Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tera Santa Consortium Demos 1 Tbps with ECI, Finisar, Technion

ECI Telecom, Finisar, MultiPhy, and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology have successfully demonstrated 1Tb/s transceiver transmission with the Tera Santa Consortium.

In the trial, the consortium transported non-regenerated 1Tb/s coherent super channel signal through the German Research Network - Deutsches Forschungsnetz e.V. (DFN-Verein) optical network. The trial, which took place at the Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden, ran over DFN’s live X-WiN network, and used the 1Tb/s transceiver developed by the Tera Santa Consortium, as part of its research on 1Tb/s adaptive coherent channel behavior. It demonstrates the advanced capabilities of the Tera Santa 1T transmission system and technologies in compensating for channel impairments and chromatic dispersion utilizing advanced QAM16 and OFDM modulations and algorithms.

The Tera Santa Consortium was established in 2011 as an initiative of the Israeli Chief Scientist Office in the Ministry of Economy, through the Magnet Program which promotes cutting-edge technologies for the future. The Tera Santa Consortium brought together Israeli technology companies and universities to develop the world’s first Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)-based optical transceiver. The members of the consortium are ECI Telecom, Finisar Corporation, MultiPhy, Cello, Civcom, Bezeq International, the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Ben-Gurion University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University and Tel-Aviv University.

For the trial, ECI deployed its Apollo family of packet-optical transport solution across DFN’s X-WiN’s network in 2012, and has since upgraded it to support the delivery of 100G services

Finisar demonstrated the software-defined 1 Terabit optical transceiver, which hosted the different algorithms developed by the consortium, in an end-to-end transceiver platform utilizing Finisar Flexgrid™ - WSS used to add/drop the 200GHz super channel signal. The OFDM algorithms were developed by both MultiPhy (128 OFDM carriers) and the Technion (1024 OFDM carriers), using two different implementation approaches.
"ECI and our technology partners Finisar, MultiPhy and the Technion, members of the Tera-Santa consortium, demonstrated the power of 1-terabit optical link coherent technology. With such high transmission rates, DFN can exponentially increase its network capacity and provide its users better and more cost effective services," stated Shai Stein, CTO, ECI Telecom and Consortium Chairman.

http://www.ecitele.com/

IBM to Build $500 Million Private Cloud for The Hartford

The Hartford, a leading insurance and financial services company,  in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds, awarded a six year agreement to IBM to build a private, cloud-based infrastructure based on the IBM PureFlex System. Under the $500 million agreement, IBM will also provide a number of other services related to mainframe, storage, backup and resiliency. The Hartford will define the services it requires, and IBM will be responsible for the solution and delivery of those services.

“Today’s announcement is an example of how leading organizations are utilizing cloud technology to gain competitive advantage,” said Philip Guido, general manager, IBM Global Technology Services, North America. “Clients today are looking for IT partners who can understand and help drive their business with a focus on innovation and delivering business outcomes, not just IT efficiency. This expansion of our partnership with The Hartford illustrates the work IBM is leading with cloud.”

http://www.ibm.com

The Japan-U.S. Cable Tests 200G Undersea Transmission with Ciena

The Japan-U.S. Cable Network completed a 200G trial over a segment of its network on the U.S. West Coast.  The trial employed Ciena’s submarine solution and 16QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) using the company's 6500 Packet Optical platform and WaveLogic coherent optical technology. The trial was successfully conducted earlier this year on a 630 km submarine segment in California, and builds on the successful deployment in 2013 of Ciena’s 100G submarine solutions across the Japan-U.S. Cable Network.

Ciena said the trial demonstrates how 16QAM technology can be leveraged to double the number of bits per wavelength to support twice the amount of data compared to standard 100G technology.

