Wednesday, July 27, 2016

VMware's Yanbing Li on the Future of Software-defined Storage

Big changes are underway in the IT industry, with new architectures being defined for application delivery, new cloud models, and the rise of software-defined everything, says VMware's Yanbing Li, Senior VP and GM of Storage and Availability.


In this video, she talks about software-defined storage, including hyper-converged software.  The future is about the explosive growth of data.



See video: https://youtu.be/j2lFBKV4A4U



Amdocs to Serve as Integrator for AT&T’s Open Source ECOMP

Amdocs will serve as integrator for telecom companies and cloud developers who want to use AT&T’s ECOMP platform to build their own software-centric network services.

ECOMP is the service orchestration system that powers the AT&T software-defined network (SDN). Earlier this month, AT&T confirmed that it is committed to releasing ECOMP into open source. Amdocs said it will help companies deploy that open source software into their own networks. ECOMP is a vital tool for service providers struggling to meet today’s network demands while preparing for an even greater load in the next few years from applications like virtual reality and augmented reality, 4K video and the Internet of Things.

“ECOMP is the engine of our software-centric network. And recently, we revealed our plan to build a global community around ECOMP to help service providers and developers meet the network demands of next-gen technologies,” said Chris Rice, VP of Advanced Technologies and Architecture at AT&T Labs. “Today, we’re excited to share that a few months back Amdocs became an early collaborator on ECOMP and will become an integrator for ECOMP in the industry. We believe ECOMP will set the standard for virtual network (VNF) automation, and Amdocs will support the growth of the platform as more and more service providers begin using it.”

“Achieving better service agility is at the heart of this initiative and is one of the key business imperatives. Using carrier-optimized cloud infrastructure to separate hardware and software layers will increase the value of the network by allowing the rapid onboarding of new services to our customers,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, division president at Amdocs. “Together, we will deliver the ECOMP platform to the industry to simplify network environments and drive operational and capital savings, while continuing to accelerate service innovation and network value through agile software powered networks.”

http://www.amdocs.com/news/pages/att-and-amdocs-collaborate-to-deliver-open-software-solutions-to-accelerate-nfv.aspx

AT&T Commits its ECOMP Service Orchestrator to Open Source

AT&T confirmed that it is committed to releasing into open source its current Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) platform, which is the service orchestration system that powers the AT&T software-defined network (SDN).

AT&T said ECOMP is mature, feature-complete, and tested in real-world NFV deployments. The company believes open source ECOMP will bring maturity to SDN and become the industry standard for orchestration, management and policy control.

By releasing the ECOMP code as open source, AT&T said other service providers will be able to use this software to meet non-stop network demands as data-hungry technologies like autonomous cars, augmented and virtual reality, 4K video and the Internet of Things (IoT) take off.

“In March, we opened the hood of our network, showed you the engine and the industry responded asking to join us,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, Technology and Operations, AT&T. “Over the last few years, AT&T invented what we believe to be the most sophisticated, comprehensive and scalable software-centric network in the world. Today, we’re letting anyone use and build upon our millions of lines of software code by committing to releasing it into the open source community.”

“This is a big decision and getting it right is crucial,” Donovan continues. “We want to build a community – where people contribute to the code base and advance the platform. And, we want this to help align the global industry. We’ve engaged a third-party company to be the integrator and provide support in the industry for the ECOMP platform. And we’ve received positive feedback from major global telecom companies. We’re excited to share more on that front very soon.”

http://about.att.com/story/network_playbook_into_open_source.html

NTT Com Expands Enterprise Cloud Service

NTT Communications expanded the geographic availability and service menu of its Enterprise Cloud service for hosted-private and multi-tenant clouds.

The three new service areas — West Japan ("JP2"), Hong Kong ("HK1") and Germany ("DE1") — are available immediately.

