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100G optical networking extended by Alcatel-Lucent: SNUK news in brief

Joe Fernandez, News Editor

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the vendor and provider networking news that has caught our eye. We’ll be summarising all the latest product announcements, senior appointments, financial results and survey results that UK technology buyers need to know in a nutshell. Please feel free to contribute -- just email me at jfernandez@techtarget.com.

Alcatel-Lucent extends 100G optical networking offering

Alcatel-Lucent has extended its 100G optical networking by introducing a breakthrough in single-carrier coherent technology that will extend optical signals over distances far greater than has been possible before, even over poor-quality fibre. With the new addition, Alcatel-Lucent offers a new premium card, the 100G eXtended Reach (XR), which extends the range, performance and capacity of 100G optical networks while cutting building and operating costs. The card will be offered on the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), the centrepiece of the company's optical transport portfolio.

Virgin Media Business introduces flat rate VPN offerings

Virgin Media Business has announced a new flat rate VPN networking offering for its business customers. Big Red VPN is available in three package sizes: 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps or 1 Gbps of unconstrained bandwidth on Ethernet or IP VPN networks, allowing users to use the full capacity of their VPN lines (optical networking).

Avaya drafts in Ciena’s Gary Smith to Board of Directors

Avaya has appointed Gary B. Smith to the Avaya Board of Directors. He is Avaya's first non-affiliated director since the company became privately held in 2007.

Smith is currently president and chief executive officer of network specialist Ciena Corporation. Both Avaya and Ciena specialise in optical networking and VPN networking.

OpenDNS unveils tool to boost DNS lookups security

A new free tool from OpenDNS promises to make domain name system (DNS) lookups -- the conversion of a plain English domain name into a numeric Internet address -- more secure. DNSCrypt prevents third parties from intercepting your DNS requests and rewriting them to point your browser, email client or other software to malicious or fake sites.

Report finds disruptive networking has high engagement rate with organisations

Organisations are highly engaged with disruptive technologies, such as virtualisation, cloud computing and virtual network software, that create new business value and potentially replace other technologies in use, according to the latest State of Resilience report from Vision Solutions. Computer Weekly has all the findings.

Juniper signs Ekahu as foundation partner of Technology Alliance program

Ekahau, specialists in Wi-Fi-based real-time location systems (RTLS), has announced it has joined the Juniper Networks Technology Alliance program as a foundation partner. As part of the collaboration, Juniper's family of wireless LAN controllers and access points will be integrated with Ekahau's RTLS and wireless LAN planning and analysis tools to provide even more choice in how network managers use location services and plan and verify their network coverage.

Vyatta positive over 2012 outlook

Vyatta has blogged on its rapid acceleration throughout 2011 and the excellent outlook for 2012. Over 50% of the Fortune 500 companies now have Vyatta installed in their data centres.  The Vyatta community is going strong with over 300,000 users in worldwide locations such as Poland, Latin America and Japan, and a new book recently published on the virtual network software, known as virtual network OS.

This year has also seen Dell, Carpathia and DinCloud adopt the virtual network software, and Vyatta has formed a new distribution partnership with Zycko. The value-added distributor now supplies and supports resellers across EMEA with the Vyatta product set.


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