Thursday, December 1, 2022

ADVA's Ensemble Cloudlet transforms uCPE into edge clouds

ADVA expanded its uCPE solution with Ensemble Cloudlet, a new software set to help enterprises harness edge computing. The software enables CSPs to offer customers an edge cloud with localized control. ADVA says it Ensemble Cloudlet can manage tens of thousands of edge clouds to host customer IT workloads, opening up a wealth of new revenue streams for CSPs.

Ensemble Cloudlet extends traditional uCPE deployments by clustering multiple nodes together in a single cloud and delivering managed on-premises edge computing. 

“Our Ensemble Cloudlet is a key step in the evolution of the cloud. No longer is it something hosted solely in large, centralized data centers. Now it’s easy to harness the benefits of multi-node clouds right on the customer premises. That means enterprises can utilize applications that require access to compute resources with extremely low latency. It also gives organizations with highly sensitive data the ability to keep all information in a specific area for complete data sovereignty,” said Mike Heffner, GM at Edge Cloud, ADVA. “And for CSPs, our Ensemble Cloudlet opens the door to a world of new opportunities. They already have the infrastructure in place to deliver hybrid workload clouds at the customer edge. Now we’re providing the easy scalability and secure remote management capabilities to make it work. CSPs can start with a single node and then scale up to meet customer demand.”

Orange accelerates efforts to reduce energy consumption

Orange will accelerate efforts to reduce energy consumption across its European footprint. IT and networks represent around 85% of the Group’s energy requirements, with the remaining 15% being concentrated on buildings, shops and vehicles.

The company said it is working to deploy the latest generation of equipment, in particular 5G with energy-optimization features, as well as free data center cooling technology.

In addition, mobile network sharing agreements between operators have already been set up in many of Orange’s European countries including Belgium, Poland and Spain. Such projects bring substantial savings in energy use for all partners, while optimizing the use of network equipment by avoiding duplication and reducing maintenance costs.

For the period 2019 to 2022, the program has led to energy savings equivalent to 19% of total IT and network consumption in Europe.

To reduce short-term stress on the national energy grid in France, Orange has also made a commitment to switch part of its network onto battery power during peak periods. Such operations would last around an hour and have no impact on network performance. By doing this, Orange will effectively remove 5-10% of its spot energy usage from the grid, saving up to 20MW or the equivalent of a medium-sized town.

Orange is also taking steps to reduce energy consumption in its shops and office buildings. Electricity used for heating has been cut dramatically by reducing the minimum ambient temperature to 19°C. In addition, in many offices, workspaces have been optimized as staff work more often from home. The Group has also made a Europe-wide commitment to switch off the lights in shop windows earlier. In France, the lights in shop fronts are now switched off 30 minutes after closing time. In Poland, internal and external lighting is switched off outside opening hours, while Orange Belgium is introducing a similar policy.

Finally, the Group is also working to encourage its employees and customers to join in the effort. In Poland for example, Orange has developed a dedicated website to share ideas on how to reduce the energy impact of digital devices and services. Orange’s operations in Moldova and France have also developed similar online tools or apps to help users be conscious of the impact of their digital usages. In France, the Group has signed the Ecowatt charter providing customers with a real-time view of energy consumption enabling them to adapt their own electricity usage responsibly.

Commenting on the Group’s efforts to reduce energy consumption, Marie-Noelle Jégo-Laveissière, Deputy CEO in charge of Orange’s operational activities in Europe (outside France), said: “With a solid baseline in energy efficiency actions, we will reinforce our ambitions in reducing energy consumption while also continuing to provide top connectivity to our customers. In today’s increasingly digital word, our networks and services have become a critical element of our society and economies. However, we also believe that we have a duty to minimize our impact on the planet. We are determined to continue to find creative ways to improve our energy consumption efficiency and encourage sobriety, while ensuring the resilience of our network and sites".

U.S. Team Telecom recommends against ARCOS-1 cable to Cuba

The U.S. Department of Justice's Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector, which is informally known as Team Telecom, is advising the FCC to deny a cable-landing license application to modify the ARCOS-1 Cable System to include a new authorized landing point in Cojimar, Cuba. The license would have enabled the only direct, currently operable commercial cable connection between the United States and Cuba.

