Thursday, July 17, 2014

Orange Opens Large Scale PoP in Abidjan

Orange inaugurated West Africa’s first, very large-capacity IP Point of Presence (PoP) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

This paves the way for other carriers and local ISPs to offer Internet connectivity in the region at much faster speeds and with better reliability than has been available to date.

Abidjan also hosts a landing point for the ACE submarine cable, a 17,000km-long cable which runs down the west coast of Africa from Europe.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Verizon Confirms 100G Metro Ethernet Client Performance

Verizon confirmed that 100G traffic can be successfully carried over its regional Ethernet network between two 100G network interface devices while maintaining carrier-grade performance.

In a trial, Verizon transmitted 100G using the Canoga Perkins 9145E100G CloudBuster network interface device (NID) over the Verizon regional switched Ethernet services network in the Dallas area. Splice Communications, a Verizon Global Wholesale customer, provided connectivity to CyrusOne, a global data center provider that served as the end user in the trial.

Verizon said key metrics for the trial were well above industry standards for Ethernet virtual connections. The metrics consisted of frame delay; delay variation; and throughput, the amount of data successfully delivered.

“This accomplishment, which we believe is an industry first, is a significant step forward along the evolution of 100G technology in preparation for the day when demand for higher network speed and capacities outgrows current technologies,” said Guru Pai, chief product officer and senior vice president of corporate technology. “Having 100G network access will be important for businesses that operate data centers and for mobile backhaul and other service applications.

“And while the pace of advancement is important, we’re equally focused on performance – and this trial proves we can carry 100G traffic to customer premises while maintaining the level of quality they demand,” Pai said.

  • Verizon is using the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 platform and the Coriant 7100 in its metro deployment, which is the “last-mile” connectivity from the network to the customer. 

  • As of April 2014, Verizon had 39,000 miles of 100G technology deployed on its global IP network. 

Nitero Unveils 60 GHz 802.11ad Silicon

Nitero, a start-up based in Austin, Texas with a design studio in Melbourne, Australia, unveiled its 60 GHz chip implemented in CMOS and based on the IEEE 802.11ad. standard.  The device uses Samsung’s advanced 28nm RF process based on 28nm HKMG LPP technology.

Nitero said its design is up to 10x more power efficient than 802.11ad solutions designed for the PC, while bringing cost and form-factor in-line with existing 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions.  Nitero’s NT4600 supports low-latency 4K display and peer-to-peer wireless connectivity at USB 3.0 data rates.  In addition, while single-antenna 802.11ad solutions sacrifice in-room performance to get to low power, the NT4600 supports transmit and receive beamforming to provide full coverage throughout the office, living room or conference room.

“802.11ad, the next generation of Wi-Fi, is the missing link to allow for the long-awaited convergence of PC, gaming and entertainment platforms onto a single mobile device. 802.11ad solutions built for the PC and slimmed down for mobile simply can’t meet the power, performance, and form-factor requirements of Tier 1 mobile customers,” said Pat Kelly, CEO of Nitero. “At Nitero, we targeted the smartphone from day one. The result is 60G.”

Key features of Nitero’s 60G:

  • Samsung 28nm RF CMOS process technology
  • Power reduced by up to 10x over PC 802.11ad solutions
  • Industry-leading output power, noise figure and sensitivity to maximize performance
  • Transmit and receive beamforming to support non-line-of-sight conditions
  • Low-latency 4K wireless display support in living-room, desktop, and conference-room environments
  • Peer-to-peer wireless connectivity using 16-QAM modulation at up to 4.6 Gbps
  • PCI Express host interface to support the latest mobile applications processors while minimizing software overhead
  • Fully-compliant to the ratified IEEE 802.11ad standard
  • Android driver support

Nitero is currently demonstrating the NT4600 to select partners and customers and will start production shipments in 2015.

  • Nitero is funded by leading venture capitalists with deep semiconductor roots – Austin Ventures, Southern Cross Venture Partners and Trailblazer Capital. 

Broadcom Intros Next Gen Small Cell Silicon for Wi-Fi + 3G + LTE

Broadcom introduced its next generation silicon for residential, enterprise and outdoor small cell networks.

The new BCM617x5 Series baseband system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices integrate residential multi-mode and triple-mode 3G, 4G/LTE support.  The third generation, low-power, small cell baseband processors double the capacity for operators and carriers to offload data traffic from increasingly congested networks.  The enhanced devices deliver data rates up to 300 Mbps to client Wi-Fi devices (802.11n and 802.11ac).

