Tuesday, August 24, 2010

AFORE Debuts CloudLink Management Solution

AFORE Solutions, a start-up based in Ottawa, announced their "CloudLink" virtual appliance and
management solution for private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments.

The CloudLink software provides an integrated on-ramp to the cloud, combining AES-256 encryption, high performance network optimization, SLA assurance and monitoring and advanced traffic management capabilities. The solution enables the deployment of applications into a VMware vCloud based infrastructure.

"Many enterprises have been reluctant to migrate to a cloud model due to concerns regarding security, performance, availability and integration with their existing IT infrastructures," said Jonathan Reeves, AFORE's Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer. "CloudLink has been designed to address these concerns and deliver a practical solution to accelerate private, public and hybrid cloud deployments."http://www.aforesolutions.com

Sonus to Close Facilities in Ottawa and Darmstadt

Sonus Networks will close its offices in Ottawa, Canada and in Darmstadt, Germany, and to relocate its Freehold, New Jersey facility to a smaller, more cost-effective space in the same area. These actions will result in the reduction of the company's workforce by 12 employees, or approximately 1% of employees worldwide, and the company estimates it will achieve annual cash savings of approximately $2.0 million to $2.3 million. http://www.sonusnet.com

Aviat Reports Revenue of $116.3 million, to Close RTP Facility

Aviat Networks reported revenue of $116.3 million for its fourth fiscal ended July 2, 2010. This compares with $135.2 million in the year ago period. Net loss was $88.8 million, or $1.49 per share, compared with a net loss of $3.4 million, or $0.06 per share, in the year ago quarter. The results in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 include $71.1 million of impairment charges for intangible assets and property, plant and equipment.

Revenue in the North America segment was $38.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with $59.4 million in the year ago period. International revenue was $78.2 million, compared with $75.8 million in the year ago period.

Aviat Networks also announced that it will close its Research Triangle Park (RTP), N.C. facility, affecting the majority employees at the location over the next six months. As part of the closure, several RTP business functions will be relocated: the Network Operations Center will be moving to Aviat Networks' San Antonio facility; IT/Network and Applications Support will be reassigned to Santa Clara, California; finance operations will be consolidated and moved to Santa Clara; and certain engineering functions will be moved to select facilities in Slovenia and New Zealand.

California Works with Sprint on First Mobile Alert System

The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) has selected Sprint to deploy the first Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) in the country. The FCC has established the CMAS to allow wireless service providers send emergency alerts as text messages to their subscribers.

The nation's first CMAS pilot program will be conducted in San Diego County beginning in fall 2010 in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services. The technology will be tested across urban, suburban and rural areas, and includes the involvement of law enforcement agencies, local jurisdictions and other regional partners.

The CMAS network will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to accept and aggregate alerts from the President of the United States, the National Weather Service (NWS), and state and local emergency operations centers, and then send the alerts over a secure interface to participating wireless providers. Emergency alerts will be classified in one of three categories:

  • Presidential Alerts -- Alerts for all Americans related to national emergencies, such as terrorist attacks, that will preempt any other pending alerts;

  • Imminent Threat Alerts -- Alerts with information on emergencies, such as hurricanes or tornadoes, where life or property is at risk, the event is likely to occur, and some responsive action should be taken; and

  • Child Abduction Emergency/AMBER Alerts -- Alerts related to missing or endangered children due to an abduction or runaway situation.

It will be possible for consumers to opt out of receiving Imminent Threat and Child Abduction/AMBER alerts, but not Presidential Alerts.

The CMAS technology in Sprint's network is enabled by Alcatel-Lucent's Broadcast Message Center (BMC), which serves as the secure interface between CMAS and Sprint's network to meet the mission critical needs of delivering emergency alert messages. BMC receives the CMAS alerts from state and federal agencies and broadcasts them to cell sites serving mobile customers within a targeted geographic area.

Google Enables Phone Calling from Gmail

Google now supports the ability to make phone calls from Gmail. Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at set rates. The service is being rolled out to U.S. based Gmail users over the next few days.

As a marketing ploy, Google also plans to put its free phone service in traditional "red box" phone booths that will be deployed in airports and at universities. These will give people to try out the voice quality of its calls.

