Tuesday, May 18, 2010

IP Infusion Releases its ZebOS Network Platform 7.8

IP Infusion released its ZebOS Network Platform version 7.8 software, adding support for Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS), Data Center Bridging, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) resiliency for wireless backhaul and Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) implementations required for Carrier Ethernet deployments.

GMPLS support delivers seamless control plane and network management capabilities for next generation packet-based optical networks. This enables automated interface-independent provisioning, simplified network administration and IP/MPLS end-to-end networks. GMPLS. ZebOS 7.8 embraces GMPLS support features and subsequent releases of the ZebOS Network Platform will continue to enhance this support.

Data Center Bridging is a unifying Ethernet-based technology for switch fabrics in the data center. Converged single technology switch fabrics in the data center can optimize traffic for cloud computing while reducing costs, power and space requirements.

The new wireless access/backhaul capabilities of ZebOS 7.8 leverage MPLS reliability features, such as Virtual Circuit Connectivity Verification (VCCV), Bi-Directional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for MPLS LSPs, and BFD for VCCV. In addition to maintaining the features of ZebOS 7.7, ZebOS 7.8 also includes:

  • MEF specifications (MEF-2,9,11,16,13,17,19,20)

  • BGP Multipath Routing

  • Policy Based Routing

NSN to Resell Nakina's Network Integrity Solution

Nakina Systems, which specializes in carrier grade management and network integrity solutions, has signed a global partnership agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks. Specifically, the Nakina Network Integrity product suite has been added to the Identity and Access Management offering of Nokia Siemens Networks to provide additional functionality that includes secure access, single sign on and security configuration audits. Both companies will support with these joint solutions their worldwide carrier customers.

Opnext Cites Supply Constraints for 10G

Opnext reported revenue of $76.8 million for the quarter ended 31-March-2010, down 1% compared to $76.1 million for the preceding quarter. Gross margin was 18.8% compared to 15.9% for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. Non-GAAP gross margin was 20.9% for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, compared to 18.7% for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. Net loss was $18.3 million, or $(0.20) per fully diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, compared to a net loss of $18.6 million, or $(0.21) per fully diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. Non-GAAP net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 was $14.5 million, or $(0.16) per fully diluted share, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $12.7 million, or $(0.14) per fully diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

Revenue from sales of 10Gbps and below products decreased $6.2 million, or 11%, to $48.9 million, primarily as a result of lower sales of 300 Pin Tunable products and X2 modules. 40Gbps and above revenue increased $5.1 million, or 30%, to $21.8 million, driven by growth in 40Gbps modules and research and development contract revenues.

Cisco and Nokia Siemens Networks each represented 10% or more of total revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. Combined, these customers represented approximately 42% of total revenues for each of the quarters ended March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009.

"During the quarter we experienced improved demand for our products that translated into strong revenue growth in our 40G and above and industrial and commercial businesses," said Gilles Bouchard, the company's President and CEO. "Unfortunately, supply constraints contributed significantly to a decrease in our 10G and below revenue compared to the December quarter. Looking ahead to our first fiscal quarter ending in June 2010, we expect 10G and below revenue to rebound based on anticipated customer demand. While we expect sales of 40G and 100G modules to also show strong growth, we expect 40G subsystems sales to be weak, resulting in lower overall 40G and above revenue relative to the March quarter."http://www.opnext.com

Unified Communications Interoperability Forum Launches

A new Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) has been established by leading technology vendors with the goal of promoting standards-based, inter-vendor unified communications (UC) interoperability.

The UCIF will identify common customer scenarios and leverage existing industry standards to resolve the interoperability issues that have stalled broad adoption and deployment of higher-productivity communications.
Specifically, the UCIF will develop verifiable interoperability testing and certification of UC products to ease customer integration and increase adoption.

The UCIF will focus its initial interoperability efforts on managing the escalating diversity of video and telepresence solutions. Guided by customer feedback, the forum will place specific emphasis on signaling planes, video codecs and protocols, endpoint configurations, and firewall traversal technologies, thereby facilitating broader video adoption and communication across multiple organizations and between platforms.

Founding members include HP, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Logitech / LifeSize, and Polycom. Additional members include Acme Packet, Aspect, AudioCodes, Broadcom, BroadSoft, Brocade, ClearOne, Jabra, Plantronics, RADVISION, Siemens Enterprise Communications, and Teliris.

