Sunday, August 10, 2014

Facebook's Load Balancer Achieves 27% Power Savings at Midnight

Facebook's engineering team posted details on its "Autoscale" load balancing technology, which is now yielding significant energy savings as traffic on the site rises and falls during the course of a day.

In a blog posting, Facebook engineers describe how the Autoscale load balancer dynamically adjusts the size of virtual pools of web servers such that each active server will get at least medium-level CPU utilization regardless of the overall workload level.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/816473015039157/making-facebook-s-software-infrastructure-more-energy-efficient-with-autoscale/

Gemalto + SafeNet Merger Combines Edge + Core Security

Gemalto, which specializes in digital security, agreed to acquire SafeNet from Vector Capital for US$890 million in cash.

SafeNet, which is based in Belcamp, Maryland,  provides an extensive portfolio of data protection solutions including HSM advanced cryptographic key management systems, encryption technologies for civilian applications, authentication servers and authentication as a service, as well as sophisticated software license management and monetization solutions. The company estimates its technology protects over 80% of the world’s intra-bank fund transfers. Its 1,500+ employees, including 550 cryptographic engineers, serve more than 25,000 customers, both corporations and government agencies, in over 100 countries. In 2013, SafeNet recorded revenues of US$337 million and profit from operations of US$35 million and expects revenues of US$370 million and profit from operations of US$51 million for 2014.

Gemalto develops secure embedded software for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated Cloud access, identity and privacy protection, etc.



  • Gemalto was formed in June 2006 through the combination of Axalto Holding N.V. and Gemplus International S.A.. Axalto was an IPO spin-off of Schlumberger in 2004. Schlumberger began making making SIM cards in the early 1990s with the arrival of GSM. It first began making secure chip cards in 1979.

LG Uplus and Huawei Open 5G Research Center in Seoul

Huawei and LG Uplus, a leading mobile operator in South Korea, have established a Mobile Innovation Center (MIC) in Seoul to focus on LTE-A and 5G technologies.

"LG Uplus selected Huawei as its preferred LTE technology partner to build a nation-wide LTE network and we are thrilled to see South Korean people now enjoying superior mobile experiences as a result. Huawei is committed to bringing the world’s most advanced mobile broadband services to more people worldwide, and industry cooperation, such as the one we have with LG Uplus, makes it even easier for us to do so." said Mr. Yang Chaobin, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Wireless Networks.

http://www.huawei.com

In July 2013, South Korea's LG U + officially launched its LTE-Advanced service, promising download speeds of 75 Mbps to 150 Mbps -- roughly twice the performance of its standard LTE service.  The LTE-A network is using carrier aggregation of 800 MHz and 2.1 GHz spectrum.  LG U+ said its network will offer pure LTE connectivity between compatible handsets, where voice is carried by VoLTE rather than falling back to CDMA. Vendors on the network included  LG, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Samsung.

Arista and VMware Expand Partnership

Arista Networks and VMware announced a strategic relationship focused on network virtualization in the software-defined data center (SDDC).  This is the third phase of an ongoing collaboration between the two companies:

  • Phase 1 2010+: ESX and vSphere/VMware vCloud Integration
  • Phase 2 2012+: VXLAN specification and interoperability across physical/virtual networks
  • Phase 3 2014+: VMware NSX integration and Arista Networks support for VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite and VMware vCenter Log Insight

The companies said they will undertake joint marketing of the generally available Arista and VMware integrated networking solution for VMware NSX.

“With multiple years of joint engineering and customer deployments, this announcement highlights our growing relationship with VMware. Arista is committed to working with VMware products and architectures to optimally combine the VMware network virtualization platform and Arista programmable physical networks for the best network-wide virtualization deployments,” stated Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO, Arista Networks.

http://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/984-pr-20140808

FCC Adopts Text-to-911 Rules

Building on commitments made by America’s four largest wireless carriers to provide text-to-911 service, the FCC adopted rules to ensure that all remaining wireless carriers and certain IP-based text application providers are prepared to support text-to-911 by the end of the year.  Currently, more one hundred 911 call centers in the U.S. are serving portions of 16 states and two entire states (Vermont and Maine) are now accepting emergency texts.

The FCC said its new text-to-911 requirements apply to wireless carriers and “interconnected” text messaging providers (i.e., those which enable consumers to send text messages to and from U.S. phone numbers). This includes providers of “over the top” applications that support texting to and from phone numbers but not, for example, messaging apps that only support communications among users of games or social media.

The FCC also adopted a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on the continued evolution of text-to-911, including the delivery of location information and support for text-to-911 when roaming.

The FCC previously adopted rules requiring text messaging providers to send an automatic “bounce-back” text message to consumers who try to text 911 where the service is not available.

http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-rules-promote-widespread-text-911-availability

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