Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Box Expands its Cloud Partner Programs

Box announced partnerships with leading systems integrators, including Capgemini, Tech Mahindra, Volo Solutions, Statêra, 360 Cloud Solutions, ASMGi and 7 Summits, to help companies drive more value from their cloud platform.

“Our partner ecosystem is crucial to ensuring that businesses of all sizes across all geographies have the resources and expertise required to transition to Box’s content collaboration platform,” said Chris Penner, vice president of Channel at Box. “With the Box Partner Network, we’re ensuring that our partners have the tools and knowledge they need to be successful members of the Box ecosystem, and in turn pass that success along to customers.”

Launched in 2012, the Box Partner Network has grown to more than 500 partners. In addition to inaugural channel partners including CDW, Ingram Micro Inc. and Softchoice, Box has added key new channel partners SHI, Nexus IS, Enterprise Mobile, and Insight Direct.

http://blog.box.com/2013/12/new-partners-new-growth-and-a-new-services-program-for-box/


Telecom New Zealand Employs Huawei for LTE

Telecom New Zealand launch a new "Ultra Mobile" 4G LTE network in parts of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Huawei provided a convergent radio access network (RAN) technology solution for the network based on its SingleRAN technology.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Arthur Zhang, CEO of Huawei New Zealand, said Telecom's 4G network utilizes cutting-edge wireless technologies: "We have worked closely with Telecom to create a network with an exceptional performance and we are honored to be providing technology which will help transform the mobile broadband experience for Telecom's customers. 4G is a transformative technology which enables new ways for New Zealanders to connect and do business."

http://www.huawei.com

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NTT Com Readies SDN-Powered VPN Overlay Service

NTT Communications is preparing to enhance its Arcstar global VPN service with a new Universal One Virtual Option which will allow users to create, use and control overlay networks on-demand via existing corporate networks or the Internet using software-defined network (SDN) technology. NTT Com will be the first carrier to offer such a service.

Arcstar Universal One Virtual Option, which will debut in March 2014,  initially will be available in 21 countries, including Japan, the US, Singapore, the UK, Hong Kong, Germany and Australia, eventually expanding to 30 countries. Reservations will be accepted from in March 2014.

The new SDN capability will enable one or more flexible, secure, low-cost, on-demand networks to be created simply by installing an application on a PC, smartphone or similar device, or by using an adapter. User will not need to change IP addresses. An NTT Communications Business Portal will use provide management and operation of newly created virtual networks.

NTT Communications said the SDN flexibility will be especially efficient in cases such as a business consolidation or intercompany project,where customer can expect to reduce costs by up to 60% and shorten the configuration period by up 80% compared to the conventional establishment of a dedicated gateway and reassignment of IP addresses to connect to a common server from a different network environment (NTT Com estimates are based on integrating 100 locations with two virtual private networks and overlapping IP addresses).

The service application will be free to download and will cost JPY 250 per month to use. The dedicated adapter will cost JPY 15,000 and JPY 1,500 per month to use (prices exclude 5% consumption tax, which will change to 8% from April 1, 2014).

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20131210_2.html
http://www.ntt.com/universalone_e/

IBM Researchers Demo Bose-Einstein Condensation

Researchers at IBM demonstrated for the first time a complex quantum mechanical phenomenon known as Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC). The breakthrough has potential applications in developing novel optoelectronic devices, including energy-efficient lasers and ultra-fast optical switches.

The demo, which used a luminescent polymer (plastic) similar to the materials in light emitting displays used in many of today's smartphones, proved that BEC could be observed at room temperature.

A thin polymeric layer was placed between two mirrors and excited with laser light. IBM said the bosonic particles are created through interaction of the polymer material and light which bounces back and forth between the two mirrors. The bosons could be used to create a source of laser-like light and/or an optical switch for future optical interconnects.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/42710.wss

Alcatel-Lucent Adds SDN Capabilities to Enterprise Omniswitch

Alcatel-Lucent has added software defined networking (SDN) capabilities to its OmniSwitch Ethernet LAN portfolio including automation and provisioning tools.

OpenFlow support and OpenStack integration are available now on the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch product via a free software upgrade or at no additional charge when a new system is purchased.

