Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Intel Develops Silicon Photonics for Disaggregated, Rack-Scale Servers

Intel is working with Facebook and the Open Compute Project to develop silicon photonic connectivity for the next generation of disaggregated server racks combing compute, storage and networking resources.

At the Open Compute Summit in Santa Clara, the companies also unveiled a mechanical prototype built by Quanta Computer that includes distributed input/output (I/O) using Intel Ethernet switch silicon.  The design will support the Intel Xeon processor and the next generation, 22 nanometer system-on-chip (SoC) Intel Atom processor, code named "Avoton" late this year.

"Intel and Facebook are collaborating on a new disaggregated, rack-scale server architecture that enables independent upgrading of compute, network and storage subsystems that will define the future of mega-datacenter designs for the next decade," said Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer during his keynote address at Open Computer Summit in Santa Clara, Calif. "The disaggregated rack architecture includes Intel's new photonic architecture, based on high-bandwidth, 100Gbps Intel® Silicon Photonics Technology, that enables fewer cables, increased bandwidth, farther reach and extreme power efficiency compared to today's copper based interconnects."

By disaggregating compute, storage, networking and power distribution into discrete module in a rack, the data center operator gains the flexibility to selectively upgrade or move components as needed.  This provides cost, scalability and speed advantages over traditional, monolithic servers in a box.

"We're excited about the flexibility that these technologies can bring to hardware and how silicon photonics will enable us to interconnect these resources with less concern about their physical placement," said Frank Frankovsky, chairman of the Open Compute Foundation and vice president of hardware design at supply chain at Facebook.

Intel said it will contribute a design for enabling a photonic receptacle to the Open Compute Project (OCP) and will work with Facebook, Corning*, and others over time to standardize the design.

http://www.intel.com
http://www.opencompute.org

Fusion-io Targets All-Flash Data Centers

Fusion introduced its new ioScale product line for hyperscale and cloud data center deployments.  Each ioScale provides up to 3.2 terabytes of Fusion ioMemory flash capacity with prices starting at $3.89 per gigabyte.  


Some highlights
  • Up to 3.2 TB of capacity on a single half length PCIe slot, with a single controller, enabling a small form factor server to reliably scale to 12.8 TB or more, delivering maximum rack density and reducing the need for antiquated disk drive bays

  • Hyperscale servers supporting UEFI can boot from Fusion ioScale, further eliminating the need for RAID controllers or disk infrastructure in spartan webscale servers with limited space
  • Best-in-class Fusion-io endurance in all capacities, empowering caching, write-heavy databases and large scale applications
  • Enterprise reliability with the Self-Healing, Wear Management, and Predictive Monitoring capabilities of Fusion ioMemory, ensuring customers can easily meet even the highest service level requirements
  • Compatibility with the Fusion ioMemory software development kit (SDK) to leverage application programming interfaces (APIs) like Atomic Writes and directFS permitting applications to run natively on flash

The offer was previously previously exclusive to Fusion-io customers outfitting thousands of servers but is now available in minimum quantities of a hundred units.

http://www.fusionio.com/ioscale

Digital Realty Acquires 3 Data Centers in Paris


Digital Realty Trust has acquired a three-property data centre portfolio in the Paris area from Bouygues Telecom, France's third largest telecommunications operator, for EUR 60.0 million.  The portfolio consists of one Tier III+ facility at Montigny-le-Bretonneux and two Tier III facilities in Bievres and Saclay.  The properties total approximately 87,000 rentable square feet, with nearly five megawatts of IT capacity.

The deal includes a sale-leaseback arrangement under which Bouygues Telecom will maintain a long-term presence in the facilities, which host its core infrastructure assets.

"The acquisition of this institutional-quality portfolio further expands our footprint in this key European market and, equally important, adds a new network and IT service provider to our global customer base," said Michael F. Foust, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Realty.

http://www.digitalrealty.com

Ericsson: Work Begins on LTE Release 12

Work has just started on 3GPP LTE Release 12 and major enhancements are planned in capacity, QoE and energy efficiency in macro deployments, according to a new whitepaper published by Ericsson.   The gains can be achieved by adding support for enhanced multi-antenna transmission and advanced receivers, and the introduction of a new lean carrier type.

