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TiECON 2013 Preview & Insight; Discount for IEEE Members

Introduction:
TiECon is the world's largest conference for entreprenneurs.  Held each year in Santa Clara, CA, the conference is an exciting, high energy event.  TiEcon 2013 will cover the hottest technology topics delivered by brilliant experts. The 2013 conference will devote Friday May 17th entirely to three high-growth tracks - Mobility, Big Data and Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI).  Saturday May 18th will be entirely devoted to entreprenneurship and mentoring. Attendees can expect the usual high-impact networking opportunities in the Expo Hall and during lunch and cocktail receptions - that have launched many a successful startup or a blazing career opportunity. 
Information about the TiECON program is at:
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Insight and Perspective:
TiE-Silicon Valley President Venk Shukla told me that this year's TiECon is a fundamental change from previous years programs.  There is a distinct and separate focus for Friday and Saturday as noted above. 
1. Those interested in keeping up with the latest technology trends and professional growth can chose pick and chose from Friday sessions on Mobility, Big Data and SDI.  Here the cutting edge market and technology trends from top companies in each field while networking with colleagues and friends.  30 minute panel sessions will provide a birds-eye view (high level overview) of the topic and subject matter being addressed.
2. Attendees interested in entreprenneurship, mentoring, social skills, and personal growth should attend on Saturday.  There will be a Youth Forum and Womens Forum also held on Saturday.
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Of course, those interested in both professional and personal advancement can attend on both days.
-Once registered for the conference, you can participate in a "find your co-founder" session on Friday or Saturday at 6pm. You get to talk for 3 minutes about what type of individual you'd like to be a co-founder of your embryonic start-up.
-The very popular "mentor connect" program at TiECon has been reformatted.  Attendees will now be able to pick which mentor(s) they want to spend time with. 
Procedure: After registering for the conference, the attendee should indicate interest in the Mentor Connect program.  They are then sent a url which contains profiles of the various mentors that will be available.ft
After selecting the mentor(s) they'd like to spend time with, the attendee meets up with the mentor(s) at a networking lunch on Saturday. 
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TiEcon 2013 Highlight Speakers:
• Jeff Weiner – CEO, LinkedIn
• Anand Chandrasekhar – CMO, Qualcomm
• Boyd Davis – GM, Intel Datacenter Software Division
• Chris Anderson – CEO 3D Robotics and former editor in chief, Wired magazine
• Rayid Ghani – Chief Scientist, Obama campaign,
• D. J. Patil – Formerly Chief Data Scientist, LinkedIn
• Ashish Thakkar – Founder, Mara Group
• Maya Strelar-Migotti – Vice President, Ericsson SV
• Ronnie Screwvala – Director, Disney-UTV
• Manoj Bhargava – Founder and CEO, 5-hour Energy
• Bharat Desai – Chairman and Co-Founder, Syntel
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IEEE Member Discount
 
IEEE members can get a $70 discount for 2-day registration till the end of April.  If you are an IEEE member that would like to attend, please email me (alan.weissberger@ieee.org) for the IEEE member discount code.  Please include your IEEE member number for validation.  Thanks, alan
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References:   2012 TiECON
Here is the story I did on last year's TiECon about India's Father of Telecom- Sam Pitroda
A slightly different version of that article was published in IEEE GCN- print and on line editions:
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TiECON 2012 Mobile Sessions:

2013 Ethernet Tech Summit- Market Research Panel & Carrier Ethernet Comment

Introduction:

This session covered the prospects for Ethernet in the enterprise, among carriers (especially for cellular backhaul), and in the data center.  The session was chaired by Crystal Black, Channel Marketing Manager, APTARE

Panelists:
-Michael Howard, Infonetics Research
-Casey Quillin, Dell’Oro Group
-Sergis Mushell, Gartner
-Jag Bolaria, Linley Group
-Vladimir Kozlov, LightCounting


The summary of this panel will be posted at viodi.com shortly

Comment: Surprisingly, there wasn't any talk about the Carrier Ethernet market, which was the subject of an all day track at this conference.  Carrier Ethernet lets carrier businesses use low cost Ethernet systems to offer data services with all the operation, administration and Maintenance (OAM) features and benefits, including QoS.  Existing Carrier Ethernet Services include Private Line, Ethernet Tree (point to multi-point) and Ethernet LAN (multi-point to multi-point).  In addition, the MEF is positioning Carrier Ethernet 2.0 for use in wire-line access to Private Cloud services.
The problem seemed to be that there weren't any carriers willing to participate in those sessions, so it was just equipment and silicon vendors talking to one another.


A new report forecasts the Global Ethernet Access Device market to grow at a CAGR Of 13.62% from 2012-2016.  
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130411006525/en/Research-Markets-Global-Ethernet-Access-Device-Market

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Another highlight of the Ethernet Technology Summit was a Wednesday evening award ceremony to the “Unsung hero’s of Ethernet.”  They were: Dave Boggs who worked with Bob Metcalfe on the original 3M b/sec Ethernet (and whose name appears on the Ethernet patent), Ron Crane who designed the first working 10 Mb/s coax based Ethernet (which later became standardized by IEEE 802.3 as 10Base5), Tat Lam who worked on the original version of Ethernet and early 10 Mb/s transceivers and long time IEEE ComSoc contributor Geoff Thompson for his  hard work, long term support and leadership of Ethernet standards work in IEEE 802 (he was chair/vice-chair of the 802.3 WG for many years), TIA and the ISO.

The Unsung Heroes etched crystal awards were paid for by the IEEE Santa Clara Valley section (the largest in the world).  They include an image of Bob Metcalfe’s original sketch of the Ethernet system.