“The Japan-U.S. Cable Network is a critical source of capacity for our consortium members. The goal of this trial was to ensure that the cable’s various segments can be equipped with appropriate future-proof technologies to scale network capacity in a cost-effective manner, as needed to meet rapidly increasing demand for bandwidth. This collaboration with Ciena is helping the network prepare for cost-effective growth.”

http://www.ciena.com/

Lightpath Tops 7,000 Locations in New York Metro Area

Cablevision's Lightpath division now now connects more than 7,000 locations and spans more than 5,800 fiber route miles throughout the NY metro region. In the past year, more than 1,000 new locations have been brought onto the company's network.

"Lightpath is bringing more services, value and cutting-edge connectivity to more businesses as it expands ever further into key regions that need a powerful fiber network to support increasing demands," said Julia McGrath, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Lightpath. "With one of the densest fiber networks in the country, Lightpath is helping to ensure that more businesses than ever are positioned to capitalize on a range of new opportunities, driving success."

http://www.golightpath.com


Finland's Elisa Deploys Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Core Router

Elisa, Finland’s leading provider of mobile and fixed broadband services, announced a significant network upgrade that includes Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 eXtensible Routing System (XRS) core router, 7750 Service Router (SR) , 7210 Service Access Switch (SAS) family for aggregation, 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) for management and a service portal for provisioning.
 Alcatel-Lucent will also be supplying installation and commissioning, lifecycle program management, operations support and consulting and will manage a seamless migration of network elements and services from its global Migration Operations Centre.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

”Finns use the most mobile data per capita in the EU, which requires us very high standards for being able to fulfill all future needs our customers have. The world of our customers will become even more digital as data centers evolve into cloud services and the use of IPTV services continues increasing. Upgrading our core network to the new generation IP/MPLS network will ensure enough capacity and speed for our customers also in the future," stated Timo Katajisto, Executive Vice President of Elisa.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

AMS-IX New York Launches POP in Sabey Data Center Manhattan

The new launched AMS-IX New York neutral Internet exchange has launched a point-of-presence within Intergate.Manhattan, Sabey’s 1 million-square-foot facility at 375 Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan. The exchange has already signed Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, and IX Reach, a global leading provider of wholesale carrier solutions, as the first two customers for AMS-IX New York.  At present, 16 additional customers have applied for a connection to the exchange.

John Sabey, President of Sabey Data Centers, said, “The Open-IX model creates neutral, member-governed exchanges that allow participants to trade traffic.  Open-IX spreads exchange operations across multiple data centers in a market.  This allows users and carriers the ability to connect and peer traffic not only in New York City but across the United States and Europe and to potentially avoid legacy building risks and expense.”

Sabey claims its 32-story Intergate.Manhattan facility is the most efficient data center in New York City, with brand new infrastructure and state-of-the-art climate control and electrical systems.  The building’s Con Ed substation is on the second and third floors, eliminating a risk from storm surge damage that affected so many buildings in Lower Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy.

https://nynj.ams-ix.net
http://www.sabey.com


In December 2013, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) announced that Netflix is the first customer for AMS-IX New York.  Netflix established a peering connection at AMS-IX in Amsterdam.

AMS-IX USA recently reached agreements with Digital Realty, DuPont Fabros Technology, Sabey Data Centers and 325 Hudson to operate and build an Open-IX Internet Exchange in the New York/New Jersey area. AMS-IX also has plans to deploy its distributed Internet Exchanges in the Chicago and Silicon Valley markets, which are currently planned to go live in respectively the first and second quarter of 2014.

Tata Communications Expands Global Data Center Footprint

Tata Communications continues to build out a fleet of data centers located across its global fiber network.  The company announced strategic partnerships with NEXTDC in Australia, Interxion in Germany and Austria, as well as Pacific Link Telecom (PLT) in Malaysia. These partnerships will enable Tata Communications to extend its current data centre offerings in these regions and to deliver a uniform customer experience across geographies. As businesses go global, the addition of new geographies means customers can now have a single vendor operation and contract for a secure, robust and scalable data centre network.

Tata Communications now has one million square feet of colocation space across the globe.

