Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Video: Private 5G gets real in Germany

Is private 5G reaching an adoption inflection point in Germany? Is so, what are the drivers? Why would enterprises bother with building their own 5G infrastructure instead of relying on Wi-Fi or the public cellular network?  What spectrum is available in Germany? Is it easy to attain? What value can a network integrator such as NTT provider for the enterprise customer.

Kai Grunwitz, CEO of NTT Germany, answers our questions.

Nile targets AI-enabled campus LAN simplicity

Nile, a start-up based in San Jose, California, emerged from stealth to announced its intention to offer AI-enabled campus networking solutions based on Zero Trust Network principles. 

Although product specifics have yet been disclosed, Nile said it has taken a clean sheet approach a relentless focus on disruptive simplicity. The mission is defined by "an audacious vision to remove human dependence from management of the network." Nile’s cloud-native design includes deep physical and virtual instrumentation that provides continuous monitoring, extensive analytics, and AI/ML-driven automation.

Nile was founded by Pankaj Patel, formerly former EVP and Chief Development Officer at Cisco, and John Chambers, the former Executive Chairman and CEO at Cisco. The company is backed by  $125 million in funding from March Capital, 8VC, JC2 Ventures, and ICONIQ, among others.  It already has 170 employees and says it will have 50+ partners in place at time of launch, including network ecosystem leaders like Presidio and CBTS.

“This journey is all about a once in a decade opportunity to create something disruptive — not just for the sake of disruption — but to create something that can resolve the complexity of networking and deliver simple access to a very reliable, extremely high-performance network – and we’ve done it,” said Pankaj Patel, CEO, and co-founder of Nile. “Why is that important? Because while the world has changed, networking largely hasn’t. Of the $25 billion in hardware spent each year in wired and wireless access technology, we estimate another $75 billion is spent in operations. This simply isn’t sustainable, yet the entrenched incumbents have not responded, with business models, ecosystems, and an installed base to protect and they’d have to completely re-engineer their own existing platforms. Nile changes that – now watch us grow.”

“Our currency is very simple: We have the track record, we have the relationships, and we have the trust that almost nobody else has in the network industry,” said John Chambers, co-founder of Nile, and founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures. “This is a market that is ripe for disruption because the traditional players have lost track of where they are, slowly evolving their products, adding immense complexity, and they kept doing the same things for far too long. The incumbents have missed what the real customer desire is: simplicity. Nile enters the market with the license and the experience to disrupt the status quo.”

Arista delivers its next-gen Cloud Routing

Arista Networks is releasing the next iteration of its cloud-grade routing platform, which was first introduced six years ago. It is based on cloud principles of scale-out architectures, standards-based protocols, and software-driven control.

Highlights of the announcement:

For enterprises, Arista advances the enterprise edge by securing data-in-transit over high speed links with "TunnelSec" technology, providing in-line encryption at wire rate from 10G to 400G in its R3 Series platforms. Further, enterprise Data Center Interconnect (DCI) deployments are simplified with a unified solution connecting Ethernet VPN (EVPN) based data centers or across MPLS domains and leveraging 400GZR optics and integrated line systems.

In the cloud provider space, the expanded R3 series portfolio delivers increased route scale by 30% and provides a seamless transition to 100G and 400G and simplified connectivity options.

In mobile 5G networks, the R3 series also delivers precision timing solutions, achieved via Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) and Precision Time Protocol (PTP), at the highest level of accuracy, to provide the best experience.

The R3 Series portfolio doubles by adding 26 new systems, including:

  • Expanded choice of 800G ready 7800R3 with 12 and 16 slot modular systems - 460Tbps and 576 ports of 400G
  • Flexible and efficient 7280R3A compact modular for metro, mobile, and DCI applications
  • 7280R3A Series with 50% performance increase scaling up to 54 ports of 400G with integrated Line System ports and SyncE for timing solutions
  • New R3A Series available with choice of route/policy scale and integrated TunnelSec.

Arrcus intros FlexMCN stack for delivering multicloud services

Arrcus released a multi-cloud networking stack for helping CSPs, co-location providers and telcos to deliver multi-cloud connectivity as a managed service to enterprises. 

The Arrcus FlexMCN solution consists of ArcEdge as a secure data plane software, coupled with ArcOrchestrator, now available on premises and off premises. By leveraging ArcOS for robust routing, FlexMCN enables the deployment of multi-cloud and hybrid cloud networking across cloud domains, and secure connectivity for workloads across cloud instances.

Arrcus said its FlexMCN provides multi-tenancy support that delivers the tenant isolation and network segmentation that large enterprises need. FlexMCN’s orchestration provides role-based access control, allowing granular access to network infrastructure, and preventing malicious access. Multi-tenancy also enables managed service providers to share the FlexMCN ArcOrchestrator with multiple tenants and allows each tenant to have its own view of its network infrastructure.

“CSPs, co-location providers and telcos have an opportunity to create new monetization streams with the delivery of secure multi-cloud connectivity as-a-service to enterprises,” said Shekar Ayyar, CEO and chairman at Arrcus. “The Arrcus FlexMCN solution uniquely provides them with a flexible, programmable, automated platform that accelerates time to revenue.”

