Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Xirrus XD4 Packs 4 802.11ac Radios

Xirrus introduced its Xtreme Density (XD) Wi-Fi Access Points (APs) packing four 802.11ac radios for supporting IoT and other other high-density Wi-Fi environments.

The XD platform, paired with Xirrus’XMS cloud management system, automatically chooses the best available bands and power level without IT intervention and customizes client connectivity for the best performance based on the capability of each device. The Xirrus design integrates the controller function into every AP, reducing system costs and improving overall system reliability compared to centralized controllers.

In addition, the company announced today that it is shipping TurboXpress on all Xirrus XD access points. TurboXpress allows administrators to configure every radio on the AP for high-speed 802.11ac operation, providing an instant Wi-Fi performance boost of up to 6x.

“With different devices and applications competing for bandwidth on wireless networks, one AP is not enough to maintain acceptable performance,” says Bruce Miller, Vice President of product marketing. “XD solves this problem by integrating more 802.11ac radios per AP than any solution in the market, and eliminating the central controller from the network. This combination establishes the Xirrus XD as a solution that not only performs better, but actually reduces implementation and ongoing operational costs – a win-win for everyone.”

http://www.xirrus.com/

Comcast and Lenovo Join Open Daylight Project

Comcast and Lenovo have joined The OpenDaylight Project to support the development of an open, common SDN and NFV platform to enable network automation and programmability.

“We’re seeing more end users starting to adopt OpenDaylight and participate in its development as the community sharpens its focus on stability, scalability, security and performance,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. “Comcast has been testing ODL and working with our community since launch and the team at Lenovo were heavily involved in ODL’s foundation through their roots at IBM. Our members see the long-term value of creating a rich ecosystem around open systems and OpenDaylight.”

http://www.opendaylight.org/

Verizon Cites Mobile Content Strategy for AOL Acquisition

Verizon announced plans to acquire AOL for $50 per share -- an estimated total value of approximately $4.4 billion -- for its digital content and advertising platforms.

Verizon said the deal further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy. The agreement will also support and connect to Verizon’s IoT (Internet of Things) platforms, creating a growth platform from wireless to IoT for consumers and businesses.

Lowell McAdam, Verizon chairman and CEO, said: “Verizon’s vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multiscreen network platform. This acquisition supports our strategy to provide a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers to deliver that premium customer experience.”

He added, “AOL has once again become a digital trailblazer, and we are excited at the prospect of charting a new course together in the digitally connected world. At Verizon, we’ve been strategically investing in emerging technology, including Verizon Digital Media Services and OTT, that taps into the market shift to digital content and advertising. AOL’s advertising model aligns with this approach, and the advertising platform provides a key tool for us to develop future revenue streams.”

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-acquire-aol
http://www.aol.com

Hortonworks Posts Q1 Revenue of $23 Million, up 167% YoY

In its first quarterly financial report as a public company,  Hortonworks reported Q1 revenue of $22.8 million, an increase of 167% compared to the first quarter of 2014. Total GAAP gross profit was $11.3 million, compared to gross profit of $2.6 million in the first quarter of 2014. GAAP operating loss for the first quarter totaled $40.5 million, compared to a loss of $20.3 million during the first quarter last year. Non-GAAP operating loss for the first quarter was $32.3 million, compared to a loss of $15.8 million during the same period last year.

"We are pleased with our first quarter performance which was highlighted by strong revenue growth and the addition of 105 new support subscription customer logos," said Rob Bearden, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors, Hortonworks. "This brings our support subscription customer base to over 400 and represents over 200% year-over-year growth in our customer base. Coupled with our 143% dollar-based net expansion rate over the trailing four quarters, it is becoming more evident that our land and expand strategy is leading to rapid Hadoop adoption across many enterprise organizations."

http://hortonworks.com/


Nokia Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Nokia marked its 150th anniversary since its founding in 1865 as a paper company.

