Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fujitsu FLASHWAVE Supplies 40G Connectivity for SC08

Fujitsu Network Communications has supplied a three-node configuration of its FLASHWAVE 7500 Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) platform to provide two 40 Gbps wavelengths for the SCinet WAN network at the upcoming Supercomputing Conference 2008 (SC08).

This network is created each year during the SC conference by volunteers from universities, government, and industry to highlight cutting-edge platforms in high-performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis.

One FLASHWAVE 7500 node will be co-located with the Ranger supercomputer, one of the top five supercomputers in the world, at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. A second FLASHWAVE 7500 node residing at the Austin point-of-presence (POP) will receive 10 Gbps transmissions from other ROADM devices that provide connectivity from as far away as Amsterdam, Holland. The third FLASHWAVE 7500 node will be on display in the SCinet NOC at SC08. The three nodes will be interconnected to highlight 40 Gbps optical transmission and 4 x 10 Gbps multiplexing into separate wavelengths, each operating at 40 Gbps.

Huawei Delivers 40 Gbps Gear to Telefónica

Huawei Technologies has delivered to Telefónica de España the first 40G nodes for its optical transmission network. Huawei's solution uses ROADM technology, which guarantees flexible provisioning, and is ready to activate advanced network Control and Management Planes based on GMPLS. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telstra Implements IPsphere Framework with Juniper

Telstra announced the first multi-site carrier field implementation of the TM Forum's IPsphere framework. The implementation, which was built on a solution powered by Juniper Networks and partner Net One Systems, was completed in Sydney and Melbourne and will play an integral role in developing Telstra's Application Assured Network (AAN) initiative. Telstra's AAN initiative defines a vision for a network capable of dynamically dimensioning itself to support any customer application requirement, such as bandwidth, delay, jitter and QoS. IPsphere capabilities complement and extend the AAN vision by enabling new ways of creating advanced services across partner boundaries.

The TM Forum IPsphere Field Trial brings together leading service providers, hardware and software suppliers and systems integrators, to demonstrate a new level of business flexibility for advanced IP services -- with the assurance of a standards-based approach. The TM Forum's IPsphere framework enables frictionless collaboration between all service providers in the value chain, including network service providers and content providers.

Telstra's implementation combines Net One Systems' integration and software customization capabilities and Juniper Networks routing and Session and Resource Control (SRC) portfolio. Key features of Telstra's IPsphere field deployment include:

  • A unique multi-site deployment in Sydney and Melbourne, enabling Telstra to test and validate any IPsphere use case that supports the AAN initiative.

  • A validation of the Juniper Networks IPsphere-ready "S5" interface; based on the SRC portfolio leadership in delivering standards-based application-to-network interfaces, S5 enables direct interaction between the SRC and an IPsphere environment for advanced service control.

  • IPsphere Service Management System (SMS) software developed by Juniper Networks Open IP Service Creation Program (OSCP) partner, Net One Systems. Juniper's unique OSCP program enabled rapid customization and integration of the Net One Systems software with Juniper Networks infrastructure.

  • IPsphere-ready control and data plane interfaces to other participating service providers to create a true global federation of providers.

  • A low-touch API driven model for content partnerships, which allows content providers to collaborate with IPsphere partners - and leverage premium bandwidth for competitive differentiation.


Japan's UQ Selects Mformation to Support Mobile WiMAX

Japan's UQ Communications, a joint venture between KDDI, Intel Capital, East Japan Railway, KYOCERA, Daiwa Securities and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd, has selected Mformation Technologies' platform to provide seamless device management capabilities for new WiMAX-capable devices as part of the rollout of its WiMAX network.

The MFORMATION SERVICE MANAGER ensures that WiMAX-capable devices can be remotely activated and provisioned irrespective of their source.

"Working with UQ on this very important mobile broadband initiative is great validation of the power of our comprehensive MDM platform," said Mark Edwards, CEO for Mformation. "UQ Communications had very demanding requirements; we have consistently demonstrated our ability to support these requirements as UQ Communications moves forward with its aggressive plans for rollout of WiMAX-based services. We look forward to supporting UQ on this important initiative."

Deutsche Telekom Installs ISE Line Cards in Cisco 12000 Routers

Deutsche Telekom is deploying Cisco IP Service Engine (ISE) technology in its Cisco 12000 Series Routers in order to support new multimedia services. The project is part of Deutsche Telekom's network optimization program to converge services from multiple platforms onto IP/ MPLS.

Cisco said the modular configuration of the ISE linecards provides a cost-effective solution to Deutsche Telekom as each linecard can deliver the capacity of up to three existing routers. This simplifies the network architecture, leading to considerable savings in maintenance costs, space requirements and power consumption. Each ISE linecard is able to support additional capacity, allowing Deutsche Telekom to extend its investment and facilitate future expansion plans.

