Sunday, June 12, 2022

Preview: This week's Fiber Connect 2022

The stakes could not be higher.  With over $42 billion in new federal funding soon to become available, coupled with billions of dollars in addition government grants and private investments, the United States is embarking on a once-in-a-generation upgrade program to bring fiber connectivity to communities across the country.

Gary Bolton, president of Fiber Broadband Association, provides a brief preview of this week's Fiber Connect 2022 conference and exhibition in Nashville.

Dell'Oro: Campus switch sales rise despite supply chain issues

Worldwide sales of campus switch sales rose 7% in 1Q 2022, with growth across North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and China, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. North America accounted for more than half of the sales increase during the quarter.

“Remarkably and despite ongoing supply challenges, 1Q 2022 marked the fourth consecutive quarter of high single-to-double-digit growth in the market,” said Sameh Boujelbene, Senior Director at Dell’Oro Group. “In the meantime, port shipments were flat, suggesting that Average Sales Prices (ASPs) were up during the quarter. This ASP increase is mostly due to a more favorable regional, product, and customer mix. Our interviews revealed that vendors are sometimes selling higher-end products based on availability. Additionally, manufacturers get to choose which products they would like to place on the production line and they are prioritizing the products with a higher margin, ” added Boujelbene.

Additional highlights from the 1Q 2022 Ethernet Switch – Campus Report:

  • All of the growth in the 1Q 2022 sales was driven by the Enterprise segment, while sales to Small and Medium Businesses declined as it appears that vendors prioritized the larger accounts.
  • Although supply challenges are causing vendors to raise their list prices, these pricing actions won’t start to significantly impact market results until later in the year due to elongated lead times.
  • The vast majority of the vendors were able to grow their revenues. However, Arista, H3C, and Juniper grew the fastest and were able to gain more than half a point of share each.
  • H3C once again displaced Huawei as the revenue leader in China.
  • 2.5/5.0 Gbps ports were down during the quarter, mostly due to supply constraints.

Meta to expand data center in Gallatin, TN

Meta announced a major expansion of its data center in Gallatin, Tennessee, bringing its total investment in the site to $1 billion.

The expansion will add two new buildings at the Gallatin Data Center campus, which will then reach more than 1.6 million square feet. 

The company has committed to 100% renewable energy. Meta-supported renewable energy projects in Tennessee represent over $111 million in local investment, 700 construction jobs, and 30 annual operational jobs locally.

Meta to expand data center in Huntsville, AL

Meta announced a major expansion of its data center campus in Huntsville, Alabama.

The project will add two buildings to the Meta Huntsville Data Center campus, bringing the facility to nearly 3.5 million square feet. 

This expansion raises Meta's investment in Huntsville to more than $1.5 billion. Once it’s completed, the company anticipates the data center will support more than 300 operational jobs.

Meta has confirmed 100 percent renewable energy. The Meta-contracted project has added 227MWs of new renewable energy in Alabama.

The Global State of DDoS Weapons

It is well-reported that the pandemic caused a spike in cyber attacks, including malware, ransomware and DDoS attacks.

In the 2H 2021 reporting period, A10 Networks security research team tracked over 15.4 million DDoS weapons in 2021. Recently, A10 Networks’ threat intelligence detailed the use of DDoS attacks to disrupt infrastructure and communications in Ukraine in February 2022 just as Russia launched its ground attack.

Paul Nicholson, Sr. Director of Product Marketing at A10 Networks, provides us with highlights of the report, which can be downloaded from the A10 website.

Reinventing networking for multi-cloud, multi-region connectivity

Alkira's Amir Khan and Ahmed Datoo discuss the need for better enterprise networking solutions in the era of distributed applications residing in multiple clouds and regions.

Four areas of challenge: (1) Geographic expansion of the network footprint (2) Connecting applications to the cloud (3) for customers already in the cloud, there is the challenge of expanding into multiple regions in the same cloud (4) for customer who already are present in multiple regions within a single cloud, how do they expand to multiple clouds?

Here are some strategic insights from Alkira, which is a service built in the cloud to address each of these challenges. 

New frameworks for network detection and response

Work-from-home and other trends over the past two years have increased the threat landscape faced by enterprises and service providers. So how should network operators improve their security posture?

Accedian's newly launched Skylight Interceptor helps enterprises and service providers protect their networks by delivering prioritized, context-rich incidents that speed detection and response to security threats. It enables organizations to identify the sophisticated zero-day threats that are often missed by traditional perimeter security solutions. 

Presented by Accedian's Sergio Bea, Vice President, Global Enterprise and Channels, and Tom Foottit, Vice President, Product Management.

Filmed at #RSAC2022

Innovations driving the next wave of SASE at Juniper

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) has been around now for a couple of years, enabling organizations to adopt a variety of subscription-based security services.  But what's next? Expect the path of innovation to focus on Unified Management Experience, says Kate Adam, Senior Director of Security, Juniper Networks. Here's a 2-minute explanation.

Filmed at #RSAC2022 in San Francisco.