Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AT&T Hits Pause on Residential Fiber Rollouts Due to Regulatory Uncertainty

AT&T will suspend plans to rollout out fiber connections under the regulatory uncertainty clears, said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman & CEO, speaking at the Wells Fargo Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.  The decision comes in direct response to President Obama's call this week for the FCC to regulate broadband Internet as a public utility.

Speaking to market analysts and investors at the New York conference, Stephenson said the President's proposal at least brings clarity in so far that it envisions an end-to-end government regulation from the backbone through the aggregation layer to the last mile connection and the content provider.  Stephenson noted that prior to the President's announcement, FCC Chairman Wheeler had been working with multiple parties to see if existing rules could be amended to ensure the customer protections that the FCC wants. This path promised a near term resolution of the issues. Stephenson said the President's course of action, absent Congressional action, will not lead to quick resolution but only to further litigation over new FCC rules and thus market uncertainty. Stephenson estimates a 2-3 year period of legal wrangling and uncertainty if the FCC proceeds to write new rules.

Given the lack of regulatory clarity, Stephenson said it is difficult to proceed with its multi-billion dollar residential fiber projects while not know the rules under which these network will be governed. So AT&T will pause its rollout.  Another project to extend LTE service to airplanes is also on hold.

In April 2014, AT&T announced plans go big with its rollout of residential fiber in major markets across the U.S.  The company announced a major initiative to expand its Gigabit-capable fiber network to up to 100 cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. The company is not changing its CAPEX guidance for 2014.  The initiative will fall under Project VIP.

"AT&T U-verse with GigaPower" service is available in parts of Austin, Texas and rollouts were already pending for Dallas and Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

AT&T's list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas for new fiber rollouts includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose (including Campbell, Cupertino and Mountain View). With previously announced markets, AT&T now has committed to or is exploring 25 metro areas for fiber deployment.

Earlier this week, President Obama issued a video urging the FCC to act now to reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, setting a legal basis to create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality.  In a statement, Obama said he believes the bright-line rules should include:

  • No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player — not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business.
  • No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
  • Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
  • No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.

Cisco Posts $12.2 Billion in Sales, Slightly Ahead of Expectations

Cisco reported first quarter revenue of $12.2 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $1.8 billion or $0.35 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.8 billion or $0.54 per share, for the period ending October 25, 2014.

For Q2, Cisco is setting expectations for growth in the 4-5% range.

"We are pleased with our results and are very comfortable in our strategy to deliver innovative solutions which enable the next generation of IT and the Internet of Everything. This was our strongest Q1 ever in terms of revenue, non-GAAP operating income, and non-GAAP EPS," stated Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers.

Some highlights for the quarter:
  • By geography, sales in the Americas were up 2%, EMEA up 6% while APJC were down 12% compared to a year ago.
  • By customer segment, Enterprise sales rose 2%,  Public Sector sales rose 13%, Commercial sales rose 5%, while Service Provider sales fell 10%, compared to a year ago.  U.S. Federal sales grew 34% y/y.
  • Two major service providers in the U.S. have significantly slowed their orders, this impacted overall U.S. sales and Service Providers sales.
  • In routing, ASR 9K saw double digit order growth y/y .
  • Switching revenue grew 3% y/y…driven by strength in data center switching portfolio.  The Nexus 9K has over 900 customers.  Paying customer adoption of the APIC solution more than doubled.  Record 600 new customers signed for Nexus 3K including several major Web 2.0 providers.
  • Security revenue grew 25% y/y…innovation engine in security is strong.
  • Wireless revenue grew 11% y/y strong momentum in 802.11 ac portfolio.
  • Services revenue grew 5% y/y.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $52.1 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with $52.1 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, and compared with $48.2 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014.
  • Frank Calderoni is stepping down as CFO and will be replaced by Kelly A. Kramer, who is currently senior vice president, Business Technology and Operations Finance of Cisco.
  • Cisco currently has 72,247 employees, down from 75,136 a year ago.
In the quarterly conference call, John Chambers commented on the call by President Obama for the FCC to regulate broadband Internet service as a Title 2 utility, warning that uncertainty created by new regulation would cause network operators to slow or halt their broadband rollouts.  Chambers said he supports FCC Chairman Wheeler's effort to create some compromise that lets operators make money while ensuring consumer protections.