Icera Raises $45 Million for Mobile Broadband Chips

Icera, a start-up based in Bristol, England, raised US$45 million in new funding for its mobile broadband semiconductors.

Icera supplies chipsets for mobile broadband devices, such as USB modem sticks and embedded modules for notebooks, netbooks, tablets and other emerging devices. Its "Adaptive Wireless" modem technology supports 3G (HSPA+, HSPA) and 2G (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) cellular voice and data. Support for LTE scheduled in the near future. Adaptive Wireless executes the entire modem in software on an Icera high performance processor.

The new funding round was supported by all existing preferred shareholders, including Accel Ventures, Amadeus Capital Partners, Atlas Venture, Balderton Capital and DFJ Esprit.
  • Icera was founded in 2002. The company is headed by Stan Boland. Prior to founding Icera, he was VP and GM of the DSL business unit of Broadcom. He assumed this role following the sale to Broadcom of Element 14, a start-up DSL silicon company, which Broadcom acquired for $640M in late 2000. At Element 14, Stan was founder, President & CEO.

Symantec to Acquire VeriSign Security for $1.28 Billion

Symantec agreed to acquire VeriSign's identity and authentication business, which includes the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate Services, the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Services, the VeriSign Trust Services and the VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Authentication Service, for approximately $1.28 billion in cash.

Symantec's current portfolio and along with assets from VeriSign provide the depth and breadth of technologies to make identity-based security of information more universal and part of a comprehensive security solution. By combining VeriSign's SSL Certificate Services with Symantec Critical System Protection or Protection Suite for Servers, Symantec will help organizations ensure a higher level of security on their web servers as well as verify that security, providing users with the trust and confidence necessary to do business online.

VeriSign helps organizations validate the identity of users through its VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) user authentication service that complements the existing Identity Safe capabilities within the Norton products. The cloud-based VIP service helps organizations doing business online confirm the identities of their customers, employees and partners through user-owned digital certificates that reside on a card, token or other device such as a mobile phone, ensuring that they are giving only legitimate users access to their information. VeriSign has already issued more than two million VIP credentials to individuals and has a network of hundreds of merchants.

Symantec said the combination of these businesses with its security expertise enables it to deliver on its vision "of a world where people have simple and secure access to their information from anywhere."

"With the anonymity of the Internet and the evolving threat landscape, people and organizations are struggling to maintain confidence in the security of their interactions, information and identities online. At the same time, people's personal and professional lives have converged and they want to use their various digital devices to access information wherever they are without jeopardizing their privacy," said Enrique Salem, president and CEO, Symantec. "At the same time, IT is faced with the challenge of giving users the appropriate access, while ensuring that corporate data is not at risk. We believe the solution to this dilemma lies in the ubiquity of identity-based security."http://www.symantec.com

Europe's Digital Agenda Seeks Universal Broadband at 30+ Mbps

The European Commission outlined its Digital Agenda for the next decade, including seven goals aimed at promoting economic growth and spreading the benefits of the digital era to all sections of society. These seven goals are: (1) creating a digital Single Market, (2) greater interoperability, (3)boosting Internet trust and security, (4) much faster Internet access, (5) more investment in research and development, (6) enhancing digital literacy skills and inclusion, and (7) applying information and communications technologies to address challenges facing society like climate change and the ageing population.

Commissioners said the need for a single Digital Market is brought on by the observation that Europe is still a patchwork of national online markets, making it difficult for eCommerce to be conducted across borders. For instance, there are four times as many music downloads in the US as in the EU because of the lack of legal offers and fragmented markets. The plan would address this by simplifying copyright clearance, management and
licensing, and ensuring a single market for online payments.

To ensure cybersecurity, the Digital Agenda proposes to set up a European rapid response system to cyber-attacks, including a network of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs). It proposes a reinforced role for the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), along with tougher laws to combat cyber attacks against information systems. By 2013, the plan call for related rules on jurisdiction in cyberspace at European and international levels.

On high-speed access, the EU aims to bring basic broadband to all Europeans by 2013 and to
ensure that, by 2020, all Europeans have access to speeds 30 Mbps and above, with 50% or more of European households subscribing to Internet access above 100 Mbps. To reach this goal, two parallel paths are recommended: on the one hand, to guarantee universal broadband coverage (combining fixed and wireless) with
Internet speeds gradually increasing up to 30 Mbps and above. On the other hand, the goal is, over time, to foster the deployment and take-up of next generation access networks (NGA) at 100 Mbps and above.

