Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hot Interconnects Symposium - August 26-28

The 22nd annual IEEE Hot Interconnects symposium will be held at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on August 26-28.

The event is an international forum for researchers and developers of state-of-the-art hardware and software architectures and implementations for interconnection networks of all scales, ranging from multi-core on-chip interconnects to those within systems, clusters, and data centers.

Early registration ends July 31.

http://www.hoti.org/

VeloCloud Launches Subscription-based Virtualized WAN Service

VeloCloud Networks, a start-up based in Los Altos, California, is launching a subscription-based, virtualized WAN service for enterprises that aggregates multiple access lines (cable modem, DSL, LTE) into a single secure connection that is defined and controlled in the cloud.

The VeloCloud service uses an Intel-based customer premise device at a branch office to communicate with a VeloCloud gateway in the cloud. The service analyzes network performance and application traffic to determine the best path and dynamically steer traffic to corporate data center or cloud services.

Compared to MPLS VPNs, VeloCloud said its services offers a significant cost savings because it uses available Internet access lines while delivering enterprise-grade reliability and performance. Advanced network services, such as application-aware firewalls, can be virtualized on the CPE or delivered in the network.  VeloCloud will charge a flat fee per month per location served. The subscription service comprises a Cloud Orchestrator, distributed Cloud Services Gateways and a Cloud Services Edge per branch.

“The VeloCloud service transcends the congestion, expense and complexity that plague WAN connections today, so that branch operations no longer struggle with a networking dilemma,” said Sanjay Uppal, co-founder and CEO of VeloCloud. “Our disruptive approach takes full advantage of cloud and virtualization technologies to both simplify and fortify the WAN, turning what is

“VeloCloud’s solution transforms WAN networking by leveraging the economics of the Internet, the architecture of the cloud and the virtualization of network appliances,” said Alan Boehme, member of the board of advisors of VeloCloud and head of Enterprise Architecture, the Coca-Cola Company. “This is beneficial for any enterprise and absolutely the right direction for the migration to hybrid data centers.”

VeloCloud plans to promote its service through channel partners, value-added resellers (VARs), system integrators and managed service providers (MSPs).

http://www.velocloud.com

  • In June, VeloCloud Networks, a start-up based in Los Altos, California, announced $21 million in funding for its Cloud-Delivered WAN vision. The funding was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Venrock, and included the incubator firm, The Fabric.
  • VeloCloud is headed by Sanjay Uppal, who previously ran OnMobile Global.  He also spent time at Citrix through the acquisition he negotiated with Caymas where he was President and CEO. At Citrix, he defined the product strategy and go to market for the Access Management, Delivery Controller and WAN acceleration product lines.  VeloCloud co-founders also include Ajit Mayya (previously Sr. Director of Engineering in the Cloud and Infrastructure Management division of VMware) and Steve Woo (previously head of cloud strategy at Aerohive Networks).


ViaWest Opens 140,000 Sq Ft Data Center in Denver

ViaWest opened its fifth data center in the Denver area.

The Compark data center, located in the Denver Technology Center near southeast Denver, boasts 140,000 square feet of raised floor space and  high-density configurations supporting 700+ watts per square foot. The data center also is marked by a Projected Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2.

“As our fifth data center in the Denver area and 27th across the U.S., Compark was built to support mission critical infrastructures that require high reliability,” states Margie Sims, Regional Vice President of Sales & General Manager for ViaWest. “We have seen demand from not only Colorado-based companies, but businesses nationwide, for high quality, secure colocation and cloud infrastructure services. Our customers continue to count on us for production and disaster recovery environments and we are pleased to add Compark to our fleet in order to support their ever-changing business needs.”

http://www.viawest.com

Sea-Me-We 5 Project Takes Another Step Forward

Orange signed a construction and maintenance agreement for Sea-Me-We 5 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5), a new submarine cable that will connect  Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh,  Sri-Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen,  Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy and France.

Sea-Me-We 5 initially offer an aggregate capacity of 24 Tbps and the ability to carry 100G wavelengths. It is expected to enter service at the end of 2016.

Orange noted that it is also co-owner of three other submarine cables that run between Asia  and Europe: Sea-Me-We 3, Sea-Me-We 4 and IMeWe, which were launched in  1999, 2005 and 2010 respectively.

http://www.orange.com/

  • In March 2014, Alcatel-Lucent and NEC both announced contract wins for the new SEA-ME-WE5 project, a 100G undersea cable system that will span 20,000km from Singapore to Europe. 
    The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) project is backed by consortium of 15 leading telecom operators.