Alcatel-Lucent Virtualizes its IP Edge Routing

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled a Virtualized Service Router (VSR) built on Intel silicon and implementing its Service Router Operator System (SROS) and managed by the 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM).

The addition of an Alcatel-Lucent virtualized edge router running on x86 accelerates the industry's shift to network functions virtualization (NFV), enabling service providers to build more flexible infrastructure that scales with cloud technologies. Over 20 trials are underway with carriers and two contracts have already been won.

The virtualized router is positioned as an addition to the company’s routing hardware family. Alcatel-Lucent continues to develop its custom ASICs for powering the higher performance routers.

Alcatel-Lucent's Virtualized Service Router (VSR) will implement its full, non-stop routing code.  Significantly, the company said it was able to optimize the code so as to deliver 2X the routing performance compared to other virtual routers on x86.  The performance gains are achieved by leveraging parallel processing across multiple core on Intel's Xeon processors.  Alcatel-Lucent has a development partnership with Intel.  In data plane performance, the VSR is able to hit 160G throughput in a 2RU x86 server.

In addition, while others have focused on delivering one or two router virtual network functions, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver a suite of router applications.  One of the first applications is a Virtualized Route Reflector, which the company says has achieved 8x the performance in the control plane over competitor offers.

Some highlights:

  • VSR-RR: The industry’s highest performance virtualized Route Reflector. Available now.
  • VSR-SIM: The full IP-MPLS software-based router simulator. Available now.
  • VSR-PE: The Virtualized Provider Edge delivering Carrier Ethernet and IPN services. Available for demonstration now and commercially available during the first half of 2015.
  • VSR-AA: The Virtualized Application Assurance delivers application-based value added services and application-level reporting and traffic management. Available for demonstration now and commercially available during the first half of 2015.
  • VSR-SEGW: The Virtualized IP Security Gateway  will be available for demonstration during the first half of 2015.
  • VSR-WLGW: The Virtualized Wireless LAN Gateway will be available for demonstration during the second half of 2015.
  • VSR-BNG: The Virtualized Broadband Network Gateway will be available for demonstration during the second half of 2015.

 “There is lots of industry interest in NFV, and for valid reasons.  With this announcement we can offer customers the best of both worlds; industry leading performance on accelerated hardware platforms as well as “quick turn-up” solutions running on standard hardware. This flexibility is key as the choices for which functions to virtualize and at what time will vary. And in many cases, both solutions will coexist. With our NFV, SDN and orchestration product suites we can help customers take advantage of any system choice on their schedule, and with complete compatibility,” stated Basil Alwan, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing & Transport business.

  • In February 2014, Alcatel-Lucent and Intel announced a global collaboration aimed at accelerating the development and delivery of optimized virtualized cloud, wireless and IP Network Functions using Intel architecture. The companies said Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) appeals especially to mobile service providers now because it allows them to innovate more quickly and easily while providing the best return on their investments in an all-IP network infrastructure such as LTE.   Specifically the expanded collaboration will focus on three areas:

  • Virtualized Radio Access Networks (RAN) portfolio, developing and optimizing Alcatel-Lucent’s  LTE and LTE-Advanced wireless products. The solution will enable operators to use general purpose platforms in configurations that will reduce TCO and increase operators’ ability to scale networks to satisfy mobile data demand with rapidly changing devices and applications.
  • Cloud Platform, developing and optimizing Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand NFV platform including joint contributions to the Open source community and a push to accelerate service provider testing, validation and deployment of NFV technology and products.
  • High-performance Packet Processing for advanced IP/MPLS platforms and functions to enable Alcatel-Lucent’s IP development team the insights required to use the features and capabilities of Intel architecture to deliver improved performance in virtualized IP/MPLS functions.

