Thursday, July 18, 2013

EdgeCast Raises $54 Million for CDN

EdgeCast Networks announced $54 million in new financing for its content delivery network.

The company said it has added more than 2,000 accounts in the past year and now has more than 6,000 accounts, including such well-know brands as Twitter, Pinterest, Sony, and Hulu. Its network includes more than 30 POPs in the major data centers where primary carriers exchange traffic.

"Millions of people use EdgeCast every day – when they use Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Hulu, or any other of the thousands of sites we accelerate worldwide. We deliver more than 4 trillion digital items a month to almost every Internet user in the world,” said Alex Kazerani, EdgeCast Chairman and CEO. “We are proud that our investment partners recognize our incredible performance and share our enthusiasm about our continued growth."

The Series D funding round was led by Performance Equity Management (PEM), with follow-on participation from the company’s existing investors Menlo Ventures and Steamboat Ventures. The equity portion of the financing was augmented with a debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank.


Telx Opens 3rd Data Center in NYC

Telx opened its third data center in New York Cit at 32 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave).

NYC3’s (32 Avenue of the Americas) Interconnection Center covers an initial 72,000sf with additional opportunity for growth.The facility will leverage Telx’s dense connectivity environments at both NYC1 (60 Hudson) and NYC2 (111 8th Ave) offering the collective Telx customer base access to over 600+ network alternatives.

In addition, Telx confirmed that the Rudin Family has chosen Telx as a long term strategic partner to exclusively manage and operate the HUB, the carrier-neutral meet me room at 32 Avenue of the Americas.  The HUB which aggregates voice, data and wireless service providers in a single network dense facility. Telx will assume exclusive operation of the HUB and will develop a new 10th floor data center with the opportunity for expansion onto multiple additional floors in the building.

Telx now operates a total of 6 within the greater NY/NJ metro area encompassing over 550,000 gross square feet.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

SoftBank Takes Bloom Energy Fuel Cells to Japan

SoftBank and Bloom Energy are forming 50/50 Joint Venture to bring Bloom's fuel cell technology to Japan.

Bloom Energy's fuel cells are currently deployed in the United States by clients including AT&T, Google, eBay, The Coca Cola Company, Walmart and others.

  • In June 2013, Verizon announced plans to install Bloom Energy fuel cell systems at three of its California-based locations: two call-switching centers in Los Angeles and San Francisco and a data center in San Jose.  The solid oxide fuel cells are expected to generate more than 16 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity for Verizon in California each year.
  • NTT America is also using Bloom Energy servers in California.

RiverMeadow Releases Cloud Migration SaaS Version 2.0

RiverMeadow Software, a start-up based in San Jose, California and Westford, Massachusetts, has updated its automated server migration solution developed specifically for carrier and service provider clouds.

RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS version 2.0 automates the migration process for moving both Linux and Windows servers into public, private or hybrid clouds. Unlike other solutions that migrate at the application level and have to account for shared libraries, registry entries and other complex interoperability issues, the RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS migrates whole servers and disk volumes at the OS level.

RiverMeadow currently supports AWS and OpenStack.  Support for Microsoft Azure (Hyper-V) is on the roadmap for later this year.

With AWS, Most of the workloads are spun up as  greenfield (new workloads).   RiverMeadow's goal is to make the difficult process of moving out of AWS fairly into a simpler and automated process.  RiverMeadow also aims to simplify migration into and between the various OpenStack clouds and other cloud OS's.

"The cost and complexity of migrating virtual, physical or cloud-based servers into the cloud can be overwhelming — averaging thousands of dollars per server and man-months’ worth of operational effort,” said Mark Shirman, CEO, RiverMeadow. “With the enhancements delivered in RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS 2.0, we continue to remove the barriers of entry for just a fraction of the cost and without the operational headaches, so organizations can immediately gain the economic and practical benefits of cloud computing.”

Nissan USA Picks AT&T + SiriusXM for Telematics

Nissan has selected  AT&T and Sirius XM Radio to provide mobile connectivity to support a suite of security and services for Nissan automobiles in North America.

