Thursday, December 8, 2016

ZTE to Buy 48% Stake in Turkey's Netaş Telekomünikasyon

ZTE agreed to acquire a 48% shareholding in Netaş Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. (Netas), a leading ICT supplier based in Istanbul. Netaş’ R&D Center with 800 engineers is the largest private R&D center in Turkey.

ZTE said the investment in Netaş will strengthen its ability to capture opportunities generated by the Chinese government’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative and Turkish government’s plans for a strong ICT economy. Netaş will continue to grow as a Turkish ICT flagship company driving innovations with international reach.

Following the proposed transaction, Netaş will remain an independent company, with increased access to ZTE’s world class portfolio of products, services and solutions for telecom carriers, enterprises and governments, as well as consumers.

Mr. C. Mujdat Altay, CEO of Netas, expressed excitement for ZTE’s investment in Netaş. “As Turkey’s number one systems integrator, Netaş develops software solutions for more than 160 global operators and has been named Turkey’s “Top Software Exporter” by ICT 500 Turkey Research five times.  Netaş is a technology company born and grown in Turkey.  We are working diligently to become one of the 10 brands coming out of Turkey by 2023, the Centennial of the Turkish Republic, as per the initiatives set forth by the Turkish Government.  With our new shareholder ZTE, the multinational ICT solutions and technology vendor, we will continue to flourish and position Netaş as a global technology player.

http://www.netas.com.tr/
http://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/press-center/news/201612ma/1206

China Unicom Works with Cavium on ARM-based Network Gear

Cavium announced an agreement with China Unicom to accelerate the design and development of Virtualized BBUs based on Cavium's ThunderX workload optimized data server processors, which are built on ARM architecture. In addition, Cavium has joined the China Unicom CORD Industry Alliance and will drive adoption of open source architecture and technologies in China together with China Unicom.

The companies said they plan to work together on new innovative fronthaul solutions, system architecture and vBBU performance and deployment. This collaboration allows Cavium to align with China Unicom's commercial networks technology development and innovation, research feasibility of Next Generation Virtualized Wireless Access Network, perform lab and field testing, evaluate results, drive deployment of developed technologies into commercial network, carry out lab and field performance test and assessment, accelerate pilot and application of new technical innovations in real-world networks.

"We are very pleased to collaborate with China Unicom in this critical area. As network capacity continues to be stretched and the user demands continue to grow the industry is faced with significant challenges which cannot be solved by traditional means," said Raj Singh General Manager of the Wireless Broadband Group at Cavium. "The use of advanced general purpose hardware such as Cavium's ThunderX workload optimized data severs allows us to provide a highly scalable virtualized solution for these requirements."

http://www.cavium.com

IEEE and EIT Digital Publish 5G Roadmap

IEEE and EIT Digital published a joint roadmap for 5G innovation.

Included in the roadmap are:

  • The Open Source Wiki Toolkit and Testbed - an open source testbed catalog that will serve the research community and industry to accelerate innovation and experimentation. It will be available as part of the IEEE Service Infrastructure with support from Fraunhofer FOKUS, several international operators and universities
  • A demo of the first Open Federated Testbed portal (FTB portal) clustering testbeds supporting SDN testing, creating a single access gateway to several testbeds across the Atlantic
  • The first phase for the creation of an Open Testing and Certification Collaboration Forum facilitated by both organizations with the support of select operators, manufacturers and innovators

“Europe is committed to fostering rapid development and deployment of 5G in an open environment that can benefit from worldwide contribution. The OTC is seen as a first step in this master plan. In the coming years, 5G will be built and put to use, enabling a rapid growth of IoT Digital Infrastructure with impact on Digital Cities, Digital Health, and Digital Industries, areas that are fundamental components of EIT Digital’s strategies for driving digital Innovation in Europe leading to positive societal impact and economic growth,” stated Marko Turpeinen, Director EIT Digital Silicon Valley Hub.

http://www.eitdigital.eu/
http://ieee-sdn.blogspot.com

Ericsson: No Further Job Cuts in Sweden

Ericsson announced that its restructuring program is ahead of schedule in Sweden. In October, the company announced plans to eliminate 3,000 position in Sweden through a combination of a voluntary reduction program, reduction of production in Sweden, outsourcing and natural attrition during 2016.

Ericsson said the voluntary program in Sweden has been successfully completed and 1,600 employees will leave Ericsson through the program on December 31, 2016. Currently, no further forced staff reductions are planned in Sweden beyond what has already been announced relating to production sites.

Overall, Ericsson said its global cost and efficiency program is tracking towards the previously communicated target to:

  • reduce the annual run rate of operating expenses, excluding restructuring charges, to SEK 53 b. in the second half of 2017.
  • make cost of sales reductions visible in the gross margin in the second half of 2017, compared to full year 2016.

https://www.ericsson.com/news/2062901

Ericsson to Cut 3,000 Positions in Sweden

Ericsson announced plans to trim approximately 3,000 positions in Sweden, including about 1,000 positions in production, approximately 800 in R&D and approximately 1,200 in other operations. The job reduction represents about 19% of its current workforce of 16,000 employees in Sweden.

"Ericsson is going through a large transformation. We continue to have a strong focus on R&D, and since many years, most Ericsson employees work in software development and services, rather than hardware production. The measures are necessary to secure Ericsson's long term competitiveness as well as technology and services leadership," stated Jan Frykhammar, President and CEO, Ericsson.

The company said the cuts will come through voluntary separation, forced reductions and outsourcing. Ericsson intends to make significant reductions in operations in Borås and Kumla.

https://www.ericsson.com/news/2046462

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