Equinix boosts Oracle play with multi-region cloud connectivity expansion

Equinix has ramped up its collaboration with Oracle, expanding its private and secure connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in dozens of metropolitan areas around the world, including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong.

According to the interconnection and data centre provider, its recent expansions in Sydney, São Paulo, Tokyo, Toronto and Zurich now offer customers in those regions private connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect via Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) Fabric.

An on-demand, software defined network (SDN)-enabled interconnection service, ECX Fabric is designed to help customers connect to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect, and other clouds and network providers located around the world.

“Our expansion in Sydney demonstrates our commitment to helping businesses in Australia further their digital transformation journeys and we are thrilled to offer our customers with a presence in our local facilities access to the Oracle Cloud via our ECX Fabric,” said Glenn Uidam, senior director of operations at Equinix Australia.

Equinix claims that the recent expansions now sees it offer more private connections to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect than any other data centre player in the market, with connectivity via ECX Fabric available in 34 metro areas globally.

These include seven metro areas in the Asia Pacific region, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore and Tokyo; 14 areas in North America; and 13 across Europe.

For Robert Blackburn, global managing director, Oracle strategic alliance, Equinix, this expansion of the long-running partnership between Oracle and Equinix meets a growing need in the market.

“As companies around the world are prioritising digital transformation as a way to gain a competitive advantage, we’re seeing increased customer demand to migrate Oracle workloads to Oracle Cloud,” Blackburn said. “The reality is that companies that are adopting digital transformation are thriving, and those that are not are being left behind.

“With this direct access, our mutual customers can create a high-speed, low-latency connection that allows them to fully realise the benefits of their Oracle deployment. We are excited to deepen our collaboration with Oracle and offer this service in these new metros across the globe,” he said.

US adds 46 Huawei affiliates to Entity List, extends export licence

The United States Department of Commerce has added a further 46 Huawei affiliates to its Entity List, a move the Chinese telecommunications technology manufacturer claims is politically motivated and has “nothing to do with national security”.

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) said on 19 August it had identified 46 additional Huawei Technologies affiliates that “require inclusion on the Entity List,” as part of a routine review of all Entity Listings. 

Since May, the Department has added over one hundred individuals or organisations to the Entity List in connection to Huawei. The new restrictions on the freshly identified affiliates are effective from 19 August.

Huawei was added to the US Entity List, which identifies foreign parties prohibited from receiving certain items from US-based organisations, after the Department of Commerce decided the company was “engaged in activities that are contrary to US national security or foreign policy interests”. 

“We oppose the US Commerce Department’s decision to add another 46 Huawei affiliates to the Entity List,” Huawei hit back in a statement. “It’s clear that this decision, made at this particular time, is politically motivated and has nothing to do with national security. 

“These actions violate the basic principles of free market competition. They are in no one’s interests, including US companies. Attempts to suppress Huawei’s business won’t help the United States achieve technological leadership,” the Shenzhen-based firm added.

“We call on the US government to put an end to this unjust treatment and remove Huawei from the Entity List,” it said.

While adding 46 new Huawei affiliates to the Entity List, the US Department of Commerce also granted a 90-day extension to the Temporary General License (TGL), authorising limited transactions involving the export of items by US companies to Huawei and its non-U.S. affiliates that are subject to the Entity List. 

The Department said the decision to extend the TGL is intended to give US consumers  the necessary time to transition away from Huawei equipment. 

“As we continue to urge consumers to transition away from Huawei’s products, we recognise that more time is necessary to prevent any disruption,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said. “Simultaneously, we are constantly working at the Department to ensure that any exports to Huawei and its affiliates do not violate the terms of the Entity Listing or Temporary General License.”

Huawei claimed that neither the expanded Entity List, nor the 90-day export licence extension will markedly affect its business. 

“The extension of the Temporary General License does not change the fact that Huawei has been treated unjustly. Today’s decision won’t have a substantial impact on Huawei’s business either way. We will continue to focus on developing the best possible products and providing the best possible services to our customers around the world,” the company said. 

Indeed, Huawei Chairman Liang Hua noted, “neither production nor shipment has been interrupted, not for one single day”. 

Despite these claims, Huawei has taken significant action against the US Government over other moves to restrict its trade with US entities. Earlier this year, Huawei filed a complaint in a US federal court challenging the constitutionality of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which bars US Government agencies from buying Huawei equipment and services.

Through this action, Huawei sought a declaratory judgment that US restrictions targeting Huawei are unconstitutional, and a permanent injunction against these restrictions.

