Monday, August 22, 2016

PLUMgrid's CloudSecure Targets Containers and OpenStack Clouds

PLUMgrid introduced a "CloudSecure" solution that builds on micro-segmentation and security service insertion trends.  It features a policy-based virtual tap capability, visualization of security policies, and a growing ecosystem of security partners.

“Data centers are increasingly built on ephemeral infrastructure that only lasts for hours or days, instead of months or years,” said Larry Lang, CEO, PLUMgrid. “CloudSecure provides significant protection for increasingly ephemeral, multi-directional traffic flows in container and OpenStack Clouds. Combining it with CloudApex’s simplified visualizations that make it easy to monitor and diagnose breaches, enabling our customers to benefit from the agility and flexibility of these technologies without having to struggle to secure the network infrastructure.”

PLUMgrid said it designed CloudSecure precisely to protect ephemeral infrastructure from malware, and its micro-segmented Virtual Domains contain and isolate any potential breaches from spreading to the larger environment.

Key features of CloudSecure include:

  • CloudApex Security View - Visualizes security flows, and behaviors in an easy to view chord graph to diagnose security breaches.
  • Micro-segmentation - Creates zero-trust domains by isolating tenant traffic and enforcing security policies for containers and virtual machines. In the event of a breach, each segmented domain contains attacks to minimize spread of malware.
  • Security Policies - Provides in-depth security definitions and group-based policies that can be enforced per tenant, virtual machine, or container.
  • Policy-based Virtual Tap - Deploys virtual tap points with policies to select traffic to be mirrored for monitoring, troubleshooting, and remediation.
  • Security Service Insertion - Enables any third party security software to be added to PLUMgrid’s virtual network to introduce or update the latest security quickly.
  • Encryption - Supports encryption between segmented virtual domains to ensure privacy and protection of data. 

The ecosystem of security offerings includes Intel’s Open Security Controller, Fortinet Fortigate NGFW, Check Point security solutions and Rackspace® Private Cloud.

http://www.plumgrid.com

AT&T Reaches Interconnect Agreement with Cuba

AT&T has reached agreements Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba (ETECSA) enabling direct interconnection of its voice network and roaming service for its mobile customers.

AT&T said it will announce commencement of wireless roaming availability and pricing for AT&T customers visiting Cuba at a later date.

"Cuba is a growing international calling destination for our customers," said Bill Hague, executive vice president, AT&T Global Connection Management. "With this agreement, AT&T customers soon will be able to seamlessly connect with talk, text and data while visiting Cuba."

http://www.att.com

Equinix Activates Latest Data Center in Sydney

Equinix opened SY4, its latest International Business Exchange data center in Sydney.

SY4, which represents an investment of US$97 million, already has more than 20 customers, including managed hosting provider Servers Australia, cloud provider Zettagrid, managed network service provider Connectivity IT, and independent broadband network The Grex Group. SY4 will also be an additional Point of Presence (PoP) for network providers including TPG Telecom and Vocus, and the location of the Australian submarine cable head for Hawaiki, the second trans-Pacific cable route connecting Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States.

SY4 is located in Alexandria, less than three miles from Sydney's central business district. Phase one provides a total capacity of 1,500 cabinets.  Upon completion of the second and final phase, the facility will provide a total capacity of 3,000 cabinets with a total usable floor space of more than 135,000 square feet.

SY4, Equinix now has 5 data centers in Australia, including SY1, SY2 and SY3 in Sydney, and the recently expanded ME1 facility in Melbourne. In total, Equinix has 29 IBX data centers in APAC, across five countries and eight metros, and operates more than 146 data centers globally across 40 metros.

http://www.equinix.com

InfoVista to Acquire Ascom's Network Test Business

InfoVista agreed to acquire Ascom’s TEMS business, which provides network testing, monitoring and optimization.  The companies said the platform is deployed by the world’s top 20 mobile network operators, major infrastructure suppliers and network engineering services providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

InfoVista specializes in network performance orchestration solutions.

InfoVista, which was itself recently acquired by the private equity investment firm Apax Partners, said its acquisition of TEMS will complement the recent acquisitions of Mentum, Aexio and Ipanema, broadening the amount of network data and intelligence that can be used to improve the network, applications and user experience.

