Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sckipio Demos OpenFlow over Distribution Point Unit

Sckipio Technologies, a start-up based in Israel, demonstrated OpenFlow control over a commercial DPU hardware.

The demonstration includes a 16-port fully vectored Sckipio DP3000-EVM Distribution Point Unit device transmitting over a 50 meter twisted pair binder to 16 separate Sckipio CP1000-EVM units.

Sckipio said its demonstration shows ultra high-speed broadband access over telephone wires being controlled using an open framework instead of utilizing proprietary approaches.

“Telcos expect to run as open, Software Defined Networks,” said David Baum, CEO of Sckipio. “OpenFlow is the critical technology to make their vision possible and Sckipio is the first company to show it working on a networking node.”

IBM SoftLayer Data Center Opens in Frankfurt

IBM officially opened its first cloud data center with SoftLayer in Germany.  The new facility in Frankfurt provides customers with a local cloud center to help them meet Germany and Europe’s strict security and data privacy regulations, improving application performance by lowering latency for local customers.

The Frankfurt facility is part of SoftLayer’s unique global network, differentiated by its network-within-a-network architecture, and offers 10Gbps connections to SoftLayer services, with only 7 milliseconds of latency from SoftLayer’s Amsterdam facility and less than 330 milliseconds of latency from other SoftLayer cloud data centers around the world.

It also complements existing European IBM Cloud facilities in Amsterdam, London, and Paris and broadens redundancy options and geographic diversity within EMEA and around the world by enabling backups that can be replicated and integrated in any other SoftLayer cloud data center, with free unmetered bandwidth between locations.

Infonetics: Fibre Channel SAN Shows New Life

Worldwide converged data center network adapter revenue was up 13% sequentially in 3Q14, with converged network adapters (CNAs) in the lead, followed by internet small computer system interface (iSCSI) adapters, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. The report tracks storage area network (SAN) Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters (HBAs), converged data center network adapters, and switch ports-in-use for storage.

Some highlights:

  • In 3Q14, the global storage area network (SAN) equipment market, including Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters (HBAs), grew 10% from 2Q14 to $654 million, and was up 15% from 3Q13
  • Another transformation in the converged data center network adapter market is on the horizon: the introduction of 25GE, expected in 2015 targeting large cloud service providers (CSPs)
  • Brocade dominates the SAN switch and adapter market, while Intel leads the converged data center network adapter space.
“The long-term downward streak for Fibre Channel SAN equipment was broken in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), driven by high performance requirements for flash storage and Cisco’s customers finishing their SAN product evaluation cycles and beginning to scale deployments,” notes Cliff Grossner, Ph. D., directing analyst for data center, cloud, and SDN at Infonetics Research.

“The question remains, however, whether the growth expected from solid-state drive storage and Gen 6 Fibre Channel that’s expected in the coming year will be enough to return the market to increased growth,” continues Grossner. “We believe the answer is yes for the short term, but do not see any evidence that double-digit growth will return to Fibre Channel market.”

CoreSite Opens Huge Data Center in Reston, VA

CoreSite Realty officially opened the second building on its Reston campus, a new 198,000 square foot facility, of which the 50,000 square-foot Phase 1 turn-key data center capacity was leased in Q4 2014 to a single anchor tenant.

Construction has now commenced on Phase 2 of the VA2 build-out, totaling an additional approximate 50,000 NRSF, with completion anticipated in Q2 2015.

CoreSite’s Reston campus provides access to nearly 60 network, cloud and IT service providers, including interconnection with AWS Direct Connect.

“We are pleased to open the first phase of VA2 fully leased to an anchor customer, consistent with our strategy for the facility,” said Tom Ray, CEO of CoreSite. “Further, we believe that the nearly 60 network, cloud and IT service providers already deployed at our Reston campus combine with our market-leading network ecosystem at DC1 and the scalability offered at VA2 to enable CoreSite to offer one of the most comprehensive solutions in the region for performance-sensitive customer requirements.”

Procera Updates Guidance, Sees Recovery

Procera Networks updated its financial guidance, saying it now expects revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 to be in the range of $23.5 million to $24.5 million. The ratio of bookings to revenue for the fourth quarter was above one. The company expects the gross margin rate to be around 60%, to incur a net operating loss on a GAAP basis and to be profitable on a non-GAAP basis for the fourth quarter of 2014. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, the company expects revenue to be in the range of $74 million to $75 million and expects to incur a net operating loss on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.

“The results of the quarter represent a recovery driven by the strength of our product portfolio and sales pipeline,” said James Brear, President and CEO of Procera Networks. “We are executing on our sales plan and new product initiatives and believe we are well positioned for 2015 as we continue to work toward the primary goal of driving value for our shareholders.”

