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From: FJB3/4/2010 5:08:24 PM
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Mind-reading computers turn heads at CeBIT

Published: 4 Mar 10 16:24 CET
Online: thelocal.de

Devices allowing people to write letters or play pinball using just the power of their brains have become a major draw at Hannover's high-tech CeBIT fair this week.

Huge crowds at the world's biggest technology trade fair gathered round a man sitting at a pinball table, wearing a cap covered in electrodes attached to his head, who controlled the flippers with great proficiency without using hands.

"He thinks: left-hand or right-hand and the electrodes monitor the brain waves associated with that thought, send the information to a computer, which then moves the flippers," said Michael Tangermann, from the Berlin Brain Computer Interface.

But the technology is much more than a fun gadget, it could one day save your life. Scientists are researching ways to monitor motorists' brain waves to improve reaction times in a crash.

In an emergency stop situation, the brain activity kicks in on average around 200 milliseconds before even an alert driver can hit the brake. There is no question of braking automatically for a driver - "we would never take away that kind of control," said Tangermann.

"However, there are various things the car can do in that crucial time, tighten the seat belt, for example," he added.

Using this brain-wave monitoring technology, a car can also tell whether the driver is drowsy or not, potentially warning him or her to take a break.

At the g.tec stall, visitors watched a man with a similar "electrode cap" sat in front of a screen with a large keyboard, with the letters flashing in an ordered sequence.

The user concentrates hard when the chosen letter flashes and the brain waves stimulated at this exact moment are registered by the computer and the letter appears on the screen.

The technology takes a long time at present - it took the man around four minutes to write a five-lettered word - but researchers hope to speed it up in the near future.

Another device allows users to control robots by brain power. The small box has lights flashing at different frequencies at the four points of the compass.

The user concentrates on the corresponding light, depending on whether he wants the robot to move up, down, left or right and the brainwaves generated by viewing that frequency are monitored and the robot is controlled.

The technology is being perfected for physically disabled people, who can communicate and operate other devices using their brain.

"In future, people will be able to control wheelchairs, open doors and turn on their televisions with their minds," said Clemens Holzner from g.tec.

The CeBIT runs until Saturday.

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From: FJB3/4/2010 6:33:29 PM
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Easy money for hackers, big headaches for IT

By Bill Snyder
Created 2010-03-04 03:00AM

infoworld.com

Batten down the security hatches. Hackers are poisoning social networking sites, particularly Facebook, and loosely regulated app stores like the Google Android marketplace, with increasing ferocity. A new study by security vendor AVG found that poisoned URLs posted on Facebook soared by 200 percent in February (compared to the previous month) after increasing by 300 percent in January. (AVG derived its statistics by analyzing URLs blocked by its software.)

The huge spike in rogue software on Facebook is part of a pattern [1] that security experts have seen for several years: tricking users into poisoning their own systems and networks through clever ruses that appeal to curiosity, greed, or lust. No matter how often management tells users not to goof around while on company networks, they do. And IT gets stuck with the mess.

[ Spear phishing: A new breed of malware [2] dupes even the savviest of users into opening security holes. | Keep up to date on the latest security developments with InfoWorld's Security Central newsletter [3]. ]

Although the numbers in the AVG study focused only on Facebook, Yuval Ben-Itzhak, AVG's senior vice president of engineering, says other social networking sites are also inadvertent carriers of rogue software. Indeed, Facebook appears to take reasonable precautions, he says, which only underlines the difficulty of combating the threat.

An easy $12,000 a day
A favorite trick of hackers these days is the fake antivirus scan, often attached to a Facebook page. All of a sudden a window pops up saying your system may be infected, but we'll do a free scan. In the better -- that is, more malicious -- versions of this scam, it's very difficult to make the pop-up window go away.

And while it might seem, well, stupid to do so, quite a few users will actually pay something for the bogus software. An examination of various Web logs and other sources reveals that even a small gang can net $12,000 a day, according to Ben-Itzhak. "It's a dream come true for the bad guys," he says. In one seven-day period, more than 80,000 users were affected by the rogue scanner malware.