"Our history is one of change: from paper to cables, rubber boots to TVs, and mobile phones to the Nokia of today. For 150 years we have embraced such change, emerging stronger as a result, and our recent Alcatel-Lucent announcement marks another such pivotal moment. We are moving forward with conviction, confidence and humility, fully focused on realizing the potential of an increasingly connected world," Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri said.

http://company.nokia.com/

Monday, May 11, 2015

IoT is Contributing to Rise in Simple Service Discovery Protocol Amplification Attacks

There has been a significant growth in Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP)-based amplification attacks, according to a recently published DDoS Threat Report from NSFocus, which specializes in enterprise-level, carrier-grade solutions for DDoS mitigation, Web security and enterprise-level network security.

The NSFOCUS report cites the rise of IoT-connected devices, such as webcams, as primary agents responsible for an increase in SSDP reflection attacks.

The report is based on statistical analysis and key observations from actual DDoS attacks that occurred during the second half of 2014. This data was collected from a mix of global enterprises, Internet service providers, regional telecom operators and Internet hosting companies.

Some key findings:

  • Any network-connected device with a public IP address and vulnerable operating system will increase the number of devices that could be used to launch SSDP–based reflection attacks. This particular type of DDoS attack was seen as the second most dominant threat, after NTP-based attacks, in 2H2014.
  • More than 30 percent of compromised SSDP attack devices were network-connected devices such as home routers and webcams. Findings also revealed that globally, more than 7 million SSDP-controlled devices could potentially be exploited.
  • While 90 percent of DDoS attacks lasted less than 30 minutes, one attack lasted 70 hours. This shorter attack strategy is being employed to improve efficiency as well as distract the attention of IT personnel away from the actual intent of an attack: deploy malware and steal data. These techniques indicate that today’s attacker continues to become smarter and more sophisticated.
  • Online retailers, media and gaming remain top targets: As retailers, entertainment and gaming companies increasingly employ online environments, consumers demand the highest level of quality of service. By slowing down or flooding these servers, attackers look to take advantage of online businesses through a variety of means, including blackmail, unfair business competition or asset theft.

"We are watching the evolution of attack technologies that amount to nothing less than 'bullying' (flood attacks) and 'leveraging' (resource exhaustion) tactics that enhance the impact by exploiting network bandwidth. To counteract these assaults, organizations must look to traffic- cleaning devices in conjunction with other security protocols," stated Yonggang Han, COO of NSFOCUS.

http://www.nsfocus.com

Pica8 Runs on White Box Switches Powered by Broadcom's Tomahawk

Pica8 announced support for white box switches powered by Broadcom’s latest chipset, Tomahawk, which enables line rate 100G Ethernet, as well as support for 25G and 50G Ethernet.

To support Tomahawk, Pica8 has ported its network operating system, PicOS, to Inventec’s DCS Series 1-RU top of rack switch, which comes with 32x100G QSFP28 ports. Pica8 said it has limited samples of Inventec’s Tomahawk platform available for testing.

“Our go-to-market model is through hardware ecosystem partners, giving customers and integrators choice in which platform they use,” said Olivier Vautrin, head of product management for Pica8, “We are excited to support 100G on Inventec’s DCS Switch platform. We see demand for 100G now and believe white boxes will continue to take significant share in the coming months.”

“Inventec’s partnership with Pica8 and the porting of PicOS to the DCS7032Q28 is a testament of how open solutions are changing the face of networking technology,” said Alex Johnstone, Product Line Manager, Inventec Network Infrastructure Design Center. “Customers can now leverage the world-class design, distribution and support capabilities of Inventec coupled with an advanced-technology, feature-rich operating system from Pica8. The net result is a high-value and economically efficient solution for our customer’s complex business challenges.”

“We are currently experiencing high demand in a faster alternatives for 10 GbE interfaces, especially for so called Software Defined Storage, and we want to move to a white box model for our data center to create the operational flexibility we have on our server side,” said Oleg Alekseenko, CIO of CloudDC. “Being able to leverage an industry-standard CLI minimizes integration risk, and having Linux for DevOps automation gives us the best of both worlds. In a world where dumb white boxes rule the network, the choice of software for your switches is very important. It's not all about reducing costs; it's also about getting technical and strategic business advantages.”

http://www.pica8.com

In September 2014, Broadcom introduced its next-generation, StrataXGS "Tomahawk" switch, packing 2 Tbps of switching performance in a single chip that is capable of supporting 32 ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 64 ports of 40GE/50GE or 128 ports of 25GE. The new chip, which represents the 7th generation of Broadcom Ethernet switching silicon, is designed for the programmable fabrics needed in next-gen, cloud-scale data centers. The StrataXGS Tomahawk Series is powered by more than 7 billion integrated transistors in 28nm. It supports new 25GE and 50GE protocol standards, and is the first chip to scale to 32-ports of 100G on a single device.

