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Eurobites: AlcaLu Unveils Virtual CDN Platform

Also in today's regional roundup: Ericsson at IBC; Nokia Networks unveils telco cloud and OSS news; iPhone 6 heads for Europe; and more.

  • With the IBC2014 trade show just one day away, the newswires are awash with video-related announcements, including an interesting one from Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU). It has applied its virtualization know-how to its Velocix video delivery product line to create a Virtual CDN, a software-only version of its content delivery network platform that runs on common hardware and creates virtual CDNs with decoupled storage and compute capabilities. In addition, the new virtual system will "use automatic resource allocation to create an 'elastic CDN' capable of adjusting capacity to both planned and unexpected changes in demand, for example during a popular sporting event," after which that resource can be "released" and used for other applications, notes the vendor. According to AlcaLu, virtualizing the Velocix platform's functions "greatly reduces the time needed to install or expand the CDN," and "gives operators the agility to instantly create a new CDN cache in case of a hardware failure, minimizing any potential disruption in quality of service." The Velocix CDN software that runs on common hardware is commercially available now, but the "Elastic CDN" capabilities are still in development and are due to become generally available some time in 2015. The Velocix system, part of the vendor's IP Video portfolio, also boasts some new capabilities, including enhanced reporting and automated cache selection. For more details, see this press release. The Velocix platform is the latest in Alcatel-Lucent's portfolio to get the NFV treatment. (See Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Velocix Virtual CDN, Vendors Catch NFV Fever and AlcaLu's Bell Labs Opens Video R&D Lab in UK.)

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is also strutting its stuff at IBC, kicking off its Amsterdam residency with the announcement of a new home-grown chip for video network architecture platforms. The Swedish giant is also expected to announce an update to its Mediaroom video service delivery platform during the show. (See Ericsson Shows Off at IBC and Ericsson Suffers IPTV Evolution Pains.)

  • Nokia Networks and Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) have extended their relationship with plans to bundle Nokia's virtualized core network applications with Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. A commercial offering is expected in early 2015. "Red Hat is an open source and OpenStack leader and its enterprise-class cloud solutions are widely used in the market," stated Michael Clever, senior vice president of Core at Nokia Networks, in a press statement. "We have cooperated with Red Hat since 2004, and are excited about the expanded relationship, as it strongly supports our strategy to smoothly transition proven carrier-grade core software applications to NFV OpenStack cloud environments." The 'Telco Cloud' is a key focus for Nokia Networks. (See Nokia's NFV Strategy Starts With VoLTE , NFV Drives Telco Cloud Evolution – Nokia and Nokia, Juniper Team To Target Telco Cloud.)

  • And there's more from Espoo… Nokia Networks is to offer OSS-as-a-Service (OaaS?), starting with the vendor's Performance Manager (for the management of 2G, 3G and 4G networks) and Service Quality Manager, which, according to the vendor, "gives operators the most accurate real-time view of service quality across mobile broadband and IT networks." The capabilities will be hosted in Nokia's Global Delivery Centers (in India and Portugal) and offered as a managed service. (See Nokia Networks Offers OSS-as-a-Service.)

  • Did someone mention iPhone 6? And an Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Watch? Oh yeah… Even U2 couldn't mask the noise coming from Cupertino Tuesday evening, and Wednesday morning that noise transferred to Europe, where mobile operators with Apple partnerships were creaming themselves over the prospects of pre-Christmas sales. The devices become available on September 19 in France, Germany and the UK, with other markets coming (perhaps only days) later. Among the operators getting excited about stocking the iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus (the Watch comes next year) are: Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, O2, and Debitel in Germany; EE, O2, TalkMobile, Three, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone in the UK; and Bouygues Telecom, Free (Iliad), Orange and SFR in France. (See Apple's New iPhones Have 20 LTE Bands, VoLTE.)

  • BT Expedite, the retail specialist division within BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), has appointed Kathy Quashie is its new CEO and Asif Khetani is its new director of eCommerce. Quashie has been with BT for four years as head of Group Revenue Assurance, while Khetani joins from cloud-based e-commerce specialist Venda, where he was head of service delivery.

  • Machine-to-machine and IoT services and device management specialist Wyless PLC has launched a scalable version of its M2M management platform (called Porthos) on Interoute Communications Ltd. 's Virtual Data Centre. The initial deployment is in Interoute's New York facility to support an unnamed US mobile operator's M2M services -- though it's likely the operator is T-Mobile US -- while a second site will soon be added in London to provide international capacity expansion and backup support to the New York deployment. Interoute has eight virtual data center sites across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Wyless has been an Interoute customer for more than four years. (See T-Mobile's Back in the M2M Business and Wyless, Interoute Team on M2M.)

  • State-owned Zambian operator Zamtel Telecommunications Company Ltd. is investing US$18.3 million in an extensive new microwave transmission network that is being built with equipment and supporting services from NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701). The new microwave backbone and access network will include 2Gbit/s, 600Mbit/s, 300Mbit/s and 150Mbit/s native Ethernet microwave links.

  • A new MVNO has joined Europe's already bulging mobile services market. ACN Europe, which sells telecoms and other services to homes and businesses, has launched a SIM-only service called JOi Telecom in the UK, where it is riding on Three UK 's network, and in France. For more details, see this press release.

    — Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

  • Atlantis-dude 9/10/2014 | 1:23:04 PM
    open connect how does this compare with that?
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