Friday, October 4, 2013

Gigamon Files for Follow-On Offering

Gigamon, which supplies network traffic visibility solutions, filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed public offering of shares of its common stock.

Gigamon is proposing to offer 300,000 shares and certain selling stockholders are proposing to offer 4,800,000 shares.  In addition, certain of the selling stockholders are expected to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 765,000 additional shares of common stock from them.

Gigamon will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of the shares that are proposed to be sold by the selling stockholders.

Goldman, Sachs & Co., BofA Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse are acting as lead joint book-running managers for the offering and Raymond James,

Pacific Crest and William Blair are acting as co-managers for the offering.

Frontier Announces CWA Labor Agreement

Frontier Communications confirmed that members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in five Midwest states ratified a new labor agreement.

The contract, finalized Sept. 24 after almost seven months of negotiations, affects more than 1,100 employees, including 574 employees in Ohio. The new contract also covers employees in Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. The ratified contract expires in February 2017.

"Facing an increasingly competitive business environment, the CWA and Frontier worked together to reach a contract that was satisfactory to both parties,” Davidson said. “Both sides recognized that we are in this together, and the ratification is a ‘win-win' outcome for employees, customers and the company’s future."

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Verizon Cloud Takes on AWS with On-Demand Compute, Object Storage

Verizon introduced its new cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform and cloud-based object storage service, saying its ambition is to fundamentally change how public clouds are built so that large enterprises, mid-size companies and small development shops can get the agility and economic benefit of a generic public cloud along with the reliability and scale of an enterprise-level service.

Significantly, Verizon Cloud can leverage the company’s global IP network, managed security services and global data centers, including the facilities and expertise of its Verizon Terremark division.

Verizon Cloud has two main components: Cloud Compute and Cloud Storage.
  • Verizon Cloud Compute enables users to create and deploy virtual machines in seconds.  Users pay for only what they need and can determine and set virtual machine and network performance, providing predictable performance for mission critical applications even during peak times. Additionally, users can configure storage performance and attach storage to multiple virtual machines. Previously, services had pre-set configurations for size (e.g. small, medium, large) and performance, with little flexibility regarding virtual machine and network performance and storage configuration. No other cloud offering provides this level of control. Payment can be made via credit card or purchase orders on file.
  • Verizon Cloud Storage is an object-addressable, multitenant storage platform providing safe, durable, reliable and cost-effective storage accessible from anywhere on the Web. The company said its service overcomes latency issues that have plagued many traditional storage offerings, providing improved performance.

“Verizon created the enterprise cloud, now we’re recreating it,” said John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “This is the revolution in cloud services that enterprises have been calling for.  We took feedback from our enterprise clients across the globe and built a new cloud platform from the bottom up to deliver the attributes they require.”

“We are putting control and choice back in the hands of the user, while still addressing their needs for availability, performance and security,” said John Considine, chief technology officer of Verizon Terremark. “We started from scratch, building the core components we felt necessary to achieve that goal.”

Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage are installed in Verizon cloud data centers in Culpeper, Va., Englewood, Colo., Miami; Santa Clara, Calif.; and in Amsterdam, London, and Sao Paolo. Initially, clients will be served out of the Culpeper data center, with other centers around the globe expected to be added through mid-2014
  • In 2011, Verizon Communications acquired Terremark, a global provider of managed IT infrastructure and cloud services, for approximately $1.4 billion.  At the time of the acquisition, Terremark, which is headquartered in Miami, operated 13 data centers in the U.S., Europe and Latin America (Miami, Dallas, Wash. D.C., Santa Clara, Bogota, Sao Paolo, Santo Domingo, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid and Istambul).  Prior to the deal, Verizon operated more than 220 data centers across 23 countries, including 19 premium centers and five smart centers.

Fujitsu Intros New FLASHWAVE Ethernet Services Platforms

Fujitsu continues to expand its Ethernet Services Platform with the introduction of FLASHWAVE 5310 and FLASHWAVE 5320 systems designed for low-cost delivery of Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Ethernet LAN-based services for business and mobile backhaul applications.

Fujitsu said its new Ethernet Services Platforms are engineered to deliver an affordable and seamless path for high performance, standards-based Carrier Ethernet service into metro, enterprise and mobile networks.

