Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Buidling Lifecycle Service Orchestration



The market for communication services is rapidly evolving and carriers must find better ways to interface their networks, says Mark Daley, Director of Digital Strategy for Epsilon. Better tools for interworking with customers are also needed. Automation will be key.

See video:  https://youtu.be/K-dOHpVFuVI


SD-WAN -- Threat or Opportunity?



Is SD-WAN a threat to carriers because users may leave their networks, or is it an opportunity?  It's both, says Prayson Pate, Chief Technology Officer for the Ensemble division at ADVA Optical Networking.

See video:  https://youtu.be/E9Ugdi2VpwE


NFVi Zero-touch PoC at #MEF17



Service providers are seeking to migrate their networks towards NFVi but it is a difficult task because they must transform manual test and assurance processes into automated functions that seamlessly integrate with test systems and the virtual network, says Ulrich Kohn, Director of Technical Marketing, ADVA Optical Networking. At #MEF17, ADVA and Spirent presented a Proof-of-Concept for Zero-Touch Service Activation and Closed-loop Issue Resolution for Virtualized Business Services.

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


MEF 3.0 - Dynamic, Multilayer Services



MEF 3.0 brings many new capabilities, including dynamic, orchestrated services across multilayer networks, says Raanan Tzemach, VP of Products, Marketing, and Professional Services, Telco Systems.

See video: https://youtu.be/hwd_3jGgax0


Barefoot's Deep Insight monitoring leverages P4 programmable switching silicon

Barefoot Networks, a start-up developing user-programmable switching chips, introduced a network monitoring system designed to provide visibility into every packet in a network.

The Barefoot Deep Insight software, which can run on commodity servers and in a network powered by switches based on Barefoot’s "Tofino" programmable switch chip, can interpret, analyze and pinpoint packet telemetry. Using stateful baselining of a network's performance, the company says its software automatically filters out irrelevant data, detecting only anomalies at any time scale and with nanosecond resolution. The Deep Insight software is able to track the sequence of switches the packet visited along its path, the set of rules it matched upon at every switch along the way, the time it spent buffered in every switch, to the nanosecond, and the packets, flows and application that the packet shared each queue with.

“Network monitoring is still stuck in the dark ages,” said Nick McKeown, co-founder and chief scientist at Barefoot Networks. “To get detailed visibility, some network owners are forced to deploy a second network that costs more than the first, just to watch what their network is doing. With Deep Insight, every switch in the network gathers data for you without any additional hardware, and without generating additional traffic. Deep Insight sits at the network edge, detecting and reporting network anomalies.” 

Barefoot is offering the network monitoring system on a pay-as-you-grow model, where customers pay only for the volume of telemetry they need.

Barefoot said its Deep Insight system could be especially useful in enterprise data centers, where many-to-one traffic patterns associated with applications such as Hadoop and HDFS can result in congestion, queue build-up and increases end-to-end latency. The Tofino switching silicon can detect the queue build-up and take a snapshot of every packet header during the congestion event. The Deep Insight software could then be used "to visualize the full dynamic of a congestion event, down to each individual packet, exposing the aggressors and the victims flows."

Barefoot is also highlighting the P4 programmability of its Tofino chip. This provides the flexibility to design for specific use cases without writing data plane code or modifying the silicon.


Alibaba, AT&T, Baidu, Tencent adopt Barefoot forwarding plane


Barefoot Networks, a provider of advanced, high speed switching technology, announced significant market momentum driven by growing demand for its programmable forwarding plane technology.Barefoot's 6.5 Tbit/s Tofino switch, which is claimed to be the fastest and P4-programmable switch chip, has been sampling to customers since the fourth quarter of 2016. The company noted that its technology is being adopted by large enterprises and telecommunications...


Ekinops debuts flexible line rate modules

Ekinops based in Lannion, France, a global supplier of next-generation optical networking equipment, introduced two new flexible rate line modules for its optical transport platform in metro, regional or long-haul deployments.

The two new modules – the PM 200FRS02 and PM 200FRS02-SF – employ dual QSFP28 client ports with software-selectable line side modulation that can be provisioned as either DP-QPSK or 16QAM to create 100G or 200G transport links. The new generation modules occupy only one-third the space of previous equipment, occupying only a single slot in an Ekinops 360 chassis, for three times the capacity per shelf. This makes it possible to fit up to 1.2 terabits per second of capacity in only two rack units. In addition, the PM 200FRS02-SF provides single fiber operation, giving service providers the option of cutting fiber costs in half.

