Sunday, June 29, 2014

Zayo Ready to Deliver 100G Wavelengths over European Network

Zayo has completed a network upgrade that enables it to provide 100G wavelength services over its long-haul European network.

Zayo’s long-haul network extends from London to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Paris, and Paris to London. Its 100G optical platform has been gradually updated over a nine-month period and is now fully deployed and available for implementation by customers.

The network upgrade was completed in conjunction with its recent expansion in Western Europe. Through its acquisition of Geo Networks in May 2014, Zayo added over 2,100 route miles to its European network. Zayo will add an additional 350 metro route miles to its network through the acquisition of Neo Telecoms, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014.

European Vice-President Alastair Kane said, “This expansion of our 100G capability is testament to our continued investment in Europe and dedication to providing our customers with the latest technology to accommodate bandwidth needs. With these long-haul capabilities in place, we can provide significantly enhanced service between our metro networks”.

Earlier this year, Zayo Group has acquired Geo Networks, a London-based dark fiber provider, for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition will add over 2,100 route miles to Zayo’s European network, and connectivity to 587 on-net buildings. Geo's network owns and operates a high capacity fiber network in the UK, providing managed networks, dark fiber and co-location services to a variety of high-bandwidth sectors including media companies, service providers, financial services, data centers and gaming organizations.

Geo’s 100-route mile London network is housed in the London sewer system, which minimizes the threat of physical faults, boosting reliability and security, and enabling rapid deployment with minimum disruption.  The network reaches 130 data centers across the UK. Geo also operates a diverse optical fiber subsea system, East-West Ring, providing diverse connectivity to Dublin, a strategic hub for data centers and cloud service providers.

With this acquisition, Zayo will have 79,000 miles of fiber in 8 countries, and connectivity to more than 650 data centers.

Advancements in Semiconductor Quantum Dots with Single-atom Precision

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT), the Paul-Drude-Institute (PDI; Germany), and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL: USA) have cooperatively developed a novel quantum dot (artificial atom) and used it to crate artificial molecules with single-atom precision.

The achievement was achieved using a clean surface of semiconductor single crystal thin film manufactured by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) by using a low-temperature, Scanning Tunneling Microscope to integrate atoms one-by-one with an atom manipulation technique.

A quantum dot (QD) is a nanostructure that confines electrons in a nanometer-level narrow space to make quantum mechanical effects evident.

Potential applications include optical and electronic devices, display panels, biotechnology, solar cells, and quantum information processing. However, the influence of microfabrication error becomes more serious as the manufactured device becomes smaller. Conventional lithography and self-assembling methods are problematic in the processing precision.

NTT said if the fabrication and characterization of quantum structures with atomic precision become available at the semiconductor substrate surface, this will be a major leap toward the realization of a new integrated circuit technology expected about 10 years from now.

DOCOMO to Offer Japan's First eSIM for M2M Devices

NTT DOCOMO is launching Japan's first Embedded Subscription Identity Module, or eSIM, a new type of SIM that works on mobile networks of various international operators, for M2M Devices.  Conventionally, a unique SIM is required for each operator.

The eSIM is able to register phone numbers and other subscription-identity data of DOCOMO and other international operators in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, such as connected automobiles, industrial equipment and many more.

DOCOMO said it has been actively involved in the establishment of an eSIM global standard, which was officially released in December 2013.

Toyota Picks IBM to Build Platform for Advanced In-Car Services

Toyota Motor Corporation has selected IBM to build and design a new application development platform for in-car services.  The project is part of Toyota’s new telematics service, called T-Connect, and aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.

Toyota and IBM will work together to create an onboard devices and application development environment for Toyota Open Vehicle Architecture. This single development platform will bring together an ecosystem of mobile app developers and content providers that provide content for T-Connect. Using the IBM platform, app developers and content providers will be able to better collaborate on building and designing apps for in-car services.

IBM Lotus Expeditor for Automotive is middleware that creates composite applications. It provides client integration tools to deploy and manage composite applications as part of a flexible environment.

"As the industry continues to move toward bringing fully connected vehicles to market, new requirements for leveraging innovations in technologies like mobile continue to emerge,” said Dirk Wollschl├Ąger, general manager, Global Automotive Industry, IBM. “The connected vehicle transformation will require collaboration across disciplines. We are proud to start on that path with Toyota and nurture the power of its thriving ecosystem.”

Saturday, June 28, 2014

ETSI Releases KPI Standard for Data Center Energy-efficiency

ETSI has published a Data Centre Energy Management (DCEM) indicator standard to help measure energy efficiency and compare energy management efficiency in data centres.

