Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cumulus Runs on Facebook's Backpack Open Platform

Cumulus Networks' Linux network OS is now available for Facebook’s latest open hardware platform named "Backpack."

In addition, the Cumulus Linux network OS supports Wedge 100, the fixed configuration switch platform which Facebook made available to the community via the Open Compute Project last year.

“It’s been our mission from day one to bring the agility and economics of web-scale networking to companies of all sizes,” said JR Rivers, co-founder and CTO of Cumulus Networks. “Through our close work with the team at Facebook and our partner Celestica, we’re making it simple for data center operators to take advantage of the first open ecosystem chassis, combined with software proven through production deployments at more than a quarter of the Fortune 50 and some of the world’s largest public clouds.”

Backpack highlights:

  • Reliability - Backpack comes with 128x 100G front panel ports, which is equivalent to 12x 1U 100G fixed form factor switches. This reduces sourcing and deployment complexity by eliminating hundreds of cables and optics for the customer.
  • Flexibility - This is the first Open Networking modular design switch that customers can commercially buy and load Cumulus Linux onto.
  • Operational Efficiency - Eliminating supervisors and proprietary communication protocols from traditional chassis greatly improves control plane performance, high availability and troubleshooting. Further, an orthogonal direct chassis architecture enables better airflow and thermal performance, which reduces cooling and power requirements.
  • Scalability - Backpack follows the web-scale principles that allow customers to maintain consistent automated provisioning across all their switches of different form-factors (fixed or chassis).


https://cumulusnetworks.com/blog/announcing-backpack-running-cumulus-linux/

Barefoot Contributes Wedge 100B Switch Designs to OCP

Barefoot Networks unveiled two Wedge 100B switch designs based on its Tofino 6.5 Tb/s Ethernet switch chip: Wedge100BF-32X, a 3.2Tb/s 1RU 32x100GE switch and Wedge100BF-65X, a 6.5Tb/s 2RU 65x100GE switch.

The Wedge 100B switches support FBOSS, SONiC and several other switch operating systems, and can be controlled by the OCP's Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) API, switchAPI (an extensible, open API) or APIs designed by the user. The default "switch.p4" program running on Tofino turns the Wedge 100B switches into a top-of-rack switch, with all the standard features expected in a data center. Users may add or remove features as they choose, add new protocols, change table sizes, give greater visibility and fold in middlebox functions, such as Layer-4 load-balancing. The Wedge 100B platforms also introduce several enhancements, including an optimized power supply unit, lower cost PCB design, improved Design For Manufacturability, beefier CPU module, etc. The switches run an updated version of OpenBMC.

"The Open Compute Networking Project is excited to see Barefoot Networks share two Wedge 100B hardware designs with the community," said Omar Baldonado, OCP Networking Project Co-Lead. "We look forward to seeing the new innovations enabled by these Wedge 100B designs and the flexibility that their programmable switching silicon brings to the industry."

"Barefoot Networks is delighted to share its Tofino based Wedge 100B switch designs with the Open Compute Project community," said Martin Izzard, Co-Founder & CEO, Barefoot Networks. "With Wedge 100B platforms, the OCP ecosystem, network owners and architects have unprecedented access to a fully disaggregated networking stack down to the forwarding plane, enabling them to build networks that best suit their needs."

http://www.barefootnetworks.com

Comcast Business Launches DOCSIS 3.1 Service with 1 Gig and 500 Mbps Tiers

Comcast Business is rolling out DOCSIS 3.1-based Internet service to business customers in its Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Nashville service areas. "Business Internet 1 Gig" and "Business Internet 500" speed tiers are now available to thousands of business customers in these Comcast service areas using the company’s existing network.

Comcast said the new tiers of service complement existing gigabit and multi-gigabit options already available to Comcast Business customers, including Comcast Business Ethernet, which the company launched and has been expanding nationally since 2011. Those services can support speeds of 100 gigabits per second over fiber.

