Wednesday, November 30, 2016

AWS re:Invent 2016 Highlights - Andy Jassy

Here are some highlights of the AWS re:Invent 2016 Wednesday keynote with Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services.

Moving faster is the No.1 reason companies move to the cloud - Andy Jassy, CEO

AWS has added almost 1,000 significant services or new capabilities this year

AWS now looks to deep functionality and a spectrum of compute capabilities - many instance types

AWS introduces really BIG instances with up to 488GiB for in-memory databases

New Amazon Lightsail aims for easy Virtual Private Servers -simplified setup and management.

At the high end, AWS is previewing FPGA instances - custom logic on EC2

Lots of analytics workloads now happening on AWS.

A new Amazon Athena analytics service offers lightweight, ad-hoc queries on S3 storage.

New Amazon AI services include image recognition including facial matching

New AWS AI services puts deep learning into text-to-speech and same capabilities as in Amazon Alexa

The partnership with VMware means customers no longer have a binary choice - working together

New AWS Greengrass puts code in IoT devices to keep some functions local deal with latency yet leverage cloud when needed. Smarthome hubs are one example where some functions are best processed in the device and not the cloud.

Next gen AWS Snowball Edge data migration appliance are bigger w 100 TB storage, on-board compute.

Many companies have exabytes of data so Amazon builds Snowmobile container/truck for moving to AWS S3 cloud storage.

Broadcom Extends its StrataDNX Switching Portfolio

Aiming for new high volume markets and appliances at the edge of the carrier network, Broadcom announced two new product families in its StrataDNX switch portfolio. The new devices range from 30Gbps to 300Gbps and offer similar capabilities and programming models as Broadcom's flagship devices.

The newly announced StrataDNX switch family includes the following device options:

  • BCM88476 - A 300 Gbps packet processor and traffic manager including StrataDNX fabric interfaces compatible with BCM88750 and BCM88770 Fabric Elements, plus external packet buffer and table expansion. (“Kalia”)
  • BCM88470 - A single-chip packet processor and traffic manager delivering 160 to 300 Gbps of Ethernet capacity with external packet buffer and table expansion. (“Qumran-AX”)
  • BCM88270 - A small footprint single-chip packet processor and traffic manager delivering 30 to 120 Gbps of Ethernet capacity with external packet buffer expansion. (“Qumran-uX”)

Each device provides high performance carrier-grade packet processing, an integrated hierarchical traffic manager, external packet buffers with enhanced buffer management and advanced packet processing with expandable tables. Select members of the product family also provide path for expansion capabilities, with the industry leading StrataDNX switch fabric interface, and external table lookup expansion for Broadcom Knowledge Based Processors (KBP).

The Kalia, Qumran-AX & Qumran-UX families of products are complementary to Broadcom's high-capacity StrataDNX Jericho and Qumran-MX SoCs.

"With Qumran-AX & Qumran-UX we are excited to deliver StrataDNX technology to higher volume metro markets,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Switch Products Group at Broadcom. “With these solutions vendors can leverage their investment in StrataDNX technology and software to span the whole carrier network with a single architecture."

Broadcom said its StrataDNX product family now offers full-suite service-provider solutions including:

  • Customer premises router / Network Interface Device (NID)
  • Passive Optical Networking (PON)
  • IP DSL Access Multiplexer (IP-DSLAM)
  • Broadband Aggregation
  • Packet Transport Node (PTN) and IP Remote Access Node (IPRAN)
  • Carrier Ethernet Switching (CES) and Switch-Routing (CESR)
  • Optical Transport Node (OTN) – both centralized and distributed

Broadcom's Next StrataDNX Packs 100 Tbps of Switching Capacity

Broadcom introduced its next generation the StrataDNX ("Dune") family of switch system-on-chip (SoC) devices for optical transport, carrier Ethernet, edge and core routers, data center cloud and enterprise campus market segments. Sampling is underway. The new switching StrataDNX  silicon, like Broadcom's StrataXGS Trident and Tomahawk switchhing families, are designed to power the next wave of network equipment with a higher port density, lower...

Comcast Joins the ONOS and CORD Projects

Comcast Cable has joined the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) and Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) projects, which are both led by ON.Lab.

“Software defined networking and network functions virtualization are powerful, fast-evolving tools for network transformation,” said Dr. Nagesh Nandiraju, Director, Network Architecture at Comcast. “We look forward to bringing our perspective and experience to the fantastic community of technologists already working on these open source projects.”

