Monday, April 28, 2014

Overture Debuts Ensemble Service Orchestrator and Ensemble Network Controller

Overture is stepping up its game in software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) with the commercial availability of its Ensemble Service Orchestrator (ESO) and Ensemble Network Controller (ENC), two key pieces of its open architecture for service automation.

Overture said its goal is to bring together open automation and management of both the physical Carrier Ethernet and virtual infrastructure.  The will use open APIs for deployment into third-party infrastructure.any service provider architecture, Ensemble Service Orchestrator and Ensemble Network Controller may be deployed together as a system or integrated independently.

·       The Ensemble Service Orchestrator is an open, extensible carrier-class NFV service lifecycle management and orchestration system that coordinates virtual resources and physical network elements to create, activate and assure services using one or more virtual network functions. ESO uses the OpenStack™ cloud controller – bundled with ESO – to manage the virtual compute environment, including virtual machines, virtual switches and top-of-rack datacenter switches. For management of the physical wide area network traffic flows, ESO leverages Overture’s Ensemble Network Controller but can also be integrated with other third-party network controllers.
·       The Ensemble Network Controller is a service-aware network controller and management system for the Carrier Ethernet metro service edge. With native support for all Overture network elements, ENC is extensible to support third-party network elements and automates service creation, service activation, device detection, fault management and performance monitoring. By presenting a complete network picture, ENC helps service providers add new services and virtualized network functions without compromising existing network operations.

Overture has a number of field trials and proofs of concept underway.

“The automation and virtualization challenges at the metro service edge differ greatly from those in the data center, which led us to create a true carrier-class orchestration and control solution specifically focused on the part of the network where services are actually delivered,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. “Service providers need to be able to automate and orchestrate the complete service lifecycle across both the virtual and physical metro edge domains. We have been extremely pleased with the response that Ensemble OSA continues to receive from our service provider customers.”

http://www.overturenetworks.com

Overture's vE-CPE bundles Virtual Branch Office Router, Firewall, VPN

Overture introduced a turnkey network functions virtualization (NFV) solution for virtual managed enterprise CPE (vE-CPE).

The pre-tested, integrated solution bundles third-party virtual branch office router, firewall, and VPN functions with Overture’s Ensemble OSA software and enablement services. Additional pre-integrated virtual network functions (VNFs)are available as options. Through the Overture Ensemble orchestration and control software, the vE-CPE functions can be deployed in a centralized environment, such as a datacenter or central office, or may be distributed out to virtualization platforms on the customer premise.

Overture said this solution combines its strength in Carrier Ethernet 2.0, its new Ensemble OSA NFV orchestration and control software, a set of third-party VNFs, Overture enablement services, and technical support to create a fully integrated solution.

“In a growing ecosystem of independent software vendors, communications service providers (CSPs) that want to explore modern virtualization options may be resource-constrained to adequately evaluate all of the choices as well as perform all the required system integration work,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. “The Overture vE-CPE Ensemble Solution Pack provides an open, pre-integrated, fully-supported NFV solution to help them accelerate their enterprise service deployments.”

http://www.overturenetworks.com

IBM Opens its Cloud Marketplace and BlueMix Garage in SF's SOMA

IBM launched a new cloud marketplace that provides gateway for the company's extensive global business partner ecosystem to tap into the growing $250B cloud market opportunity.

Clients can access a full suite of IBM-as-a-Service with 100 SaaS applications, IBM's Bluemix platform-as-a-service with composable services, the powerful SoftLayer infrastructure-as-a-service and third party cloud services.

"Increasingly cloud users from business, IT and development across the enterprise are looking for easy access to a wide range of services to address new business models and shifting market conditions," said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Software & Cloud Solutions. "IBM Cloud marketplace puts Big Data and Analytics, mobile, social, commerce, integration ---- the full power of IBM-as-a-Service and our ecosystem --- at our clients' fingertips to help them quickly deliver innovative services to their constituents."

Initial third-party cloud providers in the marketplace include SendGrid, Zend, Redis Labs, Sonian, Flow Search Corp, Deep DB, M2Mi and Ustream.

In addition, IBM added 30 additional cloud services to BlueMix, its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to help developers quickly integrate applications and speed deployment of new cloud services.  Additionally, IBM is launching BlueMix Garages, collaborative locations where developers can create new apps on BlueMix, learn new development skills, and access IBM's developer ecosystem. The first such faclity is in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.

