Emerson Network Power identifies five data center trends for 2016

APACNetworks Asia — Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, today released five data center trends to watch for in 2016. “Data center technologies are emerging and evolving at an astounding pace. Our customers in Asia are investing in upgrading their legacy infrastructure while driving innovation to deliver more value added services,” said Anand Sanghi, president, Emerson Network Power in Asia.


Can SDN player threaten Equinix?

AustraliaThe plan would see Megaport expand into another 45 data centres in key connectivity points around the globe. It has identified some of those locations as: New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. The plan will increase the existing Megaport network from 34 data centres to 79 data centres. Once the expansion is complete, Megaport will be a significant competitor to the likes of Equinix, CenturyLink and other SDN providers in the market.


M1 taps SDN for datacenter efficiency

SingaporeZDNet — M1 says it is deploying software-defined networking (SDN) in its cloud data centre as part of efforts to gain operational efficiencies, enabling the Singapore telco to then pass this benefit to its customers. It signed up VMware, Palo Alto Networks, and Huawei as partners in, what the operator described as a proof of concept in its data center, which was launched in November last year.


Colt’s DCNet Wins Best Asian Project At Global Carrier Awards

APACMondo Visione — Colt Technology Services’ Asian division today announced that it has won the Best Asian Project at the Global Carrier Awards hosted during the Capacity Europe event in Paris. This award was in recognition of Colt’s DCNet project which demonstrates the benefits that SDN and NFV are bringing to the telecommunications industry. Leveraging these next-generation technologies, Colt has been to tailor a solution that helps better serve Asia’s rapidly growing data centre market.


Midokura Launches New Network Virtualization Solution to Support OpenStack Liberty Release and Soaring Popularity in Containers

JapanMarket Wired — OPENSTACK SUMMIT TOKYO – Midokura, the global innovator in software network virtualization, today announced the latest release of its award-winning Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM) technology, a scalable network virtualization solution designed for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds.


Akanda Releases New Version of Astara That Simplifies Networking for OpenStack Liberty

JapanMarket Wired — TOKYO: Akanda, the major contributor and supporter of the recently launched OpenStack Project Astara, today announced Astara’s Liberty release at OpenStack Summit Tokyo. The new version now available to OpenStack operators is the open source network orchestration platform’s most substantial since its initial launch, and is Astara’s first since becoming an official OpenStack project.


IHS reports 19% spike in overall sales, though SDN impacting growth

APACRCR Wireless — Despite an expected slowdown in spending due to growing interest in software-defined networking, IHS reports the carrier routing and switching market posted a 19% spike in overall sales during the second quarter compared to the same period last year. That spike resulted in total sales of $3.9 billion. The research firm said the most recent growth was spread across major geographical regions, with Asia Pacific the only region to post a year-over-year decline in sales falling 16%.


NTT: NFV and SDN are transforming enterprise networks

JapanNetwork Aasia — Integration of cloud, data center and network assets riding onsoftware-defined networks and virtualization technology will be the biggest trend to happen in the next few years. Networking vendors and service providers, such as NTT Com Asia, have recognized that the NFV and SDN trend is imminent and have begun incorporating these new technologies as complementary capabilities to their existing platforms, thus driving more innovations.


The myths and misconceptions of Software Defined Networks

APACBusiness Spectator — In the last 12-18 months, Software Defined Networks (SDN) technology has been much touted as a data centre saviour – one that can transform the network, unlock critical intelligence, and help deliver the new services and powerful analytics needed to run on-demand applications for today’s businesses and consumers. IDC has even gone so far as to predict that the SDN market in Asia Pacific will surpass the $1 billion mark by 2018.


ZTE intensifies focus on SDN, NFV and Big Data solutions for enterprise

ChinaNetworks Asia — As the Internet of Things makes the world more connected, ZTE Corporation will intensify research on 5G, SDN (Software Defined Networks), cloud computing and Big Data to help customers build next-generation networks and technology infrastructure supporting more dynamic services provisioning, Chief Technology Officer Dr. Zhao Xianming said at the ZTE Global Analyst Conference in Shanghai.


