Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Belgium's VOO Deploys ADVA's Optical+Ethernet

VOO, the leading provider of cable television service to Belgium's
Brussels and Wallonia regions, is interconnecting distribution networks and centralizing transport platforms with the implementation of a new Optical+Ethernet solution from ADVA Optical Networking, supported by
system integrator Arcadiz Telecom.

VOO serves more than 1.2 million business and residential customers. Following the merger of multiple sub-regional
networks, VOO found itself rapidly integrating disparate networks spanning more than 2,000km

The ADVA FSP 3000 multi-haul platform forms the basis of a 10 Gbps optical backbone. The same platform was chosen to support the multiple 1 Gbps metro access rings that feed the service provider's backhaul network. In order to deliver transparent sub-Gbps connections, the ADVA FSP 150 forms the critical demarcation point for the services VOO
provides to its enterprise and carrier customers. The complete solution is managed by the ADVA Network Manager (NM), which enables carrier-class management functionality across all network elements, both optical and Ethernet.

Systems integrator Arcadiz Telecom, which designed the solution, partnered with ADVA Optical Networking for the deployment of the network and will provide ongoing maintenance and support of VOO's network moving

Holland's Ziggo Selects ADVA's FSP 3000 Platform

Ziggo, the Netherlands' top provider of cable television, digital television, Internet services and telephony, has deployed a new 10 Gbps C/DWDM (Coarse/Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) network from ADVA Optical Networking, supported by system integrator Arcadiz Telecom. The network is built on the ADVA FSP 3000, which provides Ziggo a scalable platform for delivering voice, video and Internet services to its almost 8 million customers. In addition, the network supports business Ethernet services.

ADVA's solution converges the disparate legacy networks of three former telecom operators, Casema, Essent Kabelcom and Multikabel, onto a standardized, integrated 10 Gbps backbone.

Apparent Raises $12 Million for Network Path-based Mgt for Clouds

Apparent Networks, a start-up based in Wellesley Hills, Mass., raised an upsized $12 million in Series C funding for its performance management solution for cloud applications.

Apparent Networks provides a means for assessing, measuring and diagnosing complex networks, including LANs, WANs and service providers' clouds. The company's patented path-based solutions deliver end-to-end insight into the entire application path, including areas previously beyond the network manager's line of sight. Apparent Networks said it enables users to quickly and efficiently identify problems within their own networks, their carriers' clouds, and even their customers' environments.

The new funding was led by Egan-Managed Capital and supported by existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, JMI Equity and Business Development Bank of Canada.
  • Apparent Networks is headed by Jack Sweeney (CEO), who previously was president and CEO of Network Intelligence Corp., which was acquired by EMC for $175 million in 2006. Post-acquisition, he served as Vice President of mergers and acquisitions for EMC. Earlier in his career, Jack was president and CEO of Stargus (acquired by C-Cor, Inc.), CEO of EPiCON (acquired by Nortel for $450 million), and CEO of Bell Atlantic Network Integration, which grew to $330 million in revenues under his leadership.

Ocarina Raises $20 Million for Storage Optimization

Ocarina Networks, a start-up based in San Jose, California, closed a $20 million Series B round of financing for its online storage optimization technology.

Ocarina's leverages patented content-aware compression and object deduplication technologies to reduce the space taken by online file data by up to 90%. This is accomplished in three steps: extract, correlate and optimize. As a result, the company claims this can drastically reduce capital and operational expenses for businesses faced with soaring storage costs.

Ocarina has also joined forces with a majority of the industry's leading primary storage vendors to integrate or co-market its solutions. These Ocarina-enabled solutions seamlessly snap into existing storage systems and allow customers to store the same amount of data on significantly fewer disks, freeing up space for new files, and reducing capital expenditures without compromising capacity or performance.

The new funding was led by JAFCO Ventures with significant participation from Series A investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Highland Capital Partners. As part of this transaction, Joe Horowitz, a general partner of JAFCO Ventures, will join the Ocarina Board of Directors.
  • Ocarina is headed by Murli Thirumale (CEO), who previously was Group Vice President and GM of the Citrix Advanced Solutions Group, where he led the SSL-VPN division (acquired via Net6).

Support Grows for ITU-T G.hn Standard

HomeGrid Forum, a non-profit trade group promoting United Nations' ITU-T G.hn standardization efforts, announced new agreements with the Consumer Electronics Powerline Communication Alliance (CEPCA), HomePNA Alliance, and Universal Powerline Association (UPA). These organizations include the world's top consumer electronics manufacturers, service providers, PC manufacturers, network equipment manufacturers, semiconductor, and software companies. The organizations agreed to promote G.hn and ensure co-existence between G.hn-based products and those using other current generation powerline, phoneline, and coax networking technologies.

