Tuesday, August 13, 2019

ADTRAN adds ONTs to 10G PON Portfolio

ADTRAN introduced its new 600-Series of 10G PON ONTs, which serve all business and residential broadband applications. The line-up now includes the:

SDX 602x 10G SME ONU

  • Delivers high-bandwidth SLA-based, enterprise-grade services by integrating Carrier Ethernet network interface device functionality.

The SDX 620s & 640s XGS-PON and 10G EPON SFP+ ONUs

  • Simplifies service delivery and enables flexible WAN technology options for SFP-based residential gateways.

The SDX 620 series of XGS-PON ONTs

  • Provides a variety of 1G and 10G Ethernet port options with integrated carrier class VoIP and built-in optics for residential applications.

“The fiber broadband access network needs to support the onslaught of extreme-bandwidth applications to preserve a network operator’s ability to monetize smart home and business opportunities,” ADTRAN Product Line Management Director Jeremy Harris said. “Making one piece of the network go faster, without addressing the other elements in the service delivery chain, can actually compound customers’ problems. Taking an end-to-end portfolio approach is the best way to ensure a best-in-industry customer experience.”

https://www.adtran.com/index.php/adtran-expands-fiber-broadband-portfolio-with-innovative-new-onts

ADTRAN's SmartRG intros home Wi-Fi mesh products

SmartRG, an ADTRAN company, introduced its "Intellifi" whole-home, turn-key mesh Wi-Fi solution tailored for service providers.

The new SE80ac is a compact, wall-pluggable, mesh access point designed to support seamless roaming throughout the home. Up to five SE80ac satellites can be added for full home coverage. The network automatically creates a mesh system for optimal performance.

“There are a myriad of consumer Wi-Fi Mesh solutions on the market today. But service providers have higher expectations when it comes to customer experience and reliability. We believe these advanced requirements will make the difference in any subscriber’s home,” SmartRG Chief Technology Officer David La Cagnina said. “Intellifi was designed to deliver more than great Wi-Fi. It also seamlessly integrates with the subscriber's entire broadband experience. With it, any service provider can offer their own fully-managed whole-home Wi-Fi service, ready for stellar remote support, troubleshooting and customer care.”

Intellifi SE80ac mesh kits are in customer trials today and will be generally available in Q4 2019. Additional mesh kits featuring tri-band capability, as well as Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) are planned for availability in 2020. Through SmartRG’s established participation within the prpl Foundation’s prplMesh project, the Intellifi roadmap includes Wi-Fi Alliance EasyMesh™ R3 compliance and certification, occurring in 2020.

https://www.adtran.com/index.php/smartrg-upgrades-wi-fi-mess-to-mesh-with-intellifi-carrier-grade-whole-home-wi-fi-solution

Clumio raises $51 million for enterprise backup SaaS

Clumio, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced $51 million in venture funding for its SaaS for enterprise backup.

Clumio's newly launched service helps enterprises eliminate hardware and software for on-premise backup and avoid the complexity and cost of running 3rd party backup software in the cloud. The solution protects on-premise, VMware Cloud for AWS, and native AWS service workloads.

Clumio was founded in 2017 by serial entrepreneur Poojan Kumar, co-founder and former CEO of PernixData (acquired by Nutanix, alongside Woon Ho Jung and Kaustubh Patil.

The $51 million in funding was received over two rounds: A Sutter Hill Ventures-led Series A round and a Series B round driven by Index Ventures with significant participation from Sutter Hill Ventures. Several individuals experienced at investing in disruptive technologies also participated including, Mark Leslie, founder of Veritas Technologies, and John Thompson, chairman of the board at Microsoft.

“Enterprise workloads are being ‘SaaS-ified’ because IT can no longer afford the time, complexity and expense of building and managing heavy on-prem hardware and software solutions if they are to successfully deliver against their digital transformation initiatives,” said Poojan Kumar, Clumio co-founder and CEO. “Unlike legacy backup vendors, Clumio SaaS is born in the cloud. We have and can leverage the most secure and innovative cloud services available, now and in the future, within our service to ensure that we can meet customer requirements for backup, regardless of where the data is.”

http://www.clumio.com

Avaya reports rise in revenue, a huge impairment loss, and upcoming strategic move

Avaya reported GAAP revenue was $717 million for its third fiscal quarter of 2019, $8 million higher than the second quarter of fiscal 2019, and $25 million higher than the third quarter of fiscal 2018 ended June 30, 2018. Non-GAAP revenue(1) was $720 million, $6 million higher than the second quarter of fiscal 2019, and $35 million lower than the third quarter of fiscal 2018. GAAP gross margin was 54.4%, compared to 54.4% for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and 50.9% for the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

During the quarter, Avaya recorded a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $657 million related to the company’s Products & Solutions segment. The charge was taken after an interim assessment prompted by a sustained decline in the company’s stock price during the period, which the company believes was due to year-todate financial results and revision of fiscal 2019 guidance. The company’s long-term forecast provided at its December 2018 investor day should no longer be relied upon. Management expects to provide an updated longterm outlook upon completion of the company’s review of its strategic alternatives.

Avaya also noted that it expects to provide an update on a potential strategic transaction within the next 30 days to maximize shareholder value. The company has retained J.P. Morgan to advise on a potential sale of the company.

Vodafone launches commercial 5G in Ireland

Ericsson and Vodafone Ireland have launched the first commercial 5G network in Ireland. The 5G service is now live across locations in Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway and Waterford.

Vodafone Ireland has deployed Baseband 6630 and AIR 6488 products from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, Vodafone Ireland has activated the network over their recently acquired 5G spectrum.

At the launch, John Griffin, Managing Director of Ericsson Ireland said: “We work closely with our customers to be at the forefront of technology and we were the first to support the launch every generation of mobile technology in Ireland. We are therefore proud to support the first 5G launch, too.

“Ericsson has been investing in Ireland for 60 years. Our Research and Development centre in Athlone is still one of the biggest in the country, where they’re currently developing key components of 5G networks and firmly putting Ireland on the map of 5G innovation.

Pavilion Data raises $25 million for NVMe-over-Fabrics

Pavilion Data Systems, a start-up based in San Jose, California, announced $25 million in Series C funding for its NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF) storage technologies.

Pavilion's rack-scale NVMe-over-Fabric Storage Platform ingests, processes, stores and serves an order of magnitude more data for massively-parallel modern applications. Pavilion's OPENCHOICE Storage business model provides flexibility to reuse existing standard 2.5" NVMe SSDs or purchase the latest SSDs directly from drive makers.

The new funding round included participation from all existing investors: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Korea Investment Partners, DAG Ventures, Artiman Ventures, SK Telecom, and Tyche Partners. This brings total funding to $58 million.

"The adoption of NVMe-oF is increasing, and Pavilion provides differentiated technology in this market. Repeat sales and strong customer demand prove that its NVMe-oF platform can bring competitive advantages to large organizations, especially those that rely on analytics and machine learning," said Huang Lee, managing partner at Taiwania. "We are pleased to lead this round and look forward to bringing Pavilion to new markets such as Asia where the cloud-scale deployments require an NVMe-oF solution without the complexities and limitations of traditional storage."

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