Saturday, September 30, 2017

Orange collaborates with Microsoft Azure IoT

Orange Business Services announced a collaboration with Microsoft to deliver large-scale, end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for the manufacturing sector.

Orange Business Services offers many IoT connectivity options, including LoRa. Use cases range from supply chain and smart inventory management to digital operations, such as predictive maintenance, employee safety and facility and equipment management.

The Microsoft Azure IoT Suite facilitates setting up and scaling large device and data management projects. Azure IoT Suite also provides a number of pre-packaged solutions for industrial applications.

Xtera wins subsea contract with DISA

Xtera, which supplies un-repeatered and repeatered subsea connectivity using high bandwidth undersea amplifiers, was awarded a contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), to build a new regional submarine cable system.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Xtera said the new submarine cable system for DISA is designed to deliver high-capacity at the lowest cost per terabit per second. Under the contract, Xtera will deploy a full turnkey subsea system, including undersea optical repeaters, Nu-Wave Optima Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE), cable and all marine services. 

This is the second subsea system contract awarded to Xtera by DISA. It is also the first turnkey subsea system contract award since Xtera’s recent acquisition by H.I.G. Capital.

Fifth Intelsat EpicNG satellite successfully launched

The Intelsat 37e satellite was successfully launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. This is the fifth satellite in Intelsat's EpicNG series.

Intelsat 37e was manufactured by Boeing and equipped with the highest throughput of the entire Intelsat EpicNG fleet. It features enhanced power sharing technology between shaped, fixed and steerable spot beams at Ku-band. This new capability augments flexibility within the payload to optimize connectivity and increase efficiency as requirements shift over time.

The C-band payload includes a mix of high-power spot and wide beams. The Ku- and Ka-band steerable beams, which can be positioned as needed, have been added to increase network access and support high-demand areas for government and commercial mobility applications. They will complement the extensive Ku-band multi-spot beam coverage.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Chile and Argentina to cut roaming fees

The governments of Chile and Argentina reached an agreement to eliminate roaming fees for travelers across their borders.

Under the agreement, roaming surcharges will be eliminated by 2020.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

AT&T expands its Fixed Wireless Internet rollout

AT&T is expanding its Fixed Wireless Internet service for rural and underserved locations to 9 new states: Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

This brings the rollout to 18 states, for a total of over 160,000 locations.  AT&T is aiming to offer the Fixed Wireless service in over 400,000 locations by the end of this year, and over 1.1 million locations by 2020.

AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet delivers download speeds of at least 10 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1 Mbps. The LTE connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses.

“For many rural families and communities, the introduction of this service from AT&T will mark a new era of increased broadband speeds and access to cheaper and more diverse content.” said Bret Swanson, president, Entropy Economics.  "AT&T's move into these new communities will also yield additional economic benefits and can help create new jobs.”

ONAP Project adds Equinix, FiberHome and others to membership

The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project, which brings together top global carriers and vendors with the goal of allowing end users to automate, design, orchestrate and manage services and virtual functions, has added Equinix, FiberHome, Kaloom, Netsia, Openet and ZTEsoft to its membership roster as silver members.

ONAP is working to deliver a neutral automation platform for network, infrastructure and services across service providers, cloud providers and enterprises as they seek to efficiently deliver on-demand services leveraging existing investments. Its first release, code named Amsterdam, is expected later this year.

“Open source networking has achieved significant market growth because it allows organizations of all sizes to quickly and innovatively bring new products and services to market using the largest shared technology investment,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking & Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “



FCC: 90% of cell sites still down in Puerto Rico

Communication networks are still struggling to recover basic services in Puerto Rico.

As of September 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT,  90.3% (slightly down from 91.1% yesterday) of cell sites in Puerto Rico still are out of service, according to FCC data. All counties in Puerto Rico have greater than 75% of their cell sites out of service. This means that 2,411 cell sites have been unable to restore service since Hurricane Maria struck on September 20.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, 67.0% of cell sites are out of service. Even worse, 100% of cell sites in St. John are now out of service (up from 66.7% yesterday).

FCC waives spectrum restriction in Puerto Rico to aid first responders

The FCC waived rules to facilitate use of two nationwide interoperability channels (151.1375 MHz and 154.4525 MHz) in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). 

The waiver authorizes the use of the designated frequencies in Puerto Rico and the USVI for public safety. 

A10 expects bump up in Q3 revenue

A10 Networks increased its financial outlook for Q3 2017, saying it now expects revenue to be between $59 million and $60 million, above its prior guidance of $53 million to $57 million. The company also expects to report a profit on a non-GAAP basis.

A10 Networks also announced the departure of Ray Smets, EVP of worldwide sales, effective in the fourth quarter.

AsiaSat 9 successfully launched from Kazakhstan

International Launch Services (ILS) successfully launched the AsiaSat 9 satellite into orbit aboard an ILS Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

AsiaSat 9, which was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral), will provide enhanced performance, higher efficiency and greater flexibility for DTH, video distribution, VSAT broadband and mobility services. It carries the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, new Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia and a wider high-power C-band coverage across the Asia-Pacific region.

This was the 416th launch for Proton since its maiden flight in 1965. The Proton Breeze M vehicle is developed and built by Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow.

