Sunday, May 5, 2019

Alpine Optoelectronics demos Low Bit Error Rate in 50G and 100G QSFP28

At this week's “Big 5G event" in Denver, Alpine Optoelectronics will showcase the low Bit Error Rate (BER) capabilities of its 50G QSFP28 PAM4 optical modules designed to meet the 50GBASE-LR standard for 0 - 10km distance using the Novus 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) test platform from Ixia, a Keysight Business,

The demonstration will feature Alpine’s 50G QSFP28 pluggable optical bi-directional (BiDi) transceiver module which meets the 50GBASE-LR standard for 0 - 10km distance over a single strand of standard G.652 single mode optical fiber (SMF). KP4 Forward Error Correction (FEC) functionality is integrated into these transceivers giving network operators the ability to transition 4G network into 5G operations with the required increased bandwidth.

Alpine’s QSFP28 100GE and 50GE optical modules will be demonstrated live simulating real-world network conditions using Ixia’s Novus 100GE QSFP28 test platform. The Novus-W traffic generator will show line rate 50GE Ethernet traffic over 50GE QSFP28-LR BiDi and 100GE QSFP28-LR using KP4 FEC resulting in error-free packet transmission and reception.  The extended reach range of Alpine’s 100G QSFP28 ER4 Lite (30km without FEC, 40km with FEC) emphasizes the benefit of the built-in FEC of Alpine’s optical modules that have excellent BERs. The Novus multi-speed test platform was able to measure the pre-FEC BER to several orders of magnitude better than required by the IEEE 802.3bs standard for devices that support KP4 FEC.

Alpine said its next generation of 50G PAM4 and 100G ER4 transceivers are currently being deployed and tested in early 5G network implementation by Asian Operators. The BiDi module operates at 1270nm/1330nm and is available now in production volume. The product offers superior performance with significant low latency, high reliability and low cost.

“In the next generation 5G transport network, fronthaul and backhaul bandwidths will increase dramatically challenging transceiver performance. In addition, the midhaul layer is being added to the wireless transport network in some cases,” said Tongqing Wang, President and CEO of Alpine Optoelectronics. “Transceivers will play a critical role in supporting the increased performance required for reach, bit error rate (BER) and low latency associated with the standards proposed for 5G in the IMT2020 by the ITU’s Radiocommunication sector. Designed by our experienced team, Alpine Optoelectronics is developing innovative solutions based on PAM4, Coherent, and Silicon Photonics which address the connectivity needs of next-generation networks. We look forward to introducing products with single wavelength 100G module for hyperscale/cloud datacenters.”

American Tower: U.S. organic tenant billings growth over 8%

American Tower Corporation reported revenue of $1.813 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, up 4.1% over the same period last year. Net income was $408 million, up 45.4%.

The company said it continues to benefit from the general trend of more equipment deployed on its towers.

Jim Taiclet, American Tower’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We began 2019 with a solid quarter of results, highlighted by strong global leasing activity, 8.2% Organic Tenant Billings Growth in the U.S., the construction of more than 700 new sites and a 20% dividend increase.

We remain focused on driving operational excellence, prudently deploying capital and leveraging our innovation program to capitalize on exciting future opportunities as wireless networks continue to advance. With our portfolio of more than 170,000 towers, small cell systems and other communications real estate, we believe we are well positioned to take advantage of the global demand trends in mobile to continue driving attractive growth and returns for years to come.”

Some highlights:

  • The company now has approx. 170,000 sites worldwide
  • U.S. organic tenant billings growth was over 8%
  • Certain wireless carriers in India are in the process of, or have recently concluded, merging their operations or exiting the marketplace, and the company’s operational and financial results during the first quarter of 2019 were impacted by churn driven by this carrier consolidation process.
  • Total capital expenditures were $231 million, of which $32 million was for non-discretionary capital improvements and corporate capital expenditures. 
  • American Tower spent approximately $91 million for the acquisition of 107 communications sites, located primarily in international markets, and other communications infrastructure assets.

