Tuesday, July 1, 2014

EZchip to Acquire Tilera for its Multi-Core Processors

EZchip Semiconductor will acquire Tilera Corporation, a developer of high-performance multi-core processors, up to $130 million in cash.  The deal includes $50 million at closing and up to an additional $80 million is payable subject to the attainment of certain future performance milestones.

Tilera, which is based in San Jose, California, offers a line of multi-core processors, network interface cards and white-box appliances for data center networking equipment.

At the high end, Tilera's TILE-Gx8072 Processor includes 72 identical processor cores (tiles) interconnected with the company's iMesh on-chip network. Each tile consists of a 64-bit processor core as well as L1 and L2 cache and a non-blocking Terabit/sec switch that connects the tiles to the mesh and provides full cache coherence among all the cores. The company offers smaller versions with 9- 16, and 36-cores. Tilera offers its own line of accelerator cards based on its processors, as well as two 1RU appliances.

EZchip said Tilera complements its own portfolio.  EZchip’s next generation NPU family, the NPS, is targeting carrier edge routers as well as data center networking equipment.   For these markets, the NPS brings very high performance data-plane packet processing. Unlike the use cases for multi-core CPUs, the systems that use high-speed NPUs such as the NPS are high-end systems in which the data-plane is separate from the control-plane. In these high-end systems the control-plane is typically performed on a separate general purpose CPU.

EZchip currently expects the acquisition to be neutral to slightly dilutive in 2014 and accretive in 2015 to earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis. Following the closing, Devesh Garg, the CEO of Tilera, will serve as EZchip’s President in charge of all US operations.

“We welcome the Tilera team to the EZchip family. The addition of a multi-core product portfolio to EZchip expands and diversifies our product offerings and addressable markets. While our NPU portfolio and in particular our new NPS targets high-end carrier and data center equipment in which a high-performance data-plane only NPU is required, the Tilera multi-core CPUs address a wide range of data-center systems in which both data-plane and control-plane run on the multi-core CPU,” said Eli Fruchter, CEO of EZchip Semiconductor. “Furthermore, the combination of EZchip’s and Tilera’s market-proven leading technologies, in particular EZchip’s networking expertise and Tilera’s multi-core expertise, will enable us to develop new multi-core CPUs that uniquely integrate powerful networking capabilities with the highest number of processor cores addressing a wide range of applications and market segments.”

http://www.ezchip.com
http://www.tilera.com


  • Tilera was founded in March 2005 and launched its first silicon product in August 2007.
  • In January 2011, Tilera announced a $45 million round of funding, including investment from WestSummit Capital Management and Comerica Bank in addition to existing investors Walden International, Bessemer Venture Partners and Columbia Capital. Cisco Systems and Samsung Venture Investment Co. also participated, joining Tilera’s previous strategic investors: Broadcom, NTT Finance, VentureTech Alliance, and Quanta Computer.
  • In March 2010, Tilera raised $25 million in Series C funding, including from Broadcom, Quanta Computer and NTT Financing.  This brought total funding in the company to $64 million.

Databricks Raises $33 Million for Apache Spark-based Cloud

Databricks, a start-up based in Berkeley, California, announced $33 million in series B funding and the launch of its cloud platform.

Databricks Cloud is powered by Spark, a unified processing engine with support for interactive queries (Spark SQL), streaming data (Spark Streaming), machine learning (MLlib) and graph computation (GraphX) natively.  A single API is used across the entire pipeline.

Databricks said its cloud platform benefits from the rapid pace of innovation in Spark, driven by the 200+ contributors that have made it the most active project in the Hadoop ecosystem.

The company's hosted platform simplifies the provisioning of a Spark cluster. Users simply specify the desired capacity of a new cluster, and the platform handles all the details: provisioning servers on the fly, streamlining import and caching of data, handling all elements of security, and continually patching and updating Spark—freeing users of all the typical headaches and allowing them to explore and harness the power of Spark.

Databricks Cloud is currently available on Amazon Web Services.  The company is looking to add cloud providers in the future.

The funding round was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with follow-on investment from Andreessen Horowitz.

“Databricks remains committed to developing and expanding Apache Spark fully in the open and continuing to add to the capabilities that made it a vital big data platform,” said Matei Zaharia, CTO of Databricks. “We will continue to commit significant resources to drive open-source innovation in Spark alongside the community. Furthermore, we look forward to enabling a whole new set of users and developers to experience and leverage the power of Spark to drive enterprise value.”

http://www.databricks.com/cloud
  • Databricks is headed by Ion Stoica (CEO), who is a Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley and also co-founder of Conviva.  The Databricks' technical team is headed by Matei Zaharia (CTO), who is the creator of Apache Spark and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at MIT.
  • Apache Spark, which is part of the Hadoop movement, is an open-source data analytics cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at U.C. Berkeley. It promises to run programs up to 100x faster than Hadoop MapReduce in memory, or 10x faster on disk.  http://spark.apache.org/

ADVA Supplies Transport/Aggregation for Washington's Noel Comm.

