Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Michel Combes to step down as ALU's CEO

Michel Combes will step down as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, effective September 1, as the company prepares for its merger with Nokia Networks.

For the duration of the transition period, Philippe Camus, currently Chairman of the Board of Directors, will become Chairman and Interim CEO. Jean-Cyril Spinetta is appointed Lead Director of the Board. Philippe Guillemot, Chief Operating Officer, will be in charge of leading the operational management of the group. Jean Raby, Chief Finance and Legal Officer, will be responsible for completing the proposed transaction with Nokia. Philippe Guillemot and Basil Alwan, President of the IP Routing & Transport business line, will jointly lead the integration team.

Commenting on the Board’s decision, Philippe Camus said: “In order to achieve the objectives of this transition period and ensure the successful integration with Nokia, I will be supported for operational responsibilities by Philippe Guillemot who, in addition to leading execution of The Shift Plan, will also be in charge of the Executive Committee and will co-lead the integration process with Basil Alwan. Jean Raby will ensure the closure of the intended transaction in the best interests of the Alcatel-Lucent shareholders.”

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com



  • In February 2013, Alcatel-Lucent’s Board of Directors named Michel Combes as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer.  Previously, Michel Combes was CEO of Vodafone Europe and a Board member of Vodafone PLC. During his career, he has held the positions of Chairman and CEO of TDF as well as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of France Telecom.

Alcatel-Lucent Reports Free Cash Flow in Q2 -- a first since 2006

Despite an overall soft spending environment,  notably in North America, Alcatel-Lucent reported revenue of EUR 3.450 billion for Q2 2015, excluding Managed Services and at constant perimeter, an increase of 6% year-on year. At constant exchange rates, Group revenues, excluding Managed Services and at constant perimeter, were down 8%.

The weight of next-generation activities continued to progress, representing 76% of revenues compared to 70% in the year-ago quarter. Next-generation technologies revenues increased 15% year-over-year at actual rates and declined 1% at constant exchange rates. Gross margin reached 34.8% of revenues, expanding 220 bps year-on-year, driven notably by improved profitability and favorable software mix across several business lines.

Commenting on the results, Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Our second quarter 2015 results represent a significant milestone for Alcatel-Lucent, reflecting the first Q2 of free cash flow generation since the merger of Alcatel and Lucent in 2006. Alcatel-Lucent’s financial results for the first half of 2015 clearly show that the company has delivered on the key objectives of The Shift Plan, launched two years ago. The company is now well on track to complete its turnaround by the end of the year.

Core Networking

  • Core Networking segment revenues were Euro 1,675 million in Q2 2015, up 22% year-over-year at actual rates and up 10% at constant rates. 
  • IP Routing revenues were Euro 659 million in Q2 2015, an increase of 17% at actual rates and 3% at constant rates, when compared to Q2 2014. The business witnessed double-digit growth in EMEA and CALA, resilience in North America and declines in APAC driven by a continued spending pause in Japan. Revenues from non-telco customers grew at a double-digit pace year-over-year, at constant exchange rates.
  • 7950 XRS IP Core router saw strong year-over-year revenue growth and registered 5 new wins in Q2, for a total of 44 wins to date.
  • Continued momentum in virtualized routing both in and outside the telecom service provider space with 8 new customers for the Virtualized Service Router (VSR) in Q2 2015, bringing the total to 16 deployments and over 75 trials underway, including our NFV trial with Telefonica which includes our VSR.
  • Nuage added 5 new customers, bringing the total to 25 wins, including China Mobile, and announced collaborations with both Arista and Mirantis as part of Nuage Networks ecosystem program. Nuage also introduced the Virtualized Services Assurance Platform (VSAP), which addresses the need for visibility and correlation between the virtual networks for applications and workloads and the physical connectivity provided by the datacenter network infrastructure.
  • IP Transport revenues were Euro 630 million in Q2 2015, up 30% at actual rates and 21% at constant rates, compared to the year-ago quarter. Terrestrial optics revenues showed strong double-digit growth at constant rates, as WDM witnessed strength in EMEA, CALA and APAC. 

