Sunday, December 2, 2012

Vitesse Powers Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Access with 1588v2

Vitesse Semiconductor introduced a new Network Interface Device/Ethernet Access Device (NID/EAD) reference design based on its CEServices software and Serval (VSC7418) Carrier Ethernet switch engine.

Significantly, the NID/EAD platform supports MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0, which is becoming a requirement in many RFPs from network operators.  Vitesse said its design exceeds many of these requirements today, including line rate support for essential service creation and assurance features such as RFC2544, Y.1564, multi-operator OAM and Hierarchical Quality of Service (HQoS).  The reference design also integrates Vitesse’s VeriTime timing synchronization for mobile access deployments.

"This reference design delivers a proven path to future-proof IP Edge and cloud networks for real-time service delivery,” said Uday Mudoi, product marketing director at Vitesse. “Service-awareness and manageability are key to guarantee the security, performance and access required for business cloud services. Vitesse remains committed to advancing carrier-class networking for IP Edge and cloud computing.”

Pulsecom is introducing its new SuperG Ethernet NID platforms using Vitesse’s Carrier Ethernet Switch Engine. The CE 2.0-compliant SuperG access/aggregation platforms are designed for mobile backhaul, business services, as well as access and aggregation network and demarcation applications.

Pulsecom, whose customers include many of the large U.S. operators, said it is seeing a definite requirement for Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and IEEE 1588v2 capabilities.

Pulscom’s SuperG Family Highlights:

  • SuperG Multiservice Access Switch: Ethernet and DS1 access solution supporting multiple generations of cell site backhaul and evolving business service requirements; 
  • SuperG NID: CE 2.0-ready Ethernet access solution optimized for cell site and customer premise applications requiring MEF-compliant Ethernet services; and
  • SuperG OSP: CE 2.0-ready access solution optimized for outdoor use.
  • Pulsecom's scalable solutions for Carrier Ethernet access and wireless backhaul deliver MEF compliant Ethernet services to custom fit any mixture of 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE applications.

Video: IEEE 1588v2 Network Synchronization

Alcatel-Lucent Selected for 100G Pacific Caribbean Cable System

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected to deploy a new 100G submarine cable system linking Jacksonville, Florida to Manta, Ecuador.

The Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS) will be a 6,000 km submarine cable system owned by Cable & Wireless Communications, Setar, Telconet, Telefónica a Global Solutions and United Telecommunication Services (UTS).

In addition to Florida and Ecuador, the system will connect the islands of Tortola, Puerto Rico, Aruba and Curacao, as well as Cartagena in Colombia and Maria Chiquita and Balboa in Panama.

The system will have an ultimate design capacity of 80 Terabit-per-second. Alcatel-Lucent will supply an integrated 100G wet plant of cable optimized with coherent submarine fiber and high bandwidth repeaters, power feed equipment, and its 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipped with advanced coherent technology.

Commercial activation is expected by the third quarter of 2014.

Crown Castle Gains 7,200 Cell Toweres from T-Mobile USA

T-Mobile USA and Crown Castle completed their deal concerning the sale of approximately 7,200 towers for $2.4 billion in cash.

The deal gives Crown Castle the exclusive right to lease and operate the T-Mobile towers for a weighted average term of approximately 28 years. In addition, Crown Castle will have the option to purchase such towers at the end of the respective lease terms for aggregate option payments of approximately $2.4 billion, which payments, if exercised would be primarily between 2025 and 2048.

Deutsche Telekom said the proceeds have an immediate deleveraging effect by reducing its net debt by the equivalent of around EUR 1.9 billion and thus strengthening its rating-relevant financial ratios.

  • Earlier this year, Crown Castle International acquired NextG Networks for approximately $1.0 billion in cash.  NextG, which specializes in outdoor distributed antenna systems ("DAS"), currently has over 7,000 nodes-on-air and a further 1,500 nodes under construction. In addition, NextG has rights to over 4,600 miles of fiber. Over 90% of NextG nodes are in urban and suburban locations, with 80% in the top ten US metropolitan areas, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas Fort Worth. The NextG assets are expected to provide significant growth, as they currently average only 1.25 tenants per network. Crown Castle said this deal made it the largest independent DAS operator in the US, with approximately 10,000 nodes and 26 venues in operation or under construction. Previously, Crown Castle owned, operated and managed over 22,000 and approximately 1,600 wireless communication sites in the US and Australia.