Users in the newly added areas of East Japan (JP2), Hong Kong (HK1) and Germany (DE1) will have full access to Enterprise Cloud's hosted private cloud and the compute functions of its multi-tenant cloud based on the OpenStack open-source cloud platform. Useful functions include monitoring and block storage for logical networks.

Newly Added Functions in JP1

  • vSphere ESXi hypervisor for private cloud - resources can be flexibly and speedily changed and managed with vSphere ESXi installed on an Enterprise Cloud bare-metal server. VMware's virtual environment can still leverage operations for existing environments and management software after shifting to Enterprise Cloud.
  • Block storage with 4 IOPS/GB -- This new function offers block storage with high-performance 4 IOPS/GB based on the Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) protocol for TCP/IP data transfers. Capacity ranging from 100GB to 12,000GB is available for high-speed databases and external storage for big data analysis. Stable environments are not influenced by other data loads.

NTT Com said its future plans include expanded functions for VMware solutions for conventional ICT, strengthened open-source functions for cloud-native ICT, additional OpenStack components, and virtual private clouds based on the Cloud Foundry open-source cloud-computing platform. Managed services will be strengthened for cloud management platforms. By upgrading functions for unified management of new SDx services, such as SD-Exchange, SD-WAN and SD-LAN, NTT Com aims to offer customers total outsourcing of their ICT environments.

http://www.ntt.co.jp

TE Launches micro Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable I/O Connectors

TE Connectivity (TE) is the first to launch micro Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (microQSFP) input/output (I/O) interconnects.

The microQSFP connectors are the next step forward in high-density faceplates for data center infrastructure. MicroQSFP connectors deliver QSFP28 functionality in a smaller, generally SFP-sized form factor while providing significantly better thermal performance to help save energy costs, improved electrical performance at 25 gigabits per second (Gbps) and 33 percent higher density than QSFP to fit more ports on a standard line card.

The new microQSFP connectors deliver 56Gbps performance with backward compatibility to 28Gbps to support next generation designs. Built-in fins on TE’s new connectors eliminate the need for additional clips and heatsinks and allow faceplate airflow to the interior of the equipment, which helps microQSFP deliver significantly better thermal performance than QSFP28 and other leading solutions.

TE is a member of the microQSFP Multi Source Agreement (MSA) group, which is working to build an industry-wide ecosystem for microQSFP, and ensuring that products can be easily adopted and integrated into existing data center designs.

“At a time when faceplate real estate and thermal performance are at a premium, TE’s microQSFP products deliver on both counts,” said Phil Gilchrist, CTO, TE Data and Devices. “The technological innovations of TE’s microQSFP products can revolutionize the industry by enabling customers to place up to 72 ports of 100 Gbps each on a 1RU line card.”

http://www.microQSFP.com
http://www.te.com/microqsfp

Facebook is at 1.13 Daily Active Users, up 17% YoY

In its Q2 financial report, Facebook reported the following operational highlights:


  • Daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.13 billion on average for June 2016, an increase of 17% year-over-year.
  • Mobile DAUs – Mobile DAUs were 1.03 billion on average for June 2016, an increase of 22% year-over-year.
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 1.71 billion as of June 30, 2016, an increase of 15% year-over-year.
  • Mobile MAUs – Mobile MAUs were 1.57 billion as of June 30, 2016, an increase of 20% year-over-year.
  • Mobile advertising revenue – Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 84% of advertising revenue for the second quarter of 2016, up from approximately 76% of advertising revenue in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Capital expenditures – Capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2016 were $995 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities – Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $23.29 billion at the end of the second quarter of 2016.


http://www.facebook.com

Infinera Posts Q2 Revenue of $259 Million

Infinera reported GAAP revenue for Q2 2016 of $258.8 million compared to $244.8 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $207.3 million in the second quarter of 2015.

GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 47.8% compared to 47.5% in the first quarter of 2016 and 46.7% in the second quarter of 2015. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was 6.2% compared to 6.1% in the first quarter of 2016 and 8.0% in the second quarter of 2015.

GAAP net income for the quarter was $11.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to $12.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016, and $17.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015.