LTE Release 12 is also looking to improve LTE small-cell deployments, and possible to closely integrate LTE and Wi-Fi. deployments.

The 12-page Ericsson whitepaper is posted here:

Reliance Awards US$1 Billion Managed Services Contract to ALU

Reliance Communications awarded an end-to-end network managed services contract valued at over US$1 billion to Alcatel-Lucent to deliver seamless voice and data communications services to its customers in Eastern and Southern India up to 2020.

Under the fully integrated strategic agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will enhance Reliance Communication’s operations, and synergize hitherto independent wireless and wireline teams to form a single network management organization. The network will proactively assure a high quality and consistent experience for customers regardless of device or type of connection.

Alcatel-Lucent said it will set up and operate next-generation OSS (operations support systems) and introduce advanced real-time optimization tools to improve network performance across Reliance’s wireless, wireline, long-distance, fiber and utilities’ functions.

“We are happy to announce our new partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, which is a transformative leap from the limited scope and vision of traditional outsourcing of services. This will enable Reliance Communications to take the lead in offering next generation telecom solutions that will meet and exceed the expectations of our customers, and help them to transit from voice-led usage to a seamless data experience across multiple devices and platforms,” stated Gurdeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Wireless Business, Reliance Communications.

"This business association is an extension of our long-standing relationship with Reliance Communications, and our commitment to India. It also demonstrates our renewed focus on managed services as we apply greater selectivity on more value-added contracts. The enormous scope of this agreement will bring a wide variety of skills, expertise and hands-on know-how that we can leverage for the benefit of others," said Rajeev Singh-Molares, President, Asia-Pacific with Alcatel-Lucent.

Reliance Communications has a customer base of about 130 million including over 2.5 million individual overseas retail customers. It has established a pan-India, next generation, integrated (wireless and wireline), convergent (voice, data and video) digital network that is capable of supporting best-of-class services spanning the entire communications value chain, covering over 24,000 towns and 600,000 villages.

http://www.rcom.co.in
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

U.S. Cellular Deploys NSN's eNode Bs

U.S. Cellular selected Nokia Siemens Networks for the second wave of its 4G LTE network rollout, providing Radio Access Network (RAN) and Mobile Management Entity (MME) technology.  The deployment occurred in late 2012 in 11 markets covering select cities in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Previously, Nokia Siemens Networks deployed Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Home Subscriber Services (HSS) in the first wave of the 4G LTE rollout. The installation of the 4G LTE core was included in nine separate markets.



Transmode Announces 100G Metro/Regional Deployments


Transmode announced several new Metro and Regional 100G deployments, including customer orders from North America and deployments in Finland with FNE-Finland Oy.

The company confirmed its first customer order for its new Metro and Regional 100G solution from an unnamed North American network operator and has been selected for 100G rollout by FNE-Finland, one of that country’s leading alternative backbone capacity providers.

In December 2012, FNE-Finland conducted live traffic field trials, including 100G transmission over an 800+ km link, to demonstrate that its network is 100G-ready and can support all-optical 100G connectivity between any two locations in their network. FNE-Finland has now selected Transmode for 100G transmission and plans to start rolling out 100G capacity across the network. Transmode is supported locally in Finland by ACC Systems in the project with FNE-Finland.


Transmode said it also performed multiple customer lab/network trials, including an interesting deployment in the Acreo national research network in Sweden. The Acreo network deployment was over 1600 km and involved transmission over both Transmode’s TM-Series and a third party WDM system using an alien wavelength with optical handoff between the two systems.

http://www.transmode.com

TE SubCom Tests Transatlanctic 100G Wavelengths

TE SubCom has demonstrated 100 Gbps wavelength coherent transmission over trans-Atlantic distance in a field trial.

SubCom’s next generation C100 transceiver is designed to optimize DP-QPSK coherent transmission in ultra-long haul submarine cable systems.  The company said its ultra-long solution can reach up to 11,000 km.

