Monday, April 7, 2008

Jury Awards $368 million to Alcatel-Lucent in Patent Case vs. Microsoft

A jury in a U.S. District Court in San Diego has ordered Microsoft to pay Alcatel-Lucent more than $368 million for infringing on two patents.
The jury found that Microsoft's Tablet PC operating system infringed on an Alcatel-Lucent patent relating to the control of a computer through a stylus, and that some Microsoft programs infringed on an Alcatel-Lucent patent relating to an automated form entry system. The jury also determined that Dell infringed the stylus patent and owed Alcatel-Lucent $51,000.

Telstra Readies New Terabit-Capacity Cable Linking Australia-U.S.

Telstra is deploying a new 9,000 km submarine cable between Australia and the United States. The new cable, which will be landed at Tamarama Beach this week, can be scaled up to 1.28 Tbps, making it the largest ever built and owned by an Australian company.

Alcatel-Lucent began laying the cable between Sydney and Hawaii earlier this year. Work will continue to lay the cable across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii, and the cable will be operational by end-2008. From Hawaii the cable will interconnect with the new Asia America Gateway cable and other existing cables providing direct access to the mainland United States.

North American FTTH Connections Reach 3 Million

The Fiber-to-the-Home Council reported that 11.8 million homes in North America are now passed by fiber-optic cables and 10 million can now be connected, while nearly 3 million already have service on fiber all the way to the home. In total, about 10 percent of all North American homes are passed by fiber cables, with FTTH growth running at 97 percent annually.

Verizon, the council said, leads the pace with more than 70 percent of the current total fiber connections. Cable operators have installed less than one percent of the total all-fiber services.


Harris Stratex Networks Appoints Former Siemens Exec as CEO

Harris Stratex Networks, a supplier of wireless transmission systems, has appointed Harald J. Braun as its new president, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. He succeeds Guy M. Campbell, who had previously announced his retirement effective June 27, 2008.

Before joining Harris Stratex, Braun served as president and CEO of Siemens Networks and most recently as a senior executive in Nokia Siemens Networks North America. Prior to the NSN merger, he was president, Siemens Carrier Networks Division, transitioning the company from TDM to an IP-focused company, leading the evolution to next-generation networking. From 2000-2002, he served as Siemens senior vice president and the head of Siemens Ltd. in Thailand, and before that he was Siemens vice president, IP and ATM/TDM Broadband Components in Development and vice president, ATM System Integration and System Test.

AT&T Appoints ex-Verisign Exec as CTO

AT&T announced the appointment of John Donovan to the position of chief technology officer (CTO), where he will oversee the company's global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations.

Donovan previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign Inc., a diverse technology company that provides Internet infrastructure services. Before that, he was chairman and CEO for inCode Telecom Group Inc. and a director of industry practices for telecom and media at Deloitte Consulting.

Donovan replaces Chris Rice, who assumes the new role of executive vice president of Shared Services.

BT Names Ian Livingston to succeed Ben Verwaayen

BT has named Ian Livingston to succeed Ben Verwaayen as chief executive of BT Group on June 1st 2008. Livingston joined BT as group finance director in 2002. He took over as chief executive of BT Retail in 2005 and under his leadership BT Retail has returned to growth and sharply increased profitability. Livingston's current role will be filled by Gavin Patterson, currently group managing director of BT's consumer division.

Verwaayen joined BT in January 2002 from Lucent Technologies, where he was Vice-Chairman of the management board. He led BT through a series of transformations, including its push into broadband, the launch of the 21CN initiative, the expansion of BT Global Services, and the creation of Openreach, which gives all communication providers in the UK equal network access.

Solera Extends Network Visibility with Virtual Regeneration Tap

Solera Networks, a supplier of deep packet capture and stream-to-storage appliances, released a beta version of its free Solera V2P Tap application. This enables organizations deploying virtual machines to leverage their existing investments in network management and security tools by regenerating virtual network traffic, including intra-server virtual machine network traffic, to their existing physical security infrastructure to monitor and protect virtual network activity.

Solera said that for many organizations, monitoring and securing the virtual environment means an additional investment to deploy security tools and processes in the virtual network--the same tools they already have in the physical environment.

