Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AT&T Adds Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu to User-Defined Network Cloud

AT&T has added Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu Network Communications to its User-Defined Network Cloud program, which aims to transform not only the company's infrastructure but how AT&T does business.

The User-Defined Network Cloud will place customers at the center of the network with a modern, cloud-based architecture.

“The architecture and deployment teams are finalizing their planned introduction of this new architecture, which we expect to roll out later this year and early 2015,” said Tim Harden, president, AT&T Supply Chain. “We look forward to collaborating with Fujitsu and Alcatel-Lucent to achieve our next-generation network.”

AT&T also said that it anticipates announcing its next round of vendors to assist with this network deployment in the next few weeks. The company is not revising its previously announced capital expenditure as a result of this announcement. However, in the next five years, AT&T expects the User-Defined Network Cloud program to reflect a downward bias toward capital spending.

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



  • In April, AT&T named Amdocs and Juniper Networks as two additional vendors in its User-Defined Network Cloud program.
  • In February 2014, AT&T outlined its vision of a User-Defined Network Cloud that is open, simple, scalable and able to perform many functions.

    Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, John Donovan, senior executive vice president of AT&T technology and network operations, said it envisions a multi-service, multi-tenant platform capable of adapting to traffic demands dynamically.  The end goal is to spur innovation by making it easier to adapt the network for new services.

    AT&T's Domain 2.0 supplier program, which will was announced in September 2013, will use these principles to build this new architecture based on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

    AT&T also announced the first group of companies selected to work on the company’s strategy. Ericsson, Tail-F Systems, and Metaswitch Networks have been selected to begin further discussions on design and deployment. AT&T also selected Affirmed Networks to work on a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC).  Ericsson will also work on integration and transformation services. Further selections will take place through the end of 2014.

Docker Acquires a Strategic Developer of Container Orchestration Tools

Docker, Inc., the commercial sponsor of the Docker open source project, has acquired Orchard Laboratories, a software developer offering an application composition and orchestration tool for application containers.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Orchard is an early Docker community member and creator of solutions on the Docker platform. Its Fig orchestration tool  is noteworthy in the ease with which a developer can compose and manage a multi-container Docker application.  After defining the application’s containers and their dependencies in a simple configuration file, the developer can - with a single command - automatically start all the components of the application, including containers, network connections, and storage dependencies.

Docker said the Orchard team and technologies accelerate its mission of delivering an open platform to build, ship, and run distributed applications.

“Our goal is to provide the best tools and experiences for developers creating web-scale applications that move frictionlessly between bare metal, virtualized, and cloud environments,” said Ben Golub, CEO, Docker.  “Orchard really stood out to us with their vision of what developers need and their delivery of well-designed services and products.”

http://www.fig.sh/
https://www.docker.com/

Docker is an open platform which can be used to build, ship, and run distributed applications on various clouds. The use of a container allows the same app to run unchanged on laptops, servers, data center VMs or the cloud -- similar to the concept of shipping container for the transportation industry.

Kubernetes is a container cluster management tool developed by Google. It builds on top of Docker to construct a clustered container scheduling service.

In June 2014, Docker 1.0 was officially released, marking an important milestone for this open platform which can be used to build, ship, and run distributed applications on various clouds.  Docker enables applications to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between environments.  It consists of the Docker Engine, the de facto container standard, and Docker Hub, a new cloud-based service from Docker Inc., the start-up company behind the open source Docker project and chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem.

IBM adds InfiniBand to SoftLayer for HPC in Cloud

IBM will begin offering Infiniband networking to connect bare metal servers in its Softlayer data centers.  The new option enables very high-speed throughput and low latency between servers in a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster.

IBM said the introduction on InfiniBand on SoftLayer will especially benefit customers who are leveraging fully supported, ready-to-run clusters complete with code name IBM Elastic Storage, IBM Platform LSF or Platform Symphony workload management.

