Cisco Ready to Quit Load Balancers

2012-09-18 15:27:36

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Cisco Ready to Quit Load Balancers
This would be the Layer 4 through 7 appliance market, where F5 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV), the dominant player, has been eating into Cisco's market share for years. Other competitors include Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS) and A10 Networks Inc.ACE, which is a load balancer, has had future development cut, and salespeople are being asked to stop selling it, according to a segment of Suppiger's report published in Barron's.A10 officals told Light Reading late Friday that they plan to aggressively expand a buyback program they've had for Cisco gear. (A10 runs buyback programs against all its competitors.)
ClariPhy, Acacia Grow Optical Chips at ECOC
Coherent transmission is turning optical modules into an electronics game, as evidenced by two announcements coming out this weekend as ECOC 2012 opens in Amsterdam.Acacia is announcing that 500 of its AC100 modules for 100Gbit/s have been installed in networks as of June. Meanwhile, Clariphy, which sells chips rather than full modules, is pushing more 40 and is undaunted about its prospects for 100Gbit/s.Both companies are betting on the increased importance of electronics in coherent transport. Digital signal processing is applied on the receiving side, making the signal clean enough to beinterpreted.Acacia's announcement is the first that explains the company's business, although CEO Raj Shanmugaraj basically spilled the beans at the OSA Executive Forum in March. Acacai says the AC100 was the first merchant (that is, not-owned-by-a-systems-company) module to conform to the 100Gbit/s framework defined by the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) .Aside from being the first merchant module on the market, Acacia claims distance as its hallmark. The company says its modules are being used in a 24-spa, 2,500km optical path that runs through nine ROADMs, ostensibly the longest 100Gbit/s path built anywhere so far.One key to Acacia getting to market was that it enlisted customers, with signed contracts, before the product was even ready. There were caveats, of course; customers could back out if the thing didn't work. The key was that systems companies bought into Acacia's idea."None of the traditional module vendors had in-house ASIC expertise," says Benny Mikkelsen, an Acacia founder and its CTO. "We saw that as a great opportunity to come at the module from an ASIC point of view."The chip side ClariPhy has been patiently chipping away at the 40Gbit/s market, with a 100Gbit/s product not due until next year.
That won't be too late for its customers, which include module vendors JDSU, NEC and Oclaro, to compete with Acacia, says Paul Voois, ClariPhy's chief strategy officer. "We plan to leapfrog the first generation of 100Gbit/s technology. We'll be coming out with more advanced CMOS technology and better power consumption."ClariPhy's customers are managing to find other ways into the 100Gbit/s market. Oclaro just announced its own 100Gbit/s line-side module, for example. (See Oclaro Lines Up Against Finisar, JDSU.)At ECOC on Monday, ClariPhy is announcing a version of its 40Gbit/s ASIC targeted at the metro market, rather than long-haul. The key is that it's beefed up the forward error correction (FEC) compared with the long-haul version of its 40Gbit/s chip. That would give signals a better chance of surviving interference from neighboring 10Gbit/s wavelengths -- a likely scenario in a metro environment.ClariPhy's metro 40Gbit/s chip is in trials with Tier 1 OEMs, Voois says.Acacia, meanwhile, has its eye on the metro. Next steps for the company would include 100Gbit/s metro products, as well as modules with adaptive rates and distances, Shanmugaraj says.
