Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Salesforce Revenues Up 29% YoY, 2015 Guidance Increased

Salesforce reported Q3 revenue of $1.38 billion, an increase of 29% year-over-year, and 30% in constant currency.  Subscription and support revenues were $1.29 billion, an increase of 28% year-over-year.  Professional services and other revenues were $95 million, an increase of 33% year-over-year.  There was a GAAP loss per share of ($0.06), and diluted non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.14.

"Salesforce continues to be the fastest growing top 10 software company, with constant currency revenue and deferred revenue growth of 30% or more year-over-year," said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce. "Given the tremendous response to our Customer Success Platform, I'm delighted to announce a fiscal 2016 revenue projection of $6.5 billion at the high end of the range."

Revenue for the company's full fiscal year 2015 is projected to be approximately $5.365 billion to $5.370 billion, an increase of 32% year-over-year.

http://www.salesforce.com

Infonetics: Sales of Global Carrier WiFi Equipment to Soar

The global carrier WiFi equipment market (carrier WiFi access points and WiFi hotspot controllers) totaled $527 million in 2013, a gain of 9% from the previous year, driven in part by the deployment of small cells with integrated WiFi, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

Some highlights:

  • In the first half of 2014 (1H14), carrier WiFi equipment revenue reached $286 million, up 6% from the second half of 2013 (2H13)
  • 802.11ac access points contributed 11% to 1H14 WiFi access point revenue and are expected to see notable adoption in the coming years
  • The evolution of network functions virtualization (NFV) offers the opportunity for more cost effective WiFi service delivery by a range of service providers as well as enterprises and other organizations with existing WiFi (or wireless LAN) deployments
  • Cisco, Huawei, and Ruckus Wireless (listed in alphabetical order) are the carrier WiFi market share leaders in 1H14

“The carrier WiFi market has seen a dynamic injection of growth in the last couple of years, driven by fixed and mobile operators seeking to extend and enhance their broadband subscription services,” notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for mobile backhaul and small cells at Infonetics Research. “The push for service augmentation and upgrade to the 802.11ac standard, combined with the opportunities presented by Hotspot 2.0, voice over WiFi (VoWiFi), and network functions virtualization (NFV) to derive new service models, will drive the carrier WiFi market to $3 billion in 2018.”

http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2014/1H14-Carrier-WiFi-Equipment-Market-Highlights.asp

Infonetics: 100G Transceiver Shipments on the Rise

Globally, 10G, 40G, and 100G transceiver revenue totaled $1.9 billion in 2013, up 18% from 2012, owing almost entirely to increased shipments of 100G WDM and 40G QSFP+, according to Infonetics Research.

Major growth in the data center for 100GbE is on the horizon due to new silicon entering the market and lower-cost QSFP28 optics, including SR4 and much cheaper 2km LR4 optics,” says Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for carrier transport networking at Infonetics Research. “Interest in 25GbE is also building momentum for a jump in these formats.”

“In the telecom world, the market for 100G coherent equipment is controlled by five vendors—Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Huawei, and Infinera—who are vertically integrated, and this is preventing an incursion by standalone component vendors,” adds Schmitt. “We expect volumes in the metro 100G market to ramp in a year and, according to service providers, this will be led by data center and internet content providers.”

Some highlights:

  • In the first half of 2014 (1H14), 10G/40G/100G transceiver revenue grew 11% from the same period a year ago, and full-year 2014 sales are expected to reach $2.1B, a 10% increase over 2013
  • Infonetics forecasts the coherent WDM market to double in 2014
  • Big growth in 40G data center interfaces is impacting 10G volumes, as QSFP+-based interfaces used for high-density 10G start encroaching; growth in the 10G datacom segment is expected to slow beginning this year
  • Shipments of 40GbE QSFP optics in 1H14 were lower than anticipated due to softer demand from internet content providers, whose needs remain erratic due to a lack of effective forecasting, irregular demand trends, and unpredictable order patterns
  • Interest in 100G data center optics is accelerating, but has yet to be turbocharged by widespread data center deployment in the way 40G QSFP optics have been.


http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2014/1H14-Optical-Transceivers-Market-Highlights.asp

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ericsson Mobility Report: Big Trends by 2020

Mobile video traffic will continue to grow dramatically, increasing tenfold by 2020 to account for 55 percent of all mobile data traffic, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.  Ericsson is also predicting that nine out of ten people aged six and over will have mobile phones by 2020, when smartphone subscriptions will top 6.1 billion.