Significantly, Tomahawk implements Broadcom's FLEXGS and Smart-Flow technology, enabling the switch to be software configured for specific policies while preserving deterministic latency. The new design brings a 12X increase in application policy scale compared to previous generation switches, along with increased flexibility of packet lookups and key generation, and rich load balancing and traffic redirection controls. 

StrataXGS Tomahawk Key Features
  • 3.2 Tbps multilayer Ethernet switching
  • Integrated low-power 25Ghz SERDES
  • Authoritative support for 25G and 50G Ethernet Consortium specification
  • Configurable pipeline latency enabling sub 400ns port-to-port operation
  • Supports high performance storage/RDMA protocols including RoCE and RoCEv2
  • BroadView instrumentation: provides switch- and network-level telemetry
  • High-density FleXGS flow processing for configurable forwarding/match/action capabilities
  • OpenFlow 1.3+ support using Broadcom OF-DPA
  • Comprehensive overlay  and tunneling support including VXLAN, NVGRE, MPLS, SPB
  • Flexible policy enforcement for existing and new virtualization protocols
  • Enhanced Smart-Hash™ load balancing modes for leaf-spine congestion avoidance
  • Integrated Smart-Buffer™ technology with 5X greater performance versus static buffering
  • Single-chip and multi-chip HiGig™ solutions for top-of-rack and scalable chassis applications

IBM Rolls out new Bluemix Cloud Capabilities

IBM rolled out a number of new services on its Bluemix cloud development platform.

Bluemix, which was IBM launched last year as part of a $1 billion investment to boost its cloud activities, now has over 100 services in its catalog for developers. Bluemix enables developers to mix and match different services and tools that best fit their strategy.

The new tools include:

  • Bluemix API Management allows developers to rapidly create, deploy, and share large scale APIs and provides a simple and consumable way of controlling critical APIs not possible with simpler connector services.
  • New mobile capabilities available on Bluemix for the IBM MobileFirst Platform, which provide the ability to develop location-based mobile apps that connect insights from digital engagement and physical presence. 
  • Public availability of the .NET Runtime (preview) in IBM Bluemix and open sourcing of .NET Buildpack that grants developers in any Cloud Foundry based environment the ability to leverage Microsoft's development capabilities, making it easier to integrate multiple cloud workloads.
  • Namara.io platform by ThinkData Works aggregates and catalogues available open data into a single portal, providing businesses, developers, and citizens with API access to high value information.
  • Cupenya Insights provides an analytics foundation that allows developers to connect and monitor business activities across several Bluemix applications, define key performance indicators and receive performance overview of the entire business process or supply chain.
  • flowthings.io by Flow Corporation collects real-time data and provides complex event processing, and data delivery that makes it easier to integrate applications with almost any software or device in the Internet of Things space.
  • Reappt from Push Technology delivers data at unmatched scale and speed over the Internet to give your apps a performance edge.

IBM also announced support for the expansion of independent Cloud Foundry Dojos.  The company is establishing the first IBM Cloud Foundry Dojo in Raleigh, NC. The IBM Cloud Foundry Dojo will be a physical place open to all developers where IBM will help accelerate skills on the Cloud Foundry Code base and mentor developers to dramatically increase the number of code committers to Cloud Foundry.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/46810.wss

Infonetics: Market for 100G Data Center Transceivers is Accelerating

Revenue from 10-, 40- and 100-Gigabit optical transceivers sold into the enterprise and data center markets grew 21 percent in 2014 to $1.4 billion, almost entirely due to increased 40G QSFP (quad small form factor pluggable) spending, according to a new report from Infonetics.

