Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Google commits $13 billion to U.S. data centers and offices in '19

Google plans to invest $13 billion throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states. This follows $9 billion invested in 2018 in data centers and office facilities.

For 2019, the investments will include data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states.

In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai notes that Google is:

  • expanding its presence in Chicago.
  • developing new data centers in Ohio and Nebraska
  • expanding its Wisconsin office
  • doubling its workforce in Virginia
  • opening a new office in Georgia
  • expanding data centers in Oklahoma and South Carolina
  • developing a new office and data center in Texas
  • building a new office o=in Massachusetts
  • building its new Google Hudson Square campus in NYC
  • opening a new data center in Nevada
  • expanding its office in Washington
  • developing new offices in Los Angeles including the Westside Pavillion, and the Spruce Goose Hangar.


https://www.blog.google/inside-google/company-announcements/investing-13-billion-2019/


Cisco posts 7% YoY growth, increases dividend and stock buyback

Cisco reported quarterly revenue of $12.4 billion for the period ending 20-January-2019,  7% year over year (normalized to exclude the divested SPVSS business for Q2 FY 2018). GAAP net income was $2.8 billion or $0.63 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.3 billion or $0.73 per share.

For Cisco, growth has picked up in EMEA. The enterprise and public sectors are doing well, while the Service Provider segment is the only one currently contracting.

Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 7%, EMEA up 8%, and APJC up 5%. Product revenue performance was broad-based with growth in Applications, up 24%, Security, up 18%, and Infrastructure Platforms, up 6%.

Product orders are growing at 8% Y/Y, with the Americas up 7%, EMEA up 11%, and APJC up 6%.

The company reported strong customer uptake for its Catalyst switches and for SD-WAN. Switching sales recorded double-digit growth, routing sales declined, wireless saw double-digit growth, data center server sales declined and security generated double-digit revenue growth.

"We are very pleased with our strong performance in the quarter," said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco. "Our teams are executing incredibly well, aggressively transitioning to a software model and accelerating our pace of innovation. We are redefining and connecting every domain of the networking infrastructure to deliver the agility, operational efficiency and security our customers require to embrace multicloud, edge computing and digital transformation."

Cisco also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.35 per common share, a 2-cent increase or up 6% over the previous quarter's dividend.  Cisco's board of directors has also approved a $15 billion increase to the authorization of the stock repurchase program.


Equinix sees record bookings for its 200 global data centers

Equinix reported 2018 annual revenues of $5.072 billion, an increase of 16% year-over-year; 9% growth on a normalized and constant currency basis. Net income amounted to $365 million, a 57% increase over the previous year.

Some highlights:
  • Achieved record global gross and net bookings in the 4th quarter
  • Equinix has 36 expansion projects underway and has entered Hamburg, Muscat and Seoul as new markets
  • Strong bookings across all three regions (Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific) in Q4 with record EMEA bookings, and the second-best booking performance to date in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. 
  • Equinix bookings this quarter spanned across more than 3,000 customers, with a quarter of those customers buying across multiple metros.
  • Enterprises continue to leverage Equinix's highly distributed and cloud-enabled global platform to locate their infrastructure closer to the interconnected digital edge. 
  • In Q4, 60% of total recurring revenues came from customers deployed across all three regions, and 86% of total recurring revenues came from customers deployed across multiple metros. 
  • Interconnection revenues continued to outpace colocation revenues in Q4, growing 10% year-over-year on an as-reported basis and 12% on a normalized and constant currency basis




http://investor.equinix.com

CenturyLink cuts dividend and increases CAPEX

CenturyLink reported revenue of $5.78 billion for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $6.01 billion for the fourth quarter of 2017 on a pro forma basis. Diluted loss per share was ($2.26) for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to diluted earnings per share of $1.06 for pro forma fourth quarter 2017. There was a non-cash goodwill impairment charge for the consumer business of $2.726 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018.

In addition, CenturyLink's Board of Directors announced plans to reduce the company's annual dividend to $1.00 from $2.16, beginning with the Board's next dividend declaration.

