Monday, June 17, 2013

NTT to Acquire Solutionary for Managed Security Services

NTT agreed to acquire Solutionary, a privately held company based in Omaha, Nebraska that specializes in managed security in an all-cash transaction. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Solutionary is a pure-play managed security service provider (MSSP) that helps enterprises fulfill the requirements of major compliance frameworks (such as PCI DSS, GLBA, FFIEC, HIPAA, HITECH and SOX). Solutionary's cloud-based ActiveGuard security services and analytics platform uses multiple detection technologies and advanced analytics to protect against advanced threats. The Solutionary Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) researches the global threat landscape, providing actionable threat intelligence, enhanced threat detection and mitigating controls. The company operates multiple Security Operations Centers (SOCs) on a 24/7 basis. The customer base spans global enterprise and mid-market clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, healthcare, retail and government.

"We are pleased to become a member of the NTT Group" said Steve Idelman, CEO of Solutionary. "NTT's global presence and group resources will strongly complement Solutionary's well established, leading edge capability in providing security services. The Management Team and I are very excited about the ideal strategic fit with NTT and the ability to continue delivering innovative security solutions from within our pure-play culture. This partnership enables the combined organizations to deliver cutting edge IT security services, solutions and analytics to a larger number of global customers, as well as to accelerate security research to protect our clients."

The companies expect the deal to closed in Q3 2013.

Intel's "Knight's Landing" Xeon Phi Coproccesors to Use 14nm

Intel's new Xeon Phi coprocessors are powering the world's fastest computer -- "Milky Way 2," built for China's National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou.  At the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Intel revealed that 48,000 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and 32,000 Intel Xeon processors were used to create Milky Way 2, which delivers a peak performance of 54.9 PFlops (54.9 quadrillion floating point operations per second) -- more than twice the performance of the top rated system from the last edition of the Top500 list in November 2012.

Intel also announced five new Xeon Phi coprocessors:  the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 7100 family is designed and optimized to provide the best performance and offer the highest level of features, including 61 cores clocked at 1.23GHz, 16 GB of memory capacity support (double the amount previously available in accelerators or coprocessors) and over 1.2 TFlops of double precision performance. The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 3100 family is designed for high performance per dollar value. The family features 57 cores clocked at 1.1 GHz and 1TFlops of double precision performance. The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 5100 family is optimized for high-density environments with the ability to allow sockets to attach directly to a mini-board for use in blade form factors.

Looking further ahead, the second generation Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, codenamed "Knights Landing," will be manufactured using Intel's 14nm process technology featuring second generation 3-D tri-gate transistors.  It will be available either on a PCIe card or a host processor (CPU). As a PCIe card-based coprocessor, "Knights Landing" will handle offload workloads from the system's Intel Xeon processors and provide an upgrade path for users of current generation of coprocessors.  As a host processor directly installed in the motherboard socket, it will function as a CPU and enable the next leap in compute density and performance per watt, handling all the duties of the primary processor and the specialized coprocessor at the same time.

Infinera: One Billion Hours without Failure

Infinera's photonic integrated circuits (PICs) recently surpassed one billion hours of failure-free operation in live networks worldwide.

The company said this achievement is a cumulative total for all of the PICs that Infinera has shipped to customers since late 2004 in the Infinera DTN and DTN-X platforms. The PICs are deployed by 109 customers in 67 countries around the world to light over one million kilometers of fiber and provide over three petabits per second of transmission capacity.
"We are excited to make this announcement, as it demonstrates that Infinera has revolutionized this marketplace with our photonic integrated circuits," said Dave Welch, Infinera Co-Founder, Executive Vice President and CTO. "Our solutions, based on photonic integrated circuits, provide global service providers with the reliability they demand to operate Intelligent Transport Networks."

Sprint Lights Up LTE in 22 More Cities

Sprint activated its LTE network in 22 new cities, including Miami, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., and Tampa, Florida.

Sprint now offers LTE in 110 markets across the and expects to provide 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013.  The service has not yet officially launched in Washington, D.C., New York orSan Francisco but Sprint customers are being to see some sites in these cities with an LTE signal.

Apple Confirms Facetime and iMessage Encryption

Apple confirmed that its iMessage and FaceTime services are protected by end-to-end encryption and that it cannot decrypt that data. Apple also stated that its does not store data related to customers' location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form.

Apple also repeated its earlier assertion that it does not provide any government agency with direct access to its servers.  Apple received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data between December 2012 and the end of May 2013. The requests covered between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests, which came from federal, state and local authorities and included both criminal investigations and national security matters. 

GigOptix Develops Parallel Optical for Consumer Electronics

GigOptix announced an expansion from the datacom market into optical links for consumer electronics.