“40G transceivers are ramping up hard as data centers deploy 40GbE, particularly as a high-density 10G interface via breakout cables. 40G QSFP demand growth over single-mode fiber is primarily a result of large shipments to internet content providers Microsoft and Google,” said Andrew Schmitt, research director for carrier transport networking at IHS Infonetics.

“The market for 100G data center optics is accelerating, but it has yet to be turbocharged by widespread data center deployment in the way 40G QSFP optics have. This will change dramatically in 2016 as cheap 100G silicon reaches production and QSFP28 shipments surge as a result,” Schmitt said. “Next year is going to be huge for 100GbE.”

IHS Infonetics’ biannual 10G/40G/100G Data Center Optics market size and forecast report tracks in granular detail optical transceivers, or short reach optics, by speed, reach, wavelength and form factor. Some highlights:

Data center transceivers account for 65 percent of the overall (telecom and datacom) 10G/40G/100G optical transceiver market
Total 40G transceiver revenue grew 81 percent in the second half of 2014 (2H14) over the same period a year ago (2H13)
10G shipments in the data center continue to grow at healthy rates, but are being impacted by growth of 40G interfaces used as high-density 10G interfaces
Meanwhile, worldwide revenue for client 10G modules was flat on a year-over year basis in 2014
IHS Infonetics expects the datacom optical transceiver market to grow to over $2.1 billion by 2019.

http://www.infonetics.com

Hibernia Cites Progress with Trans-Atlantic Express Cable

Three ships are now in the water laying Hibernia Networks' new, high-capacity, Trans-Atlantic Express Cable. The company announced that the Express cable project is on schedule to launch commercial services in September 2015.

Hibernia Express utilizes a 6-fiber-pair submarine cable, with a portion of the fibers optimized for lowest latency and a portion optimized for 100X100 Gpbs design capacity. The total cross-sectional design capacity of the cable will be over 53 Tbps. Hibernia Express will initially launch with 100 Gbps transmission capacity using TE SubCom’s C100 SLTE platform.

Hibernia Express follows the most direct route between the UK and North America, promising to reduce latency by at least 5 milliseconds over existing cables.

“Having the cable laying ships in the Atlantic is a huge milestone for Hibernia Express,” said Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO of Hibernia Networks. “This historic cable build has been a long time coming, and included arduous planning, financing, land and sea surveying and cable manufacturing. The process has required the hard work and determination of our entire team here at Hibernia Networks, the support of our investors and customers, and our top partners like TE SubCom, to allow us to see this project through to fruition. In a few short months, Hibernia Express will be ready for service and collectively, we will make history for deploying the highest capacity, lowest-latency trans-Atlantic cable connecting North America and the UK. We are excited and proud, not just for Hibernia Networks, but for the much-needed, fast and high-performance capacity we can bring to communications networks around the world.”

http://www.hibernianetworks.com

Microchip to Acquire Micrel for $744 Million

Microchip Technology, which supplies microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, agreed to acquire Micrel for $14.00 per share, representing a total equity value of about $839 million, and a total enterprise value of about $744 million.

Micrel, which is based in San Jose, California, is a leading manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide high-performance analog and high-speed mixed signal, LAN and timing and communications solutions markets. Its products include high performance analog, power, advanced mixed-signal and radio frequency semiconductors; high speed communication, clock management, and LAN solutions including Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver integrated circuits. These products address a wide range of rapidly growing end markets including cellular handsets, portable and enterprise computing, enterprise and home networking, wide area and metropolitan area networks and industrial equipment. Micrel was founded in 1978 and has been profitable in 33 of its 34 years of its existence. The Company has consistently generated positive cash flows since going public in 1994.

"We are pleased to have Micrel become part of the Microchip team. Micrel's portfolio of Linear and Power Management products, LAN solutions and Timing and Communications products, as well as their strong position in the Industrial, Automotive and Communications markets, complement many of Microchip's initiatives in these areas.  We believe that combining Micrel's business with Microchip's business will enable significant synergies and cross selling opportunities," said Steve Sanghi, President and CEO of Microchip Technology.  "Ray Zinn founded Micrel and has led the company for the last 37 years.  I want to thank Ray for his vision in guiding Micrel from a start-up to almost a quarter billion dollars in annual sales," added Mr. Sanghi.