"CenturyLink's focus on disciplined execution in 2018 enabled us to make significant progress integrating Level 3, including achieving our originally announced synergy target more than two years earlier than expected," said Jeff Storey, president and CEO of CenturyLink. "In 2019, we are shifting our focus from integration to transformation.  We are focused on profitable revenue growth in our business markets and believe the scope and scale of our global assets, along with our innovative product portfolio, position us to succeed."

"In addition to this focus on growth, we are shifting our capital allocation priorities and reducing the annual dividend to $1.00 from the current $2.16.  Strong business fundamentals allow us to make the important decision to lower our leverage target to 2.75x to 3.25x Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA and accelerate our timeframe to reach that target, while still returning significant cash to shareholders and continuing to invest in revenue and EBITDA growth initiatives."

On a conference call, CenturyLink disclosed plans to raise its CAPEX spending by approximately $500 million to expand its fiber networks, enhance its enterprise portfolio, etc.

Telefónica picks Ixia for Global Network Visibility Architecture

Telefónica has selected visibility solutions from Ixia for monitoring their physical and virtual networks worldwide.

Ixia’s visibility solutions deployed by Telefónica include:

  • Ixia’s Network Packet Brokers (NPBs), which deliver intelligent, sophisticated and programmable network flow optimization and provide visibility and security of business assets enabling monitoring teams to quickly resolve application performance bottlenecks, troubleshoot problems, improving network monitoring and security tools
  • Ixia’s network tap products, including optical fiber taps, copper taps and tap aggregators, for visibility into network traffic to help maintain optimal performance and security
  • Ixia Fabric Controller (IFC) for centralized management of NPBs to create a security and monitoring fabric that operates as a single, cohesive layer


“As the growth in data continues and service providers embrace virtualization, 5G and other new offerings, the need to ensure network performance, security and quality of experience is greater than ever,” said Mark Pierpoint, president of Ixia Solutions Group at Keysight Technologies. “Working with one of the world’s leading service providers, as well as our local partners, has enabled Ixia to deliver a worldwide visibility architecture which meets Telefónica’s need for a cost-effective visibility solution delivering unmatched business insight.”

Ixia visibility solution deployments have been completed for Telefónica in Spain, Germany, UK, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and Centro America (Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama) with ongoing projects in several other locations.

Ixia is a unit of Keysight Technologies.

Mexico's GTAC deploys Infinera for nationwide backbone

Grupo de Telecomunicaciones de Alta Capacidad (GTAC) has deployed the Infinera mTera universal switching and transport solution to scale long-haul service capacity and increase efficiency in its nationwide fiber backbone.

The mTera deployment interconnects major cities across Mexico, including Mexico City, Estado de México, Guadalajara, Puebla, Hermosillo, Queretaro and Ciudad Juarez, among others. Working with the Infinera global services organization, GTAC was able to deploy and turn up end-user customer services over 51 sites in 10 weeks.

“We are excited to be a solutions partner to GTAC and help them transform their fiber optic infrastructure to deliver enhanced value to their customers,” said Bob Jandro, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Infinera. “In addition to providing a scalable foundation for growth, the innovative universal switching capabilities of our mTera platform make it an ideal solution for metro and long-haul core networks experiencing traffic growth driven by mobile, cloud and video services and applications.”

Infinera adds Advanced Data Encryption to mTera Platform

Infinera released Layer 1 Optical Transport Network (OTN) data encryption capabilities on its mTera Universal Switching Platform.

The mTera platform offers network operators the flexibility to define any interface with OTN, Multiprotocol Label Switching-Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) or Carrier Ethernet switching, decreasing network complexity while accelerating new service deployment across metro, regional and long-haul networks.

Highights of the Infinera mTera Universal Switching Platform:

  • Scale up to 7 Tb/s in a single shelf or 12 Tb/s in a paired shelf configuration
  • Easily migrate Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET)/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) to packet-optical technologies
  • Minimize regens with reach of over 5,000 kilometers (km) in terrestrial networks and over 12,000 km in submarine networks
  • Most solutions on the market bulk encrypt all the data going through a transponder, providing no ability to differentiate services across the interface. Conversely, the mTera platform provides Layer 1 OTN data encryption in a multi-terabit, multi-layer switching platform, enabling network operators to differentiate services by selectively encrypting individual or multiple services. The optional Layer 1 OTN data encryption technology on the mTera platform is enabled via software and can be applied at wire speed to 100 gigabits per second, 10 Gb/s and sub-rate leased line services with Ethernet, OTN or SONET/SDH, as well as other client interfaces.

