Friday, December 11, 2015

LookingGlass Acquires Cyveillance, Adds $50 Million in Funding

LookingGlass Cyber Solutions announced its acquisition of Cyveillance, a provider of open-source threat intelligence (OSINT), along with a $50 million round of Series C financing.

Founded in 1997, Cyveillance delivers an open source intelligence-led approach to security through continuous, comprehensive monitoring and analysis of millions of online data sources to protect client information, infrastructure, and employees from physical and online threats. The Cyveillance Cyber Threat Center, a cloud-based platform, combines web search, social media monitoring, underground channel information, and global intelligence with investigative tools and databases of threat actors, domain names and IP data, phishing activity, and malware to help identify risks and threats to every aspect of a business.

LookingGlass said the combination of its suite of threat and Internet intelligence driven solutions with Cyveillance’s customer-specific customized solutions focused on unstructured and open source intelligence enables broad visibility and unparalleled understanding of risks and threats across the entire Internet to help clients take swift, confident action on prioritized, relevant threats.

The new funding was led by NewSpring Capital. In addition to supporting the acquisition of Cyveillance, capital from the transaction will be used to fund further growth initiatives including product development, further product integration, international expansion, sales, marketing and customer support. ARC Securities advised LookingGlass on the acquisition and capital raise. In addition to NewSpring Capital, LookingGlass investors include Alsop Louie Partners and the Neuberger Berman Group.

This caps off a record year following the company’s $20 million Series B Funding and earlier acquisitions of CloudShield and Kleissner & Associates.

“Our acquisition of Cyveillance further advances our corporate strategy of delivering the most comprehensive threat intelligence capability in the market. The addition of Cyveillance allows LookingGlass to expand our coverage across the risk landscape helping security teams stay ahead of threats in an efficient and effective way,” said Chris Coleman, CEO of LookingGlass.

Vonage Picks Velocloud for SD-WAN

Vonage has selected VeloCloud's Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) technology to launch a new SmartWAN service.

Vonage SmartWAN will help to enhance the performance of mission critical applications such as Virtual Desktop, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), CRM tools and Hosted Email. Additional benefits include QoS and brownout/blackout protection, as well as the ability to maximize bandwidth resources across multiple locations. The same technology also benefits customers with a single broadband connection.

Vonage chose VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN technology for its unique combination of Dynamic Multipath Optimization and on-demand remediation capabilities across multiple network connections or over a single connection. It also enables bandwidth on-demand, provides direct & optimal access to cloud-based applications, and simplifies deployment of services.

“Vonage is renowned for its commitment to providing reliable and high performance UCaaS voice and data services solutions in the cloud over both private networks and broadband connections,” said Sanjay Uppal, CEO and Co-Founder of VeloCloud. “Vonage’s choice of VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN technology for their next generation Managed UC and SD-WAN solutions is a great testament to the high quality, cost effective experience it delivers.”

“As businesses increase the usage of video, online collaboration tools and other cloud applications, maintaining the quality of shared bandwidth becomes vital,” said Sanjay Srinivasan, Vice President and Chief Technology Architect Business Engineering for Vonage. “Vonage SmartWAN complements the features and functionality of a company’s cloud-based unified communications solution with the added reliability they need to maintain Quality of Service and keep their businesses running smoothly.”

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Nokia Hits 428 Mbps w TD-LTE with 3-Band CA and 256QAM

Nokia Networks, together with SK Telecom, demonstrated 428 Mbps data transmission using TD-LTE 3xCA with 256 QAM.

The test used a Qualcomm  Snapdragon X12 LTE modem along with Nokia's Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and software to aggregate three carriers on the TD-LTE band 41 spectrum (2496 – 2690 MHz).

The companies said this lays the foundation for the introduction of TD-LTE in Korea, with Nokia’s Single RAN Advanced platform as a foundation for SK Telecom.

  • In November, Nokia Networks has achieved a transmission speed of 19.1 Gbps and lower latency using 5G cmWave technology in a trial in South Korea. 
  • The trial used an OFDMA-based TDD system with 4x100 MHz carriers and 8x8 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO), enabling eight independent data streams sent between the base station and the user device. In addition, 256QAM modulation enables the sending of eight bits of information per modulation symbol. The scaled OFDM has a shorter symbol length and Transmit Time Interval (TTI) that is expected to achieve a lower latency than with LTE.

Facebook Shows GPU-based System for AI

Facebook will open source its design for a GPU-based system optimized for machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).

