Sunday, April 27, 2008

Fujitsu to Reorganize Photonics Business

Fujitsu Limited and its subsidiary Fujitsu Access Limited plan to merge and reorganize their photonic systems businesses in July in order to strengthen their photonics systems development, manufacturing and sales operations for the Japanese market. The plan was approved today at a meeting of Fujitsu Limited's Board of Directors.


Fujitsu is a global supplier of WDM and SONET backbone network systems.


Fujitsu Access is a supplier of GE-PON access network solutions for customers in Japan.


The company said as the boundary between backbone and access networks has become increasingly blurred, it necessary to generate greater collaboration between these divisions by combining their capabilities and know-how, particularly for the development of next-generation photonic systems for the Japanese market.


The photonics divisions to be merged and reorganized are as follows:


1. Photonics Sales Divisions -- the Japan sales divisions of Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Access Limited will be merged into one Fujitsu Limited sales division for the Japanese market.


2. Photonics Development and Manufacturing Divisions -- the Japan product development divisions of Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Access Limited, and all the companies' photonics manufacturing divisions will be merged and reorganized. Fujitsu Limited will continue to develop products for markets outside Japan. The power electronics(5) business of Fujitsu Access, including its sales division, will continue to be managed by Fujitsu Access.


Details on the merger and reorganization will be announced in the middle of May.http://www.fujitsu.com

RMI Rolls Out Dual Core Processor for the SMB Market

RMI Corporation has released its newest XLS Processor, a 1 GHz Dual-Core Multithreaded device for accelerating packet-oriented and control plane applications in the SMB market. The XLS208 Processor offers eight parallel processing elements and advanced application
acceleration techniques for systems solutions sensitive to cost and power.


Built on TSMC's 90nm LP Process, the XLS208 Processor extends RMI's multicore multi-threaded XLS Processor Family. The XLS family of processors is pin compatible and provides the ability to combine control plane, data plane and security operations into a single Super System-On-a-Chip (SuperSOC) solution.


The XLS208 integrates eight vCPUs (fine-grain H/W processing threads using single-clock, zero overhead, context switching) from two MIPS64 compatible CPU cores with 32KB instruction and 32KB data level-1 caches. Also included are three high speed on-chip interconnects, a 512KB level-2 banked cache, 1Gbps Autonomous Security Acceleration Engine technology, an on-chip memory controller supporting 32/36/72b DDR2
memory allowing low-cost commodity DIMM memories, Quad Gigabit Ethernet MACs
with network accelerators, and Quad PCI-Express controllers.
http://www.RMICorp.com

Foundry Expands Data Center Portfolio with High Density 10GbE and Gigabit Ports

Foundry Networks has expanded its next generation data center portfolio with two new high-density interface modules for its BigIron RX Series switches and the NetIron MLX Series routers, enabling a density of up to 512 ports of 10GbE and 1536 ports of GbE in a single system.
The BigIron 16-port 10GbE SFP+ module (RX-BI16XG), and NetIron MLX 48-port GbE MRJ21 module (NI-MLX-1Gx48-T), which deliver more than twice the 10GbE and GbE density of their nearest competitors, are aimed at data center expansions and HPC clusters.


The product launches are part of Foundry Network's new vision for data center evolution. Key requirements for driving the next wave in data design are capacity, performance, flexibility and convergence. Foundry anticipates the migration of many mainstream servers from gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to 10GbE connectivity. This drives the need for data center network capacity, including the capacity of the data center interface to the backbone/Internet. In addition, virtualization is driving the consolidation of applications and services into fewer servers and network devices. Foundry's advanced data center vision and products enable IT managers to utilize virtualized network services, such as virtual LANs, multiple virtual routing, switching and security domains, and advanced application switching and service abstraction to extend the benefits of virtualization into the network, thereby accelerating consolidation of applications over a unified virtualized infrastructure.





Foundry's new 16-port 10GbE module offers advanced Quality of Service (QoS) functionality, Virtual Output Queue (VOQ) and the lossless Clos fabric-based architecture of the BigIron RX series. The 10GbE module augments the current BigIron RX series GbE capacity of up to 1,536 GbE ports per system. The module has a U.S. list price of $34,995 and general availability is expected in August 2008.


