Lumentum partners with Ciena and its WaveLogic coherent optical technology to establish an entire interoperability ecosystem for network operators.
Ciena and Oclaro Inc. have forged a partnership to develop 400G coherent network solutions. The latter company will be leveraging Ciena's WaveLogic Ai coherent DSP chipset to build programmable modules that can support up to 400 gigabits per second performance over a single wavelength.
Concepts like 5G, network automation and IoT are coming into tangible focus. The reason is simple: innovation. However, with developers neck deep in innovation, there is another key component to the digital transformation that deserves some attention: interoperability. While this is clearly not an overnight process, Ciena is certainly doing its due diligence to accelerate the process, as today it announced the availability of its WaveLogic coherent modem technology available to a number of optical component leaders Oclaro, NeoPhotonics and Lumentum in the name of future development.
Web-scale networking continues to woo at every turn. The future is now, and when it comes to the network there is no time to dawdle. From orchestrating network performance to managing subsea cabling, the spectrum is vast, but with the weekend upon us there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-scale networking: Time for the Week in Review!
To unleash the benefits of virtualization and software defined technologies, while increasing the efficiency of network operations, the industry must enhance NSM (network and service management) network automation.
A new group called Zero Touch NSM aims is to provide guidance on how to improve network and service management to enable automation. It hopes to harmonize work by the MEF, ONF, and TM Forum.
Until we can take advantage of new technological developments, our emphasis will have to be on maximizing the capabilities of the technology we have today, and this will involve maximizing the use of smart networks that can process and prioritize data, reacting and adapting to changing requirements as bandwidth demands evolve.
Liquid Spectrum melds the best in innovative software with flexible, coherent optics to address bandwidth demands and allocate capacity in real time. In short, operators know that when dealing with fluctuating bandwidth demands and Web-scale network hurdles, a static network won't cut the mustard anymore. It is for this reason that Web-scale whiz Ciena is providing a blueprint to create an agile, dynamic and open software-defined optical architecture to ensure tandem growth with network requirements.
The network serves as the heart of operations, with innovation driving the digital transformation taking place. And, from delivering Ethernet, to empowering your favorite SaaS application, Web-scale networking is playing a key role in enabling today's digital era. With the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-scale networking: Time for the Week in Review!
The development of Web-scale networks will be increasingly focused on the latency requirements of machines and less on humans, who will merely be along for the ride.
5G, IoT, network functions virtualization, network slicing, open ecosystems, software-defined networking, and video were key points of discussion and demonstration at Mobile World Congress.
In the wake of Zayo's recent acquisition of Electric Lightwave, Zayo will eliminate 200 of the 1,100 jobs at Electric Lightwave. Zayo, however, says it's hiring more than 400 people at nearby locations.
Google is partnering with global mobile operators on a new networking platform on which carriers would run their network services. Using open source development and its expertise with SDN and NFV, the move could disrupt traditional network equipment vendors.
At the core of any firm's operations is the network. With the digital transformation taking place, the network is receiving a bit of a makeover thanks to Web-scale, the power of software, cloud, virtualization and more. And with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-scale networking: Time for the Week in Review!
The Carrier Ethernet (CE) market is growing and maturing as service providers and cable operators expand their offerings to keep pace with the demands of Web-scale networking.
In outlining its "Network of the Future," Telstra has selected Ericsson for future Web-scale networking projects as the company announces new optical, 5G, IoT and cloud developments at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
Packet technologies have advanced steadily over the years to anticipate and serve the market's increasing demands for all kinds of network applications. With optical-based Carrier Ethernet services, carriers and enterprises can extend their Ethernet services to provide WAN connectivity as easily as they provide LAN connectivity.
Cavium, Trend Micro show off new Web-scale networking capability, including NFV options and mobile edge computing for ThunderX and OCTEON TX.
Colt Technology Services is deploying Ciena's packet-optical technology to cope with the demands of high-bandwidth services with Web-scale networking for IT applications, data, rich media and cloud computing.
Mobile World Congress is set to play host to Ciena's exhibition of upcoming Web-scale networking operations.
Whether it's former President Barrack Obama or Bobby Moynihan, the mic drop is a well known practice "used to emphasize that a discussion is at an end after a definitive or particularly impressive point has been made." In the data center interconnect (DCI) world, it's fair to say innovation is underway, but it's still rare to experience a mic drop moment. Courtesy of Ciena, today we have one.
Ciena's Emulation Cloud application development environment lets customers, partners and developers test integration of Ciena APIs with BSS/OSS systems through convenient and secure cloud access.
The Web-scale Networking week in review is a recap of all the top stories making headlines in the Web-scale market this past week.
As exciting and revolutionary as network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) are, they are still essentially technology building blocks. To refresh, NFV virtualizes discrete hardware functions into software, which can then be deployed on COTS servers in the location that makes the most sense, sharing resources, increasing flexibility, and reducing costs. And SDN allows network administrators to dynamically manage network behavior based on certain criteria or policy decisions.
Ford has invested $1 billion in startup Argo AI in an effort to aggressively develop self-driving vehicles and move toward ride-sharing and a software and services focus.
The growing global data center market represents massive expansion and investment opportunities as operators build out to keep up with the demands of cloud, mobility and big data.
Going forward, there will be ample opportunity for virtual and cloud security vendors and network level encryption solutions providers to help bring school IT infrastructure up to speed to mitigate risks.
Web-scale networking gets some extra analytics help with new offerings from Ciena Blue Planet.
Many companies today are changing the way they build and use their networks. While it's an effort to remain current, flexible and cost-effective, moves toward Web-scale networking and software defined networking to support (for example) connected devices - the Internet of Things, or IoT - these changes don't automatically come with new knowledge for your existing IT workers.
AT&T plans a 5G launch starting in 2017, potentially opening the Web-scale networking wars well ahead of schedule.
CIOs are looking to solve real-world issues and rein in escalating IT costs. They're demanding new and innovative services and deployment options from their service providers. D-NFV (Distributed Network Functions Virtualization) gives service providers new tools to meet the ever-changing needs of enterprises.
Apple has come out of AI stealth mode and joined competitors including Microsoft, Google, Amazon and IBM in the not-for-profit Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society group.
Digital Transformation is taking hold across the spectrum of industry, and clearly its big business, as a recent report from the WEC to generate - are you sitting?-up to $10 trillion over the next 10 years. While the number may have a touch of shock and awe to it, if realized, I would not be surprised in the least. TMC's Tracey Schelmetic's complete coverage is HERE.
Digitalization has the potential to unlock $10 trillion of value globally over the next decade, with much of the benefit to land in the laps of telecom operators, as long as they take action to provide the essential infrastructure, applications and productivity improvements required to support this digital transformation.
Submarine cables are an important part of today's global web-scale networks thanks to their resilience, hardiness and relatively long shelf life.
Hudson Fiber Network stages major Web-scale networking push, bringing a nationwide fiber-optic network into 16 different markets.
2016 was a record-breaking year for AMS-IX. The Amsterdam internet exchange last year experienced new highs in the number of connected networks using its services, the volume of traffic it handled, the capacity it delivered, and the amount of 100GE ports its customers employed.
Welcome to this week's addition of how the Web-Scale world turns. We will scale the in's and out's, cross t's, dot i's and cover the bases of all things Web-scale networking. So with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
Ciena has set its sights on the Blue Planet portfolio enabling fully autonomous networking. Today, the Web-scale whiz announced the addition of analytics to the Blue Planet suite, signaling a step toward increased profitability for providers in addition to nearing a time of the fully autonomous network.
The mobility explosion in India is driving a number of trends and pushing service providers to transform their networks to keep pace with Web-scale demands.
The IHS Markit Leadership Survey reports service providers have named Ciena as a leading optical vendor for its ability to continue focusing on and delivering Web-scale networking technology.
Enterprises are increasingly turning to SD-WAN and NFV technologies and solutions to meet the demands for resource-intensive Web-scale networking.
With the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a breather from all the political fodder and catch up with the week that was in Web-scale networking: Time for the Week in Review!
The SVA's new open caching specification and architecture is being trialed by a variety of network operators and has the potential to transform video services by distributing popular content closer to end users.
Today, Anchorage-based Quintillion announced it is deploying the Ciena 8700 Packetwave Platform to support its subsea fiber system expansion. This 15,000 KM intercontinental project will connect the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic with Asia and Europe in a secure, scalable and reliable manner.
Network automation is essential to the evolution of today's networks into autonomous, intelligent forces capable of adapting on the fly.
Networking gear makers, chip manufacturers and service providers will be vying for key roles in 5G technology going forward. Unlike earlier generations of wireless technology that focused on faster speeds, 5G is aimed at delivering quicker response times along with higher capacity.
Today's higher education campuses have a new set of complex IT networking challenges. Digital learning, collaboration, streaming media, video conferencing and massive file exchanges all put pressure on a campus network. To understand the challenges facing Higher Education CIOs we asked Ciena's Research and Education networking specialist, Renee Reinke, a few questions.
