Monday, January 26, 2015

NTT Com Tests NAT Traversal with its SkyWay WebRTC Platform

NTT Communications has added Traversal Using Relays around NAT (TURN) functionality to SkyWay, its open platform that enables application/service developers to use Web-based (browser) real-time communications (WebRTC).

WebRTC enables peer-to-peer (P2P) real-time communication for voice calls, video chatting and file sharing via PCs, smartphones, tablets and native applications without going through server-side systems. Direct P2P connectivity ensures higher quality voice and video streams, lower latency and fewer dropped packets, thus increasing the overall user experience. WebRTC is being standardized under HTML5 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

NTT Com said TURN enables WebRTC to be used without P2P communication by transmitting data through servers. It allows more flexible communication systems capable of using WebRTC to be constructed in corporate network environments where P2P communication is rendered unavailable due to certain network configurations, such as the network address translation (NAT) method with strict security policies.

TURN requires high network bandwidth and robust servers to transmit large-volume data, and appropriate security measures are needed as well. NTT Com expects to release an official version of SkyWay with TURN after conducting the current trial.

Corporate users or/and service providers can now use SkyWay incorporating the TURN protocol as a cloud computing service without having to prepare additional server resources or install applications in an WebRTC server for P2P communication. Users first need to apply on the SkyWay website. Availability will be on a first-come first-served basis.  The trial is available on NTT Com’s GitHub page.

Dell'Oro: WLAN Market Forecast to Expand Nearly 40% by 2019

The wireless LAN market is forecast to expand nearly 40% from 2014 revenues, approaching $13 billion by 2019, according to a new report from Dell’Oro Group.  A mini-upgrade cycle is expected to occur this year thanks to new 802.11ac ‘Wave 2’ Access Points and 2.5 & 5 Gbps Ethernet interfaces on Access Points.

“We expect 2015 to be a pivotal year for the Enterprise-class WLAN market with the introduction of higher speed 802.11ac Wave 2 systems,” said Chris DePuy, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group.  “This will drive a need for greater Ethernet speeds, opening the door for an upgrade cycle to 2.5 and 5 Gbps Ethernet, which will drive a potential upgrade cycle for Campus Switching as well.”

In response to the new technology trends emerging in 2015, the Wireless LAN Five-Year Forecast Report now contains a forecast of both Wave 1 and Wave 2 802.11ac for Enterprise-class devices.  In addition, in a related report called the Enterprise Edge Five-Year Forecast Report, Dell’Oro Group now forecasts both 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps Ethernet switch ports.  Also included in the report are estimates on total SP WiFi units and revenue forecasts, and an analysis.

NTT Com Offers Fortinet's Software Security Appliance

NTT Communications has begun offering a software security appliance service that can be deployed in a customer’s private cloud, and in the near future via NTT Com’s WideAngle security service for managed security.

The service, which is offered in collaboration with Fortinet, enables the on-demand use of basic security functions, such as cloud intrusion prevention system (IPS) and filtering, for the unprecedentedly fast, flexible and low-cost implementation of security measures.

NTT Com is the world’s first telecom service provider to launch a one-stop service for managed security service using Fortinet’s software security appliance. It is being offered as a new option in NTT Com’s Enterprise Cloud service for mission critical systems.

NTT Com said its one-stop service combines basic security measures such as IPS and URL filtering, plus antivirus and antispam measures for emails, as well as managed security for virtual environments in a customer’s private cloud and NTT Com’s WideAngle cloud.

Dell SecureWorks Launches Malware Protection Service

Dell SecureWorks launched a fully managed security service designed to rapidly detect advanced threat actor activity on networks.

The Advanced Malware Protection and Detection (AMPD) service combines threat intelligence from Dell SecureWorks and Lastline's malware defense platform. Dell SecureWorks continuously monitors and inspects email, file and Web traffic on an organization’s network using purpose-built appliances. Suspicious traffic is further reviewed by advanced analysis engines hosted at Dell SecureWorks. AMPD technology is combined with the CTU-powered intelligence capabilities of a specialized security analyst team that rapidly detects, analyzes and diagnoses threats, and provides focused guidance on their removal.

