Saturday, October 31, 2015

Indium Phosphide Lasers Monolithically Grown on 300nm Silicon

Imec and Ghent University demonstrated for the first time the ability to grow indium phosphide lasers monolithically integrated on 300mm silicon substrates in a CMOS pilot line.

The researchers used a production grade metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxial (MOVPE) growth reactor to grow an indium phosphide semiconductor in a pre-patterned oxide template , realizing indium phosphide waveguide arrays across the entire 300mm substrate.

Such laser-powered photonic integrated circuits (PICs) could be used to interface between future logic and memory chips.

Australian Researchers Build Quantum Logic Gate in Silicon

Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia have built a quantum logic gate in silicon for the first time -- a major step toward quantum computers. “We’ve demonstrated a two-qubit logic gate – the central building block of a quantum computer – and, significantly, done it in silicon. Because we use essentially the same device technology as existing computer chips, we believe it will be much easier to manufacture a full-scale processor...

IBM Charts Post-Silicon Future with Carbon Nanotube

IBM researchers have demonstrated announced a new transistor contact approach that could accelerate the use carbon nanotubes as a replacement for silicon. Previously, IBM shown that carbon nanotube transistors can operate as excellent switches at channel dimensions of less than ten nanometers – less than half the size of today’s leading silicon technology. IBM's new contact approach overcomes the other major hurdle in incorporating carbon nanotubes...

IBM Implements 100G Optical Transceiver in Sub-100nm CMOS

IBM announced another significant advancement with is CMOS integrated nano-photonics technology. The company said its researchers for the first time have tested a fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip, which will soon enable manufacturing of 100 Gbps optical transceivers. The design implements multiple optical components side-by-side with electrical circuits on a single silicon chip using sub-100nm CMOS technology. “Making...

100G and Beyond - @Huawei Comments at #OFC2015

What changes will we see as network transport evolves to 100G and beyond? Peter Ashwood-Smith, Technical VP of Optical Product Line at Huawei, breaks it down into a discussion of the control layer and the physical interface.  He sees 100G as the "workhorse" of optical transport for the next 3-5 years. We'll see improvements in density and the adoption on pluggable formats in 100G interfaces. Another factor for 100G is silicon photonics. See...

Luxtera Debuts 100G QSFP28 Module and Silicon Photonics Chipset

At this week's #OFC2015 in Los Angeles, Luxtera confirmed commercial availability of its 100G-PSM4 compliant chipset and QSFP optical module. The company said its low cost single mode products  make it well positioned for an industry-shift from copper and legacy multimode fiber to single mode fiber at volume scale. LUX42604 Key Features 100Gb optical transceiver QSFP28 compliant module form-factor Four 4 x 26 Gbps independently operating...

Mellanox Intros Next Gen 100 Gbps Silicon Photonics Transceivers

Mellanox Technologies introduced three new LinkX 100 Gb/s solutions that support the high-density, low-power, QSFP28 connector-based Switch-IB switch platform. The Switch-IB 36-port 100Gb/s InfiniBand switch delivers 7.2Tb/s of aggregate throughput in a 1U, making it the world’s highest performance, ultra-dense end-to-end platform. Mellanox said the robustness and density of standard QSFP connectors and cables enables 100Gb/s networks to be as...

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ericsson Demos 5G Network Core Slicing with SK Telecom

Ericsson demoed 5G network slicing at an event held by SK Telecom in Korea.  The demo showed a single physical network being partitioned into multiple virtual networks to offer optimal support for different types of services for different types of customer segments. The instantiation of the network slicing used the NFV-based Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

By using logical instead of physical resources, Ericsson says operators could provide networks on an as-a-service basis, which enhances operational efficiency while reducing time-to-market for new services.

Ericsson and SK Telecom also plan to build the world’s first hyperscale datacenter for 5G based on Ericsson’s pioneering HDS 8000

Ulf Ewaldsson, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson, says: “As Ericsson’s demonstration with SK Telecom shows, the development of 5G has reached a very exciting phase. Success with network slicing technology is critical to enable networks to become innovation platforms for new types of applications and thereby meet the future expectations of people, business and society.”

Microsemi Sweetens Offer to Acquire PMC-Sierra

Microsemi increased its offer to acquire PMC-Sierra.  Under the new proposal, PMC shareholders would receive $9.04 in cash and 0.0771x of a Microsemi common share for each PMC common share held at the close of the transaction. The implied enterprise value is $2.3 billion, net of PMC's net cash balance as of Sept. 27, 2015. Based on the closing stock price of Microsemi on Oct. 29, 2015, the transaction is valued at $11.88 per PMC share.

