Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Video: AMS-IX and Megaport - Future InterExchange Fabrics



What does the future of Internet Exchange points look like? Software will bring new capabilities.

Eric Troyer interviews Mark Cooper, COO of AMS-IX, and Denver Maddux, CEO of Megaport, at ITW2016 in Chicago.


See video: https://youtu.be/serm1k3-fpA

Verizon Digital Media Expands into More AMS-IX Exchanges

Verizon Digital Media Services will expand its presence from the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) platform to all AMS-IX Internet Exchanges in markets where Verizon Digital Media Services already has a presence, beginning with AMS-IX Hong Kong.
 
"Our partnership with AMS-IX is a demonstration of our commitment to providing a better experience for Internet users around the world,says Rob Peters, Chief Technology Officer at Verizon Digital Media Services.

https://www.verizondigitalmedia.com
https://ams-ix.net/

Nokia Reports a Challenging Q1

Nokia reported Q1 2016 net sales (non-IFRS) of EUR 5.6 billion, down from EUR 6.1 billion on a comparable combined company basis from a year earlier.

Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia, stated:  "I am pleased that we were able to deliver solid profitability in what is typically a seasonally weak quarter and at a time when the risk of integration-related disruption was high. While our revenue decline was disappointing, the shortfall was largely driven by Mobile Networks, where the challenging environment is not a surprise. We noted in our Q4 2015 earnings release that we expected some market headwinds in 2016 in the wireless sector and we continue to hold that view today."

"While integrations of the scale of Alcatel-Lucent are complex and take time, we are now sufficiently confident in our progress that we are targeting synergies that are both more than and faster than our original plan. We already have agreed transition plans that cover the most pressing areas of portfolio overlap with most of our top customers; have begun the process of reducing over-lapping personnel including initial reductions in the United States and several other countries; started to consolidate our real estate footprint with several sites already closed and thirty more scheduled for the current quarter; and completed 40 projects with suppliers to drive procurement savings, with 200 more projects currently underway and plans for hundreds of additional projects to be launched largely over the course of Q2 2016."

Some highlights:

  • Nokia's Networks business experienced an 8% year-on-year net sales decrease in Q1 2016. Sales for Ultra Broadband Networks declined 12% year-on-year and 27% sequentially. IP Networks and Applications grew on a year-on-year basis.
  • Strong non-IFRS gross margin of 38.3% in Q1 2016 primarily due to improved product mix in Ultra Broadband Networks (led by Mobile Networks) and IP Networks and Applications (led by IP/Optical Networks), as well as efficiency gains.
  • Non-IFRS operating margin of 6.5% in Q1 2016. The year-on-year increase of 2.8 percentage points was primarily due to the higher non-IFRS gross margin, as well as continued focus on execution excellence.


http://company.nokia.com/en/news/press-releases/2016/05/10/nokia-corporation-interim-report-for-q1-2016

Investor presentation is here:


Docker Begins Security Scanning Service for Containers

Docker is launching an opt-in, security scanning service of the software included in container images.

Specifically, Docker Security Scanning enables detailed image security profiles, continuous vulnerability monitoring and notifications for integrated content security.  The company said it will provide binary level scanning, generating a detailed security profile for each Docker image, including details that allow IT operations to assess if the software meets its security compliance standards. The service works seamlessly with existing dev and IT workflows and scans every time a change is shipped, adding a checkpoint before deployment. Docker Security Scanning works across any application and across all major Linux distributions which allow for integration into a Containers as a Service (CaaS) workflow that improves an organization’s security posture through central IT managed secure content.

“We’ve made it our goal to secure the global software supply chain from development, test to production,” said Nathan McCauley, Director of Security at Docker. “As with all of Docker’s tooling, Docker Security Scanning works as an integrated component without any disruption to developer productivity. In fact, Docker Security Scanning enables developers to accelerate their workflows while providing greater visibility into the Docker images they choose to run in their environment. In turn, with usable security capabilities and granular control, IT operations is able to flexibly configure the security policies needed to safeguard their infrastructure.”

http://www.docker.com

Rancher Labs Lands $20 Million for Container Mgt

Rancher Labs, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, secured $20 million in Series B funding for its open source container management software.

Rancher provides the ability to rapidly spin up and manage Kubernetes and Docker Swarm environments, while maintaining a single management experience. It implements a cloud-agnostic infrastructure services layer that works across any public or private cloud, or traditional data center.

The funding round was led by new investor GRC SinoGreen, with participation from existing investors, Mayfield and Nexus Venture Partners.

http://www.rancher.com

Rancher Ships its Container Management Platform

Rancher Labs, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, released its open-source container management software.

The Rancher software is designed to simplify the deployment and management of containers in production enterprise applications. The software lets users select from multiple container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes and Docker Swarm, while maintaining a single management experience.  Rancher implements a cloud-agnostic infrastructure services layer that works across any public or private cloud, or traditional data center. The platform works across cloud and data center boundaries, and its load balancing and persistent storage services function uniformly on any computing resources.

Rancher said its solution allows organizations to gain visibility, manage policies and exert control of containers and infrastructure spread across different teams within an organization.  It also enables IT to improve deployment reliability, orchestrate software upgrades, and improve the utilization of infrastructure resources.

“Since announcing our beta product less than a year ago, Rancher Labs has experienced incredible demand, as well as received encouraging and helpful feedback and community support for this open platform which has enabled us to make meaningful enhancements to Rancher,” said Sheng Liang, CEO, Rancher Labs. “Now, with well over a million downloads, Rancher has quickly become the platform of choice for teams serious about running containers in production.”

http://rancher.com/

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