Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gigamon Announces New Solutions for SSL Visibility

Gigamon is preparing to release a new GigaSMART traffic intelligence application that provides visibility into SSL sessions, thereby allowing deeper insight into infrastructure blind spots to help expose hidden threats or performance issues.  The company will also release a number of enhancements to its ‘Active Visibility for Multi-Tiered Security’ architecture detailed earlier this year, as well as associated upgrades to its Fabric Manager, which will centrally administer all of these capabilities across the Visibility Fabric.

"SSL sessions are either invisible to security and performance management tools or degrade performance by up to 80% if they are processed by the tools,” said Ananda Rajagopal, vice president of product line management at Gigamon. “By delivering SSL decryption as a common service to security and performance management tools, the tools can return to full performance. Further, because SSL is at the heart of today’s enterprise infrastructure, endpoints and DMZ servers are potentially exposed to attacks without the right level of traffic visibility.”

Gigamon notes that its GigaSMART applications can be ‘service chained’ together so that multiple visibility services can be performed in combination to address the specific needs of a range of vertical markets.

http://www.gigamon.com/gigamon-announces-new-solutions-for-ssl-visibility-and-enhancements-for-multi-tiered-security-


Orbital Suffers Launch Failure of Antares Rocket

An Antares rocket from Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded upon liftoff from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.  The launch was a catastrophic failure with significant damage to the launch facility.  No personnel were injured.

The rocket was carrying a Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft destined for the International Space Station (ISS).  The spacecraft carried 5,050 pounds (2,290 kilograms) of supplies, including science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts, etc. It was the fifth flight of the Antares rocket and fourth deployment of a Cygnus spacecraft.

The Antares rocket was also carrying 26 mini Dove satellites from Planet Labs of San Francisco.
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Moka5 Raises $16 Million for Container Infrastructure

Moka5, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, raised $16 million in Series D funding for its next generation container designed to manage, secure, and extend both cloud and enterprise Windows workspaces across platforms, networks, and devices.

Moka5 offers a centrally managed container infrastructure for computers as well as mobile devices, an approach now being adopted by other vendors in the space.

Investors include Khosla Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, and NGEN Partners.

“It’s no longer a question of ‘if’ containerized workspaces will form the new enterprise client computing architecture - it’s ‘when’,” said Dave Robbins, CEO, Moka5. “With the strong market affirmation we’ve received from our Vanguard and Warlord releases and the tremendous amount of interest we’re experiencing from Project SkyNet, the Moka5 Enterprise AnyWare platform is at the forefront of today’s IT transformation. This has been a banner year for Moka5 and we’re pleased that our investors are as excited as we are with our prospects.”

http://www.moka5.com

Chelsio to Extend RDMA Over Ethernet to Microsoft's Cloud

Chelsio Communications announced that its T5 Adapters RDMA over Ethernet solution will operate in Microsoft's Cloud Platform System (CPS), which lets customers operate a scalable cloud built from Azure.

Chelsio's T5 adapters selected for Microsoft's solution are RDMA-capable Unified Wire adapters that simultaneously offload iSCSI, FCoE, RDMA and sockets applications, along with traffic management and QoS. Chelsio said its iWARP RDMA is well suited for CPS due to its high performance and interoperability. iWARP RDMA provides routability, reliability and congestion control ,which allow it to operate over any standard Ethernet infrastructure, from clusters to wide area networks and clouds.

Microsoft's CPS networking infrastructure is comprised of an Ethernet based frontend fabric and an RDMA enabled storage backend fabric, which utilizes the SMB Direct protocol for high efficiency, high performance storage networking. The SMB Direct protocol enables high throughput, low latency and high efficiency storage, and unprecedented performance in virtual machine mobility. Native system software support for iWARP RDMA in Windows Server 2012 R2 simplifies storage and Virtual Machines management for IT administrators, with no network reconfiguration required.

"iWARP continues to be the preferred solution for RDMA over Ethernet combining robust high performance with maximum interoperability and scalability. T5 is the ideal solution for the cloud and storage applications. We are thrilled with the selection of Chelsio's adapters within the Microsoft CPS," said Kianoosh Naghshineh, CEO, Chelsio Communications.