“Once organizations are alerted to suspicious activity, they must rapidly respond to determine with a high degree of confidence about the level of threat in order to minimize potential impact,” said retired Col. Barry R. Hensley, executive director of the Counter Threat Unit at Dell SecureWorks. “Security teams that often use open-source intelligence for research on threat indicators alerted by their own security controls often draw the wrong conclusion on what the threat actually is. That leads to misguided actions and wasted time while an adversary remains undetected with unfettered access to their networks.”

Microsoft's Commercial Cloud on $5.5B Annual Run Rate

In its quarterly financial report, Microsoft highlighted its growth rate in cloud services, notably:

  • Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers increased to over 9.2 million, up 30% sequentially over prior quarter
  • Commercial cloud revenue grew 114% driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamic CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion
  • Office Commercial products and services revenue declined 1%; transactional revenue was impacted by the continued transition to Office 365 and declines in commercial PCs following the XP refresh cycle

“Microsoft is continuing to transform, executing against our strategic priorities and extending our cloud leadership,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft.  “We are taking bold steps forward across our business, and specifically with Windows 10, to deliver new experiences, new categories, and new opportunities to our customers.”

Allot Confirms Video Optimization Order with 3 Carriers

Allot Communications confirmed orders from three new mobile operator customers in the fourth quarter of 2014 for its application-aware and network-aware video optimization system.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Allot said one of EMEA’s leading Tier-1 mobile service providers is implementing the Allot VideoClass system to prevent video buffering delays, stalls and latency, and expedite web browsing to enhance the overall customer quality of experience (QoE).

A second order was received from a major multinational mobile operator based in LATAM that selected the Allot VideoClass system to eliminate network congestion and enhance video delivery. Allot also received an additional Allot VideoClass system order from a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Europe.

“As multimedia consumption on smartphones, tablets and connected devices becomes more prevalent, mobile operators require powerful QoE management solutions to better monetize dynamic video and web bandwidth demands and to gain control of their networks,” said Yaniv Sulkes, AVP Marketing at Allot Communications.

Vodacom South Africa Picks ALU for GPON

Vodacom South Africa has selected Alcatel-Lucent to build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution for enterprise and residential markets.

Specifically, Vodacom plans to deploy a new converged network in all major centers in South Africa, including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban, reaching 250,000  homes and businesses within the next three years. Alcatel-Lucent is providing its 7360 ISAM FX for GPON services, as well as Customer Experience Management Platform using Motive Home Device Manager and Network Analyzer Fiber. The project also includes Professional Services, Operations Support Systems (OSS) deployment and Managed Services.

Mexico Tests 700MHz LTE for National Broadband with ALU

Alcatel-Lucent is working with government of Mexico to trial LTE running in 700 MHz APT spectrum as the basis for a new national wholesale ultra-broadband mobile network initiative.

The "Red Compartida Project" aims to provide a 4G LTE mobile broadband wholesale offering service in the Digital Dividend spectrum for both existing services providers and licensed tenant operators.

The trial in the city of Acapulco uses Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE express solution for rates up to 120 Mbps and the company's latest Packet Microwave Radio solution as backhaul.

AT&T Builds its Network in Mexico with Nextel Acquisition

AT&T plans to acquire Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings for US$1.875 billion, less the outstanding net debt of the business at closing.

The deal includes spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 3 million subscribers. Nextel Mexico’s network covers approximately 76 million people.

The Nextel Mexico assets will be combined with those of Iusacell, which AT&T recently acquired. AT&T said its ambition is to create the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering over 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States.

Regulatory approvals are required as is the consent of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, which is overseeing the restructuring of NII Holdings.

  • Nextel de México is still using an iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) over most of its territory. The carrier has launched LTE in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
  • Earlier this month, AT&T completed its previously announced acquisition of  Iusacell, a leading Mexican mobile operator, from Grupo Salinas for US$2.5 billion, inclusive of Iusacell debt.  The deal includes all of Iusacell’s wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 8.6 million subscribers. 
    Iusacell offers wireless service under both the Iusacell and Unefón brand names with a network that today covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s approximately 120 million people. AT&T plans to expand Iusacell’s network to cover millions of additional consumers and businesses in Mexico.

    Iusacell operates a 3G  GSM/UMTS network based on the same technology that AT&T uses in the United States. Iusacell owns between 20 and 25 MHz of 800 MHz spectrum, primarily in the southern half of the country, including Mexico City and Guadalajara, and an average of 39MHz of PCS spectrum nationwide. 

