Sunday, August 19, 2012

Level 3 Activates New London Data Center

Level 3 Communications opened a new advanced data centre in Hayes,�West London. The facility provides enterprise customers with data centre space and access to Level 3's major fibre routes across the Atlantic and its low latency routes into the Chi-X trading platform in�Slough.

The new facility, one of Level 3's Premier Elite data centres, features high-power density cabinets and suites, 24 x 7 security and maintenance support, and will provide additional capacity to Level 3's three existing data centres in central�London�and to its more than 350 data centres worldwide.

Due to its close proximity to central�London, the new facility will offer disaster recovery, replication and redundancy facilities, and will offer customers in the region a new option for expanding or outsourcing their enterprise data centre requirements. The location was chosen in part, to help enable companies to meet disaster recovery objectives, while also being able to perform synchronous replication.

Discera Ships Sicon MEMS Oscillator

Discera announced the production availability of its DSC3001 PureSilicon oscillator for mobile, video, and audio applications. The device is available in frequencies up to 150 MHz and temperature ranges up to 105 degrees Celsius with shock resistance up to 30,000 G.

Discera said its DSC3001 series of oscillators is available in both low power and high precision configurations that consume as little as 3mA of power and deliver higher frequency stability over wider temperature ranges for better performance than other crystal or silicon based products.

Key features include:

  • 1.6 mm x 1.2 mm x 0.5 mm footprint

  • Output frequency support from 1 to 150 MHz

  • Frequency stabilities of 10, 25, 50 ppm across temperature and voltage

  • Operating temperature range up to 105 degrees Celsius

  • Supply current as low as 15uA standby, 3mA active from 1.7 to 3.6V

  • Fast startup time of 1.0 millisecond

  • MIL-STD883 shock and vibration tolerant to 30,000 G

  • AEC-Q100 qualification for automobile applications

  • Lead-free and RoHS compliant

sqrrl Targets Big Data

sqrrl, a start-up based in Cambridge, Mass., announced funding from Atlas Venture and Matrix Partners for its work in security, scalability, and adaptability for�Big Data. The company's core engineering team members architected and developed Apache Accumulo within the National Security Agency (NSA).

sqrrl said its focus is on Apache Accumulo, a distributed key/value store based on Google's Big Table design, which has three unique technical advantages:
  • Security:�Fine-grained security controls allow organizations to control data at the cell-level and promote a data-centric security model.

  • Scalability:�Accumulo is proven to operate and perform at massive scale.

  • Adaptability:�sqrrl's solutions enable users to move beyond batch processing and conduct a wide variety of analyses, including information retrieval, statistical, graph, and visualizations across diverse data environments.

General Dynamics to Acquire Fidelis Security Systems

General Dynamics agreed to acquire Fidelis Security Systems, a supplier of cyber security tools that provide real-time network visibility, analysis and control. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fidelis Security Systems supplies a platform for real-time session-level visibility, analysis, and control for bi-directional communications. The solution help customers stop advanced threats and prevent data breaches by providing visibility into the complex layers of a network, exposing malicious content in real-time. The company employs approximately 70 people at locations in�Waltham, Mass., and�Bethesda, Md.

"The acquisition of Fidelis Security Systems allows General Dynamics to continue to deliver relevant and innovative cyber security solutions that help customers maintain the edge to successfully address and respond to dynamic cyber threats," said�Lou Von Thaer, president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.�

"Being prepared and having the right intelligence and technologies is critical for organizations to mitigate and respond to cyber threats in real time," said�Peter George, president and chief executive officer for Fidelis Security Systems. "The combination of Fidelis Security Systems' products and General Dynamics' cyber services and incident response capabilities will strengthen our customers' ability to achieve situational awareness to protect and defend their networks."

AT&T Launches Cloud-hosted Mobile Device Management for Small Businesses

AT&T has expanded its cloud-based Mobile Device Management (MDM) offering with solutions for small businesses. MDM allow small businesses to proactively manage employees� mobile devices and data usage, making it easier for the company to enforce management policies while still empowering workers with mobile access. The cloud-based MDM solutions means small business owners don�t need to invest in installing hardware to support the service because it�s hosted and managed by AT&T.

AT&T Mobile Device Management solutions, available for small businesses with as few as 20 employees, offer:
  • Lost device detection, including password recovery, device lock, wipe, and encryption

  • Remote configuration of email, Wi-Fi, and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

  • Asset management features that enable business owners to keep track of company-owned devices

  • App distribution capabilities that allow business owners to push mission-critical apps to their employees

  • App whitelist/blacklist capabilities help control how company-owned smartphones are used

IEEE 802.3 Group Looks Netxt Ethernet Speed -- Road Towards 10 Tbps by 2020?

A new IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group has been formed to gather industry input toward the development of the next speed of Ethernet. The group is expected to include users and producers of systems and components for telecommunications carriers, Internet exchanges, financial markets, data centers, multiple system operators (MSOs) networking systems, high-performance computing, network storage and servers and other individuals interested in future IEEE 802.3 Ethernet wireline standards.

In July, the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group published an Ethernet Bandwidth Assessment report that found a continuing exponential clim in global bandwidth requirements across multiple application spaces. The report forecasts that, if current trends continue, networks will need to support capacity requirements of 1 terabit per second in 2015 and 10 terabit per second by 2020. This reflects capacity requirements, not line rates. The report considered input was collected from a variety of application spaces (servers, data center networks, high-performance computing, financial markets, carrier and cable operators, Internet exchanges, the scientific community, etc.) and from different geographic regions. The report confirms that growth is being driven across multiple application spaces and markets by simultaneous increases in users, access methodologies, access rates and services (such as video on demand and social media).

"We continue to seek to streamline the early stages of work of potential future IEEE 802.3 Ethernet wireline standards-development activities,� said John D�Ambrosia, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Bandwidth Assessment Ad Hoc and IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group and chief Ethernet evangelist, CTO office, Dell. �The information gathered by the Bandwidth Assessment Ad Hoc demonstrates the ongoing, exponential bandwidth growth that is happening in varying application spaces on a global nature. The launch of the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group will facilitate an open forum to explore the start beyond 100Gb/s Ethernet."

Added Paul Nikolich, chair of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee: "The IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Bandwidth Assessment report documents a cross-industry understanding of the diverse bandwidth needs of various Ethernet applications. By doing so, it provides a critical head start for potential future development activities of IEEE 802 Ethernet standards, as the time needed to accumulate this knowledge is significant. The report and now the work of the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group ultimately will help more quickly yield more meaningful IEEE 802.3 Ethernet wireline standards."