Monday, May 2, 2011

RadiSys Reports Higher Than Expected Q1

RadiSys posted Q1 2011 revenue of $73.6 million, up 9% YoY, a GAAP net loss of $529,000 or $0.02 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.2 million or $0.09 per diluted share. Next-Generation Communications Networks product revenue was $30.4 million, up 8.5% from $28.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 41% of total revenue.


Scott Grout, RadiSys President and CEO, "We had higher than anticipated ATCA revenues as well as larger legacy communications revenues enabling us to exceed revenue expectations and come in on the high end of our earnings range for the quarter. We were awarded new ATCA business in a variety of applications including notable wins in IMS and wireless infrastructure. We entered a new geographic market with our full media server solution with application software by closing business with a leading China-based Conferencing Service Provider. "http://www.radisys.com

EB Enhances its LTE In-Lab Testing

EB has upgraded its Wireless Environment Solution (EB WES), which is a virtual drive test software application running on the EB Propsim F8 radio channel emulator that re-creates a real world, live network in laboratory environment. It is used for testing and optimizing networks in laboratories minimizing the need for field testing.


EB said its testing solution shortens roll-out schedules as the products are more mature at the time of field testing because on in-lab testing. LTE products tested with EB WES enables higher call connection rates, a higher Base Transceiver Station (BTS) capacity, minimal dropped calls and decreased spending on Quality of Service.
http://www.elektrobit.com

Arista: Open Always Wins







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Doug Gourlay, VP of Marketing at Arista Networks, discusses an open framework in the context of data center switching, including OpenFlow, and scalability challenges for cloud infrastructure.http://www.aristanetworks.com

RadiSys to Acquire Continuous Computing

RadiSys agreed to acquire privately-held Continuous Computing Corporation in a deal valued at up to $120 million in cash and stock. This includes approximately $73 million in cash and 3,666,667 shares of RadiSys common stock. Certain performance-based earn-out payments are also part of the deal.



Continuous Computing develops ATCA-based communications systems and is also known for its Trillium protocol software, as well as its SW Professional Services for network equipment suppliers. Key customer applications include 3G and 4G Wireless infrastructure, Small Cell base stations, Traffic Management, Internet Offload and Network Security.



RadiSys is a leading supplier of hardware and software platforms for network equipment vendors. Its products include ATCA and IP Media Server platforms, as well as application software for new IP-based communications services. These products enable Targeted segments include 3G/4G/LTE wireless voice, data and video, Femtocell,
VoIP and Video over IP communications and conferencing, Voice Quality Enhancement (VQE), and secure defense
communications,



The companies cited a number of strategic drivers for the merger, including a shared technology vision centered on ATCA, a common customer base of network equipment suppliers, and expanding opportunities in the wireless, especially LTE, femtocells and deep packet inspection (DPI) appliances. The broadened product portfolio and the Trillium software will benefit the customers.



After the deal closes, the companies will make the following leadership changes. Mike Dagenais, Continuous Computing President and CEO, will become RadiSys' Chief Executive Officer. Brian Bronson, current Chief Financial Officer of RadiSys will become RadiSys' President and Chief Financial Officer. Scott Grout, current President and Chief Executive Officer of RadiSys will become Vice Chair of the RadiSys Board of Directors.http://www.radisys.com http://www.ccpu.com/

Brocade Sharpens its SP Cloud Services Architecture

At its annual Technology Day Summit in San Jose, Brocade outlined its plans to deliver new cloud-optimized networking solutions to enable the next evolution in public cloud infrastructures. The aim is to service providers leverage their existing infrastructures to create a broad set of new revenue-generating services, such as virtual private cloud services, for enterprise customers.



Highlights of the announcements include:



Significant software advancements to the entire family of Brocade Internet core, metro and edge routing products, including a clear migration path from today's IPv4-based networks to IPv6. Specifically, Brocade has expanded its set of dual-protocol networking solutions with embedded support for high-speed routing of IPv6 traffic over an MPLS network. The software release also significantly increases MPLS scalability and features for large networks.



