Monday, November 2, 2009

Video Interview: CENX

Presented by Nan Chen.

Video Interview: MEF's Global Carrier Interconnect

Presented by Nan Chen

ANDA Networks Adds Ethernet Mobile Backhaul Box

ANDA Networks introduced a new EtherEdge 4300 Ethernet-based mobile backhaul device designed for deployment at mobile base-station towers. The EtherEdge 4300 incorporates ANDA's EtherProbe real-time performance monitoring verification, with new EtherStream sub-flow monitoring for on-demand WAN optimization and management of high-growth, multi-service mobile data traffic flows. This enables the device to load balance, perform WAN optimization and reallocate bandwidth without the need for additional devices or deep-packet inspection, which can be intrusive and tax the bandwidth of the access links.

The EtherEdge 4300 is a compact, temperature hardened 1RU (half pizza-box footprint) optimized for collocation at remote base stations where space and power may be at a premium. It supports pseudowire-based circuit emulation for voice via CESoPSN, SAToP support and ATM based 3G GSM traffic, timing and synchronization via traditional BITS clock and new ITU-T G.8261 Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588 v2 standards. With two modular slots for "pay as you grow" personality card upgrades, the EtherEdge 4300 can be integrated for use with 2G/3G or 4G LTE and WiMAX base stations. Optional cards for Ethernet-over-T1/E1, DS3/E3 or OCx/STMx legacy interface cards and/or additional high-speed Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP pluggable cards provide optimal flexibility as operators migrate to higher speed 4G LTE and WiMAX deployments.

The EtherEdge 4300 is currently in trials with 4G/WiMAX base station equipment partners and will be generally available Q1 2010.

CENX Opens Carrier Ethernet Exchanges in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago

CENX (Carrier Ethernet Neutral eXchange), a start-up headed by MEF President Nan Chen, opened three Carrier Ethernet Exchanges in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The carrier neutral, co-location/data-center neutral CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchanges aim to streamline the problem of interconnecting various Carrier Ethernet services.

CENX is offering a web-based member-tailored marketplace for service providers to interconnect Carrier Ethernet around the world. The graphic driven CENX Market is powered by CENX System -- a resilient, distributed, highly integrated system consisting of hardware switching & transport, as well as software backend & applications.

CENX Services are: Resilient Virtual Interconnect; Unique Service Alignment; Flexible Service Inquiry/Ordering; and Real-time Portal/Management.

"CENX's goal is to accelerate our service provider members' revenue opportunities while providing significant time/cost savings, and to make Carrier Ethernet global ubiquity a reality." said Nan Chen, CENX co-founder & CEO. "Our team's years of experience in delivering Carrier Ethernet equipment/management/services as well as telecom interconnection have enabled us to develop a differentiated technology and business approach to address Carrier Ethernet interconnectivity."

"The MEF Ethernet Exchange Committee -- consisting of: Verizon, ATT, Level 3, Orange, Tata, Cablevision and Cox -- worked for a year to identify the need and provide a framework to the complex technical and business issues around interconnection, and concluded that the initiative was best served by the formation of independent companies." explains Dennis Kruse, MEF Chairman of the Board and Vice President, Network Solutions, Orange Business Services. "CENX, the first such company to address the Carrier Ethernet interconnection market, is poised for growth."

EANTC and Ixia Verify Juniper's MX Series 3D Routers

The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), which was commissioned by Juniper Networks to validate the performance, services scale, and power efficiency of the new 16-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (16x10GbE) MPC line card and Juniper Networks MX80 3D Universal Edge Router, stated that it has verified that the Junos Trio-based MX 3D routers delivered the performance and scalability claimed by Juniper:

  • Density and scale: 1.44 Tbps (unidirectional) throughput at one billion packets per second in 1/6 rack; 240 Gbps (unidirectional) IPv4 and IPv6 forwarding on a single line card

  • Unicast routing performance: 2.4 million IPv4 and 2.4 million IPv6 active prefixes; 60,000 multicast groups and 660,000 multicast receivers on a single line card

  • Service scale: 6,000 Layer 3 VPNs and 6,000 VPLS instances

  • Power consumption testing per ATIS standards, showing 25.3 watts per 10GbE port at wire speed (2,433 watts for a fully loaded MX480 3D chassis)

Ixia Ixnetwork equipment was used to conduct the tests in Sunnyvale, Calif. in September 2009. Specifically, Ixia's XM12 chassis, 96 IxYukon 10Gig ports, and IxNetwork version 5.40 were used in the test. Ixia's technology experts partnered with EANTC to plan and implement the test process. The test equipment measured the MX 3D's ability to deliver the high-bandwidth services demanded by next-generation networks by generating peak traffic volumes.

