Showing posts with label Software. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Software. Show all posts

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Cisco to acquire Ensoft

Cisco announced plans to acquire Ensoft, a privately-held company headquartered in Harpenden, England, that provides software solutions for service provider networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In a blog posting, Cisco's Rob Salvagno said the deal advances its strategy in unified transport and service layers with Segment Routing (SR) and Ethernet Virtual Private Networks (EVPN.

Ensoft was established in 1997 and now has approximately 70 engineers and an annual turnover of 10 million pounds. Its areas of expertise include routing and switching (BGP, all the IGPs, MPLS, multicast etc), Carrier Ethernet (IEEE technologies, pseudowires and VPLS, E-OAM etc), and residential subscriber management (eg PPP/IP sessions, scalable wholesale access).

http://www.cisco.com
https://www.ensoft.co.uk/

Monday, July 16, 2018

Arrcus builds Network OS for white box data center infrastructure

Arrcus, a start-up based in San Jose, California, emerged from stealth to unveil its software-driven, hardware agnostic network operating system for white boxes.

Arrcus said it sees an opportunity to help enterprises transform the way they manage their networks, liberating them from vertically integrated proprietary solutions and opening the door to horizontally diversified choices of best-in-class silicon and hardware systems.

The company's new ArcOS networking operating system has been ported to both Broadcom’s StrataDNX Jericho+ and StrataXGS Trident 3 switching silicon platforms.

ArcOS is built on a modular micro-services paradigm and offers advanced Layer 3 routing capabilities. Key elements include a hyper-performance resilient control plane, an intelligent, programmable Dataplane Adaptation Layer (DPAL), a data-Model Driven Telemetry for Control Plane, Data Planes and Environmental, and a consistent YANG/OpenConfig APIs for easy programmatic access.  These capabilities in conjunction with Broadcom’s StrataDNX Jericho+ platform enable the support for the full BGP internet routing table.

Arrcus cites the following use cases:

  • Spine-Leaf Clos for Datacenter workloads
  • Internet Peering for CDN providers and ISPs
  • Resilient Routing to the Host
  • Massively Scalable Route-Reflector clusters in physical/container form-factors

Arrcus also announced $15 million in Series A funding from General Catalyst and Clear Ventures. Advisors include include Pankaj Patel, former EVP and CDO of Cisco; Amarjit Gill, serial entrepreneur who founded and sold companies to Apple, Broadcom, Cisco, EMC, Facebook, Google, and Intel; Farzad Nazem, former CTO of Yahoo; Randy Bush, Internet Hall of Fame, founder Verio (basis of NTT’s DataCenter Business); Fred Baker, former Cisco Fellow, IETF Chair and Co-Chair of the IPv6 Working Group; Nancy Lee, ex-VP of People at Google, and Shawn Zandi, Director, Network Engineering at LinkedIn.

“We use ‘network different’ as our fundamental approach to enable the freedom of choice through our product innovation and challenging the status quo.  Arrcus has assembled the world’s best networking technologists, is bringing new capabilities, and changing the business model to make it easier to design, deploy, and manage large scale networking solutions for our customers,” stated Arrcus co-founder and CEO Devesh Garg.

  • Arrcus is headed by Devesh Garg, who previously was president of EZchip (acquired by Tilera) and founding CEO of Tilera (acquired by EZchip). He also served at Bessemer Venture Partners and Broadcom. Other Arrcus co-founders include Keyur Patel, who was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco; and Derek Yeung, a former Principal Engineer at Cisco.

Monday, January 29, 2018

MATRIXX raises $40 million for its telco reinvention software

MATRIXX Software, a start-up based in Saratoga, California announced $40 million in Series C funding for its next-gen digital commerce platform for telco and related industries.

MATRIXX Software’s Digital Commerce platform aims to reinvent telco business support systems by bringing together typically separate applications for product design and lifecycle management, customer engagement, service delivery and monetization into a single, comprehensive platform.

