Monday, November 14, 2016

Facebook Expands Fort Worth Data Center to Five Buildings

Facebook revealed plans to expand its data center in Fort Worth, Texas from one building to five buildings on the same campus.

Construction on the first building is nearing completion. Facebook is now rolling racks of servers into the new building.

The facility will be powered by 100% renewable energy, thanks to the more than 200 MW of new wind power that we worked with Citigroup Energy, Alterra Power Corporation, and Starwood Energy Group to bring to the Texas grid.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/fort-worth-data-center/expanding-our-fort-worth-data-center-to-five-buildings/1187767507983650

SC16 Opens in Salt Lake City

SC16, annual super computing confernce is underway this week, November 13-18, in Salt Lake City with with more than 12,000 conference exhibitors and attendees expected.

SCinet, the high-performance, experimental network built specifically for the conference, will deliver more than 5 Tbps of internal network bandwidth.

The Utah Education Network (UEN) and CenturyLink are partnering wtih SCinet to enable tens of 100 Gbps Ethernet circuits to bring 3.15 Tbps of Wide Area Network bandwidth to the convention center. UEN guides this collaboration with national and international research & education networks and commodity Internet providers.

For SC16, the SCinet team used more than $32 million in vendor-provided equipment and services. They also installed 56 miles of fiber optic cable and 200+ wireless access points that can support more than 10,000 simultaneous users on the conference wifi. The wireless network supports eduroam, the worldwide education roaming service, which allows anyone from participating institutions to securely access the protected wireless network using their home organization’s login credentials.

“SCinet is more than hardware and software; its unprecedented scale is achieved by volunteers and vendors from around the world,” said Corby Schmitz, SCinet chair and manager of network communications operations and support at the Argonne National Laboratory. “SCinet hardware is supplied by vendors, and then volunteers collaborate to design a network architecture that exists nowhere else in the world.”

Platinum vendor contributors: CenturyLink, Ciena, Cisco, Coriant, Corsa, ESnet, Infinera, Internet2, Juniper, Zayo
Gold vendor contributors: Arista, Brocade Communication Systems, UEN/CloudLab
Silver vendor contributors: ADVA, ECI Telecom, Gigamon, InMon, Ixia, Metaflow, Nokia, Reservoir, Spirent, Splunk, Viavi
Bronze vendor contributors: Cablexpress, Commscope, Leverage, Palo Alto, Puppet Labs, RedSeal

http://www.supercomputing.org

MEF16: Accedian's Greg Spear on Performance Monitoring



Accedian Networks' Greg Spear describes the Proof-of-Concept focused on ensuring customer quality of experience for advanced network services.

The Carrier Ethernet demonstration, which was conducted at MEF16 in Baltimore with CenturyLink, focused on test & turn-up as well as performance monitoring at Layer 2 and Layer 3.

See video: https://youtu.be/LUhxWYjx0LE


MEF16 - Colt's Mike Kopp on 100G Rollouts


Colt is excited about the 100G connectivity it is now able to deliver in some 200 data centers internationally, says Mike Kopp, VP of Channel Sales.  Delivering 100G capacity enables customers to scale up their cloud connectivity as required.

See video: https://youtu.be/_GwaqtEeZ-4

IEEE Approves 802.3bz-2016 for 2.5 Gbps and 5.0 Gbps

IEEE has approved and published 802.3bz™-2016 - Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 2.5 Gb/s and 5 Gb/s Operation.

The starndard supports Ethernet over structured twisted pair wiring beyond the 1 Gbps capability provided by the IEEE 802.3ab standard (1000BASE-T). It defines Ethernet Media Access Control (MAC) parameters, physical layer specifications, and management objects for the transfer of Ethernet format frames at 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps.

"The development team for IEEE 802.3bz-2016 has done a commendable job and responded quickly to a market demand that represents a huge cost savings for enterprises by allowing them to improve their network performance over existing cabling," said David Chalupsky, chair, IEEE 802.3bz 2.5G/5GBASE-T Task Force. “This project is yet another example of how IEEE 802.3 Standards development is quickly adapting to the changing needs of the Ethernet user community and playing a significant role in driving the Ethernet ecosystem forward.”

http://standards.ieee.org

High-Speed Rail and CENIC Join Forces

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the Corporation for Education Networking Initiatives in California (CENIC) announced a partnership to expand the availability and accessibility of high-capacity broadband to communities and institutions throughout California.