Noel Communications, a network operator based in Yakima, Washington, has deployed ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 and FSP 150 to advance rural connectivity throughout Washington.  ADVA said it was selected for the installation based on the rapid scalability and ease of use of its optical transport equipment and Ethernet access and aggregation devices.

“Trust is a key part of our company, a key part of our team. It underscores everything we do. This is something that our customers depend upon,” said Nick Guy, director, Networking, Noel Communications. “It's this focus on trust that explains why we're working with ADVA Optical Networking."

http://www.advaoptical.com/en/newsroom/press-releases-english/20140701.aspx
http://www.noelcommunications.com/

Ericsson Lands 7-Year Managed Services Deal in Romania

Ericsson signed a seven-year managed services agreement with leading Romanian operators Romtelecom and Cosmote, both subsidiaries of OTE, the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, Group of companies.

Under the deal, Ericsson will manage the operators' wireline and wireless networks in Romania. Ericsson will assume responsibility for network operations and maintenance of wireline and wireless access, transmission, core and IP domains, as well as network operations for operations support systems, for Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania. Ericsson will add about 730 employees from the carriers to its Global Services division.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1808570

Monday, June 30, 2014

MapR Raises $110 Million for Apache Hadoop

MapR Technologies, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $110 million in venture funding for its distribution for Apache Hadoop software.

MapR has significant production Hadoop environments in financial services, healthcare, media, retail, telecommunications, and Web 2.0 companies.  The financing will be used to continue growth in the big data and analytics segment, especially to fund additional engineering resources and support open source projects, such as Apache Drill, Hadoop 2.2 with YARN, and Apache Spark.

Google Capital led the $80 million equity financing. Also participating was Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA and Redpoint Ventures.  In addition to the equity financing, MapR completed a debt facility of $30 million led by Silicon Valley Bank.

"Google has a long-standing commitment to Hadoop, making Google Capital an ideal investor for MapR. This investment round recognizes our customers’ rapid adoption, their tremendous results and ROI, and also the capital efficiency of our business model,” said John Schroeder, CEO and co-founder of MapR Technologies. “It’s extremely gratifying to bring these high-caliber strategic investors on board, including Qualcomm who is the leader in the mobile ecosystem and also at the forefront of the Internet of Things, to help us accelerate growth and position the company for global leadership.  Our installed base of more than 500 paying licensees provides a strong foundation and we are excited to move forward with the tremendous resources from our new and current financial investors.”

“Hadoop is a cornerstone for the big data ecosystem, and MapR has demonstrated its leadership in the space,” said Albert Wang, director, Qualcomm Ventures. “We invested in MapR because of the strength of its technology in leveraging the expanding Internet of Things and providing immediate business benefits."

http://www.mapr.com/company/press-releases/mapr-closes-110-million-financing-led-google-capital

  • In March 2014, Cloudera confirmed that its latest funding round, which included a strategic investment from Intel, amounted to $900 million.  This financing round includes the previously-announced $160 million of funding from T. Rowe Price and three other top-tier public market investors, Google Ventures, and an affiliate of MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment arm of Michael Dell and his family, and a significant equity investment by Intel that gives them an 18% share of Cloudera.
    Cloudera offers enterprise analytic data management software powered by Apache Hadoop, which is the underlying technology behind a growing number of Big Data projects.

Huawei Launches 1T WDM Line Card

Huawei launched the world's first 1T WDM line card.

The line card delivers 800-km transmission based on common G.652 fibers and erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs), but without regeneration. It can encapsulate client signals of any rate into an OTN-based 1 Tbps channel for transmission.

A demonstration was shown at the Next Generation Optical Networking Forum last week using Huawei's flagship OSN 9800 platform.

Huawei said its line card uses Optical Digital Signal Processing (oDSP) algorithm for processing high-speed signals. Switching between short-haul metro mode (ultra-high-capacity transmission) and ultra-long-haul backbone mode (ultra-long-haul transmission) can be implemented through software-based modulation scheme reconfiguration. The short-haul metro mode reaches a capacity of more than 20 Tbit/s per fiber, nearly triple that of current mainstream commercial 100G systems. The ultra-long-haul backbone mode supports more than 10 Tbit/s transmission per fiber over a distance of 3,000 km.

