Monday, January 16, 2017

IDC: Growth in Cloud IT Infrastructure Spending to Rise by 18% in 2017

Total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.2% in 2017 to reach $44.2 billion, according to IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker.

IDC expects the majority (61.2%) of spending will be done by public cloud datacenters, while off-premises private cloud environments will contribute 14.6% of spending.

Spending on IT infrastructure for on-premises private cloud deployments will growth at 16.6%. In comparison, spending on traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure will decline by 3.3% in 2017 but will still account for the largest share (57.1%) of end user spending. (Note: All figures above exclude double counting between server and storage.

Some forecasts for 2017:

  • Spending on IT infrastructure for off-premises cloud deployments will experience double-digit growth across all regions.
  • The majority of 2017 end user spending (57.9%) will still be done on on-premises IT infrastructure which combines on-premises private cloud and on-premises traditional IT. 
  • Ethernet switches will be fastest growing segment of cloud IT infrastructure spending, increasing 23.9% in 2017, while spending on servers and enterprise storage will grow 13.6% and 23.7%, respectively. In all three technology segments, spending on private cloud deployments will grow faster than public cloud while investments on non-cloud infrastructure will decline.
  • Spending on off-premises cloud IT infrastructure will experience a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.2%, reaching $48.1 billion in 2020. Public cloud datacenters will account for 80.8% of this amount. Combined with on-premises private cloud, overall spending on cloud IT infrastructure will grow at a 13.9% CAGR and will surpass spending on non-cloud IT infrastructure by 2020. Spending on on-premises private cloud IT infrastructure will grow at a 12.9% CAGR, while spending on non-cloud IT (on-premises and off-premises combined) will decline at a CAGR of 1.9% during the same period.

"In the coming quarters, growth in spending on cloud IT infrastructure will be driven by investments done by new hyperscale datacenters opening across the globe and increasing activity of tier-two and regional service providers," said Natalya Yezhkova, research director, Storage. "Another significant boost to overall spending on cloud IT infrastructure will be coming from on-premises private cloud deployments as end users continue gaining knowledge and experience in setting up and managing cloud IT within their own datacenters."

Börje Ekholm Takes Command at Ericsson

Börje Ekholm officially assumed the position as President and CEO of Ericsson.

Jan Frykhammar remains a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is, effective today, appointed Executive Vice President and Advisor to the CEO. Magnus Mandersson remains Executive Vice President, Advisor to the CEO and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Carl Mellander remains acting Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

"I am very excited to assume the role as President and CEO of Ericsson, a company that I have admired for as long as I can remember. Ericsson has shaped an entire industry and led technology developments that have benefitted so many. Yet, we are only at the beginning of the mobility journey as we in coming years will see massive transformation across industries as 5G is introduced," stated Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson.
  • Prior to his appointment as CEO of Ericsson, Börje served as CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor. Prior to assuming this position in 2015, Börje Ekholm held the position as President and CEO of Investor AB between 2005 and 2015. Previous positions also include President of Investor Growth Capital Inc., as well as positions with Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc.

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."

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

Megaport Enables Singapore - Hong Kong - Los Angeles Route

Megaport announced a new route connecting Hong Kong to Los Angeles and a secondary path from Singapore to Hong Kong to meet high customer demand. As with all Megaport enabled infrastructure, consumption will be based on cloud computing models, including month-to-month services.

The connectivity provides enterprise customers with access trans-pacific capacity via Megaport’s global Software Defined Network, enabling customers to link services including cloud connections, Point to Points, and remote peering between Hong Kong, Singapore, and the U.S., without requiring a physical presence in all locations. Customers can directly connect to Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft Azure, and more cloud service providers through Megaport

“This link represents a great step forward for Megaport from a growth standpoint as we not only are enabling a secondary path between Singapore to Hong Kong to keep up with demand, but are also linking two of our key markets,” said Denver Maddux, CEO, Megaport. “Through this new route, we are able to bring together Megaport’s backbone in Asia and our terrestrial network in North America, therein providing a more immersive network and a richer fabric through the increased number of customers, partners, and providers on the combined footprint.”

In January, Megaport enabled transatlantic capacity for customers through a partnership with Aqua Comms Limited, the owner/operator of AE Connect, a
13TB undersea cable connecting New York, Dublin, and London.

