Friday, January 23, 2015

Box Surges 66% in IPO

In their first day of trading, shares in Box (NYSE:BOX) surged 66% over the IPO price of $14.00 per share to close the day at $23.23.

Box offered 12,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock.   Box is based in Los Altos, California.

http://www.box.com

TE Connectivity Boosts Cellular Service with DAS for NFL Championship Game

TE Connectivity (TE) has deployed its FlexWave Prism and FlexWave Spectrum distributed antenna systems (DAS) in preparation for the 49th NFL championship game on February 1 in Phoenix, Arizona.

At the University of Phoenix stadium, TE deployed FlexWave Spectrum DAS to provide 48 sectors of mobile coverage and capacity for a neutral host provider serving the nation’s four largest mobile operators at the stadium. The massive deployment includes 96 main hubs, 49 expansion hubs, and 225 remote antenna units to cover the stadium bowl, luxury boxes and service areas. The system supports various 700, 800, 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz LTE, CDMA, EVDO and UMTS services. In the Glendale area where the stadium is located, TE equipment is being used to link a base station hotel with DAS in the Renaissance Hotel and the Gila River Arena, making use of existing operator infrastructure to manage capacity spikes.

In downtown Phoenix, TE’s FlexWave Prism DAS has been deployed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (headquarters for NFL executives in the month leading up to the game) and at CityScape, an outdoor visitor center. Elsewhere, TE’s FlexWave Spectrum DAS with the CPRI digital interface unit (CDIU) has been deployed at US Airways Arena, which will serve as the event’s media center. In addition, TE’s unique host-to-host technology has been deployed to link a base station hotel in downtown Phoenix with US Airways Arena, the Hyatt Regency, Chase Field and the Phoenix Convention Center. The host-to-host technology transports base station signals for miles over a digital fiber link between the base station hotel and the venues.

“TE is the vendor of choice at the world’s most important events and venues,” said Peter Wraight, president of TE’s Wireless business unit. “Our all-digital solutions deliver outstanding capacity and performance at events like this, where the network needs to be able to withstand significant capacity increases and maintain connectivity reliably.”

http://www.te.com

Google Container Registry Hosts Docker Repositories

A newly opened Google Container Registry service is now available in beta for the secure hosting, sharing, and management of private container repositories.   The registry service hosts private images of Docker repositories in Google Cloud Storage, ready to be deployed to Google Container Engine clusters or Google Compute Engine container optimized VMs over Google Cloud Platform’s Andromeda based network fabric.

http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.ca/2015/01/secure-hosting-of-private-Docker-repositories-in-Google-Cloud-Platform.html


A10 Joins Cisco's ACI Ecosystem and Integrates its Thunder ADCs

A10 Networks has integrated its Thunder Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) with Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric.

The joint solution provides dynamic L4-L7 application networking services, enabling enterprises to automatically provision application delivery and security services with a significant increase in both allocation speed and business agility. The automated approach to networking services is based on application-specific policies that allow data center applications to dynamically scale on demand. Going forward, the solution will also support more advanced ADC and security functionality such as service chaining, WAF, SSLi and GSLB.

"Our vision to deliver on-demand, policy-based mechanisms for dynamic L4-L7 services in a cloud environment closely aligns with the streamlined application delivery cycles of the Cisco ACI common policy framework," said Raj Jalan, CTO of A10 Networks. "By combining A10 Thunder ADC and Cisco ACI solutions, we are able to provide enterprises with rich application delivery and security capabilities in a shared infrastructure."

Cisco ACI technology provides the ability to insert Layer 4 through Layer 7 services into the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) via simplified definitions. The A10 APIC device package automates ACI service chaining and the insertion of physical, virtual, and hybrid A10 Thunder appliances. The device package has been rigorously tested by A10 Networks in Cisco ACI environments to offer rich L4-L7 network application services and templates as well as HTTP optimization services for Cisco's ACI fabric. The A10 device package uses open APIs and scripts that allow Cisco APIC to configure consistent automation and orchestration of Application Delivery Controller (ADC) services within the fabric required to deploy applications in a fast, highly secure and reliable manner.

