Monday, October 12, 2009

Telco Systems Releases Ruggedized Ethernet for Military

Telco Systems announced the availability of two new Ethernet routing switches designed specifically for military use in harsh environments. The T5R-24T and T5R-24GT are MIL-STD-810F compliant and provide wire speed, non-blocking Layer 2-4 switching at Gigabit Ethernet speeds. With up to 24 Ethernet connections and four (4) Gigabit fiber uplinks in a 1.4 inch enclosure, the T5R is designed for high-density IP services in space-constrained airborne and ground communications environments. The switch can support IP connectivity for airborne and radar systems, signals intelligence, UAV data lines, and mobile communications.

The T5R-24GT-RUG provides 18 auto-sensing 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet connections and four (4) Gigabit fiber uplinks, while the T5R-24T-RUG supports 24 auto-sensing 10/100BaseT Ethernet connections, two (2) Gigabit copper uplinks and two (2) Gigabit fiber uplinks. Expansion options are available for each model to support up to 54 ports in the T5R-24GT and 66 ports in the T5R-24T.

Fujitsu Rolls Out Connection-oriented Ethernet for FLASHWAVE 9500, 4100

Fujitsu rolled out significant new capabilities for its FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) to allow the system to aggregate, switch, and deliver Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) services across any type of access network (EoX). The Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) capabilities are also now supported on Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platforms, which has an installed base of over 10,000 units.

The new Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-compliant EoX Gateway on the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP integrates the functionality of many network elements in central offices, hub sites, co-location facilities and IP service edges/POPs. The new EtherMapper EoX Gateway cards and system software on the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP transparently terminate a wide variety of access networks, perform Connection-oriented Ethernet switching and grooming, and present fully-protected Ethernet or SONET/SDH handoffs to other transport or service delivery networks.

A single FLASHWAVE 9500 EoX Gateway can aggregate hundreds of thousands of Ethernet/IP circuits from hundreds of different physical access networks comprised of Ethernet over SONET/SDH (EoS), T1/T3 (EoPDH), WDM (Eoλ), and fiber (EoF).

"Space is at an incredible premium in many of the hub site locations," continued Naphan. "An EoX Gateway eliminates stacks of stand-alone MSPPs, EoPDH gateways, and Ethernet switches. It aggregates all Ethernet and IP services onto one or more fully protected Ethernet External Network-to-Network Interfaces (ENNIs) or Ethernet UNIs, creating efficient handoffs to Ethernet and IP service edge networks," said Rod Naphan, vice president of product and strategic planning at Fujitsu Network Communications.

Fujitsu said the EoX Gateway on the FLASHWAVE 9500 benefits wholesale and retail Ethernet service providers by dramatically increasing the number of addressable customers for differentiable Ethernet and IP services. Service providers can use the EoX Gateway to deliver a complete wholesale access service to their retail service provider partners by aggregating and delivering standardized MEF Ethernet services over any type of access network from a flexible ENNI to a remote UNI at the customer premises. The EoX Gateway can also be used to aggregate traffic from TDM-based 2G/3G and Ethernet-based 3G/4G mobile backhaul networks, regardless of whether the cell tower is accessed via SONET or Ethernet.

The Connection-oriented Ethernet capabilities for the FLASHWAVE 4100 ES is enabled by installing new COE cards and performing an in-service software upgrade to the existing nodes. The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES Micro Packet ONP, in conjunction with the EoX Gateway on the new FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP, provides a backhaul, aggregation and service delivery solution over SONET or native Ethernet over Fiber.

Applications that benefit the new COE enhancements include mobile backhaul, wholesale Ethernet access, metro Ethernet business services, and backhaul of triple play residential services including broadband Internet access from DSLAM, PON or CMTS equipment. The platform is ideal for mobile backhaul applications due to its native support for T1s and Ethernet. Existing FLASHWAVE 4100 ES cell site deployments currently providing T1 backhaul for legacy 2G/3G services can be upgraded to deliver the high-quality, Connection-oriented Ethernet capabilities required for Ethernet-based 3G and 4G wireless services. The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform is environmentally hardened to operate within the harsh environment of a cell site outside plant (OSP) cabinet.

