Monday, July 5, 2010

Level 3 implements Low-Latency Fiber from London to Frankfurt

Level 3 Communications has upgraded its fiber-optic network from London to Frankfurt to improve latency on this route as well as the Frankfurt-to-New York and Frankfurt-to-Chicago routes. Low network latency is a key advantage for financial exchanges and other trading venues.

Level 3 is now offering customers two grades of performance for ultra-low-latency routes, with access to circuit speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second. These two grades, Premier and Advanced, will allow customers to choose between two latency route speeds based on their specific requirements. Premier customers will have access to the faster ultra-low-latency route. Both of these levels are then backed by Level 3's latency service level agreement (SLA).

Telefónica Chooses Verizon Global Wholesale for Domestic U.S. Wireless

Telefónica, which serves more than 800 multinational corporations, has selected Verizon Global Wholesale to provide a white-label wireless services in the U.S.

Verizon Global Wholesale's Mobility Service includes wireless voice, text messaging and broadband packages. It provides a choice between per minute and per megabyte bulk pricing, as well as bundled voice and data plan pricing options.

The agreement was signed by Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) on behalf of the Telefónica Group.

Time Warner Cable 4G Mobile Hotspot

Time Warner Cable introduced a new dual mode mobile hotspot device from Sierra Wireless that connects up to 5 Wi-Fi devices on its 4G network, which delivers speeds up to 6 Mbps.

Time Warner Cable 4G Network, featuring Road Runner Mobile is available in Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas; Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C.; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; and Kansas City, MO. Road Runner Mobile customers will also be able to access the 4G network in additional cities outside the Time Warner Cable footprint including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Additional 4G networks planned for launch in 2010 include New York, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Zayo Bandwidth Lands $13.4M Federal Stimulus Award

Zayo Bandwidth has been awarded $13.4 million from the federal Recovery Act Broadband Opportunity Program to enable broadband services in Anoka County, Minnesota. The "Connect Anoka County Community Broadband Network" project is a partnership between Zayo Bandwidth and Anoka County who, collectively, will make a $5.7M match to the project. 145 local anchor institutions and other local broadband service providers will be connected with 286 miles of fiber with speeds between 100 Mbps and 10 Gbps. The network will enable access to Ethernet service, Direct Internet Access, Private Line, Wavelengths and Dark Fiber.

This is Zayo Bandwidth's second major broadband grant; its first federal award was $25 million to extend the fiber-based network infrastructure to 80 rural communities in 21 higher education institutions in Indiana.

Hong Kong Broadband Offers Symmetric 1 Gbps for US$26/Month

Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN) has launched a symmetric 1 Gbps residential broadband service priced at HK$199 (US$26 per month). The carrier reports that demand for bandwidth in Hong Kong is growing at an exponential rate - driven by the popularity of cloud computing applications and high-definition, interactive multimedia services such as HD IPTV and online gaming. According to the latest figures from the Office of the Telecommunications Authority in Hong Kong, residential broadband penetration in Hong Kong has reached 81.4%, amongst the highest in the world.

The 1 Gbps residential service is powered by Alcatel-Lucent's GPON platform and its High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture. Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent has deployed its 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User (ISAM FTTU) platform.

Hong Kong Broadband Network, which is a subsidiary of City Telecom (H.K.), claims over 1,027,000 subscriptions for its broadband, local telephony and IP-TV services.

Japan's EMOBILE Upgrades to 42Mbps HSDPA with Ericsson

Japan's EMOBILE is upgrading its mobile broadband network based on Ericsson's HSPA Evolution to enable peak data rates of 42 Mbps. The full launch of the network will take place by the end of the year. Ericsson is supplying 42Mbps HSPA Evolution functionality to Japan's metropolitan areas, such as Tokyo, Tokai and Osaka.

Eric Gan, President of EMOBILE said: "Deploying the first 42Mbps dual cell HSDPA (DC-HSPA) network in Japan is an important milestone for EMOBILE. Ericsson's DC-HSPA technology provides EMOBILE with a cost effective way to secure the fastest level, most advanced mobile broadband network in the country and gives our customers a true mobile broadband experience."
  • EMOBILE launched 21 Mbps HSPA+ service in September 2009.

