Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint Memory 1000x Faster than NAND

Intel and Micron Technology have developed a non-volatile memory that is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory.

The 3D XPoint technology, which is now entering production, is described as the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

"For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis," said Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions."

"One of the most significant hurdles in modern computing is the time it takes the processor to reach data on long-term storage," said Mark Adams, president of Micron. "This new class of non-volatile memory is a revolutionary technology that allows for quick access to enormous data sets and enables entirely new applications."

Intel said the 3D XPoint technology follows more than a decade of research and development. The innovative, transistor-less cross point architecture creates a three-dimensional checkerboard where memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes.

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2015/07/28/intel-and-micron-produce-breakthrough-memory-technology


In March 2015, Intel and Micron Technology announced availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory, for use in data center servers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.


The new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by Intel and Micron, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies.  The companies have been able to package up to 48GB of NAND per die — enabling three-fourths of a terabyte to fit in a single fingertip-sized package.  A 256Gb MLC version of 3D NAND currently is sampling with select partners, and a 384Gb TLC design will be sampling later this spring.

NTT Comm Acquires PT. Cyber CSF for Indonesia Data Centers

NTT Communications will acquire PT. Cyber CSF (Cyber CSF), a data center service provider headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cyber CSF, founded in 2012, is Indonesia's largest data center service provider. It operates a high-quality facility equipped for 24 MVA of power and 2,800 racks in 7,700 square meters of space in the heart of Jakarta.

NTT Com, in addition to an existing point-of-presence (PoP) for its Global IP Network at the Cyber CSF data center, plans to establish a PoP for its Arcstar Universal One(tm) VPN network in October, leveraging the licenses it obtained as the first foreign carrier authorized to operate closed networks in Indonesia through its joint venture subsidiary, PT. NTT Indonesia.

Currently, PT. NTT Indonesia is building a domestic fiber network that will connect its new data center with other major data centers in suburban Jakarta, as well as industrial parks and office buildings.
http://www.ntt.co.jp

Pluribus and Appcito Form Alliance

Pluribus Networks has formed a technology and marketing agreement with Appcito, makers of scalable Private Cloud based application services, such as load balancing, application traffic visibility and analytics and comprehensive application security including Web Application Firewall and DDoS detection.

The agreement enables end users to purchase and deploy Appcito’s application delivery solution upon the Pluribus Networks connectivity fabric itself, dramatically simplifying the deployment of advanced services, reducing the costs and extending advanced traffic management capabilities across the entire infrastructure.

“The public cloud has been developed to support the needs of modern computing, which emphasize the need to bring new services online quickly and securely in direct support of the fast-moving business. We enable organizations to create their own private clouds in the same way. Our SDN platform offers all of the same agility, adaptability, application awareness and security found in public offerings, but at a fraction of the cost, and goes far beyond the mere separation of control and data planes, as seen in other competitive SDN offerings,” said Kumar Srikantan, CEO of Pluribus Networks. “Most importantly, it’s a true open and scalable platform onto which higher-layer services can be deployed. Working together with Appcito, we are jointly demonstrating the marriage of our platform with their leading-edge load-balancing and security services. The combination of upper layer networking services with an open, extensible, and secure networking foundation makes the network more relevant to applications and to the business itself.”

“Today’s cloud computing has the same network challenges that existed in the past but now requires new cloud-adapted solution architectures and capacities in order to support and secure modern applications effectively,” said Peter Christy, Research Director, 451 Research. “Appcito and Pluribus each are excellent examples of forward-looking, cloud-centric products which do just this, and the integration of the two is proof that upper-level network services and the foundational network fabric can be married so that the combination is more than just the sum of the parts.”

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com

Citrix's CEO Steps Down, Elliot Mgt. Exec Joins Board

Mark Templeton has decided to step down as president and CEO of Citrix Systems. He has served in that position since 1998. The Citrix Board has initiated a CEO search process and has retained Heidrick & Struggles to assist with the process of identifying and evaluating candidates.

Citrix also announced a cooperation agreement with Elliott Management Corporation, an investment firm whose affiliated funds own approximately 7.5 percent of the company’s common stock.  Elliott’s Jesse Cohn has been appointed to the Citrix board of directors to replace Asiff Hirji who has decided to step down from the company's board, effective immediately. In addition, as part of its continuing board evolution process, the company will commence a search for an additional independent board member, mutually agreeable to Citrix and Elliott, who will replace a current board member when appointed. In addition, Elliott and certain of its affiliates have agreed to customary standstill, voting and other provisions for a period of at least a year. Citrix has also formed an operations committee, which will work closely with the company’s management team on a comprehensive operational review focusing on improving Citrix’s margins, profitability and capital structure.

https://www.citrix.com/news/announcements/jul-2015/cooperation-agreement.html

Elliott Sends Letter to Citrix Board of Directors

Elliot Management Corp. published an open letter to the Board of Directors of Citrix, saying it believes the company can achieve a notable increase in shareholder value by implementing a new management plan and undertaking structural reforms.

Elliot currently holds 7.1% of Citrix Systems' stock.

Specifically, Elliot said it believes that Citrix can achieve a stock price of $90 ~ $100+ per share by the end of 2016, which represents a rise of 50%, by improving its operational performance given that it great products in strong markets. One area of concern for Elliot is the company's cost structure, which has grown faster than revenues.

Elliot, which also criticized Citrix's product portfolio as too broad, is presenting a new operating plan for the company.

http://www.elliottmgmt.com

Radisys Posts Revenue of $47 Million

Radisys reported consolidated revenue of $47.0 million for Q2 2015, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.03, an increase of $0.10 year-on-year.

For the second quarter of 2015, Software-Systems revenue was $14.2 million, compared to $9.7 million in the prior quarter and $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2014, representing increases of 46% and 36%, respectively. Revenue growth was primarily driven by accelerating MediaEngine deployments in support of VoLTE rollouts, including partial delivery of the $11M order noted above, and revenue tied to acceptance of FlowEngine lab systems.

Embedded Products revenue was $32.9 million, compared to $39.0 million in the prior quarter and $39.6 million in the second quarter of 2014. While revenue was down both sequentially and year-on-year largely resulting from legacy end-of-life product transitions, Embedded Products revenue came in above expectations due to continued strength from the segment’s core customer base.

“In the second quarter, we continued to generate further momentum across our business, specifically within Software-Systems with strong revenue growth both sequentially and year-on-year,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and CEO. “Most notably, during the quarter we received an $11 million follow-on order from a large Asian carrier that selected our MediaEngine platform to enable all media processing in its VoLTE rollout. Also strategically significant during the quarter was the acceptance of additional FlowEngine lab units by the large North American carrier we are engaged with representing another tangible proof point for our new products. We continue to expect initial orders from this carrier for commercial deployments later in the second half of 2015.”

http://www.radisys.com

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