Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Lightpath activates diverse route between Ashburn and NY Metro

Lightpath announced a new regional long-haul route cbetween the data center epicenter of Ashburn, Virginia, and the New York Metro area. 

This 300-mile route is geographically diverse from existing Lightpath routes between New York and Ashburn. Lightpath will offer flexible bandwidth options along the route up to 800 Gbps optical transport. In addition, customers can directly connect to major cloud providers in the Ashburn area, as well as critical area data centers, presenting further options for their network strategies.

Lightpath's 19,000-mile metro network covers New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Lightpath recently upgraded its all-fiber network optical services to the latest Ciena technologies.

"Our new Ashburn route is extremely important to many of our customers who need reliable connectivity between these major technology centers. Offering a geographically diverse route between New York and Ashburn is a perfect complement to the routes we already offer between these regions," commented Phil Olivero, Lightpath CTO. "We know that companies using connectivity between Ashburn data centers and New York data centers demand the highest levels of connectivity, reliability and performance. Combining this new route with our existing routes, all with our latest network technologies, is as good as it gets."


Lightpath expands fiber footprint west of Boston

 Lightpath announced a 75-mile expansion of its all-fiber network west of its Boston metro footprint, bringing the total size of the Lightpath network in the Boston metropolitan area to more than 200 route miles.The Boston West expansion includes over 75 miles of new, high-count fiber along the I-90 corridor between Boston and Marlborough, planned in two phases. Phase 1 of the build (in yellow on map) will be completed later in 2022, while the...

Lightpath deploys Ciena for services up to 800G

Ciena confirmed that Lightpath has deployed its WaveLogic 5 Extreme solution for delivering services at up to 800Gbps throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area and expanding into the greater Boston market. Lightpath is also deploying Ciena's Waveserver Ai compact interconnect platform over a 6500 RLS flexible grid reconfigurable optical layer for a more open, scalable and programmable network. Financial terms were not disclosed.“As users...

Fungible leverages DPU to DPU to centralize GPUs across Ethernet

Fungible introduced a means by which data centers could centralize their existing GPU assets into a single resource pool to be attached to servers on demand.

The Fungible GPU-Connect (FGC) solution leverages the company's DPU to dynamically compose GPU and CPU resources across an Ethernet network.

Instead of dedicated GPUs sitting idle most of the time, data centers can provide new users with access to the GPU pool, making greater use of existing assets. This disaggregated solution also removes the constraints of having GPUs and CPUs physically co-located. They can be located anywhere within the same data center, eliminating the stranding of expensive GPU resources.

“Fungible GPU-Connect empowers service providers to combine all their GPUs into one central resource pool serving all their clients. Service providers can now onboard new data-analysis intensive clients quickly without adding expensive servers and GPUs,“ explains Toby Owen, VP of Product at Fungible. “By leveraging FGC, data centers can benefit from the collective computing power of all their GPUs and substantially lower their TCO with the reduction of GPU resources, cooling and physical footprint needed.”

The Fungible DPU creates a secure, virtual PCIe connection between the GPU and the server that is transparent to the server and to applications – no special software or drivers are needed. This connection is managed in hardware by the DPU, ensuring a high-performance and low latency connection. This transparency means FGC can be easily retrofitted into existing environments, and can scale with growing demand, ensuring GPUs are always available when they are needed.


Fungible enhances its Storage Cluster for NVMe over TCP

Fungible, a start-up pursuing DPU accelerated data center computing, announced new capabilities enabling its Fungible Storage Initiator (SI) cards installed in standard servers to access NVMe over TCP (NVMe/TCP).Fungible claims its accelerators deliver the world’s fastest and most efficient implementation of NVMe/TCP. The enhancements bring security and usability capabilities for the entire data platform.The Fungible Storage Initiator solution is...

Fungible unveils its multi-tenant data center platform for pooled resources

Fungible, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, unveiled its multi-tenant, secure data center solution based on pooled resources for enabling the cost-efficiencies of hyperscale data center operators. Fungible, which was co-founded by Pradeep Sindhu, the founder of Juniper Networks, and Bertrand Serlet, who is perhaps best known for leading the development of Mac OS X and IoS, has as its fundamental building block a new type of processor...

Fungible Data Centers - a deep dive discussion

The networking industry has been on an evolutionary path from monolithic systems toward open, disaggregated and virtualized infrastructure.  Here, we feature a deep dive discussion on the Fungible Data Center architecture with Srinidhi Varadarajan, SVP Solutions at Fungible, and Pardha Pyla, VP Product Solutions & Design at Fungible.https://youtu.be/oigteOQfq8kQ&A Topics04:33 - Fungible has a very audacious vision. How are you doing...

Arrcus develops Virtualized Distributed Routing

Arrcus has been awarded a U.S. patent in support of its VDR (Virtualized Distributed Routing) solution. Specifically, the patent addresses the punt path between the control plane and line card and creating a virtual VLAN tag for each front panel interface. Previous patents awarded to Arrcus in VDR cover topics such as router state database for distributing routes to line cards, handling punt path using VXLAN, and using BGP-SPF as an underlay instead of cell-based fabric.

