Sunday, November 11, 2007

ADVA Names Ron Martin as Chief Strategy Officer

ADVA Optical Networking has appointed Ron Martin as Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer (CMSO) and president of all ADVA Optical Networking North American subsidiaries. Martin takes over the role of CMSO and president from Brian McCann, who was the founding president of ADVA Optical Networking North America in 1996 and has been an officer of the company since 2000. McCann will remain with the company and serve in the newly created position of senior vice president of corporate marketing and strategy.

Martin comes to ADVA Optical Networking from Cisco Systems, where he most recently was part of a team that led the integration of the Scientific Atlanta sales and marketing organizations. While at Cisco, he held responsibility for a team of more than 1,000 people and a revenue base of approximately USD 1 billion. Prior to Cisco, Martin spent 15 years at Fujitsu Network Communications (FNC), where he ended his tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Streamcore Debuts Managed Services Platform for Service Providers

Streamcore, a start-up based in Paris with close ties to France Telecom Labs, introduced StreamSense 5.1, a multi-tenant platform for service providers to offer next generation managed services for application performance and monitoring over MPLS or IP VPNs.

Streamcore's core technology uses fast packet inspection to examine both a packet's IP address and session behavior. The system then provides an automated view of application and network traffic. Application can then be tuned according to the amount of traffic, instantaneous bandwith utilization or number of active users.

The StreamSense service enabling platform centrally provisions and manages services such as real-time network and application monitoring, fine-grained and business-level reporting, and application delivery and performance control through advanced QoS controls and automated application control features with alarms and thresholds. The platform also lets service providers provision customized web portals with personalized dashboards and self-configured PDF reporting, providing both real-time performance statistics and troubleshooting tools. Via the portal, customers may also optimize application performance with application optimization features.

Streamcore said one deployment scenario for its platform is to sit centrally at the service provider or customer data center and report on all the downstream branches without the use of probes. In another deployment, StreamSense can be deployed at the customer's edge for service providers already providing managed router services at the customer edge. Additionally, StreamSense can be deployed at the provider's edge or POP (without imposing on service providers to deploy probes at the customer premise). StreamSense controls any of the above configurations from one centralized management console with carrier grade scalability.

Earlier this year, Streamcore opened its US headquarters in Emeryville, California. The company claims 200 global customers across 15,000 sites, including customers such as L'Oreal, Brinks and Philips.

Nevis Strengthens Identity-based Policy Enforcement

Nevis Networks announced a major new operating software release for its LANenforcer LAN security solutions. The Nevis LANenforcer family integrates comprehensive LAN security functions into an ASIC-based security policy processing engine that provides deep inspection of every packet to ensure data integrity and confidentiality, threat containment and user accountability. The appliances integrate identity-based user access control, deep threat defense and user visibility to ensure persistent pre-and-post connect LAN security.

The Nevis LANenforcer family integrates comprehensive LAN security functions into an ASIC-based security policy processing engine that provides deep inspection of every packet to ensure data integrity and confidentiality, threat containment and user accountability. The appliances uniquely integrate identity-based user access control, deep threat defense and user visibility to ensure persistent pre-and-post connect LAN security. The appliance operates at 10 Gbps. In addition, organizations can now design any customized report suited to their compliance and audit requirements, based on the network-wide visibility and packet analysis information gathered by the LANenforcer solutions.

Additional highlights of the newly released LANenforcer 4.0 include:

  • Dissolvable messaging agent (runs in system tray and provides feedback loop and customized informational messages to end users)

  • Identification of corporate owned assets vs. guest/contractor assets

  • Policy evaluation tool (allows you to run "what if" scenarios for policy troubleshooting and planning purposes)

  • Posture checks run on endpoints without admin or power user status

  • Posture check for running processes

  • Selective OS patch posture check (granular control down to individual KB)

  • Support for Mac OSX endpoint posture check

  • Application recognition and control of P2P/IM apps at 10Gbps

  • Scan profiler to reduce malware false positives

  • New posture check dashboard for real time monitoring and troubleshooting

  • Full customized reporting in addition to existing pre-canned reports

Pricing for LANenforcer solutions starts at less than $15/per user (US list) and the 4.0 operating software is now generally available as a free upgrade to the company's existing customers.

