Thursday, January 30, 2014

ONF Selects Bangalore's CNLabs as SDN Test Facility

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) named Criterion Network Labs (CNLabs) in Bangalore as its fourth international conformance and interoperability testing facility.

CNLabs joins the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), Beijing Internet Institute (BII), and the Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE) in testing SDN products for compliance with the OpenFlow™ specification through the ONF OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program.

As an ONF-accredited testing facility, CNLabs establishes OpenFlow conformance testing capabilities in India and provides SDN testing services to global clients. CNLabs evaluates vendors’ networking products for conformance, performance, and interoperability, and offers vendors the opportunity to receive OpenFlow certification through ONF’s Conformance Testing Program.

“The networking industry is undergoing a refreshing change. SDN provides a framework through which networks can be administered, programmed, and made to scale seamlessly,” said Jayaprakash Kumar, director of Criterion Network Labs. “OpenFlow provides the method for ensuring consistency, promoting device interoperability, and allowing for a level of flexibility to the network operator that has not been seen before. We are delighted to be named the first ONF-approved testing facility in India and the second in Asia.”

https://www.opennetworking.org/
http://www.criterionnetworks.com/lab/

CenturyLink Tech. Ties into IO's Phoenix Data Center

CenturyLink Technology Solutions (formerly Savvis) will enhance its colocation footprint using IO's Intelligent Control technology platform, with initial deployments at IO Phoenix and nearby IO Scottsdale.

Under the partnership, CenturyLink Technology Solutions (formerly Savvis) will enter the Phoenix market as a hosting and colocation provider, making up to 9 megawatts of additional capacity available to its clients through rapidly deployable IO technology. CenturyLink has a deep understanding of the Phoenix market, where it maintains a substantial network services business and employs more than 1,700 employees.

The IO Intelligent Control technology platform consists of IO.Anywhere data center modules and the integrated IO.OS data center operating system, which provides integrated control, data collection and business intelligence across data center infrastructure, IT equipment, applications and users of the data center. In the CenturyLink data center space, IO's technology will be complemented by CenturyLink's broad set of colocation, managed services, cloud and network offerings. Clients will also gain access to CenturyLink's ClientConnect, an online gateway for businesses to expand their capabilities by locating, connecting and sharing services with other businesses residing across CenturyLink's global data center footprint.

CenturyLink operates more than 50 data centers worldwide, with more than 2.5 million square feet of gross raised floor space throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

http://www.centurylink.com.
http://io.com.


Riverbed Hits Record Quarterly Revenue

Riverbed Technology reported record quarterly revenue of $283 million (GAAP) for Q4 2013, up 8% compared to the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 and 19% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012.  GAAP net income for Q4'13 was $8 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. This compares to $4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in Q3'13 and $5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in Q4'12.

For FY'13, Riverbed reached GAAP revenue was $1.0 billion, up 24% compared to FY '12.

"Riverbed is executing well on a strategy to create sustained growth for our business, strategic value for our customers, and profitable returns for our shareholders," said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO, Riverbed. "Our strong 2013 finish demonstrates progress across our major product lines and all geographies, and strength in enterprise sales. For the full year we are reporting more than $1 billion in revenue, an important milestone in the Company's history, and a good base from which we will drive our next leg of growth."

http://www.riverbed.com

Broadcom's Q4 Revenue Dips to $2.06 Billion

Broadcom posted Q4 2013 net revenue of $2.06 billion, down 3.8% compared with the $2.15 billion reported for Q3 2013 and down 0.8% compared with the $2.08 billion for Q4 2012.  Net income (GAAP) for Q4 was $168 million, or $0.29 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $316 million, or $0.55 per share (diluted), for Q3 2013 and GAAP net income of $251 million, or $0.43 per share (diluted), for Q4 2012.

Net revenue for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $8.31 billion, up 3.7% for the year.

"In 2013 Broadcom delivered record revenue in all three business groups. Continued strength in our Infrastructure Business Group drove Q4 revenue and earnings ahead of expectations," said Scott McGregor, Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Looking into 2014, we are building momentum in LTE, setting the stage for Ultra HD and powering next generation service provider and data center networks."

http://www.broadcom.com

JDSU Beats Guidance with Revenue of $448 Million

JDSU posted GAAP net revenue of $447.6 million, with net income of $8.8 million, or $0.04 per share, for its second quarter ended December 28, 2013.  Prior quarter net revenue was $429.0 million, with net income of $0.3 million, or $0.00 per share. Net revenue for fiscal 2013 second quarter was $429.4 million, with net income of $4.1 million, or $0.02 per share.

