Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Microsoft's Project xCloud video game streaming coming in 2019

Microsoft shared details of its Project xCloud, which will use state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology to allow users to play on any device. The idea is to make the gaming experience to music and movies — available on demand and accessible from any screen.

Microsoft promises to make it easy for developers to bring their content to Project xCloud.

Project xCloud public trials are expected to begin in 2019. Microsoft said the initial focus is "on delivering an amazing added experience to existing Xbox players and on empowering developers to scale to hundreds of millions of new players across devices. Our goal with Project xCloud is to deliver a quality experience for all gamers on all devices that’s consistent with the speed and high-fidelity gamers experience and expect on their PCs and consoles."

Cloud game-streaming is expected to be a multi-faceted, complex challenge. Microsoft noted that compatibility with existing and future Xbox games requires custom hardware blades for its data centers. The customizable blades host the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles.

https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/10/08/project-xcloud-gaming-with-you-at-the-center/


Huawei releases flagship 128-port 100GE data center switch

Huawei introduced a CloudEngine series data center switch providing 128 x 100GE ports and featuring a maximum switching and forwarding capability of 25.6 Tbps. Huawei said the new 4U high CE9860X switch will support future 400GE ports.

Two of these CE9860X switches, along with Huawei's 25GE/10GE CE6800 series switches, can be used for spine-leaf network for data centers with fewer than 3000 servers.

Leon Wang, General Manager of Huawei Data Center Network Domain, said “The CE9860X is a new flagship member in the Huawei CloudEngine series data center switch family. CloudEngine series switches have been released for nearly six years and have become one of the products of choice for global enterprises to build cloud data center networks. We believe that the CE9860X will bring belief to many small and medium-sized enterprises and become the best model for them to build cloud data center networks.”

https://e.huawei.com/en/news/global/2018/HC2018/201810090849?source=corp_comm

Huawei previews Intent-Driven CloudCampus

Huawei announced its next-generation Intent-Driven CloudCampus solution featuring SmartRadio WLAN performance optimization, AI-powered intelligent O&M engine CampusInsight, and AI-powered proactive security protection of campus networks.

"We believe that future campus networks will quickly have three distinct characteristics: ubiquitous wireless, intelligent operation and management, and cloud-based management," said Zhao Zhipeng, General Manager of Huawei's Campus Network Domain. "To support digital applications, future campus networks will become more intelligent than ever. To bring the future to today, Huawei's latest Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution uses big data, AI, and SmartRadio WLAN performance optimization technologies to help enterprise users build high-quality networks featuring always-on business, assured user experience, and simplified O&M."

Highlights include:

  • WLAN APs (802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ax) will support SmartRadio technology with intelligent Dynamic Frequency Assignment (DFA), intelligent roaming and load balancing, intelligent Enhanced Distributed Channel Access (EDCA), and other algorithms for optimization. The WLAN optimization typically improves the capacity of the entire network by more than 30 percent and greatly enhances the audio and video experience of each user.
  • AI-powered intelligent O&M engine CampusInsight, which provides root-cause analysis of wired and wireless network faults. CampusInsight also uses SmartPersona technology to proactively predict the root cause of poor-quality users and proactively implement optimizations, accelerating network fault remediation from hours to minutes.
  • Encrypted Communication Analytics (ECA) for AI-powered unknown threat and encrypted traffic detection and defense. This system uses the security probes of switches to capture the features of encrypted traffic. By using cloud-based AI models trained on massive amounts of malicious encrypted traffic, Huawei's CIS identifies malicious encrypted traffic with a detection rate of more than 99 percent and a false reporting rate of less than 0.01 percent. The threat disposal time is shortened from days to minutes.

Huawei will also release a series of new IDN-ready campus switches that can significantly increase terminal access capacity and support the advanced features of Intent-Driven CloudCampus through software upgrades.

CenturyLink intros Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections

CenturyLink launched a new Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections service that enables real-time creation and deletion of private Ethernet connections to cloud service providers. Customers can now dynamically connect across hybrid cloud workloads including their private cloud and data center locations, as well as within a cloud provider such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS GovCloud (U.S.) is also included in the connectivity options.

Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections enables customers to self-provision the connections on-demand through a secure portal or via API integration. The connections is delivered over private MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 connections across CenturyLink's redundant global fiber network of more than 2,200 public and private data centers and over 100,000 on-net enterprise buildings to cloud service providers across the globe. Billing works on a pay-as-you-go model. Every dynamic connection is on an hourly rate with no long-term contract and no early termination fees.

"CenturyLink can now provide on-demand, real-time network connections between enterprise locations, public data centers and cloud service providers across the globe," said Paul Savill, senior vice president of core network and technology solutions at CenturyLink. "This also demonstrates how CenturyLink's global network and hybrid cloud management solutions make the cloud ecosystem easier for enterprises to leverage. Our on-net customers can now enjoy a network experience that matches their cloud experience—wherever they operate."

Broadcom samples Automotive Gigabit-capable PHY, Secure Switch and Smart Camera MCU

Broadcom expanded its portfolio of automotive Ethernet devices designed to advance in-vehicle connectivity, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and smart mobility. The launch includes:

  • 100BASE-T1 / 1000BASE-T1 Ethernet PHY: BCM8988x
  • 100BASE-T1 / 1000BASE-T1 switches with full security: BCM8955x
  • Camera MCU with computer vision functionality: BCM8910x

Broadcom says Ethernet has become the de-facto networking technology for connecting various electronic systems in the car, such as body electronics, infotainment, and ADAS. High speed Ethernet links are essential in getting endpoints such as cameras, RADAR and LIDAR to transfer large amounts of data across the network for accurate real time decision making.

“We are excited to be leading the next evolution of in-vehicle connectivity and networking. Broadcom has been instrumental in developing the automotive One Pair Ethernet technology and ecosystem from inception. As new technologies make inroads into vehicles, Ethernet will play a crucial role in the next wave of automotive applications. Our latest offering of Gigabit capable portfolio and our continued efforts to define next generation PHY technologies, is empowering auto manufacturers to bring new innovations to next generation connected vehicles,” said Ali Abaye, senior director of marketing of the Physical Layer Products Division at Broadcom.

To date, Broadcom has shipped more than 50 million automotive 100BASE-T1 BroadR-Reach PHY and switch Ethernet ports.

TidalScale raises $24 million for software-defined servers

TidalScale, a start-up offering software-defined servers, announced $24 million in Series B funding. TidalScale enables organizations to build a virtual server of any size from standard commodity physical servers in minutes. And once it’s up and running, TidalScale’s real-time machine learning layer continuously optimizes system performance.

The new funding comes from a strong investment syndicate that includes Bain Capital Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Sapphire Ventures, Infosys, SK Hynix, and a leading server OEM, as well as other undisclosed investors.

“TidalScale helps organizations sharpen their competitive advantage by making in-memory computing accessible with data sets that exceed the capabilities of even the largest traditional servers–with linear cost. Our breakthrough Software-Defined Server technology amplifies the value of modern data centers by enabling organizations to build a virtual server of any size—the right size—in just minutes. For our customers, TidalScale Software-Defined Servers have proven to be game-changing.  We’re honored that so many respected investors and partners recognize the value and promise of TidalScale,” stated Gary Smerdon, President & CEO at TidalScale.

TidalScale is based in Campbell, California.

Start-up profile: TidalScale, building an inverse hypervisor for scale-up servers


TidalScale, a start-up based in Campbell, California, is on a mission to build the world's largest virtual servers based on Intel x86 commodity hardware. The company's "inverse" hypervisor combines multiple physical servers (including their associated CPUs, memory storage and network) into one or more large software-defined virtual servers. This is the inverse equivalent of VMware because a rack of physical servers are virtualized as though it were...


