Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Silicon Labs Launches High-Speed Multi-Channel PLC Input Isolators

Silicon Labs introduced the industry’s first high-speed, multi-channel digital isolators designed to meet the demands of programmable logic controller (PLC) applications.


The new Si838x PLC field input isolator family offers a combination of high-speed channels (up to 2 Mbps), up to eight channels per device, bipolar input flexibility, high noise immunity and 2.5k VRMS safety isolation. 

Target applications include industrial I/O modules, computer numerical control (CNC) machines and servo motor control.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

AT&T Offers Ethernet Prequalification Tool, Implements Cloud-based vProbe

AT&T has introduced new tool to qualify Ethernet-based services for its wholesale customers. The tool, which leverages two AT&T Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), allows wholesale customers to automatically check the availability and speed of select Ethernet-based services by address.

“We’re bringing much needed innovation and agility to wholesale customers,” said Brendan Floyd, vice president of Wholesale Solutions for AT&T. “We’re making it as easy as possible for service providers to help their customers move from legacy services to transformative technologies like 100-Gigabit Ethernet and AT&T Switched Ethernet Broadband Port.”

“We closely followed the MEF’s new framework to deliver an API flow – one that lets our wholesale customers validate AT&T Switched Ethernet services within our 21-state footprint,” said Mike Lesher, executive director, Product Marketing Management, AT&T. “The tool’s capabilities are leaps and bounds ahead of the manual process the industry is currently accustomed to.”

Separately, AT&T confirmed that it is migrating network probe functions to the cloud with new service assurance software from RADCOM Ltd.

Specifically, AT&T will integrate the virtual probe (vProbe) functions into the network through ECOMP, its infrastructure delivery platform. AT&T will use RADCOM's MaveriQ software to deploy vProbes as virtual network functions running on the AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC). 

AT&T said that by virtualizing service assurance functions it can boost performance optimization and also help identify and isolate network issues to maximize customer experience.

 “Our shift to a software-based network began a few years ago when we saw the exponential growth in traffic on our wireless and broadband networks,” said Susan A. Johnson, senior vice president, AT&T Global Supply. “To keep up with that demand and scale our capacity, we needed to change our network to be more software-centric. Since we announced our 2020 virtualization goal, we surpassed our first major objective by virtualizing 5.7% in 2015. In 2016, we’re targeting 30%. Technologies like RADCOM’s MaveriQ software will help us accelerate to our goal." http://www.att.com

Juniper to Acquires Aurrion for Silicon Photonics

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Aurrion, a start-up developing silicon-photonics technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Aurrion, which is based in Santa Barbara, California and was founded in 2008, has been working on technology to change how photonic transceivers can be packaged and integrated into systems. Its new approach to optics manufacturing could be used for systems in hyperscale data centers.

In a blog post, Juniper's Pradeep Sindhu writes "Aurrion’s breakthrough technology will result in fundamental and permanent improvements in cost per bit-per-second, power per bit-per-second, bandwidth density, and flexibility of networking systems."

http://www.juniper.net


IHS Scorecard Evaluates Top Seven Public Clouds

IHS Markit published excerpts from its new Cloud IT Infrastructure Service Provider Scorecard, which profiles and analyzes the top seven revenue producers for cloud IT infrastructure services: Amazon (AWS), CenturyLink, Equinix, Google, IBM, Microsoft (Azure) and Rackspace.

For 2016, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft received the leader designation for cloud IT infrastructure services, while CenturyLink, Equinix and Rackspace were identified as established players.

“Leadership in the cloud IT infrastructure services market requires very strong in-house software development skills, and all the leaders in our Scorecard have a long history of innovation. This is not expected to change moving forward,” said Cliff Grossner, senior research director, data center, cloud and SDN, at IHS Markit.

“Established players, meanwhile, are able to leverage an existing services client base to which they can offer operational efficiencies. Although they have lower market momentum than the leaders, their significant presence indicates strong adoption of their solutions,” Grossner said.
The off-premises cloud service market segments analyzed for this Scorecard include infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud as a service (CaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).

http://press.ihs.com/press-release/technology/ihs-markit-names-amazon-google-ibm-and-microsoft-leaders-cloud-services-sco

Singtel and Ericsson Demo 5G Peak Rate of 27.5Gbps

Singtel and Ericsson conducted a live demonstration of Ericsson’s 5G Radio Prototypes.  The test achieved a peak throughput of 27.5Gbps and latency as low as 2ms.

Singtel noted that it progressing well on its 5G journey, deploying key pre-5G technologies such as LTE-Advanced (Carrier aggregation, 256QAM) on its live network and taking the next step to LTE Advanced Pro (LAA, NB-IoT).

