Monday, March 26, 2018

Zayo supplies metro fiber in Paris to Interdata

Zayo announced a contract to supply approximately 50km of new fiber to Interdata, a systems and infrastructure integrator based in the Paris metropolitan area.

The solution includes two diverse, dark fiber rings connecting the company’s data centers in Paris and Nozay. Completion of the rings will enable Zayo to reach a large data center campus in France just south of Paris.

“The dark fiber will provide Interdata with dedicated, secure infrastructure with the performance and resilience they require,” said Annette Murphy, Zayo’s managing director of Europe. “Our reputation and extensive experience in deploying dark fiber is the reason Interdata chose Zayo for this major networking project.”

Zayo said it continues to invest in the European market having previously acquired AboveNet, Geo, Neo and Viatel.

Microchip Technology unveils MEMS oscillators for automotive

Microchip Technology Inc.unveiled a new DSA family of automotive grade Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) oscillators.

The company says its MEMS devices provide 20 times better reliability, 500 times better tolerance to shock and five times better vibration resistance than traditional quartz-based crystal devices. The DSA family also includes the industry's first multiple output MEMS oscillator, offering customers a solution that can replace multiple crystals or oscillators with one device. The solutions could be used for applications such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), in-vehicle Ethernet and autonomous driving.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

NEC provides 10G-EPON for KDDI's "au Hikari Home 10 giga"

NEC supplied the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10G-EPON) system for KDDI's  "au Hikari Home 10 giga" an FTTH service for individual subscribers.

"au Hikari Home 10 giga" enables bi-directional service at up to 10 Gbps.

NEC's 10G-EPON system consists of an Optical Line Terminal (OLT) installed within KDDI facilities and an Optical Network Unit (ONU) installed inside the homes of individual subscribers.

The small and high-density packaging of an OLT is only the size of a 4U 19-inch rack, yet it houses up to 8,192 ONUs, which helps to minimize the space required for telecommunications carriers to install them.

NEC also noted that it reduced the size of the ONU by about 65% compared to NEC's conventional products.

"The need for high-speed and large-capacity Internet is expected to continue rising with the sophistication and high-definition of content and the increase in mobile data traffic such as Wi-Fi offload. In addition to this 10G-EPON system for KDDI, NEC will continue to work on the development of optical access technologies that support the strengthening of telecommunications carrier services," said Kazuhiro Tagawa, Deputy General Manager, Network Solutions Division, NEC Corporation.

Orange leads 2017 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Orange retains the top position on Vertical Systems Group’s 2017 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD, while AT&T moves up to second, displacing Colt.

The results are as follows (in rank order based on retail port share): Orange Business Services (France), AT&T (U.S.), Colt (U.K.), CenturyLink (U.S.), BT Global Services (U.K.), Verizon (U.S.) and NTT (Japan). The Global Provider LEADERBOARD, the industry’s benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence, ranks companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.

The Challenge Tier of Global Providers includes companies with share between 2% and 4% of this defined market. Seven companies qualify for the year-end 2017 Challenge Tier (in alphabetical order): Cogent (U.S.), Global Cloud Xchange (India), SingTel (Singapore), T-Systems (Germany), Tata Communications (India), Telefonica Worldwide (Spain) and Vodafone (U.K.). Global Cloud Xchange is the new entrant gaining a Challenge Tier citation, moving up from the Market Player tier.

“With very slim margins separating the leading global service providers, Orange remains in first position, AT&T advances to second, and CenturyLink makes its debut,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “To serve this specialized global market, key providers are increasing deployments of higher speed Ethernet connectivity to MPLS, VPLS and cloud services, while transitioning customers to more dynamic, advanced SDN-based hybrid WAN and SD-WAN offerings.”

