Monday, April 19, 2010

Extreme Networks Introduces Direct Attach Architecture

Extreme Networks
unveiled its "Direct Attach" architecture for bringing virtual machine switching back into the network and out of the server. The Direct Attach data center architecture allows Virtual Machines (VMs) to be directly attached to the network without having to go through a full layer of software switching in the server. The company said this approach to virtualized networks greatly simplifies management, monitoring and troubleshooting, while improving network performance in highly virtualized data center environments.

By moving VM switching out of the server and into network switches, the architecture significantly reduces the number of managed switches. In addition, Extreme Networks Direct Attach architecture significantly simplifies management and troubleshooting by exposing inter-VM traffic to traditional, mature and well-understood networking tools, such as ACLs, firewalls and IDS.

Extreme Networks Direct Attach architecture will interoperate with emerging IEEE 8021.Qbg. The technology will be made available through a licensed ExtremeXOS software module for the company's data center switching products, including the Summit X450, Summit X480, Summit X650 and the BlackDiamond(R) 8800 modular switching platform.

"Extreme Networks' Direct Attach architecture for virtual machine switching is a visionary step resulting in cost and performance benefits for the data center," said Shehzad Merchant, senior director of strategy for Extreme Networks. "Organizations can now transition their data center from a physical to a virtual model without fear of being locked into any proprietary technology, while realizing all the benefits of virtualization, and eliminating some of the most painful objections."

Infinera Posts Q1 Revenue of $95.8 million

Infinera reported GAAP revenues for the first quarter of 2010 of $95.8 million compared to $90.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $66.6 million in the first quarter of 2009.

The company said GAAP gross margins for the quarter were 39% compared to 38% in the fourth quarter of 2009 and 30% in the first quarter of 2009. GAAP net loss for the quarter was $20.0 million, or $(0.21) per share, compared to $18.7 million, or $(0.19) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $24.3 million, or $(0.26) per share, in the first quarter of 2009.

Procera Confirms Two More Tier-1 Service Provider Initial Orders

Procera Networks announced that a Tier-1 mobile operator and a Tier-1 managed service provider (MSP) have placed initial orders for its PacketLogic systems in the first quarter of 2010. Procera also confirmed that in addition to these two new Tier-1 customer orders, it has 10 Tier-1 trials ongoing or planned over the next 60 days with potential customers.

Procera supplies Evolved Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) solutions providing traffic awareness, control and protection.

"These two new Tier-1 Service Providers have the potential to become significant customers for the company," stated James Brear, Procera Networks' President and CEO. "The fact that we continue to win head-to-head field trials versus the competition reflects our technology excellence and our strong customer focus and overall business model."

Northeast Louisiana Telephone Co. Leverages $12.4 Million in Stimulus Funds

Northeast Louisiana Telephone Company has selected the Calix Unified Access portfolio to bring advanced Active Ethernet (AE) solutions to thousands of premises in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. The carrier was an award winner in Round One of the Broadband Initiatives Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The company plans to move "Fiber Forward," replacing its aging copper infrastructure with an advanced, standards-based fiber access network interconnected via 10 Gbps Ethernet rings. The network is designed to deliver IPTV services, residential and business data services capable of delivering up to 1 Gbps to each premises, and reliable voice over IP (VOIP) services, greatly increasing services capabilities while reducing ongoing maintenance and operational expenses.

In addition to the fiber rollout, Northeast Louisiana Telephone will use the $12.4 million in Broadband Stimulus grants and loans to deploy a new digital IPTV headend as well as a Metaswitch softswitch for SIP voice over IP (VOIP) services. Enabling these services will be a variety of Calix platforms and products, including the E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), a wide range of Calix P-Series ONTs specifically tailored for residential and business needs, and E5-110 Ethernet Service Access Nodes (ESANs) for copper services.

MRV Supplies WDM Datacenter Network in Luxembourg

Luxembourg Telecom has chosen the MRV LambdaDriver WDM optical transport system to build a high-speed fiber optic ring network to connect all of its data centers in Luxembourg at 10 Gbps. Financial terms were not disclosed.

MRV Communications' LambdaDriver is a multi-functional, compact, modular WDM system that supports both CWDM and DWDM. The LambdaDriver also serves as a packet optical transport system by integrating Carrier Ethernet connection-oriented services and reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (OADM) for automated optical mesh topologies with wavelength-level switching. The LambdaDriver series can support data rates from 8 Mbps up to 40 Gbps with seamless future upgrades to 100 Gbps.

New Cloud Communications Alliance Backs Hosted IP Solutions

A Cloud Communications Alliance has been established to drive development and adoption of the first nationwide high-definition enterprise voice and data network in the IP "cloud." Initial backers of the consortium include Alteva, Broadcore, Callis Communications, Consolidated Technologies, IPFone, SimpleSignal, Stage 2 Networks and Telesphere -- which together claim over $100 million in combined annual revenue and collectively serve more than 110,000 business customers in the United States.