Telefónica Reaches 160.2M Mobile, 9.6M Broadband Lines

Telefónica reported continued growth in revenues (EUR 42.014 billion, up 8.6%), OIBDA (24.5%), OI (51%) and net profit (51%) compared with the same period a year earlier. Revenues at Telefónica Latinoamérica climbed 12.6%, those of Telefónica España rose 4.9%, while revenues at Telefónica O2 Europe increased 4.9%.

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • The total customer base grew 11.6% to 218 million access lines (mobile + fixed), of which 126.5 million accesses were in Latin America, 45.6 million in Spain and 40.7 million in Europe

  • Telefónica España currently has 45.6 million accesses, an increase of 5.3% year-on-year.

  • Telefónica Latinoamérica continued to grow its accesses (+14.9% year-on-year to 126.5 million) thanks to a robust mobile market, the strong growth in broadband, and an expanding pay TV subscriber base.

  • Telefónica O2 Europe saw the number of total accesses advance 7.8% to 40.7 million, driven by strong performance in the mobile business, notably in the contract segment.

  • Retail internet broadband accesses at the Telefónica Group advanced 32.1% year-on-year to over 9.6 million at the end of September.

  • In Spain, retail broadband accesses surpassed 4.3 million (up 27.3% year-on-year), in Latin America, 4.7 million (34.4%) while in Europe, 572,000 (+53.2%).

  • Pay TV accesses at the end of the quarter exceeded 1.4 million, 59% more than a year before, with operations up and running in Spain, the Czech Republic, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Brazil.

  • In terms of revenue, Telefónica España current accounts for 36.8% of the Group total.

Fulcrum Selects Spirent TestCenter for 10-Gigabit Ethernet Testing

Fulcrum Microsystems, a fabless semiconductor company focused on developing low latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch/router chips for next-generation networking systems, has selected Spirent TestCenter's 10GBASE -- CX4 test system to demonstrate the packet forwarding capability and low latency of its new FocalPoint FM4000 router chip.

The Spirent TestCenter 10GbE solution stress tests and benchmarks the performance of switches, link aggregators and routers to ensure that network solutions meet or exceed the industry specifications. It can measure 10GbE cut-through switch performance for all packet sizes from 64 bytes through 9216 bytes. It can also directly measure latency with a ± 40 nanoseconds measurement range of repeatability in any test topology.

Sun Showcases its Petascale Constellation

Sun Microsystems introduced its Sun Constellation System -- an open petascale computing environment that combines ultra-dense, high performance compute, networking, storage and software into an integrated general purpose system. The Sun Constellation System runs the Solaris Operating System (OS), Linux and Windows and is capable of scaling from departmental clusters to the largest supercomputer configurations.

The Sun Constellation System comprises the following components:

  • Sun Blade 6048 Modular System -- An ultra dense blade server platform which supports SPARC, AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon processors and runs industry standard OS'es including Solaris and Linux.

  • Sun Datacenter Switch 3456 -- a single chassis switch designed for petascale, delivers 12x the capacity of the largest Infiniband switch available today, enables the Sun Constellation System to require 1/6 the number of cables of competitive systems and simplifies the design and management of high performance clusters by reducing the number of Infiniband switching elements by up to 300:1.

  • High-throughput, high-density storage and high capacity tape archive in a unique end-to-end hierarchical storage solution with automated and seamless transfer supporting optimal placement of data.

Sun also introduced its StorageTek 5800 System, which the company describes as a new category of storage system leveraging open source and designed for large-scale storage of fixed data.

ADC to Acquire Century Man Communication for Distribution in China

ADC plans to acquire Century Man Communication, a leading provider of communication distribution frame solutions in China, for $55 million in cash, at close, plus contingent cash payments of up to $15 million during the 36 months following the close of the transaction, based on meeting agreed upon financial performance metrics.

ADC said the acquisition would provide it with four key benefits: (1) accelerate ADC's growth potential in China, (2) expand its product offerings, (3) add additional low-cost manufacturing facilities in China, and (4) provide a price and feature competitive product offering for effectively competing in the high-growth, developing markets.

