Monday, August 18, 2014

Infonetics:Optical Spending Rises in Asia-Pac

Global optical spending is roughly flat year-over-year (2Q14 from 2Q13) as strength in Asia Pacific offset weakening spending trends in EMEA, according to Infonetic Research's new  2nd quarter 2014 (2Q14) Optical Network Hardware report.

Some highlights:

  • In North America, internet content providers (ICPs) such as Google and others generated a wave of optical spending at a handful of vendors including Adva, BTI, and Infinera, altogether accounting for an estimated $40 million surge in 2Q14
  • Worldwide optical network hardware revenue, including SONET/SDH and WDM, totaled $3.3 billion in 2Q14, a sequential gain of 27% aided by strong seasonal performances from Huawei and ZTE
  • Worldwide WDM equipment revenue in 2Q14 is up 6% year-over-year
  • The 1st half of 2014 brought another huge flood of 100G WDM shipments by Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Huawei, and Infinera
  • Ciena’s and Infinera’s North American optical revenue grew rapidly on a year-over-year basis in 2Q14, while Fujitsu’s and Alcatel-Lucent’s decreased.

“While the term ‘tier-1’ is traditionally associated with the incumbent operators of Europe and RBOCs in North America, it is now qualitatively clear that tier-1 spending growth is coming from the competitive dark fiber and internet exchange carriers. These carriers, as well as vertically-integrated internet content providers (ICPs), provide a growing portion of core internet connectivity and intra-datacenter capacity,” notes Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for carrier transport networking at Infonetics Research.

GuardiCore Raises $11 Million for Software-defined Data Center Defense

GuardiCore, a startup based in Tel Aviv, raised US$11 million in venture funding for its security solutions for software-defined data centers.

GuardiCore is pursuing a strategy that looks beyond traditional perimeter defenses to address intra data center traffic (east-west) that has come to dominate software-defined network architectures. The company's first product is an "Active Honeypot" that responds to attacks by dynamically re-routing traffic, without the attacker knowing, to a highly monitored stealth “ambush” server. This approach exposes the true intentions of an attacker, provides quick insights about the nature of the attack and eliminates it in real-time.

The round of funding was led by Battery Ventures, with participation from Greylock IL and undisclosed strategic investors.

“GuardiCore is developing a completely new breed of network security,” said Pavel Gurvich, the company’s chief executive. “Powered by software-defined networking (SDN) methodologies and recent advances in virtualization, our solution is scalable to multi-terabit traffic rates. GuardiCore’s mission is simple: to provide security and IT executives with advanced tools to win the war against cyber-attacks.”

http://www.guardicore.com

Telstra Launches a Global Cloud UC Collaboration Service

Telstra launched a cloud-based, unified communications service for global enterprises. The service is based on Cisco's unified communications platform. A version of the service has been available in Australia since last year.  Telstra is now taking it to 25 countries.

Telstra’s service will be available from the end of August to customers on a monthly, "per worker" basis. Telstra is defining several worker types (such as essential, office, information or mobile) to provide better support and scalability.

“Our new global service is a significant development in global collaboration capabilities and has been designed specifically for today’s dynamic workplace where employees use the web, video, voice to drive innovation and improve productivity. With Telstra Cloud Collaboration, businesses can roll-out extensive collaboration and communications tools to staff throughout the world, scale user profiles and functionality up and down depending on business requirements and ensure employees working remotely have identical resources to those working in the office – all while minimising traditionally significant upfront investment models,” said Nathan Bell, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, Director of Marketing, Portfolio and Pricing.

http://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media/media-library/telstra-unveils-next-gen-cloud-collaboration-service-for-global-businesses.xml

Fujitsu Expands North American Data Center Capabilities

Fujitsu announced the availability of new Tier III data center capabilities in New York and California, in addition to the planned opening of its new Tier III data center in Regina, Saskatchewan.  The facilities, which cater to Japan Originated Companies (JOC), offer state-of-the-art datacenter services, including big data analysis, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), deployment of cloud applications, as well as secure storage and disaster recovery.  Users connect through a dedicated network. Fujitsu also provides Japanese bilingual services.

