Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Intel: Bringing Moore's Law to Networks


by James E. Carroll
Intel introduced its Xeon Processor E5-2600 v2 product family (Ivy Bridge-EP) for powering servers, storage and networking infrastructure in data centers. The announcement at this week's Intel Developer Forum (IDF13) in San Francisco highlights a major push by the company to "re-architect the data center" by combining energy-efficient, multicore silicon, the open architecture of software-defined networking (SDN), and network functions virtualisation (NFV).

The new Xeon processors leverage Intel’s 22-nanometer process technology to deliver energy efficiency improvements of up to 451 percent when compared to the previous generation. The processor family also features up to 12 cores and delivers up to 50 percent more performance across variety of compute intensive workloads.

Significantly, Intel is positioning the Xeon E5-2600 v2 product family for processing network workloads commonly handled by proprietary offload engines and accelerators found in networking appliances.  The idea is to use Intel’s Open Network Platform (ONP) server reference design, high-volume Xeon-based servers, and open standards to consolidate virtualized networking applications.

Intel believes the next generation of data centers will need to evolve to a "software defined infrastructure" where many of the functions are managed in software. The Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors are designed to deliver the throughput performance and latency for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) workloads.

Intel’s ONP server reference design is based on the Wind River Open Virtualization Profile and the Intel Data Plane Development Kit Accelerated Open vSwitch.

Intel also announced a Network Builders ecosystem to help partners accelerate SDN and NFV deployments. With more than 20 leading technology companies contributing, Intel’s partners will be able to access a comprehensive reference architecture library of proven solutions to build and optimize software-defined infrastructure based on today’s telecommunications, cloud, and enterprise datacenter requirements.

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family is also designed to power cost efficient scale-out, distributed, and software defined storage.

Some additional notes:

  • The Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v2 product family will power the IBM's new NeXtScale System, a high-density, flexible computing platform designed for high-demand workloads such as analytics, technical computing and cloud delivery.
  • Intel's newest processor family also will be used in IBM's new x3650 M4 HD high-density storage server, ideal for managing big data and business-critical workloads, as well as all of IBM's two-socket systems including System x racks and towers, Flex System, iDataPlex, and BladeCenter offerings.
  • HP is an ecosystem partner for Intel's ONP server and switch reference design.
  • Dell has selected the new processors for its upcoming storage solution.
  • System manufacturers from around the world are expected to announce hundreds of Intel Xeon processor E5 family-based platforms. These manufacturers include Acer, Apple, Asus, Bull, Cray Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Lenovo, NEC, Oracle, Quanta, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro, TYAN, Wiwynn and Unisys.

http://www.intel.com/xeon
http://www.intel.com/newsroom/kits/idf/2013_fall/pdfs/Intel_Xeon_E5-2600v2_IDF13_Diane_Bryant_Briefing.pdf

Last week, ntel launched its second generation, 64-bit Intel Atom C2000 product family aimed at lightweight workloads in hyperscale data centers.

The new Intel Atom C2000, which are the first products based on the company's Silvermont micro-architecture and 22nm Tri-Gate SoC process technology, deliver significant increases in performance and energy efficiency over the previous Atom generation introduced only nine months ago. They also maintain compatibility with the existing software ecosystems.

The Atom C2000 features up to eight cores, a range of 6 to 20 Watts TDP, integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64 GB of memory.  Intel is delivering 13 specific models with customized features and accelerators that are optimized for particular lightweight workloads such as entry dedicated hosting, distributed memory caching, static web serving and content delivery. The company said this level of silicon customization enables it to expand into new markets like cold storage and entry-level networking.

Intel's LTE-Advanced Modem Expected in 2014

"Innovation and industry transformation are happening more rapidly than ever before, which play to Intel's strengths. We have the manufacturing technology leadership and architectural tools in place to push further into lower power regimes. We plan to shape and lead in all areas of computing," state
d Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in a keynote address at this year's Intel Developer Forum 2013.

Some highlights of the speech:
  • Intel is now shipping a multimode 4G chip, the Intel XMM 7160 modem, which is one of the world's smallest and lowest-power multimode-multiband solutions for global LTE roaming. The current version is data-only with 3G voice. Support for Voice-over-LTE is expected by the end of the year.
     
