Wednesday, October 9, 2013

IBM Expand its Cloud Ambitions

IBM is rolling out new systems and solutions to help enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs) to build  private and hybrid clouds .

Building on its recent acquisition of SoftLayer, IBM said its is bringing new integrated capabilities to accelerate cloud adoption for business transformation.  The rollout includes new PureSystems, Power Systems, Smarter Storage Systems, System x, and Technical Computing offerings that provide the flexibility clients need to quickly deploy clouds. IBM noted that its now has more than 100 cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions and a network of more than 25 global cloud delivery centers. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $6 billion in acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives.

"IBM is uniquely positioned to compete aggressively for public, private and hybrid cloud computing opportunities," said Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain. "The new IBM Systems and solutions provide superior efficiency and agility to help clients quickly deploy the right cloud infrastructure that best meet their needs."

Some highlights:

  • IBM PureSystems --  including two updated PureFlex configurations - PureFlex System - Express and PureFlex System - Enterprise.  The PureFlex System - Express, available as a single chassis configuration, offers an affordable entry price point suitable for SMBs and departmental deployments in larger enterprises. The PureFlex System - Enterprise with highly available multi-chassis configurations is designed for scalable cloud deployments with built-in redundancy for resilient operation. Both systems support choice of POWER processor and x86-based compute nodes. The PureApplication System for simplifying and accelerating cloud applications is now available in smaller, 32 or 64-core configurations on POWER7+ with enhanced performance, density and resiliency. Since its launch last year, IBM has shipped more than 6,000 Pure Systems in over 100 countries, including to many managed service providers who are using the systems to deliver cloud infrastructures for their clients.

  • New PureSystems configurations for big data and analytics --  PureData System for Analytics has a new cost-effective entry model, powered by IBM Netezza technology that enables business to gain insights on ever growing volumes of data. PureData System for Hadoop enables big data exploration in areas like social and text analytics.
  • New Power Systems Solution Edition for Service Providers -- a pre-built, pre-installed cloud solution that is based on OpenStack support for SmartCloud Entry and PowerVC. The Power Virtualization Center product, IBM PowerVC , offers virtualization and management capabilities that can improve system resource efficiency and agility for virtual workload implementations. The new IBM PowerVP is a virtualization performance tool that helps clients respond to business needs faster by providing real-time insight through a graphical display. It enables further optimization of virtualized systems and helps identify potential performance bottlenecks.
  • New Power Integrated Facility for Linux  -- each Power IFL is comprised of four processor activations, memory activations and PowerVM license entitlements. With Power IFLs, clients can quickly activate capacity for Linux applications without interruption. And with PowerVM included, clients can accelerate response to changing priorities without incurring extra virtualization software licensing fees.
  • New IBM BLU Acceleration Solution -- exploits POWER7+ processor-based technology for 8x to 25x faster reporting and analytics and 10x storage space savings. The solution combines IBM DB2 software with BLU Acceleration with dynamic in-memory columnar technology and Power Systems.
  • New Storwize V5000  -- help SMBs tackle the data storage challenge. Positioned in the middle of the Storwize portfolio, the Storwize V5000 provides SMBs a flexible entry into the advanced management capabilities and performance of the Storwize family. The system can be configured with disk and flash, and supports IBM Easy Tier capabilities that automatically place data in the most cost-effective tier.  The cloud-ready system, which comes with built-in support for OpenStack, can help clients build private and hybrid cloud storage architectures, while virtualization and clustering capabilities help them take advantage of true Software Defined Storage that grows and adapts with their changing businesses.
  • New IBM System x3250 M5 -- designed for smaller business workloads and applications such as email, file/print and Web serving, and suitable for hybrid cloud environments. The compact uni-processor rack server offers double the storage capacity, twice the data throughput, 18 percent better energy efficiency and 10 percent memory power savings over the previous generation on the same size chassis. With the server's simple and flexible interface, clients can use IBM's Feature on Demand function to easily and remotely upgrade key features on the x3250 M5, without costly server downtime.
  • New NeXtScale System -- a flexible computing platform with three times as many cores as previous one-unit rack servers. This new system incorporates up to 84 x86-based systems and 2,016 processing cores in a standard EIA 19-inch rack, allowing easy integration into any data center and uses industry standard components including I/O cards and top-of-rack networking switches for flexibility of choice and ease of adoption.
  • New IBM Application Ready Solutions -- updaded high performance cluster based solutions for high performance scale-out applications and can be used to create a dynamic private HPC cloud depending upon user needs. New and enhanced ISV support includes ANSYS, Dassault Systemes, MSC Software, mpiBLAST, and Schlumberger.
     
