Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Crehan: Data Center Ethernet Switch Market is Hot

Sales of data center Ethernet switches saw the strongest growth in five years during the second quarter of 2017, with year-over-year growth of fourteen percent, according to the latest report from Crehan Research Inc.

“2Q17 was a particularly strong quarter for data center Ethernet switching, as customers responded very favorably to the many compelling products that have arrived on the market,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. “These switches not only have significantly improved price performance, but also additional visibility, programmability, security, and automation capabilities, enabling customers to handle a diversity of data center networking workloads at scale in a more cost effective and simpler way.”

In addition to stellar overall market growth during the quarter, notable results from Crehan’s data center switch report include:

  • Juniper Networks had the strongest growth in data center switching revenues, with a 60% year-over-year increase.
  • In the modular data center switch segment – which is most indicative of aggregation/spine deployments –100GbE shipments surpassed 40GbE shipments 
  • Arista Networks accounted for the largest share in 100GbE data center switch shipments.
  • Cisco Systems continues to drive the growth in 25GbE data center switching, with its Cloud Scale Nexus 9000 platform comprising the vast majority of total 25GbE market shipments.
  • Despite the strong 25GbE increase, 10GbE shipments continued to show robust growth, with overall data center switch shipments increasing in excess of 10% year-over-year on the strength
  • of very healthy 10GBASE-T adoption in both enterprise and service provider data center networks.

The strong initial adoption of 25GbE and 100GbE data center switches is in keeping with Crehan’s January 2017 long-range forecast, which noted that 25GbE and 100GbE were expected to ramp rapidly and comprise over half of all shipments by 2021.

http://www.crehanresearch.com

LookingGlass Cyber raises $26.3m for threat intelligence

LookingGlass Cyber Solutions announced $26.3 million, comprised of mezzanine debt funding and incremental venture capital for its threat intelligence-driven security solutions.

LookingGlass said over 40 companies and MSSP’s are subscribed to its Cyber Guardian Network partner program. CenturyLink is the latest managed security service provider (MSSP) to join the network and, like other partners, will be utilizing LookingGlass’ unique capabilities to provide their customers access to industry leading threat intelligence tools on the market.

LookingGlass is also introducing a Threat Intelligence-as-a-Service for organizations that require cybersecurity business solutions to be deployed and enacted immediately, without obtrusive lead-time and will ensure protection for company brands, intellectual property, customers, and employees.

LookingGlass also highlighted its recent discovery of 40 million voter records for sale on the dark web. Additionally, LookingGlass announced their Corporate and Supplier Cyber Attack Surface Analysis offering this spring and subsequently its comprehensive Third Party Risk Monitoring service, which delivers continuous visibility into the risk exposure and attack surface of an organization’s key vendors. This service is a completely outsourced way to analyze third party vendors’ risk impact on an organization.

“This investment acknowledges our significant growth position in the market and will help us to better service our clients and stay ahead of our competition,” said CFO Stewart Curley. “The LookingGlass portfolio delivers unified threat protection against sophisticated cyber attacks and enables both global enterprises and governments to take threat intelligence into their own hands, and act on it. We are proud to add Eastward Capital and Triangle Peak to our long-term investor group.”

http://www.lookingglasscyber.com


  • LookingGlass Cyber Solutions is based in Reston, Virginia.

WD Acquires Tegile for Flash arrays

Western Digital agreed to acquire Tegile, which offers flash and persistent-memory storage solutions for enterprise data center applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Tegile, which is based in Newark, California, has been offering flash storage solutions since 2012. The company claims 1,700 customers.

“The Tegile acquisition will fit perfectly in Western Digital’s long-term strategy to deliver high value solutions that address customers’ rapidly evolving storage needs,” said Mike Cordano, president and chief operating officer of Western Digital. “The addition of Tegile’s technology and talented team will advance our goal of solving customers’ most significant challenges in capturing, preserving, transforming and accessing data. We welcome the Tegile team to Western Digital and look forward to working together to enhance our leadership position in enterprise and cloud-based storage.”

http://investor.wdc.com
https://www.tegile.com/


  • Tegile's investors include August Capital, Capricorn Investment Group, Crosscreek Advisors, Meritech, Pine River Capital Management, and Western Digital Capital.

FCC: 365 cell sites remain down in Texas

As of August 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, only one additional cell site went offline in the last 24 hours in areas of Texas and Louisiana impacted by tropical storm Harvey.

The FCC reports that 365 cell sites remain down out of 7,803 cell sites serving the 55 counties in Texas and Louisiana impacted by the disaster. This represents an offline rate of 4.7%.

The FCC also noted that a total of 15 Public Safety Support Centers (PSSC) remain offline, an improvement of 1 in the last 24 hours.

The number of impacted wireline of cable subscribers continues at rise: at least t 283,593 subscribers (up from at least 189,487 yesterday) out of service in the affected area. This includes users who get service from cable system or wireline providers.

There are 21 (up from 19 yesterday) non-mobile switching centers out of service and 33 (up from 22 yesterday) switching
centers on back-up power.

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0829/DOC-346419A1.pdf

Intel Xeon workstation processors

Intel unveiled its latest Xeon processors for workstations.

Intel said its new Xeon W processor delivers optimized performance for traditional workstation professionals by combining mainstream performance, enhanced memory capabilities, and hardware-enhanced security and reliability features. The Intel Xeon W processor features up to 18 cores and up to 36 threads, with an Intel Turbo Boost Technology frequency up to 4.5 GHz. Mainstream workstations will experience up to a 1.87x boost in performance compared to a 4-year-old system4and up to 1.38x higher performance compared to the previous generation.

This builds on the new family of Intel Xeon Scalable processors, announced in July, that offer up to 56 cores, up to 112 threads and an Intel Turbo Boost Technology frequency up to 4.2 GHz.

https://newsroom.intel.com/news/intel-xeon-scalable-processors-accelerate-creation-innovation-next-generation-workstations/

Pure Storage names Charlie Giancarlo as new CEO

Pure Storage annnounced the appointment of Charlie Giancarlo, replacing Scott Dietzen, who will take on the role of Chairman of the Board.

Giancarlo is known for his leadership roles at Cisco, where he previously served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer. Since leaving Cisco, he has shared his management experience across Silver Lake Partners’ portfolio, including as Avaya’s Interim CEO, as well as on the boards of Arista, Accenture and ServiceNow.

https://blog.purestorage.com/august-24th-announcement-1/

ZTE appoints Angela Simpson to head US Gov Affairs

ZTE USA appointed Angela Simpson as vice president, US Government Affairs, where she will manage all of the company’s government relations and public policy matters in the United States.

Ms. Simpson was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary for the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration where she also held roles as Acting Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary. Prior to coming to the Department of Commerce, Simpson was Director of Government Affairs for Covad Communications in Washington, D.C. where she was responsible for advocacy before the Federal Communications Commission and Congress.

https://www.zteusa.com/

ZTE to Plead Guilty and Pay $1.19 Billion to U.S. Government


In the case involving the shipment of U.S.-origin technology to Iran during the period of economic sanctions, ZTE Corporation agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $430,488,798 penalty to the U.S. ZTE simultaneously reached settlement agreements with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In total ZTE has agreed to pay the U.S....


EE UK suffers broadband outage

EE's broadband service in the UK experienced an outage lasting many hours and impacting users in London, the Midlands, the southwest of England and Scotland. Online commentators attributed the outage to a fault with EE's DNS.

http://ee.co.uk/




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