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SEA-US Trans-Pacific Cable Access in CoreSite’s L.A. Data Centers

CoreSite will be the access point for the SEA-US Trans-Pacific Cable System in its Los Angeles data center campus.

Specifically, SEA-US’s Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE) will be hosted by CoreSite and directly connect the West Coast of the U.S. with Indonesia and the Philippines, including Manado in Indonesia, Davao in Southern Philippines; Piti in the territory of Guam; as well as Honolulu (on the island of Oahu), Hawaii.

The SEA-US system, which spans approximately 15,000 kilometers, is configured with 2-fiber-pairs for an initial capacity of 20 Tbps. The SEA-US system bypasses the is expected to begin operating during the second quarter of 2017.

The CoreSite Los Angeles campus includes two data center facilities – LA1, also known as One Wilshire, and LA2 with over 424,000 square feet of scalable space in downtown Los Angeles, connected by robust dark-fiber assets. With over 500 current customers, 240 of which are networks.

“CoreSite drives high-performance solutions to business requirements by connecting strategic communities of interest supported by best-in-class network and computing services,” said Paul Szurek, CEO of CoreSite. “The SEA-US submarine cable system will be the sixth subsea cable to offer direct access from our Los Angeles campus, augmenting the importance of CoreSite’s data center platform in the trans-Pacific route to key Indonesian and Asian markets.”

he SEA-US trans-Pacific cable system is backed by a consortium of seven investing companies, including PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, Globe Telecom, Hawaiian Telecom, Teleguam Holdings, GTI Corporation, RAM Telecom International (RTI), and Telkom USA.

NEC to Build Southeast Asia to U.S. Cable System

NEC was selected by a consortium of seven global telecommunications companies to build a new submarine cable system that directly connects Southeast Asia and the United States. The Southeast Asia -- United States (SEA-US) cable will span 15,000 km and connect the five areas and territories of Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii) and Los Angeles. When completed in the Q4 2016, the cable system will support 100G wavelengths...

Ericsson and Cisco Land Vodafone Hutchison as Key Customer

Ericsson and Cisco Systems have been selected to transform and virtualize Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA)'s networks. The deal represents the first major collaboration between Ericsson and Cisco on Telecom Cloud infrastructure.

The joint architecture solution comprises of Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System and software components such as Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment, Ericsson Cloud Manager, Cloud SDN controller; together with Cisco WAN Automation Engine, Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), Cisco IP Network VNFs including IOS XR 9000v and Cloud Services Router 1000v, and both virtualized and physical security technologies such as the Adaptive Security Appliance and Cisco Firepower security gateway, along with services and support. This builds on VHA's selection, in 2014, of Ericsson to replace and upgrade VHA's complete core network, including virtual EPC and virtual IMS/ Voice over LTE.

The companies said this upgrade will enable VHA to better prepare for new emerging services and to evolve its core network to increase the level of agility and programmability from network slicing. Ericsson will lead the transformation program, having responsibility for not only building the infrastructure but ensuring the delivery of an end-to-end operational system.

Rima Qureshi, Head of Region North America and responsible for the strategic partnership with Cisco at Ericsson says: "This major transformation deal clearly demonstrates Ericsson's global end-to-end transformation and operations capabilities as a trusted transformation partner. As the first collaboration between Ericsson and Cisco on .Telecom Cloud infrastructure, it also shows how our global partnership is speeding digital transformation for customers across industries.

Yvette Kanouff senior vice president, general manager, service provider business, Cisco, says: "Cisco and Ericsson have been working with key strategic accounts around the globe to validate a telecom cloud infrastructure.  This broad and significant engagement with VHA demonstrates how our two companies are utilizing our complementary assets to deliver technical and commercial innovation and systems integration leadership to the benefit of our customers."

SEA-US Cable Secures FCC License

Hawaiian Telcom confirmed that the Federal Communication Commission has approved the landing license for the new Southeast Asia – U.S. (SEA-US) fiber cable system. The company noted that the SEA-US undersea fiber cable has been successfully connected at the shore-end in Hermosa Beach, California where construction of the cable landing station is expected to be completed later this month. The ship laying the submarine fiber is en route to Honolulu, scheduled to arrive in February.