The FLASHWAVE 5310 Ethernet Services Platform is a compact, multiservice, carrier-grade system that delivers both Ethernet and TDM-based connectivity. Its small form factor, temperature resilience, and low power consumption make it suitable for installation at wireless towers or customer premises. It features integrated support for both Ethernet and TDM via emulation of T1/E1 and SONET/SDH channelized OC-3/STM-1 circuits. The FLASHWAVE 5310 product provides Ethernet service scalability from 1Mbps to 1Gbps, and 1-16 T1-E1s.  It  also features dedicated hardware for traffic performance monitoring and for MAC address swapping.

The FLASHWAVE 5320 platform delivers Carrier Ethernet aggregation through the access network directly to customer premises. It can be used for extending Ethernet, IP and cloud services to metro areas such as business parks, multi-tenant buildings, cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots. The FLASHWAVE 5320 product provides 24xSFP and 2xXFP ports with MEF-standards based Carrier Ethernet service scalability from 1MBps to 10Gbps with highly reliable service delivery and G.8032 sub 50ms ring protection. It also features dedicated hardware for traffic performance monitoring.

"With the launch of the FLASHWAVE 5310 and 5320 platforms, service providers can deploy low-cost, protocol-rich Carrier Ethernet solutions into metro, enterprise and mobile networks with confidence,” said Rod Naphan, Senior Vice President, Planning, Fujitsu Network Communications. “Fujitsu continues to develop flexible, comprehensive, standards-based hardware and software to keep networks running and growing as they evolve with changing bandwidth needs.”

NSN Virtualizes its NetAct OSS for Radio, Core and Transport Networks

Nokia Solutions and Networks introduced its NetAct 8, a virtualized, single Operations Support System (OSS) for managing radio, core and transport networks. It provides off-the-shelf management of Network Function Virtualization, simplifying network operations and reducing operational expenses.

The company said its NetAct 8 is able to provide a single, end-to-end view of multi-technology, multi-domain and multi-vendor networks. NetAct 8'd interface shows real-time performance information and powerful alarm correlation to reduce growing operational complexity. Virtualization enables NetAct 8 to deliver very high availability independent of any single hardware platform. Furthermore, future upgrades can be done almost instantly. A single OSS provides unique operational benefits. For example, integrated radio and transport configuration management simplifies the creation of VPN-secured connections between the LTE base station and the Core network.

“Operators need a simpler way to run ever-more sophisticated networks as technologies like LTE and small cells are added. In this latest version of our
With these insights, operators can prioritize fixes with the highest impact. A positive customer experience results in more revenue and happier customers, with fewer calls to the customer care center. The productized integration of SQM and CEM on Demand also enables faster deployment of customer-centric service operations.

Also new are an off-the-shelf integration of Customer Experience Management (CEM) and Service Quality Management (SQM) products as well as a Service Fulfillment Introduction Pack. While SQM proactively identifies the occurrence and causes of service quality degradation, CEM on Demand shows the impact on the individual customer experience.

Telco Systems Launches 10GE Ethernet/MPLS Demarc Device

Telco Systems introduced a 10GE demarcation Ethernet/MPLS network interface device (NID) – a leap forward in 10GE Carrier Ethernet and MPLS service delivery for service providers and mobile operators. The product boasts 4 x 10GE plus 12 x 1GE ports with a total of 52GE capacity, in a 1RU, half rack width form factor.

Telco Systems said its ultra‐compact design is the densest and most cost effective 10GE demarcation device in the Carrier Ethernet market. Significantly, it offers per-port support for both Carrier Ethernet and IP/MPLS transport at no additional licensing cost.

Some key features include:

  • Sub 50msec restoration over Ethernet and MPLS in ring or mesh topologies (G.8031, G.8032, FRR)
  • Hardware‐based OAM and embedded test tools (RFC2544, Y.1564) to assure service delivery.
  • Supports for all four MEF CE 2.0 services over Ethernet
  • IP/MPLS built into the product and license free.

A10 Networks Raises $115 Million in New Capital for Application Delivery Controllers

A10 Networks, which specializes in the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) solutions, raised $115 million in new capital through an equity financing and a committed revolving credit facility.

Summit Partners, a leading global growth equity firm, led the round with an $80 million equity investment. An additional $35 million revolving credit facility was obtained through Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital Markets.

"We are proud of the investment and the underlying vote of confidence from several of North America's largest and most prestigious financial institutions," said Lee Chen, Founder and CEO for A10 Networks. "With this investment, A10 will continue to extend its technology leadership and expand its market penetration with innovative solutions to help customers accelerate, optimize and secure websites and applications."

A10 noted that its most fiscal recent quarter produced record revenues.

