Thursday, October 4, 2012

MegaPath's National Ethernet over Copper Rollout Reaches 693 COs

 MegaPath, the new local exchange carrier formed through the merger of Speakeasy, Covad Communications and the original MegaPath, has expanded its  Ethernet over Copper (EoC) network to the top 50 markets across the U.S.  Most recently, the company added availability in the Las Vegas, Nev.; Richmond, Va; San Antonio, Texas; Hartford, Conn; and Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla. markets.

MegaPath now offers EoC service through 693 Central Offices around the country, giving it the largest such network. EoC enables MegaPath to deliver symmetrical speeds up to 45 Mbps.

HP Integrates SDN Controller, Switches, Apps

HP introduced several innovations for delivering end-to-end software defined networking (SDN) with its Virtual Application Networks strategy.  The new capabilities span infrastructure, control software and application layers with a “single control plane” to help enterprises and cloud providers to simplify and maximize agility across data center, campus and branch networks.  HP is supporting Open Networking Foundation (ONF) standards.

Some highlights:

A new HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller abstracts the physical hardware from the logical deployment, providing a centralized view and automating network configuration of all devices in the infrastructure. 

HP is adding OpenFlow-enabled support to nine additional switch models, offering clients a flexible and programmable standards-based interface. This includes the new HP 3800 switch series.

At the application layer,  HP is introducing Virtual Cloud Networks software that enables cloud providers to deliver automated and scalable public cloud services to enterprises. The software helps enterprises to create an isolated virtual cloud network environment through a self-service public cloud infrastructure, providing them complete control for introducing new services and applications to their users.

Also at the application layer, HP is introducing a Sentinel Security software application that  automates network access control and intrusion prevention security for enterprise campus networks with existing OpenFlow-enabled switch hardware through HP’s controller.

“In the cloud era, clients need a single point of control for the entire network, which enables them to deploy any application or service directly to the user within minutes,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP.  “Only HP provides clients with a complete software-defined network solution that automates manual configuration tasks across hardware, software and applications and from data center to desktop through a single control plane.”

  • Earlier this year, HP enabled OpenFlow across its FlexNetwork enterprise switches. The new capabilities are delivered as a free software upgrade across 16 switches, including the HP 3500, 5400 and 8200 series. 

InterXion Expands Data Centers in Amsterdam and Zurich

Citing continue demand from customers for more space, Interxion announced expansions of its data centres in Amsterdam and Zurich.

  • AMS 5.4 will add 1,000 square meters of equipped space and will add an additional 2 MW of available customer power.  The capital expenditures for this expansion are expected to total approximately EUR 12 million.  AMS 5.4 is scheduled to open by the end of Q4 2012.
  • ZUR 1.3 will add 600 square meters of equipped space and will access existing customer power.  The capital expenditures for this expansion are expected to total approximately EUR 4 million. ZUR 1.3 is scheduled to open by the end of Q4  2012.

Intel Atom Targets Network Attached Storage

Intel introduced its next-generation Intel Atom processor-based storage solution.

The Intel Atom processor D2550 and Intel Atom processor D2500 provide the power needed to deliver security, back-up and multimedia capabilities in networ-attached storage arrays for consumers and small businesses.

The first platforms based on this silicon are being introduced by Asustor, QNAP, and Thecus.

Spread Networks Cuts Chicago-New York Latency to 12.98 Milliseconds Roundtrip

Spread Networks  announced further performance improvements on its low-latency Chicago-to-NYC fiber route.

Spread's flagship Ultra Low Latency Chicago-New York Dark Fiber service is now operational at a roundtrip latency of 12.98 milliseconds roundtrip, a 100 microsecond improvement from Spread's previous 13.1 millisecond offering.  

Spread's Ultra Low Latency Chicago-New York Wavelength service promises operational round-trip latency between Chicago and New York below 14.1 milliseconds roundtrip when it becomes operational on October 12th.  Spread said these latency improvements to the ULL Wavelength service follow up immediately upon its recent deployment of 100G technology on the same ULL Wavelength service.

  • Spread's network, which is powered by ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform, supports a full-fill capacity of 80 wavelengths at 100Gbps, allowing up to 8 Tbps of data transfer per fiber pair. ADVA's 100G technology integrates into Spread's existing platform without service impact, even though Spread already achieves a high number deployment of in-service 10G wavelengths. 100G waves are coherent detected via transponder enablement with SD FEC (Soft Decision Forward Error Correction).

Facebook hits 1 Billion

Facebook reached 1billion monthly active users on September 14.  The company 600 million users actively accessing its site via mobiles.

The top five countries (alphabetical order) are Brazil,India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. The median age of new users is 22.

Over 219 billion photos have been uploaded since launch, excluding deleted photos.

Cisco Names Two Presidents

Cisco announced two key executive appointments:  Gary B. Moore has been named President and Chief Operating Officer, and Rob Lloyd has been named President, Development and Sales.
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Moore is accountable for Cisco's end-to-end operations, and will continue to drive alignment across all parts of the company by leading the operational discipline and prioritization required to support the company's long-term strategy.  Moore has architected Cisco's transformation, and will deepen the company's focus on operational excellence while building the business capabilities and talent to enable Cisco's future growth. He is also responsible for Cisco's operations, services, IT, supply chain, marketing and communications, human resources, corporate affairs, transformation office, legal, government affairs, and corporate planning functions. Moore joined Cisco in 2001 from network consulting company Netigy, where he was CEO. Previously he had a 26-year career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS)

Loyd assumes responsibility for Cisco's development and sales efforts, as the company creates tighter connections between customer requirements and innovation, along with ensuring greater speed-to-market. Lloyd's organization will drive alignment and acceleration of Cisco's technology innovation to enable a faster response to market transitions; increased customer relevance; and growth. He previously was  Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Senior Vice President, U.S., Canada and JapanLloyd joined Cisco in 1994 as General Manager of Cisco's Canadian subsidiary.