Monday, September 15, 2008

TerreStar Sells Remaining Interest in SkyTerra for $123 MM

TerreStar Corporation sold its remaining 29,926,074 shares of non-voting common stock of SkyTerra Communications for a total of approximately $123 million in a series of transactions.

"We are pleased that this working capital and increased liquidity helps stabilize our financial position into 2010 -- especially in the face of today's tight credit markets," said William M. Freeman, Chairman of the Board, TerreStar. "With the proceeds of this transaction, we have the opportunity to strengthen the fundamentals of TerreStar, to develop and implement additional revenue generation opportunities with key partners and to ultimately enhance shareholder value."

"TerreStar plans to empower its partners and customers to offer a reliable and secure mobile broadband network to homeland defense and public safety organizations, rural and under-served markets, maritime industry, machine-to-machine communications providers, and to consumer focused voice, data and video businesses interested in ‘anywhere' coverage throughout North America," said Jeffrey Epstein, President, TerreStar. "This additional cash infusion will help us deliver our vision of the nation's first IP-enabled integrated satellite-terrestrial mobile broadband network."

John Chambers: Building the Next Generation Company

Once again, organizations must undertake a complete transformation in the way they are run -- everything from how products are designed/developed to how best to interface with customers/users -- said John Chambers, Cisco's Chairman and CEO, speaking at the company's Financial Analyst Conference. Much like in the late 1990s, new technologies will drive the next decade of productivity growth on global basis. Chambers said Cisco intends to lead by example, leveraging Web 2.0 collaboration technologies to transform its business model. He noted that two-thirds of his customer contacts are now done via telepresence.

The next phase of growth is also characterized by tremendous loads on the network. Chambers expects 100% to 300% annual growth in traffic loads. The challenge for Service Providers is how to monetize it.

Chambers argues that Cisco is best positioned to lead the market in this process of business transformation because it has an architecture based on an integrated set of hardware, software, silicon and services to enable the "network as a platform." Web 2.0 technologies enabled by the "network as a platform" include such things as WebEx, Facebook, Video Blogs, YouTube, TelePresence, Second Life, Wikis, Twitter and Pownce. Cisco is trying to bring all these forms of collaboration into its own business.

An archived webcast is online.

Freescale to Acquire Intoto for Multicore Software Development

Freescale Semiconductor has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Intoto, a company based in Santa Clara, California that develops software for networking and communications equipment manufacturers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Freescale said it intends to apply Intoto's technology and talent to create high-performance applications and software components optimized to improve system performance, streamline development and enhance software support for its QorIQ multicore communications platforms. QorIQ platforms are Freescale's new brand of communications processors designed to take embedded multicore to new levels of adoption.http://www.freescale.com

Cisco Releases 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Switch Modules

Cisco introduced a number of storage area network (SAN) products for extending its vision for Data Center 3.0. The new Cisco SAN technology includes three Cisco MDS 9000 Family 8-Gigabit-per-second (8-Gbps) Fibre Channel switching modules and new capabilities in Cisco's SAN operating system, which has been re-branded NX-OS.

The three new 8-Gbps Fibre Channel SAN switch modules are compatible with all Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors, SAN administrators can help protect their existing investments in 2-Gbps and 4-Gbps storage infrastructure and gradually phase in 8-Gbps technology as their network demands it. The new modules also address growing enterprise security and compliance requirements by delivering transparent, hardware-based, line-rate encryption of Fibre Channel data in motion between any Cisco MDS 9000 family 8-Gbps modules. The new Cisco modules include:

  • Cisco 24-Port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module -- this module delivers up to 192-Gbps of full-duplex bandwidth to connect high-end storage subsystems and for Inter Switch Link (ISL) connectivity between switches. The module provides multiprotocol capability for mainframe connectivity and Cisco Virtual SANs (VSANs) for hardware-based separation of Fibre Channel and FICON traffic.

