Thursday, November 10, 2016

Radisys Releases Open Source M-CORD Software

Radisys has released its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) software as open source software under the Apache 2.0 license for ON.Lab’s Mobile-CORD (M-CORD) project.

M-CORD is built on top of ONOS and CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter), which was initially developed by ON.Lab as a use case for the ONOS open source SDN operating system. CORD aims to utilize merchant silicon and the elasticity of commodity clouds to enable data center economics and cloud agility in the central office environment. CORD is managed as an independent open source project under The Linux Foundation.

Radisys said the integration of open source mobile core applications like EPC will provide enhanced service flexibility and agility in enabling 5G service delivery on the M-CORD platform.

“As communications service providers are planning today what their 5G networks of tomorrow will look like, we believe that now is the time for Radisys to deliver the open source resources to enable innovation for M-CORD as the emerging 5G platform,” said Brian Bronson, president and CEO, Radisys. “Radisys is firmly committed to the open source movement in both software and hardware. By making our EPC software available under open source license, we’re lowering the barrier to entry to service providers deploying next-generation 5G wireless networks.”

The three key components of the M-CORD framework include mobile edge services, a disaggregated/virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN), and a disaggregated/virtualized EPC. Radisys’ open source EPC provides disaggregated and virtualized core services of Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) elements.

Radisys’ open source EPC contribution, including completed integration with the M-CORD framework, will be available in March 2017.  

http://opencord.org
http://www.radisys.com

Ericsson Updates Financial Outlook

In its annual investor conference, Ericsson said it remains strongly focussed on restructuring efforts and new growth opportunities. The company expects that the market for mobile infrastructure will decline 10 to 15 percent during 2016 and a further decline of 2 to 6 percent in 2017. This year, Ericsson has seen a lower pace of operator investments in Europe, while the US remains stable and China has continued at a high level.
"We are forcefully executing our strategy to drive incremental profit improvements through greater efficiency, monetizing our installed base in Networks and building new revenue base in IT & Cloud and Media. Current focus is on speed, efficiency and fine tuning of strategy execution," stated Jan Frykhammar, President and CEO.

Some highlights


  • A new company structure with three segments is now in place: Networks, IT & Cloud, and Media
  • Networks: addressable market of USD100 billion in 2016, with -2 to 0% CAGR growth 2016-2018
  • IT & Cloud: addressable market of USD100 billion in 2016, with 5 to 7% CAGR growth 2016-2018
  • Media: addressable market of USD12 billion in 2016, with 9 to 11% CAGR growth 2016-2018
  • Ericsson is seeing growing momentum in its partnership with Cisco


http://www.ericsson.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Orange Business Launches "Easy Go" VNFs Internationally

Orange Business Services will launch its Easy Go Network, which provides fully-virtualized network functions (VNF) using SDN technology, in 75 countries by the end of 2016.

The Easy Go Network service, which has been in a year-long trial with customers, allows enterprises to instantly provision virtual network functions (VNF) for branch offices with full digital self-service ordering, customer care and reporting functions via a user-friendly portal. The service includes a plug-and-play router on site, eliminating truck rolls for more flexibility and rapid deployment. Network functions will now be available in minutes at any site.

The service is on-demand and fully flexible with no upfront investment and no minimum revenue commitment. Billing is offered under a month to-month contract.

Typical customers for Easy Go Network include multinational retailers that need to quickly and affordably open new sites, such as concessions or pop-up stores. Easy Go Network allows them to add additional sites or optional virtualized services in less than five minutes.  Enterprises gain full visibility over network usage and one-click security policy enforcement for all sites. And their employees are connected to their tools and ready to engage with end-customers.

At launch, Orange is offering application awareness running on a virtual, adaptive enterprise firewall based on Fortinet Security Fabric technology. The collaboration with Fortinet enables Easy Go Network to offer comprehensive, virtualized security functions, including unified application control, intrusion prevention, web content filtering, spyware prevention and malware defense.