“As more and more companies migrate their toughest workloads to the cloud, they’re now demanding that vendors provide high speed networking performance to keep up,” said SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby. “Our InfiniBand support is helping to push the technological envelope while redefining how cloud computing can be used to solve complex business issues.”

InfiniBand delivers high transfer speeds of up to 56 Gbps.

http://www.ibm.com/cloud

IBM Chalks up Gains from Softlayer Acquisition

One year after acquiring Softlayer for $2 billion, IBM reported continued gains in its cloud leadership positions in terms of new enterprise customers and the launch of differentiated services.

IBM said the hybrid cloud model is catching on with new enterprise customers such as Macy’s, Whirlpool, Daimler subsidiary moovel Gmbh, Sicoss Group and others. Clients can maintain on-premise control of key applications and data while moving other workloads – so-called systems of engagement with customers and partners -- to the cloud for quick access to data, expansion of new services and cost reductions. The company says nearly half of its top 100 strategic outsourcing clients,  who are among the world's largest enterprises, are already implementing cloud solutions with IBM as they transition to a hybrid cloud model.

IBM now has over 1,000 business partners signed on to offer their services on SoftLayer, ranging from leading global players such as Avnet, Arrow Electronics and Ingram Micro, to cloud-based services and solution providers like Mirantis, Assimil8, Silverstring, Clipcard, SilverSky, and Cnetric Enterprise Solutions.

SoftLayer is expected to play a pivotal role in delivering IBM's rich data and analytics portfolio.  Already more than 300 services within the IBM cloud marketplace are is based on SoftLayer.

In June, IBM opened the first of two new Softlayer Cloud Services data centers designed and dedicated for U.S. government workloads and compliant with Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements.

The first of the new data centers is located in Dallas, Texas  Later this year, IBM anticipates activating a companion center in Ashburn, Virginia.  Each of the high-security data centers will have initial capacity for 30,000 servers.  They will be connected by an isolated, robust private network with 2 Tbps of capacity.

Level 3 Wins Department of Homeland Security LAN Contract

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected Level 3 Communicatios to deliver local area network (LAN) managed services for the agency within the National Capital Region (NCR) under the Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS) 3 contract. Specifically, Level 3 will deliver a combination of managed voice, audio and video conferencing, transport, Ethernet and IP within the NCR.

Under the contract, Level 3 will deliver an end-to-end solution for the DHS that will connect nearly 60 DHS sites, including the recently consolidated DHS headquarters at St. Elizabeths. The project includes installation of cabling and equipment, network design, engineering, monitoring and management.

Level 3 said this multi-year, multi-million dollar contract represents a significant shift in how public agencies approach information technology (IT) infrastructure procurement and management, particularly as Network as a Service (NaaS) models gain greater traction to help the government.  Level 3 will be one of the first telecommunications providers to deliver a fully outsourced NaaS solution for a federal government agency.

"Today, federal agencies are facing increasing pressure to keep pace with explosive demands for actionable data and remote access to information, while also managing significant budget constraints as a result of sequestration," said Edward Morche, senior vice president of East Region Enterprise and Government Markets for Level 3 Communications. "This new operating environment is compelling government IT leaders to think differently and seek outsourced solutions, where previously they may have dedicated internal resources to solving problems we address every day at Level 3. We are proud to take a leadership position in providing the level of service, flexibility and experience necessary to meet a broad range of needs for the DHS."

http://www.level3.com/government

Crehan Research: Growth in Faster Data Center Switches

Strong growth in faster, more expensive Ethernet data center switches will offset steep price declines in each of these high-bandwidth segments, according to a recent Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report from Crehan Research Inc.

The firm forecasts that competition and other factors will lead to significantly lower per-port pricing on 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet switches, spurring stronger adoption of these technologies and resulting in relatively stable overall Ethernet data center switch average selling prices.

“Despite the onslaught of data center traffic and unprecedented network demands, high-speed data center switches thus far have been too expensive to drive widespread adoption, but this is about to significantly change,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. “Aside from continual cost reductions and port-density improvements, price drops are being driven by factors such as increased competition in the data center switch market (including numerous recent entrants), low-priced white box and merchant operating system offerings, and the price negotiating power of some of the very large, hyper-scale public cloud vendors,” he said.

