Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom closes GTS deal; AlcaLu offers €1 billion in bonds; RAD wins NFV award.
ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) claims it is helping to "define a new era of data center connectivity" with its latest offering, the Big Data Transport (BDT) solution. BDT, says ADVA, has been developed in response to demand from enterprises for a single, scalable product that can cope with channeling enormous amounts of data between geographically dispersed data centers. ADVA emphasizes BDT's security attributes, describing it as the only offering of its kind to offer 100 Gbit/s with AES 256 encryption. There's no doubt that providing a dedicated transport platform for data center connectivity is a credible move, but using the term 'Big Data' in the product's name might cause some confusion. (See ADVA Launches Big Data Transport Solution.)
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is looking to repay debt taken on during last year's lean times by offering around €1 billion ($1.4 billion) in bonds, reports Bloomberg. The bonds are offered in two tranches, the first (approximately €600 million) maturing on January 30, 2015 and the second (approximately €400 million) maturing a year later.
Nordic operator TeliaSonera AB (Nasdaq: TLSN) has agreed a five-year managed services deal with Landis+Gyr, a Swiss energy firm. The deal, worth $10 million, is intended to provide Landis+Gyr with more flexible and secure access to its global IT infrastructure.
Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) is to say goodbye to Sophie Turner Laing, its managing director of content, later this year. A key figure at the UK satellite broadcaster, Turner Laing led the expansion of Sky's entertainment channels, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, and Sky Arts. In an email seen by the Daily Telegraph, Turner Laing said that she hoped to "stay in the creative world -- hopefully closely connected to Sky."
Israel-based RAD Data Communications Ltd. won the Innovation of the Year category at the Network Virtualization Industry Awards, announced at last week's Network Virtualization & SDN World in London. The vendor's RAD Service Assured Access solution brought the gong home. (See Eurobites: RAD Commits to NFV R&D.)
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Ali Kafel from Stratus Technologies addresses high-availability concerns within the telco industry with a solution that enables telcos to provide high-availability and stateful fault-tolerance using a software-based approach.
Intel's Bev Crair and IBM's Eric Herzog discuss how IBM's V9000 Flash Storage System has helped customers around the world. Featuring real-time compression powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, the V9000 is a next-gen flash storage solution.
Saran Phaloprakarn, Senior VP of Fixed Broadband Business Management of Thailand's AIS, was a keynote speaker at the first Asia-Pacific Ultra Broadband Summit in Bangkok. In this video, he talks to Heavy Reading about transforming into an FMC (FBB+MBB+Content) operator.
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.