Monday, August 8, 2016

Samsung Claims Top Spot in Enterprise SSDs - Key Role in Data Centers

Samsung Electronics is now the world’s number one supplier of enterprise solid state drives used in corporate data centers, according to a number of analyst firms cited by the company:

The IDC report, Worldwide Solid State Storage Quarterly Update CY 1Q16, shows that Samsung rose to the leader position in Enterprise SSD sales in Q1 of this year, with the IDC data showing Samsung at 32.4 percent compared to the second place finisher with 16.9 percent. This shows a sharp upswing in Enterprise SSD sales from Q4 of 2015 when Samsung was in a virtual dead heat with its closest competitor with about a 22 percent market share. For the year 2015, IDC showed Samsung with a 20.6 percent share.

Analyst firm Forward Insights showed a slightly larger market lead for Samsung, reporting that in the first quarter of 2016, Samsung easily led the enterprise SSD market with a 34 percent share, well above the 19 percent share of the nearest competitor. This compares with a second place Samsung finish with 25 percent of Enterprise SSD market share in Q4 of 2015, according to the analyst firm.

TrendFocus charted Samsung with a 45 percent leadership position in Enterprise SSD market share for the first quarter of this year, rising from a second place finish with 26 percent share in the fourth quarter of last year.

“The enterprise market is a top Samsung memory focus, so it should come as no surprise that we have now also taken the lead in supplying SSDs to the enterprise, after years of leadership in the client market,” said Jim Elliott, corporate vice president, Memory Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. “Our securing the No. 1 position in enterprise SSDs has been supported by market leading advances in flash density and performance, and continued success with our 3D V-NAND manufacturing and state-of-the-art controllers,” he added.

Samsung Ships 512 GB NVMe SSD

Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing the industry’s first NVMe PCIe solid state drive (SSD) in a single ball grid array (BGA) package, for use in next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs. The package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller.  The new SSD is 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm and weighs only about one gram (an American dime by comparison weighs 2.3 grams). The single-package...

Samsung Ships its 15.36TB SSD

Samsung Electronics began shipping the industry’s largest solid state drive (SSD) – the “PM1633a,” a 15.36 terabyte (TB) drive. The new 15.36TB SSD is based on a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, for use in enterprise storage systems. Samsung said the unprecedented 15.36TB of data storage on a single SSD is enabled by combining 512 of its 256Gb V-NAND memory chips. The 256Gb dies are stacked in 16 layers to form a single 512GB package,...

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Toshiba Debuts Flash-based Analytics Platform

Toshiba America Electronic Components introduced an all-flash, big data, real-time streaming analytics platform targeted at distributed applications in manufacturing, finance, medical and security. TAEC will debut the technology at this week’s 2016 Flash Memory Summit.

TAEC's new Flashmatrix leverages NAND flash memory arranged in a matrix. Flashmatrix enables multiple data sets to be accessed in parallel and scaled linearly. All of the NAND flash memory is shared by every CPU allowing for flexibility and high performance. The entire platform is in 2U enclosure and offers linear rack scale scalability. Flashmatrix is optimally designed for low power consumption.

“Big data processing can face multiple problems in scaling, latency and power as the customer demands increase,” said Ralph Schmitt, Executive of System Development at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. “Flashmatrix addresses each of those issues to create a system that is a true solution for analytic processing by offering low-power-consumption, parallel processing to reduce system latency, card level scaling and a large non-volatile memory space shared by all CPUs. Flashmatrix continues Toshiba’s mission to persistently develop innovative technologies to make the best use of NAND flash memory.”

TAEC will showcase Flashmatrix at this week's 2016 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California.

Kalray Unveils C/C++ Programmable Acceleration Card

Kalray, which is based near Paris, France, introduced its Krypto128 programmable acceleration card based on 2nd generation, "Bostan" MPPA high-speed I/O processor. The

The Bostan processor combines high computing performance with real-time processing and low power consumption, while using a C/C++ programming model.

Kalray will target two main markets with its Krypto128 card: storage computation pipelines, which include algorithms such as compression, encryption, erasure coding and integrity checks, and the IPsec and OpenSSL transparent market.

Kalray said it has customer use cases in which a Krypto128 card can offload and replace up to 8 Intel Xeon E5 2630v3 @2.4Ghz when implementing a Lz4 compression, an AES128 encryption, an erasure coding (8 to 10) and a CRC 32 bits on 4K block of data.

