Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Narus and Teradata Partner on Big Data Analytics

Narus, which specializes in real-time traffic intelligence and analytics, announced an alliance with Teradata, the analytic data solutions company, aimed at addressing the challenge of big data analytics.

Specifically, Teradata provides massive data storage capabilities that are matched to the Narus cyber analytics solutions.

Narus is known globally for its NarusInsight traffic intelligence system that protects and manages the largest IP networks around the world. It has been deployed with commercial and government installations on five continents.

Teradata’s analytic data management solutions are recognized by leading analysts as the highest-performing for data warehousing in the global market.

The new Narus-on-Teradata capability enables scalable, real-time traffic intelligence that captures, analyzes and correlates IP traffic in real time, and offers wide visibility across heterogeneous networks and deep insight into multiple layers of network traffic.

In a briefing, company executives stressed the urgency for real time cyber analytics among Fortune 500 companies, in addition to government organizations and public network operators. With the volume of overall traffic rapidly rising, there is a critical need to scale the network intelligence capabilities to keep ahead of malicious threats. Scaling the data storage in step with the analytics is a key challenge.

“Narus' leading real-time traffic intelligence system, coupled with Teradata’s blazing speed and with query performance and scalability that exceed conventional databases, provide our joint customers real-time situational awareness against cyber threats, and minimize the impact of cyber attacks better than ever,�? said Greg Oslan, chief executive officer, Narus.

Eye-Fi Raises $20 Million Series D Round

Eye-Fi, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $20 million in Series D funding for its wireless memory cards.
The new funding was led by NTT DOCOMO and included existing investors Shasta Ventures, Opus Capital and TransLink Capital. NTT DOCOMO joins Eye-Fi as an investor and strategic partner, expanding the connected imaging leader's distribution and further establishing its mobile partnerships.

In April, NTT DOCOMO will become the first partner to launch Eye-Fi card activation via mobile phones. This enables NTT DOCOMO's 59 million mobile subscribers to quickly and easily share high quality images between their digital cameras, mobile devices, online photo sites and digital photo frame – no computer required.
In addition Eye-Fi announced the appointment of former Skype and eBay executive Michele Don Durbin as Vice President of Marketing.

Huawei Debuts Eudemon8000E-X Cloud Security Gateway

Huawei introduced its Eudemon8000E-X, a new high-performance network security gateway solution for cloud data centers. The platform is designed for organizations that require a high-end security gateway, such as large enterprises and service providers, as they make the transition to cloud environments.

The Huawei E8000E-X helps organizations make this transition by:

  • Harnessing the cloud: customers can achieve up to 200Gbps performance with the ability to scale to meet shifting business demands

  • Providing comprehensive cloud protection: A comprehensive set of security capabilities ensure high detection ratio with low false negatives and positives and an IPv6 attack defense capability and transition solution

  • Increasing agility to adapt to the cloud: offers flexible policies that respond to changing virtualization needs of a dynamic cloud environment.

The platform leverages Broadcom's XLP multi-core, multi-threaded processor, which features superscalar out-of-order execution capabilities, unparalleled data plane and control plane performance and XLP cores that effectively minimize bottlenecks and memory latencies.

Huawei's existing E8000E series adopts a redundant architecture of independent control modules, interface modules, and service processing modules, which use multi-core and multi-thread processors for multiple, concurrent services, such as Network Address Translation (NAT), Application Specific Packet
Filter (ASPF), Anti-DDoS, and VPN.

Huawei notes that the performance of the new E8000E-X was recently validated in an IT Brand Pulse Labs test report. The objective of the testing was to validate the firewall throughput of the Huawei Eudemon8000E-X16. To achieve this goal, the Ixia test equipment and E8000E-X were configured for Layer 3 IMIX throughput testing with firewall enabled. IMIX traffic was configured to simulate typical traffic for a 5,000 employee enterprise, including legitimate, illegitimate, and control traffic.

"Large enterprises and service providers face particularly complex challenges when moving to a cloud environment because of growing concerns around network security. As a leader in ICT, Huawei offers customers the cloud security assurance and confidence they need by protecting their critical business data and assets, while providing the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of a virtualized landscape,�? said Lei Yikang, President of Security Product Line, Huawei. "The new Huawei E8000E-X allows enterprises to tap into the business benefits of cloud without compromising the speed or performance of their operations."http://www.huawei.com

Etisalat Test Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio

Etisalat, the leading mobile telecommunications operator in the United Arab Emirates, has conducted a technology trial with Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio portfolio. Alcatel-Lucent showcased the capabilities of its new lightRadio Metro Radio Outdoor (MRO) product at Etisalat’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, making the lightning-fast data connection over Etisalat’s commercial 4G LTE network, also powered by Alcatel-Lucent. A successful mobile data connection was made using Alcatel-Lucent’s new 9768 lightRadio Metro Radio Outdoor (MRO) product based on the lightRadio cube.

