Tuesday, April 10, 2012

NTT Cites Breakthrough in GaN-based Thin Film Production

Researchers at NTT announced a breakthrough in the development of GaN-based thin-film devices from substrates, where an extremely thin layer of boron nitride (BN) is grown between a sapphire substrate and the GaN-based semiconductor and works as a release layer.

The newly developed MeTRe (Mechanical Transfer using a Release layer) method of production facilitates the transfer of the resulting nitride structures (typically a few μm thick) to more flexible and affordable substrates.

So far, the researchers have demonstrated a very thin LED, in which a detached thin-film device is sandwiched by two laminate films (total thickness is as small as 0.2 mm, Fig. 5 ), indicating that this technology has opened a door for GaN-based flexible devices.

NTT said this innovation helps in the production of very thin LEDs, transparent solar cells sensitive only to UV light, and highly-functional hybrid CMOS devices.

Verizon and General Dynamics Selected for Army Private Cloud Initiative

Verizon Enterprise Solutions, as part of a General Dynamics-led team, has been awarded two contracts to develop and implement fixed and mobile cloud computing capacity for the U.S. Army under the Area Processing Centers Army Private Cloud 2 initiative, known as APC2. The five-year, multiple-award contracts have a combined potential value of $249.8 million to all awardees.

Verizon's Terremark division will provide infrastructure -- including cloud assets designed to meet federal security guidelines, and server, network and storage capacity -- for the initiative.

APC2 is a new component of the LandWarNet strategic initiative, which encompasses all Army information computing capabilities such as collecting, processing and storing information. Through the program, the Army intends to lower application migration, hosting, administration and maintenance costs by moving to cloud infrastructure and reducing the number of data centers it operates.

"There is an amazing transformation under way in the federal government and the U.S. military as agencies become increasingly virtual to operate more efficiently and effectively on behalf of our nation," said Susan Zeleniak, Verizon's senior vice president for public sector markets. "By moving to the cloud, the Army will have more flexibility in how IT resources are consumed while providing better economics, greater agility and broader access to information for civilian and military personnel."http://www.verizonbusiness.com

Microsoft Adds Cloud Requirements to Engineer Certification Program

Microsoft has upgraded its flagship professional credential, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, for the cloud. The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) includes cloud training requirements that demonstrated to employers and peers that those certified have the skills to do the job in an expanding market.

"The new Microsoft certifications are raising the bar across the industry and reflect industry shifts that require a broader knowledge base and deeper skills across solutions that cloud computing requires," said Don Field, Microsoft's senior director of Product Management. "The Microsoft certifications reflect the experience and skills needed to build, manage and evolve solutions in a cloud-based environment, ensuring validation of real-world skills for individuals and helping hiring managers identify the best-qualified job candidates."

CloudPassage Lands $14 Million to Secure Cloud Servers

CloudPassage, a start-up based in San Francisco, secured $14 million series B financing round, for its cloud security solution.

CloudPassage said its key innovation is its Halo architecture, which automates multiple server security functions and transparently handles the highly fluid and scalable characteristics of public IaaS environments. The technology automatically secures cloud servers when they burst or are cloned. Halo combines an ultra-lightweight guest VM software component with an elastic compute grid optimized for security operations, an architecture that has opened up significant new security capabilities to companies leveraging IaaS.

CloudPassage said the new funding will be used to accelerate market penetration of Halo, its cloud server security platform and extend its functionality with innovations previously in stealth development. The company reports subscriber growth of over 70 percent during the first two months of 2012, compared with last year. Halo Basic is free for up to 25 servers. A Pro service is also offered.

The new funding brings the company’s total funding to $21 million. The round was led by Tenaya Capital, with participation from existing investors Benchmark Capital and Musea Ventures. Brian Melton, Managing Director at Tenaya Capital, will join the CloudPassage board of directors.


CVC Capital Partners Bids for Hong Kong's City Telecom

CVC Capital Partners will acquire Hong Kong's City Telecom for HK$5 billion (US$644 million).

Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of City Telecom (HK) Limited, has offered residential broadband services at 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps for several years over its fiber, CAT 5 metro Ethernet network. HKBN has over 1,240,000 subscribers.

Optimum Lightpath Carries Uncompressed HD-SDI over Wavelengths

Optimum Lightpath, which is Cablevision's Ethernet-based business service for the New York metropolitan area, is supporting 1.485 GB linear uncompressed HD-SDI over dedicated wavelengths. The functionality is available footprint-wide, supporting the real-time transport of uncompressed high definition video at high reliability levels the fiber network. The update is targeted primarily to media production facilities, broadcasters, television stations, video relay bureaus and content distributors that want to transport high quality video of live events to various local destinations. Optimum Lightpath manages encoding and decoding, as well as installation, operation and maintenance of all related equipment for Managed Video.http://optimumlightpath.com/ourservices_video

Dell Launches Content Delivery Platform (CDP) for Service Providers

Dell is launching a Content Delivery Platform (CDP) that allows network providers to sell Content Delivery Network (CDN) services to the enterprise as well as manage the on-demand delivery of any video to any screen.

The CDN solution is powered by Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers and software from EdgeCast Networks and Elemental Technologies.

Dell said its solution allows network operators to launch their own CDN quickly and affordably. EdgeCast's CDN software already supports more than 4,000 content providers worldwide. Elemental Technologies' video processing software leverages massively parallel NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) and Intel processors to offer an extremely dense and highly cost effective transcoding solution.

"Managing and maintaining a healthy IT infrastructure is getting more and more complicated for network operators as their infrastructures are not designed to support today’s growing demand for IP-based, bandwidth-hogging content,�? said Laurie Hutto-Hill, general manager of Dell’s Global Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment organization. “Until now, few content delivery models have been optimized for rich media, and it is hard to find existing technologies equipped to analyze and deliver content efficiently based on the requirements of a multitude of end-user devices. Dell Deliver offers flexible and scalable technology with significant cost advantages, allowing network providers to establish a healthy CDN that can support today’s ever-changing data landscape."http://www.dell.com

BT Boosts Top Infinity 2 Tier to up to 76Mbps

BT Retail has nearly doubled the downstream speed of its Infinity 2 broadband service to peak rates of 76 Mbps. The newly revamped service will also offer the UK’s fastest upstream speeds of up to 19Mbps. BT Retail is also set to give its BT Infinity 1 product a boost by increasing its upstream speed fivefold from up to 1.9 Mbps to up to 9.5 Mbps.

IBM's PureSystems Integrates Server, Storage and Networking

IBM unveiled its PureSystems architecture for combining all IT elements, both physical and virtual, into "expert integrated systems" with server, storage, and networking capabilities. IBM's PureSystems is the result of $2 billion in R&D and acquisitions over four years.

IBM said PureSystems will be distinguished by its scale-in design, which optimizes all of the critical components required in today’s data center – system networking, storage, compute, management, etc. -- and provides for a single-view management system. The goal is to automatically scale compute resources, networking and storage as needed by applications.

IBM is applying its "patterns of expertise" software to PureSystems in order to automate time-consuming tasks such as configuring, deploying and upgrading applications. This software layer is open to independent developers who can customize applications for the PureSystems.

IBM has also included a cloud self-service and provisioning interface directly into PureSystems.

“With its new scale-in design and built-in expertise, PureSystems represents an important advance in the evolution of computing,�? said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, software and systems, IBM. “By tightening the connections between hardware and software, and adding incomparable software know-how, PureSystems is designed to help clients to free up time and money to focus on innovation that many businesses cannot address due to ever rising costs and staffing needs in the traditional data center.�?http://www.ibm.com