Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blueprint: Data Management Challenges with Continuously Streaming Telemetry

by Ravi Mayuram, Senior Vice President of Products and Engineering at Couchbase

As the Internet of Things continues to take shape, millions of connected devices collect and share remote sensor data that organizations use to understand and improve business efficiencies. The process of collecting this remote sensor data – which can be anything from movement to temperature to power status and more – is known as telemetry and it presents a unique challenge for organizations. As a technology, telemetry has been around for decades, but with the rise of the Internet of Things, the characteristics (speed, volume, etc.) of telemetry data have changed significantly. Whether it’s the utility industry leveraging new smart meters to improve the reliability and efficiency of smart grids in real-time, or the airline industry to monitoring all aspects of a jet engine in motion, or blind spot detection in cars, telemetry has become a primary source of Big Data and Big Data requires new capabilities in order to catalog, interpret, and derive value from the data collected.

As a result, most industries that rely on telemetry are implementing new database technologies that have the ability to capture and analyze the vast amounts of incoming real-time data in a millisecond range. These continuous streams of bite-sized data require high-performance databases that can sustain very high throughput, maintain very low latency, and store semi-structured data in a useful and easy-to-understand format.

Challenges of Managing Continuously Streaming Telemetry Data - The Three Vs: Volume, Velocity and Variety 

The biggest challenge for managing streams of telemetry data is being able to keep up with the demands of “Big Data” (as the unprecedented volume of data generated today is called). Big Data has three primary characteristics; its volume (there is an awful lot of it), its velocity (how fast this volume is generated) and its variety (the very different types of data that are generated). All three of these create unique challenges for next-generation databases.

Velocity
First, consider the performance needed to keep up with the speed with which data is generated in a true Big Data implementation. A single sensor can generate hundreds of readings per second. Your average jet engine may have as many as 250 sensors operating simultaneously. As a result, a single component of a machine can generate hundreds of thousands of readings at the same time. All of the machines within a single oil rig can generate millions, if not tens of millions, of readings per second and a machine cannot wait seconds, or even milliseconds, for a data point to be collected because it is continuously producing new data.

Volume
Scalability is a byproduct of the amount of infrastructure required to handle the volume of data generated by a Big Data implementation. It does not take long to accumulate massive volumes of data when generating millions of data points per second. Enterprises now store much, much more data than they used to because the most complete data set enables early detection of trends as well as deeper insights.

Variety
As the type or variety of data continues to expand, organizations find they require a flexible data model. For example, when a new sensor is added to a machine or firmware is upgraded (which can be often, depending on the application), the data model changes, as there is new information being captured by this new sensor. Modern NoSQL databases which support flexible schemas take this change in stride and adapt to this new data model in real-time – no upgrade outages. The ability for a database to incorporate a variety of sensor data (new and updated) without having to change application code or relational schemas is what enables these more modern systems to make applications as agile as they are.

NoSQL and Real-Time Database Systems 

As a result of these characteristics for today’s telemetry, more and more organizations are turning to NoSQL databases. These next-generation solutions deliver the performance and scale capable of meeting the challenges of today’s telemetry streams. These systems also deliver significant developer agility, a requisite for today’s telemetry applications. Telemetry data is semi-structured, making it difficult to force into the highly structured format of a relational database. In contrast, instead of rows and columns used in other models, NoSQL data is stored in JSON documents. JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a lightweight, developer-friendly, data-interchange format that is easy to parse and generate. The database is schema-less and thus the data model is flexible, fast to read and write, and easy to scale across commodity servers. This is the ideal format for telemetry data.

The native distributed nature of NoSQL technology is another advantage when massive amounts of data are being stored and accessed. Data is spread across multiple processing nodes and often across multiple servers. As a result, NoSQL databases are referred to as horizontally scalable systems. What this means is that if you find that you need more database capacity you don’t have to buy a more powerful hardware system, you simply add one more server (commodity class hardware will do) to your database server farm, adding additional servers as needed. You can do this based on the immediate need without needing to plan too much in advance and procure sophisticated hardware. This real-time ability to elastically scale this system is a distinct advantage to agile business who cannot predict the data (business) growth a priori.

NoSQL solutions are also ideal for the kind of analysis required by Hadoop-based machine learning, a critical form of advanced analytics that’s capable of identifying deep insights from Big Data sources like telemetry. NoSQL databases provide the best of both worlds when it comes to analytics, since NoSQL enables organizations to reap the benefits of real-time analysis while simultaneously feeding the company’s Hadoop platform the data it needs for deeper, offline analysis.

