Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Innovium Announces Investors and $50M Raised to Date

Innovium, a pre-launch start-up based in San Jose, announced that it has raised over $50 million in funding across two oversubscribed rounds.

Innovium is developing networking infrastructure products for next-generation data centers. Product plans have not been disclosed.

Innovium's Series A funding in the first quarter of 2015 was led by venture capital firms Walden Riverwood Ventures and Capricorn Investment Group, with participation from S-Cubed Capital and Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures. Series B funding later in 2015 was led by Greylock Partners with participation from all existing investors. Concurrent with the funding rounds, Asheem Chandna of Greylock, Dipender Saluja of Capricorn, Lip-Bu Tan of Walden International, and Mark Stevens of S-Cubed joined Innovium’s board of directors.

http://www.innovium.com/


  • Earlier this year, Innovium announced the settlement of a lawsuit with Broadcom.
  • Innovium was founded by Rajiv Khemani (previously Cavium), Puneet Agarwal (previously Broadcom), and Mohammad Issa (previously Broadcom).


Intel to Acquire Itseez for Computer Vision

Intel agreed to acquire Itseez Inc., a privately-held developer of Computer Vision (CV) algorithms. Financial terms were not disclosed. Itseez is based in Russia.

Itseez's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are used in a number of autonomous driving systems, providing functionality such as lane departure warning, traffic sign detection, forward collision warning and pedestrian detection. Itseez is also a key contributor to computer vision standards initiatives including OpenCV and OpenVX.

Intel said the acquisition furthers its efforts to win in IoT market segments like automotive and video, where the ability to electronically perceive and understand images paves the way for innovation and opportunity.

https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/intel-acquires-computer-vision-for-iot-automotive/
http://itseez.com/

Intel's New Core i7 Extreme Edition Boasts 10 Cores

Intel introduced its most powerful desktop processor yet -- the Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition will offer up to 10 cores and 20 threads for handling multiple compute intensive applications.

The chip features Intel's Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, which steers applications to the highest-performing core.  It offers 40 PCIe lanes connected directly into the CPU for SSDs, multiple discrete GFX cards and Thunderbolt 3 technology. It is also unlocked enabling overclockers to further tune performance.

https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/intel-introduces-i7-extreme-edition/

Samsung Ships 512 GB NVMe SSD

Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing the industry’s first NVMe PCIe solid state drive (SSD) in a single ball grid array (BGA) package, for use in next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs.

The package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller.  The new SSD is 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm and weighs only about one gram (an American dime by comparison weighs 2.3 grams). The single-package SSD’s volume is approximately a hundredth of a 2.5” SSD or HDD, and its surface area is about a fifth of an M.2 SSD.

http://www.samsung.com

Monday, May 30, 2016

Video: The Increasing Impact of Cloud Providers in Submarine Cables

What impact are big cloud companies such as AWS, Facebook, Google and Microsoft having on the market for submarine cable capacity?

The big content providers are having a positive impact on the submarine cable market, says Julian Rawles, Principal at Julian Rawles Consulting, particularly with the development and financing of new cable projects. Traditional carriers, which have long been the main sponsors of undersea cables, are under pressure and frankly do not have the same kind of bandwidth demands as the cloud providers.

See video:
https://youtu.be/xlrnfA8GpYQ





AWS Signs Up for Hawaiki Transpacific Cable

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has purchased capacity in the Hawaiki Submarine Cable to speed performance and reduce latency for their cloud customers operating between
Australia/New Zealand and the US. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Hawaiki Submarine Cable, due to go live in June 2018, will offer more than 30 Tbps of capacity between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand, which is considerably larger than the network capacity available today.

Amazon Web Services’ global infrastructure comprises 33 Availability Zones across 12 geographic regions worldwide, (including one in Sydney),
with another 5 AWS Regions (and 11 Availability Zones) in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the UnitedKingdom expected to come online throughout the next year.

AWS Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Paul Migliorini, said; “Our customers in Australia and New Zealand will benefit significantly from the arrival of the Hawaiki submarine cable. The role of the network, as well as the many AWS Regions around the world, is especially important for our customers looking to run global businesses and become more agile."

http://www.hawaikicable.co.nz

DOCOMO Tests Real Time 8K Video over 5G with Nokia

NTT DOCOMO successfully tested the real time transmission of 8K video over a 5G communications system.

