Networking News: Aviat, Riverbed, Cisco

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Here’s our review of some of today’s noteworthy links for the networking sector of the data center industry:

Aviat Networks accelerates wireless low latency trading. Aviat Networks (AVNW) announced that it has reached an agreement with McKay Brothers, LLC, a leading provider of low-latency private carrier services to High-Frequency Trading (HFT) firms, to deliver low-latency wireless transport equipment and services for McKay Brothers’ microwave network connecting Chicago and New York City financial centers.  When compared with fiber optic alternatives modern microwave technology can be upwards of 50 percent faster than the speed of light in fiber optic cables. The McKay Brothers expects to complete its network deployment in the first half of this year. Compared to the other routes currently filed with the FCC, McKay’s network will be the straightest and have the fewest hops. “Aviat Networks’ Eclipse Packet Node platform has been exceptionally engineered,” says Bob Meade, PhD, co-founder of McKay Brothers, LLC. “It has ultra low-latency, which will allow our microwave network to be milliseconds faster than any fiber network could ever be on this route. And Aviat Networks engineered this low-latency platform without compromising the other advanced telecom functionality that is critical to the engineering of our network. If you consider the number of low-latency routes in the world, the number of trading firms and the strength of Aviat Networks’ offering, I think this will be a substantial opportunity for the company.”

Riverbed optimizes Redcats Asia.  Riverbed Technology (RVBD) announced that Redcats Asia, a division of Redcats – a leading distribution group in fashion and home decoration, has deployed 13 Steelhead appliances in its branch offices in Asia in support of its private cloud initiative. Redcats was able to realize quicker order fulfillment due to the immediate and drastic decrease in application response times for business critical applications. “Our employees were frustrated with lengthy delays in accessing documents and applications over the WAN, and decreased productivity was a real issue,” said Sam Chui, senior regional manager of IT & Logistics at Redcats Asia. “After a careful evaluation of WAN optimization offerings, Riverbed became the clear choice. The solution was the easiest to configure and the performance increase was near instantaneous.”

Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data. Cisco (CSCO) released its Visual Networking Index(VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2011 to 2016, stating that mobile cloud traffic will account for 71 percent, or 7.6 Exabytes per month of total mobile data traffic by 2016. A total mobile data forecast of 130 exabytes represents a compound annual growth rate of 78 percent spanning the forecast period. Trends identified in the VNI include significant increases in streamed content, more than 10 billion mobile Internet-connected devices by 2016, enhanced computing of devices, faster mobile speeds, and more mobile video. “By 2016, 60 percent of mobile users — 3 billion people worldwide — will belong to the ‘Gigabyte Club,’ each generating more than one gigabyte of mobile data traffic per month,” said Suraj Shetty, vice president of product and solutions marketing, Cisco.  “By contrast, in 2011, only one-half percent of mobile users qualified. This impressive growth in mobile traffic will be driven by more powerful devices, notably smartphones and tablets, using faster networks, such as 4G and Wi-Fi, to access more applications, particularly data-intensive video.”  For complete data visit the Cisco Visual Networking Index website, or read the 2011-2016 forecast for Global Mobile Data Traffic.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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