Data Center Networking Market Promising Growth Opportunities and Forecast 2017-2025

Industry Mirror | January 01, 2020

Present-day enterprises are highly dependent on the efficiency of their data center and performance of applications to excel on the fronts of enhances employee productivity, increases revenues and, reduced operational costs. In order to achieve these objectives, simplification of internal networks, virtualization, and consolidation are three crucial aspects that enterprises need to work upon. These objectives demand high performance server and several networking technologies. Excellent integration is also required between the two for optimal performance. Thus, appropriate integration of server and networking infrastructure is essential, which brings into light the importance of data center networking.

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In this session, Dell EMC’s Ihab Tarazi discusses the Dell EMC-VMware partnership on SDN – from Edge to Core to Cloud. Presented by Ihab Tarazi, Senior VP and CTO. Recorded at Networking Field Day 21 in Santa Clara, CA on October 3, 2019.

Spotlight

In this session, Dell EMC’s Ihab Tarazi discusses the Dell EMC-VMware partnership on SDN – from Edge to Core to Cloud. Presented by Ihab Tarazi, Senior VP and CTO. Recorded at Networking Field Day 21 in Santa Clara, CA on October 3, 2019.

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AirHop Launches the Industry's First Comprehensive Portfolio of Field-proven xApps and rApps to Accelerate 4G and 5G Open RAN Deployments