BT Openreach Selects ECI Telecom for Fiber Access

BT's Openreach division has selected ECI Telecom as one of its strategic partners for its Super-Fast Fibre Access project. Under a multi-year agreement, ECI will provide its Hi-FOCuS Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN) to roll-out a FTTP and FTTC network countrywide. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Openreach has recently announced plans to invest a further £1bn (£2.5bn in total) to extend deployment of fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) and fiber-to-the- cabinet (FTTC) to around two-thirds of the UK by 2015. The network displays a first-of-its-kind architecture, based on FTTP GPON and fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) VDSL2 technologies.

ECI's Hi-FOCuS MSAN supports multiple telecom providers through the same access fiber loop and enables Openreach to deliver equivalence to each Communications Provider for their individual and evolving bandwidth needs. The platform offers unique Ethernet aggregation capabilities that ensures true physical separation of each communication provider's network. ECI will also provide Openreach with customer premise equipment, street cabinets, and the appropriate service integration and commissioning.

"With ECI as a strategic partner for this very advanced carrier-of-carriers architecture, we are able to upgrade our infrastructure offerings to Communications Providers and guarantee the provision of equivalency to all our customers. ECI's offerings are in line with our vision of a straightforward, more integrated and competitive network, simplifying management and supporting the optimization of our next-generation access network in an environmentally-friendly and responsible way," said Steve Robertson, Openreach's CEO.

TelstraClear Tests Ciena's 100G

TelstraClear has successfully tested Ciena's 100 Gbps optical transmission technology in its core fiber network between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Next-generation optical equipment has been installed to enable its intercity transmission network to carry multiple light signals at speeds up to 100 Gbps.

TelstraClear's existing network leverages Ciena's coherent solutions at speeds up to 40 Gbps. The network includes Ciena's Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 platform. By simply inserting 100G cards into the OME 6500, TelstraClear is able to deploy 100G wavelengths alongside existing 40G and 10G wavelengths and thereby carry live customer traffic without needing to re-engineer any fibre routes or wavelengths.

"The trials prove that now we can now go up to 100 Gbps and begin engineering solutions for customers based on the availability of those speeds on the core network," said TelstraClear Chief Technologist William Lee.
"We might not need them at this stage, but the capacity is there as more customers look for ultra fast downloading or when network congestion becomes an issue due to current sustained rates of data volume growth."

Nokia Sells Wireless Modem Business to Renesas

Renesas Electronics will acquire Nokia's wireless modem business for approximately USD 200 million. The companies are also forming an alliance for long-term joint research cooperation on HSPA+, LTE and future radio technologies.

The wireless modem business to be transferred to Renesas Electronics includes Nokia's wireless modem technologies for LTE, HSPA and GSM standards, which have been used for billions of handsets in the global market over the years. Further, Nokia transfers Renesas Electronics certain patents related to the transferred technology asset. The planned transfer would also include approximately 1,100 Nokia R&D professionals, the vast majority of whom are located in Finland, India, the UK and Denmark.

Renesas said the acquisition of Nokia's wireless modem business complements its own line-up of application processors, RF transceiver ICs, high power amplifiers, and power management devices, making it one of the leading chipset vendors in the 3G and LTE market that is capable of providing one-stop mobile platform solution.

"The agreement with Nokia demonstrates our long-standing commitment to shape the future of advanced mobile platforms and will serve as an important step for us to become a leading mobile platform vendor in the global market. Our collaboration with Nokia will enable consumers to enjoy true mobile cloud computing experiences through our advanced high-speed mobile devices," said Yasushi Akao, President of Renesas Electronics Corporation. "In line with our ongoing efforts to strengthen our business structure, the transferring wireless modem technology and the innovation power and expertise of Nokia's employees will perfectly complement our core competences and serve as the key driving forces in growing our mobile business in the global market."

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Nokia Mobile Solutions -- The fightback starts now

One day after beginning his new job as head of Nokia Mobile Solutions, Anssi Vanjoki acknowledged that the company is a challenger now and that it has a real fight on its hands. In a blog entry, Vanjoki writes that the first battle will be to deliver products and services that the consumer wants to own and use. Symbian and MeeGo will form the backbone of Nokia Mobile Solutions.