The DCEM Global KPI specifies the coefficient or "Global KPI" of the eco-efficiency and energy management of data centres. It combines two indicators: one taking into account different sizes of data centre (S, M, L or XL) and a second incorporating 9 different levels of performance, similar to the energy classification model used for home appliances.

ETSI said its work will allow benchmarking of data centres or ITC locations in a wide range of industrial sectors.

Verizon Suffers Billing System Outage

Verizon was hit by a widespread outage of its online customer portal and billing system on Friday and Saturday across much of the U.S.  Many users were unable to log-in to their accounts and some locations reported difficulty activating new accounts.

Communication services were not affected.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Orange Business Adds Salesforce to its Secured Cloud Hub

Orange Business Services will be adding Salesforce to its secure cloud hub, Business VPN Galerie.

Launched in 2010, Business VPN Galerie is the world’s first hub linking Orange VPN customers to cloud services via trusted network gateways.

The VPN Galerie enables customers tp access Orange and partners’ infrastructure and software as a service, while benefitting from the advantages of the Orange Business Services cloud-ready network. These include end-to-end management and support, reliability, performance and security. Customers can maintain their existing user access methods and corporate security policies for all Business VPN Galerie services.

“Business VPN Galerie was the world’s first cloud-ready network offer on the market. By connecting Business VPN Galerie with Salesforce, we are strongly enriching the ecosystem of applications available through Business VPN Galerie,” says Didier Duriez, senior vice president Global Solutions and Services, Orange Business Services.

Orange Silicon Valley Invites Start-ups to Test in its GigaStudio

Orange Silicon Valley announced the opening of its GigaStudio, a lab dedicated to helping start-ups test ultra-high bandwidth use cases in a secure 1 Gbps test bed environment. The company will be providing free access to GigaStudio for interested companies.

Orange Silicon Valley is seeking the early adopters and evangelists in the ultrafast Internet ecosystem. The GigaStudio will hold events to champion gigabit use cases and applications.

Orange Silicon Valley said gigabit speed fundamentally reshapes the consumer experience.  "Gigabit thinking" refers to how gigabit will fundamentally reshape the consumer experience. While common wisdom equates gigabit Internet with more and higher resolution video consumption, the technology demands a reset of product design thinking. By definition, gigabit Internet means that companies are no longer constrained by bandwidth limitations and the requirement to optimize for speed. Additional fiber benefits include low latency for gaming applications, symmetrical connections for faster uploads/cloud syncing, and effectively unlimited multi-tasking for consumer households.

In the French market, Orange Fiber has 400,000 customers and 3 million French households are eligible for fiber today.

Gabriel Sidhom, VP of Technology Strategy & Development at Orange SV, commented: "Orange is fully committed to rolling out very high broadband networks throughout Europe: Spain, Poland, and especially France with the target of covering 60% of the population by 2020. We are opening the Orange GigaStudio doors for high bandwidth startups to access our customer base. I encourage you to bring your ideas, come connect to our dedicated gigabit connection, and shape the Internet of tomorrow with us."

Orange Silicon Valley will hold the first Orange GigaStudio information session on July 31st.

Verizon Digital Media Services Expands its Global CDN

Since its acquisition of EdgeCast Networks at the beginning of this year, Verizon Digital Media Services has added more than 20 new points of presence (POPs) to its global content delivery network. New POPs include Warsaw, Stockholm, Milan, Vienna, Melbourne, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, Batam, Jakarta and Sao Paulo. The company also expanded its presence with additional POPs in many cities already served, including London, Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. These additions offer customers even greater connectivity and performance within these markets.

Verizon said each new POP is built securely on the latest generation of delivery servers, with pre-built dedicated space for rapid expansion. The POPs have multiple diverse connections into last-mile networks and are provisioned to support the full suite of Verizon EdgeCast services.

“The majority of our customers offer their services to a global audience. Our continued worldwide expansion means content is as close as possible to the end-user’s digital doorstep,” said James Segil, chief marketing officer, Verizon Digital Media Services. “Continuing to add points of presence to our network helps our customers deliver even their largest files quickly and efficiently no matter whether the viewer is watching video, shopping, gaming or sharing content.”

One example of the global CDN expansion occurred in a massive and diverse carrier-neutral Brazil colocation site in Sao Paulo. Serving as one of the most important Internet exchanges in the region, this Verizon-owned data center is in Sao Paulo’s high-tech corridor and has redundancy links across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

In December 2013, Verizon agreed to acquire EdgeCast, a content delivery network company based in Santa Monica, California. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal closed in January 2014.