"High-capacity, high-performance internet can be a difference-maker for businesses that want to leverage software-as-a-service applications to improve their operations or enhance the customer experience by offering in-store Wi-Fi or a robust e-commerce site," said Kevin O’Toole, senior vice president of Product Management at Comcast Business. "DOCSIS 3.1 business internet service offers a new and easy plug-and-play option for accessing gigabit speeds in any business environment – whether that is a large distributed enterprise across a wide geographic area or a small business with one or a few locations."

Comcast Business plans to launch Business Internet 1 Gig and Business Internet 500 in the majority of its service areas throughout 2017 and into 2018.

http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/comcast-rolls-out-docsis-3-1-based-gigabit-internet-service-for-business-customers-in-multiple-markets


NTTPC to Offer Managed Cloud Service Using Viptela SD-WAN

NTTPC Communications Inc. (NTTPC), a premier telecommunications carrier in Japan, is using  Viptela’s Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) technology for its first managed cloud network service called "Master’sONE".

The Master’sONE Service uses the Viptela SEN (Secure Extensible Network) to establish a secure overlay network across MPLS and Internet circuits. It enables the mixing and matching of a variety of connections including MPLS, broadband, 3G/4G LTE, satellite and point-to-point links, which customers and/or NTTPC engineers can manage as a single network. Viptela enables NTTPC to centrally create, control and enforce policies throughout the network to meet performance requirements for different application types including mobile, voice, data and video.

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with NTTPC and help them roll out SD-WAN in Japan,” said Pepe Garcia, GM of Viptela, Japan & LATAM. “NTTPC joins a growing list of leading national and international carriers that have chosen Viptela to deliver managed SD-WAN services.”

http://www.nttpc.co.jp/english/overview.html
http://www.viptela.com

Verizon's Revenue Dip as Competition Intensifies

Citing intensified wireless competition, Verizon reported lower Q4 and full-year 2016 revenues and profitability.

Total consolidated operating revenues in fourth-quarter 2016 were $32.3 billion, a 5.6 percent decrease compared with fourth-quarter 2015. Full-year 2016 revenues were nearly $126.0 billion, a 4.3 percent decline. Excluding revenues from since-divested local landline businesses and AOL, adjusted full-year total operating revenues on a comparable basis (non-GAAP) would have declined approximately 2.4 percent.

Net income was $4.6 billion in fourth-quarter 2016, and net income margin was 14.2 percent. EBITDA (non-GAAP, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) totaled $12.0 billion, and the consolidated EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) was 37.1 percent in fourth-quarter 2016.

Fourth-quarter 2016 EPS came in at $1.10,and full-year EPS at $3.21. Adjusted fourth-quarter 2016 EPS (non-GAAP) of 86 cents excluded 24 cents in net gains related to mark-to-market pension and OPEB (other post-employment benefits) adjustments and severance-related costs.

During 2016, Verizon invested in its networks with $17.1 billion in capital expenditures, completed wireline divestitures of three markets, negotiated new labor contracts, executed successful technical trials of 5G wireless service and expanded its new growth businesses.

“We are positioning Verizon for future growth and continued sustainable shareholder value,” said Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam. “In the fourth quarter we expanded our customer base in highly competitive wireless and broadband markets. This capped a year in which we delivered solid results and returned value to shareholders, including $9.3 billion in dividends. We enter 2017 with confidence, based on our investments in next-generation networks and the new capabilities we have acquired. Our goal is to continue to earn our customers’ loyalty every day in a rapidly expanding mobile-first digital world.”

Verizon Wireless highlights

  • Verizon reported 591,000 retail postpaid net additions in fourth-quarter 2016. 
  • At year-end 2016, Verizon had 114.2 million retail connections, a 1.9 percent year-over-year increase. Verizon’s retail postpaid connections base grew 2.1 percent to 108.8 million, and retail prepaid connections totaled 5.4 million. Full-year postpaid net additions of 2.3 million included 1.8 million 4G smartphones and 1.4 million 4G tablets, offset primarily by declines in basic phones and 3G smartphones.
  • Total revenues were $23.4 billion in fourth-quarter 2016, a decline of 1.5 percent compared with fourth-quarter 2015, as more customers continued to choose unsubsidized device payment plans. For the full year, revenues totaled $89.2 billion, a decline of 2.7 percent. Service revenues plus device payment plan billings increased 1.7 percent in fourth-quarter 2016, compared with fourth-quarter 2015.
  • At year-end 2016, approximately 67 percent of postpaid phone customers were on a non-subsidized service pricing plan, ahead of target due to high volumes in fourth-quarter 2016.
  • In fourth-quarter 2016, overall traffic on LTE increased by approximately 49 percent compared with fourth-quarter 2015, while Verizon extended its lead in the industry’s third-party network performance studies across the country.

