Sunday, October 16, 2011

VSS Monitoring Cites Growth for Network Intelligence Optimization

VSS Monitoring, a privately-held supplier of Network Intelligence Optimization, reported a record breaking Q3 2011 with 55 percent quarter-to-quarter growth. The company, which achieved year-over-year growth of 107 percent, , confirmed increased market demand for its analytics, security and WAN acceleration tools.

"Over the last six months, VSS Monitoring has focused on a more aggressive sales approach, implemented an attractive channel partner program and introduced new partnering methods to greatly enhance our strategic alliances, resulting in a much stronger go-to-market strategy," said Kevin Jablonski, vice president of global marketing, strategic partnerships and channels of VSS Monitoring. "With these enhancements and an award winning product line, VSS Monitoring has been able to meet and exceed expectations, leading to substantial gains in company size and market share."http://www.vssmonitoring.comVSS Monitoring was founded in 2003 and is based in San Mateo, California.

Bharti Airtel Picks NSN for Mobile Device Management

Bharti Airtel in Africa has selected Nokia Siemens Networks' Serve atOnce Device Management (SADM) software to be implemented across affiliates in 16 countries. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will consolidate the operator's existing multimedia messaging service (MMS) platforms into one centrally managed virtual platform. The solution will enable Bharti Airtel to remotely and automatically manage and configure user devices for new data services

Level 3 to Develop 200 New Wireless Tower Sites with 52Eighty

Level 3 Communications is working with 52Eighty, a wireless tower infrastructure company, to develop 200 new wireless tower access sites near Level 3's strategic Extended On-Net (EON) sites. Under the deal, Level 3 will grant 52Eighty access rights to develop the new tower sites near its facilities within a two-year period, while Level 3 will deploy the necessary optical transport equipment at the sites. Additionally, 52Eighty will cover the cost of the tower construction, and Level 3 will enable transport services to and from the compound structure.

Etisalat Looks to Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio

Etisalat, the leading mobile telecommunications operator in the United Arab Emirates, has signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent concerning the development of mobile broadband built around the Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio product family. The agreement was signed by Nasser bin Obood, Acting CEO- Etisalat and Mr. Nicolas Bouverot, Vice President ME, Alcatel-Lucent.

Michigan Tech Deploys BridgeWave's 80 GHz Radios

Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) has deployed BridgeWave's 80 GHz millimeter wave systems to connect several disparate buildings across its campus. The 80 GHz links eliminated the need to trench fiber under the nearby Portage shipping canal. The GigE wireless bridges have a highly secure, narrow antenna beam width, which is useful when transferring sensitive information across the campus network. BridgeWave's AdaptRate (AR) radios also include Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), the strongest data encryption available. The university reports that the connections continue to perform during Michigan's notoriously snowy winter.

Gulf Bridge Awards 100G Terrestrial/Submarine Contract to Xtera

Xtera Communications announced a multi-year contract to supply its optical transport systems to Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East's first privately-owned submarine cable operator. Under the contract, Xtera Communications will supply GBI's 100G networking needs for terrestrial and upgrades of submarine routes in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa. The contract provides Xtera with full turnkey responsibilities. The contract also includes Xtera's full portfolio of optical networking products. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • In March 2011, Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East's first privately-owned submarine cable operator, along with its partner, Vodafone Qatar, announced the landing of its new cable at Vodafone's international cable landing station just north of Doha.

  • The GBI cable system is a high-capacity, fiber optic cable that will connect all the countries of the Gulf region to each other and provide onward connectivity to Europe, Africa and Asia. The GBI cable system deploys several state-of-the-art technologies, such as new dual-stage repeaters and wavelength monitoring units. The architecture offers 128 x 10 Gbps wavelengths per fiber pair to achieve a total system design capacity of 2.56 Tbps. It will incorporate Optical Add Drop Multiplexing (OADM) undersea branching units to reduce upgrade costs, and increase reliability and system resiliency with the ability to by-pass a branch.

