Wednesday, November 30, 2016

BT Names Former Ofcom Regulator as Chairman of Openreach

BT announced the appointment of Mike McTighe as the first Chairman of Openreach, BT’s local fixed network business.

McTighe is an experienced telecoms executive and regulator who spent eight years on the Board of Ofcom. He will oversee the new Openreach Board – which will operate from early 2017 – and be instrumental in selecting further independent members to join that Board.

“We promised in July to create an Openreach Board and we are delivering on that promise. I remain hopeful this significant move by BT can help to underpin a sustainable, proportionate and fair regulatory settlement that is in the interests of the whole country,” stated BT Chairman Sir Michael Rake.

http://www.btplc.com/

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

AWS re:Invent 2016 Highlights - James Hamilton

Here are some highlights of the AWS re:Invent 2016 Tuesday Night keynote with James Hamilton, VP & Distinguished Engineer, AWS.

https://live.awsevents.com/en.html

AWS continues to build at a crazy pace.. adding the data center capacity of a Fortune 500 every day.

 

AWS plans to add 4 more data center availability regions in '17


AWS now operates a 100GbE global network and has a growing interest in transoceanic cables.

Several AWS Availability Zones now exceed 300,000 servers but the benefits of building even larger is not always better.



AWS says its custom routers are "way more reliable" and flexible than commercial equivalents.


AWS' custom routers run Broadcom's Tomahawk ASICs.



AWS has pushed SDN down to the network interface card (NIC) to offload networking functions.


AWS not only builds network hardware, it's now in the silicon business too building custom chips.


AWS barebones server is optimized for power and thermal efficiency - not density inside the box.



https://live.awsevents.com/en.html

AWS Adds Tools for its Partner Ecosystem

Amazon Web Services announced three new programs to help its partners who provide solutions and expertise for specific services, workloads, and industry verticals:

  • The AWS Service Delivery Program: Identifies APN Consulting and Technology Partners that have passed technical reviews, and have a validated track record of customer success with a specific AWS service. For example, a customer planning to use Amazon Redshift can look to partners that have earned Amazon Redshift Partner status to provide tested and validated expertise or solutions. At launch, the AWS Services Delivery Program has over 150 APN Partner solutions and practices validated across 15 categories, including Amazon Alexa, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Aurora, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EMR, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, Amazon Redshift, AWS CloudFront, AWS Config, AWS Database Migration Service, AWS GovCloud (US) workloads, AWS Lambda, and AWS WAF.
  • The AWS Public Sector Partner Program: Designed for APN Partners with solutions and experience to help deliver government, education, and nonprofit customer missions around the world leveraging the AWS Cloud. With more than 350 partners at launch, the program helps qualified APN Partners build and accelerate their AWS Public Sector business.
  • The VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program: In October, VMware and AWS announced a strategic alliance to build and deliver a seamlessly integrated hybrid offering that will give customers the full software-defined data center (SDDC) experience from the leader in the private cloud, running on the world’s most popular, trusted, and robust public cloud. VMware Cloud on AWS will be delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable service that leverages AWS’s global footprint and breadth of services. Launching in 2017, the VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program will focus on supporting customers as they deploy and operate VMware Cloud on AWS.

AWS also launched two new AWS Competencies to help partners in Financial Services and Internet of Things (IoT).

“There’s never been a better time to be an APN Partner. Customers are turning to the AWS Cloud to address an increasingly broad set of needs across their organizations, which translates to business opportunities for the APN partners that help them achieve their goals,” said Dorothy Copeland, General Manager, Global Partner Programs, AWS. “This is why we continue to invest in programs that help APN Partners differentiate based on the specialized value they provide to customers. AWS Competencies and other APN distinctions help customers know that an APN Partner can deliver the right expertise, solution, or technology for the job.”

https://aws.amazon.com/partners/

Ofcom to Seek Separation of Openreach from BT

Ofcom, the official regulator for the telecom market in the UK, will seek the legal separation of Openreach from BT.  Openreach is the division of BT Group that develops and maintains the UK’s main telecoms network used by providers such as Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT’s retail business.

Ofcom said the decision follows after BT failed to offer voluntary proposals that address competition concerns. Ofcom believes BT has the incentive and ability to favour its own retail business when making strategic decisions about new network investments by Openreach. This concern arises because BT runs the national network, Openreach, as well as its own retail business.