The company reports 130 percent year-over-year growth, adding new customers across North America, UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

“We founded MATRIXX on the principles of digital scale and agility. We design software with both the Telco and the end consumer in mind to deliver capabilities that will provide valuable and meaningful change to the way Telco’s operate,” said Dave Labuda, founder, CEO and CTO of MATRIXX Software.

The funding round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures. Additional new investors include Spring Lake Equity Partners and strategic partner CK Hutchison, whose 3 brand group of telecommunications operators serve over 130 million customers globally. The round also includes existing investors and strategic partners Greylock Partners, Adams Street Partners, Telstra Ventures and Swisscom Ventures.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cisco to acquire Springpath for hyperconvergence software - $320m

Cisco agreed to acquire Springpath, a start-up specializing in hyperconvergence software for $320 million in cash and assumed equity awards.

Springpath, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, has developed a distributed file system purpose-built for hyperconvergence that enables server-based storage systems. Cisco and Springpath have worked together since early 2016 to launch HyperFlex, a fully integrated hyperconverged infrastructure system.

Cisco said the acquisition will allow it to continue to deliver next-generation data center innovation to its customers.

"This acquisition is a meaningful addition to our data center portfolio and aligns with our overall transition to providing more software-centric solutions," said Rob Salvagno, Cisco vice president, Corporate Business Development. "Springpath's file system technology was built specifically for hyperconvergence, which we believe will deliver sustainable differentiation in this fast-growing segment. I'm excited to be able to provide our customers and partners with the simplicity and agility they need in data center innovation."

http://www.springpath.com
http://www.cisco.com

  • Springpath was co-founded by Mallik Mahalingam and Krishna Yadappanavar, both whom previously held senior engineering roles at VMware.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

SoftBank and Ericsson Test mmWave 28 GHz for 5G

Ericsson and SoftBank announced the next stage of joint 5G technology trials as part of a program launched in August last year, when the partners tested 5G technology including base stations and end user equipment with control signal feedback using mid-band spectrum at 4.5 GHz, which is one of the candidate bands for delivery of 5G services in Japan.

Following the completion of basic 5G trials conducted in Tokyo in 2016 using 4.5 GHz and 15 GHz spectrum, the two companies now plan to proceed with more advanced tests.

The next 5G trial will be conducted in both indoor and outdoor trial environments and will encompass device mobility and stationary testing. The trial will specifically utilise Ericsson's mmWave 28 GHz 5G test bed solution, which includes base stations and device prototypes, and will feature advanced 5G technologies including massive-MIMO, massive beamforming, distributed MIMO, multi-user MIMO and beam tracking.

The latest technology trials are designed to deliver both the multi-gigabit data rates and ultra-low latency that are expected to be key requirements for future consumer mobile broadband and industrial use-cases.

Ericsson announced last July that it was extending its longstanding partnership with SoftBank and would hold joint field trials of 5G technology in Tokyo. Under the agreement, the two companies planned to cooperate to build a common understanding of 5G use cases and deployment scenarios, evaluate potential 5G technology components in field trials, and collaborate on 5G research projects.

In November 2016, Ericsson announced it had completed the first commercial implementation of its Elastic RAN for SoftBank's in Japan. Part of the Ericsson Cloud RAN solution, Elastic RAN is designed to improve users' mobile broadband experience through dynamic coordination of users and cells. Ericsson stated that installation of the technology in a Tokyo train station showed that downlink throughput could be increased by up to 40% during peak hours for commuters with 3 carrier aggregation-enabled smartphones.

In February this year, SoftBank announced it had deployed Ericsson's virtual Mobility Management Entity (MME), Cloud Execution Environment (CEE) based on OpenStack and Cloud Manager for Orchestration (ECM) into its commercial network. The deployment implemented a complete network functions virtualisation (NFV) solution, including virtual network functions (VNF), NFV Infrastructure (NFVI), VNF Manager (VNFM) and VNF Orchestration (VNFO).

The Ericsson virtual MME operates on commercial off-the-shelf hardware and is designed to coexist with native Ericsson MME to extend the resource pool.

http://www.ericsson.com

Friday, February 10, 2017

Nokia to Acquire Comptel, Furthering its Software Portfolio

Nokia agreed to acquire Comptel Corporation, a telecom software company based in Helsinki, Finland, for approximately EUR 347 million in cash.