Verizon Business Expands VPLS Service Internationally

Verizon Business announced the expansion of its Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) to its network POPs in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. The expanded footprint reaches 31 international locations, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea. Verizon Business leverages its extensive network of interconnection agreements with other in-region Ethernet providers to offer this expansive coverage.

Verizon VPLS is an advanced MPLS-based layer 2 virtual private network delivered via Verizon Business' global-provisioning Ethernet platform. VPLS is protocol-independent, supporting both IP and non-IP applications, which allows customers to retain complete control of their own routing. In addition, VPLS allows customers to access Verizon's extensive portfolio of Ethernet services and other data networking services offered by the company.

In addition, VPLS allows for prioritization of applications via multiple classes of services (CoS). An organization can customize prioritization to ensure that business-critical applications receive the highest priority across the network. VPLS also enables customers to provision their network bandwidth from 1 Mbps to 1 Gbps and is backed by robust service level agreements (SLAs).

"Verizon Business was the first major U.S. service provider to introduce VPLS, and continues to be a leader in the Ethernet space by now providing one of the most geographically diverse and technologically advanced solutions in the marketplace today," said Tom Vitale, vice president of Verizon network solutions marketing. "Our expanded offering is bolstered by an award-winning Ethernet portfolio of services offering world-class levels of coverage, consistency and performance."

Equinix Builds Carrier Ethernet Exchange with Major Carriers

Equinix has signed up a number of major players for its newly launched Carrier Ethernet Exchange platform, including AboveNet, Exponential-e, Hibernia Atlantic, Level 3, PCCW Global, Reliance Globalcom and Tinet, among others.

The Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange development program consists of a platform for multi-provider carrier Ethernet interconnection that meets Metro Ethernet Forum standards. The program is reviewing a variety of solutions including Ethernet Network to Network Interconnection (NNI) and additional services that leverage the density and breadth of networks operating within Equinix's centers. The platform is available at Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers globally using Alcatel-Lucent's service routing portfolio.

"Demand for AboveNet's Ethernet services continues to grow," said Philip Olivero, vice president of Engineering for AboveNet. "The current process for extending our Ethernet service offering outside of our service area requires the establishment of multiple, complex interconnection relationships with other carriers. A multi-carrier Ethernet exchange platform would simplify interconnection, reduce costs and speed delivery of Ethernet services to off-net customer locations."

Cisco Cites TelePresence Adoption at 35 Universities

More than 35 higher education institutions
have purchased Cisco TelePresence to scale expertise, foster more open innovation between academic and private industry researchers and develop innovative distance learning programs that benefit from in-person collaboration. Among these are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Purdue University and Stanford University.

Cisco, EMC and VMware Form Private Cloud Coalition

Cisco, EMC and VMware have formed a Virtual Computing Environment coalition aimed at pervasive data center virtualization and a transition path to private cloud infrastructures.

A private cloud is a virtual IT infrastructure that is securely controlled and operated solely for one organization. It can be managed either by that organization or a third party, and it can exist on or off premises or in combination. The companies said their private cloud computing vision will deliver the controls and security of today's data center with the agility required for business innovation at substantially lower costs.

The first deliverables from the coalition are a set of "Vblock Infrastructure Packages." These are engineered, integrated and validated IT infrastructure packages for virtual machines, such as Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus 1000v and Multilayer Directional Switches (MDS), EMC's Symmetrix V-Max storage (secured by RSA), and the VMware vSphere platform.

In unveiling the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, Cisco and EMC also introduced Acadia, a joint venture focused on accelerating customer build-outs of private cloud infrastructures through an end-to-end enablement of service providers and large enterprise customers. Acadia expects to begin customer operations in the first calendar quarter of calendar year 2010.