“While I am very pleased with our second quarter and year to date financial results, demand is softening in certain areas of our business and we face a difficult near-term revenue outlook,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera’s Chief Executive Officer. “Despite the current challenges, I am confident that by continuing to deliver the differentiated technologies and superior service that our customers have come to expect, we will earn significant market share over time across all of the markets that we serve.”

http://www.infinera.com

Procera Cites Big Order from tier 1 South American MSO

Procera Networks announced an initial multi-million dollar analytics and traffic management deployment with a tier one South American cable operator. The South American cable operator is replacing its existing DPI platform with Procera's technology to ensure its network can keep pace with the growth in bandwidth usage sparked by subscribers in recent months. Over 60% of traffic on the operator's network is streaming video, and it expects this figure to rise even further in the coming years.

Procera noted that this latest development marks the third tier one deployment in the region for Procera, and the fifth new tier one operator customer to be secured in recent months across EMEA, the US, and APAC.

"This was a very technical and commercial process, with steep competition. We are excited to be associated with this marquee operator, and to have the opportunity to help them build their next generation analytics data platform," said Lyn Cantor, President and CEO at Procera Networks.

http://www.proceranetworks.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Momentum Builds for Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center Project (CORD)

The Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD) initiative, which was initially developed by ON.Lab as a use case for the ONOS open source SDN operating system, will now be managed as an independent open source project under The Linux Foundation. CORD aims to utilize merchant silicon and  the elasticity of commodity clouds to enable data center economics and cloud agility in the central office environment.

Google, Radisys and Samsung Electronics Co. are joining CORD and ONOS Projects as new partners. Additional members of the CORD community include service provider partners AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and Verizon, vendors Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Nokia, etc.

In addition, Google will host the first CORD Summit on July 29 at Google Sunnyvale Tech Corner Campus in California.

“We are delighted to welcome Google to the open source ONOS and CORD partnerships,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director at ON.Lab. “Given Google’s track record as a provider of cloud and access services, we anticipate it will play an important role in strengthening the CORD architecture, implementation, and deployments.”

“We are also delighted to partner with Radisys, a leading system integrator in the service provider space, and Samsung, which is committed to advancing next-generation mobile technologies. CORD is very well-positioned for future growth,” said Parulkar. “Radisys’ leadership for an open, vendor-agnostic solution for central office transformation will be critical in providing turn-key CORD Pods that will accelerate development and adoption of CORD, enabling ground-breaking network transformation. And Samsung as a leader in mobile networking will help ONOS and CORD in this impornat domain of use.”

“CORD has the potential to significantly improve the economics and agility of access networks globally,” said Ankur Jain, principal engineer at Google. “We are excited to join CORD, host its inaugural summit and work closely with leading ecosystem players to bring greater scalability and rapid innovation to access networks.”

http://www.opencord.org

Updates for CORD - Central Office Re-architected as Data Center

Vendors are ready to show the first reference implementation of CORD - the Central Office Re-architected as Data Center - initiative within the ONOS Project. uUse cases for CORD are on display at this week's Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California.

CORD is expected to bring the economies of scale and the agility of cloud computing to the service provider central office by leveraging infrastructure constructed from commodity building blocks. It uses merchant silicon, white boxes and open-source platforms such as ONOS, OpenStack, and XOS.

CORD Use Cases Showcased at ONS:

Enterprise (E-CORD) - Extends CORD with enterprise services and enables service providers to offer SDN-WAN, as well as MEF carrier Ethernet services. That is the ability to create multi-site virtual networks on demand with customer-specified services such as intrusion detection, WAN acceleration, and others. E-CORD POC will be demonstrated at ONS.
Mobile (M-CORD) - Integrates disaggregated and virtualized RAN, disaggregated and virtualized EPC, and mobile edge computing with CORD and helps service providers and vendors move closer to realizing 5G. M-CORD POC will be demonstrated at ONS.
Residential (R-CORD) - Combines vCPE and virtualized wireline access technologies (e.g., GPON, 10GPON, G.Fast) with cloud-based subscriber services (e.g., parental control, video delivery). R-

Companies are actively contributing to and advancing CORD: AT&T, China Unicom, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, Verizon, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, NEC, Nokia

Collaborators: Accton, AirHop, Broadcom, Cavium, Celestica, Ciena, Cobham, Flextronics, NetCracker, PMC Sierra, Radisys.