Nokia Siemens Networks wins EUR 880 Million Contracts in China

China Mobile and China Unicom
have signed framework agreements with Nokia Siemens Networks valued at 7.6 billion RMB (approx. EUR 880 million). Specifically, the carriers agreed to purchase 2G and 3G mobile equipments and services from Nokia Siemens Networks during 2009.

Under the framework agreements Nokia Siemens Networks will roll out WCDMA networks for China Unicom in 11 provinces across China. In addition, it will provide China Mobile with TD-SCDMA and GSM networks. The framework agreements were key items on the agenda of the China-Europe Purchasing Delegation currently visiting Germany.

Commenting on the signing of the agreement was Zhang Zhiqiang, head of Greater China Region, Nokia Siemens Networks, "We have always played a key role in the development of China's telecom sector. With the country gearing up for the launch of 3G services, we are once again in a competitive position to leverage our experience across both WCDMA and TD-SCDMA technologies and roll-out services to support the plans of Chinese operators."http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

HP to Distribute Sun Solaris on HP ProLiant Servers

HP has agreed to distribute and provide software technical support for Sun's Solaris 10 Operating System on the HP ProLiant server and blade system platforms.

Under the terms of a new multi-year original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and support agreement, Sun becomes a strategic HP ProLiant OS distribution partner and Solaris is now elevated to the lineup of key operating environments for the HP ProLiant platform.

"The endorsement of Solaris on HP ProLiant dramatically expands the available market for Solaris on x86 servers, building on the largest installed-base of any commercial UNIX and Linux distribution," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Sun Microsystems.

Alloptic Selects Xelerated's Wirespeed Network Processor

Alloptic has chosen Xelerated's X11 network processor unit (NPU) for deployment in its Edge10 EPON system. Based on Xelerated's wirespeed dataflow architecture, the X11 is a high-function, low-cost processor that enables Alloptic to extend its access network portfolio into the next generation of GEPON and 10GEPON systems for network operators and enterprises.

Tata Communications Expands with London 2 Data Centre

Tata Communications announced it plans for London 2, a Tier-3 data centre, that will provide a state-of-the-art environment for supporting mission critical infrastructures, with advanced cooling, power, redundancy, and sustainability features to ensure that Tata Communications client's critical systems and applications are readily available while optimizing energy efficiency. The 21,400 square foot London 2 data centre will be ready for service during the second quarter of 2009. Located 25 miles from London, the highly secure data centre facility was built by Digital Realty Trust, the world's largest wholesale data centre provider, and contains two individually segregated, maintainable data halls that receive six megawatts of power from diversely routed supplies.

As Tata Communications third data centre opened in the UK, London 2 brings the company's total data centre footprint in the region to over 50,000 square feet. The company owns and operates data centres on three continents totaling nearly one million square feet of space.

Tata Communications said it has seen a dramatic growth in the number of UK companies looking to outsource their hosted IT operations as they look to rationalize costs and free up capital. Increasingly, the lack of power in the City of London has seen many firms seek to move operations outside the M25 and into a managed service environment to lower their cost of ownership, improve performance and reduce downtime of their IT investment.
  • On February 12, Tata Communications' announced plans to invest USD $180 million in development of data centre and associated services in Singapore.

  • Tata Communications' Global Network encompasses one of the largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 300 Pops, and more than 1 million square feet of data centre and colocation facilities.

BT Global Services Delivers "Laptop Protection" Powered by Alcatel-Lucent

BT Global Services will begin offering laptop data protection service based on Alcatel-Lucent's laptop security technology.

Alcatel-Lucent's technology ensures that if a laptop is reported lost or stolen, all data held on the device can be immediately and automatically destroyed, even if the computer is turned off. It also enables organizations to take remote control of any laptop in order to apply security patches or track its location.

"Laptop Protection from BT MobileXpress" is available now in the UK, and is targeted for launch in Spring 2009 in Benelux, France and Germany, with further launches planned.

Dominican Republic's Codetel Launches IPTV service with Alcatel-Lucent

Compania Dominicana de Telefonos (Codetel), the leading telecommunications operator in the Dominican Republic, launched a nationwide IPTV offering, providing subscribers across the country with TV programming, video on demand and other multimedia content services. Enhanced features include picture in picture, karaoke entertainment and digital video recording.