Nuage Networks Intros Branch Office SDN with x86 Virtual CPE

Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage Networks introduced a branch-office solution for delivering software defined networking (SDN) services.

The Nuage Virtualized Networks Services (VNS) solution could be used to provision and define IT services by leveraging policy-driven network automation and application-friendly abstraction.

Nuage achieves this by extending its Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) over both corporate WAN and Internet access bandwidth. VNS enables the creation of templates that describe and manage the workflow of network services for any combination of applications in any cloud, and at any location. The company said this automated network workflow delivers the right services, at the right time, to the right location, and ensures that it is error-free.

“With Nuage Networks VSP being increasingly recognized as the SDN platform of choice, the time has come for SDN to branch out beyond data centers, extending the capabilities of policy-based network automation and effortless connection to all business locations. Nuage Networks VNS can dramatically simplify the delivery and consumption of network services by and for the world’s leading enterprises,” stated Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks.

Nuage Networks VNS solution enables enterprises and service providers to define services with full control and visibility applied and managed over:

  • Any network with freedom of choice across on-net, off-net, and internet options
  • Any cloud with flexibility across private, public, and hybrid cloud options
  • Any form or deployment model with freedom of choice among open (x86) CPE platforms, software-based premise options, and hosted virtual CPE deployment models.

Nuage Networks VNS is in trials now and will be commercially available in Q1 2015.      

Colt to Acquire KVH for APAC Reach

Colt, which operates a next-generation network in Europe, agreed to acquire KVH, its counterpart in Asia-Pacific,for ¥18.595 billion (EUR 130.3 million) in cash. KVH is currently owned by FMR, FIL and associates.

Colt, which was founded in London in 1992 with funds provided by Fidelity Investments, has grown into a pan-European operator with a network spanning 47,000 kms.  It operates metro networks in 42 European networks with direct fiber connections into 20,000 buildings. Colt has a city-based expansion strategy, targeting customers operating in information
intensive industries.

KVH, which was also founded by Fidelity Investments, is present in Tokyo, the world’s number one city economy, as well as Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul; providing a platform in four of Colt’s target cities for expansion.  KVH operates data centers across Asia, a global low latency network and metro networks in Tokyo and Osaka.  Its managed IT and cloud solutions were developed by Colt.  KVH has around 2,000 enterprise and wholesale customers. In revenue terms KVH is roughly 10% the size of Colt.

“I am pleased to announce our plan to acquire KVH. It is a growing business, largely focused on network and data centres in Asia. They have strong capabilities, a significant customer base and great assets, all complementary to our own. This partnership will enable Colt to offer our customers seamless solutions on a global basis and give us a solid platform for growth in Asia,” stated Rakesh Bhasin, Colt's Chief Executive Officer.

KORE Advances its Goal to Become Leading M2M Provider

ABRY Partners, a leading private equity investment firm, has acquired a majority interest in KORE Wireless Group, which is a global provider of managed M2M communications services.  The deal brings growth and acquisition capital that will allow KORE to execute on its mission to become the pre-eminent independent provider of broad-based M2M service solutions on a global basis.

As the first step in its broader strategy, KORE also today announced the acquisition, in an all-cash transaction, of RacoWireless, which also specializes in IoT/M2M connectivity solutions.  The combined company will have offices in five countries and serve more than 3 million subscribers on behalf of over 1,500 customers using services in more than 110 markets around the world.
“We are standing at a historic inflection point in our industry where scalability and innovation are critical, and the financial partnership with ABRY delivers the capital and expert support necessary to rapidly develop the scale demanded by global customers in what has so far been a fragmented market,” said Alex Brisbourne, CEO of KORE. “Strategic acquisitions both in advanced connectivity and richer applications solutions are an important goal, as scale and global reach are of paramount importance to our large applications and enterprise customers. These customers seek to leverage new M2M technologies that enable more efficient, innovative, and in some cases, disruptive business models going forward”, he said.

