Thursday, May 21, 2015

Huawei Launches its Cloud Fabric 3.0 Data Center Architecture

Huawei launched its SDN-powered Cloud Fabric 3.0 Architecture for fast service innovation and efficient ICT resource integration in data centers in the cloud computing era.

The solution comprises Huawei's CloudEngine series data center switches and Agile Controller and its new software-defined data center storage area network (DC-SAN), which supports 100G trunks and 25GE servers. Huawei's said its CE12800 series data center switch provides up to 160 Tbps of performance. The company is also launching a 36X100GE high-speed line card that supports 3.6T line-speed forwarding.

Huawei noted that since launching its Cloud Fabric Architecture in 2012, it has been deployed in more than 1,000 data centers across 80 countries around the world.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-433503-fabric3.0architecture.htm#.VV6xOvn49_A

Comcast and Level 3 Reach Long-term Interconnection Agreement

Comcast and Level 3 Communications reached a new multi-year, bilateral interconnection agreement for exchanging Internet traffic between their networks.

The companies said the deal will help both companies meet their customers’ needs into the next decade and beyond.

“We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Level 3. Today’s announcement reflects the important ways in which network participants exchange value in an innovative marketplace,” said John Schanz, chief network officer at Comcast Cable. “We place great value on our relationships with network partners like Level 3 and are continually seeking mutually beneficial, market-driven agreements that enhance value throughout the network.”

“We believe the agreement will benefit Level 3’s and Comcast’s customers for years to come,” said Jack Waters, chief technology officer for Level 3. “Our companies share the goal of enabling a growing, secure and resilient interconnection environment.”

http://www.comcast.com
http://www.level3.com

HP Sells its Stake in H3C along with China-based Server & Storage Businesse

HP agreed to sell its 51% stake in H3C, along with its own HP Server, Storage and Technology Services Businesses in China, to Tsinghua Holdings Subsidiary for approximately $2.3 billion, valuing the total business at $4.5 billion (net of cash and debt).

The companies said that by combining H3C with the HP's China-based server, storage and tech services businesses, will create a technology powerhouse in China with a market-leading portfolio that will be #1 in networking and a leader in servers, storage and technology services. The new H3C will have approximately 8,000 employees and approximately $3.1 billion in annual revenue. Once the transaction closes, the new H3C will be the exclusive provider for HP's server, storage and networking portfolio, as well as HP's exclusive hardware support services provider in China, customized for that market.

HP said it sees continued long-term growth opportunities in China, and HP China will maintain 100% ownership of its existing China-based Enterprise Services, Software, HP Helion Cloud, Aruba Networks, Printing and Personal Systems businesses.

"HP is making a bold move to win in today's China," said Meg Whitman, Chairman and CEO, HP. "Partnering with Tsinghua, one of China's most respected institutions, the new H3C will be able to drive even greater innovation for China, in China. The combined company will build upon an extensive and valuable patent portfolio, best-in-class products and customer focus, and Tsinghua's world-class research capability. In one move, we have repositioned HP and H3C to accelerate overall performance and better serve our customers and partners."

http://www.hp.com

HP Says Split is On Track, Completes Acquisition of Aruba

HP reported net revenue of $25.5 billion for its second fiscal quarter, down 7% from the prior-year period and down 2% on a constant currency basis.  Second quarter GAAP diluted net earnings per share (EPS) was $0.55, down from $0.66 in the prior-year period and below its previously provided outlook of $0.57 to $0.61. Second quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.87, down from $0.88 in the prior-year period and within its previously provided outlook of $0.84 to $0.88.

HP announced that its planned separation into two independent, Fortune 50 companies remains on track.  The company expects associated dis-synergies of approximately $400 to $450 million.

In addition, HP completed its acquisition of Aruba Network earlier this month.

Some highlights for the quarter.


  • Personal Systems revenue was down 5% year over year with a 3.0% operating margin. 
  • Commercial revenue decreased 7% and Consumer revenue decreased 2%. Total units were up 2% with Notebooks units up 19% and Desktops units down 14%.
  • Printing revenue was down 7% year over year with an 18.3% operating margin. Total hardware units were down 4% with Commercial hardware units up 1% and Consumer hardware units down 6%. Supplies revenue was down 5%.
  • Enterprise Group revenue was down 1% year over year with a 14.5% operating margin. Industry Standard Servers revenue was up 11%, Storage revenue was down 8%, Business Critical Systems revenue was down 15%, Networking revenue was down 16% and Technology Services revenue was down 8%.  Additionally, HP closed its acquisition of Aruba in May.
  • Enterprise Services revenue was down 16% year over year with a 4.0% operating margin.  Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing revenue was down 20%, and Application and Business Services revenue declined 8%.
  • Software revenue was down 8% year over year with a 17.9% operating margin. License revenue was down 17%, support revenue was down 2%, professional services revenue was down 15% and software-as-a-service (SaaS) revenue was down 5%.
  • HP Financial Services revenue was down 7% year over year with a 2% decrease in net portfolio assets and a 1% decrease in financing volume. The business delivered an operating margin of 10.6%.