"Connection-oriented Ethernet delivers the stringent QoS, performance, high availability, and security of SONET while providing the networking efficiency, bandwidth scalability and flexibility of native Ethernet," said Rod Naphan, vice president of product and strategic planning at Fujitsu Network Communications. "The addition of COE to our popular FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform enables longer-term revenue opportunities for our customers. As their wireless service provider customers migrate to 4G, the platform supports a graceful transition from Ethernet over SONET to native Ethernet over fiber."

Sunrise Telecom Offers DOCSIS 3.0 Services Analyzer

Sunrise Telecom introduced an upstream and downstream sweep system designed to analyze triple-play services and optimize the use of the crowded upstream spectrum for emerging DOCSIS 3.0 services. The CM2800 allows technicians to identify even small impairments in network performance, speeding plant maintenance, increasing quality of service and reducing outages. The high resolution, true non-interfering downstream sweep features ensure that the network is operating at the levels and frequency responses required to deliver reliable, distortion-free services. Fast 5 to 200 MHz upstream sweep, compatible with the CaLan upstream sweep function, allows one person to test the full frequency span of return lasers with a single instrument.

Extreme Unveils BlackDiamond 20804 Ethernet Transport Switch

Extreme Networks introduced its BlackDiamond 20804 Ethernet Transport switch designed for Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers migrating from SONET/SDH and 1 Gigabit Ethernet rings to 10 Gigabit Ethernet rings. The new BlackDiamond 20804 Ethernet Transport switch boasts 120 Gbps per slot line-rate switching capacity in a 4-slot chassis. It supports up to 32 line-rate 10 GE ports per chassis initially, with ample bandwidth for future 100 GE IO Modules. The platform is also designed for future switch fabric upgrades to enable 480 Gbps of switching capacity per slot.

Extreme Networks said the new BlackDiamond 20804 enables carriers to gracefully expand video and other services on their network. Video service delivery is accelerated with multicast quality of service hardware resources that help to ensure video multicast traffic gets to the subscriber no matter how busy the network. Business Ethernet service delivery is also accelerated with MEF certified E-LINE and E-LAN support and pre-standard E-NNI support. Support for Provider Backbone Bridges enables carriers to scale their aggregation networks using reliable, industry-standard Ethernet protocols.

The BlackDiamond 20800 Series of Ethernet Transport switches includes the new BlackDiamond 20804 and the eight-slot BlackDiamond 20808. Both platforms use the same power supplies, IO modules and management modules.

In addition, the BlackDiamond 20800 Series includes support for Ethernet Access Protection Switching (EAPS RFC 3619), an Ethernet ring resiliency protocol offering 50ms failover protection on fiber access and aggregation ring topologies. In addition to EAPS, Extreme Networks offers support for advanced Ethernet OAMP protocols like Continuity Fault Management and ITU Y.1731 combine with an easy to use GUI-based service management system to provide carriers the service management tools they need to delight their subscribers.

The BlackDiamond 20804 Ethernet transport switch will be available in the first quarter of 2010.

New Edge Networks Launches MPLS NNI

New Edge Networks introduced and MPLS Plus service, a network-to-network interface (NNI) service that provides carriers with direct access to its nationwide MPLS network. With the NNI, New Edge is able to hand off customer traffic in a variety of ways, providing a scalable solution which meets business continuity and disaster recovery requirements. Customer nodes connect directly with the New Edge MPLS backbone so customers experience security, redundancy and Quality of Service capabilities. Network interface connections may be located at nine of New Edge's MPLS core locations nationwide through either a fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet physical interface. New Edges said customers can also benefit from new revenue opportunities associated with selling MPLS over a broad range of access technologies ranging from DS3 and Ethernet through DSL and EVDO.

