Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Project Clearwater Aims for IMS in the Cloud

Project Clearwater, an open-source IMS core initiative for the cloud, launched its website and opened its doors to software developers and systems integrators.

Metaswitch Networks contributed the initial codebase for Project Clearwater and is sponsoring the initiative.

Metaswitch said the goal of Project Clearwater is to deliver critical call and session control functions, along with Telephony Application Server (TAS) capabilities, within any virtualized data center.  Clearwater is being developed for massive scale and "telco-grade" reliability in private or public Cloud environments, together with exceptionally low running costs of around 2 cents per subscriber per year based on Amazon AWS pricing.

Clearwater provides SIP-based call control for voice and video communications and for SIP-based messaging applications.  It is designed for deployment on Amazon Web Services or other private cloud infrastructure.

“Traditional paths to IMS have been expensive and exceedingly vendor-centric,” says Martin Taylor, CTO of Metaswitch Networks. “Our aim is to provide operators and developers with the keys to quickly move to highly-scaled VoIP and VoLTE networks and create tomorrow’s most advanced Web-scale communications applications.

Fujitsu Outlines SDN-based Intelligent Networking and Computing Architecture

Fujitsu outlined an Intelligent Networking and Computing Architecture based on the principles of software defined networking (SDN) that aims to provide optimized control over three unique ICT domains: data centers, wide area networks, and smart devices.

The FUJITSU Intelligent Networking and Computing Architecture can virtualize resources across the three domains. The company said that by administering and controlling these virtualized resources on two layers, a "virtual infrastructure layer" and a "distributed service platform layer," the technology is able to achieve optimal service levels while improving the quality of experience for the end user.

The first set of products supporting this vision include an updated version of unified administration and control software for server, storage and network resources, a new switch that supports network virtualization, and a new virtual appliance platform.

  • FUJITSU Software Server Resource Orchestrator -- a resource management software solution that performs unified management of multiple server, storage, and network ICT resources for virtualized consolidation, integration and private cloud applications. The software allocates resources as needed and automatically sets parameters, thereby implementing SDN in data centers.

  • New converged fabric switch -- this network virtualization switch auto
  • matically configures and modifies virtual network parameters. Using the new switch, network administrators are able to pre-configure networks for each virtual system and modify network settings when adding, replacing or migrating servers, thereby sidestepping the troublesome task of network operations.
  • PRIMERGY Converged Fabric Switch -- this virtual appliance platform virtualizes the IPCOM network server, which integrates functions such as firewalls and load balancers, and can run multiple instances of virtual IPCOM on a single piece of hardware. Unlike in the past, where a separate IPCOM would have to be provisioned for each virtual system, the new IPCOM VX Series allows a single piece of hardware to handle multiple virtual systems, obviating the need for additional IPCOM hardware when adding virtual systems. This, in turn, delivers greater speed and flexibility.

Telefónica: Brazil is its Largest Market, Surpassing Spain

Telefónica reported Q1 2013 revenue of 14,141 million euros, a decrease of 1.6% compared to a year earlier not counting impacts from exchange rate fluctuations, and down 8.8% in actual terms.  The company's OIBDA reached 4,567 million euros and the operating result was 2,066 million euros, down 0.1% and 2.9%, respectively compared to Q1 2012. Telefónica Europe is impacted by the macroeconomic situation, the intense level of competition and the negative impact of regulation, while Telefónica Latin America continues to grow.

At the end of March the Telefónica Group had a customer base of almost 316 million accesses (+2%), over 78% of whom are mobile customers. There was acceleration in the growth of the contract mobile accesses to +8% in the quarter, with year-on-year increases reaching +13% in Latin America.

