Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cumulus Extends ACPI Standard to Bare Metal Switches

Cumulus Networks has extended ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) to now support network OS integration with bare metal switches.

The company describes ACPI as a new standard for OS integration with servers, laptops and desktop computers.

The new expansion to this specification, called ACPI Platform Description, or APD, allows hardware providers to rapidly and more easily integrate network OSes, accelerating the proliferation of bare metal switches and providing customers choice of a broadened range of designs. The company also announced the Open Hardware program to accelerate the partner onboarding process and go-to-market collaboration.

Cumulus Networks contributed the Open Networking Install Environment, ONIE, to the Open Compute Project (OCP) to simplify OS loading. The company will now further the OCP goal of rapid innovation by contributing APD to the Project to simplify OS integration. Hardware vendors use APD to describe each platform to the network OS in a standard, machine-readable language. APD documentation and generic drivers will be contributed to the Linux kernel also, to give all network OS vendors the opportunity to speed time to market with hardware platforms.
“Great networking no longer requires a vendor-locked stack,” said Reza Malekzadeh, VP of Business, Cumulus Networks. “With APD for bare metal switches, networking is catching up with the server business. Now it’s all about cloud economics, speed of service delivery and a robust solutions ecosystem. This is a pivotal moment for the industry as open networking enters the mainstream. We’re pleased to announce Cumulus Linux support for APD along with our hardware partners.”

“The extension of the ACPI specification to networking allows hardware vendors to control their own time to market with bare metal switch offerings,” said Eli Karpilovski, Director of Product Marketing at Broadcom. “APD will enable shorter cycle time between the release of new switching technologies and the availability of hardware platforms to customers.”  


SingleHop Acquires Server Intellect to Expand Private Cloud with MS Support

SingleHop, which provides hosted private clouds and managed hosting services, has acquired Server Intellect, a Microsoft gold certified provider of cloud server and managed hosting services.

SingleHop’s enterprise-focused private cloud offering has long supported VMware.  Through the acquisition, SingleHop can now support Microsoft’s Hyper V support and Azure offerings.

Server Intellect was founded in 2003 and is based in Orlando, Florida.

“Server Intellect brings an incredible amount of expertise in a wide range of Microsoft-based hosting technologies,” said Zak Boca CEO of SingleHop, “As a top-to-bottom Microsoft shop with an unparalleled level of experience with Microsoft Hyper-V, Server Intellect was the obvious choice for expanding SingleHop’s private cloud platform into the Windows ecosystem. There was an undeniable, innate synergy in our respective focus and mission that made the collaboration a natural fit.”


  • SingleHop claims more than 5,500 customers with data centers across the United States and Europe.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Intel Xeon Processor D Targets Microserver, Storage, Networking

Intel launched its first Xeon processor-based system-on-chip (SoC) and its third generation of 64-bit SoC for microserver, storage, network and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Intel Xeon processor D product family, which is built on 14nm process technology, addresses low-power, high density infrastructure applications for the data center, cloud and telecommunication service providers. The SoC design combines industry standard x86 cores with two ports of integrated 10GbE Intel Ethernet and integrated I/Os (PCIe, USB, SATA and other general purpose I/Os) on a single package. It operates at a thermal design point near 20 watts and supports up to 128GB of addressable memory.

Some highlights:

  • The Intel Xeon processor D product family deliver up to 3.4x faster performance per node1 and up to 1.7x better performance per watt when compared to the Intel Atom processor C2750, part of Intel’s second-generation 64-bit SoC product family.
  • Launching 4- and 8-core microserver optimized SoCs today, with a more comprehensive portfolio of network, storage and IoT SoCs targeted for availability in the second half of this year.
  • Initial products are optimized for hosters and cloud service providers for a variety of workloads such as dedicated web hosting, memory caching, dynamic web serving and warm storage. Future storage and network optimized products will target usages such as entry SAN and NAS appliances, edge routers and wireless base stations, as well as industrial IoT devices.
  • There are more than 50 systems currently in design. Approximately 75 percent are network, storage and IoT designs. System providers currently designing microservers based on the Intel Xeon processor D family include: Cisco, HP, NEC, Quanta Cloud Technology, Sugon and Supermicro.
  • Delivers advanced server-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features, including support for error-correcting code memory, combined with enhanced hardware-based Intel Virtualization Technology and Intel Advanced Encryption Standard-New Instructions (AES-NI).

