Sunday, November 21, 2010

Brocade Posts Revenue of $550 million, up 9% Sequentially

Brocade reported quarterly revenues of $550 million, an all-time record for the company in terms of revenue, representing an increase of over nine percent quarter-over-quarter, resulting in diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.05 on a GAAP basis and $0.14 on a non-GAAP basis.

Brocade attributed the record performance to a number of factors including an all-time company high in revenue for its Ethernet business, which is composed of products and services. On a quarterly basis, Brocade also experienced strong sequential revenue growth in its storage networking business as well as solid performances from its Americas and Asia Pacific operations.

"We are pleased with our Q4 performance which drove record revenues, growth in our Ethernet business and a strong finish to fiscal 2010," said Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade. "Looking forward to FY11, we are particularly excited about Brocade's successful launch of the industry's first Ethernet fabric products and technologies, which we believe will serve as a catalyst for customers to rapidly migrate to virtualized data centers and cloud-optimized networks."

Netflix: More Streaming than DVD Watching

Netflix announced that its members are now watching more content streamed over the Internet than on DVDs delivered by mail. The company has introduced a $7.99 streaming-only subscription plan in the United States, the first time it is promoting a 100 percent streaming option in the U.S. The company also raised prices for plans that include DVD delivery by mail.

"We are now primarily a streaming video company delivering a wide selection of TV shows and films over the Internet," said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and CEO. "Today's action reflects the tremendous customer value we've injected into streaming from Netflix, our initial success with a pure streaming service in Canada for $7.99 a month and what our U.S. members tell us they want."

T-Systems launches "Infrastructure as a Service"

T-Systems introduced a cloud-based "Infrastructure as a Service" that allows corporate customers to purchase CPU power at short notice and on an hourly basis. The service is free for T-Systems customers during the pilot phase (November 2010 through February 2011).

T-Systems is providing access controls, data security and protection, defined Service Level Agreements, full scalability and attractive prices. All data centers, and consequently all customer data, are located in Germany, certified according to ISO standard 27001 for security and also audited by customers. Each customer's applications are logically separated and additional security precautions protect against access via the Internet.

Customers can combine other services from the T-Systems portfolio with the IaaS offering (Infrastructure as a Service). They can obtain information about the system uptime, resources used, processor and storage capacity, and costs from the customer portal.

Customers can choose from a selection of platforms in T-Systems data centers. They can simply access pre-configured systems and modify these to suit their requirements. The service is based on an x86 architecture that supports 32 Bit and 64 Bit operating systems and applications.

TerreStar Debuts its GENUS Satellite+Terrestrial Smartphone

TerreStar Networks released its "GENUS" integrated cellular-satellite smartphone. The handheld device connects to the AT&T cellular network for primary ground-based wireless connectivity, and gains satellite access connectivity through the power of TerreStar-1, the world's largest commercial communications satellite, which acts as a cell tower in the sky. It features a sleek design, internal antenna and the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. Users with a line of sight to the southern sky can gain access to expanded voice and data roaming coverage in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and in territorial waters. Multimedia features include Windows Mobile Media Player; 2.0-megapixel camera; camcorder format (H.263 simple profile); video and audio playback features and digital voice recording.

"The GENUS smartphone is ideal for adventure-seekers, skiers, boaters, hikers and anyone who lives on the edge, but still wants to stay connected," said Jeffrey W. Epstein, president and chief executive officer, TerreStar. "The GENUS provides the ultimate wireless backup capability; helping ensure users are prepared and have access to mobile communications in case of an emergency, disaster, or even an unforeseen weather condition, despite location or cellular network signal strength."
  • TerreStar's dual-mode smartphone was developed by EB (Elektrobit). The device features quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA capabilities. In addition to seamless satellite/terrestrial voice handovers, the smartphone is capable of SMS, MMS, IM, Email, Push to Talk and Location Based Services (LBS). Notably, TerreStar will use an all-IP core network, with services based on IMS.

