Thursday, November 7, 2019

Infoblox acquires SnapRoute for Cloud-Native Network Services

Infoblox has acquired SnapRoute, a start-up offering a Cloud-Native Network Operating System (CN-NOS). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Infoblox’s BloxOne platform is built around cloud-native architectural principles, enabling the delivery of cloud-managed secure network services at scale. With SnapRoute’s cloud-native OS, Infoblox will now be able to accelerate the development and delivery of additional network services on its platform.

“We recognize that the future is in the cloud, and to meet customer demands for flexibility, scalability, adaptability, enhanced security and speed, it will become increasingly important for network and security services to be cloud-native,” said Jesper Andersen, President and CEO of Infoblox. “We are thrilled to welcome the SnapRoute team as we work together to leverage their innovative technology and IP to rapidly expand the services we offer on our BloxOne™ platform.”

“Building from a cloud-native foundation is essential to providing the scalable and flexible services that businesses demand today,” said Dom Wilde, CEO of SnapRoute. “Infoblox is the only company that has invested in building a truly cloud-native platform for networking and security services complementary to what we built at SnapRoute, and we couldn’t be more pleased to join the Infoblox team to help expand their services and capabilities.”

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Verizon adds Co Management to SD-WAN portfolio

Verizon introduced a Co Management service level for its SD WAN managed services portfolio.

The self-service portal enables customers to define intents based on users, applications, sites and their WAN links, and then apply the intents to different policy objects based on business needs. Giving customers self-control of application policies enables them to be more agile and responsive to their specific business needs, and ultimately, therefore, will enhance the overall user experience. Any policies and configurations that are not supported in the Portal or via APIs are still managed by Verizon.

Verizon said the new capabilities will make it easier to manage individual vendor complexities and provide uniform, intent-based interfaces across multi-vendor platforms. This new level of service gives enterprise customers the ability to change SD WAN policies (for example, Application Aware Routing, Quality of Service) through either the Verizon Enterprise Center (VEC) self-service, policy management portal (Portal) or Verizon’s Application Programming Interface (API) platform.

“By adding Co Management to our managed services portfolio, we are giving enterprise customers the ability to define and implement their SD WAN policies across their location based on a rules-based engine, themselves,” said Vickie Lonker, Vice President of Product Management at Verizon. “We listen to customer feedback, understand industry trends and continue to develop innovative SD WAN solutions that can meet the needs of any business customer.”

Next Gen SD-WAN: Driving digital transformation



Two minute video

SD-WAN continues to be a super high-growth area for Verizon.  As enterprises undergo digital transformations, they are embracing SD-WAN because it provides the ability to manage to a business outcome.

Moreover, SD-WAN is fundamental for Zero Trust Networking. When you can virtualize functions and implement policy in coordination to SD-WAN you have the ability to better protect the enterprise.

Shawn Hakl, Senior VP of Business Products at Verizon, talks about why Verizon's customers are embracing SD-WAN technology.

http://www.nginfrastructure.com/sd-wan

euNetworks links UK and Ireland with high-count fibre cable

euNetworks has completed construction of a ultra high capacity duct and dark fibre system linking the UK and Ireland that utilises new ultra low loss fibre.

Super Highway 1 links Dublin via submarine cable to Southport, and then on to Manchester, London, and Lowestoft, directly connecting key data centres.

The company said this major investment in UK national infrastructure compliments its ongoing investment in Dublin, London and Manchester. It also delivers the first new subsea cable system (Rockabill) in the North Irish sea for some years.

Construction started in March 2019 and services will be delivered to customers in week commencing 25 November 2019. This new ultra low loss network is entirely new fibre deployment. It includes 1,000 kilometres of high fibre count cable, 340 new chambers, 239 new fibre joints, 2 new cable landing stations and 4 new ILA/PoP sites. The low loss fibre deployed on the terrestrial route is Corning SMF28 Ultra G657 fibre. Corning SMF28-ULL G654C has been used in the Rockabill subsea system.

The new subsea cable has been optimised for lowest attenuation, with a subsea distance beach man hole to beach man hole of 221km. The route follows a historically established highly reliable subsea corridor, while being diverse from other live and planned systems. euNetworks worked with McMahon Design & Management Ltd (“MDM”) to undertake the subsea build, with MDM managing the development concept, permitting, licensing  and cable lay. The shore end work at Portrane and then Southport was undertaken in July 2019 and the main lay cable works completed in early September 2019.