“TEMS is a well-established and well-respected business that already helps most of the world’s largest mobile network operators to manage and optimize the capacity and quality of their wireless networks,” said Philippe Ozanian, CEO, InfoVista. “By bringing the TEMS portfolio into InfoVista, we are creating the most scalable, powerful and flexible platform for network performance orchestration to CSPs, mobile operators and enterprises.”

http://www.infovista.com

IHS: LTE-Advanced Goes Mainstream

Barriers to deploying 4G are nonexistent at this point, and the main driver for 4G is the lower cost per megabyte of data, according to a survey of 24 global service providers that was conducted by IHS. 84 percent of IHS Markit’s service provider respondents are already running LTE‑Advanced (LTE-A) networks.

IHS said the most deployed LTE-Advanced feature among operator respondents is inter-band carrier aggregation, followed by enhanced inter-cell interference coordination and LTE‑Advanced coordinated multipoint.

The IHS survey also found that Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is exploding: three-quarters of those surveyed are offering VoLTE, up from just a quarter last year. This will not necessarily lead to imminent 2G or 3G shutdown, but 2G is rising on the agenda.  In addition, over 50 percent of respondents plan to deploy LTE in unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U) by 2018.

https://technology.ihs.com/571834?

ZeroStack Integrates with Trilio's OpenStack Data Protection

ZeroStack, a start-up that offers a private cloud solution that combines on-premises deployment and a SaaS platform, announced that it is the first to integrate Trilio Data’s OpenStack optimized data protection and recovery technology.

ZeroStack said its Cloud Platform delivers full OpenStack functionality without IT operational burden.  It now supports integration of Trilio Data’s TrilioVault OpenStack back-up and recovery.

“As business-critical enterprise workloads move from DevOps into production-ready clouds in OpenStack, the requirements change slightly," said David Safaii, CEO, Trilio Data. "We've partnered with ZeroStack to help deliver enterprise-ready solutions for long-term success not just in accelerating, accepting and growing OpenStack clouds, but maintaining and assuring the application and data integrity customers deserve.”

http://www.zerostack.com


  • ZeroStack, which is based in Mountain View, California, was founded by senior engineers from VMware and Google. The company is funded by Formation 8 and Foundation Capital.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Verizon Invested $5B in Wireless Network in 1H16

Verizon invested $5 billion in its wireless network in the first half of 2016, bringing total investment in its wireless network to about $116 billion since 2000, more than any other wireless carrier, according to the company. In 2015, Verizon invested about $11 billion in its wireless network.

Some highlights:

  • Verizon’s 4G LTE network is engineered to provide, on average, 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps while downloading and 2 Mbps to 5 Mbps while uploading. 
  • The 2016 investment includes the expansion of Verizon’s XLTE network technology, which doubles the company’s 4G LTE bandwidth and provides enterprises with greater peak speeds covering nearly 2.4 million square miles in 466 markets nationwide, including 13 new markets launched in the last 90 days.
  • Verizon installed more than 1,500 new cell sites and added XLTE technology to more than 1,700 sites across the country from January to July, accommodating exponential data usage growth and enabling clients to experience an unmatched level of reliable connectivity.
  • Through mid-2016, Verizon deployed more than 2,100 small cell solution nodes, including dozens installed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in advance of Super Bowl 50.
  • DAS consists of unseen cables and numerous antennas distributed throughout high traffic areas such as stadiums, convention or shopping centers, office buildings, train stations, airline terminals, and dense, outdoor urban areas. So far this year, Verizon has deployed more than 350 DAS solutions.
  • In outlying areas, Verizon’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) program includes 21 participants spanning 15 states and representing communities in 169 rural counties. The 21 LRA participants combined currently reach over 2.7 million people while covering approximately 120,000 square miles of America’s rural areas with 4G LTE, an area larger than the state of Arizona.


http://www.verizon.com

DT and SK Telecom Target First Transcontinental 5G Trial

Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom are aiming to deploy the world’s first transcontinental 5G trial network.

