Monday, November 5, 2012

Cyan Debuts Blue Planet SDN, NTT Comm. Deploys

Cyan introduced its Blue Planet software defined networking (SDN) platform for virtualizing service provider networks.

Blue Planet software, which is available now, consists of an open SDN platform as well as Cyan and third-party apps. The software is composed of three distinct elements: an open SDN platform, SDN apps, and element adapter apps facilitating control over a wide range of third-party network devices. The software enables Cyan and third-party apps to interrogate and control underlying network infrastructure. Blue Planet allows apps to interact not only with OpenFlow compliant network devices, but also with legacy devices deployed prior to the development of SDN.

Cyan provides element adaptors to enable control over a broad collection of third-party network elements. In addition to Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTPs), Blue Planet interoperates with select devices from Accedian Networks, Actelis Networks, Adtran, Adva, Alcatel-Lucent, BTI Systems, Calient, Calix, Ciena, Cisco, Juniper, MRV, OneAccess Networks, Optelian, Omnitron Systems, Overture, RAD Data Communications, Telco Systems, Transition Networks, Transmode, and others.

Cyan said its goal with Blue Planet is to "obliterate legacy cost structures, make more efficient use of network assets, and radically accelerate service delivery." Blue Planet aims to build on the virtualization, service orchestration, and hardware simplification principles that have fundamentally altered the cloud data center environment.

NTT Communications is deploying Blue Planet in several geographic markets.

“We are at an important moment in the evolution of the network,” stated Cyan president Michael Hatfield. “For years, service providers and other network operators have been searching for ways to break free of expensive and restrictive legacy architectures mandated by incumbent equipment suppliers. SDN has begun to accomplish this in data center environments by virtualizing resources and flattening cost structures. Cyan is taking the next logical step by applying these principles to wide area and metro networks.”

Belgacom Launches LTE

Belgacom launched the first LTE service in Belgium.  The Proximus 4G service is now available  in eight cities: Hasselt, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Liège, Namur, Mons, Waver and the Haasrode Industrial Park.

Residential customers with a smartphone have a choice of the following tariff plans:
  • “Smart 75” (unlimited calls & SMS and 5GB mobile internet for €75)
  • The web based prepaid offer “Generation Connect” (2GB mobile internet, 2,000 SMS and up to 80 minutes calls on every reload of €20)
Customers who want access to 4G on a smartphone can also activate the option “Internet on GSM” (as from €19,99 for 2GB).
Professional customers with a smartphone can opt for “Bizz Mobile+ All In” (unlimited calls and SMS and 5GB mobile internet for €70 excl. VAT).

Brocade Acquires Vyatta for SDN Software Expertise

 Brocade will acquire privately held Vyatta, a developer of networking software, in an all-cash transaction. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vyatta, which is based in Belmont, California, offers a software-based network operating system that is highly relevant for multiple applications in network virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN) and private/public cloud computing platforms.

The Vyatta Network OS delivers advanced routing and security functionality for physical, virtual and cloud networks.  It includes dynamic routing, stateful firewall, VPN support, traffic management, etc. and runs on multicore x86 processors, common hypervisor platforms and emerging cloud architectures.  Vyatta has recently expanded the platform to include Policy-Based Routing (PBR), BGP Multipath, IPsec for IPv6 and other advanced capabilities.

Brocade said it plans to utilize Vyatta technology and expertise to offer an end-to-end architecture built on a highly virtualized, dynamic network infrastructure.

"This acquisition complements our R&D investments in Ethernet fabrics and SDN, as well as our broad industry and solutions-level partnerships that enable Brocade to pursue new market opportunities in data center virtualization, public cloud, enterprise virtual private cloud, and managed services," said Mike Klayko, CEO of Brocade. "We are now bolstering these 'build and partner' efforts with this strategic acquisition with the goal of being the innovation and thought leader in the software networking category."

"There are many significant developments happening today that are redefining data center architectures and industry landscapes," said Ken Cheng, vice president of the Routing, Application Delivery and Software Networking Group at Brocade. "The Vyatta acquisition brings in considerably more software networking technology and expertise to Brocade. We believe software networking to be a critical component in the next phase of network virtualization as enterprises are becoming increasingly virtualized and actively moving workloads to the cloud."

http://www.brocade.com
http://www.vyatta.co


  • In August, Vyatta introduced its "Empowering SDN initiative" to help enterprises and service providers build an enduring software-defined networking (SDN) strategy.
    Vyatta said the significance of its Empowering SDN program is the ability to take steps now, using established protocols like OSPF and BGP, to create agile, capacity-on-demand networks for the future.
     
