Monday, October 29, 2018

MEF18 is underway this week in Los Angeles

Kevin Vachon, COO of MEF, previews the workshops, the LSO hackathon, an enterprise WAN session, and Proof-of-Concept demonstrations underway this week in Los Angeles.

Telia Carrier tests 600G wavelengths with Infinera

Telia Carrier achieved real-time transmission of 600 Gbps wavelengths in its live production network from Palo Alto to San Francisco using Infinera’s FlexILS flexible grid open line system.

Infinera said this milestone was achieved with the latest generation of the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine, ICE5, demonstrating its continued rapid cadence in the development of vertically integrated optical engines with industry-leading optical performance and economics.

The ICE5 600G technology, including 64 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and 69 gigabaud operation, also sets the foundation for the next generation, ICE6, which is on track to deliver 800G. Infinera plans to deliver commercial products capable of 600G per wavelength in early 2019.

“We are pleased to partner with Infinera to yet again demonstrate industry-leading innovation,” said Mattias Fridström, Chief Evangelist at Telia Carrier. “Working together, our companies have a strong history of optical performance leadership, stretching back to the world’s first terabit super-channel trial almost seven years ago. Infinera’s 600G technology can be readily deployed across our existing FlexILS networks, helping us to increase fiber capacity while satisfying our customers’ growing capacity requirements.”

“Infinera continues to deliver optical engine innovation on a rapid cadence,” said Parthi Kandappan, Chief Technical Officer at Infinera. “Our ICE4 optical engines are delivering industry-leading performance in deployed networks from metro data center interconnect to subsea, and this 600G trial  showcases the next step function in ICE performance, leading toward 800G wavelengths and beyond in the future.”

Fujitsu unveils MicroApplications Practice for network operators

Fujitsu Network Communications is launching a MicroApplications Practice to help network operators transform their software approach, allowing faster and more cost-effective solutions for networking challenges.

The idea is to help network operators to evolve from monolithic software stacks to container-based, modular pieces of code based on microservices architecture.

This agile approach allows flexible, automated applications to be developed for specific functions and deployed quickly, reducing time to market and increasing scalability across the cloud on a global level, while using fewer hardware resources for greater cost-efficiency. Fujitsu said its MicroApplications Practice leverages the benefits of microservices architecture with a collaborative approach for developing applications tailored to a provider’s unique needs. In some cases, a single microservice is sufficient to address a particular need. For other circumstances, a more robust MicroApplication is required.

Key Elements:

Microservices — Fujitsu microservices are standalone, container-based, single-function software modules designed to speed development cycles to meet today’s networking challenges. Each service is developed, tested and scaled independently to optimize its performance.

MicroApplications — MicroApplications are pre-packaged microservices, bundled with workflow automation and application programming interface (API) integration tailored to a customer’s ecosystem. Fujitsu MicroApplications also include a user interface to address the functions required to administer the solution. 

Warrior Framework — Fujitsu’s open-source automation framework enables the flexible development and deployment of MicroApplications. In addition to a basic framework for administration and configuration of applications, it includes an extensive library of pre-developed scripts to speed development, as well as a robust set of networking protocol support.

Network Services — Fujitsu offers a full suite of services for MicroApplications, including design and build, multivendor integration, deployment, and maintenance and support, using a consultative approach to develop the use cases and define the requirements. After deployment, Fujitsu provides software configuration and lifecycle management services as well as technical support and NOC services.

"Through the power of collaboration and advanced, open-source digital technologies, Fujitsu delivers the most effective MicroApplications solutions for each unique customer challenge," said Rod Naphan, chief technology officer at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. "Our MicroApplications Practice provides network operators a simplified path to more efficient network operations and increased service agility."

NTT improves GPS Time Synchronization

NTT and FURUNO ELECTRIC CO. have developed a receiver for GPS and other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) that significantly improves time-synchronization accuracy in areas with severe reception conditions such as among buildings and in mountainous areas.

NTT said its new satellite signal selection algorithm and a time synchronization GNSS receiver from FURUNO makes it possible to use multi-path satellite signals (reflected or diffracted from buildings and other structures), which previously inhibited accuracy of time synchronization. In a real multi-path reception test environment, time error was reduced to approximately 1/5 of earlier values. This is a remarkable result in that it promises to enable time synchronization accuracy close to that obtained in open-sky reception environments with no obstructions, even in environments previously considered poor and unsuitable for accurate time synchronization, such as among buildings or in mountainous areas.

