Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Iliad's Online launches cloud service based on Cavium ThunderX

Web hosting provider Online, a wholly-owned subsidiary of French telecom company Iliad Group, announced the commercial deployment of server platforms based on Cavium's ThunderX workload-optimised processors as part of its Scaleway cloud service offering.

Online offers a range of services to Internet customers worldwide including domain names, web hosting, dedicated servers and hosting in its data centre, and with several hundred thousand servers deployed is one of the largest web hosting providers in Europe.

For the deployment, Online is using dual socket, 96 core ThunderX based platforms as part of the Scaleway IaaS cloud offering. The Scaleway cloud platform is supported by Ubuntu 16.04 OS, including LAMP stack, Docker, Puppet, Juju, Hadoop and MAAS, and also provides support for standard features of the Scaleway cloud including flexible IPs, native IPv6, Snapshots and images.

Cavium's ThunderX products offer a 64-bit ARMv8-A based server processor designed for data centre and cloud applications. The devices feature custom cores, single and dual socket configurations, and high memory bandwidth and memory capacity. The products also include hardware accelerators, integrated high bandwidth network and storage IO, virtualised core and IO functionality and a scalable high bandwidth, low latency Ethernet fabric.

ThunderX products are compliant with ARMv8-A architecture specifications, as well as with ARM's SBSA and SBBR standards, and supported by major OS, hypervisor and software tool and application vendors.

Earlier in the year, Cavium announced it was collaborating with Microsoft to evaluate and enable a range of cloud workloads running on its flagship ThunderX2 ARMv8-A data centre processor for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.


As part of the partnership, the companies demonstrated web services on a version of Windows Server developed for Microsoft's internal use running cloud services workloads on ThunderX2. The server platform was based on Microsoft Project Olympus open source, hyper-scale cloud hardware design.

CenturyLink appoints leadership team, effective on closing Level 3 acquisition

CenturyLink, which announced in October 2016 an agreement to acquire Level 3 Communications for approximately $34 billion, has announced the senior leadership team that will report to CEO and president Glen F. Post III, effective as of the closing of its pending acquisition of Level 3 Communications.

The senior leadership team following the acquisition of Level 3 will include:

1.         Clay Bailey, SVP, transformation, who will lead the integration of CenturyLink and Level 3, and be responsible for automation and simplification in the combined company.

2.         Aamir Hussain, EVP, CTO and network operations, with responsibility for product development, platforms and infrastructure and information technology.

3.         Sunit Patel, Level 3 EVP and CFO, will as previously announced serve as EVP, CFO, responsible for domestic and international finance and accounting functions.

4.         Dean Douglas, EVP, North America enterprise, who will be responsible for sales, revenue generation and enterprise service delivery in North American markets, as well as the company's national/business technicians.

5.         Maxine Moreau, EVP, consumer, who will be responsible for sales, marketing and service delivery for local market consumer operations in 37 states, including field technicians.

6.         Girish Varma, EVP, IT and managed services, with responsibility for technology/strategic consulting, big data, managed security services and managed hosting.

7.         Laurinda Pang, EVP, global accounts management and international, with responsibility for sales, revenue generation and enterprise service delivery for major global accounts and for the APAC, EMEA and LATAM markets.

8.         Gary Gauba, SVP, chief relationship officer, with responsibility for building relationships with the C-suite executives of the company's top customers and continuing to lead the advanced solutions group.

CenturyLink announced in late October 2016 an agreement to acquire Level 3 for approximately $34 billion in cash and stock, and has subsequently announced that shareholders of both companies, as well as several states, have approved or cleared the transaction. The transaction is currently expected to close by the end of the third quarter 2017.

Under terms of the agreement, Level 3 shareholders are to receive $26.50 per share in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 1.4286 shares of CenturyLink stock for each Level 3 share held, equating to a price of $66.50 per Level 3 share. On closing, CenturyLink shareholders will own approximately 51% and Level 3 shareholders approximately 49% of the combined company. The combined company will be based in Monroe, Louisiana and maintain a significant presence in Colorado and Denver.


The deal will combine CenturyLink's enterprise customer base with Level 3's global network footprint, and is intended to result in further investment in the reach and speeds of broadband infrastructure for both small businesses and consumers. Specifically, the combination will extend CenturyLink's network by around 200,000 route miles of fibre, including 64,000 route miles in 350 metro areas and 33,000 subsea route miles.