Crehan’s report forecasts that as a result of market migration to higher speed switches, Ethernet data center switch revenues will reach approximately $14 billion by 2018, with revenue growth slightly exceeding shipment growth. More specifically, the firm forecasts strong upcoming adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet for data center server access, and 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet for data center uplink, aggregation and core deployments.

With its most recent Server-Class Adapter & LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) Long-Range Forecast Report, Crehan predicted that 10 Gigabit Ethernet will finally eclipse one Gigabit Ethernet by 2016 to become a majority of total shipments, closely following the mass adoption of Grantley-based servers.

http://www.CrehanResearch.com

Dell'Oro: 802.11ac and Cloud Management Drive Enterprise WLAN Sales

Enterprise-class Wireless LAN market revenues are forecast to exceed $6.7 billion in 2018, over 70 percent greater than 2013 revenues, according to a newly released market forecast report by Dell'Oro Group.

Key trends include the continued growth of both 802.11ac access points and faster-than-market growth of cloud-managed Wireless LAN systems.  The overall WLAN market is expected to reach $12.2 billion during this time period.

"At this point, 802.11ac Enterprise-class access points represent a greater portion of the overall market than 802.11n did in the previous cycle," said Chris DePuy, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group.  "The higher-speed 802.11ac devices are being priced at a lower premium to the slower 802.11n devices these intend to replace.  We expect next year, we will see new types of 802.11ac devices that support so-called 'wave 2' or 'multi-user MIMO' capabilities which will offer even faster throughput."

The report contains a forecast of cloud-managed equipment and services.  Also included in the report are estimates on total SP WiFi units and revenue forecasts.

http://www.DellOro.com

AT&T Sees Growth in Postpaid Mobile as 80% Now on Smartphones

AT&T reported Q2 revenues of $32.6 billion, up 1.6% YoY, and operating expenses of $27.0 billion, compared with $26.0 billion a year earlier. Earnings came in at $0.68 (diluted) compared to $0.71 diluted EPS in the year-ago quarter. Excluding significant items, EPS was $0.62 versus $0.67 a year ago.

"The quarter was marked by several transformative moves to grow our wireless, broadband and video services,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “We announced our intent to acquire DIRECTV, which will improve our video position and our ability to bundle broadband, mobility and video services nationally. Our move to simple pricing and no-device-subsidy plans is repositioning the wireless business model, resulting in our best postpaid net adds in nearly five years and our lowest-ever postpaid churn. And our Project VIP investments continue to drive impressive growth in U-verse and strategic business services.”

Some Wireless Operational Highlights
  • Total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 3.7 percent year over year to $17.9 billion. 
  • AT&T added 1,026,000 postpaid subscribers in the second quarter, the strongest postpaid net gain in nearly five years. Total wireless subscribers increased by 634,000 in the quarter, led by postpaid net adds and 175,000 connected device net adds. These gains were offset somewhat by a net loss of 405,000 prepaid subscribers, due to declines in session-based tablets and the expected second-quarter reduction in Cricket subscribers as the company begins its integration of Leap Wireless. 
  • AT&T added 1.6 million postpaid smartphones in the second quarter. 
  • At the end of the quarter, 80 percent, or 54.6 million, of AT&T's postpaid phone subscribers had smartphones, up from 73 percent, or 49.5 million, a year earlier. 
  • Smartphones accounted for 92 percent of postpaid phone sales in the quarter. 
Wireline Highlights
  • Total second-quarter wireline revenues were $14.6 billion, down 0.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter and up 0.2 percent versus the first quarter of 2014. 
  • Total U-verse revenues grew 24.8 percent year over year. 
  • Revenues from residential customers totaled $5.7 billion, an increase of 3.0 percent versus the second quarter a year ago. Continued strong growth in consumer IP data services in the second quarter more than offset lower revenues from legacy voice and data products. 
  • U-verse, which includes high speed Internet, TV and voice over IP, now represents 62 percent of wireline consumer revenues, up from 51 percent in the year-earlier quarter. Consumer U-verse revenues grew 24.5 percent year over year. 
  • U-verse TV added 190,000 subscribers in the second quarter to reach 5.9 million in service. 
  • U-verse high speed Internet had a second-quarter net gain of 488,000 subscribers, to reach a total of 11.5 million. 
  • Total revenues from business customers were $8.7 billion, down 2.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter but stable sequentially. 
  • Business service revenues declined 2.3 percent year over year but were essentially flat versus the first quarter of 2014. 
  • Overall, declines in legacy products were partially offset by continued double-digit growth in strategic business services. Revenues from these services, the next-generation capabilities that lead AT&T's most advanced business solutions — including VPNs, Ethernet, cloud, hosting, IP conferencing, VoIP, MIS over Ethernet, U-verse and security services — grew 13.5 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. 
http://about.att.com/story/att_second_quarter_earnings_2014.html


