Sunday, July 27, 2014

Intel's Latest SSDs Offer 256-bit Encryption and OPAL 2.0 Policy Control

Intel introduced a new SSD Pro 2500 Series drive featuring security and manageability features aimed at business users.

The Intel Pro 2500 Series SSDs are self-encrypting drives (SED) utilizing hardware-based 256-bit encryption to protect data without a loss of performance. Additionally, the new Intel drives feature the Trusted Computing Group's OPAL 2.0 standard and are Microsoft eDrive capable. These policy-based controls help to prevent data breaches and support crypto erase to repurpose the drive for reuse.

Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series offers IT departments peace of mind with advanced security features and capabilities designed for businesses ranging from small companies through large IT-managed enterprises. Security and remote manageability features, combined with

Intel also claims lower annual failure rates (under 1%) than hard disk drives (HDDs), which typically reach as high as 5% in mobile devices.

"The Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series is the second-generation OPAL-based client storage solution that helps IT departments protect their users' data and also provides valuable features to reduce operational costs," stated Candace Worley, senior vice president and general manager, Endpoint Security, McAfee*, part of Intel Security. "The Pro 2500 Series is a perfect companion to our data protection solutions, managed by McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, all working in concert to provide IT departments with data security, management and control, wherever their endpoints may be."

The drives can also be managed remotely with Intel vPro technology.

The Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series will be available in both 2.5-inch and M.2 form factors and in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB.

http://www.intel.com/ssd

Equinix Buys Out Brazil's ALOG Data Center Business

Equinix has bought the remaining shares it did not already own in ALOG Data Centers of Brazil for US$225 million in cash.

In April 2011, Equinix, together with Riverwood Capital, acquired a majority stake of ALOG, with Equinix holding a 53 percent ownership of the company. With today’s announcement, Equinix has purchased the remaining 47 percent stake and will integrate the company into Equinix.

ALOG serves approximately 1,500 customers across its four data centers in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

“ALOG’s strong position in Brazil and complementary business model provided Equinix the opportunity to establish a presence in an important emerging market and meet growing demand for data center services in Latin America,” said Karl Strohmeyer, president of the Americas for Equinix. “The ALOG team has done an outstanding job of leveraging the company’s strength in Brazil – specifically in cloud and mobility – and integrating it into Equinix’s global footprint to extend the world’s leading data center platform into Brazil.”

Equinix also announced an expansion of its second São Paulo (SP2) International Business Exchange (IBX) data center. SP2 is a Tier III-certified data center located in the São Paulo suburb of Tamboré. is home to two popular online services in Brazil: Apontador, a search engine visited every day by one in five Brazilians, and Maplink, an API geo-localization platform. Both are owned by Local LBS Group, and collectively generate 40 terabytes of data per month.

http://www.equinix.com

Anritsu Intros All-in-one Instrument with Full OTN Mapping

Anritsu introduced an all-in-one optical field instrument with the ability to conduct Optical Transport Network (OTN) mapping of all client signals as well as multi-stage mapping in a lightweight, small portable package.

The MT1000A Network Master Pro is an all-in-one OTN tester that provides users with the capability to measure with Ethernet and SDH/SONET client signals, making it easier for technicians to install and maintain mobile and fixed-access, metro, and core transmission networks. It supports the new OTN features ODU0 and ODUflex, as well as Ethernet, Fibre Channel and SDH/SONET at rates up to 10 Gbps. Legacy PDH and DSn interfaces can also be measured with the MT1000A Network Master Pro. Field technicians can use the instrument to quickly and accurately locate and solve problems in the transport network without having to contact a remote network operations center.

"Modern networks are utilizing enhanced packet optical transport technology such as OTN to support robust, fault tolerant transport of native Ethernet- and TDM-based clients over optical meshed networks. Additionally, Fibre Channel has grown significantly to meet the demand for data center connectivity and storage area networks (SANs). Anritsu has developed the MT1000A to support the network operator, administrator, engineer, and technician who must measure existing client traffic as stand-alone native signals as well as encapsulated clients in OTN transport," said Pete Alexander, PhD, Vice President and General Manager of Anritsu Company.

http://www.anritsu.com/en-US/Media-Room/News-releases/2014/2014-07-25-NRP004406.aspx

BSkyB Consolidates European Footprint with Acquisitions of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland

BSkyB announced plans to acquire 21st Century Fox’s 100% stake in Sky Italia and its 57.4% interest in Sky Deutschland.

