Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Hawaiki to deploy Ciena's WaveLogic 5 Extreme


Hawaiki Submarine Cable will deploy Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme technology on its 15,000km Hawaiki Transpacific Cable, the largest in ultimate system capacity, with the fastest wavelength rate in the region, connecting Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast.

The WaveLogic 5 Extreme upgrade uses Ciena's Waveserver 5 platform and delivers significant channel speed increases, lower latency, greater scale and increased economic efficiencies. Hawaiki will also deploy Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller, which will deliver greater control and visibility of the network, making it easier to preempt and prevent service disruptions.

Earlier this year, Hawaiki announced a network upgrade using Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution to improve reliability, availability and deliver lower latency between Oregon and Hawaii.

“As we continue to see unprecedented demand for more connectivity, including a significant increase driven by the global pandemic, it was essential for Hawaiki to further expand its network capabilities to better serve the market,” said RĂ©mi Galasso, CEO and Founder, Hawaiki. “Ciena has delivered outstanding results during our trial and this new upgrade makes Hawaiki the first subsea operator in the South Pacific Trans-Oceanic region to achieve 500Gbps wavelengths.”

“Hawaiki continues to push the envelope by upgrading their network to significantly increase the wavelength channel speeds,” said Rick Seeto, Vice President and General Manager of APJ, Ciena. “This will enable the continued delivery of innovative capacity solutions that will drive socio-economic benefits for businesses and consumers across the Pacific region.”


Siklu ships Terragraph-compliant fixed wireless broadband access

Siklu will begin shipping its new N366 & T265 Terragraph-compliant, gigabit-speed fixed wireless broadband access systems to service providers in the U.S. and UK. Field trials have also begun and full commercial services are expected to commence in 1Q 2021.

Terragraph is an 802.11ay-based, multi-gigabit wireless technology developed by Facebook to deliver fiber-like speeds over the air at a significantly lower cost and faster time to market than that of trenched fiber. 

sSiklu said its Terragraph product line represents its third generation of 60GHz multipoint solutions, known as the MultiHaul product line. The N366 is an integrated system that features 360-degree coverage, the ability to self-organize into a neighborhood L2 SDN mesh and just under 16 Gbps of total capacity. Combined with the first Terminal Units, the T265, network operators are able to cover entire cities with Siklu’s Terragraph solution. Siklu also offers a complete line of advanced software applications for planning, designing, deploying, and operating extensive fixed and smart city mmWave networks. 

“We expect 2021 to be a big year for the deployment of cost-effective, Terragraph-based fixed wireless broadband, and Siklu’s announcement today provides further evidence of that,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, vice president for Facebook Connectivity. “We have worked with Siklu since the early days of Terragraph, and we are excited to see the progress they have made to incorporate our technical innovations into the already impressive Siklu portfolio of high-speed broadband infrastructure.”

“In almost all situations, wireless networks are quicker to deploy than wired ones. By incorporating Terragraph into our fixed wireless equipment, service providers can now easily generate profits based on the MH TG fiber quality and wireless flexibility in a variety of network topologies,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, CEO of Siklu. “As we have learned over the last several months, broadband is needed more than ever and MH TG is an effective way to close the digital divide with gigabit-speed broadband. This release represents the first of a full suite of Terragraph-based products on our roadmap for 2022.”

VMware sees strong growth in subscription and SaaS revenue

VMware reported revenue of $2.86 billion for its third quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 8% from the third quarter of fiscal 2020. GAAP net income for the third quarter was $434 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, compared to $407 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter was $704 million, or $1.66 per diluted share, up 17% per diluted share compared to $602 million, or $1.42 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

“Q3 was another good quarter for VMware, and we’re pleased with our results,” commented Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware. “As customers navigate through these unprecedented times, our focus remains on delivering the digital foundation for an unpredictable world. We continue to shape the future in areas that are top priority for every business–from app development to multi-cloud to security and digital workspaces.”

“Subscription and SaaS revenue increased 44% year-over-year in Q3 and surpassed license revenue for the first time,” said Zane Rowe, executive vice president and CFO, VMware. “VMware will continue to invest in and focus on further expanding our Subscription and SaaS portfolio, which we believe will drive company growth, customer satisfaction and shareholder value.”

Some highlights:

The combination of subscription and SaaS and license revenue was $1.32 billion, an increase of 10% from the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

Subscription and SaaS revenue for the third quarter was $676 million, an increase of 44% year-over-year, representing 24% of total revenue.

VMware is raising full-year fiscal 2021 total revenue guidance to $11.7 billion and increasing GAAP net income per diluted share to between $4.17 and $4.27 with non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $7.03.

At the virtual VMworld 2020, VMware had 200,000 registrants and introduced a wave of new offerings and partnerships.