"We continue to invest a great deal in our MPLS network and see this NNI offering as an important expansion of our distribution model in terms of potential additional value creation and economies of scale," said New Edge Networks President Cardi Prinzi. "Expanding to the wholesale market with an MPLS interconnect strategy is both cost-effective and revenue generating for our customers and New Edge. This is the ideal way to enable an ecosystem of applications for customers over our nationwide MPLS network."

"Wholesale MPLS providers will become an extension of New Edge's network and experience the high-quality performance and quality of service they have come to expect from New Edge," added Prinzi.

New Edge's MPLS network service is a fully managed, IP-based offering, providing customers the ability to prioritize applications from end to end.

Microsoft Launches Software Architecture for 'Integrated Utility of the Future'

Microsoft outlined a reference architecture to serve as the basis for development of the "integrated utility of the future."

The Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA) addresses technology integration throughout the full scope of the smart energy ecosystem. Microsoft said its SERA will help utilities by providing a method of testing the alignment of information technology with their business processes to create an integrated utility.

This is the second utility offering to be released from Microsoft in four months, following the announcement of Microsoft Hohm, an online application developed to enhance the experience of utilities' customers and provide further insight into the supply and demand of residential energy use.

D.O.J. Requires Divestitures for AT&T's Acquisition of Centennial

The U.S. Department of Justice will require AT&T to divest assets in eight areas in Louisiana and Mississippi in order to proceed with its $944 million acquisition of Centennial Communications. The DOJ found that the acquisition, as originally proposed, would substantially lessen competition to the detriment of consumers of mobile wireless telecommunications services in those areas, and likely would result in higher prices, lower quality and reduced network investments. The divestitures cover portions of southwestern and central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi.

Centennial has 1.1 million wireless subscribers and serves largely rural areas of the Midwest and Southeast United States and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"We are pleased with the Department of Justice's decision and see it as an important step toward closing our acquisition of Centennial," said Wayne Watts, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AT&T Inc. "The combination of AT&T and Centennial will bring together two complementary wireless businesses and will produce meaningful benefits for customers of both companies."http://www.usdoj.gov

Cisco Builds on its IPv6 Capabilities with Service Engine

Cisco introduced new carrier-grade IPv6 capabilities to the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System for the network core and to the Cisco Aggregation Services Routers for the network edge. This includes:

  • Cisco Carrier-Grade Services Engine for the Cisco CRS-1. Deployed deep in the core of service provider's network, where maximum Cisco IPv6 coverage can be obtained, this "industry first" supports large-scale network address translation (large-scale NAT or LSN) and offers the industry's highest scalability for translations and throughput.

  • Cisco Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution for the Cisco ASR Series. The new capabilities help enable LSN at the edge of a network in order to meet the needs of smaller or distributed IP NGNs.

  • Cisco Services for the Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution. As service providers strive to address customer demands, Cisco offers migration services to make the transition to IPv6 smoothly and in a cost-effective manner, thereby reducing risk to their IP NGN operations. The Cisco Services portfolio ranges from initial planning and IPv6 readiness assessment to turnkey design and implementation.

Cisco said its new Carrier-Grade IP Version 6 (IPv6) solution provides a cost-effective and efficient means to bridge to a full IPv6 next-generation network while extending the life of existing IPv4 addresses to smoothly manage that migration. Industry sources currently predict an exhaustion of IPv4 addresses in 2011.

Cisco to Acquire Starent for Mobile Packet Core

Cisco agreed to acquire Starent Networks for approximately $2.9 billion, or $35 per share in cash -- a premium of about 20% over the stock's recent trading value. The acquisition helps Cisco build out is mobile Internet portfolio, providing an entry point to the packet core of mobile network operators worldwide. Starent's packet core solutions gain strategically significance as operators adopt all-IP architectures with the move to 4G.

Starent Networks is a leading supplier of IP-based mobile infrastructure solutions targeting mobile and converged carriers. The company provides the multimedia intelligence, core network functions and services to manage access from any 2.5G, 3G, and 4G radio network to a mobile operator's packet core network. Starent Networks' access-independent technology is deployed in CDMA2000 (1X, EV-DO), UMTS/HSPA and WiMax networks.