AirHop | February 24, 2022

AirHop Communications, a leader in 4G and 5G real-time (RT) Radio Access Network (RAN) Intelligence software solutions, announced they are delivering their AuptimTM family of 4G/5G xApp and rApp RAN automation and optimization solutions. Auptim is a portfolio of field-proven xApp and rApp software applications compliant with the O-RAN Alliance reference architecture and are deployed on 3rd party RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platforms. Airhop will demonstrate Auptim xApps and rApps with several ecosystem partners including VMware, Juniper Networks and the Open Networking Foundation at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We have delivered commercially hardened near RT automation and optimization use cases with our cloud-native eSON software platform and AI/ML use cases with eSON360 at Reliance Jio and Rakuten Mobile. This experience has enabled us to rapidly develop important use cases as xApps and rApps supporting the O-RAN architecture. The Open RAN ecosystem is working to enable accelerated delivery of best-in-class disaggregated components. This has been our experience through the integration of Auptim xApps and rApps with RIC platforms from leading RIC vendors and deployments in trials with leading MNOs." Yan Hui, AirHop Co-Founder and CEO "AirHop's near real-time RAN automation and optimization applications have provided a key component in Rakuten's journey to drive operations automation and consistent performance across its network," stated Madhukiran Medithe, Head of Network Intelligence & Analytics Department at Rakuten Mobile Inc. "As Rakuten leads the way in making O-RAN RIC (RAN Intelligent Control) a practical reality, we are excited to be working with AirHop and see them bring their capabilities to Rakuten’s O-RAN architecture with the Auptim family of xApps and rApps." With the growing complexity of 4G & 5G networks and the disaggregation of the RAN stack with Open RAN, the enablement of intelligent automation and optimization solutions has become mandatory for both greenfield and brownfield Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). The industry has recognized the need for both near RT RAN management and AI/ML approaches for intelligent RAN optimization. The O-RAN Alliance is driving a standard architecture and open interfaces to lead this enablement with the Near RT RIC and Non-RT RIC platforms. The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) OpenRAN RAN Intelligence and Automation (RIA) subgroup is enabling an ecosystem of MNOs and vendors to develop of AI/ML based use cases. Auptim near RT xApps and AI/ML based non RT rApps are critical pieces of the puzzle for MNOs to leverage these platforms to realize lower operating costs, improved user experience and provide greater flexibility for service delivery. "One key objective for Open RAN is the establishment of a rich ecosystem of disaggregated components to drive faster innovation across the layers of the RAN," noted Stéphane Téral, Chief Analyst of Lightcounting Market Research. "The O-RAN RIC platforms in conjunction with xApps and rApps provide promise for greater innovation in performance optimization, improved spectral efficiency, enhanced user experience and lower operation costs. It is intriguing to see AirHop leverage its experience delivering near RT automation and optimization solutions for the Rakuten Mobile Open RAN deployment into xApps and rApps for deployment on RIC platforms across the ecosystem." Auptim consists of a portfolio of automation and optimization software applications, including solutions available now in addition to a roadmap of solutions available later this year. The Auptim portfolio provides use cases spanning RAN configuration optimization, RAN mobility optimization, RAN coverage and capacity optimization, automated energy savings and RAN operations automation. The following xApps and rApps are available today for RIC integrations and commercial deployments: Physical Cell Identity (PCI) Optimization for automated detection and resolution of PCI conflict and confusion, available as an xApp or rApp Random Access CHannel (RACH) Optimization for RACH parameter optimization, available as an xApp or rApp Mobility Robustness Optimization (MRO) to optimize handover performance, available as an rApp Mobility Load Balancing (MLB) for dynamic balancing of user load among neighbor cells, available as an xApp or rApp Multi-Cell Interference Management (MCIM) to dynamically detect and manage interference - increasing spectral efficiency, available as an xApp Anomaly Detector (AD) for implementation of machine learning based Cell Outage Detection and Smart Diagnostics of network operational anomalies, available as an rApp Auptim provides MNOs with a leading portfolio of xApps and rApp for use on 3rd party RIC platforms. AirHop is collaborating with a broad ecosystem of Near RT RIC and Non RT RIC platforms, RAN vendors as well as TIP and O-RAN Alliance to accelerate the availability of O-RAN compliant commercial class near RT and non RT RAN automation and optimization solutions. Some Auptim xApps have also been deployed as part of the disaggregated multi-vendor Open RAN field trial conducted by Deutsche Telekom. “Enabling vendors such as AirHop to participate in an ecosystem where MNO needs are defined and prioritized and vendor solutions are tested and validated is a foundational goal of the TIP OpenRAN RIA subgroup”, stated David Hutton, Chief Engineer at Telecom Infra Project. “We welcome AirHop’s participation, through TIP RIA to align their Auptim family of use cases with RIC platform and OpenRAN network element vendors to ensure the success of OpenRAN.” "Our collaboration with AirHop is an excellent example of the Open RAN ecosystem, enabling innovation across the RAN stack to deliver disruptive solutions for MNOs without impacting their current business operations. We share a common objective in delivering new levels of programmability and automation for the RAN through VMware's Centralized RIC and Distributed RIC platforms in conjunction with AirHop Auptim xApps and rApps" said Lakshmi Mandyam, VP Product Management and Partner Ecosystems, Service Provider and Edge BU at VMware. "We are excited to be showcasing some fruits of our collaboration at MWC Barcelona this month with a demonstration of the Auptim PCI rApp integrated with our Centralized RIC platform." AirHop and Juniper Networks will demonstrate a Random Access Channel (RACH) parameter optimization use case using the Juniper Near RT RIC and the AirHop RACH optimization xApp at MWC Barcelona. The demonstration highlights the RACH xApp being deployed on the Juniper O-RAN based Near RT RIC and automatically detecting and resolving RACH parameter conflicts in various RAN scenarios. About AirHop Communications AirHop Communications is a leading provider of cloud-native Open RAN automation and real-time optimization software solutions that deliver significant gains in spectral efficiency, lower operating costs and improved end-user quality of experience for 4G and 5G mobile networks. AirHop's Auptim family of O-RAN compliant near RT xApps and AI/ML-based rApps provide O-RAN compliant intelligent RAN automation and optimization solutions. AirHop’s eSON and eSON360 solutions provide commercially hardened and massively scalable near RT and AI/ML based RAN automation and optimization for pre-O-RAN architecture deployments. AirHop’s solutions are backed by a comprehensive portfolio of patents and are deployed across more than a million macro and small cells in commercial MNO networks. AirHop is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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A New Chapter for VMware: Spin-Off from Dell Technologies Completed

VMware | November 02, 2021

VMware and Dell Technologies today announced the completion of the spin-off of VMware from Dell Technologies. The spin-off from Dell Technologies provides VMware increased freedom to execute its multi-cloud strategy, a simplified capital structure and governance model, and additional operational and financial flexibility. The terms of the spin-off included an $11.5 billion special cash dividend (the “Special Dividend”) that resulted in a $27.40 per share dividend payment on November 1, 2021 (the “Payment Date”) to all VMware stockholders as of close of business on October 29, 2021 (the “Record Date”). The ex-dividend date will be November 2, 2021, the first trading day following the Payment Date. “VMware’s mission is to deliver the trusted software foundation that accelerates our customers’ innovation. As a standalone company, we will continue to bring our multi-cloud strategy to life by providing our customers the power to accelerate their business and control their destiny in this new era.” Raghu Raghuram, chief executive officer, VMware VMware and Dell will continue to partner to provide differentiated solutions for their customers. The previously announced commercial agreement between VMware and Dell preserves and enhances the go-to-market synergies jointly developed over the last several years with continued support and services for their mutual customers. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