As a part of the high-speed rail system corridor, the Authority and CENIC will create an ultra-fast broadband network, connecting into CENIC’s statewide research and education network, as well as to other public and private sector broadband networks.

The Authority and CENIC will jointly develop a strategic plan that will include network design, deployment, economics, operation and management. Furthermore, the Authority and CENIC will engage parties from private, public, and governmental sectors in the planning process to effectively serve this diverse region.

“This new network will provide needed connectivity for communities located near the high-speed rail system starting in the Central Valley,” said Authority Chief Executive Officer Jeff Morales. “This partnership and new network will advance economic development and public benefit, while generating ancillary revenue for the high-speed rail program,” said Morales.

http://hsr.ca.gov/docs/about/partnerships/mou/Cenic_MOU_2016.pdf
http://www.cenic.org

Couchbase Powers Verizon Labs’ Next-Generation Enterprise IoT Platform

Couchbase announced that its NoSQL document-oriented database supports device management capabilities for millions of connected enterprise devices on Verizon Labs’ IoT platform.

The company said its technology was selected to support Verizon’s IoT platform because of its scale of deployment, flexible schema and ease-of-use.  The database enables enterprises to scale quickly to support billions of connected devices and to achieve sub-milliseconds latency lookup.

“Customer experience is the new competitive battlefield for IoT developers and providers,” wrote Bhavish Sood, research director at Gartner, et al. “The convergence of IoT and a data-driven approach toward customer experience allows enterprises to use sensor data in real time to offer greater personalization for products and services. It is the data generated by devices; collected at endpoints, gateways and in the cloud; and consumed in analytic applications that will enable enterprises to derive value from participating in IoT.”1

“The future of enterprise success in the Digital Economy will rely heavily on data management as enterprises’ mission-critical applications and devices become increasingly more connected,” said Bob Wiederhold, Couchbase CEO. “Couchbase is enabling some of the world’s most innovative enterprises to harness Verizon’s IoT network data in meaningful ways and to inform important business decisions vital for lasting success.”

http://www.couchbase.com/connect

Viptela and LiveAction Develop Visibility Solution for SD-WAN

Viptela and LiveAction announced a joint solution for network visibility for SD-WAN deployment planning, operation and service assurance.

The Viptela SEN (Secure Extensible Network) platform allows organizations to “mix and match” private and public IP connections such as MPLS, wireless LTE/4G, broadband and Ethernet to meet application requirements based on geographic location, bandwidth and whether they are based in the branch office, campus, data center or cloud.

LiveAction's LiveNX is a visualization and analytics engine that can ingest any form of network generated metadata including flow, SNMP and IPFIX to qualify SD-WAN Return-On-Investment (ROI) by monitoring application traffic on an end-to-end basis in real time and retrospectively to identify changes associated with network problems.

The companies highlighted the following capabilities of the Viptela-LiveAction solution:

Planning: Select pilot sites when planning SD-WAN deployments, identify unsanctioned applications and end users, and establish network utilization baselines which are used for right-sizing

Deployment: Use LiveNX real-time visualization to verify Viptela SEN policies and assure services are not impacted in the event of brownouts or abnormal events

Management: Monitor bandwidth and visualize path control so network administrators can manage performance and mitigate problems before they affect users. Use reporting on business applications to manage and optimize voice and video communications. Easily visualize issues and fix with the click of a mouse.

http://www.liveaction.com
http://viptela.com


“Our ability to raise this level of financing, while many technology vendors are struggling to raise capital or experiencing ‘down rounds’ is a testament to our team, technology and execution,” said Amir Khan, CEO of Viptela. “These funds will enable us to add the resources to expand into new geographies, extend our lead in this hyper-growth sector and capture a lion’s share of th

UNH-IOL Launches Three Time Sensitive Networking Consortiums

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) has launched three industry-specific time sensitive networking (TSN) consortiums – Automotive Networking, Industrial Networking, and ProAV Networking - designed to provide deterministic performance within standard Ethernet for real-time, mission critical applications.

