Tuesday, October 15, 2013

CipherCloud Delivers Breakthrough Searchable Strong Encryption

CipherCloud announced new techniques to improve the searchability, usability and security of cloud data protected with AES 256-bit encryption.

CipherCloud's Searchable Strong Encryption (SSE) solution provides organizations with the ability to strongly encrypt their sensitive information in real time before it's sent to the cloud and exclusively retain their encryption keys. The solution also enables organization to comply with government regulations and industry mandates including – GLBA, PCI, HIPAA and HITECH, the EU Data Protection Act, UK ICO guidance, the Australian Privacy Amendment Act and US State Privacy laws.

CipherCloud's SSE technology leverages its gateway architecture to provide secure local index and search operations while sending the strongly encrypted data to the cloud and protecting it from all external threats. This solution enables natural language, wild cards and Boolean searches of AES 256-bit encrypted data. Other available techniques on the market lack searchability or require complex deployments of local databases or rely only on partial data encryption.

"Business users demand security to be transparent," said Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud. "Applying strong encryption, AES 256-bit, to data while keeping it entirely searchable has been a long-standing challenge. CipherCloud has now raised the bar by enabling the full usability of encrypted data in the cloud, without compromising security or performance."

CipherCloud delivers full protection of an organization's structured and unstructured information in popular cloud applications including – salesforce.com, Box, Microsoft Office 365, Google Gmail, Amazon Web Services and many more. Additionally, CipherCloud for Any App and CipherCloud for Databases enable organizations to extend data protection to hundreds of third-party cloud and private cloud applications and databases.


Monday, October 14, 2013

ETSI Releases First NFV Specifications

ETSI published the first five specifications on Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), which aims to simplify the roll-out of new network services, reduce deployment and operational costs and encourage innovation. These new specifications were produced in less than 10 months.

ETSI’s Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV ISG) said this first release identifies a framework and terminology for NFV that will help the industry to channel its efforts towards fully interoperable NFV solutions. Early NFV deployments are already underway and are expected to accelerate during 2014-15.

The five published documents include four ETSI Group Specifications (GSs) designed to align understanding about NFV across the industry. They cover NFV use cases, requirements, the architectural framework, and terminology. The fifth GS defines a framework for co-ordinating and promoting public demonstrations of Proof of Concept (PoC) platforms illustrating key aspects of NFV. Its objective is to encourage the development of an open ecosystem by integrating components from different players.

Dr Prodip Sen of Verizon Communications, who is Chairman of ETSI’s NFV ISG, said:

“These publications provide important guidance to the industry on the requirements that should be the basis for future development of NFV technology. ETSI’s openness to all players means that we have been able to involve everyone and reach a broad consensus. The documents, and the PoC framework in particular, send a strong message that we want to encourage multi-party interoperability and the growth of an open ecosystem."

“We have been especially concerned not to impede progress with a protracted standardisation effort in NFV ISG. As a result, these initial specifications have been developed in record time – under 10 months of intensive work. This is a major achievement for the industry. We hope to maintain this momentum and produce additional guidance soon."

Work is continuing in NFV ISG to develop further guidance to industry, and more detailed specifications are scheduled for 2014. In addition, to avoid the duplication of effort and to minimise fragmentation amongst multiple standards development organisations, NFV ISG is undertaking a gap analysis to identify what additional work needs to be done, and which bodies are best placed to do it.

The published documents are available online.


CenturyLink Activates First 100G Customer

CenturyLink activated its first, dedicated 100 Gbps circuit for a CenturyLink business customer through a direct connection to the company's recently upgraded 100 Gbps nationwide network.

DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions, will use CenturyLink's 100 Gbps Optical Wavelength Service to launch a new product allowing its customers direct access to satellite mapping data. The 100 Gbps circuit links DigitalGlobe's headquarters in Longmont, Colo., to its offsite data center, where its customers will be able to access the data remotely.

"This is a significant day for the industry and for the state of Colorado. CenturyLink's deployment of commercial 100 Gbps service gives businesses bandwidth for the big data applications they need to excel," said Scott Russell, vice president and general manager for CenturyLink in Denver and Northern Colorado. "Our speed and capacity upgrades provide DigitalGlobe with an end-to-end optical network that improves efficiency and productivity. Simply put, 100 Gbps is the best the industry can offer."


NSN and Juniper Expand Partnership to Mobile Backhaul

Nokia Solutions and Networks and Juniper Networks have expanded their long-term partnership to cover secure IP connectivity for high-performance mobile broadband networks.