The Digital Agenda plan also proposes a European Spectrum Policy Programme in 2010 for decision by the European Parliament and the Council that will create a co-ordinated and strategic spectrum policy at EU level in order increase the efficiency of radio spectrum management and maximise the benefits for consumers and industry

More detail of these and other initiatives in the plan are online.http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital-agenda/index_en.htmhttp://www.europa.eu

India Raises US$15 Billion in 3G Spectrum Auction

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar and Reliance Communications were major winners in the 3G spectrum auction that was just concluded by India's Ministry of Communications & Information Technology. After 183 rounds of bidding in 34 days, the auction raised approximately Rs 67,719 crore (US$15 billion) in commitments from the carriers. Pundits had predicted between Rs 30,000 crore to Rs 35,000 crore in auction proceeds for the spectrum, indicating fierce bidding as the number of mobile users across the country continues to soar.

The 3G auction offered 3 or 4 blocks of 2x5MHz in the 2.1GHz band in 22 service areas, or circles, across India. BSNL and MTNL received spectrum outside auction process, but at a market price to be determined by the auction. The bidding was conducted over a secure website.

Bharti and Reliance Communications each secured spectrum in 13 circles, including Delhi and Mumbai, where bidding was fierce. Vodafone secured 3G spectrum in 9 circles, providing a strategic footprint covering 66% of Vodafone Essar's current revenue base.

A new auction for broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum is expected to begin within days. This new BWA auction will offer 2 blocks of 20MHz in the 2.3GHz band across the same 22 service areas.

Google Releases Free WebM Video Codec as Alternative to H.264

Google released WebM, a high-quality video + audio codec, under a BSD-style, 100% royalty-free license. WebM is positioned as a new media format for the open web and as an alternative to H.264.

The WebM uses the VP8 video codec and is capable of adapting to the varying processing and bandwidth conditions of the Web. It also uses the Vorbis audio codec. The WebM file structure is based on the Matroska container. The developers said the relative simplicity of the codec will make it easy to integrate into video projects.

Aside from Google and its Chrome browser, other backers include Adobe, Mozilla (Firefox), Opera, ARM, Brightcove, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Skype, Sorenson, and Texas Instruments, amongst others.
  • The VP8 video compression technology was developed by On2 Technologies, which Google acquired in February 2010 for approximately $106.5 million. On2's video compression codecs are used in a range of desktop and mobile applications and devices. On2 customers include Adobe, Skype, Nokia, Infineon, Sun Microsystems, Mediatek, Sony, Brightcove, and Move Networks. The company is based in Clifton Park, New York.

Monday, May 17, 2010

BroadHop Releases its Policy Management for iPhone and Android

BroadHop released its SmartPhone Application Framework for the iPhone and Android OS. This allows mobile, policy-based applications to be bundled with a smartphone or downloaded by a subscriber from an app store. Once implemented, smartphones and service provider infrastructure can communicate, manage services, and initiate personalized, policy-based services in real time.

For example, a service provider could develop an interactive, loyalty-oriented program (with points-based benefits much like airline mileage programs) in which service providers could notify mobile subscribers within highly congested areas that their bandwidth would likely be constrained. Then, if desired, the provider could offer the subscriber the option to upgrade their network connection temporarily by using accumulated loyalty points, or even to downgrade voluntarily (freeing resources for other customers) to receive loyalty credits in exchange. BroadHop said this is just one example of the service and applications that service providers could create in order to work with their subscribers in managing network resources.

"Over the better part of the past decade, an era we refer to as Policy 1.0 , service providers have primarily used policy management as a tool for resource control and bandwidth management," said William Diotte, BroadHop's CEO. "With the introduction of the industry's first mobile applications for our Quantum Network Suite, BroadHop has ushered in the era of Policy 2.0, where policy management is used as an integral platform for service and application creation and, more importantly, as a means to provide a more compelling and positive subscriber experience."

In addition, BroadHop released a Policy Builder application module for application and/or service development in conjunction with its Quantum Network Suite. Policy Builder is a virtual workbench for authoring rules-based services through the creation of new service policy "blueprints" for new services and also extending existing installations that utilize different, and sometimes fragmented, policy enforcement points and subscriber databases. This allows service providers to deliver policy based services more rapidly by aggregating rules into reusable policy objects and templates. BroadHop integrates with existing back-office systems such as subscriber and service data sources and OSS/BSS platforms.