Intel demos 112G PAM-4 Transceiver I/O

Intel posted a new video demonstrating 112G PAM-4 I/O performance with a transceiver built with its "Falcon Mesa" 10nm FPGAs. The 112 Gbps serial transceiver is targeted at next-generation data center, enterprise, and networking environments.



https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/programmable/next-gen-10nm-technology/overview.html

Sierra Wireless Q4 revenues rise 10% YoY

Sierra Wireless reported Q4 2018 revenue of $201.4 million, an increase of 9.7% compared to $183.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Product revenue was $178.2 million, up 5.3% year-over-year, and Services and other revenue was $23.2 million, up 63.0% compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Net loss was $3.8 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to net loss of $3.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017. Non GAAP Net earnings amounted to $9.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to net earnings of $9.2 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Quarterly revenue for the three business segments was as follows: (i) Revenue from OEM Solutions was $148.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 6.4% compared to $139.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017; (ii) Revenue from Enterprise Solutions was $30.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, down 5.1% compared to $31.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017; and (iii) Revenue from IoT Services was $22.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 89.1%, compared to $11.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, driven by the contribution from Numerex and organic subscriber growth.

“We are accelerating the transformation of the company into a global IoT solutions and services provider. We are centralizing our R&D, combining our global sales team and driving efficiency programs throughout our operations,” said Kent Thexton, President and CEO of Sierra Wireless.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Juniper expands 5G portfolio with new routers, line cards, silicon

Juniper Networks unveiled a major refresh to its metro, edge and core solutions to accelerate service providers’ 5G transformation.

The rollout builds on Juniper's introduction last year of an MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform powered by a new generation of its custom ASICs promising extensive programmability and performance improvements for supporting resource-intensive applications like 5G and secure SD-WAN-based managed services. The company says these new solutions, combined with its Contrail software, will help service providers achieve a holistic approach to infrastructure transformation that is cloud-centric, secure, and automated

Highlights:

  • Introducing the 1 RU ACX700 Universal Metro Router to serve access applications with IPsec transport. It supports the precise timing and bandwidth requirements for 5G and meets the environmental requirements for deployment at remote, hardened sites such as street cabinets. The platform offers 24x10GbE and 4x100GbE port densities. The router is based on merchant silicon. Commercial availability is expected in early 2020.
  • Introducing the 3 RU ACX700 Universal Metro Router with 2.4 Tbps of total system performance in a temperature-hardened form factor for both pre-aggregation and aggregation. The route is based on merchant silicon. Commercial availability is expected in early 2020.
  • Introducing the MPC11E line card for the MX2000 Series 5G Universal Routing Platform. The new line card is powered by Juniper’s Penta Silicon, delivering a three-fold increase in line card and system capacity with 4 Tbps per slot capacity for high-capacity edge routing platforms. The Juniper Penta Silicon-powered MPC11E line card is expected in the second half of 2019.
  • Introducing new Triton Silicon capable of delivering 400GbE native MACsec support. The new Triton Silicon will enable leading 100GbE and 400GbE density in Juniper's PTX10008 and PTX10016 Universal Chassis. The new Juniper Triton silicon promises a ~70 percent power efficiency gain (~0.15 watts per gigabit) over existing Junos Express Plus silicon, leading to a 380% bandwidth increase over the previous generation line cards in the PTX10008 and PTX10016. The new Triton Silicon-powered 14.4Tb line cards for the PTX10008 are expected to be available during the second half of 2019.

“Service providers seek agility, cost savings and new services from 5G networks, but capitalizing on these benefits requires a complete transformation of infrastructures, operations and services. With today’s announcement, Juniper Networks is giving service providers the building blocks required to create 5G-ready networks built for simplicity and agility that are capable of supporting immense traffic demands for the future. By combining the attributes of secure and automated cloud architectures, Juniper is ushering in the next era of service provider networking,” stated Brendan Gibbs, Vice President, Product Management, Juniper Networks.