“The growth of connected devices and demand for more digital services has created new opportunities for information and communication technology,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel. “By bringing Intel Xeon processor performance to a low-power SoC, we’re delivering the best of both worlds and enabling our customers to deliver exciting new services.”


NTT DOCOMO Hits 4.5Gbps in 5G Outdoor Trial

NTT DOCOMO achieved a maximum data transmission speed of over 4.5 Gbps using the high-frequency 15GHz spectrum band in a 5G outdoor trial that was conducted last month with Ericsson.

DOCOMO said it its targetting deployment of a commercial 5G network by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in July 2020.

In a separate indoor 5G trial with Nokia Networks on December 18, 2014 to verify beamforming, a technique for more stable high-speed data transmission using exceptionally higher frequencies in the 70GHz band, DOCOMO achieved data transmissions of over 2 Gbps.

DOCOMO also announced that it has agreed with its two newest partners, Huawei and Mitsubishi Electric, to conduct technical verifications of emerging 5G mobile communications technologies using various frequency bands, including lower than 6GHz and extremely high frequencies, called millimeter waves. In total, DOCOMO's 5G trials now encompass eight blue-chip mobile technology vendors, also including Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, NEC and Samsung.


NTT DOCOMO Anticipates NFV Rollout Starting in March 2016

NTT DOCOMO is planning for a commercial deployment of network functions virtualisation (NFV) technology its mobile network in Japan from March 2016.

At last week's Mobile World Congress, DOCOMO confirmed that it is working on NFV with three ICT vendors—Ericsson, Fujitsu and NEC.

NTT said Ericsson composes the system that controls the virtualized hardware, whereas Fujitsu and NEC compose virtualized EPC software.

"NFV, which has finally moved into its commercial phase, is no longer just a pie-in-the-sky idea," said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at DOCOMO. "Through multi-vendor initiatives with Ericsson, Fujitsu and NEC and other leading vendors in the NFV domain, we look forward to putting NFV to practical use and thereby helping to accelerate the transition to a new era for mobile networks."

Anders Lindblad, Senior Vice President, Head of Business Unit Cloud and IP at Ericsson, said: "Ericsson is delighted to partner with DOCOMO to contribute to an advance effort for commercialization of NFV. By providing a platform for execution and orchestration of cloud services, we will contribute to enabling the realization of a virtualized network in a multivendor environment led by DOCOMO."

Jiro Otsuki, Corporate Executive Officer, EVP, Head of Network Business Group, Service Platform Business, Fujitsu Limited, said: "We at Fujitsu are delighted to be able to participate in the cutting-edge initiative to implement DOCOMO's network virtualization technology. We are moving forward on partnerships with DOCOMO and a range of other vendors, utilizing our technological capabilities that have a track record of support for the commercialization of mobile networks. Moreover, Fujitsu will provide the virtualization technology that paves the way for international standards so as to contribute to realizing the next generation of mobile networks."

Shunichiro Tejima, Executive Vice President of NEC, said: "NEC is delighted to be selected by DOCOMO as a partner for the development of their industry-leading network functions virtualization technology. NEC will aim towards the early realization of DOCOMO's virtualized EPC, while ensuring that telecom carriers around the world can fully reap the benefits of network virtualization by providing an open virtualization-based mobile core technology. In this way, NEC will continue helping telecom carriers to provide advanced communication services."


IBM Softlayer Launches OpenPOWER Bare Metal Servers

IBM SoftLayer will offer OpenPOWER-based bare metal servers as part of its portfolio of cloud-based services. The servers are aimed at data-intensive workloads on public and private clouds.

To develop the SoftLayer bare-metal server, IBM and SoftLayer worked closely with fellow OpenPOWER Foundation members TYAN, a provider of advanced server/workstation platforms, and Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions.

"The new OpenPOWER-based bare metal servers make it easy for users to take advantage of one of the industry's most powerful and open server architectures," said Sonny Fulkerson, CIO at SoftLayer. "The offering allows SoftLayer to deliver a higher level of performance, predictability, and dependability not always possible in virtualized cloud environments.”


