to working together to offer all the data centers' existing customers, as well as new customers, unrivaled datacenter and colocation services."

http://www.centurylink.com
http://www.medinacapital.com

CenturyLink to Acquire Level 3 for $34 Billion


CenturyLink agreed to acquire Level 3 Communications in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34 billion, including the assumption of debt. The deal combines CenturyLink's larger enterprise customer base with Level 3's global network footprint. The companies said this scale will enable further investment in the reach and speeds of its broadband infrastructure for small businesses and consumers. After close, CenturyLink's Glen Post...


BC Partners and Medina Capital Add Analytics to New JV

BC Partners and Medina Capital agreed to acquire Brainspace Corporation, a privately-held machine learning and analytics company based in Addison, Texas.

Brainspace will become part of the new joint venture global cybersecurity company providing software, services and infrastructure. The joint venture includes a portfolio of 57 data centers to be acquired from CenturyLink, along with the acquisition of Medina Capital's portfolio of security and data analytics companies.

"In today's globally-connected, cloud-enabled world, there is a huge challenge and untapped value in being able to surface insights, answers, and threats in unstructured data. With exponential increases in the volume, velocity, and complexity of data, the challenge seems almost insurmountable," said Dave Copps, Chief Executive Officer at Brainspace. "Our products directly address this need through augmented intelligence. Brainspace Discovery 5 utilizes interactive data visualization as a sort of lingua franca connecting people with machine learning and radically improving their productivity. This new venture further validates our mission at Brainspace. With a global footprint of world-class data centers and cybersecurity expertise, Brainspace will be empowered to deliver machine learning, powerful user experiences, and next-generation investigative tools to an even larger number of enterprises and government agencies."

http://www.medinacapital.com/press-releases/bc-partners-jv

Sprint and Google First to Support Universal Profile for Advanced Messaging

Sprint has become first to partner with Google to deploy the GSMA’s Universal Profile for Advanced Messaging. Sprint’s service is available via the Messenger app for Android devices developed by Google to subscribers using Android. In 2017, all new Android devices from Sprint will come pre-loaded with Messenger for Android.

The goal of Universal Profile for Advanced Messaging is to provide users with a common, consistent and globally interoperable service that includes features such as group chat, hi-res photo sharing and read receipts.

The GSMA said the profile has gained the backing of 58 global operators, OEMs and OS providers.

“We are delighted that Sprint has become the first operator to roll out the Universal Profile to their subscribers and hope that this will encourage other markets across the world to follow their lead,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “A single, open and common universal profile will help to drive the global adoption of RCS services, and make it easier for consumers to enjoy rich, consistent and interoperable messaging experiences regardless of device or network.”

http://www.gsma.com/network2020/universal-profile

Mellanox Pursues Open Source Path for its NPUs

Mellanox Technologies is launching an open source software initiative to enable advanced open networking platforms such as routers, load balancers, and firewalls based on its network processors.

The company is releasing an open SDK for its most advanced network processor unit (NPU), the NPS-400, which delivers programmable packet processing at 600 million packets per seconds..  The Mellanox OpenNPU is made available under either GPL or BSD license. The SDK for the NPS-400 packet processor includes open source driver software, APIs, control and data path libraries, and complete toolchain to program the NPS-400 network processor. In addition, the kit also provides reference applications for switching, routing and IPSec processing. The Accelerated Linux Virtual server (LVS) is provided as an example of how the OpenNPU can be used to provide significant hardware acceleration to the Linux kernel networking stack.

“The market for networking devices is undergoing a major paradigm shift, moving away from closed proprietary OEM network equipment and migrating towards open platforms that are both flexible and configurable,” said Dror Goldenberg, vice president software architecture, Mellanox Technologies. “We are in full support of this movement as evidenced by our initiative to open source the entire suite of Mellanox software for our NPS family of network processors.”

http://www.mellanox.com/page/press_release_item?id=1808

Mellanox Samples its High-end Network Processor

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


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

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

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

http://www.mellanox.com


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

Comcast Adds Netflix to its X1 Platform

Comcast will begin delivering the Netflix service over its X1 platform. Netflix content will be fully integrated into Xfinity On Demand, enabling X1 customers to watch past and current seasons of shows.

“We are excited to add Netflix to X1 and give our customers access to all the content they love in a way that has never been done before,” said Neil Smit, Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Cable. “Netflix has been a terrific partner, and our incredible teams of engineers and designers have come together to create an experience that is not only seamless and intuitive, but also lets viewers search and watch tens of thousands of movies, shows, specials and documentaries with the sound of their voice."

“The Netflix integration into the X1 platform means our mutual customers will no longer need to change inputs or juggle remotes,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Now they can seamlessly move between the Netflix app and their cable service, enjoying all the TV shows and movies they love without hassle.”

http://www.comcast.com

Friday, November 4, 2016

CoreOS Introduces Operators for Kubernetes

CoreOS announced "Operators" - a new capability for making applications easier to run and update on Kubernetes.

An Operator is application-specific software that extends the Kubernetes API to create, configure, and manage instances of complex stateful applications on behalf of a Kubernetes user. Like the built-in Kubernetes API resources, it doesn't manage just a single instance of the application, but multiple instances across the entire cluster.

“An Operator makes managing complex software on top of Kubernetes easy," said Brandon Philips, CTO of CoreOS. "It is for all of those apps that aren't simple to horizontally scale. The big idea is that by installing an operator into your cluster you will get powerful new capabilities like being able to on-demand deploy new distributed databases or monitoring services declaratively with simple commands. This is another step forward in making distributed systems easy to install, run and update.“

https://coreos.com/press/coreos-introduces-operators.html
https://coreos.com/blog/introducing-operators.html

Coriant Supplices DCI for SwissIX

SwissIX Internet Exchange, the largest Internet exchange point in Switzerland, has deployed the Coriant Groove G30 DCI Platform.

“This upgrade represents an important milestone in the SwissIX 2020 infrastructure project as we future-proof our network for the surging bandwidth demands of our peers,” said Ulf Kieber, President, SwissIX Internet Exchange. “The best-in-class Groove solution not only gives us tremendous efficiencies in terms of power and space, but also enables us to expand end-user connectivity to 100G while laying the foundation for core network scalability to 200G and beyond.”

http://www.swissix.ch
http://www.coriant.com

Rivada Disqualified from Mexico's Red Compartida Project

Rivada Networks has been disqualified from the bidding for Mexico’s landmark Red Compartida project, is an initiated by the Mexican government to build a wholesale LTE network operated on 90 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band.

In a press statement, Rivada said it "has complied with every requirement put before us by the Mexican government, despite the fact that the government repeatedly moved the goalposts on bidders in the final weeks and months."

http://www.rivada.com