Friday, July 25, 2014

AT&T's All-Fiber GigaPower Service Comes to Dallas / Fort Worth

AT&T is preparing to launch its all fiber-based, GigaPower service featuring symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second in the Dallas metroplex.

The first rollouts will occur in Highland Park and University Park with gigabit speed.  AT&T confirmed that other parts of Dallas and surrounding cities will launch this summer, initially with speeds up to 100 Mbps but eligible for upgrades to full gigabit by the end of 2014.  These cities include Allen, Fairview, Irving, and McKinney. The same 100 Mbps plan is on tap for Fort Worth and the nearby communities of Arlington, Euless, Granbury, North Richland Hills, Weatherford, and Willow Park.

“We’re proud to be the first to offer ultra high-speeds to local consumers and employers in Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding cities,” said Dave Nichols, president, AT&T Texas. “As we roll out these ultra-fast speeds beginning this summer, the AT&T GigaPower network will help encourage economic development in the area by facilitating a new wave of innovation through enhanced opportunities for education, health, research, and small business growth.”

http://www.att.com/att/gigapowercities/

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Huawei and China Unicom Cloud Company Sign SDN Pact

China Unicom Cloud Data Co. Ltd. and Huawei formally signed a strategic cooperation agreement on SDN.

Under the pact, the companies will cooperate on SDN controllers. The strategic cooperation aims to explore SDN technology values for scale virtual tenant access, Virtual Machine on-demand deployment and migration, network centralized management, energy saving, and data center capability openness, etc., to further enhance China Unicom’s cloud service competence.

Mr. Jiao Gang, general manager, China Unicom Cloud Data Company, said: "China Unicom Cloud Data Company is a subsidiary of China Unicom group, focusing on IDC and cloud computer services, that aims to provide its customers with secure, stable, and reliable IDC and cloud computing services through professional, visualizable and granular solutions. By introducing technology innovations like SDN, we hope to improve our operational efficiency and service quality. This strategic cooperation will fully exploit the operational advantages from China Unicom and technology advantages from Huawei, providing top-quality cloud computing services for China Unicom customers."

Mr. Zha Jun, president, Huawei's fixed network product line, said: "This SDN agreement marks the beginning of a new era based on the continuation of positive past strategic cooperation between the two sides. Both China Unicom Cloud Data Company and Huawei will cooperate closely in the field of new technologies and new services, by establishing joint working committees, enabling both parties to benefit from their respective strengths, build future-proof competitive advantages."

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-356427-sdn.htm#.U9HjhfmWWSo

HP Bets $50 Million on Hortonworks for Hadoop

HP is making a $50 million equity investment in Hortonworks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, that offers enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions. The companies said the investment builds on the reseller agreement put in place last year.

The companies also plan to integrate the Hortonworks Data Platform with key HP technologies including the marquee HP HAVEn offering.

http://hortonworks.com/blog/hp-hortonworks-deepen-relationship/

In March 2014, Hortonworks announced an oversubscribed $100 million funding round to support it enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions.

Hortonworks develops, distributes and supports a 100% open source Apache Hadoop data platform that deeply integrates with existing IT investments and upon which enterprises can build and deploy Hadoop-based applications. The company has deep relationships with the key strategic data center partners, including Microsoft, SAP, Teradata, HP and others.

The new funding round was led by funds managed by BlackRock and Passport Capital, joined by all existing investors.

http://www.hortonworks.com

Telefónica launches "Sinfonier" CyberSecurity Community

Telefónica introduced Sinfonier, a collaborative security working environment for developers and researchers to share cybersecurity intelligence.

Telefónica said its goal with Sinfonier is to provice security researchers and intelligence analysts a free infrastructure so they can create and collaborate on security topologies.

Sinfonier is made up of an open, collaborative community with a real-time framework (Apache-STORM) alongside an intuitive graphic interface and an abstraction layer to facilitate the development of new functions. Developers and researchers feed content into the algorithms in the form of topologies, maximising the use of information. Through this collaborative model information is obtained from a variety of sources and is transformed, thereby generating a digital intelligence environment which can then be used by all the users of the community in order to generate their own intelligence algorithms and solutions.

