Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Qualcomm Intros 4th Gen Modem Chipset Supporting LTE-Advanced

Qualcomm introduced its fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem chipset, the Qualcomm Gobi 9x35, and RF transceiver chip, the Qualcomm WTR3925.

The Qualcomm Gobi 9x35 is a cellular modem implemented in 20nm technology.  It offers support for global carrier aggregation with up to 40 MHz for both LTE TDD and FDD Category 6.  This enables download speeds of up to 300 Mbps. It is backwards compatible and supports all other major cellular technologies, including DC-HSPA, EVDO Rev. B, CDMA 1x, GSM and TD-SCDMA.

The Qualcomm WTR3925 is the first announced RF transceiver chip based on the 28 nm process, and is Qualcomm Technologies’ first single-chip, carrier aggregation RF solution that supports all carrier aggregation band combinations approved by 3GPP. The WTR3925 pairs with the Gobi 9x35 chipset and the Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution, which enable the mobile industry’s premier global, single-SKU LTE platform. Sampling is expected to begin sampling early next year.

“We’re excited to be expanding our portfolio with a fourth generation of 3G/LTE multimode connectivity solutions,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT. “Not only do these products extend our industry-leading Gobi roadmap, they enable the creation of thinner and more efficient mobile devices capable of connecting to the fastest 4G LTE Advanced networks worldwide.”

http://www.qualcomm.com/media/releases/2013/11/20/qualcomm-technologies-announces-fourth-generation-3glte-multimode-modem

Palo Alto Networks and VMware Partner on Network Virtualization Security

Palo Alto Networks and VMware announced a jointly-developed solution that uses the VMware NSX network virtualisation platform to automate provisioning and distribution of Palo Alto Networks next-generation network security in their software-defined data centers.

The companies said the combined solution will enable customers to use the network services insertion capabilities of VMware NSX to deploy, move, scale and protect applications.   Key features include:

  • Automated provisioning of advanced network services
  • A consistent network security model that protects against cyber threats - known and unknown - across both physical and virtual workloads
  • Native segmentation of virtual machines into virtual networks
  • Transparent traffic steering and enforcement at the virtual interface
  • Fine-grained visibility into applications, users and content associated with virtual machine context
  • Context-sharing across virtual infrastructure and security management platforms
  • Separation of duties between server, network and security IT administrators.

"The cloud introduces new security challenges, and legacy security systems based on physical attributes such as port and protocol just aren't adequate to secure these highly dynamic environments," said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. "A next-generation security approach that eases operational challenges through integration with network virtualisation is a requirement for customers to confidently extend their deployments to cloud."

http://www.vmware.com
http://www.paloaltonetworks.com

Metaswitch Announces Support Service for Legacy Class 5 Switches

Metaswitch Networks has extended its technology service and support to include a range of legacy Class 5 switches. The service targets the DMS-10 and DMS-100 families of switches (originally manufactured by Nortel Networks and acquired by Genband) and the 5ESS Class 5 switches (made by Western Electric, which became part of Alcatel-Lucent).

Metaswitch said its service for these switches will include 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year “Level 3” support to assist service provider network operation center (NOC) employees managing day-to-day operations. The company continues to encourage network migration for all service providers.

http://www.metaswitch.com

VSS Monitoring Delivers Network Data to Big Data Analytics Systems

VSS Monitoring, which is now a subsidiary of Danaher, introduced a Big Data Visibility solution that scales analytics and forensics to larger datasets than they could with legacy technology.

The VSS Monitoring’s vMesh architecture can connect hundreds of packet broker nodes, gaining real-time views into big data across their entire global network.  The new Big Data solution leverages two new advances in the vMesh Architecture: vSpool and vNetConnect.

The vSpool hardware module for VSS Monitoring’s vBroker chassis enables network data to be captured directly from the network infrastructure, and delivered to and analyzed synchronously or asynchronously by any network analytics, forensics and big data systems over a common storage or content platform.

vNetConnect software enables agent-free visibility into VMware and Cisco virtual switches, providing visibility into physical and virtual workloads and the associated network traffic without requiring any additional software to be installed on the hypervisor or as a virtual machine.

VSS Monitoring said the addition of vNetConnect enables packets from both virtual switches and physical switches to be directed into the network packet broker layer, while vSpool provides capture and delivery of those packets to analytics tools and content platforms from a single point and in an open standard format.

“Big-data systems are often blind to an invaluable resource: the data that represents every transaction in any networked business,” said Martin Breslin, Founder and President, VSS Monitoring. “Bridging this gap by linking network data with big data systems, enables a comprehensive view of the information that the business needs to make the right decisions.  vSpool addresses these challenges by delivering line-rate performance and advanced traffic grooming, while vNetConnect provides total visibility into network traffic from both physical and virtual hosts, and from active and stored data alike.  No longer are variations in data types, interfaces between systems, network latency, or physical locations of network assets a limitation to high-quality analysis.”

http://vssmonitoring.com

Qualcomm Atheros Debuts Processor for Internet of Everything

Qualcomm Atheros is launching an Internet Processor (IPQ) product line to transform networking devices like home gateways, routers and media servers into “Smarthome” platforms. The new device is aimed at the next generation of IP-based content, applications, systems and things, known as the Internet of Everything, in homes and businesses.

