Thursday, June 12, 2014

HP Helion Network Promises a Commercial Model for Service Providers

At its HP Discover 2014 corporate event this week in Las Vegas, HP introduced its Helion Network, a global, open network that promises a portfolio of services for enterprise customers and the ability to create a secure hybrid IT environment.

The HP Helion Network will feature an OpenStack-based distributed cloud computing model. It will be hardware agnostic and HP promises that it will provide a unique commercial and operating model for service providers. HP hopes to attract a wide ecosystem of independent software vendors, developers, system integrators and value-added resellers.  It will also build on the HP CloudAgile Service Provider program, which has more than 115 service providers worldwide and 1,500 private cloud deployments. HP said its Helion Network will include companies such as AT&T, HKT, Intel and Synapsis.

HP expects to launch a pilot version of the Helion Network in Q4 2014.  General availability for HP Helion OpenStack and the HP Helion Development Platform is planned for the same time frame.

“Global enterprises grapple with a daunting array of cloud products and services across locations, which creates challenges that include security, data sovereignty, interoperability and quality of service,” said Martin Fink, executive vice president and chief technology officer, HP. “The HP Helion Network leverages HP’s expertise gained from running OpenStack technology at scale and our ability to unite service providers and technology partners. Together, we’re building a federated ecosystem that enables organizations to deploy services on the right platform at the right time and at the right cost.”

HP listed the following benefits of the HP Helion Network for enterprise customers:

  • An open, secure and agile hybrid IT environment with no vendor lock-in, which enables workload portability between on- and off-premises environments.
  • Access to an expanded enterprise-grade cloud services portfolio that includes horizontal and vertical applications, as well as network-enhanced services such as secure cloud networking, enabling customers to meet local and multinational hybrid requirements.
  • The ability to meet country-specific data regulations regarding data sovereignty, retention and protection.

Key benefits for partners will include:

  • New revenue streams and lower costs by offering differentiated cloud offerings that harness HP and partner technology and expertise.
  • An expanded portfolio of cloud services, allowing service providers to sell other HP Helion Network service provider vertical and horizontal cloud solutions.
  • Collaborative sales and marketing efforts to enhance market coverage and increase go-to-market efficiencies. This includes access to HP training, collateral and go-to-market support via HP’s direct and indirect channel partners—including value-added resellers and distributors.
  • Access to flexible payment structures that help align IT investment with revenue.

Sprint Chooses ItsOn's Virtualized OSS/BSS

ItsOn, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, announced that Sprint will use its Smart Services Platform to enhance mobile network capabilities and enable new types of mobile services.

Under the multi-year deal, Sprint will use ItsOn’s SaaS cloud solution to design and implement granular service policy control for various data, text and voice services. Sprint will be integrating the ItsOn cloud capabilities into its existing network architecture and the ItsOn Smart Services™ device software will be embedded in all new Sprint Android devices sold through all distribution channels going forward.

“The ItsOn solution provides an end-to-end mobile network policy design, deployment and management platform with intelligent and granular control of mobile network communications,” said David Owens, Senior Vice President Product Development at Sprint. “While other mobile operators stay with traditional solutions that require years to deploy new types of services, Sprint will reduce our deployment cycles down to a few weeks by virtualizing multiple service control capabilities with the ItsOn platform.”

  • ItsOn is already being used by Zact Mobiles, an MVNO that runs on the Sprint networks. Zact provides the user with granular control over their monthly plan.
  • ItsOn is backed by Tenaya Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Vodafone Ventures, Verizon Investments, SV Angel and an investor group led by Jim Davidson.

Nimble Storage's News Flash Array Scales to 64 TB

Nimble Storage introduced its Adaptive Flash platform with the performance of flash-only arrays and the capacity of hybrid arrays. Adaptive Flash is based on CASL, Nimble’s patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout architecture, and InfoSight, the company’s automated cloud-based management and support system.

The new CS700 Series arrays and All-Flash Shelf boast up to 500,000 IOPS, 64 terabytes (TBs) of flash, and a petabyte of capacity.

Nimble said its Adaptive Flash platform dynamically and intelligently allocates storage resources to meet diverse and stringent application demands on a single platform.  The new All-Flash Shelf provides the flexibility to scale flash gradually up to 16 TBs per node, or 64 TBs in a 4-node scale-out cluster.