Coriant and Fujitsu Resolve Litigation

Coriant and Fujitsu Limited have now resolved all of their pending claims, counterclaims and appeals against each other, in a confidential settlement agreement. The patent and intellectual property claims concerned Tellabs, which was acquired in December 2013 by Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm. The stipulations of dismissal will be filed in the trial and appellate courts.


Coriant introduced a compact packet optical transport platform optimized for service enablement at the edge of metro networks, including Data Center Interconnect (DCI), flexible business services, mobile backhaul, and SONET/SDH 

  • In January 2008, Fujitsu Network Communications announced a patent infringement lawsuit asserting that Tellabs' products infringe four of Fujitsu's U.S. patents covering optical communication technologies. The accused products include the Tellabs 7100 Optical Transport System, Tellabs 5500 series and Tellabs 6300 series.  Later that year, Tellabs filed a countersuit against Fujitsu.

Freescale Supports Linaro OpenDataPlane for SDN

Freescale Semiconductor announced support for the OpenDataPlane (ODP) standard, a common programming model for software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Specifically, Freescale will support ODP APIs for both ARM and Power Architecture versions of its QorIQ multicore processors. The ODP APIs offer a common abstraction interface for hardware-based acceleration functions such as IPSEC and traffic management, which are implemented in Freescale’s QorIQ multicore processors and engineered to support optimal network performance and security.

“As a founding member of the Linaro Networking Group, Freescale applauds the introduction of ODP version 1.0,” said Nikolay Guenov, director of product management for Freescale’s Digital Networking group. “Freescale and its QorIQ platforms are in solid alignment with ODP, which is the optimal open-ecosystem standard for meeting the performance and efficiency requirements our customers demand.”


Altiostar and Wind River Collaborate on NFV C-RAN

At last week's Mobile World Congress, Altiostar and Wind River announced a highly scalable Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) cloud radio access network (C-RAN) solution that can be deployed using readily available standard Ethernet transport.

The Altiostar solution utilizes the NFV-enabling Wind River Titanium Server software platform for its software-intensive intelligent eNodeB. It runs on the Intel Xeon processor, which gives it the high performance needed for hyperscale workloads while minimizing the footprint.
Wind River Titanium Server is a carrier grade NFV infrastructure software solution that uses Wind River Linux, real-time Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), carrier grade plugins for OpenStack, Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), and accelerated vSwitch technologies, and is optimized for Intel architecture.

"Current C-RAN architecture requires expensive and hard-to-deploy dark fiber or WDM in the last mile to carry CPRI frames. Additionally, exploding data consumption is creating tremendous network capacity shortfall. Carriers are eager to find disruptive solutions to address these challenges," said Ashraf M. Dahod, president and CEO of Altiostar.

"The Altiostar solution uses standard Ethernet-based fronthaul to build the cloud RAN. By working with industry leaders like Wind River and using Intel technology, we were able to get to market faster with an NFV C-RAN solution that enables the rapid introduction of new services and capacity, while driving down the total cost of ownership."

"In order for the telecom industry to successfully achieve NFV, the delivery of virtualized services at carrier grade levels of performance and reliability is absolutely critical," said Paul Senyshyn, vice president and general manager of networking solutions at Wind River. "Wind River Titanium Server delivers an NFV infrastructure that gives Altiostar's solution the carrier grade virtualization required to allow service providers to easily and quickly achieve goals such as reducing costs while introducing new high-value services through NFV."


Akamai Acquires Xerocole

Akamai Technologies acquired Xerocole, a provider of recursive DNS functionality.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Xerocole's intelligent recursive DNS technology was designed to provide carriers with security, speed, and the ability to dynamically and flexibly set DNS policy and user preferences.
Akamai said the deal enables it to expand its DNS product portfolio beyond the company's existing 
Authoritative DNS products to more completely meet the needs of customers and network partners.

"We see this acquisition as an important investment in engineering talent and technology that is intended to complement our DNS product portfolio and strategy," said Rick McConnell, Akamai's President of Products and Development. "We believe that Xerocole has some of the best DNS experts in the industry and that recursive DNS has strategic value to the Akamai Platform and to each of our business units. Xerocole's technology is expected to strengthen our value to our major carrier and network partners."

