Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cisco's Yvette Kanouff: Massive Transformation for Service Providers

Massive change is underway, says Yvette Kanouff, SVP and General Manager of Cisco's Service Provider Business.

To cope with enormous bandwidth growth over the next few years, networks will have to transform. Cisco is working to separate the scalability of the infrastructure from the scalability of services.

See video: https://youtu.be/CUG1hyIlm5A









Qualcomm Samples 10nm ARM Server Processor

Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies has begun sampling the world’s first 10nm server processor. The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 series has up to 48-cores and is built on 10nm FinFET process technology.  It features the Qualcomm Falkor CPU, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies’ custom ARMv8-compliant core, which is highly optimized to deliver both high performance and power efficiency, and designed to tackle the most common datacenter workloads.

Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies has demonstrated Apache Spark and Hadoop on Linux and Java running on the new Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor.

“The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 series processors will drive high performance, power efficient ARM-based servers from concept to reality,” said Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm requires the leading edge of integrated circuit technology to deliver high performance at low power for the newest premium smartphones. We are first in 10nm IC technology for mobile, and leveraging our expertise in ARM processors and system on chip design, we are the first with our Qualcomm Centriq family of server processors to bring the leading edge to the datacenter.”

The company is planning a line of processors in its Qualcomm Centriq™ product family.

https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2016/12/07/qualcomm-begins-commercial-sampling-worlds-first-10nm-server-processor-and

Big Switch Networks Unveils BigSecure Architecture

Big Switch Networks announced significant updates to its SDN-based Big Monitoring Fabric™ product line, including the introduction of its BigSecure Architecture, a dynamic, high-performance cyber-defense platform that enables Terabit attack mitigation.

Big Switch said its BigSecure Architecture enables existing security tools to leverage an externalized elastic attack mitigation infrastructure consisting of the underlying network and a pool of x86-based compute resources. Specifically, the BigSecure Architecture includes:

  • Big Monitoring Fabric -- an SDN-based inline fabric deployed at the data center edge or in the DMZ for connecting security tools and creating service chains; the Big Monitoring Fabric SDN controller supports programmatic operations through RESTful APIs for dynamic multi-system interactions, dynamic load balancing of tools and dynamic reconfiguration of security service chain.
  • Big Monitoring Fabric Service Node -- a high performance (40G to 160G) Intel x86 DPDK-based service node, centrally controlled and managed by the Big Mon SDN Controller, for deep-packet and flow inspection and filtering based on whitelist/blacklist of signatures for the purpose of attack mitigation. With the aid of the Big Mon Controller, it can be dynamically inserted into security service chains to guarantee front-line attack mitigation. Multiple service nodes can be deployed in a scale-out manner for Terabit filtering and mitigation.
  • NFV Tool Farm -- a pool of x86 compute resources available for hosting security tools in the form of virtual network functions (VNFs) in order to elastically scale them for Terabit attack mitigation. Big Monitoring Fabric programmatically augments service chains as well as load balances across a large set of tool VNFs.
  • Security Tools -- 3rd party security tools (such as A10 Networks' Threat Protection System) that detect and mitigate sophisticated attacks, leverage L2-L7 attack mitigation capabilities of the high-speed SDN fabric, service nodes and NFV tool farm, and interact programmatically with the Big Mon controller for dynamic attack mitigation.
  • Open Hardware -- industry-standard 10G/40G/100G Ethernet switches from Dell EMC and Edgecore Networks operating at multi-terabit bandwidth, centrally controlled and managed by the Big Monitoring Fabric controller; industry-standard x86 servers for SDN controllers, service nodes and NFV tool farm.

Once BigSecure Architecture is instantiated, a security tool detects high-bandwidth attack and interacts with the Big Monitoring Fabric Controller via programmatic APIs to redirect incoming traffic for elastic mitigation. Depending on the type of attack, the Big Mon Controller activates SDN fabric and compute resources for attack mitigation, reconfigures the service chain to redirect traffic to mitigation infrastructure, and load-balances traffic across a cluster of Big Mon service nodes and NFV tool farm for scale-out performance. The combination of SDN fabric, Big Mon service nodes and NFV tool farm performs Layer-7 scans of network traffic and blocks those packets/flows that contain attack signatures.

The company is also extending Pervasive Visibility use cases for cloud-native application traffic, which includes dynamic monitoring of VM, Containers and Public Cloud environments.

"Our mission is to provide next-generation data center networking solutions so that our customers can experience the true benefits of a software-defined data center," said Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. "With our introduction of BigSecure Architecture and cloud-native application monitoring, we are arming customers with next-generation data center security and visibility solutions they need to defend their networks and monitor their cloud-based applications."

http://bigswitch.com/sdn-products/sdn-products/big-monitoring-fabric/overview


  • In January of 2016, Big Switch announced $48.5M in Series C funding, which included participation from existing and new investors and brings the company's total funding to $94M. 

