Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Juniper extends Apstra software to the edge

Juniper Networks is extending its Apstra software platform to edge data centers with collapsed fabric topologies. The latest release of Apstra software also enables tighter Zero Trust security with new policy assurance and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) capabilities, as well as simplified migration from legacy data centers with new Apstra professional services.

Specifically, the latest version of Apstra provides policy assurance to enable granular enforcement where needed for greater scalability and efficiency, connectivity restrictions for multi-tenant environments and a wide array of RBAC and assurance. Apstra can detect security policy conflicts and duplicated rules, alerting users with actionable suggestions for resolution.

Juniper said Apstra’s edge deployment model supports collapsed fabric topologies, commonly used in smaller, remote edge data centers. With this new model, customers utilize a simple platform to reliably manage intent-based networking and analytics – from small edge data centers to large, centralized sites – using a single source of truth. 

“With the latest enhancements to our Apstra software platform, we are continuing our commitment to putting user and operator experiences at the forefront of everything we do,” said Mike Bushong, VP of Data Center Product Management at Juniper Networks. “Apstra uniquely provides a single solution for the design, deployment and operations of data center networks in multivendor environments, leveraging true intent-based networking to maximize data center reliability with automation and assurance. The newest features enable us to double down on these core architectural differences, bringing reliability, simplicity and security to even more use cases and environments.”

Juniper to acquire Apstra for Intent-Based networking and assurance

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Apstra, a start-up based in Menlo Park, California offering intent-based networking and automated closed loop assurance solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.Apstra offers an intent-based network operating system for simplifying the management of data center networks. Intent-Based Networking (IBN) is a closed-loop, continuous validation approach to designing, deploying and managing infrastructure. Apstra...

What's hot at OFC22? Ayar Labs on Optical I/O

There is a lot of discussion about optical I/O and the challenge of getting photonics integrated much closer to compute units, says Mark Wade, co-founder and CTO, Ayar Labs.

Last year, Ayar Labs demonstrated its end-to-end, DWDM micro-ring solution for optical I/O. This year, it's clear that big parts of the industry are heading in this direction.  

Some highlights for the ecosystem include GlobalFoundries newly announced photonics platform, a partnership with Lumentum to build CW-DWM MSA compliant laser modules, an MSA-compliant laser module built with MACOM, and new projects with HPE focused on optical I/O designs.

Lumentum and Ayar Labs target external light sources for CPO

Lumentum and Ayar Labs announced a strategic collaboration agreement to deliver CW-WDM MSA compliant external laser sources in high volume. “Co-packaged optics to replace traditional copper interconnects is a massive new market opportunity broadly recognized by the industry and one that Lumentum is well-positioned to address with our proven laser technologies and manufacturing scale,” said Walter Jankovic, Senior Vice President and General Manager...

What's hot at OFC22? Broadcom on Co-packaged optics

The demonstrations and discussions at OFC22 reveal a significant interest in co-packaging, says Rebecca Schaevitz, Product Line Manager & Principal Engineer, Broadcom. 

We're seeing the first results and now the debate is shifting from whether" co-packaging will to happen" to "when co-packaging will happen."

Intel picks Germany for its next European fab

Intel announced plans to invest an initial 17 billion euros into a leading-edge semiconductor fab mega-site in Magdeburg, Germany, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt.  Construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2023 and production planned to come online in 2027.

The new facility will use Intel’s most advanced, Angstrom-era transistor technologies, serving the needs of both foundry customers and Intel for Europe and globally as part of the company’s IDM (integrated device manufacturer) 2.0 strategy.

Intel also plans to create a new R&D and design hub in France, and to invest in R&D, manufacturing and foundry services in Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain. 

Intel is also continuing to invest in its Leixlip, Ireland, expansion project, spending an additional 12 billion euros and doubling the manufacturing space to bring Intel 4 process technology to Europe and expand foundry services. Once complete, this expansion will bring Intel’s total investment in Ireland to more than 30 billion euros.

In addition, Intel and Italy have entered into negotiations to enable a state-of-the-art back-end manufacturing facility. With a potential investment of up to 4.5 billion euros, this factory would create approximately 1,500 Intel jobs plus an additional 3,500 jobs across suppliers and partners, with operations to start between 2025 and 2027.

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, said: “Our planned investments are a major step both for Intel and for Europe. The EU Chips Act will empower private companies and governments to work together to drastically advance Europe’s position in the semiconductor sector. This broad initiative will boost Europe’s R&D innovation and bring leading-edge manufacturing to the region for the benefit of our customers and partners around the world. We are committed to playing an essential role in shaping Europe’s digital future for decades to come.”

Vodafone tests 5G standalone network slicing with Ericsson

Ericsson and Vodafone completed a 5G standalone (SA) network slicing trial in a joint lab demonstration.