    “The quick approval of this deal is one more example of why Mexico is an attractive place to invest,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “We look forward to bringing more wireless competition to Mexico along with an improved mobile Internet experience for customers. Expanding and enhancing Iusacell’s mobile network to cover millions of additional consumers and businesses is our top priority."

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blueprint: The Just-in-time Data Center

by Lee Kestler, DuPont Fabros Technology

In the immortal words of Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, “Don’t care how. I want it now!”

That pretty much sums up our attitude in today’s just-in-time world. We rely heavily on technology and the ability to access just about anything and everything with the push of a button via an Internet browser or mobile app. We demand that our social media sites and entertainment sources like Pandora and Twitter all work just by launching an application on our phone. We require the ability to leave our desk behind and still access our email, Salesforce tools, or critical documents from our tablet.

The desire for “on-demand everything” is fundamentally evolving the way companies use and invest in data centers, effectively borrowing a concept from the 1950s: the “just-in-time” data center. It’s based on a leasing model derived from organizations’ needs to maintain a competitive edge and react quickly to market demands, while cost-effectively investing in facilities that require less financial and maintenance commitments.

Organizations of all types and sizes are driving this trend for different reasons. Many startups used to depending on cloud service providers are outgrowing those services but are not yet ready for the financial and operational commitment that owning and operating a data center requires. Many such cloud service providers themselves are turning to data center wholesalers to meet increased scalability demands. And many enterprises, even those that do own their own centers, are turning towards leasing (or a combination of owning and leasing) to more effectively address business-critical needs that are time-sensitive or ones that require data center services for a limited time, such as developing and testing applications in a sandbox prior to production roll-out.

It’s not surprising, considering the infrastructure benefits that leasing offers. Companies that lease data centers don’t need to worry about the centers not being able to scale with their needs; they simply can lease additional space as necessary. Leased data centers also provide a measure of control, flexibility and autonomy.

In addition, leasing space on-demand provides other benefits that go beyond the infrastructure. For example, companies do not have to worry about staffing or capital investments. They can also lease space with immediate access to Tier 1 carriers, subject matter experts and the latest in technology – allowing businesses to focus on their core competencies while leaving the data center infrastructure solution to the experts. This type of agility enables companies to invest in what they need today and scale as their businesses grow tomorrow.

All of these factors will drive demand for just-in-time data centers in 2015, but there are others. The product development lifecycle is shortening, and the timeline from when an organization conceives a new app to product launch continues to get shorter and shorter. Whether the organization chooses to utilize a cloud service provider to bring the app to market, or stand up their own servers, those servers need to live somewhere. As such, data center operators need to ensure they have a reasonable amount of inventory available to handle the increasing number of quick asks they are receiving for space.

Increased data usage and data retention will also accelerate the need for cloud services and scalable data centers. The growing popularity of wearable and connected devices, GPS, and apps that use real-time geotargeting will increase the need for hosted cloud services – and easily scalable, just-in-time data centers. All of that data will need to be stored somewhere, and wholesale data centers will be attractive options for many companies.

The need for added computing power in advance of large-scale worldwide events will also feed the need for just-in-time data centers, a trend that has already begun to take shape. During the 2014 World Cup many social networks added computing power in advance of the event due to the sheer volume of people using their service. However, because the increase in volume was temporary, it made more financial sense for these organizations to work with a data center wholesaler to acquire the computing power needed for the select time period. While 2015 may be relatively quiet on the large event front, we’ll see enterprises begin planning for the increase in traffic and computing power needed for the 2016 Olympics and U.S. presidential election.

Finally, we’ll see more healthcare organizations becoming data center customers. This will be driven by the rise of electronic medial records and the need to deliver information to consumers via websites, apps and more. Organizations will seek to leverage the benefits of data center leasing in order to house the enormous amounts of data these applications require, and ensure that the data is kept secure and within compliance standards.

The consumer’s need for increasing use of computing technology is growing faster than the ability for anyone to build a data center. Before technology can improve fast enough, the consumer will have to slow down their ferocious appetite for doing things in an instant electronically – and that’s not going to happen.

Today, companies need enormous flexibility to address these voracious demands – and leasing provides them with that option. It allows organizations to bring products to market faster, manage massive amounts of data, and handle the on-demand needs of today’s society. That’s why leased data centers may be the golden ticket for companies in 2015.

