5 Data Security Challenges for Modern Collaboration

5-Data-Security-Challenges the Panama law firm which had its data stolen, Mossack Fonseca, was specialized in helping clients establish offshore financial holdings. Unfortunately, when storing client data, it lacked basic network security such as server-side document encryption and user access controls. 

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Established in 1993, CMS is one of the UK's largest Distributors of Cabling Infrastructure, Network, IP Physical Security and AV Solutions. With the Head Office and main distribution centre located in Farnborough, Hampshire, the company is well positioned to provide excellent customer service on a nationwide basis. CMS provides high quality, high performance products from leading manufacturers, including: Ackermann, Assynia, Austin Hughes, Bosch, Brady, Cabledec, Cannon Technologies, Comelit, Computar, Corning Cable Systems, Dallmeier, DeWalt, Dymo, Eaton, Erico, Fluke Networks, Genie CCTV, GeoDesy, HellermannTyton, Lilin, Marshall Tufflex, Netgear, Panasonic, PatchSee, Planet, Sharpmark Solutions, Sticklers, TE Connectivity, Wieland and Zcomax.

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Ericsson’s 5G platform adds unique core and business communication capabilities

Article | July 27, 2023

To leverage the full benefits of 5G and cloud native investments, orchestration and automation are now a critical matter of business. Ericsson’s 5G platform is now being strengthened with new solutions that enable smarter business. David Bjore, Head of R&D and Portfolio, Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson, says: “Through our core networks, service providers can get to market faster and can capitalize on new services, through leading consumer and enterprise communication and monetization solutions, enabling them to stay ahead in the race for 5G business, today and tomorrow.”

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Data Center Networking

Ericsson researchers top 4.3Gbps downlink on 5G millimeter wave

Article | July 5, 2023

With a technical specification comprising 8 component carriers (8CC) aggregating 800MHz of millimeter wave spectrum, Ericsson engineers achieved delivery rates of 4.3Gbps – the fastest 5G speed to date. Ericsson Radio System Street Macro 6701 delivered data with downlink speeds of 4.3Gbps over-the-air to an industry partner test device during interoperability testing. The commercial solution, including network and terminal support, will be available to 5G consumers during 2020.

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Enterprise Mobility

Intelligence Brief: How is 5G changing network ownership?

Article | June 15, 2023

5G necessitates a different network strategy. Unlike previous generations, 5G deployment is not only about adding more sites and increasing backhaul capacity. In fact, it is more about rethinking the whole network architecture to make it agile. The high capacity requirements of 5G will necessitate the use of small cells in cities and areas of high footfall (such as airports) to complement national macro networks. Private networks (for example to sell into enterprise customers) and the concept of a neutral host (such as for sports stadiums) are further examples of diversification.

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5G Needs Edge Computing to Deliver on Its Promises

Article | February 11, 2020

Edge computing will be a key enabler for 5G to deliver on its bandwidth and latency requirements. In the short term, it can enable developers to provide a “5G experience” at scale. In the long term, it will be necessary to optimise customer experience for real-time, data hungry applications. Telecoms operators have reported that 5G in the lab can deliver network speeds that are more than twenty times faster than LTE1. But, this does not reflect the experience of the average user. And 5G roll out in many countries will be limited in terms of coverage and capabilities for several more years, given that the ultra-low latency standards will only be revealed in 3GPP’s Release 16 later this year. This is why it is likely that, for 5G to deliver on its promises, it must be coupled with edge computing.

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CMS plc

Established in 1993, CMS is one of the UK's largest Distributors of Cabling Infrastructure, Network, IP Physical Security and AV Solutions. With the Head Office and main distribution centre located in Farnborough, Hampshire, the company is well positioned to provide excellent customer service on a nationwide basis. CMS provides high quality, high performance products from leading manufacturers, including: Ackermann, Assynia, Austin Hughes, Bosch, Brady, Cabledec, Cannon Technologies, Comelit, Computar, Corning Cable Systems, Dallmeier, DeWalt, Dymo, Eaton, Erico, Fluke Networks, Genie CCTV, GeoDesy, HellermannTyton, Lilin, Marshall Tufflex, Netgear, Panasonic, PatchSee, Planet, Sharpmark Solutions, Sticklers, TE Connectivity, Wieland and Zcomax.

