Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ericsson Confirms Key Contracts for China Mobile's TD-LTE Rollout

China Mobile has selected Ericsson to deploy LTE TDD in 15 provinces in China, covering 63 percent of China's population. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specifically, Ericsson will deploy radio access networks based on its multi-standard RBS 6000. For the core network - which will be used for China Mobile's nationwide mobile network covering 2G, 3G and 4G - Ericsson has been selected to upgrade its installed base, equal to a market share of 40 percent in User Data Management (HLR/HSS). In addition, Ericsson has been awarded 20 percent market share in Evolved Packet Core. This makes Ericsson China Mobile's main supplier in Core.  Ericsson will also provide network design and optimization services.

Jan Signell, Head of Ericsson Region North East Asia says: "We are pleased that our LTE TDD technology and services leadership are recognized by China Mobile. Our leading LTE TDD networks will bring unparalleled network performance to users and create new opportunities for innovations with connected devices and applications. We have been a trusted partner to China Mobile since its introduction of 2G and are committed to supporting the world's largest LTE deployment."

Ericsson noted that this deal is aligned with the 11 percent market share in radio access networks awarded earlier in the China Mobile central purchasing process in September. The deployment has begun.


Intel Tunes its Xeon Phi for Programming Simplicity and Performance

Intel confirmed that its next generation Xeon Phi devices (codenamed "Knights Landing"), available as a host processor, will fit into standard rack architectures and run applications entirely natively instead of requiring data to be offloaded to the coprocessor.

Intel said this approach will significantly reduce programming complexity and eliminate “offloading” of the data, thus improving performance and decreasing latencies caused by memory, PCIe and networking. Knights Landing will also offer developers three memory options to optimize performance.

In addition, Intel and Fujitsu recently announced an initiative that could potentially replace a computer’s electrical wiring with fiber optic links to carry Ethernet or PCI Express traffic over an Intel Silicon Photonics link. This enables Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors to be installed in an expansion box, separated from host Intel Xeon processors, but function as if they were still located on the motherboard. This allows for much higher density of installed coprocessors and scaling the computer capacity without affecting host server operations.


  • In June, Intel announced five new Xeon Phi coprocessors:  the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 7100 family is designed and optimized to provide the best performance and offer the highest level of features, including 61 cores clocked at 1.23GHz, 16 GB of memory capacity support (double the amount previously available in accelerators or coprocessors) and over 1.2 TFlops of double precision performance. The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 3100 family is designed for high performance per dollar value. The family features 57 cores clocked at 1.1 GHz and 1TFlops of double precision performance. The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 5100 family is optimized for high-density environments with the ability to allow sockets to attach directly to a mini-board for use in blade form factors.
    Looking further ahead, the second generation Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, codenamed "Knights Landing," will be manufactured using Intel's 14nm process technology featuring second generation 3-D tri-gate transistors.  It will be available either on a PCIe card or a host processor (CPU). As a PCIe card-based coprocessor, "Knights Landing" will handle offload workloads from the system's Intel Xeon processors and provide an upgrade path for users of current generation of coprocessors.  As a host processor directly installed in the motherboard socket, it will function as a CPU and enable the next leap in compute density and performance per watt, handling all the duties of the primary processor and the specialized coprocessor at the same time.

Verizon Launches Managed Certificates for Internet of Things

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has launched Managed Certificate Services, a next-generation, cloud-based platform designed to authenticate objects and machines -- verifying object and machine “identities” -- and securing data transmitted between these connections.

Verizon said its new class of cloud-based certificates provides strong security while eliminating the need for expensive hardware and complex implementations that were once the hallmark of public key infrastructure (PKI)-based solutions. Verizon MCS offers a fully managed environment that allows clients to remain focused on their core business without the complexity and cost of managing and monitoring their certificate infrastructure.

“With the continued explosion of the Internet of Things and the expansion of connected objects and machines, businesses require a simple, scalable and effective way to manage identity and data integrity,” said Eddie Schwartz, vice president of global security solutions for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Verizon’s Managed Certificate Services build upon our solid digital certificate technology and managed security services expertise with a cloud-based platform to deliver an ideal offering for the age of connected solutions.”