"Rapidly evolving application paradigms and associated infrastructures require the seamless integration of application network services into today's data center fabrics," said Soni Jiandani, SVP, Marketing, Cisco. "The integration of Cisco ACI with the combined performance of A10 Networks' Thunder ADCs and ACOS operating system programmatic interfaces makes this scale and agility a reality."

http://www.a10networks.com/news/pr.php?id=1917848
http://www.cisco.com

CENX Intros Big Data Scale Lifecycle Service Orchestration

CENX released a new version of its Cortx Service Orchestrator software that harnesses network big data to provide an accurate, real-time view of service providers’ networks.

The Cortx Service Orchestrator can be used for lifecycle management of mobile backhaul, cloud data center exchange, enterprise connectivity, and machine-to-machine communications using IP VPNs, MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, Ethernet Over SONET, and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technologies. New capabilities in Cortx Service Orchestrator Release 5.1 include:


  • Expanded scalability and performance supporting the ingest and processing of terabytes of network data per day to enable big data scale visualization, analysis, and real-time alarming on millions of network paths
  • Network-oriented real-time search capability that allows hundreds of concurrent users to surf network data using intuitive features such as context-based search suggestions
  • Enhanced real-time network performance, utilization, and predictive analytics which correlate and compare disparate data sources to accurately measure and manage network capacity
  • Configurable policies for automated bandwidth upgrades through Just-In-Time Capacity Management, reducing upgrade intervals and costs while ensuring customer quality of experience
  • Ease-of-deployment and integration, for all types of network architectures and topologies, using machine learning to populate a comprehensive Service Information Model and build a complete view of network paths.  Model integrity is maintained through a continuous audit of hundreds of thousands of network entities per day.

“We have received an overwhelming response from our customers regarding the ease-of-use of our enhanced Cortx Service Orchestrator interface.  The real-time predictive search allows them to rapidly hone in on particular service names, customers, sites, or vendors just by starting to type in the search bar,” said Chris Purdy, CTO of CENX.  “We are defining the future of Service Orchestration by breaking the traditional OSS functional silo mold and providing an extensible, user-friendly platform founded on next-generation open-source technologies.”

http://www.cenx.com/

Thursday, January 22, 2015

SK Telecom and Nokia Collaborate on 5G

SK Telecom and Nokia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development and verification of 5G mobile technologies. The companies will conduct joint research on core 5G technologies such as the gigabit-level data communications and cloud-based virtualized base stations. They plan to establish a test bed at SK Telecom’s R&D Center in Bundang, Seoul.

One area of R&D will be cmWave/mmWave technology, which uses wideband spectrum resources in ultra-high frequency bands (6GHz or higher).

At the MoU signing ceremony at Nokia’s Headquarters in Finland,, the two companies announced plans to demonstrate 5G in 2018 and commercialize 5G service in 2020.

“The future of mobile telecommunications network will not only connect people, but things as well. In the end, 5G will further extend human potential through advanced telecommunications technologies,” said Hossien Moiin, Head of Technology and Innovation at Nokia. “Together with SK Telecom, Nokia will make efforts to allow diverse futuristic services to be efficiently provided through 5G technologies.”

Meanwhile, in June 2014, SK Telecom has signed an MOU with Nokia to cooperate on the development of technologies including virtualization, software-based network establishment and next-generation cloud network management, all of which are critical in developing base stations for the 5G network.

http://www.sktelecom.com/en/press/detail.do?idx=1099


  • In November 2014, Nokia and SK Telecom demonstrated base station virtualization technology (Cloud vRAN).
  • In July 2014, SK Telecom announced a 5G development pact with Ericsson.

Oracle Intros Lower Cost Virtual Compute Appliance

Oracle introduced a line of lower priced data center equipment aimed at taking on other major vendors in this sector.

"We're going to compete for that core data center business. Our appliances and engineered systems deliver the highest performance by a large margin at the lowest purchase price for the data center core. They get the job done faster, more securely and more reliably than any competitive offering available today," said Ellison. "Our customers want their data centers to be as simple and as automated as possible. With some of Oracle's engineered systems and appliances, you can pay 50 percent less, BUT you have to be willing to take TWICE the performance."