The Market Player tier includes all Global Providers with port share below 2%. Companies in the year-end 2017 Market Player tier are as follows (in alphabetical order): Bell (Canada), Bezeq (Israel), CAT Telecom (Thailand), China Telecom (China), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), Eir (Ireland), Embratel (Brazil), euNetworks (U.K.), Exponential-e (U.K.), Globe (Philippines), GlobeNet (Brazil), GTT (U.S.), HGC Global (Hong Kong), Indosat (Indonesia), Interoute (U.K.), KDDI (Japan), Korea Telecom (Korea), KPN (Netherlands), Liberty Global (Netherlands), Masergy (U.S.), PCCW Global (Hong Kong), PLDT Global (Philippines), Rogers (Canada), Rostelecom (Russia), Spark (New Zealand), Sparkle (Italy), Sprint (U.S.), StarHub (Singapore), TDC (Denmark), Telekom Malaysia (Malaysia), Telia (Sweden), Telin (Singapore), Telkom South Africa (South Africa), TelMex (Mexico), Telstra (Australia), Vector (New Zealand), Virgin Media Business (U.K.), Zayo (U.S.), and other providers selling Ethernet services outside their home country.

TE SubCom builds subsea cable landing infrastructure in Los Angeles

TE SubCom is beginning construction of a beach landing platform in Los Angeles to serve multiple subsea cables. Easements, permitting and agreements are complete and groundbreaking will begin imminently.

TE Subcom said LAX beachhead project will use horizontal directional drilling to install bore pipes for the shore-end landing due to the minimal impact this type of operation has on the environment of the beach and tidal area.

Chris Carobene, vice president of marine services at TE SubCom said, “Starting the construction of these bore pipes is a significant milestone for us. The project will enable a gateway to greater information capacity and significantly increased speed. We are eager to begin and looking forward to completion of the work.” Carobene added, “We continue to progress the project according to schedule and look forward to aiding our customers with this critical enabling infrastructure”.

Foxconn Interconnect Technology advances 400G, 100G BiDi, CXP2

Foxconn Interconnect Technology showcased its latest 400 Gbps Interconnect solutions at the recent Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

QSFP-DD product and technology demonstrations:

  • Live traffic up to 400 Gbps will be run over interconnects utilizing FIT QSFP-DD cables, cages and connectors.
  • 400G QSFP-DD SMF DR4 technology demonstration.
  • QSFP-DD products: FIT will be showcasing its growing line of QSFP-DD cage, connector and interconnect products.

"FIT is committed to the development of 50G, 100G and 400G PAM4 based products and technologies that will add to one of the broadest portfolios of transceivers, cages/connectors, direct attach copper (DAC), and active optical cables (AOC) on the market," said Steve Shultis, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Foxconn Interconnect Technology.

FIT also announced the general availability of its 100 Gbps Bidirectional (100G BiDi) QSFP28 multimode fiber (MMF) transceiver module for 100 Gigabit Ethernet.

A key advantage is that the 100G BiDi module facilitates an easy upgrade path from 10 Gbps or 40 Gbps line rates to 100 Gbps by reusing existing duplex LC MMF fiber cable infrastructure. The 100G BiDi modules support link distances up to 70m OM3, 100m OM4, and 150m OM5 MMF. The company notes that because 40G BiDi QSFP+ transceivers have already been widely adopted in the industry, 100G BiDi QSFP28 optics are a smooth generational upgrade. Both 40G BiDi and 100G BiDi efficiently use 2 laser colors per link, instead of more complex and costly solutions using 4 laser colors. In addition, 40G BiDi and 100G BiDi limit the range of those colors in order to get improved cable performance with existing Enterprise OM3 and OM4 MMF cabling infrastructure. FIT's solution is designed using 50 Gbps PAM4 integrated circuits and optical signaling with mature 2-color (850 and 900nm) VCSEL technology highly leveraged from 40 Gbps to 100 Gbps.

In addition, FIT announced general availability and volume production of its CXP2 optical transceiver module and CXP2 active optical cable (AOC). These 300G (12x25Gbps) pluggable fiber optic solutions can be used to build a high-density, multi-lane interconnect fabric using mature VCSEL technology, which is strongly desirable for applications such as chassis interconnect in high-end switches, routers, server clustering, and high-performance computing.