  • New IBM InfoSphere BigInsights -- Big Data solutions for telecommunications, financial services, and other industry clients requiring real-time analytics.

IBM Global Financing is offering 0% financing for customers choosing PureFlex Systems, Power Systems, Storage Systems, and System x technology.

http://www.ibm.com

Earlier this summer, IBM acquired SoftLayer Technologies, which operates 13 data centers in the United States, Asia and Europe.  Financial terms were not disclosed but Bloomberg valued the deal at about $2 billion.

SoftLayer allows clients to buy enterprise-class cloud services on dedicated or shared servers, offering clients a choice of where to deploy their applications. The company is based in Dallas, Texas, and serves approximately 21,000 customers. SoftLayer's majority shareholder is GI Partners of Menlo Park, California.

IBM said the acquisition will strengthen its position in cloud computing and will help speed business adoption of public and private cloud solutions. Already one of the world’s leading cloud providers, IBM expects to reach $7 billion annually in cloud revenue by the end of 2015.

IBM also announced the formation of a new Cloud Services division. The new division will provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs, channel partners and technology partners. SoftLayer’s services will complement the existing portfolio with its focus, simplicity and speed. The division will report to Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services. IBM plans to expand SoftLayer cloud offerings to include OpenStack capabilities.

AT&T and GE Sign Global Alliance for "Industrial Internet" M2M

AT&T and GE announced a global alliance agreement to allow GE machines to connect to the AT&T network and cloud, creating the first highly-secure wireless communications system for GE's "Industrial Internet."

The companies expect their machine-to-machine (M2M) communications system will allow customers to benefit from increased productivity. Workers using the system will be able to remotely track, monitor, record and operate GE machinery, virtually anywhere in the world.

The companies are developing solutions that combine AT&T network technologies, single Global SIM (subscriber identity module), device expertise, security, and cloud access for industrial products like electric vehicle chargers, lighting and engines.  The companies also plan to collaborate in the AT&T Foundry innovation center to build M2M solutions for GE's Predix platform for proactively maintaining and remotely controling industrial machines.

"Imagine a world where an airline for example can remotely monitor, diagnose and resolve issues with its fleet engines virtually anywhere in the world," said Andy Geisse, Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Business Solutions. "GE's vision of the Industrial Internet combined with our global network and leadership in machine-to-machine solutions are a powerful combination to help businesses realize the benefits of connected machines."

"GE's collaboration with AT&T validates our shared and common vision for the Industrial Internet," said Bill Ruh, Vice President and Corporate Officer, GE Software. "Together, we see a future where the intersection of people, data and brilliant machines will have an enormous impact on the productivity and efficiency of industries around the world. By connecting machines to the network and the cloud, we are taking an important step to enable workers all around the world to track, monitor, and operate our machinery wirelessly and remotely through highly secure and machine-to-machine communications."    
                                                                                           
http://www.att.com
http://www.ge.com

Russia's Rostelecom Selects Infinera DTN-X

Rostelecom, the largest nationwide telecommunications operator in Russia, has selected Infinera's DTN-X platform based on 500 Gbps coherent super-channel technology to extend the reach of its transport IP/MPLS network. Deployments are underway.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Rostelecom serves more than 100 million subscribers in 80 regions throughout Russia, offering cutting-edge fixed and mobile telephony, broadband access, television, and cloud solutions to consumers and businesses.

