Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Level 3 Partners with Digital Realty for Direct Connects to AWS, Microsoft Azure

Level 3 and Digital Realty, which owns 131 data centers in major cities worldwide, announced a partnership to deliver direct cloud services to co-location customers.  The initial rollout targets 14 markets in the U.S. and Europe and will include Amazon Web Services (AWS Direct Connect) and Microsoft Azure (ExpressRoute).

Digital Realty said a hybrid cloud environment offers its customers the ability to centralize IT management and also gain the flexibility to respond to changing business needs as a result of data and storage growth. For example, leveraging Level 3's virtual private network services, Digital Realty customers can dynamically scale their bandwidth and only pay for what they consume as demand for computing capacity spikes, say during the holiday shopping season. In a hybrid environment, transferring large data sets is expedited with greater bandwidth capacity, which also improves the performance of real-time voice and data feeds.

"This relationship with Level 3 enables us to facilitate connections for our clients to AWS or Azure globally with Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions in a seamless and highly secure manner," said Digital Realty Interim CEO, Bill Stein. "As our clients' capacity and connectivity needs grow, it's our goal to facilitate their easy access to a broad range of solution providers. Our alliance with Level 3 and their growing cloud ecosystem play a key role in the breadth of support we can extend to our clients."

http://www.level3.com/en/products-and-services/cloud-and-it/cloud-services/

Zayo to Acquire Neo Telecoms for Paris Fiber Network

Zayo agreed to acquire Neo Telecoms (Neo) for its fiber network in Paris.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition adds 350 metro route miles in Paris and more than 500 on-net buildings to Zayo’s network. Neo also operates 9 colocation centers across France, offering more than 36,000 square feet of data center space. The Paris and regional network throughout France will be integrated into Zayo’s existing European network connecting London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam and the U.S.

Neo, which was founded in 2003, provides dark fiber, IP, Ethernet, wavelength and colocation services to high-bandwidth companies in continental Europe and serves more than 600 carrier and enterprise customers, primarily concentrated in the technology, media, telecom, and finance sectors.

“Neo has established a strong Bandwidth Infrastructure presence in France and we believe this acquisition will enable growth through our combined fiber footprint for end-to-end solutions,” said Dan Caruso, President and CEO of Zayo Group. “While we will bring a much expanded capability to the table, we also respect the importance of local relationships and expertise. The two principal founders of Neo, Didier Soucheyre and Florian du Boys, will stay with the combined companies and lead Zayo France, a new business unit focused on that market.”

http://www.zayo.com
http://www.neotelecoms.com/

365 DataCenters: Co-location and Cloud Services for SMBs

365 DataCenters, which was previously known as 365 Main, announced a corporate rebranding as it focuses on colocation services for small and medium enterprises.  The company operates in sixteen markets across the U.S.

In this video interview, John Scanlon looks at the colocation opportunity with small to medium-sized businesses especially as they make the transition from on-premise infrastructure to hybrid cloud solutions. The company's goal is to make data centers more accessible to small customers by eliminating long-term commitments.


See video:  http://youtu.be/p_E1AhL4iRE



CableWiFi Alliance Tops 250,000 WiFi Hotspots

The CableWiFi Alliance hit a significant milestone:  more than 250,000 hotspots are now available at no additional charge to qualified customers of participating companies including Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks. Major areas of deployment include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Orlando, Tampa, Kansas City, Austin, and Charlotte.

"In today's hyper-connected world, WiFi hotspots have become one of the most important and fastest growing technologies of the Internet era," said Michael Powell, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) President & CEO. "With 250,000 WiFi hotspots now available to millions of cable broadband customers at no additional charge, the value and reach of cable's robust Internet service increases significantly. The cable industry is committed to providing American consumers with the best Internet experience and the growth of the CableWiFi Alliance is delivering on that promise."

http://www.comcast.com

Infonetics: Small Cell Market to Hit $2.5 Billion in 2018

The small cell market saw significant growth in 2013 as the total number of small cell units shipped hit 642,000, a 143% spike from 2012, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.  Over half of these units are of the 3G variety, and Infonetics predicts that 4G metrocells will close the gap with 3G this year, becoming the main growth engine.