Telco Systems + Silver Peak launch vCPE for SD-WAN

Telco Systems, a BATM Advanced Communications company and provider of CE 2.0, MPLS, IP, SDN/NFV solutions, and Silver Peak, a global supplier of broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, have announced a new open vCPE solution for managed SD-WAN services.

The joint vCPE SD-WAN solution from Telco Systems and Silver Peak is designed to enable service providers to quickly launch new tiered, virtualised services. The open solution also allows telcos and managed service providers to leverage the potential of NFV to create an agile, open and flexible service delivery platform that can support VNF services in parallel to or as part of a service chain with SD-WAN services.

The joint solution integrates the Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnectSP virtual SD-WAN solution with Telco Systems' Verge platform. The Verge solution, part of its new NFVTime suite, offers an open, service-ready, plug-and-play vCPE based on standard x86 hardware platforms.

The Silver Peak EdgeConnectSP virtual SD-WAN solution is a scalable, multi-tenant SD-WAN solution designed to provide secure and reliable virtual overlays for connecting users to applications with the flexibility to utilise any combination of MPLS, broadband and LTE transport services without affecting network or application performance.

Centrally managed with Silver Peak's Unity OrchestratorSP, enterprises are able to configure application-driven security policies that enable direct granular Internet breakout for trusted SaaS and web applications from branch locations. The joint solution also enables zero touch provisioning and deployment, orchestration and portal integration.

The combined solution is also extensible to incorporate third party functions, such as virtual firewalls and virtual SLA probes from both companies VNF partner ecosystem.

http://www.telco.com/index.php?page=press-releases&article=388


  • In 2016, Telco Systems announced the release of CloudMetro 10, a 1 Gigabit Ethernet virtualisation platform designed to provide carrier-grade performance utilising advanced acceleration technology, and noted the solution had completed commercial trials with Tier 1 service providers. The CloudMetro 10 platform is part of Telco Systems' Open Metro Edge (OME) portfolio of metro edge solutions, designed to help telcos and service providers transition their networks to support SDN and NFV.

nbn demonstrates 1.1 Gbit/s data rate in fixed wireless trials

Australia's nbn announced that it has achieved gigabit transmission speeds during a fixed wireless technology demonstration conducted in Ballarat, Victoria.

For the trial, nbn used 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum as part of its ongoing effort to employ the appropriate advanced technology to meet both current and future bandwidth demands within its multi-technology mix (MTM) strategy. The latest demonstration achieved 1.1 Gbit/s downstream and 165 Mbit/s upstream speeds utilising carrier aggregation technology to combine seven carriers in the 3.4 GHz band and four carriers in the 2.3 GHz band.

As part of the demonstration nbn also delivered trial peak downstream/upstream speeds of 400/55 Mbit/s, 250/50 Mbit/s and 100/40 Mbit/s using a range of carriers in the 2.3 and 3.4GHz spectrum bands.

nbn noted that the 1.1 Gbit/s transmission speed was achieved by bonding together three next generation wireless network termination devices (WNTDs) - the antennae located on the roof of a nearby school - while the lower speeds were enabled via a single WNTD. The trial involved the use of a spare operating sector on an established nbn fixed wireless tower and the installation of additional radio equipment.

The trial was conducted with nbn's fixed wireless technology partner Ericsson, NetComm Wireless and Qualcomm, with the speed tests carried out utilising technology from Mill Software.

nbn has previously committed to launching a new wholesale nbn100 fixed wireless product targeting the regional business segment in 2018, and the latest high speed fixed wireless technology demonstration was designed to illustrate its ability to launch faster services over the nbn fixed wireless network. nbn anticipates that around 600,000 premises in regional Australia will be served by the fixed wireless network.

Earlier in April, nbn announced it had partnered with Nokia to trial NG-PON2 technology that could potentially enable symmetrical speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s for FTTP services. nbn noted that NG-PON2 could also enhance services for FTTB and fibre-to-the-kerb networks combined with technology such as G.fast and XG.FAST, as well as providing extra capacity over fibre supporting its HFC and fixed wireless networks.


During trials in Melbourne, NG-PON2 delivered bandwidth of up to 102 Gbit/s in the lab, based on 40 Gbit/s symmetrical speed using TWDM-PON technology, 10 Gbit/s symmetrical on XGS-PON and a further 2.5 Gbit/s with current GPON technology.

