Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Digital Realty and Zayo Team on Cloud to Data Center Connections

Zayo and Digital Realty announced an alliance agreement to expand the Digital Realty direct connect cloud offering.

Under the pact, Digital Realty customers will have the ability to access Zayo’s Connect to the Cloud platform, which offers access to more than 24 leading cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer.

Digital Realty clients will be able to deploy hybrid cloud solutions through Zayo’s Cloud connectivity platform. They will also be able to access pricing, place orders, and view existing and pending services through Tranzact, Zayo’s innovative shopping platform.

Digital Realty is one of the largest data center providers worldwide, with more than 130 locations across 11 countries. Zayo’s network, which spans more than 81,000 route miles and connects to more than 500 data centers, is connected to the majority of Digital Realty locations, enabling the two companies to offer complementary infrastructure to customers.

“This agreement builds on a long standing relationship with Zayo and our customers benefit from Zayo’s extensive network and ability to quickly deploy solutions for customers,” said Mike Bohlig, director of global alliances at Digital Realty. “Zayo’s footprint complements our global portfolio of data centers, enabling us to provide mutual customers with a diverse set of services, including connectivity to a wide range of cloud providers.”


Japan's KVH Deploys Cyan for Packet-Optical Transport

KVH has deployed Cyan’s Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport Platform and Blue Planet SDN software to enable its new high-capacity backhaul network in Japan.

Cyan said its Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport Platform provides KVH with integrated support for 100G coherent optical transponding and muxponding, scale up to 96-channels, and multi-degree ROADM for transporting up to 10 Tbps on a single fiber. Blue Planet, together with the Z-Series, delivers multi-layer capacity scalability, multi-vendor software control, service automation and orchestration for KVH’s backhaul service.

KVH is offering Nx100Ga connectivity from the major submarine landing stations in Japan, Chikura and Toyohashi, to central Tokyo and Osaka. KVH’s new backhaul service targets global service providers, Internet content providers, and carriers with network capacity requirements to connect their sub-sea capacity to these key metropolitan cities.

These two cable landing stations connect to KVH’s Points of Presence for the KVH DCNet service. This allows customers to expand their network capacity from these two cable landing stations to 60 plus data centers and more than 120 points of presence in the greater metropolitan areas of Tokyo and Osaka. Launched in June 2014, DCNet is a data center network service that connects more than 100 industry leading data centers in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States.

“Cloud services, content delivery, wholesales services and more are driving big bandwidth growth and new service offerings across the APAC region. KVH is ensuring we can capitalize on this trend by expanding our backhaul network beyond 10 Tbps for 100G services with Cyan. Ultimately, this will help us differentiate ourselves in the market and become the leading solution for dedicated connectivity in Japan’s main metropolitan areas,” said Gint Atkinson, vice president of network strategy and architecture, KVH.


  • In September, Cyan announced a series of new features to its Cyan Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport (P-OTP) and Blue Planet SDN platforms, including support for MPLS-TP, support for additional Carrier Ethernet 2.0+ capabilities, hitless software upgrades, traffic policing and shaping, and support for a new 100G DWDM coherent CFP.
    Some highlights of the enhancements:

  • 8-degree, 96 channel ROADM – Cyan is adding to the existing family of single-slot 2- and 4-degree ROADM modules to support more flexible topologies and high-density 10G, 100G, and future 400G applications.
  • Integrated amplifier modules – Cyan is introducing a new family of integrated Erbium Doped Fibre Amplifier (EDFA) modules, which provide extended optical reach for metro, regional, and long-haul applications.
  • Four new APIs for SDN-powered packet-optical infrastructure: Optical Services, SNMP Trap Forwarding, Physical and Logical Inventory, and Site Manager API.
  • Support for MPLS-TP - over the coming months, Cyan will roll out new MPLS-TP capabilities for the Z-Series PSW modules that will ensure highly reliable and predictable delivery of Ethernet services between metros and across an MPLS core. When coupled with Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform, MPLS-TP capabilities will enable resilient and scalable packet transport along with advanced end-to-end control, multi-vendor management, and service orchestration. Cyan also will ensure interoperability between existing PBB-TE networks and new MPLS-TP deployments.

Trade Agreement Could Eliminate Next Gen Silicon Tariffs

International trade negotiators and heads of governments appear to have reached a breakthrough in efforts to expand the WTO's Information Technology Agreement, which eliminates tariffs on high-tech products among 54 economies, including the U.S. and China.