Atheros' XSPAN with 3-Stream MIMO Delivers 450 Mbps

Atheros Communications introduced its AR9300 family of 11n solutions, featuring XSPAN with Signal Sustain Technology-3, or SST3, which provides 450 Mbps PHY rates derived from a 3-stream 11n MIMO configuration. Atheros said this design ensures robust bandwidth and energy efficiencies for latency-free media connectivity for personal computers, digital home networking equipment from retail vendors, carriers and consumer electronics manufacturers, and enterprise/small medium business (SMB) networking equipment.

Atheros' new implementation of 11n leverages a variety of range enhancement options to ensure that the high throughput levels achieved with the 3x3 MIMO configuration are maintained across the entire WLAN link.

  • Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) guards against packet loss at every point on the link.

  • Maximum Likelihood Demodulation (MLD) optimizes MIMO demodulation to boost signal strength at close range.

  • Transmit Beamforming (TxBF) focuses transmit signals to the receiver to enhance the link rate at mid-range on the link continuum.

  • Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC) enables the receiver to optimally combine the MIMO signal paths, aligning time and phase of the signal receive to extend link reliability at longer range.

Atheros calculates that this combination of features results in a median rate-over-range improvement across the entire link of approximately 50 percent versus conventional 2x2 MIMO 11n solutions. Performance is maximized when products on both ends of the link are based on XSPAN with SST3, however the technology provides performance benefits when connected to all 11n solutions, and offers backward compatibility with 11g- and 11a/g-based devices.

NSN Sharpens its Focus in Corporate Reorganization

Nokia Siemens Networks is undertaking a corporate restructuring aimed at reducing its annualized operating expenses and production overheads by EUR 500 Million by end 2011 compared to the end of 2009. The company said it has fully achieved the original merger integration savings objectives of Nokia Siemens Networks, but that changes in the global economy and competitive environment make further cost reductions necessary.

The plan includes reorganizing the company's business units to better align with customer needs; extensive operating expense and production overhead reduction, including a global personnel review; ongoing purchasing savings; expanded partnering to ensure a full portfolio of world-class products and services; and potential acquisitions where assets would add scale to existing product areas or customer relationships.

NSN's five business units will be realigned into three, effective January 1, 2010:

  • Business Solutions, which will focus on helping customers generate new revenue and differentiate from the competition by providing a faster time to market for end-user services; enhancing billing and charging capability; automating and simplifying processes; addressing the challenges of convergence; and tapping into rich subscriber data to deliver a unique customer experience. Jurgen Walter, currently head of the company's Converged Core business unit, will assume leadership of the Business Solutions organization.

  • Network Systems, which will focus on providing both fixed and mobile network infrastructure, including the company's innovative Flexi base stations, core products, optical transport systems, and broadband access equipment. Marc Rouanne, currently head of the company's Radio Access business unit, will assume leadership of the Network Systems organization.

  • Global Services, which will focus on helping customers improve operational efficiency through outsourcing of their non-core activities; supporting and managing their networks with robust customer care offerings; and ensuring fast and cost-effective implementation of new networks and network upgrades. Ashish Chowdhary, currently head of the company's Services business, will assume leadership of the Global Services organization.

NSN said its anticipated operating expense and production overhead savings are expected to come from a wide range of areas, including real estate, information technology, site optimization, strategic workforce rebalancing, and overall general and administrative expenses. As part of this effort, the company will also conduct a global personnel review which may lead to headcount reductions in the range of about 7-9 percent of its current approximately 64,000 employees.

In addition to the operating expense and production overhead savings, Nokia Siemens Networks will target an annual reduction in product and service procurement costs related to cost of goods sold that is substantially larger than the targeted EUR 500 million in operating expenses and production overhead reductions. This targeted reduction is expected to position the company to meet ongoing customer requirements for competitive pricing.

Nokia Siemens Networks will seek to further strengthen its business through partnerships and acquisitions. The company already has a range of partnerships, including with Juniper Networks in the Carrier Ethernet transport arena. Nokia Siemens Networks will also pursue acquisitions when assets are available and the associated purchase price of those assets provides the appropriate value. In particular, the Company will target assets that enhance the scale of existing product and service business lines and that deepen relationships with key customers.