Cyan Raises Q4 Revenue Range

Cyan released new financial guidance, saying it now expects fourth quarter 2014 revenue to be between $30 million and $31 million, exceeding the company’s prior guidance of $24 million to $26 million.

“Fourth quarter revenue outpaced our initial expectations due to strong demand for our Z-Series packet-optical hardware for both metro and regional 100G and packet applications,” said Mark Floyd, Cyan’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We continue to believe that in the first half of 2015 we will convert some of our SDN and NFV trials into wins. Between the growing traction for our Z-Series hardware and the accelerating commercial interest we are seeing for our SDN and NFV software, we are excited about our role as the supplier of choice for critical network transformation technology. We look forward to sharing more details when we announce our full fourth quarter and 2014 results.”

Molex Acquires SDP Telecom for RF Components

Molex has acquired SDP Telecom, a maker of RF/microwave solutions for the wireless communications industry. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SDP, which is based in Montreal, Canada, has manufacturing facilities in China. SDP will be managed by the RF/Microwave Business Unit that is part of Molex’s Global Integrated Products Division.

“Together, Molex and SDP will broaden our RF/Microwave product capabilities and create additional value for our customers in the growing wireless infrastructure market, said Tim Ruff, senior vice president, Molex. “This is a next step towards achieving our vision to offer total integrated solutions to the markets we serve.”

MegaChips Partners with Bosch Sensortec on IoT

MegaChips announced a partnership with Bosch Sensortec to provide a complete reference design for use in smartphones, wearables and other personal devices allowing consumers to monitor their activities in real time.

The companies are offering a reference design provides both context and location awareness for health, fitness and indoor navigation monitoring and tracking applications. MegaChips' ultra-low power frizz, combined with the SiTime SiT1602 programmable MHz oscillator and the Bosch Sensortec MEMS sensors BMI160, BMM150 and BME280 provide more meaningful data, easy interpretation, higher accuracy and ultra-low power critical for longer battery life. Frizz is a motion sensor hub with a 32bit DSP based motion engine called "ParaForce" that can realize high performance calculations used in processing algorithms with ultra-low power consumption in lieu of a microprocessor, which often runs at hundreds of MHz and consumes much higher power, thereby extending the runtime of portable devices.

"With each generation, devices are getting smaller and more accurate," said Utah Iwasaki, manager, business development MegaChips Technology America Corporation. "Our new joint solution with first-rate sensors from Bosch enables longer lasting wearable devices that collect more accurate data on movement, speed, distance and direction. We can, for instance, track how someone is moving their arms and legs, which is great for golf swing analysis."

  • Last year, MegaChips Corporation, a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan, acquired SiTime for $200 million in cash.  SiTime, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, specializes in silicon MEMS-based oscillators and clock generators that are a drop-in replacement for legacy quartz crystal products. Its  MEMS timing solutions replace quartz products in the telecom, networking, computing, storage and consumer markets, with the benefits of higher performance, smaller size, and lower power and cost.MegaChips Corporation, a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan, agreed to acquire SiTime for $200 million in cash.

Arbor Networks Appoints CTO

Arbor Networks has appointed Sam Curry to the newly created position of Chief Technology & Security Officer. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Information Security and Chief Information Security Officer at MicroStrategy. Before that, he held a number of significant roles at RSA, including Chief Technology Officer for Identity and Data Protection. Sam also held a number of senior roles at McAfee and Computer Associates, among other companies.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Charter Picks Cisco for Cloud-driven Cable Video Service

Charter Communications has selected Cisco to supply key products for its next-generation video service over its HFC network.

In a press conference at CES 2015 in Las Vega the companies outlined the network architecture for the new service, which will use thin clients powered by cloud-driven user interface (UI) to deliver new features and experiences. The service will feature a new, cloud-based user interface that will work on any deployed set-top box in Charter's footprint.

Cisco will supply the cloud-based security suite, including downloadable security solution (DCAS) for set-top boxes, and seamless digital rights management (DRM) solution to support video services on a range of IP devices. Cisco will supply a substantial share of Charter's next-generation 'Worldbox' volume and will continue to supply CableCARD boxes until Charter migrates all current and acquired systems to the downloadable security solution. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Charter will offer both an HD only and an HD-DVR 'Worldbox' featuring dual IP/QAM capabilities, configurable up to 16 tuners, a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, 1 Gig of RAM, high-powered USB to enable future applications, and a terabyte of storage on the HD-DVR. Charter expects to launch its new fully featured cloud-based user interface, Spectrum Guide on Worldboxes, as well as on legacy boxes currently deployed within the Charter footprint.

"Cisco shares Charter's vision of the future of network architecture, where our network's intelligence is located in the cloud rather than in devices at the edge," said Tom Rutledge, President and CEO of Charter Communications. "We are excited that Cisco will be a key supplier of the Charter Worldbox, and that their Downloadable Security Solution and Digital Rights Management solutions will be part of Charter's next-generation, cloud-based video solution."

