Showing posts with label Enterprise. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Enterprise. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Menlo Security Extends its Cloud-based Isolation Platform

Menlo Security has extended its cloud-based isolation platform, which prevents web-based malware from infecting local by running the browser in a cloud-based container, to now also stop email threats including malicious links, credential theft and weaponized attachments. The new solution effectively prevents targeted email phishing attacks, which are a major cybersecurity concern for enterprises.

Menlo Security said its Phishing Isolation solution was developed in close collaboration with Fortune 500 customers, to specifically address prevention shortfalls in existing secure email gateway products. The solution can be integrated with existing email infrastructure including Exchange, Gmail and Office 365. By leveraging patented Adaptive Clientless Rendering (ACR) technologies, the new solution enables enterprise-wide deployment of isolation security without the need to deploy or manage endpoint software, dramatically reducing risks without impacting the user experience.

The Menlo solution is available either on-premises, as-a-service via the cloud, or as part of a managed security service.

JPMorgan Chase is named as lead customer for the Menlo Security Phishing Isolation Platform.

“Email persists as the top malware infection vector for enterprises, resulting in many forms of theft and fraud,” said Poornima DeBolle, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Menlo Security. “Adding phishing Isolation capabilities to the MSIP creates the only phishing prevention solution that completely eliminates targeted spear-phishing attacks and drive-by exploits by isolating all email links and attachments. By stopping this top infection vector, Menlo enables CISOs to report definitive progress against malware attacks to their boards of directors, while also freeing up precious cyber security incident-response resources within their teams.”

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Nokia Offers Passive Optical Alternative to Ethernet

Nokia is launching a Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution that is positioned as an alternative to a copper-based Ethernet LANs for operators, enterprises, governments, healthcare and hospitality providers, and higher education institutions.

Nokia said its POL solution, which leverages existing GPON technology, is less costly and requires, on average, 50 percent less space to deploy and power to run than traditional Ethernet based LANs.

To better serve customers around the world, Nokia is collaborating on the launch with global system integrators, resellers and distributors including IBM and KDDI.

Nokia's POL solution includes:

  • 7360 ISAM FX high-capacity fiber platform
  • 7368 ISAM ONT fiber termination points
  • 5571 POL command center (PCC) intuitive management system

Federico Guillen, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks business group, said: "New solutions for enterprise LAN are needed due to growing capacity needs, management complexity, network maintenance and high upgrade costs.  Passive optical LAN provides a viable, simple and cost-effective alternative, and will accommodate the evolving connectivity needs of organizations today and in the future."

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

IBM Signs Vodafone Netherlands for MobileFirst Portfolio

Vodafone Netherlands will offer IBM MobileFirst solutions to enterprise clients.

BM MobileFirst will extend Vodafone Ready Business, which includes communications solutions aimed at helping businesses become more flexible, innovative, collaborative and responsive to their customers and employees. The IBM and Vodafone collaboration will help further drive mobile adoption among enterprise organizations in the Netherlands.

“Vodafone has always been at the forefront of enterprise mobility. In collaborating with IBM, we are drawing on the enterprise expertise of both companies, combining Vodafone’s strengths in enterprise mobility management and 4G connectivity with IBM’s industry, mobile and integration knowledge,” said Alexander Saul, Director Enterprise Business Unit Vodafone Netherlands. “Together, we are empowering our enterprise clients with enhanced mobile capabilities that simplify business processes, increase employee productivity, enable deeper customer engagement and drive overall growth.”

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Video: SDN Shifts Margins from Legacy Vendors to Channel

A market disruption caused by SDN is shifting margins from the legacy networking vendors to the channel, says Steve Garrison, VP of Marketing at Pica8.  By tearing apart the stack and letting customers pick the applications, OS, and bare metal hardware, you end up with a customized solution where the channel has a key role to play.

Many customers might not have that expertise to pull that together, but this is where the margin shifts from the legacy vendors to the channel.

See Video:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Huawei and Vodafone Alliance Targets Global Enterprise Market

Huawei and Vodafone announced a new strategic alliance focusing on the enterprise market in Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa.

The companies will work together on the development of a variety of enterprise communications and technology services for global enterprise customers, including solutions that use Huawei’s fixed and mobile connectivity bonding technology, in-building coverage solutions, Machine-to-Machine module designs, and solutions for Safe City, Internet of Things, and cloud data centers.

