Wednesday, January 20, 2016

OpenStack Foundation Charts NFV Adoption by Telcos

Global telecom providers are accelerating their adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to increase network agility and mitigate costs. OpenStack has emerged as the NFV infrastructure platform of choice, according to a new released report from The OpenStack Foundation.

The report discusses the adoption and business cases driving NFV deployment among the world’s leading telecom providers.

Some highlights:

  • NFV is changing the networking landscape by offering telecom providers a way to significantly diminish reliance on expensive, proprietary hardware.
  • NFV dramatically increases the speed and agility with which new network services are provisioned for clients when compared with traditional networks that rely on proprietary, purpose-specific networking hardware. 
  • Telecom providers are the driving force behind the development of NFV technology, which leverages cloud computing, software and automation for networking infrastructure. NFV promises to expand the portfolio of revenue-producing services and reduce CapEx and OpEx burdens.
  • The adoption of NFV is considered to be in its early stages, but the NFV market is projected to grow dramatically. 
  • Infonetics Research forecasts a fivefold increase in the NFV market, reaching $11.6 billion by 20191. 
  • SNS Research estimates a compound annual growth rate of 54 percent between 2015 and 20202. 
  • A 2015 Heavy Reading global survey found that nearly 60 percent of telecommunication professionals are actively exploring NFV.
  • AT&T, Bloomberg LP, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT Group, SK Telekom and Verizon are among the organizations documented using OpenStack and NFV in the new report.

Titled “OpenStack Foundation Report: Accelerating NFV Delivery with OpenStack,” the report was developed by an OpenStack community team comprising telecommunications company representatives and other telecom-focused members. The report is available to download free of charge from the OpenStack website.

http://www.openstack.org/telecoms-and-nfv/

FireEye Acquires iSIGHT for $200 Million in Cash

FireEye has acquired privately-held iSIGHT Partners, a provider of cyber threat intelligence for global enterprises, for $200 million in cash. The transaction closed on January 14, 2016. Additionally, the former iSIGHT shareholders will have the opportunity to earn an additional amount of $75 million in cash and equity upon the achievement of a threat intelligence bookings target on or before the end of FireEye’s second quarter of 2018.

The iSIGHT intelligence network monitors and mines global cyber threat development and thousands of threat actors. iSIGHT’s nearly 350 dedicated staff includes more than 250 cyber threat intelligence experts across 17 countries, covering 29 languages. iSIGHT has invested nearly $100 million over eight years to build out its cyber intelligence capability.  The company is based in Dallas.

FireEye said the acquisition positions it as the world’s most advanced and comprehensive private cyber threat intelligence operation, with the size and scope of the combined FireEye, Mandiant and iSIGHT cyber threat intelligence capability rivaling the largest intelligence operations in the world.

Customers of both companies will benefit from lower business risk through higher fidelity alerts, context to prioritize threats and the strategic insights to proactively prepare for threats that might target their industry or region. Existing iSIGHT customers will continue to have access to iSIGHT products. FireEye plans to add new intelligence subscription models that include industry vertical specific slices, similar to FireEye’s planned offerings with Visa, so existing and new customers will be able to purchase new threat intelligence products tailored to their organization’s specific threat profile.

FireEye’s existing customer base will see immediate value in their existing subscriptions through increased protection from the iSIGHT intelligence network, which will feed core threat intelligence into the DTI ecosystem that is continually refreshed every 60 minutes.

“This acquisition extends FireEye’s intelligence lead with an offering no one else in the industry can match,” said David DeWalt, FireEye chief executive officer and chairman of the board. “The biggest mistake most people make is thinking threat intelligence is a collection of virus definitions in a shared database. Forward-looking security organizations - from governments to the private sector - know threat intelligence is the key to establishing a robust security posture tuned for the threats targeting each organization. As the cyber operations become integrated with physical, geopolitical and competitive conflict, an intelligence-led approach to security will be key in detecting the most sophisticated threats and responding to them quickly and effectively.”

