Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Verizon Lauches Secure Cloud Interconnect Service

Verizon announced the launch of its Secure Cloud Interconnect service (SCI), enabling its enterprise customers to use a Private IP service at up to 10 Gbps to connect to multiple cloud services, including the Verizon cloud and Microsoft Azure.

SCI with Verizon cloud will be immediately available in three locations (Denver, Northern Virginia and Santa Clara, Calif.), with sites in Europe (London, Amsterdam) available in May. Additional sites are planned for Europe and the Asia-Pacific region by year’s end.

The service with Microsoft Azure is expected to be available this summer for customers in the U.S.  Private Cloud Interconnect will be available to an additional half-dozen other major cloud services expected to come online later this year.

In addition, enterprises that have located their private cloud infrastructure in Equinix data centers can directly access Verizon’s Private IP service in 15 Equinix data centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific: Northern Virginia., Newark, N.J., Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Silicon Valley; London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris; Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.

Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect service offers dynamic bandwidth allocation with fully redundant connections, application performance throughput and quality of service, usage-based billing, and simple provisioning and management via a centralized portal. In addition, for added protection, clients can also add managed security services on top of their solutions.

“With Secure Cloud Interconnect, Verizon is removing the barriers for enterprise cloud adoption,” said Michael Palmer, vice president of product development for Verizon. “The reality is that many organizations today use multiple clouds to meet their business and technical objectives, but there was no easy way to manage this environment until now. Our new offering uniquely gives enterprises everything they require in a multi-cloud environment – security, private connectivity, performance, simplicity and efficiency. SCI will enable a wide range of applications and use cases for organizations.”

Hibernia Launches Content Delivery Network over its Global Net

Hibernia Networks has launched a Content Delivery Network that leverages its Internet backbone and high-performance IP network to accelerate delivery content for websites, ebooks, music, video and other forms of content.  The company said its network footprint enables it to deliver exceptional capabilities in secure, high-capacity media distribution and data transport. The platform also reflects the company’s continual commitment to and its evolution as a full, ‘end-to-end’ service provider.

The HiberniaCDN is available in the company’s owned and managed 190+ Points of Presence spanning North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

“HiberniaCDN provides customers with an end-to-end, cost-effective, content delivery solution that offers outstanding performance and enables the secure delivery of high-speed content to users around the world,” states Bjarni Thorvardarson, the CEO of Hibernia Networks. “HiberniaCDN aligns to our core belief that no matter how or where our clients and their end users are consuming a service — whether in Los Angeles, Dublin, or Singapore — they will always enjoy the same high-performance experience.”

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Tests Multi-Terabit Capacity Across Live Network

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), which operates a wholesale fiber-optic open-access network, completed a trial last week delivering multi-terabit capacity on its existing network across southern Virginia.

The demonstration, which was conducted with Infinera's DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform and 500 Gbps super-channels, demonstrated MBC's ability to deliver multi-terabit capacity providing more bandwidth for data center operators, cloud providers, research and technology companies looking to expand into southern Virginia.

"This trial underscores MBC's ability to rapidly deliver terabit capacity on our existing network," said Tad Deriso, President & CEO of MBC. “As we look toward expanding and enhancing MBC's network infrastructure to accommodate 100Gb/s transport circuits throughout the region, this successful trial is validation that MBC will be able to continually deliver high capacity, scalable bandwidth to our carrier customers."

eircom Rolls Out VDSL2 Vectoring with Huawei

eircom is rolling out VDSL2 vectoring to boost broadband speeds up to 100 Mbps for more than 700,000 homes and businesses across Ireland. The deployment uses technology from Huawei.

By the end of March 2014, vectoring has been deployed to the vast majority of eircom’s 3,000 fibre broadband cabinets. eircom estimates that at least 70% of the approximately 700,000 homes and businesses currently passed by its fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) network will be able to achieve speeds of between 70Mbps and 100Mbps.

Commenting on the development Carolan Lennon, Managing Director eircom Wholesale, said "Leading telecoms analysts such as Analysys Mason estimate that by 2020 European homes and small businesses will need download speeds of 100Mbps. With the deployment of vectoring we’re making those speeds available to homes and businesses within our existing national fibre footprint now, and the 1.4 million homes and businesses we intend to reach by 2016. Once completed, the broadband speeds available over our National Next Generation Fibre Access Network are now faster than most Fixed Line Operators across Europe.

We continue to work closely with our Global vendors, such as Huawei, to explore further hugely exciting technological developments in this area such as G.Fast, which offers the potential of future step changes in both upload and download broadband speeds by driving fibre further out into our network."