Aricent and NetLogic Microsystems Collaborate on LTE eNodeB

Aricent and NetLogic Microsystems announced a collaboration aimed at enabling LTE capabilities on NetLogic Microsystems' XLS family of MIPS64-based multi-core, multi-threaded processors. The companies are working to create a pre-optimized, fully integrated solution for advanced LTE eNodeB platforms.

Aricent offers equipment manufacturers pre-packaged software frameworks conforming to the latest 3GPP standards, along with a comprehensive set of product lifecycle services to develop feature-rich and differentiated products while gaining significant time-to-market advantage at lower R&D costs. These offerings include:

LTE User Equipment (UE) Software Suite -- Aricent's LTE UE Software Suite is a complete software package for device and semi-conductor vendors including fully optimized Layer 1, Layer 2 protocol software with support for 100 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink data rates. The implementation ensures optimal power consumption, processor utilization and easy integration on multiple hardware platforms.

eNodeB Protocol Stacks and Framework -- Aricent's existing eNodeB offering provides a turnkey solution for radio access, from pluggable stack software to a pre-integrated and optimized software frameworks for Radio Access equipment, that have been benchmarked on multiple industry leading hardware platforms. Aricent's eNodeB Framework (eNBF) serves as a robust software platform for infrastructure providers planning to develop a complete LTE Release 8+ compliant eNodeB of varying densities (macro/pico/femto).

IP Backhaul -- Aricent's IP Backhaul solution is based on its industry-proven ISS Metro platform which offers pre-integrated Layer 2 switching solutions and can be used to build LTE and IP backhaul devices such as IP RAN Aggregation devices, Internet Offload Gateways, and Metro Ethernet devices.

Evolved Packet Core Protocol Stacks and Framework -- Aricent offers EPC protocol stacks as well as frameworks for the System Architecture Evolution (SAE) Gateway and the Mobility Management Entity (MME) Gateway. These include support for charging, QoS, high availability, lawful interception, and bearer-related features.

NetLogic Microsystems' XLS family of multi-core, multi-threaded processors used in the reference design offers a rich set of features and functionality with unprecedented performance and power for embedded telecommunications, enterprise, data center, security and storage applications. These processors integrate up to four high-performance MIPS64 cores, each with four-way simultaneous multi-threading, for a total of 16 fine-grain processor threads to mitigate latency, improve computational efficiency and throughput for network data plane and control plane processing in security appliances, storage appliances, base stations, eNodeB, RNCs, gateways, switches, routers, ATCA and AMC service cards. The processors also offer packet management, packet distribution and network accelerator engine, an intelligent Fast Messaging Network to maximize on-chip communications bandwidth, a superior memory sub-system, high-speed interconnects, and a broad set of acceleration engines. The company said its multi-core processors can support billions of in-flight messages and packet descriptors between all on-chip elements.

Vodafone Reaches 341 million Mobiles, Sees Positive Trends

The Vodafone Group reported that its quarterly revenue increased by 8.4% to £44.5 billion for the fourth quarter of its 2010 fiscal year. Group service revenue increased by 8.9% to £41.7 billion. Q4 organic service revenue fell 0.2%, a second successive quarterly improvement. Group EBITDA was £14.7 billion, up 1.7%. The EBITDA margin declined in line with expectations. The results were driven by a strong performance from Verizon Wireless, which grew service revenue by 6.3% for the financial year.

At the end of the quarter, the Vodafone Group's proportionate mobile customer base was 341 million, with 8.5 million net additions in Q4.

Some highlights from the financial report:

  • Europe service revenue declined 3.5%(*) to £28.3 billion. In Q4 service revenue declined 1.7%(*)(1), an improvement on Q3. Strong revenue growth continued in data and fixed broadband. In mobile, improvements were driven by data, enterprise and roaming, with voice usage and price trends broadly similar to the previous quarter

  • Africa and Central Europe service revenue declined 1.2% to £7.4 billion. In Q4 service revenue increased by 2.4%(*), a 2.9 percentage point improvement on Q3, driven by strong revenue growth in Turkey (+31.3%(*)) and continued growth at Vodacom (+4.6%)

  • Asia Pacific and Middle East service revenue increased by 9.8% to £6.1 billion. In Q4 service revenue increased by 5.0%, lower than the previous quarter due to the start-up of Indus Towers in Q1 2009. India again generated quarter on quarter revenue growth. Its customer base now exceeds 100 million. The award of six new national licences in India and the resulting intense price competition have led to an impairment charge of £2.3 billion, partially offset by a £0.2 billion reversal related to Turkey.