The hardware system, code-named "Big Sur", was developed by Facebook's engineering team to run its software capable of answering questions based on ingested stories and articles. Big Sur is Open Rack-compatible and incorporates eight high-performance GPUs of up to 300 watts each, with the flexibility to configure between multiple PCI-e topologies. It uses NVIDIA's Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform.

Facebook said its plan to open-source Big Sur and will submit the design materials to the Open Compute Project (OCP).

O3B Lands $460 Million to Expand Global Satellite Constellation

O3b Networks closed $460 million in incremental financing to support its next-generation satellite network.  The company plans to use the money to expand the total number of satellites in its constellation from twelve to twenty.

O3b began full commercial operations in September 2014. The company said it now supports connectivity for more than 40 customers worldwide, with more than 50% of those customers having already upgraded their service commitments to O3b during the first year of commercial operation.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for O3b and its customers. Our constellation is highly scalable and can be grown in direct response to market demand. In only a little over a year from our full commercial launch, we can already see the need for substantially more capacity in orbit to serve our customers. We are the No.1 operator in the Pacific and, together with Royal Caribbean, we have revolutionized the cruise connectivity market. Our Telco customers are expanding their service offerings and growing their markets on the back of O3b’s performance and capability,” said Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks.

  • O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

D-Link Ultra Series Router Delivers Dual-band Speeds up to 3,167 Mbps

D-Link released its latest Ultra Series Router, the AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router supporting dual-band speeds of up to 3,167Mbps, SmartConnect to automatically assign clients to the wireless band providing the best bandwidth and Advanced AC SmartBeam to enhance signal strength and throughput.

The unit incorporates multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, which enables simultaneous transmission to groups of clients, making more efficient use of available Wi-Fi network capacity and speeding up transmissions. It is equipped with four high-performance detachable external antennas and high power amplifiers designed to maximize range and optimize coverage along with 4x4 data streams for maximum throughput to handle even the most intense 4K streaming and gaming sessions. In addition, the router features four gigabit LAN Ethernet ports for high speed wired connectivity and are enabled with WPA™ or WPA2™ security and Wi-Fi Protected setup to ensure network integrity and ease-of-setup.

"The availability of the AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router strengthens D-Link's position as a market innovator as more and more consumers are looking for routers with unique designs that deliver the latest technology," said Ken Loyd, director of product marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. "The AC3150 offers users the ability to provide high-bandwidth signal to multiple devices simultaneously, delivering a premium performance for today's most demanding tasks like HD streaming and gaming."

Wind River Offers Reference Design for Virtual Business CPE (vBCPE)

Wind River introduced a reference design for a virtual business customer premises equipment (vBCPE), following extensive collaboration with four Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) software partners: Brocade, Check Point, InfoVista and Riverbed.

The vBCPE design, which runs on the Wind River Titanium Server™ NFV infrastructure (NFVI) platform, supports virtual network functions (VNFs) from each of these partners.

"We are grateful to our VNF partners for their collaboration in developing this reference design,” said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development for networking solutions, Wind River. “Together we have demonstrated that it’s possible to integrate VNFs from multiple sources into a service chain that provides the end-to-end functionality for an enterprise-class vCPE solution, running on an NFVI platform that ensures carrier grade reliability.”

Ciena Posts Q4 Revenue of $692 Million

Ciena reported fiscal fourth quarter 2015 revenue of $692.0 million, as compared to $591.0 million for the fiscal fourth quarter 2014. For fiscal year 2015, Ciena reported revenue of $2.4 billion, as compared to $2.3 billion for fiscal year 2014. Ciena's net loss (GAAP) for the fiscal fourth quarter 2015 was $(13.8) million, or $(0.10) per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $(30.7) million, or $(0.29) per diluted common share, for the fiscal fourth quarter 2014. For fiscal year 2015, Ciena had a GAAP net income of $11.7 million, or $0.10 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $(40.6) million or $(0.38) per diluted common share for fiscal year 2014.

"Our strong financial performance in fiscal 2015 included substantial increases in gross and operating margin as well as meaningful cash generation, which enabled us to exceed the longer-term financial milestones that we established several years ago,” said Gary Smith, president and CEO, Ciena. “We believe that our proven ability to drive operating leverage from the business, when combined with strong market drivers from the next phase of network transformation, positions us well to deliver continued growth and profitability in fiscal 2016 and beyond.”

Huawei Outlines Vision for Application-driven Carrier Networks

Huawei outlined its vision for a carrier-grade Application-driven Network (ADN) network architecture.