Juniper refreshes MX edge routers powered by own Penta silicon

Juniper Networks introduced its new MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform powered by a new generation of its custom ASICs promising extensive programmability and performance improvements for supporting resource-intensive applications like 5G and secure SD-WAN-based managed services.

The new "Penta" silicon, which leverages 16nm geometry, functions as the packet forwarding engine for the MX series. It delivers a 50 percent power efficiency gain (0.5 watts per gigabit) over the existing Junos Trio chipset, which leads to a 3x bandwidth increase for the MX960, MX480 and MX240. Juniper designed the Penta silicon with native support of both MACsec and an IPsec crypto engine – an industry-first – that can originate and terminate thousands of IPSec sessions without sacrificing performance. Additionally, Juniper Penta supports flexible native Ethernet support (FlexE).

Juniper Penta silicon features:

  • 16nm with Integrated 3D HBM Memory reducing packaging by 83% over the 4th Generation Trio silicon 
  • 500G Full Duplex / 1T Half Duplex 
  • 50Gbps SERDES 
  • Fully Programmable Packet Pipeline 
  • Fully Fungible Integrated Databases for FIB, ACLs, Tunnels, Telemetry, and more… 
  • Built-in FlexEthernet Support 
  • Built-in MACSec & IPSec Tunnel Encryption Engine (Industry First)
A second major innovation with the platform is open hardware-accelerated 5G Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS), which enables operators to separate the evolved packet core user plane (GTP-U) and control plane (GTP-C) with a standardized Sx interface. This allows service providers to scale the control plane and the user plane independently as needed for added flexibility and investment protection.

Juniper said its MX Series 5G platform is the first networking platform to support a standards-based hardware accelerated 5G user-plane in both existing and future MX routers to enable converged services (wireless and wireline) on the same platform while also allowing integration with third-party 5G control planes. Juniper expects this will lower total cost of ownership by as much as three to four times over software-based user plane implementations for MXs deployed in the field.

In addition, the rollout expands Juniper Universal Chassis system. The previously announced PTX and QFX Universal Chassis gains two new MX variants: MX10008 and MX10016. The 13-RU MX10008 and 21-RU MX10016 Universal Chassis bring industry-leading and space-saving scale for edge routers at 19.2Tbps and 38.4Tbps, respectively.

Juniper pushes ahead with 400G based on its own silicon



Juniper Networks is bringing 400GbE capabilities across its wide-area network, data center and enterprise portfolio starting in the second half of 2018, including 400GbE in backbone, peering, data center interconnect, scale-out metro core, telco-cloud services and hyperscale data center IP fabrics. The announcement includes product refreshes for Juniper’s PTX, QFX and MX series platforms based on the company's recently announced 400GbE-capable Juniper...

Ericsson expands 5G portfolio with Juniper's edge, core and security



Juniper Networks and Ericsson are expanding their 18-year partnership with Ericsson with a focus on delivering an end-to-end 5G solution that combines Juniper’s routing and IP transport with Ericsson’s Router 6000 and MINI-LINK microwave portfolio for distributed, centralized and virtualized radio access. The companies are now offering a 5G transport network solution with single pane of glass visibility to manage the new requirements of next-generation...


Lumina extends OpenDaylight SDN controller to legacy elements

Lumina Networks, which offers an SDN Controller powered by OpenDaylight, is extending its platform to simplify legacy resource automation in support of the transformation journey to 5G deployments and DevOps principles.

The new Lumina Extension & Adaptation Platform (LEAP) uses model-driven frameworks to shield the complexity of underlying southbound interfaces. As part of Lumina’s Intent-Driven Service Automation solution, LEAP extends the capabilities of Lumina’s OpenDayLight-based (Fluorine release) SDN controller to enable intent-driven network operations. In a language agnostic manner, the platform promotes the addition of new microservices-based components and allows DevOps teams to leverage existing scripting skills to extend their service automation frameworks in-house.