  • The company's next-generation LTE product, the Intel XMM 7260 modem, is expected to ship in 2014.  It will deliver LTE-Advanced features, such as carrier aggregation, timed with future advanced 4G network deployments.
  • "Bay Trail," Intel's first 22nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) for mobile devices. will be introduced this week. "Bay Trail" is based on the company's new low-power, high-performance Silvermont microarchitecture, which will power a range of Android and Windows designs, most notably tablets and 2 in 1 devices.

     
  • A new Intel Quark processor family is being introduced targeting segments from the industrial Internet-of-Things to wearable computing. It is designed for applications where lower power and size take priority over higher performance.  The first form-factor reference boards will sample in Q4.
  • Intel demonstrated a smartphone platform featuring both the Intel XMM 7160 LTE solution and Intel's next-generation Intel Atom SoC for 2014 smartphones and tablets codenamed "Merrifield." Based on the Silvermont microarchitecture, "Merrifield" will deliver increased performance, power-efficiency and battery life over Intel's current-generation offering.
A video of the keynote is online.


Amazon Web Services: Intel Inside

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel announced a technology and marketing collaboration that includes for the first time the use of the "Intel Inside brand for AWS.  This lets AWS customers know that the services it provides are utilizing Intel technologies. AWS instances that exclusively use Intel Xeon processors – intended for basic to performance-intensive use cases – now display the brand.

AWS is also adding the latest Xeon processor family to its data centers with services available for customers later this year.

Amazon Web Services is the first cloud provider to use the Intel Inside brand.

http://newsroom.intel.com/
http://aws.amazon.com/

NTT DOCOMO to Offer iPhone 5s & 5c

NTT DOCOMO will begin offering the new Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c beginning on Friday, September 20. This is the first time NTT DOCOMO has sold the iPhone.

The iPhone 5s supports up to 13 LTE wireless bands, with download speeds up to 100 Mbps.

“NTT DOCOMO has built an impressive network, the largest in the nation with over 60 million customers,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve enjoyed tremendous success with iPhone in Japan, in fact it’s the top selling smartphone in the country, and we look forward to delivering iPhone into even more customers’ hands through NTT DOCOMO.”

http://www.apple.com

IBM's NeXtScale Packs Up to 84 Intel Xeon Processor per Rack

IBM introduced its NeXtScale computing platform for super computing performance in large data centers.

NeXtScale can integrated three times as many x86 cores as current one-unit rack servers and is based on open architecture that will support options for compute, storage, and graphics processing acceleration. It incorporates up to 84 x86-based systems and 2,016 processing cores in a standard EIA 19-inch rack.

NeXtScale uses industry-standard components including I/O cards and top-of-rack networking switches for flexibility of choice and ease of adoption. IBM also provides a software stack to run on top of NeXtScale, including IBM General Parallel File System, GPFS Storage Server, xCAT, and Platform Computing, providing powerful scheduling, management and optimization tools.

"NeXtScale is designed to deliver raw throughput and performance, and is positioned well to handle HPC, cloud, grid, and managed hosted workloads," said Kevin Rozynek, NASA Client Executive at IBM Business Partner Direct Systems Support. "In addition, this new system provides clients a great deal of flexibility in configuration and components, making it one platform that can do it all."

In addition, IBM today introduced the x3650 M4 HD, an enhancement of its 3650-class system featuring first-in-class 12-gigabyte RAID and a 60-percent higher spindle count for higher density storage and higher IO performance, making it ideal for applications such as big data and business-critical workloads. IBM NeXtScale and System x3650 M4 HD are two new entries headlining a broad refresh of the entire System x core server portfolio of two-socket systems including System x racks and towers, Flex System, iDataPlex, and BladeCenter offerings. All of these offerings will feature the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/41901.wss

Spirent Avalanche NEXT Delivers High Performance Application-Aware Testing

Spirent Communications introduced its Avalanche NEXT solution for testing the performance, scalability and security of application-aware network infrastructures.

Spirent's Avalanche NEXT can generate authentic traffic and attacks over multiple 10G ports using actual application patterns to test the performance and scalability of network infrastructure prior to live rollouts.  The solution, which combines Spirent Avalanche’s performance testing with Spirent Studio’s threats and application emulation capabilities, can be used to test, validate and roll-out application-aware systems and networks.

