Monday, June 1, 2015

HP Brings Out Denser, Faster, Cheaper Flash Storage

HP announced a new class of massively scalable, ultra-dense flash arrays along with price cuts that could reduce the cost of all flash storage by 25%.

The new HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage 20000 enterprise flash family boosts performance with over 3.2 million IOPS at sub-millisecond latency and consumes 85% less space than traditional high-end arrays. Combined with HP flash optimization and hardware-accelerated data compaction that increases usable capacity by 75 percent, these new 3.84 terabyte drives bring down the cost of all-flash storage to $1.50 per usable gigabyte, approaching that of 10K RPM SAS hard disk drives.

HP is also unveiling flash-optimized software for end-to-end availability and non-disruptive workload balancing across the data center.

"Early flash adopters are seeing added benefits such as extreme savings and productivity enhancements that are leading to an all-flash strategy for more applications," said Manish Goel, senior vice president and general manager, HP Storage. "HP 3PAR StoreServ is in a class of its own, with the affordability, scale and resiliency required for datacenter-wide flash adoption."

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/data-storage/3parstoreserv.html

Wireless Power Standards Bodies to Merge

The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) are merging to create a more unified industry association for wireless charging. The merger will lead to a core charging standard supporting a wide range of consumer, medical, military and industrial applications. A preliminary agreement had been announced earlier this year at CES.

"The combination of equal partners in support of a vision for wireless power with an initial focus on consumer applications is on schedule and provides a clear path for industry to shift to volume economics," said Dr. Kamil Grajski, Board Chair and president, Alliance for Wireless Power. "Combined, we have rededicated our commitment to delivering timely high quality technical specifications and a world-class certification program to support members' innovative solutions."

"This new organization is uniquely positioned to accelerate and grow the wireless charging market.  From the start we are putting our efforts behind increasing consumer awareness of wireless charging, backed by our marquee member roster," said Ron Resnick, president, Power Matters Alliance. "The ability to choose the right technology with added intelligence, the depth and breadth of our membership, and commitment to excellence will enable consumers to more rapidly experience the true potential that wireless power has to offer today, tomorrow, and into the future."

http://www.Powermatters.org

Friday, May 29, 2015

Equinix Bids $3.6 Billion for TelecityGroup

Equinix is bidding to acquire TelecityGroup for £11.45 per share, 35% premium to the closing price of February 10, 2015, and representing an equity value of $3.6 billion.  The offer is composed of 50% stock and 50% cash.

Equinix said the merger would complement and extend its geographic footprint in Europe.

TelecityGroup operates 39 data centers with 1.2 million gross square feet of capacity in 12 metros across Europe. The business serves approximately 2,500 customers and generates about $574 million in annual revenue.

Equinix operates 105 data centers with 11 million gross square feet of capacity across 33 metros worldwide. Equinix serves approximately 6,300 customers and generates approximately $2.5 billion in annual revenue, of which about $650 million is from European operations.

The Boards of Equinix and TelecityGroup have reached agreement on the terms of the recommended cash and share offer.

http://www.equinix.com/


In February 2015, TelecityGroup plc and Interxion, both leading operators of data centers across Europe, announced plans for a merger. 


Under the deal, Interxion shareholders would receive 2.3386 new TelecityGroup shares per Interxion share. As a result, Interxion shareholders would own approximately 45%, and TelecityGroup shareholders approximately 55%, of the combined group. The primary listing for the combined group would be in London with a New York Stock Exchange listing for TelecityGroup’s existing ADR programme.


TelecityGroup, headquartered in the United Kingdom, operates 39 data centers in key European cities. It has annual turnover of £349 million.

Interxion, which is based in Amsterdam, operates 39 data centres across 11 countries.  It has annual turnover of £274 millio

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 to Power Google's Project Tango

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor has been selected to power Google's next generation Project Tango smartphone development platform.

Project Tango devices combine the camera, gyroscope, and accelerometer to estimate six degrees of freedom motion tracking, providing developers the ability to track 3D motion of a device while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. This capability is especially useful for applications such as real-world 3D gaming, indoor navigation, and virtual and augmented reality experiences. The development platform will be available for purchase in Q3 2015.