Telefónica is recently been showcasing Sinfonier in Madrid (RootedCON) and Mexico (Campus Party Guadalajara).

http://pressoffice.telefonica.com/
http://sinfonier-project.net/

Telstra to Decommission 2G Network in 2016

Telstra announced plans to permanently shut off its 2G (GSM) network by the end of 2016.

In a blog posting, Mike Wright, Group Managing Director Networks at Telstra, writes that 2G traffic already accounts for less than 1% of the carrier's total network traffic.... and Telstra has not sold a 2G phone in years.

http://exchange.telstra.com.au/2014/07/23/its-time-to-say-goodbye-old-friend

Amazon Web Services Usage Growing at 90% YoY Rate

During Q2, Amazon Web Services usage growth was close to 90% year-over-year, according to the company's newly released financial report.  Amazon highlighted the following AWS milestones:

  • The AWS team grew by thousands of employees this past year, expanding AWS infrastructure, enterprise and public sector sales capabilities and allowing the team to innovate at an accelerating pace.
  • AWS has made 250 significant service and feature releases year-to-date and announced  substantial price reductions for customers ranging from 28% to 51%.
  • AWS announced a new general purpose instance type for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) with prices starting at $0.013 per hour -- its lowest-cost EC2 instance option.
  • AWS announced several new capabilities to make it easier for developers to build, deploy, and scale mobile applications, including Amazon Cognito for identity management and syncing.
  • AWS announced Amazon Zocalo, a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities.
  • AWS enhanced its secure block storage service, Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), announcing new encryption capabilities, introducing a new lower-cost SSD-backed EBS volume type, and reducing prices on EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes by 35 percent. 

Amazon also disclosed that revenue for Amazon Web Services (North America), Advertising Services, and Co-branded Credit Cards grew at a 38% YoY rate in Q2 2014, reaching $1.12 billion.  Internationally, revenue for this same category was $50 million for the quarter.

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-irhome

Microsoft Posts Triple Digit Growth Rate for Cloud Services

In its quarterly financial report earlier this week, Microsoft highlighted surging revenue associated with cloud services, offset by declines by its recently acquired Nokia business.  Two highlights:

  • Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers totaled more than 5.6 million, adding more than 1 million subscribers again this quarter.
  • Commercial cloud revenue grew 147% with an annualized run rate that exceeds $4.4 billion.

"We are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365 and Azure both growing over 100% again,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “Looking forward, we are excited by the amazing opportunities enabled by our technology roadmap and our strong engagement across partners, customers, and developers.”

NextNav Raises $70 Million for Wireless Location Service

NextNav, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced $70 million dollar Series D financing for its wireless location service, which combines accurate, in-building horizontal positioning with floor-level height precision.

NextNav's Metropolitan Beacon System ("MBS") positioning network. MBS provides reliable, accurate horizontal and vertical location services inside buildings and in urban areas where satellite-based GPS signals aren't available or reliable. The company is deploying its MBS network much like a cellular network, resulting in wide-area coverage that delivers its location services to every building within its network footprint.

The round was led by leading venture capital firms New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Oak Investment Partners, who were joined by existing investors Columbia Capital, Telcom Ventures and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. Peter Barris, Managing General Partner at NEA, and Bandel Carano, Managing Partner at Oak will join NextNav's Board of Directors.

"NextNav's mission is to deliver GPS-like reliability, accuracy and ubiquity to the indoor and dense urban environment," said NextNav CEO, Gary Parsons. "We are delighted to have the support of top-tier venture partners and the deep domain and industry expertise of our new board members as we bring this powerful new technology to market."

http://www.nextnav.com


  • NextNav is headed by Gary Parsons, who is known as the founder of XM Satellite Radio. He was also founder and former Chairman of SkyTerra Communications and TerreStar Networks. Prior to founding XM Radio, Gary was EVP of MCI Communications.
  • NextNav was founded in 2007.

Telefónica Picks Nokia for LTE Upgrade in Spain

Telefónica has selected Nokia Networks as key supplier for radio access equipment and professional services in Andalusia, Galicia, Castilla Leon and Levante over a period of three years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specifically, Nokia Networks will upgrade Telefónica’s mobile network and implement 4G using its Single RAN Advanced solution, based on the compact, scalable Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.  The company will also deliver its Multicontroller Platform for the 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC) to further increase efficiency and resilience. Telefónica’s networks will be monitored, managed and optimized by Nokia’s NetAct management system.