"As technologies evolve and newer trends like BYOD and video streaming become a central part of enterprise business needs, it is important to have these applications hosted on a global data centre network to provide a uniform experience to the end-user. Additionally, hosting applications in interconnected data centre enables the user to access the data from anywhere, anytime and on any device. Expanding our data centre footprint forms part of our strategy to enable businesses with the most robust backbone for their organisations’ digital infrastructure," stated Srinivasan CR, Vice President, Data Centre Services, Tata Communications.

Tata Communications is the only private subsea cable owner that has 100G deployed across major routes around the world on its own infrastructure. It also has the largest privately- owned submarine cable networks in the world, which accounts for over 20% of the world’s internet routes. It includes the world’s only wholly-owned sub-sea fibre network ring that circumvents the globe.

http://www.tatacommunications.com/

AT&T Wins LTE Deal with Volvo Cars North America

AT&T was awarded a multi-year contract to provide connectivity to future Volvo vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.  AT&T is scheduled to power Volvo's US 2015 model year connected car solution with Sensus Connect, an embedded infotainment service. Volvo customers in the U.S. and Canada will also have access to Volvo On Call, a service allowing remote access to car functions and an emergency crash notification service.  Volvo plans to enable cars with AT&T on-board for sale this summer.

"We expect Volvo customers will be delighted to have these services on board, and we're committed to working with Volvo Cars to give their customers a unique and valuable service," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Emerging Devices, AT&T Mobility. "Our Single SIM will make it easy for Volvo customers to have high speed wireless connectivity in the U.S. and Canada."

http://www.att.com

In March, AT&T confirmed that 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.

Dell and Red Hat Team on OpenStack Private Clouds

Dell announced a partnership with Red Hat to offer enterprise-grade, private cloud solutions based on OpenStack.

The Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution, powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, addresses enterprise customer demand for more flexible, elastic and dynamic IT services to support and host non-business critical applications – including mobile, social and analytics – and dev/test environments.

The companies also have extended their collaboration to enable the compatibility, portability and reliability for Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings that enterprise customers need as they build public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

http://www.dell.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Google Cloud Expands to Asia-Pacific

The Google Cloud Platform has added support for two Asia Pacific zones, including local language tools and the developer console in Japanese and traditional Chinese.

Google Cloud is now available from its asia-east1-a and asia-east1-b data centers.

Google Cloud Platform is a set of compute, storage and big data products that allow developers to build on top of the same infrastructure and technology that powers Google.

Google said local developers across Asia Pacific will now experience better performance and lower latency.

http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2014/04/cloud-platform-expands-support-to-asia.html


In December 2013, Google announced the opening of two data centers serving the Asia-Pacific region:  Changhua County, Taiwan, and Singapore.

The new data center in 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/

Microsoft Updates Azure Capabilities

Microsoft recapped the series of updates to is Azure cloud services over the last 10 days.  These include:

Web Sites: SSL is now included at no additional charge in standard tiers. Up to 500 websites can be hosted in a single standard tier hosting plan.  Azure web-sites run in VMs isolated to host only specified web applications (for predictable performance and security isolation).  The user can scale-up/down the number of VMs either manually or using our built-in AutoScale functionality.  The pricing for standard tier web-sites is based on the number of VMs.
A Traffic Manager and Java support were added as well.
Virtual Machines: Support for Chef and Puppet extensions, Basic Pricing tier for Compute Instances
Virtual Network: General Availability of DynamicRouting VPN Gateways and Point-to-Site VPN. This allows individual computers to be connected to a Virtual Network in Azure. The DynamicRouting VPN Gateway in a Virtual Network will now carry the same 99.9% SLA as the StaticRouting VPN Gateway.
Mobile Services: Preview of Visual Studio support for .NET, Azure Active Directory integration and Offline support;
Notification Hubs: Support for Kindle Fire devices and Visual Studio Server Explorer integration
Storage: General Availability release of Read Access Geo Redundant Storage
Active Directory Premium: General Availability release
Scheduler service: General Availability release
Automation: Preview release of new Azure Automation service

http://www.microsoft.com

Dell'Oro: NFV Report Sees Gradual Adoption

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is positioned as the catalyst for a new generation of network equipment, however, Service Providers will follow a gradual, evolutionary path, says Shin Umeda, Vice President of Dell'Oro Group.  A newly published NFV report from Dell'Oro looks a the metrics to watch in this emerging market sector.