In addition to high-speed data throughput, an IP core has the potential to deliver network intelligence through packet inspection and management. This could enable intelligent traffic control for policy enforcement of advanced services.

Starent Networks was founded in 2000 and completed its initial public offering in 2007. The company is based in Tewksbury, Mass. and has approximately 1,000 employees worldwide. For the year ended Dec. 31, 2008, Starent Networks reported revenue of $254.1 million, up 74 percent from the prior year.

Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless selected Starent Networks as a key supplier for the packet core. The company claims over 100 operator deployments in 40+ countries, including eight of the top 10 3G operators.
  • Starent Networks is headed by Ashraf M. Dahod (CEO and co-founder), who previously co-founded NetCore Systems, a producer of large-scale, high performance switching products, which was acquired by Tellabs in 1999. Starent's technical team includes Anthony P. Schoener(VP of engineering and a co-founder), who previously served as Director of Software Development at 3Com Corporation.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Level 3 and Internet2 to Carry LHC Data Trans-Atlantic

Level 3 Communications and Internet2 will provide trans-Atlantic data transport from Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to more than 1,700 scientists at 94 institutions across the United States. Under a newly announced agreement, U.S. LHCNet, Internet2 and Level 3 will connect a major network hub in New York City to the LHC in Switzerland. This connection will link to the Internet2 national backbone, ESnet and many regional networks to make LHC data accessible to U.S. scientists.

Specifically, the U.S. LHCNet provides dedicated, high-bandwidth connectivity between CERN and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Science Network (ESnet). The network also shares support in connecting the U.S. and Europe to many universities and laboratories -- called Tier 2 and Tier 3 sites -- where researchers will analyze LHC data. U.S. LHCNet is funded by the DOE Office of High Energy Physics and managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).


Sprint Establishes Partner Interexchange for Wholesale VoIP Customers

Sprint has established a Partner Interexchange Network (PIN) to provide business-to-business wholesale exchange of voice traffic. The Sprint PIN service sets up a community of partners who can directly exchange VoIP service between themselves while operating on Sprint's global Tier 1 IP network. Because there is a direct exchange between partners, access termination fees and LEC tandem fees can be lowered or eliminated.

Sprint said its Partner Interexchange Network will allow direct exchange between voice network operator partners using VoIP on the international Sprint IP network. Using a switchless routing framework based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), minutes that cross the PIN architecture are charged at a lower rate than traditional PSTN networks and drive down transport costs.

BBN Announces $11.5M in NSF Funding for GENI

BBN Technologies has been awarded an $11.5 million National Science Foundation grant for 33 academic/industrial research teams to accelerate prototyping of a suite of infrastructure for the GENI project, which supports experimental research in network science and engineering.

The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) is envisioned as a national data communications laboratory, supporting experiments on a wide variety of advanced research in communications, networking, distributed systems, cyber-security, networked services, and applications

"GENI is making significant progress," said Chip Elliott, GENI Project Director. "Now we are ready to begin an intensive campaign of research experimentation, which will enable us to refine and extend today's prototypes, with a particular focus on security, architecture, workflow tools, user interfaces, and thorough instrumentation."

Companies and institutions engaged in this effort include AT&T Battelle; Brown University; CA Labs (the research division of CA Inc.); Columbia University; ETRI-Korea; IBM; Indiana University Global Research NOC; Jeffrey Hunker Associates, LLC; KISTI-Korea; Radio Technology Systems, LLC; Rutgers University; Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris; University of California, San Diego; University of Illinois, Chicago; and University of Tokyo.

Ceragon Elaborates on Open Range Project With Alvarion

Commenting on its news announcement last week, Ceragon Networks confirmed that it has shipped 19 links of its high-capacity backhaul solution in collaboration with Alvarion for Open Range Communications' network deployment in rural America.

In a press statement, Ceragon said it has become aware of a new evaluation process for backhaul network equipment for the Open Range network and regrets any confusion.

