Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Intel Releases 100G Silicon Photonic Transceiver

After 16 years of investing in R&D, Intel announced the commercial release of its first silicon photonics product -- a 100G CWDM4 QSFP28 optical transceiver supporting in data center distances of up 2km over duplex single-mode fiber, with high speed and low-power consumption. The new product is designed to be compliant with 100G CWDM4 and CLR4 MSA, QSFP28, and CAUI-4 specifications.

The compact QSFP28 form factor enables high faceplate density in networking equipment. It supports the CWDM wavelength grid (1271, 1291, 1311, and 1331 nm) for uncooled operation, and the electrical interface is  compliant with IEEE 802.3bm CAUI-4 standard.

In a keynote address, Intel's Diane Bryant said silicon photonics would play an increasing role in the company's vision for future data center architecture.

http://itpeernetwork.intel.com/bringing-light-intels-silicon/







Infinera Validates Optical Line Systems with Lumentum's White Box

Infinera and Lumentum have validated Infinera’s portfolio of DWDM platforms over Lumentum’s white box optical line system.

The interoperability testing included Infinera’s XTM Series, Cloud Xpress Family and DTN-X Family (including XTC and XT Series) platforms. In addition, the companies successfully conducted interoperability testing of Infinera’s next generation Infinite Capacity Engine pilot hardware.

Specifically, the Infinera platforms interoperated with the Lumentum white box open line system including the 20 port Transport ROADM. The test cases covered point-to-point metro fiber links carrying multiple modulations including QPSK (quadrature phase shift keying), 8QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and 16QAM with PIC based super-channels over the Lumentum open line system. The test was able to fill the fiber to full capacity at QPSK, 8QAM and 16QAM data rates via 19 super-channels injected into a single rack unit 20 port ROADM. A fully loaded solution achieves up to 24 terabits of fiber capacity using the Infinite Capacity Engine at 16QAM. The testing successfully validated standard optical parameters including optical signal to noise ratio (OSNR) for seamless performance over metro distances.

The companies described the interoperability testing as the first multi-vendor driven demonstration of, and commitment to supporting, an open, interoperable and agile approach to the construction of transport networks, including for data center interconnect (DCI) and metro/edge WDM transport.

Infinera and Lumentum also noted that they are collaborating on open packet optical transport in the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), an industry initiative co-founded by Facebook.

“By validating the industry’s first white box open line system interoperability with Lumentum, Infinera has demonstrated our commitment to delivering the innovative and open optical solutions that our customers need,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “Infinera’s leadership in technology innovation with large-scale photonic integration is changing telecom networks. This announcement is yet another step in the path to delivering on our vision of enabling an infinite pool of intelligent bandwidth that the next communications infrastructure is built upon.”

“Lumentum’s award-winning optical white boxes are designed for simplicity and scalability, with open interfaces to enable Software Defined Networking (SDN),” said Alan Lowe, Lumentum CEO. “The demonstration of successful interoperability with Infinera validates the open system approach that should deliver the simplicity and service innovation many network operators desire.”

https://www.infinera.com/infinera-validates-intelligent-transport-network-portfolio-over-lumentum-white-box-optical-line-system/
https://www.lumentum.com


Centurylink Expands Data Center Interconnection Options

CenturyLink has significantly increased the number of network carriers available for interconnections across its fleet of global data centers.

CenturyLink now provides customers with access to 99 different carriers and network providers across the company's 58 data centers throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. CenturyLink offers an average of seven network carrier connections at each data center, and some facilities offer more than 20 unique providers.

"In today's increasingly digital world, businesses, government agencies and consumers alike face drastically increased needs for connectivity," said David Meredith, senior vice president, global data centers, CenturyLink. "In order to meet this steep demand, organizations must take a hybrid IT approach and maximize the value of their IT assets. By accessing several different data center carriers, CenturyLink customers are better positioned to deliver reliable and secure connections for their clients."  

http://www.centurylink.com/business/enterprise/colocation/interconnection.html

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Intel Offers Custom 10nm Foundry for ARM

Intel will open its 10 nm FinFET Custom Foundry service to include ARM Artisan physical IP, including POP IP, based on the most advanced ARM cores and Cortex series processors.

LG Electronics will be the first customer for this 10 nm design platform.

Intel Custom Foundry already offered 22 nm and 14 nm foundry services.