A deal between the U.S. and China reached this week in Beijing is expected to pave the way for continued ITA negotiations in Geneva.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said many of the products that would see tariff elimination under an expanded ITA are in key U.S. industries, including next generation semiconductors, which would see current tariffs of up to 25 percent reduced to zero.



ASSIA Wins Judgment Against BT on Dynamic Spectrum Mgt

The UK Court of Appeal in London affirmed a 2013 High Court judgment in favor of ASSIA on one important broadband management patent and determined that British Telecom infringes a second, more fundamental patent covering dynamic spectrum management techniques.

ASSIA said the Court of Appeal judgment holds that BT infringes two key ASSIA patents in its management of the rapidly growing “Next Generation Architecture” UK superfast broadband network. ASSIA’s patents at issue in the trial describe sophisticated techniques for rapidly optimizing millions of broadband connections without human intervention.

According to a recent BT announcement, 203,000 new customers subscribed to the operator’s superfast broadband offering between July and September 2014, bringing the total number of BT superfast broadband customers to 3.3 million as of September 30.

“Today’s ruling affirms ASSIA’s role as an innovator in the field of broadband performance optimization,” said ASSIA General Counsel Noah Mesel.  “Two dozen major operators around the world license our products because they recognize the significant value ASSIA’s software uniquely adds to their businesses.  As BT continues to grow the part of their business that infringes ASSIA’s patents, it is time for them to join companies such as AT&T, Verizon, Sky, and Bouygues, and license our software; otherwise BT should pay for infringing our patented technology.”


Altair Launches Computer-aided Engineering Suite on AWS

Altair launched its HyperWorks Unlimited - Virtual (HWUL-V) computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

HWUL-V integrates unlimited use of the HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite with PBS Professional, a leading high-performance computing (HPC) workload manager, and application-aware portals for HPC access and remote visualization of big data.

HWUL-V will be offered in all AWS regions globally, including the United States, Europe, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, and Australia, with customers gaining seamless access to HPC-driven CAE regardless of location.

"Leveraging HPC for CAE has historically been restricted to those with significant resources and access to expensive hardware," said Sam Mahalingam, Chief Technical Officer of Altair.  "HyperWorks Unlimited - Virtual eliminates the need to build and support information technology infrastructure to support HPC.  This solution provides access to a wealth of highly accurate solvers that enable engineers to simulate a broad range of physics, along with a world-class workload manager, remote data visualization, and data management, making infinite design exploration affordable, simple, and convenient."


DT Establishes one of the Largest European Investment Funds

Deutsche Telekom is launching what is expected to be one of the largest venture investing funds in Europe.

Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP) will have a fund volume of EUR 500 million for a 5-year period, effectively doubling the company's existing investments with T-Venture. DTCP will also advise Deutsche Telekom on existing investments in STRATO, Interactive Media, Scout, Deutsche Telekom Innovation Pool (TIP) and T-Venture.

"DTCP combines the expertise and strength of a large corporation with the agility and flexibility of a small investment company: the best of both worlds to take Deutsche Telekom forward," said Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom.

"I’m excited about the job of unifying Deutsche Telekom's innovation investments in one place, and being able to attract world-class talent to Germany to create a truly unique innovation engine," said Vicente Vento, currently Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions at Deutsche Telekom and CEO-designate of DTCP.

DTCP will launch in early 2015.


Mimosa Unveils Its Hotspot-to-the-Home Gateway

Mimosa Networks, a start-up based in Campbell, California, introduced its C5i Hotspot-to-the-Home Gateway for connecting to urban Wi-Fi networks.

Mimosa’s C5i packs a 4x4:4 Multi-User MIMO radio that leverages beamforming technology for automatic antenna aiming.  The device is self-installable and can connect to any outdoor 5 GHz Wi-Fi access point or to a Mimosa access point, which uses a TDMA protocol to optimize performance.

“Consumers can easily mount the device to a window and connect with the access point of their local Internet service provider. With a single device, the C5i can bring the Internet into the home at incredible speeds of up to 500 Mbps,” says Brian Hinman, CEO of Mimosa.

Mimosa Networks, a pioneer in gigabit wireless technology, leverages the most advanced Wi-Fi technology to design and manufacture outdoor gigabit wireless platforms for service providers demanding fiber speed networks. Mimosa technology provides the highest level of scale, capacity and reliability for multiple verticals and applications. Founded in Silicon Valley in 2012, the company has so far raised a total of over $38 million in venture capital funding. Mimosa is led by Brian Hinman, notable CEO and founder of 2Wire, Polycom and PictureTel and includes experienced executives and key talent from leading telecommunications and consumer product companies.