The trial, which was jointly conducted with Nokia on May 19, employed H.265/HEVC encoding techniques developed by NTT Media Intelligence Laboratories. The trial system used beam-tracking techniques to transmit millimeter wavelength signals at an extremely high frequency of 70GHz.  The 8K video signals were ingested at 48 Gbps — a bit rate four times greater than 4K video and 32 times than Full HD — and then compressed by the encoder into signals ranging from 145 Mbps to 85 Mbps and successfully transmitted without delay.

DOCOMO and Nokia have been collaborating since May 2014 to develop radio access technologies for future 5G mobile networks. Recent achievements include ultra-high-speed data transmission in excess of 2Gbps at the Roppongi Hills high-rise complex in Tokyo.

"We are excited to be collaborating with DOCOMO to shape 5G and show how this technology can be used to dramatically enhance the delivery of services such as video. This world's first demonstration is a clear indication of our progressive leadership in 5G. We will continue to leverage our expertise and work with industry leaders including DOCOMO to drive further innovation in the industry," stated Glenn Booth, Vice President and General Manager, 5G Business Line at Nokia.

http://www.nokia.com
https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2016/0524_00.html

Verizon's ICSA Labs Rolls Out IoT Test Program

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is rolling out a new security testing program to provide assurance testing for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors.

ICSA Labs listed six components as part of the new IoT Security Testing and Certification Program including:  alert/logging, cryptography, authentication, communications, physical security, and platform security.  The ICSA Labs Product Assurance Report found the majority of security devices fail to perform as intended.

“We expect the Internet of Things to be the next digital wave,” said George Japak, managing director, ICSA Labs.  “Given the enormity and complexity of the space, it can be tricky for enterprises to navigate. We know from multiple recent studies that the #1 concern among adopters is security and privacy, and our new IoT Security Testing and Certification Program directly addresses this concern.”

https://www.icsalabs.com/technology-program/iot-testing

Deal Reached to End Verizon Strike

Verizon announced an "agreement in principle" with the CWA and IBEW covering its nearly 40,000 wireline employees who have been on strike since April 13, and a small number of wireless employees in the Northeast. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Allison Beck, helped negotiate the deal.

The 45-day strike was one of the longest in Verizon's recent history.

The CWA said that, under the deal, Verizon will add 1,300 new east coast call center jobs, and reverse several other outsourcing initiatives that will create new field technician jobs. The four-year proposed agreement provides 10.9% in raises, a $1250 signing bonus in the Mid-Atlantic and a $1000 signing bonus plus a $250 healthcare reimbursement account in the Northeast, $2800 minimum in profit sharing, pension increases, and a first contract for Verizon Wireless retail store employees in Brooklyn, NY and Everett, MA.

CWA appreciates the persistence and dedication of Secretary Perez, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director Allison Beck and their entire teams. The addition of good new jobs at Verizon is a huge win not just for striking workers, but for our communities and the country as a whole. This contract is a victory for working families across the country and an affirmation of the power of working people,” said Chris Shelton, President of the Communications Workers of America. “It proves that when we stand together we can raise up working families, improve our communities and advance the interests of America’s working people.”

“Verizon is very pleased with this “agreement in principle.” The agreement is consistent with our objective of creating high quality American jobs and achieving meaningful changes and enhancements to the contracts that will better enable our wireline business unit to compete and succeed in the digital world," stated Marc Reed, Verizon’s chief administrative officer.

http://www.cwa-union.org/news/releases/big-gains-for-striking-verizon-workers-in-new-agreement
http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-reaches-agreement-principle-new-contracts-about-36500-employees

CWA: Verizon Strike is On

Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Maine to Virginia, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), went on strike as of Wednesday morning at 6am. The parties have been unable to resolve differences since the last contract expired on August 1st, 2015.