Microsoft Azure adds intelligent edge capabilities

Microsoft Azure announced new intelligent edge capabilities"

Azure SQL Database Edge – A small footprint database engine optimized for the edge, with AI built-in. The new offering brings support for Arm and x64-based interactive devices and edge gateways. It provides low latency analytics on the edge by combining data streaming and time-series, with in-database machine learning and support for graph data. It also delivers a common programming surface area across Azure SQL Database, SQL Server on-premises, and Azure SQL Database Edge. Azure SQL Database Edge support both cloud connected and fully disconnected edge scenarios.

IoT Plug and Play –  a new, open modeling language to connect IoT devices to the cloud without writing code. IoT Plug and Play enabled devices are listed in the Azure IoT Device Catalog

Vodafone Idea (India) picks IBM for hybrid cloud based digital platform

Vodafone Idea (India) awarded a five-year, multimillion dollar contract to IBM to provide a hybrid cloud based digital platform for improving engagement with the carrier's 387 million subscribers.

Vodafone Idea will use IBM's Hybrid and Multicloud, analytics and AI security capabilities to move to an open, agile and secure IT environment.

"Consumers have come to expect mobile networks that effortlessly meet their data demands providing the consistency and flexibility required in today's era of interconnectedness," said Juan Zufiria, IBM Senior Vice President of Global Technology Services. "Our collaboration with Vodafone Idea will take advantage of Hybrid and Multicloud, Analytics and AI, to enable Vodafone Idea to further differentiate itself in the market, including by leveraging the convergence of Network and IT in the Cloud."

Vodafone Idea (India) picks Ericsson's Cloud Packet Core

Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) has selected Ericsson's Cloud Packet Core.

As part of this deal, VIL will benefit from Ericsson’s market leading core network applications and Network Functions such as Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Gateway (vEPG), Service Aware Policy Controller (vSAPC) and Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi) solution enabling fast introduction of new services and providing full service continuity.

Vishant Vora, Chief Technology Officer, VIL, says: “Data consumption in India is growing rapidly and users are looking for new, richer experiences every day. At VIL, we endeavor to stay ahead of the curve by investing in technologies and solutions to address the evolving demands of millions of our customers in India. We are confident that Ericsson’s vEPC solution will be enable us to meet our strategic goals.”

Alvise Carlon, Head of Digital Services for Market Area South east Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson, says: “For several years now, Ericsson has been  leading the market when it comes to virtual EPC. As users across India consume more and more data, packet core networks will need to be enhanced. It is one of the largest vEPC deployments for us anywhere in the world. This will not only provide VIL the scale and reach to address the growing data traffic levels in India, but the advanced cloud infrastructure will also enable VIL to tap new revenue streams in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Internet of Things (IoT).”

Zayo delivers metro fiber in Dublin for webscale company

A global webscale company has selected Zayo to connect its European headquarters to data centers in Dublin, Ireland.

Zayo said it will connect the customer's existing facilities on Zayo’s T50 Metro network while securing capacity for future operations currently being planned and built. It includes an additional 2.5km fiber build to extend Zayo’s footprint into Profile Park, a leading business location in Dublin. Zayo is also finalizing new routes in Dublin that were announced last fall to meet the needs of companies that have a presence in Dublin or are considering investment and relocation in Ireland.

“Dublin is experiencing rapid growth and has already become a key hub for global companies with operations in Europe,” said Jack Waters, president of Zayo Networks and COO. “This is an excellent illustration of leveraging our embedded network to provide the customer with a solution to meet their unique capacity needs.”

Zayo provides its full suite of products in Dublin, including dark fiber, wavelengths, Ethernet and IP. Zayo’s diverse high-capacity network offers the most direct routes from Dublin to London, Amsterdam and Paris.