The $250 million SEA-US cable system is designed to bypass congested, earthquake-prone regions (Luzon Straight) and optimize stable connectivity. It will deliver an initial 20 terabit per second (Tb/s) capacity.

SEA-US consortium members include Globe Telecom (Manila, Philippines), GTA (Tamuning, Guam), GTI (Los Angeles, California), RTI (San Francisco, California), Telin (Jakarta, Indonesia), and Telkom USA (Los Angeles, California).

“Hawaiian Telcom invested $25 million to become an owner and operator of SEA-US, the most technologically advanced trans-Pacific cable system providing the fastest direct access between the U.S. and Indonesia,” said CEO Scott Barber. “With this investment, we have added needed broadband capacity, which will serve the state of Hawai?i for many years to come. SEA-US will connect Hawai?i to more than two billion people in the Philippines, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, as well as the mainland U.S., providing the infrastructure to launch new economic opportunities.”

Comcast Business Brings 10 Gbps Private Links to Microsoft's Cloud

Comcast Business is now supporting 10 Gbps private connectivity for enterprise customers to the Microsoft Cloud, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Dynamics 365. The Azure ExpressRoute service is available to its more than one million Comcast Business Ethernet-enabled buildings nationwide.

The private cloud connectivity service provides businesses with predictable and often better performance, security and availability compared to connecting over the open internet, and is backed by a service level agreement (SLA).  Comcast Business is now a member of the Microsoft ExpressRoute partner program.

"As businesses increasingly rely on cloud services to virtualize more of their IT applications, they require connectivity with measurable performance, reliability and security," said Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "The addition of Comcast Business to the Microsoft ExpressRoute partner network offers companies the cloud connectivity they need, backed by the reach and flexibility of Comcast’s expansive Ethernet service footprint."

Ericsson and Telstra Demo Encryption over 10Gbps Transpacific Link

Ericsson and Telstra demonstrated the ability to encrypt data securely while in transit between Los Angeles and Melbourne at 10Gbps. The tests used Ciena's ultra-low latency 10G wire-speed encryption solution.

The companies said the trial demonstrates the advanced security that can be delivered while data is "in transit".

Darrin Webb, Executive Director of International Operations and Services, Telstra, says: "Our market-leading subsea cable network is the largest in the Asia-Pacific region and this innovation continues our commitment to providing customers with a world-class network experience. The outcome of this test shows that data can now be encrypted while in transit across a long distance, while maintaining the speed and reliability our customers have come to expect from our international network. We will continue to work with Ericsson and Ciena to take this trial to the next level with a 100Gbps encryption test."

O3b Networks Sees Growth Across Asia Pacifiv

O3b Networks ended 2016 contracting upwards of 7.5 Gbps throughout the Asia Pacific region, and generating an increase of approximately 30% year-on-year growth for the total used bandwidth.

The company said its fast growth in APAC was a direct result of the successful performance of its high throughput, low latency satellite-enabled network and growing demand for high-quality connectivity.

During 2016, all existing O3b APAC customers upgraded their contracted capacity and, most notably, two Tier-1 Telco providers were added to the company’s customer roster. In 2016 a number of the O3b APAC customers implemented ultra-high availability solutions, to further improve service up-time. In partnership with its customers, O3b has implemented both Site Diversity with additional O3b Terminals, and Hybrid Band diversity through SES C-Band satellite capacity, enabling mission critical services to be maintained through network restoration techniques. O3b is delivering these solutions through its O3b Network Services capabilities, combining unrivalled satellite performance with always-on networking.

“As we reflect on growth in 2016 and move forward into the new year, we are massively proud of the strides we have made in the Asia Pacific Region,” said Steve Collar, CEO of Asia Pacific, O3b Networks. “Today our MNO customers are capable of providing 3G/4G LTE mobile data services to their subscribers, with a quality of experience that was previously out of reach. The surge in data use has been incredible; leading customers in the region have increased capacity to more than 1Gbps. We look forward to expanding our customer base, and providing fiber-equivalent connectivity for more of the region.”

