Thursday, January 19, 2017

Facebook to build Next Data Center in Odense, Denmark

Facebook has selected Odense, Denmark as the location for its next data center, joining Prineville (Oregon), Forest City (North Carolina), LuleƄ (Sweden), Altoona (Iowa), Fort Worth (Texas), Clonee (Ireland), and Los Lunas (New Mexico) facilities as one of the cornerstones of its global infrastructure.

The new data center will be built with Open Compute Project hardware designs and will be one of the most energy efficient to date.
The company said Denmark was chosen for its robust Nordic electric grid, access to fiber, access to renewable power, and a great set of collaborative community partner. Renewal energy is expected to account for 100% of electricity needs.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/odense-data-center/hello-odense/1104572789664613

Facebook Expands Fort Worth Data Center to Five Buildings


Facebook revealed plans to expand its data center in Fort Worth, Texas from one building to five buildings on the same campus. Construction on the first building is nearing completion. Facebook is now rolling racks of servers into the new building. The facility will be powered by 100% renewable energy, thanks to the more than 200 MW of new wind power that we worked with Citigroup Energy, Alterra Power Corporation, and Starwood Energy Group to bring...


CenturyLink Pushes into Big Data as a Service with Cloudera

CenturyLink launched Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) with Managed Cloudera, a new managed service offering that combines CenturyLink’s expertise in data and advanced analytics, network, cloud and application services with the highly secure Apache Hadoop-based data management and analytics platform from Cloudera.

CenturyLink said its BDaaS is enhanced by adding data and advanced analytics consulting services supported by a deep bench of Cloudera-certified data scientists and Cloudera Hadoop solution administrators, developers and architects. The solution, bolstered by CenturyLink’s global high-speed network connectivity, provides storage, processing, and management components deployed on CenturyLink Cloud Bare Metal servers. The bare metal private cloud environments have been certified by Cloudera.

“Forward-thinking organizations around the world are quickly becoming more agile and responsive to their customers’ needs across all channels,” said Gary Gauba, chief enterprise relationship officer and president, Advanced Solutions Group, CenturyLink. “These enterprises are seeing significant competitive advantages by better leveraging their data, and our new managed service helps them achieve their big data objectives.”

http://www.centurylink.com

Windstream Introduces SD-WAN Powered by VeloCloud

Windstream introduced its software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution powered by VeloCloud that uses SDN to dynamically route traffic over a combination of private and public access types to reach multiple locations.

Windstream said its new service helps customers maintain control over their network from a convenient centralized location rather than requiring them to manage various routers, firewalls and switches. It also simplifies management and monitoring by presenting comprehensive information to the customer in a unified management console - a "single pane of glass."

"SD-WAN is another example of Windstream partnering with enterprise customers to deliver reliable, secure communications solutions that fuel productivity and growth," said Joe Harding, enterprise chief marketing officer at Windstream. "By including SD-WAN as another solution in our portfolio of managed WAN services, Windstream offers mid- to large-sized enterprise customers the same technology advantages that large enterprises enjoy, which include custom-designed networks and services, as well as a highly responsive support team."

http://www.windstream.com


Avaya Files for Chapter 11

Citing a need to recapitalize the company, Avaya filed voluntary petitions under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The company also announced a $725 million debtor-in-possession DIP financing facility underwritten by Citibank.

“We have conducted an extensive review of alternatives to address Avaya’s capital structure, and we believe pursuing a restructuring through chapter 11 is the best path forward at this time,” said Kevin Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer of Avaya.  “Reducing the Company’s current debt through the chapter 11 process will best position all of Avaya’s businesses for future success.”

“This is a critical step in our ongoing transformation to a successful software and services business. Avaya’s current capital structure is over 10 years old and was put in place to support our business model as a hardware-focused company, which has evolved significantly since that time.  Now, as a result of the terms of Avaya’s debt obligations and the upcoming debt maturities, we need to recapitalize the Company,” continued Mr. Kennedy.  “Our business is performing well, and we are confident that we can emerge from this process stronger than ever, as this path is a reflection of our debt structure, not the strength of our operations or business model.  Pursuing restructuring through chapter 11 will enable us to reduce Avaya’s debt and interest expense, while providing increased financial flexibility to further invest in innovation and growth to enhance our market-leading competitive position.  Most importantly, we are keenly focused on minimizing disruption to our customers, partners, and employees and do not expect to experience any material disruptions during the chapter 11 cases.”