IEEE forms 802.11 Extremely High Throughput Study Group

The IEEE has established an 802.11 Extremely High Throughput Study Group to initiate discussion on new IEEE 802.11 features for bands between 1 and 7.125 GHz. The group is identifying requirements for a possible amendment to IEEE 802.11 that would increase peak throughput to support demanding applications such as video over wireless local area networks (WLANs), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

“We are seeking stakeholders throughout the IEEE 802.11 ecosystem to share their experiences with the standard and needs for features such as more spatial streams, higher bandwidth, multi-AP (access point) techniques and multiband switching, aggregation and operation,” said Michael Montemurro, chair of the IEEE 802.11 Extremely High Throughput Study Group. “We envision a rapidly paced effort over the next six to nine months, which we hope will bring into clear definition the most important requirements to be addressed in accelerated development of a possible future amendment to the IEEE 802.11 base standard.”

The IEEE 802.11 Real Time Applications Topic Interest Group is quantifying performance lags and stability issues that have been observed with real-time applications such as mobile and multiplayer games, robotics and industrial automation, as well as the range of mechanisms in the industry to address those issues. The group is working to document usage models and requirements metrics for real-time applications.

“Immersive gaming, for example, is very latency sensitive and requires a quick turnaround on packets for users to enjoy a high-quality experience. Jitter, packet loss and what’s going on throughout the network can have a large impact on these real-time applications, which may have only moderate bandwidth requirements but have very low tolerance for latency,” said Allan Jones, chair of the IEEE 802.11 Real Time Applications Topic Interest Group. “What we’re trying to do in our group is define more specifically what these requirements are for this particular category of applications, toward the goal of informing ongoing IEEE 802.11 innovation.”

Frontier launches Gigabit Service in its FiOS territories

Frontier Communications is introducing a new Gigabit service in its FiOS and Vantage Fiber markets, offering its fastest residential broadband service while also increasing its new consumer broadband offer to 200/200 Mbps, and adding higher speed tiers previously not offered in Indiana, Oregon and Washington (300/300 Mbps).

Pricing will be the same with or without a contract.

“Frontier is pleased to now offer a 200/200 Mbps service, the fastest, most efficient introductory broadband service available in our markets, plus eye-popping speed and capacity with our FiOS Gigabit for the home,” said John Maduri, Frontier’s Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer.

“Speed and reliability are hallmarks of FiOS Fiber broadband service,” Maduri added. “Two-way speeds over our all-fiber network make Internet tasks faster and more efficient, regardless of the time of day, while also enabling the many connected devices and streaming services in the home to work simultaneously and smoothly.”

Frontier’s 100 percent, all-fiber FiOS network is available to approximately 1.4 million households in the Tampa Bay region in six-counties along the central west coast of Florida. Frontier continues to invest in its fiber network, expanding its availability to nearly 13,000 single family homes, multi-family units and business addresses in 2017 alone. Overall Frontier’s Florida service territory covers nearly 5,000 square miles.

FiOS by Frontier is also offered throughout major urban areas in Southern California; in numerous communities in the Dallas, Texas area; and in parts of Indiana, Oregon and Washington. Vantage Fiber is offered in parts of Connecticut, North Carolina and Minnesota. Availability may be limited in some markets.

Vapor IO adds former Crown Castle exec to its team

Vapor IO, which is developing tower-connected edge colocation services, announced the addition of Alan Bock to its executive team, as vice president of business development, telecommunications. He will focus on carrier relationships as well as relationships in emerging verticals that include autonomous vehicles and smart cities.

Bock is a former VP at telco infrastructure provider Crown Castle. Previously, Bock served in various roles at Crown Castle International, including vice president of corporate development and strategy where he led Crown’s M&A efforts, including the initial investment in Vapor IO. Prior to Crown Castle, Bock held various managerial and finance roles at Cypress Semiconductor and XO Communications. Bock was also recently on the board of directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), a leading consortium of wireless infrastructure in the US.

Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge platform delivers a new category of colocation which will move the intersection of the wireless and wireline networks much closer to the end user. The company recently announced its Series C funding led by Berkshire Partners, with participation from current investor Crown Castle. The funding will be used to build out the nation’s largest collection of colocation data centers and interconnection facilities at the edge of the wireless network.

“Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge is the fastest-growing platform of tower-connected edge data centers. We expect to be in over 100 locations by 2020 and we are on track to become the largest provider of edge colocation and interconnection services,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “Alan’s experience and knowledge of the wireless and edge computing industries is second to none, and we are thrilled to have him on the team at Vapor IO to partner with the wireless carriers and help build out our application ecosystem.”

Monday, October 8, 2018

Edgecore debuts disaggregated PON OLTs for 10G

At SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague, Edgecore Networks introduced disaggregated open OLT products to enable service providers to deploy 10G PON services and GPON services with the lower costs and greater software control of SDN-managed open network infrastructures.

The Edgecore ASGvOLT32 and ASGvOLT64 GPON OLTs will provide 32-ports and 64-ports respectively of GPON, with uplink ports of 2 x 100GbE and 8 x 25GbE. The ASXvOLT16 10G OLT provides 16 XFP ports supporting 10G XGS-PON or NG-PON2, plus 4 x 100GbE uplinks.

The Edgecore open OLTs include the open source software components ONIE, Open Network Linux, Open Optical Monitoring (OOM) API, the Redfish hardware management API, and the OpenOLT Adapter (vOLTHA driver) for operation in SDN Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA) or R-CORD open infrastructures defined through the Open Network Foundation (ONF). The Edgecore open OLTs will also be compatible with commercial OLT software from Aricent. The Edgecore XGS-PON OLT is commercially available as part of an end-to-end full turnkey solution from DASAN Zhone Solutions.

Edgecore will contribute the complete hardware designs and introduce GPON OLT products in conformance with the “Deutsche Telekom Open GPON-OLT Specification” that has been approved through the OCP Telco Project.

Edgecore also announced that its ASXvOLT16 10G PON OLT has been fully approved by the Open Compute Project as an OCP-Accepted™ product, which is immediately available and conforms to the “AT&T Open XGS-PON 1RU OLT” specification in OCP.

“Deutsche Telekom is collaborating with open communities like OCP and ONF, and directly with leading open network vendors like Edgecore, to specify and accelerate the availability of open whitebox hardware manageable from open software platforms to reduce costs and improve performance for broadband access and other services,” said Armin Sumesgutner, SVP Fixed Mobile Engineering Deutschland, Deutsche Telekom. “We are pleased that Edgecore will provide commercial GPON OLT products as fully open hardware designs that conforms to the specification we contributed to OCP.”

“Edgecore has been working closely with leading service providers worldwide, and with the OCP, ONF and TIP communities to offer disaggregated hardware products that enable open network deployments for broadband access, edge computing, mobile backhaul, and edge switching use cases,” said George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks. “The addition of open GPON OLTs to our OCP-Accepted 10G OLT will allow service providers to offer a mix of PON services from an SDN-enabled open hardware and software infrastructure, thereby lowering costs and increasing service flexibility.”

Wind River and BT showcase the 5G Edge

At SDN NFV World Congress 2018 this week in The Hague, Wind River is showcasing edge cloud compute applications in collaboration with BT.

The demo features Wind River Titanium Cloud, a deployment-ready virtualization software platform, running on a BT cellular base station. The proof of concept platform, which functions as an edge cloud compute node, highlights multiple 5G edge cloud computing use cases, including those for next-generation, connected automobiles and also for augmented/virtual reality:

  • Remote vehicle control for traffic/route management
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication for collision avoidance
  • Augmented reality for multi-person sessions without gameplay disruption


“5G will demand ultra-low latency and dynamic compute architectures for the cloud,” said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development for Telecommunications at Wind River. “Wind River provides a flexible and secure cloud-based infrastructure that can be deployed at any network location. In order to successfully meet changing market needs, it is important to work with leading operators who, like BT, are uniquely positioned to deploy cloud compute at the right edge locations to support growing 5G applications.”