"SubCom’s latest C100 coherent solutions increase network capacity on both today’s existing undersea cables and tomorrow’s new cables, with reaches up to 11,000km, and utilizing the latest +D fibers," stated Seymour Shapiro, CTO, TE SubCom.

http://www.SubCom.com


Bharti Airtel's CEO to Step Down

Sanjay Kapoor will step down as CEO of Bharti Airtel for India and South Asia. Gopal Vittal has been named to replace him.

 http://www.airtel.com/

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Juniper Sets a Course to SDN Service Chaining


In what it described as a transformative step for the company and for the networking industry, Juniper Networks outlined a four-step roadmap to software-defined networking with the goal of improving automation and agility in data centers and across service provider networks.

A key part of Juniper's SDN strategy involves the concept of "Service Chaining" whereby an SDN controller is used to virtually insert services into the flow of network traffic.  The company sees SDN extending all the way across all domains of the network: Core, Edge, Access & Aggregation, Data Center, WAN, Campus & Branch.  Juniper's SDN roadmap initially targets two of these areas -- the Service Provider Edge and the Data Center.

Pradeep Sindhu, Juniper's CTO and Founder, said the company has always believed in open standards. Juniper is supporting OpenFlow in routers and switches this year. The company has also partnered with Big Switch and others in the SDN space.  However, Sindhu described OpenFlow as an early protocol that needs to evolve, and probably not the most important one for SDN.

Juniper is enabling the SDN virtualization with existing protocols, including BGP, thereby enabling the existing routing and switching infrastructure to participate in the SDN transformation. Juniper will adopt the OpenStack model as its primary orchestration system and will work with others including VMware and IBM.

It is still early days in SDN and Juniper believes the adoption of this technology will be gradual over many years.  One significant change will be the way network software is delivered.  Juniper is introducing a new software licensing and maintenance model that allows the transfer of software licenses between Juniper devices and industry-standard x86 servers.

Juniper's Four Step Roadmap

Step 1: Centralize network management, analytics and configuration functionality to provide a single master that configures all networking devices.

Step 2: Extract networking and security services from the underlying hardware by creating service virtual machines (VMs). This enables network and security services to independently scale using industry-standard x86 hardware based on the needs of the solution.

Step 3: Introduce a centralized controller that enables multiple network and security services to connect in series across devices within the network using "SDN Service Chaining" – using software to virtually insert services into the flow of network traffic. The SDN Service Chaining will be introduced in 2014 utilizing the SDN controller technology acquired from Contrail Systems, together with the evolution of the JunosV App Engine.

Step 4: Optimize the usage of network and security hardware to deliver high performance.  Specifically, Juniper's MX Series and SRX Series products will evolve to support software-based Service Chaining architecture.

"SDN is a major shift in the networking industry. At Juniper, we think the impact of SDN will be much broader than others have suggested. It will redefine networking and create new winners and losers. We’re embracing SDN with clearly defined principles, a four-step roadmap to help customers adopt SDN within their business, and the networking industry’s first comprehensive software-centric business model," stated Bob Muglia, executive vice president, Software Solutions Division, Juniper Networks.


Muglia said the Service Chain concept can satify a range of applications across the networking industry.  Some examples include: (1) a cloud data center connection between the Internet and a web server, (2) between two components of a cloud application, such as between a web server and a middle-tier application VMs, and (3) the mobile service provider edge, where network traffic is coming from a cell phone tower, moving through an edge router and then to various systems where deeper processing occurs.


The six principles of Juniper’s SDN strategy:

  1. Cleanly separate networking software into four layers (or planes) – management, services, control and forwarding – providing the architectural underpinning to optimize each plane within the network.
  2. Centralize the appropriate aspects of the management, services and control software to simplify network design and lower operating costs.
  3. Use the cloud for elastic scale and flexible deployment, enabling usage-based pricing to reduce time-to-service and correlate cost based on value.
  4. Create a platform for network applications, services and integration into management systems, enabling new business solutions.
  5. Standardize protocols for interoperable, heterogeneous support across vendors, providing choice and lowering cost.
  6. Broadly apply SDN principles to all networking and network services including security from the data center and enterprise campus to the mobile and wireline networks used by service providers
http://www.juniper.net

