Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cumulus Linux 2.2 Adds Enterprise Data Center Capabilities

Cumulus Networks announced a set of enterprise data center capabilities including support for x86 CPU architectures.

Some key additions in Cumulus Linux 2.2:

  • Network virtualization-optimized 10G SFP+ platform with hardware VXLAN support — Penguin Computing Arctica 4806XP
  • Improved Linux networking experience, bringing scalable and simplified interface configuration for networking devices (ifupdown2)
  • Simplified operations and workflow with Prescriptive Topology Manager (PTM)
  • Lightweight, consistent fast link failure detection mechanism with Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
  • Improved routing table scale leveraging the algorithmic LPM (ALPM) table
  • Solutions for dual-attached servers, from Layer 2 bonding to Layer 3 ECMP options (Host HA)
  • Overlay solution for L2 cloud services on bare metal switches, Lightweight Network Virtualization (LNV)
  • Network traffic visibility through sFlow with InMon’s open source Host sFlow agent
  • Turnkey infrastructure as a service (IaaS) integration with MetaCloud OpenStack private cloud.

“Cumulus Linux 2.2 is another milestone towards fulfilling the promise of an open ecosystem within the data center,” said Shrijeet Mukherjee, VP Engineering Cumulus Networks. “We continue to demonstrate strong execution to our existing customers while bringing our solution to a new audience of enterprise customers looking for choice, rapid application integration and more flexibility with modern data center designs.”

Arista Hits Revenue of $137.9 million, Up 65% YoY

Arista Networks reported Q2 2014 revenue of $137.9 million, an increase of 65.2% compared to the second quarter of 2013, and an increase of 17.7% from the first quarter of 2014.  GAAP gross margin reached 67.7%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 64.6% in the second quarter of 2013 and 69.4% in the first quarter of 2014. GAAP net income was $21.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $10.3 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 20131.

“I’m pleased with our performance in Q2 2014 as we increased to 2,700 customers this quarter,” stated Jayshree Ullal, Arista President and CEO. “We saw good balance across our top four verticals, as customers adopted our new Arista 7000 Spine and Spline products for cloud networking innovation and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO).”

Telekom Malaysia and SK Telecom Invest in P1

The shareholders of Green Packet Berhad approved an agreement under which Telekom Malaysia and SK Telekom (Korea) will invest in Packet One Networks (P1). The deal was initially announced on March 27.
P1 operates a WiMAX network in Malaysia and is transitioning to LTE.

Group Managing Director, CC Puan said “The strong shareholder support received today sets a clear path for P1 to grow to its fullest potential and realize its future business plan and LTE transition. GPB will benefit from P1’s direct entry into the mobile market which instantaneously grows P1’s addressable market size to RM34.5b, a four times growth”.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Google Acquires Emu for Smart Messaging Team

Google has acquired Emu, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, that developed a texting application for the iPhone with a built-in, Siri-like assistant.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Emu application uses machine learning and natural language processing to interpret the meaning the message and then add to the calendar, create a lunch reservation, share location, etc.

Google plans to shut down the application as of 25-August-2014.

  • Emu was founded in 2012 by Gummi Hafsteinsson (formerly VP Product Siri,  previously at Apple and Google), Dave Feldman (previously with AOL/TechCrunch and Yahoo!), and an experienced team of mobile and machine-learning engineers. The company has received seed funding of $1.5M to date from Kleiner Perkins, TriplePoint Capital, Menlo Ventures, DFJ, and additional angel investors. 

HP Announces Lower-Cost Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

HP announced a leaner and lower-cost managed infrastructure-as-a-service solution.

HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Lean allow organizations to reap the enterprise benefits of a managed VPC, such as a regionalized cloud for data sovereignty, low latency, compliance, high availability, security and a variety of continuity options, for a lower upfront investment. The service is now globally available to customers with pricing starting as low as $168 per month for a small virtual server configuration. A pilot trial service also is available for customers who want to certify an application to run in the cloud with the full support of the HP team.