Roku surges on first day of trading

Shares in Roku (Nasdaq:ROKU), which offers TV streaming devices, surged on their first day of trading, closing at

The company priced its initial public offering of 15,668,000 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share.

Roku, which is based in Los Gatos, California, has 15 million monthly active accounts as of June 30, 2017 that streamed in the last 30 days. The company says its uses streamed nearly 7 billion hours of music and video in the first half of 2017.

Toyota Racing's in-house engineering goes All-in on AWS

Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the in-house engineering division for Toyota and Lexus motorsports programs, has gone all-in on AWS.

AWS said its cloud services now support mission-critical applications that enable Toyota Racing crews to improve precision, consistency, and speed during practice runs and in competition. These race intelligence applications collect data from vehicles and their environments and apply real-time analytics and machine learning to better understand how a vehicle may handle on any track under any circumstance.

"We use AWS to do everything from setting up our cars in chassis tuning simulations to making fuel and tire strategy calls from the pit boxes during the races," stated Chris Andronaco, Technology Director at Toyota Racing Development.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

NTT Com expands Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service with Azure

NTT Communications (NTT Com) is expanding its Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) by leveraging Microsoft Azure Site Recovery.

The new DRaaS offering enables replication of enterprise workloads to an NTT Com data center or Microsoft Azure, assuring real-time business continuity (BC) in the case of unexpected server failures or planned downtime. Microsoft Azure Site Recovery is an automated disaster recovery software solution built upon the capabilities of Azure. In addition to replication, NTT Com’s DRaaS offering provides full-scale planning, implementation, testing and management.

“With no capital investment and paying for only the resources they consume, enterprise customers can replicate their primary environment to NTT Com or to Microsoft Azure, depending on their requirements,” said Justin Bannister, Product Manager, North America, for NTT Com. “This is a key differentiator - with NTT Com’s full suite of managed cloud and DRaaS services, customers can securely replicate workloads that don’t fit in the public cloud to an NTT Com data center. They have options.”

Google Cloud IoT Core released to beta testing

Google Cloud IoT Core, which is a fully-managed service on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to help securely connect and manage IoT devices at scale, has now entered public beta testing

Google has designed its Cloud IoT Core to enable organizations to connect and centrally manage millions of globally dispersed IoT devices. The company says it is working with many customers across industries such as transportation, oil and gas, utilities, healthcare and ride-sharing.

The Google Cloud IoT solution ingests IoT data and then can connect to other Google analytics services including Google Cloud Pub/Sub, Google Cloud Dataflow, Google Cloud Bigtable, Google BigQuery, and Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine.

Cloudify names Krish A. Prabhu as an advisor

Cloudify, a software developer that specializes in lifecycle management and network functions in cloud-native environments, announced that Dr. Krish A. Prabhu has joined the company as a special strategic advisor.

Prabhu most recently served as president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, where he led the flagship network transformation project, driving a revolutionary approach to open Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) on a global scale and automating network operations and control functions. This project now serves as the primary codebase for the Linux Foundation Project ONAP (Open Network Automation Project) on which Cloudify and AT&T have collaborated and are both platinum founding members.

Previously, Prabhu was CEO of Tellabs. Earlier in his career, he held several management positions at Alcatel in Paris from 1991 to 2001, including serving as chief operating officer from 1999 to 2001.

GigaSpaces to spin-off Cloudify orchestration and cloud mgt division

New York-based GigaSpaces Technologies, a supplier of software enabling in-memory computing, announced that it plans to spin off Cloudify, its orchestration and cloud management platform business unit, into a new company focused on the growing market for management and orchestration of cloud applications and network functions virtualisation (NFV).

GigaSpaces stated that it began planning for the spin-off last year, based on strong demand for the Cloudify product line in its core enterprise cloud markets and the emerging carrier network orchestration market. The move is intended to enable the Cloudify entity to dedicate engineering, product development, marketing and customer support activities to addressing the cloud market segment.

The new company will retain the core Cloudify engineering, product and marketing teams, working from existing locations in New York City, San Jose, California and Tel Aviv in Israel.

In 2016, GigaSpaces open sourced its products and implemented an open source support business model. The GigaSpaces IMC business unit launched InsightEdge, based on the Apache Spark cluster computing project, while Cloudify launched Apache Project ARIA, an open source orchestration library designed to accelerate TOSCA adoption.

The Cloudify project was launched in its current form in 2014 as an open source TOSCA orchestration platform, positioning Cloudify as a provider of technology for connecting hybrid clouds and the networking layer. The convergence of technology establishes Cloudify as an orchestrator capable of providing end-to-end orchestration of both networks and applications in multi-cloud environments.

Cloudify features built-in support for private clouds such as OpenStack and VMware, public clouds Amazon Web Services, Azure and Google Compute Platform, and container technologies such as Kubernetes. The platform is also being adopted by large telcos and carriers to manage NFV.

GigaSpaces noted that it will continue to market its in-memory computing via its XAP and InsightEdge product lines.



* Last year, Cloudify unveiled its Telecom Edition open source orchestrator solution at the OPNFV Summit in Berlin. Cloudify has designed the Telecom Edition to meet the needs of NFV operators by adding a set of new features, NFV-specific plugins and blueprints showcasing how to mode VNFs and SFC (service function chaining).