The Snapdragon 810 processor is designed to deliver the most advanced connected mobile computing experiences across video, imaging and graphics, making it ideal for applications that require complex 3D mapping. The Qualcomm Adreno 430 GPU is designed to deliver fast graphics and compute performance while reducing power consumption. It offers support for camera image and video post-processing, hardware tessellation, geometry shaders and programmable blending, as well as advanced GPU security for secure composition and management of premium video and other multimedia. The Snapdragon 810 processor also supports superior camera functionality, including dual 14-bit Image Signal Processors (ISP) with fast autofocus, depth sensing, and advanced imaging software that helps enable advanced camera features particularly in low light environments. High quality 4K HEVC Ultra HD video encoding and decoding is also supported by Snapdragon 810.

"Qualcomm Technologies is pleased to power the next generation Project Tango development device," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies. "We're excited to work together with Google and Android developers to help deliver new, innovative visual expqtechnology on mobile devices."

http://www.qualcomm.com

Telefónica Becomes Largest Operator in Brazil

Telefónica Brasil completed its acquisition of Global Village Telecom (GVT) from Vivendi, making it the largest operator in Brazil both in terms of clients—with over 105 million accesses after the integration —and revenues.  The deal was first announced in September 2014.

Telefónica Brasil now has national coverage and is the leader in the mobile business and fixed ultra-broadband, while also strengthening its position in pay TV. Vivo has the largest national 3G network, with coverage in 3,200 Brazilian municipalities, as well as 4G (which covers more than 140 cities nationwide), while GVT has an extensive fibre optics network reaching 156 cities in 20 Brazilian states, besides the Federal District.

The purchase price included a total of 4,663 million euros (by means of cash settlement and debt assumption), as well as the handover of 12% of the share capital of the new Telefónica Brasil—resulting from the integration. In the coming weeks, Vivendi will exchange 4.5% of this interest for 8.3% of the ordinary shares of Telecom Italia, according to the terms agreed by the parties.

http://www.telefonica.com

ASUS Announces Servers Based on Cavium's 48-Core ARM

ASUS confirmed plans to build servers and server boards based on Cavium's ThunderX 64-bit, 48-core ARM platform, which promises extreme efficiency, expandability and enhanced-usability design for data centers, high-performance computing and enterprise, as well as small and medium business (SMB) environments. ASUS aims to deliver two-socket ARM servers and server boards from Q4 2015.

Gopal Hegde, Vice President and General Manager of Cavium's Datacenter Processor Group remarked: "With two-socket capability, great power efficiency, and built-in hardware acceleration, customer demand for our high-performance ThunderX ARM processors continues to grow. We are delighted to be working with ASUS, and we look forward to supporting this industry leader on a number of innovative new server designs."

http://www.cavium.com
http://www.asus.com

Singtel Plans 10G Residential Service

Singtel will be soon be deploying Next Generation GPON on its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. A pilot service will begin in the next quarter and Singtel plans to make the service available to all fibre customers in the later part of the year.

The technology will give customers the option of a 10 Gbps fibre broadband service, useful for applications such as running multiple 4K video sessions. The maximum bandwidth currently available to customers is 1Gbps on Singtel’s Unlimited Fibre plan.

“Over 70 per cent of our customers are on fibre. We believe in constantly innovating and looking for ways to bring them better speeds using the newest technologies,” said Mr Tay Soo Meng, Chief Technology Officer. “Most of these households already have multiple devices connected to their home network. The adoption of this technology will help us meet demand as the number of applications increase and become even more bandwidth intensive.”  

http://info.singtel.com/about-us/news-releases/singtel-first-singapore-launch-next-generation-gpon-pilot-service-residential

ABB Chooses BT for Global Communications

The ABB Group, which has over 140,000 employees in over 100 countries, has selected BT to transform its global communications infrastructure across Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. ABB, a world leader in power and automation, will also benefit from improved application performance and additional IT security delivered by BT.

Specifically, BT was selected to connect more than 700 ABB locations in more than 100 countries with its Internet Connect and IP Connect services, allowing ABB employees to work more securely, with a standardised experience for all users. The global network infrastructure designed by BT will connect users to data and applications stored in ABB’s hybrid cloud and will be the foundation for ABB’s future use of cloud services from a variety of suppliers. This includes the management of 400 firewalls and the provision of BT Assure cyber protection and analytics services to protect ABB’s network and IT systems against threats.

“The alignment with BT will enable us to move to a globally consistent, high quality network”, said Andy Tidd, Chief Information Officer at ABB. “This key component of our new IT infrastructure will support ABB’s three focus areas of profitable growth, relentless execution and business-led collaboration.”

http://www.btplc.com/

Sony Acquires Optical Archive Inc.

Sony Corporation of America acquired Optical Archive Inc. (OAI), a start-up developing optical storage systems for the data center market.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

OAI was founded by Frank Frankovsky, who previosly was a lead hardware engineer at Facebook and who served as Chairman/President of the Open Compute Project.

