Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Freescale Acquires Zenverge for 4K Transcoding

Freescale Semiconductor has acquired Zenverge, a leading developer of advanced HD content processing ICs. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Zenverge’s transcoding technology enables the conversion of one media stream into multiple streams, each individually formatted and optimized for the specific internet connected device or platform where it will be displayed. Among the supported formats planned is the Ultra HD (HEVC) standard, which features outstanding 4K resolution while delivering up to 50 percent bandwidth savings due to highly advanced data compression. As part of the agreement, key members of Zenverge have joined Freescale. Zenverge is based in Santa Clara, California.

Freescale said the acquisition will significantly enhance its content processing, storage and interoperability capabilities for a range of Video Internet of Things applications and markets.

“This acquisition extends Freescale’s reach into both display- and media-centric processing at a time when both the volume and density of internet content is growing rapidly,” said Lees. “Zenverge is a recognized leader in the secure optimization, unification, storage and distribution of rich digital content. The company’s highly advanced technologies present growth opportunities for Freescale in new markets, while providing compelling and highly differentiated functionality for future generations of many popular Freescale product portfolios.”

http://www.freescale.com
http://www.zenverge.com/

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HP's Haven Delivers Cloud-based Analytics

HP introduced Haven OnDemand, a new web service that leverages its Helion cloud for delivering Big Data analytics.  The new cloud services lets customers analyze all forms of data, including business data, machine data, and unstructured human information.

HP is  supporting a range of flexible consumption models, including a managed virtual private cloud Haven platform offering developed in partnership with HP Enterprise Service.  The company also announced that it will embed its unique Haven assets deeper into the HP Software application portfolio with new offerings that leverage Big Data analytics.

"To succeed in today's marketplace, businesses must be able to leverage all forms of data, at high speed and in context, in order to capitalize on emerging opportunities and manage risk and costs," said Robert Youngjohns, GM and EVP, HP Software. "With today's announcement, we are making our unique Big Data platform more accessible and adaptable than ever before, giving customers, partners, and developers an unmatched set of assets that can help them create winning, data-driven businesses."

http://hp.com/haven

Clouditalia Deploys 100G with Coriant hiT 7300 Platform

Clouditalia, a provider of integrated telecommunications and cloud services throughout Italy, has deployed Coriant's hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform to deliver 100G capacity in major network sites, including Rome, Milan, Bologna, and Pisa. Clouditalia will leverage Coriant's advanced technology to enhance its end-user service offerings, including fixed and wireless telecommunications, data center connectivity, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

"The connectivity needs of our enterprise customers continue to evolve as media-rich applications and cloud services become increasingly critical to their business success," said Bernardo Marzucchi, Chief Technology Officer, Clouditalia. "With the ability to seamlessly increase service capacity and advance the flexibility of our optical fiber infrastructure, the Coriant solution will allow us to keep pace with our customers' bandwidth demands and deliver the advanced services that help them become more competitive in the market."

http://www.coriant.com

Akanda Hires Former Senior Principal Architect at Yahoo!

Akanda, a start-up offering an open source Network Function Virtualization (NFV) platform for cloud service providers, appointed Mark McClain as founding Chief Technology Officer. McClain joins Akanda from his former position as Senior Principal Architect at Yahoo! where he contributed to the strategic planning and architecture expansion of the company’s OpenStack platform implementations. Prior to Yahoo!, McClain held Senior Developer positions at DreamHost, Pictage and SignPost Networks. McClain is also a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee and currently a core member of OpenStack Neutron.

http://www.akanda.io

  • In November, Akanda, a start-up incubated with DreamHost since 2012, launched out of stealth mode to deliver an open source Network Function Virtualization (NFV) platform for cloud service providers.  The platform is already in use by 500+ tenants at Dreamhost and supporting 1,000s of VMs in its cloud compute service. DreamHost is now spinning-off the solution into Akanda, a start-up whose mission will be to accelerate open source NFV for cloud operators. 
    Akanda's NFV implementation provides OpenStack integrated L3 network virtualization on a VMWare NSX L2 overlay. It interfaces with the OpenStack Neutron REST APIs and includes a sophisticated management and orchestration platform to monitor, configure, and manage virtualized routers. In the future, Akanda will be extended to virtualize additional network functions, including load balancing and firewalls, and will feature pluggable backends to alternative L2 overlays.