Century Man Communication had sales of approximately US $40 million in the 12 months ending September 30, 2007.

Qualcomm Announces Lower Cost, More Energy Efficient HSDPA Chips

Qualcomm introduced its lower cost "Mobile Station Modem" (MSM) MSM6246 HSDPA and MSM6290 HSUPA chipsets. The products, sampling now, are designed to enable devices that break new price barriers for HSDPA and HSUPA handsets. The two chipsets also feature new power-saving features that will enable better performance and longer battery life, with standby time of more than 37 days, according to the company.

The MSM6246 chipset will support 3.6 Mbps HSDPA. The MSM6290 HSUPA chipset supports speeds up to 7.2 Mbps on the downlink and 5.76 Mbps on the uplink, tapping into the surge in popularity of applications such as social networking and user-generated multimedia sharing. The two products are drop- in replacements for each other, with power management, software and RF compatibility. Both products interface with the RTR6285 single-chip CMOS transceiver.

The MSM6246 HSDPA also chipset features 3 megapixel camera support, QVGA video playback, integrated Assisted-GPS and high-speed USB support. The MSM6290 HSUPA chipset features 5 megapixel camera support, WQVGA video playback, integrated Assisted-GPS, 3D graphics and high-speed USB support.

In addition, the two products both feature 10mm x 10mm package sizes that represent a nearly 50 percent reduction in package footprint from previous- generation baseband solutions.

Limelight Appoints New Chief Legal Officer

Limelight Networks appointed Philip C. Maynard as senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary, a position in which he will have responsibility for all domestic and international legal matters. This will include corporate governance, intellectual property, including Limelight Networks' expanding patent program, trademarks and other intellectual properties; litigation support, and contract management.

Maynard previously served at FileNet Corporation. He has also served as chief legal officer or general counsel for SRS Labs, Inc., Wonderware Corporation, the Software Systems Division of Invensys plc, and the National Education Corporation.

ShoreTel Expands its Enterprise VoIP Solution

ShoreTel released an enhanced version of its unified communications solution and introduced two new telephones: the ShorePhone IP 265 (US$369), which features a high-contrast color display, and the ShorePhone IP 115 (US$159), an enhanced entry-level speakerphone.

ShoreTel's enterprise communications system combines embedded switch-based appliances with a unique distributed software architecture.
The new release, ShoreTel 7.5, integrates with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Key features include a new "ShoreWare" Mobile Call Manager that extends to mobile phones the same visual communications environment that users see at their desktop. An "Office Anywhere" feature enables employees can redirect calls made to their office extension to their mobile device or any other phone. Mobile Call Manager's Quick Dial allows mobile users to find and connect to other people by searching the corporate directory and personal address book and placing the call with a click. Visual Voicemail offers a display of current voicemails, including a ten-second preview of each message. An integrated Call History offers a display of all the previous calls to an office extension.

ShoreTel 7.5 also offers greater flexibility for international deployments, including native BRI connectivity. With version 7.5, the ShoreTel IP Unified Communications system now supports 11 language packs and 20 countries' dial plans, allowing multinational companies to leverage an easy-to-use, easy-to-manage, single-image system across globally distributed locations.

The software upgrade to ShoreTel 7.5 is free of charge to ShoreTel customers with maintenance contracts.

Skype Chooses On2 Technologies' Video Compression

On2 Technologies announced that a new version of its TrueMotion VP7 video compression is used in Skype 3.6 for Windows to help deliver High Quality Video calling to Skype users.

NetXen Adds iWARP Support to 10GbE Interfaces

NetXen, a start-up offering 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Intelligent NIC technology, announced iWARP support for its NICs.

NetXen's iWARP solution supports uDAPL (User Direct Access Programming Library), popular MPI (Message Passing Interface) implementations and is OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 1.2 compliant. Support for the OFED 1.2 software stack is already integrated into major versions of Linux distributions from Novell and Red Hat.