The Committee said the cable landing in Cuba presents "immitigable risks to the national security and law enforcement interests of the United States" because the landing in Cuba would be owned and controlled by the state-owned telecommunications monopoly.

  • The Americas Region Caribbean Ring System (ARCOS-1) is a fiber optic submarine communications cable of 8,400 kilometers that extends between the United States, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Curaçao, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. It first entered service in 2001.

STACK breaks ground on 7th Northern Virginia data center campus

STACK Infrastructure commenced construction on its latest hyperscale campus in the center of Prince William County in Northern Virginia. Delivery of the first building on the campus is targeted for Q1 2024. The project is STACK's seventh data center campuses in Northern Virginia.

The new 40-acre site will add nearly 100MW of committed and scalable power from Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC). Construction will begin with a 36MW facility, with plans to grow the campus to multiple data centers supported by a 300MW substation.

“Expanding our presence in the heart of Prince William County represents a strategic approach of continuing to deliver scalable capacity where it matters most,” said Matthew VanderZanden, Chief Operating Officer of STACK Americas. “Powered with 100% renewable energy, STACK’s new campus offers a sustainable solution and allows our clients the ability to grow quickly in the world’s largest data center market.”

STACK noted that it nearly 1GW of current and under-development capacity in Norhtern Virginia.

STACK opens 3rd data center in Milan

STACK Infrastructure opened its third data center in Milan (Siziano). The new facility, constructed in less than 12 months on a land parcel it acquired in 2021, brings the company’s live data center capacity in Italy to 120,000 square meters and more than 50MW of power. The new facility runs on 100% renewable energy, utilizes multiple built-in energy-saving features including photovoltaic panels and heat isolation infrastructure, and prequalifies...

STACK Infrastructure builds data center capacity in Australia

STACK Infrastructure announced a partnership with Hickory, a leading Australian commercial real estate developer, to develop data center capacity in three Australian markets: Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth. STACK Australia is currently constructing a 72MW campus in the high growth hyperscale corridor of Truganina in Melbourne’s western suburbs. The facility is expected to be delivered early in 2023 and will include two 36MW buildings (currently...

Marvell's OCTEON 10 DPU paired with Nokia ReefShark 5G chip

Marvell is providing its OCTEON DPU technology to augment Nokia’s 5G “Powered by ReefShark” chipset processing portfolio for 5G radio access and transport systems. 

The companies have worked closely on the new OCTEON 10 Data Processing Unit (DPU), which augments the ReefShark family with  5G transport built on 5nm processor and hardware acceleration technology. 

Ari Kynaslahti, Vice President, CTO, Head of Strategy and Technology Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “The extension of our strategic partnership with Marvell underscores Nokia’s commitment to support mobile network operators with the industry’s most advanced technology for their 5G radio access networks. The combination of our technology and market leadership, and Marvell’s latest processor and silicon optimization, is rapidly advancing 5G network performance, enabling our customers to scale innovative new services with superior data throughput and lower energy consumption.”

Will Chu, Senior Vice President, Processors Business Group at Marvell, said: “Marvell is thrilled to continue working in close collaboration with Nokia to advance the ReefShark chipset by incorporating our latest OCTEON DPU technology – the world’s first 5nm transport processing solution for 5G RAN. We are proud of the accomplishments that our respective teams have cooperatively achieved and anticipate delivering further innovations based on the intersection of advanced technologies, expertise, and market leadership this partnership brings together.”

Dell'Oro: Ethernet adapter market tops $1B for 3rd consecutive quarter

The Ethernet controller and adapter market surpassed $1 billion for the third consecutive quarter, according to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group. The shift of product mix to higher speed ports and rising prices drove recent revenue growth.

“The Ethernet controller and adapter market achieved strong double-digit growth year-over-year in 3Q 2022,” said Baron Fung, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Vendors are able to command higher prices, which contributed to topline growth. Furthermore, the supply constraints that have limited shipments in the prior quarters have been improving. However, demand is starting to soften in some sectors, with the server vendors reducing inventory levels of certain products,” added Fung.