Siverge Unveils Wireless Universal Gateway Chip + FPGA

Siverge Networks, a start-up based in Herzliya, Israel, introduced its high-performance, Wireless Universal Gateway chip for next generation mobile backhauling infrastructures.

The new SivGate chip, which extends Siverge's "Griffin" family of products, consists of an ASIC and an FPGA core. The chip is designed to replace the combination of framers, mappers, and complex processors currently used in most wireless gateways.

Siverge's SivGate is compliant with required physical interfaces (Ethernet, PDH, SONET/SDH), as well as complete set of associated Layer 2 data and bundling protocols (i.e. ATM/IMA and HDLC/MLPPP) along with CES and PWE3, QoS and TM. Siverge said its SivGate solutions could be used in linecards designed to fit any existing or new network equipment.

"By enabling our customers with a powerful, high performance solution that exceeds their requirements, we are in turn helping to evolve the network infrastructure which will pave the way for a new set of high-margin services and applications," said Moshe De-Leon, President and Chief Technology Officer for Siverge Networks. "Our advanced wireless universal gateway solution is designed with the customers' requirements in mind and addresses their need for a comprehensive high-performance solution that delivers increased capacity at a lower cost."

Siverge's Wireless Universal Gateway is currently sampling with leading system manufacturers worldwide and has already been selected for designs by major customers.

Intellifiber Ethernet over Copper with Hatteras

Intellifiber Networks, which interconnects with major data, carrier and hosting facilities in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington DC, has enabled Ethernet over Copper (EoC) capability throughout its entire network. Intellifiber has more than 400 central offices directly connected to its fiber network, providing dense EoC coverage in markets from Norfolk to Philadelphia to Cleveland.

Customers with multiple locations or a variety of end users can take advantage of Intellifiber's Ethernet Network-to-Network Interface (NNI) to leverage a single interconnect to deliver Ethernet services over any Intellifiber access circuit (e.g., EoC, SONET, fiber). Wholesale customers can also establish one or more Ethernet NNIs with Intellifiber to drive down access charges region by region.

Intellifiber Networks is an independently run, wholly-owned subsidiary of Cavalier Telephone.

Hatteras Networks Extends its Ethernet-over-Copper for Mobile Backhaul

Hatteras Networks unveiled a new modular, multi-service platform designed to enable carriers to offer business Ethernet services and mobile backhaul solutions using their existing copper infrastructure.
The rollout includes a new central office platform, pseudowire capabilities that can be extended to base stations, and a low-cost CPE device that can bond eight T1/E1 signals over a single Ethernet connection.

The new 40 Gbps HN6100 is a two-rack-unit Ethernet switching platform that delivers Ethernet-over-Copper, Ethernet-over-TDM and Hatteras' PWE3-plus (native TDM & Ethernet for Mobile Backhaul). Line card options include 16 port EFM, 16 port T1/E1, 3 port DS3 (Clear & Channelized). For EFM, the HN6100 is capable of 32-pair bonding, which could deliver up to a 480 Mbps pipe (15 Mbps per pair X 32 pair bonding). The same HN6100 multi-service chassis will also support Ethernet over Fiber in the future. The HN6100 is suitable for deployment in a central office, controlled environmental vault or outside plant remote-terminal, and it can be deployed at a cell site or customer location, as well. The HN6100 is now commercially available.

The product rollout includes a new HN600 Series CPE device, which can be terminated at the central office with the HN6100. Significantly, the HN600 Series features support for PWE3-plus, Hatteras Networks' patented method of simultaneously transporting native Ethernet and native TDM with embedded network timing over the existing copper infrastructure for mobile backhaul. PWE3-plus natively transports Ethernet and TDM traffic with full network timing while running across existing copper pairs. Traffic is spread across all pairs at the bit level. Hatteras calculates that the HN600 delivers 10 times more bandwidth at one-tenth the cost of existing mobile backhaul solutions.

