Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hot Interconnects Symposium - August 26-28

The 22nd annual IEEE Hot Interconnects symposium will be held at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on August 26-28.

The event is an international forum for researchers and developers of state-of-the-art hardware and software architectures and implementations for interconnection networks of all scales, ranging from multi-core on-chip interconnects to those within systems, clusters, and data centers.

Early registration ends July 31.

VeloCloud Launches Subscription-based Virtualized WAN Service

VeloCloud Networks, a start-up based in Los Altos, California, is launching a subscription-based, virtualized WAN service for enterprises that aggregates multiple access lines (cable modem, DSL, LTE) into a single secure connection that is defined and controlled in the cloud.

The VeloCloud service uses an Intel-based customer premise device at a branch office to communicate with a VeloCloud gateway in the cloud. The service analyzes network performance and application traffic to determine the best path and dynamically steer traffic to corporate data center or cloud services.

Compared to MPLS VPNs, VeloCloud said its services offers a significant cost savings because it uses available Internet access lines while delivering enterprise-grade reliability and performance. Advanced network services, such as application-aware firewalls, can be virtualized on the CPE or delivered in the network.  VeloCloud will charge a flat fee per month per location served. The subscription service comprises a Cloud Orchestrator, distributed Cloud Services Gateways and a Cloud Services Edge per branch.

“The VeloCloud service transcends the congestion, expense and complexity that plague WAN connections today, so that branch operations no longer struggle with a networking dilemma,” said Sanjay Uppal, co-founder and CEO of VeloCloud. “Our disruptive approach takes full advantage of cloud and virtualization technologies to both simplify and fortify the WAN, turning what is

“VeloCloud’s solution transforms WAN networking by leveraging the economics of the Internet, the architecture of the cloud and the virtualization of network appliances,” said Alan Boehme, member of the board of advisors of VeloCloud and head of Enterprise Architecture, the Coca-Cola Company. “This is beneficial for any enterprise and absolutely the right direction for the migration to hybrid data centers.”

VeloCloud plans to promote its service through channel partners, value-added resellers (VARs), system integrators and managed service providers (MSPs).

  • In June, VeloCloud Networks, a start-up based in Los Altos, California, announced $21 million in funding for its Cloud-Delivered WAN vision. The funding was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Venrock, and included the incubator firm, The Fabric.
  • VeloCloud is headed by Sanjay Uppal, who previously ran OnMobile Global.  He also spent time at Citrix through the acquisition he negotiated with Caymas where he was President and CEO. At Citrix, he defined the product strategy and go to market for the Access Management, Delivery Controller and WAN acceleration product lines.  VeloCloud co-founders also include Ajit Mayya (previously Sr. Director of Engineering in the Cloud and Infrastructure Management division of VMware) and Steve Woo (previously head of cloud strategy at Aerohive Networks).

ViaWest Opens 140,000 Sq Ft Data Center in Denver

ViaWest opened its fifth data center in the Denver area.

The Compark data center, located in the Denver Technology Center near southeast Denver, boasts 140,000 square feet of raised floor space and  high-density configurations supporting 700+ watts per square foot. The data center also is marked by a Projected Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2.

“As our fifth data center in the Denver area and 27th across the U.S., Compark was built to support mission critical infrastructures that require high reliability,” states Margie Sims, Regional Vice President of Sales & General Manager for ViaWest. “We have seen demand from not only Colorado-based companies, but businesses nationwide, for high quality, secure colocation and cloud infrastructure services. Our customers continue to count on us for production and disaster recovery environments and we are pleased to add Compark to our fleet in order to support their ever-changing business needs.”

Sea-Me-We 5 Project Takes Another Step Forward

Orange signed a construction and maintenance agreement for Sea-Me-We 5 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5), a new submarine cable that will connect  Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh,  Sri-Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen,  Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy and France.

Sea-Me-We 5 initially offer an aggregate capacity of 24 Tbps and the ability to carry 100G wavelengths. It is expected to enter service at the end of 2016.

Orange noted that it is also co-owner of three other submarine cables that run between Asia  and Europe: Sea-Me-We 3, Sea-Me-We 4 and IMeWe, which were launched in  1999, 2005 and 2010 respectively.

  • In March 2014, Alcatel-Lucent and NEC both announced contract wins for the new SEA-ME-WE5 project, a 100G undersea cable system that will span 20,000km from Singapore to Europe. 
    The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) project is backed by consortium of 15 leading telecom operators.

    Alcatel-Lucent will be deploying the segments spanning from Sri Lanka to France. Co-contractor NEC will be deploying the Singapore to Sri Lanka segment.

Ericsson's Q2 Sales Were Flat Y-o-Y

Ericsson reported sales of SEK 54.8b (US$8.01 billion), down -1% YoY and up 13% QoQ.

Sales in the quarter year-over-year were driven by growth in the Middle East, China and India, as well as continued capacity business in North America. This was offset by, as previously communicated, lower revenues from two large mobile broadband coverage projects in North America that peaked in the first half of 2013, and reduced activity in Japan.

Ericsson said it has started to deliver on  on previously awarded 4G/LTE contracts in Mainland China and Taiwan. The company also cited political unrest in parts of the Middle East and Africa as impacting sales, however the situation in Russia and the Ukraine did not impact sales in Q2.

Revenue by segment:

  • Networks: 29.0b, up 3% YoY
  • Global Services: 23.1b, down 7% YoY
  • Support Services: 2.8b, up 21%