Wednesday, October 29, 2014

VMware Labs Asia Targets US$1 Billion for Development in China

VMware is aiming to deepen its reach into the technology ecosystem in China by forming partnerships with leading players and universities. The company plans a US$1billion investment over the next five years for market development and innovation specifically in China.

A newly formed VMware Labs Asia has been established to spur joint solution development with developers and academia. The lab will be headed Dr. Ying Li, who most recently led EMC China's Center of Excellence.   VMware's R&D Center in China will continue to be led by Alan Ren, managing director, China R&D, VMware.

The first project under VMware Labs Asia is a Linux-based VDI solution that will address the unique market opportunity for open technologies in China. VMware said this initiative will expand the virtual desktop options available to customers.

"By developing technology solutions in close coordination with the broader ecosystem, VMware will address market-specific requirements together with partners and other communities to rapidly develop and ship new innovation for the China market and beyond," said Ying Li. "VMware Labs Asia will give VMware an advantage as we assemble and combine the expertise of multiple stakeholders to embrace the new era of technology development," Li added.


http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-newsfeed/VMware-Labs-Asia-Established-to-Expand-and-Diversify-Technology-Innovation-Through-Joint-Solution-Development/1893768

F5 Sales Rise 18% YoY to $465.3 million, CEO to Retire Next Year

F5 Networks reported revenue of $465.3 million for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2014, up 6 percent from the prior quarter and 18 percent from $395.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. For fiscal year 2014, revenue was $1.73 billion, up 17 percent from $1.48 billion in fiscal year 2013.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $94.0 million ($1.26 per diluted share) compared to $79.5 million ($1.05 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2014 and $76.2 million ($0.97 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter a year ago. GAAP net income for the year was $311.2 million ($4.09 per diluted share) versus $277.3 million ($3.50 per diluted share) in fiscal year 2013.

“The fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 was a solid finish to a year characterized by positive customer and partner response to our Synthesis architecture, the array of new products we rolled out in fiscal 2013, our Good Better Best pricing strategy, and the enhanced capabilities of our BIG-IQ management platform,” said John McAdam, F5 president and chief executive officer.

Separately, McAdam announced his plans to retire at the end of fiscal year 2015.

Commenting on his decision, McAdam said “Following a year of record growth, I believe F5 is better positioned in terms of our market opportunity, the breadth of our products and services, the strength of our partnerships, and the caliber and enthusiasm of the entire F5 team than at any time in the company’s history. I am excited about our prospects and firmly committed to delivering another year of solid growth and profitability as President and CEO."

http://www.f5.com

Hitachi Cloud Coming to Equinix Data Centers

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced an agreement with Equinix to offer its Hitachi Cloud - Compute as a Service solution inside Equinix International Business Exchange data centers.

HDS will offer fully managed, enterprise-grade services for private cloud from a global footprint of Equinix IBX data centers in 32 markets around the globe. HDS said the variety of interconnection solutions for cloud and network service providers available inside Equinix, including the Equinix Cloud Exchange, gives its customers the ability to achieve sophisticated hybrid cloud solutions.

"To achieve optimal performance and cost benefits in the cloud, enterprises are actively consolidating IT assets, positioning systems within strategically located data centers and ensuring access to multiple cloud providers,” said Jim Poole, vice president, global service provider, Equinix.

http://www.hds.com/corporate/press-analyst-center/press-releases/2014/gl141027.html

Pacnet Inaugurates Tier III Data Center in Tianjin China

Pacnet inaugurated its latest data center in China, a new facility in Tianjin (TJCS1) to address growing demand in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The new data center is strategically located in the Gaocun Science & Technology Innovation Park of the Tianjin Wuqing District in China and was developed in partnership with the Tianjin Wuqing government.

The Tier III, 226,000-square-foot facility provides colocation, connectivity and managed services backed by 24x7 expert, multilingual customer service and on-site remote hands support.  Additionally, TJCS1 boasts N+1 and 2N redundant power and state-of-the-art security, environmental and fire controls.  Customers locating in TJCS1 also obtain direct access to major domestic exchanges, Points of Presence (PoPs) and diverse carrier networks within China.