Hatteras Networks said that unlike traditional PWE3, which suffers from the delay, jitter and timing impacts of packetization, its PWE3-plus perfectly emulates a T1 and precisely passes timing synchronization information. Furthermore, with the Hatteras Networks mobile backhaul solution, carriers simply "Turn-the-Dial" to adjust to any mix of TDM and Ethernet services, to be simultaneously transported unaltered in their native format. In the case of voice services, PWE3-plus spreads and prioritizes voice timeslots across bonded copper pairs, dynamically reassigning remaining bandwidth to augment allocated data-traffic capacity. Ethernet traffic never interferes with TDM traffic. The HN600 Series with PWE3-plus is available today.

"Existing backhaul technologies have hindered the profitability of carriers around the world despite the phenomenal growth in demand for mobile broadband services. Our new HN600 Series with PWE3-plus transforms the equation, enabling mobile network operators to cost-effectively scale and harvest significant new revenues from existing infrastructure," said Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Hatteras Networks. "We have engineered an innovative, purpose-built mobile backhaul solution that conveys the best of both Ethernet and TDM transport and delivers resilient, low-latency, scalable access to the mobile wireless tower today and moving forward."

Hatteras Networks also introduced its HN500 Series compact customer premise equipment (CPE) for enabling Ethernet over Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and Ethernet over NxT1/E1 services. The carrier-class HN500 Series can bond up to eight T1/E1 signals over a single Ethernet connection and provide services of up to 12 and 16 Mbps respectively.

The HN500 Series connects to Hatteras Networks' new HN6100 at the carrier central office to extend Ethernet business services to any location served by copper. The plug-and-play demarcation device features Hatteras' "zero-touch" technology, providing standards-based operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) and carrier-class reliability and troubleshooting. It can be automatically and remotely updated, configured and monitored, reducing a carrier's number of truck rolls. Support for flexible virtual local area network (VLAN) manipulation, traffic shaping, traffic policing and hierarchical traffic management allows a carrier to ensure delivery of multiple services competing for limited access bandwidth.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I.T.U. Ratifies as Standard for Wired Home Networks

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) ratified the key components of the specification at its meeting last week at the United Nations in Geneva. As a result of this agreement, ITU-T will publish an Approved Recommendation for the Physical Layer (PHY) and architecture portion of the standard. Also, Recommendation G.9972 achieved Consent, allowing coexistence between products and other wireline networking standards. In addition, the Data Link Layer (DLL) portion of the standard was deemed stable and is expected to reach Consent at the January 2010 ITU-T meeting. Through one worldwide standard, will unify the networking of content to devices over any wire -- coax cable, phone line, and power line.

The HomeGrid Forum, which is a global, non-profit trade group promoting, said the standard is now stable enough to allow silicon manufacturers to confidently move forward with their development programs and bring products to market. The outcome of this meeting marks another step in the steady adoption of and reaffirms the desire to unite a fragmented industry which currently uses a variety of incompatible technologies that typically address only single types of household wiring options -- coax, phone line, or power line.

" will empower service providers to deploy new offerings, including IPTV, more cost effectively; allow consumer electronics manufacturers to network all types of entertainment, home automation, and security products throughout the house; and greatly simplify consumers purchasing and installation processes," said Matthew Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum. "HomeGrid Forum and its member companies applaud the ITU-T for its success in developing a standard that will greatly simplify home networking, provide a platform for new services, and deliver the next-generation performance needed in the marketplace."

"The Recommendation provides a unified, international specification for home networking via all types of wiring in homes," said Tom Starr, ITU-T WP1/15 chairman. "The specification facilitates simplified installation and operation for high-performance triple-play services."

In addition to, ITU-T gave Consent to the complementary G.9972 Recommendation for coexistence between products and other networking standards. Recommendation G.9972 specifies the process by which devices will coexist with power line devices that also adopt the G.9972 coexistence standard.

" is a technology that gives new use to cabling that most people already have in their homes. The array of applications that it has the potential to enable includes energy efficient smart appliances, home automation, and telemedicine devices is remarkable," said Malcolm Johnson, director, ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. "The sheer weight of industry support behind this innovation is testament to the extraordinary potential of this standard to transform home networking."