Separately, Avaya reported Q4 2016 revuenu of $958 million, up $76 million compared to the prior quarter as demand improved for products and services, and decreased $50 million year-over-year, due to lower demand for unified communications hardware.  GAAP gross margin was 60.9% for the fourth quarter.  GAAP operating loss was $428 million, reflecting $542 million of impairment of goodwill and intangibles.  Non-GAAP operating income was $229 million which compares to $180 million for the prior quarter and $202 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.  For fiscal 2016, Avaya reported revenue of $3,702 million, down 9% compared to fiscal 2015, or down 8% in constant currency. GAAP gross margin for fiscal 2016 was 60.6%.

http://www.avaya.com/en/about-avaya/newsroom/

PTC'17: Where Global Connections are Made - iMiller PR

Ilissa Miller, CEO of iMiller Public Relations, provides an overview of iMPR's Trade Show Marketing Services including Content Marketing Strategy, at PTC'17 in Honolulu, Hawaii.



https://youtu.be/kfJ4-FwH0dM


Oclaro Expects Financial Performance at High End of Previous Guidance

Oclaro expects revenue for the second quarter of its fiscal 2017, ended December 31, 2016, to be in the range of $153.5 million to $154.0 million, at the high end of the prior guidance of $146 million to $154 million provided on November 1, 2016.

GAAP gross margin of approximately 39.5% and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 40%, above the prior non-GAAP guidance of 33% to 36%.  Non-GAAP gross margin excludes the effect of approximately $0.5 million of stock-based compensation.

GAAP operating income of approximately $33 million and non-GAAP operating income of approximately $36 million, above the prior non-GAAP guidance of $22 million to $26 million.  Non-GAAP operating income excludes $2.6 million of stock-based compensation and $0.2 million of amortization of other intangible assets.

"Our excellent preliminary results for the December quarter once again demonstrated the strength of Oclaro's products in the markets we serve.  We expect revenue to come in at the high end of guidance as 100G and beyond sales again exhibited excellent growth.  In addition, we expect the quarterly results to reflect record levels of gross margin and operating income and exceed our prior guidance.  Our performance was driven by strong execution, a richer product mix, and favorable foreign exchange rates," said Greg Dougherty, Chief Executive Officer, Oclaro.

http://www.oclaro.com


Oclaro updated its outlook for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 saying it now expects to exceed its previously provided financial gu

U.S. Army Awards $62 Million Cloud Contract to IBM

The U.S. Army awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar contract to IBM to build, manage and operate a cloud solution for the Redstone Arsenal, near Huntsville, Ala.

The solution is part of the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE) program, a one-year task order with four additional one-year options under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract.* If the Army exercises all options, the contract would be worth approximately $62 million over the five years.

In addition to building the infrastructure, IBM will provide the Army with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services, enabling it to provision computing power on an as-needed basis for the most efficient and cost-effective IT. The Army also will begin migrating applications to the private cloud, moving up to 35 applications to the private cloud in the first year.
“With this project, we’re beginning to bring the IT infrastructure of the U.S. Army into the 21st century,” said Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, U.S. Army CIO. “Cloud computing is a game-changing architecture that provides improved performance with high efficiency, all in a secure environment.”

http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing



IBM announced new hybrid cloud all-flash storage solutions as well as new software capabilities that allow clients to store their v

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Barefoot Lands Edgecore and WNC for its Ethernet Switching Chip

Barefoot Networks, a start-up developing user-programmable switching chips, announced partnerships with Taiwan-based network switching equipment firms Edgecore Networks and WNC.  The first switches based on Barefoot's Tofino chip are expected to debut this quarter. The chip began sampling in Q4 2016.