  • Cisco 48-Port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module. With forty-eight auto-sensing 1/2/4/8-Gbps ports this module delivers 192 Gbps of full-duplex bandwidth, providing a balance of performance and scalability to connect highly virtualized servers in enterprise-class data centers.

  • Cisco 4/44-Port 8-Gbps Host-Optimized Fibre Channel Switching Module. With four 8-Gbps ports and forty-four 4-Gbps ports, this high-density module provides a cost effective solution to consolidate standard servers with fewer SAN switches, often eliminating the need for a core-edge SAN topology.

Cisco Partners with VMware on Data Center Virtualization

Cisco and VMware are collaborating on data center solutions designed to improve the scalability and operational control of virtual environments. Specifically, the Cisco Nexus 1000V distributed virtual software switch is expected to be an integrated option in VMware Infrastructure.

The Cisco Nexus 1000V distributed virtual software switch aims to simplify the operations of both physical and virtual networking infrastructures to help server, virtualization and networking administration managers accelerate data center virtualization. The Nexus 1000V will extend Cisco's security, policy enforcement, automated provisioning and diagnostics features into dynamic VMware environments that will be able to scale to thousands of live virtual machines. In this highly agile environment, the new Cisco Virtual Network Link (VN-Link) technology on the Nexus 1000V will integrate with VMware's vNetwork Distributed Switch framework to create a logical network infrastructure that will provide full visibility, control and consistency of the network.

The companies will also combine their expertise in networking and virtualization to introduce a new set of multidisciplinary professional services and reseller certification training in support of customers' data center virtualization strategies. In parallel, Cisco and VMware are collaborating on integrating VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions with Cisco Application Delivery Networking solutions to improve the performance of virtual desktops delivered across wide-area networks (WANs). The companies also jointly offer virtualization consulting services to help customers create and deploy server, network and storage virtualization solutions across their data center that reduce costs by provisioning new applications quickly and more safely, while maintaining high levels of application performance.
  • In April, 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.

  • In January, 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.

Texas Instruments Partners with Ittiam for IP Video Phone Solution

Texas Instruments and Ittiam Systems are developing a customizable and scalable IP video phone solution based on TI's system-on-a-chip (SoC) and software, allowing equipment manufacturers who are building IP phones to introduce video phone products into their portfolio.

The solution combines TI's existing Gigabit Ethernet IP phone platform with Telogy Software for VoIP, TI DaVinci technology, and Ittiam's video engine software.

Microsoft Completes Acquisition of DATAllegro

Microsoft closed its acquisition of DATAllegro, a supplier of data warehouse appliances, for an undisclosed sum.

Microsoft said it will offer a new solution based on DATAllegro's technology that extends SQL Server to scale into hundreds of terabytes of data. The company will begin giving customers and partners early access to the combined solution through community technology previews (CTPs) within the next 12 months, with full product availability scheduled for the first half of calendar year 2010.
  • In May 2008, DATAllegro announced the closing of its “Series D�? round of funding totaling $19.6 million. The round was led by an affiliate of the Hillman Company. All other venture capital groups from previous rounds of funding, including Adams Capital Management, Focus Ventures, Intel Capital, JAFCO Ventures, Palomar Ventures and Venrock Associates, met or exceeded their pro rata.

Verizon and Nokia Siemens Network Report on 100G field trial

Verizon Business, in conjunction with Nokia Siemens Networks, completed a field trial earlier this year that involved the transmission of wavelength channels carrying multiple data rates (10 Gbps, 40 Gbps, 100 Gbps) over 1,040 kilometers on deployed fiber. A paper on the trial, which occurred in March 2008, is being presented at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC). TU Eindhoven and the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich also contributed to the paper.