"The falling cost of handsets, coupled with improved usability and increasing network coverage, are factors that are making mobile technology a global phenomenon that will soon be available to the vast majority of the world's population, regardless of age or location," said Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of M&A, Ericsson.

Some highlights:
  • 65-70 percent of all phones sold in the third quarter of 2014 were smartphones, compared with 55 percent in the same quarter for 2013.
  • LTE continues to grow strongly and has reached 350 million subscriptions, with around 50 million additions in Q3 2014.
  • Smartphones currently account for just 37 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions, meaning that many users have yet to make the switch to the more feature-rich, internet-friendly option.
  • WCDMA/HSPA will make up the majority of all subscriptions in 2020, with around 4.4 billion subscriptions, compared to around 3.5 billion LTE subscriptions.
  • Currently in North America, nearly all mobile devices are 3G or 4G, and the only 2G devices that are left are M2M.
  • There are 2.7 billion smartphone subscriptions today
  • In 4G-dominated networks video currently constitutes 45-55 percent of mobile traffic.
  • Mobile data traffic is expected to rise at a CAGR ofaround 40 percent (2014–2020). This will result in an 8-fold increase in traffic by the end of 2020.
  • 5G is expected to be commercially deployed in 2020, and Ericsson predicts it will have a faster uptake than 4G LTE, just as 4G had a faster uptake than 3G. 
  • 5G will encompass evolved versions of existing radio access (such as 3G and 4G), cloud, and core technologies.


This is the seventh issue of the Ericsson Mobility Report, which shares forecast data, analysis and insight into traffic, subscriptions, and consumer behavior to provide insight into current traffic and market trends.
More data is online.

http://www.ericsson.com/ericsson-mobility-report

LTE Category 9 Carrier Aggregation Testing Hits 450 Mbps

Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies achieved download speeds of up to 450 Mbps in the industry's first inter-company interoperability testing of LTE Category 9.

Testing was conducted using Ericsson's LTE-Advanced network infrastructure, including its commercially available 14B software release and RBS 6000 family of base stations, along with Qualcomm's next-generation LTE-Advanced modem.  Ericsson said it supports all bandwidth and frequency combinations for up to 60 MHz 3x Carrier Aggregation, providing users with speeds of up to 450 Mbps.

Thomas Norén, Vice President, Head of Radio Product Management at Ericsson says: "Inter-company vendor interoperability testing between network and device is key to enabling large-scale commercial deployments.  Working with ecosystem partner Qualcomm, we continue to drive LTE innovation and performance improvements, ensuring a great user experience even as mobile broadband demand grows."

Serge Willenegger, Vice President of Product Management, QTI, says: "We are excited to see our next-generation LTE-Advanced modem play an important role in enabling the world's first multi-company interoperability Category 9 test. We are pleased to be working closely with Ericsson to help lead the mobile industry's transition to next-generation network connectivity as ultra-fast mobile broadband connectivity has become an essential feature for mobile users."

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1872405

Alcatel-Lucent Extends its 7750 Edge Routing Line

Alcatel-Lucent introduced its 7750 SR-a edge router - a hardware platform designed for high density, high performance aggregation of mobile backhaul, business and residential services.

The new platform, which extends the company’s 7750 Service Router family and leverages the company's FP3 400G Network Processor, targets fixed, mobile and cable operators, governments and enterprises.

The 7750 SR-a is powered by Alcatel-Lucent’s Service Router Operating System (SR OS) and managed by the 5620 Service Aware Manager (5620 SAM).  It offers class-leading GE and 10GE density with high-performance 40G and 100GE interface investment protection. Oversubscription allows providers to efficiently and cost-effectively support the changing traffic demands of a mix of customers - LTE Advanced and small cell mobile backhaul, business VPN, datacenter and cloud-based services and residential broadband services.