    In data centers, SDN could allow users to allocate groups of servers on-the-fly . Vyatta's software based routers, firewalls and VPNs enables enterprises to connect and securing these groups. Vyatta's code can be operated as virtual machines (VMs). This approach removes the constraints of a fixed device with a finite, predetermined amount of physical ports and other resources. The Vyatta VM can be replicated and positioned where needed, avoiding network congestion due to unneeded trips out to a central router. Additionally, software-based networks can provide significant savings over a large, proprietary router – leveraging the economies of the x86 architecture.

    Vyatta also noted that its software-based networks are built on open source projects, resulting in code that has been downloaded more than a million times and tested extensively in production networks worldwide. Its code has demonstrated interoperability with a wide range of network gear and continues to extend its capabilities, adding to the management and API with a roadmap to include OpenStack, CloudStack and other emerging cloud provisioning tools.


Procera Land Another Tier-1 for Intelligent Policy Enforcement

Procera Networks announced a new multi-million dollar contract to provide a Western European Tier 1 incumbent service provider with Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) solutions based on its PacketLogic platforms.

"This is a very significant win for our company and validates the need for high performance as service providers move to 100 Gbps in their core,” said James Brear, CEO of Procera. “The PacketLogic PL20000 is the ideal choice to meet their business analytics needs and enable innovative policy-based services. Because of the PL20000’s industry leading throughput density, our solution makes it possible for this expansive customer to deploy the extensive network coverage needed with a fraction of the number of systems competitive offerings proposed.”

http://www.proceranetworks.com


Telco Systems Intros High-Density MPLS/Ethernet Demarc for Mobile Backhaul

 Telco Systems introduced its next generation mobile backhaul Carrier-Ethernet/MPLS demarcation device packing 12x1G ports and 8xE1/T1 Circuit Emulation Services (CES) into a compact format (1RU by half shelf width) suitable for small cell deployments.

The new T-Marc 3312SC demarc device supports the extension of MPLS to the cell site, enabling mobile operators to take full advantage of their MPLS networks for engineering and managing their backhaul infrastructure. . It supports IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management (CFM), ITU-T Y.1731, IEEE 802.3ah, EFM-OAM, RFC 2544-based embedded test heads and Y.1564.  Telco Systems’ operating system also supports Hierarchal QoS (HQoS) and offers a suite of resiliency protocols.

In addition, Telco Systems said its  T-Marc 3312SC prepares the provider’s network for Software Defined Networks (SDN), as it supports a wide range of management protocols including NETCONF, which is mandatory to support OpenFlow standard. It is also integrated in the company’s service management system, EdgeGenie, to allow dynamic elastic service management and control plane separation.


http://www.telco.com/index.php?page=press-releases&article=85

EC Approves 1920-1980 MHz paired with 2110-2170 MH for LTE


The European Commission approved plans to make available another 120 MHz of spectrum for LTE.

The paired terrestrial 2 GHz band (1920-1980 MHz paired with 2110-2170 MHz) has been traditionally used by UMTS.

The new rule makes it mandatory for Member States to open the relevant spectrum by 30 June 2014 at the latest, and lays down harmonised technical conditions to allow coexistence between different technologies.

The European Commission notes that its policy means that the EU will enjoy up to twice the amount of spectrum for high speed wireless broadband as in the United States, namely around 1000 MHz.

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "This extra spectrum for 4G in Europe means we can better meet the changing and growing demand for broadband. I want to see Member States acting swiftly to change existing licenses. We all win from faster wireless connections in Europe."

http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/telecoms-internet/telecoms/blogs

ISC8 Buys Bivio's NetFalcon CyberSecurityto ISC8

Bivio Networks has sold its NetFalcon and NCCS product and business assets to ISC8 for an undisclosed sum.

ISC8 said the acquisition brings advanced products and technologies for Security Intelligence, Incident Response, Content Control and mitigation of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) in enterprise, service provider and government networks. ISC8 purchased the NetFalcon and Network Content Control System business units of Bivio Networks, including all related intellectual property, sales, engineering, managerial, and other operational resources. In addition, ISC8 will acquire an installed base consisting of nine accounts including leading Tier 1 service providers, enterprises and government agencies worldwide. 

Bivio said it will continue to focus on its DPI Application Platform for government and commercial customers.