Vodafone Group Enterprise, Chief Executive, Nick Jeffery, said, “We have worked with Huawei across various parts of our business and this agreement to focus on the enterprise market is an important evolution. There is an opportunity for us both to bring our expertise to bear on some of the key challenges in the enterprise market.”

Mr. Yan Lida, President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei, said, “Now, many enterprises realize that technology-led transformation is necessary for companies to stay competitive, and improve operational efficiency and performance. Huawei is pleased to extend our long-standing relationship with Vodafone to establish a new agreement. We aim to carry out joint innovations, integrate our ICT expertise and global resources, help customers cope with challenges and opportunities brought by the new industrial revolution, and push ICT transformation in the industry.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fluke Realigns Product Strategy for "Borderless Enterprise"

Fluke Networks is pursuing a new strategy to align its product portfolio around the needs of the "Borderless Enterprise." The goal is to put organizations back in control of the performance of their entire IT landscape -- regardless of whether services are running on premise or in the cloud.  Fluke will provide powerful, easy-to-use tools to accomplish this end.

As part of this strategy, Fluke is introducing TruView Live, a new SaaS offering that extends enterprise-grade, real-time network activity and performance monitoring to also cover cloud applications.

"IT departments have traditionally focused on technology, service delivery and stability, while line-of-business leaders are eager to adopt solutions that enable rapid competitive advantage and winning more customers. These different perspectives can sometimes create tension between IT and business leaders, but they can all agree poor user experience has a cost -- whether it's lost customer relationships, decreased revenues or reduced employee productivity," said Arif Kareem, President of Fluke Networks. "Traditional IT has reached an inflection point where balancing technology and business outcomes is critical. With the growing influence of business units in selecting and bringing cloud-based services into the enterprise, IT leaders have to not only act as business partners, but also ensure Quality of Service for all applications. By taking accountability for improving user experience, IT can demonstrate a critical business benefit."

Fluke Networks' suite of products for identifying performance and user experience issues across devices, applications, locations and cloud providers:
  • Visual TruView -- a unified network and application performance monitoring appliance that helps IT quickly identify and solve issues across client, network, service and applications by incorporating five tools in one
  • OptiView XG -- a rugged, portable tablet for network engineers that combines wired and wireless network analysis to troubleshoot issues and assess network quality for VoIP/Video/UC deployments
  • OneTouch AT 10G Network Assistant -- an automated handheld tester for network technicians that troubleshoots 10-Gigabit data centers and validates connectivity, service availability and path performance
  • AirMagnet -- A comprehensive suite of products that address wireless network design, analysis and security, including intrusion prevention, wireless health assessment and remote troubleshooting
  • TruView Live (new) -- a SaaS offering that delivers enterprise-grade cloud application monitoring in real time to ensure service availability and performance

Monday, April 6, 2015

Juniper Debuts Accelerated 40GbE Switch with Xeon and FPGA for Programmability

Juniper Networks introduced an application acceleration switch and a new packet flow accelerator module designed to deliver lower latency for financial networks.

The new QFX5100-AA application acceleration switch and QFX-PFA packet flow accelerator module, which build on Juniper's QFX product family, leverage Maxeler Technologies’ customizable software logic to significantly accelerate business-critical applications in latency-sensitive computing environments.

The new QFX5100-AA switch combines the Intel Xeon processor E3-1125C v2 with Broadcom switching silicon, and the QFX-PFA module based on the Altera multi-100G field-programmable gate array (FPGA). It is configured with 24 ports of 40GbE with 2 expansion slots for 4x40, or one double wide slot for the FPGA-based module. Customers can use Java to program the module for compute-intensive applications. Integration with Junos Space Network Director ensures automated and simple data center management from a single point of control.

“The possibilities of compute-integrated networking are transformative across a broad variety of financial services, including equities and commodities exchanges, market data providers, high-frequency trading, and credit processing. We see great potential in other sectors for this technology, including energy, research, education and large enterprises. With the introduction of Juniper Networks QFX5100-AA and QFX-PFA, we are delivering new computing capabilities within the data center network to ensure that our customers can make the most informed split-second investment decisions,” stated Andrew Bach, chief architect for Financial Services Team, Juniper Networks.