"Our revised proposal offers superior value to PMC's shareholders, and Microsemi is uniquely positioned to realize significant synergies," said James J. Peterson, Microsemi's chairman and CEO. "Our offer is more strategic, offers more certainty in terms of closing approval process and timing, and at a higher price than the Skyworks proposal. Shareholders receive cash now as well as the opportunity to participate in the significant upside potential of a global analog and mixed-signal leader with a highly diversified platform for growth and profitability."

Microsemi Announces Bid to Acquire PMC-Sierra

Microsemi announced an offer to acquire PMC-Sierra for $11.50 per PMC share, representing a premium of approximately 50 percent to the closing price on Oct. 5, 2015, the last trading day prior to the announcement of PMC's proposed acquisition with Skyworks Solutions.  The offer price is based on the closing stock price of Microsemi on Oct. 16, 2015. Microsemi said its offer is better than that of Skyworks because its cash and stock proposal...

Skyworks to Acquire PMC-Sierra for $2 Billion

Skyworks Solutions has agreed to acquire PMC-Sierra for $10.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2 billion. Skyworks, which is based in  Woburn, Massachusetts, supplies high performance analog semiconductors for automotive, broadband, wireless infrastructure, energy management, GPS, industrial, medical, military, wireless networking, smartphone, and tablet applications. The company’s portfolio includes amplifiers,...

SAP and Google Enter Patent Cross-Licensing Deal

Google and SAP have entered into a long-term patent cross licensing agreement that covers a broad range of products and technologies.

Both companies joined the LOT Network in 2014, a community-based patent-licensing agreement designed to reduce for its members patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.

“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with a leading global technology company like SAP and welcome discussions with any company interested in similar arrangements,” said Kirk Dailey, Head of Patent Transactions at Google. “Cross-license agreements like this enable companies to focus on bringing great products and services to consumers around the world.”

Chunghwa Telecom Launches SaaS Cloud Service with SAP

Chunghwa Telecom is working with SAP to bring enterprise clients an even more comprehensive Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud service.

The SAP Business One solution on Chunghwa Telecom's SaaS cloud service platform will significantly reduce the amount enterprises have to spend on hardware, help SMEs quickly integrate operations information, and enable them to manage ever-changing operations demands in a highly efficient way. The service is scheduled to go online at the end of the year.

“Chunghwa Telecom is transforming itself from a telecom service provider into an ICT service provider that you can rely on,” said Chunghwa Telecom’s Senior Executive Vice President Chi-Mau Sheih. “We have long been serving the enterprise solution market, meeting the needs of our enterprise clients across Taiwan, supplying everything from broadband internet, information security, and cloud services to mobile value-added services, Internet of Things, and Big Data. We have a world-class internet data center that enables us to provide a comprehensive range of cloud services.”

CenturyLink Connects to 12 CyrusOne Data Centers

CenturyLink has extended fiber connectivity at five additional CyrusOne data centers, bringing the total number of CyrusOne data centers on-net to 12.

CenturyLink operates a 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. CyrusOne is a global colocation solutions provider that specializes in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties that house IT infrastructure for nearly 900 customers worldwide.

“We’re proud and excited to welcome CenturyLink’s fiber infrastructure in a total of 12 out of the 29 CyrusOne data centers in the U.S.,” said Josh Snowhorn, vice president and general manager, interconnection, CyrusOne. “CenturyLink’s increased connectivity with our data center facilities means that CyrusOne’s enterprise customers have another top-tier network to choose as their primary or backup data transport solution.”

A Busy Week for Cisco Acquisitions: 1Mainstream, Lancope, Parstream

Cisco announced plans to acquire 1 Mainstream, a start-up offering a cloud-based video platform designed to quickly launch live and on-demand OTT video services to a variety of connected devices. Financial terms were not disclosed. 1 Mainstream, which is based in San Jose, California, helps service providers, broadcasters, media companies and emerging digital content companies deliver their media content to almost any connected media device, from...
Cisco to Acquire Lancope for Traffic Behavior Analytics

Cisco agreed to acquire Lancope, a privately held network security company for $452.5 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention based incentives for Lancope employees who join Cisco. The companies have been commercial partners for some time. Lancope, which is based in Alpharetta, Georgia, provides network behavior analytics, threat visibility and security intelligence to help protect companies against top cyber security...

