Monday, June 27, 2022

Cisco boosts its Routed Optical Networking solutions

Cisco is rolling out a number of enhancements to its Routed Optical Networking portfolio with new products and features, including a new Cisco NCS 1010 open optical line system, Bright ZR/ZR+ pluggable optics, and expansion of Cisco Crosswork Automation portfolio.   

"Cisco is committed to powering an inclusive future for all, where everyone has access to quality internet, and that requires fundamental changes in networking,” said Bill Gartner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Optical Systems and Optics, Cisco. “Cisco Routed Optical Networking takes a less is more approach, offering communication service providers the critical components they need to speed transitions to a more efficient way of building and operating networks, reducing legacy technology and focusing on sustainable components that will save money and save the environment." 

Enhanced Capabilities for Cisco Routed Optical Networking include: 

  • NCS 1010 Open Optical Line System for Optimized Transport: Designed to scale for capacity at speed, the Cisco NCS 1010 leverages both C and L-band to double fiber capacity; Powered by the Cisco IOS-XR operating system, it is an open networking platform to help customers deploy Cisco Routed Optical Networking in both green and brown field deployments. 
  • New Bright 400G ZR/ZR+ Pluggable Optic: The Bright 400G ZR/ZR+ pluggable optic can be deployed in any DWDM network, regardless of vendor. 
  • Private Line Emulation: Standardized private line emulation (PLE) will support the move of legacy bit transparent services over an IP/MPLS infrastructure. 
  • Cisco Crosswork Network Automation: Cisco Crosswork Automation now provides multi-layer automation for assurance and provisioning, and optical automation for Cisco’s entire optical portfolio. 
  • Sustainability: Cisco networking analysis and modelling shows improved solution sustainability with up to 45% in power savings and up to 70% space savings. 
  • New Cisco Customer Experience (CX) Advisory Service: Cisco CX is providing advisory, planning, solution validation, and expanded support services to help customers with their architecture transitions.

Cisco's P100 routing silicon brings 112G SerDes and 19.2 Tbps

Cisco has begun sampling its latest P100 routing silicon, the 11th device in the Cisco Silicon One family which debuted in December 2019.The 7nm Cisco Silicon One P100 boasts the industry’s first 112G Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) high bandwidth routing silicon, achieving full-duplex 19.2 Tbps of capacity. It features Cisco's second-generation P4 run-to-completion engine coupled with large table scale and deep buffers.Cisco says its P100 device...

DT runs with Cisco 8000 Series routers

One year after introducing its 8000 Series routers, Cisco confirmed that Deutsche Telekom (DT) has now deployed the new platforms, which feature Cisco Silicon One Q200 series chips, to boost its network performance and reach – now supporting 246M mobile customers, more than 27 million fixed-network lines and 22 million broadband lines. Deutsche Telekom worked closely with Cisco to move from redesign to full provisioning in under four monthsThe...

Cisco to acquire Sedona for IP/optical network automation 

Cisco announced plans to acquire Sedona Systems Ltd., a start-up offering multi-layer IP/optical network automation and control solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.Sedona, which is based in Ramat Gan, Israel, is known for its Hierarchical Controller (HCO) that enables multi-vendor, multi-domain automation, and software-defined networking. The Sedona NetFusion platform automatically discovers, aggregates and analyzes network data from multiple...

Cisco unveils Routed Optical Networking 

Cisco announced a number of  Internet infrastructure products and technologies including a new Routed Optical Networking solution featuring Acacia pluggable optics and Cisco’s full mass-scale routing portfolio. The company claims its integration of routing and optics will lead to savings of up to 46% over traditional, layered IP + optical product architecture.At its virtual Cisco Live! event, the company said Acacia’s pluggable coherent optics,...

Open XR Forum releases its first specification

The Open XR Forum, which aims to advance the deployment of software-configurable point-to-point and point-to-multipoint coherent optical networks utilizing XR optics pluggable transceiver technology has released its first specification. 

