Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vitesse Intellisec: A New Paradigm for Secure Networking

Network encryption today is typically handled at the application layer with SSL or at the IP layer with IPsec.  Building a more secure connection at a lower layer of the network has been a headache because encryption had to be provided on a link-by-link basis.

In this video, Vitesse Semiconductor's Martin Nuss discuses Intellisec, a new technology that leverages MACsec protocol to extend security end-to-end.


Vodafone's Project Spring Boosts CAPEX £7 Billion

The Vodafone Group reported six month revenue of £19.1 billion, an increase of 2.5%. The increase was driven by the acquisition of CWW and TelstraClear in the prior year. Organic organic service revenue on a management basis declined 4.9%; Northern & Central Europe down 4.9%; Southern Europe was down 15.5%, and AMAP (Africa, Middled East and Asia Pacific) was up 5.7%.  Profit for the period from continuing operations increased by £20.0 billion to £15.7 billion, primarily as a result of the recognition of additional deferred tax of £14.7 billion in the current period and an impairment charge of £5.9 billion in the prior period.

Regarding the sale of Vodafone's state in Verizon Wireless, the company expects to realise a gain on disposal of between £45 billion and £50 billion, which will be recognised on completion. The exact figure will depend on a number of variables, primarily the sterling/US dollar exchange rate and the Verizon share price at the time of completion.

Vodafone also announced "Project Spring" to seize the attractive long-term opportunities and mitigate adverse factors in the telecommunications sector. The announcement, which builds on the "Vodafone 2015 Strategy announced in November 2012, boosts the company's CAPEX spending by £7.0 billion through 2016 with the expectation that the European economies will begin to recover in the medium term.

In Europe, despite the current tough macroeconomic and regulatory environment, Vodafone believes the telecoms market is approaching a turning point:

  • The demand for universal high speed data continues to grow, creating attractive growth opportunities in mobile and unified communications services in both the consumer and enterprise sectors; 
  • The economic environment is expected to recover, with a return to GDP growth forecast in 2013 and 2014 for Northern Europe and Southern Europe respectively; and 
  • The focus of regulation is showing some early signs of acknowledging the need to promote investment in the 
  • sector and permit consolidation. 

Project Spring spending plans include an investment in Europe of around £3 billion to deliver deeper 3G coverage and capacity  This will accelerate the 4G network build, supported by single RAN and high capacity backhaul.  In AMAP, Vodafone will invest around £1.5 billion to extend 3G coverage across major cities and key regions to provide wider voice coverage and the best data experience.

Vodafone will invest approximately £1 billion in unified communications. In Europe, Vodafone will increase xDSL and fibre footprint to provide competitive unified communications solutions.  In AMAP, Vodafone will establish a fibre footprint to enable converged services in key business areas.

Around £0.5 billion will be invested in the enterprise product suite. Vodafone will significantly expand our
geographic coverage for our core Enterprise business as well as M2M solutions and Vodafone One Net, whilst accelerating IP-VPN in nine major markets. Vodafone will increase its hosting capability and invest in traffic routing systems to build its carrier services business.

Vodafone is on target to deliver £0.3 billion reduction in European OPEX in FY 13/14 by:

  • reducing its European network operation centres from 13 to 2
  • expanding active network sharing in the UK, Spain, Greece and Romania
  • currently 47% of European sites are shared today and 65% of new sites are shared.
  • Increasing central procurement.  
  •  > 10% targeted reduction in support costs in FY 13/14
Smartphone penetration in Europe is now 39% and 57% of mobile service revenue in Europe is in-bundle. 

Data usage continues to grow with average usage per device now 400MB per month.

Vodafone will continue to invest in HSPA+, 4G and high capacity backhaul.

56% of Vodafone's 3G footprint in Europe now operates at peak speeds of 43.2 Mbps, up from 29% one year ago.

Vodafone has now launched 4G services in 14 markets and unified communications capability in 12 markets.


Turk Telekom Tests 2T WDM with Huawei

Turk Telekom has tested a 2T WDM system from Huawei on its live network.

The field trial achieved groundbreaking 40 Tbps C-band transmission over a single fiber over 307 km of G.652 fiber between Ankara, the capital of Turkey, and Cankiri.

