Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DragonWave Receives Follow On Orders in India for LTE Roll Out

DragonWave received follow on purchase orders for its Horizon Compact+ from a major Indian telecom and broadband Service Provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to have received additional orders from this key Indian customer to further build our their 4G Network,” said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen. “India is a very important market and our solutions are ideally placed to deliver cost effective capacity for operators who are modernizing their networks to deliver 4G services.”

  • Earlier this year, DragonWave announced that Reliance Jio Infocomm, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), had selected its packet microwave radio systems for its nationwide 4G/LTE network. DragonWave said it would provide several thousand turnkey Horizon Compact+ links to support traffic backhaul from the LTE network. The deployment will also include services to be delivered by DragonWave’s Indian joint venture, DragonWave HFCL.  

Good Tech Acquires Macheen for BYOD App Insights

Good Technology, which specializes in secure mobility solutions, has acquired Macheen, a mobile cloud application service provider based in Austin, Texas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Good Technology said the acquisition extends its capabilities to provide customers with embedded corporate data plan support across business-required apps. Split-billing capabilities enable customers to tie data usage costs directly to the apps using that data, reducing regulatory risks associated with traditional mobile billing models.

"As BYOD deployments continue to become mainstream, our customers want to alleviate the risk and cost associated with rapidly increasing mobile regulations, tax liabilities and complexities around mobile reimbursement and corporate stipend programs, while at the same time carriers are looking to better serve their enterprise customers," said Christy Wyatt, chairman and chief executive officer, Good Technology. "By acquiring Macheen and its cloud-based offering, and coupling that with expanded carrier relationships, we will be securely and cost-effectively taking more friction out of deploying secure mobile apps and workflows - further positioning Good ahead of the industry in the race to democratize mobility."

"At Sprint, we have ripped out and replaced our entire 3G network and deployed 4G LTE in 488 cities to deliver a future-proof data experience for our customers," said Karen Freitag, vice president, wholesale and emerging solutions at Sprint. "Adding in the ability to deliver split billing capabilities through Macheen and now Good Technology, allows us to continue delivering a high-quality customer experience and further advances Sprint's position as the leader in enabling Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent's TWDM-PON Carries Four 10G Wavelengths

Alcatel-Lucent introduced the industry’s first TWDM-PON (Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Passive Optical Networks), a new fixed, ultra-broadband access technology for scaling the capacity of existing fiber networks.

TWDM-PON uses four wavelengths per fiber, giving a total capacity of 40 Gbps. An operator can choose to deliver different services over each wavelength, enabling residential, business and mobile backhaul services to be carried over a single fiber.

TWDM-PON technology is supported by Alcatel-Lucent‘s 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager FX solution.  The company is introducing a new 4-port TWDM-PON line card and optical network unit supporting 10Gbps symmetrical bitrate. Products will be available in the first quarter of 2015.

Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone have been co-developing TWDM-PON since 2010 as a potential successor to GPON. During this time, the companies have contributed to its standardization and completed a successful trial. Significantly, TWDM-PON can co-exist with current PON systems.

Alcatel-Lucent said TWDM-PON also enables a ‘pay as you grow’ model, allowing operators to easily and cost effectively increase bandwidth as required. Wavelength multiplexing means different operators can easily share the same infrastructure. This can facilitate competition (for example, a municipal-owned network can be leased to different service providers) or cooperation (operators can co-invest in a shared fiber network in order to accelerate ultra-broadband deployments).

“TWDM-PON is ground-breaking technology that will give us greater control over network capacity and increased flexibility when provisioning new services. We have worked closely with Alcatel Lucent to develop the technology and we look forward to evaluating it on our network in Spain,” stated Matt Beal of Vodafone Group.

Federico Guillén, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Networks business: “For the last four years Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone have been working closely together to evolve PON technology. Our first TWDM-PON solution reflects that collaboration. Alcatel-Lucent is committed to a program of innovation; we have long been the technology leader in both copper and fiber fixed access technologies and we are extending this further with this new development of PON. Vodafone has played a vital role in preparing TWDM-PON as an industry-agreed standard by looking at its own potential usage in different countries for both fixed and mobile operations.”

