Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Zayo Confirms 100G Upgrade on U.S. Network

Zayo has activated 100G wavelength services across major markets in the United States.

The company confirmed that the 100G wavelength platform is already operational in some locations and will continue to be deployed during the rest of 2012 and into the first half of 2013. Its vendor has not been disclosed.

By upgrading long-haul and metro market networks, Zayo can provide native 100G Wavelength connectivity to key traffic aggregation points and IP nodes throughout the U.S.

"Zayo is a focused bandwidth infrastructure provider and upgrading along key routes to 100G technology is the next step in providing customers with the latest high bandwidth technology," says Zach Nebergall of Zayo's wavelength product group. "Additionally, the Zayo national network provides unique route options which enable our customers to take advantage of fiber path diversity between these core traffic aggregation locations."


TNS Accepts Acquisition Offer from Siris

TNS (NYSE: TNS), which offers a range of networks and value-added services that enable transactions and the exchange of information in diverse industries, will be privatized by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group.  The deal is valued at approximately $862 million, or $21.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 44% over the closing price on December 10, 2012 and 47% over TNS' volume weighted average share price during the last 30 days.

Among its activities,  operates the largest un-affiliated SS7 (Signaling System No. 7) networks in the United States. TNS also offers a suite of advanced signaling, intelligent database and nextgen services for telecom operators.
"Our Board is confident that this transaction is in the best interests of our stockholders, customers and employees," said Stephen X. Graham, Chairman of the Special Committee of the TNS Board. "Engaging with Siris will help TNS work toward our goal of transitioning from a legacy network provider to building various value-added data communication applications."


  • TNS is based in Reston, Virginia.

Qualcomm Atheros Integrates Wireless Controller in GigE Switching Chip

Qualcomm Atheros introduced a high port-count Gigabit Ethernet switching chip that integrates wireless controller functions into the switch silicon for the first time.  This enables the solution to process and forward both wired Ethernet 802.3 and Wi-Fi 802.11 packets simultaneously at wire speed.

The new chipsets are designed for automated, end-to-end switch and access points with cloud management capabilities for small business networks.

Qualcomm Atheros' new QCA871x series chip supports the Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points Protocol (CAPWAP), allowing remote access point control and management.  It also eliminates the need for an external multi-core CPU commonly employed in traditional Wi-Fi Access Controller architectures, replacing it with an integrated, high-performance CPU, thus providing a competitive cost structure to address SMB requirements.

Qualcomm Atheros' QCA871x/QCA851x  switch series also offers rich managed Layer 2/Layer 3 (L2/L3) features in an easy to use solution with reduced complexity and cost structure relative to the traditional enterprise switch, thus bringing a high-performance, yet cost-effective solution to the SMB segment. Sampling is under way.


Defense Dept Data Center Tries Direct-to-Chip Water Cooling

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will retrofit one of its data centers with direct-to-chip liquid-cooling technology from Asetek.

The $2 million project will use Asetek's RackCDU (Rack Coolant Distribution Unit) technology, which is a hot water, direct-to-chip, data center liquid cooling system that removes heat from CPUs, GPUs, memory modules and other hot spots within servers.  No power is used to chill the water.  The direct-to-chip cooling loops replace existing air heat sinks, with tubes exiting through an unused PCIe slot in the server chassis.

Johnson Controls Federal Systems is the installer and integrator for the project.

Asetek claims a more than 50% cooling cost savings.

“The Department of Defense has become very serious about improving data center efficiency, and they are seeking new approaches to address this mission-critical problem,” said Andre Eriksen, Asetek’s CEO and founder. “Hot water direct-to-chip liquid-cooling is a powerful approach that can capture more than 80% of the heat generated by a data center and remove it from the building, where it can be cooled for free by ambient air or even reused for building heating and hot water. No power what so ever goes in to actively chilling the water.”


  • Asetek is headquartered in San Jose, California with offices in Denmark, China and Taiwan. The company was founded in 2000.

Telefónica Digital Picks Ericsson as Prime integrator of Global Video Platform

Ericsson has been selected as prime integrator of Telefónica Digital's next-generation video platform.

