Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mellanox Supplies Ethernet Switches/Adapters for Baidu's Machine Learning

Baidu, the leading Chinese Internet search engine, has selected Mellanox Technologies' Spectrum Ethernet switches and ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Ethernet adapters of the Baidu Machine Learning platform.  The Spectrum switches and RDMA-enabled ConnectX-4 adapters enable efficient data movement placed for machine learning. Mellanox said its solutions enabled Baidu to demonstrate a 200 percent improvement in machine learning training times, resulting in faster decision making.

“We are pleased to continue working with Mellanox to enable the most efficient platforms for our applications,” said Mr. Liu Ning, system department deputy director at Baidu. “Mellanox Ethernet solutions with RDMA allow us to fully leverage our Machine Learning platform and work with various machine models while saving valuable CPU cycles and associated computing costs.”

“Machine Learning has become a critical predictive and computational tool for many businesses worldwide,” said Amir Prescher, senior vice president business development, Mellanox Technologies. “Working with Baidu, the premiere internet search provider in China, has enabled Mellanox to showcase the advantages and cost effectiveness of our Spectrum switches and ConnectX-4 100Gb/s adapters solutions to enable the most efficient machine learning platforms.”

http://www.mellanox.com/page/press_release_item?id=1837

driver support for ConnectX-4 Ethernet and RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) on the VMware vSphere virtualization platform.

The new vSphere software for ConnectX-4 delivers three critical new capabilities; increased Ethernet network speeds at 25/50 and 100 Gb/s, virtualized application communication over RoCE, and advanced network virtualization and SDN (Software Defined Networking) acceleration 

SiTime Delivers Automotive MEMS Oscillators

SiTime introduced two families of AEC-Q100-qualified MEMS oscillators that offer a combination of the widest frequency range, tightest stability at ±20 ppm and the best reliability.

The SiT2024/25 and SiT8924/25 oscillators are designed for ASIL (Automotive Safety Integrity Level) compliant automotive applications such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), in-vehicle Ethernet, powertrain and electronic control units (ECUs).

The new MEMS-based oscillators are available in a SOT23-5 leaded package to enable visual inspection and the best solder joint reliability, especially in hot and cold environments. The SiT8924/25 oscillators, available in industry-standard QFN footprints as small as 2.0 x 1.6 mm, are ideal for camera modules and other small form factor systems.

Some highlights:

  • SiTime’s automotive oscillators are 30 times more robust than quartz oscillators and deliver the following features and benefits.
  • AEC-Q100 qualified, Grade 1 (-40°C to +125°C), Grade 2 (-40°C to +105°C) and extended temperature range (-55°C to +125°C)
  • SiT2024/2025: SOT23-5 leaded package for best board-level solder-joint reliability and ease-of-use in manufacturing and test
  • SiT8924/8925: Five package options in industry-standard oscillator footprints
  • Excellent frequency stability at ±20 ppm for best timing margin
  • Highest reliability at over 1 billion hours MTBF (< 1 FIT)
  • Best shock resistance at 50,000 g
  • Best vibration resistance at 70 g
  • Lowest vibration sensitivity (g-sensitivity) at 0.1 ppb/g
  • Widest frequency range of 1 to 137 MHz with 6 decimal places of accuracy
  • Unique, programmable output drive strength for EMI reduction
  • Supply voltage options of 1.8V, 2.5 to 3.3V


“The automotive industry is going through a massive transformation, with new features such as advanced safety and driver assistance systems, electrification, automation and real-time big data analytics. The usage of electronic components in automobiles is increasing rapidly and requires stringent levels of quality, reliability and performance,” said Piyush Sevalia, executive vice president of marketing at SiTime. “MEMS technologies are playing a significant role in this transformation. SiTime is leveraging our revolutionary silicon MEMS, advanced analog technology and standard semiconductor packaging to provide unique timing solutions that deliver the highest reliability and dynamic performance under extreme temperatures, shock and vibration.”

Separately, SiTime also announced that its Elite Platform Super-TCXOs were named the Product of the Year by Electronic Products. The Elite Platform Super-TCXOs, which are designed for timing in telecom and networking equipment, deliver 30 times better dynamic performance, 10 times better dynamic stability, and 20 times better vibration resistance (g sensitivity).

http://www.sitime.com
https://www.sitime.com/news/635-sitimes-automotive-mems-oscillators-deliver-30-times-better-robustness

Kaminario Raises $75 Million for All-Flash Storage Arrays

Kaminario secured $75 million in a new round of financing for its all-flash storage solutions.

Kaminario, which is headquartered in Needham, Massachusetts, with offices in Israel, London, and New York City, said the new capital will be used to accelerate go-to-market initiatives, expand its global presence and fuel research and development.

The latest funding round was led by Waterwood, a private equity firm that invests in growth-stage technology companies. Participation in this round was a mix of new and existing investors, including Sequoia, Pitango, Lazarus, Silicon Valley Bank and Globespan Capital Partners. The new round brings Kaminario's total funding to $218 million.