Note: this author has been a member of the IEEE SCV Executive Committee for many years and decades.  More info at:

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/ieee-santa-clara-valley-section-honoring-ethernets-unsung-heroes-at-ethernet-technology-summits-40th-anniversary-of-ethernet-awards-ceremony-336450.php


References:

A video of this session is available at:  http://www.papitv.com/ethernet-technology-summit-market-research-marketsinvestors-track-the-panelist-video-by-kc-leung


2013 Ethernet Tech Summit Presentations can be downloaded from:
http://www.ethernetsummit.com/English/Conference/Proceedings_Chrono.html

Dish Network offers to buy Sprint for $25.5 billion cash and stock; DT/T-Mobile rumored to be interested too!

Satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. is making a $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Corp. in an effort to derail the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier's acquisition by Softbank Corp. of Japan.  Dish said Monday it is offering to pay $4.76 in cash and about $2.24 in Dish stock, based on Friday's closing price, for every share of Sprint.  Dish argues that the deal represents a 13% premium to Softbank's complicated proposal to buy 70% of Sprint for $20.1 billion.

Charlie Ergen, Dish’s Executive Chairman, has been looking for a way into the wireless world for years. Dish has been buying space on the airwaves for cellphone service or wireless broadband. The Englewood, Colo., company has tried to partner with cellphone companies to put its spectrum rights to use, but has been repeatedly rebuffed.

A Dish spokesman said it's too early in the process to know a number of specifics including who would lead the company and whether Mr. Ergen will serve as chairman of the board.  Sprint said its board of directors will evaluate the proposal carefully. Softbank had no immediate comment on the bid by Dish.

"Sprint is in play," Mr. Ergen said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in New York. "We think we've made an offer that's much more compelling than the Softbank transaction."   Control of the combined company would rest with Dish shareholders, and Mr. Ergen would be its largest shareholder.

Buying Sprint would allow Dish to offer video, high-speed Internet and voice service across the country in one package whether people are at home or out and about, Mr. Ergen said. People who don't have access to broadband from a cable company would be able to sign up for Internet service delivered wirelessly from Sprint cellphone towers to an antenna installed on their roof, Mr. Ergen said.

“You want to be in your home with video, broadband, and data, and voice, and you want to be outside your home with those same things,” Ergen said on a conference call. “And while the cable industry does a really good job in your home, and the current wireless industry does a really good job outside your home, there’s really no one company on a national scale that puts it all together. The new Dish-Sprint will do that.”

Earlier this year, Dish made an informal offer to buy Clearwire Corp. -a wireless carrier that is half-owned by Sprint and that has agreed to sell Sprint the other half. Dish has yet to move forward with a formal bid. Mr. Ergen said the "deck was stacked against us" with Clearwire due to a
tangle of contractual obligations. With Sprint, the only obstacle is a $600 million breakup fee that would be due Softbank. He said he is willing to pay that.

Sprint had $35.3 billion in revenue last year, compared with $14.3 billion for Dish. The combined company would carry more than $36 billion in debt, according to CapitalIQ, even before loading on the $9 billion Dish indicated it would borrow to do the deal.  It will now be up to the Sprint board to decide whether Dish's bid is superior to Softbank's. If the board decides it is, Softbank will have an opportunity to increase its own offer.

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Rethink Wireless reports that Deutsche Telekom is considering a separate deal with Sprint Nextel, which would improve its capex position for expanding its own LTE roll-out.  DT owns T-Mobile, which is the 4th largest U.S. wireless carrier.

Dish and Sprint both held talks with MetroPCS before the T-Mobile deal was agreed, the sources say. DT last week improved the terms of its offer for MetroPCS to reassure major shareholders in the flat rate carrier, notably by reducing the debt burden on the combined entity, and the leading opponent of the proposal did reverse its position, raising hopes that the deal will be approved at a delayed shareholder meeting on April 24.

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Not to be outdone, Telegeography weighed in with this rumor:  "Charlie Ergen, chairman of US satellite TV giant DISH Network, reportedly approached Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DT) regarding a possible merger with T-Mobile USA, albeit informally. According to Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the situation, DISH made the proposal sometime before 10 April, when DT unveiled a ‘sweetened’ bid for merger target MetroPCS Communications. The sources, who wished to remain anonymous, added that DT might consider DISH’s proposal, although only after the transaction with MetroPCS closes, and after verifying that a separate deal with Sprint Nextel is not feasible."

Read More at:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324030704578424200831745578.html#printMode

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/dish-network-offers-to-buy-sprint-in-255b-deal-says-bid-is-superior-to-softbanks-proposal/2013/04/15/160eb8e2-a5bb-11e2-9e1c-bb0fb0c2edd9_story.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/15/us-sprint-offer-idUSBRE93E0E620130415

http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2013/04/15/dt-talks-dish-sprint.htm

http://www.telegeography.com/products/commsupdate/articles/2013/04/15/sources-dish-the-dirt-on-satellite-firms-t-mobile-approach/

 

Cloud as IT Disrupter; SDN as a New Virtual Network Infrastructure

Introduction:
One consistent theme during the Cloud Connect 2013 conference was the cloud as a disrupter of IT organizations.  During the Cloud Executive Summit workshop, Avery Lyford of LEAP Commerce said that there were three huge areas of disruption: the mobile cloud, big data (analytics) and Software Defined Networking (SDN).  Each of these areas were then described by different speakers.   We were especially impressed with the presentation by Andre Kindness of Forrester Research who stated that SDN is an evolution; not a revolution and it will take 5 to 7 years for the technology to mature.  PLUMGrid's SDN presentation was also very enlightening.  It's described later in this Cloud Connect wrap-up article.
 