TM Forum names Steffen Roehn as its new chairman

TM Forum has appointed Steffen Roehn as its new chairman for a two-year term, succeeding David Pleasance.

Roehn currently is an Expert Vice President at Bain & Company. He is a former Group CIO of Deutsche Telekom, Group CIO of T-Mobile, and a senior advisor at Reliance Jio. Roehn has also served as a TM Forum Board director.

“I’m delighted to announce that Steffen has been elected as the new chairman of the board,” said Harmeen Mehta, Chief Information Officer, Bharti Airtel, Ltd., and Chair of the Appointments and Governance Committee for the TM Forum. “Steffen’s wide variety of hands-on industry experience and energy make him the right person to guide TM Forum through its ongoing transformation and help our members succeed in the digital world.”

“I am honored to be appointed as TM Forum’s new chairman and would like to thank David for his great service,” said Steffen Roehn, Chairman Elect, TM Forum. “As companies around the globe are going through digital transformation, TM Forum is well placed to make an impact on the industry at large due to its collaborative nature and member-driven programs that crowd-source rapid solutions to some of the industry’s most challenging problems. My combined experience from traditional CSPs as well as from a brand new disruptor will help TM Forum to lead the way forward. “

Skillern joins Flex - former GM of Intel Cloud Service Provider Group

Raejeanne Skillern has been appointed President of Flex's Communications and Enterprise Compute group, which focuses on data center and telco networking solutions and which recorded more than $8 billion dollars in revenue in FY 2019.

Skillern joins Flex from Intel, where she was the vice president of the Data Center Group and general manager of the Cloud Service Provider Platform Group. She managed Intel’s business, roadmap and customer engagements for public cloud infrastructure deployments, helping the world’s largest cloud providers optimize their data center solutions.

Flex (formerly Flextronics) provides design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services.

Deutsche Telekom announces fiber expansion in Rostock

Deutsche Telekom announced an expansion of its fiber network in Rostock, a city of 207,000 people on the north coast of Germany.

The operator intends to install more than 7,200 kilometers of fiber optics and more than 850 new fiber optic distribution nodes in the city by mid-2021.

A company representative described the rollout as one of the largest expansion projects of its kind in Germany.

Events this week

Events this week: May 6-11, 2019

Big 5G Event in Denver;
RedHat Summit in Boston:
Google I/O in Mountain View;
Satellite 2019 in Washington, D.C.,
SAP Sapphire Now in Orlando.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Portugal's ONI Telecom picks Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Demarcation

ONI Telecom of Portugal will deploy the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Demarcation (PSD) to provide 10G dedicated links to customers in key Portuguese cities.

The Nokia 1830 PSD is a universal Ethernet and Wavelength service demarcation device that extends the optical network through to the customer premises.  Based on a new MEF 3.0 standard, the Nokia 1830 PSD provides both Wavelength and Ethernet services in a low-power, small-footprint device.

Nokia said its solution will enable ONI to manage and monitor its entire transport network, end-to-end. It effectively extends ONI's optical domain management system, the Nokia NFM-T, across the entire network, up to and including the 1830 PSD at the customer premises.

Paulo Teixeira, from Engineering and Planning of ONI Telecom, said: "With this device, Nokia is helping us to provide cost-effective and guaranteed 10G wavelength services to our enterprise customers in key metro markets. With the growing importance of public-private cloud deployments, we are especially pleased to be able to offer our customers dedicated optical links with full-service assurance to their premises."

Miguel Araújo, CT Head of Portugal at Nokia, said: "The 1830 PSD is an exciting addition to our optical networking solution set. Paired with the Nokia NFM-T optical manager, it provides a unique solution for dedicated optical links, especially useful for enterprise wavelength services and datacenter interconnect. We have been very pleased to work closely with ONI Telecom as they deploy this world-leading 10G wavelength service to their customers."