The new 48-port gigabit Ethernet (GbE) MRJ21 interface module is designed specifically for all four chassis types of the NetIron MLX Series routers. Each interface module will have eight MRJ21 connectors, with each connector supporting six ports of GbE interface. The 48-port module will more than double the GbE density on the NetIron MLX routers giving them the highest GbE capacity and lowest power consumption for routers in their class. In addition, the NetIron MLX routers offers network scalability with up to 32 10GbE links per link aggregation and sophisticated link aggregation and equal cost multi-path (ECMP) load sharing algorithms. The module has a U.S. list price of $34,995 and general availability is expected in Q4 2008.http://www.foundrynet.com

Marvell Debuts "CarrierSpan" for Carrier Ethernet Networks

Marvell unveiled its "CarrierSpan" technology designed to ensure line rate service delivery with enhanced packet processors based on new and emerging standards (TR101, Mac-in-Mac, IP-VPN, VPWS, VPLS) in Metro Ethernet and carrier networks. Marvell said its CarrierSpan technology provides hardware assistance to insure five 9's uptime with reduced overhead in Operations, Administration and Management (OAM) of the network. Integrated timing and synchronization capabilities enable inter-working with existing circuit switched networks. Additionally, CarrierSpan provides flexible uplink capabilities with hardware hooks for quality of service (QoS) interoperability to the access nodes, enabling a variety of service delivery architectures (xDSL, GPON, GEPON, Ethernet FTTx).

"Our CarrierSpan technology creates a solid foundation and flexible infrastructure for service delivery over carrier Ethernet and metro networks to better meet the needs of service providers," said Dr. Simon Milner, vice president and general manager, enterprise business unit, communications and consumer business group at Marvell.


Marvell also announced the availability of its new Prestera 98DX2100 and 98DX4100 chips powered by the new CarrierSpan technology. Marvell's new 98DX2100 and 98DX4100 family of processors is targeted for the various flavors of high-speed broadband access including PON, VDSL and native Ethernet, by including versatile sets of programmable interfaces. To support future scalability, the devices integrate four resilient FlexUplink ports programmed for any speed to support network upgrades from 1G to 2.5G to 10G. To minimize power dissipation and save on overall system cost, the integrated service processor has a built-in controller for high-speed 800M DDR2 memory and low-cost NAND flash. Sampling is underway.http://www.marvell.com

Marvell Unveils Gigahertz-Scalable ARM-Compliant Processors

Marvell introduced three system-on-chip (SoC) devices that integrate single- or dual-core gigahertz-capable ARM instruction set-compliant processors along with a host of I/O peripherals.


Marvell said the new devices are fully optimized to consume very low power at 1 GHz plus speeds enabling "green" system design for a wide range of enterprise applications ranging from routers, base stations, storage and single board computers to high volume laser printer products.


The Discovery Innovation Series family is comprised of three devices -- the MV78200 with dual ARM instruction set compliant cores, a pin-compatible single core version, the MV78100, and the MV76100, a single core SoC specially designed for cost-sensitive applications. These devices support processor speeds ranging from 800 MHz to 1.2 GHz and incorporate up to 512KB of L2 cache per core, integrated x4 PCI-Express interfaces, multiple USB 2.0 ports, multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports, SATA and security engine -- setting new technology benchmarks for performance and integration. With this unparalleled integration and low power consumption, the MV78K and MV76K families of SoCs are ideally suited for a broad range of applications across various enterprise markets.http://www.marvell.com

Motorola Announces MOTOwi4 Wireless Ethernet Bridges

Motorola has expanded its MOTOwi4 Fixed Point-to-Point (PTP) portfolio with a new PTP 500 Series of Wireless Ethernet Bridges for secure, high-performance backhaul or broadband connectivity in obstructed, long-distance and harsh weather environments. The PTP 500 operate in the 5.4 and 5.8 GHz bands at Ethernet data rates up to 105 Mbps and distances up to 155 miles (250 km). Motorola said its PTP 500 series delivers up to 99.999% availability in virtually any environment, including NLOS, long-distance line-of-sight (LOS), over water or open terrain and in extreme weather conditions.


In addition to the PTP 500 series, a new Motorola PTP LINKPlanner tool is now available to help operators determine link performance prior to purchase, based on specific path characteristics such as geography, distance and transmit power.