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TOMIA and Cumucore Successfully Launch the First 5G SA Roaming Integration Between Two SEPP Vendors

PR Newswire | October 10, 2023

TOMIA, the market leader in roaming and interconnect monetization solutions, and Cumucore, the leading non-public network provider, announce the successful completion of the integration of their respective SEPPs (Security Edge Protection Proxy) to enable secure 5G Standalone (SA) roaming connectivity. This is the first record of successful 5G SA roaming connectivity with SEPP through different vendors. This milestone is a step forward in enabling 5G SA roaming and emerging services focused on enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) for the mobile operator community and private networks. By combining TOMIA's roaming optimization expertise and Cumucore's comprehensive connectivity solutions, this partnership presents an opportunity for the two vendors to test the functionality of the new built-in 5G security mechanisms in different roaming scenarios. TOMIA and Cumucore conducted a Proof of Concept (PoC) to validate their SEPP interoperability according to 3GPP guidelines from dedicated fully virtualized 5G packet core networks. Ilana Tidhar, TOMIA's Network Products Director, said, "Achieving the first 5G SA Roaming integration using SEPPs from different vendors leaves a significant mark in the industry. SEPP is a crucial function of 5G Roaming, not only for ensuring secure communications, but also for adding value to the roaming business. SEPP facilitates innovative use cases related to user experience, quality assurance, cost optimization, and beyond." "These successful results represent a clear benefit to our enterprise customers who seek to deploy a non-public 5G network. Mobility between public and private networks is crucial for many verticals, such as logistics and supply chains, nationally or internationally. SEPP communication is required to make it happen," commented Mika Skarp, Senior Product Manager at Cumucore. About TOMIA TOMIA creates innovative Roaming and Interconnect solutions for operators worldwide. It constantly evolves its products and integrates new technologies – such as VoLTE, 5G, IoT, BCE, A2P, and Cloud Numbers – to enable operators to embrace what's next. TOMIA forges meaningful relationships with its customers and allows them to do the same with their partners. TOMIA helps simplify increasing complexity. From agile trading solutions to automated billing and settlement, their market-leading products cover the entire wholesale agreement lifecycle. TOMIA has been partnering with hundreds of global operators for over 25 years. To learn more, visit www.tomiaglobal.com About Cumucore Cumucore specializes in developing fully virtualized non-public network core to be used in Industry 4.0 and Media verticals. It brings the best of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) in ways that traditional vendors don't offer. Cumucore experts have spent more than a decade in mobile networks and have been working with NFV and SDN since 2013.

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VIAVI Launches NITRO® Wireless, Delivering Cloud Intelligence and Automation to Accelerate 5G and 6G

