Tasty SYN-SYN-ACKs: Juniper gobbles HTBASE, ADTRAN's Oz NBN win and more

Plus standards news from ETSI, 3GPP

Roundup Juniper Networks has announced it wants to bolster its Contrail enterprise multicloud solutions by chugging down software vendor HTBASE.

The Gin Palace explained that HTBASE's specialty is the "software-defined enterprise multicloud" – which it described as a "single layer of compute, networking and storage across public and private clouds as well as the edge".

What that means, we're told, is that the infrastructure – compute, storage and networking – is made transparent to applications.

CTO Bikash Koley blogged that the HTBASE Juke platform lets enterprises "migrate workloads across infrastructure stacks" between any public or private cloud.

ADTRAN winner in Oz NBN kerbside rollout

Alabama-headquartered vendor ADTRAN has trumpeted its selection to provide G.fast fibre-to-the-curb products to Australia's National Broadband Network.

Its "gigabit-capable" G.fast DPUs (distribution point units) will get connected to copper that customers hope is gigabit-capable.

The kit will land first in the Sydney suburb of Rockdale by 2020.

3GPP fixing bugs in 5G standards

Since the 5G radio standards were frozen earlier this year, potential users have – naturally enough – been turning up bugs as they try to move towards implementation.

That's led to corrections to the specs, and industry asking whether those are backwards compatible to the original 5G New Radio (NR) specs. As this 3GPP post noted, changes to specs have “consequences for network deployment plans and chipset/device plans.”

Particular areas of interest, the post said, are in the ASN.1 specs, and some functional corrections.

ASN.1 (the Abstract Syntax Notation) fixes are under discussion, but the 3GPP is set to say at the upcoming meeting in December, there are no "non-backwards compatible" changes under consideration.

As far as functional corrections not associated with the ASN.1 changes, the body says it is currently assessing various change requests for their impact, with an eye to avoiding breaking work already done.

ETSI publishes IP spec for the 5G era

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) this week released a specification, "Flexilink", designed to improve packet forwarding for the 5G era.

The group described Flexilink as a header compression mechanism.

Designed for technologies like software-defined networking (SDN), which route flows instead of individual packets, Flexilink proposes that packet headers carry only a label that provides an index into the routing table.

The specification also includes an "ultra-low latency" service targeting media like audio, video, "tactile Internet", and vehicle positioning,

The group also published two reports:

  • "Recommendations for New Transport Technologies" discusses the limitations of TCP, and offers architectural guidance to support 5G services; and
  • "End-to-end Network Slicing Reference Framework and Information Model" an investigation report describing network slicing high-level functions and security considerations.

Updating email standards to deprecate old TLS

It's only a brief Internet-Draft, but it's an important one: the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is starting the process of deprecating TLS older than 1.2 in conversations between a mail user agent (MUA) and a mail submission server or a mail access server.

The draft updates RFC 8314 so that as well as cleartext email, communications using TLS 1.1 are also deprecated.

6Wind updates virtual router

6Wind has announced updates to its vRouter product line, and has published source code for networking OEMs.

The vRouter 2.0 update includes a revamped management system based on data modelling language YANG and the IETF's Network Configuration Protocol.

Policy-based routing support means packets can be matched on source or destination address or prefix; a packet firewall mark that can be set by an ACL or according to their inbound interface.

VRouter 2.0 is offered in packaged images for bare metal, KVM, VMware and AWS deployment. Customisation can be carried out using either Linux cloud-init or Ansible. ®

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