[ InfoWorld Test Center reviews: "Malware-fighting firewalls miss the mark [4]" and "Whitelisting security offers salvation [5]." ]

While the users feel the pain of the antivirus scam, another hack making the rounds targets business information. It's a fake codec. A URL leads a user to a site where a video is posted. To play it, the user needs to download the fake codec, which is actually a container for seriously malicious code designed to steal business information.

That particular scam worked especially well in February, when users were hungry for videos of the Winter Olympics. Similarly, visitors to Foxnews.com who wanted to watch certain video clips last year were tricked into installing a tainted codec. Still, it's difficult to zero in on why Facebook has been hit so much harder this year than last.

To be fair to users, it's worth noting that some of the traditional advice they get from IT or popular publications is no longer adequate [6]. IT tells people to go to only trusted sites. Unfortunately, by the beginning of 2009, the majority of infectious sites were mainstream, says Roger Grimes, a security professional and InfoWorld's Security Adviser blogger [7].

[8]
Facebook says it has not noticed a spike in rogue software. "People have a number of options for controlling the information they share with applications. We also have a dedicated enforcement team that conducts spot reviews of top applications and of many other applications, including looking at the data they need to run the application versus the data they gather," says Facebook spokesman Simon Axten.

Axten points out that apps are subject to privacy settings. "That is, you can configure what your friends' apps can and can't access." (Here's how to configure those settings [9].)

Which is worse: Email or Web 2.0?
AVG isn't the only security company pointing the finger at threats related to Web 2.0 and social networking. Four in five IT professionals polled recently by Webroot [10] said Web 2.0-based malware will pose the biggest security threat this year.

Seventy-three percent said Web-based threats are more difficult to manage than email-based threats, and 23 percent said their company was vulnerable to attacks on Web 2.0 applications, including social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

No one likes to be hated, but sometimes you have to take security measures that will make your users really angry. You might even have to (gasp) pull some PCs off the Internet and treat some employees like children, suggests David Perry, global director of education for Trend Micro, whose global array of sensors (and information exchanges with other security vendors and customers) now detects an astonishing 100,000 samples of new malware a day.

You know the drill: Tell them going to porn and gambling sites and so on will get them in serious trouble. Because they are adults, you might set up a PC in the break room that has Web access but is not on your network. They may waste time on it, but it won't endanger enterprise security.

I don't mean to pick on Facebook. But I do think that Web 2.0 mavens have to think harder about the problems -- indeed, crimes -- that holes in their sites create for IT.

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From: FJB3/4/2010 6:52:22 PM
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Microsoft's Ballmer says he has bet the company on the cloud

All Microsoft products driven by idea of being connected to the cloud, CEO tells students

computerworld.com
Nancy Gohring


March 4, 2010 (IDG News Service) Seventy percent of the 40,000 people who work on software at Microsoft are in some way working in the cloud, CEO Steve Ballmer said Thursday at the University of Washington.

"A year from now, that will be 90 percent," he said.

In a wide-ranging talk to computer science students at the university, Ballmer explained why he thinks cloud computing is important and how Microsoft aims to take advantage of the trend toward hosted computing services.

"Our inspiration, our vision ... builds from this cloud base," Ballmer said. "This is the bet, if you will, for our company."

All Microsoft products, including Windows, Office, Xbox, Azure, Bing and Windows Phone, are driven by the idea of being connected to the cloud, he said. While some recently introduced products like Windows 7 included a lot of work that is not cloud-based, the inspiration for the product starts with the cloud, he said.

Beyond software, Ballmer also described Microsoft's different strategies for creating devices that connect to cloud-based services. "The cloud wants smarter devices," he said.

He admitted mistakes in the way that Microsoft historically approached the mobile market, giving hardware makers a wide range of potential for form factors. "We didn't standardize enough. The cacophony of form factors for you, the user, was too high," he said.