“Kalray is fully committed to offering solutions to our customers that help them to quickly introduce SSD technology, with all its latency benefits, into their data center,” said Eric Baissus, CEO of Kalray. “And, more importantly, this gives them the possibility to scale up acceleration into VPN routers or secure gateways."

At this week's Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Kalray will demonstrate a complete NVMeOF (Non-Volatile Memory express over Fabrics) chain from compute node to remote NVMe SSDs with SK Hynix. The remote storage system will be built around 13 SKHMS M.2 PCIe Carriers integrating 4 SKHMS PE3110 SSDs each and 6 Kalray smartNIC KONIC-80 equipped with Kalray’s MPPA2 -256 “Bostan” High Speed I/O Processor.

Vodafone Spain Deploys Huawei's DB-HSDPA Solution

Vodafone Spain has completed the world's first commercial implementation of dual-band High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (DB-HSDPA) technology using technology from Huawei. The solution delivers approximately double the amount of UMTS throughput compared to single carrier on UMTS 900MHz.

DB-HSDPA is a 3GPP release 9-defined technology. From the second half of 2015, chipsets that support DB-HSDPA technology have been incorporated into commercial devices. DB-HSDPA capable terminals are able to receive and monitor two bands simultaneously, delivering a better user experience.

On the Vodafone Spain network, there is a single carrier on UMTS 900MHz. The companies noted that UMTS 900MHz can absorb a larger number of subscribers than UMTS 2100MHz.  strategy.

"Huawei and Vodafone have cooperated closely to ensure the successful commercial deployment of DB-HSDPA. We will endeavor to assure the provision of innovative solutions, and accelerate the pace and scale of DB-HSDPA's commercial application to benefit more subscribers," said Peng Honghua, president of Huawei's UMTS Product Line.

The successful commercial deployment of DB-HSDPA demonstrates Huawei's ongoing commitment for the supply of innovative techniques in wireless networks to help build the best experience-oriented MBB networks. In addition, Huawei's patented UX2 interface solution will ensure the application of DB-HSDPA not only at intra-NodeB level, but also among different NodeBs.

Planning Advances for Hawaiki - the 14,000 km Transpacific Cable

A marine route survey has kicked off for Hawaiki, a 14,000 km transpacific cable system that is scheduled for completion in mid-2018. Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.

Some highlights about the Hawaiki Cable:

  • The 14,000 km cable system will deliver more than 30 Tbps of capacity via TE SubCom’s C100U+ Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE) and will allow for optional connectivity to islands along the route, utilizing TE SubCom’s industry leading optical add/drop multiplexing (OADM) nodes.
  • Hawaiki will be the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.
  • As a carrier-neutral cable system, Hawaiki will usher in a new era of international connectivity benefitting businesses and consumers across the Pacific region.
  • The system was co-developed by New Zealand-based entrepreneurs Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm Dick and Remi Galasso.

“Each stage of this groundbreaking project is important, but after very carefully planning our transpacific route and conducting an extensive survey of each landing site, we are extremely pleased to launch the marine route survey, which will give us data necessary to safely and properly deploy the system in the coming months,” said Remi Galasso, chief executive officer of Hawaiki. “The team is doing a great job; we are on time and on budget. We are confident that with our trusted supplier, TE SubCom, our cable will be delivered as planned in mid-2018, less than two years from now. Hawaiki is not only bringing competition and diversity to the market, but it’s also offering a future-proof solution to its customers in the most cost-effective fashion.”

Twilio Hits Q2 Revenue of $64.5 Million, up 70% YoY

In its first earnings release as a public company, Twilio reported revenue of $64.5 million for the second quarter of 2016, up 70% from the second quarter of 2015 and 9% sequentially from the first quarter of 2016. Base revenue of $56.4 million for the second quarter of 2016, up 84% from the second quarter of 2015 and 13% sequentially from the first quarter of 2016. GAAP loss from operations of $10.9 million for the second quarter of 2016, compared with GAAP loss from operations of $9.5 million for the second quarter of 2015.

“We delivered strong results in our first quarter as a public company, as we saw continued growth across our product lines,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers around the world use Twilio to build differentiated experiences for their end users by embedding communications into their software applications. The successful completion of our IPO in June will provide additional capital and brand visibility to drive our growth in the future as we look to fuel the future of communications."

