Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Riverbed Builds Virtualization into Cascade and Offers Hosting Support

Riverbed is enhancing its Cascade application-aware network performance management (NPM) solution with new capabilities for virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI), server virtualization, and fully virtualized data centers using VXLAN software-defined networks (SDNs).

The upcoming Cascade 10.0, which will be released in Q4, is targeting these virtualization features for deployment by service providers as well as in public, private, and hybrid clouds.

The company said Cascade 10.0 will help network operators to pinpoint, understand, and troubleshoot performance issues within these virtualized environments. This includes:

  • For virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI), Cascade 10.0 monitoring supports the most popular VDI protocols, providing visibility for VMware View (PCoIP protocol) and the Common Internet File Systems (CIFS) protocol.
  • For monitoring VXLAN SDNs, Cascade 10.0 provides visibility into the UDP-encapsulated traffic and virtual tunnel endpoints. This helps control and understand VXLAN virtual overlay network performance.
  • Cascade 10.0 adds the ability to monitor and troubleshoot software-defined data centers (SDDC) and the physical network.

"VXLAN enables enterprises to deploy virtual networks with the same simplicity and operational ease that they have grown to experience with virtual machines," said Jonathan Gohstand, director, product marketing, Networking and Security at VMware. "This latest collaboration between VMware and Riverbed brings the needed integration for visibility and performance management that can allow enterprises to adopt SDNs with confidence."

Riverbed is also introducing two new virtual editions of its Cascade product family that enable managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver application-aware network performance management (NPM) as a service to their small-to-medium-sized and enterprise customers. Riverbed said its new Cascade Profiler Virtual Edition and Cascade Gateway Virtual Edition, in addition to the existing Cascade Shark Virtual Edition, provide a completely virtualized NPM solution portfolio that allows MSPs to deliver continued value in a virtualized world with the next-generation of performance management.


Ericsson Opens Global Service Center in Xi'an, China

Ericsson inaugurated a Global Service Center in Xi'an, China.   The facility includes Ericsson's first Global Networks Operations Center (GNOC) in East Asia, as well as a new Standardized Service Delivery Center.

Ericsson operates four Global Service Centers (GSC); one of which is located in China with sites in Beijing, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Dalian.  The other three GSCs are located in India, Mexico and Romania.


Vitesse Unveils "Serval Lite" Ethernet Chip for LTE Small Cell Wireless Backhaul

Vitesse Semiconductor introduced a smaller, six-port version of its Serval Carrier Ethernet switch engine optimized for 4G/LTE small cells and indoor femtocells.

Serval Lite integrates Vitesse’s IEEE1588v2 VeriTime technology, which the company says has already been adopted by customers comprising 60% market share in microwave backhaul and 75% market share in millimeter-wave backhaul.

Serval Lite delivers Carrier Ethernet features needed to support advanced packet-based services in a compact, low power package. The power usage is  less than 1.5W, enabling small form factors and the possibility of Power-over-Ethernet for wireless backhaul radios.

The new device brings greater power efficiency and lower costs for microwave and millimeter wave backhaul radios that are coming to market to support 4G/LTE small deployments in dense urban areas.

Vitesse said it also sees a market opportunity, especially in Asia, for 4G femtocells deployed on every floor inside office towers.  These femtocells require 1588v2 timing, which can be delivered over Ethernet via a master clock NID connected to a single GPS receiver on the roof.

Serval family highlights include:

  • VeriTime nanosecond-accurate IEEE1588v2 timing technology that can meet LTE and LTE-Advanced network requirements, even over variable-rate and asymmetric millimeter wave and microwave links;
  • Support of multi-operator OAM&P and Service Level Agreements for Ethernet management, enabling RAN sharing and third party backhaul ownership;
  • Hierarchical QoS (H-QoS) support for complex delivery of traffic with rich media content over 4G networks;
  • Integrated MIPS processor which allows advanced protocol support without a discrete CPU in the board design, reducing overall BOM costs; and
  • Power dissipation under 1.5W

 Samples of Serval Lite are available now.


