Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nita Patel Introduces the IEEE Women in Engineering Conference

The annual IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (IEEE WIE ILC) brings together women from across the globe to share ideas on closing the gender gap as technologists, engineers and scientists in the STEM fields.

Nita Patel, Founder and Chair of the IEEE WIE ILC, introduces the event and invites you to join the movement.

http://ieee-wie-ilc.org/





HPE's Services Business to Merge with CSC for Global IT Services

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will spin-off its Enterprise Services business and merge the unit with CSC, creating a pure-play, global IT services company with annual revenues of approximately $26 billion, more than 5,000 customers in 70 countries and employees in every major global region.

The companies said the combination will give them greater scale to service global clients migrating to the cloud. The deal is expected to produce first-year cost synergies of approximately $1 billion post-close, with run rate of $1.5 billion by end of year one.

Mike Lawrie, the current head of CSC, will become chairman, president and CEO of the new company, and Meg Whitman will join the Board of Directors. The new company's board will be split 50/50 between directors nominated by HPE and CSC.

After the spin-off, the remaining HPE will still have $33 billion in expected annual revenue. The company says the plan enables it to sharpen its focus on secure, next-generation, software-defined infrastructure built on its portfolio of servers, storage, networking, converged infrastructure, as well as its Helion Cloud platform and software assets.

"The 'spin-merger' of HPE's Enterprise Services unit with CSC is the right next step for HPE and our customers," said Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "Enterprise Services' customers will benefit from a stronger, more versatile services business, better able to innovate and adapt to an ever-changing technology landscape."

"As a more powerful, versatile and independent global technology services business, this new company will be well positioned to help clients succeed on their digital transformation journeys," said Mike Lawrie, CSC chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Together, CSC and HPE's Enterprise Services will have the scale, foundation and next-generation technologies to innovate, compete and grow in a rapidly changing marketplace. We are excited by the great potential this merger brings to our people, clients, partners and investors, and by the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Hewlett Packard Enterprise."

https://www.hpe.com/
http://www.csc.com/

Facebook's Telecom Infra Project Gets Organized

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP), which was kicked off by Facebook earlier this year with a mission to take the principles of the Open Compute Project (OCP) model and apply them to software systems and components involved in access, backhaul, and core networks, has expanded its membership and formed the first set of technical project groups.

New TIP members include Axiata Digital, Indosat, MTN Group, Telefonica, Vodafone, Acacia, ADVA, BlueStream, Broadcom, Coriant, Deloitte, Juniper Networks, and Lumentum. TIP launch partners included Intel, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom.

The new Project Groups include:

Access
System integration and site optimization – Chaired by SK Telecom
New integration via innovative, cost-effective and efficient end-to-end solutions that address rural and urban regions difficult to serve profitably.

Unbundled solutions – Co-chaired by SK Telecom and Nokia
Taking a fresh look at access, specifically through a cost-effective approach for low-power, low-maintenance solutions.

Media-friendly solutions – Chaired by Intel
Focusing on methods to increase effective throughput and further enhance the mobile user experience by bringing compute and storage capacity closer to the network edge.

Backhaul
High-frequency autonomic access – Chaired by Facebook
Defining thin and extensible software stack to autonomously coordinate routing, addressing and security related functions in packet-switched IPv6 networks.

Open optical packet transport – Co-chaired by Facebook and Equinix
Defining Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) open packet transport architecture that triggers new pace of technology innovation and flexibility, and avoids implementation lock-ins.

Core and Management
Core network optimization – Chaired by Intel
New innovation through disaggregation of traditional telecom core network via deconstructing traditionally bundled components.

Greenfield telecom networks – Co-chaired by Nokia, Facebook and Deutsche Telekom
Accelerating operator-friendly evolution towards a pure and efficient IT-based network architecture via greenfield solutions designed from the ground up.

https://telecominfraproject.com/news/updates-to-the-tip-foundation/

Facebook's Terragraph Accelerates WiGig for City Access

Facebook took the wraps off of two terrestrial connectivity technologies for fast wireless access.

