Daily Archives: October 15, 2018

Huawei Launches Next-Generation SD-WAN Routers, Simplifying Cloud and Network Interconnection for Enterprises

SHANGHAI, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei launched its next-generation SD-WAN routers. The next-generation SD-WAN routers use a unified platform and converge extensive branch services, including SD-WAN, routing, voice, firewall, and Wi-Fi to simplify service deployment. Leveraging the unique hardware acceleration engine, they offer 2-times better forwarding performance than the industry average. Additionally, they implement “3 intelligences” — intelligent application identification, application-based intelligent traffic steering, and intelligent acceleration — to simplify cloud and network interconnection for enterprises.

Nowadays, a growing number of enterprises are migrating their applications to third-party clouds or Software as a Service (SaaS) environments. Traffic surges on enterprise WAN networks but is transmitted inefficiently, imposing more-stringent requirements on WAN egress routers. WAN egress routers must support SD-WAN functions and converge multiple services such as routing, switching, and VPN to process services at a high speed and ensure the experience of key services.

Huawei’s next-generation SD-WAN routers include Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and universal CPE (uCPE). They are all developed on a unified platform, thus adapting to interconnections between branches and clouds of different sizes. The uCPE models provide an open computing platform, integrate various branch service functions, such as SD-WAN, WAN Optimization Controller (WOC), voice, Wi-Fi, and security, and implement automatic service orchestration through Huawei’s cloud-based Agile Controller, greatly simplifying branch deployment and Operations and Maintenance (O&M). The next-generation SD-WAN routers use a unique hardware acceleration engine, multi-core concurrent processing mechanism, and three-level high-speed cache, offering 2-times better forwarding performance than the industry average without any performance deterioration of concurrent key services. Moreover, they implement “3 intelligences” and offer lossless experience for key services.

The next-generation SD-WAN routers are available in 16 models, including AR3600 series designed for large-sized branches and HQ/data centers; AR2600 series for small and medium-sized branches; AR1600 series for small-sized branches; and AR650 series for Small- and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs), which are suitable for all-scenario interconnections between hybrid clouds, branches, and the Internet, meeting the service development requirements of enterprises over the next three to five years.

At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei also launched its SD-WAN cloud services that leverage the next-generation SD-WAN routers in combination with Huawei’s cloud-based Agile Controller and professional Managed Service Provider (MSP) services. Huawei’s SD-WAN cloud services are suitable for interconnection scenarios of chain enterprises, multi-branch large corporations, and SMBs. These services will provide enterprise customers with interconnections that are most suitable for cloud-network convergence in the all-cloud era, enabling enterprises to intelligently connect to the cloud.

Zhu Yaming, Deputy General Manager of Huawei Enterprise Gateway Domain, said, “Huawei’s full line of next-generation SD-WAN routers are developed for simplified cloud and network interconnections. Equipped with the unique hardware acceleration engine, they offer 2-times better forwarding performance than the industry average. They also support service convergence and simplified branch interconnection, as well as on-demand VAS provisioning, application-based intelligent traffic steering, and acceleration, significantly improving the branch interconnection experience of enterprise customers.”

Huawei has been making continuous investments and innovations in the SD-WAN field. Huawei SD-WAN Solution and products have now served more than 30 customers in government, finance, large enterprise, carrier, and MSP sectors, helping them achieve businesses success. For more information, please visit: https://e.huawei.com/en/solutions/business-needs/enterprise-network/sd-wan

Keino Given More Time to Report to Police in Corruption Case

Running great Kip Keino has been given more time to report to police in Kenya after being one of seven former Olympic and government officials accused of corruption relating to the misappropriation of more than $545,000.
The seven were ordered to report to police and appear in court on Monday but Keino was one of four who did not.

A judge extended their deadline until 6 a.m. Thursday and ordered they then appear in court Friday to enter pleas. The judge said if they didn’t hand themselves in on Thursday warrants for their arrest would be issued.

Former Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario is one of the suspects and also did not appear on Monday.

The case relates to money set aside to fund Kenya’s team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics but was allegedly embezzled and misused by Keino and the others. Keino was the head of the Kenyan Olympic committee at the time.