    Alcatel-Lucent will be deploying the segments spanning from Sri Lanka to France. Co-contractor NEC will be deploying the Singapore to Sri Lanka segment.

Ericsson's Q2 Sales Were Flat Y-o-Y

Ericsson reported sales of SEK 54.8b (US$8.01 billion), down -1% YoY and up 13% QoQ.

Sales in the quarter year-over-year were driven by growth in the Middle East, China and India, as well as continued capacity business in North America. This was offset by, as previously communicated, lower revenues from two large mobile broadband coverage projects in North America that peaked in the first half of 2013, and reduced activity in Japan.

Ericsson said it has started to deliver on  on previously awarded 4G/LTE contracts in Mainland China and Taiwan. The company also cited political unrest in parts of the Middle East and Africa as impacting sales, however the situation in Russia and the Ukraine did not impact sales in Q2.

Revenue by segment:

  • Networks: 29.0b, up 3% YoY
  • Global Services: 23.1b, down 7% YoY
  • Support Services: 2.8b, up 21%

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1830258

Friday, July 18, 2014

Zhone Names New CEO

James Norrod has been named as new President and Chief Executive Officer of Zhone Technologies, replacing Mory Ejabat who will remain as Executive Chairman.

Mr. Norrod has previously served as CEO of Infinite Power Solutions, Segway, Telebit, ITK, CGX and Octocom. His career started with 10 years at IBM where he managed the GM account for IBM.

http://www.zhone.com

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blueprint: Enterprise Agility – How the CE Services Market Will Top $50bn in 2015

by Kevin Vachon, COO of the MEF

Increased enterprise agility and a dramatic boost to user productivity are promised by the latest wave of dynamic CE services now coming to market – a market set to grow by several percentage points in size to over $50bn globally in the next five years.

Research and analysis firms Frost & Sullivan, Vertical Systems and Infonetics are all predicting an Ethernet services market worth approximately $50 billion by 2015, several percentage points ahead of the present market position.

The MEF (MetroEthernet Forum) is the catalyst behind today’s $45B global Carrier Ethernet services market. At the MEF’s inception in 2001, the “metro Ethernet” market was fragmented into a number of services – e.g. Optical Ethernet, Switched Ethernet, and Metro Ethernet – with vastly different capabilities, often without carrier class capabilities or service level agreements (SLAs) and limited to “best effort” performance. The MEF created a collaborative environment, including service providers and network solution providers, to jointly define and standardize “Carrier Ethernet” towards today’s high quality service.  By creating technical specifications, implementation agreements and certifying services, equipment and people, the MEF has enabled a holistic ecosystem responsible for Carrier Ethernet’s subsequent market growth.

What now, and what is needed

Packet-centric applications now dominate circuit-based applications and voice, video and data all share a common network infrastructure with the risk of conflict and service degradation. Voice communications is decoupled from the underlying infrastructure of telephones and PSTNs and runs as an “app” on devices connected to the Internet.  No longer is the service either up or down, with the presence or absence of a dial tone: VoIP can suffer impairments such as echo or voice distortion, through dropped or delayed delivery of voice packets. A better service can be assured using private networks, but at the cost of reduced flexibility in terms of activation times and purchase models where the service providers require long-term leases to commit to the service assurances required.

We are, however, moving rapidly towards an even more dynamically connected future. Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications will push connectivity way beyond the number of connected humans, with connected cars, smartwatches and devices, tablets, intelligent control systems and sensors coming on line and communicating to automate our lives. Each of these applications will demand their own service levels, and degradation will be unacceptable in many cases. This will only be possible if the network infrastructure transforms to enable cloud and mobile services that connect people and machines in real-time, on-demand, with assured QoS and quality of experience (QoE).

As a practical example, consider mobile workers connecting over the Internet via IP VPN to their office network. This is fine for checking e-mail, swapping documents etc, but critical communications such as a videoconference can suffer degradation from other users sharing access or from congestion in the ISP’s network. It should be possible to request (and be billed for) a higher performance connection to the office just for the duration of the connection.

For the second example, an enterprise subscriber wants a network service to interconnect locations to their virtual machines (VMs) or Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) in a remote data center.  This is only possible by using a number of transit service provider networks between the data center and the locations. So each of these network operators needs to orchestrate the setup of an appropriate internal networks and each of these operator-specific orchestrations need to be reconciled together to ensure the full end-to-end service required. Orchestration between the service provider and the cloud provider is required to automate the service ordering, provisioning, and management (OAM) of the virtual connections across each respective network and to setup the physical and virtual endpoints. This is a complex job that can take months, but should be delivered promptly on demand to meet real business needs.