China Telecom to Accelerate FTTH and Mobile Rollouts

Citing continued mobile and landline broadband growth, China Telecom reported a 4.9% growth in revenues to RMB 107,552 million and a 4.7% growth in net profit for the first half of 2010 compared to a year earlier. Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company was RMB8,811 million, representing an increase of 4.7% from the same period of last year. Robust earnings trajectory marked a good start of the result improvement. Basic earnings per share was RMB0.109. Capital expenditure was RMB17,918 million, an increase of 5.2% over the same period of last year. Free cash flow reached RMB18,591 million.

Some highlights from the first half of 2010

  • China Telecom added 18.43 million mobile subscribers in the first half of the year, giving it a total of 74.52 million, of which 7.18 million were 3G subscribers. This puts the company's share of the mobile
    market in China at close to 10%, which is double from 2008. Mobile ARPU declined slightly to RMB 58.1 for 1H2010 vs RMB 59.5 in FY2009. The company is currently supporting over 700 CDMA handset models, with over available for 3G.

  • Revenue from non-voice services as a percentage of the operating revenues further increased to 56.3%, amongst which wireline broadband access revenue attributed to 24.5% of the operating revenues.

  • In broadband, China Telecom continues to hold the leading market share. In the first half of 2010, there was a net addition of 4.87 million wireline broadband customers, giving the company a total of 58.33 million broadband lines. More than 60% of the company's CAPEX in 1H2010 was focused on broadband expansion.

  • For traditional land lines, China Telecom recorded a net loss of 7.61 million PAS subscribers, leaving it with 181 million access lines in service at the end of June this year.

Looking ahead, China Telecom said its strategy will focus on sustainable development of four pillars -- mobile, broadband, wireline voice, and valued-added and integrated information services.

China Telecom will accelerate it broadband network upgrades, especially FTTH. In city areas, its network currently is capable of 4 Mbps and above with 44% coverage at 20 Mbps or more. For its 2010 budget, CAPEX will be increased by RMB 5 billion over previous guidance to RMB 44 billion. For 2011, the CAPEX budget will be increased by a further RMB 10 billion, although final budget figures will be updated with regard to business activity.

IBM Warns that Security Vulnerabilities Reach Record Levels

A newly published study from IBM has found that vulnerability disclosures are increasing dramatically, having reached record levels for the first half of 2010.

IBM's X-Force 2010 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report found that Web application vulnerabilities continued to be the leading threat, accounting for more than half of all public disclosures. In addition, covert attacks increased in complexity hidden within JavaScript and Portable Document Formats (PDFs), while cloud computing and virtualization were noted as key future security topics for enterprise organizations.

IBM warns that the sophisticated attackers are employing covert means to break into networks without being detected by traditional security tools. IBM detected a 52 percent increase in obfuscated JavaScript attacks during the first half of 2010 versus the same period in 2009.

On the positive side, phishing activity declined by also 82% from its peak in 2009, but financial institutions remain the top target.

"Threat dynamics continue to multiply and evolve at a furious pace, making it more crucial than ever to look at unfolding trends so we can better prepare our clients for the future," said Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Security Solutions. "This year's X-Force report reveals that although threats are on the rise, the industry as a whole is getting much more vigilant about reporting vulnerabilities. This underscores the increased focus among our clients to continue looking for security solutions that help them better manage risk and ensure their IT infrastructure is secure by design."http://www.ibm.com

Kenya's Safaricom Deploys NSN's Subscriber Data Platform

Kenya's Safaricom is deploying Nokia Siemens Networks' Subscriber Data Management (SDM) platform to pull together subscriber data that currently resides on multiple databases. This is far more efficient than managing multiple databases for different applications, including Home Location Register (HLR), Home Subscriber Server (HSS) and converged Data Authentication. NSN said its platform will allow Safaricom to gain better insight into the needs and likes of its customers and offer targeted services. The deployment is part of Safaricom's transition to an all-IP network.

Telia Launches Commercial LTE in Gothenburg

TeliaSonera, which activated the first commercial LTE service in the world in December 2009, has now launched its service in Gothenburg, Sweden. Nokia Siemens Networks supplied its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations and its NetAct network management system to monitor, manage and optimize the operator's network in the city.

During the extensive pre-launch tests performed by TeliaSonera and Nokia Siemens Networks, average downlink rates of 85-90 Mbps were measured, peaking at 100Mbps - the maximum data rate supported by the current generation of LTE devices. In the uplink, 30 Mbps were measured, which is again in the top range of the expected uplink data rates.