“Our fiscal second quarter results exceeded our guidance expectation with gross margin improvements across all three segments,” said Tom Waechter, JDSU’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We are pleased with the performance of our organic business, the progress of our continuing investments in new offerings which align with customer requirements and market trends, and our continuing M&A strategy to expand our product portfolio into mobility and service enablement.  We believe JDSU is well-positioned to leverage our technical leadership in new markets in network infrastructure, commercial lasers and anti-counterfeiting in calendar 2014.”

http://www.jdsu.com

PMC Posts Q4 Revenue of $126.1 Million, Down 2%

PMC-Sierra reported Q4 2013 revenue of $126.1 million, a decrease of 2.2 percent compared to $128.9 million in the third quarter of 2013, and a decrease of 2.6 percent compared to $129.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

GAAP net loss in the fourth quarter of 2013 totaled $16.7 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss in the third quarter of 2013 of $2.7 million, or $0.01 per share. This included a provision for income taxes of $12.8 million.

“Fourth quarter results were above the midpoint of our expectations and reflected solid growth in our storage business,” said Greg Lang, PMC president and chief executive officer. “It is encouraging to see our storage and server businesses finish the year strong.”

http://www.pmcs.com

SiTime Extends Lifetime Warranty for MEMS Timing Devices

In a testament to the durability of its MEMS oscillators and clock generators, SiTime has decided to extend a lifetime warranty that the devices will conform to specifications for the life of the system.

“Since 2007, SiTime has shipped 200 million units of our silicon MEMS timing solutions with zero MEMS failures. The outstanding quality and reliability of SiTime’s products is due to two unique factors – single crystal silicon material and the EpiSeal manufacturing process. Unlike other manufacturers who use poly crystalline silicon and oxides, SiTime constructs the MEMS resonator from pure single crystal silicon, which ensures that the performance of the resonator does not change with time. The EpiSeal process anneals the MEMS resonator and encapsulates it in a perfectly clean vacuum for maximum durability and reliability,” said Piyush Sevalia, executive vice president of marketing at SiTime. “SiTime’s reliability is two orders of magnitude, 100 times better than quartz."

http://www.sitime.com

Dell'Oro Group Releases Small Cell Forecast

Carrier spending on licensed and unlicensed small cell equipment will continue to increase over the next five years, according to a new forecast published by Dell'Oro Group.

Some highlights of the 5-year forecast report:

  • Service Providers to deploy almost 670 K small cell backhaul links between 2013 and 2018
  • Licensed non-residential small cell BTS shipments to grow from 160 K in 2015 to 625 K in 2018
  • SP WiFi revenues to more than double between 2013 and 2018.

"While there is no secret at this point that service providers would prefer to roll out macros as long as possible, we firmly believe as the focus continues to shift from outdoor coverage to improving performance in high-traffic areas and indoors, that the case for small cells will eventually not only make sense from a spatial efficiency perspective, but it will also be compelling from a business point of view," said Stefan Pongratz, Director of Dell'Oro Group's RAN and Small Cell Programs. "While we have lowered our expectations for SP WiFi, we have raised our licensed small cell expectations to account for new product announcements by Ericsson, NSN, and Huawei increasing the likelihood service providers will include small cells in their budgets," continued Pongratz.

This report provides a five-year unit and revenue forecast for the following small cell segments: RAN (WCDMA/LTE), Backhaul (LOS/NLOS microwave and fiber/copper), and SP WiFi (enterprise-class devices and outdoor mesh nodes that ship to service providers).

http://www.delloro.com

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cisco Extends its Application-centric Infrastructure for Enterprises

As part of its recently launched Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) initiative, Cisco introduced an Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module for extending
high-performing applications from the data center to wide-area networks (WAN) and local access networks (LAN). The goal is to provide enterprises with complete visibility into their networks, automating network and policy configuration while managing applications across the WAN and access networks.

The Cisco APIC serves as the single point of automation and fabric element management in
both physical and virtual environments.

The Cisco APIC Enterprise Module is constructed of three elements: a consolidated network information database, policy infrastructure and automation.