“Juniper Networks’ new switch, powered by the Intel Xeon processor E3-1125C v2, provides the performance and added intelligence needed to improve the ease of application integration. This solution, which embeds applications directly into the switch and utilizes the power of distributed computing, allows customers to take advantage of greatly improved performance,” said Sandra Rivera, vice president & general manager, Network Platforms Group, Intel

Monday, March 30, 2015

NTT Com Launches Arcstar UCaaS Microsoft Type

NTT Communications is preparing to launch a unified-communication cloud service on April 13 called Arcstar UCaaS Microsoft Type.

Arcstar UCaaS Microsoft® Type leverages Microsoft Lync for unified communication on the NTT Com cloud platform and via Arcstar Universal One, NTT Com’s secure, high-quality, extra-reliable VPN. This will be the first deployment in Japan of Microsoft Lync (Skype for Business).

Going forward, NTT Com plans to offer Arcstar UCaaS Microsoft® Type in markets outside Japan, including North America, the EU and Asia-Pacific. The service will be further integrated with functions for remote conferencing, Arcstar Conferencing and unified communications.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Avaya Unveils SDN Fabric for Connecting "Anything" to Virtual Network

Avaya introduced its Open SDN Fx architecture for enabling automation and programmability from the core to the edge of enterprise networks.

Avaya said the aim of its SDN Fx architecture is “connect anything, anywhere” simplicity by allowing devices and users at the network edge to be added easily to the network.  The goal is to leverage an automated core that takes advantage of a single, network-wide Ethernet fabric to remove the need for manual configuration at each network hop; thus, reducing the potential for error and accelerating time to service.

Avaya’s SDN implementation is targeting environments such as those found in hospitals, manufacturing floors and casinos, which are blanketed with devices that require a more secure, mobile connection to the network, and may also require that the rest of the network is better protected from potential threats that could be triggered by them.

The Avaya SDN Fx architecture includes the following new products and features for Avaya Fabric Networking Technology:

  • Open Networking Adapter (ONA) - provides a plug-n-play network connection for any device with an Ethernet port including medical devices, manufacturing machines, and branch office switches. Targeted for non-IT personnel, this card deck-sized appliance automatically provisions a QoS-customized virtual path across the network that mitigates security risks, allowing simple, powerful management of thousands of devices.  
  • Fabric Orchestrator – an SDN controller embedded in a unified management instance. This appliance manages and orchestrates the Ethernet fabric as well as provides SDN Control to north and south bound interfaces. SDN capabilities include OpenFlow, OpenDaylight and OpenStack.
  • Fabric Extend – a new capability in Avaya Fabric Connect enables the extensibility of Fabric networking across any IP based network without loss of functionality. Investments in existing networking technologies are preserved while interconnecting strategic deployments of Fabric Connect across data centers, campuses and branches.

“CIOs are unnecessarily overburdened by archaic networks and frustrated by the disparity between the promised results of new technologies and the reality that most vendors deliver.  There’s a better way: Avaya Fabric Connect already relieves 75i percent of the top network issues identified by IT departments, and we’re building on that with SDN Fx. This is the foundation that accelerates deployment and improves performance of customer and team engagement solution and that the industry has been demanding. Avaya can deliver it today,” stated  Marc Randall, SVP and GM, Avaya Networking.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Deutsche Bank Awards 5-Year Contract to Vodafone

Deutsche Bank awarded a five and a half year agreement to Vodafone to serve as its global strategic telecommunications partner.

Under the contract, Vodafone will take over the delivery and support of fixed and mobile voice services across 28 countries.  Vodafone will also establish a number of centralised services for the Bank including ordering and billing.

Vodafone Global Enterprise Chief Executive, Jan Geldmacher, said: “This is a great opportunity for Deutsche Bank to bring all its communications needs under one umbrella.  Creating global standards and common practices will make the Bank more efficient and help to support its future plans.”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pluribus Races Ahead in SDN with $50 Million in New Funding

Pluribus Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced $50 million in a Series D round of funding to advance its vision for unified computer, network, storage and virtualization driven by a single, open and programmable SDN platform.

