Thursday, February 5, 2015

Global Capacity Releases Network Design Application

Global Capacity introduced its Network Builder application for helping customers design wide area networks based on the company's One Marketplace connectivity platform.

The application enables scenario modeling for optimal network designs based on factors including network cost, service technologies, latency, contract term
and preferred interconnection points. Large enterprises with thousands of sites can optimize their networks without time-consuming request for proposal (RFP) processes, and can specifically identify the cost of different options for quality, performance and location.

“With One Marketplace Network Builder, Global Capacity has delivered on its commitment of Connectivity Made Simple, making technology barriers disappear so anyone can create the network they need,” said Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer of Global Capacity. “One Marketplace plays a critical role in next-generation WAN delivery by providing the cost effective, secure and reliable network connectivity that is essential for businesses to connect across the globe.”

http://www.globalcapacity.com/


In January 2014, 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 covered 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.

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Router Market to Exceed $11.5 Billion in 2019

The worldwide Service Provider Router market is expected to surpass $11.5 billion by 2019, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. This includes both Core and Edge Router sales.

“We expect much of the growth to be driven by continued demand for routers used in mobile backhaul and IP backbone networks,” said Alam Tamboli, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group.  “For mobile backhaul, operators in Asia and Europe will continue to invest heavily in their LTE mobile networks and associated routers as they compete for subscribers.  For core routers, operators will evaluate recently introduced platforms that offer much higher capacity than the previous generations,” Tamboli continued.  “Today, some core router platforms offer ten-fold the capacity per rack versus what was available just five years ago.  Operators are expected to upgrade their core router platforms to significantly increase their backbone capacity at a much lower cost per bit transmitted,” he explained.

http://www.delloro.com/news/service-provider-router-market-exceed-11-5-billion-2019-according-delloro-group-forecast

OneAccess Outlines NFV Migration Strategy

OneAccess unveiled its service migration strategy to help Service Providers leverage virtualization technologies while taking into account their existing IT environment.

The company said its strategy emphasizes gradual NFV deployment, leveraging existing provisioning services where necessary,.  New virtualized network functions (VNFs) can in effect be activated and chained to today's legacy services. This service migration approach avoids the leap-of-faith pitfall of alternative green field approaches.

The first step of OneAccess NFV strategy is the introduction of a vCPE Adapter or virtual adapter that enables the full functions of a traditional branch-office CPE to be placed directly in the service chain of an NFV infrastructure. The vCPE Adapter enables all or part of the targeted enterprise network services to be set up using either Netconf, existing legacy protocols or a combination of both.

"Until now, operators and CSPs have been presented with two basic approaches to NFV migration," said Pravin Mirchandani, CMO and NFV evangelist."On the one hand, the big five networking vendors are saying 'Trust us. We'll get you there.' which, in effect, is a fairly transparent invitation to consolidate into inflexible vendor lock-in, something the operators desperately want to avoid. On the other hand, various Layer 2 vendors are advocating a disruptive 'rip and replace' strategy, in a bid to introduce an x86 computing platform into their customers' networks using their equipment. Neither of these approaches takes into account the need to co-exist with existing IT systems or even current upgrade plans to expand or enhance existing enterprise services."

http://www.oneaccess-net.com/press-center/press-releases/item/524-oneaccess-places-service-migration-at-the-heart-of-its-nfv-strategy

Qumulo Raises $40M for Enterprise Storage

Qumulo, a start-up based in Seattle, announced $40 million in Series B funding. The company is focused on enterprise data storage but has not yet disclosed its product plans.

The funding was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) with participation from existing investors Highland Capital, Madrona Venture Group and Valhalla Partners. The company has raised a total of $67 million to date.

“Enterprises are grappling with the challenge of how to understand, store, and cost-effectively manage an incomprehensible number of files and digital assets,” said Peter Godman, co-founder and CEO of Qumulo. “The caliber of venture capital investors and board members that have joined us underscores the huge market opportunity that exists and reflects investor confidence in the work accomplished over the last three years by our team.”

http://qumulo.com/

ConteXtream Joins HP OpenNFV Partner Program

ConteXtream, which develops carrier-grade network virtualization solutions, has joined the HP OpenNFV Partner Program as an Application Partner to help drive Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technology for carriers.