“It is clear from both market and customer feedback that Advanced Persistent Threats, or Targeted Cyber Attacks, are the biggest Cybersecurity menace that governments, militaries and corporations face today,” said Bill Joll, president and CEO of ISC8. “With the close of the Bivio transaction, we now have a complete suite of products and technologies for helping these organizations with this most pressing cybersecurity problem, specifically the ability to detect these threats while the attack is ongoing. We also provide the supporting forensic evidence for these threats, which have typically remained undetected for a period of months to more than a year."

"Bivio has an established 12-year track record on providing leading cyber security solutions in the most challenging and mission critical environments," said Dr. Elan Amir, president and CEO of Bivio Networks. "Now that this transaction is complete, Bivio can continue to focus on delivering the DPI Application Platform to our government and commercial customers looking to deploy world-class cyber security solutions."

Telkom South Africa's CEO Steps Down

Ms Nombulelo Moholi announced her resignation as CEO of Telkom SA.  She was appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer and as an executive director in April 2011.  Before that, she was the Managing Director of the Telkom SA business unit since 1 May 2009. 

http://www.telkom.co.za

Sunday, November 4, 2012

KT Reaches 2.49 Million LTE Subscribers, 15% of Mobile Users

KT has signed up over 2.49 million LTE subscribers as of the end of Q3, representing about 15% of its mobile customer base.  Meanwhile, the number of smartphone subscribers reached 9.79 million, representing 59.4% of KT's total mobile subscribers.


Financially. KT's operating revenue for the quarter rose to 6,519.4 billion won, up 30% compared to a year ago, thanks largely to disposal of certain real estate and copper line assets.  Net profit reached 372.3 billion won (US$341 million).

Some other notes:

  • KT now has 8 million broadband subscribers.
  • Due to decrease in telephony and line lease revenue, total wireline revenue fell 2.7% QoQ.
  • KT's total CAPEX for Q3 amounted to 592.3 billion won, including LTE CAPEX of 168.9 billion won.
  • The carrier is planning to rollout multi-carrier LTE soon.

Verizon: Full Restoration in NY May Take till Nov 9

On Saturday night, Verizon restored service to a key New York City facility to generator power, re-establishing services for large multinational clients.  Full customer restoration in NewYork in some locations remains dependent on restoration of commercial power, which may take until November 9 according to the latest estimates.


As of Sunday afternoon, Verizon Enterprise Solutions reported pumping approximately 1 million gallons of floodwater out of its headquarters building in Lower Manhattan.  

The company said the corrosive nature of salt water is likely have caused unseen damage to copper and fiber at many facilities in New York City.


http://www.verizonbusiness.com/about/news/pr-26011-en-Hurricane+Sandy+Updates.xml

Windstream: 75 Broad St. Still on Backup Power on Sunday

As of Sunday afternoon (04-Nov-2012), Windstream advised that its switching equipment located in the 75 Broad Street data center was still operating on back-up power.  The switches were first restored on Friday after going offline during Monday's storm.  Service disruptions due to lack of commercial power at this site are still a possibility.  However, Windstream's overall capacity in the NYC region is now back to pre-storm levels.

http://news.windstream.com/

Amazon Web Services Raises the Roof on Storage I/O Performance

Amazon is now allowing customers of its Elastic Beanstalk Service (EBS) to provision up to 2,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per second) per EBS volume, double the previous performance limit.  The company notes this is an order of magnitude more IOPS than a high-end 15,000 RPM disk drive.

It is also possible to achieve higher performance by striping multiple Provisioned IOPS volumes together, yielding thousands of IOPS per logical volume to an EC2-powered application.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a quick way to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud.  The service automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.  EBS leverages AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling.  

http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2012/11/raising-the-roof-more-provisioned-iops-for-ebs.html

Friday, November 2, 2012

TIM Brazil Picks Ericsson for LTE


TIM Brazil has selected Ericsson to deploy LTE in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Sergipe, Goiás and the Federal District.  Ericsson will supply RBS 6000 base stations.  The contract also includes network rollout services.  Financial terms were not disclosed.
The deeal extends the long-standing partnership that together implemented TIM’s 2G and 3G in Brazil.  It also marks Ericsson's fourth  4G/LTE contract in Brazil,
TIM Brazil is a subsidiary of Telecom Italia.

Alcatel-Lucent: Gains in IP and Wireline Offset by Declines in Optics, Wireless

Alcatel-Lucent reported Q3 revenue of Euro 3,599 million, up 1.5% quarter-over-quarter but down 2.8% year-over-year on a reported basis as gains in the IP business were offset by double digit declines in Wireless and in Optics.