The new IPTV service is supported by Alcatel-Lucent's end-to-end IPTV solution, including the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV and multimedia software platform. The service complements Codetel's existing voice and broadband Internet access service, enabling the operator to offer one of the first complete "triple play" packages in the Caribbean. To complete the solution, Alcatel-Lucent is providing professional services such as network integration, project management, network design and optimization and maintenance.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that is middleware solutions support more than 2 million IPTV subscribers, representing more than 13 percent of all IPTV subscribers worldwide. The company is involved in more than 55 triple play service delivery architecture (TPSDA) deployments and more than 60 IPTV transformation and integration projects.

Motorola Supplies Real Time Video Surveillance in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi police force has awarded a contract to Motorola to provide an end to end wireless mobile video surveillance solution for the force's vehicles and personnel. The contract will see Motorola supplying the latest from its
MOTOA4 mission critical portfolio and delivering innovative and reliable wireless solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The new service will enable control room operators to interact with the video system that delivers real time streaming of video from police vehicles and personnel; in contrast to previous solutions that used recorded video. Not only will the service allow live streaming of video, it will also provide local recording of high resolution video.

Motorola said a core aspect of the new contract is the provision of the MotoLocator service, the primary purpose of which is to provide location-based video surveillance from police in the field back to the control room. The service, which also shows all the force vehicles on a map, will enable control room operators and management to have real-time knowledge of what is happening in the field and allow them to respond on that basis.

Canada's Shaw Pick Motorola for DOCSIS 3.0-enabled services

Shaw Communications has committed to deploy a DOCSIS 3.0-qualified cable modem termination system (CMTS) containing Motorola BSR 64000 TX32 Decoupled Downstream Modules, and DOCSIS 3.0-certified SURFboard cable modems. Shaw is a long standing Motorola customer. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The TX32 downstream module slides directly into one of the 16-slots of the Motorola BSR 64000 chassis, ultimately offering a five-fold increase in bandwidth capacity while reducing the cost per downstream channel. The Motorola TX32 supports 32 QAM channels in a single slot within the Motorola BSR 64000 CMTS/edge router. The solution enables cable operators to deliver significantly increased bandwidth for whole-home media services to new DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 3.0 cable modems, such as Motorola's SURFboard SB6120 cable and SBV6220 digital voice modems, while preserving operator investment in legacy DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 1.x and 2.0 cable modems.

Nortel Announces Additional 3,200 Job Cuts

Nortel intends to reduce its workforce by an additional net 3,200 positions worldwide. The company expects to carry out these reductions over the next several months, in accordance with local country legal requirements. These new reductions are incremental to the 1,800 remaining reductions from previously announced plans that require completion.

As previously announced, Nortel confirmed that it is working with several parties, including its creditors, to define the best plan forward to present to the bankruptcy courts. The company hopes to emerge from the creditor protection process as a more focused and competitive company.

In addition, Nortel's Board of Directors has approved management's recommendation to not pay any bonuses under the Nortel Annual Incentive Plan (AIP) for 2008. In addition, Nortel is seeking Canadian court approval to terminate its equity based compensation plans, including all outstanding equity under the plans (including stock options, restricted stock units and performance stock units), whether vested or unvested, and no further equity will be awarded in 2009. http://www.nortel.com/restructuring
  • Nortel announced its bankruptcy filing on 14-January-2009.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Juniper Outlines Next Gen Silicon and Data Center Visions

Juniper Networks is uniquely focused as a "pure play" in high-performance networking said company CEO Kevin Johnson, speaking at Juniper's Analyst Day conference in San Mateo, California. While the downturn has impacted the company's near-term sales visibility, Johnson said Juniper remains focused on its the long-term margins and the value proposition of high-performance networking, a segment it believes must rebound to handle the challenges of billions of interconnected devices on a global scale. By 2012, the company foresees a global market of 5 billion overall Internet connections, including 1.5 billion broadband lines, 120 million FTTH lines and 700 million smartphones.

Johnson said Juniper will continue a partnership strategy with other technology players rather than pursue big acquisitions.

Assuming challenging economic conditions will continue in the near term, Juniper has implemented a number of measures to trim its operational expenses. These cost reduction actions include realigning the employee bonus plan; implementing a 5% pay cut for VPs and above; mandatory PTO shutdowns; releasing contractors; eliminating merit pay increases; implementing a headcount freeze excluding R&D; reducing employee mobility; freezing all non-essential travel; and canceling travel for internal meetings. Kevin Johnson has also taken a 10% cut in base salary. Earlier this quarter, Juniper realigned its organization and approximately 100 employees were let go.

However, Juniper expects its R&D investments will increase in 2009 vs. 2008 to capitalize on the high performance networking vision.