ZTE Intros ElasticNet SDN IPRAN Solution

ZTE introduced its ElasticNet SDN IPRAN (Internet Protocol Radio Access Network) solution for virtualizing the access layer of mobile networks. Its goal is to simplify network structures and operations and maintenance (O&M) for mobile operators by introducing an intelligent, maintainable IPRAN bearer network.

ZTE said the problem of complexity in mobile network backhaul has been growing because of the number of eNB base stations required for LTE.

The new ElasticNet SDN IPRAN solution virtualises the massive amounts of remote access-layer equipment into a virtual cluster, simplifying the IPRAN equipment and improving automatic network deployment, O&M and network service capability.  Its ZTE IPRAN solution is based on unified standard SDN northbound and southbound interfaces to help ensure an open network capability and to create application value to meet the requirements of new LTE service deployment and rapid innovation.  The ZTE ElasticNet SDN IPRAN uses an external stand-alone controller based on standard OpenFlow protocol.

Fan Chengfa, chief engineer of ZTE’s Bearer Network product line, said: "With the growing popularity of mobile Internet, mobile bearer networks are taking on an increasingly important role, and meanwhile higher labour costs are creating more pressure for efficient network operation. Applying SDN to the IPRAN combines software-based automatic management and application-on-demand to help operators further simplify O&M and enrich service capabilities so as to provide customers with better service.”

Alcatel-Lucent’s in 12 Carrier Trials

Alcatel-Lucent 's ultra-broadband solution is now in trials with a dozen carriers around the world and is exptected to become available in the first quarter of 2015.  Announced test sites include A1, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria, in which a regular subscriber was connected in order to independently test in the field. Other trials have included BT and Orange.

Alcatel-Lucent said its new 7368 ISAM single-port Optical Network Terminal (ONT) can deliver speeds of up to 1 Gbps over existing telephone lines. Alcatel-Lucent’s ONT can also be deployed in a multiple-dwelling unit, with one ONT serving each household. Customer trials use a multi-port solution using vectoring technology to eliminate the cross-talk interference that occurs when two or more copper lines are in close proximity, which adversely affects speeds. The multi-port solution will drive the evolution of Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 micro-node portfolio.

The company also noted a recent Bell Labs demonstration of XG-FAST technology, which achieved symmetrical speeds of 1 Gbps over 70 meters of copper in the lab.

Verizon: 79% of Wireless Data Traffic Rides LTE

Driven by continued growth in smartphone adoption and LTE activations, Verizon reported third quarter 2014 revenue of $31.6 billion, a 4.3 percent increase compared with third-quarter 2013. EPS came in at 89 cents for the quarter, compared with 78 cents per share in third-quarter 2013.

Capital expenditures totaled $12.6 billion through the first nine months of 2014, up 6.9 percent year over year. Verizon projects capital spending of around $17 billion for full-year 2014, with consistent wireless capital spending throughout the year to stay ahead of customer demand by adding capacity to optimize the company’s 4G LTE network.

“We have great confidence heading into the fourth quarter, as Verizon continues to deliver consistently strong operating and financial results. We see continued, healthy customer demand for wireless and broadband services, and we are encouraged by the growth we are starting to see in the areas of video delivery and machine-to-machine. Our cash generation remains strong, and last month we were pleased to announce board approval of a quarterly dividend increase for the eighth consecutive year,” stated Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam.

