Monday, November 13, 2017

NTT Communications to Acquire Secure-24

NTT Communications (NTT Com) agreed to acquire Secure-24 Intermediate Holdings, Inc. (Secure-24), a U.S.-based leading provider of comprehensive managed services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Secure 24, which is based in Southfield, Michigan, uses proprietary automated operation tools to deliver managed security services.

NTT Com and NTT Group companies including Dimension Data expect to combine Secure-24 services to enhance their ability to meet hybrid IT requirements, including Secure-24’s portfolio of managed application and database services, including SAP, SAP HANA, Oracle, Hyperion, JD Edwards, Microsoft, Epic, custom, industry and other mission-critical applications.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Google chops latency of its Andromeda SDN stack by 40%

Google released a new edition of its Andromeda SDN stack that reduces network latency between Compute Engine VMs by 40% over the previous version.

Andromeda 2.1, which underpins all of Google Cloud Platform (GCP), introduces a hypervisor bypass that builds on virtio, the Linux paravirtualization standard for device drivers. This enables the Compute Engine guest VM and the Andromeda software switch to communicate directly via shared memory network queues, bypassing the hypervisor completely for performance-sensitive per-packet operations.

Google noted that is has cut the latency of its SDN stack by nearly a factor of 8 since it first launched Andromeda in 2014.

https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2017/11/Andromeda-2-1-reduces-GCPs-intra-zone-latency-by-40-percent.html

TRON Forum transfers IoT OS to IEEE

The TRON Forum, which supports a development project called TRON Project that addresses real-time architecture for embedded systems, will transfer ownership of the TRON µT-Kernel 2.0 to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). This effectively transfers a leading real-time operating system (OS) title for 16- and 32-bit microprocessors deployed throughout the IoT ecosystem to IEEE.

The arrangement also provides a license to TRON Forum for use of the intellectual property.

“In our ongoing efforts to foster openness and the broad utilization of globally-recognized technical standards, the IEEE-SA continues to seek collaborative agreements that help advance technology for humanity,” said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for the IEEE-SA. “This agreement with the TRON Forum will pave the way for development of new standards in line with the goal of both our organizations to promote open innovation frameworks. We look forward to our continued work and cooperation.”

The TRON Project is a project launched in 1984 by Prof. Ken Sakamura, now dean of the Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and Design (INIAD) at Toyo University. The Project aims to build an open architecture for embedded systems.

http://www.ieee.org
http://www.tron.org

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Qualcomm unveils its 10nm Centriq 2400 server processor

Qualcomm introduced its Centriq 2400 10nm server processor designed to bring greater efficiencies to data centers.

The new processor, which was developed by the Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies (QDT) team over a five-year period, is based on the Qualcomm Falkor CPU, QDT’s own Armv8-based custom CPU core design.

Qualcomm says its Centriq 2400 delivers better performance per watt than competing Intel x86 server processors. According to tests cited by the company, an Intel Xeon Platinum 8176, which has similar performance as the new Centriq 2400 processor, burns over 2.5x as much electricity.

Qualcomm also optimized its design to run cloud software. Key characteristics include:
  • High aggregate throughput performance with high per-thread performance under load
  • A large number of hardware threads that multi-threaded software can fully utilize
  • Quality of service (QoS) features to ensure resources are allocated fairly (i.e., avoiding the ‘noisy neighbor’ issue)
  • High energy efficiency to maximize compute density and reduce operating costs
  • Low acquisition costs
  • Better performance-per-dollar versus Intel’s highest-performance Skylake processor: the 48-core Qualcomm Centriq 2460 processor has a list price of $1,995.
Key applications/workloads for Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processors are expected to include web front end, NoSQL databases, big data analytics, content delivery networks, video and image processing applications, image recognition, health-and life-sciences applications, and software defined NVMe storage farms.

T-Mobile shows off LTE-Advanced powered by Qualcomm

Qualcomm Technologies and T-Mobile held a press event in San Jose, California to demonstrate Gigabit Class LTE on T-Mobile’s network and flagship smartphones powered by Snapdragon Gigabit LTE modems.