HP is a global reseller of ConteXtream technology solutions and ConteXtream is an HP AllianceOne partner. ConteXtream’s SDN fabric is also integrated with the HP NFV software portfolio including NFV Director and HP Helion OpenStack. In addition, they have collaborated on two European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) proof-of-concepts including virtualized Gi-LAN and SDN-enabled virtualized evolved packet core (EPC). ConteXtream’s solution is currently deployed with tier-1 carriers on HP platforms (C7K and DL series), serving over 100 million subscribers, with more than 50 billion analytic records generated per day.

“As the transition to software-defined-networking continues, service providers need robust, high-performance NFV solutions that deliver network-level performance, scalability, flexibility and programmability,” said Nachman Shelef, CEO of ConteXtream. “We are delighted to be a part of the HP OpenNFV Partner Program as this partnership with a trusted vendor helps carriers embrace these technologies with greater ease and agility, while passing forward the benefits to their end-users.”

http://www.contextream.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DOCOMO's Advanced C-RAN Delivers 240 Mbps using 35 MHz

NTT DOCOMO has achieved 240 Mbps downlink performance using 35MHz of bandwidth in a live field trial of Advanced C-RAN technology.

Advanced C-RAN leverages carrier aggregation (CA) technology to enable users to receive data simultaneously over small cells for localized coverage deployed in congested areas, and macro cells that provide wider area coverage. The carrier said Advanced C-RAN will prove especially useful for improving radio capacity and transmission speed in train stations, large-scale commercial facilities and other high-traffic areas.

The successful field trial paves the way for commercial deployment of the technology together with the launch of DOCOMO's LTE-Advanced network in March.

A previous verification trial last November used category-6 mobile devices capable of download speeds up to 300Mbps in the Yokosuka area of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

"Advanced C-RAN represents an important contribution to the evolution of LTE and will be a key technology for the realization of 5G in the future," said Seizo Onoe, DOCOMO's Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2014/150205_00.html

China Mobile Tests LTE-A Carrier Aggregation with 64QAM

China Mobile completed a field trial of uplin
k Carrier Aggregation on its LTE network in Jiangsu province in partnership with Huawei.

The test included uplink CA and 64QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and yielded a 180% increase in the uplink rate,

Huawei said the better uplink performance demonstrated in this test could prove useful for applications such as picture and video sharing by individual users, as well as video surveillance, telemedicine, and shoot-and-transmit for enterprise users.  The company also noted that its customer China Mobile has already started upgrading the entire network in Shenzhen to TDD LTE-A by enabling the downlink CA.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-413630-ca.htm#.VNL1U_6jOM4

Equinix Cloud Exchange Now Reaches 19 Markets Globally

Equinix announced that its Cloud Exchange is now available in 19 markets globally — Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Osaka, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington, D.C.  The service will add Melbourne and Zurich in the coming months.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange is an advanced interconnection solution that enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds and multiple networks.  The goal is to give enterprises direct access to services for building sophisticated hybrid cloud solutions inside Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers. Since launching the service in April of 2014, Equinix has added AWS, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, SoftLayer, and others as cloud partners.

So far, the reports that nearly one hundred companies — enterprises, networks and cloud service providers — have joined Equinix Cloud Exchange.

Equinix also cited a rapid global adoption with the addition of network and cloud providers around the globe, including Telefonica, TI Sparkle and IX Reach in EMEA and NTT and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) in Asia Pacific. For this reason, the company recently acquired Nimbo, a professional services company focused on enterprise cloud infrastructure. Nimbo helps enterprises migrate existing legacy applications into a hybrid cloud infrastructure and connect legacy data centers to the cloud, especially AWS and Microsoft Azure.

In addition, More than 100 companies have deployed Equinix Performance Hub, a distributed network architecture that speeds network and application performance by placing resources closer to end users.

"Enterprises are choosing Equinix not only for our unmatched ecosystem and global footprint, but also because of these solutions that enable them to solve real-world challenges and advance their IT initiatives. With global enterprises like CDM Smith, GP Strategies and HarperCollins utilizing the Equinix Performance Hub and Cloud Exchange solutions, we're further cementing our position as the home of interconnected enterprise clouds," stated Tony Bishop, vice president, global enterprise, Equinix.

http://www.equinix.com/company/news-and-events/press-releases/enterprises-re-architect-it-with-equinix-interconnection-solutions/


Nuage Networks Selected by China Telecom’s Cloud Arm

CTCC, the Cloud Computing Branch of China Telecom, has selected Nuage Networks for its self-serve public cloud services.

