OpenContrail becomes Tungsten Fabric

The Linux Foundation has recently obtained the OpenContrail source from Juniper. Having fully transitioned OpenContrail into the Linux Foundation, it is now rebranded as Tungsten Fabric. This move may appear to further distance it from Juniper‘s Contrail. But inside it is still the same SDN orchestrator, providing control, visibility and analytics across the network. Tungsten…

BT enhances Dynamic Network Services with Cisco ENCS

A short while ago, we posted about BT’s Dynamic Network Services plans. BT has now taken the next step, launching the Cisco ENCS platform as the delivery point for its Connect Services Platform for NFV. Their snappily titled press-release (BT and Cisco accelerate partnership for future networks) has more to say. There’s a bit of BT rebranding…

VMware acquires VeloCloud, consolidates SD-WAN market

VMware have announced in a blog post (Leading our Industry into a Software-Defined Future with Strategic M&A) that they are acquiring VeloCloud. They have also issued the obligatory press-release to support this. They follow Cisco’s acquisition of Viptela (Viptela plans for acquisition by Cisco) in integrating SD-WAN as a feature into networks rather than a…

Product Announcement: Cisco ISR 1000 router

Cisco have launched a new entry point ISR router. This is the Cisco ISR 1000 series, intended as the new entry point for SME connection into the corporate network. It supports lower density remote locations accessing through either an MPLS link or a VPN using the Internet. This isn’t designed to support NFV, but it…

6Wind announces support for ARM to add to MIPS and x86

6Wind support for ARM devices as well as traditional x86 and MIPS processors with their press-release (6WIND Announces Arm® Processor Support for High Performance Networking). This expands the reach of their 6WINDGate platform. It supports either ARM-based devices, or network cards that use ARM processors to off-load processing from the main processor. This announcement is…

Cisco extends ENCS platform with low-end ENCS5104

At CiscoLive 2017 in Las Vegas, the ENCS platform gained a new four core box. The ENCS5104 is now appearing on the Cisco website in the form of an updated ENCS platform datasheet. The datasheet shows that the platform is a much lower entry point than the previous ENCS54xx series devices.

SDxCentral: Physical SD-WAN appliances aren’t going anywhere

SDxCentral has a piece on the current state of SD-WAN appliances. It distinguishes the three different forms SD-WAN can take (or at least for the purposes of their article). They divide the market-place into three segments. Thick, hybrid and thin appliances. Welcome to those directed here by SilverPeak‘s tweet. Please stay have a look around.…

MEF focuses on SD-WAN with LSO and OpenCS

The old Metro Ethernet Forum (now simply MEF) issued a press-release to cover a focus on SD-WAN. This covers three areas: Service Implementations using the MEF frameworks Market Education Proof of Concept Demostrations Service Implementation The Service Implementation uses the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration Reference Architecture and Framework (LSO) issued as MEF-55. This documents business…