Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mellanox NPS-400 Processor Deliver 400 Gbps

Mellanox Technologies reported unprecedented packet processing performance of its NPS-400 Network Processor when using its newly released Deep Packet Inspection and Stateful Packet Processing software libraries.

Mellanox said these new software libraries, coupled with the hardware acceleration capabilities of the NPS-400, enable Deep Packet Inspection processing for application recognition at record breaking processing rates of up to 400Gbps, in conjunction with handling of 100 million flows with an average packet size of 400 bytes.

These processing capabilities could be used for Intrusion Detection Systems and Intrusion Prevention Systems and to accelerate processing capabilities for switch routers.

“Qosmos is very excited to collaborate with Mellanox providing a record breaking performance of Stateful Packet Processing and Deep Packet Inspection at 400Gb/s on the Mellanox NPS-400 solution,” said Thibaut Bechetoille, CEO of Qosmos. “Deep Packet Inspection drives L7 applications intelligence in the network and we expect further deployment of L7 services at more and more places in the network.”

http://www.mellanox.com/

Google to Reach 100% Renewable Target in 2017

Google expects to be using 100% renewable energy for its global operations, including data centers and offices, during 2017.

With current purchase commitments reaching 2.6 gigawatts of wind and solar energu, Google now ranks as the world's largest corporate buyer of renewable power.

Google's newly-published, 72-page Environmental Report is here:

https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en//green/pdf/google-2016-environmental-report.pdf

Spark New Zealand Installs 200G Wavelength with Nokia PSS 1830

Spark, New Zealand's leading communications service provider, has deployed the country's first 200G per wavelength production fiber link using Nokia's PSS1830 Optical Transport Network (OTN).

Spark's new 200Gbps network link connects its core network with the global gateway, and enables the service provider stay ahead of the data demand curve for both residential and enterprise customers.

Nokia said it has now shipped its 200G solution to more than 88 customers worldwide.

"Like many operators, Spark has faced relentless growth in bandwidth demand, largely driven by an increase in video streaming by business and consumer users. By taking a flexible approach to this challenge with New Zealand's first 200Gbps fiber link, together with Nokia, Spark is well placed to meet continued demand growth while meeting existing user expectations," stated Ray Owen, head of Oceania at Nokia.

http://www.nokia.com

Telia and Ericsson Hit 2.2 GBps with Microwave hop in Oslo

Ericsson and Telia achieved a throughput of 2.2 Gbps over a microwave hop on the carrier's live network in Oslo, Norway. The test was performed in a 112MHz channel utilizing 4096QAM in a 2+0 XPIC configuration in the 38GHz frequency band.

Ericsson was recently chosen by Telia as a single supplier of Microwave Radio equipment nationwide for Telia Norway. The new agreement is based on Ericsson’s MINI-LINK microwave portfolio, including the latest MINI-LINK 6600 series.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Predictions 2017: VMware's Lee Caswell on Virtualized Storage

What's new with storage? For many networking industry insiders, storage has been a sleepy area for the past decade or so.  Not anymore, says Lee Caswell, VP of Storage and Availability Products at VMware.

Flash technology, combined with hyper-converged software, are now putting stress on networks. Its now the fastest growing product inside VMware. Here's a perspective for 2017.

See video: https://youtu.be/pxpnqiJYO-E



AT&T Delivers 5G to Intel's Austin Office

AT&T has initiated its first customer trial of 5G service.  The carrier is now delivering a 5G connection to Intel's office in Austin, Texas, using using millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum and equipment from Ericsson.

AT&T said the connection delivers more than 1 Gbps of bandwidth for testing multiple, enterprise proof-of-concept use cases, including Internet access, VPN, Unified Communications applications and 4K video streams.