Microsoft has unveiled a new version of its mobile software, Windows Phone 7, which has a much stricter set of hardware requirements. Still, it should have more options for hardware makers to innovate than some Microsoft competitors like Apple and Research In Motion where "you get what they choose to build for you," Ballmer said.

In the case of its Xbox gaming console, Microsoft uses that same strategy. But Ballmer hinted that there could be some variety with the Xbox. "You might have more form factors in the future for different price points and options," he said.

Ballmer also said that Microsoft wants to help foster the development of different cloud-computing services, both private and public. "How does the cloud become something that not just Microsoft and four other companies run on the behalf of the whole planet? How do we give the cloud back to you?" he said. "You should be able to, if you want, run your own cloud."

In some cases Microsoft may be eager to help organizations run their own hosted environments because it doesn't make sense for the company to do so itself. For instance, a government might have regulations that hosted data be kept within the country's borders. But in a small country, Microsoft may not be interested in making the investment. "This company is not likely to build a public cloud in Slovenia any time soon," Ballmer said. Instead, Microsoft would like to sell a set of products built around its Azure cloud services that a country like Slovenia can buy and implement itself.

The potential benefits of cloud computing for companies and researchers are immense, Ballmer said. For instance, he talked about how bringing the world's poorest out of poverty will likely mean that those people will consume more energy. "We need to speed up the rate of scientific innovation" that can help solve climate change issues before that happens, he said. Researchers might be better able to run experiments quickly and analyze more data if they are able to access public cloud services, he said.

The cloud "will create opportunities for all the folks in this room to do important research and build important projects," Ballmer said.

The hosted computing model creates new possibilities for businesses too. "I think we are seeing and will continue to see where there are literally new software investments that create new business models, new opportunities to start and form businesses because of this commercial software infrastructure that's never existed before," he said.

For instance, a new company might only have the resources to offer a product to people in its local community. But if it can use hosted computing, it can offer the product to a wider audience, paying for the compute services as it uses them rather than investing in a data center up front.

Ballmer also suggested that the cloud might even make some open-source developers more interested in commercializing their developments. "With the advent of this new commercial infrastructure, some inventors can now ask, how can I monetize this, how can I get an economic value from the innovations that I get a chance to create," he said.

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From: FJB3/4/2010 6:55:34 PM
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Cisco Claims AT&T Femto as Its Own

MARCH 4, 2010 | Dan Jones

lightreading.com;

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has finally posted details showing that it is behind the AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) MicroCell product, nearly two years after Light Reading Mobile reported that it was working on a femtocell for the operator.

Cisco recently put up a Web page detailing its work with AT&T on MicroCell. The operator has been using the units in customer trials since September 2009, recently adding Las Vegas as a new market. (See AT&T Takes MicroCells to Vegas.)

As Andy Tiller over at 3G in The Home notes, the AT&T-Cisco tie-up must be "the worst kept secret in the femtocell industry." LR Mobile first reported in May 2008 that Cisco was using ip.access Ltd. technology to develop a femtocell for AT&T. (See Cisco, ip.access Prep Femto Combo and Cisco Femto Spotted at AT&T.)

AT&T hasn't confirmed a launch date for the home base stations yet, but a source recently told us that a second-quarter launch is looking possible. The carrier's trials are also likely to extend to Los Angeles and San Francisco soon. (See MWC Rumor: AT&T Eyes Q2 Femto Launch, Enterprise Suppliers.)

Such a timetable could very well make AT&T the first major US operator to launch 3G femtocells. Neither Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) nor Verizon Wireless have announced customer trials for the voice and data coverage improvement technology yet.

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From: FJB3/4/2010 7:28:59 PM
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Microsoft envisions ultra-modular data centers

computerworld.com
Joab Jackson

March 3, 2010 (IDG News Service) In the years to come, Microsoft's data centers may not be huge buildings tightly packed with server racks, but rather rows of small, stand-alone IT units spread across acres and acres of cool, cheap land.

At the DatacenterDynamics conference in New York on Wednesday, Microsoft data center general manager Kevin Timmons outlined some prototype work his unit is doing to design its next generation of data centers, in collaboration with Microsoft Research.