"Companies across the world are demanding more enhanced services and solutions to help them realize their globalization ambitions," says Bob Pryor, head of Americas and corporate vice president, Fujitsu Ltd. "By delivering Japanese bi-lingual datacenter capabilities, Fujitsu further demonstrates its long-standing commitment to helping customers achieve their business objectives, in this case delivering unique capabilities to JOC customers well beyond the scope of its world-class datacenter offering."

Fujitsu noted it has more than two million square feet of data center capacity from more than 150 data centers spread across North America, Asia and Europe.

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ADTRAN Develops Frequency Division Vectoring

ADTRAN introduced a Frequency Division Vectoring (FDV) technology that enhances the capabilities of both G.fast and VDSL2 vectoring by enabling them to better coexist by working in tandem across a single subscriber line in the service provider’s network. The company said its patent-pending FDV doubles data rates and increases the reach of intermediate-rate services – between 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps – allowing the delivery of cost-effective premium broadband to 80% more subscribers.

FDV expands the addressable market for G.fast by broadening its applicability from Fiber-to-the-Building (FTTB) and Fiber-to-the-distribution points (FTTdp) out to existing street cabinet sites.

“While G.fast and VDSL2 have always been seen as complementary technologies, the limitations of G.fast have been exposed when forced to operate in a VDSL2-compatible mode at higher rates,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst, broadband access and pay TV, Infonetics. “As service providers look to build out their G.fast adoption strategies, ADTRAN’s FDV technology has a key performance impact by allowing G.fast and vectored VDSL2 technologies to work in concert to boost performance. Service providers can now maximize a broader market opportunity without wasting unused bandwidth in their networks or prematurely forcing subscribers served by 100Mbps VDSL2 to move to G.fast.”

http://www.adtran.com

Infographic: Vectored VDSL Adoption Around the World

Huawei Signs 100th Contract for NE5000E 400G Core Router

Signalling its continued expansion in the core routing market, Huawei announced its 100th contract for its NE5000E 400G core router deployment on an IP backbone network. The platform was commercially launched in August 2013. It is now deployed in some 37 countries on five continents. Huawei said the system has operated fault free for over one year on these multiple networks.

In August 2013, Huawei deployed the industry's first 400G IP backbone network for Mobily in Saudi Arabia. Over the past year, a growing number of leading operators, such as MegaFon Russia, Jazztel Spain, True and DTAC in Thailand, Etisalat UAE, as well as China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, have deployed the 400G router.

Key features of the Huawei NE5000E-based platform include its acceptance of three generations of service boards: 100G, 400G, and 1T. The system capacity can be smoothly upgraded from 3.2 Tbps to 32 Tbps and the super 2+8 router cluster system can achieve a capacity of up to 128 Tbps.  The NE5000E 400G router has passed testing certification from the European Advanced Network Test Center (EANTC).

http://www.huawei.com

Empirix Acquires Verios for Mobile Analytics

Empirix has acquired Verios Software & Systems, a privately-held company specializing in real-time analytics, for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Verios takes a “Big Data” analytic approach to managing the increasingly complex radio access network environment. Unlike conventional radio access network management solutions that only sample customer segments, the Verios Vision Platform is designed to provide customer-level detail in high-volume distributed networks in real time. The company was founded in 2009 by Gerard Carroll, Mike Manchip and David O’Loghlin.

Empirix said it plans to integrate the Verios solution with its own analytical, troubleshooting, monitoring and management capabilities to give wireless providers unprecedented capabilities for managing their networks from their customers’ perspectives.

“The radio access network is a vital, expensive and often unpredictable link in the mobile network. Verios provides insight that enables network operators to enhance service levels and predictability of service for their customers,” said Empirix CEO John D’Anna. “Verios’ solution provides complete visibility into radio access network operations, down to the individual user. Integrating that functionality into our IntelliSight platform will enable wireless providers to know exactly what their customers are experiencing, when and where. At the strategic level, that intelligence will help providers target their investments at the areas most likely to yield more revenue.”