The new generation of integrated appliances include:

Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance X5: Paired with the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, the Virtual Compute Appliance serves as a complete, converged infrastructure system. Oracle calculates that compared to Cisco plus EMC, Virtual Compute Appliance is 50 percent cheaper and easier to deploy.

Oracle Database Appliance X5: Designed for distributed and branch office deployments, the Oracle Database Appliance integrates compute, storage, and software. It adds flash caching, integrated InfiniBand connectivity, increased compute cores, and increased storage to improve consolidation density by up to 4x.

Oracle Big Data Appliance X5: Delivers Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities to the enterprise at a 35 percent lower three-year total cost of ownership and with 30 percent faster deployment time than a custom-built cluster. The new appliance comes with twice the RAM and 2.25x the processor cores. Also available on Oracle Big Data Appliance is the latest version of Oracle Big Data SQL, which extends Oracle SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, enabling customers to use one fast SQL query across all their data, with no application changes.

Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5: Eliminates data loss exposure, offering faster processors and up to 30 percent expanded capacity within a single rack, enabling faster recovery, higher throughput, and improved database backup consolidation.

http://www.oracle.com

Verizon Deploys 100G in APAC Using Fujitsu and Ciena

Verizon has deployed 100G technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations and further extending 100G technology across its global network.

This deployment, which used the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, added approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800 kilometers) to the company’s extensive 100G network.  These additional miles add to the more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on Verizon’s U.S. network and 8,500 100G miles on its European network.

“Like other regions in the world, the Asia-Pacific region is seeing solid traffic growth from such drivers as cloud services, over-the-top video and unified services,” said Helen Wong, director of Asia-Pacific products for Verizon. “By deploying 100G, Verizon stays ahead of its global customers’ increasing demand for bandwidth while improving quality and increasing the efficiency of our global network.”

Verizon said traffic continues to rise due to the growing demands of data, cloud, video and mobile solutions that require increasingly agile and scalable enterprise networks. The company also cited its recent Secure Cloud Interconnect agreements with Google, Salesforce, HP, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, which are expected to fuel the demand for 100G connections between the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the U.S.

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-extends-its-100g-network-asia-pacific/


  • Verizon first deployed 100G on an ultra-long-haul optical system in the U.S. in 2011.

AT&T's UC Federation Service Connects Lync, Jabber

AT&T launched a new UC Federation service that connects across disparate unified communications (UC) systems, including Microsoft Lync and Cisco Jabber.

Key capabilities include:

  • Connect to supported UC platforms of partners, suppliers and vendors
  • Control which organizations can communicate at the company, group or user level
  • Allow communication methods (like instant messaging) and block others (such as online presence).

"Companies that try to set up UC platforms on their own can face challenges when creating scalable, secure connectivity that meets compliance and support requirements," said Vishy Gopalakrishnan, AVP Big Data and Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "UC Federation from AT&T provides tools to help overcome this challenge by removing the hassle and allowing business teams to connect easily and over a highly securely platform."

Sonus has deployed and trialed AT&T UC Federation and is in the process of a full service rollout.

AT&T said it plans to extend UC Federation beyond IM and presence to include calendar integration and video and voice capabilities later this year. Additional UC platforms may also be supported in the future.

http://www.business.att.com/enterprise/Service/unified-communications/uc-as-a-service/uc-federation

Dell'Oro: Ethernet Switch Market Expected to Exceed $25 B in 2019

The Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market is expected to exceed $25 billion in 2019, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group

“Data center switching will evolve rapidly through the rest of the decade and will drive most of the growth in the Ethernet Switch market.  Already we see these changes causing vendors to significantly increase the number of products they offer,” said Alan Weckel, Vice President of Ethernet Switch market research at Dell’Oro Group.  “Towards the end of the decade, we expect data center switching growth to be driven exclusively by the Cloud, with the enterprise market declining slowly.  The Cloud will help spur the adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) that is another key driver in the evolution from an enterprise-driven to a Cloud-dominated Ethernet Switching market.  The Cloud’s need to scale, be flexible, and differentiate are ultimately all governed by what can be achieved in software,” stated Weckel.

