Monday, January 12, 2015

Microsoft Annouces Azure Data Center Migration Tool

Microsoft announced an Azure Data Center Migration Solution (ADCMS) to help migrate cloud assets from one Azure data center to another.

The software was developed by Persistent Systems in collaboration with the Microsoft Azure CAT team in Bangalore and released under Apache v2.0.

Microsoft said the tool could be used to move assets to adds a new data center with lower latency, or to duplicate a current cloud deployment to a test deployment, and vice versa.

http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2015/01/12/azure-data-center-migration-just-got-easier/

Cisco Adds Check Point to ACI Partner List

Cisco has added the Check Point Next Generation Security Gateway to its ACI partner ecosystem.

Essentially, this means that Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) controller, APIC, can configure the application network to include the insertion and provisioning of Check Point virtual and physical security gateways as it does other Layer 4-7 application services and security appliances.

Cisco said the integration with Check Point Next Generation Security Gateway provides automated security provisioning and a full range of security protections and threat-prevention capabilities in a highly dynamic and agile Cisco ACI environment. Check Point Security Gateways can be deployed as physical or virtual solutions, providing advanced protection, including intrusion prevention system (IPS), application control, URL filtering, data protection, antivirus, anti-bot, and threat prevention capabilities.

 http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/aci-checkpoint


Germany's Tele Columbus Readies 400 Mbps DOCSIS

Tele Columbus Group, the third largest German cable network operator, is preparing to launch a consumer broadband service with a top downlink speed of 400 Mbps.

The company said its service will be launched in April 2015, starting in the region of Potsdam – in Brandenburg’s state capital, where a total of 40,000 households are connected to its city network.

Tele Columbus features a hybrid glass-fiber coaxial structure with a FTTB (fiber-to-the-building) approach and operates on DOCSIS 3.0 technology. Tele Columbus Group’s multimedia networks are also distinguished by a relatively high number of fiber nodes for provision of the connected households. The company also offers a Wi-Fi cable box designed to accommodate data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps inside the home.

To increase Internet speeds to the new high of 400 Mbps in Potsdam, Tele Columbus is investing in further network infrastructure improvements, including new active components in the local head-end facility.

https://www.telecolumbus.com/tele-columbus-offer-internet-speeds-400-mbits/#more-1831

BroadSoft Acquires Leonid Systems for UC Portal

BroadSoft has acquired Leonid Systems, hosted VoIP OSS provider based in Falls Church, Virginia.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Leonid has developed a purpose-built, intuitive web portal for BroadWorks service provider customers that allows enterprise IT administrators and end-users to simplify the configuration and management of their BroadWorks-based hosted Unified Communications services. Leonid’s web portal improves the overall navigation, accessibility, presentation and performance of BroadSoft’s UC-One application, enhancing business collaboration and productivity by making real-time communications services such as instant messaging, presence, voice calling and video calling accessible through a single interface from any Internet-supported desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

“BroadSoft recently unveiled a new corporate identity built around enhancing the user experience at each phase of the Unified Communications customer lifecycle – from upfront service messaging, to the sales and service implementation process, to service adoption and usage,” said Michael Tessler, chief executive officer, BroadSoft. “As service providers increasingly demand a superior front-end UC services experience that is intuitive and modern, we recognized that Leonid had the expertise and experience to help BroadSoft better meet the evolving service delivery needs of our customers.”  

http://www.leonidsystems.com/
http://www.broadsoft.com/

Citrix Acquires Sanbolic for Scale-out Storage Virtualization

Citrix has acquired Sanbolic, a start-up specializing in workload-oriented storage virtualization technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sanbolic, which is based in Waltham, Mass., developed a scale-out software architecture for optimizing the delivery of application-specific workloads, from any media type – SSD, Flash and hard drives in NAS, SAN, server-side and cloud deployments. Sanbolic allows customer deployments to be geo-distributed across multiple locations and clouds; to scale in a linear and predictable manner; to have simplified provisioning and management; and to gain overall efficiency.

Citrix said the acquisition of the Sanbolic workload-oriented infrastructure technologies, combined with its own XenDesktop, XenApp and XenMobile products, enables Citrix to develop a range of differentiated solutions. Thes solutions promise to dramatically improve the economics and reduce the complexity of Windows application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments.