The company said these enhancements support its Application Fluent Network vision to help enterprises build SDN-based solutions in an affordable manner.
                                             
“These capabilities ensure that OmniSwitch solutions are open and will work seamlessly with the company’s partner ecosystem and industry SDN leaders’ solutions,” said Stephane Robineau, general manager and vice president, Enterprise Networks business, Alcatel-Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent cited a number of enterprise-scale SDN use cases:


  • Optimizing wireless (Wi-Fi) traffic flows -- OpenFlow-enabled Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitches interoperating with Aruba wireless controller can dynamically route traffic for optimal performance improving the user experience with bandwidth intensive, real-time applications on a wireless network.
  • Enhanced security for application traffic flows -- when an unwanted application or traffic pattern is detected, an automatic security policy is immediately created and enforced at the OmniSwitch level to stop malicious network traffic. This capability leverages RESTful interfaces and Application Fingerprinting that are enabled by Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitches and Radware DefensePro.
  • Software Defined Data Center -- As storage and data networks converge, the programmable interface of SDN provides a consistent policy across these networks to improve the delivery of applications. IP and fiber channel based storage can be managed on the converged data center network through the programmable interfaces available on Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch enabling a true software defined data center.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://enterprise.alcatel-lucent.com/                                                                                         

Telecom NZ to Sell Australian Subsidiary for A$450 Million

Telecom NZ agreed to sell its Australian subsidiary, AAPT, to TPG Telecom for A$450 million. The deal represents approximately 6.4x AAPT’s current recurring annualised EBITDA run-rate of approximately A$70m.

AAPT operates a national network serving enterprise, government, wholesale and broadcast companies across Australia.

Telecom NZ agreed to sell its Australian subsidiary, AAPT, to TPG Telecom for A$450 million. The deal represents approximately 6.4x AAPT’s current recurring annualised EBITDA run-rate of approximately A$70m.

TPG is an Australian ISP/Telco that owns end-to-end network infrastructure which includes over 400 DSLAM enabled telephone exchanges across Australia, extensive metropolitan fibre optic networks, and the international PPC-1 submarine cable connecting Australia and Guam with onwards connectivity to USA and Japan.

Telecom NZ said the sale lets it focus on operations in its home market.  Sale proceeds will be used to repay debts.

http://www.tpg.com.au/
http://www.telecom-media.co.nz

Sckipio Lines up Investors for G.fast Silicon

Sckipio Technologies, a start-up based in Israel, raised $10 million in funding to support its development of ultra-high speed G.fast broadband modem semiconductors. The company has not yet announced any product specifics.

The funding round included Gemini Israel Ventures, Genesis Partners, Amiti Capital, and Aviv Ventures.

Sckipio said it is actively working with multiple tier-one telcos globally and network equipment vendors. The company has been an active participant and contributor in the G.fast ITU study group. G.fast promises.

G.fast, which represents an evolution of ADSL and VDSL technologies, promises up to 1G bps of broadband access over existing phone lines for up to 250 meters.  It uses 100 MHz wide channels and leverages vectoring technologies to deliver the super broadband performance.

“Sckipio is poised to be the leader in G.fast,” said David Baum, co-founder and CEO of Sckipio Technologies.  “The standard is now ready and so are we. We’ve got a complete team with the relevant expertise in G.fast and the capital needed to deliver the right G.fast solutions quickly.”

http://www.sckipio.com/


  • Sckipio was founded in 2012.  The company is headed by David Baum, who previously founded CopperGate (acquired by Sigma Designs), and other members of the CopperGate team.
  • In July 2013, the ITU-T Study Group 15 granted first stage approval to G.fast (ITU-T G.9700), a new broadband over copper standard that promises up to 1 Gbps rates over copper lines at a distance of up to 250 meters.  G.fast, which is a successor to ADSL and VDSL technologies, uses 100 MHz wide channels. In addition, G.fast will enable self-installation by consumers without a technician’s assistance.  Final approval of G.fast has just occurred..


Big Switch Poaches Cisco Exec to Lead Engineering

Big Switch Networks named Jeffrey Wang as Vice President of Engineering, a position where he will lead development of the company's pipeline of SDN Fabric solutions, including its Unified Physical + Virtual (P+V) Cloud Switching Fabric and its SDN Monitoring Fabric.