Ericsson said some key capabilities of its 5G Radio Prototypes include multipoint connectivity with distributed multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) and 5G-LTE dual connectivity, to ensure a smooth evolution to 5G and rapid adoption of new 5G-based services.

Mr Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, says: "We strive to upgrade our networks with cutting-edge enhancements, constantly offering our customers all the possibilities that technology brings. Singapore is at the forefront of the most connected cities in the world and now we want to take it to the next level. 5G is very important to the Singtel Group as it will support advanced communication needs. To ensure the Singtel Group continues our technology leadership in the mobile communications domain, we are exploring, studying and trialling pre-5G technologies with Ericsson."

Mr Magnus Ewerbring, Head of Technology Development, Asia-Pacific, Ericsson says; “5G will enable the full potential of Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society and 5G performance will benefit consumers, business users and entire industries in Singapore. Together with Singtel we have launched many world-first and nation-first achievements with the 4G network since 2011 and we will be together at the forefront of 5G as well.”

http://www.ericsson.com

HPE Reshuffles its Cloud Team

HPE announced a reshuffling of its executive team and cloud organization.

The Helion OpenStack (HOS) and Helion CloudSystem teams will note be part of the company's Enterprise Group (EG) and will become part of the newly created Software-Defined & Cloud Group (SDCG), led by Ric Lewis.

HPE is aligning its sales team into a single organization, led by Peter Ryan.  Jim Merritt, who currently leads Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ), will lead the North America sales regions. HPE's current Managing Director of Americas Sales, Robert Vrij, will be leaving the company at the end of the year.  Phil Davis, currently head of Storage Sales in APJ, will now be responsible for sales in APJ.

In additio, Bill Philbin will be taking over as head of the Storage business; the role previously held by Manish Goel, who has decided to leave HPE to pursue other opportunities.

http://www.hpe.com


HPE's Services Business to Merge with CSC for Global IT Services



Hewlett Packard Enterprise will spin-off its Enterprise Services business and merge the unit with CSC, creating a pure-play, global IT services company with annual revenues of approximately $26 billion, more than 5,000 customers in 70 countries and employees in every major global region. The companies said the combination will give them greater scale to service global clients migrating to the cloud. The deal is expected to produce first-year cost...


Ixia Posts Q2 Sales of $120 Million

Ixia reported Q2 2016 second quarter revenue of $120.1 million, compared with $131.6 million reported for the 2015 second quarter and $112.7 million reported for the 2016 first quarter. On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income for the 2016 second quarter of $1.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with net income of $5.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the 2015 second quarter, and a net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the 2016 first quarter.

"In the second quarter we achieved revenue at the high-end of our guidance range and delivered solid earnings that were driven by our strong gross margin performance and continued focus on financial discipline. We also generated $25.5 million in cash flow from operations and repurchased $6.9 million of Ixia common stock," said Bethany Mayer, Ixia’s president and chief executive officer. "Leveraging technology unique to Ixia, we have continued to add new capabilities across our test, security, and visibility platforms and have brought new products to market that we believe further expand Ixia’s technology leadership over the competition.”

Ixia also announced the appointment of Patti Key as its senior vice president, global sales. Since August 2014, Key has served as the company’s vice president, sales, Americas. She joined Ixia in February 2008 as vice president, sales, East.  Prior to joining Ixia, Key held several sales and marketing roles with Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard.

https://www.ixiacom.com/

Apptimize Secures $12.4M for Mobile Optimization Platform

Apptimize, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $12.4 million in Series B financing for its optimization platform for A/B testing of mobile apps.

Investors include US Venture Partners,Glynn Capital Management, Goldcrest Investments, Western Technology Investments, Ken Ross, and Twin Gables.

“Mobile continues to be the dominant way consumers want to interact, so it’s important that businesses learn and adapt to customer preferences as quickly as possible,” said Nancy Hua, co-founder and CEO of Apptimize. “Our business customers are top performers in their industries, and have proven that fast iteration and intelligent A/B testing are key to staying competitive and relevant. Our simple and intuitive tools help mobile developers and business teams work together to optimize customer experiences, increase revenue and engagement, improve user ratings, and react quickly to changing trends."

http://www.apptimize.com


Monday, August 1, 2016

Verizon to Acquire Fleetmatics for $2.4 Billion

Verizon Communications agreed to acquire Fleetmatics Group PLC (NYSE: FLTX)for $60.00 per share in cash – representing a value of approximately $2.4 billion.

