Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Video: Radisys and Intel Small Cell Gateway Demo

In this video, Daniel Lynch, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Intel,  demonstrates a new way of rolling out a small cell site gateways.  Rather than a closed box in a fixed form factor, this demonstration shows a new, virtualized design based on Radisys technology.

Chandresh Ruparel, Director of x86 Platform at Radisys, explains how a small cell gateway integrated with a virtual EPC and IoT management can be scaled on the new Radisys T-series platforms.

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Intel Introduces Service Assurance from On-Chip Trusted Execution

Intel introduced a Service Assurance Administrator software solution to help the data center administrators improve the security and management of applications, including OpenStack deployments.

The Intel Datacenter Manager: Service Assurance Administrator (DCM: SAA) improves data center efficiency by ensuring workloads are running on a trusted infrastructure and meet performance expectations in multitenant environments. The idea is to leverage deep platform telemetry built in Xeon processors to gain service-level assurance.

Specifically, Intel said deep platform telemetry hardware in the processor and chipset allows its new software to offer reliable and efficient resource management across legacy devices in multitenant environments.

The Intel DCM: SAA telemetry capabilities also provide cloud service administrators with deeper insight into performance metrics between the infrastructure and application.

Key Features

  • Controller: Optimizes the allocation of data center resources by collecting deep platform telemetry data from compute node agents and using that information to place application on the best server for optimal performance and assigned trust.
  • Assured performance: As applications are provisioned in the OpenStack environment, a performance SLA is assigned to the application using an Intel DCM: SAA feature known as a Service Compute Unit (SCU). This SCU specifies the target performance for the application. Intel DCM: SAA then uses the hardware instrumentation to measure the delivered performance and adjust as needed.
  • Trust: Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) obtains a measurement of a server at the time it boots up. The measurement is then used to determine the types of applications that can run on that server, allowing applications to effectively specify the infrastructure trust requirements.

Cisco to Acquire ThreatGRID for Dynamic Malware Intelligence

Cisco  intent to acquire ThreatGRID, which offers a crowdsourced, unified malware analysis and threat intelligence solution.

ThreatGRID, which is based in New York City, securely crowdsources large volumes of malware and performs advanced analysis in the cloud, to identify key behavioral indicators enabling near real-time remediation. This allows customers to correlate a single malware sample’s characteristics against millions of other samples. The company delivers its dynamic malware analysis and threat intelligence technology both on-premise and in the cloud.

Cisco said the acquisition of ThreatGRID and its team strengthens its Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) portfolio, which was originally developed by Sourcefire and acquired in 2013. ThreatGRID’s on-premise products also expand Cisco's ability to help protect customers with in-house data retention requirements.

comprehensive malware-defeating capabilities, including detection and blocking, continuous analysis and retrospective remediation of advanced threats. The combination of Cisco and ThreatGRID will enhance our already strong capabilities to aggregate and correlate data to identify advanced and evasive cyber threats and provide intelligent cybersecurity solutions for the real world.

  • ThreatGRID is headed by Dov Yoran (co-founder and CEO), who previously was a co-founder and partner at MetroSITE Group, an advisory services firm to both emerging security companies and large enterprises. Previously, he held several leadership roles at Solutionary (now NTT), Symantec, Riptech (acquired by Symantec) and Accenture. Dov is a Founding Member of the Cloud Security Alliance, serves on the Boards of the NY Metro ISSA and CSA chapters and frequently speaks at industry conferences.

Verizon Expands HIPAA-Compliant Data Centers

Verizon announced an expansion of its Healthcare Enabled Services to five additional data centers and featuring a broader range of cloud and data center infrastructure services.  The facilities help the healthcare industry to meet the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements for safeguarding electronic protected health information (ePHI).

In addition to Miami, Fla. and Culpeper, Va., healthcare organizations can now securely store their ePHI in Verizon's data centers located in Richardson, Texas; Santa Clara, Calif.; Englewood, Colo.; Carteret, N.J. and Elmsford, N.Y.

VMware Previews Automated Log Analytics for Virtual and Hybrid Clouds

VMware introduced an automated log management and analytics product that uses machine-learning technology to help automate IT operations across physical, virtual and hybrid cloud environments.  VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 analyzes logs to help identify and resolve IT issues.

"IT organizations continue to be overwhelmed with massive amounts of unstructured log data generated by their virtual and hybrid cloud environments," said Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware. "With VMware vCenter™ Log Insight™ 2.0, we're doubling-down on our unique predictive analytics-based approach to log management. VMware vSphere® customers, including general IT operations, security, applications and DevOps teams will be able leverage the power of VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0 to analyze machine data for actionable insight to prevent system downtime."

New capabilities in VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0:

  • Intelligent Grouping - A new machine learning-based technology that automatically groups related data to help administrators spot problems more rapidly and reduce time-to-resolution;
  • Query Performance - 6x faster query performance than the market leading solution will improve productivity levels of administrators and IT operations teams;(2)
  • Data Ingestion - 8x faster data collection over VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5 can speed insight into more of customers' physical, virtual and cloud environments;(3)
  • Data Visualization - New data visualization capabilities in the form of tables and chart types will provide administrators with increased options for analyzing unstructured log data; and,
  • Extensibility - A new native Microsoft Windows agent will collect logs from Windows-based desktops and servers, enabling customers to now capture and analyze log data across all key environments.

