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Equinix will bring its ECX Fabric capabilities to APAC this year

Equinix is planning to bring its Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) capabilities to Asia Pacific region this year.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric leverages software-defined networking (SDN) to enable multiple connections through one port. It is a platform which allows customers to connect with any other ECX Fabric customers in the region.

It helps customers to implement economic data replication and synchronization for business continuity, and enables inter-country connectivity to backup cloud services.

Its availability in APAC will help enterprises in the region to easily provision connections to other ECX Fabric facilities in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore to build highly available strategies in near real time.

ECX Fabric customers can also directly connect to key service providers including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, and SAP.

Equinix believes that interconnection with key business partners and customers is becoming an essential element of digital supply chain, as companies move to digital business models.

The interconnection removes the need of traversing public internet or WAN, and enables direct and private access to cloud service providers, SaaS providers, network service providers and more. The key advantages of interconnection are improved application performance, reduced latency, increased security, and improved network control.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric capabilities are currently available in all the EXC Fabric locations in Americas, and EMEA regions. It is expected to be available in APAC in their quarter of 2018.

Furthermore, Equinix recently partnered with Omantel to establish a joint venture in Barka, the capital of Oman. The joint venture will provide data center and interconnection services to carriers, content providers, and cloud providers in the Middle East.

Also read: Equinix closes acquisition of Australian datacenter provider Metronode

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D-Link adds SDN support to its data center switches

D-Link, the leading business networking services provider, announced launch of its DXS/DQS- 5000 series data center switches, and support for software defined networking to two of its switches.

The DXS-500 and DQS-5000 series data center switches will provide adaptable SDN capabilities at up to 100 Gbps, and up to 32 100GbE ports, for Top-of-Rack and End-of-Row applications.

The 5000 series data center switches will offer high availability and reliability through a number of features like hot-swappable front-to-back airflow AC PSUs and fans. These will also support open compute standards like OpenFlow 1.3, Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) and Open Network Linux (ONL).

D-Link said that its existing switches— DGS-3000 and DGS-3630, will now be supported by SDN. The SDN support automates the data center operation and optimizes infrastructure flexibility.

DGS-3630 Series Gigabit L3 Stackable Managed Switches offer high port densities, switch stacking, and extensive management, which support data center environments of small and medium businesses, and ISPs. These switches feature 1GbE SFP, 10GbE SFP+, security services, and advanced quality of service.

DGS-3000 series will support OpenFlow 1.3 through a firmware upgrade. D-Link said that OpenFlow support will be provided for both fail-secure and fail-standalone mode. An SSL Encryption will also be enabled for controller communication.

Also read: Intel unveils industry’s only FPGAs with 58G PAM4 transceiver technology

The updated DGS-3000 and DGS-3630 switches will be available for testing in second and first quarter of 2018, respectively.

The DXS/DQS-5000 series switches are expected to be available from the end of second quarter in 2018.

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DCspine Deploys PoP in New Amsterdam Facility Datacenter.com

Datacenter.com, an international data center services provider, announced that DCspine has opened a Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Datacenter.com’s new Amsterdam facility.

DCspine is an on-demand fully automated, scalable, high capacity – data center interconnection platform designed for the cloud era. It delivers a virtual Meet-Me-Room (MMR) interconnecting more than thirty Netherlands-based data centers through software-defined networking.

Developed and owned by Eurofiber Group, a Netherlands-based provider of digital infrastructure services in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, DCspine is a high capacity, ‘Terabit’ interconnection platform designed to innovate data center interconnection in the Netherlands and beyond.

Eurofiber has invested several millions of euros in its DCspine platform to provide carrier-neutral data centers and their customers with the flexibility required to optimize cloud service delivery and meet the requirements set by on-demand services models.

The DCspine PoP being deployed in Datacenter.com’s new Amsterdam facility would allow Datacenter.com customers to establish easy, fast and cost-efficient cross-connections (up to 100G per connection) with other data centers in the Amsterdam region and beyond.

DCspine can be seen as a Meet Me Room (MMR) for all connected datacenters. The online portal offers Datacenter.com customers the opportunity to establish connectivity ‘on-demand’ with other data centers in both the Amsterdam metropolitan area as well as deeper to the edge of the network.

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The DCspine Point-of-Presence allows Datacenter.com customers to easily deploy disaster recovery (DR) data center locations thus executing their business continuity plans. It also enables them to ensure network continuity and uptime guarantees during IT infrastructure migration to the Datacenter.com AMS1 facility.

The DCspine platform would provide its services truly on-demand, as connectivity products purchased through the DCspine online portal – such as bandwidth or a point-to-multipoint connection – can be ordered, adjusted or deleted at any time 24/7.

“Eurofiber has developed the DCspine interconnection platform to capitalize on the need for highly flexible data center connectivity required by cloud service providers,” said Bart Oskam, CTO of the Eurofiber Group. “We applaud Datacenter.com for entering our growing partner ecosystem of interconnected data centers via software defined networking. We expect cloud services providers present in Datacenter.com AMS1 to appreciate our investments in the DCspine interconnection platform.”