Some Wireless Highlights

  • Total revenues were $21.8 billion in third-quarter 2014, up 7.0 percent year over year. Service revenues in the quarter totaled $18.4 billion, up 4.8 percent year over year. Retail service revenues grew 4.6 percent year over year, to $17.6 billion.
  • Retail postpaid ARPA (average revenue per account) increased 3.5 percent over third-quarter 2013, to $161.24 per month. 
  • Verizon Wireless added 1.53 million retail net connections, including 1.52 million retail postpaid connections, in the third quarter. These additions exclude acquisitions and adjustments.
  • At the end of the third quarter, the company had 106.2 million retail connections. This includes 100.1 million retail postpaid connections, a 5.2 percent increase year over year.
  • Verizon Wireless had 35.4 million retail postpaid accounts at the end of the third quarter, up 1.3 percent over third-quarter 2013, and 2.82 connections per account, up 3.7 percent year over year.
  • During third-quarter 2014, the company added 457,000 postpaid phones and 1.1 million postpaid tablets. At the end of the quarter, smartphones accounted for 77 percent of the Verizon Wireless retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 75 percent at the end of second-quarter 2014

Some Wireline Highlights

  • Total revenues were $9.6 billion in third-quarter 2014, down 0.8 percent year over year. Consumer revenues were $3.9 billion, up 4.5 percent compared with third-quarter 2013, with FiOS revenues representing 76 percent of the total. Consumer ARPU for wireline services increased to $125.32 per month in third-quarter 2014, up 10.3 percent compared with third-quarter 2013.
  • Total FiOS revenues grew 13.4 percent, to $3.2 billion, comparing third-quarter 2014 with third-quarter 2013.
  • In third-quarter 2014, Verizon added 162,000 net new FiOS Internet connections and 114,000 net new FiOS Video connections. Verizon had totals of 6.5 million FiOS Internet and 5.5 million FiOS Video connections at the end of the third quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 8.8 percent and 7.0 percent, respectively.
  • FiOS Internet penetration (subscribers as a percentage of potential subscribers) was 40.6 percent at the end of third-quarter 2014, compared with 39.2 percent at the end of third-quarter 2013. In the same periods, FiOS Video penetration was 35.5 percent, compared with 34.9 percent. The FiOS network passed 19.7 million premises by the end of third-quarter 2014.
  • By the end of third-quarter 2014, 57 percent of consumer FiOS Internet customers subscribed to FiOS Quantum, which provides speeds ranging from 50 to 500 megabits per second, up from 55 percent at the end of second-quarter 2014.
  • As of this week, nearly 5 million FiOS customers have already been upgraded to SpeedMatch upload speeds that mirror download speeds. 
  • In third-quarter 2014, Verizon migrated an additional 55,000 customers to fiber, bringing the year-to-date total to around 200,000.

Mirantis Raises $100 Million for OpenStack

Mirantis, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $100 million for its pure-play OpenStack solutions.

Mirantis offers software and services for running production-grade OpenStack clouds. Its solution provides a visual interface as a single control plane for OpenStack clusters and enables automated hardware discovery and network verification.

For this round, Insight Venture Partners was joined by August Capital, as well as existing investors Intel Capital, WestSummit Capital, Ericsson, and Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures). Alex Crisses, managing director at Insight Venture Partners, will join the Mirantis board of directors.

Mirantis has helped more than 130 customers implement OpenStack – including Comcast, DirecTV, Ericsson, Expedia, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, Symantec, Samsung, WebEx and Workday.  Among these is the largest OpenStack deal on record: a five-year software licensing agreement with Ericsson. Mirantis is also the largest provider of OpenStack products and services for the telecommunications industry, serving Huawei, NTT Docomo, Orange, Pacnet, Tata Communications, and others.

“Our mission is to move companies from an expensive, lock-in infrastructure to an open cloud that empowers developers and end-users at a fraction of the cost. Customers are seeing the value; we’ve gone from signing about $1 million in new business every month to $1 million every week,” said Mirantis President and CEO, Adrian Ionel. “People choose us because we have the best software and expertise for OpenStack, foster an open partner ecosystem, and are a major upstream contributor, influencing the technology’s direction.”