XO Deploys Infinera for 100G Nationwide

XO Communications has deployed the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform across its nationwide network.

The multi-terabit Infinera DTN-X platform supports 100G services also enables XO to deliver high-performance cloud, data and video applications nationally. The Infinera DTN-X platform features single-card, 500Gbps FlexCoherent super-channels, enabling XO to rapidly deliver more than nine terabits per second of transmission capacity on a single fiber.

"The rapid growth of network traffic from mobile data, Internet video and cloud-based services puts tremendous stress on all areas of the XO network infrastructure," said Steve Nocella, XO Communications’ CTO. "The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network will enable XO to rapidly, and cost effectively grow network capacity for 100G services, and will also allow us to better meet the bandwidth requirements of our customers."

"Across the board, we are seeing accelerated bandwidth growth, driven primarily by new applications and Cloud infrastructure, which in turn is driving demand for scalable multi-terabit solutions," said Dave Welch, Infinera’s President. "The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network helps position XO with an infrastructure designed to accommodate their growth while enabling support for 100 Gbps and other high-performance services for their customers both today and tomorrow."

http://www.infinera.com
http://www.xo.com

Infinera Posts Q2 Revenue of $165 Million, up 20% YoY

Infinera reported Q2 2014 revenue of $165.4 million (GAAP) compared to $142.8 million in the first quarter of 2014 and $138.4 million in the second quarter of 2013. GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 42.5% compared to 40.9% in the first quarter of 2014 and 37.3% in the second quarter of 2013. GAAP net income came in at $4.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $(4.4) million, or $(0.04) per share, in the first quarter of 2014, and a net loss of $(10.0) million, or $(0.09) per share, in the second quarter of 2013.

"We continued the strong momentum from our solid first quarter results delivering record quarterly revenue, an expanded gross margin and significant earnings growth in the second quarter. We had record 100G port shipments as we experienced excellent DTN-X deployments across a broad base of customer verticals. We were pleased to add four new invoiced DTN-X customers this quarter, including a new customer to Infinera, allowing us to further capitalize on the 100G technology cycle with this new footprint" said Tom Fallon, Infinera’s Chief Executive Officer.

http://www.infinera.com

Alcatel-Lucent Chalks Up Another Core Router Win

Turk Telekom has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing Platform (XRS) to provide core routing for its growing base of more than 13.5 million access lines and 7.4 million ultra-broad band subscribers.  

Turk Telekom initially deployed the 7950 XRS in three major locations in Istanbul and in Ankara to address the growing need for capacity for residential and business customers and consolidation of existing core routers.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that its 7950 XRS is now in use with more than 24 major service providers worldwide.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Microsoft Posts Triple Digit Growth Rate for Cloud Services

In its quarterly financial report, Microsoft highlighted surging revenue associated with cloud services, offset by declines by its recently acquired Nokia business.  Two highlights:

  • Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers totaled more than 5.6 million, adding more than 1 million subscribers again this quarter.
  • Commercial cloud revenue grew 147% with an annualized run rate that exceeds $4.4 billion.