The union cited the following unresolved issues:


  • Offshoring Jobs – Verizon has already contracted out work to more than 5,000 employees in the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republican and other overseas locations. These offshore workers handle customer service calls originating in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. 
  • Outsourcing Work to Low-Wage Contractors – the union is concerned about the amount of outside line work, particularly vital work installing and maintaining telephone poles, that is being assigned to non-union workers.
  • Contract for Wireless Workers – namedly, a fair first contract for Verizon Wireless retail workers who formed a union in 2014, and for the 100 wireless technicians who maintain the network in downstate New York.
  • Call-Center Closings – hundreds of Verizon workers are at risk of losing their jobs or being forced to commute as much as three hours more each day because of the company's plan to close and consolidate call centers. 
  • Out of State Assignments – long assignments of up to two months at a time

http://standuptoverizon.com/

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Microsoft and Facebook to Build 160 Tbps Transatlantic Cable

Microsoft and Facebook will jointly fund a new transatlantic cable system linking Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain.

The MAREA cable, which will be managed by Telxius, Telef√≥nica’s new infrastructure company, will feature eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160 Tbps. The new 6,600 km submarine cable system will take a more southern route than other transatlantic cables, which mostly connect northern Europe to the New York/New Jersey region.

Construction is set to begin in August 2016 with completion targeted for October 2017.

“In order to better serve our customers and provide the type of reliable and low-latency connectivity they deserve, we are continuing to invest in new and innovative ways to continuously upgrade both the Microsoft Cloud and the global Internet infrastructure,” said Frank Rey, director, global network acquisition, Microsoft Corp. “This marks an important new step in building the next generation infrastructure of the Internet.”

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/server-cloud/2016/05/26/microsoft-and-facebook-to-build-subsea-cable-across-atlantic/


  • Microsoft has previously announced investments with Hibernia and Aqua Comms for fiber connectivity from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom.
  • Microsoft is a consortium partner in the New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable Network.  Other partners include China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, and KT. TE SubCom its the cable supplier.



Level 3 Launches Enterprise Security Gateway in the Cloud

Level 3 Communications launched a cloud-based network security solution that helps enterprises evolve from the traditional on-premises hardware model to Security as a Service.

The Level 3 Enterprise Security Gateway (ESG) moves the security perimeter from their enterprise or data center to the Level 3 network.

Level 3 cited the following benefits and competitive differences:

  • ESG uses Level 3's network to provide carrier agnostic, network-based security protection – data on any device at any location through any connection or carrier can be secure.
  • From anywhere in the world, customers can leverage Level 3's global IP backbone capacity, more than 42 Terabits per second (Tbps), and rich interconnection agreements to access security tools hosted in gateways.
  • ESG offers multiple carrier-class security services for customers, including anti-malware with sandboxing, data loss protection, application awareness and enforcement and next-generation firewall.
  • ESG is backed by Level 3's threat research, providing actionable intelligence for customers.
  • Single Viewpoint: Through Level 3's customer portal, users can view their entire ESG ecosystem, enabling access to a multitude of reports and gateway performance metrics.
  • Around-the-clock protection; customers have access to Level 3's 24/7 Security Operations Centers and professionals

"With today's global launch of Enterprise Security Gateway (ESG), Level 3 continues to enhance our network-based enterprise security solutions portfolio. With ESG, enterprises can fundamentally shift their security perimeter to the Level 3 network cloud where customers can then access a state of the art collection of security solutions, tools and technical expertise. ESG reinforces Level 3's commitment to our customers where everything we do is intended to allow them to grow their business faster, operate their networks more efficiently and to do both in a secure fashion," stated Anthony Christie, Chief Marketing Officer, Level 3.

http://news.level3.com/2016-05-25-Level-3-Takes-Security-to-the-Network-and-Leverages-the-Cloud-to-Defend-Customers

Video: A Fundamental Shift in Corporate Security Thinking - BT Americas

There has been a fundamental shift in the way that companies think about security, says Kate Kuehn, Head of Sales - Security for BT Americas.

Security used to be an afterthought for technology deployments.  Now, security is the first thing that companies are considering, because it does impact every area of their business.

See video: https://youtu.be/1yOwsmDlIlc





Video: Data Center Interconnect and Edge CDNs

More and more operators are interconnecting data centers in a metro region. Jim Hintze, Senior VP of Sales at FiberLight, highlights this trend along with the idea of moving content closer to the user in metro regions.

See: https://youtu.be/0dI4aysud-Y





Video: Delivering a U.S. Fiber Presence for International Carriers

International carriers are looking for a metro fiber presence in many U.S. markets.  Jim Hintze, Senior VP of Sales at FiberLight, talks about how these international carriers are looking for fiber instead of leasing capacity from existing operators.

