Friday, August 9, 2013

KIO Opens Data Centers in Mexico and Guatemala

KIO Networks inaugurated two new data centers in Mexico.

KIO/5.6 is a Tier IV facility located in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Mexico City. It offers approximately 65,000 sq/ft of capacity.

KIO/Q is also a Tier IV facility and is located on a campus in the city of Querétaro, where KIO operates four other data centers.

The building brings KIO's total to 500,000 square feet of space in its 14 operational data centers in México, Guatemala and Panamá.

  • In July 2013, KIO Networks opened its first data center in Guatemala. The $20 million facility measures 2,500 m2 and offers both colocation and cloud services.

NTT Advanced Technology Intros H.265/HEVC Kit

NTT Advanced Technology introduced an H.265/HEVC codec software development kit (SDK) for applications ranging from mobile video to 4K video.

H.265/HEVC, also known as 'High Efficiency Video Coding' (HEVC), was approved by the ITU-T's Study Group 16 in April 2013.

NTT said H.265/HEVC provides approximately twice the compression performance when compared with conventional H.264/AVC.

Some key features of the SDK:

  • HEVC elementary stream I/O (Annex.B form)
  • CBR rate control / VBR rate control
  • Automatic scene change detection and key-frame insert specification
  • Frame reference structure specification
  • Pre-filter control
  • Progressive / interlace structural compatibility
  • Parallel encoding by slice structure and LCU pipeline
  • Adaptive-quantization matrix
  • DeBlocking Filter/SAO Filter Control

Net Optics Hires Former Tellabs Exec

Net Optics has appointed Chuck Bernstein as Vice President, North American Sales.

Bernstein brings over 20 years of experience driving successful initiatives across software, hardware and professional services in the telecommunications and information technology industries. He most recently served as Vice President and General Manager, North American Sales at Tellabs.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Blueprint Column: Uncovering the Value in Big Data

With 4G providing the fire power, data volumes are exploding across the mobile environment, and communications service providers (CPSs) are in danger of being overwhelmed by the assault of Big Data on their often struggling networks. The onslaught of data already has reached the point at which one operator reports receiving and interpreting 40 billion records a day, estimating that volumes will rise to 100 billion by the end of this year. Moreover, research firm IDC predicts that, by 2020, digital data will swell by a factor of 300.

Such enormous amounts of data can be daunting if we mistakenly think of them in the same way we consider a continuous blast of water from a fire hose. Since every drop of water in the stream is pretty much the same as all the others, we find no benefit in analyzing the content of the blast; our tendency is simply to try to restrict it in some way. Telecommunications data, however, is not composed of molecules, but of messages. Every single element of the stream is different and can offer immense marketing insight into consumers’ thinking, preferences and intentions. In addition to battling the stream, CSPs should be looking for ways to welcome the arrival of all this information and mining it for the benefit of subscribers and providers alike.

Conversely, doing nothing with the data that barrels through the network means operators will spend increasing amounts of time and budget to store data without any immediate offsetting benefit. Using the data as an asset, however, can have tremendous value.

The first step toward understanding and using all of this data, commonly referred to as Big Data, is for CSPs to equip themselves with diagnostic tools and solutions that allow them to view and manage their telecoms landscape in four segments:

  1. Subscriber behavior: Operators have at their fingertips a potential goldmine of personal data relating to presence, location and preference. Networks should focus on this multi-dimensional information related to subscribers’ interactions with the services and applications they use. 
  2. Services and apps: With deep packet classification, CSPs can see each of the unique services that go across their mobile broadband network for each customer.  This capability makes it possible to spot traffic issues and real-time state-of-play data, helping identify, predict, alert and isolate problems as they occur. 
  3. Technologies used: The mobile environment is evolving so that services are becoming more integrated, fragmented and often beyond the control of operators. Therefore, providers who want to successfully manage new technologies, protocols and devices need analytics across both legacy and next-generation technologies.
  4. Network performance:  Network components are becoming functionally more complex, with a need to serve multiple technologies, through a variety of vendors and standards. The key to efficiency is in ensuring that the network maintains a 100% run rate. Core network applications are available that reduce outages, accelerate resolution time frames and improve network quality. These applications can be managed by one end-to-end system.

