Tuesday, August 27, 2013

VMware Readies vCloud Hybrid Service in U.S. for September Launch

VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service will be commercially available in the U.S. starting in September.

VMware vCloud allows users to migrate VMs on demand from their "internal cloud" of cooperating VMware vSphere hypervisors to a remote cloud of VMware vSphere hypervisors.

The service is hosted in three U.S. data centers: Santa Clara, California, Sterling, Virginia, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

VMware has formed a partnership with Savvis (see below) to accelerate adoption of vCloud Hybrid Service.

Two classes of service will be offered:

vCloud Hybrid Service Dedicated Cloud will provide physically isolated and reserved compute resources with pricing starting at 13 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1 GB virtual machine with 1 processor.

vCloud Hybrid Service Virtual Private Cloud will offer multitenant compute with full virtual private network isolation. Virtual Private Cloud pricing starting at 4.5 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1GB virtual machine with 1 processor."

"Since its debut on May 21, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service has experienced great momentum and success with an over-subscribed Early Access Program, acquiring a strategic beachhead of customers taking full advantage of the ability to extend their applications to the cloud," said Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "With the new data centers and important new capabilities, we're executing quickly against our vision of a hybrid cloud service that is completely interoperable with existing infrastructure and enables new and existing applications to run without compromise."

Since announcing and pre-releasing vCloud in May, VMware has added the following new capabilities:

Direct Connect: customers can connect their data center network directly to vCloud Hybrid Service over private dedicated networks. Direct Connect will be available in October with a list price of $75 per port per month for a 1GB connection and $250 per port per month for a 10GB connection.

Disaster Recovery as a Service: automatically replicates applications and data to vCloud Hybrid Service, providing rapid automated recovery in the event of an outage.

Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service: provides full support for the open source Cloud Foundry distribution and Pivotal CF. Cloud Foundry allows customers to avoid the complexity of re-architecting of applications to make them run well on public clouds, and avoids lock-in to proprietary cloud APIs.

VMware Horizon View Desktop-as-a-Service: Customers will be able to run Horizon View Desktops on vCloud Hybrid Service, and rapidly deploy new desktops without the expense and effort of procuring and managing physical hardware.

VMware also noted that it is working with channel partners, including CDW, SHI, Presidio, ePlus, and Insight.


Savvis and VMware Partner on vCloud Hybrid Service

Savvis and VMware announced a partnership focused on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, which allows users to migrate VMs on demand from their "internal cloud" of cooperating VMware hypervisors to a remote cloud of VMware hypervisors.

Savvis, which is the enterprise IT infrastructure arm of CenturyLink, is deploying instances of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service within its North American data center footprint in 2013 and 2014. Savvis will offer complementary, secure low-latency network services for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service customers using the CenturyLink global network.

VMware has also agreed with Savvis to be its hosting partner in the U.S. and Canada.

"Savvis is proud to expand our VMware partnership to integrate our offerings with VMware vCloud Hybrid Service," said Jeff Von Deylen, president of Savvis. "Customers using VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will benefit from our broad portfolio of network, colocation, managed hosting, managed services and cloud services to enable custom IT solutions. Hybrid cloud customers are looking for the kind of secure, low-latency network connectivity solutions that Savvis and CenturyLink can provide."

"Building on VMware's longstanding relationship with Savvis, this alliance will enable new and existing business applications to run seamlessly both on- and off-premises," said Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "Customers can gain new data center locations for vCloud Hybrid Service and complementary network, colocation, hosting and managed services from Savvis to accelerate their move to cloud."

Savvis noted it long history of technology integration with VMware. In the past year, Savvis:

Launched the Savvis Cloud Ecosystem, which focuses on innovative technology partners using VMware's vCloud API.

Announced the global availability of Savvis Cloud Data Center, which is based on the latest version of VMware vCloud Director orchestration platform.

Joined the Cloud Foundry advisory board, which was recently established by Pivotal, to help guide the Cloud Foundry ecosystem as it fosters a platform for developers in an open and innovative community.



Brocade Unveils Layer 2 Gateway for VMware NSX

Brocade announced a new network virtualization gateway for bridging logical networks with physical resources using the VMware NSX network virtualization platform in order to provide a unified data center. The gateway involves the integration of VMware NSX with Brocade's VCS Fabric technology.

The Brocade VDX switch family, running VCS Fabric technology, serves as the foundation for the new gateway. It can be deployed as a single switch or as a highly resilient fabric of switches, such as for connecting mission-critical applications and storage data. Tunnel connections are translated into IP connections for bare metal servers running non-virtualized applications, physical storage devices or specialized hardware running network services.  VXLAN support is integrated within the Brocade VDX custom ASIC, enabling high gateway performance.

"Today's introduction of the Brocade VCS Gateway for VMware NSX advances the capabilities of our VCS Fabric technology by unifying physical and virtualized resources within the data center," said Jason Nolet, vice president, Data Center Networking, at Brocade. "The Brocade VCS Gateway for VMware NSX provides our joint customers with an essential element for ensuring consistent and seamless connectivity between virtualized workloads and physical resources within the data center."

