Monday, January 27, 2014

Ireland's Research Network Upgrades with Coriant

HEAnet, Ireland's National Education and Research Network, has commissioned a new national all-optical transmission network supplied by Coriant.  The upgrade increases network capacity and enhances network resiliency for the research network, which supports some 200,000 third-level students and associated staff as well as approximately 800,000 first and second-level students and associated staff.

"Our advanced optical networking solutions portfolio provides HEAnet with a new level of optical layer efficiency, scalability, reliability and automation to deliver enhanced service value to its customer base," said Herbert Merz, President and CEO, Coriant.

http://www.coriant.com/company/press_release.asp?id=1044

Mellanox Releases 40 GigE NIC for Open Compute Project

Mellanox Technologies is offering its 40GbE NIC as a proposed contribution to the Open Compute Project.

The new 40GbE NIC uses Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 Pro ICs and is designed to meet OCP specifications. It supports RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE).

“Mellanox has been active in the OCP Network Project and has contributed to the open hardware and software model to help achieve OCP’s vision for true open standards and faster pace in network technology innovation,” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “We’re pleased to continue our collaborations with Facebook in delivering 40GbE NIC technology to OCP to deliver unmatched performance and rich feature-sets that enable superior data center productivity and efficiency.”

http://www.mellanox.com/page/press_release_item?id=1217

Liberty Global to Acquire Ziggo, the Dutch Cable Operator

Liberty Global agreed to acquire Ziggo, a Dutch cable operator, for around EUR 10 billion in stock and cash.

Ziggo serves approximately 2.8 million households, with 1.9 million Internet subscribers, almost 2.3 million subscribers for digital television and 1.6 million telephony subscribers.

Liberty Global is an international cable provider with operations in 14 countries and 24 million customers.

The acquisition will give Liberty Global a footprint reaching about 90% of Dutch households.

http://www.libertyglobal.com/pdf/press-release/Joint-announcement-press-release-Ziggo-Final.pdf

Crehan: Data Center Switching Market Hits New Phase

2014 should be a year of major transition for Infiniband, Fibre Channel and Ethernet data center switch technologies, according to Crehan Research.

Crehan's most recently published Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report, predicts that each technology will surpass its incumbent, becoming the majority of its respective segment on an annual basis:

  • In Infiniband, 56Gbps FDR will overtake 40Gbps QDR to comprise more than 50% of shipments.
  • In Fibre Channel, 16Gbps will exceed 8Gbps to comprise more than 50% of shipments.
  • In Ethernet, 10 Gigabit will outstrip 1 Gigabit to comprise more than 50% of shipments.

“10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) is finally on the verge of becoming the most popular data center switch port connection, after a long and sometimes rocky adoption curve,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. “And as 40GbE starts to ramp, we are still forecasting its adoption curve to look much better than that of 10GbE. This is already evidenced by the fact that recent data center switch introductions are really pushing the envelope on 40GbE port densities and economics,” he added.

In its year-ago Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report (January 2013), Crehan illustrated that 40GbE would comprise close to one-third of all data center switch shipments by 2017, and this latest forecast maintains the same outlook. In Fibre Channel, the report further shows that despite a more gradual ramp than that seen for 8Gbps, 16Gbps Fibre Channel adoption is picking up steam. Crehan predicts that it will become the majority Fibre Channel switch technology by 2014.

"In the Infiniband switch market, 56Gbps FDR is well on its way to becoming the next de facto high-speed interconnect, setting the foundation for upgrades to the forthcoming 100Gbps EDR products."

Stanford's Professor Paulraj Wins Marconi Prize for MIMO Breakthrough

Stanford University's Professor (Emeritus) Arogyaswami Joseph Paulraj has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Marconi Society Prize for his idea for using multiple antennas at both the transmitting and receiving stations.

His work in MIMO technologies is fundamental to current Wi-Fi and 4G systems.

In 1992, Paul was granted a U.S, patent titled “Distributed Transmit – Directional Receive DTDR” (with his then supervisor Prof. Kailath as co-inventor).  Spatial Multiplexing, as this is now known, boosts spectral efficiency by creating “parallel spatial data streams” within the same frequency channel.