Cisco has agreed to acquire ParStream, a privately-held company based in Cologne, Germany that provides an analytics database that allows companies to analyze large amounts of data and store it in near real time anywhere in the network. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cisco said ParStream's highly specialized database is especially useful for IoT applications that generate large amounts of data at the edge that needs to be processed in real...

Cisco Builds its Silicon Valley Start-up Incubator

Five new Silicon Valley start-ups have joined the roster at the Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence incubation program. These are: C3DNA ( delivers self-reliance and portability of any application on any cloud infrastructure at the app layer. LISNR ( provides a new communication protocol that uses SmartTones, an inaudible technology that has the ability to connect mobile applications and devices. Simularity (

Oracle's Chris King on the Open Networking Transformation

The first impact of open networking in the telecom industry is a tear-down of the traditional purpose-built network appliances, says Chris King, Senior Director - Product Marketing for Oracle. As we think about where this is headed, the hope is that many of the techniques of the IT industry will be adopted to really deliver interoperable software.

AT&T Adds Nokia to Domain 2.0 Program

AT&T has added Nokia to its Domain 2.0 supplier program .

AT&T said it has made progress toward its 2015 goal of virtualizing and controlling 5% of its target network – a first step towards virtualizing 75% in 2020.

“As a global player, Nokia will help us toward our software-centric network goals,” said Susan A. Johnson, senior vice president, AT&T Global Supply Chain. “We’re constantly looking for agile and innovative companies to join our Domain 2.0 supplier program. And Nokia is one of them.”

"Nokia is proud to support AT&T's mission to connect its customers with a best-in-class, software-centric network," said Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia. "Our innovative companies share a vision of leveraging cloud technologies to transform the network, providing simplicity, speed and scalability today while laying the foundation for the connected world of tomorrow."

AT&T has previously announced a number of Domain 2.0 suppliers, including: Brocade, Ciena, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, Juniper Networks, Fujitsu Network Communications, Ericsson, Affirmed Networks, Tail-F Systems (acquired by Cisco, and Metaswitch Networks

Midokura Integrates with Ubuntu OpenStack

Midokura has integrated its flagship, enterprise network virtualization platform technology with Ubuntu OpenStack.

Juju is an open source service modeling and deployment tool, led by Canonical. Via Charms, Juju lets you design, deploy, connect and scale services for solutions of any size. The Midokura Juju Charm is immediately available in the Charm Store -- a collection of Charms that have been tested and approved by Canonical.

"Canonical continues to expand our SDN ecosystem to ease the deployment of OpenStack with an SDN. Midokura is an Ubuntu Cloud partner, and today Midokura Enterprise MidoNet is available to our customers through the MidoNet Juju Charm. The simplicity and agility inherent in MEM's distributed architecture is now easier to deploy with OpenStack," said John Zannos, Canonical VP of WW Alliances and Ecosystem. "With this seamless integration in place, Ubuntu OpenStack and MEM will be deployable in minutes using Juju and the MidoNet Juju Charm."

Separately,Midokura released Neutron plug-ins supporting OpenStack Liberty. The new release is also designed to advance container networking with the new Kuryr project, which integrates directly with native container networking components, such as libnetwork. Kuryr is the gateway between the container networking APIs and use cases, and the Neutron APIs and services. It bridges the gaps between Docker and Neutron and will drive the changes necessary to fill in the missing pieces in Neutron.

China Mobile and Nokia Sign Supply Contract

Nokia Networks and China Mobile signed a comprehensive framework agreement for mobile communications equipment and services valued at more than US$1 billion (EUR 930 million). Deliveries under the agreement commenced in Q1 2015 and will continue in 2016.

Under the agreement, Nokia Networks provides its TD-LTE-Advanced technology and 2G/3G/4G core network solutions including Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Software and professional services, including network planning, implementation and care, will support China Mobile's 4G network rollout during 2015 and beyond. The operator plans to deploy one million TD-LTE base stations by the end of the year to build the world's largest TD-LTE network.

The agreement was signed on October 29 by Li Huidi, Executive Vice President at China Mobile, and Hans-Juergen Bill, Executive Vice President at Nokia and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Networks GmbH & Co KG in Germany, in the presence of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

CommScope's Multi-Operator Digital DAS Covers Citi Field Ballpark

The Citi Field ballpark in New York is using a multi-operator digital distributed antenna system (DAS) supplied by CommScope.