On the technology front, Pradeep Sindhu, Juniper's CTO and founder, said high-performance networking can be distinguished by five factors: scalability, speed, reliability, security and simplicity. Juniper's Junos operating system is the crown jewel for mastering each of these technical challenges. Sindhu noted that there has been a 4X increase in network system capacity every two years since Juniper was founded. This boost has been enabled by Juniper's custom silicon, which outperforms merchant silicon. To keep this trend going, Sindhu unveiled plans for Juniper's next generation network instruction set processor (NISP). Calling this a fundamental advance in networking silicon, Sindhu said key features of the NISP will include:

  • based on 65nm technology versus current 90nm

  • 4 chips in the set

  • 1.2 billion transistors

  • 604 Gbps of internal throughput

  • can be used for fabric engines, core engines, edge engines and services engines

Rollout schedules were not discussed.

Juniper also disclosed "The Stratus Project", a multi-year company initiative to build a next-gen fabric for cloud computing data centers. Stratus is a type of flat, single-layer cloud. Using this model, Juniper intends to create a new data center network architecture capable of scaling to tens of thousands of 10GigE ports while offering an order of magnitude reduction in latency. Security would be virtualized in the cloud and the entire infrastructure would be managed by a single, large Junos switch. Sindhu noted that legacy Ethernet, Infiniband and Fibre Channel all have shortcomings as an ideal data center networking protocol, so the company is pursuing a breakthrough replacement. Juniper's Stratus Project will leverage its next generation silicon technology, however, for competitive reasons, said the company is not yet ready to disclose product names, milestones, pricing or availability. Stratus will build on Juniper's L4-7 expertise while relying on key partners for storage and computing.

The Stratus Project is being developed by a new Data Center Business Group, which will be led by Dr. David Yen, Executive Vice President. The company said its Stratus research has resulted in more than 30 patent applications filed to date.

On the marketing front, Juniper is revamping its branding, launching a new company website, and launching a new advertising campaign with the theme "Demand More from Your Network." The company's previous "Toons" advertising has been retired.

Juniper Adds 24-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Juniper Networks is expanding its EX Ethernet switching product portfolio with a new EX2500 line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches targeted at high-density 10GbE deployments. The EX2500 line of 10GbE Ethernet switches offer twenty-four 10 GbE SFP+ ports that deliver wire-speed performance and 700 nanosecond latency. The EX2500 line of Ethernet switches will be offered as fixed-configuration Ethernet platforms. Key features include:

  • Wire-rate Performance: The EX2500 Series will support 480 Gigabit per second (Gbps) throughput (full duplex) in a 1 rack-unit (RU) footprint. All ports are non-blocking with deterministic latency of less than 700 nanoseconds.

  • Deployment Flexibility: The EX2500 Series will support both back-to-front and front-to-back cooling, which will deliver deployment flexibility and consistency with server designs for hot- and cold-aisle layouts. The result will be that network ports can always have the best proximity, front or rear-facing, to allow closer proximity to server ports and thus, keep cable lengths short and easily managed, and performance optimized.

  • High Availability: The EX2500 Series will offer both power and fan redundancy as standard features. The EX2500 Series will come with dual, load-sharing power supplies, as well as redundant, variable-speed fans to protect from single power supply or fan failure.

  • Energy Efficiency: The EX2500 Series will improve availability and cooling efficiency via redundant variable speed fans. The variable speed fans will automatically adjust speed under variant conditions to reduce power consumption.

The EX2500 Series is expected to be available in 2Q 2009. The list price for the EX2500 Series starts at US$18,000.

Juniper's EX Series switching family now includes the EX2500, EX3200, EX4200 and new EX8200 lines.

  • In November 2008, Juniper Networks introduced a data center switching solution that leverages its EX series Ethernet switches, high-densities of 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, JUNOS operating software and "virtualized chassis" technology. Essentially, the new data switching solution aims to remove an entire tier of aggregation switches and supporting security platforms typically seen in today's mid-to-large sized corporate data centers. Juniper achieves this by allowing up to ten 48-port EX 4200 switches to be logically aggregated into a single virtual switch. This saves interconnect and uplink ports, as well as eliminates the need to deploy the typical panoply of security appliances. A single SRX-series platform can now serve this role. Juniper estimates its data center architecture can significantly reduce network complexity and total cost of ownership by up to 52 percent in capital expenditures, up to 44 percent in power, up to 44 percent in cooling and up to 55 percent in rack space. In addition, by deploying Juniper MX-series edge routers, IP/MPLS Layer 3 VPNs can be mapped via the EX switches directly to individual servers in the data center. Mirroring and back-up applications can also be mapped via VPNs to secondary data centers.