“Super Highway 1 is an important investment in Western European bandwidth infrastructure,” said Brady Rafuse, Chief Executive Officer of euNetworks. “Critically for our customers this network development continues our approach of delivering highly scalable, owned and operated fibre based infrastructure to support their needs.”

https://eunetworks.com/news/eunetworks-delivers-new-critical-fibre-infrastructure-in-the-uk-and-ireland/

CommScope demos CBRS for Private LTE on Azure

CommScope demonstrated its Ruckus CBRS portfolio as part of Microsoft Azure capabilities for private LTE networks during Microsoft Ignite.

CommScope’s Ruckus Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) portfolio enables enterprises to deploy private LTE networks using wireless spectrum recently made available by the FCC.

The company said its CBRS portfolio uses separate dedicated spectrum from licensed cellular and Wi-Fi, thus providing cellular-like reliability, mobility, security and quality of service, but with the simplicity of Wi-Fi. Integration of the Ruckus CBRS portfolio with Microsoft Azure’s networking and edge connectivity solutions will enable enterprises to successfully address challenging and critical use cases with dedicated, secure, ultra-high-quality private LTE networks

“We are proud that the Ruckus CBRS LTE portfolio was part of this innovative Microsoft demo at Ignite 2019,” said Joel Lindholm, vice president of CBRS Business at CommScope. “Using the end to end encryption of the LTE network, enterprise customers can feel comfortable with the secure nature of this new network. This demonstration highlights how private networks can be used by enterprise customers for automated applications such as Attabotics.”

FCC approves CommScope's CBRS Spectrum Access System

CommScope received official notification from the FCC that its spectrum access system (SAS) to support the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) is now certified for initial commercial deployment.

With the notification earlier this year from the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences that its Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) sensor passed testing, and the addition of Ruckus Networks’ Band 48 CBRS devices (or access points) and cloud services, CommScope said it is now poised to deliver on the promise of wireless coverage and capacity for in-building, public spaces and IoT.

“With the public notice from the FCC, companies can finally enter initial commercial deployment and begin to realize the value that private LTE can bring to their buildings, campuses, employees, customers and business,” said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR. “CommScope is demonstrating its commitment to bringing CBRS to life with a full solution consisting of CBRS access points, SAS and ESC. The industry needs an end-to-end solution to give organizations the ability to quickly, and confidently, deploy LTE-based wireless solutions.”


  • In 2018, AT&T announced CommScope was selected as the SAS provider for its first 5G-ready CBRS network solution. In addition, CommScope’s SAS is in trials with other major carriers for customers in a variety of industries.

German researchers investigate THz frequencies for 6G

Researchers at Rohde & Schwarz, the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF are testing the terahertz (THz) frequency band for possible use in the 6th generation wireless mobile communication (6G).

The collaboration has resulted in a wireless transmit and receive system operating between 270 and 320 GHz, with further frequency extensions for potential 6G bands already in preparation. Wide contiguous frequency blocks can only be found at sub-THz and THz bands, i.e. in the frequency range above 100 GHz.

Dr. Michael Schlechtweg, Head of Business Unit High Frequency Electronics at Fraunhofer IAF, said, "As one of the first global providers of chipsets and electronic components capable of reaching already now the high frequencies required by 6G, we are collaborating with valued partner Rohde & Schwarz at the very cutting edge of technology. IAF appreciates the mutually highly beneficial cooperation and is happy to continue exploring new innovations with Rohde & Schwarz."

https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/us/about/news-press/all-news/rohde-schwarz-together-with-fraunhofer-institutes-hhi-and-iaf-join-forces-in-researching-6g-at-thz-frequencies-press-release-detailpage_229356-714688.html

Anritsu intros 116G PAM4 error detector for 400 GbE and 800 GbE

Anritsu introduced a PAM4 Error Detector (ED) module supporting 116-Gbps bit error rate tests for its Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series.

Anritsu said its MP1900A instrument delivers error-free measurement of PAM4 signals at 116 Gbpss with industry-best operation bit rates and high Rx sensitivity performance. Combined with the previously released MP1900A series PAM4 Pattern Generator that supports high-accuracy BER measurements of PAM4 signals, the BERT allows engineers to accurately evaluate bit error rates of 400 GbE/800 GbE communications equipment and devices.