  • The Terrestar-1 satellite, which was launched in July 2009, is the largest and most powerful commercial satellite to date. The hybrid satellite/terrestrial architecture ensures mobile coverage in rural areas across North America or in cases where the conventional terrestrial services become unavailable.

  • The satellite, which weighs a record 6,910 kg and was built at Space Systems/Loral's Palo Alto, California facility, operates in two 10-Mhz blocks of contiguous MSS spectrum in the 2 GHz band throughout the United States and Canada - with a spectrum footprint that covers a population of nearly 330 million. The satellite uniquely features an 18-meter deployable reflector and an S-band feed array with 500 spot beams.

Broadcom to Acquire Gigle Networks for HomePlug Chips

Broadcom agreed to acquire Gigle Networks, a privately-held company that develops system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for home networking over power lines, for $75 million in cash. Additional consideration of up to $8 million in cash will be reserved for future payment to the former holders of Gigle Networks capital stock and other rights upon satisfaction of certain performance goals.

Gigle's powerline networking technology is HomePlug AV certified and is designed to be compliant with the IEEE 1901 standard for high speed powerline communications. Gigle Networks is a member of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, an organization responsible for establishing standards and testing devices for compliance and interoperability. HomePlug AV and IEEE 1901 solutions complement other networking technologies for the connected home.

Broadcom said the acquisition will accelerate its time to market for, a new draft specification for existing-wire home networking.

"Broadcom's broadband home platforms span a wide range of segments including set-top box, broadband carrier access and wireless router. With the addition of Gigle Networks' powerline technology, and our proven ability and extensive experience in supporting the multiple methods to connect devices including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, MoCA and DLNA, Broadcom is able to offer service providers and device manufacturers a variety of ways to deploy a whole-home connected environment," said Dan Marotta, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group.
  • Gigle is based in Barcelona, Spain and was founded in 2005. The company is headed by Juan Carlos Riveiro, who previously was CTO and R&D Co-director of DS2, where he managed the R&D team.

NSN Introduces High-Performance GSM Base Station Controller

Nokia Siemens Networks introduced a new Flexi BSC (base station controller) that offers up to 80% reduction in energy consumption compared to previous models. The new Flexi BSC also provides a 40% increase in capacity and the ability to move to all-IP for communicating among the base station, base station controller and mobile switching center with two new flexible and cost-efficient transport features -- Packet Abis and A over IP. Maximum cost savings can be achieved using IP over Ethernet transport, the common transport technology for GSM, 3G and LTE.

The Flexi BSC offers a handling capacity of 4,200 transceivers and over 25,000 Erlangs in a compact and single cabinet. This implies that, with the new Flexi BSC configuration, operators can replace up to 32 existing base station controllers. With the benefits of an optical interface, fewer connections are required, which translates to reduced installation effort, faster rollout, and lower maintenance costs.

Flexi BSC also provides an evolution path to Nokia Siemens Networks' Multicontroller BSC that can be used to extend the capacity of Flexi BSC. The latest software for Flexi BSC and Transcoder TCSM3i is based on 3GPP Release 8 and the commercial deliveries are in progress.

"Higher voice capacity with fewer base station controllers reduces energy consumption, a major cost for operators, along with simplifying operations and maintenance resulting in lower OPEX," said Prashant Agnihotri, head of GSM/EDGE product management, Nokia Siemens Networks. "We are committed to driving scalable products that maximize operators' investment and provide a clear roadmap to all-IP. Whether it is greener networks, capacity, functional evolution or transmission, the new Flexi BSC is a milestone product."

Tellabs Acquires Zeugma, Opens Vancouver Office

Tellabs has acquired intellectual property and assets from Zeugma Systems. Financial terms were not disclosed. Tellabs has also hired key Zeugma personnel and will create a new research and development office in Vancouver to focus on developing Tellabs Mobile Solutions. Tellabs Mobile Solutions add intelligence to the wireless networks, so service providers can cut costs while delivering better user experiences on the mobile Internet.

