Monday, October 26, 2015

Oracle Intros Visual Analytics Cloud Service

Oracle unveiled a Data Visualization Cloud Service that lets users combine data from a variety of sources -- Oracle and other SaaS applications, on-premises systems, external sources and personal files -- and immediately gain new insights using visual analysis.

Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service provides compatibility and integration with the full breadth of Oracle's analytics offerings.

"Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service makes data visualization 100 percent self-service, empowering business users to go from raw data to actionable business insights in just a few minutes. This new service delivers rich visual analysis, rapid discovery of insights and secure collaboration, enabling fact-based decisions at every level of the organization," stated Hari Sankar, group vice president, Business Analytics, Oracle.

IBM Launches Apache Spark-as-a-Service

IBM is launching a Spark-as-a-Service offering on Bluemix following a successful 13-week Beta program with more than 4,600 developers using it to build intelligent business and consumer apps fueled by data.

IBM also confirmed that it has redesigned more than 15 of its core analytics and commerce solutions with Apache Spark.

Apache Spark was developed by the AMPLab at UC Berkeley as an open-source cluster computing framework. It offers in-memory processing and is known for its ease of use in creating algorithms that harness insight from complex data.

“For data scientists and engineers who want to do more with their data, the power and appeal of open source innovation for technologies like Spark is undeniable,” said Rob Thomas, Vice President of Product Development, IBM Analytics. “IBM is committed to using Spark as the foundation for its industry-leading analytics platform, and by offering a fully managed Spark service on IBM Bluemix, data professionals can access and analyze their data faster than ever before, with significantly reduced complexity.”

Databricks: Apache Spark Outgrowing Hadoop

The number of standalone deployments of Spark eclipses those on YARN as more users run Spark independent of Hadoop, according to a newly published survey of Spark users conducted by Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Apache Spark. Databricks said that users that are running Spark in standalone (48 percent of respondents) exceeds those running Spark on YARN (40 percent of respondents), alongside a majority of users running Spark in...

Google Cloud Dataproc Brings Fast Hadoop & Spark Cluster Provisioning

Google introduced new capabilities for managing clusters of Hadoop and Spark. Google Cloud Dataproc, which is now in beta,  is a managed Spark and Hadoop service that leverages open source data tools for batch processing, querying, streaming, and machine learning. The service can be used to create and manage clusters ranging in size from 3 to hundreds of nodes. Google said its Cloud Dataproc can create Spark and Hadoop clusters in 90 seconds...

IBM Backs Apache Spark for Cloud Data Processing

IBM is putting its weight behind Apache Spark, which is an open source engine for large-scale data processing and compatible with Hadoop data. Apache Spark can run in Hadoop clusters through YARN or Spark's standalone mode, and it can process data in HDFS, HBase, Cassandra, Hive, and any Hadoop InputFormat. It is designed to perform both batch processing (similar to MapReduce) and new workloads like 

IBM Teams with Twitter and The Weather Company for Cloud Insights

IBM introduced Insight Cloud Services, a service that leverages data from Twitter and The Weather Company, as well as open data sets and business-owned data, to help turn streaming data into insights and change critical business outcomes.

IBM said its new cloud-based insight services use analytic models to take the complexity of combining internal and external data.

IBM Insight Cloud Services are accessed in a variety of offerings, including:

  • IBM Insight APIs for Developers: Four new APIs that developers can access from IBM Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform, to incorporate historical and forecasted weather data from The Weather Company into web and mobile apps; and two APIs that allow developers to incorporate Twitter content –that is enriched with sentiment insights from IBM –from Decahose or PowerTrack streams into apps.
  • IBM Insight Data Packages for Weather: New bundled data sets from IBM and The Weather Company customized for key industries and available on the IBM Cloud. Built on a variety of weather data feeds that provide everything from real-time alerts for severe weather disasters to seasonal forecasts, the data packages can help insurers use weather data to alert policyholders ahead of hail storms that may cause property damage, help utilities forecast demand and identify likely service outages, help local governments to develop detailed emergency planning in advance of severe weather, and enable many industries such as retail to use data to help optimize their operations, reduce costs and uncover revenue opportunities ahead of changes in weather.
  • IBM Industry Analytics Solutions: A set of pre-built solutions that leverage IBM Insight Cloud Services cognitive techniques to help enable business users to tackle very specific industry challenges. This expands on a set of industry solutions IBM introduced in May 2015 that provide businesses with the ability to generate new types of insights based on customer behavior.