Wang was most recently Vice President of Engineering in Cisco's Data Center Group with responsibilities ranging from Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) software to hypervisor switching and I/O technologies such as the Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) and the Nexus 1000v vSwitch. Earlier in his career, he managed the software development team of the Cisco Catalyst 6500, the most widely used data center switch in the industry, and drove the popular Virtual Switching System (VSS).

http://www.bigswitch.com

  • Last month, Big Switch Networks named Douglas Murray as its new CEO, replacing company co-founder Guido Appenzeller, who will continue with the company as Chief Technology Officer and board member. Murray comes to Big Switch from Juniper Networks, where he most recently served as senior vice president of Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, and before that as senior vice president and GM of the data center security business. Prior to joining Juniper, Murray was the General Manager of the Volume Products Group at Extreme Networks.

Renault and Orange Team on 4G in Automobiles

Renault and Orange announced a partnership covering 4G technologies in automobiles. The aim is for both teams to test new uses made possible by very-high-speed mobile technology in real-life situations, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing.

http://www.orange.com/en/press/press-releases/press-releases-2013/Renault-and-Orange-join-forces-to-explore-uses-for-4G-on-future-vehicles


Alcatel-Lucent Opens Innovation in Taiwan

Alcatel-Lucent inaugurated its Taiwan Innovation Center  to increase strategic engagement with service provider and enterprise customers in North Asia and China.

The Taiwan Innovation Center showcases Alcatel-Lucent’s latest solutions for service providers and enterprise customers.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Monday, December 9, 2013

NTT Develops 10G SDN Software Switch for Carriers

NTT outlined details of a prototype, 10 Gbps high-performance SDN software switch that it developed as part of the "Research and Development of Network Virtualization Technology" program commissioned by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

NTT, which is already using SDN in its data centers for cloud services, said it developed this prototype SDN software switch to handle the large scale flow entries that will be required in wide area networks, such as those of telecommunications carriers and Internet providers.

The prototype switch still transfers large packets at a 10 Gbps wire rate even when 100K entries are in its flow tables and each packet header must be rewritten.  This makes it one of the highest performance SDN software switches to date, according to NTT.

The work was carried out by NTT Network Innovation Laboratories (Yokosuka, Kanagawa) as part of reseach for SDN software nodes in the "O3 Project".

The switch features a "Flexible parallel Flow processing Framework."

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2013/1312e/131209a.html



Earlier this year, leading Japanese companies, including Fujitsu, Hitachi, NEC, NTT Communications and NTT, launched the "Open Innovation over Network Platforms" research and development (R&D) project, also known as the "O3 Project".

The project, which is supported by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, aims to develop network virtualization technology that enables multiple telecommunications carriers and service providers who share network resources to design and construct networks and manage their operations freely to suit their needs.

Specifically, a common SDN layer will be developed to integrate a multilayer infrastructure consisting of optical, wireless and packet communications platforms. Compared to existing SDN architectures, the O3 Project targets a common, multi-carrier framework that would enable any Service Providers to share resources.

In September 2013, NTT Com's Nationwide SDN for Uncompressed HDTV received the Innovation Award in Content Delivery at IBC 2013.  The service provides stable transmission of uncompressed high-definition video images between the 128 members of the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association via a large-capacity and highly reliable network.

NTT Com said the value of SDN in this application is that it enables simplified functionality for broadcasters, such as adjusting the bandwidth requirements of each station according to their program schedule. By centrally managing the network, the technology flexibly and efficiently manages traffic to ensure the flawless and timely transmission of vast amounts of data between stations.


In June 2013, NTT showcased its Versatile Openflow vaLidaTor (VOLT) resource control system for software defined networking (SDN) at Interop Tokyo 2013.

NTT said VOLT, which was developed in partnership with Fujitsu, is able to duplicate the entire route information and configuration of OpenFlow.  This can be used to test a new network under the same conditions as the real environment.

The system consists of an MPLS edge router and controller.


Blueprint Tutorial: SDN and NFV for Optimizing Carrier Networks




This article provides some examples of how SDN and NFV can be applied to various segments of a carrier network, and how the functions of a traditional carrier network can be offloaded to a virtualized datacenter to improve end-to-end performance.


