Monday, May 1, 2017

Introducing ONAP - the Open Network Automation Platform



What is ONAP?

The Open Network Automation Platform is a project hosted by The Linux Foundation that aims to automate the entire network.

Presenters in this video include: Chris Rice, Senior VP of AT&T Labs;  Arpit Joshipura, General Manager for Network & Orchestration at The Linux Foundation; Madam Yang, Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute; Alla Goldner, Industry Alliances & Standardization at Amdocs; and Dave Reekie, SVP for Research and New Technology at Metaswitch.

Video sponsored by Metaswitch.

https://youtu.be/xFupe2g5S1U

Cisco to Acquire Viptela for $610M - SD-WAN

Cisco agree to acquire Viptela, a start-up specializing in software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), for $610 million in cash and assumed equity awards. Equity investors in Viptela included Cisco, Redline Captial, Northgate Capital and Sequoia Capital.

Viptela, which is based in San Jose, California, developed a secure overlay fabric for SD-WAN, Cloud Onramp and Network-as-a-Service applications for enterprise clients.

The Viptela fabric offers separation of control, data, management and orchestration layers; integrated routing, security and policy controls; and full application awareness across all elements in the system. A key differentiator for Viptel is ingrained authentication, encryption, segmentation and access controls. Viptela has previously announced major deployments with Verizon, Singtel, NTTPC and others.

Cisco already offers its software-based  Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) and Meraki SD-WAN solutions. The company said the Viptela acquisition will enable it to accelerate the development of next generation SD-WAN solutions.

"Viptela's technology is cloud-first, with a focus on simplicity and ease of deployment while simultaneously providing a rich set of capabilities and scale. These principles are what today's customers demand," said Scott Harrell, senior vice president of product management for the Cisco Enterprise Networking Group. "With Viptela and Cisco, we will be able to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of comprehensive on-premises, hybrid, and cloud-based SD-WAN solutions."

The Viptela team will join the Enterprise Routing team within the Networking and Security Business led by senior vice president David Goeckeler.

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=press-release&articleId=1841607
http://www.viptela.com


  • In January, Viptela 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.”
  • Co-founders of Viptela include Amir Khan , who previously led the enterprise routing buisiness at Juniper and before that was director of product management at Cisco; and Khalid Raza, who was previously a distinguished engineer at Cisco.

Blueprint: What’s Wrong with the WAN?


by Khalid Raza, CTO, Viptela Today’s WANs are built on largely the same infrastructure as they were 10 years ago.  Back then, demands by users and applications were more predictable, resulting in more expected traffic patterns and bandwidth requirements.  And there was no cloud.  And there was no virtualization. But things are different today.  Delay-sensitive real-time applications such as VoIP and video are now enterprise...


NTT DOCOMO Outlines a Medium-term Strategy

NTT DOCOMO outlined six principles that will constitute its new medium-term strategy through the 2020 fiscal year.  The six declarations are aimed at fostering an innovative business structure in the coming era of 5G.

The six declarations of DOCOMO's new plan are as follows:

Market leader - DOCOMO aims to lead the market in value propositions by further integrating and evolving its services, actively returning value to customers through a wide array of tangible benefits, including strengthened loyalty programs and attractive billing plans. By fiscal 2020, the total number of "d POINT" partners will be increased to more than 300 partners, with the aim of establishing "d POINT" as one of Japan's largest point programs.

Style innovation - Leveraging the strengths of 5G, DOCOMO will launch a wide range of exciting and unexpected services under a company-wide project called "empower+d challenge" (empowered challenge), which will enable customers to realize their aspirations and achieve greater affluence. In particular, through the creative application of virtual reality, artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT technologies, DOCOMO will offer all-new innovation for customer experiences, lifestyles and work styles.

Peace of mind and comfort support - DOCOMO will use AI to develop all-new customer contact points for the provision of optimal, stress-free support for each customer, anytime and anywhere, with a special emphasis on reducing customer wait times. A new system will enable customers to consult their smartphones about a wide range of issues, and measures for enhanced communication will be implemented for issues requiring specialized assistance.

Industry creation - DOCOMO, the leader in emerging 5G technologies and services, will collaborate with partners across a wide range of industries to contribute to social and industrial development through 5G technologies. From late May 2017, 5G trial sites will be launched to enable partner companies and DOCOMO to collaborate in creating standard-setting new services that leverage 5G strengths including low latency, ultra-high speed, ultra-large capacity and massive device connectivity.

Solution co-creation - DOCOMO also will collaborate with partners in six key fields-primary industries, education, sports, healthcare, mobility and work style reform-aiming to contribute to further growth and prosperity in Japan, including through the vitalization of regional economies. In the case of work style reform, collaborations will facilitate telework environments and share offices, to be introduced this year.