  • KORE provides unified control and management for cellular and satellite network service delivery in more than 180 countries worldwide, using a range of technologies — including GSM, HSPA, CDMA EV-DO and LTE, as well as satellite services.

TelePacific Taps Overture 6500 to Power Delivery of Enterprise EthernetServices

TelePacific has selected Overture's 6500 multi- service Ethernet service delivery platform to add power and agility to its Ethernet Ecosystem.

The Overture 6500 is a CE2.0 switching and aggregation platform for business and cloud services, wholesale access, mobile backhaul and metro infrastructure applications. It delivers Carrier Ethernet over any access method, including fiber, E-Access, copper, SONET, and TDM, with full resiliency.

TelePacific offers business customers Ethernet options that can be tailored to their requirements, delivering bandwidth from 1Mbps to 10 Gbps over the most efficient access for their individual needs. That Ethernet ecosystem includes more than 400 Enhanced Ethernet- equipped LSOs, more than 50,000 fiber-served buildings and extensive Fixed Wireless networks in California and Nevada.

“We have the densest footprint in California and Nevada and cover all of Texas’ major metro areas in our Ethernet ecosystem,” says Dave Zahn, TelePacific’s SVP of Marketing, “and we’re focused on constantly enhancing our capabilities because businesses increasingly look towards Ethernet to deliver unified communications of all types. The Overture 6500 delivers leading- edge performance and flexibility.”

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Digital Realty and Zayo Team on Cloud to Data Center Connections

Zayo and Digital Realty announced an alliance agreement to expand the Digital Realty direct connect cloud offering.

Under the pact, Digital Realty customers will have the ability to access Zayo’s Connect to the Cloud platform, which offers access to more than 24 leading cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer.

Digital Realty clients will be able to deploy hybrid cloud solutions through Zayo’s Cloud connectivity platform. They will also be able to access pricing, place orders, and view existing and pending services through Tranzact, Zayo’s innovative shopping platform.

Digital Realty is one of the largest data center providers worldwide, with more than 130 locations across 11 countries. Zayo’s network, which spans more than 81,000 route miles and connects to more than 500 data centers, is connected to the majority of Digital Realty locations, enabling the two companies to offer complementary infrastructure to customers.

“This agreement builds on a long standing relationship with Zayo and our customers benefit from Zayo’s extensive network and ability to quickly deploy solutions for customers,” said Mike Bohlig, director of global alliances at Digital Realty. “Zayo’s footprint complements our global portfolio of data centers, enabling us to provide mutual customers with a diverse set of services, including connectivity to a wide range of cloud providers.”

Japan's KVH Deploys Cyan for Packet-Optical Transport

KVH has deployed Cyan’s Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport Platform and Blue Planet SDN software to enable its new high-capacity backhaul network in Japan.

Cyan said its Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport Platform provides KVH with integrated support for 100G coherent optical transponding and muxponding, scale up to 96-channels, and multi-degree ROADM for transporting up to 10 Tbps on a single fiber. Blue Planet, together with the Z-Series, delivers multi-layer capacity scalability, multi-vendor software control, service automation and orchestration for KVH’s backhaul service.

KVH is offering Nx100Ga connectivity from the major submarine landing stations in Japan, Chikura and Toyohashi, to central Tokyo and Osaka. KVH’s new backhaul service targets global service providers, Internet content providers, and carriers with network capacity requirements to connect their sub-sea capacity to these key metropolitan cities.

These two cable landing stations connect to KVH’s Points of Presence for the KVH DCNet service. This allows customers to expand their network capacity from these two cable landing stations to 60 plus data centers and more than 120 points of presence in the greater metropolitan areas of Tokyo and Osaka. Launched in June 2014, DCNet is a data center network service that connects more than 100 industry leading data centers in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States.