VMware Cloud on AWS continued to grow revenue over 100% YoY in Q3.

VMware outlined VMware Workforce Anywhere solutions including end-to-end Zero Trust security controls and simplified management featuring VMware NSX Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), Workspace ONE and Carbon Black Endpoint Security capabilities.

VMware announced partnerships with Menlo Security and Zscaler to help large global enterprises simplify the adoption of a complete SASE architecture and more effectively implement Zero Trust security.

VMware acquired SaltStack, a pioneer in building intelligent, event-driven automation software. SaltStack will enable VMware to significantly broaden its software configuration management and infrastructure and network automation capabilities.

VMware unveiled updates to Tanzu support across VMware Cloud on AWS, Azure VMware Solution and Oracle Cloud VMware Solution.

VMware announced Project Monterey—a technology preview focused on evolving the architecture for the data center, cloud and edge to address the changing requirements of next-generation applications including AI, machine learning and 5G applications.

VMware and NVIDIA announced a broad partnership to deliver both an end-to-end enterprise platform for AI and a new architecture for data center, cloud and edge that uses NVIDIA DPUs (data processing units) to support existing and next-generation applications. This will help accelerate AI adoption, enabling enterprises to extend existing infrastructure for AI, manage all applications with a single set of operations and deploy AI-ready infrastructure where the data resides, across the data center, cloud and edge.

The company announced the 5G Telco Cloud Platform, a consistent cloud-first solution powered by a field-proven, carrier-grade, and high-performance cloud native infrastructure with intelligent automation. This new platform includes Tanzu Kubernetes Grid—an embedded Kubernetes distribution—that will allow Communication Service Providers to reliably build, manage and run containerized workloads across private, telco, edge and public clouds.

https://ir.vmware.com/download/companies/vmware/Presentations/Q3-21%20Earnings%20Slides.pdf

Windstream brings 400G to EdgeConneX Detroit and Pittsburgh

Windstream Wholesale has established a presence in EdgeConneX’s data centers at 282 Corliss St. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and at 21005 Lahser Road in Southfield, Michigan, near Detroit.

Windstream Wholesale will offer fully diverse wavelength solutions at speeds up to 400G to the companies operating in either of the EdgeConneX locations along with access to its full suite of ethernet and internet services.

“Our edge-of-network facilities were engineered to support latency sensitive and bandwidth intensive applications,” said Phillip Marangella, CMO for EdgeConneX. “By partnering with Windstream Wholesale, we can offer increased capacity options and additional ways for our customers to advance meaningful digital transformation. Pittsburgh and Detroit are both markets with growing robust tech sectors, and we are thrilled to welcome Windstream Wholesale into the mix.”

“We are excited to partner with EdgeConneX, a real pioneer in edge data centers,” said Joe Scattareggia, executive vice president of Windstream Wholesale. “These deployments in Pittsburgh and the Detroit area continue Windstream Wholesale’s aggressive expansion to meet our customers’ burgeoning demand for diverse, high-capacity, low-latency bandwidth at key data centers nationwide.”


Zenlayer picks Juniper for data center upgrades


 Zenlayer, a leading edge cloud services provider, has selected Juniper Networks for datacenter network upgrades including the MX Series Universal Routing Platforms as backbone routers. Deployments are occuring in Zenlayer’s initial phase of upgrades, with plans for the potential replacement of other vendor backbone routers in later phases.

Zenlayer will also use a variety of other Juniper platforms from the QFX Series of data center switches and the SRX Series of next-generation firewal. Juniper's segment routing traffic engineering is utilized to schedule traffic, with the full-featured support of SR-TE and multiprotocol label switching.

“In our increasingly cloud-first world, the demand for greater, faster and smoother global interconnectivity is rising by the day. Zenlayer has grown rapidly as a leading edge cloud services provider in the span of a few short years, a strong testament to their customer-first focus of improving the digital user experience globally. It is a vision we are delighted to share and a continued growth journey we are excited to enable – especially with the next-generation segment routing traffic engineering deployed, driven by our automation and AI-driven capabilities,” states Norman Lam, VP & GM, China, Juniper Networks.

https://newsroom.juniper.net/press-releases/edge-cloud-services-provider-zenlayer-selects-juniper-networks-power-better

Splunk to acquire Flowmill for network performance monitoring

Splunk agreed to acquire Flowmill, a Palo-Alto based cloud network observability company with expertise in network performance monitoring (NPM). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Flowmill gives customers the ability to ingest, analyze and take action on additional cloud network and infrastructure data to quickly resolve network-related issues, optimize network performance and reduce network costs.

Splunk said Flowmill will complement its recent acquisitions of Plumbr and Rigor, giving customers the ability to address every application performance monitoring (APM), digital enterprise monitoring (DEM) and NPM need across all types of applications and infrastructures. 

