Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blueprint: How Mobile Operators Can Benefit From WebRTC

by Arvind Rangarajan, BroadSoft

WebRTC is one of the most discussed communications technologies today, as it enables enterprises to conduct real time voice and video calls with customers, partners and suppliers via a Web browser. By 2019, there will be more than 6 billion WebRTC devices and up to 2.5 billion active users of “embedded” communications worldwide, according Disruptive Analysis’ 2014 WebRTC Market Status & Forecasts Report. Even today, WebRTC is already enabled on more than a billion browsers, which indicates a very real and immediate opportunity for mobile operators and telcos.

Moderating a WebRTC session at Enterprise Connect 2015, one industry analyst estimated there to be approximately 200 WebRTC vendor solutions commercially available (or at least announced) at this moment. The sheer volume of WebRTC products, platforms, and applications is particularly remarkable given that most have been launched over just the past few months.

For mobile operators and service providers eyeing WebRTC but unsure how to move forward, the good news is that it doesn’t take years, months, or even weeks to benefit from WebRTC-enabled applications. A growing set of WebRTC-enabling tools simplify the process for service providers seeking to design and customize their own unified communications (UC) offers, which can increase service provider revenue opportunities, enhance the customer experience, future proof investments as the technology evolves, and deliver several additional key benefits.

Extend Unified Communications Beyond Enterprise

Most of the initial WebRTC-enabled technologies focus on delivering more enhanced customer support and a superior customer experience through capabilities such as click-to-call. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that businesses view WebRTC as a way to extend real-time unified communications beyond the confines of an enterprise – to any customer, partner or supplier with a WebRTC-enabled browser.

By extending the benefits of UC to an enterprise's entire ecosystem, external company communications are as simple and efficient as internal communications, in turn lowering enterprise costs by enabling users to take advantage of UC without the need for expensive client software or hardware.  This is significant for mobile operators and telcos attempting to determine where the most immediate and tangible WebRTC business opportunity lie.

WebRTC Can Power Mobile Applications

WebRTC adoption in the mobile world has been slow largely due to the challenges with the use of browsers; for example, it is difficult to notify a subscriber using a mobile browser about an incoming WebRTC call if the browser is not open. That is among a handful of reasons that, initially, apps may be used more than browsers in this context, and until browser enhancements are made, WebRTC can serve as the underlying technology for mobile apps for real-time communications.

The fact is that there are several factors positioning 2015 as the year when the explosion of WebRTC offerings will be matched by a growing user base and tangible revenues for service providers. First, telcos around the world are moving from traditional circuit-switched networks to full IP-based 4G networks to reduce costs as well as offer rich new mobile communications services.

Second, there is also significant demand from enterprises and consumers to have the ability to access all of their communications services on multiple devices. More specifically, data indicate customer interaction will increasingly be mobile-centric. By 2017, research firm IDC projects 87% of the worldwide smart connected device markets will be smartphones and tablets, while only 13% of the devices will be desktops and laptops. At the same time, 2014 research by ThinkJar finds 78% of organizations indicate mobile customer service is valuable to them (up from 31% the prior year).

Mobile smart phone data usage is very different compared to traditional browsing with laptops and tablets. There has been consistent data showing app usage dominating the overall mobile data consumption. For that reason, mobile operators should start by building apps that use WebRTC technology on the back end or even integrating WebRTC into existing apps. By creating a more compelling customer experience on mobile devices, mobile operators will drive more mobile access network usage. For example, adding voice or video capability into an app provided by a mobile operator that gives account details like usage would be of tremendous value. The capability could help the subscriber reach a representative for more personalized support.

Improve user experience for the future

Through WebRTC, enterprises can improve the customer experience by adding a rich media communication experience within their Website, email communications and mobile apps as the solution enables real-time, browser-based video and voice calling. This will prove especially critical for mobile devices, as research firm Gartner recently indicated that weak mobile customer service is harming customer engagement. For this reason, the ability of organizations to leverage WebRTC across all devices – of note given Gartner’s projection that one-third of all customer service interactions will still require the support of a human intermediary by 2017 – will go a long way in creating a superior customer experience.