Verizon Managed Certificate Service is available immediately in the U.S. and Europe, with a December rollout planned for the Asia-Pacific region.


CenturyLink acquires Tier 3 for Cloud Services

CenturyLink has acquired Tier 3, a provider of public cloud services based in the Seattle area, for an undisclosed sum. Tier 3's cloud platform, which is immediately available as "CenturyLink Cloud," targets complex enterprise workloads.  It offers a self-service interface and Web APIs.

CenturyLink said the acquisition builds on its earlier AppFog acquisition.

"Our mission is to provide world-class managed services to global businesses on virtual, dedicated and colocation infrastructures. Tier 3's innovative automation and self-service platform are game-changing for our global enterprise clients," said Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink's Savvis organization. "From greenfield development to mission-critical apps, businesses have a trusted technology partner to seize new market opportunities. This acquisition underscores our continued commitment to delivering the most complete portfolio of cloud services."

Jared Wray, the founder and chief technology officer for Tier 3, will now serve as chief technology officer for the CenturyLink Cloud organization and lead the CenturyLink Cloud Development Center.


Poland's Netia Tests Coriant's 400G Optical Transport

Netia, Poland's largest alternative provider of fixed-line telecommunications, has tested a 400G DWDM solution from Coriant.

The trials, based on Coriant's industry-leading hiT 7300 DWDM technology, included:

  • Flexigrid ROADMs - to support flexible channel spacing, specifically across 400G in 150GHz superchannels

  • A Flexigrid 400G superchannel signal based on 4 subcarriers
  • The purpose of the trial was long haul transmission of a 400G signal adjacent to 10G (NRZ) signals with several filter widths, namely:
  • Use of standard width filters (ITU -T grid): 100GHz and 50GHz.
  • Use of a superchannel with a channel width of 150GHz. A 400G channel was placed directly between the four 10G channels with 50GHz spacing
  • The trial system consisted of two Flexigrid ROADM nodes (without dispersion compensators) connected in a point-to-point architecture. Each node had a standard amplifier (outgoing signals) and preamplifier (for incoming signals).
Coriant said the test results presented no significant differences in optical performance when varying superchannel width from 400GHz to 150GHz. At the same time the tests revealed that the adjacent 10G (NRZ) channels and Flexigrid 400G superchannel configuration worked properly without any interference with each other.


Huawei Brings its High Performance Compute Platform to U.S. Market

Huawei announced the US launch of its Tecal E9000 blade server featuring integrated compute, storage, networking and system management.  The blade server is optimized for private and hybrid cloud infrastructure, mission-critical enterprise IT applications, in-memory computing, real-time big data analytics and HPC Cluster applications.

Huawei E9000 x86 server platform boasts 15.6 Tbps mid-plane bandwidth, the highest blade server chassis bandwidth in the industry. This

Huawei also announced the availability in the US of its OceanStor 18500 and OceanStor 18800 series of enterprise storage systems, featuring up to 16 controllers, 3TB of cache, 192 network ports, 3,216 HDDs or SSDs, and 65,536 LUNs.


Aviat Introduces Adaptive Intelligent Repeater for Low Latency Microwave

Aviat Networks introduced its Eclipse Adaptive Intelligent Repeater (AIR) for low latency microwave networks. The product provides adaptive repeater and regenerator functions with error-free Space Diversity path protection.

Aviat said a key advantage of its Eclipse AIR is that ability to connect more direct routes — such as those over water — reducing end-to-end circuit miles and, therefore, latency.

McKay Brothers, which specializes in private carrier services for latency sensitive applications, is the first carrier to deploy Eclipse AIR.  The platform is now in service between Chicago and northern New Jersey.