Intel also noted that its EDA and IP ecosystem has also been growing over the past few years, as evidenced by the EDA enablement and certification announcements with partners such as ANSYS, Cadence, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys. Some customer highlights:

  • Achronix Semiconductor is in production on its Intel 22 nm Speedster 22i HD1000 networking silicon.
  • Netronome is in production on its Intel 22 nm networking silicon – NFP-6480.
  • Altera is using Intel's foundry platform to build the first true 14 nm FPGA, which offers unprecedented advances in PPA.

https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/accelerating-foundry-innovation-smart-connected-world/

Rubik Launches Cloud Data Management Platform v3.0, Raises $61 Million

Rubrik, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, closed $61 million in new venture funding and launched version 3.0 of its Cloud Data Management platform, which delivers data protection, search and analytics, archiving and compliance, and copy data management capabilities for hybrid cloud enterprises.

Rubrik's value proposition is to deliver data management functions in a single software fabric spanning with

  • Instant Access – Rubrik delivers instant application recovery and predictive global search by unifying data locked within disparate application silos into one globally indexed namespace while leveraging zero-data cloning technology to enable on-demand copy data workflows.      
  • Automated Orchestration – Rubrik nearly eliminates daily operational management by enabling a single policy engine to orchestrate service level agreements across the entire data lifecycle. The Rubrik programmatic interface automates how data services are created, consumed, and retired across clouds.
  • Security and Compliance – Rubrik secures data whether in-flight or at-rest throughout its lifecycle, regardless of location. The Rubrik platform delivers granular user provisioning and data permissions across all cloud data management workflows while providing automated compliance reporting to successfully complete various industry and internal audits.

The $61 million Series C funding round was led by Khosla Ventures with heavy participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners and angel investors. The company has raised $112 million to date.

“As data centers are re-imagined for cloud, there’s a universal need for a data management platform that can orchestrate data anywhere – across private and public clouds. Just as Sun Microsystems ushered an era of client-server computing, Rubrik pioneers a cloud data management architecture that will fundamentally transform how enterprises manage and access their application data,” explains Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures. “Rubrik’s swift rise and unparalleled momentum demonstrate a massive market opportunity for such a cloud-enabled transformation.”

http://www.rubrik.com/



  • Rubrik is headed by Bipul Sinha, who previously was a partner at Lightspeed, where he invested in Nutanix (founding investor and board member), PernixData, and Numerify.) Its founders also include Arvind Jain, previously a Distinguished Engineer at Google where he started/managed the Google Fiber, MapMaker and YouTube and Search infrastructure teams; Soham Mazumdar, who was the co-founder and CTO at Tagtile, a mobile loyalty company (acquired by Facebook) and who co-founded Teragoogle, a complete re-architecture of Google's Search Infrastructure, for which he was awarded the Google Founder's Award; and Arvind Nithrakashyap, who led the real-time ad infrastructure team at Rocketfuel and previously co-founded the Exadata storage platform at Oracle.

MENA Submarine Cable Deploys Infinera DTN-X XTC

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Submarine Cable System, which is owned by Orascom Telecom, has deployed the Infinera DTN-X XTC Series platform across its subsea network. Specifically, the Infinera DTN-X XTC Series integrates the subsea network connecting the Mediterranean and Middle East regions with MENA’s existing Infinera terrestrial network.

The Infinera DTN-X XTC-10, featuring FlexCoherent technology and Instant Bandwidth, enables MENA to rapidly deploy bandwidth in increments of 100 Gbps.

MENA’s infrastructure provides wholesale capacity to global networks via Asia and the Middle East.

“This subsea network upgrade integrated with MENA’s existing terrestrial network enables MENA to deliver bandwidth quickly and efficiently on a critical route between Europe, Middle East and Arabian Gulf countries,” said Kamran Malik, CEO at MENA. “The Infinera DTN-X XTC Series provides robust reliability, flexibility and scalability, meeting the high standards that MENA seeks in a vendor. This helps MENA offer wholesale customers bandwidth as needed in 100G increments.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with MENA on its subsea network upgrade, integrating with the existing terrestrial network,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, EMEA at Infinera. “This network upgrade enables MENA to provide differentiated wholesale international capacity in its markets and supports the growth of the Mediterranean and Middle East economy with on-demand scale and efficiency.”

https://www.infinera.com/mena-upgrades-subsea-network-connects-mediterranean-middle-east/

AT&T Enhances Interoperability for Public Sector and Public Safety Networks

AT&T announced Inter-RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI), an IP-based, open-standard connection – APCO Project 25 (P25) for connectivity among public sector and public safety networks.
AT&T already supports CSSI lets customers connect dispatch console systems.