PR Newswire | October 05, 2023

Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced the availability of NITRO® Wireless, a portfolio of solutions enabling all participants in the ecosystem – equipment manufacturers, service providers, semiconductor companies, software developers and system integrators – to accelerate technology development by validating performance at each stage in intelligent, intuitive and automated ways. The company will showcase NITRO Wireless at events around the globe, including Futurecom (São Paulo), FYUZ (Madrid), Network X (Paris) and India Mobile Congress (New Delhi). With 5G reaching a tipping point in terms of buildout and capabilities, leading service providers and their ecosystems are developing paths to 6G. Industrial applications such as large-scale private networks, smart cities and critical communications require higher throughput and lower latency to enable the real-time computing and communication of precise sensing, imaging and positioning data. The introduction of TeraHertz/Terabit/microsecond connectivity through the cloud, open networking in a multi-vendor environment, and AI/ML to automate network operation, all point to a fundamental re-architecting of the network, at the semiconductor, equipment, software and application levels. The resulting challenges of network performance, quality of service (QoS), security and energy consumption now need to be mitigated and simplified. NITRO Wireless brings together proven performance and interoperability test platforms used throughout the industry for 3GPP and O-RAN with cloud, intelligence, automation, and digital twin technology enabled by the Network Integrated Test, Real-Time Analytics and Optimization (NITRO) platform. As networks become more complex and layered, a focus on measuring and assuring experience from the user perspective – by emulating usage scenarios modeled on real network data – generates the essential intelligence to simplify the delivery of new technology. NITRO Wireless use cases include: RAN Intelligence - The NITRO Wireless TeraVM RIC Test trains the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) based on data from real network scenarios, the App Validation Engine (AVE) acts as an App "IQ test" to validate if the proposed changes improve RAN efficiency, and Geolocation exposes geolocated data to r/xApps including 24/7 insights on spatial distribution and mobility dynamics of subscribers. Private Network Intelligence – To support the high reliability and QoS requirements of Private Networks, NITRO Wireless offers signal analysis, timing and synchronization verification, antenna alignment, fiber certification, and coverage and performance testing from design to operation. Network Security – 5G RAN, 5G Core, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), Next Generation Firewalls, VPN and cloud security solutions all need to be compliant against the latest specifications, while ensuring network performance remains uncompromised. NITRO Wireless Open RAN Security Solution provides test coverage that includes 3GPP SCAS compliance, DoS and fuzzing attack, O-Cloud resource exhaustion, protocol validation, port scanning and open fronthaul security test. Digital Twin – Digital Twins can reduce business risk in multiple ways. Test software updates and introduce new services in a safe environment to pre-empt failures when deployed in the live network. NITRO Wireless Digital Twins combine tools such as RAN and Core emulators, assurance solutions, realistic traffic scenarios, and cyberthreats to mirror an operator's network in the lab, allowing network changes and challenges to be planned and implemented with results analyzed before action is taken on the live network. Military Communications – NITRO Wireless integration and test portfolio offers complete end-to-end and subsystem testing of 5G private military radio and core networks. These can be deployed on the ground, via HAPs or via satellite. "While 5G offers new opportunities with an exciting potential to offer connectivity and amidst the race to deploy these networks, it's vital that reliability, stability, and performance testing are done to ensure success. Network resiliency requirements, complexity and risk thresholds are introducing new dynamics," said Shamik Mishra, CTO Connectivity, Capgemini Engineering. "We are very happy to work closely with VIAVI at our '5G-Lab-As-A-Service' in Portugal and global O-RAN engagements to leverage the potential of this emerging technology and contribute to harmonize efforts for connectivity-driven transformation across the industry." "We're excited to work with VIAVI on helping move the industry forward to accelerate the adoption of Open RAN," said Lakshmi Mandyam, vice president, Service Provider Product Management and Partner Ecosystem, VMware. "Our companies share a vision of what it will take to address the challenges hindering adoption by simplifying the path for CSPs to test, profile, and certify third-party xApps and rApps through a common framework. VIAVI's leadership in Open RAN testing and VMware's leadership in RIC make this an ideal collaboration." With each generation, networks grow more layered, disaggregated and complex, said Ian Langley, Senior Vice President, Wireless Business Unit, VIAVI. NITRO Wireless cuts through the technology fog with cloud intelligence and automation based on VIAVI's trusted expertise in performance validation, so our customers can stay focused on the drivers of the top and bottom line. About VIAVI VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for telecommunications, cloud, enterprises, first responders, military, aerospace and railway. VIAVI is also a leader in light management technologies for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, government and aerospace applications. In 2023, we celebrate over 100 years of Network Transformation and Optical Innovation. Learn more about VIAVI at www.viavisolutions.com. Follow us on VIAVI Perspectives, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Arrcus Unveils Groundbreaking ACE-AI Networking Solution at MWC Las Vegas