The company is positioning its parallel optical devices for use in embedded active optical cables (AOCs), pluggables and optical backplanes targeting high speed optical data links for consumer electronics connectivity and applications, such as:

1. Tablets, ultrabooks, and smartphones using the highest video and display resolution

2. 4K/8K high resolution video capture and multi-link transfer for video recording and consumer TVs in the living room and in studios

3. High definition video broadcast links for end points with reaches of greater than 100 meters

4. High speed applications used in 2D and 3D security and safety systems, gesture recognition and motion tracking

GigOptix confirmed that its parallel chipsets are used by a global electronics OEM to enable full production of 4K high definition video capture and transfer in several of its consumer products.  Specifically, GigOptix 4-channel parallel devices were used in 40 Gbps active cable transfer rates to support increased video frame rates and HD 3D imaging.

“GigOptix optical driver and receiver technology is moving towards high volume applications with the integration of our chipsets in applications such as 4K video systems. System designers are migrating to our parallel chipsets for consumer applications as they face increased data rate and signal integrity challenges with copper interconnects and copper ribbon cables,” said Dr. Raluca Dinu, General Manager and Vice President of the Optics Product Line at GigOptix.

EarthLink to Acquire CenterBeam for Managed IT Services

EarthLink agreed to acquire CenterBeam, a privately held information technology managed service provider with a 13-year track record of delivering cloud computing and hosted IT services, for $22 million.

CenterBeam, which is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, provides remote managed IT services primarily to multi-location mid-sized businesses.  CenterBeam operates a 140-person IT Support Center providing help desk, desktop technical support and application support services.

EarthLink said the acquisition will further accelerate its strategic transformation into an IT services provider at the forefront of cloud virtualization and provide a broader range of compelling IT products and services to middle-market customers.

"The acquisition of CenterBeam will fast-track our IT Services product development by providing us with critical scale and complementary product capabilities geared towards our multi-location business target market," said EarthLink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rolla P. Huff.  "CenterBeam's advanced set of products, tools and processes will enable us to quickly bring a robust set of remote managed IT Services and collaboration services to market. Additionally, CenterBeam's IT Support Center will provide expertise, scale and redundancy to our existing EarthLink TechCare remote help desk."

TeliaSonera Appoints President and CEO

TeliaSonera named Johan Dennelind as its new President and CEO. He comes to TeliaSonera from the Vodacom Group where he held the position as CEO Vodacom International based in South Africa. He started his telecommunications career as a trainee with Telia AB. Between 1999 and 2010 he held various positions in Telenor, including two years as CEO of Digi Telecommunications.

Sprint Sues Dish and Clearwire

Sprint filed a lawsuit against DISH Network Corporation and Clearwire Corp. seeking to block the DISH tender offer for Clearwire.

Sprint argues the the transaction violates its rights and the rights of other strategic investors under Clearwire’s charter and under the Equity Holders Agreement.

BTI Supplies Metro Optical for Equinix Singapore

Equinix has deployed BTI's intelligent networking solutions to interconnect data centers in Singapore.

The deployment uses BTI's Data Center Interconnect solution, including the BTI 7000 Series which unifies packet and optical service delivery into one platform for network-layer consolidation. BTI said its 7000 Series offered Equinix a scalable 10G to 100G Coherent WDM optical layer and multidegree ROADM Dynamic Optical Layer delivering any wavelength anywhere to simplify network deployment and operations.  Equinix plans to move to the new BTI 7800 Series Intelligent Cloud Connect as they add 100G capabilities.

Equinix's Singapore data centers provide over 347,000 sq. ft. of colocation space.

Ikanos Enhances its Home Gateway Processor with Diagnostics/Monitoring

Ikanos Communications is enhancing its family of Fusiv Vx185 A/VDSL2 communications processors with in-home broadband diagnostic and monitoring capabilities that enable DSL operators to proacti
vely identify the cause of common wiring faults and noise interference problems.

Ikanos' inSIGHT BXM software suite leverages the advanced diagnostic features of the chipset, along with Ikanos’ patent-pending algorithms, to identify and resolve service issues such as wiring problems, cuts and noise on the line near or inside the home.

The Ikanos inSIGHT BXM includes the following capabilities:
  • Determines the loop topology without the need to rely on detailed loop records that are often unreliable and out of date.
  • Detects common service-impacting wiring issues, including bridge tap impairments, improperly connected microfilters, wire cuts, corroded wiring, and non-standard cables.
  • Provides the unique ability to identify common sources of in-home noise interference and determine their impact on the customer experience.
  • Enables both the consumer and carrier personnel to resolve service-affecting issues through an intuitive user interface, enabling problems to be resolved locally while minimizing the need for service calls and truck rolls. 

The solution can be deployed as a standalone solution embedded in the company’s family of Fusiv Vx185 A/VDSL2 communications processors.

Ikanos’ inSIGHT BXM is currently available for lab trials.  General availability is scheduled for early 2014.