While the majority of Cloud Connect sessions focused on building private or hybrid clouds, McKinsey & Company consultants Will Forrest and Kara Sprague proposed a very different, and extremely disruptive scenario for cloud adoption.  Like IDC, McKinsey sees the future of IT ("New IT") in  public cloud computing.  But McKinsey thinks cloud operations may be managed by a separate IT organization, created specifically to reside outside of the existing "Old IT' shops.
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Leading-Edge Cloud Research and Industry Analyst View from McKinsey & Company:
"Current IT, as we know it is no longer a game-changer," said Mr. Forrest.  In fact, spending on IT is not a differentiator anymore and it doesn't correlate with business success.  Much of the available improvement made possible by traditional IT has been achieved.  And IT use cases have reached diminishing marginal returns- significant increases in productivity or financial savings are unlikely.  Probably the greatest contribution IT can make today is to trim budgets to the minimum levels pursued by the most cost-conscious peers within a given market segment.  According to Mckinsey, the highest IT priority for most companies should be to move IT spend to the industry average.
As a result, thought leaders in the technology world are advocating for a rethink of enterprise and corporate IT.   Cloud is seen as a key lever to decrease IT costs and reach the industry average.  Mckinsey's emphasis on using the cloud for cost reduction is in sharp contrast to the results of Everest Group's Enterprise Cloud Adoption survey which found that flexibility and agility were much more important.
Examples of companies pursuing the "New IT" are:  Amazon transforming e-retail by driving customer preference and share of wallet gains (Amazon is the market leader among online retailers in average order size, driven by "push" sales), Deloitte teams using Yammer to collaborate and Google offering digital products (AdWords and AdSense deliver data-driven, custom advertisements, resulting in $36B of annual revenues for Google).
CEOs are hoping to see improvements from cloud other than current IT cost reductions, such as increased business flexibility and ability for IT to scale up (or shrink) to meet business needs.  They don't believe their current IT organizations can implement the "New IT." They're suggesting public cloud computing for the "New IT" infrastructure and may create a separate, but parallel IT organization to manage public cloud operations.
McKinsey's Kara Sprague, stated that a survey will soon be launched to determine the effect of cloud computing on SMB customers.  "Hardware OEMs are increasingly turning to service partners to access the customers, at the same time that independent software vendors are using the SaaS model to go to the customer directly. This is bad news for VARs, integrators and distributors, many of whom are trying to either become cloud service providers themselves or move into a cloud brokerage model,"  said Ms Sprague.
McKinsey sees significant disruption in many business models.  They say that CEOs recognize that future revenue growth will come from new business models.  Furthermore, economic conditions are changing, demanding business model transformation. "New IT" is rising to fill the place of "Current IT," according to McKinsey.  The "New IT" drives business model transformation, team and corporate productivity growth and digital-only products.In summary, Forrester said that "Old IT" expects cloud computing to achieve incremental cost reductions within the context of established business practices, while CEOs are looking at public cloud to create new business offerings that are flexible, agile, and scalable.
 
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In a panel titled, "Disruptive Tools and Technologies," Scott Bils of Everest Group and Randy Bias, CTO of Cloud Scaling detailed a laundry list of disruptions brought on by cloud computing.  Those included:
-Public cloud is creating a "shadow IT" organization focused on achieving business agility, flexibility and dramatic time-to-market compression.

-Open Source Software is causing redesign of cloud resident data centers (e.g. using OpenStack or CloudStack), enables an organization to move faster, reduces vendor lock-in and risk, eliminates licensing fees.  But it dramatically increases reliance upon the community maintaining or improving the open source code.

-Innovation in Hardware Design, e.g. ARM processors and solid state drives in cloud resident servers, Taiwanese Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) selling direct to IT enterprise customers.

-Building a private or hybrid cloud requires building a "net new infrastructure," according to Mr. Bias.  It should be able to scale up or down, based on workload demand.

-Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a huge potential disruptor, especially in data center network architecture.  However there are several important questions that have not been answered:  What is it really?  Why is it important? And is it ready for prime time?

-It was agreed that existing network infrastructure (e.g. IP-MPLS VPNs or private line) "is not going to disappear," especially for cloud access.  That's due to its ability to achieve: QoS, bandwidth guarantees, low latency, multi-cast, stability and connectivity.  Therefore, SDN will need to work with that exisiting network architecture, perhaps as an overlay or adjunct.

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In a session titled, "SDN is Here to Stay- Now What?"  PLUMGrid CTO Pere Monclus talked about SDN as a new virtual network infrastructure.  As a way of simplifying operations and enabling a solution view of the networking space, SDN brings the additional value needed in cloud and datacenter environments to complement current hardware trends.  PLUMGrid believes that SDN, rather than traditional switches and routers, is the glue that will hold the new network together.

SDN is the layer that decouples virtual data centers from physical data centers.  It must be exensible- in both the data and control planes- as a platform to deliver better network functionality.  Those include: multi-tenancy, self service, virtual topologies, faster provisioning, and "Network as a Service."  When deployed, SDN will result in operational simplicity, capital efficiency, and an elastic, on-demand, self service network.  SDN was said to be able to transform the current network architecture "gridlock" to a "SDN Platform ecosystem," while facilitating innovation in both the control and data planes.However, there are many real problems to be solved before that vision can be realized.
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On that note, we conclude our three part coverage of the information packed Cloud Connect 2013 conference.  Next week we'll be attending the Open Networking Summit- the happening of the year for SDN techies and afficionados (this author is NOT one of them). We will be reporting on what we learn to Viodi View readers.  Till next time.......
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UPDATE: AT&T Finally Launches Digital Life Home Security & Automation system; Emerging Devices & M2M Focus Intact

April 26, 2013 UPDATE:  AT&T debuts Digital Life home network in 15 cities
AT&T is launching its Digital Life home security and monitoring service in 15 cities -- some large, some midsize -- with
plans to expand to 50 locations by midyear, the telecom says. In competing with companies such as ADT,

AT&T will allow people to use either mobile devices or PCs to keep an eye on various activities and appliances through Web-connected cameras and sensors hooked up to a broadband connection.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57581532-94/at-t-rolls-out-home-security-and-monitoring-service/

http://gigaom.com/2013/04/25/att-launches-its-internet-of-things-effort-and-its-pretty-big/

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We previously wrote:

In January 2013, AT&T issued a press release indicating that their Digital Life Home Security and Automation system for "the connected home" would be available to consumers in March this year.

http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=23652&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=35917

In mid-March of this year AT&T upped the number of cities it said would be covered at the outset from eight to 15. It has targeted availability in 50 cities by year end.

http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=23947&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=36199

AT&T told Telecoms.com that demand following trials in two US cities [Atlanta and Dallas] led to an expansion of launch plans. “In response to customer feedback we’re nearly doubling the number of cities where we plan to introduce Digital Life,” the firm said. “As a result, we’re adjusting the launch timing.  This allows us to align our marketing and operational plans to accommodate the expanded launch. We will share pricing details when we launch the service this spring.”

