Monday, November 30, 2009

One Minute Video: CyberSecurity

Sensory Networks' HyperScan Pushes Content Inspection Performance

Sensory Networks published new performance results for their HyperScan software engine showing pattern matching/content inspection throughput performance of up to 73Gbps running on a dual-socket, quad-core (8-core) Intel Xeon5500 Processor Series platform and using an IPS signature set from a tier-1 equipment vendor.

Sensory's HyperScan is a portable software library that, aside of supporting regular expressions, also supports a wide variety of other pattern sets required for most data networking and security applications.

As shown in the chart, HyperScan delivered near-linear scalability with the number of CPU cores/threads, and delivers deep content inspection throughput performance that scales from 9Gbps to over 70Gbps respectively. The company said its HyperScan not only leverages cache memory to scan large volumes of patterns simultaneously, but also takes advantage of platform specific optimizations, such as SIMD and Hyperthreading, to further improve performance. As a result, HyperScan runs 22% faster on the Intel Xeon 5500 Process Series, on a clock-for-clock basis, when compared to running on the Intel Xeon® 5400 Processor Series.

"Our HyperScan algorithms are steps beyond DFA and NFA implementations typically used in the industry for pattern matching," said Sab Gosal, CEO for Sensory Networks. "Using our patented techniques, coupled with an intimate knowledge of modern CPU architectures, HyperScan delivers throughput performance that not only scales linearly, but in cases, runs faster than equivalent hardware solutions."

ADC Adds Aricent Access Service Node Software to Its WiMAX Ecosystem

Aricent will provide its WiMAX Access Service Node (ASN) software as part of the ADC WiMAX ecosystem. With the addition of Aricent's ASN, ADC can offer turnkey WiMAX systems based on its pico and micro-class WiMAX base stations and distributed antenna systems.

ADC said the addition of Aricent's software-based ASN as an option for WiMAX systems based on ADC's FlexWave MMX base stations enables enterprises, universities, and wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) to deploy WiMAX systems while saving up to 40 percent over the cost of a traditional hardware-based ASN.

Aquantia Raises $44 Million for 10GBASE-T PHY

Aquantia, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, announced up to $44 million in Series D financing to support its development of mainstream 10GBASE-T PHY solutions.

In May 2009 Aquantia announced the validation in 40nm of the world's first quad 10GBASE-T IC, to deliver the critical power, density and cost performance levels needed by the data center ecosystem. Aquantia's current and newest generations of 10GBASE-T products have brought together the benefits of high-energy efficiency and high density for LOM and high-density switching implementations.

The new funding round bringing $35 million immediately and up to $44 million in time to the company. New Enterprise Associates (NEA) led the round, with participation from Aquantia's existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners, Pinnacle Ventures, and Venture Tech Alliance. In conjunction with the financing, NEA Partner Rohini Chakravarthy will join the board of directors.

Faraj Aalaei, CEO and president of Aquantia, commented, "The size of the round and the addition of NEA as a new investor are an outstanding vote of confidence for both Aquantia and for the industry, especially given the financial market's dynamics this year. We believe this financing validates our technology leadership, our business plan and sets Aquantia apart from our privately funded competitors. Aquantia is very well-positioned to enable widespread adoption of 10GBASE-T in switches, NIC cards and LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) in servers."http://www.aquantia.comAquantia is headed by Faraj Aalaei, who previously was the CEO of Centillium, a developer of DSL silicon.

Teknovus's Intelligent EPON Node Controller Offers 100km Reach

Teknovus introduced its the Intelligent EPON Node Controller, a system-on-chip solution that facilitates evolution of the PON network by extending central office (OLT) to subscriber (ONU) distances up to 100 km and by supporting connections to over 1,000 subscriber ONUs. Teknovus' TK3401 Intelligent EPON Node Controller also supports remote management, configuration and upgrade, protection switching, and low power operation.