All eight CCA founding companies use Broadsoft's software platform to provide enterprises and consumers with a range of cloud-based, or hosted, IP multimedia communications, such as hosted-IP private branch exchanges, video calling, unified communications, collaboration, and converged mobile and fixed-line services.

Key collaboration points among members include:

  • Nationwide peering with interconnected switches and gateways across the country to drive network efficiencies and provide optimal HD voice quality.

  • Convergent end devices as the intelligence of the network in the cloud and an all-IP network make communications to multiple end devices and transparent hand-offs between computers, office phones and cellular phones a reality. In the cloud, a customer's phone or PC can be used equally for their office phone just as their landline phone was used in the past. In addition, cellular phones can be enabled with 4-digit PBX dialing, office message on hold, simultaneous ring and seamless handing off between end user devices.

  • A common support infrastructure to provide premier nationwide customer support through faster, more scalable and efficient back-office systems and processes made more accountable by regionally owned and operated service providers.

  • Unique features in the cloud instantly accessible by customers through the Cloud Communications Alliance "Sandbox." This unique capability will allow features and functionality to become instantly accessible for voice and data services by accessing the cloud, much the way popular apps are accessed today through app stores.

  • Joint product development, including the evaluation of new technologies and vendors, development of new products and applications, planning to standardize on the best third-party platforms, and joint introduction of new features and services.

  • An expanded network of remote field technicians to simplify support and increase customer savings.

  • Disaster recovery support across all Alliance members.

  • Shared best practices through regularly scheduled forums allowing engineering and sales teams to share and highlight their most-effective platform configurations, vertical solutions and service customizations, and to conduct shared training.

  • Thought leadership that merges shared competitive intelligence, coordinates the steering of vendor requirements, and executes joint marketing initiatives.

  • Planned collaboration for enhanced customer video conferencing capabilities.

Huawei Opens First R&D Centre in Canada

Huawei has opened an R&D Centre in Kanata, Ontario. The new facility is working on multiple, strategic product initiatives in the Wireline, Wireless, Optical, and IP networking areas. The R&D Centre already has over 70 employees.

"The opening of this facility represents another major step in Huawei's growth in North America," said Carl Liu, President of Canada, Huawei. "Our ability to innovate and develop solutions for customers depends on adding the right people, and Ottawa has long been a nurturing ground for some of the world's brightest minds in telecommunications."

Huawei noted that it is a supplier to Bell Canada, TELUS and SaskTel in Canada.

Deutsche Telekom Partners with ABB on SsmartGrid

ABB and Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems subsidiary agreed to jointly develop solutions for Smart Grids. The companies see SmartGrid technology as key to integrating renewable energies profitably, efficiently and securely and improving energy efficiency in power generation and supply. This will give consumers and energy providers transparency over electricity consumption.

"By joining forces, ABB and Deutsche Telekom are combining their know-how, which is perfectly matched to create smart grids," said Peter Smits, CEO of ABB AG and Head of the Central Europe region. "We are offering the energy sector a comprehensive portfolio of power transmission and distribution along with products and solutions for building automation."

Under the German Renewable Energy Sources Act, the share of energy obtained from renewable energy sources is to increase to at least 30 percent in Germany by 2020. An increasing number of decentralized and regenerative energy sources are making the distribution network more and more complex. In future networks, power consumption must be adapted better to fluctuating energy generation -- otherwise it will not be possible to operate the overall system efficiently.

Juniper Reports Quarterly Revenue of $912.6 million, up 19% YoY

Juniper Networks reported preliminary net revenues of $912.6 million for the first quarter of 2010, up 19% on a year-over-year basis. GAAP net income was $163.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $146.4 million, or $0.27 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2010. GAAP net income includes a non-recurring income tax benefit of $54.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, related to a change in the tax treatment of stock-based compensation in R&D.

Juniper's operating margin for the first quarter of 2010 increased to 17.6% on a GAAP basis from 10.6% in the same quarter a year ago. Non-GAAP operating margin for the first quarter of 2010 increased to 23.2% from 16.4% in the same quarter a year ago.

"Juniper executed very well in the first quarter and has set a solid foundation for growth in 2010,' stated Kevin Johnson, Juniper's Chief Executive Officer.

Apple Sells 8.75 Million iPhones in Q1 2010

Apple sold 8.75 million iPhones in Q1 2010, representing 131 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter, generating $5.3 billion in revenue. Cumulative sales now exceed 51 million units. Apple now has 151 carrier partners offering the iPhone worldwide. Sales increased in every geographic area -- Asia Pacific rose 474%, Japan was up 183% and Europe rose 133%. The company expressed optimism about prospects in China for the iPhone, where it is opening its retail stores. Meanwhile, iTunes Store sales hit $1.1 billion during Q1 2010.

