Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ciena Introduces Ultra Low Latency 1GbE and 10GbE Transponders

Ciena introduced ultra low latency 1GbE and 10GbE cards for its CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform.

Ciena's ultra low-latency solution includes 2RS 1GbE and Quad 10-T 10GbE transponders. The company is also offering latency-optimized line systems, featuring multiple options for optical amplifiers, regenerators and dispersion compensation to reduce latency across fiber spans.

Ultra-low latency network links are especially targeted at electronic trading applications. Ciena said it has signed up a variety of customers for its ultra-low latency solutions, ranging from a multi-billion dollar global investment banking, securities and investment management firm to multiple electronic trading firms. The customers are located in traditional global financial centers, such as New York, Chicago and London, as well as emerging trading hubs in Stockholm and Frankfurt.

Agilent Updates Wireless Signal Analyzers

Agilent Technologies
introduced eight new measurement applications for its PXA X-Series wireless signal analyzer and three new measurement applications have for its MXA and EXA signal analyzers. In addition, Agilent's LTE FDD, LTE TDD and EDGE Evolution applications have been updated with the following features:

  • new in-band emissions and spectrum flatness measurements with pre-set limit lines for UE transmitter conformance test;

  • new downlink transport layer decoding for PBCH, PCFICH, PDCCH and PDSCH channels;

  • new conformance EVM measurement optimized for measurement speed for manufacturing throughput; and

  • support for UE specific RS for LTE-TDD.

MegaPath + Covad + Speakeasy Merger Completed

Speakeasy, Covad Communications and MegaPath have been combined into a single company, creating a next generation Managed Services Local Exchange Carrier (MSLEC) with more than 85,000 business customers and over 4,500 partners throughout North America. The new company, which is called MegaPath, is privately held by a group of investors, including the primary investor, Platinum Equity. Best Buy is also an investor in the combined business.

MegaPath, which operates a nationwide MPLS network, offers hosted and integrated voice services; VPN and MPLS service; business-class broadband from DSL up to 15 Mbps, as well as T1 and bonded T1 and business Ethernet at up to 20 Mbps over copper.

CableLabs Issues 3D Content Encoding Spec

CableLabs published a new Content Encoding Profiles 3.0 Specification that provides exact requirements for formatting or "panelizing" 3D content into a frame-compatible format for use by cable television systems.

"This spec release marks a great step in the commercialization of 3D TV because it is the first public specification that fully describes the coding and signaling for these top-and-bottom and side-by-side 3D video formats," said Tony Werner, CTO of Comcast.

FCC Seeks Comments on Preserving the Open Internet

The FCC is seeking public comment on two issues related to Preserving the Open Internet.

The first is the relationship between open Internet protections and services that are provided over the same last-mile facilities as broadband Internet access service (commonly called "managed" or "specialized" services). The FCC is concerned that Open Internet protections may be weakened if broadband providers offer specialized services that are substantially similar to, but do not technically meet the definition of, broadband Internet access service, and if consumer protections do not apply to such services. The Open Internet might also be threatened if broadband providers fail to continue expanding the network capacity allocated to broadband Internet access service in order to provide more capacity for specialized services.

The second is the application of open Internet rules to mobile wireless Internet access services, which have unique
characteristics related to technology, associated application and device markets, and consumer usage. Specifically, the FCC is seeking comment on "how, to what extent, and when" openness principles should apply to mobile wireless platforms, with a particular emphasis on furthering innovation, private investment, competition, and freedom of expression.

Apple TV Streams at 720p

The new $99 Apple TV box streams TV shows and movies via iTunes at 720p, with TV content initially available from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America. It also streams content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from PCs and Macs.

Tech specs include:

  • A4 processor

  • HDMI

  • 802.11n Wi-Fi

  • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet

  • Built-in IR receiver

Sprint Highlights 4G Applications for Federal Agencies

Sprint is tailoring specialized applications for government agencies that could run over its 4G network. The carrier said dozens of federal agencies have already certified 4G devices for use on the Sprint 4G network, which government customers can purchase using Networx Enterprise or Federal Supply Schedule 70 contracts. Sprint's WiMAX-based service is currently available in 48 markets and is expected to launch in Washington, D.C. shortly.

Two key applications are:

Situational Awareness: Federal investigators, law enforcement and defense professionals can use Sprint 4G to enable mobile command centers, supporting high-definition video surveillance, location-based solutions, laptop connectivity for individual agents, video streaming or connections to/from handheld devices and the transmission of large images and video from target areas.

Healthcare: Healthcare administrators in federally-managed facilities can use Sprint 4G to provide expanded mobility for caregivers. For example, medical staff can view high-resolution medical images on the HD screen of HTC EVO 4G or view patient records and lab reports on 4G-connected wireless tablet PCs while gaining increased mobility so they can spend more time with patients.

AT&T Sells Japan Domestic Network Operations to IIJ

AT&T has sold its domestic Japanese outsourcing services operations to Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) for approximately ¥9.2 billion, or approximately US$109 million. The deal was first announced in June.

Through this acquisition, IIJ will be providing WAN services to approximately 1,600 domestic corporate customers. The deal includes approximately 245 employees who support those customers to IIJ. IIJ's own client bases has over 6,500 corporate customers.

AT&T said it remains committed to serving multinational corporations with operations in Japan and offers a robust portfolio of services including managed global connectivity, hosting, mobile enterprise applications, cloud computing, application management, security, Telepresence and unified communications. AT&T retains substantial operations and employees to support the domestic Japanese AT&T Global Network infrastructure, which includes four global network service nodes, remote access infrastructure for corporate clients, an Internet Data Centre and significant international subsea cable capacity.

Alcatel-Lucent Acquires OpenPlug, Extending its Application Enablement Strategy

Alcatel-Lucent has acquired OpenPlug, a software developer specializing in tools for mobile applications, for an undisclosed sum. The deal extends Alcatel-Lucent's Application Enablement strategy, which is focused on combining the trusted and secure network capabilities of service providers with the speed and innovation of the Web to provide a richer end-user experience.