The idea is to prioritize network applications and service demands in network design, unlike conventional approaches that focus on resource utilization and optimizing network operations.

The company said its ADN will support 5G network slicing and will bolster both near and long-term network evolution. ADNs will differ from existing NFV and SDN concepts, but will integrate NFV and SDN technologies that have not yet delivered any economic benefits into a comprehensive network architecture that focuses on user experience.

Speaking at IEEE Globecom 2015 in San Diego, Huawei Fellow Dr. Wen Tong said: "Our innovative ADN architecture vision puts applications at the network's core to deliver significant efficiency gains for network applications. Unlike traditional network architectures, ADNs will support application abstraction, network reorganization, global and local coordination of network resources, and application decoupling by service layering. With these advantages, ADN is poised to meet a variety of future application demands, for example, in 5G networks."

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Blueprint: NFV Brings Changes to Carrier Purchasing Patterns

by Greg Collins, Founder, Exact Ventures

Spurred by increasing competition from over-the-top (OTT) service providers like Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, many network operators have an urgent need to transition and adapt their networks in order to be able to quickly develop, deploy and monetize competing services as well as to open their networks to new services that may originate from outside of the operator.  This need for ‘service agility’ for network operators is being enabled by the increasing maturity of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technology whereby many network nodes will increasingly be virtualized.   In other words, over time mobile network cores will look more like the datacenters you would find at the OTT service providers, than more traditional central offices with many racks of purpose-built equipment.

While practically every network operator has virtualization as a key criteria in evaluating core network element, most current deployments are of legacy physical platforms consisting of both hardware and software.  AT&T’s Domain 2.0, Deutsche Telecom’s Terrestream, and Telef√≥nica’s UNICA efforts are prominent examples of network operators aggressively driving this change through their supply chain.  While we are at the very early stages of IT and datacenter technology spreading to operator core networks, we believe that this architectural transition is generational and will gradually increase over the next decade.

Those network elements that are low-bandwidth and compute-intensive can be moved into a virtualized datacenter, either in an operator’s network or a public cloud network, more easily than data intensive network functions that benefit from specific packet processing or transcoding.  This change offers operators several advantages like cost savings, scale and efficiency.  Deploying common, off-the-shelf (COTS) server hardware and virtualization software is potentially less expensive than purchasing dedicated hardware for each network node or function.  System capacity can also be scaled up or down almost instantly depending on demand.  Redundancy and high-availability features are often inherent in datacenter infrastructure and would not have to be duplicated, as is the case in many network functions today.  As service providers begin to trial and evaluate NFV architectures and individual virtual network functions (VNFs), this process will likely trigger another round of vendor selection for network elements centered on the NFV and management and network orchestration (MANO) architectures.

Given this change, the value of the funds spent on networking infrastructure is slowly being reallocated.  Network specific hardware spending is trending downward—toward zero perhaps—while these funds will ostensibly be reallocated to software elements that perform the same function on top of COTS hardware.  These software elements will come at a lower price than the hardware-based networking solutions.  Moreover, the software elements, or VNFs, will be sold in the traditional manner of perpetual licenses with an annual software maintenance fee, but also as an annual or multi year subscription aka networking-as-a-service (NaaS) or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).  Service providers will increasingly but gradually look at their infrastructure costs in terms of opex versus capex, which will change the way they budget and plan as well as how they communicate with the investment community.  This can be quite a change for some network operators who expect to purchase networking equipment once and then squeeze every bit of value that they can get from it over the next five to ten years or more.

About the Author

Greg Collins is a technology analyst and strategist with extensive experience in creating innovative, highly analytical and enduring market segmentation and research practices in technical networking, telecommunications, and wireless markets. Greg founded Exact Ventures in 2011 in order to provide market intelligence with greater depth and context than traditional, static pillars of market data. - See more at:

About Exact Ventures

Exact Ventures covers NFV in each of its research areas: Evolved Packet Core, IMS/VoLTE, Policy Servers/PCRF, Session Border Controllers, Signaling, etc.

Verizon Enhances its Collaboration Portrfolio with Cisco

by James E. Carroll

Verizon is expanding its global Collaboration portfolio with the introduction of additional rich conferencing and mobile collaboration tools based on Cisco WebEx Cloud Connected Audio, Collaboration Meeting Room and Verizon’s  UCCaaS Mobile First service.