Comptel offers solutions for catalogue-driven service orchestration and fulfillment, intelligent data processing, customer engagement, and agile service monetization. It processes 20 percent of world's mobile usage data every day, orchestrates communications and digital services for more than two billion end-users daily and its largest customer has around 300 million subscribers. In 2015, Comptel's revenue was EUR 98 million with an 8.7 percent operating margin.  The company was founded in 1986 and has approximately 800 employees. Outside of Finland its major sites include Bulgaria, Malaysia, India, the United Kingdom and Norway.

Nokia said the deal will advance its software strategy and provide service providers with a comprehensive solution to design, deliver, orchestrate and assure communications and digital services across physical, virtual and hybrid networks. Nokia's ambition is to build a standalone software business at scale by expanding and strengthening its software portfolio and go-to-market capabilities with additional sales capacity and a strategic partner network.

The combination of Nokia's Service Assurance portfolio and Comptel's Service Orchestration portfolio would enable a dynamic closed loop between service assurance and fulfillment that simplifies management of complex heterogeneous networks. When combined with Nokia's Cloudband(TM) and Nuage(TM) portfolios, Nokia would be able to provide customers with complete, end-to-end orchestration of complex Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) deployments.

"Nokia is committed to building its software business and is backing its commitment with strategic investments. The timing of the Comptel purchase is important as our customers are changing the way they build and operate their networks.  They are turning to software to provide more intelligence, automate more of their operations, and realize the efficiency gains that virtualization promises. We want to help them by offering one of the industry's broadest and most advanced portfolios. Comptel helps us do that," stated Bhaskar Gorti, president of Nokia's Applications & Analytics business group.

http://www.nokia.com
http://www.comptel.com/

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ciena's Blue Planet Software Integrates Mgt and Planning

Ciena introduced its Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP), a new software that unifies network and service management and planning. It provides real-time software control and advanced visualization across Ciena’s packet and packet optical portfolios.

Some highlights of Blue Planet MCP:

  • Built on Blue Planet’s extensible micro-services-based architecture
  • Offers open interfaces for more programmable, IT-centric operations
  • By providing automated, multi-layer service provisioning and performance monitoring via a single interface, Blue Planet MCP improves service assurance and gives operators end-to-end control of network services. 
  • It also provides multi-layer network management, making it possible for Ciena customers to rapidly deploy new services and increase revenue opportunities.
  • Integrates management and planning in a single web-based client interface that provides advanced visualization to help network operators better understand inter-functional relationships between network elements, multiple network layers, and the services that are running across them. This greatly improves communication and coordination across departments.
  • Offers open APIs that allow for quick integration with current and planned business and operations support systems (B/OSS), software-defined orchestration and network function virtualization (NFV) systems. Its elastic scalability and modular micro-services capabilities can also support operators’ internal DevOps teams that want to extend the solution and introduce additional use cases or applications.
  • Blue Planet MCP software will also be accessible to customers, third party developers, and partners through the Ciena Emulation Cloud, which allows open testing of Blue Planet MCP’s REST API interfaces to third party network components, and rapid solution integration.
  • Blue Planet MCP will work alongside Ciena’s existing OneControl Network Management platform, as needed, and be generally available in June 2017 for specific applications.

“Blue Planet MCP is a strategic shift from traditional monolithic network management software. Our customers are thirsty for a unifying operations solution that can bring all elements together from a network and service management perspective in order to deliver an exceptional user experience. Now with an offering that combines an easy-to-use web-based interface with field-proven Ciena platforms we advance our unique position to help operators prepare for today’s complex and evolving networks,” stated Nirav Modi, Vice President and General Manager, Blue Planet, Ciena.

http://www.ciena.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Red Hat Revenue Pops to $600 million, up 19% YoY

Red Hat reported total revenue of $600 million for its second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended August 31, 2016, up 19% in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 18% measured in constant currency.