Vijay Tewari, Principle Group Manager, Microsoft, explained: "When we set out to build a high performance and high efficiency storage network, we thoroughly evaluated the different RDMA alternatives, and determined that Chelsio's particularly robust and high performance implementation of iWARP RDMA provided the best fit for the Microsoft Cloud Platform System. The plug-and-play nature of iWARP over standard Ethernet enables our customers to fully realize the performance benefits of SMB Direct 3.0."

http://www.chelsio.com/

CenturyLink Appoints Aamir Hussain as CTO

CenturyLink appointed Aamir Hussain as executive vice president and chief technology officer, where he will be responsible for design and delivery of next generation products, services and technologies. He reports to Glen Post, CenturyLink's chief executive officer and president.

Hussain most recently worked in the Netherlands as Liberty Global's managing director and chief technology officer for Europe. Previously, he was senior vice president and chief technology officer at Covad Communications.

http://www.centurylink.com

Monday, October 27, 2014

BT Brings Ethernet to Major UK Data Centers

BT announced high-capacity Ethernet connectivity to three leading co-location data centers in the UK: TelecityGroup in Joule House, Manchester,and Equinix (LDN5) in Slough and a further one in Leeds. BT Wholesale’s data center PoP rollout began earlier this year and already included  Telehouse Europe North and the Global Switch1 data center in London, as well as one of the UK’s largest data centers in Newport, South Wales.

The new data center PoPs provide BT’s wholesale customers with Ethernet connections into BT’s core network.  BT said the investing in the new Ethernet equipment inside leading data centers enables it to substantially reduce the connection and rental costs for customers, as well as speeding up the time it takes to interconnect with its network.

Paul Beacham, General Manager, TDM Data, Ethernet & Optical Product Management at BT Wholesale said: “This is part of a wide investment in BT’s Ethernet footprint across the UK, and it comes at a time when the cloud and hosted communications services market continues to grow rapidly.  We believe the huge benefits of the cloud can only be achieved if hosted services are run over reliable, high capacity fibre network connectivity, which is delivered flawlessly. These services are being adopted in increasing numbers by businesses of all sizes, so BT is investing in more network options to support that growth in demand. We want to be in the right locations and at the right price for our customers in order to support, satisfy and stimulate the growth of UK plc.”

BT cited the following advantages for its Ethernet POPs:

  • Resilience.  BT’s Ethernet backhaul network provides fully resilient fiber routes and automatic traffic switching. 
  • Speed of provision. The standard provision lead times for 1G ports in these locations are just 10 working days. This can offer significant reductions in lead times, some five or six times quicker than buying standard direct access products 
  • Lower costs. Up to 75% cheaper than traditional access using direct network access products. 

BT also outlined plans to launch further data center PoP locations during 2014 as well as supporting higher bandwidths with 10 Gbps ports available in key locations. In 2015, the company plans to extend its next generation optical network into a number of data center locations supporting national connectivity at 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps. 

http://www.btplc.com/News/Articles/ShowArticle.cfm?ArticleID=96EB447B-B1BA-4F78-ACFD-794871361D57

TierPoint Builds its Data Center Fleet with Acquisition of Xand

TierPoint, which operates 141,000 square feet of raised-floor data center space across 7 U.S. cities, announced its acquisition of Xand, a privately-held provider of colocation, cloud, disaster recovery and managed services with six data centers located in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Xand was owned by ABRY Partners.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The combined company will operate 13 highly-redundant, Tier III plus data centers in 10 markets with almost 300,000 square feet of raised floor, serving approximately 3,700 customers.

TierPoint and Xand share a common cloud infrastructure supported by Cisco, NetApp, and Fortinet.

The acquisition is being funded through a combination of incremental equity from TierPoint's existing investors as well as a new investor, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Teachers'), Canada's largest single-profession pension plan with more than $140 billion in net assets. Its investment was led by Teachers' Private Capital, which manages a global private equity portfolio valued at approximately $14 billion. TierPoint's current investment group includes Cequel III management led by Chairman Jerry Kent, RedBird Capital Partners, The Stephens Group, Jordan/Zalaznick Advisers, Inc., and Thompson Street Capital Partners.

http://www.tierpoint.com/company/news/tierpoint-agrees-acquire-xand/

IBM Intros Cloud-based Data Services

IBM announced a new set of data services for the IBM Cloud:

  • IBM DataWorks – a set of cloud-based data refinery services that shape, cleanse, match and secure data. The new services enable business users to find, use and contribute data for analysis; application developers to embed data services into new applications; and IT and data professionals to enable self-service data access and instill confidence to act on the data.
  • IBM dashDB – a cloud-based data warehousing and analytics service with in-memory technology built-in to deliver answers faster. A new integration of dashDB with Cloudant, IBM’s NoSQL database as a service (DBaaS), allows Cloudant clients to embed analytics in their applications with a few clicks.
  • IBM Cloudant local - an on-premise edition of the fully managed cloud database-as-a-service that enables a fluid hybrid cloud data layer that spans private data centers, mobile devices and third-party cloud providers. This ensures customers can easily reconfigure their cloud data platforms over time to optimize the cost, security, reach and performance.
  • Watson Curator, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that increases confidence in the delivery of quality content collections and governance for IBM Watson Solutions. For example, an individual insurance risk analyst can quickly review and add context to documents so that many underwriters across the enterprise can get higher quality responses on risk assessments from Watson Engagement Advisor. IBM Watson Curator actively guides subject matter experts -- in this case the risk expert -- through the entire curation process in order to minimize the time and effort required. This capability improves the relevance and quality of the information used for analytics. 

IBM also announced that its broad portfolio of analytics capabilities --  including Cognos business intelligence and SPSS predictive analytics platforms – is planned to be available via the IBM Cloud marketplace.

“All the data in the world is useless if you can’t put it to work. The new cloud-born services from IBM provide data professionals the ability to deliver data with speed and confidence as the fuel for applications and analytics,” said Beth Smith, general manager, Big Data, IBM. “The ability to source and manage the right data will help organizations keep data management streamlined, while adhering to increasingly stringent regulatory demands, and produce results and analysis of real value to the business.”

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/45211.wss

SwiftStack Raises $16 Million for OpenStack Swift Storage Controller

SwiftStack, a start-up based in San Francisco, raised $16 million in Series B venture funding to support its vision of software­ defined storage for the cloud.

SwiftStack leverages OpenStack's Swift storage project for massive storage scalability in enterprise networks. SwiftStack's software-defined storage controller orchestrates all aspects of the storage environment. SwiftStack Node installs on commodity storage hardware and connects back to the SwiftStack Controller.

The new Series B round was led with a substantial investment from OpenView Venture Partners as well as existing investors Mayfield Fund, Storm Ventures and UMC Capital. The round brings total investment in the company to $23.6 million.

“There’s been a sea change in the adoption of enterprise storage solutions, and object storage is a front ­seat technology poised to be general purpose storage likely to supplant today’s use of expensive SAN and NAS devices,” said Joe Arnold, CEO of SwiftStack. “Our disruptive technology and engagement model will leapfrog traditional enterprise storage software vendors in the race to deliver the storage scalability customers want, the way they want to buy it. With this new infusion of resources we’ll be able to significantly scale on our vision to give customers an affordable, scalable, manageable and simple storage solution.”

https://www.swiftstack.com/

Microsoft Removes Storage Limits for Office 365 Users

Microsoft will begin offering unlimited OneDrive cloud storage at no additional cost to all Office 365 paid subscribers. The offer is being rolled out incrementally starting with Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers.

In a blog posting, Microsoft's Chris Jones said that while the move to unlimited storage is an important milestone for cloud services,  he believes "the true value of cloud storage is only realized when it is tightly integrated with the tools people use to communicate, create, and collaborate, both personally and professionally."

https://blog.onedrive.com/office-365-onedrive-unlimited-storage/

T-Mobile US Posts Biggest Quarter So Far

T-Mobile US reported its biggest growth quarter to date -- 2.3 million total net customer additions with 1.8 million total branded net customer additions for the quarter, including branded postpaid net additions of 1.4 million and branded prepaid net additions of 411,000. The strong branded postpaid net addition performance resulted from continued momentum in phone gross additions, which were up 46% year-over-year.

“Despite our competitors’ best efforts, the Un-carrier revolution made huge advances in the third quarter with record net new customers,” said John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile. “More proof of the resurgent strength of our brand and the massive momentum behind the Un-carrier consumer movement.”