But the Digital Life page on AT&T’s website currently displays a static form inviting prospective customers to register for details of future availability in their home area.  https://my-digitallife.att.com/support/digitallife

Digital Life  will be based around home security and monitoring solutions initially, before expanding into areas like utility management.  It will compete with similar connected home automation systems from Verizon and Comcast. Subscription security services in the US have a far lower churn rate than wireless/mobile services. Industry averages for home security system customer lifecycle was said to be on the order of six to seven years.

"AT&T Digital Life is a game-changing wireless centric home security and automation experience with its unique integration and an intuitive app to control every feature from your smartphone, tablet or PC,” said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president, AT&T Digital Life.  “Combined with AT&T’s wireless network (http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2943) and unparalleled distribution channels, Digital Life will offer exciting new innovation. We can’t wait to get it into the hands of our customers.”  In providing an end-to-end security solution, from hardware distribution and retail to installation and after sales support, AT&T aims to “disrupt and remake the security industry,” Peterson said.

AT&T has not revealed the value of its investment in Digital Life, the scope of the project is extensive. The firm acquired and then internally developed its own management platform for the security service, has built its own monitoring centres and dedicated support facilities and will source third party providers trained to install domestic equipment. These installers will ensure the devices’ connection to AT&T’s network and leave customers’ homes with the end users fully able to manage their new security solution through AT&T’s bespoke, multi-platform User Interface, according to Peterson.
A typical installation could require 30 or 40 devices, Peterson told Telecoms.com.

“We’ll subsidise the upfront cost of the kit and installation in exchange for two-year contracts,” he said. “We’ll be very competitively priced upfront, we’ll give lifetime warranties on the services and equipment and we’ll be very competitive on the monthly fee.”  AT&T’s costs will be offset by an international licensing strategy that exploits “owners economics” Peterson added.

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AT&T executives have repeatedly touted home security and automation as one of the company's new growth opportunities for "emerging devices," M2M, and the Internet of Things (IoT).  AT&T stated it has been an innovative, proactive, early leader in machine-to machine (M2M) communications and sees exciting potential in this market. The company's goal is to "help drive wireless capabilities into a wide variety of devices beyond traditional handsets for businesses. AT&T is driving the emergence of new categories of devices and applications that are enhanced by wireless network connectivity. This will create new categories of devices and applications, both for consumers and businesses," according to AT&T's website: http://www.att.com/Common/about_us/files/pdf/emerging_devices/M2M_Snapshot.pdf

Other emerging device applications that AT&T is working on (with partner companies) include the connected car, mobile healthcare/eHealth and mobile safety.  In addition to a global 3G and 4G-LTE cellular network, AT&T has the nation's largest Wi-Fi network with nearly 27,000 hotspots in the U.S.  Emerging devices could connect to those networks or even wire-line networks for M2M communications.

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AT&T Media kit for "emerging devices" is at:  http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=13434
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For more information, please visit:

http://www.telecoms.com/134701/att-delays-m2m-home-security-launch/?

http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/att-remains-silent-digital-life-launch-delay/2013-04-08

http://www.business.att.com/enterprise/Family/mobility-services/machine-to-machine/

http://www.business.att.com/enterprise/Service/mobility-services/machine...
 
 

 

 

Highights of 2013 Cloud Connect Conference: April 2-5, 2013 in Santa Clara, CA

Introduction:
The four-year-old Cloud Connect conference, sponsored by United Business Media, was held   April 2 to 5th in Santa Clara, CA.   Having attended all four Cloud Connect's, this one was by far the most in depth and comprehensive treatment of Cloud Computing. At last, no more defining terms and debating methods of cloud computing, this year's conference discussed how the cloud was being used now. And also how business could leverage the cloud for more effective IT operations.  For example, many attendees wanted to know how to make use of a hybrid cloud as they migrate from private to public cloud or look to combine both.

We also examine how the Mobile Cloud has and will continue to change business operations.  It's a balancing act, with compromises needed between corporate compliance/security vs worker freedom/convenience.

