Thursday, August 24, 2023

CyrusOne designs an AI workload-specific data center

CyrusOne unveiled Intelliscale. a state-of-the-art, artificial intelligence (AI) workload-specific data center design.

The Intelliscale data center is built upon an ultra-high-density foundation, optimizing space utilization and presenting the ideal solution for companies aiming to effectively scale their AI infrastructure. Intelliscale data centers can occupy just 25% of the space of typical data centers, depending on the application and needs.

"The exponential increase in AI workloads will inevitably further impact the unprecedented demand that our industry is facing,” said John Hatem, Chief Operating Officer at CyrusOne. “In this environment, planning for long-term AI growth is imperative and ensuring cloud service providers have the infrastructure to support it is central to making this a reality. Deploying Intelliscale today will allow organizations to secure their AI future. With this global solution, our objective is to establish an AI environment for our high-density customers that is efficient and flexible, empowering customers to enter the market more swiftly and cost-effectively."

CyrusOne has designed Intelliscale to operate with minimal land usage offering a variety of redundancy configurations tailored to individual needs. The company's leading modular manufacturing approach to data center development enables customers to utilize liquid-to-chip cooling technology, rear door heat exchanger cooling systems, and immersion cooling to achieve efficient cooling up to 300kW per rack, delivering unparalleled performance even under the most demanding AI workloads.

Eric Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer at CyrusOne, highlighted the company's unwavering commitment to innovation: "We are constantly challenged to deliver next generation solutions for what our customers desire, and Intelliscale is just one example of how we are responding. We're thrilled to be offering the data center industry's first-of-its-kind AI solution, a game changer for the industry."

Zayo: DDoS attack size and frequency continue to rise

The global landscape of increasing digitization, political unrest and the emergence of widespread adoption of work-from-home have all contributed to an increase in DDoS attacks, which jumped 200% in H1 2023 compared to the full year 2022, according to Zayo's annual Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Insights Report.

Key Findings in Brief:

  • Rapid Acceleration of Attacks: There was a 314% increase in overall attacks from the first half of 2022 to the first half of 2023. But that’s putting it lightly—in some industries, the growth was over 1,300%.
  • Q2 2023 Reached a Fever Pitch: As attackers continue to exploit the sophistication of AI and automation, there was a 387% increase in attack activity from Q1 to Q2 of this year alone.
  • Industries Under Fire:
  • Telecommunications companies were a prime target for attackers due to the critical role telecom providers play in providing communication and Internet services. The industry saw the most frequent attacks, accounting for roughly half of the total attack volume, with more than 37,000 attacks in the first half of 2023.
  • Education, which had the highest frequency of attacks in the first half of 2022, was just behind the telecommunications industry. Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) companies also saw a significant increase in the frequency of attacks from the first half of 2022 to the first half of 2023.
  • Retail, telecommunications and media companies experienced the largest attacks, with an average attack size of 3 Gbps across all three verticals, which is a large enough attack to take down one to two offices depending on the company size. The largest aggregate attack, against the telecom sector, was 978Gbps. Comparatively, in 2022, telecommunications and government experienced the largest attacks.
  • The government sector experienced the longest attacks of any sector, a change from healthcare in 2022. Across all industries, the average duration of attacks increased by 216% from Q1 to Q2, with the finance industry seeing the largest leap from 41 minutes to 108 minutes.

“When your business will get hit by a DDoS attack is a game of probability,” said Anna Claiborne, SVP of Packet and Product Software Engineering at Zayo. “With a huge rise in attacks in 2023 and more attacks over 100Gbps, the odds are not in your favor. While there are a myriad of statistics on the cost of remediating a DDoS attack, the long-tail loss of customer confidence after an attack is difficult to quantify and even more difficult to fix. Running any business on the Internet without DDoS protection is a risk, and you have to ask yourself if it's one worth taking.”

Fiber Broadband Association Awards for Innovative Proof-of-Concepts

The Fiber Broadband Association announced the following winners of the Fiber Connect 2023 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase. 

  • Most Innovative Award – presented to Infinera and LightRiver for its “Multi-Vendor Middle Mile Use Cases Enhancing PON Infrastructure via Infinera’s XR Optics Point-To-Multipoint, Automated by netFLEX” PoC that explored a multi-vendor FTTX PON network implemented with a 400G DWDM Middle Mile point-to-multipoint solution from the router to the OLT.