SiriusXM's in-vehicle telematics solution will provide Nissan vehicle owners 24/7 emergency support for accidents, stolen vehicle tracking and roadside assistance by using a combination of satellite and cellular networks. The architecture will allow SiriusXM to take advantage of both one-to-many and one-to-one network connectivity.

"Your future car is going to be a smartphone with four wheels with powerful capabilities specifically built for a safe and enhanced customer experience," said Glenn Lurie, president of AT&T Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships Organization. "By adding fast, reliable and built-in mobile internet for SiriusXM's forthcoming in-car experience, we are powering a connected experience inside Nissan automobiles for both drivers and passengers."

Telefónica Leverages ASSIA's DSL Expresse for Real-time Copper Line Optimization

Telefónica will expand its usage of ASSIA's DSL network management technology to cover more than eight million customer lines globally, and will initially focus on South American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. ASSIA is also a portfolio company of Telefónica. An initial contract was signed in 2010.

Telefónica plans to deploy ASSIA's DSL Expresse real-time line optimization module for proactive line repair, and ClearView, a customer-care recommendation engine that presents comprehensive customer line and service information to customer-care professionals through an easy-to-use interface, enabling them to provide the fastest-possible responses and resolutions to customer calls.

“We are pleased to incorporate the latest DSL Expresse features, which reinforce the value of our operations and technical assistance tools in improving service performance and customer care, as well as reducing our maintenance costs,” said Enrique Blanco, global CTO of Telefónica. “The improvements that we have realized with ASSIA for the past three years since we first invested in them clearly justified the expansion of our relationship as we continue to focus on delivering the highest speeds and latest services to our customers.”

Under the deal, ASSIA will provide Telefónica with the following advanced features of DSL Expresse and services for deployment, training, support, assessment and maintenance:

  • ClearView, a state-of-the-art expert system that tracks problems to their exact source and provides clear and concise recommendations to a contact center agent or field technician to resolve a customer DSL issue immediately.
  • Real-time line optimization, which significantly improves customer satisfaction and reduces service calls and repair costs.
  • Support for single-ended loop test (SELT) for enhanced diagnostics, cost savings, and service delivery, such as the ability to pinpoint faults and direct dispatches to the appropriate location.
  • Advanced micro-filter detection, which enables call-center agents to see missing micro filters on customer lines and guide the customer to easily and quickly install them. This can rapidly help solve performance problems, avoiding the need for costly, time-consuming field-technician dispatches.
  • Power management, which reduces power consumption and costs, and can help Telefónica attain its green initiative goals.
  • Advanced ADSL2 diagnostics that enable service personnel to address physical impairments efficiently in the copper plant.

Puppet Labs Acquires Cloudsmith for IT Test Automation

Puppet Labs, which develops IT automation software for system administrators, has acquired Cloudsmith, a developer of tools for rapidly building and testing infrastructure automation. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Puppet Labs’ software is used by enterprises to configure and manage their IT infrastructure.

Cloudsmith is the developer of Geppetto, an integrated development environment (IDE) for building and publishing Puppet modules. The company also developed Stack Hammer, a service for integrating, testing, and deploying collections of Puppet modules as complete “stacks” through integrations with GitHub and Amazon EC2. Following the acquisition, both Geppetto and Stack Hammer will continue to be developed and supported, and all Cloudsmith employees will be retained and integrated into Puppet Labs.

"We have been working with the Puppet Labs team and community for years and find we have a shared vision, culture, and passion around helping IT teams improve their lives through automation,” said Mitch Sonies, CEO and founder of Cloudsmith. “And while the Cloudsmith Geppetto community has grown to more than 10,000 users in a short period of time, together with Puppet Labs we’re looking forward to bringing Geppetto’s ease-of-automation benefits to many, many more.”

Open Networking Foundation Continues Adding Members

Membership in the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has now surpassed 100 companies. The newest additions are TorreyPoint, Coriant, and Virtela.

The ONF was created in 2011 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

"Our vision to bring software programmability to networks worldwide is becoming a reality with more companies joining our movement and implementing and deploying this innovative technology that is changing the future of networking,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “In the past two years since our public launch, we have seen a significant increase in OpenFlow-based switches, controllers, and applications, and real-world deployments of the technology. Our growing member community underscores that we are meeting our goals of expanding SDN awareness and driving commercialization, and we are ever more motivated by their continuing support of our efforts to accelerate the global commercialization of open, standards-based SDN for the benefit of users.”