The CommScope FlexWave Prism and InterReach Fusion system deployed at Citi Field provides 850 MHz, 1900 MHz, AWS, and 700 MHz frequencies to deliver 3G and 4G mobile services for fans at the 41,000-seat stadium. The deployment covers the stadium seating areas, luxury boxes, walkways and parking areas at the ballpark in Queens.

FlexWave Prism features modular, high-power remote units to deliver the performance and frequency bands needed in each location. The InterReach Fusion system is a low-power solution that delivers strategic and pin-point services to interior portions of the stadium.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

5G Trial Hits 19.1 Gbps Using Nokia's cmWave technology

Nokia Networks and SK Telecom reported an over-the-air transmission speed of 19.1 Gbps.

The joint 5G trial in South Korea used Nokia's cmWave technology, 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), 8x8 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) transmission and 400 MHz of bandwidth. This capacity would enable over-the-air delivery of a full-HD movie in a matter of seconds.  

Some highlights of the trial from Nokia:

  • Demonstrates access point sending downlink transmission over the air and receiving it at the mobile terminal
  • Evaluates radio channel performance at cmWave frequency band
  • Provides runtime feedback while moving the mobile terminal or blocking paths between the access point and the terminal

"With the world's first demonstration of the cmWave technology, we have reached a significant milestone towards realizing 5G. The 19.1Gbps transmission speed we achieved almost meets one of the key capabilities of 5G defined by the ITU-R. SK Telecom will continue to work closely with Nokia Networks to maintain this momentum towards creating a new era of communications," stated Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer, SK Telecom.

Nokia Unveils 5G "System-of-Systems" Architecture

Nokia Networks unveiled its programmable 5G architecture with the ability to reshape radio and core networks in real time to adapt to changing demands.  The goal is to enable Network-as-a-Service for operators to offer network functions to other industries. The announcement outlines key principles of this architecture and its suitability to address a variety of 5G use cases. In a nutshell, Nokia will leverage the concept of network slicing...

SK Telecom and Nokia Collaborate on 5G

SK Telecom and Nokia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development and verification of 5G mobile technologies. The companies will conduct joint research on core 5G technologies such as the gigabit-level data communications and cloud-based virtualized base stations. They plan to establish a test bed at SK Telecom’s R&D Center in Bundang, Seoul. One area of R&D will be cmWav

Verizon Expands Secure Cloud Interconnect in Asia

Verizon Enterprise Solutions is adding HP and Verizon Cloud to its Secure Cloud Interconnect service, essentially doubling the size of its footprint in the Asia-Pacific region to 12 locations and five cloud providers.

The company previously offered access to Amazon (Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) and Google (Hong Kong, Singapore) and Microsoft (Hong Kong) at six locations.

“With Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect service we can now take full advantage of the cloud given the richness and reliability of the solution,” said Mok Jooyoung, IT director of technology division, Giosis. “Knowing Verizon’s Private IP network has an expansive Asia-Pacific footprint and its performance stellar made Verizon the ideal provider to meet our stringent requirements to provide our online shoppers with a first-class customer experience.”

AWS Enables Direct Connect to its GovCloud

Amazon announced first availability of Direct Connect to its AWS GovCloud (US) region.  The first direct connect is from Equinix SV1 & SV5, San Francisco, CA.

AWS Direct Connect is recommended when working with large data sets, for real-time data feeds, and for hybrid environments with regulatory restrictions requiring the use of private connectivity.

France's RENATER Selects Coriant Universal Transport Platform and hiT 7300

RENATER, the French national telecommunications network for technology education and research, has selected Coriant to deploy a new 100G-capable end-to-end packet optical transport network .

Spanning approximately 15,000 kilometers of fiber optics and 75 points of presence, the RENATER transport infrastructure connects over 1,400 sites via campus, metropolitan, and regional networks and provides bandwidth and IP services that support a broad community of education and research institutions in France, as well as throughout Europe and the world.

The Coriant solution, which includes the Coriant mTera Universal Transport Platform (UTP) and Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform, met RENATER's stringent network architecture requirements with features such as hybrid Optical Transport Network (OTN) and packet switching, flexible protection and restoration, and coherent 100G optical transport. Management of the mTera UTP and hiT 7300 network nodes will be supported by the Coriant Transport Network Management System (TNMS), an end-to-end management platform that simplifies service provisioning and reduces operating expenses.