Edgecast operates a series of CDN "SuperPOPS" in over 30 locations around the world.  Unlike earlier CDNs, which placed a small number of servers in thousands of locations, Edgecast focused on a smaller number of strategic global locations near primary Internet Exchange Points. These caching servers are located in data centers where major backbone providers operates Internet exchanges.

EdgeCast claims more than 6,000 accounts, including some of the world’s leading Web brands for global media delivery and acceleration services.

Verizon Digital Media Services plans to integrate EdgeCast capabilities in its own network.

Verizon Enterprise Partners with VMware on Mobile Device Management

Verizon Enterprise Solutions and VMware announced an expansion of their strategic relationship to include mobile security and enterprise mobility management solutions.

Under the partnership, Verizon will now provide AirWatch by VMware Enterprise Mobility Management Platform as part of the Verizon mobile device management portfolio for on premise deployments.

“As enterprises respond to changing employee demographics and expectations, we continue to build out our mobile device management portfolio to offer customers choices that drive business efficiency and employee engagement,” said John Harrobin, chief marketing officer, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Our relationship with VMware brings advanced enterprise mobility solutions to organizations across a number of sectors.”

Zain Completes First VoLTE Call in Kuwait

Zain completed the first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call over its commercial LTE network in Kuwait. NSN is the VoLTE solution provider. Nokia Networks’ VoLTE solution consisted of its IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem), Subscriber Data Management, and Open TAS (Telecommunications Application Server).  Open TAS provides supplementary services that are applicable for voice, messaging, and video sessions for subscribers in LTE and other broadband networks.

“Zain further affirms its leadership position by introducing the latest technologies to constantly improve its customers’ experience,” said Omar Saud Al Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Zain Kuwait. “Today’s VoLTE success with Nokia Networks’ solution is an important milestone in our planning for the future, which will translate into providing enhanced mobile broadband services to our customers across Kuwait, offering them an opportunity to enjoy unparalleled quality.”

Zain KSA Picks Nokia for Network Upgrade

Nokia Networks signed a large contract with Zain KSA to modernize and expand the operator’s network in Saudi Arabia.

Under a program called RELOAD, Nokia Networks will deploy its compact Single RAN Advanced to refarm part of Zain KSA’s 2100 MHz 2G and 3G frequencies for LTE. Carrier aggregation of FDD-LTE spectrum will be used for LTE-Advances services.  Nokia's Flexi Zone small cells will be installed for enhanced coverage, and Zain will also deploy Nokia's NetAct for monitoring, managing and optimizing its 2G, 3G and 4G networks.

Nokia Networks said this upgrade will also feature its its "Liquid" distributed cloud solution, which is enabled by its Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS). This will provide Zain KSA with enhanced 4G throughput and backhauling savings, and will put it into a position to deliver customized applications such as augmented reality and location-based services due to its exposure to real-time network data.

Hassan Kabbani, CEO of Zain KSA, said: “We want to reload our network infrastructure with the very latest of technologies in order to address the high demand for more interesting services. We are confident that Nokia’s unique technologies such as Liquid Applications will greatly improve customer experience and position Zain KSA as a technology leader in the Saudi market.”

Igor Leprince, Senior Vice President & Head of MEA, Nokia Networks, said: “This huge project exemplifies the strong partnership we have developed over the years and will result in Zain KSA’s network being one of the best in the region.”

Pluribus Teams with Sanmina

Sanmina will manufacture the next generation of Pluribus Networks' Freedom F-Series high-performance network computing appliances.

Sanmina is a leading provider of integrated manufacturing solutions making some of the world's most complex and innovative optical, electronic and mechanical products.

The Pluribus Freedom F-Series includes its Netvisor software platform, a network hypervisor that delivers control and visibility by automating the network just like a server, enabling a rich set of in-network fabric, analytics and virtualization services. The Freedom product line bridges the DevOps-NetOps gap by extending virtualization to the network and has been deployed in more than 20 countries in some of the most demanding content delivery, financial trading and enterprise messaging networks.

