Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NTT Com to Offer Dual-stack Global IP-VPN Service Worldwide

NTT Com is rolling out a worldwide commercial IPv6-compatible IP-VPN service based on MPLS. The service will provide dual-stack connectivity for NTT Com's Arcstar Global IP-VPN via synchronous transfer mode (STM), Ethernet or cross-connect access lines. The service is now available in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Launches in other markets will follow.

NTT Com said that by allowing both protocols to be used on the same network, its VPN service enables enterprises to retain existing IPv4 architecture while gradually transitioning to IPv6 in a relatively smooth, low-cost manner. Most Arcstar Global IP-VPN optional services will be available, including quality of service, load sharing and traffic reporting. Service-level agreements will assure reliable, high-quality IP-VPN performance.

"Deploying an IPv6-compatible system can require time, so now is the time for enterprises to begin preparing for the transition, starting by consider just how badly the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses could impact the company's overall ICT system," said Dr. Shin Miyakawa, Director of IP Core Technology, Innovative IP Architecture Center. "The new dual-stack service will enable companies to smoothly transition from IPv4 to IPv6 via a fully managed, high-quality global network, backed by the unmatched know-how and experience of NTT Com, operator of the world's first commercial global IPv6 backbone since 2001."

The company launched a Japan-only dual-stack Arcstar IP-VPN service in March 2009.

Level 3 Tightens Latency SLAs from NYC-Chicago for Financial Apps

Level 3 Communications has begun offering two new ultra-low-latency options backed by service level guarantees on its fiber network between New York and Chicago. Circuits are available at speeds up to 10 Gbps for the low-latency services. The primary targets are financial institutions.

Verizon Wins $100 Million Agreement with Mitsui

Verizon Business announced an agreement valued at $100 million to help Mitsui build a new, fully managed global communications and IT platform. Specifically, Verizon Business will deploy and manage an integrated global IT, communications, data center and networking solution, supported by comprehensive managed services, security and IT consulting offerings.

Mitsui had previously worked with regional carriers around the globe, leading to duplicate platforms, processes and costs.

Verizon Business will provide a scalable, high-capacity global managed Private IP network for the company's voice and data communications that will serve as the foundation for new collaboration services such as audio, net and video conferencing. Verizon Business will manage Mitsui's key business applications in both Mitsui's own data centers and Verizon Business's fully redundant, secure data centers, and will also manage the company's IP PBX services, helping Mitsui transition its telephony services to a secure and resilient voice-over-IP platform. This will be realized in conjunction with Mitsui's existing information technology partners -- Fujitsu, Hitachi, MKI and NEC. Additionally, Verizon Business will provide managed e-mail, managed network security services and comprehensive desktop support.

Cable & Wireless Deploys NSN in the Channel Islands

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has upgraded and expanded its 3G network in the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey with Nokia Siemens Networks. Nokia Siemens Networks is deploying its Single Radio Access Network (Single RAN) platform, which serves a variety of wireless access technologies by using the same Flexi Multiradio base station. Single RAN removes the need to deploy separate equipment for 2G, 3G and LTE networks, providing operators with a cost-efficient and future-proof approach to building their radio networks.

360networks Enhances Wholesale VoIP Service

360networks, a facilities-based full service wholesaler operator, has enhanced its VoIP Origination service to include support for short message service/multimedia message service (SMS/MMS) and a new metered inbound pricing model. The new SMS/MMS feature utilizes the same carrier grade SMS platform as wireless-to-wireless SMS, providing accurate routing of messages using real-time updates from the industry Local Number Portability database. 360networks delivers real-time processing of messages and message tracking via online reporting tools.

"As communications converge, we continue to see requirements from our customers to support applications such as SMS and MMS," said Rick Coma, senior vice president of 360networks. "As a wholesaler of next-generation communication services we will continue to work closely with our customers and deliver on their requirements."http://www.360networks.com

Dell and Telefónica Enter Alliance

Dell and Telefónica announced a strategic alliance to develop future products and services designed around enhanced data-first experiences, enabling customers to interact with family, friends and businesses whenever and wherever they choose. The alliance with Telefónica is part of Dell's continued focus on developing smart mobile products
and services through value-added relationships.

"The demand for pervasive, instant-on, web-connected devices is everywhere," said Ron Garriques,
president, Dell Communication Solutions Group. "We are excited to align with Telefónica and
leverage our combined strengths to create products and services that provide a simple and seamless
experience for our customers."