The field trial involved the insertion of 111 Gbps channels in spectral positions that were adjacent to other channels carrying 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps data rates, with a line system that had only been designed for 10 Gbps transmission. The 111 Gbps used advanced optical techniques allowing a 100 Gbps data channel to occupy a very narrow spectral width and to accommodate spacing between channels of only 50 GHz, resulting in a total useable capacity of 80 channels. The companies said their trial also demonstrated that 100 Gbps traffic can be simultaneously transported with any mix of 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps on a typical 80-channel system. As a result, current network configurations can support capacity upgrades to 100 Gbps on existing routes over similar distances without modification to the physical network, providing quicker and more cost effective implementation.http://www.nsn.com

Meraki Expands Free Public Wi-Fi in San Francisco

Meraki announced a company milestone -- its free Wi-Fi network is present in 80% of San Francisco's major neighborhoods and that it is on track to complete its mission to "unwire" San Francisco by the end of the year. Additionally, the company plans to add wireless coverage to dozens of affordable housing and senior centers throughout the city by the end of the year providing access to thousands of residents.

For 2009, Meraki anticipates deepening coverage of its "Free the Net" in San Francisco.
  • In January 2008, Meraki, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $20 million in Series B funding of from Sequoia Capital, DAG Ventures, Northgate Capital and other existing investors for its municipal wireless networking plans. Meraki said it is pioneering networking technologies to bring the next billion people online. The company offers a low-cost, easy-to-install and use, wireless mesh technology that enables consumers to cover their homes, apartment complexes and entire communities. The technology creates a wireless network by combining signals from hundreds or thousands of low-power radio repeaters installed on rooftops, balconies and windows, extending WiFi access to city residents in their homes and businesses. Through communication with Meraki central servers and intelligence worked into every repeater, each point in the network is automatically optimized for speed and performance without any maintenance required of users. The backbone of the San Francisco network will be built using hundreds of small solar-powered distribution points, installed on residential and commercial rooftops -- enabling quick installation and reliable operation. As the network extends into new neighborhoods, Meraki will offer San Francisco residents free repeaters that will bring a high-speed, broadband signal into their homes while strengthening the network and providing coverage to neighbors. A repeater is not required to receive wireless access, residents may simply hop on the free network provided by repeaters throughout the neighborhood.

XO Picks Ciena's CN 4200 to Enhance Metro Transport

XO Communications has selected Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform to support the delivery of its optical metro transport services. XO Communications will utilize Ciena's CN 4200 in its metro networks nationwide to support the aggregation and transport of high-capacity services. In addition, XO Communications is now a designated Managed Services Provider (MSP) partner within Ciena's BizConnect global partner program.
  • 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).

Sunday, September 14, 2008

ADVA Selected for Slovenia's National Research Network

The Academic and Research Network of Slovenia (ARNES) has deployed ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 to significantly expand its capacity. ARNES connects 200,000 users in over 1,100 education, research and cultural organizations throughout Slovenia. Built upon a single dark fiber, the new network offers its users a flexible IP backbone using dedicated point-to-point gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) links. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Iskratel serves as system integrator on the ARNES account.

Bel Fuse Teams with Teranetics, Packing 48 10GBASE-T in 1RU

Teranetics, a start-up specializing in high performance Ethernet silicon, and Bel Fuse introduced a high-density 10GBASE-T solution that enables switch manufacturers to design up to 48 RJ-45 ports into a single rack unit. The joint solution showcases Bel's G08-8NNR-031 2x4 MagJack connector along with the recently dual-port 10GBASE-T PHY IC from Teranetics.

The Teranetics TN2022 features multi-rate capabilities, consuming only six watts of power per port at the full 10 Gigabit rate, and operates at cable lengths exceeding one hundred meters. Bel's G08-8NNR-031 MagJack connector delivers the highest density with its double stack, eight-port format, while supporting Ethernet signal transmission at 10GBASE-T data rates
and distances.

  • In February 2008, Teranetics announced $25 million in a private equity financing. Participants in the financing included all of Teranetics existing investors as well as strategic partner LSI Corporation (LSI). The company specializes in 10GBASE-T Ethernet commercialization.

