Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PMC's New Flashtec NVRAM Drives Achieve 10 Million IOPS

PMC introduced its new Flashtec NVRAM Drives -- a new ultra-fast storage class memory tier to accelerate critical applications in scale-out storage and all-flash arrays.

The new PCIe 3.0 drives combine the speed and endurance of DRAM with the persistency of NAND flash.  The company claims ten times higher performance than the fastest Solid State Drive (SSD), at more than 10 million I/Os per second (IOPS), with sub-microsecond latency. The drives can be used as both a persistent memory extension mapped directly to the host, delivering more than 10 million IOPS for small, random access transactions, and as an NVMe block device for efficient DMA transactions, reaching more than one million random read 4KB IOPS.

“Native PCIe-based solutions are a major disruption to the SSD market because they provide a direct link between the CPU and flash, breaking the traditional performance scale,” said Derek Dicker, vice president of the NVM Solutions Group at PMC. “The PMC Flashtec family sets a new benchmark for storage performance, and our standards-based architecture allows our customers to get their storage solutions to market much sooner with differentiated features tuned for cost, performance and endurance.”

The Flashtec NVRAM Drive family is based on PMC’s NVMe controllers, which enable SSDs with up to 8TB of storage and performance of up to 875,000 random read 4KB IOPS, two times greater capacity and performance than other controllers.

The Flashtec NVRAM Drives are available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities in production quantities as early as Q4 2014. The Flashtec NVMe controllers are available in 16- and 32-channel options and are in high-volume production.


Telefónica Bids to Create Largest Operator in Brazil

Telefónica will bid offer to 20,100 million Brazilian Reais (equivalent to 6,700 million euros at current exchange rates) to acquire Vivendi's Global Village Telecom (GVT) business in Brazil.  The offer includes a cash consideration of 11,962 million Brazilian Reais and newly issued shares representing 12% of the share capital of the new Telefónica Brasil, after its combination with GVT.

Telefónica Vivo brand is the leader operator in the mobile wireless market in Brazil and is the leading broadband services provider in the city of Sao Paulo. Vivendi's GVT is the most successful and fastest growing alternative operator in Brazil. Telefónica said the combination of Vivo and GVT would create the largest telecom operator in Latin America’s largest market.

Telefónica's offer also envisages that, should Vivendi be interested in acquiring a stable stake in Telecom Italia, Telefónica could offer Vivendi the acquisition, in cash, of up to 1,110 million ordinary shares of Telecom Italia, currently representing a stake of 8,3% of the Telecom Italia voting share capital.


Mimosa Debuts Backhaul Radio with Coordinated Massive MIMO

Mimosa Networks, a start-up based in Campbell, California, unveiled its B5 Backhaul radio with coordinated Massive MIMO technology and Mimosa Cloud Services (MCS), featuring advanced network-wide planning and analytics. The company cited a number of innovations:

  • Advanced Colocation ­ -- the B5 radio makes the most of available spectrum. Using both GPS and GLONASS to maximize satellite sync through precision timing as well as sophisticated RF isolation techniques, the B5 radio offers maximum spectrum re-use for colocated devices.
  • Spectrum Multiplication -- leverages coordinated Massive MIMO technology, allowing colocated radios to deliver 16 MIMO streams, and 4 Gbps of throughput, all while sharing the same channel.
  • Auto Everything ­-- the first radio to offer real-time spectrum analysis without service interruption. The B5 radio automatically optimizes bandwidth, frequency and power use based on historical and real-time data ­ allowing the radio to immediately adapt to any environmental change.
  • Dual Link ­-- actively load balances across two non-contiguous channels to provide unprecedented resiliency against interference.
  • Mimosa Cloud Services -- a cloud-based planning and analytics tool set for wireless service providers.  Enhanced with Google Maps mapping service, Mimosa's network design features allow operators to visually plan and design links while viewing their entire network in one location. Additional topology and obstruction information as well as environmental ITU-based data provide deeper understanding of how a link might operate in real-life.

The B5 Backhaul radio is available for order in two versions ­ an antenna-integrated 5 GHz backhaul radio (B5); and a connectorized radio-only version (B5c).  The B5 (List Price: $899 for B5, $839 for B5c) will begin shipping to customers in Fall 2014.

"Wireless networks have been historically limited in the ability to deploy fiber speeds economically and on a global scale," said Brian Hinman, CEO of Mimosa. "Mimosa's mission is to create an


  • Mimosa is headed by Brian Hinman, who previously was the CEO and founder of 2Wire, Polycom and PictureTel.