The deals will give the pay TV provider a total of 20 million customers in three of Europe’s four biggest markets. BSkyB currently serves 11.5 million customers in the UK and Ireland.

The total consideration for the acquisition of Sky Italia is £2.45 billion with approximately £2.07 billion to be paid in cash and the balance to be satisfied through the transfer of BSkyB's 21% stake in National Geographic Channel International to 21st Century Fox at a value of £382 million. The acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s shareholding in Sky Deutschland is for a consideration of £2.9 billion in cash, valuing Sky Deutschland at €6.75 per share.

"This transaction will create a world-class, multinational pay TV business with enhanced headroom for growth and immediate benefits of scale. The three Sky businesses are leaders in their home markets and will be even stronger together. By creating the new Sky, we will be able to use our collective strengths and expertise to serve customers better, grow faster and enhance returns," stated Jeremy Darroch, BSkyB's Chief Executive.


Friday, July 25, 2014

AT&T's All-Fiber GigaPower Service Comes to Dallas / Fort Worth

AT&T is preparing to launch its all fiber-based, GigaPower service featuring symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second in the Dallas metroplex.

The first rollouts will occur in Highland Park and University Park with gigabit speed.  AT&T confirmed that other parts of Dallas and surrounding cities will launch this summer, initially with speeds up to 100 Mbps but eligible for upgrades to full gigabit by the end of 2014.  These cities include Allen, Fairview, Irving, and McKinney. The same 100 Mbps plan is on tap for Fort Worth and the nearby communities of Arlington, Euless, Granbury, North Richland Hills, Weatherford, and Willow Park.

“We’re proud to be the first to offer ultra high-speeds to local consumers and employers in Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding cities,” said Dave Nichols, president, AT&T Texas. “As we roll out these ultra-fast speeds beginning this summer, the AT&T GigaPower network will help encourage economic development in the area by facilitating a new wave of innovation through enhanced opportunities for education, health, research, and small business growth.”

http://www.att.com/att/gigapowercities/

Telstra Tests 700 MHz LTE with 20 MHz Channel in Perth

Telstra will conduct commercial trials using 20MHz of the 700MHz spectrum band at six locations around Australia, including Perth,  ahead of rolling out more 4G 700MHz services in a range of cities and regional centres from January 2015.

“4G Advanced technology is the next evolution of our 4G service and brings together two spectrum bands - 700MHz and 1800MHz - to serve up ultra-fast data speeds," said Mike Wright, Telstra Group Managing Director Networks. It will be capable of providing customers double the speeds they currently experience on the 4G network, plus better 4G coverage indoors and beyond."

http://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media/media-releases/telstra-launches-future-of-4g-in-perth-mildura-griffith-and-mt-isa.xml


  • In May 2014, Telstra has demonstrated downlink speeds of 450 Mbps using LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation across a trial combination of 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands over its live network. Telstra worked with Ericsson to install equipment for two new 4G Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) channels of 20MHz bandwidth each on the 2600MHz spectrum band (40MHz FDD), aggregated with live 20MHz of 4G on the 1800MHz band. The result was three simultaneous side-by-side paths for the data to travel through to the operational core network. Telstra also used an advanced prototype Cat 9 engineering device that could combine the three channels to achieve these speeds.



  • In February 2014, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies conducted the first inter-vendor interoperability testing of LTE Category 6, which promises potential speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
    The final stages of testing, which were completed in collaboration with Telstra, was based on ready-to-release versions of Ericsson's L14A software release. Ericsson said its L14A software leverages load balancing for better spectrum efficiency and improved user experience during high-load situations. It supports all bandwidth and frequency combinations for up to 40MHz Carrier Aggregation, providing users with speeds of up to 300 Mbps.  The test also used Qualcomm;s fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem, the Qualcomm Gobi 9x35 chipset.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Huawei and China Unicom Cloud Company Sign SDN Pact

China Unicom Cloud Data Co. Ltd. and Huawei formally signed a strategic cooperation agreement on SDN.

Under the pact, the companies will cooperate on SDN controllers. The strategic cooperation aims to explore SDN technology values for scale virtual tenant access, Virtual Machine on-demand deployment and migration, network centralized management, energy saving, and data center capability openness, etc., to further enhance China Unicom’s cloud service competence.