"Our customers continue to experience increased demand for fast, reliable, and high-capacity connectivity to support a wide range of critical research and education applications, including bandwidth-intensive data transfer, video conferencing, and grid computing," said Patrick Donath, director of RENATER. "In bringing new and more robust capabilities to our underlying transport infrastructure, we were looking for a highly flexible technology solution with the ability to efficiently and cost-effectively meet current as well as future capacity requirements – and Coriant proved the most capable and trusted solutions provider."

Nokia Reports Quarterly Results, Confirms ALU Purchase On Targe

Nokia Corporation reported Q3 net sales of EUR 3.0 billion (EUR 3.1 billion in Q3 2014), down 2% year-on-year (down 10% year-on-year on a constant currency basis).  Non-IFRS diluted EPS in Q3 2015 was EUR 0.08 (EUR 0.09 in Q3 2014), a decrease of 11% year-on-year.

Quarterly net sales for Nokia Networks decreased 2% year-on-year (11% year-on-year decrease on a constant currency basis), as strong net sales growth in Greater China partially offset decreases in North America and Europe. On a sequential basis, strong net sales growth in Greater China also helped to offset the impact of industry seasonality.

Rajeev Suri, Nokia's President and CEO, stated: "Nokia's third-quarter can be summarized in two words: progress and performance. Progress in moving the Alcatel-Lucent transaction closer to completion and solid performance across all of our businesses.  The performance at Nokia Networks was the highlight of the quarter, and allowed us to raise our full-year outlook for that business. Even if I am not pleased with the overall sales development, our strong profitability is testament to the strength of our operating model. We said earlier in the year that we would redouble our efforts to ensure our cost structure was aligned to market conditions, and the success of those efforts is very clear in our results. Nokia Technologies also had a solid quarter, with year-on-year growth in licensing revenues. Our commitment to bringing innovative new products to market was apparent with the announcement of the OZO virtual-reality camera. OZO has been extremely well-received and will be launched officially before the end of the year."

Nokia reported significant progress towards the closing of its transaction with Alcatel-Lucent. The companies have received all the necessary regulatory approvals to proceed with the public exchange offer. The Nokia Board of Directors has recently called for an Extraordinary General Meeting, to be held on December 2, to request shareholder approval for the transaction. Nokia now expects the deal to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.

Nokia also announced a planned EUR 7 billion program to optimize its capital structure and return excess capital to shareholders. This program would consist of approximately EUR 4 billion in shareholder distributions and approximately EUR 3 billion of de-leveraging. In addition, Nokia today accelerated its annual operating cost synergy target related to the Alcatel-Lucent transaction. Nokia now targets to achieve approximately EUR 900 million of operating cost synergies in full year 2018, compared to its earlier target to achieve approximately EUR 900 million of operating cost synergies in full year 2019.

The operating cost synergies are expected to be derived from a wide range of initiatives related to operating expenses and cost of sales, including:

  • Streamlining of overlapping products and services, particularly within the planned Mobile Networks business group;
  • Rationalization of regional and sales organizations;
  • Rationalization of overhead, particularly within manufacturing, supply-chain, real estate and information technology;
  • Reduction of central function and public company costs; and
  • Procurement efficiencies, given the combined company's expanded purchasing power.

ALU Posts Q3 Revenues

Alcatel-Lucent reported group revenues, excluding Managed Services and at constant perimeter, of Euro 3,429 million, up 7% year-on-year, with notable strength in next-generation revenues, which grew 23%. At constant exchange rates, group revenues were down 5%, while next-generation revenues were up 11%. The weight of next-generation revenues continued to progress, representing 77% of revenues compared to 66% in the year-ago quarter.

Gross margin reached 34.5% of revenues, expanding 50 bps year-on-year, driven by a higher proportion of software sales, notably in IP Platforms, and improved profitability in certain businesses.

