Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Brocade Posts Revenue of $504 Million, up 2% YOY

Brocade recorded quarterly revenues of $504 million for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31 for an increase of two percent year-over-year, resulting in a diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.05 on a GAAP basis and $0.13 on a non-GAAP basis.

The company reported better-than-expected revenue in storage area networking (SAN) with switch revenue growing double digits sequentially in what is typically a seasonally challenging quarter. However, its overall Ethernet business was slightly down sequentially primarily due to softness in Japan and in its Federal business, which was down 16% from a strong performance in Q2, while up 15% year-over-year. Brocade said it added more than 1,000 net new Ethernet customers in the quarter, and recruited new talent from across the industry.

"Q3 was another solid quarter for Brocade in which we achieved better-than-expected results from our storage area networking business and continued to make progress in our Ethernet go-to-market initiatives," said Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade. "As we look to Q4, we expect a strong finish to our fiscal 2010. Despite operating in a challenging global economy with variable IT spending patterns, we are confident that our sales and marketing strategies as well as our product portfolio are aligned well with customer imperatives."http://www.brocade.com

AppliedMicro to Acquire TPACK for Emerging OTN

AppliedMicro agreed to acquire TPACK A/S, a developer of programmable chip solutions for packet transport networks, for $32 million in cash plus up to $5 million in cash earn-outs depending on performance milestones over the next eighteen months.

TPACK, which is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, offers a "SOFTSILICON" solution implemented in Altera FPGA devices. The SOFTSILICON products are used in 10, 40 and 100 Gbps OTN switching and routing network equipment. Its silicon intellectual property (IP) for mapping and switching functions enable rapid time-to-market for Optical Transport Network (OTN) and Carrier Ethernet markets. Carrier Ethernet, in particular, has become TPACK's speciality whether it is transported over Ethernet, MPLS, VPLS, PWE3, PBT/PBB-TE, T-MPLS, SONET/SDH, PDH or OTN.

Founded in 2001, TPACK has 37 employees, including 28 design engineers, and brings a track record of innovative product development and steady financial growth as a privately-held company. Following the acquisition closing, the company will continue to operate from its Copenhagen office as a wholly-owned subsidiary of AppliedMicro.

AppliedMicro said that as OTN standards evolve and mature, it will use the early engagement work with customers and develop standard reference designs that maintain software compatibility while offering lower cost and lower power.

"While the OTN silicon market is growing rapidly, OTN standards and implementations are still evolving-- thereby offering system OEMs a broad field to uniquely differentiate their products with custom features and legacy support at various levels. This has led a large proliferation of FPGA technology within our customers' platforms. These FPGA solutions sit beside our products and together provide a scalable, system solution for our customers," said George Jones, Head of Marketing and Business Development for Transport products at AppliedMicro.

Alcatel-Lucent appoints Country Head for India

Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Munish Seth as country head for its Indian business, replacing Vivek Mohan, who now heads Alcatel-Lucent's global services business. Munish will report to Rajeev Singh-Molares, president of the Asia-Pacific region. Before his new position, Munish had been in charge of Customer Solution and Support for Alcatel-Lucent's Asia-Pacific region.

North Carolina's Golden LEAF Gains $140 Million in Funding

MCNC, which operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), was awarded $75.75 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Recovery Funds to support the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI). The award was made through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). This award builds on MCNC's Round 1 BTOP award, a $39.9 million project (including $28.2 million in BTOP Funds) granted in January 2010 to build 480 miles of fiber in 37 counties in southeastern and western North Carolina.

The Golden LEAF project will enhance the existing North Carolina Research and Education Network by adding approximately 1,300 miles of new middle-mile fiber throughout the state. In addition, about 400 miles of existing fiber will be provided to Golden LEAF through lease agreements and donations.

The Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors awarded $24 million in matching funds for the Round 2 grant. An additional $5.25 million in match was raised from the MCNC endowment, donations of land from individual community colleges and universities, and a donation of already-installed conduit in northeastern North Carolina from the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. UNC-Chapel Hill's Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Entrepreneurship and School of Government helped prepare the GLRBI application. MCNC raised $11.7 million in matching funds for its successful Round 1 application through private sources, including $4 million from the MCNC endowment.
  • Earlier this month, MCNC announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Construction and Splicing of the Fiber Optic Middle-Mile Project related to the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) Southeastern and Western N.C. Fiber Expansion Project. MCNC is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to construct a new fiber cable network to connect universities, community colleges, schools, libraries, and county offices to a statewide fiber optic network.

