Wednesday, August 10, 2016

IDC: Worldwide Public Cloud Services to Hit $195 Billion by 2020

Worldwide revenues from public cloud services reaching more than $195 billion in 2020 -- more than double the $96.5 billion in revenues forecast for 2016, according to an updated Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC).  This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.4% over the 2015-2020 forecast period. The study quantifies public cloud computing purchases by cloud type for 20 industries across eight regions and 54 countries.

Cloud software – the service enablement of products in all three primary software markets: applications as a service, system infrastructure software (SIS) as a service (which combine to form SaaS), and application development and deployment (AD&D) or platform as a service (PaaS) – was responsible for 83.7% of all public cloud revenue in 2015, with the remaining 16.3% belonging to infrastructure as a service (IaaS). However, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) revenues are forecast to grow at a faster rate than SaaS, expanding their share of overall revenues in the process.

The United States will be the largest market for public cloud services, generating nearly two thirds of total worldwide revenues throughout the forecast, followed by Western Europe and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ). Latin America and APeJ will experience the greatest revenue growth over the forecast period, while all eight regions are forecast to see revenue growth greater than 100% over the next five years.

"Cloud software will significantly outpace traditional software product delivery over the next five years, growing nearly three times faster than the software market as a whole and becoming the significant growth driver to all functional software markets," said Benjamin McGrath, senior research analyst, SaaS and Business Models. "By 2020, about half of all new business software purchases will be of service-enabled software, and cloud software will constitute more than a quarter of all software sold."

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=IDC_P33214

Samsung Intros 4th Gen, 64-layer Triple-Level-Cell Flash Technology

Samsung introduced its 4th generation, 64-layer triple-level-cell V-NAND flash memory at this week's Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California.

By stacking 64 layers of cell-arrays, Samsung said it is now able to increase its single-die density to 512Gb and its IO speed to 800Mbps.

This makes possible 1 TB Flash in a device weighing less than 1g, weighing less than half of a U.S. dime. The Samsung 1TB BGA SSD will use an extremely compact, ball grid array (BGA) package design that contains all essential SSD components including triple-level-cell V-NAND flash chips, LPDDR4 mobile DRAM and a state-of-the-art Samsung controller.  It will deliver unprecedented performance, reading sequentially at 1,500MB/s and writing sequentially at 900MB/s.

Samsung's 4th generation V-NAND debut continues its trend of yearly performance bumps. Starting in August 2013, Samsung has previously introduced three generations of “industry-first” V-NAND products with 24, 32 and 48-layer vertical cell-array stacking technologies. Commercial production is expected in Q4.

Samsung also announced its latest Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD -- 32 TB -- the world largest single drive introduced to date.  This is also based on 512-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND chips. A total of 512 V-NAND chips are stacked in 16 layers to form a 1-terabyte (TB) package and the 32-terabyte (TB) SSD contains 32 of those packages.

https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-showcases-industry-leading-flash-technologies-to-address-growing-requirements-of-storage-systems

Seagate Demos 60TB SSD

Seagate demonstrated a 60 terabyte (TB) Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid-state-drive (SSD) — the largest SSD to date — at this week's Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California.

The 60TB SAS SSD uses the standard 3.5 inch storage form factor, eliminating the added step of separating out different types of data for near-term availability versus long-term storage. Seagate said it anticipates increasing the capacity to 100TB or more in the near future in this same form factor.

Seagate also announced its 8TB Nytro XP7200 NVMe SSD aimed at the hyperscale needs of today’s data centers. It features a single PCIe interface for high-speed data transfers and four separate controllers, providing processing power up to four times faster than comparable drives, but without the higher cost, power levels and latency required from a PCIe switch or bridge. Applications can process more transactions faster using the industry’s highest bandwidth through one PCIe slot.

Future availability of the 60TB SAS SSD, currently a demonstration technology, is anticipated for some time in 2017.

“Given the demands on today’s data centers, optimal technologies are those that can accommodate an immense amount of data as needed—and without taking up too much space. As such, we are constantly seeking new ways to provide the highest density possible in our all-flash data center configurations,” said Mike Vildibill, vice president, Advanced Technologies and Big Data, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Seagate’s new 60TB SAS SSD offers an exciting possibility for customers to achieve higher server storage performance and capacity configurations never seen before.”

http://www.seagate.com

Nimble Offers Aggressive Pricing for Predictive, All-Flash Array


Nimble Storage introduced a full-featured, all-flash array that can scale non-disruptively up to 8PB. The company also introduced a new generation of Adaptive Flash arrays with significantly improved price-performance and price-capacity benefits across the portfolio.