Wireline highlights

  • Total wireline revenues decreased 3.1 percent, to $7.8 billion, comparing fourth-quarter 2016 with fourth-quarter 2015. Retail consumer revenues grew 0.2 percent, to $3.2 billion, supported by consumer Fios revenue growth.
  • Total Fios revenues grew 4.4 percent, to $2.9 billion, comparing fourth-quarter 2016 with fourth-quarter 2015. Full-year Fios revenues were $11.2 billion in 2016, a 4.6 percent increase compared with 2015.
  • In fourth-quarter 2016, Verizon added a net of 68,000 Fios Internet connections and 21,000 Fios Video connections. Customer demand for Custom TV continues to remain strong. At year-end, Verizon had 5.7 million Fios Internet connections and 4.7 million Fios Video connections.
  • In the fourth quarter, Verizon began offering consumer and business fiber-based services to customers in Boston, as part of the company’s One Fiber initiative.
  • Wireline operating income was $414 million in fourth-quarter 2016, compared with $7 million in fourth-quarter 2015. Segment operating income margin was 5.3 percent in fourth-quarter 2016. Segment EBITDA (non-GAAP) was $1.9 billion in fourth-quarter 2016, up 17.7 percent from fourth-quarter 2015. Segment EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) was 24.1 percent in fourth-quarter 2016, compared with 19.8 percent in fourth-quarter 2015.
  • During the fourth quarter, Verizon Enterprise Solutions entered into new agreements, continued or completed work with a number of clients, including AECOM, ICICI Bank, LBC Tank Terminals Group, Nanyang Technological University and Target Corporation.


http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-grows-its-strong-customer-base-profitably-4q

Arbor: Weaponization of IoT Devices Drives Attack Size Higher by 60%

The threat landscape has been transformed by the emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) botnets, with attackers now able to weaponize inherent security vulnerabilities in certain IoT devices, according to Arbor Networks' 12th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR).  Arbor Networks is the security division of NETSCOUT.

“The survey respondents have grown accustomed to a constantly evolving threat environment with steady increases in attack size and complexity over the past decade,” said Darren Anstee, Arbor Networks Chief Security Technologist. “However, IoT botnets are a game changer because of the numbers involved. There are billions of these devices deployed, and they are being easily weaponized to launch massive attacks. Increasing concern over the threat environment is reflected in the survey results, which show significant improvements in the deployment of best practice technologies and response processes.”

Some highlights:

  • The largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack reported this year was 800 Gbps, a 60% increase over 2015’s largest attack of 500 Gbps. 
  • Since Arbor began the WISR in 2005, DDoS attack size has grown 7,900%, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44%.
  • In the past five years alone, DDoS attack size has grown 1,233%, for a CAGR of 68%.
  • 53% of service providers indicated they are seeing more than 21 attacks per month – up from 44% last year.
  • 21% of data-center respondents saw more than 50 attacks per month, versus only 8% last year.
  • 45% of enterprise, government and education respondents experienced more than 10 attacks per month – a 17% year over year increase.
  • 67% of service providers and 40% of Enterprise, Government and Education (EGE) reported seeing multi-vector attacks on their networks.
  • 61% of data center operators reported attacks totally saturating data center bandwidth.
  • 25% of data center and cloud providers saw the cost of a major DDoS attack rise above $100,000, and 5% cited costs of over $1 million.
  • 41% of EGE organizations reported DDoS attacks exceeding their total internet capacity. Nearly 60% of EGE respondents estimate downtime costs above $500/minute.
  • 77% of service provider respondents are capable of mitigating attacks in less than 20 minutes.
  • Nearly 55% of EGE respondents now carry out DDoS defense simulations, with approximately 40% carrying them out at least quarterly.
  • The proportion of data center and cloud provider respondents that are using firewalls for DDoS defense has fallen from 71% to 40%. 