"AT&T supports the goals and achievements that are embodied in CORD," said Andre Fuetsch, senior vice president of Architecture and Design at AT&T. "The work is pushing the boundaries of many technologies and architectures, as well as open source and open spec hardware. We are learning from the CORD experiments and trials and using this knowledge to refine AT&T's Integrated Cloud. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with ON.Lab and others in advancing NFV and SDN technology."

AT&T and ONOS to Show Central Office Re-architected as Data Center (CORD)


At next week's Open Networking Summit (ONS2015) in Santa Clara, California, AT&T, ONOS project, PMC-Sierra and Sckipio will showcase the first public demonstration of the Central Office Re-architected as Data Center (CORD) proof-of-concept (POC). The idea behind CORD is to use SDN and NFV to transform carrier functions into workloads that are hosted on common, commodity infrastructure. The CORD solution POC spans the Telco Central Office, access...

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A10 Powers into Cloud ADC Market with Acquisition of Appcito

A10 Networks has acquired Appcito, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, that developed a SaaS-based, multi-cloud ADC (application delivery controller) solution utilizing microservice and container architectures. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A10's existing Thunder ADC is an on-premise solution for load-balance and optimizing application delivery. Appcito's solution is a cloud-native application delivery system with web-scale elastic load balancing, DDoS protection, integrated analytics and a self-service portal. Appcito enables scale-out by leveraging public clouds such as AWS, Azure or Google.

The company said the acquisition helps its customers bridge traditional and cloud application environments.  Appcito fits seamlessly into A10 Networks’ A10 Harmony solution architecture, which was introduced in early 2015 and supports secure application service offerings that span traditional data centers, private clouds, public clouds, and hybrid clouds.

New A10 Harmony-based cloud offerings that integrate Appcito technology will be available beginning in 2016. Solutions will include a cloud services controller for centralized application policy management and orchestration, elastic application traffic management capabilities integrated with DevOps processes, deep per-application visibility and analytics, and support for microservice and container-based applications.

“Appcito was founded with a vision to deliver cloud-native application delivery services and help application teams become more nimble, while delivering application performance and security that their end users demand,” said Kamal Anand, CEO and Co-founder of Appcito. “Becoming part of A10 Networks and their customer-focused innovation culture will bring added benefits to application teams. The acquisition makes solid sense for customers wanting to collectively manage traditional on-premise and cloud application needs.”

https://www.a10networks.com/a10-acquires-appcito_secure-application-services


Video: A10 Networks at a Glance

You may not have heard of A10 Networks since it is one of the best kept secrets in the industry, but the company is a major supplier of networking equipment to the video gaming industry, the financial industry, and even for some of the largest casinos in Las Vegas.

Gunter Reiss, VP of Strategic Alliances, A10 Networks, provides a two-minute overview of the 12-year old, Silicon Valley-based company, which has grown to roughly 5,000 customers worldwide. A10 Networks is known for its feature-rich, high-scalable, high-performance, application delivery controller that can be used for carrier-grade NAT, DDoS mitigation, SSL decryption visibility and as a converged firewall.

See video: https://youtu.be/EOtr45E43Mg




Appcito Enhances Enterprise Application Delivery Capabilities

Appcito, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced the latest release of its Appcito Application Delivery System (ADS), formerly known as Appcito Cloud Application Front-End (CAFÉ). The new capabilities allow enterprise IT and network infrastructure teams to act as providers and enable application owners and DevOps teams to rollout new applications with a self-service model, while still being 100% compliant to existing security policies and governance models.