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With the deployment of a PoP in Datacenter.com’s new Amsterdam data center, DCspine has expanded its ecosystem of data centers to over thirty connected facilities in the Netherlands. Next to Datacenter.com, the data center ecosystem includes companies like Equinix, Interxion, EvoSwitch, NLDC, Digital Realty, Alticom, Dataplace, and now also Datacenter.com. DCspine will further invest in connecting other data center locations.

Part of a planned targeted global roll-out of large-scale colocation data centers in selected markets, Datacenter.com’s Amsterdam flagship facility opened in Q4 2017 will total 54,000 square feet (5,000 square meters) colocation space upon completion.

Datacenter.com AMS1 features a highly energy-efficient design with a calculated pPUE figure of 1.04. Other Datacenter.com facility locations worldwide are soon to follow.

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“DCspine is a highly innovative interconnection platform that fully meets our expectations when it comes to establishing flexible and scalable data center and networking infrastructure,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com. “Also DCspine’s flexible contract terms make this interconnection platform a seamless extension to our own on-demand colocation capabilities, as Datacenter.com is uniquely offering Start Direct Cabinets – a pay-as-you-go colocation offering with month-to-month contract terms. Infrastructural and contractual flexibility will help cloud service providers achieve true elasticity within the Datacenter.com colocation environment.”

“DCspine is actually revolutionizing the colocation data center market in the Netherlands,” added Mr. Steman. “They are taking a concept like cloud-neutrality to the next level by adding a new level of independence, data center neutrality. Strengthening our own on-demand colocation delivery model, this will allow Datacenter.com customers to instantly and flexibly interconnect with other colocation data centers in the Amsterdam region and also a wide variety of edge locations in the Netherlands.”

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Juniper and TIM collaborate to develop cloud-oriented network infrastructure 

Juniper Networks, the leading networking products developer, signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), to develop a cloud-oriented network infrastructure.

Juniper and TIM together will research on software-defined networking and open optical systems to enhance end-user digital experience.

“Juniper believes that simplicity in both network design and operation has to become a core value for the networking industry and we welcome the opportunity to work with a forward-thinking operator such as TIM to help deliver effective solutions for the challenges presented by trends such as IoT, security, 5G and big data. We are committed to sharing expertise, projects, laboratories and resources to design, experiment and implement the technologies to foster the digital transformation that will enable the next-generation service offerings to TIM’s customers across Italy.”Tom Ruban, Chief Technical Officer EMEA at Juniper Networks

They will experiment and test new network techniques, which can improve performance, reliability and security of digital services. These techniques will be based on automation, virtualization, and open interfaces.

TIM will focus on development of FutureNET software defined infrastructure and ultrabroadband customer network platforms, so that these services can complement the future requirements of 5G and internet of things (IoT).

“TIM’s goal is to accelerate its evolution towards the network of the future. Our vision is towards a more automated, interconnected and agile network that reacts more easily to customer demands. Through the development of Software-Defined Networking and open optical systems, TIM will be able to develop a host of software components that can be activated where and when needed, based on customer needs. We have chosen to work with Juniper Networks via the research and innovation embodied in this MoU because the company shares our vision of transformation through network openness, virtualization and simplification to drive a superior digital customer experience.”Enrico Bagnasco, Head of Innovation at TIM

Both the companies also plan to work closer with other technology providers and industry forums to enable rich functionality, ongoing innovation and best practices.

Juniper recently reported its fourth quarter results, which were a little disappointing for the company. Its net revenues were $1.23 billion, a decrease of 11% year over year and 1% sequentially.

Also read: Juniper Networks announces intent to move its OpenContrail’s Codebase to The Linux Foundation

Other tech giants, including Microsoft and Amazon, beat analyst expectations and posted strong quarter results. The cloud business of both the companies, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, boosted their growth.

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Riverbed previews its new Azure-Ready Edge platform at Microsoft Ignite 2017

Riverbed Technology, Inc. at Microsoft Ignite 2017, previewed Riverbed SteelFusion Azure-Ready Edge – a technology that will extend Microsoft Azure Cloud storage to the remote network edges.

Riverbed Technology works towards making websites, applications, networks, cloud data centers and remote offices better through hybrid networking, cloud SD-WAN, SaaS, big data and mobile technologies.

With this, the company plans to extend the flexibility and benefits of Azure cloud to the remote and network endpoint users.

SteelFusion will make use of Microsoft Hyper-V as the virtualization platform to give remote locations’ direct access to Azure cloud and will be used as the primary storage tier. This will promote easy provisioning, protection and recovery of data from Azure.

Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of SteelHead, SteelFusion and SteelConnect at Riverbed said, “Over 1,200 enterprises have chosen SteelFusion as an edge IT platform, dramatically streamlining operations for remote business locations. We value our long-standing relationship with Microsoft, and with the SteelFusion Azure-Ready Edge, we will provide joint customers with even more options for managing edge IT.”

He further added, “With this solution, organizations will be able to instantly realize the benefits of using Azure cloud storage wherever they do business.

Riverbed SteelFusion, per the company, is the first and only SD (Software-defined)-Edge solution that has the capability to deliver local performance along with data convergence and lower total-cost-of-ownership(TCO) for distributed organizations.

It makes use of a technology that delivers modern, cloud-like experience to those organizations that have to repeatedly manage complex and ROBO (Remote office branch office) locations. Thus, it permits remote storage, networking and backup infrastructure to be converged into a single appliance with a response time similar to that of a local storage.

Tad Brockway, Partner Director Program Management at Microsoft said that Microsoft Azure has always supported its customers and enterprises implementing a cloud-first strategy achieve more efficiency, scalability and cost savings benefits that are essential to keep pace in the digitally evolving world.

He further added, “With Riverbed SteelFusion, we will be extending the same benefits of the Azure cloud to the edge of the network, which remains a critical component to the ongoing success of the business in today’s distributed IT landscape.”

The SteelFusion Azure Ready Edge will be highly useful for complex workloads managing hybrid applications and services in ROBO locations with a SD platform that can centralize remote data and other operational processes in a cloud or hybrid cloud environment.

Riverbed is previewing the product at currently ongoing Microsoft Ignite Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Cisco to begin Early Field Trials of AVE to extend ACI to Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google

Cisco had recently announced its plans of extending Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) – its Software Defined Networking (SDN) solution, to the public cloud – Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google.

This will allow quick innovation and digital transformation as enterprises will get to access ACI anywhere along with the flexibility of running their applications across their private and chosen public cloud, while maintaining constant network policies along complete multi-cloud domain.

ACI helps in reducing data center complexities by providing hardware and software capabilities jointly via one environment. Approximately 4,000 customers of Cisco are currently using ACI platform.

In the wake of this development, Cisco made another announcement of commencing Early Field Trials (EFT) of its ACI Virtual Edge (AVE), Cisco’s next generation Application Virtual Switch (AVS) for the ACI environments. AVE is independent of hypervisor and offers seamless policy control across a number of hypervisors, with its basic version targeted for VMware ESXi.

Frank Palumbo, Senior Vice President, Global Data Center & Enterprise Networking Sales announced this development in his blog post. He said, “We are on schedule to ship by the end of this year.”

He added, “Cisco understands the burden of operational change. We have designed the ACI Virtual Edge for an easy transition with minimal operational disruption. Current customers can continue to use the AVS and move to the AVE at their convenience. We will continue support for the AVS to alleviate customer concern. With this solution, customers can maintain their existing policies and operational procedures.”

With traditional hardware based switches and routers quickly fading away, Cisco has been continuously trying to position itself as a software vendor. This year, the company experienced a dip in its switching revenue by approximately 9% YoY in fiscal 4Q17, that cover almost half of its revenue.

Cisco seems to be in the initial transition stages of moving to the software and subscription revenue business model and so this dip is expected when the companies switch business models. The recent announcements are the proof that the tech giant is focusing on innovation that can create long term business value.

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Despite revenue decline, Cisco fights back with new acquisition and plans for product extensions

Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced its intent to buy Springpath Inc, leading hyperconvergence software provider for $320 Million in cash.

The decision came few days after the computer networking giant announced its fourth quarter earnings report of a declining revenue base.

Total revenue was down 4% recorded at $12.41 billion.

The revenue from many of its products was considerably low (5% down). The primary products revenue was down in the fourth quarter, while services saw an increase by 1%. Security and wireless offerings recorded 3% and 5% upsurge. While other revenue sources were all in the decline, including switching and routing (9% down year-over-year).

Reportedly, analysts said that they don’t expect much improvement to the business in coming quarters, but the company can perform well in the long run. This can be due to the increased efforts towards acquisition of software and subscription businesses.

The intention to buy Springpath can be considered as one such effort. Cisco’s HyperFlex HCI (hyper-converged infrastructure) is an Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM) of Springpath.
The duo, thus, have been working very closely since 2012, when Springpath was founded. And, most of the customers and channel partners expected the companies to merge businesses in future.

Rob Salvagno, Vice-President, Corporate Business Development, Cisco said, “This acquisition is a meaningful addition to our data center portfolio and aligns with our overall transition to providing more software-centric solutions,”

He further added, “Springpath’s file system technology was built specifically for hyperconvergence, which we believe will deliver sustainable differentiation in this fast-growing segment. I’m excited to be able to provide our customers and partners with the simplicity and agility they need in data center innovation.”

The company also announced its plans to extend ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) into public cloud segment.

In a company blog it said that now the customers will be able to run applications across their private as well as public cloud. The service will soon be available on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud platform.

With this, the company aims to offer maximum flexibility to its customers. Currently, ACI service supports multiple hypervisors, Linux containers and bare metal servers. The company even co-engineered with over 65 Data Center ecosystem partners who run their products with ACI. This has helped ACI turn into the most flexible and widely deployed SDN (Software defined networking) solution.

And now by extending the same facility to public cloud domain, customers will get more benefits.

With such developments and efforts in revamping product line, it would be interesting to see how Cisco jumps back with higher revenues.

Stay tuned for updates!