The three who did appear in court were former Olympic committee secretary general Francis Kanyili, Rio team manager Stephen Arap Soi and former sports ministry official Richard Ekai.

Source: Voice of America

US Military Airstrike in Somalia Kills 4 al-Shabab Fighters

The U.S. military says it has conducted an airstrike that killed four al-Shabab extremists after “partner forces came under small arms fire.”
The U.S. Africa Command says Sunday’s airstrike was carried out near the community of Araara in Lower Juba region in the south.
The statement says no U.S. service members were on the ground during the Somali-led operation and that according to its assessment no civilians were injured or killed in the airstrike.
The U.S. military has carried out more than two dozen airstrikes, including drone strikes, this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa.
Somalia on Sunday marked the first anniversary of al-Shabab’s deadliest attack, a truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed well over 500 people.

Source: Voice of America

Street Clashes in Comoros Over Presidential Term Extension

Protesters barricaded roads with tree trunks and clashed with soldiers in Comoros Monday as they demonstrated against President Azali Assoumani’s attempt to extend term limits.
Witnesses reported hearing gunfire and seeing security forces dismantle the barricades on Anjouan island, according to the French news agency.
The last few months have seen the archipelago between continental Africa and Madagascar rocked by political tumult, as President Assoumani has jailed opposition figures and critics.
His bid to compete in the nation’s 2019 presidential elections has stoked anger among residents of the island of Anjouan, as doing so would deny them their turn to hold the presidency starting 2021 under a system that rotates the post among the country’s three islands.
Assoumani held a referendum last June to determine whether he could run for two more five-year terms. Opposition parties called the move illegal and boycotted the referendum. Assoumani declared victory by a 92.74 percent margin.
Assoumani, from the island of Gran Comore, came to power after winning the archipelago’s 2016 elections, and previously led the island from 1999 to 2006 after seizing power in a military coup.
Last month, Comoros prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for former Vice President Jaffar Ahmed Said Hassani, a vocal critic of the referendum, on charges of plotting against the state.

Source: Voice of America

Zimbabwe’s Government Says Worst of its Economic Woes is Over

Zimbabwe’s government says the country is emerging from a recent economic meltdown that saw shops run out of goods and motorists spend long hours in lines at gas stations. Economists say Zimbabwe’s crisis is not over, as people have no confidence in the currency or in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.
For weeks now, there have been long and winding queues at most fuel stations in Zimbabwe, as the precious liquid has been in short supply. Lameck Mauriri is one of those now tired of the situation.

“We are really striving but things are tough to everyone,” said Mauriri. “I do not know how those in rural areas, how they are surviving, especially if in Harare it is like this. We are sleeping in fuel queues. There is not fuel, there is no bread, there is no drink. There is no everything. No cash, no jobs.”

For a decade, the country has been without an official currency and relied on U.S. dollars, the British pound and South African rand to conduct transactions. In the past three years, however, all three currencies have been hard to find, paralyzing the economy.

The introduction of bond notes — a currency Zimbabwe started printing two years ago to ease the situation — has not helped.

The bond notes were supposed to trade at par with the U.S. dollar; but, on the black market, a dollar now is now equal to close to three bond notes.
Prosper Chitambara, an economist of the Labor and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe says the bond notes are partly to blame for the price increases and shortages in the country.

“What is lacking in the economy, in the market is confidence. There is a distrust of the formal economic system,” said Chitambara. “The bond notes have definitely contributed a great deal to the current economic situation, a fallacy economic situation. What they have done is for example to increase money supply in the economy. And that money supply is not actually backed by significant productivity in the economy. That actually gives rise to general of inflationary pressures.”

He said the government’s recent introduction of a 2 percent tax on all electronic transactions pushed prices even higher and caused some shops to close.

Ndabaningi Nick Mangwana, Zimbabwe’s secretary in the Ministry of Information and Publicity, says the situation in the country is normal and there is no need for alarm.

“There is no shortage to oil itself, there is no challenge in terms of production of all these essential services,” said Mangwana. “That is why they are there if you go. There were a few people who panicked, closed a couple of shops, but those opened within hours. There was fake news and people panicked, but it is all under control.”

That is not exactly what seems to be the case on the ground. Some shops remain closed and prices continue rising. Long fuel lines remain the order of the day.

Source: Voice of America