The jointly-developed solutions focus upon these four key areas of mobile broadband:
  • Next generation mobile backhaul: for mobile operators that need to upgrade and consolidate their backhaul networks to support LTE and LTE-Advanced architecture.
  • Radio access security: to encrypt and firewall traffic coming into the mobile network over the LTE, as well as the 2G/3G radio access network.
  • Mobile Site connectivity: for operators upgrading or extending their mobile infrastructure with the latest NSN products at the controller sites and at the mobile core.
  • Carrier-grade NAT: for operators facing exhaustion of public IPv4 addresses and planning for IPv6 migration.
“Joint solution development with Juniper Networks ensures smooth network integration and high quality for our customers”, said Gerhard Staudenherz, head of OEM Products Business Line at NSN. “Our end-to-end solutions based on open standards undergo thorough interoperability testing, which translates into cost savings for operators. Moreover, in addition to improving network availability and quality, our Radio Access Security solution is the market-leading 3GPP compliant solution.”

“The advent of LTE means that mobile networks have become focused on the transition to IP,” said David Fremaux, vice president of Strategic Alliances, Juniper Networks. “NSN and Juniper together deliver an exemplary knowledge base and experience of mobile and IP technology. These four solutions build the best platform for mobile broadband operators as they meet the huge demand for speed, connectivity and security at scale. These are the first steps in the extended partnership, which we expect to deliver network infrastructure for future generations of mobile services.”


NTT Comm Powers Cloud for Yamaha Motors

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) will provide Yamaha Motor Co. with a cloud platform to operate mission-critical systems in Japan for production, procurement, product development, human resources and finance operations.

NTT Com will deploy its Enterprise Cloud global cloud service and Arcstar Universal One global network service to create a highly robust and scalable cloud platform. Yamaha Motor will use the platform to strengthen business continuity and slash ICT costs by consolidating currently dispersed servers, networks and other ICT systems on to NTT Com cloud services.

Yamaha Motor plans to migrate all ICT systems in Japan by 2018. ICT systems overseas will be migrated within an appropriate timeframe.

  • Yamaha Motor’s mission-critical systems encompass some 700 servers and are accessed by their group companies worldwide.
  • Most of the systems are owned and operated at on-premise environments within the Tokai region of central Japan.
  • NTT Com’s cloud platform with its many data center helps lower the disaster risk and improve business continuity.
  • Yamaha Motor operates 140 group companies in 30 countries/regions and generates about 90% of total sales overseas. 


GigOptix Confirms Sole Supplier Status for 40G Supply Contract

GigOptix has become the sole long reach (LR) transimpedance amplifier (TIA) supplier for one of the largest suppliers for fast growing 40 Gbps QSFP+ LR transceivers.

GigOptix said this new supply partnership is with one of the world's largest suppliers of optical communication components and subsystems.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

"GigOptix is pleased to now become the sole independent 40 Gbps LR TIA production supplier to one of the world's largest suppliers of optical communication components and subsystems. This new supply agreement reaffirms our position as the leading industry merchant provider of TIAs to the heavily deployed 40 Gbps QSFP+ LR transceiver market. We have been working very hard to support our partners in delivering quality systems to the market as fast as possible. This hard work has produced an outstanding production shipment volume and has put GigOptix into a leading position in many applications including LR TIAs for transceiver applications," said Dr. Raluca Dinu, General Manager and Vice President of the Optics Product Line at GigOptix.


CommScope Commences Initial Public Offering

CommScope completed an initial public offering of 38,461,537 shares of its common stock.

The anticipated initial offering price is between $18.00 and $21.00 per share.

CommScope has applied for listing of its common stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “COMM.”


Sunday, October 13, 2013

European Commission Study Urges More Deregulation of Fixed & Wholesale Telecom

The European Commission published the recommendations of a study, carried out by Ecorys Netherlands, that evaluates which sectors of the telecoms market should be could be regulated ex-ante by national telecoms regulators to address structural competition problems.

This advice will feed into the Commission's review of the 2007 Recommendation, which defines the wholesale and retail telecoms markets which are likely to require regulation of a dominant operator by National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs).

Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "The findings of the study will help us to update the list of the relevant markets, which will shape the scope of national regulatory interventions in the coming years."