Availability of the PTP 500 Series in the 5.4 GHz band is pending FCC certification in the United States.
http://www.motorola.com

Fujitsu Shows 26-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Switch IC

Fujitsu Microelectronics America (FMA) introduced a new 26-port 10Gbps Ethernet (10GbE) switch IC designed for data center and telecom equipment applications. The chip features the direct support of 10Gbps serial interface for Ethernet backplane standardized as 802.3ap (KR) on all 26 ports, as well as direct SFP+ optical module support. The chip integrates the PHYS and a complete set of Ethernet, Layer-2, Data-Center Bridging features, QoS and Layer-3 capabilities.
http://us.fujitsu.com/micro/10gethernet

Atheros Expands its GPS Silicon Portfolio

Atheros Communications has expanded its Radio-on-Chip for Mobile (ROCm) family of GPS solutions with a hardware and software combination that targets GPS in mobile phones, Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs) and Personal Media Players (PMPs).


Atheros' new solution consists of its second-generation, single-chip GPS receiver, the AR1511, and companion ORION 3.0 software suite.
New features specifically designed to address the most challenging navigation environments provide considerable performance advances, with Time To First Fix (TTFF) reacquisition times reduced by nearly half, and positional accuracy increased by more than 50 percent.http://www.atheros.com
  • In December 2007, Atheros Communications agreed to acquire the assets and certain liabilities of u-Nav Microelectronics, a privately held fabless semiconductor company specializing in global positioning system (GPS) chipsets and software that enable mobile location-based products and services. Financial terms were not disclosed.


    u-Nav's silicon is designed for embedded GPS applications for the wireless handset, personal navigation device, personal computing, consumer and mobile telemetry markets. Its flagship product, the uN3010, is a single-chip GPS receiver that integrates the company's CMOS high-performance RFIC core with its third-generation baseband IC core. u-Nav's product portfolio also includes single-die solutions, several baseband chips and RFICs, and complete GPS system software solutions providing signal acquisition, tracking, data extraction and GPS navigation.

Atheros Reports Q1 Revenue of $114.5 Million

Atheros reported Q1 revenue of $114.5 million, compared with $114.3 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2007 and $95.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2007. GAAP net income for Q1 was $3.4 million or $0.06 per diluted share. This compares with GAAP net income of $13.4 million or $0.22 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2007.


"We are pleased to report our twelfth consecutive quarter of revenue growth. Revenue from our networking customers was particularly strong in the first quarter, due primarily to the continued adoption of our 802.11n WLAN products by retail and carrier customers," said Craig Barratt, president and CEO.http://www.atheros.com

Verizon Tops 1.2 million FiOS TV. 1.8 Million FiOS Internet, 67 Million Wireless Customers

Verizon Communications Q1 2008 revenues grew 5.5 percent to $23.8 billion, compared with the first quarter 2007. Verizon reported Q1 earnings of 57 cents in diluted earnings per share (EPS), compared with earnings of 51 cents per share a year earlier. Non-GAAP earnings were 61 cents per share, a 13.0 percent increase year over year. Some highlights from the quarter:

"Verizon has weathered the current economic uncertainty with strong first-quarter results," said Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg. "I am also confident of our position over the long term because we have further opportunities to drive revenue growth and further opportunities to eliminate costs."

Wireless

  • The company added 1.5 million retail customers, of which 1.3 million were retail post-paid customers. At the end of the first quarter 2008, 97 percent of the company's base was retail (post-pay and pre-pay). This gives the company a total subscriber base of 67.2 million.


  • Total data revenues were up 48.9 percent over the prior year, contributing $2.3 billion. The company had 48.1 million retail data customers in March (nearly 74 percent of the retail customer base), a 33.8 percent increase over the prior year.


  • In March, Verizon Wireless held its first Open Development Initiative (ODI) conference to provide minimum technical standards required for creating products that can physically connect to the Verizon Wireless network, and a process to certify that these products will operate on the company's network. Plans call for customers to have the option to use products and services certified through the ODI process by the end of the year.


  • In the 700 MHz auction, Verizon Wireless was the winning bidder for a nationwide spectrum footprint in the C-Block group of licenses, as well as 102 licenses for individual markets across the country.


  • During the quarter, Verizon Wireless customers sent or received more than 58 billion text messages and 1.1 billion picture/video messages. Customers also completed 34.6 million music and video downloads.


  • Total churn was 1.19 percent. Among the company's retail post-paid customers, churn was even lower, at 0.93 percent.


  • Revenues totaled $11.7 billion, up 13.2 percent year over year. Service revenues were $10.1 billion, an increase of 12.8 percent year over year, driven by customer growth and demand for data services. This is the first time quarterly service revenues have topped $10 billion.


