Thursday, June 13, 2013

Verizon to Offer Private IP into Equinix Data Centers

Verizon is bringing its Private IP service directly into Equinix’s International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in major markets around the world.

Verizon recently announced enablement of 100GE access for its Private IP network, giving global enterprise customers faster speeds.

The new partnership with Equinix provides enterprise customers with high-performance, private IP connections into Equinix, which has built an ecosystem of cloud services available through its data centers. Verizon also offers reporting and monitoring tools and portals with its Private IP solution. Fully integrated solutions from Verizon + Equinix will be available by the end of 2013.

"Verizon and Equinix are market leaders, and the new alliance we have formed will provide customers of both companies the foundation to transform their businesses,” said John Stratton, president, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Whether it is e-commerce applications, big data, media and entertainment or cloud computing, enterprises need to quickly and securely access and move information from various points around the world.”

"By leveraging Verizon’s Private IP Service and Equinix data center and interconnection services, customers can count on high levels of security, reliability and performance as they grow their businesses and expand into new markets,” said Equinix CEO and President Steve Smith. “This will also enable customers to use Verizon’s network to reach more than 300 cloud service providers inside Equinix data centers."

Last month, Equinix expanded its rollout of AWS Direct Connect Service to its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in Seattle (SE2 and SE3).

AWS Direct Connect provides a private connection to Amazon Web Services (AWS) via a cross connect at the Equinix data center.  It can also be used to connect to the AWS GovCloud (US) from all existing AWS Direct Connect locations in North America.

Existing Equinix customers can connect to AWS Direct Connect inside the Seattle data center.  Customers can achieve millisecond latency between their infrastructure and AWS infrastructure.

Since the roll out of AWS Direct Connect in Equinix’s Ashburn, Virginia data center campus, AWS Direct Connect has expanded to Equinix locations in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Equinix customers such as Badgeville, Box, Carpathia Hosting and NetApp are using AWS Direct Connect to lower network costs into and out of AWS, bypassing the public internet.

NTT Com Picks VMware for Enterprise Cloud

NTT Communications will deploy VMware network virtualization as a core technology for its new cloud service, Enterprise Cloud (EC). Specifically, NTT Com will use VMware network virtualization as a network overlay.

VMware's network virtualization will enable NTT Com to provide seamless and flexible connectivity between customer data centers and the NTT Com cloud without changing the IP addresses of a customer’s existing, on-premise environment. The companies said this capability will make its easier for customers to migrate into the cloud.

“To deliver on NTT Com’s global cloud vision announced in 2011, NTT Com offers a new business cloud service that will utilize network virtualization technology in its production environment across 11 data centers in nine countries,” said Motoo Tanaka, senior vice president of cloud services at NTT Com. “With advanced network virtualization technology from VMware, NTT Com will provide customers seamless connectivity between cloud infrastructures, and will support customers’ cloud migration by connecting with a customer’s on-premise data center. We continue to fully support customers using the cloud by offering services that deliver the latest technologies.”

“We have been working closely with VMware on network virtualization, a core technology for cloud services,” said Toshiaki Fujita, vice president and general manager of NTT Software Innovation Center (SIC). “As a result of our successful collaboration, NTT Com will now offer the world’s first cloud service that incorporates VMware’s network virtualization technology to seamlessly connect customers’ on-premise networks with NTT Com’s own data center network. Going forward, the NTT group looks forward to offering advanced cloud services in collaboration with VMware.”

RAD Supplies Ethernet Backhaul for Tier 1 in Europe

RAD confirmed that a major Tier 1 European service provider has deployed its Service Assured Access solution for backhauling 3G and LTE over the same Ethernet infrastructure. More than one million LTE subscribers are expected to be served by the network by the end of this year. RAD valued the deal at more than several million dollars over the life of the project.

RAD said this project include over ten thousand units of its ETX-2 Advanced Carrier Ethernet Mobile Demarcation Device. In addition, the service provider will also soon be testing RAD's MiNID Ethernet Demarcation SFP, a fully functional Service Assured Access Network Interface Device (NID) housed in a smart SFP enclosure.