IBM is leveraging BlueMix's foundation on SoftLayer. The goal is to combine  IBM's middleware software with third-party and open technologies to create an integrated development experience in the cloud.

http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/

Virtus Data Centres Adds Microsoft Azure Direct Connection in London

Virtus Data Centres began offering the availability of direct, private connections to Microsoft Azure from its data center in London.  The connection is provided Level 3’s network from Virtus Data Centres.

Virtus already offered direct connection into AWS, also provided over Level 3.

http://blog.virtusdatacentres.com/

Microsoft Bumps OneDrive Cloud Storage from 25GB to 1TB

Microsoft is increasing OneDrive for Business storage from 25GB to 1TB per user.  The boost affects all Office 365 ProPlus subscribers.  Microsoft is also developing tools to help businesses to migrate their content to OneDrive.

https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/


  • In its latest quarterly report released last week, Microsoft stated that Office 365 revenue grew over 100% year-over-year, and commercial seats nearly doubled, demonstrating strong enterprise momentum for Microsoft’s cloud productivity solutions.

AT&T Eyes Air-to-Ground LTE In-Flight Service

AT&T is looking to launch an LTE-based in-flight connectivity service for airlines and passengers in commercial, business and general aviation over the continental United States.

AT&T said it is working with Honeywell to provide hardware and service capabilities to deliver the in-flight connectivity solution. The companies did not disclose which spectrum bands already owned by AT&T they would use or how the new air-to-ground network would be configured.  They expect in-flight broadband performance will exceed current offerings and that the service could be available as soon as late 2015.
“Everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet wherever they are, including at 35,000 feet,” said John Stankey, Chief Strategy Officer at AT&T. “We are building on AT&T’s significant strengths to develop in-flight connectivity technology unlike any other that exists today, based on 4G LTE standards. We believe this will enable airlines and passengers to benefit from reliable high speeds and a better experience. We expect this service to transform connectivity in the aviation industry – we are truly mobilizing the sky.”

http://about.att.com/story/mobilizing_the_sky_att_building_4g_lte_in_flight_connectivity_service.html

HP Fortifies its Mission-Critical Cloud Platform

HP announced performance and reliability enhancements to the HP-UX operating environment and HP CloudSystem Matrix with HP-UX, as well as new HP Integrity NonStop entry-class servers.

The latest HP-UX 11i v3 solution reduces planned downtime for maintenance and upgrades while increasing capacity and performance. With this release, customers can now:

  • Perform zero-downtime platform upgrades of virtualized applications btween HP Integrity i2 and HP Integrity i4 servers.
  • Virtualize larger workloads, with double the virtual machine capacity from previous versions, now with up to 32 processor cores and 256 GB memory.
  • Reduce reboot times by up to 50 percent with Soft Reboot, available now for HP Integrity i4 server blades.
  • Reconfigure virtualized I/O without system downtime.

With enhancement to HP CloudSystem Matrix with HP-UX, customers can improve efficiency and service level agreement (SLA) performance with:

  • Larger private cloud deployments to enable better performance and flexibility, by provisioning workloads running vPars (v6), or with direct I/O networking.
  • Lowered entry cost of HP-UX private cloud deployments with new two socket license bundles.
  • Increased data center processing capacity by identifying inefficient server processes, so they can be eliminated and resources can be made available for key workloads.

“Enterprises everywhere are required to handle significant data volume while providing customers continuous access and availability to their mission-critical workloads,” said Ric Lewis, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Servers Business, HP. “The latest enhancements to our HP Integrity solutions demonstrate HP’s commitment to provide customers with purpose-built, highly-available infrastructure capabilities for their most critical applications.”

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1631138#.U18m0vldWP0

Fujitsu+Panasonic Silicon Venture Gets Funded

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Panasonic received funding support from Development Bank of Japan for a new venture that would combine certain semiconductor assets from each company.

Based on the agreement reached so far, Fujitsu, Panasonic and DBJ have agreed that DBJ will make a maximum investment of 20.0 billion yen in equity capital in the new company and will provide a maximum credit line of 10.0 billion yen to the new company. As a result, at the time of the business integration, it is expected that the ratio of voting rights held in the new company by Fujitsu, Panasonic and DBJ will be 40%, 20%, and 40%, respectively. The new company will operate independently.