ONF's Plugfest Tests OpenFlow v1.3 and OF-Config v1.1.1

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) conducted its fourth, semi-annual PlugFest earlier this month at the Spirent Proof of Concept (SPOC) Lab in Sunnyvale, California. The event focused on the testing of OpenFlow v1.3 and the OpenFlow Management and Configuration Protocol (OF-Config) v1.1.1 through a “speed dating” format.

Participating companies’ switches, controllers, and applications were paired together through one-on-one testing and small topologies, generating hundreds of testing permutations and completing several months worth of work during one week-long event.

This PlugFest event was the first time OF-Config v1.1.1 – an open standard developed by the ONF Configuration and Management Working Group – was tested. OF-Config allows the ecosystem to recognize the capabilities and preferences of controllers and switches within an OpenFlow-based SDN network.

“We are always impressed by the innovations of our member companies, and ONF PlugFests are the perfect opportunities to experience those efforts first-hand,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “The atmosphere of this event was very collegial, attendees were passionate about the work taking place, and the event was ultimately very well-received. We’re so thankful to Spirent for their hard work and diligence in planning this ONF PlugFest – they were an exceptional host.”


Infonetics: Optical Infrastructure Spending Slows

Globally, the optical network hardware market (WDM and SONET/SDH) is down 7% sequentially in 3Q13, and down 1% from the year-ago quarter, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

“In the third quarter of 2013, sales of WDM optical equipment are up 4% from a year ago and remain at the elevated levels reached earlier in the year, but overall optical spending is down on a quarter-over-quarter and year-over-over basis,” says Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics Research. “Looking ahead, we expect tier 1 carriers to dial back spending. Capex was so strong in the first and second quarters of 2013, it’s unreasonable to anticipate a big flush in the fourth quarter, especially in North America. There’s a general weakness in the market, even from carriers that didn’t aggressively ramp spending earlier this year.”

Some highlights of the report:

  • Total optical spending is flat on a rolling 4-quarter basis, with WDM growth accelerating and notching a 5th consecutive quarter of growth in 3Q13
  • North America optical spending jumped 13.4% year-over-year in 3Q13 following an 11.1% YoY increase the previous quarter, driven by aggressive 100G rollouts by tier 1 operators
  • In 3Q13, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) WDM spending declined on a year-over-year and sequential basis, nearing the record low set in 1Q13
  • Japan dragged down the Asia Pacific optical market in 3Q13, a result of spending retracing huge gains in 2012
  • Huawei, Ciena, and Alcatel-Lucent are the WDM market share leaders in 3Q13.


Sprint Expands Connected Vehicle Services

Sprint announced an expansion of its Velocity business unit, which delivers telematic services for automotive manufacturers, to cover more vehicle models.

Sprint Velocity Connect is an expanded capability that supports additional hardware on the Sprint Velocity platform, including TCUs (Telematics Control Units), OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostic) devices and embedded in-dash head units.

“With more than 14 million vehicles sold in the United States yearly, auto manufacturers are in a constant race to bring the newest, most versatile and technology-packed products to market,” said Ben Vos, vice president and general manager, Sprint Emerging Solutions. “Sprint Velocity makes it easier for automakers to win that race by offering the most advanced connected services available today, supported by unsurpassed telematics integration and consumer-focused resources that can translate into increased revenues and stronger customer loyalty.”

Sprint Velocity Connect applications for automotive manufacturers could include:

  • Fleet Management: Vehicle manufacturers could help fleet operators easily adopt value-added services provided by the manufacturer at any time after the vehicles are purchased. This includes applications that track and monitor vehicle locations, improve dispatch and routing, evaluate driving behaviors, and more efficiently manage vehicle maintenance.
  • Rental Car Features: Automakers might offer rental car companies the opportunity to learn more about the status of their cars, such as distance traveled and vehicle maintenance needs.
  • Dealership Sales: Auto manufacturers could consider using Sprint Velocity Connect to add services for its dealership network, including new ways to differentiate previously owned vehicles with connected services.


Monday, November 18, 2013

TeliaSonera International Carrier Expands its North American Network

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has added  11,500 fiber miles (18,400 km) to its North American network.  The addition adds fiber routes from Chicago to Miami and then back up the eastern seaboard to Reston, Virginia.