The operators said they plan interoperable network architecture in South Korea and Germany based on key 5G technologies such as NFV, software-defined infrastructure (SDI), distributed cloud and network slicing. The principal aim is to enable global reach for advanced 5G use cases by optimizing user roaming experiences.

Earlier this year at MWC in Barcelona, DT and SK Telecom announced a research partnership for 5G

“We are collaborating with a good mix of industry participants including AT&T, Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Samsung to make the vision of a common worldwide standard come true right in time. From our point of view, the next release of the official 3GPP specifications are set to form the basis of 5G,” says Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO Deutsche Telekom AG.

“5G is making its way forward much faster than initially expected. For 5G to be successful, early harmonization and standardization are essential. SK Telecom and DT started initial collaboration on 5G technologies and are now expanding the scope with a larger group of relevant stakeholders to promote early harmonization and expansion of the 5G ecosystem. We strongly believe that this will serve as a foundation for future standardization activities,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, CTO and Head of Corporate R&D Center, SK Telecom.

https://www.telekom.com/media/company/320674

#MWC16: Ericsson and SKtel Plan 5G Field Trial This Year


SK Telecom is working with Ericsson to build an end-to-end 5G trial network by the end of this year. The companies recently achieved peak downlink throughput of over 25 Gbps with Ericsson 5G Radio Prototypes  They have also previously demonstrated 5G network slicing. Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network R&D Center at SK Telecom, says: “SK Telecom is focused on technology innovations that will ensure the early success...

Deutsche Telekom Added 578.000 Fiber Lines in Q2

Deutsche Telekom added 578,000 new fiber-optic lines in the second quarter of 2016, as service revenues in the German fixed-network business stablized for the first time since liberalization.

In its Q2 financial report, Deutsche Telekom reported revenue of EUR 17,817 million, up 2.2 percent in the quarter, on an organic basis up 3.9 percent.

Some highlights:

  • Capital expenditure (before spectrum) increased by 7.6 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2016 to 5.5 billion euros. 
  • In Germany, DT now has 5.6 million fiber access lines. 
  • Rapid customer growth at T-Mobile US made a substantial contribution to the Group's net revenue growth. 
  • LTE coverage in Germany increased by 6 percentage points within a year to 91 percent. The percentage of households in Germany that have the option of connecting to Deutsche Telekom's fiber-optic network increased by 10 percentage points to 57 percent, an increase of well over 4 million households.
  • In the European subsidiaries, household coverage with fixed-network optical fiber increased by almost 1 million and now stands at 21.4 percent of households. In mobile communications, population coverage increased by some 19 million to 97 million people, or 75 percent of the population.
  • In the years 2014 to 2016, Deutsche Telekom invested an average of almost 5 billion euros per year in Germany across all segments, a rate of almost 20 percent of revenue. The majority of the investments went into building out the network, which underpinned strong demand for fiber-optic lines in Germany. 
  • In Germany, mobile service revenues declined slightly by 0.8 percent to 1.7 billion euros. This decrease was in line with the trend in the overall market, thus Deutsche Telekom retained its position as clear market leader. There were two factors that negatively impacted revenue, i.e., the reduction of roaming rates, and the discounts under the MagentaEINS rate plan program, both of which exclusively related to mobile communications. If these factors had been added back, mobile service revenues would have increased by around 1.1 percent.
  • Overall, total revenue in the Germany operating segment decreased by 3.1 percent in the second quarter to 5.4 billion euros. The reduction of the distribution business with mobile devices had a negative impact of around 2 percentage points. 
  • T-Mobile US LTE network coverage increased by around 20 million people year-on-year to 311 million. 
  • T-Mobile US won 1.9 million new customers in the second quarter. It was the thirteenth quarter in succession with more than one million customer additions. And T-Mobile US once again achieved positive porting ratios versus all three other national mobile providers, i.e., not only is the company growing overall, but also relative to each of the three providers, the number of customers won significantly exceeded the numbers lost to the respective competitor.
  • The strong customer growth had a positive impact on revenue, which increased by 12.6 percent to 9.3 billion U.S. dollars. Service revenues also increased in line with this trend to 6.8 billion U.S. dollars, both growth rates representing the highest in the U.S. mobile industry. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 34.6 percent, improving the margin by more than 4 percentage points to 26.5 percent. T-Mobile US plans to maintain this growth trend as the year progresses: The earnings target for the full year was narrowed around the average to date and the guidance range for branded postpaid customer additions revised upwards by 200,000 to between 3.4 and 3.8 million.
  • More than half of the fixed-network lines in DT's European companies have now been migrated to IP. At the same time, activities are intensified to build the pan-European network, which will provide an efficient, harmonized production platform for operation across all national companies.
  • T-Systems generated revenue of 1.6 billion euros in the Market Unit in the second quarter, a slight decline of 3.0 percent compared with the same quarter of the prior year.
  • The cloud business was again one of the positive revenue drivers, generating some 70 percent of revenue at T-Systems. After an increase at Group level of around 31 percent in the first quarter, in the first six months of the year cloud revenue increased by 22 percent to more than 0.7 billion euros. T-Systems still expects the cloud business to grow faster than the overall market for the full year and for the period up to and including 2018.