https://www.arbornetworks.com/

Sprint Names Néstor Cano as COO

Sprint named Néstor Cano to the newly created position of chief operating officer, a position where he will be responsible for delivering operational excellence, driving further expense reductions, and strengthening systems and processes across the business.

Cano most recently was president of European Operations at Tech Data, one of the world’s largest distributors of IT products and services. Cano also held other senior executive roles at the company where he fixed management processes and controls to drive the best-ever profit in the company’s European operations. Before joining Tech Data, Cano held positions with technology companies in Spain, including Tronik and CCR Informatica.

http://www.sprint.com

Monday, January 23, 2017

HPE to Acquire Cloud Cruiser for Cloud Consumption Analytics

HPE agreed to acquire Cloud Cruiser, a start-up specializing in cloud consumption analytics software that enables customers to manage and optimize public, private and hybrid cloud usage and spend. HPE is one of Cloud Cruiser’s largest customers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

HPE said the Cloud Cruiser IT infrastructure consumption analytics application provides clear insight into IT usage and spend and helps customers more effectively plan and manage their IT systems. The company is already a key component of HPE’s Flexible Capacity business as we currently license Cloud Cruiser’s solutions in its Flexible Capacity offering.

Cloud Cruiser was founded in 2010 and is based in San Jose, CA and Roseville, CA.

https://www.hpe.com

Aryaka Raises $45 Million for SD-WAN

Aryaka, a start-up offering SD-WAN solutions, completed a $45 million Series D round of financing to support its global expansion.

The company said it has delivered over 100 percent year-over-year growth for five consecutive quarters and now has more than 500 global enterprise customers with sites in 63 countries around the world.

The investment was led by Third Point Ventures, added new investor Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP), and included participation from existing investors.

“We are excited about the funding from Third Point Ventures and from DTCP, which is the first telecommunications company to make a major investment in global SD-WAN,” said Shawn Farshchi, President and CEO at Aryaka Networks. “This investment further validates our global SD-WAN technology and sends a signal to the market that Aryaka represents the future of global connectivity.”

Additionally, Aidan Cullen has joined Aryaka’s leadership team as Chief Financial Officer. Aidan is a finance executive and strategic leader with more than 25 years of experience in global technology companies within the software, networking, and telecommunications industries. He has held CFO positions at CliQr Technology (Cisco), Gigamon, Sylantro Systems (Broadsoft), and Tasman Networks (Nortel).

http://www.aryaka.com

President Trump Picks Pai for FCC Chairman

President Donald J. Trump designated Ajit Pai as his choice to be Chair of the FCC.

Ajit Varadaraj Pai was nominated for FCC Commissioner by President Obama in 2011. Pai took over the seat abandoned by Meredith Baker who left the FCC to take a job as a lobbyist for Comcast. Pai was previously a Partner in the Litigation Department of Jenner & Block LLP. Previously, Pai worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, where he served as Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, and Special Advisor to the General Counsel. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

 "I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States for designating me the 34th Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. I look forward to working with the new Administration, my colleagues at the Commission, members of Congress, and the
American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans," stated Ajit Pai.

http://www.fcc.gov

Tricentis Raises $165 Million for Software Test Automation

Tricentis, which specializes in agile market leading software testing tools for enterprises, announced $165 million in Series B financing from Insight Venture Partners, a leading global private equity and venture capital firm. Tricentis is based in Vienna, Austria and has offices worldwide.

Tricentis claims more than 400 enterprise customers – including HBO, Whole Foods, Toyota, Allianz, BMW, Starbucks, Deutsche Bank, Lexmark, Orange and UBS - for its Tosca suite, which achieves 10 times the test-automation efficiency of tools that employ manual scripting.