Friday, January 13, 2017

Commentary: No one quite knows what to do with T-Mobile

Preamble - Malone suggests a new role for T-Mobile USA 

On January 10th, speaking at a Lions Gate Entertainment investor event, John Malone, who owns majorities in Liberty Media, Liberty Global and Liberty Interactive, plus 49% of Starz (since June 2016 a major subsidiary of the Lionsgate Group), 29% of Discovery Communications, and via Liberty Broadband is the largest share holder in Charter Communications, suggested that under a more liberalminded Trump presidency the three top U.S. cable cos - Comcast, Charter Communications and Cox Communications - could combine to acquire Deutsche Telekom's high-performing U.S. mobile subsidiary T-Mobile USA (TMUS) to create a substantial cable and wireless corporation. 

The Malone idea has some merit given the rapid increases in scale and convergence, particularly by AT&T, which in late July 2015 became a major TV player in the Americas via its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, and is also hoping to become a major content provider via a possible $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner (although that initiative yet to be approved by the company's shareholders, the FCC and DoJ, and has been publicly criticised by Donald Trump, which implies the proposal in its present form may not have a high chance of acceptance).

However, the Malone suggestion also has a slightly bizarre quality about it given that according to a recent analysis by 24/7 Wall Street, Comcast is the No. 1 most hated company in the U.S., while Charter is at No. 12, whereas judging by the steady flow of mobile customers eager to sign up with T-Mobile each quarter, it must be one of the most popular consumer-oriented institutions in the country. 

While allowing for a degree of media hyperbole in the characterisation of Comcast and Charter and the attractions of building a strong third communications pole with a full services capability able to take on AT&T and Verizon at any level, the operational chemistry for such a deal does not seem good, particularly when taking into account the unusual character of John Legere, CEO of TMUS and the obvious architect of its current success. 

T-Mobile Q3 2016 results very strong 

To get some idea as to why Malone's suggestion seems a little far fetched one needs to look at the remarkable TMUS results for Q3 2016, announced October 24th, when it reported: 

• 2.0 million net mobile additions, the company's 14th consecutive quarter it had signed up at least a million new subscriptions, implying significant gains in market share against two of the world's largest and most successful communications operators, AT&T and Verizon. 
• It ended the quarter with 69.4 million customers. 
• 1.32% branded post paid churn. • Service revenue of $7.1 billion, up 13.2% year on year, making it the industry leader in growth for the 10th consecutive quarter. 
• Total revenue of $9.2 billion, up 17.8% year on year, making it the industry leader in growth for the 13th time in the past 14 quarters. 
• Adjusted EBITDA of $2.6 billion, up 37.8% year on year. • Net income of $366 million, up 165% year on year. 
• 4G LTE coverage of 312 million pops, almost identical to that of Verizon. 

During the Q3 teleconference on the results, Legere said: - 'Don't forget, our network is still the fastest in America, It has been the fastest in both download and upload for 11 quarters in a row, upload speeds are becoming increasingly important with the rise of social sharing, and upload speeds are almost 50% faster than Verizon, the closest competitor'. 

(NB: as of the close January 12th T-Mobile US was valued at $57.15 per share, or $47.1 billion, and over the last 52 weeks the company's stock price has moved between a low of $33.23 and a recent high of $59.46.) 

Deutsche Telekom's position 

A few years ago Deutsche Telekom seemed quite keen to dispose of TMUS, and in May 2014 an offer from Sprint's new owner Softbank of Japan was accepted in principle, but collapsed in August 2014 following opposition from U.S. regulators, who were insistent on keeping four wireless competitors in the market. Softbank owner Masayoshi Son in late 2016 made it clear he still hoped to cut a deal.

As T-Mobile has got larger and more profitable the attitude of Deutsche Telekom, which owns 65% of the company, has subtly changed and the parent has become more helpful in providing lines of credit to help its expansion. Notably, in mid November 2016 Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges, speaking at the Morgan Stanley annual TMT Conference, was quoted as saying that it was not 'in the mood' for selling the business and was in the mood of 'where is the partner we need'. With TMUS approaching the size of its German parent and still growing fast, it is beginning to look like Deutsche Telekom's greatest opportunity for growth. 