Beyond mobile specifically, service providers are able to leverage WebRTC to customize their UC offers for a particular business need; enabling innovative services that address business issues and current market trends, including an increasingly disparate workforce, the growing share of millennials in the workforce, and a growing desire to access communications applications across a broad array of connected devices.

WebRTC is a true enabling technology; one with all the ingredients to improve the user experience, spark innovation and unlock new customer and revenue opportunities for mobile operators able to rapidly, cost-effectively and efficiently bring compelling solutions to market.

About the Author

Arvind Rangarajan is Director, Product Marketing at BroadSoft, a leading provider of cloud-based unified communications and collaboration solutions.

About BroadSoft 

BroadSoft is the leading provider of software and services that enable mobile, fixed-line and cable service providers to offer Unified Communications over their Internet Protocol networks. The Company’s core communications platform enables the delivery of a range of enterprise and consumer calling, messaging and collaboration communication services, including private branch exchanges, video calling, text messaging and converged mobile and fixed-line services. For additional information, visit

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Ericssson: LTE Release 13 Brings Improvements

LTE release 13, currently under standardization in 3GPP,  will significantly increase user data
rates and overall capacity, as well as support new use cases and further strengthen LTE as a vital
part of future radio access, according to a new white paper published by Ericsson.

Some of the big improvements in LTE release 13 will include:

  • Licensed assisted access (LAA) -- which used unlicense spectrum to boost overall LTE network capacity. LAA targets operator-deployed small cells in the 5GHz band.  Initially, it will support downlink traffic although a later extension is planned for uplink traffic.
  • Carrier-aggregation enhancements -up to 32 carriers in both the uplink and downlink, compared to five with LTE Release 10.
  • Multi-antenna enhancements - two-dimensional base station antenna arrays with up to 64 antenna ports are being studied for exploitation of both the azimuth and elevation domain. 
  • Latency reduction

The Ericsson white paper also touches on machine-to-machine use case for LTE.

Comcast Readies 2 Gbps Residential Service in California

Comcast will roll out its residential multi-gigabit broadband service to nearly three million California homes starting in June.  Gigabit Pro is a symmetrical, 2 Gigabit-per-second service that will be delivered via a fiber-to-the-home solution and offered to customers in the Chico, Fresno, Marysville/Yuba City, Merced, Modesto, Monterey, Sacramento, Salinas, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara County, Stockton and Visalia metro areas.

In addition, Comcast announced its 15th speed increase in 13 years for its other broadband Internet tiers. The company will increase its Performance tier from 50 Mbps to 75 Mbps and its Blast tier from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps, both at no additional cost to customers.

Comcast noted that it has been doubling the capacity of its network every 18 months.  Additionally, the company has been delivering multi-gig (up to 10 Gbps) Ethernet service to businesses in California since 2011.

ARM Acquires Two Bluetooth Companies

ARM announced the acquisitions of Wicentric, a Bluetooth Smart stack and profile provider, and Sunrise Micro Devices (SMD), a provider of sub-one volt Bluetooth radio intellectual property (IP).  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wicentric is a privately held provider of Bluetooth Smart software solutions focused on enabling the development of low-power wireless products. Their product line includes Bluetooth protocol stack and profiles for creating interoperable smart products and the link layer for silicon integration.

SMD is a privately held provider of radio IP solutions including a pre-qualified, self-contained radio block and related firmware to simplify radio deployment. Central to all SMD radios is native sub-one volt operation. Operating below one volt enables the radio to run much longer on batteries or harvested energy.

ARM said it will incorporate the intellectual property of both companies into a new ARM Cordio portfolio. This portfolio will complement ARM’s existing processor and physical IP targeting end markets requiring low-power wireless communications such as the Internet of Things (IoT).

@Napatech Video: Accelerating Time-to-Market with Dell OEM

The Napatech Acceleration Platform is a pre-integrated hardware platform suitable for development of high-performance network management and security appliance products.

Based on Napatech accelerators for network analysis, the Napatech Acceleration Platform enables vendors of appliances to significantly reduce time-to-market with a reliable, pre-tested and pre-integrated product that can meet the most challenging analysis requirements.