His vision is radically different from most of what the company already has in place.

The company is field-testing something Timmons calls IT PACs, or IT preassembled components, which are small, self-contained units that are assembled off-site and can be linked together to build out an entire data center.

Microsoft, he said, is facing the same challenges as most data center operators. It needs the ability to ramp up capacity in short order, but would like to avoid the massive up-front costs and long lead times required to build out traditional data centers. Given this set of conditions, Microsoft's goal for building its next set of data centers is "ultra-modularity," Timmons said.

Instead of paying US$400 million or more up front to build a data center, Microsoft would prefer to purchase some land, build a sub-station and then populate the acreage with modular units of servers as demand grows.

"We want to view our data centers as more of a traditional manufacturing supply chain, instead of monolithic builds," he said. "It won't all be built on-site in one shot."

By going with this approach, Microsoft can cut the time it takes to ramp up new server capability in half, as well as reduce the costs of building out new data centers, Timmons predicted. "You don't have to commit to a $400 million data center and hope that demand shows up," he said.

Over the past few years Microsoft has been moving toward more modular designs, moving from purchasing individual servers to racks of servers to, most recently, entire containers filled with servers. Microsoft built out its past two data centers, located outside of Chicago and Dublin, using, in part, containers.

The new design takes this modularity concept even further.

The IT PACs are "not really containers in a traditional sense," Timmons said. "They are really integrated air-handling and IT units."

The units themselves could hold anywhere from one to 10,000 servers. The idea is that when the software giant requires more resources, it can have one of these IT PACs shipped to location and "plugged into the spine," which supplies the power and network connectivity to the data center.

Microsoft has built two proof-of-concept models so far. Its next data center, which the company will announce in a few months, will use some form of these IT PACs, Timmons said.

The units will be assembled entirely from commercially available components. A single person should be able to build a unit within four working days. The servers will be stacked in rows, sandwiched between air intake and output vents.

For cooling, ambient air can be sucked in one side, run through the servers and exhausted out the other, with some of the air recirculated to even the overall temperature of the unit. No mechanical cooling units will be used. Networking and power buses will run over the tops of the servers.

The construction materials rely heavily on steel and aluminium, both easily recyclable. The water requirements can be met by a single hose with residential levels of water pressure, he said.

The development team considered different sizes of containers, Timmons said, keeping an eye toward making the units easily shippable. They settled on a size that could contain 1,200 to 2,100 servers and draw between 400 and 600 kilowatts.

The units can be placed inside a large building, or when equipped with outer protective panels, reside out in the open.

One of the chief requirements of IT PACs, he admitted, is that they reside in an area where the ambient temperature is mild enough that it can provide sufficient cooling. Because of their highly portable nature, this should not be a problem, he said.

"If we're doing our job right in site election, square footage will be cheap for me. I want to find a place with lots of room to expand. I don't want to worry about a watts-per-square-foot problem. I'd like to worry about having enough acreage," he said. "We're doing a good job in site selection when we don't have to squeeze in 500 watts per square foot."

Due to their minimal use of mechanical cooling, Timmons estimated that the PUE ratio for its IT PACs would be 1.26 to 1.35, depending on the outside conditions. PUE, or power usage effectiveness, compares overall power supplied to the data center against the amount that actually reaches IT equipment.

A typical data center PUE is around 2.1, according to industry estimates.

If the IT PACs are ultimately pushed into production, Timmons said he hasn't fully decided if Microsoft will build them itself or contract them out. It would probably be a mix of the two, he predicted. "I know how much it costs to build one of these now," he said.

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From: FJB3/8/2010 5:59:26 PM
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Verizon trials 100G in routed configuration

Mar 8, 2010 1:18 PM,
By Joan Engebretson
connectedplanetonline.com

Verizon moved a step closer to deploying 100 Gb/s backbone networks today with the announcement that it had successfully tested an end-to-end 100 Gb/s connection between two native router interfaces. The company already has deployed at least one 100 Gb/s point-to-point connection in its backbone network in Europe.

