Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cisco's ACI is on $2 Billion Annualized Run Rate

Cisco reported second quarter revenue of $11.9 billion, up 2% over the same period last year.  Net income (GAAP) was $3.1 billion or $0.62 per share, up 31% year-over-year.

"We delivered a strong Q2, and are managing the business extremely well in a challenging macro environment," said Chuck Robbins, Cisco chief executive officer. "We're managing the company on two fronts. We're focused on continued strong execution in the near term while investing in the innovation to lead our customers into the future."

Cisco's board of directors has also approved a $15 billion increase to the authorization of the stock repurchase program. Cisco's board had previously authorized up to $97 billion in stock repurchases.

Some highlights for the quarter:
  • ACI is on a $2 billion annual run rate.  Sales grew over 100% over the same quarter a year ago.
  • Product revenue growth was led by Security which increased 11%, and NGN Routing and Collaboration which increased 5% and 3%, respectively. Wireless was flat. 
  • Switching declined 4% to $3.483 billion
  • Data Center sales declined 3% to $822 million
  • Service Provider sales increased 5% while Enterprise sales declined 2%
  • There was double digit growth in cloud-based, SaaS businesses, including Webex, Meraki cloud networking, and security.
  • Service revenue growth was 3%. 
  • Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas and EMEA each up 1%, and APJC up 11%. 
  • Gross Margin -- On a GAAP basis, total gross margin and product gross margin were at 62.3% and 61.3%, respectively. 
  • Employee headcount was 71,657, compared to 70,112 a year earlier.

TeliaSonera IC Delivers 100G Internet to SUP46

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC), in collaboration with Cisco Systems, is providing a 100 Gbps Internet connection to Stockholm-based start-up hub, SUP46.

TeliaSonera International Carrier owns and operates a top-two ranked Global IP backbone. Using a new generation Cisco ASR 903, SUP46 gets direct access to a 100 Gbps backbone router at the core of TSIC's global network, effectively turning their downtown Stockholm premises into a high-capacity Internet PoP (Point-of-Presence).

"We wanted to see what happens when you remove the limits on innovation," says Brendan Ives, CEO TeliaSonera International Carrier. "Innovation is already borderless thanks to the Internet. We wanted to see what happens when we also remove the limits on connectivity. We believe limitless connectivity will give big ideas the space to grow. Today's start-ups will be an important part of our customer base in the near future, so we are pleased to be able to support them now. It's all part of our mission to carry the big ideas of tomorrow."

KPN Deploys C-RAN for Small Cells

KPN has deployed a centralized radio access network (C-RAN) small cell solution from Ericsson at a bus stop on the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The solution is equipped with Ericsson's new Radio 2203 offering and is fully integrated into the macro network using a centralized baseband deployment.

Ericsson said that using a common baseband provides optimal coordination between macro and small cells, and delivers the best-possible TCO, performance and spectrum utilization, which are key concerns when embedding small cells into an existing macro environment. Inter-site carrier aggregation is added between macro cells operating on 800MHz and small cells on 1800MHz. Seamless mobility is provided for users moving in and out of the small cell coverage area.

"The new 2203 is small and light and evolves the micro part of Ericsson's portfolio making it easier than ever to deploy small and efficient single and multi-band micro radio installations. This enables our customer to respond quickly to the growing demand for capacity from the consumers," Valter D'Avino, Head of Ericsson Western & Central Europe.

Nokia Extends Mobile Fronthaul with 1830 WDM Solutions

Nokia has expanded its mobile fronthaul solution with new optical platforms designed to support large-scale centralized RAN architectures.

In centralized RAN architectures, baseband processing is separated from RF (radio frequency) equipment such as remote radio heads (RRHs) and run in a single location, allowing faster mobile broadband, increased capacity and lower operating costs. In addition to increased distance, the centralized RAN must designed to support massive bandwidth increases and much tighter latency requirements of future 5G networks.

