Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure continues to build

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is expanding with 11 new compute, networking, and storage services and capabilities that enable customers to run their workloads faster and more securely at lower costs. 

“OCI continues to break the rules in the cloud, helping customers run their workloads faster, more securely, and more economically,” said Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “Customers can build cloud native apps on OCI with support for open, standards-based Kubernetes, while AI and high-performance computing customers can build some of the fastest computing clusters in the cloud.”

Newly announced services:

Container Instances: Enables customers to use containers without directly managing the hosting VM or requiring Kubernetes orchestration. OCI takes care of creating the instance with a secure OS image, networking and storage.

AMD E4.Dense Compute Instances: Enables customer workloads that benefit from attached NVMe drives that provide low-latency storage. This includes database workloads (e.g., relational databases, NoSQL databases), virtualized direct-attached storage, caching, and data warehousing.

Oracle Cloud VMware Solution on AMD: Provides customers with new AMD-based 32, 64 and 128 core options, providing them with industry-leading VM deployment density options per SDDC host, which cater to high CPU or high memory use cases. OCI delivers over 2.5x the memory and CPUs per host than other offerings.

Content Delivery Network (CDN) Interconnect: Establishes direct peering connections with select third-party CDN providers to offer no cost outbound bandwidth for OCI Object Storage. Origin-to-CDN costs are a significant portion of overall CDN costs and OCI is dramatically reducing those costs for customers, even for third-party CDNs. OCI currently offers this capability in North America for Cloudflare CDN.

Content Delivery Network (CDN) Service: Enables customers to deliver digital content to end users from a nearby location in a geographically distributed network. Customers benefit from integrated APIs, console, UCM billing and stronger integrations between OCI Object Storage, Compute and CDN to reduce origin-server-to-CDN egress fees.

Flexible Web Application Firewall (WAF): Enables customers to define a single WAF policy to protect applications from common exploits (e.g., OWASP Top 10) and enforce the policy on load balancer or on the edge.

Web Application Acceleration (WAA): Supports caching and compression of web HTTP responses in load balancer.

Network Visualizer: Allows customers to perform a configuration-based connectivity check and visualize the network path(s) along with information about the virtual network entities in the path. This helps customers identify and fix common virtual network misconfigurations.

vTAP: Enables OCI Network packet capture and inspection out of band to facilitate troubleshooting, security analysis, and data monitoring without impacting performance.

Flexible Block Volumes with Performance-based Auto-tuning: Enables customers to change the performance characteristics of block storage volumes automatically in response to fluctuating demand. This is a unique capability in the cloud market today and helps customers meet peak demands automatically, and helps reduce storage costs when demand is low.

High Availability ZFS: Packages the ZFS file server in a highly available, automated deployment stack that uses OCI Block Volumes for the underlying raw storage.

Oracle Cloud announces major expansion - 14 new regions worldwide

Citing triple-digit growth, Oracle announed plans for a major expasion of its infrastructure worldwide.Over the next year, Oracle plans to open 14 cloud regions with new locations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Upcoming cloud regions include Milan (Italy), Stockholm (Sweden), Marseille (France), Spain, Singapore (Singapore), Johannesburg (South Africa), Jerusalem (Israel), Mexico, and Colombia. Additional second...

Yamaichi and JAE develop 112Gbps PAM4 cable

Yamaichi Electronics Co. and Japan Aviation Electronics Industry have jointly developed a prototype, high-speed jumper cable interconnect product, which supports the 112Gbps PAM4.

Yamaichi is a supplier of of high speed connectors for data center networking. JAE offers connector and cable harness products for the wide range of market segments including 5G data networking market. 

This interconnect solution has been designed with a compact connector size to be able to fit in a high density design requirement, and can be utilized as a direct jumper cabling from the front panel pluggable IO to host chip, or the internal chip to chip connection.

Tarana raises $170M for fixed wireless in unlicensed spectrum

Tarana Wireless, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, announced $170 million in new funding at a $1 billion valuation. The round was co-led by Axon Capital, Khosla Ventures, and Prime Movers Lab. Also participating were Michigan State Pension Fund, I Squared Capital, and two other large, industry-leading institutional investors.

Tarana also announced that after commercial launch in late 2021 of its G1 platform, the company is on track to deliver over $100 million of revenue in 2022, from a customer base that has exploded to more than 120 service providers. Tarana also announced it has raised $170 million 

“The key ingredient driving our rapid expansion is overwhelming customer demand for G1, the world’s most advanced fixed wireless access (FWA) platform,” noted Tarana CEO Basil Alwan. “Like fiber, G1 delivers ultra-fast internet service with impressive upstream and downstream speeds, but with dramatic improvements in both cost and time to deploy. Finally, true high-speed broadband can be delivered to anyone, anywhere — rapidly and economically.”