  • In December 2012, Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Contrail Systems, a start-up developing software defined networking (SDN) solutions for approximately $176 million in cash and stock. Contrail Systems, which is based in Santa Clara, California, was founded in early 2012 was still in stealth mode at the time of the acquisition. Juniper was a strategic investor in the company. Contrail Systems is headed by Ankur Singla (CEO), who previously served as Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering at Aruba Networks.  The Contrail team  includes Dr. Kireeti Kompella (CTO), who was formerly CTO and Chief Architect, JunOS at Juniper; Pedro Marques,previously a developer of control applications for the Cluster Management Team at Google and before that a distinguished engineer at Cisco and Juniper; Harshad Nakil, previously at Aruba Fellow and also distinguished engineer at Juniper and Cisco; and others.
  • In June 2012, Juniper Networks introduced a smaller version of its QFabric System aimed at mid-sized data centers. The QFabric architecture, which was first unveiled in February 2011 and began shipping in September 2011, collapses multilayer data center infrastructure into a single, any-to-any fabric that unifies networking, storage and cloud computing resources.  The product set is composed of three components that create a high-performance, low latency fabric. The QF/Node acts as the distributed decision engine of the fabric; the QF/Interconnect is the high speed transport device; and the QF/Director delivers a common window, controlling all devices as one.

    The first implementation of QFabric scales to 6,000 network nodes, allowing any network interface within the network to connect to any other interface in a single hop. Juniper achieves this 6,000 port switching fabric by decoupling the line cards on the central fabric and moving them out into the network using dual-homed fiber connections. The entire 6,000 node network is a single switch and can be managed as such.

Farice Upgrades Iceland-Denmark Cable to 40G with Ciena

Farice, the main provider of international capacity from Iceland to mainland Europe, is upgrading the DANICE submarine cable system connecting Iceland with Denmark using Ciena's 40G coherent optical transport technology.  The cable system implements Ciena’s GeoMesh networking solution to optimize the cable landing stations for seamless connectivity to terrestrial networks. The upgraded DANICE submarine cable consists of four fiber pairs giving a maximum capacity of 35.2 Tbps.

Specifically, Farice is using Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform for deployment on its 2,295 km long DANICE submarine cable system providing high-bandwidth connectivity between Landeyjar, Iceland and Blaabjerg, Denmark. The network will initially utilize Ciena’s 40G coherent transport technology, with ultra-long distance 100G wavelengths (based on the WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors) to be deployed in 2013.  It will be managed by Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.ciena.com
http://www.farice.is


  • In October 2012, Farice announced that BMW decided to move its HPC clusters to data centers in Iceland to take advantage of low cooling costs and renewable energy.

Accuris Delivers SIM-based Wi-Fi Offload and Roaming for AT&T Mobility Internationally

Accuris Networks confirmed that AT&T Mobility is using its Wi-Fi offload and roaming solution to help its mobile users to automatically connect tot partner Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK.

Accuris' AccuROAM isolution uses SIM-based account credentials to enable automatic authentication of users to Wi-Fi networks without the need to enter cumbersome usernames and passwords. AccuROAM enables any Wi-Fi to work as a full extension of GSM or CDMA networks for billing, policy, and authentication.

Accuris Networks, which is based in Dublin, Ireland, said its solution enables carriers such as AT&T Mobility to deliver a best international roaming experience for its subscriber by providing easy access to partner Wi-Fi networks.  These partner networks need only implement simple roaming rules on their access systems as AccuROAM authentication server is maintained by the mobile carrier.  The system will support the forthcoming Hotspot 2.0.  For the Wi-Fi operator, SIM-based authentication by roaming smartphones and other mobile devices provides an additional means of monetizing the network.