"Our new generation of residential and triple-mode enterprise baseband processors for small cells provides global carriers with a powerful solution as 3G technology matures and global operators prepare to transition to 4G/LTE mobile networks," said Greg Fischer, Broadcom Vice President and General Manager for Broadband Carrier Access.

Key Features of the BCM617x5 Series

  • Includes 3G and 4G/LTE small cell transceiver
  • Supports multiple networks and configurations, including:
    * 3G TDSCDMA and WCDMA
    * LTE in frequency division duplexing (FDD) and time division duplexing (TDD)
    * Carrier WLAN with dedicated WLAN processor core
    * China ZUC security algorithm
  • Combines PCI-Express and driver integration for Broadcom Wi-Fi solutions, enabling multimode access points and addition of carrier Wi-Fi to cellular solutions
  • Full support for Broadcom RF cellular devices and dual-band concurrent 802.11n and 801.11ac Wi-Fi technologies, including the BCM43460 and BCM43520
  • Software- and pin-compatible with existing BCM617xx series
  • Integrates power-reducing crest-factor reduction (CFR) and envelope tracking for RF
  • Embedded advanced DFE algorithms increase spectrum efficiency while minimizing overall system power consumption.

The launch also includes a new 3G/ 4G LTE RF transceiver, the BCM61297.

Broadcom noted that its previous SoC have been deployed in more than two million small cells to date.

Microsoft Commits to 175 MW Wind Farm for Chicago Data Center

Microsoft announced its largest purchase of wind energy to date -- a 20-year agreement with EDF Renewable Energy to purchase up to an estimated 675,000 MWh of renewable energy from the 175 MW Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois.

The Pilot Hill Wind farm is located 60 miles from Chicago and is on the same electric grid that powers the Microsoft data center in Chicago. Pilot Hill construction has already commenced and will begin delivering green power in 2015.

  • In November 2013, Microsoft announced a similar wind energy deal with the 110 MW Keechi Wind Project in Texas.

A10 Adds Application Networking Appliances for Policy Enforcement

A10 Networks introduced a new line of high-speed, high-capacity application networking appliances that leverage specialized hardware to perform security and policy enforcement at ultra high speeds, including protection against large-scale DDoS attacks, without impacting system performance.

The new Thunder SPE appliances leverage A10's new Security and Policy Engine (SPE) to implement security and policy enforcement functions at up to 155 Gbps.  The company claims up to a 40 percent processing performance boost relative to current systems. All models are dual power supply-capable, feature solid-state drives (SSDs) and can be configured with 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps port options. Thunder SPE appliances start at $164,000.

A10 said the new appliances are particularly adept at dealing with volumetric DDoS attacks. Recently, the frequency and volume of DDoS attacks has risen dramatically, resulting in costly network and service outages.

"Threat detection and mitigation are rapidly becoming a performance game, where the sophistication and volume of attacks are specifically designed to overwhelm lesser performing network devices, thus rendering a provider's network infrastructure and applications vulnerable to downtime and further threats," said Jason Matlof, A10 Networks vice president of marketing. "With leading high-performance hardware systems, A10 is able to offer protection against aggressive attacks to customers in the most challenging threat environments."

A10 also announced integrated DDoS protection capabilities for its Thunder CGN product line.

IIX Raises $10 Million for Direct Cloud Interconnects

IIX Inc., a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, secured $10.4 million in Series A Funding for its direct interconnection solutions has for enterprises, content providers, cloud providers and other network operators.

The IIX PeeringCloud lets customers connect to leading Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) via a single interconnection. IIX launched its first Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in 2011. The company has since established presence in various markets in the U.S., Canada and Europe and is continuing to expand globally. IIX also has a growing ecosystem of customers that includes industry leading companies such as Microsoft, Box, Blue Jeans Network, GoDaddy, LinkedIn and TripAdvisor.

The funding came from New Enterprise Associates (NEA).

Dell'Oro: LTE RAN Revenues Approach $22 Billion by 2018

The Mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) LTE equipment market for both macro and small cell radios will witness tremendous growth over the next five years, with LTE RAN revenue levels expected to outdo the RAN revenue peaks of GSM in 2007 and WCDMA in 2011, according to a new 5-Year Forecast Report from Dell'Oro Group.