"Sanmina provided the critical expertise we needed in high-speed printed circuit board (PCB) technology and system design that helped make the Freedom F-Series a reality," said Kumar Srikantan, president and chief executive officer of Pluribus Networks. "Their ability to design and prototype the product here in Silicon Valley meant we could work closely with them every step of the way. Pluribus is now leveraging Sanmina's global footprint to transfer production to a lower-cost region. By being local and global, Sanmina allowed us to bring our products to market quickly and cost-effectively."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blueprint: The Ethernet of Things

By Nicholas Ilyadis
Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Infrastructure & Networking Group 
Broadcom Corporation

It’s hard to avoid the buzz these days about the Internet of Things (IoT), the next evolution of computing where the connections are made, not just between PCs and servers or across mobile devices but to billions of devices across the Internet. As IoT gains traction, connections are being made among wearable devices, thermostats, cars, medical devices and myriad other things in order to communicate, share data and take action.

As IoT proliferates, the demands on enterprise, service provider and home networks grow exponentially, placing additional demands on network architects and administrators to build and maintain networks that operate effectively and efficiently. A key component of that is the wider adoption of Ethernet connectivity, which has been migrating to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps), 40 Gbps and, eventually, 100 Gbps capacity. Trusted Ethernet represents the underlying networking layer on which IoT devices and the operating systems and software applications that power them run.

IoT growth predictions can be stunning. Research firm IDC predicts the number of connected things on the planet to reach 212 billion by the end of 2020. According to the Cisco Global Cloud Index, annual global data center IP traffic will reach 7.7 zettabytes by the end of 2017. A zettabyte is one byte times 10 to the 21st power. That’s a huge amount data to be in motion across Ethernet networks and at rest in storage devices.

IoT connections are being made not just on wired networks, but also on fast-growing wireless networks using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. Much of the IoT buzz is driven by fascinating new things that are being developed by multiple companies. In addition to a range of non-conventional Internet-connected devices such as smart appliances, IoT includes a growing number of intelligent wearable products such as fitness trackers that provide real-time data on the user’s vital signs and activity levels. In industrial settings, an IoT device embedded in a jet engine can send statistics on how the engine is running to system controllers.

But all those devices – and more – generate and consume data that has to go somewhere. The networking industry is responding to this coming data deluge with innovations that are intended to move data quickly, efficiently and reliably:

  • Software-Defined Networking (SDN). SDN delivers a network-wide software platform to deliver better coordination, control and programmability in order to reduce the complexity of these modern networks. Ethernet switches are ideally suited for SDN as they provide the fabric of the Internet and data centers.
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Complementing SDN, NFV moves networking functions from dedicated appliances – such as routers and switches -- to general purpose servers that run virtualization technology in order to make Ethernet networks more scalable, agile and efficient.
  • Cloud Computing. The cloud delivers the additional computing capacity required to satisfy growing demand to an enterprise or small business from a third party. With the cloud, organizations can crank up capacity to meet growing user demand without having to invest in new IT infrastructure. In addition, the ability to host processing and data in the cloud provides a mechanism to relocate that capacity to geographic locations where the data is being created as well as control the devices that are generating the data. Cloud Computing also depends on a well-designed Ethernet network, since low latency and high bandwidth are required to actualize the value.
  • Big Data. As more things seek to connect to the Internet and each other, the volume of data traversing networks increases, but the larger those data haystacks grow, the harder it is to find the all-important needles within them. Big Data analyzes vast databases of information to glean the most relevant insights from which end users will most benefit. Ethernet, with its high capacity and low latency capabilities, is again ideal for interconnecting the servers that crunch this data.
  • Green Data Center. As data centers grow in size and complexity, energy costs can skyrocket and efficiency can suffer. The New York Times reported in 2012 that data centers may waste as much as 90 percent of the electricity they obtain from their local electric utility. Migrating to more energy-efficient and higher capacity Ethernet connectivity does much to green-up the data center. One study shows that if networks migrated to 10G Energy Efficient Ethernet, from 1G devices, CO2 emissions could be reduced by up to 3.5 million metric tons, which is the equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road or eliminating consumption of 1.3 billion gallons of gasoline or 27 million barrels of oil.

Network automation tools such as SDN, NFV and others, combined with Ethernet connectivity at 10Gbs and faster speeds, will together deliver a networking foundation onto which the software layer for IoT devices will run. That physical network will be complemented by wireless connectivity with processors built into Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-based devices to extend network connections. Together, they will allow end users to get the most out of the billions of connected things expected in the future.

About the Author
Nicholas (Nick) Ilyadis serves as Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Broadcom’s Infrastructure and Networking Group (ING), responsible for product strategy and cross portfolio initiatives for a broad portfolio of Ethernet chip products including Network Switch, High Speed Controllers, PHY, Enterprise WLAN, SerDes, Processors and Security.