Product highlights include:


  • Intuitive “drag, drop and click” based user interface that can be operated from a web-enabled device such as a tablet making it easy to set-up and run tests cases. Test engineers can either run methodology based tests from a browser or downloads the latest application profiles
  • Over 3,500 user scenarios and over 750 protocols that let engineers quickly test with the latest and greatest applications and attacks, all with unparalleled realism and scalability.
  • Line rate stateful HTTP traffic for multiple 10G ports enables stress testing of high scale security devices to find the limits in tracking connections and performance in the most extreme production scenarios.
  • Over 7 Million connections per second which can recreate seasonal, weekly or special event user spike scenarios to verify how the device or network will react.
  • Integrated protocol fuzzing for finding unknown or Zero Day vulnerabilities before they happen so the impact on security systems can be benchmarked and characterized.

“Avalanche NEXT offers product development and IT operations teams an advantage by helping them bring solutions and services to market quickly, with proven scalability, security and performance capabilities,” said Jeff Schmitz, Chief Marketing Officer at Spirent Communications. “Unlike other products that continuously generate the same traffic, Avalanche NEXT provides multi-10 Gbps testing with authentic payloads based on actual application transactions and usage for realistic security, load and functional testing.”

http://www.spirent.com/about-us/News_Room/About_Spirent_Communications_plc.aspx

In 2012, Spirent Communications acquired Mu Dynamics, which developed network security and application performance testing tools, for $40.0 million in cash.

Mu Studio, the company's flag ship product line, was designed for performance and security testing of cloud infrastructure, including network security systems, deep packet inspection (DPI) solutions, and LTE networks. Its Blitz is a self-service load and performance testing solution for cloud applications. Mu TestCloud compiles thousands of ready-to-runs tests, covering hundreds of applications.

Mu Dynamics was based in Sunnyvale, California.

Iceland's Farice Upgrades Submarine Cable Network with Ciena GeoMesh

Farice, which provides fiber capacity from Iceland to mainland Europe, has deployed Ciena’s 100G coherent optical transport technology to upgrade its submarine cable system that connects Iceland and Scotland.

Farice selected Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by 100G WaveLogic 3 Coherent Optical Processors, and GeoMesh optical bypass for deployment on its 1,200 km submarine cable system, FARICE-1, and almost 800 km of terrestrial backhaul network where Ciena is the alien wavelength. This will provide high-bandwidth connectivity between Reykjavik and Keflavik, Iceland to Dunnet Bay, Scotland. It will also enable Farice to provide high-speed, reliable and flexible on-demand service delivery.

Ciena’s GeoMesh solution incorporates an all-optical network design to connect submarine and terrestrial segments into a single seamless link, with high-capacity optical signals carried as foreign wavelengths over the existing terrestrial backhaul network, reducing capital and operational expenses – savings that allow Farice to offer its customers higher capacity at more competitive prices. By allowing Farice to use the same technologies over land and undersea, it can efficiently interconnect its points of presence and service switching centers, with end-to-end service provisioning to make the global network operate as a single, unified network.

Additionally, GeoMesh’s simplified all-optical design delivers lower power consumption, therefore supporting Iceland’s green data center goals, while also supporting lower latency to improve connectivity between Iceland’s data centers and the rest of the world.

http://www.ciena.com
http://www.farice.is/


Exalt Ships 2nd Gen Microwave Backhaul Systems for 6-42 GHz Bands

Exalt Communications introduced the 2nd generation of its ExtendAir family of microwave backhaul systems for both short-haul and medium-range links by mobile network operators, WISPs, and enterprises worldwide.

The ExtendAir G2 microwave radios operate in frequency bands from 6 to 42 GHz, while the use of  field-replaceable diplexers significantly reduces sparing and deployment costs.

The ExtendAir G2 systems can scale up to 370 Mbps full duplex and feature errorless adaptive modulation.  The system integrates a GigE switch supporting QoS, VLAN, and Ethernet jumbo frames.  Exalt provides remote management as well as high security with FIPS-compliant 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryption.

The units are designed for easy tower or rooftop installation using 802.3at standard PoE.

Pricing starts at under US$6,000 per link.