Infinera said its Intelligent Transport Network technology gives Rostelecom the flexibility to offer a wide range of 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services.  Infinera’s 500 Gbps super-channel technology provides high-speed service delivery and high scalability for the multi-terabit transport network. The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, featuring the DTN-X with photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology, also allows Rostelecom to reduce operating costs by offering network automation capabilities, multi-layer convergence and high reliability.

“Being the largest telecommunications provider in Russia, Rostelecom sees the need to respond to immense growth of traffic volumes in a quick and proactive manner,” says Ivan Zima, Senior Vice-President for network development at Rostelecom, OJSC. “We are happy to embrace the challenge of the dynamic and ever-growing market together with Infinera.”

"We are seeing ever increasing demand for our Intelligent Transport Network solution globally," said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. "Our innovative 100G solution, uniquely delivering 500 Gbps super-channels, provides operators like Rostelecom a solution that delivers on scale, speed and flexibility, allowing them to use time as a weapon to differentiate in their market."

http://www.infinera.com

Cisco's ISR-AX Routers to Integrate Akamai Technology

Cisco plans to integrate Akamai Unified Performance technology into its ISR-AX routers.  The companies have agree to co-develop enterprise network offerings that are optimized for delivering public and private cloud applications to remote offices.

Akamai said its Unified Performance technology caches and delivers content in-branch behind the firewall through a connection to the Akamai Intelligent Platform.  This may be an enterprise's own digital content or other content delivered by Akamai. The Akamai solution is also capable of transparently caching other third-party content from top domains.

The two companies intend to combine the power of Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN), which includes Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) and Application Visibility and Control (AVC), with Akamai Unified Performance to extend the corporate data center and the Akamai Intelligent Platform into the branch, specifically to offload existing network links and improve performance for web and business critical applications.

"With the proliferation of public and hybrid cloud architectures, Cisco and Akamai customers face the need to increase bandwidth and deliver business critical applications utilizing the Internet as a fast, secure, and cost effective WAN option," said Rob Soderbery, SVP and GM, Cisco Enterprise Networking Group.  "We are looking forward to integrating Akamai's exciting new branch capabilities into the industry leading application delivery platform, the Cisco® ISR-AX. With our joint product development plan, Cisco and Akamai have taken a big step toward delivering the optimal branch experience."

"Akamai and Cisco share a common vision of improving the speed and reliability of the Internet to provide enterprises with a very cost-effective way to meet the bandwidth and performance needs of branch offices," said Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai.  "Our ultimate goal is to integrate best of breed technology from the two industry leaders in networking and application delivery and enable customers to extend the strength of our platform behind their firewall."

http://www.akamai.com
http://www.cisco.com

Accedian Intros SDN for Fixed-Wireless Networks

Accedian Networks introduced a "Wireless-Aware" SDN product line that optimizes performance in real-time on fixed-wireless networks by dynamically shaping traffic when link capacity changes due to real-world conditions, such as adverse weather and RF interference.

The "R-FLO" solution, is compatible with mixed RF, fiber and copper topologies and complements existing networks by bringing unified high-availability and optimized performance network-wide by using all available links, all the time  ̶  including standby and slow segments.  The company said its link capacity monitoring allows R-FLO to dynamically groom traffic and maintain QoS even when links fade.

“We are excited to introduce a disruptive new way for fixed-mobile operators to make considerable efficiency gains in their wireless backhaul bandwidth,” said Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO of Accedian Networks.  “The R-FLO solution combines proven industry standards with real-time, technology-agnostic wireless awareness and delivers an advanced and centralized expert-system control plane.  This unique combination means wireless backhaul can be as reliable and seamless as fiber, without time consuming and expensive investments.  Simply put, R-FLO makes operator networks better.”

http://www.accedian.com

Lantiq and KEYMILE Announce VDSL System Level Vectoring

Lantiq and KEYMILE announced volume shipments of system level vectoring equipped VDSL Linecards to a major telecommunications carrier. The company said the deployment will surpass 1.5 million vectored lines in 2013. A majority of these VDSL Linecards is already deployed in the field and vectoring based broadband services are expected to be offered to consumers by the end of 2013.