Deutsche Telekom Expands Cloud Marketplace with Box, Microsoft Office 365

Deutsche Telekom announced cloud service partnerships with Box and Microsoft Office 365.  Specifically, Deutsche Telekom is now offering Box Business in its cloud marketplace for small and medium-sized businesses. It will also soon offer Microsoft Office 365 as a cloud collaboration service.

"Secure cloud solutions are a significant part of our Group strategy for more growth,” says Dirk Backofen, who is the person responsible for Deutsche Telekom’s cloud business. “When it comes to the cloud, there’s a clear trend: After the initial tendency to use the cloud purely for storing data, things are now moving towards collaboration. The cloud brings people together,” he says. The advantage for customers is that Deutsche Telekom offers them a complete end-to-end cloud service and provides everything from a single source: Bandwidth, storage space and processing capacity, applications, expertise, independence from operating systems and high security. Cloud services are an important building block, from which Deutsche Telekom will generate revenues in new areas over the coming years.

Since launching its cloud marketplace inthe middle of the year, DT has registered 7,500 customers.  The marketplace now offers more than 20 cloud services in areas such as accounting, storage space or video conferencing, with plans for 40 offers by the next CeBIT trade fair.

In addition, Deutsche Telekom has included integrated music services from Spotify into its cloud.

  • In August, T-Systems is became one of the first partners for VMware vCloud Data Center Services, which is being integrated into the T-Systems' Dynamic cloud portfolio. The carrier is the first to offer this capability in Europe.
    vCloud is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution that allows companies to expand their internal IT resources with the cloud capacities of T-Systems. AutoScouts24, an online car marketplace for Europe, is the first customer. Actum/G2, one of the leading digital marketing agencies in the Czech Republic, is another customer.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Arianespace Launches Pléiades 1B Satellite for France

Arianespace successfully launched the Pléiades 1B observation satellite for the French space agency aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana.

Pléiades 1B is a very-high-resolution dual-use military and civilian satellite designed to provide optical imaging .  The 1-ton class satellite was built by Astrium at its plant in Toulouse. Thales Alenia Space supplied the very-high-resolution imaging instruments and the image telemetry system. 

This launch marks the ninth mission for Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center to date in 2012, including six Ariane 5, two Soyuz and one Vega launch. The company's European-Russian subsidiary, Starsem, has also carried out a Soyuz launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Arianespace has scheduled another Ariane 5 launch by the end of the year.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Espial to Acquire ANT plc

Espial, a leading supplier of digital TV and IPTV middleware, agreed to acquire ANT plc, which also develops embedded software for the TV industry. The all cash offer of £0.205 per outstanding share values ANT at approximately £5 million.

ANT's Galio Suite is an HTML5 browser, client and applications stack supporting a wide range of consumer TV platforms. ANT's software has been extensively deployed by ADB, Amino, Bouygues Telecom, Cisco, Chunghwa Telecom, Coship, HwaCom, France Telecom, Humax, Pirelli, Sagemcom, Samsung, Technicolour, Telecom Italia and YouSee. ANT plc's shares are listed on AIM, a London Stock Exchange regulated market, under the ticker ANTP.

Espial's middleware, video-on-demand, and browser products power a diverse range of pay-TV and Internet TV business models. Over 10 million licenses of its patented software are in use across the world.

Espial is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.  ANT is based in Cambridge, UK.

"Multiscreen video services on set-top boxes, smart TVs, tablets, PCs and smart phones are quickly becoming the new expectation for today's consumers. Delivering a superior user experience across these devices is a critical element to the success of TV service providers" said Jaison Dolvane, CEO of Espial. "The acquisition of ANT provides Espial with the increased scale, resources and depth of experience to extend our HTML5 market leadership. ANT provides rich expertise in delivering HTML5 user interfaces and applications as well as delivering complex vertically integrated client software solutions. We believe the acquisition of ANT will extend our capabilities to establish Espial as a clear market leader as TV service providers aggressively move to IP video delivery. We're excited about this combination and are committed to continue working with ANT's existing customers and partners to ensure their ongoing success"

  • In 2008, Espial, a specialist in IPTV middleware and applications, acquired  Kasenna, which developed a "PortalTV" suite that allows TV providers to deliver advanced features such as recording and pausing live TV, PVR - both Network-based and Local, StartOver TV, Customized EPG, On-Screen Caller ID, Pay-per-View, Video-on-Demand, Favorites, Reminders, Weather Services, Network Games, etc. 

