Tuesday, June 28, 2016

GSMA: Over 2.5 Billion Mobile Subscribers in Asia-Pac

The number of mobile subscribers in the Asia Pacific region reached 2.5 billion at the end of last year and will grow to 3.1 billion by 2020, according to a new GSMA study published at GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

Some highlights of the report:

  • 62 per cent of the Asia Pacific population was subscribed to a mobile service in 2015 and this is forecast to rise to almost three-quarters of the population by 2020 as a further 600 million new subscribers are added over the period
  • Mobile technologies and services made up 5.4 per cent of Asia Pacific’s GDP last year, equivalent to $1.3 trillion in economic value; this economic contribution is set to increase to $1.7 trillion by 2020.
  • Asia Pacific will account for 60 per cent of the one billion unique mobile subscribers that will be added to the global total by 2020, with the region continuing to add subscribers at a faster rate than the global average. 
  • The four largest markets in the region – China, India, Indonesia and Japan – together accounted for more than three-quarters of the region’s total subscriber base. 
  • India alone is expected to add nearly 250 million new subscribers by 2020 but smaller countries in the region such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan will also make major contributions to subscriber growth.
  • Mobile broadband (3G/4G) accounted for 45 per cent of total mobile connections in Asia Pacific last year, forecast to rise to 70 per cent by 2020 as operators continue to invest in 4G network build-outs and subscribers migrate to higher-speed networks. 
  • 4G is on track to account for more than a third of total connections in Asia Pacific by 2020. 
  • At the end of 2015, the region had 76 live 4G-LTE networks and 20 live VoLTE networks. 
  • The number of smartphone connections in Asia Pacific totaled 1.7 billion at the end of 2015, accounting for 45 per cent of regional connections. 
  • China, India and Indonesia have been the main drivers of smartphone growth, helping the region double its overall smartphone base over the last two years. The region will add a further 1.3 billion smartphone connections by 2020, reaching 3 billion, or two-thirds of the region’s total connections base by that point.
  • The mobile ecosystem in Asia also supported 15 million jobs in 2015. 
  • There were 1.8 billion citizens across Asia Pacific accessing the internet over mobile devices at the end of last year, equivalent to 45 per cent of the region’s population. 
  • A further 800 million people in Asia will connect to the mobile internet by 2020 (63 per cent of expected population). 


“More than half the world’s mobile subscribers are based in Asia Pacific and the region will be the main engine of global subscriber growth for the remainder of the decade,” said Mats Granryd, GSMA Director General. “Rising subscriber penetration, alongside accelerating migration to faster networks and more advanced services, continues to fuel innovation and digitisation across both advanced and emerging markets in this highly diverse region. Mobile is helping Asia build digital societies that allow its citizens to access services, anytime and anywhere – and these mobile-powered digital societies are becoming major drivers of social and economic development.”

http://www.gsma.com/mobileeconomy/asiapacific/

AWS Launches Elastic File System

Amazon Web Services introduced a fully managed service to simplify the process of setting up and scaling file storage in the AWS Cloud.

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) can be used to create file systems that are accessible to multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances via the Network File System (NFS) protocol. Amazon EFS can automatically scale without needing to provision storage or throughput, enabling file systems to grow seamlessly to petabyte scale, while supporting thousands of concurrent client connections with consistent performance. Amazon EFS is designed to support a broad range of file workloads – from big data analytics, media processing, and genomics analysis that are massively parallelized and require high levels of throughput, to latency-sensitive use cases such as content management, home directory storage, and web serving.

http://aws.amazon.com/efs

Open-NFP Opens Cloud-based Lab for SDN and NFV Apps

Open-NFP (Open Network Function Processing), an industry group focused on on research and development in datapath offloads and acceleration for SDN and NFV applications, will host a series of webinars focused on P4 programming techniques, applications and usage. The six session series runs from July 13 through September 21, 2016.

Open-NFP also announced the creation of a cloud-based infrastructure for server hardware-accelerated P4-based application development. The infrastructure utilizes the Netronome generally available Integrated development environment (IDE) connected to a pool of servers with Agilio™ intelligent server adapters (ISAs). The IDE supports P4 development tools from the P4 Language Consortium (www.P4.org) and provides extensions for optional C-based programming for sophisticated functions such as stateful processing.

