Monday, October 15, 2018

A10 upgrades its multi-cloud analytics and management platform

A10 Networks released a major upgrade to its multi-cloud analytics and management platform, the A10 Harmony Controller.

The upgrade expands A10’s advanced security and connected intelligence capabilities via a new Harmony App that supports A10’s enterprise SSL inspection solution, Thunder SSLi (SSL Insight). The solution provides enterprises with full visibility into encrypted traffic.

Some key features:

  • Centralized management for multi-site deployments and simplified policy distribution to reduce TCO and improve security staff efficiency.
  • Advanced analytics with actionable insights into traffic categorization, anomalies and suspicious activities for easy troubleshooting and rapid response, ensuring ongoing operations.
  • Application detection and control for user behavior analysis, increasing employee productivity and improving operational efficiency.
  • Simplified, wizard-driven configuration for rapid deployment to minimize operational complexity.

ADTRAN opens the door to 10G PON residential

ADTRAN introduced a 10G PON residential optical network terminal (ONT) -- opening the door to mass market 10G PON deployment by offering a multi-gigabit, symmetric alternative to single gigabit capable GPON, EPON, Gfast and DOCSIS 3.1 services. The company already offered  10G PON business ONTs.

The new ADTRAN SDX 621X ONT supports symmetrical 10G PON technologies and uses a flexible optics approach that enables service providers to support existing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers, while also simultaneously supporting higher-bandwidth business and 4G/5G “anyhaul” services over a single, common network.

“The original use cases for 10G PON focused on multi-gigabit enterprise and infrastructure backhaul services, given the high costs of 10G PON ONT optics,” Ovum Principal Analyst Julie Kunstler said. “Technical innovation, as seen within the ADTRAN 10G PON solution, along with economies of scale spurred by 10G deployments globally, are driving down the cost difference between GPON and 10G. Consequently, 10G PON is now a viable option for residential subscriber deployments, and operators understand the competitive and future-proofing benefits of moving to 10G.”

“The demand for higher capacity fiber access will continue to grow as new applications enter the market and operators look to increase efficiency by converging all services onto a common infrastructure,” ADTRAN Portfolio Director for Fiber Access Ryan McCowan said. “With 100G switching, 10G access, and now mass-market 10G CPE, covered by end-to-end open service orchestration, ADTRAN is leading the next wave in fiber broadband.”

Samsung intros automotive app processors and image sensor

Samsung Electronics introduced two new automotive solution brands -- Samsung Exynos Auto and Samsung ISOCELL Auto – targeting application processors and image sensors.

“Samsung's new automotive brand solutions, Exynos Auto and ISOCELL Auto, bring Samsung's market-proven technologies to automotive applications with enhanced features and durability required by the market,” said Kenny Han, vice president of Samsung’s Device Solutions Division. “With fast telecommunication, accurate sensing and powerful processing capabilities, Samsung’s Auto-branded solutions will enable new driving experiences to next-generation smart vehicles.”

Samsung’s Exynos automotive processors bring the efficient qualities of Exynos’ mobile versions and are designed to meet industry requirements for harsher environments for automotive infotainment, advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and telematics.

Samsung’s ISOCELL image sensors feature the company’s innovative pixel isolation technology. The automotive grade ISOCELL sensors provide greater visibility of the road and surroundings even in low-light environments while enabling more precise identification of objects.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Juniper's Bikash Koley: Open source and complexity

Does open source help or hurt the problem of increasing network complexity?

Bikash Koley, CTO of Juniper Networks, responds.





Orange joins Google's Dunant transatlantic cable project

Orange is joining Google's Dunant transatlantic project, which is a 6,600km submarine cable connecting the United States to the French Atlantic coast. The system is expected to be ready for services late 2020.

As the French landing partner, Orange will build and operate the landing station on the French Atlantic coast and provide the backhaul service to Paris. In parallel, Orange will benefit from fiber-pairs with a capacity of more than 30 Tbps per pair.

Commenting on the collaboration, Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange, said: “I am extremely proud to announce this collaboration with Google to build a new, cutting-edge cable between the USA and France. The role of submarine cables is often overlooked, despite their central role at the heart of our digital world. I am proud that Orange continues to be a global leader in investing, deploying, maintaining and managing such key infrastructure. Google is a major partner for Orange and this project reflects the spirit of our relationship.”