In this video, Shin Umeda discusses the firm's first NFV Advanced Research report including:

0:31 - What's in the report
1:12 - Is NFV having a commercial impact today?
2:03 - Which market segments will be impacted by NFV first?
2:48 - Anticipated shifts in the vendor landscape due to NFV.

See 3-minute video:   http://youtu.be/GA6xANnb_kw


Ericsson Joins NYU Wireless' 5G Project

Ericsson announced a partnership with New York University's Polytechnic School of Engineering to develop 5G technologies.

The NYU WIRELESS program, which was launched by the university in 2012, combines wireless, computing, and medical applications research. It includes more than 20 faculty members and 100 graduate students from the NYU School of Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the NYU Langone School of Medicine.  Ericsson has now joined the program as an affiliate sponsor.

"We are pleased to have Ericsson join the NYU WIRELESS industrial affiliate program and welcome its participation," said Professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, NYU WIRELESS Director and founder. "Our students will benefit from working alongside this global innovator and leader in network infrastructure technology and wireless services." Rappaport holds the David Lee/Ernst Weber Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the NYU School of Engineering, as well as appointments at Courant and the department of Radiology at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Last year, NYU WIRELESS completed its move into 13,500 square feet of world-class research space on the grounds of the NYU School of Engineering in downtown Brooklyn.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/140415-nyu-wireless-and-ericsson-join-forces-to-speed-development-of-5g-mobile-technology_244099437_c


  • Other companies participating in NYU Wireless include AT&T, Huawei, Intel, L3, National Instrument, NSN, Samsung, and Qualcomm.

Intel's Data Center Revenue Hits $3.1 billion, up 11% YoY

Intel reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and EPS of 38 cents.

Q1 Key Business Unit Trends

  • PC Client Group revenue of $7.9 billion, down 8 percent sequentially and down 1 percent year-over-year.
  • Data Center Group revenue of $3.1 billion, down 5 percent sequentially and up 11 percent year-over-year.
  • Internet of Things Group revenue of $482 million, down 10 percent sequentially and up 32 percent year-over-year.
  • Mobile and Communications Group revenue of $156 million, down 52 percent sequentially and down 61 percent year-over-year.
  • Software and services operating segments revenue of $553 million, down 6 percent sequentially and up 6 percent year-over-year.

"In the first quarter we saw solid growth in the data center, signs of improvement in the PC business, and we shipped 5 million tablet processors, making strong progress on our goal of 40 million tablets for 2014," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. "Additionally, we demonstrated our further commitment to grow in the enterprise with a strategic technology and business collaboration with Cloudera, we introduced our second-generation LTE platform with CAT6 and other advanced features, and we shipped our first Quark products for the Internet of Things."

http://www.intel.com

CERN Data Center Deploys Red Hat Virtualization

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Technical Account Management services across nearly 600 servers in its Geneva data centre.

Red Hat said its Enterprise Linux is running some of CERN's most critical applications, including the Large Hadron Collider Logging Server and the central financial and HR systems for CERN's members of personnel and 11,000 users. CERN also runs Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization in its cutting-edge LHCb experiment, which focuses primarily on identifying the differences between matter and antimatter.

The infrastructure is comprised of physical two-socket servers and is virtualized using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization on Dell PowerEdge M610 servers (with Intel Nehalem or Ivy Bridge processors with between 96 GB and 256 GB RAM per server) and a Brocade FC8 SAN with a NetApp data storage system. The infrastructure is designed for high availability and is built to be completely redundant, a critical feature for CERN as control system downtime almost always results in data loss.

http://www.redhat.com

Red Hat Builds OpenStack Cloud Momentum

Proof-of-concept deployments for Red Hat’s OpenStack hybrid cloud offerings are now underway with customers around the world, including at The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Midokura (a Japanese company developing SDN solutions), Australia's National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, and Portugal's Universidade do Porto.

