Sunday, October 16, 2011

VSS Monitoring Cites Growth for Network Intelligence Optimization

VSS Monitoring, a privately-held supplier of Network Intelligence Optimization, reported a record breaking Q3 2011 with 55 percent quarter-to-quarter growth. The company, which achieved year-over-year growth of 107 percent, , confirmed increased market demand for its analytics, security and WAN acceleration tools.

"Over the last six months, VSS Monitoring has focused on a more aggressive sales approach, implemented an attractive channel partner program and introduced new partnering methods to greatly enhance our strategic alliances, resulting in a much stronger go-to-market strategy," said Kevin Jablonski, vice president of global marketing, strategic partnerships and channels of VSS Monitoring. "With these enhancements and an award winning product line, VSS Monitoring has been able to meet and exceed expectations, leading to substantial gains in company size and market share."http://www.vssmonitoring.comVSS Monitoring was founded in 2003 and is based in San Mateo, California.

Bharti Airtel Picks NSN for Mobile Device Management

Bharti Airtel in Africa has selected Nokia Siemens Networks' Serve atOnce Device Management (SADM) software to be implemented across affiliates in 16 countries. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will consolidate the operator's existing multimedia messaging service (MMS) platforms into one centrally managed virtual platform. The solution will enable Bharti Airtel to remotely and automatically manage and configure user devices for new data services

Level 3 to Develop 200 New Wireless Tower Sites with 52Eighty

Level 3 Communications is working with 52Eighty, a wireless tower infrastructure company, to develop 200 new wireless tower access sites near Level 3's strategic Extended On-Net (EON) sites. Under the deal, Level 3 will grant 52Eighty access rights to develop the new tower sites near its facilities within a two-year period, while Level 3 will deploy the necessary optical transport equipment at the sites. Additionally, 52Eighty will cover the cost of the tower construction, and Level 3 will enable transport services to and from the compound structure.

Etisalat Looks to Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio

Etisalat, the leading mobile telecommunications operator in the United Arab Emirates, has signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent concerning the development of mobile broadband built around the Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio product family. The agreement was signed by Nasser bin Obood, Acting CEO- Etisalat and Mr. Nicolas Bouverot, Vice President ME, Alcatel-Lucent.

Michigan Tech Deploys BridgeWave's 80 GHz Radios

Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) has deployed BridgeWave's 80 GHz millimeter wave systems to connect several disparate buildings across its campus. The 80 GHz links eliminated the need to trench fiber under the nearby Portage shipping canal. The GigE wireless bridges have a highly secure, narrow antenna beam width, which is useful when transferring sensitive information across the campus network. BridgeWave's AdaptRate (AR) radios also include Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), the strongest data encryption available. The university reports that the connections continue to perform during Michigan's notoriously snowy winter.

Gulf Bridge Awards 100G Terrestrial/Submarine Contract to Xtera

Xtera Communications announced a multi-year contract to supply its optical transport systems to Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East's first privately-owned submarine cable operator. Under the contract, Xtera Communications will supply GBI's 100G networking needs for terrestrial and upgrades of submarine routes in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa. The contract provides Xtera with full turnkey responsibilities. The contract also includes Xtera's full portfolio of optical networking products. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • In March 2011, Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East's first privately-owned submarine cable operator, along with its partner, Vodafone Qatar, announced the landing of its new cable at Vodafone's international cable landing station just north of Doha.

  • The GBI cable system is a high-capacity, fiber optic cable that will connect all the countries of the Gulf region to each other and provide onward connectivity to Europe, Africa and Asia. The GBI cable system deploys several state-of-the-art technologies, such as new dual-stage repeaters and wavelength monitoring units. The architecture offers 128 x 10 Gbps wavelengths per fiber pair to achieve a total system design capacity of 2.56 Tbps. It will incorporate Optical Add Drop Multiplexing (OADM) undersea branching units to reduce upgrade costs, and increase reliability and system resiliency with the ability to by-pass a branch.

Ultra-fast Broadband Rollout Begins in South Island, New Zealand

Chorus, the wholesale division of Telecom New Zealand, and Crown Fibre Holdings announced the start of the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) rollout in the South Island. The first site for the new network infrastructure is Blenheim's town centre.

Crown Fibre Holdings Limited (CFH) was chartered by the Government of New Zealand to manage a nationwide rollout of FTTH Ultra-Fast Broadband.

Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe said the new ultra-fast broadband network will pass some 3,000 Blenheim homes, schools, health facilities and businesses by July next year.

"Today we've taken the first step towards Blenheim's fibre future and we're eager to work with partners, local council and community groups to extend our network to more suburbs in the coming year," said Ratcliffe.

"It's great to see the deployment of UFB commencing in Blenheim," said Graham Mitchell, CEO of Crown Fibre Holdings. "A transformation in New Zealand telecommunications infrastructure has well and truly begun. We look forward to seeing it reflected in new retail products and services."