Google to build private "Dunant" cable from Virginia to France

Google is planning a new transatlantic subsea cable system linking the east coast of the United States to Europe to bolster its global network.

Dunant, which is named in honor of Swiss businessman and humanitarian Henri Dunant, will be a four-fiber pair cable system spanning over 6,400km from Virginia Beach to the French Atlantic coast.

Google has selected TE SubCom to build the Dunant submarine cable system. Activation is expected in late 2020.

Henri Dunant was the founder of the Red Cross and recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.


Google commissions own subsea cable from CA to Chile

TE Subcom has been awarded a contract by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, to build a subsea cable from California to Chile. A ready-for-service date is expected in 2019.

The Curie Submarine Cable will be a four fiber-pair subsea system spanning over 10,000 km from Los Angeles to Valparaiso. It will include a branching unit for future connectivity to Panama.

The project is believed to be the first subsea cable to land in Chile in 20 years.

Google Cloud intros container-native load balancing

Google Cloud Platform is launching container-native load balancing for applications running on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and Kubernetes on Compute Engine.

Customers are able to program load balancers as IP port pairs using network endpoint groups (NEGs), and load balancing directly to the containers. The new NEG abstraction layer that enables container-native load balancing is integrated with the Kubernetes Ingress controller running on GCP.

This represents a new data model abstraction layer on GCP, which Google says reaffirms "containers as first-class citizens on GCP."

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/containers-kubernetes/introducing-container-native-load-balancing-on-google-kubernetes-engine


Zayo continues building metro fiber networks in Europe

Citing demand from hyperscale, cloud and data center providers as well as enterprise customers, Zayo announced expansions of its fiber networks in four European markets, including London, Paris, Dublin and Amsterdam.

“These success-based network expansions will drive greater value for existing and new customers in Europe, with a focus on carriers and wireless operators, cloud service providers, technology, financial services and data-driven enterprises,” said Annette Murphy, managing director, Zayo Europe. “We continue to focus on leveraging our robust network, meeting the demand for the highest capacity, lowest latency fiber routes between key customer locations.”

Highlights:

  • In London, Zayo is building a new fiber route from Hatfield, Hertfordshire to Stratford, East London, as part of a strategic ring outside of the city. The new route provides a new option for long haul routes from Dublin to Amsterdam and enhanced diversity for data center customers in Enfield. 
  • In Paris, Zayo is expanding its fiber footprint in La Defense, where it currently serves dozens of customers located there over its high-capacity fiber network. 
  • In Dublin, a multinational company has selected Zayo for a fully diverse dark fiber ring around the metro area. The high-fiber count solution will significantly improve latency for the customer, with the potential for follow-on sales to many companies that have a presence in Dublin or are considering investment and relocation in Ireland. The new routes complement Zayo’s existing T50 fiber network in Dublin.
  • In Amsterdam, Zayo is upgrading and expanding its fiber network between Schiphol-Rijk and the Amsterdam Science Park. The park is among Europe’s largest centers of science, research and innovation and home to multiple data centers. The upgrade is driven by a data center operator based in the Schiphol-Rijk data center campus.


Intel + Ovum: How big is the 5G opportunity?

How big is the 5G opportunity?

Well, according to a newly released “5G Economics of Entertainment Report” commissioned by Intel and conducted by Ovum, it is forecast that over the next decade (2019-2028) media and entertainment companies will be competing to win a share of a near $3 trillion cumulative wireless revenue opportunity.

Experiences enabled by 5G networks will account for nearly half of this revenue opportunity (close to $1.3 trillion).

“5G will inevitably shake up the media and entertainment landscape. It will be a major competitive asset if companies adapt. If not, they risk failure or even extinction. This wave of 5G transformation will not be the purview of any singular industry, and now is certainly the time for all business decision-makers to ask: Is your business 5G-ready?” stated  Jonathan Wood, general manager of Business Development & Partnerships, 5G Next Generation and Standards at Intel

Some highlights:

  • 2022: 5G accounts for nearly 20 percent of total telecom revenues – $47 billion of $253 billion
  • 2025: more than 55 percent of total revenues – $183 billion of $321 billion
  • 2028: nearly 80 percent of total revenues – $335 billion of $420 billion. The average monthly traffic per 5G subscriber will grow from 11.7GB in 2019 to 84.4GB per month in 2028, at which point video will account for 90 percent of all 5G traffic.