Ekinops is also adding to the flexibility of the modules by introducing the PM 100G-AGG companion card for multiplexing up to ten 10G multiprotocol client services into a G.709 standard OTU4 that connects to one client port on the PM 200FRS02 or PM 200FRS02-SF.

Ekinops said its new modules will help service providers to reduce their capital and operational costs, improving the business case for deploying new capacity.

Aire Networks, which is Spain's fourth largest wholesale operator, is now using the Ekinops modules in its 27,000-kilometer fiber network that covers 90 percent of the country. The single fiber capability was key for Aire Networks, which was looking for a solution supporting 200G transmission in single fiber mode.

“We have been able to reduce the form factor in these new modules by a factor of three while reducing power requirements by a factor of two. That delivers an order of magnitude improvement in service density and network cost, key factors for Aire Networks and for other Ekinops customers when it comes to profitability,” said Mark Burton, EMEA Vice President of Sales at Ekinops. “This demonstrates Ekinops’ continued commitment to providing our customers the most efficient and flexible optical transport solutions.”


Japan Internet Exchange deploys Coriant Groove G30

Japan Internet Exchange Co. has deployed the Coriant Groove G30 Network Disaggregation Platform to scale network capacity in its Tokyo and Osaka metropolitan area networks and support the cost-efficient delivery of high-performance interconnect services, including 10G, 40G, and 100G. The Tokyo and Osaka network deployments include programmable 200G coherent optical transmission between multiple data center sites.

The JPIX network currently serves over 160 customers, including Tier 1 service providers, ISPs, content providers, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), cloud providers, cable operators, and digital media companies.

The Coriant Groove G30 platform is designed to enable the provision of programmable, high-speed secure bandwidth for mobile, video and cloud applications. The stackable solution supports 3.2 Tbit/s of throughput in a compact and pluggable 1 RU form factor and enables service providers and cloud and data centre operators to build scalable and secure transmission and optical solutions with functionality enabled via open APIs. It can be equipped as a muxponder terminal solution and as an Open Line System (OLS) optical layer solution.

Coriant’s strategic local partner is UNIADEX Ltd.

“JPIX is playing a vital role as the core of Japan’s Internet with an advanced network infrastructure optimized for the stringent demands of an evolving application landscape that includes IoT and 5G,” said Petri Markkanen, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Coriant. “We are pleased to be working closely with this industry-leading Asian IX provider and are committed to helping JPIX further enhance connectivity services and network efficiencies for their end-user customers.”

T-Mobile and Ericsson push Licensed Assisted Access to 1.1 Gbps

In a demo conducted at  T-Mobile's lab in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile and Ericsson achieved speeds of 1.1 Gbps using 12-layer Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.

The set-up sued Ericsson's Radio System and the TM500 network test equipment from Cobham Wireless. The test combined several LTE technologies including 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO, and LAA by aggregating two licensed carriers and three unlicensed carriers.

The Ericsson Radio 2205 delivers LTE on the 5GHz unlicensed band in outdoor micro cell environments. Using LAA, the unlicensed carriers can be aggregated with licensed carriers on the micro cells or on nearby macro cells.

The companies claim this to be the first demo in the world to hit speeds beyond the 1 Gbps threshold on unlicensed spectrum.

“Breaking the 1 Gbps-mark means that commercial gigabit speeds are not far from reality for many broadband users, with our LAA and MIMO technologies as key enablers. It is also an example of how innovatively we work with partners to push the boundaries of technology and achieve new milestones,” said Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson.

Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile, says: “T-Mobile has built the nation’s fastest LTE network by innovating and bringing new technologies to market for our customers. This LAA technology builds upon our deployments of 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM and will give customers even greater access to near gigabit speeds in 2018.”

Qualcomm targets Windows 10 on Snapdragon

Qualcomm and Microsoft confirmed progress made over the last several months to deliver Windows 10 on Snapdragon. The idea is to use mobile phone processors to run light notebooks.

The first Windows on Snapdragon device will be a 2-in-1 convertible ASUS NovaGo that is expected to hit the market early next year.

A second device will be a detachable HP ENVY x2 Windows on Snapdragon Mobile PC.

