Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Intel's Data Center Revenue Hits $3.1 billion, up 11% YoY

Intel reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and EPS of 38 cents.

Q1 Key Business Unit Trends

  • PC Client Group revenue of $7.9 billion, down 8 percent sequentially and down 1 percent year-over-year.
  • Data Center Group revenue of $3.1 billion, down 5 percent sequentially and up 11 percent year-over-year.
  • Internet of Things Group revenue of $482 million, down 10 percent sequentially and up 32 percent year-over-year.
  • Mobile and Communications Group revenue of $156 million, down 52 percent sequentially and down 61 percent year-over-year.
  • Software and services operating segments revenue of $553 million, down 6 percent sequentially and up 6 percent year-over-year.

"In the first quarter we saw solid growth in the data center, signs of improvement in the PC business, and we shipped 5 million tablet processors, making strong progress on our goal of 40 million tablets for 2014," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. "Additionally, we demonstrated our further commitment to grow in the enterprise with a strategic technology and business collaboration with Cloudera, we introduced our second-generation LTE platform with CAT6 and other advanced features, and we shipped our first Quark products for the Internet of Things."

http://www.intel.com

CERN Data Center Deploys Red Hat Virtualization

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Technical Account Management services across nearly 600 servers in its Geneva data centre.

Red Hat said its Enterprise Linux is running some of CERN's most critical applications, including the Large Hadron Collider Logging Server and the central financial and HR systems for CERN's members of personnel and 11,000 users. CERN also runs Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization in its cutting-edge LHCb experiment, which focuses primarily on identifying the differences between matter and antimatter.

The infrastructure is comprised of physical two-socket servers and is virtualized using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization on Dell PowerEdge M610 servers (with Intel Nehalem or Ivy Bridge processors with between 96 GB and 256 GB RAM per server) and a Brocade FC8 SAN with a NetApp data storage system. The infrastructure is designed for high availability and is built to be completely redundant, a critical feature for CERN as control system downtime almost always results in data loss.

http://www.redhat.com

Red Hat Builds OpenStack Cloud Momentum

Proof-of-concept deployments for Red Hat’s OpenStack hybrid cloud offerings are now underway with customers around the world, including at The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Midokura (a Japanese company developing SDN solutions), Australia's National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, and Portugal's Universidade do Porto.

At its Summit 2014 event this week in San Francisco, Red Hat said it has achieved significant momentum for its OpenStack-powered solutions for building hybrid clouds. Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, currently available in version 4.0, delivers an integrated and optimized foundation for building OpenStack clouds, bringing together trusted Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat’s OpenStack technology.

“We're thrilled by the early momentum behind Red Hat’s OpenStack-powered offerings since general availability in July of last year. We’ve seen OpenStack move from an enterprise promise to enterprise reality, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure have emerged as industry-leading offerings for secure, scalable private clouds. These customer successes underscore the value Red Hat is offering through a solution engineered together with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenStack, as well as establishing the standard for the largest OpenStack partner ecosystem to provide an open alternative to customers' private cloud needs," stated Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat.

http://www.redhat.com

Motorola Solutions to Sell Enterprise Business for $3.5 Billion to Zebra Tech

Motorola Solutions will sell its Enterprise business for $3.45 billion to Zebra Technology in an all-cash transaction.

Zebra Technologies, with 2013 sales of $1.0 billion, specializes in barcode and enterprise printing, asset tracking, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and motion and location sensing. The company is based in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Motorola’s Enterprise business generated 2013 pro-forma sales of approximately $2.5 billion (excluding sales of its iDEN products).  The business unit supplies mobile computing and advanced data capture communications technologies and services.

After the sale, Motorola Solutions will continue to manufacture, design, integrate and deliver voice and data communication solutions for government and public safety customers worldwide.