The multi-year, multi-country deal includes IPTV middleware, OTT back-office, Digital Rights Management Systems and Content Management Systems, Managed Services, as well as Ericsson Operations Support System (OSS) and Business Support System (BSS).   Telefónica's own R&D is developing and launching the user experience interface for GVP. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telefónica's Global Video Platform (GVP) will allow its subscribers to access video services such as live TV, video on demand and premium services, simultaneously over any network for any device.


  • In November, Telefónica Digital announced the selection of Microsoft's Mediaroom for its new Global Video Platform (GVP) for all video entertainment services across Telefónica’s Operating Businesses. Telefónica's GVP is an IPTV-based pay-TV subscription service --  including DVR, video on-demand and and other applications -- that can be delivered either on the carrier's own access network or as an over-the-top offering.  It supports a range of devices inside and outside the home, including set top boxes, Xbox 360s, tablets and smartphones.  Launches are already underway in Brazil (Vivo TV Fibra), Chile (Movistar IPTV) and Spain (Movistar Imagenio on Xbox 360).  The service is Spain provides subscribers with 12 linear channels focused on sports including the Spanish First Soccer League (Liga BBVA) under Canal+ Liga Channel.

Go Daddy Hires Blake Irving as CEO

Go Daddy named Blake Irving as its new CEO, replacing Scott Wagner,  who has been serving as interim CEO since July. Irving most recently served as Chief Product Officer at Yahoo! Previosly, he spent 15 years at Microsoft, serving in various senior roles, most recently as Corporate Vice President of the Windows Live Platform.


Monday, December 10, 2012

IBM's Silicon Nanophotonics Integrates 25G Tranceivers in 90nm CMOS

IBM has integrated multiple optical components alongside electrical circuits using 90nm semiconductor process technology.

Essentially, IBM has successfully added a variety of silicon nanophotonics components, such as wavelength division multiplexers (WDM), modulators, and detectors, alongside CMOS electrical circuitry using a conventional semiconductor foundry.

IBM’s CMOS nanophotonics used transceivers exceeding 25 Gbps per channel. IBM said its integration is capable of feeding a number of parallel optical data streams into a single fiber by utilizing compact on-chip wavelength-division multiplexing devices. The ability to multiplex large data streams at high data rates will allow future scaling of optical communications capable of delivering terabytes of data between distant parts of computer systems.


  • In October 2012, IBM announced a breakthrough in building a semiconductor using carbon nanotubes instead of silicon.  IBM researchers created a device consisting of more than ten thousand working transistors made of nano-sized tubes of carbon.  Standard semiconductor processes were used to fabricate the device.  IBM has previously demonstrated that carbon nanotube transistors can operate as excellent switches at molecular dimensions of less than ten nanometers – less than half the size of the leading silicon technology. 

Cisco Announces CRS-3 and ASR 9000 Deployment with Telefónica

Telefónica Global Solutions will deploy the Cisco CRS-3 and ASR 9000 Series routers for enhanced capacity, high resiliency, and robust IPv6 support. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telefónica's network connects more than 100 locations in more than 60 cities and 40 countries connecting the main cities of Europe, Latin America, the United States and Asia.

Cisco said its CRS offers the possibility of future upgrading capacity for its core network with upto 400 Gbps per slot capability, high resiliency, and a cost-effective intelligent core solution to improve the return on investment for its core network.


ST Exits Wireless Broadband to Focus on Sensors, Embedded Processing

STMicroelectronics unveiled a new corporate strategy under which it will exit the ST-Ericsson partnership and the wireless broadband market, choosing instead to focus on sensors and embedded processing.

“Our new strategy is centered on leadership in sense and power and automotive products, and in embedded-processing solutions. Our specific focus is on five product areas: MEMS and sensors, smart power, automotive products, microcontrollers, and application processors including digital consumer," stated Carlo Bozotti, President and CEO of ST.

The company will be organized in two product segments: Sense & Power and Automotive Products; and Embedded Processing Solutions.

Sense & Power includes MEMS and sensors, power discrete and advanced analog products;  as well as Automotive Products, including powertrain, safety, body and infotainment.

