Monday, April 13, 2015

Hortonworks to Acquire SequenceIQ for Launching Hadoop Clusters in the Cloud

Hortonworks, which offers enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions, agreed to acquire SequenceIQ, an open source provider of rapid deployment tools for Hadoop. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SequenceIQ, which was founded in February 2014, allows organizations to deploy secure and elastic HDP clusters in a consistent manner across the entire analytics application lifecycle. Simple set up will now allow customers to launch HDP into any major cloud platform, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and OpenStack. SequenceIQ also optimizes these deployments via policy-based autoscaling that expands and contracts clusters based upon actual usage metrics. Its products include Cloudbreak, an elastic and cloud agnostic deployment solution for HDP clusters, and Periscope, which provides policy-based autoscaling for multi-tenant HDP clusters.

Hortonworks said the acquisition will enable it to deliver a consistent and automated solution for launching on-demand Hadoop clusters in the cloud or to any environment that supports Docker containers. The transaction is expected to close in Q2. Upon close, Hortonworks will incorporate SequenceIQ technology into the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and ultimately transition the technology to the Apache Software Foundation.

"The SequenceIQ team has developed key tools that allow enterprises to efficiently automate the launching of Hadoop clusters on any cloud infrastructure platform across the entire lifecycle, from proof-of-concept to development, test and production," said Rob Bearden, chief executive officer of Hortonworks. "This acquisition complements our strategy of providing enterprise customers the broadest choice of consumption options for Hortonworks Data Platform, from on-premise deployments to cloud architectures."

"SequenceIQ and Hortonworks are aligned on providing customers an automated method for launching on-demand Hadoop clusters with policy-based autoscaling across public or private clouds within minutes," said Janos Matyas, co-founder and chief technology officer of SequenceIQ. "We are excited to be joining the Hortonworks team to deliver on this vision and look forward to continuing our work within the open source community."

CenturyLink Deploys Bloom Energy Fuel Cells

CenturyLink announced the installation of Bloom Energy fuel cells at its data center in Irvine, California.

The Bloom Energy Servers use fuel cell technology to generate electricity through a clean electrochemical process using air and natural gas. Bloom delivers enhanced sustainability benefits, including high efficiency, small physical footprint and reduced water use.

"We are excited to work with a progressive, industry-leading service provider like CenturyLink on our first Bloom data center deployment in Southern California," said Peter Gross, vice president of mission critical systems at Bloom Energy. "This CenturyLink project demonstrates that data centers and cloud service providers now have alternative solutions that will meet both their reliability and sustainability goals."

Aerohive to Miss on Q1 Financials

Aerohive announced preliminary results for Q1, saying it now expects net revenue to be in the range of $25 million to $26 million, which is below the company's previously stated guidance of $29 million to $31 million.

“While our international business performed to expectations, our North America business fell well short of expectations,” stated David Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This result primarily reflects the combination of significantly lower than expected U.S. education business during the quarter, orders received late in the quarter that could not be recognized as revenue, and continued sales execution challenges that we have seen during the last few quarters. Despite this result, we remain confident in the business opportunity before us as we continue to take actions to improve execution and our results, including the hiring of our new sales leader.”

Separately, Aerohive announced the appointment of Tom Wilburn as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Wilburn most recently was Vice President of Global Enterprise Networking Sales at Cisco.


ADVA Optical Networking has officially joined the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), the open source project aimed at accelerating the development and adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

"NFV presents the industry with an incredible opportunity; an opportunity to simplify network infrastructure, an opportunity to rapidly respond to networking needs. But we're only at the start of this journey," said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. "What's key in such an early stage of a technology's development is that the supporting community moves forward together. The transition from vendor-specific, monolithic networks to open architecture requires clear collaboration and communication throughout the entire ecosystem. It's critical that there are no silos, no fragments. That's why we're part of the OPNFV. We believe in working together to develop open source platforms that can help the entire community. With such a collaborative approach we'll move forward quicker and with greater success."

"Communication service providers are eager to benefit from speed of innovation, cost efficiency and flexibility of NFV based on carrier-grade, integrated, open-source platforms. Various open source components have emerged from the work of different standards developing organizations (SDOs) and focusing on the consistency, performance and interoperability is key to the success of NFV," commented Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. "We're excited to have ADVA Optical Networking bring their expertise in building VNF infrastructures (NFVI) and its commitment to open-source for orchestrating NFV infrastructures, to our community. We look forward to their contributions in assuring a seamless integration of NFVI in OPNFV."