Mr. Jiao Gang, general manager, China Unicom Cloud Data Company, said: "China Unicom Cloud Data Company is a subsidiary of China Unicom group, focusing on IDC and cloud computer services, that aims to provide its customers with secure, stable, and reliable IDC and cloud computing services through professional, visualizable and granular solutions. By introducing technology innovations like SDN, we hope to improve our operational efficiency and service quality. This strategic cooperation will fully exploit the operational advantages from China Unicom and technology advantages from Huawei, providing top-quality cloud computing services for China Unicom customers."

Mr. Zha Jun, president, Huawei's fixed network product line, said: "This SDN agreement marks the beginning of a new era based on the continuation of positive past strategic cooperation between the two sides. Both China Unicom Cloud Data Company and Huawei will cooperate closely in the field of new technologies and new services, by establishing joint working committees, enabling both parties to benefit from their respective strengths, build future-proof competitive advantages."

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-356427-sdn.htm#.U9HjhfmWWSo

HP Bets $50 Million on Hortonworks for Hadoop

HP is making a $50 million equity investment in Hortonworks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, that offers enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions. The companies said the investment builds on the reseller agreement put in place last year.

The companies also plan to integrate the Hortonworks Data Platform with key HP technologies including the marquee HP HAVEn offering.

http://hortonworks.com/blog/hp-hortonworks-deepen-relationship/

In March 2014, Hortonworks announced an oversubscribed $100 million funding round to support it enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions.

Hortonworks develops, distributes and supports a 100% open source Apache Hadoop data platform that deeply integrates with existing IT investments and upon which enterprises can build and deploy Hadoop-based applications. The company has deep relationships with the key strategic data center partners, including Microsoft, SAP, Teradata, HP and others.

The new funding round was led by funds managed by BlackRock and Passport Capital, joined by all existing investors.

http://www.hortonworks.com

Telefónica launches "Sinfonier" CyberSecurity Community

Telefónica introduced Sinfonier, a collaborative security working environment for developers and researchers to share cybersecurity intelligence.

Telefónica said its goal with Sinfonier is to provice security researchers and intelligence analysts a free infrastructure so they can create and collaborate on security topologies.

Sinfonier is made up of an open, collaborative community with a real-time framework (Apache-STORM) alongside an intuitive graphic interface and an abstraction layer to facilitate the development of new functions. Developers and researchers feed content into the algorithms in the form of topologies, maximising the use of information. Through this collaborative model information is obtained from a variety of sources and is transformed, thereby generating a digital intelligence environment which can then be used by all the users of the community in order to generate their own intelligence algorithms and solutions.

Telefónica is recently been showcasing Sinfonier in Madrid (RootedCON) and Mexico (Campus Party Guadalajara).

http://pressoffice.telefonica.com/
http://sinfonier-project.net/

Telstra to Decommission 2G Network in 2016

Telstra announced plans to permanently shut off its 2G (GSM) network by the end of 2016.

In a blog posting, Mike Wright, Group Managing Director Networks at Telstra, writes that 2G traffic already accounts for less than 1% of the carrier's total network traffic.... and Telstra has not sold a 2G phone in years.

http://exchange.telstra.com.au/2014/07/23/its-time-to-say-goodbye-old-friend

Amazon Web Services Usage Growing at 90% YoY Rate

During Q2, Amazon Web Services usage growth was close to 90% year-over-year, according to the company's newly released financial report.  Amazon highlighted the following AWS milestones:

  • The AWS team grew by thousands of employees this past year, expanding AWS infrastructure, enterprise and public sector sales capabilities and allowing the team to innovate at an accelerating pace.
  • AWS has made 250 significant service and feature releases year-to-date and announced  substantial price reductions for customers ranging from 28% to 51%.
  • AWS announced a new general purpose instance type for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) with prices starting at $0.013 per hour -- its lowest-cost EC2 instance option.
  • AWS announced several new capabilities to make it easier for developers to build, deploy, and scale mobile applications, including Amazon Cognito for identity management and syncing.
  • AWS announced Amazon Zocalo, a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities.
  • AWS enhanced its secure block storage service, Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), announcing new encryption capabilities, introducing a new lower-cost SSD-backed EBS volume type, and reducing prices on EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes by 35 percent. 

Amazon also disclosed that revenue for Amazon Web Services (North America), Advertising Services, and Co-branded Credit Cards grew at a 38% YoY rate in Q2 2014, reaching $1.12 billion.  Internationally, revenue for this same category was $50 million for the quarter.