Nokia's fronthaul rollout includes five new 1830 Versatile WDM Module (VWM) optical platforms optimized for latency/jitter requirements and designed to address a range of deployment scenarios:

  • 1830 VWM Photonic Managed Unit (PMU), an optical multiplexing unit for combining multiple wavelengths over a single fiber with management capabilities for Service Level Agreement (SLA) and demarcation.
  • 1830 VWM Translation Line Unit (TLU), a wavelength translation unit for colorizing non-WDM optical signals.
  • 1830 VWM Optical Supervisory Unit (OSU), an OAM unit for end-to-end network monitoring.
  • 1830 VWM TLU/PMU-4, a fully outdoor hardened unit combining multiplexing, colorizing and management functions for small cells.
  • Site Monitoring Module, provides proactive monitoring of alarms based on user-defined inputs at cell site locations with the ability to turn on/off appliances and devices.

Nokia said its solution increases fiber capacity by combining multiple wavelengths onto a single, reducing capital expenditures (CAPEX) by up to 32% compared to using dark fiber alone. The solutions support CPRI/OBSAI rates (CPRI 1-8 and OBSAI 1,2,4,8).

"Recognizing the need of mobile operators to move to centralized RAN architectures, we have been collaborating with some of the largest operators in the world to expand the 1830 VWM portfolio. Through 30-plus customer engagements, we've been able to develop a toolkit that will successfully tailor our fronthaul solution to fit any number of deployment scenarios. With this expansion of the 1830 family of optical products, Nokia further solidifies its Mobile Transport leadership with the industry's most comprehensive fronthaul and backhaul solutions," stated Sam Bucci, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Optical Networking at Nokia.

BT Trials Cloud RAN Fronthaul over

BT is testing technology to deliver a ‘Cloud Radio Access Network’ (C-RAN) cellular network service over copper, in an experiment believed to be a world first.

Researchers at BT’s Adastral Park Labs, in collaboration with Cavium, have demonstrated that they can use technology to deliver cellular data over copper lines at speeds of 150 – 200Mbps.

BT said the conventional view has been that fiber would be required in C-RAN architecture for connecting cellular base stations to a central facility in the core network. This approach uses over copper for the fronthaul connection.

Dr Tim Whitley, MD for Research & Innovation at BT said: “Using to deliver a cellular network is an exciting breakthrough for C-RAN and yet another world first for our team of researchers at Adastral Park.

“These technologies will play a key role in 4G networks and will be fundamental to 5G architectures. The trials are another step towards a fixed and mobile network which will support customers’ increasing demands for data.”

“We are very excited to collaborate with BT, using Cavium OCTEON Fusion-M basestation and ThunderX server processor technology to validate this new class of Radio Access application with technology.” said Raj Singh, General Manager of Cavium’s Wireless Broadband Group.

As well as exploring the role that may play in helping operators to roll out their 4G/5G networks, Openreach, BT’s local access network division, is also trialling as an access technology in Huntingdon and Gosforth, alongside a further BT technical trial in Swansea. is significant because by building on current Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology, it allows Openreach to bring ultrafast speeds to a wide footprint far more rapidly and without the expense and disruption of running fibre directly into a home or business.

Arctic Wolf Offers Security Operations Center (SOC)-as-a-Service

Arctic Wolf Networks, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California with offices in Ontario, Canada, is launching a Security Operations Center (SOC)-as-a-Service aimed at mid-sized companies.

The Arctic Wolf service provides a cloud-based security incident and event management (SIEM) application combined with a team of expert security engineers committed to the client's operational requirements.

The company said that for less than the salary of a single security engineer, its turnkey service can provide a fully operational cyber-SOC to mid-market companies and give them the peace of mind that comes from vigilant cybersecurity. Each customer is assigned a dedicated security engineer, who analyzes logs, weeds through the all alerts to eliminate false positives and conducts any necessary security forensics to definitively identify any breach or attack.  The AWN cloud, with its proprietary SIEM, expedites the process using its advanced machine learning capabilities and automated user behavioral analytics and integrates data from external threat feeds to proactively identify suspicious behavior.