OIF Begins Work on Two FlexE Projects

The Optical Internetworking Forum has started work on two new FlexE projects.

“The datacenter and communications industries are demanding a solution for flexible deployment and provisioning of Ethernet bandwidth,” said Scott Irwin of MoSys and the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer (PLL) Working Group protocol vice chair. “Building on its first generation of FlexE, the OIF has started a new project to support the next generation of Ethernet PHY rates currently under development within the IEEE 802.3 Working Group. Because of the large industry interest in FlexE, the OIF is also hosting a workshop on the topic which allows non-members to learn about the work first hand.”

The FlexE 1.0 implementation agreement, completed in March of this year, provides a mechanism to map one or more FlexE clients over a group of 100 Gb/s Ethernet PHYs. The client rates supported are 10G, 40G, and n×25G. The new FlexE 2.0 project will add the ability to create FlexE groups of 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s Ethernet PHYs and to consider several other feature additions.

FlexE 1.0 and ongoing revision enable 802.1 LLDP over management channels for FlexE Connectivity Verification. However, FlexE capabilities discovery is still required to facilitate the setup of FlexE Group(s) and Clients. The new FlexE Neighbor Discovery project will introduce some OIF organizational specific FlexE Extension to LLDP for FlexE capabilities discovery.

The OIF will host a workshop titled, FlexE Today and Tomorrow, in San Jose on January 20th.

http://www.oiforum.com/oif-announces-new-flex-ethernet-projects-and-workshop/

GoDaddy Acquires Host Europe Group for $1.79B

GoDaddy agreed to acquire Host Europe Group (HEG) for €1.69 billion (US$1.79 billion), including €605 million paid to the selling shareholders and €1.08 billion in assumed net debt.

As the largest privately-owned web services provider in Europe, HEG serves small businesses and web experts, and has built a thriving business with more than 1.7 million customers.  It holds strong positions in the UK and Germany with brands such as 123Reg, Domain Factory, Heart Internet and Host Europe. HEG has offices in Germany, the U.K., France, Spain, Romania, and Bulgaria.

HEG is currently owned by international private equity firm Cinven, which acquired the business in August 2013. GoDaddy intends to integrate the majority of HEG's business while exploring strategic alternatives for HEG's PlusServer managed hosting business, including a possible sale.

"GoDaddy has successfully expanded its international business to 56 global markets over the past four years," said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. "HEG has built an impressive business that generates strong top-line growth, high margins, and industry-leading customer satisfaction. By joining forces with HEG, we accelerate our expansion into Europe with the delivery of a broader range of cloud-based products, built on a single global technology platform, and supported by unparalleled customer care to help small businesses and web designers succeed online."

https://newsroom.godaddy.net/newsroom/overview/default.aspx

Bluetooth 5 Ready for Action - More Speed, Range

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification, bringing longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies.

Key feature updates include four times range while maintaining the same power requirements, two times speed (upto 2 Mbps), and eight times broadcast message capacity. Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections. Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved and more context relevant solutions.

Bluetooth 5 also includes updates that help reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies to ensure Bluetooth devices can coexist within the increasingly complex global IoT environment. Bluetooth 5 delivers all of this while maintaining its low-energy functionality and flexibility for developers to meet the needs of their device or application.

“Bluetooth is revolutionizing how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive this revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilizing the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “This means whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality. With the launch of Bluetooth 5, we continue to evolve to meet the needs of IoT developers and consumers while staying true to what Bluetooth is at its core: the global wireless standard for simple, secure, connectivity.”

http://www.bluetooth.com/bluetooth5

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cisco Expands Cloud-Scale Solutions

Cisco expanded its Cloud-Scale Networking solutions aimed at helping service providers and web companies leverage SDN and NFV as they transition their central offices to next-gen data centers. The idea is to create a unified Network-as-a-Fabric across central office, metro, core, and data center environments.

Cisco said it is committed to implementing OpenConfig data models in Cisco IOS XR to support the operational needs of our customers. The new capabilities launched today, enabled by Cisco IOS XR include:

  • EVPN (Ethernet Virtual Private Network) which provides separation between the data plane and the control plane, creating a unified, centralized overlay control plane based on border gateway protocol (BGP) and industry standards.
  • Segment Routing End-to-End that creates a unified, common-forwarding underlay to further simplify network operations
  • Model-Driven Telemetry that delivers increased, granular, real-time visibility via native, open, common data models for automation and efficient operation of physical and virtual resources
Cisco also announced the following new hardware platforms in its Network Convergence Series (NCS) family:

  • NCS 5501/5502  – A small form factor router for leaf-spine data center/WAN topology
  • NCS 5516 – A modular router for more scalability in leaf-spine topology
  • NCS 1001 – A compact, programmable interconnect with integrated optical amplifiers and protection

“Our continued progress with the Cloud Scale Networking platform is proof of our commitment to NFV and SDN solutions for open, programmable and automated networks,” said Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president, Service Provider Business, Cisco.