A new set of carrier-grade 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 100 GbE blades for Brocade MLX Series routers to enable massive scalability for highly virtualized and cloud-based networks. General availability of two-port 100 GbE and eight-port 10 GbE (8×10G-X) blades for the Brocade MLX Series. When installed in the Brocade MLXe router, the 100 GbE performance can power a half-million high-definition video streams over a single managed connection. This provides more than twice the operational efficiency of competitors at a fraction of the cost, resulting in massive gains in profitability.



Brocade 6910 Ethernet Access Switch -- a compact MEF compliant solution that extends wire-speed Ethernet services to the network edge without compromising performance. Target applications are metro access for enterprise customers, mobile backhaul for cellular 4G/LTE, public safety networks and managed customer premises devices for enterprise customers.



Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series of compact 1U routers -- designed for high-performance Ethernet edge routing and MPLS applications. Newly introduced models of this router provide significant scalability enhancements to accommodate future growth of IPv4 and IPv6 route tables. With its expanded capabilities, the NetIron CER 2000 enables a wide range of services and applications to help service providers deliver advanced cloud-optimized routing throughout the metro edge. The target applications include provider edge routing, data center border routing and enterprise border routing.



Enhanced IPv4/IPv6 and MPLS routing capabilities and scalability for the Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series compact routers to expand the service provider cloud in metro networks.http://www.brocade.com

Brocade Introduces 16 Gbps Fibre Channel Portfolio

Brocade is pushing ahead with the next generation of Fibre Channel (FC-PI-5) with the introduction of its end-to-end 16 Gbps portfolio. This includes the Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone, the Brocade 6510 Switch, the Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter, Brocade Network Advisor 11.1 management software and the Brocade Fabric OS 7.0 operating system. These products are based on the next-generation Fibre Channel industry standard, FC-PI-5, offering 16 Gbps performance, which doubles the performance of solutions that Brocade first pioneered in 2008.



Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone: Designed to support private cloud storage, it is available in 8-slot or 4-slot chassis models supporting up to 384 16 Gbps ports at line-rate speeds and 8.2 Tbps of chassis bandwidth. It simplifies scale-out network design to reduce complexity, simplify management and reduce overall costs. Energy consumption is 0.27 watts/Gbps.



Brocade 6510 Switch: A flexible design that is purpose-built to enhance server virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and solid state disk (SSD) deployments in an efficient 1U form factor. It can be expanded from 24 ports to 48 ports, delivering up to 768 Gbps aggregate throughput, while offering power consumption rates of just 0.14 watts/Gbps. Each port delivers 40 percent greater performance than 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports at a comparable cost.



Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter: A new class of server adapter that supports Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Ethernet connectivity needs on a single adapter for flexible server I/O consolidation, the Brocade 1860 is ideally suited for private cloud-optimized data center networks. It also delivers wire-speed performance for both 16 Gbps Fibre Channel and 10 GbE, and more than 1 million IOPS for storage applications. It unifies the management of adapter, SAN and LAN resources via a single interface with Brocade Network Advisor.



Brocade Network Advisor 11.1: The unified management software solution for Brocade Fibre Channel, wired Ethernet and wireless Ethernet as well as converged network environments, Brocade Network Advisor provides greater insight for end-to-end network management to help reduce costs and simplify operations. It delivers a wide range of powerful management features as well as advanced server adapter and virtual machine management capabilities. To simplify management, it integrates seamlessly with third-party storage resource management and data center orchestration tools such as the EMC Resource Management Suite and the HP Virtual Connect Enterprise and Storage Provisioning Managers.



Brocade Fabric OS 7.0: The Brocade Fibre Channel hardware runs on the latest generation of Brocade Fabric OS, which is now available in version 7.0. This latest release offers several unique features designed for virtualization and cloud architectures, including Bottleneck Detection, Advanced Performance Monitoring and Adaptive Networking to help optimize fabric behavior and application performance.