“Our Enterprise business is an ideal fit for Zebra,” stated Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions chairman and CEO. “This transaction will enable us to further sharpen our strategic focus on providing mission-critical solutions for our government and public safety customers. Upon closing of the transaction, we intend to return the proceeds to our shareholders in a timely fashion.”

http://www.zebra.com/
http://www.motorolasolutions.com/

Riverbed's SteelFusion 3.0 Targets Branch Converged Infrastructure

Riverbed Technology announced a new version of its branch converged infrastructure solution that centralizes data in the data center and delivers local performance and nearly instant recovery at the branch.

Riverbed SteelFusion 3.0 (formerly known as Riverbed Granite) fuses branch servers, storage, networking, and virtualization infrastructure into a single solution.

Key features include:
  • 6x performance gain in the branch with a new high-end appliance. With a 6x performance gain over the previous high-end SteelFusion appliance, the new SteelFusion 1360P appliance ensures users get faster, local performance for storage-intensive workloads like Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and CAD/CAM applications.
  • 3x increase in data-capacity at the data center with a new higher capacity controller appliance. Higher capacity on the storage delivery controller, the SteelFusion Core 3000, means storage admins can now support up to 100TB consolidated data, a 3x improvement over the previous high of 35TB supported. This enables scalability for global enterprise companies looking to consolidate their data and applications.
  • Enhanced recovery innovation. A new predictive pre-fetch capability on the converged appliance, the Branch Recovery Agent further reduces recovery time from major outages. This ensures employees can remain productive with constant access to applications and data, despite major disasters.
  • Simplified operations. Server, virtualization, and backup administrators will see an improved scale-out architecture with pooled management of storage delivery controllers. A new recovery agent for the converged appliance makes it simpler and faster for administrators to recover a branch from a major outage.
  • NetApp and EMC integration. Support for NetApp cluster mode and EMC VNX2 snapshots continue seamless integration advancements to ensure SteelFusion integrates seamlessly with data center SAN infrastructure to provide backup consolidation.

“With more and more branches and data, organizations are struggling with the cost and inefficiency of managing islands of infrastructure – servers, apps and storage – outside the datacenter. Riverbed developed the first solution that delivers all the benefits of converged infrastructure found in the datacenter, such as performance, security, scalability, better disaster recovery, and manageability, but optimized for the unique requirements of the branch,” said John Martin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage Delivery at Riverbed.

http://www.riverbed.com

Monday, April 14, 2014

Red Hat to Launch OpenShift Marketplace for Cloud Apps

Red Hat is preparing to launch OpenShift Marketplace, an online shop for cloud applications.

The OpenShift Marketplace will bring the power of Red Hat’s OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) partner ecosystem directly to OpenShift Online customers.  Red Hat said customers will be able to securely access and manage leading OpenShift application technologies from a single location. Customers and developers will be able to easily search for third-party OpenShift solutions and add-on productivity offerings, including database, email delivery services, messaging queues, application performance monitoring and more, all managed from a central location. Several OpenShift partners have already signed on to add their solutions to the OpenShift Marketplace, including BlazeMeter, ClearDB, Iron.io, MongoLab, New Relic, Redis Labs, SendGrid, and Shippable.

http://marketplace.openshift.com/

IBM Enhaces Softlayer Disaster Recovery Options

IBM introduced a new set of cloud-capabilities and services in its Softlayer data center portfolio that help customers ensure continuous businesses operations and application performance, even in the event of a disaster.

SoftLayer customers will initially have access to IBM’s Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery (VSR) managed service, which automates the recovery of mission-critical applications, servers and cloud-based data in the event of an outage or disaster. With VSR, SoftLayer businesses will be able to replicate entire systems in real-time including system files, databases, applications and user data in a way that is independent of the make and model of the underlying hardware.

IBM’s Resiliency Consulting Services will also be extended to SoftLayer clients. These services, which integrate legacy IT environments with a private cloud and the SoftLayer public cloud, will help with resiliency assessment, planning and design, implementation and testing and more. These include Resiliency Consulting for Cloud, Cloud Managed Backup, Cloud Data Virtualization, Cloud Application Resiliency and Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery.

