Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Juniper Debuts Ruggedized Router

Juniper Networks introduced its LN2600 ruggedized router for deployment in harsh environments where dust, heavy vibration, moisture and extreme temperatures are often the norm. It could be used for connecting remote telemetry units, surveillance cameras, programmable logic controllers and other intelligent devices.

The router combines switching, routing and security into a single platform, and contains no vents or other openings to keep it dust-free and splash-resistant.

http://forums.juniper.net/t5/The-New-Network/Is-it-Tough-Enough-Juniper-s-LN2600-Takes-Rugged-to-a-New/ba-p/200901


Marvell's ARMADA Powers Google's Chromecast

Marvell is the silicon supplier for Google's new Chromecast device which delivers online content directly to the HDMI port of a TV.

The new ARMADA 1500-mini is optimized to support low-power applications such as TV dongles while being extremely energy efficient. It supports 1080p decode and has a high security grade enabling multiple DRM solutions like Widevine and Playready. Marvell said its advanced Wi-Fi solution enables easy set up.

"I am very excited to see the brilliance of the tiny and beautiful Chromecast. I believe this is truly a game-changing solution to drive the new era of the 'Connected Lifestyle' by enabling easy access to online entertainment for an immersive, interactive multi-screen experience across any smartphone, tablet, laptop and big screen. I am very proud of Google's leadership in driving the ecosystem partners to deliver more powerful and very affordable solutions to serve the world of consumers for better lives," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell.

http://www.Marvell.com

Alcatel-Lucent Sees Progress in Q2 Results

Alcatel-Lucent reported Q2 revenues of Euro 3,612 million, up 1.9% year-over-year, up 3.7% year-over-year at constant currency.

“We are at the beginning of our journey towards 2015 and cash remains a challenge. Looking ahead, our clear focus will be maintaining a strict and disciplined approach to implementing The Shift Plan across all of its industrial, operational and financial dimensions," stated Michel Combes, CEO Alcatel-Lucent.

Gross margin for Q2 came in at 31.9% of revenue for the quarter, compared to 31.8% in the year ago quarter and 29.4% in the first quarter 2013. The sequential increase in gross margin mainly resulted from higher volumes and favorable product mix. Operating expenses decreased -4.4% year-over-year on a reported basis and -4.3% adjusted for constant currency.

There was a net loss (group share) of Euro (885) million or Euro (0.39) per share, including restructuring charges of Euro (194) million, an impairment charge of Euro (552) million resulting from the impairment test review of assets carried at the end of the second quarter 2013, using assumptions consistent with The Shift Plan documentation, and Euro (180) million of financial loss, which included Euro (108) million of interest charges, Euro (26) million of net loss on debts repurchased during the quarter and Euro (24) million of pension and OPEB financial component.

Some highlights for Q2:

  • Revenues for Networks & Platforms were Euro 3,063 million, an increase of 5.9% compared to Euro 2,891 million in the year-ago quarter and a 12.9% increase compared to Euro 2,713  million in the first quarter 2013. At constant currency exchange rates, Networks & Platforms revenues increased 8.1% year-over-year and increased 12.5% sequentially.
  • Revenues for the IP division were Euro 624 million, increasing 20.9% from the year ago quarter and 25.6% at constant currency, driven by strength in edge routers and carrier ethernet switches across all regions, especially in the US and APAC, as well as a return to growth in EMEA.
  • The new 7950 XRS platform has a total of 10 wins and more than 20 trials to date.
  • Nuage Networks has a number of active trials.
  • Revenues for the Optics division were Euro 422 million, a decrease of 7.0% from the year-ago quarter.
  • 100G shipments now represent 27% of total WDM line cards shipments in Q2’13, compared to 19% in Q1’13.
  • Revenues for the Wireless division were Euro 1,010 million, a decline of 1.1% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Strong growth in LTE and RFS was offset by an overall decline in 2G/3G technologies.
  • CDMA revenues now represent approximately 20% of wireless revenues, and for the first time were surpassed by LTE revenues, as the US continues to drive growth in LTE.
  • Revenues for the Fixed Networks division were Euro 468 million, an increase of 3.3% from the year-ago quarter, reflecting continued strong growth in copper, especially in the US and Europe. This was partially offset by weakness in ONT fiber products, representing now less than 30% of fixed networks products.
  • VDSL2 vectoring products are now being used by 13 customers, including 2 new contracts in the second quarter, in addition to be involved in more than 45 trials.
  • Revenues for the Platforms division were Euro 262 million, an increase of 23.0% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Revenues for the Services division were Euro 285 million, an increase of 22.3% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Strong growth continued in Network Build and Implementation (NBI) as well as Integration Services, both of which benefitted from network rollouts in the US.
  • Revenues from Focused Businesses decreased -18.3% in the second quarter with declines in both Enterprise and Submarine businesses.
  • Revenues in the Managed Services business were Euro 215 million, a decrease of -14.7% compared to Euro 252 million in the year-ago quarter and an increase of 5.4% compared to Euro 204 million in the first quarter 2013. 