By building a robust application-enablement system, Alcatel-Lucent said it is aiming to transform service provider infrastructure by unlocking network resources and functionality and thereby creating new revenue share models.

OpenPlug, which is based in Sophia Antipolis, France, provides tools for converting application code into software that runs natively on any leading mobile device operating system, including Apple's iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and Linux. The company's ELIPS Studio is essentially an open software environment that lets developers create an application once and then deploy to multiple mobile phone OSes.

Alcatel-Lucent plans to integrate the OpenPlug toolset into its own Developer Platform and Open API Service, thus broadening the functionality available to service providers, enterprises and developers for the exposure of network assets and the rapid introduction of new services across mobile and Web domains.

"Being able to provide more applications across multiple devices helps service providers significantly broaden their app store content to create more value for consumers," said Laura Merling, vice president of Alcatel-Lucent's global developer strategy. "As service providers typically offer multiple mobile devices to their subscriber base, the OpenPlug software can help them get to market five times faster by allowing them to easily port an application to all of their devices. And this isn't purely a mobile play -- the software can be extended to support application development for IPTV set top boxes, game consoles, even the ng Connect LTE Connected Car."

"Deploying valuable web and mobile services requires assembling many different pieces from many horizons," said Eric Baissus, CEO of OpenPlug. "By combining OpenPlug's ELIPS Suite and ELIPS Studio technologies with Alcatel-Lucent's platforms and API services, we enable developers and service providers to gather all these pieces in a very efficient and consistent way. This will dramatically facilitate the deployment and the monetization of the new generation of applications that the market is expecting."http://www2.alcatel-lucent.com/application_enablement/http://www.openplug.com
  • In June 2010, Alcatel-Lucent has acquired ProgrammableWeb, a leading online repository for Web APIs (application programming interfaces) used by application developers to build web, mobile, and other connected applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    ProgrammableWeb maintains a its repository of over 2,000 Web APIs which are regularly accessed by a community of hundreds of thousands of developers. The APIs and mash-ups available for download from the site extend across a wide range of possible applications, such as search result APIs, GoogleMap mash-ups, messaging APIs, etc.
  • In March 2010, Alcatel-Lucent released its first API (Application Programming Interfaces) bundles that blend service provider and third party application capabilities to enable the faster creation of new applications. Alcatel-Lucent's goal with these API bundles is to enable a new revenue share model to transform service provider networks into an application development platform by unlocking network resources and functionality -- similar to what smartphones and apps stores did for the device world.

    The company's first vertical API bundles include three social bundles supporting the creation of new mashups in social gaming, advertising and virtual goods markets. Collectively, the APIs included are SMS, advertising, location, virtual goods, credit card and billing. The initial delivery of these API bundles targets the 14+ million developers worldwide and the two fastest growing and increasingly profitable applications markets today: mobile advertising and virtual goods.

    Earlier this year, Alcatel-Lucent introduced its cloud-based developer platform, which leverages the Application Exposure Suite to build, test, manage and distribute applications across networks, including television, broadband Internet and mobile.

WSJ: Sprint Ponders 4G Alliance with T-Mobile USA

Sprint's Board of Directors is evaluating whether to seek a partnership with T-Mobile USA as it considers funding options for its Clearwire joint venture, according to The Wall Street Journal. The article cites sources who estimate that Clearwire will require $4 billion to fully fund the build-out of its network through 2011. Sprint controls a 54% stake in Clearwire. Meanwhile, Harbinger Capital Partners has recently announced plans for a nationwide, wholesale LTE network that a company like T-Mobile USA could use for its 4G entrance. None of the companies commented directly for the story.

IBM Ships Four Core, 5.2 GHZ CPU -- World's Fastest

IBM has begun shipping a four-core chip
built with 45 nanometer (nm) SOI technology that contains 1.4 billion transistors. The z196 processor is engineered for a new version of the IBM mainframe targeted at high-volume business transactions. The z196 makes use of IBM's patented embedded DRAM (eDRAM) technology, which allows IBM to place dense DRAM caches, or components, on the same chips as high-speed microprocessors, resulting in improved performance. Its clock speed is rated at 5.2 GHZ, which is the world's fastest, according to IBM.
The core server in the zEnterprise mainframe system will contain 96 of these processors.

euNetworks Builds Low-Latency Trading Net in London

euNetworks has activated an ultra low latency network route from key data centres in Slough, West of London, to financial exchanges and key data centres in the City of London.

euNetworks has reduced the latency on this critical route by over 20% and is now providing sub 500 microsecond round trip connections between Slough and sites in the City of London.

PARC Wins Research Grant for Content-Centric Networking

PARC, which is a division of Xerox, is one of four project teams chosen by the been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to pursue ways to build a "Future Internet Architecture" (FIA).

PARC will be collaborating with nine universities in a team led by UCLA for "Named-Data-Networking (NDN)" in a grant worth up to $8 million. NSF describes the NDN project as follows:

Today's traditional approach to communications is based on a client-server model…where data contained within IP packets are transported along a single path. Today, however, the most predominant use of the Internet is centered on content creation, dissemination, and delivery…The proposed Named Data Networking (NDN) architecture moves the communication paradigm from today's focus on "where", i.e., addresses, servers, and hosts, to "what", i.e., the content that users and applications care about. By naming data instead of their location (IP address), NDN transforms data into first-class entities…[and] secures the content and provides essential context for security. This approach allows…[for example] the potential to move content along multiple paths to

The project, which was launched by PARC Research Fellow Van Jacobson four years ago, already has produced early protocol specifications and open source software.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Verizon Business Extends Cloud Services with VMware

Verizon Business is testing VMware's vSphere virtualization platform to expand its Computing as a Service (CaaS) portfolio.
Specifically, Verizon's CaaS enabled by VMware's vCloud Datacenter solution will allow enterprises to decide which applications to move to the cloud so they can react more quickly to changing business conditions. This would enable companies to pay only for IT resources consumed (server, connectivity, storage) while delivering the levels of security, performance and control available in private cloud environments. Additionally, with Verizon's new compute service, enterprises utilizing the VMware platform can leverage their existing infrastructure, tool and skill sets without changing their underlying IT setup.

