A number of New IP Agency thought leaders took center stage during Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event this week, sharing their insight about industry technology and business trends.
Since executives attended this conference 12 months ago there's been a major shift in the NFV and SDN reality: A year ago, the conversation focused on theoretical considerations, whereas today service providers and vendors are busy with practical discussions about interoperability, business use cases and scalability. They're also busy with new products, new technological advances and new partnerships. (See It's Time to Implement NFV, SDN.)
Read on to discover a sampling of what these and other NIA members and service providers have been up to:
Nokia Bell Labs, Deutsche Telekom T-Labs and Technical University of Munich achieved speeds of 1 Tb per second in an optical technology trial. A new modulation technique – probabilistic constellation shaping -- gives more flexibility and performance that allows optical networks to operate closer to the Shannon limit to meet growing consumer and business data demands, the partners said in a release. This breakthrough will eAmpower communication service providers and enterprises to extend both the distance and capacity of high-speed data transmission in optical metro and core networks, they noted. "To guarantee a high customer experience for future services we need optical transmissions with increased capacities, reach and flexibility over deployed fiber infrastructures," said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, director of technology at Telekom Deutschland and CTO of Deutsche Telekom.
Added Marcus Weldon, president of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia CTO: "Future optical networks not only need to support orders of magnitude higher capacity, but also the ability to dynamically adapt to channel conditions and traffic demand. Probabilistic Constellation Shaping offers great benefits to service providers and enterprises by enabling optical networks to operate closer to the Shannon Limit to support massive datacenter interconnectivity and provide the flexibility and performance required for modern networking in the digital era."
The Shannon Limit's Creator
In 1948, Claude Shannon showed any communication channel could be characterized by two factors - bandwidth and noise. Provided a channel with specific bandwidth and noise traits, Shannon demonstrated how to calculate the highest rate at which data can be sent with no error, naming it channel capacity. It's widely known, however, as the Shannon limit. (Source: Bell Labs)
Brocade this week released the Brocade SLX 9850, a data center routing solution designed to support the ever-increasing surge in network traffic and organizations' digital transformations. The SLX 9850 includes the embedded
Brocade SLX Insight Architecture with pervasive network visibility for insight into service levels and leverages
Brocade Workflow Composer for server-based, DevOps-style network automation that integrates across IT domains to create end-to-end workflow automation, according to
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD).
Adtran released the ProCloud Subscriber Suite that streamlines the creation, delivery and management of operators' broadband services. The suite includes automated subscriber activation; subscriber analytics and a portal for subscribers. The software is designed to cut CSPs' time and spending, while simultaneously increasing visibility into in-home devices. ProCloud Subscriber Suite provides orchestration technologies that creates "a viable option for operators that want to rapidly scale Fiber to the Home (FTTH) and triple play deployments, but have resource and financial challenges," said
Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN). The software, which uses APIs and Adtran's Mosaic Cloud architecture, automates the subscriber activation process by discovering subscriber equipment and provisioning it on the fly.
ECI this week unveiled the Neptune (NPT) 1011 and NPT 1025, the latest members of the Neptune family of multi-service packet transport platforms with integrated optics and a key piece of ECI's ElastiNET solution. Both new Elastic MPLS solutions are designed for mobile backhaul that allows seamless internetworking between the IP/MPLS and MPLS-TP domains, according to ECI. "We are pleased to be able to offer mobile operators a solution that goes from access to core and provides the best of both the IP and MPLS worlds for mobile backhaul. Paired with our Mercury NFV solutions, which support edge computing, as well as our LightCONTROL SDN solutions, ECI's offering is well-suited for carriers taking their first steps towards LTE as well as those already on their way to 5G, said Jimmy Mizrahi EVP Global Portfolio at
ECI Telecom Ltd. in a news release.
At Huawei Connect 2016, Huawei debuted the software-defined security solution that virtualizes hardware security devices and delivers various services for online subscriptions. Based on the Agile Controller, the Security Solution's automated deployment capability enhances cloud-service protection efficiency, according to
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. The Agile Controller provides flexible orchestration and automated security service provisioning for tenants, which can get up to 12 types of virtualized security capabilities, the vendor said. It also delivers intelligent awareness functionality that allows tenants' security policies to migrate with services in real-time and provides unified resource scheduling for tenants.
"As more services are migrating to the cloud, the boundary of security threats becomes blurred. Data center services are facing more severe security risks after SDN technology is used, as such no companies, regions, or organizations are free from such risks," said Liu Lizhu, general manager of Huawei Enterprise Network Product Line's Security Gateway Domain, in a statement.
Also in the security space,
Gigamon Systems LLC launched the Sell Smart Incentive Program in North America, a program that rewards Gigamon value-added resellers (VARs) for selling qualifying security solutions built on its GigaSecure security delivery platform. To qualify, VARs must have a completed sale with at least two products from a list of products from specific Gigamon technology partners – such as Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprises and Reservoir Labs – along with GigaSecure. The program is designed to enable partners to deliver integrated, multi-tiered services; demonstrate their ability to deliver customized security architectures; increase initial order size and scope and earn rewards for VARs' team members through the sale of complete, scalable security stacks, Gigamon said.
Big data cloud provider Bigstep and
Canonical Ltd. are partnering to provide certified images and support of Ubuntu on Bigstep Metal Cloud. Under the agreement, Bigstep will offer certified Ubuntu Server images that have been optimized for performance, security and dependability under Canonical's Certified Public Cloud program. Bigstep's console soon will offer Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage enterprise support, the companies said.
In other demonstration news,
Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) and
Viavi Solutions Inc. next week plan to showcase interoperability of a test system running bi-directional 400GbE line rate traffic with RS-544 Forward Error Correction (FEC) as currently defined in the IEEE 802.3bs draft standard. Looking to show the technology is ready for adoption, the partners plan to show interoperability between independently developed MAC, PCS and RS-544 FEC IP by each company, including the critical FEC element that enables 400GbE error-free data packets to be carried over fiber links, according to a statement.