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2021

SFR uses Segment Routing to strengthen its network for upcoming 5G and IoT services in France

Cisco and SFR announced major updates to SFR’s network infrastructure to help businesses in France speed their digitization plans and best prepare for a better, stronger internet for the future.
SFR uses Cisco’s newest ASR 9000 routers, along with segment routing to strengthen its backbone to support upcoming 5G and IoT services.
Businesses looking to accelerate digitization plans and cloud ambitions need network resiliency.
SFR continues to invest in its high-speed broadband network spanning fiber, 4G and 5G to support increased demands for always on connections.

2020

Take Control of the Packet Path with Segment Routing Traffic Engineering

Segment Routing Traffic Engineering or SR-TE in conjunction with Automated Steering dramatically simplifies the Traffic Engineering configuration model and eliminates the RSVP soft state requirement, in favor of a Source Packet Routing model also known as SPRING.
In this blog, Mike DiVincenzo, Technical Solutions Architect MPLS/Segment Routing at WWT, decribes how Segment Routing Traffic Engineering drives scalability and network intelligence while improving capacity utilization and reducing costs.

Pick Your Path: Maximize Agility with Segment Routing with Flexible Algorithm

Segment Routing with Flexble Algorithm (Flex-Algo) enables the router to assign a user-defined algorithm to the IGP that can be implemented dynamically and on demand.
In this blog, Mike DiVincenzo, Technical Solutions Architect MPLS/Segment Routing at WWT, decribes a selection of the possible use-cases of Flexible Algorithms in combination with dynamic delay measurement.

Internet2, Cisco Team Up To Deliver Advanced Networking Technology for Research and Education Network

Internet2 announced a strategic alliance with Cisco to deliver next-generation capabilities and software solutions across the U.S. research and education (R&E) infrastructure that enables scientific collaboration at a global scale.
Internet2 will deploy Cisco’s latest 8200 series routing platform powered by Cisco Silicon One ASICs, running IOS® XR7 and Network Services Orchestration (NSO) software as part of the packet infrastructure upgrade to its national backbone.
A move to segment routing with multiprotocol label switching (SR-MPLS) and Ethernet virtual private network (EVPN) will allow researcher applications to eventually claim up to an entire 400G link for a particular application while other network uses are dynamically moved to other paths.

Segment Routing Deep Dive with Bertrand Duvivier - Podcast

Segment Routing is the term widely used in the industry to refer to Source Packet Routing In Networking (SPRING), as defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Cisco has pioneered Segment Routing since 2012 and has led the standardization efforts with the support of a group of lead operators, resulting in few RFCs and over 50 active internet-drafts.
In this podcast today, we’re going to deep dive into some technical aspects with Bertrand Duvivier, Principal Engineer from Cisco.

Colt talks about Segment Routing - Podcast

COLT has been an early adopter of Segment Routing MPLS. Joining us for this podcast are Aaron Partouche, 5G & Edge – New Business Development Director & Bart Janssens – Senior Specialist Packet Network Engineering.
In this podcast they provide a few insights on COLT's network infrastructure, describe the key factors for SRMPLS adoption and discuss how Segment Routing help to speed up adoption in Private 4G/5G networks.

Segment Routing and 5G - Podcast

5G brings in significant changes to the mobile architecture. It relies heavily on virtualization and containerization, splits the mobile control and user plane and introduces network slicing. In the radio space new spectrum is available and the Radio Access Network infrastructure has been de-aggregated into three discrete components that can be integrated into a single unit or split across different locations.
This podcast is going to concentrate on the transport network and how segment routing can address the new requirements and changes brought in by the 5G mobile architecture.
Ray interviews Distinguished Consulting Engineer at Cisco Simon Spraggs

Cisco to Optimize NTT DOCOMO’s 5G Mobile Backhaul for Simpler, More Flexible and Scalable Network Operation

NTT DOCOMO selected Cisco NCS routers and Segment Routing technology for network slicing to help optimize its 5G mobile backhaul in preparation for the commercial service.
Mobile backhaul is the transport network that connects the 5G radio (in the cell tower) to the core network that feeds into the data centers. DOCOMO needed a blueprint for more cost effective transport to meet its future 5G base station facility plan capable of achieving 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) speeds.

2019

SRv6 is coming

Segment Routing MPLS customer adoption is truly outstanding. As of today, we count more than 30 live deployments and about 80 deployments are planned. Kevin Wollenweber, Vice President Of Product Management at Cisco Systems, explains why the pace of adoption for SRv6 will be even faster.