New capabilities include:

  • Provider-Tenant Portal – allows enterprise infrastructure teams to define policies and arm application teams with a self-service portal to spin-up new services – traffic management, application security and analytics
  • Service Adapters for F5 Big-IP LTM and HAProxy Deployments – service adapters can be non-disruptively inserted into existing data center or cloud deployments complementing existing ADC and open source tools to provide per-application health, visibility and analytics. For F5 Big-IP deployments Appcito ADS service adapters provide application-centric monitoring with real-time monitoring and threat detection leveraging Big-IP high speed logging (HSL). For HAProxy based deployments Appcito provides ongoing and meaningful monitoring with a dedicated system that stores, visualizes and co-relates HAProxy metrics. It provides alerting based on HAProxy metrics and an application-specific dashboard providing real-time and per-application views of health and performance of applications served by HAProxy.

Juniper Posts Q2 Revenue of $1.221 Billion - Flat YoY

Juniper Networks reported Q2 2016 revenue of $1.221.3 billion, flat year-over-year and an increase of 11% sequentially. Juniper posted GAAP net income of $140.0 million, a decrease of 11% year-over-year and an increase of 53% sequentially. GAAP diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2016 was $0.36. The company's GAAP operating margin for the second quarter of 2016 was 16.7%, a decrease from 19.9% in the second quarter of 2015, and an increase from 13.5% in the first quarter of 2016.

"Despite an uncertain macro environment, we delivered solid revenue performance and profitability metrics in the second quarter," said Rami Rahim, chief executive officer at Juniper Networks. "There is no shortage of appetite for network innovation. Our diversification strategy and differentiated portfolio enabled us to deliver sequential growth across all geographies, technologies and sectors. We remain as committed as ever to innovating for our customers and to executing with excellence in everything we do."

http://www.juniper.net

LogMeIn to Merge with Citrix's GoTo Meeting

LogMeIn will merge with Citrix's GoTo business in a transaction valued at approximately $1.8 billion based on shares to be issued and LogMeIn's closing price of $65.31 as of July 25, 2016.

The deal combines two popular applications for collaborating online. The combined company is expected to have annual revenues in excess of $1 billion with more than two million customers.
The companies cited cost saving synergies of $65 million within the first year post-close, and run rate cost synergies of more than $100 million in year two.

Bill Wagner, President and CEO of LogMeIn, who will lead the combined company as President and CEO, commented, “We are extremely excited about this transformative merger and the profound benefits it will bring to our customers, our people and our shareholders.  Both companies have passionate employees who are committed to developing easy-to-use software that simplifies the way we connect with people, devices, apps and products.  The additional scale of the combined company will allow us to accelerate innovation in order to deliver better outcomes for our customers and also creates a compelling financial model that will reward our shareholders.”

Kirill Tatarinov, President and Chief Executive Officer of Citrix, said, “We believe this combination is a winning outcome for all parties. Both LogMeIn and GoTo have a shared goal of developing innovative solutions to exceed customer expectations by simplifying business and personal communications. Given that we have already been working towards a spinoff of GoTo, we expect this to be a smooth transition for the business. From Citrix's perspective, this transaction will allow us to further enhance our strategic focus, operational efficiency and accelerate execution of our strategy to provide the world's best integrated technology services for secure delivery of apps and data.”

http://www.citrix.com
http://www.logmein.com

Analog Devices to Buy Linear Tech for $14.8 Billion

Analog Devices agreed to acquire Linear Technology for $14.8 billion in cash and stock.

The combined company would be the the premier global high-performance analog industry leader.  The combined entity would have a market cap of $30 billion.

Linear Technology, which is based in Milpitas, California, produces power management, data conversion, signal conditioning, RF and interface ICs, µModule subsystems, and wireless sensor network products.  Target markets include communications, networking, industrial, automotive, computer, medical, instrumentation, consumer, and military and aerospace systems.