The joint Lantiq/KEYMILE system level vectoring solution supports 192 channels.

Bjeorn Claassen, CEO of KEYMILE: "Our joint vectoring solution is a great example of the ongoing strong and valuable collaboration between Lantiq and KEYMILE. Due to this close collaboration we were able to ship a market-ready and market leading vectoring product to our customers, only 1.5 years after official approval of the vectoring standard. We highly value Lantiq as a reliable and flexible partner. The Lantiq solution plays an essential role in our cutting-edge vectoring offering."

Dan Artusi, CEO of Lantiq: "Lantiq has a large footprint in VDSL for central office and CPE and is rapidly gaining market share. VDSL, including vectoring and bonded lines, is worldwide becoming the key technology for superfast internet. By shipping the first field deployed System Level Vectoring solution for mass deployment, we reinforce our leading role in VDSL and enable millions of customers to get connected to ultra-fast Internet services."

http://www.lantiq.com/vectoring
http://www.keymile.com

Thailand's Stock Exchange Deploys ADVA FSP 3000

The Stock Exchange of Thailand has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 for mission-critical storage area network (SAN) connectivity.

The network enables the Thailand Stock Exchange to transport information between data centers with low latency, high availability and robust security. The ADVA FSP 3000 was installed and will be maintained by Stream I.T. Consulting.

http://www.advaoptical.com


Interxion to Build Ninth Data Center in Frankfurt

INTERXION disclosed plans to construct its ninth data center on its Frankfurt campus (“FRA 9”) in response to customer demand. 

FRA 9, which is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2014, will be built in a single phase and will provide approximately 800 square meters of Equipped Space and 1MW of customer-available power. 

The capital expenditure associated with FRA 9 is approximately €13 million


AT&T Now Has 7,500 Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Service

AT&T reached the halfway mark in its target to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over the course of a ten year period through 2018. Since AT&T began its commitment, the company has placed over 7,500 alternative fuel vehicles in 44 states nationwide. These vehicles have already enabled AT&T to avoid the purchase of 7.7 million gallons of gasoline.

  • AT&T has a commitment to invest up to $565 million in the program.
  • The 7,500 AFVs AT&T has already placed in service are comprised of 5,474 CNG, 1,996 hybrid electric, 27 extended range electric and 3 all-electric vehicles.
  • The program includes the deployment of up to 8,000 CNG vehicles to its fleet over a five year period through the end of first quarter 2014 – the largest U.S. corporate commitment to CNG to date. 

The remaining AFV deployments beyond first quarter 2014 will primarily consist of alternative fuel passenger vehicles including hybrid electric and plug-in extended range electric vehicles which will offer a significant improvement in fuel economy and reduction in tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions as compared to similar conventionally fueled vehicles.

http://www.att.com

Empirix Acquired by Thoma Bravo, a Private Equity Firm

Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm, agreed to acquire Empirix for an undisclosed sum.
Empirix supplies network testing, monitoring and analytics solutions to service providers, mobile operators and enterprises.  The company reports 22 percent year-over-year revenue growth in 2012, partially driven by a significant increase in bookings from global Tier 1 mobile operators.

“The company offers a unique ability to analyze customer behaviors by application in real time,” said Seth Boro, managing partner, Thoma Bravo. “Its products, strategy and leadership have positioned it for success, and we look forward to accelerating that success through organic growth and strategic acquisition opportunities.”

The transaction is expected to be finalized by early November.

http://www.empirix.com
http://www.thomabravo.com


  • Recent investments by Thoma Bravo have included include Network Instruments, InfoVista, Blue Coat Systems, nCircle, SonicWALL, Mentum, Solera Networks, Netronome, and more recently Keynote Systems.   