Barefoot’s programmable Tofino switch chip processes packets at 6.5 terabits per second while providing a fully programmable forwarding plane. Barefoot's chip is designed for user programmability via the open-source P4 programming language, enabling precise control over packets and bringing entirely new features into the switch—for example, features that replace load balancers, features that replace firewalls, features that add packet-by-packet telemetry enabling rapid debug of distributed application behavior.

Barefoot said its Tofino Ethernet switch chip removes the last barrier to full network programmability – the “closed” forwarding plane – allowing those building and running networks to code the desired behavior of the packet processing devices on their network – down to the packets flowing on the wire.

"Edgecore Networks is delighted to partner with Barefoot Networks to offer our customers open network switches based on Barefoot’s Tofino 6.5 Tb/s Programmable Ethernet Switch series,” said Loren Staley, CTO of Edgecore Networks. “Our expertise as a leader in open networking, combined with the industry’s fastest and P4 programmable switch silicon, will deliver new capabilities to our data center, telecom and enterprise customers.  Edgecore will offer two systems based on Barefoot's Tofino silicon— Wedge100BF-32X, a 32x100GbE switch, and Wedge100BF-65X, a 65x100GbE switch—with evaluation units available in Q1, 2017.”

“WNC is excited to announce the availability of its Barefoot Networks Tofino-based switch series,” said Dr. Gerry Liu, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, WNC, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced communication products. “Barefoot Networks’ delivery of Tofino, along with the growing ecosystem around the P4 programming language, unlocks new opportunities for the networking industry. We are building OSW1800, a 1RU 48x25GE+6x100GE system and a OSW6500 2RU 65x100GE system, for availability in Q1 and Q2, 2017 respectively.”

“For the past 20 years, network switches and routers have been built from ‘fixed function’ silicon, which means we’ve had to live with the features picked by chip designers,” said Martin Izzard, CEO and Co-Founder, Barefoot Networks. “Chip designers don't build networks. So instead, Barefoot is putting its customers in charge. From now on, the features and protocols supported by switches, routers, load-balancers and firewalls will be decided in software, written by the equipment vendor or network owner. We’re delighted to count these innovators as charter partners, and to work together to liberate network designers from the limitations of fixed-function networks.”

http://www.barefootnetworks.com

  • Barefoot Networks was co-founded by Nick McKeown, a Stanford professor and co-founder of Nicira (acquired by VMware), Martin Izzard, Pat Bosshart, and Dan Lenoski VP Engineering.

Barefoot Attracts $23M in New Funding, including from Alibaba and Tencent



Barefoot Networks, a start-up developing user-programmable switching chips, announced $23 million in additional Series C funding, bringing total Series C investment to $80 million and total investment in Barefoot to over $150 million. The new funding was led by Alibaba and Tencent. Barefoot also confirmed that its Tofino chip is on track for delivery to customers at the end of Q4 2016.  "Tencent is delighted to join hand

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform Offers Dynamic Storage

Red Hat released a new version of its OpenShift Container Platform (v3.4) for enterprises looking to integrate Linux containers while offering dynamic storage provisioning for both traditional and cloud-native applications and multi-tenant capabilities that can support multiple applications, teams and deployment processes in a hybrid cloud environment. Kubernetes 1.4 forms the orchestration backbone of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

New capabilities in the latest version include:

  • Next-level container storage with support for dynamic storage provisioning, allowing multiple storage types to be provisioned, and multi-tier storage exposure via quality-of-service labels in Kubernetes. Container-native storage, enabled by Red Hat Gluster Storage, which now supports dynamic provisioning and push button deployment, enhances the user experience running stateful and stateless applications on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. It makes the consumption and provisioning of application storage easier for developers to use. With Red Hat Gluster Storage, OpenShift customers get the added benefit of a software-defined, highly available and scalable storage solution that works across on-premises and public cloud environments and one that can be more cost efficient than traditional hardware-based or cloud-only storage services.
  • Enhanced multi-tenancy through more simplified management of projects, a feature powered by Kubernetes namespaces, in a single Kubernetes cluster. Multiple developer teams, applications and lifecycle environments can run fully isolated and share resources on a single Kubernetes cluster in OpenShift Container Platform. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 adds the capacity to search for projects, project details, manage project membership and more via a more streamlined web console, making it easier for users to work with multiple projects across dispersed teams. These multi-tenancy capabilities enable enterprise IT organizations to provide application development teams with their own cloud-like application environment to build and deploy customer-facing or internal applications using DevOps processes that are isolated from one another.
  • New hybrid cloud reference architectures for running Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on OpenStack, VMware, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Engine and Microsoft Azure. These guides help walk a user through deploying a stable, fault-tolerant, production-grade environment that uses the power of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform across public and private clouds, virtual machines and bare metal.