"Our collaboration with Brocade has resulted in an integrated solution that can deliver an agile, scalable network infrastructure," said Hatem Naguib, vice president, cloud networking and security, at VMware. "Brocade and VMware are helping customers integrate physical and virtual networks that can be viewed and managed as a single unified infrastructure. This will help customers radically simplify IT through a new network operations model."

Brocade anticipates launching its VCS Gateway for VMware NSX in Q4 2013.


In September 2012, Brocade has expanded its set of VDX fabric switches for the data center with a new VDX 8770 model designed for enterprises and service providers striving to both simplify and scale-out their data center infrastructure.

The modular Brocade VDX 8770 Switch is built to support the largest data centers with highly virtualized environments. The Ethernet fabric enables faster virtual machine (VM) migrations through zero-touch VM discovery, VM mobility and VM port configuration migration. Using VCS fabrics, Brocade said its customers can manage dozens of switches as a single logical device. New switches will self-provision when they are connected to the fabric. 

The Brocade VDX 8770 enables a single VCS fabric to scale up to 8000 switch ports with up to 384,000 VMs attached to the fabric. This is 20 times the scalability of the leading competitor, according to Brocade. The Brocade VDX 8770 also delivers the industry's lowest port-to-port latency at 3.5 microseconds across all 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 10 GbE and 40 GbE ports -- half the latency of the nearest competitor.

The Brocade VDX 8770 is built with a 4 Tbps backplane, enabling the chassis to support future technologies such as dense 100 GbE. Brocade said the VDX 8770 is also engineered for emerging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) architectures, with flexible hardware support for network virtualization through technologies such as VXLAN overlay networking.

Trend Micro and VMware Collaborate on Virtualized Data Center Security

Trend Micro and VMware are collaborating on security for the software defined data center.

The companies will integrate Trend Micro's Deep Security with VMware NSX platform for network virtualization.  Trend Micro's Deep Security integrates anti-malware, Web reputation and firewall in addition to intrusion prevention, integrity monitoring and log inspection to protect mission-critical applications and data. The platform utilizes agentless and agent-based protection to automatically secure virtual servers and desktops, as well as private and public clouds.

"As VMware launches its next-generation VMware NSX™ network virtualization platform, Trend Micro is excited to work alongside to create a comprehensive security backbone that protects the data center of the future," said Kevin Simzer, senior vice president, marketing and business development, Trend Micro. "This relationship will help simplify and automate how security is deployed, delivering reliable protection that easily scales to the needs of each customer."


EMC and VMware Join Forces on Software-Defined Storage

EMC and VMware agreed to collaborate on new server-based storage infrastructure for software-defined data centers.

The collaboration initially will focus on the small- to medium-sized business (SMB) and small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) markets, where customers typically use vSphere singularly across a broad set of workloads.

The companies building a number of development labs focused on product definition, compatibility testing, and the optimization of EMC, VMware and third-party technologies.

"EMC and VMware together are defining a new class of highly integrated storage infrastructure to reduce cost and complexity in VMware environments for SMBs and SMEs.  A best-of-breed offering based on the combination of VMware Virtual SAN™ with EMC's market leading storage hardware and software portfolio will help expand the market opportunity for both companies," stated Jeremy Burton, Executive Vice President, of Product Operations and Marketing, EMC Corporation.


Huawei Supplies Core Routers to Saudi Arabia's Mobily - 400G Line Cards

Mobily, a leading mobile broadband service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), activated a new IP core based on the Huawei NE5000E core router.

Huawei said the deployment represents the first commercial installation of 400 Gbps linecards, which support flexible networking of 100GE ports, 40GE ports, and 10GE ports. In addition, power consumption of the 400G line card is within 1 W/G.

Mobily's new 400G IP core capabilities will support its UMTS/LTE, video, teleconferencing, machine-to-machine (M2M), and cloud computing services.

"We aim to bring leading-edge technology and infrastructure offerings to our customers," said Mr. Nasser AL Nasser, Chief Operation Officer, Mobily. "The new 400G IP core provides excellent performance and scalability, and will allow Mobily to continue to develop its services over the coming years."

"We are pleased to join Mobily in deploying the world’s first 400G IP core network," said Zha Jun, president of Huawei Fixed Network Business Unit. "Rapid development of mobile broadband and video services will generate tremendous traffic growth for backbone networks. Now is the time to apply 400G technology. Huawei is leading the development in 400G technology and fully understands carriers' network reconstruction requirements. Huawei can and will systematically improve network performance, expand bandwidth capacity, and eliminate bandwidth bottlenecks to help carriers build future-ready backbone networks."

As a leader in global IP technologies, Huawei carrier IP products and solutions are serving China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, and other world-wide leading carriers such as Orange S.A, Telefonica, and SingTel. According to data from Ovum, Huawei had the highest growth rate in the global IP market in Q1 of 2013.