“This trial is a significant step forward. We’re leaving the lab and heading into the field with a real-world business customer,” said Rick Hubbard, senior vice president – Networking Product Management, AT&T. “We expect mmWave technology to be an important part of 5G. The trial will help accelerate our 5G work by shedding new light on how the technology acts in a business environment.”

http://about.att.com/story/att_launches_first_5g_business_customer_trial_with_intel_and_ericsson.html

AT&T Prices 1 Gbps Service in Chicago area at $70 per Month

AT&T is now offering a 1 Gbps Internet service over its 100% fiber network in the Chicagoland area for $70 a month.  AT&T Internet 100 is also available on the network for $60 a month.

AT&T said its 100% fiber Internet service has spread quickly across Chicagoland since launching in April 2015. The carrier now offers the served to over 150,000 customer locations in the Chicago area.

“This is an aggressive offer. Our enhanced price for the area comes at a time when other providers are doubling the price of their service or failing to meet their commitment to connect Chicago,” said Cheryl Choy, vice president, data and voice products at AT&T.

http://www.att.com

Yahoo! JAPAN Interconnects Data Centers with Infinera Cloud Xpress

Yahoo! JAPAN, one of the largest portal sites in Japan, has deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress to interconnect its data centers in Osaka. Yahoo! JAPAN also uses the Infinera XTM Series in its metro networks.

Infinera partner ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation provides Yahoo! JAPAN information technology solutions and data center maintenance services.

Infinera's Cloud Xpress leverages the company's photonic integrated circuit technology to deliver a 500 Gb/s super-channel over 150km km without additional multiplexers and amplifiers. The Cloud Xpress incorporates Infinera’s Instant Bandwidth technology to allow customers to software-activate line-side bandwidth in 100 Gb/s increments as and when needed, closely matching their end-customer demands. In addition, the Cloud Xpress is designed for plug-and-play installation with simplified provisioning and support for data center automation using open software defined networking (SDN) application programming interfaces (APIs).

“Yahoo! JAPAN's deployment of the Cloud Xpress is made possible by the collaboration of our partner ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation, offering its customers the best solutions for data center interconnect as DCI applications become more pervasive across the globe,” said Andrew Bond-Webster, Vice President, Regional Sales APAC at Infinera. “The compact design, ease of use and scalability of Cloud Xpress and the XTM Series stand out in metro data center interconnect applications where data center operators need to grow capacity rapidly while minimizing the cost of space and power.”

https://www.infinera.com/yahoo_japan_deploys_infinera_cloud_xpress_for_data_center_interconnect

Infinera Debuts Cloud Xpress 2 for Data Center Interconnect


Infinera introduced its second generation Cloud Xpress platform for scalable 100 gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) data center interconnect (DCI) over multi-terabit optical links. The platform is aimed at connecting cloud data centers, which are rapidly migrating to 25 GbE server uplinks and 100 GbE fabrics between server racks. Infinera, which was first to market with a purpose-built compact DCI product in 2014, said its new Cloud Xpress 2 raises the bar...


NTT Com's RagingWire Plans Massive Ashburn Data Center Expansion

RagingWire Data Centers, a subsidiary of NTT Communications (NTT Com), will invest $160 million to build the new Ashburn VA3 Data Center in the heart of the famed ‘Data Center Alley’ in Ashburn, Virginia.

The VA3 Data Center with 245,000 square feet of space and 16 megawatts of power, is scheduled to be available by the end of 2017. The company said this "phase one" expansion could be further extended.  The campus could accommodate six buildings on the 76.5 acre site in Ashburn.

The VA3 Data Center joins RagingWire’s VA1 and VA2 data centers, which also are in Ashburn. The combination of VA1, VA2 and VA3 creates a data center footprint of over a half million square feet of space and 44.4 megawatts of power, and includes on-site security officers and multi-layered security systems, highly efficient cooling and carrier-neutral telecommunications, and direct connectivity to top cloud providers and other data centers in Data Center Alley. On a wider scale, VA3 will grow RagingWire’s existing 1.2-million-square-foot U.S data center platform, which includes CA1, CA2, and CA3 in Northern California and TX1 in Dallas, Texas, as well as NTT Com’s global data center services platform operated under the Nexcenter TM brand.