"We are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365 and Azure both growing over 100% again,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “Looking forward, we are excited by the amazing opportunities enabled by our technology roadmap and our strong engagement across partners, customers, and developers.”

“We are galvanized around our core as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, and we are driving growth with disciplined decisions, bold innovation, and focused execution,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “I’m proud that our aggressive move to the cloud is paying off – our commercial cloud revenue doubled again this year to a $4.4 billion annual run rate.”

http://www.microsoft.com/investor/EarningsAndFinancials/Earnings/PressReleaseAndWebcast/FY14/Q4/default.aspx

Microsoft Azure Builds out ExpressRoute, Opens to Packer.io and OpenNebula

Microsoft announced six new ExpressRoute locations in the U.S. (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Seattle) and Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore), as well as new partnerships with Orange and IIJ.  This brings the total number of Express Route locations to 10.

Azure ExpressRoute ensures private connections between Azure data centers and on-premise infrastructure or colocation facilities by using an MPLS VPN or other secure tunnel.

Azure ExpressRoute partners include AT&T, Equinix (7 locations running), Level 3 (EVPL service and IP VPN service), Verizon, BT, Orange, TeleCity, Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) and SingTel. The new partnership with Orange Business Services will bring Azure ExpressRoute to the Orange Business VPN Galerie service, which is an integrated WAN-to-Cloud solution.

Microsoft also announced two partnerships with Packer.io and OpenNebula that enable Azure customers to manage their applications and services across different technology providers.

With Packer.io, Microsoft is introducing two Packer plug-ins for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V. Packer is an open source tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. Packer can use tools like Chef or Puppet to install software onto the image.

With OpenNebula. Microsoft is adding a set of plug-ins to enable the use of OpenNebula for building hybrid cloud deployments on Microsoft Azure. This enables OpenNebula tools to manage cloud deployments across Microsoft’s private, public and hosted cloud platforms.

Microsoft has previously announced Azure support for Docker’s libswarm project and Kubernetes.

http://msopentech.com/blog/2014/07/21/ms-open-tech-with-packer-io-opennebula-docker-kubernetes-all-on-microsoft-azure-its-cloud-interop-at-oscon/

http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/

Big Switch Takes Aim at Hyperscale Data Centers with Big Cloud Fabric

Big Switch Networks unveiled its new flagship product -- Big Cloud Fabric, a switching fabric designed for hyperscale data centers powered by SDN software and bare metal switch hardware.

The Big Cloud Fabric leverages the company’s Switch Light Operating System on physical leaf and spine bare metal switch hardware.  It supports the latest Trident II silicon from Broadcom and is designed for 10G and 40G scale and resiliency, featuring headless mode high availability, zero-touch provisioning, L2/3 forwarding options, application-centric policy and service chaining. Management is available via OpenStack, Cloudstack, REST, CLI, or GUI.

Big Switch said fabric is designed for new pods in existing data centers supporting private cloud, big data, and VDI projects. Stated advantages include:
  1. a modern application/tenant centric configuration,
  2. a massive reduction in management consoles required for day-to-day management,
  3. integrated workflows for networking/security/audit teams (starting with OpenStack), and
  4. CapEx savings.
Big Cloud Fabric is available in two editions:
  •  P-Clos Edition: a physical leaf and spine fabric targeting a broad range of data center environments, including KVM/OVS, ESX, Hyper-V, Bare Metal, or a mix. 
  • Unified P+V Clos Edition: a physical + virtual fabric where leaf, spine and vSwitches are controlled by the Big Cloud Fabric Controller.


Big Cloud Fabric will ship later this quarter.

In addition to the introduction of Big Cloud Fabric, the company is releasing Big Tap 4.0 and expanding its partner ecosystem. Big Tap 4.0 supports a new use case – tapping distributed, remote data centers – to complement recent wins in scale-out, “tap every rack” designs. The release has an increasingly rich filtering feature set including deeper packet matching, applicable for tunneled packets such as those found in mobile protocols and VXLAN.