Key features of FIT's CXP2 optical solutions include:

  • Proven 850 nm technology with high reliability and consistent high quality: Fully-equipped with 12-channel arrays of VCSEL transmitter and PIN receiver technologies. Guaranteed performance over corner conditions at distances up to 100m OM4 multimode fiber.
  • Multi-rate support: Each lane can operate up to 25.78 Gbps NRZ and is compatible with legacy data rates in CDR bypass mode. Suitable for 25GE, InfiniBand EDR, PCI Express, and proprietary data rates.
  • Feature-rich programmability: Individual channel control of Tx&Rx CDR capability, Tx equalization, Rx amplitude and emphasis. Support for in-system firmware upgrade.
  • Digital diagnostics support: Both transceiver module and AOC support temperature and supply voltage monitoring as well as per-channel laser bias current, laser power, and receiver input power monitoring.
  • World 1st in high volume optical CXP2 production shipment: FIT is the first vendor offering CXP2 optical products with demonstrated high volume manufacturing capability.

Gartner: Worldwide IoT security spending to reach $1.5 billion in 2018

Worldwide spending on IoT security will reach $1.5 billion in 2018, a 28 percent increase from 2017 spending of $1.2 billion, according to Gartner.

Gartner predicts that through 2020, the biggest inhibitor to growth for IoT security will come from a lack of prioritization and implementation of security best practices and tools in IoT initiative planning. This will hamper the potential spend on IoT security by 80 percent.

Gartner is also predicting that by 2021 regulatory compliance will become the prime influencer for IoT security uptake, especially in industries such as finance and healthcare where critical infrastructure protection mandates will appear.

"In IoT initiatives, organizations often don't have control over the source and nature of the software and hardware being utilized by smart connected devices," said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. "We expect to see demand for tools and services aimed at improving discovery and asset management, software and hardware security assessment, and penetration testing. In addition, organizations will look to increase their understanding of the implications of externalizing network connectivity. These factors will be the main drivers of spending growth for the forecast period with spending on IoT security expected to reach $3.1 billion in 2021 (see Table 1)."

IAR Systems acquires Secure Thingz

IAR Systems Group AB, based in Uppsala, Sweden agreed to acquire Secure Thingz, a provider of advanced security solutions for embedded systems in the Internet of Things (IoT).

IAR Systems, which already owned approximately 20 percent of the shares in Secure Thingz, will pay approximately 230 MSEK (US$27.9 million) for the remaining 80%. IAR will finance the acquisition either with support from a credit facility or by a directed share issue.

Secure Thingz, which is based in Cambridge, UK and with an office in San Jose, California, was founded in 2016 by staff from ARM. The company develops and sells products and services for implementation of embedded security in connected devices. The company has provided security solutions for the Renesas Synergy Platform through its Secure Deploy platform offerings. Secure Thingz is headed by Haydn Povey, who previously led Arm's strategy for security across mobile, enterprise and IoT domains. Before that, Haydn Povey led the development and introduction of the Arm Cortex-M microprocessor family, which now dominates the embedded and IoT-markets and whose large market impact enabled the rapid adoption of 32-bit microcontroller technology around the globe. Haydn Povey will continue to operate Secure Thingz as CEO.

In February 2018, IAR Systems and Secure Thingz introduced a jointly developed product called Embedded Trust that enables companies to safeguard intellectual property against overproduction and counterfeiting, manage software updates in a robust way, and protect end users from malware intrusion and theft or loss of data.

"With the increasing number of connected devices, our customers are facing new challenges. One of the major challenges is how to deliver secure products in a world where even minor failures can lead to major consequences," comments Stefan Skarin, CEO, IAR Systems. "As a first step, our customers need help mainly protecting themselves against overproduction and IP theft, and we are responding to this need with a new offering that provides possibilities to create modern workflow where security is included from start. The acquisition of Secure Thingz is a step in our increased ambition for future growth through new technology, new markets, new business models, and new relationships. It also secures our position as a frontrunner in a changing industry."

"We are very excited to become a part of the highly competent IAR Systems team," says Haydn Povey, CEO, Secure Thingz. "We have already established a smooth collaboration with the development of Embedded Trust, and our combined resources within technology, sales and customer support will enable us to accelerate the development of the innovative security solutions that the digital products market so desperately needs."

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Telstra delivers cloud voice for Microsoft Office 365 in Australia

Telstra has partnered with Microsoft to deliver native voice calling services from the Microsoft cloud with the launch of Telstra Calling for Office 365.