To support agile business we need connectivity between physical or virtual endpoints with dynamic attributes to suit on-demand cloud services.  Real-time applications that monitor performance should evolve to automatically request, or prompt the user to request, different classes of service as needed – eg reduced packet loss for the duration of a videoconference. The customer need only input basic information to order the service – e.g. service endpoint locations and service bandwidth in addition to billing information – in a manner similar to ordering cloud services, where components are ordered, fixed and recurring costs totalled, then the order is submitted.

Progress to date

The challenge of deploying networks across third party access vendors is already being addressed by a combination of existing technologies – Carrier Ethernet’s ubiquity and standardized connectivity; Software-defined networking (SDN); Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and real time Big Data analytics to correlate data from the many network elements and OSS, and continuously analyse it.

Whereas barely 20% of Carrier Ethernet services succeed first time, and it can take over a hundred days to turn up a circuit, these principles have improved inventory integrity to over 90% accuracy, significantly reducing fall-out and improved time to market – while on-going automation of auditing and inventory updates is cutting OpEx. The solution began with a data audit extracted and mapped to a structured format – including OSS sources, activation notices, SLA agreements with AVs, excel spreadsheets and inter-carrier agreements. Automated continuous audit could now identify bad data and even assign a quality indicator to simplify integrity assessment. Continuous correlation plus big data analytics identify risky changes, and check consistency and value ranges, and warnings are transmitted to the data owner. The system also provides a graphical overview of the topology, revealing actual circuit inventory details, simplifying ordering, provisioning and service assurance.

In a second example, workflow automation is cutting costs and accelerating service turn-up, leading to rapid growth of the provider’s footprint and capacity. An Additional Services Request (ASR) – eg Move, Add, Change or Delete network functions – is transmitted to the access vendor by web form, and changes are automatically broadcast to all network elements, without delay or risk of human error. This includes populating test equipment with updated test configurations so SOAM tests run automatically, and results are collated and reported.

In a third example real-time feeds are taken from existing monitors and summarized in a single customizable dashboard – registering alarms and correlating them to circuit segment states. Thresholds are set for each access vendor and used to benchmark SLA performance so reports can indicate exception events and leverage historical data to determine trends. Without manual work, the provider now benefits from lower MTTR, faster triage and root cause analysis – thanks to rapid, accurate isolation of degradation and better SLA penalty capture with authoritative proof and reporting

Conclusion

The Carrier Ethernet market has reached a turning point. The victim of its own success, it has given business a taste of global networking benefits, and is now struggling to deliver those advantages as seamlessly and fast as agile business requires.

The MEF is aware of the need and the challenges, and is laying the framework to enable new types of network connectivity, better aligned with cloud services and opening up new revenue opportunities for service providers and the ecosystem of network solution providers. This is good news for the enterprise and, ultimately, for the global economy.

About the Author

Appointed to the position of COO, Kevin Vachon is charged with leading the MEF’s expanding scope of activities to accelerate the implementation of the MEF mission. In the year prior to commencing this role, he worked with the MEF in a Senior Business Development capacity, increasing MEF awareness with industry stakeholders and growing member participation which now includes over 200 members.

Mr. Vachon held the position of CEO of DIATEM Networks Inc., a Carrier Ethernet software company from 2003 to 2005 and was Chairman, President and CEO of NUVO Network Management, a network management outsourcing firm, from 1996 to 2002. Previously, he held other senior management positions with NUVO and spent 10 years in a wide variety of capacities with Gandalf Technologies.

About the MEF


A communications industry alliance consisting of more than 225 member organizations, the MEF is the defining body for Carrier Ethernet and the driving force behind the global market for Carrier Ethernet services & technologies.

The MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework where service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other member companies contribute to the development of technical and operational specification, certification, and marketing programs. The MEF has enabled Carrier Ethernet adoption and tremendous communications-related cost savings and productivity gains for service providers and end-users worldwide over the past decade.

Building on this success, the MEF is now focused on enabling a new generation of agile, assured connectivity services that are orchestrated over more efficient, automated, and interconnected global networks. For more information about the MEF – including details about services, network equipment, and professional certification – please visit www.MetroEthernetForum.org





MIT's Fastpass Promises to Cut Data Center Latency

Researchers at MIT are developing a "Fastpass" network management system that promises to significantly reduce the latency between servers in hyperscale data centers.