VDR aims to transform  the monolithic router chassis into a distributed system that can scale to thousands of 100G and 400G ports.

The Arrcus VDR solution, built on its ACE platform, is powered by ArcOS, a microservices-based network operating system that leverages its industry-leading route scale and convergence times. The VDR architecture, built to support multiple generations and types of silicon, currently supports Broadcom’s high-speed, high-density Jericho2- (line card: 40x100G + 13x400G), Jericho2C+- (line card: 36x400G + 40x400G), and Ramon-based (fabric: 24x400G or 48x400G) platforms from multiple ODM vendors.

Arrcus solution also notes that its solution runs networking services (e.g., L2VPN, L3VPN, EVPN, SR-MPLS, SRv6, etc.) in independent containers, allowing them to scale horizontally. In addition, the cloud-ready, deep-visibility, and analytics component of ACE, ArcIQ is integrated with the VDR system, providing real-time visibility into each node, monitoring network health, and offering a single plane of glass view in terms of configuration and debuggability.

Arrcus also confirmed that Liberty Global is testing its VDR solution to build its Provider Edge (PE) router functionality.

“At Arrcus, we have built a platform that is designed to address modularity, programmability and adapt to the dynamically scaling requirements of next-generation networks,” said Shekar Ayyar, CEO and chairman at Arrcus. “I am pleased to see our innovation in the area of VDR support requirements of global communications service providers such as Liberty Global.”

“Arrcus is at the forefront of driving high-performance networking in a scalable and cost-effective manner with its VDR solution,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, core switching group, Broadcom. “We are pleased to see Arrcus’ ACE platform leveraging the capabilities of Broadcom silicon to address critical service provider customer needs to make their infrastructure more dynamic and flexible.”

Arrcus awarded 10th networking patent for Segment Routing

Privately-held Arrcus, which offers hyperscale networking software for core-to-edge infrastructure, announced continuing momentum and strong business growth, closing 2021 with a tripling of its year-over-year bookings from 2020 to 2021. Arrcus also announced its 10th US patent in the area of hyperscale networking, this one for speeding up Segment ID allocation – a critical factor in accelerating internet traffic and content delivery over the...

Amazon's Project Kuiper signs launch partners

Amazon's Project Kuiper, which aims to increase global broadband access using a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), announced commercial launch contract forArianespace’s Ariane 6, Blue Origin’s New Glenn, and United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan Centaur rockets.

The contracts total up to 83 launches over a five-year period, providing capacity for Amazon to deploy the majority of its 3,236-satellite constellation. It is the largest commercial procurement of launch vehicles in history.

Project Kuiper aims to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband to a wide range of customers, including individual households, schools, hospitals, businesses, government agencies, disaster relief operations, mobile operators, and other organizations working in places without reliable internet connectivity. 

Amazon is designing and developing the entire system in-house, combining a constellation of advanced LEO satellites with small, affordable customer terminals and a secure, resilient ground-based communications network. Project Kuiper will leverage Amazon’s global logistics and operations footprint, as well as Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) networking and infrastructure, to serve a diverse, global customer base. Project Kuiper will also apply Amazon’s experience producing low-cost devices and services like Echo and Kindle to deliver service at an affordable, accessible price for customers.

“Project Kuiper will provide fast, affordable broadband to tens of millions of customers in unserved and underserved communities around the world,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President for Amazon Devices & Services. “We still have lots of work ahead, but the team has continued to hit milestone after milestone across every aspect of our satellite system. These launch agreements reflect our incredible commitment and belief in Project Kuiper, and we’re proud to be working with such an impressive lineup of partners to deliver on our mission.”


NTT DOCOMO signs with Oracle Cloud

 NTT DOCOMO has adopted Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to build its new development environment for ALADIN (ALl Around DoCoMo INformation Systems), one of the largest customer information management systems in the world. 

ALADIN supports DOCOMO’s more than 83 million subscriber base, handling all customer-related operations, such as membership and transactional data, credit checks, contract data and assignment of telephone numbers. DOCOMO’s customer information is rapidly expanding alongside the mobile operator’s ‘d POINT CLUB’ reward points program, growing numbers of traditional cell phone subscribers, and new customer touchpoints, such as chatbots and smart devices. To meet this business expansion and enable faster delivery of better services, DOCOMO is modernizing the ALADIN development environment by moving it to the cloud. As part of this, DOCOMO built a new development environment on OCI to serve approximately 300 developers.

As part of the cloud migration, DOCOMO has also moved its on-premises Oracle Database environment to Oracle Database Cloud Service on OCI.

Tadaaki Yoshida, Information Systems Department, NTT DOCOMO, INC., said, “Our goal is to ensure that ALADIN, a mission critical system which serves as NTT DOCOMO’s customer hub, operates in a reliable manner and delivers an excellent customer experience. The new environment on OCI supports development, coding, and integration testing. Its roll out has quickly proven how we can optimize our costs and improve developer productivity and efficiency through containerization and automation. The Oracle Cloud Free Tier also has allowed us to build the new environment quickly and at a lower cost. We plan to move the entire development environment to the cloud as we prepare for the future migration of our commercial environment and are looking forward to the evolution of the services and technologies provided on OCI.”

