Friday, May 15, 2015

IBM Cites Fast Progress with X-Force Exchange Threat Intelligent Network

One month after launching its X-Force Exchange, IBM has gained participation from more than 1,000 organizations across 16 industries.

The X-Force Exchange provides open access to historical and real-time data feeds of threat intelligence, including reports of live attacks from IBM’s global threat monitoring network.  The Exchange, which is powered by IBM Cloud, already holds 700 terabytes of threat intelligence.

 "Cybercrime has become the equivalent of a pandemic -- no company or country can battle it alone," said Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security. ““We have to take a collective and collaborative approach across the public and private sectors to defend against cybercrime. Sharing and innovating around threat data is central to battling highly organized cybercriminals; the industry can no longer afford to keep this critical resource locked up in proprietary databases. With X-Force Exchange, IBM has opened access to our extensive threat data to advance collaboration and help public and private enterprises safeguard themselves.”

"Cybercrime continues to grow in sophistication and organization, we understand that there is power in numbers to fight back," said Rob Bening, Chief Information Security Officer, ING Bank. "Sharing threat information via IBM's X-Force Exchange initiative is a big step toward better understanding potential attacks and anticipating measures to mitigate them.

PLUMgrid and Huawei Partner on OpenStack for SDN and NFV

PLUMgrid is partnering with Huawei to upstream open source automation software to StackForge that self-installs PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) through Huawei Compass, enabling simplified deployment of OpenStack for SDN and NFV.

PLUMgrid and Huawei partnered to deliver fully integrated and automated installation of PLUMgrid ONS through Compass, which is an open source project contributed by Huawei that provides deployment-as-a-service for bare metal machines. Supporting Huawei and third-party data center hardware, Compass offers topology-aware OpenStack service deployment that eases the configuration and management of physical and virtual network elements.

"Working with Huawei to automate PLUMgrid ONS through Compass is an example of how our visions align on streamlining OpenStack deployments and making installations easy, simple and fast. PLUMgrid ONS not only provides a secure and scalable SDN and NFV foundation, but also brings many other benefits such as rapid Service Insertion, which is transformational. Both companies are committed to driving OpenStack deployment success and contributing to the open source community," stated Awais Nemat, CEO, PLUMgrid.

MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification For 100G Is Now Available

The MEF has extended its Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification Program to include network equipment used for delivering E-Line and E-Access services up to 100 Gigabits per second.

CE 2.0 100G certification focuses on point-to-point E-Line and E-Access services with added test cases covering the full set of 100G service attributes such as performance and bandwidth profiles.

“CE 2.0 certification is foundational for supporting the shift to dynamic “Third Network” connectivity services delivered over more automated, interconnected networks,” said Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer of the MEF. “Driven by data center interconnection and peering relationships, 100G performance represents the next step in transforming metro network deployments and scaling cloud-centric connectivity services across the globe. Service providers and equipment makers have been asking for a certification program for Carrier Ethernet faster than 10G, and the MEF is delighted to extend the program to 100G today.”