Broadcom Posts Record Revenue of $2.26 Billion

Broadcom reported record net revenue for the third quarter of 2014 of $2.26 billion, an increase of 10.7% compared with the $2.04 billion reported for the second quarter of 2014 and an increase of 5.3% compared with the $2.15 billion for Q3 last year. Net income (GAAP) was $98 million, or $0.16 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net loss of $1 million, or $0.00 per share (basic and diluted), for Q2 2014 and GAAP net income of $316 million, or $0.55 per share (basic and diluted), for the third quarter of 2013.

"Broadcom delivered record quarterly revenue and better than expected operating results," said Scott McGregor, Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our strong performance was driven by the Broadband and Connectivity business and diligent expense management. Longer term, the company's renewed focus on its core businesses is expected to produce improved margins and cash flows, enabling increased capital return."

ZTE Captures Big Share of China Mobile Tender for Routers

ZTE has been awarded 30.77% of China Mobile Group’s annual tender for high-performance routers, the second-highest allocation among all vendors.

ZTE confirmed that its ZXR10 M6000-S broadband multi-service gateway will now be qualified for deployment in China Mobile’s networks supporting 4G LTE, IP MAN networks, internet data centers, and enterprise-class services.

China Mobile’s 2014-15 tender for high-performance routers and switches drew bids from 13 vendors, including ZTE, Cisco and Juniper Networks. ZTE was selected by China Mobile in router categories including P, PE, SR and CE.

Arbor Networks Defends Against Fast Flood DDoS attacks

The latest release of Arbor Networks' Peakflow distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) platform can now detect Fast Flood DDoS attacks in as little as one second and initiate mitigation in less than thirty seconds.

The Peakflow platform includes two main components, Peakflow and the Peakflow Threat Management System. Peakflow combines network-wide anomaly detection and traffic engineering with the Peakflow Threat Management System’s carrier-class threat management, which automatically detects and surgically removes only attack traffic, while maintaining other business traffic. With the ability to mitigate only the attack traffic, customer-facing services remain available while providers actively mitigate attacks. The Peakflow platform also powers many of the world's leading cloud-based DDoS managed security services.

The Peakflow Threat Management System now includes an optional on-box SSL acceleration card to deliver an integrated, one-appliance solution to inspect encrypted traffic for DDoS threats. DDoS attacks are blocked in real time as normal traffic passes uninterrupted – all without forcing changes to existing network and application infrastructure.

Arbor noted that through the end of the third quarter, more than 130 attacks larger than 100Gbps have occurred, a dramatic spike in the frequency of volumetric attacks compared to previous quarters.

“The majority of the world’s service providers rely on the Peakflow platform for network intelligence and DDoS protection. More than sixty providers utilize the Peakflow platform to also offer DDoS managed services to their customers. Our continued innovation in the area of DDoS attack detection and mitigation has duel benefits for our service provider customers, helping protect their own infrastructure while also improving their ability to deliver DDoS managed security offerings,” said Arbor Networks President, Matthew Moynahan.

VMware Posts Q3 Revenue of $1.52 Billion, up 18%

VMware reported Q3 2014 revenues of $1.52 billion, an increase of 18% from the third quarter of 2013. Operating income for the third quarter was $242 million, a decrease of 16% from the third quarter of 2013, reflecting the impact of the AirWatch acquisition. Net income (GAAP) for the third quarter was $194 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, down 26% per diluted share compared to $261 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2013.

"Our third-quarter revenue grew 18%, reflecting strong customer adoption of our products and services," said Jonathan Chadwick, chief financial officer. "We are especially pleased by the performance of our newer businesses such as mobility, networking, storage, and hybrid cloud, which made significant progress in delivering against our long-term strategy."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Blueprint: Streaming Audio Goes Over the Top and Under the Radar

by Jay Hinman, VP of Operator Solutions, Opera Software

So much attention has rightly been paid by industry influencers—from media to analysts and vendors themselves—to the topic of over-the-top (OTT) video streaming and its effects on overall traffic and the end-user experience. While many solutions exist to address this very real need, nearly all in-network solutions overlook one of the fastest growing segments of OTT data consumption: audio streaming services.  