Pacnet said its new facility is SDN-enabled to give full network control to its customers to self-provision bandwidth on demand based on their business needs.

TJCS1 is connected to the Beijing data center of China International Data System (CIDS) via Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), an industry-first service platform that leverages SDN to deliver flexible and scalable bandwidth configurable by customer

Pacnet’s data centers in China now include Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai.

http://www.pacnet.com/pressrelease/pacnet-opens-tier-iii-data-center-in-tianjin-china

Algeria Telecom Picks Ericsson SSR Provider Edge Router

Algeria Telecom has chosen Ericsson to upgrade its broadband aggregation network. Under the deal, Ericsson will consolidate the existing network using its SSR 8000 platform with Provider Edge (PE) and BNG functionality.

The network will support residential broadband connectivity and IPTV as well as high-speed virtual private network (VPN) services for enterprise customers.

The agreement includes Broadband Network Gateways (BNG) and Provider Edge (PE) applications based on the Ericsson SSR 8000 family and professional services such as project management, solution architecture, deployment and migration services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.ericsson.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blueprint: Essential Elements of Transport SDN

by Stu Benington
Vice President, Cloud/SDN Business Unit, Coriant

There is a great opportunity emerging for service providers, driven by the widespread adoption of cloud-based applications by both enterprises and consumers. It’s a chance to capitalize on the elastic network needs of on-demand cloud-based services to create new sources of revenue and tighten control of CAPEX/OPEX costs.

The lack of elasticity in most of today’s static networks makes it difficult for service providers to deliver the on-demand bandwidth needed to support dynamic applications in a fast, cost-effective and profitable way. Also, the on-demand nature of cloud-based applications facilitates unpredictable traffic volumes that are often characterized by spikes in usage and variable traffic patterns. This challenges service providers to plan and engineer appropriate levels of network performance to satisfy users’ application demands.

In today’s fiercely competitive networking market, service providers need a new business model that enables them to capitalize on the proliferation of cloud-based applications and services. To this end, service providers must seek networking solutions built on Software Defined Networking (SDN) architecture.

An SDN-based solution transforms today’s rigid transport infrastructure into a highly programmable network that is as adaptive, efficient and scalable as data-center computing and storage resources. Transport networks become sufficiently flexible to deliver the bandwidth and performance needed for cloud-based applications on demand.

SDN shifts control of the network from internal elements to an external centralized controller and abstracts the underlying hardware infrastructure from the applications. The external controller now decides which network paths packets should take based on application requirements and the users’ willingness to pay. Then, using a standardized interface such as the NETCONF or OpenFlow protocols conveys its instructions to the forwarding plane, which remains within network elements such as routers and switches.

Transform the Network with Dynamic, Multi-Layer Transport

Service providers need to leverage the differentiated value of existing assets, including their network resources, networking expertise, and investments in the network brand. By deploying an SDN solution that combines dynamic multi-layer (L0-L3) transport with dynamic control, service providers can transform their network and service-delivery model while also maximizing return on their embedded investments. Such a solution enables the programmable network to respond to applications, rather than forcing applications to respond to the network. Using the intelligence in the external controller, the network can update dynamically, in real time, to accommodate the needs of a given application. In addition, these capabilities can be complemented by Network Functions Virtualization to move network resources to optimal locations that are then dynamically accessed by SDN.

The Essential Elements of SDN

A successful SDN has three essential attributes:

1. Programmability: Enables the network to adapt to the dynamic requirements of end users and applications, making it possible for service providers to introduce and modify services very quickly.

2. Multi-layer, multi-vendor end-to-end integration: As more applications and services move to the cloud, service providers must be able to integrate computing and storage resources across:

  • multiple vendors’ platforms
  • multiple segments of the network – access, metro and core; fixed mobile and data center
  • multiple optical and packet protocol layers

SDN helps manage this ecosystem of resources, including optical-layer advances such as flexible grid, ROADMs and photonic mesh, to deliver an end-to-end global view of the network.