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2014/20140423-01.html

Sunday, April 27, 2014

NTT Develops Long-lived Quantum Memory

NTT, in partnership with Japan's National Institute of Informatics and Osaka University, announced a new approach in the development of a long-lived quantum memory that could be used in quantum computing.

The research involves a superconductor diamond quantum hybrid system in which a dark state was shown to be 150 ns, an order of magnitude longer than previous attempts to hold state. By using a gap-tunable superconducting flux qubit, the researchers were able to change the energy without decreasing the lifetime of the memory.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2014/1404e/140408a.html


In November 2013, NTT announced a quantum buffer on an optical waveguide that takes advantage of the "slow light effect:, where the propagation speed of a pulsed light in a special optical waveguide slows significantly compared with the speed of light in vacuum.

The company said this innovation facilitates the precise synchronization of photons, thereby creating a buffer that could be used to create quantum computers.  Experiments have shown that the buffer can slow down the speed of pulsed photons to 1/60 of the speed of light in vacuum while faithfully preserving its quantum state. The device used for this demonstration was created by NTT Basic Research Laboratories fabricated by coupling nanocavities with a total length of 840 μm using a silicon photonic crystal.

The research was published in the UK science journal “Nature Communications”.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2013/1311e/131112a.html

Toshiba Research, BT and ADVA Test ‘Quantum Leap’ Encryption

Toshiba Research Europe, BT, ADVA Optical Networking and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s National Measurement Institute, have tested Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology over a live fibre network.

BT said the idea behind the trial is to leverage the principles of quantum mechanics in transmitting encryption key information. Any attempt to intercept the key can be identified, as it introduces anomalies which can be detected. If this occurs, the ‘transaction’ can be aborted, and a new key sent automatically. By sending multiple quantum keys every second, the security of a fibre line can be constantly monitored and attempts to ‘tap’ the signal can be instantly identified.

The test was conducted using quantum equipment developed by Toshiba, measured and evaluated by the Quantum Detection Group at NPL, and running in conjunction with ADVA Optical Networking’s encryption equipment over a live BT fibre link between Adastral Park, BT’s technology research campus in Suffolk, and another BT site in Ipswich.

"The first field trial of QKD on lit fibre marks an importance advance for the technology. Using techniques to filter out noise from the very weak quantum signals, we’ve shown that QKD can be operated on optical fibres installed in the ground and carrying conventional data signals," stated Andrew Shields from Toshiba Research Europe in Cambridge.

This means QKD can be implemented without the need for additional ‘dark fibre’ that is often unavailable or prohibitively expensive.”

http://www.btplc.com/News/Articles/ShowArticle.cfm?ArticleID=05C86FD3-A148-443C-AF60-00F3C6E60B53

Huawei Saw a 21% Jump in its Services Business Last Year

As a follow-up to its 2013 financial report issued last month, Huawei provided additional detail on its services business:  2013 sales from services amounted to US$8.59 billion, a YoY increase of 21.3%, accounting for 31% of the total Carrier Network Business Group (CNBG) revenue, making it the fastest-growing business for the group.

Huawei said its services group saw traction from End-to-End (E2E) Network Planning and Evolution, Managed Services, and Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions.

Mr. David Leizhankui, Senior Vice President of Huawei Global Technical Service, said: "By enabling network and service evolution, Huawei Service has worked closely with carriers on their day-to-day operations, giving us deep insights and understanding into carriers' networks, services and customer experience. In fact, Services have become indispensable for meeting carrier demands."

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-333405-services.htm#.U13YkfldWP0

On 31-Mar-2014, Huawei reported 2013 sales revenues of CNY239 billion (US$38.45 billion), up 8.5% year-on-year (11.6% YOY growth in USD), and net profit of CNY21 billion (US$3.38 billion).  In its newly released annual report, the privately-held company said financial performance was strong across all business areas.

Some 2013 highlights:

  • Huawei's carrier network business achieved CNY166.5 billion in sales revenue, up 4.0% year-on-year. 
  • Enterprise and consumer businesses revenue increased by 32.4% and 17.8% to CNY15.2 billion and CNY57.0 billion, respectively. 
  • Huawei earned 65% of its revenue from markets outside of China in 2013.
  • In the Chinese market, Huawei achieved CNY84 billion in sales revenues, up 14.2% year-on-year.
  • Huawei invested CNY30.7 billion (~5.06 USD billion) into R&D, which is about 12.8% of its sales revenue. 
  • 150,000 employees

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Exar to Acquire Taiwan's iML for Flat Panel Silicon

Exar Corporation, which supplies analog mixed-signal, video and data management solutions, agreed to acquire Integrated Memory Logic Limited (iML), a provider of analog mixed-signal solutions for the flat panel display market.  Exar will pay acquire all of the outstanding shares of iML for NT$91.00 (approximately US$3.00) per iML share in cash and acquire any remaining shares at NT$91.00 per share pursuant to a follow-on merger. The gross transaction value will be NT$6.8 billion (approximately US$223 million), or NT$3.1 billion (approximately US$94 million), net of cash acquired.