The Solera V2P Tap sits passively in a virtual environment leveraging VMware Vswitch technology, capturing all network traffic from within the virtual environment and regenerating all or some of that traffic in real-time to the physical environment for monitoring and analysis by existing tools. It uses existing intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), as well as other standard security tools to analyze traffic between virtual machines. While originating from the virtual infrastructure, traffic that is regenerated to these security systems appears as any other network traffic and can therefore be analyzed using the same procedures.

The free download of the Solera V2P Tap is now available in beta for evaluation. After completion of the beta, the download will continue to be available for free.

Google App Engine Provides Developers Access to Google Infrastructure

Google released an application-hosting tool that developers can use to build scalable web apps on top of its infrastructure. The goal is to make it easier for web developers to build and scale applications, instead of focusing on system administration and maintenance. Google initially is limiting the App Engine to 10,000 developers. of whom will be restricted to the free quota of 500MB of storage and enough CPU and network bandwidth to sustain around 5 million page views per month for a typical app. Eventually, Google plans to charge developers for additional storage and bandwidth.

Google said its new App Engine provides developers with the following capabilities:

  • Write code once and deploy. This would save the developer the cost and complexity of provisioning and configuring multiple machines for web serving and data storage. The Google App Engine dynamically provides computing resources as they are needed using Google infrastructure.

  • Absorb spikes in traffic. When a web app surges in popularity, the sudden increase in traffic can be overwhelming for applications of all sizes, from startups to large companies that find themselves re-architecting their databases and entire systems several times a year. With automatic replication and load balancing, Google App Engine makes it easier to scale from one user to one million by taking advantage of Bigtable and other components of Google's scalable infrastructure.

  • Easily integrate with other Google services. It's unnecessary and inefficient for developers to write components like authentication and e-mail from scratch for each new application. Developers using Google App Engine can make use of built-in components and Google's broader library of APIs that provide plug-and-play functionality for simple but important features.

The development environment includes the following features:

  • Dynamic webserving, with full support of common web technologies

  • Persistent storage (powered by Bigtable and GFS with queries, sorting, and transactions)

  • Automatic scaling and load balancing

  • Google APIs for authenticating users and sending email

  • Fully featured local development environment

"Google has spent years developing infrastructure for scalable web applications," said Pete Koomen, a product manager at Google. "We've brought Gmail and Google search to hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and we've built out a powerful network of datacenters to support those applications. Today we're taking the first step in making this infrastructure available to all developers."

Juniper Introduces Next Gen SSL VPN Appliances

Juniper Networks introduced its next generation of Secure Access (SA) SSL VPN platforms -- the SA 2500, 4500 and 6500 appliances -- featuring higher performance, scalability and redundancy. SSL VPN appliances enable businesses to deliver anytime, anywhere access of corporate resources and applications to their remote and mobile employees, customers, and partners by using the universal security protocol found in all standard Web browsers.

Juniper said its new SA 2500, 4500 and 6500 provide extensive end-to-end layered security and include endpoint client, device, data and server layered security controls. These advanced features provide interoperability with diverse endpoint security solutions from third-party vendors that conform to the Trusted Network Connect (TNC) standard.

The SA 6500 delivers double the capacity of the previous Secure Access generation with support for up to 30,000 concurrent users on a single four-unit cluster. The Secure Access platforms also support a wide array of mobile devices and cross-platform support, including devices running Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and Linux.

The list price for the new appliances start at US $4,995 with 10 concurrent users for the SA 2500, US $16,895 with 50 concurrent users for the SA 4500, and US $43,995 with 100 concurrent users for the SA 6500.

Juniper has also taken steps to ease the ordering experience for customers and partners. Juniper is reducing the number of licensing SKUs associated with these new models to simplify ordering and configuring Secure Access appliances.
  • Juniper shipped its first SSL VPN products in 2001.

Cisco Debuts Nexus 5000 Data Center-class Switches Supporting 10GigE, FCoE

Cisco unveiled its Nexus 5000 Series of data center-class switches, a major step towards the company's vision of a Unified Fabric for the Server Access Layer. In conjunction with the product announcement, Cisco announced that it had acquired the remaining 20% equity share it did not already hold in its subsidiary Nuova Systems, a start-up that developed the switch.