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-irhome

Microsoft Posts Triple Digit Growth Rate for Cloud Services

In its quarterly financial report earlier this week, Microsoft highlighted surging revenue associated with cloud services, offset by declines by its recently acquired Nokia business.  Two highlights:

  • Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers totaled more than 5.6 million, adding more than 1 million subscribers again this quarter.
  • Commercial cloud revenue grew 147% with an annualized run rate that exceeds $4.4 billion.

"We are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365 and Azure both growing over 100% again,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “Looking forward, we are excited by the amazing opportunities enabled by our technology roadmap and our strong engagement across partners, customers, and developers.”

New Construction in Silicon Valley - Moffett Place

New construction underway at Moffett Place, a campus of 6 eight story towers on 55 acres in Sunnyvale, California.  Located near Moffett Field, in close proximity to Lockheed Martin, Yahoo!, Juniper Networks, Infinera, Aruba Networks and many other Silicon Valley firms.




July 24, 2014

NextNav Raises $70 Million for Wireless Location Service

NextNav, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced $70 million dollar Series D financing for its wireless location service, which combines accurate, in-building horizontal positioning with floor-level height precision.

NextNav's Metropolitan Beacon System ("MBS") positioning network. MBS provides reliable, accurate horizontal and vertical location services inside buildings and in urban areas where satellite-based GPS signals aren't available or reliable. The company is deploying its MBS network much like a cellular network, resulting in wide-area coverage that delivers its location services to every building within its network footprint.

The round was led by leading venture capital firms New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Oak Investment Partners, who were joined by existing investors Columbia Capital, Telcom Ventures and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. Peter Barris, Managing General Partner at NEA, and Bandel Carano, Managing Partner at Oak will join NextNav's Board of Directors.

"NextNav's mission is to deliver GPS-like reliability, accuracy and ubiquity to the indoor and dense urban environment," said NextNav CEO, Gary Parsons. "We are delighted to have the support of top-tier venture partners and the deep domain and industry expertise of our new board members as we bring this powerful new technology to market."

http://www.nextnav.com


  • NextNav is headed by Gary Parsons, who is known as the founder of XM Satellite Radio. He was also founder and former Chairman of SkyTerra Communications and TerreStar Networks. Prior to founding XM Radio, Gary was EVP of MCI Communications.
  • NextNav was founded in 2007.

Telefónica Picks Nokia for LTE Upgrade in Spain

Telefónica has selected Nokia Networks as key supplier for radio access equipment and professional services in Andalusia, Galicia, Castilla Leon and Levante over a period of three years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specifically, Nokia Networks will upgrade Telefónica’s mobile network and implement 4G using its Single RAN Advanced solution, based on the compact, scalable Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.  The company will also deliver its Multicontroller Platform for the 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC) to further increase efficiency and resilience. Telefónica’s networks will be monitored, managed and optimized by Nokia’s NetAct management system.

As part of the agreement, Nokia Networks will also provide Customer Experience Management, including its Serve atOnce Traffica real-time monitoring platform, Serve atOnce Intelligence (SAI) reporting solution and Customer Care Automation solution.

http://nsn.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/telefonica-modernizes-expands-its-radio-network-in-spain-with-nokia-networks

F5 BIG-IP App Services Now available for VMware vCloud Hybrid

F5 Networks' BIG-IP application services are now available for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.  This enables enterprise networks to extend application services they trust in their own data center to run in the cloud. Specifically, global application availability, automation, and cloud bursting are enhanced with F5 and VMware, bolstering disaster recovery and business continuity efforts.

“Maintaining application availability and performance while moving workloads to the cloud is key for a seamless user experience across a hybrid environment,” said Ajay Patel, Vice President of Application Services, vCloud Hybrid Service, VMware. “With F5’s BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager validated in vCloud Hybrid Service, our customers can seamlessly manage application availability, performance and failover.”

http://www.f5.com
http://www.vmware.com

Microsemi Acquires Mingoa for Ethernet OAM

Microsemi Corp. has acquired Cork, Ireland-based Mingoa, a provider of semiconductor IP for hardware accelerated Ethernet OAM and embedded tests. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Mingoa, founded in 2009 as a private venture capital funded company, specializes in developing highly efficient and scalable embedded hardware/software for real time Ethernet operations, administration and monitoring (OAM) with IP level monitoring for SLA enforcement. Target applications for this technology include enterprise carrier Ethernet business services, mobile/small cell backhaul applications and datacenter interconnect.

