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PMC’s OTN Processors Enable Packet-Optimized Metro Optical Networks

By admin, May 31, 2012 4:58 pm

The increasing demand of transport capacity, multiple services?and end to end management to the network edge generates the need of Optical Networks product?that could offer cost- effective, flexible, converged solutions.

To address transport network requirement, PMC, a semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, has extended its leadership in optical transport with a second-generation HyPHY OTN processor?family that enables Metro OTN.

?With PMC’s?HyPHY 20Gflex?and?HyPHY 10Gflex, Metro OTN doubles packet efficiency and delivers the multiservice capabilities and scalability required for metro transport networks worldwide to cope with explosive growth in packet traffic.

?According to a press release, the HyPHY Flex devices offer OEMs with the lowest cost of development by enabling them to leverage a single device for both OTN-switched and DWDM lambda-switched optical transport equipment. Additionlly, the HyPHY Flex devices are ODU0-channelized Metro OTN processors that support the newly approved OIF?(News – Alert)-compliant OTN-over-Packet Fabric system interface, which is critical for enabling platforms to implement scalable OTN switching architectures.

“Metro transport networks are quickly evolving towards scalable OTN architectures in order to handle the growth in packet services,” said Mr. Zhang Chengliang, deputy chief engineer, Beijing Research Institute, China Telecom?(News – Alert). “Network operators need multiservice Metro OTN equipment that can address the wide range of OTN-switched and Lambda-switched network deployments that are ongoing globally.”

As Ethernet is becoming the access currency of choice,?Video and SAN client services are in growing demand, while TDM still represents an important revenue-generating service. Metro OTN now offers the fine-grain, variable-size, switchable containers required to achieve optimal network infrastructure efficiency for transporting GE, sub-rate 10GE, SAN and Video services.

The HyPHY Flex solutions are OTN processors that offer true Any-Port, Any-Rate, and Any-Service flexibility and to fully integrate both the packet mapping and packet timing functions necessary for Carrier Ethernet transport.

?In other company news, TMCnet reported that PMC will present “The Recipe for Successful 10G PON Networks” at OptiNet China on Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., in Beijing, China.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

RF Industries Reports First Quarter Results

By admin, March 19, 2012 12:02 pm

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China In, China Out and Deja Vu

By admin, March 6, 2012 9:08 pm


January’s PTC’12 conference in Honolulu elicited a feeling of déjà vu.

Themed “Harnessing Disruption,” PTC’12 gave attendees a chance to take a breath and marvel over how, in only a few years, the proliferation of ubiquitous hand-held devices has unleashed a flurry of new applications that are sure to disrupt existing revenue streams of both the service providers and the “arms dealers” that supply them. A common theme resonating throughout PTC’12 was that these new services create huge new opportunities both financial and social in their nature, as witnessed by the protests worldwide against injustice and corruption by governments and corporations. No one can argue the effects that Twitter, Facebook (News – Alert) and the Web have had worldwide.

One of the potentially most disruptive developments discussed at PTC’12 involved   China’s plans to create “cloud cities.” If executed as planned, it stands to completely alter where data is transported and change data flows worldwide.

Sound a little farfetched? Actually, maybe it should sound a little familiar.

First, the details: China plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in these cloud cities, as part of its “China In/China Out” strategy. IBM’s (News – Alert) latest software developments for automation of the cloud for different consumption-based delivery systems are integral to this strategy, and, as the largest systems integrator in the world, IBM is in a unique position to orchestrate this vision. (ADVA Optical Networking joined IBM, Juniper and Level3 to discuss “The Impact of Data Center Convergence (News – Alert), Virtualization and Cloud on DWDM Optical Networks Both Today and Into Future” at PTC’12. For more on this topic, please see “Toward the Virtualized, NON-converged Data Center.”)

The idea is to designate these Cloud Cities by application (Health Cloud, Manufacturing Cloud, Transportation Cloud, Test Cloud. etc.), then mandate that both large and small companies in China use these new elastic data centers, which would guarantee a very tidy return on the original investment. This is the “China In” part of the strategy.  

Once that phase is completed, Chinese companies would be in position to use the low-cost, on-demand infrastructure to dominate the world. This, in turn, would potentially force some industries outside China to use the same services or die. Sounds familiar? This is the “China Out” strategy that might seem a bit too ambitious to take seriously if the world had not already witnessed the transformation that China has accomplished in manufacturing and other areas.

China In/China Out might, too, recall the launching of Sputnik. The former Soviet Union’s launching of the first artificial satellite into Earth’s orbit in 1957 effectively catapulted the United States into a space race with the Soviets, and one of the long-term results was the creation of a wide array of technologies that ultimately revolutionized the way that we live.

There’s one big difference, however: Sputnik’s launch came as a surprise to the United States. The China In/China Out strategy is no secret.

Should China’s bold moves galvanize the government and business communities in this nation to wake up and make the same type of investments? What would be the competitive consequences in the global marketplace of standing pat?

Todd Bundy has 26 years of experience in the storage networking industry, is a recognized expert in SAN and optical networking, and specializes in storage applications over various types of networks to meet corporate contingency plans. Throughout his career, Mr. Bundy has participated in many successful large scale Disaster Recovery and Data Center Consolidation projects with companies like IBM, EMC, HDS, HP and SUN using ADVA (News – Alert) FSP (Fiber Service Platform) WDMs.

