Thursday, November 13, 2014

News Roundup from AWS re:Invent

Amazon Web Services remains on a fast growth track and now has over one million active customers. Traffic, as measured in petabytes, on the Amazon S3 cloud storage service is up 137% over last year. The number of "instance hours" on the Amazon EC2 cloud compute service is likewise up 99% y/y.

Here's a roundup of cloud news from this week's AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.

New Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) -- makes its possible to run any number of Docker containers across a managed cluster of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances using APIs and other tools. Amazon eliminates the need to install cluster management software, purchase and maintain the cluster hardware, or match hardware inventory to software needs. ECS sets up and manages clusters made up of Docker containers. It launches and terminates the containers and maintains complete information about the state of your cluster. Amazon said ECS can scale to clusters that encompass tens of thousands of containers across multiple Availability Zones.

New Amazon Aurora - a MySQL-compatible database engine. Aurora is a fully-managed, MySQL-compatible, relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Storage is automatically replicated across three AWS Availability Zones (AZs) for durability and high availability, with two copies of the data in each Availability Zone.

Bigger Amazon Elastic Block Store volumes - General Purpose (SSD) can now be scaled up to 16 TB and provide up to 10,000 baseline IOPS (up from 1 TB and 3,000 baseline IOPS). Provisioned IOPS (SSD) can now store up to 16 TB and provide up to 20,000 Provisioned IOPS (up from 1 TB and 4,000 Provisioned IOPS).

New compute-optimized Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances based on the Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 (code name Haswell) processor, which was custom designed specifically for EC2. It runs at a base speed of 2.9 GHz, and can achieve clock speeds as high as 3.5 GHz with Turbo boost.

New event notifications for Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) --  brings a new level of programmability to cloud storage. Notifications can be issued to Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) or Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) when a new object is added to the bucket or an existing object is overwritten.

New AWS Lambda -- a new way to build and run applications in the cloud that lets you take advantage of your existing programming skills and your knowledge of AWS. Lambda is a zero-administration compute platform. You don't have to configure, launch, or monitor EC2 instances. You don't have to install any operating systems or language environments. Lambda is currently in preview status.

New AWS Service Catalog -- a tool that will allow any IT department to deliver AWS-powered services to internal users while maintaining consistency and control. This could help large IT shops reduce support costs and encourage organizations to realize the benefits of cloud computing.

New AWS Config -- a new service that captures the initial state of a client's AWS resources (EC2 instances and related items to start, with others planned) and the relationships between them, and then tracks creations, deletions, and property changes for analysis, visualization, and archiving.

New AWS Key Management Service (KMS) -- provides the client with centralized control over encryption keys. It makes it easier to implement encryption key management at enterprise scale.

New AWS Tools for Code Management and Deployment -- these are designed to help individual developers, teams of developers, and system administrators store, integrate, and deploy their code on the cloud. For instance, one tool efficiently deploys newly released code to a "fleet" of EC2 instances while taking care to leave as much of the fleet online as possible. It can accommodate fleets that range in size from one instance all the way up to tens of thousands of instances.

Netflix has 10+ PB on AWS S3, with 1.2 PB of reads daily and 100 TB written daily.

Nokia Demos Small Cell LTE-A Carrier Aggregation of over 200 Mbps

Nokia Networks demonstrated LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation in small cells delivering a peak data rate of more than 200 Mbps.

The demo, which was conducted at a Nokia lab in Arlington Heights, Illinois, showed small cell LTE-A intra-site carrier aggregation.  The test aggregated 2 x 20 MHz of TD-LTE using a TD-LTE capable Category 6 device resulting in a throughput approaching 220 Mbps.

Nokia said this testing demonstrated that the performance of its Flexi Zone small cells can be doubled using a single micro or pico base station.

Nokia Flexi Zone small cells support up to 600 active users or devices to enable operators to meet future growth in demand. Commercial Flexi Zone small cell deployments are already supporting heavy traffic loads of more than 150 active users per cell – a figure exceeding typical specifications for other small cell products on the market. The installations have also achieved 100% availability, even under high traffic load, while offloading 80% of traffic from the operator’s macro network.

“The market success reflects the ongoing development of our Flexi Zone small cells solution. When we first announced Flexi Zone micro and pico base stations, we did what many pundits thought was impossible by packing a macro sector’s worth of capacity into the industry’s smallest outdoor small cell and bringing full macro software parity,” said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president, mobile broadband, Nokia Networks. “We also promised to show that it would be possible to software upgrade a small cell to LTE-A. Now we’ve done that too.”

Equinix Partners with Datapipe on Hybrid IT for AWS

Equinix announced a partnership with Datapipe to provide managed Hybrid IT Solutions for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The solution leverages Equinix’s global footprint of more than 100 International Business Exchange (IBX®) data centers and combines Equinix’s Cloud Exchange™ interconnection solution with Datapipe’s managed services and the AWS platform.

