Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ericsson Cites LTE Momentum with Regional Operators

Ericsson named a list of regional mobile operators that have recently selected its solutions:

  • Cellcom (Wisconsin) - LTE Enhanced Packet Core and RAN network covering central and northern Wisconsin
  • Chariton Valley (Missouri) - LTE network covering northeast Missouri
  • Dickey Rural Networks (North Dakota) - LTE network providing wireless broadband services to south central North Dakota
  • Flat Wireless, LLC. d/b/a ClearTalk (Texas) - LTE network for mobile wireless broadband covering west Texas,YumaAZ, and El CentroCA as a member of the NetAmerica Alliance
  • Glenwood Telecommunications Inc. (Nebraska) - LTE network providing wireless broadband services to south central Nebraska
  • GTA Teleguam (Guam) - Packet Core upgrade and LTE network overlay on the island of Guam
  • Infrastructure Networks, Inc. – (North Dakota) - LTE network designed to meet the needs of the Energy Industry in the Bakken Oil Formation for its M2M requirements
  • Ketchikan Public Utilities (Alaska) - LTE network covering southwest Alaska
  • Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc., dba PTCI (Oklahoma) - UMTS and LTE network for mobility to cover the Oklahoma panhandle
  • Rainbow Communications (Kansas) - LTE network connected to NewCore Wireless serving northeast Kansas
  • Sully Telephone (Iowa) - LTE network providing wireless broadband services to south central Iowa
  • Ericsson also noted that 50% of the LTE connections currently in operation are in North America.

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    Google Advances its Cloud Platform

    Google rolled out new features and significantly lower and simpler pricing for its Cloud Platform.

    At at developer event in San Francisco, Urs Hölzle, Senior VP at Google, said the company is completely committed to making available the same infrastructure it uses for its own services at the price curves of Moore's Law. Google Cloud Platform should be "a clear path make developers incredibly more productive" by supporting multiple OSes, offering toolsets, and delivering Google scalability and predictability.

    Some highlights of the event:

    • Compute Engine pricing was reduced by 32% across all sizes, regions, and classes.
    • App Engine pricing was simplified, with significant reductions in database operations and front-end compute instances.
    • Cloud Storage is now priced at a consistent 2.6 cents per GB -- a 68% price cut for most customers.
    • Google BigQuery on-demand prices were reduced by 85%.
    • Google demoed live VM migration of a 1080p video stream from one server to another
    • Google now support Windows Server 2008 R2 on Compute Engine in limited preview and Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are now available to everyone.
    • Google is now offering real time analysis of Big Data Streams with the ability to ingest 100K rows/second.  The company demoed a smart grid analysis where huge streams of data from electricity meters across Seattle are processed in real time.
    • Introduced Google Cloud DNS - a high-performance DNS with simple API and integrated in Google console
    • Google is now offering Managed Virtual Machines -- allows developers to ""break glass"" in App Engine and add a managed VM to your application. You get the flexibility of raw VMs with the auto-management capabilities of App Engine. It's one small part of our efforts to build the world's best public cloud.
    • We process 6.3 trillion Cloud Datastore operations every month. That's 30 operations per person per day for every single person on earth.
    • Google Cloud Platform supports 4.75 million active applications.
    • It's now just 2.6 cents per GB to store your data on Cloud Storage. DRA storage is just 2 cents per GB.

    Cisco Expands Nexus Data Center Switching Line

    Cisco expanded its Nexus 9000 data center switching line with the introduction of two new models: the Nexus 9504 and Nexus 9516.  The new switches leverage the centralized policy-driven automation of the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) and application profiles to help organizations build highly secure cloud networks and hybrid clouds.

    • The Nexus 9516 boasts up to 576 wire-speed 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 60 Tbps throughput, making it the industry's highest density wire rate switch, according to Cisco. 

    • The Nexus 9504 provides a cost effective option to solve migration from core-aggregation-access to spine leaf architectures. With the Nexus 9504 partners now have new engagement options for customers seeking lower density aggregation and access designs.

    Cisco also announced an addition to the Nexus 3000 family: the new Nexus 3164Q switch designed for massively scalable data centers (MSDC) and big data.