To address security concerns, Cisco APIC automates network-wide rapid threat detection and mitigation by integrating and automating Cisco Sourcefire  security solutions.  For compliance management across branches and headquarters, Cisco APIC also provides network-wide Quality of Service (QoS), and accelerates Intelligent WAN (IWAN) deployments. It can also be used with third-party solutions to provide an end-to-end WAN orchestration and management.

Cisco said its APIC frees up time for IT that would otherwise be spent configuring networking equipment and updating policy changes device by device. It automates many IT functions enabling configuration and policy changes to be pushed out to the individual components of the network instead of requiring IT to update each one manually. It also enables policies to automatically adapt to network changes which would be very difficult to set otherwise.

Cisco APIC supports both new and existing network infrastructures via a selection of network Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), including OpenFlow, Cisco onePK and Command Line Interface (CLI). The Cisco APIC Enterprise Module also supports both new SDN-ready devices as well as older Cisco network equipment, enabling the same IT automation as with Cisco ACI for a large existing installed base that eliminates the need to rip and replace existing networking equipment to take advantage of this new functionality.

The Cisco APIC Enterprise Module leverages the Glue Networks' "Gluware Intelligent Orchestration Engine"

The Cisco APIC Enterprise Module will be available at the end of the first half of 2014 and at no additional cost for existing and new Cisco SMARTnet customers.

http://thenetwork.cisco.com


In November 2013, Cisco unveiled its Application Centric Infrastructure for data centers and clouds.

In a press event in New York, John Chambers described ACI as the next big transformation of the IT industry driven by imperatives of the application economy.

ACI is a step beyond virtualization and software-defined networks (SDN), said Chambers, because it brings agility and automation with full visibility and integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT resources at the system, tenant, and application levels.  The architecture promises a pay-as-you-grow mode scaling to over 100,000 switch ports and capable of supporting more than one million IP end points in a data center spine with 60 Tbps capacity.  A key premise is that the network should adapt to application requirements through dynamic insertion and chaining of physical and virtual L4-7 network services including firewalls, application delivery controllers, and intrusion detection systems.  The new architecture is designed for multi-tenant cloud environments by providing real-time view of per tenant and per application health, statistics, and troubleshooting.  Real-time analytics will be used to drive intelligent application placement decisions.

The foundation for ACI is an Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), enhanced versions of the NX-OS data center switching operating system, and a new line of Nexus 9000 data center switches based on technology from Insieme Networks, the Cisco spin-in start-up that is being acquired and re-integrated into the company.

The Cisco APIC is a centralized clustered controller that is responsible for tasks ranging from fabric activation, maintenance of switch firmware, network policy configuration and instantiation. Cisco APIC is
completely removed from the data path.  The APIC exposes a northbound API through XML and JSON and provides both a command-line interface (CLI) and GUI that use this API to manage the
fabric. It will be delivered as an appliance.

The new Nexus 9000 platforms will be able to run both optimized NX-OS and an ACI-mode of NX-OS via the addition of APIC.  Cisco said this dual capability provides investment protection and a migration path to ACI though a software upgrade.

The new switches will use custom ASICs for scalable and merchant silicon for addressing time to market issues.  Cisco said its platforms will support 1/10/40G ports with support for future 100G transitions in existing and next generation data centers.  Another innovation in the Nexus 9000 portfolio is a backplane-free modular switch design that promises more efficient power and cooling.  Both the Cisco Nexus 9500 and 9300 platforms support VXLAN and NVGRE bridging and routing functions in hardware.

Cisco InterCloud Looks to Interconnect Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds

Cisco introduced a hybrid cloud solution, dubbed Cisco InterCloud, that aims to support many interconnected public, private and hybrid clouds.

Cisco InterCloud, part of the Cisco One platform, is infrastructure software that will enable organizations to combine and move workloads – including data and applications – across different public or private clouds securely while maintaining associated network and security policies.  The goal is to be able to move workloads to and from participating cloud providers with Cisco Powered services, such as BT, CSC/ServiceMesh, CenturyLink Technology Solutions, and Virtustream. In addition, Cisco InterCloud has been designed to move workloads to and from multiple public clouds, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure.