HomeGrid Forum is also developing a certification program for that will aid semiconductor and systems manufacturers to build and deliver standards-compliant products to market by using the HomeGrid-certified logo.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Verizon Business and McAfee Form Strategic Alliance

Verizon Business and McAfee announced a global strategic alliance to provide integrated security solutions to businesses and government agencies worldwide. Specifically, Verizon Business will offer McAfee's entire line of enterprise security products and services while McAfee taps Verizon Business' data center outsourcing and expert consulting and managed services capabilities. Additionally, the companies will jointly develop a suite of next-generation, cloud-based managed security services.

The next-generation, cloud-based managed solutions that are being developed under the agreement will leverage Verizon's leading managed security services platform, global IP infrastructure, advanced security operation centers, expansive footprint of data centers and McAfee's world-class security technology powered by its global threat intelligence.

The new security services will be managed by Verizon Business and operated in the cloud. The services will include a broad selection of security technologies, including firewalls, intrusion prevention services, anti-malware, content control and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN).

Verizon and McAfee will offer these new solutions in North America, South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

"This strategic agreement with McAfee enables us to drive even more complete and integrated IT solutions to enterprises across the world," said Kerry Bailey, senior vice president of Verizon Business global solutions.

AudioCodes and BroadSoft Integration Simplifies IP Voice Deployments

AudioCodes and BroadSoft announced a strategic initiative aimed at simplifying the deployment and installation of IP voice networks. The collaboration tightly integrates AudioCodes Media Gateways, Multi-Service Business Gateways (MSBGs) and IP Phones with BroadSoft's BroadWorks VoIP application platform and VoIP Quality of Service (QoS) solutions -- eliminating many tedious configuration and maintenance processes, as well as quality of service issues that typically plague multi-vendor solutions.

Through BroadSoft Device Management, providers can quickly provision analog terminal adapters (ATAs), IP Phones, integrated access devices (IADs) and IP PBX equipment--any access device that uses XML/HTTP for profile management--at the customer site. A simple login process is used to retrieve the appropriate user-specific files directly from BroadWorks. Providers manage and control all aspects of device configuration centrally in the network, greatly reducing the time it takes to provision phones and eliminating the need for a technician visit.

"BroadSoft is committed to making the deployment process simple and scalable, and to drive down operational costs for our customers," said Ken Rokoff, vice president of business development, BroadSoft. "With AudioCodes' end-to-end customer premises solutions, coupled with BroadWorks' built-in device management capability, which is available across the entire line of AudioCodes devices, we eliminated the complex staging and configuration process."

"Simplification of the deployment of next-generation voice services is key to expanding the addressable market to cost conscious and risk-sensitive carriers," said Lior Aldema, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for AudioCodes.

Global Crossing Adds "EtherSphere" Services

Global Crossing introduced its "EtherSphere" family of services: EtherSphere Multipoint-to-Multipoint, EtherSphere Point-to-Multipoint and EtherSphere Point-to-Point solutions. They are available today as enterprise and wholesale offers in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom (UK), Asia, and Latin America.

Previously available in the UK as a metropolitan Ethernet offer, the expanded EtherSphere Ethernet WAN transport family now offers customers ubiquitous, global Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS). The EtherSphere services support six classes of service that enable users to prioritize traffic to maximize bandwidth use and efficiency. The service also offers a highly desirable usage-based billing component that helps enterprises more easily accommodate irregular and unpredictable bandwidth use, as well as more effectively manage their network costs. This is especially beneficial for backup and disaster recovery implementations. The service is provided over Global Crossing's dedicated MPLS backbone.

Global Crossing has achieved the Cisco Powered Carrier Ethernet designation for its EtherExtend Flex service.

"Global Crossing's EtherSphere Ethernet wide area transport solutions give enterprise IT managers a way to globally interconnect their locations in key regions around the world," said Dave Carey, Global Crossing's chief marketing officer. "Its genuine, global ubiquity sets our offer apart from the rest of the industry.