Kerry Bailey, Verizon Business senior vice president for enterprise strategy, said, "With this latest addition to our cloud computing portfolio, our enterprise clients can now trial the unmatched flexibility of our new hybrid cloud solution, which builds on our relationship with VMware to deliver a new, innovative service while leading the industry to an 'everything-as-a-service' model."

"The relationship between VMware and Verizon will bring the full benefits of hybrid cloud computing and IT as a service to our customers," said Paul Maritz, president and CEO, VMware. "The new Verizon service based on VMware vCloud™ Datacenter enables enterprises to improve efficiency and agility by leveraging internal and external resources in a fully compatible, compliant and flexible manner, developed and certified together by VMware and Verizon."http://www.verizon.com

Occam Networks Signs Greek Reseller

Occam Networks has signed Optronics Technologies S.A. of Athens as part of its rapidly growing EMEA reseller network. Optronics is known across Greece and Cyprus for its installation of fiber optic-based LAN and WAN networks for both publicly and privately-owned networks. It also has its own production facilities for fiber optic accessories and components and can develop customized solutions for its customers through its own laboratories if required.

T-Mobile USA Plans 42 Mbps HSPA+ for 2011

T-Mobile USA announced plans offer dual-carrier HSPA+ with peak theoretical speeds of 42 Mbps by 2011. The company said its mobile broadband network now covers 100 million people in more than 55 major U.S. metropolitan areas.

T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, which currently offers theoretical peak throughput speeds of 21Mbps, is now available in Boston; Erie, Penn.; Fresno, Palm Springs and San Diego, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Spokane, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.

"Our new network offers today's available 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country and we're not done yet. We are now on pace to more than double our HSPA+ footprint reaching more than 200 million people by this year with plans to offer 42Mbps theoretical speeds in 2011," said Neville Ray, chief network officer for T-Mobile USA.http://press.t-mobile.com/articles/August-HSPA-network-Expansion

Singapore's M1 Offers 1 Gbps Residential Service

Singapore's M1 is launching fibre broadband over the NGNBN infrastructure.

Four new broadband plans for residential customers with downlink speeds of 1Gbps, 100Mbps, 50Mbps and 25Mbps will be offered.

Residential broadband customers also have the option of signing up for free incoming and outgoing calls on M1 Fixed Voice, which is M1's new fixed line service. Students who sign up for any M1 mobile plan will enjoy a special subscription rate of only S$39 for the 100Mbps broadband plan.

To mark the launch, M1 will offer a 3-month free trial of the fibre broadband service at 100Mbps to residential customers whose homes are ready for service. Customers can sign up for the free trial only on 1 September at any M1 Shop.

For corporate customers, M1 will offer complete business solutions with customized offerings on the fibre network, including fixed voice, IP Centrex and managed services. A range of corporate plans with speeds from 10Mbps to 1Gbps based on GPON and Active Ethernet technology will be offered. Corporate customers can call 6655 5588 or contact their M1 account managers for the range of available services and plans.

Ridgemont Equity to Acquire Majority Stake in Unite Private Networks

Ridgemont Equity Partners will acquire a majority equity stake in Unite Private Networks (UPN), which operates fiber infrastructure in 12 U.S. states, primarily in the mid-West. UPN, which is based near Kansas City, specializes in providing high-capacity data communications networks and related services to schools, government, carriers, data centers and enterprise business customers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SingTel Launches Services over NGNBN Fibre

SingTel launched a set of high-speed, consumer and business communication services in its home with downlink speeds of up to 200 Mbps using Singapore's new Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) and its own fibre infrastructure.

"The availability of an ultra high-speed fibre network through the NGNBN and our own fibre infrastructure presents SingTel with significant opportunities to break new grounds in terms of service innovation and value creation. We will leverage our reputation of a reliable network operator, astute customer insights and an effective partner ecosystem to deliver personalised customer-centric applications, which will pique the imagination of consumers and increase the productivity of businesses. These distinctive applications which focus on entertainment, convergence and productivity enhancement will ensure that SingTel continues to not only lead but shape the digital media and ICT market in Singapore," stated Mr. Allen Lew, CEO Singapore, SingTel.

Starting 01-Spetember-2010, customers have a choice of four "exStream" pricing tiers with prices ranging from S$85 to S$110 per month. Advertised speeds are 150 or 200 Mbps for downloads; 75 or 100 Mbps for uploads; and 15 or 25 Mbps for international bandwidth. Service features range from unlimited local calling, 10GB of online storage, an exclusive TV Apps store, on-demand movie packages, and sports programming. SingTel will also bundled discounts for customers choosing multiple mobile phone lines.

SingTel is also launching an "eVolve" fibre solution for businesses that is built on its wholly owned and managed infrastructure. eVolve complements SingTel's existing suite of business fibre services by providing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a lower cost option. Pricing begins at S$248 per month for a 30 Mbps service or S$298 for a 100 Mbps service. The fibre connectivity may be used to access SingTel's suite of Managed Services and Cloud Solutions.

Singapore's Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network Launches

Singapore's Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN) officially began commercial operations.
Under the NBN structure established by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) in 2008, the NetCo (OpenNet) is responsible for deploying fiber and maintaining the passive infrastructure while the OpCo (Nucleus Connect) is responsible for the active network and for delivering wholesale services to Retail Service Providers (RSPs). A structural separation is maintained to ensure an open next gen network.

OpenNet, Singapore's Optical Fibre Network Company, which is now offering commercial dark fibre leases, said that to date, the optical fibre cable rollout has already passed through 30% of households and non-residential buildings in Singapore. OpenNet is a joint venture between four partners -- Axia NetMedia (Axia), Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and SP Telecommunications (SPT).

Nucleus Connect, which is responsible for designing, building and operating the active portion of Singapore's NGNBN, announced the first five Retail Service Providers (RSPs) who will go live on the network: LGA, M1, Singtel, StarHub and SuperInternet. Nucleus Connect is installing GPON and Optical Ethernet equipment for the last mile connection. The company said businesses and home owners can look forward to pervasive, competitively priced, broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps. Some of the initial services expected from these RSPs include ultra-speed Internet access, IPTV, HD video surveillance and HD digital signage applications.