Some additional highlights:

  • 52.9 million total customers
  • 10 million total customers added over the last 6 quarters – 2.3 million in the third quarter alone
  • Service revenues grew 10.6% year-over-year to $5.7 billion
  • Best ever Average Billings Per User (ABPU) of $61.59, up 4.2% year-over-year
  • In the third quarter of 2014, cash capital expenditures were $1.1 billion, up from $0.9 billion in the second quarter of 2014 and up from $1.0 billion in the third quarter of 2013.


http://investor.t-mobile.com/CorporateProfile.aspx?iid=4091145

T-Mobile Continues Wideband LTE Rollout

T-Mobile activated its Wideband LTE spectrum throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing up to a 50% increase in speed to customers.  The carrier said its customers in the region are now averaging 21 Mbps, with observed peak rates of up to 90 Mbps. Customers are using about 2.5 GB of data per month.

“We know Bay Area T-Mobile customers are going to notice and take advantage of the faster LTE speeds Wideband LTE provides,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile. “Just because we’ve made an upgrade to the network in these areas, don’t think we are done yet. We are continually working to enhance and expand LTE coverage for our customers every day.”

http://www.t-mobile.com


  • T-Mobile has defined Wideband LTE as at least 15+15MHz.  The carrier has deployed Wideband LTE in over 17 metro areas already and expects at least 26 total metro areas will be up with Wideband LTE by the end of the year. The carrier is also starting to roll out its new low-band 700 MHz A-Block spectrum. 



Sweden's Chalmers University Develops 140 GHz Transmitter at 40G

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have developed a 140 GHz transmitter chip capable of a transmission rate of 40 Gbps.

The transmitter device is implemented in indium phosphide and contains an I-Q modulator, a 3-stage amplifier, and a x3 frequency multiplier for the local oscillator.

“We have designed circuits for signals at 140 Gigahertz, where we have a large bandwidth. In laboratory testing, we have achieved a transmission rate of 40 Gigabit data per second, which is twice as fast as the previous world record at a comparable frequency,” says Herbert Zirath, who is a professor in high speed electronics at Chalmers. He is also employed by Ericsson Research on a part-time basis.

http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/World-record-in-data-transmission-with-smart-circuits.aspx

PMC Posts Q3 Revenue of $135.5M, up 7%

PMC-Sierra reported net revenues in the third quarter of 2014 of $135.5 million, an increase of 7 percent from $126.8 million in the second quarter of 2014 and an increase of 6 percent, compared to $128.4 million in the third quarter of 2013. GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2014 totaled $5.5 million or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to a GAAP net loss in the second quarter of 2014 of $3.5 million or a $0.02 loss per share.

“Our Storage business performed exceedingly well this past quarter with double-digit growth across all of its product lines,” said PMC president and chief executive officer, Greg Lang. “PMC remains well-positioned for continued growth into FY2015, as we expect to see increasing demand for our 12Gb/s SAS I/O controllers and expanders, advanced DIGI OTN processors, Flashtec™ NVMe controllers and our new RF Remote Radio Head products.”

http://investor.pmcs.com

Mavenir Posts Q3 Sales of $34M Up 31% YoY

Mavenir Systems reported Q3 revenues of $34.1 million, an increase of 31% year-over-year and 2% quarter-over-quarter. GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2014 was $5.8 million, compared to $4.5 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $3.9 million for the second quarter of 2014.


“We are pleased with our achievement of continued growth and that we exceeded key financial milestones this quarter. The company is well positioned to take advantage of the dynamic mobile service provider market,” said Pardeep Kohli, president and chief executive officer, Mavenir Systems. “With Apple's announcement in June that iOS 8 supports Wi-Fi calling using the operator's voice and text messaging services, we believe Apple will serve as a catalyst for mobile operators to accelerate their IMS vendor selection decisions and/or deployment plans; coupled with the transition to NFV, we are seeing greater opportunities for our software-based IMS and EPC solution.”

“Although we saw some launches in the U.S. along with capacity expansions in the U.S. and EMEA, the majority of our worldwide customers continue to be in the network build-out phase as they work towards VoLTE and RCS launches, and we anticipate several more launches planned for late 2014 and/or early 2015,” said Terry Hungle, chief financial officer, Mavenir Systems.

http://investor.mavenir.com

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Soft Machines Pioneers Virtualized Microprocessing Architecture

Soft Machines, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California with development offices in India and Russia, unveiled a new processing architecture based on the concept of “virtual cores” and “virtual hardware threads.”