Some highlights:

  • Total RAN market—macro and small cell—to grow for a second consecutive year in 2014 and decline at a low single-digit CAGR between 2014 and 2018.
  • Macro investments to remain strong throughout the forecast period with more than 1 M macro (RRU, antenna integrated radio, active antenna system) radios shipping in 2018 configured using both distributed and centralized baseband architectures.
  • LTE-TDD to account for nearly 40% of LTE RF carrier shipments in the forecast period.
  • The top 4 vendors in the LTE RAN market on a revenue basis in the first quarter 2014 were Ericsson, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and Nokia.

“The momentum around LTE coverage build-outs and subscriber adoption is stronger than anything we have experienced with previous mobile technologies,” said Stefan Pongratz, Analyst of Dell’Oro Groups RAN and Small Cell Programs. “The pace of the LTE radio deployments during the coverage phase and the variety of band combinations available for LTE is enabling service providers to deploy radios in multiple bands optimized for coverage and capacity. This is driving investments to remain high even after the initial LTE coverage phase,” continued Pongratz.

Dell'Oro: Metro Optical Market to Reach $9 Billion by 2018

Metro optical transport equipment revenues are forecast to reach $9 billion by 2018, according to a new Optical Transport 5-Year Forecast Report from Dell'Oro Group.  WDM equipment sales are expected to drive the majority of the metro optical market’s growth for the next five years and comprise the vast majority of revenue by 2018.

“The metro market is in a state of transition as it moves away from SONET/SDH multiplexers and towards high capacity transport equipment,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport Market Research at Dell’Oro Group.

“We believe the result of the network transition will be the continuous decline of SONET/SDH equipment sales at an average annual rate of over 30 percent a year.  In place of those equipment, service providers will shift their focus to higher capacity packet friendly systems such as optical packet-switches and WDM metro.  We  predict the market demand for optical packet-switch to grow at a 3 percent compounded annual growth rate until 2018 and for WDM metro to grow at an average annual rate of 9 percent,” added Mr. Yu.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Arbor: DDoS Attacks Regularly Top 100 Gbps

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are now regularly exceeding the 100 Gbps threshold and have been measured at up to 325 Gbps, according to Arbor Networks. There were 72 attacks measured at over 100 Gbps in Q1, however the number dropped to 39 attacks at this level for Q2.

“Following on from the storm of NTP reflection attacks in Q1 volumetric DDoS attacks continued to be a problem well into the second quarter, with an unprecedented 100 attacks over 100GB/sec reported so far this year. We’ve also already seen more than twice the number of attacks over 20GB/sec than we saw in the whole of last year,” said Arbor Networks Director of Solutions Architects Darren Anstee. “The frequency of very large attacks continues to be an issue, and organizations should take an integrated, multi-layered approach to protection. Even organizations with significant amounts of Internet connectivity can now see that capacity exhausted relatively easily by the attacks that are going on out there.”

Some highlights from the Arbor study:

  • 1H 2014 saw the most volumetric DDoS attacks ever, with more than 100 events over 100GB/sec reported so far this year
  • At the mid-point of 2014, 2x the number of events over 20GB/sec have been reported, as compared to all of 2013
  • The largest reported attack in Q2 was 154.69GB/sec, down 101% from Q1 2014. This was an NTP reflection attack targeting a destination in Spain.
  • NTP reflection attacks are still significant, but size and scope is down versus Q1 2014. Average NTP traffic volumes are falling back globally, but still not back to the levels of November 2013 (pre the start of NTP attack proliferation)
  • Q2 2014 saw fewer very large attacks – with average attack size down by 47% compared to Q1 2014

Fujitsu Develops Multi-layer, Full-mesh Cluster Topology

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology that reduces the number of network switches used in a cluster supercomputer by 40%.

Instead of using a conventional, "fat tree" network topology, in which, for example, 6,000 servers would require about 800 switches, or possibly more than 2,000 switches, Fujitsu Labs is using a multi-layer full mesh topology in combination with a newly developed communications algorithm that controls transmission sequences to avoid data collisions.

Fujitsu said its approach can accommodate a large number of servers with relatively few switches by considering what would be an optimized data-exchange process, then connecting the cluster in a new way.  By using scheduling, servers connected to the various apex switches (A through F) will divert to a different apex, and also by avoid collisions within paths that traverse different layers (a1 through d3).