“Red Hat's second quarter revenue results were highlighted by 18% in year-over-year growth for our Infrastructure offerings combined with 33% in year-over-year growth for our Application development and other emerging technologies," said Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. "Digital transformation and hybrid cloud computing are changing how applications are built, deployed, and managed. As organizations adopt agile application development technologies such as Linux containers, they are able to rely on Red Hat as their strategic partner to modernize their infrastructure and application development platforms.”

Subscription Revenue Breakout: Subscription revenue from Infrastructure-related offerings for the quarter was $427 million, an increase of 18% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and 17% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue from Application development-related and other emerging technologies offerings for the quarter was $104 million, an increase of 33% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and 32% measured in constant currency.

http://www.redhat.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Twilio's IPO Priced at $15

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.

http://www.twilio.com

  • 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.

Red Hat Posts Revenue of $568 Million, up 18% YoY

Red Hat reported revenue $568 million for the first quarter of its fiscal 2017, up 18% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and as measured in constant currency. GAAP net income for the quarter was $61 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared with $48 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Subscription revenue from Infrastructure-related offerings for the quarter was $403 million, an increase of 14% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and 13% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue from Application Development-related and other emerging technologies offerings for the quarter was $98 million, an increase of 39% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and as measured in constant currency.

“Strong adoption of our technologies has been reflected in our total revenue growth including 18% year-over-year growth in Q1 that was driven in part by 39% growth of our Application Development-related and emerging technologies," stated Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat.

http://www.redhat.com

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Midokura Secures $20 Million for Network Abstraction

Midokura announced $20.4 million in Series B funding for its software network virtualization solutions.

Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM)  technology offers an intelligent, software-based network abstraction layer between the hosts and the physical network, thereby decoupling the IaaS cloud from the network hardware.

The Series B funding participation came from Japanese Fintech company Simplex Inc., and existing investors Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) and Allen Miner, a member of Midokura’s board of directors. The new funding brings Midokura’s total investment to over $44 million to date.

“Midokura aims to fundamentally transform and automate networking for any public, private or hybrid cloud and container deployment. We are delighted to have the support of our investors in our $20 million Series B funding round, and are poised to build upon our success,” said Dan Dumitriu, co-founder and CEO of Midokura. “We look forward to further developing our globally adopted MEM network virtualization technology to support the world’s appetite for microservices and IoT connected devices, as well as growing our team, strategic business partnerships and valuable channel alliances.”

http://www.midonet.org

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pivotal Raises $253 million from Ford, Microsoft

Pivotal, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, expects to close a Series C financing round highlighted by $253 million in new cash, led by new investor Ford Motor Company, in conjunction with Microsoft and all previous investors GE, EMC and VMware.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry is an enterprise cloud native platform for building new software "at startup speed." The company said its Cloud Native platform drives software innovation for many of the world’s most admired brands.

Microsoft said its investment in Pivotal is a response to growing enterprise developers’ desire for an even closer relationship between Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Microsoft Azure.

Pivotal announced the following milestones:

  • The company now works with seven of the top 10 U.S. banks, three of the top five global auto manufacturers, and five of the top 10 telecommunication companies.
  • Recently announced first-quarter 2016 revenue of $83 million, up 56% year over year
  • Annualized recurring revenue of $116 million at March 31, 2016, up more than 200% year over year for Pivotal’s subscription software products—Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Pivotal Big Data Suite
  • Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Pivotal Big Data Suite having crossed the $200 million and $100 million annual bookings run-rate milestones, respectively
  • Over 2,000 employees and 17 offices worldwide
  • Pivotal works with nearly one-third of the Fortune 100 companies, including industry leaders such as GE, Ford, Verizon, Home Depot, Comcast, Humana, Lockheed Martin, and Allstate, each using Pivotal’s products and services to digitally transform their businesses and disrupt established markets.