About the Author

Lee Kestler is a senior executive with DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) and has been leading the DFT sales and marketing effort since the company’s IPO in October 2007. An industry veteran, Kestler’s depth of experience includes all aspects of the data center business, from wholesale data centers to public and enterprise IT services for global companies. He is a member of the advisory board for SafeLogic, a Silicon Valley-based security company specializing in encryption technology. A lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area, Kestler has witnessed the explosive development of the data center industry within the Mid-Atlantic since 1999.

DuPont Fabros Technology

DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. (NYSE: DFT) is a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, large multi-tenanted wholesale data centers.  The Company's facilities are designed to offer highly specialized, efficient and safe computing environments in a low-cost operating model.  The Company's customers outsource their mission-critical applications and include national and international enterprises across numerous industries, such as technology, Internet content providers, media, communications, cloud-based, healthcare and financial services.  The Company's 11 data centers are located in four major U.S. markets, which total 2.75 million gross square feet and 240 megawatts of available critical load to power the servers and computing equipment of its customers.  DuPont Fabros Technology is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Washington, DC.  For more information, please visit

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AT&T Marks 100th Anniversary of Transcontinental Call

AT&T commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first transcontinental telephone call, which took place on January 25, 1915 and led up to the official opening of the original Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and World’s Fair in San Francisco.

The historic call was initiated by Alexander Graham Bell (in New York) and included Theodore Vail, the president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (now AT&T) in Jekyll Island, Georgia, United States President Woodrow Wilson in the White House and Bell’s assistant Thomas Watson in San Francisco.

"America's latest innovations were on full display at the World's Fair in 1915, and the first transcontinental phone call was one of the most significant technologies shown," said Dr. Anthea Hartig, Executive Director of the California Historical Society. "These exhibitions will celebrate PPIE, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to see these original phones and other artifacts from the World's Fair that highlight the great innovation milestones and discover how our spirit of innovation has shaped the city's past, present and future."

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Microsoft to Acquire Revolution Analytics

Microsoft agreed to acquire Revolution Analytics, which specializes in the open source programming language known as "R" for statistical computing and predictive analytics. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Revolution Analytics provides an enterprise-class platform for the development and deployment of R-based analytic solutions that can scale across large data warehouses and Hadoop systems, and can integrate with enterprise systems. The R community has an estimated 2 million users worldwide. Revolution Analytics regularly contributes to open source R projects such as ParallelR, and RHadoop, and helps support more than 150 R user groups across the world.

Microsoft said the acquisition will help its customers use advanced analytics within Microsoft data platforms on-premises, in hybrid cloud environments and on Microsoft Azure.

  • Revolution Analytics is based in Mountain View, California.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Box Surges 66% in IPO

In their first day of trading, shares in Box (NYSE:BOX) surged 66% over the IPO price of $14.00 per share to close the day at $23.23.

Box offered 12,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock.   Box is based in Los Altos, California.

TE Connectivity Boosts Cellular Service with DAS for NFL Championship Game

TE Connectivity (TE) has deployed its FlexWave Prism and FlexWave Spectrum distributed antenna systems (DAS) in preparation for the 49th NFL championship game on February 1 in Phoenix, Arizona.

At the University of Phoenix stadium, TE deployed FlexWave Spectrum DAS to provide 48 sectors of mobile coverage and capacity for a neutral host provider serving the nation’s four largest mobile operators at the stadium. The massive deployment includes 96 main hubs, 49 expansion hubs, and 225 remote antenna units to cover the stadium bowl, luxury boxes and service areas. The system supports various 700, 800, 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz LTE, CDMA, EVDO and UMTS services. In the Glendale area where the stadium is located, TE equipment is being used to link a base station hotel with DAS in the Renaissance Hotel and the Gila River Arena, making use of existing operator infrastructure to manage capacity spikes.

In downtown Phoenix, TE’s FlexWave Prism DAS has been deployed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (headquarters for NFL executives in the month leading up to the game) and at CityScape, an outdoor visitor center. Elsewhere, TE’s FlexWave Spectrum DAS with the CPRI digital interface unit (CDIU) has been deployed at US Airways Arena, which will serve as the event’s media center. In addition, TE’s unique host-to-host technology has been deployed to link a base station hotel in downtown Phoenix with US Airways Arena, the Hyatt Regency, Chase Field and the Phoenix Convention Center. The host-to-host technology transports base station signals for miles over a digital fiber link between the base station hotel and the venues.