TSIC said its network expansion plans will enable it to reach to 44 American cities while providing diverse connection into South America.  The company cited 50 new enterprise accounts this year. Key customer segments include major Internet properties, gaming companies, content delivery networks, and large enterprises needing high-bandwidth across the TSIC global fiber network.

"Today’s end users want everything, anywhere, instantly. This expansion is about supporting that and the increasing interest for our offering in the Americas," says Erik Hallberg, President, TeliaSonera International Carrier. "In fact, it’s our largest network build-out in the Americas since our first US fiber investment in 2000. It strengthens our global backbone and demonstrates our commitment to be ready to carry the big ideas of tomorrow."

TSIC offers a full portfolio of transport, IP, international voice and IPX- based services with customers in 85 countries around the world.

“This build is a significant step and our customers will be able to take advantage of new opportunities that come from the expanded reach, increased diversity and optimized performance it delivers. It’s especially exciting for our fast-growing Latin American business” says Ivo Pascucci, Sales Director, Americas, TeliaSonera International Carrier Inc.


  • TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) is using Infinera's DTN-X platform with Instant Bandwidth capability for its North American network.  TeliaSonera International Carrier was the first to deploy the DTN-X with Instant Bandwidth.  The DTN-X platform enables TSIC to offer its customers up to 100G bandwidth-on-demand across its North American fiber network, which spans 18,000 km and connects 35 PoPs in 23 cities.
  • In November 2011, TeliaSonera International Carrier and Infinera performed the world's first terabit trial in California based on DTN-X equipment.

NTT's Dimension Data Launches SaaS Suite

Dimension Data, which is a division of NTT, launched a set of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions that includes hosting and application management services for independent software vendors (ISVs).  In a SaaS model, the user only pays for the software when they are using it, rather than buying a perpetual license.

Dimension Data SaaS Solutions include:

  • Managed Hosting – Combines highly scalable infrastructure and technical expertise to deliver a scalable, flexible and reliable platform for mission-critical hosted applications
  • Public and Private CaaS – Public and private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) with enterprise-class SLAs and self-service provisioning and controls
  • Application Operations – Complete management services for custom SaaS and web applications including application deployment, application management, database management, compliance and performance optimization
  • Technical Operations – Minimizes operational risk while saving time and money with high-touch, 24x7 global support, including patch management, system monitoring, operating system support and backups of all production servers

Steve Nola, Cloud Solutions CEO at Dimension Data said, "With analysts estimating the worldwide SaaS market in 2015 at more than $20 billion, software vendors will continue to transition their applications to SaaS to remain competitive. We have helped transition hundreds of software vendors to SaaS and, by leveraging our secure and reliable cloud infrastructure, in addition to our deep experience in SaaS hosting and global systems integration, we can offer a full lifecycle of IT solutions for SaaS providers."


Salesforce.com and HP Announce Strategic Cloud Partnership

Salesforce.com and HP announced a strategic partnership in cloud computing.

The companies will create a new "Salesforce Superpod" --  a dedicated instance in the Salesforce multi-tenant cloud, running on HP's Converged Infrastructure. The companies plan to jointly develop and market the Salesforce Superpod to large enterprises. HP intends to be the first customer to be deployed on a Salesforce Superpod.

"The salesforce.com and HP partnership is a breakthrough in cloud computing," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. "The Salesforce Superpod will allow individual customers to have a dedicated instance in the Salesforce multi-tenant cloud, powered by HP's technology and fully managed within salesforce.com's world-class data centers."