Sometimes it seems a new year can be sluggish at the start, but this is far from the case in the world of Web-scale networking. Just as 2016 ended with a bang, 2017 is picking up right where 2016 left off. And with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
Digital technologies are revolutionizing healthcare-enabling doctors to guide robotic surgeries, meet with patients via video conferencing tools, and remotely monitor patient health conditions. But digital health places new demands on IT networks and organizations must make sure their IT systems can accommodate the traffic and performance requirements.
Many telecom solutions providers are seeing declines in residential revenue. This is happening at a time when companies are actually spending money to make improvements to their infrastructure and networks in pursuit of the necessary changes Web-scale networking and other improvements can bring their organizations.
A key component of the newly implemented program is the creation of a third, high capacity, low latency route connecting to the Southern Cross network ecosystem. The project makes connectivity more accessible to customers, and, by utilizing Ciena's Blue Planet V-WAN, it is able to support Southern Cross' Gigaflex Elastic bandwidth-on-demand capability.
MaxLinear and Cambridge Industries Group have formed a partnership to give service providers Web-scale networking capabilities by developing a gigabit MoCA-to-Ethernet adapter.
With 2016 in the books and the New Year in its infancy, the time is now for reflections and projections. The past year served as a strong one for Web-scale and Ciena. I recently had the opportunity to pick the brain of Ciena VP Global Consulting Chuck Kaplan to gain some insight on 2016, and take a look at what 2017 may hold.
The world of Web-scale is in constant motion. Spanning the modernization of legacy networks to the bleeding edge of optical networking, the spectrum is wide and the technology is transformational. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
Networks are becoming increasingly autonomous and intelligent to handle the demands of a web-scale, services-driven technology economy.
ISPs are transforming to handle the IoT and demands of Web-scale networking as massive amounts of big data must be managed and transported.
Cable MSOs are faced with the growing challenges of OTT services and this generation of cord cutters. In order to compete in this cutthroat realm, Internet service is proving a key differentiator and fiber deep is a path to providing exceptional service.
Airtel recently picked up Orascom's piece of the Middle East North Africa Submarine Cable Systems SAE firm, bolstering its Web-scale networking presence.
A number of global operators and carriers are testing and deploying Massive MIMO technology to boost the efficiency of their wireless networks. The technology has the potential to become a significant building block of the 5G wireless standard.
The major telcos stand to benefit big time from the rise of the Internet of Things - with some individual carriers poised to generate €1 billion in 2017 revenues, according to Berg Insight. That's good news, considering many of them are making significant investments in IoT acquisitions and other efforts.
Amazon Web Services has expanded its web-scale networking focus to include data center builds in the U.K.
CenturyLink's Tier 1 fiber network gives TerraCom Direct a little extra shot in the arm as it drives Web-scale networking operations.
FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler plans departure January 20, 2017, signaling likely changes to come in Web-scale networking.
The global digital transformation taking place requires massive changes to accommodate web-scale network. Colt Technology Services Group is a prime example of this shift, utilizing SDN to provide high-bandwidth services and a superior customer experience.
AT&T's recent plan to improve Web-scale networking with interoperable optical equipment came around with plenty of help from Ciena.
The week started off with the news that AT&T has promoted the CEO of AT&T Mexico, Thaddeus Arroyo. He will take over for the departing Ralph de la Vega. Arroyo was an obvious choice for the promotion because he has been with the company for several years, and has connections to the mobile communications world from his even before his time with AT&T. Arroyo will be taking on some more responsibilities in his new position, but he's more than qualified for the job. Find out more HERE.
The Metro Ethernet Forum 2016 Global Networking event gives web scale networking companies, including CenturyLink, RAD, Ciena, and Ciena's Blue Planet Division the third Network Proof of Concept Excellence Award.
Today Aquantia announced the AQtion product line of Multi-Gigabit Ethernet controllers to upgrade existing enterprise, gaming and SMB infrastructure.
Digital transformation can only be successful with a proper team strategy led by top-level executives. Big data analytics are a useful tool when planning a digital transformation, but providing the best customer experience possible is the ultimate competitive differentiator.
AT&T lands a new head of international and business operations, bumping up AT&T Mexico CEO Thaddeus Arroyo to step in for Ralph de la Vega to drive new Web-scale networking.
In the world of web-scale things move pretty fast; sure, network traffic is trucking along, but the news is also coming pretty fast and furious. The network is more important today than ever before; innovation is ensuring those next generation applications and solutions are supported. So, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in web-scale networking
It's financial reporting time, and Web-scale whiz Ciena reported strong numbers for Q4 and 2016 fiscal year.
Science and research has a lot more to do with web-scale networking and today's Internet than we may have thought.
South Africa's Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), has deployed Ciena's Blue Planet orchestration software to give its customers increased service flexibility and agility with web-scale networking.
ON.Lab late last month announced that Comcast Cable is now part of both the CORD and ONOS efforts. And CableLabs is working with the Open Connectivity Foundation on IoT security.
Development and adoption are coming fast and furious as the digital transformation is serving as impetus for more robust networking solutions. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-scale: Time for the Week in Review!
Enevo aims to make waste management more efficient through the use its smart wireless sensors. The goal is to lower trash pickup costs in Europe by ensuring only those receptacles that are full get truck rolls for pickup service.
The acceptance and elevation of chief data officers have grown at an astonishing rate, according to a new study from Gartner.
Web-scale networking performance has to be optimal, but too many companies have faulty processes in place. Monitoring tools are also lacking, leaving room for improvements.
The U.S. technology industry continues to fail at attracting women workers, while at the same time experiencing a massive shortage of qualified talent.
A new survey from ISACA reveals that consumers are enthusiastic about the benefits of AR and IoT solutions for their personal and work lives while IT professionals are more skeptical.
When Austrian credit card issuer card complete was in the market for an infrastructure upgrade for IT, cloud, the Internet, billing and more, it did not have to look far. It is deploying a fully redundant and high-capacity data center interconnect (DCI) courtesy of Kapsch BusinessCom and Ciena.
Today's web-scale networks need to meet the demands of mobility, the cloud and massive traffic loads and coherent optical technologies can help them achieve those goals.
Web-scale networking brings innovation and risk. Without a clear strategy to protect your fiber connections, your organization is at risk.
Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality are in high demand, and network architectures need to become faster and more efficient to accommodate this breed of alternative reality technologies.
There were highs and lows in Web-Scale Networking this week. The stories from the last few days took us everywhere from mountainous Salt Lake City to under the sea with TE SubCom.
Peering connectivity delivers the performance, reliability and much-needed security protection that content providers and those in the Web-scale networking space need to future-proof their distribution efforts.
CenturyLink and Level 3 plan to retain a low-cost, long-term approach to providing services while broadening their reach concerning Web-scale networking once their merger is complete.
Ciena, player in the Web-scale networking space, and TE SubCom ally to provide improvements in submarine cable networking in both wet and dry plant systems.
Ciena is at the SC16 event in Salt Lake City this week demonstrating an array of its solutions used in various scenarios. The event is focused on high performance computing, Web-scale networking, storage, and analytics.
With the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in web-scale networking: Time for the Week in Review!
The time of transformation is at hand, and a critical component is the network. For a firm like GlobalCapacity, a connectivity as a service company, the network truly is its lifeblood. And, as a result of the building success of its One Marketplace Platform, it became time to expand operations. The new network backbone features Ciena's 8700 Packetwave Platform to provide for high-speed Ethernet.
Contrary to what many may believe, Maryland offers much more than simply crab cakes and football. MEF16 is taking place in Baltimore this week, serving as a platform for innovation and announcements abound in the network services and technology. Leveraging this platform is Ciena, as today it unveiled its open, distributed network functions virtualization (D-NFV) solution.
This week, Baltimore is hosting the MEF16 Global Networking Event. Running from November 7-11, this year's event is themed around the notion of empowering "Third Network" services to support the digital transformation taking place. Our always-on, always-plugged in world is serving as impetus for new and innovative service offerings that not only fuel the digital economy but embrace today's connected world.
The name of the game in the network is performance. Throw in reliability, low latency, security and the ability to support the demand of our software-based existence, and poof, the wish list is achieved. While this is minimizing many important facets of network operations, it still gets the point across. And, as service providers and the enterprise seek solutions to aid in network operations, Web-scale is wooing its way across the spectrum. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
Enterprises possess massive amounts of data, and continue to generate even more astounding amounts of information every single day. This is pushing service providers in the telecom industry to start offering data analytics to address this challenge and opportunity. Telefonica just set up a big data unit it calls LUCA to give its corporate customers a better understanding of their data so they can use it more responsibly and with greater transparency.