RagingWire Offers Wholesale Colocation in California

RagingWire Data Centers announced availability of wholesale capacity in its second Sacramento, California data center for enterprise-class infrastructure.

RagingWire' wholesale offering features a patented power architecture that enables companies to scale from 200 kilowatts to 5+ and 10+ megawatts.  The company said it has ample available power to support three 13,000 square foot PODs in Ashburn, 43,000 square feet in Sacramento, and build-to-suit greenfield construction on 75 acres in Ashburn, Virginia.

  • In October, RagingWire Data Centers, which operates 650,000 square feet (60,000m2) of wholesale and retail data center space in Northern California and Northern Virginia, paid $20 million to acquire 75 acres of land in Ashburn, Virginia.  The company plans to build  a 750,000 square foot (69,000m2) data center in phases on the site.  RagingWire currently operates a 150,000 square foot facility in Ashburn, along with its flagship 500,000 data center in Sacramento, California.

Vodafone Continues CWW Integration

In follow-up to its acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide earlier this year, Vodafone has formed a new Group Enterprise unit. Nick Jeffery, currently CEO of Cable & Wireless Worldwide, will be appointed Group Enterprise Director responsible for the new unit, and will report to Vittorio Colao, Group CEO.

Vodafone also announced the following integration activities:

  • CWW’s UK-based enterprise businesses with Vodafone’s UK-based enterprise businesses
  • CWW’s international businesses, Carrier Services, Hosting and Cloud Services, and product activity with our newly created Group Enterprise unit
  • CWW’s Customer Service with Vodafone UK’s Customer Operations
  • CWW’s Finance, Human Resources, and Legal and Regulatory activity with those of Vodafone UK
  • CWW Technology with Group Technology

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ESnet and Infinera Test SDN Open Transport

Infinera and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) demonstrated a prototype Software Defined Network (SDN) Open Transport Switch (OTS) capable of dynamically controlling bandwidth services at the optical layer via an extensions to the OpenFlow protocol. The idea is to provide a lightweight virtual transport switch on optical transport systems with an interface to an SDN Controller.

The proof-of-concept demonstration, which used ESnet's Long Island Metropolitan Area Network (LIMAN) control plane test bed, tested a prototype of the OTS running on the Infinera DTN platform, allowing ESnet’s optical transport network to be configured by an SDN controller via the OpenFlow protocol. ESnet enhanced its SDN controller and demonstrated on-demand bandwidth Ethernet services including bandwidth elasticity for data-intensive science experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory on their LIMAN network, spanning from Manhattan, NY, to Upton, NY.

The services were provisioned by a high-capacity bandwidth-on-demand application utilizing the SDN controller in three different transport network abstractions, including one based on Infinera’s standards-based GMPLS control plane, showcasing the potential to deploy Transport SDN in networks with existing control planes in production. Brookhaven National Lab’s networking team and researchers used this SDN platform to experiment with ultra-high speed data transfer applications being developed for next-generation networks using RDMA over Ethernet protocols.

ESnet Chief Technologist Inder Monga said big data is a reality for science conducted at the national labs and at research universities across the country.  While some of the traffic flows are persistent and can use nailed up optical circuits efficiently, the sharing of big data sets generates bursty traffic. By enabling multi-layer coordination and control, including converged wavelength, OTN and packet transport technologies, ESnet is looking to improve the utilization and efficiency, while simplifying and automating operations.

“The emerging era of data-intensive science demands the highest level of performance from the network. The ability for the network to scale and handle large data flows efficiently across a multi-layer network is an essential capability,” said ESnet Chief Technologist Inder Monga. “The type of bandwidth flexibility, automation and resource efficiency demonstrated in this test are critical to supporting the large-scale data transfer requirements of data-driven science research.”

Infinera described the proof-of-concept demonstration as a first step in realizing the potential of Transport SDN at the optical transport layer.  The company's Bandwidth Virtualization technology already provides an abstraction layer via a standards-based GMPLS software control plane, integrated OTN switching and photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology.  Key learnings from this demonstration are that Transport SDN can provide useful, programmable interfaces to Tier 1 service providers, and that optical hardware and software are SDN ready.