A high performance, distributed NoSQL database can store raw and/or processed data from stream processors; it can further process the data by sorting, filtering, and aggregating it; and it enables external applications to access raw and processed data via live dashboards for real-time monitoring and visualization. For real-time analysis, sensor data can be ingested as messages for a stream processor to analyze in real-time. The analysis can be written to a NoSQL database for display by live dashboards so enterprises can take immediate action. At the same time the stream processor writes the analysis to the NoSQL database, it continues to write raw sensor data to Hadoop for offline analysis. This allows enterprises to combine real-time analytics and data access with offline analytics to improve both short-term and long-term operations.

Conclusion

Continuously streaming telemetry data has the potential to transform industries from healthcare, to energy, to transportation. But in order to maximize its potential, we need the right Big Data architecture in place. The combination of NoSQL and Hadoop gives organizations a modern data architecture that can continuously analyze streaming data, make smart decisions in milliseconds, and intelligently evolve system behavior to respond to events happening in real-time.

About the Author
Ravi Mayuram is the Senior Vice President of Products and Engineering at Couchbase. He leads product development and delivery of the company’s NoSQL offerings. He was previously with Oracle where he was a senior director of engineering leading innovations in the areas of recommender systems and social graph, search and analytics, and lightweight client frameworks. He was also responsible for kickstarting the cloud collaboration platform. Ravi has also held senior technical and management positions at BEA, Siebel, Informix and HP in addition to couple of startups including BroadBand office, a Kleiner Perkins funded venture. Ravi holds a MS in Mathematics from University of Delhi.

About Couchbase
Couchbase delivers the world’s highest performing NoSQL distributed database platform. Developers around the world use the Couchbase platform to build enterprise web, mobile, and IoT applications that support massive data volumes in real time. All Couchbase products are open source projects. Couchbase customers include industry leaders like AOL, AT&T, Bally’s, Beats Music, BSkyB, Cisco, Comcast, Concur, Disney, eBay, Intuit, KDDI, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Orbitz, PayPal, Rakuten / Viber, Ryanair, Tencent, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Willis Group, as well as hundreds of other household names. Couchbase investors include Accel Partners, Adams Street Partners, Ignition Partners, Mayfield Fund, North Bridge Venture Partners, and West Summit. www.couchbase.com


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Advantech: Faster Development with a Deep NFV Ecosystem

Advantech is building a deep ecosystem for accelerating the rollout of NFV infrastructure. In this video, Paul Stevens introduces the Advantech ecosystem, Renu Navale discusses participation in Intel's Network Builders community , Kelly LeBlanc discusses 6Wind's high-performance virtual accelerator technology, and Charlie Ashton presents the Wind River Titanium Server NFV infrastructure solution.

See video: https://youtu.be/HifjkJLLO-s


Cisco Sees Strength in Data Centers and Cloud, SP Business Remains Challenged

Cisco reported third quarter revenue of $12.1 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.4 billion or $0.47 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.8 billion or $0.54 per share. Overall revenue was up 5.1% compared to the same period a year ago.

"Cisco is in a very strong position and we delivered another solid quarter. Our vision and strategy are working and we are executing very well in a tough environment, as evidenced in our revenue growth, profitability, strong gross margins and cash generation. Our customers feel the pace of change and disruption in every industry and market, and know their success depends on digitizing their business. Whether they are the disruptor or the incumbent, they are coming to Cisco as their strategic partner. We believe we are pulling away from our competition using the same formula we've always used: integrating our industry-leading products in every category into architectures and solutions that deliver real outcomes. We've created this opportunity and it is ours to execute," stated John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO.

"I am extremely honored and proud to have led Cisco for the last 20 years and to get us to this positive inflection point. We have a tremendous opportunity to extend our lead in the industry, and with Chuck Robbins as the CEO for Cisco's next chapter, we have exactly the right leader to capture that opportunity. I could not be more confident in our future."

Some highlights:

  • U.S. Public sector growth of 10%
  • Service Provider business remains "challenged". Orders declined 7% globally and 17% in the U.S.
  • Nexus 3K and 9K sales were up 144% y/y. Cisco now has 2,650 Nexus 9K and ACI customers, as well as over 580 APIC controller customers
  • Nexus 9K + APIC orders were up 27% q/q, and Cisco expects growth to continue in Q4
  • Data center revenues were up 21% y/y with UCS now on an over $3 billion run rate and over 43,800 customers
  • NGN Routing was up 4% y/y
  • Gross margins remain solid in switching
  • Wireless was up 9% y/y/ and Meraki was up 92% y/y
  • Security was up 14% y/y
  • Collaboration was up 7% y/y
  • There were over 15 million users of Webex
  • Returned $2.1 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends

http://investor.cisco.com/investor-relations/news-and-events/news/news-details/2015/Cisco-Reports-Third-Quarter-Earnings/default.aspx

Citrix Workspace Cloud Aims for On-Demand IT

Citrix is launching a new cloud platform designed to simplify the on-demand delivery of a wide range of IT tools and services.