Huawei Introduces New Intel Xeon Servers

Huawei is introducing new server products based on the latest Intel Xeon processors.

At last week's IDF 2014 in Shenzhen, Huawei showcased its  RH8100 V3 eight-socket mission-critical server, the RH5885H V3 four-socket mission-critical server, and the E9000 converged architecture blade server, all of which use Intel Xeon E7 v2. Huawei also showcased FusionCube and its high-performance computing (HPC) solutions that use Huawei’s innovative servers, and the Trusted FusionCloud solution that includes Huawei next-generation TPM2.0 servers.
Huawei RH8100 V3 runs on Intel’s Xeon E7-8800 v2 processor. Huawei's hardware partitioning technology is leveraged to divide a single eight-socket server into two four-socket servers to support the evolution of processors over the next ten years, addressing the future high-speed interconnection requirements of the next three generations.

The RH5885H V3 four-socket rack server provides 53 RAS features and is powered by the Xeon E7-48000 v2 processor. It offers double the computing performance and triple the memory capacity when compared with Huawei’s RH5885 V2. In addition, up to 16 PCIe slots can be used to address customer requirements for service expansion.

The Huawei E9000 converged architecture blade server converges computing, storage, switching, and management.

Huawei’s FusionCube solution uses the Huawei E9000 converged architecture blade server and enables the automatic deployment of computing, converged network, storage, virtualization, and middleware.

Huawei also showcased its Trusted FusionCloud solution that uses servers based on Huawei's next-generation TPM2.0 technology at IDF 2014. TPM2.0 security chips and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) together ensure secure and trusted virtualization and cloud computing platforms. TPM virtualization technology (vTPM) enables trust in software running on virtual machines. Huawei’s FusionSphere cloud operating system protects system integrity using TPM2.0 server and vTPM technology. TPM2.0 enables bidirectional access and health checks between cloud resources and terminals.

Comcast Reaches One Million Wi-Fi Hotspots

Comcast now has over one million Wi-Fi hotspots in operation across the U.S. -- the largest network of Wi-Fi hotspots in the nation.

The Comcast Xfinity WiFi network includes:

  • Outdoor Hotspots: Comcast has placed Xfinity WiFi hotspots in public locations across the country, ranging from shopping centers and commuter stations to parks, sporting venues, beaches and boardwalks. Cities include San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta as well as areas of New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.
  • Business Hotspots: Most Comcast Business Internet customers are eligible to receive an Xfinity WiFi hotspot for no additional charge when they order service. This is a value-added feature that directly improves their patrons’ experience. Examples include restaurants, cafes and bakeries, retail establishments and office waiting rooms.
  • Neighborhood Hotspots: Recently, Comcast began providing residential customers with Xfinity Wireless Gateways the ability to have a second “xfinitywifi” signal (or SSID) in their home that is separate and distinct from their private and secure home Wi-Fi signal. This additional access point provides Xfinity Internet subscribers with a Wi-Fi signal without the need to share a homeowner’s private network password. This service is included at no additional charge.

BTI Systems Names Colin Doherty as President and CEO

BTI Systems, which supplies cloud and metro networking software and systems, named Colin Doherty as its new president and chief executive officer, replacing Steve Waszak, who has served as the company's president and chief executive officer since 2010.

Doherty joins BTI from Arbor Networks, where he has served as CEO since 2009. Doherty guided Arbor through its acquisition by Danaher in 2010 to give it more resources, followed last year by Arbor's acquisition of Packetloop to expand and differentiate its solutions portfolio. Earlier in his career, he served as CEO of Mangrove Systems and held senior management, sales and operations roles with NMS Communications and Nortel Networks.

BTI said it is experiencing strong growth and momentum as evidenced by compound annual revenue growth of 33 percent between 2007 and 2013. More than 40 percent of revenues coming from top-tier content, colocation and service providers.

  • In December, BTI closed a $27 million financing round, bringing to $60 million the amount of growth capital the company has raised since 2011. Investors include Bain Capital Ventures, BDC, Covington Capital, GrowthWorks and additional strategic investors.

Comcast Boosts Internet Speeds in the Northeast

Comcast has increased the speeds of two of its Xfinity Internet tiers in the Northeast, at no additional cost to customers.

In the Northeast, the Xfinity Internet Blast tier now offers speeds of up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps), and the Xfinity Extreme 105 tier offers speeds up to 150 Mbps (formerly 105 Mbps).

Comcast noted that this increase marks the 13th time in the past 12 years that it has increased its speeds.