Huawei said its WDM system used advanced 32QAM modulation to deliver a net SE of up to 8 b/s/Hz or 40Tb/s C-band transmission, meaning a capacity four times higher than mainstream commercial 100G systems. In addition, using Hybrid QAM technology with 20 Tbps capacities, the trial link consisted of fiber loop between Ankara and Istanbul, stretching 1,750 km without regeneration.

Hybrid QAM technology allows software-defined tuning of modulation formats such as QPSK, 8QAM, 16QAM, 32QAM, and 64QAM for different optical signals, bringing unprecedented flexibility in service-specific capacity and transmission distance configurations.


  • In 2010, Turk Telekom built the national backbone network that stretches more than 34,000 km using Huawei's next-generation WDM system, and in 2012, it deployed Huawei's coherent 100G solution. 

Infonetics: Deep Packet Inspection Segment is Hot

Driven largely by the mobile segment, spending on standalone DPI solutions to grow 30% year-over-year in 2013, according to a new report from Infonetics.  Mobile operators are turning to deep packet inspection (DPI) to better manage bandwidth use and to create innovative and bundled services.

As devices become more sophisticated, subscribers are using more bandwidth-intensive services such as video, and that trend will only intensify as operators roll out their LTE networks,” notes Shira Levine, directing analyst for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics Research. “This is driving investment in DPI, often in conjunction with adjacent functionality such as policy, analytics, and real-time charging, to better monetize that usage and create more compelling offerings for the customer.”

Some highlights of the report:

  • The concept of "DPI inside" is gaining traction as manufacturers embed DPI into larger solutions such as video optimization, content charging, and service assurance.
  • Sandvine passed Allot to take the lead in the DPI market in the first half of 2013 (1H13).


Amazon's "AWS re:invent" Sold Out in Las Vegas

Amazon's "AWS re:invent" conference this week in Las Vegas (Sands Expo Hall) is completely sold out.

The event has over 175 scheduled sessions covering best practices for AWS services,  training bootcamps, hands-on labs, and hackathon.  The registration fee was $1,299.


HP Releases Virtual Storage Appliance Software

HP released StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) software for its virtualization-ready HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers. The software, which is available at no additional cost, transforms HP ProLiant servers for software-defined storage.

Key benefits include:

  • Reduce costs of deploying resilient shared storage by up to 80 percent compared with traditional storage arrays.
  • Simplify deployment and improve flexibility with either VMware or Microsoft hypervisor environments without the need for dedicated storage expertise.
  • Enhance agility by scaling compute and storage in parallel as business needs change and application workloads grow.
  • Reduce risk by keeping data highly available through clustering and built-in disaster recovery including VMware Metro Storage Cluster support.

“To unlock the full benefits of server virtualization in the most space- or budget-constrained environments, organizations need a converged approach to resilient, shared storage that supports their data-intensive virtualized workloads,” said David Scott, senior vice president and general manager, Storage, HP. “HP is the only storage provider that delivers powerful, efficient servers combined with free software-defined storage to help our customers maximize server virtualization ROI, even with a limited budget.”


OpenDaylight Project Names Former VMware Exec as Director

The OpenDaylight Project, which is a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), named Nicolas "Neela" Jacques as it executive director.

Jacques will work with the OpenDaylight community to advance SDN and NFV with a developer-driven open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence, programmability and performance of network infrastructures.

Jacques previously served at VMware as part of the core team that took virtualization from a niche development and testing product to ubiquitous use. He developed and took to market the company’s software-defined data center vision and strategy including VMware’s vCloud Suite. Jacques also founded and launched VMware's first cloud computing initiative in 2007. Prior to VMware, Jacques was a consultant with Bain & Company.

“Networking is key to getting a more efficient and automated data center. SDN represents that last mile for virtualization, and open source software and collaborative development is going to get us there,” said Neela Jacques, executive director at the OpenDaylight Project. “The OpenDaylight Project is driven by developers who are leading the way in innovation for the future of networking and delivering the promise of SDN and NFV. I’m excited to join the project and contribute to this important, groundbreaking work.”