ACCESS

  • Access segment revenues were Euro 1,772 million in Q2 2015, a decrease of 7% year-over-year at actual rates and a decrease of 20% at constant rates. In Q2 2015, segment operating income was Euro 23 million, compared to a segment operating income of Euro 11 million in Q2 2014, reflecting improvements from both Wireless and Managed Services, in addition to continued double-digit margin contribution from Fixed Access.

  • Wireless Access revenues were Euro 1,148 million, a year-on-year decrease of 12% at actual rates and 27% at constant rates. Marked by a difficult comparison base in the year-ago quarter, the sales decline was driven by lower spending in the US and project timing in China. 


https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucent-reports-q2-2015-results

Oracle Releases New OSS suite for NFV

Oracle Communications released a new version of its operational support system (OSS) suite to help communications service providers (CSPs) design services spanning physical and virtual networks. The suite is also designed to help streamline the operational delivery of customer orders—including high-growth B2B and wholesale orders—enabling CSPs to capitalize on the opportunities of a network function virtualization (NFV)-driven communications world.

The new version of the Oracle Communications OSS suite includes updates to several products, including Oracle Communications Design Studio, Oracle Communications Order and Service Management, Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management, Oracle Communications ASAP, Oracle Communications IP Service Activator, Oracle Communications Network Integrity, and Oracle Communications Network Intelligence. It is integrated and optimized to work with the Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle Database 12c, and Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c, improving performance, manageability, and security and enabling future OSS suite deployments in the cloud as well as on premises.

Key capabilities of the new OSS suite:

  • Efficiently deliver and manage contemporary network-based B2B services: the upgraded OSS suite enhances the visual modeling, design, and configuration of packet-based network connectivity, including built-in support for MEF’s Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services such as E-Line and E-LAN, and the ability to efficiently process large B2B or wholesale orders up to 6,000 line items per order. The suite also supports agile orchestration and delivery of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services across multiple network operators, aligning with the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration architecture recently demonstrated at TM Forum Live.
  • Seamlessly support the design and delivery of services on physical, virtual, and hybrid networks: Oracle Communications provides CSPs with a single, integrated, end-to-end design environment spanning business, operations, and network processes that, in conjunction with Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration Solution, extends the OSS suite to deliver services on virtual and hybrid networks. This helps to ensure that CSPs avoid cumbersome or fragmented design approaches and can achieve not just network agility, but actual business agility.
  • Accelerate solution design in collaboration with existing provisioning systems: With a new catalog export capability, CSPs can holistically design their fulfillment solution once and then propagate the design to any number of participating systems, from enterprise catalogs to specialized provisioning systems. This end-to-end design approach enables faster and more efficient solution design by reducing manual steps in the process.
  • Efficiently manage exceptions in order processing: The upgraded OSS suite includes new tools to more effectively process complex orders and manage exceptions during order processing, including enhancements to order jeopardy and fallout management and batch order changes. These new tools can help CSPs diagnose and resolve issues faster without requiring custom modeling or specialist skills, in turn reducing operational costs and improving the customer experience.

“As CSPs continue to standardize and virtualize their networks, agility in service design and automation in service delivery have become major focus areas—which is putting a spotlight on OSS to rapidly launch and efficiently deliver innovative services on an increasingly dynamic network,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “This release of the Oracle Communications OSS suite accelerates design agility, provides support for the latest network technologies, and further simplifies network-based B2B service delivery in practice, supporting our commitment to delivering innovative OSS solutions in an increasingly virtualized communications world.”

http://www.oracle.com


IBM Launches IoT Developer Program

IBM announced the launch of a new community to help developers connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices.

The IBM developerWorks Recipes community, which leverages IBM's platform-as-a-service, Bluemix, will provide step-by-step tutorials for embedding advanced analytics and machine learning into IoT devices and applications. Examples include:

  • Understanding vehicle performance by analyzing data from its On-Board Diagnostic system.
  • Linking real-time machine condition monitoring with IBM asset management to monitor everything from the health of household appliances to wheels on a railroad car.
  • Spotting trends and obtaining solutions to common problems through graphical representation of historical and real-time data from IoT devices.