“While Linux containers represent an innovative future for enterprise applications, traditional and legacy applications remain critical to the modern business. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 can meet the needs of these existing applications while providing the tools and services to drive cloud-native application creation and deployment. The latest version of our flagship container application platform goes a step beyond simply creating and deploying applications by addressing the growing storage needs of both stateful and stateless applications across the hybrid cloud, allowing for coexistence of modern and future-forward workloads on a single, enterprise-ready platform,” Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, Red Hat.

http://www.redhat.com


Turkcell 5G Test Hits 24.7 Gbps in 15 Mhz Spectrum with Ericsson

Turkcell and Ericsson completed Turkey’s 5G test, achieving download speeds of 24.7 Gbps on the 15 GHz spectrum, the broadest available.  The tests were held at Turkcell’s Kucukyali Plaza in Istanbul.

“This test on the 15GHz spectrum is also very significant as it points to the kind of future that awaits us. While we at Turkcell continue to work hard to build one of the world’s strongest 4.5G network, this trial also makes us one of the first companies in the world to test 5G technologies," stated Gediz Sezgin, Turkcell's Senior Vice President of Network Technologies. "Our goal is not only to make Turkey into one of the first countries to adopt 5G, but also to develop 5G technologies here in Turkey, in other words to make Turkey into a country that not only uses but also produces key next generation communications technologies.”

http://www.turkcell.com.tr
http://www.ericsson.com

DataGryd Upgrades 60 Hudson Facility

DataGryd has completed a series of infrastructure updates at its 60 Hudson facility in lower Manhattan, offering built-to-suit colocation opportunities to incoming tenants. The facility has 180,000 square-feet of immediately available colocation space available.

DataGryd's 60 Hudson data center delivers access to over 300 interconnected carriers and exchanges, with multiple Points of Entry (POEs) from diverse data network providers and direct fiber conduits. The high-density colocation space uses a proprietary MicroGryd technology, offering dual contingencies and delivering the highest value in energy efficiency with direct primary utility feeds offering up to 12,000 kW of power. The facility also offers a turn-key, high-power data center space known as the MegaSuite, which provides technology-driven operational efficiencies that result in reduced costs for entry and power. Each suite is tenant-optimized, delivering low operational and capital expenses to maximize clients' capital preservation. In addition to these offerings, DataGryd recently launched its new Cloud Core Ecology™ Solution (Cx2) at ITW 2016. This on-demand space leverages fortified colocation facilities and custom suites with minimal deployment requirements for burgeoning cloud providers.

www.DataGryd.com

Crehan: 25GbE and 100GbE > 50% of Data Center Ethernet Switch Shipments by 2021

Over half of all data center Ethernet switch shipments by 2021 will be 25 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 100GbE, according to a new report from Crehan Research that also predicts that these two technologies will be most instrumental in driving this market beyond $15B by that time.

“25GbE and 100GbE data center switch adoption is already experiencing exponential growth, with port shipments currently in the hundred-of-thousands per quarter,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "Volumes would likely be even higher if it weren’t for pockets of supply constraints in certain areas, such as the optical transceivers that uplink and connect many of these switches.”

