Thursday, July 28, 2016

Riverbed to Acquire Aternity for End User Experience Monitoring

Riverbed Technology agreed to acquire Aternity, a provider of End User Experience (EUE) and application performance monitoring solutions.

Aternity helps enterprises see the entire user experience for any application running on any device, providing a user-centric, application performance experience vantage point.  Aternity said it currently monitors more than 1.7 million mobile, virtual and desktop workforce endpoints.  The company is based in Westborough, MA.

Riverbed said the acquisition of the privately-held company will expand its SteelCentral performance monitoring solutions with an end user experience offering, and provide Riverbed customers and partners with an end-to-end visibility solution– spanning network, application and end user experience performance management.

“Aternity is another exciting and strategic acquisition for Riverbed. Their innovative end user experience monitoring offering perfectly complements and extends our SteelCentral solutions,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With the increased use of mobile devices, virtual desktop environments and the cloud, the ability to manage end user experience has become more important and complex for IT organizations. With this acquisition, Riverbed and our partners are now uniquely positioned to provide CIOs and businesses with a complete view across networks, applications and end users, all in one solution.”

The acquisition also follows Riverbed’s acquisition of leading SD-WAN provider Ocedo in January 2016, which enabled Riverbed to get to market faster with application-defined SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) solution SteelConnect in April. Additionally, Riverbed offers a comprehensive Application Performance Platform that delivers end-to-end visibility, optimization and control.

http://www.riverbed.com/solutions/end-user-experience-monitoring.html

AWS Grew 58% YoY in Q2, Reaching $2.9 Billion in Sales

In its Q2 financial report, Amazon revealed that revenue for Amazon Web Services (AWS) reached $2.886 billion, up 58% year over year.  The division posted operating income of $718 million.

Some Q2 highlights for AWS:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that Salesforce selected AWS as its preferred public cloud infrastructure provider. For the first time, Salesforce will expand use of AWS to Salesforce’s core services — including Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and more — for the company’s planned international infrastructure expansion.
  • AWS announced the industry’s first fully-managed, cloud-based file system, Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS). Amazon EFS is a new service that makes it easy to set up and scale file storage in the AWS Cloud, allowing customers to create petabyte scale file systems with gigabytes of throughput that are accessible to multiple Amazon EC2 instances and can support thousands of concurrent client connections with consistent performance.
  • AWS launched its Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, the sixth AWS Region in Asia Pacific. With this launch, AWS provides 35 Availability Zones across 13 technology infrastructure regions globally.
  • AWS announced the availability of X1 instances, a new Memory Optimized instance for Amazon EC2. X1 instances have 2 TB of memory — the most memory available in any cloud instance offered today by any cloud provider. Powered by the latest Intel processors and certified by SAP, X1 instances are ideal for running in-memory databases like SAP HANA, big data processing engines like Apache Spark or Presto, and high performance computing (HPC) workloads.
  • AWS also announced that SAP business-critical applications are gaining momentum on AWS as customers including GE Oil & Gas, Kellogg’s, Brooks Brothers, Ferrara Candy Company, GPT Group, Hoya Corporation, Lionsgate, Macmillan Publishers India, RWE Czech Republic, and Bart & Associates Inc., are running SAP on AWS.
  • AWS achieved the new FedRAMP High compliance certification, giving U.S. government agencies the ability to use the AWS Cloud for highly sensitive applications and workloads like patient records, financial data, and law enforcement data.

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2189731

Google Races Forward with 21% YoY Revenue Growth

Alphabet Inc. posted Q2 revenue of $21.5 billion, up 21% over the same period last year. GAAP income came in at $5.968 billion, ahead of market expectations.

"Our terrific second quarter results, with 21% revenue growth year on year, and 25% on a constant currency basis reflect the successful investments we've made over many years in rapidly expanding areas such as mobile and video. We continue to invest responsibly in support of our many compelling opportunities,” said Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet.

During Q2, CAPEX was $2.123 billion, down from $2.515 billion for Q2 2015.

The company now has 66,575 employees.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVpWjo023cE

Oracle to Acquire NetSuite for Enterprise Resource Planning

Oracle agreed to acquire NetSuite (NYSE: N), for $109.00 per share in cash, or approximately $9.3 billion.

NetSuite provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of more than 30,000 companies, organizations, and subsidiaries in more than 100 countries. NetSuite (originally NetLedger) was founded in 1998 by Evan Goldberg and is based in San Mateo, California.

“We expect this acquisition to be immediately accretive to Oracle’s earnings on a non-GAAP basis in the first full fiscal year after closing,” said Safra Catz, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle.

“NetSuite has been working for 18 years to develop a single system for running a business in the cloud,” said Evan Goldberg, Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman, NetSuite. “This combination is a winner for NetSuite’s customers, employees and partners.”

“NetSuite will benefit from Oracle’s global scale and reach to accelerate the availability of our cloud solutions in more industries and more countries,” said Zach Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, NetSuite. “We are excited to join Oracle and accelerate our pace of innovation.”