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Integra Announces Milestones, Executive Appointments

Integra's fiber-based network infrastructure now connects more than 3,000 buildings throughout its 11-state network footprint.  The facilities-based carrier cited significant growth in the Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle markets.

“Integra’s fiber networks comprise a blend of diverse network routes, direct access along key corridors and built-in reliability, scalability and security that together provide a valuable and differentiated solution for our customers,” said Dan Stoll, president, Electric Lightwave. “With 3,000 locations now on-net, our infrastructure is more flexible, powerful and enterprise-ready than ever, and we look forward to continuing to lay new fiber connections to businesses whose needs align with our network’s unique set of capabilities.”

Integra announced tha appointment of Christopher Camut as president. Camut most recently served as CEO of Ajubeo, a Boulder-based IaaS provider, and holds degrees from the University of Toledo.

In addition, Scot Oslund has joined Electric Lightwave as vice president, premier channel. Oslund will report to Dan Stoll, who was named president of Electric Lightwave in January after 15 years with Integra where he most recently served as the company’s senior vice president of strategy and development. Also, Integra has promoted Jason Koenders to the newly formed office of chief technology officer.

Cloud Raxak Intros Security Compliance Service based on HP CSA

Cloud Raxak, a start-up based in Los Gatos, California, introduced its Cloud Raxak Protect, a cloud-based security compliance service for helping IT organizations and application development teams to secure and ensure compliance of their compute infrastructures, starting with their environment provisioning process and through the lifecycle, for both public and private clouds.

Cloud Raxak Protect leverages HP’s Cloud Service Automation (CSA) solution, which provides open, extensible enterprise-grade hybrid cloud service management for businesses.

Prasanna Mulgaonkar, Cloud Raxak CEO and founder, said, “Cloud Raxak Protect™ enables application teams and enterprise IT to apply security profiles such as DISA and NIST approved technical security controls across private and public cloud infrastructures. Cloud Raxak Protect™ makes it as simple to apply security compliance profiles to a set of virtual machines, as it is to provision them. We are very pleased to have partnered closely with HP and their industry leading CSA solution to bring this service to market.”

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Researchers at NTT Envision Quantum Repeaters in Future Photonic Networks

Researchers at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and the University of Toronto are proposing all-photonic quantum repeaters for long-distance quantum communication.  If achieved, such devices would disprove the necessity of matter quantum memories in long distance quantum communications, which is seen by many as the ultimate future of optical communications.

In a paper published this week by the journal Nature Communications, the researchers said their all-photonic scheme paves a completely new route towards long-distance quantum communication based only on optical devices. Compared to matter quantum memories, this approach eliminates the quantum interface between matter and photons.  The design is based on existing optical technology, such as linear optical elements, single-photon sources, photon detectors and an active feed-forward technique.

Juniper's New SRX5800 Firewall Hits 2 Tbps Throughput

Juniper Networks unveiled new hardware for its new SRX5800 Services Gateway firewall boasting throughput up to 2 Terabits per second (2 Tbps), empowering service providers and large enterprises will more capacity to minimize the potential for security bottlenecks as they manage increased and unpredictable demands for bandwidth placed on their networks.

The new hardware for the SRX5800 includes third-generation input/output cards (IOC3), an enhanced midplane chassis and third-generation system control boards (SCB3). Each IOC3 line card supports two packet forwarding engines (PFE), a high density configuration of 2x100GbE and 4x10GbE high speed interfaces. Additionally, it delivers 240Gbps bandwidth and 2X bandwidth increase over the prior hardware card.

The new product enhancements will be available during the first half of 2015.

Illumio Raises $100 Million for Adaptive Security

Illumio, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $100 million in Series C funding for its adaptive security platform for data centers and public clouds.

The software-based Illumio Adaptive Security Platform (ASP) programs and enforces security policies across applications, workloads and processes as they are provisioned, operated and moved in any data center or private and public cloud infrastructure.

Illumio has recently extended its policy model to F5's BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and NGINX product lines. The company also announced continuous delivery of security policies and enforcement down to the process level within workloads.  Illumio said its ASP introduces this form of nano-segmentation for application isolation and control down to individual processes on a single host.  If any part of an application changes (such as auto scaling the web tier with new web servers), Illumio ASP automatically adapts security policies on all impacted workloads or processes.