Business Wire | October 03, 2023

Arrcus, the hyperscale networking software company and a leader in core, edge, and multi-cloud routing and switching infrastructure, is proud to introduce its trailblazing networking solution, Arrcus Connected Edge for AI (ACE-AI), designed to revolutionize the networking industry for AI/ML workloads. In the heart of today's digitally driven world, a monumental transformation is underway. Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) has emerged as a powerful force, reshaping entire industries and redefining our digital landscape. At the epicenter of this transformative wave is the exponential growth of datacenter network traffic, driven by GenAI applications. AI/ML workloads will be increasingly distributed – at the Edge, in colos, telco PoPs/datacenters and public clouds. This growth underscores the urgent need for networks to evolve to become distributed, open, lossless and predictable to cater to this revolutionary paradigm shift. "AI networking bandwidth is going to grow over 100% Y/Y in the second half of 2023 and throughout 2024 based on the remarkable growth in vendor revenue associated with AI/ML, and this class of networking bandwidth growth is nearly three times that of traditional data center networking,” said Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst at 650 Group. “We see AI/ML as a major catalyst for the growth of Data Center switching over the next five years and is likely to be distributed in nature. Arrcus' adaptable ACE-AI platform effectively addresses these demands with its open and flexible network fabric, designed to unify the distributed AI/ML workloads wherever they may reside.” Arrcus' innovative ACE-AI networking solution based on ArcOS delivers a modern, unified network fabric for optimizing GPU and other distributed compute resources with maximum performance for AI/ML workloads. Ethernet as the underlying technology is well suited to address the needs with its inherent benefits for scalability, reliability, flexibility and low latency and ACE-AI builds on Ethernet to seamlessly weave together the entire network infrastructure, spanning from the edge to core to multi-cloud, encompassing switching and routing. Communication Service Providers (CSP), Enterprises and Datacenter operators can now harness the potential of 5G and GenAI by pooling compute resources wherever they may reside across the network to drive business outcomes. “AL/ML workloads, Large Language Models (LLM) and compute-intensive applications like GenAI need to be delivered in a distributed fashion, to enable pooling of scarce, expensive compute resources as well as ensure low latency at the point of consumption,” said Shekar Ayyar, Chairman and CEO, Arrcus. “With Arrcus ACE-AI, Enterprises, CSPs and Hyperscalers now have the ability to transition from the legacy, single vendor networks, to a more modern, scalable, and software-defined network with lower TCO in support of their AI expansion plans.” For next-generation datacenters, ACE-AI enables traditional CLOS and Virtualized Distributed Routing (VDR) architectures, with massive scale and performance to provide lossless, predictable connectivity for GPU clusters with high resiliency, availability and visibility. Features like Priority Flow Control (PFC), intelligent congestion detection and buffering at ingress points to prevent packet drops, ensure lower Job Completion Times (JCT) and tail latency. In the always-on world of GenAI, network high availability is crucial and is supported with features like Hitless Upgrade, reducing software maintenance upgrade times to under 20ms. “High-performing, reliable and low-latency networks that are energy efficient are fundamental to bring the AI/ML disruption to reality. Ethernet with its standards-based approach is perfectly suited to deliver this critical connectivity to the distributed AI paradigm,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Core Switching Group, Broadcom Inc. “We share Arrcus’ vision and are excited to collaborate with them to create a network fabric that is open, programmatic and first rate performance.” To leverage 5G to deliver GenAI applications at the edge, ACE-AI also benefits from innovations like SRv6 Mobile User Plane (MUP) to enable the automated delivery of network slicing simply, efficiently and cost effectively. Network visibility is paramount for GenAI workloads, and ArcIQ is a modern network visibility and analytics platform that provides networking professionals with real-time, deep views of the networks and devices with actionable insights for proactive incident management and faster troubleshooting. Open networks serve as the cornerstone of adaptability and rapid innovation, and Arrcus supports a wide range of energy conserving merchant silicon and hardware options from multiple ODMs, ranging in speeds from 1G to 400G, across shallow and deep buffer switches, granting customers unprecedented choices. "The AI revolution is underway and demanding a comprehensive reevaluation of network infrastructure development to effectively address requirements of Distributed AI," said Heimdall Siao, President of Edgecore Networks. "We are enthusiastic about our collaboration with Arrcus to build the next-generation infrastructure combining Edgecore's Open Networking platform with Arrcus versatile ACE AI solution." “To adequately address high performance, low latency needs of applications like GenAI, combined with 5G transport it is critical to transition from legacy networking to an open, disaggregated stack that leverages hardware platforms built on the latest merchant silicon combined with scalable, programmable networking stack,” said Vincent Ho, CEO of UfiSpace. “UfiSpace and Arrcus deliver a highly innovative solution to address the 5G and AI revolution.” As GenAI reshapes industries, Arrcus delivers networks to match this dynamism by providing open, lossless, predictable, and distributed networks to lay the foundation for datacenters to flourish in this transformative era. About Arrcus Arrcus was founded to enhance business efficiency through superior network connectivity. The Arrcus Connected Edge (ACE) platform offers best-in-class networking with the most flexible consumption model at the lowest total cost of ownership. The Arrcus team consists of world-class technologists who have an unparalleled record in shipping industry-leading networking products, complemented by industry thought leaders, operating executives, strategic partners and top-tier VCs. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California with offices in Bangalore, India, and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, go to www.arrcus.com or follow @arrcusinc.

