Saturday, September 20, 2014

Broadband Forum and NFV ISG (ETSI) Team on Interoperability

The Broadband Forum and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s (ETSI) Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV ISG) are collaborating on a consistent approach and common architecture for the infrastructure needed to support virtualized network functions.

After meeting with ETSI’s NFV ISG in July of this year, the Broadband Forum will help bring NFV solutions and related technologies into operation and help make them the mainstay of the networking industry.

Dr. Steven Wright, Chairman, ETSI NFV ISG, said: “Working with organizations such as the Broadband Forum sends a strong message that we want to promote implementation and interoperability of NFV technologies through collaboration with partner organizations. A lot of valuable work is already making NFV a reality, however with the Forum’s support, we will continue to develop the NFV ecosystem.”

“The pace of development in NFV has been astonishing so, by supporting and working together with ETSI’s NFV ISG, which is at the heart of NFV developments, we can continue to develop further guidance and detailed specifications for the industry,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the
Broadband Forum.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Coriant Upgrades its 6350 Switch Node

Coriant announced a capacity upgrade to its 6350 Switch Node, which is a high-capacity multiservice transport platform designed for efficient transport of diverse traffic in metro-edge networking applications. This new feature release quadruples the switch matrix (400G, high order/80G low order) and service interface capacity (2.5G/10G).

The 6350 Switch Node utilizes SDH and Ethernet switching, along with low-order grooming capabilities to enable efficient transport of end-user business services, mobile backhaul and IP offload traffic. Key features of the multiservice platform include seamless scalability and low latency when Ethernet is mapped into SDH and OTN, facilitating integration into OTN transport networks.

Coriant said the quadruple capacity increase of the 6350 Switch Node allows customers to replace multiple nodes with one 6350, on a single shelf. As a result, OpEx is reduced and operators are able to offer new revenue-generating broadband services.

Comtek Acquires Remaining Assets of Sorrento

Comtek, a pan-European aftermarket supplier to the telecoms industry, has acquired all the intellectual property rights (IPR) and trademarks belonging to Sorrento Networks.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Prior to January 2014, Sorrento Networks specialised in developing optical access solutions, offering CWDM, DWDM and ROADM products.  

"We are thrilled with the acquisition of Sorrento Networks' IPR and trademarks," said John Freebairn, group director and vice president of business development at Comtek, and former Nortel MD.  "Sorrento Networks' solutions underpin the network operations of some of the world's largest carriers, service providers, enterprises and data centre services providers across the world.  At Comtek, we have spent years repairing and servicing this equipment, putting us in a great position to meet the needs of Sorrento Networks' customers now, and to develop the technology they will need in the future."

"Until now, Sorrento Networks' customers have been in a state of flux, with no vendor to service their existing telecoms infrastructure," remarked Askar Sheibani, CEO and founder of Comtek.  "We have a history of giving customers a viable alternative to rip-and-replace when their supplier has folded, and we intend to use the unrivalled expertise of our engineering team to ensure this isn't the only option available to Sorrento Networks' customers.  The acquisition represents yet another chapter for Comtek in extending the lifespan of telecoms infrastructures, protecting customers' investments and eliminating the threat of having to overhaul entire networks."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Infinera Debuts its Cloud Xpress for the Metro Cloud

Infinera is expanding its reach from the long-haul, optical transport core to the metro and cloud data center interconnect space with the introduction of its Cloud Xpress family of metro optical platforms.

The Cloud Xpress is a compact, high-density, optical system optimized for the transport network that interconnects multiple data centers within a metro area. It leverages existing Infinera technologies, including its Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and super-channel aggregation, to provide massive bandwidth in a form factor that data center operators can rack-n-stack and easily integrate into their operations.

In a press event in Santa Clara, California, Infinera predicted that hyper-scale cloud operators now building data centers packed with hundreds of thousands of servers, will soon need vast numbers of 100G connections between their metro data centers.  The Cloud Xpress aims to provide point-to-point hyper-scale bandwidth over distances of up to 200km without amplification.  On the client side, it supports 10GbE, 40GbE, 100GbE interfaces and on the line side its offers 500 Gbps WDM super-channels. It can be managed with a wide range of tools: CLI, the Infinera Network Management System—DNA as well as an API-driven SDN control.  The Cloud Xpress is currently in customer trials and commercial release is expected in December 2014.