Ikanos VDSL2 Chipsets Selected by Alloptic for GigE PON Terminals

Alloptic has selected Ikanos Communications' VDSL2 central office (CO) and customer premises equipment (CPE) chipsets for integration into the Xgen7500 gigabit Ethernet passive optical network terminal (ONT). The Ikanos chipsets enable the Xgen7500 to deliver 24 ports of up to 100 Mbps voice, data and video services over traditional copper wiring.

Ikanos' multimode FxTM100100-5 VDSL2 CO and FxTM100100S-5 VDSL2 CPE chipsets are optimized for IPTV and triple play offerings -- offer service providers a seamless migration path on which they can maximize their existing investments in broadband infrastructure.

"The Ikanos chipsets allow us to provide an incredibly cost-effective solution for high-speed access from a temperature-hardened ONT in brownfield situations. These locations include residential neighborhoods, business parks and multi-dwelling units of all kinds -- apartments, office buildings, dormitories -- where replacing existing copper wiring with fiber optics is expensive and often impractical," said Shane Eleniak, vice president of marketing and business development for Alloptic.

VISTO to Acquire Good Technology From Motorola

VISTO, which offers a mobile push and synchronization platform for service providers, will acquire Motorola's Good Technology division. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close by the end of February.

Good Technology specializes in offering wireless messaging, mobile VPN data access, device management and handheld security for enterprise customers worldwide. The addition of Good's service offerings in the U.S. Europe and Asia will enable VISTO to provide its government and enterprise customers with a broader range of secure mobile offerings.

"This transaction marks another important milestone in VISTO's emergence as a worldwide leader for mobile access to applications and content, especially messaging and collaboration data. Good's robust enterprise and government solution will complement VISTO's strong operator presence in business and consumer markets," said Brian A. Bogosian, CEO of VISTO. "As a result of this transaction, VISTO will now provide customers in over 100 countries an open, robust and secure mobile experience for enterprise customers, on over 400 different mobile devices."

Visto is based in Redwood Shores, California, and has offices in Seattle, Toronto, London, Milan, Paris, Madrid, Dusseldorf, and Tianjin, China. The Company is backed by Oak Investment Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Altitude Capital Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, DFJ ePlanet Ventures, DFJ Growth Fund, Rustic Canyon Ventures, GKM Newport, Stanford Accelerator and Blueprint Ventures.
  • In November 2006. Motorola acquired Good Technology, a supplier of enterprise mobile computing software and service, for an undisclosed sum. At the time, Good's mobile messaging client was supported on the newly launched Motorola Q handheld, among other devices. Good Technology's software and service offerings enable wireless messaging, data access and handheld security. Good Mobile Messaging and Good Mobile Intranet solutions extend enterprise applications - including Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Domino, intranets and certain web-enabled corporate applications - to mobile employees by using end-to-end AES encrypted, FIPS 140-2 certified security, and cradle-free, real-time two-way wireless synchronization.

Motorola Reinforces Commitment to TD-LTE

Motorola re-confirmed its pursuit of Time Division Duplex Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) commercialization, saying it has agreed to collaborate with operators on TD-LTE trials to be conducted during 2009.

As one of the leaders in LTE RAN contributions, Motorola supports both TD-LTE and Frequency Division Duplex LTE (FDD-LTE). Motorola is planning an LTE ecosystem to support the early deployments from Q4 2009 to mid-2010.

Motorola noted that it is a member of the LTE/System Architecture Evolution (SAE) Trial Initiative (LSTI). This industry group is driving the acceleration of commercial and inter-operable next-generation LTE mobile broadband systems through the collaborative efforts of leading telecommunications companies worldwide. The LSTI helps support Motorola's dedication and technology advancements that will deliver the media mobility experiences that consumers expect.

Motorola's LTE solution is comprised of its OFDM broadband platform and a selection of radio options that include MIMO and smart antennas. The portfolio includes frame based-mounted radios, remote radio heads and tower top radios to support a wide variety of LTE deployment scenarios across a wide variety of spectrum bands to meet the needs of the global market.


Motorola Hits 1 Million TETRA Terminals Milestone

Motorola announced the shipment of its one millionth TETRA terminal. The customer receiving this milestone terminal is the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF).

Motorola will supply TETRA portable devices, including MTH800 terminals, MTM800 Enhanced mobiles and CM5000 TETRA Gateway repeaters for use on JAF's TETRA network, providing increased security across Jordan.

Motorola shipped its first TETRA terminal in the late 1990s.