Russia's Avelacom Builds 100G Moscow-London Route with Alcatel-Lucent

Russia-based Avelacom announced will expand its 100G optical backbone network from Moscow to London using Alcatel-Lucent’s Agile Optical Networking technology. The deployment uses 100G DWDM on Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (1830 PSS) platform.

The route enables Avelacom to provide low cost, high-capacity and low-latency connectivity between Russia’s two largest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, and cities in the Baltics, Scandinavia and Western Europe.  Alcatel-Lucent Channel Partner Maintrac, headquartered in Linkoping Sweden, is providing turnkey installation, provisioning and maintenance.

DISH and nTelos Test 2.5 GHz Fixed LTE

DISH and NTELOS launched a test of fixed wireless broadband service using 2.5 GHz spectrum.  The trial in rural  Virginia is reaching 10 Mbps to more than 50 Mbps at the initial test sites.

As part of the demonstration, nTelos and DISH have activated two wireless tower test sites in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Waynesboro and Afton, Va. Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent have provided equipment and assisted in the installation.

The trial uses a ruggedized, LTE outdoor router attached to the side of home.

Broadcom Announces Quad-Core HSPA+ Processor

Broadcom unveiled a quad-core HSPA+ processor for entry-level smartphones using Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

The new quad-core BCM23550 processor can be coupled with Broadcom's connectivity suite, which includes Broadcom's leading 5G WiFi technology, multi-constellation GNSS support, and advanced indoor location capabilities to enable ubiquitous positioning both indoors and outdoors.

Some key features:

  • Quad 1.2GHz A7 CPU with ARM NEON technology
  • 21 Mbps (Megabits per second) of HSPA+ downstream connectivity, 5.8 Mbps of upstream connectivity
  • Dual HD display support with 720p LCD and external HD panel via Wi-Fi Miracast-capable displays
  • High-performance graphics based on VideoCore IV multimedia technology, for enhanced 3D gaming and other graphics-rich applications
  • Integrated image signal processor (ISP) with support up to 12 megapixels
  • High quality H.264 full HD (1080p30) camcorder and video playback
  • Power management techniques that increase efficiency of cellular RF chip and optimize performance based on workload demands
  • HD voice support for high-quality voice calls with advanced dual-mic noise cancellation technology
  • GPS/GLONASS, WLAN , MEMS, and Cell ID for the best indoor/outdoor location
  • NFC solution supports all major NFC specifications including NFC Forum, EMVCo, and the China UnionPay QuickTap mobile wallet

"Broadcom's new quad-core solution allows OEMs to deliver the multi-tasking, graphics-rich capabilities required in today's smartphones, while still appealing to consumers seeking superior performance at affordable prices," said Rafael Sotomayor, Broadcom Vice President, Product Marketing, Mobile Platform Solutions.  "By combining the performance benefits of a quad-core solution with high-end features like 5G WiFi, globally certified NFC technology, and advanced indoor positioning technology, the platform offers device manufacturers a flexible and cost-effective path to address the affordable smartphone segment."

RingCentral Names Former Cisco WebEx Exec as President

RingCentral named David Berman as president of RingCentral, reporting to company founder, chairman and CEO, Vlad Shmunis.

Prior to joining RingCentral, Berman served as president and CEO of Affectiva, which provides real-world accuracy and relevance in emotion analytics based on research from MIT.  Before that, Berman was president of Worldwide Sales and Services at WebEx Communications, a position that he held through the acquisition of the company by Cisco.

RingCentral is a provider of cloud business communications solutions. It is backed by Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, Cisco, Scale Ventures, and DAG Ventures.

Earthlink Opens Silicon Valley Data Center

Earthlink opened its newest data center on its next-generation cloud hosting platform, located at 8 Great Oaks Boulevard in San Jose, CA. EarthLink has also opened a new local sales office.

EarthLink recently opened data centers in Chicago and Dallas, and will open another one in Miami next month.  The company also operates data centers in Pittsford, NY; Marlborough, MA; Columbia, SC and Atlanta.