Key features of the TK3401 Intelligent EPON Node Controller include:

  • Up to 100 km extended service coverage to reach remote subscribers and support consolidation of central office and cable head-end facilities

  • High OLT port efficiency and cost savings through aggregation of lightly-loaded and geographically dispersed subscriber ONUs; particularly important for cable MSOs supporting subscribers in rural deployments

  • Maximized fiber capacity for multiple dwelling unit (MDU) deployments, supporting up to 1,000 subscribers with FTTH (fiber to each unit).

Teknovus noted that China will end 2009 with more than 16 million EPON subscribers (according to China Telecom), slightly exceeding the 15 million forecast for Japan. With several million additional subscribers in Korea, Eastern Europe and the US, the total EPON subscriber forecast is well over 35 million for year-end 2009.

BridgeWave's 80 GHz Gigabit Links Support Towerstream's WiMAX Backhaul Net

Towerstream, a leading wireless Internet service provider, has deployed BridgeWave Communications' high-capacity links in its fixed WiMAX network. Towerstream is using BridgeWave's 80 GHz products for reliable carrier-class backhaul to provide its WiMAX services. BridgeWave's 80 GHz links enables Towerstream to achieve gigabit WiMAX backhaul speeds while still providing "five-nines" reliability.

Established in 2001, Towerstream delivers high-speed Internet access to businesses in markets including New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.

BridgeWave's 80 GHz links are deployed in several metropolitan areas including New York City and Boston. Plus, because of BridgeWave's ability to scale rapidly, Towerstream can also easily upgrade to meet evolving bandwidth needs and support future growth.

DragonWave Adds to Board

DragonWave announced the addition of Tom Manley to its Board of Directors as a non-executive director. Manley most recently was chief financial officer of Avaya Inc., a global telecommunications leader with $5.2 billion of revenue. From 2001 to 2008, he was chief financial officer and senior vice president of administration for Cognos Inc., until it was acquired by IBM.

Level 3 Provides 10 GbE Network Transport for Clearwire

Level 3 Communications announced an expanded relationship with Clearwire Communication to support their CLEAR 4G WiMax services. Specifically, Level 3 will provide Clearwire with 10 Gigabit Ethernet network transport services to major U.S. cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Houston and the Bay Area.

"Level 3 delivers nationwide network connectivity to support Clearwire in delivering advanced network technology for mobile broadband," said Andrew Crouch, president of Wholesale Markets for Level 3. "As greater wireless market penetration and usage places more mobile voice, data, video and Internet traffic on networks, Level 3 is well positioned to meet the capacity demands of our wireless customers and support their ongoing business growth."

Clearwire Launches WiMAX Retail Sales in 10 Additional Markets

Clearwire launched WiMAX retail operations in the following new markets: Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; and Seattle/Puget Sound, Washington.

Regular mobile Internet plans start at $35 per month. Customers can also purchase a WiMAX day pass for $10. Additional savings are available for customers by purchasing a combination of services that could include home-and-mobile or mobile-and-mobile Internet plans starting at $55 for both, or by signing up for a two-year service agreement. The dual-mode 4G/3G plan is available for just $70 per month with a two-year service agreement.

Ericsson to supply Convergent Charging Libya's Al-Madar

Al-Madar Al-Jadid, Libya's leading mobile operator, has selected Ericsson to supply a convergent charging and billing solution that will enable it to offer flexible tariffs, bonuses and rewards. Ericsson will also supply related systems integration services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vietnam's Vinaphone Selects NSN for Mobile Upgrade

Vinaphone, one of Vietnam's leading mobile players with 5 million subscribers, selected Nokia Siemens Networks for an upgrade of its core network. Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its packet core solution and will also modernize Vinaphone's existing 2G Radio Access Network for a 3G rollout. It will also implement its NetAct, which has been expanded to manage new network elements, to provide a centralized view of network resources and services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Polaris Wireless Benchmarks its Wireless Location Technology

Polaris Wireless announced new performance benchmarks for its software-based Location Signatures (Polaris WLS) Hybrid technology in terms of accuracy, time to fix and battery consumption for indoor and dense urban environments. Polaris Wireless also announced that its solution is 4G LTE ready, in addition to offering support for existing cellular air interfaces (GSM, cdma2000, UMTS).

