Monday, February 4, 2019

An Ethernet switch with integrated HDMI from Netgear and ZeeVee

ZeeVee introduced a plug-in module to enable the world's first Ethernet switch featuring integrated HDMI connectivity for video sources, including the capacity to distribute uncompressed 4K/UHD and HDR content.

The new ZeeVee ZyPer4K HDMI Module, developed in collaboration with NETGEAR and the SDVoE Alliance, plugs into a NETGEAR M4300-96X Modular Managed Switch.

"We are proud to continue our close relationship with NETGEAR and the SDVoE Alliance to, for the first time, enable HDMI source connectivity to an Ethernet switch," said Bob Michaels, CEO, ZeeVee. "This combination of IT and AV at the integrated product level, rather than purely at the infrastructure level, will promote the wider adoption of next-generation communications systems."

"While we see the matrix switch as obsolete, its customizability is a valuable feature we can learn from as we move to a standards-based, interoperable Ethernet infrastructure for AV distribution," said Justin Kennington, SDVoE Alliance president. "NETGEAR took the first step by creating the affordable modular Ethernet switch, and we are not surprised that SDVoE Alliance co-founder ZeeVee added its pro AV expertise to jump to the forefront of the exciting new product category."

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Cisco expands its data center architecture with ACI Anywhere

Cisco announced a new data center architecture that extends its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) framework into public data and its HyperFlex hyperconverged servers into branch offices. The idea is "ACI Anywhere" and "HyperFlex Anywhere."

To bring this “data center anywhere” vision to life, Cisco is introducing a range of innovations across networking, hyperconvergence, security and automation. They include:

  • The expansion of ACI into the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure environments. ACI is Cisco’s intent-based networking solution for the data center. It integrates with all hypervisors and container frameworks on which applications are deployed. With ACI Anywhere, that journey extends ACI to any workload, any location, any cloud. Virtual ACI already supports bare-metal clouds and remote edge locations. And now with the new Cloud ACI capabilities, Cisco extends automation, management, and security to AWS and Microsoft Azure by fully integrating with their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environments.  This will be available in Q2.
  • The extension of HyperFlex into branch offices and remote locations to power applications at the edge. Cisco said this allows customers to seamlessly extend computing and storage from their core data centers to the edges of their operations. This will be available in Q2.
  • Enhancements to CloudCenter to help customers manage the lifecycle of applications across multiple cloud environments.  The new CloudCenter Suite now features full application lifecycle management, greater workflow automation, and significantly enhanced cost optimization and governance.
  • A simpler way for customers to buy and manage the technology across the entire data center architecture, via a single Enterprise Agreement.


“Enterprises should be able to deploy applications based on the needs of their business, not the limitations of their technology,” said Roland Acra, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center Business Group, Cisco. “Customers want to deploy applications and manage data across a range of diverse platforms, from on-premises to cloud-based. That is why we are taking the ‘center’ out of the data center. Today, Cisco is helping our customers expand their reach into every cloud, every data center, and every branch.”

“BT adopted Cisco ACI as the basis for our newly launched SD-Fabric managed service to extend SDN capabilities into the data center. With ACI, we can offer customers full automation, central policy control and built-in security,” said Adrian Comley, general manager, Dynamic Network Services, Global Services, BT. “We’re working with Cisco as it extends ACI policy to AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud services. With Cisco we’re enabling customers to rapidly deploy fabric extensions and provision applications anywhere with a repeatable, proven design for operational simplicity and better security.”


Cisco expands IoT portfolio with Catalyst industrial switches

Cisco is rolling out new IoT networking products, developer tools, validated design guides and partner specializations, including the following:

  • New Catalyst industrial switches and industrial Integrated Services routers purpose-built for IoT environments. Both run Cisco's IOS XE operating system and are managed by Cisco DNA Center, which gives customers a single pane of glass view across their campus, branch and IoT environments. Both are now commercially available.
  • A new IoT Developer Center with learning materials, developer tools and support resources.
  • Three new Cisco Validated Designs for utilities, These are blueprints for IoT architectures that have been tried and tested,
  • IoT partner training and specialization programs. Cisco IoT certified partners gain the highest visibility across our sales teams and customers as trusted advisors across all IoT projects. Cisco also has a rich ecosystem of industry partners, ISVs, machine builders and service providers to deliver IoT projects for customers in manufacturing, transportation, energy, retail, public sector and more.

