Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Barefoot Unveils 6.5 Tbps Tofino Switching Chip

Barefoot Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California emerged from stealth to unveil its "Tofino" switching chip and announce that it has raised $130 million, including a strategic investment from Google.

Dubbed "the fast switch every built", Barefoot’s programmable Tofino switch chip processes packets at 6.5 terabits per second, twice as fast as the previous record holder. While conventional programmable network devices such as NPUs have orders of magnitude slower than their fixed-function brethren, Barefoot said its Tofino silicon provides the first programmable forwarding plane while setting a new performance benchmark for performance, power, and price.

The silicon is designed for user programmability via the open-source P4 programming language, enabling precise control over packets and bringing entirely new features into the switch—for example, features that replace load balancers, features that replace firewalls, features that add packet-by-packet telemetry enabling rapid debug of distributed application behavior.

Barefoot said the open-source P4 language provides software developers with the compilers, tools, and applications they need to successfully program the fastest networking gear. This could eliminate "middle boxes" that add latency, complexity and cost to a data center network. Barefoot’s new compiler technology has taken P4 programs – written by customers – and converted them into blazing-fast running code executed on Tofino.  Barefoot will open an ecosystem of compilers, tools and P4 code to make P4 accessible.

Barefoot Networks also disclosed that it has recently closed a $57 million funding round led by Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments and Google Inc. This brings total funding to more than $130 million to date.

“The basic fixed-function switch architecture was set in 1996 and has remained unchanged for twenty years,” noted Nick McKeown, co-founder and chief scientist at Barefoot Networks. “Yet everything else in the data center changed. We went from monolithic software to VM’s and then to containers and fully distributed applications. With the rise of the cloud, data center traffic patterns changed as did the role of the data center. How could a 1996 switching architecture be the right foundation for 2016’s applications? In all other parts of the data center we have moved to programmability. Tofino enables this move for networking. It empowers network owners and their infrastructure partners to design, optimize and innovate to their specific requirements.”

"Mega-scale data center operators greatly benefit from building their own networking equipment and writing the software that runs on it. The forwarding plane, though, has been off-limits to programmers because of the rigid nature of high-performance switching solutions,” noted Martin Izzard, co-founder and CEO, Barefoot Networks.  “With P4 and Barefoot, the landscape is changing; users can develop the P4 programs to define the innovative forwarding plane behavior, introducing new ways to monitor and analyze network traffic, making networks more reliable, scalable, efficient and secure."

http://www.barefootnetworks.com


  • Barefoot Networks was co-founded by Nick McKeown, a Stanford professor and co-founder of Nicira (acquired by VMware), Martin Izzard, Pat Bosshart, and Dan Lenoski VP Engineering.

Portworx Debuts Enterprise-Class Storage for Containers

Portworx, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, introduced its purpose-built, enterprise-class storage for containers.

While containers are distributed and fast, legacy storage is siloed and slow, and cannot be quickly provisioned or scaled to respond to changing container workloads. Portworx said its solution for container storage provides per-container storage management and can keep pace with container scalability and bursts.

The company also claims that it can cut the cost of traditional storage arrays and virtual machines by up to 70 percent.

Key features and benefits of PX-Enterprise include:

  • Scale-out block storage deployed as a container, which minimizes required resources
  • Container-granular controls for storage capacity, performance and availability
  • Container-granular snapshots, which require less storage capacity
  • Replication, which adds an extra measure of redundancy
  • The ability to deploy in the cloud, on-premises or both, thus preventing vendor lock-in
  • A RESTful API and a command-line interface, which allows easy deployment and integration with containers
  • Unified storage with a global file namespace that makes storage easy to deploy and manage
  • Multi-cluster visibility for unified storage management
  • Predictive capacity management that provides proactive alerts before storage capacity is reached

“Like containers themselves, Portworx container-defined storage is radically simple, and the cost-savings are undeniable,” said Murli Thirumale, CEO and co-founder of Portworx. “For the first time, we’ve eliminated the complex and expensive decision of purchasing storage for containers in production. Portworx will enable enterprises of all sizes to realize the true potential of containers.”

http://www.portworx.com

CenturyLink acquires multi-cloud platform startup ElasticBox

CenturyLink has acquired ElasticBox, a start-up offering a multi-cloud application management service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ElasticBox, which has offices in San Francisco and Madrid, enables enterprise IT organizations to orchestrate the deployment of applications and create a self-service catalog of applications and infrastructure.