"What's critical about the OPNFV is its openness, its deep-rooted sense of community. It shares our values here. It understands that NFV's true potential can only be achieved if the industry works collectively," commented Stephan Rettenberger, VP, marketing, ADVA Optical Networking. "Our membership of the OPNFV is a clear signal to our customers, to our partners and to the wider industry that we believe in open collaboration, in transparency. We've displayed this already with our NFV demos at Mobile World Congress and MPLS SDN World Congress. The key question is how do we move forward together? We're going to be working closely with our partners at OPNFV to answer this question and ensure that NFV continues to advance."

Toshiba's Latest IoT Processors Pack 802.11ac

Toshiba America Electronic Components introduced three new processors based on the ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU and designed for Internet of Things (IoT).

The latest additions to its TZ5000 series of ApP Lite processors use Toshiba proprietary hardware-based technologies for power management and system integration, delivering the low power consumption necessary for IoT applications. Two of the new application processors incorporate a built-in baseband for high-speed Wi-Fi 802.11ac, graphics and video engine. The new processors extend CPU performance, memory performance and temperature range compared to earlier products in the TZ5000 line, making them suitable for IoT products that require greater data capacity, and enabling them to be used in a broader range of applications.

"As end-product developers' needs evolve, we are continuing to grow our ApP Lite processor family with new devices designed to accommodate these requirements," said Deepak Prakash, senior director of marketing, Logic LSI Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC. "These newest processors, which deliver high memory efficiency and robust security features, enable development of highly reliable and stable applications with an enhanced user experience compared to earlier devices in the series."

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mavenir to Miss Expectations, Citing VoLTE Delays

Citing delayed VoLTE projects, Mavenir Systems said it now expects first quarter revenues to be in the range of $27.0 million to $28.5 million, below previously announced guidance range of $39.0 million to $41.0 million. Non-GAAP EPS is expected to be in the range of $(0.47) to $(0.41). Non-GAAP operating loss is expected to be between ($12.5) million and ($10.5) million, also below the previously announced guidance of a non-GAAP loss in the range of $(4.0) million to $(2.3) million.The shortfall in revenue results in non-GAAP gross profit margin percentages in the range of 50% to 53% which is also below the guidance range of 60% to 62%.

Mavenir said the revenue shortfall is primarily the result of shifts in projects with existing purchase orders, specifically:

  • Projects where acceptances were delayed as customers moved their VoLTE network launch timelines
  • Projects where acceptance was delayed due to the announcement of the pending acquisition of Mavenir by Mitel Networks Corporation
  • Additionally, impact from foreign exchange rates was a negative factor.

“While disappointing, our performance in the first quarter was largely impacted by a shift in the timing of operator launches in Europe and timing issues associated with the pending acquisition of Mavenir,” said Pardeep Kohli, Mavenir President and Chief Executive Officer. “The delayed projects are primarily with customers where Mavenir has established customer purchase orders. We remain encouraged by ongoing and strong customer roll-outs, including the recent launches by Vodafone Germany of Europe’s first VoLTE and EE (Everything Everywhere) of Wi-Fi Calling.”

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Amazon Web Services Deepens its Cloud

Cloud has become "the new normal" and you might as well embrace it instead of trying to fight gravity, said Andy Jassy, SVP at, speaking at the company's AWS Summit in San Francisco.

To differentiate from other cloud providers, AWS is seeking "much deeper features" with it services, such as tight integration between its compute, relational databases and analytic offerings.