    • The Nexus 3164Q supports a range of automation tools for Cloud providers including Linux Container support, XML, JSON, Puppet/Chef, Python, and OpenStack. It delivers flexible connectivity for either 40 Gigabit or 10 Gigabits ports (up to 256 10Gigabit ports) in a 2 RU and a rich NX-OS feature set. 

    "Through automation and programmability embedded within our NX-OS platforms, training, support, and certifications, we are empowering over two million networking engineers and thousands of channel partners worldwide to enable our enterprise, commercial, service provider and cloud customers to expand their skill sets while embracing on-premise private and hybrid cloud models with ACI in the data center and across the Access and WAN," said Soni Jiandani, SVP, Cisco.

    Cisco noted that its Nexus 3000 switches are being used by eight of the 10 leading cloud providers' networks for the majority of their footprint.

    du, a leading integrated telecommunications service provider in the United Arab Emirates and the fastest growing operator in the Middle East, is consolidating several data facilities into two next generation data centers designed to host new cloud services.

    In January 2014, 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 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 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" 

    Dell Debuts Ethernet Fabric Switch and Active Fabric Controller

    Dell made two significant networking announcements:  the introduction of a new, high-density Ethernet fabric switch for scale-out data centers; and the launch of an Active Fabric Controller for zero-touch provisioning and orchestration of virtualized networking functions and services.

    • The new Dell Networking Z9500 Fabric Switch, which is designed for 10/40 GbE aggregation in large data centers, is the highest-density fixed-form factor data center switch with a full suite of L2/L3 routing and switching protocols. It delivers up to three times the density per RU and throughput of more than 10 Tbps with one half the latency compared to Dell’s previous generation switches.  The 3RU core switch can scale up to 132 40GbE ports and up to 528 10GbE ports.  It offers "pay-as-you-go" licensing for 36, 84, or 132 port SKUs.  Dell said the new switch consumes approximately half the power per port of the Cisco Nexus 6004.
    • The new Dell Active Fabric Controller is a purpose-built SDN platform targeted for enterprise OpenStack deployments and as an optional component of Dell OpenStack-Powered cloud solutions.  It works with OpenStack applications to deliver workload and policy awareness. The Active Fabric Controller allows for insertion of service appliances including firewall, load balancing and wide area network optimization.  It delivers customized policy, enabling on-demand customized virtual fabrics that adapts whenever workloads are started, stopped or modified, enhancing the security, performance and efficiency for each application.  Dell said its Active Fabric Controller serves a fundamental building block on both enterprise control software as well as a key element of accelerating NFV deployments with its integration into OpenStack.

    “Dell is committed to changing the game in networking. As a follow on to our recent Open Networking announcement, I’m excited about demonstrating more innovation in bringing new and open solutions to our customers regardless of size,” said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking. “We’re extending our leadership in SDN, NFV, and advanced new architectures that maximize customer choice and provide superior economics to the way networking has always been done.”

    • In February 2013, Dell advanced its strategy for cloud data centers with the introduction of a top-of-rack switch with 40G fabric uplinks and Fibre Channel over Ethernet , high performance 10/40G blade switching products, and the commercial release of OpenFlow software-defined networking in the Force10 operating system.
      Dell said these additions underline its commitment to software-defined infrastructure. The company is pursuing a "complete and unbiased approach to SDN" by embracing legacy networking environments, greenfield controller-based deployments as well as hypervisor-oriented architectures.

    • OpenStack Networking (Neutron) to enable Software-Defined Networking and Networking-as-a-Service between interface devices such as virtual network interface cards, and
    • OpenStack Telemetry (Ceilometer) to provide OpenStack resource instrumentation, which can help support service monitoring and customer billing systems.

    Embrane Raises $14 Million for Application-Centric Network Services

    Embrane, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $14 million in Series-C funding for its application-centric network services.

    The funding round was led by Cisco and included new Embrane investor Presidio Ventures, and participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and North Bridge Venture Partners.

    Also today, Embrane announced it will deliver life cycle management for third-party network services, including the Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv) and Sourcefire virtual appliances.

