Thursday, September 3, 2015

Intel Invests in QuTech for Quantum Computing

Intel will invest US$50 million and provide significant engineering resources to Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research, to accelerate advancements in quantum computing.

Intel said its goal is to extend the university's physics expertise and diverse quantum computing research efforts by contributing advanced manufacturing, electronics and architectural expertise.

"A fully functioning quantum computer is at least a dozen years away, but the practical and theoretical research efforts we're announcing today mark an important milestone in the journey to bring it closer to reality," said Mike Mayberry, Intel vice president and managing director of Intel Labs.

Intel also published the following infographic on quantum computing.



http://www.intel.com

Amazon Web Services to Acquire Elemental

Amazon Web Services agreed to acquire Elemental Technologies, which offers software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Elemental, which is based in Portland, Oregon, will continue to operate its business under its existing brand, delivering the full range of solutions for pay TV operators, content programmers, broadcasters, governments, and enterprise customers. Elemental will also expand the integration of its offerings with AWS.

“Elemental shares Amazon’s passion for invention and putting the customer first,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President of Amazon Web Services. “Together, we’ll collaborate on deeper technology integrations and new infrastructure offerings so that media and entertainment companies can evolve their hybrid and cloud models as they continue to innovate their services for viewers.”

http://www.elementaltechnologies.com

Ciena Posts Revenue of $603 Million

Ciena reported revenue of $602.9 million for its fiscal third quarter 2015, as compared to $603.6 million for the fiscal third quarter 2014. Net income (GAA) for the fiscal third quarter 2015 was $23.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $16.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2014.

"We delivered strong financial performance in our fiscal third quarter, including increased profitability and cash generation, demonstrating our ability to deliver on our business model and drive continued operating leverage," said Gary B. Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. "Despite short-term revenue headwinds related to the timing of network implementations at certain large service provider customers, fundamental demand drivers for our business remain strong. In fact, we now expect to exceed 10% adjusted operating margin for the full fiscal year."

Some highlights:

  •  U.S. customers contributed 59.8% of total revenue
  • One customer accounted for greater than 10% of revenue and represented 20% of total revenue
  • Cash and investments totaled $927.3 million
  • Cash flow from operations totaled $117.5 million
  • Product inventory turns were 5.6
  • Headcount totaled 5,196


http://www.ciena.com

Verizon Increases its Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications declared a quarterly dividend of 56.5 cents per outstanding share, an increase of 1.5 cents per share, or 2.7 percent, from the previous quarter.  On an annual basis, this increases Verizon's dividend by 6 cents per share, from $2.20 to $2.26 per share. This is the ninth consecutive year Verizon's Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend increase.

http://www.verizon.com

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Intel Unveils its Skylake Processors

Intel introduced its 6th generation, "Skylake" Core processor family designed for desktops, 2-in-1s, mobile workstations and ultra-mobile compute sticks.

Intel said the new devices, which are built with 14nm manufacturing process, deliver up to two and a half times better performance, triple the battery life, and graphics that are 30 times better for seamless and smooth gaming and video experiences versus the average 5-year-old computer.

"6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver some of the most significant advancements in computing that we've ever seen," said Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group. "New 6th Gen Intel Core-based systems are more responsive than ever with enhanced performance, battery life and security. And they can enable amazing new PC experiences like logging into your computer with your face and having a personal assistant respond to your voice. The combination of 6th Gen Intel Core processors, Windows 10 and beautiful new systems from PC manufacturers make this the best time ever to buy a new computer."

Intel plans to deliver more than 48 processors in the 6th Gen Intel Core processor family, featuring Intel Iris and Iris Pro graphics, as well as Intel Xeon E3-1500M processor family for mobile workstations and 6th Gen Intel vPro processors for business and enterprises.

Microsoft Azure Announces Premium VMs Powered by Intel Xeon E5

Microsoft announced the Azure GS-series of virtual machine (VM) and premium storage types designed to run the most demanding storage and compute-intensive workloads in the cloud.

The new GS-series combines the compute power of G-series with the performance of premium storage.  Powered by the Intel Xeon E5 v3 family processors, the GS-series can have up to 64TB of storage, provide 80,000 IOPs (storage I/Os per second) and deliver 2,000 MB/s of storage throughput. The GS-series offers the highest disk throughput, by more than double, of any VM offered by another hyperscale public cloud provider. Furthermore, both the G-series and GS-series offer up to 20 Gbps of network bandwidth, more than double that of the closest VMs of any hyperscale public cloud provider.