"Gigabit Ethernet is the most popular cluster interconnect today," said David Pulling, president of NetXen. "And now with iWARP on 10Gigabit Ethernet, we are showing performance on par with InfiniBand; wall clock time for commercial applications like LS-DYNA is right on top of IB. This not only expands the use of Ethernet in the HPCC space, but more importantly it extends the use of RDMA technology into mainstream data center applications."

Microsoft to Acquire Musicwave, Gaining Foothold with Mobile Operators

Microsoft plans to acquire Musiwave SA, a Paris-based provider of mobile music entertainment services to operators and media companies. The acquisition would bring Musiwave's relationships with music labels, device makers and mobile operators that deliver digital entertainment to consumers, together with Microsoft's Connected Entertainment technologies and services, including Windows Mobile, Zune, MSN and Windows Live. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Musiwave, a unit of Openwave Systems, provides 2.5 and 3G mobile music services such as full length and protected digital music downloads (MODS), multimedia ringtones (Pictones), real music ringtones (Musitones), mobile video, and digital music recognition. Customers include T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange, O2, Mobistar, Fareastone and Telefonica amongst others.

Motorola Invests in ViVOtech for NFC Mobile Payment Tech

Motorola Ventures has made an equity investment in ViVOtech, a start-up offering contactless and mobile phone payment technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ViVOtech's platform is designed for collaboration among issuers, mobile operators and technology providers to deliver the most intuitive and integrated consumer experience across a range of new customer services.
The companies said Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is broadening the usefulness of mobile devices through short-range wireless connectivity which enables the phone to interact with payment systems for a wide variety of transactions, including those at the point-of-sale, ATMs and kiosks. Additionally, this connectivity allows for location-based personalized loyalty, coupon and promotion programs, and user authentication for check-in at airline and hotel self-service stations.

In addition to Motorola, ViVOtech's investors include First Data Corporation, NCR, Nokia, Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, DFJ Gotham Ventures, Miven Venture Partners, and an undisclosed Fortune 500 company.

Netronome Gains License to Intel's High-End Network Processors

Netronome Systems, a start-up based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania focused on high-performance packet analysis solutions. announced a technology licensing, sales and marketing agreement will Intel focused on its IXP28XX product line of network processors.

Under the exclusive deal, Netronome is licensed to continue sales and support of the Intel IXP2805 and the Intel IXP2855 network processors in new designs. In addition, Netronome is developing a next-generation line of IXP-compatible, high-end network flow processors that combine the Intel IXP28XX technology with Netronome's flow management and deep packet inspection architecture.

The new network flow processors, which feature 16 microengines or cores, are designed for a variety of communications applications ranging from network switching and routing (L2-L3) to content and flow analysis for specialized network and security appliances (L2-L7). They will support scalable network performance at 10 Gbps and beyond, along with sophisticated packet and flow classification, in a highly programmable design environment that will provide users of the Intel IXP28XX product line with a path to higher performance and software scalability.

Target applications include network switches, routers and appliances that require high-speed packet forwarding, intelligent flow analysis and processing, and the design flexibility.

"Netronome is pleased to be the exclusive licensee of Intel's high-end network processor technology, as it will allow us to renew the IXP-28XX product roadmap commitment to both companies' existing customers," said Niel Viljoen, CEO of Netronome.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • Netronome assumes immediate sales and support of the Intel IXP2855 and Intel IXP2805 network processors for new designs.

  • Netronome will provide full support for the Intel IXA Software and Hardware Development Kit (SDK/HDK), for existing Intel IXP28XX designs as well as those based on Netronome's new high-end network flow processors.

  • Intel will continue to act as the primary distribution source in fulfillment of all Intel IXP28XX products.

  • Netronome will develop a family of high-end network flow processors based on, and compatible with, the existing Intel IXP28xx product line, with at least 16 micro-engines.

  • Doug Davis, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Embedded Communications Group (ECG), will join Netronome's board of directors.

  • Netronome and Intel will collaborate on several technology initiatives, including Intel's QuickPath Interconnect and QuickAssist in order to provide the tightest integration between the Intel CPU architecture and Netronome's network flow processors.

  • Netronome's status in the Intel Embedded and Communication Alliance will be elevated to an affiliate member.

  • Intel and Netronome will jointly market the new high-end network flow processors.