“TE is the vendor of choice at the world’s most important events and venues,” said Peter Wraight, president of TE’s Wireless business unit. “Our all-digital solutions deliver outstanding capacity and performance at events like this, where the network needs to be able to withstand significant capacity increases and maintain connectivity reliably.”

Google Container Registry Hosts Docker Repositories

A newly opened Google Container Registry service is now available in beta for the secure hosting, sharing, and management of private container repositories.   The registry service hosts private images of Docker repositories in Google Cloud Storage, ready to be deployed to Google Container Engine clusters or Google Compute Engine container optimized VMs over Google Cloud Platform’s Andromeda based network fabric.

A10 Joins Cisco's ACI Ecosystem and Integrates its Thunder ADCs

A10 Networks has integrated its Thunder Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) with Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric.

The joint solution provides dynamic L4-L7 application networking services, enabling enterprises to automatically provision application delivery and security services with a significant increase in both allocation speed and business agility. The automated approach to networking services is based on application-specific policies that allow data center applications to dynamically scale on demand. Going forward, the solution will also support more advanced ADC and security functionality such as service chaining, WAF, SSLi and GSLB.

"Our vision to deliver on-demand, policy-based mechanisms for dynamic L4-L7 services in a cloud environment closely aligns with the streamlined application delivery cycles of the Cisco ACI common policy framework," said Raj Jalan, CTO of A10 Networks. "By combining A10 Thunder ADC and Cisco ACI solutions, we are able to provide enterprises with rich application delivery and security capabilities in a shared infrastructure."

Cisco ACI technology provides the ability to insert Layer 4 through Layer 7 services into the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) via simplified definitions. The A10 APIC device package automates ACI service chaining and the insertion of physical, virtual, and hybrid A10 Thunder appliances. The device package has been rigorously tested by A10 Networks in Cisco ACI environments to offer rich L4-L7 network application services and templates as well as HTTP optimization services for Cisco's ACI fabric. The A10 device package uses open APIs and scripts that allow Cisco APIC to configure consistent automation and orchestration of Application Delivery Controller (ADC) services within the fabric required to deploy applications in a fast, highly secure and reliable manner.

"Rapidly evolving application paradigms and associated infrastructures require the seamless integration of application network services into today's data center fabrics," said Soni Jiandani, SVP, Marketing, Cisco. "The integration of Cisco ACI with the combined performance of A10 Networks' Thunder ADCs and ACOS operating system programmatic interfaces makes this scale and agility a reality."

CENX Intros Big Data Scale Lifecycle Service Orchestration

CENX released a new version of its Cortx Service Orchestrator software that harnesses network big data to provide an accurate, real-time view of service providers’ networks.

The Cortx Service Orchestrator can be used for lifecycle management of mobile backhaul, cloud data center exchange, enterprise connectivity, and machine-to-machine communications using IP VPNs, MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, Ethernet Over SONET, and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technologies. New capabilities in Cortx Service Orchestrator Release 5.1 include:

  • Expanded scalability and performance supporting the ingest and processing of terabytes of network data per day to enable big data scale visualization, analysis, and real-time alarming on millions of network paths
  • Network-oriented real-time search capability that allows hundreds of concurrent users to surf network data using intuitive features such as context-based search suggestions
  • Enhanced real-time network performance, utilization, and predictive analytics which correlate and compare disparate data sources to accurately measure and manage network capacity
  • Configurable policies for automated bandwidth upgrades through Just-In-Time Capacity Management, reducing upgrade intervals and costs while ensuring customer quality of experience
  • Ease-of-deployment and integration, for all types of network architectures and topologies, using machine learning to populate a comprehensive Service Information Model and build a complete view of network paths.  Model integrity is maintained through a continuous audit of hundreds of thousands of network entities per day.

“We have received an overwhelming response from our customers regarding the ease-of-use of our enhanced Cortx Service Orchestrator interface.  The real-time predictive search allows them to rapidly hone in on particular service names, customers, sites, or vendors just by starting to type in the search bar,” said Chris Purdy, CTO of CENX.  “We are defining the future of Service Orchestration by breaking the traditional OSS functional silo mold and providing an extensible, user-friendly platform founded on next-generation open-source technologies.”