The Ofcom proposal requires Openreach to become a distinct company with its own Board, consisting of a majority of directors who would not with BT. Ofcom is now preparing to notify the European Commission of its intention to implement these plans, requiring the legal separation of Openreach to make it more independent.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2016/update-on-plans-to-reform-openreach

Nutanix Hits $166.8 million in Quarterly Sales, up 90% YoY

Nutanix reported first quarter FY 17 revenue of $166.8 million, growing 90.1% year-over-year from $87.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.  Billings were $239.8 million, growing 86.9% year-over-year from $128.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. GAAP net loss of $162.2 million, compared with a net loss of $38.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

"The time warp between an enterprise-friendly VMware and a consumer-friendly AWS is our cloud opportunity," said Dheeraj Pandey, chairman and CEO of Nutanix. "Our first quarter results are reflective of the strength of our thesis on how enterprise computing will morph in the coming three to five years."

Nutanix ended the first quarter of fiscal 2017 with a total of 4,473 end-customers, adding a total of 705 end-customers during the quarter. Cumulative end-customers with lifetime bookings over $1 million grew to 256 in the quarter.

http://www.nutanix.com

Alibaba Invests in Israel's InfinityAR Start-up

Infinity Augmented Reality, a start-up based in Israel, announced US$18 million in Series C funding for its software-based Augmented Reality engine.

The round was led by the Alibaba Group, the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume, with participation from InfinityAR’s existing Series B investor, SUN CORPORATION, a large Japanese public company.

“This is about so much more than the funds raised - it is about the strategic partnership,” said Motti Kushnir, CEO of InfinityAR. “With Alibaba’s endorsement, InfinityAR will further cement itself as a leading developer in the augmented reality space. We are very excited to partner with one of the world’s leading companies.”

InfinityAR has pioneered its solution for augmented reality headsets by using standard, off the shelf, mobile cameras and IMU to efficiently map the environment while also enabling Inside-Out Marker-less Orientation and Positional Tracking (SLAM) for the augmented reality world.

http://www.infinityar.com/

Monday, November 28, 2016

Riverbed Teams with Verizon on AWS Direct Connect Bundle

Riverbed Technology is joining forces with Verizon Enterprise Solutions to deliver an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect Bundle solution to support hybrid architecture deployments.

The AWS Direct Connect Bundle combines Riverbed’s SteelHead WAN optimization solution, Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect and Virtual Network Services solutions, and AWS Direct Connect solution into a single offering.

Verizon’s Virtual Network Services (VNS) and Secure Cloud Interconnect solution enable enterprise customers to leverage universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) to provide managed connectivity to their employees over a secure, efficient and high performance network.

Riverbed’s SteelHead WAN optimization is implemented as a virtual network function (VNF) within Verizon’s VNS and Secure Cloud Interconnect environments.

“Riverbed has a long history of teaming with service providers such as Verizon to provide highly-scalable networking solutions for our joint enterprise customers,” said Phil Harris, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Segment Vertical and Strategy at Riverbed. “Working with cloud services providers like AWS is a natural extension of these solutions and meets the needs of today’s hybrid networking environments, allowing businesses to support their digital transformation initiatives.”

“With this offering, Verizon and Riverbed are furthering their collaboration to deliver joint solutions that businesses require to realize the full potential of digital transformation through better cost economics, agility and flexibility,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of networking and innovation, Verizon. “With our new solution set, enterprises will be able to balance agility, performance, cost and security necessitated by the growth of mobile-to-cloud applications and the Internet of Things.”

https://aws.amazon.com/directconnect/directconnectbundles/
http://www.verizon.com

CoreSite Data Centers Achieve AWS Advanced Technology Partner Status

CoreSite Realty achieved Advanced Technology Partner status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN).

CoreSite said it is one of the first data center providers to achieve this designation from AWS.

AWS Direct Connect is now directly available in four CoreSite markets with deployments in Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia. Additionally, access to AWS Direct Connect is available in five major markets through CoreSite's Open Cloud Exchange.

AWS Direct Connect provides a dedicated network connection between an Enterprise's network and an AWS Direct Connect location.

http://www.CoreSite.com

Trend Micro to Offer Deep Security as a Service on AWS

Trend Micro Deep Security is now available as a Service on AWS Marketplace, enabling organizations to combine the benefits of security software-as-a-service (SaaS) with the convenience of consolidated payments through their Amazon Web Services (AWS) bill.

