Monday, March 8, 2010

IP Infusion Adds Tunneling for Coexisting IPv4 and IPv6 Networks

IP Infusion has expanded its portfolio of IPv6 software with new tunneling technologies that enable the coexistence of IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

The IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling solution, which is being released as ZebOS Rapid Deployment, forwards IPv6 traffic though IPv4 networks and is based on 6rd (IPv6 rapid deployment) specifications which are published as a Request for Comments (RFC) by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The proposed IETF 6rd solution utilizes stateless IPv6 in IPv4 encapsulation in order to transit IPv4-only network infrastructure, and can achieve high scalability by leveraging stateless tunneling technology. IP Infusion's ZebOS Rapid Deployment also provides an accounting function which manages user traffic for enabling Internet services, and a filtering function which differentiates users--both important functions in order for carriers to deploy a new IPv6 service by using 6rd.

BBIX Inc. currently provides an Internet exchange service in Japan and plans to launch an IPv6 roaming service for other Internet service providers based on IP Infusion's ZebOS Rapid Deployment.

Google Apps Marketplace Opens for Cloud Services

A new Google Apps Marketplace officially opened for business. The site allows Google Apps customers to discover, deploy and manage cloud applications that integrate with Google Apps.

Google currently has over 2 million companies using its Google Apps service. The new Marketplace initially has about 50 companies are selling applications across a range of businesses. These include:

Intuit Online Payroll: allows small business owners a new way to efficiently run payroll, pay taxes and let employees check paystubs all within one integrated online office environment.

Manymoon: a free work and project management application that helps teams to organize and share information including tasks, projects, documents, status updates and links with co-workers, customers and partners.

Professional Services Connect (PS Connect): a new cloud-based offering coming soon from Appirio that pulls contextually relevant information on people, projects, customers and transactions from a user's domain and surfaces it directly inside a Gmail message so services professionals can make more informed, real-time decisions.

JIRA Studio: a hosted software development suite from Atlassian that enables software developers to flow naturally between Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and other design and development tools in order to better track and manage project issues and workflow. : a free online business suite for streamlining CRM, Sales, Projects, Purchasing, Inventory, Accounting. Fully integrated with Google Apps, Gmail and Calendar.

SiBEAM Raises $36.5 Million for 60 GHz Chips for WirelessHD

SiBEAM, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $36.5 million in Series D funding for its 60 GHz CMOS chipsets for WirelessHD applications. The company's second generation 60 GHz wireless high definition chipsets are targeting the mainstream consumer electronics marketplace, as well as fund future projects for personal computing and mobile devices.

The second generation of SiBEAM's WirelessHD chipsets, which were brought into mass production earlier this year, support advanced features including 3D, HDCP and DTCP content protection that can be designed into A/V receivers, home theater-in-a-box systems, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, media center PCs, and consumer laptops.

The new funding was led by Foundation Capital. All of SiBEAM's original investors contributed to this round including U.S. Ventures Partners (USVP) and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), joined by new partners in SiBEAM's success, Lux Capital and Hatteras Funds. Best Buy Inc, and Cisco have also contributed strategic equity investments to support SiBEAM's growth.

Dell'Oro: Mobile Infrastructure Market Continues Decline

Mobile infrastructure market revenues declined 13 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 to $10 billion, according to a recently published report by Dell'Oro Group. The report indicates the market contraction was a result of steep declines in the GSM market, which more than offset a nearly 50 percent growth of the WCDMA market.

Although the WCDMA and WiMAX markets are forecast to realize double-digit growth during 2010 and initial LTE revenue is expected in the second half of this year, the steep declines in the GSM and CDMA markets will result in 2010 total market revenue being flat with 2009.

"Although 3G spending by China Mobile and China Unicom, which drove the market in the first half of the year, came to a halt in the second half of last year, the massive growth in data traffic resulted in operators worldwide heavily investing in their 3G networks," commented Scott Siegler, Senior Analyst of Mobile Infrastructure research at Dell'Oro Group. "To keep pace with the strong demand, mobile data traffic is putting on their networks, operators are investing in both the expansion of their network footprints with new Node B deployments, as well as adding additional capacity to their existing footprint. We expect that growth in mobile data traffic will double in 2010 and forecast operators to deploy over 40 percent more Node B's this year," continued Siegler.

