The typical uncertainty surrounding a non-incumbent election does not appear to be negatively impacting the strong, steady drumbeat of growth surrounding communication service providers' adoption and implementation of virtualization technologies.
While it is not a virtual solution, the upcoming election generated a highly visible contract for Cox Communications Inc. , which will provide phone service, a massive backup Internet connection, plus cable and broadcast channels at the Cox Pavilion during the final debate, scheduled for Oct. 19 at the University of Las Vegas. And even as the Nov. 8 U.S. election day draws closer, many vendors and CSPs continue to unveil products, partnerships and contracts that speak to a hunger for agile, flexible, scalable and cost-effective New IP solutions to deliver new business services to customers. The nearing arrival of 5G and the quickly expanding rollout of Internet of Things (IoT) add to the fuel.
As evidence, take a look at some of the activities several New IP Agency members have been up to over the past few days:
TelePacific Communications deployed Ciena's 8700 Packetwave Platform as part of the CSP's expansion into becoming a national provider of managed services. TelePacific Communications provides five-nines performance across an Ethernet ecosystem via SD-WAN. It now offers various national high-speed packet services via the Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) platform, supporting wavelengths up to 100G, that it easily can turn up on-demand. The CSP worked with Ciena and integrator LightRiver Technologies, which provided network design, implementation, technical support and project management services. "At TelePacific our goal is to provide customers with one of the most reliable MEF-compliant networks in the country and to ensure they get the level of service they need. Ciena and LightRiver play a key role in this mission, helping to expand our coverage area and offer new capabilities in our Ethernet ecosystem," says David Zahn, senior vice president of marketing at TelePacific in a statement.
Laser Light Communications selected Equinix as its interconnection provider for Laser Light's All Optical Hybrid Global Network, aka HALO, which exclusively uses laser technology. Laser Light will establish its initial worldwide point of presence at the Washington, D.C.-area data center Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) operates. With that deployment completed, Laser Light will begin deploying, installing, testing and demonstrating its laser communications and SD-WAN technology, ultimately offering its HALO-based optical satellite as a service (OSaaS) to carriers, businesses and government agencies via Equinix' global facilities. “A partnership with Equinix permits Laser Light to become a truly tier 1 global carrier with access to facilities, and incumbent local fiber providers, in a ’one stop shop’ partnership. Also, Equinix’s mix of enterprise, global carriers, and government customers, permits Laser Light to be present in the marketplace for high volume data services in the key regional markets around the globe," says Robert Brumley, Laser Light CEO in a release. "We are excited that Equinix and Laser Light have formed this partnership in this stage of our development to draw on their extensive experience as a global facilities provider, and cooperate with us in our deployment of a unique SDN global network.”
Sprint plans to debut SD-WAN services for enterprise customers, previewing trials in the fourth quarter with a global launch scheduled for 2017. Developed in partnership with
VeloCloud Networks Inc. , the SD-WAN incorporates security plus flexible management tiers so customers can choose the level of support they wish to purchase, ranging up to a solution fully managed by Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) Through SD-WAN technologies, enterprises can leverage automation, improved visibility into their networks and enhanced performance for real-time and cloud applications, increasing agility and security while removing complexity and costs. "As Sprint continues to evolve its suite of cloud-based solutions, SD-WAN will enable our business customers to rapidly deploy these emerging technologies while maintaining their existing infrastructure investments," says Mike Fitz, vice president of the Sprint Global Wireline Business Unit in a press release.
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Urban areas bring challenges due to their density and volume, but NFV will enable service providers to tap the potential of 5G, IoT and other empowering technologies.
Huawei and Vodafone tested 5G mobile connectivity over high and low frequency bands, demonstrating 5G large-scale mobility field test of macro coverage in an urban scenario. This capacity is critical for 5G applications like augmented and virtual reality. In addition, the pending arrival of 5G is one factor encouraging some service providers to adopt NFV and SDN. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) signed a strategic memorandum of understanding last year and a 5G technologies acceleration MoU earlier this year.
