Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PMC's New Flashtec NVRAM Drives Achieve 10 Million IOPS

PMC introduced its new Flashtec NVRAM Drives -- a new ultra-fast storage class memory tier to accelerate critical applications in scale-out storage and all-flash arrays.

The new PCIe 3.0 drives combine the speed and endurance of DRAM with the persistency of NAND flash.  The company claims ten times higher performance than the fastest Solid State Drive (SSD), at more than 10 million I/Os per second (IOPS), with sub-microsecond latency. The drives can be used as both a persistent memory extension mapped directly to the host, delivering more than 10 million IOPS for small, random access transactions, and as an NVMe block device for efficient DMA transactions, reaching more than one million random read 4KB IOPS.

“Native PCIe-based solutions are a major disruption to the SSD market because they provide a direct link between the CPU and flash, breaking the traditional performance scale,” said Derek Dicker, vice president of the NVM Solutions Group at PMC. “The PMC Flashtec family sets a new benchmark for storage performance, and our standards-based architecture allows our customers to get their storage solutions to market much sooner with differentiated features tuned for cost, performance and endurance.”

The Flashtec NVRAM Drive family is based on PMC’s NVMe controllers, which enable SSDs with up to 8TB of storage and performance of up to 875,000 random read 4KB IOPS, two times greater capacity and performance than other controllers.

The Flashtec NVRAM Drives are available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities in production quantities as early as Q4 2014. The Flashtec NVMe controllers are available in 16- and 32-channel options and are in high-volume production.


Telefónica Bids to Create Largest Operator in Brazil

Telefónica will bid offer to 20,100 million Brazilian Reais (equivalent to 6,700 million euros at current exchange rates) to acquire Vivendi's Global Village Telecom (GVT) business in Brazil.  The offer includes a cash consideration of 11,962 million Brazilian Reais and newly issued shares representing 12% of the share capital of the new Telefónica Brasil, after its combination with GVT.

Telefónica Vivo brand is the leader operator in the mobile wireless market in Brazil and is the leading broadband services provider in the city of Sao Paulo. Vivendi's GVT is the most successful and fastest growing alternative operator in Brazil. Telefónica said the combination of Vivo and GVT would create the largest telecom operator in Latin America’s largest market.

Telefónica's offer also envisages that, should Vivendi be interested in acquiring a stable stake in Telecom Italia, Telefónica could offer Vivendi the acquisition, in cash, of up to 1,110 million ordinary shares of Telecom Italia, currently representing a stake of 8,3% of the Telecom Italia voting share capital.


Mimosa Debuts Backhaul Radio with Coordinated Massive MIMO

Mimosa Networks, a start-up based in Campbell, California, unveiled its B5 Backhaul radio with coordinated Massive MIMO technology and Mimosa Cloud Services (MCS), featuring advanced network-wide planning and analytics. The company cited a number of innovations:

  • Advanced Colocation ­ -- the B5 radio makes the most of available spectrum. Using both GPS and GLONASS to maximize satellite sync through precision timing as well as sophisticated RF isolation techniques, the B5 radio offers maximum spectrum re-use for colocated devices.
  • Spectrum Multiplication -- leverages coordinated Massive MIMO technology, allowing colocated radios to deliver 16 MIMO streams, and 4 Gbps of throughput, all while sharing the same channel.
  • Auto Everything ­-- the first radio to offer real-time spectrum analysis without service interruption. The B5 radio automatically optimizes bandwidth, frequency and power use based on historical and real-time data ­ allowing the radio to immediately adapt to any environmental change.
  • Dual Link ­-- actively load balances across two non-contiguous channels to provide unprecedented resiliency against interference.
  • Mimosa Cloud Services -- a cloud-based planning and analytics tool set for wireless service providers.  Enhanced with Google Maps mapping service, Mimosa's network design features allow operators to visually plan and design links while viewing their entire network in one location. Additional topology and obstruction information as well as environmental ITU-based data provide deeper understanding of how a link might operate in real-life.

The B5 Backhaul radio is available for order in two versions ­ an antenna-integrated 5 GHz backhaul radio (B5); and a connectorized radio-only version (B5c).  The B5 (List Price: $899 for B5, $839 for B5c) will begin shipping to customers in Fall 2014.

"Wireless networks have been historically limited in the ability to deploy fiber speeds economically and on a global scale," said Brian Hinman, CEO of Mimosa. "Mimosa's mission is to create an


  • Mimosa is headed by Brian Hinman, who previously was the CEO and founder of 2Wire, Polycom and PictureTel.

Stuart Elby Joins Infinera from Verizon Labs to Head Cloud Networks Group

Infinera has formed a new cloud networks group focused on the data center market and hired Stuart Elby, Ph.D., as senior vice president of cloud network strategy and technology.