As part of the agreement, Nokia Networks will also provide Customer Experience Management, including its Serve atOnce Traffica real-time monitoring platform, Serve atOnce Intelligence (SAI) reporting solution and Customer Care Automation solution.

http://nsn.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/telefonica-modernizes-expands-its-radio-network-in-spain-with-nokia-networks

F5 BIG-IP App Services Now available for VMware vCloud Hybrid

F5 Networks' BIG-IP application services are now available for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.  This enables enterprise networks to extend application services they trust in their own data center to run in the cloud. Specifically, global application availability, automation, and cloud bursting are enhanced with F5 and VMware, bolstering disaster recovery and business continuity efforts.

“Maintaining application availability and performance while moving workloads to the cloud is key for a seamless user experience across a hybrid environment,” said Ajay Patel, Vice President of Application Services, vCloud Hybrid Service, VMware. “With F5’s BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager validated in vCloud Hybrid Service, our customers can seamlessly manage application availability, performance and failover.”

http://www.f5.com
http://www.vmware.com

Microsemi Acquires Mingoa for Ethernet OAM

Microsemi Corp. has acquired Cork, Ireland-based Mingoa, a provider of semiconductor IP for hardware accelerated Ethernet OAM and embedded tests. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Mingoa, founded in 2009 as a private venture capital funded company, specializes in developing highly efficient and scalable embedded hardware/software for real time Ethernet operations, administration and monitoring (OAM) with IP level monitoring for SLA enforcement. Target applications for this technology include enterprise carrier Ethernet business services, mobile/small cell backhaul applications and datacenter interconnect.

"The acquisition of Mingoa is yet another example of Microsemi's commitment to serving the communications infrastructure market, bringing our organization enhanced capabilities in Carrier Ethernet, as well as the silicon implementation that will enable our customers to deliver better services to end users," said James J. Peterson, Microsemi's chairman and CEO. "We are pleased to have Mingoa's experienced team join Microsemi and we look forward to providing greater value to our communications customer base with new capabilities that elevate our competitive position."

http://www.Microsemi.com


  • Microsemi's current product lines include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. The company is based in Aliso Viejo, California.


Earlier this year, Microsemi acquired Symmetricom for approximately $230 million. Symmetricom specializes in highly precise timekeeping technologies for data, voice, mobile and video networks and services. It provides timekeeping in GPS satellites, national time references, and national power grids as well as in critical military and civilian networks. The company is based in San Jose, California.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AT&T Adds Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu to User-Defined Network Cloud

AT&T has added Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu Network Communications to its User-Defined Network Cloud program, which aims to transform not only the company's infrastructure but how AT&T does business.

The User-Defined Network Cloud will place customers at the center of the network with a modern, cloud-based architecture.

“The architecture and deployment teams are finalizing their planned introduction of this new architecture, which we expect to roll out later this year and early 2015,” said Tim Harden, president, AT&T Supply Chain. “We look forward to collaborating with Fujitsu and Alcatel-Lucent to achieve our next-generation network.”

AT&T also said that it anticipates announcing its next round of vendors to assist with this network deployment in the next few weeks. The company is not revising its previously announced capital expenditure as a result of this announcement. However, in the next five years, AT&T expects the User-Defined Network Cloud program to reflect a downward bias toward capital spending.

http://about.att.com/story/att_expands_its_user_defined_network_cloud_program_by_adding_alcatel_lucent_and_fujitsu.html



  • In April, AT&T named Amdocs and Juniper Networks as two additional vendors in its User-Defined Network Cloud program.
  • In February 2014, AT&T outlined its vision of a User-Defined Network Cloud that is open, simple, scalable and able to perform many functions.

    Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, John Donovan, senior executive vice president of AT&T technology and network operations, said it envisions a multi-service, multi-tenant platform capable of adapting to traffic demands dynamically.  The end goal is to spur innovation by making it easier to adapt the network for new services.