The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch delivers line-rate, low-latency, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching, as well as the industry's first standards-based, input/output (I/O) consolidation solution via support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Data Center Ethernet and virtualization technologies. The switch is an extension to the Cisco Nexus family designed to support increasing I/O demands of multicore processors and virtualized environments.

FCoE aims to consolidates LAN, Fibre Channel and iSCSI-based storage-area networks (SANs) and server cluster traffic onto an Ethernet-based unified fabric. The Cisco Nexus 5000 also provides virtual machine (VM) optimized services, supporting the Cisco Data Center 3.0 vision by allowing IT organizations to dynamically respond to changing business demands through rapid provisioning of application and infrastructure services from shared pools of consolidated compute, storage, and network resources.

The Cisco Nexus 5000 platform can connect to either Cisco Nexus 7000 or Cisco Catalyst 6500 in the aggregation/core layers of the data center. With native Fibre Channel interfaces, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series can also connect to SAN fabrics built with the Cisco MDS 9000 platform.

The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series pricing starts at $36,000 for the fixed configuration 40-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch, and is scheduled to be available May 2008. Cisco Data Center VIP will be included within VIP 12, with an expected availability of July 2008 and DCNI 2.0 is planned to be available May 2008.

Cisco also cited a number of ecosystem partners helping to create an end-to-end unified fabric solution with the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, including 3PAR Data, APC, Broadcom, Dell, EMC, Emulex, Intel, NetApp, Netxen, Panduit, QLogic, and VMware.

SAVVIS is currently testing the Cisco Nexus 5000 switching platform.

Regarding the acquisition of the remaining shares in Nuova, previously the company operated as a majority-owned subsidiary of Cisco, which had invested $70 million for 80 percent of the company. Cisco announced its initial investment in Nuova in August 2006 and announced an amendment to the agreement in April 2007 that expanded the development scope, increased the funding commitment and raised the maximum potential payout of the transaction to $678 million. The Nuova transaction is success-based with the total value primarily determined by the revenue of Nuova products over three measurement periods. The first measurement period will commence in early fiscal year 2010, the second measurement period will commence in late fiscal year 2010, and the third measurement period will commence in mid fiscal year 2011.
  • In January 2008, Cisco unveiled its the next generation, flagship data center-class switching platform for combining Ethernet, IP, and storage capabilities across one unified network fabric.

    The Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, which sets forth the company's Data Center 3.0 vision, represents the culmination of over $1 billion in R&D, according to the company. The platform is designed for next generation data center infrastructure deployments of virtualized servers, storage, networks and applications. Using a unified fabric would eliminate the need for parallel storage and computational networks, reducing the number of server interfaces and significantly reducing the cabling and switching infrastructure required in the data center. At the heart of the network is a lossless unified switching fabric capable of simultaneously forwarding storage, Ethernet, and IP traffic. Cisco's Nexus 7000 is a scalable modular platform that delivers up to 15 terabits per second (Tbps_ of switching capacity in a single chassis, supporting up to 512 10 Gbps Ethernet and future delivery of 40- and 100-Gbps Ethernet. Its unified fabric architecture combines Ethernet and storage capabilities into a single platform, designed to provide all servers with access to all network and storage resources. Key components of the unified fabric architecture include unified I/O interfaces and Fibre Channel over Ethernet support to be delivered in the future.

  • Nuova Systems is based in San Jose, California and has about 200 employees.

  • Nuova's founders include Ed Bugnion, Luca Cafiero, Prem Jain, Soni Jiandani, Tom Lyon and Mario Mazzola. Bugnion is a former co-founder of VMware and Lyon formerly founded Ipsilion Networks. Cafiero, Jain, Jiandani and Mazzola are all former Cisco executives.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Japan's J:COM Deploys Motorola's DOCSIS 3.0

Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM), Japan's largest multiple system operator (MSO), has selected Motorola's channel bonding technology to deploy the company's first DOCSIS 3.0-based Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) and cable modems. Specifically, the deployment uses Motorola's DOCSIS 3.0-based BSR 64000 CMTS/Edge Router and SURFboard SB6120 cable modems. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola said its solution is capable of delivering up to 160Mbps throughput to residential and commercial customers.http://www.motorola.com