UNH-IOL will provide high quality test plans, tools, and test beds for the consortiums.

TSN standards enable deterministic real-time communication over Ethernet, allowing solutions to be built to provide extremely precise, predictable timing across the network. By adding features to Ethernet such as time synchronization, ingress policing, seamless redundancy, frame preemption, scheduled traffic, and stream reservation, TSN ensures mission-critical, time sensitive data is not held up on the network, promoting an interoperable ecosystem spanning across many industries.

“Standards-based precise time, guaranteed bandwidth, and guaranteed worst-case latency in a converged Ethernet network is a game-changer to many industries,” said Bob Noseworthy, Chief Engineer, UNH-IOL. “Through UNH-IOL’s industry-specific TSN consortiums, companies can be at the forefront and drive the technology forward by validating their solutions with a full suite of testing services, which will allow applications such as self-driving cars and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to take off.”

https://www.iol.unh.edu/

O3b Delivers 7 Gbps of Connectivity Across Africa

Since launching commercial service in September 2014, O3b Networks has brought up more than 18 African customers in Chad, Somalia, Madagascar, DRC, Congo, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, and Angola. The company said these customers have contracted over 7Gbps of internet capacity, supplementing existing satellite links from GEO systems and, in many cases, fiber connections with limited reliability.

O3b is a satellite-based global network, but the company’s satellites are much closer to the earth than geostationary (GEO) satellites, reducing latency, increasing internet speed and improving voice and video quality. Internet and mobile data performance over the network rivals the throughput and latency of long-haul fiber, while avoiding the high costs of laying fiber cables across difficult terrain.

http://www.o3bnetworks.com/news-and-media/blog/

Zayo Adds M. Catherine Morris to Board

Zayo Group Holdings announced that M. Catherine (Cathy) Morris was elected to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Morris is the chief strategy officer of Arrow Electronics, leading its strategic initiatives, including global merger and acquisition activity. During her 20-year tenure at Arrow, she has held progressively senior roles in computing solutions, finance and corporate development. She joined Arrow in 1994 through its acquisition of Anthem Electronics, where she was vice president of finance and corporate controller. Prior to Arrow, Morris held various financial leadership roles in the banking and manufacturing industries.

http://www.zayo.com

Sunday, November 13, 2016

MEF16: Verizon's Greg Harris Updates on Advanced Services

Buzz words from 2-years ago, such as lifecycle service orchestration (LSO), software defined networking (SDN),  and network functions virtualization (NFV), have become actual deployments, says Verizon's Greg Harris, speaking at MEF16 in Baltimore.

Verizon views its network as the foundation for a range of new services. 




MEF16: AT&T's Josh Goodell Updates Network on Demand Progress

Josh Goodell provides a quick update on AT&T Network on Demand at this year's MEF16 in Baltimore. Customers are looking for agility, control and simplicity. Over the past year, the Network on Demand platform has grown to about 1,300 customers and expanded beyond Switched Ethernet service to include AT&T Dedicated Internet on Demand and now AT&T FlexWare service, which delivers and manages virtual network functions (VNFs) on a single device.

Josh Goodell provides a quick update on AT&T Network on Demand at this year's MEF16 in Baltimore.  Customers are looking for agility, control and simplicity.

Over the past year, the Network on Demand platform has grown to about 1,300 customers and expanded beyond Switched Ethernet service to include AT&T Dedicated Internet on Demand and now AT&T FlexWare service, which delivers and manages virtual network functions (VNFs) on a single device.

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


MEF16: Level 3's Adam Saenger on Geographic and Service Expansion



Adam Saenger highlights the geographic expansion and new capabilities of Level 3's advances services portfolio this year. Visibility and flexibility are key differentiators.

See video: https://youtu.be/vyd1-CBBJtc



MEF16: CenturyLink's Drew Flechsig



Drew Flechsig talks about service assurance and the customer experience at CenturyLink, including a proof-of-concept conducted at MEF16 in Baltimore with Accedian Networks for a performance monitoring overlay solution.

