Monday, September 10, 2012

EMC Enables VSPEX Private Cloud for Microsoft Windows Sever 2012

EMC announced broad technology support for Microsoft's new Server 2012 and its private cloud environments.

EMC said it has tested its broad portfolio of storage platforms, automated management, data protection and security software with Windows Server 2012 to help customers deploy Windows Server 2012 with flexibility and choice across their Microsoft on EMC environments.

The goal is to enable customers to leverage Windows Server 2012 functionality with EMC technology to deploy cloud infrastructures for transactional and Big Data application workloads, optimize management efficiency and ensure the highest levels of quality of service.

Palo Alto Networks Posts Sales of $75.6 Million

Palo Alto Networks recorded fiscal fourth quarter revenue of $75.6 million, compared with $40.2 million in the same period last year. GAAP net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter was $4.6 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of $6.0 million, or $0.40 per basic and diluted share, in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011.

For fiscal 2012, total revenue grew 115 percent to $255.1 million, compared with $118.6 million in fiscal 2011. GAAP net income was $0.7 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, in fiscal 2012, compared with a net loss of $12.5 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, in fiscal 2011.  Non-GAAP net income for fiscal 2012 was $14.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $7.8 million, or $0.55 per basic and diluted share, in fiscal 2011.

"The fourth quarter was a strong finish to a great year for Palo Alto Networks," said Mark McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of Palo Alto Networks.  "In our first quarter as a public company, we achieved record revenue and grew our customer base to over 9,000 customers.  For the year, we grew revenue 115 percent, clearly outpacing the market and demonstrating the power of our technology."

Bluebird Network Deploys ADVA in Middle Mile Project

Bluebird Network, a telecom operator serving communities in Missouri and Illinois, has selected ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 for a government-stimulus-funded project that will enable the extension of broadband services to underserved regions in Missouri.

The ADVA FSP 3000 is a scalable WDM system that supports up to 40 100 Gbps secure and reliable wavelengths for multiplexing, transporting and protecting Bluebird Network’s array of high-speed data, storage, voice and video traffic. The platform offers an advanced ROADM capability and a GMPLS control plane that allows Bluebird Network to use a combination of hardware pre-provisioning, point-and-click configuration and flexible provisioning.

Bluebird’s Missouri Ultra-High Capacity Middle Mile Project is supported by a $45 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and a $10.5 million in-kind contribution from the state of Missouri, as well as private investors.

Sprint Updates Network Rollout Status in 100 More Cities

Sprint confirmed that its LTE network rollout is under way in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint.  Key markets as part of this expansion include Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.  The LTE network is currently up and running in 19 markets.
“We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point.”

Riverbed Scales its Optimized Cloud Storage to 32TB

Riverbed has expanded its Whitewater cloud storage gateway portfolio with a larger model with four times the storage capacity and twice the RAM for larger backup data sets headed for cloud storage.

The Whitewater platform ingests back-up data into its local data cache that scales to multiple terabytes in size. Whitewater performs deduplication, compression, encryption and other optimization techniques before delivering the back-up traffic over the WAN to a cloud-based storage service. Riverbed said its clients often achieve 10-30x reduction in backup traffic over the WAN, thereby making cloud-based back-ups a faster, easier and lower-cost alternative to tape with offsite warehousing. Data restoration is much faster too since the local cache typically stores a majority of the previous 30 days of backed up data.

The new Whitewater 3010 model appliance supports up to 32 TB of deduplicated local storage and 160 TB of deduplicated cloud storage. This capacity increase represents total source data of 1.6 PB to 4.8 PB.·
Riverbed supports a range of cloud storage services, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files, HP Cloud Services, EMC Atmos-based cloud storage solutions and Nirvanix Cloud Delivery Network (CDN), OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) etc.  

Riverbed is also introducing Whitewater Operating System (WWOS) version 2.0, which was built for enterprise-grade performance, high scalability and simplified administration. Whitewater appliances

Go Daddy Downed by @AnonymousOwn3r

Go Daddy, which ranks as the world's largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider with more than 53 million domain names under management, suffered a serious outage on Monday impacting all of its hosted sites.  The company operates out of 9 data centers, including facilities in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ashburn (VA), Amsterdam and Singapore..

A Twitter user called @AnonymousOwn3r claimed responsibility.

Small businesses that rely on Go Daddy for hosting their sites were impacted by the attack.

By the end of the day, Go Daddy confirmed that most sites were back online and that no customer data had been lost.

Alcatel-Lucent's Restructuring Seeks to Simply Operating Model

Alcatel Lucent announced the next steps in its on-going restructuring with the goal of focusing on profitable markets and customers around the world.

"In today's markets it makes sense to play to your strengths. Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership in core networking, reflects our innovation excellence and long-standing customer relationships.   The objective of the new operating structure is to strengthen Alcatel-Lucent’s presence in key telecommunications products and services through a unified business group," stated Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive Officer.

The following changes were announced:

  • Paul Tufano becomes Chief Operating Officer, with worldwide responsibility for Supply Chain, Procurement and three individual focused businesses (Enterprise, Strategic Industries and Submarine), in addition to his current role as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Robert Vrij becomes President Global Sales & Marketing, leading a single global sales organization to oversee and manage all customer-facing commercial relationships.
  • Stephen A. Carter becomes President Managed Services & EVP Corporate Restructuring; overseeing the Performance Program and Corporate Marketing & Corporate Communications.
  • Philippe Keryer becomes President of Networks & Platforms. This worldwide business group will replace the existing regional operating structure with four global product & services business units, each with full P&L responsibility, comprising:
  • i. Core Networks, leveraging global leadership in IP and Optics; IP and Optics will be placed under the management of Basil Alwan leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership position in both of these fast growing markets.
  • ii.  Fixed Networks, investing further in the Company’s leadership position in this market and the synergies with Small Cell deployment.
  • iii. Wireless, focusing customers in North America, China and EMEA.
  • iv.  Platforms, evolving the company’s High Leverage Network capabilities into unified software platforms for control, optimization and network analytics.
  • George Nazi remains President of the previously created Global Customer Delivery division.
  • Jeong Kim remains President of Bell Labs and Chief Strategy Officer and will be responsible for the Company’s patents assets/portfolio.
  • In July 2012, Alcatel-Lucent announced 5,000 job cuts as part of an accelerated restructuring program.