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?wireId=1951111&pageTitle=HP+Reports+Fiscal+2015+Second+Quarter+Results+#.VV63Pvn49_B

In March 2015, HP agreed to acquire Aruba Networks for $24.67 per share in cash, reflecting an equity value of approximately $2.7 billion net of cash and debt.

Aruba, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, is a leading supplier of WLAN solutions for enterprises.  The company had revenues of $729 million in fiscal 2014, and has reported compound annual revenue growth of 30 percent over the last five years. It has approximately 1,800 employees.  Aruba has made rapid progress in 802.11ac Wi-Fi upgrades.  It offers integrated solutions for many vertical market segments, such as retail or healthcare.

HP said Aruba's marketing and channel model will complement its own networking business and go-to-market breadth.  Together, the companies will focus on next-generation converged campus solutions, leveraging the strong Aruba brand.  This new combined organization will be led by Aruba’s Chief Executive Officer Dominic Orr, and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Keerti Melkote, reporting to Antonio Neri, leader of HP Enterprise Group.  With this move, HP will be uniquely positioned to deliver both the innovation and global delivery and services offerings to meet customer needs worldwide.

Comcast Brings Residential 2 Gig Service to Utah

Comcast will begin offering a residential, symmetrical, 2 Gigabit-per-second service throughout its service area in Utah starting this summer. The Comcast Gigabit Pro service will be delivered via a fiber-to-the-home solution for customers in close proximity to its fiber network.

In addition, Comcast is launching Extreme 250, a new 250 Mbps Internet speed tier for Utah customers. This change begins to go into effect May 19 and will continue throughout the year.

Comcast noted that, to date, it has built out more than 145,000 route miles of fiber across its service area. The company said it is currently testing DOCSIS 3.1, a scalable, national, next generation 1 Gbps technology solution and plans to begin rolling out DOCSIS 3.1 in early 2016. When fully deployed, almost every customer in the company’s footprint in Utah and nationwide will be able to receive gigabit speeds over Comcast’s existing network (a combination of both fiber and coax).

Comcast has announced Gigabit Pro rollouts in Atlanta, California, Chattanooga, Chicago, Florida and Nashville and plans to roll out to more cities throughout the year.

“This is Comcast’s 15th speed increase in 13 years. We are excited to boost our existing speeds and most importantly introduce new Internet tiers like the Extreme 250 and Gigabit Pro that will allow our Utah customers to do more online, across multiple devices,” said Kyle McSlarrow, Regional Senior Vice President of Comcast in Utah. “We will continue to look for opportunities to increase speeds to not only stay ahead of customer demand, but also to provide a wide range of options that meet a variety of customer needs. Comcast is committed to bring the fastest speeds to the most homes in Utah whether wired or on Wi-Fi.”

http://www.comcast.com

euNetworks Trims Latency 9% on New Frankfurt-Zurich Route

euNetworks announced a new Frankfurt-to-Zurich fibre service with dedicated, low-latency DWDM equipment that trims latency by 9% over the prior best Frankfurt to Zurich fibre based routes.

This route extends euNetworks’ existing London to Frankfurt fibre based route to Equinix’s ZH2 International Business ExchangeTM (IBX) data centre in Zurich and delivers a latency 9% lower than the prior best Frankfurt to Zurich fibre based routes. In February 2015, euNetworks also optimised their key London to Frankfurt low latency route, with an improvement of -0.18ms round trip delay. In February 2015, euNetworks also optimised their key London to Frankfurt low latency route, with an improvement of -0.18ms round trip delay.

The new low latency route provides financial services firms with direct access to Zurich- Equinix ZH4, where SIX Swiss Exchange is hosted, from London, with round trip delay of 12.58 milliseconds, and from Equinix’s Frankfurt data centre (FR2), with round trip delay of 4.65 milliseconds. euNetworks offers market leading latency performance from all major Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTFs) across Europe, enabling greater access to its euTrade service portfolio and some of the shortest routes in the market today. euNetworks first began offering ultra-low latency services to Zurich in May 2011.

http://www.eunetworks.com/

Obama Nominates Rosenworcel for 5 More Years at FCC

President Obama is nominated Jessica Rosenworcel for a new, five year term as FCC Commissioner.