    AT&T's Domain 2.0 supplier program, which will was announced in September 2013, will use these principles to build this new architecture based on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

    AT&T also announced the first group of companies selected to work on the company’s strategy. Ericsson, Tail-F Systems, and Metaswitch Networks have been selected to begin further discussions on design and deployment. AT&T also selected Affirmed Networks to work on a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC).  Ericsson will also work on integration and transformation services. Further selections will take place through the end of 2014.

Docker Acquires a Strategic Developer of Container Orchestration Tools

Docker, Inc., the commercial sponsor of the Docker open source project, has acquired Orchard Laboratories, a software developer offering an application composition and orchestration tool for application containers.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Orchard is an early Docker community member and creator of solutions on the Docker platform. Its Fig orchestration tool  is noteworthy in the ease with which a developer can compose and manage a multi-container Docker application.  After defining the application’s containers and their dependencies in a simple configuration file, the developer can - with a single command - automatically start all the components of the application, including containers, network connections, and storage dependencies.

Docker said the Orchard team and technologies accelerate its mission of delivering an open platform to build, ship, and run distributed applications.

“Our goal is to provide the best tools and experiences for developers creating web-scale applications that move frictionlessly between bare metal, virtualized, and cloud environments,” said Ben Golub, CEO, Docker.  “Orchard really stood out to us with their vision of what developers need and their delivery of well-designed services and products.”

http://www.fig.sh/
https://www.docker.com/

Docker is an open platform which can be used to build, ship, and run distributed applications on various clouds. The use of a container allows the same app to run unchanged on laptops, servers, data center VMs or the cloud -- similar to the concept of shipping container for the transportation industry.

Kubernetes is a container cluster management tool developed by Google. It builds on top of Docker to construct a clustered container scheduling service.

In June 2014, Docker 1.0 was officially released, marking an important milestone for this open platform which can be used to build, ship, and run distributed applications on various clouds.  Docker enables applications to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between environments.  It consists of the Docker Engine, the de facto container standard, and Docker Hub, a new cloud-based service from Docker Inc., the start-up company behind the open source Docker project and chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem.

IBM adds InfiniBand to SoftLayer for HPC in Cloud

IBM will begin offering Infiniband networking to connect bare metal servers in its Softlayer data centers.  The new option enables very high-speed throughput and low latency between servers in a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster.

IBM said the introduction on InfiniBand on SoftLayer will especially benefit customers who are leveraging fully supported, ready-to-run clusters complete with code name IBM Elastic Storage, IBM Platform LSF or Platform Symphony workload management.

“As more and more companies migrate their toughest workloads to the cloud, they’re now demanding that vendors provide high speed networking performance to keep up,” said SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby. “Our InfiniBand support is helping to push the technological envelope while redefining how cloud computing can be used to solve complex business issues.”

InfiniBand delivers high transfer speeds of up to 56 Gbps.

http://www.ibm.com/cloud

IBM Chalks up Gains from Softlayer Acquisition

One year after acquiring Softlayer for $2 billion, IBM reported continued gains in its cloud leadership positions in terms of new enterprise customers and the launch of differentiated services.

IBM said the hybrid cloud model is catching on with new enterprise customers such as Macy’s, Whirlpool, Daimler subsidiary moovel Gmbh, Sicoss Group and others. Clients can maintain on-premise control of key applications and data while moving other workloads – so-called systems of engagement with customers and partners -- to the cloud for quick access to data, expansion of new services and cost reductions. The company says nearly half of its top 100 strategic outsourcing clients,  who are among the world's largest enterprises, are already implementing cloud solutions with IBM as they transition to a hybrid cloud model.

IBM now has over 1,000 business partners signed on to offer their services on SoftLayer, ranging from leading global players such as Avnet, Arrow Electronics and Ingram Micro, to cloud-based services and solution providers like Mirantis, Assimil8, Silverstring, Clipcard, SilverSky, and Cnetric Enterprise Solutions.

SoftLayer is expected to play a pivotal role in delivering IBM's rich data and analytics portfolio.  Already more than 300 services within the IBM cloud marketplace are is based on SoftLayer.

In June, IBM opened the first of two new Softlayer Cloud Services data centers designed and dedicated for U.S. government workloads and compliant with Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements.

