Friday, June 7, 2013

ZTE Carries 400G Wave for 5,000km

ZTE carried a 400 Gbps wavelength over a distance of more than 5,000 km.  The test used a WDM system with 100 Ghz channel spacing. Data was transmitted through 25 ROADM nodes without electrical repeaters.  ZTE used a unique frequency algorithm to overcome signal degradation.

  • In February 2011, ZTE transmitted a single-channel 11.2 Tbps optical signal. It also completed a 641-km transmission at 1 Tbps in standard single-mode fiber.

Oclaro Names Greg Dougherty CEO

Oclaro named Greg Dougherty as its new CEO, replacing the retiring Alain Couder, who is also stepping down as the company's chairman.  Oclaro's board of directors names Marissa Peterson as its new chair.

"On behalf of the entire board, we thank Alain Couder for his contributions to Oclaro," said Marissa Peterson, chair of the board of directors, Oclaro. "Since joining the company in 2007, Alain has played an important role in transforming the company from a small optical component company called Bookham into an industry leader. As we look ahead, Oclaro's new CEO, Greg Dougherty brings significant operational experience in the optical industry. We look forward to working closely with Greg as we navigate through the current challenging financial situation."

Greg Dougherty has served as an Oclaro board member since 2009. He previously served as chief operating officer of JDSU, and chief operating officer of SDL.

Prior to Oclaro, Dougherty served as a director of Avanex from April 2005 to April 2009, when Avanex and Bookham merged to create Oclaro.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Zayo Lights West Coast with 100G Wavelengths

Zayo has expanded its 100G Wavelength network service on the Seattle to Los Angeles fiber route.  The carrier began its 100G rollout late last year and already offers 100G wavelength services along the eastern corridor including New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Additional routes, including Seattle-Chicago and Chicago-NYC, are also running.

“The Seattle to Los Angeles route will strengthen Zayo’s ability to provide high bandwidth connectivity on the West Coast to serve key customers, including media, internet and carrier companies,” said Zach Nebergall of Zayo’s Wavelength Product Group. “We are investing in both the capacity and reach of our network to meet the current and future Bandwidth Infrastructure needs of our customers.”

Ciena Posts Sales of $507.7 million, Loss of $27 Million

Ciena reported revenue of $507.7 million for its second quarter of fiscal 2013, up 6.3% YoY and up 12% sequentially. Ciena's net loss (GAAP) was $(27.1) million, or $(0.27) per common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $(27.8) million, or $(0.28) per common share, for the fiscal second quarter 2012.

“We have designed Ciena to take advantage of the fundamental shift in network architecture driven by changing end-user demands, and our strong quarterly and first half of 2013 performance are a direct result of that strategy. Our unique ability to provide customers convergence, automation, openness and software intelligence positions us to lead the industry in this shift,” said Gary B. Smith, president and CEO of Ciena.

EE Reaches 500,000 LTE Customers in the UK

EE (everything Everywhere), which is the company that runs the Orange and T-Mobile networks in the UK, has passed the 500,000 subscriber milestone for its LTE service, which was launched about 7 months ago

By the end of June, EE's 4G network will reach over 55% of the UK population, and will cover 98% by the end of 2014. Throughout 2013, EE will continue to expand to key towns and cities across the country, including AberdeenBathBournemouthBrightonCambridgeIpswichMiddlesbroughNorthampton,NorwichPoolePlymouthPortsmouth, Swansea and York.

EE also said the average downlink speeds on its LTE network is 19.4 Mbps.

Panzura Raises $25 Million for Cloud Storage

Panzura, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $25 million in Series D funding for its cloud storage solution.

Panzura offers a cloud-integrated storage system for enterprises with network attached storage (NAS) functionality, native cloud support, a globally distributed file system, built-in FIPS 140-2 certified security and data protection, as well as high speed data transfer rates to and from the cloud.
The company said its customer base grew by 700 percent in 2012 and that it now had the largest number of petabytes under management.

The latest funding round was led by Meritech Capital Partners with participation from its existing investors Matrix Partners, Khosla Ventures, Opus Capital and Chevron Technology Ventures.

"Panzura is delighted to be adding the expertise of our new partners at Meritech, and particularly late-stage funding guru Paul Madera to our board, and we are encouraged by the ongoing support of our existing longtime partners,” said Randy Chou, CEO and co-founder of Panzura. “Panzura provides the only viable cloud-based solution for the enterprise, directly enabling high-value business objectives – such as improved cost, scale, management, availability and global access – while fitting seamlessly into existing IT infrastructures."