The performance benchmarks were established for through field trials conducted by major wireless carriers globally. Specifically, North American carriers have recently conducted 3G location system trials, testing indoor and outdoor wireless location performance over an urban trial area of 10 square kilometers. Polaris out performed other solutions with a consistent accuracy of 47 to 59 meters versus 230 to 250 meters at 67th percentile. As further confirmation, a major wireless service provider in Asia recently tested 3G location performance, including accuracy, time to fix and battery consumption in urban and suburban settings. Results demonstrated Polaris Hybrid solution performance of 50 to 60 meters in 5 seconds time to fix compared with alternatives at 130 to 140 meters with 20 to 30 seconds time to fix. In addition, significant improvements in battery consumption were demonstrated to support pervasive location applications requiring frequent fixes, such as zone-based mobile marketing services.

Polaris said these trials demonstrated that its Hybrid solution performs better than A-GPS alone in both indoor and complex environments, such as dense urban areas with high rise buildings and many signal obstructions.

"The ability to locate wireless handsets and devices in indoor environments is particularly important since that is where most users originate voice and data calls," said Professor Per K. Enge, a leading researcher at Stanford University's GPS Laboratory. "Location performance in places like high rise office buildings and indoor shopping malls is critical to meeting consumer and enterprise demand as well as emergency call requirements. Further, with the established trend of mobile wireless replacing landline services, the importance of accurate, timely and efficient location indoors will continue to rapidly grow."

"The advantage of the Polaris Wireless solution is that it works well in non line-of-sight, cluttered environments -- with indoors being a particularly challenging environment for cellular location systems," said Dr. Marty Feuerstein, CTO of Polaris Wireless. "WLS capitalizes on complex obstructions and shadowing to improve location performance. In addition, the Polaris Wireless Hybrid location solution for 4G LTE networks enables truly global and ubiquitous location-aware applications that offer consumers far more than today's turn-by-turn navigation."

Tyco Telecommunications Upgrades its Cable Landing Gear

Tyco Telecommunications has upgraded its undersea cable landing gear with the deployment of a new, top-of-the-line shore-end plow. The plow, which enables continuity of burial from beach to deep water, provides enhanced efficiency and shallow water burial capability without the need for manual diver jet burial.

The upgrade consists of:

  • Cable Burial Plows: Beyond the recently deployed shore-end plow, three additional top-of-the-line deep sea cable plows have been added to Tyco Telecommunications' existing inventory of cable installation and repair tools. Designed and proven for operation in a variety of seabed environments ranging from sand to firm clays, the new plows are capable under suitable conditions of trenching and burying submarine cable to a depth of 3.0 meters in down to 2,000 meters of water depth.

  • ROV Tracking Systems: The Tyco Telecommunications ROV fleet has been upgraded with the latest technology for tracking and locating subsea telecommunications cables. This new system, along with the recent addition of state-of-the-art profiling systems, provides unsurpassed survey and inspection capabilities.

  • Control Systems: Tyco Telecommunications now maintains the latest computer control and monitoring systems on its ships, which fully integrate engine room, bridge and cable laying operations, providing the highest degree of installation accuracy and reliability. Using multiple inputs, including motion-reference units, differential global positioning data, and underwater acoustic reference systems, these systems provide unparalleled maneuverability and increase operational efficiency.

  • Satellite Communications: Tyco Telecommunications has implemented a fleet-wide enhancement of its shipboard satellite communications systems and now has real time internet, high-speed data transmission and VoIP telephone communication for vessel, project and customer use. This significant upgrade benefits operational management and improves the quality of life at sea by providing a shipboard communications capability equal to an office environment.