Thursday, January 22, 2015

SK Telecom and Nokia Collaborate on 5G

SK Telecom and Nokia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development and verification of 5G mobile technologies. The companies will conduct joint research on core 5G technologies such as the gigabit-level data communications and cloud-based virtualized base stations. They plan to establish a test bed at SK Telecom’s R&D Center in Bundang, Seoul.

One area of R&D will be cmWave/mmWave technology, which uses wideband spectrum resources in ultra-high frequency bands (6GHz or higher).

At the MoU signing ceremony at Nokia’s Headquarters in Finland,, the two companies announced plans to demonstrate 5G in 2018 and commercialize 5G service in 2020.

“The future of mobile telecommunications network will not only connect people, but things as well. In the end, 5G will further extend human potential through advanced telecommunications technologies,” said Hossien Moiin, Head of Technology and Innovation at Nokia. “Together with SK Telecom, Nokia will make efforts to allow diverse futuristic services to be efficiently provided through 5G technologies.”

Meanwhile, in June 2014, SK Telecom has signed an MOU with Nokia to cooperate on the development of technologies including virtualization, software-based network establishment and next-generation cloud network management, all of which are critical in developing base stations for the 5G network.

  • In November 2014, Nokia and SK Telecom demonstrated base station virtualization technology (Cloud vRAN).
  • In July 2014, SK Telecom announced a 5G development pact with Ericsson.

Oracle Intros Lower Cost Virtual Compute Appliance

Oracle introduced a line of lower priced data center equipment aimed at taking on other major vendors in this sector.

"We're going to compete for that core data center business. Our appliances and engineered systems deliver the highest performance by a large margin at the lowest purchase price for the data center core. They get the job done faster, more securely and more reliably than any competitive offering available today," said Ellison. "Our customers want their data centers to be as simple and as automated as possible. With some of Oracle's engineered systems and appliances, you can pay 50 percent less, BUT you have to be willing to take TWICE the performance."

The new generation of integrated appliances include:

Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance X5: Paired with the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, the Virtual Compute Appliance serves as a complete, converged infrastructure system. Oracle calculates that compared to Cisco plus EMC, Virtual Compute Appliance is 50 percent cheaper and easier to deploy.

Oracle Database Appliance X5: Designed for distributed and branch office deployments, the Oracle Database Appliance integrates compute, storage, and software. It adds flash caching, integrated InfiniBand connectivity, increased compute cores, and increased storage to improve consolidation density by up to 4x.

Oracle Big Data Appliance X5: Delivers Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities to the enterprise at a 35 percent lower three-year total cost of ownership and with 30 percent faster deployment time than a custom-built cluster. The new appliance comes with twice the RAM and 2.25x the processor cores. Also available on Oracle Big Data Appliance is the latest version of Oracle Big Data SQL, which extends Oracle SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, enabling customers to use one fast SQL query across all their data, with no application changes.

Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5: Eliminates data loss exposure, offering faster processors and up to 30 percent expanded capacity within a single rack, enabling faster recovery, higher throughput, and improved database backup consolidation.

Verizon Deploys 100G in APAC Using Fujitsu and Ciena

Verizon has deployed 100G technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations and further extending 100G technology across its global network.

This deployment, which used the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, added approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800 kilometers) to the company’s extensive 100G network.  These additional miles add to the more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on Verizon’s U.S. network and 8,500 100G miles on its European network.

“Like other regions in the world, the Asia-Pacific region is seeing solid traffic growth from such drivers as cloud services, over-the-top video and unified services,” said Helen Wong, director of Asia-Pacific products for Verizon. “By deploying 100G, Verizon stays ahead of its global customers’ increasing demand for bandwidth while improving quality and increasing the efficiency of our global network.”

Verizon said traffic continues to rise due to the growing demands of data, cloud, video and mobile solutions that require increasingly agile and scalable enterprise networks. The company also cited its recent Secure Cloud Interconnect agreements with Google, Salesforce, HP, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, which are expected to fuel the demand for 100G connections between the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the U.S.

  • Verizon first deployed 100G on an ultra-long-haul optical system in the U.S. in 2011.