“While working with nearly every Fortune 500 company as the CEO of Blue Coat, I saw first hand how large enterprises combatted cyber attacks with some of the most advanced SOC operations in the world and realized that this was what every company needed,” said Brian NeSmith, co-founder and chief executive officer at Arctic Wolf.  “AWN cyber-SOC is based on this experience and is specifically designed to deliver affordable, enterprise-class SOC services to companies of any size.”

  • Arctic Wolf Networks has raised $27.2 million and is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Redpoint.
  • Arctic Wolf is headed by Brian NeSmith, who previous was CEO of Blue Coat Systems. Before that, he was the CEO of Ipsilon Networks (acquired by Nokia). 

Wave2Wave Launches Robotic Optical Switches for Data Centers

Wave2Wave Solution introduced a line of robotic optical switches for automating physical fiber connections in high-density data centers.

The Wave2Wave "ROME" Robotic Optical Management Engine platforms, which are offered in three sizes, enable full control of physical fiber connections, allowing changes to be made automatically, remotely, quickly, and without manual intervention.  The robotic systems are designed in 19-inch chassis. The company said its system can be integrated with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) or network management software.

“Today’s digital trends are putting pressure on data centers, and even more pressure on the network architects who design and upgrade them,” said David Wang, founder and CEO of Wave2Wave. “ROME is a game-changing tool. It reduces the physical cabling in the traditional data center infrastructure by more than 10 times, allowing flexibility, intelligence and control that never existed before.”

ROME 500 is now available worldwide, and ROME 1000 and 2000 will become available in the second half of 2016.

Verizon to Test SpiderCloud's LTE-U

Verizon will trial SpiderCloud Wireless' LTE-U system for delivering capacity over unlicensed spectrum in high-density indoor environments.

LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) uses the unlicensed 5GHz band to increase throughput via carrier aggregation with licensed bands.

SpiderCloud said its LTE-U Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) can deliver LTE capacity over licensed and unlicensed spectrum to thousands of subscribers in high-density venues such as multi-tenant business offices, shopping malls, hospitals, university campuses and concert halls. Its centralized co-existence manager self-organizing network (SON) software enables its system to coexist with hundreds of ad-hoc Wi-Fi access points. Verizon will trial SpiderCloud’s LTE-U system in the third quarter of 2016.

Hortonworks Sees Q4 Revenues Rise 196%

Hortonworks reported revenue of $37.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 196 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. Gross billings were $52.1 million for the quarter, a 63 percent increase over gross billings of $31.9 million in the same period last year. There was a GAAP gross profit of $21.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to gross loss of $46.2 million in the same period last year.

"We are pleased with our fourth quarter performance, which was highlighted by support subscription revenue growth of 146% year-over-year," said Rob Bearden, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of Hortonworks. "We more than doubled our customer base in 2015 and exited the year with over 800 customers. As evidenced by our 159% dollar-based net expansion rate over the trailing four quarters, we are excited to serve as the preferred IT partner during this transformational period in the data management industry."

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Coriant Offers Converged IP-Optical for Mobile Backhaul

Coriant is introducing an IP-Optical solution for mobile backhaul evolution in LTE and LTE-A networks.

Specifically, Coriant is combining its 8600 Smart Router Series, which is widely deployed in Tier 1 mobile networks, with optical layer capabilities to deliver an enhanced multi-layer solution with SDN programmability features.

The company said tighter coupling between the IP and optical domains will enable mobile operators to address key challenges as LTE/LTE-A networks evolve over time to support the stringent performance requirements of 5G. These challenges include an approximately 20-fold increase in end-user data rates (up to 10Gpbs) compared to LTE/LTE-A, ultra-low latency of 1msec round trip, and ultra-dense deployments that will set unprecedented requirements for synchronization of cells sites as small and overlapping cell sites proliferate.

