Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Avanan Raises $14.9 Million for Cloud Security

Avanan, a start-up headquartered in New York City with R&D in Tel Aviv, announced $14.9 million in Series A financing for its cloud security technology.

Avanan’s Cloud Security Platform  helps enterprises to protect Amazon AWS, Box, Google, Office 365, or any other Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) product, using preconfigured cloud-based versions of security technology from more than 60 leading vendors such as Check Point, Symantec, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Sophos and Kaspersky.

The funding round was led by Greenfield Cities Holdings with participation from both of Avanan’s existing investors, Magma VC and StageOne Ventures. The round brings the company’s total capital raised to $16.4 million.

“Companies that leverage SaaS platforms such as Office 365 are looking for ways to ensure these platforms are being used in a secure and compliant manner. Avanan created the solution they need with the security technologies they already trust. With their current list of partnerships and integrations, most recognized brands in the industry are on Avanan’s platform,” said Yuda Doron, co-founder and head of GFC. “We’ve been impressed with the fast adoption of the Avanan vision by customers and look forward to partnering for continued growth.”

Avanan was founded in 2014 by the team that led ForeScout’s successful pivot to Network Access Control.

http://www.avanan.com

NETSCOUT Debuts Updated Wi-Fi Field Tester

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS introduced its latest AirCheck Handheld Wireless Tester featuring enhancements such as troubleshooting and diagnosing 802.11ac networks, access point backhaul testing, and free access to the Link-Live™ Cloud dashboard for more effective results management.

NETSCOUT said it developed the AirCheck G2 wireless tester to enable front-line IT to quickly and easily identify issues responsible for spotty connections, dead zones, and slow speeds, as well as locating rogue access points and unauthorized devices.

New AirCheck G2 enhancements include:

  • 802.11ac 3×3 radio to support next-generation wireless initiatives
  • Link-Live integration for collaboration, reporting and results management
  • 5” touchscreen display for improved ease-of-use
  • Ethernet tests for AP backhaul verification


http://www.netscout.com/

Monday, May 16, 2016

Nokia Bell Labs Hits 10 Gbps Symmetrical with XG-Cable

Nokia Bell Labs has demonstrated a prototype XG-CABLE solution that achieves full duplex 10 Gbps rates over a traditional Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) cable systems and based on CableLabs' DOCSIS 3.1 architecture.

Specifically, the XG-CABLE test used two different cable scenarios:

  • Leveraging a point-to-point 100m coaxial drop cable, XG-CABLE was able to deliver 10 Gbps symmetric data speeds with 1.2 Ghz of spectrum 
  • Using HFC network topologies that utilize a Fiber-to-the-Last-Amplifier (point-to-multipoint coax drop) approach, XG-CABLE was able to deliver 7.5 Gbps of symmetrical data speeds.

Nokia Bell Lab's XG-CABLE utilizes innovative echo canceling technologies developed by Bell Labs to achieve full duplex transmission of 10 Gbps upstream and 10 Gbps downstream simultaneously.

"The XG-CABLE proof of concept is a great example of our ongoing effort and commitment to provide the cable industry with the latest innovations and technology needed to effectively address the growing demand for gigabit services. The proof of concept demonstrates that providing 10 Gbps symmetrical services over HFC networks is a real possibility for operators; it is an important achievement that will define the future capabilities and ultra-broadband services cable providers are able to deliver," stated Federico Guillén, President of Fixed Networks, Nokia.

A whitepaper is posted online.

http://resources.alcatel-lucent.com/asset/195765
http://www.nokia.com

Ericsson Develops Wi-Fi on Wheels for Comcast

Ericsson has packed six Wi-Fi access points into a Ford Transit 350 cargo van for what it calls "Wi-Fi on Wheels."

The mobile Wi-Fi unit, which has an range of about 500 feet, could provid coverage to as many as 2,500 people. It was developed in conjunction with Comcast.

The van is equipped for multiple network access connections, non-line-of-sight (NLOS) microwave backhaul, and onboard backup power and modular deployment elements.