FCC offers incentives to rural carriers for faster broadband

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau extended offers of broadband subsidies to 516 rural “rate-of-return” companies in 46 states through a predictable cost model, rather than the current legacy system, which dates to the era of voice-only service. The action could result in over 1 million rural homes getting faster broadband service.

The FCC voted to make this offer in December.

To get the subsidies, the rural carriers would be required to deploy broadband on a defined schedule over the next decade at speeds of at least 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload to homes and businesses fully funded by the model.  If all carriers opt in to the offer, they will be required to deploy 25/3 Mbps broadband to at least 1,126,082 homes and businesses. 

The FCC also noted that its action will increase the obligation to deploy high-speed broadband even for those carriers that do not accept the offer of model-based support.  Under prior rules, legacy carriers were only required to deploy 10/1 Mbps broadband to 115,441 locations; they were not required to deploy 25/3 Mbps broadband to any locations.  As a result of the Commission’s December vote, the Bureau has increased those obligations so that legacy carriers will be required to deploy 25/3 Mbps broadband to at least 600,535 locations.

Rate-of-return carriers receive approximately $2.4 billion each year of the FCC’s $4.794 billion in universal service support for rural broadband, and of that, the 262 companies that have already elected A-CAM support get approximately $607 million per year.  Carriers currently receiving legacy support have 45 days to opt in to today’s A-CAM offer.

Arista reports strong Q1, warns that cloud titan spending tightens

Arista Networks posted revenue of $595.4 million for its first quarter ended March 31, 2019, essentially flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, and an increase of 26% from the first quarter of 2018. GAAP gross margin was 63.9%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 62.9% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 64.1% in the first quarter of 2018. GAAP net income amounted to $201.0 million, or $2.47 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $144.5 million, or $1.79 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP net income was $187.7 million, or $2.31 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $134.1 million, or $1.66 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2018.

"Arista's Q1 results demonstrate our consistent execution and profitability despite the seasonality of the quarter. We are witnessing the deployment of cloud principles into new enterprise markets,” stated Jayshree Ullal, Arista President and CEO.

The cloud titan segment was once again Arista's largest vertical in Q1.
International sales amounted to 26%.

Regarding its Q2 guidance, Arista said it expects slower growth than its normal pattern:

  • Revenue between $600 million and $610 million;
  • Non-GAAP gross margin between 64% to 65%, and
  • Non-GAAP operating margin of approximately 36%

On a conference call, Arista executives said the massive spending by cloud titans in 2018 has led to a period of absorption in the first half of 2019. Specifically, one of Arista's hyperscale cloud titan customers has placed most orders on hold for Q2. Company executives said the sudden slowdown in orders from this cloud titan occurred in mid-March. Weaker spending by other cloud titans is also expected in Q2. The Service Provider segment is also lackluster. Meanwhile, enterprise sales momentum is healthy.

Arista’s board of directors also authorized a $1.0 billion stock repurchase program.

Acacia's revenue leaps to $105M, up 44% yoy

Acacia Communications posted Q1 2019 revenue of $105.2 million, up 44% year-over-year. GAAP gross margin was 47.4%. GAAP net income was $7.0 million and non-GAAP net income was $15.4 million.

“I am pleased with our strong first quarter results, which exceeded the high end of our guidance on revenue, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS,” said Raj Shanmugaraj, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acacia Communications. “Our continued investment in industry leading coherent technologies has helped us develop a broad portfolio of products that address the needs of network operators from edge to submarine networks. We believe we are well positioned to benefit from the adoption of coherent technologies in shorter-reach pluggable interfaces.