Pluribus features a distributed network hypervisor operating system that converges compute, network, storage and virtualization with an open, programmable approach. The platform brings full bare-metal control and visibility into the network through Unix-style APIs. The solution is based on a distributed network operating system with hypervisor bare-metal virtualization capabilities of computing resources - CPU, memory, and storage - and merchant silicon switch chip.

Pluribus said this latest round makes it the best-funded SDN company in the industry.

The new funding was led by Temasek Holdings, an investment company based in Singapore with a net portfolio value of US$177 billion. This up-round brought the Pluribus total funding to date to US$95M million. All of the existing investors, including New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow and AME Cloud Ventures, participated in the round. Furthermore, the company added new global strategic investors, including Ericsson, as well as Newtech, a leading turnkey datacenter infrastructure provider in Asia.

“Fundamentally, the sea has changed and CIOs are turning away from endless hardware upgrade cycles to a software and network-application-centric view,” said Kumar Srikantan, president and CEO of Pluribus Networks. “With our Netvisor, we have a superior, converged SDN platform that not only provides better scale and performance, but also enables virtualization and security while driving down cost and complexity. The funding we are announcing today validates our architecture approach and the breakaway growth potential of the company.”

  • Pluribus is headed by Kumar Srikantan (CEO), who was previously VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco where he was responsible for the HW engineering execution of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking portfolio.
  • Pluribus was founded in 2010 and entered general availability in March 2014.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

F5's State of Application Delivery Survey

Current application environments are huge and growing, with many organizations reporting 200-500 applications currently deployed, according to F5 Networks' newly released 2015 State of Application Delivery survey.  More than 300 F5 customers from a broad range of vertical markets were interviewed for the survey.

Some key takeaways:

  • 20 percent of respondents said they have 201-500 applications currently deployed, and 28 percent have 1-200 applications deployed.
  • Private cloud and mobile are top-ranked trends - private cloud was ranked highest at 59 percent, and mobile apps a close second with 56 percent.
  • Application availability edges security in importance: When asked which services they couldn’t imagine deploying an application without, availability services was the top-ranking category with 40 percent of responses. Security services ranked nearly as high at 30 percent. Respondents reinforced the belief that if an application isn’t available, other services aren’t considered as important.
  • API-enabled infrastructure needed to drive business agility: Programmability is a key component for DevOps, SDN, and cloud computing. F5 customers responding to the survey assigned importance to programmatic technologies and capabilities within the network infrastructure, indicating a substantial shift toward the adoption of customizable automation and orchestration of network services.
  • SDN must reduce operating expenses: Customers continue to be interested in SDN as a means to operationalize their networks. According to the survey, two-thirds of respondents are considering SDN to reduce operating expenses. In order to progress from today’s early adopter stage to widespread implementation, SDN must address this requirement.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blueprint: Round-Two for Next Generation Firewalls

by Casey Quillin, Director at Dell'Oro Group

As the enterprise sector turns to the cloud to deliver applications to mobile users across widely dispersed networks, Cisco and Juniper must catch up with smaller competitors. But how much does time-to-market matter?

Risk is omnipresent in the enterprise sector. Business applications must be protected. Data must be protected. Users and their information must be protected. Business intelligence must be protected. Networks, servers, and infrastructures must be protected. While the fact of risk doesn’t change, the technologies that mitigate risk continue to evolve alongside the players and vendors bringing new solutions to market. Nowhere is this evolution more evident than in the realm of network firewalls.

The market opportunity today, and for the next several years, will be split between the slow and steady tortoises of vendors like Cisco and Juniper, and the sleek, speedy hares that include Check Point Software Technologies, Fortinet, and Palo Alto Networks. The enterprise-class firewall market is robust. Sales eclipsed $3 billion in 2013 and are projected to increase to the high single-digits over the next five years to almost $5 billion.

There are many layers of security. In this article, we are concerned with firewalls—hardware or software that ensures only approved users and data traffic can enter the business network from the “outside” (usually but not exclusively the public Internet) and mitigates inappropriate use of the internal LAN, including removal of information from the network. Over the past three years, firewalls have evolved from protecting networks at the perimeter to protecting the entire network from both external and internal threats.

The network has expanded from a system which allows users to share common resources, to an application delivery platform. Certainly, many applications continue to serve employees and customers from the data center; however, users may also be served from external service providers or cloud providers. End users may be co-located in the building on the LAN, or at home or in offices halfway around the world. Despite this dispersal, users demand the same experience and level of performance they would receive with local application access.

