Monday, August 2, 2010

Sonus Posts Q2 Revenue of $61.2 Million

Sonus Networks reported Q2 revenue of $61.2 million, compared to $62.4 million in Q1 2010 and $61.6 million for Q2 2009. Net income (GAAP) was $0.3 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $0.1 million, or $0.00 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

"We are pleased with our solid operating results in the second quarter," said Richard Nottenburg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sonus Networks. "During the quarter, we successfully launched the NBS-5200 Network Border Switch on our next generation ConnexIP platform and are pleased with the traction we have made to date."

Extreme Networks Appoints Oscar Rodriguez as CEO

Extreme Networks has appointed Oscar Rodriguez as its new President and CEO, replacing Bob L. Corey, who has served as interim CEO since October. Corey will continue in his role as CFO.

Rodriguez is currently CEO of Movius Interactive Corporation, a privately held leader in messaging, collaboration and mobile media solutions for service providers worldwide. Before joining Movius in 2007, Rodriguez was Chief Marketing Officer for Alcatel-Lucent's Enterprise Business Group. He also served as CEO and President of Riverstone Networks, a public communications company delivering carrier MPLS/VPLS/Ethernet Solutions, before its successful sale to Lucent Technologies. Rodriguez also was Nortel Networks' President of both the Enterprise Solutions division and the Intelligent Internet division, delivering profitable high performance IP-based products to both carrier and enterprise customers.

Hughes and China UnifiedNet Form Joint Venture

Hughes Network Systems and China UnifiedNet have formed a joint venture in China. HughesNet China and its licensed partner, Beijing UnifiedNet (together known as "Hughes China") will offer a wide range of managed broadband network services to leading telecom carriers and major enterprise customers, and will support the government's initiatives in expanding rural development through access to education and emergency communications across China.

Hughes China, headquartered in Beijing, expects to commence commercial services in the fourth quarter of this year utilizing the latest Hughes technologies, including HN System Network Operations Centers (NOCs) in Beijing and Chengdu, and high-performance HN9200 and HN9400 broadband satellite routers.

Mr. Ivan Chow, chief operating officer of China UnifiedNet and a director of HughesNet China, stated, "Hughes China has entered into framework agreements with two of the leading telecom carriers to provide managed services to their major business and government customers using both satellite and terrestrial technologies, and to provide services to meet the needs of rural education and emergency communications in the western provinces of China."

Sourcefire to Accelerate Snort with Intel Pattern Matching Technology

Sourcefire, the creators of Snort, plans to integrate Intel's QuickAssist Pattern Matching Technology. Snort is the world's most widely deployed IPS.

Specifically, Snort 2.9, now in beta, leverages the Intel QuickAssist Technology Pattern Matching mechanism to replace Snort's internal Pattern Matching engine, which is used to select Snort rules for deeper inspection.

The companies said Intel's QuickAssist technology will enable higher throughput and lower latency for Snort, improving Snort's speed and extending its protection capabilities.

"The Intel QuickAssist Technology Pattern Matching service is perfectly suited for deep packet inspection applications such as intrusion detection and prevention systems," said Steve Price, Director of Marketing, Power Performance Division at Intel. "Security solutions such as Snort are able to advance protection efforts and add significant performance improvements through the use of Intel's API."

Zhone Launches New Brand

Zhone Technologies unveiled its new brand strategy as part of a nonstop global awareness campaign. The rebranding is centered on two core elements - Zhone's commitment to:

  • Building the network of the future...Today!

  • Building the fastest, highest quality all-IP multi-service networks in the world!

The orienting concepts resulted in the corporate tagline: Bandwidth Changes Everything! And Zhone's corporate solutions mark and slogan: The IP Zhone, building the network of the future…TODAY!

Zhone said its corporate rebrand reflects the company's renewed optimism and enforces its long-term commitment to global access and MSAP agility while honing emphasis on providing virtually limitless bandwidth capacity for FTTx and mobile backhaul solutions. The corporate rebrand follows the launch of its MXK, its terabit-scale multi-service access platform.