The lab trial, which is the first of its kind for a communications service provider in the UK, demonstrated an on-demand premium 5G network slice using Ericsson’s 5G Standalone containerized core architecture and end-to-end automated orchestrated solution, including 5G RAN slicing. The network slice was configured to provide the low latency and high bandwidth experience required for a virtual reality use case.

The process from placing an order to creation of the network slice to carry live network traffic took just 30 minutes, demonstrating the ability for CSPs to deliver new services with faster time to market for automated and customized connectivity.

Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer, Vodafone UK, says: “Network slicing is an incredibly valuable step forward. By segmenting our network, and customising different slices for different requirements, we can bring to life new ideas that would be impossible otherwise. When we configure our network to empower new services, industries like gaming, entertainment and healthcare can enter a new era. What might seem like science fiction is one step closer thanks to network slicing.”

Andrea Spaccapietra, VP Digital Services, Ericsson UK & Ireland, says: “Network slicing will play a crucial role in enabling new and innovative 5G services for consumers and enterprises. With the tools to efficiently manage network resources and provide differentiated services with dedicated performance, leading network operators like Vodafone can enable new business model innovation and use cases across different sectors and unlock new revenue opportunities to realize the full potential of 5G.”

SiTime samples Elite X Super-TCXO for precise timing at the network edge

SiTime has begun sampling its Elite X Super-TCXO, a precision timing device based on its silicon MEMS technology and designed for edge networks such as data centers, 5G front haul, connected cars and industrial IoT. 

The SiT5501 Elite X Super-TCXO includes the following features and benefits:

  • ±10 ppb frequency stability
  • -40°C to +105°C operating temperature. More applications require 105°C operation.
  • 110 mW typical power consumption
  • Small package, 7.0 mm x 5.0 mm
  • ±0.5 ppb/°C dF/dT (frequency slope), resistant to thermal shock and airflow
  • ±0.5 ppb daily aging

Any frequency from 1 to 60 MHz with up to 6 decimal places of accuracy

The new device fits into SiTime's portfolio of TCXOs and OCXOs: Elite X (±10-20 ppb stability), Emerald (±5 ppb), and Elite (±50-500 ppb).

"Twenty-two million autonomous vehicles on the road by 2025, the rapid adoption of 5G, and the continued growth of data centers will require a large buildout in outdoor, decentralized edge networks,” said Piyush Sevalia, executive vice president of marketing at SiTime. “These new edge devices and their precision timing heartbeat must perform reliably in the presence of extreme temperatures, thermal shock, and vibration. Here, our Elite X Super-TCXO shines by delivering 2x better stability and 30x higher reliability than quartz. Consequently, we believe that Elite X will now be the precision timing device of choice in edge equipment.”

Selector raises $28 million for its AIOps

Selector, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced $28 million in Series A funding for its network-aware AIOps, observability and analytics for multi-cloud environments.

Selector Analytics provides hyper speed-to-value for operations with usable AIOps and zero-touch analytics across any and all data. 

The company was founded in 2019 by former Juniper Networks executives, Kannan Kothandaraman and Nitin Kumar. 

The funding round was led by Two Bear Capital, SineWave Ventures, and Atlantic Bridge. Comcast Ventures and Azure Capital Partners are also investors in the company. This brings total fundng to $33M. 

“At Selector, we have assembled a world-class team looking to transform the AIOps space. By merging networking, AIOps, and observability into a single platform, Selector is approaching the space uniquely. Our mission is to eliminate downtime and empower operations with tools to be more efficient and productive in their jobs,” said Kannan Kothandaraman, Co-Founder and CEO, Selector. “Our customers are having amazing success with the platform and are expanding to new problems they once thought unsolvable.”

“Existing monitoring solutions are single-domain, manual, and complex, making rapid event correlation and analysis tedious, frustrating, and often impossible,” said Nitin Kumar, Co-Founder and CTO of Selector. “Selector abstracts all of that complexity and enables automated remediation using elastic data ingestion, declarative transformations, and data-centric machine learning.”


POET Technologies responds to Shenzhen lockdown

POET Technologies, which ffers a platform that allows the seamless integration of electronic and photonic devices into a single multi-chip module, said that it is shifting critical development actitivites to Singapore and other locations as a response to the temporary lockdown resulting from a COVID-19 outbreak in Shenzhen. 

“Over the past two years, we have established redundancy for critical activities in Singapore, Shenzhen and Allentown, Pennsylvania, both to accelerate development and to cope with COVID-19 lockdowns,” reported Dr. Suresh Venkatesan, CEO of POET Technologies. “On Sunday, March 13, 2022, our operation in Shenzhen, China was notified that it would be shut down until at least March 20, 2022, due to a COVID-19 outbreak in that city. We promptly tasked both Singapore and our joint venture, Super Photonics Xiamen, with the task of continuing to build samples for customers. Because we have been well-prepared for such a contingency, we do not believe this temporary lockdown will have any effect on our planned delivery schedule to customers, prospective customers or business partners.”