Some highlights of the study:
  • The retail market for access to fixed telephony and the wholesale market for call origination on the fixed public telephone network should be removed from the list.
  • Fixed and mobile termination markets should be maintained on the on the list.
  • The boundaries of the local loop unbundling market should be refined and clarified.
  • Two separate wholesale markets for bitstream access should be defined to better respond to the different needs observed at the retail level of mass and business market.
  • The report suggests that it should be up to individual NRAs to consider whether the wholesale business bitstream market should form a single market with the terminating segments of leased lines.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Huawei Selected for Vivo's Trans-Amazon WDM Network

Huawei and Vivo, the largest telecommunications company in Brazil, jointly announced their successful deployment of the first wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) lines crossing the Amazon River and the Amazon rainforest.

The network connects two Brazilian state capitals: Amazonas' capital Manaus and Pará's capital Belém. The WDM lines are 2100 kilometers connecting over 20 cities in the Amazon rainforest including five super-long spans (200 km to 261 km). It currently supports 40G wavelengths and could be upgraded to 100G.  The companies said the deployment required overcoming many obstacles, including the rough terrain and harsh environment of the rainforest.


Ken Klein Steps Down as President of Wind River

Ken Klein resigned as President of Wind River, the Intel subsidiary that develops embedded software for intelligent connected systems.

The company appointed chief operating officer (COO) Barry Mainz as his successor as president. Mr. Klein will continue as a non-employee member of the Board.

Intel Corporation president and Wind River chairman Renée James, commented, "Ken Klein’s legacy at Wind River and contributions to the embedded industry are exceptional. The Board would like to express its deep appreciation to Ken for his invaluable contributions to the company and we look forward to continuing to receive his insight and expertise as a member of the Board.”


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Telefónica Tests Virtualized CPE with NEC in Brazil

Telefónica, in partnership with NEC, is kicking off the first field trial of virtualized customer premise equipment (CPE) in Brazil.

The trial, which gets underway this month, aims to simplify the home equipment installation process by virtualising and moving functions from the equipment installed in the customer's home to Telefónica's network. The solution, based on a prototype developed by Telefónica I+D, with contributions and integration by NEC, enables certain IP functions to be shifted away from the residential gateways (the equipment installed in the customer's home) towards the carrier's own network. As a result, end users will experience rapid service deployment and improved network operation and maintenance benefits.

Telefónica and NEC will be conducting a series of field trials in Brazil, where Telefónica provides broadband access services to millions of homes and businesses with the objective of having a solution ready for deployment by July of 2014.

"NEC is a leader in SDN and NFV solution development, having provided the world's first commercial SDN product," said Mr Kazuya Hashimoto, Executive Vice-president, Carrier Solutions EMEA, NEC Europe. "NEC's vCPE solution provides an open and flexible networking topology that simplifies network management, proactively addresses performance and contributes towards the high availability of Telefónica's services."

"Telefónica sees the implementation of SDN and NFV technologies as a factor of our network infrastructure development strategy," said Mr Enrique Algaba, Director of Network Innovation at Telefónica I+D ? Global CTO Unit. "We expect this pilot scheme will help us prove the viability of this technology and enable us to implement rollouts in a more flexible and reliable way coupled with low operating costs."


IBM Granted Patent for Dynamically Managing Network Bandwidth in a Cloud

IBM has been granted a key U.S. patent for dynamically managing network bandwidth within a cloud, which could lead to significant improvements in overall system performance, efficiency and economy.

The patent (U.S. #8,352,953: Dynamically Provisioning Virtual Machines) -- provides a method for automatically deciding the best way for users to access a cloud computing system based on availability of network bandwidth. IBM's innovation allows the system to automatically and dynamically reassign work from one system node to another based on networking bandwidth requirements and availability, ensuring that the system and VMs can run efficiently.

Specifically, the invention "calls for network resource management to be completed using software to obtain data from the management information database of the network switch to determine the amount of bandwidth being used by each IP address assigned to each VM within the compute node. As network bandwidth rises and becomes constrained in one node, the system will automatically reassign some of the VMs to another node with network bandwidth capacity available. "

IBM said dynamic provisioning of network bandwidth across a cloud computing system provides the foundation for Software Defined Networking, which is defined as requiring dynamic management of network resources through automated programs.

“This is the type of investment in invention and innovation that is needed to be a leader in the competitive cloud computing market,” said Dennis Quan, vice president of strategy, IBM cloud services. “IBM inventors are focused on researching and developing new cloud computing technologies and techniques that will pave the way to leadership for IBM and its clients.”

"Today's consumers using all kinds of devices expect their apps and Web experience to always work -- they have zero tolerance for network bandwidth bottlenecks,” said Ed Suffern, IBM systems engineer and the lead inventor on the patent. “IBM's patented dynamic provisioning invention will help cloud service providers increase network performance and improve customer satisfaction."