“Throughout her entire tenure in public service, Commissioner Rosenworcel has been a tireless advocate for increasing access to crucial telecommunications services and leveraging technology to improve people’s lives. It has been a privilege to serve alongside her, and I know the Commission will continue to benefit from her deep knowledge of the important issues before us and her thoughtful approach to the complex challenges we face,” stated FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

http://www.fcc.gov


  • Jessica Rosenworcel replaced long-term FCC Commissioner Michael Copps when his term ended in December 2011. She previously was the Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Before that, she worked for Senator Jay Rockefeller IV, and at the FCC from 1999 to 2007, serving as Legal Advisor and then Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Michael J. Copps (2003-2007), Legal Counsel to the Bureau Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau (2002-2003), and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Policy Division of the Common Carrier Bureau (1999-2002). She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. 

Cable & Wireless Communications Selects Coriant's DWDM

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) selected Coriant's hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform for the upgrade of its fiber backbone networks in Barbados and Jamaica.

The hiT 7300 is a 96-channel coherent optical communications system that supports the transmission of 100G per channel for a total system capacity of up to 9.6 terabits per second (Tbps) per fiber pair.

“We are pleased to partner with Cable & Wireless Communications as they expand the reach, quality, and reliability of their broadband infrastructure networks,” said Tarcisio Ribeiro, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Services, Coriant. “Coriant packet optical transport solutions are designed to unleash the full potential of advanced technologies to help service providers like CWC positively transform the lives of people and the communities where they work and play.”

http://www.coriant.com

Harris Demos MUOS Waveform Between Falcon III Radios

Harris announced successfully testing of satellite communications calls using two Falcon III AN/PRC-117G tactical radios with the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform.

MUOS is the next-generation U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) military communications system for delivering mobile satellite connectivity through tactical radios.

Harris said the test validated the ability of the AN/PRC-117G, a fielded multiband manpack radio, to run the narrowband MUOS service with a software-only upgrade.

“These demonstrations showcase the capabilities of our Falcon III radios and our ability to deliver a cost-effective MUOS solution to the DOD,” said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. “The results further validate the benefits of the DOD’s commitment to open standards and waveform access to promote competition and innovation. More than 30,000 AN/PRC-117G radios are already deployed and capable of supporting MUOS simply by upgrading their software.”

http://harris.com/view_pressrelease.asp?act=lookup&pr_id=3762


MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve beyond-line-of-sight communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users 10 times more communications capacity over the existing system by leveraging 3G mobile communications technology, and will provide simultaneous voice and data capability. Lockheed Martin, which the prime contractor and integrator for MUOS, said the satellite-based, smart-phone cell network will enable IP-based terminals to transmit and receive clear voice calls and data from almost anywhere in the world.

Marvell Posts Revenue of $714 Million, Down 24% YoY

Marvell Technology Group reported revenue for the first quarter of its fiscal 2016 of $724 million, down approximately 16 percent from $857 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, ended January 31, 2015, and down approximately 24 percent from $958 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, ended May 3, 2014.

GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 was $14 million, or $0.03 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $82 million, or $0.16 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, and $99 million, or $0.19 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of fiscal 2015.  

http://www.marvell.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Advantech video: NFV Elasticity at the Edge and Access

Advantech introduces its Packeterium platform for network functions virtualization (NFV). The rollout includes a solution made for middle boxes on a GiLAN, as well as another version tailor-built for extending NFV capabilities out from the central offices to the edge of the network - supporting visions like Intel's Edge Cloud or what ETSI refers to as Mobile Edge Computing.  Advantech is also introducing a Versatile Server Module (VSM) for server-class processing of VNFs at the access layer.

Presented by Peter Marek and Paul Stevens.

See video:  https://youtu.be/xUIn0wyta4I

Alcatel-Lucent's Network Services Platform Unifies IP and Optical

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its SDN-based Network Services Platform (NSP) for unifying control across service provider IP/MPLS and optical networks.


The Alcatel-Lucent Network Services Platform is a unified software solution that enables operators to define and deliver on-demand network services across multiple network layers. It combines network-aware service automation and service-aware network optimization by leveraging a unified real-time network view across the IP and optical infrastructure.

The platform operates across Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Router family, 1830 Photonic Service Switch and 5620 Service Aware Manager.  Using standard NETCONF and YANG protocols, the NSP can provision IP, Ethernet and optical  services over multi-vendor equipment as well, and in hardware-based, virtualized or hybrid networks. The system maintains visibility of the state of the network across all layers at all times, allowing automatic multi-layer service provisioning, to use the best available network resources as well as real-time network optimization. Algorithms developed at Bell Labs create and optimize L0-3 paths given current network conditions and operator-defined policies.