“For years, companies have been building their machine-to-machine and IoT applications essentially from scratch. IBM developerWorks Recipes enables companies to leverage the hard lessons learned by other developers in order to simplify the process – a goal to which MultiTech has been committed for more than 40 years,” said Daniel Quant, Vice President of Product Management, MultiTech Systems. “IBM is helping to enable us and our customers to connect devices quickly and with security features to the IBM Cloud – with the ultimate goal of transforming our business processes and efficiencies.”


http://www.ibm.com

Facebook Now Has 968 Million Daily Users

Facebook users are spending an average 46 minutes per day on the site (not including WhatsApp). More than 700 million users are using Messenger.

Second Quarter 2015 Operational Highlights

  • Daily active users (DAUs) - DAUs were 968 million on average for June 2015, an increase of 17% year-over-year.
  • Mobile DAUs - Mobile DAUs were 844 million on average for June 2015, an increase of 29% year-over-year.
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) - MAUs were 1.49 billion as of June 30, 2015, an increase of 13% year-over-year.
  • Mobile MAUs - Mobile MAUs were 1.31 billion as of June 30, 2015, an increase of 23% year-over-year.
  • Instagram MAUs - Instagram MAUs were 300 million in June
  • Messenger MAUs - Messenger MAUs were 700 million in June
  • WhatsApp MAUs - WhatsApp MAUs were 800 million in June
Capital expenditures - Capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2015 were $549 million.

On a conference call, Facebook executives said 2015 is a year of strategic building with CAPEX guidance in the $2.5 - $3.0 billion range, up from $1.8 billion in 2014, including investments in data centers, servers, and networks.

http://investor.fb.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=924562

Quintillion Picks Alcatel-Lucent for Undersea Cable in Alaska

Quintillion Subsea Holdings awarded a turnkey contract to Alcatel-Lucent for the design and construction of a submarine cable system in Alaska from Prudhoe Bay to Nome.

The system will offer a unique route to bring reliable, affordable high-speed broadband access to the North Slope of Alaska and will bridge the digital divide in an area of Alaska where bandwidth is currently still limited.

It will offer a capacity of at least 10 terabits-per-second per fiber pair. The system will consist of three fiber pairs capable of carrying 100 wavelengths, each of which can support 100 Gbps of data capacity. Phase 1 will be a 1,850 km segment linking the Alaskan communities of Nome, Kotzebue, Wainwright, Point Hope, Barrow, and Prudhoe Bay and will provide for future extensions to Asia and Europe.  Scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, Phase 1 will incorporate advanced routing and burial techniques to protect the cable and enhance the integrity of the system.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucent-and-quintillion-subsea-holdings-build-undersea-cable-system-connecting-six

U.S. Launches National Strategic Computing Initiative

President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which aims to bolster the development and deployment of high-performance computing (HPS) systems.

The initiative represents a "coordinated research, development, and deployment strategy will draw on the strengths of departments and agencies to move the Federal government into a position that sharpens, develops, and streamlines a wide range of new 21st century applications. It is designed to advance core technologies to solve difficult computational problems and foster increased use of the new capabilities in the public and private sectors.

The National Strategic Computing Initiative has five strategic themes.

  • Create systems that can apply exaflops of computing power to exabytes of data.
  • Keep the United States at the forefront of HPC capabilities.
  • Improve HPC application developer productivity.
  • Make HPC readily available.
  • Establish hardware technology for future HPC systems. 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/nsci_fact_sheet.pdf

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint Memory 1000x Faster than NAND

Intel and Micron Technology have developed a non-volatile memory that is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory.

The 3D XPoint technology, which is now entering production, is described as the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

"For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis," said Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions."

"One of the most significant hurdles in modern computing is the time it takes the processor to reach data on long-term storage," said Mark Adams, president of Micron. "This new class of non-volatile memory is a revolutionary technology that allows for quick access to enormous data sets and enables entirely new applications."