Stuart Elby Joins Infinera from Verizon Labs to Head Cloud Networks Group

Infinera has formed a new cloud networks group focused on the data center market and hired Stuart Elby, Ph.D., as senior vice president of cloud network strategy and technology.

Prior to Infinera, Dr. Elby served as the vice president and chief technologist of Verizon Labs, where he was responsible for developing Verizon’s technology vision and target network architecture to support emerging products and services. In this role, he had significant influence in the network architecture and development of Verizon’s platforms for metro and long haul networks, including Verizon’s cloud and digital video services. Dr. Elby led the design, development and launch of cloud services platforms for Verizon Digital Media Services and managed the specification and design of multiple core services platforms including cloud and API secure gateway. Dr. Elby holds a bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester and received a MSEE and Doctorate in Telecommunications from Columbia University. He serves on the advisory boards of several university, government and industry consortia.

"As cloud services play a larger role in the telecommunications infrastructure, Infinera is committed to focusing on the specific requirements of cloud networks and delivering technologies that enable the continued evolution of this fundamental market shift," said Infinera CEO Tom Fallon. “Dr. Elby brings invaluable industry experience that will help accelerate Infinera’s ability to win in this market."


Vectra Networks Raises $25M for Cyber Attack Detection

Vectra Networks, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $25 million in an oversubscribed Series C financing round.

Vectra Networks has developed a platform to detect attacks at every phase of an ongoing attack, regardless of how the attack enters an organization’s network. The platform continuously monitors an organization’s network and provides rapid intuitive and prioritized reporting so security analysts. Vectra uses next-generation compute architecture and combines data analytics and machine learning to detect attacks on every device, application and operating system.

The funding round was led by Accel Partners and included prior investors Khosla Ventures, IA Ventures and AME Cloud Ventures. In addition, Intel Capital and Juniper Networks, through its Junos Innovation Fund, joined the round.

“I am thrilled to have the support of Accel Partners and have Eric join the Vectra board of directors,” said Hitesh Sheth, CEO of Vectra Networks. “The reality today is that every network is breached. Advanced persistent attacks are evading existing perimeter security and threatening our digital economy. Vectra’s automated and intuitive cyber security platform empowers IT organizations to take a proactive stand against cyber attacks.”


  • Vectra Networks is headed by Vitesh Sheth, who previously was Chief Operating Officer at Aruba Networks. Hitesh joined Aruba from Juniper Networks, where he was EVP/GM for their switching business and before that, SVP for their Service Layer Technologies group, which included security. Prior to Juniper, he held a number of senior management positions in the switching organization at Cisco Systems, including running their Metro Ethernet business.

Interxion to Purchase Marseille Data Center

Interxion agreed to acquire he SFR Netcenter data centre facilities in Marseille, France for approximately €45 million, of which approximately €20 million is associated with the purchase of the freehold land and buildings, and the construction of the first two phases.

When fully built out, the data centre (“MRS 1”) will provide approximately 5,700 square metres of equipped space and a minimum of 6MW of customer-available power. MRS 1, which currently serves as a transit and caching node for more than 60 network providers, has the advantage of access to the aggregation point of eight undersea cables that terminate in Marseille.

“Interxion’s investment in MRS 1 positions it at the crossroads of connectivity between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The strong network hub that is created by the aggregation of multiple undersea cable landing points connecting to terrestrial cables makes Marseille a highly attractive gateway. We have received strong interest from our connectivity, CDN, social media, and cloud customers seeking to serve the emerging markets that can be accessed by these cables. We expect to expand the existing connectivity hub in MRS 1 and to develop thriving magnetic cloud and content hubs,” said David Ruberg, Interxion Chief Executive Officer.


Marvell Intros PCIe 3.0 NVM Express SSD Controller

Marvell introduced its first native Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid-state drive (SSD) controller.  The company said its new device leverages a fully flash-optimized architecture that overcomes SAS/SATA performance limitations by optimizing hardware and software to take full advantage on NAND.The controller also integrates Marvell's third generation NANDEdge error-correcting, low-density parity check (LDPC) technology for higher reliability and endurance boost that was previously announced with Marvell's fifth generation SATA SSD controller, the 88SS1074. The device supports up to four lanes of PCIe 3.0, making it suitable for full 4GB/s or 2GB/s end points. Sampling is underway.

