Friday, October 31, 2014

IBM Teams with Tencent to serve Enterprise Cloud in China

IBM and Tencent Cloud announced an alliance to collaborate on providing public cloud with Software-as-a-Service solutions for enterprises in China.

The partnership will focus on emerging small and medium enterprises that are using mobile, cloud computing and big data tools to transform internal processes and operations.

As part of the pact Tencent Cloud and IBM will jointly promote industry innovation and gain from each company's resources and global capacity.

“Tencent has a stable and reliable cloud computing platform, while IBM has abundant industry expertise aimed at the enterprise. We will work together to bring ‘Internet mode’ to more enterprise-level clients through cloud computing,” stated Mr. Taosang Tong, President of Social Network Group, Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/45281.wss

  • In August, China Telecom and IBM announced a three-year agreement to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) implement secure, cost-effective and scalable SAP cloud-based applications.

  • In July, IBM announced a 10-year initiative to support China in transforming its national energy systems and protecting the health of citizens.  IBM's "Green Horizon" project seeks to address three areas critical to China's sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy forecasting and energy optimization. The project will be led by IBM's China Research laboratory and tap into the company's network of 12 global research labs and create an innovation ecosystem of partners from government, academia, industry and private enterprise.

AT&T: Mobile Data Usage at Stadiums Soars to 1000s of GBs

In-stadium mobile data usage at college and professional football games is soaring to hundreds or thousands of gigabytes, according to newly published data usage statics from AT&T.   The data is derived from the more than 75 different stadiums where AT&T provides coverage via Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).

So far this football season across 333 games where it had DAS coverage, AT&T customers used more than 104.9 Terabytes of mobile data via the in-venue cellular networks. Data usage at professional football games outpaces college games.  Mobile users in Miami use the most data.

More stats are on the AT&T blog:

http://about.att.com/newsroom/were_halfway_there0.html

Data on mobile data usage at baseball games is here:

http://about.att.com/newsroom/going_going_gone_mobile_data_flies_out_of_ballparks_this_season.html

CyrusOne Pre-Leases New Virginia Data Center

In an indication of the strong market for prime data center space, CyrusOne pre-leased more than 12,000 square feet of colocation space (CSF) at its new data center in Sterling, Virginia to a Fortune 50 company.  The tenant also secured first right of refusal on another 8,000 square feet at the facility.

Pre-sale represents a third of the 30,000 square feet of colocation space that will come online for the first phase of the 124,000 square foot building the company broke ground on in April.

“This is a current tenant in one of our other data center facilities that appreciates the scalability and flexibility we can deliver, and has chosen to expand their footprint with us in Northern Virginia. CyrusOne’s scalable Massively Modular® engineering design approach, with its ability to support future infrastructure growth, as well as our exceptional service delivery levels were key contributors to the decision,” said Tesh Durvasula, chief commercial officer, CyrusOne.

http://www.cyrusone.com

Cavium's Q3 Revenue Up 7.9% Sequentially

Cavium reported Q3 2014 revenue of $97.8 million, a 7.9% sequential increase from the $90.7 million reported in the second quarter of 2014 and a 23.6% year-over-year increase from the $79.1 million reported in the third quarter of 2013.

Net income was $5.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to net loss attributable to the Company of $11.0 million, or $(0.21) per diluted share in the second quarter of 2014. Gross margins were 63.5% in the third quarter of 2014 compared to 62.6% in the second quarter of 2014. Total cash and cash equivalents were $156.3 million at September 30, 2014.

http://www.cavium.com/

Equinix Deploys Juniper's MX Routers for Cloud Exchange

Equinix has deployed Juniper Networks® MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers in 19 markets to support its Equinix Cloud Exchange, which enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple cloud services and multiple networks across the globe.

Equinix is using the Ethernet VPN capabilities of Juniper's MX Series routers to simplify cloud access, creating private environments between cloud providers and their customers -- both present at Equinix colocation data centers.

Juniper said Equinix chose its MX Series for the advanced architecture that separates control, management, services and forwarding planes to provide maximum scale and intelligent service-delivery capabilities. Juniper also noted that its MX Series routers provide Equinix and its customers with access to SDN and NFV architecture.

"The MX Series allows Cloud Builders like Equinix to remove the barriers that currently hinder innovation, like manual provisioning, and the difficulty of managing multi-cloud deployments. Juniper's High-IQ solution allows Equinix to automate operations and virtualize network functions to enable agile service creation, reduce operations complexity and capture greater market opportunities," stated Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer, Juniper Networks.

http://newsroom.juniper.net/press-releases/equinix-innovates-for-the-future-of-cloud-based-solutions-with-juniper-networks-nyse-jnpr-1155259



Huawei Plans Big Investment in Canadian R&D

Huawei announced plans to invest $210 million over the next 5 years to expand its R&D and business operations in the Province of Ontario. The new investments are expected to create 325 new jobs over the next 5 years, including most engineers and researchers.  In total, when combined with existing research, development and operational plans, Huawei's total investment in Ontario over the next 5 years will be $500m.

The announcement was made in conjunction with a visit by the Premier of Ontario, the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, and delegates on her China trade mission, at Huawei's R&D Centre in Beijing.

Huawei currently employs approximately 550 people in Canada, of whom over 95% are based in the Province of Ontario.

"I am pleased that Huawei is expanding its operations in Ontario" said Premier Wynne.  "This investment will create a significant number of jobs and reinforces Ontario's position as a global leader in ICT and telecommunications.  My government is fostering a dynamic business climate to attract even more investments from Huawei and other leading companies around the world."

"Today's announcement reinforces Huawei's commitment to Canada and to the Province of Ontario," said Sean Yang, President of Huawei Canada.  "Canada and Ontario have a legacy of leadership in ICT and telecommunications.  Since 2010, Huawei's Canada Research Centre has established itself as one of the global leaders in advanced communications technologies, including 5G.  The success of this facility has reinforced to Huawei the value of Ontario's talented workforce, and network of universities in Ontario and across Canada, that can support innovative research."

http://www.huawei.com

Sprint Appoints Junichi Miyakawa as Technical Chief Operating Officer

Sprint has appointed Junichi Miyakawa has been named to the newly created position of Technical Chief Operating Officer.  He previously led SoftBank's network operations in Japan.

In his new role at Sprint, Miyakawa will oversee the company’s network and technology organization, including related strategy, network operations and performance. He will also lead its relationships with key network equipment vendors and will report directly to Marcelo Claure, Sprint’s Chief Executive Officer.

Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye and John Saw Ph.D., Chief Network Officer, will continue to lead their organizations at Sprint and will report to Miyakawa.

Miyakawa will remain an Executive Vice President and Board Director at SoftBank Mobile, SoftBank BB and SoftBank Telecom, but his main focus will be on Sprint.

http://www.sprint.com

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