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Huawei launches SDN-based IoT platform

Chinese networking giant Huawei has unveiled its ‘Agile Internet of Things Solution’, which it says is based on software defined networking, at its Network Congress show in Shanghai.

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SAP launches IoT cloud platform

SAP this week pulled the curtain back on a version of its HANA cloud platform tailored specifically to Internet of Things applications, reports Business Cloud News.

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HP launches pre-integrated NFV platform

US computing giant HP has launched HP NFV System, which is a pre-integrated platform designed to speed up the NFV deployment process for CSPs.

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Telefónica mulls challenges of cloud migration

Telefónica is working to roll out a wide range of internally and customer-focused cloud services on both its own UNICA and OpenStack platforms, but the company’s global cloud director Juan Manuel Moreno said the challenges of shifting such a large company aren’t purely technical, reports Business Cloud News.

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Boards approve €15.6bn Nokia deal for Alcatel-Lucent

Upheaval is in the air in the network infrastructure industry as the rumoured acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia, acknowledged yesterday by the former, was officially announced by the latter this morning. The transaction places a value of around €15.6 billion on Alcatel-Lucent, which Nokia will acquire in full.

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Fujitsu and Microsoft collaborate on industrial IoT

Fujitsu and Microsoft have announced a collaborative effort to bring operational excellence and standardisation to the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), according to a statement released by the Japanese tech vendor.

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Cisco enhances NFV offering with Embrane acquisition

Networking giant Cisco announced its intent to acquire network function virtualisation (NFV) and Cisco tech specialist Embrane for an undisclosed sum this week, a move intended to bolster the company’s networking automation capabilities, reports Business Cloud News.

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Huawei looks ahead at MWC 2015 with 5G, green and cloud announcements

Consumer electronics and wearable tech aside, Chinese giant Huawei whipped up a relative storm in the networking world at Mobile World Congress this week by unveiling an array of new mobile broadband and networking services in Barcelona. At the centre of Huawei’s new offerings were 5G and cloud services designed to help operators better manage the explosion of big data.

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MWC demos suggest NFV commercially ready

NFV was grandiosely unveiled at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and was rapidly heralded in as the next-big-thing for carrier networking. This year, multiple pledges have been made by exhibitors to demonstrate the power of an NFV-enabled architecture, with showcases expected to run all week by some of the industry’s largest players, which aim to show the tech’s move towards commercial readiness.

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US moves to limit jurisdiction over data stored abroad

US lawmakers this week introduced two bipartisan bills that seek to limit the reach of US courts over data stored in cloud services located outside the US, a move welcomed by a broad coalition of technology and telecoms firms, reports Business Cloud News. The Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act, or LEADS, is intended to safeguard data stored abroad from improper government access.

The deployment will be the largest in China

Huawei deploys China’s largest SDN

21Vianet Group, the largest carrier-neutral internet data centre services provider in China this week tapped up Huawei to deliver the country’s largest commercial Software Defined Network (SDN).

The two companies are focusing on SMEs

China Telecom, IBM focus on SME cloud

China Telecom has signed a three-year agreement with IBM to help small and medium businesses in China implement secure, cost-effective and scalable SAP cloud-based applications.

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Timex boards wearable bandwagon with smartwatch

The wearable trend continues to pick up pace with watch maker Timex claiming to be the first “authentic watch brand” to enter what it has now dubbed, the smartwatch space. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ offers stand alone wireless connectivity without needing to connect to a phone and is pitched squarely at the sports enthusiast sector.

Virtualization = agility, says Openet

Openet completely virtualizes BSS

BSS specialist Openet said Thursday that it has virtualized its real-time charging system, realising an agile and flexible system capable of testing, developing, launching and amending new services and business models much more quickly. The aim is to help operators accelerate the availability of innovative new use cases and applications to generate faster ROI for their network technology investments as they battle decreasing revenues from traditional services and pressure from OTT players.

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AT&T, IBM bring cloud-to-cloud connectivity down to minutes

AT&T Labs, IBM Research and consultancy Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) said this week they have seen the culmination of a project that started out as a hypothetical network study in 2007, resulting in a real-world, proof-of-concept this May. The technology, co-developed under the US Government’s DARPA CORONET program, aims to bring cloud and data centre interconnectivity into a more dynamic, elastic state, taking cloud-to-cloud setup times down to minutes from days or even weeks.

Nest is getting connected

Connected home leaders pitch device protocol

Building on growing momentum in the connected home space, several big name vendors including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM, have joined forces to develop a new IP-based wireless networking protocol to connect devices.

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Apple, IBM team up with enterprise focus

Apple and IBM have joined forces to target enterprise mobility through business applications that bring IBM’s strengths in big data and analytics to Apple devices. The move is intended to strengthen Apple’s presence in the enterprise space with more than 100 industry-specific tools and native apps, developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPad.

Contemplating the future

ZTE sets out its own 5G stall

Fifth generation cellular standards have yet to be defined but that hasn’t stopped vendors coming out with their own early interpretations on the technology. This week Chinese infrastructure firm ZTE released details of a 5G access network architecture based on dynamic mesh networking.

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Telecom New Zealand adds more cloud to arsenal

Telecom New Zealand on Wednesday announced that it has agreed to acquire business cloud services specialist Appserv, building on other recent acquisitions in the space and giving Telecom NZ greater leverage in the enterprise sector.

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Cisco adds virtualization specialist to line-up

Networking giant Cisco is to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, a specialist in multi-vendor network service orchestration for both traditional and virtualized networks, for $175m in cash.

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