As application delivery platforms, networks continually face new and evolving security risks, as well as substantial changes in the way security policies are created and enforced.  These changes inspired application-aware security platforms (commonly referred to in the industry as “next generation firewalls”), which use deep-packet inspection to identify application traffic and enable both user- and application-layer policies.  Vendors of all sizes are jumping into the new application-aware next generation firewall space.

The next generation firewalls from Check Point, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and others are a great fit for networks whose perimeters have been eroded due to the cloud, and users who now connect to the corporate network from different locations and with a variety of devices (BYOD). Offering nimble, early-to-market products—and without the risk of cannibalizing existing sales or disrupting publicly announced product roadmaps—these firms grabbed mindshare with their innovative technology and compelling use cases.

Like the hare in Aesop’s fable, these companies had a head start and have continued to innovate. Not unexpectedly, Cisco and Juniper, the slower tortoises, have responded in force. Indeed, they have largely closed the functionality gap. With its acquisition of Sourcefire in 4Q13, Cisco launched its new platform optimized for application delivery and enterprise edge-of-network (named ASA with FirePOWER Services).  Juniper has steadily added application-aware features to its SRX platform and is now fully competitive with the new-generation hares.

But, now, with product functionality fairly evenly matched across all enterprise firewall vendors, how will users choose which products to purchase? Previously, the hares with their first-to-market advantage had the most compelling sales propositions.

It would be premature to conclude that the game’s over. In fact, the race for the next-generation firewall is still in its early stages. As vendors market these products, a bifurcation has evolved between the data center and the network edge. Indeed, protecting the data center is a different matter from protecting the network edge. Each site requires the use of different technologies and for the next few years, we believe vendors will be able to excel at either the data center or the network edge—but unlikely at both.  One firewall cannot be optimized for both data center and network edge without sacrificing performance and simplicity of administration.  The intelligent user will optimize his network by deploying best-in-breed products—one class for the data center and another class for the network edge.

In the data center, the number of applications running and the number of users are limited and known. In addition, only a small number of device types are used and these are always connected with cable. Firewall products for the data center do not need to boast best-in-class support for mobile devices, nor do they need to be optimized to distinguish vast numbers of applications connecting via the Internet.  Data center networks are in the midst of a major transition to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) where the administrator will have a global view of the network across multiple platforms and be able to program the network to act upon real time intelligence such as denial of service and resetting traffic paths.

It is unlikely that a rational user would choose a data center firewall product that will have such a global command of the network from a young, small vendor.  The rational user will choose a vendor with years of experience and vast numbers of trained staff—a vendor with the ability to scale. In this scenario, companies such as Cisco and Juniper will have the advantage because they can integrate next-generation firewall functionalities into their broad product lines.

In contrast, the enterprise campus and network edge are tightly focused on ensuring secure access and use of mobile devices. In these deployment locations, firewalls must be able to distinguish an enormous variety of applications running on the Internet. Once an application is identified, a firewall must be able to implement policy user by user. Firewalls in these locations must also be able to provide secure access and context-based authentication to widely different types of mobile devices. In this realm, a vendor gains advantage based on its speed of innovation and the richness of its database of threats.

Let’s look deeper into vendors’ positions. As shown in Figure 1, since 2011 Cisco has maintained a 30% to 32% revenue share in the Enterprise Class Firewall market. Its next closest competitor, Palo Alto Networks, has grown to about 10%, while Fortinet, Huawei, and Juniper are tied in third place.

Cisco’s strength stems from sales to the data center, which have been a strategic focus and growth engine for the company. We estimate that sales to the data center of Cisco’s Ethernet switch and server businesses represent 20% of the company’s overall revenue. There are massive changes taking place in the data center with virtualization and SDN. Change brings opportunity to new entrants. Cisco’s challenge will be to rapidly innovate at the enterprise edge, while protecting its data center business.

Palo Alto Networks has built its reputation as best-in-breed based on its strength at rapid innovation at the enterprise network edge. In February 2014, the company launched its high-end platform, PA-7050, targeting large enterprise and carrier data centers. In order to grow its data center business, Palo Alto’s challenge will be to convince users it has the scale to fulfill the technical and service level demands of supporting data center class deployments.