“Cloud services, content delivery, wholesales services and more are driving big bandwidth growth and new service offerings across the APAC region. KVH is ensuring we can capitalize on this trend by expanding our backhaul network beyond 10 Tbps for 100G services with Cyan. Ultimately, this will help us differentiate ourselves in the market and become the leading solution for dedicated connectivity in Japan’s main metropolitan areas,” said Gint Atkinson, vice president of network strategy and architecture, KVH.

  • In September, Cyan announced a series of new features to its Cyan Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport (P-OTP) and Blue Planet SDN platforms, including support for MPLS-TP, support for additional Carrier Ethernet 2.0+ capabilities, hitless software upgrades, traffic policing and shaping, and support for a new 100G DWDM coherent CFP.
    Some highlights of the enhancements:

  • 8-degree, 96 channel ROADM – Cyan is adding to the existing family of single-slot 2- and 4-degree ROADM modules to support more flexible topologies and high-density 10G, 100G, and future 400G applications.
  • Integrated amplifier modules – Cyan is introducing a new family of integrated Erbium Doped Fibre Amplifier (EDFA) modules, which provide extended optical reach for metro, regional, and long-haul applications.
  • Four new APIs for SDN-powered packet-optical infrastructure: Optical Services, SNMP Trap Forwarding, Physical and Logical Inventory, and Site Manager API.
  • Support for MPLS-TP - over the coming months, Cyan will roll out new MPLS-TP capabilities for the Z-Series PSW modules that will ensure highly reliable and predictable delivery of Ethernet services between metros and across an MPLS core. When coupled with Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform, MPLS-TP capabilities will enable resilient and scalable packet transport along with advanced end-to-end control, multi-vendor management, and service orchestration. Cyan also will ensure interoperability between existing PBB-TE networks and new MPLS-TP deployments.

Trade Agreement Could Eliminate Next Gen Silicon Tariffs

International trade negotiators and heads of governments appear to have reached a breakthrough in efforts to expand the WTO's Information Technology Agreement, which eliminates tariffs on high-tech products among 54 economies, including the U.S. and China.

A deal between the U.S. and China reached this week in Beijing is expected to pave the way for continued ITA negotiations in Geneva.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said many of the products that would see tariff elimination under an expanded ITA are in key U.S. industries, including next generation semiconductors, which would see current tariffs of up to 25 percent reduced to zero.

ASSIA Wins Judgment Against BT on Dynamic Spectrum Mgt

The UK Court of Appeal in London affirmed a 2013 High Court judgment in favor of ASSIA on one important broadband management patent and determined that British Telecom infringes a second, more fundamental patent covering dynamic spectrum management techniques.

ASSIA said the Court of Appeal judgment holds that BT infringes two key ASSIA patents in its management of the rapidly growing “Next Generation Architecture” UK superfast broadband network. ASSIA’s patents at issue in the trial describe sophisticated techniques for rapidly optimizing millions of broadband connections without human intervention.

According to a recent BT announcement, 203,000 new customers subscribed to the operator’s superfast broadband offering between July and September 2014, bringing the total number of BT superfast broadband customers to 3.3 million as of September 30.

“Today’s ruling affirms ASSIA’s role as an innovator in the field of broadband performance optimization,” said ASSIA General Counsel Noah Mesel.  “Two dozen major operators around the world license our products because they recognize the significant value ASSIA’s software uniquely adds to their businesses.  As BT continues to grow the part of their business that infringes ASSIA’s patents, it is time for them to join companies such as AT&T, Verizon, Sky, and Bouygues, and license our software; otherwise BT should pay for infringing our patented technology.”

Altair Launches Computer-aided Engineering Suite on AWS

Altair launched its HyperWorks Unlimited - Virtual (HWUL-V) computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

HWUL-V integrates unlimited use of the HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite with PBS Professional, a leading high-performance computing (HPC) workload manager, and application-aware portals for HPC access and remote visualization of big data.