Mostelecom Deploys Alcatel-Lucent's Converged IP/Optical backbone

Mostelecom, a leading Russian cable broadcast television provider with more than three million subscribers in Moscow, has selected Alcatel-Lucent's Converged Backbone Transformation (CBT) solution to boost its network performance and offer a higher quality of experience to end users.

Specifically, Mostelecom deployed new 7750 Service Routers (SR) in the core as well as 1830 PSS DWDM equipment. Seamlessly augmenting the existing 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS) aggregation platforms currently deployed in the network enabled a cost-effective and operationally efficient transition as the network capacity was expanded by an order of magnitude. Alcatel-Lucent also provided a range of professional services including design, installation and commissioning. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"The broadband market in Moscow is highly competitive. We want to keep technical excellence while actively promoting our new solutions and continuously decreasing the cost per bit to stay ahead of the competition, ensure further growth of subscribers who get multimedia services from NTK group operators and also to attract new customers," said Alexander Tseitlin, CEO Mostelecom. "Alcatel-Lucent really gave us everything we needed -- bringing optical and IP transformation experience to help us increase capabilities of our network without impacting our day to day operations."

Infineon Confirms Talks on Possible Wireless Unit Sale

Infineon Technologies AG confirmed that it is in discussions with interested parties about a transaction concerning its Wireless Solutions (WLS) business.

With an annual revenue of Euro 917 million, WLS has contributed approx. 30 percent to Infineon Technologies AG's total annual revenue of Euro 3,027 million in the past financial year. Infineon views the positive development and position of the profitable segment as the main reason for the display of a strategic interest in the segment by several companies. WLS provides baseband processors, radio-frequency transceivers, power management ICs or complete single-chip solutions as well as the corresponding system software for smartphones and other mobiles.

GE and Intel JV to Focus on Telehealth

GE and Intel are forming a 50/50 joint venture healthcare company focused on telehealth and independent living. The new company will be formed by combining assets of GE Healthcare's Home Health division and Intel's Digital Health Group, and will be owned equally by GE and Intel. It will be based in Sacramento, California. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Once formed, the new company will develop and market products, services and technologies that promote healthy, independent living at home and in assisted living communities around the world. It will focus on three major segments: chronic disease management, independent living and assistive technologies. GE Healthcare and Intel will contribute assets in remote patient monitoring, independent living concepts and assistive technologies, such as the Intel Health Guide, Intel Reader and GE Healthcare's QuietCare.

"We must rethink models of care that go beyond hospital and clinic visits, to home and community-based care models that allow for prevention, early detection, behavior change and social support. The creation of this new company is aimed at accelerating just that," stated Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.

EchoStar Plans New Data Center in Wyoming

EchoStar Broadcasting Corp. is planning to build a Tier III, 77,000-square-foot data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The multimillion dollar data center will be located adjacent to EchoStar's existing satellite uplink and broadcast facility, which is located in the Cheyenne Business Park just east of Cheyenne along Interstate 80.

EchoStar, which designs products and delivers television services for satellite, IPTV, cable, terrestrial, and consumer electronics markets worldwide, said it will use the data center for supercomputing, data storage and archiving to support the company's growth and for collocation to third party customers, including DISH Network L.L.C., one of EchoStar's largest customers.

"After visiting and reviewing more than 50 sites across the country, we chose Cheyenne due to our strong ties to the community, a business friendly tax environment, reasonably priced power, and the availability of a professional work force," said Jeff McSchooler, senior vice president of EchoStar Broadcasting Corp.

Accedian Raises $19 Million for Carrier Ethernet Solutions

Montreal-based Accedian Networks raised $19.5 million in new funding for its "High Performance Service Assurance" solutions for Carrier Ethernet and IP networks.

Since inception, Accedian has sold over 55,000 platforms to over 150 service providers and enterprise customers worldwide. The company said it will use the funding to grow its global sales force, as well as its product development, marketing, and administrative support organizations. These additions will support the company's customer base of international telecommunications service providers, multi--system cable operators (MSOs) and mobile operators.