"Driving innovation means not only bringing the best technology, but also enabling it to be used in new ways,” explains Angel Ruiz, President and CEO of Ericsson North America. "This new rapid deployment solution will mean fast dispatch and hassle-free setup for Comcast, so they can bring coverage to new hard-to-reach locations."

http://www.ericsson.com

Video: Diversity of Connectivity is Key, Data Center Demand is Off the Charts

Demand for data center capacity is off-the-charts in many U.S. markets, such as Ashburn, Chicago, Dallas and Silicon Valley.

Tommy Gwinner, Director of Technology for Infomart Data Centers, discusses this booming demand and how purchasers are now requiring very specific network diversity options.

 

https://youtu.be/3f7MR4WOBtk


Video: Boom in the Dallas Data Center Market

Dallas is among the hottest markets for data center capacity in the United States. Aubrey Putney, Director of Marketing & Sales Operations at Infomart Data Centers, describes how the iconic "Crystal Palace" facility has been upgraded with a carrier-neutral, meet-me-room.

Infomart Data Centers has waived cross connect fees and built shared conduit pathways to bring in more carriers.

 

https://youtu.be/urE0V6kq_ZY


Video: DE-CIX - U.S. Expansion, Metro VLANs, New Frontiers

Since entering the U.S. market two years ago, DE-CIX has added over 120 networks to its Internet Exchange in New York. Ed d'Agostino, Vice President of North America for DE-CIX, says the company's positioning as a pure-play IX, rather than a data center offering IX, enables it to expand to new data centers and networks.

In this video, d'Agostino highlight's DE-CIX's unique metro VLAN solution, which is now connecting its New York and Frankfurt exchanges.


 


https://youtu.be/lbk6G2mzAkU


Video: Benjamin von Seeger's New Book - The Rival

Author Benjamin von Seeger discusses his recently published book "The Rival". Based on his two decades in the telecommunications industry, Seeger's work offers insight and perspective on doing business in this dynamic field.

 https://youtu.be/WJt_EcP0emk

 



Video: NJFX - A Carrier-Neutral, Meet-Me-Room in a Cable Landing Station

Gil Santaliz, CEO of NJFX, explains how this strategic position creates a convenient juncture for sub-sea networks to link up with fiber backhaul operators, resulting in pricing disruptions for transatlantic capacity.


The facility went live in September 2015 with 9 customers in the Tata landing station. Three more backhaul fiber providers then joined. Previously, subsea capacity was not available directly from the landing station. It was brought out for you to an in-land location such as 60 Hudson. NJFX says its position really disrupts that model, allowing purchasers of transatlantic capacity to go directly to the source.

https://youtu.be/K6Ybv-27NQY


AT&T to Acquire Quickplay for Powering OTT Video

AT&T will acquire Quickplay Media, a start-up that supplies software for powering over-the-top (OTT) video and TV Everywhere services, including AT&T’s U-verse TV Everywhere offering.  AT&T plans to use the software to support DIRECTV Now, DIRECTV Mobile and DIRECTV Preview — all of which are slated for introduction later this year. These new plans will let viewers stream DIRECTV content over the Internet to virtually any device.

Quickplay Media is currently owned by Madison Dearborn Partners. Financial terms were not disclosed. The company is based in Toronto.

AT&T plans to retain Quickplay’s more than 350 employees and contractors. In addition, AT&T said it will maintain Quickplay's high level of service and continue to support and expand its global customer base, grow its managed platform services and continue to enable other companies — from video providers to content distributors — to deliver premium video to any device and over any network.

“Our strategy is to deliver video content however, whenever and wherever,” said John Stankey, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group. “Quickplay's multitenant IP distribution infrastructure, combined with AT&T's leading scale in IP connected end points, will allow us to host and distribute all forms of video traffic. We intend to scale and operate an industry-leading video distribution platform, and viewers will get the high-quality online video viewing experience they desire."

http://www.att.com

Saudi Telecom Tests Nokia's MulteFire for Unlicensed Spectrum

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has conducted a test of Nokia's MulteFire technology, which combines the high-performance of LTE with the simplicity of Wi-Fi deployment in unlicensed spectrum bands such as 5GHz.