“The rise of Edge Cloud Compute will require flexible cloud infrastructure and the deployment of dynamic applications wherever and whenever they are needed. BT’s network is evolving to meet these demands,” said Maria Cuevas, head of mobile core networks research at BT. “BT is working with industry partners like Wind River to tackle the technical challenges around Edge Cloud Compute and develop solutions that meet customers’ future needs.”

http://www.windriver.com/markets/networking

Netcracker intros cloud-based SDN/NFV solution as a service

At SDN NFV World Congress, Netcracker unveiled its new Netcracker Business Cloud solution, an end-to-end cloud-based SDN/NFV solution as a service designed to help service providers fast track their cloud transformation initiatives.

Netcracker said that by offering the industry’s first end-to-end, cloud-based SDN/NFV and IT solution—from VNFs to orchestration, OSS, BSS, portals and a digital marketplace—as a service, the solution enables faster time-to-market while opening disruptive business models for service providers.

Netcracker Business Cloud offers deployment flexibility using Netcracker’s cloud or a multi-cloud environment comprised of a service provider’s private cloud and public clouds, with Netcracker taking responsibility for the end-to-end service. For large service providers with OpCo and ServCo models, Netcracker Business Cloud offers the flexibility to host the solution in a single location and deliver it as a service to the affiliates, enabling them to offer next-gen B2B services quickly. While it is a full-stack solution, its flexible, microservices-based architecture allows operators to use only parts of the solution they need to further augment or replace their own cloud solutions.

Netcracker Business Cloud, as part of its end-to-end offering, also includes comprehensive consulting and go-to-market services, making it a full turnkey solution.

“As the world’s largest SDN/NFV event, this is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase how we are working with our customers to help them move to the cloud as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Ari Banerjee, Vice President of Strategy at Netcracker. “We are demonstrating a revolutionary approach to the adoption of SDN/NFV that will rapidly reduce the time operators need to roll out new services. It truly is a game changer for the industry.”

http://netcracker.com/NBC

Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland reach fiber deal

Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland announced a network sharing deal under which at least 5,000 Telefónica Deutschland mobile base stations will be connected via Deutsche Telekom's fiber-optic network in the long term.

Deutsche Telekom said the commitment enables its to dedicate more resources to its own network expansion. T

Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland concluded their first mobile backhaul contract in 2011.

"This agreement is an important step toward ensuring the future viability of Germany's mobile communications infrastructure," said Dirk Wössner, Managing Director of Telekom Deutschland, on the occasion of the signing. "Everyone will win from this cooperation, because Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica can both capture synergies. The resources that we save will be dedicated directly to our own network upgrades and the development of 5G. Deutsche Telekom is building and operating the largest fiber-optic network in Germany by far. We are very pleased that we will now be utilizing our infrastructure together with Telefónica – because it will benefit Germany and millions of people." The cooperation also shows that telecommunications providers seek to cooperate without regulatory intervention, said Wössner.

Millicom to acquire Panama's Cable Onda for US$1 billion

Luxembourg-based Millicom agreed to acquire a controlling 80% stake in Cable Onda, the largest cable and fixed telecommunications services provider in Panama, for approximately US$1.002 billion in cash. The deal values 100% of Cable Onda at an enterprise value of $1,460 million.

Cable Onda is the leader in Panama’s broadband internet, pay-TV, fixed telephony and B2B telecommunications markets, serving more than 500,000 customers using mostly its state-ofthe-art
Hybrid Fibre-Cable (HFC) network. For the half-year ended June 30, 2018, Cable Onda generated revenue of $195 million and EBITDA of $83 million, for a margin of 42.4%. Capex for
the period was $46 million.

As of December 31, 2017, Millicom provided mobile services to approximately 51 million customers, with a cable footprint of more than 9 million homes passed. In 2017, Millicom reported revenues of $6.0 billion and EBITDA of $2.2 billion. In Latin America, Millicom is present in Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay.

Mauricio Ramos, CEO of Millicom said: “Our acquisition of Cable Onda is consistent with our strategy of accelerating the deployment of high-speed data networks in Central and South America. With the addition of Panama, we now have contiguous country operations from Guatemala to Colombia, which will significantly enhance our B2B capabilities, given the country’s increasingly important role as a business hub for the region. We are excited about expanding to Panama, an investment grade country with a diversified, dollarized, and robust economy. Disposable income levels in Panama are now among the highest in Latin America, yet penetration rates for digital services remain comparatively low. We look forward to working with our strong local partners to extend the company’s market leadership and bring Digital Lifestyle services to even more Panamanians and contribute to the ongoing socio-economic development of the country.”


