Monday, November 3, 2014

Akanda Debuts Open Source NFV Platform

Akanda, a start-up incubated with DreamHost since 2012, launched out of stealth mode to deliver an open source Network Function Virtualization (NFV) platform for cloud service providers.  The platform is already in use by 500+ tenants at Dreamhost and supporting 1,000s of VMs in its cloud compute service. DreamHost is now spinning-off the solution into Akanda, a start-up whose mission will be to accelerate open source NFV for cloud operators.

Akanda NFV implementation provides OpenStack integrated L3 network virtualization on a VMWare NSX L2 overlay. It interfaces with the OpenStack Neutron REST APIs and includes a sophisticated management and orchestration platform to monitor, configure, and manage virtualized routers. In the future, Akanda will be extended to virtualize additional network functions, including load balancing and firewalls, and will feature pluggable backends to alternative L2 overlays.

The company said intends to work collaboratively with all emerging open source communities and NFV projects including OpenStack Neutron, OPNFV and OpenDaylight.

DreamHost is providing $1.5 million in seed capital to Akanda. The team includes key former stakeholders in Inktank (now part of RedHat), the company that transformed the future of storage with the Ceph open source storage system. Henrik Rosendahl has been appointed Akanda's CEO. Simon Anderson, DreamHost’s CEO, will Chair the Akanda Board, and Jonathan LaCour, VP Cloud at DreamHost, will serve as a Director and technical advisor.

“Open Source is again proving to be the best way to tackle large, integrated software projects,” said Henrik Rosendahl, CEO of Akanda, Inc. “There is huge demand for open solutions up and down the networking software stack, and Akanda is well placed to garner new contributors and wider adoption given its roots as a core production-grade NFV platform at DreamHost.”

“DreamHost is excited to be co-founding and backing a new open source venture in Akanda,” said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost. “We’ve been running Akanda in production with thousands of compute instances for over a year, and we’re confident the platform will be incredibly flexible and useful to cloud service providers worldwide as it develops and matures.”

http://www.akanda.io/


  • DreamHost currently proudly hosts over 1.5 million websites, WordPress blogs, and applications.

Ruckus Wireless Posts Q3 Revenue of $85 Million, up 23% YoY

Ruckus Wireless posted third quarter 2014 revenue of $85.0 million, an increase of 23.3% from the third quarter of 2013. GAAP net income was $3.6 million for the third quarter of 2014, compared with $0.1 million for the third quarter of 2013. GAAP operating income was $6.1 million for the third quarter of 2014, compared with an operating loss of $0.5 million for the third quarter of 2013.

"Our enterprise and service provider business remained strong, fueled by rising demand for public Wi-Fi access in consumer facing enterprises and public venues. To drive long-term growth, corresponding with our long history of innovation, we introduced a new product line that expands our addressable market," said Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer, Ruckus Wireless. "We are also pleased with the progress we made in operating leverage, reporting record operating margins for the quarter."

http://www.ruckuswireless.com

Procera Posts Q3 Revenue of $16.1 Million

Procera reported Q3 2014 revenue of $16.1 million, compared with $21.3 million in the third quarter of 2013.  GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2014 was $15.7 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, which includes a $12.4 million impairment charge to write-down the goodwill and purchased intangible assets related to an acquisition, and compared with a GAAP net loss of $3.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2013.

"Our results for the quarter reflect our previously announced expectations, and although they are below our initial plans, we believe we have laid a solid technology and customer foundation to improve the financial fundamentals and drive shareholder value," said James Brear, president and chief executive officer of Procera Networks. "With the recent customer wins and successes in R&D, we are achieving our strategic goals in the areas of analytics and virtualization, and are focused on returning Procera to a long term growth trajectory."

http://www.proceranetworks.com/press-releases/procera-networks-announces-third-quarter-2014-financial-results

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Internap Expands its OpenStack-Powered Public Cloud to Amsterdam

Internap is taking its OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD footprint to Amsterdam, furthering its positioning as a leading OpenStack public cloud provider.

The Amsterdam facility includes Internap’s bare-metal services.  In addition to Amsterdam, Internap offers its OpenStack-powered next-generation AgileCLOUD out of its Dallas, Texas and Montreal data centers.