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


In June, Alcatel-Lucent outlined a "Shift Plan" aimed at transforming the company from a generalist supplier of networking solution into a specialist provider of IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access.  The company is targeting Euro 1 billion in reduced sales, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses over the next three years as it makes a decisive in its industrial focus toward high-value equipment and services. 

Current business segments outside of this new area of focus include Terrestrial Optics, Submarine, Wireless Transmission, Network Applications, Integration Services for Strategic Industries, Consulting Businesses and OSS/BSS.

Key points of the plan:

  • Grow revenues in Core Networking by more than 15%, from Euro 6.1 billion in 2012 to over Euro 7 billion in 2015,
  • Lift operating margins from 2.4% in 2012 to more than 12.5% in 2015.
  • IP, cloud and ultra-broadband portfolio at the center of operations, including WDM, 100G, IMS and customer experience product lines, as well as the 'FTTx' group of fiber-based connectivity technologies serving homes, businesses and other types of premises, vectoring, the 4G LTE mobile wireless access and small-cells.
  • Bell Labs will continue to be the company's innovation engine, with an 8% increase in R&D from 2013 through 2015. IP and Ultra-Broadband Access will represent 85% of R&D investment in 2015.
  • Alcatel-Lucent's intellectual property portfolio will become a dedicated profit center and will adopt an entrepreneurial approach to licensing in order to develop a solid revenue stream from its library of more than 30,000 patents and 16,000 applications.
  • On a cash basis, The Shift Plan is expected to be self-funding over the 2013-2015 period.  Once the company has clearly demonstrated the successful execution of the Shift plan, it plans to seek a reduction of its debt by approximately Euro 2 billion including through further asset disposals or through access to the equity markets in order to support its long-term strategic goals.
  • The company did not announce any further job cuts at this time although reductions are planned.
  • Alcatel-Lucent will reduce the number of countries in which it operates from 185+ to 145 countries.  It will go from 100+ sales offices to 75 sales offices. It will consolidate warehouse and purchasing locations.
  • The company will undertake a 40% cut in real estate and sites, reducing its footprint in non-strategic locations.
  • In Manages Services, the company will address its 15 unprofitable contracts.

Extreme Networks Reports $79.5 Million in Revenues

Extreme Networks reported quarterly revenue of $79.5 million, representing a 16.5% increase compared to the prior quarter's revenues of $68.2 million and a 9.4% decrease compared to revenues of $87.7 million in the same period a year ago. GAAP net income for Q4 was $3.2 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, an increase of $5.4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share compared to the previous quarter.

"We are pleased with the significant sequential quarter over quarter growth in revenues and operating income, which is indicative of the strength of our product offering," said Chuck Berger, president and chief executive officer of Extreme Networks. "Our extensive line of Ethernet switches, reaching from the edge of the campus to data centers, all running on the most robust network operating system in the industry, have strong appeal to customers and partners.  That said, we continued to report year over year declines in revenues, which clearly indicates there is much to be done to improve our execution across the board.  We have identified the areas where changes are needed and are making solid progress, but it will take several quarters to realize the full benefit of these efforts.  Additionally, as in our third fiscal quarter, we were unable to fulfill a significant amount of orders due to reduced inventory levels and lengthening component lead times.  We will continue to face these shortages for the first half of the first quarter, but believe we will have caught up with demand as we go into September."

http://www.extremenetworks.com

Ixia Posts Q2 Revenue of $116 Million

Ixia's Q2 revenues grew 28% to $115.9 million, compared with $90.7 million reported for the 2012 second quarter. The 2013 second quarter includes $33.2 million in revenue from the recent acquisitions of Anue Systems, and BreakingPoint Systems,  which closed in June and August 2012, respectively.