Terragraph is a 60 GHz, multi-node wireless system for dense urban areas and that uses radios based on the WiGig standard. Facebook said Terragraph will deliver gigabits of data capacity. IPv6-only Terragraph nodes will be placed at 200m intervals. Terragraph will incorporate commercial off-the-shelf components and aim for high-volume, low-cost production. Facebook noted that up to 7 GHz of bandwidth is available in the unlicensed 60 GHz band in many countries.  U.S. regulators are considering expanding this to a total of 14 GHz.

Facebook Terragraph will also leverage an SDN-like cloud compute controller and a new modular routing protocol that Facebook optimized for fast route convergence and failure detection. The architecture also tweaks the MAC layer to solve shortcomings of TCP/IP over a wireless link. The company says the TDMA-TDD MAC layers delivers up to 6x improvement in network efficiency while being more predictable than the existing Wi-Fi/WiGig standard.

Terragraph is already in operation at the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California, where it delivers 1.05 Gbps bidirectional (2.1 Gbps total throughput per distribution node) in P2P mode, up to 250 meters away. A wider trial is planned for San Jose, California.

Facebook also released details on Project ARIES, a transmission technology that is a) spectrally efficient and allows for higher throughput in even the smallest bandwidths, and b) energy efficient, allowing for extended coverage range.

The proof-of-concept system features a base station with 96 antennas and can support 24 streams simultaneously over the same radio spectrum. Researchers have demonstrated 71 bps/Hz of spectral efficiency. The target is aiming for an unprecedented 100+ bps/Hz of spectral efficiency. Facebook said ARIES is an embodiment of Massive MIMO — by using “spatial multiplexing,” the antenna array at the base station can serve a multiplicity of autonomous user terminals on the same time-frequency resource. This opens up possibilities such as resource sharing as an alternative not only to the need for spectrum licensing.

Facebook already has an ARIES testbed delivering 10x spectral and energy efficiency gains in point to multi-point deployments.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1072680049445290/

vArmour Raises $41 Million for Micro-Segmentation

vArmour Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $41 million in Series D funding for its work in software-defined security for virtualized data centers.

vArmour, which was founded in January 2011 by two NetScreen veterans, specializes in application-aware micro-segmentation with advanced security analytics. Its Distributed Security System (DSS) enables organizations to gain application-layer visibility and control of their network, applications and users to prevent, detect and respond to cyber attacks and breaches in data center and cloud environments. The company cites deployments at hundreds of organizations across the globe, including a significant number of the world’s largest banks, telecom service providers, government agencies, healthcare providers and retailers.

The funding round was led by Redline Capital, Telstra and other strategic investors, bringing total company funding to $83 million.

"vArmour is now segmenting and protecting critical data for some of the largest national infrastructure and financial institutions in the world,” said Tim Eades, CEO of vArmour. “We have proven that our product and model are extremely effective, cost efficient and scalable, and this new round of funding and investment from global distribution partners will propel company growth."

https://www.varmour.com




Team Grush Wins $1 Million from Intel, TBS, Mark Burnett

Team Grush - inventors of a digital toothbrush that uses virtual games to motivate children to brush their teeth, was voted the winner in the season 1 finale of the tech reality TV challenge America’s Greatest Makers.  The team beat out 23 other entrants and was awarded $1 million in prize money.

All of the teams presented new devices built with Intel technology.

Intel and Burnett, president of MGM Television and Digital Group, confirmed a second season of America’s Greatest Makers would air in the United States in 2017.

https://www.americasgreatestmakers.com/

Ericsson Lands IT Managed Services Contract with du

Ericsson announced a long-term deal to manage and operate du's IT infrastructure. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson will deploy its global tools, processes and ways of working on an end-to-end basis to improve du's infrastructure performance and support high-quality customer experiences. Ericsson will manage du's IT service desk, data center operations, and user computing and enterprise system management processes. In addition, Ericsson will manage IT application operations for du's Enterprise Support Systems as well as Operational and Business Support Systems.

http://www.ericsson.com

Ericsson Divests its Fiber Cable Business in NZ

Ericsson will sell its fiber cable and duct business in Wellington, New Zealand, to Hexatronic Group AB.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Hexatronic offers all 19 Ericsson employees who are currently employed in the business, employment in the continuing business.

http://www.ericsson.com

Monday, May 23, 2016

Netronome Integrates P4 and C Programming on Production Server NICs

Netronome introduced a P4 and C compliant Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for dynamically programming new networking capabilities on its Agilio CX and LX family of intelligent server adapters (ISAs).

