Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Spain's SARENET Selects Overture for Ethernet-over-Copper


SARENET, an Internet service provider based in Spain, has selected Overture's 4000 and 400 platforms as the cornerstone of a new Ethernet-over-Copper deployment.  The service will offer customers up to 20 Mbps  (with capabilities up to 60Mbps) over unbundled local loops.


Overture’s EoC  enables Carrier Ethernet services over existing copper infrastructure. The Overture 400 demarcation device enables service providers and network operators to deliver feature-rich business broadband services to the last-mile, while the 4000 pay-as-you-grow aggregation platform delivers centralized management and switching for up to 120 of the Overture 400s.


“This new EoC deployment was a very heavily vetted product decision for us, as SARENET is extremely dedicated to customer satisfaction,” said Alberto Alvarez, director tecnico at SARENET.  “The Overture Carrier Ethernet solution provides increased bandwidth capability, flexible QoS and superior reliability as well as a number of service management tools that ensure we can deliver on our commitment to our valued customers.”

http://www.overturenetworks.com
http://www.sarenet.es

Cisco Infographic: The Future and Present of Cloud Collaboration

Cisco reports that its WebEx colloboration solution is generating 428,000 meetings per day -- this equates to 31 million attendees per month.



http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1080161

NSN Selects Tail-f to Enhance Multi-vendor Config Mgt

 Nokia Siemens Networks will use Tail-f Systems's NCS multi-vendor configuration management and network automation software in NetAct, NSN's network management system. 

Tail-f’s NCS  is a network abstraction layer that will be integrated into NetAct to manage a wide variety of network equipment common in Service Providers' IP networks, such as Cisco and Juniper switches.  NCS allows services to be modeled and automatically translated into real-time, fine-grained configuration changes. 

"We decided to use Tail-f Systems' NCS software based on the strength and easy scalability of the product,” said Peter Patomella, Head of the OSS Business Line at Nokia Siemens Networks.  “Their model-driven software will enhance NetAct’s ability to manage IP transport networks through one central interface. It will also simplify network operations and lay the foundation for superior end-to-end mobile broadband service management.” 

http://www.tail-f.com


Monday, October 15, 2012

Hyundai Partners with Broadcom on In-Vehicle Network


Broadcom announced a joint development agreement with Hyundai Motor to power the next-generation connected car, integrating infotainment, telematics and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features such as surround view parking and lane departure warning.

The in-vehicle network will be based on Broadcom's BroadR-Reach Ethernet technology, which supports the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB)  standard, a key technology for achieving high quality audio and video transmission in automotive by providing guaranteed quality of service (QoS), frame synchronization and timing necessary to stream professional-quality audio and video traffic.

"Hyundai is confident about the viability of Ethernet in the car and looks forward to closely collaborating with Broadcom to develop an Ethernet network for Hyundai vehicles. The in-vehicle Ethernet network will enable key features including infotainment, lane departure warning, park assist and telematics to deliver greater value to our customers.  We chose to partner with Broadcom as they deliver superior Ethernet-based innovation to enrich the driver and passenger experience," stated SunJai Lee, Infortainment Design Division Leader, Hyundai Motor.

http://www.broadcom.com

Procera Builds Momentum with MSOs

Procera Networks announced a $1.4 million follow-on order from an existing Tier 1 Cable Multi-System Operator (MSO) in the U.S. for its PacketLogic products and services.

Procera said it continues to build deployment momentum across five of the top ten MSOs in the U.S.

Procera solutions are currently installed in over 30 North American MSOs that represent an installed base of tens of millions of cable subscribers.

“Cable MSOs have seen a dramatic rise in their subscribers using OTT streaming video and audio over the last year and continue to look for ways to better analyze the impact of these services on their networks,” said David Ahee, Vice President of Sales Americas at Procera. “The usage profile of cable subscribers continues to evolve as they take advantage of high speed, fixed-line broadband networks that are capable of streaming a larger portion of their video and music programming. Cable operators are looking to maintain a very high quality of service for all of their customers while they access video and music programming through various content outlets.”

http://www.proceranetworks.com


Mellanox SwitchX-2 Silicon Virtualizes Infiniband and Ethernet SANs

Mellanox introduced its SwitchX-2 switching silicon optimized for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and featuring the company's  Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) technology, which allows for simultaneous connection to InfiniBand or Ethernet with integrated gateways to legacy data center and storage systems.