OS Watch: HP Wants Back in Smartphone Game
Whitman tells Fox Business News that HP is working on a smartphone but knows it has to get it right this time. Her mantra is "better right than faster than we should be there.""We have to ultimately offer a smartphone because in many countries of the world that would be your first computing device," Whitman said.Last month, HP revamped its webOS brand under the moniker Gram, which it plans to run as a wholly owned subsidiary focused on building devices to feature the OS. (See OS Watch: HP Unit Resurrects WebOS.)In other mobile OS news:Apple's map gap: Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s latest OS, iOS 6, will go live on Sept. 19, two days before the iPhone 5 launches. The company showed off some improvements to the OS at its iPhone 5 unveiling, including its new, proprietary mapping app,, which will replace Google Maps in the new OS. TechCrunch has spent some time with the app and says it's not up to snuff yet, which makes sense given Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s head start and its experience with maps on the Web as well. (See Battle of the 3-D Mobile Maps and Apple iOS 6 Shakes Up Mobile Communications.)Moto snapped with Apple's rubber band: Courtroom drama is far from over for the mobile handset makers. Google's Motorola Mobility is being ordered to recall all the Android tablets and smartphones it has shipped in Germany that infringe on Apple's "rubber band" scrolling patent that releases documents back to the center of the phone's screen after a user drags them away. The patent was one of the key ones in question in Apple's trial against Samsung Corp. in the U.S. as well. Moto is expected to appeal the ruling. (See Jury: Apple Guilty, But Samsung Much Guiltier andApple vs. Samsung: LTE & the Damage Done.)Google's halfway to 1 billion: Patent woes aren't slowing Android down though. Google said this week that Android has passed the 500 million devices activated globally landmark at a rate of 1.3 million added every single day, Google's Hugo Barra announced via Google+. At this growth rate, the company is on track to hit 1 billion by the end of the 2013.Samsung hits a high note: Samsung's latest smartphone-cum-tablet, the Android-based Galaxy Note II, could double the sales of its predecessor. The South Korean company's mobile chief JK Shin told reporters on Friday that sales could top 20 million. The original device, which reached 10 million in sales, just recently went on sale in the U.S. with T-Mobile USA . But Shin said the follow-up version will launch sometime in October. (See Sprint & Verizon: This Note's Not for You (Yet).)
4 ISPs That Netflix Hates
Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer of over-the-top video specialist Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), went a bit over the top himself at the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch investors conference this week when he lashed out at the capping and metering policies run by some of Canada's top broadband providers."It's almost a human rights violation, what they're charging for Internet access in Canada," he said, later likening the situation north of the border as "almost third-world access to the Internet."Netflix has had its share of issues with Canada ever since it launched streaming services there, going as far as letting customers adjust their bit rates to help them avoid overage charges. (See Netflix Canada Cuts Video Streaming Quality and Netflix Fears by-the-Byte Tiers .)Sarandos may need to save some of that fire and brimstone for the U.S., because caps and overage charges here are slowly becoming commonplace, despite concerns expressed this week by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski.Before we get to the list, we'll mention a couple of ISPs that Netflix probably loves. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s wireline broadband remains cap-free, and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) will follow suit as it introduces 1Gbit/s services in the Kansas Cities. (See Google Fiber Bundles TV, Shuns Data Caps.)But now, here are some ISPs that Netflix hates, or that at least won't be on its Christmas card list.Rogers Communications Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) is big, is Canadian and uses policies that meter and cap broadband -- a Netflix trifecta. Rogers also recently put in a new policy that doubles the maximum overage fee it will charge if customers exceed their monthly data allotments. (See Rogers Raising the Ceiling on Overage Fees.)Comcast Netflix has already blown a couple of gaskets about the policy Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has applied to its TV Everywhere app on the Xbox 360, namely that any data used for that app does not get applied to broadband caps, in part because it travels Comcast's private IP network. While that's more of a network neutrality argument, Comcast has suspended caps in most markets as it tests out new policies that charge extra for a bucketful of gigabytes when customers exceed a relatively generous monthly ceiling of at least 300Mbit/s. According to DSL Reports, Comcast is also looking at a monthly 500GB cap for some of its higher-speed tiers. That's a big number, but we suspect it's not enough to make Netflix forget about Xbox. (See Netflix CEO Keeps Whining About Comcast, Comcast Denies It's Prioritizing Xbox Video and Comcast Turns On Usage-Based Broadband.)AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s policy charges U-verse subscribers $10 for every 50GB they consume above a 250GB ceiling. Customers for AT&T's regular DSL service are similarly dinged if they exceed a monthly 150GB threshold. (See AT&T to Fit Subs With Broadband Caps .)Suddenlink
Perhaps this MSO could be placed into a love/hate category. On one hand, Suddenlink Communications has shown interest in offering the Netflix app on leased TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) boxes if all of Netflix's programming contracts allowed for it, so one could almost call the operator a fan of the video streamer. On the other hand, Suddenlink recently suspended its broadband usage policy so it could investigate a rare discrepancy for its byte-meter and hire a third party to validate the accuracy of the system. (See Suddenlink Puts Broadband Overage Fees on Ice and Suddenlink Blames Netflix Contracts .)Those are just four quick examples. Who else belongs on Netflix's list or at least deserves an honorable mention?
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