Wednesday, June 25, 2014

FlexPod Passes $3 Billion in Sales for Cisco and NetApp

Cisco and NetApp passed the $3 billion milestone in sales for their FlexPod integrated infrastructure solution, which combines compute, networking and storage into a single unit.  FlexPod unit shipments have grown 81 percent year-over-year, with demand for FlexPod solutions now reaching a $2 billion annualized demand run rate. FlexPod is deployed with more than 4,100 customers and available in over 100 countries, an increase from 2,300 customers, and 70 countries last year.  The product was first shipped in 2010.

"Our partnership with Cisco on the FlexPod integrated infrastructure redefined how enterprises deployed private cloud infrastructure," said Tom Georgens, Chairman and CEO, NetApp. "As the data center extends to include public cloud services for better economics and infinite scale, NetApp and Cisco are again leading the way, helping customers realize the transformative business benefits of hybrid cloud.”

“As CIOs look to simplify IT and focus on delivering business outcomes, there’s been a major industry shift toward integrated infrastructure,” said John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco. “In 2010 Cisco and NetApp launched FlexPod to deliver a more efficient, agile data center infrastructure to customers. Together, we’re evolving the FlexPod architecture together to help our customers unleash their applications and realize the promise of hybrid cloud environments.”

http://newsroom.cisco.com
http://www.netapp.com

ZTE Wins TD-LTE Contract in Dominican Republic

Wind Telecom has selected ZTE to build the first 4G TD-LTE network in the Dominican Republic. The network will operate in 2.5 – 2.7 GHz spectrum and cover major cities and rural areas of the nation.

ZTE said its unified platform EPC and eNodeB solutions, based on ZTE’s proprietary Cloud Radio technology, will help Wind Telecom achieve savings in capital expenditure, and operation and maintenance costs, and lay solid foundations for future growth.

ZTE will also provide mobile devices that will appeal to users and help them take advantage of the broadband capabilities of the new network.

"This next-generation network is an investment in the future of the Dominican Republic,” said José Clase, Chairman of the Board of Wind Telecom. “This platform will help bridge the digital divide and raise the economic competitiveness of the Dominican Republic by helping to lift the standard of education. The high-speed network connectivity will also deliver an enhanced user experience for consumers.”

ZTE has deployed commercial 4G TD-LTE networks for operators globally including China Mobile, China Mobile Hong Kong, Bharti Airtel and Hi3G in Sweden.

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201406/t20140624_425255.html

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Equinix Picks Ciena 6500 for Metro Connectivity and Cloud Exchange

Equinix is utilizing Ciena’s 6500 platform in its metropolitan networks in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.  The deployment supports 100G connectivity to Service Provider and enterprise customers today – with a path to 400G and beyond in the future.

In addition, Ciena’s V-WAN network resource broker and scheduling application, as well as its network management capabilities, lay the foundation for multi-layer SDN control.

Ciena’s coherent optical technology and software also supports the Equinix Cloud Exchange, a new service that combines the automated interconnection of cloud, network and managed service providers with advanced service orchestration, providing enterprises with simple, scalable, direct access to multiple cloud services.

Ciena said this deployment illustrates how its OPn architecture can facilitate network integration within and between the data center to transform connectivity, compute and store into a programmable platform for a variety of new services.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange gives customers the ability to create a private and secure 1Gb or 10Gb connection to transfer data between their own infrastructure and multiple cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

“Many Equinix customers are looking for the ability to expand their networks globally and they require high speed connections within a metro, or globally, between our IBX data centers. Through our relationship with Ciena, we can offer customers a dynamic and automated interface to the hundreds of network and cloud service providers inside our data centers and meet their needs for next-generation connectivity solutions,” stated Ihab Tarazi, Chief Technology Officer at Equinix.