Some of the factors driving the current strong ramp and expected future high volumes of 25GbE and 100GbE data center Ethernet switching include:

  • Very small – and in some cases no – price premium over comparable 10GbE and 40GbE switches, resulting in very substantial bandwidth discounts.
  • Higher bandwidth per lane since 25GbE currently uses the same number of lanes as 10GbE and 100GbE currently uses the same number of lanes as 40GbE.
  • Compatibility with existing data center fiber cabling.
  • Very strong interest, and even some pent up demand, from the largest hyper-scale cloud providers, which can drive significant early volumes and reduce costs even further. Already some of these providers have major artificial intelligence and deep machine learning initiatives. 25/100GbE network architectures, in conjunction with compute and network accelerators, will likely be instrumental in enabling the cost-effective scaling of these types of workloads.

Crehan’s latest Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report further predicts that as a result of the strong adoption of 25GbE and 100GbE, SFP-based 10GbE and QSFP-based 40GbE data center switch shipments will decline in 2017. In contrast, 10GBASE-T data center switching is expected to continue growing robustly for some time.

http://www.crehanresearch.com/

OpenSynergy Develops Automotive Safety Hypervisor for ARM Cortex-R52

OpenSynergy, a developer of automotive software based in Berlin, is working on a software hypervisor for the ARM Cortex-R52 processor. The hypervisor turns any chip based on the Cortex-R52 into several virtual machines capable of simultaneously executing separate software tasks.

ARM said this allows for the isolation of safety-critical functions from those that require less stringent control. In addition, it enables the consolidation of applications onto fewer electronic control units (ECUs) to both manage complexity and reduce cost.  Target applications include autonomous vehicles and industrial control systems.

"Mass-market autonomous vehicles will be engineered with greatly enhanced ECU compute capabilities and the ability to safely manage far more complex software stacks," said Richard York, vice president of embedded marketing, ARM. "The Cortex-R52 was purpose-built for this task, with hypervisor-enabled software separation protecting critical safety features while ensuring fast task execution. This will enable highly performant vehicles that can be fully trusted to take over from the driver."

"The ARM Cortex-R52 processor will bring virtualization technology to a much wider set of devices in the automotive market," said Stefaan Sonck Thiebaut, CEO, OpenSynergy. "In doing so, we look forward to enabling the next generation of vehicle architecture."

https://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/automotive-safety-hypervisor-announced-for-arm-cortex-r52.php

Aviatrix Raises $15 Million for Hybrid Cloud

Aviatrix Systems, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $15 million in Series B funding for its hybrid cloud networking solutions.

Aviatrix provides a centralized controller and lightweight gateway software that simplifies the creation, deletion, and management of hybrid cloud networks. Enterprises use Aviatrix to create scalable and secure interconnections across multiple private data centers and public cloud regions. Aviatrix can also support cloud-native environments and multi-cloud architectures by enabling interconnections between different public cloud providers.

The oversubscribed round, which brings the company’s total funding to $25 million, was led by new investor CRV and joined by existing investors Formation 8 and Ignition Partners.

“Aviatrix’s disruptive vision is to make hybrid cloud networking as simple, dynamic, and elastic as compute and storage,” said Steven Mih, CEO of Aviatrix. “This is an exciting time for Aviatrix, as we expand on the success of our one-click hybrid cloud networking solution which helps our customers simplify and accelerate migration of their applications to the cloud. We look forward to working with our financial partners and advisory board to further develop our business and continue to bring meaningful cloud networking products to market.”

http://www.aviatrix.com

Procera Cites 177% Increase in Virtualized Net Deployments in '16

Procera Networks announced a record number of contract wins and deployments during the past 12 months including 36 new tier one service provider contracts in 2016 alone. The company said its cumulative deployment of its virtualized DPI technology also increased to over 50 tier one and tier two operator installs, confirming it's become central to operator NFV strategies.

Procera's technology is regularly used for traffic management, policy charging and control, IT and regulatory analytics among tier one and tier two fixed, mobile, Wi-Fi, and satellite providers. Its network management and DPI technology is also increasingly being deployed in a virtualized format.