With such a comprehensive outlook, operators gain the network intelligence required to see more than simply the data that flows through the pipe; they can learn its sources, destinations, intent and purposes. That knowledge imparts real meaning and value to the data.

The data will not analyze itself, however it must be heeded, correlated, located and contextualized.  Operators must realize that merely attempting to sort out indicative trends through macro-level information is not enough if they expect to fully interpret and monetize available data. Rather, they must approach the data on a micro level and assess it through the lens of the four segments listed above.

This methodology means CSPs never miss an opportunity because of events occurring in parts of the network that they could not see. Additionally, it brings new capability to the telecoms model, offering the same agility as that of OTT players.

Full visibility into the network is derived from real-time, end-to-end data collection and analysis that exposes hidden issues while providing unparalleled breadth and depth of insight.
The good news is that the technology to do this already exists and can be implemented with the help of a telecoms intelligence provider. Technology for the four-dimension world of valued data allows operators to follow and analyze every path of the data journey, creating the survival strategy for the modern age and a competitive advantage in the LTE environment. Without it, the heightened demands of LTE will drive glitches to become inefficiencies, leading to complaints and time-consuming drains on resources, ultimately generating churn and lost opportunities for revenue.

One source of guidance is available from Tektronix Communications in the form of a comprehensive set of new best practices for the telecoms industry and covering Big Data analytics implementation. This resource includes a reference model—a roadmap and how-to guide to deal with Big Data analytics—and a detailed set of business use cases showing a variety of ways for operators to extract value from Big Data. Whitepaper:  Explore Telecom Intelligence in 4 Dimensions

Lyn Cantor rejoined Tektronix Communications in 2011 from Visual Network Systems (VNS) where he was Senior Vice President and General Manager. Prior to his term with VNS, Cantor served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Service and Marketing at Tektronix Communications. Over the course of his 27-year career, of which 14 years have been with Tektronix Communications, Cantor has held various vice president positions in Americas sales, global channels, product management and marketing, in addition to having general manager responsibility.

Tektronix Communications is uniquely positioned as the communications industry’s first Telecommunications Intelligence Provider (TIP) offering both service assurance and monitoring and network intelligence solutions that cover all four dimensions of the service provider’s environment: subscriber behavior, the services and applications they consume, the network environments they occupy and the technologies that enable them.  Our comprehensive set of assurance, intelligence and test solutions and services support a range of architectures and applications such as LTE, HSPA, 3G, IMS, mobile broadband, VoIP, video and triple play. Tektronix Communications is headquartered in Plano, Texas.  Visit us online at

Huawei Delivers Pair of Campus SDN Switches

Huawei introduced a new enterprise-class switch for supporting key industry trends in cloud computing, bring your own device (BYOD), software-defined network (SDN), internet of things (IoT), and big data related analytics.

The Huawei S12700 is a family of campus switches designed for software-defined networking architecture. It is powered by Huawei's own Ethernet Network Processor (ENP) for full programability. Huawei's Packet Conservation Algorithm for Internet (iPCA) supports hop-by-hop monitoring of any service flows. It runs Huawei Versatile Routing Platform (VRP), which provides high-performance L2/L3 switching services as well as rich network services, such as MPLS VPN, hardware IPv6, desktop cloud, and video conferencing. Huawei also cites a number of reliability technologies including in-service software upgrade, non-stop forwarding, CSS2 switch fabric hardware clustering that allows 1+N backup of MPUs, hardware Eth-OAM/BFD, and ring network protection.

The Huawei S12700 can provide native wireless access controller (AC) to help build a wired and wireless converged network. It also features native broadband remote access server (BRAS) capabilities and support for large Ethernet frames.