“Enterprises and service providers today require ‘on-demand’ network capabilities, and market leaders like Equinix are in an excellent position to capitalize on this industry shift. We’ve worked closely with Equinix to design an intelligent, open and programmable network architecture that delivers elastic, high-speed, high-performance for inter- and intra- data center connectivity. Equinix Cloud Exchange customers in major markets worldwide will have access to affordable, private connectivity on demand to support their cloud and network service requirements,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena.

http://www.equinix.com
http://www.ciena.com

  • In April, Equinix launched its new Cloud Exchange, an advanced interconnection solution that enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds and multiple networks.  The goal is to give enterprises direct access to services for building sophisticated hybrid cloud solutions inside Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.
    With the Equinix Cloud Exchange customers can connect to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute in Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C. and London with planned expansions into 13 additional markets by the end of 2014.  Customers can also access Amazon Web Services via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C. and London. In addition, Equinix is working with other key cloud and network service providers to provide access to their services via the Cloud Exchange. Equinix provides a Cloud Exchange Portal and APIs to simplify the process of managing connections to multiple cloud services. Businesses can use the Portal and APIs to allocate, monitor and provision virtual circuits in near real-time with the provisioning of those circuits automated end-to-end from the Cloud Exchange to the service provider.

    Equinix expects to be serving a total of 19 markets by the end of 2014 with its Cloud Exchange.

tw telecom to Launch Ethernet via Equinix Cloud Exchange

tw telecom is preparing to launch Business Ethernet connectivity directly to the new Equinix Cloud Exchange.  The carrier expects to be the first to provide Ethernet service in the Seattle SE3 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center facility. The service will enable seamless and direct access to multiple cloud services and providers on the Equinix Cloud Exchange

The presence in Seattle also enables tw telecom to offer SE3 tenants secure performance and optimized connectivity directly to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud via a direct connection to the Western US and GovCloud regions.

"We are excited to have tw telecom connect to SE3 and look forward to supporting their present and future data center needs," said Jim Poole, vice president, global service providers, Equinix. "Seattle is a very strategic market for our customers as they implement robust networking and cloud solutions to facilitate business growth. This relationship with tw telecom demonstrates our ability to collaborate with one of the nation's top network service providers to offer a robust IT backbone to our customers."

"As our customers' business needs continue to evolve, security, capacity and access to the cloud are critical priorities for us to help solve their most pressing challenges," said David King, vice president and general manager, tw telecom Seattle. "Expanding our relationship with Equinix here in Seattle is a critical step in helping solve capacity challenges while offering more efficient access to the cloud for our customers. Working with Equinix and leveraging its Cloud Exchange ecosystem provides the speed to market, cost efficiency and return on investment that are paramount to our customers' success."

http://www.equinix.com
http://www.twtelecom.com



  • Earlier this month, Level 3 Communications agreed to acquire tw telecom in a deal that will combine its global fiber network and international data centers with tw telecom's extensive metro footprint in major U.S. markets. The stock-and-cash transaction is valued at $40.86 per TWTC share, or $5.7 billion in aggregate, based on market close as of June 13, 2014. tw telecom stockholders will receive $10 cash and 0.7 shares of Level 3 common stock for each share of tw telecom common stock that is owned at closing.



Nutanix Lands OEM Deal with Dell for Data Center Appliances

Dell will offer a new family of converged infrastructure appliances based on Nutanix web-scale technology under an OEM deal announced by the firms.

The companies said the combination of Nutanix’s software running on Dell’s servers delivers a flexible, scale-out platform that brings IT simplicity to modern data centers.

Specifically, the new Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances will be built with Nutanix software running on Dell PowerEdge servers, and will be available in multiple variants to meet a wide range of price and performance options. The appliances will deliver high-performance converged infrastructure ideal for powering a broad spectrum of popular enterprise use cases, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), virtualized business applications, multi-hypervisor environments and more.

