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Alcatel, Fujitsu join AT&T’s cloud-focused network architecture effort

Alcatel-Lucent and the networking communications arm of Fujitsu have joined AT&T’s ‘User-Defined Network Cloud’ programme, the telco’s bid to rearchitect its core network in a move that will make it more elastic, scalable, and capable of handling massive volumes of IP-based traffic.

Earlier this year AT&T announced a bold move to embrace software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) in its core network because of the changes it has foreseen in how customers will use its network.

Underpinning this is the company’s ‘Domain 2.0’ effort, an initiative that sees key vendors like Ericsson and Juniper working with AT&T to develop the underlying technology platform allowing network services and infrastructure to be used, provisioned, and orchestrated like a cloud platform.

As part of the announcement both Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu will join in the effort to develop the Domain 2.0 platform.

“The architecture and deployment teams are finalizing their planned introduction of this new architecture, which we expect to roll out later this year and early 2015,” said Tim Harden, president, AT&T Supply Chain.

“We look forward to collaborating with Fujitsu and Alcatel-Lucent to achieve our next-generation network.”

The Domain 2.0 platform is a direct response to both actual and forecast growth in cloud services uptake among AT&T’s customers; legacy networks simply aren’t dynamic, flexible or scalable enough to keep up with the growth in IP-based traffic.

“The rapid growth in IP endpoints requires greater scale and efficiency in handling the number and diversity of devices than we are getting from traditional network solutions. Movement of data to the cloud for use on any device and increasing use of virtual machine models redefines the endpoints and timeframes for provisioning network connections. These drivers require the business of networking to significantly improve the capital efficiency and human operations per unit of business,” the operator said.

“It will allow AT&T and our customers to share a common pool of resources (& CAPEX) and to use those resources in order to compose network capabilities and services on-demand, with elasticity, and driven with orchestration techniques similar to those seen managing the workloads in cloud datacentres.”

AT&T said other benefits associated with its network overhaul include better utilisation of physical assets, more flexibility with customers, greater access to a wider range of suppliers and open source technologies

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According to research, IT Practitioners don’t seem to understand SDN yet.

However, all evidence highlights that enterprises must take the opportunity to manage the speed of change made possible by the virtualisation of other data centre resources and provide the perfect complement to cloud computing.

Recognising the unity between network virtualisation, cloud and enterprises, the Cloud World Series is pleased to bring the timely Software Defined Enterprise Forum.

Confronting the difficulties Enterprise IT experts and vendors face when grasping the SDN momentum, the two day conference agenda brings key case studies and best practice from those already ahead of the Software Defined Networking, Storage and Datacenter game!

Download the latest agenda here.

Midokura partners with Fujitsu on OpenStack-based NFV #SDEnterprise

BCNNetwork virtualisation vendor Midokura announced a partnership with Fujitsu that will see both companies integrate Midokura’s MidoNet network virtualization software with Fujitsu’s private cloud platform software, which is based on OpenStack.

The partnership will see Fujitsu work to integrate its private cloud orchestration platform with which Midokura’s MidoNet, a software-based, distributed network virtualization system that allows enterprises and service providers to build, run and manage virtual networks.

The companies said the jointly developed technology will allow enterprises to create multi-tenanted private cloud environments more quickly and deploy more scalable, flexible networks.

“We are pleased to partner with Fujitsu to provide the industry with an innovative enterprise- grade joint solution that will vastly simplify the building and management of private clouds,” said Dan Mihai Dumitriu, co-founder and CEO of Midokura.

“Backed by Fujitsu’s broad success and experience in cloud building services, coupled with our powerful network virtualization solution, MidoNet, customers will benefit immensely from our one stop service,” Dumitriu said.

Fujitsu said the partnership was natural given Midokura’s participation with helping to build NFV support into the OpenStack code.

“We are pleased to have partnered with Midokura to offer solutions to enhance OpenStack-based clouds with network virtualization,” said Takashi Fujiwara, head of platform software business unit, Fujitsu Limited.

“To meet the needs of our cloud customers, we have responded by adding OpenStack to our solution offerings, and we are continuing to invest in many areas — such as deployment and operational support services, additional hardware support, and of course, we are working to improve Fujitsu Software ServerView Resource Orchestrator, our private cloud platform software,” Fujiwara said.

NFV has become an increasingly important component of OpenStack as the platform continues to be embraced by enterprises and large scale service providers alike, and companies delivering network virtualisation capabilities are set to grow according to some analysts.

