Wednesday, December 12, 2018

AT&T Fiber launches in 12 new metros

AT&T launched fiber broadband service in 12 new metros, bringing its total to 84. During 2018, AT&T passed over 3 million locations, bringing its total to 10 million locations passed.

The newly launched metros are: Amarillo, Texas; Beaumont, Texas; Bowling Green, Ky; Florence, S.C.; Gainesville, Fla.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Lake Charles, La.; Northeast Miss.; Panama City, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.; Topeka, Kan.; and Waco, Texas.

ECI intros 1.2T Dual Channel Blade for its Apollo DWDM transport

ECI introduced its TM1200, a 1.2T blade (dual 600G channel) for its Apollo DWDM transport systems, enabling programmable, adaptive optical networking.

ECI said its new TM1200 blade delivers unmatched spectral efficiency and elasticity through software controllable continuous modulation. Whereas traditional line-side modulation was only programmable in large increments – such as 100G, 200G or 400G – often relying on different line cards, the new TM1200 delivers software-controlled continuous modulation in 50 Gbps increments up to 600 Gbps line rate, rather than supporting specific modulation schemes. This maximizes capacity in a granular manner to best match client needs and variable channel conditions.

Additional benefits:

  • Optimal return on fiber investment: By operating at the edge of the Shannon limit, the TM1200 squeezes the maximum capacity from each channel on a fiber, delaying the need to add new fiber and optical networking infrastructure.
  • Enables a highly adaptive and flexible optical layer: Working in conjunction with ECI's colorless, directionless, contentionless, flexible spectrum ROADMs, and client services aware SDN control, the TM1200 can continuously optimize client traffic to fiber capacity.
  • Dynamic restoration: Excess capacity can be allocated dynamically to fully or partially restore client services that are disrupted by fiber or equipment failures elsewhere in the network.
  • Power efficiency: At a 600 Gbps line rate, the ECI TM1200 has a 10-fold improvement in power efficiency compared to other solutions, consuming less than 0.18W per Gbps, fully populated.

“Optical networks are evolving to be intelligent, agile and self-adjusting, and play an integral role in building the necessary infrastructure to handle the increased demand on global networks. Service providers are looking for networking solutions that can be acutely responsive to evolving customer demands and fluctuating business needs – beyond what they can predict,” said Jimmy Mizrahi,
executive vice president, Global Portfolio at ECI.


ECOC 2018: Acacia presents 600G Coherent Transmission

At the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) in Rome, Acacia Communications demonstrated its AC1200 coherent module with dual-core design enabling 1.2 Tbps error-free transmission over fiber with 600 Gbps per wavelength.

The Acacia AC1200 module supports transmission capacity of up to 1.2 Tbps in a footprint that is 40 percent less than the size of the 5” x 7” modules that support transmission speeds of 400 Gbps today.

The module is based on Acacia’s Pico DSP ASIC, which utilizes two wavelengths that can be configured to support from 100 Gbps to 600 Gbps capacity each. The Acacia AC1200 supports a suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) shaping features that may be optimized to enable performance approaching theoretical limits on a wide range of network configurations.

Acacia shipped its first AC1200 module customer samples in March 2018 and anticipates production to begin by the end of 2018.

MEF18 PoC - MEF 3.0 Service Spanning Four Operators



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Fulfillment and Activation of an Intercontinental MEF 3.0 Service Spanning Four Operators. PoC Participants: Tata Communications, Sparkle, Equinix, Liquid Telecom, ECI, Amartus, and Spirent.

Japanese carrier deploys Infinera's mTera in metro backbone

A leading Japanese service provider and affiliate of Power Nets Japan (PNJ) has selected Infinera’s mTera Universal Transport Platform to scale its metro network infrastructure. The Infinera mTera will be deployed to support high-capacity interconnect between core data center sites in one of Japan’s major metropolitan areas. At the same time, the highly flexible solution will create a more efficient means of delivering local and regional end-user services, including data center interconnect, private cloud, and high-speed internet access.