NeoPhotonics posts revenue of $79.4 million

NeoPhotonics reported Q1 2019 revenue of $79.4 million, down 13% quarter-over-quarter and up 16% year-over-year. Gross margin was 19.8%, down from 24.8% in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP diluted net loss per share was $0.19, down from net income per share of $0.05 in the prior quarter

“NeoPhotonics delivered strong year over year growth in our seasonally low first quarter. We are focused on the highest speed coherent solutions that are well-aligned with leading industry trends, which has positioned us to benefit from growing deployments of high baud rate systems for 200G to 600G globally,” said Tim Jenks, NeoPhotonics Chairman and CEO. “These higher bandwidth systems accentuate the unique value proposition of our ultra-narrow linewidth lasers and high performance photonic integrated chips,” concluded Mr. Jenks.

Netscout posts revenue of $235M, beating preliminary estimates

Netscout Systems reported revenue of $235.0 million for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2019 ended March 31, 2019, compared with $235.2 million in the same quarter one year ago. Non-GAAP total revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $235.2 million versus $238.5 million in the same quarter one year ago. Fourth-quarter non-GAAP revenue in fiscal year 2018 included $10.7 million attributable to the handheld network test (HNT) tools business that was divested in mid-September 2018.

Product revenue (GAAP and non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $125.5 million, which was approximately 53% of total revenue.

Service revenue (GAAP) for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $109.5 million, or approximately 47% of total revenue versus service revenue (GAAP) of $113.0 million, or approximately 48% of total revenue, for the same period one year ago.

“Our fourth-quarter fiscal year 2019 performance was fundamentally consistent with the preliminary results that we announced last month,” stated Anil Singhal, NETSCOUT’s president and CEO. “Our fourth-quarter revenue was lower than planned primarily due to delayed revenue recognition on a large service assurance project at an international mobile operator. Nevertheless, we produced a good quarter in our enterprise customer segment with solid organic expansion due to strong growth in our DDoS product area and relatively stable results in the service assurance product area. Our operating profitability was driven by strong gross margins due in part to higher software sales and lower operating expenses, with EPS exceeding our preliminary estimate due to a lower-than-anticipated tax rate.”

NETSCOUT trims quarterly outlook citing delayed project

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS announced preliminary financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 below previous guidance.

The company now expects 4Q FY2019 revenue to be approximately $15 million lower than originally anticipated, primarily due to delayed revenue recognition on a large service assurance project at an international mobile operator. However, NETSCOUT anticipates a solid quarterly GAAP and non-GAAP EPS performance due to healthy gross margins resulting from a more favorable product mix and lower operating costs.

Anil Singhal, NETSCOUT’s president and CEO, stated, “Our fourth-quarter fiscal year 2019 revenue shortfall was primarily caused by a longer-than-expected implementation schedule for the largest phase of a $15 million project at an international mobile operator, which delayed revenue recognition. Nevertheless, we expect that the revenue associated with this phase of our customer’s project will be recognized within the next several quarters. Despite this delay, we produced another quarter of solid top-line results in our enterprise customer segment and experienced a relatively strong performance in our security product area. Healthy gross margins aided by good adoption of our software-centric offerings and cost controls throughout the year played important roles in our ability to successfully achieve our prior EPS guidance.”

Zain now serves 50 million customers in Middle East & Africa

Zain Group, which delivers mobile services in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, reached the 50 million customer milestone as of the end of Q1 2019, reflecting a 6% increase year-on-year (Y-o-Y).

Zain Group generated consolidated revenues of KD 404 million (USD 1.33 billion) for the first quarter of 2019, up 56% compared to the same period in 2018. EBITDA for the quarter reached KD 178 million (USD 586 million), up 111% Y-o-Y, reflecting an EBITDA margin of 44%. Net income for the quarter reached KD 47 million (USD 155 million), up 15% Y-o-Y reflecting Earnings Per Share of 11 Fils (USD 0.04). 

Group data revenue experienced a 118% growth in Q1 2019, representing 37% of the Group’s total revenue. It should be noted that the data growth is predominantly due to the consolidation of Zain KSA results.
The three-month period was further highlighted by the notable 77% increase in net income in Zain Iraq; healthy net profit growth of 11% by Zain Kuwait and 55% by Zain Bahrain; with Zain Sudan continuing to perform exceptionally well in all key financial indicators in local SDG currency terms.