Microsoft also announced a new diagnostic capability for VMs – the ability to see serial and console output from a running Virtual Machine. This will help customers diagnose VMs that may be suffering from boot or runtime failures.

In addition, Microsoft introduced Azure Service Bus Premium Messaging, a new Service Bus tier that provides all the messaging features of Azure Service Bus queues and topics with predictable, repeatable performance and improved availability. Unlike the multitenant model used by basic and standard Service Bus tiers, the premium tier uses a micro services model to provide resource isolation and consistent performance.

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-has-the-most-powerful-vms-in-the-public-cloud/

Crehan: Strong Rebound for Data Center Ethernet Switch Market

The data center Ethernet switch market posted strong growth in the second quarter of 2015, according to a recent report from Crehan Research Inc. The firm reported that revenues and shipments both grew by more than 10 percent, helped by strong increases from 40 gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) and 10GBASE-T (10 gigabit-over-copper).

“We continue to see more 40GbE data center switch deployments, especially from the hyper-scale cloud market segment," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "At the same time, we are also seeing strong adoption of 10GBASE-T from both the enterprise and tier-2 cloud service provider segments," he added.

Besides the robust performance of 40GbE and 10GBASE-T, Crehan’s 2Q15 data center switch report includes these notable results:

  • HP Networking saw the strongest quarter-over-quarter data center Ethernet switch revenue growth, while Arista Networks saw the strongest year-over-year growth.
  • Cisco maintained its market share leadership position, accounting for almost 60% of total data center Ethernet Switch revenue. 
  • While all data center Ethernet switch types saw strong shipment growth in 2Q15, the Modular segment had the largest increase.
  • Infiniband switch shipments nearly doubled year-over-year, resulting in a record quarter.
  • In contrast with Ethernet and Infiniband, Fibre Channel switch revenue and shipments declined, both sequentially and year-over-year.

Although 40GbE data center switching is currently growing at a rapid rate, with shipments more than doubling year-over-year, Crehan’s last long-range forecast report noted that the impending arrival of low-priced 100GbE-capable data center switches could significantly slow down this growth, especially in the hyper-scale cloud segment.

http://www.crehanresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/CREHAN-Data-Center-Switch-2Q15-PR.pdf

Verizon Hum integrates Vehicle Telematics and Concierge Service

Verizon Telematics launched hum, an aftermarket vehicle technology and subscription service that enables drivers on the road to make their car smarter through a simple solution regardless of their wireless service provider.

Hum features:

  • Pinpoint Roadside Assistance for breakdowns, flat tires, overheating, dead battery or virtually anything else that might require towing or roadside assistance.
  • Incident Alert & Emergency Assistance notifies the hum emergency response center if the system detects an incident. Help will be dispatched to the vehicle’s GPS location if an accident is confirmed or if there is no response from the driver for additional support. Drivers can also initiate a call at the push of a button to speak with a trained, live agent.
  • Auto Health & Diagnostics helps predict and prevent mechanical issues before they become bigger problems by giving subscribers’ insights into their car’s health via the hum web portal and smartphone app.
  • Mechanic’s Hotline connects subscribers with ASE Certified Mechanics providing personalized, immediate and unbiased consultation related to their vehicle’s repair and maintenance issues.
  • Parking & Meter Tools help drivers find where they left their vehicle — using the hum smartphone app — while also keeping tabs on how much time is left on the meter.
  • Maintenance Reminders and Alerts can be set for oil changes, tire rotations and more. Additionally, hum will automatically alert customers to vehicle troubles and general manufacturer recalls.
  • Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance is available at the subscriber’s request – hum can provide information to authorities in order to help locate the stolen vehicle.
  • Travel & Repair Discounts include hotels, vehicle rentals, related travel expenses, and auto maintenance.

Two year subscription plans start at $14.99 per month plus taxes, fees and equipment for the first vehicle (including the hardware, valued at $120) with the option to add other vehicles for less.

http://www.verizon.com

SanDisk and Nexenta Build Open Software-defined Storage (OpenSDS) Flash Array

Nexenta's flagship software-only storage platform has been integrated with SanDisk’s all-flash InfiniFlash IF100 system.