"The inevitable trends of broadband services, multimedia, mobility and social networking are shifting the focus of networks from technologies and devices to services, users and experiences,” said Mr. William Xu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Enterprise Business Group. “Huawei is committed to customer-centric innovation and open collaboration with the industry, and leveraging our 10 years’ experience in enhancing IP network capabilities to best meet the needs of our customers. With the launch of industry’s first agile network and agile switch that focus on service efficiency and user experience, I am confident that we will change the future of next-generation enterprise networks."

GSA: 200 LTE Networks in Commercial Operation

As of the end of last month, there were 200 LTE networks in commercial operation in 76 countries, according to GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association.  A total of 54 operators launched LTE service in the first 7 months of 2013.

Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, said: “In this interim announcement GSA confirms that 106 LTE networks were commercially launched in the last 12 months, representing 112% annual growth. LTE is a mainstream mobile broadband technology and is the fastest developing mobile system technology ever.”

LTE service has been introduced to 12 new markets so far this year: Chile, Iceland, Iraq, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Qatar, Spain, Thailand, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.

The breakdown of the 200 commercially launched networks announced today is as follows:

  • 182 networks were deployed using the FDD mode
  • 9 networks were deployed in TDD mode (sometimes referred to as TD-LTE)
  • 9 networks are using both FDD and TDD modes
  • 200 Total

Full details of LTE market developments including network deployments and service launches worldwide will be published in the next update of GSA’s Evolution to LTE report, which will be available soon.

FDA Clears Verizon's Remote Health Monitoring

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted clearance for Verizon's Converged Health Management, a remote patient-monitoring medical device that provides clinicians with access to up-to-date patient data from connected biometric devices so they can more efficiently monitor and manage patients from their home, or when they are on the go.

Verizon said its new solution is powered by the company's HIPAA-ready cloud.

"Verizon is committed to improving the dynamics of the U.S. healthcare system," said Dr. Peter Tippett, chief medical officer and vice president, Verizon Innovation Incubator.  "By leveraging our mobile health expertise, HIPAA-ready cloud, 4G LTE wireless network and leading security solutions, Verizon is uniquely positioned to drive innovation in healthcare. Converged Health Management will accelerate focus on care management through mobile technologies as patients increasingly take more responsibility for their health.

Verizon's Converged Health Management solution will be commercially available in late 2013.

Infonetics: DDoS Prevention Market to Grow by Double Digits Through 2014

DDoS prevention for mobile networks will see strong growth, with a 25% CAGR from 2012 to 2017, thanks to the transition to IP and data, massive increases in capacity, and a new role as a juicy and highly visible target for attacks, according to a new report from Infonetics.

"DDoS prevention appliances are the first line of defense against brute-force attacks like those we saw aimed at U.S. financial institutions last September, and most service providers and large enterprises are investing heavily in them,” notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. “With the number, size and coverage of DDoS attacks on the rise, we expect revenue for DDoS prevention solutions to grow in the healthy double digits through 2014."

Some additional highlights:

  • Global DDoS prevention appliance revenue grew 30% in 2012, to $275 million
  • The data center segment is now the largest market for DDoS mitigation solutions, surpassing the carrier transport segment
  • The top 2 vendors in the DDoS prevention appliance market are Arbor Networks and Radware
  • With its acquisition of Webscreen, Juniper has stepped into the DDoS market, joining other established networking/security players (including F5 and Fortinet) looking to siphon business from market leader Arbor.

Hurricane Electric Opens 2 New POPs in Canada

Hurricane Electric has opened two new points-of-presence: Global Server Centre located at 167 Lombard Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and DataHive, located at 840 7th Ave, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The facilities will provide high speed IPv4 and IPv6 Internet connectivity through 100BaseT, 1GigE, 10Gbps, and 100GE service.

Hurricane Electric also operates at Equinix in Toronto, and Cologix in Vancouver and Montreal.

ShoreTel's Revenues Rise 9% to $86 Million in Latest Quarter

ShoreTel reported record quarterly revenue of$85.6 million, an increase of 9 percent sequentially 9 percent year-over-year. Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 was $3.4 million, or $0.06 per share which excludes stock-based compensation charges, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, other charges and related tax adjustments.