Nutanix’s web-scale software runs on all popular virtualization hypervisors, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and open source KVM, and is uniquely able to span multiple hypervisors in the same environment. The Dell XC Series appliances are scheduled for availability in the fourth quarter of this year and will be sold by Dell sales teams and channel partners worldwide.

The agreement also includes joint sales, marketing, support and service investments, as well as alignment of product roadmaps.

“Nutanix is a recognized leader in the converged infrastructure market with a software-driven offering that fits with Dell’s efforts to redefine datac enter economics and simplify IT for our customers,” said Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage. “By combining market-leading infrastructure and software technologies from both companies with Dell’s world-class go-to-market capabilities, we believe our new solutions will be positioned to be a significant player in the growing, multi-billion dollar converged infrastructure market.”

http://www.nutanix.com/2014/06/24/nutanix-announces-global-agreement-with-dell/


Puppet Labs Extends Automation from Servers to Networking/Storage

Puppet Labs is extending its software automation tools across networking and storage platforms for data centers.  The company's Enterprise product already is the leading server automation solution.

The newly launched Puppet Supported certification program now aims to ensure interoperability of the Puppet automation tools across an entire data center.  Launch partners for this program include Arista Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Cumulus Networks, Dell, EMC, F5, Huawei and NetApp. Puppet Labs is certifying Puppet Enterprise for platforms and devices.

Puppet Labs said this collaboration will allow organizations to deploy software faster and with fewer errors, iterate more quickly, and rapidly adapt to fast-changing business needs.
“With the Puppet Supported Program, we're extending our software automation leadership into networking and storage, allowing organizations to break down the barriers between IT silos that have traditionally created bottlenecks and delays," said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs. "Our goal is to extend the reach of automation to every device in the data center, making it easier than ever for organizations to deliver great software quickly and reliably. That's a big competitive advantage in today's technology-driven business environment."

http://puppetlabs.com/about/press-releases/puppet-labs-partners-leading-vendors-deliver-automation-networking-and-storage
  • Earlier this month, Puppet Labs announced $40 million in new funding from existing investors Cisco, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Triangle Peak Partners, True Ventures and VMware.  Puppet Labs, which develops IT automation software, said it now has over 18,000 enterprises using its software to accelerate operations. The software can automate repetitive tasks, deploy applications across multiple machines, proactively manage infrastructure where on-premise or in the cloud.
    Puppet Labs is based in Portland, Oregon, and has about 300 employees. The company will use the new funding to expand internationally.

    Puppet's has now raised a total of $86 million since June 2009.

Violin Memory's All Flash Array Scales to 280TB per Rack

Violin Memory unveiled its Concerto 7000 All Flash Array along with new software that adds synchronous and asynchronous replication and metro cluster capabilities.

Violin's Concerto 7000 All Flash Array scales to 280TB in a fully configured, super-dense 18RU, low power footprint. The platform delivers micro-second latency for up to 20x faster application response times.  Flash also uses 90 percent less floor space, power and cooling.

Violin's Concerto enterprise data services software also offers continuous data protection, WAN optimized replication and in-flight encryption that can be configured on a LUN-by-LUN basis. The advanced software capabilities ensure long flash life with array-wide flash management, wear leveling and vRAID.

“The Concerto 7000 All Flash Array helps our customers deliver ‘Business in a Flash’, by transforming IT resources into competitive assets that create new possibilities based on the performance, data protection, and transactional capabilities we design into our all-flash solutions,” said Violin Memory CEO Kevin DeNuccio.

http://www.violin-memory.com/

IEEE Forms Study Group to Address Automotive Ethernet

A new IEEE 802.3 Single Twisted Pair 100 Mb/s Ethernet Study Group has been formed to explore the market opportunities and needs for a 100 Mbps speed for Ethernet in automotive networking.

The IEEE said that many vehicle manufacturers, and their suppliers, desire IEEE 802.3 standards-based interoperable solutions in order to enable and extend a multi-vendor eco-system for the automotive industry.