Hong Kong's PCCW Deploys Huawei's 40G OTN

PCCW, Hong Kong's incumbent telecom provider, has deployed Huawei's OTN (optical transport network) solution to enable higher bandwidth and more flexible service grooming features. Financial terms were not disclosed.

PCCW's 40G OTN network will adopt a series of state-of-the-art technologies, including 80-wavelength 40G, ROADM (Reconfiguration Optical Add/drop Multiplexer), and optical and electrical cross-connection and grooming. These elements allow bandwidth per wavelength to increase by 400% and total transport capacity to jump to 3.2 Tbps, enabling the transmission of 700 DVD files per second. The network also enhances the transmission capabilities of bandwidth-hungry services, due to optical and electrical cross-connection technologies.

Los Angeles Times: Hollywood Skeptical of GoogleTV

Hollywood is frightened that the forthcoming GoogleTV platform could upend their business in much the same way that the music and newspaper industries were struck by the Internet, according to The Los Angeles Times. The article discusses the revenue possibilities of distributing TV shows online as opposed to the traditional networks.

Texas Energy Network Deploys LTE for Oil/Gas Industry

Texas Energy Network (TEN), a new venture founded by Greg Casey (formerly head of Qwest's wholesale group), announced plans to deploy LTE technology in a national network to serve oil and gas fields across the U.S.

TEN will deliver services to address specific field applications such as SCADA data collection and control, remote field and mobile office services, critical alarm and security monitoring. Additional applications will include voice, video, file and data transfer, VPN, and Internet access in the field.

TEN will hold a major demonstration in New Mexico in conjunction with Alcatel-Lucent, which will provide all the wireless technology for the end-to-end LTE network using its LTE on Wheels truck. The demo will show a live LTE network with working data devices such as laptops with 1 Mbps data uplink speeds. Using this technology, the network could be connected directly to an oil site sensor or linked to a monitoring camera on a pipeline sending back live video images.

Stanley Hughey, Chief Technology Officer of TEN said "TEN‘s goal is to provide a single, carrier grade, end-to-end, IP only service that will transit data from remote field locations. The ability to deliver data at greater bandwidths with less latency will drive next generation applications and will, without a doubt, improve security, visibility and productivity in virtually every remote process."

Texas Energy Network is based in Houston.

PacketFront Employs Mindspeed Processor for Gigabit-to-the Home CPE

Mindspeed Technologies is supplying its Comcerto 1000 packet processor for PacketFront Systems' recently announced DRG 700 customer premises equipment (CPE), which combines Layer 2 switched and Layer 3 routed operation with a residential firewall for secure home networking. The DRG 700 is not only intended for large-scale fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rollouts, but also addresses medium-sized FTTH projects being implemented by utilities and municipalities. Mindspeed noted that its Comcerto family of processors uses energy-efficient ARM core technology to deliver one of the lowest power consumption rates in its class, and also incorporates advanced, programmable power-management features to support the energy-saving goals of service providers and product manufacturers worldwide.

Empirix Extends its Service Quality Assurance Testing to LTE

Empirix, which supplies IP service quality assurance solutions, for new IP communications, has added LTE and SAE (System Architecture Evolution) support in its IPXplorer network optimization tool.

Empirix said its LTE network support gives network operators the ability to understand the performance and interaction of multiple mobile technologies through one platform. This unified view, which merges user and control plane visibility, enhances an operator's ability to quickly head-off or resolve issues that impact consumer QoE. In addition, Empirix's LTE support also provides a framework for voice and messaging services delivered by IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS).

The introduction of LTE technology includes the need for new access technologies, many of which require an upgrade to SAE, also known as EPC (Evolved Packet Core), a key aspect of the LTE standard. SAE technology enables access to a variety of technologies on the same network.

Level 3 Wins Networx Contract for Social Security Administration

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has chosen Level 3 Communications to provide wavelength services under the Networx Enterprise contract program. Under the contract, Level 3 will provide the SSA with multiple 10 Gbps wavelengths to connect several of the SSA's data center locations with the potential to expand to additional sites in the future.