ZTE Chooses Freescale’s SoC for LTE-A Base Stations

ZTE has selected Freescale's QorIQ Qonverge B4860 baseband system-on-chip (SoC) for its next-generation LTE-Advanced macro base stations.

Freescale’s B4860 product is built on the QorIQ Qonverge platform and combines 64-bit, multi-thread Power Architecture CPU cores, StarCore digital signal processor technology, a powerful MAPLE-B baseband acceleration platform and DPAA networking acceleration to provide cost-effective, best-in-class performance and connectivity. The B4860 balances this performance with exceptional power efficiency, plus the future-proofing flexibility to support LTE, LTE-Advanced, WCDMA and 3GPP standards.

“As 4G mobile devices continue to proliferate, and demand for wireless connected devices for the Internet of Things drives even greater demand for ubiquitous bandwidth, wireless carriers are increasingly looking to base station OEMs for higher capacity and throughput,” said Tareq Bustami, Digital Networking Vice President, Freescale Semiconductor.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Yahoo Japan Deploys Nutanix for VDI

Yahoo Japan Corporation has deployed the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform for desktop virtualization to mitigate the impact of malware infections and provide a consistent IT framework for staff working across the business.

“We deployed VDI on Nutanix in three hubs that review and patrol third-party sites, and as the operational infrastructure for about 300 staff,” said Hiroshi Kiyomiya, CTO, Yahoo Japan Corporation.

“Desktops that are infected are immediately removed per our security guidelines; previously it took several hours to reinstall and setup the machine before work could continue. With our new Nutanix VDI environment we can immediately reset the virtual desktop that has been infected, revert to a virtual desktop image before it was infected, and work can be resumed immediately, so we are seeing staff productivity improve by 30%. ”


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Blueprint -- New Directions For Ethernet: Slower Speeds

by David Fair, Board of Directors, Ethernet Alliance; Unified Networking Marketing Manager, Intel Corporation

Odd title for a networking article, don’t you think?  It’s odd for a couple of reasons, but reasons that reveal the vibrancy of Ethernet.  First, this is a forty-year old technology if you mark its birth from Bob Metcalf’s famous napkin sketch:

What’s remarkable is that this technology even has “new directions” after four decades!  But in fact, arguably, today is the most dynamic period in Ethernet’s history gauged by the number of major new specifications under discussion and development.  The longevity of Ethernet is unprecedented in the tech industry.  The IEEE has completed specs for both 40GbE and 100GbE, the former now in production and the latter shipping today for service provider carriers and sampling for data centers.

And the IEEE is working on a 400GbE specification.  The IEEE also recently added the P802.3by 25Gb/s Ethernet Task Force.  Specific to Ethernet over twisted pairs terminated in the ubiquitous RJ-45 jack, the IEEE has initiated study groups for 25GBASE-T and something called “Next Generation Enterprise Access” BASE-T.  It’s the later I want to talk about.

For four decades, Ethernet advanced on a “powers-of-ten” model from an initial 10 Mbps to 100 to 1GbE to 10GbE.  Part of why that worked was that the ratified IEEE Ethernet speeds kept well ahead of most market requirements.  Bob Metcalf himself started this trend by defining the first Ethernet speed of 2.94 Mbps in 1973, (a rate derived from the Xerox Alto system clock - overkill in 1973 except maybe for Xerox laser printers). To put that in perspective, 1973 was four years before the first Apple II computer became available and eight years before the launch of the first IBM PC.  The “DIX” group (Digital Equipment, Intel, and Xerox) increased the rate to 10Mbps in 1980 in their proposal to the IEEE, who stayed with that rate in the first IEEE Ethernet standard (1983).  But moving an entire Ethernet ecosystem to a new speed is expensive for everyone.  The “powers-of-ten” model helped control those costs.

What changed?  Well, my theory is that Ethernet simply got too successful for the powers-of-ten model.  By that I mean that the volumes got large enough for some specific requirements at more fine-grained speeds to warrant infrastructure upgrades to support those speeds.  And the volumes are large.  My company, Intel, for example, just celebrated shipping our one-billionth Ethernet controller.  We’ve been at it for over three decades, but that’s a lot of Ethernet!  And it continues to grow fast.
Next Generation Enterprise Access BASE-T is a case in point.  The “powers-of-ten” answer to 1GbE 1000BASE-T was naturally 10GBASE-T.  10GBASE-T is now the fastest growing segment of the 10GbE market because it will support up to 100m over low-cost CAT 6A cable and is backward compatible with 1000BASE-T.

