Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Viptela Intros LTE-enabled SD-WAN Routers

Viptela introduced a compact SD-WAN router that natively supports any transport method including 3G/4G/LTE and wireless LANs.

The company said the new product extends the business case for SD-WAN to smaller companies, home/remote offices, ATMs and other sites that don’t require the scalability of the company’s existing enterprise and campus vEdge models.

The Viptela vEdge-100 provides the same secure data connectivity over any transport technology as the vEdge-1000 and 2000 router models, while adding integrated support for 3G/4G/LTE connections and Wireless LANs. It can be deployed without any onsite configuration and is centrally managed via the cloud.  The unit is fully integrated with the Viptela SEN platform and establishes secure DTLS sessions with the vSmart controller and IPsec sessions with other vEdge routers. It performs full IP router functions including OSPF, BGP, QoS, ACLs, etc.

“Increasing bandwidth requirements being generated by cloud, mobile and unified communications applications are making the use of MPLS connections cost prohibitive, especially for small/home offices, remote sites, retail outlets and ATMs,” said Ramesh Prabagaran, Vice President of Product Management at Viptela. “The new line of vEdge-100 devices opens up the use of SD-WAN to a wide range of new business locations with the addition of integrated wireless capabilities. It eliminates the complexity associated with using third-party add-ons or external modems to deploy 3G/4G/LTE as a WAN connection. Like all our vEdge models, it supports zero-touch deployment and is centrally managed which eliminates need for an onsite technician to bring new sites online.”

http://www.viptela.com

Verizon Delivers SD-WAN with Viptela

Verizon will deliver a new software defined networking solution using Viptela’s Software Defined WAN Platform. Viptela also entered into an exclusive managed services arrangement with Verizon in the United States.

The new Verizon service, powered by Viptela, allows enterprises to “mix and match” private and public IP connections such as MPLS, wireless LTE, broadband and Ethernet to meet an organization’s unique application requirements based on geographic location, bandwidth and application service availability needs. The new managed service is being offered in the U.S., Europe and the Asia Pacific region. It is delivered from Verizon’s cloud and will be supported by Verizon’s IT consulting group.

The Viptela SD-WAN solution expands Verizon’s Managed SD WAN portfolio currently based on Cisco’s iWAN technology in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Key features of Viptela’s SD-WAN platform:

  • Centralized management and increased agility: Deploy changes in service policies in minutes using centralized management and zero-touch capabilities
  • Application performance and service availability: Visibility into application and infrastructure performance to enable informed decisions on resource utilization and application tuning
  • Security: Every device is authenticated and every packet encrypted in the network for added protection while supporting network segmentation
  • Service-chaining: Enables supplementary L4 – L7 services like WAN optimization, firewalls and data leak prevention delivered from the Verizon cloud across the enterprise network.


“Viptela SD-WAN creates a unified and secure WAN that allows Verizon to deliver a new range of business application capabilities with exceptional levels of security, performance and availability,” said Amir Khan, CEO of Viptela. “The new Viptela-powered service enables Verizon to expand its WAN footprint by harnessing the power of software defined networking, and capitalize on new business opportunities made possible by the cloud and virtualized infrastructures.”

http://www.viptela.com

Blueprint: What’s Wrong with the WAN?


by Khalid Raza, CTO, Viptela Today’s WANs are built on largely the same infrastructure as they were 10 years ago.  Back then, demands by users and applications were more predictable, resulting in more expected traffic patterns and bandwidth requirements.  And there was no cloud.  And there was no virtualization. But things are different today.  Delay-sensitive real-time applications such as VoIP and video are now enterprise...



IBM Adds Quantum Processing to its Cloud Portfolio

by James E. Carroll

IBM is adding the first quantum computing service to its publically accessible cloud.

The new service runs on IBM’s quantum processor located at the company's T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, NY. The quantum processor is composed of five superconducting qubits.

IBM said its quantum computing platform has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today’s supercomputers. IBM envisions medium-sized quantum processors of 50-100 qubits to be possible in the next decade, which would far surpass TOP500 supercomputers for certain functions.

“Quantum computers are very different from today’s computers, not only in what they look like and are made of, but more importantly in what they can do. Quantum computing is becoming a reality and it will extend computation far beyond what is imaginable with today’s computers,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director, IBM Research. “This moment represents the birth of quantum cloud computing. By giving hands-on access to IBM’s experimental quantum systems, the IBM Quantum Experience will make it easier for researchers and the scientific community to accelerate innovations in the quantum field, and help discover new applications for this technology.”

http://www.ibm.com/quantumcomputing

IBM Wins U.S. Research Grant for Quantum Computing

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) program has award a multiyear research grant to IBM to advance the building blocks for a universal quantum computer.