NVIDIA secures server design wins with leading manufacturers

NVIDIA has secured design wins for its Volta architecture-based Tesla V100 GPU accelerators with the leading server manufacturers, including Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Supermicro, Inspur, Lenovo and Huawei.

Each NVIDIA V100 GPU features over 21 billion transistors, as well as 640 Tensor Cores, the latest NVLink high-speed interconnect technology, and 900 GB/sec HBM2 DRAM to achieve 50 percent more memory bandwidth than previous generation GPUs. NVIDIA says this enables 120 teraflops of deep learning performance.

V100-based systems announced include:

  • Dell EMC -- The PowerEdge R740 supporting up to three V100 GPUs for PCIe, the PowerEdge R740XD supporting up to three V100 GPUs for PCIe, and the PowerEdge C4130 supporting up to four V100 GPUs for PCIe or four V100 GPUs for NVIDIA NVLink™ interconnect technology in an SXM2 form factor.
  • HPE -- HPE Apollo 6500 supporting up to eight V100 GPUs for PCIe and HPE ProLiant DL380 systems supporting up to three V100 GPUs for PCIe.
  • IBM -- The next generation of IBM Power Systems servers based on the POWER9 processor will incorporate multiple V100 GPUs and take advantage of the latest generation NVLink interconnect technology -- featuring fast GPU-to-GPU interconnects and an industry-unique OpenPOWER CPU-to-GPU design for maximum throughput.
  • Supermicro -- Products supporting the new Volta GPUs include a 7048GR-TR workstation for all-around high-performance GPU computing, 4028GR-TXRT, 4028GR-TRT and 4028GR-TR2 servers designed to handle the most demanding deep learning applications, and 1028GQ-TRT servers built for applications such as advanced analytics.

Cloudian brings its S3 API interface to Azure Blob Storage

Cloudian, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, is extending its hybrid cloud object storage system into Microsoft Azure.

Cloudian HyperCloud for Microsoft Azure leverages the company's S3 API interface to Azure Blob Storage. Cloudian said the world's largest Industrial Internet enterprise is using Cloudian HyperCloud for Azure to connect its Industrial Internet of Things solution to Azure Blob Storage.

"Cloudian HyperCloud for Azure is a game-changer for public cloud storage, enabling true bi-modal data storage across multiple cloud environments," said Michael Tso, Cloudian CEO and co-founder. "For the first time, customers have a fully supported, enterprise-ready solution to access their choice of cloud platforms from their S3-compliant applications. Customers can be up and running in minutes by launching HyperCloud from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace."

Global LTE connections reach 2.37 billion

The global migration from 3G to 4G continues to gather pace. Global LTE connections grew 59 percent from June 2016 to June 2017 reaching 2.37 billion, according to 5G Americas and Ovum, and now constitutes 30% of all cellular connections.

Some highlights:

  • North America achieved 327 million LTE subscriptions by the end of June 2017 with some of the highest penetration rates, most extensive coverage and largest market share for LTE in the world. 
  • Latin America nearly doubled LTE connections to 159 million from 81.5 million year-over-year at 2Q 2017 increasing by 95 percent.
  • New LTE deployments continue and as of mid-August TeleGeography (GlobalComm) reported 551 commercial LTE deployments worldwide, while 206 of those operators have already evolved to LTE-Advanced.
  • Worldwide, LTE is forecast to continue its momentum, reaching over 2.5 billion connections by the end of 2017, 3 billion in 2018 and 4.9 billion connections in 2022. 
  • 5G is expected to accumulate connections starting in 2019 and by 2022, it is forecast to have 389 million connections worldwide.
  • In Latin America, there are now 695 million total mobile wireless subscriptions, of which 159 million were LTE connections; 77.6 million new LTE connections added year-over-year from 2Q 2016.

Gigamon Extends its Visibility Platform for Azure

Gigamon is extending its data-in-motion Visibility Platform to include the Microsoft Azure environment to ensure that data-in-motion entering, traversing or leaving the cloud can be protected and monitored by existing security operations centers.

Key features:

  • One consistent method to acquire network traffic and apply traffic intelligence before distributing to multiple tools.
  • Centralized orchestration and single-pane-of-glass visualization of the Gigamon Visibility Platform across the entire infrastructure – on-premise, public and private cloud. Traffic policies are defined using a simple drag-n-drop user interface.
  • Tight integration with Azure APIs and Azure Monitor to automatically detect changes in Azure Virtual Networks.
  • Centralized visibility for security monitoring of all Azure Virtual Networks in an enterprise.

"Our customers around the globe require a solution that provides the same level of visibility in their cloud, virtualized and on-premise environments allowing them to leverage the knowledge and processes they've built as they work to secure their enterprise and cloud networks," said Ananda Rajagopal, vice president of products at Gigamon.

Gigamon Debuts Visibility Platform on AWS


Gigamon released its data-in-motion visibility platform on AWS. The Gigamon Visibility Platform for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) enables enterprises to gain visibility into network traffic in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), eliminating both the visibility gap and the need for custom agents. It provides the ability to consolidate and distribute traffic to multiple security and management tools while supporting Gigamon’s patented...


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

NTT Com launches cloud-based SAP solutions globally

NTT Communications introduced its Enterprise Cloud for ERP, a multi-tenant cloud platform service for SAP installations.