In his work with ADVA Optical Networking, he is helping support new standards in Optical Storage Networking like 8G and 16G Fibre Channel and 5G and 10G Infiniband and 10G and 40G FCoE/DCB (FiberChannel over Enhanced Ethernet). In pursuit of new operating standards, Mr. Bundy leads ADVA‘s interoperability programs to support the infrastructure intelligence needed to take “Cloud Computing” to the next level.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

Germany’s Finanz Informatik Deploys Encrypted Optical Networking for Data Security

By admin, January 18, 2012 12:35 am

Today, security of information is critical to businesses of all sizes. Considering the rate at which hackers are stealing data from websites and online data resources, companies are taking extra steps to protect confidential information. Therefore, to secure customers’ mission critical data, Germany’s IT service provider to the financial industry, Finanz Informatik Technology Services (FI-TS), has deployed  ADVA Optical Networking’s (News – Alert) FSP 3000’s encryption technology.

In a statement, Jörg Göttmann, network engineer at FI-TS commented, “Our customers allow its business-critical applications to run through our data centers. We cannot allow the loss or theft of data under any circumstances.”

Göttmann added, “As a full provider of IT-services, we searched for a trustworthy partner who was not only a technology leader but could also implement our network expansion on a tight schedule. ADVA Optical Networking outperforms in all these areas. The final test measurements confirmed that the newly established routes were performing at maximum bandwidth. Our established partner, Controlware, ensured the installation ran smoothly.”

According to ADVA Optical, FI-TS’s new data centers offer business continuity, disaster recovery, as well as storage area networking (SAN) and MPLS-services to customers in the finance sector because they deploy redundant fiber links with AES256 encryption. To improve network efficiency and control, while reducing power consumption and space, FI-TS uses a large portion of the available module interfaces, including 2, 4, and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, and 1 and 10 Gbps Ethernet or various combinations.

In another statement, Hartmut Müller-Leitloff, VP Central Europe, ADVA Optical Networking said, “The FSP 3000 provides integrated encryption technology based on internationally-accepted standards for an excellent price-performance ratio.” “We have worked on successful data center interconnection projects with FI-TS since 2000 and are proud to take this step together into the next generation of secure and efficient data transmission.”

As per ADVA Optical’s explanation, the FSP 3000 is a scalable wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) system specifically designed for large enterprises and service providers that require a flexible, cost-effective system that will multiplex, transport and protect high-speed data, storage, voice and video applications over fiber optic networks.


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Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

Drobo B800i iSCSI SAN Storage Review

By admin, December 1, 2011 7:18 pm

TheDrobo B800i is positioned as an easy-to-use and high-performance SANstorage for tiny and mid-sized businesses.  Though a association gained celebrity for aprosumer operation of approach trustworthy storage devices, a Drobo B800i is designated as a plain business-grade device and approved for use in a multi-host environment.

The product’s simple specifications include:

  • 8x bays for SATA tough hoop drives
  • 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • One USB 2.0 pier (For management)
  • Dual intelligent fans for smallest handling noise
  • Rack mountain prepared (Rack Mount kits aged separately)

Note that a twin gigabit Ethernet ports do not support couple aggregation, a record for mixing twin ports into one.

Installing Drobo

You implement a Drobo B800i regulating a granted USB wire and a Drobo Dashboard software.  The program comes in a bundled CD with a latest chronicle downloadable from aDrobo Support page.  Once installed, a Drobo Dashboard automatically recognizes and initializes a new Drobo device that is connected around USB.  You might wish to configure an IP residence and set an executive cue during this stage.  You can offshoot adult a B800i to a customary Ethernet network once we configure an IP address, yet Drobo recommends a approach tie for improved performance.

We were tender by a participation of an designation label that clearly outlines a stairs to setup a Drobo B800i.  However, we were quickly stumped when we attempted to bond to a Drobo regulating an Ethernet wire and a Drobo Dashboard unsuccessful to detect a storage array.  A discerning flip by a bundled primer showed us where we went wrong: USB is a usually choice when joining to a Drobo for a unequivocally initial time.  This is eventually a teenager matter — as prolonged as administrators remember to move along a USB wire when environment adult new Drobo appliances.

The Drobo Dashboard

Available for Windows and a Mac OS X, a Drobo Dashboard acts as a singular mirror of potion for accessing and administrating mixed Drobo Prosumer and Business products from a singular tool.  Based on a observations, a program constantly monitors a network to establish a participation of Drobo storage devices, displaying rescued appliances and their storage capacities as an idol (or list).

You can name particular inclination to perspective some-more minute information or for a purpose of configuring it. Note that we can set an executive cue to strengthen a Drobo opposite neglected modifications.

Below is a prejudiced list of a tasks upheld by a Drobo Dashboard:

  • View used and giveaway storage capacity
  • Create new storage volumes
  • Change a hoop expostulate spin-down interval
  • Enable twin hoop insurance (Set to singular hoop excess by default)
  • Download and implement updated firmware
  • Create and report programmed backup jobs

It is critical to remember that a Drobo B800i is unequivocally aniSCSISAN storage device, not a Network Attached Storage (NAS).  Designed to offer as an iSCSI aim for servers or as a storage device for energy users, a Drobo B800i simply doesn’t come with capabilities one would associate with a complicated NAS appliance.  So don’t design to find frills such asActive Directory support, or built-in services like Read More At: here

Microchip Tech rolls low-cost MCU dev tool

By admin, November 30, 2011 2:57 am

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