"The new shore-end plow was an essential tool in our recent operation and resulted in a seamless and efficient cable landing, demonstrating its value to our installation team and customers," said James Herron, managing director at Tyco Telecommunications. "It is our top priority to provide our customers with not only the highest-quality products and services, but also the ability to customize solutions to meet their unique needs; our new shore-end plow undoubtedly provides our customers with the ultimate flexibility for varied cable landing environments."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Telstra Announces New Corporate Structure

Telstra announced a new corporate structure aimed at helping the company to grow in key markets, invest in innovation, and provide better customer service.

The key changes include:

  • The creation of two new product units, headed by Justin Milne and Philip Jones, to enable Telstra to compete effectively in fixed and mobile markets.

  • The creation of a new International unit, headed by Tarek Robbiati, that will take geographic and operational responsibility for CSL, Reach, Telstra's businesses in China, international sales and business development.

  • The consolidation of network, technology and IT functions and the appointment of Michael Rocca as acting Chief Operations Officer to further drive Telstra's network and technology excellence.

  • The appointment of Robert Nason to lead a new Customer Satisfaction, Simplification & Productivity unit responsible for improving customer service.

  • The creation of an Operating Committee, comprising the heads of customer-facing and product units, to meet weekly and focus on business performance.

The changes mean the company will have four main functional groups - customer-facing units, product-based business units, a newly consolidated operations unit, and corporate support units - as well as the new International division, Sensis, and Telstra Wholesale.

Dell'Oro: Edge Router Market Stable in Q3

The worldwide service provider edge router market grew 2 percent to $1.2 billion in the third quarter this year, according to the latest "Routers Quarterly Report" from the Dell'Oro Group . This marked the second consecutive quarter of growth for the worldwide market for edge routers, indicating that demand has stabilized following a strong contraction in the first quarter of the year. The leading edge router manufacturers Cisco Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, and Juniper Networks all recorded growth at or above the market average.

"Service providers are willing to invest in their edge networks because they can get a return on the investment over a relatively short time horizon," said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "The stability we saw during the third quarter gives us more confidence that the worst is behind us and that next quarter and 2010 will produce solid market growth," added Umeda.

AMCC Becomes AppliedMicro with Focus on Telco, Data Center and Enterprise

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) has changed its name to AppliedMicro to reflect the company's drive for breakthrough energy efficiency and cost optimized semiconductor devices that will propel the company into new growth markets.

In keeping with the 30-year AMCC heritage, the company said it will remain dedicated to its customers in the telco, datacenter and enterprise markets, while increasing market share by striving to reduce the power consumption of its products by as much as 50 percent.

AppliedMicro vowed to leverage its substantial intellectual property, patent portfolio and engineering resources to pursue aggressive migration to advanced manufacturing processes and design techniques for its semiconductor devices that lead the market in optical transport, network switches and, routers, data center and enterprise systems. The company plans to migrate to 40-nanometer and 28-nanometer manufacturing processes to help achieve the energy efficiency gains.
Applied Micro believes its will set new standards for low-power ultra-high performance processors, framers, mappers, physical layer and optical data center devices that will drive a new era of energy efficient infrastructure.

In addition, new design centers in India and Vietnam will assist the company in bringing advanced hardware and software solutions to market as most of the company's engineering resources remain at its Sunnyvale, California headquarters.

"While higher performance continues to be an industry driver, energy efficiency will play a more prominent role in the design considerations and purchasing decisions for our customers in the data center and telecommunications industries," said Dr. Paramesh Gopi, President and Chief Executive Officer of AppliedMicro. "We are driving fundamental technology innovation that will radically lower the energy consumption of enterprise, datacenter and small business systems while simultaneously providing significant cost savings. Our computing and communications silicon solutions will have pioneering performance and the lowest power footprint in their class."
  • In January 2009, Dr. Paramesh Gopi was named President and CEO of AppliedMicro in January. Previously, he served as VP and GM of Marvell's
    Embedded and Emerging Business Unit.

