The power of Carrier Ethernet with the ubiquity, ease and reliability of PSTN – that has long been the dream. A series of demonstrations has highlighted the enormous strides already being made, and just how much closer we are to realising the MEF’s Third Network vision. In September this year the MEF announced their vision for the future of global networking. It was explained that business today is served by two types of data networks: Carrier Ethernet (CE 2.0) delivering services with assured performance and security, but taking considerable time to initiate across multiple providers; and Internet/IP, delivering on-demand, ubiquitous services but with significant performance problems and leaving users to deal with security issues. Instead there is a need for a new Third Network, delivering Agile, Assured and Orchestrated services worldwide, where: Agile means delivery of real-time on-demand services; Assured means delivery of performance and security guarantees; and Orchestrated means automated delivery of services across multiple service providers. The IT industry is never short of promises for amazing future solutions and, even when it is possible to solve the technological issues, so often their realization is delayed or even negated by economics, politics or the basic realities of business culture and competition. With that in mind, visitors to November’s GEN14 in Washington DC were in for a big surprise: for the focal point of the event was a live Proof of Concept Showcase capturing the spirit of the Third Network and GEN14. Guided tours of the showcase featuredmultiple implementations of lifecycle service orchestration, automated provisioning,with SDN, NFV, dynamic cloud-centric services, and other innovations all operational and on display. What was especially significant for the future of the industry was the spirit of co-operation throughout this demonstration: for, unlike so many trade shows, we were not just seeing a line-up of canned presentations from competitors trying to promote their unique solutions against all opposition. Instead it was an exercise in collaboration, providing proof that consistent communications can truly be established across any number of different networks and diverse vendor equipment demonstrating the potential future of Global Networking, which is what today’s business wants to see as afuture-proof investment that will not lead to lock-in by vendor or provider. The demonstrations formed six groups, representing five different collaborating teams plus a demonstration by Cyan that spanned a range of networks and vendors’ equipment. In each case the core demonstration was of rapid, on demand configuration and activation of services, while some also showed how customers could pick and order from a catalogue of services online, and some also demonstrated performance monitoring and reporting on demand. The live demonstrations connected to remote locations, labs and other booths on the exhibit show floor. Two service providers, Allstream Inc. and Tata Communications, demonstrated the modification and activation of Ethernet services (MEF standard CE4Cloud IA) spanning their two independent clouds. The two providers each have their own order management systems, but using the MEF’s standardized ENNI and based on MEF’s draft CE4Cloud information model, the two systems worked together, extending CE 2.0 Interconnect to elastic services, for faster availability of secure and assured cloud services. Flexible architecture based on MEF and Internet standards allow easy extension from on-demand to scheduled Cloud scenarios, and transition to Customer Portals, while rich orchestration assures complete control over a process of service configuration performed over multiple service providers. . Meanwhile Amartus and Transition Networks demonstrated Amartus’ Chameleon SDS™ and Transition Networks’ Converge™ orchestration solutions.The demonstration focused on two application scenarios that exploited a Transition Networks CE 2.0 network via a REST API based on TMF and MEF standards. The first scenario by Transition Networks demonstrated the use of iPad Apps and the REST API to deliver agile, easy to use field engineer solutions for provisioning and operation of the network. The second scenario by Amartus demonstrated the run-time introduction and provisioning of a complex Cloud hosted corporate IP Multimedia infrastructure service using a dynamic service catalogue approach. This service used a reliable CE 2.0 network service to connect each corporate site to the Cloud hosted IMS solution based on best in breed open-systems, open-standards and open-source NFV, SDN & Cloud technologies. The entire end to end service was established in a single provisioning request. CenturyLink’s partnership with Ciena was especially interesting as it showed a service provider’s ability to automate the orchestration of MEF services in a truly “box agnostic” domain. Any service provider’s core offering is services– so ideally it should not be over-concerned about the underlying hardware –thus Ciena’s role was to provide kit to implement the open APIs specified by CenturyLink. These APIs allow both reading and writing of the network, providing a further demonstration of automated API testing, including bearer plane verification. The demo reflected leading edge work by theseand other MEF members on the upcoming MEF 7.3 information model. Cyan’s demonstrations showed how multivendor CE 2.0 infrastructure