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JetStream DR for Microsoft Azure VMware Solution with Azure Blob Storage Now Generally Available

JetStream Software Inc. | November 19, 2021

JetStream Software Inc., an innovator in cloud-native disaster recovery (DR), announced its disaster recovery software, JetStream DR, which supports Microsoft Azure VMware Solution, is now generally available through the Azure Marketplace. JetStream Software has integrated its offerings with Azure Portal to deliver new DR capabilities for Azure VMware Solution, employing JetStream DR software along with Azure Blob Storage. JetStream DR protects VMware virtual machines (VMs) in the customer’s on-premises data center with failover and VM recovery in Azure VMware Solution. Additionally, VMware VMs already deployed to and running in Azure VMware Solution can be protected with VM failover and recovery to an alternate Azure VMware Solution data center. “By combining Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Azure VMware Solution, and JetStream’s VMware-certified software, we can fully transform the economics of disaster recovery for the enterprise. At the same time, we are providing a compelling cloud-based solution ensuring enterprises can have the protection they need, both now and for the future.” Tom Critser, Co-founder and CEO, JetStream Software “Microsoft Azure is committed to working with leading third-party vendors to ensure our customers have the best options to meet their needs. We are pleased JetStream DR completed our rigorous testing process and is now generally available,” said Eric Lockard, Corporate Vice President, Azure Dedicated at Microsoft. “Disaster recovery and protection against ransomware are paramount issues for small and large businesses alike. JetStream DR provides a world-class solution utilizing the power and capabilities of Azure.” Enterprises that choose JetStream DR benefit from continuous data protection (CDP) in a disaster recovery service offering with lower infrastructure costs as the data from protected VMs are maintained in Azure Blob Storage. Support for Azure NetApp Files For customers who need to fail over quickly and recover large amounts of data, JetStream DR supports integration with Azure NetApp Files, the highly scalable storage file service in Microsoft Azure. This enables a much faster recovery time at a lower cost than provisioning additional vSAN hosts solely for the purpose of data storage. Meeting Market Needs JetStream DR enters general availability amid a coalescing of trends. Disaster recovery is ideally suited to move to the cloud, however, this transition has proven complex from a technical standpoint. JetStream DR is specifically designed for the cloud, enabling it to support capabilities such as maintaining recovery data in object/blob storage and dynamically provisioning compute resources when needed. This is something other first-generation DR companies can’t offer. Additionally, it is very expensive for enterprises to replicate data into a redundant system. If they can replicate data into an object store, as with JetStream DR, enterprises pay only a fraction of the cost per gigabyte compared to file system-based storage. This is especially advantageous at a time when enterprises are expected to do more with less. Furthermore, with risks arising daily magnified by new threat vectors, finding the best scalable disaster recovery solution has become a business imperative. How JetStream DR for Azure VMware Solution Works JetStream DR provides continuous data protection for VMware vSphere environments. The cloud-native software platform is specifically designed to provide the software infrastructure for an enterprise-grade DR service offering from a managed service provider (MSP) or cloud service provider (CSP). JetStream DR is validated for Azure VMware Solution and is VMware-ready, offering unique capabilities amongst DR solutions, including: Cost-Effective DR: Maintains VMs and their data in Azure Blob Storage, enabling enterprise-grade DR at a lower cost of operation. Agentless CDP: Captures and replicates data continuously via VMware IO Filters for continuous data protection without VM agents. vSphere to vSphere Recovery: Supports Azure VMware Solution, so customers no longer need to maintain their own failover site. They can fail over to Azure VMware Solution and fail back when the original protected data center is restored. Storage-Independent: Protects VMs with any VMware-compatible datastore types: block, file, vSAN, VVOL and third-party HCI. Live Failback: Returns VMs to the protected site from Azure VMware Solution without interruption to VMs’ operation or protection. Decoupled Design: Azure Blob Storage is more than just a journal or “cold data tier” — it is the repository for all VMs, data, configuration metadata, and recovery policies. About JetStream Software JetStream Software Inc., an innovator in cloud-native disaster recovery technology, gives enterprise customers, managed service providers (MSPs) and cloud service providers (CSPs) a better way to support business continuity across multi-cloud and multi-data center infrastructures. JetStream DR software is optimally suited to complement VMware-based cloud infrastructures including VMware Cloud Provider Partners and the VMware Cloud Foundation. JetStream Software is headquartered in San Jose, California, with a subsidiary in Bangalore, India. The company is privately held. JetStream DR and JetStream DR for Microsoft Azure VMware Solution are trademarks of JetStream Software Inc. VMware, vSphere and vSAN are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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