“This pioneering demonstration is an important first step on the path toward enabling Transport SDN,” said Chris Liou, VP Network Strategy, Infinera. “For service providers interested in deploying Transport SDN, we believe the OTS can play a key role in realizing many benefits, including simplified provisioning of bandwidth services in multi-tiered, multi-vendor, multi-domain environments, increased efficiency and utilization of network resources, and an open, programmable transport network for enhancing integration and automation with applications.”

Cisco to Acquire Cariden for Network Planning Expertise

Cisco agreed to acquire privately held Cariden Technologies, a provider of network planning, design and traffic management solutions for telecommunications service providers, for approximately $141 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Cariden's network planning and design tools help service providers to enhance the visibility, programmability and efficiency of their converged networks, while improving service velocity. Cariden's MATE software is widely used by global tier-1 ISPs, PTTs, MSOs and mobile operators for IP/MPLS network engineering.

Cariden has recently extended its network visibility and traffic control platform to perform business intelligence function by leveraging its  traffic flow collection from key nodes in a carrier network.  Specifically, 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

Cariden has also developed a blueprint for infrastructure software defined networking (SDN) that provides visibility and programmability of network resources, simplifying network control through an open API.

Cariden is based in Sunnyvale, California and led by Arman Maghbouleh since its founding in 2001.  Following the acquisition, it will be integrated into Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group.

Cisco said the acquisition supports its Open Network Environment (ONE) strategy by providing sophisticated wide area networking (WAN) orchestration capabilities. These capabilities will allow service providers to improve both the programmability of their networks and the utilization of existing network assets across the IP and optical transport layers.

“The Cariden acquisition reinforces Cisco’s commitment to offering service providers the technologies they need to optimize and monetize their networks, and ultimately grow their businesses,” said Surya Panditi, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group. “Given the widespread convergence of IP and optical networks, Cariden’s technology will help carriers more efficiently manage bandwidth, network traffic and intelligence.  This acquisition signals the next phase in Cisco’s packet and optical convergence strategy and further strengthens our ability to lead this market transition in networking.”

Syria Cuts Off Internet

Internet traffic to/from Syria was completely cut off on Thursday, November 29, as confirmed by Google and Akamai.

In a blog posting, Google said "this is why a free and open Internet is so important."

Tellabs Appoints Daniel P. Kelly as CEO

Tellabs named Daniel P. Kelly as its new chief executive officer and president.

Kelly, 51, has served as Tellabs acting CEO and president since June 27, 2012, following the passing of Rob Pullen.  Previously, Kelly was executive vice president of global products at Tellabs. He had global responsibility for Tellabs products, including research and development, product line management and product marketing.

Kelly holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.

Zayo Reaches10,000 On-Net Buildings

Zayo has reached the milestone of more than 10,000 buildings on-net.

The company has completed 22 acquisitions over the past 6 years, with its most recently announced acquisition of First Telecom Services expected to close by the end of 2012. In the second half of 2012, Zayo doubled its network with the July acquisition of AboveNet. Zayo further expanded its reach with the August acquisition of FiberGateand October acquisition of USCarrier.   Zayo’s network now covers 67,000 route miles with 4.7M miles of fiber in total.

In addition, Zayo has just completed fiber deployment to DuPont Fabros Technology’s (DFT) ACC6 Data Center located in Ashburn, Virginia. DFT’s ACC6 Data Center is not connected via diverse dark fiber in point-to-point or ring topology to Zayo’s regional and national network.

NTT Comm Deploys Juniper T1600 Core Router

NTT Communications has deployed the Juniper Networks T1600 Core Router to power its next-generation video transmission system.   NTT Comm is using the T1600's MPLS multicasting capability for high-capacity delivery of high-definition video for customer applications.

NTT Communications, a subsidiary of NTT Corporation -- one of the world's largest telecommunications companies -- provides network management, security and network services to consumers, corporations and governments.

The T1600 boasts 1.6 terabits per second (Tbps) throughput and the ability to forward up to 1.92 billion packets per second.  Juniper noted that the half-rack design of the T1600 combines a small footprint with the industry's best power efficiency.

"To achieve the high-quality of services that our customers demand, we have worked hard to develop new technologies that enable the forwarding of multicast streams to change dynamically and across a wide bandwidth without packet loss. This has been achieved through our discussions with Juniper Networks' developers and engineers in the U.S. and Japan. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Juniper team to support our organization's evolving needs," stated Osamu Nakazawa, director, Innovative IP Architecture Center, NTT Communications.

