Saturday, September 28, 2013

Orange Launches LTE Signalling Wholesale Service

Orange introduced a wholesale LTE Signalling service that will allow mobile operators to provide their customers with a 4G roaming service.  The LTE Signalling is delivered through direct connectivity and peering agreements.

LTE Signalling is one of the à la carte services  available through Orange’s Multiservice IP eXchange solution which  provides a high-level of security and quality of service. Orange’s IPX  network offers a large footprint that comprises 30 points of presence  (PoPs) worldwide. It guarantees a packet-loss ratio of less than 0.05%  and jitter inferior to 5ms. LTE Signalling, based on the "Diameter”  signalling protocol, is built on dedicated platforms integrated in  Orange’s cutting-edge IPX network and provides additional security,  interoperability and enhanced routing functions.

Orange confirmed that it has already set-up interconnection agreements with the other major carriers.

“Orange has developed LTE Signalling for operators to  allow them to build a high-quality 4G roaming service that is fully  compliant with GSMA guidelines. The Group’s Open Connectivity policy and  extensive peering agreements allow us to provide wholesale clients with  the opportunity to benefit from a large coverage. LTE Signalling is a  must-have service that offers both differentiation and the ability to  generate additional revenues in an increasingly evolutive market,” says  Alexandre Pébereau, EVP International Carriers, Orange.

http://wholesalesolutions.orange.com/

HP Intros Data Center Management Tool

HP introduced a management tool for the HP BladeSystem, HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) and HP ProLiant Generation 7 servers.

HP OneView provides an intuitive user interface and automated intelligence for common data center processes, such as deployment, updating, migrating and troubleshooting.  The company said its tool makes it possible to migrate workloads up to five times faster than with manual operations.

For example, provisioning hypervisors across 16 servers with traditional tools requires two hours and 50 minutes of administrative time, compared to just 14 minutes with HP OneView. The process of retiring a virtual local area network (vLAN) requires only four steps and 30 seconds of administrative time with HP OneView, compared to 480 steps and more than two hours with a traditional tool.(2)

“Social media, the consumerization of IT and changing demographics are altering how work gets done, forcing organizations to address a widening gap between enterprise demands and traditional IT supply,” said Tom Joyce, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Systems, HP. “The current infrastructure management model is stuck in the past and HP OneView is the first step in fundamentally rethinking the entire approach to infrastructure management in the data center.”

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1491630&mtxs=rss-corp-news#.Ukjkh4blZ8E

Equinix Opens Second Rio de Janeiro Data Center

Equinix opened a second International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Rio de Janeiro under its subsidiary, ALOG Data Centers of Brazil S.A.

RJ2 its a Tier III data center with a current capacity for 320 cabinets.  Equinix plans to invest an additional $36 million in the next two phases of construction, which will increase capacity to 1,170 cabinets.

Equinix noted that over the last four years it has lined up all the major subsea cable operators including Level 3 and Telefonica, and telecommunications companies serving Brazil. Now these customers are poised to deliver a seamless stream of global data traffic in and out of the country.

In May, Equinix announced GlobeNet's expansion into its Miami data center (MI3) which opened the fastest IP traffic route from the United States to Brazil. MI3 offers a number of benefits to customers, including direct connectivity to the leading Latin American network operators for reduced latency, and close proximity for serving Latin American markets while maintaining infrastructure within the U.S.

http://www.equinix.com/locations/brazil-colocation/brazil-data-centers

NTT Electronics and Acacia Assure 100G Coherent Interoperability

NTT Electronics (NEL) and and Acacia Communications have successfully established an interoperability mode of operation between their next-generation Coherent Digital Signal Processing ASIC's.

"Carriers and service providers require cost-effective pluggable transceivers even beyond the Ethernet reach (~30km) where de-facto 10GBASE-ZR is being used today," said Haruhiko Ichino, NEL Vice President and General Manager of Electronics Device & Systems. "The similar interoperability mode of operation at 100Gbps by using the established modulation format DP-QPSK and the standard Forward Error Correction GFEC, is indispensable for emerging digital coherent technologies to penetrate new markets including shorter-reach pluggable applications."