NSN Targets the Energy Sector

Nokia Siemens Networks will pursue a partnership strategy to address opportunities in the energy sector. Areas of interest include the transformation of power grids into intelligent smart grids, and managing user demand and consumption via smart metering.

Nokia Siemens Networks aims to apply its existing charging, mediation, service management and network management solutions, and to work with third parties, to exploit opportunities in the intelligent energy market. The company's business serving the energy sector will form part of its new Business Solutions organization from January 1, 2010.

The first announced partner is ServusNet, which is working with NSN to help wind power operators optimize power generation and delivery. ServusNet is using Nokia Siemens Networks Open Element Management System (EMS) Suite, a software platform for both utility and telecommunications network management across different technologies and vendors.

"When you look at what is required to manage power grids, or to make full use of unpredictable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, as well as bringing greater transparency and flexibility to billing, the synergies with the core of our existing telecoms business is obvious," said Juhani Hintikka, Head of Operations and Business Software, Nokia Siemens Networks. "While our research and development remains focused on communication service providers, we will look to exploit opportunities where we can create clear value for our customers by entering new growing markets with our current products and services."

Rogers Launches On Demand Online

Canada's Rogers Communications launched its On Demand Online, a web-based destination for aggregated primetime and specialty TV programming, movies, sports and web-only extras. The service is available online exclusively to Rogers customers from any Internet connection within Canada.

The initial BETA roll out will feature more than 1,000 hours of aggregated content from 17 broadcast and production partners and 30 channels. Those Rogers Cable customers with matching cable TV subscriptions will be able to access online a selection of their own specialty TV programming they subscribe to at home.

"Rogers On Demand Online is an extension of the existing cable television model which customers have come to enjoy and rely on at home that truly
revolutionizes the world of entertainment and provides the most convenient TV content access ever made available," said David Purdy, Vice President of
Video Product Management. "By expanding the TV experience to the Internet, Rogers customers can now take TV beyond the box with their favorite shows,
movies, TV classics and exclusive content - all in one place from virtually any place - wherever they have an Internet connection in Canada. And this is
just the beginning."

Charter Emerges from Chapter, Cutting $8 Billion in Debt

Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company said its financial restructuring significantly improves its capital structure by reducing debt by approximately 40 percent, or approximately $8 billion.

Charter said it is positioned to generate positive free cash flow through the reduction of more than $830 million in annual interest expense.

"This successful financial restructuring is a significant accomplishment and makes Charter a stronger company for the benefit of our customers, vendors, employees and the communities we serve," said Neil Smit, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have restructured our balance sheet without losing sight of serving our customers and maintaining our business relationships. Charter will remain focused on further enhancing the customer experience and is positioned to generate free cash flow. On behalf of the management team, I would like to thank the more than 16,000 Charter employees across the country for their hard work and dedication throughout this process."

BT Openreach Deploys ADVA's FSP 2000 for Optical Services

Openreach, BT's UK-based access network arm, is deploying the ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 2000 to support its nationwide Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) services, which provide very high-bandwidth connectivity between two end-user sites. Launched earlier this year, OSA services are particularly well-suited for WAN and Storage Area Network (SAN) applications where multiple client interfaces are involved. The services offer a range of client protocols and interfaces over 2.5- and 10 Gbps DWDM wavelengths.

ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 2000 is a WDM system that multiplexes, transports and protects high-speed data, storage, voice and video applications.

"Our customers have exacting demands, which means their service selection must be versatile and reliable enough to meet these demands at a competitive price and on a timescale that is realistic for the end customer," said Richard Thorpe, connectivity services general manager at Openreach. "We chose the ADVA FSP 2000 to support our OSA services because customers demand lower lead times and the flexibility to offer multi-speed, multi-protocol services that are supported by the latest DWDM technology. "