Friday, July 17, 2015

NEC to Offer VNFs on HP OpenNFV Platform

Last week, HP and NEC Corporation agreed to collaborate to accelerate the market for network functions virtualization (NFV) by integrating their solutions.

NFV offers a new way for CSPs to design, deploy, and manage networking services. By decoupling the network functions from proprietary hardware appliances, CSPs can accelerate the introduction of new, compelling services quickly and cost-effectively.

When fully integrated, NEC will be able to offer its virtual network functions on the HP OpenNFV Platform, including HP Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade, providing a pre-validated solution that will deliver the reliability, scalability and performance CSPs require. The integrated offering will encompass HP hardware, including HP servers, networking and storage products. Availability is targeted for later this year. Additionally, the companies plan to develop a joint NFV reference platform to demonstrate NEC virtual network functions and management software on HP OpenNFV infrastructure in OpenStack and Linux KVM environments.

"NFV technologies enable flexible, scalable, and operationally efficient service deployment that will transform conventional network operations," said Atsuo Kawamura, senior vice president, NEC Corporation. "NEC has a track record of expertise in commercially delivering SDN/NFV solutions for mobile and fixed networks. This collaboration with HP will help us further strengthen our NFV solutions portfolio to help CSPs bring new innovative services to market more quickly and efficiently."

"CSPs are looking for ways to easily implement NFV technology," said Werner Schaefer, vice president, Network Functions Virtualization, HP. "Our collaboration with NEC is intended to create more open environments for customers, meeting their desire for faster deployment at a lower cost, continuing our commitment to enabling increased adoption of NFV technology."

Alcatel-Lucent Demos 8 Tbps per Fiber Pair on Transatlantic Cable

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) demonstrated an optical transmission capacity of 8 Tbps per fiber pair on the Apollo South transatlantic system, which connects France to the United States.

The test used ASN's current generation 1620 Light Manager submarine line terminal, equipped with the latest 100 Gbps technology and made use of innovative detection techniques and advanced error correction coding. ASN said it employed proprietary modulation and pulse shaping schemes to counteract the signal distortions and noise that impact high speed, long-distance transmission performance.

Richard Elliott, Managing Director of Apollo said: “This new demonstration further proves the technological lead of the Apollo system in offering capacity increases. The achievable capacity of 8Tbit/s per fiber pair has confirmed once again our expectation; that Apollo could carry around four times the current entire Atlantic traffic in use today.”

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said: “This field trial is another proof point of the adaptability of ASN technology that continues to offer carriers a smart evolution path for tuning capacity and performance throughout the life of a system. As capacity and connectivity needs continue to increase, the high resiliency to potential degradation at higher speeds combined with the reliability of our technology offer a cost-effective and flexible networking model to cope with content providers and their end-users’ service demands.”

Alcatel-Lucent Upgrades Transatlantic Apollo Cable to 100G

Alcatel-Lucent completed an upgrade of the Apollo undersea cable system which links the UK and France to the United States for 100G channels and over 25 Tbps of total capacity.

The Apollo system consists of two of the most advanced fiber optic cables: Apollo North connects the UK to the US, and Apollo South connects France directly to the US, collectively spanning a total of 13,000 km.

Alcatel-Lucent deployed its 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipment using coherent technology at 100G to provide the most efficient use of the available optical spectrum. The 1620 LM leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced coherent technology, which also incorporates the latest Soft Decision Forward Error Correction (SDFEC) technology to provide highest ultimate capacity at the same time as lowest cost per bit.

Rapid7 Pops in IPO

Rapid7, which provides security data and analytics solutions, completed an initial public offering of 6,450,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $16.00 per share.

On the first day of trading, shares of Nasdaq: RPD closed at $25.28, up 58% for the day.

Cinarra Raises $20 Million for Deep Mobile Data + Advertising

Cinarra Systems, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California announced $20 million in Series B funding for its analytics ecosystem for mobile operators and advertisers.

The funding was led by Japan's SoftBank Corp., in participation with Alma Capital and Cisco Systems. In addition, Cinarra has begun joint business operations in Japan with SoftBank, offering new opportunities for Japanese advertisers to engage with consumers. SoftBank has introduced the service to its network in Japan, operating a targeted advertising platform.

Cinarra said its mediation platform eliminates the complexities of integrating operator and advertising platforms, while addressing head-on the issue of consumer data privacy.

“Our relationship with SoftBank signifies a fundamentally new phase for Cinarra,” said Alex Zinin, co-founder and CEO of Cinarra. “With SoftBank’s investment and partnership, we are in an excellent position to be the first to establish a global platform that is open for mobile operators and advertising platforms in Japan and around the world, enabling them to participate in a new business model that will drive the next phase of growth for the mobile Internet economy. With this foundation, the opportunities created by the platform will expand beyond the telecom and advertising industries.”

“Growing needs in mobile communication have propelled us into a new mobile Internet economy,” said Ken Miyauchi, President & CEO of SoftBank. “The next phase of the industry evolution requires a new technology to leverage the ‘always on’ consumer lifestyle. Partnering with Cinarra, whose technology and direction align with our vision of a new Internet economy, is strategic to our business. We are confident that our investment and partnership will further enhance our services for customers.”

Ooma Declines in IPO

Ooma, which offers Internet-based telephony services based on a proprietary CPE device and cloud platform, completed its initial public offering of 5,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $13.00 per share.

On the first day of trading, shares in NYSE: OOMA opened for trading at $12.10 and then closed the day at $10.95, down 15.77% for the day.