Anritsu releases 400GbE PAM4 BER Test

Anritsu announced the commercial release of its 64-Gbaud PAM4 Pulse Pattern Generator (PPG) and 32-Gbaud PAM4 Error Detector (ED) for use in 400GbE testing.

The new PAM4 BERT modules can be installed in the Anritsu Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series to implement a bit-error-rate test solution using either the 26.5625 Gbaud PAM4 x 8 lanes or 53.125- Gbaud PAM4 x 4 lanes methods. When using the PAM4 method to encode data as four amplitude levels, the gap between signal levels is one-third compared to the NRZ method, which reduces the unit time per symbol at higher baud rates, emphasizing the importance of signal quality in achieving high-speed transmissions.

AT&T installs 5G and Multi-access Edge Computing at Miami

AT&T will begin rolling out AT&T 5G+ service and a Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) environment at the University of Miami before the end of this year and is expected to be completed by Spring 2020. Access to the 5G+ network will initially be in high-traffic computing locations, such as at the College of Engineering, the Otto G. Richter Library and in the School of Architecture, with plans to add more 5G+ zones throughout campus.

“Combining 5G and edge technology at the University of Miami powers a new category of educational experiences that we haven’t seen before. Then when paired with Magic Leap, we can ultimately provide unprecedented digital learning and development opportunities,” said Anne Chow, CEO, AT&T Business. “These powerful next-generation networking solutions will help change how students learn, research and interact with the world around them. And, it will impact the way administrators conduct everything from campus operations to the safety of students.”

https://about.att.com/story/2019/university_of_miami_5g.html

Huawei to invest 100 million euros in European AI partners

Huawei announced an investment of 100 million euros over the next 5 years in European AI companies.

According to Jiang Tao, VP of Intelligent Computing BU, "Huawei is committed to investing in the AI computing industry in Europe, enabling enterprises and individual developers to leverage the Ascend AI series products for technological and business innovation. Over the next 5 years, Huawei plans to invest 100 million euros in the AI Ecosystem Program in Europe, helping industry organizations, 200,000 developers, 500 ISV partners, and 50 universities and research institutes to boost innovation."

At HUAWEI CONNECT 2019 (Shanghai), Huawei launched a broad product portfolio based on its Ascend 910 AI training processor. The products include the Atlas 300 AI training card, Atlas 800 training server, and Atlas 900 AI training cluster. The Atlas series products support all scenarios across device-edge-cloud, accelerating intelligent transformation of industries with ultimate computing power for training.

Vodafone Business and América Móvil interconnect IoT services

Vodafone Business and América Móvil announced a partnership that makes it easier for IoT customers of both companies to deploy international IoT solutions by combining their respective IoT platforms and their expertise in IoT connectivity and services.

Vodafone Business customers will be able to connect IoT devices across Latin America; and América Móvil IoT clients will have access to one of the largest global networks via Vodafone.

“We are proud to be partnering with América Móvil” said Vinod Kumar, CEO, Vodafone Business. “With this agreement we further extend our IoT global footprint by partnering with one of Latin America’s strongest players. América Móvil´s coverage and expertise across Latin America will help us support our global customers in a part of the world where we have seen a surge in IoT adoption.”

"In América Móvil we believe in win-win partnerships that benefit our customers. We are excited about the partnership with Vodafone Business that provides our joint customers with the best user experience of two leading technology providers", said Marco Quatorze, América Móvil Value Added Service's Director.

AT&T introduced dial phones 100 years ago

AT&T installed the first dial telephones in the Bell System in Norfolk, Virginia on November 8, 1919. Previously, customers needed to ask an operator to make a call.



https://about.att.com/newsroom/2019/100_years_dial_phones.html

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

FCC approves T-Mobile + Sprint merger

The FCC voted to approve the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint with the following commitments from the new T-Mobile:

  • Within three years, the company will deploy 5G service to cover 97% of the American people, and within six years to reach 99% of all Americans. This commitment includes deploying 5G service to cover 85% of rural Americans within three years and 90% of rural Americans within six years.
  • Within six years, 90% of Americans would have access to mobile service with speeds of at least 100 Mbps and 99% of Americans would have access to speeds
  • of at least 50 Mbps. This includes two-thirds of rural Americans having access to mobile service with speeds of at least 100 Mbps, and 90% of rural Americans having access to speeds of at least 50 Mbps. 