  • ARPU levels (average monthly revenue per customer) increased year over year for the eighth consecutive quarter. Retail service ARPU was $51.40, up 1.3 percent year over year; retail data ARPU was $11.94, up 33.4 percent over the same period last year.


  • Wireless operating income margin was 27.9 percent, the highest ever.


Wireline

  • Verizon added a net of 263,000 new FiOS TV customers. The company had 1.2 million FiOS TV customers in total as of the end of the quarter, having added more than 850,000 FiOS TV customers since the end of the first quarter 2007. The fiber network passed 10.4 million premises by the end of the quarter.


  • FiOS Internet was available for sale to 7.9 million premises by the end of the quarter. Penetration for the service averaged 22.9 percent across all markets. FiOS TV was available for sale to 6.5 million premises by the end of the quarter. Penetration for the service averaged 18.7 percent across all markets.


  • Verizon added a net of 266,000 new broadband connections - 262,000 from FiOS Internet service. Total broadband connections were 8.5 million (6.7 million DSL-based Verizon High Speed Internet connections and 1.8 million FiOS Internet connections), an increase of 14.9 percent compared with the first quarter 2007.


  • Broadband and video revenues from consumer and small-business customers topped $1 billion, representing year-over-year quarterly growth of nearly 50 percent (56 percent growth in the consumer segment of broadband and video customers).


  • Growing revenue from broadband and video services drove consumer ARPU in legacy Verizon wireline markets (which excludes consumer markets served by the former MCI) to $61.02, a 9.6 percent increase compared with last year's first quarter. The ARPU among FiOS customers was approximately $129 per month.


  • Wireline data revenues - which now represent nearly 40 percent of total wireline revenues - were $4.9 billion, an increase of 14.8 percent compared with the first quarter 2007. This includes revenues from consumer broadband services, and revenues from wholesale data transport and sales of Verizon Business data services.


  • Verizon Business had revenues of $5.2 billion, or growth of 0.4 percent compared with last year's first quarter. This is Verizon Business' sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year, pro-forma revenue growth (non-GAAP, calculated as if Verizon and MCI had merged on Jan. 1, 2005). Global enterprise revenue, representing retail sales, increased 2.0 percent to $3.9 billion, compared with last year's first quarter.


  • IP, managed services, Ethernet and optical ring services - continued to drive Verizon Business' growth. These services generated $1.4 billion in revenue, up 23.5 percent from last year's first quarter.


  • Wireline total operating revenues were $12.3 billion, a 1.4 percent decrease compared with the first quarter 2007. Wireline total operating expenses were $11.2 billion, a 1.0 percent decrease compared with the first quarter 2007.


  • Verizon Telecom's total revenues of $7.8 billion decreased by 2.5 percent, compared with the first quarter 2007 - an improvement of 30 basis points over the year-over-year quarterly revenue decrease in the fourth quarter 2007. In legacy Verizon consumer markets, year-over-year revenues grew 0.9 percent, comparing first-quarter 2008 with first-quarter 2007.
http://www.verizon.com

Thursday, April 24, 2008

NETGEAR Delivers Dual-Band 802.11n Wireless Access Point for SMBs

NETGEAR introduced its ProSafe 802.11n Dual Band Wireless Access Point (WNDAP330), a dual-band wireless solution for SMBs that provides the ability to support existing legacy 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11a devices.


The NETGEAR ProSafe 802.11n Dual Band Wireless Access Point (WNDAP330), which delivers up to 10 times the coverage and 15 times the speed of 802.11g-based networks, supports devices based upon the 5GHz 802.11a and 802.11n (draft 2.0 specification), or 2.4GHz 802.11b/g and 802.11n (draft 2.0 specification) technologies. The SNMP-manageable WNDAP330 incorporates 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support and offers support for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint bridging with Wireless Distribution System (WDS). The feature set includes WPA, WPA2, rogue AP detection, and 802.1x with RADIUS support.


The list price is $475.
http://www.netgear.com

Hanaro Reaches 900,000 IPTV Subscribers

South Korea's hanarotelecom posted revenues of KRW 493 billion for the first quarter of 2008, a 9.3% increase year-on-year and a 0.9% increase quarter-on-quarter. Hanaro posted operating income of KRW 10.0 billion, net loss of KRW 6.7 billion and EBITDA of KRW 129.3 billion for the first quarter of 2008.


