Network Briefs

By TMC  |  September 07, 2016

TelePacific Aims to Expand with SD-WAN

TelePacific Communications is piloting SD-WAN technology to bring over-the-top services to customers who may not be on its network. “This opens up tremendous possibilities for us, as a managed services carrier, and for our customers, who can now simplify, secure, and supercharge their communications,” says Jared Martin, TelePacific’s director of network architecture and security.  “One of our customers needed to bring up a new site and connect it to their existing TelePacific MPLS network, but the site was outside of our traditional footprint. With SD-WAN we are able to securely tunnel all of their MPLS traffic through our gateway back to the TelePacific core and connect it to their private MPLS network of sites.”

Aryaka Reports Record Growth 

SD-WAN Ultra provider Aryaka says it experienced record growth during the second quarter. The company says it experienced more than 150 percent growth between the second quarter this year and the same one in 2015. The second quarter of 2016 brought Arkaya 70 new customers, including Demonware, Knewton, Quanshi, and Volex.

N.H. Test Lab Now Addresses SDN

Testing and standards conformance services provider The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory has launched the Software-Defined Networking Consortium, which will offer controller and switch interoperability, conformance, and benchmark testing. Timothy Winters, UNH-IOL (News - Alert) senior executive, software, and IP networking, commented: “We are ready to help current and prospective members solve SDN-related test problems, smooth out deployments and develop new ideas for efficient networking.” 

IDC (News - Alert) Prognosticates on IT Investments

Total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments are poised to increase 15.5 percent this year to reach $37.1 billion, according to IDC. Spending on enterprise IT infrastructure deployed in traditional, non-cloud, environments, meanwhile, are forecast to decline by 4.4 percent in 2016, according to IDC, which adds that will nonetheless account for the largest share (63.4 percent) of end user spending. "Despite weakness in hyperscale CSP (News - Alert) demand for IT infrastructure products in the first quarter, we expect spending on public cloud to increase in the second half of the year," said Natalya Yezhkova, research director at Storage Systems. "Overall, we will continue to see steady growth in demand for public cloud services and, as a result, underlying spending on IT infrastructure by CSPs. The economic and financial volatility we see in some regions will push demand further as increasing sophistication of public cloud offerings allows organizations to fulfill their needs across a growing variety of IT domains while opex-oriented pricing models provide some relief to tightening IT budgets."

Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia Named Leaders in IMS

For the second year in a row, Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia were named leaders, and Mitel and ZTE were classified as challengers, in the IMS Vendor Scorecard that IHS (News - Alert) Technology puts together. The top three are considered as such because they generate the most revenue based on their core IMS solutions. Meanwhile, IHS Technology considers Mitel an innovator in the IMS field, and notes that ZTE is well established in its home country of China and has been successful at penetrating Eastern Europe, Africa, and South America.

Container Security Firm Gets New Funding

Twistlock has garnered $10 million in a Series A round. The company provides vulnerability management, access control, and runtime protection for containers, across the entire container lifecycle.   “Container management, networking support, and security all have room to innovate,” Twistlock Inc. CEO Ben Bernstein said in an interview with TMC (News - Alert) earlier this year. “For container management, deploying of containers is being taken care of, but remediation, re-deploying of updated containers in a seamless workflow, is still challenging. Container networking support, especially in terms of policies, is fairly nascent. We obviously love the direction of container security innovation, and [are] happy to be one of the enablers. We think containers actually will have a profound impact on how security is achieved in the future – runtime security and software security are increasingly being blended together, which will actually make security more efficient and more effective.” 

Australian MSP BigAir Buys CyberHound

BigAir Group Ltd. has announced the acquisition of CyberHound Pty Ltd., providing it with additional cybersecurity and cybersafety capabilities, a broader customer base, and the ability to scale its business. The deal is valued at up to $7 million, which includes up to $4 million cash and up to $3 million in BigAir shares. The acquirer is an Australian managed services provider. The acquired sells managed security solutions, including cybersafety and digital learning services to the education vertical in Australia. CyberHound solutions are used today by more than 550 businesses and more than 350 schools.

Edited by Maurice Nagle