Thursday, August 29, 2013

Verizon: 2013 State of the Enterprise Cloud Report

The number of virtual machines (VMs) deployed by enterprise customers has increased 35 percent since the start of 2012, according to a new "2013 State of the Enterprise Cloud Report released by Verizon.

The report, which draws upon Verizon data between January 2012 and June 2013, examines current cloud adoption and usage trends – in terms of how and why organizations are deploying cloud technologies.

Among the key findings is continual growth.  The Verizon data confirms that once an enterprise successfully deploys an application as a cloud-based service, the trend is to increase usage of processing, memory and storage on a continuing basis.

Verizon also finds that sixty percent of cloud applications are web-based and Internet facing. As familiarity with cloud services grows, enterprise go on to deploy back-office applications.

The eight page report is posted online.

NSN Delivers Quality of Experience for Beijing Mobile

Beijing Mobile, a branch of the leading Chinese operator, China Mobile, has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks to implement its Quality of Experience (QoE) solution -- an end-to-end approach that helps operators analyze, act upon and monetize the wealth of customer data available across their organization.

Specifically, NSN will collect fault, performance and configuration data from the network, to which it will add insights from its Serve atOnce Traffica system. This will allow Beijing Mobile to enhance customer satisfaction with voice, text messaging, web browsing, instant messaging and local social media services, such as Weibo. NSN will then develop a new service platform for the operator to address subscriber needs directly for a superior customer experience.

NSN's Customer Experience Managemen (CEM) draws customer insight data from multiple sources, including the network, service and device performance, real-time subscriber experience and operator services. It enables data collection and consolidation to improve the user experience.

"Beijing Mobile is responding to the needs of the ever-growing number of mobile internet users with a strategy that focuses on subscriber experience and ongoing O&M transformation instead of traditional network KPIs,” said Xue Rui, head of Delivery in Greater China region at NSN. “NSN helps operators understand the behavior of their subscribers better so that end user needs can be addressed quickly and directly with the new, sustainable customer service business model."

ONF Picks Beijing Internet Institute as First International Certified Testing Lab

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has selected Beijing Internet Institute (BII) as its first international certified conformance testing lab in Asia.

BII’s testing lab in China evaluates vendors’ networking products for interoperability, conformance, function, and performance. The company will expand its evaluation services by partnering with ONF to test SDN and OpenFlow conformance. The lab will also offer organizations the opportunity to receive OpenFlow certification of their products.

In addition, BII became a member of ONF to foster deployment and commercialization of SDN and the OpenFlow protocol amongst China’s service provider, data center, and enterprise markets.

“In support of ONF’s initiatives, we believe that the next generation of networking in China is SDN and the OpenFlow protocol,” said Liu Dong, director of BII. “Our goal is to help our service provider and enterprise users realize the benefits of this technology and demonstrate true conformance of SDN. We are honored to be named the second ONF-approved conformance testing center, as well as the first in Asia.”

“Conformance testing of commercial products is significant because it validates that the products are using the OpenFlow protocol and increases customer confidence in and acceptance of SDN,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “Having BII as the first ONF certified lab in Asia represents another significant milestone for ONF as it supports our efforts to accelerate the global adoption of open SDN. We welcome BII to our organization and look forward to increasing the awareness of the benefits of SDN on a global scale.”

Arianespace Launches EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1

Arianespace successfully launched the EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 satellite aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.

The satellite, which is jointly owned by Eutelsat Communications and the Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailSat), is designed to serve broadcasters, businesses and public agencies in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia via capacity in the Ku and Ka-bands. It will replace the EUTELSAT 25C satellite at the key 25.5° East position to provide both superior geographic coverage and increased capacity to address dynamically expanding digital markets. Following EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1's entry into service Eutelsat will redeploy its EUTELSAT 25C to another location where it will pursue commercial service.

EXFO Introduces 400 Gbps Test

EXFO introduced an integrated 400G line rate test solution for simulating real-life services at 400 Gbps link capacity while monitoring key QoS metrics.

EXFO's new IQS-610P-HS-400G test solution provides the ability to fill a 400 Gbps data pipe. It also provides the flexibility to configure up to four 100 Gbps client interfaces simultaneously with full traffic profiling, shaping and monitoring capabilities.