Partner business expansion - The plan's sixth declaration is the further enhancement and evolution of DOCOMO's business platforms for loyalty points, customer referrals, FinTech, AI agents, IoT, drones and other business areas, which partners will use to expand transaction flows, develop new business and realize higher levels of productivity.

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2017/0427_00.html

Rubrik Raises $180M for Cloud Data Management

Rubrik, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, closed $180 million in Series D funding for its cloud data management solutions.

Rubrik's platform delivers automated cloud data backup, instant recovery, offsite replication and data archival capability. One Intel-powered appliance manages all data in the cloud, at the edge, or on-prem for backup, DR, archival, compliance, analytics, and copy data management. The company said it is on an annual run rate approaching $100 million.

The latest investment round was led by IVP with strong participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Greylock Partners, bringing total equity raised to $292 million.

https://www.rubrik.com/


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Blueprint: Five Considerations for a Successful Cloud Migration in 2017

by Jay Smith, CTO, Webscale Networks

Forrester Research predicts that 2017 will see a dramatic increase in application migration to the cloud.  With more than 90 percent of businesses using the cloud in some form, the question facing IT leaders and web application owners is not when to move to the cloud but how to do it.

The complexities of application integration and migration to the cloud are ever-changing. Migration has its pitfalls: risk of becoming non-compliant with regulations of industry standards, security breaches, loss of control over applications and infrastructure, and issues with application portability, availability and reliability. Sure, there are additional complexities to be considered, but consider that some are simply obstacles to overcome, while others are outright deal-breakers: factors that cause organizations to halt plans to move apps to the cloud, or even to bring cloud-based apps back on premise.

As I see it, these are the deal-breakers in the minds of the decision maker:

Regulatory and Compliance

Many industries, including healthcare and finance, require compliance with multiple regulations or standards. Additionally, due to today’s global economy, companies need to understand the laws and regulations of their respective industries as well as of the countries in which their customers reside. With a migration, first and foremost, you need to know if the type of cloud you are migrating to supports the compliance and regulations your company requires. Because a cloud migration does not automatically make applications compliant, a knowledgeable cloud service provider can ensure that you maintain compliance, and do so at the lowest possible cost. In parallel, your cloud service provider needs to consider the security policies required to ensure compliance.

Data Security

To date, data security is still the biggest barrier preventing companies from realizing the benefits of the cloud. According to the Interop ITX 2017 State of the Cloud Report, more than half of respondents (51 percent) cited security as the biggest challenge in moving to the cloud. Although security risks are real, they are manageable. During a migration, you need to first ensure the secure transport of your data to and from the cloud. Once your data is in the cloud, you need to know your provider’s SLAs regarding data breaches, but also how the provider will remediate or contain any breaches that do occur. A comprehensive security plan, coupled with the provider’s ability to create purpose-built security solutions, can instill confidence that the provider is up to the task.

Loss of Control

When moving apps to the cloud, many companies assume that they will lose control of app performance and availability. This becomes an acute concern for companies that need to store production data in the cloud. However, from concern, solutions are born, and the solution is as much in the company’s hands as in the provider’s. Make sure that performance and availability are addressed front and center in the provider’s SLA.  That’s how you maintain control.  

Application Portability

With application portability, two issues need to be considered: first, IT organizations often view the hybrid cloud (for example, using a combination of public and private clouds) as their architecture of choice – and that choice invites concerns about moving between clouds. Clouds differ in their architecture, OS support, security, and other factors. Second, IT organizations want choice and do not want to be locked into a single cloud or cloud vendor, but the process of porting apps to a new cloud is complex and not for the faint of heart. If the perception of complexity is too great, IT will opt for keeping their applications on premise.

App Availability and Infrastructure Reliability

Availability and reliability can become issues if a cloud migration is not successful. To ensure its success, first, be sure the applications you are migrating are architected with the cloud in mind or can be adopted to cloud principles. Second, to ensure app availability and infrastructure reliability after the migration, consider any potential issues that may cause downtime including: server performance, network design, and configurations.  Business continuity after a cloud migration is ensured through proper planning.

The great migration is here, and to ensure your company’s success in moving to the cloud, it is important to find a partner that has the technology, people, processes and security capabilities in place to handle any challenges. Your partner must be experienced in architecture and deployment across private, public and hybrid clouds. A successful migration will help you achieve cost savings and peace of mind while leveraging the benefits and innovation of the cloud.

About the Author

Jay Smith founded Webscale in 2012 and currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer of the Company. Jay received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Colorado State University in 2008. Jay has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles in parallel and distributed computing systems.