More than 200 Citrix customers already use Sanbolic to guarantee non-stop availability and geo-clustering of their XenApp and XenDesktop solutions.

http://sanbolic.com/
http://www.citrix.com

Mellanox Supplies Open Ethernet to Monash University

Mellanox will supply its CloudX platform to Monash University in Melbourne, Australia

The deployment, which is on Mellanox’s SwitchX-2 SX1036 Open Ethernet switches, ConnectX-3 NICs and LinkX cables will provide the fabric for Monash's new cloud data center. The cloud utilizes Mellanox end-to-end 10, 40, and 56Gb/s Ethernet solutions as part of a nationwide initiative to create an open and global cloud infrastructure.

Mellanox said the university selected its RDMA-capable Ethernet technology due to its performance scalability and cloud efficiency improvements. The university’s cloud node, R@CMon, is part of The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Project. The fabric tightly integrates Ceph and Lustre storage with the cloud, meeting the needs of block, object and applications workloads as one converged fabric.

“The Mellanox CloudX platform enables application defined back-planning, where researchers orchestrate all the various components – cloud, HPC and software – into their own 21st century microscope within our data center,” said Steve Quenette, deputy director of the Monash eResearch Centre. “Mellanox Open Ethernet solutions give us the flexibility and the freedom to optimize the interconnect infrastructure for our needs and to ensure that we will be able to cope with the increase in data, compute and storage requirements of our users.”

http://www.mellanox.com/solutions/cloud/index.php

C Spire Picks Centina for Service Assurance

C Spire, which maintains over 4,500 route miles of fiber optic cable infrastructure throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida, will deploy Centina Systems' service assurance analytics and network performance management solution. C Spire will use Centina's NetOmnia suite for real-time, end-to-end network visibility for improved troubleshooting and problem resolution.

C Spire's infrastructure includes 43 DWDM Spans, 95 OC-48 SONET Rings, 18 OC-192 SONET Rings, two regional MPLS networks and five Ethernet backbone rings, all of which will be monitored by NetOmnia.

http://www.centinasystems.com/

MongoDB Raises $80M for Next-gen Database

MongoDB, a start-up with headquarters in New York City and Palo Alto, has secured an additional $80 million in funding for its next-gen database.

MongoDB stores data using a flexible document data model that is similar to JSON. Compared to most NoSQL databases, MongoDB provides comprehensive secondary indexes, including geospatial and text search, as well as extensive security and aggregation capabilities. MongoDB makes extensive use of RAM, providing in-memory speed and on-disk capacity. It features auto-sharding for horizontal scale out and native replication enables high availability across racks and data centers. The company says MongoDB is already deployed in applications running across 1,000+ servers.

MongoDB is now used by over 2,000 customers, including 34 of the Fortune 100 and many other companies such as Adobe, ADP, Amazon, AT&T, Bosch Software Innovations, Buzzfeed, Cisco, Craigslist, Dropbox, eBay, eHarmony, Expedia, Foursquare, Facebook’s Parse, Forbes, The Gap, Gilt Groupe, Goldman Sachs, Gov.UK, Intuit, McAfee, MetLife, MTV, O2, Salesforce, Shutterfly and Under Armour.

“The market has reached a tipping point where most developers and IT organizations realize that modern applications cannot continue to be built on relational database technologies. They are shifting to MongoDB in a big way. MongoDB was designed to make it easy to develop applications that require rapid change, massive scale, always-on operation, and support for a large variety of unstructured and semi-structured data, all at significantly lower costs,” said Dev Ittycheria, President and CEO of MongoDB.

The latest funding round was led by a sovereign wealth fund with participation from Goldman Sachs and from existing investors Altimeter Capital, NEA, Sequoia and funds managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. MongoDB has attracted a total of $311 million from investors, positioning it as the best capitalized next- generation DBMS company in the world.

http://www.mongodb.com/press/mongodb-raises-80-million-accelerate-growth

Next Gen ViaSat to Launch on SpaceX in 2016

SpaceX has been selected to launch ViaSat's next generation, high-capacity broadband satellite (ViaSat-2) in late summer 2016 aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

ViaSat-2, which is currently under construction by Boeing, will cover seven times the geographic area and offer twice the bandwidth economics advantage of ViaSat-1. Planned coverage includes North America, Central America, and the Caribbean basin. The satellite will also provide a bridge of coverage across the North Atlantic, connecting North America with high-capacity coverage in the UK and Europe for high-speed in-flight internet and other mobile services.

