Friday, October 24, 2014

Huawei Signs with the Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins have signed Huawei Enterprise USA as a multi-year team sponsor and “Official Technology Partner.” The two organizations will jointly participate in marketing and also explore additional technology solutions to enhance the game day experience for Redskins fans. This represents the first major sports sponsorship for Huawei in the U.S.

As part of the deal, Huawei Enterprise will be providing a Wi-Fi network for the Suite Level at the 85,000-seater FedExField, one of the largest stadiums in the National Football League.

The marketing opportunities for Huawei Enterprise includes online, broadcast and in-stadium branding, such as LED signage, promotion on Redskins social media channels, radio spots and in-show features on Redskins television shows.

Huawei's experience in providing networking and infrastructure solutions to major sports franchises and venues includes Germany’s Signal Iduna Park, home of soccer team Borussia Dortmund, and the Amersterdam ArenA, where the Dutch soccer team Ajax plays.

“We are proud to welcome Huawei as a sponsor and technology partner of the Washington Redskins,” said Mitch Gershman, CMO for the Washington Redskins. “Huawei is a global brand and an ideal technology partner with leadership positions in networking, broadband, telecom and consumer devices.”  Gershman added, “Making Wi-Fi available in FedExField is our latest way to enhance the Redskins fan’s experience. Huawei is the ideal technology partner, because Huawei has wired some the world’s largest stadiums and works with many of the world’s biggest telecom carriers.”

http://www.huaweienterpriseusa.com/

RagingWire to Double its Ashburn Data Center Campus

RagingWire Data Centers will begin construction on a 140,000 sq. ft. data center facility with 14MW of highly available power as part of its Ashburn, Virginia campus.

The addition is a two-story building that nearly doubles the size of RagingWire’s Ashburn, Virginia campus to 290,000 sq. ft..

RagingWire opened its first data center in Ashburn, Virginia in July 2012, a 150,000 sq. ft. facility called VA1, and has purchased 78 acres of land in Ashburn with designs to build upwards of 2 million sq. ft. of data center space. VA2 will be fully integrated with VA1 and networked with RagingWire’s 680,000 sq. ft. data center campus in Sacramento, California, the largest commercial multi-tenant data center in the state.

RagingWire is an NTT Communications group company.

http://www.ragingwire.com/news/ragingwire-expands-the-virginia-data-center-with-new-va2-facility

Ericsson Sees Q3 Sales Growth from LTE in Asia

Ericsson reported Q3 2014 sales of SEK 57.6 billion (US$7.94 billion), a growth of 9% YoY and 5% QoQ. Sales for comparable units, adjusted for currency, grew by 3% YoY and 2% QoQ.

The company said sales growth was mainly driven by the Middle East, China, India and Russia, but was partly offset by lower sales in North America.

Some highlights:

  • Gross margin increased YoY to 35.2% (32.0%), driven by improved business mix, higher IPR revenues and lower restructuring charges
  • Ericsson delivered on 4G/LTE contracts in Mainland China and Taiwan and saw improving sales in Japan. 
  • The investment climate in India continues to improve. 
  • Sales in parts of Europe, mainly UK and Germany, showed growth year-over-year while the development in southern Europe continued to be weak.
  • Sales in North America continued to be driven by operator investments in capacity and quality enhancements. However, business activity slowed down during the quarter as operators currently focus on cash flow optimization.
  • The momentum for Professional Services continued and generated organic growth in the quarter driven by managed services sales and systems integration. 
  • During Q3, Ericsson signed 14 new contracts for its SSR 8000 multi-application IP router, of which 6 were for fixed networks.  This brings the number of SSR contracts to 134 since the platform launched in December 2011.
  • Global Services operating margin declined slightly YoY negatively impacted by revaluation of hedge contracts.


http://www.ericsson.com/news/1865458

Equinix Activates AWS Direct Connect from German Data Centers

Equinix began offering Amazon Web Services(AWS) Direct Connect cloud service from its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in Germany.

Equinix operates data centers in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, for a total of 51,000+ square meters (548,760+ square feet) of colocation space in country.