Analog Devices, which is based in Norwood, MA, produces data converters, amplifiers and linear products, radio frequency (RF) ICs, power management products, sensors based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology and other sensors, and processing products, including DSP and other processors.

http://www.analog.com/

China's LeEco to Acquire Vizio for US TV Set Business

LeEco, a Beijing-based technology company and one of the largest online video companies in China, agreed to acquire Vizio for $2 billion. The deal includes all of the VIZIO hardware and software operations, technology and intellectual property.

Vizio, which is based in Irvine, California and founded in 2002, is a leading consumer electronics brand in North America, with #1 unit share in Smart TVs and #1 unit share in Sound Bars.

“Fourteen years ago, I mortgaged my house to start VIZIO and since then, it has grown into one of the most well-known and respected CE brands in North America. As an entrepreneur, I couldn’t be more proud of what has been accomplished,” said William Wang, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, VIZIO.

http://www.leeco.com/

Monday, July 25, 2016

Huawei's First Half Sales Hit CNY245.5 billion, up 40% YoY

Huawei reported sales revenue for the first half of 2016 of CNY245.5 billion (US$36.75 billion), an increase of 40% comparing with the same period last year. The company's operating margin was 12%.

"We achieved steady growth across all three of our business groups, thanks to a well-balanced global presence and an unwavering focus on our pipe strategy," said Sabrina Meng, Huawei's Chief Financial Officer. "We are confident that Huawei will maintain its current momentum, and round out the full year in a positive financial position backed by sound ongoing operations."

Huawei said its enterprise business is on a fast development track, including solutions for cloud computing, storage, SDN, Safe City and Electric Power IoT.

Huawei's consumer business has maintained steady growth globally. Its flagship products, such as the P9, Mate 8, Honor V8, and MateBook, have all won significant support from consumers around the world.

In the carrier business, Huawei is innovating to support telecom operators' digital transformation across four core areas: business, operations, architecture, and networks. The company is driving development of cutting-edge technologies such as 5G and IoT, which promise to reshape the role of telecom operators in the economy and across numerous industries.

http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2016/7/Huawei-Announces-2016-H1-Business-Results

Hans Vestberg is Out as CEO of Ericsson

Hans Vestberg has stepped down as President and CEO and member of Ericsson's Board of Directors.

Jan Frykhammar, Executive Vice President and CFO, will assume the CEO position until a new CEO is in office.

The resignation comes under pressure from the company's Board of Directors, which issued a statement saying that new leadership is required to address changing market conditions and "drive the next phase of Ericsson's development."  As stated during the disappointing financial report last week, the company must further cut expenses.

In a press statement, Chairman of the Board Leif Johansson says: "Hans Vestberg has led the company for seven years through significant industry and company transformation. Hans has been instrumental in building strong relationships with key customers around the world and his leadership and energy have been an inspiration to employees and leaders across Ericsson. However, in the current environment and as the company accelerates its strategy execution, the Board of Directors has decided that the time is right for a new leader to drive the next phase in Ericsson's development."

https://www.ericsson.com/news/2030327


  • In June 2009, Hans Vestberg took over as CEO of Ericsson, replacing Carl-Henric Svanberg who had taken over as CEO of BP.

Ericsson's Q2 Sales Declined 11% YoY, Further Cuts Announced

Ericsson's Q2 sales decreased by 11% YoY, or down 7% YoY when adjusted for comparable units and currency, as mobile broadband sales continued to decline particularly in markets impacted by a weak macro-economic environment, such as Brazil, Russia and the Middle East.

"The negative industry trends from the first quarter have intensified impacting demand for mobile broadband, especially in markets with a weak macro-economic environment. We are delivering on ongoing cost reduction activities. However, in light of market development, management has, with the support of the Board of Directors, initiated significant actions to further reduce cost," stated Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.