France Telecom-Orange Launches "conquests 2015" Initiative

France Telecom-Orange outlined a five year strategic plan to transform its corporate culture and conquer near markets and new business opportunities in the coming digital economy of billions of interconnected devices. The plans were disclosed by Stéphane Richard, who said the company faced unprecedented social crisis in France,
a fast-changing ecosystem as technological development continues to accelerate, and a tense competitive and regulatory environment. Richard took over management of the company earlier this year.

A key element of the plan is that Orange plans to grow its customer base from close to 200 million at present to 300 million by 2015 across its entire footprint. The company is ruling out any "transformational deals."

conquests 2015 is based on four strategic principles:

the conquest of the employee pride. Orange aims first and foremost to win over the men and women that form the heart of the company. The Group is committed to offering its employees a beneficial working environment thanks to a new vision of human resources, a new management style and shared values. The company has already acted on this commitment through the creation of Orange campus. This aims to build a community of managers from January 2011 in Paris and later that spring in Serock (Poland), Madrid, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nancy, Rennes and six other locations outside Europe (Atlanta, Dakar, Nairobi, New Delhi, Rio and Singapore). Secondly, the IT systems, which have become increasingly complicated over the years, will be greatly simplified or entirely overhauled in certain cases. Finally, to address the challenge posed by the rising average age of employees in France, the Group plans to recruit 10,000 additional employees from 2010 to end 2012. The measures set-out in the Group's new social contract for France represent a total budget of 900 million euros over the same period, excluding anticipated savings from the part-time for seniors plan and natural attrition.

the conquest of networks. Orange reaffirms that its networks are its core business and its future and is committed to increase coverage and bandwidth for both fixed and mobile networks, in both mature and emerging countries.

In France, Orange will invest two billion euros by 2015 to deploy a new fibre optic network. This will guarantee coverage for 40% of households through coverage in every region of mainland France by 2012 and in every département by 2015 (including the three overseas territories).

The Group also said it is ready to launch LTE as soon as the regulations are in place.

Orange will also invest in the monetization of mobile data traffic as well as in the deployment of "green" networks such as the Oryx program of solar-powered mobile telephone masts in Africa.

the conquest of customers. Orange aims to be "the people's operator that speaks to everyone, and it must inspire confidence." In order to regain the trust of its customers, Orange said it must first improve the quality of service and customer relations, particularly by placing a higher value in the loyalty of its existing customers. The Group's ambition is to offer a superior customer experience compared to other operators in every respect. This includes the analysis and anticipation of needs, technical support, assisted migration to new services, control over expenses, etc.

Orange also aims to become a "multimedia coach" for its customers by working alongside them to make their digital life easier. The company will continue its strategy of growth through innovation whether by providing the best possible voice quality, putting additional features in the SIM card, or by developing new services such as Orange Care (warranty, insurance and online support).

the conquest of international development. The Group has also set its sights on reviving a spirit of growth through international development. This will be based on the same acquisition policy as before and rules out any "transformational" deals. Sales are expected to double over the next five years in emerging markets.
http://www.francetelecom.comFor Q1 2010, the France Telecom Group reported revenues of 10.96 billion euros, down 2.7% compared to a year earlier. Excluding the impact of regulatory measures, the company said its decrease would have been 0.3%. EBITDA was 3.76 billion euros, a margin of 34.3%, down 1 point on a comparable basis.

"The Group again proved its ability to maintain its performance in terms of revenues and profitability against the backdrop of an economic and regulatory environment that remains difficult. France saw a slight improvement in revenues and the resumption of the fiber optic network deployment in more than 20 cities and towns," stated Stéphane Richard, Chief Executive Officer of France Telecom.

Some highlights:

  • The group now has 123.7 million mobile customers and 13.5 million broadband subscribers.

  • In the Enterprise segment, revenues fell 6.1% (excluding equipment sales), marked by the migration towards Internet usage and the persistent slowdown in the services business.

  • CAPEX of 874 million euros: the CAPEX rate to revenues was 8.0%, compared with 9.9% in the first quarter of 2009 on a comparable basis.

  • CAPEX was stable in France. Investment in 3G mobile services increased in order to support the growth in data service volumes.

  • The Group confirms its annual CAPEX rate objective of about 12% of revenues.