Key Themes and Messages:
-There's a strong focus on reinventing the data center for cloud computing, using software defined infrastructure, such as virtualized networking and storage as well as software defined networking (SDN).  However, the legacy networking infrastructure from Cloud to Premises is not going away anytime soon.
-OpenStack is now an acceptable alternative to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for public clouds.  There was a lot of  discussion on using OpenStack for private cloud implementations as well.  Openstack was initially promoted by Cloud Service Provider Rackspace, but is now endorsed by many other CSPs, including HP. There are many new and well funded OpenStack based start-ups.
-Virtual networking and SDN are being added to the growing number of OpenStack capabilities by the OpenStack Foundation (OSF).  On April 4th, OSF issued its "Grizzly release," which contains 230 new features for running production-level cloud computing. Networking has lagged servers when it comes to being managed as a virtual resource and in most enterprises, is still tied to a set of hardware resources that are hard to modify. Virtual networking and SDN aim to change that by making the network a logical rather than physical part of the IT and cloud infrastructure. OpenStack's work on SDN "lets software change the network infrastructure for cloud computing," according to one knowledgable conference attendee.
-Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) is now the defacto way of accessing AWS, replacing the public Internet (and in some cases) private lines. VPS lets the cloud user provision a logically isolated section of the AWS Cloud where resources are launched in a virtual network.  The customer has complete control over the virtual networking environment, including selection of  IP address range, creation of subnets, configuration of route tables and network gateways. http://aws.amazon.com/vpc/
-Big Data (analytics) and Cloud are a paradigm shift and an architectural change that involves putting data and computing power together as a massive processing unit.  With the explosion in all types of information, businesses need data analytics to be competitive. Organizations need to analyze data from multiple sources and places to gain insights. That data can’t be stored in one place and can even be maintained outside the organization (such as in a private cloud).
-The reorganization of computing into larger, more demand-responsive cloud-based data centers run by Google, Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and others is part of a shift in business that replaces transaction systems with "systems of interactions," said Cisco Systems VP of Cloud Computing Lew Tucker.  "Analytics becomes business critical" because huge volumes of data will be generated by the Internet of Things (IoT), with billions of devices soon to be connected to the Internet. The billions of connected devices drive a need for cloud storage and cloud analytics.  The creation of big data drives business decision-making and businesses' need to keep employees in constant collaboration and communication, driving a need for a new style of internal networking: the software-defined network that responds more flexibly to changing conditions, Tucker said.
-Mobile Cloud is being used as more workers have mobile computing devices, especially tablets and notebooks.  Organizations continue to make use of mobile apps to improve productivity and business process, according to Citrix.  They deployed over 100 thrid party apps, e.g. Citrix Receiver, Adobe Reader, etc. as well as custom written apps.  Packaged, deployable mobile apps stores for the enterprise are starting to emerge. Author's Note: Mobile Cloud is covered in more detail below.
-PayPal chief information security officer Michael Barrett stated that cloud computing had changed the stakes involved in the security of computer systems. The cloud can provide the computing power to run an attack to decipher passwords. "Password hacking is now the work for script kiddies," he warned, as opposed to a challenge for skilled hackers backed by massive compute resources.
-William Ruh, VP and global technology director at General Electric said business is moving from an analog way of operating to a digital one which will change nearly every aspect of business.  Civilization is moving from the industrial revolution through the Internet revolution and into what he called "the Industrial Internet."  Machines will be connected to the Internet (IoT) and become intelligent through the software they possess that analyzes the information they're generating. That will contrast with today's industrial operations where machines are not intelligent and most of the data they generate "isn't even stored," Ruh observed. The shift will "foundationally change the way machines are built and the way data is collected on them, petabytes of information," said Ruh. The information will be fed to the operations staffs at utility power plants and other large industrial installations, who will use it to look for efficiencies that we don't know about today, he said. 
-Case studies are beginning to emerge from a variety of users. The cloud industry has moved beyond case studies from technology innovators, such as Netflix, to rank-and-file companies that are just getting their first cloud computing systems up-and-running.
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The Mobile Cloud:

Before the end of this year there will be more smart phones than PCs, and in 2015 there will be more tablets than PCs as shown in the illustration below.

 

Mobile and cloud are combining to change how the underlying infrastructure of business. Mobile and cloud combine to change how applications are developed, tested and distributed. Mobile changes what features and user experience exists in applications while cloud changes where data should be located and how it will be accessed. Security and management will also change as businesses embrace mobile. Applications will be device aware, location aware and network/cloud aware. But they have to be purpose built, i.e. desktop/workstation apps won't run on mobile computing platforms- even with 4G access.  And because the demand for mobile cloud resident apps is uncertain, the mobile cloud must be very flexible in scaling up or down to accomodate the actual number of users for all the mobile apps being supported.


Going forward business processes will assume a multi-device landscape, cloud connectivity.  Mobile work styles are becoming the rule rather than the exception in Enterprise IT and traditional methods of securing data behind VPNs will fall short as employees demand business tools that are as easy to use and frequently updated as the ones they use at home.  Unfortunately, legal and regulatory requirements for securing data are no less stringent than they were before the mobile era. There are compliance issues with laws such as HIPAA and FINRA that apply to data sync and sharing of information/digital content.

In the future, companies will rebuild transform business applications to take advantage of a  range of by using contextual data from all connected devices, including location, time of day, presence and device type. Sensors in the latest devices will also also provide contextual information such as temperature, humidity, motion, and orientation. Applications based on business critical data from connected sensors will be used by many industries, with utility, oil and gas industries leading the way. Transforming business will require businesses to use the cloud and big data processing to turn mobile data into insight in real-time.

In an excellent presentation by Jesse Lipson, Citrix VP of Data Sharing, Managing Data in the Cloud said:  "VPNs are going away.They are clumsy and incovenient for mobile users."  Other reasons:  there's more IP outside of the firewall, Mobile Device Management (MDM) and simpler two factor authentication are combining to alleviate the need for VPN access.  Mr Lipson also sees several new trends as a result of mobile data tsunami:

-Active Directory Integration with Single Sign On (e..g. SAML 2.0)
-2 factor authentication going away; perhaps replaced by text message authentication
-Auto Log-In from mobile devices, especially smart phones
-On premises storage alive and well due to security, compliance, convenience, and ability to access existing data stores
-"Open-in..."  enable another application to open in the application being run
-Device control via MDM software deployed on all enterprise owned mobile devices
-Other mobile devices, especially laptops are getting more attention for security and control

In the end, enterprise control of mobile devices, data and apps is a balancing act between corporate compliance and security vs employee convenience and productivity (see illustration below).  Each organization must decide how to chose the necessary tools, methods and procesures to ensure that both objectives are met.

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2013 Cloud Connect Part II is at:

http://viodi.com/2013/04/10/cloud-network-deployment-requirements-monitoring-optimization-enterprise-cloud-adoption-survey-2013-cloud-connect-part-ii/

M2M Market Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals and Forecasts

Introduction:

Signals & Systems Telecom (SNS Telecom;  http://www.snstelecom.com/) has just released a report on the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications market.  The report presents an in-depth assessment of the global wireless M2M market. In addition to covering the business case, the challenges, the industry’s roadmap, value chain analysis, deployment case studies, and the vertical market ecosystem, vendor service/product strategies and strategic recommendations, the report also presents comprehensive forecasts for the wireless M2M market from 2013 till 2018, including an individual assessment of the following submarkets: Network Connectivity, Application Services, Embedded Cellular M2M Modules, Network Security, Connected Device Platforms (CDP), Application Platforms (Application Enablement Platforms, AEP and Application Development Platforms, ADP), Integration Services and Enabling Technologies, across six regions.