AgileCLOUD is backed by all-SSD storage with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) and Internap’s Performance IP™ bandwidth to deliver consistently higher network performance and lower latency to end users when compared to other public clouds. AgileCLOUD also offers two server tiers to match customers’ specific
performance requirements, each with configurable memory, CPU and SSD storage options.

The company is also announcing new OpenStack management capabilities in AgileCLOUD via an integrated OpenStack Horizon dashboard.

http://www.internap.com

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Internet2 Launches Full-Production OpenFlow Capability

The Internet2 last week marked a major milestone in its network architecture by demonstrating the first nationwide, multi-tenant SDN-powered virtualized network capability.

The announcement was made at the 2014 Technology Exchange held last week in Indianapolis.

Conceptually, the virtualization enables the physical Internet2 Network to operate in isolated “slices” by leveraging innovations native to the Internet2 Network, including its 100G interfaces. The new SDN capability is driven by “FlowSpace Firewall” software installed in the Internet2 production network.  This allows slices of OpenFlow capabilities to be partitioned across nearly forty 100G-attached access nodes throughout the country. The software protects each network slice from overconsumption of resources by other slices.

The Internet2 says this first-in-class capability is now available to support the important work of the research and education (R&E) community’s data-intensive science and academic operations.

During the 2014 Technology Exchange conference, several initiatives were announced to build large-scale production cloud computing, next-generation IP and peering fabrics in virtual slices of the Internet2 Network.

These include two $10 million projects, called Chameleon and CloudLab, underwritten by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

“By connecting CloudLab to Internet2's nationwide SDN network, we can give researchers a level of end-to-end network programmability that is unprecedented in a cloud platform, said Robert Ricci, a research assistant professor of computer science at the University of Utah and principal investigator of CloudLab. Having this level of control, programmability, and visibility into the network will enable the research community to push the boundaries of cloud networking and explore the future of network architectures for the cloud.

http://www.internet2.edu/news/detail/7257/

More on FlowSpace Firewall:
http://globalnoc.iu.edu/software/sdn.html

Friday, October 31, 2014

IBM Teams with Tencent to serve Enterprise Cloud in China

IBM and Tencent Cloud announced an alliance to collaborate on providing public cloud with Software-as-a-Service solutions for enterprises in China.

The partnership will focus on emerging small and medium enterprises that are using mobile, cloud computing and big data tools to transform internal processes and operations.

As part of the pact Tencent Cloud and IBM will jointly promote industry innovation and gain from each company's resources and global capacity.

“Tencent has a stable and reliable cloud computing platform, while IBM has abundant industry expertise aimed at the enterprise. We will work together to bring ‘Internet mode’ to more enterprise-level clients through cloud computing,” stated Mr. Taosang Tong, President of Social Network Group, Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/45281.wss

  • In August, China Telecom and IBM announced a three-year agreement to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) implement secure, cost-effective and scalable SAP cloud-based applications.

  • In July, IBM announced a 10-year initiative to support China in transforming its national energy systems and protecting the health of citizens.  IBM's "Green Horizon" project seeks to address three areas critical to China's sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy forecasting and energy optimization. The project will be led by IBM's China Research laboratory and tap into the company's network of 12 global research labs and create an innovation ecosystem of partners from government, academia, industry and private enterprise.

AT&T: Mobile Data Usage at Stadiums Soars to 1000s of GBs

In-stadium mobile data usage at college and professional football games is soaring to hundreds or thousands of gigabytes, according to newly published data usage statics from AT&T.   The data is derived from the more than 75 different stadiums where AT&T provides coverage via Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).

So far this football season across 333 games where it had DAS coverage, AT&T customers used more than 104.9 Terabytes of mobile data via the in-venue cellular networks. Data usage at professional football games outpaces college games.  Mobile users in Miami use the most data.