Report: How Segment Routing is Changing the Limitations in US Federal Network Architectures

Agencies that continue to operate legacy systems can achieve greater IT performance and versatility, lower their operating costs and enhance their security controls simply by taking advantage of newer networking capabilities.
This promise comes through the segment routing architecture, which is gaining rapid adoption among large-scale network operators and architects, according to a new report. This report highlights the key benefits of segment routing and explains that it is designed to work with legacy systems too.

South Slope Boosts Bandwidth Speeds with Cisco To Accommodate Over Three Terabytes

South Slope, a rural independent telecommunications cooperative, has deployed the Cisco NCS5500 series platform to meet growing capacity demands, using its existing network to deliver voice, data, and video services along with a variety of business ethernet and cellular backhaul services to its customers throughout eastern Iowa. To facilitate the transition, increase the power of the underlying transport network, and reduce operational complexity, Cisco and South Slope created a converged solution based on the Cisco NCS5500 router series. South Slope has also deployed Cisco Segment Routing with Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Ethernet VPN (EVPN).

SRv6- A new approach for the evolution of IP Networks

Segment Routing is now a well-accepted evolution path for simplifying IP/MPLS networks and for providing a solution to address the emerging requirements of 5G/IoT and service virtualization. We believe SR-MPLS and SRv6 will be increasingly deployed in service provider, enterprise, and data center networks. However, it is still early days for SRv6, and there is still a lot of work ahead to develop the vendor ecosystem and get to standardized, interoperable implementations of key features and services.

Using SR-TE IGP Flex-Algo in the Multiplanar Backbone design

This whitepaper describes the drivers, use cases, and design of the multiplanar backbone.
Given stringent financial controls, flat CapEx and OpEx budgets, and being asked to do more with the same or less, network operators are limited in their ability to create new services and new revenue streams.
The concept of a multiplanar design, or multiplanar backbone (MPBB), which this document introduces, can be used to deliver the next generation of services and support as well as increase reliability and performance over today’s current network designs.
The MPBB design leverages the flexibility and simplicity of SR-TE IGP Flex-Algo. Read this document to find out how Flex-Algo helps realizing the MPBB goals.

Equinix Segment Routing-powered network delivers increased value to its customers

In this blog Muhammad Durrani, leading Global Network Architecture and Engineering at Equinix, explains how SR builds value to their customers. As the world’s global data center interconnection leader, Equinix is constantly innovating on behalf of its customers to help them grow their businesses. At the core of the Equinix interconnection value proposition is a global network infrastructure that offers multiple network services to both Service Providers and Enterprises alike. To offer new and differentiated value-added services and to provide a second-to-none customer experience, Equinix is implementing Segment Routing in their next-generation network infrastructure.

SR-TE solves the 3-tiered slice service use-case for Vodafone

The 3-tiered slice service solution (minimum cost, minimum delay, minimum cost with delay bound) was announced at CiscoLive! 2019 in Barcelona and at MPLS WC 2019 in Paris.
This solution is a product of the co-development between Vodafone Germany and Cisco Systems.

EANTC Multi-Vendor Interoperability Test 2019

EANTC AG, the European Advanced Networking Test Center published the results of the latest massive multi-vendor interoperability test with 174 successful test combinations involving 68 device types from 19 vendors.
The multi-vendor event focuses on the interoperability of the full range of next-generation wide-area transport solutions, network management and clock synchronization. Segment Routing MPLs and SRv6, Flex-Algo, and SR-TE are among the tested solutions.
Click here to access the EANTC whitepaper PDF.

Etisalat and Cisco have successfully deployed the first segment routing technology in the region

DUBAI, UAE: Etisalat and Cisco have successfully deployed the first segment routing technology in the region over its international network with closed-loop automation, introducing automation and software-defined networking (SDN) to the service provider’s Emirates Internet Exchange (EMIX) network, deploying cutting-edge technologies that set the foundation for new opportunities and business models.

Cisco SP Nails It at NFDx

The topic-du-jour was definitely Segment Routing, and Cisco delivered great presentations on both SR-TE (Segment Routing – Tunnel Engineering) with SR Flexible Algorithm, and SRv6 (Segment Routing for IPv6).

