Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Google Seeks to Super Charge Android with Motorola Acquisition

Google completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, saying the deal will "supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing."

Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business. Sanjay Jha has stepped down as CEO and been replaced by longtime Googler Dennis Woodside.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, "I'm happy to announce the deal has closed. Motorola is a great American tech company, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation. It's a great time to be in the mobile business, and I'm confident that the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come." 

NTT Expands in Nordics

NTT Communications has extended its global network and cloud solutions into Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. NTT Europe’s Nordic launch is further strengthened through partnership with Secode (wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Com), a leading provider of managed-security and security-consulting services within the Nordic markets. http://www.ntt.co.jp 

Brocade and NEC Enter Partnership for Software-defined Networking

Brocade and NEC Corporation of America (NEC) announced a partnership focused on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow switching, including network virtualization. The companies will jointly market solutions for network virtualization, large-scale data center infrastructure management, traffic engineering and Wide Area Network (WAN) flow management, with an open standards-based approach.

The partnership combines Brocade's OpenFlow-enabled products and NEC's Programmable Flow Controller. The companies will establish joint solution labs in key regional offices to test and demonstrate their solutions. 

SAP to Acquire Ariba for $4.3 Billion - Business Collaboration in the Cloud

SAP agreed to acquire Ariba for $45.00 per share, representing an enterprise value of approximately $4.3 billion and a 20% premium over the company's closing stock price on May 21. The deal combines Ariba's buyer-seller collaboration network with SAP's broad customer base and business process expertise to create new models for business-to-business collaboration in the cloud.

Ariba is based in Sunnyvale, California and has 2,600 employees. It recorded 2011 revenue of $444 million, up 38.5 percent over 2010.

Last week, SAP announced the roadmap for its cloud applications business (Software-as-a-Service), focusing on managing customers, suppliers, employees, and financials, in addition to its cloud suite offerings SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business One. 
http://www.sap.com http://www.ariba.com 

Juniper Fires Back with Core Router Multi-Chassis Upgrades

Juniper Networks announced plans to upgrade the capacity of its core TXP multi-chassis routing system for all existing Juniper Networks T4000 and T1600 core routers. The upgrade more than doubles the maximum capacity of the existing T Series Core Routers. Specifically, the TXP multi-chassis routing system will support the following key functionality:
  • Up to 4X T4000 and 8X T1600 system capacity.
  • Up to 22 Terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity.
  • Future capacity expandable up to 64 Tbps.
  • Simplified pay-as-you grow installation and expansion with standards-based cabling and pluggable optics.

  • Juniper Networks first unveiled its T1600 core router in June 2007.
  • Juniper Networks first unveiled its T4000 core router in November 2010.
  • Juniper's T4000 is powered by its Trio silicon, which was first unveiled in October 2009 for use in its MX series edge routers. The first generation was implemented in 60nm technology and optimized for highly granular packet processing. The second generation features the smaller and more energy-efficient 45nm technology and is optimized for the high-throughput requirements of core routing. By comparison, the T1600 uses 90nm silicon.
  • A fully loaded T4000 system can support up to 192 ports of 10GbE, or 16 ports of 100GbE interfaces.

Brocade Builds OpenFlow into Switching & Routing Platforms

Brocade has integrated hardware based OpenFlow support into its MLX Series of routers and related NetIron platforms, which support wire-speed 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance.

The company said its goal it to deliver a SDN-ready product family today that will serve as the foundation for software-defined network architecture in the future. These products include the Brocade VDX family of data center switches, Brocade ADX Series application delivery switches, Brocade MLX Series of 100 GbE routers, Brocade NetIron CER Series routers and Brocade NetIron CES Series switches.

Brocade articulated an SDN strategy encompassing the following key technologies and capabilities:

Resilient and auto-forming Ethernet fabrics optimized for virtualized applications with virtual machine (VM)-aware intelligence.

Network virtualization via overlay technologies for highly scalable multi-tenancy environments.

Support for OpenFlow in hybrid mode, enabling traditional Layer 2/3 forwarding with OpenFlow.

Partnerships with a broad set of OpenFlow controller vendors and open APIs.

A single common cloud management and orchestration interface through northbound standards-based plug-ins and standards-based RESTful interfaces. The plug-ins to cloud management frameworks -- including Cloudstack, Microsoft System Center, OpenStack, and VMware vCenter/vCloud Director -- provide comprehensive orchestration capabilities for cloud service delivery and automated operations. 
http://www.brocade.com http://www.brocade.com/launch/sdn/index.html