In Embedded Processing Solutions the company will focus on the core of the electronics systems rather than on wireless broadband access. The Embedded Processing Solutions segment includes microcontrollers, imaging products, digital consumer products, application processors and digital ASICs.

ST said it expects both product segments to be profitable and to generate cash. In particular, Embedded Processing Solutions will turn to profitability leveraging on a stronger product and technology focus, expanded customer base and manufacturing synergies between microcontrollers and digital products.

For its part, Ericsson said it is negotiating with ST concerning a suitable outcome of their ST-Ericsson joint venture. Ericsson believes that the modem technology, which it originally contributed to the Joint Venture, has a strategic value for the wireless industry, and that a successful market introduction of new LTE modems is needed in the market.


Bharti Airtel Installs Huge Video Wall for Network Monitoring

Bharti Airtel has installed a 3600-square-foot video wall powered by Nokia Siemens Networks’ dashboard solution at its new Network Experience Centre in Manesar near Gurgaon, India.

The wall monitors and analyzes the various aspects of the operator’s entire network operations, and presents them in a unified video view.

“As data use continues to surge in India, we have consistently evolved our network to provide the best service quality and customer experience to enrich the lives of millions of people,” said Jagbir Singh, CTO & Director, Network Services Group, Bharti Airtel. “With Nokia Siemens Networks’ dashboard solution for unified network and service operations, our Network Experience Centre has set a new standard in the infrastructure of the South Asian telecom industry to monitor and measure the customer experience across entire GSM, 3G and 4G networks. This new centre, with the world’s biggest video wall, is an important addition to our competitive edge in this data-centric world.”


Pica 8 Unveils its SDN Architecture

Pica 8, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California and Beijing, China, introduced its SDN reference architecture, including a physical open switch, a hypervisor virtual switch and an SDN controller leveraging the OpenFlow 1.2 standard.

Unlike earlier SDN entries that target enterprise data centers, Pica 8 has set its sights on  data centers for cloud, portal and service providers. Pica8’s PicOS supports OpenFlow 1.2, it also integrates with the Ryu 1.4 OpenFlow controller, designed by NTT Laboratories specifically for SDN applications that service providers need.  The company's first physical switches pack up to 48 port 10 GbE SFP+ ports with four 40 GbE QSFP+ or 16 10 GbE QSFP+ uplink ports.


  • Pica 8 is headed by James Liao, who previously led product strategy for switching and data center products at original device manufacturer Quanta.

Rio Tinto to Deploy Private LTE Network in Australia with Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent will provide Rio Tinto with an end-to-end private 4G LTE network, comprising radio access network (RAN) products including distributed eNodeB base stations operating at 1800MHz, as well as its Evolved Packet Core and Mobile Backhaul capabilities using the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio.

Alcatel-Lucent is also providing its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS)and its 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) network management solution, as well as a range of professional services.

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group.  The LTE network will be deployed in the north of Western Australia, where Rio Tinto is engaged in the West Angelas mine in the Pilbara.

Sean O’Halloran, President and Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent Australia said: “Rio Tinto is at the cutting edge of digital service innovation and deployment, driving new levels of productivity and efficiency. This is the first deployment of its kind and is a result of a collaborative and interactive process with Rio Tinto. It will provide a strong foundation for any future rollouts of private LTE networks to enhance operations at other locations."


Huawei Builds an R&D Base in Finland

Huawei will invest EUR 70 million over a five-year period to establish a research and development (R&D) center in Helsinki, Finland.  The facility initially will hire 30 employees and target its research on software development for smartphones, tablets and rich-media devices, optimizing the user experience of existing operating systems such as Android and Windows Phone 8.

Huawei already operates a modem and technology design center in Sweden and a user interface research center in the United Kingdom.


Juniper Cites Another QFabric Customer

Klarna, a Swedish e-commerce company that provides payment services for online storefronts, has built its new data center based on Juniper Networks' QFabric architecture.