Lumina said its goal with LEAP is to simplify service provisioning with automation while extending the life of legacy network elements through programmability. In brownfield environments, it could be used to provision devices with legacy interfaces to co-exist with programmable network elements. For service assurance enablement, LEAP could be used to collect parameters, normalize them, and push them for other functionality, such as alarming, statistics, notifications, etc.

“We are excited to announce a solution which extends the life of existing capex investments while decreasing service delivery times from months to minutes,” says Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks. “LEAP helps Service Providers take control of the network transformation and 5G service innovation while delivering the proven benefits of OpenDaylight to manage and automate heterogeneous environments.”

https://www.luminanetworks.com/products/leap/


IBM Watson now available on-prem or any public cloud

IBM has made Watson portable across any cloud as well as on-premise enterprise infrastructure.

In opening Watson beyond its own cloud, IBM said its goal is to provide businesses with a simpler, faster way to build, deploy and run AI models and applications across any cloud.

Highlights:

  • Introducing the ability to run IBM Watson services, including Watson Assistant and Watson OpenScale, on any cloud. Through their integration with IBM Cloud Private for Data (ICP for Data), Watson and Watson OpenScale can now be run any environment – on premises, or on any private, public or hybrid-multicloud – enabling businesses to apply AI to data wherever it is hosted. Businesses will be able to infuse AI into their apps, regardless of where they reside. The flexibility this affords can remove one of the major obstacles to scaling AI, since businesses can now leave data in secure or preferred environments and take Watson to that data.
  • Deploy AI software that automates business processes for improved efficiencies and performance. New AI digital automation software is designed to enable clients to discover patterns in their business processes and then create AI-embedded programs to automate certain workflows.

The announcements leverage a series of new Watson microservices built for ICP for Data that are based on Kubernetes, enabling these new Watson microservices to be run on IBM Cloud, and other public, hybrid or multi-cloud environments.

"Businesses have largely been limited to experimenting with AI in siloes due to the limitations caused by cloud provider lock-in of their data," said Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Data and AI. "With most large organizations storing data across hybrid cloud environments, they need the freedom and choice to apply AI to their data wherever it is stored. By breaking open that siloed infrastructure we can help businesses accelerate their transformation through AI."

Lenovo offers data center hardware on a subscription basis

Lenovo is introducing a subscription-based offering that allows customers to use and pay for data center hardware and services – on-premise or at a customer-preferred location – without having to purchase the equipment.

Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services is a new take on procuring IT resources via a consumption-based, subscription model. The company says these customers do not need to take capital ownership of the hardware or other IT assets. They can simply pay for what they use each month as part of their operating expenses. Lenovo’s ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile product portfolios are available through this offering, which includes hardware installation, deployment, management, maintenance and removal.

“Lenovo is accelerating our customers’ Intelligent Transformation and digital journey by providing them with a new way of securing and deploying infrastructure. By eliminating the capital expense of purchasing IT equipment and replacing with a subscription model, customers can now focus on supporting their business growth, knowing that they’ll have the right flexibility across their environment,” said Roderick Lappin, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Lenovo Data Center Group. “Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services combines the economic flexibility of cloud with the security of on-premise data, giving customers more agility, efficiency and simplicity in how they operate.”

http://www.truscale.com

Rakuten invests in Altiostar for virtual RAN

Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce and fintech company and soon to be the operator of Japan’s newest mobile network, will make a strategic investment in Altiostar Networks, a start-up based in Tewksbury, Mass. The investment is subject to approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Altiostar provides a 5G-ready virtualized RAN software solution that supports open interfaces and disaggregates the hardware from the software to build an open multi-vendor web-scale network. The Altiostar solution supports macro and small cells, indoor and outdoor, enabling interference management, carrier aggregation and dual reception.

Rakuten said it is on track with the deployment of a fully virtualized mobile network in Japan by October 2019.

“Our vision for Rakuten Mobile Network is to build the world’s first end-to-end, fully virtualized, software-defined mobile network: A network that innovates at the Speed-of-Software and scales at the Speed-of-Cloud. Altiostar technology is key to realizing this vision within the year,” said Tareq Amin, CTO of Rakuten Mobile Network. “The whole Rakuten team is looking forward to working closely with Altiostar to take a leadership role in driving RAN virtualization and to bring disruptive innovation to the mobile industry.”

