Monday, April 21, 2014

NTT Com Tests Browser-based WebRTC Chat

NTT Communications kicked off a free trial of "WebRTC Chat on Skyway" - a web application that uses WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications)for browser-to-browser communication between devices in real time.

NTT Comm sees WebRTC as a breakthrough technology because it enables highly private communication for web services while minimizing server requirements. WebRTC stores the beginning and end of connection logs, so communication can be traced if necessary. NTT Com’s trial will test this feature by compiling and managing communication logs.

https://chat.skyway.io/
http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20140421.html

Microsoft and Motorola Solutions Sign Licensing Deal

Microsoft announced a worldwide patent deal under which Motorola Solutions licenses its intellectual property devices running the Android platform and Chrome OS operating system.

"Microsoft and Motorola Solutions share a respect for intellectual property and a commitment to fair and reasonable patent licensing programs," said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. "Microsoft prefers licensing to litigation, since licensing is a more effective way to share technology and accelerate the pace of innovation."

"Our Motorola Solutions communications technology works best for everyone when it is backed with robust intellectual property and patents," said Joe White, vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Motorola Solutions. "We are pleased to have agreed upon a solution that allows our customers to purchase Android products from Motorola Solutions with confidence."

http://www.microsoft.com

Verizon Appoints Chris Formant to Lead Enterprise Business

Christopher Formant has been named president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

He was most recently senior vice president and president of Avaya Government Solutions and Avaya Professional Services. At Avaya, he was also president of Global Services.  In addition to his leadership roles at Avaya, Formant has held executive positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and MBNA, as well as serving as adviser/investor to early-stage technology companies.

http://newscenter.verizon.com/corporate/news-articles/2014/04-17-chris-formant-joins-verizon-enterprise-business/

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cisco Lands a Major Customer for Next Gen Network Convergence System

Bright House Networks, the sixth-largest owner and operator of cable systems in the United States, has deployed the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) to support cloud-based, managed services for businesses, such as hosted voice, call center, application and infrastructure-as-a-service. The Cisco NCS also supports Bright House Networks' managed security, network transport, Wi-Fi and traditional voice and data services to business customers.

Bright House Networks is the first cable operator to deploy the Cisco NCS 6000, which offers the industry's first 1 terabits per second (Tbps) line card with the capability of transporting up to 5 Tbps per slot and a total system capacity of 1.2 petabits per second (Pbps) in a multi-chassis configuration to support a converged Internet Protocol (IP) and optical environment.

Cisco said its NCS 6000 delivers programmability and virtualization capabilities that enables Bright House Networks to accommodate growing network traffic and seize the opportunity created by trillions of programmable device-driven events and generated by the Internet of Everything (IoE), the networked connection of people, data, processes and things.   The Cisco NCS 6000 works together with the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) and Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers to act as a foundational network fabric.

"Our continued collaboration with Cisco allows us to be one of the first cable operators in the United States to offer comprehensive, world-class, cloud-based services to businesses and consumers. Working with Cisco we're able to quickly bring new business and residential services to market and perform in-service software upgrades without any downtime or service interruption or degradation," stated Craig Cowden, chief network officer and senior vice president of Enterprise Solutions, Bright House Networks.

"With our widely Evolved Programmable Network solutions for converged networks, we are now able to deliver software-defined networking and network functions virtualization innovations that accelerate new business possibilities for Bright House Networks. We are pleased to have met Bright House Networks' expectations in a short period of time, giving them the ability to optimize and monetize their network through carrier-class, cloud-based and managed services for businesses and consumers," said Bill Gartner, vice president and general manager, High-End Routing and Optical Group, Cisco.

http://www.brighthouse.com


In September 2013, +Cisco unveiled its flagship Network Convergence System (NCS) core routing fabric designed to bring scalability, open programmability, and IP/Optical integration to power the Internet of Everything.

The Cisco NCS family serves as network fabric and orchestration system uniting the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) and Aggregation Services Router (ASR) product lines.  It can be deployed as part of the Cisco ONE Service Provider Architecture, which embraces and extends SDN/NFV. The NCS family leverages several innovations:

Programmable Silicon: The NCS features the recently announced Cisco nPower X1 integrated network processor, which is also used in the CRS-X.  The nPower X1 packs 336 cores and 4 billion transistors on a single chip.  It also features new memory technology , the nPower X1 implementation achieves
unprecedented levels of performance, functionality, programmability and scale for a network processor.