  • Teranetics is headed by Matt Rhodes (CEO), who previously was the President of Conexant Systems, where he was responsible for the marketing, engineering and operations of a communication IC business of nearly $1 billion annually. The company was co-founded by Sanjay Kasturia (formerly co-founded Airgo Networks, now a part of Qualcomm), Rahul Chopra (formerly with Iospan Wireless, now a part of Intel), and Jose Tellado (formerly a founder of Iospan Wireless).

Germany's Media Broadcast Delivers Bundesliga in HD over Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS

MEDIA BROADCAST GmbH will begin transmitting HD video of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga, Germany's national soccer league, to the living rooms of millions of fans via DVB-H, DVB-T, DSL or cable. The new broadcast network supports the simultaneous transmission of multiple transparent HDTV signals and a wide range of interfaces. The IP/MPLS network is based on the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router, which manages voice, video and data signals and guarantees the network availability, which is crucial to the live transmission of soccer matches. To date, 18 points of presence have been linked with fixed connections, IP/MPLS and Ethernet technology with a capacity of 10 Gbps.

"This next-generation IP/MPLS network will allow German soccer fans for the first time to enjoy the live broadcast of the games in HD quality in the comfort of their homes," said Alf Henryk Wulf, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of Alcatel-Lucent in Germany. "Non-stop routing and services is a key strength of Alcatel-Lucent's IP MPLS solution and it's the crucial technology required to keep the broadcast transmission running without interruption."

NSN Takes Over Operations of EMBARQ's Voice Network

Nokia Siemens Networks has completed the transition of responsibility for Embarq's (EQ) voice network operation center (NOC) function. The seven-year agreement between the companies was announced June 12, 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will perform network operations for EMBARQ's voice networks, ensuring high network quality and providing ongoing technical assistance. Approximately 265 EMBARQ employees in the NOCs in New Century, Kan.; Johnson City, Tenn.; Leesburg, Fla.; and Greenville, N.C., are now employees of Nokia Siemens Networks.http://www.nsn.com

Kenya Links its National Parks with RADWIN

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has deployed RADWIN's Multiple point-to-point (MPtP) wireless systems to connect its headquarters in Nairobi to eight national parks. UUNET Kenya, a leading systems integrator in Kenya, was in charge of project deployment. The network is being used to transfer E-Ticketing information, Safari Card data, Internet and VoIP from the parks to the KWS main office. It is also used for transmitting video from the closed circuit televisions (CCTV) that are deployed in the parks' entryways.http://www.radwin.com

blinkx Employs NeuStar's UltraDNS Services

blinkx, a video search engine company based in San Francisco and London, has chosen NeuStar's UltraDNS Managed DNS Services to augment the performance, reliability, and scalability of its services. blinkx uses a combination of patented conceptual search, speech recognition, and video analysis software to efficiently find and qualify online video. The company has built an index of over 26 million hours of searchable audio, video, viral and TV content, and more than 350 media partnerships including national broadcasters, commercial media giants, and private video libraries.

By migrating to the UltraDNS Managed DNS Service, blinkx is able to benefit from the UltraDNS Traffic Management Services: SiteBacker, an advanced monitoring and failover service for critical enterprise systems and applications; Directional DNS, a geographic traffic shaping service that provides DNS responses based on geographic proximity; and Traffic Controller, a global server load balancing service that provides weighted load balancing of customer traffic across the Internet.

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies WiMAX Rev-e network in Azerbaijan

Delta Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy Azerbaijan's first commercial WiMAX 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e) network. This new network will provide Delta Telecom's customers with high-speed Internet access as well as other data services and VoIP. It will accommodate stationary, nomadic and mobile applications and will complement Delta Telecom's existing fixed broadband services in sparsely populated areas, where technical and economic factors sometimes make fixed broadband deployments impractical. Delta Telecom plans to launch the commercial services on the network at the end of 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent said it will supply infrastructure and services to both deploy WiMAX and modernize Delta Telecom's nationwide carrier backbone infrastructure. The solution includes base stations, WiMAX access controllers, terminals, an IMS core network and applications software and platforms. Alcatel-Lucent also will provide design and planning for end-to-end integration of the network as well as provisioning services for Delta Telecom's network. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Exalt Introduces 5 GHz Microwave Backhaul Radio

Exalt Communications introduced its EX-r GigE series of microwave radios, covering all three 5 GHz bands in a single carrier-class system and featuring native Ethernet and native TDM support integrated in a single system.