John Legere's position 

The TMUS CEO, who frequently dresses like a yester year pop star in leather and jeans, is obviously on a high and in such circumstances may be excused some of his more outlandish statements, including liberal non family-friendly cursing and the baiting of his two main rivals (for example 'either those bastards change or we take over the industry'), who often rise ponderously to the bait. Nevertheless, whatever his personal peculiarities there seems little doubt that he is a genuinely effective and transformative manager rather than the lucky inheritor of a favourable business trend. 

In late 2012, Legere took over a company that was bleeding subscribers and whose revenue growth was declining. Since then, he has dramatically reversed those trends through a number of well designed sales packages and through re-motivation of the company's staff and his company now has genuine momentum. Since he took over T-Mobile the customer base has doubled and in early August 2015 T-Mobile announced that it had moved past Sprint to become the country's third largest operator in terms of subscriptions. 

In January 2014, TMUS announced that it was moving into mobile banking via a deal with Bancorp and Blackhawk Network Holdings. Whilst not particularly advanced the solution offered basic banking services: a prepaid Visa card; a mobile app customers could use to deposit checks, pay bills, transfer funds and reload cards; and access to AllPoint’s partner network of 42,000 ATMs to withdraw cash. Moreover, though behind Sprint, Legere appeared to be well ahead of the two larger rivals. The opportunity was not negligible and at the time it was said that the unbanked in the U.S. numbered about 68 million, or around 20% of the population. 

On August 18, 2016, Legere announced his boldest move yet, with a genuinely unlimited data plan called TMobile ONE priced at $70 a month for the first subscription in a family, $50 a month for the second subscription, with additional lines only $20 a month and up to 8 lines with auto pay. The only qualification was that the very heaviest users might find their applications given lower priority at times of congestion. 


Brilliant as its performance is in the short and even medium term, there is a core problem for T-Mobile, highlighted by the Malone suggestion, which is convergence. Legere seems to think that given enough capacity and intelligence the mobile can fulfil all of a user's digital needs and given his energy and creativity he can probably grow the company for another five years. Fibre, at least in the U.S., is on average much further behind wireless in than in many other developed countries, so that position may be plausible. However, that still leaves the question of content and large operators across the world seem to feel the need to increasingly control directly a good proportion of the content they transmit. Maybe, given his drive and creativity, Legere can come up with a solution to that problem as well. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

IDC: Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Market Revenue Grows 8.1%

Vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew by 8.1% year over year to $8.4 billion in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker.

"New cloud data centers have begun to launch, but in the third quarter the effect on the cloud IT infrastructure market was minimal," said Kuba Stolarski, research director for Computing Platforms at IDC. "As network upgrades continue to prop up cloud growth overall, the hyperscale cloud datacenters are coming and they will drive new server and storage deployments over the next few quarters. Recently, there has been renewed strength in emerging markets and among smaller cloud service providers. As OpenStack has become easier to implement and maintain by a growing population of capable system administrators, private cloud options are becoming more viable in an increasing set of use cases and with a wider set of deployment parameters."

Some highlights:

  • The overall share of cloud IT infrastructure sales climbed to 39.2% of all IT infrastructure spending in 3Q16, up from 34.7% a year ago. Revenue from infrastructure sales to private cloud grew by 8.2% to $3.3 billion, and to public cloud by 8.0% to $5.1 billion. 
  • Revenue in the traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure segment decreased 10.8% year over year in the third quarter. 
  • Private cloud infrastructure growth was led by Ethernet switch at 60.8% year-over-year growth, followed by storage at 9.0%, and server at 3.2%. 
  • Public cloud growth was also led by Ethernet switch at 46.2% year-over-year growth, followed by server at 6.8% storage at 3.0% year over year. 
  • In traditional IT deployments, server declined the most (12.9% year over year) with Ethernet switch and storage declining 1.6% and 8.6%, respectively.
  • From a regional perspective, vendor revenue from cloud IT infrastructure sales grew fastest in Middle East & Africa at 36.7% year over year in 3Q16, followed by Japan at 29.9%, Latin America at 21.7%, Western Europe at 16.8%, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) at 11.9%, Canada at 5.3%, Central & Eastern Europe at 4.3%, and the United States at 2.9%.

Greenpeace report: Who Is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet?

