Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NSN Boosts Liquid Radio WCDMA Software

Nokia Siemens Networks announced several enhancements for its Liquid Radio WCDMA Software Suite to help mobile broadband manage the smartphone boom and substantially reduce the network signaling overload.

Fast Dormancy Profiling  -- a new Nokia Siemens Networks technology that identifies the legacy smartphones connecting to the network and eliminates the unnecessary signaling they often create. This application significantly reduces the air interface load on the Radio Network Controller (RNC).

Fast Cell PCH Switching --  also a Nokia Siemens Networks technology, the network learns how specific smartphones are using the network services and shortcuts the signaling process for rapid call set-up, faster response from mobile broadband services and reduced signaling.

High Speed Cell FACH  -- enables networks to support more smartphones and provide faster services for subscribers using lower data volumes. It also significantly decreases signaling load between the RNC, base station and smartphone.

“When people use smartphones, they stay connected to mobile broadband networks for longer periods of time and use a wider variety of services,” said Thorsten Robrecht, VP portfolio management at Nokia Siemens Networks. “As data traffic grows, there is a huge rise in signaling between smartphones and core networks to keep services active. Coping with this signaling is critical to maintain network services and deliver an outstanding smartphone experience for mobile broadband customers.

Vitesse Integrates MACSec into GE & 10GE PHYs for End-End Layer 2 Encryption

Vitesse Semiconductor introduced the first PHY transceivers to integrate MACSec technology for end-to-end, Layer 2 network security.

The new Vitesse SynchroPHY Gigabit Ethernet (GE) and 10GE devices enable network-wide Layer 2 MACsec encryption and preserve nanosecond-level IEEE 1588v2 accuracy.

Vitesse said this new paradigm of establishing Layer 2 encryption end-to-end, rather than link-by-link as is now the case, will prove to be especially useful for cloud services, mobile backhaul and other high-value communications. Until now, MACsec PHYs have traditionally been limited to link-based box-to-box applications primarily within cloud service data centers

Key elements of the Vitesse solution include:

VeriTime: the industry’s highest accuracy IEEE 1588v2 Precision Time Protocol

Intellisec: the industry’s first PHY technology to enable IEEE 802.1AE MACsec encryption.  Intellisec offers 256-bit encryption support, versus the 128-bit encryption typically today.

 “Vitesse’s approach enables a paradigm shift in mobile, cloud, and other critical infrastructure networks,” said Richard Interrante, product marketing director at Vitesse. “VeriTime delivers the industry’s de facto highest accuracy IEEE 1588v2 network timing and now we’ve again moved beyond our competitors with this latest generation incorporating Intellisec. Delivering low latency security while preserving network synchronization simply isn’t possible with traditional link-based MACsec technology. Vitesse is first to do this, making network-wide Layer 2 security a realistic and affordable option for carriers and other cloud providers.”

Sampling is underway.

  • GE PHYs with copper and fiber media support 
  • 10GE PHYs
    -  VSC8582-10: 2-port SGMII/QSGMII GE PHY
    -  VSC8584-10: 4-port SGMII/QSGMII GE PHY
    -  VSC8490-10: 2-port WAN/LAN/Backplane RXAUI/XAUI to SFP+/KR 10GE PHY
    -  VSC8491-10: 1-port WAN/LAN/Backplane RXAUI/XAUI to SFP+/KR 10GE PHY 


In this video, Vitesse Semiconductor's Martin Nuss discuses Intellisec, a new technology that leverages MACsec protocol to extend security end-to-end.

Citrix Debuts XenMobile Enterprise Mobile Device and App Management

Citrix introduced XenMobile Enterprise, an integrated solution combining mobile device, app and data management, a unified corporate app store, mobile productivity apps and “one-touch” live support.

XenMobile Enterprise includes MDM tools for configuring, securing and provisionig mobile devices in an enterprise. Citrix is also including email, calendaring and web browsing, as well as secure document sharing, syncing and editing. It also integrates ShareFile, which allows users to view, edit and share data within a secure container on their mobile device. In addition, there is one-click access in the smartphone client, to the Citrix GoToAssist Service Desk and Remote Support, which  helps IT teams support corporate users.

Citrix also announced a mobile app market built for XenMobile.  Initially. Citrix will have over 80 apps from leading mobile app vendors. 

XenMobile Enterprise will be available in June 2013. 

Infonetics: Optical WDM Market Continues Recovery

The overall optical network hardware market worldwide, including SONET/SDH and WDM equipment, totaled $2.6 billion in 1Q13, according to a new report from Infonetics.

Some highlights:

  • North America was the only region to post growth in overall optical hardware revenue on a quarterly basis in 1Q13, up 7.5% from 4Q12
  • Topping the optical market share leaderboard in 1Q13 are, in alphabetical order, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Fujitsu, Huawei and ZTE
  • Ciena is now a larger supplier of WDM gear than Alcatel-Lucent and is 2nd only to Huawei
  • Cyan, now publicly traded, grew revenue 86% year-over-year (and is now tracked in Infonetics’ Optical Network Hardware report)
  • Nokia-Siemens completed its divestiture of its optical division, now called Coriant (also tracked in Infonetics’ optical report)

“The 4-quarter rolling average for global optical WDM equipment revenue notched a third consecutive quarter of growth in 1Q13, and we believe the market will continue trending in a positive direction this year.   On a year-over-year basis (1Q12 vs. 1Q13), total optical spending is down 5%, but this is only a result of massive cuts in legacy (SONET/SDH) spending over the past 12 months (down 30%). The WDM segment is up 10% year-over year, a welcome sign that spending in this more relevant segment is returning to long-term trend levels. I won’t call it a recovery until WDM revenue is up by double-digit percents for several quarters on a year-over-year basis, but 2013 is looking good, especially in North America and China, where 100G rollouts are picking up speed,"  stated Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics Research.