“In IoT, the conversation is about business outcomes. It starts with secure connectivity as the foundation of every IoT deployment. By providing scale, flexibility and security, we’re turning the network into a secret weapon for our IoT customers,” said Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager, IoT at Cisco. “And, with a new DevNet IoT developer center, we’re empowering thousands of partners and developers around the world to build upon our IoT platform.”

“We closely collaborated with Cisco on Cisco's new compact, low-power industrial router to meet the stringent environmental and safety standards used in the utilities industry,” said Didier Hinguant, telecom director, Enedis. “We operate and deploy our connected grid with thousands of Cisco routers via Field Network Director zero touch provisioning, with an agile, highly secure and future proof network using IPv6 to address our scalability constraints."

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1964024

Eoptolink samples sub-10W 400G DR4/FR4 transceivers

Eoptolink Technology announced sampling of the first sub-10W 400G QSFP-DD and OSFP DR4 and FR4 optical transceiver products.

The new optical transceivers are enabled by Broadcom’s latest 7nm 400G 8:4 gearbox PHY device, the BCM87400.

Eoptolink said its new transceivers feature a typical power consumption of 8W in compact form factors. This enables higher switch density and better system-level thermal performance, allowing network operators to cost-effectively transition to 400G Ethernet. Eoptolink's QSFP-DD's (EOLD-134HG-5H-M DR4 and EOLD-164HG-02 FR4) and OSFPs (EOLO-134HG-5H-M DR4 and EOLO-164HG-02FR4), enable simpler and cost-effective designs for equipment vendors and lower OPEX costs for network operators.

The DR4 and FR4 modules are fully MSA compliant and the full functionality of the gearbox and transceiver has been tested and verified together in 400G switches using the Broadcom Tomahawk 3 chipset with error-free operation and full interoperability. The DR4 modules support break-out applications with independent channel function for 4x100GbE enabling shuffle and aggregation applications using DR links.

Eoptolink has also demonstrated 10km transmission distance that provides additional margin to the required 2km distance for FR4 transmission, showing a smooth way forward to support 400G LR4 applications when the standard is finalized.

Eoptolink 400G DR4 and FR4 Module Highlights
  •  2 km transmission distance for DR4 and FR4 modules
  •  Sub 10W power consumption
  •  Fully IEEE and MSA compliant QSFP-DD and OSFP transceiver modules
  •  Break-out support to 4x 100G DR, FR or LR
  •  Operation temperature range 0℃ to 70℃
“With the general availability of 12.8-Tb/s switches such as Broadcom’s Tomahawk 3, hyper-scale data center operators and cloud providers will be leveraging the 400GbE ports in these switches to address increasing demand for higher bandwidth. Our low power 7nm Centenario PAM-4 DSP is essential to support high density 400G connectivity using QSFP-DD and OSFP optical modules, accelerating the adoption of 400GbE network infrastructure. With Eoptolink sampling the first optical modules based on Centenario, hyperscale and cloud network providers can deploy high density 400G switches with the lowest power optics available delivering uncompromised performance,” said Lorenzo Longo, senior vice president and general manager of the Physical Layer Products Division at Broadcom.

“At Eoptolink, we are constantly improving the transmission performance of our modules to help our end customers. Broadcom’s 7nm DSP enables us to provide optical modules with the industry’s best performance at the lowest power. During 2018 the 400G ecosystem has been maturing and now all the sub-components for the transceivers are available in mass production. We are delighted to be the first transceiver manufacturer to offer these low power QSFP-DD and OSFP modules in high volume production thereby accelerating 400G adoption,” said Richard Huang, CEO at Eoptolink.