"Cisco greatly values our enduring partnership with Charter," said Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers. "We are proud to join Charter today to showcase the leading edge IP and cloud-based video solutions they are developing, and the Cisco products at their core. Charter's new video solution, featuring cloud-driven video experiences offered across many devices will be a huge win for Charter subscribers."

Global Capacity Builds a National Connectivity Platform

Global Capacity completed its previously announced acquisition of MegaPath’s Network Services business unit, creating a $300 million company uniquely positioned to change how businesses and service providers buy data network connectivity.

The deal covers Megapath's wholesale business and national colocation aggregation network. Pivotal Group, a private equity group, provided financing and retains ownership of the company.

Global Capacity said its combination of online applications and network reach enables efficient, cost-effective fulfillment of connectivity solutions to over 14 million businesses across the U.S.

Global Capacity's systems automate greater than 70% of orders from design to bill.  Its platform processes over 26 million connectivity quotes annually, with its One Marketplace analytics engine providing unprecedented visibility and transparency into the highly fragmented global connectivity market. The platform leverages 41 Points of Presence (PoPs), 2,007 Central Offices (COs) and over 4,500 last-mile network interconnections to deliver on its brand promise of Connectivity Made Simple to over 20,000 business and over 400 application service providers, telecommunication carriers, managed service providers and system integrator customers.

“The disruptive nature of the One Marketplace platform has become increasingly self-evident in the market, and the ability to accelerate the scale and competitiveness of our platform through the addition of these assets is very exciting,” says Jack Lodge, President of Global Capacity. “We will continue our drive to fundamentally change the landscape of the global data connectivity market, and this acquisition accelerates the pace at which we can continue to disrupt the status quo.”

Broadcom's DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem Chip Tops 1 Gbps

Broadcom has begun sampling a DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem system-on-a-chip (SoC) that support access speeds of over a Gigabit per second (Gbps). The company said its new BCM3390 cable modem SoC delivers video content with a nearly 50 percent increased efficiency on existing spectrum allocations and allows for the delivery and use of a new range of content and services. Key attributes include:

  • Full compliance with full DOCSIS 3.1 specification
  • Two OFDM 196 MHz downstream channels
  • 32 single-carrier DOCSIS 3.0 QAM downstream channels
  • Two 96 MHz OFDM-A upstream channels
  • Eight single-carrier DOCSIS 3.0 QAM upstream channels
  • Includes full software support for packet cable voice and e-router applications, including emerging RDK-B software for broadband modem solutions

Broadcom is offering a cable modem reference design with integrated Wi-Fi that provides up to 2 Gbps speeds in the home.

"Broadcom has engineered a breakthrough technology for operators to exceed Gigabit speeds on existing cable networks while simultaneously improving operational efficiencies," said Dan Marotta, Broadcom Executive Vice President and General Manager, Broadband & Connectivity Group. "With our new cable modem SoC, service providers can immediately begin to unlock the value of DOCSIS 3.1 to provide their subscribers with the best home networking experiences."

AT&T to Power LoJack's Telematics

AT&T will provide network connectivity to power LoJack's current and future telematics solutions for vehicle theft recovery and advanced fleet management.

"As LoJack continues to build on its current portfolio of telematics offerings and our strong history in the automotive industry, we're excited to collaborate with AT&T to deliver new connected solutions," said Randy Ortiz, President and CEO of LoJack Corporation. "In an increasingly connected world, both companies can work together to empower businesses with innovative solutions that drive operational efficiency and customer service needs, while also improving driver safety. The safety, security and protection of our customers is paramount to what we do at LoJack, and AT&T's successful Texting & Driving…It Can Wait campaign is a perfect example of why this collaboration is a natural and compelling fit."

WhatsApp Reaches 700 Million Monthly Active Users

WhatsApp announced that it now has more than 700 million monthly active users. The service is now handling over 30 billion messages per day.

The number of monthly active users was about 450 million in February 2014, when Facebook first announced plans to acquire WhatsApp.

Wireless Charging Groups to Merge

The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) agreed to merge and establish an organization that will accelerate the availability and deployment of wireless charging technology on a global scale. The A4WP and PMA Boards will combine and feature a roster of global consumer brands, supply chain and market leaders: AT&T, Broadcom, Duracell, Flextronics, Gill Electronics, Integrated Device Technologies (IDT), Intel, Powermat, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Starbucks and WiTricity.

One of the main objectives of the new organization is to accelerate the transition to volume economies of scale of wireless power transfer technology to benefit consumers, mobile network operators, consumer-facing commercial and retail brands, and the consumer electronics industry, including its semiconductor and manufacturing partners.

