Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cyber adAPT Teams with Napatech on Threat Detection

Cyber adAPT and Napatech  announced an integrated product solution for accelerated threat detection in high-speed networks.

Cyber adAPT is a non-signature based, agentless detection product that scans packets on the wire in real time, looking for and alerting on malicious network behavior already present inside the perimeter. It provides behavior detection capabilities at line speed with the precision required to avoid the all-too-common false alarms. Napatech specializes in accelerating network management and security applications.

By deeply integrating a 4 port 1 Gbps Napatech network accelerator into the solution, the entry level Cyber adAPT deployment is enhanced and enables the product to deliver high-speed processing of very large amounts of traffic by managing data flows at line speed with zero packet loss, allowing for true "real-time" analysis.

“Cyber adAPT products that include Napatech acceleration guarantees delivery of data to our probe under all conditions. Full line-rate packet capture with zero packet loss, frame buffering and optimal configuration of host buffer sizes remove the bottlenecks that can cause packet loss to reliably deliver the critical analysis data that Cyber adAPT security solutions demand,” stated Scott Millis, chief technology officer, Cyber adAPT.

“Staying ahead of the data growth curve often requires a combined solution and very often cannot be provided by only one company. We are proud to enhance the Cyber adAPT solution with our core accelerator technology to provide them with the high-speed processing they need to manage data flows at line speed. It is through the integration process that we are able to address the needs of today’s overtaxed network infrastructure,” said Peter Ekner, chief technology officer, Napatech.

http://www.napatech.com
http://www.cyberadapt.com


Avago's Acquisition of Broadcom Aims to Transform Networking Semiconductors

Avago Technologies agreed to acquire Broadcom for $17 billion in cash consideration and the economic equivalent of approximately 140 million Avago ordinary shares, valued at $20 billion as of May 27, 2015, resulting in Broadcom shareholders owning approximately 32% of the combined company. Based on Avago's closing share price as of May 27, 2015, the implied value of the total transaction consideration for Broadcom is $37 billion.

The merger will create the third largest global semiconductor company with strong presence in wired infrastructure, wireless infrastructure, enterprise storage, ASICs, PHYs, Ethernet switching silicon and set-top box silicon.  It will have combined annual revenues of approximately $15 billion and $77 billion in enterprise value.

Upon completion of the acquisition, the new company will be known as Broadcom Limited. Mr. Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avago, will continue to serve as President and CEO.  Broadcom co-founder Dr. Henry Samueli will join the board of the combined company as will another director from Broadcom. In addition, Dr. Samueli will be appointed Chief Technology Officer of the combined company. Broadcom co-founder Dr. Henry Nicholas will serve in a strategic advisory role within the combined company, reporting to Mr. Tan.

"Today's announcement marks the combination of the unparalleled engineering prowess of Broadcom with Avago's heritage of technology from HP, AT&T, and LSI Logic, in a landmark transaction for the semiconductor industry," said Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avago. "The combination of Avago and Broadcom creates a global diversified leader in wired and wireless communication semiconductors. Avago has established a strong track record of successfully integrating companies onto its platform. Together with Broadcom, we intend to bring the combined company to a level of profitability consistent with Avago's long-term target model."

"When Henry Nicholas and I founded Broadcom, we had a vision of creating the world leader in communications semiconductors. Today's announcement is a continuation of that vision and we could not think of a better partner for the future than Avago," stated Dr. Henry Samueli, Co-Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Chairman of the Board of Broadcom.