The Ethernet Switch 5-Year Forecast Report also indicates that 25 Gigabit Ethernet will be a major driver for growth in data center switching and will help propel 100 Gigabit Ethernet volumes, with Enterprises adopting a different class of switch to support 25 Gigabit Ethernet compared with switches used in the Cloud.  The report also indicates software will transform how Ethernet switches are consumed by customers.

http://www.delloro.com/news/ethernet-switch-market-expected-exceed-25-b-2019

Dell'Oro: Optical Packet-Transport Equipment Market to Reach $10 Billion by 2019

The demand for optical packet-transport equipment is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 14 percent until it reaches $10 billion by 2019, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.

“The previous generation of optical equipment was defined by its transport capacity,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport Market Research at Dell’Oro Group.  “However, I think the next generation will be defined by its adaptability and openness. Service providers need these types of features in order to move to a software defined network architecture or carrier SDN, as well as to enable network elasticity and operational cost savings.  The right optical network elements, starting with optical packet-transport, will help service providers to realize the benefits of carrier SDN,” added Mr. Yu.

Optical Packet-Transport systems unite optical switch functions with WDM optics, thereby enhancing WDM systems functionality beyond high capacity throughput to include bandwidth management, protection and restoration.  As equipment manufacturers add open control interfaces, optical packet-transport equipment can be an excellent network element to undertake requests from an SDN controller for network changes, service turn-up and turn-down.

http://www.delloro.com/news/optical-packet-transport-equipment-market-reach-10-billion-2019-according-delloro-group-forecast

Reports: AWS May Buy Israeli Start-up

Amazon is looking to acquire Annapurna Labs, a start-up based in Israel believed to be developing data center switching chipsets.  According to various media sources, the deal could excedd US$350 million. The company was founded in 2011 by Avigdor Willenz, who previously founded Galileo Technology. The companies have not yet commented on the reports.

http://www.annapurnalabs.com/
https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/

Verizon's IoT Business at $585 Million for '14 and Growing 45% YoY

Verizon Communications reported total Q4 2014 operating revenues of $33.2 billion, a 6.8 percent increase compared with fourth-quarter 2013. There was a loss of 54 cents per share, compared with earnings per share (EPS) of $1.76 in 4Q 2013, due to non-operational items. Full-year 2014 operating revenues were $127.1 billion, up 5.4 percent or $6.5 billion, compared with full-year 2013.

Some highlights:

  • New revenue streams from the Internet of Things and telematics totaled approximately $585 million in 2014, with an annual growth rate of more than 45 percent. The company recently launched Verizon Vehicle, a connected-vehicle service for consumers, with an addressable market of more than 200 million vehicles.
  • In 2014, cash flows from operations totaled $30.6 billion, and free cash flow (non-GAAP, cash from operations less capital expenditures) totaled $13.4 billion. Capital expenditures totaled $17.2 billion for 2014, up 3.5 percent year over year.


Wireless

  • Total revenues were $23.4 billion in fourth-quarter 2014, up 11.0 percent year over year. Service revenues in the quarter totaled $18.2 billion, up 2.8 percent year over year. Retail service revenues grew 2.6 percent year over year, to $17.4 billion.
  • Verizon Wireless full-year total revenues were $87.6 billion, an increase of 8.2 percent compared with full-year 2013 revenues of $81.0 billion.
  • Verizon Wireless added 2.1 million retail net connections, including 2.0 million retail postpaid connections, in the fourth quarter. These additions exclude acquisitions and adjustments.
  • At the end of the year, the company had 108.2 million retail connections. This includes 102.1 million retail postpaid connections, a 5.5 percent increase year over year.
  • Verizon Wireless had 35.6 million retail postpaid accounts at the end of the fourth quarter, up 1.5 percent compared with fourth-quarter 2013, and 2.87 connections per account, up 4.0 percent year over year.
  • During fourth-quarter 2014, retail postpaid device activations were up nearly 34 percent over the same period in 2013. About three-quarters of phone activations in the quarter were customer upgrades. Approximately 9.8 percent of the retail postpaid base upgraded devices, and 93 percent of these upgrades were 4G smartphones.
  • The company added a net of 672,000 postpaid phones, as 4G smartphone additions of 1.5 million were offset by net declines in basic and 3G smartphones. In terms of Internet devices, the company added 1.4 million new 4G LTE tablets.
  • At the end of 2014, smartphones accounted for 78.6 percent of the Verizon Wireless retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 70.0 percent at the end of 2013.
  • Retail postpaid churn was 1.14 percent in the fourth quarter, an increase of 14 basis points sequentially and 18 basis points year over year. Retail churn was 1.39 percent in the fourth quarter, up 10 basis points sequentially and 12 basis points year over year.


