Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Edge Router Market Grows 3% in 1Q15

The worldwide Service Provider Edge Router market grew slowly in the first quarter 2015 after a record year in 2014, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.  During this quarter the Service Provider Core Router market outflanked growth in the Edge for only the second time in five years.

"The wild swings that we used to see in Service Provider Edge Router demand have smoothed out somewhat in recent years.  This is the fourth consecutive quarter in which we have seen single-digit year-over-year changes in market demand," said Alam Tamboli, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group.  "We continue to see Service Providers invest heavily in their mobile backhaul networks and associated routers—some mobile operators are already beginning to upgrade their installed base of routers to higher capacity devices due to increased traffic demand.  However, many operators have slowed their spending on routers used for fixed networks, partially offsetting this growth," Tamboli continued.

Cisco Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks, and Huawei Technologies were the market share leaders in the Service Provider Router market segment, accounting for over 92 percent of revenue in 1Q15.  Cisco maintained its leadership position, while Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper, and Huawei held, in rank order, the second, third, and fourth spots.

http://www.delloro.com

Qualcomm Expands 802.11ac MU-MIMO Line Up

Qualcomm Atheros introduced its new 802.11ac Wave 2 silicon featuring multi-user multi-input/multi-output (MU-MIMO), support for 160 MHz channels and 4x4 antenna configurations to offer higher performance and more efficient Wi-Fi connectivity.

Qualcomm said its MU | EFX  technology enables APs that can achieve up to three times faster 802.11ac connections in today’s increasingly crowded Wi-Fi environments.

The new products include the QCA9984 for home routers and QCA9994 for enterprise access points. Key features:

  • Enhanced MU-MIMO, with support for four simultaneous streams.
  • Support for new, wider 160MHz contiguous and 80+80MHz non-contiguous 802.11ac
  • channels – offering double the capacity of the existing 80MHz channels. The QCA9994 further supports 5/10 MHz narrow channels for public safety applications.
  • Bandwidth agility allows the radio to move seamlessly between channel widths on a packet-by-packet basis and achieve greater spectrum efficiency and throughput.

Sampling is underway.

http://www.qca.qualcomm.com/

Monday, June 1, 2015

Intel to Acquire Altera for its Programmable Logic Devices

Intel agreed to acquire Altera a for $54 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $16.7 billion.

Altera, which is based in San Jose, California, offers programmable logic, process technologies, IP cores and development tools . Its portfolio includes its Stratix series FPGAs with embedded memory, digital signal processing (DSP) blocks, high-speed transceivers, and high-speed I/O pins. Altera's Arria system-on-chip solutions integrate an ARM-based hard processor and memory interfaces with the FPGA fabric using a high-bandwidth interconnect. These devices include additional hard logic such as PCI Express Gen2, multiport memory controllers, error correction code (ECC), memory protection and high-speed serial transceivers.

Altera had 2014 revenue of $1.9 billion, of which 44% of sales were for telecom/wireless, 22% for industrial/military/automotive, and 16% for networking/computer/storage. Altera holds about 39% market share of the PLD segment compared to 49% for Xilinx. The company was founded in 1983 and has approximately 3,000 employees.

"Intel's growth strategy is to expand our core assets into profitable, complementary market segments," said Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel. "With this acquisition, we will harness the power of Moore's Law to make the next generation of solutions not just better, but able to do more. Whether to enable new growth in the network, large cloud data centers or IoT segments, our customers expect better performance at lower costs. This is the promise of Moore's Law and it's the innovation enabled by Intel and Altera joining forces."

"Given our close partnership, we've seen firsthand the many benefits of our relationship with Intel—the world's largest semiconductor company and a proven technology leader, and look forward to the many opportunities we will have together," said John Daane, President, CEO and Chairman of Altera. "We believe that as part of Intel we will be able to develop innovative FPGAs and system-on-chips for our customers in all market segments."

http://www.intel.com
http://www.altera.com

  • In February 2013, Altera announced that its next generation FPGAs will be based on Intel’s 14 nm tri-gate transistor technology. These next-generation products target ultra high-performance systems for military, wireline communications, cloud networking, and compute and storage applications. Under a partnership deal announced by the firms, Altera’s next-generation products will now include 14 nm, in addition to previously announced 20 nm technologies.

Nokia Launches its AirFrame Data Center Servers and Switches

Nokia unveiled its AirFrame Data Center Solution for combining the benefits of cloud computing technologies with the stringent requirements of the core and radio in the telco world.


The Nokia AirFrame Data Center Solution is the company's foundation for meeting the latency and data processing requirements of the future, including 5G and distributed cloud applications. The portfolio is build around highly integrated, Intel-based servers and switches that are optimized for low-latency, scalability, flexibility and business agility.

Key advantages of AirFrame:

  • Offers significant efficiency gains when running data-demanding telco applications like mobile network Virtual Network Functions (VNFs)
  • Fully compliant with IT standards and able to run the most common IT cloud applications in parallel to telco cloud
  • Enables operators to implement not only their NFV strategy, but also expand into new business models, such as renting data center capacity for customers' IT applications
  • Implements the most advanced telco cloud security practices, which have been tested and approved at the Nokia Security Center in Berlin
  • Adheres to Nokia Networks' open standards approach as well as complies with ETSI NFV, ensuring the success of telco cloud deployments
  • Ready for 5G, with an advanced cloud management solution to handle the telco cloud architecture (centralized / distributed), including security orchestration which automates and manages the lifecycle of security policies and security functions
  • Ready to support several Nokia VNFs, including OSS/CEM and the company's recently announced Radio Cloud architecture

AirFrame components include:

  • Nokia AirFrame Cloud Servers and Switches - Pre-integrated racks with ultra-dense servers, high performance switches and software defined storage, including Nokia Networks specific enhancements that make it more efficient than other solutions to run demanding VNFs
  • Data center services - AirFrame is complemented by a suite of professional services provided by the company's services experts and geared to implement, monitor and operate telco cloud data centers

"Nokia Networks is changing the game in telco cloud. We are taking on the IT-telco convergence with a new solution to challenge the traditional IT approach of the data center. From the beginning, Nokia Networks has been a forerunner in telco cloud innovation*. This newest solution brings telcos carrier-grade high availability, security-focused reliability as well as low latency, while leveraging the company's deep networks expertise and strong business with operators to address an increasingly cloud-focused market valued in the tens of billions of euros," stated Marc Rouanne, Executive Vice President, Mobile Broadband, Nokia Networks.

http://www.nokia.com

Chuck Robbins Shakes Up Cisco's Top Leadership Structure

Cisco's newly-appointed CEO, Chuck Robbins, announced plans for a flatter leadership structure at the firm. As a result, Rob Lloyd, president of Sales and Development, and Gary Moore, president and COO, will be leaving the company, effective July 25th.

In a blog posting, Robbins said his focus areas are acceleration, simplification, operational rigor and culture.  He plans to announce a new organizational structure and team within two weeks.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/leadership-transitions-for-the-digital-age

ADVA Intros "CloudConnect" Data Center Interconnect Solution

ADVA Optical Networking introduced a new Data Center Interconnect (DCI) solution designed for Internet Content Providers (ICPs) and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).

The ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect, which is available in multiple chassis configurations including four rack units (4RUs), features a 400 Gbps single line card. It can transport up to 25.6 Tbps  duplex capacity per fiber pair from a single rack, delivering 51.2 Tbps of total throughput at 1.4 Tbps per rack unit. It includes amplifiers, multiplexers and all other necessary components.a

ADVA said its FSP 3000 CloudConnect has been specifically engineered to scale and there’s no client port lock-in. As new Ethernet data rates emerge, they can be supported by plugging new line cards into the entire range of chassis. Instead of an active backplane, the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect features a modular design that eliminates unnecessary electrical processing. The system offers auto discovery and provisioning of the optical layer. It also supports a range of customizable APIs for programmability, including CLI, REST, NETCONF, and RESTCONF. For advanced virtualized and multi-tenant networks, a network hypervisor with fully open Northbound interfaces is available to abstract the DCI transport network so that end-to-end optimization of multi-layer packet flows is possible.

“The DCI market is experiencing one of the most fundamental shifts in its history. The phenomenal success of ICPs and CSPs, along with the continued adoption of cloud-based services, means that DCI networks are struggling to transport enormous amounts of data,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Such a fundamental shift in demand requires a fundamental shift in technology. This is the genesis of our new FSP 3000 CloudConnect. It’s something truly unique within the industry. We worked closely with the key players here to build exactly what was required. Our 4RU chassis is a clear example of this. Everyone we spoke to said they needed a chassis that isn’t too large and isn’t too small – the 4RU is the sweet spot for the DCI market. ”

http://www.advaoptical.com/en/newsroom/press-releases-english/20150601-adva-optical-networking-unveils-all-new-data-center-interconnect-solution

Hedvig Raises $18 Million for Distributed, Software-Defined Storage

Hedvig, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced $18 million in Series B funding for its software-defined storage solution designed to bring "the power of Amazon and Facebook-like infrastructure to any enterprise data center.".

Hedvig has developed a Distributed Storage Platform combines cloud and commodity infrastructure.  The system creates a virtualized pool that provisions storage with a few clicks, scales to petabytes and runs seamlessly in both private and public clouds. The company cited customers such as Intuit, Dovilo, Van Dijk and Paul Hastings LLP.

“We’ve identified the potential in a broken and fragmented storage market, and are not only looking to bring software-defined storage mainstream, but fundamentally change how companies store and manage data,” said Avinash Lakshman, founder and CEO of Hedvig. “Riding the wave of momentum from our recent company launch, this new investment round further validates our technology and approach, and will fuel our unwavering commitment to be the leading force of innovation in software-defined storage.”

The funding was led by Vertex Ventures with participation from existing investors True Ventures and Atlantic Bridge. Vertex Ventures General Partner In Sik Rhee also joined Hedvig’s Board of Directors. Hedvig has raised approximately $30.5 million to date.

http://www.hedviginc.com

Hedvig was founded by Avinash Lakshman, who previously built distributed systems including Amazon Dynamo, the foundation of the NoSQL movement, and Apache Cassandra for Facebook.

Crehan: High-Speed Server Networking Adoption Accelerates

Combined 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 40GbE shipments have increased more than 30% year-over-year to account for almost 30% of total 1Q15 Ethernet server-class adapter and LOM shipments, according to new reports from Crehan Research Inc. s. Over the same time period, 16 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) shipments have seen a two-and-a-half fold increase to comprise 20% of total Fibre Channel shipments. These higher server networking speeds are now at inflection points in terms of adoption.

"Customers are more-rapidly upgrading their server networking capabilities to faster speeds to take advantage of the higher bandwidth capabilities of the most recent server platforms," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "Currently, this is more evident in the hyper-scale, telco and high-performance computing segments, and we expect it to become evident in the general enterprise environment by the second half of this year," he added. "Furthermore, we expect this migration to higher-bandwidth servers to in turn drive more widespread deployments of higher-bandwidth data center switches.”

http://www.crehanresearch.com/

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

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