Thursday, April 14, 2016

Docker Releases Runtime Compliant with Open Container Initiative

Docker announced its first release built on runC and containerd.

Docker said its Engine 1.11 demonstrates real progress with the Open Container Initiative (OCI), which was launched last year with a mission to build a vendor-neutral, portable and open specification and runtime for container-based solutions. Docker donated its container format and runtime to the OCI under the Linux Foundation in June of last year.

In December 2015, Docker introduced containerd, a daemon to control runC., which is the first compliant implementation of the Open Containers Runtime specification and the default executor bundled with Docker Engine.

Some highlights of Docker Engine 1.11:

  • DNS round robin load balancing between containers with Docker’s networking. 
  • VLAN support (experimental)
  • IPv6 service discovery: Engine’s DNS-based service discovery system can now return AAAA records.
  • Yubikey hardware image signing
  • Labels on networks and volumes
  • Better handling of low disk space with device mapper storage

Cumulus, Dell, Red Hat Collaborate on OpenStack

Cumulus Networks is working with Dell and Red Hat to simplify large-scale OpenStack deployments without the need for proprietary software-defined networking (SDN) fabric solutions. The goal is an all-Linux OpenStack pod that is easy to install and maintain, and incorporates the latest networking technologies.

The companies cited a joint project underway since February to see how advances in automation and networking could be applied to a production-scale OpenStack pod while removing scalability and maintenance challenges for end users. Some project highlights, “all the way down” the OpenStack pod:

  • Scalable 300+ node 100% Linux OpenStack pod
  • Installation and provisioning in six hours using standard open source DevOps tools
  • Simplified IP networking and controller-less VXLAN-based SDN

Using certified Dell hardware for Cumulus Linux and Red Hat OpenStack Platform the pod included more than 300 PowerEdge rack-mount servers installed in nine racks interconnected with 24 Open Networking switches. Dual attached 10Gb Ethernet server connections and 8.6TB cluster bandwidth provided ample capacity for the OpenStack storage and distributed application communications. Ansible by Red Hat, Git, and Red Hat OpenStack Platform formed the deployment tool chain and a virtual environment allowed for prototyping and testing of all components. DevOps tools and principles enabled the geographically distributed team to hit a six hour deployment window to full operation. The pod used an all IP VXLAN networking topology using Cumulus Linux and OpenStack Neutron spanning the leaf/spine switches as well as all OpenStack compute nodes.

“When we launched our Open Networking initiative more than two years ago, our intent was to innovate the network and transform the data center by delivering industry-standard hardware and providing choice of network operating systems and data center applications,” said Tom Burns, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Networking. “This project demonstrated the power of that innovation and how, when combined in a DevOps model, can greatly simplify business challenges for customers.”

“With the increase in production rollouts of OpenStack, customers want the ability to scale without compromising on performance and manageability,” said Radhesh Balakrishnan, General Manager, OpenStack, Red Hat. “In collaboration with Cumulus Networks and Dell we have demonstrated the ability to scale with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and we're looking forward to bringing this powerful solution to our customers. What makes this project even more unique is our focus on delivering a fully open source tool chain, including Ansible, to simplify deployment.”

“It’s powerful to witness the software-defined data center at work,” said JR Rivers, co-founder and CTO of Cumulus Networks. “This project tied together automation, virtual testing environments, tight deployment schedules, and ‘Linux all the way down’ to deliver a production-ready OpenStack pod.”

Digital Ocean Secures $130 Million for Cloud Buildout

DigitalOcean, a start-up based in New York City, secured a $130 million credit facility to continue its mission of building a next generation cloud for scaling startups and software defined businesses.

DigitalOcean offers SSD-enabled cloud servers with simplified pricing tiers.

The company said that over the past two years it has expanded its registered customer base from 253,000 to 708,000 users, who have launched over 13 million cloud servers. The credit facilities will be used to purchase equipment in order to continue its global expansion and support increasing demand.

"We are delighted with the outcome of our credit facility. It complements the $83 million Series B equity financing that we closed in June 2015 and our strong cash flows and balance sheet in pursuing long-term growth opportunities," commented Brian Cohen, Chief Financial Officer of DigitalOcean.

DigitalOcean Raises $83 Million for Cloud Hosting

DigitalOcean, a start-up based in New York City, announced $83 million in Series B funding for its cloud infrastructure for developers of websites and applications.

DigitalOcean offers simple cloud hosting with all servers built on powerful Hex Core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD storage. The company notes that more than 6 million Droplets (cloud servers) have been deployed on DigitalOcean by more than 500,000 developers to date.