Some highlights of the Coriant multi-layer solution include:

  • Synchronization – optimized for ultra-dense small cell architectures and CoMP/MIMO transmission environments, Coriant’s suite of integrated synchronization capabilities (frequency, time-of-day, phase) supports the stringent end-to-end synchronization demands of LTE-TDD, LTE-A, and 5G-ready networks.
  • Enhanced IP-Optical Layer Optimization – to support cost-efficient scalability in evolving backhaul networks, Coriant is extending the reach and cost/performance benefits of optical layer transmission with the introduction of colored interfaces on its 8600 Smart Routers. In addition, the 8600 Series is designed to support interworking with Coriant’s newly introduced Pluggable Optical Layer.
  • LTE-A/5G-optimized Scalability – from cell site access at 10G to multi-terabit switching and transport in aggregation and metro core applications, the Coriant IP-Optical Solution delivers optimal capacity-, space-, and power-efficient scalability across the mobile backhaul network. By extending optical layer connectivity closer to the mobile edge and maximizing lowest cost-per-bit optical transport, the Coriant multi-layer solution can help network operators cost-efficiently address current LTE-A capacity and performance demands, while creating the scalable foundation for the massive scalability requirements of future 5G services and a world of highly distributed Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
  • Multi-layer SDN Automation – powered by the Coriant Transcend SDN Solution, which includes a recently introduced SDN packet controller, the Coriant IP-Optical Solution enables multi-layer and multi-domain SDN automation and control for optimal utilization of network resources, improved reliability, and simplified end-to-end provisioning. 

“Recent industry research has reinforced the critical challenge that mobile backhaul networks face as they brace for the new scalability, latency, and synchronization requirements of 5G,” said Mikko Hannula, Director of Product Management, Coriant. “Optimizing the value of both the IP and optical layers with purpose-built solutions and ensuring world-class synchronization will enable network operators to scale cost-efficiently as they transform mobile backhaul networks to support a new era of mobile broadband and cloud connectivity.”

Dialogic Jumps into Cloud-based Communications Apps Business

Dialogic announced a strategic shift towards cloud-optimized applications and infrastructure for service providers, enterprises, and developers. The privately-held company, which is based in Parsippany, New Jersey, a the leading supplier of software-based media servers and also provides Class 4 switches, MGCF, mobile signaling interworking and VoIP gateways.

As part of its transformation, Dialogic has acquired APEX Communications to accelerate its entrance into real-time communications applications for service provider customers. APEX Communications has been a long-time media processing partner of Dialogic and is a global real-time communications applications supplier with solutions for service provider and enterprise networks.

Dialogic will begin delivering packaged as well as customizable applications, including adding video to existing voice solutions, migrating existing voice / video solutions to WebRTC-based solutions and/or IMS/VoLTE-based solutions, and various forms of IoT communication applications. The company is also launching a new brand and website to reflect its expanded market focus.

“The competitive world is changing rapidly for service providers, and they need to be able to respond quickly, working with platforms and vendors that provide them the flexibility and extensibility to evolve, compete, and win,” said Bill Crank, President and CEO of Dialogic. “Through the acquisition of APEX Communications, Dialogic can now supply ‘mission-critical’ real-time communications applications directly to our customers. Additionally, we’re investing in resources to provide full application development customization of existing applications to meet the needs of customers.”

“We are very excited to be joining Dialogic as a key element of their strategy to deliver applications to service providers.  We’ve been doing just that for many years. We chose Dialogic because we felt its financial condition and global reach will enable applications to be delivered and well supported around the globe going forward,” said Ben Levy, former CEO of APEX Communications, who is now Vice President of Applications at Dialogic.

Wind River Intros NFV Platform for vCPE

Wind River introduced a new Titanium Server CPE platform to speed the deployment of early Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) use cases such as virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE).

The company said its Titanium Server CPE platform enables service providers to deploy cost-sensitive NFV applications such as a virtual business CPE (vBCPE) on only two servers. Each server runs the full set of carrier grade compute, control, and storage functions, while working to deliver best-in-class virtual network function (VNF) performance to maximize the number of users supported per server and thereby also maximize OPEX savings. At the same time, Titanium Server CPE helps service providers to maintain full carrier grade uptime for their vBCPE services, which enables them to minimize any revenue impact resulting from Service Level Agreement (SLA) penalties triggered by service downtime.