Fortinet’s pioneering Unified Threat Management (UTM) product carved a powerful brand with its “single pane of glass” approach to managing network security. The company also spearheaded application-aware, enterprise-class firewalls targeting the network edge. Its FortiGate products with custom ASICs earned a reputation for high performance and ease of management at reasonable prices. Fortinet’s stronghold is at the enterprise network edge, a position the company is strengthening with its expansion into Wireless LAN access points.

Of notable mention is Fortinet’s doubling of market share over the past two years. Although the company offers high-end platforms targeting large enterprise and carrier data centers, we envision the same challenges that Palo Alto faces: securing user interest to test and deploy products and scaling to support the data center’s rapidly changing demands.

The foundation of both Huawei and Juniper’s strength is data center deployment, primarily from carrier purchases of the Eudemon8000E-X series and the SRX, respectively. We believe that Juniper’s sales were also bolstered by large enterprises, albeit to a lesser degree. Looking forward, we expect this trend to continue although both firms have deployed competitive, application-aware firewall products for the enterprise edge. Juniper’s challenge will be to shore up its share loss—and quickly—as time is not on its side. The longer it takes the company to get back on track, the greater the difficulty it will face. Huawei’s challenge will be to sell to large enterprises outside of China and to sustain rapid innovation at both the enterprise edge and the data center.

The bottom line is that customers need next-generation solutions that are more powerful than packet-oriented firewalls and unified threat management. These products must penetrate deep into applications without sacrificing performance. Firewalls must be capable of protecting today’s diversified networks—clouds, virtualization, mobile users, and BYOD. At present, the innovators in this area are the smaller players, whose offerings are more compelling to enterprises that understand the risks inherent in the evolving application delivery market. While small companies have the current advantage, the big players are ready to strike back.

Round two of the next-generation firewall race is about to begin. Things are going to get really, really interesting.

About the Author

Casey Quillin joined Dell’Oro Group in 2011. He is responsible for the Data Center Appliance and Storage Area Network market research programs. While at the firm, Mr. Quillin has significantly expanded Data Center Appliance research, including the build-out of Network Security Appliances. Mr. Quillin has over 20 years of experience as an executive manager and entrepreneur in the technology sector. Prior to joining Dell’Oro Group, he held positions with several startups, including Vice President of Engineering at Snapfish, the world’s largest online photo-sharing site, later acquired by HP. He was also CTO of Oasys Networks, an application service provider in the financial services market; Co-founder and CEO of Logic by Design, an interactive media agency; and Managing Partner of Cornice Networks, a network integration and IT consulting firm in San Francisco.

About Dell'Oro Group

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Verizon's Secure Cloud Interconnect Adds HP Helion and Salesforce

Verizon Enterprise Solutions' Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) service is now delivering HP Helion Managed Cloud Service and the Salesforce Customer Success Platform. The connectivity features dynamic bandwidth allocation, strong security (encryption), application performance throughput and quality of service options. Rapid, on-demand provisioning reduces deployment time and maintenance requirements for Verizon SCI customers.

Verizon's SCI already provides secure connectivity to Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and its own Verizon cloud service.

“Verizon SCI now connects to more cloud services, offering enterprises a premier choice when choosing their cloud interconnect partner,” said Shawn Hakl, enterprise networking platforms and managed products for Verizon. “HP and Salesforce customers will find that SCI delivers an unmatched combination of security, resiliency, application performance, simplicity and efficiency while enabling a wide range of applications and use cases, making it a great fit for enterprises with discriminating requirements.”

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HP Unveils New Enterprise Infrastructure Products

At a company event in Barcelona, HP unveiled new products and services for enterprise data centers. The new offerings include:

HP Integrity Superdome X server -- promises delivers four times faster e-commerce transactions than leading x86 platforms by using Intel's Xeon E7 processor and offering scalability up to 16 sockets and 12TB memory. It is aimed at database workloads, including SAP and Oracle stacks.

HP Integrity NonStop X -- a 100 percent fully integrated, fault-tolerant system architecture for the most-stringent uptime SLAs.

HP Converged Storage solutions -- offering unified, flash, and flat backup storage innovations that can serve the entire spectrum of storage requirements with a single design.