“Until now, only governments and large enterprises have been able to achieve intelligence-led security, but with the combined resources of FireEye, Mandiant and iSIGHT, we can make the benefits of intelligence-led security available to a broad range of organizations,” said John Watters, iSIGHT’s founder and chief executive officer prior to the acquisition. “We’re bringing iSIGHT together with intelligence teams inside of FireEye and Mandiant that are among the best in the industry, fusing victim-based intelligence with attacker-based, over-the-horizon insights derived from iSIGHT’s global cyber-threat ecosystem. When coupled with the technology and services of FireEye and Mandiant, this intelligence capability is a game changer for the industry and enables an intelligence-led security model that other security companies will be hard pressed to replicate.”

http://www.fireeye.com

FireEye Acquires Mandiant for $1 Billion

FireEye acquired privately held Mandiant in a transaction valued at around $1 billion.  The deal consists of
21.5 million newly issued shares (NASDAQ: FEYE), options to purchase shares of FireEye stock, and approximately $106.5 million of net cash to the former Mandiant security holders.

Mandiant is a leading provider of advanced endpoint security products and security incident response management solutions. It has more than two million endpoints installed globally. The solution is designed to tell a company when it has been compromised and what the material impact of the breach is. The company was founded in 2004 by Kevin Mandiant and is based in Washington, D.C..

The acquisition, which recognizes the ever-increasing intensity of cyber attacks and follows nearly two years of collaboration, creates the industry’s leading advanced threat protection vendor with the ability to find and stop attacks at every stage of the attack life cycle. The transaction closed on December 30, 2013.

The combination of FireEye and Mandiant brings together two highly complementary companies, each a recognized leader and innovator in security, and creates an organization uniquely qualified to meet organizations’ needs for real-time detection, contextual threat intelligence, and rapid incident response.

FireEye offers a purpose-built, virtual machine-based Multi-Vector Virtual Execution (MVX) engine that conducts signature-less analysis atop a patented, virtualization technology purpose-built for security. The MVX engine is designed to provide scalable, accurate, and timely protection across the primary threat vectors - Web, email, file, and mobile.. FireEye now has more than two million virtual machines deployed worldwide, providing real-time, dynamic threat protection to more than 1,500 government, enterprise, and small and mid-sized customers.

Mandiant’s endpoint products are already integrated with the FireEye platform.  The companies have been collaborating for 2 years.

FireEye said the combined organization unifies the critical components required to provide state-of-the-art cyber security: the most complete library of actionable threat intelligence on advanced threats and a product suite that can apply that intelligence to detect and prevent attacks on both the network and on endpoints.

“Organizations today are faced with knitting together a patchwork of point products and services to protect their assets from advanced threats,” said David DeWalt, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of FireEye. “Together, the size and global reach of FireEye and Mandiant will enable us to innovate faster, create a more comprehensive solution, and deliver it to organizations around the world at a pace that is unmatched by other security vendors.”

http://investors.fireeye.com
https://www.mandiant.com

In February 2013, A highly publicized report from Mandiant, a security consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia, linked cyber attacks on over 140 U.S. corporations to a specific unit of China's People's Liberation Army.


The report, called "APT1: Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units," details how it has the PLA's Unit 61398 systematically carried out spear-phishing attacks and stole confidential data from leading companies across multiple industries.  Mandiant claims the widespread attacks are on-going.  

In addition to describing the methodology of the attacks, the Mandiant report provides domain names, MD5 hashes of malware and X.509 encryption certificates associated with the attackers.

Ciena Announces WaveLogic Encryption

Ciena introduced its WaveLogic Encryption solution for delivering optical-layer encryption to match high capacity infrastructure needs – from 10G to 100G, 200G and beyond, from metro to ultra-long haul distances.

Ciena said its WaveLogic Encryption solution is FIPS-certified and meets the highest security standards recognized globally in the industry. Powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset, the solution provides software programmable modulation to enable both 100G encryption with QPSK modulation and 200G encryption with 16QAM modulation. WaveLogic Encryption is protocol agnostic, meaning it simultaneously encrypts any traffic type coming into the network, including Ethernet, Fibre Channel, OTN, IP, SONET, and SDH. It encrypts the entire wavelength before the data leaves the building or data center, and transports it transparently with virtually no added latency, making efficient use of network resources and maintaining quality of end-customer experience.

Additionally, Ciena’s software-based MyCryptoTool features a dedicated management user portal that provides full control to the end enterprise user or security officer to manage all security parameters.