 “Central office transformations are part of our customers’ top priorities worldwide, and we are in a unique position to help them with easy upgrades to their existing routing platforms using the Cisco IOS XR software.” Cisco is building the simplified, automated and virtualized network platform of the future through based on industry leading software, systems, silicon and services.  This enables service providers, media and web companies worldwide to reduce costs, speed time-to-market, secure their networks and sustain profitable growth.

http://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2016/12/05/nokia-cloudband-open-templating-system-enables-automation-of-virtualized-network-function-lifecycle-management




Equinix Seals Deal to Buy 24 Data Center Sites from Verizon for $3.6B

Equinix reached a definitive agreement to acquire a portfolio of 24 data center sites and their operations from Verizon Communications for $3.6 billion in cash.

The acquired portfolio includes approximately 900 customers, with a significant number of enterprise customers new to Equinix's platform, and it adds approximately 2.4 million gross square feet.  It will bring Equinix's total global footprint to 175 data centers in 43 markets and approximately 17 million gross square feet across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific markets.

Some highlights:

  • The transaction includes 29 data center buildings across 24 sites in 15 metro areas, including Atlanta (Atlanta and Norcross), Bogotá, Boston (Billerica), Chicago (Westmont), Culpeper, Dallas (Irving, Richardson-Alma and Richardson-Pkwy), Denver (Englewood), Houston, Los Angeles (Torrance), Miami (Miami and Doral), New York (Carteret, Elmsford and Piscataway), São Paulo, Seattle (Kent), Silicon Valley (Santa Clara and San Jose), and Washington, D.C. (Ashburn, Manassas and Herndon).
  • The addition of the new data center assets will greatly expand Equinix's global platform for enterprises by adding new markets and Fortune 1000 enterprise customers. It expands capacity in existing markets, such as Atlanta, Denver, Miami, New York, São Paulo, Seattle and Silicon Valley, and it provides a platform for the future expansion of the acquired data centers.
  • The NAP (Network Access Point) of the Americas facility in Miami is a key interconnection point and will become a strategic hub and gateway for Equinix customer deployments servicing Latin America. Combined with the Verizon data centers in Bogotá and the NAP do Brasil in São Paulo, it will strategically position Equinix in the growing Latin American market.
  • The NAP of the Capital Region in Culpeper, VA is a highly secure campus focused on government agency customers, strengthening Equinix as a platform of choice for government services and service providers.
  • Approximately 250 Verizon employees, primarily in the operations functions of the acquired data centers, will become Equinix employees.
  • Equinix was advised by Evercore, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Equinix said benefits of the acquisition include increasing its platform's interconnections in the U.S. and Latin America; opening three new markets in Bogotá, Culpeper and Houston; and accelerating its penetration of the enterprise and strategic market sectors, including government and energy.

"This unique opportunity complements and extends Equinix's strategy to expand our global platform. It enables us to enhance cloud and network density to continue to attract enterprises, while expanding our presence in the Americas. The new assets will bring hundreds of new customers to Platform Equinix while establishing a presence in new markets and expanding our footprint in existing key metros. The deal will also provide significant value for shareholders as the proposed transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to our adjusted funds from operations per share upon close," stated Steve Smith, President and CEO, Equinix.

http://www.equinix.com

Equinix Silicon Valley Expansion - Interview with Karl Strohmeyer



Equinix has just broken ground on its eight data center in the San Francisco Bay area. The new building, Equinix SV10, joins two other data centers on the company's campus in south San Jose.  The first phase is expected to come online in 2017 with capacity for about 800 cabinets. Karl Strohmeyer, President of the Americas for Equinix, says this first phase of expansion represents an investment of about $125 million. Equinix is aiming for 100%...


Equinix to Sell 8 European Data Centers to Digital Realty

Last week, Equinix announced plans to sell eight of its European data centers to Digital Realty Trust for the amount of $874.4 million. These facilities include: TelecityGroup's Bonnington House, Sovereign House, Meridian Gate and Oliver's Yard data centers and Equinix's West Drayton data center in London; TelecityGroup's Science Park and Amstel Business Park I in Amsterdam; and TelecityGroup's Lyonerstrasse data center in Frankfurt.

The sale of these assets was a pre-condition set by the European Commission in November 2015 for Equinix's acquisition of TelecityGroup plc.

