Welcome, this Fourth of July weekend, to the new version of Virtual Newsbites, where we'll round up some of the week's virtualization highlights from service providers and members of the New IP Agency.
While Americans have been preparing for the holiday, members of the global virtualization industry have been hard at work. The week was chock full of news, ranging from a new high-speed undersea cable and NFV adoption survey to security and SDN infrastructure. Read on for more details.
Although only 17% of operators run IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) network elements in an NFV environment today, by 2018 78% of service providers expect to do so, according to a new study by IHS. As seen in other areas of NFV adoption, agility, operational efficiencies, plus cost and time savings drive adoption, the survey finds.
On June 30, the FASTER Consortium -- consisting of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel -- began service via its new trans-Pacific submarine cable system, the "FASTER Cable System." Built by NEC, the 9,000km trans-Pacific cable lands in Oregon plus Chiba and Mie prefectures in Japan, and serves other US and Asian regions. The cable incorporates optimized fibers in the submarine portion, digital signal processing technology and six-fiber pair cable to deliver 60 terabits per second of bandwidth, the consortium says. The group unveiled its plans in 2014. (See: FASTER Subsea Partners Tap NEC for New Cable.)
Deutsche Telekom interconnected its Telekom Initiatives Labs' headquarters in Berlin with its Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) in California, using an SD-WAN from VeloCloud. The
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) SVIC primarily focuses on SDN, NFV, cloud and mobile operating systems and infrastructure, and the German service provider needed an economical, secure way to demonstrate its many next-generation network capabilities and operate SVIC's robotics and 3D printing solutions from Europe. The VeloCloud SD-WAN showcases simplified orchestration and rapid deployment of these advanced architectures, according to VeloCloud Networks Inc.
In partnership with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), SK Telecom this week announced it demonstrated SDTI -- software-defined telecommunications infrastructure -- which is based on the Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 at its 5G technology innovation center in South Korea. SDTI is an infrastructure platform "where all mobile network infrastructure components, such as CPU, memory and storage, are disaggregated as customizable modules that can be flexibly and dynamically recomposed together to provide the optimal level of infrastructure scale for various 5G services based on their requirements," according to
SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM). SDTI is a crucial component in 5G Networking Slicing, the companies say, and this demonstration indicates SDTI can be applied at the physical infrastructure domain to support virtualized network functions and the network domain to round out the network slicing picture.
Masergy this week took the wraps off its WAN Encryption offer as a virtual network function offer. The new service is a method of tapping NFV to provide customers with new products that respond more rapidly to their needs. The (See: CenturyLink, Masergy Roll Real-World NFV) Masergy Communications Inc. WAN Encryption solution uses CryptoFlow technology from Certes Networks Inc. , which encodes data in transit. The offering can be deployed on a Dell server or via Masergy's VNF store.
Orange Business Services agreed to acquire Moldovan cable TV operator Sun Communications, a move designed to enable the French service provider to create a converged service in Eastern Europe. If shareholders agree to the deal, it will allow Orange to enter the fixed and pay TV markets, the company says in a release. Orange Moldova has more than 2 million customers; Sun Communications' SunTV has 100,000-plus cable TV customers, plus over 38,000 Internet and voice over IP users, Orange says.
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