CommScope Packages Fiber-to-the-Antenna Solution for RRUs

CommScope introduced a bundled solution for fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) site deployments where where remote radio units (RRUs) are installed at the top of cellular towers closer to the antennas, reducing loss and improving system performance.

The company says its FTTA Turnkey Solution, which part of the Andrew portfolio of wireless solutions, standardizes RRU installation while bringing simplicity, consistency and performance assurance to a technologically and logistically complex application.

The FTTA Turnkey Solution includes:

  • Argus UltraBand multiport antennas
  • HELIAX FiberFeed hybrid fiber and power trunk cable and tails
  • HELIAX SureFlex RF cable assemblies
  • Cabinets, structural supports, connectors and assemblies
  • Optional Andrew SiteRise pre-assembled tower solution

"The top of an antenna tower is one of the more challenging places to work, especially when you are adding active components while protecting existing systems,” said Stan Catey, senior vice president and general manager, Cable Products, CommScope. “With the FTTA Turnkey Solution, CommScope will supply decades of wireless network expertise, extensive partner relationships and unique tower equipment solutions that seamlessly integrate with RRU technology.”

ADVA's Q2 Financial Results Top Guidance

ADVA Optical Networking announced Q2 2013 revenues of EUR 78.4 million in Q2 2013  -- slightly above guidance of between EUR 73 million and EUR 78 million.  This is down 8.7% vs. Q2 2012 at EUR 85.9 million and up 1.7% vs. EUR 77.0 million in Q1 2013.

IFRS pro forma operating income, excluding stock-based compensation and amortization & impairment of goodwill & acquisition-related intangible assets, amounted to EUR 1.5 million or 2.0% of revenues in Q2 2013, at the upper end of guidance of between -2% and +2% of revenues. This compares to EUR 6.8 million or 8.0% of revenues in Q2 2012 and EUR 0.8 million or 1.0% of revenues in Q1 2013.

"We are pleased with our Q2 2013 results which were achieved in a volatile macro-economic environment. At EUR 78.4 million, our Q2 2013 revenues are above guidance and are up 1.7% vs. the previous quarter. Our pro forma gross margin strengthened from 38.6% in Q1 2013 to 39.9% in Q2 2013. This improvement is due to changes in product and customer mix and also demonstrates our focus on managing operational costs, " commented Jaswir Singh, chief financial officer & chief operating officer of ADVA Optical Networking.

ARRIS Releases E6000 Converged Edge Router

ARRIS announced the commercial release of its new E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER), which continues the legacy of the company's widely deployed C4® Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS).

The ARRIS E6000 CER delivers new levels of density with the an integrated architecture that has the capability to realize the vision of CCAP — the convergence of high-speed data, voice, and MPEG video service delivery from a single F connector.

"We're excited to declare the General Availability of the E6000 CER," said Bruce McClelland, President, Network & Cloud Global Services, ARRIS. "Operators today are benefitting from the unrivaled efficiencies of the E6000 CER – in rack space, power consumption, cooling, advanced services and new applications."

"The E6000 CER software is based on that of the C4 CMTS, which enables seamless deployments," said McClelland, "Cable operators who deploy IPv6 with the E6000 will benefit from years of operational IPv6 experience gained with the C4 CMTS and from an unprecedented level of service group and channel density, both upstream and downstream."

Lenovo Enters Strategic Global Reseller Alliance with Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks announced a strategic global reseller alliance with Lenovo, the world's #1 PC maker.

Lenovo will provide its campus, data center and cloud customers with open, high performance, and reliable converged infrastructure addressing data center and cloud initiatives.

"Addressing customer needs for cloud and data center today hinges on integrating the network stack with proven solutions for computing, storage and networking," said Darrel Ward, Vice President of Marketing, Lenovo Enterprise Products Group. "With Extreme Networks, we have found an excellent partner that will enable Lenovo to deliver a complete, open standards-based solution that will play a central role in allowing our customers to meet their goal of establishing cost-effective and scalable architectures."