The award is funded under the Logical Qubits (LogiQ) program of IARPA led by Dr. David Moehring. The LogiQ Program seeks to overcome the limitations of current quantum systems by building a logical qubit from a number of imperfect physical qubits.

IBM said its research team will continue to pursue the leading approach for building a universal quantum computer by using superconducting qubits. By encoding the superconducting qubits into a logical qubit, one should then be able to perform true quantum computation. These logical qubit designs will be foundational to future, more complex quantum computing systems.

“We are at a turning point where quantum computing is moving beyond theory and experimentation to include engineering and applications,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director, IBM Research. “Quantum computing promises to deliver exponentially more speed and power not achievable by today’s most powerful computers with the potential to impact business needs on a global scale. Investments and collaboration by government, industry and academia such as this IARPA program are necessary to help overcome some of the challenges towards building a universal quantum computer.”

http://www.ibm.com


IBM Announces Two Breakthroughs for Quantum Computing

Researchers at IBM have demonstrated for the first time the ability to detect and measure the two types of quantum errors (bit-flip and phase-flip) that will occur in any real quantum computer. The researchers have also shown a new, square quantum bit circuit design that could scale to larger dimensions.

“Quantum computing could be potentially transformative, enabling us to solve problems that are impossible or impractical to solve today," said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director of IBM Research. “While quantum computers have traditionally been explored for cryptography, one area we find very compelling is the potential for practical quantum systems to solve problems in physics and quantum chemistry that are unsolvable today. This could have enormous potential in materials or drug design, opening up a new realm of applications.”

The research is published in the April 29 issue of the journal Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7979).

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/46725.wss

Vietnam's Hanoi Telecom Deploys Infinera

Hanoi Telecom Corporation (HTC), a wireless telecom operator, selected Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks to advance its optical network in Vietnam. HTC offers carrier and wholesale services, focusing primarily on providing wireless, broadband and VoIP services and is riding a wave of tremendous mobile data growth in the region. The company offers its retail mobile services under Vietnam Mobile to more than 13 million wireless subscribers.

Specifically, HTC extended its existing Infinera TM-Series metro network with the DTN-X Family for its backbone connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau. The selection via Infinera’s established local partner, Nissho Electronics Vietnam positions HTC with a unified metro and backbone network that includes a common network management system for rapid service delivery in the region.

HTC is the first operator in Vietnam to use the Infinera DTN-X XTC Series and this is the first time any network in Vietnam is deploying 500 Gbps super-channels.

Infinera said HTC will be able to use its unique Instant Bandwidth, which enables optical capacity to be software-activated in 100 Gbps increments with the click of a mouse.

“We intend to advance the deployment of high bandwidth solutions to our customers in the Vietnam market by using the DTN-X XTC Series based on the innovative PIC technology,” said Madam Trinh Minh Chau, Chairwoman and CEO of Hanoi Telecom. “Infinera’s Instant Bandwidth allows us to differentiate our services through pre-deployed capacity which can be delivered on-demand via software defined activation. In addition, Infinera’s platforms have demonstrated the type of reliability and quality we are looking for in our network.”

http://www.infinera.com

i3forum and OVCC to Merge -- Focus on Telco Transformation

The i3forum and the Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC) are merging.  The new organization aims to increase it scope and its membership as it focuses on telco transformation and video communications.

i3forum, established in September 2007 to drive development of international IP interconnections among telecommunications providers and fight fraud, announced in February 2016 the expansion of its previous scope to include other advanced technologies such as IPX, IMS, NFV, APIs and IoT. The i3forum's membership includes top telecom providers.

OVCC, whose board level founders included AT&T, BT, Orange Business, BCS and Polycom, has focused on the development of a global, standards-based visual communication network specification defining the technical and commercial terms required to implement a ubiquitous video service, supported across multiple carriers and equipment providers. OVCC's mission has been to grow the overall business use of visual and collaborative communications globally through a secure network of interconnected service providers.

“With members from the world’s largest video providers, both OVCC and i3forum for years have independently promoted global network compatibilities, best practices, standards and innovation,” said Clive Sawkins, president of the OVCC. “As the communications industry continues to grow exponentially and globally, the merged organization will combine efforts and resources to help service providers, carriers and enterprises deploy and consume services safely across network boundaries, between public and private clouds, and over the public internet.”