For its full 2013 fiscal year, revenue was a record of $313.5 million, up 27 percent from fiscal year 2012.

"Fiscal year 2013 showcased the first full year of cloud revenues from our ShoreTel Sky offering, which have been growing steadily over the last six quarters and were up 35% year-over-year in the fourth quarter,” said Peter Blackmore, CEO of ShoreTel. “We reported a very strong and profitable quarter with record revenues of $85.6 million, up 9% sequentially, driven by record premise revenues and the addition of nearly 1,200 new customers in the fourth quarter.” Blackmore continued, “With our continued focus on improving operating efficiencies and sales productivity we drove our non-GAAP operating expenses to 57% of revenue in the fourth quarter. Coupled with the projected growth in our target markets, we are positioned for continued profitability in fiscal 2014."

Rackspace now Operates 98,884 Servers

Rackspace posted Q2 revenue of $376 million, up 3.8% from the previous quarter and up 18% from the second quarter of 2012. Net income was $22 million for the quarter, down 18.0% from the previous quarter and down 11% from the second quarter of 2012. Net income margin for the quarter was 6.0% compared to 7.5% for the previous quarter and 7.9% in the second quarter of 2012.

Total server count increased to 98,884, up from 94,122 servers at the end of the previous quarter.

ShoreTel Names New CEO

ShoreTel named Don Joos as its new president and CEO, replacing Peter Blackmore, who announced his retirement in May 2013.

Joos joined ShoreTel in April 2011 as vice president of global services, and for the past year has served as senior vice president of business operations. During his time at ShoreTel, Joos has been in charge of overseeing approximately 50 percent of the company operations through the direct management of engineering, R&D, product management, global support and services, IT, quality and operations. Prior to ShoreTel, Joos spent nine years as a company vice president at Avaya and held service and operational roles at an e-commerce startup, Williams Communication Solutions, Nortel Communication Solutions and Marshalls Inc.

Blackmore served as ShoreTel's president and CEO since December 2010. During his tenure at ShoreTel, Blackmore nearly doubled the revenue, scaled global operations and accelerated the company’s growth. Blackmore announced his retirement in May 2013.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ciena Collaborates with Research Nets on Software-defined Packet/Optical

Ciena is collaborating with CANARIE, Internet2 and StarLight to build a software-defined wide-area network that leverages OpenFlow across both the packet and transport layers.  The network features an open architecture carrier-scale controller and intrinsic multi-layer operation.

The network initially connects Ciena’s corporate headquarters in Hanover, Maryland, USA with Ciena’s largest R&D center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. International connectivity is achieved with Internet2 through the StarLight International/National Communications Exchange in Chicago and CANARIE, Canada's national optical fiber based advanced R&E network.

Ciena solutions included in the testbed:

  • OpenFlow v1.3-enabled 4Tb/s core switches, featuring 400G packet blades;
  • Transport – Layer 0 and Layer 1 OTN – network elements from Ciena’s industry-leading 6500 and 5400 converged packet-optical product families, configurable under extended OpenFlow protocol control;
  • A prototype open, modular and modifiable control software system that leverages open source components and is suitable for large-scale and geographically-distributed network control;
  • Multi-layer provisioning and control, driven by an abstracted northbound API;
  • Real-time analytics software designed to enable multi-layer resource optimization and dynamic network service pricing for revenue optimization.

"Going above and beyond a simple testbed, this live, fully functional network will drive continued innovation and demonstrate how a truly OPn network architecture can unleash the full power of SDN in the WAN. By building the industry’s first fully-featured, fully-open and fully-operational, end-to-end and multi-layer SDN-powered WAN, we can offer a real-world experience for customers and researchers to trial, refine and prove SDN concepts and technologies in both the network and the back office – without having to build a unique infrastructure for every use case," stated Steve Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Ciena.