Some highlights:

  • Core Networking segment revenues were Euro 1,608 million in Q3 2015, an increase of 11% year-over-year at actual rates and 2% at constant rates. Adjusted operating income totalled Euro 151 million, or 9.4% of segment revenues in Q3 2015, up from Euro 123 million and 8.5% respectively in Q3 2014, essentially driven by improved profitability in IP Platforms.
  • IP Routing revenues were Euro 649 million in Q3 2015, an increase of 9% at actual rates and flat at constant rates, when compared to Q3 2014. The business witnessed contrasting trends, with continued strong performance in EMEA and CALA almost entirely offset by softness in other geographies, notably in Japan. Revenues from non-telco customers grew at a double-digit pace year-over-year, at constant exchange rates, and now represented more than 15% of total IP Routing sales.
  • The 7950 XRS IP Core router now has a total of 50 wins to-date, with 6 new wins in Q3 2015, including Telefonica.
  • Virtualized routing momentum continues, with 15 new customers for the VSR in Q3 2015, bringing the total to 31 deployments and over 80 trials.
  • Nuage added 5 new customers, bringing the total to 30 wins, including being recently named in an ecosystem of partners that will develop an NFV proof of concept for Telstra in Australia.
  • IP Transport revenues were Euro 556 million in Q3 2015, up 6% at actual rates and 1% at constant rates, compared to the year-ago quarter.
  • IP Platforms revenues were Euro 403 million in Q3 2015, a year-on-year increase of 25% at actual rates and 11% at constant rates. Revenue growth in IP Platforms was driven by continued strength in IMS for VoLTE, notably in North America, where sales almost doubled year-over-year.
  • Access segment revenues were Euro 1,811 million in Q3 2015, flat year-over-year at actual rates and a decrease of 11% at constant rates.
  • North America revenues increased 4% at actual rates year-over-year and declined by 13% at constant rates, as growth in IP Platforms and resilience in IP Routing was not enough to offset weakness in other businesses. Revenues in Europe increased 12% year-over-year (10% at constant rates), driven notably by strength in IP Routing and IP Transport. Asia Pacific posted an 8% year-over-year increase in revenues at actual rates and a 2% decrease at constant rates, reflecting slight growth in China that was more than offset by weakness in other countries, notably Japan. In Rest of World, revenues decreased 5% year-over-year (down 7% at constant rates), as flattish revenue performance in CALA was not enough to compensate declines in MEA.

A10 Posts Q3 Revenue of $51 Million, up 17% YoY

A10 Networks reported Q3 revenue of $50.8 million, up 17 percent when compared with $43.4 million in the third quarter of 2014. There was a net loss (GAA) for the third quarter 2015 of $9.0 million or $0.14 per share, compared with a net loss of $12.3 million or $0.21 per share in the third quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $4.4 million or $0.07 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $8.8 million or $0.15 per share in the third quarter of 2014.

"We delivered record revenue for the second consecutive quarter and achieved better than expected bottom line results,” said Lee Chen, president and chief executive officer of A10 Networks. “Our security focused portfolio, encompassing our standalone high-end Thunder TPS appliance and Thunder ADC with advanced security features such as SSL Insight and web application firewall, continues to gain traction with customers and partners. We are encouraged by our momentum as we enter the fourth quarter and will remain focused on executing our growth strategy, furthering our technology leadership, and expanding our addressable markets.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cisco: Global Cloud Traffic to Quadruple by 2019

Global cloud traffic will more than quadruple by the end of 2019, from 2.1 to 8.6 zettabytes (ZB), outpacing the growth of total global data center traffic, which is forecast to triple during the same time frame (from 3.4 to 10.4 ZB), according to the newly released Cisco Global Cloud Index.

Total global data center traffic, which is forecast to triple during the same time frame (from 3.4 to 10.4 ZB).

“The Global Cloud Index highlights the fact that cloud is moving well beyond a regional trend to becoming a mainstream solution globally, with cloud traffic expected to grow more than 30 percent in every worldwide region over the next five years,” said Doug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing, Cisco. “Enterprise and government organizations are moving from test cloud environments to trusting clouds with their mission-critical workloads. At the same time, consumers continue to expect on-demand, anytime access to their content and services nearly everywhere. This creates a tremendous opportunity for cloud operators, which will play an increasingly relevant role in the communications industry ecosystem.”

The report, which serves as a complement to the widely-cited Cisco Visual Networking Index, is generated by modeling and analysis of various primary and secondary sources.