Sprint and Samsung Offer Green Handset

Sprint and Samsung Telecommunications America unveiling their second "green" device. The Samsung Restore is a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard with optical joystick, 2.0 MP camera and camcorder, MP3 player with microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB; 2GB card included in the box), Stereo Bluetooth wireless technology, access to Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Football Live, Sprint Navigation and Sprint TV3. "Green" features include:

  • The outer casing contains 27 percent post-consumer recycled plastic and the handset as a whole is 84 percent recyclable.

  • Restore meets strict RoHS standards and only has low levels of environmentally sensitive materials (PVC, BFRs, Phthalates, Beryllium).

  • The device is powered by an Energy Star Version 2.0 qualified energy efficient charger (level V); with standby power loss less than 30mW.

  • The packaging is 100 percent recyclable, featuring a cardboard box made from 70 percent post consumer materials and printed with soy ink.

  • It comes pre-loaded with Sprint's One Click Green tile, giving users instant access to a collection of green, earth-friendly information and tips, including: Best of Green, a well-rounded collection of information to inspire a greener lifestyle, and Planet Green, providing tips and information to help make your life a little greener.

Akamai's State-of-the-Internet

Nearly half (48) of top 100 fastest cities around the world in terms of Internet speeds are in Japan and 62% are in Asia, according to the latest "State of the Internet" from Akamai. Data from fourth quarter of 2009, as measured by Akamai, reveals the following patterns:

Eight of the top 10 countries saw quarterly increases in connection speeds. Eight of the top 10 also had higher average measured speeds at the end of 2009 than they did a year earlier.

South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan provided the highest average measured connection speed by country. These countries were the only three to surpass 7.5 Mbps average connection speed in the fourth quarter.

During the fourth quarter, 96 countries had average connection speeds below 1 Mbps, down from 103 countries in the prior quarter. Akamai measured average connection speeds below 100 Kbps in only three countries in the fourth quarter - less than half as many as in the third quarter.

The number of unique IP addresses connecting to the Akamai network increased 4.7 percent quarter over quarter to 465 million from 234 countries. This metric has grown 16 percent from the 401 million unique IP addresses observed at the end of 2008, and nearly 54 percent from the 312 million unique IP addresses observed at the end of 2007.

The United States and China continued to account for nearly 40 percent of the observed IP addresses.

During the fourth quarter of 2009, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 198 unique countries, down slightly from 207 unique countries in the third quarter. Russia remained the top attack traffic source, accounting for 13 percent of observed attack traffic in total.

Akamai has also begun tracking mobile broadband speeds and connectivity trends. The full report is available online.

AT&T Awards Domain Supplier Status to Ciena for Optical Transport

AT&T confirmed its selection of Ciena as one of its Domain Suppliers for optical and transport equipment. The multi-year selection covers equipment used to expand and maintain AT&T's metropolitan and long-haul network infrastructure, including use of coherent 100G wavelength capability and OTN switching. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AT&T's Domain Supplier program, launched last September, facilitates a more collaborative relationship with its equipment and software suppliers.

AT&T noted that its network is now carrying 18.7 petabytes of IP and data traffic on an average business day. Its network includes more than 880,000 route miles of fiber-optic cable.

AT&T in January announced total 2010 capital expenditures are expected to be between $18 billion and $19 billion, a level framed by the expectation that regulatory and legislative decisions relating to the telecom sector will continue to be sensitive to investment.

Intellifiber Networks Upgrades with Ciena CN 4200

Intellifiber Networks has deployed Ciena's CN 4200 RS FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform throughout its core and metro networks. Intellifiber's network, which spans 17,000 route miles, offers private networks, SONET, wavelength, Ethernet, data and voice services, The network upgrade enables resilient, ultra low latency 1G, 2.5G and 10G connections between key financial markets in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Chicago. Specifically, Ciena's CN 4200 RS platform with ROADM functionality handles dynamic wavelength routing and bandwidth provisioning across its network. An optimized design helps lower delays in optical connections by up to 20 percent for latency-sensitive applications, such as algorithmic trading. In addition, Intellifiber is now a designated Managed Services Provider partner within Ciena's BizConnect global partner program.

Data Centre Europe Conference Postponed Due to Travel Woes

BroadGroups' 6th annual Data Centre Europe conference to be held in Sophia Antipolis near Nice, France, has been postponed to 24th and 25th June, with the Reception and Gala Awards Dinner taking place on the evening of 24th June.

Philip Low, managing director of BroadGroup explained: "Given the current situation and uncertainty with air travel so close to the event date, and after consultation with the venue, our sponsors, and the travel authorities, we made the decision to reschedule the conference. This is the largest regional event with more than 500 executives from the data centre sector registered from all over Europe as well as the Middle East and North America. The postponement will sustain the success of the event despite the force majeure."