Fleetmatics offers software-as-a-service (SaaS) fleet management solution that provides operators with visibility into vehicle location, fuel usage, speed and mileage, and other insights into their mobile workforce.

As of March 31, 2016, Fleetmatics served approximately 37,000 customers and approximately 737,000 subscribed vehicles throughout Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy. The company has approximately 1,200 employees and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with North American headquarters in Waltham, Mass.

"Fleetmatics is a market leader in North America -- and increasingly internationally -- and they've developed a wide-range of compelling SaaS-based products and solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses," said Andrés Irlando, CEO of Verizon Telematics. "The powerful combination of products and services, software platforms, robust customer bases, domain expertise and experience, and talented and passionate teams among Fleetmatics, the recently-acquired Telogis, and Verizon Telematics will position the combined companies to become a leading provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions globally," Irlando added.

In June, Verizon Telematics also announced the acquisition of Telogis, Inc., a global, cloud-based mobile enterprise management software company based in Aliso Viejo, Calif. That transaction closed on July 29.

Verizon Telematics, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, operates in more than 40 markets worldwide and offers comprehensive wireless, software and hardware solutions to consumers, enterprises, automakers and dealers to power connected-vehicle products around the world.

http://www.verizon.com
https://www.fleetmatics.com/

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...

Verizon to Acquire XO's Fiber Business for $1.8 Billion


Verizon Communications has agreed to acquire XO Communications’ fiber-optic network business for approximately $1.8 billion. Verizon cited several financial benefits from the transaction, including a step-up in the basis of the assets as well as operating and capital expense savings. The net present value of the operational synergies is expected to be in excess of $1.5 billion. Separately, Verizon will simultaneously lease available XO wireless





Verizon Cites Mobile Content Strategy for AOL Acquisition


Verizon announced plans to acquire AOL for $50 per share -- an estimated total value of approximately $4.4 billion -- for its digital content and advertising platforms. Verizon said the deal further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy. The agreement will also support and connect to Verizon’s IoT (Internet of Things) platforms, creating a growth platform from wireles

NBC Olympics selects Microsoft Azure for Cloud Encoding/Hosting

NBC Olympics will be using Microsoft Azure to provide cloud encoding and hosting with video workflows of the upcoming Olympic games in Rio.

NBCOlympics.com plans to post a record 4,500 hours of online conten from the Olympics.

This is the second Games for which NBC Olympics has chosen Microsoft Azure to assist with live and on-demand multiplatform streaming coverage. With the proliferation of connected devices, viewers this year will tune into NBC Olympics’ programming from connected TVs, tablets, smartphones, PCs and more. NBC Olympics is making it easy for viewers to access news, highlights and programming wherever they are via the NBC Sports app available free on Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon, Windows 10 tablets, Xbox, Windows Phone, PC and Mac.

“We always strive to deliver more content in real time to more channels and devices around the world,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise Group at Microsoft. “During the Sochi Olympic Games, NBC Olympics had more than 1 million concurrent live viewers watching a collective average of 600,000 hours of coverage per day. We are planning for even greater viewing numbers for Rio, and are excited to power the experience again using Microsoft Azure.”

“The Rio Olympics have nearly three times as many events per day as the Sochi Games,” said Rick Cordella, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group. “With the Azure cloud platform, Microsoft is partnering with us to deliver the secure, scalable cloud we depend on to bring the Games to millions of viewers on whichever device they prefer, via end-to-end live streaming entirely in the cloud.”

http://news.microsoft.com/



IBM Develops Bio Lab-on-Chip Technology

IBM is developing a new lab-on-a-chip technology that separates biological particles down to 20 nanometers (nm) in diameter, a scale that gives access to important particles such as DNA, viruses and exosomes. IBM said the technology offer potential to diagnose diseases before patients experience any physical symptoms and when the outcome from treatment is most positive. Until now, the smallest bioparticle that could be separated by size with on-chip technologies was about 50 times or larger.

“The ability to sort and enrich biomarkers at the nanoscale in chip-based technologies opens the door to understanding diseases such as cancer as well as viruses like the flu or Zika,” said Gustavo Stolovitzky, Program Director of Translational Systems Biology and Nanobiotechnology at IBM Research. “This extra amount of time could allow physicians to make more informed decisions and when the prognosis for treatment options is most positive.”

https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/50275.wss

Equinix Buys Paris Data Center from Digital Realty

Equinix completed its acquisition of Digital Realty's operating business in St. Denis, Paris, including its real estate and data center facility, for EUR €189,750,000 (approximately USD $211 million).

The site currently houses Equinix's PA2 and PA3 International Business Exchange (IBX®) data centers.