HWUL-V will be offered in all AWS regions globally, including the United States, Europe, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, and Australia, with customers gaining seamless access to HPC-driven CAE regardless of location.

"Leveraging HPC for CAE has historically been restricted to those with significant resources and access to expensive hardware," said Sam Mahalingam, Chief Technical Officer of Altair.  "HyperWorks Unlimited - Virtual eliminates the need to build and support information technology infrastructure to support HPC.  This solution provides access to a wealth of highly accurate solvers that enable engineers to simulate a broad range of physics, along with a world-class workload manager, remote data visualization, and data management, making infinite design exploration affordable, simple, and convenient."

DT Establishes one of the Largest European Investment Funds

Deutsche Telekom is launching what is expected to be one of the largest venture investing funds in Europe.

Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP) will have a fund volume of EUR 500 million for a 5-year period, effectively doubling the company's existing investments with T-Venture. DTCP will also advise Deutsche Telekom on existing investments in STRATO, Interactive Media, Scout, Deutsche Telekom Innovation Pool (TIP) and T-Venture.

"DTCP combines the expertise and strength of a large corporation with the agility and flexibility of a small investment company: the best of both worlds to take Deutsche Telekom forward," said Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom.

"I’m excited about the job of unifying Deutsche Telekom's innovation investments in one place, and being able to attract world-class talent to Germany to create a truly unique innovation engine," said Vicente Vento, currently Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions at Deutsche Telekom and CEO-designate of DTCP.

DTCP will launch in early 2015.

Mimosa Unveils Its Hotspot-to-the-Home Gateway

Mimosa Networks, a start-up based in Campbell, California, introduced its C5i Hotspot-to-the-Home Gateway for connecting to urban Wi-Fi networks.

Mimosa’s C5i packs a 4x4:4 Multi-User MIMO radio that leverages beamforming technology for automatic antenna aiming.  The device is self-installable and can connect to any outdoor 5 GHz Wi-Fi access point or to a Mimosa access point, which uses a TDMA protocol to optimize performance.

“Consumers can easily mount the device to a window and connect with the access point of their local Internet service provider. With a single device, the C5i can bring the Internet into the home at incredible speeds of up to 500 Mbps,” says Brian Hinman, CEO of Mimosa.

Mimosa Networks, a pioneer in gigabit wireless technology, leverages the most advanced Wi-Fi technology to design and manufacture outdoor gigabit wireless platforms for service providers demanding fiber speed networks. Mimosa technology provides the highest level of scale, capacity and reliability for multiple verticals and applications. Founded in Silicon Valley in 2012, the company has so far raised a total of over $38 million in venture capital funding. Mimosa is led by Brian Hinman, notable CEO and founder of 2Wire, Polycom and PictureTel and includes experienced executives and key talent from leading telecommunications and consumer product companies.

  • In August, Mimosa Networks unveiled its B5 Backhaul radio with coordinated Massive MIMO technology and Mimosa Cloud Services (MCS), featuring advanced network-wide planning and analytics. The company cited a number of innovations:

  • Advanced Colocation ­ -- the B5 radio makes the most of available spectrum. Using both GPS and GLONASS to maximize satellite sync through precision timing as well as sophisticated RF isolation techniques, the B5 radio offers maximum spectrum re-use for colocated devices.
  • Spectrum Multiplication -- leverages coordinated Massive MIMO technology, allowing colocated radios to deliver 16 MIMO streams, and 4 Gbps of throughput, all while sharing the same channel. 
  • Auto Everything ­-- the first radio to offer real-time spectrum analysis without service interruption. The B5 radio automatically optimizes bandwidth, frequency and power use based on historical and real-time data ­ allowing the radio to immediately adapt to any environmental change.
  • Dual Link ­-- actively load balances across two non-contiguous channels to provide unprecedented resiliency against interference.
  • Mimosa Cloud Services -- a cloud-based planning and analytics tool set for wireless service providers.  Enhanced with Google Maps mapping service, Mimosa's network design features allow operators to visually plan and design links while viewing their entire network in one location. Additional topology and obstruction information as well as environmental ITU-based data provide deeper understanding of how a link might operate in real-life.
The B5 Backhaul radio is available for order in two versions ­ an antenna-integrated 5 GHz backhaul radio (B5); and a connectorized radio-only version (B5c).  The B5 (List Price: $899 for B5, $839 for B5c) will begin shipping to customers in Fall 2014.