"Today marks a historical moment not only for Nucleus Connect but also for Singapore's infocomm future as we transform Singapore into a global city, an intelligent nation," said Mr David Storrie, Chief Executive Officer of Nucleus Connect.

  • In September 2009, Nucleus Connect selected Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei Technologies as its primary vendors.

  • The government of Singapore has previously stated that it expects broadband rates of up to 1 Gbps to be offered to 95% of residences by December 2012

Dell'Oro: Weakness in the Microwave Transmission Market

The point-to-point microwave equipment market experienced a second consecutive quarter of decline in what is typically a seasonally strong quarter, as it dipped to a little over $1 billion during the second quarter of 2010, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The report indicates that Ericsson continued to hold the largest market share in the quarter, trailed closely by Huawei. Huawei gained 5 percentage points of market share year-over-year, garnering the second highest microwave revenue in the second quarter. Alcatel-Lucent rounded out the top three vendors with steady growth in its packet microwave product.

"We noticed the microwave market slowing down during the first quarter of the year, but believed that it could improve in the second quarter with the help of seasonal spending which is common in the telecom equipment market," said Jimmy Yu, Sr. Director of Microwave Transmission research at Dell'Oro Group. "Instead, we found the second quarter was overcome by factors that weakened it: a volatile euro-to-US dollar exchange rate, decelerating purchases by a WiMAX operator, and deployment delays due to a new government security requirement in India," Yu added."http://www.ericsson.com

NTT DOCOMO Works with WiSpry on RF-MEMS Technology

WiSpry, a fabless RF semiconductor company based in Irvine, California, has signed an agreement with NTT DOCOMO, Inc. to jointly develop tunable filters for mobile phone applications based on WiSpry's RF-MEMS technology.

The companies are using the technology to design and develop new and enhanced tunable filters for mobile phones. WiSpry will supply tunable RF-MEMS technology, and DOCOMO will provide system and application technology.

Motorola Tunes its Remote Mgt for Multi-Screen Digital Homes

Motorola Mobility is introducing a new "EDGE" Service Assurance Software Suite for activating, provisioning, maintaining and supporting all broadband services in multi-screen digital homes.

Motorola's EDGE Manager remote management software platform (formerly Motorola NBBS) is a multi-protocol management solution that supports Broadband Forum's TR-069, SNMP, OMA-DM,WIB, Telnet and HTTP DL Server protocols.

This provides operators with expanded visibility into a range of consumer equipment (including Motorola and third-party modems, gateways, set-tops and mobile devices) and enables them to manage those devices' usage and performance parameters from a single control point. It also integrates into operator's existing OSS and billing systems.

NTT America Deploys VMware for Offering Cloud Services

NTT America is using VMware vCloud Director to offer cloud services to customers.

VMware vCloud Director software extends the resource pooling capabilities of VMware vSphere to enable enterprises and service providers to create pools of compute, networking and storage resources with defined management policies and performance levels -- helping establish a common model for provisioning IT services with consistent security, compliance and manageability across public and private cloud environments.

NTT Communications has data centers strategically located in more than 30 cities across 20 countrieshttp://www.nttamerica.com

F5 Integrates with VMware vCloud Director for "Cloudbursting"

F5 Networks introduced a solution developed in conjunction with VMware that enables enterprises to more easily augment the capacity of their data centers with external cloud resources -- a process called "cloudbursting".

The solution ties F5's BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager and its BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager with VMware vCloud Director and the VMware vCloud API to monitor application response times and apply business policies that can augment local resources with on-demand cloud-based resources when predetermined thresholds are met. The solution also relies on GemStone SQLFabric for distributed synchronization of database objects between the sites.

VBrick Wins U.S. Patent for Real-Time Video Compression

VBrick Systems has been awarded U.S. patent No. 7,751,482 for its real-time, encoding algorithms used during the compression of streaming video. VBrick said the issue faced when compressing streaming video is how to best optimize the quality of the final image given its real-time nature. In a typical real-time encoder, there is limited CPU power to efficiently compress incoming video streams. VBrick's patented technology, which specifically addresses the challenge of motion estimation, supports the delivery of high quality video (up to 1080p) while minimizing delay. Motion estimation is the most challenging and compute-intensive aspect of the H.264 algorithm.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

HP Launches CloudStart Services

HP introduced a "CloudStart" solution to simplify and accelerate private cloud deployments. HP CloudStart consists of hardware, software and services to enable pay-per-use services for infrastructure in their private clouds. This is enabled via real-time access to consumption and chargeback reports. HP clients will also be able to integrate their private clouds with third-party enterprise portals, public cloud services, usage billing packages and multiplatform resource management.

""To better serve the needs of their enterprises, clients are asking us to help them become internal service providers with the ability to deliver applications through a highly flexible private cloud environment," said Gary M. Budzinski, senior vice president and general manager, Technology Services, HP. "With CloudStart, HP is enabling clients to optimize applications for private cloud computing today, while providing a platform for a comprehensive, open and hybrid environment in the future."http://www.hp.com

Clearwire Offers Pay-As-You-Go Mobile Broadband, $5/Day

Clearwire launched a pay-as-you-go 4G mobile broadband service with daily, weekly and monthly payment options. The Clearwire "Rover" service, which will be marketed at tech-savvy Gen Y customers, offers unlimited data usage with no bandwidth caps over the company's WiMAX network.

Rover is available in all of Clearwire's 49 4G markets across the U.S. at rover.com. Rover is also available at CLEAR stores, Best Buy stores and select independent wireless dealers in Houston and St. Louis.

Clearwire is betting that the market for prepaid mobile services in the U.S. is expanding beyond consumers with credit issues. The company believes there will be a growing segment, especially among younger consumers, who wish to be connected with mobile broadband wherever they go, but who prefer simplicity over a long-term contract.

"Simple, commitment-free wireless services are wildly popular with the Gen Y crowd, and Rover provides them with the first pay-as-you-go unlimited mobile internet offering at 4G speeds," said Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer for Clearwire.