Alcatel-Lucent said its Network Services Platform allows new services to be defined and provisioned more than 58% faster and with at least 56% fewer resources than has been possible before. Once defined, the new services can be provisioned instantaneously across multiple layers, domains, and networking vendor platforms.  In addition, Bell Labs research shows that operators are also able to support 24% more revenue-generating traffic by using sophisticated algorithms to intelligently distribute new connections across their network.

Alcatel-Lucent cited several use cases for its NSP: (1) Bandwidth-on-demand and bandwidth calendaring for large back-up jobs and data center synchronization applications (2) Network Slicing, where carrier infrastructure is shared by wholesale, enterprise and IT partner clouds, and (3) Value-added services, such as IT functions. Another benefit of the NSP is automated network optimization, which not only unlocks stranded bandwidth but also enables greater service resilience by allowing for path selection along physically separate routes.

“In order for SDN to mean we can really improve our customer experience and impact our network economics, we need approaches that consider the real-time state of the network and relate it to the requirements of the service we provide. Doing so allows us to assure performance, and optimise resource usage across all our network layers. Tightly coupling service requirements and performance with network control, as in ALU’s NSP, promises to deliver real-world benefits of centralised optimisation whilst exploiting the strength of our existing distributed network,” stated Rob Shakir, BT End-to-End Network Architect.

Multiple trials are underway and the NSP will be commercially available in June 2015.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucent-first-unify-service-automation-and-real-time-network-control-service-providers-ip-and

Ciena Intros Compact Waveserver for Data Center Interconnect

Ciena introduced a new data center interconnect (DCI) platform that allows cloud, Internet content providers and data center providers to quickly scale bandwidth between facilities.

The new Waveserver stackable interconnect platform is designed to support high-speed data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup between data centers. The compact, stackable server design supports 19.2 Tbps per fiber on a 50 GHz and is powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic technology. It provides a total of 800G of input and output made up of 400G Ethernet clients plus 400G of line capacity in one rack unit.  Client interfaces include 10 x QSFP+ (40 x 10GbE; 10 x 40GbE); 4 x QSFP28 (4 x 100GbE).

Additionally, with Ciena’s new Emulation Cloud, an open, rapid prototyping environment, network providers, data center operators and developers can test and refine applications before they are added to the network.

“The requirements of the new DCI operational paradigm can only be met by introducing new functionalities, tools and capabilities that live and breathe at web-scale. Ciena’s Waveserver encompasses multiple attributes of web-scale IT into the network to handle connections, offer open APIs, and support applications for any bandwidth need between data centers. The introduction of this platform further cements Ciena’s established DCI market leadership,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena.

http://www.ciena.com/products/waveserver/?waveservernav=yes

Apcera Extends its Hybrid Cloud Ecosystem to Mirantis OpenStack

Apcera, a San Francisco-based start-up developing an IT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables enterprises to securely and transparently control the allocation and consumption of IT resources on premise and in the cloud, has extended its Hybrid Cloud Operating System (HCOS) for Mirantis OpenStack.  This enables OpenStack users to safely and automatically connect with multiple public clouds, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), VMware vSphere, and Google Compute Engine (GCE). Applications can be shared, moved and governed consistently and securely across all clouds, from a single technology platform. Apcera’s policy-driven HCOS delivers enhanced security and workload mobility for OpenStack by extending fine-grained policy and strong governance functionality across all cloud environments.

Additionally, Apcera will be included in the OpenStack Community Application Catalog.

“From our inception, we have strongly supported the open source community,” said Derek Collison, founder and CEO of Apcera. “As adoption of the hybrid cloud takes hold, it becomes even more critical that open source solutions have the same level of security and governance offered by traditional commercial solutions. By partnering with Mirantis, the leader in OpenStack technology, we are able to deliver the most secure platform for OpenStack users and create a bridge to extend OpenStack interoperability across the public cloud.”

“Many enterprises today want to combine the power of OpenStack with other public and private clouds,” said Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel. “By certifying Apcera with Mirantis OpenStack, our customers have this ability at their fingertips, backed with the ubiquitous policy and governance enabled by Apcera’s Hybrid Cloud Operating System.”

http://www.apcera.com


  • Ericsson holds a majority stake in Apcera.

Nuage Builds an OpenStack Ecosystem

Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage Networks announced important additions to its ecosystem around OpenStack.

Nuage said its ecosystem unifies and leverages best-of-breed components, overlaying virtualized and bare metal resources without imposing hardware swap outs. It enables unified network controls and management of multiple standalone DevOps clouds.