Monday, October 22, 2012

CoreSite Builds Direct Access to Germany's DE-CIX

CoreSite Realty, which operates major data centers in 7 of the largest markets in the U.S., announced plans to offer direct access to Germany's DE-CIX peering exchange from multiple CoreSite locations across the U.S. 

CoreSite said this new relationship with DE-CIX accelerates its mission to aggregate the interconnection capabilities of the world's leading internet exchanges. In particular, DE-CIX provides CoreSite customers with expanded peering opportunities through a simple connection to more than 480 ISPs from over 52 countries, including central and eastern European countries, Russia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

"We are focused on bringing expanded solutions to our customers that increase interconnection options through an open-exchange platform," stated Brian Warren, Vice President of Product Management, at CoreSite. "By connecting to DE-CIX, we provide CoreSite customers simplified access to one of Europe's leading internet exchanges. It brings best-of-breed providers together to deliver dense interconnection ecosystems and diversity in the U.S. market."



  • CoreSite operates 12 data centers with over 2 million square feet of capacity in 7 major U.S. markets.

  • Last month, DE-CIX, the Internet exchange located in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), hit a new data throughput record last week  as Internet traffic across its switching fabric exceeded the 2 Tbps (terabits per second) mark for the first time.
  • DE-CIX currently servers over 480 Internet service providers from over 50 countries.  At DE-CIX, more than 12 petabytes of data are exchanged per day.

ADVA Reports Revenue of EUR 82.3 Million

ADVA Optical Networking reported Q3 2012 revenue of EUR 82.3 million, up 3.7% year-on-year from EUR 79.3 million in Q3 2011, and in line with guidance  of between EUR 82 million and EUR 87 million.

IFRS pro forma operating income, excluding stock-based compensation and amortization & impairment of goodwill & acquisition-related intangible assets, amounted to EUR 5.6 million or 6.8% of revenues, at the upper half of guidance of between 4% and 8% of revenues. This compares to Q3 2011 IFRS pro forma operating income of EUR 5.5 million or 6.9% of revenues, and to Q2 2012 IFRS pro forma operating income of EUR 6.8 million or 8.0% of revenues. 

“Albeit a weaker demand environment in H2 2012 than anticipated, ADVA Optical Networking has neither lost customers nor market share with existing customers. We continue to be a leader in innovation and have a broad and deep customer base. ADVA Optical Networking won several new customers over the last months which we believed would lead to stronger short-term growth. In review, operators’ business models remain challenged due to intense competition and regulation. In order to pave the way to generating new revenue streams, major mobile broadband upgrades, especially LTE rollouts, are absorbing much of the available capital and are fundamental to sustaining a profitable business model. Thus, network providers are currently under-investing and delaying project roll-outs in wireline activities based on capital market pressures. Nonetheless, due to further broadband growth, a rebound in wireline capital spending is inevitable. ADVA Optical Networking continues to weather the spending slowdown due to our increasing exposure to mobile backhauling wins, while many of our peers are experiencing a significant top-line squeeze,” stated Brian Protiva, chief executive officer of ADVA Optical Networking.

IBM Adds to its Big Data Offerings

IBM introduced new big data software  to help organizations gain actionable insights and transform the way they do business with customers, employees and partners. The goal is to tackle the most pressing big data challenges facing organizations today -- accessing and gaining intelligence into an enormous stream of data generated from mobile, social and digital networks. 

The new InfoSphere Streams software include cloud-hosted applications that deliver predictive analytics directly to a company's line of business employees.  The software is designed for financial services, retail, and education industry clients.

Sprint is using IBM analytics technology to capture and interpret all network data (e.g. location data, dropped calls, service interruption, network performance, etc.) to improve the overall customer experience and operational efficiencies.