Internet Companies Call for Reform of Government Surveillance

Seven leading Internet companies issued a joint call to reform current laws and practices covering online surveillance by government agencies and law enforcement in the United States.

In an open letter to President Obama and members of Congress, the companies urge the U.S. to take the lead and "make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight."  

The companies said they believe this reform should be based on five principles:

  1. Limiting governments' authority to collect users' information
  2. Oversight and accountability
  3. Transparency about government demands
  4. Respecting the free flow of information
  5. Avoiding conflicts among governments.

Signatories are Aol, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo!.

http://reformgovernmentsurveillance.com/

Verizon to Acquire Edgecast for its Global CDN

Verizon agreed to acquire EdgeCast, a content delivery network company based in Santa Monica, California. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Edgecast operates a series of CDN "SuperPOPS" in over 30 locations around the world.  Unlike earlier CDNs, which placed a small number of servers in thousands of locations, Edgecast focused on a smaller number of strategic global locations near primary Internet Exchange Points. These caching servers are located in data centers where major backbone providers operates Internet exchanges.

EdgeCast claims more than 6,000 accounts, including some of the world’s leading Web brands for global media delivery and acceleration services.

Verizon Digital Media Services plans to integrate EdgeCast capabilities in its own network.

“The combination of EdgeCast and Verizon Digital Media Services will allow us to fully exploit and accelerate growth in Internet media consumption and online business performance,” said Bob Toohey, president of Verizon Digital Media Services. “EdgeCast’s industry-leading technology and strategically placed assets, combined with Verizon Digital Media Services’ video solutions, improves our ability to deliver the rich, reliable and quality digital media services that our customers have come to expect.”

Earlier this year, Verizon Digital Media Services announced the acquisition of upLynk assets, with their exclusive technology that streamlines the process of uploading and encoding of video for live, linear and video-on-demand content.

http://www.verizondigitalmedia.com
http://newscenter.verizon.com
http://www.edgecast.com/

  • In July 2013, EdgeCast Networks announced $54 million in new financing for its content delivery network.
    At the time, the company said it has added more than 2,000 accounts in the past year and now has more than 6,000 accounts, including such well-know brands as Twitter, Pinterest, Sony, and Hulu. Its network includes more than 30 POPs in the major data centers where primary carriers exchange traffic.

    "Millions of people use EdgeCast every day – when they use Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Hulu, or any other of the thousands of sites we accelerate worldwide. We deliver more than 4 trillion digital items a month to almost every Internet user in the world,” said Alex Kazerani, EdgeCast Chairman and CEO. “We are proud that our investment partners recognize our incredible performance and share our enthusiasm about our continued growth."

    The Series D funding round was led by Performance Equity Management (PEM), with follow-on participation from the company’s existing investors Menlo Ventures and Steamboat Ventures. The equity portion of the financing was augmented with a debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank.

Infonetics: Data Center and Enterprise SDN will Top $3 billion by 2017

"SDN is going through a classic market adoption cycle, with many new entrants looking to gain a toe-hold, and the majority of enterprises still kicking the tires," according to a new Data Center and Enterprise SDN Hardware and Software report from Infonetics.

“The important question that everyone wants answered is, ‘What’s the real market for SDN?’,” says Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research. “It’s still early days, but our research over the last two years confirms that SDN controllers and Ethernet switches in-use for SDN will play a role in enterprise and data center networks, growing to a $3.1 billion market by 2017.”

The report tracks and forecasts SDN controllers and Ethernet switches in-use for SDN — the ‘real’ market for SDN — separately from SDN-capable Ethernet switches. Some highlights:

  • Vendors shipping SDN products in 2013 include Alcatel-Lucent, Big Switch, Brocade, Cisco, Cumulus, Dell, Extreme, HP, Huawei, IBM, Juniper, Midokura, NEC, Pica8, Plexxi, Plumgrid, VMware and others
  • The few early deployments for SDN—Google, NTT, AT&T, Verizon, DT, BT, and China Mobile—are in large data centers of cloud service providers and large enterprises
  • 10% of Ethernet switches will be in-use for SDN by 2017
  • North America is where SDN got its start, and the region will claim nearly 50% SDN revenue market share through 2017.

http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/Data-Center-and-SDN-Market-Highlights.asp



Qualcomm's Low-Cost Snapdragon 410 Integrates 4G LTE World Mode

Qualcomm introduced Snapdragon 410 chipset featuring integrated 4G LTE World Mode.