But the road to today’s successful 10GBASE-T had a few bumps in it.  Today’s 10GBASE-T PHY is essentially a very sophisticated Digital Signal Processor because that’s what was required to deliver 100m over twisted pair.  And most important for this story is that 10GBASE-T requires CAT 6A cable at a minimum for reliable operation for up to 100m.

The requirement for CAT 6A cable is not a problem for most data centers for two reasons.  First, many existing data centers “future proofed” themselves by installing cable of that quality in their last major upgrade anyway.  And second, twisted pair is inexpensive to purchase and relatively inexpensive to install in an open data center.

It is the rapid growth of wireless access points and increases in their speed specifically that creates the problem leading to a desire Next Generation Enterprise Access BASE-T.   Not in the data center but rather in the office.  Most have built out a wireless infrastructure with CAT 5e or 6 in the ceilings connecting wireless access points at 1GbE, in addition to connecting wired desktops and workstations.  But the latest wireless spec, IEEE 802.11ac can drive bandwidth back on the wire well beyond 1GbE.  And some of those desktops and workstations may be chomping at the bit as well, so to speak, to go faster than 1GbE.

Houston, we have a problem.  And the problem is that ripping and replacing that CAT 5e or 6 cabling in an office environment can be stunningly expensive.  Not for the wire itself but for the installation costs.  So the goal for Next Generation Enterprise Access is to come up with a solution “between” the existing IEEE powers-of-ten solutions.  “Between” in that it has to work on existing CAT 5e or 6 cabling.  And it has to deliver significantly more than 1GbE.  It might try to go to 10GbE if it can, but we know that won’t work on CAT 5e or 6 in general.  If the technology can step down from 10 GbE to one or more intermediate rates it still solves the problem of delivering substantially more than 1GbE on existing cable plant.  And the people interested in Next Generation Enterprise Access firmly believe, based on deployed cable data, that the market size for just this one usage model makes a new spec economically viable.

As often happens in these situations, alliances establish themselves to build momentum to influence the IEEE to consider their proposal.  In this case, there are now two such groups calling themselves the “NBASE-T Alliance” and the “MGBASE-T Alliance” respectively.  Both are proposing intermediate “step-down” speeds of 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps, but their proposals differ technically.  The way IEEE 803 speed specifications work is that they define the characteristics of a particular rate and the auto-negotiation processes for recognizing that two communicating devices both support that rate.  So in theory, vendors could develop adapters and switches that support just these rates or even just one of them.  However, the first pre-specification device to reach market supporting these rates also supports 10GBASE-T.  Whether other vendors follow that path is yet to be seen.

Here’s where the Ethernet Alliance brings value to the specification development process by helping to define common market requirements that help the parties come to a common spec in the IEEE.  The Ethernet Alliance believes strongly that the market is best served when “Betamax/VHS” debates are resolved to a common, interoperable solution.  The IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group, after its Call for Interest (CFI) process, established the Next Generation Enterprise Access BASE-T Study Group.  The Ethernet Alliance is advocating that the IEEE 802.3 develop a common specification to successfully address this emerging market requirement.  As Ethernet just continues to grow and become ever more pervasive in new applications, expect to learn of new advanced variants of this venerable technology.  Usually faster, but sometimes slower.

About the Author

David Fair serves on the board of directors of the Ethernet Alliance.  At Intel, David is responsible for driving demand for Intel’s storage over Ethernet (NAS, iSCSI, & FCoE) and RDMA over Ethernet (iWARP) technologies.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Ethernet Storage Forum of SNIA.

About the Ethernet Alliance

The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology. The Ethernet Alliance takes Ethernet standards to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education.

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Vertical Systems: Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Orange Business (France), BT Global Services (U.K.), Verizon (U.S.), Colt (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), Level 3 (U.S.) and NTT (Japan) top the list ofr Vertical Systems Group’s 2014 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD. Global Providers ranked on the LEADERBOARD each hold a four percent (4%) or higher share of billable retail Ethernet ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.