AT&T's 100GigE Field Trial Tests Cisco CSR-3

AT&T has completed a live network environment field trial of 100 Gbps backbone network technology using the newly-announced Cisco CRS-3 core router, Opnext's 100 Gigabit CFP client side modules, and Ixia's "K2" 100 Gigabit traffic generator and analyzer.

AT&T said its trial demonstrated a single-carrier 100-Gigabit transmission with real-time coherent processing on a 900-kilometer deployed ultra long-haul transport link between Louisiana and Florida using Opnext optical equipment.

Highlights of the trial include:

  • Successful single-carrier 100-Gigabit transmission with real-time coherent processing.

  • Demonstration of 100-Gigabit Ethernet single-flow router capacity.

  • Field demonstration of 100-Gigabit technology with a standards-compliant 100GBASE-LR4 single-mode MSA interface.

  • Field demonstration of a 100-Gigabit traffic generator.

"This successful field trial is a key milestone in our ongoing effort to deliver the industry's most advanced and capable IP backbone network," said John Donovan, AT&T's Chief Technology Officer. "The AT&T IP backbone network today carries nearly 19 petabytes of traffic on an average business day, supporting our wireless, wired and enterprise customers' ever-growing demand for wireless and wired broadband applications. Research and development milestones like our 100-Gigabit trials help to ensure that the AT&T network is always ready to meet our customers' needs."
  • In October 2008, AT&T completed the transition of IP traffic to its next-generation, consolidated IP/MPLS backbone network. At the time, AT&T described its new full-mesh optical platform as the world's largest deployment to date of 40 Gbps transport. The company's entire U.S. ultra-long haul network -- more than 80,000 fiber-optic wavelength miles -- was transitioned to 40 Gbps technology, also known as OC-768. AT&T began turning up 40-gigabit service in volume in its network in the second half of 2006 after completing multiple field trials.

Global Crossing to Upgrade Undersea Cables

Global Crossing is significantly expanding capacity on its Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC), South American Crossing (SAC) and Pan American Crossing (PAC) undersea fiber-optic cable. These overbuilds will enhance connectivity between Latin America, North America and Europe and will be rolled out over the next six months, with some segments ready for service as early as May 2010.

Savvis Expands Cloud Services to Singapore

Savvis is expanding its Symphony Open cloud infrastructure services through its Singapore data center later this month. Savvis Symphony Open will be the second cloud solution available from its Singapore data center, complementing the portfolio of managed and virtualized hosting and network services that Savvis currently offers to enterprises and the public sector in Singapore. The new cloud service helps enterprise customer tackle underutilization of servers while providing the ability to scale up capacity on demand.

Metaswitch to Acquire AppTrigger for its Service Broker

Metaswitch Networks agreed to acquire AppTrigger, which supplies Service Broker solutions for carriers, for an undisclosed sum. AppTrigger pioneered the Service Broker concept with its Ignite platform, which is today deployed in multiple tier one networks worldwide. Ignite can be rapidly deployed due to its unique support for a range of 17 pre-defined application interworking solutions from non-geographical number and local number portability (LNP) to wireless prepaid and network IVR.

AppTrigger's Service Broker will now be added to Metaswitch's VoIP/IMS infrastructure portfolio.

"Carriers are increasingly realizing that service brokers are key to their ability to safely and cost-effectively evolve their business models to IP," said Kevin DeNuccio, Metaswitch CEO. "AppTrigger has played an instrumental role in defining this market, delivering the most robust, feature rich solution, and demonstrating its ability to scale with deployments processing billions of calls per month. This technology not only expands the set of solutions we can deliver to our customers, but supports our global growth strategy particularly in the rapidly-evolving mobile application space."

Service Brokers, a network element that resides between the service layer and the converging network, are traditionally decoupled from the core switch and the service execution or service creation environment. Service Brokers efficiently manage service interaction and network orchestration with key features such as IM-SSF, SCIM, IN to IN Trigger Management, Protocol/Call Flow Management and Subscriber Data Management Interaction.