“Here at Pivotal we are partnering with customers to create a world where the largest and most admired companies can build and run software like Google, Uber or any venture-backed startup. This investment will accelerate our global reach to bring our unique software development methodology and modern cloud platform and analytics tools to every forward-thinking CEO,” said Rob Mee, Pivotal CEO. “We are excited to announce Ford and Microsoft as strategic partners to help introduce Pivotal’s transformative cloud and analytics software to the next thousand customers.”

http://pivotal.io/

Pivotal Acquires CloudCredo for Cloud Foundry Expertise

 Pivotal, has acquired CloudCredo, a privately-held software developer based in London, along with CloudCredo subsidiary, stayUp, a log analysis technology company for Cloud Foundry.

CloudCredo has a highly-regarded team of Cloud Foundry experts.  Pivotal said the acquisition will will better enable enterprise adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

Pivotal is a spin-out and joint venture of EMC Corporation and its subsidiary VMware. The Pivotal Cloud Native Platform offers integrated application framework, runtime and infrastructure automation capabilities.

“CloudCredo enhances Pivotal’s powerful next-generation portfolio of products and services by bringing extensive knowledge of deploying, running and customizing Cloud Foundry for some of the world’s largest and most admired brands,” said Rob Mee, CEO of Pivotal. “With this expertise, we can better help our customers transform their enterprises by embracing and leveraging Pivotal’s Cloud Native platform more quickly.“

“When we started CloudCredo, we were profoundly influenced by The Pivotal Way. It shaped our approach to modern software development, our culture promoting openness and doing things the right way, and passion for delivering differentiated value to our customers,” says Colin Humphreys, CloudCredo Co-Founder and CEO.“ Joining Pivotal allows us to operate at a global scale, overnight, and help the world's largest and most admired brands use software to transform their businesses and make an impact on the world.”

http://pivotal.io/platform

Monday, January 25, 2016

mPrest Raises $20 Million for IoT Monitoring

mPrest, a start-up based in Israel, raised $20 million in Series A funding for its monitoring and control software for the Internet of Things (IoT).

mPrest is an established player in the monitoring and control software industry serving essential sectors, including defense and security bodies, electric and water utilities, smart cities and buildings, fleet management companies and other large organizations around the world. For the past six years, mPrest has been a strategic partner with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to supply the command and control system for the renowned Iron Dome air-defense system, as well as many other large projects.

The round was led by GE Ventures, the venture arm of GE, and OurCrowd, one of the world's leading equity crowdfunding platforms.

“The enormous promise of the IoT relies on smoothly integrating disparate systems, sensors and disciplines while managing the exponential growth of connected devices,” said Natan Barak, CEO and founder of mPrest. “We built mPrest’s product-based platform to empower industrial and commercial organizations to autonomously adapt to these changes to strengthen performance and drive operational efficiency and cost reductions. Together with our new and existing partners we are committed to growing into a world leader in technology for the increasingly connected industrial world."

http://www.mPrest.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wind River Intros Helix Cockpit for Automotive Controls

Wind River introduced an automotive software platform for the command center of the connected car.

The Wind River Helix Cockpit, which is a GENIVI-aligned, Linux Yocto Project–based software platform, incorporates technologies from consumer-oriented embedded devices such as infotainment, telematics, and digital cluster systems; safety-oriented systems such as advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving systems; and cloud-based development tools and enhancements for the applications.

Key features for Cockpit include the following:

  • Connectivity framework: Integrated connectivity solutions help to extend and bridge the car experience to the IoT devices and landscape, including the cloud.
  • Firmware and software over-the-air (OTA) management: Cockpit includes the ability to manage and update software over-the-air throughout its lifecycle.
  • Flexible platform: Flexibility in car system design, from consolidated to distributed architecture, allows functional services to be distributed across ECUs.
  • Long term support: A secure Linux base from the market leader in commercial embedded Linux allows for extensibility over time with evolving IoT offerings, protocols, and developments.
  • Built-in security: Security Profile for Wind River Linux delivers secure data handling from boot to run time.

Wind River has also updated its software for ISO 26262 certifiable automotive safety-critical applications, Wind River Helix Drive. Cockpit and Drive are the latest offerings under Wind River Helix Chassis.