Infinera said the key benefits of its Cloud Xpress for the metro cloud include:
  • Hyper-scale Density – The Cloud Xpress delivers one terabit per second (Tb/s) of input and output capacity in just two rack units (RU).  This means a single 42 RU rack can support an industry leading 21 Tbps of input and output capacity.
  • Simplified Operations – The Cloud Xpress is designed with a rack-and-stack form factor and a new software approach that will enable it to plug into existing cloud provisioning systems using open SDN APIs. By offering an experience similar to the server and storage infrastructure currently deployed in the cloud, the Cloud Xpress enables smooth integration into existing operational processes enabling cloud providers to scale quickly, reduce human errors and lower operational costs.
  • Lowest Power – The Cloud Xpress consumes half as much power as the current leader of the market for comparably-sized metro cloud solutions.

“The introduction of the Cloud Xpress for the metro cloud shows that Infinera is again bringing the right 100 Gb/s solution to market at the right time, marking our initial entry into the rapidly growing metro transport market with a unique solution for cloud data center interconnection,” said Tom Fallon, chief executive officer at Infinera. “At the same time, the introduction of the Infinera PXM underscores our continued investment in the long-haul market and our core business of building Intelligent Transport Networks for service providers around the world.”

Infinera also announced upgrades to the Infinera DTN-X packet optical network transport platform with the Packet Switching Module (PXM) for Carrier Ethernet and MPLS.  The PXM enables service providers to reduce the number of expensive router ports required to offer a portfolio of services based on Carrier Ethernet and MPLS.  The Infinera PXM solution is planned for general availability in the first quarter of 2015.

Blueprint: Carriers Set Their Sights on 1Gbps Rollouts with

By Kourosh Amiri, VP Marketing, Ikanos, Inc.

Demand for high-speed broadband access by consumers has never been more intense than it is today.  Rapidly increasing numbers of connected devices inside the home and the adoption of higher-resolution (4K and 8K) television are just the tip of the iceberg.  Home automation, remote patient monitoring, and multi-player gaming – among countless other applications – are contributing to an Internet of Things phenomenon that promises to drive bandwidth demands through the roof.

And carriers and ISPs are lining up to get a share of the prize, wondering how their current broadband technologies can evolve to meet the increasing demand.  In the case of telcos, for example, even with the potential of vectored VDSL2 to deliver aggregate bandwidths of up to 300 Mbps to consumers, competitive pressure continues to mount to deliver quantum increases in bandwidth.  To that end,, with its promise of up to 1Gbps service to each household, could roll out in initial trials in as little as 12-18 months., a concept proposed in 2012 and achieving consent by the ITU-T standard body in December 2013, represents the next performance node in the evolution of xDSL. is defined to support up to 1Gbps over short (i.e., less than 100 meter) copper loops, and is designed to address gigabit broadband connectivity on hybrid fiber-copper carrier networks.  Service deployments are targeted from fiber-fed equipment located at a distribution point, such as a telephone pole, a pedestal, or inside an MDU (Multi-Dwelling Unit), serving customers on drop wires that span a distance of up to 100 meters. – in the same way as existing ADSL and VDSL – takes advantage of fiber already deployed to cabinets or other nodes.  The proliferation of will come as service providers push fiber closer to homes, where a single distribution point will serve, typically, from 8 to 16 homes.

Why the interest in  Even with vectored VDSL2’s ability to deliver hundreds of Mbps for Fiber to the Node (FTTN) applications (150Mbps aggregate performance on a 500-meter loop length demonstrated in many carrier lab  trials worldwide by Ikanos, and 300Mbps for shorter loops), the explosion in the number of devices per home and new services and applications is expected to drive strong interest in accelerating FTTdp with to market.  And, for carriers, the need to spur adoption of by their subscribers will play a lead role, keeping them in lockstep with competing services over cable and FTTH in the race to 1Gbps residential broadband connectivity.
Fortunately, much of the work in preparing the standard has already been completed, and chip suppliers have the consent of the ITU-T to start the development of chips, with some already making public announcements about their upcoming products.  (For example, Ikanos in October 2013 announced an architecture and development platform for

The infrastructure for is a variant of the infrastructure for VDSL2.  The primary difference is in the length of the copper pair that enters the residence. will require shorter copper loops than those used with VDSL2 in order to accommodate the desired gigabit performance.  That, in turn, means that service providers must drive fiber closer to homes. In addition, carriers will need to ensure that the media converters at each distribution point will be backward-compatible with VDSL2.  Why?  To enable customers not yet subscribing to service (when it becomes available) to continue to receive VDSL2 service through transceivers in the network. This is a critical requirement for carriers looking to offer new services to their existing subscriber base.  And it is a practical consideration, as not all subscribers will choose to upgrade to these new services at the same time.  Without this VDSL2 backward-compatibility feature (also known as VDSL2 fallback), this transition to new services may end up creating many problems for carriers, including additional CAPEX and service disruptions.