Wireline

  • Total revenues were $9.6 billion in fourth-quarter 2014, down 1.6 percent year over year. Consumer revenues were $4.0 billion, up 4.1 percent compared with fourth-quarter 2013, with FiOS revenues representing 77 percent of the total.
  • Total FiOS revenues grew 11.6 percent, to $3.3 billion, comparing fourth-quarter 2014 with fourth-quarter 2013. For the full year, FiOS revenues totaled $12.7 billion in 2014, up 13.6 percent compared with $11.2 billion in 2013.
  • Sales of strategic services to enterprise customers increased 1.5 percent, to $2.1 billion, compared with fourth-quarter 2013. Strategic services include private IP, Ethernet, data center, cloud, security and managed services.
  • In fourth-quarter 2014, Verizon added 145,000 net new FiOS Internet connections and 116,000 net new FiOS Video connections. Verizon had totals of 6.6 million FiOS Internet and 5.6 million FiOS Video connections at year-end 2014, representing year-over-year increases of 9.0 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively.
  • FiOS Internet penetration (subscribers as a percentage of potential subscribers) was 41.1 percent at the end of 2014, compared with 39.5 percent at the end of 2013. In the same periods, FiOS Video penetration was 35.8 percent, compared with 35.0 percent. The FiOS network passed more than 19.8 million premises by year-end 2014.
  • By year-end 2014, 59 percent of consumer FiOS Internet customers subscribed to FiOS Quantum, which provides speeds ranging from 50 to 500 megabits per second, up from 57 percent at the end of third-quarter 2014.
  • Broadband connections totaled 9.2 million at year-end 2014, a 2.1 percent year-over-year increase. Net broadband connections increased by 59,000 in fourth-quarter 2014 and 190,000 for the full year, as FiOS Internet net additions more than offset declines in DSL-based High Speed Internet connections.
  • In fourth-quarter 2014, Verizon migrated an additional 52,000 customers who had been using copper connections, bringing the full-year total to around 255,000. Verizon has converted more than 800,000 customers to fiber since starting this initiative in 2011.


http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-reports-high-quality-customer-additions-4q-caps-year-position-drive-continued/

Infinera Posts Q4 Revenue of $186 Million, up 34% YoY

Infinera reported revenue of $186.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $173.6 million in the third quarter of 2014 and $139.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.  GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 45.3% compared to 43.4% in the third quarter of 2014 and 40.2% in the fourth quarter of 2013. GAAP net income for the quarter was $8.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2014 and a net loss of $10.2 million, or $0.08 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Revenue for the year was $668.1 million compared to $544.1 million in 2013.

“The fourth quarter capped off an exceptional year of winning footprint, taking care of customers and increasing profitability. Growing greater than 20% for a second consecutive year demonstrates the market’s acceptance of our differentiated products and the overall Infinera experience,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera's Chief Executive Officer. “As we evolve from a single-threaded product company to an end-to-end optical solutions company, I believe Infinera is better positioned than ever to serve more customers and address more opportunities.”

http://www.infinera.com

VI Systems Intros 850nm VCSEL for 50 Gbps

VI Systems introduced a 850nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) transmitter module for multimode fiber transmission of up to 50 Gbps.

The transmitter module features a V-connector for the electrical input signal and for the optical output a 50/125 multi mode fiber which is terminated with a standard FC/PC connector.  