The first approved specification defines enhanced network management of pluggable coherent optical technology. It addresses challenges associated with managing advanced coherent optical engines and features as they are deployed in a wider variety of networking devices such as routers, servers, and mobile radios.

The Open XR Forum said this first specification paves the way for creating an architecture that seamlessly disaggregates the management of intelligent Open XR-compliant pluggable transceivers from host devices. The same management framework could be used to manage features in any advanced coherent module. By clearly delineating transport and IP management functions, this management architecture resolves the remaining obstacles to widespread deployment of IP over DWDM. At the same time, it establishes a foundation for managing emerging point-to-multipoint coherent networks based on XR-compliant pluggable transceivers. The result is a seamless and holistic management solution that will facilitate deployment of powerful coherent optical engines closer to the network edge, fueling network growth and enabling new services within existing network management frameworks.

The complete specification, "Open XR Management Architecture," can be downloaded from the Open XR Forum website under "Documents".

Argonne and Fermilab connected via quantum network over fiber

The DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator and Argonne National Laboratory have been connected over a distance of 50km via the Illinois Express Quantum Network.

The experimental quantum network is being used to test the synchronicity of two clocks — one at Argonne and one at Fermilab. Scientists transmitted a traditional clock signal (blue) and a quantum signal (orange) simultaneously between the two clocks. The signals were sent over the Illinois Express Quantum Network. Researchers found that the two clocks remained synchronized within a time window smaller than 5 picoseconds, or 5 trillionths of a second. 

The experiment marked the first time that quantum-encoded photons — the particle through which quantum information is delivered — and classical signals were simultaneously delivered across a metropolitan-scale distance with an unprecedented level of synchronization.

“To have two national labs that are 50 kilometers apart, working on quantum networks with this shared range of technical capability and expertise, is not a trivial thing,” said Panagiotis Spentzouris, head of the Quantum Science Program at Fermilab and lead researcher on the project. ​“You need a diverse team to attack this very difficult and complex problem.”

Red Hat joins HPE GreenLake ecosystem

 Red Hat is joining the HPE GreenLake ecosystem. 

The partnership combines HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform with Red Hat’s enterprise open source technologies will help address IT organizations’ need for agile technology solutions that can accelerate business outcomes and help fuel their digital transformations. 

“This extended partnership makes it easy for HPE GreenLake customers to consume and work with Red Hat’s highly regarded open source solutions. This enables our joint customers to focus on accelerating their business transformations, at a lower cost, while solving their most pressing challenges around performance, risk, and speed, without worries about integration, licenses, or product updates,” said Keith White, EVP & GM, HPE GreenLake Cloud Services Commercial Business, HPE. “We’re delivering the hybrid cloud ‘your way’ by partnering with trusted open source solutions from Red Hat.”

“Red Hat and HPE are committed to enabling greater customer choice and flexibility, as many organizations look to accelerate digital transformation efforts and expand their hybrid cloud footprints,” said Stefanie Chiras, senior vice president, Partner Ecosystem Success, Red Hat. “Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud portfolio offers a more consistent and scalable foundation for customers to optimize their cloud operations, from the datacenter to the edge. We are pleased to collaborate with HPE to integrate Red Hat technologies with HPE GreenLake platform, further supporting customer choice wherever needed.”

The HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform enables customers to accelerate data-first modernization and provides over 50 cloud services that can run on-premises, at the edge, in a colocation facility, and in the public cloud. In Q2 2022, HPE reported Annualized Revenue Run-Rate (ARR) of $829 million and as-a-service orders growth of 107 percent year-over-year, the third consecutive quarter of triple digit orders growth. HPE GreenLake platform has over 1600 enterprise customers consuming cloud services today, and over 120,000 users of the platform.

Sabey Data Centers commits to Net Zero carbon emissions

Sabey Data Centers has committed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by or before 2029 across its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. 

The Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTi), a global body that aligns enterprise emission reduction efforts with climate science, last year validated Sabey’s target and methods to achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Significantly, the company is now increasing and accelerating its commitment to a 100% reduction one year earlier.

Scope 1 focuses on direct emissions from operations, and Scope 2 includes indirect emissions from purchased electricity that powers its resilient data center infrastructure. Sabey will adopt industry-leading technology and techniques that align with its business objectives to meet its ambitious, portfolio-wide carbon emissions target.

“Sabey is an industry leader in energy-efficient solutions and low-cost, renewable power,” says John Sasser, Chief Technology Officer at Sabey Data Centers. “Unveiling our ambitious goal of net-zero emissions by or before 2029 aligns with our consistent, recognized record of sustainability.”

Rural Independent Network Alliance deploys Mavenir

The Rural Independent Network Alliance (RINA Wireless), a leading provider of technology services across rural wireless carriers in the United States, is deploying Mavenir’s cloud-native, small footprint containerized Evolved Packet Core (EPC), with a remote redundant User Plane Function (UPF). 

Mavenir’s EPC, part of the Converged Packet Core solution, enables the separation of the control and user plane allowing RINA Wireless to deploy remote gateways for managing local traffic breakouts, thereby reducing the costs of transport and latency. RINA Wireless now can expand Mobile and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services to new regions and remote locations such as Alaska.

Ashok Khuntia, Mavenir’s GM and EVP Packet Compute, said, “We are extremely pleased to be working with RINA Wireless on this network upgrade project. Our focus here is to enable RINA Wireless to deploy future-proof cloud-enabled technology bringing reliable, cost-effective service and new connectivity to underserved rural America.”

Allen Bennion, RINA Wireless, Chief Operating Officer, said, “It is a great experience to work with the Mavenir team, they are committed to deliver an EPC that allows us to use open interfaces we can leverage to expand the number of regional carriers connected to our core”.

MaxLinear unveils modem chipset developed with Aviat

MaxLinear introduced its next-generation MODEM System on Chip (SoC), developed in partnership with Aviat Networks. 

The MxL852xx will integrate MaxLinear’s highest performance capabilities to provide a compact and complete MODEM solution, including:

  • Multicore MODEM implementation supporting millimeter and microwave transmission
  • Multi-band operation support enabling more extended reach, higher throughput greater link availability
  • Enhanced IP traffic management
  • Leading-edge spectral efficiency, latency and network synchronization
  • Embedded processors supporting hosted and hostless applications

“The MxL852xx combines MODEM, quality of Service (QoS), and other functionality into a single chip for all products across all frequency bands,” said Gary Croke, Vice President of Marketing for Aviat Networks. “This will allow Aviat to create more integrated microwave, millimeter-wave, and multi-band solutions that increase capacity and lower TCO for wireless transport while simplifying the supply chain and operational complexities. As an industry leader and innovator, we are excited about the complete solution we will be able to offer customers by combining Aviat’s software leadership with this next-generation chip.”

"The challenge we face is to balance the need to preserve all existing legacy requirements with the new, dramatic shift towards higher capacity and multi-band transport for wireless backhaul and fronthaul applications,” said Brendan Walsh, Vice President of MaxLinear’s Wireless Infrastructure Group. “We achieved this balance through an innovative architecture well-suited to support Aviat’s next-generation product features and TCO goals.”

GSMA confirms Barcelona will host MWC at least until 2030

GSMA confirmed its intention to host the annual MWC event in Barcelona until at least 2030.

Since a change in location from Cannes to Barcelona sixteen years ago the GSMA has grown MWC to a show where more than 109,000 global visitors attended in 2019.

In a statement, GSMA Ltd CEO John Hoffman pointed to Barcelona’s role as more than just the host city of MWC. “We’ve not just grown the event since our move to Barcelona but evolved it to include an entire ecosystem,” he noted.