The Brocade 16 Gbps Fibre Channel solutions will be available beginning in calendar Q2 2011. http://www.brocade.com

HomeGrid Forum Backs ITU-T MIMO Spec for G.hn

The HomeGrid Forum announced its endorsement of a new draft standard (ITU-T G.9963) called G.hn-mimo that
adds state-of-the-art MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology to the G.hn standard for high-speed networking over existing home wiring.





MIMO significantly increases robustness, rate, and coverage, making G.hn by far the premier home networking technology, especially in very challenging noise environments such as powerlines in the home.



MIMO works by using the multiple paths available because power wires have 3 conductors (phase, neutral and ground). G.hn-mimo standard devices will be able to send traffic streams over multiple paths simultaneously and thus increase throughput rates and noise robustness. In cases where a communication path is affected by impairments, other paths can be used to compensate and hence ensure full coverage and persistent delivery of content.



ITU-T G.9963 is the first powerline MIMO specification to be developed by an international SDO (Standards Development Organization). As G.hn-mimo is an enhancement to G.hn, G.hn devices with MIMO are fully interoperable with devices built to the G.hn standard approved in 2010.
http://www.homegridforum.org

Motorola Mobility to Sell BelAir's Carrier Wi-Fi for MSOs

Motorola Mobility will resell BelAir Networks' carrier Wi-Fi systems to cable operators worldwide. This new relationship combines Motorola's cable video and broadband solutions and customer support organization with BelAir's solutions, including its picocellular technology and advanced Wi-Fi network provisioning and management solutions.



The Cable Wi-Fi portfolio supports virtual Wi-Fi access points that allow cable operators to offer branded Wi-Fi services to their service provider partners using a single access point. Deployment options include strand mount, pedestal and even underground locations, promoting limitless possibilities for access point locations. Supporting 802.11n and 3x3 MIMO standards based beam forming, Motorola's Cable Wi-Fi portfolio includes access to the entire BelAir portfolio, with initial focus on the CW100SNE for cable network applications, the CW20E for indoor applications, CW20EO solution designed for outdoor wireless mesh applications and CWView, an advanced provisioning and management tool supporting the complete Motorola Cable Wi-Fi portfolio.



"Cable Wi-Fi is a natural extension of our leading cable video and broadband portfolio that complements our business and the solutions we offer to cable operators worldwide today," said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager, network infrastructure, Motorola Mobility. "As we move beyond the early adopter phase and into the growth phase of the market, we believe the combination of Motorola's global reach and BelAir's proven and trusted portfolio will be compelling for both companies. We are excited to be teaming with BelAir and look forward to serving our customers the latest innovations in cable video, broadband and now Cable Wi-Fi solutions."http://www.motorola.com/mobilityhttp://www.belairnetworks.com

American Airlines Tests Streaming Inflight Video

American Airlines will begin testing inflight video streaming, enabling passengers to wirelessly stream content such as movies and TV shows from an inflight library to their personal Wi-Fi-enabled devices during flight.



The airline is using Aircell's video and Internet products. Initial tests are running on two Boeing 767-200 aircraft in transcontinental service. American Airlines plans to begin customer testing early this summer. The airline's goal is to roll out this product on Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft starting this fall pending FAA certifications.



In addition, American will work with Aircell to further enhance onboard connectivity by expanding inflight Wi-Fi to its narrow body fleet, including additional MD80 and domestic Boeing 757-200 aircraft – successfully completing its Wi-Fi offering on all of its domestic aircraft dedicated to flying within the continental United States. The Wi-Fi expansion will include 93 of American's domestic 757s used for routes within the continental United States, and up to 50 additional MD80 aircraft. Installation will begin this summer and continue through 2012. In addition, American continues to install Wi-Fi service on its entire fleet of 737-800 aircraft.http://www.aa.com http://www.aircell.com

Gigamon Scales its Data Access Switch

Gigamon introduced its GigaVUE-HD8 intelligent data access switch for replicating and filtering network traffic to monitoring and security tools at speeds of 1G and 10G. The new GigaVUE-HD8 appliance replicates and filters network traffic to monitoring and security tools at speeds of 1G and 10G. The company said this bump up in performance is needed to keep networking monitoring and testing up to speed with with 10G networks.