Huawei noted that it has deployed over 200 commercial 100G networks worldwide to date.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-346706-1twdm.htm#.U7F1PfldVF4


  • In 2013, Huawei demonstrated a 40T Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) prototype at the OFC/NFOEC 2013 event in Anaheim, California. The prototype supports simultaneous transmission of 20 C-band optical channels running at 2 Tbps, providing an industry-leading capacity of up to 40 Tbps per fiber. Huawei cited three innovations in its platform:
    The combined use of Electrical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (eOFDM) and frequency-domain Hybrid Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) technologies substantially improve spectrum efficiency to 10 bit/s/Hz.

    The combined use of Flex-Optical Digital Signal Processing (Flex ODSP) and Hybrid Soft-/Hard-Decision Multi-level Coding (HMLC) technologies extend the transmission distance to beyond 1,000 km over common single-mode fiber and Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers (EDFAs).

    Software-implemented transceiver technology allows optical modulation formats such as Quadrature Phase-Shift Keying (QPSK), 16QAM, 32QAM, and 64QAM to be adjusted or combined, achieving a configurable transmission rate and distance for each service. As a result, dynamic service needs in varied scenarios can be easily met.

  • In 2012, Huawei completed a 2 Tbps WDM field trial with Vodafone, achieving up to 3,325 km transmission for 2 Tbps signals. The 40T WDM prototype is another major breakthrough in high-speed transmission proving current commercial optical networks will be ready for the upcoming flood of digital traffic.

China Unicom Deploys Software-Defined IP Radio Access Network with Huawei

The Sichuan Branch of China United Network Communications (Sichuan Unicom) has deployed a software-defined networking-based IP radio access network (SDN IPRAN) in the city of Chengdu.

The deployment, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, uses Huawei’s SoftCOM technology.

Huawei said the use of SDN technology on the IPRAN simplifies network O&M and enables a high-quality packet bearer network for wireless services. After deployment, Sichuan Unicom’s SDN IPRAN increased the efficiency of service provisioning by 60% compared with traditional networks. Virtual management of large volumes of end devices significantly reduces the network management scale and improves O&M efficiency. The control plane is decoupled from the forwarding plane, thus implementing new service provisioning regardless of forwarding devices. This significantly shortens LTE service go-to-market periods and helps respond to market requirements quickly and supports new LTE service development and rapid future innovation.

Huawei also highlighted its IP Flow Performance Measurement (IP FPM) technology, which delivers real-time service performance measurement per service per user.  This makes network performance visible and predictable, helping carriers locate specific network performance bottlenecks.

"We are glad to cooperate with Huawei in the SDN IPRAN field and successfully commercialize the SDN IPRAN. We expect these innovations to improve network operation efficiency, promote rapid innovative service delivery and go-to-market, further improve user experience in UMTS/LTE services, and create more value for our customers," said Mr. Qiao Guiping, general manager of Sichuan Unicom.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-346708-sdn.htm#.U7F42_ldVF4

IBM Inaugurates SoftLayer Data Center in London

IBM 's SoftLayer group is opening a new data center in London this month.

The new facility will have capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers and will offer the full range of SoftLayer cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage and networking. It will seamlessly integrate via the company’s leading private network with all SoftLayer data centers and network PoPs around the world, including the existing SoftLayer Amsterdam data center and London network Point of Presence (PoP), both launched in 2012.

“We already have a large customer base in London and the region; we’re excited to give those customers a full SoftLayer data center right in their backyard, with all the privacy, security, and control the SoftLayer platform offers,” said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer CEO. “The work these businesses are doing—the solutions and services that they are building in the cloud—is inspiring. Organizations of all sizes are using SoftLayer services to disrupt their industries or even their own operations, creating new business models and applications.”

http://www.softlayer.com/London


  • The London facility is the latest of 15 new data centers that IBM plans to open as part of a $1.2 billion dollar global investment to strengthen and extend its cloud services in Europe and around the world.




Jibe Mobile Launches joyn for DT's COSMOTE Romania and Slovak Telekom

Deutsche Telekom's regional operating companies in Romania and Slovakia, COSMOTE Romania and Slovak Telekom, rolled out their joyn services developed by Jibe Mobile and delivered over the Jibe IP Communication Cloud.

joyn powered by COSMOTE and joyn by Telekom, provided by Jibe Mobile, let customers use a single application to connect via video call, text, instant messaging, group messaging, as well as share their favorite photos and videos — on their iPhone and Android- powered smartphones.