Ultra-fast Broadband Rollout Begins in South Island, New Zealand

Chorus, the wholesale division of Telecom New Zealand, and Crown Fibre Holdings announced the start of the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) rollout in the South Island. The first site for the new network infrastructure is Blenheim's town centre.

Crown Fibre Holdings Limited (CFH) was chartered by the Government of New Zealand to manage a nationwide rollout of FTTH Ultra-Fast Broadband.

Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe said the new ultra-fast broadband network will pass some 3,000 Blenheim homes, schools, health facilities and businesses by July next year.

"Today we've taken the first step towards Blenheim's fibre future and we're eager to work with partners, local council and community groups to extend our network to more suburbs in the coming year," said Ratcliffe.

"It's great to see the deployment of UFB commencing in Blenheim," said Graham Mitchell, CEO of Crown Fibre Holdings. "A transformation in New Zealand telecommunications infrastructure has well and truly begun. We look forward to seeing it reflected in new retail products and services."

In line with Government policy, fibre will be delivered first to priority customers, which includes schools, health facilities and businesses. http://www.crownfibre.govt.nz

LINX Builds New Exchange with Juniper Packet Transport Supercore

The London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the largest Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in the world, has selected Juniper Networks exclusively for a new network infrastructure enabling its members to interconnect and share video, cloud and other content-rich traffic. Telindus Ltd. is the local integration partner. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We believe a huge proportion of the UK's traffic passes across our infrastructure with LINX passing approximately 1.5 Terabits per second of traffic at peak, and our members expect consistent, reliable throughput. The architecture will allow us to offer a sophisticated carrier platform from which we can launch new services such as VLAN tagging and 100G ports," said John Souter, LINX's chief executive officer. "We've chosen Juniper as our desire to build a layer three platform led us to a vendor with a reputation for robust, carrier-grade networks, and their ability to provide high-performance at scale. Traffic levels are only going in one direction – next year we have to factor in even more growth resulting from the Olympics bringing the world to London – so our investment in Juniper enables us to build a fast, cost-effective platform for the long-term good of our members and their customers."

The network is being built in two phases.

The first phase of the new architecture will comprise Juniper Networks MX Series Ethernet Services Routers, and Junos Space, Juniper Networks' programmable network application platform. Junos Space Network Activate, an MPLS network automation application, is also being deployed within the first phase.

Network Activate is designed to enable LINX to automate the configuration, monitoring, management and trouble-shooting of its MPLS services, making it highly responsive to user and application requirements.

The second phase, scheduled for deployment in the first half of 2012, is slated to include Juniper Networks PTX Series Packet Transport Switches and will run on Junos OS, Juniper's single operating system in common with the phase 1 deployment. The PTX Series will combine native MPLS packet switching and optical transport capability end-to-end within a single network layer.

The LINX infrastructure comprises 10 Points of Presence (PoPs) across London, from Docklands in the East to Slough in the West. The MX Series will be deployed within these PoPs and in the core.

  • In June 2011, Juniper announced that Telefonica's Research and Development division (Investigación y Desarrollo, I+D) was testing its Converged SuperCore architecture
  • In March 2011, Juniper Networks introduced two Converged Supercore platforms for packet optical transport.

    Juniper's new architecture calls for a single network management system for the entire transport network -- Junos -- for both the optical layer and the packet layer.

    The aim is to combine the efficiency of MPLS, the simplicity of switching and integrated optics to deliver network scale with fewer network elements.

    By collapsing the packet and transport network layers, the Converged Supercore would help carriers save money in network management and operations, whike taking uncertainty and cost out of core network provisioning. Juniper is forecasting network CAPEX cost savings of 40 to 65 percent compared to traditional architectures and a 35 percent savings versus a pure IP routing solution.