Prior to Broadcom, Ilyadis served as Vice President of Engineering for Enterprise Data Products at Nortel Networks and held various engineering positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Itek Optical Systems.  Ilyadis holds an MSEE from the University of New Hampshire and a BTEE from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to

Google Cloud Platform Gains Analytic and Mobile Tools

Google introduced a number of new tools to help developers build applications and gain insight on data sets hosted on the Google Cloud Platform.  The new cloud capabilities include:

Cloud Dataflow, a fully managed service for creating data pipelines that ingest, transform and analyze data in both batch and streaming modes. Cloud Dataflow is a successor to MapReduce, and is based on Google's internal technologies like Flume and MillWheel.

Google Cloud Save, the latest release enables Android applications to synchronize data between devices with push notifications with no server code required.

Cloud Debugger, a new tool that provides a full stack trace and snapshots of all local variables for any watchpoints set in code with no performance impact.

Cloud Trace, a tool that provides deep insights into the performance of cloud applications. It helps visualize and understand the time spent by an application for request processing.  A developer can compare performance between various releases of an application, see latency distributions and correlate application changes to performance changes.

Google Cloud Monitoring powered by Stackdriver, designed to identify and address unusual behavior across your application stack. Cloud Monitoring is aware of popular open source applications and will automatically generate dashboards and alerting tuned for them.

Cloud Platform integration into Android Studio, simplifies the process of adding a Google App Engine backend to a mobile app. Android Studio now has three built-in App Engine backend module templates including Java Servlet, Java Endpoints, and an App Engine backend with Google Cloud Messaging.

Swisscom Selects PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite

Swisscom has selected PLUMgrid's OpenStack Networking Suite as a foundational element of its cloud-based IT infrastructure.

PLUMgrid features a highly distributed, software-based network virtualization platform designed for cloud operators and large-scale cloud environments. The company said its technology enables Swisscom to leverage existing physical infrastructure to build a secure multi-tenant virtual network with PLUMgrid’s Virtual Domains and reduce the provisioning time from weeks to seconds.

Swisscom is Switzerland’s leading telecommunications provider and ranks as one of the leading Swiss providers specializing in the integration and operation of complex IT systems, with 6.4 million mobile customers, more than one million Swisscom TV customers and roughly 2 million retail broadband connections. The carrier has decided to use OpenStack as its core component for cloud virtualization orchestration.

“Over the next few years we’ll migrate the majority of our IT applications and services to our cloud, and OpenStack is the core of our cloud virtualization orchestration,” said Lukas Fluri, Head of Cloud Development at Swisscom. “PLUMgrid delivers not only best-in-class technology that ensures a highly secure environment for our customers but also ease of use, integration with OpenStack, and the flexibility needed for today’s clouds.”

“Swisscom sets high standards of support, services and security for its customers,” said Awais Nemat, Co-Founder and CEO at PLUMgrid. “The industry’s most advanced, scalable, and high-capacity VNI, PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite allows Swisscom to quickly, easily and efficiently offer new services and give their customers greater security, performance, visibility, and control over their cloud infrastructure.”

PLUMgrid, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, offer its PLUMgrid Platform, an infrastructure virtualization solution that enables the creation of on-demand programmable networks, which the company calls Virtual Domains. The goal its to allow administrators to create, copy and deploy secure multi-tenant virtual networks in seconds.

The PLUMgrid Platform integrates security, operations and maintenance tools, and network visibility and analytics.  It runs on existing standard-based x86 servers to deliver dynamic and scalable virtual data center networks. The company says network services can be added or removed in seconds, without network disruption or downtime.

PLUMgrid is building an ecosystem of industry partners, including A10 Networks, Arista Networks, Broadcom, Cavium, Check Point Software Technologies, Citrix, Cumulus Networks, F5 Networks, Ixia, Mellanox Technologies, Palo Alto Networks, Silver Peak and Zerto.

NETGEAR Delivers Triband WiFi Router Powered by Broadcom

NETGEAR introduced its new Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router (R8000)-- the first tri-band WiFi router based on the new Broadcom 5G WiFi XStream platform.

The WiFi router uses six high-performance antennas and three network bands, one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz, to deliver a combined WiFi speed of up to 3.2 Gbps (1300+1300+600 Mbps) -- the fastest to date. It balances the network load to ensure the best WiFi performance for each device and deliver the maximum wireless range.

