Thursday, August 21, 2014

Converged Memory Acceleration: Combining DRAM with Flash

In this 3-minute video, Riccardo Badalone, CEO of Diablo Technologies, discusses Converged Memory -- a powerful new concept that combines the best performance attributes of DRAM with the advantages of Flash, including persistence and low cost.

Diablo's NanoCommit technology supports hundreds of millions of transactions per second, with nanosecond latency.

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DOCOMO and Huawei Test LTE in 5 GHz Band

DOCOMO Beijing Communications Laboratories and Huawei have carried out a joint demonstration of LTE deployed over the 5GHz unlicensed spectrum band, which is widely used for wireless LAN networks in many countries today.  The companies have been conducting experiments of Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA), a technology that expands LTE-compatible spectrum to unlicensed spectrum bands, thereby providing complementary access for the LTE operator network. Currently, LTE's compatible spectrum bands are licensed between the 700MHz and 2.5GHz bands in Japan.

"We are very pleased to have confirmed that LAA is a viable technology for LTE and future LTE-Advanced," said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at NTT DOCOMO. "We aim to contribute to the standardization of this technology, which inherits the highly advanced features of LTE, to further enhance the global user experience with wireless broadband."

Significantly, the indoor tests found that LAA in 5GHz bandwidth can achieve a cell capacity of approximately 1.6 times greater than that of IEEE 802.11n.

VMware Acquires CloudVolumes for Real-Time Application Delivery

VMware has acquired CloudVolumes, a start-up developing real-time application delivery technology that enables enterprises to deliver native applications to virtualized environments on-demand. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CloudVolumes, which is based in Santa Clara, California, virtualizes everything above the OS.

"Customers are looking to modernize their existing Windows application delivery architecture to be more like mobile IT," said Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware. "The combination of CloudVolumes and VMware Horizon will allow customers to build a real-time application delivery system that enables all applications to be centrally managed, always available and up-to-date, and delivered to virtualized environments for desktop, server or cloud on-demand."

VMware said CloudVolumes will also help it to build real-time application delivery across all three of its technology focus areas that include end-user computing, software-defined data center and hybrid cloud services.,-Pioneer-of-Real-Time-Application-Delivery-Technologies/1872050

Brocade Posts Quarterly Revenue of $545M, up 2% YoY

Brocade reported third quarter revenue of $545 million, up 2% year-over-year and up 2% quarter-over-quarter. The company reported GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.20, down from $0.26 in Q3 2013, and up from a loss per share of $(0.03) in Q2 2014. During Q3 2013, the Company recognized a gain of $77 million related to the litigation settlement with A10 Networks, which increased GAAP EPS by $0.13 in that quarter.

"With another solid quarter behind us, we are seeing the tangible benefits of our data center focused strategy," said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade. "The resilience and durability of our SAN business, along with strong Brocade VDX sales, validate our strategic direction. We continue to leverage our core competencies in hardware and software networking to position the company for growth, and we remain focused on delivering a world-class customer experience, even in the most demanding environments."

Some highlights:

  • SAN business revenue, including products and services, was $380 million, up 3% year-over-year and flat sequentially. The year-over-year improvement was the result of 4% growth in SAN product revenue due to higher switch and director sales, partially offset by lower embedded product sales and the revenue impact from the divestiture of the HBA business during Q1 2014. The revenue performance was better than expected in a typically soft demand quarter.
  • IP Networking business revenue, including products and services, was $166 million, down 1% year-over-year and up 5% sequentially. The sequential increase was primarily due to higher sales of Ethernet switching products to the U.S. Federal government and strong Brocade VDX sales to data center customers, partially offset by lower routing sales to service provider customers and lower support revenue. Q3 2014 IP Networking product revenue was $133 million, down 1% year-over-year and up 9% sequentially. Ethernet switch revenue increased 17% year-over-year and 27% sequentially. Routing product revenue decreased 19% year-over-year and 20% sequentially, primarily due to a pause in some customer orders in anticipation of new products scheduled for release in fiscal Q4 2014.

Department of Defense Authorizes AWS

Amazon Web Services received the first Department of Defense Provisional Authorization under the DoD Cloud Security Model's at security impact levels 3-5.

This enables DoD customers to implement a wide range of DoD requirements necessary to protect their data at these levels, including AWS Direct Connect routing to the DoD's network, comprehensive computer network defense coverage, and Common Access Card (CAC) integration.

AWS previously received a DoD Provisional Authorization for security impact levels 1-2.

  • In March, AWS announced its compliance with security impact levels 1-2 for all AWS Regions in the US, demonstrating adherence to hundreds of controls.

ZTE Sees Strong Profit Growth in 1H14 Led by 4G Rollouts in China

ZTE released financial guidance forecasting net profit attributable to shareholders of the listed company of be between RMB 1.7 billion and RMB 1.9 billion in the first nine months of 2014, an increase of between 208.2% to 244.5% from a year earlier. ZTE also reportedthat first-half net profit increased 263.9% to RMB 1.13 billion. Six-month basic earnings per share was RMB 0.33, while revenue increased to RMB 37.7 billion.

The company cited strength in revenue from network contracts and ongoing improvements to contract profitability in the first nine months, including 4G rollouts in China.

In the first six months, ZTE reported operating revenue of RMB 19.26 billion from the domestic market, accounting for 51.1% of the Group’s overall operating revenue. Leveraging opportunities presented by the large-scale deployment of 4G networks, the Group committed to efforts to develop business in emerging new sectors such as the Mobile Internet and Cloud Computing under its M-ICT Strategy. Innovative solutions were launched with enhanced in-house capabilities, while strategic cooperation with carriers was conducted in a practical manner to maintain the Group’s dominant position and increase its market shares, laying the foundations for sustainable long-term development.

ZTE reported operating revenue of RMB 18.44 billion from the international market, accounting for 48.9% of the Group’s overall operating revenue. In adherence to the strategy of focusing on major populous nations and mainstream global carriers, the Group further optimized its market profile to achieve stable operations and quality growth.

More details online.

Huawei's European Operations Lands US$1.6 Billion Loan

Huawei Technologies' European subsidiary has been granted a US$1.6 billion 5+1+1-year revolving credit facility (loan) by leading European banks, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, DBS Bank Ltd., Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A., HSBC Bank plc, ING Bank N.V., Standard Chartered Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Hong Kong Branch.

"This symbolizes that the level of trust and cooperation between Huawei and our partners has been raised to new heights. We would like to thank all of you for your trust and support, which has helped us walk steadily forward on the road to globalization." said Mr. Evan Bai, the president of Treasury of Huawei Group, "We firmly believe that Huawei will maintain its unceasing efforts, make continuous improvements, achieve stable and favorable performance, and repay all of you for your trust and support."