The Telstra Calling for Office 365 service, which will be available for Telstra’s Australian business customers from the middle of 2018, lets customers securely access cloud collaboration tools combined with voice infrastructure.

“We are always looking for ways we can make it easier for our customers to connect. Telstra Calling for Office 365 brings the full scope of Office 365’s cloud productivity and collaboration apps – including video conferencing and meeting broadcast capabilities – alongside Telstra voice calling. By combining what have traditionally been separate collaboration channels, we’re helping to increase productivity while simplifying the experience for employees," stated Michelle Bendschneider, Executive Director of Global Products, Telstra.

MobilSense acquires MobilePhire

MobilSense Technologies, a Los Angeles-based provider of managed mobility services (MMS) software, agreed to acquire MobilePhire, a mobile data management (MoDM) company. Financial terms were not disclosed.

MobilePhire, which was created by ex AT&T employees, enables real-time analytics and policy controls for data users without the need for installed agents on monitored mobile devices.

MobileSense said this acquisition will extend its capabilities for controlling data consumption on cellular networks.

MobilSense's automation software helps corporate customers manage mobility expenses. The company says its 700+ customers have accumulated over $250 million in mobility savings.

With the integration of MobilePhire, customers can now experience, from a single vendor, full-service MMS capabilities while also securely viewing and controlling mobile network data usage.

"In our quest to find a solution to our clients' growing needs for granular data control capabilities on employee devices," indicates Dave Stevens, CEO of MobilSense, "MobilePhire was the only company with a primary mission and objective to build a cellular network firewall solution with tools to block access to non-business sites and limit uncontrolled employee data usage.  MDM vendors have attempted to address the data management challenge with an emphasis on limiting the installation of apps on employee devices. This is only a partial solution that lacks the effectiveness of embedded control points within the carrier network and misses the mark on delivering visibility to actual site usage details."


Friday, March 23, 2018

Dropbox shares pop 40% in IPO

Shares in Dropbox popped by over 40% to over $29 on the first day of trading on Nasdaq.

The Nasdaq listing is DBX.  The initial public offering (IPO) price range as $18 to $20.

Dropbox passed the milestone of over 500 million registered users in March 2016. At the time, the Dropbox API was generating over 500 billion calls per year.  Collectively, these users have made 4.5 billion connections to share content.

Tintri's CFO Steps Down

Tintri, which supplies enterprise cloud storage solutions, announced that Ian Halifax, CFO at Tintri, will leave the company on April 30, 2018. The company said the departure is not based on any disagreement with the company’s accounting principles or practices or financial statement disclosures.

Earlier this month, named Tom Barton as its new CEO, replacing Ken Klein, who departed following the company's recent and disappointing Q4 financial report.
Barton previously served as CEO of Rackable Systems and held senior executive roles at Planet Labs, Canara and Red Hat.

In December, Tintro reported quarterly revenue of $31.8 million, down 6% year-over-year There was a quarterly net loss per share of ($1.21) per share GAAP, and ($0.79) per share non-GAAP. At the time, the company said it was reviewing its strategic options.

Tintri completed its IPO on 30-June-2017.

Qualcomm's Board is Reelected

Qualcomm announced that all 10 of its Director nominees have been re-elected to the Qualcomm Board of Directors: Barbara T. Alexander, Jeffrey W. Henderson, Thomas W. Horton, Ann M. Livermore, Harish Manwani, Mark D. McLaughlin, Steve Mollenkopf, Clark T. “Sandy” Randt, Jr., Francisco Ros, and Anthony J. Vinciquerra.

Qualcomm Board will not renominate Paul Jacobs


Qualcomm's Board of Directors will not renominate Dr. Paul Jacobs as a director. The decision was taken after Jabos informed the Board that he is exploring the possibility of making a proposal to acquire Qualcomm. Dr. Jacobs relinquished his role as Executive Chairman of the Qualcomm Board of Directors last week, days prior to President's decision to block Broadcom's proposed acquisitio...


Thursday, March 22, 2018

AT&T looks to combine XGS-PON with ONAP for virtualized optical access network

AT&T and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced a collaboration to integrate the ONFs' work on multi-gigabit passive optic networks (PON) with the service automation system, ONAP.