T-Mobile also confirmed that its LTE Advanced network - powered by carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM – will be expanded from to 920 markets nationwide. It is currently live in 430 of those markets. T-Mobile also unveiled plans to launch License Assisted Access (LAA), another advanced LTE technology which taps into unlicensed spectrum, on small cells this year to further densify the network for even more capacity and speed.

“This is what I’m talking about when I say T-Mobile has America’s best unlimited network and the only one purpose built for unlimited”, said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. “Not only do we have a nationwide LTE footprint that’s every bit as broad as the Duopoly’s, and the fastest according to multiple third parties -- it also keeps getting faster. Gigabit Class LTE technology is part of the secret sauce behind our success – and why others are struggling under the weight of unlimited – and we’re only continuing to advance with LAA on the horizon.”

“Global momentum for Gigabit Class LTE is continuing to pick up around the world, and we’re delighted thatT-Mobile is planning to deliver gigabit connectivity to millions of consumers in the United States,” said Mike Finley, senior vice president and president, Qualcomm North America and Australia, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


Ciena expands Packet Networking Portfolio

Ciena is expanding its packet networking portfolio with capabilities that put compute power and high-capacity connectivity closer to end users.

Specifically, Ciena is introducing three new edge products and adding more capacity to its 8700 platform. The new features include:

  • Edge Access: the new 3926m is a full-featured, carrier-grade platform for 10GbE service delivery that includes an expansion slot for modules supporting third party Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). It could be used for Ethernet business service demarcation supporting added functions, such as third-party vRouter or vEncryptor services. Also offered is a TDM circuit emulation module to support network modernization efforts. 
  • Edge Access: a new 3928 Service Delivery Switch comprises a cost-effective 10GbE NTE that maintains the carrier-class feature set needed for efficient and reliable service delivery. Dual powered AC and DC variants with extended temperature options are available to address a variety of indoor and outdoor environments. 
  • Edge Aggregation: New 5170 Service Aggregation Switch that enables cost-effective delivery of carrier class 100GbE services direct to the customer premise along with dense 10GbE service aggregation in a compact, 1RU form factor. The 5170 is designed with an x86 server which powers Ciena’s Service Aware Operating System (SAOS) software and its open VNF hosting capabilities. 
  • Edge Aggregation: Adding more than double the capacity to the existing 8700 Packetwave platform in a space- and power-efficient chassis that gives service providers the scale required to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy more packet-based services. This capability is ideal for services of up to 100Gbps in support of enterprise business services, mobile backhaul and data center interconnect. 

Ciena said its SAOS delivers secure, zero-touch provisioning as well as consistent system and service attributes across all Ethernet and MPLS access and aggregation applications. Blue Planet adds multi-vendor service and virtual function orchestration that leverages the power of open, programmable networks.

“It's no secret that supporting the unpredictable bandwidth demands of today’s web-scale world is a priority and challenge for any company that operates a network. By bringing bandwidth closer to the point of end-user demand, our new packet networking capabilities make overcoming that challenge less daunting,” stated Scott McFeely, Senior Vice President, Networking Platforms, Ciena.

Aerohive brings Smarter RF Optimization for Wi-Fi

Aerohive Networks is introducing advanced spectrum analysis capabilities for diagnosing and mitigating network performance issues resulting from RF interference.

Aerohive's advanced spectrum analysis can be used to determine the extent and source of RF interference. Spectrum Intelligence as a troubleshooting feature is complemented by the Aerohive Channel Selection Protocol (ACSP), as a channel-optimization capability.

Aerohive plans to integrate the Spectrum Intelligence feature with other troubleshooting tools and by adding machine learning functionality with the goal of providing integrated diagnostics and optimization capabilities.

Reliance's Global Cloud Xchange plans terabit subsea system

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), which is a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM), is launching a “Cloud and Fiber Initiative” featuring a new submarine cable system connecting the most populated areas in the world.

