Huawei Rolls Out Its Open Cloud Fabric and Ecosystem Strategy for Data Centers 

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, unveiled its open cloud fabric and ecosystem strategy for data center at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, a major global IT industry conference held in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei and Microsoft shared their latest collaborative achievements in the field of cloud computing and data center innovation. The announcement of this strategic alliance between Huawei and Microsoft reaffirmed the commitment of both companies to their shared vision of bringing open innovation to next-generation data centers for cloud computing.

In May 2012, Huawei launched its cloud data center focused CloudEngine series of high-performance switches and the Huawei CloudFabric Solution. CloudEngine and CloudFabric deliver the foundation needed for enterprises to build highly flexible and reliable cloud data centers for the next decade. Since its announcement in the first half of 2012, Huawei’s CloudFabric solution has attracted over 100 enterprise customers, and over 500 Huawei CloudEngine 12800 core switches have been deployed in customer data centers.

To adapt to the continuous development of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and virtualization technologies, Huawei has launched Open Cloud Fabric and Ecosystem strategy to provide open, and elastic virtualized data center solutions for its customers. Huawei's Open Cloud Fabric consists of two components: the Open Fabric and the Open Controller.

Huawei’s Open Fabric is designed to integrate with mainstream cloud platforms and third-party controllers using Huawei's open application programming interfaces (APIs) or industry standard protocols and interfaces such as OpenFlow. The forwarding data-plane is also open. Huawei CloudEngine series data center switches support the programmable Huawei Ethernet Network Processor (ENP) chipset architecture.

Huawei’s Open Controller, by providing Open North-bound and South-bound interfaces can connect to mainstream third party cloud platforms using open APIs. Its North-bound interfaces allow ease of integration with the multitude of industry open orchestration and management systems. The Open Controller South-bound interfaces provide compatibility with network devices from multiple vendors by leveraging standardized protocols such as OpenFlow.

In recognition that cloud computing and SDN are based on open concepts that require open integration and partnership, Huawei has established an open ecosystem of partners. Enterprise IT leader Microsoft is a founding member of this ecosystem. Details of the most recent joint ecosystem innovation between Huawei and Microsoft were unveiled at Gartner Symposium Barcelona.

The Huawei/Microsoft Data Center solution provides the IT industry with leading edge hybrid SDN/HDN capabilities to deliver enterprise value in the evolution towards next generation Data Center networks. The joint solution provides a comprehensive strategy that takes advantage of Huawei’s CloudEngine 12800 advanced hardware platform to deliver accelerated high-performance gateway capabilities into Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization environments. This architecture and solution provide scalable and reliable interconnection between virtualized and non-virtualized traditional platforms or smooth migration from legacy environments to advanced virtualized environments. When combined with the simplified management via the direct integration of the CloudEngine platforms with Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Windows Server, enterprises will find an invaluable solution to real-world challenges brought on by evolution and business-driven disruption in the data center.

Having recently attained full certification for Microsoft’s Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) Huawei's CloudEngine series of switches, running Huawei’s VRP8 software, are easily integrated with Microsoft Cloud OS technologies.

Huawei and Microsoft continue their strategic alliance and are jointly developing data center network virtualized components virtualized switches, virtualized routers, and virtualized firewalls. In addition, both companies have collaborated extensively to contribute openly to the wider industry through direct participation and contribution to multiple international standardization efforts. Notable examples of these efforts include contributions to the Desktop Management Task Force (DMTF) and Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Together they provided open cloud computing data center solutions for their customers. For example, they jointly provided a solution for the data center project of China Mobile, Guangdong Branch.

As recently noted by Mr. Luyao Sun, General Manager for Data Center Network Products, Enterprise Networking Product Line, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, "In the data center network product fields, Huawei is now growing rapidly and making significant breakthroughs based on its accumulated experience. Huawei is proud to offer its industry-leading CloudEngine series data center switches and Cloud Fabric Solution to the enterprise market. On this grand occasion, Huawei's Open Cloud Fabric, as well as its multiple achievements realized in collaboration with Microsoft, in the data center field, mark Huawei's entry into the industry chain in an open and cooperative manner."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Caption: Mr. Ian Foo, Director of Data Center Products & Solutions of Enterprise, Global Marketing Department of Huawei, give a presentation about "Huawei Next Generation Cloud Data Center Networking Strategy".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unify Introduces OpenScape 4000, Delivering UC Benefits Today and In the Future

