Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Juniper enhances AI-native networking for SD-WAN and SASE

Juniper Networks unveiled significant enhancements to its AI-Native Networking Platform, aiming to deliver seamless and secure SD-WAN and SASE experiences. The update introduces new AI capabilities for its WAN Assurance, Premium Analytics, and Marvis Virtual Network Assistant (VNA) products. Additionally, Juniper has launched a groundbreaking Routing Assurance product, offering an AI-native automation and insight solution for traditional edge routing topologies.

The enhanced Juniper solution utilizes AI for Networking to provide substantial value to enterprise WAN environments:

Assured SD-WAN Experiences with Proactive AIOps:

  • Marvis Minis, Juniper’s digital experience twin solution, now extends to SD-WAN, offering continuous WAN speed tests and proactive actions without user presence.
  • New WAN Congestion SLE alerts operators about network interface over-utilization to prevent poor user experiences.
  • Expanded streaming dynamic packet capture (dPCAP) for WAN to identify and fix hard-to-find issues, avoiding costly site visits.
  • Enhanced application insights for user-friendly traffic visualization, aiding in accurate planning and problem remediation.

Integrated SSE/SD-WAN (SASE) Insight via Expanded Premium Analytics Dashboard:

  • New security insights Mist dashboard within Premium Analytics offers comprehensive security event visibility and persona-based policy activation.
  • Actionable intelligence allows security teams to quickly identify incidents and respond to threats in real-time.
  • Shared portal for networking and security teams to streamline operational workflows, improving efficiency, agility, and cost savings.

First AI-Native WAN Routing Solution:

  • Routing Assurance product modernizes WAN edge with customizable service levels for swift issue resolution across connected WAN Edge and peering locations.
  • Marvis VNA, expanded to enterprise WAN edge routing, allows IT teams to use simple language queries for routing issue identification and resolution, powered by Generative AI.
  • Juniper’s AI-Native and cloud-native solution spans all key networking domains, from campus and branch to data center and all WAN links in between.

“Since the launch of our AI-Native Networking Platform in January, Juniper has delivered on the promise to build out our industry-leading AIOps across all enterprise network domains. Now embracing routing, these latest innovations enable simplified, fast assurance, monitoring, troubleshooting and issue resolution across multiple branch office, WAN Edge and peering locations. We are also uniquely combining the security and networking domains operationally, enabling insight-driven, holistic security management and audit within the broader networking context, replacing silos with collaboration. All these new innovations further enable exceptional, secure user experiences for the enterprise,” stated Sunalini Sankhavaram, Vice President, Product Development, Juniper Networks.


Arista's Etherlink switches target large AI clusters

Arista Networks introduced a product family for AI workloads, including training and inferencing.

The Arista Etherlink AI portfolio supports AI cluster sizes ranging from thousands to 100,000s of XPUs with highly efficient one and 2-tier network topologies that deliver superior application performance compared to more complex multi-tier networks while offering advanced monitoring capabilities including flow-level visibility. 

  • The 7060X6 AI Leaf switch family employs Broadcom Tomahawk 5 silicon, with a capacity of 51.2 Tbps and support for 64 800G or 128 400G Ethernet ports.
  • The 7800R4 AI Spine is the 4th generation of Arista’s flagship 7800 modular systems. It implements the latest Broadcom Jericho3-AI processors with an AI-optimized packet pipeline and offers non-blocking throughput with the proven virtual output queuing architecture. The 7800R4-AI supports up to 460 Tbps in a single chassis, which corresponds to 576 800G or 1152 400G Ethernet ports.
  • The 7700R4 AI Distributed Etherlink Switch (DES) supports the largest AI clusters, offering customers massively parallel distributed scheduling and congestion-free traffic spraying based on the Jericho3-AI architecture. The 7700 represents the first in a new series of ultra-scalable, intelligent distributed systems that can deliver the highest consistent throughput for very large AI clusters.

A single-tier network topology with Etherlink platforms can support over 10,000 XPUs. With a 2-tier network, Etherlink can support more than 100,000 XPUs. Minimizing the number of network tiers is essential for optimizing AI application performance, reducing the number of optical transceivers, lowering cost and improving reliability.

All Etherlink switches support the emerging Ultra Ethernet Consortium (UEC) standards, which are expected to provide additional performance benefits when UEC NICs become available in the near future. The 7060X6 is available now. The 7800R4-AI and 7700R4 DES are in customer testing and will be available 2H 2024.

The company also highlights features of its Arista EOS and CloudVision, including AI-for-networking, security, segmentation, visibility, and telemetry. For example, Arista EOS’s Smart AI suite of innovative enhancements now integrates with SmartNIC providers to deliver advanced RDMA-aware load balancing and QoS. Arista AI Analyzer powered by Arista AVA™ automates configuration and improves visibility and intelligent performance analysis of AI workloads.

“Broadcom is a firm believer in the versatility, performance, and robustness of Ethernet, which makes it the technology of choice for AI workloads,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Core Switching Group, Broadcom. “By leveraging industry-leading Ethernet chips such as Tomahawk 5 and Jericho3-AI, Arista provides the ideal accelerator-agnostic solution for AI clusters of any shape or size, outperforming proprietary technologies and providing flexible options for fixed, modular, and distributed switching platforms.”