Orange Fab Expands Beyond Silicon Valley

Orange is taking the start-up fab that it has developed in Silicon Valley and expanding the programme to other regions.

New Orange Fab programmes are being launched in France, Japan for the South-East Asia region, and Poland.  The concept is to enable start-up entrepreneurs to focus on their growth, to launch their services on a global scale, and to create products and services that enhance the current world of telecommunications.

“Welcoming students, engineers, developers, designers and entrepreneurs to our premises forms an important component of our strategy to engender open innovation, to innovate more quickly, with greater agility, in tune with our company culture. Orange Fab is absolutely part of that process,” explains Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange.


T-Mobile US Looks to Raise $1.8 Billion for Spectrum Auctions

T-Mobile US plans to offer 66,150,000 shares of its common stock in a registered public offering.

The sale could raised about $1.8 billion for the company.

T-Mobile said it will use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including capital investments such as acquiring additional spectrum in private party transactions and/or government auctions. T-Mobile intends to grant the underwriters in this offering the option to purchase up to an additional 6,615,000 shares of its common stock.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Ericsson: Mobility Forecast Shows Regional Differences

The proliferation of smartphones worldwide is forcing rapid changes in mobile networks, according to the latest edition of the semi-annual Ericsson Mobility Report, but regional differences will persist through 2019 in terms of the pace of LTE adoption.

The report leverages data traffic measures from a large base of live networks covering all regions of the world, along with internal forecasts and other relevant studies to provide insights into the current traffic and market trends.

Some key findings:

  • As of Q3 2013, total mobile subscriptions are at around 6.6 billion, including 113 million new subscriptions added during the third quarter. The actual number of people with their own mobiles is around 4.5 billion.
  • Smartphone accounted for around 55 percent of all mobile phones sold in Q3 2013, compared to around 40 percent for the full year in 2012. Of all mobile phone subscriptions, 25-30 percent are associated with smartphones.
  • Global mobile broadband subscriptions passed 2 billion in 2013, and are predicted to grow 4 times by 2019, reaching 8 billion.
  • The amount of data sent by each smartphone will nearly quadruple by to 2019 -- from 600 MB per month today to 2.2 GB.
  • Online video is the biggest contributor to mobile traffic volumes, constituting 25 percent of total smartphone traffic and 40 percent of total tablet traffic.
  • Currently, 80 percent of all subscriptions are on 2G.  In 2019, 80 percent of the subscriptions will be 3G or 4G instead.
  • GSM/EDGE will continue to represent a large share of total mobile subscriptions through 2019 because less affluent users entering networks ingrowing markets will likely choose a low cost mobile phone and subscription. In addition, it takes time for the installed base of phones to be upgraded.
  • LTE is being deployed and built-out in all regions, and will reach around 2.6 billion subscriptions in 2019.
  • Basic phones currently number around 4.5 billion today and are forecast to decline to around 3 billion in 2019.
  • Total smartphone subscriptions will reach 1.9 billion at the end of 2013 and are expected to grow to 5.6 billion in 2019. 
  • In 2019, almost all handsets in Western Europe and North America will be smartphones, compared to 50 percent of handset subscriptions in the Middle East and Africa.
  • The number of mobile subscriptions for mobile PCs, tablets and mobile routers is expected to grow from 300 million in 2013 to around 800 million in 2019.
  • In North America, LTE will represent the majority of subscriptions in the region in 2016, growing to around 85 percent in 2019. GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions will progressively decline.
  • Latin America has a large GSM/EDGE subscriber base and in 2019 WCDMA/HSPA will remain the dominant technology, however GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions
  • will still be significant.
  • In Western Europe WCDMA/HSPA is the dominant technology today. By the end of the forecast period, LTE will make up around 55 percent of the subscriptions base in Western Europe.
  • Mobile data traffic is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 45 percent (2013-2019). This will result in an increase of around 10 times by the end of 2019.
  • In 2013, total mobile traffic generated by mobile phones exceeded that from mobile PCs, tablets and mobile routers for the first time. 

The 32-page report is here:

Open Compute Project Cites Progress

The Open Compute Project, which was launch by Facebook two years ago with a charter to revolutionize data center architecture, cited progress in opening up server, storage, and data center designs.