NTT Electronics Presents Low power 100G DSP

NTT Electronics (NEL) announced an energy-efficient Digital Signal Processor ASIC for coherent 100G fiber optical communication systems. The chip was used to successfully carry out a 100G line-side vendor interoperability demonstration.

NTT Electronics said its Digital Signal Processing (DSP) ASSP provides Chromatic Dispersion (CD) compensation and Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) compensation without using expensive optical devices. Moreover, the Soft-Decision (SD) Forward Error Correction (FEC), which is included in the ASIC, improves the Optical Signal-to-Noise Ratio (OSNR) margin making the 100G systems backward compatible with existing 10G/40G systems.

Akamai And Riverbed Offer SaaS Acceleration

Akamai Technologies and Riverbed Technology introduced a new way to deliver end-to-end optimization for software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications that combines Riverbed WAN optimization technology and the Akamai Intelligent Platform.

The solution enables globally-connected enterprises to speed data transfers and accelerate the performance of SaaS apps using Akamai’s globally-distributed network of more than 100,000 servers.

Target SaaS applications that benefit from this optimization include Google Apps, Salesforce.com and Microsoft Office 365.

The Steelhead Cloud Accelerator is a subscription-based add-on to existing Steelhead appliance deployments and does not require any changes in the way the appliances are deployed nor any changes to the SaaS provider’s infrastructure, regardless of where the application or end users are located, across any combination of physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. Enterprises need only to deploy a single instance of the Steelhead Cloud Accelerator for each SaaS application to take advantage of the optimization from the jointly developed solution from Akamai and Riverbed.

Akamai and Riverbed offerings are already used separately today by more than 17,000 organizations, including many Fortune 500 businesses worldwide. Riverbed WAN optimization solutions are used byhttp://www.riverbed.com

AMD to Acquire SeaMicro for Low Power Servers

AMD agreed to acquire SeaMicro, a developer of energy-efficient, high-bandwidth microservers, for approximately $334 million, of which approximately $281 million will be paid in cash.

SeaMicro, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, has created a new server architecture purpose-built for scale-out infrastructures such as those found in the web tier, online gaming, search and index computation. Among its innovations is a supercompute fabric, which connects thousands of processor cores, memory, storage and input/output traffic. SeaMicro's fabric supports multiple processor instruction sets.In 2009, the company received the largest U.S. Department of Energy grant given to a server company, $9.3 million, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The company was founded in 2007 and has approximately 80 employees.

AMD plans to offer the first AMD Opteron processor-based solutions that combine AMD and SeaMicro technology in the second half of 2012. AMD said it remains firmly committed to its traditional server business, and will continue to focus and invest in this area.

"Cloud computing has brought a sea change to the data center -- dramatically altering the economics of compute by changing the workload and optimal characteristics of a server," said Andrew Feldman, SeaMicro CEO, who will become general manager of AMD's newly created Data Center Server Solutions business. "SeaMicro was founded to dramatically reduce the power consumed by servers, while increasing compute density and bandwidth. By becoming a part of AMD, we will have access to new markets, resources, technology, and scale that will provide us with the opportunity to work tightly with our OEM partners as we fundamentally change the server market."http://www.amd.com

Symantec Delivers Security Control Point for the Cloud

Symantec introduced its O3 Cloud Identity and Access Control -- a cloud information protection platform that will provide three layers of protection: access control, information security and information management. The aim is to provide companies with a single, secure access point to cloud applications and services.

In addition, Symantec has formed a partnership with salesforce.com to deliver Symantec O3 for Salesforce, a single sign on, access management and strong authentication application, built on Force.com, salesforce.com’s social enterprise platform.

Symantec O3 Cloud Identity and Access Control enables Single Sign On (SSO) across any web application, including those that do not support federation protocols. It leverages an enterprise’s existing identity infrastructure for authentication while enabling context-based authorization, password management and federation services. Symantec O3 Cloud Identity and Access Control comes pre-integrated with Symantec Validation and ID Protection Service (VIP), enabling enterprises to leverage their existing VPN credentials to strengthen access to any cloud application.