The V50-850M transmitter module is designed for test setups aimed at development of advanced short reach optical interconnects.

http://www.v-i-systems.com/

Orange Launches Digital Ventures

Orange is lauching an “early stage” investment program branded Orange Digital Ventures. It will  identify and fund start-ups during their initial development as well as provide the  strategic relationships needed for them to become valuable companies.


Orange said it plans to focus its investments on start-ups working on the new and next transformations of the telecoms and digital  sectors. Orange Digital Ventures will support in particular start-ups in  the fields of communication, connectivity, the cloud, payment, the  Internet of Things and big data, e-Health and security services  developing innovative solutions and technologies as well as inventing  new business models.

Orange Digital Ventures has earmarked 20 million Euros for its first  year.

http://www.orange.com/fr/innovation/une-innovation-ouverte/Orange-Digital-Ventures

Singtel Updates its Branding

Singtel adopted new branding for the first time in 16 years, marking the company's transformation from a telecom operator to a full-service multimedia and ICT services provider.

Singtel Group CEO, Ms Chua Sock Koong, said: “Generations in Singapore have grown up with Singtel. Customers see us as a trusted, reliable brand that is at the forefront of technology.  In this digital age, we recognise that customers also want things simpler, faster and delivered by people who truly care."

http://www.singtel.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blueprint: What’s Wrong with the WAN?

by Khalid Raza, CTO, Viptela

Today’s WANs are built on largely the same infrastructure as they were 10 years ago.  Back then, demands by users and applications were more predictable, resulting in more expected traffic patterns and bandwidth requirements.  And there was no cloud.  And there was no virtualization.

But things are different today.  Delay-sensitive real-time applications such as VoIP and video are now enterprise staples. Network traffic patterns are shifting due to the cloud, data center consolidation, and remote and mobile workers. Added to this are the performance burdens introduced by desktop, server, and application virtualization. The result? Network professionals are having major challenges with traditional, rigid WAN architectures that cannot meet the demands of today's traffic and applications.

What’s more, the cloud has upset the status quo in which the data center is at the hub of the network.  Today's public, private, and hybrid cloud environments are expanding the boundaries of the enterprise network. As a result, ensuring connectivity and security across an enterprise is an extremely arduous task, and rolling out a new service for WAN users in this much more complex environment can take months.

The enterprise architect’s list of priorities is long, including:

  • Delivering and managing connectivity across such disparate transport networks as MPLS, Broadband, LTE, and Metro Ethernet
  • Embedding policy and control at every hop in the network 
  • Mitigating network security vulnerabilities created by inadequate network-wide segmentation and weak encryption policies 
  • Dealing with long lead times to provisioning new applications 
  • Managing perennial performance issues related to public cloud, VDI, and bandwidth-hungry applications
WAN the New Way

Solving the aforementioned WAN challenges without added distributed complexity requires a comprehensive yet simpler approach. This is where Software-Defined WANs (SD-WANs) becomes an effective approach for the network architect. Essentially SD-WANs solve challenges related to scalability, performance, and rigidity.  And best of all the cost arbitrage between MPLS and broadband make this a compelling approach, with 50% savings right from the start. The essential building blocks of an SD-WAN are:
  • An encrypted overlay of MPLS and broadband 
  • Integrated routing and application-aware traffic steering
  • End-to-end network segmentation 
  • Centralized management of policy and control 
  • Optimization of Layer4 – Layer7 network services and cloud applications 
The end result is an enterprise network that is agile and easy to control, and that provides secure segmentation of traffic from different lines of business and business partners. A network built in this fashion enables CIOs to significantly reduce costs, dramatically improve time required to enable new services, and raise the security threshold across the network.