The Equinix Frankfurt campus includes five Equinix IBX data centers, which are linked via Metro Connect fiber to enable the AWS Direct Connect service from any one of these five facilities. The Equinix Frankfurt campus is home to more than 400 national and international network operators, including one of the highest concentrations of networks servicing Eastern European countries.

Equinix said that by using AWS Direct Connect within its Frankfurt data center (FR5), from the Equinix data centers in Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf via Metro Connect or from other data centers in Germany or abroad via third-party carriers, customers can have a consistent, dedicated network connection to the cloud for higher performance at a lower cost.

“Our goal at Equinix is to help our enterprise customers realize the full benefits of the cloud – without worrying about application latency or cost issues. By providing access to AWS via the Direct Connect service, we are empowering our mutual customers to achieve improved performance of cloud-based applications,” stated Eric Schwartz, president, EMEA, Equinix.

http://www.equinix.com/company/news-and-events/press-releases/amazon-web-services-direct-connect-service-now-available-in-germany-at-equinix-data-centers/

http://www.equinix.com/locations/germany-colocation/germany-data-centers

Amazon Web Services launched its new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region, its 11th technology infrastructure region globally for AWS and the second region in the European Union (EU).  AWS also operates in Ireland.

AWS said all its data centers are designed, built, and regularly audited to meet rigorous compliance standards, including ISO 27001, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), PCI DSS Level 1, and many more, providing high levels of security for all AWS customers. The new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to data centers in separate, distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network.

The AWS EU region in Frankfurt operates on carbon neutral electricity.  It also conforms with EU data protection laws, ensuring that data remains within Germany.

Frontier Completes $2B Acquisition of AT&T's Wireline Net in CT

Frontier Communications completed its previously announced $2 billion acquisition of AT&T’s wireline business, statewide fiber network, and U-verse operations in Connecticut.

 As part of the acquisition, Frontier also acquired AT&T’s DISH satellite TV customers in Connecticut.

 “Frontier is excited to offer our products and services to customers in our home state,” said Maggie Wilderotter, Frontier’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to bringing our local engagement management model to Connecticut and empowering all Frontier employees to provide high-quality service to their friends and neighbors and to become active contributors to their communities.”

The deal was first announced last December.

http://www.att.com
http://investor.frontier.com/releases.cfm

IBM to Open SoftLayer Cloud Center in Paris

IBM is preparing to open a new SoftLayer cloud center in Paris, France, before the end of this year. IBM Cloud will also provide cloud infrastructure services for customers and companies in France that require in-country data residency.

SoftLayer cloud centers are already operational in London and Amsterdam. The new facility in Paris is part of a new 15 cloud center expansion and a $1.2 billion investment by IBM Cloud to grow its cloud presence around the world. It has capacity for thousands of physical servers and offers the full range of SoftLayer cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, and networking. It seamlessly integrates via the company’s leading private network with all SoftLayer cloud centers and network PoPs around the world. With services deployed on demand and full remote access and control, customers can create their ideal public, private, or hybrid cloud environments.

“We’re addressing clients’ and countries’ growing desire for data sovereignty head on,” said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer. “With each new cloud center we’re bringing our complete cloud services portfolio to the doorsteps of local customers. The Paris cloud center allows us to support workloads and applications from French customers who want their data to stay in the country and secure in the cloud, and provides our global clients with an opportunity to get even closer to their end user customers in the region.”

http://www.softlayer.com/info/paris-hosting


T-Mobile Netherlands Picks Mavenir for IMS Core

T-Mobile Netherlands has selected Mavenir Systems' IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) core networking solution.

“Mavenir’s solution simplifies IMS network deployments by providing a complete end to end suite of IMS applications and functions on a single, common platform. We provide the flexibility and innovation to accelerate time to market and lower total cost of ownership by minimizing network impacts, reducing complexity and harmonizing the architecture,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO of Mavenir Systems.

http://mavenir.com/about-us/news-and-events/press-releases/press-releases-details/2014/T-Mobile-Netherlands-Selects-Mavenir-for-IMS-Core/default.aspx

Juniper Disappointed in Q3 Results

Juniper Networks' net revenues for the third quarter of 2014 decreased 5% year-over-year and decreased 8% sequentially to $1,126 million.