The world sits with bated breath on the precipice of what the Internet of Things (IoT) has in store for society - somewhere in between the Jetsons and Total Recall, falling far short of Terminator and iRobot: Self-driving cars, drone deliveries and a fully connected society. Empowering this future forward existence is the network. Billions of connected devices compose the next generation of traffic demand, with certain components commanding more attention than others. Recently, the self-driving car is seeing its way on front pages. And, Ciena is critical to this next network frontier.
Global operator Tampnet maintains the largest offshore multi-terabit, low latency optical network in the North Sea. The Norwegian-based company serves more than 240 digital offshore oilfield assets like mobile rigs, oil and gas floating production, exploration rigs and storage and offloading platforms. The company uses networking gear from Ciena to power its network, and Tampnet customers rely exclusively on the operator's high-speed and low latency services.
Web-scale networking offers a high performing, reliable solution for the network. Gathering ooh's and ahh's along its journey, building a following as it goes this approach is no fad. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-scale: Time for the Week in Review!
When my child was in middle school just a few short years ago, she got her first smartphone, and I wrote a grant that resulted in the school receiving $2,500 in funding, which enabled us to purchase the school's first tablet computer. What a difference a few years have made.
In the technology world, disruption is an unavoidable factor for any business. And in the high-speed world of networking, variables like OTT services, virtualization, the cloud and mobility have created the perfect storm of disruption.
The cloud was once an abyss of insecurity, but over time as innovation continued to drive this burgeoning technology forward, confidence has grown and so too has adoption. From the data center to the conference room, cloud computing has touched every aspect of the enterprise - head to toe. As a result, ServerCentral, an IT infrastructure solutions provider, has been in the market for some cloud migration assistance.
With every passing day Web-scale continues to woo. Providing the desired levels of performance and reliability, Web-scale networking opens doors. The growing adoption rates of software defined solutions coupled with the cloud have created a perfect storm of innovation and development in the arena. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
Forecasts suggest that 80 percent of the Fortune 1000 could offer public APIs by the end of this year, there will be 4.4 billion app users by the following year, 4.9 billion people accessing 4G LTE networks and 15.9 exabytes of mobile data traffic per month by 2018, and 25 billion connected devices and 28.1 billion sensors in the world by 2020, Amol Phadke, global lead for network virtualization at Accenture, noted in a recent speech. That, he said, is a clear signal that the needs of the future are quickly outstripping the capabilities and capacity of traditional networks.
With roots dating back to the mid-1800s, Telecom Egypt (TE) has a long standing history of providing the region with its telecommunications needs, and as of this summer is the largest provider of fixed-line services in the Middle East and Africa. Like many firms in the telco space, transformation has been a key component to TE's growth. This week it took transformation up a notch, announcing that it will be leveraging the Ciena GeoMesh solution and packet-optical platforms.
Windstream has tapped Ciena to provide it with the Blue Planet orchestration solution. The software is being used across Windstream's long-haul and metro networks to automate its managed wavelength services.
It's not your dad's network anymore. Innovation in virtualization, software and the growing popularity of Web-scale networking is transforming the data center and beyond. Couple this with ever-expanding network demands and the timing couldn't be better for this flurry of development and innovation. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-scale: Time for the Week in Review.
Scalability, speed and high-performance are three key tenets to a successful network deployment. TelePacific Communications set out to improve its advanced Ethernet service offerings in the United States, and along the way turned to Web-scale wiz Ciena for help. Leveraging the programmable 8700 Packetwave Platform, the managed services provider was able to enhance its portfolio of offerings with a solution that scales, is cost-friendly and supports 100GbE services and more.
Mobile technologies are booming globally, with 3G, 4G and very shortly 5G networks becoming the de facto standards even in developing countries. This network transformation becomes problematic, however, when legacy TDM-based backhaul enters the picture, causing traffic jams.
In a world where the focus is on mobile and the digital experience, it's hard to believe that we still have a need for anything that doesn't follow this model. As conversations continue to center on web-scale networking, why do we still have demand for web-scale networking? It turns out, there are a few key technical reasons these dinosaurs are hanging on.
While the term "disruptive technology" has come to mean (in many people's minds) something cool that will change the world, it's important to remember that, by definition, these technologies disrupt. If you're a customer looking for the latest and greatest (and you have a lot of spending money), this may be welcome. If you're a smaller company or an enterprise trying to trim the budget, you're probably not very keen on disruptions, even if you recognize that you need to embrace them to remain competitive.
With fall in full swing here in New England and Matthew continuing its barrage, Web-scale continues to corner its space in networking. Network demands are greater today than ever before, and operators are tasked with utilizing available and up-and-coming technology to meet these growing requirements. So, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look back at the week that was in Web-scale: Time for the Week in Review!
The Internet of Things (IoT), consumer hunger for content and services and the trend toward virtualization and software-based consumption are bringing major changes to the networking world. For optical networking specialists Ciena, those changes are shaping and driving business growth, which shows no sign of stopping.
More and more services and software are moving to the cloud. Meanwhile, we'll seeing the consolidation of data centers as enterprises and operators look for new efficiencies, and as more traffic can be run on gear with smaller and denser footprints. All of the above are driving up data center interconnect requirements.
By now we're all aware of the popularly of cloud computing. But did you know even the cloud is now adopting the cloud?
It may be hard to believe, but there are only a couple months left until the end of the year. Busy weeks they'll be, too, with Halloween, an election, Thanksgiving and Christmas afoot. Plus, there will be the standard year in review material to consider, and already it's started coming on thanks to Global Telecoms Business (GTB), who released its Power100 rankings for 2016.
Grab a beverage and some popcorn because Web-scale is putting on a show. Innovation is coming fast and furious, and we in the industry have the distinct pleasure of a front row view. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
As the threat landscape in the digital environment continues to grow, organizations are taking strict measures to provide the highest level of security to protect their digital assets. One of the technologies making this possible is Internet Protocol security (IPSec), which uses cryptographic security services to ensure private and secure communications over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. The new Innova IPsec 10/40G Ethernet adapter by Mellanox Technologies has been designed with integrated encryption offloads for unified networking and crypto functions, as well as advanced network capabilities.
Data centers around the world are storing incredible amounts of data that would've been almost unimaginable not that long ago. As information and communication technologies continue to get more powerful, the ability for individuals and organizations to generate more data is only going to increase the pressure data centers will be facing. An Israeli startup called Teramount has developed a technology that will allow operators to upgrade their 10G/40G facilities to 100G/400G much faster so they can better manage the data and traffic within their facilities.
On September 8th, 2016, Ciena announced the winner of its first coding competition for network apps. Singapore Polytechnic Team "SP Avengers" took the top spot with an innovative mobile network management and monitoring system. Open Networking Innovation Competition (ONIC) was held jointly with Asia Pacific research and education network operators KISTI and SingAREN. The competition provided teams with the opportunity to work with software development infrastructure and learn how DevOps can be applied to web-scale networking.
No matter what industry you work in, it is imperative that your company protect customer data at all costs. There is arguably nothing worse for a company's image than a data breach, especially if it puts customers at risk. This holds true even more so in the financial industry, where the stakes are incredibly high. That's why KB Kookmin Bank, the largest financial institution in Korea, has chosen to deploy Ciena's encryption capabilities to improve the security of their customer data.
Hello networking pros, as always it has been an exciting week in the Web-scale world. As Web-scale takes flight, the industry is enjoying a front row seat to this enabler of high-performance and efficiency. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time that the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
Consumers are cutting the cord on traditional video services in increasingly numbers, opting for streaming and over-the-top (OTT) services as more high-value content becomes available on a stand-alone, subscription basis. The trend is forcing cable companies to rework their business models while adding new and competitively priced services if they hope to survive.
The advent of business technology beyond the 10-key and the fax machine enabled a whole new world of efficiency and progress. Computer technology, network infrastructure and unified communications brought a whole new realm of capabilities, yet only set the stage for a whole new generation of solutions. With access to cloud-based solutions and web-scale networking, the boundaries have all but been removed.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is steadily transforming all aspects of the technology realm. One of the biggest areas of evolution is of course, the network backbone, since major amounts of bandwidth are required to support all the demanding, resource-intensive applications and services flooding the marketplace.
When looking for a new restaurant to try, many flock to Yelp in search of the five star gem you have yet to experience. The same goes for technology - minus the Yelp that is - as when a firm is seeking a new optical transport network, or wants to implement Web-scale, journey into the cloud or virtualize operations, it is critical to do one's due diligence. While there's no Angie's List for tech, awards serve as a strong benchmark of success.
As the Web-scale world turns the world is bearing witness to a networking revolution. By bringing improved performance and flexibility to networks, Web-scale is whizzing industry into the next generation of networking. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-scale: Time for the Week in Review!
It's difficult to imagine a world without Internet connectivity these days, particularly for those of us who work and play online. I live in a fairly rural area in the U.S. and yet I access my phone, my TV viewing content, music and all my research for work using the Internet. For privileged folks like me, the overwhelming concept of the IoT, where a huge range of devices are connected and communicating, seems like a logical progression in the digital age. But that's certainly not the case for a large part of the planet.