The new "EAGLE express" cable system will avoid the outage-prone Malacca Strait, instead choosing another route that will be the fastest on the market, according to the company. EAGLE will go east from Mumbai via Thailand to Hong Kong, running approximately 7,750 km with landing points in Singapore and other branching units delivering high-speed capacity to and from its India hub.  EAGLE going west will route from Mumbai via the Middle East to Italy with almost 8,900 km of diverse routing and landing points within the Mediterranean and low latency subsea routing from Europe to India and beyond.

The new cable network will be four/six fiber pair systems with an initial design capacity of 12-24Tbps per fiber pair, using next-generation Coherent Submarine Fiber. It will also feature flexible landing station technology and will allow companies to rent and own subsea capacity from speeds of 10 Gbps to several 100s of Gbps between India and key technology centers across Asia, Middle East, and Europe. The anticipated ready-for-service date is late 2020.

Key partnerships are being finalized and vendor selection discussions are underway.


South Atlantic Cable System is now 75% complete

Construction on the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), which is a 40 Tbit/s, 6,165 km cable connecting Angola to Brazil, is now 75% complete. It is expected to enter service in mid 2018.

SACS offers four fibre pairs, with each fibre pair capable of transmitting 100 wavelengths with a bandwidth of 100 Gbit/s, which will connect from Angola to Brazil. SACS is scheduled to be ready for service in mid-2018.

NEC, which is the turn-key contractor for the project, has hired Orange Marine, to commence the deep water laying of the cable.

DOCOMO and Sumitomo Electric test real-time traffic monitoring with 5G

Sumitomo Electric Industries and NTT DOCOMO are looking to 5G to power the real-time collection and delivery of traffic information using high-definition sensors.

Tests, which are being conducted at a course within the Yokohama Works of Sumitomo Electric, use sensors installed along the course and in vehicles.
Traffic information is analyzed in real time and then fed back to drivers and pedestrians.

The vehicles are also equipped with DOCOMO 5G terminals that communicate with DOCOMO 5G base stations at the course.

Sumitomo Electric and DOCOMO will continue to develop their advanced driving-assistance system based on 5G mobile communications.

NGENIX deploys Mellanox Open Ethernet Switch

NGENIX, a subsidiary of Rostelecom, a leading Russian telecom provider, has deployed a 100Gb/s Ethernet Spectrum switch based on the Linux Switchdev driver to support their next generation content distribution network service.

Mellanox said this is the first major deployment of an open Ethernet switch based on the Switchdev driver that has been accepted and is available as open source as part of the Linux kernel. The combination of Mellanox’s high performance and field-proven Spectrum switch systems running an open, standard Linux distribution provides NGENIX with unified Linux interfaces across data center entities, servers and switches alike, with no compromise on performance.

“We were looking for a truly open solution to power our next generation 100GbE network,” said Dmitry Krikov, CTO at NGENIX. “The choice was clear. Not only was the Mellanox Spectrum-based switch the only truly open, Linux kernel-based solution, but also allows us to use a single infrastructure to manage, authorize and monitor our entire network. In addition, it’s proving to be very cost-effective in terms of price-performance.”

Mellanox intros Spectrum-2 200/400 GBE data centre switch

Mellanox Technologies announced the Spectrum-2, a scalable 200 and 400 Gbit/s Open Ethernet switch solution designed to enable increased data centre scalability and lower operational costs through improved power efficiency.

Spectrum-2 also provides enhanced programmability and optimised routing capabilities for building efficient Ethernet-based compute and storage infrastructures.

Mellanox's Spectrum-2 provides leading Ethernet connectivity for up to 16 ports of 400 Gigabit Ethernet, 32 ports of 200 Gigabit Ethernet, 64 ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet and 128 ports of 50 and 25 Gigabit Ethernet, and offers enhancements including increased flexibility and port density for a range of switch platforms optimised for cloud, hyperscale, enterprise data centre, big data, artificial intelligence, financial and storage applications.

Spectrum-2 is designed to enable IT managers to optimise their network for specific customer requirements. The solution implements a complete set of the network protocols within the switch ASIC efficiently, providing users with the functionality required out-of-box. Additionally, Spectrum-2 includes a flexible parser and packet modifier which can be programmed to process new protocols as they emerge in the future.