"As the global leader of the storage industry, we are very proud of our innovation, invention, and contribution to the advancement of a wide range of storage technologies and products. I am very excited to see that our new SSD controller solution has once again raised the technology bar with superior performance, high reliability and robust security," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell.


SpaceX Falcon 9 Delivers AsiaSat 8 to Orbit

SpaceX successfully launched AsiaSat 8 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit aboard its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral.

Falcon 9 is a new rocket that features a simple two-stage design to minimize the number of stage separations. The first stage has nine engines.  An all-pneumatic, low-shock stage separation system that can be tested on the ground is used instead of pyrotechnic systems used on most launch vehicles.  The second stage has a single engine.

AsiaSat 8 is a Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite with 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload. It will be co-located with AsiaSat 7 for Asian and international programming.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Procera Brings Real-time, Mobile QoE Measurement to Handsets

Procera Networks introduced a new method for measuring mobile end-user experience by capturing real-time location and RAN QoE awareness data at the SIM card level.

Procera's RAN Perspectives is a software solution for mobile operators that provides real-time location and radio access network (RAN) quality of experience (QoE) data.  The method significantly reduces the number of probes that an operator would need to deploy in their network and reduces the need for expensive drive testing by capturing actual QoE data from subscribers. The thin software client could be loaded over the air to subscriber devices.  Real-time forensics on the RAN connection streams back to the mobile operator using the SMS channel. The solution integrates into Procera's PacketLogic platform for transforming the data into actionable analysis of quality, congestion, applications, and out-of-coverage hotspots in the mobile network.

"RAN Perspectives was developed to solve one of the biggest challenges for mobile operators, providing real-time location and quality information in a cost-effective manner that they can use to deliver higher quality mobile broadband services," said Alexander Haväng, CTO of Procera Networks. "RAN Perspectives is the first Procera product designed specifically for mobile Subscriber quality of experience, and integrates tightly into our existing PacketLogic solutions, including our Customer Care Insights offering that can now deliver real-time forensics on the RAN connection as well as on the data connection for mobile devices."

RAN Perspectives is available for beta testing, and is expected to be generally available in the first quarter of 2015.


Overture Intros 8-Slot 6500 Service Aggregation/Switching Platform

Overture introduced an 8-slot version of its 6500 service aggregation and switching platform, which can be used to deliver Carrier Ethernet over any access method, including fiber, E-Access, copper, SONET, and TDM, with full resiliency.

The 6500 is a key component of Overture’s Ensemble Open Services Architecture (Ensemble OSA), an open platform for service automation and network virtualization. Ensemble orchestration and control software activates the Overture 6500 to build connectivity in the OSA between end customers and virtualized network functions.

The newly introduced 6508 8-slot chassis joins the 3-slot 6504 released in 2013 and uses the same interface modules and processors. The 6508 chassis can serve combinations of up to 192 1GigE and 18 10GigE optical, 768 Ethernet over Copper pairs, 32 Ethernet over SONET, 2688 Ethernet over DS1s from a single 19” chassis.

Overture also noted its latest 6500 software release adds cross-card bonding capabilities for copper and TDM groups to the 6500’s existing cross-card link aggregation and cross-card G.8032v2 Ethernet ring capabilities. Cross-card bonding improves resiliency and eliminates the need for service providers to move pairs from one card to another when addressing pair growth. The 6500 cross-card bonding approach consumes no additional card slots and requires no dedicated switching cards, which means service providers don’t pay a premium for high availability and easy growth.

“The latest enhancements to the 6500, together with our Ensemble OSA, demonstrates how Overture is helping create a fundamentally new approach for service creation, activation and assurance,” said Brian van Voorhis, Senior Product Manager, Overture. “As operators begin to realize the benefits of SDN and NFV integration, we are committed to providing a ubiquitous Carrier Ethernet foundation at the metro service edge so that our customers achieve unmatched service agility and operational efficiency today and for the future.”


Time Warner Cable Promises Up to 6X Broadband Speed Boost in 2015

Time Warner Cable (TWC) promised a major speed boost for its cable modem subscribers in seven markets in 2015: Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Kansas City, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego.

These markets will join Los Angeles, New York City and recently announced Austin, where the DOCSIS 3.0 service transformation – known as "TWC Max".  TWC is promising Internet speeds up to six times faster than before.

