Tuesday, April 30, 2019

DASAN Zhone Solutions intros gateways for 10G

DASAN Zhone Solutions introduced its 5200 family of multi-protocol smart gateways designed for 10G and DZS’s portfolio of multi-service optical network terminals (ONTs) and optical line terminals (OLTSs).

DASAN Zhone Solutions' 5200 family of smart gateways offer choice between 10/10G symmetrical PON technology and 10G Active Ethernet using SFP+ optics for more seamless connectivity to existing FTTx and Enterprise business subscribers over a single common network.  Initial models allow for one fixed 10G copper LAN port and four GE ports, with options for voice or PoE+ / PoE++. Leveraging a common platform that is future-ready for globally standardized 10G GPON technologies, new models in the 5200 family will support NG-PON 2 as the availability and price/performance of optics make a positive business case.

“Offering our customers a common platform with choice among technologies and form factors is core to our 10G solution development. In this way, DZS can best serve the diverse needs of operators across the globe,” said Dr. Seungdong Lee, Chief Technology Officer, DZS.  “We believe that 10/10 symmetrical XGS-PON is the best upgrade path to evaluate in 2019. Our portfolio of modular chassis, fixed 1RU, and industrially-hardened systems has been designed to provide choices to operators as they plan ahead for the fundamental shift toward cloud-based everything.”

https://investor-dzsi.com/news/dzs-smart-10g-network-evolution/

Monday, April 29, 2019

Dell and Microsoft enable VMware cloud infrastructure on Azure.

Dell Technologies and Microsoft will deliver a fully native, supported, and certified VMware cloud infrastructure on Microsoft Azure.

Azure VMware Solutions are built on VMware Cloud Foundation, enabling customers to migrate existing VMware workloads from on-premises environments to Azure without the need to re-architect applications or retool operations. 

The companies said this collaboration will enable organizations to tap into Azure’s scale, security and fast provisioning cycles.  Azure VMware Solutions are first-party services from Microsoft developed in collaboration with VMware Cloud Verified partners CloudSimple and Virtustream (a Dell Technologies company).

In a keynote address at its annual DellTechWorld event in Las Vegas, Michael Dell said “Our goal is to provide a single view from edge to core to cloud – an integrated platform for our customers’ digital future.”

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft, added "“At Microsoft, we’re focused on empowering customers in their digital transformation journey, through partnerships that enable them to take advantage of the Microsoft cloud, using the technologies they already have,” said  “Together with Dell Technologies and VMware, we are providing our mutual customers with an integrated cloud experience and digital workplace solutions to open up new opportunities and meet their evolving needs.”

In addition, joint Microsoft 365 and VMware Workspace ONE customers will be able to manage Office 365 across devices via cloud-based integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory. VMware will also extend the capabilities of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop leveraging VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.


Dell Technologies Cloud targets data center as a service

Dell Technologies Cloud is a new offering enterprises a consistent operating model for private, public, and hybrid cloud operations.

Unveiled at this week's Dell Tech World conference in Las Vegas, Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms promises to be an operational hub for hybrid cloud environments, reducing total cost of ownership by up to 47% compared to native public cloud.  The company officials said the new framework will "control the chaos" of managing hybrid cloud environments. It works across more than 4,200 VMware Cloud Provider Program providers and hyperscalers including new addition, Microsoft Azure.

The Dell Technologies Cloud portfolio consists of the new Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms and the new Data Center-as-a-Service offering, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.

Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service, delivered as VMware Cloud on Dell EMC with VxRail, currently is available in beta deployments with limited customer availability planned for the second half of 2019.

“For many organizations, the increasingly diverse cloud landscape is resulting in an enormous amount of IT complexity, and no one is more qualified or capable to help customers solve this challenge than Dell Technologies,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman of products and operations, Dell Technologies.

Cisco announces big push into Wi-Fi 6

Cisco is making a major push into Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with the launch of access points and core switches for building the next generation of campus networks.

Wi-Fi 6 delivers up to 400 percent greater capacity and is more effective in high-density settings like large lecture halls, stadiums and conference rooms. Latency is vastly improved, allowing for near real-time use cases. Wi-Fi 6 also promises lower power usage in end devices.