See video: https://youtu.be/tKi0vthQvrM






Video: Simplifying Cloud Connectivity

Enterprises are looking for a secure way to connect to the cloud that they have visibility and control over.

Mary Stanhope, Vice President of Marketing at Global Capacity, says a key performance challenge is overcoming the "long tail" -- the long haul routes that operate users in one city from servers located far away.

See video: https://youtu.be/Y3bDeR7Pb-s







Video: Deep Metro Fiber for Texas and Other Regions

FiberLight is an infrastructure-rich company operating in seven states.  Its largest network is in Texas, where FiberLight's infrastructure extends over 9,000 route miles.

Ron Kornos, Chief Strategy Officer at FiberLight, introduces the company and talks about how data center connectivity is becoming a key driver of the business.

See video: https://youtu.be/BD-yY050cy8







BT Tests 5.6 Tbps Optical Transmission Speed

BT and Huawei demonstrated speeds of 2 Tbps over a live core network spanning 700km between London and Dublin.

Separately, BT also announced today that it has successfully transmitted speeds of 5.6Tbps over a single optical fibre running on its trial network between the BT Labs in Adastral Park and the BT Tower in London, beating the previous record of 3 Tbps set in 2014.

Key technical facts about the trials:

  • The 2Tbps trials exploit commercial flexible grid hardware and real-time flexible rate 64GBaud transponders. 64GBaud optical technology runs at twice the electrical speed of current deployed core optical network optical signals and is one of the key enablers for high-speed, long reach optical transmission.
  • The live trials were conducted over a 727km commercial flexible grid optical core link between London and Dublin, based on Huawei’s OSN 9800/8800 and iManager U2000 platforms, carrying live 40/100G customer traffic. The link includes a 133km long unrepeatered submarine cable link from Dublin to Holyhead.
  • The trials demonstrate, for the first time, the successful operation of real-time 64GBaud flexible-rate transponders allowing all-optical, long reach (unregenerated) superchannel transmission, with low latency.
  • In addition, by exploiting flexible rate transponders, BT successfully demonstrated fast capacity turn up (or network upgrade) equivalent to ~2Tbps in one minute.
  • BT and Huawei also successfully demonstrated a record real-time 5.6Tbps optical superchannel over a closed loop network running between the BT Tower and Adastral Park. This comprised 28 x 200Gb/s (64GBaud/QPSK) sub-channels, bundled together to provide combined capacity, achieving highest capacity and spectral efficiency.

Howard Watson, CEO of BT Technology, Service & Operations, said: “BT scientists built the first commercial single mode optical fibre link back in 1984 and the BT Labs remain at the forefront of photonics research more than thirty years later. The core network is the superhighway of the internet. It’s important that our core networks keep pace with the growth in bandwidth demands driven by take-up of high-speed fibre broadband, HD content, 4G smartphones and tablets and in the future, 5G services. So we’re investing in our core, as well as in high-speed access technology such as fibre broadband, to make sure there is no capacity crunch and deliver the best possible speeds to customers.

http://www.btplc.com

Ciena Intros Blue Planet DevOps Toolkit for SDN/NFV

Ciena introduced its Blue Planet DevOps Toolkit to help network operators speed up the creation and delivery of new on-demand, virtualized services within their SDN and NFV enabled networks.

The kit consists of a set of software development tools and community resources that allow operators to integrate network resources such as devices, functions, or domains (physical or virtual), as well as customize service templates, with the Blue Planet Network and Service Orchestration software.

Ciena said the kit could be used in the creation and on-boarding of new virtual network functions (VNFs) such as virtual firewalls, physical network domains such as Layer 2 metro networks, and virtual domains such as a third party cloud, and ultimately deploy these resources as components of new service offerings.

“Customers have made it clear that the ‘old way’ of doing business is unsustainable. Blue Planet and the DevOps Toolkit have been selected for key global engagements recently because choice, openness, empowerment, and self-service are key components of our software. Ciena is leading this revolution and our Blue Planet DevOps Toolkit allows network operators to integrate their IT, product development and operations to create an interconnected ecosystem that reduces the time required to offer new services and quickly adapt their network to changing market needs," stated Kevin Sheehan, Vice President, Global Customer Operations, Blue Planet Division, Ciena

http://www.ciena.com