The test - which used Nokia's FlexiZone small cells together with MulteFire software - showed how MulteFire can co-exist with Wi-Fi to deliver the high performance, high speeds and security offered by LTE in a densely populated environment.

Highlights:

  • Neutral Host test: MulteFire allows the delivery of high-speed services across multiple end-user devices regardless of their mobile operator, allowing anyone with a MulteFire device to access data using a MulteFire access point. The test showed up to 120 Mbps of total download and upload throughput.
  • Co-existence test: Tests showed MulteFire harmoniously co-existing with Wi-Fi when Wi-Fi was turned on in the same frequency and placed very close to a MulteFire access point.
  • Enhanced Coverage test: The test showed up to 50% better range and up to 2x better coverage in comparison to Wi-Fi.

Nokia said MulteFire complements heterogeneous networks (HetNets), which use a mixture of macro and small cell radios, allowing operators to meet the increased connectivity demands of future smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT).

http://www.nokia.com

#MWC16: MulteFire Alliance Pursues LTE in Unlicensed Spectrum

There is a growing interest in using LTE in unlicensed spectrum, according to The MulteFire Alliance, which was launched just over a year ago to promote the technology.  The alliance is developing a global ecosystem for LTE in unlicensed spectrum and the further development of small cell technology. Ericsson, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm are key players behind MulteFire. Multiple demos were held at MWC16 this week in Barcelona.

The MulteFire Alliance technical specification group is developing the MulteFire specification based on 3GPP Release 13 and Release 14 advancements, including downlink and uplink in unlicensed spectrum. MulteFire is designed to initially operate in 5 GHz unlicensed bands and coexist with other technologies using the same spectrum. MulteFire can also act as a neutral host to serve multiple entities or deliver provider-specific services at enterprises, venues and small businesses. The Alliance plans to provide interoperability, conformance and coexistence specifications and to enable conformance testing to ensure a robust and interoperable ecosystem.

“The MulteFire Alliance is committed to developing a technology designed to meet global unlicensed band regulations, including Listen-Before-Talk features required in regions such as Europe and Japan, for a truly global reach,” said Stephan Litjens, MulteFire Alliance Board Chair and head of Innovation Steering at Nokia. “Our members are taking great care to ensure that MulteFire technology will harmoniously coexist with other technologies in unlicensed spectrum bands.”

The newest members of the MulteFire Alliance include Athonet, Baicells, Boingo Wireless, Casa Systems, Ruckus Wireless and SpiderCloud Wireless.

http://www.MulteFire.org

AWS Cites Momentum on SAP Business Apps on its Cloud

Amazon Web Services reported more and more of its customers, across virtually every industry and geography, are running SAP applications on the AWS Cloud. Examples cited include General Electric, Brooks Brothers, and Lionsgate.

SAP has verified and certified various solutions for production deployment on AWS, including S/4HANA, SAP Business Suite on HANA, Business Warehouse on HANA, SAP HANA, SAP Business All-in-One, SAP Business One, SAP BusinessObjects, SAP Database and Mobile Solutions.

“Enterprise usage of SAP on AWS is growing incredibly fast across all verticals and geographies as enterprises get more comfortable running their most important applications on AWS and the cloud,” said Terry Wise, Vice President, Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, AWS. “Since becoming the first public cloud platform to be certified to run SAP production workloads in 2011, AWS has continued to innovate to deliver the capabilities and operational performance enterprise customers need to run their most critical business applications with confidence on the AWS Cloud.”

http://aws.amazon.com/sap
http://aws.amazon.com

Analog Devices’ Silicon Switch Targets Cellular Radio RF Front Ends

Analog Devices introduced a high power (44 watts peak) single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) silicon switch designed for cellular radio systems.

The new switch eliminates the need for external components, while reducing power consumption by operating on a single low-voltage supply with extremely low current consumption compared to existing pin-diode-based solutions.

http://www.analog.com/en/products/rf-microwave/rf-switches.html

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Video: MEF - Delivering the Third Network Vision - #ITW2016

The MEF has defined its Third Network Vision for Agile, Assured and Orchestrated services worldwide.