According to a university blog, the MIT Fastpass system uses a central server called an "arbiter" to decide which nodes in the data center network may send data to other nodes in a designated time slot.  An arbiter based on the latest multicore silicon reportedly can keep up with a network carrying over 2 terabits of traffic.  The article estimates the system could reduce
latency in a Facebook data center by 99%.

The MIT researchers plans to present their work at an upcoming conference in August.

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/no-wait-data-centers-0717

Orange Chooses Apigee to Deliver Telco Data and Services to Partners

Orange has selected Apigee’s digital platform to power the APIs (application programming interfaces) for Orange Partner, its business hub for developers, partners and start-ups programs.

The Orange Partner program exposes a portfolio of APIs that enable developers and partners to build rich mobile and Web applications using Orange core networks and services. Orange already promotes several APIs, including enriched communications with joyn, machine-to-machine, search and personal APIs.

Thierry Souche, SVP Orange Labs Products & Services, said: “We wanted to highlight and provide access to our portfolio of APIs and enhance our ecosystem’s developer journey through a simple self-service solution, and Apigee is the backbone technology that enables this. We selected Apigee for its innovative technology, for its thought leadership in APIs, apps and data, and for its experience with similar initiatives in other large enterprises.”

Apigee noted other telco customers, including AT&T, Globe Telecom, KT, Swisscom, Smart Communications, Telefonica and Vodafone.

http://apigee.com/about/pressrelease/orange-chooses-apigee-deliver-telco-data-and-services-partners


  • Earlier this year, Apigee, which is based in San Jose, California, raised $60 million in venture financing for its API platform for enabling predictive analytics in digital interactions. 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. 

Ericsson Optimized Telefonica Brasil for World Cup

Ericsson supplied its Key Event Experience network optimization solution to support Telefonica | Vivo operations during the 2014 World Cup.

The Key Event Experience solution, which was used for the first time in Brazil by the operator, enhances the perceived quality of network operators by improving the user experience during periods of increased traffic.

Two servers were installed adjacent to the service provider's network management system to extract network performance data and report every 15 minutes during the period of the World Cup, to evaluate the performance of the network and indicate preventive actions.

Ericsson said its solution helps to meet demands when millions of users are concentrated in a specific area, sharing video, photos and tweets and pushing network capacity to its limit.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1828695

Juniper Tunes its DDoS Protection for Upstream Mitigation

Juniper Networks announced a set of improvements to its Juniper DDoS Secure solution to provide tighter integration into routing and service provider infrastructures with BGP Flowspec and GPRS Tunneling Protocol (GTP) protocols.  The goal is to enable new forms of protection that can more effectively and efficiently mitigate a variety of DDoS attacks without restricting or impacting normal service.

Highlights of the announcement include:

Upstream Attack Mitigation

  • DDoS Secure provides distributed enforcement at the network boundary that protects the edge equipment and the resources behind it from becoming overwhelmed, especially with larger and more challenging volumetric attacks.
  • The solution scales DDoS mitigation by extending enforcement upstream to Juniper's MX at the edge, border or closest to the attack source, allowing only clean traffic to enter the network.
  • As DDoS Secure continuously monitors inbound and outbound traffic, it can determine if a high-volume DDoS attack is underway and subsequently communicate with the MX router by publishing Flowspec rules to block the malicious traffic upstream.
  • Flowspec provides the ability to take enforcement actions such as source-based black hole filtering to drop malicious packets or redirecting traffic to select network points for mitigation.

Accurate Enforcement on Mobile Networks with GTP Network Protocol Unwrap

  • New capabilities protect against the growing problem that service providers face in detecting and mitigating malicious traffic originating from botnets exploiting users' devices.
  • The ability to inspect different network protocols becomes a key enabler in identifying legitimate traffic.
  • DDoS Secure provides visibility into malicious and/or errant mobile devices, identifying both User Equipment (UE) to UE and UE to Internet traffic.
  • DDoS Secure's ability to inspect GTP packets and identify malicious endpoints allows service providers to enforce mitigation, maintain performance and protect their Radio Access Network (RAN) bandwidth.
  • The new GTP packet unwrap capability allows DDoS Secure to identify inside-out bot attacks originating in the mobile service provider's access network. Botnet malware that enters mobile devices from home, at work or in the macro RAN can degrade legitimate user experience and also consume valuable mobile bandwidth. 