"Our worldwide premiere of 4G services in Stockholm and Oslo last year and today in Gothenburg, is strong testimony to TeliaSonera's commitment to provide the fastest mobile Internet speeds to our subscribers," said Erik Hallberg, senior vice president and head of Mobility Services Sweden in TeliaSonera. "We enjoy the distinction of being the only operator worldwide to offer commercial 4G services. Going forward, we're continuing the 4G network roll out during 2010 in Sweden's 25 largest cities and vacation areas."http://www.nsn.com

Occam Supplies Multiservice Access in Indiana

Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative, has deployed Occam Networks' BLC 6000 multiservice access platform (MSAP) in a FTTH project serving Christmas Lake Village in Santa Claus, Indiana. PSC selected Occam to provide equipment for an ILEC fiber overbuild as PSC looks to enhance its broadband service. This FTTH upgrade of PSC's network, which also provides broadband services throughout a three county region of southern Indiana, is further enhancing the voice, video and data needs of the community.

In addition to the new fiber deployment in Santa Claus, Indiana, earlier this year PSC added Active Ethernet to serve business customers from its existing 10Gigabit Ethernet ring. The network was initially deployed for fixed wireless backhaul and has facilitated the convergence of wireless and business Ethernet traffic. PSC is currently in the process of connecting hospitals and small to medium businesses (SMBs) with high-speed voice, video and data over copper, fiber and native Ethernet services. Occam currently supports over 2,000 total access lines throughout PSC's service network.

Two Minute Video: Carrier Ethernet Service Engineering

Presented by Mark Showalter, Extreme Networkshttp://www.extremenetworks.com

Nimbula Raises $15 Million for Cloud OS

Nimbula, a start-up based in Menlo Park, California, raised $15 million in second round venture funding for its Cloud Operating System.

Nimbula, which emerged from stealth mode in June 2010, was founded by former Amazon executives Chris Pinkham and Willem van Biljon, who led the development of the Amazon EC2 public cloud service. The company is focused on blending EC2-like scale, agility and efficiency with private infrastructure customization and control.

The new funding was led by Accel Partners. Current investor Sequoia Capital, which led Nimbula's first round of venture financing, also participated in this round.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ericsson Selects GoAhead's OpenSAFfire

Ericsson has selected GoAhead Software's OpenSAFfire source code for use in high availability platforms.
The OpenSAFfire product is GoAhead's commercial distribution of the OpenSAF open source high availability software project.

"Aligned with our strategy for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software, we are selecting third party products to strengthen the establishment of an ecosystem around standardized SA Forum-based middleware," said Graham Osborne, Head of Development Unit Core & IMS at Ericsson.

In March, GoAhead announced its move to OpenSAF-based solutions and the simultaneous acquisition of the Avantellis product line from Emerson Network Power. The company's experience in high availability and the new capabilities acquired in the Avantellis deal give it a powerful combination of assets for building market-leading high availability open source solutions.

"This is a major milestone for GoAhead," said Asif Naseem, President and COO of GoAhead Software. "We look forward to providing Ericsson with a world-class high availability solution."http://www.goahead.com
  • In July, OpenSAF announced the public availability of Release 4.0 of its high availability (HA) middleware platform. OpenSAF Release 4.0 implements all major functions of the Service Availability Forum Application Interface Specification and includes important enhancements to improve scalability as well as hardware and software management.

    "With Release 4.0, OpenSAF has reached a level of maturity that will broaden its reach and cross-industry impact," said Monica Hatlen of Ericsson, President of the OpenSAF Foundation. "Release 4.0 in many ways fulfills the vision of the initial OpenSAF community when the project was created, and we are proud to offer it to the world. It delivers a cost-effective, standards-based way to create highly available and reliable networks, and its new management features take a big step toward solving larger problems, including network saturation from increased smartphone use. Consumers also will reap this benefit as mobile traffic continues to grow."

WSJ: Corporate America Adopting Apple's iPad

Apple's iPad is finding a quick welcome in corporate America, according to The Wall Street Journal. While many companies have policies restricting the use of personal or consumer devices on the networks, the article cites several factors that have made the iPad an exception, including over 500 iPad business applications on iTunes.