SwitchX-2 breaks new ground by incorporating RDMA-based 56Gb/s Ethernet and InfiniBand, while packing 4Tbps of aggregate switching capacity. It also promises low power consumption, extremely low 170ns latency, hardware-based L2/L3 congestion management for highest efficiency and hardware-based data error correction for highest reliability.


Mellanox said the SDN capabilities, including remote configurable routing tables, lossless and congestion free networks, efficient control planes, and SDN-optimized software interfaces, will bring a number of advantages.  IT managers will be able to program and centralize their server and storage interconnect management and dramatically reduce their operational expenses by completely virtualizing their data center network.

“Mellanox’s SwitchX-2 VPI switch leads the industry with the highest throughput capacity, low latency with nearly zero jitter, as well as advanced SDN interfaces for control and management,” said David Barzilai, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “SDN technology has been a critical component of the InfiniBand scalable architecture and has been proven worldwide in data centers and clusters of tens-of-thousands of servers. Now, with SwitchX-2, Mellanox provides the most efficient SDN solution for both InfiniBand and Ethernet data centers. Mellanox’s fast, RDMA-based interconnect technology leads the competition in terms of performance, SDN technology and return-on-investment advantages it brings to IT and application managers.”

http://mellanox.com/content/pages.php?pg=press_release_item&rec_id=880

ZTE Shows Big Loss for First Nine Months of 2012


Despite higher revenue overall for the first nine months of 2012, ZTE reported a preliminary loss of between RMB1.65 billion and RMB1.75 billion, a reversal of between 254.42% and 263.78% compared to the same period of a year earlier.  

For the most recent quarter (ended 30 September 2012), ZTE's revenue decreased by approximately 13% as compared to same period last year.

ZTE apologized to shareholders for the poor results and cited four factors for its weaker performance

(1) the current global economic and industry trends, 
(2) the recognition of low-margin contracts in the third quarter, 
(3) a delay in some projects of overseas clients, and 
(4) a change in the procurement mode of domestic operators.  

In China, ZTE was hit by, a change in the operators’ procurement mode and the timing of their investments. 
In the international market, ZTE said operators slowed down their pace of investments because of a weakening global economy.  ZTE's gross profit decreased significantly due to the recognition of some lower-margin contracts.  In Africa, where the company was previously able to achieve higher-margin business, the overall market was undergoing a transitional stage, resulting in fewer new contracts.

ZTE also acknowledged that its results were adversely affected by operations in Iran.  The company noted that these operations are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Commerce.


The company outlined several steps to address these problems:

  • ZTE's management has agreed to cut their own compensation collectively.
  • ZTE will raise its level of responsiveness to the internal and external environment
  • ZTE will conduct a review of its product portfolio and of its regional operations
  • ZTE will put profit at the center of its focus and be committed to increasing the profitability of contracts and reducing the losses of unprofitable businesses.
  • ZTE will reduce its selling costs and research and development expenses.
  • ZTE will eliminate offices that record losses for a long time and which have limited prospects of a turnaround.
  • ZTE will consolidate products that offer little development potential,
  • ZTE will exercise headcount control and conduct organizational change.

ZTE's strategy calls for more resources on its terminals business in North America and Europe.  The company will proactively pursue opportunities in the wireless and wired broadband segments in emerging markets including China and Asia Pacific. 

  • In April 2012, ZTE reported operating revenue of US$2.96 billion fo rQ1 2012, an increase of 29.46% over the same period last year. Net profit attributable to shareholders was US$22.99 million, an increase of 23.85% over the same period last year. Basic earnings per share were US$0.00635.
  • For the first 9 months of 2011, ZTE claimed a 33.4 per cent increase in sales revenue year-on-year to US$9.17 billion in the first nine months of 2011, earning it the claim of "the fastest growing major network equipment supplier." Average revenue growth for the industry during the first three quarters of 2011 was approximately 10 percent, according to the company.

Vistapointe Combines Packet Parsing with Cloud-based Analytics

by James E. Carroll

Vistapointe, a start-up based in San Ramon, California with R&D in Bangalore, India, introduced its cloud-based and embedded network intelligence solutions for mobile and enterprise Wi-Fi operators.