Some key take-aways:

  • By 2019, 55 percent of the residential Internet population will use personal cloud storage (up from 42 percent in 2014). 
  • Annual global data center IP traffic is projected to reach 10.4 ZB by the end of 2019, up from 3.4 ZB
  • per year in 2014.
  • Annual global cloud traffic is projected to quadruple, reaching 8.6 ZB (719 EB per month) by the end of 2019, up from 2.1 ZB per year (176 EB per month) in 2014, and is expected to account for more than four-fifths (83 percent) of total data center traffic by 2019.
  • New technologies such as SDN and NFV are expected to streamline data center traffic flows such that the traffic volumes reaching the highest tier (core) of the data center may fall below 10.4 ZB per year and lower data center tiers could carry over 40 ZB of traffic per year.
  • By region, North America will have the highest cloud traffic volume (3.6 ZB) by 2019; followed by Asia Pacific (2.3 ZB) and Western Europe (1.5 ZB).
  • By region, North America will also have the highest data center traffic volume (4.5 ZB) by 2019; followed by Asia Pacific (2.7 ZB) and Western Europe (1.8 ZB). 
  • By 2019, 55 percent (more than 2 billion users) of the consumer Internet population will use personal cloud storage up from 42 percent (1.1 billion users) in 2014.
  • Globally, consumer cloud storage traffic per user will be 1.6 gigabytes per month by 2019, compared to 992 megabytes per month in 2014.
Data center virtualization
  • Overall data center workloads will more than double from 2014 to 2019; however, cloud workloads will more than triple over the same period.
  • The workload density (that is, workloads per physical server) for cloud data centers was 5.1 in 2014 and will grow to 8.4 by 2019. Comparatively, for traditional data centers, workload density was 2.0 in 2014 and will grow to 3.2 by 2019.
IoE-Generated Data
  • Globally, the data created by IoE connections will reach 507.5 zettabytes per year (42.3 zettabytes per month) by 2019, up from 134.5 zettabytes per year (11.2 ZB per month) in 2014.
  • A smart city of 1 million will generate 180 million gigabytes of data per day by 2019.
Private vs. Public Cloud Growth
Public cloud, in which services are rendered over a network that is open for public use, is growing faster than private cloud, which includes cloud infrastructure operated for a single organization, in terms of workloads. However, throughout the five-year forecast, private cloud will continue to outpace public cloud in its degree of virtualization.

The Cisco Cloud Index projects:
  • Public cloud workloads are going to grow at a 44-percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019 and private cloud workloads will grow at a slower pace (16-percent CAGR) from
  • 2014 to 2019.
  • By 2019, 56 percent of the cloud workloads will be in public cloud data centers, up from 30 percent in 2014. (CAGR of 44 percent from 2014 to 2019.)
  • By 2019, 44 percent of the cloud workloads will be in private cloud data centers, down from 70 percent in 2014. (CAGR of 16 percent from 2014 to 2019.)

Verizon's ThingSpace Ties IoT with Data Analytics and Cloud

Verizon launched ThingSpace, a new IoT platform allowing developers to create applications, customers to manage devices, partners to market their services, and Verizon to launch integrated vertical solutions in an open environment.

Thingspace, which will leverage an existing ecosystem of more than 1,000 channel partners and revenue from the company's IoT and telematics business, promises to accelerate innovation and adoption of IoT devices.  At a press event in San Francisco, Verizon's executives said the industry is poised to move from millions to billions of connected devices and sensors in the coming years. To achieve this, Verizon is creating a new dedicated network core and new connectivity options for the next-generation of IoT use cases in verticals such as agriculture, healthcare, the consumer electronics evolution and the sharing economy.

Verizon has created a core IoT network within its LTE architecture optimized for Cat1 devices.  The company is also working with partners to embed LTE chipsets in a wide-range of connected machines to automate the provisioning process and make it faster to deploy IoT devices on its wide-area network

Significantly, Verizon will offer a big data analytics engine tied into its IoT deployments. ThingSpace will provide end-to-end management of IoT environments and related data, from device to network to application. The goal is to offer hundreds of APIs via the Thingspace environment. The data and analytics engine is being developed at the Verizon labs in Palo Alto, California.

“Continued innovation in smart cities, connected cars and wearables demonstrates that IoT is the future for how we will live and work,” said Mike Lanman, senior vice president Enterprise Products at Verizon. “Despite the exciting potential, IoT is still too complex, too fragmented, too expensive to connect and too hard to scale. Success in that future relies on a leader that can cut through the complexity and change the IoT model. That’s where Verizon comes in. With our experience in networks, devices, platforms and applications, we are taking a holistic approach to simplifying adoption to expand the IoT market from millions to billions of connections.”