“Today’s predominately manual software testing processes fail to meet the needs of today’s Agile and DevOps initiatives, which require highly-accelerated development cycles and, at the same time, a strict accounting for the business risks associated with rapid, iterative code changes,” said Sandeep Johri, CEO of Tricentis.

https://www.tricentis.com/

RETN Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress

RETN, which operates a backbone network that stretches over 32,000 kilometers of fiber and connects 29 countries across Europe, Asia and North America, has deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress for connectivity between Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna.

The Infinera Cloud Xpress delivers a 500 Gb/s super-channel in a compact, two rack unit appliance for efficient transport of Ethernet services. Cloud Xpress also incorporates Infinera’s Instant Bandwidth technology to allow customers to software-activate line-side bandwidth in 100 Gb/s increments as and when needed, closely matching their end-customer demands.

RETN has been operating Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Networks for several years to enable construction, modernization and upgrade of its DWDM cross-border network ring infrastructure in Europe and Russia, including major transboundary routes across Scandinavia and Ukraine. In 2015, RETN announced deployment of 500 Gb/s super-channels using the Infinera DTN-X packet optical platform across its pan-European network. RETN selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide 100 Gb/s DWDM services on two of its routes in Western Europe.

“RETN is experiencing growth in high-traffic regional networks across Europe,” said Tony O’Sullivan, RETN COO. “RETN prides itself on being an early adopter of new and innovative technologies. As we upgrade our networks, we turn to innovators in the industry bringing new solutions to the market first, like Infinera. We are delighted to have successfully deployed Cloud Xpress to power our regional networks in Western Europe, enabling us to deliver simple, scalable and reliable services for our customers.”

“RETN’s deployment of the Cloud Xpress highlights the value the Cloud Xpress Family delivers to network operators globally,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, EMEA at Infinera. “The Cloud Xpress Family’s compact design, ease of use and scalability stand out, enabling operators to grow capacity rapidly while minimizing the cost of space and power.”

http://retn.net/
http://www.infinera.com

Turbonomic Secures $50 Million for Hybrid Cloud Management

Turbonomic (formerly VMTurbo), which offers an autonomic performance platform for the hybrid cloud, secured an additional $50 million in financing led by General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm.

Turbonomic’s autonomic performance platform for the hybrid cloud enables environments to self-manage to assure performance of any application.  Turbonomic’s patented autonomic decision engine dynamically matches application demand with infrastructure supply in real time, to maintain environments in a healthy state.

Turbonomic said it is helping customers to manage 2.9 million dynamic workloads in real-time, improving application performance while reducing costs – not only in their on-premises data centers, but also in their public, private, and hybrid clouds – managing both legacy and cloud-native applications.

For the latest funding round, General Atlantic joined existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, Highland Capital, Globespan, and Iconiq. Gary Reiner, former Chief Information Officer of General Electric and current Operating Partner of General Atlantic, will join the company’s Board of Directors.

“General Atlantic is a world-class investment firm, and Gary Reiner is a world-class IT leader and strategist,” said Bill Veghte, Executive Chairman of Turbonomic. “Their investment and participation is a tribute to the progress the company is making and the opportunity in front of us to dramatically improve IT efficiency and experience. We’re thrilled to have Gary on board to help us grow and scale.”

http://www.turbonomic.com

Friday, January 20, 2017

PTC'17: Redefining Network Connectivity - PacketFabric


PacketFabric is a cloud computing company that is redefining connectivity services by applying cloud-based principles to provisioning, delivery, and billing. Will Charnock, PacketFabric's CEO, talks about changing the consumption model for network connectivity.  Jezzibell Gilmore, VP of Business Development at PacketFabric, highlights some of the technical capabilities of the platform.

Filmed at PTC'17 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

https://youtu.be/A1i4IWO4qKo


PacketFabric Unveils its Ethernet Cloud Networking Platform

PacketFabric, a start-up based in Culver City, California emerged from stealth to launch an Ethernet-based cloud networking platform in 11 metropolitan markets across North America that aims to redefine how enterprises procure, consume, and utilize networking connectivity services.