As the adoption of nears, customer pre-qualification and self-installation are needed to ensure a smooth, cost-effective migration to  Existing customers may be able to leverage new ADSL2 or VDSL2 CPE (or a software upgrade to their existing CPE) with advanced diagnostics to pre-qualify the line for service. Those diagnostics would be used to qualify the copper pair, check for RF noise, and advise whether any line conditioning actions would be required when installing the DPU.  What’s more, carriers expect that deployments will take place with virtually “no touch” installation and provisioning, setting the stage for more rapid adoption of the technology.

With the standard expected to be fully ratified later this year, and while deployment costs are still a matter of conjecture, and will potentially vary by geography, carrier, and specific network topologies, expectations are that they will undercut the costs of FTTH significantly.  And, with the current uncertainties in service providers’ plans and timing for broad rollouts of FTTH, the future for looks bright.

About the Author
Kourosh Amiri has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He has been responsible for the successful introduction of products targeting a range of applications in the networking, communications, and consumer segments. He joined Ikanos on February 2013 to lead the company’s global marketing and product strategy.Amiri was previously with Cavium, where he led marketing and business development for its emerging media processor group, and drove the strategy for turning Cavium into a leading supplier of wireless display media processors in multiple market segments, including smartphones and PC accessories. Prior to joining Cavium, Amiri held senior marketing and business development roles at Freescale and several venture-backed semiconductor start-ups, addressing a wide range of networking and media processing applications. Amiri has an MSEE from Stanford University and a BSEE from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

About Ikanos

Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:IKAN) is a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home. The company’s broadband DSL, communications processors and other offerings power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world’s leading network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit

Telefónica Tests Cisco's Evolved Programmable Network

Cisco and Telefónica announced a collaboration focused on converged IP and optical networks. Specifically, Telefónica will be testing the Cisco Open Network Architecture, comprised of the Evolved Services Platform (ESP) and Evolved Programmable Network (EPN), which combine both hardware and software.  These capabilities include virtual network functions, software-defined networking (SDN) and advanced orchestration.

Some key points of the agreement:

  • Over the next two years, Cisco and Telefónica will be jointly using the Cisco WAN Automation Engine software, which automates and optimizes the engineering of the WAN network, provisioning flexible SLAs (Service Level Agreements) and ultimately, creating a better user experience.  
  • Telefónica and Cisco will collaborate on different use cases extracted from the Telefónica network topology, including multilayer restoration, the creation of a multidomain route and a multilevel by-pass, all of this with a multi-vendor approach in order to guarantee compatibility between products from different manufacturers.
  • The tests will be based on various hardware solutions from Cisco and other vendors that are widely used in the market. Cisco gears included such as Cisco CRS Series routers and transport platform Cisco Network Convergence System 2000.
  • The testing platform with also be using Cisco nLight, which is multilayer control technology (GMPLS, Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching) facilitating the exchange of information between the IP and optical layers to optimize operations and maximize the benefits of a convergent transport network.
  • Telefónica will be validating models which help minimize investment cost (by means of redundant and underutilized resources) and to achieve a unified network architecture that is more efficient, less complex and easier to upscale, downscale and operate, enabling it to obtain significant savings in operating and capital costs.

 "Architectural approaches based on network layers that are constructed and run independently generate inefficiencies of scale, provision and operation that must be resolved as soon as possible. What we need is an innovative focus capable of creating an optimally convergent transport infrastructure, and that's what we, along with Telefónica, are trying to provide leveraging SDN technology benefits,” stated Bill Gartner, Vice President of Optical Networking Group at Cisco.

In February 2014, Cisco introduced an Evolved Services Platform (ESP) for Service Providers that leverages its software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) offerings.

The Cisco ESP is a unified virtualization and orchestration software platform that creates, automates and provisions services in real time, across compute, storage and network functions, to deliver desired business outcomes for applications running across multiple domains.