So far, the Open Compute Project has garnered more than 30 potential contributions, covering most of the network hardware stack and even some of the network software stack.  In a blog posting, the Open Compute Project highlights four contributions in particular, all of them currently being considered by the OCP Incubation Committee and likely to be accepted soon.

  • Broadcom's full specification for and implementation of an open switch -- "Broadcom has developed an Open Network Switch specification, addressing popular leaf and spine switch configurations and feature requirements, in compliance with the charter defined by the OCP networking initiative. The specification delivers the foundation for efficient, high performance, and flexible network architectures, complementing the goals of the OCP networking initiatives."
  • Cumulus Networks' Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) software -- "ONIE, which was introduced by Cumulus Networks and is supported by networking OEM, ODM, and communication silicon vendors across the globe, is an industry standard network boot loader to install software on network switches, thus enabling a bare metal Ethernet switch ecosystem. ONIE defines a runtime install environment that supports multiple network operating system vendors at scale that -- for the first time -- effectively provides customers more control and the ability to choose when it comes to their networking hardware and software. ONIE's open install environment can be supported on a range of existing ODM switches, as well as the open network switch design specifications being developed by the Open Compute Project, ultimately enabling end users to select among different network operating systems and a variety of compatible hardware."
  • Intel's specification for an open switch -- "Intel’s proposed contribution to the Open Compute Project network working group is a specification for a bare-metal, top-of-rack switch. The specification describes a 48x4 10/40G switch including all necessary subsystems for switching, control CPU, peripherals, external interfaces, power, cooling, and mechanical enclosure."

  • Mellanox's open switch -- "Mellanox is expanding its Open Compute Project portfolio offering with the proposed contribution of its SwitchX-2 x86-based top-of-rack switch specification. The switch supports 48 SFP+ ports and 12 QSFP ports, enabling non-blocking connectivity within the OCP Open Rack, or alternatively, enabling 60 10GbE server ports when using QSFP+ to SFP+ breakout cables to increase rack efficiency for less bandwidth demanding applications. The new switch will be the first to enable ONIE over x86, and we expect it to dramatically improve power consumption, latency, and density and enable larger, more efficient, and more cost-effective datacenter designs."


In May 2013, the Open Compute Project confirmed plans to develop an open, OS-agnostic top-of-rack switch.  The effort will be led by Najam Ahmad, who runs the network engineering team at Facebook.

Cumulus Networks Unveils Open Boot Loader for Network Operating Systems

Cumulus Networks cited support for its Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) project, a network boot loader for installing software on network switches.

ONIE aims to accelerate the adoption of bare metal switches by making it much easier for customers to buy and deploy standards-based network hardware. Specifically, ONIE is the combination of a boot loader and a small Linux operating system for bare metal network switches that provides an environment for automated software download, installation and provisioning.Cumulus is contributing ONIE to the Open Compute Project. In addition, the company said its open source initiative is currently supported on a range of existing ODM switches.

“We have promoted open source since our inception and are really thrilled to contribute ONIE to the Open Compute Project,” said JR Rivers, CEO and co-founder of Cumulus. “Given that Cumulus Networks’ core technology is Linux, openness is built into our DNA. This is another step in our efforts to overhaul single vendor blobs and advance networking beyond the current barriers.”


Deutsche Telekom Acquires GTS Central Europe

Deutsche Telekom is acquiring GTS Central Europe for Euro 546 million.

GTS has extensive network assets and data center infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe. GTS operates inn the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, combining a regional fiber footprint with local networks to deliver a broad range of services.

In 2012, GTS achieved revenues of Euro 347 million and EBITDA of Euro 87 million pro-forma excluding the Slovak assets, which will be retained by the sellers as part of the transaction. The company is currently owned by a consortium of international private equity firms, including Columbia Capital, HarbourVest Partners, Innova Capital and M/C Partners, who have actively developed the company over the last six years.

Deutsche Telekom said the deal enhances its ability to offer pan-European telecommunication services as well as integrated products in countries where it currently maintains limited fixed-line access network infrastructure.

"We are investing against the trend. GTS is a further element for developing our integrated market position comprising mobile and fixed-line network services. Strengthening our position with business customers is also a core element of our strategy," said Timotheus Höttges, Chief Financial Officer at Deutsche Telekom.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.