CTCC is one of the largest cloud computing service providers in the country, responsible for China Telecom’s comprehensive cloud services.

Nuage Networks was chosen to provide SDN capability that operates seamlessly in CTCC’s complex and geographically dispersed network infrastructure. Nuage Networks will also address CTCC’s network security requirements, helping guard against the customer impact of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks by providing full network isolation in order to prevent attacks against a single customer impacting others.

Nuage Networks said its Virtual Routing and Switching (VRS) module will substantially increase the efficiency of each network port to enable the support of more virtual machines per server.

“We are pleased that Nuage Networks has helped us to achieve scalability in our cloud infrastructure and improve the availability of the services. We can now offer our customers self-serve public cloud services in a more secure and dynamic way, giving them services that are tailored to meet their unique business requirements,” said Guang Xiaoming, the chief technology officer of CTCC.

Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks added: “We are excited to work with CTCC in support of their public cloud implementation. CTCC’s customers deserve instant access to public cloud services that are supported by a network that is capable of responding to their changing needs, and the full range of applications that they require and depend on to power their businesses.”

http://www.nuagenetworks.net/news/china-telecoms-cloud-arm-chooses-nuage-networks-sdn-technology-enable-public-cloud-services-china/

FCC Chairman Seeks to Extend Title II Authority to Wireless Too

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that he circulating a proposal this week with his fellow commissioners that would  implement and enforce open Internet protections using Title II authority.  In a column published by Wired.com, Wheeler describes his proposal as "the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC."

Specifically, Wheeler seeks enforceable, bright-line rules to ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. In addition, he proposes to fully apply those bright-line rules to mobile broadband.

His column is posted here:

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/fcc-chairman-wheeler-net-neutrality/

AMS-IX Opens in Telx's NYC2 Data Center

The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) has established a Point of Presence (PoP) within Telx's NYC2 data center facility at 111 8th Avenue in New York.

AMS-IX New York provides a physical platform, deployed within five data center facilities, where parties can meet to exchange internet-related traffic with one another. Together with Telx’s growing customer base and interconnection capabilities, the two companies are able to offer reliable, fast, and cost-effective internet peering services to their end-users and business customers within a secure environment.

This partnership enables AMS-IX New York and Telx to provide customers with additional peering opportunities to other connected parties on the platform, including those customers that are located in other data center facilities, such as nearby NYC1 at 60 Hudson Street and NYC3 at 32 Avenue of the Americas. These two facilities, along with NYC2, comprise the “The NYC Trifecta” in Manhattan, offering seamless connectivity and providing small, medium, and enterprise businesses with access to the same network-rich interconnections regardless of their location. In addition, the Trifecta acts as a central hub for leading global service providers to access physical connection points to the world’s telecommunications networks.

https://nynj.ams-ix.net/

Austria's Citycom Picks Ciena for Packet Optical Upgrade

Austria's Citycom has selected Ciena and Kapsch BusinessCom to upgrade its network for Carrier Ethernet business services, including high-capacity broadband, VoIP, resilient data center interconnections, and access to critical cloud-based IT services such as CRM and payroll platforms for Citycom’s public sector, financial services and media customers.

Citycom, part of Graz City Council (Die Holding Graz), owns and operates 1,200 kilometres of fibre-optic metro network and two state-of-the-art data centres in Graz, providing fast, reliable, low-latency Ethernet business services, including carrier wholesale and last mile connectivity (FTTH), to public sector, enterprise and small and medium sized business (SMB) customers. Citycom also owns a long-haul, nationwide, packet-optical backbone network connecting third-party carriers and international partners in major cities across Austria, including Vienna, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Klagenfurt, Linz, Wels and Gleisdorf.

Ciena will supply its converged packet optical and packet networking solutions, including the 6500 Packet Optical Platform, 8700 Packetwave Platform, 5142 and 5160 Service Aggregation Switches, as well as the 3902, 3916 and 3930 Service Delivery Switches. Ciena’s OneControl also enables Citycom to differentiate its services with dynamic provisioning and proactive monitoring. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.ciena.com/

France's Hub One Selects Coriant for Packet Optical

Hub One, a leading player in mobility and telecoms services in France, has selected Coriant's 7100 Nano Packet Optical Transport Platform for a new WDM network interconnecting the airports of Paris -- Charles de Gaulle, Le Bourget and Orly.

