Monday, November 21, 2016

CableLabs: Thinking about the Implications of 5G

In this 2-minute video, Pete Smythe, VP, Core Innovation, CableLabs, discusses some of the implications of 5G, including the impact of ultra-low latency on fixed mobile convergence.

Another area of interest is unlicensed spectrum for LTE and WiFi, where we can anticipate an intersection of mobile networks and fixed-line networks, as well as an overlapping of public and private networks in hospitals, factories, etc.

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Momentum Builds for Citizens' Band LTE (3.5 GHz)

The Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Alliance, which was formed in February 2016 with the goal of making LTE-based solutions in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band widely available, announced the addition of Accelleran, Airspan Networks, American Tower Corp., AT&T, Baicells, CableLabs, Ericsson, ExteNet Systems, Nsight, Ranzure Networks, Rise Broadband, and ZTE as members. Founding members of the alliance include Access Technologies (Alphabet), Federated...

Liberty Global and CableLabs Join the MulteFire Alliance

Liberty Global and CableLabs have joined the MulteFire Alliance, an independent, diverse and international member-driven consortium dedicated to developing next-generation wireless technology. customers.” The main focus of the MulteFire Alliance is to ensure that next-generation LTE mobile standards are compatible with shared and unlicensed spectrum. This compatibility ensures that the next generation 

Oracle to Acquire for DNS Operations

Oracle has agreed to acquire Dyn, a leading cloud-based Internet Performance and Domain Name System (DNS) provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services. Financial terms were not disclosed, although media reports valued the deal at over $600 million.

Dyn said its DNS platform drives 40 billion traffic optimization decisions daily for more than 3,500 enterprise customers, including preeminent digital brands such as Netflix, Twitter, Pfizer and CNBC.

Oracle said Dyn’s DNS solution extends the Oracle cloud computing platform and provides enterprise customers with a one-stop shop for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

“Oracle already offers enterprise-class IaaS and PaaS for companies building and running Internet applications and cloud services,” said Thomas Kurian, President, Product Development, Oracle. “Dyn’s immensely scalable and global DNS is a critical core component and a natural extension to our cloud computing platform.”

“Oracle cloud customers will have unique access to Internet performance information that will help them optimize infrastructure costs, maximize application and website-driven revenue, and manage risk,” said Kyle York, Chief Strategy Officer, Dyn. “We are excited to join Oracle and bring even more value to our customers as part of Oracle’s cloud computing platform.”

Dyn Managed DNS Hit by Major DDoS Attack

Dyn, which provides cloud-based Internet Performance Management and traffic steering to major websites, including Twitter, Zappos, Red Hat, BT, CNBC and Zillow, experienced a major DDoS was impacting its Managed DNS customers in its US East region. On its status update site, Dyn noted that it began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21st-Friday 2016 against its Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Impacted web

Hibernia Offers BGP Flowspec for Global IP Traffic

Hibernia Networks introduced Border Gateway Protocol Flow Specification (BGP Flowspec) for its global IP Transit services. This new security capability is available immediately for all Hibernia Networks IP Transit customers.

The company said BGP Flowspec provides network operators and enterprise customers a tool to address DDoS threats. The enhanced DDoS mitigation solution allows customers to save valuable time between the identification of an attack and the implementation of remediation schemes. BGP Flowspec’s ability to take a surgical approach to traffic filtering, through the Network Layer Reachability Information (NLRI) functionality, enables the identification of specific traffic flows that should be discarded as a component of a DDoS attack.

“Given the number of threat vectors on the Internet, it’s absolutely essential that carriers and enterprise customers have the latest in DDoS mitigation capabilities in today’s environment,” states Al DiGabriele, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Hibernia Networks. “Hibernia Networks’ IP Transit customers gain a more effective and precise security response tool with BGP Flowspec.”

Palo Alto Networks Trims Outlook

Palo Alto Networks reported sales of $398.1 million for its first quarter of fiscal 2017, up 34% compared with total revenue of $297.2 million for the fiscal first quarter 2016. GAAP net loss for the fiscal first quarter 2017 was $61.8 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net loss of $39.9 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the fiscal first quarter 2016.

