Monday, August 30, 2010

Verizon Business Extends Cloud Services with VMware

Verizon Business is testing VMware's vSphere virtualization platform to expand its Computing as a Service (CaaS) portfolio.
Specifically, Verizon's CaaS enabled by VMware's vCloud Datacenter solution will allow enterprises to decide which applications to move to the cloud so they can react more quickly to changing business conditions. This would enable companies to pay only for IT resources consumed (server, connectivity, storage) while delivering the levels of security, performance and control available in private cloud environments. Additionally, with Verizon's new compute service, enterprises utilizing the VMware platform can leverage their existing infrastructure, tool and skill sets without changing their underlying IT setup.

Kerry Bailey, Verizon Business senior vice president for enterprise strategy, said, "With this latest addition to our cloud computing portfolio, our enterprise clients can now trial the unmatched flexibility of our new hybrid cloud solution, which builds on our relationship with VMware to deliver a new, innovative service while leading the industry to an 'everything-as-a-service' model."

"The relationship between VMware and Verizon will bring the full benefits of hybrid cloud computing and IT as a service to our customers," said Paul Maritz, president and CEO, VMware. "The new Verizon service based on VMware vCloud™ Datacenter enables enterprises to improve efficiency and agility by leveraging internal and external resources in a fully compatible, compliant and flexible manner, developed and certified together by VMware and Verizon."

Occam Networks Signs Greek Reseller

Occam Networks has signed Optronics Technologies S.A. of Athens as part of its rapidly growing EMEA reseller network. Optronics is known across Greece and Cyprus for its installation of fiber optic-based LAN and WAN networks for both publicly and privately-owned networks. It also has its own production facilities for fiber optic accessories and components and can develop customized solutions for its customers through its own laboratories if required.

T-Mobile USA Plans 42 Mbps HSPA+ for 2011

T-Mobile USA announced plans offer dual-carrier HSPA+ with peak theoretical speeds of 42 Mbps by 2011. The company said its mobile broadband network now covers 100 million people in more than 55 major U.S. metropolitan areas.

T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, which currently offers theoretical peak throughput speeds of 21Mbps, is now available in Boston; Erie, Penn.; Fresno, Palm Springs and San Diego, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Spokane, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.

"Our new network offers today's available 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country and we're not done yet. We are now on pace to more than double our HSPA+ footprint reaching more than 200 million people by this year with plans to offer 42Mbps theoretical speeds in 2011," said Neville Ray, chief network officer for T-Mobile USA.

Singapore's M1 Offers 1 Gbps Residential Service

Singapore's M1 is launching fibre broadband over the NGNBN infrastructure.

Four new broadband plans for residential customers with downlink speeds of 1Gbps, 100Mbps, 50Mbps and 25Mbps will be offered.

Residential broadband customers also have the option of signing up for free incoming and outgoing calls on M1 Fixed Voice, which is M1's new fixed line service. Students who sign up for any M1 mobile plan will enjoy a special subscription rate of only S$39 for the 100Mbps broadband plan.

To mark the launch, M1 will offer a 3-month free trial of the fibre broadband service at 100Mbps to residential customers whose homes are ready for service. Customers can sign up for the free trial only on 1 September at any M1 Shop.

For corporate customers, M1 will offer complete business solutions with customized offerings on the fibre network, including fixed voice, IP Centrex and managed services. A range of corporate plans with speeds from 10Mbps to 1Gbps based on GPON and Active Ethernet technology will be offered. Corporate customers can call 6655 5588 or contact their M1 account managers for the range of available services and plans.

Ridgemont Equity to Acquire Majority Stake in Unite Private Networks

Ridgemont Equity Partners will acquire a majority equity stake in Unite Private Networks (UPN), which operates fiber infrastructure in 12 U.S. states, primarily in the mid-West. UPN, which is based near Kansas City, specializes in providing high-capacity data communications networks and related services to schools, government, carriers, data centers and enterprise business customers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SingTel Launches Services over NGNBN Fibre

SingTel launched a set of high-speed, consumer and business communication services in its home with downlink speeds of up to 200 Mbps using Singapore's new Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) and its own fibre infrastructure.