Q2 net income (GAAP) was $3.8 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with net income of $25.7 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the 2012 second quarter. Non-GAAP net income for the 2013 second quarter was $14.5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $12.9 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the 2012 second quarter.

“Although revenue for our core products was lower than anticipated due to order delays from our Service Provider and network equipment manufacturer customers, we made solid progress on our key growth initiatives,” commented Vic Alston, Ixia's president and chief executive officer. “Anue and BreakingPoint revenue surpassed expectations and grew to $33.2 million, our revenue from enterprise customers increased by nearly 50 percent compared to last year and we added several new channel and technology partners.”

Dell'Oro: Ethernet Switch Market to Approach $25B in 2017

The L2-3 Ethernet Switch market is forecast to approach $25 billion in 2017, with future growth to be driven primarily by sales of higher speed Ethernet switches optimized for larger data center deployments, according to a recent report from Dell'Oro Group.  The report expects a quick migration to 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet at the core of the data center.

The report also shows that Fixed and Modular 10 Gigabit Ethernet port shipments are expected to expand beyond the data center to campus devices, such as high-end workstations and 802.11ac access points.

"The data center will be the site of almost all revenue growth during the forecast horizon, as the Cloud forever changes how networks are built.  In general, we are moving toward a period of data center consolidation and change, where there will be fewer, larger, data centers and the ownership of data center equipment will change," said Alan Weckel, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group.  "At the same time, single vendor wins at these large data centers will be sufficient to shift market share in the overall market as well as vendor ranking in individual segments.  We expect many large-magnitude Cloud wins throughout the forecast period and believe a dominant Cloud provider could apply significant pricing pressure on this market and the vendor(s) it selects," Weckel stated.

http://www.delloro.com/

Riverbed Posts Q2 Revenue of $250M, including $40M from OPNET

Riverbed Technology reported Q2 revenue of $250 million, compared to $198 million in Q2 2012, representing 26% year-over-year growth. GAAP net loss for Q2'13 was $16.5 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $18.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in Q2’12.

“Total non-GAAP revenue increased twenty-eight percent year-over-year, with growth across all major product lines, geographies, and verticals,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO. “Riverbed’s core revenue, excluding OPNET, grew 7% sequentially to $215 million in the second quarter. Non-GAAP revenue from the acquired OPNET products was $40 million, as we still have work to do integrating the two companies,” continued Kennelly. “Our market expanding products outside of WAN optimization and OPNET grew almost 50% compared to last year, and we believe our multi-product strategy to deliver unmatched application performance will allow us to accelerate the company’s revenue growth.”

http://www.riverbed.com

Monday, July 29, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm Collaborate on Small Cells

Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm agreed to collaborate on small cell base stations for residential and enterprise environments.

Specifically, the companies will jointly invest in a strategic R&D program to develop the next generation of Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio Small Cell products featuring Qualcomm Technologies’ FSM9900 family of Small Cell chipsets. The investment would be shared by Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm Technologies.

"This initiative perfectly illustrates The Shift Plan we announced last month, which will see Alcatel-Lucent focus on growth technologies, including those facilitating ultra-broadband access. We also said we would actively seek collaboration with key industry players.  In working together with Qualcomm Technologies - a world leader in advanced wireless platform solutions such as its small cell chipsets - Alcatel-Lucent will continue to be positioned at the forefront of innovation in the small cells market," stated Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent.

"Small cells greatly increase capacity by bringing the network closer to the user, thus enabling operators to serve the anticipated 1000x growth in mobile data traffic and dramatically improving the experience for wireless subscribers," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. “Working together with industry leaders like Alcatel-Lucent, we can accelerate the dense deployment of small cells globally, driving another significant leap in advanced wireless broadband technology and services."

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://www.qualcomm.com


The future of wireless is small, but very, very big

by Marcus Weldon, CTO, Alcatel-Lucent, 22-August-2012
We are at a defining moment in broadband network deployment.  We are on the verge of a transformation in behaviors so profound that what we think is normal now will be viewed as quaint and amusingly antique in the same way that the Model T Ford, or wooden-cabinet enshrouded black and white TVs, or dial-up internet access are viewed today.  And this behavioral change will not be...