“As we anticipated, the great small cell ramp did not happen in 2013 as many in the industry had hoped. Testing activity remained solid, but actual deployments were modest. Small cell revenue was just $771 million last year, a sharp contrast to the $24 billion 2G/3G RAN market,” reports Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

Some additional highlights:


  • As mobile operators have to approach a “critical mass” of data traffic before small cells even become a consideration, it is the developed countries (Japan, South Korea, the UK and US) that are driving early adoption
  • Backhaul is no longer a major inhibitor to small cell deployment, but it will remain an issue for some mobile operators due to the locations in which they operate
  • 5G is coming, fully loaded with small cells: NTT DOCOMO in Japan plans to have 5G commercially available in 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics.


http://www.infonetics.com

Orange LTE Rollout Reaches 58% Population Coverage in France

As of the end of Q1 2014, Orange was serving over 239.4 million customer accesses across all of its global properties, up 4% from a year ago.  During Q1, Orange added 84,000 fixed line broadband customer in Spain and 31,000 in France. In terms of post-paid wireless customers, Orange added 114K in Poland, 86K in France and 73K in Spain.

Consolidated revenues were 9.804 billion euros, a 3.8% decrease on a comparable basis. Excluding the impact of regulatory measures, the decrease was 3.0%, an improvement of 0.8 percentage points compared to the 4th quarter 2013 figure, which primarily related to France and the Enterprise segment. In France, the revenue decline slowed to 4.9% after falling 6.2% in the 4th quarter of 2013 (+1.3 percentage points). The improvement was related to both fixed and mobile services.

“Orange’s first quarter 2014 performance was very satisfactory, aided in large part by the continued strong commercial momentum in our core countries. Orange benefits from the efficient segmentation of its offers as well as its investment in very high-speed broadband – fibre and 4G – which enable the Group to differentiate itself from the competition," stated Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of the Orange Group.

Some other indicators:


  • In France, the FTTH network added 47K customers.  The 4G network now cover 58% of the population with 5,400 LTE-enabled base stations.  A total of 1,180 4G sites were activated in Q1.  There are 1.4 million LTE subscribers.
  • In Spain, the 4G network now has over 2,400 base stations enabled, covering 50% of the population.


http://www.orange.com/en/finance/nbsp2/investors-and-analysts/latest-consolidated-results

Sprint's LTE Footprint Now Covers 225 Million POPs

Sprint's LTE network now covers more than 225 million people and remains on track to cover 250 million by mid-year.

The company also announced availability of Sprint Spark, its enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of 60 Mbps on capable devices, in six new cities:  Newark, N.J.; Oakland, California; Orlando, Florida; Tacoma, Washington; Waukegan, Illinois; and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Sprint Spark is expected to cover 100 million people by year-end.

In its quarterly financial report report released on Tuesday, Sprint noted a loss of a net loss of 231,000 Sprint platform postpaid customers during the quarter largely due to expected elevated churn levels related to service disruption associated with the company’s ongoing network overhaul. Sprint platform prepaid net loss of 364,000 customers was primarily caused by changes in the Lifeline program recertification process that impacted its "Assurance Wireless" subscriber base. Sprint added 212,000 wholesale and affiliate customers during the quarter. At the end of the quarter, Sprint was serving a total of about 54 million subscribers.

 “In the quarter, operating revenue and Adjusted EBITDA* both grew year-over-year even as investments in our network improvements continued,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “With the expected mid-year completion of the rip and replacement of our core 3G and voice network, the ongoing roll-out of Sprint SparkTM, and the evolution of Sprint FramilySM, we plan to build the best customer experience in the industry,” stated Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO.

http://www.sprint.com

Apigee Raises $60 Million for Predictive Analytics

Apigee, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $60 million in venture financing for its API platform for enabling predictive analytics in digital interactions.