At its Summit 2014 event this week in San Francisco, Red Hat said it has achieved significant momentum for its OpenStack-powered solutions for building hybrid clouds. Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, currently available in version 4.0, delivers an integrated and optimized foundation for building OpenStack clouds, bringing together trusted Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat’s OpenStack technology.

“We're thrilled by the early momentum behind Red Hat’s OpenStack-powered offerings since general availability in July of last year. We’ve seen OpenStack move from an enterprise promise to enterprise reality, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure have emerged as industry-leading offerings for secure, scalable private clouds. These customer successes underscore the value Red Hat is offering through a solution engineered together with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenStack, as well as establishing the standard for the largest OpenStack partner ecosystem to provide an open alternative to customers' private cloud needs," stated Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat.

http://www.redhat.com

Motorola Solutions to Sell Enterprise Business for $3.5 Billion to Zebra Tech

Motorola Solutions will sell its Enterprise business for $3.45 billion to Zebra Technology in an all-cash transaction.

Zebra Technologies, with 2013 sales of $1.0 billion, specializes in barcode and enterprise printing, asset tracking, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and motion and location sensing. The company is based in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Motorola’s Enterprise business generated 2013 pro-forma sales of approximately $2.5 billion (excluding sales of its iDEN products).  The business unit supplies mobile computing and advanced data capture communications technologies and services.

After the sale, Motorola Solutions will continue to manufacture, design, integrate and deliver voice and data communication solutions for government and public safety customers worldwide.

“Our Enterprise business is an ideal fit for Zebra,” stated Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions chairman and CEO. “This transaction will enable us to further sharpen our strategic focus on providing mission-critical solutions for our government and public safety customers. Upon closing of the transaction, we intend to return the proceeds to our shareholders in a timely fashion.”

http://www.zebra.com/
http://www.motorolasolutions.com/

Riverbed's SteelFusion 3.0 Targets Branch Converged Infrastructure

Riverbed Technology announced a new version of its branch converged infrastructure solution that centralizes data in the data center and delivers local performance and nearly instant recovery at the branch.

Riverbed SteelFusion 3.0 (formerly known as Riverbed Granite) fuses branch servers, storage, networking, and virtualization infrastructure into a single solution.

Key features include:
  • 6x performance gain in the branch with a new high-end appliance. With a 6x performance gain over the previous high-end SteelFusion appliance, the new SteelFusion 1360P appliance ensures users get faster, local performance for storage-intensive workloads like Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and CAD/CAM applications.
  • 3x increase in data-capacity at the data center with a new higher capacity controller appliance. Higher capacity on the storage delivery controller, the SteelFusion Core 3000, means storage admins can now support up to 100TB consolidated data, a 3x improvement over the previous high of 35TB supported. This enables scalability for global enterprise companies looking to consolidate their data and applications.
  • Enhanced recovery innovation. A new predictive pre-fetch capability on the converged appliance, the Branch Recovery Agent further reduces recovery time from major outages. This ensures employees can remain productive with constant access to applications and data, despite major disasters.
  • Simplified operations. Server, virtualization, and backup administrators will see an improved scale-out architecture with pooled management of storage delivery controllers. A new recovery agent for the converged appliance makes it simpler and faster for administrators to recover a branch from a major outage.
  • NetApp and EMC integration. Support for NetApp cluster mode and EMC VNX2 snapshots continue seamless integration advancements to ensure SteelFusion integrates seamlessly with data center SAN infrastructure to provide backup consolidation.

“With more and more branches and data, organizations are struggling with the cost and inefficiency of managing islands of infrastructure – servers, apps and storage – outside the datacenter. Riverbed developed the first solution that delivers all the benefits of converged infrastructure found in the datacenter, such as performance, security, scalability, better disaster recovery, and manageability, but optimized for the unique requirements of the branch,” said John Martin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage Delivery at Riverbed.

http://www.riverbed.com

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