Equinix said purchasing the St. Denis facility adds approximately 1,000 cabinets of sold capacity to the 5,000 cabinets Equinix has already sold in PA2 and PA3, plus expansion space for a further 1,000 cabinets in the existing buildings to support customer growth. The acquired facility is a dense interconnection site housing a core node of the Equinix Internet Exchange, one of the leading traffic exchanges in France.

Equinix's seven Paris data centers currently serve more than 575 companies.

http://www.equinix.com

Frontier Posts Q2 Revenue of $2.68 Billion

Frontier Communications reported Q2 revenue of $2,608 million, including contributions from the fully integrated assets Frontier acquired from Verizon in California, Texas, and Florida (CTF).

“We are very pleased with the performance of our newly acquired assets and our achievement of annualized cost synergies of $1 billion in the second quarter. We now expect annual cost synergies related to the acquisition of $1.25 billion, up from our original estimate of $700 million,” said Dan McCarthy, Frontier President and Chief Executive Officer.

“As we move forward, we are continuing to focus on executing our strategy for growth, including upgrading our broadband speed capabilities, expanding our new Vantage video service to an increasing portion of our footprint, and implementing our successful commercial distribution capabilities in Frontier’s new markets. We will remain focused on increasing our broadband and video penetration, and improving our efficiency. Our priorities continue to be driving strong free cash flow and continuing our disciplined capital allocation policy, which together underpin our very attractive, sustainable dividend, and industry-leading dividend payout ratio. We also are very well-positioned to achieve our plan to reduce leverage over time,” McCarthy said.

Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter 2016:

  • Revenue of $2,608 million
  • Operating income of $311 million, operating income margin of 11.9%
  • Net loss of $80 million, or ($0.07) per share
  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) of $1,032 million, adjusted EBITDA margin of 39.6%
  • Net cash provided from operating activities of $693 million
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow(3) of $250 million

https://frontier.com/

KYOCERA to Acquire Melles Griot KK for Optical Components

Kyocera agreed to acquire all shares in Melles Griot KK — a Japan-based manufacturer specializing in optical components which is currently a subsidiary of U.S.-based IDEX Corporation.

Kyocera Optec Co. specializes in optical components for the automotive market as well as for the factory automation (FA) and medical markets.

Melles Griot KK possesses development and manufacturing technology for large caliber lenses and high precision lenses used in FA devices. The Kyocera Group aims to strengthen its product lineup and expand its optical component business by maximizing synergies between the companies.

http://global.kyocera.com/

Sunday, July 31, 2016

CORD: Telcos Look to Adopt the Cloud Architecture

The CORD Project (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) is moving rapidly beyond the proof-of-concept and gaining support of major telcos and cloud providers such as AT&T, China Unicom, Google, Telefonica and Verizon, said Guru Parulkar, speaking at the inaugural CORD Summit, which was held 29-July-2016 at the Google campus in Silicon Valley.  CORD, which originated at ON.Lab, is now managed under The Linux Foundation.

The sold-out CORD Summit attracted about 200 participants from a diverse array of companies, ranging from silicon providers, system vendors, software developers, cloud companies and global carriers.

Some highlights:

  • CORD has just released its first open reference implementation built on SDN, NFV, Cloud and open source platforms such as ONOS, Trellis, OpenStack, Docker and XOS.
  • CORD will leverage merchant silicon, white boxes servers, bare metal switches and open source software platforms.
  • XOS is the Everything-as-a-Service paradigm featuring service composition, multi-tenant services, and services with scalability and high availability;

  • ONOS is the SDN OS for service providers also developed at ON.Lab. It targets scalability, performance, high availability, abstractions for apps and devices
  • Trellis is open source SDN fabric on bare metal, combined with virtual network overlay, unified control of underlay and overlay and many applications;
  • CORD is not only servers/switches but also network access boxes, including FTTH, LTE, etc.
  • the CORD project is divided into the following domains: Mobile, Residential, and Enterprise.
  • CORD introduces an SDN-enabled central office fabric with multiple levels of resiliency.
  • CORD is using OpenStack and Docker to support a micro-services approach
  • Google's Craig Barrett noted that his company has made considerable investments in SDN and NFV, and that it has huge network access project underway, such as Google Fiber in a growing number of U.S. cities, Wi-Fi/mobile access services, and even the futuristic Google Loon balloon Internet project. In India, Google's project with RailTel is already delivering Internet service to train commuters using a Wi-Fi + subscriber management system running in a cloud, not a traditional central office.
  • AT&T's Al Blackburn spoke about this company's commitment to open source projects, including CORD and its ECOMP
  • Newly announced CORD collaborators include Broadband Forum, Lime Micro (open source Software Defined Radio products), NTT East, Quortus and Telefonica. The five new collaborator companies also joined the ONOS Project
  • Last week, CORD announced Google, Radisys and Samsung Electronics Co. as new members. Original backers include AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and Verizon, vendors Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Nokia, etc.
“The CORD community continues to quickly grow and attract a diverse range of collaborators eager to work with us,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director of ON.Lab and board member of the CORD Project. “We are united in our focus on developing and building CORD into a mainstream solution for service providers as quickly as possible. Besides our existing service provider partners, more than 20 active collaborators and many other global service providers have also expressed interest in wanting to use CORD.”