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    he company said intends to work collaboratively with all emerging open source communities and NFV projects including OpenStack Neutron, OPNFV and OpenDaylight.

Telenor and TeliaSonera Plan JV in Denmark

Telenor and TeliaSonera agreed to merge their Danish operations into a new joint venture where the parties will own 50 percent each.

The new company will have a combined mobile subscriber base of around 3.5 million for a combined mobile subscriber market share of approximately 40%, revenues of more than DKK 9 billion.

The companies said the merger will likely yield annual efficiency gains of above DKK 800 million, with full effect from 2019.

“Competition in Denmark is intense and we face continued pressure on revenue growth and profitability, making consolidation inevitable. By combining the assets and customer bases of Telenor and TeliaSonera in Denmark, the joint venture will become a robust operator. We will be able to offer our customers a high-quality network with outstanding connectivity and the best customer experience in Denmark,” says Kjell Morten Johnsen, EVP and Head of Telenor Region Europe.

http://www.telenor.com/


  • TDC currently holds about 41% share of the mobile subscribers in Denmark.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Australia's NBN Co Updates is National Rollout Plan with HFC

Australia's NBN Co announced a new national rollout plan for the National Broadband Network (NBN) based on a multi-technology access strategy, including fiber to the premise (FTTP), fiber to the node (FTTN), wireless and upgraded HFC.

Areas where NBN FTTP has been deployed or is in advanced stages of being built will likely remain part of the FTTP rollout, while areas served by the Optus or Telstra Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) cable networks will likely receive fast broadband over an upgraded HFC network.

The plan covers the next 1.9 million homes and businesses by mid-2016 across more than 400 cities, suburbs and towns, on the path to achieving 8 million connections to the NBN by 2020.

“We’re committed to bringing fast broadband to all Australians as quickly as possible. The new multi-technology approach enables us to do just that. Over the past year, we have carried out successful trials of a range of new technologies, revised our build processes and are renegotiating our partner agreements. As a result of this work, we are able to provide forecasts that reflect the next phase of our network build," stated NBN Co’s CEO Bill Morrow.

“Naturally some people will be disappointed that they are not included in today’s schedule but ultimately no-one misses out as the NBN will be made available to every Australian family and business by 2020.”

http://www.nbnco.com.au/

http://www.nbnco.com.au/content/dam/nbnco2/documents/MTM-rollout-plan-01122014.pdf
  • Prior to the elections in 2013 and the subsequent review of national broadband policy, NBN Co. had estimated that it would take nearly a decade to complete the installation of fibre to 93% of premises in Australia. A further 4% were to be reached by fixed-wireless and the remaining 3% to be connected via broadband satellite. In 2011, the total cost of the fibre rollout was estimated A$40.9 billion up to FY2021.
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  • In December 2013, Bill Morrow was appointed as the new CEO, replacing Mike Quigley. Morrow previously headed up Vodafone Australia since March 2012. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Clearwire Incorporated and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is a former Europe Chief Executive with Vodafone Group and has run the Group's businesses in Japan and the UK.

Ooredoo Launches LTE-A at up to 225 Mbps in Qatar

Ooredoo Qatar has launched its nationwide LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services boasting downlink data speeds of up to 225 Mbps.

Nokia Networks upgraded the operator’s LTE network with LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation for the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands.

Nokia supplied the complete radio and core network for Ooredoo Qatar, including its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, Evolved Packet Core technology and NetAct network management system.

Waleed Al-Sayed, COO, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “The demand for higher network capacity and speed in malls, stadiums and at national events is growing at a rapid pace. With Nokia Networks’ help, we are now able to address this demand, offering the fastest network with latest technology for our customers.”

http://networks.nokia.com/

Stanford Researchers Develop Silicon Prism for Bending Light

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a prism-like device in silicon that can split a beam of light into different colors and bend the light at right angles.  The development is seen as having possible applications in fiber optic networks.  The device measures 8 microns in length and has been tested with both 1300-nanometer light and 1550-nanometer wavelengths.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/december/optical-silicon-algorithm-120214.html

Verizon Wireless Picks SpiderCloud for 4G Small Cells

SpiderCloud Wireless will supply its scalable small cell systems for its Verizon Wireless business customers.