The effort will integrate VOLTHA (Virtual Optical Line Termination Hardware Abstraction), the open source software stack powering PON networks, with ONAP.

AT&T said the idea is to develop virtualized and disaggregated network access for PON networks. The integration will build upon AT&T's ongoing field trials of XGS-PON, which is a fixed wavelength symmetrical 10Gbps passive optic network technology. It also builds upon previous GPON and CORD trials.

The current XGS-PON trial is testing multi-gigabit high-speed internet traffic and providing a AT&T DIRECTV NOW video experience to trial participants. To build the network, AT&T used the following open source software.


  • AT&T Open XGS-PON OLT: an OCP Accepted white box OLT
  • ONOS: the ONF SDN controller that hosts virtual OLT control applications
  • vBNG: a virtual broadband network gateway application to manage subscribers
  • VOLTHA (Virtual Optical Line Termination Hardware Abstraction): an ONF software project that provides hardware abstraction and a highly available SDN driver for OLT devices.
  • VOLTHA, the software powering the PON network trials, was developed by an ONF project community and used the latest in DevOps development techniques to enable rapid prototyping and accelerated delivery to the field trial. AT&T's Foundry in Atlanta developed the vBNG software and AT&T provided overall system integration and field operations for the trial.

"Our network is constantly evolving. Collaboration and openness across AT&T, the ONF, and VOLTHA teams will be key to bringing this 10 Gbps broadband network to customers faster," said Igal Elbaz, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T. "Now that we've proven the viability of open access technology in our trials, we can start the integration with our operations and management automation platform – ONAP."

"AT&T's Access team has been an important collaborator in ONF's mission to provide open source platforms for software defined broadband access and we look forward to building on this collaboration as we integrate with ONAP," said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, ONF.

AT&T completes software-based XGS-PON field trials

AT&T completed field trials of a 10 Gbps XGS-PON virtualized network using Open Source Access Manager Hardware Abstraction (OSAM-HA) software in Atlanta and Dallas.

OSAM-HA, which was previously known as Virtual Optical Line Termination Hardware Abstraction (VOLTHA), enables a virtualized Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) function to manage subscribers. OSAM is a vendor agnostic operational suite for managing consumer and business broadband access network elements and capabilities; separate from vendor-specific Access Element Management Systems (EMS).

XGS-PON is a fixed wavelength symmetrical 10Gbps passive optic network technology.  During the trials, the XGS-PON system tested multi-gigabit high-speed Internet traffic and provided a seamless AT&T DIRECTV NOW video experience to participants.

One observation from the trial is that AT&T found it possible for GPON and XGS wavelengths to coexist across a single fiber interface.

“Our network is constantly evolving. We’ll continue to execute our software-based network strategy to technologies like 5G, virtualized RAN, and G.FAST over time. Ultimately, instead of deploying islands of technology that have SDN control, we want to orchestrate the entire end-to-end network through ONAP,” said Eddy Barker, assistant vice president, Access Architecture and Design, AT&T.

ONAP stands for Open Network Automation Platform. It’s our virtual access project within the Linux Foundation and will use the first iteration of OSAM-HA technology.

AT&T releases its Virtual Optical Line Termination Hardware Abstraction to ONF

AT&T is contributing its Virtual Optical Line Termination Hardware Abstraction (VOLTHA) code into the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

VOLTA provides the framework behind AT&T's XGS-PON access network in the cloud. AT&T is currently performing proof-of-concept testing of VOLTHA in its labs and are planning to deploy XGS-PON field trials before the end of 2017.

AT&T described its decision to contribute its VOLTHA code as one more step in its commitment to move toward open source software and SDN/NFV frameworks.







ZTE carries 66GBaud PDM-16QAM 400Gb/s WDM signals over 6,000 km

ZTE, working in collaboration with OFS and NeoPhotonics, transmitted 66GBaud PDM-16QAM 400Gb/s WDM signals over 6,000 km on 100 km spans with the channel spacing of 75GHz.

This sets a new world record for 400G ultra-long-haul (ULH) high-speed transmission distance, according to the companies.