The evaluation and negotiation of the transaction was led by a Special Committee of Oracle’s Board of Directors consisting solely of independent directors. The Special Committee unanimously approved the transaction on behalf of Oracle and its Board of Directors.

http://www.oracle.com/netsuite

A10 Networks Hits Revenue of $57 Million, up 20% YoY

A10 Networks reported record Q2 2016 revenue of $57.1 million, up 20 percent year-over-year. On a GAAP basis, A10 Networks reported a net loss for the second quarter 2016 of $4.9 million, or $0.08 per share, compared with a net loss of $10.0 million, or $0.16 per share, in the second quarter of 2015.

  • Enterprise revenue of $32.0 million, increased 16 percent year-over-year
  • Product revenue of $38.8 million, up 16 percent year-over-year
  • Cash and marketable securities increased to $113.7 million, up from $96.2 million at June 30, 2015

“We delivered record revenue as our high-end security and cloud-ready Thunder solutions continued to drive growth,” said Lee Chen, president and chief executive officer of A10 Networks. “We also significantly improved our bottom-line results and we believe we are on track to meet our financial goals for the year. In addition to our strong performance in the quarter, we took a strategic step to accelerate the A10 Harmony vision and expand our addressable market with the acquisition of Appcito. Appcito is a cloud-native subscription service that maximizes the agility and improves the visibility and security of enterprise applications deployed in the cloud. Appcito fits into our vision to become the most comprehensive secure application services company in the industry and helps customers become more secure and agile as they bridge traditional and cloud application environments.”

http://www.a10networks.com


Video: A10 Networks at a Glance

You may not have heard of A10 Networks since it is one of the best kept secrets in the industry, but the company is a major supplier of networking equipment to the video gaming industry, the financial industry, and even for some of the largest casinos in Las Vegas.

Gunter Reiss, VP of Strategic Alliances, A10 Networks, provides a two-minute overview of the 12-year old, Silicon Valley-based company, which has grown to roughly 5,000 customers worldwide. A10 Networks is known for its feature-rich, high-scalable, high-performance, application delivery controller that can be used for carrier-grade NAT, DDoS mitigation, SSL decryption visibility and as a converged firewall.

See video: https://youtu.be/EOtr45E43Mg




Sprint Renews Portion of Managed Services Contract with Ericsson

Ericsson and Sprint announced a renewal of portions of the companies' 2009 managed services contract, which reaches its full term in September 2016. Financial terms were not disclosed and the companies did not reveal how large a portion of the contract has been renewed.

The companies did say that Ericsson will continue to be a key business partner for Sprint, providing some multi-vendor services that support the ongoing operations, development and transformation of Sprint's networks. Overall Network Service Assurance management of the network will be performed by Sprint.

Roger O'Hargan, Head of Network Services, Ericsson North America, says: "We are very proud of the work Ericsson has done to help Sprint achieve its business objectives over the past seven years. We look forward to continuing our partnership and helping Sprint deliver enhanced operational performance and achieve the cost advantages that can come through our managed services offerings."

Dr. John Saw, Sprint Chief Technology Officer, says: "Sprint's network is performing at best-ever levels, and we are proud of the progress we have made with Ericsson over the last seven years. Ericsson remains a valued strategic partner in supporting the Sprint network. As with any long-term managed services agreement, it is crucial that the relationship is regularly reviewed and adjustments made when necessary so that business strategies remain aligned."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.sprint.com

Sprint Awards 7-Year Network Mgt Deal to Ericsson

Sprint awarded a seven-year network management outsourcing contract to Ericsson covering its CDMA, iDEN and wireline networks. Sprint said the deal enables it to focus on delivering a superior customer experience, innovative services and popular new devices while letting Ericsson handle the day-to-day operations of its network. Key points of the deal include:

  • Sprint retains full ownership and control of its network assets, and solely owns network strategy and investment decisions.

  • Customers will continue to work directly with Sprint employees as their primary contact, as Sprint retains full control of the customer experience, customer technical support and services review.

  • Sprint retains technology and vendor selections.

  • Ericsson assumes responsibility for the day-to-day services, provisioning and maintenance for the Sprint-owned CDMA, iDEN and wireline networks.
  • Ericsson will optimize Sprint's multi-vendor inventory of assets such as spare parts and transmission equipment, and provide processes and tools for managing the national network platforms and operational support systems.
  • The transferred employees will become part of Ericsson Services Inc., a wholly-owned Ericsson subsidiary based in Overland Park, KS, a move that retains jobs in the United States. No force reductions are currently contemplated as a result of this agreement.
The agreement, with an option for renewal, will result in payments for services valued at between $4.5 billion and $5 billion (USD) over the seven-year term of the contract. The transaction calls for about 6,000 Sprint employees to begin performing their network functions as Ericsson employees sometime in the 3rd quarter.

A new entity called Ericsson Services Inc. will be established in Overland Park, KS.

Sprint said it also foresees cost savings, better inventory management and increased network efficiencies from the deal. The cost savings will be reinvested in the network for better coverage. Expected cost savings were not specified in the announcement.
http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.sprint.com

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