SpiderCloud, which is based in San Jose, California, said a single E-RAN Services Node (SCSN) can control up to 100 self-organizing, multi-access small cells, providing reliable coverage and capacity for enterprise and venues of up to 1.5 million square feet.  It can be installed using an enterprise Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) as a managed service by a mobile operator's network. SpiderCloud also supplies Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Radio Nodes operating in 3G (single band), and software upgradeable, dual-band 3G+4G and 4G+4G small cells as part of the system.

http://www.spidercloud.com/

DragonWave Lands Big Orders from North American Carrier

Last week, DragonWave confirmed orders in excess of US$10 million for the month of November from a Tier One North American mobile operator. DragonWave will provide Horizon Compact+ and Horizon Quantum microwave links to support the operator's ongoing upgrade and expansion of its nationwide 4G/LTE network, with more than 50 percent of the orders tied to engineering planning and installation services.

“These contracts represent a significant increase in our services business and we are proud to have DragonWave products deployed by a leading Tier 1 partner committed to delivering a top-quality network experience to its customers,” said Peter Allen, President and CEO of DragonWave. “We look forward to playing a supportive role in building out a next-generation network that fully meets the growing demand for wireless services.”

DragonWave Horizon Compact+ and Horizon Quantum offer a combination of 2048 QAM modulation and the industry's only bandwidth accelerator bulk compression capability to deliver unsurpassed spectral efficiency and wireless capacity.

HP Unveils New Enterprise Infrastructure Products

At a company event in Barcelona, HP unveiled new products and services for enterprise data centers. The new offerings include:

HP Integrity Superdome X server -- promises delivers four times faster e-commerce transactions than leading x86 platforms by using Intel's Xeon E7 processor and offering scalability up to 16 sockets and 12TB memory. It is aimed at database workloads, including SAP and Oracle stacks.

HP Integrity NonStop X -- a 100 percent fully integrated, fault-tolerant system architecture for the most-stringent uptime SLAs.

HP Converged Storage solutions -- offering unified, flash, and flat backup storage innovations that can serve the entire spectrum of storage requirements with a single design.

HP 3PAR File Persona -- delivers Network File System, Common Internet File System and object access on new HP 3PAR StoreServ platforms, boosting utilization and lowering costs by moving storage-affinity related workloads such as data access, protection and analytics directly into the storage operating system and controller. All block, file, and object-access is now managed via a new 3PAR StoreServ Management Console which enables simple provisioning and features a search-enabled interface aligned with HP OneView.

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c Converged Flash Array -- offering all-flash performance with configuration flexibility to support spinning media. With block, file, and object-access, 3.5 petabytes total capacity, all-flash optimized performance, enterprise-class resiliency, and high speed connectivity, this midrange-priced system increases agility, efficiency and cuts data center space requirements. EMC VMAX customers can now easily move to these new 3PAR StoreServ systems via new 3PAR Online Import software.

HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software -- a new application-managed backup feature for 3PAR StoreServ which delivers greater flexibility and reduced risk. StoreOnce RMC manages snapshots on 3PAR StoreServ systems and controls movement of changed data to a HP StoreOnce Backup target in a single-click, delivering greater protection and 17 times faster performance.

HP StoreOnce Backup systems -- now include a new 50 terabyte StoreOnce VSA and expanded Kernel-based Virtual Machine hypervisor support to enable Backup-as-a-Service consolidation. The high-end HP StoreOnce 6500 now provides system-wide deduplication over eight nodes via Federated Catalyst enhancements; enabling easier management compared to traditional single-node limited architectures such as EMC Data Domain.

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/newsroom.html

CyrusOne Commissions New Facility in Virginia's Data Center Alley

CyrusOne has activated the first 30,000 square feet of colocation space (CSF) of its 124,000-square-foot building Sterling, Virginia.  This first phase of the data center has up to 12 megawatts of critical load.

At full build, the 14-acre site is expected to accommodate a shell of approximately 400,000 square feet with up to 240,000 square feet of CSF, 36,000 square feet of Class A office space, and up to 48 megawatts of critical load.