Some other highlights for Q1:

  • Latin America generated over 50% of the consolidated revenue.
  • Brazil has become Telefónica's biggest market in revenue generation, surpassing Spain for the first time.
  • Mobile accesses stood at 247.3 million at the end of the quarter (+3% year-on-year).
  • Mobile broadband accesses -accesses with a data tariff attached- posted a solid 34% year-on-year growth to surpass 55 million at the end of March 2013 and accounted for 22% of mobile accesses (+5 percentage points year-on-year).
  • Smartphones accounted for 20% of the total mobile access base (+6% pp year on year).
  • Non-SMS mobile data revenues increased 21.9% in organic terms and already represent 62% of total mobile data revenues (56% in the first quarter of 2012).
  • Telefónica Brasil served 91.1 million at the end of March, up 1% year-on-year despite the application of more restrictive accounting criteria for prepay customers. Mobile accesses stood at 76.0 million (+2% year-on-year), with contract segment growing by 17% year-on-year and accounting for 26% of mobile accesses.
  • In the first quarter of 2013, Telefónica's net financial debt was negatively impacted by exceptional effects, specifically the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar (€873M) and the payments for spectrum auctions (€701M) as well as the recurrent first quarter´s seasonal effect.
  • Telefónica invested 1,941 million euros in the first quarter of the year, including the acquisition of spectrum in the United Kingdom and Uruguay. 82% of the total investment was in growth areas, specifically 3G, 4G and fibre networks.
  • Telefónica has 132,726 employees worldwide, which is about the same as last year.

Deutsche Telekom's Profits Rise in Q1 as Revenue Dips 4.5%

Deutsche Telekom's net revenue for Q1 2013 decreased by 4.5 percent compared with the prior-year period to EUR 13.8 billion and adjusted EBITDA declined by 4.3 percent to EUR 4.3 billion. However, Deutsche Telekom generated a year-on-year increase in adjusted net profit of more than 30 percent to EUR 767 million in the first quarter. Reported net profit increased by 3.5 percent to EUR 564 million.

"We have resolved some major issues," said René Obermann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom. "The biggest of those were our customer figures in the United States, which are finally back on the up. The positive regulatory decisions form the basis for our planned broadband build-out."

Some highlights for Q1 2013:


  • Smartphone sales recorded growth of 16 percent, reaching over a million.
  • In the fixed network, the total number of VDSL and FTTH lined climbed 63 percent, compared with the first quarter of 2012, to 1.1 million. With 156,000 new fiber-optic customers in the quarter, Deutsche Telekom achieved a record high. Of these customers, 46,000 came from the wholesale area, mainly due to the successful launch of what is known as the contingent model.
  • The number of mobile contract customers increased by 441,000 in the first three months of the year, after a decline of 107,000 in the prior-year quarter. In addition to the expanding reseller segment (service providers), new customer growth was also attributable to 144,000 new customers under the Deutsche Telekom and Congstar brands.
  • Revenue in the Germany operating segment amounted to EUR 5.6 billion in the first quarter of 2013, 1.6 percent lower than in the prior-year period. 


  • T-Mobile USA completed its merger with MetroPCS as of April 30, 2013.
  • T-Mobile USA sold some 500,000 iPhones in the first four weeks after marketing began.
  • The number of branded contract customers declined by 199,000, after a decrease of 510,000 a year earlier.
  • The total number of customers increased by 579,000 to 34 million.
  • Revenue in the United States operating segment amounted to EUR 3.5 billion in the first quarter, 8.0 percent lower than in the prior-year period. 


The European subsidiaries made progress in growth areas, while at the same time battling with negative effects from the economy and regulation. Total revenue in the Europe operating segment declined 6.9 percent year-on-year to EUR 3.3 billion. Excluding the reduction in mobile termination rates, the decline in revenue would have been much lower at 3.4 percent. In Greece, for example, rates were reduced by 74 percent compared with the prior-year quarter.
Mobile data revenue in Europe increased substantially by 14 percent year-on-year due to exchange rate effects.


Deutsche Telekom's Systems Solutions segment recorded strong order entry of EUR 2.1 billion, up 33 percent compared with the prior-year period. This was due to agreements with EADS and the Swiss National Railways (SBB) as well as numerous deals for cloud services.

Inphi Demos 2.4 Tbps Line Card Tech -- QSFP28

Inphi is demoing interoperability of its second generation Tri-Rate PHY/SerDes Gearbox (GB) ICs with Luxtera and TE Connectivity (TE) optical modules at this week's Interop in Las Vegas.