AT&T said public safety customers can connect their LMR networks to AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk to extend coverage and communications nationwide. AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk also meets the requirements of the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2. FIPS is a U.S. government computer security standard used to test and validate product security.

The end-to-end solution also integrates AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management to provide priority call treatment and network access based on Quality of Service network technology.

“With ISSI, the geographic and technological restrictions of LMR are a thing of the past,” said Walt Rivenbark, associate vice president of Advanced Mobile Solutions, AT&T. “We’re the first major U.S. wireless carrier to offer ISSI and CSSI connectivity to more than 2,500 public safety networks.”

http://www.att.com/eptt

Viasat Announces 100 Gbps Ethernet Encryptor

ViaSat introduced a 100 Gbps Type 1 Ethernet encryptor for its satellite service.

The solution is targeted at government users for cloud computing and real-time data transport across the battlespace.

"When it comes to secure networking, ViaSat has a clear competitive advantage in providing innovative and network-efficient 'edge to cloud' encryption solutions to the U.S. government," said Jerry Goodwin, chief operating officer, Government Systems Division, ViaSat. "We are committed to lead the market with our Type 1 network encryptors, enabling warfighters to securely access classified communications across the entire battlespace. From the KG-142 to the KG-250XS to our Type 1 embeddable security modules, we are providing best-in-class solutions that meet the evolving communications needs of our forces."

ViaSat said its 100 Gbps encryptor broadens its 'edge to cloud' network encryption portfolio, coming on the heels of the recently announced NSA-certified KG-250XS, which is the lowest size, weight, and power (SWaP), rugged HAIPE IS v4.1 network encryptor, and is compatible with ViaSat's family of field-proven Type 1 HAIPE devices.

http://www.viasat.com

Ciena Expands SDN/NFV Ecosystem

Ciena added 30 new members to its Blue Orbit Ecosystem, which is focused on delivering applications and infrastructure platforms for real-world, multi-vendor software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments.

Some notable additions to Blue Orbit include: Akamai Technologies, Ammeon, Check Point Software Technologies, EMC, Netrounds, Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab), and Sytel Reply, a leading consulting, systems integration and digital services company.

Blue Orbit now includes a total of 64 members, who are committed to supporting network operators’ ongoing transformation to open, programmable and virtualized networks.

http://www.blueplanet.com/ecosystem

Monday, August 15, 2016

Verizon's Brendan Gunn on Network Transformation

SDN and NFV are now transforming service delivery in a material way, says Brendan Gunn, Director, Global Ethernet and IP for Verizon Wholesale.

As before, the core challenge remains to deliver connectivity to people, places and things while doing so securely, reliably and simply.

To do so, Verizon Wholesale focuses on (1) expanding the physical layer (2) building Layer 2 and 3 functionality on top of that infrastructure, including SD-WAN, NFV-as-a-service, ultra high-speed ports, etc.

See video:  https://youtu.be/Ol-YmAPSA2k


AWS Adds Transit Virtual Private Cloud Service

Amazon Web Services announced a new service that connects multiple Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), which might be geographically disparate and/or running in separate AWS accounts, to a common VPC that serves as a global network transit center.

AWS said this network topology simplifies network management and minimizes the number of connections needed. The service is implemented virtually and does not require any physical network gear or a physical presence in a colocation transit hub.

AWS said the new transit VPC supports several important use cases:

  • Private Networking – a private network that spans two or more AWS Regions.
  • Shared Connectivity – Multiple VPCs can share connections to data centers, partner networks, and other clouds.
  • Cross-Account AWS Usage – The VPCs and the AWS resources within them can reside in multiple AWS accounts.

https://aws.amazon.com/answers/transit-vpc/

CoreSite Eyes Major Data Center Expansion in No Virginia

CoreSite Realty plans to acquire the Sunrise Technology Park (STP) in Reston, Virginia, a 21.75-acre light-industrial / flex office park 0.3 miles from its existing VA1 and VA2 buildings. CoreSite expects pay $60 million plus transaction costs, followed by an additional $90 million to complete Phase 1 of the master-planned development.

CoreSite said it estimates that it could build over 660,000 square feet of new data center capacity across multiple phases on the new parcel, which currently hosts four buildings totaling 315,000 square feet.

Currently, CoreSite's Reston campus includes two facilities totaling over 390,000 square feet of turn-key data center capacity.