Prior to Infinera, Dr. Elby served as the vice president and chief technologist of Verizon Labs, where he was responsible for developing Verizon’s technology vision and target network architecture to support emerging products and services. In this role, he had significant influence in the network architecture and development of Verizon’s platforms for metro and long haul networks, including Verizon’s cloud and digital video services. Dr. Elby led the design, development and launch of cloud services platforms for Verizon Digital Media Services and managed the specification and design of multiple core services platforms including cloud and API secure gateway. Dr. Elby holds a bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester and received a MSEE and Doctorate in Telecommunications from Columbia University. He serves on the advisory boards of several university, government and industry consortia.

"As cloud services play a larger role in the telecommunications infrastructure, Infinera is committed to focusing on the specific requirements of cloud networks and delivering technologies that enable the continued evolution of this fundamental market shift," said Infinera CEO Tom Fallon. “Dr. Elby brings invaluable industry experience that will help accelerate Infinera’s ability to win in this market."


Vectra Networks Raises $25M for Cyber Attack Detection

Vectra Networks, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $25 million in an oversubscribed Series C financing round.

Vectra Networks has developed a platform to detect attacks at every phase of an ongoing attack, regardless of how the attack enters an organization’s network. The platform continuously monitors an organization’s network and provides rapid intuitive and prioritized reporting so security analysts. Vectra uses next-generation compute architecture and combines data analytics and machine learning to detect attacks on every device, application and operating system.

The funding round was led by Accel Partners and included prior investors Khosla Ventures, IA Ventures and AME Cloud Ventures. In addition, Intel Capital and Juniper Networks, through its Junos Innovation Fund, joined the round.

“I am thrilled to have the support of Accel Partners and have Eric join the Vectra board of directors,” said Hitesh Sheth, CEO of Vectra Networks. “The reality today is that every network is breached. Advanced persistent attacks are evading existing perimeter security and threatening our digital economy. Vectra’s automated and intuitive cyber security platform empowers IT organizations to take a proactive stand against cyber attacks.”


  • Vectra Networks is headed by Vitesh Sheth, who previously was Chief Operating Officer at Aruba Networks. Hitesh joined Aruba from Juniper Networks, where he was EVP/GM for their switching business and before that, SVP for their Service Layer Technologies group, which included security. Prior to Juniper, he held a number of senior management positions in the switching organization at Cisco Systems, including running their Metro Ethernet business.

Interxion to Purchase Marseille Data Center

Interxion agreed to acquire he SFR Netcenter data centre facilities in Marseille, France for approximately €45 million, of which approximately €20 million is associated with the purchase of the freehold land and buildings, and the construction of the first two phases.

When fully built out, the data centre (“MRS 1”) will provide approximately 5,700 square metres of equipped space and a minimum of 6MW of customer-available power. MRS 1, which currently serves as a transit and caching node for more than 60 network providers, has the advantage of access to the aggregation point of eight undersea cables that terminate in Marseille.

“Interxion’s investment in MRS 1 positions it at the crossroads of connectivity between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The strong network hub that is created by the aggregation of multiple undersea cable landing points connecting to terrestrial cables makes Marseille a highly attractive gateway. We have received strong interest from our connectivity, CDN, social media, and cloud customers seeking to serve the emerging markets that can be accessed by these cables. We expect to expand the existing connectivity hub in MRS 1 and to develop thriving magnetic cloud and content hubs,” said David Ruberg, Interxion Chief Executive Officer.


Marvell Intros PCIe 3.0 NVM Express SSD Controller

Marvell introduced its first native Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid-state drive (SSD) controller.  The company said its new device leverages a fully flash-optimized architecture that overcomes SAS/SATA performance limitations by optimizing hardware and software to take full advantage on NAND.The controller also integrates Marvell's third generation NANDEdge error-correcting, low-density parity check (LDPC) technology for higher reliability and endurance boost that was previously announced with Marvell's fifth generation SATA SSD controller, the 88SS1074. The device supports up to four lanes of PCIe 3.0, making it suitable for full 4GB/s or 2GB/s end points. Sampling is underway.

"As the global leader of the storage industry, we are very proud of our innovation, invention, and contribution to the advancement of a wide range of storage technologies and products. I am very excited to see that our new SSD controller solution has once again raised the technology bar with superior performance, high reliability and robust security," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell.


SpaceX Falcon 9 Delivers AsiaSat 8 to Orbit

SpaceX successfully launched AsiaSat 8 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit aboard its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral.

Falcon 9 is a new rocket that features a simple two-stage design to minimize the number of stage separations. The first stage has nine engines.  An all-pneumatic, low-shock stage separation system that can be tested on the ground is used instead of pyrotechnic systems used on most launch vehicles.  The second stage has a single engine.

AsiaSat 8 is a Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite with 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload. It will be co-located with AsiaSat 7 for Asian and international programming.