Mellanox stated that Spectrum-2 is the first 400/200 Gigabit Ethernet switch to provide adaptive routing and load balancing while guaranteeing zero packet loss and unconditional port performance for predictable network operation. The solution also supports double the data capacity while providing latency of 300 nanoseconds, claimed to be 1.4 times less than alternative offerings. It is designed to provide the foundation for Ethernet storage fabrics for connecting the next generation of Flash based storage platforms.

Mellanox noted that Spectrum-2 extends the capabilities of its first generation Spectrum switch, which is now deployed in thousands of data centres. Spectrum enables IT managers to efficiently implement 10 Gbit/s and higher infrastructures and to economically migrate to 25, 50 and 100 Gbit/s speeds.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Edgecore contributes its whitebox “Cassini” Packet Transponder to TIP

Edgecore Networks is contributing the hardware design for the “Cassini” packet transponder to the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). 

Cassini is a modular open-source whitebox packet transponder offering a flexible mix of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) packet switching ports and 100/200 Gbps coherent optical interfaces for data center interconnect and service provider backhaul use cases. The design will support disaggregated software options including IP Infusion OcNOS™ and open source alternatives.

Edgecore said it developed Cassini with leading optical companies— NTT Electronics, Acacia Communications, and Finisar.

“The Open Optical Packet Transport project group in TIP pioneered the whitebox packet transponder concept with its introduction last year of the Voyager design which has gained significant interest in the community and from network operators,” said George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks. “We have long supported open whitebox hardware with our many switch, PON OLT, and WiFi design contributions to the Open Compute Project®, and are now pleased to contribute the Cassini design to TIP as an open platform to provide more flexible whitebox choices to operators and encourage further collaboration between the packet switching and optical technology worlds.”

Highlights of the Cassini packet transponder

  • a 1.5RU form factor 
  • system throughput of 3.2Tbps 
  • based on Broadcom StrataXGS Tomahawk Plus switch silicon
  • 16 fixed 100 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports, plus eight line card slots 
  • supports a flexible mix of additional 100GbE ports or ACO/DCO optical ports based on coherent DSP and optical transceivers
  • supports Ethernet and optical line cards with MACsec security to enable secure encrypted connections on both client-side links and metro or wide area connections.

Cumulus supports TIP's Voyager Open Optical Routing Platform

Cumulus Networks is working to make its Linux implementation available on Voyager, the open transponder and routing platform of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP).

Voyager is an Open Packet DWDM system that disaggregates hardware from software and that can fulfill multiple use cases in metro and long-haul fiber optic transport networks. Facebook contributed Voyager to TIP to address operator needs for scalable, cost-effective backhaul infrastructure.

Voyager with Cumulus Linux is expected to be generally available for production use in early 2018 through partner ADVA Optical Networking.

The collaboration on the Voyager platform marks Cumulus Networks’ expansion beyond the data center networking market and into the Data Center Interconnect (DCI) market. More than 800 customers, including over a third of the Fortune 50, use Cumulus Networks technology to enable web-scale networking in their data centers. The combination of Cumulus Linux and Voyager extends the benefits of the Linux networking model – including increased operational efficiency and lower costs – to optical networks. Through Cumulus Linux, IP + optical networks reap the benefits of an open and flexible full-featured protocol stack that offers reliability, automation, programmability, telemetry based capabilities, and VXLAN support.

“Opening up closed, black-box systems enables innovation at every level, so that customers can meet the challenges facing their networks faster and more efficiently,” said Josh Leslie, CEO of Cumulus Networks. “We’re excited to work with the TIP community to bring open systems to networks beyond the data center.”

“Open approaches are key to achieving TIP’s mission of disaggregating the traditional network deployment approach,” said Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Co-Chair of the TIP Open Optical Packet Transport project group. “Our collaboration with Cumulus Networks to enable Cumulus Linux on Voyager is an important contribution that will help accelerate the ecosystem’s adoption of Voyager.”

ADVA tests TIP Voyager in Colombia with InterNexa

ADVA Optical Networking and InterNexa performed a successful field trial of Telecom Infra Project’s Voyager open optical transponder over a 1,400 km optical fiber ring connecting the cities of Bogotá and Medellin.  The test delivered 200 Gbps on a single optical port.