In the next phase, Symantec plans to deliver cloud information security by leveraging Symantec's leading DLP and PGP encryption technologies to automatically detect, block and encrypt confidential information before it’s stored or shared in the cloud. The third layer of Symantec O3 is scheduled to enable information management and compliance by aggregating all cloud-related security events, providing the foundation for comprehensive cloud audit, forensics and compliance.


Symantec and VMware Target Virtual and Cloud Protection

At the RSA Conference 2012 in San Francisco, Symantec and VMware announced a partnership to provide security protection for virtual and cloud environments.

Symantec is initially delivering five security integrations with the VMware cloud infrastructure suite: data loss prevention, IT risk and compliance, data center protection, security information and event management (SIEM) and endpoint protection solutions.

"Companies today face an increasingly toxic threat landscape. True information protection is more than antivirus. With our new VMware integrations, we're enabling customers to proactively protect their information whether it's in a physical or virtual environment,�? said Francis deSouza, group president, enterprise products and services, Symantec. “Together, Symantec and VMware are taking protection to the next level to give companies confidence to fully embrace virtualization and realize the cost savings and efficiency it brings."

The integration of Symantec Data Loss Prevention with VMware vShield App enables Symantec customers to more easily find and locate their most valuable information across their virtual environments., Symantec Data Loss Prevention makes it easier for customers to identify and remediate potential data loss in their virtual environments by automatically separating virtual machines that contain sensitive information from those that do not.

Symantec Control Compliance Suite uses centralized vulnerability and control assessments to provide seamless discovery of unknown or unauthorized virtual machines to reduce security risk in the physical and virtual infrastructure.

Symantec Critical System Protection currently protects ESX guest and hypervisors with granular, policy-based controls.

Symantec Security Information Manager (SSIM) will enable organizations to seamlessly identify and respond to security threats that impact business critical applications across both their physical and virtual infrastructures. Through integration with the VMware vShield log management collector, SSIM will correlate virtual machine activity with events from the physical environment as well as the Symantec's global intelligence network to give a holistic view of an organization's security posture.

Symantec's Managed Security Service (MSS) will also offer a VMware vShield log management collector to allow customers who prefer a cloud-based service delivery model to benefit from a seamless view of security threats across both their physical and virtual environments.

Symantec also plans to leverage VMware vShield Endpoint with its endpoint security offerings to maximize performance in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and virtual server environments. These solutions will offload critical security analysis from protected virtual machines to a dedicated security virtual appliance resulting in optimized scan performance, reduced resource utilization, and increased management visibility.

NSN Scores TD-LTE Contract with Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel will deploy its TD-LTE network in the 2.3 GHz frequency band allocated by the Indian government for broadband wireless access (BWA) technologies.

Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver the TD-LTE network and end-user data devices that can provide data speeds of upto 100 Mbps. The company will use its newly introduced and industry’s first TD-LTE 6 pipes radio.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct operations support system will enable effective and consolidated monitoring, management and optimization of Bharti Airtel’s GSM and TD-LTE networks. Nokia Siemens Networks will provide network design, integration, commissioning and optimization services to the operator for rapid roll-out of the network and full set of care services including hardware, software and competence development services. It will use its Global Network Solutions Center at Noida, India that is already supporting TD-LTE networks globally, to remotely deliver services for improved efficiency and network performance.

Nokia Siemens Networks noted that it is deploying its TD-LTE solution to commercial customers in Russia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.


Monday, February 27, 2012

LightSquared's CEO Resigns

Following its failure to gain regulatory approval, LightSquared announced the resignation of its CEO, Sanjiv Ahuja. He will continue as Chairman of the board. The company is currently searching for a new CEO.

LightSquared also affirmed its intention to work through the regulatory issues and ultimately build a wireless network.

Philip A. Falcone, CEO and CIO of Harbinger Capital Partners stated:

"LightSquared's objective, through its wholesale business model, is to provide increased competition and lower prices in the telecommunications industry, and to bring broadband cellular phone service to rural areas that currently don’t have such service and that has not and will not change. That has been our vision from day one....

