Thursday, October 13, 2016

“VMware Cloud on AWS” Brings New Private/Public Model

Amazon Web Services and VMware announced a strategic alliance to drive hybrid cloud services for enterprise customers.

Under the alliance, "VMware Cloud on AWS" will be the primary public cloud solution delivered, sold, and supported by VMware; AWS will be VMware’s primary public cloud infrastructure partner; and VMware will be AWS’s primary private cloud partner in new strategic alliance. The service, which will be sold by VMware beginning in mid-2017, will run on next-generation, elastic, bare metal AWS infrastructure.

The companies said their jointly engineered "VMware Cloud on AWS" solution will enable customers to run applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. This will allow  VMware customers to use their existing VMware software and tools to leverage AWS’s global footprint and breadth of services, including storage, databases, analytics, etc.

“VMware Cloud on AWS offers our customers the best of both worlds,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware. “This new service will make it easier for customers to preserve their investment in existing applications and processes while taking advantage of the global footprint, advanced capabilities, and scale of the AWS public cloud.”

“Our customers continue to ask us to make it easier for them to run their existing data center investments alongside AWS,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS. “Most enterprises are already virtualized using VMware, and now with VMware Cloud on AWS, for the first time, it will be easy for customers to operate a consistent and seamless hybrid IT environment using their existing VMware tools on AWS, and without having to purchase custom hardware, rewrite their applications, or modify their operating model.”

Docker Signs Aliyun Cloud for Container Service

Aliyun, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, and Docker announced a commercial agreement to provide a Docker image store and distribution for Docker Hub on Alibaba Cloud. In addition, Alibaba Cloud will resell Commercially Supported (CS) Docker Engine and Docker Datacenter, enabling enterprises to manage their production workloads across the entire application lifecycle.

The companies said that because Docker Hub will be hosted locally in mainland China on Aliyun, users will experience faster downloads and UI response rates, enabling them to ship applications more frequently than before. Backed by Docker, Inc., Alibaba Cloud will also provide enterprise support options for CS Docker Engine and Docker Datacenter. Through the partnership, enterprises across China will be able to innovate more rapidly, accelerating time to value when building, shipping and running distributed applications.

“As enterprises in China and throughout the world begin to modernize their application environments, there has been an increasing demand for an easy solution to deploy Docker on Alibaba Cloud,” said Sicheng Yu, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global. “Our partnership with Docker will bring enterprises the full lifecycle management needed to scale existing implementations into production. We look forward to working with Docker to help organizations with their journey as they move their workloads to Alibaba Cloud.”

Ericsson: 3 Steps on the Road to 5G

The journey to 5G is well underway and progressing in 3 steps, says Erik Ekudden, VP & Head of Group Technology Strategy at Ericsson.

The first step in the implementation of a 5G-ready Core, where SDN and NFV are used for network slicing.  Next is the evolution of wide-area  IoT with LTE Cat-M, NB-IoT, etc.  And the third step is the rollout of 5G wireless access with the extreme capacity for AR/VR, 4k video streams, etc.

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Sprint to Launch SD-WAN with Velocloud

Sprint is preparing to launch global SD-WAN services in early 2017 using VeloCloud's platform. The first customer field trials are underway.

“After a thorough vendor evaluation process, Sprint determined that the VeloCloud solution best aligned with Sprint’s focus on network agility, flexibility and cloud services enablement, said Mike Fitz, Vice President of the Sprint Global Wireline Business Unit. “We are excited to work with VeloCloud to support additional customer proof of concepts and build upon our existing relationship.”

Earlier this year Sprint announced the formation of their new Sprint Global Wireline Business Unit. The organization is focused on providing business customers with a top-tier global all-IP global network that reduces customer’s costs while providing a strong, resilient foundation for current and future business communications solutions.

“We are proud to partner with Sprint,” said Sanjay Uppal, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of VeloCloud. “Sprint is a leader in providing worldwide voice and data networking solutions.  Sprint’s managed services expertise and commitment to exceptional care, coupled with VeloCloud’s industry leading SD-WAN platform, delivers a powerful and advanced network solution with end-to-end security.

AT&T Builds SD-WAN with VeloCloud

AT&T is rolling out an SD-WAN hybrid solution that combines multiple types of network access using technology from VeloCloud. The network-based solution will be available in 2017. VeloCloud is part of the AT&T Integrated Cloud ecosystem focused on the SD-WAN. In addition to VeloCloud, AT&T said it plans to collaborate with more SD-WAN technology companies as part of its evolving ecosystem to support customers’ needs. “Businesses need...

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...

Telia Achieves 15 Gbps with Ericsson 5G

In a 5G outdoor trial conducted in Kista, Sweden using 800 MHz of spectrum in the 15 GHz band, Telia and Ericsson achieved peak rates of 15 Gbps per user and a latency below 3 milliseconds.

Ericsson said this marks an important milestone in our companies’ joint roadmap for 5G in Sweden and Estonia announced in January, with the goal to let Telia customers in Stockholm and Tallinn experience 5G services already in 2018.

Mats Sv√§rdh, Head of Networks & IT Infrastructure, Global Services & Operations, Telia Company says: “This is a great achievement and stepping stone towards taking 5G to our customers in Sweden and Estonia 2018. The standardization and development of 5G has just started. Our knowledge and learnings from testing in a real outdoor environment will be crucial to understand and develop the 5G technology and networks needed to meet our customers’ future requirements on our services in a digitalized society.”

Hawaiki Transpacific Cable Project is On Track

Pre-deployment work on Hawaiki, the 14,000 km transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018, is on track. 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.

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom announced that system manufacturing has commenced. Some updates:

  • More than 1,000 kilometers of lightweight cable has been manufactured to date for Hawaiki at TE SubCom’s facility in Newington, N.H., USA.
  • Manufacturing of Hawaiki repeaters is underway.
  • Detailed landing surveys have been completed for sites in Pacific City, Oregon and Kapolei, Hawaii.
  • Completion of deep sea survey from Oregon to Hawaii.
  • Survey has covered all of U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), with the completion of the branch to American Samoa
  • In September 2016, Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP officially submitted for a submarine cable landing license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
  • Demonstrating its commitment to the connectivity of Pacific Islands, Hawaiki has added three additional branching units to enable the future connection of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga.

Aerohive Trims Guidance

Citing slower E-Rate funding approvals, Aerohive Networks trimmed its financial guidance, saying it now expects revenue for the third fiscal quarter to be $40 million, which is below the company's previously stated guidance of $46 million to $50 million.
On a GAAP basis, the company expects gross margin for the third fiscal quarter to be between 66.3 percent and 66.8 percent and net loss per share for the third fiscal quarter to be between $0.19 to $0.20, compared with previously stated guidance of a net loss of $0.14 to $0.20 per share.

“The pace of E-Rate funding approval letters slowed significantly in the last weeks of the third quarter. As of the end of the quarter, funding approvals for the program were running nearly 70 percent below the pace of last year,” stated David Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This significant decline in approvals was the primary driver of our weaker-than-expected order volume in the quarter, resulting in revenues below our prior guidance. Lower variable operating expenses in the quarter partially offset the revenue weakness and allowed us to be cash flow positive.”

Aerohive expects fourth quarter revenue of $43 million to $45 million.