"A10 has an enormous market opportunity with the rapid growth of cloud applications and online devices," said Greg Straughn, CFO of A10 Networks. "Our strong execution and rapid growth have enabled A10 Networks to raise a considerable amount of capital from leading financial institutions. With the additional capital, we will continue to invest in R&D, Customer Support, Sales and Marketing, as well as continue to grow our global workforce well beyond our current 600 employees, key elements for extending our history of strong revenue growth."

A10 Networks is headquartered in Silicon Valley.

  • In July 2013, A10 Networks announced its new entry-level A10 Thunder Series, extending its family of Unified Application Service Gateways (UASGs) to small/medium business and enterprise customers. The 1-RU appliance delivers Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and Server Load Balancing (SLB) functionality for optimization and acceleration, full Layer 4-7 support, scalability and availability. Additional advanced modules include Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) and Application Delivery Partitions (ADPs) for multi-tenancy through virtualization to enable more applications and more services.  It also integrates home-grown services including a Web Application Firewall (WAF) for website protection, DNS Application Firewall (DAF) for DNS infrastructure protection, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection for next-generation attack mitigation, SSL Intercept (SI) to inspect encrypted traffic and Application Access Management (AAM) for pre-authentication.  The A10 Thunder 930 – Entry-level UASG supports 200,000 connections per second (CPS), 5 Gbps of application throughput, and up to 16 million concurrent sessions.  

  • In January 2013, A U.S. court in San Jose, California confirmed a $60 million damages verdict against A10 Networks and entered an order permanently enjoining A10 from infringing on Brocade's patents involving technologies for Global Server Load Balancing and High Availability. The Court enjoined A10 from "making, using, selling, or offering to sell in the United States, or importing into the United States any AX series application delivery controller that includes features that infringe" on these asserted claims.  Last August, a jury found for Brocade on four claims of patent infringement involving technologies for Global Server Load Balancing and High Availability and found that the A10 AX Series line of load balancers infringe on these specific patents.

Digital Realty and Prudential Announce $369 Million Data Center Joint Venture

Digital Realty Trust announced a $369 million joint venture with an investment fund managed by Prudential Real Estate Investors ("PREI"), the real estate investment management and advisory business of Prudential Financial.

Digital Realty seeded the joint venture with nine data centers totaling 1.06 million square feet and valued at approximately $366.4 million (excluding $2.8 million of closing costs), or $346 per square foot.  The properties are expected to generate cash net operating income of approximately $24.5 million in 2013, representing a 6.7% cap rate.  The properties are 100% leased, with an average remaining lease term of approximately nine years.

The PREI-managed fund will take an 80% interest in the joint venture and Digital Realty will retain a 20% interest.  The joint venture is structured to provide a current annual preferred return from cash flow to the PREI-managed interest, while Digital Realty will receive fees and a promote participation for managing the properties.

"The long lease terms and contractual rental rate increases on these Powered Base Building data centers provide a stable rental income stream that represents a good fit with our investment objectives," noted Cathy Marcus, managing director at PREI and senior portfolio manager of the firm's core U.S. real estate strategy.  "These institutional quality properties are fully leased to a diversified roster of credit tenants, and we look forward to realizing a stable return on this portfolio over the course of a long-term relationship with Digital Realty."

Bernabè Steps Down as Head of Telecom Italia

Franco Bernabè has resigned as Chairman and CEO of Telecom Italia.  His responsibilities are being taken over by Marco Patuano, who currently serves as COO, while the company decides on a new Chairman.

Telecom Italia's Board of Directors also approved a severance package of EUR 3.7 million for Bernabè.

Ericsson Offers VoLTE Verification in Taiwan Lab

Ericsson is adding Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Service (RCS) verification services to the scope of operations at its Experience Lab in Taiwan.

The lab will support operators, device/chipset makers, application developers and others in bringing more advanced communications experiences to consumers by accelerating the R&D, testing and verification, and commercialization of mobile broadband applications and products.  It is Ericsson's first facility in the Asia-Pacific region to provide such services commercially.  T

Ericsson’s Taiwan lab has served partners in Taiwan, the United States, Europe, China, Japan, South Korea and more, since its founding in 2005. It is one of six global Ericsson Experience Labs; the others are located in the United States, Canada, Germany, India and Sweden. Alongside the new VoLTE and RCS verification services, the Taiwan lab also tests 2G (GSM), 3G (WCDMA) and 4G (LTE FDD/TDD) technologies for voice, data and other related services.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Netsocket Debuts SDN for for the Distributed Enterprise

Netsocket introduced its Virtual Network solution for enterprise campuses and distributed office LAN and edge networking environments. Most SDN solutions target data center or metro networks.