3. Openness: Packet-optical transport networks comprise multiple vendors’ platforms and technologies. They depend on standards-based protocols for interoperability at both the virtual and physical layer. SDN’s open and collaborative software-based development process focuses on applications and accelerates innovation. By deploying a truly open SDN solution, service providers can introduce new functions and applications written by vendors, third-party developers, and service providers, with ease. It also provides flexibility for evolutionary steps from legacy environments to SDN programmability. An SDN solution that addresses these critical attributes is the foundation of the programmable network necessary to support and empower cloud-based applications.

SDN Use Cases


As SDN-enabled solutions move from laboratory trials to field trials, the hard evidence in support of the SDN business case is growing:
  • Bandwidth on Demand - An end user or an application may request temporary bandwidth between data centers, a lower latency on an existing connection (performance bursting) or an increase in bandwidth for cloud bursting. It can also provide user-defined connectivity for applications in the same “do it yourself” manner as using virtual machines (VMs).

    When the SDN-enabled network receives these requests, it determines the optimal path through the network. An optimal path is one that meets but does not exceed the requested performance criteria. For example, a service provider does not want to allocate a 10 Gb/s link if a 1 Gb/s link suffices. Similarly, a service provider does not want to allocate a 5-millisecond (ms) path to fulfill a request for a 10-ms delay if a 10-ms path is available. The goal is always to use the network’s least-cost resources first, with significant higher granularity than was previously available.

    Allocating network resources on demand benefits both the service provider and the customer. The service provider increases revenues by utilizing the network more efficiently and cost-effectively and more effectively monetizing network assets. The ability to create bandwidth interconnection services also increases network availability in terms of QoS, redundancy levels and protection. The customer gets the elastic bandwidth necessary to match their changing compute and storage needs, and also potential long- term cost savings.
  • Network Slicing - a process by which the service provider virtually apportions segments of the network across multiple products and layers to satisfy the specific requirements of a particular end user. For example, a service provider could use network slicing to partition services for a retail carrier in a wholesale environment or for a large enterprise. By eliminating the need to virtualize every single network element, the SDN-enabled network enables the service provider to deliver precisely what the end user needs – and do so much more easily, faster and cost-effectively than before.
  • Network Defragmentation - existing network connections are optimized by dynamically and continuously packing them in a more efficient manner on the network. Operating across both the optical and packet layers of the network, SDN-enabled network defragmentation packs flows to improve the network utilization. Because of SDN’s ability to provide a multi-layer, end-to-end view of the network, service providers can boost network utilization by 50- to over 90 percent.
  • Application-based Forwarding - SDN allows a service provider to set up the desired flow for an application according to that application’s specific requirements. For example, a service provider needs to upload into the data center all the data associated with an ERP system backup. Given the security and reliability requirements of that ERP system backup, it’s unlikely the service provider would choose the lowest-cost path to route that application through the network. Contrast that application’s requirements with those of a mobile user’s video application. When downloading that application, the user wants a lot of throughput and a low-cost connection, not necessarily a low-latency connection. SDN enables the service provider to take into consideration all the factors concerning a specific application’s requirements and come up with a recipe for the most appropriate and efficient flow through the network. Additionally, this service could be “calendared” at specific time intervals or done intermittently at the discretion of the provider.

SDN - A Framework for Sustainable Success

SDN is driving a network revolution. By transforming the transport network into a more elastic, adaptable and ultra-scalable entity, SDN creates a framework for service providers in which to create new, billable applications and services. That framework also encompasses the tools and techniques needed to create more sustainable business models and strengthen the ability to compete.
SDN is delivering significant financial and competitive benefits by enabling service providers to do the following:
  • respond to changing market conditions by creating new applications and launching new services faster
  • shorten dramatically the time required to dimension and provision the network resources necessary to support specific applications 
  • satisfy end-user requirements for on-demand bandwidth in an efficient and profitable manner 
  • reduce operational complexity through network simplification and automation 
  • reduce CAPEX and OPEX by a) enabling customers to tailor their application-specific connections and b) enabling service providers to distribute loads, with maximum speed and efficiency, among the most appropriate network resources 
  • free themselves from being locked in to specific vendors’ solutions and associated cycles of forced platform upgrades 
  • generate additional revenues that strengthen their margins 
By deploying the right SDN-enabled solution, service providers can capitalize on the opportunity to
migrate their multi-layer transport networks according to their individual business strategies and budgetary considerations. In doing so, they can protect their existing investments in switches/routers, optical transport platforms and network management systems in a programmable network that is essential for long-term success in an application-driven ecosystem.