Intel said the 3D XPoint technology follows more than a decade of research and development. The innovative, transistor-less cross point architecture creates a three-dimensional checkerboard where memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes.

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2015/07/28/intel-and-micron-produce-breakthrough-memory-technology


In March 2015, Intel and Micron Technology announced availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory, for use in data center servers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.


The new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by Intel and Micron, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies.  The companies have been able to package up to 48GB of NAND per die — enabling three-fourths of a terabyte to fit in a single fingertip-sized package.  A 256Gb MLC version of 3D NAND currently is sampling with select partners, and a 384Gb TLC design will be sampling later this spring.

NTT Comm Acquires PT. Cyber CSF for Indonesia Data Centers

NTT Communications will acquire PT. Cyber CSF (Cyber CSF), a data center service provider headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cyber CSF, founded in 2012, is Indonesia's largest data center service provider. It operates a high-quality facility equipped for 24 MVA of power and 2,800 racks in 7,700 square meters of space in the heart of Jakarta.

NTT Com, in addition to an existing point-of-presence (PoP) for its Global IP Network at the Cyber CSF data center, plans to establish a PoP for its Arcstar Universal One(tm) VPN network in October, leveraging the licenses it obtained as the first foreign carrier authorized to operate closed networks in Indonesia through its joint venture subsidiary, PT. NTT Indonesia.

Currently, PT. NTT Indonesia is building a domestic fiber network that will connect its new data center with other major data centers in suburban Jakarta, as well as industrial parks and office buildings.
http://www.ntt.co.jp

Pluribus and Appcito Form Alliance

Pluribus Networks has formed a technology and marketing agreement with Appcito, makers of scalable Private Cloud based application services, such as load balancing, application traffic visibility and analytics and comprehensive application security including Web Application Firewall and DDoS detection.

The agreement enables end users to purchase and deploy Appcito’s application delivery solution upon the Pluribus Networks connectivity fabric itself, dramatically simplifying the deployment of advanced services, reducing the costs and extending advanced traffic management capabilities across the entire infrastructure.

“The public cloud has been developed to support the needs of modern computing, which emphasize the need to bring new services online quickly and securely in direct support of the fast-moving business. We enable organizations to create their own private clouds in the same way. Our SDN platform offers all of the same agility, adaptability, application awareness and security found in public offerings, but at a fraction of the cost, and goes far beyond the mere separation of control and data planes, as seen in other competitive SDN offerings,” said Kumar Srikantan, CEO of Pluribus Networks. “Most importantly, it’s a true open and scalable platform onto which higher-layer services can be deployed. Working together with Appcito, we are jointly demonstrating the marriage of our platform with their leading-edge load-balancing and security services. The combination of upper layer networking services with an open, extensible, and secure networking foundation makes the network more relevant to applications and to the business itself.”

“Today’s cloud computing has the same network challenges that existed in the past but now requires new cloud-adapted solution architectures and capacities in order to support and secure modern applications effectively,” said Peter Christy, Research Director, 451 Research. “Appcito and Pluribus each are excellent examples of forward-looking, cloud-centric products which do just this, and the integration of the two is proof that upper-level network services and the foundational network fabric can be married so that the combination is more than just the sum of the parts.”

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com

Citrix's CEO Steps Down, Elliot Mgt. Exec Joins Board

Mark Templeton has decided to step down as president and CEO of Citrix Systems. He has served in that position since 1998. The Citrix Board has initiated a CEO search process and has retained Heidrick & Struggles to assist with the process of identifying and evaluating candidates.