  • Mimosa has raised over $38 million in venture funding.

Mimosa Networks, a start-up based in Campbell, California, unveiled its B5 Backhaul 

Broadcom Looks to Channel Partners to Accelerate IoT Market

Broadcom is working with more than 40 channel partners to accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and high volume Ethernet IC markets. The company said it is introducing a new sales model to support a broad ecosystem needed to meet increasing demand from thousands of developers.

Broadcom's new channel partners include module manufacturers, value-added resellers, independent design houses, original device manufacturers (ODMs) and an e-commerce distribution channel. The global network is aimed at providing greater access to its WICED Smart and WICED Wi-Fi platforms and leading-edge RoboSwitch, StrataConnect and NetXtreme Ethernet solutions.

"As the IoT market continues to evolve, we're seeing increased demand from thousands of emerging developers wanting to get their hands on our low-cost, highly integrated development platforms, modules and resource materials," said Vincent Brocato, Broadcom Senior Director, Global Channel. "By making our technology easy to use and widely available through our expanded global channel, companies both large and small now have immediate access to the technology and tools required to bring their innovative ideas to life."

Verizon Installs Solar Panels at Long Island HQ

Verizon is installing 7,000 SunPower solar panels on the roof of its Long Island headquarters complex in Garden City, NY.

The same building already generates 6 million kilowatt hours of green energy annually from a fuel-cell system built in 2005.

Upon completion of the new Long Island solar project, Verizon will operate more than 6.7 megawatts of green energy systems in the state. Other company projects in the state include Fuel cells at five New York City telecommunications-switching locations (one each in Staten Island and Queens, and three in Brooklyn) and at a data center in Elmsford in Westchester County. Altogether, Verizon has invested more than $60 million in green energy in New York.

Hortonworks Files for IPO

Hortonworks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC will act as joint lead book-running managers for the offering, RBC Capital Markets, LLC will act as book-running manager, and Pacific Crest Securities LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Blackstone Capital Markets will act as co-managers.

  • Hortonworks develops, distributes and supports a 100% open source Apache Hadoop data platform that deeply integrates with existing IT investments and upon which enterprises can build and deploy Hadoop-based applications. The company has deep relationships with the key strategic data center partners, including Microsoft, SAP, Teradata, HP and others.
  • In July 2014, HP announced a $50 million equity investment in Hortonworks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, that offers enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions. The companies said the investment builds on the reseller agreement put in place last year. The companies also plan to integrate the Hortonworks Data Platform with key HP technologies including the marquee HP HAVEn offering.
  • In March 2014, Hortonworks announced an oversubscribed $100 million funding round to support it enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions. The new funding round was led by funds managed by BlackRock and Passport Capital, joined by all existing investors.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Juniper Appoints New CEO following Board Level Dispute

Juniper Networks appointed Rami Rahim as chief executive officer effective immediately following the sudden resignation of Shaygan Kheradpir as CEO and director of the company. Juniper said the followed a review by its board of directors regarding Kheradpir's conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer.

 Rahim started at Juniper as employee #32 and worked as an engineer on Juniper's first product, the M40 core router. Rahim was also one of the original architects of the MX, Juniper's flagship routing platform. He most recently served as executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation.