"We are excited to join Microchip Technology, a premier company in the semiconductor industry. Microchip has demonstrated consistent profitability, technology leadership and growth in its core businesses.  We believe that this acquisition provides the best vehicle for us to realize significant value for Micrel's shareholders and is a fantastic outcome for our employees and customers, as well as the opportunity to scale up to the much stronger sales and manufacturing platforms of Microchip," said Ray Zinn, President and CEO of Micrel.

http://www.microchip.com/

OTEGLOBE Expands with Infinera DTN-X platform

OTEGLOBE, a leading international telecommunications carrier in Southeastern Europe and member of OTE Group, is expanding its European backbone network with the Infinera DTN-X platform. The carrier recently signed an agreement to land a new international submarine cable system, named AAE-1, at its international landing station at Chania, Crete, aimed to transform Greece into a major European Internet gateway to the Middle East and North Africa regions and beyond.

“Our goal is to become the alternative hub in the Mediterranean for the continuously increasing Europe to Asia transit traffic,” said Mr. Andreou, OTEGLOBE’s CEO. “To address this increasing demand, we deployed Infinera's solution which enables us to enhance the scalability of our backbone with one solution from the Mediterranean to the core of Europe.”

“We are pleased to continue to upgrade OTEGLOBE's network,” said Chris Champion, senior vice president, EMEA at Infinera. “With the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, OTEGLOBE has doubled network capacity and provided increased capacity to its customers at the optical layer. This is a direct result of the deployment of super-channel FlexROADM technology unique to Infinera.”

http://www.oteglobe.gr/
http://www.infinera.com

Sierra Wireless to Acquire Accel for LTE Aggregation Service

Sierra Wireless, which offers 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, has agreed to acquire Accel Networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.  The deal is expected to close in June 2015.

Accel Networks provides primary and back-up connectivity services to more than 300 enterprise customers in sectors such as retail, finance, security, energy, and hospitality. The company delivers an end-to-end solution – integrating 4G LTE gateways and the iMaestro antenna, with cloud-based radio frequency link optimization and remote management. Accel Networks was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Florida, with its primary operations center located in Georgia. The company currently employs 28 full time staff.

“Since founding the company in 2002, we have been successful in building a strong customer base by developing solutions that overcome the challenges of utilizing cellular for mission-critical networking and by delivering robust indoor connectivity in a highly cost-effective manner,” said Mark Gianinni, co-founder and CEO of Accel Networks. “Looking forward, we are excited to join Sierra Wireless to further expand our offering and accelerate our growth.”

http://www.accel-networks.com/

Kenya's Safaricom Awards Upgrade Contract to Ericsson

Safaricom, Kenya's largest mobile operator, has awarded a multi-year contract to Ericssion to support the upgrade and expansion of its converged mobile network infrastructure. Ericsson will deploy Wi-Fi for the first time on the Safaricom network as well as expand and enhance its MINI-LINK microwave transmission network.

The upgrade includes the Ericsson SSR 8000 family, which will provide Safaricom with a highly scalable, consolidated platform for both fixed and mobile services for IP/MPLS routing. Ericsson's microwave transmission includes MINI-LINK TN, LH and PT, which support capacity growth and the use of new frequency bands such as V and E bands. It transports voice and data traffic from the radio access to the core network, enhancing the capacity of the mobile transmission network to cope with increased traffic in the radio network. The Wi-Fi solution, comprised of Ericsson Wi-Fi Access Points and Ericsson Wi-Fi Manager (Ericsson's Wi-Fi Network Management software solution), will complement the data services provided by the existing 3G network and ease the load on the 3G resources through traffic offload to Wi-Fi in selected areas. In addition, the Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) based on SSR 8010 is deployed by the service provider as the first aggregation point in the Carrier Grade Wi-Fi network.

http://www.ericsson.com

Sunday, May 10, 2015

DISA Approves 23 Commercial Cloud Services

The Defense Information Systems Agency has approved 23 cloud services to host Department of Defense (DoD) mission data up to Impact Level 2 in a cloud environment.