Riverbed Boosts Steelhead WAN Optimization with Path Selection

Riverbed is rolling out a series of enhancements for its Steelhead WAN optimization product family, including a new hardware appliance and new path selection capabilities that enable specific applications to be directed over selected WAN paths.

Significantly, the new release of the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS 8.5) enables application-specific path selection for branch offices where both MPLS  and Internet WAN services are available.

Riverbed is integrating DPI in CascadeFlow with RiOS 8.5, thereby leveraging DPI capabilities within Cascade Profiler 10.0.7 to identify and characterize traffic flows across the network and among branch offices.  Riverbed said this capability could be used for fine-tuning QoS, directing certain branch office traffic onto the corporate MPLS VPN while sending other application flows directly to alternate paths, or to a cloud service provider using an alternate Internet connection instead of through the MPLS VPN. The combination of path selection and application identification via deep packet inspection also ensures that application flows could be rerouted in the event of performance degradation on the primary route.

The latest software release also adds new application optimizations for the Steelhead appliance, including for Microsoft SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013, Office365 and file sharing applications that utilize the server message block 3 (SMB3) protocol in Windows 8 and Server 2012 environments, and NetApp SnapMirror for tiered SLAs.

The new hardware includes the Steelhead CX 255 series appliance, which offers up to 6 Mbps of WAN link optimization for small branch offices, which is triple the through-put capacity of the previous Steelhead CX  250 appliance series.  CS 255 series also replaces CS 150

Riverbed cites significant performance gains for its WAN optimization -- up to 98% decrease in bandwidth utilization and improving application acceleration up to 100 times faster.

RiOS 8.5, Cascade Profiler 10.0.7 and the Steelhead CX series 255 appliances are expected to be generally available in Q3 2013.

http://www.riverbed.com

Amazon Web Services Launches CloudFront Edge Locations in India

Amazon Web Services has launched two points-of-presence edge facilities India.  The new Amazon CloudFront POPs, which are located in Chennai and Mumbai, join a global network of 42 edge locations worldwide that Amazon uses to deliver content to end users with low latency and high data transfer speeds.

The new edge locations also support Amazon Route 53, a highly available and scalable Domain Name System (DNS) web service.

"Organizations in India need the flexibility to rapidly scale IT infrastructure as they grow without spending precious capital on hardware or getting locked into a long term contract with a co-location facility," said Shane Owenby, Amazon Web Services Managing Director of Asia Pacific. "Using AWS has removed the constraint related to infrastructure resources and has enabled many of our customers, ranging from start-ups to enterprises to unleash their ideas, innovate fast and build new businesses quickly. With 9 AWS Regions and 42 Amazon CloudFront edge locations around the world, our customers are able to expand globally virtually overnight while delivering great local user experience for their services."

http://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/

Audi Integrates LTE into S3 Sportback

Audi announced its first car with embedded LTE capability.

Starting this month, the Audi S3 Sportback may be ordered with integrated LTE. All other Audi model variants of the A3 premium compact car will be available with embedded LTE from early November.

Audi says the advantage of LTE in automobiles is better communication between the car, the driver, the environment and the Internet. LTE enables the exchange of large amounts of data via the Internet, such as music and films in HD quality. Commercial LTE networks already exist in many European countries and in the USA. In Germany, LTE is available in a few large cities, but is primarily active in many rural areas. 

To use LTE, drivers will need to provide their own SIM card with a flat rate data plan.  The SIM card is inserted in the Audi MMI navigation plus unit. The MMI navigation plus uses LTE to deliver the tailored services of Audi connect to the driver - from navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View to Audi music stream web radio and online traffic information.

The Audi S3 Sportback is equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple passengers to surf the web independently.

Audi is also making Facebook and Twitter vehicle-friendly with a text-to-speech function and a text function with prepared text modules. In addition, there are over a dozen Audi connect services, including a text-to-speech function for e-mail and a dictation function for text messages (SMS). And the range of services is expanding rapidly.