In addition to his academic publications, while at IBM, Jay received over 20 patents and numerous corporate awards for the quality of those patents. Jay left IBM as a Master Inventor in 2008 to focus on High Performance Computing at DigitalGlobe. There, Jay pioneered the application of GPGPU processing within DigitalGlobe.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cloudera Pops 20% on First Day of Trading

Shares in Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR) rose over 20% on their first day of trading to close at $18.09 and giving it a market cap of about $2.3 billion. The IPO price was $15.

Cloudera, which was founded in 2008 and is based in Palo Alto, California, specializes in enterprise analytic data solutions powered by Apache Hadoop. Cloudera's overall revenue was about $261 million last year, up significantly from the year before. The company has approximately 1,600 employees.

http://www.cloudera.com

Cloudera's Latest Funding Round Brings Up $900 Million

Cloudera confirmed that its latest funding round, which included a strategic investment from Intel, amounts to $900 million.  This financing round includes the previously-announced $160 million of funding from T. Rowe Price and three other top-tier public market investors, Google Ventures, and an affiliate of MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment arm of Michael Dell and his family, and a significant equity investment by Intel that gives them an 18% share of Cloudera.

“The market opportunity for companies to gain insight and build transformative applications based on Hadoop is tremendous,” said Tom Reilly, CEO of Cloudera. “Clearly, demand is accelerating and the market is poised for growth – for all of the players in this space, and we believe Cloudera will be the company to lead this global shift in extracting value from data. This position of strength and leadership is evidenced by the strong support of public market investors, large institutional investors and now key strategic investors including Intel, who’ve made sizable and significant contributions to cement our platform offering.”

Friday, April 28, 2017

ZTE Engages in MEC Pilots with Chinese Carriers

ZTE announced that it is implementing mobile edge computing (MEC) pilots and technical verification trials with major carriers China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom, ahead of plans to deploy the technology commercially in 2018.

ZTE stated that it launched MEC pilots in collaboration with China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Unicom during 2016. Specifically, it worked with China Telecom company Ningbo Telecom on a campus network to implement local traffic offloading. In addition, in Beijing and Zhuhai ZTE and China Mobile conducted an indoor positioning project. ZTE also carried out smart parking projects leveraging MEC and narrow band IoT (NB-IoT) technology in the city of Ningbo.

Additionally, At MWC Shanghai 2016, ZTE demonstrated a 5G MEC-based virtual reality (VR) service in partnership with China Unicom.

ZTE noted that it has developed a suite of MEC solutions that encompasses core technologies and patents spanning areas such as virtualisation, container, precision positioning, shunting and close-to-user content delivery network (CDN). ZTE also provides an integrated 4G/5G MEC solution with network slicing capability. The solutions are designed to address multiple scenarios, including service localisation, local caching, Internet of Vehicles (IoV) and Internet of Things (IoT).

MEC technology integrates wireless networks and the Internet and implements computing, storage and processing functionality on the wireless network side, while open APIs enable data exchange between the wireless network and service processing servers. This allows carriers to reduce the load on the transmission network and process information more quickly at base stations, improving efficiency and services to end users.

http://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/press-center/news/2017ma4/0427ma2


  • In June 2016 at MWC Shanghai, ZTE and China Unicom demonstrated a MEC solution for 5G based on cloud-aware, soft-network architecture. ZTE displayed an integrated solution featuring its QCell indoor coverage and MEC products designed to enable big data applications.
  • Earlier in 2016, ZTE and China Mobile showed a joint 5G-oriented network architecture and network slice prototype system that utilised the latest generation Intel Xeon processor. The prototype system featured 5G network function componentisation and requirement-based orchestration and enabled dynamic 5G applications network slices including for mobile broadband (xMBB), IoT and MEC.

Thales to Acquire Guavus for Data Analytics

Thales agreed to acquire Guavus, which specializes in big data analytics, for US$215 million.

Guavus said it currently analyzes more than 5 petabytes of data every day on behalf of its customers, which include telecom and cable operators.  The company supports more than 20 major operators around the world, including the 5 largest North-American mobile operators (AT&T, Rogers, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon), 4 out of the top 5 Internet backbone carriers, and 7 out of the top 8 cable operators. Guavus is based in San Mateo, California and has about 250 employees, including 140 in Gurgaon (India).