“Safeguarding critical data has become a major priority in today’s web-scale world. Previous infrastructure solutions have been cumbersome to manage and burdened by separate boxes, impacting throughput and latency. Our new WaveLogic Encryption solution is simple to deploy and provides a strong and effective defense with an additional level of protection to enable end-to-end security,” stated Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ciena.

The solution will be generally available in the first calendar quarter of 2016.

http://www.ciena.com

Crehan: Data Center Ethernet Switch Market to Hit $15 Billion by 2020

A confluence of faster data center Ethernet switch upgrades will propel the market to $15 billion by 2020, according to Crehan Research's latest Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report. The firm projects that 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switching will ramp strongly by the second half of this year, and that 400GbE will experience robust growth in 2018. The firm also predicts the adoption next year of dedicated 25GbE switch ports by customers who prefer not using breakout cables on 100GbE switching to connect to 25GbE server and storage ports.

"While we expect the initial ramp in 100GbE and 400GbE data center switching to be driven by the largest hyper-scale cloud service providers, we also anticipate strong interest from other segments of the market, with subsequent increased adoption," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.

The report further predicts that despite the upcoming growth in 25GbE, 100GbE and 400GbE, 10GbE will remain an important technology through 2020, and will likely comprise the majority of network connections in many enterprise data centers. "With so many different speeds, we are seeing more granular segmentation in the Ethernet switch market," Crehan said. "We seem to be moving away from the one-size-fits-all deployment model that once prevailed."

http://www.crehanresearch.com/

Dell Networking Disaggregates its OS from Hardware

As the next step in its Open Networking initiative launched two years ago, Dell Networking introduced its Operating System 10 (OS10), a fully-open, unmodified Linux distribution that will be offered as one of several options for purchasers of Dell data center switches. In addition to its own OS10 network operating system, Dell offers network OSes from its partners, including Big Switch, Cumulus and Pluribus.

The new Dell OS10 is designed to introduce new levels of software flexibility and programmability in large-scale data center environments. OS10 is comprised of a base module and various optional application modules. Some highlights:

OS10 Base Module – The OS10 Base Module is available for free and runs a fully-open, unmodified Linux distribution. Linux is one of the most widely-used operating systems and can provide a common language across multiple IT layers including networking, storage and compute. The OS10 Base Module can leverage the Linux community-based benefits which can help enhance its programmability, portability, and flexibility for the application layer above it.

Below it, the OS10 Base Module employs the Open Compute Project Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) that enables a common, programmer-friendly language between vendor network operating systems and the particular silicon residing on the physical switch. Today, SAI helps web-scale companies and cloud providers take advantage of the latest silicon innovation by enabling them to program the switches more granularly.

OS10 Application Modules – On top of the base module, OS10 can support traditional networking functions (L2/L3 protocols) from Dell as well as numerous third-party, native Linux, and open source applications such as IP, fabric and security services combined with management and automation tools. This allows customers to tailor IT operations for different use case and operational processes.

“Modern, software-defined, data centers require a fresh approach to operations – not just for the network, but across compute and storage elements as well,” said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking and Enterprise Infrastructure. “OS10 gives customers a future-ready springboard to innovate their networks and data center infrastructure more quickly and consistently, affording customers greater efficiency and capability at scale.”

http://www.dell.com

Dell Intros New Open Data Center Switches

Dell Networking introduced three new open switches for data centers and featuring support for the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) to allow for a zero-touch install of all pre-qualified operating systems, including Dell Networking OS9 and third party options.


Dell said the rollout reinforces its strategy to pursue open architectures in the new era of software-defined data centers.

"These advancements are another example of Dell helping our customers to future proof and accelerate the financial and performance rewards the software-defined data center promises," said Arpit Joshipura, vice president, product management and strategy, Dell Networking. "The new products announced today offer customers complete flexibility to take advantage of open networking environments and new computing models as well as the revenue streams these network infrastructures will allow."