Additional virtualized functions from selected vendors, including application optimization and WiFi management, are slated for launch in 2017.

“Easy Go Network is an evolution of our enhanced hybrid network strategy. It is designed to help businesses anticipate and address their digital needs fast and within budget. We are using an open-standards based approach to develop our SDN and NFV strategy, and we are planning to launch a universal CPE for larger sites next year. Our ultimate goal is an adaptive network, which we will bring to our customers within the next three years,” said Pierre-Louis Biaggi, vice president, Connectivity Business Unit at Orange Business Services.

http://www.orange-business.com/en/press/orange-business-services-accelerates-network-as-a-service-for-businesses-with-international


GTT to Acquire Hibernia for Transatlantic Cable Network

GTT Communications agree to acquire Hibernia Networks, which owns the new Hibernia Express transatlantic cable systems and other terrestrial and undersea fiber assets, for $590 million.  The deal consists of $515 million in cash and approximately 3.3 million shares of GTT common stock, to be issued to the sellers at closing, valued at $75 million.

GTT operates a global Tier 1 IP network with owned and leased dark fiber assets including five owned subsea cables and eight cable landing stations. The company delivers global cloud services to multinational customers. GTT is based in McLean, Virginia.

“This acquisition accelerates GTT’s growth strategy by expanding our portfolio of cloud networking services, significantly increasing the scope and power of our global network, and growing our multinational client base,” said Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO. “Hibernia Networks has a demonstrated track record of growth, and brings unique, strategic network assets featuring high-bandwidth, low latency connectivity. We are very excited to welcome Hibernia Networks’ clients and talented team members to GTT. Following our successful, proven acquisition template, we expect to complete integration within two to three quarters post-close, and to achieve a post-synergy multiple of seven times Adjusted EBITDA or better on a pro forma basis.”

“GTT gains world class global fiber assets, including ultra-low latency routes between key financial markets, as well as optical, low latency and content services, and exceptional employees with a proven track record of network and commercial leadership, and exemplary customer service. Hibernia Networks clients around the world will benefit from the expansive reach of GTT’s Tier 1 IP network, the broader portfolio of products and services, improved scale, and the company’s expertise in delivering cloud networking solutions and managed services to multinational clients,” stated Bjarni Thorvardarson, Hibernia Networks’ chief executive officer.

https://www.gtt.net/
http://www.hibernianetworks.com/hibernia_express

New Hibernia Express Cable Timed at Record 58.95ms Latency for NY-London

The new Hibernia Express transatlantic cable is delivering an actual tested latency of better than 58.95ms (milliseconds) from New York to London, which is faster by more than half a millisecond off the original projected speed.

Hibernia Networks said its new undersea cable has undergone rigorous testing over the past two weeks. Testing parameters included power stability, spectral efficiency and latency. The results confirmed the latency on Hibernia Express from LD4 in Slough, England to NY4 in Secaucus, New Jersey to be under 58.95ms.



http://www.hibernianetworks.com/hibernia_express


  • Hibernia Express utilizes a 6-fiber-pair submarine cable, with a portion of the fibers optimized for lowest latency and a portion optimized for 100X100 Gpbs design capacity. The total cross-sectional design capacity of the cable will be over 53 Tbps. Hibernia Express will initially launch with 100 Gbps transmission capacity using TE SubCom’s C100 SLTE platform. Hibernia Express follows the most direct route between the UK and North America, promising to reduce latency by at least 5 milliseconds over existing cables.


Video: Hibernia - Demand Rises for Lowest Latency, Transatlantic Capacity

When it set out to build its new Hibernia Express transatlantic cable system, Hibernia Networks really was looking to achieve a couple of goals. The top goal was to provide absolutely the lowest latency across the Atlantic. Another ambition was to provide another diverse, high-capacity system that would be attractive to multiple customer segments.

In this video,  Al DiGabiele, SVP Product Management & Marketing at Hibernia Networks, talks about rising demand on the new cable system and a new protected-wavelength service with automated failure switching.