Unlike general purpose, deep packet inspection (DPI)-based network intelligence platforms, Vistapointe features a Linux-base packet parser engine to selectively decode 3GPP and 4G/LTE protocols, capture only specific protocol fields, apply compression and then deliver this data to a cloud-based mobile analytics platform.The cloud-based analytics enables Vistapoint to offer a highly scalable Network Intelligence As A Service (NiAS) for 3G, 4G/LTE and Wi-Fi carriers.  Vistapointe's Dynamic Subscriber Profiling enables the operator to predict subscriber usage patterns and profile their mobile data customers so as to offer fine-tuned tariff plans.  Vistapointe also said its dynamic subscriber profiling could leverage APIs to integrate with 3rd party mobile ad platforms.
http://vistapointe.net
  • Vistapointe is headed by Ravi Medikonda (CEO), who previously held leadership roles at Juniper Networks in its Product Management & Marketing groups. Before Juniper, he was Director of Product Management at Tellabs/Vivace Business Unit with P&L responsibility for the IP/MPLS products and successfully led Tellabs into the 3G/Wireless RAN backhaul market.




By capturing only the selected protocol fields, Vistapointe substantially improves data collection efficiency while still gaining granular visibility into mobile users and applications.






Cariden Tunes its Network Engineering Software for Flow Collection & Business Intelligence

Cariden Technologies is extending its network visibility and traffic control platform to business intelligence based on accurate and efficient traffic flow collection from key nodes in a carrier network. Cariden's MATE software is widely used by global tier-1 ISPs, PTTs, MSOs and mobile operators for IP/MPLS network engineering.

Cariden has now added a Flow Interface to its MATE portfolio, enabling the ability to collect and analyze NetFlow, S-Flow and J-Flow data to determine the cost of traffic flows and monitor their use of network resources.  This includes being able to analyze peering traffic compliance to agreements and calculate bit-mile costs for that and other services, thus providing operations staff the ability to meet their obligations for transparency to the commercial side of their business.

Compared to existing NetFlow collectors, Cariden's approach is fully integrated with its network planning and simulation tool (MATE).  This provides enhanced accuracy of the collected flow data by ensuring results match existing traffic counter data and adjusting the final matrix accordingly.

Cariden said its new capabilities enable network operators to identify the costs for actual network performance on specific links or nodes. For instance, carriers could identify partners who are violating peering agreements with unequal flows or who are dumping excessive traffic on least favorable nodes and thereby requiring the carrier to bear the long haul transit costs.

The latest release also provides modeling of the impact to the network when peering connections change due to outages.

http://www.cariden.com/

ZTE Wins Major TD-LTE Contract with China Mobile


ZTE announced a major contract to supply TD-LTE equipment to China Mobile in five cities, namely Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shenyang. The contract cover more than 13,000 carrier frequencies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ZTE confirmed that it is now China Mobile's leading LTE supplier for China Mobile.

China Mobile launched the TD-LTE bidding in August 2012. The tender included contracts for some 20,000 base stations and 52,000 carrier sectors, and theTD-LTE devices purchased by China Mobile will be deployed in an expanded trial TD-LTE network in 13 Chinese cities, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Qingdao, Tianjin, Shenyang, Ningbo, Chengdu and Fuzhou. Ten major telecom firms including ZTE, Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens bid for the tender.

SoftBank Deal Injects $8 Billion in Capital into Sprint

SoftBank will invest $20.1 billion to acquire a 70% in Sprint.  The deal consists of $12.1 billion to be distributed to Sprint stockholders and $8.0 billion of new capital to strengthen Sprint’s balance sheet.  The investment aims to accelerate Sprint's next generation network and its competitive position as the No. 3 U.S. mobile operator.  For Softbank, this represents a major leap beyond its home market of Japan, where it is the No. 3 mobile operator and No. 2 wireline broadband provider. The companies hope to get the deal done by mid-2013, pending regulatory approvals.

Under the deal, approximately 55% of current Sprint shares will be exchanged for $7.30 per share in cash, and the remaining shares will convert into shares of a new publicly traded entity, New Sprint. Following closing, SoftBank will own approximately 70% and Sprint equity holders will own approximately 30% of the shares of New Sprint on a fully-diluted basis.