Cisco said the primary characteristics of this virtualization and orchestration software platform are:

  • Open: Cisco ESP is multi-vendor and based on open standards and incorporating Openstack and Open Daylight (SDN) protocol suite, it is fully compliant with ETSI NFV MANO, 3GPP and more. With interoperation of third-party software, Cisco ESP works with Cisco’s virtual functions and with other vendors’ functions and applications such as Metaswitch Networks and Openwave Mobility.
  • Extensible: Cisco ESP offers the most comprehensive broad set of capabilities with more on the way and spanning across the entire service provider architecture – cloud, video, mobile and fixed – to provide service providers greater means to optimize their networks or create, automate the creation of new services as the business needs dictate.
  • Elastic: Cisco ESP allows service providers to seamlessly and dynamically scale their existing services while also dramatically accelerating deployment of new services and network functions. Resources are harnessed in an automated way when and where they are needed to enable providers deliver “On Demand” offerings at web speed.

Ericsson Exits LTE Modem Business

Ericsson announced its decision to discontinue further development of LTE modems and shift these resources to radio network R&D, including small cells.  Since taking over the modem business of the discontinued ST-Ericsson venture last year, Ericsson said market dynamics have shifted and price erosion has occurred. As a result, it no longer makes sense to continue in this space.

Ericsson's modem business has 1,582 employees distributed across the following main sites: Sweden (689), India (235), Germany (216), China (206), Finland (122).

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson said: "We have concluded the first phase of the modems strategy by successfully delivering the Ericsson M7450 modem. However, given the modem market dynamics and the development in small cells and indoor coverage markets, we believe resource re-allocation is more beneficial for the Ericsson Group and our customers overall."

However, the company will deliver commercially available Ericsson M7450 modem as planned.

In August 2013, Ericsson and STMicroelectronics completed the previously announced break-up of their joint venture, ST-Ericsson.

Effective August 2, 2013 Ericsson took over the design, development and sales of the LTE multimode thin modem solutions, including 2G, 3G and 4G interoperability. In total, approximately 1,800 employees and contractors joined Ericsson at the time.

ST has taken on the existing ST-Ericsson products, other than LTE multimode thin modems, and the GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) connectivity solution sold to a third party, and related business as well as certain assembly and test facilities. In total, approximately 1,000 employees have joined STMicroelectronics.

Cisco to Acquire Memoir Systems for ASIC Design Expertise

Cisco agreed to acquire Memoir Systems, a start-up developing semiconductor memory intellectual property (IP) and tools that enable ASIC vendors to build programmable network switches with increasing speeds.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Memoir Systems, which is based in Santa Clara, California with offices in Armenia and India, pioneered a new approach to develop new memories for switching ASICs.  The company claims its Algorithmic Memory innovations can increase the performance of existing memory macros by up to 10X more Memory Operations Per Second (MOPS). Its Renaissance family of products provides drop-in replacements for existing embedded memories.

  • Memoir Systems was founded in 2009 by Sundar Iyer and Da Chuang. Iyer co-founded Nemo Systems, where he was the CTO and Principal Architect. Nemo (acquired by Cisco Systems in '05), also specialized in memory algorithms. Chuang was a founding member of Abrizio Systems (a terabit switch fabric company acquired by PMC-Sierra in Aug ’99), and has past experience at both Nvidia and Adaptec. Prior to founding Memoir Systems, Chuang co-led the network memory group at Cisco Systems, where he helped architect and build multiple generations of high performance memory sub-systems for Cisco's Enterprise and Data Center Ethernet products.

Qualcomm Releases LTE Broadcast SDK

Qualcomm Technologies releases an LTE Broadcast Software Development Kit (SDK) to help software developers create applications that harness the unique benefits of LTE Broadcast connectivity and content delivery on LTE Broadcast capable devices featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Qualcomm  is providing a common application protocol interface (API) that can be used in all regions around the world that are trialing, testing or deploying LTE Broadcast.  The LTE Broadcast SDK is the first development tool for LTE Broadcast in the mobile industry published for general availability and has been tested with multiple operators, OEMs, and application developers worldwide.