AWS Offers 10-40% Discounts for Annual Subscriptions

Amazon Web Services introduced annual subscription plans for the 26 categories of infrastructure, developer tools, and business applications currently offered in the AWS Marketplace.

The annual subscription, which offers a single upfront payment at at discount of 10-40% over the hourly rate, enables an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instance type to have unlimited use of the software for the next 12 months. Annual subscriptions are be available for more than 90 software products from ISVs such as Alert Logic, Barracuda, Citrix, Fortinet, MicroStrategy, Progress Software, Riverbed, Sophos, Tenable, and Vormetric.

Box Adds Office 365 Integrations, Removes Storage Limits

Box announced two new integrations with Microsoft Office 365 and removed storage limits for all customers of its Business plan.

“The competition for business customers will no longer be about how much information a solution enables them to store, but rather, what it allows them to do with that information,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO, Box. “Our deep integrations into the Office 365 suite expand our commitment of building capabilities that make content stored on our platform more valuable, information more powerful, and companies of all sizes more connected.”

In June, Microsoft extended 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. 

Google responded by announcing Drive for Work, a new premium offering for businesses that includes unlimited storage, individual file sizes up to 5TB, advanced audit reporting and new security controls for $10/user/month. Google Drive for Work offers 24x7 phone support and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Fujitsu's E-Band Radio Boasts Rates of 3.0 Gbps

Fujitsu introduced its new BroadOne GX4000 E-Band radio for the North American market.

The BroadOne GX4000 Series, which operates in the 70/80 GHz or E-band, features a patented Impulse Radio Technology boasting 3 Gbps (uncompressed) transmission rates and ultra-low latency. Latency is rated at under 20 microseconds per 1 link in CPRI mode. A compact form factor makes the GX4000 ideally suited for applications requiring ultra-high capacity, short spans, where fiber is not available.

It can be used in the following modes:

  • Gigabit Ethernet transport, typically applied for backhauling mobile/fixed networks: An E-band link is an ideal complement to wired backhaul technology, as it provides enough transmission capacity to support radically increased data traffic demands within a short timeframe.
  • CPRI (Common Public Radio Interface) transport, for fronthaul in mobile networks: The expansion of LTE and LTE-Advanced introduces the distributed radio access network architecture, or Cloud-RAN. The new challenge for mobile network operators will be fronthaul, i.e., securing many connections between a centralized-baseband unit (BBU) and remote radio head (RRH) in the most reliable, cost efficient method. The GX4000 provides an industry-leading solution to address the fronthaul challenge, while at the same time reducing OPEX, with a flexible, easy to deploy solution.
  • Portable networks for disaster recovery and low-latency transport: Wireless transport solutions are extremely important if a communications network is heavily damaged and infrastructure must be quickly restored. The GX4000 is an ideal solution for getting emergency data traffic back up and running in a short amount of time.

“As one of the world’s leading microwave providers, Fujitsu is pleased to introduce our patented Impulse Radio Technology to the North American market,” said Tetsuya Takase, Head of the Wireless Business Unit. “This breakthrough technology provides real advantages over traditional carrier-based transmission, making the BroadOne GX4000 platform a perfect fit for delivering ultra-high capacity communications in a variety of settings, including hospitals, campuses, and residential areas, ultimately helping to improve the customer experience.”

Coriant and Allied Fiber Test 1 Terabit Super-Channel

Coriant and Allied Fiber successfully transmitted a 1 Terabit-per-second (Tbps) super-channel over a 1,700 km fiber optic ring connecting West Palm Beach to Jacksonville, Florida.

The terabit field trial was conducted on Allied Fiber’s Southeast Florida segment using the commercially available Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform and pre-commercial software, over Allied Fiber's new Corning fiber. The trial demonstrated 1 Tbps super-channel transmission in a 368.7 gigahertz (GHz) grid over 1,700 km. In addition, it showed a greater than 35 percent improvement in spectral efficiency which significantly increases the capacity of the system compared to conventional fixed grid technology.

The trial also demonstrated the flexible allocation of the 1 Tbps super-channel by placing it in three separate locations within the C-band, thus maximizing the usability of existing fiber resources.

Coriant said this capability comes with an improved spectral efficiency of 3.4 bits per second per Hertz (b/s/Hz) and provides a maximum fiber capacity of 13 Tbps over a distance of 1,700 km on field-installed fiber while using commercial-grade equipment.