Gear6 Caching Appliance Delivers Over 872,000 I/O Operations Per Second

Gear6, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, reported breakthrough I/O performance results for large scale network-based caching designed for massive compute grid.

Gear6 said throughput testing of its CACHEfx appliance reached 872,291 IOPS with an average response time of 0.53 milliseconds and sustained bandwidth of 2.8GB per second. Bandwidth intensive testing achieved a sustained 5GB per second while delivering 162,292 IOPS.

The company's CACHEfx appliances attach to the network using standard Gigabit Ethernet or 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and support any NFS-based file system, including clustered file systems. Centralized storage caching extends the capabilities of existing compute clusters and storage systems without requiring changes to applications, file systems, or storage management software.

Load testing was conducted using an I/O load generator configured to drive a wide range of workloads. The throughput test simulated an IOPS- and latency-intensive workload characterized by many small-sized operations. This test consisted of 60 clients accessing data from the CACHEfx appliance with a 4KB block size. The bandwidth-intensive test modified the workload such that there were fewer larger-sized operations. This test consisted of 74 clients accessing data from the CACHEfx appliance with a 32KB block size.

Sandia National Labs Deploys Woven's Ethernet Fabric

Sandia National Laboratories is deploying Woven Systems' EFX 1000 Ethernet Fabric Switch in a 128-node compute cluster. Woven's EFX 1000 delivered sustained 10 Gbps Ethernet throughput in a large remote direct memory access (RDMA) cluster during testing by Sandia at its Livermore, California laboratory. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Ethernet Fabric utilizes Woven's Active Congestion Management technology with latency-minimizing routing algorithms to balance traffic flow across the mesh fabric. Woven said its technology also detects switch or link failures, and automatically re-routes traffic to an alternate path in less than 10 ms, providing resiliency with no lost network connections and time outs. The companion Woven Dashboard performance monitoring application, also being used by Sandia, automatically discovers and graphically depicts the fabric's topology, and offers a constant, at-a-glance display of the load-balancing effect of the Active Congestion Management process.

Woven Systems Enhances its Ethernet Fabric Architecture

Woven Systems, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, is extending its flagship EFX 1000 Ethernet Fabric Switch with a 48-port Gigabit Ethernet "Top of Rack" edge switch and new fiber optic interfaces.

The Woven Ethernet Fabric architecture leverages standard 10Gig Ethernet technology with custom-ASICs that deliver Active Congestion Management to create a multi-path, Layer 2 meshed fabric for high-performance computing clusters (HPC) and enterprise data centers. The architecture is designed to enable scalable, sub-5 microsecond latency with full 10 Gbps bandwidth to 4,000 ports. The company is currently shipping its EFX 1000 Ethernet Fabric Switch, a modular 10U switching platform that supports up to 144 non-blocking 10 Gbps Ethernet ports.

With this announcement, Woven is introducing its TRX 100 Ethernet Switch, a 1U, high-performance, managed Ethernet solution designed for top-of-rack server and storage aggregation and virtualization in data centers. It includes 48 standard 10/100/1000BASE-TRX auto-sensing ports, and offers two options for the four 10 Gbps Ethernet uplinks: powered CX4 for active copper and optical CX4 cables, or SFP+ for fiber optic cabling. The inclusion of four 10 Gbps uplinks minimizes over-subscription, and enables the TRX 100 to deliver peak I/O performance from quad-core processors.

Woven Systems is also introducing a new 12-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet XFP interface card adds both flexibility and range to the EFX 1000 Ethernet Fabric Switch product line. A single switch can support any mix of twisted-pair copper (CX4) and fiber optic interfaces required to connect TRX 100 or other switches. The XFP and SFP+ Small Form Factor Pluggable transceivers are optically compatible. The optical interface supports short- and long-reach connections for distances up to 10 kilometers, allowing users to extend their EFX 1000 data center fabrics across the metropolitan area for disaster recovery applications.
  • In September 2007, Woven Systems announced $20 million in venture funding for its 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GE) fabric solutions. The funding was led by MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures and included existing investors, Goldman Sachs and Palomar Ventures. The latest round of funding raises the total investment in the company to $35 million.