“Empirix and Verios have complementary visions of service performance management and how to help providers deliver outstanding customer experiences,” said Verios Founder and CEO Gerard Carroll. “Unifying our respective approaches to SOC – Empirix across the core network and Verios across the radio access network – will give providers immediate, detailed insight for responding to their most lucrative customer segments’ needs.

http://www.empirix.com/news/press-releases/2014/2014-08-14.aspx

Hosted Private Cloud Options Are Now Listed in OpenStack Marketplace

A public listing of Hosted Private Cloud vendors and services is now available from the OpenStack Foundation on its OpenStack Marketplace comparison.

The new Hosted Private Cloud Marketplace category includes detailed information about offerings from Aptira, AURO, Blue Box, IBM, DataCentred, Metacloud, Mirantis, Morphlabs, Rackspace and UnitedStack. All products and services must meet specific technical requirements and be transparent with product information, such as OpenStack versions and capabilities supported.

The OpenStack Foundation said the Hosted Private Cloud offerings based on OpenStack are an attractive model for several reasons:

  • Low barrier to entry with little to no upfront capital expenditure
  • Deployment speeds that are comparable to public cloud provisioning
  • Control over physical infrastructure location, isolated hardware, and policies to meet data sovereignty and security requirements
  • Minimal responsibility for operating the physical infrastructure and operational aspects such as cloud software upgrades, driver updates, scale out management, etc.

LeaseWeb Launches Flat Fee Private Cloud in Frankfurt

Amsterdam-based LeaseWeb, one of the world’s largest hosting brands, introduced a private cloud hosting platform powered by Apache CloudStack and served from its data center in Frankfurt, Germany.

The service offers flat fee user access to dedicated pools of cloud resources and meeting compliance and data-integrity requirements for Germany. The service is based on CloudStack open source technology and allow users to create and manage multiple instances, and assign dedicated cloud resources such as dedicated cores, RAM storage, virtual networks, firewalls, and load balancers. The company offers similar flat-fee, private cloud resource in its home market in Holland and in the U.S.
The three private cloud platforms are wholly independent from each other.

http://www.leaseweb.com


  • In 2010, LeaseWeb acquired the German hosting provider Netdirekt.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Intel to Acquire LSI's Axxia Networking Business from Avago

Intel to acquire LSI's Axxia Networking Business and related assets for $650 million in cash from Avago Technologies.

The Axxia Networking Business generated revenues of $113 million in calendar 2013 and employs approximately 650 people.

The sale follows Avago Technologies acquisition of LSI earlier this year in a deal valued at $6.6 billion

http://www.avagotech.com/

In November 2013, LSI announced first commercial delivery of its Axxia 4500 family of communication processors for enterprise and data center networking applications such as evolving application aware networking.

LSI's Axxia 4500, which is the company's first ARM technology-based communication processor, features a new "StreamSight" next-generation Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) engine that provides improved Software-Defined Networks (SDN) controller traffic inspection, efficiency of network management, QoS, security and other network functions. The Axxia 4500 processors combine LSI's acceleration engines with up to four ARM Cortex-A15 cores with a CoreLink CCN-504 coherent, QoS aware interconnect in 28nm process technology. The processors also include up to 100 Gbps of L2 switching functionality.

The company said that by combining its Ethernet switches, networking accelerators and "Virtual Pipeline" technology with power-efficient ARM cores, its new Axxia 4500 can address the performance challenges facing next-generation networks. Customers using the Axxia 4500 are able to solve the control plane scalability challenges of SDN and extract the necessary information required to enable Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) implementations without burdening the server processor.

In 2013, LSI introduced its ARM-based family of Axxia 5500 processors designed for multi-radio LTE base stations, cell site routers, gateways and mobile backhaul equipment.