The 7750 SR-a  is available in two variants:

  • The 4-slot 7750 SR-a4 offering 200G system throughput capacity
  • The 8-slot 7750 SR-a8 offering 400G system throughput capacity

“We are committed to delivering product innovations that bridge a gap in the market. The 7750 SR-a will allow providers to go closer to the customer to meet their exploding traffic demands across the network. Despite its compact size, by leveraging the FP3 network processor we are not compromising on scalability, functionality or quality of service – it offers performance beyond its size and drives down costs at the same time,” stated Basil Alwan, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing & Transport business line.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2014/alcatel-lucents-new-compact-high-performance-edge-router-drives-down-operator-costs-even-data

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


Last week, 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.

Intel's Next Xeon Phi Brings Omni-Path Fabric and 10nm process

Intel's third-generation Intel Xeon Phi product family, code-named Knights Hill, will be built using Intel's 10nm process technology and integrate Intel Omni-Path Fabric technology. Knights Hill will follow the upcoming Knights Landing product, with first commercial systems based on Knights Landing expected to begin shipping next year.

Intel also disclosed that its Intel Omni-Path Architecture will achieve 100 Gbps line speed and up to 56 percent lower switch fabric latency in medium-to-large clusters than InfiniBand alternatives. The architecture targets a 48 port switch chip compared to the current 36 port InfiniBand alternatives. This will reduce the number of switches required in HPC clusters.

"Intel is excited about the strong market momentum and customer investment in the development of HPC systems based on current and future Intel Xeon Phi processors and high-speed fabric technology," said Charles Wuischpard, vice president, Data Center Group, and general manager of Workstations and HPC at Intel. "The integration of these fundamental HPC building blocks, combined with an open standards-based programming model, will maximize HPC system performance, broaden accessibility and use, and serve as the on-ramp to exascale."

http://www.intel.com/xeonphi
http://www.intel.com/omnipath

Intel Achieves 32 Gbps SerDes on 14nm Process

Intel published silicon characterization results for its 1 to 32 Gbps high-speed SerDes on the 14nm process. This marks the first time that a 32 Gbps, multiprotocol SerDes has been validated on any sub-20nm foundry process.

Intel's 14nm SerDes family is the second generation of SerDes offering and is built on the company's 12 and 28 Gbps SerDes, which is currently in production on its 22nm Tri-gate process technology. The new 14nm SerDes extends the operating range while reducing power by 20 percent and area by more than 40 percent as compared to Intel's 22nm SerDes offering.

"Our SerDes architecture continues to improve with each successive development in the Tri-gate process" said Ali Farhang, vice president, Design and Enablement Services, Intel Custom Foundry. "We are able to meet the 28G CEI LR spec while supporting operation down to 1 Gbps, thus enabling flexibility in our customers' products."

http://newsroom.intel.com/

BT Launches Cloud for Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa

BT announced new cloud services aimed at supporting the expansion plans of its customers in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA), including:

  • BT One Cloud Cisco: a global platform that features Unified Communications capabilities, including high-definition (HD) voice, multiparty HD video, Instant Messaging (IM) and presence, and mobile clients delivered by Cisco Jabber. Global coverage and resilience are ensured through BT’s data centres in the Americas, the UK and Asia Pacific. Those data centres are paired one to another in geographically remote cities to bring additional resilience to services in case of major incidents. 
  • BT One Cloud Lync: A fully-managed private cloud service with enterprise telephony and video with the standard feature set of presence, IM and conferencing in a single, unified platform. 
  • BT Cloud Connect program across AMEA. Customers across the region will now be able to connect directly through BT’s network to various other software-as-a-service providers and to more than 200 third- party data centres around the world. 
  • BT for Life Sciences R&D in AMEA - -a cloud service designed to enable collaboration within the life sciences industry for increased R&D productivity. It is specifically designed to allow organisations active in the life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and associated sectors to comply with stringent security, regulatory and compliance requirements while accessing the very high computational demands of R&D and adopting the latest in cloud computing, collaboration, and unified communications. 

http://www.btplc.com/News/Articles/ShowArticle.cfm?ArticleID=D7755EB4-3521-4148-8057-B4CEE53EC2D3

Monday, November 17, 2014

MEF Launches Ethernet Interconnect Points

The Metro Ethernet Forum is launching a new Ethernet Interconnect Points initiative that aims to define requirements for Carrier Ethernet services between operators, including location, facilities, ENNI, wholesale service alignment and business process alignment.