"The availability of an ultra high-speed fibre network through the NGNBN and our own fibre infrastructure presents SingTel with significant opportunities to break new grounds in terms of service innovation and value creation. We will leverage our reputation of a reliable network operator, astute customer insights and an effective partner ecosystem to deliver personalised customer-centric applications, which will pique the imagination of consumers and increase the productivity of businesses. These distinctive applications which focus on entertainment, convergence and productivity enhancement will ensure that SingTel continues to not only lead but shape the digital media and ICT market in Singapore," stated Mr. Allen Lew, CEO Singapore, SingTel.

Starting 01-Spetember-2010, customers have a choice of four "exStream" pricing tiers with prices ranging from S$85 to S$110 per month. Advertised speeds are 150 or 200 Mbps for downloads; 75 or 100 Mbps for uploads; and 15 or 25 Mbps for international bandwidth. Service features range from unlimited local calling, 10GB of online storage, an exclusive TV Apps store, on-demand movie packages, and sports programming. SingTel will also bundled discounts for customers choosing multiple mobile phone lines.

SingTel is also launching an "eVolve" fibre solution for businesses that is built on its wholly owned and managed infrastructure. eVolve complements SingTel's existing suite of business fibre services by providing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a lower cost option. Pricing begins at S$248 per month for a 30 Mbps service or S$298 for a 100 Mbps service. The fibre connectivity may be used to access SingTel's suite of Managed Services and Cloud Solutions.

Singapore's Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network Launches

Singapore's Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN) officially began commercial operations.
Under the NBN structure established by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) in 2008, the NetCo (OpenNet) is responsible for deploying fiber and maintaining the passive infrastructure while the OpCo (Nucleus Connect) is responsible for the active network and for delivering wholesale services to Retail Service Providers (RSPs). A structural separation is maintained to ensure an open next gen network.

OpenNet, Singapore's Optical Fibre Network Company, which is now offering commercial dark fibre leases, said that to date, the optical fibre cable rollout has already passed through 30% of households and non-residential buildings in Singapore. OpenNet is a joint venture between four partners -- Axia NetMedia (Axia), Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and SP Telecommunications (SPT).

Nucleus Connect, which is responsible for designing, building and operating the active portion of Singapore's NGNBN, announced the first five Retail Service Providers (RSPs) who will go live on the network: LGA, M1, Singtel, StarHub and SuperInternet. Nucleus Connect is installing GPON and Optical Ethernet equipment for the last mile connection. The company said businesses and home owners can look forward to pervasive, competitively priced, broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps. Some of the initial services expected from these RSPs include ultra-speed Internet access, IPTV, HD video surveillance and HD digital signage applications.

"Today marks a historical moment not only for Nucleus Connect but also for Singapore's infocomm future as we transform Singapore into a global city, an intelligent nation," said Mr David Storrie, Chief Executive Officer of Nucleus Connect.
  • In September 2009, Nucleus Connect selected Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei Technologies as its primary vendors.

  • The government of Singapore has previously stated that it expects broadband rates of up to 1 Gbps to be offered to 95% of residences by December 2012

Dell'Oro: Weakness in the Microwave Transmission Market

The point-to-point microwave equipment market experienced a second consecutive quarter of decline in what is typically a seasonally strong quarter, as it dipped to a little over $1 billion during the second quarter of 2010, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The report indicates that Ericsson continued to hold the largest market share in the quarter, trailed closely by Huawei. Huawei gained 5 percentage points of market share year-over-year, garnering the second highest microwave revenue in the second quarter. Alcatel-Lucent rounded out the top three vendors with steady growth in its packet microwave product.

"We noticed the microwave market slowing down during the first quarter of the year, but believed that it could improve in the second quarter with the help of seasonal spending which is common in the telecom equipment market," said Jimmy Yu, Sr. Director of Microwave Transmission research at Dell'Oro Group. "Instead, we found the second quarter was overcome by factors that weakened it: a volatile euro-to-US dollar exchange rate, decelerating purchases by a WiMAX operator, and deployment delays due to a new government security requirement in India," Yu added."