  • France Telecom expects to ramp-up its FTTH rollout in France in the second half.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

TerreStar Updates Roll Out Schedule

TerreStar Networks announced it expects to begin commercial roll out of the TerreStar GENUS(TM), the world's first dual-mode satellite-cellular smartphone, in September 2010. The company has renewed the in-orbit insurance on its TerreStar-1 communications satellite for one additional year.

"TerreStar-1 continues to exceed performance expectations, and I am pleased with support we received from the insurance community," stated Jeffrey W. Epstein, president and chief executive officer, TerreStar. "Further, while we have delayed the launch of our GENUS handset, this additional time ensures that when we launch service, the GENUS will truly revolutionize mobile communications for first responders, enterprise users, and those in areas where terrestrial networks are unavailable."
  • In February 2010, TerreStar Networks completed its initial on-orbit testing of Ground Based Beam Forming (GBBF), clearing another hurdle prior to the launch of its hybrid satellite+terrestrial smartphone service. The service is expected to launch in the second half of this year. The TerreStar GBBF system is the first two-way GBBF system to employ both ground based calibration and beam forming. The system provides the flexibility to deploy over 500 spot beams and manage power and capacity as customer demand dictates.

AT&T Proposes Settlement in Wireless Billing Practices Lawsuit

AT&T proposed settlements of class action lawsuits relating to certain billing practices of AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., which was merged out of existence when it combined with Cingular in 2004. The Settlements do not concern the practices of Cingular Wireless or AT&T Mobility. The class actions that are part of the proposed settlements challenge the following alleged billing practices of AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. and related entities, including Santa Barbara Cellular Systems: charges for mMode Data Service, if the subscriber did not authorize the charges or did not understand the disclosures about the charges; charges for ENH Discount International Dial ("EDID"); charges for cellular telephone calls during a billing period other than the billing period in which the calls were made ("Out-of-Cycle Billing"); and the Universal Connectivity Charge ("UCC"), if the subscriber was not aware at the time of subscribing that the UCC would be charged.

The representative plaintiffs claim that these practices violate the Federal Communications Act and consumer protection laws of California, Washington, and other states and territories of the United States. AT&T said it strongly denies the representative plaintiffs' claims of any wrongdoing, but has agreed to settle to avoid the burden and cost of further litigation.

Telstra and Huawei Test LTE at 1800MHz

Telstra and Huawei Technologies are testing LTE operating on 1800MHz spectrum in Victoria, Australia. The 1800MHz evaluation will include tests of throughput using MIMO antenna configurations as well as several industry-leading advanced features including Inter Cell Interference Coordination to reduce radio network interference and improve throughput, and Self Organizing Networks where LTE network technology automatically optimises its performance, reducing operating costs while improving customer service.

Michael Rocca, Telstra chief operations officer said that exploring LTE's performance across a variety of frequency bands is critical to creating deployment options that will bring the best outcomes for operators and customers.

"Our trials with Huawei are giving us valuable insights into the potential of LTE technology at 1800MHz and helping Telstra understand how we can make best use of both existing and potential future spectrum assets to continue to deliver a world class mobile broadband service," Mr. Rocca said.
  • In March 2010, Telstra unveiled plans to begin LTE trials in May. The Australian carrier will spend the next three to six months testing the feasibility and technical capability of LTE. Three vendors were named for the LTE trials: Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks. Ericsson has been the lead supplier of Telstra's Next G HSPA+ network. In Hong Kong, Telstra's subsidiary company CSL is already testing LTE equipment from ZTE.

  • In June 2010, Telstra and Nokia Siemens Networks reported achieving peak LTE speeds of 100Mbps download and 31 Mbps upload over a record-breaking distance of 75 kilometers in a trial conducted in Victoria, Australia.

  • Telstra has already completed the upgrade of its "Next G" HSPA+ network with Dual Carrier technology, providing peak network downlink speeds of 42Mbps. Actual customer rates will be below the theoretical peak.

Spain's Endesa Outsources its Network to Ericsson

Endesa, the largest utility company in Spain with 23 million customers, has selected Ericsson to operate its entire corporate telecommunication network through a four-year managed services agreement. Ericsson will be the sole services provider for Endesa's corporate telecommunication network, including the daily operation of all services associated with the telecom network; network operations in the network operations center, maintenance, installation services, engineering and construction management. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The companies said that outsourcing allows Endesa to improve network efficiency and increase focus on its core business.