“New mobile, IoT and analytics applications are pushing businesses in every industry to embrace a more flexible, open and scalable infrastructure,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director and board member of ON.Lab and ONF. “The addition of Comcast to the ON.Lab community signifies the technology’s relevance to companies beyond telecommunications.”

Other notable members of the ONOS and CORD communities include AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and Verizon. Vendors participating in the communities include Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson (ONOS only), Fujitsu, Huawei (ONOS only), Intel, NEC, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung.

Zayo to Acquire Electric Lightwave for $1.42 billion

Zayo agreed to acquire Electric Lightwave, formerly known as Integra Telecom, for $1.42 billion in cash.

Electric Lightwave, which provides infrastructure and telecom services primarily in the Western United States, has 8,100 route miles of long haul fiber and 4,000 miles of dense metro fiber in Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Boise, with on-net connectivity to more than 3,100 enterprise buildings and 100 data centers.

Zayo said approximately 40 percent of Electric Lightwave’s existing revenue aligns with Zayo’s infrastructure-focused business segments and will be rapidly integrated into the core Zayo organization, processes and systems. The remainder, which is a valuable and viable cash-flow generating business, has a customer base that aligns well with Zayo’s Canadian SME and voice businesses.

“Electric Lightwave provides us another unique and dense regional fiber network that advances our position as the only national independent infrastructure provider remaining in the U.S.,” said Dan Caruso, chairman and CEO, Zayo. “Electric Lightwave has both strong metro fiber assets in key West Coast markets and capacity and routes that will augment Zayo’s intercity footprint.”

A10 Debuts Application Delivery Service for Cloud

A10 Networks introduced a cloud-native software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform designed to boost the delivery and security of applications and microservices across public, private and hybrid clouds.

The new A10 Lightning Application Delivery Service (ADS) will run natively on public cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services - an A10 partner – and on Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Key components include:

  • A10 Lightning Controller: a SaaS-based controller provides central management, policy configuration, and a big data repository and analytics engine
  • Lightning ADC: Lightweight and full proxy software that executes Layer 4-7 application load balancing and security policies that are managed across diverse clouds by the Lightning Controller
  • Lightning Portal: Self-service, role-based portal for managing the infrastructure and associated policies on a per-application basis
  • Lightning APIs: All capabilities are available via the RESTful interface; orchestration and configuration APIs may be used to integrate with deployment automation tools like Chef, Ansible and Jenkins

“The launch of A10 Lightning represents a strategic step in the company’s vision to help customers with their requirements of secure application services for private, public and hybrid-cloud based environments,” said Kamal Anand, general manager, cloud division, A10 Networks. “Organizations now have a simple, cloud-native and cost-effective way to add traffic management and security to their modern applications, while gaining application visibility and insights.

A10 Powers into Cloud ADC Market with Acquisition of Appcito

A10 Networks has acquired Appcito, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, that developed a SaaS-based, multi-cloud ADC (application delivery controller) solution utilizing microservice and container architectures. Financial terms were not disclosed. A10's existing Thunder ADC is an on-premise solution for load-balance and optimizing application delivery. Appcito's solution is a cloud-native application delivery system with web-scale elastic...

Box Posts Q3 Revenue of Revenue of $102.8 Million, Up 31%

Box posted record revenue of $102.8 million for the third quarter of its fiscal 2017, an increase of 31% from the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Deferred revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 ended at $192.6 million, an increase of 36% from the third quarter of fiscal 2016. GAAP operating loss in the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was $37.8 million, or 37% of revenue. This compares to GAAP operating loss of $55.0 million, or 70% of revenue, in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

"In the third quarter, we delivered record revenue of $102.8 million, up 31% year-over-year, and continued to improve operational efficiencies throughout the business," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. "We reached a significant milestone with our first $100 million quarter. We also hosted our most successful BoxWorks to date and announced a new strategic partnership with Google. With our track record of product innovation and continued momentum with new and existing customers, Box is uniquely positioned to help businesses modernize how they manage information and transform how they work.”

BT Names Former Ofcom Regulator as Chairman of Openreach

BT announced the appointment of Mike McTighe as the first Chairman of Openreach, BT’s local fixed network business.

McTighe is an experienced telecoms executive and regulator who spent eight years on the Board of Ofcom. He will oversee the new Openreach Board – which will operate from early 2017 – and be instrumental in selecting further independent members to join that Board.

“We promised in July to create an Openreach Board and we are delivering on that promise. I remain hopeful this significant move by BT can help to underpin a sustainable, proportionate and fair regulatory settlement that is in the interests of the whole country,” stated BT Chairman Sir Michael Rake.