The new round of financing was led by Summit Partners, a growth equity firm with offices in Boston, Palo Alto and London. Rho Ventures and Skypoint Capital, existing investors in Accedian, participated in the round as well. The funds raised will primarily be used to accelerate Accedian's commercial efforts and support its continuing global market share expansion, as evidenced by four years of 100%-plus, year-over-year growth and profitability.

Sophos Tracks Attitudes Toward Cyberwarfare

Many people seem to think that using the Internet as a tool for spying, or even as a weapon, is acceptable state-sponsored practice, according to Sophos' mid-year 2010 Security Threat Report.

Sophos said its worldwide survey of 1077 computer users uncovered some alarming attitudes toward international cyber-espionage. Respondents were asked questions including whether they thought spying via hacking or malware attacks is an acceptable practice and if the computer networks of private companies in other countries are legitimate targets.

Here are some of Sophos' key findings on state-sponsored cybercrime:

  • 63% of those polled believe that it is acceptable for their country to spy on other nations by hacking or installing malware (23% said yes at any time, 40% said only during wartime, 37% said no)

  • A staggering 1 in 14 respondents believe that crippling denial of service attacks against another country's communication or financial websites are acceptable during peacetime (49% said only in wartime, 44% said never)

  • 32% believe that countries should be allowed to plant malware and hack into private foreign companies in order to spy for economic advantage (23% said this was only acceptable in wartime, 9% said in peacetime, 68% said no)

The full Mid-year 2010 Security Threat Report contains much more information on the latest social networking, malware, and spam threats, as well as predictions for emerging trends, and can be downloaded free of charge from the Sophos website.

Ohio's Wabash Mutual Selects Occam in Broadband Stimulus Project

Wabash Mutual Telephone , a subscriber-owned telephone exchange in Mercer County, Ohio, has chosen Occam Networks' BLC 6000 multiservice access platform (MSAP) to expand broadband services in west central Ohio. As part of a $4.3 million broadband stimulus fiber project, Wabash will provide digital television, high-speed Internet and voice services to Fort Recovery and the surrounding area. The project will be funded through a combination of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) grants and loans and will increase broadband access in areas that currently have limited access to high-speed service.

For the deployment, Wabash will utilize Ethernet technologies on Occam's BLC 6000 MSAP, including a mix of GigE/10GigE capable Ethernet Optical Line Terminals (OLTs). Residential, business and community organization environments will be supported by the ON 2342 Optical Network Terminal (ONT). Occam noted that work is already underway and that Wabash plans to begin turning up its first services before the end of the year.

Belgium National Internet eXchange Picks Force10

The Belgium National Internet eXchange (BNIX) has selected its Force10 Networks' ExaScale E-Series family of switch/routers for the scalable, cost-effective delivery of 10 GbE peering services to its enterprise business and service provider customers. As an Internet exchange, BNIX provides high-performance interconnections between its members, which include more than 40 ISPs, content providers, research centers, government agencies and business users throughout Belgium.

IIJ Adopts Juniper Ethernet Switches for Cloud Services

Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) has adopted Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches in its data centers to support its newly developed cloud services under the name IIJ GIO.

IIJ offers customized private cloud services and public services -- including the IIJ GIO Hosting Package Service, IIJ GIO Remote Office Service and IIJ GIO Storage Service -- from data centers interconnected directly through its high-volume backbone network. Each data center has thousands of servers and large storage pools that are harnessed through the IIJ GIO platform.

Juniper Networks EX3200 fixed-configuration Ethernet switches are deployed at the network edge in IIJ's data centers, connecting large numbers of virtual LANs to the server and storage farms, with each device linked via Gigabit Ethernet to a pair of edge switches. Juniper's EX8200 chassis-based switches are at the core of the IIJ GIO data center networks, supporting redundant 10 Gigabit Ethernet links to the EX3200 switches and creating a highly resilient low-latency connection between the cloud's CPU/memory and storage resources.