The new processors combine up to 16 ARM Cortex-A15 cores with LSI specialized networking accelerators to optimize performance and power efficiency.  On-chip network accelerators deliver up to 50 Gbps packet processing, 20 Gbps security processing and 160 Gbps of Ethernet switching via 16 10G Ethernet interfaces. LSI plans to offer several versions with different core counts and throughput capabilities.  The chip design leverages ARM’s CoreLink CCN-504 low-latency interconnect in 28nm process technology.

LSI said its combination of networking expertise, specialized acceleration engines and Virtual Pipeline technology with ARM’s power-efficient processors and interconnect IP delivers communication processors that are uniquely suited for building intelligent, heterogeneous networks.

Anite Achieves 300 Mbps LTE-A with 3 Carrier Aggregation

Anite, which develops wireless equipment testing technology, has achieved a peak data rate of 300 Mbps with 40 MHz bandwidth using three Component Carrier Aggregation ("3 CC CA").

Three carriers with downlink bandwidths of 20 MHz, 10 MHz and 10 MHz were used to achieve the 300 Mbps (Category 6) on Anite's Development Toolset.  Anite said the milestone was achieved in collaboration with a leading mobile chipset manufacturer.

Anite expects that aggregation of three Component Carriers - with 20 MHz bandwidth each - will achieve downlink data rates to end-users of up to 450 Mbps.

"The 3 CC CA achievement underlines how Anite's collaborative relationships with key industry players and its advanced technology roadmap accelerate the development of LTE-A CA chipsets and devices," says Paul Beaver, Products Director at Anite.

http://www.anite.com

DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 Reaches Orbit with .31m Resolution

WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe's sixth and most advanced super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite, was successfully launched into orbit aboard a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

WorldView-3 will collect super-spectral imagery at 0.31 meter resolution -- delivering 5 times the clarity of the company's nearest competitor. In addition, WorldView-3 will offer the most spectral diversity available commercially and will be the first to offer multiple shortwave infrared (SWIR) bands that allow for accurate imaging through haze, fog, dust, smoke and other air-born particulates.

WorldView-3 is aalso the first satellite to offer CAVIS, a cloud, aerosol, water vapor, ice and snow atmospheric correction instrument, which monitors the atmosphere and corrects data for an unprecedented level of consistency.

The satellite and atmospheric monitoring instrument called CAVIS were built by Ball Aerospace. Exelis (NYSE: XLS) built the integrated, super-spectral payload consisting of a telescope, sensor and shortwave infrared system.

"The successful launch of WorldView-3 extends DigitalGlobe's commanding technological lead and will enable us to help our customers see through smoke, peer beneath the ocean's surface and determine the mineral and moisture content of the earth below -- all with unprecedented clarity," said Jeffrey R. Tarr, Chief Executive Officer of DigitalGlobe. "We'd like to thank our customers, partners, team members and investors for their support in bringing to the world the new capabilities made possible with this success."

http://WorldView3.DigitalGlobe.com

Nike Picks Juniper for Next Gen Data Center

Nike has selected Juniper Networks' MetaFabric architecture to build a new, highly-scalable, next-generation data center cloud and retail network infrastructure. Additionally, MetaFabric will serve as the basis for virtualizing multiple NIKE data centers around the world.

Specifically, Juniper said it will work with Nike to provide:

  • A carrier-class, ultra-scalable, secure network architecture, providing a foundation upon which to virtualize multiple NIKE data centers globally.
  • Advanced orchestration via automation, management, and data analytics across all domains
  • Co-creation on future developments for NIKE’s network.

“Enterprises are re-engineering their business models in light of changing customer behavior and emerging technologies. Managing this transformation requires an intelligent and comprehensive, High-IQ network infrastructure that seamlessly adapts to business demands. It also requires building private clouds that deliver applications with high performance and agility. Juniper’s technologies enable customers to realize the benefits of carrier-class, ultra-scalable cloud data center solutions that are virtualized, secure and flexible enough to accommodate the performance demands of their clients anywhere, anytime,” stated Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer, Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net

Juniper Intros EX4600 Ethernet Enterprise Switches

Juniper Networks introduced its new line of EX4600 Ethernet switches for enterprise campus networks.