Akanda Releases Astara Liberty Orchestration Code

Akanda, a start-up offering an NFV orchestration platform, announced its Astara's Liberty release for Layer 3-7 networking services.

The new version, which is now available to OpenStack operators, is the open source network orchestration platform's most substantial since its initial launch, and is Astara's first since becoming an official OpenStack project.

Some highlights of Astara's Liberty release:

  • More configurability: A new load balancer driver allows OpenStack operators to configure the platform to load and manage only the resources they choose. Current implementations include NGINX and NGINX Plus.
  • Quicker provisioning: Neutron resources are now much more quickly provisioned onto appliance VMs via a new service that manages pools of hot-standby appliance VMs.
  • Cumulus Networks integration: Tight integration and support for Dynamic Lightweight Network Virtualization gives OpenStack operators a complete, OpenStack-ready stack.
  • Higher availability: Active-active high availability and scaling improvements.

"Astara's first release as an official OpenStack project is an exciting one for OpenStack operators," said Henrik Rosendahl, CEO, Akanda. "The goal of Astara is to make Networking and DevOps' lives easier. With tremendous community support and momentum for the platform throughout its first year, Astara is the answer for massively simplified OpenStack networking stack that can replace traditional -- and expensive -- single vendor lock-in."

Akanda was incubated since 2012 by DreamHost.

Radisys and InterDigital Demo M2M + LTE Core Interoperability

Radisys and InterDigital have demonstrated interoperability between a Radisys end-to-end LTE network, including the CellEngine eNodeB and Evolved Packet Core, with InterDigital’s oneMPOWER Platform.

The demo, which is showcased at this week's IoT Korea International Conference in Seoul, Korea, includes 3GPP Release 12 compliant Radisys’ Trillium LTE CNE and CellEngine TOTALeNodeB LTE small cell software with certain feature modifications by InterDigital along with Google Nexus 5 handsets.

“The HetNet revolution can only become a reality with the successful convergence of networks to manage the data traffic explosion,” said Dr. Byung K. Yi, executive vice president, InterDigital Labs, and chief technology officer of InterDigital. “Our oneMPOWER Platform is well positioned to support the growing Internet of Things. With Radisys’ CellEngine TOTALeNodeB software, along with Radisys’ Professional Services expertise to add an Evolved Packet Core emulator and integrated with InterDigital’s oneMPOWER Platform, we’ve demonstrated the ability of HetNets to address the mobile broadband and interoperability requirements for Internet of Things deployments.”

“Radisys is supporting numerous LTE deployments around the world, including more than 80 LTE small cell wins with our CellEngine TOTALeNodeB small cell software,” said Tom McQuade, general manager, CellEngine and Trillium Software, Radisys. “Critical to our success has been the support of our Professional Services team to help configure and integrate our software products at customers alongside our partners’ complementary networking technologies. This successful interoperability demonstration with InterDigital is not only a win for our CellEngine software products, but for our Professional Services team as well.”

Cisco Builds its Silicon Valley Start-up Incubator

Five new Silicon Valley start-ups have joined the roster at the Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence incubation program. These are:

  • C3DNA ( delivers self-reliance and portability of any application on any cloud infrastructure at the app layer.
  • LISNR ( provides a new communication protocol that uses SmartTones, an inaudible technology that has the ability to connect mobile applications and devices.
  • Simularity ( applies real-time artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things, enabling incident prediction, preventative maintenance and anomaly detection.
  • Tagnos ( enhances the patient experience and hospital efficiency with real-time smart location solutions powered by the Internet of Things.
  • Zoomdata ( develops a visual analytics solution for Big Data that empowers business users to easily consume and interact with disparate data sources in real time.
Since the program’s launch in 2014, Cisco EIR has incubated and collaborated with 17 startups in Silicon Valley and Vienna, Austria.