NTT DOCOMO Works with WiSpry on RF-MEMS Technology

WiSpry, a fabless RF semiconductor company based in Irvine, California, has signed an agreement with NTT DOCOMO, Inc. to jointly develop tunable filters for mobile phone applications based on WiSpry's RF-MEMS technology.

The companies are using the technology to design and develop new and enhanced tunable filters for mobile phones. WiSpry will supply tunable RF-MEMS technology, and DOCOMO will provide system and application technology.

Motorola Tunes its Remote Mgt for Multi-Screen Digital Homes

Motorola Mobility is introducing a new "EDGE" Service Assurance Software Suite for activating, provisioning, maintaining and supporting all broadband services in multi-screen digital homes.

Motorola's EDGE Manager remote management software platform (formerly Motorola NBBS) is a multi-protocol management solution that supports Broadband Forum's TR-069, SNMP, OMA-DM,WIB, Telnet and HTTP DL Server protocols.

This provides operators with expanded visibility into a range of consumer equipment (including Motorola and third-party modems, gateways, set-tops and mobile devices) and enables them to manage those devices' usage and performance parameters from a single control point. It also integrates into operator's existing OSS and billing systems.

NTT America Deploys VMware for Offering Cloud Services

NTT America is using VMware vCloud Director to offer cloud services to customers.

VMware vCloud Director software extends the resource pooling capabilities of VMware vSphere to enable enterprises and service providers to create pools of compute, networking and storage resources with defined management policies and performance levels -- helping establish a common model for provisioning IT services with consistent security, compliance and manageability across public and private cloud environments.

NTT Communications has data centers strategically located in more than 30 cities across 20 countries

F5 Integrates with VMware vCloud Director for "Cloudbursting"

F5 Networks introduced a solution developed in conjunction with VMware that enables enterprises to more easily augment the capacity of their data centers with external cloud resources -- a process called "cloudbursting".

The solution ties F5's BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager and its BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager with VMware vCloud Director and the VMware vCloud API to monitor application response times and apply business policies that can augment local resources with on-demand cloud-based resources when predetermined thresholds are met. The solution also relies on GemStone SQLFabric for distributed synchronization of database objects between the sites.

VBrick Wins U.S. Patent for Real-Time Video Compression

VBrick Systems has been awarded U.S. patent No. 7,751,482 for its real-time, encoding algorithms used during the compression of streaming video. VBrick said the issue faced when compressing streaming video is how to best optimize the quality of the final image given its real-time nature. In a typical real-time encoder, there is limited CPU power to efficiently compress incoming video streams. VBrick's patented technology, which specifically addresses the challenge of motion estimation, supports the delivery of high quality video (up to 1080p) while minimizing delay. Motion estimation is the most challenging and compute-intensive aspect of the H.264 algorithm.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

HP Launches CloudStart Services

HP introduced a "CloudStart" solution to simplify and accelerate private cloud deployments. HP CloudStart consists of hardware, software and services to enable pay-per-use services for infrastructure in their private clouds. This is enabled via real-time access to consumption and chargeback reports. HP clients will also be able to integrate their private clouds with third-party enterprise portals, public cloud services, usage billing packages and multiplatform resource management.

""To better serve the needs of their enterprises, clients are asking us to help them become internal service providers with the ability to deliver applications through a highly flexible private cloud environment," said Gary M. Budzinski, senior vice president and general manager, Technology Services, HP. "With CloudStart, HP is enabling clients to optimize applications for private cloud computing today, while providing a platform for a comprehensive, open and hybrid environment in the future."

Clearwire Offers Pay-As-You-Go Mobile Broadband, $5/Day

Clearwire launched a pay-as-you-go 4G mobile broadband service with daily, weekly and monthly payment options. The Clearwire "Rover" service, which will be marketed at tech-savvy Gen Y customers, offers unlimited data usage with no bandwidth caps over the company's WiMAX network.

Rover is available in all of Clearwire's 49 4G markets across the U.S. at Rover is also available at CLEAR stores, Best Buy stores and select independent wireless dealers in Houston and St. Louis.