“ExtendAir G2 systems break new ground in microwave backhaul, delivering three times the capacity of our first generation ExtendAir systems, requiring less power, and supporting advanced Ethernet switching,” said Joe Schraml, Exalt vice president of product management. “These advantages, along with ease of deployment and single unit sparing that reduces the cost of spares up to 90%, makes ExtendAir G2 systems unmatched in the industry for performance, scalability, and total cost of ownership.”

http://www.exaltcom.com/ExtendAir-G2.aspx

AT&T and Verizon Wireless Complete Spectrum Transfer Deal

AT&T completed its previously announced acquisition of wireless spectrum in the lower 700 MHz band B block from Verizon Wireless.  Under the deal, which was first announced in January,  AT&T paid $1.9 billion in cash and transferred Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licenses in Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and Fresno, Calif.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Portland, Ore.

The acquired licenses cover 42 million people in 18 states — California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

AT&T’s 4G LTE network currently covers more than 225 million people, with plans to reach nearly 270 million people by the end of 2013, and to substantially complete the build by summer 2014. AT&T’s plans to deploy 4G LTE include the areas covered by this spectrum.

http://www.att.com
http://news.verizonwireless.com/news/2013/09/att-spectrum-sale-completion.html

Cisco to Acquire Whiptail for Solid State Memory Arrays

Cisco agreed to acquire WHIPTAIL, a privately-held developer of high performance, scalable solid state memory systems, for approximately $415 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

WHIPTAIL, which is based in Whippany, N.J., offers solid state memory systems for accelerating applications such as virtual desktops and data analytics.

Cisco said the acquisition will strengthen ints Unified Computing System (UCS) strategy. With the acquisition of WHIPTAIL Cisco is evolving the UCS architecture by integrating data acceleration capability into the compute layer.

"We are focused on providing a converged infrastructure including compute, network and high performance solid state that will help address our customers' requirements for next-generation computing environments," said Paul Perez, vice president and general manager, Cisco Computing Systems Product Group.  "As we continue to innovate our unified platform, WHIPTAIL will help realize our vision of scalable persistent memory which is integrated into the server, available as a fabric resource and managed as a globally shared pool."

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1261248

http://whiptail.com/


  • WHIPTAIL was founded in 2009.

New Perth-Singapore Cable to Offer 32 Tbps Capacity

TE SubCom and SubPartners Pty Ltd were awarded a contract to build the APX-West submarine cable system linking Perth, Australia to Singapore.

APX-West will be a four fibre-pair system using the latest state of the art ultra-long haul design delivering much needed capability and resiliency to the region. It will connect Perth, Australia to Changi North, Singapore with planned branches to Jakarta, Indonesia and Christmas Island. The system is approximately 4,700km long and has an initial design capacity of up to 32Tbp/s. It is expected to be Ready for Service (RFS) by Q2 2015.

“Today’s announcement marks a major step forward in our vision towards a more diverse and resilient Asia Pacific region,” said Bevan Slattery, CEO of SubPartners. “Our model of selling spectrum directly to major telecommunications and content providers gives the flexibility and benefits of infrastructure ownership without the significant capital investment required of a single entity in undertaking such a project. I am pleased that TE SubCom and SubPartners are able to work together on this unique project to change the international capacity market for the better.”

http://www.subpartners.net
http://www.subcom.com/

Monday, September 9, 2013

Verizon Builds its 100G ULH Backbone

Verizon continues to expand the number of 100G routes in its ultra-long-haul network in the U.S. and Europe, adding 100G technology to more than 4,800 miles of its global IP network during the first half of 2013.

The 100G expansion includes almost 4,500 miles on the Verizon U.S. network, bringing to approximately 21,400 the total number of 100G miles currently deployed on the network. Among the new 100G routes are Seattle to Salt Lake City, Indianapolis to St. Louis, St. Louis to Memphis, Charlotte to Nashville and Cleveland to Detroit.

The company has a goal of deploying an additional 8,700 100G miles in the U.S. by the end of the year.

In Europe, Verizon deployed 100G on an additional 350 miles between Brussels and Frankfurt, bringing to 5,100 the total number of 100G miles in Europe. The company plans to deploy an additional 1,400 miles by the end of this year.

Verizon is using Juniper PTX packet transport routers and the Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform.

"Not only does Verizon have one of the largest global networks, we have one of the most robust and sophisticated networks with 100G technology deployed on multiple routes in the U.S. and Europe,” said Kyle Malady, senior vice president of global network operations and engineering. “As long as our bandwidth demand grows, we’ll continue deploying high bit-rate technology that underlies the superior experience that our business and consumer customers expect."

http://newscenter.verizon.com/corporate/news-articles/2013/09-09-verizon-expands-100g-technology/#sthash.Bgf2gtXX.dpuf

Last month, Verizon completed a field trial of 200G technology on a network route between New York and Boston.