Juniper's operating margin for the third quarter of 2014 increased to 15.3% on a GAAP basis, including a $15 million benefit from restructuring and other charges, from 9.4% in the second quarter of 2014, and increased from 12.2% in the third quarter of 2013. Juniper posted GAAP net income of $103.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2014.

"We are disappointed in our third quarter revenue results, which reflect a lower-than-anticipated demand from service providers, particularly in the U.S.," said Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer of Juniper Networks. "However, the underlying long-term demand trends in networking remain intact. While we navigate these dynamics, we are relentlessly focused on managing operating expenses while providing the innovation that matters most to our customers. We continue to have confidence in our business and see substantial opportunities to drive profitable growth and increase the value of our shareholders' investment over the long-term."

"Despite a weaker spending environment impacting third quarter revenue growth, we have been able to manage costs effectively to deliver good margins," said Robyn Denholm, chief financial and operations officer of Juniper Networks. "We enhanced efficiencies across the Company and exceeded our targeted cost reductions ahead of schedule. We have also continued our aggressive capital return plan to return immediate value to our shareholders while investing for the future growth of our business."

http://investor.juniper.net/investor-relations/press-releases/press-release-details/2014/Juniper-Networks-Reports-Preliminary-Third-Quarter-2014-Financial-Results/default.aspx

Juniper's Board Approves $1.1B Increase to Capital Return Plan

Juniper Networks' Board of Directors approved an increase to the share repurchase authorization by $1.1 billion.

For the first nine months of 2014, $1.75 billion of share repurchases have been already executed. The company intends to repurchase an additional $1.5 billion in aggregate share repurchases before end of Q2 2015. The Company is on track to return a total of $4.1 billion to shareholders over a 3-year period (2014 - 2016). The new capital return plan is an increase of $1.1 billion above the prior commitment to return $3.0 billion to shareholders over the same period.

Juniper also declared a fourth quarter cash dividend of $0.10 per share, to be paid on December 23, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 2, 2014.

"Our expanded capital return commitment reflects our ongoing focus on delivering value to shareholders over the near- and long-term," said Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer of Juniper Networks. "We are confident in Juniper's future and believe current market conditions are providing us with a compelling opportunity to aggressively reduce share count while continuing to invest in the future growth of our business."

http://www.juniper.net

In January 2014, Juniper Networks announced a corporate restructuring aimed at "enhancing its operational efficiency, returning capital to shareholders, refocusing on strategic opportunities and reinvigorating its culture."  The plan gained the support of Elliot Management, an outside investment firm that had been lobbying for changes at Juniper.

Juniper said it plans to refocus on "innovation that matters most to service providers and enterprises where demand for High-IQ Networks and best-in-class cloud environments are driving growth.  The plan included share repurchases, stock dividends and a renewed focus on routing, switching, security, control and network management.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Freescale Debuts 64-bit ARM-based Processor for SDN/NFV

Freescale introduced a power-efficient, 64-bit ARM-based processor designed for highly virtualized, software-defined networks.

The new QorIQ LS1043A quad-core processor delivers 1.5 GHz of performance and requires power as low as just 6 W to operate. The device integrates four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cores, delivering 10+ Gbps and an estimated 16,000+ CoreMarks of CPU performance.

It features advanced virtualization hardware, supports flexible, secure cloud application updates with Freescale’s trust architecture, and offloads latency sensitive applications for optimized local performance with proven classification and traffic management hardware.

Freescale said its design target with this processor includes affordable vCPE products and other next-generation edge networking equipment, such as branch routers, security appliances and SDN/NFV edge platforms.

Freescale's QorIQ LS1043A includes a wide range of high-speed I/O for wired and wireless systems including 10 GbE plus 5x 1GbE, 3x PCI Express, 3x USB 3.0 with PHYs and SATA 3.0. Freescale’s multi-protocol QUICC Engine module is also incorporated for integrated support of legacy wide area and industrial interfaces.