The company trimmed its outlook for Q2, saying it now expects total revenue in the range of $426 to $432 million, representing year-over-year growth between 27 percent and 29 percent. Diluted non-GAAP net income per share are expected in the range of $0.61 to $0.63 using 93.5 to 95.5 million shares.

"Our first quarter 2017 results underscore that our Next-Generation Security Platform uniquely solves customers' most complex security challenges," said Mark McLaughlin, chief executive officer of Palo Alto Networks. "Our platform's ability to provide high degrees of prevention, automation, leverage and consistent security, regardless of wherever data may be, is becoming increasingly important in the face of today's important macro technology changes. As a result, customers and prospects globally are adopting our platform at high rates."

Brocade reported fourth quarter revenue of $657 million, an increase of 12% year-over-year and 11% quarter-over-quarter. Revenue for fiscal year 2016 was $2,346 million, up 4% year-over-year. GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.16 for the fourth quarter and $0.51 for fiscal year 2016, down 19% and down 35% year-over-year, respectively.

"Fiscal 2016 was a year of significant accomplishment," said Lloyd Carney, CEO. "We delivered record revenue and expanded our market reach to address critical requirements at the network edge through our acquisition of Ruckus Wireless. In addition, we provided our customers with significant innovations across our product portfolio, including Gen 6 Fibre Channel, data center automation, Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi, and next-generation data center routing. With a range of new IP Networking solutions expected to launch in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, we continue to advance our roadmap and help our customers transform their networks for digital business."

Q4 2016 SAN product revenue was $303 million, down 7% year-over-year and up 8% quarter-over-quarter. The Q4 year-over-year revenue decline was due to an 18% decrease in director sales and a 13% decrease in embedded switch sales, partially offset by a 7% increase in fixed-configuration switch sales. For fiscal year 2016, SAN product revenue was $1,229 million, down 6% year-over-year, primarily due to certain partner business transitions and a challenging storage spending environment, leading to lower director and embedded switch sales.
Q4 2016 IP Networking product revenue was $256 million, up 51% year-over-year and up 22% quarter-over-quarter. The Q4 year-over-year increase was primarily driven by the inclusion of $96 million of Ruckus Wireless product revenue, following the acquisition in fiscal Q3 2016. This was partially offset by lower service provider sales and lower sales into the education market. For fiscal year 2016, IP Networking product revenue was $730 million, up 21% year-over-year, primarily due to the inclusion of five months of revenue from Ruckus Wireless, partially offset by lower service provider and U.S. federal sales.

NTT Launches New Submarine Cable-Laying Ship

NTT officially launched the "Kizuna", new submarine cable-laying vessel, from the Kanrei shipyard in Tokushima, Japan.

The 8,500 ton ship, which measures 109 meters in length and 20 meters in width, and which will have a planned average cruising speed of 13 knots and a capacity of up to 60 crew, will be completed by the end of fiscal year 2016.

Kizuna will be owned by NTT FINANCE and leased to NTT World Engineering Marine Corporation (NTTWEM). The ship is configured with its main working space in the stern. Its design incorporates azimuth propellers, an electric propulsion system and a dynamic positioning system. These allow it to navigate quickly to selected locations and once in position, to withstand wind velocities of up to 14 meters per second, wave heights of up to 3 meters and ocean currents of up to 3 knots.

IBM to Add Four New Data Center in UK

IBM is adding four new cloud data centers in the UK to keep pace with growing client demand. This investment expands IBM Cloud data centers to six in UK and 16 total across Europe. The company now has 50 data centers worldwide.

"By adding four new Cloud data centers in the UK, IBM is giving local businesses an easy route to the cloud, helping them quickly innovate and respond to market demands,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud. "IBM is continuing to invest in high growth areas, offering clients higher-value cloud data services such as Watson and Blockchain running on our cloud infrastructure that delivers world-class scalability, performance and security."