"The new digital ecosystem, under construction, creates huge opportunities and advantages for all
industries that transform and adapt to the digital world, and not only in terms of productivity, but
also in terms of new lines of initiative, new applications and new business opportunities,"
said Vivek Dev, Director of Innovation at Telefónica. "And we are very excited to work with Dell to
develop these solutions."http://www.telefonica.com

Verizon's Content Delivery Carries Half Terabyte per Second

Verizon's content delivery service is now carrying up to half a terabyte of data per second over its IP backbone.

The company said much of the increased traffic attracted over the past year has been via its Partner Port Program, which provides faster connections and delivery of content when compared with traditional peering-based delivery systems.

The program, launched just over a year ago and offered in the U.S., is a concentrated effort to draw content onto the Verizon network via direct connections with content owners' servers at content delivery access points located around the country. The direct links allow content owners and aggregators to bypass the traditional "peering" delivery system that involves multiple connections, or "hops," over several networks and causes latency and quality issues for data delivery to end users.

The direct link between content servers and the Verizon global IP network means that Internet content directed to the homes of Verizon's and other ISPs' customers is quickly delivered, improving the performance quality of the delivery network and the customer experience.

"We have active plans to scale this infrastructure with a 100 gigabit Ethernet backbone in the very near future. We also are expanding these capabilities to the Verizon IP networks in Europe and Asia to provide a truly global offering for content delivery via the highly interconnected Verizon global IP network, and expect to make an announcement about an international opportunity soon," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning for Verizon.

Dilithium Launches iPad Live and On-Demand Video Streaming

Dilithium has added live streaming video and Video-On-Demand (VOD) streaming for the iPad utilizing the Dilithium Content Adapter (DCA). This includes Adobe Flash video delivered through the standard iPad Safari browser.

The company said its DCA is unique in its ability to deliver live video and VOD to all iPads and iPhones (OS2 and OS3), using their built-in Safari browser. It supports all popular video formats, and performs on-the-fly and on-demand media formatting and codec adaptation. iPad users do not need to install any special applications to stream video to their device, which may be connected over wireless networks.

"The iPad has a larger screen which requires special adaptation and bitrate configurations to meet customer's viewing expectations in varying wireless network conditions," said Marwan Jabri, Founder and CTO of Dilithium Networks. "As with the iPhone, the iPad does not support Adobe Flash video."http://www.dilithiumnetworks.com

Verizon Tests Motorola's Energy-Efficient sTB -- 30% Power Savings

Verizon is testing new set-top boxes from Motorola that are up to 30 percent more energy efficient than current models, with one new model offering double the amount of storage capacity for digital video recordings.

Verizon will begin trialing the two new models, the Motorola QIP7232 and Motorola QIP7100, in select FiOS TV markets later this year. The QIP7232, the DVR model, boasts a faster processor and more memory.

"The new green Motorola set-tops are an outgrowth of Verizon's efforts to create our own industry-leading energy-efficiency standards and to grow our business responsibly," said James Gowen, chief sustainability officer for Verizon. "These set-tops will provide a better viewing and multimedia experience for our customers, while helping them lower their energy consumption and utility bills."http://www.verizon.com

Verizon to Build New Advanced Tech Center in Waltham, Mass

Verizon is ready to start construction of a new Technology Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass. The company (and its predecessors) have operated research labs in the area since the 1940s.

The new Verizon Technology Innovation Center will focus on 4G LTE wireless networks. Upon completion, the three buildings on the Verizon Technology Campus at Waltham will house more than 300 employees. In addition to office and lab space, it will feature an Executive Briefing Center where partners, consumer electronics companies, innovation collaborators, business executives and public officials can meet to discuss and collaborate on forward-
looking technologies.


Monday, April 12, 2010

WiMAX Forum Launches New Open Retail Initiative

The WiMAX Forum kicked off an Open Retail Initiative aimed at increasing the global availability of WiMAX devices, while reducing the technical and capital overhead by WiMAX network operators to test products on their network.

The new certification program seeks to drive the proliferation of WiMAX consumer devices, sold direct or through retail channels that can be activated with ease by the consumer over the air (OTA) on the network of any participating operator. To fully support this new program, the WiMAX Forum will have its designated certification laboratories ready to test and certify mobile Open Retail devices for interoperability in May 2010.