The Ethernet Interconnect Points Initiative was formed earlier this year by leading US telcos including AT&T, Frontier, Verizon and Windstream. Having identified the key challenges, the initiative is in the process of being formalized into a MEF project, and it is expected that there will be broad participation from many of the 130+ service provider members of the MEF in this activity. The project is expected to publish the EIP Phase 1 Implementation Guideline in 2015.
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“This industry effort to standardize local Ethernet Meet Point interconnections among carriers is a big step towards providing a network infrastructure capable of supporting an all IP environment by 2020,” said Mike Lesher, Assistant Vice President, Product Marketing Management, AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions. “Standardization will facilitate the deployment of Carrier Ethernet coverage to all businesses, no matter their network provider. AT&T is proud to be one of the leaders of this important MEF project.”

”Consensus among Carrier Ethernet providers is important for the successful definition of standardized Ethernet Meet Points,” said Matthew Duckworth, director of Ethernet product marketing, Verizon Global Wholesale and a co-initiator of the MEF project. “Verizon supports MEF’s efforts to create the framework that will enable the industry to achieve consensus and help accelerate the transition from TDM to IP-based networks.”

"The work of this MEF-facilitated initiative has already clarified some very important technical and process-related aspects of interconnecting to provide universal coverage across multiple franchises", said Todd Wells, SVP of Revenue Strategy for Frontier Communications. "This improved understanding will undoubtedly accelerate availability of faster Ethernet-based services to US subscribers.”

“Standardization of Ethernet meet points is critical to driving greater adoption of Carrier Ethernet in the marketplace. Windstream is dedicated to helping the MEF on this important industry initiative,” said Randy Nicklas, executive vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for Windstream.

As part of the ongoing marketing of its work, the EIP Initiative will be introduced at the Verizon Partner Conference at GEN14 on Monday November 17th, 2014 in Washington DC.

http://www.gen14.com
http://www.MetroEthernetForum.org

CenturyLink and Infinera Deliver Terabit to SC14 in New Orleans

Infinera and CenturyLink are delivering one terabit per second (1 Tbps) of super-channel transmission capacity to support the SCinet network at this week's International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC14) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

CenturyLink currently offers 100 GbE Optical Wavelength Service to research institutions and laboratories, including those at more than 150 U.S. Department of Defense locations through a contract for the Defense Research and Engineering Network; financial and educational institutions; Internet content providers; and is delivering these Ethernet services to enterprise customers across the U.S. and in select international cities through a dedicated network connection.

"This terabit deployment demonstrates the scale, reliability and efficiency of our network and complements the 100 gigabit Ethernet services we have available to our customers today," said Pieter Poll, senior vice president of national and international network planning at CenturyLink. "The delivery of terabit capacity on SCinet demonstrates the rapid provisioning of services and the ability to turn up terabit capacity in minutes."

SCinet is one of the most powerful and advanced networks in the world, created each year for the Supercomputing Conference.

"This demonstration with CenturyLink illustrates the ability to rapidly scale bandwidth and provision services across an Intelligent Transport Network," said Bob Jandro, Infinera senior vice president, worldwide sales. "Working with CenturyLink to dynamically deliver terabit capacity over their backbone emphasizes the value of our solutions in powering one of the largest networks in the U.S."

http://www.infinera.com
http://www.centurylink.com
http://sc14.supercomputing.org

Research Community Activates North Atlantic 100 Gbps Ring

Internet2, NORDUnet, CANARIE and SURFnet announced the completion of a collaborative advanced network, called ANA-200G, that spans the North Atlantic.

