Wednesday, July 7, 2021

How Service Providers are addressing Service Assurance

What’s the boundary of where managed service providers and carriers start and stop with respect to cloud services? In this video, Jeff Lewis, Vice President, Software Defined Networking – Products, Solutions and Operations at Comcast Business, discusses the complexity of interacting with services in the cloud.

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Active vs Passive Monitoring for Service Assurance

5G is changing the landscape for service assurance. Historically, the telco industry has relied on passive monitoring to fulfill service assurance needs. In this video, Mikael Grill, CEO of Emblasoft, talks about the advantages of introducing active monitoring for more precise measurement of network service KPIs and QoS.

Announcement: Emblasoft provides end-to-end validation for world’s first cloud-native 5G SA Core deployment with Telenor -

T-Mobile Case Study: Validating migration to virtual EPC - 

Edgecore unveils a core router for Cloud and Service Providers

Edgecore Networks announced a new open router product family for next-gen cloud and Service Provider infrastructures.

The AS7926-40XKFB is a high-performance 100G deep packet buffer core router that can operate as a standalone device or be stacked with another unit to build a small core system. The AS7926-40XKFB can also be connected to Edgecore’s AS9926-24D Fabric switches to create a 96Tbps Distributed Disaggregated Chassis (DDC) router. 

The AS7926-40XKFB is powered by Broadcom’s StrataDNX Jericho2 ASIC and delivers non-blocking line-rate performance across forty 100G Ethernet interfaces and thirteen fabric interfaces. 

Edgecore says its NEBS3 compliant AS7926-40XKFB is a thermally efficient design with redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans and supports telecom grade timing and synchronization. 

“Edgecore’s new core router family delivers the industry’s best-in-class solution for the next generation of cloud router and service provider infrastructure. This solution helps carriers upgrade their network infrastructure to address the network challenges of 5G deployment. Together with software partners, Edgecore Networks delivers leading open disaggregated network solutions, as well as enabling value-added application development,” states Matt Roman, VP of Marketing and Product Management, Edgecore Networks.

Telecom Egypt plans Evenstar O-RAN trial

Telecom Egypt is preparing to launch a multi-vendor O-RAN trial.

As part of the trial, Telecom Egypt will use an Evenstar radio unit in its initial OpenRAN deployment. Additionally, Telecom Egypt will test Cisco’s Edge Computing Technology and Cisco’s fronthaul transport solution for the OpenRAN cell sites.  Telecom Egypt will also test Altiostar’s Open vRAN common software platform for the DU and CU functions.  

The Evenstar program, which is developed under the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), is a general-purpose OpenRAN reference architecture for 4G and 5G networks. By decoupling the radio unit (RU) hardware, distributed unit (DU), and control unit (CU) software of the RAN, which are traditionally sold as a package, Evenstar provides operators like Telecom Egypt with the flexibility to deploy solutions from an increasing number of technology providers, while expanding its network coverage in Egypt.

Adel Hamed, Managing Director and CEO, Telecom Egypt, said: “OpenRAN plays an important role in helping reduce costs and increase flexibility and component-level efficiency for operators globally. Our hope is that early positive experiences will lead to greater commercial adoption of these initial products which will, in turn, help expand the network of OpenRAN suppliers. With the specialist help of Cisco and by working with partners like in the Evenstar ecosystem, we intend to drive disruptive technology innovations to keep OpenRAN competitive in the long term. We look forward to more successes with Altiostar, Cisco, Evenstar partners and TIP to deliver on our promise and ambitious plans for a fully digitized Egypt society.”

Australia's Lumea picks Ciena for 100G+ wavelength services

 Lumea, which operates over 10GW of renewable energy across Australia, has selected Ciena to enable 100G+ wavelength services.

Using Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai-powered 6500 platform to support its Data Centre Interconnect (DCI) strategy, Lumea will be able to offer 100G to 400G Wavelength services between key data centres across one of Australia’s most diverse and secure fibre networks.

Lumea manages one of the largest fibre networks in Australia. The provider focuses on two main areas: data services and wireless colocation on its towers - with more than 130 telecommunications towers and 37,000 high voltage transmission towers.

Ciena’s Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand, Matt Vesperman says, “Lumea is a prime example of how improved connectivity enables a smarter and more connected society. With Ciena, Lumea adapts and scales to deliver new levels of performance while transitioning to a more sustainable network.”

Iron Mountain to acquire Frankfurt data center

Iron Mountain agreed to acquire a data center in Frankfurt from Calcium DC Pte. for EUR 76 million, 

The data center is a two-story, 20,000 square meter colocation data center site on freehold land in the Am Martinszehnten Industrial Park, which is in close proximity to the city center and Frankfurt Airport. The facility currently has 2.6 megawatts of leased capacity and 8 megawatts of capacity available for retail colocation customers with the option to expand in the future to add Edge computing at the premises. The data center has robust network connectivity, including access to DE-CIX.

Iron Mountain said the acquisition expands its presence in the Frankfurt market, which includes a 27 megawatt pre-leased facility in Frankfurt (FRA-1), and enables the company to add immediate capacity and to build out a team in a market with strong long-term demand.

“This latest investment in one of the most sought-after European markets further solidifies our commitment to invest in the global markets where our customers need us,” stated Mark Kidd, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Data Centers at Iron Mountain. “As a leading global data center provider, we are pleased to continue to meet the key growth milestones that this acquisition, and the recently announced expansion in London, represent.”

In addition to the agreement to acquire the Frankfurt data center, Iron Mountain recently announced further expansion in Europe with a 27 megawatt data center build in London (LON-2), in addition to 9 megawatts of leasable capacity at its LON-1 data center. The Company also announced a recent joint venture with Web Werks, one of the top data center providers in India, adding three Tier 3, carrier-neutral data centers in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi to their global footprint.

Kaloom hires George Khatchadourian to lead strategic partnerships

Kaloom appointed George Khatchadourian as Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnerships. 

Khatchadourian most recently was COO of IBM Americas and prior to that COO of IBM Japan. IBM Americas Operations represent a $30B+ Business spanning the US, Canada and Latin America. IBM Japan is the second largest country in IBM Worldwide Operations. His previous roles included Vice President of Strategy and Transformation for Global Markets, and Vice President of Service Delivery at IBM Japan, Global Technology Services.

"After a successful career at IBM, I am extremely excited to join Kaloom and to leverage my experience in technology, innovation and Global operations to drive Kaloom’s go-to-market strategy to higher levels,” said Khatchadourian. “Continuing to build on the long and deep relationships established to date, I look forward to strengthening Kaloom’s partnerships with IBM and Red Hat and other Strategic Partners."

Kaloom lands new funding for its Unified Edge

Kaloom, a start-up based in Montreal, has secured additional capital for its fully programmable and automated cloud-native edge center networking software solution. Kaloom's Cloud Edge Fabric is an automated and programmable network fabric with built-in support for network slicing featuring an embedded multi-Terabit per second (Tbps) 5G UPF that is a highly performant, scalable, low latency cloud native solution. Coupled with the Unified Edge...