Discovery partners with Equinix

Equinix announced a collaboration with Discovery Communications, a content provider serving around 3 billion viewers in 220 countries, for the implementation of an Interconnection Oriented Architecture (IOA) designed to enable Discovery to transform its digital business operations to a fully cloud-based, distributed model.

Under the agreement, by colocating its IT infrastructure in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in Ashburn, London, UK and Paris, France, Discovery is aiming to consolidate 80% of its IT infrastructure, optimise the delivery of content worldwide, and accelerate real-time delivery via low-latency connectivity.

The deployment encompasses the consolidation of approximately 80% of Discovery's back-office support systems, applications and network connectivity, and also provides access to Equinix Media Cloud Ecosystem for Entertainment (EMCEE) solution, which provides a gateway to media services in the public cloud.

With IOA on Platform Equinix, Discovery is able to leverage localised delivery of cloud-supported services with secure, direct connections to help improve efficiency and reduce costs. Equinix's IOA offers a proven and repeatable engagement model designed to transform the IT delivery architecture from a siloed, centralised model to an interconnected and distributed model.

Equinix noted that its global interconnection platform provides media and entertainment companies with solutions including Equinix Cloud Exchange, which provides direct access to cloud service providers including AWS, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Softlayer and Microsoft Azure and Office 365.

Equinix EMCEE is designed to optimise content creation, global distribution and services for media and entertainment companies. EMCEE enables efficient workflows for content creation, as well as providing reliable distribution to end users worldwide. The solution incorporates the company's Performance Hub and Data Hub solutions.

EMCEE offers access to over 1,400 networks, carriers, mobile providers and ISPs and peering with content delivery networks (CDNs), multiple system operators (MSOs) and social media platforms, as well as direct access major cloud service providers via Equinix Cloud Exchange.

Supermicro Drives introduces 100/25 Gbit/s networking solutions for data centres

Super Micro Computer, a global supplier of compute, storage and networking technologies, announced general availability of 100 and 25 Gbit/s standard networking cards and onboard SIOM solutions, 25 Gbit/s MicroLP networking cards and onboard riser cards designed for the Ultra SuperServer based on chipsets from Mellanox, Broadcom and Intel.

Supermicro's networking modules are designed to deliver high bandwidth connectivity for advanced server and storage applications in demanding data centre, HPC, cloud, Web2.0, machine learning and big data environments, and target applications such as clustered databases, web infrastructure and high frequency trading.

Supermicro's new 25/100 Gbit/s networking solutions enable network fabrics for a range of application-optimised products. The AOC-S Standard LP series cards are designed for any Supermicro server with a PCI-e x8 (for 25 Gbit/s) or PCI-e x16 (100 Gbit/s) expansion slot, while the AOC-C MicroLP add-on card is optimised for its high-density FatTwin and MicroCloud SuperServers.

The Supermicro AOC-M flexible 25/100 Gbpit/s onboard SIOM series cards offer support for the Supermicro TwinPro, BigTwin, Simply Double and 45/60/90-bay top-load SuperStorage and 7U 8-way SuperServer platforms. In addition, the Supermicro Ultra series utilises the AOC-U onboard riser cards, 25/100 Gbit/s modules compatible with Supermicro and comparable third party switch products.

Supermicro's new modules supporting 100 Gbit/s include the AOC-SHFI-i1C omni-path standard card for HPC, AOC-MHFI-i1C/M onboard omni-path SIOM card for HPC based on Intel's OP HFI ASIC, the AOC-S100G-m2C standard card with dual-port QSFP+ connectivity and based on Mellanox ConnectX-4 EN chipset.

The company also introduced quad-, dual- and single-port 25 Gbit/s modules including the AOC-S25G-b2S standard card based on the Broadcom BCM57414 chipset, the AOC-S25G-m2S standard card, dual-port 25 Gigabit Ethernet controller using the Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx EN chipset, the AOC-S25G-i2S standard card implemented with the Intel XXV710 for data centres.

Further 25 Gbit/s products include the AOC-C25G-m1S MicroLP card, AOC-MH25G-m2S2T/M onboard SIOM card, AOC-M25G-m4S/M onboard SIOM card and AOC-URN4-m2TS onboard 1U ultra riser card, all based on Mellanox's ConnectX-4 Lx EN device.

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.

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  • 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.