“Use cases such as virtual CPE are emerging as early applications of NFV that can deliver significant operational cost savings as well as improved deployment agility,” said Paul Senyshyn, vice president of commercial operations for networking solutions, Wind River. “As service providers evaluate the NFV benefits and opportunities possible today, Wind River is delivering solutions that can help the industry introduce new services, minimize costs, and maintain carrier grade reliability for business-critical services.”

The latest release of the Titanium Server portfolio provides additional new features including:

  • Dynamic CPU scaling
  • Increased system scalability
  • Support for latest high-performance network interface cards (NICs)
  • Virtual switch packet trace tool
  • Support for “QinQ” tunneling
  • IPv6 support for all interfaces
  • Bulk provisioning and automated deployment capabilities
  • Support for VNF access to hardware acceleration devices, including the Intel Communications Chipset 8925 to 8955 Series

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.”

Fuze Raises $112 Million for UCaaS

Fuze (formerly ThinkingPhones) closed $112 million in financing for its global voice, video, and collaboration services.

Fuze is a global, unified communications as a service (UCaaS) platform for enterprises. In 2015, the company grew revenue by more than 100 percent, adding more than 175 new customers and expanding existing customer relationships.

The new funding was led by Summit Partners and joined by existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). This investment brings the company’s total funding to $200 million. The new capital will be used to expand global operations and to support continued investment in innovation, with a specific focus on simplifying enterprise communications.

“Enterprises of all sizes are benefiting from new business processes and workflows associated with cloud-based communications platforms. This new investment will enable Fuze to expand geographically and accelerate our innovation to address global demand in the UCaaS, video conferencing, and web collaboration markets,” said Steve Kokinos, CEO & Co-Founder, Fuze . “We view Summit as a long-term strategic partner with deep experience scaling growth stage companies in the enterprise software and communications market. Together with our existing investors TCV, BVP, and G20, Summit’s support will help Fuze realize its vision to be the undisputed leader in this growing market. ”

  • ThinkingPhones acquired Fuze in November 2015. In February 2016, it announced a new corporate brand platform officially uniting the companies as Fuze.
  • Fuze is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, and has additional locations including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Ottawa, London, Amsterdam, Aveiro (Portugal), Paris, Zurich, and Copenhagen. 

NEC Debuts ExpEther 40G, Connecting PCIe Devices over Ethernet

NEC announced the general availability in North America of its ExpEther 40G technology as an advanced version of ExpEther 1G/10G.

The ExpEther technology enables system expansion by connecting PCI Express devices directly, using an Ethernet infrastructure. As the ExpEther keeps the native PCI Express connectivity, the PCI Express devices can also be operated as a single system, despite being distributed in different locations connected by Ethernet. This process enables standard PCI Express configurations, interruptions, and hot plugging to be remotely performed with an Ethernet LAN, as if they were connected to a virtual single-hop PCI Express switch.

NEC said its ExpEther 40G technology delivers a compelling solution for real-time Big Data processing and other data center workload acceleration. It does so by enabling the connection of GPGPU, NVMe SSD, or FPGA-based accelerators via an Ethernet connection. NEC has closely collaborated with Xilinx, a fellow ExpEther Consortium member, to validate and enable the ExpEther 40G technology as either an IP core or an ExpEther platform leveraging Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs. NEC launched the IP core business in January 2016.

NEC hopes to develop additional business opportunities by collaborating with OpenPOWER foundation members IBM and Xilinx to increase the scalability of ExpEther technology and the Power8 Processor.

President Obama Proposes 35% Boost in Cybersecurity Initiatives

President Obama outlined a $19 billion plans to bolster the nation's cybersecurity posture. This represents a more than 35 percent increase from last year’s national cybersecurity initiatives.

Highlights of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP):

  • Establishes a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity that will bring top strategic, business, and technical thinkers from outside the government to make critical recommendations on how to use new technical solutions and best practices to protect privacy and public safety
  • Transforms how the government will manage cybersecurity through the proposal of a $3.1 billion Information Technology Modernization Fund and a new Federal Chief Information Security Officer to help retire, replace, and modernize legacy IT across the government
  • Empowers Americans to secure their online accounts by using additional security tools – like multi-factor authentication and other identity processing steps – and by working with Google, Facebook, DropBox, Microsoft, Visa, PayPal, and Venmo to secure online accounts and financial transactions.