Coriant's 7100 Nano is an integrated packet optical transport and multiservice delivery solution for wireless, fixed line and business services networks. With a small form factor, low power consumption, and a robust suite of features, the 7100 Nano is the ideal solution for multiservice metro deployments and data interconnect applications. It supports up to 88 channels, with interfaces ranging from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps.  It also features an integrated dynamic optical core and intelligent services interfaces that together deliver Add/Drop Multiplexer (ADM) capability, Layer 2 packet switching on a single blade, and OTN multiplexing and switching. It offers software-configurable ports supporting SONET/SDH, OTN, Ethernet and Storage Area Network (SAN) interfaces.

"The three airports located in the Paris metropolitan area are some of the busiest across Europe, serving thousands of travelers every day. Providing a secure and reliable communications network is crucial for our customers," stated Patrice BĂ©lie, CEO of Hub One. "Global travelers and the local businesses providing services to the airports utilize a growing array of powerful mobile devices. As data consumption of travelers continues to increase and connectivity becomes increasingly important, the Coriant solution will provides us with proven technology to guarantee a continuous service to our end-user customers."

http://www.coriant.com/company/press_release.asp?id=1189


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cisco: 2019 Mobile Data Traffic Forecast

Global mobile data traffic will reach an annual run rate of 292 exabytes by 2019, up from 30 exabytes in 2014, according to the newly released Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014 to 2019.  Not surprisingly, the ongoing adoption of more powerful mobile devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections combined with broader access to faster cellular networks are key contributors to significant mobile traffic growth.

From 2014 to 2019, Cisco anticipates that global mobile traffic growth will outpace global fixed traffic growth by a factor of three.

Some highlights from the Cisco study:

  • More mobile users: By 2019, there will be 5.2 billion mobile users (up from 4.3 billion in 2014). In 2014, nearly 59 percent of the world's population (7.2 billion people) was comprised of mobile users; by 2019, more than 69 percent of the world's population (7.6 billion people) will be mobile users.
  • More mobile connections: By 2019, there will be approximately 11.5 billion mobile-ready devices/connections, including 8.3 billion personal mobile devices and 3.2 billion M2M connections (up from 7.4 billion total mobile-ready devices and M2M connections in 2014).
  • Faster mobile speeds: Average global mobile network speeds will increase 2.4 fold from 2014 (1.7 Mbps) to 2019 (4.0 Mbps).
  • More mobile video: By 2019, mobile video will represent 72 percent of global mobile data traffic (up from 55 percent in 2014).

Impact of Mobile M2M Connections (and Wearable Devices)


  • The number of wearable devices globally will grow five-fold, reaching 578 million by 2019, up from 109 million in 2014, with the majority of devices anticipated in North America and Asia Pacific.
  • This is expected to fuel 18-fold growth in mobile traffic from wearable devices between 2014 and 2019, with most of it channeled through smartphones.
  • In 2014, the average wearable device generated 6X more traffic per month than a basic handset (wearables = 141 MBs mobile traffic/month vs. basic handsets = 22 MBs mobile traffic/month).
  • As an example of a high-end wearables use case, livestreaming of a GoPro video camera on a cellular network would generate about 5 MB of mobile data traffic per minute.
  • In 2014, the average M2M module generated three-times more traffic per month than a basic handset (M2M = 70 MB of mobile traffic/month vs. basic handsets = 22 MB of mobile traffic/month).

Increase in 4G Connectivity


  • 26 percent of all global devices and connections will be 4G capable by 2019.
  • The number of 4G connections globally will grow 18-fold, from 459 million in 2019 to 3 billion by 2019.
  • By 2017, 3G will surpass 2G as the top cellular technology based on connection share.
  • In 2014, 4G connections accounted for 40 percent of total mobile data traffic; by 2019, 4G connections will account for 68 percent of total mobile data traffic.
  • In 2014, the average 4G connection generated 2.2 GB of mobile data traffic per month; by 2019, the average 4G connection will generate 5.5 GB of mobile data traffic per month, 5.3X higher than the 1.04 GB/month for the average non-4G connection.