“LTE Broadcast will fundamentally transform the way we experience and interact with live content,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The availability of our LTE Broadcast SDK will provide developers with the tools to innovate and create applications and services that will enable LTE Broadcast technology to reach its full potential. With a common API, the expansion of LTE Broadcast-

The LTE Broadcast SDK is available now through the Qualcomm Developer Network.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Qwilt: iOS 8 Update Causes Big Spike in Network Traffic

Qwilt, a provider of online video delivery and analytics solutions, published data showing a huge spike in Internet traffic due to Apple's release of iOS 8 on Wednesday.  iOS 8 weighs in at 1.3GB (compared to 750 MB for iOS 7) and over the coming days is expected to be installed by hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads worldwide.

Qwilt has been tracking the effects of iOS 8 in networks where its transparent caching solutions are deployed.

Daily media traffic across ISP network that Qwilt monitors was 50% higher than normal daily peaks, as of 4pm PT on Weds, September 17th.  In France at midnight local time, Apple was the No.1 source of Internet traffic, while in the U.S. Apple ranked No.2 behind Netflix at 6pm local time.

Qwilt says it is able to cache 90% of iOS 8 download traffic for its ISP customers.

Cisco to Acquire Metacloud for OpenStack-as-a-Service

Cisco plans to acquire Metacloud, a start-up with a unique OpenStack-as-a-Service model that delivers and remotely operates production-ready private clouds in a customer’s data center. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Metacloud, which is based in Pasadena, California, uses its software management platform to deploy and operate private clouds for global organizations. Metacloud OpenStack delivers a full public cloud experience, but in a private environment that could be the client's owndata center, a colocation facility, or one of the Metacloud hosting facilities. Remote dashboard capabilities are included.

Cisco said Metacloud’s OpenStack-based cloud platform will accelerate its own strategy to build the world's largest global Intercloud, a network of clouds, together with key partners to address customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything.  Cisco's Cloud Services architecture also uses OpenStack open source software for building private and public clouds.

“Cloud computing has dramatically changed the IT landscape. To enable greater business agility and lower costs, organizations are shifting from an on-premise IT structure to hybrid IT – a mix of private cloud, public cloud, and on-premise applications,” said Hilton Romanski, senior vice president, Cisco Corporate Development. “The resulting silos present a challenge to IT administrators, as choice, visibility, data sovereignty and protection in this world of many clouds requires an open platform. We believe Metacloud’s technology will play a critical role in enabling our customers to experience a seamless journey to a new world of many clouds, providing choice, flexibility, and data governance.”

Upon completion of the acquisition, Metacloud employees will join Cisco’s Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services organization led by Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president.

  • Metacloud was founded by Sean Lynch (previously Sr. Vice President of Technology Operations at Ticketmaster Entertainment) and Steve Curry (who previously managed global storage operations at Yahoo!).

  • In March 2014, Cisco announced plans to build "the world’s largest global Intercloud" – a network of clouds – together with a set of partners.  The idea is to leverage a distributed network and security architecture designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, “near infinite” scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws. Cisco's open Intercloud promises APIs for rapid application development and a new enterprise-class portfolio of cloud IT services for businesses, service providers and resellers. It will support OpenStack and multiple hypervisors. It will also leverage Cisco's recently announced Application Centric Infrastructure. Cisco plans to invest over $1 billion to build its expanded cloud business over the next two years following a "partner-centric" business model.  The Cisco Intercloud will be hosted across a global network of Cisco data centers and partner data centers. It will offer value-added application- and network-centric cloud services to accelerate the Internet of Everything.

  • In May 2014, Cisco announced partnerships with Dimension Data (part of NTT, Sungard Availability Services and Telstra to extend its vision of the Intercloud.  The partners will align their public cloud infrastructure to the Cisco Cloud architecture and deliver Cisco Cloud services to customers and resellers. Cisco's open Intercloud allows local hosting and local provider options that enable data sovereignty. The hybrid cloud capabilities that differentiate the Cisco Cloud are built upon the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Intercloud Fabric technologies.

Carriers and Vendors Conduct Transport SDN Testing

Nine vendors and several global are planning to conduct an interoperability test and demonstration of Transport SDN.

The demo, which is organized by the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), includes participation of ADVA Optical Networking, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Coriant, Fiberhome, Fujitsu, Huawei, NEC Corporation of America and ZTE. China Mobile, China Telecom, TELUS and Verizon are hosting the testing in their labs.