The news is significant because bringing SDN capabilities into a server NIC could help identify and resolve tenant application performance bottlenecks rapidly, enabling cloud service providers to maintain high levels of user experience.

For telco NFV deployments, Netronome said its solution enables a significantly higher degree of dynamic data center traffic observability, helping telco operators to pinpoint issues related to call drops or poor call and video quality in 4G and 5G networks. AT&T and Netronome are presenting and demonstrating this use case at the P4 Language Consortium workshop this week at Stanford University.

The P4 Language Consortium, of which Netronome is an active member, is currently developing specifications for the P4 programming language and associated compilers.The Netronome IDE leverages the Consortium’s open source P4 compiler to deliver 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps performance for popular data center networking functions using the Agilio server networking platform. Extensions developed by  Netronome also enable integration with optional C-based programming for sophisticated functions such as stateful processing.

“Server-based networking has evolved as the most widely deployed form of SDN; its fundamental tenets are feature velocity and control - important requirements for data center operators,” said Sujal Das, senior vice president and general manager, marketing and corporate strategy. “As a pioneer in hardware-accelerated, server-based networking solutions, we take great pride in being the first in the industry with shipping products that can truly help customers realize the value of integrated P4 and C programming for their data center applications.”

A beta release of the Netronome IDE with Programmer Studio v6.0 featuring P4 and C programming on Agilio CX and LX ISAs is available.

http://www.netronome.com
http://www.open-nfp.org
http://www.p4.org

Netronome Brings Hardware-Acceleration to OpenStack Networking

Netronome has tuned its Agilio Server Networking Platform for delivering hardware-acceleration for OpenStack networking, allowing data centers to accelerate applications such as network virtualization, security, load balancing and telemetry using different data plane options suitable for use cases spanning traditional IT to IaaS and Telco NFV workloads. Netronome's own testing has found a 5X boost in VM performance when network functions are offloaded to its Agilio interface cards.

At this week's OpenStack Summit in Austin, Netronome, in collaboration with Ericsson and Mirantis, is showcasing acceleration of open source datapath implementations, specifically, Open vSwitch (OVS), Stateful Firewall (Connection Tracking) and OpenContrail vRouter using Agilio CX intelligent server adapters. The company said this approach will be incorporated as an enhanced OpenStack networking plug-in architecture specification. As a result, critical networking functions that would otherwise hamper performance of the OpenStack implementation are offloaded to the Agilio platform, accommodating significantly more virtual machines per server leading to up to 6X lower TCO and higher services revenue per server compared to traditional NICs.
http://www.netronome.com


Netronome's Agilio Server Networking Accelerates Cloud Data Centers

Netronome introduced its Agilio Server Networking Platform for transparently offloading server-based networking data paths, such as open virtual switch (OVS), Juniper Networks Contrail vRouter, and Linux firewall.

The company said its hardware and software-based Agilio platform delivers up to 5X higher throughput while reducing CPU requirements by up to 80 percent compared to traditional NICs and server-based networking implemented in software.

Server-based networking is being widely deployed in cloud data centers to handle virtualization, firewalls, load balancing, telemetry, zero-trust security using micro-segmentation, virtual network functions (VNFs) and application-based analytics. The big cloud providers (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google) are using server-based networking in their mega data centers. Netronome's Agilio solution accelerates such server-based networking functions by offloading compute-intensive flow and tunnel processing from the CPUs.