http://www.opencord.org

Broadband Forum and ON.Lab collaborate on CORD

The Broadband Forum agreed to collaborate with Open Networking Laboratory (ON.Lab) on the development of future broadband requirements and standards in close collaboration with open source projects in areas such as SDN, NFV, Cloud, and the CORD project.

Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh said: “Working with ON.Lab on CORD has been a very fruitful exercise and we’re pleased to formalize the arrangement with this MOU. The CORD project is an important example of the vast amount of work being done in this area and collaborating with projects like this one will be key for the Broadband Forum as we look to work more closely with open source projects to help our members feel the business benefits of SDN, NFV, Cloud and other new technologies.”

ON.Lab Executive Director Guru Parulkar said: “The Cloud CO as a concept is going to be a vital part of our work going forward and with it, operators will be able to quickly and efficiently deliver new technologies into the central office. With the help of the Broadband Forum, ON.Lab will continue to meet the challenges of re-imagining the telco CO as concepts and use cases emerge.”

http://www.broadband-forum.org
http://onlab.us

Intel Puts its Rack Scale Design into Open Source

Intel announced the release of its Intel Rack Scale Architecture into open source code.

Intel describes its design as an industry-standard framework for disaggregating and dynamically managing compute, storage, and network resources for more efficient utilization of data center assets. The aim is to provice dynamic management of compute, memory, PCIe, and storage resources and the pooling of those resources for more efficient use of data center assets.

The architecture was discussed at last year's Intel Developer Forum (IDF 2015).

Intel Rack Scale Design is based upon and use the Redfish industry standard from DMTFOpens in a new window for modern and secure management of scalable platform hardware in the modern data center.

http://itpeernetwork.intel.com/intel-rack-scale-design-now-ready-open-source-development/

SES Posts 1H16 Revenue of EUR 956.8 million, down 4.2%

SES S.A. reported revenue of EUR 956.8 million, down 4.2% as reported (-4.8% at constant FX), for the first six months of 2016. EBITDA came in at EUR 699.8 million, down 5.4% as reported (-5.8% at constant FX and same scope).

“SES’s first half results were in line with management’s expectations, while the appeal of SES’s differentiated and holistic solutions to major customers has continued to deliver substantial contract backlog and validates SES’s capability-driven strategy," stated Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO.

A few operational highlights from the financial statement:


  • HDTV channels up 12.1% (YOY) to 2,442 channels, improving HD penetration from 30.4% to 32.7%
  • Of the 7,463 total TV channels broadcast by SES’s global fleet (30 June 2015: 7,164), 32.7% are broadcast in HD (30 June 2015: 30.4%). This represents a growth in HDTV channels of 12.1% (YOY) to 2,442 HDTV channels. 
  • At 30 June 2016, 60% of SES’s total TV channels are broadcast in MPEG-4 (30 June 2015: 54%).
  • At 30 June 2016, SES now broadcasts 16 commercial UHD TV channels (30 June 2015: none), including all regional variations. In January 2016, SES and Vivicast Media unveiled UHD-1 for audiences of North American cable operators and telcos. Then, in May 2016, SES announced an agreement for the world’s first Ultra HD sports channel, Viasat Ultra HD. 
  • SES now supports a total of 57 global government customers. In January 2016, SES secured a new contract with the Kativik Regional Government, in Canada, to provide satellite services across the northern Quebec region. The contract, which began on 30 June 2016, includes 12 transponders on SES-2 to deliver critical C-band communications capabilities. The service will triple the bandwidth currently available across the region.
  • As at 30 June 2016, the SES fleet had 1,550 available transponders (30 June 2015: 1,518 available transponders). The movement in available capacity includes the entry in commercial service of SES-9 (+53 incremental transponders) on 1 June 2016. This was partly offset by the ARSAT migration (-16 transponders) and reduction in available capacity on NSS-6 (-5 transponders) as a result of power degradation.


http://www.ses.com/

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