is enhanced by SDN and NFV, with an emphasis on actual savings being realized in real-world deployments. In the case of a Europe-wide network spanning 23 nations and 46,000km of fibre, their modular multi-service platform with SDN showed up to 60% savings in infrastructure and access costs; with NFV and virtual customer premises equipment (such as on-demand firewalls or encryption) the same carrier will be capable of achieving 80% savings; at the same time, they are will on a path to a 50% reduction in operational costs. Another demonstration was of an Asian network connecting the top 100 datacentres across APAC. They were able to achieve tremendous agility by introducing a new service where they went from initial concept to public launch in just four weeks and achieved more than 30% operational savings. Network as a Service is a core concept in the MEF’s Third Network vision and, in the Oracle InfoVista showcase, we witnessed how this can be fully integrated into business management processes. We saw how the customer themselves can specify a CE service (MEF 7.3, 10.3 & 26.1) online, including end-to-end design fulfilment and performance management across multiple networks, technologies and providers. Four demonstrations covered: Self-serviceNaaS quoting and ordering; Dynamic automated NaaS fulfilment orchestration, wholesale E-Access orchestration and finally InfoVista’s visibility tools provided synchronized assurance that the service was being delivered exactly as specified. Finally WebNMS, Omnitron Systems and VeEX showed the benefits of service orchestration for elastic delivery of SLA-assured CE2.0 services (MEF 7.2, 10.3,35&36) but based on a quite different configuration, where WebNMS provided an intuitive Noc Portal GUI with 3D visualization of multiple layers of network, using which a real time fault root cause analysis had been demonstrated. WebNMS also provided an intuitive cloud-based self-service customer portal using Web and Mobile Apps allowing the customers to dynamically order and test the bandwidth on a network consisting of 10G and 1G protected fiber rings (ITUT- G.8031 &G.8032) with SLA assured EVCs between multiple Omnitron 10 Gigabit and 1 Gigabit demarcation devices.VeEX’sVePal UX400 Universal test platform orchestrated by the WebNMS framework provided high-precision, concurrent service activation, throughput measurements, fault management recovery, and the real-time performance monitoring updates. In these demonstrations the participating MEF members did an excellent job in cutting through the technical terminology and taking us straight to the technology’s visible results and benefits. Typically we would see services being specified on one screen and the resulting service activation being promptly reported on a second screen. In some cases equally visual demonstrations were seen of the effects of the changes: in the Tata/Allstream demo, for example, we saw a shaky video stream being allowed added bandwidth on demand, with an immediate improvement in quality of experience. Overall, these demonstrations did a great job in making the MEF’s Third Network vision real and relevant to service delivery for today’s business environment. The Proof of Concept Showcase was organized by the MEF and managed by MEF member company EANTC.

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“Things are looking up for Infinera operations in India,” say Andrew Bond-Webster, Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific and other top executives Infinera. And given the track record of the company, they are being modest. The story of Infinera is finally one of stability and growth. Traditionally a long-haul optical supplier, Infinera recently announced the Cloud Xpress, its product for the metro cloud market. Andrew also said that his firms is in the process of winning top customers during the third quarter. Its DTN-X platform, including its first “industrial-type” enterprise customer, also attract demand from India. Infinera provides digital optical networking systems to telecommunications carriers. Yes, Infinera is definitely in a good spot right now – a medium company with some fresh technology and not wedded to the budgets of the big carriers. Infinera always makes good moves within their strategy. For instance – Cloud Xpress which is believed by “the right product for the firm” by global analysts. Cloud Xpress used to connect data centres as a stackable platform, similar to how servers and storage systems are built. The development is another example of how the rise of the data centre is influencing telecoms. It’s not just going after the whole market, it’s targeting a high-growth market that is ripe for an insurgent supplier. Andrew has briefed about cloud Cloud Xpress for the beginners. Cloud Xpress, its first product designed specifically for the metro market that’s based on its photonic integrated chip (PIC) technology. As the name suggests, the Cloud Xpress is targeted at the cloud traffic transport market, and is specifically designed to provide high-speed connectivity between data centers, so Infinera is going after the major Internet content providers, which are spending billions of dollars (and rising) on optical transport infrastructure, with this platform. It’s not just a roadmap, it’s a product that is imminent, and it’s PIC-based, which is important. Recently, Infinera CEO Tom Fallon stated that the company sees two very distinct metro market opportunities, “and