Thai mobile service provider TrueMove H deployed Procera's ScoreCard to monitor the quality of experience customers receive across its 2G, 3G and 4G LTE services. Without using personally identifiable information, ScoreCard measures the overall quality of the network and feeds data to the Procera Insights system, the vendor says. TrueMove then will use this insight to determine where and how to improve aspects of the network to enhance QoE, perhaps through adoption of NFV and SDN.
The solution ensures visibility despite encryption, network access technology or multi-vendor environments, says Lyn Cantor, president and CEO of Procera Networks in a statement.
The Orange Group named Jérémie Dutray deputy chief financial officer, where he now is responsible for business development, mergers and acquisitions. Dutray, who joined Orange (NYSE: FTE) in 2010 as director had been chief operating officer of Orange Belgium for about two years. In that position he helped transform Mobistar with the successful commercial launch of Internet and cable TV, Orange says. Arnaud Castille will replace him, becoming chief financial officer of Orange Belgium on Dec. 1.
Bill McCarthy this week joined Infoblox Inc. as executive vice president of Worldwide Field Operations, where he will report to company president and chief executive officer Jesper Andersen. McCarthy, who previously was area vice president for the Americas in Cisco’s Service Provider business, will oversee Infoblox worldwide sales, support and professional services functions. He's been charged with accelerating growth and extending Infoblox reputation and role beyond DNS, DHCP and IP address management (DDI) into security, cloud and analytics, according to the company.
Charter Communications hired Jane Rhodes-Wolfe as group vice president, head of corporate security, to oversee physical security, manage the company's relationship with law enforcement and support executive management in certain areas of cyber security. A 20-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Rhodes-Wolfe will report to David Ellen, senior executive vice president.
The latest version of Ubuntu, released this week, features "hybrid cloud operations, bare-metal cloud performance, the ability to lift-and-shift 80% of Linux VMs to machine containers, Kubernetes for world-leading process-container coordination, full container support in OpenStack, and telco-grade networking latency enhancements," according to Canonical Ltd. Ubuntu 16.10 also features a range of containers such as process containers (Docker 1.12), machine containers (LXD 2.4) and application containers (Snapd 2.16). The update includes performance improvements in network and virtualization for both throughput and latency, according to Canonical.
To further support the gains SDN and NFV deliver service providers and their customers, Nokia this week expanded its G.fast micro-node offerings to accelerate ultra-broadband deployments. The new solutions provide higher densities and longer loop lengths so they now can be used across longer distances, making micro-nodes more cost-effective, according to the vendor. Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) used SDN, NFV, NETCONF and YANG capabilities to enhance accessibility and serviceability of G.fast micro-nodes, which are pre-provisioned from the cloud so CSPs can efficiently scale and manage the network from anywhere.
Ixia and DataArt have teamed up to create an automation solution based on application and service modeling tool Juju. The solution is designed to accelerate the delivery of fully tested NFV-based services for carriers. For the solution DataArt designed a technology stack for scaling and enhancement; Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) incorporated IxLoad Virtual Edition to measure the quality of experience of real-time business-critical applications. As a result, CSPs can use IxLoad VE in an NFV environment using Juju to quickly, easily and affordably deploy new, tested and validated services, according to Ixia.
Allot Communications on Thursday took the wraps off the Allot Secure Service Gateway (SSG), a scalable security appliance designed to protect enterprises and from 1,000 to 100,000 users. The platform uses real-time application-based traffic monitoring and analytics, plus flexible policy tools, to enable network managers to align IT and business resources, cut the attack surface and improve productivity, according to Allot Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALLT) Allot SSG features flexible redundancy configurations, passive bypass with automatic failover and a DDoS-mitigation engine. The appliance is available now in two models designed to meet the needs of organizations that require up to 30Gbps of capacity: The Allot Secure Service Gateway 600 (SSG600) and the Allot Secure Service Gateway 800 (SSG800).