Apple, Google, Facebook, and newcomer Switch are leading the charge to build a renewably powered internet, according to a newly released report from Greenpeace, due to their actions in transitioning their data centers to renewable energy sources. Nearly 20 leading Internet companies have now committed to 100% renewable energy. In total, the energy footprint of the IT sector as a whole is currently estimated to consume 7 percent of global electricity.

However, Greenpeace finds that the reality is that "much of the sector continues to grow rapidly in Asia and U.S. markets like Virginia, both of which have little to no renewable energy options." Greenpeace cites Amazon Web Services as a prime example of "a company that talks up its renewable projects, but keeps customers in the dark on its energy performance while expanding into markets served by dirty energy like Virginia.” Likewise, Chinese Internet giants, including Tencent, Baidu, and Alibaba, have not committed to 100 percent renewable energy and lack basic transparency around their energy performance.

The Greenpeace report scores the renewable efforts of nearly 70 websites and applications popular in the U.S., China, and South Korea.

Ericsson and China Mobile sign MoU for IoT, Cloud RAN

Ericsson and China Mobile signed a strategic agreement to cooperate on the Internet of Things. Ericsson signed a separate Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), the research division of China Mobile, to initiate the collaborative research and development of Cloud RAN.

On the IoT front, China Mobile will use the Ericsson Device Connectivity Platform to streamline the process for provisioning, as well as deploy services to capitalize on new business opportunities. With the Ericsson platform, China Mobile will be able to integrate resources of roaming partners and offer global enterprise customers reliable connectivity based on service level agreements. Other benefits include a common and unified approach to customer portals and selection of access network.

Regarding cloud RAN, the cooperation between China Mobile and Ericsson is set to a two-year duration that aims to unify the understanding of Cloud RAN and jointly define Cloud RAN use cases.  The companies will conduct joint research of the key technologies related to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) based Cloud RAN, the construction of the Cloud RAN architecture for future 5G use cases, and towards the standardization of the related interfaces and capability

Yuejia Sha, Executive Vice President, China Mobile, says: "China Mobile expects to have 200 million IoT connections by 2017. We stick to the strategy of open cooperation with our partners for win-win results. China Mobile strengthens the collaboration with global leading enterprises of advanced platform, application and intelligent hardware to drive the rapid development of our industry, and provides superior applications and services to our customers."
Chris Houghton, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson, says: "We are very proud to be selected by China Mobile as a strategic partner for Internet of Things. These types of applications will also help promote the development and deployment of 5G technology. We look forward to supporting China Mobile and developing this business while accelerating large-scale deployments of Internet of Things across the world."

Juniper Supplies NFV-Based Routing for Korea's LG U+

Major Korean service provider LG U+ (a member of the LG Group) has selected Juniper Networks technology for its next-generation 5G network upgrade, which includes the Juniper Networks virtual route reflector capability within the vMX, and the EX4300/EX2200 Ethernet Switches.

Juniper said two specific technology requirements were defined by LG U+ for evaluation -- virtual routing and OpenStack-based NFV orchestration. Its virtual routing solution offers two key features that addressed major resiliency objectives for LG U+, including:

  • Auto Recovery - the ability to automatically recognize network errors and then dynamically create a new Virtual Router immediately in order to ensure seamless service continuity.
  • Auto Healing - the ability to prevent system overload if operator-defined maximum CPU and memory utilization values are exceeded.

Juniper's solution also has the openness and flexibility to support third-party hosted operating systems, hypervisors and orchestration tools, while also providing modular customization.Similarly, the EX4300/EX2200 Ethernet Switches feature Virtual Chassis technology that simplifies management while reducing operational costs. Juniper Networks has also enabled IPv6 routing, anti-hacking and anti-DDoS attack services in LG U+'s NFV infrastructure, with additional features that could be added in the future.

"We are very excited about Korea's first commercial launch of a carrier-grade NFV-based router. I believe this will enable us to not only drastically improve our routing performance, but provide greater stability and a more diverse range of services for our customers. As a leader of the 5G era, LG U+ plans to expand the adoption of NFV equipment in close, continued cooperation alongside Juniper Networks," stated Jae-ho Choi, General Manager, Transport Platform Development Team, LG U+.