Orange acquires SecureData, a UK-based consultancy

Orange has acquired SecureData Group, a UK-based cybersecurity service provider, for an undisclosed amount.

SecureData, has over 200 employees in the UK and South Africa, a cybersecurity consultancy with a 25-year track record. The company recorded annual revenues of circa 50 million euros in 2018 and has enjoyed consistent growth rates of approx. 20% since 2016.

Orange said SecureData will help reinforce its strategic position in cyberdefense by bringing a new source of expertise and innovative technology. SecureData also boasts an advanced cyber-SOC (Security Operations Center) in the UK that will reinforce Orange Cyberdefense’s international reach by building upon the existing network of nine cyber-SOCs dedicated to monitoring and responding to security breaches on behalf of its customers.

“We are very proud and happy to announce the acquisition of SecureData, which will mark a major milestone in Orange’s development in Europe’s cybersecurity market. SecureData, just like Orange Cyberdefense, has successfully made the transition toward Managed Security Services, and shares the same passion for Cyber. We will progressively co-build together the operational and commercial synergies, with the patronage and experience of Michel Van Den Berghe, CEO of Orange Cyberdefense. Cybersecurity has become a critical element for both large and small companies as they evolve in an increasing digital-reliant world. We are convinced that the combined expertise of Orange Cyberdefense and SecureData will provide a powerful resource for our customers in ensuring the protection of their valuable data.” said Hugues Foulon, Executive Director of Strategy and Cybersecurity activities at Orange.

Ian Brown, Executive Chairman at SecureData commented “We are both thrilled and excited to be joining the Orange Cyberdefense family. Both organisations share the same vision and aspiration for the cybersecurity market, and have many complementary services and skills. By being part of Orange we will be able to better serve the international needs of many of our existing customers as well as providing enhanced cyber services to Orange customers with the UK”.

CyrusOne activates IBM Cloud Direct Link

CyrusOne has activated IBM Cloud Direct Link within its data center in Carrollton, Texas. The service is further available to customers in the U.S. via CyrusOne’s National IX.

IBM Cloud Direct Link provides customers with a secured, dedicated network connection from their own IT infrastructure to the IBM Cloud.

CyrusOne operates more than 45 data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia

“We are excited to welcome IBM Cloud into the CyrusOne ecosystem. IBM is a world leader in cloud services, and connecting to our National IX provides a competitive advantage for customers in Texas and across the United States,” said John Gould, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, CyrusOne. “The Dallas Metro Area has seen rapid growth in cloud services, and locating in our state-of-the-art Carrollton facility provides the lowest latency for customers in the Texas markets.”

Japan's KDDI deploys Nokia's G.fast in apartment buildings

Japan's KDDI is deploying Nokia's G.fast solution to apartments and multi-dwelling units (MDU) buildings to power its "au Hikari MDU Type G" service.

Nokia said its solution will enable KDDI to use existing copper lines in MDU buildings to deliver 830 Mbps combined uplink and downlink speeds to customers.

Nokia's G.fast solution supports Japan's VDSL2 specifications, which will minimize the impact to existing VDSL systems and enable operators to quickly upgrade their high-speed internet service to gigabit-class through a CPE replacement. 

Shigenari Saito, Administrative Officer, General Manager, Network Technology Development Division, Technology Sector, at KDDI said:  "KDDI already provides 10Gbps service for our 'au Hikari' FTTH customers, but the speed we can provide has been limited to 100Mbps service for MDUs where fiber is difficult to deploy.  Nokia's G.fast solution enables us to connect existing 100Mbps users and new G.fast users under the same DPU (distribution point unit).  This gives us the flexibility and economical path to meet the customer's demands for higher speed.  Our decision to deploy Nokia G.fast is based on our long-term relationship,  Nokia continues to be our long-term partner for delivering technology innovations."

Digital Realty and Facebook sign renewable energy deal

Digital Realty announced a virtual power purchase agreement on behalf of Facebook, a client at some of its data centers.

