Thursday, December 12, 2013

China Mobile to Deploy ALU's Small Cells in TD-LTE Network

China Mobile will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's small cells solution in the world's largest TD-LTE network.

China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent co-created the lightRadio 9768 Metro Radio Outdoor (MRO), which was launched in February 2013 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The companies have completed small cell tests on high-traffic roads in the Zhejiang, Fujian, Liaoning and Shandong provinces and Downtown shopping Mall in Jiangsu.

China Mobile has also confirmed the selection of Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio Radio Access Network (RAN) as part of its TD-LTE mobile broadband network, and Alcatel-Lucent is providing 24 percent of the Evolved Packet Core for the network.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Oracle Opens Up to OpenStack in a Big Way

Oracle announced plans to integrate OpenStack cloud management components into Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Infrastructure as a Service, Oracle’s ZS3 Series, Axiom storage systems and StorageTek tape systems.  The company also intends to achieve OpenStack compatibility with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Compute Cloud Service and Oracle Storage Cloud Service.

Oracle said its goal isto enable customers to use OpenStack to manage Oracle technology-based clouds.

“Oracle is pleased to join the OpenStack Foundation and plans to integrate OpenStack capabilities into a broad set of Oracle products and cloud services,” said Edward Screven, chief corporate architect, Oracle. “Our goal is to give customers greater choice and flexibility in how they use Oracle products and services in public and private clouds.”

In addition, Oracle is planning to provide Oracle Compute Cloud Service compatibility with OpenStack Nova.

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/2021085

AT&T Launches Gigapower Fiber Internet Service in Austin

AT&T launched its "GigaPower" all-fiber Internet network in Austin, Texas.
The service features initial speeds of up to 300 Mbps, although AT&T expects to upgrade the performance to 1 Gbps + in 2014.

“Our all-fiber network enables U-verse with GigaPower to give Austinites the fastest speeds available to consumers in the city,” said Dahna Hull, AT&T’s vice president and general manager for Austin. “With U-verse with GigaPower, our customers can download movies and music and navigate, post and interact on the web faster than ever before, and have one of the best TV experiences around. It’s reliable, crazy fast and priced to attract more and more people to give us a try.”

In addition to fast Internet, the service offers interactive TV services including a 1 terabyte of storage DVR and the ability to watch and record five shows at the same time.

AT&T will have two U-verse with GigaPower Internet offers:

  • Premier: Internet speeds up to 300 Mbps for $70 per month, includes waiver of equipment, installation and activation fees.  Customers who also select U-verse TV will receive free HBO, HBO GO for 36 months, and HD service for $120 per month with qualifying TV services.
  • Standard: Internet speeds up to 300 mbps – download your favorite TV show in less than nine seconds² – for $99 per month.

http://www.att.com/gigapower

In April 2013, Google announced that Austin, Texas will be the next Google Fiber city.

Two years after launching the first Google Fiber project in Kansas City, Google confirmed its intention to bring a similar network to Austin by mid-2014. 

Google provides a free 5-7 Mbps data service to residents who pay the upfront fiber connection fee.  Service plans then scale up to symmetric Gigabit connectivity ($70 per month).  A separate Google Fiber TV service now offers nearly 200 HD TV channels. 

JDSU to Acquire Network Instruments for $200 Million

JDSU agreed to acquire to acquire Network Instruments for $200 million in cash from Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm.

The acquisition of Network Instruments will expand JDSU's Network and Service Enablement product portfolio with several enterprise products, including:

  • Observer Monitoring Platform – Integrated performance monitoring that provides unique visibility into complex application and network operations. The Observer Platform provides deep-dive analytics and problem resolution for mission-critical applications and projects such as VoIP, cloud deployments, data center initiatives and virtualization placements.
  • GigaStor Retrospective Analysis Appliance – Precision-driven data collection solution that provides time-based and retrospective network analysis to support detailed application analytics for data-intensive applications.
  • Matrix Network Monitoring Switch – Launched in September, the Matrix provides an advanced, next-generation and cost-effective solution for network traffic monitoring for the Network Packet Broker market. The Matrix provides rapid set-up and administration, centralized traffic policy management and the scalability for administrators to add more ports as their networks grow.

The Network Instruments also brings its employee base to JDSU, including research and development, sales, marketing and production teams.