"IBM is helping Sprint manage and analyze network data 90 percent faster than before," said Von McConnell, executive director of the Innovation and Advanced Labs at Sprint. "We can now customize new products and services in real-time and respond instantly to changing market dynamics. The insights we gain from big data analytics allows us to create and deliver new mobile applications in minutes, instead of hours, giving Sprint the ability to stay well ahead of our competitors."

Amazon Web Services Suffers Cloud Outage

Amazon’s U.S. East data center suffered degraded performance on Monday, knocking a number of major websites offline, including Foursquare, Heroku and others.  The outage impacted the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud,  the Amazon Relational Database Service and the AWS Elastic Beanstalk, all of which are hosted in the Northern Virginia data center.


Orange Interconnects Mobile HD Voice Calls Internationally

Orange announced the first cross border mobile HD voice calls.  Previously, for technical reasons, mobile HD voice calls have been limited to callers within the same country, assuming both parties have the right mobile phones and service.

Orange has now interconnected its mobile HD voice between Romania and Moldova, ensuring end-to-end HD voice quality  from one country to another. From now on, when a call is made between  two HD voice mobile phones from these countries, Orange customers will  enjoy crystal clear sound instead of "standard" voice quality.

Orange  already offers mobile HD voice in 14 countries: Moldova, Armenia,  Belgium, France (Metropolitan and Reunion), Spain (Catalonia), United  Kingdom, Egypt (Cairo), Luxembourg, Mauritius, Romania, Dominican  Republic, Kenya, Uganda and Jordan. Further launches in Africa and the  Middle East are scheduled by the end of 2012.

ModeGap Researches Achieve 57.6 Tbps over Multimode Fiber

Nokia Siemens Networks, and a consortium of R&D partners, announced a record optical transmission capacity of 57.6 terabit per second (Tbps) using multimode fiber. The demonstration employed spatial multiplexing over solid-core multi-mode fiber.

Members of the ModeGap consortium include Nokia Siemens Networks, the University of Southampton and the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, among others, The project was partially funded by the European Union under its seventh framework program.

The partners have presented the work to the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC).

"With this record data rate we can transmit, over a single fiber, double the capacity required for 7 billion people – the world’s population – to be connected over simultaneous phone calls,” said Robert Richter, head of R&D optical networks at Nokia Siemens Networks. “But this is only the beginning. By 2020, we will be able to support 100 times this capacity, which means that a single fiber would have enough capacity to deliver 40 million different TV streams – for example one for every household in Germany – simultaneously."


China Mobile Nears 700 Million Users, ARPU at US$10.71

As of the end of September, China Mobile was serving 698 million lines -- the 700 million milestone has likely been crossed as the company continues to add nearly 5.4 million users per month. The company notes that as the number of low usage customers has increased, it is seeing more cases of  “one customer with multiple SIM cards.”

For the first nine months of 2012, China Mobile's operating revenue of the first three quarters

of 2012 reached RMB408.6 billion, representing an increase of 6.4% compared to the same
period of last year. EBITDA reached RMB187.3 billion, essentially maintained at the level
for the same period of last year. Profit attributable to equity shareholders reached RMB93.3
billion, representing an increase of 1.4% compared to the same period of last year.

Some highlights:

  • The wireless data traffic in the first three quarters of 2012 increased by 188.1% compared to the same period of last year. 
  • The number of 3G customers has exceeded 75 million
  • ARPU remains steady at RMB 67 (US$10.71)


VSS Monitoring Adds SSL Inspection to Network Packet Brokers

VSS Monitoring introduced SSL monitoring capabilities for its line of network packet brokers, providing visibility into encrypted communications across LAN, WAN and cloud boundaries.

 VSS Monitoring’s SSL inspection solution is based on 1U and 2U network appliances powered by Intel’s Xeon processors and accelerated by Netronome’s flow processors and SSL inspection software.