The new service, which is offered in collaboration with Dell Technologies Group’s Virtustream and EMC Japan, provides enterprises with the ability to access and run mission-critical core SAP systems in the cloud on a global basis. 

NTT Com's Enterprise Cloud for ERP service has an option for virtual HANA (offering up to 2.9TB of memory) and physical HANA (up to 8.0TB of memory), which will be available as a multi-tenant cloud platform supporting SAP HANA’s in-memory database architecture. NTT Com plans to offer a “high availability” option that ensures enhanced resilience and disaster recovery via the use of diverse routing and duplicate datacenters in Tokyo and Osaka. The service will also include pay-as-you-go options that leverage μVM resource-management technology to regulate CPU & memory usage, enabling customers to enjoy the flexibility and reliability of a cloud environment combining virtual and physical HANA environments. The service aims to reduce total cost of ownership by up to 65% compared to on-premise systems.

NTT Com also plans to offer a total SAP solution in the Americas, Europe, and Australia incorporating the same onboarding services and managed services.

Transpacific Hawaiki submarine cable reaches development milestone

Hawaiki, the new subsea cable system that will link Australia, New Zealand, and islands of the south Pacific with Hawaii and the mainland United States, reached another construction milestone. The 14,000 km of undersea fiber-optic cable is in the final stages of being loaded aboard TE SubCom’s cable-laying vessels, the CS Global Sentinel and the CS Responder. Installation of the system will commence in early October 2017.

The fiber cable was manufactured at SubCom’s Newington, New Hampshire facility, along with more than 170 completed repeaters. TE SubCom also noted that horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for the cable landing in Pacific City, Oregon and Sydney, Australia has been completed. In Sydney, the construction of the land duct route is complete, the installation of the terminal equipment has started and the pulling of the land cable is scheduled to begin shortly. In New Zealand, the construction of the land duct route is complete and the construction of a new cable station is underway.

The system is on schedule for completion by mid-2018.

The carrier-neutral Hawaiki cable system was co-developed by New Zealand-based entrepreneurs Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm Dick and Remi Galasso.

Google acquires Bitium for identity and access management

Google has acquired Bitium, a start-up based Santa Monica, California, that specializes in identity and access management. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bitium, which was founded in 2012, provides tools to support single sign-on, password management and analytics across cloud services for small, medium and enterprise businesses. Bitium helps enterprises manage access to range of web-based applications — including Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365, as well as social networks and CRM, collaboration and marketing tools.

Bitium will now become part of the Google Cloud team.

Accelerite builds a hybrid cloud stack

Accelerite, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, introduced a hybrid cloud platform that federates on-premises resources with public clouds including AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.

Accelerite's new Rovius Cloud platform, which can be deployed on commodity hardware, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) or traditional blade servers, aims to simplify deployment, monitoring and management of on-premises and public cloud compute, storage and networking resources. Rovius Cloud is server, storage (SDS, NAS, SAN, All) and hypervisor (VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, XenServer) agnostic.

The Rovius Cloud is a fully-integrated hybrid cloud stack that builds on Accelerite's CloudPlatform, which combines a cloud resource orchestrator with powerful compute, storage and network managers.

“We developed Rovius Cloud specifically to address the pain we saw enterprises experiencing when trying to deploy and manage hybrid clouds at scale,” said Rajesh Ramchandani, General Manager of Cloud Services and Platforms for Accelerite. “Existing approaches were both too limited in their capabilities and rigid in their implementation requirements. With Rovius Cloud, users get the scalability, monitoring and management functionality they need with the flexibility and simplicity they have been missing. It’s a clear win for IT, end users and cloud providers.” 

Rovius Cloud for AWS is available immediately. Rovius Cloud for Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure will be available in Q4 of this year.

NVIDIA sees big wins for data center GPUs in China

NVIDIA announced some big wins in China for its Volta GPUs - Alibaba Cloud, Baidu and Tencent are all incorporating the NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators into their data centers and cloud-service infrastructures.
Specifically, the three cloud giants are shifting from NVIDIA Pascal architecture-based systems to Volta-based platforms, which offer performance gains for AI inferencing and training.

The NVIDIA V100 data center GPU packs 21 billion transistors and provides a 5x improvement over the preceding NVIDIA Pascal architecture P100 GPU accelerators.


NVIDIA also announced that China's leading original equipment manufacturers -- including Inspur, Lenovo and Huawei -- are using the NVIDIA HGX reference architecture to offer Volta-based accelerated systems for hyperscale data centers.

FlyData raises $4 million for cloud data migration

FlyData, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California with roots in Japan, raised $4 million in venture funding for its data-driven management solution that enables customers to move large amounts of information to existing data warehouses.

Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership (operated by SPARX Group Co., Ltd.) led the investment round, with participation from Amano Corporation and Nissay Capital. Previously FlyData raised more than $5M from noted investors in Japan and the US, including 500 Startups.

FlyData said it is developing a cloud-based Big Data platform to help automotive/manufacturing customers improve the efficiency of production-line and quality control through a partnership with OptoComb, a leading optical-based sensor company. The company was founded in 2011 based on a project selected as a part of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's MITOU Program.