Last month Plumgrid, and OpenStack-based NFV solutions vendor scored $16.2m

Speaker Spotlight: DFW International Airport, Deutsche Telekom Group & University of Bristol #SDEnterprise

The Software Defined Enterprise World Forum is fast approaching! We wanted to give you the chance to meet just some of the key industry leaders that be discussing the hottest topics and sparking debates at the event, this September.

An insight into the Industry Leaders joining the Software Defined Enterprise World Forum 2014!

mmMichael Moritz, Lead SDDC Architect, Deutsche Telekom Group

Member of T-Systems CTO Office in Cloud & Partner Sales. Responsible for Cloud Infrastructure Architecture in T-Systems with special focus on Software Defined Datacenter (incl. SDN, NVF, SDS).

Join Michael Moritz, member of T-Systems CTO Office in Cloud & Partner Sales, and delve into the details of T-System’s architectural evolution.  Benefit from Michael’s expertise and learn from the experience he has gained whilst taking responsibility for Cloud Infrastructure Architecture in T-Systems, which has a special focus on Software Defined Datacenter (incl. SDN, NVF, SDS).

Dewayne T. WashingtonDewayne T. Washington, Business Intelligence Manager, DFW International Airport

Dewayne T. Washington is the author of “Get in the Stream: The ultimate guide to customer adoption”. He currently manages the BI practice at DFW international Airport and was formerly head of technology for national NAACP, CIO of the Dallas African American Museum and has 15+ years in IT, specializing in data warehousing and BI.

Dewayne’s session on day two will cover the following:

  •     Agile development
  •     Cloud
  •     Customer interaction
  •     Learn how to deliver value to customers quickly
  •     Avoid the pitfalls of spending 2 years and $20 million on a great solution that customers will never use

rnDr. Reza Nejabati, High Performance Networks Group, University of Bristol

Dr. Reza Nejabati is a Senior Lecturer in High Performance Networks Group, Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy at University of Bristol. He has over 15 years of academic and industrial experience in the field of telecommunication and computer science. His current area of research is in the filed of disruptive new Internet technologies with focus on application of software defined network, network virtualization, service-oriented and programmable network, cross layer network design and architecture as well as network architecture and technologies for e-science and cloud computing. He has written or co-authored over 150 peer reviewed papers and three standardisation documents.

Dr. Reza, will be speaking on day two and addressing the challenges and issues for service level programmability of high-performance network and transport functions as well as virtualising high-capacity transport network to support multitenancy.

The highly focussed session will present novel solutions based on extension to SDN technology for abstracting the technological details of the transport network infrastructure with its multitude of emerging transport and switching technologies, making it sliceable, directly accessible and controllable by network services and applications. Issues for service level programmability of highperformance networks and transport functions.

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OpenStack network virtualisation player Plumgrid scores $16.2m #SDEnterprise

bcnPlumgrid, a provider of network virtualisation solutions for OpenStack private and public clouds announced that it has secured $16.2m in its latest round of funding.

The company’s technology, which is aimed largely at telcos at this point, brings a range of virtualised network services and features to the OpenStack platform, as well as a range of monitoring and analytics tools that can be used for troubleshooting.

Its latest round of funding, led by Longworth Venture Partners with participation from US Venture Partners, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures and Swisscom Ventures, bring the total amount the company has secured to $29m.

“The leadership team behind Plumgrid has a track record of developing innovative technologies in the network and virtualisation infrastructure space and backing it up with solid execution. USVP partners with entrepreneurs that have a strong vision and big ideas,” said Jacques Benkoski, Plumgrid board member and partner at US Venture Partners.

“An end-to-end solution in this space will go a long way in getting service providers and enterprises to adopt public and private cloud at large scales,” Benkoski said.

Companies delivering network virtualisation capabilities are set to grow according to some analysts.


Brad Casemore, director of research for datacenter networks at IDC said that many enterprises adopting private cloud, as well as service providers offering public cloud, have a need for network infrastructure that can securely perform at scale and automation requirements that cloud requires.

“These customers also have operational models that are different from those of traditional enterprises with more conventional client-server workloads,” he said. “Plumgrid is focused exclusively on this cloud opportunity, correctly perceiving that cloud implies a set of requirements that traditional approaches to networking, architectural and operational, were not designed to solve.”

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Ovum FREE webinar: Monetizing Mobile SDN: It’s a Family Affair #SDEnterprise

Ovum-logo-135Camille Mendler, Principal Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media and Steve Shaw, Marketing Director, Juniper Networks, have discussed how the middle-class family is driving digital service creation, why software-defined networking (SDN) can solve demand challenges and how CSPs can leverage SDN for digital service growth in this 60-minute webinar.


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The Inaugural Software Defined Enterprise World Forum – the only dedicated meeting place to cover Software-Defined Networking for Enterprise, Software Defined Data Centre and Software Defined Storage and Automation under one roof – will take place in London between 10-11 September 2014!

This is the only event to cover all sides of software defined technologies through the prism of enterprise organisations. It targets both the CIO for the overall business case behind SDx but also the engineers, working on the nitty-gritty details of the SDDC and SDS.

Stay ahead of the game – get answers to the key questions in the SDN space right now! Key topics up for discussion include:

  •  Getting to grips with SDN in the enterprise: Where in the SDN journey is your organisation?
  • Weighing up the benefits of Software Defined Networks: Reducing CAPEX and OPEX through
  • SDN
  • What are the requirements to enable Software Defined Networks?
  • How can you make the most of legacy architectures when moving to Software Defined networks?
  • Data Centre Architectures of the future: Moving towards new models


Nokia and Juniper Networks team up on NFV, SDN cloud offering #SDEnterprise


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Network services and equipment provider Nokia has teamed up with IT networking vendor Juniper Networks to extend the development of SDN and NFV technologies for mobile operators.

The Finnish firm will bring together its Liquid Core NFV solution with Juniper’s MetaFabric datacentre architecture, which includes its NFV and cloud network automation solution Contrail, based on SDN, to create a “core on cloud” solution. The solution will be targeted at operators facing pressure to bring new services to market, the firms added.

The solution will be available later this year and will see Nokia provide its Liquid Core application suites implemented as virtualized network functions, such as virtualized Mobile Management Entity, virtualized IMS and virtualized Home Subscriber Server.  Juniper said that its MetaFabric architecture and Contrail SDN/NFV controller will also enable operators to create a mobile edge that is secure, automated and scalable. This will support operators in creating new services based on actionable intelligence, it added.


The Software Defined Enterprise World Forum will focus on the following themes:

  • SDN for Enterprises
  • Software Defined Data Centre
  • Software Defined Storage  + automation

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The Race for the Software-Defined Enterprise

A recent article on CIO Insight explores the next generation of enterprise IT, and asks: Is it all a contest between VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack? 


Rather than relying on expensive human labor, IT organisations are increasingly using software to automate the management of data centers in a way that scales to unprecedented levels.

This fundamental shift in the way IT is managed is creating an intense contest for control of those data centers between VMware, Microsoft and a host of vendors that are actively promoting the emerging OpenStack framework. At the moment, thanks to a significant head start and the deep loyalty of many CIOs, it appears that VMware is building an early lead that its rivals might find difficult to overcome.

VMware says that license bookings for the vCloud Suite more than doubled in 2013. While VMware concedes that those licenses are only about 10 percent of its customer base, the company is clearly gaining a lot of momentum in the private cloud computing space, which is expected to be a $50 billion market by 2016. “vCloud Suite is the fastest growing product in the VMware,” says Raghu Raghurham, executive vice president for cloud infrastructure and management at VMware.

Obviously, VMware is hardly the sole vendor with an eye on that market. Microsoft has gained a fair amount of virtualization ground with Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines that are free with various flavors of Microsoft Server. And a broad alliance of vendors backing OpenStack are making a case for a lower cost framework for managing clouds that promises IT organizations much greater levels interoperability across different instances of cloud computing.

But VMware is trying up the ante. What initially started out as an effort to create the software-defined data center is now a race to define the software-defined enterprise in a way that brings server, network and storage management under one common framework. And VMware is counting on the loyalty of its customers to put a significant amount of distance between it and the competition.

Whether VMware can sustain its lead over the long haul remains to be seen. By the time rival architectures catch up, however, VMware might be fairly well ahead in defining the next generation of enterprise IT.

The way an enterprise approaches its IT is changing through software defined technology and this is on track to dominate discussions in 2014. There is a lot for enterprise CIOs, CTOs and enterprise IT Managers to learn and evaluate how they can adopt their existing infrastructure as well as their current Cloud investment plans to fit a ‘Software-defined’ future.


From the producers of the market-leading Cloud World Forum comes the ‘Software Defined Enterprise World Forum’ as the only dedicated meeting place to cover SDN for Enterprise, SDDC and SDS under one roof.

The event covers all sides of software defined technologies through the prism of enterprise organisations. It targets both the CIO for the overall business case behind SDx but also the engineers, working on the nitty-gritty details of the
SDDC and SDS. Download the Draft Agenda now.

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