Offers comprehensive UC features including One Number Service, enhanced security, virtualization; establishes clear roadmap for future upgrades to Project Ansible

 

Continuing to demonstrate market momentum and leadership in converged communications, Unify, formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications, today introduced the latest version of its market-leading enterprise communications platform, including key enhancements and new branding, enabling enterprises to take advantage of the new way to work. The newly-released Version 7 of OpenScape 4000 – known formerly as HiPath 4000 and successfully deployed at over 25,000 customer installations in over 80 countries -- includes important new features like One Number service, increased security, and improved UC integration. Unify also announced that OpenScape 4000 V7 becomes the release level that will provide customers a clear path to Project Ansible, the company’s highly-anticipated next-generation communication and collaboration solution.

OpenScape 4000 is a unified communications solution for enterprises looking to increase workplace productivity and effectiveness while continuing to leverage existing investments in IP and TDM platforms. As a powerful and highly-available communications solution, it offers a rich set of endpoints, mobility choices, edge solutions, unified communications, and standards-based integration and interoperability with business-critical applications and system. With over 25 million ports in service, OpenScape 4000 is the industry’s proven communications solution. Key enhancements to OpenScape 4000 V7 include:

  • One Number Service (ONS) now available on all devices, including all OpenStage TDM and IP phones, OpenScape UC soft clients,  mobile clients and cordless handsets, making it easier for anywhere workers to stay connected
  • Seamless integration with OpenScape UC, making it easier for users to manage their presence status and preferred device list
  • Virtualization capabilities, using industry leading VMware vSphere ESXi 5, for use in data center deployments that take advantage of a virtualized architecture (private cloud) lowering total cost of ownership
  • Improved security, using OpenScape Cordless Enterprise which reduces the threat of eavesdropping, by providing a new encryption key every minute, for all calls
  • Leverages the full business value of the OpenScape Enterprise professional, managed and maintenance services portfolio

Building on the HiPath brand’s strong legacy of quality, performance, and customer satisfaction, the OpenScape brand reiterates Unify’s commitment to helping customers maximize their technology investment by offering license flexibility with other OpenScape Enterprise voice platforms, while simplifying the company’s product portfolio nomenclature.

“Millions of users count on OpenScape technology every day, and the enhancements we are announcing will further enable those anywhere workers to better connect and collaborate, while providing companies with enhanced security and technology to drive down costs,“ said Eve Aretakis, EVP and head of Products at Unify.  “We are committed to helping all of our customers take full advantage of communications technology that improves business performance and enables the new way to work.  The enhancements in this latest version of OpenScape 4000 underscore that goal.”

 Unify said that the latest version of OpenScape 4000 will make it even easier for users to further enhance inter- and intra-enterprise communications as well as team collaboration, helping them spend less time orchestrating work and more time doing it.  These goals are consistent with the design principles of the company’s next generation solution known as Project Ansible.  Project Ansible leverages secure, dynamic collaboration, universal content aggregation, and a consumer-like, single-pane-of-glass experience that drives adoption and seamless integration into business processes to enhance business performance.  Project Ansible will ultimately integrate into existing communications systems from Unify (and other companies) like the OpenScape 4000.  The company said V7 becomes the base release level for integration to Project Ansible, providing a clear solution roadmap for customers who may choose to upgrade as the new solutions become available.

“As Unify moves towards the path to Project Ansible and the new way to work, it is important that customers get the business benefits of UC today, such as the ability to support mobile workers, easy collaboration between teams across the Enterprise and the ability to reduce latency in decision making. It’s also essential that existing customers that have already invested in technology have a simple migration strategy to the future. Customers do not want to get locked into a dead-end architecture,” said Tim Banting, Principal Analyst, Collaboration and Communications, Current Analysis. “OpenScape 4000 is an important step in that strategy.”

“Unify has truly delivered with the new  release of OpenScape 4000 – comprehensive UC capabilities, virtualization and improved security,” said Ralf Stäheli, Vice President Enterprise Telephony Business, Swisscom Corporate Business. “In particular, the advanced encryption provided by OpenScape Cordless Enterprise will deliver real benefits to our customers.”