Cisco said Wi-Fi 6 offers many of the benefits of 5G for driving business transformation.

The rollout includes:
  • Wi-Fi 6 Access Points: New access points across the Catalyst and Meraki portfolios leverage custom, programmable chipsets. The new access points are also multilingual, with the ability to communicate with multiple IoT protocols, including BLE, Zigbee, and Thread.
  • Core Switch for the Campus Network: The Catalyst 9600 core switch family is built as the next evolution of the Catalyst 6000. 

    According to the datasheet, the Cisco Catalyst 9606R chassis is hardware ready to support a wired switching capacity of up to 25.6 Tbps, with up to 6.4 Tbps of bandwidth per slot. Cisco Catalyst 9600 Series switches support nonblocking 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP+, QSFP28) and 1, 10, and 25 GE Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP, SFP+, SFP28) The switches also support advanced routing and infrastructure services (such as MPLS Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs, Multicast VPN [MVPN], and Network Address Translation.

    The platform's ASIC is the first to support double-width HW tables.
  • New Developer Resources: Wi-Fi 6 and 5G represent an incredible opportunity for developers. To enable them to create the immersive experiences that these new levels of connectivity promise, Cisco is unveiling the DevNet Wireless Dev Center. DevNet, Cisco’s developer network, offers the learning labs, sandboxes and developer resources needed to create game-changing wireless applications. The Cisco Catalyst and Meraki access platforms are open and programmable all the way down to the chipset level, allowing applications to take advantage of network programmability in new and exciting ways.
  • New Ecosystem Partnerships: Prior to the launch of its Wi-Fi 6 access points, Cisco completed interoperability testing with Broadcom, Intel and Samsung to address the inevitable gaps that come with a new standard. Samsung, Boingo, GlobalReach Technology, Presidio and others are expected to join the Cisco OpenRoaming project to solve one of today’s biggest wireless pain points. The Cisco OpenRoaming project aims to make it easier to seamlessly and securely hop between Wi-Fi and LTE networks and onboard public Wi-Fi.

"Every leap in connectivity enables the next wave of profound innovation. 5G and Wi-Fi 6 represent a new era of connectivity," said David Goeckeler, EVP and General Manager, Networking and Security Business at Cisco. "Developers are already creating the next generation of wireless-first, immersive experiences. With billions of things connecting to the network, this growth will create unprecedented complexity for IT. Cisco is building a multi-domain network architecture to simplify complexity for IT, allowing CIOs to deliver against their innovation agenda."

AT&T activates NB-IoT nationwide

AT&T activated its nationwide NB-IoT network.

The launch required the upgrade of AT&T 4G LTE cell sites across the country.

A&T also operates an LTE-M network in the U.S. and Mexico. NB-IoT is optimized for stationary use cases with basic data requirements like simple sensors, on-off buttons, smart agriculture, smoke detectors, door locks and industrial monitors. LTE-M, with its greater bandwidth, can support firmware and software updates, mobility and voice-over services. LTE-M use cases include pet trackers, asset management, medical wearables, utility meters, etc.

AT&T said it is working with suppliers to certify $5 modules that connect devices to NB-IoT. Multi-mode modules are also expected. AT&T is offering pricing plans starting at $5/year/device.

Fiberlight installs Blue Planet for Inventory and Service Orchestration

FiberLight, which operates metro and long-haul fiber transport services in over 30 metro areas across the U.S., will deploy automation software from Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, across its multi-vendor network.

Specifically, FiberLight is deploying Blue Planet Inventory (BPI) and Blue Planet Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) to automate the rapid turn-up and delivery of the new, on-demand services.

FiberLight’s network includes 14,000 miles of fiber in some of the most rapidly expanding metro areas in the U.S., including Atlanta, Baltimore, Tampa and Washington D.C., as well as throughout the state of Texas. Its portfolio includes managed Ethernet and Wave Transport, Cloud Connect, Dedicated Internet Access, Dark Fiber, and Wireless Backhaul over private and diversely constructed fiber backbone rings.