The Marconi Society, which is celebrating its 50th year in 2014, has posted Professor Paulraj's story online.

http://www.marconisociety.org/press/2014paulrajannouncement.html

Sprint Activates 40 More LTE Markets

Sprint activated LTE service in 40 more towns and cities across the U.S., bringing its total number of markets served to 340 across the country.

"We are making great strides towards achieving nationwide scale with 4G LTE. The momentum we have demonstrates our commitment to provide an exceptional wireless experience for our customers,” said Bob Azzi, chief network officer. “Today we are well underway with our build-out and delivering faster data speeds to our customers in more places where they live, work and play.”

http://network.sprint.com/?ECID=vanity:network

*** Planning Coverage for Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona ***



Planning is underway for news coverage at Mobile World Congress 2014, especially in the areas of Small Cells, LTE-A, VoLTE, NFV solutions, and methods to improve the customer experience.  I'm interested in interviewing mobile operators engaged in any of these areas.  Contact us for more details.

http://www.convergedigest.com/p/mwc14-video-showcases.html

Sunday, January 26, 2014

JDSU: 0.1% of LTE Users Consume Over 50% of Downlink Data

The most extreme data hogs are far more voracious on 4G network than previously seen on 3G networks.

According to new data from JDSU’s Location Intelligence Business Unit (formerly Arieso), just 0.1% of 4G users consume more than HALF of all 4G downlink data measured.  Beyond the 5s, Apple products account for six of the top ten ‘hungriest handsets’, along with two Samsung products, one HTC and one Sony.

The study found that iPhone 5s users are 'hungriest' data users, consuming seven times as much data as benchmark iPhone 3G users in developed markets, and 20 times as much data as benchmark iPhone 3G users in developing markets.

"For the past three years we’ve seen explosive growth in mobile data usage, causing operators to have to wrestle with the challenges their success is creating," said Dr. Michael Flanagan, CTO of Mobility for the Network and Service Enablement business segment of JDSU and author of the study.

“Each new generation of iPhone has resulted in increases in data consumption of between 20-40 percent - even today when data use is common. Though interestingly, users of the more economically-priced iPhone 5c consume data in the range between that of the iPhone 4s and 5 users,” said Flanagan.

“The faster the speeds that mobile operators provide, the more consumers swallow it up and demand more,” continued Flanagan. “One would expect a honeymoon period in which early adopters test their toys. But for 4G users to consistently exhibit behaviour 10 times more extreme than 3G users well after launch constitutes a seismic shift in the data landscape. This has important ramifications for future network designs.”

In the tablet segment, users of the fourth generation iPad consumed almost 40 percent more data than last year’s hungriest device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.  The study also reveals that the new iPad mini is seen to be “mini” in name and in data consumption, consuming 20 percent less data than second- and third-generation iPads.

“Last year, we were surprised to see that smartphones trumped tablets when it came to data consumption. Lost ground has not been made up by tablets, in spite of the progress of the fourth generation iPad. Only two of our top ten most hungry devices were tablets this year, compared to three last year,” commented Flanagan.

http://www.jdsu.com/News-and-Events/news-releases/Pages/iPhone-5s-users-and-4G-network-users-now-most-data-hungry-globally.aspx

 Last year, JDSU acquired Arieso, a developer of location-aware software for mobile network operators, for $85 million in cash.

Arieso, which is based in Newbury, United Kingdom, offers a multi-vendor, location-aware network monitoring and optimization solution that delivers intelligence for more effective network performance engineering.  It also supplies an automated network planning technology that searches all possible configurations to deliver optimum network designs. Arieso said its proprietary algorithms provide highly rich and targeted data from mobile connection events to give mobile operators visibility into service level activity and usage patterns. Arieso’s bookings for calendar 2012 were approximately $27 million.

JDSU said the acquisition advances its mobility strategy by extending visibility all the way to the subscriber location, providing critical intelligence that allows radio access network (RAN) optimization teams to maximize return on investment by identifying ideal locations for small cells and other self-optimizing network enhancements with surgical precision, across the widest range of technologies and vendors.  JDSU will integrate Arieso’s products with complementary solutions such as PacketPortal, JDSU’s open software platform, providing end-to-end visibility across mobile networks.