"In a highly competitive market, NEMs are striving to deliver high-speed transmission solutions that meet carriers' need for speed and optical reach while improving compensation for optical impairments," said Claudio Mazzuca, Vice-President of EXFO's Transport and Service Assurance Division. "Thanks to EXFO's powerful and open test architecture, NEMs and carriers have the assurance of knowing that their new 400G systems are proven capable of handling any of the demanding services that may be placed on them in the future. In addition, 400G development and early trials can be complex and cumbersome to perform without the proper test solution."

DuPont Fabros Signs New Data Center Customers, Boosts Financial Outlook

DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) confirmed a new lease totaling 6.83 megawatts with an existing super wholesale Fortune 50 customer for data center space at its Santa Clara, California facility ('SC1").  The company said its tenant leased 2.28 MW of critical load for a term of 5.3 years, bringing Phase I to 100% leased and 94% commenced.  The estimated GAAP return on investment of SC1 Phase I is 9.2%.  The same Fortune 50 customer also pre-leased 4.55 MW of critical load in Phase II of SC1, enabling DFT to begin development of 9.10 MW of critical load in Phase IIA of SC1.  Phase IIA is currently 50% pre-leased and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014.

In addition, DFT announced:

  • One new lease in Piscataway, New Jersey ("NJ1") with a new Fortune 25 tenant for 2.28 MW of critical load with a lease term of 7.6 years.  The available critical load of NJ1 is now 52% leased and commenced, up from 39%.  The raised floor space is now 64% occupied up from 39% as this lease has a lower power density per square foot.
  • One new lease in Reston, Virginia ("VA3") with the same Fortune 50 customer referenced above for 2.60 MW of critical load with a lease term of 5.1 years.  VA3 is now 71% leased and commenced, up from 51%.

  • Acquired 15 acres of vacant land in Elk Grove Village, Illinois to develop a second data center facility.

  • Boosted its financial guidate, by increasing the low end from the prior range of $1.82 to $1.92 per share to $1.88 to $1.92 per share.  

"We have remained consistently focused on leasing our available inventory and are pleased to announce this significant execution towards our goal.  Our overall operating portfolio is now 94% leased and 93% commenced.  The newly acquired land in Chicago enables us to capture future demand in one of our best markets and expand upon our campus environment," commented Hossein Fateh, President and Chief Executive officer of DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc.

Huawei Cites Another Core Routing Win in Thailand

Huawei will provide its NE5000E 400G core routers for Total Access Communication Public Company Limited (DTAC), a large-scale mobile service provider in Thailand. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei said its NE5000E core routers simplify DTAC's backbone networks, upgrade the existing 40G equipment to 400G, and implement networking between 100GE and 10GE by changing subboards, thereby protecting investments.

Gai Gang, president of Huawei's Carrier IP Product Line explained that "Rapid development of UMTS broadband and video services will generate tremendous traffic growth on backbone networks. Existing network architectures need to be upgraded. Now is the time to apply 400G technology. "

Vodafone Confirms Buyout Talks with Verizon

Vodafone confirmed that it is in discussions with Verizon Communications regarding the possible sale of Vodafone's 45% interest in Verizon Wireless.  Discussions are continuing.

Press speculation has valued the transaction at up to $120-130 billion.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Juniper Plans VMware NSX for Switching, Routing and Security Products

Juniper Networks is expanding its partnership with VMware and now plans to include VMware NSX L2 Gateway integration and VXLAN routing capabilities across it access, aggregation, core and edge equipment.

Juniper Networks' VXLAN routing and gateway capabilities enable both intra- and inter-data center solutions and accelerate the transition to software-defined networking (SDN).

Specifically, Juniper is working closely with VMware to enable NSX L2 Gateway Services on its EX Series and QFX Series core, aggregation and access switching platforms, and MX Series edge routers.

VMware NSX L2 Gateway Services are expected to be generally available in mid-2014.

Juniper said hardware-accelerated VXLAN routing on its MX Series and EX9200 Series Switches will support multi-tenancy or business continuity/disaster recovery applications by routing traffic between virtual networks either within a single -- or across multiple -- data centers. Juniper is also working with VMware to extend development of its virtual security product portfolio to ensure future integration with VMware NSX and new security and networking application programming interfaces (APIs).