“Perimeter security solutions leave 80 percent of the data center and cloud exposed and vulnerable to attacks that often lead to costly data breaches,” said Andrew Rubin, co-founder and CEO, Illumio. “Our market traction demonstrates that Illumio ASP is delivering security across all computing resources, infrastructures and applications. The funding and strong vote of confidence from investors will allow us to expand our market opportunity much more aggressively and to extend our platform deeper into more data center and computing elements.”

Participating in the round are new investors BlackRock Funds and Accel Partners, joined by existing venture investors Formation 8, Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst. Also participating are Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang.

Certes Networks Launches CryptoFlow for Encrypting Application Flows

Certes Networks introduced its new CryptoFlow App, a software-defined security product for encrypting data in motion thereby safeguarding applications from data breaches.

CryptoFlow App is a user-aware and application-aware solution for protecting sensitive data traffic. It enables IT managers to automatically crypto-segment application flows across networks inside or outside the enterprise and grant access to these CryptoFlows based on a user’s security profile. Sensitive applications are isolated and controlled end-to-end, from the application server to the user’s end-point devices, regardless of where they are.

CryptoFlow App solution sets include:

CryptoFlow LAN - Providing strong crypto-segmentation of internal enterprise application flows based on user roles, blocking the top attack vector used in data breaches around the world. CryptoFlow LAN provides automatic security to users connected on the LAN, isolates sensitive applications to only authorized users, and protects applications when hackers get past firewalls.

CryptoFlow B2B - Enabling enterprises to safely extend internal applications to external partners, including contractors, suppliers, trading partners and others beyond the enterprise perimeter. CryptoFlow B2B limits authorized business partners to only the applications they need, protecting the most sensitive applications even when business partners have been compromised.

CryptoFlow Mobile - Securing application traffic to mobile devices, smartphones and tablets, including personal BYOD end-points. Now enterprise IT and security managers can automatically extend enterprise apps to mobile devices with end-to-end security and a single point of control across a wide range of mobile devices inside or outside the enterprise.

The new solution is an extension of Certes’ CryptoFlow security products.  The company claims a perfect 15-year track record of 7,000 product deployments in 70 countries without a single hack of any protected application.

“Today’s enterprise applications are borderless and easily shared, but the security architecture has not kept pace with this evolution,” said John Lochow, CEO of Certes. “In every major data breach of the past two years, hackers exploited inadequate security of networked applications and cut through the firewalls with ease. Our CryptoFlow App solutions are the first products to directly address this major gap. As thousands of product deployments have shown, our customers are protected even when the rest of the security architecture fails.”

ADVA Intros ConnectGuard Encryption for DCI and Ethernet Links

ADVA Optical Networking introduced its ConnectGuard security solution for service providers and enterprises. Two variants are offered:
  • ConnectGuard Optical for the ADVA FSP 3000 provides robust transport layer security and is ideal for data center interconnection applications that need advanced protection for the transportation of enormous data volumes. It provides a transparent, wire-speed service for securing mission-critical data and incorporates a strictly separated encryption domain manager to ensure compliance with the most stringent regulatory demands. With a protocol-agnostic approach, ADVA ConnectGuard™ Optical can transport all storage area network protocols, including Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand with line speeds of up to 100 Gbps. As part of the ADVA FSP 3000, it eliminates the need for stand-alone security equipment, simplifying network operations and reducing the overall cost of data protection.
  • ConnectGuard Ethernet for the ADVA FSP 150 delivers Ethernet layer security and is critical for protecting data as it travels across third-party packet networks. It enables scalable and secure Ethernet connectivity between locations on top of unprotected Carrier Ethernet networks. 

“Today’s networks are more vulnerable than ever before. The frequency of attacks has never been higher and the ease of data interception has never been simpler,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “By encrypting data in motion we’re providing the strongest protection possible. Make no mistake, ConnectGuard is a line in the sand for network protection.”

Brocade Opens New Development Center in Bangalore

Brocade opened a new state-of-the-art Development Center in Bangalore, and stated it will invest US$300 million in India over the next five years. The new Center reaffirms Brocade's commitment to accelerating growth in one of the world's fastest-growing economies, and will play an important role in the development of networking innovations based on the New IP architecture.