RAD and Advantech partner on Universal CPE White Box

RAD and the Networks & Communications Group of Advantech have developed a universal CPE (uCPE) white box solution offering carrier-class service demarcation and enhanced performance assurance capabilities.  This includes the ability to deliver premium, SLA-based Carrier Ethernet and IP services combined with advanced diagnostics capabilities to detect, localize and troubleshoot network and NFVI/VNF performance issues.

The solution includes Advantech’s universal CPE (uCPE) white box and RAD’s vCPE-OS, which hosts virtual network functions (VNFs) from any vendor.

The ecosystem partnership between the two companies also includes interoperability certification of RAD’s Linux–based vCPE-OS on Advantech’s FWA-1010VC, providing a carrier-class NFV infrastructure (NFVI) with open management interfaces, and with acceleration and integrated networking capabilities.

Monday, September 25, 2017

China Mobile looks to buy Oi Brasil

China Mobile is negotiating to acquire the mobile division of Oi, the largest telecommunications company in Brazil and South America, according to report in The China Daily.


The deal has not been finalized. China Mobile might have to pay US$3.5 billion in fines owed by Oi to the Brazilian telecoms authority, known as Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, or Anatel.

If it goes through, the deal would be historic on several fronts. None of the Chinese telecommunications carriers have acquired other carriers in other countries. China Mobile, which is already the world's largest mobile operator, would add nearly 41 million mobile subscribers in Brazil.

Oi, which was once known as Telemar, was formed through the merger of 16 state-owned incumbent local exchange carriers. The company was re-branded as "Oi" in 2007. In June 2016, Oi filed for bankruptcy protection, citing US$19 billion (R$65 billion) in debt. The case is still pending in the Brazilian courts.

Amazon Web Services plans data centre in Bahrain

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is planning to open an infrastructure region in Bahrain by early 2019. The new AWS Middle East Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch. AWS today also announced it will launch an AWS Edge Network Location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first quarter of 2018. This will bring Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the region and adds to the 78 points of presence AWS has around the world.

Currently, AWS provides 44 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 14 Availability Zones, across five AWS Regions in China, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the U.S. expected to come online by the end of 2018.

SAP to acquire Gigya for its consent-based identity data platform

SAP has agreed to acquire Gigya, a start-up offering a customer identity and access management platform. Financial terms were not disclosed, however, The Jerusalem Post valued the deal at US$350 million.

Gigya, which is based in Mountain View, California, with R&D in Israel, specializes in customer identity and access management (CIAM). Its platform enables businesses to (1) securely identify, register and engage with customers across channels and devices, (2) capture first-party data and build rich, actionable user profiles while respecting customer privacy, and (3) integrate customer data into marketing, sales and service applications.

Gigya, an SAP Hybris partner since 2013, has customers already using a solution extension from SAP Hybris and Gigya. Following the acquisition, Gigya will become part of the SAP Hybris business unit for customer engagement and commerce.

“Combining the data matching and enrichment capabilities of SAP Hybris Profile with Gigya’s consent-based identity data and access management platform will allow us to identify consumers across channels and offer a robust single consumer profile,” said Patrick Salyer, CEO of Gigya. “This is a vital step for digitalizing businesses because companies need to be able to draw accurate conclusions seamlessly across all channels, including web, mobile, in-store or connected devices, and the Internet of Things, as well as collect data about consumer preferences. Together, we are uniquely positioned to drive more effective marketing, sales and service through data, while the customer stays in control of how much data is shared.”

Video: Open Radisys - Fast Forward to More Agile, Flexible and Profitable Networks



In the last 20 years, 52% of the Fortune 500 companies have disappeared. Disrupt or be Disrupted.

Listen and watch our President and CEO, Brian Bronson, discuss how Radisys is making this transition for service providers - seamlessly.

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ETSI and OpenFog Consortium collaborate on fog and edge

The OpenFog Consortium, which was formed by ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, and Princeton University in November 2015, is now collaborating with ETSI to develop fog-enabled mobile edge applications and technologies.

Specifically, OpenFog will work with the ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG).  One of the first initiatives from the agreement will be focused on Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) which support edge computing interoperability within in the OpenFog reference architecture.

“This OpenFog-ETSI MOU is a significant step in our efforts to build interoperability for efficient and reliable networks and intelligent endpoints operating along the Cloud-to-Things continuum,” said Helder Antunes, chairman of the OpenFog Consortium and Senior Director, Cisco. “We’re now positioned to leverage our respective work to give the industry a cohesive set of standards around fog computing in mobile environments, while eliminating any redundancy in our respective efforts.”

OpenFog Consortium Releases its Reference Architecture


The OpenFog Consortium, whose founding members include ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, and Princeton University, published its OpenFog Reference Architecture, a universal technical framework designed to enable the data-intensive requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Fog computing is the system-level architecture that brings computing, storage, control, and networking functions closer...


Video: Multi-Access CORD Demo



Prakash Siva introduces both demos at the ONF Partner Showcase by explaining how CORD brings together the best of SDN & NFV with cloud technology that transforms today's data centers. This particular demo highlights how CORD becomes a unifying platform, or hybrid CORD for both mobile residential and universal platforms.

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Video: xRAN + M-CORD Integration Demo




This video presents a demonstration of xRAN + M-CORD integration. xRAN.org was founded to develop, standardize and promote a software-based, extensible Radio Access Network (xRAN). It decouples the control plane from the data plane. This M-CORD implementation enhances the ONOS controller to take care of the LTE user plane and the RAN portion.