Citrix to Open NetScaler Control Center for VMware NSX

Citrix's NetScaler Control Center will gain support for VMware's new NSX network virtualization technology. This will provides automated deployment and configuration of NetScaler functionality within networks that will use the new VMware NSX network virtualization platform and other VMware virtualization technologies. Release dates have not yet been specified.

Citrix said its goal is to enable cloud administrators to programmatically insert NetScaler services into software-defined data centers built on VMware virtualization technologies.

Benefits include:

  •  Enable users to spin-up NetScaler services in their VMware-based cloud environments at the same time they are spinning up virtual servers, virtual storage and the larger virtual network

  • Allow self-service NetScaler configuration by users directly from the VMware vCloud GUI
  • Free users from dealing with the complexities of network topology and configuration, allowing them to focus solely on the NetScaler functionality that their applications need

  • Complement NetScaler Insight Center and NetScaler Command Center, solutions that deliver deep visibility and control to critical business applications and mobile services across public and private cloud environments

HP to Federate its SDN Controller with VMware NSX

VMware and HP have agreed to collaborate on automated, virtual data center network technology.

The companies plan to federate the HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform.  This will provide a centralized view, unified automation, visibility and control of the complete data center network, improving agility, monitoring and troubleshooting.  The companies said their goal is to eliminate manual configuration of both the physical and virtual data center networks through interoperable automated orchestration of policies.

The HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller also will include support for VMware Open vSwitch Database (OVSDB) management protocol. This enables HP FlexFabric switches to participate in the automated provisioning of the virtual network, which will be delivered by VMware NSX network virtualization platform.

HP also introduced the HP FlexFabric 5930 switch with built-in intelligence based on VXLAN technology, extending network virtualization to the servers, and allowing customers to leverage their virtual and physical networks to work together as one entity.  This top-of-rack switch is expected in December 2013

The companies plan to bring their complete solution to market in the second half of 2014.

“Networks must be agile enough to enable the adoption of cloud and mobility while ensuring continuity,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP. “Building upon our SDN leadership, the HP-VMware networking solution unifies visibility and automation of the physical and virtual network with a common control plane, enabling new application and service delivery in minutes rather than months.”

“Customers are adopting network virtualization to gain the necessary agility needed to realize the promise of virtualized and cloud data centers. To be successful, IT organizations need solutions to deliver common management of services and operations across the physical and virtual domains,” said Stephen Mullaney, senior vice president and general manager, networking and security business unit, VMware. “By collaborating with HP on a federated networking solution, we will help our joint customers create a unified network operations model that will radically simplify IT in the software-defined

Ovum: Global Optical Networking Market Rebounds Decisively in 2Q13

After a slow start to the year and five preceding quarters of lackluster sales, 2Q13 global optical networking (ON) revenue grew decidedly, according to global analyst firm Ovum. Results of US$4.08 billion for 2Q13 were 29 percent higher than they were in 1Q13 and 7 percent higher than the year-ago quarter. Most significantly, annualized spending grew to US$14.9 billion.

Some highlights from Ovum:

  • ZTE had its strongest quarter ever, solidifying its position behind Huawei as the second-ranked ON vendor. 
  • Annualized spending in Asia-Pacific, at over US$6bn, hit an all-time high. 
  • Demand in North America was also up significantly, benefitting Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ciena, and Fujitsu. 
  • Growth in 100G remains a particular bright spot as annualized revenues exceeded US$1.6bn for the first time ever. 
  • Ovum is forecasting modest two percent growth this year to US$14.9bn.
  • Annualized revenues for CPO gear surpassed US$6bn for in the quarter (42 percent of total ON spending) and 100G port shipments in 2Q13 grew 61 percent, surpassing US$1.6bn for the 4-quarter period. 
  • ROADM and OTN switching were also up strongly from the year-ago quarter. 

“We always expect an uptick going into the second calendar quarter. However, sales of over US$4bn help dispel some of the fear generated by the slow start in 1Q13,” says Ron Kline, network infrastructure analyst at Ovum.  “100G revenue growth is pumping a lot of enthusiasm— and revenue— into the market and increasing the revenues for converged packet optical (CPO) and optical transport network (OTN) switching gear.”

“We’ve been hearing operators say ‘no more SDH/SONET spending’ for years. This is misleading, because what they really mean is no more spending for platforms specific to just that technology. They are eager to deploy CPO products that provide Ethernet and SDH/SONET on a converged platform,” said Kline.