 Rahim holds 17 US Patents in networking technologies, a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

  • Shaygan Kheradpir took over as CEO of Juniper Networks on January 1, 2014. Kheradpir replaced Kevin Johnson, who in July 2013 announced his plan to retire as CEO.  Kheradpir joined Juniper Networks from Barclays PLC, where he served as the chief operations and technology officer, and as a member of its executive committee. Prior to joining Barclays, he was executive vice president and chief information and technology officer at Verizon Communications. He holds a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

Pica8's CrossFlow Combines OpenFlow-based Policy with L2/L3

Pica8 introduced a new capability that lets its PicOS bare metal switch operating system integrate OpenFlow-based applications and business-logic policies into existing Layer-2 / Layer-3 networks.

The new CrossFlow Networking lets administrators run L2/L3 protocols and OpenFlow on the same switch at the same time. This lets users leverage OpenFlow for policy-driven applications to drive business logic into the network, while leveraging their network topology and protocols like OSPF and BGP for the most efficient packet transport and performance.

Pica8 said its CrossFlow Networking brings the potential to significantly accelerate SDN adoption because customers are able to run OpenFlow on the existing L2/L3 network.

“Some customers have made commitment to OpenFlow in green field deployments, but networking shops with existing infrastructure want to be able to use OpenFlow in use cases where it makes sense,” said Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing and Pica8. “For the first time, CrossFlow mode allows users to leverage both ways of thinking – Layer-2 / Layer-3 and OpenFlow – to deal with networking challenges appropriately on the same switch.”

Some sample use cases include:
  • In a traditional data center that uses Layer-2 / Layer-3 switching and routing, monitoring and tapping can be done on the switches with rules triggered by the OpenFlow protocol.
  • In an OpenFlow data center, the edge devices need to interact with traditional switching/routing devices (using spanning tree, OSPF, BGP, and other Layer-2 / Layer-3 
Available in PicOS 2.4, CrossFlow allows every port in the bare metal switch the ability to act as either a legacy or a CrossFlow port. A legacy port uses traditional Layer-2 / Layer- 3 switch (OVS) commands can be used, either locally via OVS commands or via an SDN controller using OpenFlow and OVSDB.

  • Pica8 currently claims over 320 customers.
  • Pica8 is based in Palo Alto, California with development offices in Beijing.
  • In October, Pica8 announced $12.5 million in Series B funding from a group of investors led by VantagePoint Capital Partners, Cross Head and Pacific Venture Partners (PVP), bringing its total funding to date to over $20 million.

Chicago's StarWave Exchange Implements Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave

StarWave, a Chicago-based research and education (R&E) communication services exchange facility, is deploying Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave Platform for 100GbE bandwidth interconnection. This upgrade will facilitate transfers for multiple sciences, such as data flows used by high energy physicists investigating particle collisions, and medical researchers sharing massive genomic data files and high-resolution images of protein strands used for cancer research.

The StarWave multi-100 Gbps exchange, located at the StarLight International/National Communications Exchange Facility Consortium, supports large-capacity, long duration, and low latency individual data flow transfers.

Multiple national and international 100 Gbps demonstrations leveraging StarWave are expected at next week's Supercomputing (SC14) conference in New Orleans.

“Ciena’s technology plays a pivotal role in supporting big data, high-performance computing and R&E efforts, improving the way researchers interact and conduct complex, data-intensive scientific discovery. Our 8700 platform enables the needed collaboration in the R&E community by offering massive scalability to carry huge science data flows in a platform that is easy to set up, deploy, and manage,” stated Rod Wilson, Senior Director of External Research, Ciena.

  • In June 2014, Ciena introduced its programmable, 8700 Packetwave Platform, a multi-terabit Ethernet/DWDM switch designed to transform metro and inter-data center networks. The new 8700 Packetwave integrates Ethernet and MPLS-TP switching with Ciena’s WaveLogic Photonics into a single, scalable platform. It leverages Ciena’s Service-Aware Operating System, OneControl Unified Management System, and SLA portal.  It can also be deployed in conjunction with Ciena’s V-WAN software to give customers performance-on-demand cloud service connectivity.