Netsocket's Enterprise Edition NVN vNetCommander orchestration application, which now commercially available, is comprised of a three-tier SDN architecture – providing end-to-end virtual networking, centralized orchestration and automation, and superior interoperability and integration with legacy routed networks as well as higher-level management systems such as Microsoft System Center. The Netsocket Virtual Network interconnects enterprise branches in just a few minutes, with no networking expertise required at the site. Its switching and routing components are automatically deployed and provisioned to each branch office using the centralized, intuitive network management application vNetCommander. The company said its web-based GUI, the vNetCommander, can handle automated deployment, installation, configuration and orchestration of virtualized networks all from a centralized console.

 “One of the advantages of NVN for distributed enterprises is that it facilitates an extremely low risk and low cost path to try SDN virtualized networking and to evaluate the benefits”, said Fletcher Hamilton, president and CEO of Netsocket.  “There is so much hype in the SDN world that it’s hard to know what solutions are really ready for prime time.   By implementing SDN first at a branch location, a solution like NVN can be seamlessly proven interoperable and operational within your existing network in just a few hours.  This allows an enterprise to easily separate the hype from the facts.”

In July, Netsocket, a start-up based in Plano, Texas, unveiled its flagship Netsocket Virtual Network (NVN) product suite for bringing SDN-based orchestration and automation capabilities to enterprise infrastructure based commodity x86 servers.

Netsocket has developed a three-tier SDN architecture for interoperability and integration with legacy routed networks as well as higher level management systems such as Microsoft System Center.  The NetSocketdesign uses a vFlow controller with routing, firewall, and VPN capabilities built-in.

Key goals include flexibility of configuration and management, seamless legacy network interoperability via the intrinsic routing capability in the controller,  and commoditization of switching functions by eliminating the need for any network hardware other than commodity layer 2 switches and off-the-shelf x86 servers.  The framework provides automated networking through NVN applications that are network configuration and operational state 'aware,' and capable of adaptively monitoring and controlling underlying network services. This would enable enterprises to cap their purchases of proprietary routers and layer 3 switches and begin to migrate towards an agile software-based network infrastructure that relies only on commodity servers and inexpensive layer 2 switches.

The Netsocket Virtual Network (NVN) product suite consists of software for x86 virtual server platforms.  Key components include:
  • vFlowController -- an SDN controller with intrinsic vRouter, vTunnel and vFirewall components.
  • vNetCommander -- a centralized management system for NVN that handles automated installation, provisioning and orchestration of the network.
  • vNetOptimizer -- a next generation virtualized version of Netsocket’s Cloud Experience Manager service assurance product, and will provide for real-time network service analytics, automation and optimization of the network.
Netsocket is natively targeting all of the popular hypervisors, including Microsoft Hyper-V. It is working on interoperability with OpenStack & Microsoft System Center.

Omnitron Integrates Power-over-Ethernet into Carrier Ethernet NID

Omnitron Systems introduced a Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 Network Interface Device that integrates up to 60W Power over Ethernet (PoE) to directly power small cell equipment.

Omnitron said that by integrating CE 2.0 demarcation and PoE functions into a compact device, it can simplify small cell deployments by eliminating the need for power wiring to the cell or, alternatively, the usage of midspan power equipment.

“Complexity, power requirements and high backhaul equipment cost, have been critical factors slowing down small cell deployments,” said Rammy Bahalul, Omnitron Vice President of Marketing. “The compact yet highly-integrated GM4-PoE now enables Service Providers to reduce installation complexity, simplify power delivery to the small cell and achieve the target cost structure required to accelerate small cell deployments.”    

GM4-PoE NIDs are available in two PoE basic models; GM4-PoE+ and GM4-HPoE. Both models support the 802.3af PoE (15.4W) and 802.3at PoE+ (25.5W) standards per port, while the GM4-HPoE models also provide up to 60W of power per port.  The GM4-PoE NIDs are available with full PoE power on up to four RJ-45 ports, and feature up to two SFP fiber ports that support G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection Switching to enable resilient ring configurations. 


Ciena Introduces New Switches for 10GbE Services

Ciena announced new packet networking solutions for supporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services.