The first of the new data centers is located in Dallas, Texas  Later this year, IBM anticipates activating a companion center in Ashburn, Virginia.  Each of the high-security data centers will have initial capacity for 30,000 servers.  They will be connected by an isolated, robust private network with 2 Tbps of capacity.

Level 3 Wins Department of Homeland Security LAN Contract

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected Level 3 Communicatios to deliver local area network (LAN) managed services for the agency within the National Capital Region (NCR) under the Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS) 3 contract. Specifically, Level 3 will deliver a combination of managed voice, audio and video conferencing, transport, Ethernet and IP within the NCR.

Under the contract, Level 3 will deliver an end-to-end solution for the DHS that will connect nearly 60 DHS sites, including the recently consolidated DHS headquarters at St. Elizabeths. The project includes installation of cabling and equipment, network design, engineering, monitoring and management.

Level 3 said this multi-year, multi-million dollar contract represents a significant shift in how public agencies approach information technology (IT) infrastructure procurement and management, particularly as Network as a Service (NaaS) models gain greater traction to help the government.  Level 3 will be one of the first telecommunications providers to deliver a fully outsourced NaaS solution for a federal government agency.

"Today, federal agencies are facing increasing pressure to keep pace with explosive demands for actionable data and remote access to information, while also managing significant budget constraints as a result of sequestration," said Edward Morche, senior vice president of East Region Enterprise and Government Markets for Level 3 Communications. "This new operating environment is compelling government IT leaders to think differently and seek outsourced solutions, where previously they may have dedicated internal resources to solving problems we address every day at Level 3. We are proud to take a leadership position in providing the level of service, flexibility and experience necessary to meet a broad range of needs for the DHS."

http://www.level3.com/government

Crehan Research: Growth in Faster Data Center Switches

Strong growth in faster, more expensive Ethernet data center switches will offset steep price declines in each of these high-bandwidth segments, according to a recent Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report from Crehan Research Inc.

The firm forecasts that competition and other factors will lead to significantly lower per-port pricing on 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet switches, spurring stronger adoption of these technologies and resulting in relatively stable overall Ethernet data center switch average selling prices.

“Despite the onslaught of data center traffic and unprecedented network demands, high-speed data center switches thus far have been too expensive to drive widespread adoption, but this is about to significantly change,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. “Aside from continual cost reductions and port-density improvements, price drops are being driven by factors such as increased competition in the data center switch market (including numerous recent entrants), low-priced white box and merchant operating system offerings, and the price negotiating power of some of the very large, hyper-scale public cloud vendors,” he said.

Crehan’s report forecasts that as a result of market migration to higher speed switches, Ethernet data center switch revenues will reach approximately $14 billion by 2018, with revenue growth slightly exceeding shipment growth. More specifically, the firm forecasts strong upcoming adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet for data center server access, and 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet for data center uplink, aggregation and core deployments.

With its most recent Server-Class Adapter & LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) Long-Range Forecast Report, Crehan predicted that 10 Gigabit Ethernet will finally eclipse one Gigabit Ethernet by 2016 to become a majority of total shipments, closely following the mass adoption of Grantley-based servers.

http://www.CrehanResearch.com

Dell'Oro: 802.11ac and Cloud Management Drive Enterprise WLAN Sales

Enterprise-class Wireless LAN market revenues are forecast to exceed $6.7 billion in 2018, over 70 percent greater than 2013 revenues, according to a newly released market forecast report by Dell'Oro Group.

Key trends include the continued growth of both 802.11ac access points and faster-than-market growth of cloud-managed Wireless LAN systems.  The overall WLAN market is expected to reach $12.2 billion during this time period.

"At this point, 802.11ac Enterprise-class access points represent a greater portion of the overall market than 802.11n did in the previous cycle," said Chris DePuy, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group.  "The higher-speed 802.11ac devices are being priced at a lower premium to the slower 802.11n devices these intend to replace.  We expect next year, we will see new types of 802.11ac devices that support so-called 'wave 2' or 'multi-user MIMO' capabilities which will offer even faster throughput."

The report contains a forecast of cloud-managed equipment and services.  Also included in the report are estimates on total SP WiFi units and revenue forecasts.

http://www.DellOro.com

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