Juniper confirmed that Klarna has deployed a QFX3000-M QFabric System, a high scale network fabric, to ensure the company can manage increased demand for capacity, scalability and flexibility as the volume of online payment data grows by significant amounts each month. The QFX3000-M delivers extremely fast server-to-server speed for Klarna, with 63 percent smaller footprint, 74 percent fewer cables and 57 percent less power consumption than competitive solutions, according to the companies.

Klarna's QFabric-based data center was designed, installed and supported by Juniper Networks' Stockholm-based partner, IPnett, a supplier of communication and security solutions and systems integrator in all the Nordic countries.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cisco Seeks Top IT Vendor Spot : Tomorrow Starts Here

Cisco's ambition is to transform itself from being the top communications provider to the top information technology provider, said John Chambers, speaking at the Cisco Financial Analyst Conference Day in New York. The biggest growth opportunity for Cisco is in  providing complete architectural solutions for intelligent IP networks that meet business requirements. Chambers said the communications industry is at a strategic inflection point and that Cisco is uniquely positioned for unifying the network, compute and storage.

Here are some key points that Chambers made in the presentation:

*On Monday, Cisco is launching a new marketing campaign along the theme "Tomorrow Starts Here".  The new positioning refers to the goal of becoming the world's top IT player.
* The era of client-server is over.... it's more about mobile + cloud going forward.  It's more about selling solutions than selling boxes.

* Out of the company's 28,000 engineers, 25,000 are software engineers.

* Cisco believes it can hold gross margins steady as it makes this transition.  The long-term growth forecast remains in the 5-7% range per year.

*Being in the data center helps "pull through" the communications portfolio.

*Cisco began making its bets in this area 3-5 years ago.  Cisco is right in the middle of of key changes in Intelligent Networks. 

* Cisco's key strategy remains to Build-Buy-Partner.
* Cisco has the mentality of always being No.1 or No. 2 in every market it competes in.  Cisco must target 40% of every market you enter, or, at a minimum, 20%.
* Cisco has been successful in choosing the best partners.  Huawei has not been successful in attracting the best partners.
* Cisco has an ability to know when to stay the course in a product line and to know when to adjust or when to reinvent yourself.
* Compute, storage,  networking and applications will be distributed to every device.

* Cisco's Services have grown consistently for ten years at a 12% rate while maintaining 65% gross margins.

* Most sales in the future will be highly integrated with Services.

* Over the next few years, Services will grow from 20% to 25% of Cisco's overall business with a target of 30%.

* Cisco will base its Intelligent IP Network on ASICS + Hardware + Sofware + Services.

* Cisco believes it is winning the data center fabric race.

* The list of competitors and start-up is always long, but most of the names from 5 years ago have fallen by the wayside. Cisco believes it has blown past Avaya, Dell, HP, Juniper and Huawei this year. Cisco success is due to its ability to anticipate market transitions.

* The growth drivers for Cisco can be broken down as follows:
  • Stay the Course strategy -- Cloud, Mobility, Video
  • Invest and Adjust for Growth strategy -- Services, Security, Emerging Markets, Software
  • Future Growth & Reinvent -- Internet of Everything

* Looking out beyond the five year horizon, Cisco sees the "Internet of Everything" as the Big Play.

* ASIC innovation gives the company strategic differentiation, flexibility and time to market.  In the data center, Cisco's ASIC give it an advantage in low latency.

* Over the next 15 months, Cisco will release between 6 and 8 product groups based on new ASICS.  One of the new ASICS will have over 4 billion transistors.

* Cisco Nexus is in nine of the top ten massively scalable data centers.
* Every element in the network will have intelligence and storage.

* Nine of the ten last acquisitions by Cisco have been cloud or software plays.
The full webcast is online.


U.S. Mobile Operators to Deploy Text-to-9-1-1

The four leading mobile operators agreed to voluntarily offer their subscribers text-based emergency communication services, in accordance with the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) industry standard solution (currently expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2013), to requesting public safety answering points (PSAPs).  Participating carriers include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile.

Some key points of the deal include:

1) Text-to-9-1-1 service would be made available by May 15, 2014, although carriers
may choose to implement such a service prior to that date.