ADTRAN Unveils Total Access 900e Gen 3 Business Gateway

ADTRAN released its Total Access 900e Gen 3 series of Ethernet and Multi-T1 IP Business Gateways, which are purpose-built for carrier SIP/MGCP VoIP networks.

ADTRAN’s next generation Total Access 900e series combines robust routing and voice features for highly reliable and cost-effective services ranging from SIP trunking to hosted PBX. The updated line offers higher performance, more memory and more features, enabling carriers to support advanced routing protocols, Quality of Service (QoS) and traffic delivery. The third generation Total Access 900e features:
  • 66 percent increase in router performance, enabling higher bandwidth applications and services at 100 Mbps
  • Instant high-speed Ethernet connectivity with an additional routed Gigabit Ethernet interface
  • Hardware-based encryption that provides secure service delivery, without impacting high-performance services
  • Enhanced flexibility in hardware configuration, including optional Foreign Exchange Office (FXO) interfaces.
“As carrier experts continue to choose ADTRAN for their network, we have raised the bar on the performance and features of the Total Access 900e to address new applications and capabilities needed to take high-performance networks to the next level,” said Chris Thompson, director of product management for ADTRAN. “The Total Access 900e third gen delivers higher bandwidth, more security and supports additional services and applications to satisfy the needs of tomorrow’s fast-paced and high-bandwidth business environment, at no additional cost.”

Dell’Oro: Microwave Transmission Revenue Grew 13% in 2Q2013

The point-to-point Microwave Transmission equipment market grew 13 percent in the second quarter 2013, according to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group.

Dell'Oro finds that four vendors comprised more than two thirds of the microwave equipment market at nearly 70 percent.  Huawei managed to capture the most market share in the second quarter by growing its revenue 41 percent sequentially; the highest growth rate among the top four vendors.

“The microwave market turned in its highest growth rate since the second quarter 2012 but nevertheless fell short of historical revenue levels as use of microwave systems for mobile backhaul remained low,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Microwave Transmission research at Dell’Oro Group. “We do, however, anticipate that this sub-billion dollar market trend will reverse during the remainder of the year as mobile operators drive their LTE network expansion into additional geographic regions where using microwave systems will be preferred over laying additional fiber,” Yu added.

24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network Launches Transport Services with Ciena

24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network, a new carrier backed by a Baltimore based investment group, is preparing to launch high-speed transport and Ethernet services between Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Ashburn, Virginia.  The network is based on the Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform.

24/7 Mid-Atlantic plans to offer 24-hour turn-up guarantee on 10G services.  Along with its long-haul assets, 24/7 has deep metro assets in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., with thousands of near-net buildings and extensive reach throughout the data center community in Ashburn, Virginia.

"We are thrilled to enter into the lit services market.  Coupled with our Colocation and Dark Fiber Services this is the next logical step to offer additional value to our customers," said Sean Baillie, Chief Revenue Officer at 24/7.  "Across the data center, wireless, enterprise, cable, and government sectors we see high-capacity bandwidth needs continue to grow.  Our customers have specific requirements: flexible service options, fast quote turnaround, competitive pricing, and rapid installations.  The Ciena 6500 Platform enables us to meet these demands now and into the future.  Our competition will have some work to do to keep up with us in how nimbly we operate."

The network will be operational in December 2013.

Procera Lands Multi-Million Order from Top 5 Mobile Operator in Latin America

Procera Networks confirmed the receipt of an initial multi-million dollar order from a Tier 1, top 5 Latin American mobile network operator (MNO). Initial revenue is expected to be recognized in the second half of 2013.

The operator will use Procera's PacketLogic Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) to providefine-grained, subscriber-aware analytics and advanced policy-based services on their LTE network. Procera's IPE system is 3GPP-compliant and equipped with standard interfaces, allowing for scalability to support tens of millions of subscribers in 3GPP MNO networks.

"The Latin American mobile market is a high growth region for policy enforcement solutions," said Paul Gracie, senior vice president of global sales and services at Procera. "The mobile operators are looking to gain better insights into the changing nature of their subscriber's mobile consumption and Procera delivers the most scalable solution for analytics and enforcement, enabling MNOs to optimize Capex while offering sticky new services that decrease churn and increase revenue generation."