NSN's Rebranding Brings New Logo

Nokia Siemens Networks has changed its name to NSN, reflecting the change of ownership following Nokia’s acquisition of Siemens’ entire 50 percent stake, which has just been completed.

Nokia Solutions and Networks is now wholly owned by Nokia. Rajeev Suri will continue as CEO and the NSN Executive Board will remain unchanged as a result of the transaction. The company is focused on the mobile broadband sector.

Nokia plans to continue consolidation efforts.

“While our name and brand have changed, I would like to emphasize that our overall strategy and our focus on mobile broadband remain the same,” said Rajeev Suri, CEO of NSN. “Our customers will not notice any difference in our unstinting commitment to delivering superior technology and services across the world. Today’s announcement is, however, an exciting new chapter in our transformation story."

NSN also highlighted its improved financial standing, saying improved efficiency have led to strong profitability, as shown in Nokia’s Q2 results published on July 18, 2013.

IBM's Flex Promises Bigger Clouds in Smaller Data Centers

IBM unveiled a number of major additions to its Flex System portfolio, combining the latest server technology with new virtualization, networking and management tools.  IBM said its goal with the product launch is to help clients use smaller data center environments to quickly deploy, manage and secure increasingly larger clouds.

The key elements of today’s announcement include:

  • Flex System x222 – A new double density design built on x86 architecture that allows support for up to 2,800 Windows 7 user images in a single chassis;
  • Flex System p460 – Delivers POWER7+ performance for clients with larger workloads;
  • Flex System p270 –  A POWER7+ option that is designed for medium-sized businesses and delivers performance for technical computing and data analytics;
  • Flex System p260 –  A new entry-level POWER7+ node ideal for IBM i workloads;
  • Flex System Manager – Provides management of more systems from a single point of control and the ability to do so from any location with iOS, Android or Blackberry devices; provides a new utilization fuel gauge to help clients monitor the status and availability of their infrastructure manage; and has been expanded with the ability to manage the System x HANA-optimized x3950;
  • New switches and fabrics that help enable Software Defined Networks (SDN) and improve connectivity and performance by increasing infrastructure bandwidth up to 40Gb.

Additionally, IBM has upgraded the Flex System Manager so that clients can monitor and manage up to 5,000 infrastructure end points and do so from any location utilizing iOS, Android and Blackberry mobile devices.

LG's Flagship G2 Smartphone Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

LG unveiled its new flagship smartphone -- the G2, featuring a 5.2-inch Full HD display, energy efficient graphic RAM (GRAM) technology and a unique design that places all buttons on the rear of the device.

The LG G2 runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor with 2GB of RAM and support for LTE-Advanced. The LG G2's 13 megapixel camera offers Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology and multi-point autofocus.

LG is also promoting a number of user experience features:

  • Answer Me — Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one's ear.
  • Plug & Pop — Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected.
  • Text Link — Allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet.
  • QuickRemote — LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices
  • Slide Aside — Enables easier multitasking by simply "sliding" open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe.
  • Guest Mode — Protects owner's privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern.

The LG G2 will be rolled out in over 130 wireless carriers in the next eight weeks.

"Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, who welcomed the guests to the event. "We have always listened to and learned from consumers in pursuit of innovation. We took these insights to new heights in developing LG G2, the most exciting and ambitious mobile phone in our company's history."

Amartus Bridges from OSS to Software Defined Services

Amartus, a developer of automated service delivery software based in Dublin, Ireland, introduced its Chameleon software-defined service orchestration (SDS) solution for on-demand network services.

 Amartus said its Chameleon SDS software is designed to support rapid rollout, provisioning and operation of network services over existing networks (Carrier Ethernet, IP-MPLS and optical), and future SDN and NFV networks.   The goal is to help service providers turn up new services in a matter of minutes.

Service features include service design, discovery, provisioning, inventory, assurance and OAM. Network features include network discovery, inventory, performance, fault and configuration.  API features include support of open standards for easy integration with existing northbound systems, partner systems and network aware application.