The core switches also connect to Juniper Networks MX Series Universal Edge Routers, which IIJ has had in place for a number of years to support its high-performance backbone network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Juniper said its single-source Junos operating system, running across the data center switching and routing devices, enables IIJ to streamline cloud service provisioning so its customers can start using their selected environments less than 15 minutes after completing a contract.

BT Deploys Juniper Networks MX Series for Global 21CN

BT has chosen Juniper Networks MX Series Universal Edge Routers as a strategic Edge platform to support 21CN service deployment outside the UK. Juniper's MX Series will be deployed in BT's global core network to provide large scale Ethernet and high-speed MPLS VPN Services. The Juniper edge routers will also provide support for applications such as intranet and extranet multicast VPN for customers around the world. In addition, the MX960 will be used in the first of BT's edge network deployments, created specifically for the high-speed requirements of its global financial services customers. The MX960 will also be used in the U.K. as BT's major Internet Peering platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The MX960 Universal Edge Router is a high density Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet platform designed for deployment in a number of enterprise and service provider Ethernet scenarios. The MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers recently received MEF 9/14 certification, surpassing the requirements of carrier-grade Ethernet switches as defined by the Metro Ethernet Forum

MobileIron Raises $16M for Smartphone Management

MobileIron, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, has raised $16 million in Series C financing for its multi-OS smartphone management solutions.

MobileIron's Virtual Smartphone Platform allow companies to manage smartphone data, privacy, security, and cost across multiple operating systems using a single technology solution. This includes real-time intelligence and control over smartphone content, activity, and apps. For corporate iPhone and iPad users, MobileIron provides an application discovery features that allows them to install company-specific apps without going through iTunes. MobileIron enables IT departments to push profiles to iPhones without requiring any action on the part of the user. Certificates can be used to authenticate user and device identity. In addition, MobileIron allows IT departments to monitor international roaming in real-time.

The new funding came from Foundation Capital, which joined existing investors Norwest Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Storm Ventures. The investment was led by Paul Holland, general partner with Foundation Capital. The funding will support MobileIron's ongoing business expansion and investment in innovation.

M.A.D. Partners Defends Against Jailbroken iPhones on Corporate Networks

M.A.D. Partners, LLC, the smartphone security company, introduced an automatic solution that solves the iPhone and iPad jailbreaking problem on corporate networks. Now that jailbreaking the iPhone is legal, corporate users may be tempted to download applications from locations other than iTunes, posing a security threat to the corporate network. With Mobile Active Defense, the iPhone stays in communication with M.A.D.'s Mobile Enterprise Compliance and Security (MECS) Server, which detects any company-defined "out of compliance" or "out of policy" conditions, now including jailbroken status.

Motorola Partner with Integrators for Small WiMAX Deployments

Motorola's Networks business named Eden Rock Communications to serve as a system integrator for delivering Motorola's WiMAX end-to-end (E2E) low teledensity solutions. In this capacity, Eden Rock will provide system engineering services for the E2E network, integrate and test the E2E network and develop tools along with methods and procedures for the E2E WiMAX network. Eden Rock will host a fully integrated testing site for the E2E network - open to current and potential customers at its labs in Saltillo, Mexico.

Motorola said its low teledensity WiMAX solution is well-suited for deployments by small operators servicing smaller demographic areas of coverage or lower ARPU options. By leveraging technology that can help drive down the cost per subscriber, operators can achieve greater cost savings and higher margins per subscriber.

YouSendIt Secures $15 Million for Secure Content Delivery

YouSendIt, a start-up based in Campbell, California, has raised a $15 million Series D round of venture capital for its secure content delivery service. YouSendIt allows users to transfer files too large to send via e-mail, eliminating the need for expensive overnight couriers and cumbersome FTP sites. Users can access the service through the YouSendIt Web site, a desktop application called YouSendIt Express or through a variety of plug-ins that seamlessly integrate with popular business applications like Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop. The company says it serves more than 13 million registered users and over 210,000 subscribers, and it delivers 15 million files a month.

The funding came new investor Adams Street Partners and existing investors Emergence Capital, Sigma Partners and Alloy Ventures.