“A 100 Mb/s single twisted pair solution provides another option for Ethernet used in networking automotive technology systems. The new study group expects to lay the groundwork for another single twisted pair technology standard and ‘future proof’ these systems, while maintaining traditional Ethernet compatibility with higher-performance 1000BASE-T1 links that may also be used in the car,” said Thomas Hogenmüller, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Single Twisted Pair 100 Mb/s Ethernet Study Group and team manager, E/E-Architecture Engineering Communication Technologies, with Robert Bosch GmbH. “The 100 Mb/s option will also allow for a more rapid adoption of driver assist and other vehicle safety systems into low to mid-range vehicles.”

“Automotive manufacturers and suppliers require standards-based networking to enable and extend the industry’s multi-vendor eco-system,” said David Law, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group and distinguished engineer with HP Networking. “This study group will provide the opportunity to explore the possible development of a single twisted pair 100 Mb/s Ethernet standard supporting automotive applications, as well as broader transportation and distributed applications.”

http://www.ieee.org

NTT Com Opens 4th Data Center in Malaysia

NTT Communications opened its Malaysia Cyberjaya 4 data center in Cyberjaya, Selangor.

The new data center, which is NTT Communications’ 146th data center worldwide. is a self-owned, self-built and self-operated facility that measures 87,000 square feet -- twice the size of Cyberjaya 3.  The data center is connected via NTT Com's Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) to its data centers in Singapore.  The Malaysia Cyberjaya 4 Data Center is certified to the latest global standards, including TIA-942 Tier 3 equivalence, ISO27001:2005, GBI, LEED and PCIDSS.

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20140423.html

Mellanox to Acquire Israel's Integrity Project

Mellanox Technologies announced its intent to acquire privately-held Integrity Project, which includes an accomplished team of software technology veterans.

Based in Ramat-Gan, Israel, Integrity Project was formed out of an elite military technology unit, specializing in the fields of connectivity, low-level development, real-time applications, and security.

Mellanox said the acquisition will broaden its customer base by adding software solutions designed to enable customers to achieve optimal performance from all interconnect components.

“The new and emerging Web 2.0 and cloud applications that influence our daily lives depend on the rapid handling of data,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “We expect that the Integrity Project acquisition will further enhance our software team’s capabilities to provide the best compute and storage platforms, such as CloudX™, to enable our customers to best meet the growing demands of applications and the usage of the data within high-performance, Web 2.0, cloud, and storage environments. We welcome the talented team from Integrity Project and look forward to their contribution to Mellanox’s continued growth.”

http://www.mellanox.com
https://he-il.facebook.com/IntegrityProject

Agilent Collaborates with China Mobile on 5G

Agilent Technologies agreed to collaborate with China Mobile Communications on the next–generation 5G wireless communication systems.

Agilent will actively support the research and development programs on 5G, led by China Mobile, and provide test and measurement solutions for next-generation 5G wireless communication systems.

As the deployment and commercial operation of 4G systems are speeding up, technologists worldwide have begun searching for next-generation wireless solutions to meet the anticipated demands in the 2020 era given the explosive growth of mobile Internet, and this will lead us to the fifth generation 5G.

The 5G research areas of CMRI will focus on the major technical aspects of 5G, including large-scale antenna systems (LSAS), full-duplex radio, energy efficiency and spectral efficiency co-design, and new signaling/control mechanisms to achieve the main theme of "green and soft."

"Our strong collaboration with CMRI on the 5G research will allow us to lead the technology exploration of next-generation wireless communication systems," said Andy Botka, Agilent vice president and general manager of the Microwave and Communications Division. “We will provide the CMRI research teams with the measurement expertise required to design, develop and validate their new 5G systems and set up the 5G prototype test-bed."

http://www.agilent.com/find/5G

Monday, June 23, 2014

Intel Unveils Knights Landing Processor and Omni Scale I/O Fabric

Intel announced microarchitecture and memory details of its next-generation Intel Xeon Phi processor (code-named Knights Landing) and an end-to-end interconnect fabric optimized for fast data transfers, both aimed at powering High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems.