“The emergence of IoT is pushing automotive systems to become more connected within and outside of the car through the use of software. As such, carmakers must have a strong grasp of the holistic software environment in order to orchestrate a successful vision of the connected car,” said Marques McCammon, general manager of connected vehicles at Wind River. “Wind River Helix Cockpit provides carmakers with the framework to fully own the software environment and realize their vision. By turning to Wind River’s decades of embedded software leadership and rich technology expertise in mission-critical industries such as aerospace and defense, the auto industry can quickly become software savvy and begin their IoT transformation.”

http://www.windriver.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Cumulus Releases VX Virtual Appliance Edition of its Linux OS

Cumulus Networks releasesd a free virtual appliance designed to simulate its traditional Cumulus Linux operating system environment for open networking.

Cumulus said its VX (Virtual Experience) provides a way for data center cloud administrators and network engineers to learn, prototype and develop open networking concepts at their own pace, in their own environments. Cumulus VX operates without the need for a bare metal switch or specialized hardware and runs on all popular hypervisors. It is not intended for production usage but allows networking experts to test and configure traditional networking protocols like BGP and MLAG as well as Cumulus Networks-specific technologies such as Prescriptive Topology Manager (PTM).

Key benefits:

  • Learn: Cumulus VX will help IT and network professionals become more familiar with open networking.  
  • Test drive: Prospective customers can shorten the evaluation cycle by testing Cumulus Linux or Cumulus RMP features and functionalities at their own pace in their own environments, without needing to invest in hardware.
  • Prototype: Customers can leverage Cumulus VX to experiment and design rollouts, thus minimizing errors and time to production.  
  • Develop applications: Customers and partners can leverage Cumulus VX to develop custom, portable applications that seamlessly migrate into production Cumulus Linux or Cumulus RMP deployments.

“Open networking is the future. We’re seeing firsthand how organizations of all sizes benefit from embracing it. With Cumulus VX, we’re removing all economic and organizational barriers to make it easier than ever for people who are interested in open networking to try it out,” said Reza Malekzadeh, Vice President of Business, Cumulus Networks. “In addition, our partners are excited to have a way to demonstrate the experience of Cumulus Linux or Cumulus RMP right from their laptops, with no switch hardware required.”

Cumulus VX is available for download now on the Cumulus Networks website.

http://cumulusnetworks.com/

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wind River Opens App Store for VxWorks RTOS

Wind River is opening an app store for its VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS). Wind River Marketplace helps customers find and evaluate best-of-breed add-on solutions from the Wind River partner ecosystem in order to enhance their VxWorks deployment.

The apps in the store are tested and validated by Wind River for seamless interoperability with VxWorks.  Target categories range from safety, security, and storage to connectivity, graphics, and development tools.

“With the synergy and validation already achieved for Wind River Marketplace products, customers get almost immediate access to best-in-class embedded technologies to easily enhance the operating environment and accelerate market deployment,” said Dinyar Dastoor, vice president and general manager of operating system platforms at Wind River.

http://tinyurl.com/WRMarketplace

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ONF Launches Open Source Software Repository

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is launching a new Open Source Software community and code repository, OpenSourceSDN.org. This new site will be a resource for those looking to commercially deploy open SDN solutions, free from vendor lock-in.

“The launch of OpenSourceSDN.org further underscores our commitment to the ongoing commercialization of open source software worldwide,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “We see open source software as a key route to developing de facto standards and fostering multi-vendor interoperability, both of which are top priorities for ONF. Our work in open source software development will continue to be complementary to both our own specifications work and the open source work done by other organizations and we look forward to continued collaboration.”

http://opensourcesdn.org/

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

IBM Bets Big on Software-defined Storage

IBM plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years to develop next-generation technologies for software-defined storage. IBM intends to focus this investment on R&D of new cloud storage software, object storage and open standard technologies including OpenStack.

The IBM Spectrum Storage portfolio, which already incorporates more than 700 patents held by the company, will be directed toward helping enterprises transform to a hybrid cloud business model.  IBM will provide a single dashboard for managing massive amounts of data across any media from flash storage to tape and cloud for the lowest cost.  Already, IBM’s Spectrum Storage portfolio can centrally manage more than 300 different storage devices and yottabytes of data.