HP 3PAR File Persona -- delivers Network File System, Common Internet File System and object access on new HP 3PAR StoreServ platforms, boosting utilization and lowering costs by moving storage-affinity related workloads such as data access, protection and analytics directly into the storage operating system and controller. All block, file, and object-access is now managed via a new 3PAR StoreServ Management Console which enables simple provisioning and features a search-enabled interface aligned with HP OneView.

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c Converged Flash Array -- offering all-flash performance with configuration flexibility to support spinning media. With block, file, and object-access, 3.5 petabytes total capacity, all-flash optimized performance, enterprise-class resiliency, and high speed connectivity, this midrange-priced system increases agility, efficiency and cuts data center space requirements. EMC VMAX customers can now easily move to these new 3PAR StoreServ systems via new 3PAR Online Import software.

HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software -- a new application-managed backup feature for 3PAR StoreServ which delivers greater flexibility and reduced risk. StoreOnce RMC manages snapshots on 3PAR StoreServ systems and controls movement of changed data to a HP StoreOnce Backup target in a single-click, delivering greater protection and 17 times faster performance.

HP StoreOnce Backup systems -- now include a new 50 terabyte StoreOnce VSA and expanded Kernel-based Virtual Machine hypervisor support to enable Backup-as-a-Service consolidation. The high-end HP StoreOnce 6500 now provides system-wide deduplication over eight nodes via Federated Catalyst enhancements; enabling easier management compared to traditional single-node limited architectures such as EMC Data Domain.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Brocade Expands its Campus Switching Line-up, Adds OpenFlow 1.3

Brocade unveiled a number of new campus network products, including the Brocade ICX 7750-based distributed chassis, the new Brocade ICX 7450 enterprise campus stackable switch, and the availability of OpenFlow 1.3 support for emerging campus SDN applications.

Highlights of the Expanded Brocade Campus Strategy:

Brocade ICX 7750

  • a 1U fixed form factor 10/40 GbE switch with up to 32 40 GbE or 96 10 GbE ports per unit, 
  • Delivers a scale-out architecture enabling up to 12 Brocade ICX 7750 switches to be stacked across the campus in a more flexible topology for network aggregation and core layers
  • Provides consolidated management touch points and support for SDN to automate network configuration tasks

Brocade ICX 7450 Switch

  • Up to 12 switches can be stacked for 160 Gbps of stacking bandwidth, and long-distance stacking using open-standards QSFP+ ports to enable single-point management across the campus
  • Modular design with three expansion slots for a choice of 1, 10, or 40 GbE uplinks
  • Power over HDBaseT (PoH), to power video surveillance and video conferencing equipment, VDI terminals, and HD displays directly from the switch

OpenFlow 1.3 Support for the Brocade ICX Product Family

  • Brocade OpenFlow Hybrid Port Mode supports both OpenFlow forwarding and normal routing traffic forwarding, enabling a seamless transition to real-world SDN deployment
  • OpenFlow is universally supported in Brocade ICX switches whether deployed individually, in mixed stacks, or in distributed stacks for SDN implementation flexibility across wiring closets
  • Campus customers can build a reliable SDN network that has been certified with the OpenDaylight-based Brocade Vyatta Controller and emerging SDN applications

In addition, Brocade and Aruba are working together on open standards-based unified wired and wireless network access. The collaboration is expected to yield new product releases of Brocade Network Advisor 12.3, Aruba Airwave 8.0, and Brocade FastIron 8.0.20 with Aruba ClearPass CoA support.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

China Huaxin Acquires Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center has acquired Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise for EUR 202 million. Alcatel-Lucent will retain a 15% minority stake in the divested business, as well as maintaining a commercial relationship with it in support of its growth ambitions under new ownership.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, which has its headquarters in Paris, has over 2,700 employees worldwide and operations in more than 80 countries.

Alcatel-Lucent said the divestment of this division follows The Shift Plan, launched in June 2013, to refocus itself as a specialist in IP, Cloud and Ultra-Broadband Access, while realigning its balance sheet, implementing cost savings of Euro 1 billion and generating at least Euro 1 billion through selective asset sales by the end of 2015.

China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center (“China Huaxin” ) is an industrial investment company that seeks long-term commercial growth opportunities in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector.