Big Switch also announced that it now has it first million dollar customer, and its largest production deployment now spans 16 data centers.

http://www.bigswitch.com/

In April 2014, Dell announced a reseller agreement with Big Switch Networks targeting next-generation SDN fabric monitoring. Specifically, Dell will offer Big Switch Networks’ Switch Light OS on Dell Networking’s Ethernet switching portfolio, starting with the S4810 and S6000 series. Dell will also offer Big Switch Networks’ production-ready SDN controller applications starting with the Big Tap Monitoring – an innovative new SDN-based network monitoring solution unlocking hidden customer value and helping solve an age-old, costly networking challenge.

Dell said the deal extends its vision of a new, disaggregated model for networking hardware and software. The Big Switch Big Tap Monitoring provides an SDN-enabled fabric monitoring solution that empowers tapping network traffic everywhere and delivering it to security and other appliances to:
expand choice and capabilities for customers looking for best-of-breed Ethernet switch hardware, OS and SDN apps;
enable a range of next-generation SDN solutions; and
realize operational simplification for management, control and policies.

From January 2014:

Verizon: 76% of Wireless Data Now Rides LTE

Verizon reported its highest quarterly revenue growth rate in the past six quarters: total operating revenues in second-quarter 2014 were $31.5 billion, a 5.7 percent increase compared with second-quarter 2013 and operating income was $7.7 billion, a 17.2 percent increase compared with second-quarter 2013. Verizon reported $1.01 in EPS in second-quarter 2014, compared with 78 cents per share in second-quarter 2013, including an after-tax gain of $434 million (10 cents per share) related to the sale of 700 MHz A Block spectrum licenses.

Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said: “Verizon’s second-quarter results continue to demonstrate our ability to deliver strong customer growth, with equally strong financial performance, in a dynamic and competitive environment. We have great momentum heading into the second half of the year. We remain focused on profitable growth and on meaningful network investments that provide our customers with the best, and with a continuously improving, overall experience.”

Some highlights from the companys 2Q2014 report:

Wireless

  • Total revenues for Verizon Wireless were $21.5 billion in second-quarter 2014, up 7.5 percent year over year.
  • Retail postpaid ARPA (average revenue per account) increased 4.7 percent over second-quarter 2013, to $159.73 per month.
  • Verizon Wireless added 1.4 million retail net connections, all of which were postpaid, in the second quarter. These additions exclude acquisitions and adjustments.
  • At the end of the second quarter, the company had 104.6 million retail connections. This includes 98.6 million retail postpaid connections, a 4.6 percent increase year over year.
  • At the end of Q2, smartphones accounted for nearly 75 percent of the Verizon Wireless retail postpaid customer phone base.
  • Verizon Wireless' AWS spectrum-enhanced XLTE service is now available in more than 350 markets across the country.

Wireline

  • Total wireline revenues were $9.8 billion in second-quarter 2014, up 0.3 percent year over year. This is the first quarterly year-over-year increase in total wireline revenues in more than seven years.
  • In second-quarter 2014, Verizon added 139,000 net new FiOS Internet connections and 100,000 net new FiOS Video connections. Verizon had totals of 6.3 million FiOS Internet and 5.4 million FiOS Video connections at the end of the second quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.3 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively.
  • FiOS Internet penetration (subscribers as a percentage of potential subscribers) was 40.1 percent at the end of second-quarter 2014, compared with 38.6 percent at the end of second-quarter 2013. In the same periods, FiOS Video penetration was 35.3 percent, compared with 34.5 percent. The FiOS network passed 19.3 million premises by the end of second-quarter 2014.
  • By the end of second-quarter 2014, 55 percent of consumer FiOS Internet customers subscribed to FiOS Quantum, which provides speeds ranging from 50 to 500 megabits per second, up from 51 percent at the end of first-quarter 2014.
  • In Q3, Verizon migrated 70,000 customers from copper to fiber access.

http://www.verizon.com/investor/DocServlet?doc=slides_vz_2q_2014.pdf
http://www.verizon.com/investor/

IEEE Forms 25G Ethernet Study Group

A new IEEE 802.3 25 Gbps Ethernet Study Group has been formed to explore the market opportunities and needs for a single-lane 25 Gbps speed for server interconnects for Ethernet.