  • In July 2013, Ciena announced that GTS Central Europe, which provides integrated telecommunications solutions and data center services throughout Central and Eastern Europe, has deployed its converged packet optical  solutions to upgrade its international network to 100G.  The deployment uses Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with WaveLogic 3 Coherent Optical Processors to provide 100G capacity along its high-traffic routes in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.  The 6500 platform will support 100GE services in addition to unregenerated 100G wavelengths over distances of 1400 kms on GTS’ transport network.

Procera Networks and Avvasi Partner on Mobile Video QoE and Analytics

Procera Networks and Avvasi, a developer of QoE-driven video management and monetization solutions, announced a joint solution and strategic partnership  for mobile operators.  The solution integrates Avvasi’s Q-VUE product with Procera’s PacketLogic Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) system. The joint offering performs video Quality of Experience (QoE) measurement in real-time to provide the communication industry’s most comprehensive determination of video QoE in service provider networks.

Avvasi’s Q-VUE product will complement Procera’s core Internet intelligence offering by providing video analytics such as video QoE traffic measurement per type of device, service, network and location. The companies said this capability will enable service providers to profile their subscribers’ use of video services and create new quality-assured, revenue-generating services whose perceived performance can be benchmarked against a measureable QoE. Procera will leverage its Advanced Traffic Steering capabilities to send video traffic to the Q-VUE solution, reducing the amount of hardware needed for large-scale fixed and mobile deployments.

“Measurement of mobile video quality is directly aligned with our analytics strategy, so partnering with the leading video-quality analytics company was the most logical step to take,” said James Brear, president and CEO of Procera Networks. “Our customers will gain tremendous insight from combining Avvasi’s Q-VUE with our Internet Intelligence data to develop a better understanding of how they can build successful video monetization strategies.”

“Video quality of experience measurement is a very specialized field that is ideally suited to complement Procera Networks’ world-class Intelligent Policy Enforcement capabilities,” said Mate Prgin, president and CEO of Avvasi. “Avvasi’s Q-VUE is the market-leading product in QoE measurement. We are excited to provide our unique technology and skill set to Procera’s customers.”


Sprint Offers Cloud Optimizer for Microsoft Office 365

Sprint launched a Cloud Optimizer service that leverages caching technology to optimize bandwidth and performance for Microsoft Office 365 and Sharepoint applications.  The service lets users enjoy the collaboration functionality of Office 365 and SharePoint online as well as read access to customer-selected public websites from virtually anywhere, even if they have limited or no Internet access.

Bandwidth optimization reduces network traffic associated with Office 365 and other public websites, enabling more efficient use of a WAN.
When online, users can enjoy accelerated Web browsing as cache technology reduces the downloaded content.

“Sprint Cloud Optimizer offers yet another valuable capability that helps companies enjoy even greater productivity, while also reducing the impact of customer network congestion and other remote-working challenges,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of business and product development, Sprint. “Employees can work virtually anywhere and have all the benefits of remote cloud-based access to Office 365 plus enjoy Web content when offline, while their company can save from more efficient bandwidth utilization.”


Xilinx Ships 20nm FPGA

Xilinx announced the first customer shipment of the semiconductor industry's first 20nm product manufactured by TSMC, and the PLD industry's first 20nm All Programmable device.

Xilinx UltraScale devices offer an ASIC-class programmable architecture coupled with the "Vivado" ASIC-strength design suite and recently introduced "UltraFast" design methodology.

"This announcement underscores our first-to-market leadership commitment of delivering high-performance FPGAs," said Victor Peng, senior vice president and general manager of products at Xilinx. "The next generation starts now with the  shipment of our new UltraScale devices, building upon the tremendous momentum we have established with our 7 series."

Target applications include systems for 400G OTN, packet processing and traffic management, 4X4 Mixed Mode LTE, WCDMA Radio, 4K2K and 8K displays, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and high-performance computing applications for the data center.

Initial UltraScale device samples are shipping now.  General sampling begins in Q12014.


Akamai Acquires Velocius Networks

Akamai Technologies has acquired Velocius Networks, a provider of quality of service (QoS) technology for optimizing application traffic across enterprise networks, for an undisclosed amount of cash.