About the Author

Stuart Benington is Vice President of the Cloud/SDN Business Unit at Coriant where he is responsible for leading the business unit, including strategy and R&D, focused on software defined networking (SDN), network virtualization, and cloud connectivity.

Prior to this role, Mr. Benington worked at Tellabs where he held a variety of strategy, marketing, engineering and product planning positions across several product groups, including Tellabs’ Data Products, Optical Networks, Network Management, and Managed Access Systems.  He started his career at Marconi (Reltec) working in product management for their broadband access solutions.

Mr. Benington has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom industry and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in economics and computer science from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

One Minute Videos: The Third Network

The MEF recently outlined its vision for a new, THIRD Network, delivering Agile, Assured and Orchestrated services worldwide, where:
  • Agile means delivery of real-time on-demand services 
  • Assured means delivery of performance and security guarantees 
  • Orchestrated means automated delivery of services across multiple service providers.
This set of One Minute Videos introduces The Third Network. Links below:

Andrew McFadzen, Chairman of the MEF, discusses The Third Network and why carriers will be interested in setting a foundation for greater agility through multi-layer orchestration.


Nan Chen, President of the MEF, discusses The Third Network and its vision to deliver the best characteristics of the Internet in combination with service assurance of Carrier Ethernet 2.0.



Chris Purdy, Chief Technology Officer at CENX, explains that the First Network is the Internet, the Second Network is the telecom infrastructure and the Third Network will be the bridge between the two.




MEF GEN14

EMC Outlines its Vision for the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

EMC outlined its vision for the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, where an IT-as-a-Service model enables seamless interconnectivity between private data centers and public clouds, including VMware vCloud Air, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other EMC-powered cloud service providers.  The goal is to enable IT organizations IT to support all types of workloads and move them between cloud environments as needed.

The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution initially integrates hardware, software and services from EMC with VMware. It can be built on VCE Vblock Systems and EMC VSPEX reference architectures for accelerated deployment. The first release is EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution Federation Software-Defined Data Center Edition with VMware, which is now commercially available.

Next year, the company plans to extend public cloud support to include the Microsoft Cloud Platform as well as OpenStack.

http://www.emc.com/about/news/press/2014/20141028-01.htm


EMC Acquires 3 Start-ups: CloudScaling, Maginatics and Spanning

EMC announced the acquisition of three start-ups focused on enterprise cloud networking:

  • Cloudscaling, a start-up based in San Francisco, developing an OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure system for enterprises. Cloudscaling's  Open Cloud System (OCS) provides an operating system to manage compute, storage and networking in the cloud.
  • Maginatics, a start-up based in Mountain View, California,  is a cloud provider offering a highly consistent global namespace accessible from any device or location, unlocking enterprise hybrid cloud choice and flexibility for EMC customers and partners through interfaces into a variety of private and public clouds. EMC said the addition of Maginatics extends its cloud data protection strategy by enabling unified data protection and management across disparate private, public and hybrid clouds. Maginatics technology also facilitates efficient data mobility across multiple clouds with data deduplication, WAN optimization, handling of large objects and multi-threading. EMC expects to integrate Maginatics technology with existing EMC data protection software, storage and services.
  • Spanning, a start-up based in Austin, Texas, that provides subscription-based backup and recovery for “born in the cloud” applications and data. Spanning solutions prevent business interruption due to data loss in Google Apps and Salesforce.com (a solution for Microsoft Office 365 will be available in the first half of 2015). EMC saud the combination of its data protection portfolio and Spanning’s services uniquely positions EMC to help users confidently deploy data protection solutions across all applications and workloads, regardless of where the data is created or where the applications reside. 


Financial terms were not disclosed.

