Wednesday, June 28, 2023

MEF to host Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Global Summit

MEF will host its first-ever Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Global Summit, an innovative event that will bring together leading service and technology providers from across the global automation ecosystem for the benefit of companies implementing or evaluating automation APIs.

The LSO Global Summit takes place October 2, 2023, in Dallas, Texas at MEF’s Global Network-as-a-Service Event (GNE).

Key focus areas that play a crucial role in shaping the future of automated business and operational service functions include:

  • LSO vision, releases, and roadmap provides attendees with an in-depth overview of MEF’s LSO API and LSO Blockchain strategy and adoption, showcasing how it supports the roadmap for secure NaaS implementations. MEF-TMF collaboration, the latest LSO Fergie release and planned releases will be reviewed, as well as pioneering service offerings from MEF based on the latest industry advances.
  • LSO solutions and support showcases the complete LSO Solution Provider ecosystem, sharing details on the range of commercial solutions, resources, and tools available to accelerate LSO implementation including a new LSO Consultancy category.
  • LSO user stories features compelling case studies, implementation success stories, and ROI considerations, providing tangible examples of how organizations have achieved business outcomes through LSO adoption. Attendees will gain practical knowledge and guidance on leveraging LSO solutions to transform their service delivery models.

The LSO Global Summit offers exceptional networking opportunities, allowing participants to connect with commercial solution providers, and global and regional Tier 1, 2 and 3 buyers and sellers. These interactions will not only facilitate new and impactful business relationships but also provide a unique platform to gain insights into current procurement intentions and industry trends.

“Market momentum for LSO APIs is strong and growing rapidly with more than 135 service providers in some stage of the adoption lifecycle – from interest through to production. We are thrilled to bring together this group of global innovators for our inaugural LSO Global Summit,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “MEF has a rich history of fostering collaboration and addressing the opportunities and challenges faced by all ecosystem members. As the kick-off to GNE, the LSO Global Summit is an essential event for organizations embarking on this transformative journey, and we invite everyone to join us in shaping the future of open, interoperable standards-based automation.”

In addition, MEF recently released its State of the Industry Report: Paradigm Shift – Automating Business Functions Between Service Providers that explains why using standardized business and operational APIs is critically important for unlocking market opportunities for NaaS and other next-generation services. This report aligns with the focus of the LSO Global Summit, providing attendees with up-to-date insights into the latest developments in the industry. Download the report here

Windstream Wholesale rapidly activates 400G waves for cable customer

Windstream Wholesale reported a new benchmark for speed and efficiency in delivering multiple 400G wave orders to a large cable company. The team successfully completed service deployment to the customer in just 16 business days.

The company credits its “one team” approach, emphasizing seamless collaboration and alignment between engineering, service delivery, product, and sales teams. The Wholesale group's unified structure fostered open communication and facilitated close teamwork throughout the entire process, from initial service conceptualization to post-delivery support. 

Leveraging their readily available inventory of 400G equipment and the capabilities of Windstream's Intelligent Converged Optical Network (ICON) line system, the company enabled swift provisioning and activation, with a delivery interval far surpassing the customer’s expectations.

“We’re not only the tech leader with our next generation 400G service but we’re also the leader in flexible partnerships,” said Monther Hammoudeh, Windstream’s senior vice president of Transport Engineering and Operations. “I’m proud of our experienced team and their relentless pursuit to provide first-in-class service and customer satisfaction. Turning up 2.4 TB of capacity in 16 days requires a lot of collaborative teamwork.”

Joe Scattareggia, Windstream Wholesale’s chief revenue officer, emphasized the significance of the achievement. “What’s truly exciting and humbling to me is that we pioneered the 400G deployment in 2020 and now we’re introducing the industry’s newest Regional Rapid Fiber 400G in 2023, and our team is also the fastest,” Scattareggia said. “Turning up multiple 400G waves in the same month that the customer ordered the service is unheard of in the market. Others are just now moving to build a network that supports this technology while we are on the next generation and turning it up at record speeds.”

Tech Update: Doubling Optical Transmission Capacity with C+ L-band

How can network operators increase the capacity of the optical transport network? 

There are 2 ways: increase the bits-per-hertz or increase the amount of spectrum.  This video explores the second option -- how operators can leverage an additional 4.8 THz spectrum in the L-band to double the capacity of the network.

Infinera's Robert Shore and Arelion's Mattias Fridström discuss how the upgrade of an existing Infinera FlexILS flexible-grid line system to support the L-band on Arelion's high-traffic route from Ashburn to Atlanta. 

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Prosimo debuts free Multi-Cloud Networking tools

Prosimo, a start-up based in San Jose, California offering distributed enterprise connectivity services, introduced a free Multi-Cloud Networking solution powered by its Cloud-Native Full Stack Platform.