The new field trial--which used equipment from Juniper Networks, NEC Corporation of America and Finisair Corp.?successfully demonstrated the ability to route traffic at 100 Gb/s.

Although not all of the equipment required to support routed 100 Gb/s connectivity is on the market today, Verizon is hopeful that will change later this year and that the company will be able to begin deploying routed 100 Gb/s connectivity. ?This calendar year our plans are to introduce more 100G in the U.S.,? Verizon Director of Optical Transport Network Architecture and Design Glenn Wellbrock told Connected Planet. ?We?re trying to include the router in the U.S. deployment.?

The field trial announced today, which was completed on Feb. 25, used a Juniper T1600 Core Router interface and the NEC SpectraWave DWDM system, which was equipped with 100G real-time coherent transponders. Those transponders help enable higher per-channel data rates by maintaining a fixed relationship between frequency and phases of input and output signals.

Previously, Wellbrock explained, ?WDM kept adding channels as opposed to increasing data rates, but now that we have used up all the tricks, we have started using coherent receivers.?

The field trial used two different ports on a single router with a 1520-kilometer section of fiber between them but as Wellbrock explained, the two router ports could have been several states away from one another and achieved the same result. The fiber used was ?no different from other fiber in the network,? Wellbrock said, and no modifications to that fiber were required to support 100G transmission.

Verizon expects to have multiple suppliers for various elements of its 100G network. ?We expect all of Tier 1 suppliers to support 100G,? Wellbrock said. ?Not everyone will be ready this year but they all have embedded programs and are working toward 100G.?

As of now Verizon?s plans call for 100G connectivity only in the network core?although Wellbrock said that if a few customers wanted their own 100G connection, the network could be configured to accommodate them.

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From: FJB3/8/2010 6:02:14 PM
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What to expect from HTML 5

Support for the next generation of HTML is already appearing in today’s browsers and Web pages. Are you ready to take advantage?

infoworld.com

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From: FJB3/9/2010 11:05:59 AM
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Cisco Introduces Foundation for Next-Generation Internet: The Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System
Advanced Platform Designed to Deliver New Wave of Video, Mobile and Data Center/Cloud Services


.Companies:Cisco Systems, Inc..Press Release Source: Cisco On Tuesday March 9, 2010, 11:00 am
SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - 03/09/10) - Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO - News) today announced a major advancement in Internet networking -- the Cisco® CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS) -- designed to serve as the foundation of the next-generation Internet and set the pace for the astonishing growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services through this decade and beyond.

With more than 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system, the Cisco CRS-3 is designed to transform the broadband communication and entertainment industry by accelerating the delivery of compelling new experiences for consumers, new revenue opportunities for service providers, and new ways to collaborate in the workplace.

Overview:

•The Cisco CRS-3 triples the capacity of its predecessor, the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, with up to 322 Terabits per second, which enables the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over one second; every man, woman and child in China to make a video call, simultaneously; and every motion picture ever created to be streamed in less than four minutes.

•The Cisco CRS-3 enables unified service delivery of Internet and cloud services with service intelligence spanning service provider Internet Protocol Next-Generation Networks (IP NGNs) and data center. The Cisco CRS-3 also provides unprecedented savings with investment protection for the nearly 5,000 Cisco CRS-1 deployed worldwide. Cisco's cumulative investment in the Cisco CRS family is $1.6 billion, further underscoring the company's commitment.

•AT&T, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, recently tested the Cisco CRS-3 in a successful completion of the world's first field trial of 100-Gigabit backbone network technology, which took place in AT&T's live network between New Orleans and Miami. The trial advances AT&T's development of the next generation of backbone network technology that will support the network requirements for the growing number of advanced services offered by AT&T to consumer and business customers, both fixed and mobile.

•The Cisco CRS-3 is currently in field trials, and its pricing starts at $90,000 U.S.