NTT DOCOMO invests in a quantum dot laser start-up

NTT DOCOMO announced an equity investment in QD Laser, a start-up developing semiconductor laser parts, retinal scanning laser eyewear, and other products based on an innovative quantum dot laser technology.

QD Laser, which is an offshoot of Fujitsu and was founded in 2006, is based in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa, Japan. The company is leveraging nanocrystal technology for the mass production of quantum dot lasers capable of operating stably even under high temperatures. In 2018, QD Laser applied its advanced technologies to install a compact laser projector with extremely small output into a spectacle-type device, and successfully commercialized the world’s first retinal scanning laser eyewear that directly projects an image onto the user’s retina for image display. The technology could help patients with ametropia or corneal opacity and weak-sighted individuals.

Riverbed improves cloud app visibility to Kubernetes

Riverbed released an updated version of its SteelCentral Digital Experience Management (DEM) solution that provides greater visibility of cloud-native apps and into cloud-based networks.

With this new release, AppInternals, SteelCentral’s APM solution, significantly enhances its support for modern cloud-based application architectures with full visibility into transactions, containers, and services running within Kubernetes, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift. SteelCentral APM helps companies running applications in Docker containers and Pivotal Cloud Foundry, to reduce performance issues and drive better user adoption.

Some highlights of the new SteelCentral release:

  • Packet visibility in the cloud – the new release of a AppResponse Cloud solution collects and analyzes packet information for Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployments
  • Flow visibility in the cloud – SteelCentral NetProfiler’s capabilities extended to monitor flow across cloud environments and between the cloud and the enterprise
  • App visibility for cloud native apps – introduction of AppInternals integrations with Kubernetes, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift to help companies maintain visibility as applications are developed and implemented in the cloud, and manage the complexity of the modern multi-stack app ecosystem.

“As cloud adoption has become ubiquitous, cloud deployments and the applications themselves have become increasingly complex and distributed. Ensuring performance of the end-user experience, apps, networks and cloud vendors themselves is a daunting challenge,” said Mike Sargent, Senior Vice President, General Manager for SteelCentral at Riverbed. “This latest release of Riverbed SteelCentral delivers rich visibility into both the application and network performance of hybrid and cloud environments, as well as the most comprehensive approach to truly measure and manage the digital experience. With our end user experience focus and supporting big data platform, Riverbed SteelCentral is delivering end-to-end performance monitoring at a scale unmatched by any other vendor.”

Exablaze hits 100 picosecond resolution for layer 1 tap/replication

Exablaze, which offers high precision. layer 1 network monitoring/timestamping devices, introduced a solution for high performance compute (HPC), high-frequency trading (HFT), and telecommunications network applications. It offers 100 picosecond resolution network timestamping, high-density port count, deep aggregation buffers and high-rate, load-balanced outputs. The new unit features an internal memory hierarchy with 32GB of deep buffer memory.

Dr Greg Robinson, Exablaze Chairman, said, "The ExaLINK Fusion HPT maintains Exablaze's enviable position as a world-leading, high impact innovator. This device exemplifies our continuing commitment to customer-centric development." He added, "This product has undergone extensive early testing, demonstrating outstanding results and user satisfaction. We're confident that a wide range of users will find this device a highly valuable addition to their network monitoring infrastructure."

The Fusion HPT builds on the robust foundations of the ExaLINK Fusion product series.  The company says all its ExaLINK Fusion products offer extensive layer 1 tap/replication functions, replacing bulky and inflexible optical tap infrastructure.

The ExaLINK Fusion HPT is available in 16, 32, and 48 port varieties with SFP+ and QSFP connectivity options.

Exablaze is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Google Cloud Platform expands its enterprise networking

Google Cloud Platform introduced several additions to its enterprise networking portfolio.

Cloud NATBeta - a Google-managed Network Address Translation service that lets enterprises provision application instances without public IP addresses while also allowing them to access the Tnternet for updates, patching, config management in a controlled and efficient manner. Outside resources cannot directly access any of the private instances behind the Cloud NAT gateway, thereby helping to keep your Google Cloud VPCs isolated and secure.

Firewall Rules LoggingBeta - allows enterprises to audit, verify, and analyze the effects of firewall rules. For example, it provides visibility into potential connection attempts that are blocked by a given firewall rule. Logging is also useful to determine that there weren't any unauthorized connections allowed into an application. Firewall log records of allowed or denied connections are reported every five seconds, and can be exported to Stackdriver Logging, Cloud Pub/Sub, or BigQuery.