According to Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report, streaming music consumption is up 32% year-over-year compared to 2013, and subscribers have never had so many music streaming service options. And while OTT video may pose the biggest threat on the surface, the volume of 18-64 year olds streaming audio is a much greater and immediate force to be reckoned with, bandwidth pressure aside.

Ask any person born during or after Bill Clinton’s presidency how and where they listen to music, and you’ll likely not hear too many answers focused on LPs, CDs, phonographs and compact disc players—the remnant popularity of these formats in some sectors notwithstanding. It’s self-evident that young people today freely stream their music from OTT music services like Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, Rhapsody and Beats Audio, often with zero interest in “old media” like CDs and even downloadable mp3s. With the fading of stand-alone mp3 players like the iPod, their music is typically enjoyed while mobile and even when stationary, on devices connected to either a cellular or a Wi-Fi network. Those with auto, train or bus commutes often listen for hours at a time each day, and more often than not do so on their mobile carrier’s network – which extracts a heavy toll on both the network and on each consumer’s data plan.

Mobile operators have begun to recognize how valuable streaming audio (music in particular) might end up being to their ability to attract and retain customers. Witness T-Mobile USA and their recent “Music Freedom” bundling of multiple streaming music services in with data plans. By zero-rating these services within the context of an overall data plan, T-Mobile provides a powerful lure (music streaming won’t count against my minutes) to the music-crazy demographic they’re courting. T-Mobile’s move is probably a prescient one. A recent study by research firm Strategy Analytics into consumers’ mobile music habits in the United States, China, France, Germany, Spain and the UK found that 77% of mobile users are already listening to music on their phones—with 70% claiming to do so at least once per week or more. 72% also said that they use their mobile phones to listen to music at least once a week when the service is bundled into their operator data plan—which is exactly why T-Mobile USA saw this as a terrific opportunity to grab new music-loving users from their competitors.

It makes one wonder what the network operations teams at T-Mobile and other global operators who are experimenting with streaming audio data bundling are currently thinking. Here they were, focused on optimizing the explosion of OTT video, and it turns out that a fundamental and network-taxing shift has also been rapidly taking place in the consumption of audio services. Most optimization solutions to date have focused their efforts on one-size-fits-all optimization of all data, inspecting each image, video or audio stream that comes through the network and adjusting every last bit of it to fit the pre-determined size of the available pipe—whether an individual user really needed it or not.

In fact, I’d surmise that most users don’t want their audio steam to be unnecessarily “optimized” —i.e. run through network hardware to have its bitrate lowered haphazardly—if the cost they’ll pay is lowered sound quality, even if their own particular stream of Pandora might have played perfectly without intervention. Rather, users just want their music to play—free from buffering, stalling and long start times. They’d like it to sound great, too. Prescient operators know that music is very personal, and that it’s all about individual quality of experience.

These mobile operators, knowing how important and personal the modern mobile media experience is to legions of individuals, have been looking to surgical optimization solutions to help manage their burgeoning network traffic. Surgical optimization, typically using a cloud-based infrastructure, only looks at individual streaming sessions—say, you and that Bob Seger album you’re about to listen to on Spotify, or perhaps more relevant, the 16-year-old and her Katy Perry stream that’s just about to kick off. When the size of her stream doesn’t match the available network bandwidth, surgical optimization determines in milliseconds that this is indeed the case, and then turns that square peg into a round one, letting it easily fill the available pipe and thereby delivering a wonderful streaming experience to her. Moreover, if everyone around her happens to have more than enough “pipe” to stream their own music, surgical optimization stays out of the way, letting them stream their music of choice without the slightest intervention.

Networks, and network optimization solutions, have by necessity been forced to be reactive in response to the proliferation of smartphones and the OTT services that run beautifully on them. It’s comforting to know that operators are recognizing not simply that there’s a buck or two to be made or a point or two of churn rate to shed on packaging streaming audio services in with data plans, but that the clunky, everybody-shares-the-pain methods of dealing with network bottlenecks in the past are becoming a relic of just that—the past.