Avago intends to fund the $17 billion of cash consideration with cash on hand from the combined companies and $9 billion in new, fully-committed debt financing from a consortium of banks.

http://www.avagotech.com
http://www.broadcom.com

  • Avago Technologies, which is headquartered in Singapore and San Jose, California, was originally the semiconductor division of HP and, later, Agilent Technologies. The division was bought out by private investors KKR and Silver Lake Partners in 2005 and later completed an IPO in 2009.
  • In 2014, Avago Technologies acquired LSI Corporation for $6.6 billion, but later sold off LSI's SSD division to Seagate and then its Axxia networking division to Intel.
  • In February 2015, Avago agreed to acquire Emulex, which supplies Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity products to leading OEMS. In 2013, Emulex acquired Endace, which specializes in monitoring solutions. Emulex is based in Costa Mesa, California.
  • Broadcom, which is based in Irvine, California, was founded in 1991 by Henry Samueli and Henry T. Nicholas III , two professors from UCLA. Broadcom has about 10,000 employees worldwide and holds more than 10,700 U.S. and 3,700 foreign patents. 2014 revenue was $8.43 billion. In 2014, Broadcom decided to exit its cellular baseband business.

AquaComms Embarks on New America-Europe Undersea Cable

AquaComms, a new venture based in Dublin, is preparing to launch a new trans-Atlantic cable by the end of this year.

TE SubCom has begun manufacturing on the America Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea cable system, which will will land in Shirley, NY and Killala on the West Coast of Ireland. The cable will span more than 5,400 km with stubbed branching units for future landings. It will use CeltixConnect, an Irish Sea subsea cable wholly owned by AquaComms, to provide extended connectivity to London and greater Europe. The initial project cost is expected to be $300 million and is funded in part through a debt offering arranged by Nomura.

AEConnect will be optimized to carry 130 wavelengths of 100G per fiber pair. It will also feature an SDN control plan for advanced service provisioning.

"AquaComms' strategy is to build and operate a diversified, solution-based network, providing term and peak capacity product offerings and working in partnership with its contractors, equipment suppliers, backhaul network providers and customers to support the US's and Europe's expanding data requirements of today and for tomorrow, ultimately offering 'infrastructure-as-a-service'," says Greg Varisco, COO of AquaComms. "AEConnect is currently being constructed using state-of-the-art technology, with 100G-coherent design for low latency, reliable delivery for even the most bandwidth-hungry applications and direct data centre to data centre connectivity across the Atlantic."

http://www.AquaComms.com

Ericsson Tests Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO

As part of its 5G research, Ericsson is testing Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO, which involves very sophisticated signaling methods, which are not part of today's LTE standards, to control the mobile device's interaction with the network.  Ericsson's 5G air interface initiative, labeled "NX", includes this new Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO capability.

Ericsson noted that 5G will involve the entire future communication eco-system, from devices to mobile access, IP core and into the cloud. Its latest 5G test network initiatives focus on the interactions between mobile devices and the radio access network, in both indoor and outdoor circumstances.

Ericsson's 5G test networks, including both 5G mobile devices and 5G radio base stations, are running live at the company's premises in Plano Texas and in Stockholm.  The company said it welcomes mobile operators, eco-system partners, members of academia, tech media and analysts to visit these sites to witness and interact with Ericsson 5G innovations.

http://www.ericsson.com

Pica8 Leverages Open-vSwitch Database Protocol for Overlays

Pica8 announced that it is leveraging the Open-vSwitch (OVS) database protocol (OVSDB) to control hardware VTEPs (VXLAN Endpoints) as part of an overlay architecture and integrate with leading network virtualization systems such as MidoNet and NSX for VTEP provisioning.  This helps simplify VXLAN and Network Virtualization deployments.

“The adoption of open source software in the enterprise has become mainstream. Open networking is following on the same path and quickly gaining traction so we are very pleased to bring Midokura Enterprise MidoNet, the open source network virtualization overlay solution, to Pica8-enabled white box networking systems and be part of the modern open enterprise movement,” said Adam Johnson, VP of Business for Midokura.

“Pica8 has the most diverse set of overlay schemes available on white boxes, from NVGRE to VXLAN to MPLS via Labeled BGP,” said Rabiul Hasan, director of product line management at Pica8. “By offering users a broad choice of overlays and protocols, Pica8 ensures network investment protection and gives users all the tools they need to move toward an SDN future.”

http://www.pica8.com

Nokia Hits 600Mbps using 4X4 MIMO

Singapore's StarHub demonstrated 600Mbps peak download speeds using Nokia Networks’ 4X4 MIMO technology with LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation in a technical trial conducted at its headquarters.