  • Data revenue exceeded £4 billion for the first time, up 19.3%, with increased take up of data-enabled smartphones across Europe. The Group's active data users now exceed 50 million

  • Fixed line revenue grew by 7.9% to £3.3 billion with strong broadband customer growth and increased market share. The Group's fixed broadband customer base is now 5.6 million

"Vodafone's financial results exceeded our upgraded guidance on all measures. Revenue trends have improved again in Q4 driven by growth in mobile data and fixed broadband. Cost reduction targets were delivered ahead of schedule enabling commercial reinvestment to improve market share and further strengthen our technology platforms. Free cash flow of £7.2 billion and confidence in Vodafone's prospects have enabled us to increase dividends by 7% and to target 7% per annum growth in total dividends per share for the next three years. We are
creating a stronger Vodafone, which is positioned to return to revenue growth during the 2011 financial year, as economic recovery should benefit our key markets," stated Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive.

Orange Business Builds Global MPLS VPN for Flowserve

Flowserve, the leading supplier of pumps and valves to the oil and chemical industries, has selected Orange Business Services to manage its global MPLS network under a multimillion dollar engagement. The network connects more than 250 Flowserve locations across six continents (56 countries total).

The network supports Flowserve's critical Oracle and SAP applications at a significantly lower cost threshold, managed VoIP service, enhanced messaging to 11,000 mailboxes, and a management for remote devices for 5,000 users. Full migration to the Orange Business VPN will be completed by March 2011.

Sipera Raises $10 Million for UC Security

Sipera Systems raised $10 million in venture funding for its real-time Unified Communications (UC) enablement and security solutions.

Sipera's "Borderless UC" architecture enables enterprise managers to safely extend UC over any network to any device, including office phones, home office phones, remote call center agents, video devices, soft-phones, collaboration tools, and smartphones. The company's portfolio includes its smartphone UC security solutions and UC-Sec enterprise UC security product family. Its UC security appliance protects against signaling and media vulnerabilities while maintaining the highest quality of service (QoS). It terminates encrypted UC traffic, offers fine-grained policy enforcement to apply different security and call routing rules, and solves firewall/NAT traversal among other UC deployment issues.

Last month, the company announced that its security and compliance products now protect up to one million UC devices for its customers worldwide. The company recorded a 300 percent year-on-year growth in demand as of the first quarter of 2010. Sipera noted that is also nearing completion of the Common Criteria Certification of its solution, an international standard for IT security products.

"Enterprise adoption of UC is surging, and the need to secure these applications and ensure compliance with privacy and monitoring regulations is mission critical. Sipera has seen a major spike in demand for its UC security solutions, including its smartphone security offering that enables an enterprise to securely manage VoIP and UC on an employee's smartphone in any location," said Sipera President and CEO John Lochow.

The new funding was led by S3 Ventures, and includes participation by prior investors Austin Ventures, Duchossois Technology Partners (DTEC), Sequoia Capital, and STAR Ventures. This brings Sipera's total funding to $48 million.

NorthScale Raises $10 Million for Memcached Web Software

NorthScale, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, secured $10 million in Series B funding for its Memcached "elastic data" infrastructure software. This new class of data management software -- elastic data infrastructure -- promises substantial cost, performance and scalability advantages over relational database technology, for the vast majority of data associated with modern web applications and cloud computing environments.

NorthScale's technology leverages a directly-addressed, distributed (scale-out), in-memory, key-value cache alongside relational database technology. Frequently used data is cached, thereby reducing the number of queries a database server must perform for web applications.

The new round of financing was led by Mayfield Fund, with participation from Series A investors Accel Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners.

NorthScale also announced the appointment of Bob Wiederhold as its president and CEO. Previously, he was chairman, CEO, and president of Transitive Corporation (acquired by IBM) and before that he was president and CEO of Tality Corporation, a provider of electronic design services.

