No doubt champagne corks popped well into the night in Austin, Texas this week, when Dell's $67 billion acquisition of EMC closed. With its fingers in so many lines of business, there's little doubt service providers will be even more involved with Dell, especially given company executives' enthusiasm for New IP technologies.
Many of these vendors will be on hand next week for Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver on Sept. 13 and 14. The two-day conference features speakers from AT&T, Equinix, Level 3 and Verizon, and panelists from the New IP spectrum of service providers and vendors.
Next week promises to be busy -- but the past few days have also been packed full of news. From new products to new contracts, New IP Agency members hit the headlines. Read on to catch up.
On Sept. 7, Dell Technologies arose from the formal, finalized blending of EMC and Dell, immediately becoming a $74 billion privately controlled behemoth that includes well-known tech brands such as Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware. The impact this giant corporation will have on service providers and their vendor partners is as yet unknown, but both Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of the eponymous company, and Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, say NFV and service providers are huge opportunities for Dell Technologies. "Every time you hear the words network function virtualization -- NFV -- that means a telco function that can now run on an X86 server. This is a huge opportunity for us, a huge upside," Dell said recently, according to a story on Light Reading. "We're already seeing a nice growth among service providers and telcos with early deployments and [proofs of concept] PoCs and tests going on." (See VMware & Dell CEOs See Massive NFV Opportunity.)
Service provider Globe Telecom Inc. is future-proofing its network to serve Internet of Things, advanced digital services and more video by implementing Oscilloquartz frequency and phase delivery technology. Oscilloquartz, part of ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) , is supplying hundreds of devices to provide accurate synchronization across Globe Telecom's infrastructure throughout the Philippines. Partner Tel-Trade Communications and Development will deploy and maintain the devices over the three-year contract. "Future-proofing through innovation is a big part of our philosophy. That’s why we’ve invested in a synchronization solution that not only maximizes customer experience today but also plants the seeds for further growth," says Ronald Allan Oruga, regional solutions manager of Transport and Fixed Access Network Solutions Engineering at the CSP. "The immediate benefits include higher broadband capacity and improved location accuracy. These enable us to offer a whole new range of services."
Dutch service provider KPN is moving
six of its colocation-focused data centers into a new company, expecting the move will help it expand sales to cloud-hungry enterprises. The yet-to-be-named company will operate independently within KPN and build its own brand, according to the service provider. Existing KPN colocation customers and employees will undergo no changes, KPN says.
Bouygues Telecom Enterprises is entering the unified-communications-as-a-service market with the recent selection of Mitel's MiCloud managed service UCaaS offering. The French service provider, which has about 14 million customers plus approximately 2 million enterprise clients, now provides real-time communication, collaboration and conferencing capabilities via multiple devices, according toMitel Networks Corp.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Tele2 Russia inked a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate to develop LTE-Advanced and 5G-ready solutions that will enable the service provider to prepare its network and organization for the arrival of 5G networks. Under the accord, the organizations will test the high-speed broadband networks using technologies such as evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service and edge video orchestration for 4G and 5G, multiple-input multiple-output antenna systems and multi-component carrier aggregation, and dynamic experience management.
Canadian service provider Eastlink selected the Cisco Infinite Video Platform, a cloud services solution that allows it to process, secure, distribute and monetize video across consumers' multiple devices.
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) delivers this solution as an on-demand, white-labeled service dubbed Eastlink Stream. The service provider also is using Cisco's newly unveiled suite of cloud-based security offerings designed for CSPs and video creators. The integrated security solution includes VideoGuard Everywhere, which delivers conditional access and multi-digital rights management, streaming piracy prevention that uses automated tools to identify, verify and remove online piracy in real-time and multi-layered infrastructure security, according to the vendor.
Looking to increase the operations and maintenance (O&M) efficiency of data center software-defined networks (SDN), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. this week debuted
the Cloud Fabric 5.0 Solution for cloud services, featuring a Huawei Fabric Insight Refined O&M at its center. Big data analysis plus visualized network status measurement and management quickly find errors or faults, allowing service providers and enterprises to speedily implement service provisioning and enhance network resource usage, according to the vendor.
Ubuntu this week made available the final release of MAAS 2.0 for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The version includes High Availability for MAAS services, which organizations can enable at the "rack controller level allowing the ability for controlling BMCs, providing DHCP, and deploying machines to span across multiple rack controllers. At the region controller level, HA can be provided for the API, WebUI, DNS, and APT proxy," according to Ubuntu . The release, which took a year to develop, provides DHCP services to networks instead of cluster interfaces. In addition to high availability, other improvements include flexible address ranges, custom DNS domains and records, custom DHCP configuration, a revamped approach to how L2 and L3 networks are modeled that includes richer descriptions of network topologies, updated API with a more comprehensive network model and service tracking via built-in functionality to detect any problems with service performance or activity, Ubuntu says.