Patrice Caine, Thales’s Chairman and CEO, commented: “Combined with our established expertise in other key digital technologies, the acquisition of Guavus represents a tremendous accelerator of our digital strategy for the benefit of our customers. The application to Thales’s core businesses of Guavus's technologies and expertise in big data analytics will strengthen our ability to support the digital transformation of our customers, whether in aeronautics, space, rail signaling, defense or security.”

https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/group/press-release/thales-acquires-guavus-one-pioneers-real-time-big-data-analytics
http://www.guavus.com

Dispute Intensifies between Apple and Qualcomm

Qualcomm reported that it has been informed by Apple that Apple is withholding payments to its contract manufacturers for the royalties those contract manufacturers owe under their licenses with Qualcomm for sales during the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Qualcomm's statement:

“Apple is improperly interfering with Qualcomm’s long-standing agreements with Qualcomm’s licensees,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm.  “These license agreements remain valid and enforceable.  While Apple has acknowledged that payment is owed for the use of Qualcomm’s valuable intellectual property, it nevertheless continues to interfere with our contracts.  Apple has now unilaterally declared the contract terms unacceptable; the same terms that have applied to iPhones and cellular-enabled iPads for a decade.  Apple’s continued interference with Qualcomm’s agreements to which Apple is not a party is wrongful and the latest step in Apple's global attack on Qualcomm.  We will continue vigorously to defend our business model, and pursue our right to protect and receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry.”

http://www.qualcomm.com

Analog Devices unveils 28 nm DA converter for 4G/5G

Analog Devices has introduced a 28 nm D/A converter as part of a new series of high speed digital-to-analogue converters, designed to address the requirements of gigahertz bandwidth applications and provide the spectral efficiency needed for 4G/5G multi-band base stations and 2 GHz E-band microwave point-to-point backhaul platforms.

Based on 28 nm CMOS technology, the new AD9172 device is claimed to set performance benchmarks in terms of dynamic range, signal bandwidth and low power consumption.

Analog Devices' dual 16-bit AD9172 product supports 12 GSPS and provides direct-to-RF synthesis up to 6 GHz, eliminating the IF-to-RF up-conversion stage and LO generation to simplify the overall RF signal chain and reducing system cost. The device is designed to maintain superior linearity and noise performance across the RF frequencies to allow a high level of configurability.

In addition, independent numerically controlled oscillator (NCO), digital gain control and a range of interpolation filter combinations per input channel provide a suite of signal processing options to allow flexible signal chain partitioning between the analogue and digital domains, enabling the development of software defined platforms. The AD9172 is complemented by the AD9208 28 nm analogue-to-digital converter.

Key features of Analog Devices' new AD9172 device, which is offered in a 10 x 10 mm 144-ball BGA-ED package, include:

1.         Support for single- and multi-band wireless applications with 3 bypassable complex data input channels per RF DAC at a maximum complex input data rate of 1.5 GSPS with independent NCO per input channel.

2.         Selectable interpolation filters enabling up to 8x configurable data channel interpolation and up to 12x configurable final interpolation to support a full set of input data rates.

3.         Final 48-bit NCO that operates at the DAC rate to support frequency synthesis up to 6 GHz.

4.         Flexible 8-lane 15 Gbit/s JESD204B (subclass 0 and 1) interface that supports 12-bit high density mode for enhanced data throughput.

5.         Low noise on-chip PLL clock multiplier that supports 12 GSPS DAC update rate and provides observation ADC clock driver with selectable divide ratios.

In conjunction with the AD9172, Analog Devices also introduced its dual 14-bit AD9208 product optimised to deliver wide input bandwidth, high sample rate, excellent linearity and low power in a small package. With sampling speeds up to 3.0 GSPS, the A/D converter is designed to facilitate direct RF signal processing architectures and enable high oversampling.

The device's full power bandwidth supports IF signal sampling up to 9 GHz (-3 dB point), with up to 96-tap programmable finite impulse response (FIR) filter block that can be configured for channel equalisation and/or quadrature error correction. In addition, four integrated wide-band decimation filters and 48-bit NCO blocks enable support for multi-band receivers.

MACOM introduces 5 V CATV amplifiers for DOCSIS 3.1

MACOM Technology Solutions, introduced seven new CATV amplifiers designed for 5 V operation and covering the upstream 5-300 MHz and downstream 45-1,218 MHz bands for DOCSIS 3.1 applications.

MACOM's new devices comprise two product families - single ended 5 V SOT-89 and differential 5 V SOIC-8EP – and are designed for DOCSIS 3.1 distributed and legacy HFC networks

The single ended 5 V SOT-89 family includes the following products:

1.         MAAL-011139, a 21.5 dB gain, low noise, high linearity amplifier that operates from 5-1,218 MHz, is delivered in a 3lead SOT-89 plastic package, with bias from 3 to 5 V with adjustable current enabling a noise figure of 1.2 dB and OIP3 of 34 dBm.

2.         MAAM-011162, a high linearity, low noise figure amplifier covering both up and downstream bands of 5-1,218 MHz assembled in a 3lead SOT-89 plastic package and providing 18 dB of flat gain for up and downstream applications.