G1 early adopters include large, established telecom service providers such as MTN, BT, and Liberty; new entrants on the broadband scene (not yet public); and a fast-growing number of innovative wireless internet service providers including Wisper Internet, Redzone, and Resound Networks.

Basil Alwan concluded, “Tarana is now fully funded to help close the digital divide with our operator partners worldwide. Our founding engineers set out to make real progress against this intractable challenge, and after years of effort it is gratifying to see such traction in the market!” 

GBI deploys Infinera’s ICE Optical Engines

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a global cloud, connectivity, and content enabler, deployed Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE) technology across its submarine and terrestrial networks serving the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.  The upgrade has enabled GBI to launch new initiatives like its Capacity Protection Program and prepare for major events like the World Cup scheduled to take place in Qatar later this year.

Infinera’s ICE technology on the GX Series Compact Modular Platform has enabled GBI to launch its Capacity Protection Program, which seeks to provide customers with increased protection and optimize both the restoration and repair processes, as well as take a proactive approach to fault prediction and detection. Launched earlier this year, GBI’s program will provide billions of international viewers with a seamless viewing experience of the world’s largest football competition.

“GBI operates significant subsea and terrestrial networks in the Middle East and globally, providing their customers with industry-leading network services,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera. “By deploying Infinera’s high-capacity coherent optical transmission solutions on their Smart Network, GBI is able to increase network capacity and deliver new services to their customers. We are delighted to support GBI and their customers throughout the Middle East and globally.”

GigeNET deploys ADVA FSP 3000 open optical transport

GigeNET has deployed ADVA's FSP 3000 open optical transport technology to meet growing enterprise cloud service demand across the Chicago metropolitan area.

GigeNET’s new DCI infrastructure features full redundancy and optical path protection for enhanced resilience and availability. It’s built on ADVA FSP 3000 open optical transport technology.

“We’ve worked in tight collaboration with GigeNET to deliver a fast and reliable DCI solution that perfectly meets its requirements and ambitions. This new network features enhanced traffic protection, reduces complexity and also provides efficiency savings that support GigeNET’s sustainability drive,” commented John Scherzinger, SVP of sales, Americas at ADVA. “With its upgraded solution, GigeNET can provide its business customers with the peace of mind that comes from fully redundant services. And, as well as always-on availability, our innovation ensures that data takes the fastest networking route to minimize lag and latency.”

Spectro Cloud raises $40M for Kubernetes management platform.

Spectro Cloud, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced $40 million in Series B funding for its Kubernetes (K8s) management platform.

Spectro Cloud’s next-generation Palette Kubernetes management platform delivers full-stack lifecycle management. That includes any combination of new and existing Kubernetes clusters, be they virtualized or bare metal data centers, public clouds or edge locations.

Spectro Cloud announced its Real Metal architecture in October, and its extension to add support for edge locations on March 15. The company’s Palette Edge, Palette Bare Metal, Palette Cloud, Palette Standard and Palette Premium products allow organizations to deploy and manage any type of Kubernetes cluster across any location.

The new funding round was led by New York City-based Stripes, a leading investor in software and consumer products. Other investors participating in the round included Sierra Ventures, Boldstart Ventures, WestWave Capital, T-Mobile Ventures and Alter Venture Partners, all of which also participated in the $20 million Series A funding round that Spectro Cloud closed in July. Additionally, TSG has invested in this Series B round.

“This investment validates Spectro Cloud’s vision and accomplishments toward making Kubernetes more accessible and manageable so organizations can speed up adoption in any environment,” said Tenry Fu, Spectro Cloud co-founder and CEO. “Our approach with Palette is simple: to remove the common pitfalls and trade-offs that organizations face when adopting Kubernetes. Spectro Cloud’s recent Palette Edge and Palette Bare Metal announcements demonstrate our ability to extend a unique approach to every environment under management — even the most challenging ones. The fresh capital will enable us to develop more features, and expand our go-to-market plan internationally to address customer demand.” 

T-Mobile Ventures invests in SignalWire for APIs

T-Mobile Ventures has made an equity investment in SignalWire, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, 

SignalWire offers APIs and SDKs that enable developers to reach <50ms latency in large-scale video and voice applications. Its APIs align  with the low latency, high speeds, and broad national coverage of T-Mobile's 5G network.