As part of the new certification program, The WiMAX Forum announced a significant number of new capability requirements and tests -- including radiated performance testing (RPT) thresholds and operator interoperability testing (IOT). The program could reduce a mobile operator's interoperability testing overhead. In addition, these tests will ensure equipment interoperability at the level operators require. In order to address and scale to market demands, the WiMAX Forum has the following independent lab resources available to certify equipment and devices in an end-to-end IOT environment: AT4 Wireless (U.S. and Spain labs), Bureau Veritas ADT (Taiwan), Telecom Technology Center (Taiwan), China Academy of Telecommunication Research (China), and the Telecommunications Technology Association (Korea). Later this fall, the WiMAX Forum will add another test facility in Malaysia.

"The introduction of the Open Retail Initiative is a pivotal step for the WiMAX ecosystem to remain on the current accelerated path for mass adoption through a certification and IOT program that provides significant benefits to operators and vendors," said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum.

CENX and Interxion Partner on Carrier Ethernet Exchange

Interxion and CENX will jointly launch a pan-European Carrier Neutral Ethernet Exchange service.

The CENX-Interxion service will be available in Interxion's London data centre in June 2010 with expansions being planned for other locations including, amongst others, Amsterdam and Paris.

CENX noted that its Carrier Ethernet marketplace provides access to over 5 million Ethernet end user locations served by more than ten service providers, including Verizon and Level 3.

Interxion operates data centres in 11 European countries, providing direct connectivity to all the major Carrier Ethernet service providers.

"Our partnership with European market leader Interxion, with over 350 interconnected carriers throughout Europe, allows CENX to create the only European solution bringing both the ease of colocated physical connectivity together with the efficiency of CENX's Carrier Ethernet Exchange solution," said Nan Chen, CEO and co-founder of CENX.

AT&T to Offer Video Publishing from iStreamPlanet

Enhancements to AT&T's Digital Media Solutions announced this week include the ability to dynamically adapt video delivery for a better viewing on various devices. AT&T Digital Media Solutions supports Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server 3.5, allowing customers to take advantage of adaptive bit rate streaming technology, which dynamically adjusts video delivery for an optimized viewing experience for the end user.

In addition, AT&T announced an agreement with iStreamPlanet to expand the range services supporting video creation and publishing. Specifically, AT&T will offer iStreamPlanet's Director, Presenter and Managed Live Broadcasting and Professional Services including content acquisition, encoding into all media formats, inclusive of the latest adaptive streaming formats, design and development of rich media experiences, and project management.


AT&T to Deploy HD-SDI Switching to Distribute Contribution Video

AT&T confirmed plans to deploy a standards-based High Definition-SDI video transport and switching network capability for the professional broadcast marketplace.

The new capability combines AT&T's SONET optical network with next-generation video transport technology based on JPEG2000 compression standards. It will support HD-SDI at rates between 75Mb and 400Mb along with SD-SDI at 24Mb to 150Mb.

Following a successful pilot program in January, AT&T expects to start delivering the feature utilizing JPEG2000 compression capabilities beginning 3Q 2010 in major metropolitan areas across North America.

"This enhancement to our AT&T Global Video Services portfolio will enable broadcast customers to take advantage of a cost-effective, high availability, high quality compression process for migrating to next generation video services such as 3D and higher-quality HD," said Sanford Brown, vice president, AT&T Connectivity and Metro Network Services. "AT&T has the ability to reach many media outlets on a global scale with a high level of network redundancy and resiliency -- and now with JPEG2000 compression technology planned -- for an unparalleled viewing experience."http://www.att.com

4Home Raises $7 Million for Connected Home Software

4Home, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $6.8 million in Series-B financing for its connected home software.

The company is known primarily for its work in pioneering connected home services, which include energy management, home control and monitoring, media management, and home health.

"4Home's revenue grew by 300% in the past year and we more than doubled our workforce in the same period. As a result of this growth we'll be relocating our offices to a larger Sunnyvale complex in May," said Leon Hounshell, President and CEO of 4Home. "We couldn't be more excited about the momentum 4Home is building and are expecting strong growth in 2010."

4Home recently announced strategic partnerships with Sensus Metering Systems, the nation's largest AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) vendor, Marvell Semiconductor, and Sigma Designs, among others.

3Crowd Raises $6 million for Cloud Mgt Tools

3Crowd Technologies, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, raised $6.62 million in Series A financing for its crowd-sourcing method of leveraging multiple content delivery networks (CDNs).

3Crowd has developed a series of management tools that give enterprises greater controls over content delivery and other cloud services, enabling them to use multiple services at once and thereby command new pricing and performance dynamics. 3Crowd's flagship product, CrowdDirector, effectively unifies any services that are based on web protocols, so they can be monitored, managed and deployed as a single service.