OpenFlow extensions developed in the ONF Optical Transport Working Group are being prototyped and tested in the demo in both CDPI and CVNI forms. Vendors are also testing prototypes of Controller Northbound interfaces for Service Request and Topology functions developed as an OIF activity. The framework of the demo is cloud-bursting or application-based bandwidth-on-demand between data center sites. Testing based on this real-world use case illustrates potential deployment of Transport SDN technology, common interfaces required, needs for interoperability and any operational challenges.

Results will be shared in October in a whitepaper and at the Layer123 SDN and OpenFlow World Congress.

“The ability to bring vendors into carrier labs to test prototype technology provides unparalleled opportunity for industry-wide collaboration,” said Vishnu Shukla of Verizon and president of the OIF.  “This joint work is an initial step in solving the practical issues of implementing transport SDN in commercial networks with the shared goal to make transport networks more programmable in order to enable a new era of dynamic services.”

“We are pleased to join forces with the OIF to demonstrate OpenFlow-based transport SDN capabilities for and with the world’s leading operators,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of ONF. “ONF is committed to combined efforts like this to achieve interoperability and widespread adoption of open SDN in the service provider community and beyond.”

SK Broadband Plans UHD 4K VOD with Set Top Boxes powered by Broadcom

SK Broadband is preparing to launch an Ultra High-Definition (UHD) 4K video on demand service in South Korea later this month.  The service will use an Ultra HD set-top box powered by Broadcom's Ultra high-definition (HD) system-on-chip (SoC) technology.

SK Broadband's B UHD tv STB delivers striking 60 frame-per-second (fps) video with vivid 10-bit color to the newest generation of high contrast ratio 4K TVs. High quality graphics and picture-in-picture (PIP) capabilities allow consumers to further optimize the Ultra HD viewing and user experience.

Broadcom said its advanced HEVC decoder substantially reduces the bandwidth required for Ultra HD content transmission over fiber, DSL or cable networks.

"Our HEVC-enabled chips are a key enabler in the reliable delivery of Ultra HD content to viewers' homes whether via over-the-air broadcasts, pay TV or OTT and we're very pleased that SK Broadband is launching their services with our BCM7252 SoC," said Dan Marotta, Broadcom Executive Vice President and General Manager, Broadband & Connectivity Group. "We see particularly strong adoption in Korea and SK Broadband is clearly demonstrating they have prepared for this next generation viewing experience in response to customer demand."

Key Features of the Broadcom BCM7252 Ultra HD SoC:

  • High-performance dual-core Brahma15 10000 DMIP CPU
  • 2180p60, quad 1080p60 HEVC decode, dual HD AVC encode
  • Integrated high-performance connectivity peripherals, including USB 3.0, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet
  • High Performance DDR3/DDR4 system memory interface
  • Enables more efficient operator content delivery for increased footprint, higher resolution or additional channels

Rackspace Names New CEO, Drops Company Sale Evaluation

Rackspace formally ended its evaluation process under which it was looking for a potential acquirer of the company. In doing so, the company declared its commitment to remain an independent provider of managed cloud services.

Rackspace also announced the appointment of Taylor Rhodes as CEO to lead and drive its managed cloud strategy. Rhodes is a Rackspace veteran who has served in a variety of leadership positions within the company since 2007, including several roles directly responsible for delivering Rackspace’s renowned Fanatical Support® to customers globally. He retains his previous role as president.

Rackspace co-founder, Graham Weston, who has served as CEO and chairman since February, now is non-executive chairman of the board.

“We ran a thorough process under the direction of our board of directors, independent advisors, and a Strategic Transaction Committee of the Board,” said Graham Weston, Rackspace co-founder and chairman. “In this process we talked to a diverse group of interested parties and entertained different proposals. None of these proposals were deemed to have as much value as the expected value of our standalone plan. We concluded that the company is best positioned to drive value for shareholders, customers and Rackers through the continued execution of its strategic plan to capitalize on the growing market opportunity for managed cloud services.”

VMware Updates its Software-Defined Data Center Portfolio

VMware released a series of updates to its product set targeting data centers.  The new releases include:

VMware NSX 6.1 -- several additions such as further advancement of network micro-segmentation capabilities, scale-out NSX Edge (equal cost multi-path routing), enhancements to VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.1 integration, and improved hybrid cloud connectivity.