Both will be fanless design and will offer support for Gigabit LTE connectivity.

Later this week, Qualcomm is expected to preview its next-gen Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform.

CenturyLink Wins NORAD Contract

CenturyLink announced a contract to provide communications services to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The contract includes support for the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Tracks Santa program, including enabling the program’s phone hotline. The contract, which also includes Ethernet circuits and private line services, is valued at approximately $275,000 the first year, with four one-year options, for a total contract value of $1.5 million. 

“CenturyLink is honored to provide Peterson AFB with communications services that help NORAD track all flying objects that enter North American air space every day, including tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve,” said David Young, CenturyLink regional vice president, strategic government.

FiberLight appoints Don MacNeil as CEO, formerly XO

FiberLight, which owns over 1,700,000 miles of robust fiber networks in over 44 U.S. cities, appointed Don MacNeil as its new CEO, replacing Jim Lynch who will now assume the role of Executive Chairman.

MacNeil joined FiberLight as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in September. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for EdgeConneX, an innovative data center solutions provider, which built a national portfolio of 29 edge data centers throughout the U.S. and Europe. Additionally, Don has held a variety of leadership roles with operations, engineering, sales and marketing teams, and culminated his 14-year tenure with XO Communications as COO.

Nutanix appoints Ben Gibson as CMO

Nutanix has appointed Ben Gibson as Chief Marketing Officer. Most recently, he was Chief Marketing Officer at F5 Networks, and before that, he served as Chief Marketing Officer at Veritas, where he led the company’s rebranding efforts following a spin-off from Symantec. Prior to Veritas, Ben spent five years as Chief Marketing Officer at Aruba Networks.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric delivers inter-metro connectivity between parties

Equinix announced the direct physical and virtual connection of its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers around the world, enabling customers to connect on demand to any other customer from any Equinix location.

The new inter-metro connectivity will be delivered through the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric), which was previously called the Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX). The idea is to use the SDN capabilities in the exchange to enable any customer to dynamically connect its own infrastructure across Equinix locations or connect to any other customer on the Equinix global platform, regardless of location.

Equinix said these new capabilities enable any customer to more efficiently interconnect and request connections to any of the more than 1,000 participants including some of the world's largest enterprises, cloud service providers (Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud) and SaaS providers (including Salesforce, SAP and ServiceNow, among others).

The new ECX Fabric capabilities are immediately available in all ECX locations in North America and the EMEA region, including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, New York, Paris, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Stockholm, Toronto, Washington, D.C. and Zurich.

In Q4 2017 and early 2018, ECX Fabric is rolling out to seven new metros in the Americas and EMEA regions (Denver, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Helsinki, Miami, Milan and Munich). Equinix will extend connectivity to São Paulo within the Americas region, and between APAC region ECX Fabric metro locations (Hong Kong, Melbourne, Osaka, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo), in 2018.

John Nishimoto, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, Windstream, stated: "The integration of the Equinix global platform expands Windstream's addressable footprint, increasing the availability of high-transport solutions—including our recently launched Software Defined Network Orchestrated Waves (SDNow)—for our customers. Equinix has a robust aggregation of enterprise businesses, cloud service providers and traditional network operators, all of whom are customers of Windstream's Cloud & Connectivity business unit. We look forward to participating in this fully integrated global platform."

Separately, Equinix announced the expansion of its Internet Exchange into nine new metros in the EMEA and Americas regions in Q4 2017 and early 2018, including Amsterdam, Denver, Dublin, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Manchester, Milan and Stockholm.

In addition, Equinix announced that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, €1.0 billion in aggregate principal amount of its senior notes due 2028.

Bell Canada implements Cisco Segment Routing in next-gen core

Bell Canada has implemented Cisco Segment Routing in its next-generation core network. Specifically, Bell recently upgraded the‎ first four IP core routers to support seamless connection between network data centers and its Smart Core network. The deployment is part of Bell's ‘Network 3.0’ transformation plan.

Cisco Segment Routing delivers network automation and software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities to simplify network operations, increase network robustness, optimize network utilization and offer innovative network services.

Cisco predicts Internet traffic per month per user in Canada will be up to 142.6 GB in 2020, from 63.3 GB in 2016 – with 74% of Internet traffic being video.