ADTRAN Posts Q3 Revenue of $177 Million

ADTRAN reported Q3 sales of $177,404,000 compared to $162,125,000 for the third quarter of 2012. Net income was $16,205,000 for the quarter compared to $9,272,000 for the third quarter of 2012. Earnings per share, assuming dilution, were $0.28 for the quarter compared to $0.15 for the third quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP earnings per share for the quarter were $0.32 compared to $0.20 for the third quarter of 2012.

ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “The performance for the quarter was driven by lower operating expenses combined with a strong performance by both our Carrier and Enterprise businesses. The results were positively impacted by our international business which achieved a record revenue level.”

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend for the third quarter of 2013. The quarterly cash dividend is $0.09 per common share to be paid to holders of record at the close of business on October 24, 2013. The ex-dividend date is October 22, 2013 and the payment date is November 7, 2013.

http://www.adtran.com

CTI Towers Raises $30 Million Debt Financing for Tower Acquisitions

CTI Towers, a wireless tower operator with more than 800 wireless towers throughout the United States, secured up to $30 million in debt financing and closed its first third-party acquisition, purchasing five towers from a major wireless carrier.

CTI Towers said the deal extends its strategy beyond Comcast, from whom it has acquired 230 towers to-date.

“We remain committed to helping our customers meet deadlines for new cell sites and network deployment,” said Tony Peduto, Chief Executive Officer, CTI Towers. “We will continue to seek strategic acquisitions to fuel growth as the wireless industry responds to the demand for wireless broadband services.”

http://www.ctitowers.com

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Intel Develops Network Gateways for Internet of Things

Intel introduced several products including the Intel Atom processor E3800 product family (formerly codenamed "Bay Trail-I"), a new family of Intel-based intelligent gateway solutions featuring integrated software from McAfee and Wind River, and new features for the Intel Quark SoC X1000.

The product set supports Intel's "Internet of Things" initiative which envisions intelligent devices, end-to-end analytics and the connection of legacy devices to the cloud as the drivers of business transformation.

The new low-power, small-core Intel Quark SoC X1000 features error-correcting code (ECC), industrial temperature range and integrated security. ECC delivers a high level of data integrity, reliability and system uptime for equipment required to run at all times, while industrial temperature range helps meet the requirements for industrial control and automation applications. The Quark processor core is a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Intel Pentium instruction set architecture (ISA) compatible CPU operating at speeds up to 400MHz.

The new Intel Atom processor E3800 product family features improved media and graphics performance, ECC, industrial temperature range, integrated security and integrated image signal processing. This product family is ideally suited for digital signage applications such as interactive kiosks, intelligent vending, ATMs and point-of-sale terminals as well as portable medical devices and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

For connecting devices, Intel is working with McAfee and Wind River on a new family of intelligent gateway solutions that provide common interfaces and seamless communication between devices and the cloud. Targeting industrial, energy and transportation markets, this system of systems helps ensure that the data generated by devices and existing infrastructure can be shared securely between the cloud and intelligent devices for analysis.

Intel;s new family of intelligent gateway solutions provides integrated and pre-validated hardware and software, including McAfee Embedded Control and the Wind River Intelligent Device Platform.  These enable users to securely aggregate, filter and share data from the edge to the cloud in areas such as monitoring high-value industrial assets, facilitating manufacturing automation, energy grid automation, and commercial fleet monitoring.

The first set of intelligent gateway solutions will feature versions based on the Intel Quark SoC X1000 and Intel Atom processor E3800 product family and will be available in the first quarter of 2014.

Intel is also developing horizontal building blocks for vertical end-to-end analytics as well as distributed analytics for edge systems and data center.  The goal here is to unlock the data intelligence from the device through the network to the cloud to enable new business models and service offerings.

"The Internet of Things consists of a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from a simple pedometer to a complex CT scanner," said Ton Steenman, vice president and general manager of Intel's Intelligent Systems Group. "The true value in the Internet of Things is realized when these intelligent devices communicate and share data with each other and the cloud, uncovering information and actionable insight that can transform business. As a leader in computing solutions from the device to the datacenter, Intel is focused on driving intelligence in new devices and gateways to help connect the billions of existing devices."