Knights Landing, which is expected to debut in the second half of 2015, will include up to16GB high-bandwidth, on-package memory at launch – designed in partnership with Micron – to deliver five times better bandwidth compared to DDR4 memory, five times better energy efficiency and three times more density than current GDDR-based memory. Knights Landing will be available in a PCIe-based card option, or mounted directly on the motherboard socket to remove the bandwidth bottlenecks of data transfer over PCIe, common in GPU and accelerator solutions.

Powered by more than 60 HPC-enhanced Silvermont architecture-based cores, Knights Landing is expected to deliver more than 3 TFLOPS of double-precision performance and three times the single-threaded performance compared with the current generation.

Intel's new Omni Scale fabric, which is built upon a combination of enhanced acquired IP from Cray and QLogic along with tis own in-house innovations, addresses the I/O requirements of the HPC sector.  Intel Omni Scale Fabric is an end-to-end I/O solution encompassing adapters, edge switches, director switch systems, cables and management software. Intel intends to replace traditional electrical transceivers in the director switches with silicon photonics, enabling increased port density, simplified cabling and reduced costs. Intel Silicon Photonics-based cabling and transceiver solutions may also be used with Intel Omni Scale-based processors, adapter cards and edge switches.

Intel noted continued market gains in powering the HPC sector.  The company said its current generation of Xeon processors and Xeon Phi coprocessors powers the top-rated system in the world – the 35 PFLOPS "Milky Way 2" in China, and its designs account for 85 percent of all supercomputers on the 43rd edition of the TOP500 list.

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/06/23/intel-re-architects-the-fundamental-building-block-for-high-performance-computing

Micron Collaborates with Intel on Knights Landing

Micron Technology is working with Intel to deliver an on-package memory solution for Intel's next-generation Xeon Phi processor, codenamed Knights Landing. The on-going collaboration leverages fundamental DRAM and stacking technologies also found in Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube products.

The on package memory combines high-speed logic and DRAM layers into one optimized package that will set a new industry benchmark for performance and energy efficiency. Intel said Knights Landing will deliver 5X the sustained memory bandwidth versus DDR4 with one-third the energy per bit in half the footprint.

"Intel's many integrated cores (MIC) architecture and Micron's high performance memory is a formidable combination," said Tom Eby, vice president for Micron's compute and networking business unit. "Intel's and Micron's advanced technologies successfully marry the processor to a memory system that delivers the very rare coupling of low power and extreme bandwidth."

"The next-generation Intel® Xeon Phi processor, codenamed Knights Landing, will launch with up to 16GB of high performance, on-package memory that delivers dramastically improved the sustained memory bandwidth versus DDR4 and brings tremendous power-efficiency and space-savings. It is the first Intel HPC processor to use this new high performance on package memory," said Charles Wuischpard, Vice President, General Manager, Workstations and High Performance Computing Data Center Group at Intel. "This will allow the world's leading researchers, scientists, and engineers to run larger workloads faster while maintaining current code investments. We're pleased to be working with Micron to deliver it."

http://investors.micron.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=856057


More on Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube


NVIDIA and Partners Develop GPU-accelerated ARM64 Servers for HPC

NVIDIA is seeing progress in leverage its GPU accelerators in supercomputers.  Multiple server vendors are now developing 64-bit ARM development systems integrating its NVIDIA GPU processors for high performance computing (HPC).

The new ARM64 servers feature Applied Micro X-GeneARM64 CPUs and NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU accelerators.  The systems use the hundreds of existing CUDA-accelerated scientific and engineering HPC applications by simply recompiling them to ARM64 systems.