The Infinera mTera offers the utilities-based service provider a flexible multiservice transport solution that supports software-defined Universal Switching, including Optical Transport Network (OTN), Carrier Ethernet, MPLS-TP, and SONET/SDH in a single, power-efficient system architecture, with the option of an integrated DWDM layer based on reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM)-on-a-blade technology. The ultra-compact, power-efficient mTera offers 7 Tbps of universal switching capacity per shelf with up to 12 Tbps of total switching capacity per rack.

Infinera teamed with NEC Networks and System Integration Corporation (NESIC) on the project.

Napatech ports its SmartNIC software to Intel Arria FPGAs

Napatech's FPGA SmartNIC software is now available for the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA (PAC).

Napatech said its Link Capture Software can now take advantage of the Intel PAC’s powerful Arria 10 GX FPGA to deliver line-rate packet capture and flow-aware forwarding for all packet sizes up to 40 Gbps. The solution offloads the most burdensome network and security processing workloads from the server’s Intel Xeon CPU cores, returning valuable compute resources to the applications and services they were intended for.

“At Napatech, we aim to bring the benefits of FPGA acceleration to IT organizations of every size. In order to do so, we must be application-driven, software-focused and hardware-independent,” said Ray Smets, CEO at Napatech. “Our Link Capture Software for the Intel PAC provides an even easier way for enterprises and service providers to accelerate applications, improve their cybersecurity and increase server utilization as cloud, hybrid and software-defined networks become more mission-critical.”



https://www.napatech.com/

IDC: Worldwide server market revenue surged 37.7% in Q3

Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 37.7%, year over year to $23.4 billion during the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18) and worldwide server shipments increased 18.3% year over year to 3.2 million units, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. 

"The worldwide server market once again generated strong revenue and unit shipment growth due to an ongoing enterprise refresh cycle and continued demand from cloud service providers," said Sebastian Lagana, research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC. "Enterprise infrastructure requirements from resource intensive next-generation applications support increasingly rich configurations, ensuring average selling prices (ASPs) remain elevated against the year-ago quarter. At the same time, hyperscalers continue to upgrade and expand their datacenter capabilities."


Some highlights from IDC:


  • Demand for x86 servers increased 41.0% in 3Q18 to $21.8 billion in revenues. Non-x86 servers grew 3.9% year over year to $1.6 billion.
  • Volume server revenue increased by 40.2% to $20.0 billion, while midrange server revenue grew 39.4% to $2.0 billion. High-end systems grew 6.9% to $1.3 billion.
  • On a geographic basis, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) was the fastest growing region in 3Q18 with 46.5% year-over-year revenue growth. The United States grew 43.7% in the quarter while Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) grew 24.5%, Canada grew 20.0%, Japan grew 14.0%, and Latin America grew 7.7%. China saw its 3Q18 vendor revenues grow 67.1% year over year.

https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS44532818

Orange and Deutsche Telekom develop Djingo smart speaker

At the 6th Show Hello event in Paris, Orange and Deutsche Telekom, as part of the European AI Alliance, presented "Djingo," a  voice-controlled smart speaker designed to interface with other digital services, including Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant.

Djingo can be used to make hands-free calls at home, to interact with Orange TV and to control all the “Connected Home” services under the Orange brand as well as IoT brands like Philips Hue, Bosch and Netatmo. In the future, the range of everyday services available via Djingo will be enhanced through partnerships with OUI.Sncf, Deezer, Radio France and Météo France. T

Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of the Orange Group, said "To fight digital exclusion, Orange chooses inclusive innovation: useful and simple innovations that are accessible to the greatest possible number of people. To do so, we deploy the best fixed and mobile networks across the country. We secure and facilitate our customers’ digital lives thanks to our expertise in cybersecurity and in digital identity. We help all our customers enter the eras of artificial intelligence and of the internet of things. All of this, to enable them to participate in a new form of digital society. A progressive, free and enlightened society."