Gigamon's new appliance uses next-generation switch fabrics that enable an advanced 1.024 Tbps backplane with a non-blocking architecture. The switch delivers SPAN port traffic to network monitoring and test tools. It features a modular configuration, offering hot-pluggable redundant control cards, power supplies, plus up to eight blades that provide 96 10G and 32 1G ports, or 352 1G and 32 10G ports in the maximum configurations.



The appliance support a maximum of 384 total ports. It also introduces a powerful new command line interface (CLI) for the H Series, which controls Gigamon's patented Intelligent Flow Mapping technology. Flow mapping is the replacement to outdated ingress and egress data filtering technology.



"Data visibility matters, because it's what the IT staff doesn't see that can result in lost business, brand damage, fines or other liabilities," said Ted Ho, CEO at Gigamon. "At the end of the day, the reliable performance of a network is critical to a robust, competitive business. By breaking the 'terabit barrier,' the GigaVUE-HD8 appliance provides visibility that is critical to network security and monitoring, enabling efficient tool operations and help reduce business risks associated with those mission-critical operations."



This is first offering in a new GigaVUE H Series of products.http://www.gigamon.com

Arista Opens its Big Data Switches for Cloud Developers

Arista Networks is opening its network operating system to enable native third party development. The new capabilities will enable applications that can leverage real time visibility of the switch state, in-service software upgrades of network-based tasks, and fully-automated testing and regression.



The company said this open software framework paves the way for more advanced, cloud-based applications. Cloud stack developers, big data companies, academics, and independent software developers around the world are working on EOS applications, including Cloud.com, Cloudscaling, Kyoto University, Morphlabs, Nimbula, and Solace Systems.



Arista is also creating "EOS Central", an online community where customers and developers can track projects and share resources, such as a growing reference library of scripts and APIs.



As part of EOS Central, Arista is showcasing a downloadable extension called "CloudVision", which combines web-scale message passing platforms with the EOS architecture to deliver a management capability that is extremely flexible: topology agnostic, in-band or out-of-band, featuring a publish/subscribe architecture, and supporting orders of magnitude more devices than competitive offerings. CloudVision is built with open-standard protocols and open source software - all modifications have been checked in on GitHub to continue to fuel innovation in message-bus architectures.



Arista noted that is two-tiered data center architecture scales to over 18,000 10 Gbps attached hosts, thereby providing the power for massive cloud deployments.



"Customers recognize that legacy enterprise vendors have failed to deliver cost-effective, simple, and scalable cloud solutions. Now they are turning away from closed, inefficient, slow, complex, and overpriced systems," stated Randy Bias, chief technology officer at Cloudscaling. "Arista EOS offers our customers an open environment with a modern software architecture enabling automation, scalability and overcoming the network challenges for cost-effective cloud deployments."http://www.aristanetworks.com

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Aurora Networks Acquires GoBackTV

Aurora Networks, which supplies optical transport solutions provider for cable operators, has acquired GoBackTV for an undisclosed sum.



"GoBackTV fills expertise in evolving areas that represent timely opportunities for Aurora Networks to expand its technology in line with the needs of cable operators," said Guy Sucharczuk, chairman, president and CEO of Aurora Networks. "We are using this acquisition to increase our technology base enabling us to expand the breadth of our product lines, thus maintaining our lead as the cable operator's main partner to build future-proof networks."


To round out its offering, Aurora Networks will strategically integrate key technologies from GoBackTV's current product line of headend and edge solutions into its current product line. GoBackTV's product offering complements Aurora Network's strategy as its solutions are a flexible and future-proof way to deploy all-digital video services.