The FCC ruled that the merger would not harm competition and that the transaction is in the public interest.

In connection with the merger, the FCC also proposed modifications to construction deadlines related to DISH licenses and the Department of Justice’s consent decree, where DISH pledged to become a new entrant into the wireless industry. DISH has committed to offering 5G to over two-thirds of Americans within four years.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai stated "New T-Mobile will be far better positioned to deploy Sprint’s extensive 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings than would Sprint standing alone, given that company’s financial situation. Indeed, New TMobile’s network will cover at least 88% of Americans with mid-band 5G within six years, a far wider deployment than either Sprint or T-Mobile would be able to accomplish on their own."

New T-Mobile to provide network access to DISH for 7 years

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the merger of T-Mobile US and Sprint with the following conditions: Sprint’s prepaid businesses and Sprint’s 800 MHz spectrum assets be divested to DISH. Sprint and T-Mobile must also provide DISH wireless customers access to the New T-Mobile network for seven years and offer standard transition services arrangements to DISH during a transition period of up to three years. DISH will also have an option to take on leases for certain cell sites and retail locations that are decommissioned by the New T-Mobile, subject to any assignment restrictions.

The T-Mobile + Sprint deal was first announced on 29-April-2019. Deutsche Telekom holds approximately 62% stake in T-Mobile US. Softbank holds an 83% stake in Sprint.

"The T-Mobile and Sprint merger we announced last April will create a bigger and bolder competitor than ever before – one that will deliver the most transformative 5G network in the country, lower prices, better quality, unmatched value and thousands of jobs, while unlocking an unprecedented $43B net present value in synergies. We are pleased that our previously announced target synergies, profitability and long-term cash generation have not changed," said T-Mobile CEO and New T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

“This is an important day for our country and, most important, American consumers and businesses,” said Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure. “Today’s clearance from the DOJ, along with our anticipated approval from the FCC, will allow the U.S. to fiercely compete for 5G leadership. We plan to build one of the world’s most advanced 5G networks, which will massively revolutionize the way consumers and businesses use their connected devices to enhance their daily lives. The powerful combination of 5G, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will unleash endless possibilities.”

https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-sprint-merger-doj-clearance

New T-Mobile and DISH Agreements that become effective upon completion of the T-Mobile+Sprint merger

Agreement to Divest Sprint’s Prepaid Businesses
The New T-Mobile will be committed to divest Sprint’s entire prepaid businesses including Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint-branded prepaid customers (excluding the Assurance brand Lifeline customers and the prepaid wireless customers of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company and Swiftel Communications, Inc.), to DISH for approximately $1.4 billion. These brands serve approximately 9.3 million customers in total.

Agreements Upon Closing of Prepaid Divestiture 

Master Services Agreement for Network Access
Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint-branded prepaid customers, as well as new DISH wireless customers, will have full access to the legacy Sprint network and the New T-Mobile network in a phased approach. Access to the New T-Mobile network will be through an MVNO arrangement, as well as through an Infrastructure MNO arrangement enabling roaming in certain areas until DISH’s 5G network is built out.

Transition Services Agreement to Support Prepaid Customers
The New T-Mobile will offer standard transition services arrangements to DISH for up to three years following the close of the divestiture transaction. The transition services provided by the New T-Mobile will result in the orderly transfer of prepaid customers to DISH and will also ensure the continued and seamless operation of Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint-branded prepaid businesses following transition to DISH's ownership.

Agreement to Divest Sprint’s 800 MHz Spectrum Licenses to DISH
DISH has agreed to acquire Sprint’s portfolio of nationwide 800 MHz spectrum for a total value of approximately $3.6 billion in a transaction to be completed, subject to certain additional closing conditions, following an application for FCC approval to be filed three years following the closing of T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint. This will permit the New T-Mobile to continue to serve legacy Sprint customers during network integration, pending later FCC approval of the license transfer. The companies have also entered into an agreement providing the New T-Mobile the option to lease back a portion of the spectrum sold to DISH for an additional two years following closing of the spectrum sale.