"What we have here is a trifecta of customer choice for hybrid cloud environments. Each company offers unique technology for delivering cloud abstraction and flexibility for customers. Together with the new EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud olution, EMC customers and partners are better positioned than ever to capitalize on the promise of hybrid clouds and deliver the agility of IT-as-a-Service that their businesses require,” stated David Goulden, Chief Executive Officer of EMC Information Infrastructure.

http://www.emc.com/
http://www.cloudscaling.com
https://maginatics.com
http://spanning.com/

NEC Launches PFTAP SDN Controller for Monitoring

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) introduced its PF6800 TAP SDN appliance for automated aggregation of telephony packet flows on a network using an Open Network fabric. 
The new controller, which is included in the recently announced version 6 release of NEC’s  ProgrammableFlow Software-defined Networking Suite, leverages an Open Network fabric to provide flow aggregation and orchestration; scalable filtration; and enhanced network traffic visibility. 
NEC cited the following benefits of using its PF6800 TAP:
  • Redirecting automated aggregation of packet flows to security and analysis tools
  • Easily add traffic filters via user interface, enabling selected traffic to be redirected to any port for further analysis
  • Improved visibility of network flows on logical and physical networks to easily identify TAP source data
  • Reducing the load on packet brokers, intrusion detection systems and other tools, through the use of OpenFlow switches for aggregation and filtration
“We’ve found that network visibility is becoming a major priority for network operators, and scaling out the monitoring equipment is difficult and expensive,” said Don Clark, director, business development, NEC Corporation of America.
List pricing starts at $36,000 for the appliance.

Gigamon Offers Active Visibility for High-Volume Traffic

Gigamon is preparing to release enhancements to the Gigamon Visibility Fabric for high-volume traffic in both scale-out and scale-up architectures for next-generation business infrastructures. The solutions are aimed at the increasing levels of east/west data center traffic from virtualization and distributed applications, which is driving higher traffic volumes from the leaf to the spine, spurring migration to 40Gb and 100Gb network connectivity.

The upcoming new enhancements to the Gigamon Visibility Fabric include:


  • Clustering capabilities for the GigaVUE-TA1 Traffic Aggregation nodes, enabling multiple nodes at the edge to act as a single logical unit when combined with an intelligent GigaVUE-H Series node at the core, for seamless extension of visibility to the edge.
  • The addition of the industry's first 40Gb BiDi TAPs, offered in compact 1 RU and 3 RU enclosures, and 40Gb BiDi optics into the Gigamon portfolio. This solution is ideal for customers considering a cost-effective approach upgrade from 10Gb to 40Gb using BiDi.
  • The industry's first combination of multiple 100Gb and 10Gb ports on a single blade allowing a higher degree of network and tool port consolidation to be achieved. The new 2-port 100Gb + 8-port 10Gb combination blade will be available on the GigaVUE-HD4 and GigaVUE-HD8 platforms.
  • Gigamon's Fabric Manager, GigaVUE-FM, will offer fabric-wide reporting capabilities, summarized and customizable dashboards, enhanced reporting to visualize the most/least utilized network/tool ports and traffic maps across the Visibility Fabric, audit trail support for security compliance and the ability to export reports for offline review.
  • The industry's first intelligent traffic visibility solution to automatically discover the topology of a connected network running Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) or Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP). This unique capability allows automatic trace-back of network interfaces detected to be at fault by the Visibility Fabric and drastically cuts down mean time to resolution.

"We're seeing an increase in distributed mission-critical applications driving more east/west traffic below the spine of next gen data centers as well as an increase in the desire to gain a more pervasive view of network and VM-VM activity," said Ananda Rajagopal, vice president of product line management at Gigamon. "Unlike repurposed Ethernet switches that can only offer narrow visibility with no traffic intelligence, our new Visibility Fabric capabilities address higher traffic volume, allowing the best combination of cost, scale, reach and intelligence to be simultaneously achieved by administrators seeking uniform and pervasive visibility across their physical and virtual infrastructure."

http://www.gigamon.com/gigamon-announces-industry-leading-active-visibility-solutions-for-high-volume-traffic-monitoring

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/