See video: https://youtu.be/M30rf6GR4Fw




Ericsson Publishes 5G Readiness Survey of Global Operators

Key drivers for 5G will be future revenue streams and cost saving, according to a new "5G Readiness Survey" published by Ericsson.

The "5G Readiness Survey" was based on input from 50 executives at 29 global operators who had announced their intentions for 5G. Ericsson said its report presents a snapshot of the state of the industry in relation to next-generation mobile technology.

The survey lists the pilots that Ericsson is currently running with a wide range of industry partners in order to identify their needs and construct sustainable digital solutions for whole industry segments.  

According to the survey, operators can take steps now to ensure a smooth transition to 5G. Such activities include forging new strategies, investing in development and trials and evaluating and adopting new use cases and business models.

Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products, Ericsson says: "Ericsson believes that 5G is the foundation for realizing the full potential of the Networked Society. We are partnering with our customers to be early to 5G by driving standards, building the strongest global 5G ecosystem and helping them innovate with 5G solutions that are purpose-built for real-world applications. Our goal is to have our customers minimize risk and ensure success during this critical transformation."  

http://crmweb.ericsson.net/cn/ar0ma/5GReadiness

Microsoft Azure Expands Government Cloud

Microsoft Azure’s Government Cloud has expanded its FedRAMP Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) with the addition of five new offerings:

  • Azure Service Bus: Provides cloud-enabled communication with enterprise messaging and relayed communication to help connect applications, services, and devices. Service Bus connects applications running on Azure, on-premises systems, or both. 
  • Azure Notification Hubs: A massively scalable mobile push notification engine for quickly sending millions of notifications to iOS, Android, Windows, or Kindle devices, working with APNS (Apple Push Notification Services), GCM (Google Cloud Message), WNS (Windows Push Notification Services), MPNS (Microsoft Push Notification Service), and more.
  • Azure Site Recovery: Orchestrates replication of on-premises physical servers and virtual machines to the Azure cloud or to a secondary datacenter allowing organizations to meet BCDR (Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery) objectives.
  • Azure StorSimple: An integrated storage solution that manages storage tasks between on-premises devices and Microsoft Azure cloud storage. 
  • Azure Backup: A simple and cost-effective backup-as-a-service solution that extends tried-and-trusted tools on-premises with rich and powerful tools in the cloud. 


This brings the total number of Azure Government offerings that meet the FedRAMP High baseline to 18.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-government-cloud-expands-p-ato-scope-with-addition-of-five-new-offerings/

Lumos to Acquire Clarity for North Carolina Fiber Network

Lumos Networks, which is a fiber-based service provider in the mid-Atlantic region, agreed to acquire Clarity Communications.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Clarity operates a 730 mile fiber network with 75 on-net locations located across four states in the south-eastern United States. The vast majority of Clarity’s operations and fiber mileage is in the state of North Carolina.

Timothy G. Biltz, CEO of Lumos Networks said “Clarity, led by founders Todd Peverall and Andy Carwile, gives us an instant foothold within the Carrier and Enterprise verticals in many high growth North Carolina markets and gives us a new sales channel into various government end markets, including military installations and e-rate. Clarity will be a contributing factor in Lumos achieving the necessary scale needed to become a pure play fiber bandwidth infrastructure company.”

Lumos offers end-to-end connectivity in 24 markets in Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky. It has a fiber network of 9,204 fiber route miles and 475,507 total fiber strand miles, connecting 1,297 unique Fiber to the Cell sites, 1,642 total FTTC connections, 36 data centers, including 7 company owned co-location facilities, 1,984 on-net buildings and approximately 3,300 total on-net locations.

http://www.lumosnetworks.com

Thailand's dtac Picks Nokia for Transport + IP

dtac, part of the Telenor Group and the second largest mobile operator in Thailand, has selected Nokia's IP/Optical portfolio for delivering ultra-broadband mobile access to more than 40 percent of Thailand's population. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The number of mobile subscribers in Thailand is increasing rapidly, stimulating greater demand for advanced networks to support surging data consumption. dtac needed a core network to handle the increased data demand, but also with the open interfaces and the programmability necessary to support a migration to SDN.