    The new Converged Supercore switches are based on a new Junos Express chipset that is optimized for high capacity transport and features the on-chip traffic engineering, full delay bandwidth buffers, algorithms optimized for packet transport and embedded error detection required to support differentiated traffic types and patterns without disruption. Junos Express is built in 40 nanometer technology with 3.55 billion transistors. It represent an R&D investment of $40 million. Junos Express is the second chipset in the Junos One family of processors, which the company developed in-house.

    Some highlights of the products:

    PTX5000 scales to 384 10 GE interfaces, 64 100 GE interfaces and 192 40GE interfaces in a single chassis. The architecture delivers 480 Gbps per slot and is designed to scale up to 2 Tbps per slot. Packet processing is rated at f 720 Mpps per slot. The PTX5000 features fully redundant, High Availability hardware (cooling, power supply, routing engines, control board and SIB). In addition, the PTX supports 50 ms redundancy switchover under load.

    The PTX9000 switch, is double the capacity of PTX5000, and is the foundation of the converged supercore delivering statistical multiplexing, high capacity MPLS switching and Multilayer packet-transport manageability.

    Juniper will be offering a suite of 10/40/100GE short-reach and ultra long-haul DWDM interfaces.

    The PTX Series will be available for beta trials in the third quarter of 2011.

Actelis Cites Momentum with COLT as well as with Intelligent Transportation

Actelis has shipped its one millionth Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) port to Colt, which operates metro network in major European cities. Colt's Ethernet Services portfolio includes any-to-any and tree services (Ethernet Private Network), enhanced resilience and low latency. Colt has built on its extensive and wholly owned fibre network in Europe by deploying "Ethernet in the First Mile" technology in 12 countries, making its high speed Ethernet services available to customers beyond its fibre footprint.

Colt first began to deploy EFM access capabilities with Actelis' built-in EFMplus technology in 2007, making it one the pioneering providers in Europe to deliver EFM access. EFM currently presents a smart complement to fiber or traditional DSL in 12 countries of Colt's 35,000 km network infrastructure connecting more than 100 European cities. Colt can deliver its networking and IT Managed Services solutions with bandwidth over copper up to 40 Mbps.

Separately, Actelis announced that Nassau County Department of Public Works (NCDPW) has deployed the company's highly sophisticated Ethernet-based Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The agency's newly deployed ITS solution has enabled NCDPW to more economically and efficiently manage its new IP-based traffic controllers and video surveillance cameras over both fiber and copper networks.

Communications from the county's Traffic Management Center (TMC) to each traffic controller and video camera run over hybrid fiber for long haul and then out to each hub, which is connected via copper pairs to Actelis' Ethernet Access Devices (EADs). The agency made the move to deploy Actelis' environmentally hardened ML680 and ML624 (EADs) because the access gear could serve the dual purpose of leveraging both fiber and copper-based networks running through Nassau County. Additionally, NCDPW selected Actelis' environmentally hardened ITS solution to combat lightning strikes and other storm-related events common to the area which continually brought down the legacy analog equipment deployed in the early 1970s, according to Jeff Lindgren, traffic engineer at NCDPW.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sale of Hulu is Called Off

News Corporation, Providence Equity Partners, The Walt Disney Company and the Hulu senior management team issued the following statement:

"Since Hulu holds a unique and compelling strategic value to each of its owners, we have terminated the sale process and look forward to working together to continue mapping out its path to even greater success. Our focus now rests solely on ensuring that our efforts as owners contribute in a meaningful way to the exciting future that lies ahead for Hulu.” 13-Oct-11

Skype is Now Part of Microsoft

Microsoft completed its previously announced acquisition of Skype -- a deal valued at $8.5 billion.

Microsoft states that its mission with the Skype business is "connecting all people across all devices." The current, free Skype service continues as before. Long term, Microsoft envisions tighter integration with its other platforms.

"Skype is a phenomenal product and brand that is loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "We look forward to working with the Skype team to create new ways for people to stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues — anytime, anywhere." Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Skype Division of Microsoft immediately, reporting directly to Ballmer.