The company's Apigee Edge API platform helps enterprises to build mobile and digital initiatives using APIs, apps and data. Apigee Insights delivers big data predictive analytics. Apigee says that when used together, its APIs and predictive analytics can create an adaptive cycle of continuous improvement – and the faster an enterprise goes through this cycle, the faster it can innovate, adapt and accelerate its digital business.

Pine River Capital Management and Wellington Management Company participated as new investors in this round, along with current Apigee investors Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), Bay Partners, Third Point LLC, SAP Ventures, funds managed by BlackRock, Focus Ventures, and Accenture. With this financing, Apigee has raised $171 million to date.

Apigee will use the funds to accelerate across all areas of its business to keep up with demand for APIs and big data analytics, as enterprises increasingly embrace these technologies for digital business.

http://apigee.com/

Nokia appoints Rajeev Suri as President and CEO

Following the completion of the sale of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft, Nokia unveiled its new corporate strategy and named Rajeev Suri as President and CEO.

Nokia's overall vision is to leverage its three strong businesses in networks, location and technologies to be a leader in technologies important in a connected world.


  • Through its Networks business (formerly Nokia Solutions and Networks, or NSN), Nokia will invest in the innovative products and services needed by telecoms operators to manage the increase in wireless data traffic which is more than doubling every year.
  • Through its HERE business, Nokia will invest to further develop its location cloud to make it the leading source of location intelligence and experiences across many different operating systems, platforms and screens. Three target areas: 1) technology for smart, connected cars; 2) cloud-based services for personal mobility and location intelligence, including for the growing segment of wearables and special purpose devices; and 3) location-based analytics for better business decisions.
  • Through its Technologies business, Nokia will invest in the further development of its industry-leading innovation portfolio. This will include 1) expanding the company's intellectual property licensing program; 2) helping other companies and organizations benefit from breakthrough innovations through technology licensing; and 3) exploring new technologies for use in potential future products and services.

"As Nokia opens this new chapter, the Nokia Board and I are confident that Rajeev is the right person to lead the company forward," said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors. "He has a proven ability to create strategic clarity, drive innovation and growth, ensure disciplined execution, and deliver results. We believe that his passion for technology will help ensure that Nokia continues to deliver innovations that have a positive impact on people's lives."

Suri joined Nokia in 1995 and has held a wide range of leadership positions in the company. Since October of 2009, he has served as CEO of NSN.  Risto Siilasmaa, who has also been serving as an interim CEO of Nokia, will return to focusing exclusively on his role as Chairman of Nokia's Board of Directors as of May 1, 2014.

Nokia also announced its dividend schedule for distributing capital from the Microsoft deal to its shareholders.

http://www.nokia.com

Riverbed Posts 8% YoY Growth for Q1

Riverbed reported Q1 2014 revenue of $265 million, up 8% compared to the first quarter of 2013 (Q1’13). GAAP net income for Q1’14 was $3.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. This compares to a net loss of $8.1 million, or ($0.05) per diluted share, in Q1’13.

“Our first quarter results are a strong proof point supporting our strategy to bring value to our customers by optimizing the delivery of applications and data on a global scale and to deliver profitable returns to our shareholders,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO. “Year-over-year revenue growth was led by WAN optimization and strength in enterprise and international sales. We are also very encouraged by our performance management business with increasing revenue from channel partners and significant growth in Europe.”

http://www.riverbed.com

Monday, April 28, 2014

Overture Debuts Ensemble Service Orchestrator and Ensemble Network Controller

Overture is stepping up its game in software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) with the commercial availability of its Ensemble Service Orchestrator (ESO) and Ensemble Network Controller (ENC), two key pieces of its open architecture for service automation.

Overture said its goal is to bring together open automation and management of both the physical Carrier Ethernet and virtual infrastructure.  The will use open APIs for deployment into third-party infrastructure.any service provider architecture, Ensemble Service Orchestrator and Ensemble Network Controller may be deployed together as a system or integrated independently.

