Global Data Center and SDN Market Nearly Doubled Last Year

APACInformation Management — The global data center and enterprise software-defined networking (SDN) market jumped 82% in 2015 from the prior year, reaching $1.4 billion, according to research and analysis firm IHS Inc. These figures include in-use for SDN Ethernet switches, SDN controllers, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) appliances and control and management.

Telstra expands Asian backbone

AustraliaIT News — Telstra has expanded its Asian network backbone through capacity purchases on existing submarine cables and a new fully-owned overland circuit. A Telstra spokesman said the company was not part of the consortium that built the Bay of Bengal Gateway cable, but has secured capacity on the system that connects Singapore, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka with Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

HPE, NEC form enterprise SDN alliance

JapanTelecom Asia — Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NEC Corporation have partnered to help companies accelerate the adoption of mobile-first networking to improve workplace productivity. Under the agreement, HPE and Aruba will integrate their enterprise wireless and wired networking portfolio with NEC’s SDN solutions.

Can’t have SDDC without SD-WAN: Nuage

APACNetworks Asia — SDN can’t be done on an island, according to Nuage Networks. If an enterprise is doing a software-defined datacenter, it must also do a software-defined WAN to ensure consistent policy across the IT infrastructure, said Sunil Khandekar, Nuage CEO and co-founder.

64 percent of Asia Pacific use virtualised network functions

APACAbout two-thirds (64 percent) of enterprises in 14 markets across the Asia Pacific region are at some stage of deployment of virtualised network functions, according to a new report by IDC. Thirty percent of organisations are implementing or running software-defined networking (SDN) functionality to improve network agility, speed and programmability.

Telstra using Cisco software for SDN, NFV products

AustraliaWhile the news over at Cisco has been about cloud-related technology acquisitions, yesterday they were part of an interesting APAC announcement down under. Telstra is using Cisco’s software platform to bring SDN and NFV powered products to market. Of course, Telstra bought Pacnet about a year ago and quickly started investing in an expansion of its early SDN-powered PEN network.

Telstra and Cisco promised ‘redefined customer experience’ with SDN

AustraliaIT Wire — Software-defined networking (SDN), according to Wikipedia, ‘is an approach to computer networking that allows network administrators to manage network services through abstraction of higher-level functionality. This is done by decoupling the system that makes decisions about where traffic is sent (the control plane) from the underlying systems that forward traffic to the selected destination (the data plane).’

Where SDN falls down

APACNetworks Asia — Software Defined Networking (SDN) promises faster network deployment times and increased agility. Unfortunately, early SDN architectures focused only on solving connectivity challenges at layers 2 through 4 of the OSI model and largely ignored application-centric challenges at layer 4 to layer 7. Yet, layers 4 – 7 are where many of the services reside that ensure applications are fast, highly available and secure.

ZTE launches SDN-based cloud data center solution

China.gifNetwork Asia — ZTE Corporation has launched its SDN-based cloud datacentre solution – ZTE uSmartDC. The Internet has enormous impact and brings many challenges to the telecoms industry. Operators need to rapidly launch new services and hasten innovation which needs to be open and collaborative.

DoCoMo develops NFV for multivendor EPC

JapanTelecom Asia — NTT DoCoMo has completed the development of what it says is the world’s first network function virtualization (NFV) technology that can run Evolved Packet Core (EPC) software from multiple vendors to enhance connectivity in high-volume areas. DoCoMo plans to deploy the technology on its network starting this March. It also plans to deploy SDN to make IP network flexible in accordance with the introduction of NFV.

Software is Going to Define the Network: Swapna Bapat, Brocade India

IndiaComputer World — For the past two decades, networking technologies have not been able to quickly respond to the rapidly changing business demands. Software-defined networking promises to change that, says Swapna Bapat, Director for Systems Engineering, Brocade India.

Telstra, Ericsson ink deal for full-stack SDN/NFV cloud solution

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Telstra and Ericsson signed a contract at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday under which Ericsson will deploy a full-stack telecom cloud solution that includes NFV and SDN, and will focus initially on transforming the Australian telco’s wireless network and providing a 5G-ready core.

Huawei, Telefonica complete trials on SDN-based optical network

ChinaTelecom Asia — Telefonica and Huawei have completed what the firms claim is the industry’s first migration of commercial user traffic over an SDN-based IP optical network IP+Optical trial network in Peru. The success of the SDN-based network resulted in Telefonica’s SDN team issuing a certification to Huawei to celebrate the service migration and carrying, the companies further said.

How Symantec’s CIO used SDN, cloud to pull off Veritas split

APACMIS Asia — It’s not uncommon for CIOs of large enterprises to manage big changes associated with mergers and acquisitions. But what is a CIO to do when she’s tasked with building new infrastructure for a standalone company in 12 months? That’s the question Symantec CIO Sheila Jordan faced after the board decided to divest Veritas, the storage software maker it purchased in 2005, to focus squarely on its core security business.

Telstra unveils new SDN services

AustraliaNetworks Asia — Telstra has launched PEN Exchange and PEN Marketplace, two new enhancements to its global Software Defined Networking (SDN) solution, the Telstra PEN Platform. Using the PEN Exchange, organisations can identify and connect their network circuits on-demand with other PEN customers, driving faster, easier and more secure digital partnerships.

China Unicom, Huawei deploy transport SDN in Hangzhou

ChinaTelecom Asia — China Unicom’s Zhejiang subsidiary, together with Huawei, has deployed a Transport  software-defined networking (T-SDN) project on the Hangzhou metro transport network to provide bandwidth on demand (BoD) leased lines for government and enterprises.

IIJ, Hitachi Metals seal expanded deal on SDN

JapanTelecom Asia — Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) and Hitachi Metals, a subsidiary under Japan’s Hitachi Group, have agreed to further their technological partnership, entering the area of enterprise networking solutions that utilize SDN technologies. The two companies will develop solutions that combine SDN controllers developed by IIJ with Hitachi Metals’ Ethernet switch products and will open up new areas of the market by re-selling one another’s products and services.

Telstra launches PEN Exchange, PEN Marketplace

AustraliaIT Wire — Jim Clarke, Telstra’s Head of International Products and Pricing, said the two new enhancements were designed to satisfy customers’ growing needs for “secure, high bandwidth on-demand”, and built on the expansion of the Telstra PEN Platform to the optical layer across 26 PEN Points of Presence worldwide in 2015.

Megaport and AMS-IX Partner to Provide Global SDN-enabled Elastic Interconnection and Internet Exchange Service

AustraliaNews Wire — BRISBANE: Software-based elastic interconnectivity provider, Megaport Limited today announced its US subsidiary has signed an alliance agreement to become the exclusive global elastic cloud interconnection partner for Amsterdam Internet Exchange. AMS-IX will in turn provide its Internet Exchange service in key Megaport-enabled markets across the globe.

Australia gets national SDN testbed

AustraliaIT News — Australian computer scientists, engineers and mathematicians have a new nationwide, real-world testbed with international connectivity to validate software-defined networking (SDN) concepts. Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) and the Data61 unit of the CSIRO are behind the SDN testbed, which builds on earlier efforts in collaboration with international partners.

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.