About the Author

 Jay Hinman is the Vice President of Operator Solutions for Opera Software, where he is responsible for marketing solutions for mobile operators, device-makers and other non-consumer portions of Opera's worldwide business. He is a longtime marketing leader with extensive, cross-discipline marketing management and team leadership experience in both start-up and large mobile and technology companies. Prior to working at Opera Software, Jay served as Senior Director of Marketing at MobiTV where he directed work efforts and strategic planning for all aspects of MobiTV’s marketing organization. He received his BA in English from University of California – Santa Barbara, and received his MBA in Marketing from the University of Washington. Follow him on Twitter at @JayHinman

Microsoft Builds Out its Azure Cloud - 19 Regions In Development

Microsoft aims to deliver the industry’s most complete cloud by pulling together Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics, said Satya Nadella, speaking at a company event in San Francisco.

Microsoft announced several enhancements to its hyper-scale, enterprise-grade, hybrid cloud platform, including the new Azure G-series of virtual machines and Premium Storage; the general availability of the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell; partnerships with Cloudera Inc. and CoreOS; and a new Azure Marketplace.

Some highlights:

  • Microsoft says worldwide demand for cloud computing continues to accelerate
  • A new Azure region goes online in Australia next week. 

  • By the end of 2014, Azure will be operational in 19 regions around the world — at least double the number of any other public cloud provider.
  • Azure is adding new G-series of Xeon-powered virtual machines and premium storage options. These are aimed at the highest performance tiers.  
  • A new Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), powered by Dell, brings together Azure, Windows Server and Microsoft System Center to deliver an “Azure-consistent cloud in a box.” With pre-integrated hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft, CPS delivers learnings from Azure to customers and partners with the control of an on-premises appliance. CPS will be available for purchase on Nov. 3.
  • More than 40 percent of Azure revenue is coming from startups and ISVs.
  • The new Azure Marketplace will connect developers and enterprise customers. Docker Inc. and Oracles are the latest partners to join.
  • Cloudera, which specializes in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, will be Azure certified by the end of 2014.
  • CoreOS, the popular container-based Linux operating system, is now available to all Azure customers -- broadens Microsoft’s support for Linux on Azure.

OpenStack Juno Debuts with 342 New Features

Last week, the OpenStack Foundation  released the tenth version of its open source software for building public, private, and hybrid clouds.

OpenStack Juno boasts 342 new features to support software development, big data analysis and application infrastructure at scale. It also makes 3,219 bug fixes, signaling a continuing maturation of the software as the most widely-supported cloud platform. A total of 1,419 individuals employed by more than 133 organizations contributed to the Juno release. Top companies contributing code to the Juno release were Red Hat, HP, IBM, Mirantis, Rackspace, SUSE, OpenStack Foundation, B1 Systems, VMware, NEC and independents.

OpenStack Juno adds a new data processing service to the existing suite of cloud capabilities, including Compute, Object and Block Storage, Networking, Orchestration, Identity and Database Services. All services are available through open APIs and a web-based Dashboard. OpenStack Juno also brings NFV-specific capabilities for the first time.

Some new Juno Features:

  • OpenStack Compute (Nova): Operational updates to Compute include improvements for rescue mode that enable booting from alternate images with the attachment of all local disks. Also, per-network settings are now allowed by improved nova-network code; scheduling updates to support scheduling services and extensibility; and internationalization updates.
  • OpenStack Networking (Neutron): Neutron features support for IPv6 and better third-party driver testing to ensure consistency and reliability across network implementations. Release enables plug-ins for the back-end implementation of the OpenStack Networking API and blazes an initial path for migration from nova-network to Neutron. Supporting Layer 3 High Availability, the networking layer now allows a distributed operational mode.
  • OpenStack Identity Service (Keystone): Federated authentication improvements allow users to access private and public OpenStack clouds with the same credentials. Keystone can be configured to use multiple identity backends, and integration with LDAP is much easier.
  • OpenStack Orchestration (Heat): In Juno, it is easier to roll back a failed deployment and ensure thorough cleanup. Also, administrators can delegate resource creation privileges to non-administrative users.
  • OpenStack Dashboard (Horizon): Apache Hadoop clusters can now be deployed with a few mouse clicks, giving users the ability to rapidly scale data processing based on custom parameters. The RBAC system is extended to support Compute, Networking and Orchestration.
  • OpenStack Database Service (Trove): A new capability included in Juno allows users to manage relational database services in an OpenStack environment. 