Riverbed Values Application Performance Infrastructure Market at $11 Billion

At its annual Analyst Day conference in San Francisco, Riverbed Technology said the addressable market for Application Performance Infrastructure now reaches $11 billion on an annual basis. The company has four product lines competing in this market:
  • Riverbed Steelhead is in the WAN Optimization market, sized by some at about $1 billion and shrinking in the view of some analysts – when looked at from the traditional perspective. But, Riverbed sees elasticity and some resurgence in the market driven by the cloud and growing demand by companies who find they have to optimize SaaS apps, such as Microsoft Office 365 and SFDC, or they simply won’t work.
  • Riverbed Granite is in the Branch Converged Infrastructure market, sized by IDC at about $4B, growing at 5.2 percent CAGR.
  • Riverbed Stingray is in the ADC market, sized at about $2B, growing at a CAGR of 4.2 percent.
  • In the Riverbed Performance Management space, the lines between the NPM market (Riverbed’s Cascade product line) and APM market (the OPNET products) are blurring, as companies discover they need both NPM and APM to optimize performance of applications across networks, applications and end-user experiences. The combined Performance Management market is sized at about $4 billion, growing at a 7 percent CAGR.
“We started Riverbed 11 years ago to eliminate distance and location as variables in delivering applications by solving the problems of latency and bandwidth limitations in wide area networks,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO, co-founder of Riverbed. “Over the last four years, we’ve made the journey from a single product to four major product sets that add up to something much bigger — the industry’s most complete application performance platform to enable a concept we call: Location-Independent Computing,”

Riverbed also announced a milestone in the integration of its Steelhead wide area network (WAN) optimization product family and its Cascade network performance management (NPM) product family with the introduction of Cascade Profiler and Shark 10.5.

The integrated Cascade 10.5 solution provides application intelligence and network visibility with control across their Steelhead WAN optimized environments. Key features include:

  • Visibility into critical applications with deep packet inspection
  • Enterprise wide quality of service (QoS) and Path Selection technology to help prioritize the delivery of mission-critical applications over faster networks, while delivering less critical applications over less expensive commodity Internet links
  • Centralized monitoring of QoS policies to visualize under or over-provisioning of bandwidth
  • Critical real-time collaboration and unified communication visibility and monitoring
  • Fully integrated Cascade Shark packet capture software into Steelhead.


Compass-EOS Raises $42 Million for Silicon-Photonic Routers

Compass-EOS, a start-up based in Netanya, Israel, raised $42 million in a new round of venture funding for its next-gen silicon-to-photonics-based routers.

The company's silicon-to-photonics implementation, which it calls icPhotonics, simplifies router design by bringing the entire backplane on-chip.   The on–chip optical integration ensures QoS routing at high utilization rates and congestion-free multicast packet handling.

The company's first product, r10004, is a carrier-grade, modular platform offering 800 Gbps Capacity in a 6U enclosure.  It offers 2 x 100G ports or 20 x 10G ports with full Layer 3 routing functionality for core, peering or aggregation deployments. Compass-EOS launched its r10004 router in March 2013, announcing the commercial shipment of its icPhotonics-based routers.  NTT Communications and major research and education organizations, including CERNET, have successfully deployed the company’s routers.

The new funding round included participation of existing investors Comcast Ventures, Cisco, Pitango Venture Capital, Benchmark Capital, Northbridge Venture Partners and Marker LLC with a US-based Private Equity Fund and RUSNANO joining the round as new investors.  This brings the total of capital raised by Compass-EOS to $160 million, a record for total funds raised by an Israeli startup.

"Compass-EOS has an enormous market opportunity with the rapid growth of data services and online devices," said Gadi Bahat, CEO of Compass-EOS. "Our initial success with global network service providers has enabled Compass-EOS to raise considerable capital from leading investors around the world. We will continue to innovate while investing in customer support, sales and marketing, all of which are key elements for our future.”


  • Compass-EOS was founded in 2006 by Michael Laor, who previously was a Director of Engineering and Architecture of Cisco Systems, and Dr. Michael Mesh, who had been a co-founder and CTO of PacketLight Networks.

Verizon Launches its Isis Mobile Wallet

Verizon Wireless officially launched its Isis Mobile Wallet is available nationwide, allowing customers to securely store virtual versions of their credit and debit cards on their smartphones.

At launch, Verizon Wireless claims more than 200,000 retail locations across the U.S., including Toys 'R' Us, Jamba Juice, and Coca-Cola vending machines, are equipped with tap-to-pay terminals compatible with Isis.