Cisco to Acquire ParStream for Database Analytics

Cisco has agreed to acquire ParStream, a privately-held company based in Cologne, Germany that provides an analytics database that allows companies to analyze large amounts of data and store it in near real time anywhere in the network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cisco said ParStream's highly specialized database is especially useful for IoT applications that generate large amounts of data at the edge that needs to be processed in real time, with minimal infrastructure.  ParStream uses compression and indexing to help customers access data faster and at scale, rapidly analyzing and filtering billions of records and getting information to the business in near real-time. ParStream will be integrated into Cisco’s Analytics and Automation portfolio.

ParStream was part of the Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence start up program.

Qualcomm Intros LTE Modems for IoT

Qualcomm introduced its latest LTE modems (the MDM9207-1 and MDM9206) designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The MDM9207-1 is purpose-built for IoT applications like smart metering, security, asset tracking, wearables, point-of-sale and industrial automation – many of which require extremely reliable and power-efficient connections to cloud services. It offers Category 1 LTE connectivity with power and throughput optimizations, and other customizable features.

The MDM9206 will allow device manufacturers to enable cost-optimized solutions for low data rate IoT applications more efficiently addressed by a narrowband modem in addition to providing enhancements for ultra-low power and extended range as part of Cat-M (eMTC) and narrowband IoT (NB-IOT).

Key customizable features for the MDM9207-1 include support for:

  • LTE Category 1 up to 10 Mbps downlink and 5 Mbps uplink speeds with LTE multimode or LTE Single mode capability and dual Rx or single Rx
  • Power Save Mode (PSM) enabling 10+ years battery life
  • Major cellular standards, including LTE FDD, LTE TDD, DC-HSPA, GSM and TD-SCDMA
  • Scalable software across chipset platforms
  • Advanced, built-in hardware and software security features
  • Integrated voice support for Circuit Switched Fall Back (CSFB) and VoLTE
  • Integrated Applications Processor with ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz
  • Linux OS for application development
  • Integrated global positioning support for GPS, Beidou, Glonass, and Galileo
  • Small package at 28nm LP to allow for optimized IoT form factors
  • Pre-integrated support for Qualcomm VIVE™ Wi-Fi 1x1, 802.11ac featuring Qualcomm MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology and BT 4.1 BLE
  • Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution

"Qualcomm Technologies continues to expand the capabilities of LTE to accelerate progress in IoT today with the MDM9207-1 and MDM9206," said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, IoE, Qualcomm Technologies International Ltd.  "These modems demonstrate our continued commitment to the expansion of existing LTE commercial device capability in addition to new standards-based Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies that will lead to global cellular solutions with longer range, lower power and lower complexity, such as LTE Cat-M (eMTC) and NB-IOT."

PMC Posts Q3 Revenue or $134 Million

PMC-Sierra reported Q3 2015 revenue of $133.6 million, an increase of 7.1 percent compared to $124.8 million in the second quarter of 2015, and a decrease of 1.4 percent from $135.5 million in the third quarter of 2014.

GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2015 totaled $6.7 million or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss in the second quarter of 2015 of $8.6 million or $0.04 per share, and to GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2014 of $5.5 million or $0.03 per diluted share. GAAP operating margin in the third quarter of 2015 was 8.3 percent, compared to GAAP operating margin in the third quarter of 2014 of 5.5 percent.

For Q3:

  • Storage product revenues reached a quarterly record of $97.6 million, or 73 percent of revenues, an increase of 12 percent compared to storage product revenues of $87.0 million in the second quarter of 2015. 
  • Optical product revenues in the third quarter of 2015 totaled $23.5 million, or 18 percent of revenues, a decrease of 7 percent compared to optical product revenues of $25.2 million in the second quarter of 2015. 
  • Mobile product revenues in the third quarter of 2015 totaled $12.5 million, or 9 percent of revenues, which was flat compared to mobile product revenues of $12.6 million in the second quarter of 2015.

Marvell Confirms that PricewaterhouseCoopers Quits

In an SEC filing, Marvell Technology Group announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers has quit as its outside auditor. PricewaterhouseCoopers, had served in that position for the two past fiscal years, resigned on October 20.

Marvell noted that PwC advised the company that it would need to expand the scope of the 2016 audit in several areas, including whether senior management’s operating style resulted in an open flow of information and communication to set an appropriate tone for an effective control environment.