The entertainment industry has changed remarkably over the past few years and the amount of quality viewing content available around the clock is staggering. But changes in technology, viewing habits and entertainment preferences are contributing to some unusual consumer behavior, as viewers around the globe change the way they engage.
Access to superfast broadband speeds has now become almost as essential as other infrastructures, such as electricity and the roads we travel on. This highlights the impact of digital technology in our society, and how moving forward, access will greatly determine the productivity and growth of a particular community, city, state or country. For service providers it means deploying new technologies and using existing infrastructure with innovative solutions to bring them up to par with what is available in the marketplace today. CenturyLink is making this possible using G.fast technology, and making Platteville, Wisconsin the largest G.fast deployment in North America.
Fall is in the air and buses are clogging up the morning commute, which can only mean one thing: school is back in session. While our youth is busy hitting the books, they aren't the only ones with class in session. It's never too old to go "Back to School," and for networking professionals there's an upcoming education opportunity you're not going to want to miss.
As the summer enters its last days, Web-scale continues to heat up. With growing network demands, web-scale provides the level performance necessary to support the influx of streaming, Saas and overall network traffic. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-scale: Time for the Week in Review!
Ciena has been tapped to provide packet optical technology for the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, which is one of the largest cancer centers in the country.
Once upon a time our children were small and we shopped for a minivan. Many of the options available had an "entertainment" package whereby we could enjoy the addition of a television screen and our small kiddos could watch anything available on DVD anytime we were in the car. It was the dawn of mobile TV.
When Web-scale came on the scene, many saw it as yet another "buzz word" or passing trend, but the facts speak for themselves. Network demands require a robust architecture prepared to provide high performance, and web-scale is there to pick up the slack. With the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present: Time for the Week in Review!
The telecom industry is at a crossroads as the network evolves to meet the demands of cloud computing, mobility and IoT. Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are bringing all the principles of the data center and data networking to service providers and telcos, and causing some major disruption in the process.
The average data center consumes more than 100 times the power of a large office building. And the power requirements of large data centers can rival that of small U.S. towns.
Research and development (R&D) is one of those things that's impossible to justify today, but also impossible to live without tomorrow. Without a healthy amount of R&D, the next generation of products will never come to light, and that means an organization is on its way to disaster. Wind River and ADLINK recently got together to drive the next generation of network functions virtualization (NFV), and to do so, the duo has established a new set of joint lab facilities to focus on R&D.
In the midst of the hype of virtualization and the modernization of network infrastructure, web-scale continues to woo audiences worldwide. With network performance a priority firms seek reliable and efficient solutions that can power the network of today, and scale for the network of tomorrow. And with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
Some of the largest U.S. television content owners have opted to pass on partnering with Facebook to promote their programming. The pushback indicates how much video content is changing as networks evolve and are able to deliver content quickly and efficiently.
The Blue Orbit Ecosystem was formed in 2013 to accelerate multi-vendor SDN and NFV deployments by providing the interoperability needed to support operators with the ongoing transformation of open, programmable and virtualized networks. The ecosystem currently has over 60 global partners, and Netrounds has become the latest company to join Ciena's Blue Orbit SDN and NFV Ecosystem to drive automation with active test and assurance tools.
The proliferation of mobile users, devices and applications and services has led to some interesting consequences, at least in the U.K. According to a new study from Ofcam, the communications regulatory agency in the U.K., a majority of Internet users surveyed believe they are "hooked" on their devices.
It seems like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have skyrocketed in popularity recently. Whether people are wandering the streets playing Pokemon Go, made possible through AR, or putting on a VR headset to play some games, the technology appears to be everywhere. So it should come as no surprise that, according to forecasts from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenues for the AR/VR market are projected to grow from $5.2 billion in 2016 to more than $162 billion in 2020.
Web-scale networking is taking flight. As demand on the network increases, firms are tasked with finding the right ingredients to create an infrastructure capable of delivering your most used SaaS app or your favorite Netflix original (I'm partial to House of Cards, but that's just me). So with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-scale: Time for the Week in Review!
After spending an entire summer working from home in the company of my two boys, ages 8 and 9, I sometimes feel like my view of reality can get murky at times. When we look to the world of technology and networking, the view becomes even cloudier, as technologies like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) become pervasive in our everyday reality.
There's no doubt that Google Fiber was a game-changer. It not only brought new options and a major new competitor to the Internet service provider (ISP) market, but it also lit a fire under the moribund ISP market as it sat. Google, however, discovered that laying a lot of independent fiber and such was a costly, time-consuming operation even for a company the size of Google. That has Google reconsidering how it provides service, and it's looking to wireless options to save the day here.
Cable companies are watching linear video give way to on demand programming. At the same time, they are trying to meet the demand for fast and reliable Internet service. Ironically, this demand is the same thing that led to the decline of their video revenue stream in an effort to pave the way for over-the-top (OTT) service providers like Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix.
Business services, fiber to the home and software-defined orchestration were among the themes covered this week by Web-Scale Networking.
Last month's Democratic National Convention will go down in the history books, for myriad reasons depending on who you happen to ask. Regardless of your political viewpoint, the DNC was a success from a technology standpoint, with Comcast taking credit for keeping networking at the event running speedily and smoothly.
There's been a lot of debate over whether Google Fiber is more a move by the company to make a business out of selling broadband connectivity or simply to light a fire under those that are already in this space.
Cisco/Tail-f, Nokia, and Ciena are perceived as the three leaders in software-defined networking, according to a recent survey by IHS Markit.
From protecting against data breaches to Verizon testing NG-PON2 technology, it was a big week in Web-scale Networking.
Disruptive technology and business trends have paved the way for innovation in Kanata North, a growing community of more than 500 companies and more than 21,000 workers in a broad range of business sectors. Officially a ward of the city of Ottawa, Kanata North is home to Canada's largest technology park and hosts some massive communications companies like Mitel and Ciena Corporation.
Companies today are spending a lot of time and money attempting to reinforce their cyber security. It's a good thing, as the threats are very real. While it's the breaches of the largest companies that often make the headlines, the truth of the matter is that small companies are very much at risk, as well. Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are perceived as easy pickings by hackers, since they probably don't have the kind of next-generation technology the larger companies can afford.
Ever since Google famously destabilized the market for Internet service providers (ISPs) in Kansas City-either one-with the arrival of Google Fiber, the market has been making some impressive strides in rolling out better, faster technology with higher bandwidth caps, and some are even getting rid of these outright. Verizon is making a push to improve its own fiber optic infrastructure, and to aid in that, is now testing its new next generation passive optical network (NG-PON2) technology in labs.
Back in 2010, under the auspices of the IEEE, the Reliability of Global Undersea Cable Communications Infrastructure (ROGUCCI) report was issued. It was an in-depth study into submarine cable networks that snake along our oceans' seabeds to interconnect continental landmasses. Two of the findings in this report struck me as incredibly intriguing and worrisome at the same time.
Today's network is under more pressure than ever to deliver. From your go to SaaS application to streaming Netflix, the network is tasked with providing you with an exceptional user experience, and Web-Scale networking is here to help. With the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-Scale: Time for the Week in Review!
Following in AT&T's footsteps, Verizon has jumped aboard the virtual train with a new set of enterprise services that incorporate the principles of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). The Verizon Virtual Network Services are defined and activated through software, enabling vast efficiencies as customers can scale and manage services in tandem with fluctuating demands and need.
At the end of a long weekend without any kids, my husband and I decided to watch the movie, Interstellar. In the flick, Matthew McConaughey is a farmer/engineer/NASA pilot who must go off into space and try to save the future of our species. Like most movies that include something about farming, there were more than a few errors.
Nearly two-thirds of UK-based enterprises polled are either already investing in virtualized applications or expect to do so within 12 months, according to a new study from Opinion Matters.
From the old country to the new, Web-Scale news spanned the globe, and we have it all for you right here. So pour yourself another cup of coffee and get comfy, because with the weekend upon us there is no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
It's a traditional complaint that IT departments and software developers tend to operate as islands, engaging in mysterious projects that aren't fully grasped by another, let alone by the executive layer or the ordinary users of enterprise solutions. The IT department's priorities and the priorities of people outside the IT rooms creating applications are often wildly different, and a great deal of bad feelings and misunderstandings often follow.
Mention the concept of the "golden ticket" and there are few who don't recognize the reference. So powerful is the association that it not only serves as a key component of a children's movie (that really appeals to kids of all ages), it also fuels concepts throughout business and entertainment alike. Fans of The Office may remember Michael's golden ticket idea that went from bad to worse to a pure winner.
While right now many of us wait with an anticipation perhaps best left for Christmas morning for the arrival of commercial 5G services, there are some places where the need is perhaps felt less acutely than it is in the United States. A new report from Akamai, its most recent State of the Internet report, shows that the United States' craving for 5G is actually at least part in response to its overall sluggishness in network speed compared to other users worldwide, particularly those in the UK.