USB 3.0 Specification Completed -- Promising 4.8 Gbps Local Connections

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is backed by Intel, HP, Microsoft Corporation, NEC Corporation, ST-NXP Wireless and Texas Instruments among others, announced the completion of the USB 3.0 specification.

Otherwise known as SuperSpeed USB, the new spec offers data transfer rates up to ten times faster than Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) -- roughly 4.8 Gbps -- along with backwards compatibility with the billions of USB-enabled PCs and peripheral devices currently in use.

It is anticipated that initial SuperSpeed USB discrete controllers will appear in the second half of 2009 and consumer products will appear in 2010, with adoption continuing throughout 2010. The first SuperSpeed USB devices will likely include data-storage devices such as flash drives, external hard drives, digital music players and digital cameras.

The group now has transitioned the specification's management to the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the managing body of USB specifications. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group is now accepting adopters of the USB 3.0 specification, which has been finalized at the 1.0 level.

Tellabs Appoints Vikram Saksena as CTO

Tellabs named Dr. Vikram Saksena as its new chief technology officer. He will focus on strategic technology initiatives including optical networking, Carrier Ethernet and IP, and mobile backhaul. Dr. Saksena recently served at Sonus Networks as chief technology officer and chief scientist. He has held a series of engineering positions, including positions at Cisco and AT&T. He is an AT&T Fellow and a finalist at the 2008 CTO of the Year Award given by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.

Marvell Unveils Silicon Family for 40GbE and 100GbE

Marvell unveiled its Prestera CX family of high performance 40GbE and 100GbE switching silicon aimed at next gen datacenter applications such as server virtualization, cloud computing, and Software as a Service.

The first implementations of the Marvell Prestera CX family will provide 40GbE support, fiber channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support, Data Center Bridging (DCB), Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) features and a low latency mode. Marvell will offer port capacities ranging from 8 to 48 ports of 10GbE as well as multiple 40GbE ports. Pricing is expected to range from $200 to $900 depending on the device and application. Samples are expected in the late fourth quarter of this calendar year.

"Ethernet is evolving from a LAN interconnect to a converged and enhanced services fabric," said Awais Nemat, vice president, Enterprise Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Business Group at Marvell. "Continuous advancements in data center and compute architectures are creating new paradigms for service delivery, reliability and resiliency that we believe are necessary for next generation applications. The Prestera CX family is purpose-built to provide Marvell's customers the necessary silicon platform for building the next generation infrastructure."

XO Partners with VIXXI on E-911

XO Communications has agreed to refer its current and future VoIP customers to VIXXI as an E911 provider. The companies said VIXXI's IP-based, geospatial technology is well-matched for VoIP vendors who are required by the FCC to provide their customers with an E911 Solution that identifies caller location information and correctly routes emergency calls to the appropriate PSAP. In addition, the VIXXI web portal supports real-time location updates of nomadic VoIP users, and location detail can be tied to any data element; it does not need to be tied to a telephone number. VIXXI makes dynamic updates to PSAP boundary changes for accurate call-routing.

VIXXI Solutions is located in Greenwood Village, Colorado.http://www.xo.com

PCMCIA Announces Release 2.0 of ExpressCard Standard

The ExpressCard Standard 2.0 standard has been officially released by PCMCIA, the technology trade association for PC Card and ExpressCard technology. The new ExpressCard Standard will support transfer rates ranging from two to 10 times faster than ExpressCard Standard 1.2, depending on the data protocol used. Some of the applications that benefit from the improved performance are:

  • Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) 2.0 adapters supporting large file transfers between computers and various storage devices;

  • USB 3.0 adapters supporting large file transfers between computers and peripheral devices;

  • Very high-performance streaming media and video adapters; and

  • Very high-performance storage modules based on flash memory technologies, e.g. solid-state drive applications.

The ExpressCard Standard is based on the advanced serial I/O technologies, PCI Express and USB. The Standard is being updated to comply with the recent release of the PCI Express specification, Version 2.0, which offers transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, two times faster than its previous version. The ExpressCard 2.0 Standard also supports the new USB 3.0 specification released today. SuperSpeed USB will support speeds of up to 10 times faster than Hi-Speed USB.http://www.expresscard.org

Comcast Expands 50 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 Rollout

Comcast will launch DOCSIS 3.0 service in Oregon and in Washington state in December. The residential options will include:

  • Extreme 50, offering up to 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed at $139.95/month.

  • Ultra, offering up to 22 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 5 Mbps of upstream speed at $62.95/month.

  • Performance tier customers will benefit from doubled downstream and upstream speeds, offering up to 12 Mbps and 2 Mbps, respectively.

  • Performance Plus customers will be upgraded to Comcast's Blast! tier, which will double their download speeds to up to 16 Mbps and provide up to 2 Mbps of upload speed.