“HP already offers a feature-rich industry-leading managed virtual private cloud offering for enterprise customers,” said Jim Fanella, vice president, Workload and Cloud, HP Enterprise Services. “The new HP Helion Managed VPC Lean now delivers a lower-priced alternative designed to enable clients to further optimize cloud workloads in the enterprise —while still providing superior, enterprise-class service and performance.”

  • In June 2014, HP introduced its Helion Network, a global, open network that promises a portfolio of services for enterprise customers and the ability to create a secure hybrid IT environment.
    The HP Helion Network will feature an OpenStack-based distributed cloud computing model. It will be hardware agnostic and HP promises that it will provide a unique commercial and operating model for service providers. HP hopes to attract a wide ecosystem of independent software vendors, developers, system integrators and value-added resellers.  It will also build on the HP CloudAgile Service Provider program, which has more than 115 service providers worldwide and 1,500 private cloud deployments. HP said its Helion Network will include companies such as AT&T, HKT, Intel and Synapsis. 

    HP expects to launch a pilot version of the Helion Network in Q4 2014.  General availability for HP Helion OpenStack and the HP Helion Development Platform is planned for the same time frame.

LSI's 3rd Generation SandForce Flash Controller Hits 1800 MB/s

LSI's third-generation SandForce SF3700 flash controller has demonstrated sequential performance of 1800MB/s,as well as mixed 80/20 (read/write) workload performance of up to 1300MB/s with a native PCIe interface.  The company said this industry-leading performance is supported by its integrated SHIELD error correction with hard and soft LDPC and DSP technology.

The controller is optimized and architected for bi-directional PCIe traffic.

"Flash storage solutions used for client computing, big data, andhyperscale enterprises are continuing to grow at unprecedented levels, driving the need for more advanced flash controllers to manage these data-intensive environments," said Thad Omura, vice president of marketing, Flash Components Division, LSI. "The SF3700 is the ideal-building block for next-generation storage solutions with its
full-duplex architecture. Both enterprise and client applications will benefit from our proprietary LDPC engine which enables customers to significantly extend NAND flash life by dynamically balancing
performance and reliability with minimal latency."

  • LSI is now a subsidiary of Avago Technologies.

Sprint Names Marcelo Claure as CEO

Sprint named Marcelo Claure as its new CEO, replacing Dan Hesse, who joined Sprint as President and CEO in December 2007 and led the company through a series of acquisitions, including the merger with SoftBank, and a multi-year overhaul of its nationwide network, including the shutdown of the Nextel network.

Claure, 43, is founder and CEO of Brightstar Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp., a specialized wireless distributor serving leading mobile OEMs, retailers, and wireless network operators. Brightstar handles procurement, logistics, programming and kitting for mobile handsets and accessories on a global basis. The company is based in Miami.

Sprint said Claure’s first priority will be to continue the build out of Sprint’s network by leveraging its strong spectrum holdings as well as ensuring that Sprint always maintains truly competitive offers in the marketplace.

Ericsson to Provide Managed Service for Vodafone Egypt

Vodafone Egypt, which has over 36 million customers, has awarded a three-year contract to Ericsson to manage its network in the Cairo area.

The agreement is the first of its kind for Vodafone Egypt, which has chosen to outsource its network field services, and enhance the quality of its network in an effort to bring the latest services to Vodafone subscribers. Ericsson is the incumbent equipment supplier for the network.

Nutanix Cites $200 Million Bookings Run Rate

Nutanix, a venture-back start-up based in San Jose, California, reports that it has exceeded an annualized bookings run rate of $200 million.  The company has seen eleven consecutive quarter of rapid growth and now has 800 customers, including 29 customers who have purchased more than $1 million in aggregate products and services, up from 13 such customers in January 2014.

Nutanix offers a Virtual Computing Platform, which integrates compute and storage into a single solution for the data center.

Nutanix employs over 600 people and has sold products in 43 different countries, up from 30 countries only six months ago.

  • In June, Nutanix announced an OEM deal with Dell.
  • In January 2014, Nutanix closed $101 million in Series D financing co-led by Riverwood Capital and SAP Ventures.

Timex IRONMAN Smartwatch is Powered by Qualcomm + AT&T

Timex introduced its IRONMAN ONE GPS+ SmartWatch boasting cellular connectivity even without a phone.