we intend to access both.” The Cloud Xpress has been designed specifically for the near-term opportunity in data center interconnectivity — “very high bandwidth and lots of Ethernet traffic” — that is emerging right now. The other, metro aggregation, will come in late 2015 and 2016, believes Infinera. “We’ll be taking the full functionality of the [100G] DTN-X and putting it into metro form factor,” noted Fallon. “As cloud services play a larger role in the telecommunications infrastructure, Infinera is committed to focusing on the specific requirements of cloud networks and delivering technologies that enable the continued evolution of this fundamental market shift,” Andrew added. Infinera says that the Ethernet client signals connect to a simple mapping function IC before being placed onto 100 Gig tributaries. Elby says that Infinera has minimised the latency through the box, to achieve 4.4 microseconds. This is an important requirement for certain data centre operators. There is a drive in the industry that is coming from the data centre world that is starting to slam into the telecom world. Infinera products include DTN System, Infinera Line System, ATN System, IQ Network Operating System and Management Suite. The Infinera architecture is based on a series of technological innovations, most notably the world’s first commercial large-scale Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). Infinera’s other near-term launch is the Packet Switching Module (PXM) for its DTN-X platform, which is already deployed by 46 customers. The PXM adds 10GigE and 100GigE ports to the optical platform, turning it into a packet-optical product. According to Infinera president and founder Dave Welch, this plays to the increasing demand for transport systems that offer “highly scalable optical and simplified packet” capabilities. “This is something the data center operators have opted for, and we believe [telcos] will follow.” The PXM will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2015. Recently, Infinera and CenturyLink, Inc. delivered one terabit per second (1 Tb/s) of super-channel transmission capacity to support the SCinet network. One terabit of capacity connects the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to CenturyLink’s nationwide fiber optic network, utilizing the Infinera DTN-X platform. SCinet is one of the most powerful and advanced networks in the world, created each year for the Supercomputing Conference. Financially, Infinera has had a good year. And it will continue to do so in near term.

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Overture announced Windstream Communications, a leading provider of advanced network communications, has selected the 6500 multi-service Ethernet service delivery platform as part of a future-proofed network solution to meet the growing business demands for cloud and managed services nationwide. A Stevie Award recipient for “2013 Best Telecom Product,” the Overture 6500 is the industry’s only all-access, CE2.0 switching and aggregation platform for business and cloud services, wholesale access, mobile backhaul and metro infrastructure applications. The 6500 delivers performance-assured Carrier Ethernet over any access method, including fiber, E-Access, copper, SONET, and TDM, with full resiliency. “Understanding how evolving applications impact networks has been key to Windstream’s continued growth and success,” says Randy Nicklas, executive vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for Windstream. “With ever increasing business demands for Carrier Ethernet, and the growing importance of SDN and NFV initiatives, the Overture 6500 allows us to upgrade our network with a platform that integrates seamlessly with our legacy equipment, while also providing a streamlined path to not only increase capacity in the future, but also to enhance our capabilities at the metro service edge.” Windstream recently announced its Carrier Solutions Portal, offering customers the ability to price and order Private Lines, Waves, Carrier Ethernet, MPLS Aggregation, Dedicated Internet and DS1 Aggregation services with an intelligent design that adjusts order forms based on the selected service type and provides visibility into order status. “The 6500 has been designed from the onset as a single, all-access platform that allows service providers to activate and assure new revenue-generating services more quickly and cost effectively, while keeping CapEx in check with its inherent upgrade capabilities,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. “Our valued relationship with Windstream is rooted in working collaboratively to understand how best to enhance networks to provide the most technologically advanced and efficient Carrier Ethernet solutions over the long-term. We are pleased to have the 6500 selected as part of Windstream’s network upgrade and look forward to working together and advancing the functionality and benefit of Carrier Ethernet as a transport medium.” The 6500 is a key component of Overture’s Ensemble Open Services Architecture (Ensemble OSA), an open platform for service automation and network virtualization. Ensemble orchestration and control software activates the Overture 6500 to build connectivity in the OSA between end customers and virtualized network functions. This allows service providers to create connections among service end points and to virtual network functions, for an end-to-end service solution.

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SDN promises many benefits and has been attracting many stakeholders across the communication industry. However, in order for these benefits to be realized, the network has to support certain key capabilities. Validating the extent to which these capabilities have been supported, with specific metrics, would provide a better basis and hence a higher confidence in moving forward with SDN-based architectures. This article provides an overview of SDN benefits and the key capabilities that have to be validated in an SDN controller, in order to practically realize the promise of SDN. Overview of SDN benefits Service providers and enterprises face limitations in meeting the explosive demand for mobility and bandwidth in the next generation of networks: complexity, inability to scale and vendor dependence. SDN has emerged as a networking architecture design to overcome the aforementioned challenges. SDN enables network programmability, thus accelerating service introduction and reducing operating expenses across multi-vendor platforms. By decoupling the control and forwarding planes, SDN ensures that the distributed network intelligence and states are logically centralized. Further, it abstracts the underlying network infrastructure from applications and provides a means to avert vendor lock-in solutions. As a result, Data Center and Cloud service providers gain unprecedented network control and automation support and when also coupled with the network virtualization paradigm, are able to offer diverse set of services for various business needs. Thus SDN provides an architecture that enables enterprises and service providers realize their vision of highly scalable, flexible and dynamic networks. Need for SDN testing While the promise of SDN is appealing, the stakeholders who deliver and utilize SDN capabilities need to be assured of the performance of this new networking model. This necessitates specialized testing of networks supporting this model to ensure that the performance expectations are met in a consistent manner. Networks should support automated provisioning of large scale applications to speed up the application delivery. Thus, before deploying SDN the network’s capabilities to support dynamic provisioning of flows and the degree of scalability have to be verified. It is crucial to ensure that the devices which form part of the network infrastructure are verified for packet processing, forwarding behavior and quality-of-service delivery. In addition to this network management, provisioning and control capabilities of the network must also be verified. We will specifically cover the control plane aspects that need to be verified as part of the SDN Controller below. Key aspects in testing the SDN Controller The obvious starting point for verification in the controller would be that of topology discovery. The controller’s ability to abstract the network infrastructure and provide a centralized control plane to network applications for enabling various network services and support interfaces should be validated. Further, as SDN enables dynamic networking, the controller’s capability to support real-time configuration change detection when virtual networks are rapidly modified, has to be tested. Besides this, SDN also provides scope for network optimization and innovation by supporting dynamic, on-demand provisioning of end-user services in real time. In such scenarios, it is necessary to measure the controller’s performance aspects such as throughput and latency. While centralization of control is beneficial, it could hamper the overall network availability. Thus controller support for high availability in terms of quick failure recovery mechanisms during failure must be evaluated. Moreover, SDN supports dynamic scalability. Hence the controller’s ability to handle infrastructure modification requests and the extent to which it can scale has to be measured. SDN architecture facilitates both physical and virtual networks in order to deliver various networking services with speed and agility. Therefore, controller support for these services including load balancing, WAN optimization and bandwidth-on-demand services must be verified. In addition to these, security is a major concern for SDN adopters. Therefore, support for enabling real-time traffic monitoring, pro-active detection and prevention of malicious attacks, authentication and authorization access to controller have to be verified. Veryx’s Solution Veryx PktBlaster SDN controller is an integrated test solution for benchmarking SDN controllers. PktBlaster SDN is a software-based solution that runs on bare metal servers or on hypervisors. It simulates hundreds of switches and millions of flows to measure the controller’s performance and scalability aspects. In addition, it supports emulation of hundreds of switches to verify the functionality and reliability aspects of the controller.

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MRV Communications, Inc., a global provider of innovative packet and optical solutions, has published a new white paper that unveils advancements in creating a software-defined optical layer that suits today’s cloud and mobility needs. Capabilities recently introduced to the market drive dynamic flexibility to optical networking, pushing optical transport beyond simple fixed pipe resources. The white paper explores new technological developments in dynamic, application-aware network infrastructure, the status of industry standards and where optical SDN can provide the most value today. Key Takeaways: Until recently, service providers building SDN-based packet networks were challenged to extend programmability to the optical layer. Several significant developments allow the optical transport layer to be abstracted to a set of shared, common resources that can be used dynamically and on demand. While several industry groups work on new interoperability standards for optical SDN, service providers can begin extending SDN principals to the optical arena to achieve unified, optimized networks. MRV offers combined expertise in packet, optical and software-based networking. The company has implemented fully-programmable optical hardware architecture, a common Linux-based operating system that can be virtualized to run on any platform, and a management platform with open interfaces for seamless integrations with third-party controllers. MRV Statement: “MRV is a long-standing partner of the optical transport community, incorporating direct feedback from our customers into our portfolio of intelligent networking solutions. MRV’s new generation of optical transport equipment is designed to provide advanced, software-based architectures that add flexibility and optimize resources,” said Zeev Draer, vice president of strategic marketing for MRV Communications. “As a member of the OIF and ONF, we will work to define and advance optical SDN standards for the industry and help service providers to make a more seamless transition to optical SDN.”

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CENX, a global leader of Service Orchestration solutions for software-defined networks, has announced that it has been selected by a Tier 1 North American mobile service provider to automate service assurance for its machine-to-machine (M2M) offering. The new multi-million dollar order from this CENX customer includes Cortx Service Orchestrator fault isolation, troubleshooting, and visualization of network connectivity, eliminating time-consuming manual processes. M2M applications are a key growth segment for service providers. According to a recent GSMA study, mobile M2M connections will grow at 26 per cent per year between 2014 and 2020, globally. In North America, M2M connections currently account for approximately one in ten connections and by 2020 are forecasted to reach 27 per cent. This represents a tremendous opportunity in enterprise services – one that needs to be nurtured by providing exceptional quality of service. “Cortx Service Orchestrator is an essential tool for service providers to deliver enterprise-quality services in a highly efficient manner,” said Ed Ogonek, President and CEO of CENX. “We are pleased to provide increased value to our customer by helping them grow their M2M business while streamlining their network operations.” Cortx Service Orchestrator provides end-to-end services lifecycle management for planning, fulfillment, monitoring, assurance, and analytics, for an array of applications. The Cortx solution enhances a service provider’s M2M offering by: Proactively assuring traffic connectivity from the core network to associated enterprise data centers, for thousands of enterprise customers Increasing accuracy of troubleshooting through data correlation Reducing triage time by isolating faults to specific network segment within routed IP paths Providing comprehensive visualization of the network, including off-net segments

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Cloud Network Defense (CND), launched by network security specialist Wedge Networks, is a radical new means to deliver high levels of cyber security – on demand and closely tailored to business or individual security needs. CND presents an exciting opportunity for service providers to grow their portfolio and generate sustainable added revenue. “Cloud Network Defense™ will transform the way security is delivered” says Dr Hongwen Zhang, President and CEO of Wedge Networks. “It is a cloud based software platform leveraging SDN and NFV technology to perform what we call Elastic Security Services Orchestration™. Our software makes it easy for service providers to offer embedded security as a scalable, high performance service for cloud connected networks. Web, email and mobile security policy can now be unified and optimized across all network traffic and all devices, anytime, anywhere”. Cloud Network Defense™ is a radical departure from current security technologies that rely on proprietary hardware or require security providers to direct traffic to third party infrastructure for inspection – causing delays and adding latency. CND integrates Deep Content Inspection (DCI) and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) with advanced software to direct and load-balance computing resources – including spawning off and ‘shrinking’ instances, which normally executes in hardware. The result is comprehensive, scalable and customizable real time security – without requiring traffic to leave the network. The Wedge approach takes advantage of cloud computing architecture that offers scalability, elasticity (dynamic reallocation per demand), ubiquitous availability, and high capacity for the cloud centric networks of today and into the future. “Imagine being able to phone your service provider call center and ask for whatever security services you might need – anti-malware, anti-spam, parental control, whatever” adds Steve Chappell EVP Sales & Marketing & COO. “The call center enables the service on the spot, and the fee appears on your next bill. It’s a terrific service for business or the individual user, and an exceptional opportunity for the provider to increase revenue and enhance customer loyalty.” “Small and medium size businesses face the same cyber threats as their enterprise peers, yet they have stiffer budget constraints for managed security services to assist in defending attacks from cyber miscreants,” according to Frank Dickson, Research Director with Frost & Sullivan, “Wedge Networks Cloud Network Defense empowers managed security service providers to deliver robust security services to small and medium size business by leveraging a scalable and effective technology platform, moving away from a security professional staff centric approach. As a result, managed security service providers can profitably deliver effective and reliable managed security services needed by small and medium businesses.” Fran Howarth, Senior Analyst, Bloor Research also comments on the benefits the new technology from Wedge Networks will have for service providers: “This new Cloud Network Defense™ will appeal to the many service providers that have been struggling to differentiate their offerings and face high rates of customer churn. It is the sort of service that their customers will appreciate, allowing them to achieve secure connectivity without having to rely on unsecured networks.” Wedge, as security experts for the MEF, sees Cloud Network Defense as a significant milestone on the path towards the forum’s Third Network vision of agile, assured and orchestrated services. Agility means that security measures must be rapidly and easily provisioned – the more painful the provision the greater risk of security being sidelined. Assurance will mean that once one has signed up for a certain level and type of security, that same service should be provided whenever and wherever the user connects. Orchestration of the security policy and implementation will ultimately ensure that this service and its management remains consistent across any number of intervening network segments.

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There’s over seven and a quarter billion people on this planet – but many, many more things. Already some 40% of the world’s population has Internet access and can, in theory, communicate – just wait till those other things get in on the act. How will we ever manage the Internet of Things? Analysts agree that machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is a strengthening growth market. Machina Research has the number of connected devices rising from 3bn in 2012 to 18bn by 2022 – of which 2.6bn will be wireless Wide Area Network (WAN) connections. This, according to Infonetics, will generate USD1.3 trillion dollars in revenue. Already phones are synchronising with tablets and computers, and we have the first wave of smart watches, activity monitors and wearable devices. The connected car made headlines at this year’s motor shows, with Juniper Research predicting 100 million cars with Internet access by 2016. Businesses are leveraging M2M for real-time updates, such as More significant for the average household is the move to replace utility meters serviced by field staff with remotely readable and controllable devices. According to Analysys Mason, these LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) technologies alone could add 3bn connections worldwide by 2023. With so many, and so diverse, things to connect, the Internet of Things (IoT) will be a very busy space – but is it so different from the Internet that already links 3 billion humans? Human to human communication relies on our intelligence to compensate for best-effort Internet: the signal is weak so you step outside while your brain unscrambles what you thought you heard and prepares a few short questions. We can even allow for foreign language speakers. But what will happen when an enterprise’s fire alarm is communicating with the water meter as well as the approaching fire engine: will they all speak the same language? How will they cope with a dropped signal? It is not just the scale and the dynamism of M2M communication that is formidable, but also its demands for high quality connectivity. Human staff can work around a missed call, but a misconfigured Point-of-Sale device would result in revenue leakage and unhappy business customers. Healthcare organisations are already using mobile devices for recording patient data instead of clip-boards, next is remote monitoring and diagnosis of patients at home –then M2M reliability becomes a matter of life or death. Today’s public Internet cannot be trusted to deliver the consistent level of service, reliability, security and flexibility to deliver something as essential as real-time monitoring, let alone the full implications of M2M communication. Instead there is a growing demand for business services that deliver assured connectivity tailored to an enterprise’s M2M stringent requirements. Thanks to the performance and security of private Carrier Ethernet networks this can be done, but it still takes weeks to tailor and deploy such a solution to the enterprise. On the other hand the Internet delivers connection on demand from anywhere in the world, but is unsuitable for M2M applications since it offers no guarantees of security, reliability or performance. M2M applications require Service Orchestration to automate the entire lifecycle of service ordering, provisioning, implementation, analytics, and assurance, so that quality-assured business services can be rolled out quickly. This is in line with the MEF vision of a “Third Network” that combines the best of CE 2.0 and the Internet to deliver agile, assured and orchestrated “networking as a service”: the customer signs up and pays for a certain type and level of service, and that will be immediately available anywhere – regardless of the network technology delivering that service. And the customer will be assured that the high level of service will continue to be available as long as needed. No service provider could promise such level of service without automated Service Orchestration to support the demands of planning, fulfilment, monitoring, assurance, and the necessary analytics. It is a tall order, but CENX’s Cortx Service Orchestrator is available offering end-to-end lifecycle management for services across multiple technologies and providers. Any service provider so equipped to deliver and manage enterprise-quality services – and to do so quickly, efficiently and on-demand – will gain a running start in the M2M market. By Chris Purdy, CTO, CENX

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More than 1,100 attendees representing 350+ companies from 36 countries and world-class expert speakers of Carrier Ethernet, Service Orchestration, SDN, NFV, optical, and cloud service expert speakers assembled in Washington DC this week at GEN14 (GEN14.com). The message was clear that the world is ready to embrace the MEF’s vision of the Third Network – the industry is working in collaboration building upon the strengths of both the Internet and CE 2.0 to define Lifecycle Service Orchestration and develop NFV and SDN implementations enabling Agile, Assured and Orchestrated Network as a Service. Attendees to GEN14 were witness to live demonstrations of elements of Third Network in action, only 2 months after its launch. The focal point of the GEN14 exhibition area was the Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase – six participant groups provided live demonstrations of leading-edge implementations of dynamic cloud-centric Carrier Ethernet services with SDN, NFV, automated provisioning, service orchestration, and other innovations. Some of the comments and reactions from the six PoC groups and industry leaders attending GEN14 include: “The Third Network vision, as recently outlined by the MEF, lines up with the Proof of Concept that CenturyLink and Ciena are demonstrating at GEN14. The implementation of MEF Third Network functionality in a single and multi-carrier network is an essential step in moving towards a cloud and network orchestration vision.” Jack Pugaczewski, Principal Architect , CenturyLink. “MEF’s Third Network is about delivering agile, assured and orchestrated services. As presented in our Showcase Demo and validated with deployments at customers such as Colt and KVH, Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN and NFV orchestration platform delivers automated, dynamic and on-demand Carrier Ethernet services in multi-vendor production networks today. Innovative carriers that fully embrace multi-vendor SDN and NFV will drive the industry forward, creating new content and application services that seamlessly combine the WAN and virtual resources to deliver unique new product offerings.” Abel Tong, Director of Solutions Marketing, Cyan. “Ericsson’s work in MEF provides one of the most crucial APis to support the implementation of agile and orchestrated services which is enabling the potential of the Third Network vision to be embraced and realized today.” Scott Mansfield, Principal Engineer, Ericsson. “With the MEF’s Third Network vision, we are entering a new era, where CSP market leadership will be defined based on the commercial launch of state-of-the-art performance-assured services. InfoVista is thrilled to cooperate with Oracle in demonstrating how CSPs can implement and reap the benefits of the Third Network vision.” Cyril Doussau, Senior Director, Head of Service Assurance Product Line, InfoVista. “With the MEF’s Third Network vision, service providers can offer a more dynamic network control experience to their enterprise customers as they increasingly embrace cloud-based services. Oracle’s and InfoVista’s demonstration of The Third Network service orchestration and assurance with full business process integration at MEF GEN14 showcases the core tenets of this vision and provides a design blueprint for transforming it into a business reality.” said Nigel Ball, Vice President of Marketing, Oracle Communications. “With the advent of the Third Network and its APIs, service providers will be able to leverage today’s tried-and-true CE 2.0 networks to enable new technologies such as SDN and NFV to deliver exciting new services. The Third Network is a powerful strategy that will help the industry transition to this exciting new world of dynamic service creation and delivery.”Prayson Pate, CTO & Senior Vice President of R&D, Overture Networks “Security is a key indicator of a high quality network service as promised by the Third Network and Wedge is committed to promoting Security as a Service as a key contribution to the MEF’s vision. Wedge’s technology is high performance, software defined, that can seamlessly embed security within the network and orchestrate a personalized service across multiple network segments with built-in automated security functions.” Dr. Hongwen Zhang, CEO of Wedge Networks. “With capabilities like SDN and NFV being developed, the industry needs a unifying vision. The Third Network fills that void. It represents the pinnacle of what we hope to achieve with some of these newer technologies that are so disruptive to the status quo. While there’s still a lot of standardization work ahead; network efficiency, service delivery, customer service, and customer control will all be maximized when we realize the Third Network vision.” Sam Koetter, Sr. Product Manager Ethernet and Cloud Services , XO Communications.