A Proposal for a New Digital Goods and Services Tax for U.S. Congress

Representatives Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas) introduced the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act (H.R. 5649) that calls for the creation of a national framework for taxing digital downloads and applications. Sponsors of the bill note that the first state tax on digital goods was imposed in 2007 and that already some 25 states have considered legislation imposing new taxes on digital goods and services.

"Duplicative or increased taxes imposed by states for online products could create significant disadvantages for U.S. companies competing in global high tech industries. This important legislation protects U.S. high tech companies and American consumers by establishing a uniform system for taxes on goods and services purchased online. Specifically, the legislation prevents states from applying duplicative taxing systems to products simply because they are purchased online," said Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith.

Verizon expressed support for the measure: "The Boucher-Smith bill offers a smart solution to a growing Internet-age problem. Consumers face potential multiple and discriminatory taxation of the music, movies, games and other goods and services they download from the Internet. Discouraging Internet use makes no sense, particularly at a time when jobs and the economy are top concerns. This legislation takes into account that the new digital economy has no borders, and it creates a uniform framework to protect consumers, much like the Internet Tax Moratorium has done for Internet access," stated Peter Davidson, Verizon senior vice president of federal government relations.

CTIA-The Wireless Association also issued a statement expressing support: "CTIA is pleased Congressmen Boucher and Smith recognize the importance of establishing a national framework to prevent multiple and discriminatory taxation of digital goods and services. Enacting a federal tax framework makes sense, although we hope that any taxation of digital goods and services be implemented in a manner that is minimal. This bi-partisan legislation will provide tax administrators and consumers alike a better understanding of how digital commerce should be taxed. That will enable digital commerce to continue to flourish in a way that will both assist in the nation's economic recovery and enhance American economic competitiveness."

New Recovery Act Broadband Projects Get USDA Funding

President Obama announced $780 million in grants and loans through the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture for funding sixty-six Recovery Act broadband projects nationwide, including 37 new projects in rural America. The funding has been matched by over $200 million in outside investment, for a total public-private investment of nearly $1 billion.

The announcement kicks off the U.S. Department of Agriculture's second round of broadband funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). For the 37 new rural projects, $390.9 million will be invested. An additional $21.9 millionin private investment will be provided, bringing the total funds invested for these rural to $412.7 million.

Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant or loan/grant agreement. A list of recent Recovery Act broadband award recipients by state is below. Further detail on these projects is online


Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative Incorporated; McCarthy Microwave Shot project.


National Telephone of Alabama, Inc.; Cherokee Broadband Initiatives Project.


Hopi Telecommunications, Inc.; HTI Jeddito Middle Mile/Last Mile Project.

San Carlos Apache Telecommunications Utility Inc.; San Carlos Apache Telecommunications, Inc. - Broadband Offering.


Northern Arkansas Telephone Company; Northern Arkansas Broadband.


Nunn Telephone Company; Nunn Rural Broadband Project.


Wilkes Telephone & Electric Company; Wilkes Telephone Company Fiber-to-the-Home Build-Out.

Darien Telephone Co., Inc.; Broadband Bridge to Sapelo Island.


The Farmers' Telephone Company of Riceville, Iowa; Farmers Telephone Company Fiber-to-the-Premises Overbuild.

Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation; Grand River Mutual Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband Deployment Project.

Breda Telephone Corp.; Breda and Lidderdale Town and Rural Fiber-to-the-Premises Overbuild.

Iowa and Missouri

Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation; Grand River Mutual Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband Deployment Project.


Shawnee Telephone Company; Shawnee's Fiber-to-the-Home Project: Focused Economic Revitalization & Sustainable Transformation of Southern IL.


H & B Communications Inc.; FTTH - Rural Ellinwood & Claflin, Kansas.

South Central Wireless Inc.; South Central Wireless - Attica, Kansas Fiber-to-the-Premise.


Thacker-Grigsby Telephone Company, Incorporated; Breathitt County Broadband.


Federated Telephone Cooperative; Rural Appleton, MN.


Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation; Grand River Mutual Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband Deployment Project - Service Area 1.

Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company; Green City, MO Fiber-to-the-Premises.


Project Telephone Company; Scott St. Pryor Middle Mile.

Project Telephone Company; Crow Agency/Lodgegrass Fiber-to-the-Premise.