Ciena’s new 5160 and 5142 Service Aggregation Switches are small form-factor platforms that enable efficient delivery and aggregation of large quantities of data at speeds of 1GbE to 10GbE while meeting increasingly stringent SLAs.

Key capabilities include: 10GbE service activation testing, extended temperature range support, full synchronization support, and greatly reduced power and space footprint.

Ciena said its new E-Suite platforms are seamlessly integrated with the latest packet capabilities on the widely deployed 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and leverage the field-proven, full-featured Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) provided by Ciena’s existing portfolio of packet networking and converged packet optical solutions.

SAP Ventures Raises US$1 Billion in One Year

SAP Ventures, the independent venture capital firm affiliated with SAP AG, has raised more than US$650 million for a new direct investment fund, SAP Ventures Fund II.  The company has raised a further US$405 million for its SAP HANA Real Time Fund, which invests in early stage VC funds.  Inclusive of SAP Ventures Fund I, a US$353 million direct investment fund launched in 2011, the firm's total assets under management increased to more than US$1.4 billion.

SAP Ventures noted its record results this year: 12 initial public offering (IPO) and merger and acquisition (M&A) events to date in 2013. Five of its portfolio companies went public, including Control 4, Just Dial, Marin Software, Tremor Video and Violin Memory. Seven of its portfolio companies were acquired, including Aepona, Apriso, Datria, ExactTarget, Ignite, ScaleIO and Voxeo.

"SAP Ventures is an integral partner of the innovation drive and intellectual renewal happening at SAP. They are helping us build a broader ecosystem that includes some of the most innovative founders, developers and venture capitalists," said Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG. "I have been a big supporter of SAP Ventures over the years. We are proud of our commitment to their newest fund and I look forward to supporting them on their journey."

WD's New My Cloud Delivers Terabits of Personal Storage

WD introduced a new family of "My Cloud" personal cloud drives that provide consumers with multiple terabytes of digital content storage that is accessible to friends and family over the web and can be integrated with major public cloud services, including Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive.

WD is positioning its My Cloud as a solution for users to organize, centralize and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices.  The HDD, which is available in 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB capacities, connects via USB 3.0 to serve as a digital hub for the home network.

"We believe that there's no place like home for the cloud," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "Everyone is inundated with thousands of digital files scattered across multiple computers and mobile devices, and controlling that chaos is a challenge. WD's personal cloud is the easiest, most secure and most affordable way for customers to control that chaos, with access to all of their files anywhere, anytime."

The average household will own approximately 3.3 terabytes (TB) of digital content by 2016, according to research from Gartner.  WD believes that automated software will be key to connecting, sharing, syncing, and backing-up digital content from all the smartphones, tablets and computers in the home.

A two drive and four drive My Cloud configuration will be available in the future.

Enabling Bluetooth for Smart Wireless Charging Stations

The Bluetooth SIG and Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) have set-up a formal liaison relationship to advance smart wireless charging station.

As a first step, the Bluetooth SIG has issued a Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) to the A4WP for adoption in its baseline system specification (BSS).  The A4WP BSS utilizes the Bluetooth Smart radio standard to carry the session management and power control between an A4WP charging station and an A4WP-certified device, e.g., smartphone.

The organizations said benefits of their collaboration include:

  • Consumers will benefit from devices initiating a charge more quickly when coming into contact with charging surfaces
  • Consumers will also see improved power control features such as giving one device prioritized charging when multiple devices are charging at the same time
  • OEMs and developers will be able to create a new class of applications  to leverage these smart wireless charging stations (e.g., mobile payments, location based services)

"Bluetooth Smart is a foundation technology for the Alliance for Wireless Power," said Dr. Kamil A. Grajski, president of the A4WP.  "By combining Bluetooth Smart with magnetic resonant wireless power transfer technology, the A4WP delivers a next-generation user experience that features one charging station to many simultaneous devices, freedom of placement on tabletops, desktops and automotive environments, and charging solutions that scale seamlessly from wireless headsets to smartphones, to tablets and laptops."

Infonetics: 16G Fibre Channel Passing 8G This Year

The global SAN equipment market, including Fibre Channel switches and iSCSI and Fibre Channel host bus adapters, totaled $631 million in 2Q13, an increase of 4% from 1Q13, but a decline of 8% from the year-ago quarter (2Q12), according to a new report from Infonetics. One of the biggest trends is the ramp in 16 Fibre Channel.