Cisco InterCloud will provide workload mobility and is intended to integrate with cloud management solutions such as Cisco IAC, as well as CSC/ServiceMesh's Agility Platform, Red Hat CloudForms, and other products from Cisco's ecosystem partners.  Other leading technology partners supporting Cisco InterCloud include EMC, Citrix, Denali Advanced Integration, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VCE and Zerto.

http://www.cisco.com/web/solutions/cloud/index.html

Tellabs to Join Coriant, while Spinning Off Access Division

Marlin Equity Partners announced plans to integrate the majority of Tellabs into its new Coriant optical transport company, while spinning off the access product line of Tellabs into an independent company. Marlin's acquisition of Tellabs was completed in December.

Tellabs currently supplies packet-optical, mobile backhaul and Optical LAN networking solutions to telecom service providers, independent operating companies, MSO/cable companies, enterprises and government agencies.  Under this plan, the optical LAN product line will be spun out into Tellabs Access, which will also continue to provide residential access products to service providers. Mike Dagenais has been named President and CEO of Tellabs Access business. Previously, Dagenais served as CEO of Radisys Corporation and as president and CEO of Continuous Computing.  He also served as president and CEO of Optical Solutions, Inc. and president and COO of Convergent Networks.

Coriant gains Tellab's packet-optical and mobiel backhaul businesses.  Marlin has appointed Bob Leggett as Chairman of the Coriant Board, Pat DiPietro as CEO and Herbert Merz as President and Chief Operating Officer of the unified organization. Dan Kelly will step down Tellabs’ President and CEO.

“From mobile cell sites to mission-critical enterprises and cloud data centers, the demand for agile broadband connectivity is fundamentally reshaping network and service requirements. The combined technical expertise and complementary product portfolios will significantly strengthen Coriant’s ability to deliver high-value end-to-end solutions to service providers, while accelerating Coriant’s leadership in software-defined networking, programmability, and automation for next-generation transport networks," stated Pat DiPietro, Chief Executive Officer, Coriant.

“With deep customer relationships and a strong portfolio of access solutions to build upon, Marlin is fully committed to the success of the Tellabs Access business. The OLAN business requires focus on distinct channels and this separation positions Tellabs Access for continued rapid growth in this sector,” said Doug Bayerd, a principal at Marlin. “We are pleased to have a seasoned executive with deep industry knowledge and expertise in the leadership position of Tellabs Access. We look forward to partnering with Mike and his leadership team as the company strengthens the long-term value proposition for its customers.”


Google to Sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 Billion

Google agreed to sell its Motorola Mobility subsidiary to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.  The deal will require approval from U.S. and Chinese regulators.

Google, which acquired Motorola Mobility in April 2011 for $12.5 billion, said it will retain the majority of Motorola's patents in order to defend the Android ecosystem.  The sale of Motorola enables Google to ensure a more level playing field for Android.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/

AMD Readies 4 and 8-core ARM-based Processors

AMD showcased a development platform for its first 64-bit ARM-based server CPU and announced the upcoming sampling of the ARM-based processor, named the AMD Opteron A1100 Series.

The AMD Opteron A1100 Series processors support:

  • 4 or 8 core ARM Cortex-A57 processors
  • Up to 4 MB of shared L2 and 8 MB of shared L3 cache
  • Configurable dual DDR3 or DDR4 memory channels with ECC at up to 1866 MT/second
  • Up to 4 SODIMM, UDIMM or RDIMMs
  • 8 lanes of PCI-Express Gen 3 I/O
  • 8 Serial ATA 3 ports
  • 2 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced security
  • Crypto and data compression co-processors

"The needs of the data center are changing.  A one-size-fits-all approach typically limits efficiency and results in higher-cost solutions,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of the AMD server business unit.  “The new ARM-based AMD Opteron A-Series processor brings the experience and technology portfolio of an established server processor vendor to the ARM ecosystem and provides the ideal complement to our established AMD Opteron x86 server processors."

http://www.amd.com

Qualcomm Hits Record Quarterly Revenues of $6.6 Billion

Qualcomm posted record quarterly revenue of $6.62 billion for its first quarter of fiscal 2014, up 10 percent year-over-year (y-o-y) and 2 percent sequentially.  Net income came in at $1.88 billion, down 2 percent y-o-y and up 25 percent sequentially.