Amazon Redshift Boosts Performance on SSD-Nodes

Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced higher performance and lower cost Dense Compute Nodes for its Amazon Redshift managed, SQL-based data warehousing service.

The new SSD-based storage option is available in two sizes:

  • Large - 160 GB of SSD storage, 2 Intel Xeon E5-2670v2 virtual cores, and 15 GiB of RAM.
  • Eight Extra Large - 2.56 TB of SSD storage, 32 Intel Xeon E5-2670v2 virtual cores, and 244 GiB of RAM.

The Dense Compute nodes feature a high ratio of CPU power, RAM, and I/O performance to storage. Pricing starts at $0.25/hour. AWS says it can scale all the way up to a cluster with thousands of cores, terabytes of RAM, and hundreds of terabytes of SSD storage.

The new Dense Compute nodes are available in the following AWS Regions:

  • US East (Northern Virginia)
  • US West (Oregon)
  • EU (Ireland)
  • Asia Pacific (Singapore)
  • Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
  • Asia Pacific (Sydney)

http://aws.typepad.com/

CoreSite Implements AWS Direct Connect in NJ

Customers at CoreSite's recently opened "NY2" data center in Secaucus, N.J., can now order connections to the native AWS Direct Connect deployment at CoreSite’s existing NY1 data center in Manhattan.  The AWS Direct Connect gives CoreSite customers access to all of AWS's cloud services through a private, enterprise-grade network connection. AWS Direct Connect helps customers reduce bandwidth costs, improve network security and achieve more consistent network performance. Additionally, the service can be scaled efficiently to meet future connection needs.

"CoreSite is proud to expand the availability of AWS Direct Connect into New Jersey as it aligns with our commitment to delivering network-dense, cloud-enabled data center solutions to customers across the country," said Jarrett Appleby, chief operating officer at CoreSite. "Enterprises in Manhattan and throughout the tri-state metro area can connect directly to AWS in New Jersey, obtaining enhanced security, reliability and scalability at a much lower cost to operate while maintaining optimal performance."

Available as either a 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps connection, AWS Direct Connect is compatible with all AWS services, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) and Amazon Relational Database (RDS). Because the service is scalable, CoreSite customers can easily provision multiple AWS direct connections as their capacity needs change.

The CoreSite's NY2 facility opened in December 2013.

In addition to New Jersey, CoreSite offers AWS Direct Connect service in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Northern Virginia/DC and Boston.

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

Samsung Electronics and Google Sign Patent Deal

Samsung Electronics and Google announced a 10-year, global patent cross licensing deal.  The arrangement provides both companies with access to each other’s patent portfolios.

“We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung,” said Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”

http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=33461

Saturday, January 25, 2014

SunGard to Split Off Its Availability Services Business

SunGard Data Systems will split off its Availability Services business on a tax-free basis to its existing stockholders, including its private equity owners. Once the split-off is completed, the SunGard Availability Services business will be a separate company from SunGard and have its own board of directors. SunGard’s remaining software and processing businesses will consist of Financial Systems (SunGard’s largest business), Public Sector and K-12 Education.

Both SunGard and SunGard Availability Services will continue to be owned principally by the consortium of private equity investment funds associated with Bain Capital Partners, The Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs & Co., Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Providence Equity Partners, Silver Lake and TPG, which acquired SunGard in a leveraged buy-out in August 2005.

Russ Fradin, SunGard’s president and chief executive officer, said, “We believe a strategic separation of SunGard into two financially strong, independent companies will allow each to better focus on its distinct type of business and better pursue its own growth opportunities. While both businesses have been together as part of SunGard for a long time, they serve vastly different customer needs and have very different business profiles, with distinct capital requirements, sales forces and competitors. This separation will bring greater clarity and alignment to each company’s mission.”

The split-off company will continue to use the SunGard Availability Services name.

SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.  It operates approximately five million square feet of datacenter and operations space.

http://www.sungardas.com

Friday, January 24, 2014

Telstra and Telkom Indonesia Enter Joint Venture

Telstra and Telkom Indonesia will form a new joint venture to provide network services in South East Asia.