“Freescale is driving affordable virtualized services by delivering outstanding performance, efficiency and intelligence to the network’s edge,” said Tareq Bustami, vice president and general manager of product management for Freescale’s Digital Networking group. “This new QorIQ LS1043A processor reinforces Freescale’s leadership in providing the world’s top equipment OEMs with optimized platforms for broadly deployed, secure and flexible edge services.”

http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/prod_summary.jsp?code=LS1043A&tid=LS1043A

Zayo Signs O2 for Nationwide UK Network

O2 has awarded a 15-year contract to Zayo to provide and manage a fully resilient core fibre network throughout the UK. The nationwide fibre network, which uses the acquired Geo Networks infrastructure, spans from Glasgow to Salisbury, comprises more than 4,500 route km and incorporates 19 connectivity points around the UK.

Under the agreement, O2's underlying infrastructure will shift from SDH and Ethernet-based managed services infrastructure to a dedicated fibre optic network which connects mobile switching sites across the network. The new infrastructure will provide O2 with flexible capacity to accommodate increasing demand for mobile data driven by its 4G rollout and increasingly digital customer base. The national network will incorporate towns and cities around the UK including Slough, Croydon, Newcastle and London.

"With the O2 4G network now covering over 260 towns and cities and half of the UK population, there has been unprecedented growth in the amount of data traffic transmitted across the network,” said Adrian Di Meo, Chief Technology Officer for O2. “A year after the launch of our 4G network, it has already carried a total of 5,400 Terabytes of 4G data, which is the equivalent of eight million hours of HD video.”

http://www.zayo.com

  • Earlier this year, Zayo Group acquired Geo Networks, a London-based dark fiber provider, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition added over 2,100 route miles to Zayo’s European network, and connectivity to 587 on-net buildings. Geo owned and operated a high capacity fiber network in the UK, providing managed networks, dark fiber and co-location services to a variety of high-bandwidth sectors including media companies, service providers, financial services, data centers and gaming organizations.
    Geo’s 100-route mile London network is housed in the London sewer system, which minimizes the threat of physical faults, boosting reliability and security, and enabling rapid deployment with minimum disruption.  The network reaches 130 data centers across the UK. Geo also operates a diverse optical fiber subsea system, East-West Ring, providing diverse connectivity to Dublin, a strategic hub for data centers and cloud service providers.


Nokia Optimizes 3G Signaling and Boosts Smartphone Performance

Nokia Networks announced a High Speed Cell FACH software feature that significantly improves smartphone performance on 3G networks, cutting smartphone-generated network signaling by up to 80%, boosting response time by up to 65% and achieving up to 20% faster browsing.

The figures were obtained from tests run on the commercial 3G/HSPA network of a major European operator using test devices fitted with Qualcomm  Snapdragon™ processors that support High Speed Cell FACH.

Nokia said its High Speed Cell FACH can handle small data packets from popular apps more efficiently to improve the overall customer experience and enable operators to support a higher number of smartphones on their networks.

A whitepaper is on the Nokia website.

http://networks.nokia.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-shows-how-to-make-smartphone-browsing-20-faster-while-reducing-power-consum

ZTE's Revenue and Profits Soar

ZTE reported that its third-quarter revenue rose 24% to RMB 21.1 billion, as sales of handsets increased more than 40% from a year earlier. ZTE also posted growth in revenue from Carriers’ Networks, including 4G systems, in addition to Telecommunications Software Systems. Net profit attributable to shareholders of the listed company increased to RMB 703 million in the quarter ended 30 September -- an increase of 191% increase in third-quarter profit.

In the first nine months, net profit increased 232% to RMB 1.83 billion, while revenue rose 7.8% to RMB 58.8 billion. ZTE forecast that full-year net profit will be between 2.5 billion to 2.8 billion in 2014, representing year-on-year growth of between 84.1% and 106%.

