Monday, February 13, 2023

Uber moves from private data centers to multiple public clouds

Uber Technologies will migrate away from its own data centers in favor of multiple public clouds, including Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud.

In partnership with Google, Uber will move some of its applications and data from on-premise data centers to Google Cloud. The migration will enable Uber to modernize its infrastructure and take advantage of Google Cloud's innovation in cloud services, including data cloud technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning, security, and microservices. This move provides a foundation for Uber with increased flexibility and scalability and is secure-by-design, with the goal of ensuring that its user experience around the globe is fast, secure, and efficient.

Under a seven-year strategic cloud partnership, Uber will mmigrate some of the company’s most critical workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), Uber will be in a position to modernize its infrastructure while also accelerating its path to profitability. Along with the OCI agreement, the strategic partnership includes other areas of collaboration between the two companies. Oracle will become a global Uber for Business client, selecting Uber as a preferred rideshare for its employees to travel and eat around the world. Uber and Oracle will also continue co-innovating on additional retail and delivery solutions that will evolve from the cloud partnership including consumer experiences with last-mile logistics.

“Uber is revolutionizing the way people, products, and services move across continents and through cities,” said Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. “To deliver on that promise for customers while building value for shareholders, we needed a cloud provider that will help us maximize innovation while reducing our overall infrastructure costs. Oracle provides an ideal combination of price, performance, flexibility, and security to help us deliver incredible customer service, build new products, and increase profitability.”

“Uber is expanding into a ‘go anywhere, get anything’ platform, and the company needed a cloud partner that shares a relentless focus on innovation,” said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. “This landmark competitive win for OCI is further validation of the momentum and acceleration we are experiencing in the market. Enterprises, governments, and startups around the world are recognizing the differentiation of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and experiencing our performance, security, and economic benefits versus other hyperscalers.”

"We look forward to expanding our collaboration with Uber to deploy our cloud infrastructure, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and edge networking solutions," said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet. "This partnership is bringing together the best of Google technology across Cloud, Maps, Ads and more to help Uber continue to improve the customer experience for their users."

ONF updates its private 4G/5G connected edge platform

ONF announced the v2.1 software update to Aether, itss open source private 4G/5G connected edge platform. The release, which adds internal modeling and scalability enhancements, has been primarily validated for Aether-in-a-Box (AiaB) configurations.

SD-Core v1.2 capabilities have been added into the Aether v2.1. All new functionality in the release contributes to support of 5G network functionality which includes:

  • Integration with 5G gNB small cells from Sercomm
  • 5G small cells from T&W running 5G-SA RAN stack from Radisys
  • 5G slices with Application filtering
  • A policy framework that supports QoS at multiple levels - subscribers, applications and slices.

Arista posts revenue of $1.275 billion, up 54.7% yoy

Arista Networks reported Q4 revenue of $1,275.6 million, an increase of 8.4% compared to the third quarter of 2022, and an increase of 54.7% from the fourth quarter of 2021. GAAP gross margin was 60.3%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 60.3% in the third quarter of 2022 and 63.4% in the fourth quarter of 2021. Non-GAAP net income was $445.1 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $262.4 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2021.

"Arista continues to help our customers deliver innovative network transformation platforms for data-driven cloud networking. Despite having to navigate industry wide supply chain challenges, FY22 was a year of record performance exceeding expectations in growth, revenue and profitability," stated Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO of Arista Networks.

Commenting on the company's financial results, Ita Brennan, Arista’s CFO said, “Our outstanding fourth quarter financial results epitomize our focus on profitable revenue growth, leveraging R&D and go-to-market investments across the business.”

Nokia and Kyndryl expand global network and edge partnership

Nokia and Kyndryl announced a three-year extension and expansion of their global network and edge partnership, with a focus on developing and delivering LTE and 5G private wireless services and Industry 4.0.

Since establishing their alliance a year ago, the companies have attracted 100 active engagements with global enterprises, from advisory or testing, to piloting, to full implementation, across 24 countries. 90% of the current engagements are enterprises in the industrial manufacturing sector, including multinational petrochemical, mining and timber and utilities/energy companies.

The expanded effort will be enhanced with Kyndryl’s achievement of Nokia DAC Advanced accreditation status. In addition, customers will gain access to Kyndryl’s accelerated network deployment capabilities and support of Nokia cellular radio expertise in selected markets.