"This rollout further demonstrates the significant role that Jibe is playing to help carriers
transform the future of telecom services for mobile consumers throughout the world by delivering
IP communications services rivaling the best of OTT,” said Amir Sarhangi, co-founder and CEO
of Jibe Mobile. “Jibe's cloud-based technology and economics are enabling the rapid cost efficient transition to a globally connected IP mobile network able to deliver the most innovative and engaging communication services."

http://www.jibemobile.com

Cisco Acquires Assemblage for One-Click WebRTC/HTML5

Cisco announced its acquisition of Assemblage, a start-up developing WebRTC/HTML5 collaboration tools.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Assemblage offers real-time collaboration apps for shared whiteboarding, presentation broadcasting and screensharing. Users are able to collaborate simply via their browser with one-click, instantly accessing collaboration apps delivered via the cloud. Assemblage’s technology also integrates with popular third party cloud services and supports 40 different file types to enable quick and efficient collaboration.

Cisco said the acquisition brings a strong team of engineers with deep web development expertise to Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group.  The goal is to integrate Assemblage's technology into Cisco's next-generation collaboration platform.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-announces-acquisition-of-assemblage/
http://www.assemblagehq.com/

OIF and ONF Collaborate on Transport SDN

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) are collaborating on Transport Software Defined Networking (Transport SDN) demonstrations being conducted this year in several carrier-hosted labs.

The testing, which will begin in late August in a number of global carrier labs, will leverage the OIF’s carrier representation, knowledge of transport networks, and worldwide interoperability testing experience for optical equipment, with ONF’s leadership role for the OpenFlow protocol and SDN architecture. OpenFlow extensions for optical transport developed in the ONF Optical Transport Working Group will be prototyped in the demo.

The OIF is currently working on several initiatives supporting Transport SDN including a carrier-driven Requirements Document and an SDN Framework Document identifying SDN application programming interfaces for a carrier environment.

ONF currently has a number of carrier-focused initiatives underway, including SDN transport, mobile and wireless network applications, carrier-grade SDN, and large-scale network migration.

“We expect SDN, in tandem with Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), to shape the future of telecommunications networks,” said Vishnu Shukla, of Verizon and OIF president. “It is exciting to have these two prominent groups combining resources, innovative thinking and industry support to put together a very relevant and important demo.”

“We are pleased to join forces with the OIF, who have been contributing to our efforts to extend OpenFlow to support optical transport networks,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “The OIF/ONF Transport SDN demonstration will showcase how transport networks will benefit from SDN and NFV.”

http://www.oiforum.com
http://www.opennetworking.org

Crehan Research: Intel's Grantley Platform to Drive Server Networking

A new report from Crehan Research forecasts that 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) will finally eclipse one Gigabit Ethernet (1GbE) by 2016 to become a majority of total shipments, which closely follows the mass adoption of servers based on Grantley, Intel’s latest micro-architecture platform.

“Although Romley and Nehalem, Intel's prior two server platforms with new processor micro-architectures, were capable of driving enough bandwidth to warrant the incorporation of 10GbE networking, many supporting factors to push broader 10GbE adoption were not yet in place,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. “With the impending arrival of Grantley, these supporting factors – including broad market portfolios of lower-priced adapters and data center server-access switches, in addition to more compelling 10GBASE-T offerings – are falling into place to facilitate strong growth in the 10GbE server attach rate,” he said.

In its 4Q12 report, published in early 2013, Crehan Research identified three major stages of mainstream 10GbE server networking adoption, the first centering around blade servers and converged networking, the second around public cloud and hyper-scale data centers and the third around enterprise rack and tower servers. These three major stages are also correlated with the broad adoption of Intel’s micro-architecture server platform cycles, respectively, Nehalem, Romley and Grantley.

http://www.crehanresearch.com/

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Zayo Ready to Deliver 100G Wavelengths over European Network

Zayo has completed a network upgrade that enables it to provide 100G wavelength services over its long-haul European network.

Zayo’s long-haul network extends from London to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Paris, and Paris to London. Its 100G optical platform has been gradually updated over a nine-month period and is now fully deployed and available for implementation by customers.

The network upgrade was completed in conjunction with its recent expansion in Western Europe. Through its acquisition of Geo Networks in May 2014, Zayo added over 2,100 route miles to its European network. Zayo will add an additional 350 metro route miles to its network through the acquisition of Neo Telecoms, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014.

European Vice-President Alastair Kane said, “This expansion of our 100G capability is testament to our continued investment in Europe and dedication to providing our customers with the latest technology to accommodate bandwidth needs. With these long-haul capabilities in place, we can provide significantly enhanced service between our metro networks”.

http://www.zayo.com

Earlier this year, Zayo Group has acquired Geo Networks, a London-based dark fiber provider, for an undisclosed sum.