Unlike conventional microprocessors based on CISC and RISC architectures that make use of “physical cores” and “software threads,” the Soft Machines' VISC architecture enables dynamic allocation and sharing of resources across cores. The company claims its design achieves 3-4 times more instructions per cycle (IPC), resulting in 2-4 times higher performance per watt on single- and multi-threaded applications. The architecture also leverages a light-weight “virtual software layer”, something the company believes will can give it the flexibility to adapt to new software ecosystems.

“We founded Soft Machines with the mission of reviving microprocessor performance-per-watt scaling. We have done just that with the VISC architecture, marking the start of a new era of CPU designs,” said Soft Machines co-founder, president and CTO Mohammad Abdallah. “CPU scaling was declared dead when the power wall forced CISC- and RISC-based designs into multi-core implementations that require unrealistically complex multi-threading of sequential applications. The VISC architecture solves this problem ‘under the hood’ by running virtual hardware threads on virtual cores that far exceed the efficiency of software multi-threading.”

The company has raised over $125 million in venture funding to date.  So far, it has filed for over 75 U.S. patents. Soft Machines now has working silicon, proving out its design.

http://www.softmachines.com/


  • Soft Machines was founded seven years ago by Mohammad Abdallah and Mahesh Lingareddy. Prior to founding Soft Machines, Mr. Abdallah worked from 1995 to 2005 as a computer architect at Intel, where he held a series of positions, most recently as a Senior Architect in Intel’s Microprocessor Architecture Group.  Mr. Lingareddy also previously worked at Intel, where he was a Design Manager in Intel’s Microprocessor Product Group. 

FCC Clears Level 3's Bid for tw telecom

The FCC cleared Level 3's pending acquisition of tw telecom.

http://www.level.com


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

Level 3 has already lined up $3 billion of committed financing for the acquisition.

Some highlights:
  • Level 3 is based in Broomfield, Colorado and has 10,200 employees.
  • Active in 60 countries and 170 markets
  • Intercity fiber route miles: 110,000
  • Metro fiber route miles: 36,000
  • Subsea fiber route miles: 33,000

  • tw telecom is based in Littleton, Colorado and has 3,407 employees.
  • U.S. markets served: 36
  • Intercity fiber route miles: 8,700
  • Metro fiber route miles: 24,000

Rogers Activates LTE-Advanced with 700 MHz + AWS

Rogers Communications activated LTE-Advanced in 12 cities across Canada: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Moncton, Fredericton, Halifax and Saint John.

Rogers' LTE-Advanced combines its 700MHz and AWS spectrum.

Rogers was the only carrier to secure two blocks of contiguous 700MHz spectrum across the country's major geographic markets.

"This new network technology allows us to combine our 700MHz beachfront spectrum with AWS, the backbone of our LTE network, to give our customers an even better and faster video experience.  It's like putting the highways in a major city together to make a superhighway, allowing more traffic at faster speeds," said Guy Laurence, President and Chief Executive Officer.

http://rogers.mediaroom.com/


  • As of 30-Sept-2014, Rogers' LTE network reached approximately 79% of Canada’s population.

  • In March 2014, Rogers Communications secured approximately $2.1 billion in funding for paying for 20 year licenses for two contiguous, paired blocks of lower band spectrum - acquired in the recent 700 MHz spectrum auction.  Combined with cash on hand, Rogers will pay $3.29 billion for the spectrum covering both rural and urban areas across Canada. 


  • "We went after and won this spectrum because we know it will pay off for our customers for the next 20 years and likely beyond. Not only did we get the spectrum we wanted for our customers, but we have financed it with $2.1 billion of long term funding for up to 30 years at some of our lowest rates ever, with an average interest rate of just 3.9%. In addition, we have made this long term investment for our customers while maintaining our Baa1/BBB+/BBB+ senior credit ratings, which have been affirmed by each of Moody's, Standard and Poor's and Fitch, reflecting their confidence in the investment and in Rogers," said Anthony Staffieri, Chief Financial Officer, Rogers Communications.