"Isis Mobile Wallet is the next revolutionary feature for your smartphone, changing how you shop in the same way camera apps forever changed how you snap and share pictures, or how Google Maps changed how you navigate in your car," said Jerry Fountain, president for Verizon Wireless in Carolinas and Tennessee. "But Isis is more than just a convenient way to pay. Security and identity theft are major concerns for most consumers, and Isis builds an extra layer of protection around your transactions."


Savvis Plans New Toronto Data Center

CenturyLink's Savvis division announced plans for a new data center in the Toronto region.

The 100,000-square-foot TR3 data center will support up to five megawatts of IT load. The data center, now reserving pre-orders, will also receive Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute, signifying high availability through redundancy.  The launch date is expected in mid-2014.

TR3 will be Savvis' second data center in the Toronto region and fourth in Canada. Savvis currently operates 55 data centers worldwide, with more than 2.4 million square feet of gross raised floor space throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Savvis said it expects that up 70 percent of Canadian IT leaders will outsource a majority of their infrastructure to colocation, managed hosting and cloud services within five years.

"As we expand our global data center footprint, experience shows our clients expect more than one type of infrastructure service," said David Meredith, senior vice president and general manager, Savvis. "We have designed a broad portfolio to drive greater business value through carrier diversity, interconnectivity and our Savvis ClientConnect service, which lets organizations promote services, drive efficiencies and generate new opportunities with others inside the data center ecosystem."


Zayo and Infinera Deliver 1 Terabit Super-Channel for Super Computing 2013's SCinet

Infinera and Zayo are delivering a one terabit per second (1Tb/s) super-channel transmission capacity in support of the SCinet network at this week's Super Computing 2013 (SC13) in Denver.

This is the first time 1Tbos of super-channel transmission capacity will be deployed on SCinet’s network, delivered with the Infinera DTN-X platform.

Zayo will bedemonstrating the rapid provisioning of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services from the show floor in Denver to Chicago. Zayo offers 100GbE services to high-bandwidth customers including research and education institutions, Internet content providers, and government agencies. Infinera is a supplier of multi-terabit transport capacity for Zayo’s 100GbE services.

"The delivery of terabit service on SCinet demonstrates how fast Zayo can deploy capacity for our customers," said David Dunn, vice president of wavelength product at Zayo. "Through our collaboration with Infinera on this deployment, we are demonstrating our ability to expand our 100GbE services to accommodate the bandwidth-driven needs of our customers.”


Deutsche Telekom Launches Wholesale LTE Diameter Signaling

Deutsche Telekom's International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) division announced its new LTE Diameter Signaling service, which gives customers the ability to roam over 4G networks while travelling internationally.

The LTE Diameter Signaling service was made possible through the dedicated IP eXchange (IPX) platform from ICSS. The Diameter protocol solves the interoperability problems caused by the broad range of technologies and infrastructures within the telecommunications landscape and allows seamless roaming across differing mobile standards. Via its IPX network, ICSS can connect its LTE roaming customers with more than 800 mobile networks and over 1 million hotspots for global signaling roaming connectivity.

"Our state-of-the-art LTE Diameter Signaling service delivers extremely high-quality signaling services, consistent access to 2G, 3G, and LTE mobile networks, and more than one million WiFi hotspots around the world,” said Holger Magnussen, Senior Vice President, Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions. “In fact, we are the only global Tier 1 provider that offers an integrated portfolio of cellular and WiFi technologies."

VimpelCom Russia Joins DT's Internetwork Packet Exchange

VimpelCom Russia has established a peering interconnection with Deutsche Telekom's IPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange), a next generation network service for the transfer of various IP-based services between operators and different types of service providers (mobile, fixed network, Internet access), both domestically and internationally.

DT said its exchange give VimpelCom's Beeline service the technical ability to connect to other operators faster, thus ensuring Beeline's consumers of worldwide interoperability, reliability, and guaranteed quality of service.