Verizon is rolling out UCCaaS Mobile First, an advanced collaboration solution based on Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution.  The service is aimed at an increasingly mobile workforce that offers end-users the ability to boost the audio and video performance of the Cisco Jabber mobile unified communications client application on Verizon’s 4G LTE network for a high quality experience.
Cisco Jabber enables users to make and receive voice and HD video calls and access other tools such as instant messaging and WebEx conferencing on their preferred device, whether it is a smartphone, tablet, PC or MAC.

Verizon said that by leveraging its UCCaaS in conjunction with its Private Network Traffic Management solution, which offers QoS over 4G LTE, workers can benefit from prioritized voice and video calls when using the Cisco Jabber client from select 4G LTE smartphones and tablets in the United States.

Verizon is also enabling a more cost-effective conferencing solution through Cisco WebEx with Cloud Connected Audio and Collaboration Meeting Rooms – an “any device” solution in more than 150 countries and 2,700 cities worldwide.  The Meeting Rooms offer a personalized, 24x7 collaboration meeting resource to meet at an instance’s notice with a simple click.

“The rise of the mobile enterprise and necessity for voice, video and collaboration anywhere, at any time, requires solutions which can provide a seamless high-quality experience that doesn’t distinguish between working in an office, from home or on the road,” said Tony Recine, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “With Verizon’s cloud-based Collaboration Suite, Verizon is putting all the right tools in place to provide a simple, secure and reliable experience for corporate workers when meeting and collaborating with colleagues, partners and customers.”

Deutsche Telekom Launches Public Cloud based on Cisco

Deutsche Telekom launched of a new public cloud service compliant with German data sovereignty legislation. T-Systems, the business division of Deutsche Telekom, will operate and manage the new infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering – DSI Intercloud – from its highly secure data centers in Germany.

Services include computing, storage and networking in a pay-as-you-go model through Telekom’s new cloud portal. The service will be available without minimum purchase requirements and contract periods, starting from EUR 0.05 per hour. Additional storage starts at EUR 0.02 per gigabyte.

Deutsche Telekom said its public cloud also creates the foundation for a secure European Internet of Things that offers the highest availability and scalability for real-time analytics. Innovative platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings are slated to follow in the first half of 2016.

Deutsche Telekom's public cloud is based on the Cisco cloud platform and its Intercloud initiative.  Cisco and Telekom will focus on delivering the necessary high availability and scalability for real-time analytics at the edge of the network to make Telekom’s cloud the foundation for innovative IoT experiences.

T-Systems has been providing cloud services for business customers for ten years, including for multinational companies such as Shell, Daimler and Thyssen-Krupp.

BT to Deploy Virtual Riverbed SteelHeads to Accelerate Cloud Services

BT will deploy virtual Riverbed SteelHead application acceleration technology in the core of its global network, providing superior application performance for customers accessing BT’s own cloud services as well as other leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings. It is the first time Riverbed technology has been deployed into the core of a global telecoms network.

Specifically, BT and Riverbed are embedding their services at global business hubs in Europe, North America and Asia in locations where BT has direct links to leading cloud providers and high-capacity internet breakout. The service will be available globally from early 2016 and accessible through BT’s IP Connect VPN from 198 countries and territories.

BT said the deployment is part of its Cloud of Clouds vision, which is about allowing customers to connect easily and securely to the applications and data they need, regardless of where they’re hosted and where they are based.

Keith Langridge, vice president, network services at BT Global Services, said: “Our Cloud of Clouds vision is rapidly coming to fruition. By including Riverbed-as-a-service in our offering, we address one of the key issues faced by our customers: the performance and reliability of applications hosted in the cloud. The new service builds on the direct network connectivity we already provide to major cloud providers by bringing better speed, performance and control to applications hosted with these cloud providers. This joint offering with Riverbed is a milestone on the journey to software-defined networks, and creates an additional differentiator against our competitors.”

Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelHead and SteelFusion, at Riverbed said, “CIOs want to enjoy all of the benefits of the hybrid enterprise while solving the challenges of application delivery in this complex environment. Riverbed invented WAN optimization in 2004 with the launch of SteelHead and is today the leader in application performance infrastructure. The new integrated cloud-based solution from BT and Riverbed will provide unmatched application availability and acceleration as a service, offering an easier on-ramp to cloud computing via BT’s Cloud Connect service.”