VMware vCloud Suite 5.8  -- adds new policy-based provisioning capabilities and integrations that enable organizations to add disaster recovery services via VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8 as well as enhanced networking and security services to their applications and infrastructure. Learn more here.

VMware vRealize Operations Insight -- a new integrated offering that delivers performance management, capacity optimization, and real-time log analytics as an add-on solution to VMware vSphere with Operations Management. Learn more here.

VMware vRealize Suite 6 -- a new cloud management platform that combines the capabilities of VMware's existing cloud automation, cloud operations and cloud business management solutions into a single offering.

VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8 -- introduces enhanced support for business-critical applications, augmented replication capabilities as well as customizable proxies and backup work streams to protect VMware vSphere environments.

VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office -- a new solution using VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2 that enables organizations with multiple sites seeking to take advantage of virtualization to rapidly provision servers, minimize of host configuration drift, and enhance visibility into regulatory compliance.

Spirent Acquires Mobilethink for MDM Expertise

Spirent Communications has acquired Mobilethink A/S and its wholly owned subsidiary, Tweakker, for US$20 million in cash.

Headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Mobilethink is a provider of mobile device management, device analytics and intelligence solutions for mobile operators. Tweakker is a cloud-based mobile device configuration solution specifically targeted at Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).  The solutions allow operators to correctly detect mobile devices, configure them for data usage, analyze device population trends, and run marketing campaigns with the goal of increasing average revenue per user (ARPU).

Eric Hutchinson, CEO of Spirent commented: “Hosted and cloud-enabled device intelligence solutions give operators and MVNOs the ability to significantly improve subscriber’s service experience. The acquisition of Mobilethink combined with Spirent’s extensive portfolio of mobile device performance and customer experience management solutions will help drive our overall growth with additional recurring revenue potential.”
“Mobilethink has been part of the Mobile Device Management (MDM) market for over a decade and the core of the business is about enabling mobile operators of all types to seamlessly deliver services to their customers,” said Lars Houbak, CEO of Mobilethink. “Mobilethink along with Tweakker will provide Spirent customers a more comprehensive and intuitive way to better manage and improve the subscriber’s device experience.”

IEEE Publishes 802.19.1 Standard for TV White Spaces

IEEE released its 802.19.1 “Standard for TV White Space (TVWS) Coexistence Methods”.

IEEE 802.19.1 specifies radio technology independent methods for coexistence among dissimilar or independently operated wireless networks operating in TVWS. The standard is also intended to do the following:

  • Leverage the cognitive radio capabilities of the TVWS devices, including geolocation awareness and access to information databases;
  • Specify a coexistence discovery and information server, which gathers and provides coexistence information regarding TVWS networks;
  • Specify a coexistence manager, which utilizes the information from the coexistence server in order to enhance the coexistence of the TVWS networks; and
  • Define common coexistence architecture and protocols, as well as several profiles to enable cost-efficient and flexible deployment of the coexistence system in various scenarios.

“The IEEE 802.19.1 standard enables the family of IEEE 802® wireless standards to effectively utilize the TV white space,” said Steve Shellhammer, chair of the IEEE 802.19™ Wireless Coexistence Working Group. “This is accomplished by providing standardized coexistence methods among dissimilar or independently operated TVWS networks. The TVWS is made up of vacant frequencies made available for unlicensed use and provides good RF propagation characteristics for unlicensed wireless communications. The IEEE 802.19.1 standard is intended to help achieve fair and efficient spectrum sharing.”

PMC Delivers 16-port SAS Controllers for Hyperscale Servers

PMC-Sierra announced commercial shipment of the first 16-port 12Gb/s SAS and 16-port 6Gb/s SATA I/O controllers designed for data center servers used in hyperscale deployments, such as Open Compute, Windows Cloud Servers, OpenStack and Project Scorpio.

The data center I/O product line supports the PCI Express 3.0 specification and includes the following devices:

16-port 12Gb/s SAS I/O controller: PM8076
8-port 12Gb/s SAS I/O controller: PM8074
16-port 6Gb/s SATA I/O controller: PM8006

“The diversity of customized solutions that hyperscale data centers are deploying and the demanding density, power and cost requirements present significant challenges to our OEM and ODM customers,” said Pete Hazen, vice president of the Data Center & Server Group at PMC. “PMC’s I/O controllers are designed to address these challenges. It’s the only solution that enables a three-in-one design, and our higher port count and lower power give our customers the advantage they need in this competitive market segment.”