“A crucial step in delivering a superior customer experience is having the ability to turn up services quickly and easily. Ciena’s Blue Planet gives us an unprecedented understanding of our network resources, allowing us to optimize service delivery, fault isolation and resolution, so we can provide the quality of service that our customers require today and in the future,” stated Kevin Coyne, Chief Operating Officer, FiberLight.

https://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/FiberLight-Automates-Network-Operations-with-Blue-Planet.html

China Telecom continues to add mobile subs as it prepares for 5G

China Telecom is now serving approximately 315 million mobile users, representing a net addition of 12.05 million for Q1 2019.

China Telecom's operating revenues for the quarter amounted to RMB377.1 billion, of which, service revenues amounted to RMB350.4 billion, representing an increase of 5.9% compared to last year. EBITDA reached RMB104.2 billion, representing an increase of 2.0% over the same period last year. Net profit amounted to RMB21.2 billion, representing an increase of 13.9% compared to last year, while basic earnings per share were RMB0.262.

CAPEX was RMB74.9 billion, representing a decrease of 15.5% compared to last year, the third consecutive annual decline.
Some highlights from the quarterly report:


  • 4G users reached approximately 256 million, representing a net addition of 13.67 million. 
  • Handset data traffic2 increased by 140% over the same period of last year. 
  • The monthly average data traffic per 4G user reached nearly 7GB. 
  • The net addition of wireline broadband subscribers was 2.08 million, reaching a total of approximately 148 million. 
  • The number of e-Surfing HD subscribers reached approximately 109 million. 
  • Revenues for Intelligent Applications ecospheres grew rapidly, accounting for nearly 20% of the service revenues and its contribution to incremental service revenues significantly increased.
  • Revenues from cloud services increased by 99.5% over the same period of last year.

https://www.chinatelecom-h.com/en/global/home.php




T-Systems launches Managed Cloud Services for Microsoft Azure

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems division has begun offering Managed Cloud Services for Microsoft Azure.

T-Systems is reselling the Microsoft cloud portfolio. T¬Systems will handle all complex and critical cloud operations. T-Systems will offer its services in almost all Azure regions while providing networking connectivity. In 2018, for example, T Systems moved the entire SAP landscape from Zuellig Pharma Singapore to Microsoft Azure.

Sabre's outage disrupts air travel

An outage on Monday at Sabre disrupted air travel across the United States.

Airlines impacted included American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Jetblue.

Systems appeared to return to normal approximately 90 minutes later.


ZTE posts revenue was RMB 22.202 billion, net profit

ZTE reported first-quarter 2019 operating revenue of RMB 22.202 billion (approximately US$3.295 billion).

Net profit attributable to holders of ordinary shares of the listed company amounted to RMB 0.863 billion.

R&D costs for the first three months amounted to RMB 3.093 billion, accounting for 13.9% of the operating revenue, with the percentage being increased by 4.1%, compared to 9.8% for the same period last year.

ZTE estimated the net profit attributable to holders of ordinary shares of the listed company to be from RMB 1.2 billion to RMB 1.8 billion for the six months ended 30 June 2019.

https://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/press-center/news/2019/201904/20190429e2

Indonesia's Smartfren signs ZTE for 4G & 5G upgrade

Indonesia’s Smartfren has selected ZTE for 4G network expansion and 5G network trials. Financial terms were not disclosed. The agreement was signed by Merza Fachys, President Director of Smartfren, Gandi Sulistyanto, Chairman of Smartfren, Liang Weiqi, President Director of ZTE Indonesia, and Mei Zhonghua, Senior Vice President of ZTE at Indonesia - China Business Forum.

“The agreement this time will definitely bring the partnerships between ZTE and Smartfren to a new level,” said Mei Zhonghua, senior vice president at ZTE. “We are pleased to be chosen for the development of Indonesia's telecommunications infrastructure, so as to improve Indonesia's national broadband network quality.”

Sunday, April 28, 2019

ETSI and Linux Foundation agree on Open Source collaboration

The Linux Foundation and ETSI signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bring open source and standards closer and foster synergies between them.  Areas of mutual interest include technologies concerning NFV, MANO, AI and edge computing.