This demonstration at MWC-Americas 2017 in San Francisco is hosted by Rishi Raj Maulick, Product Line Manager, Customer Development Service, Radisys.

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Samsung builds Flash storage for next-gen automotive

Samsung Electronics introduced the first embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) designed specifically for next-generation automotive applications.

The new eUFS, which consists of 128-gigabyte (GB) and 64GB versions, is designed for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), next-generation dashboards and infotainment systems that provide connected features for drivers and passengers worldwide.

Samsung cited read speeds as essential for these applications, especially upcoming automotive infotainment systems for better managing audio content, increasing navigation responsiveness, accessing Internet-enabled traffic and weather reports, improving handling of hands-free voice commands, and speeding up rear-seat social media interplay. The Samsung 128GB eUFS can read data at up to 850 megabytes per second (MB/s), which is approximately 3.4 times faster than the 250MB/s read speed of today’s eMMC 5.0 solutions.  It also offers about 6.4 times faster random reading than eMMC at 45,000 IOPS.

“We are taking a major step in accelerating the introduction of next-generation ADAS and automotive infotainment systems by offering the industry’s first eUFS solution for the market much earlier than expected,” said Jinman Han, senior vice president of Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is taking the lead in the growth of the memory market for sophisticated automotive applications, while continuing to deliver leading-edge UFS solutions with higher performance, density and reliability.”

Zayo to expand its data centre in Atlanta

Citing strong customer demand in Atlanta, including commitments from four large companies in diverse sectors, Zayo announced the expansion of its Atlanta data center presence with a new location.

The facility at 1150 White Street SW will add 72,100 total square feet and six megawatts (MW) of critical power, and is the company’s second data center in Atlanta. It is expected to be fully operational in early 2018, complementing Zayo’s facility located next door at 1100 White Street SW.

Toshiba announces 10TB Enterprise Capacity HDDs

Toshiba America Electronic Components introduced its biggest spinning hard disks yet -- the 10 TB MG06 Series Enterprise Capacity HDD, boasting a 25 percent capacity increase compared to prior generations/

In addition to a heftier capacity, the 10TB MG06 Series features a greater maximum sustained transfer rate, 237 MiB/s2, than the earlier MG05 Series, as well as a 25 percent increase in MTTF3, with a rating of 2.5M hours.

“The volume and value of digital data across organizations of all sizes continue to create opportunities and challenges for CSPs, server and storage vendors, and IT professionals,” said Scott Wright, Director of HDD Product Marketing at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. “Toshiba’s new MG06 Series advances performance and value across a range of Enterprise Capacity HDD models to better align with the diverse needs of systems and solutions for Cloud and Business Critical applications today.”

Sunday, September 24, 2017

MAREA redefines the transAtlantic subsea bandwidth equation

Construction of the highest-capacity subsea cable to cross the Atlantic is now complete.

The 6,600 km MAREA subsea cable, which was jointly funded by Microsoft and Facebook, links Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. The cable will be managed by Telxius, Telefónica’s new infrastructure company. The cable features eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160 Tbps.

The cable takes a more southern route than other transatlantic cables, which mostly connect northern Europe to the New York/New Jersey region.

“Marea comes at a critical time,” says Brad Smith, president of Microsoft. “Submarine cables in the Atlantic already carry 55 percent more data than trans-Pacific routes and 40 percent more data than between the U.S. and Latin America. There is no question that the demand for data flows across the Atlantic will continue to increase and Marea will provide a critical connection for the United States, Spain, and beyond."


  • TE SubCom served as the system supply partner for MAREA.

Frontier says its FiOS buried fiber proved more reliable in hurricane

Frontier Communications claims that its FiOS All-Fiber Network in Florida proved to be more reliable than competing services during Hurricane Irma.

“The resiliency of Frontier’s buried all-fiber network was a significant differentiator in the market,” said Melanie Williams, Frontier’s Senior Vice President for Operations in Florida. “Where power was available, the services of the majority of Frontier’s FiOS-based customers remained operational despite Irma’s impact. Frontier customers who lost power saw their FiOS services automatically restored once electricity was available.”

Frontier’s central office and remote office facilities remained online throughout the storm, either because electricity was available or generator power kicked in, added Williams.

Frontier's serve has returned to near normal levels in the company’s six-county Florida service area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota). Once the storm had passed, Frontier had 630 service technicians in the field restoring damaged facilities.

The company listed its storm preparations:

  • activation of Frontier’s Emergency Response Center
  • equipping fleet vehicles with extra fuel, fluids and lighting
  • double-checking all safety equipment, ensuring all back-up power supplies and generators are fully operational
  • ensuring supplies were available for plant and network restoration
  • and placing emergency network supplies throughout company facilities.

Microsoft Azure introduces Availability Zones

Microsoft Azure has begun offering Availability Zones across its global cloud infrastructure.

Availability Zones are fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, providing redundant power, cooling, and networking.

The ability to designate an availability zone promises higher availability and fault tolerance for data center failures.

To date, Microsoft has announced 42 data center regions worldwide, which is more than any other cloud provider/ Availability Zones are now in preview in two regions, East US 2 in Virginia and West Europe in the Netherlands, with plans to offer preview to additional regions in the US, Europe, and Asia before the end of the year including our new France Central region in Paris.