Paul Savill, Global Practice Leader of Network and Edge computing at Kyndryl, said: “Our partnership with Nokia has been focused on co-innovating and co-creating for customers to digitally transform their workspaces and operations. The success we have seen in deploying private wireless for customers like Dow Chemical over the past 12 months, along with the global expansion of our collaboration, is a testament to our belief that we can jointly help companies drive Industry 4.0 transformation across all industries, with speed and scale.”

Chris Johnson, Head of Global Enterprise at Nokia, said: “Kyndryl and Nokia have a shared vision for digital transformation, and as leaders in our respective industries we are driven to grow this market together. We are excited to build upon our existing success and strengthen our alliance targeting more enterprise customers across multiple industries. We are currently exploring and developing new integrated solutions and services for Edge, Cloud, IP networking, Optics, Fixed Access, 4G and 5G Core, and Network Operations software technologies, which can address the growing demand for mission-critical, industrial-grade wireless networking.”

Maryland Broadband Coop upgrades Middle Mile with Ciena

The Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MdBC), a middle-mile network provider, will utilize Ciena’s 6500 T-Series Packet-Optical Platform and WaveLogic Ai coherent technology to upgrade its existing 2,500 fiber mile statewide optical network.  Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller will provide coordinated multi-layer management for the new optical network and an existing cell site network that utilizes Ciena’s 5171 routing and switching platform. With integrated PinPoint OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer), MdBC also gains proactive maintenance capabilities and faster troubleshooting of fiber cuts. 

The upgrade enables MdBC to provide 400G transport services to its more than 80 members, which include telecom companies, internet service providers (ISPs), utilities, health care facilities, universities, and state and local government.

CommScope delivered 1 million amplifiers in 2022 

 CommScope shipped more than 1,000,000 radio-frequency (RF) amplifiers to top cable operators in 2022. The company also noted that it is currently evolving the RF amplifier lines to support DOCSIS 4.0, both ESD (Extended Spectrum DOCSIS) and FDX (Full Duplex DOCSIS) technologies.

“We are thrilled to reach this milestone and demonstrate our global leadership in DOCSIS and access networks. This came at a critical time, as many cable operators are looking to evolve their networks and prepare for the 10G future,” stated Guy Sucharczuk, senior vice president and president, Access Network Solutions, CommScope. “As we look forward, DOCSIS 4.0 is the next step in the evolution of the access network. It provides higher-speeds and more sophisticated services for cable operators to offer their customers. CommScope’s integrated manufacturing and supply chain approach provides customers with assurance that we are well-positioned to meet their product needs.”

Neville Ray to leave T-Mobile US this year

Neville Ray plans to retire from T-Mobile, where he serves as President of Technology. Current Executive Vice President and Chief Network Officer Ulf Ewaldsson will assume the role of President of Technology after Ray departs in Fall 2023.

Through his 23 years at T-Mobile, Ray has played a critical role in architecting the Un-carrier’s network strategy – from 2G to 5G. As President of Technology, Ray has been responsible for the management and development of T-Mobile’s wireless network, technology services, and technology operations. Ray joined T-Mobile in April 2000. During his tenure, he has been at the forefront of several T-Mobile milestones and dozens of industry firsts, including the launch of 3G, the launch of the first Android smartphone using UMTS, the launch of HSPA+ 4G, the launch of LTE and then nationwide LTE coverage, the combination with Metro PCS, and acquisition of 600MHz spectrum. 

“Under Neville’s network leadership we have accomplished so much together, and it’s amazing to think that milestones he’s helped T-Mobile achieve – the many network firsts, breakthroughs and innovations – have brought us to where we are today, taking the crown as the nation’s overall network leader,” said T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert. “There are so many things Neville has contributed to this company, but one of the most important has been his commitment to building the best, most effective Technology team in this industry that will continue to deliver for our future. Neville and his team have worked tirelessly to bring the Un-carrier from last to best in network performance and made T-Mobile’s network a true competitive weapon. What’s even more exciting is that we’re just getting started! As this next chapter of the Un-carrier story is beginning to unfold, we owe a lot of gratitude to Neville for all he’s done to carve this path that will continue to lead us into the future!”

Ewaldsson joined T-Mobile in January 2019 as senior vice president, Technology Transformation, and was promoted to EVP and Chief Network Officer in 2021. Ewaldsson currently leads a nationwide field team responsible for build, operation, and maintenance of T-Mobile’s network.