Inphi is showcasing its new Tri-Rate IN112510-LD 100G GB interoperating with a Silicon Photonics QSFP28 module from Luxtera, as well as VCSEL based QSFP28 from TE to highlight the availability of the QSFP28 form factor using different optics technologies. The new GB ICs with Inphi's Tri-Rate foundation enables seamless support of 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet and OTN on a single line card.

"Our next-generation Tri-Rate PHY/SerDes GB ICs interoperating with industry leading QSFP28 technology from Luxtera and TE demonstrates that the technology of the future is now available for designers to successfully build ultra-high density line cards for hyper scale data center systems," said Siddharth Sheth, vice president of marketing for Inphi's high-speed connectivity products. "As an agnostic vendor to the type of technology used in QSFP28 modules, Inphi continues to work with a broad ecosystem of partners using Silicon Photonics, VCSEL or other optics and laser sources to further the deployment of 100G."

Luxtera is also showing its 100G Silicon Photonics chipset packaged in a QSFP28. 

Net Optics Launches Network Packet Broker for 40G

Net Optics introduced its xStream 40 Network Packet Broker (NPB) for 40G networks, providing advanced filtering, aggregation, load-balancing, time stamping, etc.

Net Optics said its new platform provides 30 percent improved latency over the previous latency record. xStream 40 also provides twenty percent more filters and 2.6X higher port density with the same form factor.

Key features include:

  • Delivery of up to 64 wire-speed 1 GbE and 10 GbE ports, or 48 wire-speed 1 GbE and 10 GbE ports and 4 40 GbE ports
  • Improved hardware includes support for IEEE 1588, Precision Time Protocol and time stamping on ingress
  • Time stamping of packets on the fly with nanosecond accuracy and packet manipulation options on all ports at line rate
  • Integrated capabilities for streamlining SDN migration supporting multiple management and integration protocols
  • Ability to leverage the supersized 1.28Tbps backplane to process more traffic at faster speeds while maximizing network performance and security
  • SPYKE 1.5 delivers AA-NPM supporting 10G networks and is designed to monitor applications and networks of companies from small branch sites to 10G Enterprise-wide networks. New support for 10G traffic monitoring allows Enterprise customers to deploy a plug-and-play, cost effective solution to complement current monitoring infrastructure. AA-NPM demands deep diving into packet payloads to identify the underlying application and extract relevant performance indicators. Spyke 1.5's DPI engine adds coverage for hundreds of applications, letting customers examine and extract application meta-data for fast troubleshooting and problem resolution.

Availability for xStream 40 and Spyke 1.5 are expected early Q3.

"Most monitoring tools see packet headers and provide flow information only," says Dave Britt, Net Optics Director of APM Technologies, "whereas DPI is like opening a letter to see the content."

Internet2 Offers Cash Prizes for SDN Research Apps

Internet2, in conjunction with Juniper Networks, Ciena, and Brocade, is offering cash awards for winning open source, data movement, software-defined networking (SDN) enabled, end user applications, which benefit the research and education (R&E) community, implemented on the nation’s first open, national-scale SDN platform -- the Internet2 Network.

The new Internet2 Network is the first open, national-scale 100G network that employs SDN and OpenFlow standards. It includes equipment from Juniper Networks, Ciena, and Brocade.

“The new Internet2 Network can advance global research collaboration in previously unimaginable ways," said Rob Vietzke, vice president of Network Services, Internet2. “Leveraging our new 100G, SDN-enabled network, we're on the hunt for the most innovative applications that help to accelerate and transform discovery in big data sciences."

More info is posted here:

Vodafone Hutchison Australia Picks Cisco ASR 5500

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has selected the Cisco ASR 5500 as the mobile multimedia core platform for its LTE network.

The Cisco ASR 5500 will be the foundation of VHA's Evolved Packet Core (EPC).  In addition, VHA is implementing the Cisco 7613 mobile security gateway as part of its Enhanced Packet Core solution. Cisco will provide professional services on the project.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cisco noted that over 210 other service providers have selected the Cisco ASR 5000 Series platform.