In conjunction with VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0, VMware is introducing four new content packs for Brocade Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) as well as for Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Windows.

Australia Japan Cable Completes Multi-Terabit Upgrade with Infinera

Australia Japan Cable (AJC) has completed a multi-terabit upgrade to its undersea network using equipment from Infinera. AJC offers connectivity and bandwidth to its customers across a 12,700 km submarine fiber optic cable network linking Australia, Guam and Japan. 

This second and final phase of deployment completes a multi-terabit, high-capacity ring providing diverse fiber paths into cable landing stations in Australia, Guam and Japan, where Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platforms enable an Intelligent Transport Network for AJC.

"This network upgrade with Infinera's Intelligent Transport Network has enabled the retirement of AJC’s original 10G transport equipment and the transfer of traffic to the more capable Infinera DTN-X platform," said Philip Murphy, Head of Engineering at AJC. ”The original AJC 10G technology served us well but the efficiency, flexibility and speed of deploying the Infinera DTN-X to deliver 100G allows AJC to be more responsive to our customers in terms of client interfaces and traffic switching.”

  • Investors in AJC include Telstra, AT&T, NTT, Verizon and Softbank.

IBM Intros Trusteer Endpoint Protection Software

IBM introduced its new Trusteer Apex endpoint software aimed at stopping advanced malware at the weakest link, the endpoint, including laptops and desktops.

IBM's Trusteer Apex software, which is the newest offering in the company's Threat Protection System announced earlier this month, leverages security intelligence and behavioral analytics to go beyond traditional anti-virus approaches and firewalls to disrupt attacks across the entire attack chain - from break-in to exfiltrate.

IBM said its new Trusteer Apex software addresses strategic chokepoints where cybercriminals focus their attention, take hold of a user's endpoint and infect it with malware. For example, Java is the target of half of the application vulnerability attacks. Trusteer Apex can stop attacks that are embedded into Java applications and lock them from wreaking havoc on the enterprise.  Trusteer Apex prevents malicious Java applications through assessing application trust and activity risk, and blocking untrusted apps from doing high-risk activities.

"Through extensive research, IBM has identified specific stages of the attack chain where cyber criminals have relatively few options to execute their malicious content," said Yaron Dycian, Vice President of Marketing, Products & Services at Trusteer, an IBM company.  "Current point solutions in the market offer narrow protections against specific attack vectors and create significant workload on overstretched security teams, making it difficult to manage against cyber threats. Our strategic chokepoint technology introduces a fresh approach for breaking the threat lifecycle and preempting cyber attacks."

Mimosa Raises $20 Million for Massive MIMO Wi-Fi

Mimosa Networks, a start-up based in Campbell, California, $20 million investment in Series C funding for its work in last mile, gigabit wireless technology.

The latest funding was led by returning investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Oak Investment Partners also returned for its third round of investment in Mimosa, bringing the company’s total financing to $38 million.

The company plans to introduce a wireless product line for ISPs that leverages the most advanced Wi-Fi technology.  Mimosa has a partnership with Quantenna, which has previously disclosed plans for a 8x8 MU-MIMO chipset capable of 10Gbps speeds.

“The wireless industry is set to explode in the coming years, and Mimosa’s technology is unique in its ability to help networks scale to meet the needs of the global communications market,” said Greg Papadopoulos, venture partner, NEA. “We are excited to have the chance to ‘double down’ on a company so clearly poised to transform and revolutionize the wireless space.”

Load DynamiX Raises $12 Million for Storage Performance Test

Load DynamiX, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced a $12 million round of funding to support its storage performance validation solutions. The company develops tools to understand the performance of flash and hybrid storage systems under load.  The funding was led by HighBar Partners.

In 2013, Load DynamiX expanded its focus to enterprise IT and cloud service providers.  The company recently released the Load DynamiX Enterprise Series solutions that combine advanced storage workload modeling and extreme load generation into an integrated 2RU appliance.

The company’s enhanced product line now provides deep storage infrastructure insight that enables IT managers and architects to optimize the performance, availability and cost of their networked storage infrastructures.

“Storage architects and engineers are demanding a new level of insight into their infrastructure as they migrate to an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model for their public and private clouds. In order to meet their performance, availability and cost objectives, new storage systems and technologies, including flash storage, must be tested, analyzed and validated before production deployment,” said Philippe Vincent, CEO of Load DynamiX. “Our storage workload modeling and performance validation appliances are the only way to properly plan and deploy these new storage technologies without the risk of unpredictable response times, unplanned outages and uncontrolled over-investment in equipment.”

Huawei Appoints Ming He as General Manager of U.S. Operations

Huawei announced the appointment of Mr. Ming He as Country General Manager of its operations in the United States. In this role, Mr. He will be based in the company’s Plano, Texas, headquarters and have operational responsibility and provide strategic oversight for both the Carrier Network business group and the Enterprise business group within the United States.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. He led Huawei’s U.S. Carrier Network business group to provide continuous customer-centric innovation to U.S. operators.