IEEE Intercloud Project Looks for Interoperability and Federation

IEEE has launched an Intercloud Testbed project with the goal of developing cloud-to-cloud interoperability and federation capabilities.

Founding members include 21 cloud and network service providers, cloud-enabling companies, and academic and industry research institutions from the United States, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe. The members have volunteered to provide their own cloud implementations and expertise to a shared testbed environment. They will also collaborate to produce a working prototype and open-source global Intercloud.

The IEEE said results from the project will also assist in the development of the forthcoming IEEE P2302 Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation, which is developing standard methodologies for cloud-to-cloud interworking

“We are immensely pleased to introduce our founding members and thank them for their lab and engineering contributions, which are the backbone of this effort,” said Steve Diamond, chair of the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative. “The IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative is advancing an ecosystem in which clouds and cloud services can federate to enable new services and increase the value of cloud computing to industry and end users. By joining the IEEE Intercloud Testbed, these member organizations are providing the invaluable resources and capabilities needed to realize this vision. We appreciate their participation and collaboration in this fundamental and important work.

http://cloudcomputing.ieee.org/intercloud

Alcatel-Lucent Expects 10,000 Job Cuts

Alcatel-Lucent expects a net reduction plan of approximately 10,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2015. The company presented its cost savings plan to its European works council (ECID) saying the cuts are necessary to ensure a stable financial future as envisioned in its Shift Plan.

The job cuts would include a reduction of 4,100 positions in Europe, Middle East and Africa, 3,800 in Asia Pacific and 2,100 in Americas. By the end of 2015, Alcatel-Lucent will halve the number of its business hubs globally.

In France, Alcatel-Lucent plans to cut approximately 900 positions in 2014 primarily in support, administrative and sales functions (via a legally-compliant program know in France as Plan de Sauvegarde pour l’Emploi), as well as recruiting 200 engineers and technicians with new technical competencies. By the end of 2015, the company transformation program could also result in internal mobility, transfers to partners and redeployments for approximately 900 employees whose jobs will be retained, inside or outside the company.

Alcatel-Lucent said its R&D activities in France will focus on 4G and IP platforms, in particular with the creation of a new small cells competency center, an area of particular interest for the company. In terms of research, France will keep its focus on  optics and strengthen it in mathematics, at the heart of next-generation network software.

Business activities in France dealing with service providers will be concentrated in two main sites – Villarceaux, south of Paris, which will become Alcatel-Lucent’s primary R&D center in Europe and one of the world’s largest R&D campuses, and Lannion, which will specialize in ultra-broadband mobile access and subscriber data management (SDM) technologies.

Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said: "We launched The Shift Plan in June to give Alcatel-Lucent an industrially sustainable future. The strategic choices we made have been validated by our customers. To carry out this plan we must make difficult decisions and we will make them with open and transparent dialogue with our employees and their representatives. The Shift Plan is about the company regaining control of its destiny."

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


  • In June 2013, Alcatel-Lucent outlined a "Shift Plan" aimed at transforming the company from a generalist supplier of networking solution into a specialist provider of IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access.  The company is targeting Euro 1 billion in reduced sales, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses over the next three years as it makes a decisive in its industrial focus toward high-value equipment and services. 

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


"Today we are taking comprehensive action to position Alcatel-Lucent at the heart of the digital ecosystem, a place from which we will be able properly to capitalize on our many strengths. The Shift Plan is fundamentally an industrial plan that also addresses the Group's operational and financial challenges by putting in place a strong and fully accountable leadership team with clear goals and the appropriate levers to deliver on these goals and on our commitments to all stakeholders," stated Michel Combes, Alcatel-Lucent's CEO.

Key points of the plan:

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

Canada Blocks Sale of MTS Allstream to Egyptian Billionaire

The federal government of Canada has rejected the proposed acquisition of MTS Allstream by Accelero Capital Holdings S.a.r.l. ("Accelero"), citing national security grounds.

MTS Allstream said it is extremely surprised and disappointed by this decision. The company continues to argue that the sale is in Canada's net benefit and not injurious to national security.