“Open RAN architecture and virtualization are key to building software-centric networks that can scale and adapt to meet an explosion of devices and applications driving service velocity and profits,” said Ashraf Dahod, CEO of Altiostar Networks. “This funding is going to help us expand our technology innovation to help operators like Rakuten to push new business models and bring affordable broadband to the masses through web-scale mobile networks.”

In addition to the investment, Rakuten Mobile Network President Yoshihisa Yamada and Chief Technology Officer Tareq Amin will join the board of Altiostar upon completion of the transaction.

http://www.altiostar.com

Wave2Wave adds Robotic Fiber Switches

Wave2Wave Solution has added two, large robotic fiber switches to its ROME family of patch panels.

The ROME MAX and ROME MAX-T switches each offer large fiber port counts in a full rack configuration within a standard 19-inch footprint.

ROME MAX is in a seven-foot tall rack, while ROME MAX-T extends to eight feet to provide the highest fiber count. This product series removes the complexity of installing and managing a CLOS design by building it into the solution.

"Robots are here, robots are in the data centers, and ROME will be a key evolutionary solution in today's transforming network," said David Wang, Founder and CEO of Wave2Wave. "Data center operators are constantly seeking new ways to differentiate themselves from the competition, whether that's by providing more timely service offerings, improving the accuracy of data center recordkeeping, or finding other innovative ways to help their customers grow. The latest additions to our ROME portfolio address these needs by speeding up and simplifying the way Layer-0 services are rolled out."

http://www.wave-2-wave.com

Symantec acquires Luminate Security for perimeter defense

Symantec announced the acquisition of Luminate Security, a privately held company developing Software Defined Perimeter technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Luminate enables security and IT teams to create Zero Trust Application Access architecture without traditional VPN appliances.

Luminate's Secure Access Cloud securely connects any user from any device, anywhere in the world to corporate applications, on-premises and in the cloud, while all other corporate resources are cloaked without granting access to the entire network.

The company says its approach prevents any lateral movements to other network resources while eliminating the risk of network-based attacks.

Symantec said Luminate’s Secure Access Cloud technology further extends the power of its own Integrated Cyber Defense Platform to users as they access workloads and applications regardless of where those workloads are deployed or what infrastructure they are accessed through.

http://www.luminate.io

Sumitomo Electric to deliver Aquantia's automotive Multi-Gig Ethernet

Sumitomo Electric Industries and Aquantia announced a strategic partnership for Sumitomo Electric to deliver Aquantia's Multi-Gig Ethernet connectivity products to global manufacturers of autonomous vehicles.

The products, Sumitomo Electric connectors, cables and subsystem capabilities combined with Aquantia AQcelerate automotive PHYs, are targeted at In-Vehicle Networks (IVNs) that enable new levels of autonomous driving. The agreement will allow the two companies to co-develop new capabilities for Aquantia AQcelerate devices that meet the needs of Sumitomo Electric’s global customers.

“By including Aquantia’s Multi-Gig capabilities with our automotive product offerings, Sumitomo Electric is making a landmark contribution to the autonomous vehicle ecosystem,” said Toshiaki Kakii, Managing Executive Officer of Sumitomo Electric. “A Multi-Gig IVN ensures the highest level of safety for drivers, passengers and anyone else sharing the road. Autonomous driving requires massive amounts of data transfers within the vehicle, and the combination of Sumitomo Electric and Aquantia will help make it seamless for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers to create a safe, enjoyable in-car experience.”

Aquantia intros automotive Ethernet portfolio- multi-gig over copper

Aquantia, which is known for its multi-gig Ethernet over copper PHY technologies, introduced an automotive networking portfolio and announced a collaboration with NVIDIA to provide Multi-Gig networking support for the NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier and DRIVE Pegasus platforms.

The market for automotive Ethernet could be many times larger than the data center, enterprise and access segments where multi-gig Ethernet-over-copper used today. Future vehicles, especially Level 4/5 autonomous vehicles, will require high-performance onboard networks to connect cameras, sensors, and displays with GPUs and CPUs.