“We are pleased with the start to our fiscal year, with record results in quarterly revenues, device sales reported by licensees and MSM chip shipments,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. “Looking forward, we expect our performance to reflect the continued strong global growth of smartphones, our chipset leadership position and our competitive strengths in 3G/4G technologies and products.”

http://www.qualcomm.com

ADVA Optical Launches Ethernet Professional Services

ADVA Optical Networking launched a new Ethernet Services Suite (ESS) that provides customer support over the lifecycle of an Ethernet product.  The professional services are designed to help carriers design, deploy, operate and maintain Ethernet networks.  ADVA will deliver the services using a global team of Ethernet experts.

"Every aspect of ESS has been developed to simplify operations, to strip away complexities, to help service providers focus on their core business,” said Phillip Needel, manager, Service Business Development, ADVA Optical Networking. "ESS is essentially an a la carte menu that covers the full gamut of Ethernet services."

http://www.advaoptical.com/en/newsroom/press-releases-english/20140129.aspx

Infinera: 42 Customers for DTN-X

Infinera reported Q4 2013 GAAP revenues of $139.1 million compared to $142.0 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $128.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. GAAP gross margins for the quarter were 40% compared to 48% in the third quarter of 2013 and 34% in the fourth quarter of 2012.  GAAP net loss for the quarter was $(10.2) million, or $(0.08) per share, compared to net income of $3.3 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013 and a net loss of $(16.1) million, or $(0.14) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

“The fourth quarter was a solid finish to a very good year for Infinera, driven by continued acceptance of the DTN-X,” said Tom Fallon, chief executive officer. “We received purchase commitments from three additional customers in the quarter, including one new to Infinera, and we set another quarterly record for 100G port shipments.

“Our financial results for 2013 demonstrate the strong potential of the DTN-X. Revenues grew 24%, at least double the long haul DWDM market growth estimated by industry analysts; gross margins expanded significantly; we achieved $4 million Non-GAAP net income compared with $43.5 million Non-GAAP net loss in 2012; and we generated $12 million in net free cash flow for the year. Since its introduction in mid 2012, we have received purchase commitments for the DTN-X from a total of 42 customers, representing a cross section of industries including Tier 1 carriers, cable operators, Internet content providers and bandwidth wholesalers. Of these, 15 are new customers to Infinera.  These achievements met or exceeded the targets that we provided at our Analyst Day in December of 2012.

http://www.infinera.com

Dell’Oro: Mobile Backhaul Market to Hit $8 Billion in 2018

The Mobile Backhaul equipment market, consisting of Transport and Routers & Switches, is forecast to reach $8 billion by 2018, according to a new report by Dell'Oro Group.

Some highlights:
  • Routers & Switches for mobile backhaul are projected to grow at a five percent compounded annual growth rate and to comprise nearly 35 percent of total mobile backhaul market revenue by 2018.  The primary growth driver will be the shift to a packet-based backhaul network as operators roll out LTE and LTE-advanced.
  • The Transport portion of mobile backhaul is forecast to grow at a two percent compounded annual growth rate.  The primary growth driver for Transport will be the addition of new macro and small cell sites, along with the upgrade of any older low-capacity backhaul systems.

“Mobile backhaul is a critical contributor to carrier microwave, routing and switching growth over the next five years,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Mobile Backhaul Market Research at Dell’Oro Group.  “We anticipate the pace of cell site deployments will gradually increase over this period as operators expand their LTE footprint and begin to roll out small cells.  We also expect outdoor small cell backhaul to drive at least 10 percent of mobile backhaul revenue by 2018,” added Mr. Yu.

http://www.delloro.com

Dell'Oro: Wireless Packet Core Revenue to Grow Nearly 60% by 2018

The Wireless Packet Core Equipment market is forecast to grow almost 60 percent, comfortably exceeding $6 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.  All growth during the period is expected to come from the Evolved Packet Core segment of the market.

Some report highlights:

  • PCRF market projected to exceed $900 million in 2018
  • Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Cisco, Huawei, NSN and ZTE seen benefitting in the market overall
  • Analysis and forecast of the use of NFV-based licenses is included.

“Over the next five years, we expect the Asia Pacific (APAC) and Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions to become the largest buyers of Evolved Packet Core (EPC) systems.  Today, North America, APAC and EMEA have approximately the same installed base of EPC capacity,” said Chris DePuy, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “What makes this situation so interesting is that vendors are just beginning to offer Network Function Virtualization (NFV) based systems, and so new service provider deployments in APAC and EMEA are likely to become the most significant users of NFV.”

http://www.delloro.com


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