Specifically, Digital Realty has executed a long-term renewable power purchase contract with SunEnergy to secure approximately 80 megawatts of solar power capacity for Facebook. The solar project will be located within Virginia Electric and Power Company territory in North Carolina.  All renewable energy certificates and environmental claims will be delivered to Facebook.

"Our scale and position as a leader in data center sustainability enabled us to execute this first of its kind agreement in support of Facebook's sustainability goals," said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.  "Many of our customers have specific renewable energy requirements, and we work diligently to provide cost-competitive solutions tailored to their needs.  We were able to take Facebook's quality standards and timeline into consideration and deliver this solution in a competitive marketplace and at a competitive price.  We are very pleased to be part of the solution enabling Facebook to achieve its renewable energy goals." 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Handelsblatt: DT and Telefónica may avoid 5G equipment regulatory ban

German federal telecom regulators, including representatives from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Federal Network Agency, agreed to tighten the security requirements for next-gen telecom networks, according to Handlesblatt. The decision follows pressure from the U.S. government to ban equipment from Chinese vendors from key functionality in 5G networks.

The Handelsblatt report states that the German government may ask network operators to voluntarily refrain from installing equipment from Huawei rather than implementing a regulation requiring them to do so.

https://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/it-medien/aufbau-5g-mobilfunknetz-telekom-und-telefnica-bereiten-sich-darauf-vor-huawei-aus-ihren-kernnetzen-zu-verbannen/23932526.html?ticket=ST-60430-b0U7BZfY5wiDyWwj6jBl-ap1

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Nokia sees 5G driving wider upgrade cycle

Nokia reported Q4 2018 sales of EUR 6.9bn, up 3% year over year compared to EUR 6.7bn in Q4 2017 on both a reported and constant currency basis.

Nokia said its top line performance reflects the strong competitiveness across its portfolio and that its strategy execution is tracking well.

Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia, stated: "Looking forward, I expect Nokia’s performance to strengthen for the full year 2019 versus 2018 and our view of a fast and meaningful shift to 5G remains unchanged. Given that 5G rollouts will be staggered over the course of the year, we expect 2019 to have a soft first half followed by a much more robust second half."

"Over the longer-term, we expect a virtuous cycle of investment, where operators update their networks across multiple domains – from optical to macro radio, fixed wireless access to cloud core, small cells to IP routing, network agnostic software and more. Following this, we expect a second wave where industrial customers will invest in private wireless technology including LTE and 5G-ready networks. With our end-to-end portfolio, Nokia is well-positioned to tap this extended cycle."



Some highlights from Nokia's Networks business

  • Ultra Broadband Networks net sales increased 7% year-on-year, primarily due to Mobile Networks, which benefitted from growth in radio networks and small cells. On a constant currency basis, Ultra Broadband Networks net sales increased 6%.
  • Global Services net sales increased 7% year-on-year, primarily due to network implementation and, to a lesser extent, systems integration and managed services. On a constant currency basis, Global Services net sales increased 8%.
  • IP Networks and Applications net sales increased 5% year-on-year due to both Nokia Software and IP/Optical Networks, primarily driven by our technology leadership. On a constant currency basis, IP Networks and Applications net sales increased 4%.
  • The increase in IP/Optical Networks net sales was due to IP routing, reflecting strong uptake of our market leading FP4 portfolio, partially offset by optical networks. Despite clear supply chain improvements in the fourth quarter 2018, on a sequential basis, IP routing net sales continued to be adversely affected by some remaining shortages of certain components. The net sales performance in optical networks was solid in the context of a tough year-on-year comparison to a particularly strong fourth quarter 2017, which benefitted from certain large projects in Europe and Middle East & Africa.
  • Nokia Software net sales in the fourth quarter 2018 achieved a record level, resulting from investments to build a dedicated software sales force and increasingly strong demand for the company's software portfolio built on a 5Gready and cloud-native Common Software Foundation. The increase in Nokia Software net sales was supported by significant percentage growth in CloudBand NFV management and orchestration, NetGuard security and self-organizing
  • network software solutions, as well as network management and digital networks. Boosted by 5G commercialization and strong demand for cloud-native solutions, growth was particularly strong in North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