Amazon Web Services Targets Start-Ups with Credits, Training, Support

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now offering a package of resources for start-ups, including AWS credits, training, developer support, a special start-up community forum and special offers from third parties.

The company said the goal of its AWS Activate bundles is to enable start-ups to get started with AWS and successfully use the AWS platform to help grow their businesses.

AWS Activate is organized into two packages - a self-starter package, which any start-up can apply for, and a portfolio package, which can be applied for by start-ups in select accelerator, incubator, venture capital seed funds or entrepreneur organizations. Each package includes varied levels of resources to help fit customers' needs.

Start-ups receiving either package get access to the Start-up Forum, where AWS experts and other start-up customers can share best practices. The Start-up Forum gives start-ups a way to learn from and interact with a community of peers building world-changing apps on AWS. In addition, start-ups accepted into AWS Activate may have access to special offers, such as product discounts, from select third-party companies in the AWS ecosystem, providing start-ups with additional valuable technologies and tools.


NSN Advances its Customer Experience Management

Nokia Solutions and Networks continues to build it advanced Customer Experience Management (CEM) capabilities, which help mobile operators understand what is happening on their networks from the subscriber perspective and take proactive measures to build customer loyalty.

NSN is offering a step-by-step approach for mobile operators to prepare for, integrate and adopt the CEM capabilities:

  • Prepare for CEM: Helps operators understand and prepare for specific applications of CEM to meet their needs. The services evaluate the best ways to use CEM, enable decision-making, assess required changes to existing processes, and model the targeted quality of experience.
  • Integrate CEM: Helps operators customize and integrate CEM into their existing processes.
  • Use CEM: Enables operators to act on customer insights and transform to experience-driven operations.

NSN is extending its portfolio with a CEM on Demand content pack to drill down into trends and identify business opportunities with over-the-top (OTT) services. NSN’s new Big Data CEM engine has a unique telco-specific data-processing architecture that helps provide rapid insight into the customer experience.

NSN is also extending CEM on Demand with a new content pack that focuses on fresh marketing opportunities by monitoring and analyzing how people are using OTT services in mobile networks. With detailed insight on the devices used, adoption rates, data volumes and other trends, mobile operators can identify business opportunities from partnering with an OTT provider or creating a competitive offer.

“CEM has developed rapidly in recent years and now offers a wide range of powerful capabilities to help operators improve customer satisfaction, build customer loyalty, win new revenue, reduce churn and raise profitability,“ said Santeri Jussila, head of Customer Insight and Experience at NSN.“Our new CEM Service Suite is an end-to-end approach to navigating the many options and technologies available and to identifying and implementing the right solution for the operator’s current needs. Operators can now choose CEM solutions that will grow with their strategy and evolving subscriber demands.”


T-Mobile Launches Unlimited Data/Text Worldwide

T-Mobile US announced unlimited global data at no extra charge in 100+ countries, effectively ending its international roaming charges.

In effect, T-Mobile is expanding the home data coverage for most of its U.S. customers on the Simple Choice plan so as to include more than 100 countries, at no extra charge. The company said that, Starting Oct. 31, these Simple Choice individual and business customers automatically get unlimited data and texting in more than 100 Simple Global countries worldwide, and they will pay a global flat rate of 20 cents per minute for voice calls when roaming in the same countries.

"The cost of staying connected across borders is completely crazy," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, Inc. "Today's phones are designed to work around the world, but we're forced to pay insanely inflated international connectivity fees to actually use them. You can't leave the country without coming home to bill shock. So we're making the world your network - at no extra cost."

The company announced tonight its new Stateside International Talk & Text feature for discounted calling and texting from the U.S. to all Simple Global countries. Customers never pay more than 20 cents a minute to any number in any Simple Global country, including mobile to mobile. Calls to landlines in more than 70 of these countries are unlimited and included at no extra cost. Unlimited texting is also included to all countries. Stateside International Talk & Text is available to most Simple Choice customers for $10 a month.

T-Mobile also announced that its 4G LTE network now reaches over 200 million people in 233 metros across the United States.

"We've not only delivered nationwide 4G LTE months ahead of schedule," said Neville Ray, chief technology officer for T-Mobile. "Our nationwide 4G LTE is right on top of our already nationwide 4G HSPA+ network - which translates to one wicked-fast combined 4G network experience."


T-Mobile Signs Shakira for Multi-Year Contract

T-Mobile has signed international singer, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning music icon, Shakira, for a multiyear contract.