The proposed joint venture will be the exclusive provider of Network Applications and Services (NAS) in Indonesia for Telstra and Telkom Indonesia giving both companies the opportunity to build market share in the fast growing NAS market in the region. Specifically, the JV would deliver enterprise and business customers with managed network and security services as well as cloud and unified communications services.

Telstra said the deal will further its expansion plans for Asia, which includes both Telstra entities and local market partnerships.

Telkom Indonesia's Group Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer and Pak Indra Utoyo said: "We are bringing the proven ICT NAS solutions to Indonesia to assist businesses to be more productive and competitive to support them locally and into the region."

http://www.telstra.com.au/

New Cable to Link Vanuatu to Papua New Guinea

Iterchange Limited, a Vanuatu-based company, is expanding its undersea infrastructure with a new cable system spanning more than 3000km that will link the Pacific islands of Vanuatu, the Solomons and Papua New Guinea.  The new system, which will use Alcatel-Lucent’s submarine systems, will connect Port Vila, Vanuatu, to Port Moresby, PNG, with branches to Luganville, Vanuatu, and Honiara in the Solomon islands. The cable will initially operate at 40 Gbps and offer a design capacity of 1.2 Tbps.

Simon Fletcher, CEO of Interchange, said: ”Fast and easy connections to everything and all the time is a critical demand whether it comes from video entertainment, cloud-based business applications or access to more basic health care applications from remote areas. With the help of Alcatel-Lucent’s submarine technology, this new undersea cable system further help remove the current dependence on satellite and further encourage the introduction of new services and applications affordably available to everyone. Interchange is committed to a better future for Melanesia by offering nation-building telecommunications technologies and infrastructure to communities throughout the entire region.”

This new system will complement the 1,259km external linkVanuatu-Fiji undersea cable system, Vanuatu’s first international submarine cable link between Port Vila and Suva in Fiji that will commence commercial  operation this month.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://www.interchange.vu

Telstra Tests 700MHz LTE with Ericsson.

Telstra has successfully test APT700 (Asia-Pacific Telecommunity 700MHz) spectrum using Ericsson’s new APT700 radio equipment. This marks another important milestone in the introduction of new low band LTE frequencies and the development of the LTE ecosystem.

The first call on 700MHz was made on Telstra’s live network across two test sites in a regional location in Australia using a pre-release smartphone.

Mike Wright, Telstra Executive Director Networks, said: "This band of spectrum allows us to build the next generation of mobile services. Through this testing we are keen to understand how the network works with the 700 MHz spectrum, how commercial devices interact with the network and how we will be able to achieve faster speeds, more capacity and wider 4G coverage."

Håkan Eriksson, CEO Ericsson Australia and New Zealand, said: "This is the latest in a number of successful technology trials undertaken with Telstra aimed at readying the operator’s network for the release of APT700 digital dividend."

"The APT700 band has the ability to provide excellent in-building coverage as well as delivering wide area coverage in regional and rural areas, providing operators with increased capacity and performance, and users with a superior experience," Eriksson added.

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.telstra.com

BT Increases its Fiber Rollout by £50 million

BT will invest a further £50 million into its commercial fibre broadband programme over the next three years. The funds, which are in addition to the  more than £3 billion already committed to deploying fibre broadband , will benefit more than 30 cities, helping to make high speed broadband available to more than 400,000 additional premises.

Mike Galvin, MD Network Investment at Openreach said: “Our fibre programme is going extremely well with our engineers connecting homes and businesses across the UK. Some city areas have proved challenging in the past but we are returning to those and will pass hundreds of thousands of additional premises with fibre.


“We are reaching vast swathes of rural Britain with our public sector partners but we will upgrade these city areas under our own steam. Businesses in cities already have access to ultra-fast speeds but fibre will give them greater choice. The UK is already ahead of its main European rivals when it comes to fibre, and is set to race ahead thanks to the BDUK plans that are already in progress across the country.”

BT’s new investment will focus on three areas:
  • Enabling city cabinets that weren’t part of BT’s original commercial plans due to technical challenges or local planning restrictions
  • Deploying fibre to cabinets to serve multi-dwelling units such as apartment blocks
  • Laying further fibre – including ‘Fibre-to-the-Premises’ technology – to new build sites in cities.