More stats are on the AT&T blog:

http://about.att.com/newsroom/were_halfway_there0.html

Data on mobile data usage at baseball games is here:

http://about.att.com/newsroom/going_going_gone_mobile_data_flies_out_of_ballparks_this_season.html

CyrusOne Pre-Leases New Virginia Data Center

In an indication of the strong market for prime data center space, CyrusOne pre-leased more than 12,000 square feet of colocation space (CSF) at its new data center in Sterling, Virginia to a Fortune 50 company.  The tenant also secured first right of refusal on another 8,000 square feet at the facility.

Pre-sale represents a third of the 30,000 square feet of colocation space that will come online for the first phase of the 124,000 square foot building the company broke ground on in April.

“This is a current tenant in one of our other data center facilities that appreciates the scalability and flexibility we can deliver, and has chosen to expand their footprint with us in Northern Virginia. CyrusOne’s scalable Massively Modular® engineering design approach, with its ability to support future infrastructure growth, as well as our exceptional service delivery levels were key contributors to the decision,” said Tesh Durvasula, chief commercial officer, CyrusOne.

http://www.cyrusone.com

Cavium's Q3 Revenue Up 7.9% Sequentially

Cavium reported Q3 2014 revenue of $97.8 million, a 7.9% sequential increase from the $90.7 million reported in the second quarter of 2014 and a 23.6% year-over-year increase from the $79.1 million reported in the third quarter of 2013.

Net income was $5.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to net loss attributable to the Company of $11.0 million, or $(0.21) per diluted share in the second quarter of 2014. Gross margins were 63.5% in the third quarter of 2014 compared to 62.6% in the second quarter of 2014. Total cash and cash equivalents were $156.3 million at September 30, 2014.

http://www.cavium.com/

Equinix Deploys Juniper's MX Routers for Cloud Exchange

Equinix has deployed Juniper Networks® MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers in 19 markets to support its Equinix Cloud Exchange, which enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple cloud services and multiple networks across the globe.

Equinix is using the Ethernet VPN capabilities of Juniper's MX Series routers to simplify cloud access, creating private environments between cloud providers and their customers -- both present at Equinix colocation data centers.

Juniper said Equinix chose its MX Series for the advanced architecture that separates control, management, services and forwarding planes to provide maximum scale and intelligent service-delivery capabilities. Juniper also noted that its MX Series routers provide Equinix and its customers with access to SDN and NFV architecture.

"The MX Series allows Cloud Builders like Equinix to remove the barriers that currently hinder innovation, like manual provisioning, and the difficulty of managing multi-cloud deployments. Juniper's High-IQ solution allows Equinix to automate operations and virtualize network functions to enable agile service creation, reduce operations complexity and capture greater market opportunities," stated Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer, Juniper Networks.

http://newsroom.juniper.net/press-releases/equinix-innovates-for-the-future-of-cloud-based-solutions-with-juniper-networks-nyse-jnpr-1155259



Huawei Plans Big Investment in Canadian R&D

Huawei announced plans to invest $210 million over the next 5 years to expand its R&D and business operations in the Province of Ontario. The new investments are expected to create 325 new jobs over the next 5 years, including most engineers and researchers.  In total, when combined with existing research, development and operational plans, Huawei's total investment in Ontario over the next 5 years will be $500m.

The announcement was made in conjunction with a visit by the Premier of Ontario, the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, and delegates on her China trade mission, at Huawei's R&D Centre in Beijing.

Huawei currently employs approximately 550 people in Canada, of whom over 95% are based in the Province of Ontario.

"I am pleased that Huawei is expanding its operations in Ontario" said Premier Wynne.  "This investment will create a significant number of jobs and reinforces Ontario's position as a global leader in ICT and telecommunications.  My government is fostering a dynamic business climate to attract even more investments from Huawei and other leading companies around the world."

"Today's announcement reinforces Huawei's commitment to Canada and to the Province of Ontario," said Sean Yang, President of Huawei Canada.  "Canada and Ontario have a legacy of leadership in ICT and telecommunications.  Since 2010, Huawei's Canada Research Centre has established itself as one of the global leaders in advanced communications technologies, including 5G.  The success of this facility has reinforced to Huawei the value of Ontario's talented workforce, and network of universities in Ontario and across Canada, that can support innovative research."

http://www.huawei.com

Sprint Appoints Junichi Miyakawa as Technical Chief Operating Officer

Sprint has appointed Junichi Miyakawa has been named to the newly created position of Technical Chief Operating Officer.  He previously led SoftBank's network operations in Japan.