VMware Hires Former Microsoft CIO

VMware announced the appointment of Tony Scott to the role of senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO).  He will be responsible for critical technology systems supporting the company’s worldwide business operations.

Scott previosuly served as corporate vice president and chief information officer of Microsoft, where he was responsible for security, infrastructure, messaging and business applications for all of Microsoft, including support of the product groups, the corporate business groups, and the global sales and marketing organization. Before joining Microsoft, Scott served as senior vice president and chief information officer of The Walt Disney Co., and chief technology officer at General Motors Corp.

Russia's Scartel to launch VoLTE with Huawei

Huawei reports that Scartel, a Russian mobile operator, has successfully implemented VoLTE (voice over LTE) with its SRVCC (Single Radio Voice Call Continuity) solution. Following implementation of the solution, Scartel is now technologically capable of supporting voice calls on its LTE network.

SRVCC enables LTE voice call handover in 2G/3G networks.

Huawei provides an end-to-end network solution for Scartel that covers the radio access network, Circuit Switch (CS) core network, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Evolved Packet Core (EPC), and Huawei’s Ascend P1 smartphone.

  • Earlier this month, MegaFon announced plans to acquire Scartel for approximately US$1.8 billion.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia Upgrades Oracle Network API Platform

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA), which serves more than 6 million subscribers, has implemented Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper 5.0 to enhance network and application programming capabilities and grow customer satisfaction and brand loyalty.

VHA is in the middle of a multi-year network upgrade, working to improve its NaaS infrastructure to help increase network reliability, reduce customer churn and create new revenue streams. The company is focused on improving key performance metrics – including subscriber growth and customer satisfaction – to help grow market segment share.

Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper enables VHA to reduce operational costs through a virtualized deployment of the new platform and by integrating the service exposure capabilities with VHA’s existing business support system (BSS) environment.

“In today’s highly competitive Australian telecommunications market, innovation and a differentiated customer experience are key to growing the subscriber base. We are pleased to help Vodafone Hutchison Australia upgrade to Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper 5.0 to integrate the technology infrastructure of its new acquisitions, improve service offerings and solidify its position in the industry,” Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

VMware Readies vCloud Hybrid Service in U.S. for September Launch

VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service will be commercially available in the U.S. starting in September.

VMware vCloud allows users to migrate VMs on demand from their "internal cloud" of cooperating VMware vSphere hypervisors to a remote cloud of VMware vSphere hypervisors.

The service is hosted in three U.S. data centers: Santa Clara, California, Sterling, Virginia, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

VMware has formed a partnership with Savvis (see below) to accelerate adoption of vCloud Hybrid Service.

Two classes of service will be offered:

vCloud Hybrid Service Dedicated Cloud will provide physically isolated and reserved compute resources with pricing starting at 13 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1 GB virtual machine with 1 processor.

vCloud Hybrid Service Virtual Private Cloud will offer multitenant compute with full virtual private network isolation. Virtual Private Cloud pricing starting at 4.5 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1GB virtual machine with 1 processor."

"Since its debut on May 21, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service has experienced great momentum and success with an over-subscribed Early Access Program, acquiring a strategic beachhead of customers taking full advantage of the ability to extend their applications to the cloud," said Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "With the new data centers and important new capabilities, we're executing quickly against our vision of a hybrid cloud service that is completely interoperable with existing infrastructure and enables new and existing applications to run without compromise."

Since announcing and pre-releasing vCloud in May, VMware has added the following new capabilities:

Direct Connect: customers can connect their data center network directly to vCloud Hybrid Service over private dedicated networks. Direct Connect will be available in October with a list price of $75 per port per month for a 1GB connection and $250 per port per month for a 10GB connection.

Disaster Recovery as a Service: automatically replicates applications and data to vCloud Hybrid Service, providing rapid automated recovery in the event of an outage.

Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service: provides full support for the open source Cloud Foundry distribution and Pivotal CF. Cloud Foundry allows customers to avoid the complexity of re-architecting of applications to make them run well on public clouds, and avoids lock-in to proprietary cloud APIs.

VMware Horizon View Desktop-as-a-Service: Customers will be able to run Horizon View Desktops on vCloud Hybrid Service, and rapidly deploy new desktops without the expense and effort of procuring and managing physical hardware.

VMware also noted that it is working with channel partners, including CDW, SHI, Presidio, ePlus, and Insight.