YUAN Xin, President, China Huaxin said: “We are really excited by the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. Our long-term investment approach will help Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise deliver on its ambition while enabling us to strengthen our strategic position in the enterprise communications arena. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has very strong assets and a recognized leadership in many markets across the globe. We are looking forward to leveraging our investment capabilities and experience to bring this business to the next level, both in size and market outreach.”

Thursday, September 11, 2014

D-Link Ships 802.11ac Unified Wireless Access Point

D-Link introduced a high power, 802.11ac unified wireless access point with advanced radio management and security features.

The DWL-8610AP delivers maximum wireless signal rates of up to 450 Mbps using the 2.4 GHz band, and 1300 Mbps using the 5 GHz band.  It can be powered using the included AC to DC adapter, or directly through the network cable using Power over Ethernet from any switch or midspan injector that supports IEEE 802.3at.

The AP can be flexibly deployed as an autonomously managed, standalone wireless access point, or as a centrally managed access point controlled by a D-Link Unified Wireless Switch or Wireless Controller. Some additional features include:

  • Band Steering: detects and steers 5 GHz capable clients away from the overcrowded 2.4 GHz network to the less congested 5 GHz network.
  • Load balancing: ensures maximum performance by limiting the maximum number of users per access point.
  • Beamforming technology: enables even greater reach. By focusing the wireless signal at connected devices, it guarantees continuous fast wireless speeds, even under heavy network utilization or in areas that have bad wireless signal. 
  • Plenum-rated chassis: adheres to strict fire regulations for placement in air passageways.

Ericsson to Offer SAP Mobile Secure for Enterprises

Ericsson and SAP are collaborating to securely deliver network-enabled cloud solutions, which will provide users with secure access to their business apps and content on mobile devices.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will offer SAP Mobile Secure, a set of cloud-based solutions, combined with an IT managed service offering, expanding its portfolio of services available for its 400+ mobile network operators.

The companies said the partnership will bring together SAP Mobile Secure with the stability and scalability offered by Ericsson IT managed services and service delivery capabilities.  Worldwide, Ericsson manages networks that serve 600 million subscribers and additionally provides managed services for networks that serve 1 billion subscribers.

"With its heritage in mobile security, SAP is known for its ability to develop flexible offerings that can be tailored to the needs of any enterprise," said said Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions, Ericsson. "With the increased focus of mobile workforce productivity, this solution will enable fast deployment using the software-as-a-service delivery model.  By using this model, we can serve both small enterprises that might not have expertise in IT security as well as the Fortune 100 companies with complex needs that require more customization."

"As mobile network operators (MNOs) strive to support the changing mobile needs for enterprises, the planned EMM solution from Ericsson and SAP will allow them to better address these needs with faster time to market and minimal infrastructure cost," said Rick Costanzo, executive vice president and general manager, SAP Mobile Solutions. "While demand for mobile traffic is increasing, controlling the costs of their network and driving innovation will be the keys to success for mobile network operators. Through Ericsson's long-term relationships with every major telecom operator worldwide and SAP's proven ability to deliver the most complete and scalable cloud-based mobile security solution, this collaboration will provide MNOs with new service offerings, new revenue streams and stronger ties with their customers."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nike Picks Juniper for Next Gen Data Center

Nike has selected Juniper Networks' MetaFabric architecture to build a new, highly-scalable, next-generation data center cloud and retail network infrastructure. Additionally, MetaFabric will serve as the basis for virtualizing multiple NIKE data centers around the world.

Specifically, Juniper said it will work with Nike to provide:

  • A carrier-class, ultra-scalable, secure network architecture, providing a foundation upon which to virtualize multiple NIKE data centers globally.
  • Advanced orchestration via automation, management, and data analytics across all domains
  • Co-creation on future developments for NIKE’s network.

“Enterprises are re-engineering their business models in light of changing customer behavior and emerging technologies. Managing this transformation requires an intelligent and comprehensive, High-IQ network infrastructure that seamlessly adapts to business demands. It also requires building private clouds that deliver applications with high performance and agility. Juniper’s technologies enable customers to realize the benefits of carrier-class, ultra-scalable cloud data center solutions that are virtualized, secure and flexible enough to accommodate the performance demands of their clients anywhere, anytime,” stated Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer, Juniper Networks.

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