Other Global Providers offering Ethernet services have shares that are below the LEADERBOARD threshold. The Challenge Tier includes companies with share between 2% and 4% share of this defined market. Seven companies qualify for the year-end 2014 Challenge Tier (Note – in alphabetical order): Cogent (U.S.), Global Cloud Xchange [formerly Reliance Globalcom] (India), SingTel (Singapore), T-Systems (Germany), Tata Communications (India), Telefonica Worldwide (Spain) and Vodafone (U.K.).

“Global providers increased their ‘out of home market’ Ethernet port deployments by 15% in 2014 as enterprises expanded their multinational networks to new locations and upgraded legacy sites with higher speed Ethernet access,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “Large enterprises cite service reach and fiber footprint coverage as the top criteria for their global Ethernet purchase decisions.”

The Market Player tier includes all Global Providers with port share below 2%. Companies in the year-end 2014 Market Player tier are as follows (Note – in alphabetical order): Bell Canada (Canada), Bezeq (Israel), CAT Telecom (Thailand), CenturyLink (U.S.), China Telecom (China), China Unicom (China), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), Easynet Global Services (U.K.), Eircom (Ireland), Embratel (Brazil), euNetworks (U.K.), Exponential-e (U.K.), Globe (Philippines), GlobeNet (Brazil), GTT (U.S.), Hutchinson Global (Hong Kong), Indosat (Indonesia), Interoute (U.K.), KDDI (Japan), Korea Telecom (Korea), KPN International (Netherlands), Masergy (U.S.), PCCW Global (Hong Kong), PLDT (Philippines), Rogers (Canada), Rostelecom (Russia), Softbank Telecom (Japan), Sparkle (Italy), StarHub (Singapore), Swisscom (Switzerland), Symphony (Thailand), TDC (Denmark), Telecom Italia (Italy), Telecom New Zealand (New Zealand), Telekom Malaysia (Malaysia), Telenor (Norway), TeliaSonera (Sweden), Telin (Indonesia), TelkomSouth Africa (South Africa), TelMex (Mexico), Telstra (Australia), Vector (New Zealand), Virgin Media Business (U.K.), XO (U.S.), Zayo Group (U.S.), and other providers selling Ethernet services outside their home country.


Coriant Intros Pico Packet Optical Transport Platform

Coriant introduced a compact packet optical transport platform optimized for service enablement at the edge of metro networks, including Data Center Interconnect (DCI), flexible business services, mobile backhaul, and SONET/SDH network migration.

The Coriant 7100 Pico Packet Optical Transport Platform, which extends the reach of the Coriant 7100 product family, was designed using the same layer-agnostic switching philosophy. Coriant says its 7100 Pico’s high-density and low-power 2-rack-unit (2RU) design includes an innovative distributed processing architecture that distributes system processing across service modules, significantly reducing upfront costs and improving system reliability. The 7100 Pico also supports both AC and DC power options and the latest service modules from the 7100 product family, providing a cost-efficient foundation for high-value metro edge services.

The 7100 Pico supports all of the latest service modules from the 7100 product family, including the ultra-high density 10G and 100G transponders and muxponders; the Optical Transport Network (OTN) Add/Drop Multiplexer (ADM) on-a-blade; and the high-density, feature-rich packet switching module. Flexible service interface options ensure easy and cost-effective scalability from 1G to 10G to 100G. It can be deployed as a standalone network solution or seamlessly extend service-enabling capabilities to existing networks comprised of the 7100 Nano, 7100 OTS, Coriant mTera Universal Transport Platform, or Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform.

The 7100 Pico can also be deployed as a complementary aggregation device for the Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform and the Coriant 8600 Smart Router Series.

“With the continued growth in cloud computing, video-on-demand, and mobile broadband, network operators are facing a dramatic increase in bandwidth demand and highly unpredictable traffic patterns at the network edge,” said Ken Craft, Executive Vice President, Products and Technology, Coriant. “By extending proven packet optical transport flexibility and efficiency to the metro edge, the 7100 Pico helps our customers cost-effectively aggregate and transport diverse traffic and protocols, seamlessly scale to 100G, and dynamically adapt to next-generation service requirements.”


NTT DOCOMO Base Stations Avoid On-Peak Electricity Consumption

NTT DOCOMO is testing a base station with dual power-source control technology that uses more than 95% reduced-impact (solar and off-peak) electricity.