“The new capabilities available in OpenScape 4000 version 7 have been a great way for Atos to experience the benefits of a comprehensive UC platform without having to completely rip and replace our existing communications system,” said Oliver Vogl, Operational Team Leader for Atos. “One Number Service in particular was something we were looking to add, and it has provided immediate benefits to our users by making it easier to stay in touch even away from the office. The modern architecture supports a variety of flexible deployment models and that is what we were looking for as well.”

OpenScape 4000 is available now, directly from Unify and from our global network of partners.

 

About Unify

Unify—formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications—is a premier communications software and services firm. Our solutions unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens AG, Unify builds on this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications solutions for approximately 75% of the Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG.

 

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Verizon Wireless & Sprint Certify Pepwave's Multi-Cellular Router

 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, April 3rd, 2012 -Peplink, a leading provider of load balancing and VPN bonding solutions for enterprise networking, today announced that Verizon Wireless and Sprint have certified the Pepwave MAX HD2 Multi-Cellular Router for use with their 3G networks. Available now to distributors, system integrators, and others seeking to take advantage of this high-growth market, the MAX HD2 is the first carrier-grade cellular router to feature multiple embedded modems for bandwidth bonding and failover, dramatically increasing both speed and reliability on the go.
 
Built to withstand the most demanding mobile-use conditions, the MAX HD2 operates in temperatures ranging from -40 to 65 °C and features industrial-grade shock resistance. The rugged MAX HD2's dual embedded EVDO/HSPA modems and patent-pending SpeedFusion™ bandwidth bonding technology seamlessly fuse multiple Internet connections for stutter-free teleconferencing, HD video delivery, and other bandwidth-intensive mobile applications. In addition to connecting using the MAX HD2's embedded cellular modems, users can also employ Wi-Fi, satellite, and other Ethernet- or USB-based Internet connections.
 
Widely deployed in diverse mobile networking roles worldwide, the Pepwave MAX HD2 is a favorite in applications ranging from industrial telemetry and surveillance to news unit field broadcast and public safety.
 
"I'm consistently impressed by the sheer variety of ways our customers are putting the Pepwave MAX HD2 to work in the field," said Keith Chau, Peplink General Manager. "Just when I think I've seen it all, a new customer comes along and tells us how the MAX HD2 has improved operations in an application we'd never foreseen."
 
In addition to being certified by Verizon Wireless and Sprint, the MAX HD2 is also fully compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and other GSM/HSPA cellular networks worldwide. This broad-based network support makes the MAX HD2 a compelling option for any enterprise in the market for a complete, multi-environment mobile networking solution.
 
"We take great pride in earning Verizon Wireless and Sprint certification for the MAX HD2," added Chau. "We're very excited to see how Verizon Wireless and Sprint customers will use the MAX HD2 in retail, industry, public service, media, and other M2M applications. And we look forward to serving these customers with the commitment to innovation, advanced engineering, and service for which Peplink, and its sister brand, Pepwave, are known around the world."
 
About Peplink / Pepwave
Peplink is the leader in Internet load balancing and VPN bonding solutions that boost bandwidth, increase reliability, and reduce costs. Pepwave, its sister brand, specializes in delivering innovative and complete wireless solutions for industrial networking, wireless mobility, service providers, and professional hotspots. Both Peplink and Pepwave operate globally in cooperation with distributors, system integrators, and strategic alliances. Learn more at http://www.peplink.com and http://www.pepwave.com.
ADTRAN Launches Crossover Solution to Accelerate Gigabit FTTH

New ultra-compact cabinet solution offers most simplified migration path for evolving DSL to Gigabit fiber service architectures

 

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2013-- ADTRAN®, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced the introduction of the ADTRAN Crossover Enclosuresm. This innovative solution is bridging the gap between a sealed DSLAM pedestal and a traditional FTTN cabinet. The ADTRAN Crossover enclosure is a rapidly deployable Fiber-to-the-Node (FTTN) solution that rivals the cost and simple installation of sealed DSLAM solutions but incorporates the unmatched service options available from the Total Access 5000 MSAP family. The solution is purpose-built for the simultaneous support of both FTTN and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) access supporting a seamless migration path from 100Mbps VDSL2 Vectoring to full Gigabit FTTH services for future demand. This complete turnkey solution is benefiting from the availability of new ADTRAN Total Access® 5004 compact ultra broadband node and other ADTRANAdvanced Services Architecturesm components.

“Fiber, which is the predominant access technology used to deliver today’s Carrier Ethernet services, is an essential component of future business offerings. However, most fiber infrastructures are concentrated primarily within population-dense markets where construction costs are easily justified,” said Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services at Vertical Systems Group. “Currently, more than 80% of U.S. commercial buildings with 10 to 50 employees lack direct access to fiber-based services. In close proximity are mobile cell sites plus residential areas now served by DSL that could benefit from a clearer path to fiber. ADTRAN’s Crossover solution enables providers to readily deploy fiber into these locations that were previously deemed too hard to reach.”

Wrapped around the smallest member of the ADTRAN MSAP family, the ADTRAN Crossover becomes the most compact member of the ADTRAN Total Access cabinet portfolio, measuring less than 40 inches in height, yet provides an ample 15 cubic feet in volume. The ultra-compact size allows for more “pedestal-like” mounting techniques such as an integrated stake down option that eliminates the need for a concrete pad and drastically reduces the costs and time required for FTTN and FTTH installation. No longer does installation require a large crew and a crane, as a two-person team can complete the process in a few hours. ADTRAN’s Crossover cabinet extends the service providers’ ability to deploy a mix of innovative residential and small business access services further into the outside plant as they enter new markets. As one of the most economically compelling access solutions on the market today, the Crossover enables service providers to quickly realize an improved ROI based on the smaller form factor, lower installation costs and ability to tailor services expansion based on the needs of each individual market.

As part of the new Total Access 5004 solution portfolio, the Crossover enclosure offers full resources to migrate seamlessly from FTTN to a mix of FTTN and FTTH and eventually to 100 percent FTTH. As a result, service providers can deploy a wide range of FTTx service architectures, including:

  • FTTN VDSL2 Vectoring: Leveraging board-, system- and VDSL2 vectoring to support hundreds of subscribers with 100Mbps VoIP, IPTV and business Ethernet services
  • FTTH GPON: Fully transition to a full end-to-end GPON to support thousands of subscribers
  • FTTH Gigabit: Active Ethernet or Next-Gen PON FTTH solution to increase bandwidth to Gigabit levels and beyond as demand requires
  • Carrier Ethernet and Mobile Backhaul: MEF-certified Ethernet services delivery over any media to extend provider addressable market to include SLA-based Enterprise and backhaul access services
  • Packet Optical Edge: Integration of a high-density 10G edge-optimized middle-mile solution for aggregation and transport of high-bandwidth premium services

The solution incorporates one or two Total Access 5004s into a pre-packaged Remote Terminal(RT) solution and is specifically designed to support a seamless migration to FTTH services by simultaneously supporting up to 192 VDSL2 in-service customers and over four thousand GPON customers, due to integrating the fiber patch and splice storage with internal fiber splitters needed to support, in parallel, 192 in-service FTTH ports. This accelerates the penetration of fiber access architectures by uniquely providing a well-thought out transition path from DSL networks.

Beyond the inability to migrate to FTTH architectures, other more limited FTTx solutions have been challenged with many special deployment circumstances that greatly impact their overall total cost of ownership by requiring additional equipment installation and/or cabinet construction. The ADTRAN Crossover enclosure provides a more economical, operationally simplified solution by uniquely integrating special equipment generally only found in large remote cabinets but often demanded especially when traditional phone service, such as POTS, is deployed.

Optional, integrated special equipment of this solution include:

  • Redundant access and networking modules that are required to support life-line POTS phone and SLA-based business service availability requirements
  • Line or span powering for when utility power is not available
  • DC rectifier with battery backup when AC power can be sourced
  • High capacity bonded copper backhaul for when fiber access is not available
  • Cross connect when the service delivery solution cannot be deployed near an existing cross connect cabinet

“ADTRAN has been helping service providers cost-effectively extend next generation broadband services into hard to reach areas for over a decade, having deployed over a 100,000 sealed DSLAM solutions in that time,” said Darrell Brown, director of broadband access product line management for ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division. “Following on that heritage the ADTRAN Crossover enclosure provides operators another opportunity to effectively expand their market reach and applicability of ultra broadband networks. Beyond that we are allowing our customers to reduce the investment required to upgrade their FTTx deployments as they move to FTTH architectures.”

About ADTRAN

ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com.