IBM will also be opening two new cloud based resiliency centers in Raleigh, North Carolina and Mumbai, India. These new facilities, which will join the 15 other global centers planned by SoftLayer
and the 150 BCRS Resiliency Centers, will speed up recovery times by virtually eliminating network latency while allowing businesses to manage federal and local data residency compliance regulations.

In addition to these new services on SoftLayer, IBM also unveiled enhancements to its BCRS cloud-based resiliency offerings designed to help clients ensure their businesses, applications and IT infrastructures are stable and running around the clock. These include Cloud Managed Backup, Cloud Data Virtualization, Cloud Application Resiliency and Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/43659.wss

Oracle Announces Back-up and Storage Cloud Services

As part of its commitment to providing its advanced cloud portfolio, Oracle is launching a new Database Backup Service and a new Storage Cloud Service. 

Oracle Database Backup Service is positioned as a simple, scalable, and low-cost Oracle Database cloud backup solution.  It is integrated with Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN), enabling customers to continue using familiar RMAN commands for seamlessly and securely performing backup and recovery operations between on-premises Oracle Databases and the Oracle Cloud. The service also enables customers to parallelize and compress backup data transfers to help maximize performance and it includes client-side encryption.

Oracle Storage Cloud is positioned as a solution to simplify and lower capital and operational costs for storing data backups and archives with high reliability and security.  It is API compatible with OpenStack Swift and provides access to data through REST and Java APIs.

https://cloud.oracle.com/tryit

ConteXtream Collaborates with Red Hat on OpenStack Orchestration of Carrier-SDN

ConteXtream is working with Red Hat to integrate OpenStack orchestration with ConteXtream’s software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) fabric for carrier-SDN solutions.

Specifically, ConteXtream has integrated Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform with its ContexNet SDN fabric.

ConteXtream said this collaboration enables end customers to instantiate ContexNet nodes in the right places, servers and switches within the network, as well as to provision the correct parameters and key performance indicators (KPIs).

When used for NFV purposes, ContexNet leverages Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform to populate its distributed mapping system with relevant information regarding instantiation of Virtual Network Function Components (VNFCs) in the network. In addition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform can direct the right VNFCs to the right ContexNet network virtualization edge overlay nodes, whether they are host-based, top-of-rack based or a WAN edge nodes.

The companies plan to continue work on joint use cases in the areas of the collapsed virtualized packet core, IMS-SBC VoIP applications, and full wire speed software forwarding needed for high-touch chaining-balancing actions for service providers.


“SDN and NFV have significant potential for changing the economics of service provider networks, and we believe OpenStack will be a key enabler to making this a reality,” said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat. “Through this collaboration with ConteXtream, we are not only demonstrating new, real-world applications of SDN technology, but setting the foundation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform to become a core component of next-generation programmable networks.”

“SDN and NFV bring efficiencies and feature velocity to service providers based on new abstractions that separate network control from physical forwarding, network functions from physical junctions,” said Sharon Barkai, co-founder of ConteXtream. “ContexNet inline flow orchestration and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform cloud orchestration provide the sound structure enabling the software-defined and subscriber-centric agility, flexibility, elasticity features to emerge in carrier class, carrier scale production deployments.”



http://www.contextream.com

T-Mobile US Promises No More Overage Charges

As of May 1, T-Mobile US promises to eliminate overage penalties for its consumer voice, texting and data services.  In a marketing blitz, the carrier is challenging AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to do the same.

"Today I'm laying down a challenge to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to join T-Mobile in ending these outrageous overage penalties for all consumers - because it's the right thing to do," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "Overage fees are flat out wrong... Charging overage fees is a greedy, predatory practice that needs to go," continued Legere. "Starting in May for bills arriving in June - regardless of whether you're on Simple Choice, Simple Starter or an older plan, we're abolishing overages for good. Period."

http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/

IBM Wins U.S. Patent for Cloud QoS Technique

IBM  has been awarded a U.S. patent for a technique that enables data to be dynamically modified, prioritized and shared across a cloud environment, thereby improving the quality of service.