Juniper Introduces Big Data Analytics for SPs Based on Guavus

Juniper Networks introduced its Junos Network Analytics suite, a set of big data analytics and network intelligence tools developed with Guavus, a start-up specializing in big data analytics solutions.

The goal is to deliver valuable insights from IP and MPLS network traffic patterns to better understand network behavior in order to optimize routing network assets, increase revenue opportunities and attract and retain customers.  The solution extracts network flow data and routing tables from Juniper Networks routing platforms or other third-party vendor routing platforms.

The Junos Network Analytics suite includes the following:

  • BizReflex: A network analytics engine and dashboard that extracts and analyzes information from edge and core routers to allow operators to segment enterprise customers according to their respective value and price services accordingly, improving margins and customer retention. It also allows service providers to identify high-value prospects and acquire new customers more efficiently. These valuable insights can increase revenue opportunities and enhance service differentiation.
  • NetReflex: Provides network architects and operations personnel with detailed traffic trends and analysis for IP and MPLS networks. This solution gives operators more insight than previously possible into traffic patterns on the network, allowing network service providers to reduce costs with informed decision capabilities and improve the efficiency of their network.

 Junos Network Analytics SKUs are available now and subscription-based pricing will be on Juniper's price list in June 2013.
  • In January 2013, Guavus, a start-up based in San Mateo, California with R&D in India, closed a $30 million round of new funding to support its big data analytics solutions.

    Guavus specializes in big data analytics solutions for tier-1 communications service providers.  It offers a suite of decisioning applications that have pre-built intelligence for faster time to insights across network, device, content and subscriber analytics.  The company said its solutions have allowed carriers to both realize cost savings by optimizing network capacity and increase revenues by delivering a better consumer experience.

    Guavus claims two of the top three mobile operators and backbone carriers in the United States utilize Guavus Big Data analytics solutions.

    The funding round was led by Investor Growth Capital (IGC) with participation from QuestMark Partners and previous investors Artiman Ventures, Sofinnova Ventures and Intel Capital.

Overtures Raises $8 Million for its Carrier Etherent

Overture announced an initial equity investment of $8 million, with an opportunity to raise up to $11.7 million, to support new software, hardware and service development initiatives.

Overture said the new funds will accelerate the introduction of the company’s Ensemble Open Service Architecture (OSA) software and services as well as ongoing innovation of its Carrier Ethernet product portfolio. The company's customers include five of the top seven Carrier Ethernet service providers worldwide and eight of the ten USA-based Carrier Ethernet service providers deploy Overture products.

In addition, Overture has opened two new development centers: Westford, Massachusetts and Bangalore, India.

“Our industry is changing rapidly around advancements in software-defined and virtualized network services, initiatives that will enable us to advance Overture’s market leadership position in Carrier Ethernet. We are committed to providing our customers a competitive edge through the optimization of their service creation, activation and assurance,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. “We are encouraged by the endorsement of industry analysts and customers around our direction. We are further energized by the investor commitment this funding represents. It will allow us to drive innovation to help service providers deliver a winning customer experience to their end users.”

Cloudscaling Raises $10 Million - Juniper and Seagate Invest

Cloudscaling, a start-up based in San Francisco, raised $10 million in Series B funding for its OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure system.

The new funding round included Trinity Ventures and two new investors, Juniper Networks, through its Junos® Innovation Fund, and Seagate. The new round raised $10 million.

In April, Cloudscaling announced Open Cloud System 2.5 and signaled the first step of its partnership with Juniper through the integration of Juniper’s virtual network control (VNC) technology, JunosV Contrail, into Open Cloud System (OCS).

OCS is a turnkey, OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure system for enterprises, SaaS providers and cloud service providers. Cloudscaling and Juniper plan to continue delivering innovative, joint networking solutions that are open and standards-based to support elastic cloud services and a new generation of enterprise workloads.

Cloudscaling also joined the Seagate Cloud Builder Alliance Partner program in April. As part of the program, Cloudscaling and Seagate are focused on the development of optimized storage solutions for OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure.

Since Q1 of this year, Cloudscaling has secured key customer wins with LivingSocial, EVault, Ubisoft and DataFort, launched a channel partner program and announced support for OpenStack Grizzly in the third generation of OCS technology, Open Cloud System 2.5.

Dell'Oro: Optical Packet Up 23% in Q1

The total optical packet equipment market grew 23 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of the year reaching $1.1 billion, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group.

"The optical transport market is aggressively moving towards packet optimized transport systems," said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport research at Dell'Oro Group.  "This move towards optical packet systems has helped a number of equipment manufacturers increase revenues even as the total optical market contracted during the past year.  The two lead equipment manufacturers in this product segment for the trailing four quarter period were Ciena and Huawei, each garnering about 22% of the market revenue," added Mr. Yu.