Orange also provided the following update on its 5G launch. Orange plans to deploy 5G in 17 European cities in 2019 and be ready for commercial release in 2020, pending 5G smartphones availability.

Tigera raises $30 million for Kubernetes security

Tigera, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $30 million in funding for its security and compliance solutions for Kubernetes platforms.

Tigera says modern microservices architectures present a unique challenge for legacy security and compliance solutions since these new workloads are highly dynamic and ephemeral. This new architecture creates an explosion of internal, or east-west traffic that must be evaluated and secured by the network and security operations teams.

Tigera Secure Enterprise Edition (TSEE) secures Kubernetes environments and ensures continuous compliance using a declarative model similar to Kubernetes. Under the hood, TSEE authenticates all service-to-service communication using multiple sources of identity, authorizes each service based on multi-factor rules, encrypts network traffic, and enforces security policies at the edge of the host, pod, and container within the infrastructure for a defense in depth security model. All connection details are logged in a compliance-ready format that is also used for incident management and security forensic analysis.

The Series B funding was led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Madrona, NEA, and Wing.

TIM completes first 5G NR video call using mmWave in Europe

TIM completed the first European 5G NR video call has been completed on the TIM network in the millimiter wave (mmWave) frequency band.

The demonstration was completed using a smartphone form-factor test device powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and using network infrastructure from Ericsson.

TIM also inaugurated an Innovation Hub in Rome dedicated to 5G. The opening was attended Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, Mario Di Mauro, Chief Strategy, Innovation & Customer Experience Officer at TIM, Enrico Salvatori, Senior Vice President and President Qualcomm EMEA, Elio Catania, President of Confindustria Digitale and other representatives from the Italian industrial world and the ICT sector.

Avi Networks names Mark Anderson as Executive Chairman

Avi Networks, while offers a SaaS-based Software Load Balancer, Intelligent Web Application Firewall (iWAF), and Universal Service Mesh, announced the appointment of Mark Anderson as executive chairman.

Anderson is the former president of Palo Alto Networks and previously was EVP of worldwide sales at F5 Networks, he oversaw a 1,000-person sales team and played a key role in growing F5’s annual revenue to more than $1B. Anderson currently sits on the board of Alteryx.

“We are excited to appoint Mark to the Executive Chairman role to help us further our great momentum,” said Amit Pandey, CEO of Avi Networks. “Mark has a deep understanding of our domain and our target customers among Global 2000 enterprises and will work closely with me and my executive team to scale our sales organization and our go-to-market initiatives.”

Avi also cited the following recent milestones:

  • More than 200% year-over-year growth with significant adoption by the Global 2000, including 25% of the Fortune 50.
  • Series D funding with an investment from Cisco Investments along with DAG Ventures, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Menlo Ventures for its oversubscribed $60 million round. This brings Avi’s total funding to $115 million.
  • Global expansion including a new presence in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Launch of Universal Service Mesh as the future of application delivery, security, and visibility, with the potential to reshape the nearly $12B market for application services.
  • Launch of Avi SaaS, the industry’s first SaaS solution for multi-cloud load balancing to deliver consistent capabilities regardless of infrastructure, accelerate time-to-value, lower OpEx, and drive operational simplicity.


Telia Carrier expands Global IP Backbone with Zurich PoP

Telia Carrier announced expanded access to its Global IP Backbone with an additional PoP in Zurich, Switzerland, bring its total number of PoPs in Switzerland to three. The facilities leverage Telia Carrier's new high capacity fibre route stretching from Zurich to Frankfurt via Basel.

"Our continued investment in this region is a testament to our customer driven approach when expanding the Telia Global IP Backbone,” said Christoph Lannert, Regional Sales Director for Telia Carrier. “The demand for IP services throughout Europe is growing at an incredible rate."

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Google on Building an Open Service Mesh in a Multi-Cloud World



We increasingly find ourselves in a world with many cloud edges, says Prajakta Joshi, Sr. Product Manager for Cloud Networking at Google. This includes public clouds, telcos, enterprise networks, and billions of edge devices.