IBM Announces New Flash Storage

IBM introduced new, all-flash storage solutions designed for midrange and large enterprises with application workloads varying from enterprise resource planning (ERP) and financial transactions to cognitive applications like machine learning and natural language processing.

IBM said its flash solutions now deliver “six nines availability”, ensuring continuous operations 99.9999 percent of the time. The company is also providing deep integration between IBM Storage and IBM z Systems using co-developed software that provides data protection, remote replication and optimization for midrange and large enterprises.

The new family includes:

  • Business Class Storage – the IBM DS8884F has been designed for traditional applications such as ERP, order processing, database transactions, customer relationship management and human resources information systems. It offers the lowest entry cost for midrange enterprises with 256 GB Cache (DRAM) and between 6.4-154 TB of Flash Capacity.
  • Enterprise Class Storage - the IBM DS8886F has been engineered for high speed transactional operations like high-performance online transaction processing, high-speed commercial data processing, high-performance data warehouse and data mining and critical financial transaction systems. It provides users 2 TB Cache (DRAM) and between 6.4-614.4 TB of Flash Capacity.
  •  Analytic Class Storage – the IBM DS8888F is ideal for cognitive and real-time analytics and decision making including predictive analytics, real time optimization, machine learning and cognitive systems, natural language speech and video processing. To support this it delivers 2 TB Cache (DRAM) and between 6.4 TB-1.22 PB of Flash Capacity providing superior performance and capacity able to address the most demanding business workload requirements.

BT Integrates Trend Micro into Cloud Portfolio

BT announced immediate availability of Trend Micro’s Deep Security data centre solution on BT’s Cloud Compute platform, enabling protection for physical, virtual, and cloud servers from a single integrated platform, on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Deep Security’s capabilities include anti-malware, host-based firewall, intrusion detection and prevention, integrity monitoring, log inspection, and globally trusted SSL certificates to protect customers from ransomware, advanced persistent threats, targeted attacks, etc. Deep Security is available across BT’s 22 global cloud delivery zones in 19 countries across Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. Customers will receive the option to turn it on when they order Cloud Compute through BT’s award-winning Compute Management System (CMS). They can activate as many or as few modules as needed on all or specific parts of their cloud infrastructure.

Neil Lock, vice president of BT Compute at Global Services, BT, said: “Our customers are relying on cloud to help them accelerate their digital transformation. As a leading cloud services integrator, we aim to make that journey as smooth and easy as possible. By tightly integrating Trend Micro’s solution into our Compute portfolio we are giving our customers an option to use industry leading security thus simplifying cloud security and delivering on our Cloud of Clouds portfolio strategy.”

Viptela Hires Praveen Akkiraju as Its New CEO

Viptela, a start-up offering SD-WAN solutions, named Praveen Akkiraju as its new CEO, replacing Amir Khan, co-founder and current CEO, who will continue playing an active role as President and board member.

Mr. Akkiraju has served as CEO of VCE for the past four years, where he led the converged infrastructure provider to the No.1 market share position, while tripling revenues to $2.1B and achieving profitability. Prior to VCE, he spent more than 19 years at Cisco, including his last role as senior vice president & general manager of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking group.

“In just four years, Viptela has pioneered the SD-WAN market and is now the most widely deployed solution in the industry. We are thrilled that Praveen is joining us to accelerate the next phase of our growth,” said Amir Khan. “Praveen has built and led some of the fastest growing businesses in data center and enterprise networking. He is passionate about working with customers across the enterprise, service provider and SMB markets to enable their next generation WAN transformation.”

“Our customers are going through a fundamental transition in their business models and technology architecture. As pioneers of SD-WAN, Viptela is uniquely positioned to simplify the critical infrastructure connecting users at the edge of the network to applications in the cloud,” said Praveen Akkiraju, CEO of Viptela. “Great products and companies are built on making the right design choices and I believe Viptela got it right by starting with a rock solid routing infrastructure to create a scalable and secure fabric which delivers a range of services from SD-WAN to security to seamless cloud connectivity.”

Viptela is backed by Redline Capital, Northgate Capital and Sequoia Capital.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Singtel Launches 450 Mbps Mobile Data Speeds

Singtel launched 450 Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service in its home market of Singapore.