As for hanaTV, Hanaro posted quarterly revenue of KRW 21.3 billion and recently reached 900,000 subscribers on a cumulative basis, strengthening the position as a leading player in IPTV. Furthermore, the company said it acquired 1.83 million subscribers for its 100 Mbps broadband services as of the end of March 2008, accounting for over 50% of its total subscribers.http://www.hanaro.com

EMBARQ Deploys Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect

Embarq has selected Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform for deployment throughout its network. The solution will support the aggregation and transport of a variety of residential and business services. Financial terms were not disclosed.


EMBARQ is installing the Ciena CN 4200 platform across its service territories. Currently, more than 100 nodes have been deployed.
http://www.ciena.com
  • In January 2008, Ciena announced new G10 and G10X Ethernet Service Modules that deliver Layer 2 Ethernet aggregation, switching and transport capabilities on to the company's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform family. Targeted applications for the CN 4200 with new Layer 2 Ethernet aggregation and switching capabilities include Metro Ethernet Forum-based Carrier Ethernet services, broadband aggregation for triple play and IPTV services and 3G wireless backhaul.


    Ciena's CN 4200 is a WDM transport platform that offers on-demand programmability and support for any service. The CN 4200 platform allows network operators to groom, switch, and transpond a diverse range of client services, such as OC-3/12/48 and STM-1/4/16, GbE, Fibre Channel, FICON, and ESCON into higher-speed 2.7 Gbps (OTU-1), 10.7 Gbps (OTU-2), and 43 Gbps (OTU-3) transport streams. In addition, an "RS" chassis can function as a multi-degree Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM).

NTT DOCOMO to Merge with Regional Subsidiaries

NTT DOCOMO announced an agreement to merge its eight wholly owned subsidiaries into a single operating company. The simplified corporate structure is expected to yield better customer service and faster decision making.http://www.nttdocomo.com

IP-PRIME Adds NFL Network to its IPTV Outsourced Service

IP-PRIME, which offers a turnkey IPTV solution for telecom carriers and cable operators, has added the NFL Network to its sports programming lineup. The agreement adds NFL Network's 24-hour suite of football programming to telecom carriers using SES AMERICOM's IP-PRIME IPTV service.http://www.ip-prime.tv

Mformation Extends Mobile Device Mgt to WiMAX Networks

Mformation Technologies, which supplies mobile device management (MDM) software to mobile operators worldwide, has extended its product portfolio for new WiMAX-capable devices. The goal is to remotely activate, configure, diagnose, update, secure and manage WiMAX-capable devices through all phases of their life cycle.


Mformation's MDM technology is currently being used to support over 100 million devices on some the leading mobile networks worldwide.


Mformation said the user requirements for device management will be much the same regardless of whether they are connected to an all-IP WiMAX network or a cellular network (including CDMA, CDMA 2000, GSM, GPRS, UMTS, WCDMA, HSPA). Regardless of what network their subscribers are using at any given point in time, service providers still need to configure services, remotely activate users, get a real-time view of devices, distribute and update applications and firmware, secure devices and data, and monitor service availability and performance.

Specific enhancements to the MFORMATION SERVICE MANAGER platform to support WiMAX and the seamless management of devices across next-generation networks include:

  • Enablement of device-server interaction over all IP-based networks, supporting functionality such as IP address lookup, IP push notification and secured IP device bootstrapping

  • Consistent management of devices across next-generation networks--from activation/deactivation to security features such as lock and wipe

  • The ability to pull a real-time image of the device over both WiMAX and the wide area network, underpinned by the OMA DM protocol

  • Application and firmware management over both WiMAX and the wide area network, underpinned by the OMA DM protocol.


The technology leverages via all-IP versions of the OMA DM protocol. Device addressing is based on MAC address.


Mformation is commercially deploying MFORMATION SERVICE MANAGER for WiMAX to a number of customers, to provide seamless all-IP device management and remote activation capabilities.http://www.mformation.com/

Ericsson Beats Estimates in Q1, Professional Services Grows 8%

Ericsson posted Q1 2008 net sales of SEK 44.2 billion, up 5% over last year, and net income of SEK 2.6 billion, down 55% year over year. The company reported steady demand for mobile infrastructure, especially in high-growth markets, sayings sales are picking up in the US while Western Europe remains slow. The proportion of new network builds in high-growth markets, especially in India, is increasing. A weaker USD put pressure on margins.