Velocius Networks is a privately-funded start-up with five employees. The entire team will be integrated into Akamai's engineering group in India. The acquisition is not material to Akamai's financials. Velocius was established in 2011.

Akamai said the acquisition complements its hybrid cloud optimization strategy for optimizing IP application traffic across the Internet for remote and branch end-users. The Velocius QoS technology is expected to be integrated into Akamai's existing technology to provide traffic prioritization and shaping capabilities for IP traffic accessed over Akamai's Intelligent Platform. This plan is designed to enable Akamai to offer enterprise-class service levels for customers accessing IP applications over the Internet.

"We see this acquisition as an important investment in engineering talent and technology that is intended to complement our hybrid cloud optimization strategy," said Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai. "We believe Velocius Networks' QoS technology will further enable us to bring enterprise class of service to IP applications accessed over the Internet – an area where we have seen increased demand from our enterprise customer base."


T-Systems Partners with RSA on Cyber Security

The Deutsche Telekom's T-System subsidiary announced a partnership with RSA to focus on early detection and precise strategies against attacks.

Under the partnership, the companies will use their combined expertise on cyber security and protection of complex IT landscapes to analyze corporate customers’ systems and provide consulting services. The service portfolio ranges from offering an analysis of individual cyber risks for companies, advising companies on cyber security strategies and architectures and all the way to delivering advanced cyber security services. Prevention, detection and response to security incidents are equally important fields of activity in this process model.

“Deutsche Telekom is already a leader on the topic of IT security. Thanks to the cyber security partnership with RSA, we can complement our know-how and further extend our leadership,” says Reinhard Clemens, Deutsche Telekom Board Member and CEO of T-Systems. “Together we are focusing even more strongly on fighting against targeted attacks.”

Executive Chairman of RSA Art Coviello adds that, “Our cyber security partnership in Europe offers security professionals the ability to leverage more analysis and risk control mechanisms to help better defend enterprise networks from today’s sophisticated cyber attacks.”


CipherCloud Introduces Cloud Encryption for Amazon RDS and Amazon Redshift

CipherCloud is now available for Amazon Web Services (AWS), enabling users to encrypt data on Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and Amazon Redshift, AWS' petabyte-scale data warehouse service.

The solution, which offers several encryption options that can be applied on a field-by-field basis, provides AES 256-bit encryption and customer-retained key management to provide tighter control of data in Amazon RDS and Amazon Redshift. The company said these encryption capabilities enable customers to comply with the latest privacy mandates, including GLBA, PCI, HIPAA, HITECH, UK Data Protection Act, UK ICO guidance, the Australian Privacy Amendment Act and US state disclosure laws.

"Organizations in the public and private sectors are increasingly tapping the cost efficiencies and elasticity of the cloud to meet data storage and collaboration needs," said Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud. "At the same time, privacy regulations around the world require strong data security and compliance to protect sensitive information from hacks, accidental leaks and surveillance. CipherCloud now makes it easy to add strong encryption to any data going to the cloud, without modifying code, or disabling cloud functionality."

Additionally, customers can also integrate other cloud applications for abilities such as offloading file storage into AWS environments to dramatically reduce costs and avoid storage limitations. This extends the ability to leverage AWS for real time database needs, such as cloud bursting for structured data (e.g., names, contact details and account numbers) stored in other clouds. The process is transparent to users as CipherCloud seamlessly encrypts and forwards files to AWS for storage while sending a pointer to the file on other applications where the data remains.


Rackspace Tops 101,000 Hosted Servers

Rackspace posted Q3 2013 revenue of $389 million, up 3.4% from the previous quarter and 16% from the third quarter of 2012. Net income was $16 million for the quarter, down 27.1% from the previous quarter and 40% from the third quarter of 2012. Net income margin for the quarter was 4.2% compared to 6.0% for the previous quarter and 8.1% in the third quarter of 2012.

Total server count increased to 101,967, up from 98,884 servers at the end of the previous quarter.

On a worldwide basis, Rackspace employed 5,450 Rackers as of September 30, 2013, up from 5,272 in the previous quarter.