The next release of OpenStack, called Kilo, is expected April 30, 2015. New capabilities in the Kilo release will include a fully integrated Bare Metal provisioning service (code-named Ironic), which is currently available for users via a Compute driver.

  • In September, The OpenDaylight Project, which is the community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance SDN and NFV, officially released Helium, its second generation open source software code.
    Helium features 11 new protocols, applications and technologies for creating interoperability across software-defined networks.
Some highlights:

  • A new user interface provides a much simpler and customizable installation process.
  • The use of the Apache Karaf containers enables users to build on-demand combinations of components and features.
  • Deeper integration with OpenStack, including significant improvements in the Open vSwitch Database Integration project. 
  • A technology preview of advanced OpenStack shoes features such as Security Groups, Distributed Virtual Router and Load Balancing-as-a-Service.
  • Improvements in high availability, clustering and security.
  • Strengthening and adding new protocols like OpenFlow Table Type Patterns, PacketCable MultiMedia, an application policy framework.
  • New tools for Service Function Chaining.
The OpenDaylight Project also confirmed that over a dozen vendors are building their controllers on top of OpenDaylight,.

Vitesse and Aquantia Deliver 2.5G Ethernet Switch for Enterprise Wi-Fi

Vitesse Semiconductor and Aquantia announced a unique 2.5G Ethernet switch solution, reference design and software integration to accelerate Wave 2 802.11ac network deployments over existing Cat5e and Cat6 cabling infrastructure.

Aquantia is the leading supplier of 10GBASE-T PHYs used for high-speed copper connectivity in data centers.

Wave 2 802.11ac drives access point backhaul bandwidth above 1G, compelling Enterprises to find ways to enable multi-Gigabit bandwidth over existing network cabling.
While using 10G uplinks is a possibility, it requires enterprises to install a new cabling infrastructure.

The new turnkey 2.5G Vitesse-Aquantia solution, enables Wave 2 802.11ac access points to be connected over existing enterprise networks.  The joint solution is based on Vitesse’s latest generation SparX-IV Enterprise Ethernet switch family, SMBStaX™ protocol stack and Aquantia’s recently announced AQRate 2.5G and 5G Ethernet PHY devices.

“Vitesse’s SparX-IV Enterprise Ethernet switches complement our recently unveiled AQrate products, and our AQR405 high-density quad-port in particular,” said Kamal Dalmia, vice president of sales and marketing at Aquantia. “This turnkey solution is a key piece of the 802.11ac ecosystem. We anticipate a fast adoption of the 2.5G rate in Enterprise and mobile infrastructure by OEMs and ODMs.”

“The industry needs a turnkey 2.5G solution like this to catalyze massive and fairly immediate Enterprise bandwidth network upgrades over legacy cabling,” said Larry O’Connell, product marketing director at Vitesse. “The joint Vitesse-Aquantia solution addresses a significant market gap between today’s Gigabit and 10G options, delivering major capex and opex advantages to Enterprises coping with burgeoning wireless traffic network demands.”

ESnet Deploys Four Transatlantic 100G Links

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) announced a major upgrade of its transatlantic capacity in order to ensure ultra-fast access to scientific data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and other research sites in Europe.  ESnet provides advanced networking capabilities and tools to support U.S. national laboratories, experimental facilities and supercomputing centers.