  • $8.0 billion of primary capital to enhance its mobile network and strengthen its balance sheet
  • No action on Clearwire at the moment, other than supporting the existing agreement.
  • New Sprint’s headquarters will continue to be in Overland Park, Kansas.
  • New Sprint will have a 10-member board of directors, including at least three members of Sprint’s board of directors.
  • Dan Hesse will continue as CEO of New Sprint and as a board member.
 “This transaction provides an excellent opportunity for SoftBank to leverage its expertise in smartphones and next-generation high speed networks, including LTE, to drive the mobile internet revolution in one of the world’s largest markets. As we have proven in Japan, we have achieved a v-shaped earnings recovery in the acquired mobile business and grown dramatically by introducing differentiated products to an incumbent-led market. Our track record of innovation, combined with Sprint’s strong brand and local leadership, provides a constructive beginning toward creating a more competitive American wireless market,” stated SoftBank Chairman and CEO, Masayoshi Son.

 “This is a transformative transaction for Sprint that creates immediate value for our stockholders, while providing an opportunity to participate in the future growth of a stronger, better capitalized Sprint going forward. Our management team is excited to work with SoftBank to learn from their successful deployment of LTE in Japan as we build out our advanced LTE network, improve the customer experience and continue the turnaround of our operations,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint's CEO.



Sunday, October 14, 2012

YouTube Carries 8 Million Livestreams of Baumgartner's Space Jump

YouTube delivered more than 8 million concurrent livestreams of Felix Baumgartner's record setting sky dive.  

The Red Bull Stratos Mission  not only sets the record for the highest jump from a platform (128,100 feet) and maximum vertical velocity (Mach 1.24 = 833.9 mph), it also appears to be YouTube's most watched livestream to date.

This compares with approximately 500,00 concurrent livestreams (peak) during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/

Blueprint Column: P-OTS... Lessons Learned

By Jimmy Mizrahi

When P-OTS, or packet-optical transport systems, hit the market a few years ago, they brought with them a host of promises for more efficient and cost-effective next-generation transport. The systems were developed to address the increasing share of data and video traffic that’s consuming network bandwidth and capacity and eating away at operators’ profits. Through the integrated packaging of network layers, P-OTS aimed to bring down the cost per bit and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) enough to make these rich media services profitable and viable. But P-OTS never managed to deliver on its full potential due to poor execution and unique challenges faced by operators. Fortunately, though, P-OTS taught us all some valuable lessons which are being used to shape the roadmap for a new approach to “beyond next-generation (NG)” transport. 

The Lessons of P-OTS

There are many P-OTS solutions available in the marketplace today, and these platforms utilize a wide variety of architectures and concepts. But none of them quite fit the requirements for true NG transport. Here’s why…  First and foremost, these systems do not provide a real converged solution because they lack full CESR capabilities; in order to support advanced data services, another system must be installed alongside the P-OTS. Next, multiple management systems are needed to support all network layers; this results in higher opex as the technical staff must provision multiple systems rather than a unified system, and there is a greater chance to introduce errors as well. And finally, P-OTS involve a high cost of entry when only part of the solution may be required initially. The reason for these shortcomings is that P-OTS platforms are usually repurposed from vendors’ existing optical or data portfolios and, as a result, they come with inherent compromises. These limitations often lead to higher entry costs, stranded assets, decreased cost efficiency and inefficient OAM – some of the very things that P-OTS endeavored to alleviate.

While P-OTS may have fallen short of delivering on its promises of cost savings and operational simplicity, it did prove to be a step in the right direction conceptually, particularly in the areas of packaging efficiency, multi-layer integration and convergence. Experiences with early P-OTS implementations have provided valuable insight into what a modern telecoms network should look like.

A Roadmap for NG Transport

While P-OTS had some shortcomings, it was a good temporary solution that helped to shape the roadmap for what’s really needed in networks today.

Support for the exponential growth of bandwidth

The amount of data and multimedia traffic that’s traversed networks in recent years has been unparalleled, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. To effectively deal with the rapid growth of bandwidth, a true convergence of network layers is essential.