The idea is to avoid the use of on-peak electricity as much as possible. The proto type base station leverages lithium-ion batteries to store excess solar electricity generated during the daytime and off-peak electricity generated during the nighttime. Stored electricity is used as the primary source between dusk—once solar-electricity generation becomes unavailable—and 11pm, when off-peak electricity becomes available.


Bright House Launches 300/15 Broadband Service in Florida

Bright House Networks, a cable operator serving approx. 2.5 million customers in five states, launched a new 300 Mbps broadband service throughout its full Florida service area. Download speeds are up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds are up to 15 Mbps.

"We continually look for ways to provide the best available choices to our customers. Just a few months ago, we increased our maximum bandwidth offering to 150 Mbps, and now we are making available an additional product at 300 Mbps," said Kevin Hyman, executive vice president, Cable Operations, Bright House Networks. "We've opted to make this product available to our entire Florida footprint meaning millions of Floridians will have this choice available to them."


ViaSat Acquires EAI Design for Secure ASIC/FPGA Designs

ViaSat Inc. has the product and technology portfolio of EAI Design Services LLC. in order to expand its capabilities in high-speed, low-power secure space-based ASIC and FPGA microprocessor design.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

EAI Design developed a family of IP cores and stand-alone encryption products for high-speed networking to 100 Gbps that extend boundary protection for data centers and corporate wide area networks. These technologies are implemented in very small, low-power ASICs as well as cost-effective space hardened-by-design ASICs and FPGAs. The staff of EAI Design has joined ViaSat, with founder Emil Isaakian leading the immediate integration of the technologies into ViaSat products, systems, and services.

ViaSat is seeking to deploy 100 Gbps and higher-speed, space-based trusted platforms, particularly for commercial applications.

"In the past couple of years, we've been expanding our cybersecurity portfolio to use the latest networking and cyber sensing technologies, and to support the increasing demand for more bandwidth," said Jerry Goodwin, VP of Secure Network Systems at ViaSat. "We've also been working closely with electric utilities to develop large-scale, distributed cyber sensing architectures to secure the electrical grid and other machine-to-machine projects. These low-power, high-performance security technologies will help us protect data and networks in the evolving internet of everything."


  • In  July 2014, ViaSat acquired a high-rate modem product line and custom spacecraft technologies for earth observation from Gray Labs Inc., a private company based in Georgia. Applications include high-speed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data communications. Financial terms were not disclosed. ViaSat plans to continue to support Gray Labs products and customers with state-of-the-art design from its Duluth, Georgia campus. The former staff of Gray Labs has relocated to ViaSat facilities, and Dr. Jim Gray, former Gray Labs president, has assumed a senior consulting position at ViaSat where he will help expand the capabilities of satellite-to-earth communications for ISR.

Advanced Photonix and Luna Innovations Merger on Track for May

Advanced Photonix and Luna Innovations Incorporated now expect to complete their previously announced merger in May 2015, following regulatory filings and approvals of their respective boards of directors.

Advanced Photonix is a leading supplier of optoelectronic sensors, devices and instruments used by Test and Measurement, Process Control, Medical, Telecommunication and Defense markets. API has three product lines: High-Speed Optical Receiver (HSOR) products are used by the telecommunication market in both telecommunication equipment and in test and measurement equipment utilized in the manufacturing of telecommunication equipment. Optosolutions focuses on enabling manufacturers to measure physical properties, including temperature, particular counting, color, and fluorescence for Medical and Process Control applications. The Terahertz sensor product line is targeted at the industrial Process Control and quality control markets through nondestructive testing and can measure subsurface physical properties.

Luna Innovations is a research company based in Virginia that specializes in areas such as fiber optic testing, fiber optic shape sensing and strain an temperature sensing.


Ooreoo Crosses 100 Million Customer Milestone

Ooredoo has crossed the 100 million mobile customer milestone across its footprint in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.

Ooredoo operates in markets with an addressable population of more than 700 million people, and sees strong potential for growth across its footprint.

Its newest market, Myanmar, has a population of around 53 million people and a relatively low mobile penetration rate of 27 percent, according to the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology. Within its first month of commercial operations in 2014, Ooredoo reached more than one million customers in the country.