Monday, July 21, 2014

Interxion to Launch Cloud Connect in London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam Data Centers

Interxion outlined plans for a Cloud Connect service linking enterprises, service providers (SPs), system integrators (SIs) and carriers to multiple clouds from within Interxion data centers.

The idea is to provide a private, virtual connection between the customer and cloud service provider, bypassing the public Internet and providing service level guarantees on latency, throughput and security.

Initial Cloud Connect deployments will launch in London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam in the third quarter of 2014. More locations will follow in 2015.

Interxion is working with BTI Systems to implement the Cloud Networking Solution. BTI’s solution provides Interxion a high-density, SDN-enabled converged packet optical platform, a software control layer enabling customer self-service, and a support plan that will provide the highest performance and reliability of cloud connections.

“Every organisation beginning a migration to the cloud faces the challenge of making the hybrid model work with their existing IT installations. The choice of data centre is important because the applications running in different environments need to interact in a secure and high performance manner,” said Mario Galvez, Interxion’s VP Product Management. “Cloud Connect makes this decision-making process easier by offering multiple private connect services from a single connection. This next-generation platform offers our communities of interest - a long established, vibrant and entrepreneurial group of cloud providers, carriers, service providers and system integrators - an easy way to connect, transact and develop services with each other, at the highest performance levels.”

  • Earlier this month, Interxion announced the availability of private connections to both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure from all of its 37 data centers across 11 countries.

    Private connections are now available from leading AWS Direct Connect and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute network partners such as Level 3, Verizon, AT&T, IX Reach and BT – who all have points of presence in Interxion data centres.

    Private connections between public cloud platforms and enterprise IT infrastructure provide better performance, lower latency and improved security compared to Internet-based connections.

Verizon FiOS Moves to Symmetric Upload/Downloads

Verizon is moving to symmetric upload and download speeds for FiOS residential service.

New and existing customers will receive a free performance boost for in upload speeds to match their download speed tier.

Existing Speeds  New Speeds
15/5 Mbps          15/15 Mbps
15/5 Mbps          25/25 Mbps
50/25 Mbps         50/50 Mbps
75/35 Mbps         75/75 Mbps
150/65 Mbps        150/150 Mbps
300/65 Mpbs        300/300 Mbps
500/100 Mbps       500/500 Mbps

Verizon said it expects the level of upload activity on the FiOS network to double by late 2016 .

Algérie Télécom Upgrades MPLS Transport with Nokia and Juniper

Algérie Télécom, Algeria’s state-owned operator, has selected Nokia Networks to modernize its transport network with "Seamless MPLS".

Specifically, Nokia Networks Global Services will provide project management and network deployment of Juniper Networks' IP/MPLS platform.

Nokia Networks will also provide network planning, optimization and systems integration to ensure that the opeartor’s network can deliver the necessary throughput, latency and resiliency. A five-year contract also provides hardware, software and competence development services to protect Algérie Télécom’s capital investment.

Nokia Networks is also a supplier of LTE equipment to Algérie Télécom.

“This project underlines our resolve to deliver a truly differentiated customer experience to our subscribers,” said Azouaou Mehmel, president and CEO of Algérie Télécom Group. “We have complete faith in Nokia Networks’ capability to deliver on our vision due to its technical knowledge and extensive experience in similar implementations. Nokia Networks is a natural choice for this initiative that will stregthen our position as the operator of choice for Algerian subscribers.”

Work Begins on Hibernia's "Project Express" Transatlantic Cable

TE SubCom has begun manufacturing work on Hibernia Express, a new 4,600 km cable system designed to provide the lowest-latency fiber path between New York and London.  The transatlantic span will connect Halifax, Nova Scotia and Brean, UK.  Terrestrial fiber will extend connectivity to the major metro areas.

Hibernia Express will initially launch with 100 Gbps transmission capacity using TE SubCom’s C100 SLTE platform. It will be a 6-fiber-pair submarine cable, with a portion of the fibers optimized for lowest latency and a portion optimized for 100x100 Gbps design capacity. The total cross-sectional design capacity of the cable will be over 53 Tbps.

“Having a unique, low latency route combined with increased capacity allows Hibernia Express to offer unmatched services to trans-Atlantic connectivity customers,” said Bjarni Thorvardarson of Hibernia Networks. “As a pillar of the submarine cable industry, we are confident that TE SubCom will deliver a highly advanced cable system and world-class implementation. We’re thrilled to have reached this critical point in the deployment of Hibernia Express.”

“Our company’s technology portfolio and extensive trans-Atlantic installation experience make us an ideal supplier for the Hibernia Express system,” said John Mitchell, President, TE Subcom. “We’re looking forward to tackling the special challenges of this unique project and supplying the newest high capacity, low latency cable across the Atlantic.”

GoGrid Debuts “Any Cloud” Orchestration Engine

San Francisco-based GoGrid introduced its "any cloud" Orchestration Engine Service for delivering complex applications across multiple public or private clouds as well as on-premise data centers.

GoGrid has developed an orchestration engine that automates application deployments across multiple clouds and on-prem environments. The idea is to offer a "1-Button Deploy" service for activating or moving applications, whole servers or clusters of servers between clouds. This simplifies Big Data deployments in hybrid clouds. GoGrid's Orchestration Engine Service will also be available for partners to sell and deliver services.

GoGrid said its orchestration service can orchestrate anything with an API. The service is currently running in three data centers (San Francisco, Ashburn, and Amsterdam)

“We’re the first cloud operator to enable the delivery of complex application solutions like Big Data environments for Hadoop and Cassandra on-demand, and we’ve done so using an ‘un-opinionated’ Orchestration Engine Service that allows these solutions to be deployed onto any cloud,” said John Keagy, GoGrid’s CEO. “That means telcos could work with our ISV partners to make their solutions and technologies available on regional clouds to support specific data sovereignty requirements as well as on GoGrid’s high-performance Big Data cloud.”

Huawei's 2014 H1 Revenue Rises 19% YoY

Huawei reported 1H2014 sales revenue of CNY135.8 billion (US$21.86 billion), an increase of 19% year-on-year with an operating margin of 18.3%.  Huawei is employee-owned.

"Revenue and profit for the first half of 2014 are in line with our expectations. Driven by increasing investments in LTE networks worldwide, Huawei has further solidified its leadership position in mobile broadband. Rapid growth in software and services helped maintain steady growth in our carrier network business. Our efforts in the enterprise business have begun to pay off. We have enjoyed accelerated growth in this area. We also achieved quality and sustainable growth in our consumer business thanks to the increase of brand awareness and smart devices sales worldwide. Our flagship smartphone, the Ascend P7, is being sold in more than 70 countries and regions." said Cathy Meng, Huawei's Chief Financial Officer. "We are confident that in 2014 we will achieve sustainable growth, robust operations, and healthy financials."

Cisco Supplies 100G for Romania's Romtelecom

Romania's Romtelecom is deploying the Cisco ASR9000 and Cisco CRS-3 to enable 100G in its national network.  The upgrade program for Romtelecom's IP core network was initiated in 2013 and will be finalized in 2015.  The carrier plans to transition to an "all-IP" network by 2018.

"We operate the largest national network in Romania and are constantly working to expand its capabilities for the benefit of our customers. This deployment marks the implementation of an innovative solution to increase the data network capacity, at the same time increasing its availability and reliability", stated Bob Konstantidinis, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Romtelecom and COSMOTE Romania.