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TOMIA and Cumucore Successfully Launch the First 5G SA Roaming Integration Between Two SEPP Vendors

PR Newswire | October 10, 2023

TOMIA, the market leader in roaming and interconnect monetization solutions, and Cumucore, the leading non-public network provider, announce the successful completion of the integration of their respective SEPPs (Security Edge Protection Proxy) to enable secure 5G Standalone (SA) roaming connectivity. This is the first record of successful 5G SA roaming connectivity with SEPP through different vendors. This milestone is a step forward in enabling 5G SA roaming and emerging services focused on enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) for the mobile operator community and private networks. By combining TOMIA's roaming optimization expertise and Cumucore's comprehensive connectivity solutions, this partnership presents an opportunity for the two vendors to test the functionality of the new built-in 5G security mechanisms in different roaming scenarios. TOMIA and Cumucore conducted a Proof of Concept (PoC) to validate their SEPP interoperability according to 3GPP guidelines from dedicated fully virtualized 5G packet core networks. Ilana Tidhar, TOMIA's Network Products Director, said, "Achieving the first 5G SA Roaming integration using SEPPs from different vendors leaves a significant mark in the industry. SEPP is a crucial function of 5G Roaming, not only for ensuring secure communications, but also for adding value to the roaming business. SEPP facilitates innovative use cases related to user experience, quality assurance, cost optimization, and beyond." "These successful results represent a clear benefit to our enterprise customers who seek to deploy a non-public 5G network. Mobility between public and private networks is crucial for many verticals, such as logistics and supply chains, nationally or internationally. SEPP communication is required to make it happen," commented Mika Skarp, Senior Product Manager at Cumucore. About TOMIA TOMIA creates innovative Roaming and Interconnect solutions for operators worldwide. It constantly evolves its products and integrates new technologies – such as VoLTE, 5G, IoT, BCE, A2P, and Cloud Numbers – to enable operators to embrace what's next. TOMIA forges meaningful relationships with its customers and allows them to do the same with their partners. TOMIA helps simplify increasing complexity. From agile trading solutions to automated billing and settlement, their market-leading products cover the entire wholesale agreement lifecycle. TOMIA has been partnering with hundreds of global operators for over 25 years. To learn more, visit www.tomiaglobal.com About Cumucore Cumucore specializes in developing fully virtualized non-public network core to be used in Industry 4.0 and Media verticals. It brings the best of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) in ways that traditional vendors don't offer. Cumucore experts have spent more than a decade in mobile networks and have been working with NFV and SDN since 2013.

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VIAVI Launches NITRO® Wireless, Delivering Cloud Intelligence and Automation to Accelerate 5G and 6G