In this test, the 506 Gb/s PDM-16 QAM signals after probability shaping are transmitted over 6,000 km on OFS 100 km spans with the channel spacing of 75GHz. This is the longest WDM transmission distance of PDM-16QAM signals so far based on the terrestrial transmission system (100km span) with the line spectrum efficiency exceeding 5.3b/s/Hz.

The test used probability shaping coherent communication technology developed by ZTE. The low-power-consumption small-sized high-bandwidth coherent driver modulator (HB-CDM) was designed and produced by NeoPhotonics and the large-aperture low-loss OFS TeraWave fibers provided by OFS.

“Single-carrier 400G transmission has become the most attractive beyond 100G solution since it can reduce system complexity,” said Dr. Yu Jianjun, ZTE Scientist in optical communication and OSA Fellow, “ ZTE has extended researches on 400G transport technologies for a long term and solved a variety of key technical problems. The probability shaping technology used in this experiment lengthens the transmission distance by 40%.”

ZTE cited a number of other optical transmission milestones:

  • In 2015, ZTE together with OFS released a new 400G ULH high-speed transmission record by transmitting 128.8-GBaud QPSK WDM signals over 10,130 km and 6,078 km on terrestrial fiber links.
  • In 2016, ZTE transmitted 120GBaud 16QAM signals over 1,200 km on terrestrial fiber links, setting a new 800G transmission record.
  • In 2017, ZTE adopted an enhanced advanced algorithm to transmit WDM signals on standard single-mode fiber links over 2,125 km, breaking the 400G 8QAM signal transmission record.


IEEE Publishes IEEE 802.3cc-2017 25 Gb/s Ethernet Standard

IEEE announced the publishing and availability of its 802.3cc-2017—Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer and Management Parameters for Serial 25 Gb/s Ethernet Operation Over Single-Mode Fiber.

The new amendment to IEEE 802.3 addresses the growing need for increased Ethernet speeds for enterprise, campus and metro Ethernet speeds exceeding 10 Gb/s, and that can support reaches up to 10 and 40 kilometers over single-mode fiber (SMF).

IEEE 802.3cc supports efficient Ethernet operation and defines single-lane 25 Gb/s PHYs for operation over single-mode fiber with lengths up to 10 km and 40 km. IEEE 802.3cc addresses the requirement in metropolitan networks, where the core operates at 100 Gb/s, for tributary feeds at rates higher than 10 Gb/s. By enabling extended 25 Gb/s reaches, IEEE 802.3cc matches the per-lane rate of several 100 Gb/s PMDs currently used in these networks.

“IEEE 802.3cc provides network operators a cost-effective upgrade path to 25 Gb/s that minimizes network design, installation and maintenance costs by preserving current network architecture, management, and software,” said David Lewis, chair, IEEE 802.3cc 25 Gb/s Ethernet over Single-Mode Fiber Task Force. “The work of the IEEE 802.3cc 25 Gb/s Ethernet over Single-Mode Fiber Task Force has demonstrated how responding quickly to industry demand for greater energy-efficient Ethernet capabilities can be achieved in a manner that can reduce both operational costs, and the environmental footprint of network upgrades.”

Pica8 and NEC demo 100G Multivendor SDN Switching Fabric

Pica8 is demonstrating a multivendor 100G switch fabric using the NEC ProgrammableFlow SDN Controller to drive its PICOS network operating system on core and edge switches from Dell EMC, NEC and Edgecore to facilitate open networking.

NEC is showing how its SDN ProgrammableFlow Controller can work with Pica8’s PICOS to enable open networking across a variety of switch hardware vendors to deliver a multitenant 100G switch fabric with high scalability and zero-touch provisioning. The demonstration includes PICOS running on a Dell Z9100 core switch linked to one Edgecore 5812 edge switch and one NEC PF5340 edge switch.
Multitenancy is essential for securely isolating tenants on shared networks within data centers, enterprise networks and service provider environments while maintaining high throughput and ease of operations through zero-touch provisioning at the edges with full visibility throughout the network. The demonstration shows the broad interoperability of both the NEC SDN controller and PICOS on core and edge switches.

The company said this demonstration proves the commercial viability of building SDNs without vendor lock-in.