The rollout includes:

Dell Networking Z9100-ON - a 100GbE fabric switch in a 1RU fixed form factor for aggregation and access layers. It and offers multi-rate switching (10/25/40/50/100GbE). The Z9100 is designed for cloud, HPC and Web 2.0 applications that require a range of options in switching rates in high-density environments and excels in Big Data analysis and where high performance, low latency requirements exist. The fabric switch offers up to seven times the density per RU versus a competing switch.1

Dell Networking S4048-ON - a low-latency 10/40GbE Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch designed for the software-defined data center. It offers advanced features supporting large hardware tables, VXLAN and expanding buffering. It is designed for Web and Cloud service providers with Linux and open source-heavy environments. The S4048 provides a low latency 10GbE switching in HPC and business sensitive deployments that require the highest bandwidth and low latency, while cutting in half the latency versus a competing switch.

Dell Networking S3048-ON - designed for enterprise and mid-market customers with an existing 1GbE installed base. It is Dell’s first entry into 1GbE open networking switching. The S3048 is a ToR equipped with next-generation 1GbE silicon, a complete OS9 feature set including VLT, OpenFlow, Open Automation, Cloud Stack integration with OpenStack, Microsoft, VMware, Docker and others, while offering up to half the power consumption and costs up to 50 percent less than the current generation of Dell 1GbE switches.

Dell today also announced IP Infusion, Inc. as a new ecosystem partner in support of its Open Networking initiative.

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/press-releases/2015-04-23-dell-networking-data-center-innovation

Plexxi Lands Investment from Google's Venture Arm

Plexxi disclosed a strategic investment from GV (formerly Google Ventures). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Plexxi said GV’s investment enables it to continue to scale its networking product offerings and company operations to meet the needs of the emerging cloud builder community and drive adoption of software-defined architecture in data centers.

“Plexxi takes an innovative approach to high performance networking infrastructure,” said Rich Miner, General Partner at GV. “Plexxi’s platform has evolved at a rapid pace, and the company’s networking infrastructure products give companies the tools they need to maintain large scale networks that are more agile and efficient.”

“GV invests in companies that have their eye on the future, offer disruptive innovation and drive market change,” said Rich Napolitano, CEO of Plexxi. “We are at the dawn of the next great era of IT, the Cloud Builder generation, and Plexxi has developed a transformative data center network solution that promises to become the standard for future public and private cloud agility. We are thrilled to have GV join our investor team and become a key partner in this huge market opportunity.”

Plexxi investors also include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners.

http://www.plexxi.com


  • Plexxi is headquartered in Nashua, N.H.


Plexxi Raises $35 Million for SDN

Plexxi, a start-up pioneering next-generation converged networking solutions, raised a $35 million round of financing .

Plexxi’s products – Plexxi Control and the Plexxi Switch – and market solutions create an optimized network that dynamically helps applications perform better.

The round was led by a new investor with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. This brings Plexxi’s total funding to $83 million.

“We are experiencing a generational shift to a new era of IT in which applications and data are rapidly increasing demand for a new agile and scale-out networking architecture,” said Rich Napolitano, CEO of Plexxi. “Plexxi represents a transformative converged networking and application-centric approach to traditional legacy networking. 2015 has been a record-breaking year for Plexxi as we gain a foothold in federal, financial services, education and service providers markets here in the United States and around the world.”

http://www.plexxi.com/

F5 Posts Q1 Revenue of $489.5 Million, up 6% YoY

F5 Networks reported Q1 2016 revenue of $489.5 million, reflecting 6 percent growth from $462.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. GAAP net income was $89.7 million ($1.28 per diluted share), compared to $89.1 million ($1.21 per diluted share) in the first quarter a year ago. Excluding the impact of stock-based compensation and amortization of purchased intangible assets, non-GAAP net income was $120.6 million ($1.73 per diluted share), compared to $114.2 million ($1.55 per diluted share) in the first quarter of last year.

“We continue to see growth in software sales, driven by strength in security modules and sales of our virtual editions,” said John McAdam, F5 president and chief executive officer. “Security remains a key driver of growth for the business, with million dollar plus security deals up year over year. In addition, our operating model continues to drive solid profitability and cash generation, with cash flow from operations at a record $204 million for the quarter."

“Over the medium to long term, we are confident the superior performance and breadth of functionality in our portfolio of hybrid solutions, including new BIG-IP appliances and VIPRION blades, as well as new security solutions and high performance versions of our software-only Virtual Editions, will spur the growth of product revenue in the second half of the fiscal year."

https://f5.com/

See also