The watch, which was developed in collaboration with Qualcomm, offers email-based messaging, user tracking, emergency location signalilng, the ability to track speed/distance/pace, and social media integration. The device is powered by a cloud-based service delivery platform managed by Synchronoss, which is also leading the development of the product's mobile application and web portal. AT&T provides data connectivity. The price: $400.
"Wearables, including smartwatches, is an emerging category that holds significant promise for Qualcomm, and we are very pleased to have worked with Timex and AT&T on the development of the IRONMAN® ONE GPS+ sports watch and delivery platform," said Derek Aberle, President of Qualcomm Incorporated. "The watch combines the human wrist ergonomics expertise of Timex with proven Qualcomm technologies and will provide fitness enthusiasts with a truly unparalleled design and connected experience."

Interxion's Data Center Business Grows 9% YoY in Q2

Interxion reported Q2 revenue of €83.6 million, a 9% increase over the second quarter of 2013 and a 4% increase over the first quarter of 2014. Recurring revenue was €78.7 million, a 9% increase over the second quarter of 2013 and a 4% increase over the first quarter of 2014. Gross profit was €49.6 million in the second quarter of 2014, a 10% increase over the second quarter of 2013 and a 3% increase over the first quarter of 2014.

Equipped Space at the end of the second quarter of 2014 was 86,000 square metres, compared with 78,900 square metres at the end of the second quarter of 2013 and 82,900 square metres at the end of the first quarter of 2014.

Some updates on Interxion data centers:

  • AMS7 (Amsterdam): Phase 2 (1,000 square metres) became operational in 2Q 2014; phase 3 (1,300 square metres) is scheduled for 4Q 2014; phase 4 (1,300 square metres) is scheduled for 1Q 2015; phases 5 and 6 (1,300 square metres each) are scheduled for 2Q 2015.
  • FRA8 (Frankfurt): Phases 1 and 2 (900 square metres each) became operational in the second quarter of 2014; phases 3 and 4 (900 square metres each) are scheduled for 1Q 2015.
  • MRS1 (Marseille): Phases 1 and 2 (500 square metres each) are scheduled for 4Q 2014 and 1Q 2015, respectively.
  • STO3 (Stockholm): 900 square metres are scheduled to open in 4Q 2014.
  • VIE2 (Vienna): Phase 1 (600 square metres) is scheduled to be operational in 4Q 2014; phase 2 is scheduled to open 300 square metres in 1Q 2015 and the remaining 300 square metres in 2Q 2015.

SingTel Offers Free, Unlimited Mobile Data on National Day

SingTel will provide its postpaid mobile customers with free unlimited data on National Day (9 August 2014). This year marks the 49th birthday of Singapore.

Various SingTel market promotions are also running in conjunction with the holiday.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PMC's New Flashtec NVRAM Drives Achieve 10 Million IOPS

PMC introduced its new Flashtec NVRAM Drives -- a new ultra-fast storage class memory tier to accelerate critical applications in scale-out storage and all-flash arrays.

The new PCIe 3.0 drives combine the speed and endurance of DRAM with the persistency of NAND flash.  The company claims ten times higher performance than the fastest Solid State Drive (SSD), at more than 10 million I/Os per second (IOPS), with sub-microsecond latency. The drives can be used as both a persistent memory extension mapped directly to the host, delivering more than 10 million IOPS for small, random access transactions, and as an NVMe block device for efficient DMA transactions, reaching more than one million random read 4KB IOPS.

“Native PCIe-based solutions are a major disruption to the SSD market because they provide a direct link between the CPU and flash, breaking the traditional performance scale,” said Derek Dicker, vice president of the NVM Solutions Group at PMC. “The PMC Flashtec family sets a new benchmark for storage performance, and our standards-based architecture allows our customers to get their storage solutions to market much sooner with differentiated features tuned for cost, performance and endurance.”

The Flashtec NVRAM Drive family is based on PMC’s NVMe controllers, which enable SSDs with up to 8TB of storage and performance of up to 875,000 random read 4KB IOPS, two times greater capacity and performance than other controllers.