"The Extreme Networks and Lenovo partnership for converged infrastructure demonstrates our commitment to open networking innovations addressing the Cloud-ready data center," said Eileen Brooker, vice president of strategic alliances for Extreme Networks. "This global go-to-market partnership for servers, storage and switching helps customers to deploy high performance systems that are reliable, fast and scalable."

Defense Information Systems Agency Approves Brocade's 100 GbE

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has approved the Brocade MLX and MLXe 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networking solutions to be added to the Unified Capabilities - Approved Products List (UC-APL), which tracks products that have completed Interoperability (IO) and Information Assurance (IA) certification.  The newly certified Brocade networking solutions can be deployed by Department of Defense (DoD) agencies.

"With one of the largest and most complex network environments in the world, the Department of Defense required access to the most robust and flexible network solutions available. DoD network capabilities must meet the challenges posed by the massive influx of data, devices and applications that defense organizations are supporting today," said Anthony Robbins, vice president of federal, Brocade. "Brocade realizes that maintaining uninterrupted network connectivity is essential to meeting DoD mission priorities, and we are proud to be included as part of the DoD UC-APL."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

NTT Communications Upgrades Transpacific Cable to 100G

NTT Communications announced the world’s first deployment of 100 Gbps digital coherent technology on a transpacific submarine cable system linking the U.S. and Japan.

The design capacity of the company’s PC-1 system has now been boosted by more than 2.5 times to 8.4 Tbps.

NTT Comm said the upgrade was made possible by optically optimizing the PC-1’s network architecture, including with strategically placed optical repeaters and an enhanced optical fiber layout.

By the end of 2014, 100 Gbps optical transmission technology also will be deployed in NTT Com’s Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE), which links major cities in Asia via the shortest possible route for industry leading low latency.

  • In October 2011, Infinera and Pacific Crossing, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications, completed a 100 Gbps trial using the PC-1 transpacific submarine cable system. The test spanned more than 9,500 kilometers from California to Japan.  Infinera said this trial demonstrates the unique ability to deliver two industry firsts. The 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) demonstration was the first transmission of a 100 GbE client service carried across the Pacific using 40 Gbps optical channels with Infinera's FlexCoherent transmission. The success of this trial was based on Infinera's commercially available 40 Gbps optical line module and 100 GbE client interface on Infinera's DTN platform.   The second demonstration was the first realization of a 100 Gbps optical channel using binary phase shift keying (BPSK) with soft decision forward error correction (SD FEC) .
  • In 2009, NTT Communications  acquired Pacific Crossing, which built the PC-1 trans-Pacific undersea cable network.  The system has landings at Harbour Pointe, Washington (near Seattle); Grover Beach, California (between San Francisco and Los Angeles); Ajigaura, Japan (near Tokyo); and Shima, Japan (near Osaka and Nagoya).
  • In March 2008, Fujitsu and Pacific Crossing completed an upgrade project that more than doubles the capacity of the 21,000-kilometer PC-1 trans-Pacific fiber optic submarine cable network. The project, which began in September 2007, involved the installation of Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE S650 submarine wavelength divisional multiplexer equipment in Pacific Crossing's cable landing stations, and the upgrade of the overall capacity to 1.98Tbps, of which 1.01Tbps is available on the two Trans-Pacific segments.

ITU-T Approves Broadband over Copper

The ITU-T Study Group 15 has granted first stage approval to (ITU-T G.9700), a new broadband over copper standard that promises up to 1 Gbps rates over copper lines at a distance of up to 250 meters., which is a successor to ADSL and VDSL technologies, uses 100 MHz wide channels. In addition, will enable self-installation by consumers without a technician’s assistance.

The ITU-T said the effort has attracted active participation by a large number of leading service providers, chip manufacturers, and system vendors.  Final approval of is expected in early 2014.

" is an important standard for service providers globally,” said Tom Starr, chairman of ITU-T Study Group 15, Working Party 1, which oversees the effort. “Service providers will be able to deliver fibre-like performance more quickly and more affordably than with any other approach."

"Since the early days of the World Wide Web, people around the world have accessed the vast resource that has become the Internet via ITU standards. I applaud our membership for continuing to show great leadership in the development of these specifications that bring broadband into our homes at ever increasing speeds and at ever greater efficiencies,” stated Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU.