XO Communications Cites Challenging Market Dynamics

XO Communications reported Q1 2010 revenue of $369.5 million, a decrease of $8.3 million, or 2%,
compared to the year-ago period. The company said the revenue drop was primarily from targeted price increases within its wholesale long-distance services, which were implemented to improve margins on selected routes.

"While existing market dynamics continue to be a challenge for the telecommunications industry as a
whole, XO's continued focus on providing best-in-class broadband services and products well positions
the company to execute upon its long-term business plan," said Carl Grivner, chief executive officer of

In the first quarter of 2010, XO's Broadband offerings generated $209.8 million in revenue, an increase of
$20.4 million, or 11%, from the year-ago period. This increase principally resulted from growth in the IP
VPN, IP Flex, Ethernet and Dedicated Internet Access services, compared to the year-ago period. XO cited a strong demand for secure, low-cost IP access, and said that it continues to focus on moving
customers away from TDM-based solutions. Growth for these services was partially offset by a decline of $3.5 million in wholesale Carrier VoIP termination revenue due to targeted price increases intended to improve margins on selected routes.

The revenue growth in XO's Broadband services is partially offset by the year-over-year decrease in
Integrated/Voice service revenues. This category contains more mature bundled data and voice offerings,
as well as traditional Carrier Long Distance Termination (CLDT). In addition to the continuing demand
shift from older integrated voice and data offerings to Broadband-enabled solutions, CLDT revenue
decreased by $4.6 million compared to the year-ago period. The decline in CLDT revenue was also due to
targeted price increases intended to improve margins on selected routes. Also contributing to the
company's lower revenue year-over-year was the continued decline in XO's traditional Legacy/TDM
services, which decreased $10.8 million, or 9%, compared to the same period last year reflecting XO's
ongoing strategic focus on offering Broadband-enabled solutions to customers and prospects.

ZyXEL Offers Dual-WAN, Multi-Service, Wireless VDSL2 Gateway

ZyXEL Communications is introducing a single gateway that supports copper, fiber-to-the-node (FTTN)
and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments. The P2812HNU, with dual-WAN, offers an integrated VDSL2 modem that enables service providers to support up to 100/50 Mbps over newer PTM networks -- along with ADSL2+ fallback to accommodate existing networks. The gateway also has a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for FTTH deployments.

ZyXEL's new gateway also features 300Mbps 802.11n wireless, four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and two SIP-based VoIP ports. On the management side, the device supports TR-069 for remote configuration by the service provider.

Solarflare Samples 40nm quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY chip

Solarflare has begun sampling a 40nm quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY chip to large server and switch OEMs. Target applications include single and dual-port Ethernet server adapters, high-density LAN switch to server, LAN switch to switch, iSCSI based IP storage and test equipment designs.

The device, which represents Solarflare's fourth generation, achieves 100 meter reach at one-third the power consumption of existing 10GBASE-T PHYs. The company said that under normal 100 meter operation, the new SFT9104 consumes just 2.5 watts per port. The chip has multiple data center power modes including a 1.5 watts ultra-low power and latency mode for in-the-rack applications. The SFT9104 is fully backwards compatible with both 1000BASE-T and 100BASE-TX.

"We have achieved the power, density, performance and cost required to accelerate the mass adoption of 10GbE," said Russell Stern, CEO of Solarflare. "Delivering quad-port PHYs at 2.5 watts per port makes the SFT9104, by far, the lowest-power and easiest 10GBASE-T part for our customers to integrate into their designs."

Commercial availability is expected in Q4 2010.

Cisco to Acquire MOTO -- a Design Consultancy

Cisco will acquire privately held MOTO Development Group, a design consulting firm that develops products and product strategies for the consumer industry. The San Francisco based company, which has about 35 consultants on staff, assisted with the development of the Flip video product family, which Cisco acquired last year. Cisco said MOTO's philosophy directly aligns with its own consumer device strategy. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AT&T Wins $90 Million UC Contract with Shell

AT&T has won a 3-year, $90 million contract to provide an enterprise-wide unified communications (UC) service to support Shell's 150,000 users in more than 90 countries.

The project is the largest UC technology deployment to date by AT&T for a single business customer. The service will provide Shell users with a suite of services to better enable inter-company and external collaboration, productivity and communications. The hosted and managed UC solution based upon Microsoft's Office Communications Server 2007 R2. The initial roll-out to users started earlier this month. AT&T is already managing Shell's global deployment of the previous version of Microsoft's software.