Wednesday, July 27, 2016

VMware's Yanbing Li on the Future of Software-defined Storage

Big changes are underway in the IT industry, with new architectures being defined for application delivery, new cloud models, and the rise of software-defined everything, says VMware's Yanbing Li, Senior VP and GM of Storage and Availability.


In this video, she talks about software-defined storage, including hyper-converged software.  The future is about the explosive growth of data.



See video: https://youtu.be/j2lFBKV4A4U



Amdocs to Serve as Integrator for AT&T’s Open Source ECOMP

Amdocs will serve as integrator for telecom companies and cloud developers who want to use AT&T’s ECOMP platform to build their own software-centric network services.

ECOMP is the service orchestration system that powers the AT&T software-defined network (SDN). Earlier this month, AT&T confirmed that it is committed to releasing ECOMP into open source. Amdocs said it will help companies deploy that open source software into their own networks. ECOMP is a vital tool for service providers struggling to meet today’s network demands while preparing for an even greater load in the next few years from applications like virtual reality and augmented reality, 4K video and the Internet of Things.

“ECOMP is the engine of our software-centric network. And recently, we revealed our plan to build a global community around ECOMP to help service providers and developers meet the network demands of next-gen technologies,” said Chris Rice, VP of Advanced Technologies and Architecture at AT&T Labs. “Today, we’re excited to share that a few months back Amdocs became an early collaborator on ECOMP and will become an integrator for ECOMP in the industry. We believe ECOMP will set the standard for virtual network (VNF) automation, and Amdocs will support the growth of the platform as more and more service providers begin using it.”

“Achieving better service agility is at the heart of this initiative and is one of the key business imperatives. Using carrier-optimized cloud infrastructure to separate hardware and software layers will increase the value of the network by allowing the rapid onboarding of new services to our customers,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, division president at Amdocs. “Together, we will deliver the ECOMP platform to the industry to simplify network environments and drive operational and capital savings, while continuing to accelerate service innovation and network value through agile software powered networks.”

http://www.amdocs.com/news/pages/att-and-amdocs-collaborate-to-deliver-open-software-solutions-to-accelerate-nfv.aspx

AT&T Commits its ECOMP Service Orchestrator to Open Source

AT&T confirmed that it is committed to releasing into open source its current Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) platform, which is the service orchestration system that powers the AT&T software-defined network (SDN).

AT&T said ECOMP is mature, feature-complete, and tested in real-world NFV deployments. The company believes open source ECOMP will bring maturity to SDN and become the industry standard for orchestration, management and policy control.

By releasing the ECOMP code as open source, AT&T said other service providers will be able to use this software to meet non-stop network demands as data-hungry technologies like autonomous cars, augmented and virtual reality, 4K video and the Internet of Things (IoT) take off.

“In March, we opened the hood of our network, showed you the engine and the industry responded asking to join us,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, Technology and Operations, AT&T. “Over the last few years, AT&T invented what we believe to be the most sophisticated, comprehensive and scalable software-centric network in the world. Today, we’re letting anyone use and build upon our millions of lines of software code by committing to releasing it into the open source community.”

“This is a big decision and getting it right is crucial,” Donovan continues. “We want to build a community – where people contribute to the code base and advance the platform. And, we want this to help align the global industry. We’ve engaged a third-party company to be the integrator and provide support in the industry for the ECOMP platform. And we’ve received positive feedback from major global telecom companies. We’re excited to share more on that front very soon.”

http://about.att.com/story/network_playbook_into_open_source.html

NTT Com Expands Enterprise Cloud Service

NTT Communications expanded the geographic availability and service menu of its Enterprise Cloud service for hosted-private and multi-tenant clouds.

The three new service areas — West Japan ("JP2"), Hong Kong ("HK1") and Germany ("DE1") — are available immediately.

Users in the newly added areas of East Japan (JP2), Hong Kong (HK1) and Germany (DE1) will have full access to Enterprise Cloud's hosted private cloud and the compute functions of its multi-tenant cloud based on the OpenStack open-source cloud platform. Useful functions include monitoring and block storage for logical networks.

Newly Added Functions in JP1

  • vSphere ESXi hypervisor for private cloud - resources can be flexibly and speedily changed and managed with vSphere ESXi installed on an Enterprise Cloud bare-metal server. VMware's virtual environment can still leverage operations for existing environments and management software after shifting to Enterprise Cloud.
  • Block storage with 4 IOPS/GB -- This new function offers block storage with high-performance 4 IOPS/GB based on the Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) protocol for TCP/IP data transfers. Capacity ranging from 100GB to 12,000GB is available for high-speed databases and external storage for big data analysis. Stable environments are not influenced by other data loads.