Chunghwa Selects Spirent for Cloud Computing Testing

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Telecommunication Laboratories to validate the performance, availability, security and scalability (PASS) of cloud computing environments. Chunghwa aims to become Taiwan's largest cloud computing and data center provider and has announced plans to launch four cloud computing centers aimed at developing and testing a wide range of services. The operator used Spirent TestCenter™ Virtual for benchmarking data center and virtual server performance. The Spirent solution was also used for extensive testing of public cloud computing services such as web, mail server, FTP and CIFS.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Solarflare Ships its Dual-port 10GBASE-T

Solarflare Communications has begun shipping its latest dual-port 10GBASE-T server adapter based on its 65 nm SFT9001 transceiver. The company also confirmed that it has multiple design wins underway for its upcoming 40 nm SFT9104 transceiver, which enables higher-density switches and adapters, and possesses a latency specification and a thermal footprint competitive with SFP+.

Solarflare's SFN5121T 10GBASE-T dual-port server adapter, announced in June, operates at less than 13 watts, which is less than half the power of competitive offerings, according to the company. It delivers triple speed Ethernet: 100Mbps, 1000Mbps and 10Gbps Ethernet for broad compatibility with the installed base of Ethernet. It also offers hardware-assisted virtualization, supports the emerging PCI SIG SR-IOV (single-root IO virtualization) standard, and accelerates guest applications in VMware, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper V environments.

California Launches Nation's Largest Telehealth Network

The California Telehealth Network (CTN), which will be the largest dedicated telehealth network in the country, made its official launch. The network will connect devices in medical facilities from all corners of the state. The project aims to expand health care access while providing significant security and performance improvements over existing telehealth networks, including the ability for time-sensitive or emergency transmissions to receive top priority.

Led by the University of California system, the California Telehealth Network (CTN) is a partnership of organizations throughout the state established in 2007 as part of a $22 million pilot project from the Federal Communications Commission.

Earlier this year, AT&T was selected to build a secure, medical-grade telecommunications system for the project. AT&T's tasks for the project include establishing new, or upgrading existing, telemedicine connections, especially in rural communities throughout the state. The nearly $30 million project will increase bandwidth capacity for telecommunications so that clinics, hospitals or other provider sites will have direct, peer-to-peer connectivity to all network members, plus connections to a wide range of external networks and services.

As part of this official, the first two remote sites have been activated -- the Oroville Hospital in Orville and CommuniCare Health Center in West Sacramento. CTN aims to connect over 800 sites within its first three years.

Procera Cites More University Customers for DPI Platform

Procera Networks, which supplies an Evolved Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) platform for providing traffic awareness, control and protection for complex networks, reported new customer wins with 31 universities in the second quarter of 2010. These new university customers include Bowling Green University, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Keene State University and Union University in the US, along with Chosun University in Korea, BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Austria, and UCSJ - University College Sealand in Denmark.

Procera said universities share a common need to accurately manage and control their network traffic in order to maximize the utilization and the life-time of the network. They deploy PacketLogic to prioritize critical applications, limit bandwidth for recreational use during peak hours, and gain granular insight into network activity for forensics, allowing better use of the network and early identification and isolation of potential threats and misbehavior.

Congressional Leaders Warn Against Google/Verizon Pact

Paid prioritization of traffic, such as outlined in the Google/Verizon agreement announced last week, would close the open Internet, warned four Congressional in an open letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

The letter, signed by Representatives Edward Markey, Anna Eschoo, Mike Doyle and Jay Inslee, argues that the FCC must push ahead to resolve the current proceedings on broadband regulation and Net Neutrality. The following fundamental principles are stated:

1. The FCC must have oversight authority for broadband access services.

2. Paid prioritization would close the open Internet, and therefore a commonsense, nondiscrimination requirement without loopholes is essential for an efficient marketplace where businesses and consumers -- not carriers -- decide the winners and loser in the Internet ecosystem.