Network demands are increasing at a rapid rate. Whether it's supporting your Pokemon Go habit, pulling up a necessary SaaS application or simply streaming a movie, the network requirements are growing at an exponential rate. Web-scale networking is here to provide the type of network support demanded in today's always on, always plugged-in world. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
The glory days of Detroit were responsible for creating tens of thousands of jobs and manufacturing almost all the cars every American drove. These days the city is trying to reinvent itself by being the hub of technology in the Midwest. But before it does that, it needs a critical piece of infrastructure that is vital for today's digital world, superfast broadband access. A startup that is part of Quicken Loans initiative to revitalize Detroit called Rocket Fiber has launched an ultra-high-speed 10-gigabit internet service to help the city move forward.
Certifications can go a long way toward making a company's presence known in the market; these tend to have a great effect of providing credibility to a company's efforts by letting potential customers know that some kind of central regulatory body has signed off on the company's prowess in a particular field. Recently, Arkansas' Ritter Communications landed its MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification thanks to its own operations and a bit of help from Ciena.
The strongest building block of any successful business is a high-performing team. Having a successful, motivating and influential leader is critical, of course, but a company is only as strong as its workforce team. And choosing the correct blend of people to populate a winning team is one of the most challenging and difficult tasks for any leader.
In today's digital age, one thing is growing abundantly clear: We all have the need for speed. Whether it's loading a SaaS app or your fantasy score this desire is more than prevalent and web-scale is a way to aid in meeting this growing demand. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review.
Managing the network on a day-to-day basis is both necessary and challenging for IT professional. Yet, too many are ignoring key improvements in web-scale networking that could streamline operations and potentially take some of the pressure off of the daily tasks.
It's easy to get lax when it comes to security. There haven't been many high-profile data breaches lately. Some reports suggest the prices of insurance against such things have been on a downward trend. That's great news, but it also invites carelessness, and opens up the possibility of renewed attacks on systems. Ciena recently had a look at fiber security, and showed us all some great reasons why the chief information security officer (CISO) or anyone else needs to care about fiber security.
Almost all of the world's intercontinental electronic communications traffic traverses cables at the bottom of the sea. The idea of all that information pulsing beneath the ocean is pretty cool, but Brian Lavallee says it's also rather troubling. Here's why.
When looking at our society's hunger for bandwidth, it's easy to dismiss the pangs as those of a spoiled child, demanding more bandwidth to watch movies and play video games. A closer look makes that a falsehood easily dismissed, however, as we consider the enormous array of work-based tasks requiring bandwidth as well. Electric Lightwave has stepped in to provide more of this increasingly valuable commodity with its use of the Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, bringing 200G wavelengths to the 225-mile fiber route running from Seattle to Hillsboro, Oregon.
When it comes to Web-scale networking, firms are falling in line. Growing adoption is resulting in more awareness of the cost savings, agility and improved performance this nascent technology provides. And, with the weekend upon us, there's no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was in Web-Scale: Time for the Week in Review!
There's nothing like a good sporting event to bring out the masses. Whether it's the latest gathering of local fans or the live streaming available online, the devoted will come and crowd access channels. In the case of the BBC, the crowding took place on its online option for the duration of the England versus Wales match at the 2016 European Championships on June 16, 2016. In the web-scale networking world, this means people were streaming - a lot.
NBC plans to broadcast live every event of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a heavy lift and gold test for Comcast's X1 technology. Cable subscribers will be able to access either TV or online the equivalent of over 250 days of non-stop video on a 24 hour basis. It's a monstrous amount of content to capture, archive and make accessible to the company's over 22 million subscribers.
Items of interest on Ciena, Microsoft, SAP and more are featured in Web-Scale Networking Week in Review
Mergers and acquisitions are not a new thing in the technology space, but not all areas have been ripe for the picking in recent years. For instance, software and Internet deals that reach into the billions are rare, making people sit up and pay attention when they happen. Microsoft's $26.2 billion deal for LinkedIn is one that has the web-scale networking world focused on future opportunities.
Enterprise IT organizations are turning to cloud services to become more agile and responsive to their clients. How can network service providers deliver the services needed to serve the on-demand needs of the modern Enterprise IT?
Canarie develops and designs digital infrastructures for education, research and innovation communities across Canda and the StarLight International/National Communications Exchange Facility supports data intensive research with advanced network services. Each realizing the growing demand for greater capacity as a result of OTT, disaster recovery, scientific research and DCI applications action was necessary.
Here's a question: who has a big interest today in the submarine cables that carry Internet traffic across the ocean floor? Lots of companies, of course, from those who provide the cables to those who lay them to those who own them. Interestingly, however, large Internet content providers are also making a stake in these critical underwater cables.
Utilities are perhaps one of the last vertical markets to get on board with packet technologies and a subscription-based model for delivering services. But with carriers rapidly dropping legacy communication circuits in favor of packets along with subscribers demanding versatile, usage-based billing for all types of services, the time is arriving for utilities to embrace packet-based technologies and services.
As consumers - we love choice. We like comparing one solution to another, one product to another, focusing on value for the dollar. In a world where we access so many things online, we can also quickly change providers with just a couple of clicks, putting more pressure on them to drive customer satisfaction. In web-scale networking, it's all about performance and whether or not systems and applications are available when you need them.
With a look at the teenage Internet users in and around my house, it's hard to believe that the U.S. isn't leading the world in terms of Internet use. Yes, we once dominated and couldn't get enough of the opportunity to be connected. But according to the Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report, India is pushing past us in terms of number of users and China already tops the list.
What would it mean to your business if you were able to sell out of your flagship product before it became widely available? Flagship product or not, the idea is the impact that such success could have on your bottom line and your potential for the next step. Sometimes the concept of, "If you build it, they will come" actually applies.
Subsea connectivity has come a long way since the mid 80s, when most traffic was voice traffic and all systems were regenerator-based with a single fiber pair offering just 280Mbps of capacity. As noted above, now these systems leverage DWDM, enabling more than 100 wavelengths per fiber, and each channel can deliver 100Gpbs and beyond.
Connected technologies are suiting up in a variety of sports venues to do everything from measuring physical impacts on players, to gauging and improving the performance of athletes, eliminating incorrect judgment calls, and even enabling fans to have a better experience.
When it comes to the experience we seek with a telecommunications provider, there's a lot of potential on the table. Pricing and coverage can play a part, but if you're in a larger metropolitan area, the variance is hardly worth consideration. While some like to brag about the content they offer, what tends to capture attention may be something much more mundane.
Firms are falling in line when it comes to Web-scale networking; adoption rates grow big companies lead the way to improved performance, agility and cost savings.
ABI Research says end-to-end encryption eliminated nearly 60 percent of the video and audio optimization market in 2015. Another week, another "It's doom" story for the Internet? Streaming media encryption of audio and video is certainly on the rise, between the desire for private phone calls and content providers wanting to ensure quality rather than a stepped-on product because of a service provider's "optimization." I'm thinking we're more into a ying/yang cycle, with the current surge in end-to-end encryption awaiting collaboration between service providers and vendors to provide bandwidth optimization.
As the world becomes more networked - from person to person, business to business or device to device - it's worth taking a moment to trace the path of all of this voice, video and data traffic. The business of networking going forward (and this will include the Internet of Things, or IoT) will affect the fortunes of many companies. It's estimated today that the majority of data that travels across the globe is being carried by submarine networks: cables spanning thousands of miles across the ocean floor.
Speed and agility are two paramount characteristics found in the best athletes. The same could be said about the best network functions virtualization environment orchestrators.
This week in the web-scale networking community saw debate heat up on community broadband.
The cloud is here, and it appears to be here to stay. But it's not always what it could or should be. That's why we're hearing so much lately about web-scale IT.
Community broadband - municipal high-speed Internet access that is free to citizens - is one of those concepts that is exciting to many people (city dwellers, suppliers of networking technology) and terrifying to a small handful of interests.
Web-scale networking was all over the news over the past seven days, and we have some stories worth a re-visit.
While companies all over the world attempt to wrestle with new network technologies to optimize and protect their systems, critical infrastructure organizations like power suppliers are under even more pressure to do so.
APIs have been the driving force behind virtually all social platforms and are making their way into the enterprise with investments in mobile, IoT and big data. So what is an API that it offers so much control?
Web-scale networking was once again in the news this second week in May, and we have some of the stories that are worth another look.
Cloud and analytics company Pivotal Software has received a massive round of funding led by Ford Motor Company, signaling a major mobility play from the automotive company.
Web-scale networking projects tend to focus on the larger corporations and involve new technologies and applications that allow for quicker and easier ways to get things done. Libraries shouldn't be overlooked.
Web-scale networking continued to go global over the past seven days, and we have some of the stories that made news.
Singapore's Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) is the nation's national research and education network, the sole provider of local and international networks dedicated to serving the Research and Education community in Singapore.