The Agilio CX intelligent server adapters (ISAs) are based on Netronome's own flow processing silicon (NFP-4000) and software architecture (Agilio Software). The Agilio ISAs use onboard memory to support up to two million security policies, and deliver 28Mpps of throughput using hardware-based acceleration.

NTT Creates High Density Optical Fiber with 19 Cores

Researchers at NTT, Fujikura, and Hokkaido University have demonstrated the world’s highest density optical fiber.

The optical fiber has a diameter of less than 250 ┬Ám and contains 19 optical paths (cores) that can support six kinds of optical signals (modes). It provides 114 (= 6 modes × 19 cores) spatially multiplexed communication paths (channels) in one optical fiber.

The researchers calculate that the ultra-large capacity optical fiber that can handle a Peta- to Exa-bit transmission capacity.

The work was partially based on work commissioned by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2016/1605e/160516a.html

Xilinx Adds Data Center Accelerators to 16nm UltraScale+ Roadmap

Xilinx plans to add acceleration enhanced technologies for the Data Center to its 16nm UltraScale+ product roadmap.

The resulting products will deliver the combination of Xilinx's 16nm FinFET+ FPGAs with integrated High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM), and support for the recently announced Cache Coherent Interconnect for Acceleration technology (CCIX).

CCIX is initially driven by a group of seven companies to enable an acceleration framework that works with multiple processor architectures.

Specifically, Xilinx HBM-enabled FPGAs will improve acceleration capabilities by offering 10X higher memory bandwidth relative to discrete memory channels. HBM technology enables multi-terabit memory bandwidth integrated in package for the lowest possible latency.

"Having already delivered 19 billion transistors on a chip at 20nm leveraging our second generation 3D IC technology, we are creating a third generation 3D IC breakthrough  for data center acceleration and other compute intensive designs," said Victor Peng, executive vice president and general manager, Programmable Products at Xilinx. "When combined with next generation CCIX acceleration framework and our software defined SDAccel™  development environment, this technology will enable a new breed of high-density, flexible platforms for accelerating compute, storage and networking applications."

http://www.xilinx.com

Microsoft Awards Grants for Affordable Internet Access

Microsoft announced Affordable Access Initiative grants for 12 entrepreneurial businesses to help scale their solutions and business models to increase affordable Internet access in communities around the world.

Microsoft's Affordable Access Initiative aims to democratize access to the Internet through grants, commercial partnerships, connecting new leaders and community engagement.

The winners are:

Power Solutions
African Renewable Energy Distributor (Rwanda)
New Sun Road (Uganda)

Hardware Solutions
Zaya Learning Labs (India)

Connectivity Solutions
AirJaldi (India)
Axiom Technologies (United States)
C3: Communications Consulting Centre (Malawi)
Ekovolt (Nigeria)
Wi-Fi Interactive Network (Philippines)

Application Solutions
Kelase (Indonesia)
Movivo (United Kingdom)
Tambero.com (Argentina)
VistaBotswana (Botswana)

"With more than half of the world's population lacking access to the Internet, connectivity is a global challenge that demands creative problem solving," said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft. "By using technology that's available now and partnering with local entrepreneurs who understand the needs of their communities, our hope is to create sustainable solutions that will not only have impact today but also in the years to come."

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/affordable-access-initiative/home

Telco Systems Releases CloudMetro 10 vCPE Platform

Telco Systems has released its CloudMetro 10, a new 1GE virtualization platform and announced the completion of a series of commercial trials with Tier 1 service providers around the world.

CloudMetro 10 is a new member of Telco Systems' Open Metro Edge (OME) portfolio, which includes CloudMetro vCPE 1GE to 10GE family of virtualization platforms, EdgeGenie Orchestrator for management and orchestration, and TelcoApps library of pre-configured packages of virtualized network functions.

CloudMetro 10 supports hardware acceleration and pre-integrated VNF applications enabling carrier-grade performance with multi-service chaining.

Telco Systems has also expanded its library of VNF applications, which includes security, routing, SD-WAN and WAN-optimization services from leading vendors, including Check Point, Audio Codes, Palo Alto and Netrounds.  The company has recently successfully tested additional VNF applications with Cisco, Brocade, Juniper, Silver Peak, Riverbed and Fortinet.