The trial used an open “white box” architecture that disaggregates the hardware and software. Voyager integrates in a single rack unit (1RU) chassis IP packet technologies, switching and DWDM transponders. ADVA integrated the Voyager hardware and software components.

"We have found the Voyager Transponders very attractive for both their capacity on the DWDM line side for 100G/200Gbps speeds, and for the support of Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols and features,” said Gabriel J. Vivares Arias, Product Development Specialist at InterNexa’s Product Management. “So we worked with ADVA Optical Networking to design a trial in our network, over our DWDM system that interconnects the main cities of Colombia -- Bogotá, Medellin and Cali -- in order to run tests on an optical fiber network with a ring topology approximately 1,400 km long, based on a 50GHz ROADM architecture designed to support 40 x 100G channels, with optical links up to 130 km on the direct route Medellin - Bogotá (370 km in total) and at least 3 links with 180 km on average on the route through Cali, Medellin - Cali - Bogotá (1,040 km in total)."

Ericsson sets 2020 financial targets

Ericsson outlined key elements of a transformation plan to stabilize the company and improve its margins by the 2020 timeframe. The restructuring is taking longer than the company initially expected due to a weaker than expected Radio Access Network equipment market that will have significant compound effect over the coming years. The exchange rate of the Swedish krona against the USD is making the situation even more challenging.

During its Capital Markets Day event in Sweden, Ericsson executives reaffirmed that the corporate mission is "to enable the full value of connectivity for its service provider customers."

Some group financial targets

  • achieve net sales of SEK 190 – 200 b. by 2020
  • achieve more than 12 % operating margin on a sustainable basis beyond 2018, excluding restructuring costs.
  • achieve a gross margin of 37 – 39% and an operating margin of at least 10% for the Group in 2020, excluding restructuring charges. This target does not factor in any significant 5G sales during this time period.

Some other takeaways from the meeting

  • Ericsson expects that the Radio Access Network equipment market will decline by -2% during 2018, and by -1% during 2019. In 2020, the market is expected to remain flat with no further decline.
  • Beginning in Q4 2017, Ericsson will report its results in four segments: Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services and Other. 
  • Ericsson is expected weaker short-term performance in segment IT & Cloud, due to past contract commitments.
  • The Cisco-Ericsson partnership will not reach its goal of $1 billion in sales in 2018.
  • Ericsson is looking to sell its Media business.
Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson says: “5G is not just another G. Even though we are not planning for significant 5G sales before 2020, we are convinced it will create value for our customers in their mobile broadband business, enabling them to manage very high traffic growth. But even more important, it has the potential to create new businesses and revenue streams for service providers based on use cases such as industrial applications. With the combination of products and capabilities that we have in Networks and Digital Services combined, we are well positioned to support our customers’ network evolution to 5G.”

Netflix deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress 2

Netflix has deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress 2 to expand their delivery capacity for streaming videos.

Netflix has over 100 million members in over 190 countries and delivers more than 125 million hours of streaming TV shows and movies per day.

Infinera's Cloud Xpress 2 supports simple point-and-click provisioning and the highest plug-and-play combination of capacity and reach available, delivering 1.2 terabits per second of capacity up to 130 kilometers without any external equipment. Infinera Instant Bandwidth enables Netflix to activate and pay for additional capacity in minutes, reducing initial cost of deployment while remaining responsive to dynamic capacity demands.

“The Infinera Cloud Xpress 2 makes it easy to deploy new high-capacity links between our Open Connect content delivery points of presence and quickly scale capacity to match demand,” said Dave Temkin, vice president of global networks, Netflix.

“We are honored to work with Netflix to help improve the delivery of streaming videos for its more than 100 million members around the world,” said Pete Dale, vice president of sales, cloud and content at Infinera. “The Netflix deployments demonstrate the exceptional simplicity and operational efficiency of the terabit-scale Cloud Xpress 2.”