    “As one of the first companies to create a software-defined networking (SDN) solution that adds agility to the network and network services, we are ready to take the next step to accelerate our growth,” said Dante Malagrinò, co-founder and CEO of Embrane. “This new financing along with the addition of Cisco as an investor and strategic partner is a significant step in the evolution of Embrane.”

    CenturyLink Expands its Data Center Footprint

    Citing rising demand for secure cloud, colocation and managed services,CenturyLink opened three new data centers in North America and announced plans to expand data centers in eight markets during 2014.

    The new builds and expansions will offer more than 180,000 square feet of additional space to CenturyLink's global presence:

    • Phoenix (new data center sites, in partnership with IO, opened in January 2014)
    • Weehawken, N.J. (expansion completed in March 2014)
    • Minneapolis (new data center site opening in May 2014)
    • Sterling, Va. (expansion completing in May 2014)
    • Irvine, Calif. (expansion completing in June 2014)
    • Toronto (new data center site opening in Q3 2014)
    • Reading, England (expansion completing in Q3 2014)
    • Chicago (expansion completing in Q3 2014)

    These expansions will bring more than 20 megawatts of additional power to CenturyLink's total data center footprint, enabling businesses like the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) to add points of presence in locations most strategic for their operations.

    "CenturyLink is committed to investing in world-class infrastructure to meet growing demand for access to comprehensive and secure technology solutions that power business transformation," said Jeff Von Deylen, president, CenturyLink Technology Solutions. "By adding capacity in these key locations, we position ourselves firmly for delivering the advanced network, hosting and IT services that organizations depend on to compete in the global economy."

    In January, Savvis adopted the CenturyLink Technology Solutions brand. CenturyLink acquired Savvis in 2011.

    Cisco Marks 5-Year Anniversary for UCS

    Cisco marked the 5-year anniversary of its entry into the server market.  Since launching its Unified Computing System in March 2009, morre than 30,000 customers have implemented the servers.  According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, Q4 2013, February 2014, Revenue Share:  Cisco is ranked second worldwide in x86 blade server revenue market share, with 32 percent share in the US and a top five ranking among server vendors overall. Over 80 percent of all Cisco's UCS sales come through its 3,850 channel partners.

    "Innovation and partnerships are the engines of growth for our data center business," said Ken Trombetta, VP, Worldwide Channels at Cisco.  "Our channel partners immediately embraced UCS, and today nearly 4,000 partners worldwide sell UCS. We will continue to win with our partners in the data center by delivering innovation through a highly secure and application centric infrastructure."

    Dell Acquires StatSoft for Data Mining

    Dell has acquired StatSoft, a provider of advanced analytics solutions that deliver a wide range of data mining, predictive analytics and data visualization capabilities. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    StatSoft, which is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, delivers advanced analytics tools that help organizations forecast future trends to identify new customers and sales opportunities, forecast industry shifts, explore “what-if” scenarios, and reduce the occurrence of fraud and other business risks. StatSoft’s software can be deployed on premises, in the cloud, or as software-as-a-service.

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Cisco Plans "World's Largest Global Intercloud"

    Cisco announced plans to build "the world’s largest global Intercloud" – a network of clouds – together with a set of partners.  The idea is to leverage a distributed network and security architecture designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, “near infinite” scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws. Cisco's open Intercloud promises APIs for rapid application development and a new enterprise-class portfolio of cloud IT services for businesses, service providers and resellers. It will support OpenStack and multiple hypervisors. It will also leverage Cisco's recently announced Application Centric Infrastructure.

    Cisco plans to invest over $1 billion to build its expanded cloud business over the next two years following a "partner-centric" business model.  The Cisco Intercloud will be hosted across a global network of Cisco data centers and partner data centers. It will offer value-added application- and network-centric cloud services to accelerate the Internet of Everything.

    The first companies either planning to deliver Cisco Cloud Services, or who have endorsed Cisco’s global Intercloud initiative, include:

    • Telstra (Australia); 
    • Allstream (Canada); 
    • Canopy, an Atos company (Europe); 
    • Ingram Micro Inc., a cloud services aggregator, provider and wholesale technology distributor; 
    • Logicalis Group, a global IT and managed services provider; 
    • MicroStrategy, global provider of enterprise software platforms for business intelligence, mobile intelligence, and network applications; 
    • OnX Managed Services, an enterprise data center IT solutions provider ; 
    • SunGard Availability Services, an information availability services provider; 
    • Wipro Ltd., a leading global IT, consulting and outsourcing company. 