"To help our mobile customers succeed, we're adding more IP expertise to enable the smart mobile Internet," said Rob Pullen, president and CEO. "Vancouver offers a unique talent pool that can accelerate our delivery of differentiated solutions to customers. We welcome our new employees to Tellabs."
  • Zeugma, a start-up based in Vancouver, Canada, developed a broadband edge aggregation device designed to help broadband operators identify, monitor, manage and customize service flows traversing their networks. Zeugma integrates routing, subscriber, and service management in a single platform powered by high-performance, multi-core packet processors. The company was established in 2006.

  • The name "Zeugma" referred to an ancient city founded in 300 B.C. by Seleukos, one of Alexander the Great's generals, on the banks of the Euphrates River in Mesopotamia.

Verizon Launches "Lightning Fast" 4G LTE Commercials

Verizon Wireless launched the TV advertising campaign for its upcoming, "Lightning Fast" 4G LTE service.

The commercial continues the company's "Rule the Air" campaign with the kicker "with the most advanced 4G network in the world." The commercial confirms "Coming December 2010."

A new webpage linked to the commercial highlights the expected 5-12 Mbps of performance and shows coverage maps. Customers can also sign up to be notified of service availability in their neighborhood.

Sprint Video: Wiring Up 4G in Los Angeles: Capacity

This two minute video, produced by Sprint, highlights the 4G network rollout for Angelinos. Network launch in this market is expected in December 2010.

Huawei Appoints Former Nortel CTO as GM of North America R&D

Huawei has hired John Roese as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Huawei North America R&D. Most recently, Roese served as the Chief Technology Officer at Nortel Networks, responsible for the company's overall R&D strategy and execution, and directing research across all product portfolios. Roese has also held senior positions at Broadcom Corporation, Enterasys Networks and Cabletron. He will be based in Huawei's North America R&D headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

Tokyo Institute of Technology Picks Juniper

The Tokyo Institute of Technology has migrated its multi-site campus network to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure running Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches and Junos operating system.

'Tokyo Institute of Technology now has a state-of-the-art campus network as befits one of the world's leading science and technology universities,' said Yoichi Hosoi, vice president, of Juniper Networks, Japan. 'It is very much a showcase for the benefits of network simplification which is one of the keys to a new network. The Institute will also greatly benefit from the fact that, with the Junos operating system, all network elements are orchestrated into an integrated security architecture that dynamically applies a consistent set of policies across the network.'

Attachmate to Acquire Novell for $2.2 billion

Attachmate, which supplies network management solutions, agreed to acquire Novell for $6.10 per common share in cash -- a transaction value of approximately $2.2 billion.

Attachmate Corporation is owned by an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital and Thoma Bravo. As part of the transaction, Elliott Management Corporation, one of Novell's largest shareholders, will become an equity shareholder in Attachmate Corporation. Upon close, Attachmate Corporation will manage a brand portfolio consisting of Attachmate, NetIQ, Novell and SUSE.

"This acquisition will add significant assets to our current portfolio holdings and the Novell and SUSE brands will allow us to deliver even more value to customers," said Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO of Attachmate Corporation. "We have great respect for Novell's business, its employees and its commitment to customers. Moreover, we look forward to maintaining and further strengthening Novell and SUSE solutions to meet market demands."
  • Novell, which was founded in 1979, was an early leader in local area networking and the displacement of mainframe computing by PCs. The company traces its origins to the Eyring Research Institute (ERI) in Provo, Utah. Novell NetWare and its proprietary IPX protocol grew to become the dominant network operating system by early 1990s, before the market shifted to native TCP/IP.

Verizon Launches 150/35 Mbps FiOS

Verizon is launching a high-end, residential FiOS Internet service offering 150 Mbps downstream and 35 Mbps upstream. The residential service is expected to cost $200 per month with a one-year contract and be available to the more than 12.5 million homes currently passed by its fiber network.