IBM said its patented technique creates a cloud environment in which Quality of Service priorities can be modified according to real-time or expected conditions, to reduce data bottlenecks in the cloud, thereby ensuring that clients receive the level and quality of service they expect.  The technique could be used by cloud providers to provide simultaneous, efficient and uninterrupted service to a range of clients for applications.

IBM received U.S. Patent #8,631,154 “Dynamically modifying quality of service levels for resources in a networked computing environment," for the invention.

"Since companies are relying upon the cloud to manage and process critical business data and interactions, guaranteeing and delivering quality, reliable service is an imperative for cloud vendors,” said IBM Cloud Offering Evangelist Rick Hamilton. “This patented invention will enable cloud service providers to dynamically respond to potential data choke points by changing quality of service priorities to ensure the free flow of data for their clients.”

http://www.ibm.com

Ericsson's Chief Strategist Steps Down

Ericsson announced that Douglas Gilstrap will resign from his role as Senior Vice President and Head of Group Function Strategy and leave Ericsson's Executive Leadership Team.


Gilstrap joined Ericsson in this role in 2009 and has been responsible for developing Ericsson's business strategy and driving the company's M&A activities during this time. The company credits him with playing a key role in dissolving the ST-Ericsson joint venture and integrating the thin modems business into Ericsson; since 2013 he also serves as Chairman of Business Unit Modems.

Hans Vestberg, CEO and President of Ericsson, said: "Douglas has been instrumental in shaping Ericsson's strategy with his broad industry knowledge, business development and transactional skills during the five years that he has been with the company. He has played a leading role in all M&A and key commercial activities during these years, strengthening Ericsson's position across all business segments."

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1777165

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Huawei Debuts 5.6 Tbps Metropolitan P-OTS Platform

Huawei introduced a new WDM/OTN Packet Optical Transport System (P-OTS) that provides a 5.6 Tbps cross-connection and is designed as the foundation for intelligent, large-capacity metropolitan WDM/OTN networks.

The OptiX OSN 9800 U16 provides 14 slots, each supporting a maximum capacity of 400G. Its line side supports a rate of 100G, 400G, 1T, or 2T and a pair of optical fibers on the line side provides a capacity of over 8T.

The OptiX OSN 9800 U16 is also equipped with an industry-leading “core” that supports 5.6T universal cross-connection capacity. This core cross-connects various types of service granularities, such as OTN, VC, and packet, in real time, capable of accessing multiple types of services, such as TDM, Ethernet, video, and storage. Moreover, the OptiX OSN 9800 U16 supports Huawei's future-oriented SDN solution, which greatly simplifies O&M and provides operators with a flexible, open, and intelligent gold channel. Huawei's OptiX OSN 9800 U16 and OptiX OSN 1800 series constitute a complete metropolitan WDM solution.

Huawei said it has designed its system to make the integration of the OTN rigid channel and packet flexible channel possible. In addition, Huawei incorporates universal cross-connection and SDN technologies with P-OTS, achieving cross-layer integration. In this integration, Layer 0 serves as the optical physical layer, Layer 1 as the optical transport layer, and Layer 2 as the packet layer. In addition to the large capacities inherited from OTN and WDM products, the cross-layer architecture enables the OptiX OSN 9800 U16 to effectively implement service convergence, universal cross-connections, and intelligent service management and control.
 
“Facing an ocean of data in metropolitan networks, transport pipes must use composite materials that incorporate multiple technologies such as ultra-high-speed WDM, universal cross-connection and SDN,” said Jack Wang, President of Huawei's Transmission Network Product Line, adding: “Only channels with large enough capacity and intelligent management capability can address these growing future requirements. Huawei’s OptiX OSN 9800 U16 and OptiX OSN 1800 series constitute a complete metropolitan WDM solution.”