Customers who subscribe to any of the six Internet plans will receive an increase in speeds at no additional cost, with customers experiencing increases up to six times faster, depending on their current level of speed. For example, customers who subscribe to Standard Service, formerly up to 15 Mbps, will now receive up to 50 Mbps, and customers who subscribe to the Ultimate plan, formerly up to 100 Mbps, will receive up to 300 Mbps – three times their current speeds, at no extra charge. Some customers will need a DOCSIS 3.0 modem to enjoy the full benefits of the speed increases.

“We are committed to reinventing the TWC service experience market-by-market, and we’re pleased to announce the expansion of our efforts to these seven key markets,” said Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Robert D. Marcus. “We want our customers to know a new experience is coming that brings them super-fast Internet speeds and a more advanced TV product. Maxx starts with a top-to-bottom network evaluation to ensure optimum performance and rock-solid network reliability, and includes a best-in-class customer experience.”


NTT Com Signs NVIDIA for Hong Kong Data Hub

NVIDIA is using NTT Communications' Hong Kong data centre facilities and Arcstar Global Leased line service as its data hub across the region.

The extended service provides NVIDIA with high speed point-to-point Ethernet leased line with up to 10Gbs capability, which is delivered over an automatic re-routable cable network. This offers its regional hub in Hong Kong dedicated, secure and reliable connectivity with its offices in Asia Pacific and across the globe. The secure private network is also backed by Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) and PC-1 for an ultra-low latency path to the rest of the world.

Tony Chang, NVIDIA APAC IT Infrastructure Manager said, “We have always had a longstanding relationship with NTT Communications that has grown over the last six years. Its high quality data centre has been instrumental in helping us house our data assets, while providing reliable support for business continuity across the region. In particular, we value the role the Professional Services team has played in guiding us through the relocation and migration of IT equipment.


Docker Sells its dotCloud PaaS Business to cloudControl

Berlin-based cloudControl agreed to acquire Docker Inc's dotCloud PaaS (platform as a service) business.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Docker, which entered the PaaS business in 2011, said it is now entirely focused on the the Docker container project.

“While we need to focus our resources to truly seize the opportunity behind the Docker project, it was very important to us to provide a smooth transition for the dotCloud PaaS customers,” said Ben Golub, CEO, Docker, Inc. “cloudControl has years of experience running a world class PaaS, and distinguished themselves by the depth of their dedication to investing in the dotCloud platform and customer base. With cloudControl taking over, customers can continue to rely on the dotCloud PaaS for their mission critical applications.”


AT&T Plans Fiber Broadband Rollout in Sprint's Home Town

AT&T confirmed plans to expand its GigaPower network to the City of Overland Park, Kansas -- it first all-fiber rollout in the state. The all-fiber network will provide services featuring symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps.

"AT&T has been meeting the needs of residents and businesses in the Overland Park area for more than a century. Deployment of this ultra-fast broadband service is just the latest step in delivering the newest technology to the community," said Mike Scott, vice president-external affairs for AT&T Kansas.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

ETSI Makes Progress on NFV - Nine Drafts Released

At its 7th meeting, held this week in Silicon Valley, ETSI’s Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG) released nine draft documents for industry comment and elected a new leadership team.

The nine draft documents, which are now posted online, will together complete the first release of NFV when published at the end of the year.

The documents include an infrastructure overview, the virtualized network functions architecture and the compute, hypervisor and infrastructure network domains. They also cover management and orchestration, resiliency, interfaces and abstractions, and security. These are:

NFV-INF007v031-Interfaces and Abstractions.pdf
NFV-MAN001v061- management and orchestration.pdf
NFV-REL001v013-Resiliency Requirements.pdf

Dr. Steven Wright, of AT&T, was elected as chairman, and Mr. Nakamura Tetsuya, of NTT DoCoMo, was chosen as vice-chairman. Both are elected for a period of two years.

Dr. Wright commented “I’d like to thank the outgoing chair, Prodip Sen, and all the ISG participants, for their hard work to bring the ISG to this point. I look forward to assisting the ISG as it continues to progress towards its goal of an open NFV ecosystem with interoperable implementations.”

The ETSI NFV ISG also noted that it has grown to over 220 participating organizations, with over 300 delegates attending this last meeting, which was co-hosted by Citrix and Ericsson in Santa Clara from 29 July to 1 August 2014.


In October 2013, ETSI published the first five specifications on Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), which aims to simplify the roll-out of new network services, reduce deployment and operational costs and encourage innovation. These new specifications were produced in less than 10 months.