DNS Inside-Out Attack Protection

  • DDoS Secure protects the core DNS infrastructure from participating in DNS amplification and reflection attacks that are difficult to detect and can have disastrous effects on network availability.
  • In these attacks, the DNS server can become the victim of a DNS attack or can be used to launch a DNS amplification attack on another server.
  • DDoS Secure applies heuristics-based intelligence to automatically mitigate these attacks by black listing and rate limiting certain DNS requests. The solution can also generate a BGP Flowspec rule, allowing attack traffic to be blocked upstream at the MX. 

http://newsroom.juniper.net/press-releases/juniper-networks-delivers-the-first-holistic-distr-nyse-jnpr-1131859

CoreSite Offers High Precision Timing Service in its Data Center

CoreSite has begun offering "High Precision Time", a new certified timing service by Perseus Telecom, that is now available by direct interconnection from within CoreSite’s Northern Virginia Market. The service can be used to precisely synchronize time systems across multiple data centers and calibrate their perimeter to sub-nanoseconds of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) timescale.

Perseus specializes in high-speed global connectivity and managed services for the financial markets, iGaming, multi-media and eCommerce communities.

“High Precision Time provides financial market participants and other customers an accurate time synchronization solution,” said Dr. Jock Percy, Chief Executive at Perseus Telecom. “In addition to its certification and verification benefits, the service mitigates risk by offering the ability to stay ahead of any future time-stamping regulation. We are proud to bring High Precision Time to CoreSite’s Northern Virginia Market, given its proximity to financial markets and rich ecosystem of partners across all verticals.”

http://www.CoreSite.com
http://perseustelecom.com

Linksys Ships New Line of Wi-Fi Range Extenders

Linksys introduce a new lineup of Wi-Fi Range Extenders for residential use. The new units are designed to extend b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi signals from any wireless router for up to 10,000 sq. ft. of coverage.  Linksys' Cross-Band technology enables the Wi-Fi signal to simultaneously receive data on one band and transmit on another, helping to overcome Wi-Fi deadzones in a home.

Linksys is also introducing an audio streaming capability for the Wi-Ri extenders, allowing the user to connect a stereo system or audio speakers to wirelessly stream music from a smart device or computer.

http://www.linksys.com

Orange Opens Large Scale PoP in Abidjan

Orange inaugurated West Africa’s first, very large-capacity IP Point of Presence (PoP) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

This paves the way for other carriers and local ISPs to offer Internet connectivity in the region at much faster speeds and with better reliability than has been available to date.

Abidjan also hosts a landing point for the ACE submarine cable, a 17,000km-long cable which runs down the west coast of Africa from Europe.

http://www.orange.com

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Verizon Confirms 100G Metro Ethernet Client Performance

Verizon confirmed that 100G traffic can be successfully carried over its regional Ethernet network between two 100G network interface devices while maintaining carrier-grade performance.

In a trial, Verizon transmitted 100G using the Canoga Perkins 9145E100G CloudBuster network interface device (NID) over the Verizon regional switched Ethernet services network in the Dallas area. Splice Communications, a Verizon Global Wholesale customer, provided connectivity to CyrusOne, a global data center provider that served as the end user in the trial.

Verizon said key metrics for the trial were well above industry standards for Ethernet virtual connections. The metrics consisted of frame delay; delay variation; and throughput, the amount of data successfully delivered.

“This accomplishment, which we believe is an industry first, is a significant step forward along the evolution of 100G technology in preparation for the day when demand for higher network speed and capacities outgrows current technologies,” said Guru Pai, chief product officer and senior vice president of corporate technology. “Having 100G network access will be important for businesses that operate data centers and for mobile backhaul and other service applications.

“And while the pace of advancement is important, we’re equally focused on performance – and this trial proves we can carry 100G traffic to customer premises while maintaining the level of quality they demand,” Pai said.

http://newscenter.verizon.com/corporate/news-articles/2014/07-16-100g-nid-trial/


  • Verizon is using the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 platform and the Coriant 7100 in its metro deployment, which is the “last-mile” connectivity from the network to the customer. 

  • As of April 2014, Verizon had 39,000 miles of 100G technology deployed on its global IP network. 

Nitero Unveils 60 GHz 802.11ad Silicon

Nitero, a start-up based in Austin, Texas with a design studio in Melbourne, Australia, unveiled its 60 GHz chip implemented in CMOS and based on the IEEE 802.11ad. standard.  The device uses Samsung’s advanced 28nm RF process based on 28nm HKMG LPP technology.