Fusion-io Replaces CEO

David Flynn resigned as CEO and President of Fusion-io, effective immediately. The company confirmed that co-founder, Rick White, also resigned as Chief Marketing Officer.  Both will pursue entrepreneurial investing activities.

Fusion-io named Shane Robison as its new Chairman, CEO and President. Mr. Robison, 59, has more than 30 years of experience in senior business management and product development roles with AT&T Labs, Cadence Design Systems and Apple.  He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company from May 2002 until November 1, 2011.

Narus Hires Oracle Exec to Head Global Sales

Narus, which specializes in big data analytics for cybersecurity solutions, named Joe Eskew as head of global sales.

Eskew comes to Narus from Oracle, where he served as vice president of worldwide sales for the virtual desktop infrastructure global business unit. Previously, he held executive-level sales positions with Citrix Systems, Inxight Software and Network Associates.

Best of Interop Awards: Arista and Six Others

Arista Networks was named as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Best of Interop Awards.

The 2013 Best of Interop Awards winners in each category are:

  • Cloud Computing & Virtualization: ExtraHop Networks - ExtraHop for Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Data Center & Storage: OCZ Technology - ZD-XL SQL Accelerator
  • Management & Monitoring: ScienceLogic - ScienceLogic EM7 v7.3
  • Networking: Arista Networks - Arista 7500E Data Center Switch
  • Performance Optimization & Testing: Talari Networks - APN 3.0 Operating Software
  • Security: The Hacker Academy - HackRack
  • Wireless, Mobility & BYOD Support: Citrix - The Citrix Mobile Solutions Bundle

  • Earlier this month, Arista Networks announced significant enhancements enabling its flagship Arista 7500 modular switching platform to scale to support over 100,000 servers and millions of virtual machines.  The Arista 7500E offers 1,152 10GbE, 288 40GbE, or 96 100GbE wire-speed ports.

Key improvements of the Arista 7500E compared to the first generation Arista 7500:

  • Three times the fabric bandwidth at 30 Terabits per second
  • Three times the packet buffer at 144 Gigabyte per switch
  • Three times the control plane performance
  • Triple the power efficiency at less than 4 watts per 10GbE port
  • The industry’s first triple-speed 10/40/100GbE line card. It features integrated MXP (multi-speed-port) optics that can be software configured on a per port basis delivering constant price-per-bandwidth at every port speed. 
  • Much larger L2 and L3 Table Sizes
  • Wirespeed VXLAN capability on every port
Entry level US list prices start at $99,995 for the switch and $10,000 per 100GbE port, $2,200 per 40GbE and under $600 per 10GbE port.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Huawei Unveils Massive Data Center Switch Scaling to 192 Ports of 100GE

Huawei introduced its CE12816 CloudEngine (CE) switch for the data center core, boasting the largest capacity in the industry at 64 Tbps.

The new switch uses Huawei's next-generation VRP8 software to deliver high-performance L2/L3 switching capabilities. Like all the switches in Huawei's Cloud Engine 12800 family, the CE12816 provides support for 1, 10, 40 and 100 GE connectivity. Densities supported on the CE12816 include up to 192*100GE, 384*40GE, or 1536*10GE line-speed ports.

The CloudEngine series provides high bandwidth of up to 2 Tbps per slot(scalable to 4 Tbps) and switching capacity of 64 Tbps.

Huawei's CloudEngine series incorporates a Cluster Switch System (CSS) feature to virtualize multiple switches into one logical switch, as well as the Virtual System (VS) feature to virtualize one switch into multiple independent logical devices. Huawei said its CSS and VS capabilities turn the network into a resource pool, allowing network resources to be allocated on demand.

The CloudEngine series also supports virtual machines by allowing network administrators to build large-scale Layer 2 networks with over 500 nodes based on TRILL, allowing for fast migration and flexible service deployment. Combined with the usage of the nCenter, network management system, the CloudEngine series is able to achieve over 10 times the virtual parallel processing capability of the industry average.