The trial, which ran for more than a month on the live network, used the same hardware that currently supports Verizon's 100G ultra-long-haul traffic, along with pre-production software to configure a Ciena Wavelogic3 coherent optical processor. The trial used 16QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) on a single wavelength with the typical 50GHz channel spacing to increase the amount of traffic carried.

Verizon said the test proves the ability to double spectral efficiency while reducing the cost per bit when compared with 100G technology.

AT&T Expands its Managed Cyber Security Services

AT&T announced an expanded set of managed security solutions (MSS) and new capabilities, including an all-in-one mobile security solution to be launched later this year.  AT&T Business Solutions' cyber security offerings include network-based defense, cloud security, secure mobile business, and threat management.

Recent and upcoming enhancements to the AT&T portfolio of security solutions include:


  • AT&T plans to launch a new cyber security solution that combines network and device-level security controls with highly-secure virtual private networking, application security and a full suite of mobile device management capabilities. The solution, expected later this year, provides businesses with comprehensive security for their mobile ecosystems, even if they're not AT&T wireless customers.
  • AT&T has added Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) security assessments to its portfolio of consulting services to help organizations evaluate their ability to detect, resist, and respond to targeted cyber security threats. AT&T security consultants are certified in a variety of security competencies including: Security and Risk Management, Audit and Controls Review, Industry Regulations/Best Practices, Vendor Specific Certifications, and Security Investigations and Forensics.
  • AT&T has doubled its network capacity to manage the growing volume of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and recently added a DDoS protection option for customers deploying critical Web applications, including Content Delivery Networks (CDN).  These enhancements provide customers with greater protection against DDoS attacks by dispersing and absorbing immense volumes of malicious traffic before they reach customer networks.

"Security is at the very core of what we do as a company," said Daudelin. "From the security controls built right into the backbone of our network to our proprietary threat intelligence, we work to make security an enabler, not a limitation of business transformation. That's one reason why we have a 98 percent retention rate among our security clients."

  • AT&T currently manages 24,000 security devices and one million seats for cloud-based security services.
  • AT&T utilizes patented analytic capabilities to process 265 billion flow records and 6.5 trillion packets each day.
  • AT&T also maintains a malicious entity database with more than 1.2 million threat signatures and tracks hundreds of millions of security events daily.
  • AT&T Labs was granted more than 100 patents in security and privacy issued in 2012 alone.

http://www.att.com/network-security

Koch Industries to Acquire Molex for $7.2 Billion -- a Leading Component Supplier

Koch Industries agreed to acquire Molex, a supplier of electronic components, for $38.50 per share in cash, for a total equity value of approximately $7.2 billion.

The price represents a  a 42% premium to the equity value of Molex’s publicly-traded stock, specifically a 31% premium to the Common Stock and a 56% premium to the Class A Common Stock, based on the closing stock prices on September 6, 2013.

The companies said the agreement has been approved by both the Molex and the Koch Industries boards of directors, and has received support from certain members of the Krehbiel Family and certain executive officers of Molex, owning in the aggregate voting stock representing approximately 32% of the Common Stock and 94% of the Class B Common Stock.

Molex will continue as a standalone subsidiary of Koch Industries and will continue to be operated by the company’s current management team. Molex will retain the company name following the transaction as well as its headquarters in Lisle, Illinois.

“After 75 years this was a difficult decision, but our board of directors and our family believe that this transaction, which follows a diligent and thorough review process by the board, provides outstanding benefits for all our stakeholders. Importantly, our shareholders will receive a significant premium and compelling value for their holdings. The transaction is expected to provide substantial opportunities for our worldwide employees, many of whom have spent much of their working lives at Molex and are responsible for the company’s long term success,” said Fred Krehbiel, co-chairman of the Molex board.

Among its many product lines, Molex is a leading supplier of advanced fiber optic components, with solutions including connectors and adapters, assemblies, backplanes, optical circuitry, termination kits and tooling.

http://www.molex.com
http://www.kochind.com/

Orange 4G Covers Paris

Orange is now offering 4G coverage for all of Paris and 37 other towns in the Paris area. By end September, Orange 4G will cover 70 “agglomerations” including over 500 towns in mainland France.

