For this fall Friday let's see what's going on with the vendors:
Ericsson made a cloud video acquisition this morning. The Swedish vendor has agreed to acquire Fabrix Systems for $95M. Fabrix provides cloud storage, computing, and network delivery for video applications, and especially for cable and DVR deployments. The deal adds to Ericsson's existing media portfolio, and continues their push into operating service platforms as opposed to selling boxes, and also brings in Fabrix's cloud software engineering team.
Cyan continued its dual pushes into SDN/NFV and packet optical. Through new Carrier Ethernet 2.0 capabilities, four new APIs, new ROADM and amplifier modules, and MPLS-TP support, they have added a range of new capabilities to their Z-Series and Blue Planet offerings.
Alcatel-Lucent had a pair of interesting announcements. They have started the manufacturing of the fiber cable for Seaborn Networks's SEABRAS-1 system hooking up the US and Brazil, which is due to hit the market sometime in 2016. And remember the Velocix acquisition? Alcatel-Lucent announced new features to the CDN solution aimed at pay-TV network management. They've also taken better advantage of virtualization, making it a part of their NFV portfolio.
Infinera and DANTE did some terabit demo work this week. On the GEANT production network between Budapest and Bratislava they demonstrated a single card, single chip terabit super-channel. The success could double the capacity of Infinera's flagship DTN-X per chassis, which was already pretty big.
And Juniper Networks introduced new advances in security, extending their Spotlight Secure platform. It can now link with the firewall policies in the company's gateways, and thus enable customers to isolate and combat various outside threats more effectively. Now if only we could stop people from clicking on phishing emails.