Exar said the iML acquisition supports Exar's strategy of building a large scale diversified analog mixed-signal business.

"The acquisition of iML will increase the diversity of the markets we serve and add highly differentiated analog mixed-signal and power management products to our portfolio. iML is a leading provider of power management and color calibration solutions for large and medium-sized flat panel displays in the LED television market as well as high-resolution tablets. The company serves customers in Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China, which will enhance Exar's existing presence in these markets.  Additionally, iML has demonstrated consistent profitability and gross margins that reflect the value of the company's differentiated products," said Louis DiNardo, Exar President and CEO.

http://www.exar.com
http://www.iml.com

Samsung Boosts Data Center SSDs to 960GB

Samsung Electronics began mass producing the industry’s first high-performance, three-bit-NAND-based SSD for servers and data centers.

The new PM853T SSD, available in densities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB, offers high levels of random IOPS (inputs/output per second) performance and quality of service (QoS).

Samsung said the new SSDs will allow data centers to better manage workloads related to social networking, web browsing and email, and enhance operation efficiency. Installations of the 3-bit MLC (multi-level-cell) NAND SSDs, initially in large-scale data centers, are expected to begin later this quarter.

“Following the last year’s introduction of 3-bit NAND-based SSDs for PC markets, our new 3-bit SSD for data centers will help considerably in expanding the market base for SSDs,” said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales and marketing, Samsung Electronics. “We expect SSD market growth will gain momentum as this new SSD delivers significant improvements in data center investment efficiency, leading to full-fledged commercialization of SSDs in IT systems later this year.”

http://www.samsung.com

Infonetics: Mobile Device Security Software to Hit $3.4 Billion in '18

Worldwide revenue for mobile device security client software is up 10% sequentially in 4Q13, to $385 million, and is projected to continue to grow rapidly in coming years, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

“The triple threat of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) as a dominant enterprise trend, an increasingly hostile threat environment, and the deluge of frightening revelations about privacy courtesy of the NSA is forcing enterprises and consumers to invest real money in mobile device security. The mobile device security software market grew 40% to cross the billion-dollar mark in 2013 and we expect it to grow to $3.4 billion in 2018,” says Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.

Some additional highlights of the report:


  • Asia Pacific accounted for 34% of security client revenue in 2013, followed closely by North America (32%) and EMEA (31%); Latin America came in a very distant fourth
  • Though North America greatly lags behind EMEA and Asia Pacific in total smartphone shipments, it has strong security client adoption relative to the other regions
  • In 2013, enterprise mobile clients comprised 51% of the total security client market, while consumer mobile security clients made up 49%.

http://www.infonetics.com

Movistar TV Spain Signs On for UEFA Euro 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cup

Telefónica Movistar TV acquired exclusive broadcast rights for the Spanish market for the 546 official matches between European teams in the qualifying stages for UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Movistar TV already had rights for the main club competitions.

In addition, the new Movistar TV channel dedicated to international football means an expansion of self-produced programming on the television platform.

http://pressoffice.telefonica.com/

Friday, April 25, 2014

Freescale Posts Q1 Sales of $1.13 Billion

Freescale Semiconductor reported Q1 2014 sales of $1.13 billion, compared to $1.08 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $981 million in the first quarter of 2013. Net loss for the first quarter was $23 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to a net loss of $118 million, or $0.46 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a net loss of $48 million, or $0.19 per share in the first quarter of 2013.

“We continue to see solid progress on our initiatives to increase revenue and improve gross margin,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO. “All five product groups generated revenue growth sequentially and year over year. With a 15 percent year-over-year growth in revenue, the company continues to make strides in gaining market share.