Infonetics: Carrier Router/Switch Market Lackluster in Q1 but Healthy

Pushed lower by weakness in Europe, global service provider router and switch revenue declined 17% in 1Q13 from 4Q12, and is down 6% from the year-ago quarter (1Q12) but is expected to grow at 8.8% CAGR through 2017, according to a new report from Infonetics.

“The 1st quarter is normally down for routers and carrier Ethernet switches, so it’s better to look at the longer-term trends,” explains Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research. “The main growth drivers – the transition from TDM to packet and rising video traffic – are still in effect, the U.S. economy is slowly improving, and a number of large operators in the Euro zone intend to spend. Given these factors, we expect the router and CES market to grow at an 8.8% CAGR through 2017."

Some highlights of the report:
  • North America was the only geographic region to buck the usually down Q1, posting a 7% sequential gain
  • EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), Asia Pacific, and CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) all declined by double digits in 1Q13
  • Cisco maintains its strong hold on the #1 spot in the overall carrier router and switch market with 39% revenue share in 1Q13
  • Meanwhile, the fight for the next 3 positions in the carrier router and switch market remains tight, with less than 1 percentage point separating Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and Juniper
  • Alcatel-Lucent edged ahead of Huawei for 2nd place in 1Q13
  • Private router company Compass-EOS recently announced NTT as a customer for its new core router that provides terabit-per-second connectivity to facilitate software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV)

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Routing Sales Decline

The Service Provider router market declined in the first quarter of 2013 mostly due to reduced carrier spending in North America and Europe, according to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group.

Quarterly market revenue growth has been stagnant since mid-2011, which was the last time the market experienced double digit growth.

“Router investments in North America have softened as certain application deployments, such as mobile backhaul, have tapered,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group.  “In Europe, continuing macroeconomic uncertainty has driven service providers to reduce their capital expenditures by 10 percent in the quarter, and consequently reduce their router deployments,” added Umeda.

Dell'Oro said Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, and Huawei Technologies accounted for 94% of the Service Provider Router market.

Crehan: Blade Server Interconnects Drive Fibre Channel-over-Ethernet Market

The Fibre Channel-over-Ethernet (FCoE) segment posted greater than 20% shipment growth in 1Q13 over the year-ago quarter, according to a new report from Crehan Research.  Blade server interconnects, which account for less than a fifth of the total market, continue to drive FCoE growth and now comprise more than half of all FCoE port shipments.

In contrast, the Fibre Channel switch market experienced a decline in 1Q13, with shipments falling 7% both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year.  The report cites weakness at some of the large storage OEMs, in addition to a pause in purchasing by Cisco's customers in anticipation of its recently announced MDS 9700 platform, as contributors to the quarter's soft results.

"Given the importance of space, cable, power and component savings within blade servers and their chassis enclosures, and the fact that FCoE and convergence offer improvements across all these vectors, it's not surprising that FCoE adoption has been strongest in the blade server segment of the market," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.  "This growth is further bolstered by the fact that some parts of the FCoE solution are being offered at no additional price premium," he said.

Mirantis Attracts Investments for its OpenStack Integration Software

Mirantis, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised !10 million in a second round of Series A financing backed by Ericsson, Red Hat, and SAP Ventures, along with existing investor WestSummit Capital.

Mirantis previously raised $ 10 million in December 2012 from Dell Ventures, Intel Capital, and WestSummit Capital.

Mirantis offers software and services for running production-grade OpenStack clouds. Its solution provides a visual interface as a single control plane for OpenStack clusters and enables automated hardware discovery and network verification. Mirantis also supports the latest Grizzly OpenStack release.

To date, Mirantis’ Fuel tools have been free and are open source under Apache 2.0 license. Later this year, the company plans to release Fuel Enterprise, the commercial grade distribution of Fuel that will be available exclusively to its subscription customers.

Colt Powers German Film Festival with 10G from ADVA

Colt Technology Services provided a 10G backbone link for delivering HD video to over 40 screens at Germany’s largest film festival.  The network used the ADVA FSP 3000 WDM transport platform.

“The expectations in terms of application performance simply do not get higher. This is a world-class event that draws film lovers from all over the globe, so the requirements for transmission of HD video are uncompromising,” said Christian Kläsener, regional sales director, Colt, an established leader in delivering integrated computing and network services. “What’s key about ADVA Optical Networking is that its team has a strong track record of working in a broadcast environment. They know what’s at stake and how to transport the video data where it needs to be.”

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Guardian: Verizon Ordered to Deliver all Call Records to NSA

The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. published a Top Secret U.S. court that requires Verizon to hand over all call metadata on its networks on a daily basis to the National Security Agency (NSA).

