Roundup: Force 10 Networks, Telx, Akamai

Force 10 Networks preps its gear for 40 Gigabit Ethernet, Epsilon takes PoP space at Telx, and Akamai shares connection speed data in its latest State of the Internet report.

John Rath

April 21, 2010

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Here’s a roundup of some of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:

Force10 Networks 40 Gigabit Ethernet.  Force 10 Networks announced that the company plans to incorporate 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40 GbE) into its switch/router solutions to provide the most economical incremental step from 10GbE for dynamic data centers.  To give some relief to data center and service provider networks the IEEE is expected to ratify an increase in Ethernet transmission rates in June of this year.  Force10 is anticipating that this will drive the deployment of 40GbE solutions from end-to-end in the data center.  “The unstoppable crush of data is causing scaling problems in data centers that are today confined to 10 GbE networks," says Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks, Infonetics Research. "Even though 100 GbE is desired, data center owners are looking for practical relief offered in the lower-cost 40 GbE.”

Telx selected by Epsilon. Telx announced that Epsilon, a global service provider of network connectivity services, has established a Point of Presence (PoP) within Telx's 60 Hudson St. colocation facility.  This will be a key connectivity hub for Epsilon, providing access to the company's other network locations throughout Asia, Europe and North America.  “Telx met that key requirement of carrier neutrality, while also offering the most strategic Trans-Atlantic connectivity location at 60 Hudson, and the broadest carrier and ISP ecosystem, providing us with over 290 connectivity choices via a simple cross-connection," said Andreas Hipp, CEO of Epsilon.

Akamai Issues 4Q State of the Internet report.On Tuesday Akamai (AKAM) announced the release of its fourth quarter 2009 State of the Internet report.  Akamai assessed the 10 cities with the highest average connection speeds and for the first time looked at connections to Akamai identified as coming from mobile providers.  Japan claimed nearly half (48) of the top 100 cities for connection speeds, and eight of the top 10 countries saw quarterly increases in connection speeds.  For the seventh consecutive quarter, the U.S. and China continued to account for nearly 40 percent of the observed IP addressees.  Mobile providers analyzed in the report had varying connection speeds, with 40 of the 109 total measuring over 1Mbps and 11 showing speeds of 2Mbps or greater.  Port 445 (Microsoft Directory Services) remained the most-targeted port in observed attacks, with Russia also remaining as top attack traffic source. The quarterly report is available on the Akamai web site.

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