Managed TLS Certificates for HTTPS load balancersBeta - load balancing customers can now deploy HTTPS load balancers, Google taking care of provisioning root-trusted TLS certificates for you and manage their lifecycle including renewals and revocation.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/networking/simplifying-cloud-networking-for-enterprises-announcing-cloud-nat-and-more

Google Cloud Storage adds regional replication

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) introduced more data storage replication options within regions and between regions. This allows customers to move large data sets across regions using Google infrastructure for ensuring availability and business continuity.

Some highlights:

  • A new dual-regional option for replicating data, which is especially beneficial for analytics or big data workloads. Customers are able to write to a single dual-regional bucket without having to manually copy data between primary and secondary locations. 
  • Nearline and Coldline data now geo-redundant in multi-regional locations, raising the availability of archival data stored this way. 
  • A new look coming for Cloud Storage choices.
  • A new Cloud Storage C++ library so developers can customize their applications.
  • A new dual-regional option available in beta



Deutsche Telekom outlines 5G program

Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges outlined an eight-point program for rolling out 5G that targets coverage to 99% of Germany's population by 2025. The company is aiming to launch commercial 5G operation will launch in 2020 when terminal devices are available in sufficient numbers. Already 22,000 of the company's 27,000 mobile sites are already 5G-ready thanks to fiber-optic connectivity and the single RAN technology.

Speaking at the Telekom Netze-Tag event in Berlin, Höttges repeated his commitment to continue investing around 5.5 billion euros annually in the build-out of broadband networks in Germany.

He called on representatives from the political and industrial worlds to cooperate with network providers to pave the way for "the best 5G infrastructure in the world."

“Companies, authorities, and citizens in Germany are entitled to the best-performing digital infrastructure. In urban centers and rural areas alike. Broadband for everyone instead of a digital divide remains the objective. We will only achieve this objective by working together, not by competing with one another,” said Tim Höttges at the BDI conference in Berlin. “Not possible is not an option – gigabit networks for Germany.”

Some highlights:

  • 5G coverage to 99 percent of the German population by 2025. 
  • Targetting 90 percent 5G area coverage by 2025. This level can be achieved with 4G in 2021. 
  • The DT Group will invest 20 billion euros in Germany by 2021.
  • All mobile base stations will be equipped to run initial 5G applications such as the NB-IoT
  • DT is also speeding up the installation of new antenna sites. It currently operates 27,000 antenna sites and will be adding at least 2,000 each year. The number of antenna sites will reach 36,000 by 2021.
  • DT is currently running a 5G test cluster in central Berlin. 


https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/working-hard-on-the-5g-roll-out-in-germany-545412

Snowflake adds $450 million in funding for data warehousing

Snowflake Computing, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, closed $450 million in additional growth funding led by Sequoia Capital and including existing investors: Altimeter Capital, Capital One Growth Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures. New investor Meritech Capital also joined this round, which raises Snowflake’s pre-money valuation to $3.5 billion.

Earlier this year, Snowflake announced $263 million new venture funding in a round led by ICONIQ Capital, Altimeter Capital and newcomer Sequoia Capital.

This second round brings Snowflake’s total amount raised to $923 million.

Snowflake is headed by Bob Muglia, who previously was president of Microsoft’s $16 billion Server and Tools Business, responsible for products such as Windows Server, SQL Server, System Center and Windows Azure. Snowflake recently announced its availability on Microsoft Azure and its continued support for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Snowflake has offered data warehousing services since 2015. It claims 1,000 active customers, including Netflix, Office Depot, DoorDash, Netgear, Ebates and Yamaha.

“Learning to be data-driven is an imperative for every organization today, and a data-driven organization must be in control of its data,” Snowflake CEO Bob Muglia said. “Snowflake is the most powerful data warehouse in the world for analytics solutions. That power delivers the security, control and business answers needed to enable data-driven organizations. This is driving spectacular growth for our company, and this latest funding round will provide Snowflake with the resources we need to serve our rapidly growing set of new and existing customers around the world.”