The companies said their joint solution provides improved security and performance, better control, and higher throughput versus connecting to AWS via the public Internet. It provides direct bandwidth for access to AWS services and the seamless integration with dedicated IT environments, such as complex databases, to support highly available, data-intensive applications. The result is improved user Quality of Experience (QoE) and more effective migration to and adoption of the AWS cloud.

Where are SDN and NFV today? @Pica8 Responds

What's been missing in the equation so far have been customers willing to move beyond the study phase, says Steve Garrison, VP of Marketing at Pica8. The focus at Pica8 is how to integrate SDN into an existing Layer 2 Switching / Layer 3 Routing environment.

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SK Telecom Carries 2G/3G over LTE

SK Telecom has developed and commercialized "2G/3G over LTE" technology -- a world first.

"2G/3G over LTE" enhances the stability of 2G/3G mobile networks by utilizing LTE network as backhaul instead of fixed-line 2G/3G infrastructure. SK Telecom said the wireless backhaul network could prove to be more resilient than fixed-line 2G/3G infrastructure in the event of man-made or natural disasters.  In Korea, mobile networks typically have structural redundancy.  The LTE network can replace one of the two fiber-optic transmission networks in the redundancy network structure, thus enhancing the operator’s network building and operating efficiency.

SK Telecom plans to apply the technology to 600 base stations by 2016.

Choi Seung-won, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Engineering Office said, “With 2G/3G over LTE, SK Telecom’s 2G and 3G customers will be able to experience a more stable and seamless service. Our efforts will continue to keep improving customer satisfaction through new and innovative technologies that enhance the quality of service for all our customers.”

SK Telecom demonstrated live LTE-Advanced Tri-Band Carrier aggregation in its commercial network, achieving downlink speeds of up to 300 Mbps. The demonstration, which was conducted in partnership with Ericsson, combined three separate bands of 10 MHz, 10 MHz and 20 MHz bandwidth.  SK Telecom believes the demonstration will serve as yet another opportunity for the company to solidify its position as a leader in LTE-Advanced.

ZTE's Optical Transmission Record: 16 Tbps over 3,500km

ZTE announced an optical transport milestone:  24-hour, error-free transmission at 16 Tbps over 3,500 km.

The test used ZTE's WDM/OTN platforms with anced Nyquist WDM spectral compression optical modulation and optical impairments mitigation coherent reception techniques in the C band.  Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA)  were deployed with 100 km span separations. The test achieved a spectral efficiency of 4bit/Hz/s.

"The successful test will enable ZTE to help operators increase network capacity several times over longer distances,” said Chen Yufei, Vice General Manager of Bearer Network Products at ZTE. “The strength of ZTE’s T-bit transmission technology helps our customers achieve sustainable growth in network bandwidth and reduce total cost of ownership.”

  • In September 2013, ZTE became the first equipment manufacturer to implement single-channel directly-detected 50Gb/s optical 64QAM-OFDM signal transmission and receiving and realize realtime fiber transmission of the signal, breaking the world record of single-channel transmission rate of 10Gb/s optical OFDM signal.
  • In October 2013, ZTE worked with Beijing Institute, China Telecom to complete 1T ultra long-distance optical transmission realtime system experiment and make the world record of realtime transmission over 3200km. In March 2014, ZTE became the first in the world to implement realtime transmission of dual carrier 100Gb/s directly detecting 16QAM-OFDM signal.

Nokia Networks and HP Advance their NFV Partnership

Nokia Networks and HP are moving ahead with their partnership to offer a telco cloud solution compliant with ETSI NFV principles and designed to provide operators with an open source-based cloud.

The companies said they will provide telco operators with an integrated solution enabling Nokia Networks virtualized network functions (VNFs) to run on a cloud infrastructure layer that integrates HP data center hardware, hypervisor and virtual infrastructure manager, based on HP Helion OpenStack technology.

Telco cloud virtualized network function management will be performed by Nokia’s Cloud Application Manager.  The cooperation extends beyond hardware and software to encompass the technical, services and commercial capabilities needed to deliver, maintain and operate a telco cloud.

Nokia Networks is already delivering the first commercial NFV solution which brings cloud technology to life with services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE). It expects its virtualized network functions and cloud management solutions based on HP Helion OpenStack with carrier grade technologies to be available by mid-2015.

“Services are fundamental to enable the transformation that the cloud promises to operators for telco and IT applications. Working together, Nokia Networks and HP can deliver the expertise and technological leadership that mobile operators need to gain the full benefits of a complete telco and IT cloud solution – and all under one contract for simplicity,” said Igor Leprince, executive vice president Global Services, Nokia Networks.