Apart from improved capacity on the network, some use-cases for SD-WANs include:
  • Guest Wi-Fi.  In industries such as hospitality and healthcare, where guests are granted access to the corporate network, IT needs the flexibility to establish a secure network segment that provides specific services to guests while keeping them isolated.
  • Cloud performance. In addition to increased capacity, cloud performance is determined by efficient routes to the service provider. SD-WANs enable aggregated exit points to the Internet with local peering in colo facilities, bringing down latencies by more than 50% typically. 
  • Business partners. Business partners may require access to portions of the enterprise networks, but are isolated from all sensitive content. Network-wide segmentation with centralized policies can prevent those risks.
Given today’s more complex networks, combined with the diversity of new devices accessing data on corporate networks, legacy WAN architectures are quickly becoming antiquated. Clearly, the range of benefits from a secure, high-performance WAN is immense across a wide range of applications.

About the Author


Khalid Raza is a co-founder and CTO at Viptela, a Sequoia-funded technology company focused on SD-WAN. He was a former Distinguished Engineer at Cisco and widely regarded as a visionary in Networking. In a career spanning over 20 years, Khalid has played an instrumental role in architecting the network infrastructure for Fortune 100 companies and Global Tier-1 carriers.

About Viptela

Viptela, Inc. is a software-centric networking company focused on transforming how Fortune-500 companies build and secure their end-to-end network infrastructure. Viptela improves the security, agility and performance of corporate IP networks for next-generation business applications. Viptela was founded in 2012 by a team of top-tier talent from Cisco, Juniper Networks,
Alcatel-Lucent, and VMware, who have decades of experience delivering multi-billion dollar networking products to market, and, architecting many of the largest and most complex networks in the world. Viptela is backed by Sequoia Capital and headquartered in San Jose, CA. For more information, visit: www.viptela.com

Pluribus Races Ahead in SDN with $50 Million in New Funding

Pluribus Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced $50 million in a Series D round of funding to advance its vision for unified computer, network, storage and virtualization driven by a single, open and programmable SDN platform.

Pluribus features a distributed network hypervisor operating system that converges compute, network, storage and virtualization with an open, programmable approach. The platform brings full bare-metal control and visibility into the network through Unix-style APIs. The solution is based on a distributed network operating system with hypervisor bare-metal virtualization capabilities of computing resources - CPU, memory, and storage - and merchant silicon switch chip.

Pluribus said this latest round makes it the best-funded SDN company in the industry.

The new funding was led by Temasek Holdings, an investment company based in Singapore with a net portfolio value of US$177 billion. This up-round brought the Pluribus total funding to date to US$95M million. All of the existing investors, including New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow and AME Cloud Ventures, participated in the round. Furthermore, the company added new global strategic investors, including Ericsson, as well as Newtech, a leading turnkey datacenter infrastructure provider in Asia.

“Fundamentally, the sea has changed and CIOs are turning away from endless hardware upgrade cycles to a software and network-application-centric view,” said Kumar Srikantan, president and CEO of Pluribus Networks. “With our Netvisor, we have a superior, converged SDN platform that not only provides better scale and performance, but also enables virtualization and security while driving down cost and complexity. The funding we are announcing today validates our architecture approach and the breakaway growth potential of the company.”

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com


  • Pluribus is headed by Kumar Srikantan (CEO), who was previously VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco where he was responsible for the HW engineering execution of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking portfolio.
  • Pluribus was founded in 2010 and entered general availability in March 2014.


Ravello Raises $28M for Nested Virtualization on Public Clouds

Ravello Systems, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, raised $28 million in third round funding for its nested virtualization powered cloud service.

Ravello, which was founded in 2011 by the team that created the KVM hypervisor, is working to simplify access to leading public clouds. Ravello enables enterprises to recreate their data center environments in the public cloud, with the ability to run VMware workloads, Android emulators and even entire OpenStack labs on AWS or Google Cloud. The company entered into a successful public beta in February 2013 and launched its nested virtualization powered cloud service product globally in August 2013.

The latest round brings the total capital raised to date by Ravello to $54 million. The funding round was led by Qualcomm Ventures and SanDisk Ventures. Existing and new investors - Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Vintage Investment Partners also participated in this funding round.

“There is a clear need in the market to bridge the divide between VMware oriented virtualized data centers and public clouds like AWS and Google - and nested virtualization has clearly emerged as the right technology to achieve this,” said Rami Tamir, CEO and co-founder of Ravello Systems.

http://www.ravellosystems.com/news/ravello-raises-additional-28-million