How to deliver on this vision?

In this video, Nan Chen, President of the MEF, talks about three initiatives underway to make it a reality: (1) defining Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO), (2) define new Third Network services (3) define an Open LSO or open connectivity service.

https://youtu.be/9lh9dIIYwjI



Video: Equinix - The Big Drivers - #ITW2016

Direct Connect to major cloud providers is one of drivers for enterprises, says Jim Poole, VP of Ecosystem Business Development at Equinix.

The growth of the Cloud Exchange business is another, along with the multi-cloud phenomenon, and the increasing need for enterprises to adopt a multi-location data center strategy. Finally, there is the idea of bringing the major subsea cables directly in data centers.

Filmed at this week's International Telecoms Week (#ITW2016) in Chicago.

https://youtu.be/ykdrIWpMTYI


Corsa Debuts Open Programmable Switch/Router

Corsa Technology, a start-up based in Ottawa, introduced its new Corsa DP2000 open programmable switching and routing platform for 10G and 100G subscriber-level networking, on-demand services and real-time network tuning.

The Corsa DP2000 allows network architects and operators to use APIs to dynamically partition the hardware into independent virtual SDN switches or routers operating at line-rate.

Corsa said its advanced traffic management and QoS features enable network operators to fine-tune traffic paths to ensure individual customers, subscribers or services receive their appropriate bandwidth and throughput.  In addition, per flow statistics for all traffic is available, offering unprecedented real-time network insights at the most granular level and enabling any manner of predictive traffic management or security.

Key capabilities of the new DP2000 series includes:

  • True network hardware virtualization enabling logical L2 and L3 network services via SDN programmatic control
  • Subscriber-level internet scale networking with per flow traffic engineering and advanced traffic management
  • Real-time network insights with per-flow traffic monitoring statistics
  • Multi terabit throughput with switch stacking
  • Open SDN programmability at multiple abstraction levels
  • The DP2000 series is scalable from 100G to 2.4T of throughput. 

“The DP2000 series is the first switching and routing platform to offer open programmable networking on a platform where you can dynamically slice a single physical switch into virtualized line-rate switching and routing instances that can support 100G of throughput. What compute has been doing for years, we now make possible at the core of the communications network," said Bruce Gregory, CEO of Corsa Technology. “We built this solution with WAN and metro applications in mind, because it is here that network architects are struggling to handle exploding volume and diversity of traffic and where our multi-context hardware virtualization has a huge impact.”

http://www.corsa.com/

Virtustream Joins AT&T NetBond Ecosystem

AT&T will begin providing NetBond highly secure access to Virtustream’s Enterprise Class Cloud and Cloud Storage services.

Virtustream is an enterprise-class cloud provider and EMC Federation company. They provide cloud solutions that help global companies and public sector organizations migrate and manage mission-critical workloads in the cloud.

“We’re helping businesses get more value out of the cloud services they already use. They have a new choice to simplify network management and provide more control using the AT&T network,” says Andy Daudelin, vice president, AT&T Cloud and Cloud Networking. “Our leading network is the foundation for all our integrated cloud solutions. The performance and scale of our network provides businesses and their employees the ability to access key Virtustream services more securely from nearly anywhere and at any time.”
Virtustream joins 14 other leading cloud providers in the NetBond ecosystem. The ecosystem provides NetBond users single portal-access to more than 20 leading cloud services.

http://www.att.com


  • AT&T NetBond partner services include: Salesforce, Box, HP, VMware, Amazon Web Services, SoftLayer, Blue Jeans Network, Sungard Availability Services and Equinix.


AT&T Lands $75M DoD Contract

The Defense Information Systems Agency awarded a contract valued at $74.6 million over five years to AT&T.

AT&T will provide highly secure telecom services that support U.S. senior leadership communications between select Department of Defense aircraft and ground stations across the continental U.S. and around the world. “We’re proud to provide communications services to help defend our country,” said Kay Kapoor, president, AT&T Global Business – Public Sector Solutions. “When the mission is vital and national security is at stake, our nation’s leaders count on the AT&T network.” - See more at:

http://about.att.com

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