The order reportedly covers all calls, both domestic and international inbound or outbound calls in the United States handled by Verizon. 

Telephony metadata, as defined in the order, includes comprehensive communications routing information, session identifying information (e.g., originating and terminating telephone number, International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number, International Mobile station Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, etc.), trunk identifier, telephone calling card numbers, and time and duration of call.

Juniper Announces Data Center DDoS Solution

Juniper Networks announced Junos DDoS Secure for protecting data centers against increasingly complex Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

Juniper said its Junos DDoS Secure provides the granular visibility and control of network traffic needed for fully automated DDoS protection against "low-and-slow" application attacks and against volumetric attacks of up to 10 Gbps.  By continually monitoring and logging all inbound and outbound Web traffic using its unique behavioral algorithm, Junos DDoS Secure learns which IP addresses can be trusted. The algorithm is able to detect unusual activity coming from a user and then intelligently respond in real time by dropping suspect or noncompliant traffic as soon as the optimum performance from critical resources begins to degrade.

Further, using advanced dynamic distributed threat intelligence (DDTI) techniques, Junos DDoS Secure also ensures that when a threat is detected at one gateway, within seconds, all the other Junos DDoS Secure appliances on the network.

Dell Optimizes Storage with Multi Flash Technologies and Higher Density Rack Solutions

At the Dell Enterprise Forum in San Jose, Dell announced a Compellent Flash Optimized Solution that supports data placement across multiple types of flash technologies or in combination with traditional drives.  The company said this multi-technology flash storage approach could reduce reduce costs by up to 75 percent compared to other flash solutions while supporting high performance  and data-intensive workloads.

Dell also announced far greater storage density per rack.  The Dell Compellent SC280 boasts up to 2.8 times more capacity than competing 2U enclosures. It can store up to 336 terabytes in a 5U footprint.

 The company is also introducing the Dell Fluid File System (FluidFS) v3 for enterprise-class file storage featuring improved performance at one-third the cost of the market leader,[4] helping customers better accommodate performance-intense file workloads. The FluidFS v3 will be able to support two petabytes in a single namespace and offer customers the best rack density among major vendors in its class. The new release will offer policy-driven, variable block data reduction, de-duplicating and compressing redundant data when no longer needed.

Sprint to Recycle iDEN Network Equipment

Sprint remains on schedule to decommission the iDEN Nextel National Network beginning at 12:01 am Eastern time on June 30.

Sprint said it plans to recycle nearly all of the iDEN network equipment that it can’t reuse – including cables, batteries, even the concrete shelters that many iDEN cell sites occupy. The projected result of the effort is a staggering amount of recycled network gear and other materials weighing more than 100 million pounds.

Sprint will gut hundreds of cell sites of obsolete iDEN equipment -- from radios to server racks, antennas to air conditioners -- and will stage it all for recycling vendors. Most concrete shelters that house iDEN cell sites will be crushed and turned into composite for roads and bridges. Sites where CDMA and LTE equipment is co-located will be left intact, minus the iDEN gear.

When decommissioning of the iDEN network is complete, nearly 30,000 iDEN installations will be taken off air. The iDEN recycling project is expected to continue into early 2014.

Equinix Builds Fifth Data Center in Zurich

Equinix opened the first phase of its fifth data center in Zürich, making it the leading provider of data center space in Switzerland. The ZH5 International Business Exchange (IBX) is connected to the rest of the Equinix Zürich data center campus, which includes ZH1, ZH2 and ZH4, with a dark fiber ring under 10km long.

The new data center provides customers with immediate connectivity to 90 network service providers, plus SIX Swiss Exchange, the Swiss stock exchange, and Switzerland's two largest internet exchanges—Equinix Internet Exchange and Swiss IX. Customers can directly connect to other businesses within ZH5 or between data centers on the same campus.

Phase 1 of ZH5 consists of 1,060 m2 (11,200 square feet) of high-density-power customer space or 420 cabinet equivalents. When the entire facility is completely built out, the data center is expected to provide approximately 6,670 square meters (71,800 square feet), or more than 2600 cabinets of high-density power customer space.

PMC Intros WinPath4 Carrier Ethernet Router-on-Chip for LTE Backhaul

PMC introduced its WinPath4 backhaul processor -- essentially a Carrier Ethernet Router-on-Chip that enables mobile operators to scale capacity in their backhaul networks while transitioning to Layer 3 Packet Transport Networks (PTN).

The device is specifically targeted for LTE backhaul applications where carriers are eliminating the radio node controllers (RNC) used in 3G deployments and distributing the controller function across base stations. This requires migration from a Layer 2 centralized hub network to a Layer 3 mesh IP topology with intelligence at each base station. PMC said WinPath4’s unique, programmable Carrier Ethernet Router-on-Chip architecture allows system vendors to provide new platforms that enable this transition.