It's a given that everyone would like a faster network, no matter what they go online for. That spinning "blue wheel of death" is the bane of everyone, so it makes sense for providers to do their best to provide high-speed access. One Texas company has done just that, with the help of some leaders in the field.
Web-scale networking had another great week over the past seven days, and we have just some of the stories worth a second look.
AT&T and Comcast may be old relative to Google, but they were able to step things up when they heard the search giant's fiber initiative was coming to town in Atlanta.
When you have a government "by the people" and 'for the people", the people in turn expect a certain level of services. That's one reason why Virginia's Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) recently deployed a new municipal network leveraging converged packet optical and packet network solutions from networking leader Ciena.
Transformation in an industry or within a business can be daunting. It's generally happening because it's necessary, yet the outcomes are not always assured.
Connectivity matters, no matter where you are. It's why entrepreneurs the world over are trying to bring the Internet to even the most remote corners of the planet.
One part of that equation is being solved with networking giant Ciena. To assure reliable and secure data transportation in support of Germany's Energy Transition, Open Grid Europe (OGE) is working with Ciena, in consultation with Kapsch CarrierCom, to deploy a dedicated communications network backbone to facilitate OGE's intelligent coordination of gas transmission and a sustainable energy supply. The company operates Germany's largest transportation network that runs about 12,000 km, nearly 7,500 miles.
For those of us in the tech field, we have a tendency occasionally to be a little too 'self congratulatory' about all the changes we're bringing to the world with our inventions and updates.
Verizon Communications is going forward with its virtualization strategy, with a plan to add 16 more data centers to its wireline and wireless infrastructure by the end of the year.
Mainstream enterprise acceptance of the cloud and its myriad benefits has led to unprecedented rates of migration and adoption.
The growing trend of web-scale networking had some interesting updates over the past seven days, and we have some of those highlights in our Week in Review.
It's no secret that broadband penetration in rural areas lags behind that of more populated areas, as a new study points out. And, that gap is widening.
Cloud platform providers are increasingly offering machine learning to their customers to help them glean important analytics and insights from applications and data residing in their clouds.
For those who were about to throw up their hands and develop something else, Ciena recently described in a blog a new solution waiting in the Ciena Emulation Cloud.
Akamai has released its Q4 2015 State of the Internet report, showing that South Korea is the zippiest country in Internet-land, with an average connection speed of 26.7 Mbps.
If you're planning to head to OFC 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center this week, you'll have ample opportunity to check in on Ciena and its web-scale networking solutions.
As more services are moved to the cloud, the need to maintain propriety hardware and software in a datacenter is disappearing.
The world of web-scale networking had some noteworthy stories breaking this past week, and we have some of the highlights for you.
The U.S. Transportation Department is about to make driving a little bit easier. The department announced it will award a mid-sized U.S. city up to $40 million to pilot a program that will ease traffic woes and prevent accidents.
In a PaaS model, a cloud provider can deliver the hardware and software tools necessary for application development as a service.
With Apple now far more than a niche player in the computer industry, and iPhones cropping up in just about every office around the world, it is unsurprising that the computer company has finally gotten serious about business use.
The wide world of web-scale networking had some interesting updates this week, and we have the highlights.
In much the same way that businesses have taken advantage of technologies like Voice over IP (VoIP) to have smaller office spaces with satellite offices and employees working from home, schools have campuses that are spread out over larger areas which need to remain connected.
While some may consider it media sensationalism, data breaches are a real threat. It's not just about cybercrime, but about collateral damage, stealing secrets, and disrupting operations.
It was yet another busy week in the world of web-scale networking, and TMC has some of the stories worth a second look in our Week in Review!
Every now and then you get a technology that's both tested and still growing, a sweet spot every IT professional can enjoy.
Despite all the talk and work around NFV and SDN in the past few years, network silos remain a reality for CSPs, and a challenge for these network operators as they work to transform their networks and their businesses.
It was another busy week in the world of web-scale networking these past seven days, and we have some of the stories worth a second look.
Today's networks are moving toward a virtualized, software-defined model that emphasizes automation and efficient orchestration. But software defined networking and network functions virtualization are still relatively new concepts.
Ciena's Blue Planet is an NFV orchestration solution used for instantiating, managing, and chaining virtual network functions.
Web-scale networking was again in the news over the past seven days, and we have some of the stories worth noting.
Step into any school today and the opportunities for learning look very different from previous generations. While desks, pencils and books are still in place, technology is too, playing a significant role.
What is the value of software-defined networking (SDN) for mobile carriers? At least $9 billion globally, according to numbers by Strategy Analytics.
Data center requirements have changed a lot over the last decade, and as far as location is concerned, it was about network accessibility and skilled professionals to maintain it. Now we're in an era where data centers can be built just about anywhere.
Web-scale networking and all its permutations made news again this past week, and we have some of the stories worth noting.
If you want to get any technology executive's attention these days, just say those two dirty words: "Data Breach." It's the great fear that keeps a lot of people awake at night, and with good reason. According to data released by IBM and the Ponemon Institute, the average total cost of a single data breach last year rose 23 percent to $3.79 million. That's a lot of leakage.
When 100 million Americans turned into Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7th, they saw more than a game. They saw the most technologically advanced, digitally networked football game they've ever watched.
A lot of the differentiating hot topics in networking today center around consolidation and regulation.
The importance of securing networks at the optical layer has never been more important, as an increasing amount of sensitive and mission-critical data is in flight globally.
The topic of web-scale networking and all its iterations made news again this past week, and we have some of the stories worth re-visiting.
Data breaches and cybercrime are an unfortunately large part of today's connected culture, and are on the rise as a large number of devices and applications become vulnerable to attacks.
While the term "smart city" gets used a lot today, it may mean different things to different people.
With so many sources pushing for packet tech, it's worth taking a closer look at just what makes this technology happen, and Power Systems Design took that look recently.
The world of web-scale networking was in the news again this week, and we have some of the stories worth sharing.
Web-scale networking is a priority for IT leaders and those managing the budget need to understand the value.
Several years ago, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) began creating a new specification for E-Access services to facilitate buying and selling of a wholesale, "out-of-footprint" service. Here's what you need to know.
We live in a world where we want to and in some cases, need to have data and answers at our fingertips, which means that everyone needs to have information processed faster.
Web-scale networking made news again this week, and we have a look at some of those stories.
Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), the largest owner of private undersea cable system, has selected Ciena's Packet Networking solutions to deliver high-capacity Ethernet services on its transatlantic route.
The SDN market is expected to grow from $960 million at present to roughly $8 billion by 2018, according to IDC. That's a big increase.
Trans-Pacific submarine cables are currently only using 20 percent of their overall capacity, according to TeleGeography. There's still room to grow with submarine cables. But that may be changing.
Cloud computing has dominated the technology landscape for many years, enabling efficiencies, cost savings and innovation on a massive scale.
There could be up to 500 networked devices in the typical home by 2020, according to research firm Gartner. That could be wishful thinking unless the industry gets its act together, however.
Web-scale networking made news again for this first week of 2016, and we have a look at some of those stories.
You can talk all you want about your cloud, your connections and your speed, but one industry insider has his eye on even bigger things.
The tech world is ever changing and ever evolving. For people who love technology, that means there's a part of the world that never disappoints.
It used to be that the words Web and scale were never mentioned together, and it used to be that even together, it wasn't a phrase that had anything to do with mid-sized businesses or small businesses with mid-sized plans. That's all changed.
Web-scale networking made news again over the past week; let's take a look at some of those stories.
Networking leader Ciena is continuing with its innovative and ground-breaking products, this time offering one that will appeal to commercial clients.
For network specialist Ciena, it was a year for diversifying its customer base and expanding into new markets.
Web-scale networking was once again in the news this week, and we have some of the highlights.
With the evolution of the Internet of Things, the immense pressure on service providers to deliver connectivity that is bigger, better, faster is creating opportunities for utilities straining to find new ways to drive sustainable profitability in heavily price-controlled areas.
According to a recently released survey by IHS - a source of insight, analytics and expertise in critical areas that shape today's business landscape - networking giant Ciena has come out on top in several categories.
Another week full of news has come and gone in Web-scale networking, and with that, we now have an opportunity to look back. That's what the weekend's for, after all, and to help make that process smoother, we offer up our Week in Review coverage.
As both our professional and personal lives increasingly revolve around computing technology, and this technology moves to the cloud, data center efficiency becomes a prime consideration.
Much of the networked world relies on Wi-Fi, which is why companies such as Google and Comcast are pushing strongly for a brake on the rollout of LTE-U, a cellular system championed by wireless carrier Verizon that uses unlicensed spectrum.
In the world of technology, we always want to talk about innovation, the future, the next best thing. In doing so, we want to consider legacy, mainframes and in-house processes as something that needs to be done away with. That's a mistake.