Qualcomm's Latest Small Cell Chipset Integrates LTE + Wi-Fi in 28nm

Qualcomm introduced its latest chipset for small cells aimed at neighborhood deployments or in small and medium businesses.

Qualcomm's new FSM90xx, which is implemented in 28nm technology, combines LTE functionality from the FSM99xx, which was announced last year and is commercially available now, with Wi-Fi.

To reduce interference and maintain high service quality for dense SMB and neighborhood small cell deployments, the FSM90xx integrates advanced self-organizing networks (SON) techniques through UltraSON software. The FSM90xx can be paired with Qualcomm Technologies’ RFICs (FTR8xxx) to support all LTE bands worldwide and maintains compatibility with the FSM99xx to further ease and speed OEM product development across both product lines.

“Qualcomm is bringing its mobile and networking heritage to bear for consumers, innovative OEMs, wired and wireless network operators,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. “We cannot solve the 1000x data challenge with spectrum alone. Small cells are critical to enhancing network capacity and improving mobile broadband connections. With this latest addition to our small cell family of products, Qualcomm is continuing to be a leader in the industry by delivering a segment-wide solution to enable the deployment of small cells anywhere and everywhere.”

The FSM90xx SoCs are expected to sample in the second half of 2014.

Deutsche Telekom Publishes Legal Intercept Records

Deutsche Telekom published figures on the number of times in 2013 that it was legally obligated to provide information to the security authorities and to enable interception measures in Germany.

The record shows that a total of 49,796 lines were intercepted by German authorities on DT's network. In addition, requests were received for a total of 436,331 data traffic records, the number of requests for subscriber master data totaled 28,162, and requests were received in a total of 946,641 cases for data on IP address owners in connection with civil law proceedings on copyright violations.

NTT DATA and Chunghwa Telecom Lab Collaborate on SDN

NTT DATA and Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Laboratories agreed to collaboration focused on carrier SDN technologies.

In this joint research, NTT DATA will refine the network control system for that purpose and conduct the implementation of the product as software. CHT-TL will mainly organize the requirements for what types of network services should be realized, as well as conduct the application development.

Radisys, AirHop and Broadcom Offer SON-Ready LTE Small Cell

Radisys, AirHop Communications, and Broadcom have collaborated on a small cell solution that combines AirHop’s eSON software with Radisys' Trillium LTE TOTALeNodeB solution and Broadcom's BCM617xx Series small cell silicon.  The integrated Self-Organizing Network (SON) solution for LTE and LTE-Advanced small cell networks is currently in trial deployments with leading mobile operators.

“Our partnership with AirHop comes at the right time as mobile operators increasingly opt for a third-party SON solution to enable their small cell deployments,” said Todd Mersch, general manager, Software and Solutions, Radisys. “By integrating our TOTALeNodeB small cell software with AirHop’s eSON software and Broadcom silicon, we’re enabling operators to broadly deploy various types of small cells, from residential to urban, at an accelerated pace. We’re excited to see trial deployments already underway.”

AirHop’s eSON is a cloud-based client-server architecture enabling coordinated optimization across small cell layers as well as between small cells and macrocells. It provides real-time optimization of available radio resources via multi-cell coordination to effectively provide optimal coverage, capacity for each cell, and quality of service for individual users. Radisys’ TOTALeNodeB software is a turn-key, deployment proven small cell solution that dramatically simplifies the development and integration of LTE small cells while cutting the typical product development time in half.By integrating AirHop’s eSON within its TOTALeNodeB solution, optimized on Broadcom silicon, Radisys delivers a distributed SON solution that enables:


Asia Submarine-cable Express to be Extended to Cambodia

NTT Com has reached an agreement with Chuan Wei (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. to extend the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) will be extended to Cambodia to provide reliable, high-capacity communication infrastructure for the increasing number of multinational companies operating in the Mekong region.  Under the agreement, NTT Com will lay Cambodia’s first submarine optical fiber cable.

The ASE submarine cable, which spans 7,800 km, is routed away from the Bashi Channel and the south coast of Taiwan, areas that frequently experience earthquakes and typhoons. The ASE also takes the shortest route of any submarine cable connecting Japan to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Participants in ASE include NTT Com, Telekom Malaysia, PLDT and StarHub.