The SDN-based, neutral layer-2 connectivity platform combines a completely automated network with terabit-scale performance. The company said its platform enables customers to instantaneously provision massively scalable network connectivity between any two or more points across its private backbone network. Users can dynamically provision capacity as needed to hundreds of different networks and major data center locations. PacketFabric’s any-to-any SDN-powered network facilitates coast-to-coast connectivity between 86 premier carrier-neutral colocation facilities across 11 U.S. markets at the time of launch.

PacketFabric leverages an advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web-based portal that provides visibility and control over the network traffic and services. Real-time analytics and interactive troubleshooting capabilities allow PacketFabric to offer the robustness of a packet-switched network, while ensuring consistent and reliable performance.

“When we set out to create PacketFabric, our goal was to completely change the networking ecosystem, radically overhauling the way companies think about procuring and maintaining their networking services. To do that, we knew we needed to combine technologies from different disciplines in a way that had never before been achieved, and deliver truly disruptive scale and performance, consistent with the vision at NantWorks," said Richard Steenbergen, Chief Technology Officer of PacketFabric. “Our platform is uniquely designed to deliver on the requirements of next-generation networks, with a robust, custom-designed orchestration layer capable of provisioning tens of millions of virtual circuits. The platform includes a real-time telemetry system designed to collect and visualize network performance data and provide complete visibility and control. PacketFabric is built on optical and packet switching platforms capable of delivering hundreds of terabits per second.”

http://www.packetfabric.com
  • PacketFabric is a member of the NantWorks portfolio of companies.


Juniper's QFX10000 Powers PacketFabric

PacketFabric has selected Juniper Networks as its principal packet-switched network infrastructure provider for its next-generation Ethernet-based cloud networking services.

PacketFabric is offering a fully automated SDN-based network that allows users to instantaneously provision terabit-scale connectivity in a direct, private and secure manner across a next-generation transport fabric, powered by Juniper's QFX10000 line of switches.

Juniper said its automation technologies enables PacketFabric's next-generation platform to provide real-time visibility and real-time interactivity, making it easier than ever before to oversee network traffic.

"PacketFabric is delivering a platform that can revolutionize how networks interconnect and interact with each other, which is an initial step towards making Digital Cohesion a reality -- an era in which multiple applications self-assemble to deliver new, predictive services. At Juniper, we are thrilled to be providing the advanced switching technology that will support the PacketFabric platform and provide its users with the superior performance, scalability and flexibility needed to have real-time and on-demand services. We look forward to continuing to work with PacketFabric to deliver networking innovation that helps their customers benefit from the cloud," stated Paul Obsitnik, vice president of portfolio marketing, Juniper Networks.

http://www.packetfabric.com
http://www.juniper.net

NEC to Build 48 Tbps Subsea Cable from Hong Kong to Guam

NEC Corp. was awarded a contract by RTI Connectivity to supply a high capacity optical submarine cable for a new system connecting Hong Kong and Guam.

The 3,900 km Hong Kong Guam Cable System (HK-G) is scheduled to begin operation in January 2020, featuring 100 Gbps optical transmission capabilities that deliver a total capacity of more than 48 Tbps.

The HK-G is slated to connect in Guam with the SEA-US optical submarine cable system that directly connects Southeast Asia to the United States, and that NEC began constructing in March 2015.

"NEC is delighted to be selected as the supplier of the HK-G Submarine Cable planned by RTI Connectivity," said Mr. Toru Kawauchi, General Manager of NEC's Submarine Network Division. "With Guam becoming a new hub in the Pacific, we look forward to helping the RTI group of companies provide for the expanding Asia-Pacific demand for more connectivity."

The contract will partially utilize capital from the Fund Corporation for the Overseas Development of Japan's ICT and Postal Services (Japan ICT Fund).

http://www.nec.co.jp

Ericsson Installs 10 Gbps E-Band Radio to Base Station

Ericsson has installed a 10 Gbps microwave hop using E-Band spectrum (70/80 GHz) in a 2+0 configuration (two carriers) in T-Mobile Czech Repulic’s live network.

