Thursday, October 13, 2011

SoftLayer Opens in Amsterdam

SoftLayer Technologies, which operates major data centers in Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Singapore, has chosen Amsterdam for its European headquarters and site of new facility. SoftLayer is investing $75 million initially in Holland and its European operations, which also includes new network PoPs in Amsterdam, London, and Frankfurt. The new Amsterdam data center will feature capacity for more than 15,000 servers. In addition, the company has appointed Jonathan Wisler as General Manager for European Operations. 13-Oct-11

Agilent and Datang Telecom Establish TD-LTE-Advanced Lab

Agilent and Datang Telecom Group have established the TD-LTE-Advanced Joint Research Lab to focus on developing new test standards to promote the technology.

The new lab is the second project created by the two firms. Engineers from both organizations will work together to develop TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE and TD-LTE-Advanced solutions. The work will support Datang Telecom's research on technologies, systems and chipsets, as well as Agilent's instrument test technologies.

TD-LTE-Advanced is a follow-on phase for the current TD-LTE standard. The joint research lab will focus on developing new technologies and test standards to promote TD-LTE-Advanced technologies.

As the initiator of the TD-SCDMA international 3G mobile communication standard, the owner of core patents and a leader in the telecom equipment market, Datang Telecom has been playing a key role in the creation and global deployment of TD-SCDMA and TD LTE-Advanced. 
  • In March 2009, Agilent and Datang signed a memorandum of understanding stating that both firms would collaborate on TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE-Advanced, and related technologies and standards development. The goal of the collaboration was to further the deployment of the TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE-Advanced standards in China with the intent to significantly impact future wireless technologies. The projects completed today have successfully achieved those objectives.

Ericsson Wins TD-LTE with India's Augere

Augere has selected Ericsson's radio base station, the RBS6000; Evolved Packet Core technology and microwave transmission for a TD-LTE network in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Services will be rolled out under the ZOOSH brand to residential and business customers beginning in Q2 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed. 13-Oct-11

Huawei Introduces Hybrid MPLS Prototype

Huawei introduced its H-MPLS (Hybrid-Multiprotocol Label Switching) prototype unified bearer solution for simplifying VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) planning within an access network and extending service scalability to the network at large.

Hybrid MPLS is based on Huawei's SingleFAN broadband access solution and it provides a unified bearer platform for ATM, TDM, Ethernet and IP with MPLS encapsulation. Huawei said that unlike traditional MPLS, its H-MPLS does not require direct configuration of network edge devices. As a result, the number of nodes that needs to be managed can be reduced by up to 99 percent. Moreover, using H-MPLS, there is no need to configure IP addresses and routing protocols on edge devices, and this reduces configuration workloads by up to 90 percent. H-MPLS is also a cost-effective solution since it neither increases the hardware cost of edge devices within the current access network nor the cost of deploying MPLS widely.

“H-MPLS uses the existing OMCI(ONU Management and Control Interface) management protocol to distribute MPLS labels over multiple PON systems,�? Said Dr. Frank J. Effenberger, Huawei's leader of optical access research, “The label distribution method is already standardized, and has negligible impact to the cost or complexity of PON access systems.�?

Huawei noted that the technologies within Huawei's H-MPLS solution have been accepted under the ITU-T standard for GPON/XG-PON.

Juniper Secures its Cloud Data Center with Juniper SRX Gateways

Dell will deploy Juniper Networks' SRX RX Series Services Gateways in one of its new cloud data centers.

Riverbed Sees Opportunity in Optimizing Cloud Storage

Riverbed is continuing to enhance its Whitewater cloud storage gateways with goal of replacing tape storage with third-party, offsite solutions. The Whitewater platform ingests back-up data into its local data cache that scales to multiple terabytes in size. Whitewater performs deduplication, compression, encryption and other optimization techniques before delivering the back-up traffic over the WAN to a cloud-based storage service. Riverbed said its clients often achieve 10-30x reduction in backup traffic over the WAN, thereby making cloud-based back-ups a faster, easier and lower-cost alternative to tape with offsite warehousing. Data restoration is much faster too since the local cache typically stores a majority of the previous 30 days of backed up data.

Riverbed continues to expand its ecosystem with the addition of cloud storage solutions Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files and OpenStack Object Storage (Swift). These solution additions build on the existing support for Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), EMC Atmos®-based cloud storage solutions and Nirvanix Cloud Delivery Network (CDN).

Existing solutions supported by Riverbed are CA ARCserve Backup, EMC NetWorker, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Quest vRanger, Symantec's NetBackup and Backup Exec. Joining the list of supported backup software are CommVault Simpana for Backup and Recovery, HP Data Protector and Veeam Backup & Replication.