Bowen Advisors acted as financial advisors and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as legal advisors to AppTrigger. Metaswitch was advised by Shearman & Sterling LLP. Closure of the acquisition is subject to standard contractual conditions and expected by the end of the month.
http://www.apptrigger.comAppTrigger's Ignite Service Broker delivers this "Any to Any" interworking for existing services and future application connectivity. In addition, AppTrigger features an "Ignite" Universal XML Toolkit that allows operators to easily configure network connectivity for services.

The Ignite Service Broker Predefined Portfolio of Interworking Solutions:

  • Non-Geographical Number (NGN)

  • Universal Access Number (UAN)

  • Universal Personal Number (UPN)

  • Reverse Charging

  • Blacklist with PrePaid

  • 800 Service/Freephone

  • Local Number Portability (LNP)

  • Calling Name (CNAM)

  • Premium Rate

  • Virtual Private Network (VPN)

  • Televoting (Mass Calling)

  • Wireless Prepaid

  • Calling Card (credit based)

  • Color Ring Back Tone or Caller Ring Back Tone (CRBT)

  • Find Me/Follow Me

  • Privacy Service

  • Network IVR

Cisco CRS-3 Scales to 322 Tbps using QuatumFlow Processors

Cisco unveiled its next generation core router designed for handling the expected traffic growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services through this decade.

The Cisco CRS-3 triples the capacity of its predecessor, the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, with up to 322 Terabits per second (Tbps) -- which is 12X of the capacity of its nearest competitor, according to the company. The CRS-3, which represents a $1 billion investment by Cisco, leverages the company's in-house developed QuatumFlow Processors. Several models of the CRS-3 will be offered, with commercial shipments expected later this year. Cisco will continue to offer the CRS-1 core router series.

The Cisco CRS-3 continues to feature the mid-plane design used in the Cisco CRS-1 with a three-stage switch fabric based on a Benes architecture.

Cisco said it is building tight linkages between the Cisco CRS-3, Cisco Nexus family and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) to enable unified service delivery of cloud services. Several key innovations behind the CRS-3 platform:

  • Network Positioning System (NPS) -- provides Layers 3 to 7 application information for best path to content, improving consumer and business experiences while reducing costs.

  • Cloud virtual private network (VPN) for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) -- enables "pay-as-you-go" for compute, storage and network resources by automating Cisco CRS-3 and Cisco Nexus Inter-Data center connections for Cisco UCS.

  • Cisco QuantumFlow Array Processor -- which unifies six chips to enable new levels of service capabilities and processing power.

AT&T recently tested the Cisco CRS-3 in a successful completion of a field trial of 100-Gbps backbone network technology, which took place in AT&T's live network between New Orleans and Miami.

Dell'Oro: Mobility Infrastructure Market Remains Flat

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tilera Raises $25 Million for Multicore Processors

Tilera, a start-up based in San Jose, California, closed a $25 million series-C round of investment financing for its multicore silicon. The round was oversubscribed and included funds from three new strategic investors: Broadcom, Quanta Computer and NTT Financing Corp. This brings the total venture capital investment in Tilera to $64 million.

Tilera's processors are based on its "iMesh" architecture that scales to hundreds of RISC-based cores on a single chip. Tilera has two product families, the TILE and TILEPro, currently shipping to customers in networking, wireless infrastructure, communications and cloud computing markets. In October 2009 Tilera announced its TILE-Gx family, which includes the world's first 100-core processor. This line will begin sampling later this year.

Tilera also announced the appointment of Nariman Yousefi, Senior Vice President of Infrastructure Technologies at Broadcom, to the Tilera Board of Directors.
  • Tilera was founded in 2004 to bring to market the MIT research of Dr. Anant Agarwal who first created the mesh-based multicore architecture in 1996. The "Raw" project received multi-million dollar DARPA and National Science Foundation grants and spawned the development of the first tiled multicore processor prototype and associated multicore software in 2002.

  • In 2007, Tilera launched its first "TILE64" processor containing 64 full-featured, programmable cores, each capable of running Linux. The on-chip architecture is designed to scale to hundreds and even thousands of cores. Tilera claims 10X the performance and 30X the performance-per-watt of the Intel dual-core Xeon, and 40X the performance of the leading Texas Instruments DSP. At the time, the company said its initial target markets for the TILE64 processor included the embedded networking and digital multimedia markets. This could include switches and security appliances with the performance of up to 20 Gbps for L4-L7 services.