Also provided are network connectivity and application service revenue forecasts for the following 6 vertical market segments: Utilities & Smart Grid, Automotive & Transportation, Logistics, Public Safety, Security & Surveillance, Retail & Vending and Healthcare. Historical figures are also provided for 2011 and 2012.

Overview:

Despite its low ARPU, the wireless M2M market has become a key focus of many mobile network operators as their traditional voice and data markets become saturated. Likewise, government and regulatory initiatives such as the EU initiatives to have a smart meter penetration level of 80% by 2020 and the mandatory inclusion of automotive safety systems such as eCall in all new car models, have also helped to drive overall wireless M2M connections and revenue.
Consequently we expect the wireless M2M market to account for nearly $136 billion in revenues by the end of 2018, following a CAGR of 23% during the five year period between 2013 and 2018. Eyeing this lucrative opportunity, vendors and service providers across the highly fragmented M2M value chain have become increasing innovative in their strategies and technology offerings which have given rise to a number of submarkets such as M2M Network Security, Connected Device Platforms (CDP) and M2M Application Platforms.

Key Findings:

 *   The wireless M2M market will account for nearly $136 billion in annual revenues by the end of 2018, following a CAGR of 23% during the five year period between 2013 and 2018
 *   At present, the M2M value chain is highly fragmented with module OEMs, hardware solution providers, application platform providers, device platform providers, and mobile network operators and aggregators/MVNOs all investing across multiple segments of the value chain, whilst still maintaining a key focus on a specific portion
 *   Signals and Systems Telecom expects the value chain to consolidate in the future, with a smaller number of larger and profitable competitors across the M2M value chain
 *   The growing presence of wireless M2M solutions within the sensitive critical infrastructure industry is having a profound impact on M2M network security services, a market estimated to reach nearly $1 billion in annual spending by the end of 2018
 *   Driven by demands for device management, cloud based data analytics and diagnostic tools, M2M software platforms (including CDP, AEP and ADP) are expected to account for $6 billion in annual spending by the end of 2018

Key Questions Answered:

 *   What are the key market drivers and challenges in the wireless M2M ecosystem?
 *   What are the key applications of M2M across industry verticals?
 *   How is the M2M value chain structured, how will it evolve overtime, and what will be its impact on key vertical segments of the market?
 *   What opportunities does M2M technology offer to mobile network operators and other players involved in the value chain?
 *   What strategies should mobile network operators/MVNOs, module vendors, hardware solution providers, software platform providers and other players adopt to capitalize on the M2M opportunity?
 *   How big is the M2M opportunity, and how much revenue will the industry generate in 2018?
 *   What will be the installed base of wireless M2M connections in 2018?
 *   Which geographical regions and industry verticals offer the greatest growth potential for M2M services?
 *   What is the vendor market share embedded cellular M2M modules, how many units will ship in 2018 and how will declining ASPs impact the sales revenue?
 *   How will embedded cellular M2M module shipments vary by air interface technology overtime, and will LTE take a lead in 2018?
 *   What is the network connectivity and application service ARPU for M2M services, and how will this vary overtime for each industry vertical?
 *   How big is the market for M2M network security and software platforms?

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For more information, including report pricing, please contact Andy Silva: andy.silva@snsreports.com

Other SNS Telecom reports are listed at:  http://www.snstelecom.com/reports-library

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Another recently released M2M report was by Research & Markets:

M2M: The Next Billion Mobile Connections - Essential Analysis of the Growing Wireless M2M Industry

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130314005959/en/Research-Markets-M2M-Billion-Mobile-Connections--

In that report, Parks Associates analysts examine the growing wireless M2M industry and highlight opportunities in this space for mobile service providers in the U.S. and globally.  The report includes a comprehensive overview of the complex M2M ecosystem, profiles of leading M2M vendors, and analysis of carriers’ M2M strategies. The report also illuminates important trends in key verticals and provides a forecast of carrier-enabled device connections through 2016.

"Mobile service providers are facing declining revenue from traditional voice and SMS services and mobile data traffic growth that outpaces growth in data revenues," said Jennifer Kent, research analyst, Parks Associates. "In search of new opportunities, mobile service providers are expanding their presence in the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) space. Widespread consumer and enterprise adoption of broadband Internet service, wireless routers, and devices with mobile connectivity means the ingredients are there for the M2M market to take off. Plus, mobile network operators have unique assets that position them to take advantage of the growing M2M market.”

http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5p8vdb/m2m_the_next 

 

Sprint in Deal with U.S. Law Enforcement to Restrict China Gear, especially from Huawei

Seeking to address national security concerns, Sprint Nextel and SoftBank, its Japanese suitor, are expected to enter an agreement with American law enforcement officials that will restrict the combined company’s ability to pick suppliers for its telecommunications equipment and systems, government officials said on Thursday.

The agreement would allow national security officials to monitor changes to the company’s system of routers, servers and switches, among other equipment and processes, the officials said. It would also let them keep a close watch on the extent to which Sprint and SoftBank use equipment from Chinese manufacturers, particularly Huawei Technologies. The government officials spoke about the possible agreement on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are continuing.  SoftBank, one of Japan’s biggest cellphone companies, is offering to buy majority control of Sprint for $20.1 billion.

While common to most technology investments in the United States by foreign companies, such agreements have come into sharper focus recently because of accusations by United States government officials of espionage by foreign countries.

SoftBank and Sprint have already assured members of Congress that they will not integrate equipment made by Huawei into Sprint’s United States systems and will replace Huawei equipment in Clearwire’s network. Clearwire is a discount cellphone firm Sprint is seeking to buy.