“The Ashburn VA3 Data Center raises the bar for data center colocation in the largest data center market in the world,” said George Macricostas, Chairman, CEO and founder of RagingWire Data Centers. “VA3 offers mission-critical performance, flexible configurations for hyperscale cloud and enterprise deployments, exceptional customer amenities and global integration with NTT Com’s growing portfolio of over 140 data centers around the world.”

“NTT Communications is proud to be investing in RagingWire’s VA3 Data Center and Ashburn Data Center Campus,” said Tetsuya Shoji, President and CEO of NTT Communications. “Virginia is the top data center market in the world and a strategic location for NTT Com as we expand our data center capacity. RagingWire’s VA3 Data Center will be a key platform for the NTT family of companies to deliver global information and communications (ICT) solutions that enable our customers to digitalize their businesses.”

http://www.ragingwire.com


RagingWire to Double its Ashburn Data Center Campus


RagingWire Data Centers will begin construction on a 140,000 sq. ft. data center facility with 14MW of highly available power as part of its Ashburn, Virginia campus. The addition is a two-story building that nearly doubles the size of RagingWire’s Ashburn, Virginia campus to 290,000 sq. ft.. RagingWire opened its first data center in Ashburn, Virginia in July 2012, a 150,000 sq. ft. facility called VA1, and has purchased 78 acres of land in...

Arista's AlgoMatch Targets Advanced Network Enforcement

Arista Networks introduced an advanced network enforcement mechanism for providing customers with more flexible and scalable access control, telemetry and secure cloud networking.

Arista AlgoMatch combines general purpose memory technology with advanced software algorithms. The company said its AlgoMatch innovation provides more scale, performance and efficiency compared to TCAMs (Ternary Content Addressable Memories) commonly used in traditional silicon chipset architecture. AlgoMatch provides a packet matching algorithm that enables flow matching for access control, policy and visibility. Benefits include a high performance network policy engine with increased functionality and scale delivered in a cost and power efficient manner.

The company also introduced its new Arista 7160 Series 25/100GbE programmable platforms, including three models, all featuring 25/100GbE ports. The new platform delivers operational consistency and automated efficiency through the same common Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) and CloudVision software.

The 7160 Series is available in three models:

  • 7160-32CQ - 32 x 100GbE, 1RU, or 128 x 25GbE with 6.4Tbps of performance
  • 7160-48YC6 - 48 x 25GbE, 6 x 100GbE with 3.6Tbps of performance
  • 7160-48TC6 - 48 x 10GbE BASE-T, 6 x 100GbE and 2.16Tbps of performance

“25GbE offers a 2.5X performance improvement over 10GbE at a significant price-per-gigabit discount while using the same cabling infrastructure,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. “Unrelenting traffic growth, large scale cloud adoption and the recent release of the IEEE standard are already starting to drive the demand for server networking upgrades to speeds of 25, 50 and 100GbE where we expect combined shipments to surpass two million ports by 2017. This, in-turn, is fueling the strong demand for next generation 25GbE and 100GbE switches.”

AlgoMatch will ship on the Arista 7160 Series in Q1 2017.

https://www.arista.com/

Datrium Lands $55 Million for Open Convergence Platform

Datrium, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, secured $55 million in Series C funding for its Open Convergence platform for cloud builders.

Datrium said its converges storage and compute in a radical new way, modeled on public cloud IaaS services instead of traditional 3-tier infrastructure or hyperconvergence.

“Storage arrays are a dying market, but for most datacenters hyperconverged infrastructure is too inefficient and siloed to replace much of it,” said Brian Biles, CEO of Datrium.  “Clouds need elastic data services that scale efficiently in a heterogeneous datacenter landscape.  Datrium is the first vendor to bring the Open Convergence vision to life, splitting elastic data services from efficient data persistence.  DVX is available for VMware today in the US and Japan, and we are excited to broaden our reach with this new investment.”

The new funding round was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with return investment by Lightspeed Venture Partners, as well as funding from a third, outside investor.  This bring total funding at Datrium to more than $110 million.