The new Snapdragon 410 chipsets are manufactured using 28nm process technology. They feature processors that are 64-bit capable along with graphics driven by an Adreno 306 GPU, 1080p video playback and up to a 13 Megapixel camera.

Snapdragon 410 chipsets integrate 4G LTE and 3G cellular connectivity for all major modes and frequency bands across the globe and include support for Dual and Triple SIM. Together with Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution, Snapdragon 410 chipsets will have multiband and multimode support. Snapdragon 410 chipsets also feature Qualcomm's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC functionality, and support all major navigation constellations: GPS, GLONASS, and China's new BeiDou, which helps deliver enhanced accuracy and speed of Location data to Snapdragon-enabled handsets.

The chipset also supports all major operating systems, including the Android, Windows Phone and Firefox operating systems.

Qualcomm Technologies also announced for the first time the intention to make 4G LTE available across all of the Snapdragon product tiers. The Snapdragon 410 processor gives the 400 product tier several 4G LTE options for high-volume mobile devices, as the third LTE-enabled solution in the product tier.

"We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 ( ~ 1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor," said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China. "The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing."

http://www.qualcomm.com/media/releases/2013/12/09/qualcomm-technologies-introduces-snapdragon-410-chipset-integrated-4g-lte

DragonWave Teams with Saab for National Security Network in Sweden

DragonWave is working with Saab on the expansion and enhancement of national security communication networks in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. As a first step, the two companies will deploy up to 1500 DragonWave Harmony Radio links and a supportive number of Hub 800 adaptable, multi-service nodal switches to build an extensive, mission critical network covering all of Sweden, including remote locations.

DragonWave’s Harmony Radio offers the industry’s only software-selectable evolution from hybrid to all-IP packet networks, enabling a simple migration path from TDM to all-IP backhaul with true “zero-touch” on the existing hardware. The Harmony Hub 800 is a compact indoor unit that provides maximum flexibility for 2G, 3G and LTE traffic aggregation, incorporating 16 Gbps switching capacity and support for up to 12 radio directions in a single unit.

“Our agreement with Saab is based on a shared vision about how best to serve mission critical communication needs in this all-important vertical market in order to build national security networks that can support the next generation of applications and services,” said Peter Allen, DragonWave President and CEO.

http://www.dragonwaveinc.com/

CoreSite Opens Huge Data Center in New Jersey

CoreSite Realty Corp. opened a 280,000 square-foot (26,000m2) data center in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The new facility, which is termed "NY2", is connected to CoreSite's NY1 facility located at a network dense point of interconnection in Manhattan. NY2 offers 21 MW of UPS electrical capacity with up to 2N UPS and N+1 generators.

Some of the network and fiber providers committed to deploy in CoreSite's NY2 facility include:

  • Cogent Communications
  • Comcast Business
  • Cross River Fiber, a New Jersey-based dark fiber optic and telecommunications solutions provider 
  • Hudson Fiber Network (HFN)
  • Lightower, the premier, all-fiber provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance.
  • Seaborn Networks, an independent developer and operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems.
  • Sunesys, a telecommunications company that provides dedicated dark fiber and e-rate wide area networks to healthcare companies.
  • tw telecom
  • United Fiber and Data
  • Zayo Group


http://www.coresite.com/secaucus-data-center.php

Interxion Plans 7th Data Center in Amsterdam

Interxion announced plans to build a seventh data center in Amsterdam.

AMS 7 will be built in six phases, with the first four phases providing approximately 4,600m2 square meters (49,000 square feet) of equipped space and approximately 8.2 MW of customer available power.

David Ruberg, Interxion’s Chief Executive Officer said: “The continued demand for carrier-neutral data centre space that Interxion is experiencing in Amsterdam is largely driven by cloud service providers looking to serve the developing European cloud market by utilising the international connectivity present in the Amsterdam area. AMS7 is being built in response to clearly defined specific customer demand that has resulted from our focus on acquiring magnetic applications and then working to develop the communities of interest around them.”

http://www.interxion.com/

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