  • In August, Mimosa Networks unveiled its B5 Backhaul radio with coordinated Massive MIMO technology and Mimosa Cloud Services (MCS), featuring advanced network-wide planning and analytics. The company cited a number of innovations:

  • Advanced Colocation ­ -- the B5 radio makes the most of available spectrum. Using both GPS and GLONASS to maximize satellite sync through precision timing as well as sophisticated RF isolation techniques, the B5 radio offers maximum spectrum re-use for colocated devices.
  • Spectrum Multiplication -- leverages coordinated Massive MIMO technology, allowing colocated radios to deliver 16 MIMO streams, and 4 Gbps of throughput, all while sharing the same channel. 
  • Auto Everything ­-- the first radio to offer real-time spectrum analysis without service interruption. The B5 radio automatically optimizes bandwidth, frequency and power use based on historical and real-time data ­ allowing the radio to immediately adapt to any environmental change.
  • Dual Link ­-- actively load balances across two non-contiguous channels to provide unprecedented resiliency against interference.
  • Mimosa Cloud Services -- a cloud-based planning and analytics tool set for wireless service providers.  Enhanced with Google Maps mapping service, Mimosa's network design features allow operators to visually plan and design links while viewing their entire network in one location. Additional topology and obstruction information as well as environmental ITU-based data provide deeper understanding of how a link might operate in real-life.
The B5 Backhaul radio is available for order in two versions ­ an antenna-integrated 5 GHz backhaul radio (B5); and a connectorized radio-only version (B5c).  The B5 (List Price: $899 for B5, $839 for B5c) will begin shipping to customers in Fall 2014.

  • Mimosa has raised over $38 million in venture funding.

Mimosa Networks, a start-up based in Campbell, California, unveiled its B5 Backhaul 

Broadcom Looks to Channel Partners to Accelerate IoT Market

Broadcom is working with more than 40 channel partners to accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and high volume Ethernet IC markets. The company said it is introducing a new sales model to support a broad ecosystem needed to meet increasing demand from thousands of developers.

Broadcom's new channel partners include module manufacturers, value-added resellers, independent design houses, original device manufacturers (ODMs) and an e-commerce distribution channel. The global network is aimed at providing greater access to its WICED Smart and WICED Wi-Fi platforms and leading-edge RoboSwitch, StrataConnect and NetXtreme Ethernet solutions.

"As the IoT market continues to evolve, we're seeing increased demand from thousands of emerging developers wanting to get their hands on our low-cost, highly integrated development platforms, modules and resource materials," said Vincent Brocato, Broadcom Senior Director, Global Channel. "By making our technology easy to use and widely available through our expanded global channel, companies both large and small now have immediate access to the technology and tools required to bring their innovative ideas to life."


Verizon Installs Solar Panels at Long Island HQ

Verizon is installing 7,000 SunPower solar panels on the roof of its Long Island headquarters complex in Garden City, NY.

The same building already generates 6 million kilowatt hours of green energy annually from a fuel-cell system built in 2005.

Upon completion of the new Long Island solar project, Verizon will operate more than 6.7 megawatts of green energy systems in the state. Other company projects in the state include Fuel cells at five New York City telecommunications-switching locations (one each in Staten Island and Queens, and three in Brooklyn) and at a data center in Elmsford in Westchester County. Altogether, Verizon has invested more than $60 million in green energy in New York.


Hortonworks Files for IPO

Hortonworks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC will act as joint lead book-running managers for the offering, RBC Capital Markets, LLC will act as book-running manager, and Pacific Crest Securities LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Blackstone Capital Markets will act as co-managers.


  • Hortonworks develops, distributes and supports a 100% open source Apache Hadoop data platform that deeply integrates with existing IT investments and upon which enterprises can build and deploy Hadoop-based applications. The company has deep relationships with the key strategic data center partners, including Microsoft, SAP, Teradata, HP and others.
  • In July 2014, HP announced a $50 million equity investment in Hortonworks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, that offers enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions. The companies said the investment builds on the reseller agreement put in place last year. The companies also plan to integrate the Hortonworks Data Platform with key HP technologies including the marquee HP HAVEn offering.
  • In March 2014, Hortonworks announced an oversubscribed $100 million funding round to support it enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions. The new funding round was led by funds managed by BlackRock and Passport Capital, joined by all existing investors.