"The 'standards war' narrative presents a false choice," said Kamil Grajski, Board Chair and President, Alliance for Wireless Power.  "Consider that the typical mass-market smartphone contains a multiplicity of radio technologies (Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi, 3G, LTE) each built around a vibrant ecosystem, whereas other devices are single-mode (Bluetooth headset).  The A4WP PMA merger is in the same spirit: enable the market to apply technologies to their best use cases."

"The key to volume economics is to combine best-in-class wireless power transfer technology with innovative cloud-based network services," said Ron Resnick, President, Power Matters Alliance.  "The best-in-breed combination of A4WP and PMA assures decision-makers throughout the industry of responsible stewardship of these essential contributing technologies."

Marvell Intros Wave-2 802.11ac Chipset with 4x4 MIMO

Marvell introduced a 4x4 MIMO chipset and reference design for Wave-2 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Marvell’s new Avastar 88W8964 processor chip features built-in 802.11ac 160 MHz support and delivers up to 2.6 Gbps of peak data rate.

Marvell’s AP3200 Reference Platform combines the company’s ARMADA and Avastar product lines to deliver a total solution for enterprise and home connectivity applications, including fanless enterprise access points (EAPs), smart gateways, multi-room carrier-grade video distribution, small/medium business (SMB) routers, and network-attached storage (NAS) devices, among others. It integrates dual concurrent 802.11 radios with Multi-User, Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MU-MIMO).

The AP3200 Reference Platform features the programmable networking and security offload capabilities of the ARMADA product line, freeing up the host CPU utilization for managing the increasing bandwidth demand for services brought by the Internet of Things (IoT) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movements. The ARMADA-395 SoC also integrates a dual core host CPU running at up to 1.8GHz and embedded support for 1Gbps/2.5Gbps/10Gbps Ethernet speeds for addressing different levels of network speeds. These features, coupled with the industry’s most proven Transmit Beamforming implementation, make the AP3200 Reference Platform optimized for multi-stream, carrier-grade video distribution as well as other high performance, low latency applications.

“With the advent of IoT and the growing number of wireless connected devices in the home and enterprise, robust and secure wireless connectivity is an absolute requirement,” said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. “In continuing our leadership position, our advanced wireless gateway platform enables our OEM and service provider customers to quickly and easily bring their products to market. Our high-performance Multi-User, Multiple Input and Multiple Output wireless gateway solution will enable a broad spectrum of applications making it possible for today’s consumers to have an always-on connected device experience.”

Ohio's Agile Networks Deploys Coriant

Agile Networks, a telecommunications company headquartered in Canton, Ohio, is deploying Coriant's 8600 Smart Router Series and its 8000 Intelligent Network Manager (INM) to underpin its fiber-grade wireless data services for metro and rural markets across the state of Ohio.

The Agile Network supports vital communications for emergency first responders and makes fiber grade service and carrier-class reliability available to more than three million locations in Ohio's metro and rural markets.

The Coriant 8600 Smart Router Series is designed for mobile backhaul, fixed and mobile convergence, and cloud computing networking. It provides an extensive Ethernet and IP/MPLS feature set and is LTE-ready. The Coriant 8600 Smart Router Series includes the Coriant™ 8611 Smart Router, a fully redundant, scalable network element for IP/Ethernet access aggregation and the Coriant™ 8602 Smart Router, a compact, low-powered router ideal for dense, remote and outdoor access network deployments. All Coriant 8600 Smart Routers are managed by the Coriant 8000 INM, an end-to-end network management solution that minimizes operational and maintenance costs.

"We have worked closely with Agile Networks to best serve the needs of their public safety, government and enterprise customers," said Joe Shilgalis, Senior Vice President of North America Sales, Coriant. "Our 8600 Smart Router Series provides Agile Networks with a new level of optical layer efficiency, scalability and automation that enables them to deliver enhanced service value to their end-user customers across Ohio."

Ikanos and SoftAtHome Offer Broadband Line Monitoring

Ikanos Communications and SoftAtHome, a provider of home operating platforms, announced a solution for real-time broadband monitoring and diagnostic tools for operators.

The combined solution of inSIGHT BXM and SOP, jointly designed by Ikanos and SoftAtHome, aims to the best QoS over increasingly complex broadband networks such as VDSL2 vectoring and, in the near future,

The solution offers two benefits: proactively identify the cause of common wiring faults and noise interference problems; and secondly, help end-users to solve certain local home connectivity problems.

“Broadband quality of service monitoring and diagnostics are more necessary than ever to reduce carrier operating costs and ensure optimal quality of service for subscribers,” said Omid Tahernia, CEO of Ikanos. “Adding our inSIGHT BXM to SoftAtHome software allows the combined solution to diagnose physical-line problems and noise interference accurately in real time. It also extends the benefits of inSIGHT to a broader base of global carriers.”

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