Prosimo's Multi-Cloud Networking (MCN) Foundation delivers VPC/VNet connectivity with route visibility and troubleshooting between cloud resources. The company provides a visual onboarding tool for cloud resource discovery and end-to-end traceability. Network policy controls, diagnostic tools and troubleshooting are also provided. MCN is free as an on-ramp to Prosimo's onramp to Prosimo’s Full Stack Cloud Networking platform.

Prosimo said it has set its sights on elevating the operating paradigm to the application layer and transitioning to a Service Networking environment. This transition enables seamless interconnectivity between applications and PaaS, addressing complex challenges like policy governance, segmentation, expediting app modernization, and optimizing cloud cost control.

"Enterprises are unfortunately stuck today in stage-1 of cloud networking - building network highways and cannot focus on real value - applications, services, and users. The customers who have adopted Prosimo have moved past the initial stages quickly and can rapidly innovate using cloud-native networking," said Ramesh Prabagaran, Co-founder and CEO at Prosimo. "30-50% savings is not something enterprises can ignore. Value is moving up the stack in cloud networking, and by democratizing MCN, we want to lead the charge to help enterprises get there quickly. Expect a lot of disruption in the market that is suppressed today by traditional approaches to cloud networking."

Tech Update: Democratizing Multi-Cloud Networking

Prosimo is introducing a free Multi-Cloud Networking solution powered by its Cloud-Native Full Stack Platform.

Ramesh Prabagaran, Co-founder and CEO of Prosimo, describes the key stages in an enterprise cloud migration journey, and how the focus must turn to applications, services, and users. Cost control can be a deciding factor. Stay tuned for our upcoming Enterprise Edge and Cloud Networking showcase series. In the meantime, check out other Tech Updates on our YouTube Channel (subscribe today): and check out our latest reports at: Have a tech update that you want to brief us on? Contact

Plans for digital twin of UK's Spherical Tokamak project

Intel and Dell Technologies, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the Cambridge Open Zettascale Lab plan to build a “digital twin” of the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) prototype fusion power plant. 

The UKAEA will utilize the lab’s supercomputer based on Intel technologies, including 4th Gen Intel® Xeon Scalable processors, distributed asynchronous object storage (DAOS) and oneAPI tools to streamline the development and delivery of fusion energy to the grid in the 2040s.

Intel notes that engineering a new breed of power plant requires a lot of advanced tools and massive amounts of modeling and simulations. The digital twin of the STEP machine design will accelerate engineering on the project. The technical challenge involves large simulations running across thousands of graphics processing unit nodes and then transferring a huge amount of data for fast post-simulation analysis. A single plasma turbulence simulation can output hundreds of petabytes of data in a very short window. Intel DAOS is an open source, software-defined, scale-out object store that provides high bandwidth, low latency and high I/O operations per second (IOPS) storage containers for high performance computing (HPC) applications. For fusion research, it offers a fast and frictionless pathway for analysis and calculations that need to happen in an incredibly small window of time.

“Planning for the commercialization of fusion power requires organizations like UKAEA to utilize extreme amounts of computational resources and artificial intelligence for simulations. These HPC workloads may be performed using a variety of different architectures, which is why open software solutions that optimize performance needs can lend portability to code that isn’t available in closed, proprietary systems. Overall, advanced hardware and software can make the journey to commercial fusion power lower risk and accelerated – a key benefit on the path to sustainable energy," states Adam Roe, Intel EMEA HPC technical director

“I firmly believe the future of sustainable energy will rely upon supercomputing,” said Rob Akers, director of Computing Programmes, UKAEA. “The world has an urgent need to provide energy security and combat climate change. This is a journey we must embark upon together, delivering access and capability to all those who will be instrumental in delivering commercial fusion energy.”


US Space Force awards US$134 million to SES Space & Defense

SES Space & Defense will provide Global X-Band satellite capacity, teleport and network services over a highly secure global terrestrial network, and other ancillary services to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). 

The contract was awarded under a five-year X-Band Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with an estimated value of US$134 million through Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) by the US Space Force.

To provide secure satellite communications service, SES Space & Defense will leverage the multi-mission GovSat-1 satellite, which features high-power X-band and Military Ka-band beams. GovSat-1 is a satellite operated by GovSat and is entirely dedicated to government and military missions.

“SES Space & Defense believes the BPA is one of the foundation blocks in accelerating MILSATCOM-COMSATCOM integration for the space enterprise. The US Space Force established this contract as a mechanism to enable access to commercial X-band capacity globally for the DoD,” said SES Space & Defense President and CEO David Fields. “We have partnered with industry-leading X-Band owners and operators as we understand the demand for secure, non-preemptible mission-assured capacity for critical operations. By combining satellite capacity, SATCOM services can achieve the highest availability with redundant X-Band coverage and diverse gateway connectivity within sovereign space.”