The company cited rapid growth for its Datrium DVX platform, which was introduced in Q1. Some milestones:
  • Customer Adoption: More than 50 companies in banking, cloud hosting, health care, public sector, manufacturing, media & entertainment and technology leaders have deployed Datrium in two full quarters of availability.
  • NVMe Adoption: NVMe-based DVX systems have been deployed by multiple customers since Q1 2016.
  • Pace of Innovation: Three major releases in seven months. In addition to Datrium DVX General Availability in January,  Datrium has released Insane Mode in May, an on-demand VM acceleration utility that doubles performance with the touch of a button, as well as Performance Density in August, which doubled per-server flash to 100 terabytes for both SATA/SAS and PCIe/NVMe flash.
  • Go-to-Market Growth: Authorized go-to-market partners has soared to 80 companies in North America and Asia today and growing.

http://www.datrium.com

Sunday, December 4, 2016

IBM’s Software Catalog Now Runs on Google Compute Engine

Google Cloud Platform is now officially an IBM Eligible Public Cloud, enabling users to run a wide range of IBM software SKUs on Google Compute Engine with existing licenses.

In a blog posting, Chuck Coulson, Global Technology Partnerships at Google, explains that the majority of IBM's vast catalog of software -- everything from middleware and DevOps products (Websphere, MQ Series, DataPower, Tivoli) to data and analytics offerings (DB2, Informix, Cloudant, Cognos, BigInsights), can run on Google Compute Engine.

https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/12/IBMs-software-catalog-now-eligible-to-run-on-Google-Cloud.html


Emerson Network Power Becomes Vertriv

Emerson Network Power officially completed a spin-out from its parent firm and adopted the name Vertiv. The business was acquired from Emerson by Platinum Equity in a deal valued in excess of $4 billion. Emerson retained a minority interest in Vertiv.

Vertiv is a global provider of mission-critical infrastructure technologies for vital applications in data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial environments. The company, which is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio (USA), has more than 20,000 employees and more than 25 manufacturing and assembly facilities worldwide.

Vertiv also announced the appointment of Rob Johnson as its new CEO.  Johnson, most recently an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, spent 10 years at American Power Conversion (APC), a leader in data center infrastructure.  He was President and CEO of APC when the company was sold to Schneider Electric for $6.1 billion in 2007.  While at APC he also served as General Manager of the company’s Availability Enhancement Group.

“It’s a fresh start for a business that already has so much going for it. I look forward to working with my new colleagues at Vertiv as we begin this transformational chapter in the company’s history,” said Mr. Johnson. “As an independent company, Vertiv will operate with great freedom to make business strategy and investment decisions, move more quickly like a startup, and focus on innovative solutions for our customers, including those in the growing cloud computing, mobile and IoT networks.”

http://www.VertivCo.com


  • In November 2013, Platinum Equity acquired a controlling stake in Emerson’s embedded computing and power business, which was later rebranded Artesyn Embedded Technologies. 


Global LTE Subscriptions Roar Ahead

Global LTE connections rose 81 percent year-over-year in the third quarter, according to figures from Ovum that were reported by the 5G Americas trade organization.

"LTE continues its tremendous uptake by customers in North America as subscribers reap the benefits of fast data speeds and 'everywhere connectivity' as wireless carriers deploy new LTE-Advanced features," stated Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas.

Some highlights:

  • LTE's penetration rate as a percentage of connections to the population of 360 million in North America reached 79 percent. This penetration rate compares to Western Europe at 43 percent penetration and Oceania, Eastern and Southeastern Asia with 41 percent penetration. In North America, LTE penetration is expected to pass 100 percent in 2019.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean added 59.4 million new LTE connections year-over-year in the third quarter -- more than doubling the region's LTE connections with a 154 percent growth rate.
  • 1 million 5G connections forecast in 2020 -- nearly 50 percent of global 5G connections followed by Oceania, Eastern and Southeastern Asia with 28 percent and Eastern Europe with nearly 19 percent.
  • 1.7 billion LTE connections out of a total of 7.5 billion total cellular connections worldwide
  • 752 million new LTE subscriptions year-over-year; 81 percent growth
  • LTE connections forecast to reach 4.3 billion by year-end 2021 (forecast does not include M2M)
  • LTE global market share forecast to reach 52 percent by 2021