Qualcomm’s “Smarthome” platform combines its dual-core 1.4 GHz Krait CPU with its new dual-core 730 MHz Packet Processor Engine, to offload network traffic, supporting up to 5 Gbps of aggregate capacity across LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, HomePlug powerline, hybrid wired/wireless, and Ethernet.

“Just as Qualcomm helped propel the smartphone experience and ecosystem, we are now employing the company’s mobile DNA to enable the Smarthome as a platform to deliver an advanced class of content, applications and services that can be enjoyed throughout the home. Qualcomm is bringing together its mobile and networking expertise in the Internet Processor to extend its portfolio and enable new capabilities for network platforms,” said Amir Faintuch, president, Qualcomm Atheros. “With this new class of high-performance, energy-efficient and agile processors for home gateways and enterprise access points, Qualcomm is again demonstrating its ability and commitment to elevate consumer experiences by driving innovation at the edge of the network.”

http://www.qualcomm.com

Altera Releases New 100G Ethernet and Interlaken IP Cores

Altera expanded its intellectual property (IP) portfolio with four additions: an ultra-high performance and ultra-low latency 100G Interlaken, 100G Ethernet, 40G Ethernet and 10G Ethernet IP.

The new Interlaken and Ethernet IP cores are optimized for use in Altera's high-performance Stratix V FPGAs as well as future Generation 10 FPGAs and SoCs. Customers today via early access software are using these best-in-class IP cores in 20 nm Arria 10 FPGA designs.

http://www.altera.com/bic_ip

Saudi Telecom Awards Managed Services Contract to Huawei

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has awarded a four year managed services contract to Huawei.

Under the contract, Huawei will provide operations and maintenance, network performance management services for STC’s wireless, microwave, and core networks. Huawei noted that its work with STC dates back to 2000 and includes 9 years of Hajj event assurance, Internet protocol television (IPTV) consultancy support, network performance management, and customer experience management.

http://www.huawei.com

Freescale Demos Simultaneous LTE and WCDMA on a Single Base Station Processor

Freescale Semiconductor's QorIQ Qonverge BSC9132 SoC for small cell base station can now run simultaneous WCDMA and LTE thanks to the company's integrated VortiQa Layer 1 (L1) software.

“The addition of WCDMA multimode capability to our comprehensive portfolio of LTE L1 software underscores Freescale’s strong commitment to the small cell market,” said Stephen Turnbull, wireless marketing manager for Freescale’s Digital Networking business. “Freescale is helping accelerate the ability of small cell manufacturers to deliver multimode picocell solutions that work together seamlessly and meet the requirements of wireless network operators.”

http://www.freescale.com

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dreamforce in SF Attracts 135,000 Registrants - Power of Cloud

Salesforce.com's annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco has attracted over 135,000 registrants (online and in-person), making it the largest cloud and software industry event so far.  This compares to about 90,000 registrants last year. The event has about 350 partner companies exhibiting at the expo, as well as 1,200 sessions.

In his keynote address, Marc Benioff, Salesforce's Chairman and CEO, said his company is building the Internet of Customers by leveraging the changing workflows enabled by cloud applications. Salesforce recently achieved its first $1 billion sales quarter (up 36% YoY) and its ecosystem of partners and market share in cloud services continue to grow.

The company is introducing its new Salesforce1 Customer Platform for connecting apps, mobile devices and customer data.  The release includes new APIs and mobile tools to make it easier for companies to build sales and customer-support applications.

https://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF13/

FCC Considers Mandatory PSTN Sunset in 2018

The FCC will consider an order at its January meeting addressing the IP Transition along with the recommendation to sunset the public switched telephone network in 2018.

In a statement, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said he welcomes the decision but that adequate testing and preparation must be conducted in advance. Geographic all-IP trials should be conducted so that carriers will be able to  transition from TDM to IP in a discrete set of wire centers.

http://www.fcc.gov/document/commissioner-pai-statement-ip-transition

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.

http://www.ericsson.com

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.

http://www.intel.com

  • 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.

http://www.verizonenterprise.com/solutions/security

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.

http://www.centurylink.com

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.

http://www.coriant.com/company/press_release.asp?id=1040

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.

http://www.huawei.com

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.

http://www.aviatnetworks.com

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.”

https://www.opennetworking.org

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.


http://www.infonetics.com

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.


http://m2m.sprint.com/m2m-solutions/velocity