GlobeNet Upgrades Undersea Cable to Brazil

GlobeNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oi (formerly Brasil Telecom),
completed the upgrade of the 22,000 kilometer submarine cable system linking the United States with Latin America. In addition to the submarine sections, Alcatel-Lucent upgraded the landing points in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Brazil), Maiquet�a (Venezuela), St.David's (Bermuda), Boca Raton and Tuckerton, Fla. In Rio de Janeiro, the submarine network integrates with the terrestrial optical infrastructure of GlobeNet's parent company, Oi. Alcatel-Lucent also managed the installation, deployment and commissioning of the system.

This project, the second upgrade in approximately 18 months, enables GlobeNet to deliver more than 110 Gbps of capacity, enabling GlobeNet to expand its wholesale service offering to include broadband, carrier Ethernet, fixed and mobile IP-based and traditional voice services as well as applications such as hosting, video conferencing and international private line services.

Navajo Tribal Utility Plans LTE Trial

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) is planning an LTE trial using 700 MHz spectrum to bring broadband services to population centers throughout the 27,000 square miles of the Navajo nation.

NTUA is pursuing funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for a $46M grant that includes a 530 mile of fiber optic deployment and a 57-site LTE deployment.

NTUA has selected ZTE to supply LTE equipment and DragonWave to supply wireless backhaul systems.

To support NTUA's application, DragonWave is installing a commercial pilot network near Fort Defiance, Arizona, in which the Horizon Quantum is backhauling 700 MHZ LTE base stations.

KDDI Selects ADVA FSP 3000 Optical Platform

Japan's KDDI has deployed the ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) platform for delivery of its high-availability enterprise "Managed WDM Service". KDDI's "Managed WDM Service", which is being offered in the Kanto area in Japan, provides 1- and 10 Gbps Ethernet and 1- and 2 Gbps Fibre Channel interfaces. Several enterprises have already selected this service, and the services have been deployed and implemented.

Verizon Completes 100G Field Trial with Juniper, NEC, Finisar

Verizon completed a field trial of 100 Gbps optical transmission technology in partnership with Juniper Networks, NEC and Finisar.

The test, which occurred on February 25, transmitted data over a 1,520-kilometer optically amplified section of the Verizon network in the north Dallas area. The trial demonstrated end-to-end traffic flow, including live video traffic, through a 100G interface on the Juniper T1600 Core Router to the NEC SpectralWave DWDM system, which was equipped with 100G real-time coherent transponders. The connection between the router and the DWDM system was achieved through an IEEE standard-compliant 100GBASE-LR4 client interface, using 100G CFP optical transceiver modules from Finisar Corp.

Verizon said the multivendor demonstration validates the maturity of the standard supporting 100G transfer rates, which is scheduled to be ratified by the IEEE and ITU-T in June.

"With IP traffic on the Verizon network growing year over year, 100G is critical to continuing to satisfy customers' demands, which drive the capacity requirements of our core network," said Mark Wegleitner, senior vice president of technology at Verizon. "Verizon has already deployed 100G on a segment of our European network, and trials such as this allow us to refine relevant technologies and push 100G closer to widespread deployment."

Tokyo Stock Exchange's arrownet Deploys Juniper

The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) has deployed low-latency, ultra-reliable, high-capacity network powered by Juniper Networks' M Series Multiservice Edge Routers and Junos operating system. Project "arrownet" is TSE's next-generation securities trading system, paving its way to becoming a Universal Exchange for securities, options and derivatives trading. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TSE selected Juniper Networks M320 and M120 Multiservice Edge Routers to form the core and access layers of the new network. The arrownet MPLS network is designed for fast, high-volume data communications with latency of less than two milliseconds (measured value is less than one millisecond) from the access point to the data center. The network is configured as a ring using Juniper Networks M Series routers placed with dual redundancy, making arrownet infrastructure highly fault tolerant. The configuration also allows for fail-over from TSE's primary data center to its backup center without intervention on the part of the securities firms, reducing their burden.