Telecom Italia Tests LTE in Turin

Telecom Italia has kicked off the second phase of LTE testing using 17 sites in the center of Turin. Italy's Ministry of Economic Development authorized the use of two 20 MHz blocks in 2500-2690 MHz frequency band.

major technology partners involved in Telecom Italia's test include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks confirmed that it supplied its Flexi Multiradio Base Station, as well as its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) technology, which consists of the highly-scalable Flexi NG (Network Gateway) and Flexi NS (Network Server), for the test.

"We want TIM's mobile network to remain the best in terms of quality and performance. That is why we are continuing to invest in technology and services," said Oscar Cicchetti, Director Technology & Operations, Telecom Italia. "LTE represents a major step forward enabling us to provide 100 Mbit/s connections, but progresses in 3G technology will already allow us to offer our mobile Internet customers higher speeds over the coming months."http://www.telecomitalia.com

West Africa Cable System Plans UK Extension, 40 Gbps

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected to build an extension of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) from Portugal to the UK. The leg will span 2,000 km and operate at 40 Gbps. Under the contract extension, WACS will also deploy GMPLS capabilities providing dynamic and automated service provisioning for highest quality of service.

This extension follows the recent successful field trial with Alcatel-Lucent of 40G solution, which also leverages next-generation coherent technology, and will further bolster connectivity along the Africa-Europe route.

The WACS consortium is composed of 12 parties: Angola Cables, Broadband Infraco, Cable & Wireless, Congo Telecom, MTN, Office Congolais des Postes et Télécommunications,Portugal Telecom / Cabo Verde Telecom, Tata Communications / Neotel, Telecom Namibia, Telkom SA, Togo Telecom and Vodacom.

With commercial service expected by 2011, WACS will provide Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo and the Republic of Congo with the first direct access to the global submarine cable communication network. It will connect South Africa to the UK with landings in Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, and Portugal.

DISH Network Launches Online Video Portal with Live TV

DISH Network introduced online video portal for its satellite TV customers that integrates live and recorded TV with more than 150,000 popular movies, TV shows, clips and trailers into one easy-to-use interface.

DISHOnline.com enables customers to watch their live TV, all of their DVR recordings, and instantly view thousands of movies, TV shows, clips and more from programmers such as Food Network, Discovery Channel, MTV, EPIX, Starz and Encore. There is no additional cost above Dish's normal, monthly paid-subscription fee.

DISHOnline.com is also open to non-DISH Network customers, who have access to thousands of free video selections available for instant streaming. Those with a DISH Network subscription can enjoy the enhanced features of DISHOnline.com by logging in with their existing DISH Network online account information. Live and recorded TV viewing is enabled for customers with a ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR or the upcoming Sling Adapter.

Juniper Releases Media Flow Engine Appliances

Juniper Networks released a line of high-performance content delivery appliances designed to maximize the scale and reliability of its Media Flow converged content delivery and caching solution for service providers.

The Juniper VXA Series Media Flow Engines appliances, which leverage technology originally developed by Ankeena Networks (acquired by Juniper earlier this year), are aimed at optimizing content delivery networks (CDNs). Juniper's Media Flow Solution can cache and deliver content closer to the edge of service providers' networks, which can reduce transit traffic and lower CapEx and OpEx. Content publishers can deploy Media Flow as a next-generation origin cache, where its high scalability enables server consolidation, reducing costs associated with power, space and cooling. The Media Flow uses adaptive streaming technology to ensure a TV-like viewing experience even as network conditions fluctuate. Users also enjoy improved response times since content is served more locally.

The foundation of the Media Flow Solution is Juniper Networks Media Flow Controller, a hierarchical caching software appliance that provides an awareness of content requirements, network conditions and storage infrastructure for optimal caching efficiency and performance. The Media Flow Solution also includes Juniper Networks Media Flow Manager, an element management application and the newly available VXA Series Media Flow Engines.

Media Flow Controller can be deployed on the VXA Series Media Flow Engines or on general purpose x86 servers.

Newly announced CDN customers for Juniper include Demand Media, Break Media and BitGravity.

"The market has experienced exponential growth in online video traffic over the past few years, often doubling every six months according to leading analysts," said Manoj Leelanivas, executive vice president and general manager of Junos Ready Software at Juniper Networks. "Our customers are looking for ways to improve their scale, drive down costs and grow revenue at the same time, and the Media Flow Solution allows them achieve all three. It improves the efficiency of content delivery, while opening up the potential for new revenue-generating services."http://www.juniper.net