Key capabilities include:

· Line rate decryption for millions of simultaneous flows on 1/10 gigabit Ethernet links
· Support for inbound and outbound SSL inspection of network communications
· Full integration and interoperability with new and existing packet broker fabric deployments
· Interoperability with the McAfee Network Security Platform

 “Network security managers are facing an onslaught of new web- and cloud-based communications that use encryption by default,” said Dean Beaver, VP of worldwide sales & alliances at VSS Monitoring.  “Our network packet brokers with enhanced SSL inspection are a natural complement for organizations looking to extend the benefits of the McAfee Network Security Platform to include in-bound and out-bound SSL traffic while maintaining line-rate speeds.”


Mellanox Creates Federal Sales Subsidiary

Mellanox Technologies has created a wholly owned subsidiary for driving business development for all federal government agencies and the federal integrator market.
The company has named Dale D’Alessio as CEO of Mellanox Federal Systems, which will be based in Vienna, Virginia. Mr. D’Alessio was previously co-founder and managing member of YottaStor, a professional service and product company specializing in big data storage solutions for the Intelligence and U.S. Department of Defense markets.

California State University Picks Alcatel-Lucent's OmniSwitch

The California State University (CSU) system will upgrade the local area networks on four of its campuses using the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch over the next year. The overall project is estimated to be worth $22 million over the next eight years.  The migration will also enable CSU to add cloud computing technology in the future, serving its communities more efficiently and at lower costs.


Procera Cites Traction with Multiple Rural Wireless Internet Service Providers

Procera Networks cited new deployments of its PacketLogic systems by several rural Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs), including Utah Broadband, Evertek and United Farmer’s Telephone.   Procera's solutions are used for monitoring network usage, from individual subscribers to network-wide views of application and device adoption.

“I use the Service Delivery Dashboard, a cloud-based application service from Procera, on a daily basis to monitor high-level trends regarding network traffic,” said Roxanne White, CEO and general manager of Evertek and United Farmer’s Telephone. “For example, we now know the breakdown of different devices on the network, and our experience dictates that certain devices account for the majority of our support effort while others require substantially less attention from our help desk. We are considering incentive programs to drive subscribers toward devices that require less support from us. This will improve customer satisfaction, limit our support exposure and increase service revenue.”


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Massive Switch SuperNAP in Las Vegas Fills Up

Switch, which operates the massive 407,000 square foot (37,800 m2) SuperNAP data center in Las Vegas, announced record-breaking sales for the month of September. Switch sold 533 cabinets of space and 7.6 MVA of power over a 30-day time period. There were 40 new clients. This will serve to bring the SuperNAP up to 84% occupancy.

Switch provides colocation, connectivity, and cloud services for national and multi-national companies, government agencies and other organizations.

During the last year, Switch said it has delivered 40 MVA to its clients at the Switch SuperNAP-7 facility.
This facility has 84 MVA of UPS and over 10 million CFM/tons of cooling available to deliver to its clients.

"No other data center on earth can match it," said Missy Young, EVP of sales. "These numbers should end the debate on what facility is the world's largest modular data center."

While SuperNAP-7 nears capacity, Switch said its its eighth facility in Las Vegas will be client-ready in May 2013.

  • Switch recently announced expansion of the Switch SuperNAP Las Vegas Campus to a total data center space of 2.2 million square feet (204,000m2), making it the largest commercially available and independent technology business ecosystem in the world. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Qtel Expands FTTH Rollout with Huawei

Qtel has awarded a contract Huawei to implement phase II project of the carrier's national rollout of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) ultra broadband network infrastructure. 
Huawei will provide a Turnkey solution which integrates the central equipment room, optical distribution nodes (ODNs), optical line supervision (OLS), optical access equipment, and other equipment. The project will provide 90,000 additional connections and bring Qtel closer to its target of 100% broadband coverage for households and businesses.

