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F5 Networks announced this week that its Istio-based service mesh was now in public beta testing. Also at KubeCon, which started Monday and ends Thursday, VMware announced that its NSX Service Mesh, which also taps into Istio, was now in a beta program. - Adva added a key piece to its SDN and NFV lineup with today's release of its Ensemble Controller. Adva's controller was built to help cloud and network service providers break up network elements while moving toward a software-defined, virtualized architecture that includes universal hardware and open interfaces. - VMware has added open source Istio software to its NSX networking platform to better manage containers and microservices. Istio, which allows users to connect, manage and secure microservices for both containerized and noncontainerized workloads, was developed by IBM, Google and Red Hat. - White box vendors have taken a hit this year in the 100 Gigabit Ethernet data center switching market. According to a report by Dell'Oro Group, traditional vendors such as H3C, Cisco and Huawei gained share in this segment as smaller enterprises showed a preference for bigger brand names. - Midsize businesses are starting to embrace their own digital transformations, according to a survey commissioned by CenturyLink. - Botnets are being fought the wrong way, according to the Council to Secure the Digital Economy. That's particularly bad news because the threat is growing. - Managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. picked up the pace in the second half of this year to the tune of more than $282 million in revenue in 2018. Vertical Systems Group is now tracking service migration, network connectivity and market sizing for managed SD-WAN services. - The lucrative and growing SD-WAN space is attracting the attention of the big cloud service providers, according to an IHS Markit report. IHS analyst Cliff Grossner took note of VMware/VeloCloud and Microsoft's Azure's partnership on SD-WAN in the most recent third quarter. - In an effort to support the growth of 5G, Cellwize announced a series B round of funding from Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP). Singapore-based Cellwize didn't disclose how much was raised in its latest round of funding, but DTCP is an investment management group with $1.6 billion in assets. - Google would not be Google if not for software-defined networking, according to a keynote address at ONF Connect by Google Fellow Amin Vahdat. Google is an operator member of ONF, and earlier this year Google put its Stratum code into open source with ONF. - Comcast's Rob Howald says service providers need to collaborate through open source groups such as ONF in order to be successful. Speaking in a keynote session Wednesday morning at ONF Connect, Howald, vice president of access architecture, said it's no longer business as usual for carriers. - The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is taking another step forward by putting its four reference designs out for review. ONF Executive Director Guru Parulkar announced during his morning keynote address at ONF Connect that the four reference designs would be under review by ONF's Innovator Members over the coming months. - AT&T's Andre Fuetsch announced on Tuesday that his company now has white box cell site gateway routers deployed in a large-scale production test. Fuetsch, ONF chair and president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, said the white box cell site gateway routers were carrying live network traffic. - While U.S. cloud providers have seemingly been printing their own money when it comes to their success in the cloud, their capital expenditures are tapering off a bit. Morgan Stanley Research found that third-quarter U.S. hyperscale cloud capex growth decelerated approximately 10 points from the first half of 2018 to about 40% year over year. - LF Networking is blending new features in to its Open Networking Automation Platform (ONAP) and OPNFV projects in order to enable cross-stack deployments across new and existing use cases. - On the cusp of its 50th anniversary next year, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has scored its first industry patent in the area of energy management. "Our main mission here is applied science. For the first time, we're capturing intellectual property around that applied science," said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO. - A deluge of data—one that is even greater than what already is upon us—is coming. The question is whether adequate preparations are being made for this onslaught. - Telefónica Chairman and CEO José María Álvarez-Pallete rallied the troops on Friday by announcing a new internal program. Speaking live in front of 900 executives in Madrid and via a streaming broadcast to the company's 12,000 employees, Álvarez-Pallete unveiled Telefónica's "Reconnect" program for the 2019-2021 timeframe. - CenturyLink's Andrew Dugan is digging into his new role as the company's CTO. Dugan has a big to-do list that includes launching an ELAN service early next year and providing more cloud connectivity to enterprise customers. - Juniper Networks is looking to prop up its cloud capabilities by buying enterprise cloud storage vendor HTBASE for an undisclosed sum. As Juniper transitions away from hardware-only revenues, it's looking to branch out into other areas, but so far the cloud has been a difficult nut to crack. - Qualcomm is plunking down $100 million to aid startups that are transforming artificial intelligence. Qualcomm is funneling the money into AI startups via the newly created Qualcomm Ventures AI Fund. - The optical transport WDM equipment market grew 15% year-over-year in the third quarter, according to a report by Dell'Oro Group. The majority of the optical transport WDM equipment growth occurred in the Asia Pacific region, according to the report. - Versa Networks has met its match in the clouds by partnering with Amazon Web Services to offer SD-WAN to AWS partners. Versa, which is a cloud-based SD-WAN vendor, is working with service provider and integration partners that have achieved AWS Networking Competency status and are AWS Partner Network members. - MEF announced today that it has added CenturyLink's Andrew Dugan to its board of directors. It has been a busy month for Dugan with his appointment as CenturyLink's new CTO after taking over that role from former CTO Aamir Hussain. - On Monday, Amazon Web Services (AWS) took the wraps off of a new service, Global Accelerator, that boosts the performance and reliability of global connections that are running on its public cloud. -