Falcon Heavy will be the world's most powerful rocket, with the ability to lift more than twice the payload of the next closest launch vehicle at one-third the cost.

http://www.viasat.com

In May 2013, ViaSat awarded a contract to Boeing to build the world's highest capacity satellite for launch in mid-2016. ViaSat-2, which is based on ViaSat's next generation, Ka-band satellite technology and architecture, will double the bandwidth economics of ViaSat-1 while simultaneously increasing its coverage footprint by seven-fold. ViaSat said improvements to its SurfBeam networking technology will yield performance "commensurate with high-speed fiber-to-the-node networks (FTTN)."  
  • ViaSat-2 will be based on the Boeing 702HP satellite bus.  ViaSat and Boeing also signed a strategic agreement to jointly market and sell satellites systems based on ViaSat-2 technology.  

Radisys Supplies MRF for Nokia Networks' VoLTE/VoWiFi

Radisys is supplying its Media Resource Function (MRF) product family as the media processing foundation for Nokia Networks' Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) solution portfolio for standards-based IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) deployments.

Specifically, Nokia Networks will utilize Radisys’ Virtualized MRF and high-capacity MPX-12000 Broadband MRF, built on Radisys’ T-Series Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform, to provide the media processing solution for VoLTE/VoWiFi service in mobile networks.

“Nokia Networks is a long-standing customer, already utilizing our technology and products and we are very pleased to extend our strategic relationship with Nokia Networks to include our MRF solutions to better serve its mobile network customers,’ stated  Grant Henderson, vice president, marketing and product management, Radisys.

http://www.radisys.com

ADVA Announces Nikos Theodosopoulos as Chairman

Nikos Theodosopoulos was elected as Chairman ADVA Optical Networking, succeeding Anthony Maher, following Mr. Maher's unexpected passing in November of the prior year.

Nikos Theodosopoulos runs his own firm, NT Advisors LLC, serving clients in the technology, private equity and venture capital industries as an independent board director and consultant in the areas of corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and investor positioning. Nikos Theodosopoulos is also an active angel investor for start-ups in the technology sector. His extensive experience encompasses 30 years in the technology and finance industries including 18 years as a leading Wall Street equity research analyst and strategist in the technology sector and 10 years as an engineer and sales executive at Bell Laboratories and AT&T.

"Anthony Maher had served as a member of the Supervisory Board since 2002 and assumed the role of chairman at the beginning of 2009. His intellect, combined with industry experience and passion gave him a unique skill set which allowed him to be a mentor, a partner and a friend. Anthony helped ADVA Optical Networking be a stable company within a very challenging industry. He built the necessary strength in the corporate governance procedures with a strong focus on delivering the highest value to ADVA Optical Networking's stakeholders. He is genuinely missed," stated Brian Protiva, Chief Executive Officer of ADVA Optical Networking.

http://www.advaoptical.com/en/newsroom/press-releases-english/20150109

BTI Systems Cites Strong 2014 Sales

Privately-held BTI Systems, which supplies cloud and metro networking software and systems, reported its strongest annual revenue to date for 2014.  Some highlights:

  • Metro cloud revenue approaching half of all revenue.
  • 28% bookings growth in Q4 2014 vs. Q4 2013.
  • 18% increase in annual revenue.
  • 18 new strategic customer wins, including CyrusOne, Interxion, Pacnet (acquired by Telstra) and IPC.
  • BTI cloud networking solutions are now deployed in every major international data center hub, including Tokyo, London, Frankfurt, Sydney, Singapore, Paris, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Chicago, Toronto, San Jose, Dallas, Denver, and the metropolitan New York and Washington, D.C. regions.

“Businesses and consumers want anytime, anywhere access to their applications and services – cost effectively and with no delay,” said BTI President and CEO Colin Doherty, who joined the company in April to guide its next stage of worldwide growth. “To address these requirements, content is being pushed closer to the users – and to accommodate this, content, colocation and service providers are re-architecting their metro networks to handle the added capacity between data centers, access networks and cloud providers. BTI’s software, systems and support services lie at the heart of this tectonic shift.”

http://www.btisystems.com/



Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blueprint: Service Assurance as a Strategic Enabler of Network Virtualization

by Anand Gonuguntla, co-founder & CEO of Centina Systems

Network virtualization techniques, such as SDN and NFV, are revolutionizing the telecom business. But the speed and dynamism of these virtual paradigms represent a severe challenge to current service assurance systems.