In addition to its ongoing cost and efficiency program targeting savings of SEK 9 b. during 2017, Ericsson said it now plans to reduce R&D investments in IP and capture efficiency gains from the new company structure. Together, these activities are expected to reduce the annual run rate of operating expenses, excluding restructuring charges, to SEK 53 b. in the second half of 2017. This is to be compared with SEK 63 b. for full-year 2014 and equates to double the previously targeted savings in operating expenses.

Some highlights:

  • In Europe, completion of mobile broadband projects in 2015 continued to have a negative effect on sales growth YoY. 4G sales in Mainland China were stable YoY as the fast pace of deployments continued.
  • Network sales in North America were stable YoY driven by continued mobile broadband capacity investments. Global Services sales declined in North America as activities in Professional Services were lower.
  • The transition from 3G to 4G continued primarily in parts of Asia, contributing to solid sales growth in region South East Asia and Oceania.
  • Sales in the targeted growth areas were 20% of total sales and grew by 5% in the quarter in constant currencies. 

https://www.ericsson.com/news/2029293



MEF's Open Connectivity Services Packet WAN Use Case Led by Cisco. Amartus

MEF is undertaking a new OpenCS (Open Connectivity Services) Packet WAN Use Case that as part of MEF’s Open Initiative to accelerate the industry transition to agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services.

The OpenCS Packet WAN use case, which is led by Cisco and Amartus, will deliver a multi-vendor enabled reference design that includes the Presto NRP API using an OpenDaylight (ODL) SDN controller as a platform. In addition, the project involves OpenDaylight plug-ins defined in the ODL UNI Manager project. The OpenCS Packet WAN project team will provide frequent feedback about the use cases, information models, and operations required for MEF network resource models to the MEF NRP project team and coordinate MEF contributions to the ODL community.

MEF has multiple OpenCS use case instances underway, representing the services under the control of a specific network operator but which are orchestrated as part of a federated system initiated by a Third Network service provider. Within the OpenCS ecosystem, companies are developing and testing reference designs of MEF-defined L1-L7 services using combinations of open and closed source software, open specification and commercial hardware (e.g. Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certified devices), SDN, and NFV via MEF’s LSO Presto Network Resources Provisioning (NRP) APIs.

“We are delighted to have the support of Cisco and Amartus for MEF’s OpenCS Packet WAN Use Case that will help drive industry innovation,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “We especially want to thank Donald Hunter, Principal Engineer, Cisco and Bartosz Michalik, Technical Architect, Amartus for co-leading this important project.”

“We’re pleased that the MEF has selected Bartosz to co-lead this project,” said Marcin Paszkiewicz, CEO of Amartus. “Bartosz has contributed to the development of the LSO Presto API from the very outset, having participated in both of the MEF LSO Hackathons that have taken place to date, and I have no doubt that he’ll be highly successful in this project.”

https://www.mef.net/

Crehan: Steeper Price Declines for Ethernet Networking Bandwidth

Much steeper server-class Ethernet networking price declines will result in a significant increase in bandwidth deployed, enabling the next phase of cloud services, according to most recent Server-Class Adapter & LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) Long-Range Forecast Report from Crehan Research Inc.

The firm forecasts that the dollar-per-gigabit cost of server-class Ethernet networking bandwidth will fall to less than one-fifth of its current level within five years, and that the related bandwidth deployed will correspondingly increase more than seven-fold during that same time period (see accompanying figure).

“Over the past five years, server-class Ethernet networking bandwidth has seen a robust increase of about thirty percent per year, in conjunction with ever-increasing data center network traffic and an annual dollar-per-gigabit price decline in the ten to fifteen percent range,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.

“With the arrival of 25 gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 50GbE and 100GbE, we expect an inflection change in this trend, with total bandwidth increasing close to fifty percent annually and the cost-per-gigabit of that bandwidth declining by close to thirty percent annually.” He added, “In fact, we are already seeing examples where 25GbE, 50GbE and 100GbE data center Ethernet products have very small – and sometimes no – price premium over the comparable lower speed offering.”

