Mellanox eyes hyperscale Ethernet security opportunity with new cloud-focused network adapter

Sunnyvale-based computer networking specialist Mellanox Technologies has unveiled it’s focusing on dramatically rising demand for secure cloud Ethernet services by a broad sweep of customers including hyperscalers, as cloud, e-commerce, and social media enterprises are increasingly able to access to the data of hundreds of millions of users.

Speaking to media and analysts at the NetEvents Global IT Summit  in San Jose, Mellanox VP of Ethernet adapters and SmartNIC Yael Shenhav said the company had started shipping the ConnectX-6 Dx – which she billed as “the world’s most advanced secure 200Gb/s Cloud Ethernet network adapter.”

0 (19)“The best just got better,” she said, referring to recent comparison testing by Tolly Lab, in which ConnectX-6 Dx’s predecessor, the ConnectX-5 25G/bs NIC had outflanked rival Broadcom’s NetXtreme E adapter.

The report concluded that the earlier model delivered up to twice the throughput of the Broadcom adapter in a range of environments and under different workloads common to cloud and flash storage rollouts.

In addition, she said the testing showed that the Mellanox device can handle more connections, transmitting more data without packet loss and using fewer host CPU cycles per packet.

Shenhav also said that in addition to better performance, customers also considered open source and collaboration as key capabilities, along with the ability to achieve uncompromising flexibility with a “software-defined, hardware-accelerated architecture.”

Finally, Shenhav highlighted the firm’s involvement in the Open Compute Project, noting key OEM partnerships with Dell and HPE, as well as agreements with software partners such as Microsoft, IBM/Redhat and VMware.

Telecom Times was in San Jose as a guest of NetEvents


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The MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase at MEF19 will feature demonstrations involving more than 45 service and technology providers

MEF19 is the global event showcasing network services for the digital economy, where transformation leaders converge and innovate. MEF19 focuses on accelerating the industry transition to dynamic, assured, and certified services across a global federation of automated networks. Emerging cloud-centric “MEF 3.0” services provide an on-demand experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. These services are orchestrated across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV.

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Vertel names telco veteran Tony Hudson as commercial director

Sydney-based critical network specialist Vertel has appointed Tony Hudson as its commercial director with a brief to lead the firm’s sales, marketing and customer experience teams.

A member of the Metro Ethernet Forum, Vertel specialises in the design, build and operation of wireless networks for corporations, government and service providers.

Vertel said Hudson – who has some three decades experience in the information technology and telecommunication sectors – joined its ranks in 2016 as Head of Government.

Prior to Vertel, he worked at Singtel Optus for 15 years, with eight years in the role of industry manager, NSW government. In addition, Hudson has also held positions with IBM and WordFlow Information Liquidity, an Australian start-up, as director of sales.

Theo Belekas, Managing Director, said, “Tony brings a unique combination of industry experience, a strong focus on customer success and an understanding of Vertel’s vision of smarter, healthier, and safer Australian communities. Tony will help Vertel continue to service organisations that place significant value on highly-available, reliable and secure network connections, and Quality of Service-enabled managed networks and services, backed by strong networking expertise and support. “

Vertel partners Virtutel in regional NBN Enterprise Ethernet play

Sydney-based telecoms carrier Vertel has teamed with Virtutel to resell NBN Enterprise Ethernet services throughout regional Australia.

Vertel – which billed Virtutel as an Australian-owned and operated full-service domestic and international telco carrier – said that under the partnership it would deliver high-speed, fibre-based internet so that communities can realise their smart cities potential. 

I added that as one of two initial retail service providers (RSPs) to offer NBN Enterprise Ethernet, the service complements its own business-grade bitstream TC-2 and TC-4 NBN products.

Virtutel’s NBN Enterprise Ethernet product is available nationally from all 121 Points of Interconnect and allows for symmetric speeds between 10Mbps and 1Gbps. 

“Vertel and Virtutel’s partnership is about building on existing national assets, in this case the NBN, to provide quality and equality of access across Australia,” said Vertel head of government sales Tony Hudson.

MEF doubles Proof of Concept showcase at MEF18 event

PRESS RELEASELos Angeles, 15 August 2018 – MEF is pleased to announce that more than 50 service providers and technology solution providers will participate in 20 interactive Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase demonstrations at the MEF18 global networking event, 29 October – 2 November 2018.

The showcase will reveal the real-world value and applications behind the MEF 3.0 framework that is defining how assured communication services can be orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks.