In May, anitoba Telecom Services (MTS) agreed to sell its Allstream division to Accelero Capital Holdings , an investment and management group, for $520 million, subject to certain customary adjustments.  The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2013, subject to receipt of Investment Canada approval and customary closing conditions.

Allstream provides enterprise communications services acress Canada and counts more than 65,000 businesses - large, mid-sized, and small - among its national customer base.  Allstream operates an IP network spanning 30,000 route kms across Canada, including 18,000 route kms of inter-city fiber and 8 cross border connections to the U.S.

Accelero is an investment and management group focused on telecommunication, digital media and technology. Accelero is controlled by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, Non-Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, is a renowned telecom entrepreneur.

http://www.mts.ca/mts/about+mts+allstream/news+room/news+releases/government+of+canada+rejects+mts+sale+of+allstream

Polaris Wireless Trials Police Force Tracking Application

The Mountain View, California, Police Department (MVPD) is testing a mobile phone tracking application from Polaris Wireless to provide commanding officers with visibility of where on-duty officers are located.

The Polaris Wireless Altus blue force tracking application has already been used to augment police safety measures at a recent area concert. Altus was used to locate and track over twenty uniformed and plain-clothes police officers during the two-day concert, during which the MVPD conducted approximately 100 arrests. During this pilot deployment, some officers were equipped with department-provided mobile phones, which were monitored using Polaris Wireless Altus from a command post set up in the event grounds.

Altus blue force tracking provides police departments and other law enforcement organizations with the ability to track police and other field officers (such as firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) technicians), specifically when they are out of reach of their patrol vehicles, which typically contain separate location and tracking capabilities. San Francisco-based Locaid, the world’s largest LaaS (Location-as-a-Service) company, provided the officers’ location information, which was then displayed on the Altus tracking application. As a result, MVPD commanders were able to track officers’ movements during the concert. Altus provides a more efficient and less obvious way of tracking an officer’s location than traditional 2-way radio and verbal alerts.

“In an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of the citizens of Mountain View, we continually seek out industry-leading technology that enables us to do our jobs more safely and efficiently,” said Lieutenant Chris Hsiung of the Mountain View Police Department. “The power of the Polaris Wireless Altus application to locate officers via mobile devices presents us with many exciting opportunities.”

http://www.polariswireless.com

Xilinx Releases Virtex-7 FPGA Kit for 40GbE Designs

Xilinx released its Virtex-7 FPGA VC709 Connectivity Kit for high-bandwidth and high-performance applications, such as network interface cards for security, network monitoring, and high frequency trading appliances.

The Virtex-7 FPGA kit is aimed at developers needing to prototype their low power, high performance, single-chip PCIe Gen3, 40Gbps Ethernet applications.  The kit provides a fully validated and supported targeted reference design that integrates the entire PCIe Gen3, AXI, Ethernet and DDR3 subsystem with both the HDL and the entire software stack.  An evaluation license of the Northwest Logic DMA IP core is also included in the connectivity kit.

http://www.xilinx.com/vc709

Brocade Develops Compact PoE Switch for the Federal Market

Brocade introduced a campus switch meeting the security, certification and supply-chain procurement requirements for the U.S. federal market and public sector agencies.

The Brocade ICX 6450-C Switch, which supports the simplification and automation provided by the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture, is specifically designed for U.S. Federal agencies and public sector organizations.

Some highlights:

  • Small, fan-less and completely silent.
  • Can be deployed outside the wiring closet without interfering with work activity in areas.
  • Runs the same software as the rest of the Brocade ICX and Brocade FCX switch families.
  • Enterprise-class CLI and management features for full functionality, enabling advanced management through Brocade Network Advisor.
  • Offers Layer 3 dynamic routing with GRE tunnel support
  • Using Power over Ethernet (PoE) is can be powered by powered by an upstream switch.
  • Manufactured in the US to meet federal regulations. 
  • 12 × 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports
  • 4 × 1 GbE Uplinks (2x RJ45 + 2x SFP)
  • 4 × PoE/PoE+ ports
  • Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) hardware-ready
  • sFlow-enabled for high-performance network monitoring
  • List pricing of the Brocade ICX 6450-C Switch is $1595 with the first customer shipment on October 11, 2013 and general availability on October 31,2013. 

