Sunday, January 26, 2014

JDSU: 0.1% of LTE Users Consume Over 50% of Downlink Data

The most extreme data hogs are far more voracious on 4G network than previously seen on 3G networks.

According to new data from JDSU’s Location Intelligence Business Unit (formerly Arieso), just 0.1% of 4G users consume more than HALF of all 4G downlink data measured.  Beyond the 5s, Apple products account for six of the top ten ‘hungriest handsets’, along with two Samsung products, one HTC and one Sony.

The study found that iPhone 5s users are 'hungriest' data users, consuming seven times as much data as benchmark iPhone 3G users in developed markets, and 20 times as much data as benchmark iPhone 3G users in developing markets.

"For the past three years we’ve seen explosive growth in mobile data usage, causing operators to have to wrestle with the challenges their success is creating," said Dr. Michael Flanagan, CTO of Mobility for the Network and Service Enablement business segment of JDSU and author of the study.

“Each new generation of iPhone has resulted in increases in data consumption of between 20-40 percent - even today when data use is common. Though interestingly, users of the more economically-priced iPhone 5c consume data in the range between that of the iPhone 4s and 5 users,” said Flanagan.

“The faster the speeds that mobile operators provide, the more consumers swallow it up and demand more,” continued Flanagan. “One would expect a honeymoon period in which early adopters test their toys. But for 4G users to consistently exhibit behaviour 10 times more extreme than 3G users well after launch constitutes a seismic shift in the data landscape. This has important ramifications for future network designs.”

In the tablet segment, users of the fourth generation iPad consumed almost 40 percent more data than last year’s hungriest device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.  The study also reveals that the new iPad mini is seen to be “mini” in name and in data consumption, consuming 20 percent less data than second- and third-generation iPads.

“Last year, we were surprised to see that smartphones trumped tablets when it came to data consumption. Lost ground has not been made up by tablets, in spite of the progress of the fourth generation iPad. Only two of our top ten most hungry devices were tablets this year, compared to three last year,” commented Flanagan.

http://www.jdsu.com/News-and-Events/news-releases/Pages/iPhone-5s-users-and-4G-network-users-now-most-data-hungry-globally.aspx

 Last year, JDSU acquired Arieso, a developer of location-aware software for mobile network operators, for $85 million in cash.

Arieso, which is based in Newbury, United Kingdom, offers a multi-vendor, location-aware network monitoring and optimization solution that delivers intelligence for more effective network performance engineering.  It also supplies an automated network planning technology that searches all possible configurations to deliver optimum network designs. Arieso said its proprietary algorithms provide highly rich and targeted data from mobile connection events to give mobile operators visibility into service level activity and usage patterns. Arieso’s bookings for calendar 2012 were approximately $27 million.

JDSU said the acquisition advances its mobility strategy by extending visibility all the way to the subscriber location, providing critical intelligence that allows radio access network (RAN) optimization teams to maximize return on investment by identifying ideal locations for small cells and other self-optimizing network enhancements with surgical precision, across the widest range of technologies and vendors.  JDSU will integrate Arieso’s products with complementary solutions such as PacketPortal, JDSU’s open software platform, providing end-to-end visibility across mobile networks.

Amazon Redshift Boosts Performance on SSD-Nodes

Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced higher performance and lower cost Dense Compute Nodes for its Amazon Redshift managed, SQL-based data warehousing service.

The new SSD-based storage option is available in two sizes:

  • Large - 160 GB of SSD storage, 2 Intel Xeon E5-2670v2 virtual cores, and 15 GiB of RAM.
  • Eight Extra Large - 2.56 TB of SSD storage, 32 Intel Xeon E5-2670v2 virtual cores, and 244 GiB of RAM.

The Dense Compute nodes feature a high ratio of CPU power, RAM, and I/O performance to storage. Pricing starts at $0.25/hour. AWS says it can scale all the way up to a cluster with thousands of cores, terabytes of RAM, and hundreds of terabytes of SSD storage.

The new Dense Compute nodes are available in the following AWS Regions:

  • US East (Northern Virginia)
  • US West (Oregon)
  • EU (Ireland)
  • Asia Pacific (Singapore)
  • Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
  • Asia Pacific (Sydney)

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CoreSite Implements AWS Direct Connect in NJ

Customers at CoreSite's recently opened "NY2" data center in Secaucus, N.J., can now order connections to the native AWS Direct Connect deployment at CoreSite’s existing NY1 data center in Manhattan.  The AWS Direct Connect gives CoreSite customers access to all of AWS's cloud services through a private, enterprise-grade network connection. AWS Direct Connect helps customers reduce bandwidth costs, improve network security and achieve more consistent network performance. Additionally, the service can be scaled efficiently to meet future connection needs.

"CoreSite is proud to expand the availability of AWS Direct Connect into New Jersey as it aligns with our commitment to delivering network-dense, cloud-enabled data center solutions to customers across the country," said Jarrett Appleby, chief operating officer at CoreSite. "Enterprises in Manhattan and throughout the tri-state metro area can connect directly to AWS in New Jersey, obtaining enhanced security, reliability and scalability at a much lower cost to operate while maintaining optimal performance."

Available as either a 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps connection, AWS Direct Connect is compatible with all AWS services, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) and Amazon Relational Database (RDS). Because the service is scalable, CoreSite customers can easily provision multiple AWS direct connections as their capacity needs change.

The CoreSite's NY2 facility opened in December 2013.

In addition to New Jersey, CoreSite offers AWS Direct Connect service in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Northern Virginia/DC and Boston.

http://www.coresite.com/secaucus-data-center.php

Samsung Electronics and Google Sign Patent Deal

Samsung Electronics and Google announced a 10-year, global patent cross licensing deal.  The arrangement provides both companies with access to each other’s patent portfolios.

“We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung,” said Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”

http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=33461

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