It's been another big week for Web-scale networking, and it's already set to change the way we do a lot of things. With all this news coming out, though, keeping track of it all can be a tall order. So with the weekend now afoot, it's a great time to take a step back with our Week in Review coverage and get a better handle on things!
If you want the flexibility of software-defined networking (SDN) to support your web-scale networking, it may be time to rethink your old investments and focus on new opportunities.
It's true that we're connected now more than ever, but for every inch of progress made, what's lacking is access to broadband fiber.
Even during a quiet holiday week, web-scale networking was in the news recently, and we have some of the highlights.
Technology was once a choice in business - you could opt to take advantage of digital efficiencies or keep everything paper-based without feeling many of the effects.
If you've ever logged on to a Wi-Fi network while on board an aircraft, you know that the experience is usually a) slow and b) expensive. Gogo airlines is changing that.
Web-scale networking was back in the news this past week, and we have some of the stories that caught readers' attention.
Supercomputers now are built by connecting many computers together, and they become especially powerful when several supercomputers are connected together via robust network connections.
The pervasiveness of technology in business has changed how technology providers talk about and position their product offerings.
The planning, infrastructure, systems operations, citizen engagement and data sharing to create smart cities takes money. But it can -- and should -- be done.
Web-scale networking has been on the rise in recent months. This week saw some big changes in cloud development, in micro-services, in smart cities and more besides. So to help make sense of it all, let's take advantage of the weekend to look back at the week that was in Web-scale networking with our Week in Review coverage!
If you need a good use case for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), look no further than smart cities.
The use of Docker containers as a primary tool for building software applications has become more mainstream in the cloud software space-and now the approach has started to make the jump to networking and telecom.
While conventional wisdom says that telcos rule the enterprise communications roost thanks to their incumbency, it turns out that cloud-based upstarts are starting to be more than just flies in their ointment.
Web-scale networking made some interesting news this week, and we have some of those stories here.
We in the telecom industry are looking at how to transform our networks with SDN, NFV and orchestration. But now, we're talking "open source" and the gang's all jumping on the bandwagon.
Projections vary on how many Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices will exist by 2020, but data centers must be ready for IoT as it scales up.
The world is indeed shrinking, and two telecom giants are helping to speed that process along. Web-scale networking specialist Ciena has joined forces with cabling giant AquaComms to launch AEConnect, a new subsea cable system.
Web-scale networking continued its upward climb this past week, and we have some of the stories that made news. Let's take a look at the past week with our review.
The challenges associated with web-scale networking shouldn't keep you from getting work done, but without proper integration, it's possible.
The technical community has since been buzzing about the weaknesses that exist in aging RC4 protocols, the potential for broken algorithms and vulnerable backdoors.
The nascent field of web-scale networking was in the news again this week. Here are some of the stories we highlighted.
Any student of economic development knows that infrastructure matters; if you lay the right foundation, business will flourish. In 2015, that means robust Internet connectivity.
Mobile backhaul vs mobile fronthaul need to be addressed about the growing challenge of helping transport today's massive mobile traffic loads.
There are lots of vectors for attack now, and both businesses and telecoms are weighing their options for keeping things secure.
Software-defined networking and network functions virtualization are revolutionizing network operations, but it still is early days.
The web-scale networking world made news again this week, and we have some of the highlights worthy of your attention.
Last week the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the highest court in the European Union, ruled that the Safe Harbor data sharing agreement between the U.S. and the EU was illegal.
At the foundation of the creation of the Internet we all know and love today is higher education; along with defense, the Internet at first was a tool for research and education (R&E) communication.
Facebook is trying to make a bit of a difference as it has reached a new deal that will have the social media site beaming the Internet to Africa using satellites.
Web-scale networking was in the news this past week, and we have the highlights of some of the stories we covered.
In case there was any doubt about the cloud revolution, public cloud is now generating well over $20 billion in quarterly revenues for IT companies, according to new Q2 data from Synergy Research Group.
IoT is set to bring new headaches in the form of what some have called the "Evil Internet of Things," also known as connected devices that have been hacked for nefarious purposes.
What does web-scale networking look like? Well, it could look like the launch of 500 new services each year by telecom providers.
Web-scale networking continued its upward trend over the past week, and we have a look at some of the stories that made news.
One of the surest ways to torpedo your career is to exclaim, when something goes wrong, "But that's the way we always did it." A close second to that might be a total lack of procedures for doing something correctly.
The nation's broadband providers spent $78 billion in 2014 alone on wireless and wireline CapEx, but the challenges posed by geography, income and digital illiteracy remain.
According to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report, global average connection speeds increased a significant 17 percent year-over-year, with Sweden boasting the top speed at 16.1Mbps.
Web-scale networking technologies continued to expand this week. We have details on some of the latest news.
The Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications have begun to make a real impact on the manufacturing sector, with factories increasingly linked by software, and with automation and optimization the bywords.
Broadband Internet is failing to reach those who could benefit most, with Internet access reaching near-saturation in the world's rich nations but not advancing fast enough to benefit the billions of people living in the developing world.
Web-scale networking technologies were front and center again this past week. Here are some of the stories people are talking about.
While the smart home technology is still relatively new, there are more than a few companies that are making big time advancements in a short period of time.
Data centers are literal powerhouses for telecommunications, and finding the right solutions in the right location is critical for not only the operations of the components within, but everything else they manage.
Today's data centers face many challenges in the struggle to operate as efficiently as possible while handling continuously increasing amounts of data.
The growth of web-scale networking was in the news yet again this week; we have some of the stories worth noting.
Just a few of years ago, in 2012, the Web retail giant Amazon was selling $83,000 worth of goods every minute of the day through its website. As impressive as that number is, today it has more than doubled to around $175,000 per minute.
Even though we're just now starting to see the rollout of 4K video, the industry is already moving on to 8K video.
Have you been wondering how Data Center Operators and Internet Content Providers are expanding their networks? Ciena has a Q&A to help explain what's driving widespread capacity expansion.
Web-scale networking made more news again this past week, and we have a look at some of those stories.
Sometimes, American companies can take a narrow worldview, which is usually to the detriment of their growth and success. But that's not the case with Ciena, a company with deep expertise in optical, Ethernet and network automation.
While NFV is certainly a powerful option, focusing on it alone may prevent firms from taking advantage of the other kinds of virtualization on hand, like software defined networking (SDN).
The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the city as well as the country are in an all-out race to meet the construction deadlines before tens of thousands of visitors descend to witness one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Technological advances continue to make the video viewing experience better and better. And the next thing on the horizon in this vein is ultra-high definition 8K.
More than 80 percent of service providers and network operators throughout the world are using Optical Transport Network (OTN) deployments to handle a growing number of demands on their networks.
The benefits of SDN are well known, from its ability to handle more data, more efficiently, with less resources required, to its potential for major cost savings.
Today, we can easily produce high quality videos that surpass even our network television viewing experiences in the 70s and early 80s.
Web-scale networking made more news again this past week, and we have a look at some of those stories.
A little over a week ago, Verizon completed testing on technology that could conceivably allow the carrier to offer Internet speeds up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps).
According to sources speaking to Bloomberg Business, Apple is holding off on plans to launch a live TV service until at least 2016.
Hibernia Networks announced recently that is about to complete a rather large project connecting Halifax, Nova Scotia to London, England and Cork, Ireland.
It's been another huge week for news in the field of Web-scale networking, and plenty of topics were covered this week on several fronts. Small town access to fiber speed was on tap, as well as a look at agility in carrier networks, among plenty of other topics. With that in mind, and a weekend on our hands once more, it's a great time to settle in and take a wider view of this growing field with our Week in Review coverage!
Cable TV and telecommunications networks were established based on "nailed-up" point-to-point connections. In this scenario, a known endpoint (typically a set-top box or wireline phone) links to specific gear in the service provider's network to get a single and relatively low bandwidth service (like carrier-provided cable TV programming or dial tone, possibly with some added functionality thrown in).
There are three primary areas that everyone, myself included, talks about when discussing software-defined networking and network-functions virtualization. There's the management of networking hardware and the evolution of the NMS, the full use of NFV, and data center SDN controllers.
It's something of a universal law, particularly in telecommunications: big cities get technological development before small towns do. This has been the case for just about everything from basic phone service to cable television and even Internet access. But on one of the newest advances in technology, fiber optic Internet access, that trend is changing. The small towns are actually getting ahead of the curve on this one, getting fiber access before the larger counterparts.
Web-scale networking made more news again this past week, and we have a look at some of those stories.
People have been talking about the death of the mainframe for decades, so it's only a matter of time before they actually kick the bucket, right? Well, not really.
We are creating such a massive amount of digital data, it will be impossible for networks to handle the traffic without intelligent solutions.
Provisioning existing services faster is one of the first ways carriers are putting network functions virtualization and the software-defined network to work.
Web-scale networking was once again in the news this week, and we have the highlights.
As September rolls around, the new budget becomes everyone's concern.
euNetworks, a company that has long been thought of as one of the top unique bandwidth infrastructure providers in the world, announced that it is going to be using Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform.