A10 Networks Hits Revenue of $57 Million, up 25% YoY

A10 Networks posted record quarterly revenue of $56.6 million for Q4 2015, up 25 percent when compared with $45.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Total revenue for the year 2015 was $199.0 million, an increase of 11 percent, compared with $179.5 million reported for the year 2014. On a GAAP basis, A10 Networks reported a net loss for the fourth quarter 2015 of $7.4 million or $0.12 per share, compared with a net loss of $16.0 million or $0.26 per share in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“The fourth quarter was a strong close to the year and we are pleased with our momentum driven by our continued execution and innovation,” said Lee Chen, president and chief executive officer of A10 Networks. “Revenue in the fourth quarter exceeded our guidance and we achieved our third consecutive quarter of record revenue, while significantly improving our bottom line year-over-year. Our results this quarter were driven by a broad-based increase in demand across our ADC, CGN and TPS solutions.

Radisys Posts Q4 Sales of $44 Million, Growth in Software-Systems Sales

Radisys reported Q4 2015 revenue of $44.1 million, compared to $44.8 million in the prior quarter and $48.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Gross margin (GAAP) in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 31.6%, compared to 29.0% in the prior quarter and 29.0% in the fourth quarter of 2014. There was a GAAP net loss of $1.4 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $2.1 million, or $0.06 per share, in the prior quarter and GAAP net loss of $4.5 million, or $0.12 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Some highlights for Q4:

  • Software-Systems revenue was $15.7 million, representing over 50% year-on-year growth, with gross margin of 61.5%;
  • Received orders totaling approximately $19 million for the company’s next-generation datacenter infrastructure product, targeted at telecom and cable operators, from a tier-one North American carrier; and
  • GAAP loss per share improved $0.08 year-on-year. Non-GAAP earnings were $0.08 per diluted share, an increase of $0.07 per share year-on-year.
“As highlighted in our January preannouncement, our fourth quarter results are indicative of the strong traction we are making across all of our product lines,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and CEO. “For the full year, we shipped over $14 million of MediaEngine product to our large Asian carrier customer, exceeded expectations by delivering over $5 million of FlowEngine products predominately to a tier-one North American carrier and returned CellEngine to revenue growth. These achievements, coupled with strong operating income from our Embedded Products segment, enabled us to exceed our initial guidance for both revenue and earnings in 2015.”

Ruckus Wireless Reaches $100 Million in Sales, up 17% YoY

Ruckus Wireless reported Q4 2015 revenue of $100.1 million, an increase of 16.6% from the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP net income was $2.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with GAAP net income of $2.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP operating income was $3.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with GAAP operating income of $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014.

"Our fourth quarter revenue was impacted by a multi-million dollar E-rate opportunity that was postponed late in the quarter. Nevertheless, we achieved non-GAAP operating margin at the high-end of guidance, demonstrating strong operating execution," said Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer, Ruckus Wireless. "I believe our strategy remains sound and our product portfolio differentiated, keeping Ruckus in a position to outgrow the market again in 2016. We are equally focused on driving bottom-line growth in 2016, and we are committed to grow earnings faster than revenue, driving operating margin expansion throughout the year."

A few notes:

  • 11ac access points in aggregate accounted for 79% of access point product sales in the fourth quarter of 2015, up from 74% in the third quarter of 2015. Wave 2 comprised 11% of access point product sales in the fourth quarter.
  • The company reported 16.6% year-over-year revenue growth for the quarter; Americas revenue grew 17.3%, EMEA revenue grew 25.4% and APAC revenue grew 5.9% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Added 11 new service provider end-customers in the fourth quarter of 2015, bringing the total service provider end-customer base to over 260.
  • Added approximately 4,300 enterprise end-customers in the fourth quarter of 2015, bringing the total enterprise end-customer base to over 65,000.