The first GPU-accelerated ARM64 development platforms will be available in July from Cirrascale Corp. and E4 Computer Engineering, with production systems expected to ship later this year. The Eurotech Group also plans to ship production systems later this year. System details include:

  • Cirrascale RM1905D - High-density two-in-one 1U server with two Tesla K20 GPU accelerators; provides high-performance, low total cost of ownership for private cloud, public cloud, HPC, and enterprise applications.
  • E4 EK003 - Production-ready, low-power 3U, dual-motherboard server appliance with two Tesla K20 GPU accelerators, designed for seismic, signal and image processing, video analytics, track analysis, web applications and MapReduce processing. 
  • Eurotech - Ultra-high density, energy efficient and modular Aurora HPC server configuration, based on proprietary Brick Technology and featuring direct hot liquid cooling.

"We aim to leverage the latest technology advances, both within and beyond the HPC market, to move science forward in entirely new ways," said Pat McCormick, senior scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. "We are working with NVIDIA to explore how we can unite GPU acceleration with novel technologies like ARM to drive new levels of scientific discovery and innovation."

http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/News/NVIDIA-GPUs-Open-the-Door-to-ARM64-Entry-Into-High-Performance-Computing-b52.aspx

Sprint Launches HD Voice Nationwide, Adds 28 LTE Markets

Sprint announced nationwide availability of HD Voice, as well as 28 new 4G LTE markets and three new Sprint Spark markets.

Sprint HD Voice is currently supported on 28 postpaid smartphones and 33 prepaid phones. The company estimates approximately 16 million of its customers are currently using an HD Voice enabled device. In addition to a fuller, more natural-sounding voice, the service uses noise-cancelling technology to minimize background noise from places like busy roads or crowded restaurants.


Sprint's new activated LTE markets, including Seattle, Cleveland, and San Jose, bring its nationwide 4G LTE footprint to 471 cities covering more than 225 million people. Sprint expects to reach 250 million with 4G LTE coverage by mid-year.

Sprint Spark has been activated in three new markets (St. Louis, Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C.). The enhanced LTE network is designed to deliver average wireless speeds of 6-15Mbps and peak wireless speeds of 50-60Mbps today on capable devices, with increasing speed potential over time. Sprint plans to reach 100 million people by year-end with the service. T

Sprint is currently field testing 8T8R radios for improved coverage and signal strength at 2.5 GHz. Commercial deployment of these radios is expected this summer.

Sprint will be adding International WiFi calling in the coming weeks.  This will enable customers to make calls and send texts via WiFi in more than 100 countries.

In addition, Sprint will begin offering a 30-day trial period for new customers to test out their service. If customers aren’t completely satisfied with the Sprint experience within the first 30 days, Sprint will refund the cost of their device and waive all service and activation charges.

“We believe customers will be delighted with the Sprint retail experience, our customer service, and the performance of America’s newest network,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint Chief Executive Officer, “so we’re guaranteeing it.”

http://www.sprint.com


Mavenir's Evolved Packet Data Gateway Bridges Calls from LTE to Wi-Fi

Mavenir Systems announced the availability of its Evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG). For subscribers using Wi-Fi, the ePDG provides a secure connection to the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network and enables seamless mobility between LTE and Wi-Fi. This enables seamless coverage whether the subscriber is in an LTE coverage areas or using Wi-Fi at public hotspots, at the office or in the home. As subscribers arrive in the office, for example, the ePDG ensures that data sessions remain active and voice calls stay up while the device switches from LTE to Wi-Fi access.

The ePDG is an integral part of Mavenir’s IMS converged voice solution that is used by mobile operators for both Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

Mavenir said its approach enables operators to leverage their investments in VoLTE, and extend service reach as well as improve indoor coverage by launching VoWi-Fi. Apple’s recent announcement that iOS 8 will support Wi-Fi Calling,  significantly increases the number of devices compatible with mobile operators’ VoWi-Fi service and  accelerating adoption.