Rover's flagship device is the Rover Puck: a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that lets the user share broadband access, or "Puck", with up to eight devices or friends in Wi-Fi range. The Rover Puck promises mobile download speeds of 3 to 6 mbps, with bursts over 10 Mbps. The device is priced at $149.99 (plus tax). Clearwire will also offer a 4G USB modem for $99.99 (plus tax).

Verizon Boosts DSL to 10-15 Mbps Downstream

Verizon introduced a new s High Speed Internet DSL tier at 10 to 15 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. The service is initially available to more than 4 million households and small businesses.

Pricing for the 10 to 15Mbps/1 Mbps service is $49.99 per month for residential customers with voice service from Verizon, and $59.99 per month for those without voice service. Small-business pricing for the new, higher speed tier begins at $89.99 per month as a stand alone service with a two-year agreement, and $99.99 per month with no term contract. Equipment fees and other charges apply.

NSN Partners with Telefónica on Smartphone Experience Lab

The future lies in "smart networks for smart devices" said Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks, speaking at the 24th annual Spanish telecoms summit in Santander, Spain. To help chard this future, NSN will create a "Smartphone Experience Lab" based in Telefónica premises in Madrid. The lab is investigating ideal configurations between mobile handsets, applications and networks to minimize any negative network impact from smart devices, improve resource consumption as well as better handset and application performance, and to ultimately provide people with the best possible user experience. The outcomes from the Lab's activities will include guidelines on the optimum network and handset configurations and application development.

"Networks need to transform - now - to cope with the huge amounts of signalling and data traffic smart devices generate. Our approach is the only one that can cope with this explosion, while preparing operators for the fast-approaching roll-out of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks," said Rajeev Suri.

Suri also confirmed that private equity firms have expressed interest investing in the company. Suri said reflects a turnaround underway at the company.

Sierra Wireless Supplies 42 Mbps HSPA+ Modems for Telstra

Sierra Wireless is supporting the launch of Telstra's first-in-the-world dual-channel HSPA+ network with the commercial launch of its AirCard 312U wireless USB modem. The device is being marketed as the Telstra Ultimate USB modem.

Dual-channel HSPA+ doubles the speeds of current HSPA+ networks from a peak downlink of 21 Mbps to 42 Mbps. However, Telstra advises that customers using a Telstra Ultimate USB modem in enabled coverage areas will experience real-world download speeds up to 20 Mbps.

Ceragon Notes Mobile Backhaul Order from Leading Indian Carrier

Ceragon Networks announced new orders for its advanced FibeAir platforms from a leading Indian operator. Ceragon's equipment will be deployed in a number of circles to facilitate the operator's network expansion. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Voltaire Packs 48 ports of 10GbE in Top-of-Rack Switch

Voltaire Ltd. introduced a low-latency, high-performance Layer 2/3 top-of-rack switch optimized for cloud computing. The new Vantage 6048 switch features 48 ports of 10GbE line rate connectivity in a 1U box. It provides non-blocking switching throughput of 960 Gbps, low latency and power consumption of 6.3 watts/port. to deliver superior application performance as well as data center efficiency.

Voltaire said the combination of its existing Vantage 8500 Layer 2 core switches and new Vantage 6048 switches enables customers to build flat data center fabrics of more than 3,400 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports with non-blocking, lossless switch fabric capacity of 69.12 Terabits per second. The company offers Unified Fabric Manager (UFM) software that orchestrates the fabric as a single logical switch, enforcing fabric-wide service policies, providing real-time fabric flow level monitoring, and simplifying fabric administration across many physical and virtual switching elements.

UNH-IOL Hosts IEEE 1588 Precision Time Plugfest

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) will host a plugfest for interoperability testing of devices in compliance with the Precision Time Protocol IEEE 1588-2008 standard.

The Precision Time Protocol Interoperability plugfest, which will take place September 27 -- September 29 at the UNH-IOL's 32,000+ square foot facility in Durham, N.H., will be held in association with the 2010 International IEEE Symposium on Precision Clock Synchronization (ISPCS) for Measurement, Control and Communication. The Symposium immediately follows the plugfest on September 29 -- October 1 in Portsmouth, N.H..
  • In May 2010, the UNH-IOL IEEE 1588 Consortium was launched and is currently accepting founding member companies. Consortium members have access to a comprehensive test bed that supports the entire spectrum of profiles under the IEEE 1588-2008 standard resulting in a cost effective and efficient way to ensure interoperability.

Equinix Plans $63M Data Center in Hong Kong

Equinix announced plans to build its second International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, HK2, in Hong Kong. The new $63 million facility will provide total capacity for more than 1,450 cabinet equivalents and the first phase is targeted for opening in the third quarter of 2011.

Intel Confirms Acquisition of Infineon Wireless

Intel announced its intention to acquire Infineon's Wireless Solutions Business, called WLS, in a cash transaction valued at approximately $1.4 billion. The deal expands Intel's current Wi-Fi and 4G WiMAX portfolio to include Infineon's 3G capabilities. Intel said the acquisition also accelerates its entry into LTE.

Intel plans to integrate the Infineon's wireless technology in its Intel Core processor-based laptops and Intel Atom processor-based devices, including smartphones, netbooks, tablets and embedded computers.

"The global demand for wireless solutions continues to grow at an extraordinary rate," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. "The acquisition of Infineon's WLS business strengthens the second pillar of our computing strategy -- Internet connectivity -- and enables us to offer a portfolio of products that covers the full range of wireless options from Wi-Fi and 3G to WiMAX and LTE."

Infineon said the deal enables it to concentrate its resources towards growth in its core segments Automotive (ATV), Industrial & Multimarket (IMM) and Chip Card & Security (CCS). The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.

Financial Times: YouTube Seeks Pay-per-View Hollywood Films

Google is in talks to stream Hollywood content as a pay-per-view service from its YouTube site, according to a widely circulated report from the Financial Times.

Earlier this year, the company unveiled plans for its own GoogleTV set-top-box that would layer Internet data over video from regular TV or cable service.