Capable of scaling from 64 Terabyte (TB) to two Petabyte (PB) configurations, this unique software and hardware solution supports a broad range of deployment scenarios and workloads including, virtualization, Big Data analytics, data warehousing, and dynamic modeling. Built on ZFS, this resilient scale-up, unified block (FC and iSCSI) and file (NFS and SMB) storage solution provides enterprise customers with peace of mind and the assurance needed around functionality and performance. Key differentiators of this joint solution include NexentaStor's inline data reduction and high performance dual parity raid capabilities as well as the InfiniFlash IF100’s extra low space, power and cooling requirements, resulting in industry leading TCO.

“The coupling of our NexentaStor software and SanDisk’s InfiniFlash systems delivers the industry lowest cost solutions for high performance (ultra low, consistent, sub-millisecond response times and more than 8 Million flash IOPS in a rack) mature unified block and file services to cloud service providers and enterprise customers,” said Tarkan Maner, CEO of Nexenta. “These solutions literally break new ground and make all flash storage economically practical for a wide range of use cases, from high performance databases, to virtualized environments, big data lakes and extra dense active archive repositories.”

The integrated system monitoring and event management capabilities of the new solution, eases system management which ensures a better customer experience. NexentaStor’s ability to support block and file services allows customers to address use cases such as: VMware vCloud Air, OpenStack and CloudStack backend storage, generic NAS file services and Home Directory storage, etc.

http://www.sandisk.com
http://www.nexenta.com

Tanium Raises $120 Million for its Endpoint Security

Tanium, a start-up which offers an endpoint security and management solution, secured $120 million in additional financing from TPG, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., alongside existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The company is based in Emeryville, California.

Tanium noted the following milestones for the first half of fiscal year 2015:

  • Grew bookings by over 250% in Q2 over the same quarter last year.
  • Increased the number of transactions over $1 million by over 100% in the first half over the same period last year.
  • Added a record number of new names to its customer roster, including hallmark brands across the financial services, retail, healthcare, technology and government vertical markets.
  • Now used in production in over half of Fortune 100 companies.
  • Expanded operations to EMEA and Asia Pacific to better support Global 2000 customers, establishing regional headquarters in London, Sydney and Tokyo.
  • Opened its Washington, D.C. office to better support the company’s rapidly growing public sector footprint.
  • Released Tanium Endpoint Platform 6.5, including four product modules that provide new ways to address a variety of security and IT operations challenges including threat detection, incident response and forensics, and patch management.
  • Added some of the best security and IT minds in the industry to the Tanium team, including private sector incident response experts and former government special agents who worked on some of the most high profile post-breach investigations across both the private and public sectors.


“Since its inception, we’ve built Tanium around a strong mission — to help our customers fundamentally improve the visibility and control they have over their growing environments, so that they can stem the bleeding caused by security and operations outages that are going unchecked through the use of older, broken management tools,” said Orion Hindawi, Co-founder, President and CTO at Tanium. “The overwhelmingly positive market reaction and phenomenal growth we have experienced over the past few years has been humbling, but it only reinforces our team’s focus to help the number of companies and government organizations around the world that need Tanium but don’t have it yet. We commit to maintaining laser focus on building truly innovative technology that solves some of the hardest management problems for our customers, and working to ensure that no large organization is forced to manage their environment with ineffective, antiquated tools going forward.”

http://www.tanium.com

In March 2015, Tanium announced that Andreessen Horowitz invested an additional $52 million in the company. This subsequent investment in Tanium is a follow-up to Andreessen Horowitz’s initial financing of $90 million in May 2014.

Verizon Brings On a New Logo

Verizon adopted a new logo.

The company said the new look is more than just the logo as it reflects a new "renewed purpose" at the company -- the promise of the digital world.

Verizon said the new brand identity "takes the best elements of Verizon’s heritage, represented by its colors and the Verizon “checkmark,” and transforms them for a new era. At its most basic level, the new logo is a visual statement that honors our history and reflects an identity that stands for simplicity, honesty and joy in a category rife with confusion, disclaimers and frustration. It’s a cleaner, more human design and the checkmark, the universal symbol for getting things done, uniquely expresses the reliability of Verizon."

http://www.verizon.com

Metaswitch Names Martin Lund as CEO

Metaswitch Networks named Martin Lund as its new CEO, replacing John Lazar, who will remain at Metaswitch as chairman of its board of directors.