The Flashtec NVRAM Drives are available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities in production quantities as early as Q4 2014. The Flashtec NVMe controllers are available in 16- and 32-channel options and are in high-volume production.

Telefónica Bids to Create Largest Operator in Brazil

Telefónica will bid offer to 20,100 million Brazilian Reais (equivalent to 6,700 million euros at current exchange rates) to acquire Vivendi's Global Village Telecom (GVT) business in Brazil.  The offer includes a cash consideration of 11,962 million Brazilian Reais and newly issued shares representing 12% of the share capital of the new Telefónica Brasil, after its combination with GVT.

Telefónica Vivo brand is the leader operator in the mobile wireless market in Brazil and is the leading broadband services provider in the city of Sao Paulo. Vivendi's GVT is the most successful and fastest growing alternative operator in Brazil. Telefónica said the combination of Vivo and GVT would create the largest telecom operator in Latin America’s largest market.

Telefónica's offer also envisages that, should Vivendi be interested in acquiring a stable stake in Telecom Italia, Telefónica could offer Vivendi the acquisition, in cash, of up to 1,110 million ordinary shares of Telecom Italia, currently representing a stake of 8,3% of the Telecom Italia voting share capital.

Mimosa Debuts Backhaul Radio with Coordinated Massive MIMO

Mimosa Networks, a start-up based in Campbell, California, unveiled its B5 Backhaul radio with coordinated Massive MIMO technology and Mimosa Cloud Services (MCS), featuring advanced network-wide planning and analytics. The company cited a number of innovations:

  • Advanced Colocation ­ -- the B5 radio makes the most of available spectrum. Using both GPS and GLONASS to maximize satellite sync through precision timing as well as sophisticated RF isolation techniques, the B5 radio offers maximum spectrum re-use for colocated devices.
  • Spectrum Multiplication -- leverages coordinated Massive MIMO technology, allowing colocated radios to deliver 16 MIMO streams, and 4 Gbps of throughput, all while sharing the same channel.
  • Auto Everything ­-- the first radio to offer real-time spectrum analysis without service interruption. The B5 radio automatically optimizes bandwidth, frequency and power use based on historical and real-time data ­ allowing the radio to immediately adapt to any environmental change.
  • Dual Link ­-- actively load balances across two non-contiguous channels to provide unprecedented resiliency against interference.
  • Mimosa Cloud Services -- a cloud-based planning and analytics tool set for wireless service providers.  Enhanced with Google Maps mapping service, Mimosa's network design features allow operators to visually plan and design links while viewing their entire network in one location. Additional topology and obstruction information as well as environmental ITU-based data provide deeper understanding of how a link might operate in real-life.

The B5 Backhaul radio is available for order in two versions ­ an antenna-integrated 5 GHz backhaul radio (B5); and a connectorized radio-only version (B5c).  The B5 (List Price: $899 for B5, $839 for B5c) will begin shipping to customers in Fall 2014.

"Wireless networks have been historically limited in the ability to deploy fiber speeds economically and on a global scale," said Brian Hinman, CEO of Mimosa. "Mimosa's mission is to create an

  • Mimosa is headed by Brian Hinman, who previously was the CEO and founder of 2Wire, Polycom and PictureTel.

Stuart Elby Joins Infinera from Verizon Labs to Head Cloud Networks Group

Infinera has formed a new cloud networks group focused on the data center market and hired Stuart Elby, Ph.D., as senior vice president of cloud network strategy and technology.

Prior to Infinera, Dr. Elby served as the vice president and chief technologist of Verizon Labs, where he was responsible for developing Verizon’s technology vision and target network architecture to support emerging products and services. In this role, he had significant influence in the network architecture and development of Verizon’s platforms for metro and long haul networks, including Verizon’s cloud and digital video services. Dr. Elby led the design, development and launch of cloud services platforms for Verizon Digital Media Services and managed the specification and design of multiple core services platforms including cloud and API secure gateway. Dr. Elby holds a bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester and received a MSEE and Doctorate in Telecommunications from Columbia University. He serves on the advisory boards of several university, government and industry consortia.