In line with Government policy, fibre will be delivered first to priority customers, which includes schools, health facilities and businesses. http://www.crownfibre.govt.nz

LINX Builds New Exchange with Juniper Packet Transport Supercore

The London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the largest Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in the world, has selected Juniper Networks exclusively for a new network infrastructure enabling its members to interconnect and share video, cloud and other content-rich traffic. Telindus Ltd. is the local integration partner. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We believe a huge proportion of the UK's traffic passes across our infrastructure with LINX passing approximately 1.5 Terabits per second of traffic at peak, and our members expect consistent, reliable throughput. The architecture will allow us to offer a sophisticated carrier platform from which we can launch new services such as VLAN tagging and 100G ports," said John Souter, LINX's chief executive officer. "We've chosen Juniper as our desire to build a layer three platform led us to a vendor with a reputation for robust, carrier-grade networks, and their ability to provide high-performance at scale. Traffic levels are only going in one direction – next year we have to factor in even more growth resulting from the Olympics bringing the world to London – so our investment in Juniper enables us to build a fast, cost-effective platform for the long-term good of our members and their customers."

The network is being built in two phases.

The first phase of the new architecture will comprise Juniper Networks MX Series Ethernet Services Routers, and Junos Space, Juniper Networks' programmable network application platform. Junos Space Network Activate, an MPLS network automation application, is also being deployed within the first phase.

Network Activate is designed to enable LINX to automate the configuration, monitoring, management and trouble-shooting of its MPLS services, making it highly responsive to user and application requirements.

The second phase, scheduled for deployment in the first half of 2012, is slated to include Juniper Networks PTX Series Packet Transport Switches and will run on Junos OS, Juniper's single operating system in common with the phase 1 deployment. The PTX Series will combine native MPLS packet switching and optical transport capability end-to-end within a single network layer.

The LINX infrastructure comprises 10 Points of Presence (PoPs) across London, from Docklands in the East to Slough in the West. The MX Series will be deployed within these PoPs and in the core.

  • In June 2011, Juniper announced that Telefonica's Research and Development division (Investigación y Desarrollo, I+D) was testing its Converged SuperCore architecture
  • In March 2011, Juniper Networks introduced two Converged Supercore platforms for packet optical transport.

    Juniper's new architecture calls for a single network management system for the entire transport network -- Junos -- for both the optical layer and the packet layer.

    The aim is to combine the efficiency of MPLS, the simplicity of switching and integrated optics to deliver network scale with fewer network elements.

    By collapsing the packet and transport network layers, the Converged Supercore would help carriers save money in network management and operations, whike taking uncertainty and cost out of core network provisioning. Juniper is forecasting network CAPEX cost savings of 40 to 65 percent compared to traditional architectures and a 35 percent savings versus a pure IP routing solution.

    The new Converged Supercore switches are based on a new Junos Express chipset that is optimized for high capacity transport and features the on-chip traffic engineering, full delay bandwidth buffers, algorithms optimized for packet transport and embedded error detection required to support differentiated traffic types and patterns without disruption. Junos Express is built in 40 nanometer technology with 3.55 billion transistors. It represent an R&D investment of $40 million. Junos Express is the second chipset in the Junos One family of processors, which the company developed in-house.

    Some highlights of the products:

    PTX5000 scales to 384 10 GE interfaces, 64 100 GE interfaces and 192 40GE interfaces in a single chassis. The architecture delivers 480 Gbps per slot and is designed to scale up to 2 Tbps per slot. Packet processing is rated at f 720 Mpps per slot. The PTX5000 features fully redundant, High Availability hardware (cooling, power supply, routing engines, control board and SIB). In addition, the PTX supports 50 ms redundancy switchover under load.

    The PTX9000 switch, is double the capacity of PTX5000, and is the foundation of the converged supercore delivering statistical multiplexing, high capacity MPLS switching and Multilayer packet-transport manageability.

    Juniper will be offering a suite of 10/40/100GE short-reach and ultra long-haul DWDM interfaces.

    The PTX Series will be available for beta trials in the third quarter of 2011.

Actelis Cites Momentum with COLT as well as with Intelligent Transportation

Actelis has shipped its one millionth Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) port to Colt, which operates metro network in major European cities. Colt's Ethernet Services portfolio includes any-to-any and tree services (Ethernet Private Network), enhanced resilience and low latency. Colt has built on its extensive and wholly owned fibre network in Europe by deploying "Ethernet in the First Mile" technology in 12 countries, making its high speed Ethernet services available to customers beyond its fibre footprint.

Colt first began to deploy EFM access capabilities with Actelis' built-in EFMplus technology in 2007, making it one the pioneering providers in Europe to deliver EFM access. EFM currently presents a smart complement to fiber or traditional DSL in 12 countries of Colt's 35,000 km network infrastructure connecting more than 100 European cities. Colt can deliver its networking and IT Managed Services solutions with bandwidth over copper up to 40 Mbps.

Separately, Actelis announced that Nassau County Department of Public Works (NCDPW) has deployed the company's highly sophisticated Ethernet-based Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The agency's newly deployed ITS solution has enabled NCDPW to more economically and efficiently manage its new IP-based traffic controllers and video surveillance cameras over both fiber and copper networks.

Communications from the county's Traffic Management Center (TMC) to each traffic controller and video camera run over hybrid fiber for long haul and then out to each hub, which is connected via copper pairs to Actelis' Ethernet Access Devices (EADs). The agency made the move to deploy Actelis' environmentally hardened ML680 and ML624 (EADs) because the access gear could serve the dual purpose of leveraging both fiber and copper-based networks running through Nassau County. Additionally, NCDPW selected Actelis' environmentally hardened ITS solution to combat lightning strikes and other storm-related events common to the area which continually brought down the legacy analog equipment deployed in the early 1970s, according to Jeff Lindgren, traffic engineer at NCDPW.