The acquisition will add over 2,100 route miles to Zayo’s European network, and connectivity to 587 on-net buildings. Geo's network owns and operates a high capacity fiber network in the UK, providing managed networks, dark fiber and co-location services to a variety of high-bandwidth sectors including media companies, service providers, financial services, data centers and gaming organizations.

Geo’s 100-route mile London network is housed in the London sewer system, which minimizes the threat of physical faults, boosting reliability and security, and enabling rapid deployment with minimum disruption.  The network reaches 130 data centers across the UK. Geo also operates a diverse optical fiber subsea system, East-West Ring, providing diverse connectivity to Dublin, a strategic hub for data centers and cloud service providers.

With this acquisition, Zayo will have 79,000 miles of fiber in 8 countries, and connectivity to more than 650 data centers.

Advancements in Semiconductor Quantum Dots with Single-atom Precision

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT), the Paul-Drude-Institute (PDI; Germany), and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL: USA) have cooperatively developed a novel quantum dot (artificial atom) and used it to crate artificial molecules with single-atom precision.

The achievement was achieved using a clean surface of semiconductor single crystal thin film manufactured by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) by using a low-temperature, Scanning Tunneling Microscope to integrate atoms one-by-one with an atom manipulation technique.

A quantum dot (QD) is a nanostructure that confines electrons in a nanometer-level narrow space to make quantum mechanical effects evident.

Potential applications include optical and electronic devices, display panels, biotechnology, solar cells, and quantum information processing. However, the influence of microfabrication error becomes more serious as the manufactured device becomes smaller. Conventional lithography and self-assembling methods are problematic in the processing precision.


NTT said if the fabrication and characterization of quantum structures with atomic precision become available at the semiconductor substrate surface, this will be a major leap toward the realization of a new integrated circuit technology expected about 10 years from now.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2014/1406e/140627a.html

DOCOMO to Offer Japan's First eSIM for M2M Devices

NTT DOCOMO is launching Japan's first Embedded Subscription Identity Module, or eSIM, a new type of SIM that works on mobile networks of various international operators, for M2M Devices.  Conventionally, a unique SIM is required for each operator.

The eSIM is able to register phone numbers and other subscription-identity data of DOCOMO and other international operators in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, such as connected automobiles, industrial equipment and many more.

DOCOMO said it has been actively involved in the establishment of an eSIM global standard, which was officially released in December 2013.

http://www-935.ibm.com/industries/automotive/


Toyota Picks IBM to Build Platform for Advanced In-Car Services

Toyota Motor Corporation has selected IBM to build and design a new application development platform for in-car services.  The project is part of Toyota’s new telematics service, called T-Connect, and aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.

Toyota and IBM will work together to create an onboard devices and application development environment for Toyota Open Vehicle Architecture. This single development platform will bring together an ecosystem of mobile app developers and content providers that provide content for T-Connect. Using the IBM platform, app developers and content providers will be able to better collaborate on building and designing apps for in-car services.

IBM Lotus Expeditor for Automotive is middleware that creates composite applications. It provides client integration tools to deploy and manage composite applications as part of a flexible environment.

"As the industry continues to move toward bringing fully connected vehicles to market, new requirements for leveraging innovations in technologies like mobile continue to emerge,” said Dirk Wollschl├Ąger, general manager, Global Automotive Industry, IBM. “The connected vehicle transformation will require collaboration across disciplines. We are proud to start on that path with Toyota and nurture the power of its thriving ecosystem.”

http://www.toyota.com
http://ibm.com/automotive

Saturday, June 28, 2014

ETSI Releases KPI Standard for Data Center Energy-efficiency

ETSI has published a Data Centre Energy Management (DCEM) indicator standard to help measure energy efficiency and compare energy management efficiency in data centres.

The DCEM Global KPI specifies the coefficient or "Global KPI" of the eco-efficiency and energy management of data centres. It combines two indicators: one taking into account different sizes of data centre (S, M, L or XL) and a second incorporating 9 different levels of performance, similar to the energy classification model used for home appliances.

ETSI said its work will allow benchmarking of data centres or ITC locations in a wide range of industrial sectors.

http://www.etsi.org/deliver/etsi_es/205200_205299/2052000201/01.02.01_60/es_2052000201v010201p.pdf

Verizon Suffers Billing System Outage

Verizon was hit by a widespread outage of its online customer portal and billing system on Friday and Saturday across much of the U.S.  Many users were unable to log-in to their accounts and some locations reported difficulty activating new accounts.

Communication services were not affected.

#VerizonOutage

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