Huawei also noted that it has helped construct more than two hundred, 100G WDM networks to date.

http://www.huawei.com

Ericsson: Services & Software Now Account for 66% of Business

Ericsson hosted its annual Shareholder's Meeting last Friday in Stockholm. Some notes from the general presentation:

  • Software and Services now account for 66% of the company's business, while hardware sales represent 34%.  The Services component was 43% of the total sales in 2013.
  • Ericsson now manages over 1 billion subscriptions on behalf of carrier customers. About 2.5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide are supported on Ericsson platforms.
  • Ericsson currently has about 114,000 employees, of which about 18,000 are in Sweden. 
  • About 64,000 of the employees are Services professionals.
  • In 2013, Ericsson recorded a 5% annual growth rated in sales (adjusted for currency).
All materials are posted online.

http://www.ericsson.com/thecompany/corporate_governance/meetings_with_the_shareholders/agm2014

Digital Route's Service Control Supports Tiered Data Buckets

Digital Route, a company based in Sweden that provides mediation and data integration solutions, introduced a new Service Control solution that lets network operators support tiered pricing models.

Service Control is a pre-configured Use Case built on DigitalRoute’s MediationZone platform, which is presently used by over 270 communications service providers worldwide. It provides a service delivery and execution engine that is designed to support operators in instances where usage bundles (of voice, data, and/or next generation services) form the core of a competitive strategy.

Digital Route said a key feature of its Service Control is that tiered pricing models can be managed in simple buckets, bypassing costly changes to or even direct involvement with legacy rating and billing. The solution implements a data layer that is system and silo-agnostic.  This enables the offloading of legacy billing.

http://www.digitalroute.com/

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Trusted Platform Module 2.0 Specs Released

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 library specifications have now been released for silicon makers, software developers, system builders and other members of IT ecosystem.

TPM 2.0, which is positioned as the critical next step for a more secure computing environment, aims to provide a secure root of trust to protect data in computers and mobile devices from digital and physical attacks, theft or loss.

The TPM 2.0 specification is designed with cryptographic agility to allow support for more algorithms in the future. It also offers the flexibility for industry implementations across a broad range of platforms including servers, desktops, embedded systems, mobile devices and network equipment.

The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) is also making available the PC Client Platform TPM Profile (PTP) specification, the first in a series of specifications to enable developers and manufacturers to design TPMs into their products. Specifications for additional platforms, including mobile devices and embedded systems, will follow.

http://www.trustedcomputinggroup.org


F5 Mitigates Heartbleed Bug

F5 Networks confirmed that its BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager, which can be used to terminate SSL connections, already has the necessary protections in place to secure applications against the Heartbleed bug.

For companies terminating SSL connections on application servers (not utilizing F5 SSL offload), F5 said the threat can be mitigated through open, extensible F5 iRules.

“For organizations using F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) with our SSL stack, applications are already protected from the Heartbleed vulnerability,” said Mark Vondemkamp, VP of Product Management, Security at F5. “They have been protected from the Heartbleed bug since it was introduced in OpenSSL.”

https://f5.com/

Friday, April 11, 2014

OIF to Host Transport SDN Workshop in Berlin

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) will host a workshop on Transport SDN next month in Berlin.

Speakers will cover specifications and standardization efforts with representatives from the ONF, OGF/NSI, ETSI/NFV and the OIF.  The workshop will also cover the implementation of SDN/NFV with speakers discussing demonstrations, field trials and deployments.

Carrier speakers include OIF president, Vishnu Shukla of Verizon, Joachim Westphal of Deutsche Telekom and Thierry Marcot of Orange.  Forum speakers include Lyndon Ong of Ciena and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Jonathan Sadler of Coriant and the OIF, Guy Roberts of DANTE and the Open Grid Forum(OGF/NSI) and Evelyne Roch of Huawei and the ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation Industry Specification Group (ETSI NFV ISG). Vendor speakers include Joerg Elbers of ADVA Optical Networking, Diego Caviglia of Ericsson and Robert Bryttegard of Infinera.

 The workshop, "Transport SDN - Enabling Technologies, Demonstrators, Field Trials, Deployments" is open to the public and will be held on Monday May 19 at Maritim proArte Hotel, Friedrichstra├če 151.

http://www.oiforum.com/public/OIF_NW_Workshop_Berlin2014_reg.html

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