“We are pleased to provide our first summer series of online trainings that focus on the P4 and C programming language, as well as a cloud-based infrastructure that can be of service to researchers offering their own P4 and C-based lectures and labs,” said Dr. Bapi Vinnakota, managing director of Open-NFP. “Our educational series of webinars will feature introductory and advanced levels of P4-based topics such as custom tagging, time stamping, NFV and building a network time server. We look forward to working with the academic, industry and research communities to further enhance their programming education and productivity.”

http://open-nfp.org/

VMware's Yanbing Li on the Future of Software-defined Storage

Big changes are underway in the IT industry, with new architectures being defined for application delivery, new cloud models, and the rise of software-defined everything, says VMware's Yanbing Li, Senior VP and GM of Storage and Availability.


In this video, she talks about software-defined storage, including hyper-converged software.  The future is about the explosive growth of data.



See video: https://youtu.be/j2lFBKV4A4U


Cisco to Acquire Cloudlock for $293 Million

Cisco agreed to acquire CloudLock, a start-up focused on cloud security, for $293 million in cash and assumed equity awards.

CloudLock specializes in cloud access security broker (CASB) technology that provides enterprises with visibility and analytics around user behavior and sensitive data in cloud services, including SaaS, IaaS and PaaS. The company is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Cisco said the deal extends its Security Everywhere strategy, designed to provide protection from the cloud to the network to the endpoint.

“As companies are migrating to the cloud, they need a technology partner that can accelerate that transition and deliver critical security capabilities for all their users, apps and data in a seamless way,” said Rob Salvagno, vice president of Cisco Corporate Development. “CloudLock brings a unique cloud-native, platform and API-based approach to cloud security which allows them to build powerful security solutions that are easy to deploy and simple to manage.”

http://www.cloudlock.com
http://www.cisco.com



Cisco to Acquire Sourcefire, Creator of Snort Intrusion Detection


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Cisco to acquire OpenDNS for $635 Million


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Brocade-Viavi Partner on Mobile Analytics

Viavi Solutions and Brocade are rolling out a joint solution that enables mobile operators to capture and analyze subscriber data to quickly resolve quality of experience (QoE) issues.

Viavi’s xSIGHT Targeted Subscriber Search (TSS) leverages the Brocade Packet Broker and Brocade Session Director to filter and deliver targeted subscriber traffic so only the data required to resolve customer experience problems is forwarded to xSIGHT TSS. The joint solution is in production at a U.S. Tier-1 mobile operator.

The companies said this solution also enables mobile operators to open up opportunities for new value-added services.

“As mobile operators chart the course to 5G and re-architect their networks to software-based, virtualized, and open New IP architectures, their visibility and analytics infrastructure needs to follow suit,” said Kevin Shatzkamer, chief technology officer of mobile networking, Brocade. “With solutions from Brocade and Viavi, mobile subscribers can rest assured that networks are monitored, key performance indicators are measured, and service level agreements are provided to meet their growing need for reliable mobile communications. This allows operators to efficiently manage the consumption of Internet and video services as well as Internet of Things and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections.”

xSIGHT is Viavi’s customer experience assurance portfolio including an analytics platform fed by agents distributed throughout the network. The agents passively analyze traffic in real time, build network and application performance metrics and selectively store traffic for troubleshooting purposes. xSIGHT TSS is an agent which can be programmed to capture all control and user plane data for targeted subscribers defined by the service provider.

The Brocade Packet Broker helps to scale the capacity of the xSIGHT solution to thousands of dynamically targeted subscribers per TSS, with programmability of all dynamic rules and filters with less than 1 ms latency, a critical requirement for today’s mobile provider networks.

http://www.viavisolutions.com
http://www.brocade.com

SanDisk Pops 256GB MicroSD Cards

SanDisk introduced two 256 gigabyte (GB) microSD cards -- a high-performance 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card – the fastest microSD card in its class, and the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, for mainstream consumers.

“Our microSD cards are now at the center of many consumer devices, and we’re excited to not only raise the bar with the launch of the world’s fastest microSD card, but to also offer a family of 256GB microSD cards that give consumers the flexibility they need to capture life at its fullest,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of SanDisk product marketing, Western Digital. “As a leading global storage provider with one of the most trusted flash brands, we take pride in transforming the way consumers capture, store and share their content.”

http://www.sandisk.com

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