Along with reports of Cisco's potential layoffs, there have been a number of interesting items from vendors already this week:
Japan's NEC Corporation threw its hat into the C-RAN ring with a new solution built off of Network Functions Virtualization and Intel processors. It would be enabled by software-based wireless base station functions. Some processing would be shifted out to the antennas, enabling Ethernet to be the interface with the core. They are demoing their new solution for those preparing for 5G at the Intel Developer Forum this week.
Accedian picked up a new customer for its network monitoring technology. BSO, which specializes in low latency global connectivity, will be using their capabilities to keep a close eye on the latency of its connections between financial exchanges. BSO has been adding depth in US financial markets lately, and we had its CEO here for an interview just a few weeks ago.
And Ciena has added yet more faces to its Blue Orbit ecosystem for SDN and NFV. More than 30 new industry players have signed on, headlined by Akamai, EMC, ON.Lab, Sytel, Netrounds, Check Point, and Ammeon. Last year's Cyan acquisition continues to remake once-optical-only Ciena with software and interoperability.