CoreSite deploys Arrcus to build out its Open Cloud Exchange

CoreSite has deployed the Arrcus Multi-Cloud Networking (MCN) solution to help enable the CoreSite’s Open Cloud Exchange (OCX). CoreSite is leveraging the ACE MCN solution to extend its software-defined networking platform through automating additional provisioning functionality within AWS and Microsoft Azure Cloud and direct cloud-to-cloud communication capabilities on CoreSite’s fully managed virtual routers.Arrcus’ ACE MCN solution in CoreSite’s...

3 forces driving innovation in enterprise Networks are the 3 biggest forces driving innovation in enterprise networks today? Cost, Cloud, and Connectivity, answered Shekar Ayar, CEO of Arrcus. Here’s a perspective from ONUG Spring 2022 on how a modernized routing stacking can drive transformation across all three of these forces.Arrcus cites 80% growth in bookings in Q1Thursday, April 07, 2022  Arrcus  Arrcus, a privately-held company that...

Dell’Oro: 400G drives North American SP router market


Driven by the ramping of 400 Gbps interfaces, North America led the worldwide Service Provider (SP) Router and Aggregation Switch market with double-digit revenue growth, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Despite North America’s performance, the worldwide SP Router and Aggregation Switch market was flat year-over-year (Y/Y) in 2Q 2022, although revenues were in line with average revenues of the last five years.

“In 2Q 2022, we observed continuing strong demand for SP Routers in North America, driven by the ramping adoption of 400 Gbps technologies across Telecom- and  Cloud SPs and an ongoing capacity expansions by the SPs,” said Ivaylo Peev, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “We see the flat 2Q22 Y/Y global market performance as a positive signal, as market conditions remained difficult in the second quarter. Economic uncertainty, raising inflation, China’s zero-COVID-19 policy, and the war in Ukraine are depressing markets in 2022. Adverse foreign exchange rates and the comparison to a strong 1Q 2021 are adding to the factors negatively impacting the performance of the SP Router and Aggregation Switch market,” added Peev.

Additional highlights from Dell’Oro Group’s 2Q 2022 Service Provider Router and Switch Report:

  • Double-digit market growth in North America and moderate growth in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) regions were offset by steeply decreasing revenues in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and a market decline in Asia Pacific (APAC) and China.
  • Positive growth in the SP Core Router and the Aggregation Switch segments was offset by negative performance in the SP Edge Router segment.
  • The Enterprise High-End Router segment grew strongly in 2Q 2022, recording double-digit growth across all regions except APAC. APAC’s total growth was limited due to a decline in China.
  • Adverse foreign exchange rates driven by a strengthened US dollar (USD) suppressed market results in large parts of EMEA and APAC regions, as business transactions were negatively impacted by the conversion between local currencies and the USD.

Adtran supplies 10G fibre access platform for ITS

ITS Technology Group (ITS), which designs, builds and operates wholesale fibre networks for business services in the UK, has selected the Adtran 10G fibre access platform.

Adtran said its 10G fibre access platform was selected because it uses an open and disaggregated architecture that eliminates vendor lock-in while providing the flexibility needed to sell services through a diverse set of partners and channels. 

With its flexible, scalable, programmable network, ITS works exclusively to build fibre networks across UK towns and cities, including London. Faster Britain is on track to pass 25% of the country’s business premises by the end of this year. Among its flagship projects is LCR Connect, a 212km full-fibre, ultrafast network for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) that will serve as a gateway for businesses, investors, universities, schools, hospitals, residents and students to access cloud-enabled technologies and connect to new economic and growth opportunities.

Dell'Oro: PON equipment revenue up 19% YoY

 Total global revenue for the Broadband Access equipment market increased to $4.5 B in 2Q 2022, up 12 percent year-over-year (Y/Y), according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Spending on PON equipment continues to fuel the overall market, with revenue for PON OLTs reaching a record $1.3 B in the quarter.

"Operators in Europe, China, and Southeast Asia increased their spending on PON equipment, offsetting some seasonal slowness in North America," noted Jeff Heynen, Vice President, Broadband Access and Home Networking at Dell'Oro Group. "The transition to fiber is clearly a worldwide phenomenon, no longer isolated to just a handful of countries," explained Heynen.

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2022 Broadband Access and Home Networking quarterly report:

  • Total XGS-PON ONT unit shipments exceeded 1 M for the first quarter on record, reaching 1.2 M worldwide.
  • Total cable access concentrator revenue decreased 4 percent Y/Y to just over $236 M. Record quarterly revenue for remote PHY devices and remote OLTs couldn't offset weakness in CCAP channel licenses.
  • Total cable CPE units increased 3 percent Y/Y, as vendors were able to fulfill orders that had been backlogged for multiple quarters. Total revenue was up 11 percent Y/Y as higher-end DOCSIS 3.1 gateways are as a percentage of total unit shipments.