"Our strong business growth, cutting-edge technology and the all-flash market opportunity make Kaminario very attractive to investors and partners alike," said Dani Golan, founder and CEO, Kaminario. "The role of the data center is transforming as businesses continue to accelerate digital transformation and cloud adoption, and we are perfectly positioned to deliver agile storage solutions for today's on-demand applications. This new funding will allow us to continue our global expansion and accelerate our innovation agenda to better serve our customers."

http://www.kaminario.com

China Mobile Picks Nuage SDN for its Public Cloud

Nokia's Nuage Networks venture announced a key contract to supply its Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) for China Mobile's first commercial public cloud project.

China Mobile will use Nuage's highly-scalable SDN solution for a deployment of approximately 2,000 public cloud servers in Beijing and Guangzhou. Nuage Networks VSP enables China Mobile to virtualize its multi-tenant datacenter networks and establish connectivity among computing resources while at the same time providing more features to customers.

This deal strengthens the relationship between China Mobile and Nuage Networks, building on the deployment last year of Nuage Networks SDN technology in CMCC's DevOps private cloud architecture.

"The successful track record of Nuage Networks' VSP in major operators' clouds around the world, and our philosophy of building open cloud environments that avoid customer lock-in, were both instrumental in our ability to win China Mobile's first open bid for its datacenter SDN. We are excited to assist China Mobile to build a large-scale, high-performance cloud that includes all of the features required to meet their customers' needs," stated Yu Xiaohan, Head of Customer Business Team, CMCC at Nokia Networks China.

http://www.nokia.com

Phantom Raises $13.5 Million for Community-Powered Security Automation & Orchestration

Phantom, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced $13.5 million in Series B funding for its community-powered security automation and orchestration platform.

Phantom said its platform automates and orchestrates security operations enabling analysts to achieve in seconds what may normally take hours or days to accomplish manually. Phantom Apps drive this by acting as the connective tissue to integrate the dozens of discrete point products that enterprises have deployed to secure their environment. The company recently reached an important milestone in surpassing 100 Apps, or distinct product integrations, supporting almost every category of security technology: reputation services, endpoint technologies, sandboxes, firewalls, and common mobile, virtual and cloud-based security solutions.

The funding round was led by Kleiner Perkins. Existing investors TechOperators Venture Capital, Blackstone (NYSE: BX), Foundation Capital, In-Q-Tel, Rein Capital, Zach Nelson, and John W. Thompson also participated in the round. Phantom has now raised more than $23 million in total.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Kleiner Perkins,” said Oliver Friedrichs, Founder & CEO of Phantom. “Ted Schlein has been a force of nature in the security industry and has helped to build great companies such as Mandiant, ArcSight, Internet Security Systems, Lifelock, Carbon Black and Fortify.”

http://www.phantom.us

Dan Pitt Joins MEF as Senior Vice President

The MEF announced the appointment of Dan Pitt as Senior Vice President with a mandate to evangelize the MEF Third Network vision and technical program, harness SDNFV in the LSO (Lifecycle Services Orchestration) framework and open APIs, and expand the MEF community and ecosystem.

Dr. Pitt is the former executive director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

“Dan is a pioneer of the software-defined networking industry and has played a pivotal role in the evolution of SDN from concept to adoption,” states Nan Chen, President of MEF.  “We are honored to welcome Dan to the MEF leadership team as we lead the transformation to agile, assured, and orchestrated network services on a global scale.”

“MEF has a critical mass of more than 200 members, including 130+ service providers, and an astonishing track record of spearheading the creation of an $80+ billion market of new services and technologies,” comments Dr. Pitt. “Significantly, MEF members’ core competency of services, operations, and orchestration makes the organization the ideal vehicle to deliver real-world, global deployment of SDNFV and LSO. I am thrilled to be part of the innovative team MEF continues to build."

https://www.mef.net/news-events/press-releases

Ciena Cites Deployments with Southern Cross Cable and QTS Realty

Ciena announced two significant optical transport deployments: Southern Cross Cable Network and QTS Realty Trust.

Southern Cross Cable Network, which owns and operates a trans-Pacific submarine cable network connecting Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawaii to the mainland United States, is leveraging Ciena’s Blue Planet V-WAN to support its recently introduced Gigaflex Elastic bandwidth-on-demand capability.  Ciena said this allows Southern Cross to flexibly and dynamically provide on-demand virtual network capabilities that enable its customers to quickly provision high-speed, high-capacity network resources. The Southern Cross Gigaflex elastic solution also usesthe 5400 and 8700 Packetwave platforms, providing a next-generation software and hardware architecture.

QTS Realty Trust, an international provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services, is deploying Ciena’s Waveserver stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform to provide its customers up to 400 Gbps connectivity between its new Chicago data center and Lakeside Technology Center (350 East Cermak).

http://www.ciena.com

Napatech Appoints Jarrod J.S. Siket as CMO

Napatech announced the appointment of Jarrod Siket as the new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Jarrod joins Napatech following a successful career as senior VP and general manager at Netronome.

Prior to joining Napatech, Jarrod held executive positions in several successful hi-tech companies, most recently at Netronome, where he was responsible for the company's growth into a strong leader in programmable networking solutions.

http://www.napatech.com

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