Some highlights:
  • AWS reports 102% YOY growth in its S3 storage service, as measure by data transfers in/out of S3 -- big growth on a big base of cloud storage.
  • AWS EC2 Container Service is now generally available.  This is a highly scalable container management service that supports Docker containers, enabling users to run applications on a managed cluster of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. AWS is also adding a new Amazon ECS Service scheduler to manage long-running applications and services. The Service scheduler maintains application availability by scaling containers up or down to meet an application’s capacity requirements.
  • AWS announced an Elastic File System service that will run on low-latency SSDs, scale to hundreds of petabytes while being able to support 1,000s of concurrent accesses. It provides multiple EC2 instances with low-latency, shared access to a fully-managed file system via the popular NFSv4 protocol.  The security is designed for large, complex organizations. Pricing starts at $0.30 per gigabyte per month.
  • AWS Lambda is now in production. This is a zero-admin compute platform that does not require the user to configure, launch, or, monitor Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, to think about scale, or worry about fault tolerance. AWS Lambda functions are defined using JavaScript and then connected to other AWS resources. Applications can then run, and scale to high-volume as needed.
  • AWS is enhancing its WorkSpaces virtual desktop (VDI) service by launching a Marketplace for Desktop Applications.  This will give uses access to popular desktop apps for a monthly fee with no long-term contract. Over 100 popular apps will be available to virtual desktop users at launch.  AWS is also launching a new WorkSpaces Application Manager (WAM) that provides on-demand access to centrally managed desktop applications. Delivery is secure, scalable, and streamlined; you can choose your applications from a catalog (built by your IT Manager) and start using them within seconds, with a user-based pricing model. Companies can use WAM to provide employees with access to a curated collection of commercial (licensed), open source, and in-house applications. Apps are deployed to Amazon WorkSpaces using application virtualization technology, which allows Amazon WAM to safely encapsulate and isolate applications in dedicated containers that run using resources provided by Amazon WorkSpaces. The application virtualization technology transforms Windows applications into centrally managed virtual applications. Apps are never installed, which streamlines application life-cycle management for IT admins.
  • AWS is introducing Amazon Machine Learning service, which lets users build predictive models using large amounts of data from S3 or Redshift.

Infinera to Acquire Transmode for Metro Packet-Optical

Infinera announced an offer to acquire Transmode (Nasdaq: TRMO) for approximately $350 million to accelerate its entrance in the 100G metro market. For every 10 shares of Transmode, shareholders will receive SEK 300 in cash and 4.705 Infinera shares.

Transmode, which is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is a leading supplier of metro packet-optical networking in EMEA. Its product portfolio includes packet-optical networking products based WDM and Ethernet Layer 2 technology as well as a complete network and services management suite. Transmode's flagship M-Series platform is used in mobile transport, Triple-play Backhaul and IPTV, Business Ethernet, Enterprise Networks, Metro Regional Core Networking and Wholesale applications. Its TG-Series is a passive optical WDM platform designed for access applications such as Fiber To The Curb (FTTC), Fiber To The Building (FTTB) and high-security access networks. Its TS-Series is a CWDM/DWDM platform for enterprises and private/public institutions. Transmode's customer base includes 3, DT, Tele2, Virgin Media, surftelecoms, Telenor, etc.

Infinera said the Transmode's product set and customer base complements its entrance into the 100G metro aggregation market. Infinera's newly introduced photonic integrated circuits (PICs) will be integrated into Transmode's metro edge portfolio.

“The acquisition of Transmode accelerates the realization of our long held vision of providing an end-to-end portfolio of world class optical transport products. Further, the combination ensures we are well positioned to be a leading provider in the metro aggregation market as this market transitions to 100G,” said Tom Fallon, CEO of Infinera. “Transmode’s services-rich metro platforms, broad European customer base and profitable business model are naturally complementary to Infinera. We are also excited to have the Transmode team join Infinera and leverage our shared cultures of customer first, product excellence and profitability.”

Infinera also disclosed that its Q1 financial results are expected to be slightly ahead of expectations.

Separately, Transmode  disclosed preliminary results for Q1, saying its Q1 revenue will be in the range of SEK 285-290 m (SEK 231.3 m), representing a growth of 23-25% compared to the corresponding quarter the previous year. Preliminary operating profit for the first quarter 2015 is expected to be in the range of SEK 46-51 m (SEK 21.5 m).

Singtel to Acquire Trustwave for Cloud-based Security Services

Singtel has agreed to acquire Trustwave, a U.S.-based provider of managed security services provider for approximately US$850 million.

Trustwave's cloud-based TrustKeeper platform covers three main areas – threat management, vulnerability management and compliance management. Trustwave has an elite team of security experts in its forensic and threat research security unit, SpiderLabs. Trustwave provides its customers round-the-clock support in a dynamic cyber threat environment through its five security operation centres and nine engineering centres. The company claims over three million business subscribers.  Trustwave is based in Chicago and has 1,200 employees in 26 countries.

Singtel said the acquisition will expand its existing portfolio of cloud based solutions and further entrench its leadership position in the managed services market.  Singtel will leverage Trustwave’s threat intelligence, technology and talent to meet the growing demand for always-on managed security services in North America and the Asia Pacific region.

Chua Sock Koong, Singtel Group CEO, said: “We aspire to be a global player in cyber security.  We have established a strong security business in the region, both organically and through strategic partnerships with global technology leaders.”