NEC launches SDN-compatible switches for large data centers

JapanNEC Corporation has developed Software-Defined Networking (SDN) compatible switches that enable network configurations equivalent to several thousand server racks, aimed at the large data centers operated by telecom carriers and service providers. The new switches are available in two varieties. The PF5340-48XP-6Q is a Top of Rack (ToR) switch with a 48-port 10GbE interface for consolidating servers. The PF5340-32QP is an aggregation switch that consolidates multiple racks with 32 40GbE ports.


Singtel launches software-defined WAN service

SingaporeSingtel has announced a partnership with Viptela to launch SingTel ConnectPlus Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) service. This cloud-based solution helps enterprises in Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe and the US simplify the management of their networks.  The Singtel ConnectPlus SD-WAN solution enables enterprises to simplify and centralize their network provisioning and policy management, and configure network requirements in real-time.


Level 3 and Optus Announce CDN Collaboration Across Australia

AustraliaBROOMFIELD – Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) and Optus Wholesale and Satellite today announced that Level 3 is providing deep-edge caching services that will enable Optus to locally cache high-demand content on its network. The agreement gives Optus quicker access to content, while growing Level 3’s content delivery network (CDN) capacity in Australia by 300 percent. The demand for online video continues to grow globally. According to Adobe’s most recent Video Benchmark Report, online TV video consumption grew 388 percent from 2013 to 2014. In addition, new research from Park Associates found that nearly 50 million streaming media players will be sold worldwide by 2017.


Australia-US project achieves SDN routing breakthrough

AustraliaThe Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have demonstrated internet-scale software-defined network routing to the United States, using open source components. Using a high throughput programmable Corsa OpenFlow DP6410 data plane, the Australian institutions set up a production SDN-based peering router with a switch deployed in AARNet’s data centre in Haymarket, Sydney, and an Open Network Operating System (ONOS) application 15km away in Marsfield.


StarHub starts transformation to open, cloud-based network using SDN

SingaporeStarHub has started transforming its existing core and access networks to open, cloud-based networks using software-defined networking (SDN) technology. This forms part of StarHub’s aim to enhance its network operational capabilities, enabling the company to better respond to its corporate customers’ business needs as well as to support Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives.  This came after StarHub recently finalized the design of its SDN environment and identified various strategic partners, including Cisco and Huawei who will be involved in the development of StarHub’s SDN ecosystem.


Telstra to push out Pacnet SDN worldwide

AustraliaTelco giant Telstra has moved quicklyto make the most of its $US697m acquisition of Asian telecommunications provider Pacnet, announcing global availability of what it describes as Asia’s first Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform. The telco said the move will enable high-performance, self-provisioned dynamic network services across 25 PEN (Points of Presence) worldwide. Darrin Webb, chief operating officer, Global Enterprise & Services at Telstra, said the new global PEN Platform leverages Telstra and Pacnet’s combined high-quality infrastructure assets for global connectivity options.


Most VN firms plan to use virtual technology

VietnamThe findings indicate that businesses in the highly virtualised category will rise from the existing 11 per cent to 35 per cent by 2017. As many as 445 business and IT managers and decision makers participated in the VMware Vietnam Business Survey conducted from January to March 2015.


Pacnet Extends Software Defined Networking to Optical Layer

Hong KongPacnet, the Hong Kong-based telco that operates globally, is one of the companies leading the pack in employing software defined networking to provide services to their customers. Today, the company announced another step in that direction — deployment of Infinera’s new Open Transport Switch software. The integration of OTS extends software-enabled network automation into the optical layer, meaning lower latency, high transfer speed, and guaranteed performance for much bigger network capacity.


SoftBank, Pertino Launch SDN Cloud Channel in Japan

JapanPertino, a company reinventing networking for the mobile and cloud era, today announced the launch of a Japanese sales channel for its SDN-powered cloud networking service through a distribution partnership with SoftBank Commerce & Services Corp. (SoftBank C&S). This is the first major partnership in Japan and the second inked under the company’s BlueSky Partner Program—launched in September 2014—following last quarter’s announcement of an alliance with Dell to integrate and resell Pertino’s Cloud Network Engine service within the Dell Cloud Marketplace.


Facebook planning to give network switch orders to Taiwan ODMs

TaiwanOptimistic about software defined network (SDN) development, Facebook is planning to shift its network switch orders from existing brand partners to Taiwan’s white-box suppliers in 2015 and both Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, a white-box server subsidiary of Wistron, are already preparing aggressively to strive for related orders.