"CoreSite's expansion in the Reston market is an important step in the execution of our strategy to scale our business supporting performance-sensitive customer requirements across our network-dense, cloud-enabled data center platform," said Tom Ray, President and Chief Executive Officer, CoreSite. "This planned expansion to our Reston campus is designed to meaningfully scale our colocation offering in the important Northern Virginia market, leveraging off of the installed network-and-cloud capabilities already deployed at the campus. We believe that our Reston campus presents a nexus of robust, protected, low-latency network rings serving the market, while providing diversity from Ashburn. Additionally, we believe that the planned acquisition of the STP site will provide opportunities for CoreSite to continue its successful history of providing build-to-suit and wholesale data center solutions for customers with larger requirements. With the planned acquisition, we believe that CoreSite will be well-positioned for sustained growth in the important Northern Virginia market."

http://www.coresite.com/about/news-events/press-releases/coresite-to-expand-northern-virginia-campus

NEC Announces NFV Cloud-Radio Access Network

NEC Corporation announced a "Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Cloud-Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Solution" built on Intel processors and enabled by software-based wireless base station functions.

The solutions uses Intel Architecture to handle functions that control multiple wireless base stations connected via Ethernet.

"NEC launched a range of innovative SDN/NFV solutions on the market ahead of our competitors," said Nozomu Watanabe, General Manager, Mobile Radio Access Network Division, NEC Corporation. "Looking forward, NEC will capitalize on its NFV C-RAN solutions and Management and Orchestration solutions in order to contribute to the highly efficient facility operations that are necessary for 5G."

"Intel is collaborating with global operators and telecom equipment manufacturers to develop more intelligent and agile networks that lay a foundation for 5G. Innovations in areas like cloud RAN offer increased flexibility to support a breadth of new use cases and will help accelerate progress toward 5G," said Sandra Rivera, vice president and general manager of Intel's Network Platforms Group.

NEC and Intel will be running dynamic demonstrations and showcasing the effectiveness of this NFV C-RAN solution at this week's Intel Developer Forum 2016 (IDF 2016) in San Francisco.

http://www.nec.com

Former Sprint Execs Join Rivada

Rivada Mercury today announced the appointments of four former Sprint executives to its senior leadership team: Pierre Elisseeff, Peter Campbell, Bill Esrey, and Todd Rowley.

Rivada has developed an Open Access Wireless Marketplace that allows bandwidth to be bought, sold, and traded at the wholesale level. The company’s Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage (DSA) technology allows buyers to acquire wireless bandwidth for a specific period of time in a specific location.

Having built a successful wholesale business at Sprint, Rivada Networks’ new hires will leverage the company’s technological advances to transform the mobile broadband industry.

Pierre Elisseeff is Rivada Mercury’s chief financial officer. He was previously vice president and wholesale business unit CFO at Sprint, where he successively oversaw the Enterprise/Wholesale and Postpaid Consumer
businesses.

Peter Campbell will join Rivada Mercury as chief information officer. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, and joins Rivada after holding the same post at Sprint, where he recently led the deployment of OSS and BSS systems in support of Sprint’s multi-billion-dollar National US LTE Network Upgrade covering tens of thousands of cell sites.

Bill Esrey joins Rivada Mercury as senior vice president of wholesale and business development. Before joining Rivada, Bill was with Sprint where he was responsible for the growth and retention of Sprint's largest business customers selling cloud, wireline, wireless, M2M and various mobility applications. He served in Sprint’s Global Wholesale organization as vice president of operations, product, marketing and global sales. Bill brings over 27 years of experience in the telecom industry working for Sprint, Ameritech, and CentelCorporations.

Todd Rowley joins Rivada Mercury as senior vice president of business development. He most recently spent the past 16 years serving as vice president of business development at Sprint. There he was responsible for leading certain strategic partnering and commercial deals and working with the business units to develop strategic direction and new business models and opportunities. He has also led Sprint’s strategic efforts to develop and execute a rural LTE coverage strategy through partnerships with rural and regional carriers across the country.

The appointments follow the recent announcement that former Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer joined Rivada Mercury as CEO. Rivada Mercury is the company formed by Rivada Networks, Fujitsu, the Harris Corporation, Nokia and Black & Veatch to offer to build out FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network. Euteneuer also serves as co-CEO of Rivada Networks.