During 2016, Procera saw a 177% increase in virtualized commercial deployments compared to the year before. The company also expects this growth to continue and that it will far exceed

"Procera saw significant market momentum in 2016 and had record bookings, sales, and deployments. Our growth has been fueled by the strength of our core technology's ability to reveal more granular OTT analytics than our competition and by the flexibility and robustness of our virtualized delivery of those capabilities," said Lyn Cantor, President and CEO at Procera Networks. "Additionally, our customers have been very enthusiastic in our portfolio of over 100 different use cases based on our global learnings and how quickly we can deploy our solutions to help them manage and optimize their networks."

http://www.proceranetworks.com

INOC Launches Network Operations Center for Subsea Cables

INOC is now providing 24x7  Network Operations Center (NOC) services for subsea cable systems across a wide array of disciplines, including organizational procedure, documentation, customer on-boarding, event monitoring and quality control. The company operates a primary NOC in Madison, WI, and a Disaster Recovery NOC near Chicago, IL.

The company said that whether an optical network resides beneath the ocean or on land connecting an enterprise or data center between remote locations, the imperatives of 24/7 network operations have similarities.  While the configurations and power requirements may differ on land and undersea, and the repair of cables requires different tactics depending on the location of the damage, issue detection, troubleshooting and follow-through processes remain the same and still enlists the optical expertise found in a seasoned NOC team.

INOC's suite of NOC services for subsea cable companies include the monitoring and management of wet plant, Data Communications Networks (DCNs), and environmental elements including power, temperature and moisture, and facility access control, in addition to supporting the terrestrial network segments.  As an ISO 27001-certified company, INOC also ensures the security of customer information assets across all processes and technology.

“Many subsea cable owner-operators that do not want to incur the substantial expense of building and operating their own Network Operations Center often look to external NOC solutions,” says Prasad Ravi, CEO of INOC.  “Our engineers possess in-depth, practical knowledge of coherent optical systems and advanced modulation techniques, an acumen that translates easily from the terrestrial to subsea network domain.”

http://www.INOC.COM

Talari Announces Managed Edge SD-WAN

Talari Networks introduced an SD-WAN Managed Edge service delivery platform built to support the requirements of MSPs, ASPs and CSPs seeking to provide managed SD-WAN capability to their customers.

Talari Managed Edge incorporates the following features and capabilities:

  • Scalable, multi-tenant administration with a master controller that enables MSPs to centrally manage thousands of discrete network nodes;
  • Cost-effective delivery of key branch services including SD-WAN, routing and firewall on a single edge device;
  • Deployment flexibility with support for physical, virtual, and cloud datacenter & branch deployment models;
  • Financial options that enable solution acquisition via perpetual license or annual subscription;
  • Integration with OpenStack to support hybrid data center and WAN DevOps.

“Adoption of managed SD-WAN services is accelerating in the U.S. and around the world,” said Mark Masur, Talari CEO. “We’ve built Talari Managed Edge to help MSPs succeed in the SD-WAN services business by enabling them to deliver and monetize the last mile of failsafe network reliability to their customers,” Masur added.

http://www.talari.com

AppsFlyer Raises $56 Million for Mobile Analytics

AppsFlyer, a start-up based in San Francisco, raised an additional $56 million in Series C financing for its mobile attribution and marketing data analytics.

AppsFlyer's mission is to make the marketing industry more measureable. The company said that over the past 2 years its revenues have grown by 500% and staff from 40 to 240 people across 12 global offices. AppsFlyer measures $6 billion in mobile marketing spend annually, processes over 300 billion mobile events every month, has more than 2,000 integrated partners and supports over ten thousand marketers as clients. In addition to their existing measurement partnerships with major industry players including Facebook, Google, and Twitter, AppsFlyer was recently selected as a measurement partner by Pinterest, Tencent, Adobe, Yahoo!, and IBM.

“Our mission is to focus on our clients and provide the marketing measurement platform they need to become successful in a hyper-competitive space,” said Oren Kaniel, CEO and co-founder of AppsFlyer. “In the past two years we delivered some game-changing products that fundamentally make marketing more accessible, measurable and predictable. This funding round will continue to fuel our product development and advance our strategy to build the ultimate measurement platform for marketers.”

https://www.appsflyer.com

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