The starting point for an AF1000 has up to 20TB effective capacity and is expandable up to 165TB effective capacity in 4U. It can also scale-up and scale-out non-disruptively to achieve over 1.2M IOPS and 8PB of all-flash capacity.  Nimble said pricing starts at under $40K.

The new portfolio consists of the CS1000, CS3000, CS5000 and CS7000 and delivers up to 2X performance improvement and 40% lower cost of capacity over the previous generation of Adaptive Flash arrays. The new high-end CS7000 array achieves up to 230K IOPS and scales to over 2.4 PB of effective capacity. 

Nimble arrays include InfoSight Predictive Analytics to predict and prevent storage and non-storage issues across the infrastructure stack.

http://www.nimblestorage.com

Level 3 Deploys Cisco Network Service Orchestrator

Level 3 Communications is using Cisco’s Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), enabled by Tail-f, to deliver on-demand Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) solutions.

Level 3 developed a programmable wide area network (WAN) that enables it to automate a range of data services and multivendor devices in its markets around the world. The company can also orchestrate the entire service lifecycle—including activation, testing and ongoing service-level assurance—through a single data model.

Level 3’s Adaptive Network Control Solutions suite, leverages network automation and SDN, which provides its customers with:
  • Agile Hybrid Cloud Connectivity: Customers can order Ethernet services such as E-Line, E-Access and E-Lynk, Level 3’s public cloud connection service, with flexible bandwidth options.
  • Level 3’s Dynamic Capacity: When customers order Level 3 Adaptive Network Control Solutions with Dynamic Capacity, the system can scale bandwidth up to 300 percent on demand, scheduled in advance or automatically based on configurable network threshold triggers.
  • Optimized Data Backup and Recovery: Customers can schedule Dynamic Capacity for regular or ad-hoc events such as data replication. Level 3’s system can schedule additional capacity in advance on an hourly basis to ensure that the workload happens within the required time window.
  • Accelerated time-to-market for new applications: With cloud connectivity between public and private infrastructure domains, Level 3 customers can quickly move applications from development to production.
  • End-to-end visibility through Level 3’s Enhanced Management: Level 3 administrators and their customers can view granular real-time information about the performance and utilization of networks and services.
Level 3 noted that it now manages more than 75,000 different network devices around the world, and that it now supports the same automated services, with the same scalability, high availability and redundancy across geographies, regardless of the underlying infrastructure.

"The power of agility in today’s competitive marketplace is not overstated,” said Travis Ewert, senior vice president of network software development at Level 3. “Global businesses need network resources that are flexible enough to be leveraged as a service, with the reliability and security they can rely on to deliver critical business applications. With Cisco NSO, Level 3 is making the once-distant dream of full lifecycle service automation a reality for enterprises around the world."

“Network resources on-demand represents a huge opportunity for service providers like Level 3 to remain innovative for their customers and competitive in the market,” said Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president, general manager, service provider business, Cisco. “This transition to network automation using NSO, is a significant step for offering new opportunities and entering new markets.”

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.netrounds.com

  • Netrounds provides software-based network performance and service assurance solutions that help telecom operators to enhance the end-user experience of IP-based services such as Internet, TV, voice and other quality-demanding business services.  The company is based in Lulea, Sweden.
  • In May, Netrounds announced that its Netrounds Control Center and active Test Agents have successfully achieved Cisco compatibility certification with Network Services Orchestrator (NSO 4.1) and Elastic Services Controller (ESC 2.0).





Zayo Picked for 100G Wavelengths between Paris and Marseille

Zayo has been selected by a large global carrier for 100G wavelength services between Paris and Marseille. The upgrade leverages the Viatel network, which Zayo acquired in 2015, and will provide backhaul capabilities for subsea cables AAE-1 and SEA-ME-WE-5.

“This new 100G capable route will provide backhaul capabilities for the subsea cables landing in Marseille this year, providing customers with seamless service across Europe, North America and around the globe,” said Alastair Kane, managing director of Northern Europe at Zayo. “Zayo can connect customers from Marseille to Milan, London, Dublin, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and back around the world. With the upgrade, we are well-positioned to capture global traffic growth.”

http://www.zayo.com

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