The company’s net sales figures for the first quarter of 2014 were as follows:


  • Microcontroller net sales were $223 million, compared to $220 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $177 million in the first quarter of last year. On a year-over-year basis, Microcontroller revenues benefited from increased sales into distribution and higher sales of applications processors into the automotive market.
  • Digital Networking net sales were $249 million, compared to $246 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $202 million in the first quarter of last year. Year-over-year networking sales growth was broad based across service provider, enterprise and general embedded segments. Sequentially, the networking business benefited from higher sales of service provider equipment, including wireless base stations in China.
  • Automotive Microcontroller net sales were $304 million, compared to $267 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $254 million in the first quarter of last year. Automotive Microcontroller sales benefited from growth in all key geographies and in distribution due to growth in semiconductor content and higher automotive production levels.
  • Analog and Sensor net sales were $198 million, compared to $190 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $177 million in the first quarter of last year. Analog and Sensor sales benefited on a sequential and year-over-year basis from higher sales into the growing worldwide automotive market.
  • RF net sales, which include sales of power amplifiers to the wireless infrastructure market, were $113 million, compared to $96 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $86 million in the first quarter of last year. On a sequential and year-over-year basis, RF sales increased due to increased spending on 3G and 4G wireless networks, particularly in China.

http://www.freescale.com

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Core Infrastructure Initiative Brings Support to Key Projects

In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL crisis, a new Core Infrastructure Initiative backed by leading technology companies has been established to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure.

The multi-million dollar Core Infrastructure Initiative, which is managed by The Linux Foundation, will provide assistance to open source projects  that are in the critical path for core computing and Internet functions.

The first project under consideration to receive funds from the Initiative will be OpenSSL, which could receive fellowship funding for key developers as well as other resources to assist the project in improving its security, enabling outside reviews, and improving responsiveness to patch requests.

Founding backers of the Initiative include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware and The Linux Foundation.

“We are expanding the work we already do for the Linux kernel to other projects that may need support,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “Our global economy is built on top of many open source projects. Just as The Linux Foundation has funded Linus Torvalds to be able to focus 100% on Linux development, we will now be able to support additional developers and maintainers to work full-time supporting other essential open source projects. We are thankful for these industry leaders’ commitment to ensuring the continued growth and reliability of critical open source projects such as OpenSSL.”

"Maintaining the health of the community projects that produce software critical to the security and safety of Internet commerce is in everyone's interest," said Professor Eben Moglen of Columbia Law School, Founding Director of the Software Freedom Law Center. "The Linux Foundation, and the companies joining this Initiative, are enabling these dedicated programmers to continue maintaining and improving the free and open source software that makes the Net work safely for us all. This is business and community collaboration in the public interest, and we should all be grateful to The Linux Foundation for making it happen."

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/programs/core-infrastructure-initiative

Dell Taps Big Switch for SDN-Enabled Fabric Monitoring

Dell announced a reseller agreement with Big Switch Networks targeting next-generation SDN fabric monitoring.

Specifically, Dell will offer Big Switch Networks’ Switch Light OS on Dell Networking’s Ethernet switching portfolio, starting with the S4810 and S6000 series. Dell will also offer Big Switch Networks’ production-ready SDN controller applications starting with the Big Tap Monitoring – an innovative new SDN-based network monitoring solution unlocking hidden customer value and helping solve an age-old, costly networking challenge.

Dell said the deal extends its vision of a new, disaggregated model for networking hardware and software. The Big Switch Big Tap Monitoring provides an SDN-enabled fabric monitoring solution that empowers tapping network traffic everywhere and delivering it to security and other appliances to:
expand choice and capabilities for customers looking for best-of-breed Ethernet switch hardware, OS and SDN apps;
enable a range of next-generation SDN solutions; and
realize operational simplification for management, control and policies.

“Dell’s push into open networking, and this announcement with Big Switch and other vendors, are great examples of original thinking and innovation coming from the new Dell, “said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking. “We’re seeing tremendous initial customer interest, especially among certain verticals such as large financials, Web 2.0 and mobile service providers. It’s drawing Dell Networking into additional business discussions where many customers may not have considered Dell before.”

“The early adopters of SDN were largely the hyper scale players. But with the advent of initiatives such as Open Networking from Dell, the path for all enterprises to enjoy the benefits of SDN is getting easier,” said Douglas Murray, CEO of Big Switch Networks. “The joint solutions coming from the Dell and Big Switch partnership will bring hyperscale data center design and choice to a broader audience.”

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/secure/2014-04-24-dell-sdn-network-monitoring-big-switch
http://bigswitch.com/bigswitch-dell-partnership-announcement

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