http://www.5gamericas.org/en/

IDC: Huawei Makes Big Gains in Ethernet Switching

The worldwide Ethernet switch market (Layer 2/3) recorded $6.29 billion in revenue in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), an increase of 2.0% year over year, and the worldwide total enterprise and service provider (SP) router market finished at $3.56 billion in revenue in 3Q16, increasing 2.6% on a year over year basis, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker and Worldwide Quarterly Router Tracker.

"Recent macroeconomic developments and maturing IT architectures have led to a spectrum of reactions by IT decision-makers across the regions with regard to Ethernet switching investments in 3Q16," said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, at IDC. "Strong growth in the 40GbE and 100GbE segments specific to datacenter deployments brought a degree of stabilization to a market in transition where the enterprise campus market for switching declined."

Some highlights:

  • 10Gb Ethernet switch (Layer 2/3) decreased 1.3% year over year in 3Q16, coming in at $2.22 billion, while 10Gb Ethernet switch port shipments grew 10.6% year over year with over 9.76 million ports shipped in 3Q16. 
  • 40Gb Ethernet revenue came in at $756.4 million in 3Q16, growing 20.5% year over year, while port shipments reached nearly 1.9 million ports, representing an increase of 68.5% year over year. 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet are now joined by emerging 100Gb Ethernet (revenue up 330.1% and shipments up 447.5% on annualized basis in 3Q16) to be the primary drivers of the overall Ethernet switch market in 2016. 
  • 1Gb Ethernet switch revenue decreased 4.3% year over year, despite a 10.9% increase in port shipments in the same period, pointing to a maturing campus segment.
  • The worldwide enterprise and service provider router market grew 2.6% on a year-over-year basis in 3Q16 based on a 0.8% increase in the larger service provider segment and a solid 8.2% increase in enterprise routing. T
  • Cisco finished the quarter with a 5.4% year-over-year decline in the Ethernet switching market and market share of 57.0%, up from its 56.8% share in 2Q16 but down from 61.5% in 3Q15. 
  • In the hotly contested 10GbE segment, Cisco held 53.5% of the market in 3Q16, up from 53.0% in the previous quarter. 
  • Cisco saw its combined service provider and enterprise router revenue decrease 4.8% on an annualized basis, while its market share came in at 44.2% in 3Q16, down from 44.8% in 2Q16.
  • Huawei's Ethernet switch revenue grew 91.6% year over year in 3Q16, for a market share of 7.2%. 
  • Huawei's enterprise and service provider router revenue increased 23.8% over the same period, with 16.6% of the total router market in 3Q16.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) Ethernet switch revenue fell 4.3% quarter over quarter in 3Q16. HPE's market share stands at 5.5% in 3Q16, down from its 6.0% share in 2Q16. (Note: HPE and H3C are tracked separately as of 2Q16).
  • Juniper Ethernet switching increased 7.1% quarter over quarter in 3Q16. Juniper also saw a 5.9% increase year over year in combined service provider and enterprise router revenues, with market share of 17.4%.
  • Arista Networks' Ethernet switching revenue rose 31.5% year over year.

http://www.IDC.com

Another Networking Idea from Stanford: HitchHike Ultra-Low-Energy Radios

A research team as Stanford University led by Sachin Katti, an associate professor of electrical engineering and of computer science, is developing a tiny, ultra-low-energy wireless radio.

The HitchHike radio promises to be able to transmit at 300kbps at a range of 50m.  The innovation is that it is able to transmit using just micro-watts of energy by hitch hiking on radio signals, including existing WiFi. The low-power could enable the devices to operate or a decade or longer using existing batteries, or devices might harvest power from existing wireless waves.

http://news.stanford.edu/2016/11/16/miniature-wifi-device-developed-supplies-missing-link-internet-things

Nokia and HPE Form IoT Alliance

Nokia and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a strategic collaboration on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for enterprise customers.