Highlights and Capabilities for the Next-Generation Internet:

•Unmatched Scale: With a proven multi-chassis architecture, the Cisco CRS-3 can deliver up to 322 tbps of capacity, more than tripling the 92 tbps capacity of the Cisco CRS-1 and representing more than 12 times the capacity of any other core router in the industry.
•Unique Core and Data Center/Cloud Services Intelligence: In addition to capacity requirements, the growths of mobile and video applications are creating new multidirectional traffic patterns with the increasing emergence of the data center cloud. The new Cisco Data Center Services System provides tight linkages between the Cisco CRS-3, Cisco Nexus family and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) to enable unified service delivery of cloud services. This intelligence also includes carrier-grade IPv6 (CGv6) and core IP/MPLS technologies that permit new IP NGN architectural efficiencies required to keep pace with the rapidly growing cloud services market. Unique capabilities include:

•Network Positioning System (NPS) -- provides Layers 3 to 7 application information for best path to content, improving consumer and business experiences while reducing costs.
•Cloud virtual private network (VPN) for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)-enables 'pay-as-you-go' for compute, storage and network resources by automating Cisco CRS-3 and Cisco Nexus Inter-Data center connections for Cisco UCS.
•Unprecedented Savings: The Cisco CRS-3 offers dramatic operational expense savings and up to 60 percent savings on power consumption compared to competitive platforms. The Cisco CRS-3 also delivers significant capital expenditures savings and investment protection for existing Cisco CRS-1 customers. The new capabilities in the platform can be achieved by reusing the existing chassis, route processors, fans and power systems with the addition of new line cards and fabric. These upgrades can be performed in-service and be provided by Cisco Services to ensure a smooth transition.
•Silicon Innovation: The Cisco CRS-3 is powered by the new Cisco QuantumFlow Array Processor, which unifies the combined power of six chips to work as one, enabling unprecedented levels of service capabilities and processing power. Making this implementation even more unique is its ability to deliver capabilities with a fraction of the power required by lesser performing chipsets. The Cisco QuantumFlow Array chipset was designed to provide the new system the ability to scale with the ever increasing demands being placed on the IP NGN by the many different applications and billions of devices being used by both businesses and consumers in the Zettabyte era.

Embedded Videos:
Scale up to 322 Tbps with the Cisco CRS-3

•http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/routers/ps5763/cisco_crs-3_demo_video.html
•http://www.youtube.com/v/tOcAlD8XsSY&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x2b405b&
color2=0x6b8ab6

John Chambers Introduces the Cisco CRS-3

•http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/routers/ps5763/cisco_crs-3_chambers_intro_
video.html
•http://www.youtube.com/v/ZfZmRGI7u10&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x2b405b&
color2=0x6b8ab6

Supporting Quotes:
Keith Cambron, president and CEO, AT&T Labs
"We are entering the next stage of global communication and entertainment services and applications, which requires a new set of advanced Internet networking technologies. AT&T's network handled 40 percent more traffic in 2009 than it did in the previous year, and we continue to see this growth in 2010. Having leading edge experience in managing the largest global data network, we are pleased to continue our close working relationship with Cisco and its groundbreaking Cisco CRS-3 platform."

Pankaj Patel, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco
"The next generation Internet is upon us and we are confident that the Cisco CRS-3 will play a crucial role as service providers like AT&T deliver an exciting, new array of video, mobile, data center and cloud services. The Cisco CRS-3 is well positioned to carry on the tradition of the Cisco CRS-1, become the flagship router of the future and serves as the foundation for the world's most intelligent and advanced broadband networks."

Supporting Resources:

•Cisco CRS-3 Carrier-Routing System
•AT&T
•Cisco
•Cisco Service Provider Solutions
•Cisco Helps Assure Internet's Future Amid Device Growth with Carrier-Grade IPv6
•Learn more about the expected rise in IP Traffic worldwide from 2008-2013 by the Cisco Visual Networking Index Forecast Study
•Gauge the widespread adoption of network services worldwide via the Cisco Connected Life User Experience interactive study.
•Keep up with Cisco's news by visiting the company's Platform Blog.
•For more information about Cisco's service provider news and activities visit SP360 or Twitter @CiscoSP360 and @CiscoSPG.
•Subscribe to Cisco's SP360 Feed.