Option for DISH to Take Over Decommissioned Cell Sites and Retail Locations
Following the closing of T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint and subsequent integration into the New T-Mobile, DISH will have the option to take on leases for certain cell sites and retail locations that are decommissioned by the New T-Mobile for five years following the closing of the divestiture transaction, subject to any assignment restrictions.

Agreement to Engage in Negotiations Regarding T-Mobile Leasing DISH's 600 MHz Spectrum
The companies have also committed to engage in good faith negotiations regarding the leasing of some or all of DISH’s 600 MHz spectrum to T-Mobile.

Microsoft's Azure Arc brings hybrid management

Microsoft unveiled Azure Arc, a set of technologies that unlocks new hybrid scenarios by bringing Azure services and management to any infrastructure.

Azure Arc, which is currently in preview, extends Azure management capabilities to Linux and Windows servers, as well as Kubernetes clusters across on-premises, multi-cloud and edge infrastructure.

Microsoft said Arc brings a consistent and unified approach to managing different environments using established capabilities such as Azure Resource Manager, Microsoft Azure Cloud Shell, Azure portal, API, and Microsoft Azure Policy. A key benefit is bringing the pace cloud innovation, including always up-to-date data capabilities, deployment in seconds, and dynamic scalability on any infrastructure. Customers can deploy Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale on any Kubernetes cluster. From the Azure portal, customers get a unified and consistent view of all their Azure data services running across on-premises and clouds and can apply consistent policy, security and governance of data across environments.


“We are excited to see Microsoft bringing Azure data services and management to any infrastructure”, said Erik Vogel, Vice President for Customer Success, Hybrid Cloud Software and Services at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Through our partnership with Microsoft we hope to deliver a true as a Service experience across environments to help manage both the databases and the underlying infrastructure, and offer a consistent experience across on-premises and the cloud.”

Microsoft also announced Azure Stack Edge, a managed AI-enabled edge appliance that brings compute, storage and intelligence to any edge. Customers will be able to take advantage of new capabilities including Virtual Machine support, a GPU based form factor, high availability with multiple nodes, and multi-access edge compute (MEC). The company is also introducing a new rugged series of Azure Stack Edge form-factors designed to provide cloud capabilities in the harshest environment conditions supporting scenarios such as tactical edge, humanitarian and emergency response efforts.

Metaswitch demos packet core for private LTE on Azure

Metaswitch demonstrated its microservices-based, high-performance Packet Core as part of Microsoft Azure capabilities for private LTE during Microsoft Ignite.

Metaswitch said its Fusion Core is tightly integrated with Microsoft’s networking and edge connectivity solutions for a seamless configuration and provisioning experience.  It can be integrated with the Ruckus CBRS-based RAN solution, and the Attabotics 3D robotic goods-to-person storage, retrieval and real-time order fulfillment system. It offers a programmable User Plane Function (UPF) that delivers very high bandwidth capacity in edge deployments while conserving space and power requirements.

“Cloud native and IoT applications are shaking the entirety of large and high-growth communications and data processing industries,” said Shriraj Gaglani, EVP of Business and Corporate Development at Metaswitch. “With deep integration of enhanced Fusion Core features with the Azure cloud and edge platforms, the combined Private LTEaaS solution hits a sweet spot in the heart of this megatrend.”

“The Microsoft Azure-based private LTE solution builds on decades of Microsoft enterprise success stories,” said Ross Ortega, Partner PM, Azure Networking. “In collaborating with Metaswitch and Ruckus, we see opportunity to enable IoT applications and take advantage of the security, latency and bitrates provided by private LTE networks for our mutual customers.”

http://www.metaswitch.com

Azure offers SAP HANA servers with up to 9TB of Intel Optane DCPM

At Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando, Microsoft and Intel made several announcements highlighting the traction Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory is receiving for on-prem Microsoft software and Azure cloud services.

Highlights:

  • Microsoft Azure introduced a family of cloud instances for SAP HANA and equipped with 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Optane DCPM. These instances offer up to 9TB of memory capacity per server based on Optane DC persistent memory. 
  • Microsoft and Intel worked together to enable SQL Server 2019 and Windows Server 2019 for Optane DC persistent memory, taking advantage of the large memory capacity and access to persistent data that is much faster than solid state drives.
  • DataON and QCT announced Intel Select Solutions for Azure Stack HCI. These are workload-optimized and verified by Intel. These leverage Optane DCPM for the storage cache. 