 T-Mobile, the first U.S. operator to invest in SignalWire, joins Deutsche Telekom and others collaborating with SignalWire to equip developers worldwide with voice, video and messaging APIs to build modern communications applications.

"T-Mobile's leadership in 5G along with its vision and bold set of strategies make them an ideal partner," said Anthony Minessale, Co-Founder and CEO of SignalWire. "We have a shared vision to execute the digital transformation of telecommunications and that starts with arming developers with powerful tools."

"T-Mobile is thrilled to be the first US wireless provider to invest in SignalWire. As we shared in our 5G Forward announcement, we envision a future where everything that can be connected, will be. And that requires massive innovation," said Rob Roy, SVP of Emerging Products at T-Mobile. "SignalWire's solutions are all about enabling developers to build better and faster. This investment is another step in unlocking innovation on our industry-leading 5G network."  

  • In June 2021, SignalWire had secured $30 Million in the first closing of a Series B round.

5G forecast: 1.3 Billion by Year-End 2022

According to the most recent data from Omdia, the world added 303 million 5G connections year over year, representing a 139% increase from 218 million to 521 million, and sequentially 19% growth quarter over quarter from 437 million in Q3 2021 to 521 million in Q4 2021. According to Omdia’s forecast, 5G is expected to double to 1.3 billion connections in 2022, nearly double again in 2023 to 2 billion connections, and reach 4.8 billion by the end of 2026. Of that, 516 million is expected to come from North America and 301 million from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas said, “We are now out of the opening stages of this generation of wireless cellular technology, as 5G is rapidly getting into the hands of consumers and businesses, who are finding innovative new ways to use mobile connectivity.”

Omdia’s Principal Analyst Kristin Paulin said, “During 2021 5G coverage really expanded, making 5G an option for a lot more people. The major operators in the US have more than 70% coverage. In Canada, 5G really expanded for the three major operators during 2021, with each ending the year with 70% coverage. This is compared to between 24% and 45% coverage, depending on the operator, at the same time last year.”

By region, North America had a total of 72 million 5G connections by the end of 2021, which is an addition of 54 million 5G connections for the year – a gain of 292 percent year over year. Additionally, the region had 514 million LTE connections by the end 2021, which represents near full market maturity.

Overall, the number of 5G commercial networks has reached 216, according to data from TeleGeography and 5G Americas. That number is expected to reach 330 by the end of 2022 and 352 by the end of 2024, representing strong 5G network investment growth in many regions throughout the world.

Dell'Oro: SASE hit 37% growth in 2021

The convergence of WAN enterprise networking and security fueled strong growth in SASE related networking and security technologies, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group, with the overall growth rate hitting 37%..

“The pandemic made remote work and cloud-based applications necessary, and by doing so, accelerated the obsolescence of the classic hub-and-spoke networking model,” said Mauricio Sanchez, Research Director, Network Security, and SASE & SD-WAN at Dell’Oro Group. “Rather than thinking of networking and security as separate problems to solve, they are now being thought of as a continuum and driving together cloud-friendly networking and security technologies into SASE,” added Sanchez.

Additional highlights from the 4Q 2021 Network Security Quarterly Report:

  • Over 30 vendors compete in the SASE market, but the top ten took in nearly 80 percent of the revenue.
  • Full-year 2021 market revenue for SASE networking consisting of SD-WAN technologies exceeded $2 billion.
  • Full-year 2021 market revenue for SASE security consisting of Secure Web Gateway, Cloud Access Security Broker, Zero Trust Network Architecture technologies surpassed $2 billion.
  • Unified SASE–a subset of the total SASE market consisting of solutions that implement SASE networking and security as an integrated platform–grew nearly 50 percent year-over-year for full-year 2021.
  • Firewall revenue rebounded in 2021 by rising 13 percent and set a new record exceeding $10 billion for the first time.

Motorola Solutions acquires TETRA Ireland

Motorola Solutions has acquired TETRA Ireland Communications Limited, the provider of Ireland’s National Digital Radio Service (NDRS). Financial terms were not disclosed.

TETRA Ireland delivers mission-critical voice and data land mobile radio (LMR) communications to thousands of first responders and frontline workers from national security and enforcement agencies, health and emergency services, state utilities and volunteer organizations across the country. The network is based on the latest TETRA digital radio technology from Motorola Solutions.

“Delivering, managing and operating critical LMR networks is foundational to what we do,” said Greg Brown, Chairman & CEO, Motorola Solutions. “As a trusted technology partner in Ireland for over 40 years, we look forward to continuing to provide the interoperable mission-critical communications that Ireland's emergency and public service agencies rely on every day.”