Gigamon Posts Strong Growth in 1st Quarter as Public Company

Gigamon reported Q2 revenue of $32.4 million, compared to $22.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. GAAP net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $7.9 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $1.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

"In our first quarter as a public company, we delivered solid revenue growth of 44% year-over-year," said Paul Hooper, CEO of Gigamon. "Our Visibility Fabric enables our customers to gain higher levels of visibility into their IT infrastructure by delivering the right network traffic to the right management system, at the right time.  We believe our market is significantly underpenetrated, and through our broad, intelligent and scalable solution, we believe we are well-positioned to capitalize on this exciting growth opportunity."

http://www.gigamon.com

PMC-Sierra Posts Revenue of $128 Million, Down 7% YoY

PMC-Sierra reported Q2 revenue of $127.9 million, an increase of two percent compared to $125.2 million in the first quarter of 2013, and a decrease of seven percent compared to $137.8 million in the second quarter of 2012. GAAP net loss in the second quarter of 2013 totaled $4.2 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss in the first quarter of 2013 of $6.8 million, or $0.03 per share. Non-GAAP net income totaled $16.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, up 22 percent in the second quarter of 2013 compared to non-GAAP net income of $13.4 million, or $0.07 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2013.

"Our second quarter results were in line with our outlook despite the muted environment," said Greg Lang, PMC president and chief executive officer. "The recent acquisition of IDT’s PCI Express (PCIe) flash controller business further expands our growth opportunities and positions us as a leader in the rapidly growing enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) market segment."

http://investor.pmcs.com/

Extreme Networks Hires Cisco Executive

Extreme Networks announced the appointment of Edward (Ed) T. Carney as executive vice president of product and customer success.

Carney previously served in general management at Cisco in Research Triangle Park (RTP) where he spent 15 years, and prior to that with IBM. Carney will be based at Extreme Networks facility in the RTP, in Morrisville, NC.

http://extremenetworks.com


Sunday, July 28, 2013

NTT DOCOMO Pushes LTE to 150 Mbps

NTT DOCOMO is preparing to push its LTE service to 150 Mbps maximum downlink rates, roughly double today's top performance.  The 150 Mbps service is currently being verified in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.

NTT DOCOMO expects to launch 150 Mbps commercial service this October, starting in parts of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

DOCOMO, in addition to steadily improving the quality of its LTE network for increased reliability, continues to upgrade LTE coverage and data transmission speeds, most recently by expanding 112.5 Mbps downlink service to more than 130 cities as of this month.

http://www.ntt.co.jp
http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2013/0726_00.html

In June, NTT DOCOMO plans to increase its number of LTE base stations from 24,400 (March 31, 2013) to 50,000 by March 31, 2014.

As part of this effort, NTT DOCOMO introduced a new compact LTE base station with simultaneous 3G capability, measuring less than 1/10th the size and less than 1/5th the weight of conventional LTE base stations.  The first units entered commercial operation in DOCOMO's Xi LTE and FOMA 3G networks in Japan this month.

The compact all-weather base station, which is mainly designed for area expansion in low-traffic areas such as mountainous locations, can be installed in places where conventional LTE base stations cannot be deployed due to excess size or cost.

The new base station, equivalent to the master station of a remote-type base station, can handle up to two secondary stations. Furthermore, thanks to the new base station's 3G W-CDMA capability, simultaneous LTE and 3G service areas can be tailored efficiently to traffic and installation conditions by using secondary stations and multiple frequency bands.  Electricity consumption is less than 1/4th that of conventional LTE base stations, realizing more eco-friendly operation.

In February, NEC confirmed that NTT Docomo has selected it to develop LTE-Advanced base stations for its new C-RAN architecture.

NTT Docomo is proposing a new Advanced C-RAN architecture that uses small "add-on" cells for localized coverage that act in concert with macro cells in HetNet fashion.  Deep integration is achieved using carrier aggregation technology, one of the main LTE-Advanced technologies standardized by 3GPP.

Under the Advanced C-RAN architecture, high-capacity base stations utilizing advanced C-RAN architecture will serve as master base stations both for multiple macro cells covering broad areas and for add-on cells in smaller, high-traffic areas. The base stations will accommodate up to 48 macro and add-on cells at launch and even more later. Carrier aggregation will be supported for cells served by the same base station, enabling the flexible deployment of add-on cells. In addition, maximum downlink throughput will be extendible to 3Gbps, as specified by 3GPP standards.