The world is becoming one big distributed edge.

So, how do you deploy services in a multi-cloud world? What if we "SDN-ized" edge services?

The result could be an Open Telco Edge Service Mesh aligned with Google Cloud.

This 3-minute video focuses on the possibilities for a Service Mesh built with Istio and Kubernetes.

https://youtu.be/khhEKs3J91w







ADVA's Ensemble Controller aims to simplify operations

ADVA introduced its Ensemble Controller, a new tool for automating the management and control of ADVA’s broad portfolio of networking solutions, including virtualized network functions and disaggregated network domains.

The new Ensemble Controller enables end-to-end SDN control in multi-layer, virtualized networks, empowering customers to smoothly evolve their traditional network management to an orchestrator-based multi-vendor system. Ensemble Controller’s SDN interfaces interoperate seamlessly with commercial and open source multi-domain controllers, including Juniper Network’s NorthStar Controller, NEC/Netcracker, Nokia Network Services Platform, Sedona Systems, ONOS and OpenDaylight.

The Ensemble Controller is also extensible with technology and service-specific applications such as the Ensemble ConnectGuard Director for managing security, the Ensemble Fiber Plant Manager for rapid failure localization and the Ensemble Sync Director for controlling precise network timing.


“Our Ensemble Controller accelerates the transition to software-defined networks with the cost-efficiency of standard hardware and the flexibility of disaggregated transport solutions. In the face of increasing network complexity, our hybrid management and control approach reduces operational costs through automation and simultaneously represents the optimal compromise between flexibility and a secure future,” said Ulrich Kohn, director, technical marketing, ADVA.

“With its open interfaces, our Ensemble Controller is central to our mission of helping cloud and network service providers to break up monolithic systems and to adopt agile, disaggregated networking,” commented Stephan Rettenberger, SVP, marketing and investor relations, ADVA.

https://www.advaoptical.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20181211-adva-simplifies-network-operations-with-launch-of-ensemble-controller

IDC: Ethernet switch market up 8.1%; Router market down 5.1% in 3Q18

The Worldwide Ethernet switch market (Layer 2/3) recorded $7.3 billion in revenue in 3Q18, an increase of 8.1% YoY, while total enterprise and service provider (SP) router market revenues declined 5.1% YoY in 3Q18 to $3.7 billion, according to IDC's Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker and IDC Quarterly Router Tracker.

"Digital Transformation and adoption of Third Platform technologies continue to drive demand for network transformation and in turn the Ethernet switching equipment market," said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, at IDC. "While hyperscalers and cloud service providers are pushing consumption at the high end of the switching market, there remains strong growth in the enterprise campus and lower speed switching platforms too, highlighting the increased demands of the network from organizations of all sizes."



Some highlights from IDC:

  • 100Gb Ethernet switch revenues continue to grow rapidly. Port shipments for 100Gb switches rose 154.6% year over year to 3.5 million. 
  • 100Gb revenues broke the $1 billion barrier in 3Q18, reaching $1.1 billion to make up 14.8% of the market's total revenue. 
  • 25Gb ports saw even higher growth rates with port shipments up 251.0% to 2.6 million and revenue increasing 219.6% year over year for 3.7% of the market's revenue. 
  • 40Gb port shipments rose too, growing 12.6% year over year to 1.3 million, while revenues declined 10.4% for 7.5% of the market's total. 
  • Lower-speed campus switches continued to see strong demand. 
  • 10Gb port shipments rose 16.0% year over year to make up 28.8% of the market's revenue. 
  • 1Gb switches saw port shipments grow 8.4% year over year to 116.4 million, representing 42.3% of the market's total revenues.
  • The worldwide enterprise and service provider router market fell by 5.1% on a year-over-year basis in 3Q18 with the major service provider segment, which accounts for 76.2% of revenues, declining by 7.3%. 
  • The enterprise portion of the router market grew 2.5% year over year. 
  • From a regional perspective, the combined service provider and enterprise router market declined 24.4% in the U.S., where service provider revenues dropped 31.5% while enterprise revenues grew 8.7%. 
  • Cisco finished 3Q18 with a 3.8% year-over-year increase in overall Ethernet switch revenues and market share of 54.4%. In the hotly contested 25Gb/50Gb/100Gb segment, Cisco is the market leader with 39.4% revenue, which is up from the 34.6% share it held in this segment in the previous quarter. Cisco's combined service provider and enterprise router revenue declined 2.2% year over year, with enterprise router revenue increasing 4.1% but service provider revenues declining 5.3%. Cisco's combined service provider and enterprise router market share increased to 42.7% from 35.7% last quarter.
  • Huawei's Ethernet switch revenue rose 21.3% on an annualized basis but was down 7.5% sequentially from 2Q18 to 3Q18 with market share of 8.6%. The company's combined service provider and enterprise router revenue rose 2.2% year over year with a market share of 23.5%.
  • Arista Networks saw Ethernet switch revenues increase 27.6% in 3Q18, bringing its share to 6.6% of the total market, up from 5.6% a year earlier. With its focus on the datacenter, the company continues to cater to the higher end of Ethernet switch speeds with 100Gb revenues accounting for 66.1% of the company's total revenue, indicating the company's focus on cloud providers and large enterprises.
  • HPE's Ethernet switch revenue grew 12.0% year over year but was off 4.9% sequentially. The company's market share rose to 5.7%, up from 5.5% a year earlier.
  • Juniper's Ethernet switch revenue grew 3.8% in 3Q19, bringing its market share to 3.0%. Juniper saw a 15.2% decline in combined enterprise and service provider router sales, bringing its market share in the router market to 13.4%.


https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS44527718

Dell’Oro: Data Center Interconnect market to grow 85% by 2022

The aggregate sales of equipment for Data Center Interconnect (DCI) infrastructure will grow by 85 percent over the next five years, according to a new report published by Dell’Oro Group.  The report looks at the infrastructure market from three network perspectives: Optical Transport, Data Center Core, and Wide Area Networks (WAN).

“Data traffic within the cloud is increasing at unabated rates, and DCI networks are integral to carrying the traffic,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “We see strong demand for a wide range of networking gear for DCI, from the fiber optic layer up to the packet forwarding layer, and our forecast takes into account how these network layers are interrelated,” added Umeda.

Highlights from Dell'Oro:

  • DCI will drive strong demand for Optical Transport, Ethernet Data Center Switch, and Routing technologies.
  • Optical Transport networks will account for the majority of the DCI market value over the next five years.
  • DCI market share leaders for 2017 were Ciena for Optical Transport networks, and Juniper for WAN and Data Center Core networks.

http://www.delloro.com

Huawei's CFO released on bail, President Trump to negotiate

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's CFO, was released on bail of C$10 million (US$.4 million). The judge in Vancouver also required her to surrender her two passports (China and Hong Kong) and ordered her to wear an ankle bracelet while awaiting a decision in the extradition case against her to face fraud charges in the United States. The extradition case could take months or years to resolve depending if appeals are filed.

Following Meng's release on bail, President Trump was quoted by Reuters as saying that he is willing to intervene with the U.S. Department of Justice on Meng's behalf if it helps with ongoing trade negotiations with China

Kyodo News: Japanese government to exclude Huawei, ZTE

The Japanese government adopted a policy to exclude products from Huawei and ZTE from public procurement contracts on national security grouds, according to Kyodo News service.  The government is also discouraging Japanese telecommunications firms from using Chinese products. This includes 4G and 5G infrastructure products.