·       The Ensemble Service Orchestrator is an open, extensible carrier-class NFV service lifecycle management and orchestration system that coordinates virtual resources and physical network elements to create, activate and assure services using one or more virtual network functions. ESO uses the OpenStack™ cloud controller – bundled with ESO – to manage the virtual compute environment, including virtual machines, virtual switches and top-of-rack datacenter switches. For management of the physical wide area network traffic flows, ESO leverages Overture’s Ensemble Network Controller but can also be integrated with other third-party network controllers.
·       The Ensemble Network Controller is a service-aware network controller and management system for the Carrier Ethernet metro service edge. With native support for all Overture network elements, ENC is extensible to support third-party network elements and automates service creation, service activation, device detection, fault management and performance monitoring. By presenting a complete network picture, ENC helps service providers add new services and virtualized network functions without compromising existing network operations.

Overture has a number of field trials and proofs of concept underway.

“The automation and virtualization challenges at the metro service edge differ greatly from those in the data center, which led us to create a true carrier-class orchestration and control solution specifically focused on the part of the network where services are actually delivered,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. “Service providers need to be able to automate and orchestrate the complete service lifecycle across both the virtual and physical metro edge domains. We have been extremely pleased with the response that Ensemble OSA continues to receive from our service provider customers.”

http://www.overturenetworks.com

Overture's vE-CPE bundles Virtual Branch Office Router, Firewall, VPN

Overture introduced a turnkey network functions virtualization (NFV) solution for virtual managed enterprise CPE (vE-CPE).

The pre-tested, integrated solution bundles third-party virtual branch office router, firewall, and VPN functions with Overture’s Ensemble OSA software and enablement services. Additional pre-integrated virtual network functions (VNFs)are available as options. Through the Overture Ensemble orchestration and control software, the vE-CPE functions can be deployed in a centralized environment, such as a datacenter or central office, or may be distributed out to virtualization platforms on the customer premise.

Overture said this solution combines its strength in Carrier Ethernet 2.0, its new Ensemble OSA NFV orchestration and control software, a set of third-party VNFs, Overture enablement services, and technical support to create a fully integrated solution.

“In a growing ecosystem of independent software vendors, communications service providers (CSPs) that want to explore modern virtualization options may be resource-constrained to adequately evaluate all of the choices as well as perform all the required system integration work,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. “The Overture vE-CPE Ensemble Solution Pack provides an open, pre-integrated, fully-supported NFV solution to help them accelerate their enterprise service deployments.”

http://www.overturenetworks.com

IBM Opens its Cloud Marketplace and BlueMix Garage in SF's SOMA

IBM launched a new cloud marketplace that provides gateway for the company's extensive global business partner ecosystem to tap into the growing $250B cloud market opportunity.

Clients can access a full suite of IBM-as-a-Service with 100 SaaS applications, IBM's Bluemix platform-as-a-service with composable services, the powerful SoftLayer infrastructure-as-a-service and third party cloud services.

"Increasingly cloud users from business, IT and development across the enterprise are looking for easy access to a wide range of services to address new business models and shifting market conditions," said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Software & Cloud Solutions. "IBM Cloud marketplace puts Big Data and Analytics, mobile, social, commerce, integration ---- the full power of IBM-as-a-Service and our ecosystem --- at our clients' fingertips to help them quickly deliver innovative services to their constituents."

Initial third-party cloud providers in the marketplace include SendGrid, Zend, Redis Labs, Sonian, Flow Search Corp, Deep DB, M2Mi and Ustream.

In addition, IBM added 30 additional cloud services to BlueMix, its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to help developers quickly integrate applications and speed deployment of new cloud services.  Additionally, IBM is launching BlueMix Garages, collaborative locations where developers can create new apps on BlueMix, learn new development skills, and access IBM's developer ecosystem. The first such faclity is in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.

IBM is leveraging BlueMix's foundation on SoftLayer. The goal is to combine  IBM's middleware software with third-party and open technologies to create an integrated development experience in the cloud.

http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/

Virtus Data Centres Adds Microsoft Azure Direct Connection in London

Virtus Data Centres began offering the availability of direct, private connections to Microsoft Azure from its data center in London.  The connection is provided Level 3’s network from Virtus Data Centres.