"Cisco's 16G Fibre Channel ports are finally hitting the market, and we believe its customers' pent-up demand for Fibre Channel inter-switch connection will help push 16G revenue past 8G by the end of 2013," predicts Michael Howard, Infonetics Research's co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks. "Meanwhile, Brocade, which enjoyed a similar jump start when it came to market with 16G Fibre Channel in 2011, is settling in for the longer-term 16G replacement of 8G as the speed of choice."

Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics, adds: "We're forecasting 16G Fibre Channel switch revenue to grow at a 46% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 to 2017."

Additional highlights:

  • In the adapter segment, combined Fibre Channel and iSCSI revenue fell 5% in 2Q13 from the previous quarter
  • Thanks to its introduction of 16G Fibre Channel, Cisco was able to buck a down quarter that plagued many of the other leading vendors in the SAN space
  • In 2Q13, the worldwide high-performance interconnect equipment (HPI) market, including converged FCoE/Ethernet switches and converged network adapters, grew 26% sequentially, and is up 43% year-over-year
  • Growth in the HPI market continues to reflect operators' ongoing investments in data center infrastructure and interest in LAN/SAN convergence
  • Sales of converged FCoE/Ethernet switches are up 26% in 2Q13 from 1Q13

RAD Joins Cyan Blue Orbit SDN Ecosystem

RAD is the latest company to join the Cyan Blue Orbit ecosystem of partners focused on multi-vendor SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV) applications.

RAD’s joining of Blue Orbit follows the recent completion by Cyan of end-to-end Ethernet services provisioning and "one-click OAM" as well as alarms and topology support for the RAD ETX-2. This integration enables network operators to have visibility and management of RAD platforms through Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform.
“There is a lot of industry chatter around the promise of SDN/NFV, but when it comes down to it, carriers want proof beyond the hype to know our solutions can be successfully deployed,” said Yuri Gittik, Head of Strategic Marketing, RAD. “The Blue Orbit ecosystem allows us to test and demonstrate interoperability between our innovative solutions, including Distributed NFV, and other multi-vendor SDN solutions to ensure smooth infrastructure rollouts.”

Samsung Intros SSDs for VMware Virtual SANs

Samsung Electronics introduced a high-performing solid state drive (SSD) for VMware Virtual SANs, which allows customers to pool server disks and flash resources to create a resilient, high-performance and dynamic shared storage solution for virtual machines.

The SM1625 SSD, Samsung’s first dual-ported SAS SSD with densities of up to 800 GBs, has been certified for VMware Virtual SAN for use in data centers and other enterprise applications. The newly certified SAS SM1625 enterprise storage, which is produced using 20 nanometer (nm) class technology, can read data sequentially at 950 MB/s (megabytes per second). In addition, the SM1625 has a random read speed of 120,000 IOPS (inputs/outputs per second). Further, it can handle up to 10 drive writes per day, an endurance rate that covers a typical warranty period for its full five years.

“VMware Virtual SAN provides customers a simpler and more flexible tier of storage for their virtual machines,” said John Gilmartin, vice president, Cloud Infrastructure Products, VMware. “By clustering flash and direct-attached storage, VMware Virtual SAN provides a shared storage solution that is high-performing, cost-effective, and seamlessly integrated into VMware vCenter™ Server. We are pleased to have Samsung’s SM1625 SSD as a high-performance storage option for our joint customers.”

“We are very enthusiastic about this SM1625 certification as the basis for partnering with VMware to offer a SAS storage solution for the enterprise,” said JaeHyeong Lee, vice president of memory product planning & application engineering, Samsung Electronics. “We will work closely with not only our OEM customers but also global software companies such as VMware in looking to develop high performing and environmentally-friendly IT systems for data center applications and enterprise storage.”

Aricent Partners with Broadcom on Mobile Backhaul Framework

Aricent announced a collaboration with Broadcom to develop  a carrier-grade mobile backhaul reference framework.

Aricent's Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS), which is a software framework that offers Layer 2 switching, IPv4/v6 routing, QoS, security, and management capabilities, has been tested and deployed in the field on Broadcom's StrataXGS BCM56440 Ethernet Switch leveraging Broadcom's latest Software Development Kit (SDK).

The joint solution can render  Layer 2 and VLAN switching, Layer 3 routing, MPLS, MPLS-TP, provider backbone bridging (PBB), operations, administration and management (OAM), protection, timing, and synchronization features to help equipment vendors build next generation carrier grade mobile backhaul solutions. ISS on Broadcom's StrataXGS BCM56450 platform will be available by the end of this year.