Monday, January 28, 2013

Lyatiss Targets Application-defined Networking

Lyatiss, a start-up based in Mountain View, California with R&D in Lyon, France, unveiled its CloudWeaver network intelligence tool for optimizing application performance in public clouds.

The Lyatiss CloudWeaver is an orchestration tool that gathers intelligence on cloud performance and network resources to help users optimize their application performance.  Lyatiss is currently launching a public beta for Amazon Web Services users.

Lyattis sees a growing need for understanding and controlling the rapidly growing pool of virtualized network resources. Application-defined networking (ADN) aims to accelerate and streamline movement of data throughout the entire virtual infrastructure of each application.  Unlike SDN, which focuses on controlling the forwarding of individual packets within the network infrastructure, ADN orchestrates application flows – or the actual sequences of information exchanged. Lyattis levergages APIs so that application delivery and performance across public and private cloud networks are optimized, without compromising application portability or security.

"As cloud applications incorporate rich services – video, gaming, real-time collaboration and big data – businesses deploying these mission-critical applications will run into a variety of issues, including unpredictable latencies and potentially disastrous cascading effects from bottlenecks, failures and cloud outages. In addition, they'll experience wasted capacity and spiraling costs resulting from overprovisioning," said Pascale Vicat-Blanc, CEO of Lyatiss. "Software defined networking (SDN) is not sufficient to address the predictability and performance issues encountered in current cloud applications, nor can it meet the need for infrastructure differentiation and software control. Instead, evolving to a complementary ADN solution, like CloudWeaver, will be required."

Some key features of Lyatiss CloudWeaver:

•  Map.  Users can see where their virtual resources are located and how they are organized, how devices are talking to each other, and where hot spots and bottlenecks are being built up.

•  Build. Users can locate resources by selecting a provider and a region, provision and configure network services, interconnect easily and orchestrate heterogeneous resources. As a result, users can optimize and accelerate their cloud sourcing and avoid over or under-provisioning, as well as misconfigurations.

•  Operate. Users can have a better understanding of end-to-end performance and follow up on activities in terms of throughput and latency, and set up alerts to signal failures and path capacity limitations.

•  Analyze. Users can determine if and where the cloud network is inadequately provisioned or congested, if resources are properly located and configured, if jobs are well placed, and identify which component is responsible for increased latency. CloudWeaver also can anticipate problems, such as bottlenecks or cascading effect of undetected failures.

•  Fix. Users can fix failures, as well as provisioning or configuration issues, in minutes and activate the appropriate remediation workflows in a single click.

•    Program. Users can automatically capture the cloud network code in an XML-based virtual infrastructure description language (VXDL) so they can reuse or modify it offline. CloudWeaver also enables users to intuitively define minimum and maximum performance standards, program and enforce action plans for when those standards are not met.

http://www.lyatiss.com




China Mobile Transmits 1st Live TV broadcast via TD-LTE


China Mobile transmitted a live video stream of the Xiamen International Marathon over its trial TD-LTE on January 5th to TV centers of China Central TV and Xiamen TV for live broadcasting. It was the first such live TV broadcast over TD-LTE.

Nokia Siemenes Networks, which is the sole supplier of China Mobile's TD-LTE in Xiamen, said the high-definition (HD) video were transmitted with zero bit rate errors throughout the entire event from cameras on the move. Despite exceptional traffic and load conditions, there was no degradation in network performance, no packet loss and no delay during the two and a half hour live transmission.stable uplink throughput of 5 Mbps was maintained.

For the TD-LTE network, Nokia Siemens Networks deployed its Single RAN Advanced platform, based on its high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, to China Mobile’s TD-LTE pre-commercial trial network in Xiamen. The company also provided its Liquid Core-based Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). In addition, the company provided its NetAct network management system, enabling consolidated monitoring, management and operation of China Mobile’s networks.

“This world-first is yet another proof point for us as a leader in driving the TD-LTE innovation, globalization and commercialization,” said Markus Borchert, president of Nokia Siemens Networks Greater China Region. “With our advanced TD-LTE technology, we ensured optimal network performance with ultra high-quality and reliability for China Mobile to support such a mega international event with very high data traffic.”

http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M2hIdVj8Vo

OVH Interconnects its Cloud Data Centers with Infinera's 500G Super-Channels

OVH, the leading web hosting in Europe with more than 140,000 physical servers online, will deploy the Infinera DTN-X platform to interconnect its data centers via its pan-European network. The OVH pan-Eureopan network links data centers throughout 10 major European cities in seven countries.

Infinera said its platform was selected for its ability to provision large amounts of bandwidth very quickly.  The Infinera DTN-X enables long-haul 500 Gbps super-channels across the optical transmission network.  I also offers integrated OTN switching, enabling efficient utilization of long-haul capacity while at the same time enabling OVH to rapidly deploy large amounts of optical bandwidth for customer services.

http://www.infinera.com
http://www.ovh.co.uk

  • OVH first selected Infinera’s Digital Optical Network in 2007, deploying the DTN platform for an international expansion across Europe. OVH is based in Roubaix, France.
  • OVH is also expanding to Canada and the U.S., including a massive new facility on the outskirts of Montreal with a record capacity of 360,000 physical servers. The Montreal BHS data center is powered by a hydro-electric dam located just 300 meters from the building.
  • OVH is known for building its own data centers and for building its own water-cooled servers. Key technology partners include Infinera, Cisco, Intel, vmWare, Kingston, Seagate, Level 3, T-Systems and tata.