"The successful interoperability of the two market-leading Coherent Digital Signal Processing ASIC's provides optimal flexibility to service providers as they expand their networks," said Acacia Co-Founder and Director of DSP & Optics, Christian Rasmussen. "NEL and Acacia have both independently established significant market momentum in the fast-growing long-haul coherent 100G market. Service providers and equipment suppliers have encouraged Acacia and NEL to work in closer collaboration to drive standards and increase the level of interoperability. Acacia is delighted to have worked with NEL to collaborate in this groundbreaking effort to meet customers' 100G product expectations."

http://www.ntt-electronics.com/en/news/2013/09/100gdsplsi.html
http://www.acacia-inc.com/

Violin Memory Hits Bumps with IPO

Violin Memory raised $162 million in an initial public offering (IPO) of 18 million shares priced at $9 on Friday.

Trading of VMEM on the NYSE closed at $7.02, down 22% for the day.

Violin Memory, which was founded in 2005 and is based in Santa Clara, California, specializes in flash memory arrays for enterprise data centers.

http://www.violin-memory.com/

Earlier this month, Violin Memory released a Memory Services software suite for acceleration, tiering, migration and protection of application data in the enterprise data center. 

The Violin Maestro suite of Memory Services, which runs on memory-optimized, hardware-accelerated Violin Memory Appliances, provides non-disruptive migration of data off legacy storage to high performance Violin Memory Arrays. The company said its software transparently learns application I/O patterns and accelerates performance.  The software provides dynamic tiering of application data between Memory Tier and disk storage.

France's Bouygues Telecom Offers fring OTT Service for Voice+SMS over Wi-Fi

Bouygues Telecom is using the fring Over the Top (OTT) service to provide Bouygues customers with free phone calls and SMS on Wi-Fi while abroad.

“Our customers expect high quality, low cost mobile service which, thanks to the fring service, we can now extend beyond local French cellular coverage, allowing subscribers to enjoy international communication as if they were calling from within France,” said Benoît Torloting, Head of digital & B&YOU at Bouygues Telecom. “Leveraging the fring OTT solution, we eliminate cellular network roaming charges and deliver our commitment to quality-cost competitive advantage even when our customers are travelling worldwide.”  Benoît Torloting continued, “Our World & YOU launch was a great success, with an increase in new users and substantial interest from the French market.”

“This successful offering with Bouygues Telecom demonstrates market demand for the fring Telco OTT solution, which enables telecom operators to provide their subscribers with cost-saving communications, a rich user experience and reduced churn to independent applications,” said Roy Timor-Rousso, former CEO of fring and current senior executive in GENBAND’s Multimedia Business Unit.”


Earlier this month, GENBAND announced its acquisition of fring’s Over-the-Top (OTT) mobile IP communications service for consumers. Financial terms were not disclosed. not disclosed.

The fring app, which is available for both iOS and Android, provides free mobile group video chat, 2-way video chat, voice-only calls and text chat over IP.  GENBAND will offer a white label version that will let service providers and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) compete with OTT solutions. fring reduces roaming costs for subscribers by moving voice and video sessions away from radio access networks and routing them over the Internet.

GENBAND said fring white-label solution for the consumer OTT market segment complements its NUViA white-label Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) offering.

China Mobile Tops 750 Million Accesses

China Mobile added over 5 million customers in August, bringing it total base to over 750 million accesses for this first time.

http://www.chinamobileltd.com/en/ir/operation.php

AT&T Appoints Beth Mooney to Board

AT&T appointed Beth Mooney to its board of directors. Mooney is chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp.

She will serve on the Corporate Development and Finance Committee of AT&T’s board of directors. She joined KeyCorp in 2006 as vice chairman and head of Key Community Bank and served as president, chief operating officer and executive director from 2010 to 2011. KeyCorp is one of the 30 largest U.S. banks, based on assets.

http://www.att.com

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