“The AccuROAM platform gives subscribers automatic and secure access to Wi-Fi hotspots globally by using subscriber SIM credentials as the means of authentication. Accuris Networks is the only provider globally to provide this level of security and ease of access when connecting to Wi-Fi,” stated Larry Quinn Chairman of Accuris Networks.

http://www.accuris-networks.com


  • In November 2012, AT&T Mobility introduced discount roaming packages for calling and messaging, as well as new Wi-Fi capabilities, on select AT&T Data Global Add-On packages.  Customers who subscribe to either the 300MB or 800MB Data Global Add-On package will now be able to use the AT&T Wi-Fi International app to access up to 1GB of Wi-Fi each month, at no additional charge, at select AT&T International Wi-Fi hotspots. 


http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/international/att-call-international-application.jsp

SevOne Raises $150 Million for Flow Monitoring and Analysis

SevOne,a start-up headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, raised $150 million from Bain Capital to support its IT infrastructure management solutions.

SevOne provides an monitoring and reporting solution for enterprises and service providers that uses peer-to-peer IT Performance Appliances to monitor and manage IT infrastructure of any size. The hardware-based appliances collect and store one year of raw performance data optimally without requiring aggregation. SevOne virtual appliances are also available running on on VMware.  Multiple appliances are joined in a peering fabric to access information about the entire network. It supports NetFlow, IPFIX, sFlow, NetStream, and Juniper J-Flow.

SevOne said it closed 2012 with its 6th consecutive year of record financial results.

"SevOne is thrilled to partner with Bain Capital as we take the company to the next level,” said Mike Phelan, CEO, SevOne. “The investment caps a highly successful 2012 for SevOne. Our bookings doubled year over year, profitability increased significantly and our customer base doubled.”

Pacific Crest Securities served as financial advisor.

http://www.sevone.com

EMC Expands On-Premise and Cloud Storage Options


EMC is preparing to launch a "Syncplicity" cloud-based online file sharing service that gives customers the option to use either EMC Isilon scale-out NAS or EMC Atmos object-based storage.  This enables on-premise storage in addition to the cloud.

"The combination of Syncplicity and the Atmos cloud storage platform delivers a highly automated, enterprise-grade file sharing capability, where policies and performance follow data wherever it's accessed or shared without sacrificing security or control.  As corporate users increasingly demand more mobility and access to files from multiple devices, EMC gives enterprises the tools they need to deliver new levels of productivity to their users," stated Chris Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing, EMC Advanced Storage Division.

http://www.emc.com

vArmour Raises $6 Million for Software-defined Security

vArmour Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, $6 million in a Series A funding for its work in software-defined security for virtualized data centers.

vArmour said its mission is to take virtualization into the realm of network security, pioneering a new kind of software-defined security (SDSec) that addresses the scalability, flexibility and cost challenges of current network security technologies.

Product details have not yet been announced but vArmour said its SDSec solutions are currently in evaluation with large enterprises and service providers in the US and internationally.

The funding round was led by Highland Capital Partners. This brings the company's total funding to $8 million since its founding in January 2011 by two NetScreen veterans.

"We're extremely excited to join the Highland Capital Partners portfolio," said Roger Lian, co-founder and CEO of vArmour. "Corey and the Highland team have a clear understanding of how virtualization places new demands and opens new opportunities across the IT spectrum. With the benefit of their deep enterprise experience, and our new resources, we're in a great position to further build our team and launch our SDSec solutions into the market."

http://www.varmour.com

EXFO Adds Wideband Copper and DSL Testing Capabilities

EXFO introduced a Wideband Copper Test Module and a Wideband Copper and DSL Test Module for its FTB-1 handheld platform.

The new test modules combine with the platform's built-in optical power meter, VFL and fiber inspection probe to create an all-in-one, all-at-once FTTN/hybrid network troubleshooting platform. EXFO said the modules' feature sets are aligned with FTTN and VDSL2 requirements, and packed with not only traditional copper tests, but also advanced wideband, noise and fault location tests (e.g., TDR and RFL). The addition of copper and DSL test functionalities to the FTB-1, which also supports high-speed Ethernet, OTDR and iOLM testing.

http://www.exfo.com

Lloyd Carney Takes Over as CEO of Brocade


Brocade appointed Lloyd Carney as chief executive officer effective immediately, replacing Michael Klayko, who had announced his intention to step down last August, after serving as CEO since 2005.