"As our customers make purchasing decisions, they want a partner who engages in issues well beyond a traditional discussion of technology," said Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. "Business models, innovation, growth and transformation are now very much front and center when it comes to the selection of a technology partner - and our planned new structure will position us well in this changing market."
  • In Septermber 2009, Simon Beresford-Wylie resigned as CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks. The company's board of directors appointed Rajeev Suri to take his place. Suri, who previously led the Services business of Nokia Siemens Networks, joined Nokia in 1995. He has held a number of executive positions in Business Development, Marketing and Sales and Strategy.

SOFTBANK First to Deploy UTStarcom's NetRing MPLS-TP

SOFTBANK TELECOM will be the first customer to commercially deploy UTStarcom's new NetRing Transport Network product. NetRing supports MPLS-TP as a solution to overhaul existing mobile backhaul networks, provide Ethernet services and deliver broadband aggregation applications.

Specifically, SOFTBANK TELECOM will use UTStarcom's NetRing TN platform to migrate its existing aggregation network from legacy SDH/ATM to a packet based network for the delivery of high-speed services. This will enable SOFTBANK TELECOM to offer new Ethernet-based Enterprise services - in addition to high-speed broadband, voice, video services - in the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya regions.

"Our recent announcement of the expanded TN portfolio highlighted our new offerings and we're delighted to have SOFTBANK TELECOM as our first customer deployment," said Peter Blackmore, CEO and president of UTStarcom. "In addition to aiding network efficiency, our TN portfolio will help SOFTBANK TELECOM realize revenue generating opportunities in Japan."

AT&T Extends MPLS Network to Kuwait with Qualitynet and NavLink

AT&T has extended its network to Kuwait. The new MPLS node, deployed in Kuwait City, will provide AT&T's global customers with improved connectivity in the Middle East and allow local Kuwaiti companies better access to global markets via AT&T's worldwide network. The node has been deployed in cooperation with Qualitynet, a leading local provider of data communication, internet and networking services in Kuwait, and NavLink, a company in which AT&T is a minority shareholder. The agreement reflects AT&T's continuing investment in the Middle East following similar agreements in Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Video Interview: NTT America on Ethernet Services vs MPLS VPNs


Riverbed Announces Steelhead Mobile 3.0

Riverbed Technology is preparing to release an update to its Mobile WAN optimization solution to provide acceleration for Windows 7 and 64-bit systems for mobile end users. The company said its system can make Web applications up to 60X faster for mobile workers using laptops by optimizing the flow of the HTTP and HTTPS protocols. By employing URL learning, page parsing, embedded object pre-fetching and metadata acceleration modes, Steelhead Mobile further reduces the chattiness and delays that plague enterprise Web-based applications. With these additional tools, business-critical applications used today such as SharePoint, intranet portals and Web-based document management systems, as well as Web-enabled ERP and CRM applications like SAP NetWeaver, JD Edwards and Siebel, all receive application acceleration of up to 60x.

Riverbed is also introducing a "Branch Warming" capability in Steelhead Mobile 3.0. This allows mobile and branch office users to share optimized data and experience even greater overall acceleration. By sharing the data references between the data stores of the Steelhead Mobile client and the branch office Steelhead appliance, mobile workers not only take advantage of all of the optimization benefits of the Steelhead appliance but are also able to contribute data references from their data store to help improve performance for the entire branch office, enabling "warm" performance regardless of location.

Quebec's Videotron Picks Dragonwave for HSPA Backhaul

Quebec-based Videotron, which provides cable television, interactive multimedia, Internet access, cable telephony and wireless telephone service, will be deploying DragonWave's Horizon Compact packet microwave solution to deliver high capacity backhaul for its HSPA network. After winning 17 spectrum operating licenses last year, Videotron is currently building out a leading edge HSPA network in order to offer new advanced services including mobile television and wireless high-speed Internet access. The network is designed to be upgradeable to 4G. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DragonWave's Horizon Compact operates in bands from 6 GHz to 38 GHz and is capable of delivering scalable backhaul capacity from 10 Mbps to 800 Mbps.