USDA Announces New Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding 24 projects through several loan and grant programs administered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS); Broadband, Telecommunications loans, the Community Connect grant program, and the Public Television Digital Transition.
In the recently completed fiscal year, USDA Rural Development has funded over $170 million in rural telecommunications projects nationwide.
Broadband Loans
North Dakota
    • Consolidated Enterprises, Inc. –$68,897,967; FTTH primarily in the outer city limits of Dickinson and the adjacent rural areas in Stark County.
Community Connect Grants
    • Q-Wireless, LLC,– $782,000; Broadband services through the construction of a wireless middle-mile and access network.
    • Inter Mountain Cable, Inc. — $1,059,704; a Hybrid Fiber-Coax Network.
Louisiana and Pennsylvania
    • MTPCS, LLC, – $144,670; Upgrade MTPCS’ cellular telephone network
    • Scott County Telephone Co-Operative,-$1,500,000; FTTP network.
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans
    • Kerman Telephone Company– $10,057,000. FTTH network.
    • Foresthill Telephone Company, Inc.– $6,560,000. FTTH network
North Dakota
    • Northwest Communications Cooperative– $9,870,000. Fiber-to-premises facilities in six of the 16 exchanges.
    • Monitor Cooperative Telephone Company– $2,865,000; Funds will be used to build fiber-to-premises facilities capable of broadband services to all customers in the borrower’s service area.
    • Mid-Plains Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. – $2,590,000; Fiber and Gigabit Ethernet to exchanges.

Various projects related to digital transition in public television were also funded.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Qatar National Broadband Network Selects Ericsson

Qatar National Broadband Network Company (Qnbn) has selected Ericsson to deploy a broadband network infrastructure using optical fiber (FTTx) in Qatar. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The network, which is set to begin rolling out immediately, will use Ericsson’s Fiber Optic Solution, Fiber Cables and Central offices. Qnbn will deploy a passive network infrastructure, providing equal and open access to operators to offer choice for the end-user and efficiently leveraging existing and new infrastructure in Qatar.

“Qnbn represents a bold step forward in Qatar’s drive to be a leading knowledge based economy and continuous access to a high-speed network is essential for economic development and innovation,” said Mohamad Al-Mannai, Qnbn’s Chief Executive Officer. “Together with Ericsson we hope to be able to enrich connectivity in Qatar and continue to provide an ideal environment for business development and economic growth.”


  • Earlier this year, Qatar National Broadband Network Company (Q.NBN) received a 25 year license to provide fiber optic broadband throughout the Gulf country.  The license will see Q.NBN offering wholesale broadband fiber optics infrastructure services to licensed network service providers and operators. As such, Q,NBN serve as the fiber optic broadband infrastructure provider.

Global Broadband Surpasses 624 Million Lines, FTTx Grows Fastest

Global broadband subscriptions have surpassed 624 million, according to the latest figures released by the Broadband Forum and prepared by broadband industry analysts Point Topic.

Point Topic reports strong 12-month growth rates for FTTx (27%) and FTTH (23.4%) and for the first time the market share for DSL fell below 60%.

Some other highlights:

  • IPTV services have brought more than 69 million new set-top boxes into Connected Homes.
  • IPTV added 15.9 million subscribers over the past year, including 3.57 million over the last quarter.
  • China, France and the U.S. continue to lead in terms of IPTV adoption.  Russia is also seeing faster IPTV adoption.


Infonetics: Mobile momentum drives DPI market to 34% CAGR through 2016

Driven by the increased use of DPI in wireless networks, the service provider deep packet inspection (DPI) market will grow at a 34% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2011 to 2016, according to a new report from Infonetics.

Traffic management is still the primary use case for DPI technology, but we’re seeing a growing interest in folding DPI into larger solutions, such as video optimization, content caching, and usage-based billing,” notes Shira Levine, directing analyst for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics Research. “This ‘DPI inside’ approach provides operators with the visibility into network traffic needed to enable new service models and pricing plans and to support new architectures like software-defined networks (SDNs).”

Some other key points:

  • DPI product revenue is on track to pass the $600-million mark this year
  • Mobile operators are deploying DPI hand-in-hand with LTE for more granular traffic management and to enable value-added services, tiered services, and sophisticated pricing models
  • Infonetics expects operators to push DPI deeper into the access network and eventually to the device level via enforcement agents that enable greater network and service control on smartphones, tablets, and set-top boxes