“Segment routing is a significant step forward on our mission to transform the way our network interacts with our people, processes and technology at Bell,” said Stephen Howe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Bell Canada. “As our Network 3.0 transformation progresses, and with segment routing now in place, we now have the foundation to enable greater network reliability, as well as enhanced speed and agility from Bell in responding to clients’ needs. Using new IP routing protocols, we can improve the reliability and performance of our Smart Core network, including our network data centers, helping us to better manage overall network operations and offer our customers a superior service experience.”


Broadcom nominates 11 directors for Qualcomm's Board

Broadcom notified Qualcomm of its intention to nominate a slate of 11 individuals for election to Qualcomm's Board of Directors and to propose certain other matters for the consideration of Qualcomm stockholders at Qualcomm's 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.  The nominated directors are:

  • Samih Elhage, former President of the Mobile Networks Business Group of Nokia Corporation. Previously held the role of Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks, subsidiaries of Nokia. Also served on the Boards of Alcatel-Lucent Corporation, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, and Quickplay Media Inc.
  • Raul J. Fernandez, Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and former Chairman and CEO of ObjectVideo, Inc. Also served as CEO of Dimension Data North America and as Chairman, CEO and President of Proxicom, Inc. Serves on the Boards of AtSite, Inc. and Perfect Sense, Inc., and previously served as a Director of Kate Spade & Company.
  • Michael S. Geltzeiler, consultant for Temasek Holdings. Previously served as Senior Vice President and CFO of ADT Corporation and before that, CFO and Group Executive Vice President at NYSE Euronext. 
  • Stephen J. Girsky, Managing Partner of VectoIQ, an independent advisory firm. Previously served in a number of capacities at General Motors, including Vice Chairman. Serves on the Boards of United States Steel Corporation, Brookfield Business Partners, Drive.ai, and Valens Semiconductor Ltd. Previously served as a Director of GM following its emergence from bankruptcy and as Lead Independent Director of Dana Holdings Corp.
  • David G. Golden, Managing Partner at Revolution Ventures. Previously spent 18 years at J.P. Morgan, including five years as Vice Chairman and Director of technology, media and telecommunications investment banking. Serves on the Boards of Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. and Blackbaud, Inc. Previously served as a Director of Everyday Health, Inc. and Barnes & Noble, Inc. 
  • Veronica M. Hagen, retired President and CEO of Polymer Group, Inc. (later renamed AVINTIV Specialty Materials Inc). Also served as President and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper and held multiple positions at Alcoa, including Vice President and Chief Customer Officer and business unit president of Alcoa Engineered Products. Serves on the Boards of Newmont Mining Corporation, the Southern Company, and American Water Works Company, Inc. Previously served as a Director of AVINTIV, Jacuzzi Brands, Inc., and Covanta.
  • Julie A. Hill, owner of The Hill Company. Serves on the Board of Anthem, Inc. and was a Director of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. prior to its merger with Anthem. Has been a trustee of the Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds since 2004 and previously served as a Director of Lend Lease, Ltd., Resources Connection, Inc., and Holcim US. 
  • John H. Kispert, Managing Partner of Black Diamond Ventures. Previously served as President and CEO and a Director of Spansion, Inc. through its merger with Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Serves on the Boards of Gigamon Inc. and Barracuda Networks, Inc. Previously served as a Director of Cypress, TriNet Group, Inc., and Extreme Networks, Inc., where he was Chairman. 
  • Gregorio Reyes, former Director and Chairman of the Boards of Dialog Semiconductor plc and LSI Corporation, and former Director of Seagate Technologies Public Limited Company. Previously was a co-founder and Chairman of Sunward Technologies Inc., Chairman and CEO of American Semiconductor Equipment Technologies, and President and CEO of National Micronetics. Held positions at National Semiconductor, Motorola, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Eaton.
  • Thomas S. Volpe, Managing Member of Volpe Investments LLC. Previously CEO of Dubai Group LLC, a diversified investment firm based in the United Arab Emirates, and before that, served as Chairman of Prudential Volpe Technology Group. Served on the Boards of Linear Technology Corporation and EFG-Hermes Holding Company.
  • Harry L. You, President, CFO and Director of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. Previously served as Executive Vice President in the Office of the Chairman of EMC Corporation. Served as CEO of BearingPoint Inc., Executive Vice President and CFO of Oracle Corporation and CFO of Accenture Ltd. Previously served as a Director of Korn/Ferry International.

Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom, stated: "We have repeatedly attempted to engage with Qualcomm, and despite stockholder and customer support for the transaction, Qualcomm has ignored those opportunities. The nominations give Qualcomm stockholders an opportunity to voice their disappointment with Qualcomm's directors and their refusal to engage in discussions with us. In light of the significant value our proposal provides for Qualcomm stockholders, we believe Qualcomm stockholders would be better served by new independent, highly qualified nominees who are committed to maximizing value and acting in the best interests of Qualcomm stockholders."


Broadcom bids $130 billion to acquire Qualcomm

In what could become the largest tech merger to date, Broadcom announced a proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qualcomm for $70.00 per share in cash and stock, making the offer worth $130 billion in total, a 28% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm common stock on November 2, 2017

Broadcom cites the following benefits of a merged company:

  • Creates a Leading Diversified Communications Semiconductor Company: Qualcomm's cellular business is highly complementary to Broadcom's portfolio, and the combination will create a strong, global company with an impressive portfolio of technologies and products.
  • Accelerates Innovation to Deliver More Advanced Semiconductor Solutions to Global Customers: As a result of enhanced scale, reach and financial flexibility, the combined company will benefit from the ability to accelerate innovation and deliver more advanced semiconductor solutions to its broad global customer base.
  • Compelling Financial Benefits: The combined company will have an enhanced financial profile, benefiting from Broadcom's proven operating model with industry-leading margins. The combined Broadcom and Qualcomm, including NXP, will have pro forma fiscal 2017 revenues of approximately $51 billion and pro forma 2017 EBITDA of approximately $23 billion, including synergies. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Broadcom's Non-GAAP EPS in the first full year after close.

"Broadcom's proposal is compelling for stockholders and stakeholders in both companies. Our proposal provides Qualcomm stockhold

Huawei and China Mobile develop control plane protocol for Broadband Network Gateways

Huawei and the China Mobile Research Institute have developed a Control Plane and User Plane Separated Protocol (CUSP) for cloud-based Broadband Network Gateways (BNGs).

The companies said their CUSP draft defines protocol requirements for information delivery, reliability, and security mechanisms needed for communication between the control and user planes in cloud-based BNG architecture with separated control and user planes.

The protocol has been submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for consideration as a standard.

"The CU-separated BNG architecture allows network resource pooling to improve resource utilization and enables centralized virtual control plane to accelerate service efficiency and shorten new service provisioning time,” said Hu Shujun, an expert at the China Mobile Research Institute. “These are the business values brought by the architecture. The standards proposal submitted at the meeting was well received by industry experts, and the interface protocol and information model for interaction between the control and user planes will drive the new architecture to mature and become applicable. On the way to standardization of this architecture, we are open to new thoughts and welcome conversations with more industry experts to accelerate this process."

  • In March 2017, Huawei worked with the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) to complete the industry's first function and performance tests on broadband access for one million home subscribers. 
  • In June, Huawei and China Mobile Shaanxi successfully carried out the world's first commercial trial of the CU-separated BNG architecture on a live network.

Ericsson to open 5G Life Campus in Hasselt, Belgium.

Ericsson will open a 5G innovation center in Hasselt, Belgium at Corda Campus, a technology park.

The "5G Life Campus" will be fully connected to Ericsson’s R&D center in Aachen, Germany, where 5G development and international pilot projects are executed.

The new Belgian facility will o provide industry players with a test environment to develop and trial new applications using the latest technologies for the next generation of mobility, potentially years ahead of the expected commercial launch of 5G in Belgium.

Raf Degens, Director of Corda Campus, says: “Corda Campus is a high technology campus, where more than 200 innovative companies work on new products and services every day. With Ericsson, this 5G Life Campus will provide industries a way to prepare for the future and grow faster.”

Silver Peak hits SD-WAN milestone: 600 customers

Silver Peak announced a milestone for SD-WAN - it now has over 600 production customer deployments for its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution.

Silver Peak's EdgeConnect architecture eliminates the need for conventional branch routers. The platform consolidates network functions including SD-WAN, routing, WAN optimization and security into a single, centrally orchestrated application-driven SD-WAN solution.

Example customers include A. Zahner Company, Centurion Medical Products, CorTrust Bank, EMC Insurance, Halff Associates, Inc., IMMI, Produce World and Simpson Strong-Tie.