Despite its projection of a very strong ramp in the adoption of 25GbE, 50GbE and 100GbE, Crehan Research expects 10GbE to remain a very important server-class Ethernet networking technology through 2020, especially in enterprise data centers. “Although there is a lot of excitement around 25GbE, 50GbE and 100GbE, and justifiably so,” Crehan said, “many enterprise data centers are still using 1GbE for server networking attach. A lot of these customers will likely see 10GbE, and especially 10GBASE-T, as their next network upgrade path.” In a prior long-range forecast report, the firm noted that in contrast to the past, many high-speed Ethernet networking speeds would coexist simultaneously, as the diverse segments of the market looked for more targeted solutions to meet their specific needs.

http://www.CrehanResearch.com

Nokia to provide Tele2 with Cloud Packet Core

Tele2 has selected Nokia's Cloud Packet Core solution for deployment across its international network, first in Croatia and followed by Sweden, the Baltic states, Austria, the Netherlands and Kazakhstan.

The new generation mobile network will give Tele2 the flexibility, scale and performance necessary to support LTE consumer services on a larger scale, and further develop the foundation for 5G. Nokia will deliver its full Cloud Packet Core solution based on Cloud Mobile Gateway  and Cloud Mobility Manager, including the EMS and Virtualized Network Functions (VNF) Manager. The deal also includes Nokia's Professional Services.

"Like all leading operators, Tele2 is building out its packet core network to address the growth of consumer mobile broadband and an evolution path to 5G. Nokia is a packet core innovator and our cloud-native solution will allow Tele2 to connect a greater number and variety of devices and deliver a broader range of services. We look forward to helping our customer transform its mobile network infrastructure so they can offer new services faster, ensure scalability and performance, and evolve with confidence," stated Basil Alwan, president of IP/Optical Networks at Nokia.

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Singapore's StarHub Triple Upload Speed with Carrier Aggregation + 64 QAM

Singapore's StarHub completed a trial with Nokia that implmented carrier aggregation in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands and the 64 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) technique to triple the upload speed over its LTE network.  The companies reported peak upload speeds of 150 Mbps.

StarHub plans to introduce the technology commercially in the Marina Bay and Orchard areas of Singapore in time for the city state's year-end celebrations, allowing customers with compatible devices to enjoy a smoother mobile data experience while sharing high definition videos and photos in real time. At such speeds which are three times faster than what most 4G networks offer today, a 200MB 4K resolution video can be uploaded to the Internet in as little as 11 seconds.

Mock Pak Lum, Chief Technology Officer, StarHub, said: "The ability to upload quickly is fast becoming a necessity for our mobile customers. In fact, we saw a close to 50% increase in upload traffic year-on-year, as customers increasingly share high definition videos and photos instantly with the world. Collaborating with technology partners such as Nokia, we are driving innovation in 4G for the benefit of our customers amid continued growth in mobile data use."

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Verizon Confirms $4.8 Billion Acquisition of Yahoo

Verizon confirmed a deal to acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion in cash. The deal does not include Yahoo’s cash, its shares in Alibaba Group Holdings, its shares in Yahoo Japan, Yahoo’s convertible notes, certain minority investments, and Yahoo’s non-core patents (called the Excalibur portfolio). Yahoo will remain a registered, publicly traded investment company holding these assets, and will change its name once the deal closes.

Yahoo, which was founded in 1994 and is based in Sunnyvale, California, remains one the most visited news and media website, with over 7 billion views per month, along with leading web services with email, sports, etc..

Yahoo claims 600 million monthly active users. Yahoo's email service has 225 million monthly active users.

Verizon said the acquisition, combined with its AOL property, gives its more than 25 digital content/service brands in areas ranging from sports and entertainment news to online information services.

“Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers. The acquisition of Yahoo will put Verizon in a highly competitive position as a top global mobile media company, and help accelerate our revenue stream in digital advertising.” Lowell McAdam, Verizon Chairman and CEO
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