Intel outlines “Barlow Pass” - 2nd gen Optane DCPM

Intel outlined a series of milestones in advancing memory and storage for cloud, artificial intelligence and network edge applications.

Developments include:

  • Intel plans to operate a new Optane technology development line at its facilities in Rio Rancho, New Mexico; 
  • The second-generation of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, code-named “Barlow Pass,” scheduled for release in 2020 with Intel’s next-generation Intel Xeon® Scalable processor 
  • Intel’s industry-first demonstration of 144-layer QLC (Quad Level Cell) NAND for data center SSDs (solid-state drives), which are also expected in 2020.
Intel said the combination of its Optane technology with QLC 3D NAND technology on a single M.2 module enables Intel Optane memory expansion into thin and light notebooks and certain space-constrained desktop form factors – such as all-in-one PCs and mini PCs. The new product also offers a higher level of performance not met by traditional Triple Level Cell (TLC) 3D NAND SSDs today and eliminates the need for a secondary storage device.

VMware's VeloCloud builds Network of Cloud Service partners

At VMworld 2019 Europe in Barcelona this week, VMware showcased a number of advancements for its SD-WAN by VeloCloud solution, including plans to deliver deeper integration between Microsoft Azure and the VMware SD-WAN Cloud Gateways deployed inside Azure.
  • VMware SD-WAN delivers a Secure Access Services Edge (SASE) based on a global, multi-service network of more than 2,000 deployed VMware SD-WAN Cloud Gateways with integrated networking and network security capabilities. The Cloud Gateways are autonomous, stateless, horizontally scalable and cloud-delivered, distributed globally across co-location, IaaS, SaaS, and telco points of presence (PoPs) with public and private peering to optimize network latency. The VMware SD-WAN Cloud Gateway architecture serves all users and devices across campus, branch, and mobile use cases. The Cloud Gateways identify each end client, steering and optimizing application traffic through the Network of Cloud Services to deliver the best user experience.
  • VMware SD-WAN Cloud Gateways provide the first hop for all traffic into the Network of Cloud Services made up of leading destination public clouds such as Azure, AWS, GCP, as well as leading application, security and analytics service clouds. This Network of Cloud Services spans both VMware services and best-in-class partner services, delivered from the cloud dynamically based on business policy and network conditions occurring at that instant of time. Native Cloud Gateway and Edge services include application steering, dynamic multi-path optimization, underlay visibility and reporting, on-demand mesh VPN, stateful firewall, and multi-cloud network orchestration.
  • VMware’s Network of Cloud Services partners include cloud security (Zscaler, Check Point, Menlo Security), cloud access security brokers, (Netskope), cloud mid-mile transit (Mode, Teridion), cloud analytics (SevOne, Plixer), and Internet exchange services (Equinix).
The company said the Network of Cloud Services and the Azure integration furthers its vision of the Virtual Cloud Network – connecting and protecting the modern enterprise.

“The days of hub-and-spoke MPLS networks that connect to a hardware-based perimeter are over,” said Sanjay Uppal, vice president and general manager, SD-WAN at VMware. “VMware combines a unique hyperscale SD-WAN architecture spanning thousands of VMware SD-WAN Cloud Gateways with the most extensive ecosystem of third-party cloud services to deliver a consistent end user experience as well as world class security.”


What's driving SD-WAN?



With hundreds of thousands of SD-WAN connections now active across the globe, it's clear that the technology has moved beyond earlier adopters and into a rapid-growth phase where carriers, vendors and even cloud providers are racing to differentiate themselves with enhanced services.

Laying the Next-Gen SD-WAN Foundation



SD-WAN is advancing at a rapid pace. Enterprise customers are now looking for network automation when connecting WAN to multi-cloud services, says Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks. Most importantly, they worry about how network automation is going to help them solve new security concerns. Closed-loop automation can bolster network security through micro-segmentation. Machine learning may be in its formative stages, says Khandekar, but there is a lot of potential for analytics to bolster security.

https://nginfrastructure.com/sd-wan/



Microsoft and Nokia target Industry 4.0

Microsoft and Nokia have formed a strategic collaboration targetting Industry 4.0 solutions for enterprises and communication service providers (CSPs). The idea is to drive industrial digitalization and automation across enterprises, and enable CSPs to offer new services to enterprise customers. The companies are targetting connected scenarios across multiple industries including digital factories, smart cities, warehouses, healthcare settings, and transportation hubs such as ports and airports.