TelePacific Deploys Alcatel-Lucent's Optical Gear in California

TelePacific Communications, a competitive carrier that serves California and Nevada, is deploying Alcatel-Lucent's 1665 DMX multiplexer to expand its network in central California. The project, which is valued at $4.3 million, will help TelePacific extend and increase its aggregation facilities by more than fifty percent in areas including Bakersfield, Stockton, San Luis Obispo and Fresno. The deployment is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

TelePacific currently operates its 22,794 mile network in California and Nevada.

Juniper Unveils New IDP Appliances

Juniper Networks introduced a new family of Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) appliances featuring greater throughput, performance and port density for providing security coverage at the network perimeter and network core. The new IDP appliances, which are used to identify, secure and manage traffic, offer 10 Gbps of throughput, up to 80 Gbit modular Input/Output (I/O), and a full Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) feature set. The appliances provide in-line protection to thwart network- and application-level attacks using stateful detection and prevention techniques.

Juniper said its IDP appliances provide zero-day protection and prevent worms, trojans, spyware, keyloggers and other malware from penetrating the network or spreading from already infected users. Several models are available:

  • The Juniper Networks IDP 8200 delivers 10 Gbps of throughput, and is suited for large enterprise and service provider deployments. In addition to deployments at the network perimeter, the high throughput delivered by the IDP 8200 enables the deployment of IPS appliances in the network core to secure traffic within the corporate network. IDP 8200 pricing starts at $70,000.

  • The Juniper Networks IDP 75, 250 and 800 offer IPS capabilities to a wide range of customers, ranging from small enterprises to ISPs. The IDP 75 starts at a list price of $8,000, the IDP 250 starts at $19,000, the IDP 800 starts at $49,000.

The IDP appliances include built-in bypass capabilities to ensure continued network connectivity without the overhead cost and resources needed for an external bypass solution. The new IDP appliances provide continued support for coordinated threat control with Juniper's Unified Access Control and Secure Access SSL VPN. In addition, the IDP products are managed by the Juniper Networks NetScreen-Security Manager (NSM), a centralized, rule-based management solution that provides granular control over the system's behavior.

Juniper is also offering daily signature updates for IDP customers.

Corecess/Teknovus Cite New FTTx Wins KT, Hanaro

Corecess, a supplier of Gigabit Ethernet Optical Network (G-EPON) systems, announced new contracts in Korea with both KT (Korea Telecom) and Hanaro Telecom and new wins in Asia and Europe. Corecess began deployments at KT in 2005 and at Hanaro Telecom in 2006. Most recently, Corecess has won deployments in Poland, Indonesia and Spain. By year-end, Corecess will have more than 500,000 lines installed. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Corecess' OLT (Optical Line Termination) platforms for central offices and ONUs (Optical Network Units) for customer premises are based on Teknovus' G-EPON chips.http://www.teknovus.com

Xilinx Offers Radiation-tolerant FPGA for Space Applications

Xilinx released new radiation-tolerant Virtex-4QV FPGAs designed to perform video, audio, radar streams, and packet processing functions in space-based electronic systems.

To meet the unique processing requirements of space-based systems, Xilinx selected four of the highest performance, largest capacity devices across the three Virtex-4 platforms for its new Virtex-4QV family. These devices provide extensive system integration among FPGA-based offerings for space applications with up to 200,000 logic cells, 10Mbit of RAM/FIFO, two built-in PowerPC processor blocks with auxiliary processing unit (APU) controller, 512 DSP slices, and four built-in Ethernet MAC blocks.

The company said all of its Virtex-4QV FPGAs are guaranteed for radiation tolerance. Extensive testing by Xilinx and the Single Event Effects (SEE) Consortium verifies a total ionizing dose (TID) of 300 krad (Si) and single-event latchup (SEL) immunity greater than 125 MeVcm2/mg with Virtex-4QV devices. The SEE Consortium was founded in 2002 when Xilinx joined forces with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, leading the way to the application of SRAM-based reconfigurable FPGA technology in high-radiation environments.