The Nighthawk X6 is powered by a 1GHz dual core processor with three additional offload processors. It supports NETGEAR Beamforming, a smart, signal-focusing technology that improves WiFi connections by locking onto a wireless device on the network and pinpointing WiFi signals directly at the device.

In a typical dual band router, for example, the video streamer and the Internet gamer have to effectively "time-share" the 5GHz band. With the Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band Router, however, video streaming and Internet gaming traffic can each operate on separate 5GHz bands so that each of them gets double the speed of a dual band router.

"Home networks are being weighed down by an exploding number of WiFi devices demanding bandwidth for more and more video content," said Sandeep Harpalani, NETGEAR's director of product marketing for Retail Network Products. "Nighthawk X6 solves these issues by not only providing more WiFi bandwidth but also segmenting slower and faster devices across different WiFi bands, and balancing the number of devices in each band to deliver the best-in-class experience for streaming, sharing and gaming."

Broadcom noted that the average household is expected to own roughly 50 Internet-connected devices by 2022, up from approximately 10 today. Its 5G WiFi XStream Platform features five core "Penta Core" central processing unit (CPU) to maximize network capacity. SmartConnect software is used to ensure each Wi-Fi device operates on best frequency band. The platform automatically separates coexisting 802.11n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi devices into distinct frequencies.

Google Drive for Work Offers Unlimited Storage for $10/Month

Another shot in the online storage wars -- Google announced Drive for Work, a new premium offering for businesses that includes unlimited storage, individual file sizes up to 5TB, advanced audit reporting and new security controls for $10/user/month.

Google Drive for Work offers 24x7 phone support and a 99.9% uptime guarantee. It include all of Google’s productivity apps like Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites and Hangouts.  Google is also adding enterprise-grade security and compliance, including a SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Type II, SOC 2-audit, ISO 27001 certification, adherence to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, and can support industry-specific requirements like HIPAA.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced 1 TB of OneDrive storage for all versions of Office 365, including the 5-person home version that costs $9.99 per month and the personal version costing $6.99 per month.

Microsoft said the landscape for online services is quickly changing and that merely providing cloud storage is table stakes.  By providing 1 TB with Office 365, Microsoft effectively supersedes the storage-only providers.  For those who only want online storage and not Office 365, OneDrive pricing has been cut 70% to $1.99 for 100GB and $3.99 for 200GB.

ZTE Launches 400G OTN Platform for Metro Cores

ZTE introduced a 400G OTN solution based on its ZXONE 8000 large-capacity cross-connect platform and ZXONE 9700 Packet OTN platform.

The 400G OTN solution is aimed at metro/regional core infrastructure networks. It features multiple modulations including Nyquist QPSK, 16QAM and 8QAM. Additionally the 400G OTN solution supports software-defined optical networking using ZTE-designed low-power chip sets, and photonic components.

“Faced with the challenges of rapid traffic growth, high bandwidth data centre applications and cloud computing, carriers have increasingly been considering building large capacity, evolving and ‘elastic’ networks. The ZTE 400G transmission equipment with multiple, adaptive modulations will be a must for all future networks,” said Mr. Wei Xiaoqiang, Director of ZTE BN products.

Juniper Enhances its SRX Services Gateway

Juniper Networks introduced a set of enhancements to its SRX Series Services Gateways to help large organizations manage a broad range of deployments and use cases while simplifying administrative overhead. The enhancements offer simplified and centralized management and an open services platform for essential security features, including intrusion prevention system (IPS), unified threat management (UTM) and application visibility.

Some highlights:

  • Junos Space Security Director's integrated logging and reporting and role-based access controls can now be used to manage next generation security services including user firewall, application security (AppSecure) and UTM. A single, central management platform delivers a simple method for managing all Juniper Networks firewalls, eliminating the complexity and time needed to support multiple management platforms.
  • Juniper Networks SRX now integrates directly with Active Directory to apply user role-based firewall policies without requiring any additional devices or agents.
  • AppID delivers granular management of application visibility and control on a per policy basis. It can be used to combine security for the data center and enterprise edge into a single box. The new AppID engine includes a heuristics engine optimized for identifying evasive or tunneled applications. This feature is important for blocking risky applications such as peer-to-peer applications or adding control over social, video and communications applications such as Skype or BitTorrent. AppID will also identify nearly twice as many unique applications as before.
  • Firefly Perimeter, Juniper's virtual firewall, now supports NGFW capabilities like IPS and UTM. These services enable Firefly Perimeter customers to layer additional levels of security into their networks to protect against exploits trying to compromise weaknesses in applications and protect against malware, spam and other content-based threats.