“Observability technology is rapidly increasing in both sophistication and ability to help organizations revolutionize how they monitor their infrastructure and applications. Flowmill’s innovative NPM solution provides real-time observability into network behavior and performance of distributed cloud applications, leveraging extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) technologies,” said Tim Tully, chief technology officer, Splunk. “We’re excited to bring Flowmill’s visionary NPM technology into our Observability Suite as Splunk continues to deliver best-in-class observability capabilities to our customers.”


Canada's TELUS names Nokia as a 5G partner

TELUS is deploying Nokia's solutions in its Canadian 5G infrastructure. The Nokia solutions being deployed for 5G include its subscriber data management and the policy controller, as well as its NetAct network management, LTE indoor picocells and IP edge routers. 


Nokia’s products will allow TELUS to cost-effectively manage its network through near zero-touch automation and adherence to service level agreements while helping the operator deliver ultra-low network latency, reliability and security to its customers.

Jeffrey Maddox, President of Nokia Canada, said: “We are very pleased to provide TELUS with Nokia’s cloud-native 5G core products and IP routing solutions. This deployment speaks to the breadth of Nokia’s ability to truly connect the network to the business at scale and strengthens Nokia’s position as a market leader in 5G core network deployments. Being hardware, vendor and network agnostic, we give our customers peace of mind and the confidence that a provider of our size will fully deliver.”

Xilinx and Texas Instruments partner on 5G radios

Xilinx is collaborating with Texas Instruments (TI) to develop scalable and adaptable digital front-end (DFE) solutions to increase energy efficiency of lower antenna count radios. 


The collaboration will combine Xilinx's Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC family and adaptable RF IP with the AFE7769 quad-channel RF transceiver from TI.

Xilinx's Adaptable Digital RF IP includes specialist functionality of Crest Factor Reduction (CFR) and Digital Pre-distortion (DPD). It can support a wide range of radio bandwidths and carrier configurations. Also, by being tightly integrated with the rest of the PHY processing implemented in the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC device, it can handle the increasingly complex signal dynamics of multi-RAT and 5G waveforms which are challenging for standalone DPD implementations. The PA technology is also evolving quickly to address these new radio requirements with broader adoption of GaN and new architectures. 

“Critical to the success of the radio platform is the efficiency and performance of the RF power amplifier (PA). Even for low-power small cell applications, the PA consumes over 50% of the power of a typical next-generation radio and is therefore key to driving the OPEX and CAPEX,” said Liam Madden, executive vice president and general manager, Wired and Wireless Group at Xilinx. “A scalable and adaptable DFE solution that can address current and future PA efficiency needs is key for the advancement of 5G platforms.” 

“PA linearity for spectral efficiency and RF power delivery is key to achieving the performance benefits of 5G New Radio systems. Wide-bandwidth transceivers like the AFE7769 help to address higher-order PA nonlinearities and enable more efficient power delivery,” said Karthik Vasanth, vice president and business unit manager, data converters, at TI. “With this implementation, designers can address the market needs for higher instantaneous bandwidth and antenna counts to support MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) applications while also offering scalability to meet system cost targets.”

http://www.xilinx.com

FiberLight names Christopher Rabii as its new CEO

FiberLight named Christopher Rabii as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Jim Lynch, who was announced as the company’s interim CEO in July 2020 and will remain the Executive Chairman of FiberLight.

Prior to Rabii’s appointment as CEO of FiberLight, he was the SVP of Technology, Fulfillment and Operations for Altice Business, a division of Altice USA, where he was responsible for all activities related to service delivery, engineering and operations in support of Altice’s enterprise and carrier customers. Prior to his role at Altice, Rabii served as the SVP of Operations and Chief Technology Officer at Cablevision Lightpath, which was acquired by Altice in 2016. 

FiberLight operates 14,000 route miles of fiber networks in over 30 metropolitan areas in the U.S. 

http://www.fiberlight.com

NETGEAR ships WAX204 WiFi 6 Access Point for SMBs

NETGEAR is shipping its new WAX204 WiFi 6 Access Point, adding to the company’s portfolio of WiFi 6-enabled business products.

The WAX204 is aimed at small single-site locations and provides today’s home office workers, microbusinesses and small retail owners with a cost-effective solution to typical wireless networking challenges. With the capability to establish up to 3 separate wireless networks with separate dedicated channels (SSID), the WAX204 maximizes the performance of every connection. Now when working from home, there can be a separate network for distance learning and another for streaming to ensure there are no dropped video calls, and the transfer of large files is trouble-free. The WAX204 WiFi 6 Access Point has a MSRP of $129.99. The WAX204-100EUS (Europe and U.K.) will be available in Europe in the coming month for an MSRP €129.99, £$119.99.