Shakira and T-Mobile officially kicked off the partnership with an event in New York's Bryant Park, where Shakira performed to an estimated crowd of 7,500 people, celebrating T-Mobile's announcement that it is offering unlimited global data and texting in over 100 countries to qualifying Simple Choice customers at no extra charge.

T-Mobile said it will work with Shakira to promote and market her upcoming single and album releases, and to create and distribute unique content.


Oclaro to Sell Amplifier & Micro-Optics Business, CFO Resigns

Oclaro agreed to sell its Amplifier and Micro-Optics business (the Business) to II-VI Incorporated for $88.6 million.

The deal includes intellectual property, inventory and equipment.  II-VI will also hire approximately 145 employees of Oclaro, primarily located in Horseheads, NY, San Jose, CA and Shanghai, China. Revenues for the Business were approximately $94 million for the fiscal year ended June 29, 2013.

"The sale of our amplifier business to II-VI is another important milestone in Oclaro's reinvention and return to financial stability," said Greg Dougherty, Oclaro CEO. "This transaction is another validation of the value of our technology, intellectual property and, most importantly, our people. The infusion of cash from our recent transactions with II-VI are critical catalysts to further our restructuring and turnaround plans."

Separately, Oclaro announced that its chief financial officer, Jerry Turin, plans to resign from Oclaro on November 8, 2013, to pursue other opportunities. The company expects to name Mr. Turin's successor on or before November 8.


Trend Micro Acquires Taiwan's Broadweb for Threat Mitigation

Trend Micro has acquired Broadweb, a Taiwan-based provider of advanced network security solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

Broadweb offers a branded network security service in Asia that provides deep packet inspection and real-time blocking of malicious packets.

"As attacks evolve, conventional network security is no longer sufficient to keep digitized data, intellectual property and communications safe," said Kevin Simzer, senior vice president, marketing and business development, Trend Micro. "Our Custom Defense solution is unlike anything on the market. It enables organizations to detect, analyze, adapt and respond to targeted attacks and advanced threats. Integrating Broadweb's proven capabilities into our Custom Defense Solution enhances our ability to provide customers with the most comprehensive solution for targeted attacks available today."


GreenWave Reality Raises $19 Million for Home2Cloud Platform

GreenWave Reality, a start-up based in Irvine, California, raised $19 million in Series B funding to accelerate the rollout of its Home2Cloud platform through its global partners and scale up the company's operations.

GreenWave's Home2Cloud platform allows consumers to connect and manage all of their "things" that are or will be connected to the Internet such as smartphones, TVs, routers and smart appliances enabling them to access rich cloud based applications and services.  GreenWave is working with service providers and utility companies to enable an optimized in-home consumer experience delivering personalized information and entertainment, enhanced comfort and savings with leading cloud-based services.

The new funding was led by The Westly Group including follow-on investment from Craton Equity Partners. The company has raised  $31 million to date.

"Today's consumers are overwhelmed with technology. Therefore, they want easy-to-use products that help them live smarter, healthier and more efficient lives," said Greg Memo, CEO of GreenWave Reality.  "Our Home2Cloud platform securely and intelligently connects these smart devices to the Internet, unlocking new applications that will greatly enhance consumers' lives so they will better benefit from all the technology around them.  Securing this new funding, and gaining the experience of Steve Westly on the GreenWave board, will allow us to accelerate our rollouts with service provider and utility partners who are deploying innovative products and services based on our Home2Cloud platform."


WD Introduces Xeon-based Network Storage Servers for SMBs

WD introduced its new WD Sentinel DS5100 and WD Sentinel DS6100 (S-series) ultra-compact network storage plus servers based on high-performance Intel Xeon processors and pre-installed with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. The 4-bay Sentinel servers feature WD enterprise-class hard drives for up to 16 TB of raw storage.

Additionally, unlike traditional NAS systems, the WD Sentinel S-series allows small businesses to run line-of-business applications on their network storage platform.

"WD is using enterprise-class components to build a new family of network appliances for small businesses," said Bill Evans, general manager of WD's business storage solutions group. "The WD Sentinel S-series network appliances are engineered with Intel Xeon processors, pre-populated with WD Se® datacenter 3.5-inch hard drives for rapid deployment, and feature dedicated 2.5-inch boot drives for maximum reliability. No other vendor offers a comparable network storage plus server in an equally small form factor. With a small footprint and quiet fan, an S-series appliance can be deployed anywhere."

Five models of WD Sentinel S-series appliances are available. MSRP starts at $2,560.00 USD for the WD Sentinel DS5100 4 TB network storage plus server.