"We are pleased to team with Allied Fiber to demonstrate the value that next-generation optical networking technologies can bring to broadband users," said Pat DiPietro, CEO, Coriant. "We are committed to helping our partners like Allied Fiber meet the capacity requirements of residential and business end-user services with systems capable of seamless and efficient scalability to 1 Terabit per channel and beyond."

"We are excited with the results of the trial with Coriant on our network-neutral infrastructure," said Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber. "It highlights how our new Corning SMF 28e+ fiber has performed carrying 1 Terabit transmission which should be encouraging news for all network operators looking to light their own transport route both for the capabilities of the technology and for the availability of the long-haul dark fiber to run it on."

Allied Fiber, which was founded in 2008, offers a combination of long-haul and multi-access point, short-haul fiber coupled with its own colocation facilities that provide control of the underlying physical assets to its network operator customers.

AT&T Delivers Global MPLS VPN for K+S

K+S, an international commodities company, has awarded a five-year contract to AT&T move K+S's current network infrastructure to AT&T's single global private network. This will enable K+S to connect its operations, comprising 200 locations in Europe, North and South America and Asia. AT&T will provide a primary MPLS-based VPN, complemented by a secondary Internet connection.

"It's clear that K+S wanted better visibility of its communications around the world.  And that's just what our strategic network services are designed to give them, providing them with a platform for supporting their future success," said Vice President, Germany and Central Europe, AT&T, Joachim Kathmann.

Cisco and Microsoft Ink 3-Year Data Center Deal

Cisco and Microsoft announced a three-year marketing deal for transforming data centers through the delivery of integrated solutions for enterprise customers and service providers. The program focuses on the migration of Windows 2003 customers to Windows 2012 R2 on the Cisco UCS platform.

In year one, the companies will target six countries — the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Australia—with expansion to additional countries in the following years. The companies will align partner incentive programs to accelerate solutions selling via mutual channel partners.

ADTRAN Reports Strong Q2, Rising International Sales

 ADTRAN reported Q2 revenue of $176,129,000 compared to $162,233,000 for the second quarter of 2013. Operating income was $19,339,000 compared to $14,053,000 for the second quarter of 2013. Net income was $14,395,000 compared to $9,859,000 for the second quarter of 2013. Earnings per share, assuming dilution, were $0.26 compared to $0.17 for the second quarter of 2013.

ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “Our long stated goal of geographic diversification continued to pay dividends in the second quarter as international revenues reached a record $79 million. This strength drove our Broadband Access category to achieve record revenues, growing 33% over the same period last year. Operating income increased 38% over the same period last year.”

ADTRAN's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend for Q2 2014 of $0.09 per common share to be paid to holders of record at the close of business on July 31, 2014.

Narus and Politecnico di Torino Open Cyber Innovation Center

Narus and the Politecnico di Torino have opened a new Cyber Innovation Center on the campus of this prestigious engineering university.

The new center will focus on advanced cybersecurity research projects and prototyping of technologies that help identify and resolve cyber threats. Leveraging the expertise of local talent, the new center will also foster advanced science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education while generating new technologies that will be integrated into Narus products.

“Narus has a long history innovating in the area of cybersecurity through its fellows program, which has included leading global universities like the Politecnico di Torino for five years. These partnerships have resulted in a number of joint patents and technologies that are incorporated into Narus products,” said John Trobough, president, Narus. "Expanding the program by funding research effort in Europe opens up a large pool of talented people here as we enhance collaboration between nations on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

IBM Chalks up Gains from Softlayer Acquisition

One year after acquiring Softlayer for $2 billion, IBM reported continued gains in its cloud leadership positions in terms of new enterprise customers and the launch of differentiated services.

IBM said the hybrid cloud model is catching on with new enterprise customers such as Macy’s, Whirlpool, Daimler subsidiary moovel Gmbh, Sicoss Group and others. Clients can maintain on-premise control of key applications and data while moving other workloads – so-called systems of engagement with customers and partners -- to the cloud for quick access to data, expansion of new services and cost reductions. The company says nearly half of its top 100 strategic outsourcing clients,  who are among the world's largest enterprises, are already implementing cloud solutions with IBM as they transition to a hybrid cloud model.