Gross margin came in at 27.9% of revenue for the quarter, compared to 35.3% in the year ago quarter and 31.7% in the second quarter 2012. There was a reported net loss (group share) of Euro (146) million or Euro (0.06) per share.

North America witnessed a 10% revenue decline, whilst Central and Latin America recorded its eighth quarter of double digit growth, driven by Brazil. In Asia Pacific, which declined 10%, the continuous good traction in Japan and Australia partially offset the still low activity in China. Driven by good growth in Russia, Eastern Europe declined at a smaller pace than Western Europe, where low spending from service providers still prevail (adjusted for constant currency and compared to the year ago period).

"Our third quarter results are reflective of the significant transformation we are undertaking both in terms of scope and timing. In addition, our revenue growth and gross margin were impacted by overall carrier spending dynamics and product mix, especially in wireless.  During this transition period we are very focused on insulating our core operating business by maintaining our commitment to innovation and our investment levels in R&D. Our recent significant wins in the U.S, China and Brazil as well as the 20% growth in the order book for our HLN products have emphasized our relevance with the leading carriers as they roll-out their next generation networks," stated Ben Verwaayen, CEO Alcatel-Lucent.

Some highlights:

NETWORKS

Revenues for the IP division were Euro 490 million, a 30.3% increase from the year-ago quarter. The company reported strong growth for IP edge routers, especially in Japan, China, the US and Latin America, reflecting all-IP network transformation, as well as strong demand for trials of the new 7950 XRS core router in all regions.

Revenues for the Optics division were Euro 480 million, a decrease of 17.5% from the year-ago quarter. Despite continued declines in legacy equipment, WDM returned to growth in the third quarter, resulting in overall low double digit decline in terrestrial optics.  The company cited the success of its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), which was selected in the third quarter by China Telecom as part of their nationwide broadband expansion. There was continued weakness for the submarine optics business.

Revenues for the Wireless division was Euro 837 million, a decrease of 18.9% from the year-ago quarter. The company reported overall cautious spending from service providers.

Revenues in the Wireline division increased 26.3% from their year-ago level, to Euro 389 million. This quarter marked the second consecutive quarter that fiber-based access revenues surpassed copper-based access revenues. The IPDSLAM equipment grew at double digit rate, while the fiber access equipment grew 80% year-over-year, confirming particular strength in Asia-Pacific, driven mainly by China, immediately followed by the Americas and then by EMEA with PON technology.

Sales of  next-generation Networks products increased 20% from the year-ago quarter, reaching Euro 1,162 million in the third quarter 2012. At constant currency rates, sales of our next-generation Networks products increased 10% compared to the year ago quarter. This accounts for 53% of Networks sales, compared to 43% a year-ago.

S3 (SOFTWARE, SERVICES and SOLUTIONS)

Revenues for the S3 segment were Euro 1,155 million, an increase of 5.0% compared to Euro 1,100  million in the year-ago quarter and an increase of 9.7% compared to Euro 1,053 million in the second quarter 2012. At constant currency exchange rates, S3 revenues decreased 0.7% year-over-year and increased 8.3% sequentially.

Services revenues were Euro 1,058 million, a 6.2% increase compared to the year-ago quarter.   Network Applications revenues declined 6.7% from their year-ago level, to Euro 97 million in the third quarter. "Strategic Industries" Services business (including transportation, energy, and the public sector) had a strong sequential growth, driven by the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.

ENTERPRISE

Revenues in the Enterprise business were Euro 188 million, a decrease of -13.8% compared to Euro 218 million in the year-ago quarter and a decrease of -1.6% compared to Euro 191  million in the second quarter 2012. At constant currency exchange rates, our Enterprise business declined 16.5% compared to the year-ago quarter and decreased 2.6% sequentially. Excluding an OEM re-sale activity that was terminated in the third quarter of 2011, and one-time items, the data business would have increased 5%.

In a conference call, Alcatel-Lucent's CEO said the company's restructuring program will cut two layers in the organization, reducing the number of executives by 30%.  More than 60% of cuts will be in Europe.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gigamon Showcases 100 Gigabit Ethernet Traffic Visibility Fabric

Gigamon will showcase a 100 Gigabit Ethernet Traffic Visibility Fabric at next week's Supercomputing 2012.