Intel and Cray to Build Next Gen Supercomputers for DoE

Intel and Cray have been selected to build two next generation, high-performance computing (HPC) systems that will be five to seven times more powerful than the fastest supercomputers today.

Intel will serve as prime contractor to deliver the supercomputers for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). The Aurora system will be based on Intel’s HPC scalable system framework and will be a next-generation Cray “Shasta” supercomputer. Intel said the Aurora system will be delivered in 2018 and have a peak performance of 180 petaflops, making it the world’s most powerful system currently announced to date. Aurora will use future generations of Intel Xeon Phi processors and the Intel Omni-Path Fabric high-speed interconnect technology, a new non-volatile memory architecture and advanced file system storage using Intel Lustre software.

A second system, to be named Theta, will serve as an early production system for the ALCF. To be delivered in the 2016, the system will provide performance of 8.5 petaflops while requiring only 1.7 megawatts of power. The Theta system will be powered by Intel Xeon processors and next-generation Intel Xeon Phi processors, code-named Knights Landing, and will be based on the next-generation Cray XC supercomputer.

“The Aurora system will be one of the most advanced supercomputers ever built, and Cray is honored and proud to be collaborating with two great partners in Intel and Argonne National Lab,” said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. “The combination of Cray’s vast experience in building some of the world’s largest and most productive supercomputers, combined with Intel’s cutting-edge technologies will provide the ALCF with a leadership-class system that will be ready for advancing scientific discovery from day one.”

In November 2014, Intel announced that its third-generation Intel Xeon Phi product family, code-named Knights Hill, will be built using Intel's 10nm process technology and integrate Intel Omni-Path Fabric technology. Knights Hill will follow the upcoming Knights Landing product, with first commercial systems based on Knights Landing expected to begin shipping next year.

Intel also disclosed that its Intel Omni-Path Architecture will achieve 100 Gbps line speed and up to 56 percent lower switch fabric latency in medium-to-large clusters than InfiniBand alternatives. The architecture targets a 48 port switch chip compared to the current 36 port InfiniBand alternatives. This will reduce the number of switches required in HPC clusters.

Indiana Fiber Network Expands with Ciena

Indiana Fiber Network (IFN), which is operated by 20 local exchange telephone companies throughout the state, will deploy converged packet optical and packet networking solutions from Cienato ensure network resiliency, reduce costs and increase capacity.

The deployment includes Ciena’s 5400 and 6500 converged packet optical platforms, equipped with WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors and integrated switching capabilities.

IFN provides a variety of communications services, including fiber-optic broadband, to both urban and rural areas in 52 Indiana counties. Its customers include carriers, service providers, enterprise businesses, government entities, educational and healthcare institutions, as well as independent telephone company members. The network upgrade enables IFN to rapidly provision new high-speed offerings like Ethernet business services, 10G, and 100G services.

Zayo to Expand Long Haul Dark Fiber Route from Phoenix to Dallas

Zayo announced plans to extend its long haul dark fiber network between Phoenix and Dallas, adding more than 1,200 route miles to its long haul network, which spans more than 16,000 route miles across the United States and Europe.

Zayo said this expansion project is driven by an anchor tenant on the route. The route will provide direct connectivity from California’s Bay Area to Dallas, and expand service between markets such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz., southern New Mexico, El Paso, Tex., Dallas, and Denver.

The project is under construction and should be complete in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • In December 2014, Zayo announced the construction of a new 1,000 route mile network from Omaha to Dallas.
  • In January 2015, Zayo announced a route between Salt Lake City and Sacramento, which will add more than 800 route miles to Zayo’s long haul network.

Palerra Raises $17 Million for Cloud Security

Palerra, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $17 million in Series B financing for its cloud security automation solution.

Palerra's LORIC platform is designed to protect an enterprise’s entire cloud footprint, including branded applications such as Microsoft Office 365, as well as infrastructure such as AWS. The platform combines security configuration management, threat detection, predictive analytics, and automated incident response.

The funding was led by new investor August Capital, with participation from current investors Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), Wing Venture Capital and Engineering Capital.