“This new data center in Northern Virginia will enable us to effectively address customer demand in this valuable market. By expanding our footprint on the East Coast, we can better meet the expectations of our future and existing customers in this region. CyrusOne’s connectivity options, power capabilities, and ability to scale quickly make us an ideal colocation provider for enterprise-level customers in this market,” said Tesh Durvasula, chief commercial officer of CyrusOne.

Northern Virginia is home to one of the world’s largest clusters of data center real estate, and an estimated 70 percent of Internet traffic passes through Loudoun County, which is how it became dubbed “Data Center Alley.”

http://www.cyrusone.com/

OrisTel Systems Signs ALU and Coriant for APAC Sales

OrisTel Systems Pte Ltd (OrisTel), has signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to be a preferred regional value-add partner for the distribution of its comprehensive portfolio of ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access products in the Asia Pacific region. The deal includes Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE and 3G wireless access products, as well its ISAM portfolio of high-capacity fiber access and copper access solutions. As part of Alcatel-Lucent’s Global Partner Program, OrisTel will serve as a distributor to service providers, as well as customers in vertical sectors such as oil and gas, maritime, utility, large enterprises, government and public safety agencies in the region.

Separately, OrisTel  has been appointed by Coriant as a regional sales partner for the distribution of its smart router and packet optical networking products to telecom service providers, data centre operators, financial services industry, and government and enterprise customers in the Asia Pacific region.

OrisTel is a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited.

http://www.stee.stengg.com
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://www.oristel.com.sg

Autodesk Intros More Cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool

Autodesk is introducing more cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tools.  A new  A360 Team capability, which will be available globally later this month, makes it easier to set-up and manage complex engineering projects with multiple team members. It also serves as an extensible collaboration platform for third parties to build integrated applications on top of the design application.

A360 Team, which became commercially available in North America in September, already counts more than 60,000 users among the manufacturing and engineering industries.

http://www.autodesk.com

Monday, December 1, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent Delivers Virtualized Motive Security Guardian

Alcatel-Lucent introduced its Motive Security Guardian, a virtualized security solution for protecting service provider’s networks, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, and mobile and home devices.


The Motive Security Guardian can be used to alert IT departments, care agents and consumers to malware threats so they can be swiftly and proactively removed. When malware is found on a device, its owner is immediately alerted with step-by-step instructions on how to remove the threat.

The solution is powered by Motive Security Labs (formerly Kindsight Security Labs), which processes more than 120,000 new malware samples per day and maintains a library of over 30 million active samples. Residing on an operator’s cloud network,  it can identify and pinpoint malware on mobile or home devices without having to be installed on them.

The Motive Security Guardian can be onboarded and managed using Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand 2.0 NFV platform and can be rapidly scaled up or down to meet market demand.

“Motive research shows that 65 percent of subscribers expect their service provider to protect their devices,” said Patrick Tan, General Manager of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent. “As customer experience becomes the new frontier for competitive differentiation, operators can leverage this trusted security service role to provide always-on and up-to date protection of their subscribers’ devices that ensures an excellent service experience.”

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2014/alcatel-lucents-motive-deliver-virtualized-security-solution-help-service-providers-ensure-safe

CoreOS Launches Rocket Container as Docker Alternative

CoreOS released Rocket, a new portable container format, as an alternative to the Docker runtime. The idea is to provide a “standard container” that can be used for moving workloads between multiple servers and environments.

CoreOS is a San Francisco start-up building a new Linux distribution for modern infrastructure stacks. It consumes 40% less RAM on boot than an average Linux installation and features an active/passive dual-partition scheme to update the OS as a single unit instead of package by package. Applications on CoreOS can run as Docker containers.

Until now, CoreOS has been a big supporter of Docker. In a blog posting, the company said the Docker company has strayed from its early principle of building a simple, composable container unit that could be used in a variety of systems and supported by everyone. So CoreOS is now developing Rocket around the App Container specification and promoting it as a new set of simple and open specifications for a portable container format.

https://coreos.com/blog/rocket/

https://github.com/coreos/rocket

Cavium Releases its ARMv8 ThunderX

Cavium announced availability of both single socket and dual socket versions of its ARMv8 ThunderX  family of processors aimed at next generation data center and cloud infrastructure.