In his new role at Sprint, Miyakawa will oversee the company’s network and technology organization, including related strategy, network operations and performance. He will also lead its relationships with key network equipment vendors and will report directly to Marcelo Claure, Sprint’s Chief Executive Officer.

Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye and John Saw Ph.D., Chief Network Officer, will continue to lead their organizations at Sprint and will report to Miyakawa.

Miyakawa will remain an Executive Vice President and Board Director at SoftBank Mobile, SoftBank BB and SoftBank Telecom, but his main focus will be on Sprint.

http://www.sprint.com

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Microsoft Reveals its 2nd Gen Open CloudServer Spec

Microsoft announced its 2nd-generation Open CloudServer (OCS v2) specification featuring a number of improvements in performance and flexibility.  The first version of the spec was submitted to the Open Compute Project (OCP) in January, and the new version will be contributed to the community as well.

At this week's Open Compute Project (OCP) European Summit in Paris, Microsoft is showing OCS v2 designs with Quanta QCT, Wiwynn and ZT Systems.

Microsoft said development work on the OCS v2 spec centered around the diverse range of cloud services that it now supports.  The OCS v2 design has been thoroughly tested in the comopany's own data centers, from powering IaaS and PaaS services in Windows Azure, to hosting e-mail and collaboration services in Office 365, to hosting latency-sensitive gaming services in Xbox Live.

A unified, flexible server design helps Microsoft to optimize the economics of its supply chain, while delivering a diverse array of cloud services from one underlying server platform.  OCS v2 is also designed for deployment into any region or colocation facility around the world.

Highlights of OCSv2:

  • A dual-processor design, built on Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 (‘Haswell’) CPUs, enabling 28 cores of compute power per blade, and reflecting Microsoft’s joint engineering collaboration with Intel to develop the next generation board.
  • Advanced networking for low latency, high bandwidth, highly-virtualized environments, based on 40-gigabit Ethernet networking, with support for routable RDMA over Converged Ethernet (ROCEv2).
  • Flexibility incorporated into the core design itself.  This allows the integration of a variety of components and add-on cards, including FPGA accelerators, which enables customers to tune their servers for their own unique workloads.
  • Low-cost, high-bandwidth, Flash-based memory support, incorporating the latest form factor for m.2 Flash memory.  This allows OCS v2-based servers to incorporate higher-capacity SSDs, while ensuring TCO optimization by virtue of using cost-optimized NAND.
  • A compact, high-capacity power supply, capable of delivering 1600 watts of power, with a high holdup time of 20 milliseconds.
  • Support for high memory configurations, along with flexibility in the amount of memory deployed, by virtue of support for 128GB, 192GB, and 256GB memory capacity configurations.


http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2014/10/30/microsoft-contributes-next-generation-server-design-to-open-compute-project.aspx

Microsoft Adds Anti-malware to Azure Cloud Services and VMs

Microsoft announced the availability of ant-malware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines, providing real time protection from the latest threats at no additional charge.

The Microsoft Antimalware Client and Service is installed by default in a disabled state in all Cloud Services. The Microsoft Antimalware Client and Service is not installed by default in the Virtual Machines platform; it is available as an optional security extension.

http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/30/microsoft-antimalware-for-azure-cloud-services-and-virtual-machines/

Mellanox NICs Support Microsoft Open CloudServer and Open Compute

Mellanox Technologies announced its 10 and 40GbE NIC will support the new Microsoft Open CloudServer (OCS) specification “version 2”.  The ConnectX-3 Pro OCP-based 10/40GbE NICs with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and overlay network offloads offer optimized application latency and performance while maintaining extremely low system power consumption.


The OCS specification version 2 includes significant new performance enhancements to foster more efficient data centers and the adoption of cloud computing.

Mellanox also announced its 40GbE NICs support the recently released Open Compute Project (OCP) 2.0 server and storage specification.

http://www.mellanox.com

PLUMgrid Launches Open Networking Suite 2.0 for OpenStack

PLUMgrid released its Open Networking Suite (ONS) version 2.0 with expanded support for OpenStack distributions and network functions.