The collaboration will leverage Microsoft’s Azure, Azure IoT, Azure AI and Machine Learning solutions with Nokia’s LTE/5G-ready private wireless solutions, IP, SD-WAN, and IoT connectivity offerings.

“Bringing together Microsoft’s expertise in intelligent cloud solutions and Nokia’s strength in building business and mission-critical networks will unlock new connectivity and automation scenarios,” said Jason Zander, executive vice president, Microsoft Azure. “We’re excited about the opportunities this will create for our joint customers across industries.”

“We are thrilled to unite Nokia’s mission-critical networks with Microsoft’s cloud solutions,” said Kathrin Buvac, President of Nokia Enterprise and Chief Strategy Officer. “Together, we will accelerate the digital transformation journey towards Industry 4.0, driving economic growth and productivity for both enterprises and service providers.”

Some highlights:

  • BT is the first global communications service provider to offer its enterprise customers a managed service that integrates Microsoft Azure cloud and Nokia SD-WAN solutions. BT customers can access this through a customer automated delegated rights service, which enables BT to manage both the customer Azure vWAN and the unique Agile Connect SD-WAN, based on Nokia’s Nuage SD-WAN 2.0.
  • The Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (Nokia DAC) 5G-ready industrial-grade private wireless broadband solution with on-premise Azure elements will enable a wide variety of secure industrial automation solutions. 
  • Nokia’s Nuage SD-WAN 2.0 solution now enables service providers to offer integration with Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN for branch to cloud connectivity, with the companies planning to offer more options for branch internet connectivity in 2020. By automating branch and hybrid WAN connectivity, enterprises will have simplified, faster access to cloud applications such as Office 365, integrated security from branch-to-branch and branch-to-Azure and reduced risk of configuration errors causing security or connectivity issues.
  • The companies are integrating Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) with Azure IoT Central to make the onboarding, deployment, management and servicing of IoT solutions seamless. This integration provides CSPs with the opportunity to offer their enterprises a single platform including vertical solutions to enable secure connected IoT services, such as asset tracking and machine monitoring on a national or global scale. Enterprises will be able to use Azure IoT Central and partner solutions for faster and easier enablement and implementation of their IoT applications together with Nokia’s IoT connectivity solutions.
  • Microsoft and Nokia are collaborating to host Nokia’s Analytics, Virtualization and Automation (AVA) cognitive services solutions on Azure. These AI solutions will enable CSPs to move out of private data centers and into the Azure cloud to realize cost savings and transform operations for 5G. 

Arista delivers CloudEOS for enterprises

Arista Networks introduced two offerings for consistent segmentation, telemetry, monitoring, provisioning and troubleshooting from campus to data center to cloud. The new Arista CloudEOS provides two main capabilities:

  • CloudEOS Multi Cloud, a high-performance virtual machine that normalizes the network connectivity to and between public clouds simplifying the networking operating model for cloud and network operations while enabling declarative software-based provisioning through popular DevOps tools
  • CloudEOS Cloud Native, an instance of EOS deployed as a Kubernetes Container Network Interface or stand-alone Kubernetes container to provide a fully supported, enterprise-class networking stack within Cloud Native environments

CloudEOS has native support for pay-as-you-go acquisition through Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. This enables elastic cost models for network connectivity: automatically scaling capacity with changes in real-time application demand. It is completely provisioned in software through a declarative model supporting DevOps tools such as Terraform.

CloudEOS automatically encrypts all traffic traversing public links and automatically exchanges and rotates IPSEC keys to ensure encrypted transport at the highest security levels.

“Watching a client deploy hundreds of networks, across multiple cloud providers, in minutes without ever touching a network CLI is magical,” stated Douglas Gourlay, vice president and general manager of cloud networking software for Arista. “CloudEOS simplifies networking for any cloud environment, securely, declaratively, and elastically.”

https://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/8760-pr-20191105