Alcatel-Lucent Sets Optical Transmission Record - 31 Tbps over 7,200 km

Alcatel-Lucent announced a new performance/distance record for optical transmission. Researchers from Bell Labs have successfully sent 31 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) over a single fiber over a distance of 7200 km.  The test achieved with a distance between amplifiers of 100 km.

The test used 200 Gbps single-carrier data channels in a DWDM system with 155 channels in a 50 GHz frequency grid.

Details of the experiment were presented in a post-deadline paper presented earlier this month at Opto-Electronic Communication Conference (OECC) conference in Japan.

Avago's 28nm SerDes Hits 32 Gbps

Avago Technologies's new 28nm Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) core has achieved 32 Gbps performance while withstanding up to 40 dB of channel loss. The company says this level of performance will redefine the data rate feasibility for chip-to-chip, portside and backplane interfaces.

The new 28-nm Avago SerDes cores feature a unique decision feedback equalization (DFE) architecture, resulting in a number of key performance differentiators such as low overall power, best-in-class data latency, and best-in-class jitter and crosstalk tolerance.

"Avago has now shipped over 350 million embedded SerDes channels in high performance ASICs and ASSPs,” said Frank Ostojic, vice president and general manager of the ASIC/ASSP Products Division at Avago. “With our latest SerDes milestone, Avago continues to provide early access to IP that enables the development of products that meet today’s requirements for ever increasing bandwidth."

CloudVelocity Raises $13 Million for AWS Hybrid Cloud Migration Tool

CloudVelocity, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $13 million in Series B funding for its cloud migration software.

CloudVelocity, which emerged out of stealth mode in December 2012, has just released its One Hybrid Cloud software, which makes Amazon Web Services (AWS) a secure and seamless extension of enterprise data centers.  The automated cloud migration and disaster recovery software lets enterprises run their existing and new Linux and Windows multi-tier and multi-system apps without modification in the AWS cloud.

CloudVelocity said that unlike image or template-based tools, its software automates the entire process from discovering the constituent hosts, blueprinting of system components and configuration, provisioning of cloud resources, continuous replication and synchronization of the entire app stack (including operating system, kernel, app software stack, and app data), service initiation in the cloud site to extending infrastructure services (like LDAP and Active Directory), all with a single click.

The company also said that its plans include extending its cloud migration solution to other public cloud providers.

The new funding round, which brings the total raised by the company to date to $18 million, was led by Third Point Ventures. Pelion Venture Partners and previous investor Mayfield Fund also participated.

“Today’s solutions for migrating existing apps into the cloud fall short for most enterprise apps,” said Rajeev Chawla, chief executive officer of CloudVelocity. “We automate five sets of critical processes and extend authentication and other network services into the cloud, making the cloud a seamless extension of the data center. Our goal is to accelerate the migration of enterprise apps into the cloud and to drive higher levels of agility, protection and scale for apps trapped in the data center today. We are excited to have Third Point Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners join Mayfield Fund as investors, as we work together to address the massive market opportunity in enterprise cloud computing.”

AT&T Next Expands Smartphone Financing Options

AT&T is preparing to launch a smartphone upgrade program that lets customers upgrade once per year with no down payment, no activation fee, no upgrade fee and no financing fees.

AT&T Next allows customers purchase a smartphone or tablet with no down payment and agree to pay monthly installments for the device. After 12 payments, they can trade it in and upgrade to a brand new device — again with no down payment — or they can keep using their device and have no more payments after 20 months. The interest-free monthly device installments range from $15 to $50, depending on the device selected.

"With AT&T Next, customers can get the newest smartphone or tablet every year with no down payment. That’s hard to beat, and it’s an incredible value for customers who want the latest and greatest every year," said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Mobility.

Zayo Builds Out Network in San Diego

Zayo is adding over 5,000 fiber miles to its metro network in the San Diego market, adding capacity on existing routes, as well as extending into the surrounding communities of Oceanside, Encinitas, Del Mar and Escondido. The new network will provide access to important carrier, healthcare, technology, energy and government locations.