ETSI’s Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV ISG) said this first release identifies a framework and terminology for NFV that will help the industry to channel its efforts towards fully interoperable NFV solutions. Early NFV deployments are already underway and are expected to accelerate during 2014-15.

The five published documents include four ETSI Group Specifications (GSs) designed to align understanding about NFV across the industry. They cover NFV use cases, requirements, the architectural framework, and terminology. The fifth GS defines a framework for co-ordinating and promoting public demonstrations of Proof of Concept (PoC) platforms illustrating key aspects of NFV. Its objective is to encourage the development of an open ecosystem by integrating components from different players.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

MIT: Light Pulses Control Graphene’s Electrical Behavior

Researchers at MIT have developed a method of using light pulses to control the electrical properties of a sheet of graphene. Short light pulses were found to change and reveal graphene’s electrical response in only a trillionth of a second.

The discovery by graduate student Alex Frenzel, Nuh Gedik, and three others, could allow ultrafast switching of conduction, and possibly lead to new broadband light sensors.

The findings have now been published in the journal Physical Review Letters.  MIT also noted that the work received support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.



Technical University of Denmark Hits 43 Tbps Optical Transmission

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have achieved an optical transmission speed of 43 terabits per second ( 43 Tbps) using a single laser and a single fiber.

The demonstration used a new type of optical fiber (developed by NTT) that contains seven cores (glass threads) instead of the single core used in standard fiber.

DTU noted that its researchers have previously helped achieve the highest combined data transmission speed in the world—an incredible 1 petabit per second—although this involved using hundreds of lasers.


Diablo Technologies Awarded Memory Channel Storage Patent

Diablo Technologies was awarded U.S. patent No. 8,713,379, entitled a “System and method of interfacing co-processors and input/output devices via a main memory system.”

The ‘379 patent describes:

  • A method for connecting non-volatile memory directly to the memory controllers of a processor
  • A learning machine to handle data interleaving/de-interleaving and data scrambling/de-scrambling algorithms for DDR3/4-based memory controllers
  • A method to remap the non-linear DIMM address space back to linear address space used by the driver.

“The introduction of MCS has been deemed as one of the most disruptive breakthroughs in flash memory technology,” said Riccardo Badalone, CEO and Co-founder of Diablo Technologies. “Receiving this patent is another important milestone as Diablo continues to accelerate its strategic growth initiatives. We have significant innovations planned in the MCS roadmap and this validation underscores our commitment to deliver industry-leading solutions.”

In addition, Ottawa-based Diablo Technologies announced the opening of an office in San Jose, California.


  • Diablo Technologies has developed a Memory Channel Storage (MCS) technology that provides tens of terabytes of ultra-fast NAND flash storage in a DIMM form factor, and enables it to interface with the CPU via DDR3 at near-DRAM speeds. The company says its Memory Channel Storage allows for extremely large "big data" sets to be placed entirely within the NUMA system architecture, resulting in real-time processing and analytics. MCS significantly minimizes storage latency and provides a level of predictability that cannot be attained with pre-existing flash storage technologies. With the MCS architecture, systems in big data clusters, such as Hadoop, have access to terabytes of deterministic, ultra-low latency persistent memory.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Comcast Boosts Internet Speeds in California, Texas, Kansas, MO

Comcast has increased the speeds of three Xfinity Internet tiers in California, Kansas, Missouri and Texas.  The new levels:

  • "Performance" now offers speeds up to 50 Mbps, up from 25 Mbps; 
  • "Blast" is now 105 Mbps, up from 50 Mbps;
  • Extreme 105" has been bumped to 150 Mbps. 

"We continue to deliver the fastest speeds to the most homes so our customers can have a terrific online experience," said Eric Schaefer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data and Communications Services, Comcast. "Whether it’s streaming video, gaming or just surfing the web, customers need an Internet provider that can deliver speed and reliability. Plus, since wireless access is becoming just as important as wired service, we also include complimentary access to Xfinity WiFi with most of our Internet service tiers. We currently offer about 3.6 million hotspots with plans to grow to eight million by the end of the year."


NTT Com Uses "Data Federation" to Link Multiple Cloud Services

NTT Communications (NTT Com) introduced a Data Federation feature for sharing, managing and updating office contact data among the multiple communication services offered via its Enterprise Cloud.

Data Federation shares, manages and updates contact data among multiple services to reduce integration burdens and ensure seamless global communication.  It currently applies to mail, calendaring/scheduling and project sharing applications in the NTT Com Enterprise Cloud.