“Rivada is building the best wholesale and network operations team in the industry as we move to disrupt the way wireless works. Pierre, Peter, Bill and Todd are second to none at what they do. I look forward to working them as Rivada drives the commoditization of mobile bandwidth,” stated Rivada Networks Co-CEO and Executive Chairman Declan Ganley.

Verizon Enterprise Names Vic Bhagat as CIO

Verizon Enterprise Solutions named Vic Bhagat as Chief Information Officer.

Bhagat most recently served as the executive vice president and chief information officer for EMC, where he was responsible for leading their IT transformation and overseeing their global centers of excellence that led to the delivery of IT as a service. He also provided leadership for EMC’s technology services and support to optimize enterprise processes and enable global sales.

Prior to his role at EMC, Bhagat served at GE for more than 20 years, where he was CIO for multiple organizations, including GE Aviation Services, GE Global Growth and Operations, CNBC, GE Corporate, and GE India and Southeast Asia.

Motorola Solution Inaugurates New HQ in Downtown Chicago

Motorola Solutions inaugurated its new global headquarters in downtown Chicago at 500 West Monroe in the West Loop. The headquarters will house the company’s chief technology office, ventures group, software engineering team and corporate functions, as well an innovation center showcasing the products and services depended on by the company’s 100,000 customers worldwide.

The first teams of employees moved into the new building today, which will house six floors by mid-September. The move marks a return to Chicago for the company, which was founded in 1928 on Harrison Street.

“The story of Chicago and Motorola Solutions goes back nearly 90 years, and today we are writing a new chapter at their new home, right here in the City of Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “This new headquarters will employ hundreds of people and give Motorola Solutions the tools they need to grow for generations to come – access to talent, transportation and capital.”

“Where you work matters, and today we’re opening our new collaborative workspace in the heart of Chicago. We look forward to welcoming our employees as well as attracting new talent that is critical to our company’s future,” said Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown. “It’s an honor to join Chicago’s thriving tech community as a pillar of innovation, ideas and opportunity.”

Motorola Solutions also maintains its current Americas Sales Headquarters at 224 S. Michigan Ave. (300 employees) and an engineering facility in Schaumburg, Ill., (1,600 employees).

https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sprints Hits 295 Mbps with 3-Channel Carrier Aggregation

Sprint reached peak lab speeds of 295 Mbps in three-channel carrier aggregation lab tests using the HTC 10, one of the first devices on the market to support the functionality. S

Sprint is testing three-channel carrier aggregation ahead of its LTE Plus network deployment.

Two-channel carrier aggregation used by Sprint delivers peak speeds of more than 100 Mbps in 237 LTE Plus markets across the country using 40MHz of spectrum on the company’s 2.5GHz cell sites. With three-channel carrier aggregation Sprint will utilize 60MHz of spectrum to provide peak speeds of more than 200 Mbps on compatible devices.

Sprint currently offers 22 devices that actively support two-channel carrier aggregation on its LTE Plus network.

In March, Sprint demonstrated speeds of more than 300 Mbps using three-channel carrier aggregation on a Samsung Galaxy S7. Five devices currently offered by Sprint are three-channel carrier aggregation capable: the HTC 10, HTC 9, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Three-channel carrier aggregation is slated for enablement on devices via an automatic software update following network deployment.

“LTE Plus uses some of the most advanced technologies in wireless such as carrier aggregation and it’s a key part of our Densification and Optimization strategy,” said G√ľnther Ottendorfer, Sprint COO, Technology. “With LTE Plus we’ll keep delivering the best mobile services for our customers with higher throughput and capacity using very cost-efficient solutions.”

“Two-channel carrier aggregation has made a significant difference for our customers in LTE Plus markets across the country and that’s just the beginning,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint CTO. “With holdings of more than 160MHz of 2.5GHz spectrum in the top 100 U.S. markets, we have more capacity than any other carrier in the U.S. Our customers and those switching to Sprint can be confident in our ability to meet their demand for data now and well into the future.”

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=12283


University of Cambridge: Liquid Light Switch

Researchers at the University of Cambridge announced a miniature electro-optical switch with the potential for more energy-efficient signal processing.

The switch can change the spin – or angular momentum – of a liquid form of light by applying electric fields to a semiconductor device a millionth of a metre in size.

The project, which was conducted at the Cambridge NanoPhotonics Centre with funding from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Research Council (ERC) and the Leverhulme Trust, leverages a state of matter called Polariton Bose-Einstein condensate, which enables the switch to mix electric and optical signals.

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/liquid-light-switch-could-enable-more-powerful-electronics


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