The Australian: Doubts over National FTTP

With the government of Australia remaining in caretaker mode following the recent elections, uncertainty is growing over Labor's $43 billion National Broadband Network. The Australian newspaper reports that one of the side-effects has been chaos in new commercial and residential property projects, where developers are unclear as to whether they will soon have fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure provided by NBN Co. or not.

Financial Times: Private Investors Considered for NSN

Nokia and Siemens are discussing investments with private equity firms into their joint venture, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), according to the Financial Times. NSN's recent deal to acquire Motorola and thus gain a bigger share of the North American market is seen as an inducement to attract more equity and partners in the firm.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Two Minute Video: Carrier Ethernet Service Engineering


Presented by Mark Showalter, Extreme Networkshttp://www.extremenetworks.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sigma Designs Reports Revenue of $73M, up 12%

Sigma Designs, which provides silicon solutions for set-top boxes, reported Q2 revenue of $73.3 million, up $8.1 million, or 12%, from $65.2 million reported in the previous quarter and up $22.0 million, or 43%, from $51.3 million reported for the same period last year. GAAP net income for the second quarter was $0.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. This compares to GAAP net income of $1.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the previous quarter and $4.8 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the same period last year. In Q2, Sigma wrote off $5.2 million associated with a strategic investment in a privately held company which reduced Sigma's net income after taxes for the quarter by approximately $0.10 per diluted share.

"We are pleased to report over $73 million in revenue for the second quarter, representing more than 12% growth over our first quarter, with contributions from all three of our primary business segments. Our largest increase came from sales in our IPTV media processor segment, representing the bulk of this quarter's growth, and reflecting a fundamentally strong market. Connected media players were also up this quarter and continue to provide a substantial revenue contribution, demonstrating the popularity of consumer products such as network players that enable Internet access for playback of over-the-top content. Likewise, revenues from our Home Connectivity Business Group were up, largely a result of our continued leadership in all-wire network solutions. Moving forward, we are continuing to pursue major design wins in our current market segments with special initiatives for penetrating the hybrid IP Cable set-top box industry and the increased adoption of Z-Wave based home control solutions," stated Thinh Tran, chairman and chief executive officer, Sigma Designs.

Time Warner Cable to Launch SPEED2 Sports Channel for Broadband

Time Warner Cable is preparing to launch a broadband service that aggregates live and on-demand streaming of motor sport events and enthusiast programming. SPEED2 will launch nationally for Time Warner Cable Sports Pass subscribers (formally known as Time Warner Cable Sports Tier) -- at no additional charge -- on August 29. A complement to the offerings of the linear SPEED network, a FOX Sports property, SPEED2 allows motor sports enthusiasts to view racing content from any Internet based connection (wired or wireless), at home or on the go.

IBM Acquires Sterling Commerce from AT&T

IBM completed its acquisition of Sterling Commerce from AT&T for approximately $1.4 billion in cash. AT&T, which acquired Sterling Commerce in 2000, expects to record a one-time pretax gain of approximately $800 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Sterling Commerce provides software for cross-channel commerce and integration of customer, partner and supplier networks across a wide range of industries.

"In combination with IBM's existing offerings, Sterling Commerce, Coremetrics and Unica are expanding IBM's ability to help companies automate, manage and accelerate core business processes across marketing, selling, order management and fulfillment," said Craig Hayman, general manager, IBM Industry Solutions.

AT&T said the divestiture is consistent with its focus on developing and providing a full portfolio of networking-based solutions and services, including network- and cloud-based data storage and managed hosting, application and computing services, to its business customers.

AT&T also stated that it remains committed to its strategic alliance with IBM, its largest customer, to provide a unified set of telecommunications and computing services to multinational corporations across the globe.
  • The deal was first announced in May 2010.

Nortel to Sell Multi Service Switch Business for $39 million

Nortel Networks will sell its Multi Service Switch business to private investors for US$39 million in cash.
The deal includes Nortel's North America, Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) and Asia Multi Service Switch (MSS) business and the assets of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) portion of its MSS business. The buyer is PSP Holding LLC, a special purpose entity to be fully funded at closing by Marlin Equity Partners and Canadian based Samnite Technologies Inc.

Nortel's MSS business consists of its Data Packet Network and Shasta product groups and associated intellectual property. Nortel expects all MSS employees would have the opportunity to continue employment with PSP as envisioned by the sale agreement.

Commenting on the announcement, John Luszczek, General Manager of Nortel's MSS business said: "Today's announcement is welcome news to all MSS customers, suppliers, partners and employees. The proposed transaction represents a clear and positive step forward and is a testament of our continued commitment to innovation and customer support that resulted in the creation of the business value evident by today's announcement. Throughout this process we will remain focused on providing our customers with the highest level of service, support and responsiveness that they have come to expect."
  • In 1999, Nortel Networks acquired Shasta Networks, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, for $340 million in stock and cash. Shasta has developed a new class of service-enabling gateways and subscriber policy management systems for the "subscriber edge" of business IP networks.

SK Telecom Selects ALU's MPLS-TP Packet Optical Backhaul

SK Telecom, Korea's largest mobile service provider, has selected Alcatel-Lucent's packet optical transport solution to upgrade its nationwide wireless data network. The project, which is currently being deployed, will increase backbone capacity for the delivery of its WiFi and WiBro services. In addition, it will support SK Telecom's WCDMA traffic and lay a solid foundation for LTE-based services.

Alcatel-Lucent's packet optical transport solution is based on its 1850 Transport Service Switch (TSS) and is managed by its 1350 Optical Management Suite (OMS). Featuring T-MPLS/MPLS-TP, the Alcatel-Lucent 1850 TSS provides a graceful evolution path to packet backhaul in support of all mobile generation from 2G/3G to LTE-based 4G. MPLS-TP provides an evolution path from SONET/SDH-based networks to packet transport networks by enabling convergence between the transport and service routers.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that major global service providers, including BT, China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo have selected this solution for their mobile backhaul and transport networks.

Royalty-Free End-User Licensing for H.264 AVC Internet Video

MPEG Licensing Authority has decided to extend royalty-free licensing to end-users of the H.264 video codec (known as "Internet Broadcast AVC Video") during the entire life of this License. MPEG LA previously announced it would not charge royalties for such video through December 31, 2015.