2018

ACG Research Paper: Segment Routing

Service providers and large enterprises face stiff challenges: the network infrastructure and their operations are growing at tremendous pace and becoming complex. IP/MPLS networks have become operation intensive because of their complex implementations. Service providers feel the added pressure of falling revenues and stiff competition by the over-the-top providers as well as the challenge to innovate. These drivers make the network owners think about a transport technology that can provide convergence across layers, domains and offload the complexities in the networks today. One of these technologies is Segment Routing (SR), which has caught the attention of the network planners because of its potential to ...

Celebrating Segment Routing’s 5th Birthday

With the explosive growth of network traffic, there is more pressure than ever on the network to operate with simplicity, speed, scale and resiliency. Since the emergence of Segment Routing (SR) five years ago, more and more customers have turned to this technology to help address the challenges of digitization and to accelerate the network transformation necessary to meet those challenges.

SR @ MPLS WC 2018 interop

Read Jose Liste’s blog documenting the prominent role that SR played at MPLS WC 2018 interop. This event provides the latest proof-point of overwhelming multi-vendor support for SR.

Colt Fast-Tracks the Delivery of New Services with Cisco Segment Routing and Ethernet VPN

Cisco and Colt Technology Services announced today that they have successfully achieved a key milestone in upgrading Colt's pan-European, U.S. and Asian packet network. This lays the foundation for the Colt IQ Network to deliver further differentiated, high-bandwidth connectivity solutions. Colt's next-generation packet network uses end-to-end segment routing technology to simplify and automate network operation and significantly reduce operating costs. With the quality, speed, capacity and flexibility to meet application-specific service quality requirements, Colt’s customers will benefit from an infrastructure designed for enabling digital businesses.

Flexible Algorithm makes Segment Routing Traffic Engineering even more agile

As more and more Service Providers and Enterprises operate a single network infrastructure to support an ever-increasing number of services, the ability to custom fit transport to application needs is critically important. In that respect, network operators have been exploring Traffic Engineering techniques for some years now but have obviously run into many scaling issues preventing them from having an end-to-end, fine-grained control over the myriad services they offer. We firmly believe Segment Routing Traffic Engineering (SR TE) has changed the game and has become the undisputed solution to deliver Traffic Engineering capabilities at scale. What makes SR Flexible Algorithm a noteworthy addition to SR TE solution?

2017

Bell Canada implements Cisco Segment Routing

Over the past few weeks, Bell Canada has successfully rolled out Segment Routing in its next-generation core network, marking a milestone as the first Canadian carrier to actively use this innovative technology for network automation and software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities.

Simplifying Networks through Segment Routing

The networking industry is going through an incredibly dynamic time of change and opportunity. Global IP traffic will increase nearly threefold over the next five years and 127-fold from 2005 to 2021. The number of devices connected to IP networks by 2021 will be three times higher than the global population. On top of that, the diversity of applications has never been greater, with each having its own set of requirements and hurdles. This unprecedented growth requires Service Providers to transform their networks, and Segment Routing is becoming one of the keys to successfully paving the way to that transformation.

Add a dollop of XTC to your network infrastructure

Google XTC and you find out it was an English rock band formed in 1972 and active till 2006... It probably does not ring a bell to most of you — at least for me, I can’t recall any of their songs. XTC had another connotation in the 1980’s, but that’s not the point here either.

2016

Why I care about Segment Routing

As a WAN guy by chance and opportunity, and a service provider engineer and architect by choice (and also chance and opportunity), segment routing (SR) is one of those wonderful new technologies that keeps rearing its head over and over in recent days – and it’s already playing in the big leagues.

What is Segment Routing?

Do you remember source routing, used in token ring bridging networks? If you're relatively new to networking, you may not know about it. In source routing, the hosts determine the path to take through the network and build a frame header that specifies the forwarding nodes that the frame should pass through as it goes from source to destination.

Bringing Segment Routing and IPv6 together

You may be pretty familiar with Segment Routing and I bet you’re likely tying it to MPLS as the industry at large has been mainly focused on driving awareness and adoption of MPLS Segment Routing. But did you know Segment Routing could work in a native IPv6 environment? Sounds interesting to you?

Post-TFD Segment Routing roundtable thoughts

My brain has now had a bit of time to recover from the information overload that was the Tech Field Day Segment Routing Round Table, so it is most definitely time to write a bit about what I learned.

Supercharge Your Network with Segment Routing Innovations!

2016 is clearly an inflection point in Segment Routing adoption. Enterprise and Service Providers have tested and validated the technology and are ready to roll out the technology in live networks. Customers now fully understand the benefits of the technology - it's all about bringing simplicity and scalability to the network. No RSVP, no midpoint state, no tunnel to configure!