PLUMgrid features a highly distributed, software-based network virtualization platform designed for cloud operators and large-scale cloud environments.

Virtual network functions in ONS 2.0 include routing, switching with Private VLAN, security policies, NAT, and DHCP. In addition, ONS 2.0 is introducing tech previews for DNS as a service and end to end data encryption.

In addition, PLUMgrid is announcing support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5 (RHEL-OSP 5) with ONS 2.0.

http://www.plumgrid.com/press-releases/2014/10/plumgrid-launches-open-networking-suite-2-0-supporting-industrys-broadest-choice-of-openstack-distributions/


  • Earlier this year, PLUMgrid announced that Swisscom had selected its OpenStack Networking Suite as a foundational element of its cloud-based IT infrastructure. The company said its technology enables Swisscom to leverage existing physical infrastructure to build a secure multi-tenant virtual network with PLUMgrid’s Virtual Domains and reduce the provisioning time from weeks to seconds. The carrier has decided to use OpenStack as its core component for cloud virtualization orchestration.
  • PLUMgrid is aa start-up based in Sunnyvale, California. The PLUMgrid Platform integrates security, operations and maintenance tools, and network visibility and analytics.  It runs on existing standard-based x86 servers to deliver dynamic and scalable virtual data center networks. 

NBASE-T Alliance Pitches 2.5 and 5 GigE over Existing Copper Cables

A new NBASE-T Alliance has been established to promote the development of 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet (2.5GE and 5GE) technology for enterprise network infrastructure. Founding members include Cisco, Aquantia, Freescale and Xilinx.

NBASE-T Alliance aims to advance multi-gigabit Ethernet technology that enables faster data rates on existing enterprise cabling originally designed for 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GbE) technology.

Most enterprise campus networks use Category 5e (Cat5e) and Category 6 (Cat6) twisted-pair copper cables, which do not support 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) up to 100 meters.  This points to the need for for intermediate rates between 1 and 10 Gigabit over existing cables.

Chris Spain, vice president of product management, Cisco, said, “The NBASE-T alliance is addressing one of the top networking challenges of today – speed in the access layer. The industry is moving to the next generation of 802.11ac – Wave 2 with theoretical data rates of up to 6.9 Gbps and actual aggregated bandwidth of up to 5 Gbps; a 1 Gbps link between the access point and switch is not sufficient. Our mission in working with the Alliance members is to provide customers with innovative technology to increase network speed without the need to upgrade the cabling infrastructure.”

Kamal Dalmia, vice president sales and marketing, Aquantia, said, “The advent of 802.11ac wave 2 has created a unique opportunity for the formation of the NBASE-T Alliance, a strong and unique group of industry leaders gathered to bring multi-Gigabit rates solutions over legacy copper cables.” Dalmia added “We’re proud to be part of the NBASE-T Alliance and are looking forward to working closely with a growing base of supporters in the market.”

http://www.nbaset.org/


Alcatel-Lucent's Margins Improve While Revenue Slides 3.8%

Alcatel-Lucent's group revenues, excluding Managed Services, were down 3.8% year-on-year to Euro 3.254 billion, and down 5.9% overall. Gross margin reached 34.0% of revenues in the quarter, progressing by 210 basis points year-on-year driven by better profitability in several business lines as well as favorable mix.  Fixed costs savings amounted to Euro 73 million in Q3 2014, bringing cumulative fixed cost savings to Euro 645 million under the Shift Plan. In particular, SG&A expenses decreased by 13.6% compared to Q3 2013.

“Since the launch of The Shift Plan, our primary objective is to enable the company to generate free cash flow on a sustainable, recurring basis, starting in 2015. Our third quarter results show that we are increasingly improving our underlying profitability, an important step towards this commitment. In parallel, we have opened the second chapter of The Shift Plan, sharpening our focus on applying innovation to unlock growth in order to address our strategic ambitions within and outside of the telecoms sector,” stated  Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.