Here’s the problem: operators are saddled with service assurance systems that are costly to maintain, slow to upgrade, and poor at isolating network problems that affect customers. So unless operators deploy a more efficient and responsive service assurance platform, many of the key benefits of SDN/NFV cannot be achieved.

In this article, I’m going to discuss why service assurance is a strategic enabler for virtual networks. I’ll first explain how network virtualization changes network and business models. Then I’ll walk through the difficulties that current service assurance systems face, and point out how a modern, strategic assurance system can satisfy SDN/NFV requirements.

The Purpose of Network Virtualization

The purpose of network virtualization is to drive the greater reuse and coordination of network-resident devices and software. The idea is to transform stacks of technology- and vendor-specific networks into a more open and adaptable infrastructure.

For example, with SDN, the applications that ask the network to perform a certain service – such as streaming a video from Los Angeles to Shanghai – can be totally ignorant about networking or video streaming. They simply delegate that work to an SDN control layer whose job is to orchestrate the service into a chain of services supplied by various network devices, servers and software components that perform their individual tasks.

NFV merely takes SDN to the next level, allowing the operator to park multiple network functions (or services) on formerly single-purpose devices, and even allowing those services to be consolidated on higher-level network devices.

How NFV and SDN Change the Stakes of Telecom Competition

So what are the new business models and efficiencies that SDN/NFV creates? Well, one of the key ones is allowing an operator to differentiate its services like an airliner does with first class, business and economy class service on its planes.

Enabling the network to differentiate services is the key to allowing operators to earn the most money for the value customers receive. But, because networks are very region-specific and single-purpose today, it’s hard to deliver differentiated service over them, and this is why SDN/NFV’s flexibility represents a key breakthrough.

Virtual networks will also enable a more optimal delivery of the different traffic types – email, video, data, cloud, voice, SMS, etc. Software will define what network functions, routing, and QoS belong to each traffic class.

Why Service Assurance is Essential to the New Network Virtualization

So the competitive stakes of SDN/NFV are fairly obvious: an operator who is savvy in NFV/SDN can potentially leapfrog its rivals through differentiation and gain market share. This is why it’s a major risk for an operator to merely sit on the sidelines and not invest in SDN/NFV.

And yet, SDN/NFV puts some pretty steep demands on service assurance. The three major challenges as I see them are these:

1. The Diversity and Complexity of Networks Goes Way Up

SDN won’t replace legacy networks overnight. So, for the foreseeable future, networks will be a mix of new virtual networks and legacy network infrastructure. Virtual and non-virtual networks will need to work side by side.

And NFV/SDN architectures introduce entirely new control processes that need to be monitored. For instance, virtual networks weave service chains that are constantly being re-provisioned and reconfigured by the SDN controller. Plus, a highly complex software environment with virtual machines and hypervisor is deployed. There are many complications here. For example, the connections between service chain components could be on a single virtual server or could be distributed across many servers.

Old service assurance systems are challenged to keep up with all this new complexity. Even under today’s non-virtual assurance world, these hard-coded custom systems are slow to adapt. As NFV/SDN comes on-line, this problem will become more acute.

2. Maintaining Service Topologies and Layers Gets Harder

Traditional networks are simpler because the physical hardware and network functions go together. Virtual architectures, however, move functionality wherever it’s needed, meaning it will be harder to monitor and correlate performance to determine service impact.

One of the biggest concerns here is maintaining up-to-date service topology. The service chaining in virtual networks will be hard to maintain unless you can modify and update service models in real-time.

Here too, the cumbersome manual effort required by traditional service assurance makes it hard to keep service definitions accurate. The slowdown often causes operators to abandon complex rule writing and maintenance required for alarm correlation and root-cause analysis. Yet another problem: the service provider is responsible for the time-consuming job of maintaining its own library of device adapters for monitoring the network.

3. There’s a Huge Emphasis on Accurate & Near Real-Time Monitoring of the Network State

Virtual networks will require constant monitoring in near real-time. That’s because the prices you offer and the services you push greatly depend on the network’s availability and current state, which can change rapidly. In other words, maintaining a deep understanding of the network’s current state and performance is essential.