Lund joins Metaswitch from Cadence Design Systems, where he has served as senior vice president and general manager of the company's IP Group since 2012. Prior to that, he held a number of top management positions during a 12-year tenure at Broadcom, including senior vice president and general manager of the Network Switching Business. He earlier served in engineering leadership roles at Intel. Lund holds a degree in electronic engineering from Frederiksberg Technical College and Risø National Laboratory at the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen.

http://www.metaswitch.com

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SAP's New HANA Vora Software Extends In-Memory Query Engine to Spark

SAP introduced its new HANA Vora software for bringing context-aware decision to data sets encompassed by Apache Spark.

SAP HANA Vora is a new in-memory query engine that leverages and extends the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop. As a socket inside the Spark framework, the Vora capabilities can tap into distributed Big Data. It extends the in-memory computing innovation from SAP to distributed data and provides OLAP-like analytics with a business semantic understanding of data in and around the Hadoop ecosystem.

At a launch event in San Francisco, company executives said SAP HANA Vora is key to extending cloud growth outside of its SAP HANA customer base.

“Our mission at SAP is to empower businesses to lead the digital transformation in their industry,” said Quentin Clark, chief technology officer and member of the Global Managing Board of SAP SE.  “In order to succeed in this digital transformation, companies need a platform that enables real-time business, delivers business agility, is able to scale and provides contextual awareness in a hyper-connected world. With the introduction of SAP HANA Vora and the planned new capabilities in SAP HANA Cloud Platform, we aim to enable our customers to become leaders in the digital economy.”

“As part of our Big Data initiative, we currently have Hadoop and SAP HANA deployed in our enterprise IT landscape to help manage large unstructured data sets,” said Aziz Safa, VP and GM, Intel IT Enterprise Applications and Application Strategy. “One of the key requirements for us is to have better analyses of Big Data, but mining these large data sets for contextual information in Hadoop is a challenge. SAP HANA Vora will provide us with the capability to conduct OLAP processing directly on these large, rich data sets all in-memory and stored in Hadoop. This will allow us to extract contextual information and then push those valuable insights back to our business.”

SAP HANA Vora is planned to be released to customers in late September; a cloud-based developer edition is planned to be available at the same time.

http://www.sap.com

VMware Adds Support for Public Cloud Services, Including Google Cloud Storage

At its VMworld 2015 event in San Francisco, VMware rolled out a number of enhancements for its unified hybrid cloud platform, including new public cloud services and software-defined solutions.

Some highlights:

  • Disaster Recovery OnDemand: VMware will add a pay-for-what-you-consume pricing option to VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. Customers will pay a flat fee for each VM protected and the amount of storage consumed by the VMs. When a DR test is run or a DR event occurs, customers will only pay for the compute consumed when VMs are running.
  • Site Recovery Manager Air: Site Recovery Manager Air is a software as a service offering that will provide VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery customers with a comprehensive management solution for designing, testing, executing and orchestrating centralized business continuity and disaster recovery plans. VMware Site Recovery Manager Air will enable fast, reliable and orchestrated recovery of multi-VM applications and data centers protected in VMware vCloud Air.
  • VMware vCloud Air Object Storage - VMware vCloud Air Object Storage is a portfolio of highly scalable, reliable and cost effective storage services for unstructured data. VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by Google Cloud Platform is based on Google Cloud Storage and integrated into vCloud Air OnDemand. VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by EMC is based on EMC ViPR, offered by EMC Cloud Services and integrated into vCloud Air OnDemand. VMware vCloud Air Object Storage will be easy to setup and exceptionally durable and available, and will reduce the need for data protection with built-in redundancy. It will support global access use cases with easy access from any device, anywhere, anytime.
  • VMware vCloud Air SQL - VMware vCloud Air SQL is a new database as a service offering that will provide easy access to scalable, cloud-hosted relational databases. Delivered in a cost-efficient pay-as-you-go model, and built on the trusted foundation of vSphere, vCloud Air SQL will support hybrid data solutions that seamlessly and securely extend on-premises databases to the cloud. VMware vCloud Air SQL will support Microsoft SQL Server, with a variety of memory, compute and storage options, and plans to support other relational databases in the future.