Carrier aggregation is expected to yield 3 Gbps maximum throughput by aggregating multiple carriers of up to 100 MHz of carrier bandwidth. 

Huawei and Qualcomm Test VoLTE TDD to CDMA

Huawei completed an end-to-end voice interoperability test for LTE TDD to CDMA.


The test used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (8X30) processor and its solutions for CSFB (Circuit Switched Fallback) and eCSFB (Enhanced CSFB).  Huawei said CSFB and eCSFB voice solutions will play significant roles during the initial deployment of LTE networks.

Kevin Wu, President for CDMA/LTE Wireless Networks at Huawei, said, "This successful test is a milestone for the commercialization of LTE voice technologies. It gives CDMA operators more choices for smoothly evolving to a wholly integrated LTE system, and reaffirms Huawei's commitment to protect existing investments and improving the operational efficiency of multi-mode and multi-frequency networks."

http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/newsroom/press-release/hw-276138-ltetdd.htm

Friday, July 26, 2013

Silicon360 to Supply Netronome's Network Flow Processors

Silicon 360, which provides secure, fully screened and qualified semiconductors to the military, aerospace and other specialized markets, announced a deal to serve as the sole supplier for Netronome’s high performance NFP-32xx Network Flow Processors (NFPs) as Class B military, ruggedized and space level screened products. Netronome will continue to sell the NFP-32xx family of NFPs to customers not requiring such specialized products.

Netronome’s NFP-32xx Network Flow Processors bring high performance to a broad range of network, security and content processing applications and are source-code compatible (including backwards compatibility) with Intel IXP28xx micro-engines for customer application migration. In addition, Netronome’s flow processor technology allows for packet and content processing with robust security features. The integrated cryptography engines provide hardware acceleration of multiple algorithms (including all currently standardized AES variants) performing IPsec at up to 20 Gbps.

“This initiative provides a strong synergistic relationship, and extends the product portfolio available, between Netronome and Si360,” said Marti McCurdy, Vice President of Silicon360. “Designers of Military and Aerospace systems will now be able to utilize these industry-leading Netronome processors in their newest signal processing and encryption applications. Our target market is cyber security as we feel this is an area of critical need in today’s national security efforts.”

http://www.silicon360.com
http://www.netronome.com


T-Mobile US Expands its MetroPCS Brand

Since completing its acquisition of MetroPCS about three months ago, T-Mobile US has has doubled the MetroPCS brand presence across the country by bringing its "Wireless for All" offer to 15 new markets.

"We've been beating our no-contract competitors hands-down for value, and now, with the strength of the T-Mobile 4G network behind us, that lead is only going to grow," said Tom Keys, MetroPCS COO and executive vice president. "We're setting a blazing fast trail and, with our retail partners, will compete aggressively with our '$40, period' rate plan to win over consumers one-by-one."

http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/

Time Warner Cable Announces Change in Leadership

Glenn A. Britt will retire as Time Warner Cable’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at of the end of 2013.

Time Warner Cable Board of Directors has elected Robert D. Marcus, currently the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Britt as Chairman and CEO effective January 1, 2014.

http://www.twc.com


NEC and HP Expand Enterprise Computing Alliance to x86

Last week, HP and NEC announced an expansion of their global alliance to collaborate on joint engineering for mission-critical and blade servers for enterprise clients.

Since 1995, NEC and HP have been strategic alliance partners, focused on NEC's role as a provider of large-scale, mission-critical enterprise IT systems built on HP's Unix-based operating system, HP-UX.

The collaboration previously focused on HP-UX, HP Integrity servers and NEC NX7700i servers.  The companies are extending their alliance to include next-generation, mission-critical x86 systems. This will include DragonHawk," HP's future, scalable x86 infrastructure based on HP Superdome 2 and blade server technology. HP and NEC also plan to increase worldwide delivery of joint solutions, providing clients with greater flexibility, a broader choice of solutions to match their specific enterprise needs and continued investment protection for mission-critical environments, consistent with HP Project Odyssey.

"Performance and reliability are vital to mission-critical computing clients and the business-critical workloads they will deploy into the next decade," said Mark Potter, senior vice president and general manager, Servers, HP. "By aligning our expertise, HP and NEC will drive enterprise server technology forward, allowing our joint clients to protect and grow their current and future investments."

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201307/global_20130722_02.html
http://www.hp.com