NETGEAR to Acquire Sierra Wireless' AirCard Business

NETGEAR agreed to acquire Sierra Wireless' AirCard business, including customer relationships, certain intellectual property, inventory and fixed assets, for approximately $138 million in cash. Sierra Wireless expects to net about $100 million from the asset sale, after related liabilities, taxes, expenses, and funds held in escrow.

Sierra Wireless' AirCard business supplies a range of data cards, dongles, and hotspots for 3G and 4G networks. The business has a 12 month trailing net revenue run rate of approximately $247 million through December 2012.  Approximately 160 Sierra Wireless employees located primarily in Carlsbad, California and Richmond, British Columbia are expected to be integrated into NETGEAR's service provider business under Michael Clegg, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NETGEAR's service provider business unit.

After the sale, Sierra Wireless’s retained business will include its AirPrime embedded modules for M2M and Mobile Computing, AirLink intelligent gateways and routers, and AirVantage M2M cloud product lines.

Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR, commented, "We are excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement to acquire select assets of the Sierra Wireless AirCard business. We expect this acquisition will accelerate the mobile initiative of our service provider business unit to become a global leader in providing the latest in LTE data networking access devices. We believe that LTE network technology represents a huge market opportunity, especially in emerging markets and rural areas where high speed broadband Internet access is currently limited. This asset acquisition reinforces NETGEAR's commitment to develop innovative products for the next generation of Internet service providers"

“This transaction is the next step in our transformation into a company focused on enabling the ‘Internet of Things’ – a strategy we have been pursuing with great success since 2007,” said Jason Cohenour, President and CEO of Sierra Wireless. “We are the world leader in this dynamic market, with the industry’s broadest product lineup, solutions across the value chain and an extensive, blue-chip customer base. In addition to realizing a solid return for the AirCard business, this transaction will provide significant financial resources and capacity to accelerate our growth in M2M and connected device solutions.”

NETGEAR also updated its financial guidance for Q4 2012, saying it now expects net revenue of $305 million to $310 million and non-GAAP operating margin within the 11% to 11.5% range, both of which are within the previous guidance.

http://investor.netgear.com

NEC Builds Submarine Cable in Taiwan

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom has selected NEC to construct the Taiwan Penghu Kinmen Matsu No.3 (TPKM3) Submarine Cable system, a high-bandwidth non-repeater optical submarine cable that will link Taoyan (North Taiwan) with Matsu and Tainan (South Taiwan) with Kinmen through Penghu.

The TPKM3 cable system will span 510 km.

Gigamon Scales Data Center Traffic Visibility with 40Gb Blade

Gigamon is introducing a new high density 40Gb blade, the GigaPORT-Q08, for the GigaVUE H Series Chassis.

Gigamon's flagship GigaVUE H Series can handle up to 2.5 Tbps of monitored traffic, delivering it intelligently to the appropriate application, security, or performance management systems. The new GigaPORT-Q08 blade enables 40Gb scalability in dense data center network architectures, whether end-of-row (EoR) or top-of-rack (ToR) deployments.

Gigamon said its new GigaPORT-Q08 blade offers line rate performance and connectivity with eight 40Gb ports. This allows the new blade to quadruple the 40Gb connectivity density of the GigaVUE H Series while providing high-speed traffic ingress from SPAN ports, inter-node stacking and aggregation uplinks at up to 40Gb. The blade also supports direct-connection to monitoring, management and security tools.  It can also aggregate multiple links with a GigaVUE-TA1 traffic aggregation node, which consolidates multiple low utilization links into "gateway" ports. This aggregation takes place at the top of each rack and then sends the traffic through the 40Gb ports into the GigaPORT-Q08 blade in a GigaVUE H Series Node at the end of the row, resulting in a consolidated and efficient visibility architecture.

"As enterprises and data centers respond to the ever-increasing volume of network traffic and the need to effectively and efficiently manage their environment, they look to Gigamon for a scalable, pervasive, and intelligent monitoring infrastructure.  The new 40Gb solution delivers the next wave in higher density deployments, while also enabling pervasive traffic visibility for monitoring, management and security tools for both physical and virtual networks," said Huy Nguyen, Sr. Director of Product Management at Gigamon.

http://www.gigamon.com/traffic-visibility-fabric

Altera Supplies 28nm FPGA to Power JDSU's Optical Network Test


Altera has supplied its 28nm Stratix V GT FPGA to JDSU for volume production of the company's next-generation Optical Network Tester (ONT) solutions.  JDSU's ONT-600 platform is a multifunctional and multiport solution for testing OTN environments. The interchangeable Stratix V GT FPGA-based plug-in modules within the ONT-600 family provide customers flexibility by enabling a single platform to support multiple technologies, including Ethernet, OTN, jitter/wander, SDH/SONET, VCat, GFP, Fibre Channel and 40G/100G CFP.

