Monday, December 2, 2013

NTT Com Launches WideAngle Security Service

NTT Com Security (formerly Integralis) introduced its next generation Managed Security Services (MSS) for global enterprises.

The enhanced MSS, which is available under the company’s single global brand, WideAngle, is capable of analysing vast amounts of disparate data and distilling it into actionable information that enables businesses to manage increasingly diverse threats and make informed risk management decisions.

The new service has three key building blocks – device management, automated analysis and security enrichment – and is delivered by NTT Com Security experts through its Global Risk Operations Centres (GROC).  The 24/7 service is available in five different service levels.

Andrew Lev, Chief Product Officer, NTT Com Security, stated: "Companies are operating in a new, and disruptive, computing environment.  At the same time the security threats they face are becoming ever more sophisticated. We have built on our expertise and heritage to create a portfolio of services that empower organisations to proactively manage risk in this new landscape. Embedding the knowledge that comes from our global data centre network gives organisations a unique and comprehensive view into the developing threat landscape as it happens.  Our ability to proactively remediate those vulnerabilities in a customer as well as in cloud and hybrid environment is vital for delivering the next generation of information security risk management."

Akira Arima, CEO, NTT Communications, added: "The ongoing expansion of NTT Com Security's Managed Security Services offering demonstrates the power of leveraging group-wide global skills and capabilities.  Most importantly it shows how by working together, companies within the group can develop and bring to market dynamic services that address customers’ security risks and challenges.  We are very positive about the capability of WideAngle MSS and are working to ensure that, as a group, it is part of everything we do."

http://www.nttcomsecurity.com

  • NTT Communications acquired Integralis AG in 2009 for its IT security expertise.

T-Systems Unifies onto Dynamic Cloud Platform with Cisco

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems will operate all cloud solutions on a single Dynamic Cloud Platform (DCP), which it plans to launch shortly. The unified platform, which will begin operations in Munich, will support all of the company's cloud offers, including Infrastructure as a Service, Collaboration as a Service and Software as a Service.

T-Systems' Dynamic Cloud Platform (DCP) was developed by Cisco.  The DCP is fully IPv6-capable and features redundant 10GbE fiber connections between all components with quality of service for data prioritization. All DCP locations are constructed according to the twin core principle, which ensures that backups are always stored in a second data center.

The Dynamic Cloud Platform promises to reduce operating expenses for T-System thanks to standardization.  Automated processes will make it easier to launch new services within a few hours or days

T-Systems said it will work closely with customers to gradually migrate systems that were spread over multiple cloud platforms to the new environment.  T-Systems plans to roll out the platform to its data center in Houston (USA) later this year, followed by Frankfurt. If demand rises Magdeburg (Germany) will be next, as well as a data center in the Asia-Pacific region.

"Converting to other systems is generally burdensome and generates high costs and downtime. Thanks to the Dynamic Cloud Platform, this will no longer be a problem for growing customers who need more capacity," says Ferri Abolhassan, Director of Production and Board member at T-Systems. "Customers can combine cloud services flexibly and use them as needed. This means better service and more comfort for the more than 12,000 different customer landscapes that can now be operated in one data center."

http://www.telekom.com/media/enterprise-solutions/208816

Akamai to Acquire Prolexic for Cloud-based DDoS Control

Akamai agreed to acquire Prolexic, a start-up based in Hollywood, Florida, for a net cash payment of approximately $370 million.

Prolexic offers a FIPS 140-2 SSL/TLS Layer 7 DDoS detection, monitoring and analysis solution for protecting data centers and enterprise IP applications from attacks.  Prolexic operates a DDoS "scrubbing center" in Ashburn, Virginia and San Jose, California as well as other facilities in London and Hong Kong.  The company says its solution was used to mitigate the largest Gbps attack faced to date (167 Gbps), as well as the world’s most powerful attack campaign (144 million packets per second). Its customers include some of the world’s largest banks and the leading companies in e-Commerce, SaaS, payment processing, travel/hospitality, gaming, energy and other at-risk industries. The company has previously disclosed global partnerships with HP, Level 3, BT, NTT and Datacraft.