The company has added support for Linux Containers and Docker alongside with existing and operational support for OpenStack, KVM, and Xen virtualization hypervisors.

The partner technologies supporting the ecosystem include F5 Big IP Local Traffic Manager for application delivery, Infoblox DDI for DNS, DHCP and IP address management, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series for next-generation firewall protection, and Red Hat OSP 6 as the OpenStack distribution.

http://www.nuagenetworks.net/news/nuage-networks-expands-ecosystem-program-to-accelerate-openstack-adoption/

Dell'Oro: Wireless Packet Core Sales Hit by Double Digit Decline

The Wireless Packet Core (WPC) market declined in double digits year-over-year to under $890 million in revenues, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The faster growing Evolved Packet Core (EPC) segment that is associated with LTE radio networks grew six percent year-over-year.

"While foreign currency moves explain some of the drop in quarterly results, North American and European markets experienced significant drops that were not quite offset by Asia Pacific and Latin American growth trends," said Chris DePuy, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group with responsibility for Wireless Packet Core coverage.  "Additionally, service providers in all regions of the world continue to conduct trials and proofs of concept of Network Functions Virtualization-based EPC, which we understand is slowing down purchasing of currently-available systems until NFV EPC systems are ready."

http://www.delloro.com

Fluke Realigns Product Strategy for "Borderless Enterprise"

Fluke Networks is pursuing a new strategy to align its product portfolio around the needs of the "Borderless Enterprise." The goal is to put organizations back in control of the performance of their entire IT landscape -- regardless of whether services are running on premise or in the cloud.  Fluke will provide powerful, easy-to-use tools to accomplish this end.

As part of this strategy, Fluke is introducing TruView Live, a new SaaS offering that extends enterprise-grade, real-time network activity and performance monitoring to also cover cloud applications.

"IT departments have traditionally focused on technology, service delivery and stability, while line-of-business leaders are eager to adopt solutions that enable rapid competitive advantage and winning more customers. These different perspectives can sometimes create tension between IT and business leaders, but they can all agree poor user experience has a cost -- whether it's lost customer relationships, decreased revenues or reduced employee productivity," said Arif Kareem, President of Fluke Networks. "Traditional IT has reached an inflection point where balancing technology and business outcomes is critical. With the growing influence of business units in selecting and bringing cloud-based services into the enterprise, IT leaders have to not only act as business partners, but also ensure Quality of Service for all applications. By taking accountability for improving user experience, IT can demonstrate a critical business benefit."

Fluke Networks' suite of products for identifying performance and user experience issues across devices, applications, locations and cloud providers:
  • Visual TruView -- a unified network and application performance monitoring appliance that helps IT quickly identify and solve issues across client, network, service and applications by incorporating five tools in one
  • OptiView XG -- a rugged, portable tablet for network engineers that combines wired and wireless network analysis to troubleshoot issues and assess network quality for VoIP/Video/UC deployments
  • OneTouch AT 10G Network Assistant -- an automated handheld tester for network technicians that troubleshoots 10-Gigabit data centers and validates connectivity, service availability and path performance
  • AirMagnet -- A comprehensive suite of products that address wireless network design, analysis and security, including intrusion prevention, wireless health assessment and remote troubleshooting
  • TruView Live (new) -- a SaaS offering that delivers enterprise-grade cloud application monitoring in real time to ensure service availability and performance
http://www.flukenetworks.com/

Huawei Debuts LiteOS for IoT

Huawei introduced its Agile Internet of Things (IoT) solution for helping enterprises capture the opportunities of billions of connected devices and sensors.

Huawei predicts that by 2025, a total of 100 billion connections will be generated globally and two million new sensors will be deployed every hour.

A key element of Huawei's IoT strategy is a new LiteOS for devices and sensors.  LiteOS measures only 10KB in size and supports zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking. It can be widely applied to different areas including smart homes, wearable, connected vehicles and other industries. Huawei says LiteOS helps to simplify the development of smart hardware to enhance IoT connectivity. The company said it will open LiteOS to developers.

“Over the last three years, Huawei has been involved in a number of in-depth technological collaborations with our global industry partners in IoT. We have developed a series of IoT solutions that have already been applied to buildings, electricity meters, vehicles, gymnasiums, factories, retail outlets, and street lights. In line with our approach to provide BDII, Huawei will continue to work with more partners to launch solutions based on our Agile Network architecture for different vertical industries,” said Liu Shaowei, President, Switch and Enterprise Communication Product Line, Huawei.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-432402-agilenetwork3.0.htm#.VV1VIvn49_A

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