Friday, February 14, 2014

Intel Data Platform Software Digs into Hadoop

Intel introduced a software analyics suite for importing, managing and analyzing big data.

The Intel Data Platform, which builds on the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop software, provides streaming data processing, interactive and iterative analytics, and graph processing. This enables enterprises to extract value from Apache Hadoop.

Intel noted that it is also working with carrier to help uncover value in data.  One example is China Mobile Guangdong, which is using Intel systems and software to be able to retrieve up to six months' worth of call data records in near real time. Intel said China Mobile Guangdong's detailed billing statement inquiry system can now retrieve 300,000 records per second and insert 800,000 records per second or the equivalent of 30 terabytes of subscriber billing data per month.

Radisys Delivers Large Scale Media Processing for VoLTE

Radisys introduced a new high-capacity MPH6 media processing card for its MPX-12000 Broadband Media Resource Function (MRF).

The new blade is specifically designed to support the processing requirements for large deployments of real-time telecommunication services, including Voice over LTE (VoLTE), high definition (HD) video conferencing, and high capacity multimedia transcoding services.

VoLTE enabled mobile phones and tablets that use HD audio (AMR-Wideband) codecs will require connectivity with GSM, CDMA or PSTN endpoints that use legacy codecs including AMR Narrowband (AMR-NB), EVRC or G.711. This will require the underlying IMS services infrastructure to have scalable, economical and high capacity transcoding capabilities to interconnect new VoLTE devices to legacy handsets and subscribers.

Radisys said its new card, based on the latest multicore Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, delivers industry-leading DSP power for processor intensive media stream manipulation, enabling large scale, economical real-time HD communication services utilizing a broad range of HD audio and video codecs including H.264, VP8, and AMR-WB.  It also leverages the MPX-12000 fault-resilient architecture for service reliability, including preserving active sessions for call continuity, customer satisfaction and revenue assurance.

“Radisys is a leading provider of media processing platforms and is deployed today in VoLTE networks and trials around the globe,” said Grant Henderson, vice president of marketing and product management, Radisys. “Our flagship MPX-12000 combined with the MPH6 delivers the highest capacity IP media processing platform on the market for communication equipment providers and operators, not only for multimedia transcoding, but for a broad range of IMS and web communication services.”

The Radisys MPX-12000 is a Broadband Media Processing platform for large LTE IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network deployments.

The MPX-12000, which is based on Radisys 40G ATCA open platform technologies, is specifically designed to provide mobile and IMS network operators the capacities, capabilities and reliability essential for monetizing real-time wireless broadband communications, including mobile video and voice over LTE (VoLTE). The platform performs the Multimedia Resource Function (MRF) in LTE IMS networks.

Brocade's Q1 Revenue Dips 4% YoY as SAN Business Grows

Brocade reported first quarter revenue of $565 million for the 3-month period ending 25-Jan-2014, down 4% year-over-year and up 1% quarter-over-quarter. The company reported GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.18, up from a loss of $0.05 per share in Q1 2013. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.24, up from $0.21 in Q1 2013.

"Brocade achieved solid results in Q1, exceeding our outlook for revenue and profitability," said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade. "Our performance was driven by the strength of our Storage Area Networking (SAN) business as customers continue to adopt Gen 5 Fibre Channel networks for their highly virtualized data centers and high-performance storage environments, including Solid State Disks (SSDs). While the overall IP Networking business declined year-over-year, we achieved our outlook for the quarter. This is a transformational year for Brocade and we remain committed to our mission to be the network provider of choice to the world's data centers."

Some highlights:

  • SAN business revenue, including products and services, was $412 million, down 1% year-over-year and up 8% sequentially. SAN business revenue grew sequentially across all product segments and performed better than the company's outlook for Q1 2014. Gen 5 Fibre Channel products represented approximately 71% of director and switch revenue in the quarter, higher than the 42% reported in Q1 2013 and 69% in Q4 2013.
  • IP Networking business revenue, including products and services, was $153 million, down 11% year-over-year and 15% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year and sequential decline was principally due to lower sales into the U.S. Federal government as well as lower non-Federal sales in the Americas region. During Q1 2014, an estimated 59% of our IP Networking product revenue came from data center customers, a favorable shift in the mix of our IP business from an estimated 48% in Q1 2013 and 53% in Q4 2013.

Extreme Networks Names New CTO - Eric Broockman

Extreme Networks named Eric Broockman as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  Broockman most recently served as the CEO of Alereon, where he led the strategy and product development of the industry's first gigabit OFDM wireless solution. He holds numerous US patents, is an active inventor, and was a National Science Foundation Fellow.