So, this is yet another mismatch: current service assurance systems require too much time and too many human resources to deploy, administer and maintain the network. Even if you build virtual networks, they won’t deliver the efficiencies they promise because a flexible and real-time service assurance system is not supporting them.

Virtual Networks Require a Strategic Service Assurance Platform

A modern, strategic service assurance system is critical to making virtual network investments pay off. Three essential strategic assurance capabilities are:

1. Configured Out-of-the-Box Software, not Customized Frameworks

Service assurance needs to shift from a highly customized system to a true and modular software environment. To lighten the operator’s programming load, the vendor should supply device and network function libraries that keep up with the latest versions and capabilities.

2. Intuitive, Configurable Functionality without Programming and Real-time Service Visualization

Increasing staffing levels in the NOC and network operations support is not necessary if the design of the system facilitates adding a new device in matter of minutes. Wherever possible, point and click configuration should replace manual programming. In that way, service topology and hierarchy can be kept up-to-date so users can quickly identify the root-cause and service impact of problems that impact customers.

3. Dynamic Interaction between Service Assurance and Service Orchestration

Finally, for virtual networks to deliver their efficiency and differentiated services benefits, the assurance system must dynamically interact with the Service Orchestration. For the true power of virtualization to be realized, networks will have to adapt in real-time to network conditions and service modification requests. As network performance is impacted, the Service Assurance system must be able to communicate to the Orchestration platform in real-time to adapt or re-distribute network services to maintain network performance. Similarly, if a customer requests a change to their services through an online customer portal or app, the Orchestration platform needs to be able to update the Service Assurance system in real-time so that end-to-end service monitoring begins as soon as the service is available to the customer.

Virtual networks are a strategic investment for the future. They will take the telecom business to the next level of network efficiency and differentiated services. But operators also need to recognize the strategic importance of a modern service assurance solution that can monitor and keep pace with that virtual network.

About the Author

Anand Gonuguntla is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Centina Systems. Previously, Anand was the Director of Systems and Software Engineering at Xtera. Anand also held management positions in software and program management at Fujitsu where he worked on FLM and FLASHWAVE product lines.

Anand holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India. He has published in Proceedings of ACM and holds patent in network management.

About Centina Systems

Centina Systems is the global leader in strategic service assurance and innovative network performance solutions. The company focuses on helping operators and enterprises worldwide support both established and emerging services and business models, through unparalleled end-to-end visibility into the operational performance of their infrastructure.

Centina’s NetOmnia family of assurance and management solutions have redefined the market approach to assurance, incorporating features like enhanced SLA management, real-time, visual data analytics, customizable reports and dashboards for dynamic network views, and an integrated, plug-and-play architecture that provides actionable intelligence across hundreds of device-types and multiple types of networks. The company is based in Plano, Texas.



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Finland's Ukko Networks Hits 507 Mbps in TDD LTE-A Trial

Ukko Networks, a mobile data operator in Finland, achieved a peak throughput of over 507Mbps in a trial of TDD LTE-A using 2*20Mhz carrier aggregation in the 2.6GHz band. Huawei supported the demonstration.

Huawei also showcased its Mate7 smart phone which is capable of handling a throughput of 200Mbps.

Last month, Ukko Networks launched the world’s first LTE 450MHz network in Finland, covering 99.98% of the country’s population.

Ukko Networks also plans to utilize the 50MHz LTE TDD frequency resource on the 2.6GHz band. Along with LTE-A technology, like CA and 4*4 MIMO, the LTE TDD network can provide a peak throughput of 507Mbps to a single user. By using a 450MHz and 2.6GHz LTE network, Ukko Networks will provide the widest LTE coverage and highest LTE throughput of any LTE network in Europe.

"Ukko Networks is clearly in a great position in the Finnish mobile market landscape, especially from a frequency resources point of view. After launching the best coverage network using LTE 450MHz technology, we will launch the LTE TDD 2.6GHz network, which aims to be the fastest network in Europe. It gives us high capacity and new added-value for this frequency in the use of mobile data. " said Antti Pellinen, CEO of Ukko Networks.