Reduction in infrastructure costs

Operators don’t want to pay for functionality they’re not using or might never use. To reduce the cost of building and operating networks, a modular and flexible system design is required to provide a low entry cost and pay-as-you-grow scalability for added functionality. 

Alleviation of revenue pressure

Multiple networks mean higher capex and opex and lower revenue per bit. To restore operators’ profitability, Layer 0-3 functionality must be integrated in a single platform to optimize the whole (multi-layered) architecture instead of the individual parts (layers). 

Acceleration of service delivery 

These days, new services have to be turned up more quickly than ever. And existing services need to be easily maintained for maximum efficiency. To simplify and accelerate the introduction and maintenance of new services, a single management system for all network layers is needed to automate the process and save work.

Only a fully integrated multi-layer transport solution can satisfy these roadmap goals and beyond. That solution is the Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT) platform. 

The OMLT, the First Beyond NG Transport Solution

A highly unique and innovative new breed of transport solution, the OMLT, or Optimized Multi-Layer Transport platform, targets the shortcomings of today’s P-OTS to address operators’ needs and challenges as they introduce new services in a timely and cost-effective way. This “beyond NG” transport solution does this by: 

  • Focusing on the true convergence of the optical and packet layers to reduce the cost of building and operating networks
  • Integrating Layer 0 to Layer 3 functionality in a single platform, making possible the reduction of CAPEX, OPEX and cost per bit 
  • Providing a modular and flexible system design that enables a low entry cost and pay-as-you-grow scalability for added functionality
  • Presenting a single management system for all network layers, allowing new services to be introduced quickly and maintained easily

The fully integrated, multi-layer OMLT addresses operators’ pain points by eliminating integration costs, streamlining procedures and training, reducing network elements and lowering power requirements – with the ultimate goal of reducing TCO, decreasing the cost per bit and making services more profitable. 

Unified Multi-Layer, Multi-System Management

Not only does the OMLT simplify and streamline networks from an architectural perspective, it also does so from a management point of view. Until now, the optical and packet layers had to be configured and managed via several different systems. This was, clearly, a manual and laborious process which held great potential for error, especially when configuring numerous network elements, cards and wavelengths. The OMLT changes all that. 

In contrast to the multiple management systems that were required in the past, the OMLT utilizes a single, unified management system that provides an integrated view across layers, enabling services and the underlying network to be provisioned, managed and tracked end to end. Now, operators can get multiple physical and logical views, making visualization of the connection and correlation between different network layers possible. 

In addition to the unified management system, the OMLT includes a sophisticated planning tool that brings plug-and-play convenience to the planning process, for both equipment and traffic. Whether for greenfield or brownfield installations, the planning tool enables two-way interaction with the management system via an XML (extensible markup language) file that contains configuration information for all network elements, cards, modules and optical attributes, as illustrated here:


This level of optimized, unified network management and plug-and-play planning can save a tremendous amount of time and bring to bear a number of benefits including opex savings, a more efficient use of staff, shorter learning curves and fewer errors.  

Conclusion

While P-OTS failed to deliver on all the promises of operational efficiencies and capex savings, it did provide some valuable lessons learned that shaped a roadmap for the future of next-generation transport networking. That future is the OMLT – a beyond NG transport solution that brings the best of the optical and packet worlds under one platform without compromising on cost or functionality.

About the Author

Jimmy Mizrahi leads the product management team for the NG packet-optical product lines at ECI Telecom. Prior to this role, he worked in Strategic Marketing at ECI, specializing in alternative carrier applications for utilities and cable operators worldwide. Before joining ECI, Jimmy held positions at Tadiran Telecom and Enavis Networks, where he designed network solutions for global and cellular applications. He has 10 years of experience in the telecoms market in the areas of product management, product marketing, strategic marketing and business planning. Jimmy holds a BA in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.


ECI Telecom delivers innovative communications platforms to carriers and service providers worldwide. ECI provides efficient platforms and solutions that enable customers to rapidly deploy cost-effective, revenue-generating services. Founded in 1961, Israel-based ECI has consistently delivered customer-focused networking solutions to the world’s largest carriers. The Company is also a market leader in many emerging markets and has focused solutions for utilities. ECI provides scalable broadband access, transport and data networking infrastructure that provides the foundation for the communications of tomorrow, including next-generation voice, IPTV, mobility and other business solutions.