Masayoshi Son, the Chairman and CEO of SoftBank; Daniel Hesse, CEO of Sprint; and Erik Prusch, CEO of Clearwire, jointly sought to reassure United States officials that the merged company would take the steps necessary to ensure that its networks would not endanger United States communications networks.

Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said on Thursday that he also met this month with the company executives, who promised him that they would not use equipment from Huawei.

“I expect them to make the same assurances before any approval of the deal” by national security officials, Mr. Rogers said. “I am pleased with their mitigation plans but will continue to look for opportunities to improve the government’s existing authorities to thoroughly review all the national security aspects of proposed transactions.”

A recent report by the intelligence committee identified Huawei and the ZTE Corporation, another Chinese equipment provider, as possible security risks. The report cited the companies’ potential ties to Chinese intelligence or military services.

References:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/business/sprint-and-softbank-near-agreement-to-restrict-use-of-chinese-suppliers.html?ref=global&_r=0

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/03/sprint-softbank-to-shun-chinese-networking-equipment/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/softbank-sprint-said-by-us-lawmaker-to-make-huawei-pledge/2013/03/28/759abf78-97f0-11e2-b68f-dc5c4b47e519_story.html

http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/28/sprint-nextel-and-softbank-agree-not-to-use-huawei-equipment-after-merger/

http://viodi.com/2012/12/12/are-huawei-zte-fading-superstars-new-investments-seen-mostly-as-a-publicity-ploy/

 

 

 

 

Technologies that will offer higher quality viewing experience & enable new OTT services

Introduction:  
The use of over-the-top (OTT) solutions to deliver streaming video to the TV and second screen devices is now a reality.  Almost all Internet-connected devices (WiFi, Ethernet, 3G/4G) are capable of receiving multiple sources of OTT video- both free and subscription fee based. Though streaming video services are at the center of OTT, there  other uderlying technologies that must be present for this  market to  continues to evolve and grow.  As new, pioneering companies move from testing the water to diving in full force—the OTT industry will change, and dramatically so.  
This article summarizes several new technologies described by Cisco, Akamai, and Discretix during the 2013  OTTCON  held last week (March 19-20) in Santa Clara, CA.
 
OTT Sessions on Enabling Technologies:
1. OTT Technology Enablers: HEVC, CDN, and SDN, by James Field, Director of Technology, New Initiatives - NDS (now a part of Cisco).  Three of the  key technology enablers that will drive OTT innovation and growth were discussed by Mr. Field:
 
-HEVC is a next generation content encoding standard that provides increased compression rates to improve video throughput and quality.  The result is a much  better mobile video experience along with introduction of advanced video services, such as 3D, and ultra high definition video (up to 8192x4320 pixels). HEVC is the successor to H.264/MPEG‐4 (Advanced Video Coding). It provides a 50% bandwidth savings at equivalent video quality- or higher quality resolution or frame rate.  With this technology an operator can reach more OTT customers and also more end point devices through the same speed broadband access.   Standardized only this January 2013, HEVC silicon was forecast to be shipped by the end of this year (mostly for encoding).  Decoding could be implemented in software in the end point device, assuming it contained a fast enough microprocessor.  But embedding HEVC chips in mobile devices will be a cost sensitive market.  Hence, the first chipsets will likely target high-end "4K" Ultra HD TV sets.
-A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a large distributed system of servers deployed in multiple data centers within the public Internet.  CDN Federation is a collection of CDNs operated by autonomous entities/service providers and interconnected via open interfaces, so as to appear as a single logical CDN.   Such a multi-footprint logical CDN may enable improved video quality while providing additional reach and OTT service revenue potential and reach.
 

CDNs are implemented with caching only OR with a combination of caching and network QoS that are tightly integrated (for HD content, Connected TVs, Mobile content, Live video streaming, etc).  CDN market vendors include Transit Providers (like Level 3 Communications) as well as Pure Play CDN vendors (like Limelight, Akamai, CDNetworks, etc).  Network Service Providers want to participate in the CDN value chain to generate new revenues, improve user experience and reduce network costs.
 
-Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging network architecture where the control and data planes are decoupled (and reside in different equipment) to enable flexible configuration,  network management and  programmability. An Open Network Environment (ONE) approach to SDNs creates more resilient network intelligence and can enable more agile service delivery. Open Flow protocol is being standardized by the Open Network Foundation (ONF).
 
Note: This author has written numerous articles about SDN.  We believe it is too early to be used in delivering OTT content to mobile or fixed line subscribers.  Here are a few recent SDN blog posts:
 
 
2. OTT for Mobile Devices – An implementer’s Checklist, by Raviv Levi - Director of Product Marketing, Content Protection Products - Discretix
Mobile devices are a crucial element of all "TV Everywhere" deployments. Video quality and effective delivery to mobile devices require different video formats and resolutions. Wireless networks introduce both connectivity and throughput variance, requiring support for  adaptive bit rate streaming protocols. Scalable deployment across multiple platforms – The number of Android and iOS device variants is growing exponentially. Service providers cannot effectively test and debug their "TV Everywhere" application on all existing smartphones, tablets, screen sizes, OS versions and processor platforms. Cost effective deployment requires a single application that can be deployed across the entire mobile device eco-system. Security – Open devices, un-managed networks and multiple untrusted 3rd party applications, add significant complexity to the security of the "Mobile TV Everywhere" applications. Access to premium content from the major studios depends on the proper hardening of content protection technologies. In his presentation, Mr. Levi described the key technology considerations for TV Everywhere deployments on mobile devices and shared lessons learned from devices already in service across the world.
 
3. OTT and Scale: The Darkness and the Light, by Will Law, Principal Architect - Media Engineering - Akamai
 
The current architecture and distribution methods of delivering over-the-top content struggle to deliver a single live event to millions of concurrent users. How can they possibly hope to cope with even a fraction of cable's capacity? This session examined ten new technologies that can combine to help address the problem of delivering live OTT content at massive scale.
 