Nokia said the 600Mbps data transmission speeds were achieved through combined 4x4 MIMO technology, along with Carrier Aggregation, to reach LTE-Advanced data speeds.

In addition, StarHub and Nokia Networks have successfully tested 3-band carrier aggregation using a commercial mobile device. The successful trials of 4x4 MIMO and multiband carrier aggregation pave the way towards even faster mobile broadband in future.

http://networks.nokia.com

Dell'Oro: Microwave Transmission Equipment Market Grew 9% in 1

Point-to-point microwave transmission equipment revenues grew nine percent year-over-year in the first quarter of the year, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Sales of TDM microwave equipment plunged 42% year-over-year, sales of hybrid microwave equipment were up 9%, and sales of packet microwave equipment were up 14%. Huawei was ranked as the top supplier, followed by Ericsson, NEC and Alcatel-Lucent.

“The microwave transmission market grew at a very healthy rate,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Microwave Transmission research at Dell’Oro Group. “In fact, we believe the year-over-year growth would have been much higher if it wasn’t for the strengthening US dollar.  Since we report on a US dollar basis, sales made in Euros convert to fewer US dollars.  We estimate this occurs in at least a quarter of the market.  As a proxy for the rise of actual demand, you can look at radio transceiver shipments, which we estimate grew at an astonishing 31 percent year-over-year,” Yu added.

http://www.delloro.com

UNH-IOL Hosts VDSL2 Vectoring Plugfest

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) hosted a plugfest earlier this month for vendors to test their latest VDSL2 vectoring equipment and software. The series of VDSL2 Vectoring Plugfest, organized by the Broadband Forum, have enabled participants to develop interoperable and deployable solutions. Participants included ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, AVM GmbH, Broadcom, Calix, Ikanos, Lantiq, and Triductor.

“The plugfest test events serve a critical role in the industry, helping our member companies develop interoperable and robust solutions,” said Robin Mersh, Broadband Forum CEO. “Service providers around the world look to these events to ensure the equipment in their deployments is compatible with the state-of-the-art standards.”

http://www.iol.unh.edu

KT Skylife Deploys Ultra HD Set-top Boxes based on Broadcom

KT Skylife, a leading satellite broadcast provider in South Korea, has deployed the world's first Ultra HD set-top box built on Broadcom's single chip HEVC 4K/Ultra HD satellite chipset.

Broadcom's single-chip BCM7376 delivers fluid 60 frame-per-second (fps) video with vivid 10-bit color at 4X the resolution of conventional HD displays, allowing users to view life-like Ultra HD content on multiple devices. The combination of improved picture quality and color clarity is ideal for live-action viewing such as major sporting events and feature films.

"Broadcom's fully integrated Ultra HD solution combines dual Full-Band Capture front ends with eight demodulators and a 4K display in a single chip, providing greater ease of design and lower development cost," said Han Lee, CTO of KT Skylife. "As demand for Ultra HD content continues to grow at a rapid pace, we are thrilled to be the world's first to leverage Broadcom's single chip solution to deliver this unique and extraordinary viewing experience to our subscribers."

http://www.broadcom.com

Nokia Traffic Steering Manager Squeezes 10% Efficiency Gain

Nokia Networks has achieved a 10% increase in network capacity introducing a Traffic Steering Manager to automatically direct traffic to the most effective radio network layer.

The Nokia Traffic Steering Manager provides an automated way of managing the multitude of load balancing features available in the networks today reducing related operational effort significantly, up to 70%. It ensures that the traffic is distributed across the radio network layers and it can, for example, boost LTE layer usage automatically when deployed in the network. Traffic can be steered onto the best radio network layer according to network conditions and other criteria, e.g. device type.

http://networks.nokia.com

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