"We are, furthermore, committed to working with the appropriate entities to find a solution to the recent regulatory issues. We, of course, agree that it is critical to ensure that national security, aviation and the GPS communities are protected. I am confident that working together, we can solve this problem and bring the American consumer the lower priced 4G wireless alternative they need and deserve."http://www.lightsquared.com

Intel's Medfeld Atom Processors Offers LTE/3G/2G

Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Intel CEO Paul Otellini disclosed plans to expand Intel's smartphone silicon ambitions, including early smartphone design engagements with Orange, India's Lava International, ZTE, and Visa.

Specifically, Intel announced plans for three new smartphone SoCs. The Intel Atom processor Z2460, formerly codenamed “Medfield,�? will now support speeds up to 2GHz. Intel also announced the Atom Z2580 processor that doubles the performance of the Atom processor Z2460, and features an advanced multimode LTE/3G/2G solution. Intel will sample the Z2580 in the second half of the year with customer products scheduled in the first half of 2013. For handsets in emerging markets, Intel disclosed plans for the Intel Atom processor Z2000, featuring a1.0 GHz Atom CPU and supporting the Intel XMM 6265 3G HSPA+ modem with Dual-SIM 2G/3G. Intel will sample the Z2000 in mid-2012 with customer products scheduled by early 2013.

Intel has previously announced a partnership with Motorola Mobility.

Intel also announced sampling of its XMM 6360 platform, a new slim modem 3G HSPA+ solution supporting 42Mbps downlink and 11.5Mbps uplink for small form factors.

Building on these 32nm announcements, Otellini discussed how the Atom processor will outpace Moore’s Law and announced that Intel will ship 22nm SoCs for carrier certification next year, and is already in development on 14nm SoC technology.

KT Selects Mindspeed Chips for LTE Small Cells

KT has approved Mindspeed’s Transcede SoC baseband processors for its LTE small cell dual mode (LTE and 3G) small cell base stations.

“Mindspeed is delighted that our Transcede platform has been chosen by KT for their next-generation femtocell development project," said Dr. Naser Adas, vice president and general manager, wireless and customer premises equipment (CPE), at Mindspeed. “We have been impressed by KT’s expertise and experience in LTE Cloud-RAN small cell technology and look forward to supporting their new product development efforts."

Separately, Mindspeed announced a collaboration with JUNI to jointly develop LTE femtocells and other small cell dual mode 3G/LTE solutions. The collaboration combines Mindspeed’s carrier-grade Transcede SoC baseband processor solutions with JUNI’s development expertise.

Alvarion Shows its Wi-Fi Offload Solution with Hot Spot 2.0

Alvarion introduced its Wi-Fi mobile data offload solution for 3G and LTE networks. It implementation uses two-way beamforming Wi-Fi technology to provide access to the Internet. Alvarion offers an embedded access controller direct tunneling from base stations to the operator’s core. The solution is Hot Spot 2.0 and 802.11u ready permitting a cellular-like experience over the Wi-Fi network with zero-configuration from the user.


Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile Sign lightRadio Architecture Deal

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile have signed a co-creation agreement under which teams from the two companies are conducting joint development and test activities on a series of lightRadio projects at Alcatel-Lucent’s Stuttgart lab.

This follows the non-binding MoU signed between Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile in mid 2011. It also builds on the collaboration between the companies on the delivery of superfast mobile broadband using TD-LTE technology.

Alcatel-Lucent said this collaboration help to accelerate the smooth commercial introduction of the lightRadio product family to meet China Mobile’s business initiatives and support growing customer demand for high-bandwidth mobile broadband services.

Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said: "The ability for us to pair with the world’s largest mobile provider to gain deeper insight into its customer behaviours and the way services are evolving will ensure we develop lightRadio in the right direction. The knowledge we gain from implementing lightRadio to support the delivery of mobile broadband services to 650 million people will help us to meet the growing demand for services across the globe.
  • China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile provider, had around 650 million subscribers at the end of 2011.

Ericsson Pitches Self-organizing Networks

At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012, Ericsson is launching a self-organizing networks (SON) Optimization Manager that automates the process of optimizing the capacity, coverage and quality of mobile networks.

The company is taking a number of the network optimization and management features developed for LTE and extending them for multi-standard networks. Whereas optimization is traditionally a slow, complex process carried out at regular intervals by teams of network experts, SON Optimization Manager automates the process.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Head of Group Function Technology & Portfolio Management at Ericsson, says: "SON Optimization Manager is based on a simple idea - increasing automation to overcome increasing complexity. We call this Smart Simplicity, because it simplifies operators' processes and makes them more efficient."