Infinera announces Q3 revenue of $192m, restructuring

Infinera reported Q3 2017 revenue of $192.6 million, compared to $176.8 million in the second quarter of 2017 and $185.5 million in the third quarter of 2016. GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 35.2% compared to 36.7% in the second quarter of 2017 and 45.6% in the third quarter of 2016. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (17.8)% compared to (22.9)% in the second quarter of 2017 and (5.9)% in the third quarter of 2016. There was a GAAP net loss for the quarter was $(37.2) million, or $(0.25) per share, compared to a net loss of $(42.8) million, or $(0.29) per share, in the second quarter of 2017, and net loss of $(11.2) million, or $(0.08) per share, in the third quarter of 2016.

In addition, Infinera announced a restructuring plan to reduce its expenses, including reduced headcount, rationalization of certain products and programs, and the closure of a remote R&D facility.
Infinera anticipates annual savings from the restructuring to be approximately $40.0 million.

“In the third quarter we continued to bring new products to market and delivered financial results that exceeded our guidance,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our ICE4 products are delivering the technology differentiation we expected and are gaining traction across multiple customer verticals. Despite a softening near-term market outlook, over time I am confident we will return to outgrowing the market and delivering strong financial results.”

Ixia's new BreakingPoint Cloud stress tests cloud security

Ixia announced BreakingPoint Cloud, a software as a service (SaaS) solution that safely models data breaches and threat vectors to deliver quantifiable evidence and immediate insight into the effectiveness of cloud-based data and application security, whether private, public, or hybrid.

The service is powered by a high assurance threat intelligence feed provided by Ixia’s Application Threat Intelligence (ATI) Research Center. Ixia said its service can help eliminate security misconfigurations, understand the impact of a new risk before it happens, and provide evidence to support security audits.

"BreakingPoint Cloud is a proactive, risk assessment solution for public cloud and on-premise and hybrid networks that uses data-driven evidence to help customers ensure that their security controls are continuously working at optimum capacity, and can mitigate the latest breaches," stated Sunil Kalidindi, vice president of product management at Ixia, a Keysight Business.

Twilio's Q3 revenue tops $100 million

Twilio, which enables developers to embed messaging, voice, and video capabilities directly into their software applications, reported its first $100 million quarter. Twilio's Q3 revenues amounted to $100.5 million, up 41% from the third quarter of 2016 and 5% sequentially from the second quarter of 2017. There was a GAAP loss from operations of $24.0 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with GAAP loss from operations of $11.3 million for the third quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP loss from operations of $7.7 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with non-GAAP loss from operations of $3.4 million for the third quarter of 2016.

Twilio reported 46,489 active customer accounts as of September 30, 2017, compared to 34,457 as of September 30, 2016.

“We hit a number of exciting milestones in Q3, including our first $100 million revenue quarter, our first enterprise license agreement for our higher level software products, and the launch of Twilio Studio,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Silver Spring Q3 revenues dip to $47million

Silver Spring Networks reported Q3 revenue of $47.6 million, down 35.9% year-over-year. Net loss per diluted share was ($0.47), versus ($0.29) in the third quarter of last year.
Quarter-ending cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments was $126.2 million versus $113.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. Billings were $82.8 million, up 8.7% year-over-year.
Cost of billings was $43.1 million or 52.1% of billings, versus $34.4 million or 45.1% in the third quarter of 2016.

“We delivered solid billings growth, underlying profitability, and significant cash flow from operations,” said Mike Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Silver Spring Networks. “New customer deployments continue for both domestic and international projects as we ramp deliveries of our Gen5 platform.”

In September,  Itron agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Silver Spring for $16.25 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $830 million, net of $118 million of Silver Spring’s cash. Silver Spring provides Internet of Important Things connectivity platforms and solutions to utilities and cities. In 2016, Silver Spring generated revenues of $311 million with a gross margin of 44 percent and ended the year with $1.2 billion of backlog. With its global footprint in the smart utility and smart city sectors, Silver Spring generated more than 20 percent of its revenues through its primarily recurring managed services and SaaS solutions, an area of strategic focus for Itron. To date, Silver Spring has delivered more than 27.3 million network-enabled devices across five continents.