"The launch of the CloudEngine 12816 is the culmination of our vision to offer enterprises with an affordable and powerful data center solution that addresses the challenges and opportunities presented by cloud computing and ICT convergence," said Ian Foo, director of Data Center Products and Solution, Huawei Enterprise USA. "Today's announcement underscores Huawei's commitment to lead the industry with innovative solutions that combine high performance with energy saving technologies to greatly reduce total cost of ownership for our customers."

Riverbed's Stingray Moves to ADC-as-a-Service

Riverbed introduced the ability for cloud providers to deliver application delivery controller-as-a-service (ADCaaS) via its Stingray Services Controller.  The idea is to enable an "ADC per application" deployment model instead of today's network-centric model of "one application per ADC box."

In today's network architecture, applications and application objects may very well be distributed between data centers and application traffic flows dynamically to/from the cloud.  In this environment, Riverbed said it makes sense for the ADC to be near the app objects in the cloud and virtualized rather than dedicated so that they can spin up when demand rises in an elastic delivery model.

The new Stingray Services Controller, which is slated for release in Q3 2013, will enable enterprises and cloud providers to automatically provision, deploy, license, meter, and manage their ADC inventory in an as-a-service model.  The Stingray Services Controller handles on-demand licensing/provisioning of ADC instances, metering, billing/chargeback, monitoring, inventory and deployment.

The Stingray Services Controller enables Stingray Traffic Manager (STM) "micro" instances, which can range from small ADC instances to large Stingray instances all on commodity servers.  Linux containers are used to support up to 256 micro instances of the Stingray Traffic Manager per server platform.  These can be aggregated to support an infinite number of ADC host platforms.  The benefit is that customers do not have to guess their traffic and purchase ADC capacity in advance.  Riverbed said its design ensures full isolation and multi-tenancy scaling.

"With the emergence of the virtualized data center, legacy ADCs can be a bottleneck and were starting to be excluded from virtualization strategies and cloud deployments,” said Jeff Pancottine, senior vice president and general manager of the Riverbed Stingray application delivery business unit. “With Stingray Services Controller, customers will have a hyper-elastic ADC platform that can adapt to workload changes. This is a game changer – today we are introducing a software-defined application delivery fabric that enables Layer 7 services on top of any data center architecture."

Procera Networks Sharpens its Network Analytics Tools with Dynamic LiveView

Procera Networks introduced a real-time, dynamic query capability for network analytics that leverages the deep packet inspection capabilities of its Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) system.

Procera said its new PacketLogic Dynamic LiveView enables network operators, cloud providers, and high-speed enterprises to gain customized real-time insights into network behavior. Dynamic LiveView extends the current historic reporting functionality available on the PacketLogic Intelligence Center (PIC) by allowing the creation of customized queries for use in real-time monitoring, dashboards, and network forensics that mix and match data such as subscriber identities, content categorization, device types, network conditions, location, traffic management status, routing and peering attributes, and applications for a real-time view of network traffic. The Dynamic LiveView software creates custom queries on-the-fly utilizing any DPI-collected statistics without degradation of network services.

Procera is also making its Dynamic LiveView available via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to enable more efficient dashboards and big data reports targeting specific datasets.

Hetzner Online Deploys ADVA's 100G

Hetzner Online, a web hosting provider and data center operator in Germany, has deployed ADVA Optical Networking's 100G coherent solution throughout its national backbone network to respond to fierce growth in video traffic and other bandwidth-intensive applications. The 100G deployment stretches over 470km and connects data centers in Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Falkenstein.

Big Switch and F5 Team on Cloud Application Delivery Networking Services

Big Switch Networks is collaborating with F5 to automate the configuration of Application Delivery Networking services in private clouds.

The solution leverages the F5 BIG-IQ Cloud REST API to integrate the Big Virtual Switch network virtualization application, BIG-IP Application Delivery Networking (ADN) services and OpenStack into a flexible and unified cloud orchestration framework.