The collaboration agreement is expected to enable faster information-sharing and deployment of open networking technologies. The organinzations will engage in collaborative activities, joint communication, promotion and events, as well as potential common initiatives related to interoperability and conformance testing.

“It’s encouraging to see how far the industry has come in such a short time,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge, and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “This agreement with ETSI signals it’s possible to reach a harmonization of collaborative activities across open source and standards for the networking industry. Working together results in less fragmentation, faster deployments, and more streamlined innovation.”

“We are eager to deepen our work with the open source communities at the Linux Foundation,” said Luis Jorge Romero, Director-General, ETSI. “Open Source has been part of our working methods and our technical groups, Open Source MANO being an example, for several years now. Further collaboration provides the standards community with a quick feedback loop on how our specifications are being implemented.”



Slack reports 10 million daily active users, high level of engagement

In an S-1 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding an upcoming IPO, Slack Technologies reported that it now serves over 10 million users daily on a worldwide basis, of whom more than 50% are outside the U.S. The Slack messaging service is being used by over 600,000 organizations. It is delivering over 1 billion messages per week.

Some other details gleaned from Slack's S-1 prospectus:

  • More than 88,000 Paid Customers, including more than 65 companies in the Fortune 100 and a total of 575 paid customers paying over $100,000 annually
  • More than 500,000 organizations on the Free subscription plan
  • Slack's annual revenue was $105.2 million, $220.5 million, and $400.6 million in fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively, representing annual growth of 110% and 82%, respectively. The company incurred net losses of $146.9 million, $140.1 million, and $138.9 million in fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively. 
  • Users spend more than 50 million hours in active use of Slack in a typical week, on either a free or paid subscription plan.
  • Over 1,500 third-party apps are now listed in the Slack App Directory. 
  • Slack has more than 500,000 registered developers.
  • Slack operates on AWS infrastructure.
  • The company was founded as Tiny Spec Inc in 2009. The company changed its name to Slack publicly launched its service in 2014.
  • Slack had 1,502 employees as of January 31, 2019.


https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1764925/000162828019004786/slacks-1.htm


KPN to select a Western vendor for 5G core

Citing an urgency to further tighten security policies for its fixed and mobile network suppliers, KPN announced plans to select a "Western vendor" for the construction of its new 5G mobile core network.

KPN, which is committed to a multivendor procurement strategy, said it is currently reviewing all parts of its fixed and mobile network and assessing with which suppliers it can best achieve its network ambitions.

Nokia has already been named as a supplier for the fixed network.  For the modernization of the mobile radio and antenna network, KPN has signed a preliminary agreement to start preparations with Huawei

KPN also confirmed plans to roll out fiber to another 1 million Dutch households.

Hurricane Electric adds POP at e-shelter in Frankfurt

Hurricane Electric activated a new point of presence (PoP) at e-shelter in Frankfurt, Germany.

e-shelter’s Datacenter Frankfurt 1 boasts a total of 54,000 sq. m. of space and is Europe’s largest individual data center site.

This PoP is Hurricane Electric’s fifth in Frankfurt and tenth in Germany and will provide organizations in Frankfurt with improved fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management in the delivery of next generation IP connectivity services.

“As a main center of business and finance in Germany, Hurricane Electric is excited to provide e-shelter’s Frankfurt customers cost-effective connectivity options,” said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric. “This new PoP is Hurricane Electric’s 71st in Europe and 185th around the globe and part of our global commitment to provide high-speed connectivity to users everywhere.”

Customers of e-shelter and those in and near Frankfurtcan connect to Hurricane Electric’s extensive IPv4 and IPv6 network through 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports. Additionally, customers at the facility are able to exchange IP traffic with Hurricane Electric’s vast global network, which offers over 20,000 BGP sessions with over 7,500 different networks via more than 200 major exchange points and thousands of customer and private peering ports.

Video: Ciena's Hugues Tournier on COBO's working groups

COBO's Data Center Networking Group has two workgroups: mechanical and electrical. Considering the OIF 400ZR and the IEEE, COBO selects the Class C Connector as explained by Hugues Tournier of Ciena.