https://www.nokia.com/sites/default/files/files/nokia_results_2018_q4.pdf

AWS hits Q4 sales of $7.43 billion, up 45% yoy

In its quarterly financial report, Amazon disclosed that AWS generated sales of $7.43 billion, up 45% over the same period last year, and operating income of $2.177 billion, up 61% year over year. AWS now represents about 10% of Amazon's overall revenue and about 58% of its overall operating income.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced several enterprise customers during the quarter: Ellie Mae, Korean Air, Santander’s Openbank, and Pac-12 are going all-in on AWS; Mobileye and Guardian Life Insurance named AWS their preferred public cloud provider; Amgen will leverage AWS as its strategic infrastructure provider for the vast majority of its cloud infrastructure; and National Australia Bank announced they’ve chosen AWS as their long-term strategic cloud provider.


Microsoft cites Azure sales growth of 76%

Microsoft posted quarterly revenue of $32.5 billion, up 12% yoy, and operating income of $10.3 billion, up 18% yoy. Net income was $8.4 billion GAAP and $8.6 billion non-GAAP.

“Our strong commercial cloud results reflect our deep and growing partnerships with leading companies in every industry including retail, financial services, and healthcare,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. "We are delivering differentiated value across the cloud and edge as we work to earn customer trust every day.”

Highlights

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $10.1 billion and increased 13% (up 13% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 11% (up 11% in constant currency) driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 34% (up 33% in constant currency)
  • Office Consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 1% (up 2% in constant currency) with growth in Office 365 Consumer subscribers to 33.3 million
  • LinkedIn revenue increased 29% (up 30% in constant currency) with record levels of engagement highlighted by LinkedIn sessions growth of 30%
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 17% (up 17% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 51% (up 50% in constant currency)

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $9.4 billion and increased 20% (up 21% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 24% (up 24% in constant currency) driven by Azure revenue growth of 76% (up 76% in constant currency)
  • Enterprise Services revenue increased 6% (up 7% in constant currency)

Revenue in More Personal Computing was $13.0 billion and increased 7% (up 7% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Windows OEM revenue declined 5% (down 5% in constant currency)
  • Windows Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 13% (up 14% in constant currency)
  • Surface revenue increased 39% (up 41% in constant currency)
  • Gaming revenue increased 8% (up 9% in constant currency) with Xbox software and services revenue growth of 31% (up 32% in constant currency)
  • Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 14% (up 14% in constant currency)

Intel appoints Bob Swan as CEO

Intel's board of directors named Robert (Bob) Swan as chief executive officer.

Swan, 58, who has been serving as Intel’s interim CEO for seven months and as chief financial officer since 2016, is the seventh CEO in Intel’s 50-year history. Swan has also been elected to Intel’s board of directors.  Prior to joining Intel, Swan served as an operating partner at General Atlantic LLC and served on Applied Materials’ board of directors. He previously spent nine years as CFO of eBay Inc., where he is currently a director. Earlier in his career, he was CFO of Electronic Data Systems Corp. and TRW Inc.

“As Intel continues to transform its business to capture more of a large and expanding opportunity that includes the data center, artificial intelligence and autonomous driving, while continuing to get value from the PC business, the board concluded after a thorough search that Bob is the right leader to drive Intel into its next era of growth,” said Chairman Andy Bryant. “The search committee conducted a comprehensive evaluation of a wide range of internal and external candidates to identify the right leader at this critical juncture in Intel’s evolution. We considered many outstanding executives and we concluded the best choice is Bob. Important in the board’s decision was the outstanding job Bob did as interim CEO for the past seven months, as reflected in Intel’s outstanding results in 2018. ”


Krzanich resigns as Intel CEO due to inappropriate relationship

Brian Krzanich resigned as Intel's CEO and as a member of its board of directors because of a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee. Intel said it was recently informed of the relationship and that an investigation by internal and external counsel confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy.