IEEE Marks 30th Anniversary of 802 Standards Committee

The IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee (LMSC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary as an active standards development organization. The IEEE 802 LMSC was created in March of 1980 to bring together forward thinking technology leaders to develop interoperable network standards for computers and office equipment. The IEEE 802 committee has continued to develop leading innovations for local and metropolitan area networks for copper, fiber optic media, and wireless technologies for local, regional, and personal network applications. The IEEE 802 is celebrating its 30 year history as an advanced technology driver for global wired and wireless computer communication networks, as well as looking forward to its continuing innovations.

"The work done by IEEE 802 represents one of those great evolutionary leaps that we rely upon without recognizing the truly significant and meaningful impact it has on our daily lives," said Patricia Thaler, Vice-Chair, IEEE 802. "For example, it is estimated that greater than 98% of all Internet traffic crosses one or more IEEE 802 networks during its transmission. Without IEEE 802 standards to build upon computer-to-computer connections, simple email, Internet access, World Wide Web, and mobile broadband would not have been possible to the extent we see today. IEEE 802 standards are undeniably an essential foundation of today's networked world."

Magor Debuts Single Screen, Single Camera 1080p Video Collaboration

Magor Communications, a start-up based in Ottawa, introduced a single screen, single camera high definition (HD) 1080p video conferencing and collaboration system that forms part its Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace family.

Magor's system offers advanced data collaboration capabilities in a peer-to-peer 1080p high definition video conferencing experience. Its technology leverages video scaling principles based on segmentation and adaptation to deliver 1080p over best-effort, peer-to-peer IP connections at bit rates as low as 2.2 Mbps. The codec-agnostic system can adapt the video encoding in real time to match changing network loads. Because it is peer-to-peer that is not a single point-of-failure, unlike MCU-based video conferencing architectures. Magor's segmentation process partitions the video into a set of regions or segments based on the characteristics of the video content. It then applies a separate codec to each segment with appropriate encoding for motion and detail. When bandwidth becomes constrained due to congestion, or expands as congestion dissipates, the video stream is dynamically scaled in real time to seamlessly optimize the key areas of the picture.

The new HDSolo incorporates the full functionality of Release 3 of Magor's HDWorkPlace family, including a unique MyView filmstrip capability. Users of HDSolo can customize their screen view, moving and sizing windows for various call participants and collaboration materials in real time. They can also -- without the distraction of PTZ cameras -- pan and zoom in on images as well as non-computer-based materials such as whiteboards, flip charts and physical objects, to best meet their individual preferences and work needs.

Mindspeed Debuts Optical Chipsets for Linking Base Stations to Radio Heads

Mindspeed Technologies announced a high-performance, low-power physical media device (PMD) chipset that includes all necessary components required for CPRI-based optical transceivers for connecting 3G/4G wireless base station servers to one or more remote radio heads (RRHs) over optical fiber.

Mindspeed said its new PMD chipsets support the latest CPRI V4.1 2009-02-18 specification and are optimized for 4.915 Gbps and 6.144 Gbps operation with lower power consumption compared to the traditional 10 Gbps PMD chipsets. They support data rates from 614.4 Mbps to 6144 Mbps over 20km Single-Mode-Fiber (SMF) and 500m Multi-Mode-Fiber (MMF). The receiver solution includes the M02020 transimpedance amplifier (TIA) combined with the M02049 limiting amplifier, optimized for 4.915 Gbps or the M02129 TIA, combined with the M02142 limiting amplifier for 6.144Gbps. The limiting amplifiers each feature selectable band-width for optimal receiver sensitivity across CPRI rates. On the transmit side, solutions include the M02061 laser driver for long-wave laser diodes and the M02069 driver for short-wave vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs).

Mindspeed has also collaborated with EMCORE'S Fiber Optics Division to develop a family of transmit and receive optical subassembly solutions based on Mindspeed's PMD devices. This family of products will allow base station servers to transmit over longer distances and at significantly higher data rates than can be supported with copper links.

Ciena to Sell $250 Million in Convertible Senior Notes Due 2015

Ciena intends to sell approximately $250 million in aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due 2015 in a private offering to qualified institutional buyers. Ciena intends to use approximately $243.8 million of the net proceeds of this offering to replace its existing contractual obligation to issue $239 million in 6% senior convertible notes due 2017 as part of the aggregate purchase price for its pending acquisition of the optical networking and carrier Ethernet assets of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) business.