DoD defines impact levels based on the sensitivity and risk associated with the data, which was used to establish the minimum protection and controls required. There are four impact levels: 2, 4, 5 and 6, with mandated protections increasing with each successive level. Impact Level 6 is for data classified as Secret.

Impact Level 2 is for Non-Controlled Unclassified Information which includes all data cleared for public release, as well as some DoD private unclassified information not designated as CUI or critical mission data, but the information requires some minimal level of access control.

Cloud service offerings that were granted DoD PAs:

  • AINS eCase. Service Model: Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). FedRAMP Agency ATO by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Akamai Content Delivery Services.  Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). FedRAMP JAB PA
  • Amazon Redshift. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). FedRAMP Agency ATO by Department of Health and Human Services
  • AT&T Storage as a Service (STaaS).  Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) . FedRAMP JAB PA
  • Autonomic Resources Cloud Platform (ARC-P). Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) . FedRAMP JAB PA
  • Clear Government Solutions FedGRID Government Community Cloud. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) . FedRAMP JAB PA
  • Concurrent Technologies Corporation Unclassified Remote Hosted Desktops (URHD). Service Model: Software as a Service (SaaS) . FedRAMP JAB PA
  • Economic Systems Federal Human Resources Navigator (FHR Navigator).  Service Model: Software as a Service (SaaS) . FedRAMP JAB PA
  • Edge Hosting CloudPlus – Managed Cloud for Secure Windows and Linux Application Hosting. Service Model: Platform as a Services (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). FedRAMP Agency ATO by Department of Labor
  • IBM SmartCloud for Government. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) . FedRAMP JAB PA
  • Lockheed Martin SolaS-I Government Community Cloud. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) . FedRAMP JAB PA
  • MicroPact Product Suite. Service Model: Platform as a Service (PaaS). FedRAMP Agency ATO by Department of the Interior
  • Microsoft Office 365 Multi-Tenant & Supporting Services Including Azure Active Directory. Service Model: Software as a Service (SaaS). FedRAMP Agency ATO by Department of Health and Human Services
  • Microsoft Windows Azure Public Cloud Solution. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) . FedRAMP JAB PA
  • OMB MAX General Support Services. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). FedRAMP Agency ATO by Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • OMB MAX.gov Shared Services. Service Model: Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). FedRAMP Agency ATO by Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • Oracle Federal Managed Cloud Services. Service Model: Platform as a Service (PaaS) . FedRAMP JAB PA
  • Oracle Service Cloud. Service Model: SaaS. FedRAMP JAB PA
  • Salesforce Government Cloud. Service Model: Platform as a Service and Software as a Service (SaaS). FedRAMP Agency ATO by Department of Health and Human Services
  • SecureKey Briidge.net ExchangeT for Connect.Gov. Service Model: Software as a Service (SaaS) . FedRAMP JAB PA
  • US Treasury Workplace.gov Community Cloud. Service Model: PaaS, SaaS. FedRAMP Agency ATO by Department of the Treasury
  • USDA National Information Technology Center. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  FedRAMP Agency ATO by United States Department of Agriculture
  • Verizon Enterprise Cloud Federal Edition. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by Department of Health and Human Services

http://www.disa.mil/News/PressResources/2015/Commercial-Cloud-Service
https://www.fedramp.gov/marketplace/compliant-systems

What's Next for NFV? One Minute Responses from Layer123's NFV World Congress

Filmed at Layer 123's NFV World Congress in San Jose, California


Intel's Renu Navale

Ericsson's Anders Olin


Nokia's Jane Rygaard
Cyan's Steve West

F5's Peter Margaris


Tech Mahindra's Manish Singh

Metaswitch's Martin Taylor

Juniper's Wayne Cheung

Napatech's Dan Joe Barry



6Winds's Eric Carm├Ęs



Facebook Achieves Power Efficiency with Cold Storage

Facebook is now operating modified Open Rack designs in its Cold Storage data center facility in Prineville, Oregon, which preserves the billions of photos shared by its users.