Second Two Galileo Satellites Launched

The second two Galileo satellites were launched by Arianespace from French Guiana using Russian-built Soyuz ST vehicle.  The first two Galileo navigational satellites were launched a year ago.

The Galileo global satellite navigation system will consist of 30 satellites and their associated ground infrastructure.  The goal is to have the first 18 satellites in orbit by late 2014, at which point service can begin.  Project completion is expected by the end of the decade.

The Galileo satellites have an orbital altitude of 23,222 km.

The Galileo satellites were built by a consortium with Astrium as prime contractor and Thales Alenia Space in charge of assembly, integration and testing.

The European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) have placed orders with Arianespace to launch 22 other satellites in the Galileo constellation using five Soyuz and three Ariane 5 rockets.

“Since the first launch a year ago, Galileo’s technology has proven itself in orbit,” said Didier Faivre, ESA’s Director of the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related activities.  “Thanks to the satellites launched today, the testing phase will be completed, and clear the way for rapid full-scale deployment of the constellation."

http://www.esa.int/esaNA/index.html
http://www.arianespace.com

ITU Telecom World 2012 Opens in Dubai

ITU Telecom World 2012, which is being held this week at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, brings together government ministers, regulators and manufacturers for five days of discussion and debate.

Notable speakers and panellists this year include: Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent; Osman Sultan, CEO, du; Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO, Etisalat Group; Eugene Kaspersky, CEO, Kaspersky Lab; Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohamed Saud Al-Thani, Chairman, Q-Tel; Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General, TRA; Romain Bausch, President and CEO, SES; John Davies, Vice President, World Ahead Programme, Intel; R. Sifiso Dabengwa, CEO, MTN; Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP,CTO, Ericsson; and Wim Elfrink, Executive Vice President, Cisco.

http://world2012.itu.int/

Telefónica to Sell Call Center Business for EUR 1 Billion


Telefónica agreed to sell its Atento call center business to Bain Capital for EUR 1 billion.

Atento operates 165 contact centers in 17 countries and employs 156,000 employees. The business has 2011 revenue of EUR 1.802 billion from approximately 560 corporate clients.

Under the deal, Telefonica will remain Atento’s service provider for nine years.

Deutsche Telekom Expects T-Mobile USA + MetroPCS Deal to Close in Q2 2013

Deutsche Telekom expects the  T-Mobile USA + MetroPCS merger to be completed in Q2 2013.  Tim Höttges, Deutsche Telekom's CFO, said the stock-swap transaction will not involve any cash changing hands and offers a big value in terms of new subscribers, spectrum and operational synergies.


Höttges said T-Mobile USA will receive more than nine million additional customers, as well as valuable spectrum for improving services in many urban areas. The deal also gives a huge boost to the expansion of the LTE network.

calculates the value of these cost synergies at between six to seven billion dollars, and that’s without including revenue synergies.

After the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will own 74 percent of an extremely promising company.

http://www.telekom.com/media/156598

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Amazon Web Services Sees Rapid Growth in Government Usage


Over 300 government agencies and 1,500 education institutions are now using Amazon Web Services for applications including big data analytics, high performance computing, web and collaboration applications, archiving and storage, and disaster relief. 
AWS also announced new services and features available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region (AWS GovCloud), including the addition of high performance computing capabilities. 
AWS GovCloud is a US-persons AWS region designed to allow US government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements, such as ITAR. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fidelity Investments to Build $200 Million Data Center in Nebraska

Fidelity Investments will build a massive data center in Papillon, Nebraska (a suburb of Omaha).

Fidelity has committed to invest a minimum of $200 million to construct and outfit the data center.  Completion is expected in 2014.

The governor of Nebraska cited his state's lower power rates and and central U.S. location as key factors in attracting the project, along with tax incentives.

http://www.governor.nebraska.gov/news/2012/10/12_data_center.html

Sprint Announces Next 20 LTE Markets


Sprint announced the next 20 cities in its LTE rollout, including parts of the San Francisco Bay region, sections of Indiana and southwest Florida.  These rollouts are underway.  Sprint's LTE network is currently active in 24 markets across the country.

“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint.

http://www.sprint.com/4glte