EXFO posts Q4 sales of US$69 million

EXFO reported sales in its fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 of US$69.2 million compared to US$63.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Annual sales improved 10.8% to US$269.5 million in fiscal 2018 from US$243.3 million in 2017. IFRS net loss amounted to US$4.0 million, or US$0.07 per share, compared to net earnings of US$0.8 million, or US$0.02 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2017. In fiscal 2018, IFRS net loss totaled US$11.9 million, or US$0.22 per share, compared to net earnings of US$0.9 million, or US$0.02 per share, in 2017.

Bookings totaled US$63.1 million for a book-to-bill ratio of 0.91 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to US$66.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Overall for fiscal 2018, bookings increased 6.3% to US$267.7 million for a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99 from US$251.8 million in 2017.

Gross margin before depreciation and amortization* attained 60.4% of sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 compared 61.9% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Gross margin before depreciation and amortization included restructuring charges of 0.7% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2017. In fiscal 2018, gross margin before depreciation and amortization reached 61.0% of sales compared to 61.2% in 2017. Gross margin before depreciation and amortization included restructuring charges of 0.2% of sales in 2018 and 0.7% in 2017.

"During fiscal 2018, we made significant progress to strategically transform EXFO into a supplier of software-intensive, end-to-end solutions and analytics for fiber, mobile and virtualized networks," said Philippe Morin, EXFO's Chief Executive Officer. "While communications service providers are undergoing fundamental changes to their business models and network architectures with upcoming 5G and IoT deployments, EXFO has positioned itself as a supplier of choice delivering superior network performance, service reliability and subscriber insights through the acquisitions of Astellia and Ontology. Although these transformations are mostly unfolding according to plan, I am disappointed with our financial results in 2018 due to deal delays and the current market environment," Mr. Morin added. "Nonetheless, we have planned significant improvements for 2019 with an increased focus on execution."



MegaFon's CEO steps down

Russia's MegaFon announced the resignation of its General Director and CEO, Sergey Soldatenkov, who will leave the company before the expiration of his contract in 2019.

MegaFon's Board of Directors appointed Gevork Vermishian to take over his positions. Vermishian is currently Executive Director.

Sergey Soldatenkov commented: “I have decided that the time has come to hand the reins to Gevork. I have been involved with the Company since its creation, almost 20 years ago. Throughout this time we have been at the forefront of innovation: we were the first to launch new products and services, we surprised clients and competitors, and we were not afraid to change the sector nor, most importantly, to change ourselves. However, we have been conscious for a long time of the need for a management succession plan. With this in mind, we asked Gevork to take on the role of Executive Director last October, with a view to having me focus on strategy and government relations and having Gevork take on operational issues. In this way it was possible to gradually transition responsibilities to Gevork, and I believe that he is now ready to take over my responsibilities as well and assume full control of the management of the company."

ADTRAN delivers 2nd gen Gfast capable of 2 Gbps

ADTRAN launched its 2nd generation Gfast products allowing for the transparent extension of FTTH service capabilities.

The company is the first to deliver Gfast solutions that conform with Amendment 3 of the ITU-T G.fast standard, which doubles the usable spectrum from previously 106 Mhz to 212 MHz. With Amendment 3, Gfast is now capable of providing an aggregated bandwidth of 2 Gbps, delivering fiber-like speeds for Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) and other applications which require leveraging the existing phone or cable television wiring infrastructure.

ADTRAN said the increased capacity also helps operators with additional deployment flexibility, as for the first time Gfast-based services can be delivered to locations where these need to coexist with existing VDSL2 services while still maintaining the ability to deliver symmetric Gigabit speeds. The company has Gfast deployments underway with Tier 1 carrier networks in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe.

“Second generation Gfast solutions can allow operators, municipalities and regulatory agencies another delivery path to meeting the goal of delivering Gigabit speeds to consumers,” IHS Markit Principal Analyst, Service Provider Technology, John Kendall said. “The current Gfast market is set for strong growth as leading service providers are ramping deployments as a natural extension of their fiber investment strategies and Gigabit service rollout plans.”

“In today’s global economy, having access to Gigabit services has become playing stakes for any carrier that wants to compete for residential services,” ADTRAN Director of Portfolio Management, Broadband Solutions, Werner Heinrich said. “By delivering the industry’s most complete SD-Access solution set, including fully Gigabit-capable Gfast solutions, ADTRAN is providing our customers with the opportunity to expand the reach of their fiber broadband services and open the way into the Gigabit Society for many more of their subscribers.”

https://www.adtran.com/index.php/adtran-delivers-first-2nd-gen-gfast-solutions-as-worldwide-deployments-ramp


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