ANA-200G is a redundant 100 Gbps ring between four open exchange points: MAN LAN in New York City, WIX in Washington, D.C., NetherLight in Amsterdam, and GÉANT Open in London.  The network enables clear channel 100 Gbps data transfers for R&E between researchers in the United States and Northern Europe.

Demonstrations of ANA-200G will take place this week at SuperComputing (SC14) in New Orleans.

"Research and education are worldwide endeavors, with teams collaborating on single ‘big science’ projects across the globe. Likewise, leading R&E networks from around the world also partner on a global scale to jointly advance the state of the art for the benefit of the networks’ users. With this major milestone in ANA-200G, we deliver on an important pathfinder for a novel Global Network Architecture for R&E that is just as robust as each of our domestic capabilities," stated Dave Lambert, President and CEO of Internet2.

http://www.internet2.edu
http://www.nordu.net
http://www.canarie.ca
http://www.surfnet.nl/en

IBM Lands $325M Contracts for Supercomputers in National Labs

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded IBM contracts valued at $325 million to develop and deliver the world’s most advanced “data centric” supercomputing systems at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.

IBM said its new systems will employ a “data centric” approach that puts computing power everywhere data resides, minimizing data in motion and energy consumption. These OpenPOWER-based systems are expected to offer five to 10 times better performance on commercial and high-performance computing applications compared to the current systems at the labs, while being more than five times more energy efficient.

The “Sierra” supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore and “Summit” supercomputer at Oak Ridge will each have a peak performance well in excess of 100 petaflops balanced with more than five petabytes of dynamic and flash memory to help accelerate the performance of data centric applications. IBM's design will be capable of moving data to the processor, when necessary, at more than 17 petabytes per second (which is equivalent to moving over 100 billion photos on Facebook in a second).

http://www.ibm.com


Marvell Launches Octa-Core, 64-bit LTE Smartphone Chip

Marvell introduced its octa-core, 64-bit 5-mode 4G LTE ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 system-on-chip (SoC) for smartphones and tablets globally.

The new 5-mode 4G LTE mobile processor features 8× ARM Cortex A53, advanced graphics and security functions, high performance image processing, and sensor fusion capabilities. Key features of the Marvell ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 include:

  • Octa-core Cortex A53, up to 1.5GHz clock speed
  • Supports 1080p display, and video encoding and decoding
  • Improved image processor to support 13 to 16MP camera
  • Advanced power management and audio codec for power efficiency and audio performance
  • Enhanced security processor
  • Integrated location and sensor hub functionalities for better usability
  • Field proven DSDS software for 5-mode modem

"4G LTE is such a critical technology to enable mobile computing, social networking, cloud gaming and other data intensive applications that are part of our daily lives. I believe our single-chip octa-core ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 delivers best-in-class 5-mode 4G LTE connectivity and industry-leading processing, security, graphics and sensor fusion capabilities that will enable mobile products with outstanding performance, long battery lifetime, affordable price point and superior total user experience and empower global mobile operators and tier-one OEMs for the rapid deployment of 4G LTE high performance smartphones and tablets to the mass market around the world," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell.

http://www.marvell.com/communication-processors/pxa1936/
@marvellsemi

Fujitsu Adds FLASHWAVE Ethernet Access/Aggregation Boxes

Fujitsu Network Communications introduced its FLASHWAVE 5300 Ethernet Access and Aggregation Devices designed to deliver Ethernet, or Ethernet and TDM-based connectivity, supporting high-performance enterprise business services and 4G/LTE mobile backhaul applications. The FLASHWAVE 5300 series is initially configured for Gigabit Ethernet and can be upgraded later to support 10GbE by swapping the SFP interface with an SFP+.

