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Accelerating SDN and NFV performance


The benefits of analysis acceleration are well known. But should such appliances be virtualized?

Are Ciena and Cisco Verizon's next metro optical systems vendors?


Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) "will move to the next phase" of Verizon's next-generation metro optical systems supply competition, according to a note issued January 20 by Simon Leopold and Victor Chiu of financial services firm Raymond James. If true, a win with Verizon would be a significant boost for the two communications technology suppliers – albeit neither would see significant revenues from any contract awards until 2016, the analysts predict.

Level 3 adds PoPs in Singapore


Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) has opened a pair of new points-of-presence (PoPs) in Singapore. The PoPs are collocated within Equinix SG1 20 Ayer Rajah Crescent and Global Switch 2 Tai Seng Avenue.

Windstream adds 100G to regional metro networks with Cyan


Windstream has launched an upgrade of its metro and regional fiber-optic networks to 100 Gbps using equipment from Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), the optical transport and software-defined networking (SDN) platform vendor says.

Infinera ships Cloud Xpress platform


Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN) says it has shipped the Infinera Cloud Xpress for production deployment as well as field trials to multiple customers.

Cisco brings data analytics to network hardware


Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) has unveiled its data and analytics strategy and product portfolio.

Malaysian carrier's carrier Fiberail deploys 100-Gbps capable packet optical network


Optical transport systems vendor Transmode has deployed its EMXP 220 IIe, a packet-optical transport switch with the help of local partner Nera Networks in the network of Malaysian carrier's carrier Fiberail. Fiberail's new 100-Gbps capable fiber-optic network offers high-capacity connectivity to Tier 1 and Tier 2 service providers in the country.

TIM Brasil adds more 100-Gbps optical transport via Xtera


TIM Brasil has deployed additional 100-Gbps optical transport equipment from Xtera Communications, Inc., the systems house says. The most recent deployment has seen TIM Brasil use the Xtera's packet-optical transport systems to upgrade long-haul fiber-optic networks that link Manaus, Porto Velho, and Cuiabá in north and center west Brazil.

Brocade, Ciena, and Cisco join AT&T Domain 2.0 supplier list


CenturyLink takes on Big Data with Cognilytics acquisition


CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) says it has acquired Cognilytics, a provider of predictive analytics and Big Data services to mid-sized and large enterprises.

Comcast Business extends fiber to Salt Lake City's California Avenue


Comcast Business, the business services unit of cable MSO Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), says its full portfolio of Ethernet services is now available to new customers in Salt Lake City's growing business district along California Avenue.

Broadcom adds carrier features to SDN platform


Broadcom Corp. (NASDAQ: BRCM) has released version 2.0 of its next-generation OpenFlow Data Plane Abstraction (OF-DPA) reference platform. With support for new networking protocols, the OF-DPA v2.0 reference platform allows data centers and service providers to quickly deploy new applications and services via software-defined networking (SDN).

ADVA offers access link monitoring for dark fiber networks


Optical transport systems vendor ADVA Optical Networking has taken the wraps off the FSP 3000 Access Link Monitoring (ALM) system. The new offering, which is in trials now, supports monitoring of dark fiber networks in a variety of applications, including mobile fronthaul, mobile backhaul, business services, and wholesale.

GL Communications adds Ethernet and IP test to PacketExpert


Test and measurement equipment supplier GL Communications Inc. now offers Ethernet and IP test capabilities through its PacketExpert platform.

Certes Networks protects virtualized data with CryptoFlow Cloud


Certes Networks, a developer of encryption products to protect networked applications, has launched CryptoFlow Cloud, a software suite to protect sensitive data traveling in virtualized environments.

Lightower extends connectivity to Amazon Web Services


Lightower Fiber Networks has broadened its direct connectivity options to Amazon Web Services' (AWS) cloud computing platform. With speeds now ranging from 50 Mbps to 500 Mbps, customers can connect to AWS with secure connections via Lightower's switched Ethernet services portfolio, in addition to wavelengths and dark fiber.

Comcast connects teleworkers with Ethernet @Home


Comcast Business has unveiled a new business Ethernet service to provide employees working from home with secure connectivity to their corporate network. The new Ethernet @Home service, which is delivered over Comcast's hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) network, allows business customers such as financial and healthcare institutions to extend private links to their corporate networks to doctors, professors and analysts who work from home.

Ciena Agility Matrix offers online shopping for VNFs


A bit late for Cyber Monday but early enough for Christmas, Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) has launched a software platform through which managed services providers (MSPs) can offer their enterprise customers online shopping for virtual network functions (VNFs). The company says the Agility Matrix platform offers a new "pay as you earn" business model for service providers. It also may offer a new business model for Ciena, as the company has created the Ciena Agility business division to market the product – which doesn’t require Ciena optical transport or switching hardware to operate – and Ciena’s other software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) products and technology.

Limestone Networks completes 100G upgrade with Cisco


Limestone Networks (LSN), an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider of on-demand cloud, dedicated, and enterprise hosting services, says it has completed a major upgrade to its entire network infrastructure. The upgrade, in planning for over a year, was completed over this past weekend.

Pangaea Networks opts for Transmode packet-optical transport for Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services


Pangaea Networks, which supplies metro Ethernet local loop connectivity in New York City and tri-state area, is deploying Transmode's TM-Series packet-optical transport platforms to support the delivery of MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) services on its PANMetro Ethernet Ring, according to the systems house. The carrier expects to complete the upgrade early in 2015.

Impact of Big Data transport on network innovation


The Internet and data services have evolved significantly - which means a new set of requirements for transport networks.

ECI Telcom adds three NPT platforms under SmartLight SDN umbrella


ECI Telecom last week introduced three new platforms in its MEF-certified Carrier Ethernet 2.0 NPT series. The new additions to the NPT series, which is designed to meet end-to-end metro and cloud networking requirements, fall within ECI’s recently announced SmartLight software-defined networking (SDN) initiative (see "ECI Telecom unveils SmartLight SDN framework").

Telefonica trials multivendor Transport SDN


Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), which has publicized several trials and demonstrations of transport software-defined networking (SDN) technology, last week announced what is perhaps its most advanced effort. The Madrid-based service provider says it has used its IETF-based Application Based Network Operations (ABNO) orchestrator-controller to tie together systems and SDN platforms from ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV), Ciena (NYSE: CIEN), Huawei, and Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) in a multi-domain proof of concept demonstration. Telefonica says the demonstration illustrated how it could use the orchestrator-controller to create new services quickly across multi-vendor optical transport networks.

Comcast Business plans fiber-optic network expansion in Albuquerque and Santa Fe


Comcast Business, the business services arm of cable MSO Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), says it expects to offer its complete suite of Ethernet services in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in early 2015, with some elements potentially available before the end of this year.

OIF looks to solidify Transport SDN APIs


Having demonstrated the potential of several application programming interfaces (APIs) for transport software-defined networks (SDNs) alongside the Open Networking Foundation (ONF; see "OIF and ONF enjoy joint Transport SDN demonstration success") the Optical Internetworking Forum now hopes to create implementation agreements (IAs) around them. The IAs will use the Service Request and Topology APIs prototyped in the demonstration as foundations.

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