“The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products. We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort,” explained Guo Ping, Huawei Rotating Chairman, at the time. 

“This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming U.S. consumers. We look forward to the court’s verdict, and trust that it will benefit both Huawei and the American people.”

‘WORLD IS AT CYBER WAR’ SAY 87% OF SECURITY PROFESSIONALS

According to a survey on cyber war and offensive hacking that polled 517 IT security professionals attending the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco, 87% of respondents believe the world is currently in the middle of a cyber war.

The survey, the results of which were unveiled by Salt Lake City based machine identity protection, securing machine-to-machine connections and comms specialist Venafi, also found that 72% felt nation-states should have the right to “hack back” by targeting cyber criminals who level attacks on their infrastructure.

In addition, 58% of those polled believed private organisations have the right to “hack back.”

“It’s clear that security professionals feel under siege,” said Kevin Bocek, VP of security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi. “With the increasing sophistication and frequency of cybe rattacks targeting businesses, everyone is involved in cyber war.”  

Venafi said that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act prohibits many retaliatory cyber defence methods, including accessing an attackers computer without authorisation. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty (ACDC) Act addresses active cyber security defense methods and was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives in October 2018.

It proposes “to provide a defense to prosecution for fraud and related activity in connection with computers for persons defending against unauthorized intrusions into their computers.”

“Today, private companies do not have a legal right to actively defend themselves against cyber attacks, ‘ Boeck added.  “Even if this type of action were to become legal, most organisations are too optimistic about their abilities to target the correct intruder. Even with the most sophisticated security technology, it’s nearly impossible to be certain about attack attribution because attackers are adept at using a wide range of technologies to mislead security professionals. For many organizations, it would be better to focus on establishing stronger defense mechanisms.”

“We’ve seen excellent growth in cloud, DevOps and machine identity technologies that allow digital business services to be restarted in the event of a breach, effectively delivering a knockout blow against attackers,” said Bocek.

 

SEABORN NETWORKS, DE-CIX LINKUP OFFERS SOUTH AMERICAN SEABRAS-1 USERS ACCESS TO 200+ US NETWORKS

Seaborn Networks has established an interconnection to datacenter neutral internet exhange specialist DE-CIX New York, enabling turn-key direct access to some 200 US networks for its South American customers using its Seabras-1 low latency submarine cable system between Brazil and the US.

In addition, Seaborn said the move allowed customers on Seabras-1 to gain access to DE-CIX Frankfurt via its GlobePEER Remote service. GlobePEER Remote provides VLAN connectivity from DE-CIX New York enabling companies to peer with networks connected to DE-CIX Frankfurt and Marseille as well as Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf and Istanbul reaching more than 1,000 European-Asian-African networks.

“This partnership with DE-CIX provides Brazil’s IP networks with one-stop-shop, remote IPX access to DE-CIX’s most compelling interconnect locations, leveraging the scale and agility of Seaborn’s Seabras-1 system,” said SEABORN CEO Larry Schwartz.  “In this new arrangement, Seaborn is pleased to continue supporting the global expansion initiatives of Brazil’s ISP community.”

Seaborn said Seabras-1 was built to avoid ‘hurricane alley’ which means the delivery is less vulnerable to disruption from hurricanes and other disruptions. “100% Brazilian underground backhaul means a more resilient more reliable delivery of service with fewer outages,” it added.

“This inter-connection means a significant lower latency to and from Brazil for all DE-CIX customers (850+ ISPs) and for Seaborn’s new and existing Brazil customers wanting to send traffic to the USA and potentially onwards via DE-CIX exchanges to Europe,” a Seaborn Networks spokesperson told Telecom Times.

“DE-CIX is the largest exchange point worldwide with 11 exchange points. This means lower charges to the Brazilian market for transport costs to any DE-CIX customer globally versus having to go off net,” the spokesperson added. “DE-CIX customers will benefit from having their data travel on a system that is owned and operated independently by Seaborn. This means not subject to consortium or big OTT system pricing and service.”

 

EQUINIX, GOOGLE ANNOUNCE FIRST SUBCABLE TO CHILE IN 20 YEARS

Google has selected Equinix for its Los Angeles cable landing station (CLS) supporting the Curie subsea cable system, the first subsea cable to Chile in the last 20 years, which is slated to go live in 2019.

The Curie subsea cable system will land directly at the Equinix LA4 International Business Exchange data center located in El Segundo, Calififornia.

Equinix said TeleGeography reported that in early 2018, there were approximately 448 submarine cables (an estimated 1.2 million kilometers) in service worldwide.