Nokia's 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) and the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), will replace dtac's existing IP core routing and DWDM infrastructure. dtac is also deploying Nokia's Wavelength Routing Engine GMPLS (Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching) Control Plane at the optical layer to provide automated network operation, as well as Nokia's security gateway for dtac's LTE network.

Sebastien Laurent, head of Nokia Thailand, said: "Deploying Nokia's end-to-end IP/DWDM Core solution provides the foundation for an SDN-centric network and will allow dtac to implement on-demand services while also easing operation and maintenance demands. Deploying this technology will make dtac the first carrier in Thailand positioned to implement carrier SDN in preparation for the cloud era."

http://www.nokia.com

Brocade Supplies SDN for Fujitsu Consulting India

Brocade has supplied the SDN infrastructure supporting a new 2,000-seat Global Delivery Center (GDC) for FUJITSU CONSULTING INDIA.  The programmable network has enabled the IT consulting and integration services provider to run a highly dynamic, 24x7 GDC environment designed to meet the most stringent requirements from Fujitsu Consulting's international client base.

The deployment includes BROCADE ICX 7750 SWITCHES for the campus network core at the new Fujitsu GDC, which offer 96 wire-speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports per switch and the capability to integrate up to a dozen switches into a high-performance stack. The stack can be managed as a single device delivering up to 5.76 Tbps of aggregated stacking bandwidth. This port density has allowed Fujitsu to dedicate eight 10 GbE links to each of the BROCADE ICX 7250 STACKABLE SWITCHES, which provide wire-speed 1 GbE network access, with power-over-Ethernet to support IP phones, Wi-Fi access points, and other devices. In addition to the campus network infrastructure, Fujitsu has also deployed BROCADE VDX 6740 SWITCHES in the GDC data center. All the Brocade switches at the Fujitsu GDC fully support the OpenFlow SDN protocol.

http://www.brocade.com

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Facebook Deploys Backpack -- its 2nd Gen Data Center Switch

Facebook unveiled Backpack, its second-generation modular switch platform developed in house at Facebook for 100G data center infrastructure. It leverages Facebook's recently announced Wedge switch.

Backpack is designed with a clear separation of the data, control, and management planes. It uses simple building blocks called switch elements. The Backpack chassis is equivalent to a set of 12 Wedge 100 switches connected together. The orthogonal direct chassis architecture opens up more air channel space for a better thermal performance for managing the heat from 100G ASICs and optics.  Facebook will use the BGP routing protocol for the distribution of routes between the different line cards in the chassis.

The design has already entered production and deployment in Facebook data centers.  The company plans to submit the design to the Open Compute Project.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/864213503715814/introducing-backpack-our-second-generation-modular-open-switch/

Facebook Targets 32x100G Wedge Data Center Switch

Facebook confirmed that work is already underway on Wedge 100, a 32x100G switch for its hyperscale data centers.

Facebook is also adapting Wedge to a much bigger aggregation switch called 6-pack, which uses Wedge as its foundation and stacks 12 of these Wedges in a modular and nonblocking aggregation switch. FBOSS will be used as a software stack across the growing platform of network switches: Wedge, 6-pack, and now Wedge 100.

In an engineering blog post, Facebook said thousands of its initial Wedge top-of-rack network switch have already been deployed.  The design has been contributed to the Open Compute Project and is now commercially available from various vendors.

Facebook also revealed that its FBOSS software undergoes a weekly cadence of new features and bug fixes. Facebook is able to update thousands of switches seamlessly, without any traffic loss, to keep up with this pace.  Some new capabilities include detailed monitoring, non-stop forwarding, warm boot, etc.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/145488969140934/open-networking-advances-with-wedge-and-fboss/

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/