Citrix also announced a cooperation agreement with Elliott Management Corporation, an investment firm whose affiliated funds own approximately 7.5 percent of the company’s common stock.  Elliott’s Jesse Cohn has been appointed to the Citrix board of directors to replace Asiff Hirji who has decided to step down from the company's board, effective immediately. In addition, as part of its continuing board evolution process, the company will commence a search for an additional independent board member, mutually agreeable to Citrix and Elliott, who will replace a current board member when appointed. In addition, Elliott and certain of its affiliates have agreed to customary standstill, voting and other provisions for a period of at least a year. Citrix has also formed an operations committee, which will work closely with the company’s management team on a comprehensive operational review focusing on improving Citrix’s margins, profitability and capital structure.

https://www.citrix.com/news/announcements/jul-2015/cooperation-agreement.html

Elliott Sends Letter to Citrix Board of Directors

Elliot Management Corp. published an open letter to the Board of Directors of Citrix, saying it believes the company can achieve a notable increase in shareholder value by implementing a new management plan and undertaking structural reforms.

Elliot currently holds 7.1% of Citrix Systems' stock.

Specifically, Elliot said it believes that Citrix can achieve a stock price of $90 ~ $100+ per share by the end of 2016, which represents a rise of 50%, by improving its operational performance given that it great products in strong markets. One area of concern for Elliot is the company's cost structure, which has grown faster than revenues.

Elliot, which also criticized Citrix's product portfolio as too broad, is presenting a new operating plan for the company.

http://www.elliottmgmt.com

Radisys Posts Revenue of $47 Million

Radisys reported consolidated revenue of $47.0 million for Q2 2015, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.03, an increase of $0.10 year-on-year.

For the second quarter of 2015, Software-Systems revenue was $14.2 million, compared to $9.7 million in the prior quarter and $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2014, representing increases of 46% and 36%, respectively. Revenue growth was primarily driven by accelerating MediaEngine deployments in support of VoLTE rollouts, including partial delivery of the $11M order noted above, and revenue tied to acceptance of FlowEngine lab systems.

Embedded Products revenue was $32.9 million, compared to $39.0 million in the prior quarter and $39.6 million in the second quarter of 2014. While revenue was down both sequentially and year-on-year largely resulting from legacy end-of-life product transitions, Embedded Products revenue came in above expectations due to continued strength from the segment’s core customer base.

“In the second quarter, we continued to generate further momentum across our business, specifically within Software-Systems with strong revenue growth both sequentially and year-on-year,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and CEO. “Most notably, during the quarter we received an $11 million follow-on order from a large Asian carrier that selected our MediaEngine platform to enable all media processing in its VoLTE rollout. Also strategically significant during the quarter was the acceptance of additional FlowEngine lab units by the large North American carrier we are engaged with representing another tangible proof point for our new products. We continue to expect initial orders from this carrier for commercial deployments later in the second half of 2015.”

http://www.radisys.com

Monday, July 27, 2015

Broadcom Debuts Cloud-optimized 25/50G Ethernet Controllers

Broadcom has begun sampling its new NetXtreme C-Series 10G/25G/40G/50G Ethernet controller product family designed for supporting greater virtual machine density in cloud data centers.

The BCM57300 NetXtreme C-Series Ethernet controllers offer bidirectional 50G throughput with 30 Mpps performance and integrated flow processing capabilities from the server to the top-of-rack switch They complete Broadcom's end-to-end 25/50G data center solution, which also includes the newly introduced StrataXGS Tomahawk Ethernet switch

Broadcom said its integrated "TruFlow" flow processing can double network throughput and provide up to a 50 percent increase in application performance compared to a software-only solution. The BCM57300 provides hardware-based, congestion notification responses that are 5,000x faster than traditional software-based approaches. When combined with StrataXGS switches, the notification enable data centers to avoid network congestion before it happens.

Key features of Broadcom's NetXtreme C-Series Controllers:

  • vSwitch Acceleration: TruFlow moves virtual switching functionality from the host CPU into the Broadcom C-Series Controller, increasing available CPU cycles for application processing
  • Flow Scalability: TruFlow distributes flow processing into the server endpoints
  • Software Defined Networking:  TruFlow implements the fundamental SDN protocol constructs of classification/match/action processing in hardware, including the latest OpenFlow standard. Distributing SDN protocols into the BCM57300 enables cloud operators to reap the benefits of SDN in their data centers with a flexible, scalable and dynamic network.
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  • Low chip latency: 1.5-┬Ás round trip
  • Dual-Port 10/25G and single-port 40/50G
  • Industry's smallest (14x14 mm) 25/50G Controller package
  • Integrated base management controller (BMC)

"NetXtreme C-Series raises the bar for Ethernet controllers and enables a cost-effective path from 10G to 25G," said Rajiv Ramaswami, Broadcom Executive Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure & Networking Group. "Pushing the 25/50G Ethernet specification, which Broadcom defined and co-founded as an industry standard, to the server endpoint solidifies Broadcom's end-to-end offering."

