Global News: Cisco, SingTel, Juniper, NTT, IBM

Cisco and SingTel launch Carrier Ethernet Network, NTT selects Juniper for next-generation video, IBM helps India's Nextra Teleservices.

Here’s our review of some of this week’s noteworthy links for the global data center industry:

Cisco and SingTel launch Carrier Ethernet Network. SingTel announced that it is the first service provider in the Asia-Pacific region to globally deploy Multiprotocol Label Switching-Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) technology for its ConnectPlus E-Line service, providing its multinational corporation (MNC) customers with scalable high-speed connections worldwide. Using the Cisco (CSCO)MPLS-TP suite of Carrier Packet Transport technologies, SingTel's customers can now enjoy data bandwidths of up to 10 gigabits per second to support bandwidth-intensive applications with high service reliability across their global offices. Singtel will use the platform for electronic Bandwidth-On-Demand (eBOD) for ConnectPlus E-Line services, as well as dedicated point-to-multipoint services. "The video, cloud, and mobile services are defining new meshed traffic patterns and placing unprecedented demands on the transport network architecture," said Jeff White, Vice President for Cisco's Service Provider Business in Asia Pacific, Japan and China.  "In deploying the Cisco Carrier Packet Transport solution, SingTel is able to simplify service fulfilment complexity and evolve the ConnectPlus suite of services into a new generation converged transport architecture ready for enabling future services."

NTT selects Juniper for next-generation video. Juniper Networks (JNPR) announced that Japan's NTT Communications has deployed the Juniper T1600 Core router to power its next-generation video transmission system. As video consumption keeps growing and available offerings become richer in content, quality and resolution, the industry-leading MPLS multicasting capability of the T1600 helps NTT Communications achieve a reliable, high-capacity delivery of high-definition video for customer applications. "Juniper Networks' core routers are ideal for constructing high-capacity, reliable video networks," said Osamu Nakazawa, director, Innovative IP Architecture Center, NTT Communications.  "To achieve the high-quality of services that our customers demand, we have worked hard to develop new technologies that enable the forwarding of multicast streams to change dynamically and across a wide bandwidth without packet loss. This has been achieved through our discussions with Juniper Networks' developers and engineers in the U.S. and Japan. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Juniper team to support our organization's evolving needs."

IBM helps India's Nextra Teleservices.  IBM announced that Nextra Teleservices, an emerging Internet Service Provider, has selected IBM's PureSystems technology to provide the IT backbone for its high-speed broadband infrastructure. The system will also support Nextra's business growth, allowing it to introduce innovative value added services securely, quickly and in-line with increases in available bandwidth. The new IBM PureFlex System will help Nextra to remove system bottlenecks, streamline internal processes and ensure uninterrupted high-speed broadband service for individual clients as well as for small and medium companies in Delhi Northern Capital Region (NCR). Since deploying the system, Nextra has seen its storage utilization increased by up to 30 percent. "Our clients recognized that in today's business environment, technology can provide a valuable competitive edge and help them to differentiate," said Alok Ohrie, Vice President, Systems and Technology Group, IBM India/South Asia. "IBM PureSystems offers the features and functionality that make it the ideal platform to run next-generation applications and pave the way for new possibilities in the telecommunications industry."

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