Wi-Fi Offload Traffic Surpasses Cellular Traffic


  • In 2014, 46 percent of total mobile data traffic was offloaded; by 2019, 54 percent of total mobile data traffic will be offloaded.
  • Without offload, the 2014 - 2019 global mobile data traffic compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for global mobile data traffic would be significantly higher (65 percent instead of 57 percent).

Voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) Surpasses Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)


  • By 2017, VoWi-Fi traffic (10.8 PB/year) will exceed VoLTE traffic (10.7 PB/year).
  • By 2018, VoWi-Fi will exceed VoLTE in the number of minutes used per year.
  • By 2019, VoWi-Fi minutes of use will account for more than half – 53 percent – of all mobile IP voice traffic.
  • By 2019, the number of Wi-Fi-capable tablets and PCs (1.9 billion) will be nearly 3.5-times the number of cellular-capable tablets and PCs (542 million).

Growth of Mobile Cloud Traffic


  • Mobile cloud traffic will grow nearly 11-fold from 2014 (2 exabytes/month) to 2019 (21.8 exabytes/month).
  •  In 2014, cloud applications accounted for 81 percent of total mobile data traffic; by 2019, cloud applications will account for 90 percent of total mobile data traffic.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1578507

VMware NSX and vCloud Air to Bridge Public and Private Clouds

VMware introduced its unified compute/storage/networking platform for the hybrid cloud. The goal is to create one consistent environment across the private and public cloud to run, protect and manage any cloud-native or traditional application.

A key part of the announcement is the introduction of VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Networking Services powered by VMware NSX, which lets enterprise customers establish a single, secure network domain through a gateway appliance.  VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform that delivers the entire networking and security model from L2-L7 in software.

VMware is now deploying NSX as the networking foundation for VMware vCloud Air. The company said customers will be able to maintain hundreds of virtual networks spanning the private cloud and vCloud Air over a single WAN connection, and share the same fine-grained "zero trust" security policies and network isolation for applications, unchanged.  A phased release of these capabilities will begin in the first half of the year.

VMware also noted support for container-based distributed application technologies, including Kubernetes, the open-source container orchestration project initiated and managed by Google.

"Every traditional industry across the globe is being transformed by software," said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, Inc. "To navigate and thrive in the face of this change, businesses must be decisive in the face of uncertainty. Today, we are taking another leap forward in helping our customers meet these demands through a unified platform, defined in software, which will offer unmatched choice and extends our innovations across compute, networking and storage to deliver the hybrid cloud."

VMware also announced:

VMware vSphere 6 - re-defines infrastructure and application service-levels and availability.  The latest release introduces 650 new features and capabilities.

VMware Integrated OpenStack - provides developers with open APIs to access VMware's enterprise-class infrastructure. VMware packages, tests and supports all components of the distribution, including the open source OpenStack code, and will provide the distribution free of charge to VMware vSphere customers.

VMware Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes - introduces significant scalability and performance enhancements to the company's hypervisor-converged storage solution. Additionally, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes will offer a new level of storage integration to make external arrays natively aware of virtual machines.

http://www.vmware.com

Internap Takes its OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD to NY

Internap announced the availability of its OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD at its New York metro area data center in Secaucus, N.J. Opened in early 2014, Internap’s Secaucus facility is a true hybrid data center, offering Internap’s full range of infrastructure services. Customers can seamlessly link AgileCLOUD with bare-metal instances, as well as colocation and managed hosting environments, within the Secaucus facility and across other AgileCLOUD locations.

This is Internap’s fourth OpenStack public cloud location worldwide since its launch in 2014.  Other AgileCLOUD locations Other are Dallas, Montreal and Amsterdam.

“As enterprises increasingly adopt OpenStack for private clouds, they require public cloud platforms that provide the same level of interoperability as well as the performance and reliability needed to deploy their mission-critical applications at scale,” said Satish Hemachandran, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting, at Internap. “Every aspect of Internap’s OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD is optimized for performance – from dedicated compute CPU options to all-SSD storage, route-optimized networking and powerful management tools – and the continued expansion of our footprint means even better reach and faster application performance for customers.”

http://www.internap.com/press-release/internap-openstack-public-cloud-location-new-york-metro/


EMC'S Hyper-Converged Appliance for Compute/Storage/Networking

EMC Corp. introduced is "VSPEX BLUE" hyper-converged infrastructure appliance combining compute, storage, networking and management powered by VMware EVO:RAIL and EMC software.