The FLASHWAVE 5300 series supports the ITU G.8032v2 standard for Ethernet ring protection switching, ensuring a sub-50 ms failover in the event of a network disruption. Fujitsu also takes advantage of the greater network performance visibility provided by the ITU Y.1731 standard for advanced Ethernet OAM functionalities. Detailed, end-to-end monitoring data is integrated into the Fujitsu NETSMART 1200 Ethernet Service Manager software.  The NETSMART 1200 also facilitates provisioning of Ethernet tunnels, protection domains and service OAM (SOAM) Y.1731 monitoring.

The FLASHWAVE 5300 series, including the previously introduced FLASHWAVE 5310, is available in four configurations:

  • 5310 -- a 1RU Ethernet access device with 4 X GE SFP ports built in and two module slots (with 4 X GE SFP port, 8 X T1/E1 circuit emulation or 1 X OC-3/STM-1 channelized module options);
  • 5305 -- a 1/2 x 1RU Ethernet access device with 4 X GE/10GbE  SFP+ ports;
  • 5321 -- a 1RU Ethernet access and aggregation device with 4 X GE/10GE SFP+ ports and 24 X GE SFP ports; and
  • 5322 -- a 1RU Ethernet access and aggregation device with 12 X GE/10GbE SFP+ ports.
"The FLASHWAVE 5300 is an integral new piece of the complete Fujitsu Ethernet solution,” said Steve Pelosi, Vice President and Head of Optical Products, Fujitsu Network Communications. ”We see the technology being deployed for everything from Ethernet business services to mobile backhaul. Whatever the purpose and whatever stage of Carrier Ethernet adoption a customer may be in, Fujitsu has the access, aggregation and metro network devices, as well as the management system, to make them successful."

All FLASHWAVE 5300 series products are MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 compliant.

BTI Systems Expands its Carrier Ethernet Access/Aggregation Line

BTI Systems introduced two new platforms in its Carrier Ethernet (CE) access and aggregation portfolio:

  • BTI SA-821 -- a high-density Ethernet access and aggregation switch that supports 10GE access for cell towers and businesses as well as 10GE aggregation applications.
  • BTI SA-822 -- an Ethernet aggregation switch that supports high-density 10GE ring interconnect and aggregation deployments.

All BTI solutions are managed and controlled under the SDN-enabled BTI proNX Service Manager for ease of provisioning and ongoing operations, including integration to customer portals and other back office systems.

BTI announced today that the company has joined the CloudEthernet Forum.

BTI recently announced key customer wins with data center provider, CyrusOne; colocation provider, Interxion; and Asia-Pacific-based integrated technology solutions provider, Pacnet.

“Our advanced Carrier Ethernet portfolio is designed to deliver what service providers demand today to optimize network resources while increasing bandwidth and driving new services,” said BTI’s Senior Product Manager, Frank Chang. “The BTI Carrier Ethernet platforms provide network resiliency, operational simplicity with common management, compact size, high port density and the industry’s most competitive price performance. With the strength of our portfolio, we have rapidly become the vendor of choice for leading providers to power their next-generation metro and cloud services.”

http://www.btisystems.com

FCC Chairman Seeks Big Increase in E-Rate

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is seeking a significant increase in the E-rate program, which funds broadband connections for the nation’s schools and libraries. A draft order being circulated for consideration by the FCC would increase E-Rate's funding by $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion by raising taxes on telephone bills and phasing down support for legacy services.

The FCC estimates 63% of public schools – over 40 million students – don’t have broadband connections to the building capable of taking advantage of modern digital learning.  In addition, 45% of school districts lack sufficient Wi-Fi capacity to move to one-to-one student-to-device deployments and half of all public libraries report connections of less than 10 Mbps (70% of rural libraries).

http://www.fcc.gov/blog/taking-next-step-e-rate-modernization

Statement from Commissioner Pai Statement in opposition
http://www.fcc.gov/document/commissioner-pai-statement-telephone-tax-increase-172

Infonetics: Optical Hardware Sales Dipped 5% in Q3 2014

The global optical network hardware market (SONET/SDH, WDM) totaled $3 billion in 3Q14, down 10% sequentially, and down 5% year-over-year, according to a new report released by Infonetics Research.