Skype also noted that on some days it carries 300,000,000 minutes of video calling traffic. 
  • Skype was founded in 2002 by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis and its initial release was in August of that same year. Skype was acquired by eBay in September 2005, and then acquired by an investment group led by Silver Lake in November 2009 for $2.75 billion.

BUYIN Commences Operations

BUYIN, the procurement joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom-Orange, has officially commenced operations. The parent companies have pooled their procurement activities in the areas of terminal devices, mobile communications networks, and in significant portions of their fixed-network equipment and service platforms in a 50:50 joint venture. In addition, the two companies intend to launch pilot projects to explore other areas for inclusion in the joint venture at a later stage, including IT infrastructure and further IT areas.

By pooling their buying power, Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom-Orange are targeting savings of EUR 400 million per year and below EUR 900 million per year respectively within three years of launching the joint venture.

BUYIN is based in Brussels and has operational units in in France and Germany. The company is headed by Volker Pyrtek (52), previously Chief Procurement Officer at Deutsche Telekom.

"We are very pleased to have received approval from appropriate anti-trust authorities for our procurement cooperation with France Télécom-Orange. Now we can start working together to tap into the large and growing potential savings from joint procurement,” said Edward R. Kozel, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom. 
  • Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom-Orange first announced their procurement joint venture on 18-April-2011.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

SoftLayer Opens in Amsterdam

SoftLayer Technologies, which operates major data centers in Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Singapore, has chosen Amsterdam for its European headquarters and site of new facility. SoftLayer is investing $75 million initially in Holland and its European operations, which also includes new network PoPs in Amsterdam, London, and Frankfurt. The new Amsterdam data center will feature capacity for more than 15,000 servers. In addition, the company has appointed Jonathan Wisler as General Manager for European Operations. 13-Oct-11

Agilent and Datang Telecom Establish TD-LTE-Advanced Lab

Agilent and Datang Telecom Group have established the TD-LTE-Advanced Joint Research Lab to focus on developing new test standards to promote the technology.

The new lab is the second project created by the two firms. Engineers from both organizations will work together to develop TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE and TD-LTE-Advanced solutions. The work will support Datang Telecom's research on technologies, systems and chipsets, as well as Agilent's instrument test technologies.

TD-LTE-Advanced is a follow-on phase for the current TD-LTE standard. The joint research lab will focus on developing new technologies and test standards to promote TD-LTE-Advanced technologies.

As the initiator of the TD-SCDMA international 3G mobile communication standard, the owner of core patents and a leader in the telecom equipment market, Datang Telecom has been playing a key role in the creation and global deployment of TD-SCDMA and TD LTE-Advanced. 
  • In March 2009, Agilent and Datang signed a memorandum of understanding stating that both firms would collaborate on TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE-Advanced, and related technologies and standards development. The goal of the collaboration was to further the deployment of the TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE-Advanced standards in China with the intent to significantly impact future wireless technologies. The projects completed today have successfully achieved those objectives.

Ericsson Wins TD-LTE with India's Augere

Augere has selected Ericsson's radio base station, the RBS6000; Evolved Packet Core technology and microwave transmission for a TD-LTE network in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Services will be rolled out under the ZOOSH brand to residential and business customers beginning in Q2 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed. 13-Oct-11

Huawei Introduces Hybrid MPLS Prototype

Huawei introduced its H-MPLS (Hybrid-Multiprotocol Label Switching) prototype unified bearer solution for simplifying VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) planning within an access network and extending service scalability to the network at large.

Hybrid MPLS is based on Huawei's SingleFAN broadband access solution and it provides a unified bearer platform for ATM, TDM, Ethernet and IP with MPLS encapsulation. Huawei said that unlike traditional MPLS, its H-MPLS does not require direct configuration of network edge devices. As a result, the number of nodes that needs to be managed can be reduced by up to 99 percent. Moreover, using H-MPLS, there is no need to configure IP addresses and routing protocols on edge devices, and this reduces configuration workloads by up to 90 percent. H-MPLS is also a cost-effective solution since it neither increases the hardware cost of edge devices within the current access network nor the cost of deploying MPLS widely.