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“And the growth of subsea cable systems continues unabated as content providers, public clouds and the Internet of Things keep pumping out massive amounts of data,” it added. “TeleGeography projects that operators could invest an additional $8.8 billion in new cables between 2018 and 2020 to keep up with the demand.”

In addition, Equinix said that along with this high growth, the makeup of subsea cable traffic is evolving with more than two-thirds of the subsea fiber cable bandwidth capacity growth comes from hyperscalers and content providers such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon.

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“Equinix has played a large part in developing the next generation of submarine system landing station infrastructures to accommodate this shift by placing cable landing stations in its global data center,” the firm added. “Currently, Equinix IBX data centers are subsea cable enabled in 34 metros around the world.”

Sky and Space Global bags EU R&D grant, signs 5 MOUs with strategic telco operators

Sky and Space Global has reached a key operational landmark by winning a Research and Development grant from the Polish government and the EU.

“Research is the lifeblood of innovation and I am very proud we are part of a team that will take space technology to the next level,” said the company’s MD and CEO Meir Moalem.

“We have also signed a number of MoU agreements. The SAS team continues to work extremely hard to enhance our global exposure and build on our relationships as we head into the final quarter of 2018. All of the binding agreements signed recently include commercial terms and will be transformed to full commercial contracts.”

SAS was awarded a 1.25m Polish Zloti (~A$500k) R&D grant by the Polish Government to initiate a project into M2M device and smart grid innovation.&

SAS said it will use the funds for the creation of a R & and Development Center in Poland, and for the purchase of equipment to initiate a full scale industrial research project into the innovation of M2M devices and smart grids via the SAS nano-satellite constellation.

“The project will be established in collaboration with the Faculty of Electronics at the Wroclaw University of Technology – Poland,” it added.

The R&D project will support the SAS business model and be dedicated to working with operators in remote geographies in Africa and South America where conventional connectivity services are limited and very costly.

The project is set to innovate and disrupt the M2M and smart grid market by giving network operators in remote locations easier access to telecommunication connectivity allowing for easier aggregation of service offerings and effective network monitoring.

Five new binding MoU agreements signed with strategic telco partners

SAS also said has dedicated significant resources into the development of its proprietary software to ensure it remains ahead of the technological curve when presenting and demonstrating its capabilities to global telecoms providers.

It has secured  binding MoU agreements with the following telco operators:

Briskcom Business Technology – a Brazilian satellite telecommunications solutions company, active since 2003 and concentrated primarily on the energy sector.

SkyX – a Canadian data acquisition company that designs, builds, programs and remotely operates autonomous vehicles for its large number of clients.

Penteon, a globally focussed IoT engineering firm with over 150 years of technology and aerospace industry experience, and  
Surge Telecom, a start-up headquartered in Jamaica which provides specialised wireless telecommunications services throughout the Latin American and Caribbean regions.


Seaborn Networks’ shifting focus to linking transit points: CEO Larry Schwartz

Seaborn Networks CEO Larry Schwartz has identified a stronger focus on rolling out new subsea cables connecting transit points, rather than traffic endpoints, as a key emerging strategy for the firm over the next ten years.

Speaking to Telecom Times on the sidelines of the Submarine Networks World event in Singapore, Schwartz said over the next five to ten years he expected to see new routes materializing, which rather than merely replacing existing routes, would result in greater recognition of the value of establishing new links between Points A and Z.

“For example, we have a project called SABR, which is our planned build from northeast Brazil to Cape Town, South Africa,” Schwartz said. “The purpose of that is, [while] there is not a lot of traffic between those two locations as end-points, as transit points to pull traffic from east Africa, southern India, and the Middle East, [for players] looking for a diverse path between east coast US and those regions of the world, we think it’s a compelling solution.”

Schwartz noted that the manner in which systems were built in the past,  for instance in the case of the South America region, differed significantly from current practice. “Back in the late 1990s, when the prior generation of cables were built for the region, there was a greater focus on building sort of a complete ring around South America,” he said. “That’s what Sam-1 was for Telefónica and what SAC was for – then –  Global Crossing.”

“It seems intuitively obvious to say that different routes have different growth rates, and different existing demand needs,” the Seaborn Networks chief exec continued.  “This next generation of systems that we have built, and others have built in the region, don’t talk about a ring around South America, because the reality is the west coast of South America has a lower demand need than the east coast.”

Schwartz said that while across the industry there were some plans for the west coast, these were ultimately reliant on relevant levels of demand.

“I think there’s a better understanding today of what the [actual] traffic patterns, the capacity needs, and the routes are,” he said.