    “Customers, providers and channel partners alike are turning to Cisco to create open and highly secure hybrid cloud environments, and they want to rapidly deploy valuable enterprise-class cloud experiences for key customers – all while mitigating the risk of capital investment,” said Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales, Cisco. “The timing is right for Cisco and its partners to invest in a groundbreaking, application-centric global Intercloud to provide broader reach and faster time to market. Together, we have the capability to enable a seamless world of many clouds in which our customers have the choice to enable the right, highly secure cloud for the right workload, while creating strategic advantages for rapid innovation, and ultimately, business growth.”

    Cisco noted that its Cloud Services portfolio already includes SaaS offerings, such as WebEx, Meraki and Cisco Cloud Web Security; differentiated cloud services, such as hosted collaboration and cloud DVR; and technologies and services to build public and private clouds, such as the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), integrated infrastructure solutions such as VCE Vblock Systems and NetApp FlexPod, and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

    • This week, Cisco is hosting a Partner Summit at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.
    • 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.
    • In January, IBM announced plans to invest $1.2 billion to expand its cloud business and build on its acquisition of Softlayer data centers last year. The plans call for 15 new data centers worldwide, including new Softlayer facilities in Washington D.C., Mexico City, Dallas, China, Hong Kong, London, Japan, India and Canada. The expansion will bring the number of IBM cloud data centers to about 40 worldwide.

      Earlier in the year, IBM acquired SoftLayer Technologies, which operates 13 data centers in the United States, Asia and Europe.  Bloomberg valued the deal at about $2 billion.

      SoftLayer allows clients to buy enterprise-class cloud services on dedicated or shared servers, offering clients a choice of where to deploy their applications. The company is based in Dallas, Texas, and serves approximately 21,000 customers.  

      The acquisition strengthened IBM's position in cloud computing.  At the time of the deal, IBM said its expects to reach $7 billion annually in cloud revenue by the end of 2015.

      IBM also announced the formation of a new Cloud Services division. The new division will provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs, channel partners and technology partners. SoftLayer’s services will complement the existing portfolio with its focus, simplicity and speed. The division will report to Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services. IBM plans to expand SoftLayer cloud offerings to include OpenStack capabilities.

    Dimension Data Adds Cloud Private Network Connection Option

    Dimension Data, which is the global ICT solutions provider owned by NTT, will begin offering a Cloud Private Network Connection (CPNC) add-on service for its enterprise-class public, private and managed hosting cloud offerings.

    CPNC services allow clients to establish a dedicated network connection between their own network and Dimension Data's Managed Cloud Platform locations to provide greater control and security over their data in the cloud.

    Dimension Data offers two options for clients wanting a global, high-performance and secure method to access their Dimension Data cloud and managed hosting environments without traversing the public Internet:

    • Direct Connect – access to a dedicated, physical port at the MCP location at a speed of 1Gbps
    • Private Connect – access to a virtual port via a partner MPLS provider at flexible speed options

    "CPNC replicates the security, connectivity and responsiveness that enterprises are accustomed to from their own wide area and local area networks. Enterprises that have delayed the migration of production systems and applications to the cloud due to connectivity concerns can now utilize this new service to deliver certainty in network performance and throughput," stated Gerard Florian, director of product management at Dimension Data.

    Palo Alto Networks to Acquire Cyvera for $200 Million

    Palo Alto Networks agreed to acquire Cyvera, a privately held cybersecurity company located in Tel-Aviv, Israel, for approximately $200 million.

    Palo Alto said Cyvera's approach to end-point security is revolutionary and simple: understand the techniques used to exploit networks then employ a series of roadblocks and traps to prevent an attacker from successfully exploiting that vulnerability. Cyvera claims its approach has been so powerful that they’ve successfully stopped every published zero-day attack since they first began deploying their product.