PR Newswire | October 05, 2023

Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced the availability of NITRO® Wireless, a portfolio of solutions enabling all participants in the ecosystem – equipment manufacturers, service providers, semiconductor companies, software developers and system integrators – to accelerate technology development by validating performance at each stage in intelligent, intuitive and automated ways. The company will showcase NITRO Wireless at events around the globe, including Futurecom (São Paulo), FYUZ (Madrid), Network X (Paris) and India Mobile Congress (New Delhi). With 5G reaching a tipping point in terms of buildout and capabilities, leading service providers and their ecosystems are developing paths to 6G. Industrial applications such as large-scale private networks, smart cities and critical communications require higher throughput and lower latency to enable the real-time computing and communication of precise sensing, imaging and positioning data. The introduction of TeraHertz/Terabit/microsecond connectivity through the cloud, open networking in a multi-vendor environment, and AI/ML to automate network operation, all point to a fundamental re-architecting of the network, at the semiconductor, equipment, software and application levels. The resulting challenges of network performance, quality of service (QoS), security and energy consumption now need to be mitigated and simplified. NITRO Wireless brings together proven performance and interoperability test platforms used throughout the industry for 3GPP and O-RAN with cloud, intelligence, automation, and digital twin technology enabled by the Network Integrated Test, Real-Time Analytics and Optimization (NITRO) platform. As networks become more complex and layered, a focus on measuring and assuring experience from the user perspective – by emulating usage scenarios modeled on real network data – generates the essential intelligence to simplify the delivery of new technology. NITRO Wireless use cases include: RAN Intelligence - The NITRO Wireless TeraVM RIC Test trains the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) based on data from real network scenarios, the App Validation Engine (AVE) acts as an App "IQ test" to validate if the proposed changes improve RAN efficiency, and Geolocation exposes geolocated data to r/xApps including 24/7 insights on spatial distribution and mobility dynamics of subscribers. Private Network Intelligence – To support the high reliability and QoS requirements of Private Networks, NITRO Wireless offers signal analysis, timing and synchronization verification, antenna alignment, fiber certification, and coverage and performance testing from design to operation. Network Security – 5G RAN, 5G Core, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), Next Generation Firewalls, VPN and cloud security solutions all need to be compliant against the latest specifications, while ensuring network performance remains uncompromised. NITRO Wireless Open RAN Security Solution provides test coverage that includes 3GPP SCAS compliance, DoS and fuzzing attack, O-Cloud resource exhaustion, protocol validation, port scanning and open fronthaul security test. Digital Twin – Digital Twins can reduce business risk in multiple ways. Test software updates and introduce new services in a safe environment to pre-empt failures when deployed in the live network. NITRO Wireless Digital Twins combine tools such as RAN and Core emulators, assurance solutions, realistic traffic scenarios, and cyberthreats to mirror an operator's network in the lab, allowing network changes and challenges to be planned and implemented with results analyzed before action is taken on the live network. Military Communications – NITRO Wireless integration and test portfolio offers complete end-to-end and subsystem testing of 5G private military radio and core networks. These can be deployed on the ground, via HAPs or via satellite. "While 5G offers new opportunities with an exciting potential to offer connectivity and amidst the race to deploy these networks, it's vital that reliability, stability, and performance testing are done to ensure success. Network resiliency requirements, complexity and risk thresholds are introducing new dynamics," said Shamik Mishra, CTO Connectivity, Capgemini Engineering. "We are very happy to work closely with VIAVI at our '5G-Lab-As-A-Service' in Portugal and global O-RAN engagements to leverage the potential of this emerging technology and contribute to harmonize efforts for connectivity-driven transformation across the industry." "We're excited to work with VIAVI on helping move the industry forward to accelerate the adoption of Open RAN," said Lakshmi Mandyam, vice president, Service Provider Product Management and Partner Ecosystem, VMware. "Our companies share a vision of what it will take to address the challenges hindering adoption by simplifying the path for CSPs to test, profile, and certify third-party xApps and rApps through a common framework. VIAVI's leadership in Open RAN testing and VMware's leadership in RIC make this an ideal collaboration." With each generation, networks grow more layered, disaggregated and complex, said Ian Langley, Senior Vice President, Wireless Business Unit, VIAVI. NITRO Wireless cuts through the technology fog with cloud intelligence and automation based on VIAVI's trusted expertise in performance validation, so our customers can stay focused on the drivers of the top and bottom line. About VIAVI VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for telecommunications, cloud, enterprises, first responders, military, aerospace and railway. VIAVI is also a leader in light management technologies for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, government and aerospace applications. In 2023, we celebrate over 100 years of Network Transformation and Optical Innovation. Learn more about VIAVI at www.viavisolutions.com. Follow us on VIAVI Perspectives, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Arrcus Unveils Groundbreaking ACE-AI Networking Solution at MWC Las Vegas