"The acquisition of Mingoa is yet another example of Microsemi's commitment to serving the communications infrastructure market, bringing our organization enhanced capabilities in Carrier Ethernet, as well as the silicon implementation that will enable our customers to deliver better services to end users," said James J. Peterson, Microsemi's chairman and CEO. "We are pleased to have Mingoa's experienced team join Microsemi and we look forward to providing greater value to our communications customer base with new capabilities that elevate our competitive position."

http://www.Microsemi.com


  • Microsemi's current product lines include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. The company is based in Aliso Viejo, California.


Earlier this year, Microsemi acquired Symmetricom for approximately $230 million. Symmetricom specializes in highly precise timekeeping technologies for data, voice, mobile and video networks and services. It provides timekeeping in GPS satellites, national time references, and national power grids as well as in critical military and civilian networks. The company is based in San Jose, California.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AT&T Adds Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu to User-Defined Network Cloud

AT&T has added Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu Network Communications to its User-Defined Network Cloud program, which aims to transform not only the company's infrastructure but how AT&T does business.

The User-Defined Network Cloud will place customers at the center of the network with a modern, cloud-based architecture.

“The architecture and deployment teams are finalizing their planned introduction of this new architecture, which we expect to roll out later this year and early 2015,” said Tim Harden, president, AT&T Supply Chain. “We look forward to collaborating with Fujitsu and Alcatel-Lucent to achieve our next-generation network.”

AT&T also said that it anticipates announcing its next round of vendors to assist with this network deployment in the next few weeks. The company is not revising its previously announced capital expenditure as a result of this announcement. However, in the next five years, AT&T expects the User-Defined Network Cloud program to reflect a downward bias toward capital spending.

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



  • In April, AT&T named Amdocs and Juniper Networks as two additional vendors in its User-Defined Network Cloud program.
  • In February 2014, AT&T outlined its vision of a User-Defined Network Cloud that is open, simple, scalable and able to perform many functions.

    Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, John Donovan, senior executive vice president of AT&T technology and network operations, said it envisions a multi-service, multi-tenant platform capable of adapting to traffic demands dynamically.  The end goal is to spur innovation by making it easier to adapt the network for new services.

    AT&T's Domain 2.0 supplier program, which will was announced in September 2013, will use these principles to build this new architecture based on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

    AT&T also announced the first group of companies selected to work on the company’s strategy. Ericsson, Tail-F Systems, and Metaswitch Networks have been selected to begin further discussions on design and deployment. AT&T also selected Affirmed Networks to work on a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC).  Ericsson will also work on integration and transformation services. Further selections will take place through the end of 2014.

Docker Acquires a Strategic Developer of Container Orchestration Tools

Docker, Inc., the commercial sponsor of the Docker open source project, has acquired Orchard Laboratories, a software developer offering an application composition and orchestration tool for application containers.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Orchard is an early Docker community member and creator of solutions on the Docker platform. Its Fig orchestration tool  is noteworthy in the ease with which a developer can compose and manage a multi-container Docker application.  After defining the application’s containers and their dependencies in a simple configuration file, the developer can - with a single command - automatically start all the components of the application, including containers, network connections, and storage dependencies.

Docker said the Orchard team and technologies accelerate its mission of delivering an open platform to build, ship, and run distributed applications.

“Our goal is to provide the best tools and experiences for developers creating web-scale applications that move frictionlessly between bare metal, virtualized, and cloud environments,” said Ben Golub, CEO, Docker.  “Orchard really stood out to us with their vision of what developers need and their delivery of well-designed services and products.”

http://www.fig.sh/
https://www.docker.com/

Docker is an open platform which can be used to build, ship, and run distributed applications on various clouds. The use of a container allows the same app to run unchanged on laptops, servers, data center VMs or the cloud -- similar to the concept of shipping container for the transportation industry.

Kubernetes is a container cluster management tool developed by Google. It builds on top of Docker to construct a clustered container scheduling service.

In June 2014, Docker 1.0 was officially released, marking an important milestone for this open platform which can be used to build, ship, and run distributed applications on various clouds.  Docker enables applications to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between environments.  It consists of the Docker Engine, the de facto container standard, and Docker Hub, a new cloud-based service from Docker Inc., the start-up company behind the open source Docker project and chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem.