Some interesting news this week from vendors:
In the world of software defined networking, network functions virtualization has been getting a lot of press lately. In today's news, Cyan is collaborating with Red Hat and Telefonica to build a deterministic NFV architecture. Cyan is handling the orchestrator, Red Hat is working on the OpenStack enhancements, and Telefonica is providing the telco perspective into real world usage cases. Together they hope to put together something that service providers can do more than talk about using.
Ciena is helping with big bandwidth in eastern Canada, which has to be the part of Canada that seems to keep the lowest profile. F6 Networks is using their converged packet-optical gear in a 100G buildout in the province of New Brunswick between Fredericton and Saint John. F6 is building a 1500km dark fiber throughout the region, and while I've heard the name they weren't on my maps pages until today.
Speaking of NFV, Alcatel-Lucent announced its first deployment virtualized RAN software. Mobily in Saudi Arabia has moved its wireless controller capability into the cloud, with the new systems now handling live traffic. Hmmm, Saudi Arabia leading the way on nextgen wireless? Closer to home, Alcatel-Lucent is also powering a 1Gbps buildout in northeastern Oklahoma, where they will be supplying a triple play solution for Bolt Fiber Optic Services.
And Cisco made some headway inside Russia's labyrinthian energy sector. The Interregional Dispatching Office of the East Interconnected Power System, the branch of the System Operator of the United Power System has adopted Cisco's Unified Communications System. Alternative, if you really really like alphabet soup or would simply rather not gain a passing familiarity with Russian energy bureaucratic names, the East IDO - SO UPS JSC is using the Cisco UCS to upgrade its data center.
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