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Ensemble SmartWAN wins Leading Lights award for most innovative NFV strategy

Created May 18, 2017

Ensemble, a division of Adva Optical Networking, has announced that its SmartWAN platform has won Light Reading’s Leading Lights Award for Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy (Vendor).

Just presented in Austin, Texas, on the eve of the Big Communications Event, the award recognises the value of Ensemble’s open virtualised networking platform for deploying and managing virtual SD-WAN and other NFV services at scale.



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Prysmian awarded $300 million optical cable supply agreement from Verizon Communications

Created May 18, 2017

Prysmian Group, a significant operator in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a supply agreement from US telecom company Verizon Communications to support the company’s network expansion around a next-generation fibre platform that will speed the deployment of 5G services, while improving 4G LTE and other broadband capacity.

The three-year contract is worth approximately $300 million and will include supply of more than 17 million fibre kilometers of ribbon and loose tube cables.



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TNO and NCSC launch guide to dealing securely with the Internet of Things

Created May 18, 2017

Dutch research organisation TNO has launched in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NL) a new guide to “Dealing Securely with the Internet of Things”.

The guide gives insights and information about implementing equipment and processes that may be considered to relate to IoT, as well as support to structure this process and to identify pitfalls.



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CENX named Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor in Leading Lights Awards

Created May 18, 2017

CENX, a developer of software solutions for the telecom industry, has been awarded the “Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor” award in the latest edition of Light Reading’s Leading Lights Awards in recognition of its namesake product, which allows service providers end-to-end, real-time visibility into their network in a single pane.

Leading Lights is the annual awards program hosted by Light Reading, a publication covering the global communications networking and services industry.



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MRV plugs optical DCI flexibility gap?

Created May 11, 2017

Data Centre Interconnect specialist MRV Communications™ Inc has unveiled the OD-4-DCI, its new optical transport platform aimed at the DCI market. Part of MRV’s OptiDriver® family of WDM metro transport solutions, the OD-4-DCI is designed to enable modular, ultra-high density DCI in a compact 1RU form factor with stackable management, and so offer higher bandwidth point-to-point connections between data centres.

MRV points out that, with rapidly changing bandwidth needs, flexibility in DCI is a valuable commodity. The company notes that OptiDriver line cards, that are supported by the OD-4-DCI chassis, exclusively use pluggable optics. This facilitates pay-as-you-grow bandwidth capacity expansion. Additionally, pluggable optics means that data centre operators only have to invest CapEx as needed, enabling them to adopt the most current optical innovations.



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ETSI turns to AI to tackle network complexity

Created May 9, 2017

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute, ETSI, has set up an industry specification group to investigate how artificial intelligence (AI) could help tackle the growing complexity of networks.

“With the advent of network functions virtualisation and software-defined networking, we can see the eventuality that network management is going to get very much more complicated,” says Ray Forbes, convenor of the ETSI Industry Specification Group, Experimental Network Intelligence (ISG-ENI).



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Next evolution in IoT will be ‘sentient’ tools, cognition and predictive computing

Created May 8, 2017

Growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, as evidenced by increasing launches, investments and partnerships, will accelerate in 2017 with the commercialisation of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT). This cellular communications technology uses licensed spectrum and offers a standardised low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) that can capture previously untapped segments of the market.

Further, machine learning and blockchain technologies are being integrated with different industries, such as financial services and energy. In Europe, IoT connections are set to exceed nine billion by 2021. Dedicated venture funds for IoT development will help create an ecosystem that is conducive to the growth of startups in the region.



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Mellanox reports first quarter of 2017 results

Created May 8, 2017

Mellanox Technologies has announced its financial results for its first quarter of 2017. The company stated, “Our first quarter Ethernet revenues grew across all product families sequentially, driven by the adoption of our 25/50/100 gigabit solutions. We expect 2017 to be a growth year for Mellanox.”

The company supplies end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability.



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Oclaro announces ‘record’ third quarter results

Created May 8, 2017

Optical communications systems developer Oclaro has presented positive financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2017, which ended April 1, 2017.

Revenues were $162.2 million for the quarter, compared with $153.9 million in Q2 2017, and $101.1 million in Q3 2016. Gross margin was 41.6% for Q3, compared with 39.8% in Q22017, and 27.2% in Q3 2016.



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Adva demonstrates ‘first’ 32G Fibre Channel transmission over 100km

Created May 8, 2017

Adva Optical Networking (“Adva”) has transmitted 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel over 100km in a joint field trial with Brocade. The industry-first demonstration utilized Brocade X6 directors together with the Adva’s FSP 3000 CloudConnect platform.

The company said that this trial shows the capabilities of Adva’s data center interconnect (DCI) technology to interoperate seamlessly with Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel products. The joint solution will offer what the partners call “unrivaled value” to enterprise customers, addressing their need for higher speeds in the data center and enabling a smooth transition to flash-based storage solutions.



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