The PoC Showcase will take place in the MEF18 Networking Hall at the JW Marriott LA LIVE, in Los Angeles, California, and will focus on four main areas of MEF 3.0 services of interest to enterprises, service providers, and technology vendors:

· Automated multi-domain, multi-technology service fulfilment and activation


· Service assurance

· Automated commercial interactions

· Universal CPEs

“MEF18 Proof of Concept demonstrations are crucial to accelerating the development and worldwide adoption of assured services orchestrated across automated networks with MEF 3.0,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “We are delighted by the tremendous support of leading service and technology solutions providers who are participating in this year’s PoC Showcase. The fact that we have more than double the number of participants compared to last year’s popular showcase illustrates the strategic importance of MEF 3.0 in driving industry innovation.”

A list of PoC participant groups and preliminary titles of their demonstrations can be found on the PoC Showcase page. A final PoC list will be available in September 2018.

MEF18 attendees can look forward to seeing a wide range of topics covered in this year’s PoC Showcase, including:

· Standardized inter-carrier and intra-carrier LSO APIs for all aspects of the service lifecycle

· Orchestrated, virtualized Ethernet services using ONAP, DANOS, and white boxes

· Distributed catalogues

· Smart contracts for data-on-demand services

· Distributed ledgers and blockchain for ordering and billing/settlement

· Multi-layer optical/Ethernet services

· Machine learning for service assurance

· Intent-based networking

· 5G and network slicing

· Augmented reality use cases in multi-operator domain environments

· Self-optimizing networks

· Dynamic QoS for changing application demands

· Multi-vendor SD-WAN implementations using LSO

· Secure SD-WAN

· LSO Presto orchestration of uCPEs for feature and service enhancement

About MEF18

MEF18 focuses on enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated communications services for the digital economy. MEF18 is on pace to be bigger and better than last year’s popular MEF17 event, with a target audience of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries; 250+ service and technology executives; 120 expert speakers, 115+ sponsors and partners; and more.

MEF18’s content, networking, and special activities are designed to appeal to executives and other senior experts from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; systems integrators, open source projects, standards organizations; industry and financial analysts; investors; the press; and others.

MEF18’s program will build upon popular elements of last year’s event while introducing several new activities. Elements include: world-class plenaries and sessions with service, technology, and enterprise expert speakers; MEF Workshops; the WAN Exchange (brought by WAN Summit); PoC demonstrations; MEF 3.0 implementation demonstrations; a vibrant Networking Hall; MEF Awards Dinner; Global Media Hub; LSO Hackathon; and on-site MEF professional certification exam preparation courses. This year, the 4Q18 MEF Members Meeting will be collocated with MEF18. For more information:

Early Bird Registration Expires 31 August

Register now to save $100 on MEF18 registration though 31 August 2018. Qualified enterprise, government, press, and industry analyst professionals attend for free.

2018 MEF Awards Submission Deadline – 7 September

The 2018 MEF Awards program is open for entries until 7 September 2018. The program recognizes service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation. To view the full listing of 44 award options and to submit an entry, visit the awards’ website.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For sponsorship information, please visit the MEF18 Sponsor Price List and Sponsorships and Benefits pages or email Alysia Bennett at

About MEF

An industry association of 200+ member companies, MEF recently introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services are designed to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF 3.0 services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces service specifications, LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations, and certification programs. MEF 3.0 work will enable automated delivery of standardized Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information:


MEF flags availability of first operator-grade SDN/NFV professional certification

Industry association MEF has released a first MEF SDN/NFV professional certification, which it bills as the first industry-wide certification that validates professionals’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in the domains of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization.

MEF also announced that five training companies that are members of the prestigious MEF Accredited Training Provider (MEF-ATP) program are qualified to deliver approved training for this certification. Incentives for IT/telecom professionals to earn this credential were also announced today by MEF.

“We are delighted that MEF has created yet another skills certification in software-centric networking technologies, adding to its world-renowned Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) credential,” said MEF president Nan Chen.

“Given the rising deployment of SDN and NFV solutions globally, and the tremendous potential for telecom and enterprise IT organizations to leverage SDN and NFV, we are confident that this certification will open new doors, new jobs, and new horizons for the networking workforce,” Chen added. “

Organizations that encourage their IT professionals to train for and earn this credential will signal their commitment to excellence in their workforce. Already we have received inquiries from companies wanting to get their engineers, operators and technical architects certified.”