Clearwire is betting that the market for prepaid mobile services in the U.S. is expanding beyond consumers with credit issues. The company believes there will be a growing segment, especially among younger consumers, who wish to be connected with mobile broadband wherever they go, but who prefer simplicity over a long-term contract.

"Simple, commitment-free wireless services are wildly popular with the Gen Y crowd, and Rover provides them with the first pay-as-you-go unlimited mobile internet offering at 4G speeds," said Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer for Clearwire.

Rover's flagship device is the Rover Puck: a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that lets the user share broadband access, or "Puck", with up to eight devices or friends in Wi-Fi range. The Rover Puck promises mobile download speeds of 3 to 6 mbps, with bursts over 10 Mbps. The device is priced at $149.99 (plus tax). Clearwire will also offer a 4G USB modem for $99.99 (plus tax).

Verizon Boosts DSL to 10-15 Mbps Downstream

Verizon introduced a new s High Speed Internet DSL tier at 10 to 15 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. The service is initially available to more than 4 million households and small businesses.

Pricing for the 10 to 15Mbps/1 Mbps service is $49.99 per month for residential customers with voice service from Verizon, and $59.99 per month for those without voice service. Small-business pricing for the new, higher speed tier begins at $89.99 per month as a stand alone service with a two-year agreement, and $99.99 per month with no term contract. Equipment fees and other charges apply.

NSN Partners with Telefónica on Smartphone Experience Lab

The future lies in "smart networks for smart devices" said Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks, speaking at the 24th annual Spanish telecoms summit in Santander, Spain. To help chard this future, NSN will create a "Smartphone Experience Lab" based in Telefónica premises in Madrid. The lab is investigating ideal configurations between mobile handsets, applications and networks to minimize any negative network impact from smart devices, improve resource consumption as well as better handset and application performance, and to ultimately provide people with the best possible user experience. The outcomes from the Lab's activities will include guidelines on the optimum network and handset configurations and application development.

"Networks need to transform - now - to cope with the huge amounts of signalling and data traffic smart devices generate. Our approach is the only one that can cope with this explosion, while preparing operators for the fast-approaching roll-out of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks," said Rajeev Suri.

Suri also confirmed that private equity firms have expressed interest investing in the company. Suri said reflects a turnaround underway at the company.

Sierra Wireless Supplies 42 Mbps HSPA+ Modems for Telstra

Sierra Wireless is supporting the launch of Telstra's first-in-the-world dual-channel HSPA+ network with the commercial launch of its AirCard 312U wireless USB modem. The device is being marketed as the Telstra Ultimate USB modem.

Dual-channel HSPA+ doubles the speeds of current HSPA+ networks from a peak downlink of 21 Mbps to 42 Mbps. However, Telstra advises that customers using a Telstra Ultimate USB modem in enabled coverage areas will experience real-world download speeds up to 20 Mbps.

Ceragon Notes Mobile Backhaul Order from Leading Indian Carrier

Ceragon Networks announced new orders for its advanced FibeAir platforms from a leading Indian operator. Ceragon's equipment will be deployed in a number of circles to facilitate the operator's network expansion. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Voltaire Packs 48 ports of 10GbE in Top-of-Rack Switch

Voltaire Ltd. introduced a low-latency, high-performance Layer 2/3 top-of-rack switch optimized for cloud computing. The new Vantage 6048 switch features 48 ports of 10GbE line rate connectivity in a 1U box. It provides non-blocking switching throughput of 960 Gbps, low latency and power consumption of 6.3 watts/port. to deliver superior application performance as well as data center efficiency.

Voltaire said the combination of its existing Vantage 8500 Layer 2 core switches and new Vantage 6048 switches enables customers to build flat data center fabrics of more than 3,400 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports with non-blocking, lossless switch fabric capacity of 69.12 Terabits per second. The company offers Unified Fabric Manager (UFM) software that orchestrates the fabric as a single logical switch, enforcing fabric-wide service policies, providing real-time fabric flow level monitoring, and simplifying fabric administration across many physical and virtual switching elements.