Commenting on the results, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zain Group, Mr. Ahmed Al Tahous said, “The impressive first quarter 2019 results were achieved through the Board’s and Executive Management’s focus on implementation of the digital transformation strategy that has seen substantial investments in network upgrades, fiber optics and 5G readiness. These initiatives have been aimed at diversifying income sources primarily from digital-related areas and at the same time improve customer experience. We will continue driving cost optimization initiatives to improve the efficiency of the operations and seek new lucrative opportunities in driving the business forward and increasing shareholder value.”

Kuwait: Maintaining its market leadership, the flagship operation of Zain Group saw its customer base serve 2.6 million in a very challenging period that witnessed improving net profit for the quarter. Revenue generated for the quarter reached KD 82 million (USD 271 million), and net income increased 11% to reach KD 21 million (USD 70 million). Zain Kuwait’s EBITDA amounted to KD 32 million (USD 105 million), a 21% increase Y-o-Y, with EBITDA margin standing at 39% for the quarter. Data revenue grew by 9% Y-o-Y, representing 38% of total revenue. 

Saudi Arabia: Despite the fierce competition present in the Saudi telecom market, the operation’s ongoing transformation has resulted in Zain KSA having recorded net profit for the last three consecutive quarters with revenue growing quarter-on-quarter. For Q1 2019, Zain KSA recorded revenue of SAR 2.1 billion (USD 559 million), a 24% increase to the same period in 2018. EBITDA for the quarter amounted to SAR 955 million (USD 255 million), up 67% from SAR 571 million (USD 152 million) in Q1 18. The operator’s EBITDA margin for Q1 2019 stood at 46%. Net income for Q1 2019 reached a healthy SAR 129 million (USD 34 million); a marked improvement on the loss of SAR 77 million (USD 21 million) recorded for Q1 2018. Impressively, data revenue represents 44% of total revenue. 

Iraq: Zain Iraq performed exceptionally well in Q1 2019 when compared to the corresponding three-month period in 2018, with revenue reaching USD 262 million, and EBITDA having reached USD 109 million, up 13% Y-o-Y and reflecting an EBITDA margin of 42%. The operation reported a net profit of USD 14.2 million, up 77% on the USD 8 million profit recorded in Q1 2018. The operator added 1.5 million customers (up 10% Y-o-Y) to reach 16 million and witnessed significant growth in data revenue, as well as profitable progress in the enterprise (B2B) segment. 

Sudan: In local currency (SDG) terms, the operator continues to perform well, as revenue grew by 50% Y-o-Y to reach SDG 3.1 billion (USD 66 million, down 23% in USD terms) for Q1 2019. EBITDA increased by 54% to reach SDG 1.2 billion (USD 26 million, down 21% in USD terms), reflecting an EBITDA margin of 39%, while net income increased by 67% to reach SDG 509 million (USD 11 million, down 22% in USD terms). Data revenue formed 18% of total revenue, with an impressive growth of 63% (Y-o-Y) in SDG terms. Zain Sudan now serves 15.1 million customers, reflecting a 9% growth compared to Q1 ‘18. 

Jordan: Zain Jordan serves a customer base of 3.7 million customers as at the end of Q1 2019, maintaining its market leadership. Revenue reached USD 117 million, with EBITDA increasing 18% to USD 56 million, reflecting an EBITDA margin of 48%. Net income was relatively stable increasing 1% to USD 18 million. With the continual expansion of 4G services across the country, data revenue grew by 2% Y-o-Y, and now represents 40% of total revenue. 