"Network Instruments has outstanding new products and an excellent reputation across the enterprise market with nearly twenty years of experience and strong customer relationships," said David Heard, president of the Network and Service Enablement business segment at JDSU. "We're excited to add their talented team and winning solutions to JDSU and look forward to leveraging their expertise to further improve network performance for both our telecom and enterprise customers."

“Network Instruments’ success story is a reflection of Thoma Bravo’s proven growth strategy in the network management space,” said Thoma Bravo managing partner Seth Boro. “Through the firm’s partnership with Network Instruments’ management, we built upon the company’s market-leading technology and customer base, supported new product introductions and accelerated revenue growth.”

http://www.jdsu.com
http://www.thomabravo.com/


  • In May 2012, Thoma Bravo acquired its controlling interest in Network Instruments.

  • Network Instruments was established in 1994.

Google Opens Data Centers in Taiwan and Singapore

Google announced the opening of two data centers serving the Asia-Pacific region:  Changhua County, Taiwan, and Singapore.

The new data center is Changhua County, Taiwan is located on 15 hectares of land.  The facility represents a total long-term investment of US$600 million. It features a nighttime cooling and thermal energy storage system.

The new data center in Singapore is located on 2.45 hectares of land in Jurong West and is Google's first multi-story facility.

http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/locations/changhua-county/
http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/locations/singapore/

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Supports Sprint Spark Carrier Aggregation

Sprint confirmed that it will offer a version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 its "Spark" enhanced LTE in the next few weeks. This enhances the current version of Galaxy S 4 with a design change supporting carrier aggregation of all three Sprint bands (800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz).

Sprint Spark allows tri-band devices, like Galaxy S 4, to support active hand-off mode between 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz and provide data session continuity as the devices move between spectrum bands.

Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of America’s largest cities during the next three years, with initial availability in five markets now. The first markets with limited availability are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami. Sprint 4G LTE service is expected to be available by mid-2014 to approximately 250 million Americans, and Sprint expects 100 million Americans will have Sprint Spark or 2.5GHz coverage by the end of 2014.

Performance-wise, Sprint Spark promises 50-60 Mbps with the potential to deliver over 2 Gbps downstream in the future given Sprint’s spectrum assets.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprint-debuts-samsung-galaxy-s-4-with-the-benefit-of-sprint-spark.htm

MIOsoft Supplies App Cloud Platform to T-Systems

MIOsoft announced an $8 million agreement to supply its enterprise application cloud platform to T-Systems International (TSI).

TSI will use MIOsoft's  MIOedge platform to provide mission-critical applications and services to Deutsche Telekom AG. TSI will deliver PaaS and SaaS services using a secure virtual private cloud.

MIOsoft said TSI's services and applications under the agreement include ordering and billing processes for Deutsche Telekom. These are integrated with more than 30 of Deutsche Telekom's in-house enterprise systems. The agreement, totaling more than $8 million (€6 million), also provides for TSI's MIOedge cloud to use up to 2 petabytes of database storage for analytical and operational application services.

"MIOedge's adoption by T-Systems International and Deutsche Telekom is not just exciting for us, but also a significant moment in the industry," said Bert Barabas, MIOsoft's chief technology officer. "For possibly the first time, major components of a Global 100 company's critical processes are running in the cloud. It's wonderful to be able to help large companies leverage the flexibility and cost benefits of the cloud, especially when they're using applications that are at the core of their vital business processes and deeply integrated into their internal infrastructure."

Unlike a private cloud, a MIOedge virtual private cloud uses an external data center and the cost-effective operations support of a public cloud while dedicating secured servers to a single entity's use. To comply with European, German, and corporate data privacy requirements, the services provided for in the agreement with T-Systems International are provided exclusively from German facilities.

http://www.miosoft.com 



MIOsoft is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin with offices in Hamburg, Germany and Beijing, China.

HP Integrates OpenStack into CloudSystem for Hybrid Networks

HP is making OpenStack central to its next-generation HP CloudSystem, which enables enterprise customers to set up and deploy a complete private cloud environment, while also enabling a hybrid approach that supports bursting to multiple public cloud platforms.


HP CloudSystem will add bursting support for three new public clouds: Microsoft Windows Azure; platforms from Arsys, a European-based cloud computing provider; and SFR, a French telecommunications company. The next-generation HP CloudSystem will be available worldwide in the first half of 2014.

http://www.hpcloud.com/products-services/compute


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

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