Sony said it plans to leverage OAI to develop new optical disc library systems that will meet the technological demands from the growing cold archive market.

The term "cold archive" refers to a class of data that must be retained over a long period of time but isn't accessed frequently, such as cloud-based photo storage and data retained for legal or regulatory reasons. Cold archive is the largest and fastest growing portion of the data center storage market.

"This acquisition marks the beginning of our commitment to this growing market," said Terushi Shimizu, Senior Vice President and Deputy President, Device Solutions Business Group, Sony Corporation.  "Optical disc libraries will provide many advantages to customers who are currently using tape or hard drive technology to store cold data, such as lower costs, extremely durable media life, and higher data throughput rates. We plan to leverage and expand our existing optical disc production lines in order to accommodate the growing demand for this media."

"We are thrilled to be part of Sony," said Frank Frankovsky, CEO of OAI.  "Merging Sony's excellence in optical engineering and manufacturing with OAI's experience and capabilities in data center hardware design and operations will deliver innovative new storage solutions to customers."

http://www.sony.com

Harris Completes Acquisition of Excelis

Harris completed its previously announced acquisition of Exelis, which supplies solutions for the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance market. Excelis, which was previously part of ITT Corporation, serves  military, government and commercial customers in the United States and globally.

“The Exelis acquisition is transformative for our company and marks a major milestone in Harris’ 120-year history,” said William M. Brown, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris. “With about $8 billion in combined pro forma revenue, the acquisition creates significantly greater scale, bringing together two engineering-driven companies and workforces with similar cultures that value technology leadership. Together, the two companies’ complementary technologies and capabilities strengthen core franchises and provide new opportunities for innovation to solve our customers’ most complex challenges.”

http://www.harris.com

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cyber adAPT Teams with Napatech on Threat Detection

Cyber adAPT and Napatech  announced an integrated product solution for accelerated threat detection in high-speed networks.

Cyber adAPT is a non-signature based, agentless detection product that scans packets on the wire in real time, looking for and alerting on malicious network behavior already present inside the perimeter. It provides behavior detection capabilities at line speed with the precision required to avoid the all-too-common false alarms. Napatech specializes in accelerating network management and security applications.

By deeply integrating a 4 port 1 Gbps Napatech network accelerator into the solution, the entry level Cyber adAPT deployment is enhanced and enables the product to deliver high-speed processing of very large amounts of traffic by managing data flows at line speed with zero packet loss, allowing for true "real-time" analysis.

“Cyber adAPT products that include Napatech acceleration guarantees delivery of data to our probe under all conditions. Full line-rate packet capture with zero packet loss, frame buffering and optimal configuration of host buffer sizes remove the bottlenecks that can cause packet loss to reliably deliver the critical analysis data that Cyber adAPT security solutions demand,” stated Scott Millis, chief technology officer, Cyber adAPT.

“Staying ahead of the data growth curve often requires a combined solution and very often cannot be provided by only one company. We are proud to enhance the Cyber adAPT solution with our core accelerator technology to provide them with the high-speed processing they need to manage data flows at line speed. It is through the integration process that we are able to address the needs of today’s overtaxed network infrastructure,” said Peter Ekner, chief technology officer, Napatech.

http://www.napatech.com
http://www.cyberadapt.com


Avago's Acquisition of Broadcom Aims to Transform Networking Semiconductors

Avago Technologies agreed to acquire Broadcom for $17 billion in cash consideration and the economic equivalent of approximately 140 million Avago ordinary shares, valued at $20 billion as of May 27, 2015, resulting in Broadcom shareholders owning approximately 32% of the combined company. Based on Avago's closing share price as of May 27, 2015, the implied value of the total transaction consideration for Broadcom is $37 billion.

The merger will create the third largest global semiconductor company with strong presence in wired infrastructure, wireless infrastructure, enterprise storage, ASICs, PHYs, Ethernet switching silicon and set-top box silicon.  It will have combined annual revenues of approximately $15 billion and $77 billion in enterprise value.

Upon completion of the acquisition, the new company will be known as Broadcom Limited. Mr. Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avago, will continue to serve as President and CEO.  Broadcom co-founder Dr. Henry Samueli will join the board of the combined company as will another director from Broadcom. In addition, Dr. Samueli will be appointed Chief Technology Officer of the combined company. Broadcom co-founder Dr. Henry Nicholas will serve in a strategic advisory role within the combined company, reporting to Mr. Tan.