Tags / Keywords: AT&T, Cisco, 100G, 100 Gigabit Ethernet, Cisco CRS, Cisco CRS-1, Cisco CRS-3, Carrier Routing System, Core Router, multi-chassis, Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network, IP NGN, John Chambers, Keith Cambron, Pankaj Patel

RSS Feed for Cisco: newsroom.cisco.com

About Cisco Systems
Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO - News), the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, this year celebrates 25 years of technology innovation, operational excellence and corporate social responsibility. Information about Cisco can be found at cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to newsroom.cisco.com.

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From: FJB3/9/2010 2:32:50 PM
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Cisco Boosts the Core With CRS-3

MARCH 9, 2010 | Craig Matsumoto

lightreading.com;

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is upgrading its core router, boosting the CRS-1 to what it claims is 12 times the capacity of the nearest competitor, the company announced today during a widely publicized Webcast. (See Cisco Intros the CRS-3.)

The CRS-3, as the new router is named, can deliver 322 Tbit/s, Cisco officials said in today's announcement. That's probably in a multichassis implementation; the CRS-1 can reach a claimed 92 Tbit/s, but only if 72 of them are linked together.

That stonking level of capacity is the crux of what has been touted (by Cisco) as a world-shaking event. In Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)-like lingo, the router giant has been proclaiming for weeks that today's announcement would "forever change the Internet." (See Rumor: Cisco to Reveal Access & Core Plans.)

The move reasserts Cisco's router bragging rights. The company had fallen behind in certain core router metrics during the past year or so, as the CRS-1 handles only 40-Gbit/s interfaces; Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) have already announced plans for 100-Gbit/s (or more) interfaces. (See Rumor: Cisco Prepping CRS-1 Successor, AlcaLu Readies 100GigE Cards , and Juniper Claims 100-Gig First.)

But it's about more than just bandwidth. Cisco has staked its future on video, claiming that the network has to be designed differently. One key driver will be the way data centers connect to one another, which, in turn, will determine "how the content gets moved closer and closer to the devices," said Suraj Shetty, Cisco's vice president of service provider marketing, during the Webcast. "IP core becomes one of the fundamental foundation elements of building the next-generation Internet."

Screen capture from today's Cisco Webcast. From left: Keith Cambron, CTO of AT&T Labs;
Pankaj Patel, SVP of Cisco's Service Provider Group; John Chambers, confirmed Duke fan.
To that end, Cisco is introducing the Network Positioning System for tapping virtualized resources. Cisco cited the example of a workplace at the end of a quarter: When network activity suddenly swells, the NPS will seek out the computing and storage resources that are needed, regardless of location, and will provision its own virtual private network (VPN) to reach those resources.

In that way, Cisco sees the CRS-3 working closely in conjunction with the Universal Computing System, Cisco's all-in-one data center package. (See Cisco Dreams of Data Center Unity.)

Cisco officials say the CRS-1 can be upgraded, in-chassis, to become a CRS-3, echoing the way Juniper can upgrade its T640 core router to a T1600. Officials also stress that today's announcement doesn't mean the CRS-1 is being discontinued.

As for changing the Internet, Cisco claims it's got many more announcements to come, connecting all parts of the network down to even consumer devices. The Starent acquisition, which gives Cisco a foothold in the mobile core network, will end up relating to today's announcements as well. (See Cisco to Buy Starent for $2.9B.)

The CRS-3 is in customer trials. In fact, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) says it used the router in the live-network 100-Gbit/s test announced yesterday. (See Opnext Makes Its 100G Move.) Cisco expects to make it generally available in the September quarter.

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From: FJB3/10/2010 8:22:01 AM
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Smartphones Becoming Mere Commodities Worldwide

Mar 1, 2010 00:12
Shinya Saeki, Tomohisa Takei

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