Monday, September 22, 2014

China Telecom Tests Huawei's Virtual Customer Premises Equipment

China Telecom Corporation Limited Beijing Research Institute completed live network tests of Huawei's Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) based Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE).

The idea with vCPE is to "cloudify" and simplify enterprise service functions, such as firewalls, that have traditionally been implemented in the CPE.  Upgrading such equipment is costly and slow, whereas changes can be more flexibly implemented in the network.

Mr. Chen Yunqing, Vice President, China Telecom Corporation Limited Beijing Research Institute, said, "Through this live network test of vCPE, we have realized the immense benefits of Network Functions Virtualization to carriers. This provides software and hardware support for future development and deployment of integrated Cloud services, helping carriers address challenges from cloud computing and big data."

The successful vCPE test demonstrates the partnership China Telecom and Huawei have developed. The two parties are also exploring the commercialization of NFV and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) on carrier networks. As industry leaders, Huawei and China Telecom will continue to develop new technologies and improve current network functions and architecture. Both parties aim to play a leading role in the commercialization and full popularization of NFV and SDN.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-371867-vcpe.htm#.VCDvJvldW1g

ClariPhy Ships 200G Coherent Optical Chip

ClariPhy has begun commercial shipments of its LightSpeed-II CL20010 coherent system-on-a-chip (SoC) that features configurable data rates from 40G to 200G per wavelength.

The company said its CL20010 leverages a multi-rate and multi-modulation architecture for Software Defined Networking (SDN) at the physical layer. It supports 200G 16QAM modulation on a single wavelength, and that enables 400G dual-carrier super channels in 75GHz of DWDM spectrum.

The chip is implemented in 28nm.

“400G is a top priority for network operators as they look to deploy and scale their Internet infrastructure,” said Nariman Yousefi, CEO of ClariPhy. “Achieving production shipments of the CL20010 represents an important milestone and demonstrates ClariPhy’s unique ability to engineer advanced 200G and beyond coherent optical transport solutions that address stringent carrier requirements for increased performance, bandwidth, speed and reach, while interoperating with today’s transport infrastructure. We have generated a considerable amount of design momentum with OEMs and carrier networks worldwide.”

“We see strong market demand for 200G coherent solutions for applications in optical transport networks, new data centers and cloud-based networks, where advanced performance, network flexibility, and a rich feature set are required,” said Richard Craig, President of Oclaro's Integrated Photonics Business. “We are very excited that ClariPhy’s latest 200G coherent SoC exhibits excellent performance with Oclaro’s analog coherent CFP2 module. Several of our customers have expressed strong interest in solutions based on this combination since it provides them with the speed, efficiency, and scalability needed to meet their increasing bandwidth demands.”

http://www.clariphy.com

IBM Inaugurates Cloud Resiliency Center in RTP

IBM officially opened a cloud resiliency center in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. The facility aims to provide state-of-the-art business continuity capabilities in the cloud to protect companies from potential costly disruptions.

IBM’s new resiliency center integrates cloud and traditional disaster recovery capabilities with new physical security features. A resiliency center team will monitor developing disaster events and then mobilize as needed to ensure that the infrastructure for all customers is configured to handle the latest threats to keep data, applications, people and transactions secure.  IBM said cloud resiliency services can significantly reduce the disaster recovery times to a matter of minutes.

IBM expects the overall market opportunity for business continuity and disaster recovery to grow to almost $32 billion by 2015. This year, IBM will also be opening two new cloud based resiliency centers in Mumbai, India and Izmir, Turkey.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44927.wss

Ericsson Acquires Majority Stake in Apcera for Cloud Automation Tools

Ericsson will acquire a majority stake in Apcera, a San Francisco-based start-up developing an IT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables enterprises to securely and transparently control the allocation and consumption of IT resources on premise and in the cloud. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Apcera's Continuum PaaS works across cloud, on premise and hybrid environments.

Ericsson said the addition of Apcera's technology enables it to provide cloud automation to run all workloads and use cases, while providing complete control for infrastructure.

Jason Hoffman, Vice President and Head of Product Line Cloud Software, Ericsson says: "The beauty of the cloud is that it is much more efficient to develop, roll-out and operate applications. To realize the full potential, cloud environments need security and governance, which our partnership with Guardtime and our acquisition of a majority stake in Apcera provides. With these technologies in place, enterprises and individuals can trust the integrity and the confidentiality of their infrastructure."

Derek Collison, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apcera says: "We welcome Ericsson's backing. With a history of transforming the world's most demanding businesses and the global ability to deploy and scale critical infrastructure, Ericsson will enable us to accelerate our innovation of Continuum and provide enterprises the next-generation platform that enables them to achieve a significantly faster time-to-market as they deploy, orchestrate and govern a diverse set of workloads, both on premise and in the cloud."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.apcera.com


  • Apcera was founded in 2012 with investment from True Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Rakuten, Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective. The cinoabt was started by former Google and VMware executive Derek Collison with the intent of bridging the divide between developers and ops organizations with an enterprise-class platform that integrates policy and security from the start.