Most recently, Mr. Carney was CEO and member of the board of directors at Xsigo Systems, a privately held company specializing in data center virtualization.  Previously, he was CEO of Micromuse, Inc., which specialized in network management software and later became an integral part of the IBM Tivoli framework. Carney has also held key senior leadership positions at Juniper Networks as its chief operating officer and at Nortel Networks as president of its Core IP, Wireless Internet and the Enterprise divisions. He also served at Bay Networks as the executive vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Business Group, the company's largest business unit.

"I believe Brocade is poised to leverage its heritage of strong innovation and significantly disrupt the status quo in the data-networking industry," said Mr. Carney. "There are profound changes happening across high tech today and Brocade has a great opportunity to lead that transformation through differentiated products and customer focus. Success here will accelerate profitable growth for our company and drive further value for our shareholders. I am very excited and honored to lead Brocade at this time."

http://www.brocade.com

Alvarion Delivers Carrier Wi-Fi Offload in Tokyo


Alvarion confirmed that its Wi-Fi base stations are currently being deployed in Tokyo to enable 3G data offload by one of Japan’s largest mobile operators.

The Wi-Fi base stations will cover major train stations and congested areas in downtown Tokyo business districts, enabling the offload of heavy traffic from the 3G network.

Hitachi Cable Networks is Alvarion’s partner in Japan.

The companies said the project is the initial phase of a nationwide deployment targeting crowded public spaces where data usage is in high demand.

"Alvarion’s Beamforming-based Wi-Fi solution allows us to provide our customer, a tier one mobile operator, the best coverage and capacity in challenging congested downtown areas, thus ensuring the highest quality of service to the end-user and a low cost of ownership," said Teruaki Tsutsui, President and Board Director, Hitachi Cable Networks.

http://www.alvarion.com

United Airlines Intros Satellite Based Wi-Fi Service


United Airlines launched satellite-based Wi-Fi Internet on its first of its international widebody aircraft.

The initial deployment is on a Boeing 747 serving trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes.  The aircraft is outfitted with Panasonic Avionics Corporation's Ku-band satellite technology.

United has also outfitted Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi on two Airbus 319 aircraft serving domestic routes and aims to  to complete installation of satellite-based Wi-Fi on 300 mainline aircraft by the end of this year.

Customers have the choice of two speeds: Standard, priced initially between $3.99 and $14.99 depending on the duration of flight, and Accelerated, priced initially between $5.99 and $19.99 and offering faster download speeds than Standard.

Monday, January 14, 2013

ARRIS Sells Shares to Comcast to Fund Motorola Home Acquisition

ARRIS will sell approximately 10.6 million shares of its common stock, valued at $150.0 million, to Comcast in order to raise money for its previously announced acquisition of the Motorola Home business, which is currently owned by Google.

Under the deal, the ARRIS shares issued to Comcast will reduce, on a share-for-share basis, the number of shares of ARRIS stock to be issued to Google and simultaneously increase the cash consideration to be received by Google by $150.0 million.  The total purchase price remains the same.  Following the close of the deal, Comcast and Google will each own approximately 7.85% of the outstanding ARRIS shares post-closing based on ARRIS' current capitalization.

"We are very pleased that Comcast has agreed to make this significant investment in ARRIS," said Bob Stanzione, Chairman and CEO of ARRIS.  "We believe this investment by one of our largest customers is a strong indication of customer support for the Motorola Home acquisition and its potential to accelerate innovation to the benefit of the industry and consumers."

http://www.arrisi.com
http://www.comcastcorporation.com


  • In December, Google agreed to sell its Motorola Home Business to ARRIS for $2.35 billion in cash and stock.
  • Motorola Home is a leading global supplier of digital video and IPTV hardware and software solutions for the cable, telecom, broadcast & satellite markets. The Motorola Home division, which is based in Horsham, PA, had revenues of approximately $3.4 billion over the past 4 quarters and about 5,000 employees. The company is profitable.
  • ARRIS reported revenue of approximately $1.3 billion over the past 4 quarters. It has approximately 2,100 employees and is based in Suwanee, Georgia.
  • For ARRIS, the acquisition effectively triples its overall revenue, brings an enhanced product portfolio, a larger customer base, and strengthened relationships with cable operators and broadband service providers worldwide. The deal also includes the transfer of certain Motorola patents related to the business.