IBM now has over 1,000 business partners signed on to offer their services on SoftLayer, ranging from leading global players such as Avnet, Arrow Electronics and Ingram Micro, to cloud-based services and solution providers like Mirantis, Assimil8, Silverstring, Clipcard, SilverSky, and Cnetric Enterprise Solutions.

SoftLayer is expected to play a pivotal role in delivering IBM's rich data and analytics portfolio.  Already more than 300 services within the IBM cloud marketplace are is based on SoftLayer. This includes data and analytics and SoftLayer offerings such as the IBM multi-enterprise Relationship Management SaaS that connects and manages shared business processes across a variety of communities, Time Series Database that connects applications to the Internet of Things and Analytics Warehouse which provides an agile platform for data warehousing and analytics.

New capabilities the company plans to launch via its Bluemix developer platform include:

  • Watson Engagement Advisor on SoftLayer, which allows organizations to gain timely and actionable insights from big data, transforming the client experience through natural conversational interactions with system that get smarter with use. Running on IBM's POWER8 processor, IBM Power Systems integrated into SoftLayer's infrastructure will handle big data, analytics and cognitive requirements in the cloud.
  • Watson Developer Cloud on Softlayer, which allows access for third party developers, entrepreneurs, academics, and system integrators looking to harness Watson's cognitive capabilities in the products and services they bring to market.
  • Aspera high-speed transfer technology, which lets users to move large unstructured and structured data with maximum speed and security, regardless of data size, distance or network conditions.
  • Elastic Storage, which is a new software-defined storage-as-a-service offering built on SoftLayer that provides organizations with high-speed access to large volumes of data and seamless data management between their on-premises infrastructure and the cloud.
  • Hourly billing for bare-metal servers 
  • IBM Cloud modular management, which is a fully automated service management system for cloud application environments. 
  • Jumpgate, which allows for interoperability between clouds by providing compatibility between the OpenStack API and a provider's proprietary API.

"In its first year, SoftLayer has proven to be a pivotal acquisition for IBM Cloud," said Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services. "SoftLayer has quickly become the foundation of IBM's cloud portfolio anchoring our infrastructure, platform andsoftware-as-a-service offerings and transforming the fortunes of many industry companies from Web start ups to established enterprises looking for the speed, flexibility and security that hybrid cloud environments provide. Of all the options for public or private clouds in the market, IBM Cloud with all of its resources, assets and expertise is the logical choice for a world where the volume and complexity of data-rich workloads grows exponentially every day. "

Last month, IBM opened the first of two new Softlayer Cloud Services data centers designed and dedicated for U.S. government workloads and compliant with Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements.

The first of the new data centers is located in Dallas, Texas  Later this year, IBM anticipates activating a companion center in Ashburn, Virginia.  Each of the high-security data centers will have initial capacity for 30,000 servers.  They will be connected by an isolated, robust private network with 2 Tbps of capacity.

In May 2014, IBM unveiled its Elastic Storage” technology which it claims offers "unprecedented performance, infinite scale, and is capable of reducing storage costs up to 90 percent by automatically moving data onto the most economical storage device."

The patented storage software is aimed the most data-intensive applications, such as seismic data processing, risk management and financial analysis, weather modeling, and scientific research. The software automatically manages data locally and globally, providing breakthrough speed in data access, easier administration and the ability to scale technology infrastructures quickly and more cost-effectively as data volumes expand. In addition, these advances can work with any company’s storage systems to provide automated and virtualized storage.

IBM said the architectural limits of its Elastic Storage stretch into the thousands of “yottabytes.” A yottabyte is one billion petabytes, or the equivalent of a data center the size of one million city blocks, which would fill the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. IBM Research has demonstrated that Elastic Storage can successfully scan 10 billion files on a single cluster in just 43 minutes. Elastic Storage builds on IBM’s global file system software.  It exploits server-side Flash for up to six times increase in performance than with standard SAS disks. Elastic Storage virtualizes the storage allowing multiple systems and applications to share common pools of storage.  It also automatically and intelligently moves data to the most strategic and economic storage system available.

In January 2014, IBM announced plans to invest $1.2 billion to expand its cloud business and build on its acquisition of Softlayer data centers last year. The plans call for 15 new data centers worldwide, including new Softlayer facilities in Washington D.C., Mexico City, Dallas, China, Hong Kong, London, Japan, India and Canada. The expansion will bring the number of IBM cloud data centers to about 40 worldwide.