The installation, which uses Ericsson’s commercially available MINI-LINK 6352, connects an optical aggregation site with a base station in the Prague area. This link spans a distance of 4.85 kilometers.

Ericsson said its outdoor MINI-LINK 6352 has the capacity and functionality to enable rapid deployment of 5G networks. The unit includes an embedded L2 switch, enabling full aggregation and switching between all traffic ports, makes it flexible to fulfill almost any site needs.

Lubor Žatko, Network Development & Delivery Director, T-Mobile says: “T-Mobile has been cooperating with Ericsson in the Czech Republic for 20 years, and use their MINI-LINK solutions for base station connectivity. The introduction of the MINI-LINK 6352 E-Band unit delivers the high capacity and low latency connectivity that T-Mobile needs as we prepare for 5G applications. We appreciate Ericsson’s solutions and attention in the microwave area to take care of our future needs. This latest 10Gbps microwave hop shows the potential of a quick 5G rollout in the Czech Republic.”

Marian Bezak, Head of Czech Republic and Slovakia, Ericsson, says: “In cooperation with T-Mobile Czech Republic, Ericsson brings the newest microwave technologies to the Czech market, helping to provide the best user experience for its customers. We strongly believe that we can contribute and support T-Mobile Czech Republic to further develop the Czech telecom industry and we are looking forward to expanding our cooperation towards the 5G era.”

http://www.ericsson.com

Oracle to Acquire Apiary for API Framework

Oracle agreed to acquire Apiary, a start-up based in San Francisco that provides a framework and tools for developing application programming interfaces (APIs) for cloud-based applications and services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Apiary said it has helped companies create hundreds of thousands of APIs. Its APIFlow framework spans the API creation lifecycle, including design, governance, testing, and documentation, while supporting API Blueprint and OpenAPI industry standards.

“Oracle’s API Integration Cloud enables companies to secure, consume, monetize, and analyze APIs,” said Amit Zavery, Senior Vice President, Integration Cloud, Oracle. “With Apiary, Oracle will also provide customers advanced capabilities to design and govern API’s, allowing companies to manage the entire API lifecycle and deliver integrated applications.”

“Oracle customers will have unique access to a comprehensive API management platform providing control and increased agility, enabling them to focus on innovation,” said Jakub Nešetřil, Founder and CEO, Apiary. “We are excited to join Oracle and bring even more value to customers as part of Oracle’s Integration Cloud.”

More information about this announcement is available at

http://www.oracle.com/apiary

Private Equity Firms Acquire Source Photonics

A private equity consortium led by Redview Capital and Asia-IO, with participation from investors including TR Capital, Axiom Asia and Aberdeen Asset Management, has acquired Source Photonics from Francisco Partners.

Source Photonics is a global provider of communications and data connectivity components, including 100G QSFP28 modules.

Source Photonics was originally acquired by Francisco Partners in October 2010 as a carve-out from MRV Communications.

“Francisco Partners was an excellent partner in our transformation at Source Photonics,” said Doug Wright, Source Photonics Chief Executive Officer. “FP provided the strategic support and resources to enable the company to execute on our plan and invest in new technologies. These investments helped us strengthen our product offerings, optimize our operational capabilities, and enter new markets.”

Doug Wright continued, “We now have the building blocks in place to accelerate our growth in the global optical communications market and we look forward to working with Redview Capital and Asia-IO as we continue to execute on our strategic plan.”

http://www.sourcephotonics.com

Video: Source Photonics Demos PAM4 - 2x50G QSFP28


Pulse Amplitude Modulation encodes information in the amplitude of a series of signal pulses. In this video, Dr. Manish Mehta, EVP of Product Line Management at Source Photonics, introduces the fundamentals of PAM4 encoding, which is expected to play a major role in enabling lower cost, 100Gbps data center connections. Source Photonics conducted a live demonstration of PAM4 2x50Gbps QSFP28 transceivers at #OFC2016. These will add to the company's...