NTT Docomo is not known to use gear from either Huawei or ZTE. The same is true of KDDI. Softbank uses Huawei infrastructure in its 4G network and may be required to replace this gear over time.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2018/12/3ca01a054307-update1-japan-decides-to-exclude-huawei-zte-from-govt-procurement.html

Reliance Jio, TIM, and Verizon join O-RAN board

The O-RAN Alliance, which is a carrier-led effort to open the radio access network of next generation wireless systems, released its inaugural white paper, “O-RAN: Towards an Open and Smart RAN,” which is available on the O-RAN website. The white paper describes the O-RAN architecture, which drives a more cost-effective, intelligent RAN with open interoperable interfaces for next generation 5G networks and beyond.

The O-RAN Alliance also announced that Reliance Jio, TIM, and Verizon have joined the O-RAN board.

“It’s encouraging to see the O-RAN Alliance off to such a strong start and gaining momentum as we welcome three new board members. It’s important that the wireless industry continues to come together to drive forward O-RAN’s goals for open networking, software, and virtualization in global wireless networks especially as 5G is closer than ever,” said Andre Fuetsch, Chairman of the O-RAN Alliance, President-AT&T Labs and CTO of AT&T.

“We are pleased with the smooth transition of both C-RAN Alliance and xRAN Forum contributors into the O-RAN Alliance work groups,” said Dr. Sachin Katti, Professor at Stanford University and O-RAN Alliance TSC Co-Chair. “We’ve seen advancement on all fronts. The mix of new contributors and ideas promises to accelerate our progress during this next phase of O-RAN Alliance specifications and reference designs.”

https://www.o-ran.org/resources/

Nokia deploys deploy a liquid-cooled base station

Nokia, Elisa and Efore have commercially deployed a liquid-cooled base station system in an apartment building in Helsinki, Finland. Heat emitted by the base station is redirected into the building.

The liquid-cooled base station was made at Nokia's Oulu facility in Finland and the liquid-cooled power system was developed by power supplier Efore, with Elisa deploying the base station in Helsinki.

By eliminating the need for air conditioning and fans, Nokia Bell Labs said liquid cooling for a base station can deliver a reduction of up 80.percent in CO2 emissions and up to 30 percent in energy operating expenses.

Pekka Sundström, head of the Elisa customer team at Nokia, said: "Nokia and Nokia Bell Labs have conducted extensive research and testing to explore the possibilities of using a liquid-cooled base station in an operator's network. This first commercial deployment will enable us to understand the real-world benefits for customers such as Elisa as they transition toward 5G, and how the system can be implemented on a wider scale to help reduce the environmental impact of information and communications technology. We continue to explore ways of introducing efficiencies and reducing emissions across our portfolio, and this project marks a significant step in that journey."


LightPointe consolidates HQ and manufacturing in San Diego

LightPointe, a manufacturer of outdoor point to point radios since 1998, has moved its headquarters and backhaul radio factory into a new enhanced facility in San Diego.

LightPointe has consolidated the manufacturing of its 60 GHz, 70 GHz, 80 GHz, and 90 GHz point to point radios at the new location. This includes its Aire X-Stream Ultra Low Latency (ULL) radios, which are the de-facto standard in extremely demanding high-speed applications such as High Frequency Trading (HFT) networks, and its AireLink radios which are used to connect buildings and towers up to ten miles apart at up to 10 Gbps Full Duplex.

“We’re excited to have completed our move into a new facility which will enhance our operations for years to come, and it came at an exciting time as we conclude our 20th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Sale—which runs through December 31st”.

https://www.lightpointe.com/

Infineon debuts miniature, industrial-grade eSIM

Infineon Technologies introduced the first industrial-grade embedded SIM (eSIM) in a miniature Wafer-level Chip-scale Package (WLCSP).

The eSIM is designed for embedding in industrial machines and equipment ranging from vending machines to remote sensors to asset trackers.

Infineon's SLM 97 security controller in a Wafer Level Chip Scale Package (WLCSP) measures only 2.5mm x 2.7mm in size, supports an extended temperature range of -40 to 105 degrees Celsius. It provides a high-end feature set fully compliant with the latest GSMA specifications for eSIM.

The SLM 97 security chip in WLCSP is manufactured at Infineon's production site in Dresden and Regensburg and now available in volume quantities.