"Today's announcement marks the combination of the unparalleled engineering prowess of Broadcom with Avago's heritage of technology from HP, AT&T, and LSI Logic, in a landmark transaction for the semiconductor industry," said Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avago. "The combination of Avago and Broadcom creates a global diversified leader in wired and wireless communication semiconductors. Avago has established a strong track record of successfully integrating companies onto its platform. Together with Broadcom, we intend to bring the combined company to a level of profitability consistent with Avago's long-term target model."

"When Henry Nicholas and I founded Broadcom, we had a vision of creating the world leader in communications semiconductors. Today's announcement is a continuation of that vision and we could not think of a better partner for the future than Avago," stated Dr. Henry Samueli, Co-Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Chairman of the Board of Broadcom.

Avago intends to fund the $17 billion of cash consideration with cash on hand from the combined companies and $9 billion in new, fully-committed debt financing from a consortium of banks.

http://www.avagotech.com
http://www.broadcom.com

  • Avago Technologies, which is headquartered in Singapore and San Jose, California, was originally the semiconductor division of HP and, later, Agilent Technologies. The division was bought out by private investors KKR and Silver Lake Partners in 2005 and later completed an IPO in 2009.
  • In 2014, Avago Technologies acquired LSI Corporation for $6.6 billion, but later sold off LSI's SSD division to Seagate and then its Axxia networking division to Intel.
  • In February 2015, Avago agreed to acquire Emulex, which supplies Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity products to leading OEMS. In 2013, Emulex acquired Endace, which specializes in monitoring solutions. Emulex is based in Costa Mesa, California.
  • Broadcom, which is based in Irvine, California, was founded in 1991 by Henry Samueli and Henry T. Nicholas III , two professors from UCLA. Broadcom has about 10,000 employees worldwide and holds more than 10,700 U.S. and 3,700 foreign patents. 2014 revenue was $8.43 billion. In 2014, Broadcom decided to exit its cellular baseband business.

AquaComms Embarks on New America-Europe Undersea Cable

AquaComms, a new venture based in Dublin, is preparing to launch a new trans-Atlantic cable by the end of this year.

TE SubCom has begun manufacturing on the America Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea cable system, which will will land in Shirley, NY and Killala on the West Coast of Ireland. The cable will span more than 5,400 km with stubbed branching units for future landings. It will use CeltixConnect, an Irish Sea subsea cable wholly owned by AquaComms, to provide extended connectivity to London and greater Europe. The initial project cost is expected to be $300 million and is funded in part through a debt offering arranged by Nomura.

AEConnect will be optimized to carry 130 wavelengths of 100G per fiber pair. It will also feature an SDN control plan for advanced service provisioning.

"AquaComms' strategy is to build and operate a diversified, solution-based network, providing term and peak capacity product offerings and working in partnership with its contractors, equipment suppliers, backhaul network providers and customers to support the US's and Europe's expanding data requirements of today and for tomorrow, ultimately offering 'infrastructure-as-a-service'," says Greg Varisco, COO of AquaComms. "AEConnect is currently being constructed using state-of-the-art technology, with 100G-coherent design for low latency, reliable delivery for even the most bandwidth-hungry applications and direct data centre to data centre connectivity across the Atlantic."

http://www.AquaComms.com

Ericsson Tests Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO

As part of its 5G research, Ericsson is testing Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO, which involves very sophisticated signaling methods, which are not part of today's LTE standards, to control the mobile device's interaction with the network.  Ericsson's 5G air interface initiative, labeled "NX", includes this new Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO capability.

Ericsson noted that 5G will involve the entire future communication eco-system, from devices to mobile access, IP core and into the cloud. Its latest 5G test network initiatives focus on the interactions between mobile devices and the radio access network, in both indoor and outdoor circumstances.

Ericsson's 5G test networks, including both 5G mobile devices and 5G radio base stations, are running live at the company's premises in Plano Texas and in Stockholm.  The company said it welcomes mobile operators, eco-system partners, members of academia, tech media and analysts to visit these sites to witness and interact with Ericsson 5G innovations.

http://www.ericsson.com

Pica8 Leverages Open-vSwitch Database Protocol for Overlays

Pica8 announced that it is leveraging the Open-vSwitch (OVS) database protocol (OVSDB) to control hardware VTEPs (VXLAN Endpoints) as part of an overlay architecture and integrate with leading network virtualization systems such as MidoNet and NSX for VTEP provisioning.  This helps simplify VXLAN and Network Virtualization deployments.