The new 157,000 square foot, LEED Gold-certified Brocade Bangalore Development Center features modern work environments, state-of-the-art engineering labs and a customer demonstration,briefing, and training center.

"Brocade is taking focused and purposeful steps in our global investment strategy with acquisitions that increase our depth in software networking, and strengthen our footprint and engineering capability in markets where we see growth potential," said Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney. "We believe India will be an early adopter of New IP technologies, and we are very excited to be in this next phase of Brocade's growth in India."

Orange Business Acquires a Fleet Management Company

Orange Business Services has acquired Ocean, a fleet management and vehicle tracking company in France. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The company, which currently manages 45,000 vehicles for 2,000 corporate clients, will become an operational unit of Orange Applications for Business – the digital services division of Orange Business Services specializing in connected objects, the digitalization of customer experience, Big Data and data analytics.

"With the acquisition of such an innovative and powerful leader as Ocean, we are creating a new European leader in Fleet Management that will support the growth strategy of Orange Applications for Business on the connected objects and M2M markets. Through these advanced technologies, companies managing fleets of vehicles or equipment can leverage huge benefits that will facilitate their digital transformation and develop new processes and business models," said Thierry Bonhomme, Executive Director of Orange Business Services.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Nokia to Acquire Alcatel-Lucent for EUR 15.6 billion

Nokia agreed to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in a deal valued at EUR 15.6 billion -- a premium to shareholders of 28% (equivalent to EUR 4.27 per share) over the unaffected weighted average share price of Alcatel-Lucent for the previous three months.  Under the transaction Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The boards of directors of both companies have agreed to the deal.

Nokia said it was motivated to do the deal because the addressable market of the combined company in 2014 was approximately 50% larger than its current addressable networks market, increasing from approximately EUR 84 billion to approximately EUR 130 billion. The combined company is expected to have a stronger growth profile than Nokia’s current addressable market, with an estimated CAGR of approximately 3.5% for 2014-2019.

Some highlights:

  • The combined company will be called Nokia Corporation, with headquarters in Espoo, Finland and a strong presence in France. It will also have major R&D centers in Germany, the U.S. and China. It will retain its Bell Labs brand in the U.S..
  • For France, Nokia said intends to maintain employment levels consistent with Alcatel-Lucent’s end-2015 Shift Plan commitments, with a particular focus on the key sites of Villarceaux (Essonne) and Lannion (Côtes d’Armor).  Plans also include a 5G R&D centre of excellence in France.
  • Risto Siilasmaa is planned to serve as Chairman, and Rajeev Suri as Chief Executive Officer.
  • The combined company would target approximately EUR 900 million of operating cost synergies to be achieved on a full year basis in 2019. The cost savings will come from organizational downsizing, elimination of overlapping products and services, centralized functions and regional sales organizations. The combined company could reduce overhead costs in real estate, manufacturing, supply chains, IT and overall G&A expenses, including public company costs.
  • The combined company would target approximately EUR 200 million of reductions in interest expenses to be achieved on a full year basis in 2017.
  • For FY 2014, the combined company would have had net sales of EUR 25.9 billion, a non-IFRS operating profit of EUR 2.3 billion, a reported operating profit of EUR 0.3 billion, R&D investments of approximately EUR 4.7 billion, and a strong balance sheet with combined net cash at  December 31, 2014 of EUR 7.4 billion.
  • For comparison in FY 2014, Ericsson had carrier revenues of approximately EUR 25.1 billion, Huawei had EUR 23.5 billion and Cisco had EUR 9.0 billion.
  • In China, Nokia would own Alcatel-Lucent’s 50% plus one share holding in Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, a company limited by shares supervised by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of China.  

Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, stated: “Together, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia intend to lead in next-generation network technology and services, with the scope to create seamless connectivity for people and things wherever they are. Our innovation capability will be extraordinary, bringing together the R&D engine of Nokia with that of Alcatel-Lucent and its iconic Bell Labs. We will continue to combine this strength with the highly efficient, lean operations needed to compete on a global scale. We have hugely complementary technologies and the comprehensive portfolio necessary to enable the internet of things and transition to the cloud.  We will have a strong presence in every part of the world, including leading positions in the United States and China."

