Monday, September 4, 2023

Tech Update: Public Cloud-like VPC Networking for All

How to achieve consistent VPC-style networking for applications across public cloud and private infrastructure? 

Alex Saroyan, CEO from Netris, breaks it down for you:

- Alex discusses the shift towards cloud-native applications and the challenges of latency, cost, and data sovereignty issues that come with it. He emphasizes that while the public cloud is not the only infrastructure where applications run, it is crucial for the new generation of engineers and applications.

- The concept of VPC networking: Alex introduces VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) networking, a framework that simplifies infrastructure for engineers. He explains how VPC networking differs from traditional networking, highlighting its high-level abstraction that allows engineers to work more efficiently without needing to be experts in network protocols.

- The future of hybrid cloud environments: Alex shares insights on the growing trend of companies going hybrid, building private clouds, or creating new infrastructures. He discusses how Netris helps customers leverage the automation and high-level abstractions of the cloud in their private cloud and bare metal environments, allowing them to focus on their core business rather than becoming infrastructure experts.

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Zayo adds Bordeaux wavelength connecting Paris and Marseille

Zayo activated a new Bordeaux wavelength route connecting Paris and Marseille using its existing fiber network in France.

Bordeaux is a strategic connection for Zayo’s global network due to its central location in the South West region of France, thriving technology industry and proximity to cable landing station locations. Zayo’s expansion in Bordeaux provides the opportunities to  tap into this growing market and provide critical connectivity infrastructure to support the region’s digital economy.

As part of the route expansion, Zayo selected Equinix’s first International Business Exchange data centre in Bordeaux (BX1) as one of its major hubs on the new route. This will act as the connectivity hub for the new Amitié subsea cable, delivered this summer by a consortium of Hyperscalers made up  of Microsoft & Meta, Orange, Vodafone and Aquacomms. It will play a key role in responding to rapidly increasing bandwidth demand in the region. 

Régis Castagné, Managing Director of Equinix France comments: “We’re delighted to be part of the expansion of this new line to extend its reach to France’s main economic zones. We set up our first data centre in Bordeaux – BX1 – less than two years ago because we believed in the region’s potential as a new connectivity hub for France, and we’re delighted today to see a growing demand for high-speed capacity between Bordeaux and the rest of Europe. This project will undoubtedly support the growth of our customers and the region’s digital economy, while work on the Amitié submarine cable for which our facilities are the first gateway has just been completed.”

Lockheed Martin delivers 5G testbed to U.S. Marine Corp

Lockheed Martin has delivered the final Phase 1 Initial Prototype 5G testbed variant for the Open Systems Interoperable and Reconfigurable Infrastructure Solution (OSIRIS) to the Marine Corps program management team at Camp Pendleton, California.

OSIRIS is a 5G communications network infrastructure testbed for expeditionary operations experimentation for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering's (OUSD R&E) FutureG & 5G Office and the USMC.

“The Lockheed Martin-led team, in close partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps has proven that quickly evolving 5G commercial technology can be leveraged in near real-time to solve current and emergent mission challenges,” said Deon Viergutz, vice president, Lockheed Martin Spectrum Convergence. “The OSIRIS program is leveraging Lockheed Martin’s experience maturing vendor-interoperable solutions based on open standards, which will enable a wide variety of composable 5G solutions tailored to any mission and platform.”

The final testbed will consist of three distinct 5G standalone network configurations: a trailer-mounted 5G Nomadic Tower, an ATV-mounted 5G Mobile Relay, and a transit case deployable 5G Operational Facility.

The OSIRIS testbed will help to address the need for test facilities that enable rapid experimentation and dual-use application prototyping.

The testbed will also identify areas for further synergy between 5G networks and DOD platforms, and allow for the connection of various 5G-ready user devices, sensors, vehicles, and endpoints.

Verizon upgrades Distributed Antenna System at MetLife Stadium

Verizon is deploying a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) throughout the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The new DAS system will provide 4G LTE service and 5G Ultra Wideband service using Verizon’s C-band spectrum designed for high capacity and wide coverage in addition to the 5G service it already offers in the stadium using its premium millimeter wave spectrum. It will cover the field, bowl, concourse (including the four gate entrances), all clubs/suites, and the ticketing areas. As part of the new design, engineers are also adding a performance enhancement technology that divides crowds into sectors like pieces of a pie. Each sector can be adjusted individually to handle wireless traffic. 

Verizon is also increasing the capacity on the fiber connections in and out of MetLife so they can carry 10 times the amount of data. 

Coherent's Dr. Mark Sobey announces retirement

Coherent announced the retirement of Dr. Mark Sobey, Predient of its Laser division.

Dr. Sobey has served as President of Coherent’s Lasers Segment since the closing of the merger between II-VI and Coherent, Inc., in July 2022. Prior to the merger, Dr. Sobey served as Coherent, Inc.’s, Chief Operating Officer from 2020 to 2022. He was previously Executive Vice President and General Manager of Coherent, Inc.’s, OEM Laser Sources until being promoted to COO, and before that he was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Laser Systems (SLS) from 2010 to 2016, and Vice President and General Manager of SLS from 2007 until 2010.

“Dr. Sobey’s long track record of success with the former Coherent, Inc., combined with his outstanding expertise in laser and fiber optics technology, have provided invaluable leadership to our combined company over the past 14 months,” said Dr. Vincent D. Mattera, Jr., Chair and CEO. “Dr. Sobey’s scientific and technical prowess was a great asset to Coherent Corp., and I personally will miss him as a colleague on our Executive Leadership Team. We thank him for his significant contributions and wish him and his family all the best following his retirement.”

Samsung readies 12nm-Class 32Gb DDR5 DRAM

Samsung Electronics is preparing to begin mass production of the highest-capacity 32-gigabit (Gb) DDR5 DRAM using 12 nm-class process technology. 

This achievement comes after Samsung began mass production of its 12nm-class 16Gb DDR5 DRAM in May 2023. 

Previously, DDR5 128GB DRAM modules manufactured using 16Gb DRAM required the Through Silicon Via (TSV) process. However, by using Samsung's 32Gb DRAM, the 128GB module can now be produced without using the TSV process, while reducing power consumption by approximately 10% compared to 128GB modules with 16Gb DRAM. This technological breakthrough makes the product the optimal solution for enterprises that emphasize power efficiency, such as data centers.

"With our 12nm-class 32Gb DRAM, we have secured a solution that will enable DRAM modules of up to 1-terabyte (TB), allowing us to be ideally positioned to serve the growing need for high-capacity DRAM in the era of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and big data,” said SangJoon Hwang, Executive Vice President of DRAM Product & Technology at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to develop DRAM solutions through differentiated process and design technologies to break the boundaries of memory technology."

Having developed its first 64-kilobit (Kb) DRAM in 1983, Samsung has now succeeded in enhancing its DRAM capacity by a factor of 500,000 over the last 40 years.