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

A few metrics and recent highlights

  • 30,780 Active Customer Accounts as of June 30, 2016, compared to 21,226 Active Customer Accounts as of June 30, 2015.
  • Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate was 164% for the second quarter of 2016, compared to 149% for the second quarter of 2015.
  • Became a featured partner of Facebook Messenger and announced integration into the Messenger platform.
  • Launched Twilio Notify, an API for orchestrating notifications across SMS, push notifications, and messaging applications.
  • Introduced Twilio Programmable Wireless, the first communications platform designed for developers and businesses to easily program cellular connectivity.
  • Expanded our relationship with Amazon Web Services to include delivery of SMS messages for AWS’s Simple Notification Service.
  • Launched Sync, a real-time state synchronization API.

Twilio's Completes IPO 

Twilio announced the pricing of its public offering of 10,000,000 shares of Class A common stock at a price of $15.00 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on June 23, 2016 under the symbol “TWLO.”

Twilio's platform enables developers to embed real-time communication and authentication capabilities directly into their software applications. The company was founded in 2008 and has over 500 employees, with headquarters in San Francisco and other offices in Bogotá, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Mountain View, Munich, New York City, Singapore and Tallinn.

  • Twilio was founded by Jeff Lawson, previously a Product Manager for Amazon Web Services, and Evan Cooke, previously a Postdoctoral research fellow in network security and distributed systems at the University of Michigan.

NeoPhotonics Sees Q2 Sales Rise 16% YoY, Sees Robust 100G Growth

NeoPhotonics reported Q2 2016 revenue of $99.1 million, up $13.8 million, or 16.1%, from the second quarter of 2015, and flat from the prior quarter. GAAP Net income was $2.7 million, up from $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2015, and up from $2.3 million in the prior quarter.

“Globally, we continue to see the overall environment for 100G and beyond products very robust across both telecom and datacenter applications. In spite of PON market softness, we delivered solid financial results in the second quarter including strong profitability at 15 cents per share and cash generation of approximately $10 million. We are accelerating our high speed product growth and we have announced the end of life of our declining and lower margin PON products,” stated Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “We are experiencing an unprecedented level of demand for our 100G products, which we’re seeing as a major and sustaining mid-term trend in China as well as in the west. Given these industry trends and our strong market position, we are raising and narrowing our expected revenue growth for 2016 to a range of 22-25%,” concluded Mr. Jenks.

Google Acquires Orbitera for Cloud Software Sales

Google announced its acquisition of Orbitera, a start-up offering a commerce platform for buying and selling software in the cloud.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Orbitera platform can be used by independent software vendors, service providers and IT channel organizations for deploying, managing and billing of cloud-based software. The company said more than 60,000 enterprise stacks have been launched on Orbitera.

Google said this acquisition will not only improve the support of software vendors on Google Cloud Platform, but reinforce its support for the multi-cloud world.

EarthLink Picks VeloCloud for SD-WAN Services

EarthLink is working with VeloCloud to deliver SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) services.

EarthLink’s full-service SD-WAN offering will launch to market in fall 2016.  This technology enables customers to realize the full potential of the cloud by supporting application growth, network agility and simplified branch implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private datacenters and enterprise applications.

“VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN will be offered as part of EarthLink’s complete suite of solutions that includes network access, hosted voice, security services, optimized application performance, bandwidth prioritization controls and always-on customer service to satisfy the needs of a wide range of enterprises,” said Joe Eazor, Chief Executive Officer and President of EarthLink. “Companies wanting to enhance the experience for their customers need to maximize application performance and meet increasing bandwidth demands with a viable cost effective solution. Implementing SD-WAN alongside other managed network services will give our customers more visibility and control over the applications, websites and devices that utilize their network.”

Power Outage Knocks Delta's Global Operations Offline

A power outage in Atlanta, which began at approximately 2:30 a.m. ET. on Monday, hit Delta's computer systems and operations worldwide, forcing the airline to cancel or reschedule thousands of flights. The stoppage of operations appears to have lasted over five hours.

The disruption in Delta's global network operations follows a multi-day disruption in service last month at Southwest Airlines, which attributed its outage to a router failure and a cascading series of IT problems.