“Carriers’ business success is defined by service velocity, service differentiation and operational efficiency,” said Michael Kearns, president and CEO of Amartus “Chameleon SDS is the one solution that addresses all three of these and enables service providers to quickly outpace the competition.”

Chameleon SDS is now available for trials or implementation.

Equinix Inaugurates Fourth Data Center in Tokyo

Equinix has opened of its fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Japan, located in Ōtemachi, Tokyo.

The new data center has a total capacity of 750 cabinet equivalents with 450 cabinets available in the first phase. Equinix said the facility is an earthquake-resistant building in one of the most secure locations in Tokyo with multiple anti-disaster measures. In addition, TY4 has direct fiber connectivity to Equinix's three other IBX data centers in the city via the Equinix Metro Connect, a service that provides reliable network connectivity, allowing customers in TY4 to easily expand their business within the Equinix platform.  The company is investing $43 million in TY4.

In addition, Equinix recently announced plans to develop its first IBX in Osaka (OS1), as well as build its third Singapore data center (SG3). In addition, the company expanded into Indonesia in May 2013 in partnership with PT Data Center Infrastructure Indonesia (PT DCI), announced its plan to launch the fifth phase of its SG2 data center and completed the second phase of its fifth IBX facility in Shanghai.

Arris Completes Motorola Home Acquisition

Arris completed its previously announced acquisition of Motorola Home.

Arris also announced Q2 revenue of $1,000.4 million.  The company estimates that prior to the close of the acquisition, Motorola Home recorded approximately $66 million of revenue in the second quarter.

GAAP net loss in the second quarter 2013 was $(0.37) per diluted share, as compared to second quarter 2012 GAAP net income of $0.13 per diluted share and first quarter 2013 GAAP net loss of $(0.13) per diluted share. Year to date, GAAP net loss was $(0.52) per diluted share in 2013 as compared to GAAP net income of $0.18 per diluted share in 2012.  A reconciliation of adjusted net income to GAAP net income per diluted share is attached to this release and also can be found on the Company's website (

"I am very pleased with our second quarter and first half results. The industry continues to react positively to our Motorola Home acquisition.  Our integration plans are well on their way and ahead of schedule," said Bob Stanzione, ARRIS Chairman and CEO.  "I am encouraged by the progress we are making in delivering new products to our customers and by an improving business climate."

Procera Cites New Sales and Expansion Orders

Procera Networks provided the following sales updates:
  • $4.0 million in orders from two new European mobile operators, including a Tier 1 operator, and including an expansion order from an Asian Tier 1 mobile operator. Procera said that by deploying its PacketLogic Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) systems, these three mobile operators can leverage fine-grained, subscriber-aware analytics and advanced policy-based control to monetize their LTE investments and maintain their subscriber's quality of service and experience. Most of the revenue from these orders was recognized in the second quarter of 2013.
  • a Tier 1 service provider in Western Europe has awarded Procera a multi-million dollar expansion order. This customer previously selected the PacketLogic PL20000 following extensive competitive product evaluation and testing that included many stand-alone and integrated competitors.  Procera expects to recognize the revenue from this follow-on order in the third and fourth quarters of 2013. Procera's PL20000 is designed to deliver fully personalized services in a policy enforcement configuration on a massive scale. It offers support for up to 320 Gbps of throughput configurable per platform, multi-system performance scaling to 5 Tbps, and the capacity to handle up to ten million subscribers and 120 million active flows.
  • Tata Communications has chosen Procera's PacketLogic Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) systems to enhance its mobile network operator (MNO) managed services portfolio. Tata Communications' Hosted Policy Engine (HPE) is a management and enforcement platform which offers customers reduced complexity, costs and time for deployment and ongoing operations. The hosted implementation provides a pre-integrated best-of-breed policy control infrastructure solution on a "pay for consumption" basis. The platform enables service providers to granularly manage and monetise subscriber and application traffic across heterogeneous packet networks including CDMA, GSM, LTE, WiFi, and fixed broadband.