See video:  https://youtu.be/SWHfVlgj7H0


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Cisco: Cloud Traffic to Nearly Quadruple by 2020

Cloud traffic is expected to rise 3.7-fold, up from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020, according to the newly-released sixth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index (2015-2020).

“In the six years of this study, cloud computing has advanced from an emerging technology to an essential scalable and flexible part of architecture for service providers of all types around the globe,” said Doug Webster, Vice President of Service Provider Marketing, Cisco. “Powered by video, IoT, SDN/NFV and more, we forecast this significant cloud migration and the increased amount of network traffic generated as a result to continue at a rapid rate as operators streamline infrastructures to help them more profitably deliver IP-based services businesses and consumers alike.”

Some highlights:

  • Business workloads will grow by 2.4 fold from 2015 to 2020 but their overall share of data center workloads will decrease from 79 to 72 percent.
  • Consumer workloads, while smaller in number, are growing faster. During the same time, consumer workloads will grow faster by 3.5 fold.
  • By 2020, consumer workloads will account for 28 percent (134.3 million) of total data center workloads, compared to 21 percent (38.6 million) in 2015.
  • By 2020, database/analytics/Internet of Things (IoT) workloads will account for 22 percent of total business workloads, compared to 20 percent in 2015.
  • Video and social networking will lead the increase in consumer workloads, each respectively grows their percentage significantly.
  • By 2020: video streaming workloads will account for 34 percent of total consumer workloads, compared to 29 percent in 2015; social networking workloads will account for 24 percent of total consumer workloads, compared to 20 percent in 2015; search workloads will account for 15 percent of total consumer workloads, compared to 17 percent in 2015.
  • Hyperscale data centers will grow from 259 in 2015 to 485 by 2020. 
  • Hyperscale data center traffic is projected to quintuple over the next five years. These infrastructures will account for 47 percent of total data center installed servers and support 53 percent of all data center traffic by 2020.
  • By 2020, cloud data center traffic will reach 14.1 ZB per year, up from 3.9 ZB per year in 2015. 
  • By 2020, traditional data center traffic will reach 1.3 ZB per year, up from 827 exabytes (EB) per year in 2015.
  • By 2020, 92 percent of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers; 8 percent will be processed by traditional data centers.
  • Workload density (workloads per physical server) for cloud data centers was 7.3 in 2015 and will grow to 11.9 by 2020. Comparatively, for traditional data centers, workload density was 2.2 in 2015 and will grow modestly to 3.5 by 2020.
  • By 2020, 68 percent (298 million) of the cloud workloads will be in public cloud data centers, up from 49 percent (66.3 million) in 2015 (35 percent CAGR 2015-2020).
  • By 2020, 32 percent (142 million) of the cloud workloads will be in private cloud data centers, down from 51 percent (69.7 million) in 2015 (15 percent CAGR 2015-2020).
  • By 2020, 59 percent (2.3 billion users) of the consumer Internet population will use personal cloud storage up from 47 percent (1.3 billion users) in 2015.
  • By 2020, consumer cloud storage traffic per user will be 1.7 GB per month, compared to 513 MB per month in 2015.
  • Data center storage capacity is increasing to accommodate the migration of consumer data from devices to the cloud.
  • By 2020, data center storage installed capacity will grow to 1.8 ZB up from 382 EB in 2015, nearly a 5-fold growth.
  • By 2020, the total global installed data storage capacity in cloud data centers will account for 88 percent share of total DC storage capacity up from 64.9 percent in 2015.
  • 6. Big data will drive overall growth in stored data.
  • Globally, the data stored in data centers will quintuple by 2020 to reach 915 EB by 2020, up 5.3-fold (a CAGR of 40 percent) from 171 EB in 2015.
  • Big data will reach 247 EB by 2020, up almost 10-fold from 25 EB in 2015. Big data alone will represent 27 percent of data stored in data centers by 2020, up from 15 percent in 2015.

http://www.cisco.com

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

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