CrowdMonitor lets content providers actively monitor and react to cloud service performance and reliability data. Passive monitors are placed throughout a network and at the end user's location. CrowdMonitor collects continuous streams of logs and analyzes information related to traffic path, speed, downtime, whether or not content is cached, latency times, etc. CrowdDirector effectively acts as a virtual load balancer on a network, enabling enterprises and content owners to manage their services across multiple CDNs, cloud services, and web servers, using a set of simple and articulate rules. These rules, which include feedback from the ‘crowd' or the performance from the actual content delivery, are built from a multitude of parameters such as time, location, networks (ASNs), content types, CDN performance, traffic capacities, pricing and more.

The investment came from Canaan Partners and Storm Ventures.

Continuous Computing Optimizes for LTE EPC and Femtocell Gateway Efficiency

Continuous Computing announced that its Trillium Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) FastPath software has achieved a 10X performance improvement over generic user-space SCTP implementations. Trillium SCTP FastPath leverages the 6WINDGate packet processing software suite from 6WIND and its optimized performance is delivered via the FlexPacket ATCA-PP50 Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) blade from Continuous Computing featuring dual NetLogic Microsystems XLR732 multi-core processors.

Trillium said the choice of SCTP as the IP transport layer for mobile data networks has placed a huge strain on SCTP processing that was not envisioned when the SCTP protocol was defined. Massive growth in smart phone usage is consuming signaling resources and impacting throughput in the signaling plane, while rapid gains in the number of connected devices and base stations limits scalability because each reliable connection requires significant signaling capacity. This strain will be felt in the femtocell market where hundreds of thousands of connected femtocells will be managed by a single Femtocell Gateway (FGW), as well as in the LTE market where the Mobility Management Entity (MME) in the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) will face similar challenges from the multitude of small cell deployments.

Trillium SCTP FastPath software moves SCTP into the native execution environment on the PP50 to yield unprecedented scalability; achieves a 10X improvement over generic user-space implementations of SCTP. This supports over 1 million packets per second and over 60,000 associations of SCTP traffic on just three of the 16 available processing cores of the PP50 blade.

Halstad Selects Calix in Broadband Stimulus Build

Halstad Telephone Company (HTC) selected the Calix Unified Access portfolio to bring 100 Mbps services to thousands of homes and businesses in communities it serves across Minnesota and North Dakota. Halstad will leverage $11.7 million in Broadband Stimulus funds to implement and deploy its network. Plans call for IPTV services, residential and business data services, fiber-fed mobile backhaul services, and VOIP to previously underserved and unserved communities. Calix will supply its E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) for both AE and GPON, optical network terminals (ONTs) terminating both AE and GPON for residential, MDUs and business access, and E5-120 Ethernet Service Platforms for providing VDSL2 and SIP voice services. http://www.calix.com

Voltaire Adds Virtualized Data Center Mgt to GigE Fabrics

Voltaire introduced new Unified Fabric Manager (UFM) software that orchestrates physical and virtual switches over high-performance Ethernet switching fabrics, thereby delivering guaranteed levels of service per application. By using an application-centric, real-time approach, UFM enables data center operators to monitor and manage the entire fabric, maximize fabric resource utilization and enforce security and isolation policies. The software can identify network congestions and take corrective action before any potential performance degradation occurs ensuring the guaranteed levels of service.

"Voltaire's unique approach to data center networking includes intelligent management and application acceleration software offerings that work in combination with the switched infrastructure to enable extremely high-performance, dynamic data centers," said Asaf Somekh, vice president of marketing, Voltaire. "The new software we're introducing today is optimized for Voltaire's Vantage 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches and also enhances the performance of many third-party 10GbE switching platforms."

Voltaire also introduced Voltaire Messaging Accelerator (VMA) software for Ethernet fabrics. VMA software provides seamless Ethernet IP multicast connectivity, with transport latency (RTT/2) as low as 3.5 microseconds and application-to-application latency as low as 7 microseconds.

Voltaire said its VMA boosts performance of high frequency trading applications, including NYSE Technologies' Data Fabric, 29West LBM, RTI DDS and others developed in-house, cutting latency by as much as 80% and increasing application throughput per server, as compared to applications running on traditional Ethernet interconnect networks. VMA software runs on Voltaire Vantage switches and other industry-standard 10 GbE Ethernet networks and requires no changes to the application.

Crossbeam Systems Signs European Partners

Crossbeam Systems has signed a number of European partners for its next-generation security platforms. These include Corpus Solutions in the Czech Republic, Integralis in the United Kingdom, Pan Dacom in Germany and Unitronics in Spain.