Rural Telephone Company; North Fork, Tuscarora, and Jarbidge Service Area Broadband Service Implementation.

North Carolina

French Broad Electric Membership Corp.; French Broad Electric BPL Project.

North Carolina and Tennessee

Skyline Telephone Membership Corporation; High Country Fiber.

North Dakota

Consolidated Enterprises, Inc.; CEI Broadband Infrastructure Project.

S R T Communications Inc.; Fiber-to-the-Premise for the Rural North Dakota Community of Metigoshe.


Pine Telephone Company, Inc.; Last Mile ILEC Fiber-to-the-Home for Isolated Rural Southeastern Oklahoma/Choctaw Nation.

South Dakota

TrioTel Communications, Inc.; TrioTel Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband Deployment Project.

Venture Communications Cooperative; Cresbard, Orient and Faulkton Exchanges.


Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation; Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corp.


Blossom Telephone Company; Red River Broadband Expansion Project.


Central Utah Telephone, Inc.; Basin Broadband Project.

West Virginia

Hardy Telecommunications, Inc.; Hardy OneNet Fiber to the Home Project.


Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Reedsburg Utility Commission, Inc; Reedsburg Utility Commission Fiber Network Expansion.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Aricent Releases Data Center Ethernet Software

Aricent announced a new release of its Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) specifically tailored for building Data Center Ethernet equipment. Aricent's ISS is a licensable, pre-packaged software framework that jumpstarts the development and integration of advanced switching products, and has been selected by more than 60 networking and telecom equipment manufacturers worldwide.

The new ISS release includes functions essential to delivering Ethernet in the Data Center including Priority Flow Control (PFC), Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS), congestion notification and Data Center Bridging Extensions (DCBX). Additional features targeted for the Data Center include VRF, hot-standby for OSPF and PIM, graceful restart, IS-IS integration, and enhancements to private VLAN, ACL, MLDv2, MSDP and IPv6. These capabilities, available in a licensable pre-packaged framework, represent another industry first for Aricent. ISS' Data Center features are compliant with multiple IEEE specifications, including 802.1Qbb, 802.1Qaz and 802.1QAu.

Aricent said its new Data Center feature additions are targeted at networking equipment manufacturers building products in the data center and storage markets. The company offers ISS packages for a variety of applications, from top-of-rack and end-of-row Data Center switches, to simple managed Ethernet switches to industrial Ethernet platforms, from Layer 3 switches with comprehensive routing capabilities, to metro Ethernet/carrier Ethernet applications, such as cellular/mobile backhaul, optical aggregation, DSLAMs, GPON switches, and (Multi Service Access Nodes) MSANs.

Xelerated Samples 100 Gbps Network Processor

Xelerated has begun sampling its HX family of network processor units (NPUs), which can process 100 Gbps of Ethernet traffic at wirespeed for any packet size. The silicon is aimed at a new generation Carrier Ethernet switches and routers.

Xelerated's HX family of NPUs integrate Ethernet MACs, programmable switching and advanced traffic management for the delivery of fine-granular Quality of Service (QoS). They also feature Xelerated's Dataflow packet processing architecture for wirespeed deterministic performance with programmability. The silicon architecture uses a single pipeline of hundreds of processor cores specifically designed for packet processing that can be programmed to perform any type of operations on the packets.

Xelerated said its latest NPU crosses the 100 Gbps performance threshold. The company is also making available a range of software and tools, including its reference design kit (RDK), software development tools, and data plane software. This includes a Metro Ethernet Application (MEA) data plane software that provides simultaneous support for Ethernet, PB, PBB, VPLS, IP, MPLS and OAM traffic with strict wirespeed guarantees. The software is provided in source code to allow for system vendor customization.

Dell to Acquire Scalent for Data Center Software

Dell agreed to acquire Scalent, a private company that provides data center software, for an undisclosed sum.

Scalent, which is based in Palo Alto, California, brings an open, software-based approach to managing virtual infrastructure. Its software automates the end-to-end provisioning of server images, networks, and storage access in a coordinated manner. The company was founded in 2003.

Dell plans to integrate Scalent technology into its Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) solution, which enables a single administrator to dynamically allocate compute, storage and network resources for physical and virtual application workloads. It enables dynamic deployment and repurposing of infrastructure without the need for physical server, cable or storage area network changes.