Monday, February 8, 2016

NTT Develops Flexible Access System Architecture with Virtualized OLTs

NTT is developing a new Flexible Access System Architecture (FASA) that aims to leverage a new generation of virtualized optical line terminals (OLTs).

NTT said FASA will not make use of conventional purpose-built equipment, but instead modularize the various individual functions of access equipment as much as possible. The idea is to use generic OLT hardware that allows modularized software components to run for specific functions, such as bandwidth control, OAM, multicast, and future services.  NTT is developing an API with multiple industry partners. The first API is schedule for release in May 2016.

With FASA, the components of access equipment are separated into the three types: 1) Software components, 2) Generic hardware, and 3) External modules. FASA enables access equipment to provide its necessary functions through the unrestricted combination of these three component types. With software components (1), it will become possible to add new functions quickly and flexibly just by adding or updating necessary software in response to the requirements of services. For the generic functions of access equipment, generic hardware (2) will make it less frequently necessary to newly develop equipment from the device level by striving to achieve a set of common generic components. The creation of such components can also be expected to lower equipment costs and make maintenance simpler by reducing the number of component types that need maintenance. For functions like optical transmission that are difficult to address with either software components or generic hardware, things like optimal transmission capacities can be achieved through the use of external modules (3) that can be substituted for dedicated hardware in response to the requirements of services.

NTT is also working on a a visualized testing environment.  Its NetroSphere concept will undertake testing of FASA and other key technologies, such as Multi-Service Fabric (MSF), new server architecture (MAGONIA), and Integrated Management.

NTT's NetroSphere Concept Pushes NFV to Next Level

NTT outlined its work developing the “NetroSphere concept” -- a new way build carrier network infrastructure that differs from other NFV approaches by taking the decoupled software/hardware paradigm all the way down to the component level.

NTT said its approach promises enhanced flexibility and elasticity while also drastically reducing costs. Breaking up the functions of conventional large-scale equipment into modules will enable a greater diversity of suppliers to participate in the market and hence widen the selection of available products.

Instead of using conventional purpose-built high-functionality equipment, NetroSphere aims to divide them into small modular components, and flexibly assemble those components at will.  NetroSphere will not limited to decoupling software components from equipment. It pursues modularization as much as possible, ultimately at the sub-device level such as the CPU and memory. These modules will be distributed in locations that are optimal for each type of them, and prepared to be used as resource pool. Then, they will be virtually assembled to form a virtual system to provide required functions.

There are two components to the NetroSpher concept:  (1) Multi-Service Fabric (MSF), an architectural design of carrier network in which functions are achieved using simple general-purpose servers and switches, and (2) New Server Architecture (MAGONIA).

NTT plans to open its work on “MAGONIA” and “Multi-Service Fabric (MSF)” to other carriers and vendors.

NTT Com Cuts Latency for JPX-SGX Interconnect

NTT Communications has activated a new, ultra-low-latency connectivity service between the Japan Exchange Group (JPX) and Singapore Exchange (SGX). This new connectivity service will offer the telecom industry’s lowest-latency level for international leased lines that directly connect the colocation facilities of JPX and SGX.

The carrier claims a latency of just 63.5 milliseconds between JPX’s Access Point 3-equipped data center (AP3 center), where many financial institutions have their servers, and SGX’s data center. The latency level is a round-trip latency measured using a 1Gbps test cable and 1000Base-LX/64-bite packet environment. The latency level may vary depending on network environment.

Since April 2015, NTT Com's JPX-SGX Co-Location Direct has been providing the lowest-level latency between JPX and SGX at 63.7 milliseconds by leveraging the company's Asia Submarine Cable Express (ASE), the shortest cable route between Japan and Singapore. This new connectivity service succeeds in further shortening that time by adding an NTT Com Point of Presence (PoP) at the AP3 center in a more advantageous location that connects to the landing point via the shortest possible route. Additionally, since the new PoP is directly connected to the structured cable, an external connection is no longer needed, ultimately reducing the lead time.