http://www.brocade.com


Monday, October 7, 2013

Cambium Launches 5 GHz ePMP Wireless Access for Rural Broadband

Cambium Networks unveiled its ePMP wireless access platform for connecting underserved and unconnected global communities.

ePMP is a point-to-multipoint (PMP) fixed wireless access solution that operates in the 5GHz frequency band and can deliver over 200 Mbps throughput using 2x2 MIMO-OFDM technologies and 20/40 MHz channel bandwidth. Using sectored antennas, ePMP can cover a range of up to 21km.  Up to 120 units can be configured for point-to-multipoint.

Cambium employs intelligent bandwidth algorithms to direct the bandwidth where it’s needed and GPS synchronization for frequency use without interference.  The GPS synchronization significantly improves UDP/TCP performance.  The system uses a commercial 802.11n system on a chip (SoC) that has been modified to create a deterministic TDMA system.  Cambium has also employed a modified, high performance and noise resistant MAC and PHY. The design also features surge protection against lightning strikes.

Compared to Google's Project Loon or Facebook's Internet.org initiative, Cambium said its 5 GHz point-to-multipoint radio is a practical solution for extending broadband to rural or municipal locations.  It could also be deployed in point-to-point configurations for enterprise LAN extension links, or for video surveillance backhaul. Subscriber modules are estimated to cost under US$100.

ePMP incorporates several of Cambium Networks’ innovations:

  • GPS Synchronization for Scalability and Quality of Service (QoS) – GPS sync provides the scalability and reliability service providers need to expand their networks, enabling them to take advantage of growth opportunities and create sustainable business models. ePMP is able to handle up to 120 subscribers per unit without service degradation due in part to the spectral efficiency achieved through GPS sync.
  •  Prioritization for Quality of Service (QoS) - ePMP provides superior QoS with three levels of support for VoIP, high-speed data and video applications. The auto VoIP feature on the GUI enables automatic voice prioritization, delivering clear and uninterrupted audio. Prioritization ensures maximum performance, consistently delivering high data quality and guarding against garbled speech and choppy video transmissions.
  • Robust Security – ePMP assures integrity of critical information transmitted over the network with 128-bit AES encryption and L2 and L3 firewall settings.
     
  •  Durability, Ease of Deployment and Maintenance - With a decade of experience in outdoor installation, Cambium Networks’ hardware is designed to ensure consistently high performance and resiliency in the outdoor environment regardless of temperature, humidity or altitude, and requires few tools to install. Its GUI is intuitive with real-time dashboard support, and companies can also use call center support with toll-free or local telephone access in 22 countries.

The company is introducing two ePMP modules: the ePMP 1000 Integrated Radio and the ePMP 1000 GPS Sync Radio. Both can be configured in GPS synchronized networks as synchronization is a necessity in any environment, regardless of spectral competition.

“It is Cambium Networks’ vision to connect the unconnected and make a difference without sacrificing any modicum of quality – we have taken the first step in realizing our dream with ePMP,” said Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO, Cambium Networks. “The "e" in ePMP stands for ‘equalize,’ and we consider it our call to action. This platform levels the global economic playing field by facilitating Internet connections in places where connectivity was once impossible.”

http://www.cambiumnetworks.com
http://www.connectingtheunconnected.org


  • Cambium Networks was previously Motorola Solutions' Point-to-Point (PTP or Orthogon) and Point-to-Multipoint (PMP or Canopy) Wireless Broadband Networks division.  The company spun-out in 2011 as an independent company owned by Vector Capital. The company is based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
  • In February 2013, Cambium Networks named Atul Bhatnagar as President & CEO.  He previously served as President and CEO of Ixia, and, before that, as VP & GM of Nortel's Enterprise Data Networks group.