https://www.telekom.com/media/company/320254

Aquantia Samples 2.5, 5 and 10GBASE-T in SFP+

Aquantia has begun sampling the industry’s first copper SFP+ product family to offer 2.5, 5 and 10GBASE-T capabilities.

The new Aquantia AQS series modules, which leverage an active rate-adaptation technology, enables 10GBASE-T for lengths up to 30 meters and 100 meters at 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T.

“Aquantia is committed to providing the broadest portfolio of high-speed Ethernet connectivity solutions on the market. Our new SFP+ modules will allow data center and network managers to further leverage their installed base of switches and servers equipped with SFP+ empty cages and connect with the newest generations of 2.5, 5 and 10GBASE-T appliances,” said Kamal Dalmia, senior vice president sales, and marketing of Aquantia. “These enhancements enable our customers to migrate successfully to higher levels of bandwidth and superior all-around performance.”

http://www.aquantia.com

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Jonathan LeCompte named president of Verizon's Pacific Market

Verizon Wireless has appointed Jonathan LeCompte as president of its Pacific Market. He will lead all business functions across the seven-state market including California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, northern Nevada and northern Idaho.

http://www.verizon.com


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Vertical Systems: Shakeup in Mid-2016 U.S. Ethernet LEADERBOARD

There is a shake-up in Vertical Systems Group’s U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD results for mid-2016, as Charter surges ahead of Verizon into third position due to its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House.

Here is the new LEADERBOARD (in rank order based on retail port share): AT&T, Level 3, Charter (includes Time Warner Cable and Bright House), Verizon, CenturyLink, Comcast, XO, Cox and Windstream. Port shares were calculated using the mid-year base of enterprise installations of Ethernet services in the U.S. plus input from surveys of Ethernet providers. The LEADERBOARD threshold is four percent (4%) or more of billable port installations.

Charter joins the LEADERBOARD for the first time at third position based on aggregated ports from its May 2016 acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House. At the end of 2015, Time Warner Cable was the top Cable MSO and ranked fifth on the U.S. LEADERBOARD, while Charter and Bright House were in the Challenge Tier. Charter Spectrum is now the largest Cable MSO provider of retail Ethernet services.

As a result of this LEADERBOARD shakeup, Verizon’s mid-2016 rank drops to fourth from third in 2015 and CenturyLink moves from fourth to fifth. Additionally, XO moves into the seventh share position ahead of Cox, which dips to eighth. In the Challenge Tier, Integra is a new entrant rising from the Market Player tier.

“The competitive balance of the Ethernet marketplace is evident, as more than 60 percent of new connections were delivered by CLECs and Cable MSOs during the first half of 2016,” said Rick Malone, Principal of Vertical Systems Group. “Our analysis shows a 17% annualized growth rate for U.S. Carrier Ethernet services for the full year.”