NTT Com said its future plans include expanded functions for VMware solutions for conventional ICT, strengthened open-source functions for cloud-native ICT, additional OpenStack components, and virtual private clouds based on the Cloud Foundry open-source cloud-computing platform. Managed services will be strengthened for cloud management platforms. By upgrading functions for unified management of new SDx services, such as SD-Exchange, SD-WAN and SD-LAN, NTT Com aims to offer customers total outsourcing of their ICT environments.

http://www.ntt.co.jp

TE Launches micro Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable I/O Connectors

TE Connectivity (TE) is the first to launch micro Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (microQSFP) input/output (I/O) interconnects.

The microQSFP connectors are the next step forward in high-density faceplates for data center infrastructure. MicroQSFP connectors deliver QSFP28 functionality in a smaller, generally SFP-sized form factor while providing significantly better thermal performance to help save energy costs, improved electrical performance at 25 gigabits per second (Gbps) and 33 percent higher density than QSFP to fit more ports on a standard line card.

The new microQSFP connectors deliver 56Gbps performance with backward compatibility to 28Gbps to support next generation designs. Built-in fins on TE’s new connectors eliminate the need for additional clips and heatsinks and allow faceplate airflow to the interior of the equipment, which helps microQSFP deliver significantly better thermal performance than QSFP28 and other leading solutions.

TE is a member of the microQSFP Multi Source Agreement (MSA) group, which is working to build an industry-wide ecosystem for microQSFP, and ensuring that products can be easily adopted and integrated into existing data center designs.

“At a time when faceplate real estate and thermal performance are at a premium, TE’s microQSFP products deliver on both counts,” said Phil Gilchrist, CTO, TE Data and Devices. “The technological innovations of TE’s microQSFP products can revolutionize the industry by enabling customers to place up to 72 ports of 100 Gbps each on a 1RU line card.”

http://www.microQSFP.com
http://www.te.com/microqsfp

Facebook is at 1.13 Daily Active Users, up 17% YoY

In its Q2 financial report, Facebook reported the following operational highlights:


  • Daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.13 billion on average for June 2016, an increase of 17% year-over-year.
  • Mobile DAUs – Mobile DAUs were 1.03 billion on average for June 2016, an increase of 22% year-over-year.
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 1.71 billion as of June 30, 2016, an increase of 15% year-over-year.
  • Mobile MAUs – Mobile MAUs were 1.57 billion as of June 30, 2016, an increase of 20% year-over-year.
  • Mobile advertising revenue – Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 84% of advertising revenue for the second quarter of 2016, up from approximately 76% of advertising revenue in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Capital expenditures – Capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2016 were $995 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities – Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $23.29 billion at the end of the second quarter of 2016.


http://www.facebook.com

Infinera Posts Q2 Revenue of $259 Million

Infinera reported GAAP revenue for Q2 2016 of $258.8 million compared to $244.8 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $207.3 million in the second quarter of 2015.

GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 47.8% compared to 47.5% in the first quarter of 2016 and 46.7% in the second quarter of 2015. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was 6.2% compared to 6.1% in the first quarter of 2016 and 8.0% in the second quarter of 2015.

GAAP net income for the quarter was $11.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to $12.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016, and $17.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015.

“While I am very pleased with our second quarter and year to date financial results, demand is softening in certain areas of our business and we face a difficult near-term revenue outlook,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera’s Chief Executive Officer. “Despite the current challenges, I am confident that by continuing to deliver the differentiated technologies and superior service that our customers have come to expect, we will earn significant market share over time across all of the markets that we serve.”

http://www.infinera.com

Procera Cites Big Order from tier 1 South American MSO

Procera Networks announced an initial multi-million dollar analytics and traffic management deployment with a tier one South American cable operator. The South American cable operator is replacing its existing DPI platform with Procera's technology to ensure its network can keep pace with the growth in bandwidth usage sparked by subscribers in recent months. Over 60% of traffic on the operator's network is streaming video, and it expects this figure to rise even further in the coming years.

Procera noted that this latest development marks the third tier one deployment in the region for Procera, and the fifth new tier one operator customer to be secured in recent months across EMEA, the US, and APAC.

"This was a very technical and commercial process, with steep competition. We are excited to be associated with this marquee operator, and to have the opportunity to help them build their next generation analytics data platform," said Lyn Cantor, President and CEO at Procera Networks.

http://www.proceranetworks.com

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