Business Wire | October 03, 2023

Arrcus, the hyperscale networking software company and a leader in core, edge, and multi-cloud routing and switching infrastructure, is proud to introduce its trailblazing networking solution, Arrcus Connected Edge for AI (ACE-AI), designed to revolutionize the networking industry for AI/ML workloads. In the heart of today's digitally driven world, a monumental transformation is underway. Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) has emerged as a powerful force, reshaping entire industries and redefining our digital landscape. At the epicenter of this transformative wave is the exponential growth of datacenter network traffic, driven by GenAI applications. AI/ML workloads will be increasingly distributed – at the Edge, in colos, telco PoPs/datacenters and public clouds. This growth underscores the urgent need for networks to evolve to become distributed, open, lossless and predictable to cater to this revolutionary paradigm shift. "AI networking bandwidth is going to grow over 100% Y/Y in the second half of 2023 and throughout 2024 based on the remarkable growth in vendor revenue associated with AI/ML, and this class of networking bandwidth growth is nearly three times that of traditional data center networking,” said Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst at 650 Group. “We see AI/ML as a major catalyst for the growth of Data Center switching over the next five years and is likely to be distributed in nature. Arrcus' adaptable ACE-AI platform effectively addresses these demands with its open and flexible network fabric, designed to unify the distributed AI/ML workloads wherever they may reside.” Arrcus' innovative ACE-AI networking solution based on ArcOS delivers a modern, unified network fabric for optimizing GPU and other distributed compute resources with maximum performance for AI/ML workloads. Ethernet as the underlying technology is well suited to address the needs with its inherent benefits for scalability, reliability, flexibility and low latency and ACE-AI builds on Ethernet to seamlessly weave together the entire network infrastructure, spanning from the edge to core to multi-cloud, encompassing switching and routing. Communication Service Providers (CSP), Enterprises and Datacenter operators can now harness the potential of 5G and GenAI by pooling compute resources wherever they may reside across the network to drive business outcomes. “AL/ML workloads, Large Language Models (LLM) and compute-intensive applications like GenAI need to be delivered in a distributed fashion, to enable pooling of scarce, expensive compute resources as well as ensure low latency at the point of consumption,” said Shekar Ayyar, Chairman and CEO, Arrcus. “With Arrcus ACE-AI, Enterprises, CSPs and Hyperscalers now have the ability to transition from the legacy, single vendor networks, to a more modern, scalable, and software-defined network with lower TCO in support of their AI expansion plans.” For next-generation datacenters, ACE-AI enables traditional CLOS and Virtualized Distributed Routing (VDR) architectures, with massive scale and performance to provide lossless, predictable connectivity for GPU clusters with high resiliency, availability and visibility. Features like Priority Flow Control (PFC), intelligent congestion detection and buffering at ingress points to prevent packet drops, ensure lower Job Completion Times (JCT) and tail latency. In the always-on world of GenAI, network high availability is crucial and is supported with features like Hitless Upgrade, reducing software maintenance upgrade times to under 20ms. “High-performing, reliable and low-latency networks that are energy efficient are fundamental to bring the AI/ML disruption to reality. Ethernet with its standards-based approach is perfectly suited to deliver this critical connectivity to the distributed AI paradigm,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Core Switching Group, Broadcom Inc. “We share Arrcus’ vision and are excited to collaborate with them to create a network fabric that is open, programmatic and first rate performance.” To leverage 5G to deliver GenAI applications at the edge, ACE-AI also benefits from innovations like SRv6 Mobile User Plane (MUP) to enable the automated delivery of network slicing simply, efficiently and cost effectively. Network visibility is paramount for GenAI workloads, and ArcIQ is a modern network visibility and analytics platform that provides networking professionals with real-time, deep views of the networks and devices with actionable insights for proactive incident management and faster troubleshooting. Open networks serve as the cornerstone of adaptability and rapid innovation, and Arrcus supports a wide range of energy conserving merchant silicon and hardware options from multiple ODMs, ranging in speeds from 1G to 400G, across shallow and deep buffer switches, granting customers unprecedented choices. "The AI revolution is underway and demanding a comprehensive reevaluation of network infrastructure development to effectively address requirements of Distributed AI," said Heimdall Siao, President of Edgecore Networks. "We are enthusiastic about our collaboration with Arrcus to build the next-generation infrastructure combining Edgecore's Open Networking platform with Arrcus versatile ACE AI solution." “To adequately address high performance, low latency needs of applications like GenAI, combined with 5G transport it is critical to transition from legacy networking to an open, disaggregated stack that leverages hardware platforms built on the latest merchant silicon combined with scalable, programmable networking stack,” said Vincent Ho, CEO of UfiSpace. “UfiSpace and Arrcus deliver a highly innovative solution to address the 5G and AI revolution.” As GenAI reshapes industries, Arrcus delivers networks to match this dynamism by providing open, lossless, predictable, and distributed networks to lay the foundation for datacenters to flourish in this transformative era. About Arrcus Arrcus was founded to enhance business efficiency through superior network connectivity. The Arrcus Connected Edge (ACE) platform offers best-in-class networking with the most flexible consumption model at the lowest total cost of ownership. The Arrcus team consists of world-class technologists who have an unparalleled record in shipping industry-leading networking products, complemented by industry thought leaders, operating executives, strategic partners and top-tier VCs. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California with offices in Bangalore, India, and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, go to www.arrcus.com or follow @arrcusinc.

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