Intel's board named Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan as interim CEO, effective immediately.


  • Brian Krzanich was named CEO of Intel in May 2013. He served previously as Intel's chief operating officer. Krzanich joined Intel in 1982.

TE Connectivity introduces SFP56 and QSFP 56 cable assemblies

TE Connectivity (TE) introduced a portfolio of 56 Gbps QSFP56 and SFP56 cable assemblies supporting aggregate data rates of 100 and 200 Gbps, making them suited for data center equipment, test and measurement equipment, and wireless infrastructure devices.

TE’s new QSFP56 and SFP56 high-speed cable assemblies comply with Ethernet 802.3cd and support 56G PAM-4 applications. The cable assemblies’ optimized construction minimizes insertion loss and cross talk, and the solutions are backward compatible with existing QSFP and SFP connectors and cages for easy upgrades. Paired with TE’s QSFP28 and SFP28 connectors and cages, the 56 Gbps QSFP56 and SFP56 cable assemblies offer a broad solution for connectivity between devices.

“Our new SFP56 and QSFP56 cable assembly portfolio draws upon TE’s vast expertise in high-performance connectivity solutions to enable 100 and 200 gigabit speeds for next-generation communications equipment. Our broad product line helps ensure that TE is a one-stop source for connectivity products” said Jacob Paul, product manager in TE Connectivity’s data and devices business unit.

https://www.te.com/usa-en/products/cable-assemblies/copper-cable-assemblies/pluggable-i-o-cable-assemblies.html

Ekinops announces 600G FlexRate module

Ekinops introduced its new PM 400FRS04-SF flexible rate line module. This new module triples the capacity of the company's 200G FlexRate solutions.

The new module supports coherent line interfaces from 100 Gbps to 600 Gbps.

Ekinops said its new module provides six QSFP28 client ports aggregated to a software selectable line port that automatically configures the modulation format and baud rate to create the optimal transport link. By selecting the bit rate and distance, the PM 400FRS04-SF automatically tunes its performance based on the settings so it can support any application from very short reach, very high capacity data center interconnect to long haul and even submarine transport. It can be installed in any Ekinops 360 chassis allowing customers to upgrade their networks without having to replace their existing equipment. 

The PM 400FRS04-SF also offers support for single fiber transport. Bi-directional operation over a single fiber strand significantly reduces operational expense by allowing service providers to cut their fiber costs in half.

"The release of our PM 400FRS04-SF just fifteen months after we released our 200G FlexRate solutions is a proud moment for Ekinops," said François Xavier Ollivier, Chief Operating Officer at Ekinops. "Tripling the line rate and adding functionality to our FlexRate solutions while also eliminating operational complexity is quite an achievement in that kind of timeframe. The market is advancing faster than ever and it is important Ekinops continue to provide the solutions our customers demand."

The module will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2019.

https://www.ekinops.com/


ColorChip tests 200G QSFP56 FR4 PAM4 at Ethernet Alliance Plugfest

ColorChip contributed it's 200G QSFP56 FR4 2km transceiver to the Ethernet Alliance sponsored Higher Speed Networking Interoperability Plugfest event, held in the University of New Hampshire's Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) in Durham NH. 

In addition to the 200G QSFP56 FR4 transceiver, scheduled to be commercially available by Q2 2019, ColorChip also contributed to the plugfest its full family of 100G optical transceivers including 100G CWDM4 Lite, CWDM4 and 4WDM-10 transceivers which have already supported hundreds of thousands of deployments in mega-datacenters, covering applications from 500m to 10km.

"The Higher Speed Networking plugfest aimed to improve the interoperability of the Ethernet ecosystem at port data rates from 25Gb/s through 400Gb/s," commented Dave Chalupsky, plugfest Chair and Board member, Ethernet Alliance, and network product architect, Intel Corporation. "The testing matrix included PHY's, NIC's, switches, test equipment, as well as optical and copper media types, provided by members of the Ethernet Alliance and 100G Lambda Multisource Agreement Group."