The ten technologies described by Mr Law were: 
-HEVC - will cut transport costs for OTT content only IF quality parity is maintained
-Increasing device compute capability -enabling software decoding of complex compression schemes
-Storage density growing exponentially- faster than compute capability (more local caching of multi-media content)
-Multi-cast OTT video delivery - for live sports events, election coverage, concerts, royal weddings, OTT linear TC for marquee programming, top 100 Netflix videos, etc)
-Peer assisted video delivery -get video from your peers instead of a conventional video server.  Needs overlay security and control plane
-Tiered pricing plans -already in use by most 3G/4Gmobile carriers, may spread to wireline Internet access; it's a telco business practice rather than a new technology.
-Local caching networks -caching used to only exist within CDNs. Now major telcos and other carriers (e.g. MSOs) are building out transparent cache layers within their own networks. Federation of content between cache networks is next.)
-Better optimization of mobile data traffic by wireless telcos (small cells, more LTE deployments, self organizing networks, etc)
-Fiber transit capability dramatically increasing in the core network (40G/100GE over fiber being deployed now).
In Sept 2012 NTT demonstrated transmission of 1 petabit (1000 terabits)/sec over 52.4 km of optical fiber. That's equivalent to sending 5,000 HDTV videos of two hours in a single second.  However, fiber is not being deployed that rapidly to cell towers, and (with the exception of Verizon FiOS and some independent telcos) not directly to the home.
-Scalable Video Coding  with new encoders/decoders capable of operating at mutliple bit rates/frame rates/frequencies.
 
 
Other new technologies besides the above were identified as:
4K video- a new resolution standard designed for digital cinema and computer graphics which has a horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels.
-- Increased device screen resoution (e.g. Samsung Galaxy S4 smart phone is 1080p)
– Server bits/power (Watts) is increasing which is critically important to lower power consumption & cooling in data centers.
-- Residential fiber AKA FTTH (not happening in a big way in the U.S.)
-- WiFi Carrier Offload (popular with some wireless carriers, but not others)
– HTTP 2.0 is the next planned version of the HTTP network protocol used on the WWW. It is an alternative to SPDY- an HTTP compatible protocol launched by Google and used in Chrome, Firefox and other browsers.
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Editors Note:  Time  constraints and great difficulty with this website's word processor/editor prevented a more complete summary report of these three excellent OTTCON sessions.  Please contact the author if you are interested in learning more as part of a consulting project: alan.weissberger@ieee.org

Oracle Acquires Tekelec to Pursue Telco Market: Manage, Control & Analyze IP Traffic

Less than two months after buying Acme Packet, Oracle has announced that it has agreed to acquire Tekelec, a leading provider of network signaling, policy control, and subscriber data management solutions for communications networks. The company has also  been an innovator in IP traffic shaping.

Tekelec specializes in critical elements of the modern IP carrier network where the networking and IT software operations converge.  This is the area where Oracle sees its opportunity to expand in the telco market - by bringing its data center and IT systems to telecos and taking on incumbent telco vendors like Ericsson.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tekelec has been considered a potential acquisition target since it went private in November 2011. It was then acquired by a group led by private equity firm Siris Capital for $761m, a deal which many believed undervalued the company.  Tekelec made a name for itself in the 1980s and 1990s by specializing in test equipment and then converting to a VoIP software company. 

Last month, Oracle paid $1.7bn for Acme Packet, which specializes in VoIP and IP traffic equipment, notably session border controllers.  We analyzed that transaction in this article:  http://community.comsoc.org/blogs/alanweissberger/oracle-buys-acme-packet-21-billion-provide-converged-systems-solution

It appears that Oracle is building a group of software technologies  which help network operators control and manage IP traffic and analyze it in detail, in order to impose policies such as offload or premium charging - increasing the ability to monetize the exploding traffic. In particular, it is now a major force in signalling, taking players like F5, which acquired Diameter specialist Traffix over a year ago.  With the Tekelec and Acme Packet acquisitions, Oracle will be in a better position to compete with Cisco Systems, which has recently bought policy management firm BroadHop.

“In an increasingly mobile and social world, customer experience is about optimizing network performance and personalizing services based on what engages, moves, and inspires people,” said Ron de Lange, president and CEO, Tekelec, in a statement. “Together with Oracle, we expect to accelerate the pace of service innovation by helping service providers transform the way they manage and monetize the explosive growth in signaling and data traffic on their networks.”

"Oracle has in the past partnered to provide these capabilities, but by bringing them in house it will have more opportunity
to shape the roadmap and combine the capabilities in a more tightly-coupled solution," wrote Ovum principal analyst Dana Cooperson in a research note. "Expect Oracle's telecom focused competitors (Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Ericsson) and its IT-focused competitors (HP, SAP, SAS Institute) to do more strategic soul searching and, as their financial situation allows, to pursue acquisitions of their own."

"As connected devices and applications become ubiquitous, intelligent network and service control technologies are required to enable service providers to efficiently deploy all-IP networks, and deliver and monetize innovative communication services," said Bhaskar Gorti, general manager of Oracle Communications, in a statement.

In addition to its software products, Tekelec owns hundreds of patents and applications in the communications space. This is an area that Oracle has not hesitated to explore in the courtroom, and given the billion-dollar-plus sums involved in some patent battles, this could have bumped up the pricetag for Tekelec somewhat higher.

 

References:

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/acquisitions/tekelec/index.html

http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2013/03/26/oracle-bolsters-telco-assault-tekelec-buy.htm

http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/25/oracle-buys-tekelec-to-move-closer-to-carriers-and-their-overstretched-data-networks/

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=0&f=S&l=50&TERM1=tekelec&FIELD1=ASNM&co1=AND&TERM2=&FIELD2=&d=PTXT

http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=0&f=S&l=50&TERM1=tekelec&FIELD1=AS&co1=AND&TERM2=&FIELD2=&d=PG01