Toshimitsu Misawa, member of the board, corporate executive officer and president of Oracle Corporation Japan, said, “Companies across the world are continuing to modernize their business processes to meet changing market and regulatory conditions and customer demands. Key to their success is the wealth of customer information that sits at their very heart, like in the case of DOCOMO’s ALADIN. Having a development environment that enables the information to be leveraged quickly, securely and reliably, and that supports faster software development is a source of competitive advantage. Oracle recently launched Oracle Cloud for Telcos which enables telcos to build new applications or modernize existing workloads on OCI. OCI is gaining a strong reputation for enabling business evolution by providing the extensive developer-friendly services needed to help organizations build, deploy and manage the next generation of applications, and leverage game-changing technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning.”


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...

Northrop Grumman and AT&T team on 5G defense

Northrop Grumman and AT&T entered into a collaboration agreement to research and develop a digital battle network, powered by AT&T 5G and Northrop Grumman’s advanced mission systems, to support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). 

The agreement establishes a joint research and development framework to prototype, demonstrate and test AT&T’s commercial 5G networking capabilities integrated with Northrop Grumman’s robust portfolio of capabilities that are at the forefront of military technological advancement that enable the Joint Force. 

The companies plan to deliver a cost-effective, scalable, open architecture solution that will help the DoD connect distributed sensors, shooters and data from all domains, terrains and forces – similar to how smart devices connect and share data in our everyday lives. This digital battle network is expected to bring together the high speeds, low latency and cybersecurity protections of private 5G networks with the flexibility and scalability of AT&T’s commercial 5G capabilities and offer a critical capability to support the DoD’s vision for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2).

“Our collaboration with AT&T brings together some of the best capabilities in defense and commercial communications to meet the evolving requirements of JADC2,” said Ben Davies, vice president and general manager, Networked Information Solutions division, Northrop Grumman. “The enhanced connectivity and networking of information that 5G provides are a great advantage in a military environment and will help the DoD in the development of high-performing and intuitive technologies that quickly and seamlessly share data across a myriad of secure networks.”

“Our 5G capabilities can help the Department of Defense achieve operational and information advantage when it matters most – protecting our country and freedoms around the globe,” said Lance Spencer, Client Executive Vice President-Defense, AT&T Public Sector and FirstNet. “By bringing our 5G services together with Northrop Grumman’s powerful avionics and defense systems, we expect to create an ideal platform to deliver DoD’s JADC2 vision.”


Dell'Oro: Worldwide telecom capex growth to taper off in 2023

Preliminary readings suggest that worldwide telecom capex—the sum of wireless and wireline telecom investments—increased 9 percent year-over-year in nominal USD terms and remain on track to advance 3 percent in 2022 before tapering off in 2023 and 2024, according to a recent report from Dell'Oro Group.

The finding confirm the positive momentum and the growth projections that Dell'Oro Group previously communicated with the telecom equipment programs (Broadband Access, Microwave Transmission & Mobile Backhaul, Optical Transport, Mobile Core Network, Radio Access Network, Service Provider Routers & Switch).

"Telco investments, in general, have shown remarkable resilience to external factors including Covid-19 containment measures, supply chain disruptions, and economic uncertainties," said Stefan Pongratz, Vice President and analyst with the Dell'Oro Group. "Surging wireless investments in the US taken together with non-mobile capex expansions in China will keep the momentum going in 2022," continued Pongratz.

Additional highlights from the March 2022 3-year Telecom Capex forecast report:

  • Global capex growth is expected to moderate from 9 percent in 2021 to 3 percent in 2022, before tapering off in 2023 and 2024.
  • The coupling between carrier investments and manufacturing infrastructure revenues is expected to prevail over the short-term—capex and telecom equipment are on track to advance 3 percent and 4 percent in 2022, respectively.
  • Short-term output acceleration is expected to be relatively broad-based, with investments growing in China and the US. At the same time, challenging comparisons in the US are expected to drag down the overall capex in the outer part of the forecast.
  • Following a strong showing in 2021, capex growth prospects across Europe will be more muted in 2022.


Kioxia builds new fab for its 3D flash memory

 Kioxia held a groundbreaking ceremony for a state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication facility (Fab2) at its Kitakami Plant in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. 

The new facility will contribute towards possible expansion of production of its proprietary 3D flash memory BiCS FLASHTM at the Kitakami Plant. Construction of the Fab2 facility is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

The Fab2 facility will have an earthquake-absorbing structure and environmentally friendly design that utilizes advanced energy saving manufacturing equipment and renewable energy sources. In addition, an administration building will be constructed to accommodate the control management and technical departments in response to the increased staff.

“As a leader in memory, this Fab2 facility will become Kioxia’s key manufacturing hub to produce our memory products at scale. We are planning to introduce automated in-facility transfers and advanced production control to make Fab2 a truly world-class smart fabrication facility,” said Nobuo Hayasaka, President and CEO, Kioxia.