Additional highlights from the 3Q 2022 Ethernet Adapter and Smart NIC report include:

  • The Ethernet controller and adapter market is on track for 43 percent revenue growth in 2022.
  • Ethernet controller and adapter port shipments are expected to decline in 2023 as the market undergoes digestion.
  • The Smart NIC market is poised for strong growth in 2023, with major vendors AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA in a position to capture opportunities in the Cloud and Enterprise markets.

Dell'Oro: Open RAN beats expectations again in 3Q 2022

The Open RAN train continues to move forward and accelerate at a faster pace than expected, according to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group. Preliminary findings suggest the regional drivers that shaped the Open RAN market in the first half of 2022 extended into the third quarter, propelling Open RAN revenues to more than double on a year-over-year basis.

“While commercial Open RAN revenues continue to surprise on the upside, the underlying message that we have communicated now for some time now has not changed and remains mixed,” said Stefan Pongratz, Vice President with the Dell’Oro Group. “Early adopters are embracing the movement towards more openness but at the same time, there is more uncertainty when it comes to the early majority operator and the implications for the broader RAN supplier landscape now with non-multi vendor deployments driving a significant portion of the year-to-date Open RAN market,” continued Pongratz.

Additional Open RAN highlights from the 3Q 2022 RAN report:

  • Top 4 Open RAN revenue suppliers for the 1Q22-3Q22 period include Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC, and Mavenir.
  • Trials are on the rise globally, however, North America and the Asia Pacific regions are still dominating the commercial revenue mix over the 1Q22-3Q22 period, accounting for more than 95 percent of the market.
  • More than 80 percent of the year-to-date growth is driven by the North America region, supported by large scale non-Massive MIMO and Massive MIMO macro deployments.
  • The rise of Open RAN has so far had a limited impact on the broader RAN (proprietary and Open RAN) market concentration. The data contained in the report suggest that the collective RAN share of the top 5 RAN suppliers (Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, ZTE, and Samsung) declined by less than one percentage point between 2021 and 1Q22-3Q22.
  • Short-term projections have been revised upward to reflect the higher baseline – Open RAN is now projected to account for 6 to 10 percent of the RAN market in 2023. Open RAN growth rates, however, are expected to decelerate next year, reflecting the likelihood that the sum of new brownfield deployments will be able to offset more challenging comparisons with the early adopters.

Marvell posts Q3 revenue of $1.537 billion, up 27% yoy

Marvell Technology reported net revenue for the third quarter of its fiscal 2023 of $1.537 billion, at the lower end of the company's guidance provided on August 25, 2022. 

GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2023 was $13 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2023 was $492 million, or $0.57 per diluted share. Cash flow from operations for the third quarter was $411.0 million.

"In the third quarter of fiscal 2023, we delivered revenue of $1.54 billion, a record for Marvell, growing 27 percent year over year driven by our key growth drivers of cloud, 5G and automotive, as well as share and content gains in our enterprise networking end market," said Matt Murphy, Marvell's President and CEO. "Inventory reductions, in particular at our storage customers, are impacting our near-term results and guidance, and we are working closely with them to manage their change in demand in an orderly fashion to clear the path to a resumption of growth. Our design win pipeline remains strong, our new cloud-optimized products are starting to ramp, and we are well positioned to navigate the current environment successfully and remain confident in our long-term growth drivers.",-Inc-Reports-Third-Quarter-of-Fiscal-Year-2023-Financial-Results

Nokia supplies private wireless network for Chilean port terminal

Nokia will deploy the first industrial-grade LTE private network in a port terminal in Chile at San Antonio Terminal Internacional S.A. (STI), a facility spanning 31 hectares and supported by hundreds of workers, sensors, equipment and vehicles. 

The new private wireless network will be based on the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) platform and will use 4.9G LTE. As the single supplier for this project, Nokia will also provide the RAN network, training, implementation services and remote support.

San Antonio Terminal Internacional S.A. (STI) is the main port terminal in Chile and one of the most important port terminals in South America. It is also the closest port to all the main cities in Chile, only 110 km. from Santiago through highway 78; and also connected to many key production centers in Southern Chile.