Thursday, April 16, 2015

Researchers at NTT Envision Quantum Repeaters in Future Photonic Networks

Researchers at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and the University of Toronto are proposing all-photonic quantum repeaters for long-distance quantum communication.  If achieved, such devices would disprove the necessity of matter quantum memories in long distance quantum communications, which is seen by many as the ultimate future of optical communications.

In a paper published this week by the journal Nature Communications, the researchers said their all-photonic scheme paves a completely new route towards long-distance quantum communication based only on optical devices. Compared to matter quantum memories, this approach eliminates the quantum interface between matter and photons.  The design is based on existing optical technology, such as linear optical elements, single-photon sources, photon detectors and an active feed-forward technique.

Juniper's New SRX5800 Firewall Hits 2 Tbps Throughput

Juniper Networks unveiled new hardware for its new SRX5800 Services Gateway firewall boasting throughput up to 2 Terabits per second (2 Tbps), empowering service providers and large enterprises will more capacity to minimize the potential for security bottlenecks as they manage increased and unpredictable demands for bandwidth placed on their networks.

The new hardware for the SRX5800 includes third-generation input/output cards (IOC3), an enhanced midplane chassis and third-generation system control boards (SCB3). Each IOC3 line card supports two packet forwarding engines (PFE), a high density configuration of 2x100GbE and 4x10GbE high speed interfaces. Additionally, it delivers 240Gbps bandwidth and 2X bandwidth increase over the prior hardware card.

The new product enhancements will be available during the first half of 2015.

Illumio Raises $100 Million for Adaptive Security

Illumio, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $100 million in Series C funding for its adaptive security platform for data centers and public clouds.

The software-based Illumio Adaptive Security Platform (ASP) programs and enforces security policies across applications, workloads and processes as they are provisioned, operated and moved in any data center or private and public cloud infrastructure.

Illumio has recently extended its policy model to F5's BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and NGINX product lines. The company also announced continuous delivery of security policies and enforcement down to the process level within workloads.  Illumio said its ASP introduces this form of nano-segmentation for application isolation and control down to individual processes on a single host.  If any part of an application changes (such as auto scaling the web tier with new web servers), Illumio ASP automatically adapts security policies on all impacted workloads or processes.

“Perimeter security solutions leave 80 percent of the data center and cloud exposed and vulnerable to attacks that often lead to costly data breaches,” said Andrew Rubin, co-founder and CEO, Illumio. “Our market traction demonstrates that Illumio ASP is delivering security across all computing resources, infrastructures and applications. The funding and strong vote of confidence from investors will allow us to expand our market opportunity much more aggressively and to extend our platform deeper into more data center and computing elements.”

Participating in the round are new investors BlackRock Funds and Accel Partners, joined by existing venture investors Formation 8, Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst. Also participating are Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang.

Certes Networks Launches CryptoFlow for Encrypting Application Flows

Certes Networks introduced its new CryptoFlow App, a software-defined security product for encrypting data in motion thereby safeguarding applications from data breaches.

CryptoFlow App is a user-aware and application-aware solution for protecting sensitive data traffic. It enables IT managers to automatically crypto-segment application flows across networks inside or outside the enterprise and grant access to these CryptoFlows based on a user’s security profile. Sensitive applications are isolated and controlled end-to-end, from the application server to the user’s end-point devices, regardless of where they are.

CryptoFlow App solution sets include:

CryptoFlow LAN - Providing strong crypto-segmentation of internal enterprise application flows based on user roles, blocking the top attack vector used in data breaches around the world. CryptoFlow LAN provides automatic security to users connected on the LAN, isolates sensitive applications to only authorized users, and protects applications when hackers get past firewalls.

CryptoFlow B2B - Enabling enterprises to safely extend internal applications to external partners, including contractors, suppliers, trading partners and others beyond the enterprise perimeter. CryptoFlow B2B limits authorized business partners to only the applications they need, protecting the most sensitive applications even when business partners have been compromised.

CryptoFlow Mobile - Securing application traffic to mobile devices, smartphones and tablets, including personal BYOD end-points. Now enterprise IT and security managers can automatically extend enterprise apps to mobile devices with end-to-end security and a single point of control across a wide range of mobile devices inside or outside the enterprise.

The new solution is an extension of Certes’ CryptoFlow security products.  The company claims a perfect 15-year track record of 7,000 product deployments in 70 countries without a single hack of any protected application.

“Today’s enterprise applications are borderless and easily shared, but the security architecture has not kept pace with this evolution,” said John Lochow, CEO of Certes. “In every major data breach of the past two years, hackers exploited inadequate security of networked applications and cut through the firewalls with ease. Our CryptoFlow App solutions are the first products to directly address this major gap. As thousands of product deployments have shown, our customers are protected even when the rest of the security architecture fails.”

ADVA Intros ConnectGuard Encryption for DCI and Ethernet Links

ADVA Optical Networking introduced its ConnectGuard security solution for service providers and enterprises. Two variants are offered:
  • ConnectGuard Optical for the ADVA FSP 3000 provides robust transport layer security and is ideal for data center interconnection applications that need advanced protection for the transportation of enormous data volumes. It provides a transparent, wire-speed service for securing mission-critical data and incorporates a strictly separated encryption domain manager to ensure compliance with the most stringent regulatory demands. With a protocol-agnostic approach, ADVA ConnectGuard™ Optical can transport all storage area network protocols, including Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand with line speeds of up to 100 Gbps. As part of the ADVA FSP 3000, it eliminates the need for stand-alone security equipment, simplifying network operations and reducing the overall cost of data protection.
  • ConnectGuard Ethernet for the ADVA FSP 150 delivers Ethernet layer security and is critical for protecting data as it travels across third-party packet networks. It enables scalable and secure Ethernet connectivity between locations on top of unprotected Carrier Ethernet networks. 

“Today’s networks are more vulnerable than ever before. The frequency of attacks has never been higher and the ease of data interception has never been simpler,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “By encrypting data in motion we’re providing the strongest protection possible. Make no mistake, ConnectGuard is a line in the sand for network protection.”

Brocade Opens New Development Center in Bangalore

Brocade opened a new state-of-the-art Development Center in Bangalore, and stated it will invest US$300 million in India over the next five years. The new Center reaffirms Brocade's commitment to accelerating growth in one of the world's fastest-growing economies, and will play an important role in the development of networking innovations based on the New IP architecture.

The new 157,000 square foot, LEED Gold-certified Brocade Bangalore Development Center features modern work environments, state-of-the-art engineering labs and a customer demonstration,briefing, and training center.

"Brocade is taking focused and purposeful steps in our global investment strategy with acquisitions that increase our depth in software networking, and strengthen our footprint and engineering capability in markets where we see growth potential," said Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney. "We believe India will be an early adopter of New IP technologies, and we are very excited to be in this next phase of Brocade's growth in India."

Orange Business Acquires a Fleet Management Company

Orange Business Services has acquired Ocean, a fleet management and vehicle tracking company in France. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The company, which currently manages 45,000 vehicles for 2,000 corporate clients, will become an operational unit of Orange Applications for Business – the digital services division of Orange Business Services specializing in connected objects, the digitalization of customer experience, Big Data and data analytics.

"With the acquisition of such an innovative and powerful leader as Ocean, we are creating a new European leader in Fleet Management that will support the growth strategy of Orange Applications for Business on the connected objects and M2M markets. Through these advanced technologies, companies managing fleets of vehicles or equipment can leverage huge benefits that will facilitate their digital transformation and develop new processes and business models," said Thierry Bonhomme, Executive Director of Orange Business Services.