Source Photonics Launches Pluggable GPON for Small Cell Backhaul

Source Photonics announced the industry-first integrated, pluggable GPON SFP ONU with 1 Pulse-Per-Second (1PPS) and Time-of-Day (ToD) support for network clock synchronization in mobile small-cell backhaul applications.

The new transceiver is based on the ITU-G.984.2, G.988, and the Broadband Forum TR-156 standards, and offers full GPON OMCI stack, an SGMII interface operating at 1 Gbps or 2.5 Gbps , and full digital diagnostics monitoring capability. It is available in industrial-temperature grade with a low typical power dissipation of 1.5W.

http://www.sourcephotonics.com

Mavenir Opens R&D Centers in Bangalore and Shanghai

Mavenir announced the opening of Centres of Excellence in Bangalore, India and Shanghai, China to support the development of NFV, Voice over LTE (VoLTE), VoWi-Fi and Rich Communications Services (RCS) deployments in the Asia Pacific region.

"Mavenir’s portfolio of over 30 fully virtualized products and solutions provide mobile operators with a time-to-market advantage in deploying cloud-based architectures," said Pardeep Kohli, Mavenir’s President and CEO. "Singapore, being one of the most advanced markets in the world, with an application-hungry customer base at its heart, is a great location from which to focus our efforts and allow Mavenir to more readily demonstrate our leadership and new, advanced offerings for NFV, VoLTE, VoWi-Fi and RCS."

"We are seeing accelerated 4G deployments in Asia-Pac in 2014. Most Asia-Pac operators are either beginning to deploy 4G, or they have already deployed 4G, moving from a data-only 4G deployment to a fully converged and virtualized rich communications services offering. We expect that Mavenir’s NFV Centres of Excellence in Asia will play a big role in accelerating the acceptance and deployment of fully virtualized Mobile Core solutions by Operators in the region," said Idris Vasi, Mavenir’s Vice President, APAC.

http://www.mavenir.com

In April 2014, Mavenir Systems introduced a Converged Video and Voicemail solution that enables mobile operators to offer a new, differentiated service for their subscribers and enhances their Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service offering.


Mavenir said its Converged Video and Voicemail solution utilizes common functional components, such as cloud storage, message delivery and notifications that are needed to enable VoLTE and Rich Communications Services (RCS).

"Videomail is taking messaging to a whole new level, allowing subscribers to send and receive video messages,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir Systems. “Our unique approach of having a single solution that enables mobile operators to replace existing legacy Voicemail while adding new cloud-based Videomail service, has already been well received by our customers where we already have three contracts with Tier 1 mobile operators globally.”

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AT&T's NetBond Extends to IBM SoftLayer Cloud

IBM announced the extension of AT&T NetBond services to the SoftLayer cloud platform. AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer’s cloud services.


The companies cited the following customer benefits:

  • · Simple: Seamlessly works with existing AT&T VPN through APIs, creating an automated experience. Customers don’t need to order or manage any other equipment or access lines.
  • · Savings: Network elasticity that automatically flexes with the needs of the cloud service. Companies can save as much as 60 percent on networking costs.
  • · Performance: Delivers as much as 50 percent lower latency and three times the availability when compared with the public Internet.
  • · Security: Isolates traffic going directly to cloud platforms using the AT&T private global network, providing more protections from risks such as DDoS attacks.


“AT&T NetBond gives customers a broader range of options as they explore how to best leverage a hybrid cloud,” said Jim Comfort, general manager of IBM Cloud Services. “Customers can easily move workloads to and from SoftLayer as if it were part of their local area network. This added flexibility helps optimize workload performance while allowing customers to scale IT resources in a way that makes sense.”

“Businesses look to AT&T and IBM to deliver best in class solutions to meet their most demanding needs— especially when it comes to cloud,” said Jon Summers, senior vice president growth platforms, AT&T Business Solutions. “Together, we’re making the network as flexible as the cloud and giving enterprises confidence they can migrate their business systems to the cloud and still meet their security, scalability and performance requirements.”

The companies expect these capabilities to be available in first quarter of 2015.

http://www.att.com/netbond
http://www.softlayer.com/info/att-netbond
http://www.att.com
http://www.ibm.com/cloud

Cisco Integrates ASA 5500 Firewall with Sourcefire

Cisco introduced what it is calling the first "threat-focused Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)," providing the full contextual awareness and dynamic controls needed to automatically assess threats, correlate intelligence, and optimize defenses to protect all networks.

The new solution integrates the Cisco ASA 5500 Series firewall with application control, and the Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems (NGIPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) from Sourcefire.  The idea is to provide an adaptive, threat-focused NGFW that delivers superior, multi-layered protection, extending its capabilities far beyond legacy NGFW solutions before, during and after an attack.