“H-MPLS uses the existing OMCI(ONU Management and Control Interface) management protocol to distribute MPLS labels over multiple PON systems,�? Said Dr. Frank J. Effenberger, Huawei's leader of optical access research, “The label distribution method is already standardized, and has negligible impact to the cost or complexity of PON access systems.�?

Huawei noted that the technologies within Huawei's H-MPLS solution have been accepted under the ITU-T standard for GPON/XG-PON.

Juniper Secures its Cloud Data Center with Juniper SRX Gateways

Dell will deploy Juniper Networks' SRX RX Series Services Gateways in one of its new cloud data centers.

Riverbed Sees Opportunity in Optimizing Cloud Storage

Riverbed is continuing to enhance its Whitewater cloud storage gateways with goal of replacing tape storage with third-party, offsite solutions. The Whitewater platform ingests back-up data into its local data cache that scales to multiple terabytes in size. Whitewater performs deduplication, compression, encryption and other optimization techniques before delivering the back-up traffic over the WAN to a cloud-based storage service. Riverbed said its clients often achieve 10-30x reduction in backup traffic over the WAN, thereby making cloud-based back-ups a faster, easier and lower-cost alternative to tape with offsite warehousing. Data restoration is much faster too since the local cache typically stores a majority of the previous 30 days of backed up data.

Riverbed continues to expand its ecosystem with the addition of cloud storage solutions Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files and OpenStack Object Storage (Swift). These solution additions build on the existing support for Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), EMC Atmos®-based cloud storage solutions and Nirvanix Cloud Delivery Network (CDN).

Existing solutions supported by Riverbed are CA ARCserve Backup, EMC NetWorker, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Quest vRanger, Symantec's NetBackup and Backup Exec. Joining the list of supported backup software are CommVault Simpana for Backup and Recovery, HP Data Protector and Veeam Backup & Replication.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Orange and China Telecom Announce Partnership

Orange and China Telecom signed a strategic partnership framework agreement in Beijing. The first areas of cooperation involve providing improved access and services for Orange's business customers in China and China Telecom's in Europe; improved access to international cable networks for both parties; and providing WiFi roaming services for both parties' customers.

The agreement, which may be extended to other areas at a later date, covers cooperation in several specific areas: IPVPN cooperation: Orange has agreed to establish cooperation in IPVPN (Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network) services across its footprint in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, to allow China Telecom to extend IPVPN services for subsidiaries of Chinese multinational companies;

managed services: China Telecom has agreed to provide managed outsourced and field services to Orange's multinational customers in China to allow Orange to improve IPVPN services to its enterprise customers in China and other Asia-Pacific countries;

network resources cooperation: both parties have agreed to complement each other's network development planning and deployment in their respective regions, focusing on the submarine and terrestrial cable links between the Asia and Asia-Pacific regions and Europe, as well as ensuring improved connectivity to Africa;

WiFi roaming: Orange will facilitate the ability of China Telecom's customers to roam on WiFi hotspots in Europe; and China Telecom will facilitate the ability of Orange's customers to roam on WiFi hotspots in China. 12-Oct-11

Fujitsu Develops 10G PON Amplifier Supporting 128 Split, 40km Reach

Fujitsu has developed new optical amplifier technology with the potential to quadruple the number of splits and double the transmission distance for PON optical access systems.

Fujitsu and Fujitsu Laboratories have developed a burst-mode optical amplifier technology with a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA), an integrated SOA-array module fabrication technology, and an SOA chip fabrication technology enabling uncooled operation. The company said these innovations enable its new 10 Gbps optical amplifier to support 128 connections and maximum distance of 40 km from the central office. This compares with the current split ration of 1:32 and top reach of 20 km.

In addition, the optical amplifier supports symmetric 10 Gbps service.