Ericsson joins OpenStack

Ericsson has joined the OpenStack project, an open-source community dedicated to creating cloud software. Ericsson plans to contribute to further developing OpenStack to support carrier-grade services and applications. OpenStack provides a flexible alternative cloud management solution that is based on open-source components.

At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012, Ericsson is demonstrating a unique virtual data center manager solution based on OpenStack that coordinates three data centers distributed across different continents. Slices of virtual data centers are created at the three physical locations and are bound together through elastic networking. This forms a separate distributed virtual private cloud, with seamless end-to-end operation and multi-tenant support provided by associating one or several distributed virtual private clouds with each tenant.

Also at MWC, Ericsson and recently acquired Telcordia are demonstrating an integrated cloud-management stack based on OpenStack.


NEC Delivers 2048 QAM Microwave Transmission

NEC announced plans to implement 2048 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (2048QAM) within its iPASOLINK microwave product family in the second half of 2012. This will deliver up to 40% per-channel capacity relative to the systems commonly in operation today which employ up to 256QAM. Furthermore, NEC's design also supports a full sequence of Adaptive Modulation in all steps from 2048QAM down to QPSK. The company said this feature allows scalable addition of capacity without compromising the reach and availability of transmission links deployed in the network.

Atsushi Noro, deputy general manager of NEC's Mobile Wireless Network Division, said: "In recent times we have seen a great deal of innovation in microwave technologies driven by the need to support next generation networks: high capacity, new carrier frequencies, packet transport, QoS aware adaptive modulation, smaller and more power efficient equipment, and others. Many of these technologies were pioneered by NEC thanks to our extensive research and development capabilities proven by years of market leadership. 2048QAM is the latest development from NEC and we are confident we will deliver further innovations."http://www.nec.co.jp

Ceragon Networks Posts Reports Record Q4 Revenues

Ceragon Networks reported revenue for its fourth quarter which ended December 1, 2011 of 2011 reached $118.5 million, up 77% from $67.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, and up 2% from $116.1 million in the third quarter of 2011.
Net loss (GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2011 was ($8.2) million or $(0.23) per basic share and diluted share, compared to net income of $3.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, or $0.11 per basic share and $0.10 per diluted share.

Revenues for the full year of 2011 were $445.3 million, up 78% from $249.9 million in 2010. Net loss on a GAAP basis for 2011 was $(53.7) million or $(1.49) per basic share and diluted share. Net income for the year 2010 was $14.1 million or $0.40 per basic share and $0.38 per diluted share.

"As a result of our continued strong execution, we reported higher revenues, gross margin and profitability for the fourth quarter," said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. "I am delighted to report that the integration of the Nera business is complete. We believe our decision to seize the first-mover advantage in the latest round of industry consolidation, combined with the rapid integration, positions us to continue to grow and to gain market share as the #1 wireless backhaul specialist.

Geographical breakdown, fourth quarter of 2011:

Europe: 24%

Africa: 21%

North America: 8%

Latin America: 21%

India: 10%

APAC: 16%


Infrastructure Winners at Mobile World Congress

Winners of the 17th Annual Global Mobile awards in infrastructure and services categories at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona:

Best Infrastructure Technology

Winner: Alcatel-Lucent - lightRadio Network

Best Mobile Broadband Technology

Winner: KT - KT's Premium WiFi Solution

Best Technology Breakthrough

Winner: Vodafone Group PLC - Quad Rate Technology: an evolved path doubling the efficiency of mobile voice

Best Cloud Based Technology

Winner: Appcelerator - Titanium Integrated Development Platform

Best Enterprise Mobile Service

Winner: Fiberlink - MaaS360

Best Consumer Mobile Service

Winner: Google - Google Maps for Android

Best Network Product or Solution for Serving Customers

Winner: Turkcell - Turkcell TiklaKonus

Best Product, Initiative or Service for Underserved Segments

Winner: Safaricom - Grundfos

Best Smartphone

Winner: Samsung - Samsung Galaxy S II

Best Feature Phone or Entry Level Phone

Winner: Nokia - Nokia C3-00

Device Manufacturer of the Year

Winner: Samsung

Best Mobile Tablet

Winner: Apple - Apple iPad 2

Best Embedded Mobile Device (Non-Handsets)

Winner: AT&T - Garmin GTU 10

The full list of winners and finalist for the 2012 Global Mobile Awards is available at:http://www.globalmobileawards.com/winners2012.php