Some other highlights:

  • Orange is speeding up the roll-out of its 4G network in order to meet the expectations of its customers and will cover 40% of the population by end 2013.  The previous target was 30%. This roll-out complements the Orange H+ network, which already covers 70% of the French population.
  • Orange already has 250,000 customers using Orange 4G.
  • 55% of French people see Orange as the operator best placed to provide 4G service. (Source: TNS Survey carried out for Orange in August 2013 with 1007 respondents).

http://www.orange.com/en/press/press-releases/press-releases-2013/number-1-network-in-France-for-the-4G


In April 2013, Orange extended its 4G network to 15 new markets across France, including 50 towns, as well as the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th districts of Paris. 
Orange is supporting top theoretical maximum speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

Consumer plans for high-speed mobile broadband start from EUR30.90/month with its Origami Play 4G/H+ offer.

Orange made its initial LTE commercial debut in Marseille in June 2012,  followed by Lyon, Nantes and Lille in November 2012.

Infinera's Super-Channel SD-FEC Can Double Capacity for TeliaSonera IC North America

TeliaSonera International Carrier's (TSIC) North America terrestrial network can double the capacity of a key link by implementing Infinera's super-channel implementation of  Soft Decision Forward Error Correction (SD-FEC) on the Infinera DTN-X platform.

Infinera completed a verification test on a production route between Houston and Phoenix in TSIC’s North America network. The company said the test verified the ability of Infinera's SD-FEC technology to double the available transmission capacity on this network link. Infinera also announced today that the SD-FEC capability is now generally available on the DTN-X platform.

Infinera’s DTN-X platform delivers the industry’s only long haul FlexCoherent 500 Gbps super-channels based 500 Gbps Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) and the FlexCoherent Processor. Infinera has deployed DTN-X networks in 30 countries with hundreds of super-channels activated into production. The DTN-X now offers SD-FEC, which is integrated into Infinera's third generation FlexCoherent Processor chip and combined with a world-record Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) compensation capability that is specifically engineered to optimize capacity and reach.

Infinera Co-founder and President, Dr. David Welch added, “Earlier this year, we demonstrated our third generation FlexCoherent Processor, integrated with SD-FEC along with 500 Gb/s PICs, in a trial that doubled capacity on a submarine cable link from Hawaii to California. Today, we are pleased to announce that these benefits can also be delivered in a terrestrial environment and that the industry’s first super-channel SD-FEC solution is now generally available."

http://www.infinera.com
http://www.teliasonera.com

In June 2013, TeliaSonera International Carrier, which has previously deployed Infinera's DTN-X platform across its North American network, confirmed deployment of Infinera equipment in its European network.  The first route is Stockholm-to-Hamburg, one of the busiest on its European network.

TSIC, which operates a wholly owned fiber optic network connecting 200 Point of Presence (PoPs)) across Europe, North America and Asia, said it chose Infinera in part for the speed in configuring bandwidth for new customers, some of whom are asking for large bandwidth configurations to ready in a matter of days. The Infinera platform has helped TSIC win new customers by its rapid provisioning.

CALIENT Tests OpenFlow API for its Optical Circuit Switch

CALIENT Technologies announced preliminary interoperability testing results of its newly available OpenFlow software-defined networking (SDN) application programming interface (API) for its S320 optical circuit switch.

In testing by Tallac Networks, using the testing facilities of the InCNTRE lab at Indiana University, the S320 OpenFlow API provided a base level of interoperability with several industry leading commercial SDN controllers. Similar compatibility was achieved with the Floodlight open-source controller that featured CALIENT-developed S320 extensions.

CALIENT said equipment operators using these controllers were able to dynamically discover and initiate connections through the switch and instigate a real-time view of the network topology. Operators also were able to define paths through the switch based on end-point addresses for easy network configuration.

“We’ve had overwhelming response to the hybrid packet-circuit switch network solution, as the flexibility and performance improvements are demonstrable. We are looking forward to getting this into more customer trials and production networks to better show off its capabilities.”

The CALIENT S320 optical circuit switch, which is based on CALIENT’s proprietary 3D microelectromechanical (MEMS) technology, supports up to 320 ports (320 input ports and 320 output ports) and has a capacity of more than 32 Tbps and supports per-port data rates of more than 100 Gbps. Completely agnostic to data protocols, the S320 allows any-to-any network connections with almost no latency (<60 ns="" p="">
http://www.calient.net

CrowdStrike Raises $30 Million for Security Driven by Big Data Analytics

CrowdStrike, a start-up based in Irvine, California, has raised $30 million in Series B financing for it ssecurity technologies and services focused on identifying advanced threats and targeted attacks.