Sprint Launches WiMAX in Chicago, Dallas and North Carolina

Sprint launched its WiMAX-based 4G service in Chicago; Dallas-Ft.Worth; Charlotte, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C. and Raleigh, N.C. Sprint 4G will launch later this month in the Texas cities of Austin and San Antonio. These follow 4G launches earlier this year in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Portland, as well as Abilene, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Bellingham, Wash.; Boise, Idaho; Corpus Christi, Texas; Killeen-Temple, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Midland-Odessa, Texas; Milledgeville, Ga.; Waco, Texas and Wichita Falls, Texas. Sprint also plans to deploy Sprint 4G service in these additional markets in 2009: Honolulu; Maui, Hawaii; Salem, Ore. and Seattle.

BlueCat Raises $11 Million for IP Address Mgt System

BlueCat Networks, a start-up based in Toronto, secured US$11 million in new financing for its enterprise-class IP Address Management (IPAM) platforms.

BlueCat Networks provides automated solutions that simplify network processes while still enabling enterprises to introduce VoIP, wireless devices (including RFID tags), IT virtualization, and IPv6 into their networks.

The company said thousands of its IPAM and DNS/DHCP solutions have been successfully deployed to meet the rising IP management demands of government, military and both medium and large enterprises worldwide.

The new funding round was led by Bridgescale Partners.

Ciena Offers Carrier Ethernet Training and Certification

Ciena, in association with Global Corporate College, is launching a Carrier Ethernet Certification Program focused solely on Carrier Ethernet technology as opposed to specific vendors or products. Courses are offered in traditional classrooms, online and on-site at customer locations through an international network of partner educational institutions.

To address the needs of beginners to skilled professionals, the Carrier Ethernet Certification Program is led by Ciena Carrier Ethernet experts and is available in four tiers, with each requiring completion of the previous course as a prerequisite:

Carrier Ethernet Associate -- students gain a firm foundation in Carrier Ethernet standards, terminology, concepts and applications. This course is designed for people in or entering sales, general management and executive positions and is the foundation for all subsequent programs.

Carrier Ethernet Professional -- in a lab-based environment, students gain skills and knowledge required to configure and troubleshoot Carrier Ethernet networks. This course is designed for customer service technicians, deployment engineers and technical support engineers.

Carrier Ethernet Consultant -- using case studies, students develop analytical skills required to design Carrier Ethernet solutions for real-world applications. This course is designed for systems engineers, network planners and advanced technical support engineers.

Carrier Ethernet Expert -- students analyze and propose solutions for high-level Carrier Ethernet service provider issues. This course is designed for network architects and design engineers.

Ciena said it plans to launch additional training and certification programs.

SpiderCloud Wireless Unveils Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN)

SpiderCloud Wireless, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, unveiled its Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) platform. The E-RAN platform is a scalable system comprised of a "SmartCloud" Services Node (SCSN) and Radio Nodes (SCRN).

The goal is to enable self-organizing wireless network capable of extending the enterprise's full suite of voice and data applications and services to any standard handset or computing device. The company said its mission is to bring together the functionality and security of cellular networks with the utility and economics of enterprise data networks. Its SmartCloud Services Node (SCSN) is analogous to an enterprise Wi-Fi switch but can be used by carriers to serve enterprise segments previously too expensive and complex to deploy in-building. Advanced features of its platform include "zero touch" installation and low-cost routing options for voice and data to the world of mobile radio access networks.

SpiderCloud has raised in excess of $35 million to commercialize its E-RAN system for mobile operators. System testing is commencing with European mobile network operators this month with general availability of the technology platform scheduled for 2010.
  • SpiderCloud is headed by Mike Gallagher, who previously was the chief executive officer of FiberTower, a company he joined via the merger with First Avenue Networks in 2006 where Mike Gallagher was the chief executive officer. Mr. Gallagher was previously the president of Flarion Technologies, a company acquired by Qualcomm. SpiderCloud's technical team includes Peter Wexler (co-founder), who previously was the vice president of engineering and product operations at Stoke.