Altera's Stratix V GT FPGA integrates 28.05 Gbps transceivers monolithically.  The FPGA supports backplane, optical module and chip-to-chip applications through four 28.05 Gbps transceivers and 32 full-duplex, 14.1 Gbps transceivers.

http://www.altera.com

ITU Approves High Efficiency Video Coding -- H.265

The ITU-T’s Study Group 16 has agreed first-stage approval (consent) of H.265 or ISO/IEC 23008-2, also known as ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’ (HEVC).  The new video codec uses about half the bit rate of its predecessor, ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 and is suitable for use in a range of applications, from mobile devices to Ultra-High Definition TV.

The specification was developed by the ITU Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) and the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). The new standard is designed to take account of advancing screen resolutions and is expected to be phased in as high-end products and services outgrow the limits of current network and display technology.

Dr Hamadoun I. TourĂ©, Secretary-General, ITU: “ITU-T H.264 underpinned rapid progression and expansion of the video ecosystem, with many adopting it to replace their own proprietary compression codecs. The industry continues to look to ITU and its partners as the global benchmark for video compression, and I have no doubt that this new standard will be as effective as its predecessor in enabling the next wave of innovation in this fast-paced industry.”

Companies including ATEME, Broadcom, Cyberlink, Ericsson, Fraunhofer HHI, Mitsubishi, NHK, NTT DOCOMO and Qualcomm have already showcased implementations of HEVC. The new standard  includes a ‘Main’ profile that supports 8-bit 4:2:0 video, a ‘Main 10’ profile with 10-bit support, and a ‘Main Still Picture’ profile for still image coding that employs the same coding tools as a video ‘intra’ picture.


Broadcom Advances its Switching Silicon for SMBs


Broadcom introduced the latest version of its StrataConnect Series of switch system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for small-to-medium business (SMB) networks, combining Layer 2 and Layer 3 (L2/L3) switching, 16 GbE physical layer transceivers (PHYs), 10 GbE and high-performance central processing unit (CPU) onto a single piece of silicon.

Broadcom said its latest StrataConnect silicon is designed for SMBs adopting cloud services and application requiring high-bandwidth and stringent security.

The new StrataConnect Series includes advanced features for tighter security and application-based prioritization. The integrated CPU can scale processing power as necessary and includes added intelligence to enable cloud-based network management. In addition, advanced power management features deliver power savings that go beyond Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) to reduce energy costs.


Four versions of the StrataConnect Series of switch SoCs are now sampling with volume production slated for 1H 2013.

http://www.broadcom.com

Crehan Research: Five-Fold Increase in Server Networking Bandwidth by 2017


Server-class networking bandwidth will see a five-fold increase by 2017, exceeding 900 terabits in that year as data centers continue to increase network capacity to keep up with traffic demand, according to Crehan Research’s latest Server-class Adapter & LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) Long-Range  Forecast Report.

The bandwidth increase is enabled by technology upgrades from 1 Gbps Ethernet (GbE) to 10Gbps Ethernet (10GbE), from 8Gbps Fibre Channel to 16Gbps Fibre Channel, and from QDR Infiniband to FDR Infiniband.

The transition to 10GbE is expected to account for more than 60 percent of the total bandwidth by 2014  – the year  in which  Crehan Research forecasts that 10GbE server-class adapter and LOM shipments should overtake GbE.  

"Even without a very high attach rate of 10GbE  LOMs  on volume enterprise rack servers due to the current high 10GbE Modular LOM end-customer price premiums, there is enough volume on alternative server platforms such as Cloud, Blade and High-end servers to drive the 10GbE transition within a couple of years,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.   “Furthermore, with the default inclusion of a four-port GbE Modular LOM on many Romley-based volume enterprise servers, the native Ethernet networking bandwidth (and number of ports) on these servers has been doubled at no additional price to customers," Crehan added. As a result, the Crehan report shows GbE has continued to grow while 10GbE has grown much more rapidly, leading to very healthy combined Ethernet port growth.

http://www.crehanresearch.com/

Dell'Oro: WDM Market to Hit $13 Billion in 2017

The total worldwide wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) market revenue is forecast to grow at a ten percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years, reaching $13 billion in 2017, according to a newly released Optical Transport forecast report by Dell'Oro Group.

"Forty and 100 Gigabit is really where the growth is going forward," said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport Market Research at Dell'Oro Group.  "Demand for 40 and 100 Gbps WDM wavelengths will drive the optical market's growth for the next five-years.  We are finding that the demand for 100 Gbps wavelengths is especially strong as service providers continue to expand their network capacity.  We currently predict 100 Gbps wavelength shipments to grow at a 75 percent CAGR over the next five years, and that by 2017 approximately 60 percent of the WDM capacity shipments will be with 100 Gbps wavelengths," added Yu.

http://www.DellOro.com

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