Broadcom will be supplyting offers two families of standard adapter cards based on its BCM57300 NetXtreme C-Series of Ethernet controllers: PCIe NIC and OCP Mezzanine.

http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s923886


In April 2015, Broadcom began sampling the next-generation of its StrataXGS Trident Ethernet switching silicon, which has been optimized to meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of 10GbE virtualized data centers.  The new silicon offers 1.28 terabit per second (Tbps) switching performance, 30 percent lower power and double the performance for data center virtualization overlays, such as VXLAN.

The 28 nanometer (nm) Trident-II+ Series, which provides a drop-in power and efficiency improvement over the previous version, brings a number of features for network virtualization, including single-pass VXLAN routing that doubles gateway performance in all network topologies, as well as support for pre-standard GENEVE overlays.

As a complement to Broadcom's latest StrataXGS Tomahawk and StrataDNX switch SoCs, the Trident II+ Series provides 100GbE connections to the spine layer and between racks, while supporting 10GbE connections to the servers in enterprise and private cloud deployments.

In September 2014, Broadcom introduced its next-generation, StrataXGS "Tomahawk" switch, packing 2 Tbps of switching performance in a single chip that is capable of supporting 32 ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 64 ports of 40GE/50GE or 128 ports of 25GE.

The new chip, which represents the 7th generation of Broadcom Ethernet switching silicon, is designed for the programmable fabrics needed in next-gen, cloud-scale data centers. 

The StrataXGS Tomahawk Series is powered by more than 7 billion integrated transistors in 28nm. It supports new 25GE and 50GE protocol standards, and is the first chip to scale to 32-ports of 100G on a single device.

Significantly, Tomahawk implements Broadcom's FLEXGS and Smart-Flow technology, enabling the switch to be software configured for specific policies while preserving deterministic latency. The new design brings a 12X increase in application policy scale compared to previous generation switches, along with increased flexibility of packet lookups and key generation, and rich load balancing and traffic redirection controls. This supports an extensive suite of user configurable functions for flow processing, security, network virtualization, measurement/monitoring, congestion management and traffic engineering.

In May 015, Avago Technologies agreed to acquire Broadcom for $17 billion in cash consideration and the economic equivalent of approximately 140 million Avago ordinary shares. -- an implied value for the total transaction of $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.

Chuck Robbins Takes Reins at Cisco

Chuck Robbins has officially taken over as CEO of Cisco, replacing John Chambers who held the position since January 1995.  July 26th marked the end of Cisco's fiscal year.

Robbins joined Cisco in 1997 and most recently served as Cisco’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, leading the company’s global sales and partner team that drives $47B in business for the company.

Cisco also announced the appointments of Zorawar Biri Singh as Chief Technology Officer and Kevin Bandy as Cisco’s first Chief Digital Officer.

Most recently, Biri Singh was a venture partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focused on enterprise IT software, predictive data analytics, cloud platforms and infrastructure investments. Previously, he was senior vice president and general manager of Hewlett Packard’s (HP) cloud business, where he oversaw the company’s global cloud portfolio and open source efforts. Prior to HP, Biri led corporate strategy and portfolio solutions as vice president of cloud computing at IBM and served as a member of the executive team that launched IBM’s cloud business unit in 2010.


Kevin Bandy previously was Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation at Salesforce.com, where he was responsible for growth and market expansion by making Salesforce.com the foundation on which companies reengineer their front office operations. Prior to joining Salesforce.com Bandy was the principle of Rhea Springs LLC, a strategy consultancy firm founded to work in a personal advisory manner with Fortune 500 senior leadership.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-announces-executive-news

Research Foundation of the State University of New York to Host National Photonics Lab

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY) has been chosen to lead a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to advance U.S. leadership in the manufacturing integrated photonics.