“Enterprises want the benefits that the cloud has to offer, but only if they can maintain strong security,” said Rohit Gupta, founder and CEO of Palerra. “The dramatic rise in adoption of cloud services by today’s enterprises against the backdrop of our generation’s most potent cyber threats has necessitated a new approach. LORIC was designed to meet these threats head on and this new round underscores our commitment to deliver the most powerful cloud security solution in the industry. As the perimeter disintegrates into a set of federated cloud-based and on-premises infrastructures, effective monitoring becomes almost impossible, unless security controls are embedded in these heterogeneous environments. This will require ‘enterprises’ to reconsider and possibly redesign their security architecture and corresponding security controls by placing those controls in the cloud.”

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Nokia Networks Hits 10Gbps Over the Air at 73 GHz

Nokia Networks announced it has achieved a 10Gbps peak rate system over the air at 73GHz (mmWave), paving the way for future 5G networks.  The technology is being demonstrated this week at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, jointly organized by Nokia Networks and the university research center NYU WIRELESS.

Also being demonstrated is NYU WIRELESS' updated prototype of a "channel sounder," which is a system for how millimeter waves propagate in indoor and outdoor environments.  Its earlier version of this system provided the first validation that mmWave cellular networks were feasible. The organization's second demonstration will be a millimeter-wave (mmWave) communication link using an LTE-like transmission but in the higher frequencies bands for future cellular.

Plenary sessions at this week's event include:

  • Gerhard P. Fettweis, TU Dresden, "5G Tactile Internet: mm-Waves versus cm-Waves"
  • Tom Keathley, SVP, AT&T, "The Road to 5G: Requirements, Capabilities and Expectations"
  • Hossein Moiin, CTO & EVP, Nokia, "Expanding the human possibilities with 5G"
  • Seizo Onoe, CTO, NTT DoCoMo
  • Minerva Tantoco, CTO of New York City
  • Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr., SVP, Qualcomm, "MIMO Technology: Past, Present and Future"
  • James Truchard, CEO, National Instruments, "Next-Generation Tools for 5G Research".
"At NYU WIRELESS, we have witnessed an industry eagerly developing this technology that holds the potential to increase wireless data capacity a thousand-fold," said NYU Professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, Founder and Director of NYU WIRELESS. "Part of the reason for the excitement is because early studies at our research center and elsewhere are demonstrating feasibility, yet we must maintain this momentum."

PLUMgrid Adds SDN Monitoring Tools, Red Hat Certification

PLUMgrid announced a major upgrade for its SDN software suite, including new operational tools, enhanced high availability, dynamic routing, and expanded service insertion for 3rd party virtual, physical and container based appliances.

PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite 3.0, which is powered by OpenStack Juno, also introduces new high availability features that seamlessly increase up time for both physical and virtual networks. The new enhancements include the following:

  • PLUMgrid Toolbox - suite of seven monitoring and troubleshooting tools offering enhanced visibility into virtual network functions, network health of virtual machines, PLUMgrid Zone, Virtual Domains, etc. 
  • Dynamic Router VNF - a new dynamic router virtual network function (VNF) that supports dynamic routing protocols allowing the network to automatically learn and distribute IP routes. The new router VNF supports a portfolio of routing protocols including RIP, OSPF and BGP. The dynamic router VNF can peer with and learn from other routers in the network, greatly simplifying provisioning of tenants.
  • Enhanced High Availability - supports VXLAN Tunnel Endpoint (VTEP) with hardware and software gateways. In ONS 3.0, PLUMgrid introduces VTEP support in active/active configuration for selected switches that include VTEP multi-chassis link aggregation feature. Providing load balancing and redundancy over multi-chassis links enables higher availability and traffic distribution.  
  • Service Insertion Architecture (SIA) for Container based Service Appliances - seamless insertion of 3rd party virtual, physical, and container based service appliances via SIA. PLUMgrid SIA allows customers to seamlessly complement and augment their Virtual Domains with additional network functions - both open source and commercial versions for faster time to service.
  • Red Hat Certified - RHEL-OSP 6 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6. The integration and certification ensure compatibility for customers and provide highly available, automated installation of PLUMgrid ONS 3.0 in a RHEL OSP 6 environment.

PLUMgrid ONS for OpenStack enables scalable and secure virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds. PLUMgrid ONS supports Canonical, Mirantis, Oracle, Piston, Red Hat and SUSE.

Microsoft Announces Hyper-V Containers for Next Gen Cloud

Microsoft announced plans to offer containers with a "level of isolation previously reserved only for fully dedicated physical or virtual machines." The company said the goal of its new Hyper-V Containers is to ensure code running in one container remains isolated and cannot impact the host operating system or other containers running on the same host.