3.         MAAM-011251, a high linearity, low noise amplifier covering the up and downstream bands of 5-1,218 MHz, offered in a 3lead SOT-89 plastic package and provides 15 dB of flat gain for up and downstream applications.

4.         MAAM-011258, a high linearity, low noise amplifier covering up and downstream bands of 5-1,218 MHz, assembled in a 3lead SOT-89 plastic package and providing 12 dB of flat gain in up and down stream applications.

The differential 5 V SOIC-8EP family comprises the following products:

1.         MAAM-011163, a 19 dB gain differential amplifier covering up and downstream band 5-1218 MHz, delivered in a SOIC-8EP plastic package with noise figure of 2.4 dB and OIP3 of 42 dBm.
2.         MAAM-011240, a 17 dB gain differential amplifier covering up and downstream bands 5-1,218 MHz, assembled in a SOIC-8EP plastic package, with noise figure of 2.6 dB and OPI3 of 44 dBm.

3.         MAAM-011250, a 15 dB gain differential amplifier for up and downstream bands 5-1,218 MHz, delivered in a SOIC-8EP plastic package, offering a noise figure of 2.8 dB and OPI3 of 44 dBm.

Both of MACOM's new amplifier product families are layout compatible, providing designers with performance flexibility on the same system board.

Mediacom launches DOCSIS 3.1 in Georgia

Mediacom Communications, which claims to be the 5th largest U.S. cable operator with 1.3 million customers, announced that it has launched gigabit Internet speeds within its Georgia service territory, enabling 275,000 households in over 50 southwest Georgia communities to sign up for the service.

Mediacom claims it was the first major U.S. cable company to transition to DOCSIS 3.1 broadband technology with the roll-out of its Gigasphere platform, and plans to bring gigabit broadband services to the bulk of the 3 million homes and businesses within its 22 state footprint. To date, Mediacom has launched its gigabit Internet service in over 600 communities.

As DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems become more readily available, Mediacom expects to announce the availability of gigabit Internet service in additional areas on a market by market basis during 2017. In these markets it will also introduce a new 500 Mbit/s service offering.

Mediacom's operates a hybrid optical fibre and coaxial cable infrastructure, over which it offers its Gigasphere products and services based on advanced DOCSIS 3.1 technology, which can support bandwidth of up to 10 Gbit/s downstream and 2 Gbit/s upstream.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170425006415/en/Mediacom-Communications-Unveils-Gigabit-Broadband-Georgia-Service


  • In December last year, Mediacom announced that its entire broadband network would be gigabit-capable by the end of 2016. The company had announced in August that it planned to invest $1 billion over 3 years to upgrade and expand its broadband network. As part of the project, it launched Project Gigabit, a wide-scale deployment of gigabit broadband services to most of the 3 million homes and businesses in 1,500 communities covered by its 22 state footprint.
  • Mediacom noted that additional programs of the investment plan included the expansion of the Mediacom Business high-capacity network in downtown areas and commercial districts, the extension of its deep-fibre residential video, Internet and phone network to pass at least an further 50,000 homes, and the deployment of community WiFi access points.

Teraphysics Raises $50 Million for mmWave Technology

Investment firm Boustead Securities has announced that Teraphysics, based on Cleveland, a developer of high-speed wireless transmission technology, has received SEC qualification for a $50 million capital raise through the issuance of Regulation A+ securities.

In conjunction with the announcement of its Regulation A+ securities issue, which is underwritten by Boustead, Teraphysics also recently detailed its commercialisation plans for the mmLink technology.

Under the terms of the transaction, Teraphysics is issuing 10 million share of common stock at $5 per share. The net proceeds will be used to fund the commercialisation phase of its technology, including the development of a micro link wireless network for the demonstration of wireless terrestrial and stratospheric platforms, the establishment of a piloting facility and the purchase of production capacity.

Teraphysics, founded by three former NASA scientists, has developed mmLink technology that enables high-speed data transmission and targets applications for next generation 5G mobile data connectivity and Internet access. Development of the company's mmLink millimetre-wave amplifiers was supported with funding from the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Air Force Research Lab and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Teraphysics was founded by Louis S. Fisi and scientists Dr. Gerald T. Mearini (PhD) and James A. Dayton,, Jr. (PhD). The company has developed patented devices designed to significantly enhance 5G data delivery. Teraphysics' IP includes its patented and commercially viable THz source that employs miniaturised vacuum electronics.

The mmLink solution is a wireless solution able to transmit at very high data rates using a millimetre-wave amplifier that has been developed from technology installed in NASA vehicles including the Mars Observer and Cassini spacecraft.

