Virtual Newsbites: Non-Election News of the Week
The US election may have taken up most of the headlines this week, but it didn't stop service providers and vendors from advancing their businesses and helping advance customers' digital transformations.
From the acquisition of Hibernia Networks to the demonstration of a new open source SDN and NFV orchestrator to the unveiling of several new network products, there's plenty to catch up on. Read on:
GTT Communications will acquire Hibernia Networks for $590 million. The transaction, expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, includes $515 million in cash and about 3.3 million shares of GTT common stock, valued at $75 million. The acquisition adds breadth and depth to GTT's Tier 1 IP network; expands the company's cloud networking portfolio; adds Hibernia's video transport platform; increases the client base and enhances GTT's financial profile via Hibernia's recurring revenue business, according to GTT Communications Inc.
Thai carrier dtac, part of the Telenor Group, is implementing an SDN-ready IP/optical network, planning to eventually deliver ultra-broadband mobile access to more than 40% of Thailand's population. Total Access Communication plc -- a.k.a. dtac -- will replace its existing IP core routing and Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) infrastructure with Nokia products such as the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS), the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) and Nokia security gateway, according to
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) These will lay the foundation for an SDN infrastructure and allow dtac to address growing customer demand, Nokia says.
Huawei demonstrated OPEN-O Sun, an open source SDN and NFV orchestrator, during the Operations Transformation Forum 2016 in Wuzhen, China this week. OPEN-O Sun uses Tosca and Yang models and an open architecture, OpenStack and other open source components, plus components from vendors such as Canonical, Raisecom, Red Hat and Huawei. OPEN-O automatically orchestrates and deploys the service, then establishes a link, allowing organizations to immediately use the service, according to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Cloud traffic is expected to reach 14.1 zettabytes per year by 2020, compared with 3.9 ZB annually in 2015, according to the sixth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index (2015-2020). Driving the growth? Increasing migration to cloud because of its rapid scalability and ability to efficiently support more workloads than traditional data centers, the report finds. SDN and NFV are flattening data center architectures and streamlining traffic flows: almost 60% of global hyperscale data centers are expected to deploy SDN/NFV solutions and by 2020, 44% of traffic within data centers will be supported by SDN/NFV platforms (up from 23% in 2015) as operators strive for greater efficiencies, according to the report.
Adtran this week began offering the Adtran Mosaic OS-based 10G-PON SD-Access family of business and residential gateways. Designed to be cost-effective and elastic, Adtran integrated the gateways into its Mosaic Cloud architecture to extend control into the customer edge and to support service orchestration across the access network. Native SDN control simplifies interoperability, allowing service providers to avoid the vendor lock-in typically found in traditional PON systems, says Julie Kunstler, principal analyst at Ovum, in a statement. During this week's MEF16 in Baltimore,
Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN) and Spirent Communications plc hosted a proof of concept showcase designed to demonstrate solutions for zero-touch on-boarding of cloud-based 10G Carrier Ethernet services over SDN-controlled NG-PON2 networks.
At MEF16, Adva rolled out One Network Edge, a unified solution portfolio designed to cover every edge application including service demarcation and performance assurance, virtual network function hosting, security and synchronization delivery. The hardware and software combination uses the Adva FSP 150 product family, and is expected to simplify and unify service providers' edge networks so they can quickly respond to growing demand for communication solutions, according to the vendor. "When we talk to service providers, there’s always one issue, one frustration -- the network edge is too fragmented, too complex; it's limiting their ability to meet customer demands and new business opportunities. This is the genesis of One Network Edge," says Stephan Rettenberger, vice president of marketing and investor relations at
ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) .
Beginning Nov. 18, T-Mobile will start offering SyncUp Drive which combines ZTE's Internet of Things device -- developed by the vendor's ZTEWelink subsidiary -- and Mojio's cloud-based platform and mobile app Motion. SyncUp Drive is a connected car solution that transforms most vehicles built after 1996 into IoT devices by accessing diagnostics, remote door-unlocking and other features. The M-ICT 2.0 strategy by ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) is part of the global economy's transformation to IoT, says Lixin Cheng, senior vice president.
IneoQuest's virtualized solutions are now tested and supported for Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Helion OpenStack as part of the HPE Helion Ready Program for solution providers. IneoQuest Technologies Inc. also joined the HPE AllianceOne program where it gains access to HPE technical development support plus sales and marketing resources. IneoQuest's virtualized FoQus Platform quality assurance applications provide operators with real-time intelligence on where network resources are strained and which new resources are necessary for NFV deployments.
Ixia's ThreatArmor threat intelligence gateway now includes cloud-powered centralized management and mobile access to security-related information that improves IT operational efficiency and promotes rapid response to potential network breaches, the company announced this week. ThreatArmor Central Management features a secure portal for managing global deployments of ThreatArmor devices and leverages the cloud's elastic processing to deliver scalable management, log collection and centralized reporting. Ixia provides hosting and data storage via the cloud,
Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) says.
Yigal Jacoby, who co-founded Allot Communications in 1996 and served as CEO until 2006, was named chairman of the security and monetization solution vendor. Long-time board member Jacoby was chairman from the company's early days until 2008. More recently, he's invested in and worked with a number of startups in mobile, media and security markets. Jacoby succeeds Shraga Katz, who served as chairman since 2008, according to Allot Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALLT)
— Alison Diana, Editor, The New IP Agency. Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @The_New_IP.