The reuse of serial lane 25 Gbps signaling technology, which was developed to support 100 Gbps Ethernet, enables cost optimized deployments in newly constructed data centers.

“The application of single-lane 25 Gbps signaling technologies provides Ethernet with a solution set that can be reused by those companies building the data centers of tomorrow. The new study group expects to lay the groundwork for a new Media Access Control (MAC) rate that will enable cost-optimized single-lane solutions that will increase network deployment efficiency,” said Mark Nowell, chair of the IEEE 802.3 25 Gbps Ethernet Study Group and senior director, Cisco Systems. “The heavy lifting in developing and standardizing 25 Gb/s signaling technologies has been done as part of the development of 100 Gbps Ethernet. These technologies can be reused to enable a single-lane 25 Gbps Ethernet solution set for server interconnects for these future data centers.”

http://www.ieee802.org/3/25GSG

Juniper to Sell Pulse Division to Siris for $250M

Juniper Networks will sell its Junos Pulse product portfolio to Siris Capital for approximately $250 million.

Junos Pulse software enables dynamic SSL VPN connectivity, network access control (NAC), mobile security, and collaboration, through a simple end-user interface.

Juniper said the divestiture of Pulse is consistent with its new Integrated Operating Plan that focuses on High-IQ networks and building the next-generation of clouds.

Siris is a leading private equity firm focused on making control investments in data, telecommunications, technology and technology-enabled business service companies.

http://www.juniper.net

Juniper's Sales Rise 7% YoY to $1.23 Billion

Juniper Networks reported preliminary net revenues for the second quarter of 2014 of $1,230 million, up 7% year-over-year and 5% sequentially. Juniper posted GAAP net income of $221.1 million, or $0.46 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2014.

“Juniper delivered another solid quarter of revenue growth, with continued diversification across our target verticals. With our focused strategy, we are seeing clear signs of success with customers who are in a build cycle for High-IQ networks and Cloud ecosystems,” said Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer, Juniper Networks. “We are relentlessly executing on our Integrated Operating Plan and successfully implemented several initiatives to drive greater efficiencies across our organization. Throughout, we have been working to ignite our culture of innovation and maintain our unwavering commitment to shareholders to drive significant value through profitable growth.”

Juniper Networks also announced the initiation of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share of common stock.

Looking ahead, Juniper said are some near term, customer-specific dynamics that it is factoring into its outlook. This is partially offset by signs of strength in emerging verticals. The company posted the following estimates for the quarter ending September 30, 2014:

  • Revenues will be in the range of $1,150 million to $1,200 million.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin will be approximately 64.0%, plus or minus 0.5%.
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses will be $505 million, plus or minus $5 million.

http://www.juniper.net

VMware Continues to Grow at 17% Annual Rate

VMware announced Q2 2014 revenue of $1.46 billion, an increase of 17% from Q2 2013.  Operating income for the second quarter was $200 million, a decrease of 26% from the second quarter of 2013, reflecting the impact of the company's AirWatch acquisition.

"We continue to see strong performance across our business, further evidence that VMware is uniquely positioned as IT transitions from client server computing to the mobile cloud era," said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. "Across the board, customers are turning to VMware solutions to help chart an efficient path to the future without sacrificing the vital needs for security, availability and compliance required by all businesses."

http://www.vmware.com


  • Last week, VMware announced the expansion of its hybrid cloud service into Asia-Pacific with two new partnerships in Japan and China. In Japan, VMware announced a joint venture with SoftBank for the first vCloud Hybrid Service in Asia. In China, the company announced plans with China Telecom to build a hybrid cloud service in Beijing based on VMware.  


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