Source Photonics opens new laser fab in China

Source Photonics, which is headquartered in West Hills, California, continues to expand its manufacturing capabilities.

The company has just announced the establishment of a new optical laser facility in Jintan, China. The new facility will more than double the company’s current output of Indium Phosphide lasers and related components. It will include wafer MOCVD, chip processing, and related component production. This new facility will augment its existing fab in Hsinchu, Taiwan which has more than doubled its output over the past three years and introduced more advanced devices required for the current 100G and emerging 400G markets. Source Photonics expects initial production in the new facility to commence in Q2 2018.

“The new facility in Jintan will allow us to improve our service levels to our customers and bring productive and leading edge technology to market.  It will be a world-class facility, the first of its kind in China. We are pleased to work with the city of Jintan to accelerate our investments in this critical technology,” said Doug Wright, CEO of Source Photonics.

Procera rebrands as Sandvine now that the merger is complete

Procera Networks completed its previously announced acquisition of Sandvine. The combined company will operate under the Sandvine name.

Sandvine, headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, was founded in 2001 by a team that had worked together on a previous start-up called PixStream, a video networking start-up that Cisco acquired that same year for C$554 million. Sandvine's core expertise is in network policy management, including the control of spam, usage-based billing, quality of service, and P2P throttling over any type of access network, including cable/DOCSIS, DSL/FTTx, Satellite, 3G, LTE, WiFi, and fixed wireless.

Procera Networks, based in Fremont, California, was founded in 2002 and includes significant operations in Sweden. Its PacketLogic platforms use deep packet inspection (DPI) to deliver analytics, traffic management, and enforcement use cases for broadband network operators, mobile operators and academic institutions. In 2007, Procera completed an IPO and in 2013 bought Vineyard Networks, a Canadian DPI company, for C$28 million. In 2015, private funds managed by Francisco Partners Management, a technology-focused private equity firm, acquired Procera Networks in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $240 million.


The new company will serve over 400 communications service provider customers, with over 1 billion subscribers in more than 100 countries, as well as over 500 enterprise customers and more than 100 OEM and channel partners. It will be led by Procera's CEO Lyndon Cantor, and Procera CFO Richard Deggs.

Tata Com hires Bob Laskey to head its America's operations

Tata Communications has appointed Bob Laskey as Regional Head of Americas - its largest revenue generator outside of India.

Laskey has more than 20 years of experience with companies such as CenturyLink, Microsoft, Oracle and Accenture. He will be based in Chicago.

Cisco completes acquisition of Springpath

Cisco completed its previously-announced acquisition of Springpath, a start-up specializing in hyperconvergence software for $320 million in cash and assumed equity awards.

Springpath, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, has developed a distributed file system purpose-built for hyperconvergence that enables server-based storage systems. Cisco and Springpath have worked together since early 2016 to launch HyperFlex, a fully integrated hyperconverged infrastructure system.

Cisco said the acquisition will allow it to continue to deliver next-generation data center innovation to its customers.

WBA publishes paper on Wi-Fi and 5G integration

5G will be a combination of licensed and unlicensed technologies – with Wi-Fi and its current evolution playing a leading role; the convergence of services and coexistence of technologies are vital to the 5G roadmap, according to a new whitepaper published by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).
The whitepaper explores the opinions of more than 65 companies across the globe.

Among other key finding, the three highest ranking industry verticals – by priority – were smart cities, IoT sensor networks and safety/surveillance.

“While plans to roll out 5G networks are well on their way, the industry still needs to agree upon the standards for the technology before 2020,” said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO, Wireless Broadband Alliance. “The WBA has put together this report to highlight the significant impact that Wi-Fi is having on the definition of 5G and what we as an organisation can do to bridge the gap between licensed and unlicensed technologies within this timeframe.”

http://www.wballiance.com/resources/wba-white-papers/



Friday, September 22, 2017

FCC: 95% of cell sites in Puerto Rico still offline

Almost two days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, over 95% of cell sites remain offline, according to data from the FCC.

As of September 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT, FCC data showed that 95% of cell sites in Puerto Rico are out of service. Critically, 47 out of the 78 counties in Puerto Rico have 100% of their cell sites out of service even nearly 24 hours after the storm passed. The FCC database shows that there are 1,789 base stations in Puerto Rico and 1,707 are down. Four additional cell sites lost connectivity in the past 24 hours.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, 73% of cell sites are out of service - a 4% improvement in the last 24 hours.

With the widespread power outages in Puerto Rico it is assumed that cable Internet services are also offline for most customers, but the FCC had not received any data on the status of the networks.

NTT Group seeks growth through diversification – part 3

Preamble – The first part of this article presented an organizational look at the NTT Group, which consists of five main groups and an astounding number of subsidiary companies: 944 at last count with interests as diverse as IT outsourcing, mobile apps, real estate, data centers, finance, construction, and even electrical power. The second part of the article looked at NTT’s Global Cloud Business Promotion, which aims to provide full-stack, full-lifecycle integration from the data center, to the managed ICT layer, to the applications.