The PCI level 1 certified Deep Security service provides per-hour pricing for added protection of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances.

http://www.trendmicro.com/aws

Ericsson Releases Verified Network Functions Virtualization infrastructure (NFVi)

Ericsson released its verified Network Functions Virtualization infrastructure (NFVi) solution including transformation service offering and multivendor capabilities.

Ericsson's modular NFVi solution consists of pre-integrated hardware (Ericsson's Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 (HDS 8000) and Blade Server Platform (BSP8000), Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment, Ericsson Cloud Manager, Ericsson Cloud SDN and consulting, system integration and support services.

"Ericsson's NFVi solution is an important step on our journey to building the infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things. By offering a flexible, pre-integrated and verified open system platform, we can provide our customers with several different deployment options ranging all the way from full decoupling of NFV components to full stack solution deployment. This provides a shorter time to market, with increased speed, agility and efficiency for our customers deploying new services," stated Susan James, Head of Product Line NFV Infrastructure.

Ericsson noted that it has already announced various NFV contracts with a host of tier 1 operators around the world, including Telstra, Swisscom, Telefonica, Digicel and SoftBank, and was the first vendor with live commercial deployments of NFV.

https://www.ericsson.com/thecompany/press/releases/2016/11/2058781
https://www.ericsson.com/networks/offerings/nfvi


Silexica Raises $8 Million for Multicore Software Automation

Silexica, a start-up based in Köln, Germany, announced $8 million in Series A funding for its multicore software design automation addressing complex, multicore platforms.

Silexica's SLX Mapper and SLX Generator tools deliver fully automated mapping of software tasks and processes onto multicore platforms, optimized for throughput, latency, or power. They leverage native programming toolchains via a source-to-source translation approach to automatically generate architecture aware and middleware-specific C codes. The company's SLX Explorer tool guides the selection of the best target hardware by providing insights into software performance/power prediction of the target application. Its SLX Parallelizer tool helps customers migrate legacy C, C++ applications into the multicore world giving deep insights into parallelization possibilities based on the target platform. The company said companies like Huawei and Fujitsu are already using the solution.

The funding was led by Merus Capital with participation from new investor Paua Ventures as well as current investors Seed Fonds Aachen and DSA Invest.

"It's clear that as Dennard's Scaling Law breaks down, the computing industry must embrace heterogeneous and specialized multicore designs. To fully exploit this change requires a wholesale shift to concurrent software development and design automation. Silexica's unique technology enables software and hardware designers and developers to maximize utilization, optimize for various design goals and to deal with issues of 'dark silicon' and other upcoming challenges of the multicore era," said Salman Ullah, Managing Director of Merus Capital, a leading Silicon Valley venture fund focused on early stage enterprise companies. He added that, "Silexica is a perfect reflection of Merus Capital's strategy, investing in real software solving real problems."

http://www.silexica.com

Rackspace to Open Data Center in Frankfurt

Rackspace announced plans to open a new data center in Germany to provide customers with a new option for managed IT infrastructure in the face of strict personal data protection laws across Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) territory.

The facility will serve customers who seek managed private clouds and hosting environments, with a focus on fully managed VMware environments.

Rackspace said it will be working with one of its long-standing partners to build out the infrastructure of the new operation, which is expected to be fully operational in mid-2017.
With the addition of the data centre in Frankfurt, Rackspace will operate 12 data centres worldwide, including in London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Dallas, Chicago and Ashburn (near Washington, D.C.).

http://www.rackspace.com

Rackspace to go Private in $4.3 Billion Buyout

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) announced plans to go private in a buyout led by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management.

Under the deal, Rackspace will be acquired for $32.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of 38% compared to Rackspace's unaffected closing stock price on August 3, 2016, the last trading day prior to news reports speculating about a potential transaction. In connection with the transaction, funds managed by Searchlight Capital Partners will make a strategic equity investment in the acquired company. The transaction has a total value of $4.3 billion, which includes the assumption of $43 million of net cash.

Taylor Rhodes, president and CEO of Rackspace, said, "We are presented with a significant opportunity today as mainstream companies move their computing out of corporate data centers and into multi-cloud models. Apollo and its partners take a patient, value-oriented approach to their funds' investments, and value Rackspace's strategy and unique culture. This is an exciting transaction for Rackspace and we look forward to working closely together."

Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Rackspace and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation is acting as its legal advisor.

http://www.rackspace.com

  • Rackspace, which was founded in 1998 in San Antonio, provides businesses with expertise and exceptional customer service for the world's leading cloud platforms, including AWS, Microsoft, and OpenStack (the open-source cloud platform that Rackspace co-founded in 2010, along with NASA). Rackspace has been publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 2008. The company reported 2015 revenue of $2.0 billion.
  • Rackspace collaborated with NASA to develop OpenStack in 2010.

Wireless Broadband Alliance Looks at Connected Cities Initiatives

The Wireless Broadband Alliance has always been focused on the customer experience. In this 1-minute video, Chris Bruce, co-Chair of the WBA, talks about next-gen hotspots, a new Connected Cities Advisory Board to look at using WiFi, low-power radio and cellular to help collect data for public services and deliver low-cost access to citizens.

See video: https://youtu.be/YnmNG5rIBIk


CERN Picks T-Systems and Huawei for European Science Cloud

T-Systems has been awarded a €5.3 million contract for a joint Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP), led by CERN, that covers the design, prototyping and pilot phase of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud. Huawei was named as technology partner. Three other consortia were also selected.

The contract covers the establishment of a European hybrid cloud platform that will support high-performance, data-intensive scientific use-cases sponsored by 10 of Europe’s leading public research organizations and co-funded by the European Commission.

CERN is operating one of the world's largest OpenStack private clouds with more than 7,000 servers and 190,000 cores.

T-Systems said that as more and more research organizations start to use cloud services, demand is growing for dynamic capacity that can be transparently activated in a hybrid cloud. Open Telecom Telekom Cloud, operated by T-Systems and supported by Huawei, is based on the OpenStack open source architecture and facilitates the management and migration of data and resources between private and public clouds.

As part of an earlier procurement in 2016, CERN and T-Systems evaluated the capabilities of the Open Telekom Cloud in a 3-months pilot. “Following the extensive tests, it has become apparent, that Open Telekom Cloud can support the high-performance and data-intensive workloads required”, summarizes Andreas Falkner, Vice President Open Telekom Cloud from T-Systems.

Next to CERN following research organizations plan to make use of the European Hybrid Cloud:

  • Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Italy
  • Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Germany
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, (CNRS), France
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany
  • SURFsara, Netherlands
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany
  • Institut de Física d’Altes Energies (IFAE), Spain
  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France

https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/enterprise-solutions/t-systems-select-to-establish-an-european-science-cloud-444488

http://www.hnscicloud.eu/

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Deutsche Telekom and Huawei Demo 5G Network Slicing

Deutsche Telekom and Huawei demonstrated autonomous, real-time, dynamic end-to-end slicing of a 5G Radio Access network (RAN), data center facilities and the interconnecting transmission network.

The demo, which was conducted in Deutsche Telekom’s 5G:haus lab in Bonn, Germany, showed how different network slices can be created automatically in an optimized way on a shared RAN, Core and transport network. This allows slices creation in sub-minute time while ensuring an efficient and intelligent allocation and re-allocation of resources as required for each individual slice.

DT said the bandwidth-based transport network slicing utilized TSDN controllers and the underlying DWDM nodes. The tests validated real-time dynamic adjustments of network slices on very fine spectral granularity, signal process and protocol stack.
F-OFDM air interface technology providess the spectral granularity and also permits efficient co-existence and isolation of all 5G New Radio (5G NR) slices. The end-to-end network slicing automation was based on Service Oriented Network Auto Creation (SONAC), which uses software-defined topology (SDT), software defined protocol (SDP) and software-defined resource allocation (SDRA) to ensure the automatic implementation of slice management, service deployment, resource scheduling, and fault recovery based strictly on a detailed and thorough network data analysis.

"Network Slicing is envisaged for 5G to provide differentiated connectivity quickly and efficiently for the diverse future applications that our customers will demand. With automated network slicing, the development of highly flexible end-to-end network slicing becomes more complete,” said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Chief Technology Officer, Deutsche Telekom.

“Huawei has made significant key 5G technologies. This additional breakthrough on E2E network slicing automation is a great contribution to the 5G industry of the future and helps to bring the vision of 5G slicing closer to reality for our customers,”said Dr. Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow, CTO, Huawei Wireless.

https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/5g-autonomous-network-slicing-demonstrated-444778

Whitepaper: Network Slicing Holds Major Promise in Optimizing 5G Networks

A new 35-page whitepaper titled "Network Slicing for 5G Networks and Services" has just been published by 5G Americas, an industry trade association. Co-leaders of the white paper working group are Rao Yallapragada and Clara Li of Intel as well as Sabareesan Soundarapandian of Ericsson.