Level 4/5 requirements include multiple high-resolution videos cameras, some of which are expected to be up to 4K60p at 20-bit resolution requiring full 10 Gbps connectivity. The network must be secure and redundant. It must also use reliable and low-cost cabling. For these reasons, Aquantia believes its multi-gig Ethernet over copper technologies are best suited for the task.

Aquantia's AQcelerate Automotive product line includes the following devices, which all support data rates up to 10GbE:
  • The AQV107 Multi-Gig PHY
  • The AQVC107 PCIe Multi-Gig MAC+PHY Ethernet controller
  • The AQVC100 PCIe Multi-Gig controller (MAC only)

Jack Water appointed President of Zayo Networks

Jack Waters has been appointed President, Zayo Networks and Chief Operating Officer of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. In this expanded role, Waters will lead the company’s global Networks business, including the fiber solutions, transport, enterprise and strategic networks businesses in addition to network operations and security.

Waters has served as Zayo’s Chief Technology Officer and President, Fiber Solutions since August 2016. During his tenure, Jack has led organic and inorganic expansion of the company’s fiber network, integrating six acquisitions, including Electric Lightwave, Optic Zoo, and Spread Networks.

Prior to joining Zayo, Waters served in numerous leadership roles at Level 3 Communications, including chief technology officer. He was with Level 3 from its inception, and oversaw most of the engineering, network, and operations functions during Level 3’s initial 18 years. Waters was an original member of the team responsible for InternetMCI and began his career at SURAnet, the Southeastern University Research and Academic Network. Waters is a frequent speaker at industry and policy events and serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Technology Association.

"Jack’s leadership will continue to be instrumental as we fully leverage our global fiber footprint to provide solutions to the world’s most innovative and impactful companies,” said Dan Caruso, Zayo Chairman and CEO. “He has put a foundation in place, including the regional and strategic fiber network teams, which will be key to driving momentum and further unleashing the value of our network.”

Twilio posts Q4 revenue of $204.3 million, up 77%

Twilio, which operates a cloud communications platform,  reported revenue of $204.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, up 77% from the fourth quarter of 2017 and 21% sequentially from the third quarter of 2018. GAAP loss from operations of $44.0 million for the quarter. GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, was $0.47 based on 99.4 million weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, of $0.20 based on 93.2 million weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP net income per share attributable to common stockholders, diluted, was $0.04 based on 110.6 million non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2018.

"The power of our platform model was evident in our results once again, as Q4’s exceptional results capped off an incredible 2018,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to add email to our platform through the acquisition of SendGrid and look forward to helping our customers drive their customer engagement strategies across all of the important communication channels - voice, messaging, video, and, now email.”

Key metrics

  • 64,286 Active Customer Accounts as of December 31, 2018, compared to 48,979 Active Customer Accounts as of December 31, 2017.
  • Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate was 147% for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to 118% for the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • 1,440 employees as of December 31, 2018.
  • Closed the acquisition of SendGrid, the leading email API platform

Monday, February 11, 2019

Ericsson and Intel to align 5G infrastructure development

Ericsson and Intel have launched a multi-year collaboration to align ongoing development efforts in software-defined infrastructure (SDI) and Intel Rack Scale Design.

The companies envision a next-generation infrastructure management platform capable of delivering a new level of cloudlike agility, transparency and efficiency required for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), distributed cloud, and 5G. Specifically, this hardware management platform will extend the agility of the cloud to the hardware infrastructure layer.

As part of the multi-faceted agreement, the companies will align the development efforts of Ericsson SDI Manager software and Intel Rack Scale Design (Intel RSD) and extend these solutions with advanced management capabilities. These unified development efforts will allow operators to leverage multi-vendor hardware options, Ericsson’s end-to-end software solutions, and Intel’s latest architectural innovations.

In addition, the companies will converge Ericsson SDI Manager software and Intel RSD reference software while maintaining full backward compatibility for current customers. Jointly-developed software and hardware innovations resulting from the collaboration will be offered in subsequent Ericsson hardware platforms and may also be offered with Intel’s server products which are sold through other partners and in other industry segments.