Viavi enhances its Network Performance Management and Diagnostics

Viavi Solutions introduced a significant enhancement of Network Performance Management and Diagnostics platform. Viavi's Observer GigaFlow stitches together user, network, and infrastructure data into a single record. This delivers high-fidelity forensic visibility into network conversations over time, as well as service path visibility for problem domain isolation across a complex hybrid IT environment.

"IT network operations and security teams are struggling to manage a variety of critical issues with incomplete and siloed data; from investigating abnormal behavior on the network to troubleshooting remote user experience and applications," said Doug Roberts, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise and Cloud, VIAVI. "Observer GigaFlow intelligently fuses rich data sets from all perspectives – user, traffic and infrastructure – delivering powerful insights for expertly mastering every performance and security challenge."

MetroNet to acquire LightSpeed Fiber

MetroNet Fiber Inc., which provides fiber-based Internet, TV and phone service in more than 50 cities in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, agreed to acquire LightSpeed Fiber Communications, a Michigan-based fiber-optic Internet company serving Lansing, Grand Rapids, Southfield, Huntington Woods and Ypsilanti. LightSpeed also operates a 2,400-mile U.S. fiber optic backbone, spanning from Chicago to Atlanta to Washington DC. This acquisition will allow MetroNet to access LightSpeed’s already laid framework of fiber-optic cable in these areas and optimize these markets to receive MetroNet’s 1 Gigabit speed or higher. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“The vision and values of LightSpeed Fiber marry well with our goal of expanding our cutting-edge fiber-optic telecommunication services to more cities while remaining customer-focused,” stated MetroNet President John Cinelli. “Our plans for Michigan are sustainability and growth. This investment represents a strategic opportunity to offer gigabit-speed internet with no data caps, full-featured fiber phone service, and fiber IPTV to even more customers. We are thrilled to join forces with LightSpeed Fiber and welcome them to the MetroNet family.”

Jason Schreiber, current LightSpeed CEO, will continue leading the Michigan market while taking on the role of Chief Technology Officer for MetroNet as the partnership moves forward.

http://www.MetroNetinc.com

Chile studies subsea cable to Asia

Chile's telecommunications regulator has launched a market consultation and study to assess the feasibility of direct subsea cable system from South America to Asia. Current connections are routed either via the United States or Europe. Chile's President, Sebastián Piñera, has expressed his support for the study.

https://www.subtel.gob.cl/subtel-realizara-consulta-al-mercado-para-el-desarrollo-del-proyecto-cable-submarino-puerta-digital-asia-sudamerica/

Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium combine

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog) have been combined into one organization focused on Industrial IoT, fog and edge computing.

The IIC, now incorporating OpenFog, also announced that the IIC Steering Committee, which guides the strategic direction of the organization, has elected two OpenFog principals:


  • Ron Zahavi, Chief Strategist for IoT Standards, Azure IoT, Microsoft. Mr. Zahavi is focused on IoT standards and consortia and also leads Microsoft’s Worldwide IoT Architecture Community. Mr. Zahavi has extensive experience in all aspects of technology management and solution delivery, 18 of those related to IoT solutions. Matt Vasey, Microsoft director, AI and IoT business development, will serve as the alternate to Mr. Zahavi.
  • Mung Chiang, John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, Purdue University. Dr. Chiang was previously the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor at Princeton University and founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009. The Lab bridges the theory-practice gap in edge computing/networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. Dr. Chiang received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award for his contributions to networking R&D.

“This agreement brings together the two most important organizations shaping the Industrial Internet of Things. The combined organization offers greater influence to members, more clarity to the market, and a lower-risk path to the future for end users. We will be the center of gravity for the future of Industrial IoT systems across industry verticals,” said Stan Schneider, CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI) and Vice Chair of the IIC Steering Committee. “We welcome the experience and vision that Ron Zahavi and Mung Chiang bring to our Steering Committee.”


https://www.iiconsortium.org/