Virtual Newsbites: Bell Canada, Hibernia Networks, 2degrees Make New IP Headlines
As the calendar page flips toward a new year, service providers' interest in and adoption of NFV only continues to grow, as evidenced by new pacts, partnerships and products.
Read on to catch up on the latest:
Like Orange Business Services, Bell Canada now is putting AT&T's ECOMP platform through its paces to create and manage software-defined networks.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) plans to release the platform as open source software with the Linux Foundation next quarter. "We believe software-defined networks will advance the future of both wireless and wireline connectivity by adapting to customer needs quickly, and enabling a seamless user experience," said Petri Lyytikainen, vice president of Network Strategy, Services and Management at
BCE Inc. (Bell Canada) (NYSE/Toronto: BCE). "We are pleased to collaborate with AT&T and other leading communications companies to evaluate the promising capabilities of the open-source ECOMP platform."
Telefonica Spain is upgrading its mission-critical network, adopting Cisco's ASR 9000 and IOS XR to prepare for automation, SDN, NFV, telemetry and analytics, while immediately leveraging programmable networks for simplicity and tight controls. The solution reduces opex, enhances customer service, mitigates risk and boosts agility, according to Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO). "We needed a business partner who could help solve our problems today but have the vision to look strategically ahead on new solutions that can drive our success forward," said Joaquín Mata, Network Technology and Operations director at Telefonica Spain, in a statement.
New Zealand service provider 2degrees Mobile chose Metaswitch’s Clearwater vIMS Core, the Perimeta vSBC (Session Border Controller) and the Service Assurance Server (SAS) as the basis for its cloud-based fixed and mobile communication services. "We are extremely pleased that 2degrees selected Metaswitch for its vIMS platform," said Ray Tseng, senior vice president for APAC at Metaswitch Networks . "Real cloud native communications software solutions are the only way to deliver fully on the economic and rapid innovation promises of NFV, and we are excited to bring these advantages to 2degrees and the New Zealand market."
Hibernia Networks this week added Bridgepointe Technologies and Cloudwirx to its indirect sales channel. Bridgepointe -- a telecommunications master agency whose agents specialize in data, voice, hosting, collaboration and mobility -- and Cloudwirx -- a technology services consultant that creates custom solutions for enterprises in areas such as global network connectivity, cloud infrastructure and enterprise software -- now can also offer their clients optical, Ethernet, IP and content services from Hibernia Networks. "Hibernia Networks is focused on the continued evolution and growth of our Partner Program, with an increasing commitment to effectively train and support our agent partners," said Joe Hilt, vice president of sales, Americas, at Hibernia Networks . "Our team is constantly seeking to develop relationships with highly-motivated independent and master agents that have a track record of delivering state-of-the-art, customized solutions to their clients."
Network control vendor Infoblox unveiled its eponymous Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program and a new alliance with cloud-based security and compliance developer Qualys to create an ecosystem that optimizes network automation and enhances cyber security. Under the TAP program, more than 30 participants integrate their disparate systems to improve detection, accelerate remediation and enhance investigation, Infoblox said. Because integration is available "out of the box," according to the vendor, customers gain benefits in areas such as security and compliance, incident response, cloud management and automation for next-generation data centers and asset management.
Under the expanded pact with Qualys, the two companies will provide enterprises with network visibility to enhance organizations' protection from infections, automate asset management, remediate threats faster and ease compliance and auditing, according to Infoblox Inc. The vendor's DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management (DDI) solutions will integrate with the Qualys Cloud Platform, giving joint customers a single source of truth which integrates DNS data for devices and networks. Infoblox alerts Qualys when new physical, virtual, or cloud infrastructure elements join the network, when it detects malicious events and generates context about infected machines on the network, Infoblox said.
Ixia added WiFi readiness capabilities to Hawkeye, its network assessment and monitoring platform. Expanded coverage in Hawkeye includes WANs, LANs, VPNs and cloud access to wireless LAN architectures, ensuring enterprise-critical services via WiFi are available around the clock, according to the company. Using Hawkeye, enterprises can rapidly deploy new services over wireless and wireline; automate regular IT tasks; control network and services performance and proactively detect problems and conduct tests, Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) said.
Underscoring the need for automated vulnerability fixes, a new Canonical survey of consumers found that only 31% of people that own connected devices update them as soon as patches become available. Perhaps even more worrisome, 40% of consumers never "consciously performed updates" on their devices, the report found. As more service providers offer Internet of Things (IoT) services for residential and business customers, cyber security risks steadily inflate – and almost two-thirds of users polled believe it's not their responsibility to keep firmware updated. In fact, 22% point at software developers and 18% said device manufacturers should shoulder the responsibility, according to the Canonical Ltd. study.
Mike Foliano, senior vice president of operations at
Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN), this week was elected to the executive board of QuEST Forum, where he'll serve a two-year term as director. The organization "oversees and helps to facilitate the adoption of the Forum’s key initiatives such as technology performance benchmarking and the implementation of TL 9000, a quality management system for creating supply chain directives throughout the information communications technology (ICT) industry," Adtran said in a news release. The Forum's initiatives and practices reach an audience that includes tier 1 service providers, according to Adtran, a founding member of the organization.
— Alison Diana, Editor, The New IP Agency. Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @The_New_IP.