The 450Mbps service is available to all Singtel 4G customers at no additional charge. The first device to support the speed are the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.  LG V20 users will also be able to harness the higher speeds with a soon-to-be released software update. More compatible smartphone models are expected to be launched by early 2017.

“Singtel is investing ahead to deliver faster speeds and wider connections with the steady deployment of innovative technologies on our live network. With more customers consuming and sharing mobile videos, 450Mbps speeds will enable them to download movies in a flash and give them a better entertainment experience while on the go,” stated Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.

The boost is made possible by Singtel’s nationwide LTE network upgrade to support 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation, or 256 QAM, which increases the number of unique radio waveform shapes to carry up to 33.33% higher data and elevates spectral efficiency.

Separately, Singtel and Ericsson have demonstrated download speeds of up to 1Gbps in a live 4G network pilot at two sites in Pasir Ris. This was achieved by deploying 256 QAM downlink, 4x4 Multiple Input Multiple Output (4x4 MIMO) and triple carrier aggregation technologies. 4x4 MIMO doubles the number of data paths between a cellular base station and mobile phones, delivering a speed boost of up to two times normal speeds.

Singtel said it plans to progressively rollout 4x4 MIMO technology on its network starting next year to deliver up to 1Gbps speeds at selected high-traffic locations. Supporting mobile devices are expected to be ready by end 2017.

Verizon Enterprise Looks to SevOne for SD-WAN Visibility

Verizon is working with SevOne to deliver added levels of visibility into the performance of its Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD WAN) services.

The solution provides an integrated Web interface giving enterprise clients gain an end-to-end view of services spanning the physical and virtual network. Some highlights:

  • Analyze performance of the hybrid WAN to help enhance delivery of applications to users 
  • Correlate disparate metrics into a single-services view spanning the SD WAN, application performance and the supporting infrastructure
  • Automate baseline performance metrics that drive predictive alerts on service performance
  • Unify performance metrics across network, security and applications
  • Provide speed to intelligence at scale across the global enterprise footprint
  • Digital transformation simplifies, yet increases complexity 

“Companies are well into their journeys with next-generation virtualized environments to
accelerate their businesses, yet many don’t have the required level of operational insight,” said Jack Sweeney, CEO, SevOne. “The collaboration between SevOne and Verizon provides organizations with unprecedented business agility that allows them to proactively manage more of their digital infrastructure, visualize and report and troubleshoot quickly.”

“Verizon's SD WAN portfolio is a major milestone in our company's multi-stage journey toward fully virtualizing the network and delivering virtual business services that help increase reliability, agility and efficiency,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of networking and innovation. “This initiative plays a major part in our overall enterprise digital transformation strategy, in which we are committed to helping clients accelerate innovation and maintain a competitive edge through simplified management and cost control.”

Verizon Launches Virtual Network Services

Verizon Enterprise Solutions announced its launch of Virtual Network Services with the aim of transitioning its enterprise customers to a virtual infrastructure model, providing greater agility and on-demand resources. The new services, which are underpinned by Verizon's open SDN and NFV architecture, will be available in the U.S. and internationally.  The virtualized services can be delivered across public, private and wireless networks from...

Viavi Delivers 40 Gbps Wire Rate Analytics, Traffic and Storage

Viavi Solutions introduced its latest Observer Platform featuring 40 Gbps wire rate analytics, traffic, and storage with real-time reporting.

Key updates to the Observer Platform include:

  • Custom-designed Gen3 capture card with 40 Gbps capture rate and accelerated analytics, providing the industry’s fastest access to stored packet data and analysis
  • Fault-tolerant custom enclosures support four years of uninterrupted, 100% duty-cycle, line-rate capture without dropping a single packet for the ultimate in transaction visibility and peace of mind
  • Standard operational network, application, and unified communications workflows are automated to mirror the way IT teams approach these three most common types of issues enabling faster analysis and resolution
  • All new models are tailored to customer use cases, accommodating any location, network, or data center configuration.

“More than just metadata, Viavi delivers the purity of complete forensic data at 40 Gbps wire-rate data center speeds to help ensure troubleshooting and threat intelligence information is always available,” said Douglas Roberts, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise & Cloud Business Unit, Viavi Solutions.