The appliance is aimed at mid-market customers needing linear scalability from one to four 2U/4-nodes for infrastructure consolidations or virtual desktop deployments.

The VSPEX BLUE Manager extends the capabilities of the native EVO:RAIL Deployment, Configuration and Management (DCM) Engine, delivering a built-in support experience and an online Market of value-added software from EMC and EMC ecosystem partners.

http://www.emc.com/about/news/press/2015/20150203-01.htm

EMC to Take Controlling Stake in VCE as Cisco Sells

VCE will become an EMC business as Cisco agrees to sell all but 10% of its equity stake in the joint venture to EMC.

VCE is the joint venture formed in 2009 by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.  VMware is a subsidiary of EMC.

Going forward, VCE will be a subsidiary of EMC and will serve as  "an integration point for technologies from across the company."

VCE's flagship product is its Vblock Systems, a converged infrastructure offering that combines VMware vSphere software running on Cisco Unified Computing Systems (UCS) connected with Cisco Nexus switches, attached to EMC Symmetrix storage. More than 1,000 enterprises and service providers have deployed over 2,000 Vblock Systems worldwide.

Cloudera Acquires Xplain.io for Hadoop Analytics

Cloudera, which specializes in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, has acquired Xplain.io, a start-up specializing in self-service analytics. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Xplain.io's product, "Big Data Integration Service" (BDIS), automates the design, integration, and optimization of data models that use SQL, NoSQL, and NewSQL technologies, enabling data architects to transform data models that dramatically accelerate Business Intelligence and applications.

Cloudera said the Xplain.io toolset will help its customers accelerate their enterprise data hub (EDH) deployments and make it easier for them to add more data and more complex workloads (automation, optimization, self-service) to their Cloudera environments.

"The business intelligence industry has demonstrated that analytics is moving to a self-service model," said Charles Zedlewski, vice president, Products, Cloudera. "The ability for end-users to find and analyze their own data makes teams more productive, companies more agile and frees BI experts for more value-added tasks. With the addition of Xplain.io technology and expertise, we have the opportunity to extend the self-service analytics revolution into the Hadoop platform itself."

http://www.cloudera.com
http://xplain.io/

China Unicom Employs Huawei's Atom Router for QoE

Guangdong Unicom has deployed Huawei's miniature Atom router in its commercial mobile network to support of quality of experience assessments of its customers.

Huawei's Atom Router plugs directly into a service port of a device on an existing network, such as a base station, router, or switch, and does not require external power. It provides real-time service level agreement (SLA) measurements and accurate SLA reporting, as well as quick fault location capabilities. The router supports seamless access to 3G/4G mobile bearer networks and smooth OAM capability expansion.

Huawei said its solution delivers super-high precision IP Flow Performance Measurement (FPM). It monitors network KPIs to illustrate service quality including measuring packet loss rate and delay of end-to-end service packets transmitted on an IP network to determine network performance.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-413569-4g.htm#.VNGDmP6-2-0

ZTE Tests Massive MIMO Pre-5G Base Station

ZTE announced pre-commercial field testing of a next gen base station leveraging Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) that sets new records in single-carrier transmission capacity and spectral efficiency.

ZTE said its proprietary, pre-5G, multi-user/multi-stream spatial multiplexing technology has demonstrated peak data throughput that is more than three times that of traditional base stations, and average data throughput that exceeds conventional systems by at least five times. Testing is done with conventional 4G handsets.

Based on ZTE’s self-developed baseband processor chipset, the Massive MIMO base station uses a frontal area similar to existing 8-antennas. Integrating antennas, base station units and RFs in one module, ZTE’s Massive MIMO base station uses only one-third of the installation space of traditional systems, lowering operating costs and total cost ownership of operators.

“Being a pre-5G technology, ZTE’s Massive MIMO solution is delivering exponential advances to 4G networks without modifying existing air interfaces, making it possible for carriers to provide a 5G-like user experience on existing 4G handsets in an accelerated timeframe,” said Dr. Xiang Jiying, Chief Scientist of ZTE. “ZTE successfully overcame the challenge of doing multi-user and multi-stream spatial multiplexing in a scattered-signal environment, clearing the main hurdle in the development of Massive MIMO technology.”

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201501/t20150126_431213.html