CrowdStrike's cloud-based next-generation threat protection platform leverages execution profiling and predictive security analytics. The company said the fusion of big data and security intelligence allows companies to not only proactively respond to advanced threats, but also to hunt, query, and gain insight into all activity across the enterprise. CrowdStrike's Global Intelligence Team currently tracks 40+ actors around the world, including state-sponsored adversaries originating from China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and India; and infuses this intelligence in its technology solutions.

The company recently introduced the CrowdStrike Falcon Platform which enables enterprises to identify unknown malware, detect zero-day threats, pinpoint advanced adversaries and attribution, and prevent damage from targeted attacks in real-time. The core of the Falcon Platform is a global network of host-based detection sensors driven by world-class cyber threat intelligence to provide rapid/instantaneous detection and prevention capabilities to enterprises and governments worldwide.

The new funding was led by Accel Partners and included founding investor Warburg Pincus.

http://www.crowdstrike.com


  • CrowdStrike was co-founded in 2011 by George Kurtz, former founder and CEO of Foundstone and Worldwide CTO and GM at McAfee / Intel, Dmitri Alperovitch, former VP Threat Research at McAfee / Intel, and Gregg Marston, former CFO at Networks in Motion. Gerhard Watzinger, CEO of iGATE and former EVP of Corporate Strategy at McAfee, is Chairman of the Board. 

Wi-Fi Alliance Reveals WiGig CERTIFIED Logo for 60 GHz

The Wi-Fi Alliance introduced a new logo as the certification brand for products approved in its forthcoming interoperability program.

WiGig CERTIFIED products will operate in the 60 GHz frequency band and deliver multi-gigabit speed, low latency traffic, and security-protected connectivity between nearby devices. Many WiGig CERTIFIED products are expected to be Wi-Fi CERTIFIED as well, and products implementing both WiGig and Wi-Fi® will include mechanisms to facilitate seamless handover between the two technologies.

"We are excited to expand the Wi-Fi Alliance interoperability program to include WiGig CERTIFIED products, which will deliver the same security and interoperability that consumers have come to expect with Wi-Fi," said Edgar Figueroa, Wi-Fi Alliance president and CEO. "WiGig CERTIFIED will be an excellent complement to Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, advancing our vision of seamless connectivity and extending the user experience to new applications."

http://www.wi-fi.org


Cortina Intros First Dual 15G EDC

Cortina Systems announced the availability of the industry’s first dual 15G Electronic Dispersion Compensation (EDC) PHY for low port count applications transitioning from 1 to 10 and 15G.

Cortina said its CS4227 Dual 15G EDC PHY device and its companion chip, the CS4223 Quad 15G EDC PHY, will drive dramatically lower power and support higher bandwidth for the expanding lower port count application market, such as uplinks and NIC cards.

“With the integration and innovation happening throughout the network, system vendors are looking to upgrade to 10G and 15G speeds to increase the bandwidth and unleash the power of their networks,” said Scott Feller, director at Cortina Systems, Inc.  “Cortina’s CS4227 and CS4223 PHYs extend the 28 nm portfolio of low latency, power, and cost, to lower port count applications.”

The CS4223 Quad EDC PHY functionality supports four full duplex 10G links, or one full duplex 40G link. The device-wide operating frequency range covers 1 GbE, 10 GbE, 1G FC, 2G FC, 4G FC, 8G, 16G FC, Infiniband SDR, DDR, QDR and FDR, and CPRI Options 1 to 7.  EDC capability allows the device to operate with linear SFP+/QSFP optical modules to Direct Attach Copper, 10GBase-ZR, and DWDM SMF applications. The device is fully compliant to 10G SFP+, 802.3ba 40G and 100G nPPI, and nAUI specifications. The fully autonomous device does not require external processors to control the convergence or dynamic adaption of the dispersion compensation. The CS422x Dual and Quad EDC PHY also integrates the auto-negotiation and coefficient training functionality for 10G KR, 40G KR4, 40G CR4, and 16G Fibre channel, for seamless interoperability with existing equipment.

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