Pica8 intros Nymble Automation Framework for open switches

Pica8 introduced its new NymbleT automation framework add-on for its Linux-based network operating system (NOS) -- PICOS. 

Nymble utilizes the open-source Ansible AWX web user interface to run a large library of Ansible networking “Playbooks” for enterprise networking services. It can run as a containerized virtual machine in either a private or public cloud.  Nymble is also agentless, so requires no additional software to be loaded onto white box switches or servers.

Nymble uses English-language commands to perform functions such as activating dozens of switches at the push of a button to running inventory; turning up VLANs and MLAG; and performing health checks of all the PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) devices in an enterprise access network.

Pica8 extends its NOS to more Dell EMC open switches

Pica8 has ported its Linux-based PICOS network operating system (NOS) to new Dell EMC open networking aggregation switches, including the Dell EMC Z9264F-ON, S5248F-ON, and S4128F-ON campus aggregation switches and the Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) PoE+ and 60-watt PoE N3024EP-ON access switch. This brings the total number of Pica8-supported Dell EMC open access and campus switches to twelve.

The S5248F-ON is the first open networking switch supported by Pica8 that is based on Broadcom’s latest Trident 3 switching silicon. PICOS enables the S5248F-ON to be deployed as a campus aggregation switch that collects and processes traffic from remote Dell EMC N3000 Series open networking access switches located in branch offices and/or retail stores.

The company also noted that the bundled Pica8 Nymble automation framework software that comes with PICOS can remotely activate, configure and manage the lifecycle of all deployed Dell EMC campus and access switches in a network at the push of a button. 

“PICOS is the only open networking Linux-based NOS in the market that has proven itself in commercial deployments in some of the largest enterprise campus/access networks out there,” said Jeff Paine, SVP of marketing at Pica8. “Pica8 has spent years developing the built-in enterprise feature set – and backward compatibility – and automation capabilities needed to simply step in and replace both legacy-vendor enterprise chassis switches and wiring-closet switch stacks with an intelligent, easy-to-deploy modern architectural alternative.  The economic savings windfall that automatically comes with the type of disaggregated networking hardware and software solutions that Pica8 and Dell EMC are bringing to market is simply the proverbial icing on the cake.”

http://www.pica8.com

Big Switch Networks announces OEM agreement with Dell EMC

Big Switch Networks announced an OEM agreement under which Dell EMC will brand, market and sell Big Switch’s products under the Dell EMC brand.

Additionally, Big Switch and Dell EMC will work together to design Dell Ready Stack solutions.

Big Switch and Dell EMC have been collaborating for the past five years on open, cloud-style networking.

Big Switch’s Cloud-First Networking portfolio includes:

  • Big Cloud Fabric - a VPC-based logical networking fabric, 
  • Big Monitoring Fabric - a network visibility fabric
  • Multi-Cloud Director - provides federated management of multi-site BCF and BMF deployments, across public, private or multi-cloud environments.

“Dell EMC and Big Switch continue to lead the open networking evolution with open, differentiated, best-in-class solutions that allow our customers to build powerful on-prem clouds,” said Douglas Murray, President and CEO, Big Switch Networks. “The OEM relationship is an acknowledgement of the tremendous demand Dell EMC and Big Switch are seeing with open networking data center switching, visibility and security solutions for on-prem cloud and multi-cloud environments.”

“For Dell EMC, this OEM agreement with Big Switch was the natural next step. Together we have experienced tremendous momentum during the past five years, delivering open networking to end users globally,” said Tom Burns, SVP & GM, Networking & Solutions, Dell EMC.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Zayo delivers wavelengths to transport company

Zayo was selected to deliver wavelength connectivity for a major transportation company.

CloudLink provides an on-ramp to Zayo’s extensive fiber network, enabling global connectivity to the world’s largest cloud services providers. Zayo’s global network connects thousands of on-net facilities, including data centers and public cloud providers.

“This customer will rely on Zayo’s CloudLink on ramps in our zColo data centers, effectively creating a connectivity hub,” said Jack Waters, president of Zayo Networks and COO. “The solution further solidifies our relationship with this important customer, who appreciates our agility, responsiveness, and breadth of solutions.”