The Challenge Tier includes providers with between 1% and 4% share of the U.S. retail Ethernet market. The following four companies attained a position in the mid-2016 Challenge Tier (in alphabetical order): Cogent, Integra, Lightpath (an Altice USA brand) and Zayo.
 The Market Player tier includes all providers with port share below 1%. Companies in the Market Player tier include the following providers (in alphabetical order): Alpheus Communications, American Telesis, Birch Communications, BT Global Services, Cincinnati Bell, Consolidated Communications, Earthlink Business, Expedient, FairPoint, FiberLight, Frontier, Global Capacity, Global Cloud Xchange, GTT, Hawaiian Telecom, Lightower, LS Networks, Lumos Networks, Masergy, MegaPath, NTT America, Orange Business, RCN Business, Sprint, SuddenLink (an Altice USA brand), Tata, TDS Telecom, TelePacific, Telstra, US Signal, WOW!Business and other companies selling retail Ethernet services in the U.S. market.

Detailed Ethernet share results for the U.S. market plus in-depth share analysis are available now exclusively through Vertical Systems Group’s ENS (Emerging Networks Service) Research Programs.

http://www.verticalsystems.com/

Cisco Confirms EPICBANANAS, EXTRABACON NSA Exploits

Cisco confirmed that its ASA and PIX firewalls were targeted to by exploit code posted online by the "Shadow Brokers" purporting to be stolen infiltration tools of the National Security Agency (NSA).

There were three references to exploits that affect Cisco ASA, Cisco PIX, and Cisco Firewall Services Module: EXTRABACON, EPICBANANA, and JETPLOW.

Specifically, the Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) has published an event response page (ERP) and the security advisories addressing the vulnerabilities that could be exploited by the code released by the “Shadow Brokers”:

  • Cisco ASA SNMP Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Cisco ASA CLI Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • The Cisco ASA SNMP Remote Code Execution vulnerability is a newly found defect, and TALOS and Cisco IPS have both produced signatures to detect this issue.

http://blogs.cisco.com/security/shadow-brokers

Nokia Lands Major Optical Contract with China Mobile

Nokia has been awarded over 30% of China Mobile's "Broadband China" project to construct a 100G optical network in support of its rollout of mobile broadband services for the world's largest 4G network.

The win, part of Nokia's 2016 frame agreement with China Mobile, will see Nokia deploy a 100G Optical Transport Network (OTN) and DWDM backbone based on the recently announced 1830 PSS-24X packet optical transport system.

The centerpiece of the network architecture is a four port 100G DWDM line card for the Nokia 1830 PSS-24X. This high density line card leverages the recently announced Photonic Service Engine 2 Compact (PSE-2c), Nokia's low-power 100G-optimized digital signal processor. In combination with CFP2 analog coherent pluggable optics, the line card enables China Mobile to simply and quickly add optical capacity as needed. This will be a key requirement as China Mobile rolls out mobile broadband services to satisfy its customers' increasing and rapidly shifting demands.

"This is a crucial win with our longstanding partner. With our innovative 100G OTN solution, we are able to help China Mobile meet the higher requirements for large-scale 4G construction. We are committed to delivering the latest optical transmission innovations to enable China Mobile to optimize their networks and open up new opportunities for their subscribers," stated Mike Wang, head of the joint management team of Nokia Networks China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB).

http://www.nokia.com

Nokia Expands 1830 Photonic Service Switch Portfolio


Nokia announced significant enhancements to its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) portfolio, including the introduction of a new Photonic Service Engine version 2 (PSE-2) chip that enables the platform to double wavelength capacities and wavelengths per fiber. The new electro-optic chipset PSE-2 is available in two versions: the PSE-2 Super Coherent (PSE-2s) provides the ultimate in performance and flexibility for applications with very high traffic...


Ericsson to Transfer 2G/3G R&D in Sweden to Combitech

Ericsson will transfer its 2G and 3G development units in Linköping and Gothenburg, Sweden to Combitech, a technology consulting firm. About 300 employees will be transferred. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson said it remains committed to its 2G and 3G portfolio but will consolidate development of these technologies to fewer sites, in line with its R&D strategy.

Hans Torin, President and CEO, Combitech, says: “This agreement will strengthen our long-term strategy within digitalization, Cyber Security and Internet of Things. The new competence we will bring onboard from Ericsson will strengthen our capabilities in communication technologies and bring new market opportunities.”
The agreement is expected to be effective October, 2016, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Approximately 300 employees will transfer from Ericsson to Combitech.

http://www.ericsson.com

OPNFV Announces Advisory Group

The OPNFV Project has formed an End User Advisory Group (EUAG) consisting of end-user organizations from both OPNFV members and nonmembers to provide technical guidance to the OPNFV developer community.