MPEG LA's AVC Patent Portfolio License provides access to essential patent rights for the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard.

In addition to Internet Broadcast AVC Video, MPEG LA's AVC Patent Portfolio License provides coverage for devices that decode and encode AVC video, AVC video sold to end users for a fee on a title or subscription basis and free television video services. AVC video is used in set-top boxes, media player and other personal computer software, mobile devices including telephones and mobile television receivers, Blu-ray Disc™ players and recorders, Blu-ray video optical discs, game machines, personal media player devices and still and video cameras.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Taiwan's Chunghwa Sees Further FTTx Substitution for ADSL

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecommunications reported total consolidated revenue for Q2 2010 of NT$49.7 billion up 3.3% year-over-year, of which 34.9% was from its domestic fixed business, 44.5% was from its mobile business, 12.2% was from its Internet business, 7.5% was from its international fixed business and the remainder was from other business segments. The company credited the year-over-year increase to Taiwan's economic recovery and its own marketing efforts. During the period, overall CAPEX spending was down 7.8% and the company saw continued migration of its broadband customers from ADSL to FTTx.

Some highlights:

  • Domestic fixed line business revenue decreased of 1.1% year-over-year. Of this, local revenues decreased by 2.2% mainly due to mobile and VOIP substitution. The 12.6% decline in domestic long-distance revenues was also due to mobile and VOIP substitution, and the interconnection fee adjustment at the end of 2009.

  • Broadband access revenue, including ADSL and FTTx, increased by 1.9% year over year to NT$5.0 billion. Although ADSL access revenue decreased as more ADSL subscribers migrated to fiber solutions, the decrease was fully offset by growth in FTTx access revenue. Chunghwa believes that this migration will continue as customers continue to demand increased bandwidth, and that broadband revenue will therefore increase over time.

  • Mobile revenue increased by 6.5% year over year to NT$22.1 billion, mainly due to growth in handset sales and mobile VAS revenue related to our smartphone promotion.

  • Internet revenue increased by 7.0% to NT$6.0 billion, mainly attributable to Internet services growth, which was driven by the increase in broadband subscribers and the migration of ADSL subscribers to fiber solutions.

  • International fixed line revenue decreased by 2.3% to NT$3.7 billion, mainly due to VOIP substitution and market competition that was partially offset by growth in leased line revenue.

  • Total capex for the second quarter of 2010 amounted to NT$5.2 billion, representing a decrease of 7.8% year-over-year. Of the NT$5.2 billion in capex, 63.1% was spent on the domestic fixed communications business, 23.1% on the mobile communications business, 6.8% on the Internet business, 4.8% on the international fixed communications business and the remainder was used for other purposes.

  • As of the end of June 2010, fixed-line subscribers totaled 12.4 million.

  • Total broadband subscribers amounted to 4.3 million as of June 30, 2010, accounting for 82.2% of market share. Chunghwa continued its efforts to migrate ADSL subscribers to FTTx solutions. By the end of the second quarter of 2010, there were 1.85 million FTTx subscribers, accounting for 42.8% of Chunghwa's total broadband subscriber base.

  • By the end of the second quarter of 2010, the number of ADSL and FTTx subscribers with a service speed greater than 8 Mbps reached 2.2 million, representing 50.9% of total broadband subscribers, compared to 48.8% at the end of the first quarter of 2010.

  • HiNet subscribers totaled 4.07 million at the end of the second quarter of 2010.

  • The MOD (IPTV) subscriber number is over 720 thousand up to now.

  • As of June 30, 2010, Chunghwa had 9.4 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 4.5% compared to 9.0 million at the end of the first half of 2009.

  • Chunghwa had 5.1 million 3G subscribers at the end of June 2010, accounting for 53.9% of its total subscriber base.

AT4 Wireless Establishes LTE Test Lab in Taiwan

AT4 wireless announced new testing services covering Release 8 (LTE) and Release 7 (HSPA+). The facility started operations in Taiwan last October 2009, and during 2010 obtained ISO 17025 accreditation and became GCF and PTCRB accredited laboratory for GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and HSPA conformance testing, including Protocol and RF.

AT4 is based in Malaga, Spain and also has a lab in Herndon, Virginia.

Chile's Movistar Upgrades with NSN's HSPA+

Movistar Chile, a Telefonica Group company, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks' HSPA+ technology and services to upgrade its network. This will increase downlink speed to 21 Mbps and uplink speed to 5.8 Mbps peak data rates to devices like smart phones and data cards. It will also increase overall network capacity to accommodate the increased mobile broadband subscriber base. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cisco to Acquire ExtendMedia for Video Content Management

Cisco agreed to acquire ExtendMedia, a privately-held company based outside of Boston with the majority of its employee base in Toronto, for its software-based Content Management Systems (CMS). Financial terms were not disclosed.

ExtendMedia's "OpenCASE" CMS is designed to manage the entire lifecycle of video content through monetization for pay media and ad-supported business models. Cisco said the technology will help service providers deliver multi-screen offerings as the market transitions to IP video.

"As the video market transitions and consumers expect multi-screen engagement, service providers are enhancing their infrastructure to manage and deliver video to any device while providing a rich user experience," said Enrique Rodriguez, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco's Service Provider Video Technology Group. "ExtendMedia will strengthen Cisco's position in the delivery of IP video services by enabling service providers to provide a more interactive and personal experience and to optimize quality for consumer viewing devices."http://www.cisco.com

BT Confirms Selection of Huawei for Next Gen Access

BT's Openreach has selected Huawei as one of its strategic partners for deploying Next-Generation Access on a national scale as part of BT's £2.5 billion investment in fibre. Huawei will supply a number of access products for the rollout and has already been working with Openreach to support the launch of FTTC super-fast broadband services this year.