"As a strategic partner, Huawei not only provides end to end solutions to help Ukko Networks be the best in Finland’s mobile market, but also allows them to reduce their TCO and Opex, ultimately achieving business success in Finland’s telecom market." Said Mr. Yang Ge, Vice President of Huawei LTE TDD Product Line.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-411101-tdd.htm#.VLM1CIrF8do

CSA: Security Remains Top Issue for Cloud Services

Decisions concerning the security of data in the cloud has shifted from the IT room to the boardroom, according to a newly published survey, titled Cloud Adoption, Practices and Priorities Survey Report, from the Cloud Security Alliance. The report includes responses from more than 200 IT and security professionals varying in company size and industries from the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions.

Some highlights:

  • Security of data remains a top barrier to cloud adoption
  • Nearly 72 percent or IT managers surveyed admitted that they did not know the number of shadow IT apps within their organization, but certainly want to.
  • Organizations are still moving forward in adopting cloud services, with 74 percent of respondents indicating they are either moving full steam ahead, or with caution, in the adoption of cloud services. 
  • Respondents from APAC indicated the highest level of adoption plans.  However, 34 percent of respondents indicated that a lack of knowledge and experience on the part of IT and business managers was a main reason for slow or lack of adoption.
  • Companies with more than 5,000 employees are more likely to have a cloud governance committee (35 percent versus 12 percent), have a policy on acceptable cloud usage (61 percent versus 45 percent), and have a security awareness training program (26 percent versus 20 percent) compared to companies with fewer than 5,000 employees.

“As companies move data to the cloud, they are looking to put in place policies and processes so that employees can take advantage of cloud services that drive business growth without compromising the security, compliance, and governance of corporate data,” said Jim Reavis, CEO of the CSA.  “We hope that this report provides companies with some good peer insight so that they can make better decisions to help confidently and responsibly accelerate the use of cloud services in their environment.”

The report is posted online.

https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/research/surveys/

Verizon Cloud Completes 40-hour Upgrade

Verizon Enterprise completed a major upgrade to its cloud infrastructure and storage systems that involved approximately a 40-hour planned outage for its cloud customers.

The new functionality allows Verizon to conduct major system upgrades in the future without interrupting service or limiting infrastructure capacity.

http://news.verizonenterprise.com/2015/01/cloud-upgrade-seamless-verizon-platform/

BICS Cites Rapid Rise in LTE Roaming

There has been a rapid increase in the number of operators deploying LTE roaming during the last year, with services now available in 75 countries, according to BICS, which provides wholesale carrier services.

Operators using BICS' IP exchange (IPX) platform can offer customers access to LTE roaming sessions with over 150 operators, through either direct connections or peering agreements.

Following pioneering launches in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa during 2013, last year saw widespread adoption in countries across the globe, including: Russia, South Africa, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, France, Poland and Rwanda. Carriers launching the service are able to offer their customers, and visitors roaming onto their network, access to the highest quality data services - driving revenues and increasing the quality of experience for end users.

"The growth in the number of networks offering LTE roaming services last year was astounding," said Mikaƫl Schachne, VP Mobile Data Business, BICS. "We can now expect carriers to begin utilising the whole spectrum of services enabled by IPX, including deploying next generation voice services and value added packages for subscribers, to further enhance services for their own customers and incoming roamers."

http://www.bics.com

Friday, January 9, 2015

Infonetics: Shift to Generic Hardware and Virtualization Pressuring Video Equipment Prices

Global broadcast and streaming video equipment revenue decreased 4 percent to $810 million in the first half of 2014 (1H14), with nearly all product segments down, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

“The cost of encoding and transcoding platforms continues to come down, pressuring video and broadcast equipment revenue as pay-TV providers move to generic hardware platforms and, ultimately, network functions virtualization (NFV) rather than dedicated platforms,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research. “This is a long-term shift that will keep video revenue from growing more significantly, despite the fact that pay-TV providers must fundamentally alter their video processing environments to support linear, over-the-top (OTT) and multiscreen content that continues to grow exponentially.”

Some highlights:

  • Sales of video-on-demand (VOD) playout servers rose 20 percent in 1H14 from 2H13 as operators in China and the Middle East continue to drive spending 
  • Content delivery network (CDN) edge server revenue is forecast by Infonetics to grow at a 14 percent CAGR from 2013 to 2018, and multiscreen broadcast encoders are expected to grow moderately 
  • Despite the sluggishness in the first half of the year, Infonetics expects streaming video and broadcast equipment revenue for the full-year 2014 to be up slightly.
http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2014/1H14-Broadcast-and-Streaming-Video-Eqpmt-Market-Highlights.asp

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