Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Japan's SINET6 academic net upgrades to 400G with Juniper

Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII), the inter-university research institute in-charge of Japan’s nationwide academic information infrastructure, has selected Juniper Networks' to upgrade its SINET6 academic information network.

NII engaged Juniper for SINET6 with the goal of improving its services by implementing advanced technologies such as 400G optical transmission, 5G mobile and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). To scale SINET6’s reach and performance to 400G, NII selected Juniper’s MX Series Universal Routing Platforms and ACX Series Cloud Metro Routers for router network.

SINET6's supported POPs have now seen a 1.5x increase to 70 sites, improving connectivity experiences for the country's research institutions. SINET6 also utilizes Juniper’s PseudoWire Headend Termination (PWHT) capability provided by Junos OS, directly connecting sites using the ACX Cloud Metro Routers, lowering connectivity costs and simplifying the network. To safeguard against cyberattacks, the Juniper and Corero Joint DDoS Protection Solution was integrated with the MX Routing Platforms to enable high-speed, low-load and accurate attack traffic detection and defense.

“It is an honor to once again be chosen by NII to provide our experience-first solutions to power SINET6, which supports cutting-edge research and education in Japan. Building on our long-standing partnership, NII has built a cost-effective and highly reliable network that takes advantage of all the capabilities of 400G. We are excited to continue contributing to SINET's evolution and are committed to powering the best research and education experiences in the country,” stated Tomohiro Furuya, VP & Country Manager, Japan, Juniper Networks.

NEC adopts Red Hat OpenShift

NEC has adopted Red Hat OpenShift as its preferred Kubernetes container platform. The companies are looking to develop DX, global 5G,digital finance and digital government applications. 

NEC and Red Hat will organize a joint technical support system (collaborative Center of Excellence) consisting of more than 100 personnel from both companies, mainly architects who are familiar with container technology and Red Hat products, so that customers can use NEC's solutions together with Red Hat OpenShift with confidence. 

Ciena to manufacture routing and switching products in India

Ciena is working with Flex, its existing electronics manufacturing services partner, to add additional manufacturing capacity for its Routing and Switching portfolio. Ciena expects to deliver the first of these India-made products to customers early in 2023.

“We see growing interest in our lean, automation-centric routing and switching products because of the rise in 5G use cases and applications that enable video streaming, mobile gaming, and augmented reality. By manufacturing locally, Ciena is bringing these products and supply chain closer to the customers in India, potentially accelerating delivery schedules,” said Steve Haley, Global Supply Chain Leader, Ciena.

Ciena has had a presence in India for more than 15 years, including a Research & Development center of excellence with critical intellectual property being developed in India and a growing customer base, including all the local Tier 1 service providers.

NTT to build 30 MW data center in Kyoto prefecture

NTT is to invest approximately 40 billion yen to to build a new "Keihanna Data Center" in Kyoto Prefecture.

NTT Communications plans to start providing services in the second half of fiscal year 2025.

The building will be a four-story, seismic-isolated structure that will stably supply a total of 30 MW for IT load (starting at 6 MW and gradually expanding) to a server room space of 10,900 sqm (equivalent to 4,800 racks). In addition to providing a redundant power supply, air conditioning, and communication equipment meeting the international Tier III standards for data centers, disaster countermeasures, and enhanced security, sustainable and safe services through enhancing energy-saving equipment.

VMware Telco Cloud now supports 275+ VNFs and CNFs

VMware outlined significant progress with its Telco Cloud and automation platform, which now support over 275 virtual network functions (VNFs). The latest release of VMware Telco Cloud Platform adds the capability to:

  • Upgrade control plane and worker node pools separately, amid management of cluster failures.
  • Protect and better secure 5G networks from sophisticated security attacks with intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS) for east-west network traffic.
  • Accelerate the deployment of network services with an expanding partner ecosystem of over 275 virtualized and containerized network functions (VNFs and CNFs) including Mavenir’s Converged Packet Core.

“The success of 5G rollouts hinges on the ability to disaggregate networks and roll out new services at a faster pace and larger scale,” said Ashok Khuntia, Mavenir’s President, Core Networks. “With Mavenir’s 5G Converged Packet Core certified through the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program, we were able to quickly validate our CSAR package conformity as well as the steps for onboarding and lifecycle management of our network functions. As a result, VMware and Mavenir will enable CSPs to quickly onboard and deploy network functions resulting in time, money and integration savings.”

The latest release of VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance 2.0 enables new use cases for mobile service assurance, including CaaS, 4G and 5G mobile cores, network slicing, and RAN.