“Bringing OVCC and i3forum together creates an organization with a broad scope and a unique ‘end-to-end’ capability that encompasses the underlying IPX network and services such as unified communication,” said Philippe Millet, i3forum president and vice president of partnerships at Orange. “It is the perfect response to the evolution of the industry, and will allow members and industry stakeholders to look more broadly at challenges and opportunities, foster new ecosystems and enable the transformation of the industry.”

http://i3forum.org
http://www.ovcc.net/

CenturyLink Post Q1 Sales, Growth in MPLS and Ethernet

CenturyLink reported Q1 revenue of $4.40 billion compared to $4.45 billion in first quarter 2015. Declines in voice and long distance revenues, low-bandwidth data services revenues and data integration revenues were partially offset by the increases in business high-bandwidth data services revenues, consumer high-speed Internet and Prism TV revenues and other services.

Net income (GAAP) was $236 million compared to a net income of $192 million for first quarter 2015, and diluted earnings per share was $0.44 for first quarter 2016 compared to $0.34 for first quarter 2015.

"CenturyLink achieved another solid quarter, with core revenues, operating cash flow and adjusted diluted earnings per share in-line with our previous guidance," said Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president. "Additionally, since the first of the year, we have completed two debt issuances totaling more than $1.2 billion, which strengthens our ability to invest in our business while returning cash to shareholders. We remain on track with our data centers and colocation business strategic alternatives process and are pleased with the level of interest and progress to date."

Some highlights:

  • CenturyLink now has over 1.5 million fiber-enabled homes and businesses with Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps. 
  • Achieved core revenues of approximately $4.0 billion. Grew revenue from high-bandwidth data services provided to Business customers, including MPLS and Ethernet, by more than 7% year-over-year and revenue from Consumer strategic services by approximately 5% year-over-year. 
  • Generated free cash flow of $824 million, excluding special items. Added more than 16,900 CenturyLink Prism TV customers during first quarter 2016, ending the period with approximately 302,000 customers. 
  • Ended the quarter with approximately 6.1 million high-speed Internet customers, an increase of approximately 7,800 customers in first quarter 2016.

http://www.centurylink.com

Aerohive Sees Sales Jump 55% for Enterprise Wi-Fi

Aerohive Networks, which supplies cloud networking and enterprise Wi-Fi, reported Q1 sales of $40.1 million, an increase of 55.4% compared with $25.8 million for the first quarter of 2015 and a decrease of 13.2% compared with $46.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Software subscription and services revenue was $7.7 million, or 19% of total revenue for the quarter, compared with $5.3 million, or 21% of total revenue, for the first quarter of 2015.

For the first quarter of 2016, GAAP net loss was $12.5 million, compared with $15.8 million in the first quarter of 2015. GAAP gross margin was 66.8%, compared with 66.5% in the year-ago period.

“We’re pleased to deliver our fourth consecutive quarter of exceeding expectations on both the top and bottom line,” stated David Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to see strong demand for our technology across our key verticals and remain on track to achieve non-GAAP operating profitability in 2016.”

http://www.aerohive.com

NETGEAR Adds Three New 10-Gigabit Ethernet Copper Switches

NETGEAR has added three new switches to its second-generation ProSAFE 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Smart Managed Switch portfolio:


  • NETGEAR ProSAFE 48-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Switch (XS748T) offers 44 copper 10GBASE-T ports and 4 additional dedicated 1GbE/10GbE SFP+ ports for 10G fiber links. List priced at $8,198.
  • NETGEAR ProSAFE 16-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Switch (XS716T) includes 16 copper ports of 10-Gigabit connectivity, 2 of which are shared/combination copper/SFP+ Fiber ports for 10G fiber links. List priced at $2,623.
  • NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Switch (XS708T) includes 8 copper ports of 10-Gigabit connectivity, 2 of which are shared/combination copper/SFP+ Fiber ports for 10G fiber links. List priced at $1,588.

Key features include:

  • Advanced VLAN features such as protocol-based VLAN, MAC-based (Media Access Control) VLAN and 802.1x Guest VLAN
  • Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) with L2/L3/L4 awareness and 8 priority queues including Q-in-Q
  • Static Routing (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Private VLAN
  • Dynamic VLAN assignment
  • IGMP and MLD snooping
  • Advanced security
  • IPv6 for management, QoS and ACL
  • Easy-to-use Web browser-based management GUI
  • Green Ethernet features for energy efficiency

http://www.netgear.com


Nokia Uprades Hutchinson 3 in Indonesia

Hutchison 3 Indonesia (H3I) selected Nokia to expand its core network.

Specifically, Nokia will supply H3I with packet core technology in some of important cities in Indonesia, such as Surabaya, Semarang, Solo and Yogyakarta.

At the start of 2016, the number of mobile subscribers in Indonesia exceeded 320 million. Fixed broadband penetration remained under 2%, with broadband household penetration at 5%.

http://www.nokia.com

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