The modified Open Rack architecture packs 2 PB storage (using 4 TB drives).  Facebook has achieved one-quarter the power usage of conventional storage servers, according to the company's engineering blog. Because this facility is used for cold storage rather than live streaming, Facebook was able to remove all redundant electrical systems, including all uninterruptible power supplies (DCUPS) and power generators.

In  addition, rather than storing multiple copies of the data in different hardware failure domains, Facebook is now implementing a Reed Solomon Redundancy technique to store fewer than two copies of the same data but still protect against loss should a hardware failure occur.  The technique involves cutting the data up into small pieces and using Reed-Solomon error correction codes to generate additional sets of blocks for file reconstruction.

Facebook's blog posting notes that its two cold storage data facilities are now protecting hundreds of petabytes of data.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1433093613662262/-under-the-hood-facebook-s-cold-storage-system-/

Linksys Releases 802.11ac Router with MU-MIMO

Linksys introduced its Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router (EA8500) -- the first MU-MIMO enabled 802.11ac router.  The new Linksys router leverages the 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output) technology, which helps ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to all the devices in the home.  The company says the experience is as if multiple devices have their own dedicated router.

The Linksys EA8500 router incorporates Qualcomm MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology+, which helps to provide up to 3x faster speeds compared to current Wi-Fi. The combined 2.53 Gbps Wi-Fi speeds (up to 1733 Mbps for 5 GHz and 800 Mbps for 2.4 GHz‡) help minimize buffering and enable faster downloads. It features a 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU and four Gigabit ports. Users can attach devices to the USB 3.0 port and a combo USB 2.0/eSATA port for uninterrupted personal cloud content streaming or to share data across their network. The four removable external antennas are adjustable for maximum coverage, while beamforming technology concentrates the Wi-Fi signal to each device for stronger, better performance and increased mobile speed and range.

“MU-MIMO technology revolutionizes the wireless experience in the home,” said Mike Chen, vice president of product management, Linksys. “The average home has more than 8 devices connecting to the Internet, and they’re not used for just sending emails and tweets. We’re streaming movies and TV shows in high definition, we’re video chatting with our friends and family, and we’re playing video games against competitors around the globe, all on different devices and often at the same time. To have dedicated bandwidth for their devices simultaneously will enhance the users’ experience so they won’t see that buffering icon when streaming a movie or listening to choppy music or worse, playing games with lag. We are so confident in the experience that MU-MIMO provides that we will be expanding our product line in the future to include more MU-MIMO routers.”

http://www.linksys.com

Ericsson Sues Apple in Germany, UK, the Netherlands

Ericsson has filed new lawsuits against Apple in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The suits refer to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards, as well as other technology that is not standardized, but is related, such as the design of semiconductor components and non-cellular wireless communications.

Ericsson says it has attempted to reach a licensing agreement with Apple for more than two years to no avail.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1920053

Nokia Expands Partnership with Check Point

Nokia Networks is expanding its partnership with Check Point Software Technologies to offer certification and integration with the Nokia Networks telco cloud security solution.

Nokia Networks offers a 3-part solution:

  • Nokia Cloud Security Director, launched at Mobile World Congress 2015, enables operators to automatically deploy security policies and functions in cloud and hybrid networks. This greatly reduces effort and cost compared to manual methods, and mitigates the risk of losing revenue from security breaches. Compliant with forthcoming ETSI NFV security standards, Cloud Security Director allows operators to meet local regulations cost-effectively.
  • Cloud perimeter firewalls and management systems from leading vendors can be integrated with the Nokia Networks telco cloud security solution, with the Check Point firewall being the first to be certified. This approach is part of the Nokia Networks partnering strategy for business growth.
  • Nokia cloud wise services support operators from analysis of cloud strategy, to architectural design and implementation of full telco cloud security. The implementation phase provides secure migration alongside a hardening procedure for the hypervisor and overall telco cloud infrastructure.

"As operators migrate to the telco cloud, a new approach is needed to address the corresponding security threats. Our strategy is to provide operators with the industry’s most secure solutions. To achieve that, we combine our mobile network and security portfolio and know-how with the expertise of the leading security vendors.”

http://www.nokia.com