The Teraphysics amplifier is designed to provide high power and wide bandwidth in previously inaccessible parts of the millimetre-wave band and is intended to offer a lower cost, quicker to install alternative to fibre connectivity. The company's first amplifier is expected to deliver data rates of 10 to 20 Gbit/s, while future products could support rates of up to 150 Gbit/s.

ADVA reports Q1 Sales of Euro 141.83m, up 16.3%

ADVA Optical Networking announced financial results for its 2017 first quarter ended on March 31, 2017, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as follows:

1.         Revenue for the first quarter of Euro 141.83 million, up 10.8% compared with Euro 128.03 million in the fourth quarter and up 16.3% from Euro 121.96 million in the first quarter of 2016.

2.         Gross profit for the first quarter of Euro 45.54 million, up 7.5% compared with Euro 42.35 million in the fourth quarter and up 14.1% from Euro 39.88 million in the first quarter of 2016.

3.         R&D expenditure for the first quarter of Euro 16.75 million, down 31.9% compared with Euro 24.63 million in the fourth quarter and down 0.9% from Euro 16.90 million in the first quarter of 2016.

4.         SG&A expenditure for the first quarter of Euro 24.49 million, up 6.6% compared with Euro 22.98 million in the fourth quarter and up 3.8% from Euro 23.54 million in the first quarter of 2016.

5.         Total operating expenditure for the first quarter of Euro 41.24 million, down 13.4% compared with Euro 47.61 million in the fourth quarter and up 2.0% from Euro 40.44 million in the first quarter of 2016.

6.         Net income for the first quarter of 2016 of Euro 6.18 million, compared with net income of Euro 13.63 million in the fourth quarter and a net loss of Euro 5.16 million in the first quarter of 2016.

7.         Cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2017 of Euro 69.71 million, versus Euro 84.87 million as at December 31, 2016.

Additional results and notes

Reported by region for the first quarter of 2017, ADVA reported that 50.2% of total revenue derived from EMEA, vesus52.6% a year earlier, 44.3% from the Americas, versus 42.1% a year earlier, and 5.5% from Asia Pacific, versus 5.3% in the prior year first quarter.

ADVA recorded a cash flow from operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2016 of Euro 5.6 million, compared with Euro 2.0 million in the 2016 first quarter.

Total employees at the end of the fourth quarter stood at 1,783, compared with 1,764  at the end of December 2016.

Outlook

For the second quarter of 2017, ADVA expects revenue between Euro 143 and 153 million, representing a sequential increase of 4.4% at the midpoint.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

AWS Racks Up Q1 Sales of $3.661 Billion, up 43%

Amazon Web Services (AWS) delivered Q1 2017 sales of $3.661 billion, up 43% year over year. Quarterly operating income was $890 million, up 48% year over year.

Some additional AWS highlights from the quarterly report:

  • AWS announced it will open an infrastructure region with three Availability Zones in Sweden in 2018. AWS currently operates 42 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another five Availability Zones across two AWS Regions in France and China expected to come online this year.
  • Recent AWS enterprise customer highlights include: Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment and ticketing company, announced it is going “all-in” on AWS; Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, migrated their business-critical mobile applications, e-commerce websites, and key corporate IT infrastructure applications to AWS; HERE Technologies, a leading global provider of maps and location services, disclosed that AWS is its preferred cloud infrastructure provider and continues to expand its use of AWS to power its new Open Location Platform services; Liberty Mutual announced it is using AWS to speed implementation of a new state-of-the-art business platform to quickly bring new products and capabilities to their customers and operations; and Snap, Inc. expanded their use of AWS and announced a new, enterprise agreement to use $1 billion of AWS services over the next five years.
  • AWS announced that customers have migrated more than 23,000 databases using the AWS Database Migration Service since it became generally available in 2016.


http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-presentations

Comcast Expands DOCSIS 3.1 to Utah

Comcast announced the launch of a new Internet service offering speeds up to 1 Gbit/s for residential customers throughout Utah based on DOCSIS 3.1 technology and delivered over its existing network infrastructure.

The new gigabit Internet service utilises existing lines that are already deployed in most homes, making faster to provision across communities. To subscribe to the service customers need to do is install a new DOCSIS 3.1-compatible cable modem capable of delivering gigabit speeds. The new service is available for a promotional price of $70.00 per month in certain areas of Salt Lake City, Provo and North Ogden in Utah, or $109.99 per month in the rest of the state.