GoBackTV, headquartered in Menlo Park, CA, has approximately 20 current employees that will be integrated into Aurora Networks' Santa Clara campus. Aurora Networks expects the companies to be fully combined within two months.
http://www.aurora.com

ARRIS Launches Video Transcoding Platform

ARRIS introduced the 4000 series of its VIPr video transcoding platform, featuring MPEG-4 adaptive streaming, video fragmentation and packaging of live content for multiple screen applications for both Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB), as well as MPEG-4 transcoding. The VIPr 4000 series enables operators to deliver live content in multiple encoding formats with the highest possible standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) video quality.


The new platform leverages the ARRIS VIPr 4800, a second-generation video transcoder capable of generating live multi-screen video output through adaptive bit rate streaming. As a network video processor that ingests video streams in both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (AVC H.264), the VIPr 4800 provides MPEG-4 video outputs at multiple resolutions, multiple bit rates and for multiple device types – including tablets, smartphones, personal computers and televisions.


Also available in this series is the ARRIS VIPr 4400 platform, which offers classic transcoding functionality such as MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 transcoding, and MPEG-4 re-encoding with integrated Statistical Multiplexing to ensure optimal bandwidth utilization and high quality video.

http://www.arrisi.com/get/vipr/

Nortel Networks' Patent Sales Process Gains Regulatory Approvals

Nortel Networks has received approvals from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for the "stalking horse" asset sale agreement with Ranger Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc. for the sale of all of Nortel's remaining patents and patent applications for a cash purchase price of US$900 million.


The court orders also established bidding procedures for an auction that allows other qualified bidders to submit higher or otherwise better offers, as required under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Qualified bidders will be required to submit offers for the patent portfolio by June 13, 2011, subject to any permitted extensions. Competing qualified bids would then be expected to proceed to an auction, currently scheduled for June 20, 2011.
http://www.nortel.com

Korea's SK Broadband Deploys Procera

SK Broadband, Korea's second largest Internet Service Provider (ISP), has successfully deployed Procera Networks' PacketLogic solutions, including its flagship PacketLogic PL10014 and PacketLogic PL1420 Intelligence Center solutions to support their high data traffic volumes and provide real-time traffic information, traffic analysis capabilities, and the ability to enforce granular policies to SK Broadband's network operations. Financial terms were not disclosed.



Serving four million broadband Internet subscribers, SK Broadband selected PacketLogic in the fourth quarter of 2010 and deployed it in January of this year with the primary objective of ensuring a high-quality Internet service by leveraging the industry's most accurate Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) technology.



"PacketLogic provides exceptional visibility into high-volume data traffic, which helps us predict potential issues and resolve other challenges as they occur," said Seung Seog Lee, Head of the Network Division at SK Broadband.

http://www.proceranetworks.com

Verizon Wireless Adds to its LTE in Rural America Program

Illinois-based Convergence Technologies Inc (CTI) has joined Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America program. Under the program, CTI will work with Verizon Wireless to deliver 4G LTE services to rural Indiana communities within the IN-5 Cellular Market Area.



Under the agreement, Verizon Wireless will lease to CTI its 700 MHz upper C block wireless spectrum in the CTI service area where Verizon Wireless has not already constructed a network. This project will leverage portions of CTI's recent $18 million Broadband Stimulus Project to bring advanced 4G wireless services to underserved rural communities throughout Illinois and Indiana. CTI expects 4G LTE speeds of up to 12 Mbps for downloads and up to 5 Mbps for uploads.



Charles Wu, Convergence Technologies CEO stated "This partnership with Verizon Wireless creates a regional powerhouse that combines CTI's existing network and spectrum assets with a data-roaming agreement from the leading wireless network company. CTI 4G LTE customers will be able to roam on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network throughout the country and Verizon Wireless customers will be able to roam on the CTI 4G LTE network. These added LTE lease areas will increase CTI's 4G mobile wireless coverage to over 750,000 POPs across Illinois and Indiana."http://www.cticonnect.com/

China's FiberHome Picks PMC-Sierra's HyPHY for OTN

FiberHome, one of China's network equipment providers, has selected PMC-Sierra's HyPHY chipset for its FONST Series family of WDM optical transmission solutions.