“The combination of NEC’s ProgrammableFlow Controller and Pica8’s breadth of supported platforms can deliver a high-performance, highly-available network fabric without vendor lock-in”, said Don Clark, director of business development for NEC Enterprise Communication Technologies. NEC continues to be commited to customer choice through open networking.”

“Paired with SDN controllers like NEC’s SDN ProgrammableFlow Controller, PICOS provides an open network solution that delivers network visibility, scalability, programmability, and zero-touch provisioning with a low cost of ownership,” said Jeff Paine, vice president of marketing at Pica8. “This demonstration shows how PICOS can be an essential component in an overall SDN solution, and we are excited that NEC has chosen to work with us on this project.”

Infomart sells data centers in SJ, Hillsboro and Ashburn

Infomart Data Centers confirmed the sale of three of its data centers and its management company to IPI Data Center Partners Management. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal includes Infomart’s data centers in San Jose, California; Hillsboro, Oregon; and Ashburn, Virginia. Combined, the three data centers total 665,000 square feet with 27.2 megawatts of total in-place capacity and 29.7 megawatts of additional expansion potential.

Equinix to acquire iconic Infomart Dallas colo data center for $800m

Equinix has agreed to acquire the Infomart Dallas data center, including its operations and tenants, from ASB Real Estate Investments for $800 million.

The iconic Infomart building, which is located at 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas, is one of the largest interconnection hubs in the U.S. and one of the largest buildings in Texas at 1.6 million square feet (147,094.2 m2) over 7 floors.Infomart is currently home to four of eight Equinix Dallas International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers (DA1, DA2, DA3 and DA6), which combined, support approximately 3,500 built out cabinets.

Equinix said the transaction increases the number of its owned assets by four, increasing recurring revenue from owned assets to more than 45 percent. The facility offers multiple, diverse fiber entry points, and provides significant expansion opportunities to Equinix through the existing underdeveloped capacity (approximately 11MW of power), as well as the potential to develop additional capacity (approximately 40MW of power) on land adjacent to the Infomart building. It currently has approximately 45 tenants, including networks, colocation providers, office tenants and Equinix. Today, Equinix is the largest tenant accounting for approximately 40 percent of the lease revenues from the facilities

Matillion raises $20 million for cloud data warehousing software

Matillion, a start-up based in the UK, announced a $20 million Series B round of funding for its cloud data integration tools.

Matillion's software enables customers to extract, load and transform data into and on cloud-based data warehouses, quickly and at scale. Versions are avaialable for Amazon Redshift, Snowflake and Google BigQuery.

The funding round was led by Sapphire Ventures and included new investor Scale Venture Partners, and existing investor, UK-based venture capital trust, YFM Equity Partners.

"Cloud-based data warehouses, like Amazon Redshift, Snowflake and BigQuery, are changing the game in data analytics, reducing cost, time-to-value and increasing the power available to businesses to load, transform and analyse their data. The thousands of new projects and workloads this creates is in turn driving rapidly increasing demand for our built-for-the-Cloud, ELT architecture, data integration tools, as companies want and need to compete with data, quickly and at any scale," said Matthew Scullion, chief executive officer, Matillion. "This round of funding is an exciting opportunity for us to work with the fantastic teams at Sapphire Ventures and Scale Ventures Partners to meet the needs of our customers and partners as well as further accelerate the pace of innovation going into our products."

Telstra speed tests Samsung Galaxy S9 over 1 Gbps

Telstra has measured downlink performance to a Samsung Galaxy S9 in excess of 1 Gbps.

The tests were conducted on the Telstra 4GX service.

Telstra’s gigabit-enabled coverage is available in the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs (3km radius), Brisbane and Adelaide CBDs (2.0 km radius), and a number of sites in selected high traffic locations. Gigabit LTE deployment is also underway in the Perth CBD.

“Cracking the magic gigabit mark on smartphones is an exciting milestone. As smartphones evolve and we move into the 5G era there will be a new raft of sophisticated features that are enabled by reliably fast data speeds. High-quality augmented reality, virtual personal assistants that anticipate needs and virtual doctors that monitor vital signs are just some of the technologies that are on the horizon,” stated Kevin Teoh, Telstra’s Head of Mobiles.