3. Wired and wireless services should have a common regulatory framework and rules.

4. Broad "managed service: exceptions would swallow open Internet rules.

Representative Anna G. Eshoo stated: "In my Silicon Valley district there are people building the next generation of internet breakthroughs. We cannot undermine their success by 'cable-izing' the Internet. That's why my colleagues and I remain steadfast in our commitment to net neutrality. The reactions to the legislative proposal from Google and Verizon demonstrate that it is not nearly strong enough to meet this standard."http://markey.house.gov/docs/08-16-2010_letter_to_chairman_genachowski.pdfhttp://markey.house.gov/"In my Silicon Valley district there are people building the next generation of internet breakthroughs. We cannot undermine their success by 'cable-izing' the Internet. That’s why my colleagues and I remain steadfast in our commitment to net neutrality. The reactions to the legislative proposal from Google and Verizon demonstrate that it is not nearly strong enough to meet this standard."

Force10 Powers Los Alamos National Lab, Germany's Forschungszentrum Juelich

Force10 Networks' Ethernet switch/router solutions are powering two of the world's top five most powerful supercomputers, according to the most recent Top500.org list. The third-ranked supercomputer worldwide, Roadrunner, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Germany's Forschungszentrum Juelich, ranked fifth, both deploy the Force10 E-Series switch/router to provide dynamic connectivity to the supercomputer's high-speed Ethernet networks.

In Germany, Force10's platforms provide 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) interconnect functionality to Europe's fastest supercomputer, Jugene, at Germany's Forschungszentrum Juelich facility where the Force10 E-Series E1200 with more than 200 10 GbE ports is deployed.

EXFO Adds Tunable DPSK Testing to its 40G/43G Solution

EXFO has added a tunable DPSK testing capability on its 40G/43G Transport Blazer modules, enabling field engineers to verify the individual line-side channels of 40G DPSK DWDM networks. The solution is complemented by OTN Intrusive Through mode capability for monitoring individual DWDM channels at ROADM sites.

Korea's CJ HelloVision Picks Arris for DOCSIS 3.0

CJ HelloVision, a Korean cable operators, has purchased ARRIS C4 CMTS' to deploy DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Data and VoIP service to its customers. CJ HelloVision is a part of the CJ group of companies, and serves nearly three million cable homes.

Global Crossing Signs Railcar Provider for EtherSphere

TTX, which is North America's leading provider of railcars and related freight car management services, is using Global Crossing's new EtherSphere service to support its data center back-ups and for business operations at seven U.S. locations. TTX also purchased Global Crossing's IP VPN Service and Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) service.

Global Crossing has interconnected TTX Company's data center to its MPLS backbone, replacing circuits from multiple providers and by converging access to Global Crossing's private and public IP backbone.

"By using our EtherSphere service, TTX Company is able to access a high-speed connection from its data center directly to our IP VPN and DIA backbone, replacing a key circuit from its previous provider," said Neil Barua, Global Crossing's managing director for North America. "This met their business goals to improve network efficiency and reduce cost."

Global Crossing's EtherSphere services are part of the company's Ethernet WAN transport portfolio of services and include EtherSphere Multipoint-to-Multipoint, EtherSphere Point-to-Multipoint and EtherSphere Point-to-Point solutions. The services are available today to enterprise and wholesale customers in North America, Europe and Latin America.

Motorola Completes TD-LTE Lab Trial

Motorola has passed China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) 2.3 GHz full feature set lab trial with a 100 percent pass rate. The tests measured key TD-LTE functionalities; radio frequency (RF) performance; operation, administration and management (OAM) capabilities; interface conformity; hardware readiness and backhaul capability.

The TD-LTE lab trial utilized Motorola's latest commercial LTE hardware platform, including its TD-LTE capable 4Tx/8Rx radio head and Motorola's fourth-generation, LTE-Advanced-capable WBR 700 LTE baseband. Motorola's TD-LTE 4Tx/8Rx radio head supports advanced multiple input and multiple output (MIMO) schemes, including multi-user (MU) MIMO and beam-forming to provide unprecedented capability and coverage for TD-LTE operators, while the WBR 700 offers up to four times the capability of the average LTE baseband currently on the market in a 1U rack with the most compact size in the industry.

Motorola noted that this milestone follows the recently announced TD-LTE field trial success initiated by the TD-LTE working group, set up by MIIT in June 2009 with China's three telecom operators and other key industry partners to develop a healthy TD-LTE ecosystem.

As part of these efforts, Motorola was invited to conduct the TD-LTE lab trial in advance of the large-scale system trial.