“Operators want the same advantages enterprises have experienced with open source-based cloud solutions. HP Helion OpenStack with carrier grade technologies provides them with a clear path to get there,” said Saar Gillai, senior vice president/COO, HP Cloud and general manager, NFV, HP. “Together, Nokia Networks and HP plan to deliver a pre-integrated solution leveraging our cloud platform and their VNFs to provide customers with a simplified and faster means to deploy NFV services.”
  • In February 2014, Nokia and HP first announced a Telco Cloud partnership.

  • Why OPNFV? Prodip Sen, CTO for Network Functions Virtualization at HP and Reino Tammela, Head of Nokia's Technology Center in Espoo, discuss the reasons for a new industry initiative outside of ETSI's ISG for NFV.  The new project aims to accelerate deployments. The jump-start does not aim to replace on-going standards development but to take a pragmatic approach to market demands.

At the end of September, The Linux Foundation launched the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV) with the goal of accelerating the commercial introduction of NFV products and services.

OPNFV will establish a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV and ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components. Because multiple open source NFV building blocks already exist, OPNFV will work with upstream projects to coordinate continuous integration and testing while filling development gaps.

Microsoft Acquires Aorato for Enterprise Cloud Security

Microsoft has acquired Aorato, a developer of enterprise security solutions.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Aorato, which is based in Israel, uses machine learning to detect suspicious activity on a company’s network. Key to Aorato’s approach is the Organizational Security Graph, a living, continuously-updated view of all of the people and machines accessing an organization’s Windows Server Active Directory (AD).

Microsoft said the acquisition will give customers a new level of protection against threats through better visibility into their identity infrastructure.

Mavenir Acquires Stoke for LTE Security Gateways

Mavenir Systems agreed to acquire Stoke, a developer of mobile gateways, for $2.9 million in cash plus the assumption of approximately $1.9 million of indebtedness..

Stoke, which is based in Santa Clara, California, supplies LTE Security Gateways. Its customers include NTT Docomo and Softbank. Stoke also has relationships with integrators including Net One Systems and Macnica Networks in Japan and Samsung in South Korea.

Mavenir said the acquisition will help expand its global reach, especially in Japan and South Korea.  The LTE Security Gateway adds to its product portfolio.

"The transition to all-IP requires robust, high-performance security solutions at the access and interconnect points to 4G LTE networks. Combined with our Session Border Controller (SBC) and evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG), Stoke's LTE Security Gateway (SEG) enables Mavenir to deliver a complete, secure, end to end solution to our customers globally," stated Pardeep Kohli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mavenir Systems.

  • In 2010, Stoke announced that DOCOMO was deploying its SSX-3000 gateway to aggregate LTE eNodeB radio transmission base stations.  Functional verification of the Stoke SSX-3000 as well as its proposal and sale to DOCOMO was handled by Net One Systems, Stoke's distributor in Japan. 
  • In January 2011, Stoke raised $17 million in Series E funding for its mobile broadband gateways. This funding round was led by new investor Focus Ventures, participation from existing investors included DAG Ventures, Integral Capital Partners, Pilot House Ventures, Net One Systems Co., DoCoMo Capital Ltd, Mobile Internet Capital, Inc, Sequoia Capital, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. This brought Stoke's total funding to approximately $92 million. 

Nokia Networks Confirms 3G Contract with Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel has awarded a 3G contract to Nokia Networks to upgrade its 3G network in the Mumbai, West Bengal and Bihar telecom circles.

The upgrade, which will use Nokia’s latest Single RAN Advanced platform, will be an India-first dual band, dual carrier 3G network implementation of refarmed 900 MHz spectrum paired with Mumbai’s existing 3G network on 2100 MHz. This will enable higher throughput and thus improved 3G services for Bharti Airtel’s customers.

Under the contract, Nokia Networks will supply its Single RAN Advanced platform, based on its energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station**. This multi-standard radio platform is optimal because it will also support Bharti Airtel in its TD-LTE rollout and pave the way to FDD-LTE in the near future. In addition, Nokia Networks will deploy its Flexi Lite Base Station, a small all-in-one base station optimized for indoor and outdoor micro-cell deployments to provide the best coverage in densely crowded areas. Nokia will also supply its extremely compact, highly scalable and flexible multi-technology, all-IP multicontroller RNC (mcRNC).

“This deal bolsters our long-term partnership with Bharti Airtel, and we are committed to helping the operator provide further improved mobile broadband experience for its customers,” said Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India region, Nokia Networks. “While Nokia’s Single RAN Advanced platform will ensure a reliable 3G mobile broadband connectivity, our comprehensive services will ensure smooth deployment.”

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.