Edgecore supplies 64x800G switch for TensorWave’s AMD-Powered AI Data Centers

Edgecore Networks will provide advanced networking solutions for TensorWave’s AMD-powered AI data centers.

The cornerstone of this partnership is Edgecore Networks' AIS800 800G switch with 64 800G OSFP or QSFP-DD800G ports, embedded with a powerful Tomahawk5 high-performance, low-latency design.

"We are excited to partner with TensorWave and provide Edgecore’s advanced open networking solutions tailored to the specific needs of AI data centers," said Andy Wu, Chairman and President of Edgecore Networks. "Leveraging the leading AMD-powered AI/ML data center technology from TensorWave and innovative 51.2T open networking solutions provided by Edgecore, the collaboration will offer unparalleled performance, scalability, and efficiency, empowering data center operators to meet the demands of the AI revolution."

"We are excited to team up with Edgecore Networks to boost the networking capabilities of our AMD-powered AI data centers," said Darrick Horton, CEO of TensorWave. "With the combined expertise of Edgecore Networks and TensorWave, our customers can look forward to improved operational efficiency, reduced latency, and smooth integration with their existing AI workflows.”

Tech Update: Previewing MEF's Global NaaS Event in Oct 2020

The "as-a-Service" business model has transformed many segments of IT. Will networking be next?  Kevin Vachon, COO from MEF, previews this fall's GNE event in Dallas:

- Discover the latest developments in the Networking-as-a-Service (NaaS) ecosystem, including the transformative role of AI in managing and optimizing network traffic in real-time.

- Learn about the adoption of software-defined infrastructure, which allows carriers to deploy, manage, and scale network services at the speed of software, making hardware limitations a thing of the past.

- Understand the power of open APIs in unlocking new potentials in interoperability, enabling seamless communication between carriers worldwide and redefining how the world connects.

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Integra Optics ships XGS-PON OLT transceiver

Integra Optics has begun shipping its SFP+, 10/2.5 G BiDi, 20km, XGSPON OLT transceiver. 

The new optical transceiver module is designed for XG/XGS-PON 10/2.5 G applications over a single strand of fiber with support for links up to 20 kilometers.

The XGSPON OLT optical module is able to bypass external WDM equipment in the network architecture, thereby reducing network construction and maintenance costs. Also, it offers network providers a seamless upgrade path from GPON (lower data rates) to XGS-PON (up to 10 G) without necessitating changes to the underlying infrastructure − a cost-effective solution for evolving towards higher bandwidth demands.

In addition to being fully compliant with SFP+ MSA and XG/XGS-PON standards, it boasts an industrial operating temperature range from -40°C to +85°C for reliability and performance under extreme conditions. These features make the transceiver an ideal choice for broadband access and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, among other high-speed optical link applications.

The transceiver's digital diagnostic interface aligns with the QSFP28 Multi-Source Agreement (MSA), ensuring broad compatibility and easy integration into existing networks. Additionally, by utilizing a single strand of fiber instead of two, the SFP+ XGSPON OLT transceiver significantly reduces network complexity and costs, while being available coded for compatibility across several platforms.

"This transceiver reinforces our commitment to innovation and our role in driving the future of optical networking," said Senior Engineering Manager Marlena Miller. "It is a testament to our dedication to providing high-quality, reliable solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers and the industry at large."


IEX Cable Lands in Egypt

Telecom Egypt and SubCom, the global subsea data system supplier, along with the India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) partners, announced the successful completion of IEX Subsea system’s landings in Egypt. 

The IEX subsea system, which lands in Egypt at two cable landing stations -- Zafarana2 on the Red Sea and Sidi Kerir on the Mediterranean -- connects two seas and two continents over two diversified trans-Egypt terrestrial crossing routes. 

Upon completion, IEX will directly connect India (Mumbai) to Europe (Milan, Italy).  SubCom was selected to engineer, manufacture, and deploy the 10,000km IEX system, which includes their space-division multiplexing (SDM) and Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) ROADM technology.

Telecom Egypt played a significant role in facilitating the landing in two major segments; with each segment designed for high-capacity transmission with 13 fiber pairs. Telecom Egypt is providing IEX with landing facilities and support in Egypt, as well as new diverse terrestrial crossings between these facilities. 

Mohamed Nasr, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Egypt, commented:

“Leveraging its cutting-edge infrastructure, Telecom Egypt played a pivotal role in connecting the IEX subsea cable system terrestrially between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. By providing landing and crossing services at Zafarana2 and Sidi Kerir landing stations, and linking them through two novel crossing route diverse from those already used by the current 14 subsea systems crossing Egypt, we are presenting our international partners with unique opportunities via our state-of-the-art, highly reliable services and continuously developed international infrastructure. IEX subsea system is the fifth subsea to land in Egypt over the past decade and the tenth in terms of landings count. In addition, it is the first landing to take place at Sidi Kerir landing station and the fourth at Zafarana2. Through these important projects, Telecom Egypt aims to diversify its services and consolidate its placement as a main international telecommunications hub in the region. Our mission is to develop our infrastructure in line with the latest technologies and international standards, in addition to providing distinctive, competitive, commercial offerings to our partners and customers both locally and internationally.”