Virtus already offered direct connection into AWS, also provided over Level 3.

http://blog.virtusdatacentres.com/

Microsoft Bumps OneDrive Cloud Storage from 25GB to 1TB

Microsoft is increasing OneDrive for Business storage from 25GB to 1TB per user.  The boost affects all Office 365 ProPlus subscribers.  Microsoft is also developing tools to help businesses to migrate their content to OneDrive.

https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/


  • In its latest quarterly report released last week, Microsoft stated that Office 365 revenue grew over 100% year-over-year, and commercial seats nearly doubled, demonstrating strong enterprise momentum for Microsoft’s cloud productivity solutions.

AT&T Eyes Air-to-Ground LTE In-Flight Service

AT&T is looking to launch an LTE-based in-flight connectivity service for airlines and passengers in commercial, business and general aviation over the continental United States.

AT&T said it is working with Honeywell to provide hardware and service capabilities to deliver the in-flight connectivity solution. The companies did not disclose which spectrum bands already owned by AT&T they would use or how the new air-to-ground network would be configured.  They expect in-flight broadband performance will exceed current offerings and that the service could be available as soon as late 2015.
“Everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet wherever they are, including at 35,000 feet,” said John Stankey, Chief Strategy Officer at AT&T. “We are building on AT&T’s significant strengths to develop in-flight connectivity technology unlike any other that exists today, based on 4G LTE standards. We believe this will enable airlines and passengers to benefit from reliable high speeds and a better experience. We expect this service to transform connectivity in the aviation industry – we are truly mobilizing the sky.”

http://about.att.com/story/mobilizing_the_sky_att_building_4g_lte_in_flight_connectivity_service.html

HP Fortifies its Mission-Critical Cloud Platform

HP announced performance and reliability enhancements to the HP-UX operating environment and HP CloudSystem Matrix with HP-UX, as well as new HP Integrity NonStop entry-class servers.

The latest HP-UX 11i v3 solution reduces planned downtime for maintenance and upgrades while increasing capacity and performance. With this release, customers can now:

  • Perform zero-downtime platform upgrades of virtualized applications btween HP Integrity i2 and HP Integrity i4 servers.
  • Virtualize larger workloads, with double the virtual machine capacity from previous versions, now with up to 32 processor cores and 256 GB memory.
  • Reduce reboot times by up to 50 percent with Soft Reboot, available now for HP Integrity i4 server blades.
  • Reconfigure virtualized I/O without system downtime.

With enhancement to HP CloudSystem Matrix with HP-UX, customers can improve efficiency and service level agreement (SLA) performance with:

  • Larger private cloud deployments to enable better performance and flexibility, by provisioning workloads running vPars (v6), or with direct I/O networking.
  • Lowered entry cost of HP-UX private cloud deployments with new two socket license bundles.
  • Increased data center processing capacity by identifying inefficient server processes, so they can be eliminated and resources can be made available for key workloads.

“Enterprises everywhere are required to handle significant data volume while providing customers continuous access and availability to their mission-critical workloads,” said Ric Lewis, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Servers Business, HP. “The latest enhancements to our HP Integrity solutions demonstrate HP’s commitment to provide customers with purpose-built, highly-available infrastructure capabilities for their most critical applications.”

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1631138#.U18m0vldWP0

Fujitsu+Panasonic Silicon Venture Gets Funded

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Panasonic received funding support from Development Bank of Japan for a new venture that would combine certain semiconductor assets from each company.

Based on the agreement reached so far, Fujitsu, Panasonic and DBJ have agreed that DBJ will make a maximum investment of 20.0 billion yen in equity capital in the new company and will provide a maximum credit line of 10.0 billion yen to the new company. As a result, at the time of the business integration, it is expected that the ratio of voting rights held in the new company by Fujitsu, Panasonic and DBJ will be 40%, 20%, and 40%, respectively. The new company will operate independently.

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2014/20140423-01.html

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