HPE Opens OpenNFV Solution Portal

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is launching an OpenNFV Solution Portal, providing communication service providers (CSPs) access to pre-validated virtual network function (VNFs) solutions from HPE OpenNFV partners.
The OpenNFV Solution Portal provides CSPs access to a catalog of more than 60 OpenNFV partners. CSPs can search the catalog by use case or vendor, connecting them with the solutions that best address their specific requirements. By providing CSPs access to pre-validated VNFs, HPE is delivering a critical component of the NFV service lifecycle management process, helping streamline onboarding and accelerating time-to-market, while reducing capital and operational expenditures.

“Providing CSPs with an array of pre-validated VNFs is critical to accelerating their journey to the telco cloud,” said Werner Schaefer, vice president, Network Functions Virtualization, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “The HPE OpenNFV Portal gives CSPs access to the breadth of the OpenNFV partner ecosystem and ready-to-deploy solutions, helping them offer more compelling services and adapt quickly to changing demands.”

The catalog containing pre-validated VNFs, is available now. Future phases, including a marketplace to acquire pre-validated VNFs, a solution designer and deployment services are planned for release in 2016.

Australia's NBN Sees 50 Mbps Fixed Wireless Home Connections

Australia's nbn announced an upgrade to its fixed wireless service, which aims to reach half a million homes and business in rural areas of the country.

nbn said its fixed wireless service can provide access to wholesale speeds of up to 50 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload. It is currently available in hundreds of communities across the country.

“Following the launch of Sky Muster, nbn’s first satellite, this milestone is yet another critical part of our plan to help bridge the nation’s digital divide. We’re closer than ever before to being on a level playing field between the city and the bush by providing kids in rural areas with access to digital textbooks, farmers with the latest technology and creating a world of new possibilities for regional small businesses,” stated Gavin Williams, Executive General Manager, Fixed Wireless and Satellite Product.

IP Infusion Intros SDN OS for Data Centers

IP Infusion introduced its network operating system for data center and enterprise networking based on SDN.

OcNOS provides protocol support for enterprise class routing, switching and MPLS.  The company said its code can be used to build scalable network platforms that align with the Open Compute Project.

IP Infusion also announced that Dell customers are now able to purchase the OcNOS network operating system to run on Dell’s S6000 high performance Open Networking systems through a distribution agreement both companies signed in April 2015. Under this partnership, Dell worked closely with IP Infusion to help provide enterprise customers with a cost-effective and scalable Data Center Switching, enterprise class Layer 2, Layer 3 switching and MPLS-based network virtualization solution that provides secure connectivity and aggregated management. This joint solution enables enterprise customers to adopt MPLS virtualization capabilities within their data centers and campus environments at a fraction of the cost, power, space and cooling requirements as compared to today’s market offerings.

CommScope's Frame Connects High-Density Fiber Blocks

CommScope has significantly enhanced its Next Generation Frame (NGF) portfolio by introducing an Enhanced High Density NGF for data center owners and network operators.

The new frame accommodates increased fiber density blocks to seamlessly add fiber terminations without requiring significant changes to the data center layout while conserving floor space. It measures seven feet in height and 24 inches in depth and can be installed directly next to existing traditional 30-inch wide NGF frames. The pre-terminated fiber blocks eliminate the need to individually plug in hundreds of connectors at the rear of the panel, thus replacing a large number of installation steps. Installers plug pre-terminated MPO assemblies directly into modules at the rear, which distribute trunk fibers into 10G or 40G channels at the front. All pre-populated blocks are factory tested, assembled, and packaged to provide maximum craft friendliness. Pre-terminated blocks with cable stubs are also available.

“Network managers need rapid deployment and space efficiency to cope with the accelerated need for bandwidth due to increased mobile traffic, big data demands, and other factors,” said Jaxon Lang, general manager and vice president of Broadband Network Solutions for Central and North America, CommScope. “Our Enhanced High Density NGF system promotes speed and efficiency by delivering outstanding density and flexibility.”

VI Systems Launches Opto Wafer Test Services

VI Systems GmbH, which specialized in high performance optical semiconductor components, is expanding its service portfolio for optic semiconductor wafers of up to 6 inches.

The new semi-automatic wafer prober station performs high-speed electrical and optical testing of wafers early in the manufacturing process. The test parameters include optical output power and optical spectrum. Electrical parameters which can be tested include operation voltage, bias voltage, drive current and dark current.

In addition, high frequency characterization test of up to 38 GHz can be performed including digital transmission experiments of up to 64 Gbps. The new facilities also include nearfield and farefield analysis tools as well microscopic characterization equipment.

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