Specifically, ESnet is deploying four new 100G links, which will be interconnected to the pan-European networking organization GÉANT 

“Particle physicists have been pushing the boundaries of networking technology for decades, and they will make use of our new extension almost immediately,” said ESnet Director Greg Bell. “Very soon, other data-intensive fields will benefit as well. We expect to see significant network traffic across the Atlantic from the astrophysics, materials science, genomics, and climate science communities.”

  • Last year, six organizations (ESnet, Internet2 and CANARIE in North America, with SURFnet, NORDUnet and GÉANT in Europe) deployed the world’sfirst 100 Gbps research link across the Atlantic. More recently, New Zealand’s REANNZ deployed an experimental 100 Gbps link across the Pacific.

Hurricane Electric Extends Presence in 17 Equinix Centers

Hurricane Electric, a leading global Internet backbone, is extending its global IPv4 and IPv6 network to Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in Asia and Europe -- for a total of 17 IBX deployments.

Hurricane Electric anticipates a widespread migration to IPv6 as the Internet of Things becomes fully realized. Currently, the company estimates that IPv6 traffic represents just over four percent of global IP traffic.

Global adoption of IPv6 varies worldwide with certain countries far ahead of others. Hurricane Electric stands to benefit greatly from its multiple global colocations through Equinix to support this migration. In particular, Germany has doubled its IPv6 penetration over the last six months4, making Hurricane Electric’s latest Equinix deployments in Munich (MU1) and Frankfurt (FR5) timely.

ZTE Transports 400G Single-Carrier Signal over 3000km

ZTE has achieved single carrier 400G wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) signal transmission over 3000km, traversing 10 reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADMs) with an improved frequency spectrum of 4b/s/Hz (bits per second per hertz).

The company said it developed patented Nyquist filtering technology to overcome degradation typically seen as a 400G traverses multiple ROADM components.

IBM Exits its Silicon Foundry Business

GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business, including intellectual property, world-class technologists and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics.

Under the deal, GLOBALFOUNDRIES will also become IBM's exclusive server processor semiconductor technology provider for 22 nanometer (nm), 14nm and 10nm semiconductors for the next 10 years. The transfer includes existing IBM semiconductor manufacturing operations and facilities in East Fishkill, New York and Essex Junction, Vermont.  IBM will pay GLOBALFOUNDRIES $1.5 billion over the next three years.

IBM said the deal enables it to further focus on fundamental semiconductor research and the development of future cloud, mobile, big data analytics, and secure transaction-optimized systems.

Separately, IBM reported disappointing financial results.  Third-quarter 2014 diluted earnings from continuing operations were $3.46 per share, compared with diluted earnings of $3.77 per share in the third-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 8 percent.  Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings from continuing operations were $3.68 per share compared with operating diluted earnings of $4.08 per share in the third-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 10 percent. Third-quarter net income from continuing operations was $3.5 billion compared with $4.1 billion in the third-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 17 percent.  Operating (non-GAAP) net income from continuing operations was $3.7 billion, as compared with $4.5 billion in the third-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 18 percent.

“We are disappointed in our performance.  We saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior, and our results also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry.  While we did not produce the results we expected to achieve, we again performed well in our strategic growth areas – cloud, data and analytics, security, social and mobile - where we continue to shift our business.  We will accelerate this transformation,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Ocedo Enters Enterprise SDN Equipment Market

Ocedo GmbH, a start-up based in Karlsruhe, Germany, announced its entry into the enterprise SDN market.

Ocedo is developing a range of cloud managed and SDN enabled network equipment to connect wired, wireless and wide-area networks. The Ocedo System enables IT departments and MSPs to roll-out entire networks remotely from the cloud, track network activity in a “single pane of glass”, and provision network configuration changes in real time.

“SDN is ready to move beyond the data center and provide innovation in distributed enterprise networks,” said Jan Hichert, Ocedo CEO. “Ocedo’s focus is on making networking radically simpler for today’s agile, growing organizations.”

Ocedo was started by the founders of Astaro, a network security vendor that over the course of a decade engineered networks for thousands of organization around the globe, and was acquired by Sophos in 2011.