Big Virtual Switch dynamically provisions virtual network segments, or slices of the network, for applications and workloads and enables automation.  The companies said that by combining BIG-IP application delivery resources with network segments automatically, network administrators no longer have to manually define and deploy compute resources and network connections individually.

"Inserting ADN services, and doing so automatically, is very important in virtualized network and SDN environments, and can only be achieved with a truly programmable system," said Mansour Karam, Big Switch Networks vice president of business development and strategic alliances. "Big Virtual Switch and BIG-IQ from F5 are both prime examples of programmable systems, and we are enthusiastic about working together to deliver a network automation solution."

Cavium Intros SDN-capable Server Adapters

Cavium introduced a new LiquidIO Server Adapter family designed to support software defined networking (SDN) by cloud service providers, enterprises and private data centers worldwide.

Cavium said its LiquidIO server adapters offer the performance required for software based switching and tunneling. The adapters offload SDN and network processing from the main server CPU and are fully programmable to handle expected updates to virtualization protocols.

Cavium's new family of adapters includes LiquidIO Server Adapter 210Sv with two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and the 110Sv with one 10 Gigabit Ethernet port.  This product family is offered in a standard server compliant half-height PCI Express form-factor and is supported by a feature rich Software Development Kit (SDK). This SDK allows customers and partners to develop high performance SDN applications with packet processing, tunneling, QoS, security and metering.  The adapter family provides out-of-the-box 10 Gbps OVS, Open Flow, VXLAN and NVGRE tunneling protocol performance.

In addition, Cavium said its LiquidIO adapter family has been tested against several commonly used Controllers including Floodlight and NOX.  Customers also have the added advantage of being able to run L4-L7 networking & security services on this platform.  Several partner companies including PLUMGrid and One Convergence are leveraging this family to offer high performance network virtualization solutions to their customers.

“The requirements of Software Defined Networks align very well with Cavium’s strong core competencies of programmability, networking and security.  The LiquidIO Server Adapter Family eliminates the performance penalties associated with software only based network virtualization. It delivers high performance with very low power dissipation along with rich software development and application toolkits to enable cloud scale SDN deployments,” said Rajneesh Gaur, General Manager of Cavium’s Accelerator & Adapter Group.

Telstra is Biggest Spender in Australia's Spectrum Auction

The government of Australia raised A$1.96 billion (US$2 billion) through the auction of 700MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum.  Telstra was the biggest spender, pledging A$1.30 billion in total.

“The spectrum purchased in the digital dividend auction and the resulting network developments will greatly advance Australia’s mobile services in coming years,” said Senator Stephen Conroy, Australia's Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

“15 MHz paired of the 700 MHz spectrum, worth in the order of $1 billion, remains in the Commonwealth’s hands for now, and we intend to return it to the market in the next two or three years.

Syria Internet Severed

Internet traffic into and out of Syria was cut off abruptly at on Tuesday evening at approximately 21:45 local time.  The sudden drop in traffic was recorded by numerous ISPs, including Google's Transparency Report service. No official reason has been given for the outage.

The last Internet blackout to hit Syria occurred in November 2012.

Polaris Wireless Completes Recapitalization Round, Adds to Board

Polaris Wireless, which supplies high-accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions, closed on a recapitalization of existing equity interests. The company completed a Series C financing with $10 million from Industry Ventures and returned capital to Series A investor Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). In addition, Industry Ventures Managing Director Victor Hwang has joined the Polaris Wireless Board of Directors.

“Industry Ventures seeks to invest in market leading growth companies and we believe Polaris Wireless is a clear leader in the wireless location market,” said Hwang. “We are very excited about Polaris Wireless’ strong growth trajectory and global presence, and look forward to working with Manlio Allegra and the senior team at Polaris Wireless in their next chapter of growth.”

Polaris Wireles also noted that twenty-four U.S. wireless carriers, six managed services partners, and fifteen international deployments now rely on its location solutions to enable emergency call applications, lawful and mass location surveillance, and other location-based services.  The company cited a record increase in revenue and profitability in 2011 and 2012.