The EX4600 line offers scalable 10/40GbE connectivity with support for Juniper's Virtual Chassis technology, which enables up to 10 interconnected switches to operate as a single, logical device with one IP address. When managed by Junos Space Network Director, the entire campus and data center network can be managed with a common interface through a single pane of glass.

The EX4600 line offers Layer 2 and Layer 3 features, provides In-Service Software Update (ISSU) capabilities,
and includes a number of high availability features such as active and backup routing engines, graceful failover, ISSU capabilities and quality of service (QoS) to prioritize time-sensitive data.

"Juniper has built its new EX4600 switches on the design principles of our new Open Converged Framework for the cloud-enabled campus -- an open architecture that embraces third party solutions, provides a virtualized and programmable platform to enable network function convergence with a plug-and-play design that seamlessly scales as campus cloud requirements demand," stated Mike Marcellin, senior vice president strategy and marketing, Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net
http://www.juniper.net/us/en/products-services/switching/ex-series/

Hexatronic Scandinavia Acquires Proximion

Hexatronic Scandinavia AB, a supplier of optical communication products based in Gothenburg, Sweden, has acquired  all of the shares of Proximion AB.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Proximion, which is based in Kista, Sweden, supplies optical modules and sub-systems based on Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) technology. Its portfolio ranges from single channel, dispersion compensation modules to complex continuous band modules which are used to eliminate the residual dispersion in Submarine Networks or to enable powerful and cost effective dispersion compensation in coherent systems.

http://www.proximion.com/

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cisco Hits Revenue of $12.4 billion -- Flat Year over Year

Cisco reported quarterly revenue of $12.4 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.2 billion or $0.43 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.8 billion or $0.55 per share for the period ended July 26, 2014. The earnings came in slightly ahead of market expectations.  The company also announced plans to reallocate or trim some 6,000 jobs in the coming quarters.

"We are executing well in a tough environment and delivered our best non-GAAP earnings per share quarter in our history. I'm pleased with how we are transforming our company over the past several years and that journey continues," stated John Chambers, Cisco chairman and chief executive officer. "We are focused on growth, innovation and talent, especially in the areas of security, data center, software, cloud and internet of everything. Our strategy is sound, our financials are strong, and our market leadership is secure. We have the team in place to deliver and are uniquely positioned to help our customers solve their biggest business problems."

Some highlights from the quarterly conference call:

  • FY’14 revenue amounted to $47.1 billion
  • U.S. orders grew 5% y/y, UK grew 6% y/y, and Germany grew 16% y/y.  However, emerging markets were weak.
  • Cisco cited strong traction for its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) initiative, saying it is now shipping its APIC and has over 60 paying customers.  The Nexus Nexus 9K is doing well -- customers tripled to more than 580 since end of Q3.
  • Data Center revenue grew 30% y/y.  The Cisco UCS product line now has more than 36,500 customers and has recorded 18th consecutive quarters of market share gains.
  • NCS 6000 and CRS-X continued to ramp…each product crossing $100M orders for FY1

http://investor.cisco.com/eventdetail.cfm?EventID=148280

Global Routing Table Crosses 512,000 Entries

The global routing table has passed the milestone of 512,000 routes.  The table reached 256k routes in 2008.

The milestone is significant because exceeding 512,000 entries could cause Ternary Content Addressable Memory (TCAM) resource exhaustion for some networking products. In a blog posting, Cisco warned network administrators to check that networking equipment is updated for handling routing tables exceeding 512,000 routes. For its portfolio, equipment that needs to be checked includes:

  • Cisco Catalyst 6500 Switches
  • Cisco 7600 Series Routers
  • Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers configured with Trident-based line cards (typhoon-based line cards are not affected)
  • Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers with 4GB (devices with 8GB or RAM or higher can scale to up to 1,000,000 routes).


http://blogs.cisco.com/sp/global-internet-routing-table-reaches-512k-milestone/