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services top features include:

  • Visibility-Driven – Delivering full contextual awareness of users, mobile devices, client-side apps, virtual machine‐to-machine communications, vulnerabilities, threats, URLs, and other important telemetry. Its enterprise-class management capabilities provide users with dashboards and drill-down reports of discovered hosts, suspect applications, threats, and Indicators of Compromise (IoCs) for comprehensive visibility.
  • Threat-Focused – Incorporating leading NGIPS for comprehensive protection from known and advanced threats, as well as AMP to combat against zero-day and persistent attacks. Big data analytics, continuous analysis and Cisco Collective Security Intelligence (CSI) work together to provide detection, blocking, tracking, analysis, and remediation capabilities to protect against the full spectrum of attacks, known and unknown.
  • Platform‐Based – Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services combines proven firewall functionality and application control, leading NGIPS capability, and advanced breach detection and remediation in a single device. The integration provides organizations with better protection, while also reducing operating costs and complexity. This new solution simplifies an organization’s security architecture and reduces its network footprint with fewer security devices to manage and deploy and ability to license subscriptions to extend functionality.

“Now more than ever, organizations need to be able to implement dynamic controls to manage the pace of change of their environments and address security incidents. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is a major step forward for the NGFW market, empowering customers to deepen their protection from the data center, through the network, to the endpoint with the agility to identify, understand, and stop advanced threats in real-time and retrospectively,” stated Christopher Young, senior vice president, security business group, Cisco.

http://www.cisco.com

In 2013, Cisco acquired Sourcefire for approximately $2.7 billion.

Sourcefire, which was based in Columbia, Maryland, was founded in 2001 by Martin Roesch, author of open source Snort, the world’s most widely deployed intrusion detection and prevention technology.  The company claims nearly 4 million downloads to date. Sourcefire's intrusion prevention solutions are based on Snort.

Red Hat to Acquire FeedHenry for Enterprise Mobile App Platform

Red Hat agreed to acquire FeedHenry, a privately-held developer of an enterprise mobile application platform, for approximately EUR 63.5 million in cash.

FeedHenry, which is based in Waterford, Ireland, helps enterprises to accelerate mobile app backend integration via private clouds, public clouds, and on-premises systems with  connectors and plug-ins to common enterprise systems such as salesforce.com, SAP, Oracle, etc. The FeedHenry platform offers developers the flexibility to create native (Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry), hybrid, HTML5 or web apps. The platform supports a wide variety of popular toolkits including native SDKs, hybrid Apache Cordova, HTML5 and Titanium, as well as frameworks such as Xamarin, Sencha Touch, and other JavaScript frameworks.

FeedHenry was founded in 2010 as a spin out from the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group at the Waterford Institute of Technology.

Red Hat said FeedHenry expands its portfolio of application development, integration, and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions by adding support for mobile application development in public and private environments.

“The mobile application platform is one of the fastest growing segments of the enterprise software market. As mobile devices have penetrated into every aspect of enterprise computing, enterprise software customers are looking for easier and more efficient ways for their developers to build mobile applications that extend and enhance traditional enterprise applications. FeedHenry will help us enable customers to take advantage of the capabilities of mobile with the security, scalability, and reliability of Red Hat enterprise software,” stated Craig Muzilla, senior vice president, Application Platform Business, Red Hat.

http://investors.redhat.com
http://www.feedhenry.com

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.

http://www.broadband-forum.org/news/download/pressreleeases/2014/BBF_NFV_FINAL_15Sep2014.pdf

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.

http://www.coriant.com/company/press_release.asp?id=1157

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."

http://www.comtek.co.uk/

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.

http://www.infinera.com








Blueprint: Carriers Set Their Sights on 1Gbps Rollouts with G.fast

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, G.fast, with its promise of up to 1Gbps service to each household, could roll out in initial trials in as little as 12-18 months.  

G.fast, 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. G.fast 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.

G.fast – in the same way as existing ADSL and VDSL – takes advantage of fiber already deployed to cabinets or other nodes.  The proliferation of G.fast 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 G.fast?  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 G.fast to market.  And, for carriers, the need to spur adoption of G.fast 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 G.fast standard has already been completed, and chip suppliers have the consent of the ITU-T to start the development of G.fast chips, with some already making public announcements about their upcoming products.  (For example, Ikanos in October 2013 announced an architecture and development platform for G.fast.)

The infrastructure for G.fast is a variant of the infrastructure for VDSL2.  The primary difference is in the length of the copper pair that enters the residence.  G.fast 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 fiber-to-G.fast media converters at each distribution point will be backward-compatible with VDSL2.  Why?  To enable customers not yet subscribing to G.fast service (when it becomes available) to continue to receive VDSL2 service through G.fast 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 G.fast nears, customer pre-qualification and self-installation are needed to ensure a smooth, cost-effective migration to G.fast.  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 G.fast 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 G.fast DPU.  What’s more, carriers expect that G.fast deployments will take place with virtually “no touch” installation and provisioning, setting the stage for more rapid adoption of the technology.

With the G.fast 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 G.fast 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 www.ikanos.com
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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.

http://pressoffice.telefonica.com/
http://www.cisco.com


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.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1856711


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.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-announces-intent-to-acquire-memoirsystems/
http://www.memoir-systems.com/

  • 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.

https://developer.qualcomm.com/

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