ZTE Intros Mini LTE Data Card

ZTE introduced a mini 4G LTE datacard supporting driver-free operation. It uses Qualcomm’s second generation LTE chip platform and is only 13mm thick, nearly a third of the size of the first generation LTE datacard, making it the world's smallest LTE datacard.

It supports LTE-FDD DL/UL 100/50Mbps, UMTS-HSPA+: DL/UL 42/5.76Mbps and GPRS/GSM downward compatibility. ZTE said the card offers significant power savings over first generation LTE data cards.  The unit has already been launched in Kazakhstan and will launch soon in Europe and Asia-Pacific countries.

BT Implements ALU's Motive Data Collection

BT has awarded a four-year contract extension to Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its suite of Motive Customer Experience Solutions with latest-version software to assist its broadband and IPTV support departments.

Specifically, BT will deploy the new Motive Data Collection Manager (DCM), which is used to track the performance of the rapidly proliferating number of communication devices in peoples’ homes. The data is then made available to BT’s customer service teams – safely and securely – so they can proactively manage how the network and devices perform, ensuring a better overall experience for BT customers.

Alcatel-Lucent said the addition of Motive DCM to BT’s toolkit will not only make it easier to manage customers’ devices remotely, but also will provide tools to help customers with self-service capabilities.

CenturyLink Names Jeff Von Deylen President of Savvis

CenturyLink named Jeff Von Deylen as president of Savvis, its subsidiary focused on data center and cloud infrastructure. Von Deylen, who previously served as senior vice president of global operations and client services at Savvis, assumes the position from Bill Fathers, who has chosen to leave the company after a transition period ending in March 2013. 
Savvis claims nearly 2,500 unique clients, including more than 30 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Amazon Web Services Positions Itself as the Infrastructure of Innovation

Amazon Web Services is growing rapidly thanks to a virtuous circle -- as it gains more customers there is greater server usage, this means AWS needs to build more infrastructure, which then leads to greater economies of scale, the company benefits from lower infrastructure costs, it reduces prices and this attracts even more customers.  This virtuous cycle is currently in full motion, giving AWS a strategic advantage over others who were late to enter the market, said Andy Jassy in a keynote at the company's first AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.  The company has lowered prices 23 times since launching cloud services in 2006 largely without competitive pressure to do so. The latest price cut: AWS is lowering its S3 cloud storage service by 25%.

Jassy said Amazon is injecting new energy into its virtuous circle flywheel by adding services/features and opening up to third party integrators, network solution providers and app vendors.  This propels AWS forward to be the "infrastructure for innovation."

Here is current snapshot of AWS

  • 100s of thousands of customers using its cloud services
  • Over 300 government agencies and 1,500 academic institutions
  • AWS has introduced over 150 new cloud services or features during 2012
  • Amazon's S3 storage service is currently holding over 1.3 trillion objects and handling peak loads of 835,000 requests per second
  • The Amazon Elastic Map Reduce service (Hadoop running on EC2) has now launched 3.7 million clusters
  • In 2003,'s retail business generated $5.2 billion in revenue. Now, AWS adds enough server capacity every day to power the entire operations of the 2003 retail business
  • AWS Global Infrastructure now encompasses 9 regions(US East, two US West coast, Europre, Brazil, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney) 25 availability zones and 38 edge locations. There is as a separate U.S. government AWS cloud

Jassy's keynote, along with partner presentations from NASA, Netflix, NASDAQ and SAP, is now on YouTube.

Amazon's Redshift Brings Data Analysis and Warehousing to Cloud

Amazon Web Services introduced Redshift, a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud.

Amazon Redshift, which works with third-party business intelligence tools, allow enterprises to leverage the scale of the cloud to aggregate and analyze large data sets.  Redshift offers fast query performance using SQL-based analysis tools.

Using the AWS Management Console, businesess can quickly launch a Redshift cluster, starting with a few hundred gigabytes of data and scaling to a petabyte or more. Redshift manages all the work needed to set up, operate, and scale a data warehouse cluster, from provisioning capacity to monitoring and backing up the cluster, to applying patches and upgrades.

AWS said pricing will be under$1,000 per terabyte per year, which the company estimates is about 1/10th the cost of traditional data warehouse solutions. Query performance is said to be 10X faster than an "old guard" data warehouse provider.

The keynote presentation by AWS Sr. Vice President Andy Jassy is posted online.