Specifically, the Department of Defense is awarding the new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Integrated Photonics to a consortium of 124 companies, nonprofits, and universities led by RF SUNY. With a total investment of over $610 million—$110 million in federal funds, and more than $500 million in non-federal contributions—the  announcement marks the largest public-private commitment to date for a  manufacturing institute launched in the United States.  The new institute will be based in Rochester, New York -- the long term home of Eastman Kodak.  It mission iss to focus on cutting-edge research in integrated photonics — using multiple units of light, on a single platform, to improve the performance and reliability of telecommunications, radar, lasers, and other technologies.

The new photonics institute is the sixth of nine announced as part of the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes (NNMI).

http://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-and-vice-president-biden-announce-new-york-state-lead-prestigious-national

Ericsson and SK Telecom Collaborate on 5G Network Core Slicing

Ericsson and SK Telecom have signed agreed to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology.  The idea behind slicing is to use logical instead of physical resources to provide networks on an as-a-service basis. The instantiation of the network slicing will use the Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core solution.

The companies are building a test bed using Ericsson’s HDS 8000 Hyperscale Datacenter System and its Regional Cloud Lab,which is distributed across four sites in North East Asia including Anyang in South Korea, Beijing and Shanghai in China, and Tokyo in Japan.

“Virtual network architecture, including network slicing, is critical to supporting new services in the era of 5G. We will build an optimal network for a wide array of services from the overall end-to-end standpoint, and pioneer the evolution of innovative networks,” says Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer at SK Telecom.

“Network slicing, based on virtual evolved packet core, is an important part of the technology evolution of 5G, supporting operators with a new, broader set of services. It is important that we work together in the industry on this journey”, says Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com

euNetworks deploys Ciena’s 200G for Cloud Customer in UK

euNetworks has deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, equipped with the new WaveLogic 3 Extreme coherent optics to deliver 100GE bandwidth services to customers.

The installation uses 200G per 50GHz DWDM channels, covering diverse paths between Slough, to the West of London, through to London Docklands in the East.  The companies said a  cloud customer is now using the network to put into production 1.2 Tbps of 100GE services, bringing the cloud customer's total lit capacity across the euNetworks footprint to in excess of 6 Tbps and available capacity to around 40 Tbps.

euNetworks has been working closely with its customer base of high bandwidth users and has developed a solution named euSpectrum to cater to their specific needs. euSpectrum delivers DWDM channels on euNetworks’ Pan European DWDM backbone, and provides customers, such as cloud providers, with the option to take large chunks of capacity between cities – effectively building a multi-Terabit backbone. With 13 owned and operated fibre based metropolitan networks, euNetworks can extend this solution to over 260 data centres utilising this city based footprint.

“Our euSpectrum bandwidth solution and position as the leading data centre connectivity provider in Europe offers a unique and highly scalable networking solution to our customers,” said Brady Rafuse, Chief Executive Officer of euNetworks. “We are working with some of the world’s biggest consumers of bandwidth, shaping our network for their growing needs. The nature of our business is such that our network designs are driven exclusively by the needs of our customers. We believe we are one of the leading European providers in the 100G bandwidth market today and with this important milestone of adding 200G capability to the network, we continue to offer our customers the next step in high bandwidth network scalability.”

http://www.eunetworks.com
http://www.ciena.com

Huawei and DOCOMO Demo LTE LAA and Wi-Fi Co-existence

Huawei and NTT DOCOMO performed a live demonstration of the co-channel coexistence between Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) and Wi-Fi systems.

The demo, which occurred at the 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2015 held at the DOCOMO R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, showed LAA operating on a 5GHz unlicensed band.

Huawei said results indicated that with the assistance of a key co-existing technology named Listen-Before-Talk (LBT), LAA is able to co-exist adequately with a neighboring Wi-Fi system, while maintaining most of the performance advantages of LTE.

http://www.huawei.com