Michel Combes, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent, stated: “A combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will offer a unique opportunity to create a European champion and global leader in ultra-broadband, IP networking and cloud applications. I am proud that the joined forces of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent are ready to accelerate our strategic vision, giving us the financial strength and critical scale needed to achieve our transformation and invest in and develop the next generation of network technology."

Skyport Raises $30 Million for New Approach to Security

Skyport Systems, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, announced $30 million in Series B funding for its Hyper-Secured Infrastructure solutions.  Product plans have not yet been disclosed.

Skyport said it is working on a fundamentally new approach to security, which requires a fundamentally new approach to secure computing.  Its goal is to ensure the security of mission-critical IT and corporate assets.

“Network security models today have been compromised, due to reliance on perimeter security and static network policies that fail to address the current threat landscape,” said Stefan Dyckerhoff, CEO of Skyport Systems and managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures. “Skyport will use this funding to deliver a fundamentally new approach and solution to protecting business’ most mission-critical IT control infrastructure and applications.”

The new funding was led by Index Ventures, with participation from Intel Capital and existing investor Sutter Hill Ventures. The Series B round brings total Skyport funding to $37M.

  • Skyport is headed by Stefan Dyckerhoff, who previously was GM of routing and switching at Juniper Networks, which he originally joined as employee #33 working in chip design. 

Napatech Video: Conquer the Time-to-Market Challenge

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Telefónica Germany Selects Coriant Smart Router

Telefónica Germany has selected Coriant's 8600 Smart Router Series and 8000 Intelligent Network Manager (INM) for its mobile backhaul network, including the integration of the O2 and E-Plus network infrastructures. The deployment will help Telefónica Germany expand coverage across a range of mobile backhaul locations.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Coriant’s new high-capacity 8665 Smart Router will play a key role in Telefónica Germany’s converged network infrastructure. The 8665 is a 900 Gbps full duplex IP/MPLS router that supports high-density 1G/10G aggregation and 100G connectivity, with future scalability to 3 Tbps. Coriant said its SDN-ready 8600 Smart Router Series offers diverse platform options under a common management system for flexible backhaul deployment scenarios from cell sites – where the ultra-compact, IP-67 environmentally-hardened design benefits deployment – to high-capacity IP/Ethernet aggregation locations requiring 100G connectivity. It offers time/phase synchronization capabilities supporting LTE and LTE-Advanced networks. The 8000 INM network manager offers Telefónica Germany full end-to-end network management support and enhanced visibility and control across the network, with automated service configuration and unique testing tools that make the service creation and validation process extremely efficient, thus minimizing operational costs.

PLUMgrid Joins Canonical Ubuntu OpenStack Interoperability Lab

PLUMgrid has become an Ubuntu Cloud partner and a part of the Canonical OpenStack Interoperability Lab program.

PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) provides virtual network infrastructure including SDN and NFV based on fully distributed, programmable architecture.

The Canonical OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL) in testing more than 3,000 cloud configurations on Ubuntu OpenStack each month. As part of OIL, PLUMgrid ONS will participate in the rigorous testing with Ubuntu OpenStack, making the combined solution easy for customers to deploy and use, along with solutions from over 30 other partner hardware and software providers.

"With our Canonical partnership, our focus is not only to ensure PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite integrates well with Ubuntu OpenStack, but to also make it extremely easy to deploy and use the overall OpenStack solution for our end users. Canonical, with its best-in-class infrastructure tools Juju and MaaS, is a great partner for us.  We are committed to simplifying user experience, and OIL gives us another level of interoperability testing and validation that ensures seamless integration across a wide variety of Ubuntu OpenStack configurations," stated—Kashif Iftikhar, Vice President of Business Development and Sales, at PLUMgrid.

ALU Passes 300 Million Milestone for DSL Ports

Alcatel-Lucent has passed the 300 million milestone for the total number of DSL ports shipped.

The company estimates that its equipment is used in at least 33% of current active DSL ports worldwide.