Nitero said its design is up to 10x more power efficient than 802.11ad solutions designed for the PC, while bringing cost and form-factor in-line with existing 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions.  Nitero’s NT4600 supports low-latency 4K display and peer-to-peer wireless connectivity at USB 3.0 data rates.  In addition, while single-antenna 802.11ad solutions sacrifice in-room performance to get to low power, the NT4600 supports transmit and receive beamforming to provide full coverage throughout the office, living room or conference room.

“802.11ad, the next generation of Wi-Fi, is the missing link to allow for the long-awaited convergence of PC, gaming and entertainment platforms onto a single mobile device. 802.11ad solutions built for the PC and slimmed down for mobile simply can’t meet the power, performance, and form-factor requirements of Tier 1 mobile customers,” said Pat Kelly, CEO of Nitero. “At Nitero, we targeted the smartphone from day one. The result is 60G.”

Key features of Nitero’s 60G:

  • Samsung 28nm RF CMOS process technology
  • Power reduced by up to 10x over PC 802.11ad solutions
  • Industry-leading output power, noise figure and sensitivity to maximize performance
  • Transmit and receive beamforming to support non-line-of-sight conditions
  • Low-latency 4K wireless display support in living-room, desktop, and conference-room environments
  • Peer-to-peer wireless connectivity using 16-QAM modulation at up to 4.6 Gbps
  • PCI Express host interface to support the latest mobile applications processors while minimizing software overhead
  • Fully-compliant to the ratified IEEE 802.11ad standard
  • Android driver support

Nitero is currently demonstrating the NT4600 to select partners and customers and will start production shipments in 2015.

http://www.nitero.com

  • Nitero is funded by leading venture capitalists with deep semiconductor roots – Austin Ventures, Southern Cross Venture Partners and Trailblazer Capital. 

Broadcom Intros Next Gen Small Cell Silicon for Wi-Fi + 3G + LTE

Broadcom introduced its next generation silicon for residential, enterprise and outdoor small cell networks.

The new BCM617x5 Series baseband system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices integrate residential multi-mode and triple-mode 3G, 4G/LTE support.  The third generation, low-power, small cell baseband processors double the capacity for operators and carriers to offload data traffic from increasingly congested networks.  The enhanced devices deliver data rates up to 300 Mbps to client Wi-Fi devices (802.11n and 802.11ac).

"Our new generation of residential and triple-mode enterprise baseband processors for small cells provides global carriers with a powerful solution as 3G technology matures and global operators prepare to transition to 4G/LTE mobile networks," said Greg Fischer, Broadcom Vice President and General Manager for Broadband Carrier Access.

Key Features of the BCM617x5 Series

  • Includes 3G and 4G/LTE small cell transceiver
  • Supports multiple networks and configurations, including:
    * 3G TDSCDMA and WCDMA
    * LTE in frequency division duplexing (FDD) and time division duplexing (TDD)
    * Carrier WLAN with dedicated WLAN processor core
    * China ZUC security algorithm
  • Combines PCI-Express and driver integration for Broadcom Wi-Fi solutions, enabling multimode access points and addition of carrier Wi-Fi to cellular solutions
  • Full support for Broadcom RF cellular devices and dual-band concurrent 802.11n and 801.11ac Wi-Fi technologies, including the BCM43460 and BCM43520
  • Software- and pin-compatible with existing BCM617xx series
  • Integrates power-reducing crest-factor reduction (CFR) and envelope tracking for RF
  • Embedded advanced DFE algorithms increase spectrum efficiency while minimizing overall system power consumption.

The launch also includes a new 3G/ 4G LTE RF transceiver, the BCM61297.

Broadcom noted that its previous SoC have been deployed in more than two million small cells to date.

http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s860085

Microsoft Commits to 175 MW Wind Farm for Chicago Data Center

Microsoft announced its largest purchase of wind energy to date -- a 20-year agreement with EDF Renewable Energy to purchase up to an estimated 675,000 MWh of renewable energy from the 175 MW Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois.

The Pilot Hill Wind farm is located 60 miles from Chicago and is on the same electric grid that powers the Microsoft data center in Chicago. Pilot Hill construction has already commenced and will begin delivering green power in 2015.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft-green/archive/2014/07/15/microsoft-announces-largest-wind-project-to-date.aspx


  • In November 2013, Microsoft announced a similar wind energy deal with the 110 MW Keechi Wind Project in Texas.