Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AccelOps Builds Threat Intelligence into its Actionable Security Platform

AccelOps, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, introduced threat intelligence capabilities for its integrated IT and operational visibility platform.

The existing AccelOps virtual appliance software monitors security, performance and compliance in cloud and virtualized infrastructures on a single screen. It automatically discovers, analyzes and automates IT issues in machine and big data across organizations’ data centers and cloud resources, spanning servers, storage, networks, security, applications and users.

A new Threat Intelligence Center for the platform offers a "Content as a Service” (CaaS) capability to aggregate, validate and share anonymous threat data gathered from the AccelOps customer base, providing benchmark and threat detection intelligence to customers in real time. Also included are additional device support, rules updates, reports and other knowledge bases. AccelOps features an open API that allows users to integrate any public or private threat feed into the AccelOps database and cross-correlate it with their own network and security data. It also supports a Workflow Integration API that creates bi-directional workflow integration into leading IT service management and ticketing solutions, including ServiceNow and Connectwise.

“As a leading provider of threat and operational intelligence, our main objective is to deliver the tools our clients need to stay ahead of the encroaching end point data infiltrating today’s modern data center. These enhancements extend the capabilities of our threat intelligence, providing our customers with even greater insight into the health, security and management of their networks,” stated Dan Maloney, vice president of marketing and business development, AccelOps.


Arkin Launches Converged Visibility Platform

Arkin, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, unveiled its solution for bringing operational visibility to software-defined data centers.

The Arkin Platform aims to bring Google Search-like simplicity for monitoring and querying data center operations, which are usually distributed across various server, storage, security and network management systems. Arkin analyzes across for converged infrastructures and software-defined data centers built using technologies such as VMware NSX, Cisco UCS, VCE Vblocks, Palo Alto Networks firewalls and others. The goal is to enable instant and comprehensive search across entire data center (virtual and physical) for operational visibility, rapid troubleshooting and consistent security.

Arkin is also announcing a $15 million Series B investment from Nexus Venture Partners, key strategic investors and industry veterans including B.V. Jagadeesh (formerly CEO at NetScaler).

Converged infrastructure and software-defined approaches are all the rage. However, these transformational technologies have exposed severe limitations in the traditional operations approach and tools. Key challenges include missing visibility across the virtual to physical boundary, an expensive and inefficient silo based approach to IT operations and an archaic user experience that inhibits necessary modern day collaboration. “Organizations now are forced to rethink their operations strategy,” said Shiv Agarwal, CEO and Co-Founder of Arkin. “Based on a modern collaborative approach, the Arkin platform ties together the data center silos across virtual and physical. Some of the largest enterprises have deployed Arkin to simplify their operations and unlock significant cost savings and agility."

“We believe network virtualization will bring about radical improvements in network operations. Arkin is a great example of how you can build a new generation visibility platform and we’re delighted to have them as an NSX partner,” said Martin Casado, SVP and General Manager for the Networking and Security Business Unit at VMware.


Dell'Oro: Service Provider Edge Router Market Grows 3% in 1Q15

The worldwide Service Provider Edge Router market grew slowly in the first quarter 2015 after a record year in 2014, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.  During this quarter the Service Provider Core Router market outflanked growth in the Edge for only the second time in five years.

"The wild swings that we used to see in Service Provider Edge Router demand have smoothed out somewhat in recent years.  This is the fourth consecutive quarter in which we have seen single-digit year-over-year changes in market demand," said Alam Tamboli, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group.  "We continue to see Service Providers invest heavily in their mobile backhaul networks and associated routers—some mobile operators are already beginning to upgrade their installed base of routers to higher capacity devices due to increased traffic demand.  However, many operators have slowed their spending on routers used for fixed networks, partially offsetting this growth," Tamboli continued.

Cisco Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks, and Huawei Technologies were the market share leaders in the Service Provider Router market segment, accounting for over 92 percent of revenue in 1Q15.  Cisco maintained its leadership position, while Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper, and Huawei held, in rank order, the second, third, and fourth spots.


Qualcomm Expands 802.11ac MU-MIMO Line Up

Qualcomm Atheros introduced its new 802.11ac Wave 2 silicon featuring multi-user multi-input/multi-output (MU-MIMO), support for 160 MHz channels and 4x4 antenna configurations to offer higher performance and more efficient Wi-Fi connectivity.

Qualcomm said its MU | EFX  technology enables APs that can achieve up to three times faster 802.11ac connections in today’s increasingly crowded Wi-Fi environments.

The new products include the QCA9984 for home routers and QCA9994 for enterprise access points. Key features:

  • Enhanced MU-MIMO, with support for four simultaneous streams.
  • Support for new, wider 160MHz contiguous and 80+80MHz non-contiguous 802.11ac
  • channels – offering double the capacity of the existing 80MHz channels. The QCA9994 further supports 5/10 MHz narrow channels for public safety applications.
  • Bandwidth agility allows the radio to move seamlessly between channel widths on a packet-by-packet basis and achieve greater spectrum efficiency and throughput.

Sampling is underway.