The companies agreed to jointly market and sell solutions for two IoT vertical enterprise segments, including industrial/manufacturing and smart city applications. The joint offerings combine connectivity, core networking, data aggregation and compute technologies from Nokia and HPE. The companies are currently working on a proof-of-concept for smart cities, combining Nokia's routing capabilities with HPE's Hybrid IT capabilities for joint project delivery models.

The IoT partnership extends the existing collaboration between the two organizations, which to date includes end-to-end deals with 25 enterprise and service provider customers, and more than 30 proof-of-concepts.

http://www.nokia.com
http://www.hpe.com


Thursday, December 1, 2016

AT&T Expands Service Offerings on AWS

AT&T is integrating its NetBond service with the AWS Direct Connect (DX) bundle to offer highly secure access to Infor and Pegasystems, two leading application and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers. Both Infor and Pegasystems will become a part of the AT&T NetBond ecosystem. AT&T NetBond is now active in seven domestic and global AWS Direct Connect regions including: Northern CA, Northern VA, Oregon, Ireland, Frankfurt, Singapore, and Sydney.

AT&T NetBond creates a highly secure connection to AWS SaaS providers using a customer's AT&T Virtual Private Network. This allows users to bypass the public internet, enhancing reliability and performance.

"We help businesses get added value out of the cloud and software services they already use through our leading network. It's the foundation for all of our integrated cloud solutions," says Mo Katibeh, senior vice president, Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "As a result, the network's performance and scale provides highly-secure access to key, cloud-based applications from nearly anywhere and at any time."

"AT&T NetBond provides a fast and reliable connection to the Infor Cloud environment," said Brian Rose, senior vice president, Infor Labs. "AT&T NetBond lets us integrate seamlessly and securely with our customers' networks. Further, it simplifies network management for an optimized customer experience."

http://www.att.com

Palo Alto Networks Offers AutoScaling Firewalls on AWS

Palo Alto Networks has integrated its VM-Series virtualized next-generation firewalls with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing (ELB). This allows enterprise customers to automatically scale the cyber breach prevention capabilities of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform as their AWS workload demands fluctuate.

Additionally, Palo Alto Networks joins the AWS Competency Program for Security, which highlights partners who have demonstrated success in building products and solutions on AWS to support customers in multiple areas, including infrastructure security, policy management, identity management, security monitoring, vulnerability management, and data protection.

"Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform provides customers with superior cyber breach prevention capabilities, including security for cloud-based applications. Through our close integration with AWS, customers can now grow and scale their cloud environments with even greater ease and automation while enhancing and maintaining their security posture across public cloud and hybrid environments," stated Lee Klarich, executive vice president, Product Management, Palo Alto Networks.

http://www.paloaltonetworks.com

Barracuda Adds Metered Billing for Application Firewall on AWS

Barracuda announced a new metered billing option for its Web Application Firewall on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The metered billing option enables customers to deploy an unlimited number of Web Application Firewalls and only pay for what they consume.

The company said its Web Application Firewall is the first third-party web application security solution available on the AWS Marketplace where customer usage is aggregated and charged as part of an existing AWS bill, regardless of the number of the Barracuda Web Application Firewalls deployed.

Barracuda also announced an API integration between Barracuda's Web Application Firewall and NextGen Firewall solutions, helping customers simplify the way application security is deployed and managed.

"Barracuda and AWS actively embrace the shared responsibility model to ensure our customers are able to maximize their cloud investments," said Nicole Napiltonia, vice president, Alliances at Barracuda. "The current threat landscape has proven the importance of web application security and extending that to the cloud. As a long-time AWS partner, we are excited to be the first ISV to roll out web application firewall metered billing to our customers, giving them more choice and flexibility in how they secure their AWS environment."

http://www.barracuda.com