Monday, January 23, 2023

AWS activates 2nd infrastructure Region in Australia

Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched its second AWS infrastructure Region in Australia—the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region. 

AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones that place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations. The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region consists of three Availability Zones and joins the existing AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, which opened in November 2012. 

AWS is planning to invest an estimated $4.5 billion (approx. A$6.8 billion) in Australia by 2037 through the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region. 

“Australia has a strong history of technical innovation, and the launch of a second AWS Region in Australia provides even greater resilience and enables more customers to develop cloud-based applications that help fuel economic development across the country,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at AWS. “The AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region adds to our ongoing infrastructure expansion and investments in Australia since we launched the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region in 2012. We are proud to deepen our investment by driving local job creation, building cloud skills, and creating opportunities for growth and collaboration with our local customers and AWS Partners.”

AWS now has 99 Availability Zones across 31 geographic regions, with announced plans to launch 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand. AWS Regions are composed of Availability Zones that place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations.

OIF launches new Physical & Link Layer Working Group

OIF launched an enhanced SGMII project – a Physical & Link Layer (PLL) Working Group Electrical track project.

The enhanced SGMII (E-SGMII) specifications will be based on modernized current mode logic (CML) electrical specifications instead of legacy LVDS and provide an optional high-speed 1 GbE interface to supplement the management of modules. Specifically, it will define a 1 GbE (1.25 GBd) high-speed serial interface for modules based on a modernized, enhanced SGMII. E-SGMII will have applications both for next-generation modules and for existing form factors with sufficient pins available.

At the  first Technical and MA&E Committees Meeting of 2023, OIF also celebrated its 25th anniversary and noted the completion of the Common Electrical I/O (CEI)-112G-VSR.

CEI-112G-VSR-PAM4 specifies a 112 Gb/s chip-to-module PAM4 electrical interface for use in the range 36 to 58 Gsym/s with up to 16 dB loss at the Nyquist frequency, including one connector. Hosts and modules compliant to CEI-112G-VSR-PAM4 from different manufacturers are interoperable.

“CEI-112G-VSR allows for an interoperable environment using optical pluggable modules critical to networking and challenging AI/ML connectivity,” said Dr. Karl Bois, OIF Technical Committee Vice Chair, NVIDIA Corporation. “The networking and data center ecosystems have a new powerful implementation recipe to increase throughput and capacity, especially when the network is part of the Compute infrastructure.”

OFS develops DirectLasePremium Yb-doped optical fiber

OFS is introducing DirectLase Premium Yb-doped optical fiber for directed energy fiber-laser systems at the upcoming Photonics West Exhibition in San Francisco later this month.

The company says the new Yb-doped gain fibers were developed to provide high-reliability gain fibers for the directed energy market. The DirectLase family of Yb-doped gain fibers provide industry leading performance in high-power, narrow-linewidth fiber lasers. The new DirectLase Premium fibers build on the success of the DirectLase products, allowing for even higher output powers with narrower linewidths. 

"By utilizing novel fiber designs together with the precision fiber fabrication capabilities of OFS, we are able to manufacture Yb-doped gain fibers that simultaneously increase the fiber laser's operating power while decreasing optical nonlinearities," said Dr. Jeffrey Nicholson, Senior Engineering Manager at OFS. Dr. Nicholson continued, "These dual benefits translate into a significant performance increase in the form of narrower spectral linewidth at higher power. As a result, the performance increase allows our customers to reliably scale systems that depend on combining many laser modules together."

Virgin Media upgrades O2’s core backbone for 800G with Juniper

Virgin Media O2, one of the UK’s largest fixed and mobile service providers with approximately 50 million online media connections, upgraded its IP core backbone network for 400G-enablement and 800G-readiness using Juniper's PTX10008 routers. 

In the past year, Virgin Media O2 has seen 32 percent traffic growth on its mobile network, 16 percent growth in broadband data downloads and a peak traffic load of 22TB, underlining the need for increased data capacity and flexible scalability.

Virgin Media O2 has successfully migrated all core traffic in its six backbone locations across the UK with Juniper Networks PTX10008 Packet Transport Routers, which are purpose-built to deliver cloud-optimized network transformation at scale and with operational flexibility.

Juniper said its modular PTX10008 routers deliver reduced resource consumption as a result of inherently-sustainable design features, including front-to-back cooling, flexible power supplies that can use either high- or low-power modes and high-density port capability that enables optimized throughput in a compact form factor. PTX10008 routers support 400G coherent optical transceivers (400G ZR and ZR+) without any density loss today, and are 800G-capable with upgradeability to 800G in the future with silicon innovation and easily-exchanged line cards in the chassis.

"Service providers face a complex set of technical and commercial challenges that can be contradictory, even intractable—and likely only to multiply in the future—without the right approach. Virgin Media O2 has chosen to leverage silicon, software and automation innovation from Juniper that can turn complexity on its head to deliver a simplified, more reliable and more sustainable network foundation for its business. This means the company can embrace and accelerate growth and service evolution, safe in the knowledge that its millions of users will continue to be able to enjoy the best digital experiences going forward, whatever demands the future may bring,” stated Raj Yavatkar, Chief Technology Officer, Juniper Networks.

Intel appoints Frank Yeary as new chair

Intel appointed Frank D. Yeary as the new independent chair of its board of directors, succeeding Dr. Omar Ishrak. Ishrak will remain on Intel’s board as an independent director and continue to serve on the audit and finance committee and corporate governance and nominating committee.

Yeary has served as a director of Intel since 2009. He also is a managing member at Darwin Capital Advisors, a private investment firm. He co-founded CamberView Partners LLC, a corporate advisory firm specializing in investor-led advice for public companies, where he served as executive chairman until 2018. Prior to that, Yeary was vice chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley and earlier spent 25 years in the finance industry, including as global head of mergers and acquisitions, and as a member of the management committee at Citigroup Investment Banking. Yeary also serves on the board of directors of Mobileye, PayPal Holdings and a number of private companies.

“I’m pleased to welcome Frank as chair of Intel’s board. His expertise in unlocking stockholder value, focus on corporate governance and familiarity with Intel are powerful assets to both the board and the company as we execute our strategy,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel. “I also want to thank Omar for his tremendous contributions as chair. He was instrumental in bringing me back to the company as CEO and has fostered a high-impact working dynamic across the board and management team. I look forward to his continued service as a valued member of the board.”

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