"Digital business transformation is creating new opportunities and new risks across every industry," said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president and general manager, Software-Defined Data Center Division, VMware. "Applications are the fuel of this digital business transformation. With our One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device™ strategy and our unified hybrid cloud platform, VMware is empowering the next wave of industry leaders to deliver applications with the stability, security and reliability of an enterprise, while allowing organizations to innovate with the agility of a startup."

http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-newsfeed/VMware-Extends-Unified-Hybrid-Cloud-Platform,-Empowers-Customers-to-Innovate-Faster/1984569#sthash.vLxfoK7D.dpuf

XtremIO achieves $1 billion in Bookings for All-Flash Arrays

In just six quarters since its launch, EMC's XtremIO group has achieve $1 billion in aggregate bookings for its all-flash storage arrays. The company now has over 1,750 customers, including 60% of the Fortune 100 and 47% of the Fortune 200.

This makes the all-flash arrays the fastest growth product in EMC's 36-year history.

http://www.emc.com

Ericsson to License its OSS interfaces to Cisco and NETSCOUT

Ericsson announced license agreements with both Cisco Systems and Tektronix Communications (a wholly owned subsidiary of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS) in alignment with the principles outlined in the OSS Interoperability Initiative (OSSii).

Specifically, Ericsson will license its OSS interfaces for integration with Cisco self-optimizing network (SON) products and Tektronix Communications TrueCall geoanalytics platform.

OSSii enables pre-verification of products for new network releases, and provides lifecycle management for interfaces. In addition, it allows both OSSii partners and third parties to support network releases without lengthy and complex integration projects.

Fredrik Gessler, Head of Network Analytics and Management, Ericsson, says: "With the rapid evolution of mobile networks, interoperability is becoming a major expense for operators. OSSii addresses this issue by delivering integration efficiencies, faster time-to-market and lower integration costs, and Ericsson's agreements with Cisco Systems and Tektronix Communications underline Ericsson's commitment to supporting interoperability and to providing flexibility for our customers."
Uzi Breier, Director of Business Development, Cisco, says: "Cisco's collaboration with Ericsson on the OSSii initiative helps both companies deliver superior service. Fine tuning Cisco's SON to the most updated Ericsson interfaces and specifications will help maximize the potential of our customers' Radio Access Networks."

Both agreements run from August 2015 and will initially cover three years.

http://www.ericsson.com

In February 2014, Ericsson has signed cross-license agreements with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Huawei for multi-vendor interoperability, to simplify operators' use of Operations Support Systems (OSS).  In signing the agreements, Ericsson furthers the goals of the Operations Support Systems interoperability initiative (OSSii).

OSSii is an initiative led by major network vendors (Ericsson, NSN and Huawei), which aims to facilitate the interoperability between network management systems from different vendors. OSSii is promoting competition for network-level OSS systems by reducing the overall integration costs, as well as speeding up the time to market for new services. The licenses will be available to other OSS vendors on FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) terms and conditions.

Cross-license agreements allow Ericsson and other vendors to develop and sell network management products and services based on each other's proprietary OSS-interfaces. As part of the initiative Ericsson will provide a remote testing service for interoperability testing.

Link Lab Raises $6 Million for Low-power WAN Wireless

Link Labs, a start-up based in Annapolis, Maryland closed a $6 million funding round  for its work in low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The company’s primary markets are industrial sensing and control, building management, smart agriculture, government and municipal applications, asset tracking, and the growing connectivity requirements of the Internet of Things.  The line features a low and high power module, repeaters, an 8-channel gateway (indoor and outdoor versions) as well as 24- and 64-channel base stations. The breadth of this product line allows developers to quickly bring long-range communications to their devices and network operators to cost effectively cover cities and regions with a range of base stations and repeater technologies. These devices are FCC-certified for operation in the 915 MHz ISM band and ETSI-compliant for use in the 868 MHz band in Europe and are capable of licensed or unlicensed deployment from 137 MHz-1020 MHz.

The funding round ws led by TCP Venture Capital, which included investment from the Maryland Venture Fund, Blu Venture Investors, and individual and existing investors.

http://www.link-labs.com

Infinera Appoints Nick Walden as Sr VP of Sales for EME

Infinera named Nick Walden as senior vice president of sales, EMEA with responsibility for leading Infinera's sales activities in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) markets. Walden previously served as vice president and managing director for Ciena's regional carrier business in EMEA. Prior to that, Mr. Walden served in numerous capacities at Ciena for 14 years including his role as the regional managing director leading the Northern Europe business across service provider, partner and enterprise markets.

http://www.infinera.com

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