"By joining forces with Prolexic, we intend to combine Akamai’s leading security and performance platform with Prolexic’s highly-regarded DDoS mitigation solutions for data center and enterprise applications protection. We believe that Prolexic’s solutions and team will help us achieve our goal of making the Internet fast, reliable, and secure," stated Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai.

http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2013/press_120213.html
http://www.prolexic.com


  • In July 2013, Prolexic closed a US$30 million Series C funding round led by new investors Trident Capital and Intel Capital. Prolexic’s existing shareholders include Kennet Partners, Camden Partners and Medina Capital.  The company said it planned to use the new funding to expand its worldwide scrubbing center footprint, increasing the capacity of its cloud-based DDoS mitigation platform beyond 1 Tbps, and to develop new cloud-based security services. 
  • Prolexic is headed by Scott Hammack, who previously served as CEO of e-dmz, which was acquired by Quest Software in 2011. Previously, he has served as CEO of Cyberguard Corporation, which was acquired by Secure Computing in 2004, and CEO of MasterChart, Inc., which was purchased by Allscripts in 2001.
  • Prolexic was founded in 2003.


AMS-IX New York Signs Netflix as First Customer

The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) announced that Netflix is the first customer for AMS-IX New York.  Netflix established a peeringconnection at AMS-IX in Amsterdam earlier this year.

AMS-IX USA recently reached agreements with Digital Realty, DuPont Fabros Technology, Sabey Data Centers and 325 Hudson to operate and build an Open-IX Internet Exchange in the New York/New Jersey area. AMS-IX also has plans to deploy its distributed Internet Exchanges in the Chicago and Silicon Valley markets, which are currently planned to go live in respectively the first and second quarter of 2014.

https://www.ams-ix.net/newsitems/124

Mavenir Releases Software-based SBC for VoLTE

Mavenir Systems released a software-based Session Border Controller (SBC) for delivering Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services (RCS) services.

The company said its SBC provides the full suite of standards-defined wireless functions needed to launch VoLTE and RCS services. The software-based, carrier grade solution can be deployed on cloud-based infrastructures using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Network (SDN) technologies, and its architecture provides the flexibility needed to adapt to the varied traffic models that these IP-based services impose on mobile operator networks. It can be deployed for either Access or Interconnect SBC use cases, with full support for VoLTE and RCS deployments.

“We believe that as VoLTE and RCS services are launched and carriers start peering at the IP layer, the demand will increase and traffic will grow,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mavenir Systems. “Our next generation SBC is built for wireless services and mobility, and is basically redefining Border Control.”

http://www.mavenir.com/session-border-controller-announcement.htm

University of Florida Deploys Brocade 100 GbE Core Routers

The University of Florida is deploying Brocade MLXe Core Routers with 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) blades and Brocade ICX Switches in its core network connecting the institution's HiPerGator supercomputer and external research networks, such as Internet2. In the newly opened data center, the University of Florida consolidated three primary Campus Research Network (CRN) sites to two, resulting in a 200 GbE triangle configuration connection between the two sites and the gateway to Internet2.

"All high-energy physics researchers in the southeast United States use the University of Florida's network as a resource and all of the data flows through Brocade routers," said Erik Deumens, Ph.D., Director of Research Computing at the University of Florida. "The 100 GbE Brocade MLXe routers enable us to keep up with demands and are also what the campus needed to develop a clear technology roadmap supportive of software-defined networking (SDN)."

In addition to the 100 GbE network, the University of Florida is participating in an early field trial of the recently announced Brocade MLXe 40 GbE module and connecting the Brocade MLXe Core Routers with high-density Brocade ICX 6650 Switches that provide 40/10 GbE performance. Brocade said the resulting solution positions the university as a leading example of a campus deploying an SDN-ready 100 GbE network core with 40 GbE connectivity to the aggregation layer.

http://www.brocade.com

Orange Business Services Opens Integration Center in Florida

Orange Business Services has opened its first U.S.-based integration and briefing center in Clearwater, Florida.

The facility, a joint investment between Orange and top technology partners, contains state-of-the-art equipment to demonstrate the latest in cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, mobility, network and application optimization, infrastructure management services and customized implementations.  It offers multi-platform integration, allowing enterprises to mix and match technologies from different vendors to ensure compatibility before choosing a migration strategy. It promotes faster implementations and gives customers the confidence to experiment with new innovations. The facility houses an on-site data center, labs where customer conditions and migration strategies can be simulated, and a site-to-site VPN for connecting remote locations to the testing process.
 
“Previewing tailored solutions at our integration and briefing center helps assure companies that new IT innovations can be implemented successfully,” said Diana Einterz, senior vice president of the Americas and French Major Accounts, Orange Business Services. “Upgrading an IT infrastructure, especially one containing a mix of different technologies and vendors, has always carried a certain amount of risk. ‘How effective is this new piece of technology? Will this work with that? Will I face higher costs or down times if I proceed?’ At Orange’s integration and briefing center, we can help our customers with their migration strategies, while they can test drive their solutions in a safe environment to make sure they are a good fit.”

http://www.orange-business.com/fr

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