    Cyvera will be combined with Palo Alto's next-generation firewall and its next-generation threat cloud/   represents the most innovative, integrated, and automated enterprise security platform in the market. As we bring this acquisition to a close we look forward to sharing many more details with you. Our two companies have had a longstanding relationship that’s only going to grow as we bring our technologies together to offer the most effective approach to protecting you from the most advanced cyber attacks.

    "This event marks a key milestone in our strategic enterprise security vision.  It extends our next-generation security platform with a very innovative approach to preventing attacks on the endpoint.  It enables us to accelerate the delivery of the market’s only highly integrated and automated enterprise security platform spanning network, endpoints, and the cloud.  For customers, this translates into the most sophisticated and automated threat prevention for their entire organization," stated Mark McLaughlin, President and CEO of Palo Alto Networks.

    Buick Builds AT&T LTE into 2015 Cars

    Most 2015 Buick models will come with OnStar 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing passengers to browse the Internet, download movies, play games or send email on up to seven devices at once.  The connectivity will be provided by AT&T.

    Buick announced today at the DENT Conference that the 2015 LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore would come standard with OnStar 4G LTE hardware, with data packages available for an additional charge. Available in the U.S. and Canada, OnStar 4G LTE hardware will be in every Buick model by the 2016 model year.

    “Today’s Buick lineup is full of technologies that help make our owners safer and more secure than they would be without them,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. “With the introduction of high-speed OnStar 4G LTE, Buick owners will be better connected as well.”

    Buick will also offer its own AppShop.  Initial apps will include iHeartRadio,, the Weather Channel, NPR, Slacker Radio, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse and Kaliki.

    Current AT&T customers can add their vehicle to a shareable bucket of data through AT&T Mobile Share plans. All drivers can pay for data through OnStar, independently from their other mobile data accounts. Pricing and data packages for OnStar 4G LTE will be announced later this year. Files for IPO

    Box filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

    • Box, which was founded in 2005, has evolved from being a cloud storage provider to an "enterprise platform" in which its API provides app developers with easy access to its infrastructure. Box claims more than 20 million users worldwide at more than 180,000 businesses.
    • Box is based in Los Altos, California.
    • In December, Box announced $100 million in new venture funding and strategic partnerships with with Itochu Technology Ventures, Macnica, Mitsui USA, MKI, Telefónica Digital and Telstra.  Coatue, DST Global, and existing Box investors also participated.

    Infonetics: Bare Metal Switch Market Has Potential

    The bare metal switch market has the potential to transform a significant portion of the Ethernet switching market into a disaggregated model, similar to the server market, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

    “There’s still room for best-of-breed in the Ethernet switch market, but as the industry moves beyond early adopters and the early market for data center fabrics, the next wave of adoption has to be made simpler for the ‘main street’ buyer,” notes Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research. “This will keep the market for best-of-breed solutions healthy even as a portion of the data center Ethernet switch market turns to bundled solutions.  The shift to cloud-architected data centers with automated deployment of virtual workloads will require storage networking to be more agile, driving the need for a converged network with storage and application traffic on Ethernet."

    Some highlights:

    • Data center Ethernet switch ports sold as part of a bundled solution made up 27% of all data center ports shipped in 2013, growing to 45% in 2018
    • Nearly half of all converged data center network ports shipped in 4Q13 will carry storage traffic
    • Infonetics forecasts Ethernet switch ports-in-use for storage to reach 55% of all data center purpose-built switch ports shipped in 2018
    • Switch ports-in-use for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) are expected to account for 22% of all data center purpose-built ports shipped in 2018.

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

    CEO Interview: Radisys' Brian Bronson on Network Transformation

    The network equipment market is being transformed by a move to separate hardware from software (such as #NFV), new service capabilities (such as #VoLTE), new architectures (such as Small Cells), open systems (such as #SDN) and a continued shift towards outsourcing.  In this interview, Brian Bronson, Radisys' CEO, discusses these trends and how he is positioning the company for these opportunities.