Bahrain: During Q1 2019, Zain Bahrain generated revenue of USD 41 million. EBITDA for the period increased 48% to USD 15 million, reflecting an EBITDA margin of 35%, while net income increased 55% to USD 5 million. The operation’s focus on new, attractive packages coupled with a totally revamped 4G network resulted in data revenue representing 47% of overall revenue.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

AlCan ONE terrestrial cable to bring 100 Tbps capacity to Alaska

Construction is underway on an all-terrestrial fiber cable linking Alaska with the contiguous United States with a capacity of 100 Tbps.

AlCan ONE (Alaska Canada Overland Network) is a project of MTA, locally owned and operated Alaskan cooperative. MTA said it has secured partnerships with Canadian carriers in order to extend MTA’s existing network from North Pole, Alaska, through Canada and on to any major hub in the United States. Only traffic that both originates and terminates in the United States will be carried over MTA Fiber Holdings’ all-fiber network.

“This new terrestrial network will ensure the future viability and growth of the internet in Alaska,” said Burke. “Alaska’s leaders have talked about a terrestrial fiber optic path out of the state for more than 20 years. We are pleased to be the ones to be able to make this a reality. This will be a major win for the people who live, play and work in Alaska, supporting business, job growth, and ultimately, the state’s economy.”

Orange and Dell collaborate on multi-access edge

Dell Technologies and Orange announced a collaboration agreement for distributed cloud architectures.

Specifically, Dell Technologies and Orange will collaborate on the definition and development of:

  • Edge technology use cases, business models and proof of concepts
  • Open source consortia and partnerships for the edge ecosystem
  • Definition and validation of infrastructure accelerators, such as FPGAs, GPUs, and SmartNICs, for edge workloads, including Cloud/Virtual RAN (CRAN/vRAN), MEC, and real-time, interactive, latency-sensitive applications
  • AI/ML-enabled software to support remote automation of a multi-technology, heterogeneous edge built on virtual machines, containers, and bare metal workloads
  • Edge infrastructure platforms supporting Telco environmental, space, operational and automation requirements.

“Orange entered this agreement with Dell Technologies to work jointly on a variety of topics revolving around edge computing and acceleration technologies that will be key to reach the full promise of 5G,” said Stéphane Demartis, vice president, Orange, Corporate Cloud Infrastructure. “We believe it’s essential to prepare the ecosystem for telco use cases while progressing in our knowledge of the future technologies. Orange expects from this partnership with Dell EMC not only technical but also business outcomes in order to fuel our strategy towards Multi-access edge computing transformation.”

Liqid delivers software-defined fabric for AI workloads on Dell

Liqid, which has developed a software-defined composable infrastructure platform, announced an OEM relationship with Dell Technologies OEM & IoT Solutions.

Liqid's software-defined fabric can be coupled with the Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio to deliver low-latency resource allocation to pools of disaggregated GPUs, FPGAs, CPUs, NVMe storage and Intel Optane memory extension technologies. This enables users to orchestrate balanced systems for each AI phase of data ingest, cleaning/tagging, training, and inference, while minimizing the data center footprint.

Liqid is based in Broomfield, Colorado.

“AI workloads represent a highly uneven series of compute processes in which data is moved from one system to the next depending on the task, with resources sitting idle much of the time. The cost associated with these architectural inefficiencies can make AI, edge computing, and other economy-driving technologies unsustainable for many users,” said Sumit Puri, CEO and Cofounder, Liqid. “We are proud to work with Dell Technologies OEM & IoT Solutions to provide solutions based on our respective, award-winning technologies, delivering composable infrastructure that permit users to utilize a single, comprehensive, adaptive platform to increase utilization by at least 2-3X and reduce the data center footprint for high-value applications.”

“Many organizations are looking for ways to integrate AI and machine learning into their IT infrastructure while avoiding the hardware sprawl and inefficiencies that often come with it,” said Ron Pugh, Vice President, Dell Technologies OEM & IoT Solutions. “Liqid now can provide its composable solutions for AI, based on trusted Dell EMC PowerEdge infrastructure and support, for IT users seeking to improve utilization and efficiency for data-intensive applications.”