The funding round was led by Access Industries, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz.

Telia Carrier Brings Wholesale Transit to Montreal, Launches New Brand

TeliaSonera International Carrier has shortened its name to Telia Carrier and launched new global branding.

Telia Carrier also announced the establishment of a new presence in Montreal, offering wholesale IP transit, Ethernet and IPX services for carriers, content and cloud providers.  Telia Carrier enables Montreal customers to connect to its AS1299 fiber optic backbone, one of the largest in the world, at the highest speeds available in the region.

Telefónica Mexico Orders 1,000 Ericsson Radio Dots

Telefónica Mexico will deploy more than 1,000 Ericsson Radio Dot Systems will be deployed in shopping malls, airports and commercial buildings in Mexico City to reinforce cellular coverage. The units will support 4G/LTE and 3G/WCDMA indoor coverage.

Eduardo Ricotta, Vice President, Ericsson Latin America, says: "Mexico City is the perfect place for Telefónica's largest deployment of Ericsson Radio Dot System. The city is full of high-rise buildings and millions of people wanting excellent mobile broadband services, which Telefónica can now provide in a cost-efficient way."

Ixia Trims Q1 Revenue Outlook

Ixia updated its financial guidance, saying it now expects Q1 revenue to be between $108 million and $111 million, below the company’s previous guidance of $121 million to $126 million. The company currently expects a GAAP loss for the quarter of between $0.03 and $0.05 per diluted share, compared with previous guidance of breakeven to a loss of $0.04 per diluted share. The company currently expects non-GAAP earnings for the quarter to be between $0.05 and $0.08 per diluted share, compared with previous guidance of between $0.10 and $0.14 per diluted share.

"We are disappointed with our first quarter results. Our topline performance was primarily impacted by an unexpected and marked slowdown in network test spending from our North America network equipment manufacturer customers in March, and we continued to experience delays in closing network visibility deals," said Bethany Mayer, Ixia’s president and chief executive officer. "Despite these near-term headwinds, we remain confident in our strategy to grow our business and are committed to financial discipline.”

Emerson Looks to Spin Out Network Power Division by Q3

Emerson confirmed previously announced plans to spin off its Network Power business into an independent business to be called Vertiv.

Emerson intends to spin off 100 percent of the outstanding common stock of Vertiv through a tax-free distribution to shareholders in a process expected to be substantially complete by September 30, 2016.

Vertiv designs, manufacturer and services mission-critical infrastructure technologies for vital applications in data centers, communication networks and commercial/industrial environments. The company offers a broad range of products in both power and thermal management and provides lifecycle management services and solutions for deploying, maintaining and optimizing these products. In addition, Vertiv provides infrastructure management, monitoring, controls and software solutions for its customers’ critical applications.

Scott Barbour, who has been Executive Vice President of Emerson and Business Leader for Emerson Network Power said, “Our years as part of Emerson have given us a tremendous foundation from which to launch and grow Vertiv as an independent company. Our team is looking forward to the opportunity to concentrate on our core competencies, expand our global customer base, strengthen our industry leading positions, and create value for our future shareholders.”

Seagate Misses in Q1, Signs of Enterprise Shift to Cloud

Seagate Technology updated its Q1 guidance, saying it now expects to report revenue of approximately $2.6 billion and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 23% for the fiscal third quarter 2016. The Company expects to report HDD unit shipments of approximately 39 million, representing approximately 40% market share.

Seagate said its weaker than expected performance was driven "primarily by reduced demand for traditional mission critical HDD enterprise products, reduced demand for the company’s systems and silicon products, reduced demand for desktop client products primarily in China, and the company’s decision to not aggressively participate in the low capacity notebook market." A strong point was better than expected demand for 8TB nearline products, reflecting the company’s belief that an increasing level of enterprise applications are shifting to cloud environments.

“We are disappointed that we did not anticipate the weaker demand in the March quarter. There are many complex issues impacting the traditional go to market channels in our market, which are reducing our forecast visibility. Despite the disruption of the shifts in our traditional mission critical HDD business in the near term, we believe the long term benefit of cloud architectures for end users, and the related need for very high capacity drives, is a net positive for Seagate and the HDD industry," said Steve Luczo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

AT&T Mobility Workers Endorse Contract

AT&T Mobility employees in the company's Southwest Region (CWA District 6) have voted to ratify a four year contract.

The contract covers more than 9,400 Mobility employees represented by the Communications Workers of America in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.