“The adoption of open source software in the enterprise has become mainstream. Open networking is following on the same path and quickly gaining traction so we are very pleased to bring Midokura Enterprise MidoNet, the open source network virtualization overlay solution, to Pica8-enabled white box networking systems and be part of the modern open enterprise movement,” said Adam Johnson, VP of Business for Midokura.

“Pica8 has the most diverse set of overlay schemes available on white boxes, from NVGRE to VXLAN to MPLS via Labeled BGP,” said Rabiul Hasan, director of product line management at Pica8. “By offering users a broad choice of overlays and protocols, Pica8 ensures network investment protection and gives users all the tools they need to move toward an SDN future.”

http://www.pica8.com

Nokia Hits 600Mbps using 4X4 MIMO

Singapore's StarHub demonstrated 600Mbps peak download speeds using Nokia Networks’ 4X4 MIMO technology with LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation in a technical trial conducted at its headquarters.

Nokia said the 600Mbps data transmission speeds were achieved through combined 4x4 MIMO technology, along with Carrier Aggregation, to reach LTE-Advanced data speeds.

In addition, StarHub and Nokia Networks have successfully tested 3-band carrier aggregation using a commercial mobile device. The successful trials of 4x4 MIMO and multiband carrier aggregation pave the way towards even faster mobile broadband in future.

http://networks.nokia.com

Dell'Oro: Microwave Transmission Equipment Market Grew 9% in 1

Point-to-point microwave transmission equipment revenues grew nine percent year-over-year in the first quarter of the year, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Sales of TDM microwave equipment plunged 42% year-over-year, sales of hybrid microwave equipment were up 9%, and sales of packet microwave equipment were up 14%. Huawei was ranked as the top supplier, followed by Ericsson, NEC and Alcatel-Lucent.

“The microwave transmission market grew at a very healthy rate,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Microwave Transmission research at Dell’Oro Group. “In fact, we believe the year-over-year growth would have been much higher if it wasn’t for the strengthening US dollar.  Since we report on a US dollar basis, sales made in Euros convert to fewer US dollars.  We estimate this occurs in at least a quarter of the market.  As a proxy for the rise of actual demand, you can look at radio transceiver shipments, which we estimate grew at an astonishing 31 percent year-over-year,” Yu added.

http://www.delloro.com

UNH-IOL Hosts VDSL2 Vectoring Plugfest

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) hosted a plugfest earlier this month for vendors to test their latest VDSL2 vectoring equipment and software. The series of VDSL2 Vectoring Plugfest, organized by the Broadband Forum, have enabled participants to develop interoperable and deployable solutions. Participants included ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, AVM GmbH, Broadcom, Calix, Ikanos, Lantiq, and Triductor.

“The plugfest test events serve a critical role in the industry, helping our member companies develop interoperable and robust solutions,” said Robin Mersh, Broadband Forum CEO. “Service providers around the world look to these events to ensure the equipment in their deployments is compatible with the state-of-the-art standards.”

http://www.iol.unh.edu

KT Skylife Deploys Ultra HD Set-top Boxes based on Broadcom

KT Skylife, a leading satellite broadcast provider in South Korea, has deployed the world's first Ultra HD set-top box built on Broadcom's single chip HEVC 4K/Ultra HD satellite chipset.

Broadcom's single-chip BCM7376 delivers fluid 60 frame-per-second (fps) video with vivid 10-bit color at 4X the resolution of conventional HD displays, allowing users to view life-like Ultra HD content on multiple devices. The combination of improved picture quality and color clarity is ideal for live-action viewing such as major sporting events and feature films.

"Broadcom's fully integrated Ultra HD solution combines dual Full-Band Capture front ends with eight demodulators and a 4K display in a single chip, providing greater ease of design and lower development cost," said Han Lee, CTO of KT Skylife. "As demand for Ultra HD content continues to grow at a rapid pace, we are thrilled to be the world's first to leverage Broadcom's single chip solution to deliver this unique and extraordinary viewing experience to our subscribers."

http://www.broadcom.com

Nokia Traffic Steering Manager Squeezes 10% Efficiency Gain

Nokia Networks has achieved a 10% increase in network capacity introducing a Traffic Steering Manager to automatically direct traffic to the most effective radio network layer.

The Nokia Traffic Steering Manager provides an automated way of managing the multitude of load balancing features available in the networks today reducing related operational effort significantly, up to 70%. It ensures that the traffic is distributed across the radio network layers and it can, for example, boost LTE layer usage automatically when deployed in the network. Traffic can be steered onto the best radio network layer according to network conditions and other criteria, e.g. device type.

http://networks.nokia.com