Thursday, August 13, 2015

Video: New IP and Open Networking Put Control in Customer Hands

An important aspect of New IP and Open Netwoking is the need to put control in the hands of the customer, says Brocade's Kevin Woods, Director of Product Management, Software Networking.

The video discusses Brocade's OpenDaylight controller.

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Video: Enabling a New Way for Enterprise-to-Cloud Direct Connect

There is a strong and growing need for enterprises to connect directly to cloud providers, but manual configuration remains a big challenge, says Al Burgio, CEO of Console.

Console is a stealthy start-up based in Santa Clara, California.  A launch event is planned for September 9th.

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Google Cloud Announces Media Rendering Service

The Google Cloud Platform is launching profession Media Solutions ranging from rendering to transcoding to content distribution around the world.

Media Solutions on Cloud Platform offers both turnkey tools tailored to individual artists like Zync, as well as custom architectures to bridge large on-prem render farms to the cloud seamlessly.

Video transcoding software currently support by the Google Cloud Platform includes Wowza Streaming Engine, Zencoder, and PandaStream.

Google Cloud Launches Dataflow and Cloud Pub/Sub

Google Cloud Platform announced availability of two new data processing services: Cloud Dataflow, Cloud Pub/Sub, and BigQuery.

Google said its Cloud Dataflow is specifically designed to remove the complexity of developing separate systems for batch and streaming data sources by providing a unified programming model.  It leverages MapReduce, FlumeJava, and Millwheel.

Google Cloud Pub/Sub is designed to deliver real-time and reliable messaging for applications.  Google's alpha and beta customers have already used it to deliver over a trillion messages. Cloud Pub/Sub connects your services to each other, to other Google APIs, and third parties. The idea is to integrate applications and services reliably, as well as analyze big data streams in real-time. Pricing begins at 5¢ per million message operations for sustained usage.

Switch Opens 470,000 Square Foot SUPERNAP LAS VEGAS 9

A robot cut the ribbon to inaugurate a new 470,000-square-foot, SUPERNAP LAS VEGAS 9 colocation data center.

The data center, which is owned and operated by Switch, has already been awarded its Tier IV Design Certificate by the Uptime Institute.  Switch expects the new data center will also be awarded a Tier IV Constructed Facility Certificate and Tier IV Gold Operational Sustainability Certificate.

SUPERNAP LAS VEGAS 9 will support up to 50 MVA of power and will bring Switch’s total square footage past 1.5 million in Las Vegas.

“Switch was started with the idea that data centers needed to not only be able to handle the scale of the Internet but do so in the most efficient manner possible,” said Rob Roy, who invented the Wattage Density Modular Design (WDMD) system in 2005. “We want to power the next evolution of the Internet sustainably and with respect for our natural resources."

Qualcomm Completes $2.4 Billion Acquisition of CSR

Qualcomm completed its previously announced acquisition of CSR plc, a developer of connectivity, audio, imaging and location chips, for approximately US$2.4 billion.

CSR's areas of expertise include silicon chips for voice & Music; Bluetooth Smart; Automotive Infotainment; Indoor Location.

Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited is currently an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of CSR that operates, along with its affiliates, substantially all of CSR’s engineering, research and development functions, along with substantially all of the CSR products and services businesses. Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited will be renamed Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., which will become a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies.

 “As we strive to connect billions more devices, automobiles and people within the Internet of Everything, we are enthusiastic about the growth that this combination will foster,” said Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “CSR’s complementary strengths in connectivity, audio technologies and systems-on-chips will help strengthen Qualcomm Technologies’ position in the IoE and automotive industries, and add to a broad and highly advanced portfolio.”

  • In September, CSR introduced dual mode Bluetooth 4.1 compliant chips designed for low latency and ultra low-power wireless gaming controllers.

Ceragon Posts Revenue of $94.8 Million, up 4.8% YoY

Ceragon Networks reported quarterly revenue of $94.8 million, up 4.8% from the second quarter of 2014, and up 1.2% from the first quarter of 2015. Net income was $1.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2015. Gross margin came in at 28.2%, compared to 26.3% in the second quarter of 2014 and 25.9% in the first quarter of 2015.

"We reached a very important milestone in the second quarter by clearly restoring our financial stability with solid profitability and positive cash flow," said Ira Palti, president and CEO of Ceragon. "More important, we are much more confident that we can continue the trend of profit improvement.

Akamai Prevails in Long Running Patent Dispute with Limelight Networks

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sitting en banc held that Limelight Networks is liable for direct infringement of a content delivery patent asserted by Akamai Technologies.

In 2008, a jury had returned a verdict that Limelight was infringing the patent and awarded Akamai over $45 million in damages. The ruling reinstates liability for infringement, which had been overturned in a post-trial ruling that has been the subject of appellate proceedings since.

"We are extremely pleased with The Federal Circuit's decision," said Aaron Ahola, Deputy General Counsel at Akamai.  "Akamai is at the forefront of innovation on the Internet and today's ruling recognizes the strength of our intellectual property.  We believe strongly that a company's intellectual property is a vital asset which must be defended to protect shareholder value. "