2) Beginning no later than July 1, 2013, the four signatory service providers will
voluntarily provide quarterly progress reports to the FCC, NENA, and APCO
summarizing the status of the deployment of a national Text-to-9-1-1 service

3) The PSAPs will select the format for how messages are to be delivered. Incremental costs for delivery of text messages (e.g. additional trunk groups to the PSAP’s premises required to support TTY delivery) will be the responsibility of the PSAP, as
determined by individual analysis.

4) The signatory service providers will implement a ‘9-1-1’ short code that can be used
by customers to send text messages to 9-1-1.

5) Before the deployment of Text-to-9-1-1, the signatory service providers will
implement a bounce-back (auto-reply) message to alert subscribers attempting to text an emergency message to instead dial 9-1-1 when Text-to-9-1-1 is unavailable in that
area. The signatory service providers will implement the bounce-back (auto-reply)
message by June 30, 2013.



Indonesia's PT Telkom Deploys 100K Wi-Fi

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia has selected Cisco for the deployment of 100,000 access points across Indonesia to offload mobile data from the macro cellular network, as well as to offer more convenient mobile broadband services in malls, hotels, schools, hotspots and public areas. The companies described the Wi-Fi rollout as the largest such project in Asia. Deployment is underway.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

PT Telekom is looking to both licensed and unlicensed (Wi-Fi) small cells to managing the rapid growth in wireless demand.

The Cisco Visual Networking Index also predicts that mobile data traffic in Indonesia is expected to grow 32 times from 2011 to 2016, with an average per user consumption at 716 megabytes of mobile data traffic per month in 2016, a staggering 2,387 per cent increase from 30 megabytes per month in 2011.

PT Telkom has 8.6 million fixed wire-line customers, 14.2 million fixed wireless customers and 107 million cellular customers.


Cisco Backs IDEALondon Incubator in Shoreditch

Cisco, DC Thomson and University College London are teaming up to found a new Innovation and Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEA) to better support Tech City in East London and the contribution of digital enterprise to the UK economy. 

Tech City, which aims to host around 25 digital and media start-up companies, represents over £3.5m of investment by the three partners over the first three years of operation, with additional investment in individual businesses. 

The UK government has committed £50m to regenerate the Old Street roundabout into Europe’s largest indoor civic space, dedicated to start-ups and entrepreneurs in East London. 


Napatech Adapters Pumps 100 Gbps throughput with Dell PowerEdge Servers

Napatech, which provides intelligent adapters for network monitoring and analysis, has achieved 100 Gbps throughput on a Dell PowerEdge R720 rack server.

The configuration of the test was:

  • Dell PowerEdge R720 with dual hex-core Intel Xeon E5-2600, 2.5 GHz processors
  • 5 x Napatech NT20E2 dual port 10 Gbps low-profile adapters
  • 10 ports of 10 Gbps traffic was generated and captured using a packet capture application. 

Napatech said the test was run over several hours without the loss of a single packet.
The PowerEdge R720 set-up could be used by OEM vendors of network appliances to analyze up to 10 ports at speeds of 10 Gbps.

“As part of our testing of the latest Dell PowerEdge servers, we were excited to see that the PowerEdge R720 was capable of providing 100 Gbps of throughput, something we have not seen previously,” stated Henrik Brill Jensen, CEO Napatech. “This is a significant milestone and shows the tremendous power that is now available in standard servers.”


Egenera Acquires FORT for Cloud Management

Egenera, which provides physical, virtual and cloud management, has acquired Fort Technologies, a cloud lifecycle software provider based in Dublin, Ireland.

Fort’s cloud management capabilities will be added to Egenera's PAN Cloud Director software for enterprises.  The deal also expands Egenera’s sales footprint, partner network and customer base in EMEA. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“The acquisition allows us to help our customers move to the cloud faster and create more enterprise-class, resilient and secure clouds,” said Pete Manca, CEO of Egenera. "Fort Technologies’ distinctive approach to cloud management turns the design, deployment and management of IT services into a simple drag and drop exercise. This enables service providers and enterprises alike to grow and succeed in the cloud."