"We are proud of the progress and achievements we have made with our CloudMetro platforms and OME solution," commented Raanan Tzemach, Vice President of Product and Marketing at Telco Systems. "We are positioning our customers to take full advantage of the benefits of SDN and NFV and efficiently offer a new set of virtualized services with flexible business models based on our VNF-packages."

http://www.telco.com

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Blueprint: Evolving Security for Evolving Threats in Payments

by Jose Diaz, Director, Payment Strategy, Thales e-Security

At this point in the history of cyber security, it seems like the eternal optimism of “it couldn’t happen to me” is the only reason consumers by the millions haven’t abandoned the digital life and gone back to cash-only transactions. Huge-scale data breaches persist, snatching more and more personal data. Retailers certainly want to protect their customers and their reputation, but are they really doing all they can?

There’s a reason why we are still experiencing huge breaches, and it’s not a lack of technology. Solutions that provide increased protection for cardholder data, while maintaining the highest levels of performance—up to millions of transactions per day—were defined and developed after the highly publicized breaches in 2009. The Payment Card Industry (PCI) released solution requirements for Point-to-Point Encryption to assist merchants in protecting cardholder data and reducing the scope of their environment for PCI DSS assessments. However, these approaches still seem to be a concept rather than common practice.

This is a critical issue in need of a thorough solution. Reducing the risk of payment data breaches requires encrypting sensitive data at the point of swipe (or dip in the case of EMV cards) in the payment device and only decrypting it at the processor. Direct attacks on devices in the payment acceptance process have become increasingly common and highly sophisticated, but strongly encrypted cardholder data is useless to cyber criminals. To understand the approaches, and the benefits, of implementing sensitive data protection, let’s focus on two key areas: traditional payment acceptance terminals and mobile.

Accepting Payment at the Terminal

Transaction speed is important to both customers and merchants; electronic POS solution providers need to maximize security for payment card transactions without slowing performance. Their solutions need to encrypt cardholder data from the precise moment of acceptance on through to the point of processing, where transactions can be decrypted and sent to the payment networks. By deploying point-to-point encryption (P2PE), intermediate systems that sit between the POI (point of interaction – the point of swipe) device and the point of decryption at the processor are removed from the scope of most PCI-DSS compliance requirements, since the sensitive data passing through them is encrypted.

All encryption is not the same. There’s a difference between encrypting the data at the point of swipe device and encrypting the data in the POS system, more specifically the retail terminal. POI devices are subject to a PCI certification process, thereby providing high-assurance cryptography and key management functionality. Retail terminals, on the other hand, are typically PC/tablet-based devices that in most cases only offer software-based encryption and do not have the security controls of PCI-certified devices.

Data decryption takes place at the point of processing using HSMs for secure key management, as required by PCI-P2PE requirements. HSMs perform secure key exchanges and, in most applications, key management that produces a unique key to protect each and every payment transaction. Taking advantage of these security capabilities, solution providers can build high-capacity and redundant secure systems so that multiple servers and multiple HSMs, deployed at multiple data centers, can combine seamlessly to service high transaction volumes with automated load balancing and failover.

With a distinctive combination of strong security and risk mitigation against malicious capture of cardholder data, Verifone—a provider of secure payment acceptance solutions—is one example of a P2PE solution provider that follows this approach. At the same time, this approach ensures performance and availability for transactions – a win-win for retailers. The Verifone VeriShield solution was specifically designed to enable retailers to implement Best Practices for Data Field Encryption, providing security that helps reduce the scope of PCI-DSS audits.

Accepting Payments on the Fly

Smaller merchants are now able, thanks to the mobile revolution, to afford on-the-go payment acceptance. However, with the increasing availability of mobile payment acceptance options, small merchants and mobile businesses need to take a moment to consider the security of their customers’ payment data.

Mobile devices equipped with an economical card reader “dongle” enable mobile point-of-sale, or mPOS. A mobile phone or tablet can accept payments from both EMV and magnetic stripe payment cards in this way. As with traditional POS, it is critical that the card reader encrypt the sensitive payment data it receives.