Exalt said its new EX-r GigE series microwave platform provides sufficient capacity and resiliency to allow wireless operators, enterprises and broadcasters to deliver the bandwidth they need for campus connectivity, camera backhaul, 3G or 4G backhaul, WiMAX backhaul, and high-definition video broadcast. The GigE series delivers 440 Mbps aggregate throughput at link ranges of up to 15 miles with guaranteed five 9s (99.999 percent) availability. By contrast, weather sensitive radios operating in the 60 to 80 GHz bands are typically limited to a range of one to three miles.

The EX-r GigE radios are available in two versions, offering maximum deployment flexibility. The EX-5r GigE features a high performance integrated antenna, while the EX-5r-c GigE includes type-N female connectors for flexible external antenna mounting. Along with native Ethernet, the EX-5r and EX-5r-c provide up to four T1/E1 ports. Exalt also provides proprietary link security and integrated AES 128- and 256-bit encryption.

The EX-r GigE series also features an 80:20 traffic symmetry control that can be used to accommodate highly asymmetric traffic such as video surveillance, broadcast, and storage backup. In addition, the EX-r GigE series provides the ability to remotely upgrade and manage the radios, user-selectable bandwidth and modulation, low latency, and advanced interference avoidance with spectral efficiency, tuning resolution, spectrum management, and system collocation.

"Oddly enough, today's wireless operators and enterprises find themselves in a similar predicament; both face a severe bandwidth crunch in their transport networks that cannot be economically solved with leased lines or fiber," stated Amir Zoufounoun, president and CEO of Exalt Communications. "As network capacity demands continue to accelerate, both groups need scalable lower-cost alternatives to leased lines that can accommodate high throughput for multiple applications. They also need a flexible platform that includes license-exempt products so that they can deploy these services quickly, reliably and easily."

Arcadian Deploys 700 MHz Wireless Network with Freewave

Arcadian Networks, a wireless communications carrier serving energy companies with dispersed assets (electric, gas and water utilities, and oil and gas companies), announced the delivery of its new 700 MHz wireless radio to serve the energy industry. The announcement comes just six months after the two companies announced a joint strategic partnership back in March of this year. The service uses 700 MHz radios from FreeWave Technologies.

The companies said the new network provides an opportunity for electric utilities and oil and gas companies to incorporate an advanced ISM band radio technology and wireless data solutions on a 700 MHz private, licensed and secure communication platform as a single, seamless and integrated "Smart Grid" or "Smart Field" solution. Arcadian Networks and FreeWave will each market, sell and distribute FreeWave's 700 MHz radio providing electric utilities and oil and gas companies' greater equipment diversity and flexible bandwidth and deployment options. http://www.freewave.com

Spirent Launches Fibre Channel over Ethernet Test System

Spirent Communications introduced its Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) test solution to help assess the interaction of storage and data centre traffic over a common interface. Test engineers now have the ability to analyze a number of critical occurrences including the encapsulation of a native Fibre Channel frame into an Ethernet frame, the emergence of Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) to help ensure lossless fabric, and the effect of replacing a Fibre Channel link with MAC addresses in CEE environments. Spirent TestCenter FCoE provides support for FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP), a control plane protocol, and Priority Flow Control (PFC), the advanced quality of service protocol for Ethernet. Ultimately, users of Spirent's FCoE solution can easily understand latency issues as well as the impact of packets which are dropped and scenarios such as loss of power.