Hughes Initiates Commercial Service on SPACEWAY 3 Satellite

Hughes Network Systems activated its first "HughesNet" consumer subscriber for broadband Internet service utilizing its SPACEWAY 3 satellite.

Launched by Arianespace in August 2007, the geostationary SPACEWAY 3 satellite offer 10 Gbps of gross capacity, making it the highest traffic-carrying satellite to be brought into service in North America. It was designed and developed as a next-generation, Ka-band broadband satellite system, and is the world's first commercial satellite to employ on-board traffic switching and routing. It also features dynamic beam forming, and direct small-dish-to- small-dish connectivity for subscribers.

"With this significant milestone, our SPACEWAY 3 satellite has officially commenced carrying revenue-bearing traffic, making Hughes a fully integrated service provider," said Pradman Kaul, president and CEO of Hughes. "We are excited to begin delivering HughesNet broadband services over the world's first commercial satellite with on-board switching to our rapidly growing base of consumer, SMB, enterprise, and government customers throughout North America."
  • Hughes has built a scalable Network Operations and Control Center (NOCC), installed at its Germantown Maryland headquarters, which anchors control functions for network addressing, registration, network security, admission control and multicasting. The NOCC also provides satellite payload management, capacity planning, terminal management, customer care and network management functions. The SPACEWAY architecture can scale up to two million terminals per satellite and will provide coverage with multiple spot beams across the U.S. including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, as well as in selected areas in Canada, Mexico, and major cities in South America.

  • SPACEWAY 3 was built by Boeing and is based on the company's 702 satellite platform.

Seagate Delivers First 1TB Drive with SAS Interface

Seagate announced the first commercial shipment of its 1 terabyte (TB) enterprise-class Barracuda ES.2 hard drives with a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface. Applications addressing rich media content and collaborative applications like email can benefit from the average 135% performance boost over SATA-interface drives. SAS also enables greater system-design and integration flexibility.

"The explosion of content in enterprise environments is driving the need for faster data access and bandwidth that Seagate's 1TB Barracuda ES.2 drives can deliver with a SAS interface," said Sherman Black, Seagate senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Enterprise Compute Business.

Verizon to Phase out Local Analog Simulcasts on FiOS

Verizon announced that it is phasing out a small number of duplicate analog channels on the FiOS TV service so all customers will enjoy better-quality, all-digital viewing experiences on every set in their homes. Until now, Verizon has provided these duplicate channels to allow digital subscribers to view some limited programming in an analog format without using a set-top box.

The company also has a small number of customers who subscribe to a service that solely offers these duplicate analog channels. For these customers, Verizon will provide a free digital adapter.

"As we phase out our local analog simulcasts this year, we want to make sure that our small number of affected customers can continue receiving this programming on sets they are using without a set-top box," said Michelle Minus Swittenberg, Verizon vice president of sales and marketing for the New York region.

Wasabi Adds 10Gb Ethernet Support to iSCSI SANs

Wasabi Systems is adding 10Gb Ethernet capabilities for its Storage Builder network storage operating system. The 10Gb Ethernet allows users to aggregate storage traffic from multiple servers on a 1 Gbps network into the 10 Gbps capable VMX 2000sx Series iSCSI SAN appliance.

"Although already less expensive than Fibre Channel, we expect that the cost of 10Gb Ethernet will decrease substantially during 2008, leading to widespread adoption in storage and other applications that can benefit from a fat pipe," said Kirk Roller, Wasabi's Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing.

Motorola Reaches Truce with Carl Icahn

Motorola reached and agreement with activist shareholder Carl Icahn under which William R. Hambrecht, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of WR Hambrecht + Co. and co-founder of Hambrecht & Quist, and Keith Meister, a managing director of the Icahn investment funds and principal executive officer of Icahn Enterprises, will be nominated for election to Motorola's Board of Directors.

As part of the settlement agreement, all pending litigation between Motorola and Carl Icahn will be dismissed. In addition, Motorola has agreed to seek input from Mr. Icahn in connection with significant matters regarding the intended separation of the Mobile Devices business, including the search for a new CEO to head the Mobile Devices business.