Comcast announced in February last year plans to bring 1 Gbit/s Internet speeds to residential and business customers utilising DOCSIS 3.1 technology. In November 2016, Comcast announced it was launching an advanced consumer trial of a new DOCSIS 3.1 technology-based Internet service offering speeds up to 1 Gbit/s to residential customers throughout the city of Detroit. In August, it launched a trial of the new gigabit Internet service in the Chicago area.

http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed?post_type=press_release&business=corporate-3&sort=date#news-feed


  • Earlier in 2016, Comcast launched advanced consumer trials of the DOCSIS 3.1-based gigabit service in parts of Atlanta and Nashville, Tennessee
  • In January 2017, Comcast Business announced it was offering DOCSIS 3.1-based Internet service to business customers in its Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Nashville service areas.


China Unicom teams with Nokia to Trial VSR platform

Nokia announced that it is conducting a live trial in China Unicom's commercial network using the Nokia Virtualized Services Router (VSR) and involving more than 5,000 residential subscribers, designed to enable China Unicom to simplify and accelerate the delivery of broadband utilising a new flexible network based on virtualised network functions (VNFs).

The initial trial with China Unicom is being carried out in the Chinese province of Shandong, with plans to expand to the other parts of the country over the next two years as it moves to the next phase, which will include delivery of IPTV services.

Nokia noted that China Unicom is adopting software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) to enhance efficiency and increase flexibility, openness and scalability as it evolves to a cloud-ready network. The trial of the Nokia VSR platform is designed to demonstrate improved operational efficiency and faster creation and delivery of new services.

The China Unicom trial involves using the VSR solution as a next-generation, virtualised broadband network gateway (BNG) to support residential subscriber management functions and advanced service capabilities. As part of its initiative to transform its metro service edge, China Unicom plans to migrate BNG services to the virtualised platform to gain the benefits of a cloud environment.

The trial specifically includes Nokia's field-proven VSR designed for x86 server environments, with the vBNG functionality based on the Nokia Service Router Operating System (SR OS). Nokia VSR is designed to deliver a range of BNG service functions for an enhanced end-user experience, as well as providing high throughput. For the trial Nokia's VSR is also being used to deliver functions, such as network address translation (NAT) to facilitate the migration to IPv6.

http://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases


  • In September last year, Nokia announced the expansion of its partnership with China Unicom covering the supply of its high-capacity core router, the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS). Nokia stated that China Unicom had initially deployed the 7950 XRS into metro networks in six provinces - Beijing, Shandong, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Inner Mongolia and Qinghai - and under the latest agreement planned to deploy it in an additional four provinces, namely Heilongjiang, Henan, Zhejiang and Hunan, to improve services for fixed and mobile broadband subscribers.

NEP The Netherlands deploys Juniper solution to transform IP-based production platform

Juniper Networks announced that NEP The Netherlands, a leading media technology specialist and a company of U.S.-based NEP, is deploying its solutions to create what is believed to be the first IP multi-camera production platform for TV.

For the project, the Juniper Networks QFX Series switching technology was selected by NEP to deliver a range of TV services including 4K video on demand, interactive split screen and 360-degree virtual reality. Juniper stated that the company is expanding that platform with the addition of applications designed to deliver greater flexibility and improve efficiency and service quality.

Juniper noted that by transforming its production systems from a traditional broadcast SDI (serial digital interface) environment to a cloud-based, open IP platforms, NEP can realise benefits including faster service delivery, lower costs and more flexibility. As an example, Juniper noted that cloud-based production allows flexible deployment of key directing elements, such as the director's control room and audio, video and EVS operators at the studio.

With the deployment, NEP's pre-and post-production functions run in the cloud created by Juniper's QFX switches, which run on the Junos OS, designed to serve as universal building blocks for automated, programmable fabric architectures. It was noted that the high-performance production environment is required to support applications transferring hundreds of gigabits of uncompressed video.

NEP clients, which include major television broadcasters, cable networks and event producers, demand quality solutions for functions such as remote and cloud-based production, video display, host broadcasting, post production, playout and uplink communication. Juniper's scalable QFX switches are designed to provide NEP with the flexibility to support any type of production service.

Leveraging an IP-based cloud production platform, NEP is able to centralise resources and thereby share them more efficiently and more effectively across locations and productions. In addition, the centralisation of resources can help to reduce location and studio costs when covering live events.

Juniper stated that NEP plans to expand its capabilities via the addition of two more studios, four cloud production galleries, 30 playout channels and support for live 4K OTT delivery from sports venues. The use of Juniper's open, standards-based technology will also facilitate upgrades, for example from HD to 4K and 8K, by enabling capacity to be increased or support for a new compression algorithm added without the need to make changes to the network.

NEP The Netherlands, a unit of U.S.-based NEP, with offices in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, Australia and Canada, develops production workflows and distribution solutions for customers. In the Netherlands it has studios in Hilversum, Utrecht and Amsterdam. The company has an advanced dark fibre network that connects to central facilities for editing, playout and storage.

