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CenturyLink, Infinera deliver 2.5T DWDM capacity at Super Computing 2016

Created November 21, 2016

Infinera, a developer of intelligent transport networks, and CenturyLink have delivered 2.5 Tb/s of super-channel transmission capacity to support SCinet at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16), held last week, November 13-18, in Utah, US.



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Broadcom to acquire Brocade Communications for $5.9 billion

Created November 21, 2016

Broadcom Limited and Brocade Communications Systems have entered into a definitive agreement under which Broadcom will acquire Brocade, a leader in Fibre Channel storage area network switching and IP networking, for $12.75 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $5.5 billion, plus $0.4 billion of net debt.

Broadcom is planning to divest Brocade’s IP Networking business, consisting of wireless and campus networking, data centre switching and routing, and networking software.



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Fujitsu in joint global data centre trial using ‘cold data storage’

Created November 21, 2016

Osaka University, Scality, and Fujitsu Limited have announced that they are jointly executing a “cold data storage”-focused field trial of intercontinental data centre coordination, together with partners in Japan and Europe.

Based on a consortium for collaboration between academia and industry established in April 2016, the field trial will be conducted from November 2016 through to December 2017, and carried out between the data centres in Osaka University’s Cybermedia Centre and the data centres owned by Paris-based AntemetA.



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BT launches international mobile service to tackle raising data costs

Created November 21, 2016

BT has launched its BT One Mobile Anywhere initiative, which it describes as “an innovative service” building on its merger with EE, which could help organisations manage the potentially rising data roaming costs incurred by their international business travellers.

Although organisations in many territories are seeing the cost per byte of mobile data go down, their international mobile usage is growing enormously, leading to higher bills. Controlling costs is further complicated by varying mobile data charges from country to country and more often than not, separate contracts and SIMs for users in different regions around the globe. This means that organisations — especially those with a large number of international travellers — still face bill shocks.



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OFS wins Emmy award for pioneering development of fibre optic cable

Created November 21, 2016

OFS, a leading developer of innovative fibre optic network solutions, has been honored with a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award by the US National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for contributions toward the “pioneering invention and deployment of fibre optic cable.”

Emmy Awards for Technology and Engineering are presented to companies for engineering developments so significant or innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.



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Data traffic system switches control to network administrators

Created November 14, 2016

Researchers including scientists from Princeton University have developed a system that greatly simplifies the task of managing the software switches used to control traffic across a network. Called Protocol-Independent Switch or PISCES, the new system allows managers to adjust and customize their software switches quickly without sacrificing speed or efficiency.



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ServerCentral selects Ciena DCI platform to deliver business and Cloud applications

Created November 14, 2016

To meet growing customer demands for cloud migration and high-performance applications, ServerCentral is deploying Ciena’s Waveserver stackable data center interconnect platform. This upgrade will allow ServerCentral to scale bandwidth and support customer needs for high-speed data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup between data centers. Additionally, with the compact design of the Waveserver platform, ServerCentral can make more efficient use out of its data center footprints.



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MEF announces winners for 2016 Excellence Awards presented at MEF16

Created November 14, 2016

MEF the self-styled “driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services”, has just announced the winners for the MEF 2016 Excellence Awards, which recognize service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation in the global Third Network community.

The MEF – formerly known as the Metro Ethernet Forum – has been restyling its identity and focus as an organisation supporting technologies and standards that enable “end-to-end service orchestration across carrier networks worldwide”, according to its CTO Pascal Menezes, who addressed a keynote meeting at the group’s Baltimore, MD, USA conference, last week.



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COBO’s specification work almost done

Created November 14, 2016

The Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) is on target to complete its specifications work by the year end. The work will then enter a final approval stage that will take up to three months.

On-board optics is seen as a promising way to increase the input-output of systems by overcoming the faceplate density limitations when using pluggable optics. On-board optics have been available for years but vendors have had to use proprietary products. The goal of COBO, first announced in March 2015 and backed by such companies as Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Finisar and Intel, is to develop a technology roadmap and common specifications that ensure interoperability.



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Oclaro announces record quarter results

Created November 11, 2016

Oclaro has begun its first quarter 2017 fiscal results as it ended fiscal year 2016, with another record quarter. The company reported revenues of $136 million in the quarter ending in September, 8 percent sequential growth and the company’s fifth consecutive quarter of 7 percent or greater revenue growth.

A large part of Oclaro’s growth was due to strong demand for 100 gigabits across the company’s optical module and component portfolio.



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