Intelligent Convergence for Optimization and Simplification: The Cisco NCS converges IP and optical networks and is designed to seamlessly integrate with the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and the Dynamic Fabric Automation capabilities supported by Cisco's data center innovations. This convergence capability enables the NCS to act as a flexible foundational network fabric for an evolved programmable network, able to shift and redirect data center, core, edge and optical resources spontaneously and in real time, allowing service providers to accelerate service velocity while reducing overall complexity and operating costs.

Advanced Virtualization Capabilities: The NCS's element, system and architectural virtualization capabilities converge to enable the system to orchestrate services and resources across disparate physical, virtual and geographical elements as if they are part of a single unified system using Cisco Prime and Cisco Quantum solutions. The system's advanced virtualization features enable service providers to elastically scale up and down both network and compute resources, utilizing scalable multichassis configurations that can be managed as a single entity. If system scale is exceeded in one part of the network, the NCS moves control plane functions onto UCS servers in the data center, creating virtually unlimited control plane scale by capitalizing on the blade servers' processing.

The Cisco NCS family consists of three key components that can be managed as a single integrated system for business agility and simplified operations:

NCS 6000 -- the flagship router boasts the ability to transport up to 5 Tbps per slot and 1.2 Pbps per system.  By using its 100 Gbps,CMOS-based CPAK transceivers Cisco is delivering the first 1 Tbps line card. Each line card runs up to 1 Tbps throughput, using a mix of 10, 40, or 100 Gbps interfaces per card.  Significantly, the NCS 6000 will run virtualized IOS-XR instances while supporting hardware-enabled true zero-packet, zero-topology loss (ZPL/ZTL) In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU).  This will enable lossless software image updates.  Thanks to the CMOS silicon photonics and new network processor, Cisco said the NCS 6000 will achieve the lowest carbon footprint in service provider routing . The NCS 6000 is currently shipping.

NCS 4000 --  bridges the gap between the IP and optical layers with time division multiplexing (TDM), packet switching, and integrated DWDM functionality. It will support 400 Gbps per slot and 6.4 Terabits per system and be available in single, back-to-back, and multi-chassis configurations.  It will offer full optical channel data unit (ODU-0) level switching, with ports supporting SONET/SDH, Ethernet, and channelized OTN Full IP, MPLS, MPLS-Transport Profile (TP), and Carrier Ethernet switching, supporting 10 Gb, 40 Gb, and 100 Gb Ethernet interfaces with the option of OTN encapsulation. The NCS 4000 will be available in the first half of 2014.

NCS 2000 -- a DWDM transport platform that evolves the Cisco ROADM portfolio by introducing 96-channel nLight ROADM technology.  It offers touchless re-configurability through colorless, omni-directional, and contention-less add/drop, networks.  The NCS 2000 introduces hybrid Raman-EDFA amplifiers known as erbium doped Raman amplifiers (EDRA).  The NCS 2000 is currently shipping.

The three platforms are designed to work as a single, integrated system.

"The Cisco NCS was engineered with the programmability, intelligence and scalability to meet the demands of today and tomorrow.  The NCS delivers an evolved programmable network that will enable service providers to generate new revenue streams and business models, while delivering exciting new experiences to their customers," stated Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Cisco's Service Provider Networking Group.

Cisco named three early adopters for NCS:  BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra.

IBM Develops SoftLayer Partnership Programs

IBM is rolling out a series of initiatives to help its business partners to develop, market and sell SoftLayer cloud services to their customers.  SoftLayer, an IBM company, provides a high performance, enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure.

Under the program, IBM is:

  • Offering improved margin opportunities with richer earned-volume discounts for SoftLayer Business Partners without requiring a prior commitment.
  • Creating a new SoftLayer Services & Solution Provider program, which streamlines the SoftLayer hosting reseller and strategic partners program to improve clarity of eligibility requirement and benefits of the program.
  • Launching a co-marketing initiative as part of PartnerWorld to help SoftLayer Business Partners that join the program build their brands, generate demand for their services and grow their marketing skills. Partners who join PartnerWorld, and existing IBM Business Partners who join the SoftLayer partner program will have access to campaign design and creation tools as well as customizable campaign templates to minimize upfront work and deliver consistent messaging.
  • Expanding the technical training courses for both SoftLayer and IBM Business Partners to build skills that meet clients' plans to use outside resources for delivering high-value cloud solutions. The free two-day courses introduce SoftLayer solutions through hands-on activities delivered by Global Knowledge, one of IBM global training providers. Classes are held in 21 locations including markets where IBM is expanding its global network of cloud hubs in addition to several other key markets around the world, including: Japan, India, China, England and several locations across the United States.

