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Primeur weekly 2014-03-17

Exascale supercomputing

Addressing the Big Data challenge in radio astronomy ...

The Cloud

VMware launches VMware Horizon DaaS to enable simple and flexible delivery of desktops in the Cloud ...

Oracle showcases next-generation Cloud applications user experiences in Europe ...

EuroFlash

More secure communications thanks to quantum physics ...

Signal control with light frequencies ...

International research into controlled nuclear fusion (ITER project), gets more compute resources with expansion of the Helios supercomputer ...

The SKA takes off with GBP119 million contribution from the UK ...

USFlash

Big Data tackles tiny molecular machines ...

Cirrascale announces support for Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 v2 product family with VB2400 and RM2400 product lines ...

Technologies developed for providing flexible wide area networks with SDN, a global first ...

NEC wins SEA-ME-WE 5 Contract to strengthen ultra-broadband undersea connectivity between Singapore and France NEC will deploy the segment from Singapore to Sri Lanka and co-contractor Alcatel-Lucent the segments from Sri Lanka to France ...

NEC's latest SDN release increases scalability 10x with new Unified Network Coordinator (UNC) ...

VMware announces general availability of VMware Virtual SAN ...

Terascala releases latest version of groundbreaking high performance data movement solution ...

Supermicro announces Cluster-in-a-Box storage solution running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 standard edition ...

Supermicro spotlights extreme density, ultra low power 6U 112-node microblade and advanced computing technologies ...

'Ultracold' molecules promising for quantum computing and simulation ...

Quantum physics secures new cryptography scheme ...

Mellanox Announces LinkX the most comprehensive product family of cables and transceivers for data Centre infrastructures ...

Industry leaders introduce OpenOptics multi-source agreement ...

Wipro partners with SGI for rapid growth in India ...

NEC's latest SDN release increases scalability 10x with new Unified Network Coordinator (UNC)

3 Mar 2014 Irving - NEC, a provider and integrator of advanced IT and communications solutions, and a pioneer in OpenFlow-based Software-defined Networking (SDN), and NEC Corporation in Japan have launched Version 5.1 of the award-winning ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite, which introduces a new OpenFlow-based, software-defined data centre interconnect solution - the Unified Network Coordinator (UNC).

The demand for improved data centre interconnectivity addresses challenges facing today's businesses, including:

  • Higher business continuity requirements because of news risks, increased regulation
  • Greater bandwidth demands generated by new applications, Big Data needs and customer responsiveness
  • Better access to geographically dispersed applications and data
  • Need to reduce the complexity of managing data centres
  • Requirement for increased visibility for better security

NEC's new UNC tackles those issues and improves scalability of the network controller by 10 times over previous ProgrammableFlow controllers. The UNC enables construction and orchestration of virtual networks across multiple controllers within a data centre as well as across interconnects between data centres. The UNC's capability of linking virtual networks across and between data centres gives customers the ability to link to specific policies within the UNC. In turn, users gain the ability to have an end-to-end policy across multiple controllers and multiple domains.

"We've found that our customers are looking for a policy-based approach to managing their data centres, which is now possible with NEC's UNC", stated Don Clark, director of business development, NEC Corporation of America. "The ProgrammableFlow version 5.1 controller allows for better resource utilization and it simplifies data centre management, both of which can increase service agility and reduce operating costs. Customers can deploy the UNC to move workloads across multiple data centres and control how traffic flows across WAN links. This allows the pooling of resources, which equates to better utilization of not only networks, but also storage and servers."

"Data centre interconnect (DCI) is an area of increasing focus for IT organisations as they address the expanding regulatory requirements for exchanging, storing, processing and accessing corporation information as well as the emergence of Big Data as a key component of business functions", stated Nav Chander, senior analyst, IDC. "We recently surveyed senior data centre and CIO executives at 200 enterprises about DCI and found they are looking for solutions such as the UNC to help them fully leverage their networks. At the top of their list of concerns are business continuity and disaster recovery. An interconnect solution will be particularly attractive because of the investment protection and the variety of technology approaches it affords."

As an illustration of its 10x scalability, each ProgrammableFlow UNC controls up to:

  • 10 controllers or 10 sites or 10 zones in a large data centre
  • 2000 switches (compared to 200 switches per controller in previous version)
  • 30,000 Virtual Tenant Networks (VTN)
  • 100,000 VLANs
  • 10 million flows

Working with its enterprise and service provider customers, NEC has developed several use cases for using the ProgrammableFlow UNC. This is an ideal solution for customers who want to develop an effective disaster recovery and business continuity strategy. Using the ProgrammableFlow UNC helps reduce costs for readiness because it better leverages existing IT resources and investments. It also provides highly available computing capability.

The ProgrammableFlow UNC also provides better workload application mobility. It enables moving virtualized resources to and from dispersed geographic locations, either because of expansion or consolidation efforts. Additionally, customers can enjoy new levels of collaboration with improved responsiveness to planned or unplanned events, such as weather-related outages or emergencies.

NEC's ProgrammableFlow version 5.1 controller and NEC's Unified Network Coordinator are expected to be made generally available for North American customers in April 2014.
Source: NEC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-03-17

Exascale supercomputing

Addressing the Big Data challenge in radio astronomy ...

The Cloud

VMware launches VMware Horizon DaaS to enable simple and flexible delivery of desktops in the Cloud ...

Oracle showcases next-generation Cloud applications user experiences in Europe ...

EuroFlash

More secure communications thanks to quantum physics ...

Signal control with light frequencies ...

International research into controlled nuclear fusion (ITER project), gets more compute resources with expansion of the Helios supercomputer ...

The SKA takes off with GBP119 million contribution from the UK ...

USFlash

Big Data tackles tiny molecular machines ...

Cirrascale announces support for Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 v2 product family with VB2400 and RM2400 product lines ...

Technologies developed for providing flexible wide area networks with SDN, a global first ...

NEC wins SEA-ME-WE 5 Contract to strengthen ultra-broadband undersea connectivity between Singapore and France NEC will deploy the segment from Singapore to Sri Lanka and co-contractor Alcatel-Lucent the segments from Sri Lanka to France ...

NEC's latest SDN release increases scalability 10x with new Unified Network Coordinator (UNC) ...

VMware announces general availability of VMware Virtual SAN ...

Terascala releases latest version of groundbreaking high performance data movement solution ...

Supermicro announces Cluster-in-a-Box storage solution running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 standard edition ...

Supermicro spotlights extreme density, ultra low power 6U 112-node microblade and advanced computing technologies ...

'Ultracold' molecules promising for quantum computing and simulation ...

Quantum physics secures new cryptography scheme ...

Mellanox Announces LinkX the most comprehensive product family of cables and transceivers for data Centre infrastructures ...

Industry leaders introduce OpenOptics multi-source agreement ...

Wipro partners with SGI for rapid growth in India ...