FiberHome's FONST Series is an intelligent WDM offering based on OTN technology with scalability up to 3.85 Tbps capacity. In conjunction with enhanced switching technology for both optical and electrical layers, the product line will now offer a uniform capability to flexibly aggregate, cross-connect and transport a wide range of protocols from SONET/SDH, Ethernet, Fiber Channel/SAN and video over converged OTN networks.



"FiberHome's FONST WDM solutions address the Carriers' requirements for multi-service agility and high-capacity adaptability with increased power efficiency," said Fan Zhiwen, vice-general manager of FiberHome's Transport Business Unit. "We standardized on PMC-Sierra's HyPHY products because they enabled us to significantly reduce our development costs by eliminating multiple designs, in addition to offering uniform functionality across our platforms. By achieving this design breakthrough at 50 percent lower power, we are confident that our best-in-class WDM product line will enable FiberHome to offer OTN solutions to Carriers around the world."



"Regardless of geography or service mix, our HyPHY chipset solves the complex service aggregation over OTN problem in Carriers' access and metro networks. We are pleased to bring such architecture innovation to the market in collaboration with FiberHome and to expand our participation in the worldwide OTN network build-out," said Babak Samimi, vice president of marketing and applications of PMC-Sierra's Communication Products Division.



PMC-Sierra's HyPHY family delivers high-capacity framing, mapping, switching and multiplexing of carrier Ethernet, SAN, OTN, transparent bit services such as video, and SONET/SDH to allow Carriers to reduce the number of line cards and network elements, and adapt to a changing service mix without costly replacement of equipment. The platform provides client-agnostic, rate-agile Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) and 10 Gigabit pluggable (XFP or SFP+) interfaces and a set of OTN and Packet system interfaces for networking to a variety of switch fabric architectures and network processors.http://www.pmc-sierra.com http://www.fiberhomegroup.com

NetLogic Debuts Multi-Core Control-Plane Processor for LTE

NetLogic Microsystems introduced its XLP316 multi-core processor featuring a quad-core, 16-issue, 16-threaded, superscalar architecture with out-of-order execution and an L3 cache for control plane processing requirements.



The processor, which runs at up to 2.0GHz, is aimed at communications, networking, storage and security applications. It integrates 16 NXCPUs which are fully cache and memory coherent for software applications to seamlessly run in Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP) or Asymmetric Multi Processing (AMP) modes. The 16 NXCPUs are efficiently interconnected via NetLogic Microsystems' high-speed, low-latency Enhanced Fast Messaging Network to support billions of in-flight messages and packet descriptors between all on-chip elements. The XLP316 multi-core processor offers a tri-level cache architecture with 4 Mbytes of L3 cache and over 6 Mbytes of fully coherent on-chip cache which delivers 40 Tbps of extremely high-speed on-chip memory bandwidth. The XLP316 processor also incorporates one channel of 72-bit DDR3 interconnect that yields over 100 Gbps of off-chip memory bandwidth.



For 3G/4G LTE equipment, NetLogic said control-plane processing is growing challenge due to the significant growth in signaling traffic from smartphones and tablets. Always-on mobile broadband applications that run on these data-centric devices make frequent connections to the network to check for updates to emails and social networking sites, as well as to perform other background processes. The accumulation of these frequent bursts of signaling traffic is placing an unprecedented burden on control-plane processing that requires new levels of processing horsepower while maximizing energy efficiency in next-generation mobile infrastructure equipment.



Likewise the move to IPv6 is seen as leading to significantly higher control-plane processing requirements. Because IPv6 generates over 28 orders of magnitude more Internet addresses than its predecessor, this dramatically increases the burden on control-plane processing to manage and update the complex IPv6 databases.



To meet these requirements, NetLogic's new processor offers a high-performance floating point unit and a low latency tri-level cache architecture. When compared to competing quad-core processors with dual-issue and single-threading per core, in-order execution and missing L3 cache, the company calculates that its XLP316 delivers up to 400% higher control-plane processing performance, which enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to develop advanced, scalable systems for next-generation LTE and IPv6 networks.
http://www.netlogicmicro.com

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