Ericsson SDI system is based on Intel RSD and provides a common managed hardware pool for all workloads that dynamically scales and enables fast service rollout, performance optimization and efficient hardware utilization. Intel RSD is an industry-wide architecture for disaggregated, composable infrastructure that fundamentally changes the way a data center is built, managed, and expanded over time.

Lars Mårtensson, Head of Cloud & NFV infrastructure, Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson, says: “We have long history of successful collaboration with Intel. This new collaboration will focus on software in addition to hardware and we see it to be truly transformative for service providers’ ability to successfully deploy open cloud and NFV infrastructure, from centralized datacenters to the edge. Intel’s and Ericsson’s joint efforts significantly strengthens the competitiveness and roadmap of the Ericsson Software Defined Infrastructure offering.”

Sandra Rivera, Senior Vice President, Network Platform Group, Intel, says: “5G will be transformative, accelerating today’s applications and triggering a wave of new usages and edge-based innovation. Our infrastructure manageability collaboration with Ericsson will help communications service providers remove deployment barriers, reduce costs, and deliver new 5G and edge services with cloudlike speed on a flexible, programmable and intelligent network.”

Inphi intros 400Gbps Porrima Gen2 PAM4 platform

Inphi introduced and has begun sampling its "Porrima" Gen2 Single-Lambda Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM4) platform with integrated laser drivers for enabling sub-10 watt 400Gbps QSFP-DD optical transceiver modules for wired network infrastructure, including hyperscale cloud data center, service provider and enterprise networks. The new device, which is based on Inphi's first gen  Porrima chipset, enables client optics module deployment for both 400Gbps and 4x100Gbps applications with breakout mode support. Porrima Gen2 DSP also has an integrated laser driver with direct-drive capability, which reduces the total cost of ownership and module power consumption.

Inphi's Porrima Gen1 platform, which introduced at OFC 2018, includes PAM4 DSP, Linear TIA and Driver. Leveraging six generations of DSP development, Inphi has developed optical platform expertise and an API-based DSP software suite that achieves quick time-to-market with the right trade-offs in power and performance for data center optical interconnects.

"Inphi’s excited to launch the Porrima Gen2 platform with integrated complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) driver capability for hyperscale data center and cloud networks,” said Siddharth Sheth, SVP, Networking Interconnect at Inphi. “Absorbing driver functionality into the DSP saves our customers BOM cost and power for their 400G DR4 and FR4 solutions, as we prepare for the upcoming 12.8T ecosystem production ramp.”

Key attributes

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  • Integrated 56Gbaud laser driver with direct-drive capability
  • Enables DR1/FR1 optical modules for legacy 3.2/6.4T switches while offering an upgrade path for 12.8T switches
  • Field proven error-free interoperability on the host interface with merchant ASICs and ASSPs
  • Optimally designed DSP and TIA receive chain for power-performance trade-offs
  • Enables customers to develop a 400Gbps / 4x100Gbps optical interconnects in a compact form factor for applications with up to 10km
  • Supporting IN566x Linear TIA provides packaging flexibility for excellent linearity, high bandwidth, adjustable gain to optimize the PAM4 system performances and wide dynamic range to meet the different performance and link requirements for optical applications
  • Implemented in small form factor and power efficiency on proven, high-volume 16nm process technology node, ensuring fastest time to production


Porrima Gen2 product family:

Porrima PAM4 DSP IC provides a full bi-directional interface with host ASICs that have 28GBaud PAM4and NRZ electrical interfaces while bridging to 56GBaud optics with breakout support. The product family can support PAM4 or NRZ signaling, and both Retiming and Gearbox functionality with packaging specifically designed for the following optics modules:


  • Porrima 400G – 8x56Gbps PAM4 <-> 4x100Gbps PAM4 for QSFP-DD/oSFP
  • Porrima 100G – 4x25Gbps NRZ <-> 1x100Gbps PAM4 for QSFP
  • Porrima 100G – 2x50Gbps PAM4 <-> 1x100Gbps PAM4 for QSFP/uQSFP/SFP-DD