The Gigamon Visibility Fabric is capable of intelligently forwarding network traffic at full line rate between nodes on 100GbE network connections, offering the ability to connect to 100GbE networks and to deliver intelligently aggregated 10GbE connections into a single 100GbE uplink to network monitoring, management and analytic tools.

Gigamon said it has demonstrated the capability to receive, filter, modify and deliver traffic at 100GbE rates on network segments with throughput that expands beyond 2.5 Terabits due to the unique architecture of the GigaVUE-HD8 chassis.

“Since inception of the company, Gigamon’s innovative culture continues to deliver regular industry firsts that address real challenges faced by real customers. With 48 of the top 100 Mobile Service Providers using the Gigamon Visibility Fabric, we are in lockstep with our customer base in understanding the challenges they face deploying 4G, LTE-Advanced & VoLTE architectures,” said Paul Hooper, VP of marketing and product management at Gigamon. “We realized that the move from 10Gb to 40Gb was a short-term step in the upgrading of the core, and that 100Gb was the ultimate medium-term objective for architects and engineers of the most advanced global networks. Our customers will be able to take advantage of our intelligent 100Gb network Visibility Fabric to enable effective monitoring, management and analysis of superior performance carrier-grade networks.”

http://www.gigamon.com/traffic-visibility-fabric


LINARO -- a Software Ecosystems for ARM Servers

Linaro, a not-for-profit engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM architecture, announced the addition of AMD, Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, Calxeda, Canonical, Cavium, Facebook, HP, Marvell and Red Hat as members. Existing members include ARM, Samsung and ST-Ericsson.

The companies will collaborate on the development of foundational software for ARM Server Linux.  Linaro uses a unique business model where multiple companies jointly invest in a software engineering team that creates core open source software in a collaborative and transparent environment.
“As power and energy become increasing costs to business, there continues to be a need to drive down costs and this means a total reinvention of the server space. There will be a range of server solutions based on ARM technology as the entire business community looks to reduce cost of ownership and achieve energy efficiency. Ultimately, it is the partnership approach which is vital to encourage innovation in this space and we are delighted to see LEG shares this vision. By changing the way we process data, the opportunity for a smarter, more connected future can be truly realized," stated ARM CEO Warren East.



Equinix Posts Q3 Revenue of $489 Million


Equinix reported revenues from continuing operations of $488.7 million for the third quarter, a 7% increase over the previous quarter and a 20% increase over the same quarter last year.  This result included $16.1 million in revenues from the Company’s Asia Tone and ancotel acquisitions for the quarter and excluded $8.8 million of revenues from discontinued operations.  Recurring revenues, consisting primarily of colocation, interconnection and managed services were $462.8 million for the third quarter, a 7% increase over the previous quarter and a 19% increase over the same quarter last year.  Non-recurring revenues were $25.9 million in the quarter.   
Net income attributable to Equinix for the third quarter was $28.8 million.  This represents a basic net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.60 and a diluted net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.58 based on a weighted average share count of 48.4 million and 52.7 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2012.  
“We delivered solid financial results in the third quarter, driven by continued demand for our services across all three regions,” said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Equinix. “We are executing with discipline and remain focused on profitable growth.  We believe the value of our global interconnection platform and further development of our business ecosystems will underpin our competitive position in support of our long-term opportunity.” 

Softbank Completes First CSFB Between LTE TDD and UMTS with Huawei


SOFTBANK Japan has completed the first circuit switch fall back (CSFB) voice call between a LTE TDD compatible network and a UMTS network using Huawei's solutions for commercial LTE TDD.

The CSFB voice call was made through Huawei's STREAM 201HW smartphone.  To complete the call, the AXGP (Advanced eXtended Global Platform) network was connected with the UMTS network of SOFTBANK MOBILE. AXGP is a network compatible with the LTE TDD of Wireless City Planning Inc., a SoftBank Group company.  Huawei's STREAM 201HW smartphone, which is currently available through SOFTBANK MOBILE in Japan, uses a customized Qualcomm chip supporting both LTE TDD (AXGP) and UMTS.

Mr. Deng Taihua, Huawei President for LTE TDD/WiMAX/TDS Networks, said: "Huawei is honored to provide SOFTBANK MOBILE with this CSFB solution. Interoperation between GSM/UMTS/LTE networks is always a concern for operators. During trials in India August last year, Huawei completed the world's first multiple live handover scenarios across GSM/UMTS/LTE. We are committed to commercializing LTE TDD key solutions for our customers."

http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/newsroom/press-release/hw-195764-csfblte.htm

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