"As cloud services play a larger role in the telecommunications infrastructure, Infinera is committed to focusing on the specific requirements of cloud networks and delivering technologies that enable the continued evolution of this fundamental market shift," said Infinera CEO Tom Fallon. “Dr. Elby brings invaluable industry experience that will help accelerate Infinera’s ability to win in this market."

Vectra Networks Raises $25M for Cyber Attack Detection

Vectra Networks, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $25 million in an oversubscribed Series C financing round.

Vectra Networks has developed a platform to detect attacks at every phase of an ongoing attack, regardless of how the attack enters an organization’s network. The platform continuously monitors an organization’s network and provides rapid intuitive and prioritized reporting so security analysts. Vectra uses next-generation compute architecture and combines data analytics and machine learning to detect attacks on every device, application and operating system.

The funding round was led by Accel Partners and included prior investors Khosla Ventures, IA Ventures and AME Cloud Ventures. In addition, Intel Capital and Juniper Networks, through its Junos Innovation Fund, joined the round.

“I am thrilled to have the support of Accel Partners and have Eric join the Vectra board of directors,” said Hitesh Sheth, CEO of Vectra Networks. “The reality today is that every network is breached. Advanced persistent attacks are evading existing perimeter security and threatening our digital economy. Vectra’s automated and intuitive cyber security platform empowers IT organizations to take a proactive stand against cyber attacks.”

  • Vectra Networks is headed by Vitesh Sheth, who previously was Chief Operating Officer at Aruba Networks. Hitesh joined Aruba from Juniper Networks, where he was EVP/GM for their switching business and before that, SVP for their Service Layer Technologies group, which included security. Prior to Juniper, he held a number of senior management positions in the switching organization at Cisco Systems, including running their Metro Ethernet business.

Interxion to Purchase Marseille Data Center

Interxion agreed to acquire he SFR Netcenter data centre facilities in Marseille, France for approximately €45 million, of which approximately €20 million is associated with the purchase of the freehold land and buildings, and the construction of the first two phases.

When fully built out, the data centre (“MRS 1”) will provide approximately 5,700 square metres of equipped space and a minimum of 6MW of customer-available power. MRS 1, which currently serves as a transit and caching node for more than 60 network providers, has the advantage of access to the aggregation point of eight undersea cables that terminate in Marseille.

“Interxion’s investment in MRS 1 positions it at the crossroads of connectivity between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The strong network hub that is created by the aggregation of multiple undersea cable landing points connecting to terrestrial cables makes Marseille a highly attractive gateway. We have received strong interest from our connectivity, CDN, social media, and cloud customers seeking to serve the emerging markets that can be accessed by these cables. We expect to expand the existing connectivity hub in MRS 1 and to develop thriving magnetic cloud and content hubs,” said David Ruberg, Interxion Chief Executive Officer.

Marvell Intros PCIe 3.0 NVM Express SSD Controller

Marvell introduced its first native Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid-state drive (SSD) controller.  The company said its new device leverages a fully flash-optimized architecture that overcomes SAS/SATA performance limitations by optimizing hardware and software to take full advantage on NAND.The controller also integrates Marvell's third generation NANDEdge error-correcting, low-density parity check (LDPC) technology for higher reliability and endurance boost that was previously announced with Marvell's fifth generation SATA SSD controller, the 88SS1074. The device supports up to four lanes of PCIe 3.0, making it suitable for full 4GB/s or 2GB/s end points. Sampling is underway.

"As the global leader of the storage industry, we are very proud of our innovation, invention, and contribution to the advancement of a wide range of storage technologies and products. I am very excited to see that our new SSD controller solution has once again raised the technology bar with superior performance, high reliability and robust security," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Delivers AsiaSat 8 to Orbit

SpaceX successfully launched AsiaSat 8 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit aboard its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral.

Falcon 9 is a new rocket that features a simple two-stage design to minimize the number of stage separations. The first stage has nine engines.  An all-pneumatic, low-shock stage separation system that can be tested on the ground is used instead of pyrotechnic systems used on most launch vehicles.  The second stage has a single engine.

AsiaSat 8 is a Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite with 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload. It will be co-located with AsiaSat 7 for Asian and international programming.