Sometimes understanding a newer concept is easier to understand when those explaining it compare and contrast it with something that is already familiar to us.
Web-scale networking was once again making news this week, and we have some of the highlights.
In a ruling sure to have repercussions throughout the industry, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said this week that the country's large Internet providers must open up access to their latest-generation fiber-based services to independent players.
It's no secret that major league sports are a big business, and just keep getting bigger. Did you watch the recent 2015 Women's World Cup match on TV last month? If so, you weren't alone.
While a number of enterprise companies are moving toward Software Defined Networking (SDN), there are still a lot of concerns about security, according to Sys-Con.
To start, a new blog noted that perhaps no industry sector is as impacted by the need for scale and flexibility as media and entertainment-multiplatform delivery, ever-bigger video files and customers with no tolerance for buffering and poor viewing quality are all driving the need for high-performance networking.
In this age of health care costs reaching staggering heights, insurance policies doing likewise and solutions seeming few and far between, it's always encouraging to see a hospital discovering a new way to fill an old job in a more cost-effective fashion.
Multiplatform delivery, ever-bigger video files and customers with no tolerance for buffering and poor viewing quality are all driving the need for high-performance networking.
Web-scale networking was in the news again this week, and we have some of the highlights.
Content providers have found they need to maintain metro data centers to keep important content close to as many end users as possible.
The optical equipment field is a crowded one, as those deeply invested in it will attest. So when a company gets high marks and is reported to be "hitting on all cylinders", it's news worth sharing.
According to a recent article, the value of your home could increase if you have access to high-speed fiber broadband.
Web-scale networking continued its expansive growth in technology this past week, and we have just some of the highlights.
Data centers are the lifeblood of today's IT ecosystem. Without data centers, we wouldn't be able to access our Netflix, YouTube, banking and social media accounts.
Healthcare organizations are increasingly converging into conglomerated entities as the massive benefits for both healthcare providers and patients alike are realized.
Networking-as-a-Service (NaaS) allows customers to flexibly purchase network capacity in increments as small as an hour and even set periods for capacity to automatically spike up or down for special circumstances.
Web-scale networking was in the news again this week, and we have some of the highlights.
Web-scale operators want simple solutions that are as easy to manage as turning up an iPhone: stackable, rackable and pay as you go.
Virtualization is a hot topic among service providers. Monetizing the network fully requires scaling up new services quickly and just as quickly killing services that don't catch fire.
Web-scale networking continued to draw attention this week, and we have some of the highlights.
There were several updates on the web-scale networking front this week, and we have some of the highlights.
If yours is a large enterprise or government agency, it may be time to consider the Private Optical Network to support your web-scale networking initiatives.
Split second decisions are continuously being made by engineers at one of the biggest names in Formula 1 racing, McLaren. The company is based out of Woking, U.K. and the data that they receive is used to make decisions about every aspect of the race. This same technology can be used to monitor and help in the training of medical surgeons.
Web-scale networking continued to impress this past week, and we have some of the highlights.
When Big Data was coined as a phrase to be reckoned with, did we have any concept of just how big? Web-scale networking demands a different focus at this level and it may be time for Software Defined Networking (SDN).
New technology allows mobile operators to roll out network-wide security services that enhance the mobile Internet experience of each and every customer.
Web-scale networking continued to carve out its own niche in technology this past week, and we have some of the highlights.
Metro data centers are growing and they're growing fast. Their increased size and scope are driven by applications that require continuous access to content for which latency is an important factor in the end-user experience.
Cloud computing, mobility, BYOD, virtualization and just a general abundance of content have created a variety of challenges for service providers.
It was another busy week for web-scale networking, as the technology continued to make gains and grab new adherents.
When thinking about your network, compare it to a car; Do you need more function or speed? It actually makes a difference.
With all the worries and fears we have today about cyberattacks, hackers and security, one thing we'd rather not think about is, how secure are the government's networks? Seriously, if they go down or are otherwise breached, aren't we all in trouble? In a word, yes.
Perseus, a company that specializes in managed services supporting high-speed and high-performance applications, has been recognized for a project involving its LiquidPath solution. The company received a 2015 Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award for the effort, which connects London and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange using the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform from Ciena.
Web-scale networking continued to make news this week as the industry looked for ways to work more efficiently.
The growing trend for data centers to "go remote" has opened up some new, money-saving opportunities.
The Optical Internetworking Forum's most recent meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, revealed that the organization has begun work on specifications for high bandwidth optical modulators and receivers for coherent transmission applications, among other projects.
It's said that in business, connections are everything; it's not only what you know but who you know that helps contribute to your success.
Web-scale networking continued to draw attention this week as the industry looked for ways to work more efficiently.
Unlike weather forecasting on TV, forecasting is a very critical business for service providers. They need to cater to the needs of enterprise customers and consumers without a failure of service.
Seventy-one percent of people in Brazil connect at least once an hour when they're awake, according to A.T. Kearney. By comparison, that metric is at about 50 percent globally and in the U.S., while it's down at 36 percent in China.
If you think the cloud is big now, just wait. That's the word from research powerhouse IDC, which projects total cloud IT infrastructure investment, including server, disk storage, and Ethernet switch, to grow by 21 percent year-over-year to reach $32 billion in 2015. That figure will account for about 33 percent of all IT infrastructure spending this year, up from an estimated 28 percent in 2014.
Forsythe is one of the largest, independent IT integrators in North America, serving approximately 1,000 U.S. and Canada-based companies. As such, clients come to Forsythe for help with optimizing costs, managing risks, improving their performance and enabling innovation within their IT and data center operations to deliver greater value to their business.
Web-scale networking continued its strong growth this week, as evidenced by some of the stories making news.
Google Fiber may be a minor player on the ISP stage, but its ongoing march to bring 1Gbps broadband and TV to various burgs around the country appears to have the major stars spooked.
In a move designed to ready the marketplace for anticipated future growth, Southeast Asia's Korea-Japan Cable Network, also known as KJCN, has selected Ciena to provide it with a 100G network upgrade.
Web-scale networking continued to draw interest this past week, and we have all the details.
To avoid things like conventional router networks that can't stream uncompressed HD video signals, a move to an intelligent optical network will be necessary.
A style of infrastructure called web-scale storage is beginning to take off, thanks to its ability to simplify management significantly for companies with scaled-out architecture approaches.
The adoption of optical transport network (OTN) technology continues to gain momentum in the market, coinciding with the increasing obsolescence of SONET/SDH networking.
If you're reading this, you've probably already heard about network functions virtualization and software-defined networking - two new technologies/architectures that aim to make networking more agile. But have you heard the term web-scale networking? If not, listen up, because this new term has now entered the networking lexicon.
Coho recently announced that it established a new strategic relationship with SYNNEX that effectively makes the latter a reseller partner. SYNNEX will add Coho's web-scale data solutions to the various storage solutions it offers its customers and partners that want a private cloud with many of the benefits of public cloud services.
Nowadays if you're watching YouTube and the high-resolution video struggles to buffer without pause, there's a good chance you'll skip that video and move on to another one, or another site.
Web-scale networking continued to expand this past week, and we have some of the highlights.
The folks over at Ciena offer the 8700 Packetwave Platform, a multi-terabit programmable Packet-over-DWDM switch, and with two new awards under its belt, it's a testament to how and why service providers are fast-moving toward packet switching over coherent DWDM-based metro networks.
With Easter now passed and the days definitely getting longer, most folks in the U.S. are starting to believe that spring will actually arrive at some point soon, and that this year's brutal winter will be a fading memory. If you count yourself among those numbers, be glad you're where you are, and not up North; like, FAR up North.
Last year the biggest thing to hit technology in quite some time seemed to be "The Cloud." Everywhere you turned people were talking about it, thinking about and actually utilizing it for the benefit of business. For once, it seemed the reality lived up to the hype.
The data center is facing an identity crisis, brought on by exponentially increasing traffic loads generated by the era of connected devices, cloud-everything and Big Data.
The relevancy and raw potential of Time Sensitive Networks (TSN) was perhaps best recognized in the 2012 codification of it as a separate group within the Institute of Electrical and Electronic (IEEE), Audio Video Bridging (AVB) Task Group.
As we continue to move to faster speeds, such as from 10G to 40G and eventually 100G line speeds, there are challenges that will pop up.
Ciena, a provider of telecommunications networking equipment, software and services, recently won two prestigious industry awards for its software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) portfolio.
We start off this week with a new friend of TMCnet.com, Ciena, which just launched its web-scale networking community.
TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person, and online, has unveiled a Web-scale Networking Community, sponsored by Ciena.
Some new technology buzzwords and phrases have a helpful, real-world application and are worth exploring. One of the useful new concepts is 'web-scale.'
Ciena understands that tapping into a network's full potential can play a pivotal and proactive role in advancing a company's strategic initiatives.