It can be challenging to secure mPOS solutions. CreditCall and ROYAL GATE, two payment services providers, overcame this challenge by using point-to-point encryption (P2PE) to protect the sensitive payment data from their mobile acceptance offerings. They integrated HSMs with their processing application as a critical component to manage keys and secure customer data following PCI P2PE solution requirements. The use of HSMs enables them to defend against external data extraction threats and to protect against compromise by a malicious insider.

Securing Payment Credentials

There are several options on the market that allow mobile devices to make payments, but Host Card Emulation (HCE) has distinct market advantages. Because the security of the payment data and transaction is not dependent on hardware embedded in the phone, it has much broader applicability; any smartphone could use the HCE approach by loading payment credentials on the device and using it in place of a physical card.

Mobile devices have a NFC (near field communications) controller, which HCE-based applications leverage to interact with a contactless payment terminal. However, since the application cannot rely on secure hardware embedded in the phone for protection of the payment credentials, alternative approaches for protecting sensitive data and transaction security have to be used. These approaches include tokenizing payment credential numbers as well as actively managing and rotating keys used for transaction authorization. This enables issuers to manage the risk introduced by having a less secure mobile device environment for payment credential data.

The approaches that protect this data are based on HSMs in the issuer environment, which not only create the rotating keys but also to send them securely to the mobile device. In addition, the HSMs are also a critical part of the tokenization and transaction authorization process. The HCE infrastructure does not actually introduce any new security processes or procedures for retailers and processors; it just enables issuers to combine their existing strong security practices—comprising key generation/distribution, data encryption and message authentication—into a cohesive offering to enable payments with mobile devices.

Protecting What’s Yours

The sophistication and determination of malicious actors has resulted in a global,
multi-billion-dollar industry. The real possibility of huge financial reward spurs cyber criminals to evolve their methods, including attacks on payment devices themselves. But the reality is that retailers and their acquirers can reduce their risk and fear if the sensitive cardholder data in their possession is nonsense to hackers. This is why P2PE is so critical in the fight to reduce fraud.

In addition to using P2PE and PCI-certified devices to keep card data safe, merchants are using HSMs in the processing environment to protect critical secure data protection and transaction keys. These steps also create a trust environment that complies with PCI requirements and reduces risk on payment acceptance and HCE-based credentials. Following these best practices will help merchants and their acquirers safeguard the lifeblood of their business, protecting their bottom line and their good name.

About the Author

Jose Diaz has worked with the Thales group for over 35 years and is currently responsible for payment product strategy at Thales e-Security. He has worked with payment application providers in developing solutions and roadmaps for securing the payments ecosystem. During his tenure at Thales, Jose has worked in Product Development, Systems Design, Sales in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Business Development.


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Video: BT Americas - Cloud Security is a Board-level Issue

Security cannot be an afterthought when moving to the cloud. The perimeter has completely changed and is now about the individual and the data.

Identity and access management coupled with the cloud are of such critical importance that they have become board-level concerns, says Jason Cook, BT Americas' CISO.

See video: https://youtu.be/dM7-3tbZzaE





Tata Comm Sells Data Centers to Singapore's ST Telemedia

Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia) has agreed to acquire a 74% majority stake in Tata Communications’ data center business in India and Singapore for .

The deal includes Tata Communications’ fourteen data centers in key cities across India and its three Singapore facilities. The data centers serve a diversified customer base, including blue chip enterprises in Asia, e-commerce platforms and global multi-national corporations.

ST Telemedia said the acquisition will further expand and strengthen its global data center network to span four geographies, including strong bases in two of Asia’s largest growth markets - India and China.

Tata Communications, which will retain a 26% stake in the businesses, will focus on its advanced managed services portfolio, including IP, cloud enablement and unified communications services.