It is fully compliant with ARMv8 architecture as well as ARM's Server Base System Architecture (SBSA), while bringing to market significant enhancements including:

  • The first ARM based SoC that scales from 24 to 48 cores in a pin compatible foot print.
  • The first ARM based SoC to be fully cache coherent across dual sockets using Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect (CCPI).
  • Integrated I/O capacity with hundreds of Gigabits of I/O bandwidth.
  • Up to four DDR3/4 72 bit memory controllers capable of supporting 2400MHz memories up to 1TB of memory capacity in a dual socket configuration.
  • Hundreds of integrated hardware accelerators for security, storage, networking and virtualization.
  • Standard based low latency Ethernet fabric enabling interconnections of thousands of ThunderX nodes.
  • Full system virtualization using Cavium virtSoC technology.

"Over the past decade, Cavium has been a pioneer in delivering high performance, multi-core processors to the market. ThunderX is our flagship ARMv8 multi core processor family with the highest core counts and the most comprehensive set of I/O and accelerators in the market. The ThunderX based solutions are fully optimized for a wide variety of next-generation Data Center and cloud workloads," said Gopal Hegde, VP/GM of Data Center Processor Group at Cavium. "ThunderX is a disruptive technology that enables our customers to deliver highly integrated, high performance, best in class platforms," he added.

http://www.cavium.com/ThunderX_ARM_Processors.html



Cypress to Acquire Spansion -- Microcontrollers and Specialized Memories

Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion agreed to to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion. Spansion shareholders will receive 2.457 Cypress shares for each Spansion share they own.

The combined company, which will be headquartered in San Jose, California and called Cypress Semiconductor, will be a $2 billion global leader in microcontrollers and specialized memories for embedded systems.

The current Cypress supplies programmable system-on-chip families for consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military applications. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense touch sensing, TrueTouch touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories.

Spansion supplies flash memory, microcontrollers, analog and mixed-signal products used in a range of applications, from automotive electronics and industrial systems to highly interactive consumer devices.

http://www.spansion.com
http://www.cypress.com

Infonetics: Big Jump in Carrier Ethernet Switch Sales

While sales of service provider routers continue to slow, sales of carrier Ethernet switches are trending sharply up, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

“The ‘SDN hesitation’ we first identified four quarters ago remains in effect, slowing router spending in the third quarter of 2014 as carriers remain cautious about investing in equipment and software that might need to be replaced in the future,” says Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

“Meanwhile carrier Ethernet switches (CES) had an unprecedented quarter, with global revenue up 32% from the previous quarter and up 14% from a year ago, driven by ZTE in China and Cisco in North America,” continues Howard. “Fundamental changes are on the horizon as the market transitions from hardware-driven to software-driven, but no doubt routers must be fitted with higher-capacity blades to accommodate growing traffic, and there is intensifying focus on content delivery networks (CDNs) and smart traffic management across routes to make routers and optical gear cooperate more closely.”

Some highlights:

  • Combined, service provider routers and switches—including IP edge and core routers and carrier Ethernet switches—totaled $3.7 billion worldwide in 3Q14, down 3% from the previous quarter
  • All regions except CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) were down sequentially in 3Q14
  • However, the market is up 3% from the year-ago 3rd quarter, reflecting the long-term slow growth trend Infonetics has been tracking
  • Infonetics expects the global carrier router and switch market to slowly grow to $17 billion by 2018, a five year (2013–2018) compound annual growth rate of just over 3%
  • Looking at rolling 4-quarter router market share, Huawei increased its share the most of any vendor (+4.6 points) from 3Q12 to 3Q14, as edge and core router revenue stayed relatively flat.

http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2014/3Q14-Service-Provider-Routers-Switches-Market-Highlights.asp

GEN14: What's Driving Business Ethernet Services?


Vertical Systems Group recently reported that customer installations of Carrier Ethernet services in the U.S. will reach one million ports in 2018.  The projected figure includes all retail Ethernet services at speeds ranging from sub-10 Mbps to more than 10 Gbps. So, what's driving the market for business Ethernet? The recent MEF GEN14 conference in Washington, D.C., which brought together over 1,000 attendees from 36 countries, featured...