CyrusOne invests in Brazilian data center

CyrusOne is making a $12 million investment in ODATA Brasil S.A. and ODATA Colombia  in exchange for a 10% equity interest in S.A.S. (collectively “ODATA”).

“CyrusOne is a leader and innovator in the data center industry, and their design and construction expertise will be valuable in delivering timely, cost-efficient builds to hyperscale companies.”

ODATA is focused on hyperscale cloud companies. The company currently has over 12 MW of capacity with plans to develop over 100 MW in Brazil, and will soon be launching construction in Colombia. ODATA is majority owned by Patria Infrastructure Fund III, managed by Patria Investments (“Patria”), a leading private equity firm in Brazil.

In connection with this investment, CyrusOne and ODATA entered a commercial agreement covering leasing activity with CyrusOne customers in the ODATA portfolio. In addition, Kevin Timmons, CyrusOne’s chief technology officer, will join the ODATA board of directors.

“We are excited to partner with Patria and the ODATA team as they scale their business throughout Latin America. To date, Brazil and other LATAM markets have largely been served by a limited number of providers, leading to few options and high costs for our customers. The combination of our collective resources will form the basis of a powerful platform from which we can better serve these customers’ increasingly global needs,” said Gary Wojtaszek, president and chief executive officer of CyrusOne. “Through Patria, which holds a number of investments across the communications infrastructure space, customers in ODATA’s facilities will have access to both dark fiber and lit services via Vogel Telecom, another portfolio company. At the same time, we will work with ODATA, helping the company build a scalable platform that can deliver high quality facilities at the lowest cost.”

Rancher's new release targets improved Kubernetes cluster ops

Rancher Labs released version 2.1 of its container management software, introducing next generation automatic cluster operations and application management, as well as a migration path for users moving from Rancher’s Cattle orchestrator to Rancher Kubernetes.

“Rancher continues to be the de facto choice for enterprises looking to run containers and Kubernetes in production,” said Sheng Liang, CEO and co-founder of Rancher Labs. “With Rancher 2.1, we’re providing key upgrades to the product that further enables any enterprise to embrace Kubernetes and accelerate development, reduce infrastructure costs and improve application reliability.”

Rancher 2.1 brings scalability improvements, as well as the ability to define and manage Kubernetes Clusters as code with Rancher. Additionally, Rancher is now enabling users to snapshot and export the complete configuration of Kubernetes clusters managed by Rancher, and later on restore Kubernetes clusters by importing the same configuration file.

http://www.rancher.com

Facebook's Portal offers video calling. built-in Alexa

Facebook introduced two consumer video conferencing devices featuring smart camera and microphones as well as built-in Amazon Alexa capabilities. The service provides video conferenced between Facebook and Messenger contacts.

The smart cameras use AI to track the users as they move about within view.

Connectivity is provided via Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) with dual band MIMO (2.4GHz and 5GHz), and Bluetooth 4.2.

Facebook said it has striven to provide the highest level of security and that its Portal service does not have Facebook ads at this time, although third-party services using the platform may have embedded ads.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

U.S bank signs Zayo for dark fiber, wavelengths, colo

Zayo announced a contract to provide a U.S.-based multinational bank with dark fiber, colocation and wavelengths.

Zayo said the colocation solution at a zColo data center in the western U.S. will serve as an interconnection hub for the customer. Dark fiber routes from the data center, over existing Zayo network, will connect to the bank’s core data centers in the area. In addition, a high-capacity wavelength solution will also be deployed, providing long-haul connectivity between nine markets across the U.S.

“Zayo’s unique ability to bring together all aspects of a North American infrastructure solution, including dark fiber, data centers and high-capacity, diverse wavelengths, was a deciding factor in this win,” said Randy Dunbar, president of Transport at Zayo. “The solution delivers all the baseline components providing the ability for the bank to continue to scale their network across a broad geography.”