“This partnership marks another key milestone in STT GDC’s growth. Since ST Telemedia’s initial investment in the data centre business in mid-2014, we have made remarkable progress in building a formidable data centre footprint internationally with strategic presence in key economic hubs to capture industry demand. The latest addition of India to the STT GDC network will be a major impetus to advance the company’s ambition to be a significant global data centre service provider," stated Sio Tat Hiang, Executive Director, ST Telemedia.

http://www.tatacommunications.com/
http://www.sttelemedia.com/

Equinix to Sell 8 European Data Centers to Digital Realty

Last week, Equinix announced plans to sell eight of its European data centers to Digital Realty Trust for the amount of $874.4 million. These facilities include: TelecityGroup's Bonnington House, Sovereign House, Meridian Gate and Oliver's Yard data centers and Equinix's West Drayton data center in London; TelecityGroup's Science Park and Amstel Business Park I in Amsterdam; and TelecityGroup's Lyonerstrasse data center in Frankfurt.

The sale of these assets was a pre-condition set by the European Commission in November 2015 for Equinix's acquisition of TelecityGroup plc.

Additionally, Equinix has separately negotiated with Digital Realty a binding option for Equinix to acquire Digital Realty's operating business including its real estate and facility in St. Denis, Paris where Equinix has an established presence with its PA2 and PA3 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.

http://www.equinix.com
  • On January 15, 2016, Equinix completed the acquisition of TelecityGroup plc in a transaction valued at approximately $3.8 billion (£2.6 billion). The addition of TelecityGroup's 34+ data centers, net of the divestment, more than doubled Equinix's capacity in Europe, fortifying its position as the largest retail colocation provider in the region and in the world.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

DriveScale Unveils its Composable Rack Scale-Out Architecture

DriveScale, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced $15 million in a Series A funding for its software-defined, data center rack architecture designed to create new capabilities out of commodity components.

DriveScale's solution, which is provided via a set of on-premises and SaaS tools, makes it easier to deploy independent pools of commodity compute and storage resources, automatically discover available assets, and combine and recombine these resources as needed.

DriveScale has been in stealth-mode for the past three years. The team includes several former executives at Sun Microsystems, including Gene Banman, Satya Nishtala, Tom Lyon, and Duane Northcutt.

Ingrasys, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, co-developed the DriveScale product line and is the company’s hardware equipment manufacturer.

The funding round was led by Pelion Venture Partners with participation from Nautilus Venture Partners and Foxconn’s Ingrasys.

“The time is right for a disaggregated rack scale architecture. The state of the art in ethernet switch fabrics enables wire-speed connection of pools of commodity CPU and storage resources under software control, with no loss in performance. The market opportunity for flexible scale-out infrastructure for enterprises is enormous,” said Gene Banman, CEO at DriveScale. “The whole computer industry is moving our way. It’s just a matter of time.”

http://www.drivescale.com


Friday, May 20, 2016

Mitsubishi Upgrades IMEWE Submarine Cable for 100G

Mitsubishi Electric is upgrading the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable System for 100G line rates, thereby increasing the overall capacity of the system to 5.6Tbps.

The upgrade, which will involve installing submarine line terminal equipment (SLTE) and terrestrial line terminal equipment (TLTE) in eight countries, is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

The cable system comprises three optical fiber pairs with two fiber pairs on an express path, plus a terrestrial link connecting the cities of Alexandria and Suez in Egypt.

http://www.imewecable.com/
http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/news/2016/0519-b.html

Mitsubishi Updates India-Middle East-Western Europe Cable


 Mitsubishi has upgraded the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable Network with its 40 Gbps DWDM.  The upgrade involved installation of submarine line terminal equipment in eight countries.

The IMEWE Cable System spans 12,091 kilometers with 10 terminal stations owned by a consortium of nine leading telecom carriers in eight countries: India, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and France.

The nine IMEWE parties which have contracted for the upgrade and are co-owners of IMEWE system are Bharti Airtel Ltd., Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, France Telecom, OGERO Telecom, Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited, Saudi Telecom Company, TATA Communications Limited, Telecom Egypt, and Telecom Italia SPARKLE S.p.A.

http://www.imewecable.com/

See also