"We are proud to contribute to the construction of BT's pan-UK fibre deployment," said Chengdong Yu, president of Huawei Europe. "Huawei has extensive experience in designing and delivering optical access solutions around the world and we will apply this experience together with our strong innovation abilities, to collaborate with BT in achieving its strategic goals and bringing super-fast broadband to the UK."http://www.huawei.com

List of Carriers Planning LTE Deployment Tops 100

There are now 101 firm LTE network deployments in progress or planned in 41 countries, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). This figure includes three LTE systems which have launched commercial service - in Sweden, Norway, and Uzbekistan. GSA anticipates up to 22 LTE networks will be in commercial service by end 2010. The report provides an update on LTE activities in each country.

Another 31 operators are engaged in various LTE pilot trials and technology tests (these are referred to as pre-commitment trials). Taken together, it means that 132 operators are now investing in LTE in 56 countries.

Alan Hadden, President, GSA said: "Our latest Evolution to LTE report shows how the pace towards LTE has quickened, which is easy to see from the increasing numbers of operator trials and announcements, and positive actions by several regulatory bodies around the world".

The updated GSA report notes that while the majority of LTE deployments today are using the FDD mode, there is significant operator interest in the TDD mode.

LTE FDD and LTE TDD are complementary technologies and standardized by 3GPP. A number of key technology milestones have been demonstrated in recent weeks which confirm how the LTE TDD system is maturing towards commercialization.

The GSA report is online.

Qwest Introduces Cloud-based Recovery Service

Qwest Communications introduced a cloud-based, Real-Time Application Recovery service to keep business operations running uninterrupted in the event of a system failure and at a much lower price point than conventional backup solutions. As a cloud service, it does not require capital expenses or in-house expertise.

The Qwest Real-Time Application Recovery service, which is offered in partnership with Geminare, a leader in the Recovery as a Service (RaaS) market, protects the most popular applications, including e-mail and databases. The solution is fully automated and requires no intervention on the part of the user or customer IT staff.

Qwest Real-Time Application Recovery offers true visibility into the protection and disaster recovery status by offering frequent, detailed and complete non-disruptive health checks.

"By combining Qwest powerful CyberCenter capabilities with Geminare's continuity solution, we're delivering a complete enterprise-grade solution. This cloud-based offering continues to enhance our portfolio with solutions that are attractive to the smaller-size company, yet robust enough for the largest corporation," stated Eric Bozich, vice president of Qwest Product Management.

FiberTech Networks Sold to Investor Group for $500 Million

FiberTech Networks, a privately-held company that operates metro networks in 24 cities in the eastern U.S., announced a changed in ownership. Court Square Capital Partners will acquire Fibertech from its original investors, Nautic Partners and the team at Ridgemont Equity Partners. This transaction will be financed through a combination of equity contributed by investment funds managed by Court Square, as well as investment by the senior management of Fibertech and new debt facilities.

News reports valued the deal at $500-535 million, although the company did not confirm this.

"This opportunity allows Fibertech to continue to operate as a private company, serving and supporting our customers in the way they've come to expect from us over the past decade," said John K. Purcell, President and CEO of Fibertech. "In addition, we have the flexibility to grow and expand our business with the support of a partner who has a long history of investment in the telecom and technology space, and of investing in profitable companies with strong growth potential. This new alliance represents the next stage of growth for Fibertech."http://www.fibertech.com
  • Fibertech is based in Rochester, New York. The company has core networks operational over 24 cities including Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton, White Plains, and Albany, NY; Providence, RI; Pittsburgh, PA; Indianapolis, IN; Columbus, OH; Hartford, Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, New London and Danbury, CT; Worcester and Springfield, MA; Concord, NH; Montgomery County, MD; Wilmington, DE; Philadelphia, PA; and Newark and Camden, NJ.

eircom Wholesale Launches Carrier Ethernet Across Ireland

eircom Wholesale launched its NGN Ethernet wholesale telecom service, providing connectivity with speeds from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps across Ireland. eircom Wholesale, which has over 500 exchanges served at launch, promises substantial cost savings to operators, compared to existing traditional connectivity solutions.
The carrier Ethernet could be used to support mobile broadband, videoconferencing, high-quality voice over IP, next generation cloud computing and bandwidth-intensive imaging services.

Regions which can now access 1Gbps fibre services include Youghal, Mullingar, Enniscorthy, Drogheda and Kilkenny, and dozens of other provincial towns.

Commenting on the announcement, John McKeon, Managing Director, eircom Wholesale said "NGN Ethernet delivers the data product our wholesale customers have been asking for, not just in terms of speed and capacity, but also in terms of reach and cost. We can directly serve over 500 exchanges across metropolitan, suburban and rural Ireland from today. This number will rise as the rollout progresses into 2011."

The NGN Wholesale Ethernet launch follows the announcement of open access Fibre to the Home (FTTH) trials in Sandyford and Wexford Town and an investment by eircom of more than EUR 1 billion over a three year period in network infrastructure, including the construction of the Next Generation Network.

Malaysia's Maxis Selects Huawei for FTTH

Malaysia's Maxis Berhad awarded a contract to Huawei to supply its Next-Generation High-Speed Internet network, including the building and managing of a full-service FTTx network using GPON technologies.

Under the deal, which was signed last week in Kuala Lumpur, Huawei will deliver an end-to-end turnkey services package that includes active and passive equipment, holistic ODN (Optical Distribution Network) designs, and construction management for Maxis' Next-Generation High-Speed Internet network. The project will link homes in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru using FTTH. In addition to designing and building the active network infrastructure, Huawei will also manage the FTTH network for three years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

AFORE Debuts CloudLink Management Solution

AFORE Solutions, a start-up based in Ottawa, announced their "CloudLink" virtual appliance and
management solution for private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments.

The CloudLink software provides an integrated on-ramp to the cloud, combining AES-256 encryption, high performance network optimization, SLA assurance and monitoring and advanced traffic management capabilities. The solution enables the deployment of applications into a VMware vCloud based infrastructure.

"Many enterprises have been reluctant to migrate to a cloud model due to concerns regarding security, performance, availability and integration with their existing IT infrastructures," said Jonathan Reeves, AFORE's Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer. "CloudLink has been designed to address these concerns and deliver a practical solution to accelerate private, public and hybrid cloud deployments."http://www.aforesolutions.com