“Globally, operators are trying to manage mobile subscribers’ demand for ubiquitous service access while dealing with tremendous surge in mobile data usage,” said Pardeep Kohli, Mavenir’s President and CEO. “We believe ePDG and converged access to IMS are logical extensions of VoWi-Fi, as mobility is becoming a key differentiator for operators.”

http://www.mavenir.com

Microsoft Offers 1TB Cloud Storage to Office 365 Consumers

Microsoft will extend its offer of 1 TB of OneDrive storage to all versions of Office 365, including the 5-person home version that costs $9.99 per month and the personal version costing $6.99 per month.

Microsoft said the landscape for online services is quickly changing and that merely providing cloud storage is table stakes.  By providing 1 TB with Office 365, Microsoft effectively supercedes the storage-only providers.  For those who only want online storage and not Office 365, OneDrive pricing has been cut 70% to $1.99 for 100GB and $3.99 for 200GB.

https://blog.onedrive.com/new-onedrive-storage-plans/


  • In April 2014, Microsoft first announced the 1TB cloud storage deal for Office 365 ProPlus subscribers.
  • In its latest quarterly report released in April, 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.

TeliaSonera IC Upgrades Pan-European Network with Ciena

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has selected Ciena's 5400 Reconfigurable Switching System for the pan-European segment of its global fibre network.

Ciena’s 5400 Reconfigurable Switching System is fully modular and leverages the company's WaveLogic  coherent optics, which allows TSIC to quickly deploy this network as foreign wavelengths over its existing line system.

The companies said the deployment creates a scalable and flexible OTN-based network that promotes TSIC's vision to support service providers with bandwidth- and network-on-demand transport services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We´re continuously upgrading our extensive network, enabling mission critical solutions for operators and content providers. Developing an even more scalable and flexible network is not only about meeting the bandwidth demands of today but also ensures the bandwidth demands of tomorrow," stated Mattias Fridström, Vice President, Head of Technology at TeliaSonera International Carrier.

http://www.ciena.com
http://www.teliasoneraic.com/


  • TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) is using Infinera's DTN-X platform with Instant Bandwidth capability for its North American network

Top 500 Supercomputer List for June 2014

A new list of the Top 500 Supercomputer Sites has just been published and for the third consecutive year the most powerful designation goes to the Tianhe-2 supercomputer at China's University of Defense Technology with a performance of 33.86 petaflops delivered by its 3.1 million Intel Xeon cores.

A few highlights from the list:


  • Total combined performance of all 500 systems has grown to 274 Pflop/s, compared to 250 Pflop/s six months ago and 223 Pflop/s one year ago. This increase in installed performance also exhibits a noticeable slowdown in growth compared to the previous long-term trend.
  • There are 37 systems with performance greater than a Pflop/s on the list, up from 31 six months ago.
  • The No. 1 system, Tianhe-2, and the No. 7 system, Stampede, use Intel Xeon Phi processors to speed up their computational rate. The No. 2 system, Titan, and the No. 6 system, Piz Daint, use NVIDIA GPUs to accelerate computation.
  • A total of 62 systems on the list are using accelerator/co-processor technology, up from 53 from November 2013. Forty-four of these use NVIDIA chips, two use ATI Radeon, and there are now 17 systems with Intel MIC technology (Xeon Phi). The average number of accelerator cores for these 62 systems is 78,127 cores/system.


The full listed is posted here:

http://www.top500.org/lists/2014/06/

Overture Launches Harmony NFV Partner Ecosystem

Overture has launched its "Harmony" ecosystem of hardware, software and services partners focused on accelerating service provider’s automation and network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives at the metro service edge.

The initial partners in the Harmony ecosystem are:

  • 6WIND  
  • Aeroflex 
  • Brocade 
  • Dell 
  • EnterpriseWeb 
  • Intel 
  • JDSU 
  • Metaswitch Networks
  • Qosmos 
  • Wind River 

http://www.overturenetworks.com/harmony