    Topics of discussion include:

    0:05 - How do SDN and NFV impact Radisys?
    1:23 - Will carriers move to generic servers?
    2:04 How does industry outsourcing come into play for Radisys?
    3:35 - What traction are you seeing in the market for Small Cells?
    4:29 - What traction are you seeing in the market for VoLTE?
    5:07 - Will VoLTE leverage NFV?
    5:43 - Will these virtualized platforms deliver the same Five Nines reliability?

    Cogent Offers to Pay Capital Costs for Interexchange Upgrade

    Cogent Communications has offered to pay the capital cost required to upgrade the exchange between its network and major telephone and cable companies (Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable). The offer would cover the capital cost of upgrading the interexchange to ensure adequate capacity to exchange Internet traffic, including streaming video traffic like Netflix.

    The company hopes its offer will resolve the impasse caused by ISPs would have refused to upgrade traffic exchange capacity. Cogent is not offering to enter into paid peering arrangements with these or any other networks.

    "Cogent believes the traditional Internet model in which each party bears its own capital costs to upgrade an interconnection should be the model for these relationships but the reality of the gatekeeper power exercised by these telephone and cable companies requires that Cogent accept these additional costs in order to provide the highest quality Internet service possible," said Dave Schaeffer, CEO of Cogent.

    Rural Cooperative in No. Georgia Offers 1 Gbps FTTH for $99

    Habersham Electric Membership Corporation, a non-profit, member-owned cooperative serving Northeast Georgia, began offering a 1 Gbps FTTH service for $99/month. The FTTH footprint currently serves 1,800 customers.

    Teradata Supplies Data Warehouse to NTT Docomo

    NTT DOCOMO has selected the Teradata Integrated Data Warehouse Appliance with the latest release of the Teradata Database to support its growing consumer credit services business.

    The new platform enables marketers at NTT Docomo to gain has access to subscriber information without having to wait for IT data extraction.

    NTT DOCOMO started its credit service program using "Osaifu-Keitai,” literally meaning "Wallet Mobile" in 2005 and their unique DCMX™ consumer credit services, NTT DOCOMO's brand and platform for mobile credit cards, and both have grown rapidly to 15 million members today.

    We are proud to play a role in the evolution of NTT DOCOMO’s credit card business marketing operations, providing quick visibility into data for more insight and value opportunities across conversation points,” said Scott Sobers, Director, Communications Industry Marketing & Strategy. “Looking ahead, our approach is to help our telecommunications customers evolve beyond traditional analytics to the power of next-generation capabilities. Teradata is actively advising and guiding telecommunications customers forward with the innovation to deliver new products and services, and offer cutting-edge customer services.”

    The Teradata system will be operational by the end of this month.

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

    NYT: NSA Hacked Chinese Servers

    The National Security Agency penetrated Huawei's corporate network to tap the communications of its executives, gain insights into the workings of its routers/switches and to develop backdoors enabling it to penetrate the networks of its customers, according to reports published over the weekend by The New York Times and Der Spiegel.  The articles cite NSA documents from 2010 disclosed by Edward Snowden on operation "Shotgiant."

    Friday, March 21, 2014

    Telstra to Deploy Cisco Cloud Infrastructure

    Last week, Telstra announced its support for Cisco’s global cloud platform

    Specifically, Telstra said it will build a cloud infrastructure together with Cisco that provisions cloud and network services in real-time, providing greater speed, security and performance.   This includes investing in the Cisco Evolved Services Platform for its networking infrastructure, enabling seamless and highly secure delivery of cloud applications to customers, across the network and cloud, all the way to the branch and user desktop.

    Telstra’s cloud offerings based on Cisco’s global cloud platform will be available in Australia by the end of 2014.

    "Our customers will now have the choice of cloud infrastructure from global leaders, allowing them to select the cloud service to meet their requirements and scale network and cloud resources to deliver service agility, security and performance. We are excited to be developing an intelligent network enabled cloud with Cisco,” said Erez Yarkoni, Telstra Global Enterprise & Services, Executive Director, Cloud.

    “Applications are critical to delivering business value and we believe we can offer our customers a differentiated solution for managing their applications across clouds. The Cisco relationship allows us to offer deeper and broader service capabilities to help our customers manage their critical applications, making the transition to the cloud simpler and more cost effective,” Mr Yarkoni added.