Specifically, ElasticBox enables application orchestration for more than 12 different cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services, IBM's SoftLayer, Microsoft Azure and VMware. ElasticBox recently added support for CenturyLink Cloud and more feature support for Google Compute Engine and OpenStack. ElasticBox also supports Docker and Amazon ECS containers, and recently added Kubernetes as another destination for applications. These deployment options enable customers to package a range of applications into a container and manage it via ElasticBox.

"The acquisition of ElasticBox strengthens and enhances CenturyLink's development and deployment of multi-cloud services management capabilities, as well as our ability to deliver end-to-end network and hybrid IT services to business customers globally," said CenturyLink Chief Technology Officer Aamir Hussain. "The ElasticBox multi-cloud management platform frees businesses to focus on issues that are central to their organization rather than spending time and resources managing multiple clouds."

http://www.ctl.io


  • ElasticBox investors included Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Sierra Ventures, and a16z seed.

Loggly Raises $11.5 Million for Log Management

Loggly, a start-up based in San Francisco, raised $11.5 million in funding for its cloud-based, enterprise-class log management service.

Loggly's cloud-based log management solution crunches through huge volumes of log data to reveal key insights. The company said customers in the gaming and entertainment industry, consumer services, technology as well as marketing and finance platforms, are using its cloud-based log management service to aggregate all logs in one central place and turn large amounts of log data into valuable insights in real-time.

The funding was led by True Ventures and included Matrix Partners, Cisco, Trinity Ventures, Harmony Partners and Data Collective Venture Capital.

“Following record growth and customer adoption, including reaching the 2,000 paid customer accounts milestone in Q1 2016, this next round of funding marks continued momentum for Loggly. True Ventures – and all Loggly investors – have set the stage for us to build on these achievements,” said Charlie Oppenheimer, CEO, Loggly. “This funding enables Loggly to further accelerate innovation in powerful analytics, alerts, search capabilities and other key areas so our customers can find root causes faster, spot anomalies earlier and monitor the health of their applications and infrastructure.”

http://www.loggly.com

China Mobile Kicks Off RCS with ZTE

China Mobile has officially initiated the commercialisation of its rich communication services (RCS) network.

ZTE worked with China Mobile to build this virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) based RCS project, which is the world’s largest vIMS network. ZTE provided an RCS open gateway conforming to GSMA specifications, which fully opens up service engine capabilities.

In October 2014, ZTE won the tender to become the system integrator of this project. As such, ZTE provides the complete IMS-based RCS solution, with the initial capacity planned to be 100 million subscribers, and supports RCS including multimedia messaging, network voice calling, video calling and address book capabilities. This project is the world’s largest known commercial network functions virtualisation (NFV) IMS network.

ZTE said building RCS in an NFV-based vIMS platform standardises uniform equipment, enabling service and hardware decoupling, and automatic deployment and flexible scale-in/out of service bearer networks, improving the resource utilisation ratio.

http://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/press-center/news/201666ma/201666ma

Elastifile Announces Investment from Cisco

Elastifile, a start-up based in San Jose, announced a strategic investment by Cisco. Financial terms were not disclosed. Other investors in the company include Battery Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Elastifile's Software Defined Storage solution extends existing file systems, helping large and mid-size enterprises to scale to hundreds and thousands of nodes, while providing millions of Input/output Operations per Second (IOPS) flash performance.

http://www.elastifile.com

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