Key capabilities of WinPath4 include:

  • Transition from Layer 2 switching to Layer 3 PTN routing networks for 4G LTE
  • Extends range of single chip capacity up to 40G PTN backhaul
  • Scales PMC’s Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) certified and field-proven Carrier Ethernet software suite to LTE:
  • Supports MEF Backhaul services, QoS, service management and reliability
  • Programmable Ethernet & MPLS OAM, packet-timing & traffic management
  • Supports up to two million MPLS-TP and IPv6/IPv4 routes in a single chip
  • Carrier Ethernet Router-on-Chip architecture, which allows OEMs to:
  • Drive product differentiation in mobile backhaul
  • Standardize across small cell, microwave, PTN and CESR platforms
  • Proactively respond to new evolving requirements in PTN backhaul.

“China Mobile has aggressive plans to deploy LTE technology in order to provide higher speed mobile data services and maintain best-in-class subscriber experience,” said Li Han, Deputy Director of the Network Department of China Mobile Research Institute. “To meet the challenges of LTE, we need solutions from the ecosystem that will allow us to scale to 40G capacity and transition to Layer 3 PTN in mobile backhaul aggregation networks.”

“With WinPath4, our WinPath franchise now spans 4G to 40G, providing one common hardware and software architecture to meet the needs of an all-IP backhaul,” said Babak Samimi, vice president of marketing and applications for PMC's Communications Business Unit. “The flexibility and programmability of our WinPath processors allows our customers to respond to new features as the mobile network evolves.”

Single Wire Protocol (SWP) for smartSD Memory Cards Enable NFC

A new Single Wire Protocol (SWP) will support Near Field Communications (NFC) features for the popular microSD memory card.

The SD Association, which develops interoperable SD standards, said the SWP interface enables smartSD memory cards to provide authentication services in microSD slotted smartphones, tablets, computers and other consumer electronic devices.  Contactless communication is made possible by using the additional SWP pin that permits a smartSD memory card to take advantage of an NFC-enabled host.

"Completing the enhancement to smartSD marks the achievement of a strategy announced in 2011 to find new markets that would benefit from SD standards," said Brian Kumagai, president of the SD Association. "Adding smart-chip technology to microSD memory cards gives SD equipped smart phones and phablets new consumer conveniences whether they're connected to the Internet or not. We know consumers want more flexibility to expand their storage needs, and a simple way to participate in a variety of value-added services offered by a variety of companies and institutions today."

Small Cell Forum Looks to Accelerate Rollouts

The Small Cell Forum has established a special interest group (SIG) to drive consensus and create best practice for building and maintaining scalable small cells networks. 

The Deployment SIG will be specifically focused on four areas:
  • Regulatory – relating to site acquisition, zoning, local legislation, city council rules and public liaisons.
  • Business models – considering areas such as neutral/wholesale hosting, leased capacity and shared networks.
  • Build – looking at RF & backhaul planning, installation, integration, power, physical, size/loading, safety and security.
  • Operational – including maintenance, accessibility, SON impact, service level agreements, key performance indicators and capacity provisioning.
"As small cell deployments of all flavours continue to gain momentum around the globe there is a huge value to be had from sharing operator experiences of deploying and maintaining these networks with the wider ecosystem," Graham Wright, CEO of the Small Cell Forum. "The creation of this group provides a single point of focus to work closely with operators to share best practice and reduce deployment challenge."

The Small Cell Forum is also looking at ways to accelerate enterprise small cell deployments.  
The combination of enterprise small cells and network-based management applications allow operators to add significant value and features, such as dedicated voice capacity, mobile unified communications, mobile call recording, local switching of voice traffic and context aware services, as well as the fast-developing field of network analytics.

Zayo Acquires Tier-3 Data Center in Austin

Zayo has acquired a Tier-3 data center located at 7218 McNeil Drive in northwest Austin, Texas.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Core NAP facility offers carrier-neutral colocation consisting of a dense enterprise footprint with over 220 existing customers and five major carriers providing services to cloud, enterprise, financial, carrier, media and other connectivity focused customers.

zColo’s latest data center will provide a colocation space of 15,000 sq. ft., featuring private cages and cabinets, as well as remote hands for on-site for assistance.

In 2012, Zayo expanded its metro and longhaul network in Austin, providing its entire suite of Bandwidth Infrastructure services including Dark Fiber, Wavelengths, Ethernet and IP.

Zayo now operates 21 zColo facilities nationwide.