ZTE said it has been consolidating its position as the leading 4G LTE vendor in China.  The rapid rise in handset sales (up over 40% YoY) came from key markets, including China, the United States and Japan

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201410/t20141023_428423.html

HP Intros Moonshots for App Delivery, Transcoding, Web Infrastructure

HP introduced ProLiant Moonshot servers based on Intel silicon and aimed at a number of specific use cases, including:


  • Application delivery with Citrix XenApp
  • Video transcoding with Harmonic Inc. and Vantrix
  • Web infrastructure in-a-box
  • Managed web hosting


“A transformative approach to computing is required to enable breakthrough capabilities not possible using traditional servers and move the needle on workload optimization,” said Paul Santeler, vice president and general manager, Moonshot, HP. “The unique architecture of HP Moonshot delivers extreme density and power efficiency. Customers can expand their offerings and prepare for the future, while significantly reducing the complexity of their infrastructure.”

The HP Moonshot solution for application delivery is based on the new HP Moonshot ProLiant m710 server, which features the customized Intel Xeon E3-1284L v3 processor with built-in Intel Iris Pro Graphics P5200. Video transcoding is supported on the HP Moonshot m710 enabled by both Vantrix Media Platform and Harmonic VOS architecture.

The web infrastructure in-a-box solution is based on the HP Moonshot ProLiant m300 server. Companies can  stand up and manage their entire multi-tier web infrastructure within one HP Moonshot chassis or across multiple chassis for maximum scalability and high-availability. The web infrastructure in-a-box features a LAMP stack solution that includes an exclusive Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription model for HP Moonshot servers using Intel Atom processors.

http://www.hp.com

Amazon Web Services Launches in Germany

Amazon Web Services launched its new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region, its 11th technology infrastructure region globally for AWS and the second region in the European Union (EU).  AWS also operates in Ireland.

AWS said all its data centers are designed, built, and regularly audited to meet rigorous compliance standards, including ISO 27001, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), PCI DSS Level 1, and many more, providing high levels of security for all AWS customers. The new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to data centers in separate, distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network.

The AWS EU region in Frankfurt operates on carbon neutral electricity.  It also conforms with EU data protection laws, ensuring that data remains within Germany.
“Our European business continues to grow dramatically,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President, Amazon Web Services. “By opening a second European region, and situating it in Germany, we’re enabling German customers to move more workloads to AWS, allowing European customers to architect across multiple EU regions, and better balancing our substantial European growth.”

The new Frankfurt region provides a broad suite of AWS services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, AWS CloudHSM, Amazon Glacier, Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Storage Gateway, Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR), Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM), AWS CloudTrail, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CloudFormation, AWS OpsWorks, AWS CloudSearch, Amazon SWF, Amazon SQS, Amazon SNS, AWS Direct Connect, and Amazon VPC.
  http://aws.amazon.com/

Huawei Unveils Smart Optical Line Terminal

Huawei introduced a "smart: optical line terminal (OLT) with distributed architecture for next generation passive optical networks (NG-PON).

The SmartAX MA5800 is designed for the rapid creation of new network services as fixed broadband increasingly shifts from home access to multi-service access (e.g. enterprise access and Wi-Fi hotspot backhaul), and from simple bandwidth-rental operations to flexible user experience operations.

It leverages a distributed architecture to provide non-blocking access for high-density 10G-PON, 40G-PON, 100G-PON, and WDM-PON. Both the PON and P2P ports on the MA5800 support fixed mobile convergence (FMC) access including home access, enterprise access, mobile backhaul, and Wi-Fi hotspot backhaul. It also supports WDM-PON, which can be used to provide multiple symmetrical P2P channels over one fiber line and features high quality of service (QoS) and high service security.

Huawei also noted SDN-based smart service capability , which enables centralized management on massive ONUs of various types to achieve high O&M efficiency and low OPEX.

"Huawei endeavors to improve the end user's experience and build an intelligent access network with faster broadband, wider coverage, and smarter connection," said Jeff Wang, President of Huawei’s Access Network Product Line. He added, "The new OLT launched by Huawei, the MA5800, supports the FMC service, provides an optimized smart service experience, and unlocks the potential of ultra-broadband enabling carriers to gain an advantage over their competitors."

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-376658-olt.htm#.VEm5UJPF_Tg

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