From its annual report, we know that the NTT Group currently generates about US$16.9 billion in overseas revenues, of which 65% is for IT infrastructure and 35% is for application services.  This breaks down as follows:

Americas         $5.9b, including 55% for IT infrastructure and 45% for applications
EMEA             $6.6b, including 60% for IT infrastructure and 40% for applications
APAC              $4.4b, including 90% for IT infrastructure and 10% for applications




NTT Communications

The network resides between the data center layer and the managed ICT solutions and it is here that NTT perhaps has its greatest strength. Inside Japan, NTT’s fiber infrastructure, through its various subsidiaries, is unrivaled for wholesale operations and FTTH residential connections. The global enterprise networking segment is addressed by NTT Communications.  The second part of this article covered the NTT Comm’s recent Global SD-WAN launch. The company is also well-known for its Global IP Network, which is IPv4/IPv6 backbone network connected through a single AS 2914 and offering high-speed, high-capacity IP communications to all major countries in Europe, North America, Oceania, and Asia. Alongside this IP backbone, NTT Comm operates a global MPLS service that delivers Layer 3 IP-based MPLS and Layer 2 Ethernet-based VPLS in 190 countries/regions.

More recently, NTT Com has developed a Multi-Cloud Connect service that is directly connected to public clouds hosted in key markets across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Multi-Cloud Connect currently connects to Oracle Cloud and other third-party cloud services including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, as well as NTT Com's private cloud service, via a security-enhanced, private Layer 3 connection, avoiding the public Internet.

NTT Comm is an active participant in the subsea space. One project it has led is the recently-completed, consortium-backed Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) optical submarine cable network, which spans a total length of 10,400 km and leverages 100 Gbps optical transmission and digital coherent technology to deliver a capacity of more than 54 Tbps, the highest of any network in Asia. NTT Com has established two diverse landing points, one in the East and the other in the West of Japan for the APG and Pacific Crossing-1 (PC-1) submarine cable which connects between Japan and the U.S. having diverse route such as north and south routes. The company has also implemented diverse landing points in Hong Kong and Singapore for the APG and for the Asia Submarine-Cable Express (ASE), which was launched in August 2012.

It should also be noted that NTT Comm, like other companies in the group, sometimes deploys proprietary technologies developed in-house. Earlier this year, NTT Communications began deploying a 400 Gbps optical transmission system in its data centers. The system raises the transmission capacity of NTT Com's core network above 19Tbps per optical fiber, or more than double existing capacity. The company said the 400G rate is achieved by using advanced digital-signal processing technology developed in house.

Connecting the pieces - Dimension Data

Dimension Data, which was founded in 1983, is probably the best-known technology firm from South Africa having built a global reputation for excellence in networking integration, IT management and data centers. Over the years, Dimension Data expanded into markets worldwide, sometimes acquiring local integration companies, including Australia's ComTech. Dimension Data has also served as Cisco Systems exclusive distributor in South Africa. The company reports an annual turnover of US$7.5 billion. It now has offices in 52 countries and 30,000 employees, 

In 2010, the NTT Group acquired Dimension Data for £2.1 billion ($3.2 billion). Since then, NTT has preserved Dimension Data as an independent subsidiary. Dimension Data still maintains its headquarters in Johannesburg with mostly local management. Jeremy Ord, who served as Managing Director since its inception, continues on as Executive Chairman. In 2016, Dimension Data appointed Jason Goodall as Group Chief Executive Officer. Goodall previously served as Dimension Data's Group COO, where he has been responsible for the regions and several global functions including sales, marketing, Group Information Services (GIS), HR and commercial finance. Goodall is a veteran of Dimension Data having served many roles during his 18-year career with the company. 
Even while under the NTT umbrella, Dimension Data has persevered in its strategy of acquiring other integration companies to add to its team and customer base.

NTT Data

The NTT Group has another global IT integration and management company.  NTT Data, which was founded in 1967 and is based in Tokyo, maintains business operations in 42 countries. For 2016, NTT Data posted annual revenue of US$14.6 billion. It currently has about 120,000 employees. Unlike Dimension Data, which is a fully-owned subsidiary, the NTT Group holds a 54% equity stake in NTT Data. 

(NTT Comware is another IT integration subsidiary, although its operations are focused on the physical assets of the NTT Group itself rather than outside customers)

Overseas acquisitions are also a key element of NTT Data's strategy in Europe, the United States and APAC. In 2016, NTT DATA acquired Dell Services, an IT services provider recognized for its depth in vertical industries and for its offerings around infrastructure services, cloud services, application services, and business process outsourcing. The purchase price was reported at $3.05 billion. This deal significantly increased NTT DATA’s presence in North America particularly in healthcare and insurance industries. Prior to 2009, the Dell Services groups was known as Perot Systems, a business consultancy founded by H. Ross Perot.

Both NTT Group and Dimension Data identify digital transformation as a key business opportunity. Enterprise companies are under pressure to evolve their IT infrastructure or be crushed by more agile competitors. A big part of this revolves around process automation and finding cloud-optimised software that streamlines operations. Hybrid public/private infrastructure is required as is expertise in rapidly evolving open source technologies, such as blockchain. It is here that theses sister companies provide overlapping services and both have access to NTT Group's vast resources.

For example, earlier this year, Dimension Data and NTT Com agreed to explore how to deliver a unified cloud experience to clients through greater collaboration within NTT, initially via closer integration of the Dimension Data and NTT Com cloud IaaS platforms.


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