Network slicing, in its simplest description, is the ability to tailor a set of functions to optimize use of the network for each mobile device; it is considered to be key for meeting 5G's diverse use cases and requirements, including future-proof scalability and flexibility.

5G systems will be built to enable logical network slices, which will allow operators to provide networks on an as-a-service basis and meet the wide range of use cases that next generation networks in the 2020 timeframe will demand.

"As we progress towards developing 5G technology, cellular systems are expected to enable a transformation that will touch business, governments and people to enable them with new and diverse capabilities," stated Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas.

"Network slicing makes possible the creation of virtual networks using one common network infrastructure," explained Rao Yallapragada, Director, Intel and co-leader of the white paper. "The implementation of network slicing will provide an end-to-end solution for flexible infrastructure optimized to address future use cases with diverse requirements such as speed, connection, battery life, latency and cost. Including both the core and radio access networks, each slice can be configured with its own network architecture, engineering mechanism and network provisioning."

Chris Pearson remarked, "It is not expected that 5G will arrive as a single 'Big Bang'. Significant progress is already being made on networking technology through the standards bodies and network slicing will play a big role in optimizing 5G networks."

The whitepaper is available for free download on the 5G Americas website.

http://www.5gamericas.org/files/3214/7975/0104/5G_Americas_Network_Slicing_11.21_Final.pdf

fon: What's Next for Carrier WiFi?

What's next for Carrier WiFi? fon, which operates a global WiFi network that provides access to millions of hotspots, expects that Carrier WiFi will satisfy a number of new use cases including IoT, says Enrique Farfán, Ph.D., COO of Fon Solutions.

See video: https://youtu.be/3w8GyCCWkMM



Boingo's Derek Peterson: There's Never a MHz You Don't Love

Derek Peterson, CTO of Boingo, provides a quick update on the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), including the policy workgroup with is evaluating spectrum opportunities, such as 3.5 GHz, millimeter wave, 60 GHz, etc.

See video: https://youtu.be/qsfFEmv8wKA


Global Cloud Xchange Announces 100G Rollout in India

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM), announced 100G interconnection of facilities across seven capital cities in India, while providing connectivity between the international gateways in Chennai and Mumbai.

The new network will interconnect with RCOM’s established network of data centers, connected by India's largest terrestrial fiber network which connects seamlessly into GCX’s global subsea infrastructure.

“Chennai and Mumbai are both powerhouse cities and gateways for the major tech and financial institutions doing business across the Indian sub-continent,” said Bill Barney, Co-CEO, Reliance Communications and Chairman & CEO, GCX. “The new Cumulous Network will complement our digital backbone as we complete deployment of our Cloud infrastructure across India.”

“The new Cumulous Network will be a vital backbone to meet soaring demands of new applications such as the company’s new initiatives in the Internet of Things, the deployment of Cloud infrastructure as well as the continued expansion of enterprise franchise in India,” said Wilfred Kwan, Chief Operation Officer, Reliance Communications (Enterprise) and GCX.

This announcement comes after the company announced a massive deleveraging of its assets through a wireless merger with Aircel, a tower divestment with Brookfield and most recently the sale of its Yipes business in North America.

http://www.globalcloudxchange.com
http://www.rcom.co.in

The Inspur-Cisco Joint Venture Gets Underway

Cisco and Inspur officially launched their joint venture company at an inauguration ceremony earlier this month attended by Shandong Governor Guo Shuqing, Inspur Chairman & CEO Sun Pishu, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, and Cisco Greater China’s Chairman & CEO Owen Chan.

Inspur - Cisco Networking Technology Co. Ltd., which is led by Zhang Haitao, GM, will develop and manufacture a range of products potentially including high-end products meeting the needs of customers based on the advanced and well-positioned technologies of both Cisco and Inspur. The company

The headquarters of the joint-venture company will be located in Jinan, Shandong, with Inspur having a 51 percent ownership in the joint venture and Cisco 49 percent. The amount of registered capital is US$100 million.

The companies said their collaboration will enrich Inspur’s data center portfolio and improve Inspur’s ability to build complete cloud data centers, and will become an important addition to Cisco’s operations in China.

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=press-release&articleId=1805023
http://www.inspur.com