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An interesting fact that emerged from Brazil’s 2014 World Cup was that for the first time, online viewing of the games exceeded that of broadcast television coverage. This is especially insightful for organisers of similar high profile sports events, but for telecommunications providers it underlines a growing trend – the soaring demand for bandwidth. Broadcast HD video demands significant bandwidth in a predictable, cacheable form, while video on demand creates huge bursts of traffic, further amplified by crowd responses to breaking news or social media trending. As smartphone penetration in Europe and the USA approaches plateau, smartphone adoption still has room to grow in Asia Pacific, particularly in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia and Malaysia. Couple that with the fact that APAC smartphone users typically download twice as much content as their US counterparts, and you can see why operators are investing to ensure resilience and reliability as well as scalability now and in the future. According to Nathan Bell, Director of Marketing, Product & Pricing at Telstra: “To foster responsiveness and agility, it’s critical we have a platform that is able to support these scaling needs, not just in the next couple of years but for five, ten or more. Combine that with our business customers’ increasing demands for cloud services and we must ensure high reliability and easy flexibility as well.” Telstra has licenses internationally and has access to more than 2,000 PoPs in 230 countries and territories. Telstra provides end-to-end connectivity, managed network services, collaboration and cloud services to international customers across Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With one of the largest business-ready networks in Asia Pacific, Telstra has diverse cable paths throughout Asia and major routes in Europe and America, including a 9,000km North Asia loop (RNAL) linking Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan; a 9,124km Sydney to Hawaii (Endeavor) link ; and a further Designated Fibre Pair in the Asia to America Gateway (AAG) from Hawaii to California; as well as a share in the 12,700km Australia Japan Cable These extensive subsea cable backbones represent a major investment for Telstra. Nathan explains: “Mistakes would be very costly, so you don’t lay down long haul subsea cables without a lot of very careful forward planning. The surge in bandwidth demand multiplied by the growth in APAC business meant that we needed to make highly efficient use of existing infrastructure and to future proof it with exceptional scalability.” Another vital saving would be to standardize across Telstra’s extensive infrastructure, where different cable systems had been added over the years using a range of vendors and technology. Greater efficiency would come with the ability to swap and share components rather than hold large, diverse stocks of incompatible equipment. Earlier this year, the decision was made to standardize with Infinera’s DTN-X Multi-Terabit Packet Optical Network Platform with its immediate ability to support 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet and OTN services, and the vitally important support for 500Gbps super channels and multi-terabit capacity. The DTN-X was the ideal match because it was designed with just such investment protection in mind. It converges five terabits of non-blocking OTN switching into “super channels”, resulting in more efficient network utilisation than conventional WDM architectures. The super channel is an evolution in DWDM where several lasers are combined to create a composite signal. Higher spectral efficiency is achieved because the laser spacing can be more tightly packed and the channel behaves like a single unit of bandwidth that allows flexible scaling without added cost. Creating a 1Tbps super channel composed of ten sub-channels would need about ten times the number of optical components compared with future possible single channel modules, but the use of large scale photonic integrated circuits (PICs) means that DTN-X packs it all into a third of the space and consumes less than half the power of competing solutions. Where previous analogue optical systems required complex on-site implementation and set up procedures, digital technology is highly automated, allowing end-to-end provisioning of services from a single base. This is a major saving in such geographically dispersed trans-ocean networks, and makes it easier to create and roll-out services on demand. After three months of due diligence to determine the optimal solution, rollout of the Infinera DTN-X platform using 100G technology began on multiple routes spanning six countries in three continents in June 2013. Telstra has completed the rollout on the UNITY, Endeavour, AAG DFP, RNAL cable systems, and is continuing to further upgrade these systems to meet growing demand. The flexibility and scalability of the Infinera DTN-X platform has enabled Telstra to deliver further incremental upgrades in as little as one month. The addition of Infinera’s DTN-X platform means Telstra is well placed to meet the speed and capacity needs of our customers. May 2014 saw the completion of the final phase, with a DTN-X based Intelligent Transport Network replacing an earlier 10Gbps system across the Australia Japan Cable (AJC, Fig 4). Philip Murphy, Head of Engineering at AJC said: “The original AJC 10G technology served us well, but the efficiency, flexibility and speed of deploying the Infinera DTN-X to deliver 100G allows AJC to be more responsive to our customers in terms of client interfaces and traffic switching.” According to Nathan Bell, when talking to potential customers, one of their leading questions is always about Telstra’s ability to scale. “We are currently providing 10G and 40G Ethernet services with plans to already deploy 100G Ethernet bandwidth services, but knowing we are already established to support 500Gbps is a huge advantage. Part of the challenge is to stay ahead of changes in the business market: one of the great things we are able to tell them is that our current offering is just the first of several generations, all based on this existing hardware without forklift upgrades and more importantly without the need for customers to worry about changing architectures.” He also points out that flexible scalability goes both ways: if the customer’s bandwidth demand goes down, then it is a simple matter to scale it down and they only pay for what is needed. This is another big benefit in the highly competitive Asian market. Infinera, Co-Founder and President, Dr. David Welch, explains that “As global businesses turn to cloud-based offerings, we’re seeing increasing demand for highly reliable, differentiated services. Telstra can now provide these, while keeping down capital and operating costs through scale, multi-layer convergence and automation. Long-haul super-channels are accelerating the pace of global communities.” So what lies ahead for Telstra? Nathan is reluctant to divulge specific details on plans for future network routes and deployment, but has no doubts about the overall company policy: “Knowing that the underlying infrastructure will scale readily as required, we are now free to focus on our core business – providing services for the evolving needs of our customers, ensuring their quality of experience and confidence in our continuing support for their operations.”

[via India Telecom News]

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