The announcement follows an alliance with Docker disclosed last October to bring containers to developers across the Docker and Windows ecosystems via Windows Server Containers, available in the next version of Windows Server.

The new Hyper-V containers will offer an additional deployment option between Windows Server Containers and the Hyper-V virtual machine. In addition, applications developed for Windows Server Containers can be deployed as a Hyper-V Container without modification, providing greater flexibility for operators who need to choose degrees of density, agility, and isolation in a multi-platform, multi-application environment.

Dell and Red Hat Announce OpenStack Cloud Solution

Dell and Red Hat announced a co-engineered, enterprise-grade private-cloud solution based on OpenStack.

The Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution combines Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Dell PowerEdge R630 and R730xd high-density rack servers, which offer a hyper-dense memory, storage flexibility and a compact footprint. It could be used for hosting massively scalable Red Hat Ceph Storage.

This latest release of the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution stems from a longstanding collaboration between the two companies, and joint engineering within the OpenStack community.

“Enterprise customers are requiring robust and rapidly scalable cloud infrastructures that deliver business results,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager, Dell Engineered Solutions and Cloud. “Dell and Red Hat continue to jointly deliver cost effective, open source-based cloud computing solutions that provide greater agility to our customers, and this newest version of the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution leverages best of breed technology from both companies to do so.”

InfoVista Acquire Ipanema for WAN Optimization

InfoVista, which offers IP and RF planning, service assurance and network optimization software solutions, has acquired Ipanema Technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ipanema, which is based outside of Paris, provides WAN optimization solutions to guarantee application performance across enterprises’ large and complex networks. Its platform integrates Application Visibility, Application Control, WAN Optimization, Dynamic WAN Selection and Network Rightsizing.

InfoVista said the acquisition is part of its strategy to orchestrate network and application performance. Together, the companies provide unique combination of actionable visibility and in-depth understanding of application behavior across the entire service delivery chain.

“With this acquisition, InfoVista extends its capabilities with Software-Defined WAN to maximize business application experience over the hybrid network,” said Philippe Ozanian, CEO, InfoVista. “Both Ipanema and InfoVista strongly share the conviction that CSPs must play the leading role in helping enterprises make the most of the new hybrid network and hybrid cloud paradigm. The two companies have also established a proven and successful technology partnership for several years. This makes us feel very confident in the benefits it will bring to our enterprise and CSP customers.”

“Ipanema is a disruptive player in the industry. Its vision of business-centric application performance management through all-in-one, objective-based and fully automated solutions is becoming a must-have,” said Jim Darragh, CEO, Ipanema Technologies.

Vodafone Germany Launches VoLTE with Mavenir

Vodafone Germany has launched VoLTE using Mavenir Systems' VoLTE application solution.

Vodafone Germany’s VoLTE implementation includes complex integration with the traditional 3G network using eSR-VCC mobility procedures, and broad interoperability with the rapidly expanding VoLTE device ecosystem.

“We are pleased to have partnered with Vodafone to successfully launch such a critical service,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mavenir Systems. “Mavenir’s VoLTE solution provides the foundation for the transformation to a low-cost, consolidated all-IP network that will enable service innovation, as well as converged consumer and enterprise features across mobile and fixed market segments.”

Mavenir’s virtualized VoLTE application solution consists of its IMS Telephony Application Server (TAS), Application Gateway (AGW) and Media Resource Function (MRF), which are easily and flexibly deployed on Vodafone’s NFV and SDN strategy, Telco over Cloud.

“Completing this milestone has been the result of a very intensive effort and close collaboration across all involved Vodafone teams and our network partners in this journey, including Mavenir,” said Dr. Eric Kuisch, CTO Vodafone Germany. “We are now able to offer our customers a VoLTE service with extremely fast connection time and high quality HD voice, and we plan to continue adding new features to enhance the service experience for customers on our network.”

Bell Labs Dedicates Nobel Laureate Garden

Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, dedicated a Nobel Laureate Garden within its campus in Murray Hill, New Jersey to commemorate the 13 Bell Labs scientists that have shared eight Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry.

Bell Labs' most recent Nobel Laureate, Eric Betzig, who received his Nobel Prize in 2014 for his transformative work on molecular and biological imaging, spoke at the garden's dedication ceremony. Also present were George Smith (2009 Nobel Prize in Physics); Horst Stormer (1998 Nobel Prize in Physics); Bob Wilson (1978 Nobel Prize in Physics) and Philip Anderson (1977 Nobel Prize in Physics).