Additionally, Equinix has separately negotiated with Digital Realty a binding option for Equinix to acquire Digital Realty's operating business including its real estate and facility in St. Denis, Paris where Equinix has an established presence with its PA2 and PA3 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.

http://www.equinix.com
  • On January 15, 2016, Equinix completed the acquisition of TelecityGroup plc in a transaction valued at approximately $3.8 billion (£2.6 billion). The addition of TelecityGroup's 34+ data centers, net of the divestment, more than doubled Equinix's capacity in Europe, fortifying its position as the largest retail colocation provider in the region and in the world.




Brocade Expands its Data Center Switching Line

Brocade expanded its SLX family by releasing new automation software and introducing the Brocade SLX 9140, SLX 9240 and SLX 9540 data center switches for leaf, spine and edge connectivity.

New automation suites, including Network Essentials, Data Center Fabrics and Internet Exchange Points for the BROCADE WORKFLOW COMPOSER platform, powered by StackStorm, provide automated network provisioning, validation, troubleshooting and remediation workflows. Brocade Workflow Composer is a server-based, DevOps-style network automation platform that integrates across IT domains for end-to-end workflow automation.

The new Brocade SLX 9140 and 9240 feature a programmable ASIC that provides Visibility Services from the physical wire to virtual networks and workloads.

"Organizations that are going through digital transformation need networks that are extremely agile, extensively automated and highly visible," said Jason Nolet, senior vice president, Switching, Routing and Analytics Products Group, Brocade. "Brocade is delivering the breadth and depth of flexibility and agility that sets us apart from other network providers. We do so vertically across the data center stack, and horizontally across domains within the data center -- while being open at every layer."

Some highlights:

  • The new Brocade SLX 9140 leaf switch provides native 48x25 GbE server-facing ports and 6x100 GbE ports in a 1U fixed form factor. It also features flexible 1/10/25/40/100 GbE configuration options.
  • The new Brocade SLX 9240 spine switch delivers high density 32x100 GbE ports in a 1U fixed form factor.
  • The Brocade SLX 9540 switch delivers carrier-class features in a cost-effective 1 RU fixed form factor optimized for data center interconnect, WAN edge and Internet exchange point deployments. It offers 48x10 GbE ports and 6x100 GbE ports.

Radisys’ CG-OpenRack-19 Spec Accepted by Open Compute Project

Radisys announced that its CG-OpenRack-19 specification has been accepted by Open Compute Project Foundation.  The design is a scalable carrier-grade rack level system that integrates high performance compute, storage and networking in a standard rack.

Radisys said the specification provides a high level of modularity and simplicity by defining interoperability requirements, thereby reducing system set-up time and operator costs. Radisys’ contribution addresses key requirements needed to extend the base Open Rack model into telecom environments to accommodate the needs of existing central offices, including physical conditions, content/workload elements, management needs and networking/interconnect options. CG-OpenRack-19 promotes an agile approach to creating deployable system instantiations. It is based on a standard 19” rack width to leverage traditional telecom common equipment practices, while also being well suited for new virtualized data centers.

“Service providers are transitioning their network infrastructure from closed proprietary platforms to next-gen data centers built with open source software and hardware components,” said Andrew Alleman, CTO, Radisys. “Radisys is actively contributing to open systems and networks, with open source contributions in both software and hardware. With OCP, we saw a great approach and technology that is bigger than just one company. We worked closely with service providers and other vendors on the CG-OpenRack-19 contribution to bring a carrier-grade version of OCP Open Rack hardware to service provider networks. We are pleased that the specification is OCP-ACCEPTED™ and already achieving traction in service provider data centers.”

http://www.radisys.com/

Nokia CloudBand Offers Open VNF Templates

Nokia is introducing a templating system for Virtualized Network Function (VNF) lifecycle management based on NFV specifications.

Nokia said its open templating system builds upon the ETSI NFV specifications (IFA011 and IFA014), Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) specifications and OpenStack tools. It provides key functionality to service providers, including VNF definitions for better integration and added support of complex structures, and eliminates the need for customization when providing VNF information to a generic VNF Manager and NFV Orchestrator. This allows service providers and VNF suppliers to take advantage of the automated lifecycle management capabilities of the Nokia CloudBand Application Manager.

"One of the goals of NFV has been to foster an open ecosystem of VNF suppliers to give service providers maximum choice in the capabilities they integrate, and to offer subscribers the best available services. By creating an open system that improves the management of VNFs, we aim to make it easier for service providers to quickly add new value-added services to differentiate their offerings, generate new revenue opportunities, and deliver better user experiences," stated Ron Haberman, head of Nokia's CloudBand product unit.

https://networks.nokia.com/solutions/cloudband

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...