  • Best Community Impact Award – presented to Ciena for its “Get Ready for The Next Generation of Applications by Deploying a Disruptive Broadband Architecture” PoC that explored how service providers can rethink their network architectural approach, leveraging disaggregation and virtualization, to push network access closer to the user to deliver and scale capacity where needed.
  • Game Changer Award - presented to Nokia for its “Superior Network Performance – Every Way You Slice It” PoC that explored how operators can guarantee quality of service with complete granularity across the network from the IP core to a user appliance in the home. With this level of control, operators can use their fiber network for anything and generate new revenues with guaranteed performance for any service type.

“This year’s PoC Showcase was an excellent representation of how when fiber leads, the future follows. Each demonstration highlighted the disruptive capabilities that are possible when fiber broadband is matched with innovative technologies and strategies,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “I’d like to congratulate the entire PoC showcase on their outstanding demonstrations of concepts that will advance our industry and help connect every community to reliable, high-quality fiber broadband.”

Additional PoCs were presented at Fiber Connect 2023 that included: “Digital 3D Georeferenced Fiber Network Roll-Out Management and Documentation,” presented by DeepUp; “Enhancing the Customer Experience and Streamlining Operations with Cloud-Based Provisioning, Billing, and Orchestration,” presented by Ting Internet and Wavelo; “Leveraging Fiber to Efficiently Capture Small Businesses in Your Markets,” presented by Calix; and “Enhancing Fiber Reach with Ultra-High Capacity mmW Radios at Network Edge,” presented by Ceragon.

Vertical Sys: Mid-Year 2023 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Vertical Systems Group announces that the following six companies achieved a position on the mid-year 2023 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD (in rank order based on retail port share as of June 30, 2023): AT&T, Lumen, Spectrum Enterprise, Verizon, Comcast Business and Cox Business. Network providers must have four percent (4%) or more of the U.S. retail Ethernet services market to qualify for a rank on this LEADERBOARD.

Challenge Tier citations were attained by the following six companies (in alphabetical order): Altice USA, Cogent (including Sprint assets), Frontier, GTT, Windstream and Zayo. The Challenge Tier includes providers with between 1% and 4% share of the U.S. retail Ethernet market.

“DIA connectivity for cloud computing and SD-WAN/SASE networks lifted U.S. Ethernet port growth in the first half of 2023,” said Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group. “However despite the resiliency of the Ethernet market, several providers are preparing for port reductions in the future as customers opt for alternative service technologies.”

U.S. Ethernet Market Analysis: Mid-Year 2023

  • AT&T holds the #1 rank on the U.S. Ethernet LEADERBOARD for mid-2023, which it regained from Lumen at year-end of 2022.
  • Rank positions remain unchanged for the six top Ethernet providers based on latest port share results.
  • DIA (Dedicated Internet/Cloud Access) accounted for the most new Ethernet service installations in the first half of 2023, driven by ongoing enterprise migration to Cloud services, Managed SD-WAN and SASE, and hybrid WANs.
  • Ethernet Access to VPN installations are declining as MPLS customers transition to SD-WANs.
  • Demand for 100+ Gbps Ethernet connectivity is evolving as customers upgrade from lower speed Ethernet services, and also consider Wavelength or Dark Fiber service alternatives.
  • Ethernet service providers cited some easing of the supply chain challenges that hinder new deployments.
  • AT&T, Lumen and Verizon are the LEADERBOARD companies with MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet (CE) certification.

Arrcus signs with partnerships forJapanese networking market

Arrcus announced partnerships with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation, NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation (NESIC ) and APRESIA in its expansion in the Japan market.

These partnerships build on the recent investment in Arrcus from Hitachi Ventures as well as Arrcus’ collaboration on the SRv6 MUP initiative with SoftBank.

"We are thrilled to witness the rapid adoption of Arrcus’ networking solutions in Japan for 5G and datacenter routing and switching built on our industry-leading ArcOS platform and are excited to launch our partnerships with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation, NESIC, and APRESIA," said Shekar Ayyar, Chairman and CEO of Arrcus. "As we continue to revolutionize networking infrastructure, our focus remains on delivering cost-effective and highly performant networking solutions."

Credo posts quarterly sales of $35.1M

Credo Technology Group reported revenue of $35.1 million for its first quarter of fiscal year 2024, ended July 29, 2023, up by 9% quarter over quarter. GAAP gross margin was 59.2% and non-GAAP gross margin was 59.8%.

Bill Brennan, Credo’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “For the fiscal quarter ended July 29, 2023, Credo reported revenue of $35.1 million, an increase of 9% compared to the prior quarter. Credo’s position as a market leader for high speed connectivity solutions has been years in the making, and the technology acceleration towards high bandwidth solutions with more networking density plays into our strengths. As a result, we continue to expect sequential growth throughout fiscal 2024. We believe our growth will be led by multiple customers across our range of connectivity solutions, which would result in a more diversified revenue base as we exit fiscal 2024.”