IBM will also further its efforts to extract intelligence from its traditional storage hardware products enabling clients to use it in any form – as-a-service, as an appliance, or, as software. IBM Spectrum Accelerate, which is the first software product that the company has based on the software from its XIV high-end storage appliance, enables clients to layer their infrastructure with intelligent features derived from XIV. These features include unique architecture with zero-tuning that can help clients dynamically add storage capacity in minutes versus the months it takes today to add, install and run storage hardware systems. The software can help provide business continuity upon disaster for all committed data, compared to the risk of losing 15 minutes of data or more with certain other competing storage software. Both speed and data protection are essential to clients in data-driven industries such as financial services, healthcare, retail and telecommunications as they seek to deploy new workloads on the hybrid cloud.

"A new approach is needed to help clients address the cost and complexity driven by tremendous data growth.  Traditional storage is inefficient in today’s world where the value of each piece of data is changing all the time,” said Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems. “IBM is revolutionizing storage with our Spectrum Storage software that helps clients to more efficiently leverage their hardware investments to extract the full business value of data.”

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/46093.wss

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vitesse Extends Ethernet to IoT with Protocol Stack

Vitesse Semiconductor introduced its IStaX protocol stack to simplify deployment and management of Industrial-IoT network applications such as Industrial Ethernet switching, surveillance, video distribution, LCD signage, intelligent sensors, and metering equipment.

The software is designed to work across Vitesse’s extensive portfolio of Ethernet switches and PHYs to simplify Ethernet networking and connectivity with various capabilities including:

  • IEEE 1588 PTP protocol support with Vitesse’s VeriTime to support deterministic network requirements, critical for high-precision industrial control systems;
  • Rich set of L2/L3 features enabling customers to segment industrial from Enterprise networks, and optimize the former for maximum bandwidth and uptime; and
  • Ethernet ring protection ensuring continued operations during equipment service disruption or failure, meeting the most demanding operational requirements of control systems.

“Vitesse tripled its Industrial-IoT customer base over the past year. As the IoT continues expanding, the number of companies requiring networking know-how will only proliferate,” noted Larry O’Connell, product marketing director at Vitesse. “Our goal is to make their path to market as easy as possible by leveraging Vitesse’s expertise in Ethernet networking, security and timing synchronization. As we’ve proven in Carrier markets, our turnkey IC and software solutions can reduce time-to-market for Industrial-IoT equipment by nearly 70%.”

https://www.vitesse.com/solutions/internet-of-things

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Shippable Raises $8 Million for Containerized Continuous Delivery Platform

Shippable, a start-up based in Seattle, raised $8 million in Series A funding for its containerized continuous integration and delivery platform.

The idea is to accelerate application development testing. Shippable runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is natively built on Docker, an open source project that is rapidly driving adoption of “containerization.”  The Shippable platform can abstract containerization, thus not requiring any changes to how code is written or deployed.

Shippable is available as a hosted service and Dedicated Hosts hybrid model and is free for unlimited public and private repositories.

Shippable claims the following benefits:

  • Automated Functional Testing with instant, on demand dev/test environments that are containerized replicas of production
  • Hybrid labs that can seamlessly grow or shrink across on-premise and cloud machines with changes in workloads
  • Continuous integration and delivery with an automated pipeline from “code to production”

The funding round was led by Madrona Venture Group with participation from existing investors including Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, Divergent Ventures and Founders Co-Op.

“The phrase ‘continuous integration’ is a misnomer. Traditional CI tools like Jenkins only help automate unit tests, and functional testing on staging environments is still predominantly manual and not really ‘continuous.’ We have created a modern CI platform that automates the entire delivery pipeline and makes fast and agile releases possible for all enterprises,” said Avi Cavale, founder and CEO of Shippable. “We’re really thrilled to work with Madrona.  They have supported us and watched us grow since our seed round and will be great partners as we expand our business to the enterprise and beyond.”

http://www.shippable.com

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