Some operational highlights:

Core Networking

  • Core Networking segment revenues were Euro 1,443 million in Q3 2014, down 3.9% compared to Q3 2013. 
  • IP Routing revenues were Euro 594 million in Q3 2014, increasing 2.2%, with notable growth in Europe, APAC (outside of China) and CALA. 
  • The 7950 XRS IP Core router registered 4 new wins in Q3 for a total of 32 wins to date.
  • Nuage Networks added 4 new wins in the quarter, totaling 12 customers with traction across extra-large enterprises, cloud service providers and service providers. 
  • IP Transport revenues reached Euro 527 million in Q3 2014, a decline of 3.3% year-on-year. Terrestrial optics increased at a high single-digit rate as the WDM portfolio continued to drive growth in EMEA and APAC. 
  • The 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) represented 50% of terrestrial optical product revenues in the quarter, up 12 percentage points year-on-year, and now has over 500 customers. 
  • Year-to-date, 100G shipments represented 34% of total WDM line cards shipments compared to 26% in the same period of 2013. The 100G platform was recently selected by Telefonica Spain, MTN Nigeria and Ucom in Armenia. 

Access

  • Access segment revenues were Euro 1,807 million in Q3 2014, a 7.5% decrease compared to Q3 2013. 
  • Wireless Access revenues were Euro 1,176 million, a decrease of 1.5% year-on-year, as LTE rollouts continued at a more moderate pace in the third quarter, after accelerated investments in the first half of 2014, notably in China and North America. 
  • Fixed Access revenues were Euro 518 million in Q3 2014, a decrease of 4.6% from Q3 2013 as continuing demand for vectoring and fiber around the world was not enough to offset the pause in specific customer rollouts in the quarter. 
  • 5 new VDSL2 vectoring customers were announced during the quarter, bringing our total to 27. 

Managed Services

  • Managed Services revenues were Euro 97 million, decreasing by close to 50%, reflecting a strategy to terminate or restructure loss-making contracts. 

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2014/alcatel-lucent-reports-q3-2014-results


CoreSite Reports Strength in Data Center Leasing

CoreSite Realty Corporation, which operates major data centers in 8 North American markets, reported Q3 perating revenues of $70.5 million, representing a 16.3% increase year over year. Reported third-quarter funds from operations (“FFO”) of $0.55 per diluted share and unit, representing 17.0% growth year over year.

During the quarter, CoreSite commenced 45,014 net rentable square feet of new and signed expansion leases with GAAP annualized rent of $135 per square foot, increasing stabilized data center occupancy to 86.4%.

Tom Ray, CoreSite’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The third quarter reflected continued execution and ongoing momentum throughout the organization.” Mr. Ray continued, “We are pleased with the execution of our sales and marketing teams thus far this year as evidenced by our quarterly results. Leasing activity was healthy across the portfolio, led by the Silicon Valley, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles markets. We believe our activities closing out 2014 point toward another year of solid growth in 2015, as we set the stage for anticipated new developments within existing facilities across multiple markets in our portfolio, including at BO1, CH1, DE1, NY2, and VA2, and we continue to evaluate developing additional capacity at LA2 and on our Coronado Campus in Santa Clara.”

http://www.coresite.com

A10 Network Misses on Q3 Results

A10 Networks reported Q3 revenue of $43.4 million, compared with $39.8 million in the third quarter of 2013. GAAP net loss was $12.3 million compared with a net loss of $2.7 million in the third quarter of 2013.

“We are very disappointed with our third quarter financial results and we are committed to improving our execution,” said Lee Chen, president and chief executive officer of A10 Networks. “Third quarter revenue was negatively impacted by lower revenue from North America service provider customers, longer than expected close cycles for deals awarded to A10 and a lengthening sales cycle for some select large enterprise deals. Outside of North America most of our regions delivered revenue consistent with or above our expectations. Beyond revenue, higher inventory reserves and write-offs, currency exchange rates and geographic mix caused our gross margin to be below our historical range. On the positive side, we added a record number of new customers in the quarter, including four new customers for our recently launched Thunder TPS solution.”

http://investors.a10networks.com/CorporateProfile.aspx?iid=4433033