"Supporting our partners as they transition from selling traditional on-premise cloud solutions to hybrid and off-premise cloud solutions is a priority for Avnet Technology Solutions," said Fred Cuen, senior vice president and general manager, IBM Solutions Group, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "With these new enhancements, and with IBM's plans to expand its global cloud footprint globally, SoftLayer has assembled the right components for a winning partner program and we're looking forward to leveraging it to grow cloud market share for Avnet and our partner base."

http://www.SoftLayer.com
http://www.ibm.com

  • IBM recently announced a $1.2 billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint and its $1 billion investment to develop a unique platform-as-a-service offering, codenamed BlueMix. 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.



ARRIS Acquires SeaWell for ABR Streaming Technology

ARRIS has acquired SeaWell Networks, a developer of adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming technologies.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

SeaWell is based in Mississauga, Ontario.  ARRIS plans to integrated SeaWell's streaming technologies into its Network & Cloud business. This combined portfolio – of IP video, multiscreen, and ad insertion solutions – will be the enabler for next-gen TV and advertising services.

"This acquisition further positions ARRIS to transform IP video delivery…from content creation to consumption," said Bob Stanzione, ARRIS Chairman and CEO. "ARRIS and SeaWell Networks recently collaborated, introducing an integrated solution to monetize the multiscreen opportunity. SeaWell's technology and talent impressed our team, and we are excited to do more together. Combining our solutions, technologists and roadmaps promises to accelerate the delivery of the personalized TV and advertising solutions that service providers need and their consumers crave."

Brian Collie, SeaWell Networks Founder and CEO said, "This acquisition will create new opportunities for our employees, customers and the industry. This combination will provide the next-gen TV solutions our customers need to more quickly and cost-effectively transition to IP and multiscreen video."

http://www.arrisi.com

Fujitsu Supplies Long-Haul Microwave Radio in Western Arctic

Northwestel, a communications solutions provider in northern Canada, has chosen Fujitsu Network Communications to supply its long-haul, packet transport, microwave technology to bring broadband connectivity to communities of the Western-Arctic’s Mackenzie Delta area.

Specifically, Northwestel selected the Fujitsu FRX-3E Long-Haul Microwave Radio System, which supports Ethernet services with up to 4Gbps capacity and offers 16RF channels. Additionally, Northwestel will use Fujitsu’s NETSMART Management System carrier-class software to manage, provision and monitor the FRX-3E. The communications provider already uses the NETSMART Management System to perform these functions in conjunction with previously installed Fujitsu FLASHWAVE Packet Optical Networking Platforms (Packet ONP).

AgilOne Raises $25 Million for Cloud-based Predictive Analytics

AgilOne, a start-up based in Mountain View, California closed $25 million in Series C funding for its cloud-based predictive marketing platform. AgilOne is used by brands including Shazam, Sports Authority, Moosejaw and shopPBS.org to develop precise marketing offers based on big data analytics.

“Predictive marketing is the only easy way to do precise customer targeting and deliver personalized experiences to every consumer,” said Omer Artun, founder and CEO of AgilOne. “Our growth over the last year has been tremendous, and we’ve only scratched the surface. Our latest funding round will allow us to take the company to the next level, and we are very fortunate to have top investors by our side that have strong domain expertise and support our mission.”

The latest funding round was led by Tenaya Capital with participation from Next World Capital and Four Rivers Group and existing investors, Sequoia Capital and Mayfield Fund.

http://www.agilone.com

Friday, April 18, 2014

ZTE Wins Orders from China Mobile for GPON

ZTE confirmed the receipt of orders from China Mobile for GPON equipment in the operator’s annual tender.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

ZTE was one of only three successful vendors in China Mobile’s tender for more than 614,000 ONUs (Optical Network Unit) and over 3,000 OLTs (Optical Line Terminal).  The other winning bidders were Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell and FiberHome.

“ZTE is committed to achieving win-win with our customers through dedicated R&D efforts and high-quality customer services,” said Bei Jinsong, Director of Optical Access Products at ZTE. “Our efforts have resulted in industry-leading product performance and increasing market acceptance for ZTE’s GPON equipment.”

http://www.zte.com.cn

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

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