FURUNO plans to begin sales of their new GF-88 series time synchronization GNSS receivers incorporating this new technology in April of 2019. Potential applications include  4G/5G mobile base stations, financial trading, power grids, and data centers.

Trend Micro and NTT DOCOMO collaborate on 5G security

Trend Micro announced a partnership with NTT DOCOMO to develop a new solution for the demands of the 5G era built upon the recently announced Trend Micro Virtual Network Function Suite (VNFS) on NTT DOCOMO’s “docomo 5G open cloud.”

Specifically, this solution works together when the Trend Micro VNFS executes on “docomo 5G open cloud.” Then the security threats hidden in traffic of various services executed on the cloud are visualized, detected, and ultimately blocked by Trend Micro. This provides a secure 5G environment to users and protects against IoT devices that don’t incorporate additional security.

The “docomo 5G open cloud” is a 5G technology verification environment provided to business partners for the purpose of creating a new solution in the 5G era. Trend Micro VNFS is the network security solution that implements network security functions on virtualized environments such as NFV and cloud, and can dynamically apply the necessary security functions for each IoT device.

Fujitsu and Ericsson enter 5G partnership

Fujitsu and Ericsson announced a partnership to deliver end-to-end 5G network solutions and related services initially in Japan and later expanding globally.

The two companies said they will join forces to develop this based on their combined portfolios – spanning radio access and core network – for the dynamic 5G market in Japan, connecting communications service providers to the global 5G ecosystem.

Tango Matsumoto, Executive Vice President, Head of Network Business Group at Fujitsu, says: "Through this partnership with Ericsson, we will provide flexible 5G network systems that are open and standard compliant, and will leverage our expertise in wireless technologies and network integration to a wide range of customers in and outside of Japan. From mobile broadband, expected to be the first widespread use case of 5G, to the Internet of Things (IoT) and beyond, this partnership holds out the promise of exciting new business opportunities."

Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson says: “Our global expertise in 5G combined with our understanding of the local market puts us in an excellent position to support the introduction of 5G in Japan. By working closely with operators and partners, we are creating solutions that will bring successful use cases and applications to the market. With Fujitsu we get an excellent partner to accelerate this development.”

Accedian intros service analytics

Accedian introduced its service analytics solution, SkyLIGHT DataHUB IQ, for providing network and IT operations teams a single, unified view of how their network is behaving and how subscribers are experiencing the network, enabling the prioritization of the most severe customer-impacting issues for immediate resolution.

Accedian said its software can provide full stack views into service availability and performance—in real time and in context. DataHUB IQ combines and correlates highly granular active and passive monitoring metrics from the SkyLIGHT portfolio with network data from other vendors and sources. Machine learning capabilities are used to detect anomalies from baseline performance, to provide insight into network behavior and issues, and to predict future network issues before they occur. This real-time, contextual insight can be used to automate the performance of virtual and hybrid networks, particularly for closed-loop automation and self-healing networks.

DataHUB IQ provides a unified view of the behavior and performance of a network, the services running on it, and the quality customers are truly experiencing. It ensures that network and IT operations teams save time and costs to obtain performance insight, to reduce resources consumed by multiple reporting tools, and to increase the effectiveness of closed-loop automation and self-healing.

“The move towards cloud networks and architectures puts immense strain on those tasked with managing their performance,” said Patrick Ostiguy, Founder, President and CEO of Accedian. “SkyLIGHT DataHUB IQ provides a ‘single pane of glass’ through which network and IT operations can troubleshoot network and service problems, using machine learning to identify, predict and prevent issues soon to occur. SkyLIGHT DataHUB IQ will dramatically alter the economics of network and service management going forward.”

Accedian and Colt will take part in a live demonstration of the platform during the Service Assurance Proof of Concept showcase at MEF18. The demonstration will show how SkyLIGHT DataHUB IQ leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect service issues and then dynamically adjust MEF 3.0 service parameters in a closed-loop system—across domains, between vendors, and using open APIs aligned with MEF LSO standards.