Founding members include:


  • AT&T’s Toby Ford, assistant vice president of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture and Strategy; Bryan Sullivan, director of Open Source Strategy; and Steven Wright, lead member of Technical Staff
  • British Telecom’s Milind Bhagwat, enterprise architect and technology strategy lead
  • CableLabs’ Don Clarke, principal network architect; Randy Levensalor, lead software architect; and Tetsuya Nakamura, principal systems architect
  • China Mobile’s Lingli Deng, project manager
  • China Unicom’s Chuan Jia and Junjie Tong from the Network Technology Research Institute of China Unicom, Department of Network Technology Research
  • Cox Communications’ Guy Meador, senior strategic architect; and Jeff Finkelstein, executive director of Advanced Access Architecture
  • Deutsche Telekom’s Herbert Damker, senior expert, Group Technology
  • Fidelity Investment’s Carlos Matos, director of global network architecture
  • Liberty Global’s Uzari Firoze, manager, Business-to-Business Network Design
  • KDDI’s Hajime Miyamoto, senior engineer and Kenichi Ogaki, assistant manager
  • KDDI Lab’s Masanori Miyazawa, research manager
  • Orange's Morgan Richomme, NFV architect
  • SK Telecom’s Jong Han Park, head of 5G Tech Lab, Network Technology R&D Center
  • Sprint’s Serge Manning, senior technology strategist, Global Standards
  • Telecom Italia’s Cecilia Corbi, standardization manager
  • Telefonica’s Diego Lopez, senior technology expert  
  • Telia Company’s Johan Gustawsson, network architect, SDN and NFV
  • Vodafone Group’s David Amzallag, group head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV; and Kodi Atuchukwu, network virtualisation architect, Vodafone Ocean

“The formation of the OPNFV EUAG will harness the knowledge and expertise of those responsible for actually running real-world networks as they deploy and scale,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “Feedback from the ecosystem using and deploying NFV is crucial to the future direction of OPNFV. Engaging these pioneers will help us address the most pressing pain points for the industry and build a platform with broad applicability.”

http://www.opnfv.org

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cisco Posts Sales of $12.6 Billion, Confirms 5,500 Job Cuts

Cisco reported fourth quarter revenue of $12.6 billion, net income (GAAP) of $2.8 billion or $0.56 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.2 billion or $0.63 per share.

"We had another strong quarter, wrapping up a great year. I am particularly pleased with our performance in priority areas including security, data center switching, collaboration, services as well as our overall performance, with revenues up 2% in Q4 excluding the SP Video CPE business," said Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco. "We continue to execute well in a challenging macro environment. Despite slowing in our Service Provider business and Emerging Markets after three consecutive quarters of growth, the balance of the business was healthy with 5% order growth. This growth and balance demonstrates the strength of our diverse portfolio. Our product deferred revenue from software and subscriptions grew 33% showing the continued momentum of our business model transformation."

Cisco also confirmed a corporate restructuring that will eliminate 5,500 jobs, representing approximately 7% of its global workforce. Currently, Cisco has about 73,711 employees, up from 71,833 a year ago. The company said it intends to invest aggressively in growth areas such as security, IoT, next-gen data center and cloud, while lowering its cost base in slower areas of its portfolio.

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • Total Q4 2016 revenue was $12.6 billion, up 2%, with product revenue up 1% and service revenue up 5%. 
  • Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 3%, EMEA up 3%, and APJC down 2%. Product revenue growth was led by Security at 16%. 
  • Collaboration, Wireless and Switching product revenue increased by 6%, 5%, and 2%, respectively. 
  • Service Provider Video, NGN Routing and Data Center product revenue decreased by 12%, 6%, and 1%, respectively.
  • Cisco had $65.8 billion in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with $63.5 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2016, and compared with $60.4 billion at the end of fiscal 2015. The company said total cash and cash equivalents and investments available in the United States at the end of Q4 was $5.9 billion.


http://www.cisco.com

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/







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