Pluribus introduces Netvisor-based Adaptive Cloud Fabric virtualised architecture

Pluribus Networks, developer of technology enabling software-defined networking (SDN) via its programmable, open source-based operating system Netvisor announced the next evolution of its SDN strategy with the introduction of the Adaptive Cloud Fabric virtualised architecture.

Based on the Netvisor network virtualisation software, the new Adaptive Cloud Fabric is designed to offer a simple, dynamic and secure approach to building a distributed network architecture with the capabilities of cloud-scale, elasticity and adaptability for the modern data centre.

The Pluribus Adaptive Cloud Fabric provides an optimised and resilient operating environment designed to address the requirements of enterprise and service providers with the need to support transaction-intensive applications. The fabric distributes intelligence, integrates a range of advanced network services, provides visibility of all traffic traversing the network and is designed to facilitate the transition to a software-defined data centre.

The Adaptive Cloud Fabric operates without a controller and is claimed to deliver a more dynamic and elastic network with the ability adapt to changing requirements and a range of deployment scenarios to help streamline operations, improve efficiency and lower costs.

The Adaptive Cloud Fabric can be deployed across the data centre or in specific racks, pods, server farms or hyper-converged infrastructure such as Nutanix, vSAN and VxRail. In addition, multiple geographically distributed data centres can be interconnected into a fabric over any WAN or dark fibre infrastructure. The dynamic architecture provides multi-terabit capacity with predictable latency and can support millions of concurrent connections.

Pluribus' Adaptive Cloud Fabric is based on the Netvisor software running on open networking switch hardware, offering a virtualised network OS (NOS) and providing a Layer 2 and 3 networking foundation, distributed fabric intelligence and virtualised switch hardware, similar to how VMware virtualises a bare metal server.

In addition, Netvisor vPort technology serves to extend intelligence and control to all connected endpoints, VMs, containers and mobile devices across the fabric, tracking the location, identity, policy and history for each endpoint and dynamically sharing the status to all member devices in real-time.

The fabric also features APIs that enable integration with automation tools such as Ansible and programming languages such as Python, plus integration with VMware vCenter for centralised automation of virtual application infrastructure and orchestration of physical and virtual resources and workloads.

Netvisor OS integrates telemetry for visibility across the fabric, allowing monitoring for 10, 25, 40 and 100 Gbit/s interfaces without the need for dedicated network probes. The Netvisor software can run on Open Compute Project (OCP), and Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) hardware-compliant switches, including from Dell EMC, Edgecore and Pluribus Freedom series network switches.

SUNET of Sweden deploys ADVA 100 Gbit/s technology in national R&E network

ADVA Optical Networking announced that the Swedish University Network (SUNET) has deployed its 100 Gbit/s core technology as part of a new national optical transport network.

The research and education infrastructure, which spans 8,000 km across Sweden and extends into Norway, is designed to deliver coherent high bandwidth connectivity to over 100 organisations. The new system incorporates ADVA's ROADM technology, which will allow SUNET to quickly meet growing demand for new services and bandwidth.

The deployment provides a 10-fold increase in the capacity of SUNET's transport infrastructure, which serves clients including national museums, scientific institutions, government agencies and 35 universities. In addition, the ROADM functionality serves to create a flexible, meshed network topology, where links between sites can be configured instantly via adding or dropping wavelengths on multiple fibres. This improves availability and, combined with Raman amplifier technology, helps to reduce latency.

The new network in based on ADVA's FSP 3000 platform and features an open optical line system (OOLS), which supports operation with tunable DWDM router interfaces provided by Juniper Networks' MX2000 universal edge routers. The converged solution is designed to provide an efficient solution delivering low latency together with scalability to enable future expansion. ADVA noted that the compact footprint and low power consumption of the FSP 3000 has been optimised via tunable interfaces on Juniper MX2000 routers.

Leveraging ADVA's OOLS technology, the converged packet transport solution also prepares SUNET for the transition towards software-defined networking (SDN), which will help the operator to further enhance transport efficiency and support new applications in the future. The solution was installed by ADVA integrator partner NetNordic.

http://www.advaoptical.com/en/newsroom/press-releases-english.aspx



  • In July of last year, ADVA announced that Swedish ISP Bahnhof has selected its FSP 3000 solution with 100 Gbit/s core technology for a national backbone network. For the project, Bahnhof deployed the platform to upgrade its existing infrastructure to address growing bandwidth demand from enterprise and residential customers. The meshed DWDM 100 Gbit/s solution with multi-degree ROADM serves cities across southern Sweden from Stockholm to Malmo, as well as connecting to Copenhagen in Denmark and Oslo in Norway.