In September 2012, Huawei unveiled the industry's first and highest-capacity 480 Gbps router line card, enabling a capacity of 15.4 Tbps for its high-end core router with 48x10GE, 12x40GE, or 4x100GE line-rate forwarding per slot.  Huawei will offer various daughter cards with 10GE/40GE/100GE ports for flexible configuration.
Huawei said the capacity is achieved using its third-generation programmable, custom Solar 3.0 ASICs with Smart Memory and Intelligent Frequency Adjustment (IFA) technologies. The company said it is able to achieve a record-low energy use of 0.71 W/g for the line card.

London Internet Exchange Expands to Virginia

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) will establish a new, neutral, multi-site Internet Exchange in EvoSwitch's new WDC1 data center in Manassas, Virginia.  The Exchange, called LINX USA, will be run by LINX and be closely modeled after their Exchange in London, currently one of the largest exchanges for Internet traffic worldwide.

EvoSwitch's WDC1 data center in northern Virginia is the first of three data centers in the region to reach an agreement with LINX for its initial footprint as a multi-site Internet Exchange (IXP).

"Before we launched into the north Virginia market, we already knew we wanted a strong, neutral Internet Exchange partner to provide our customers with best-in-class peering services," said Eric Boonstra, CEO of EvoSwitch. "The North American market for network interconnection services has developed very differently from Europe. In Europe, carrier-neutral data centers work closely with neutral IXPs to provide a layer of transparent peering services that are available from multiple, competing data centers in the same market. We feel that we are ideally positioned to leverage our partnership with LINX here in the US. Over time, it will provide our network and content provider customers with real choice on where to colocate, because their peering needs can be met from anywhere in any given metro market."

"EvoSwitch approached us early November 2012 with the idea to bring the powerful IXP model that LINX represents to the USA," said John Souter, CEO of the London Internet Exchange. "Out of those conversations, and in close collaboration with Open-IX since it was formed early 2013, we are now close to launching LINX USA in north Virginia. There is a strong demand for a change in the way networks interconnect across the United States. Neutral, multi-site IXPs where peers are members with a clear say in running the Exchange as stakeholders, provide real choice. They add resilience in the network, reduce latency and ultimately lower the cost of exchanging Internet traffic, which in the end stimulates growth which benefits all."

The London Internet Exchange (LINX), which is one of the largest in the world, provides peering to over 475 members from 58 countries. The LINX London network currently handles over 1.6 Tb/sec of peak traffic and covers more than 80% of the global routing table.

EvoSwitch also operates the AMS1 data center in Amsterdam.


Violin Memory Files for IPO

Violin Memory, a start-up offering memory-based storage systems, filed its registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be sold and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.

Violin Memory plans to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "VMEM."

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities, and BofA Merrill Lynch will act as lead joint book-running managers for the offering.  Barclays is acting as a book-running manager.   Baird and Pacific Crest Securities will act as co-managers.


  • Earlier this month,  Earlier this month, Violin Memory introduced its next generation 6264 flash Memory Array that delivers 64TB of capacity in a mere 3U footprint.  The storage array combines the company's flash controller technology with Toshiba’s latest generation of 19nm flash technology, enabling twice the density and three times the economics of its predecessor while significantly reducing power consumption.

    “Competitive architectural approaches based on SSDs short change the actual performance capabilities of flash memory,” said Don Basile, CEO of Violin Memory. “As semiconductor process geometries shrink, flash memory gets slower and more error-prone. Violin’s unique flash management IP enables us to increase performance and capacity in the same footprint while ensuring the data resiliency required in Tier 1 enterprise storage deployments. Our goal is to deliver memory storage at the cost of legacy disk.”
  • Violin Memory was founded in 2005 and is based in Mountain View, California.

Cox Offers Access to 150,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots across U.S.

Customers of Cox Communications' Preferred, Premier or Ultimate High Speed Internet service now have access to 150,000 indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots.

CableWiFI is the nation's largest WiFi network made possible by a collaboration of cable companies.  More hotspots are expected to be added before the end of the year as the integration with other cable operators continues, adding major business and travel destinations such as Los Angeles and New York City to the list of cities available to eligible Cox customers.

"Cox recognizes that our customers want quick access to information and entertainment anytime, anywhere.  That's why we are committed to delivering a fast, reliable connection to the Internet when and where our customers need it," said Len Barlik, executive vice president and chief product officer. "Not only are we providing our customers access to nearly 150,000 WiFi hotspots throughout the country, we are also making it convenient and simple for customers to locate and logon to these hotspots."


Telx Appoints New CEO

The Telx Group appointed Chris Downie as its new CEO.  Downie has served as the President and Chief
Financial Officer of Telx since 2007.  Prior to joining Telx, Downie served as CFO, COO and ultimately Principal Executive Officer for Motient Corporation, a leading satellite services company.


  • Telx operates 20 data centers in North America, including six facilities across the New York / New Jersey Metro area, two facilities in Chicago, two facilities in Dallas, four facilities in California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and two in Santa Clara), two Pacific Northwest facilities (Seattle and Portland), and facilities in Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C.