Swiss National Railway Implements HP TippingPoint IPS

Swiss Federal Railways has deployed HP TippingPoint technology to secure the national railway’s network infrastructure.  The deployment uses the HP TippingPoint 7500NX platform and HP TippingPoint SMS XL Appliance for next-generation intrusion prevention system (NGIPS).

 “Even with strong security measures already in place, the highly sensitive nature of the railway’s network, along with the escalation of cyberthreats, presented a need for greater visibility and proactive defense,” said Erwin Jud, senior security engineer, Swiss Federal Railways. “The HP TippingPoint IPS combines advanced threat intelligence and thorough visibility, enabling us to better protect our infrastructure with minimal administrative effort.”

HP said its TippingPoint NX platform delivers a real-time NGIPS to proactively defend against cyberthreats that target the network, applications and critical data.

http://www.hpenterprisesecurity.com

Google Cites Software Configuration for Friday Outage

Google blamed an internal system that generates configurations for a brief outage on Friday of its Gmail, Google +, Calendar and other online services.

The disruption lasted 25 minutes for most users before engineers on Google's Site Reliability team were able to clear the error.

An explanation and apology is posted here:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/todays-outage-for-several-google.html#more

Cisco Supplies 100G to Russia's Bashinformsvyaz

Bashinformsvyaz JSC, one of the largest service providers in the Urals region and in Russia at large, has deployed the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) and Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers in key traffic nodes.

As a result, new coherent transponders were installed on DWDM-network multiplexors, ensuring data transmission at the rate of 100 gigabits per second per wavelength. Cisco said this type of transponder features a 100 Gigabit Ethernet client interface for user equipment; it is capable of transmitting data at a distance up to 4,000 km without intermediate Optical-to-Electronic-to-Optical regeneration. Along with the above, Cisco ASR 9000 routers were upgraded with line cards featuring 100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces; these were connected to 100 Gbps DWDM transponders. This allowed building a high-speed trunk line scalable to 4 Tbps, connecting major cities of the Republic of Bashkortostan. Additionally, traffic grooming and optimization have been performed to enable more efficient utilization of the existing infrastructure; due to deep integration of IP and optical levels, reliability and survivability of the company's backbone network were dramatically increased.          

"Upgrade of the backbone network segment to 100 Gbps helps ensure a huge margin of safety, and efficient and scalable data transport infrastructure required to maintain further network growth and telecom services development within this area. It is very important to notice that implementation of 100 Gbps channels did not require any alterations of the existing DWDM network built some years ago for 10 Gbps speed capacity; our engineer staff was directly involved in those works. This allowed minimizing the deadlines and costs, completing works without interfering with existing services, as well as enriching ourselves with this precious experience of such a large-scale project,” stated Rustam Yanyshev, first deputy general director, CTO, Bashinformsvyaz.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/rss.html
http://www.bashtel.ru/

Cisco to Expand Its Presence in Mexico

At a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Cisco CEO John Chambers confirmed plans to expand Cisco's presence in Mexico, including the recently announced Cisco Support Center, the expansion of manufacturing of advanced technology products, and the expansion of the Cisco Networking Academy program. Cisco anticipates direct and indirect investment of up to US $1.35 billion during 2014.

Cisco will expand sourcing of advanced technology products in Mexico through world-class contract manufacturers. Additionally, the investment will cover the recently announced Cisco Support Center (CSC) in Mexico City, which will support local and regional operations and create the capacity to service customers in the Spanish language.

Cisco is also expanding its Networking Academy program to help Mexico increase the pool of high skills workers required to support Mexico's growing technology sector. Cisco Networking Academy in Mexico is one of the largest programs for Cisco worldwide, with more than 50,000 students enrolled in 300 academies nationwide. The Networking Academy is a cloud-delivered, scalable, high-quality program that helps students develop the practical skills needed to design, build, secure and maintain computer networks.

Cisco started operations in Mexico in 1993; it has more than 600 employees working on sales, services and support in offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey, and in Cd. Juarez focused on Cisco manufacturing operations. Business partners employs over 5800 Mexicans dedicated to Cisco production.  

http://thenetwork.cisco.com