"The rollout of mobile broadband continues throughout the world. HSPA will be the dominant standard for many years and is now an effective alternative to fixed broadband. Mobile broadband will play a significant role in bridging the digital divide. Furthermore, it is encouraging that LTE, the evolution of HSPA, is supported by the largest operators around the world. We are investing significantly in this technology to secure leadership also in this area," said Carl-Henric Svanberg, Ericsson's CEO.


Some highlights by the company's divisions:


  • Networks -- Sales in Networks grew by 2% year-over-year despite a negative impact from the USD decline. The sales increase was driven by increased sales of GSM in high-growth markets, especially in China and India. The demand for GSM remains healthy and the business activity is increasing, particularly in India and China. 3G rollouts are ongoing throughout the world, including major rollouts in Russia and Latin America. The largest proportion of R&D investments in Networks is spent on WCDMA and an increasing part on LTE. Several major operators have announced plans to upgrade their networks to 14.4 Mbps and Ericsson will introduce 21 Mbps during the second half of the year. Redback has significantly increased its sales outside the US through leveraging Ericsson's global sales organization. Since the acquisition, Ericsson has signed agreements for the delivery of Redback-based solutions with more than 100 carriers in over 65 countries.


  • Professional Services -- Sales in Professional Services grew by 8% year-over-year with a growth in constant currencies of 10%. As expected, managed services sales decreased sequentially with the reduced scope of the 3 UK contract announced in the fourth quarter 2007 but increased 20% year-over-year.


  • Multimedia
  • --Sales growth amounted to 16% year-over-year, largely driven by acquisitions. The business activity has been high in the quarter with important reference contracts in IPTV as well as increased traction in Tandberg Television.


    Sales and operating income for mobile platforms were negatively affected by approximately SEK 0.3 b. in the quarter following Sony Ericsson's lower sales in the first quarter.
http://www.ericsson.com

BLADE Unveils Data Center Switch Priced at Under $500 per 10Gig E Port

BLADE Network Technologies is unveiling a "top-of-rack" data center-class switch featuring network virtualization capabilities and priced at under $500 per 10 Gigabit Ethernet port.
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BLADE's RackSwitch G8100, a 1U top-of-rack switch equipped with 24 lossless, low-latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GE) ports, is designed for emerging high-volume 10 GE application environments, high-performance clusters that require latency of 300 nanoseconds or less and/or as a 10 GE aggregation switch. BLADE's RackSwitch G8000, a 1U top-of-rack switch equipped with 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and four 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports for uplinks and/or stacking, is designed for rack-level server connectivity, Web 2.0 cloud clusters and/or as a Gigabit aggregation switch.


BLADE said its RackSwitch provides energy-efficient operations with server-rack compatible front-to-back airflow, lower power consumption than conventional switches and streamlined cabling. BLADE will also demonstrate how RackSwitch and BLADE's embedded blade server switches support the "loss-less" I/O required to carry Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) storage traffic across Ethernet networks based on the emerging standards for Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE).


In addition, BLADE's SmartConnect software enables multiple RackSwitches and/or BLADE's existing embedded blade server switches to operate as one large virtual switch. BLADE's Server Mobility capability allows server blades to be added, removed or replaced without the need of any address re-assignment -- reducing the coordination normally required between server and network administrators.


The RackSwitch G8000 is priced starting at $5,495. RackSwitch G8100 is priced starting at $11,950 ¬-- under $500 per 10 Gigabit Ethernet port.http://www.bladenetwork.net

AT&T and Starbucks Begin Nationwide Wi-Fi Rollout

AT&T has started the rollout of its Wi-Fi service in Starbucks cafes across the U.S. As of May 1, qualifying AT&T high speed Internet and Wi-Fi customers will have complimentary Wi-Fi access at more than 7,000 Starbucks locations nationwide as they become available. AT&T customers can connect to the Internet from Wi-Fi enabled company-operated Starbucks locations nationwide by selecting "ATTWiFi" after powering up their computers.


T-Mobile had previously been the Wi-Fi provider for Starbucks.

http://www.att.comhttp://www.starbucks.com

White House Blackberrys Stolen

Fox News reported a national security incident involving the possible theft or misplacement of six or seven Blackberrys belonging to White House staffers. The devices reportedly were stolen or mistakenly taken during the summit meeting held between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. last week. The Blackberrys apparently had been left on a table outside of one of the meeting rooms so as not be a distraction for the participants. The Secret Service later recovered the devices.http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Apr25/0,4670,MexicoUSBlackBerryScandal,00.html