Some highlights of the report:

  • Though WDM equipment revenue is up 4% in 3Q14 from a year ago, strong WDM spending trends waned in North America, and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) continued to decline
  • North America stopped pulling the optical train in 3Q14 as strong results from Ciena were offset by other vendors’ weaker performance
  • Europe, meanwhile, remains in an optical slump compounded by a weak macro economy, and Asia Pacific was down by double digits on a sequential basis
  • Market gains are accumulating to fewer vendors, but Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cyan, Infinera, and NEC all notched positive results in 3Q14.

“A spending divergence is opening in the optical market, with some service providers, primarily competitive carriers and internet content providers, growing spend, while traditional carriers proceed with caution. Companies less dependent on EMEA and incumbent carriers are faring better—this effect explains the varying sentiment in the industry,” notes Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for carrier transport networking at Infonetics Research.

http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2014/3Q14-Optical-Network-Hardware-Market-Highlights.asp

Crehan: A Surge in 40 Gigabit Data Center Networking Adoption

The adoption of 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) in data centers is significantly accelerating, according to recent and upcoming reports from Crehan Research.

Crehan’s latest server-class adapter and LAN-on-motherboard report shows that 40GbE speeds on these products is already approaching a quarter-million port annual run-rate in 3Q14, and on track to increase four-fold, reaching a million port annual run-rate by 4Q14.

The reports show that Mellanox currently accounts for the majority of 40GbE server adapter shipments, while Cisco is the share leader in 40GbE data center switch port shipments.

“We were very bullish in our outlook for 40GbE data center networking growth in 2014, but results in certain segments of this market are already exceeding our forecast," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "Data center networking traffic demands are so strong in some market verticals that these customers cannot wait to evaluate the upcoming 25GbE and 50GbE options. They need to go ahead and deploy speeds greater than 10GbE right now," he said. "Furthermore, 40GbE is currently benefiting from a window of opportunity where it is a viable server connection as well as a viable data center aggregation and core networking option."

With its prior data center switch report (2Q14), Crehan Research noted that low-priced switches had driven strong data center Ethernet growth. These lower prices are especially pronounced in 40GbE and are helping to drive the much stronger adoption of this technology.

http://www.CrehanResearch.com

Sunday, November 16, 2014

100G InfiniBand Connects Supercomputers across Continents

Obsidian Strategics and Singapore's A*STAR Computational Resource Centre are pioneering long-distance, 100G InfiniBand as a means of interconnecting geographically distributed supercomputers. A demonstration planned for this week's SC14 conference in New Orleans aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using the technology for global supercomputer collaboration. The key is to transmit RDMA over transcontinental distances.

The demo will show real time analysis and control of a plasma physics experiment at the Tokyo Institute of Technology involving distributed data processing concurrently occurring in Singapore, Georgia Tech and equipment on the SC14 exhibition floor.  Tata Communications is providing the long-haul cable.

Obsidian Strategics is a privately-held company based in Canada that offers InfiniBand products featuring range extension, routing and encryption.  Obsidian's Longbow technology allows an InfiniBand fabric -- normally a short-range network (up to 17m) used in supercomputers and data centers -- to be securely extended via optical fiber over global distances. Obsidian also provides its Crossbow technology that enables very high performance routing of InfiniBand traffic between many separate subnets.

 “Supercomputers have played crucial roles in military, higher-education, R&D labs and industry for decades. Today, at the rate data usage is increasing, the uses for high performance computing have also increased. Most supercomputers today are built around a very capable open-standard LAN technology called InfiniBand, but this is limited to very short reach connections. Our work on mission critical global communication requirements from the U.S. government has allowed us to pioneer the technology capable of transparently extending InfiniBand over arbitrary distances. The result is a highly deployable communications fabric suitable for demanding applications in not only scientific computing, but also storage, data center, cloud and enterprise environments. We couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of this groundbreaking collaboration,” stated. Dr. David Southwell, co-founder and chief visionary officer, Obsidian Strategics.

The InfiniCortex demostration is at SC14 booth #548 booth #2520.

http://www.obsidianstrategics.com
http://www.a-star.edu.sg/