The Citrix Workspace Cloud creates a new control plane that merges the on-premises and cloud, allowing IT managers to create secure, mobile workspaces that include desktops, applications and data from whatever infrastructure source best meets their specific needs.

Citrix said its cloud-based management platform provides customers the flexibility to choose which clouds or datacenter resources fit their needs best, then select the applications, data, files and features that work best for each specific organization and each person. Partners add value by architecting and designing customized, personalized workspaces uniquely suited to meet their customers’ business requirements.

“Citrix Workspace Cloud is the future of on-demand IT. People want access to all their apps and data, and this no longer equates to a desktop. Citrix has created the fastest and easiest way to deploy new resources, simplified infrastructure management, and provided freedom of choice in selecting the right hosting and delivery model. Today, we are excited to offer this test drive to our partners and customers so they can see how Citrix Workspace Cloud supports their business and on-demand IT strategies.”

http://www.citrix.com/products/workspace-cloud/overview.html

CenturyLink Opens Hydro-electric-powered Data Center

CenturyLink inaugurated a new data center in central Washington, adding hydro-electric-powered data center services to its hybrid IT services portfolio.

The data center, located in Moses Lake, Washington, will ultimately support up to 30 megawatts of IT load on the site, with an initial ramp to 8 megawatts. It offers data center and network services, and includes access to cloud, colocation and managed services available through CenturyLink's global data center footprint. The site also has a seismic rating of 2B, the lowest rating in the western United States, making it a key location for disaster recovery solutions.

"CenturyLink's new low-cost power data center services provide many benefits to our customers, including a highly resilient solution coupled with power costs and efficiency metrics that rank among the best in the industry, and the facility serves as an excellent disaster recovery location," said David Meredith, senior vice president, CenturyLink. "Enterprises enjoy global access to CenturyLink's portfolio of cloud and managed hybrid IT services, and we continue to extend the reach of our data center footprint to new markets to meet from the needs of our customers."

The property is owned by Server Farm Realty and leased to CenturyLink.

http://news.centurylink.com/news/centurylink-adds-hydro-electric-powered-data-center-services-in-central-washington

VeloCloud Exceeds ONUG Testing for Software-Defined WANs

VeloCloud Networks, a cloud-delivered SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) company, has exceeded all Open Networking User Group (ONUG) SD-WAN tests. ONUG is a user-driven community of IT executives focused on open networking solutions. Its board includes IT leaders from Bank of America, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap Inc., JPMorgan Chase, the Lippis Report, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Symantec and UBS. An ONUG meeting is underway this week in New York.

VeloCloud said the extensive ONUG testing process, which lasted three months, aim to provide proof of concepts, feature validation and demonstrations to ensure that the networking solutions in the network overlays, SD-WAN and network services virtualization areas deliver on the top 10 requirements developed by the ONUG Working Groups. The testing was conducted by Ixia, in conjunction with ONUG.


“Our success in ONUG’s landmark Top Ten requirements testing for SD-WAN is an important milestone demonstrating VeloCloud’s SD-WAN solution alignment with the needs of enterprises,” said Sanjay Uppal, CEO and co-founder of VeloCloud. “As the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN leader, we are committed to working closely with ONUG and the IT community to accelerate the adoption of secure and innovative technologies that dramatically improve the economics, performance and security of enterprise applications.”

“These tests underscore our commitment to the ONUG community of IT executives and vendors to validate product features that meet IT business leader requirements for enterprise cloud infrastructure,” said Nick Lippis, chairman and co-founder of ONUG. “We are confident that this testing effort with companies such as VeloCloud will assist in moving the open infrastructure industry from technology curiosity to operations.”

http://opennetworkingusergroup.com/spring-2015-downloads
http://www.velocloud.com

Alcatel-Lucent Extends Reach of Unrepeatered 100G Subsea Links

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks has extended the reach of unrepeatered cable systems at 100 Gbps to more than 610 kilometers using the same fiber for both signal and amplifier transmission.

The company said this advancement will lead to significant improvements to cable system efficiency, creating benefits for operators in terms of total cost of network ownership. Mainly driven by connectivity needs, unrepeatered undersea cable projects consist in the construction of cable systems for distances currently up to 500km without using repeaters to amplify the signal. Built to offer additional capacity and/or complement terrestrial networks to gain resiliency, they can offer a design capacity of 25 Tbit/s depending on the system configuration.

Olivier Gautheron, Chief Technology Officer of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said: “Operators’ infrastructures continue to be challenged by the demands of traffic arising from  broadband services and content delivery. ASN’s breakthrough further demonstrates the application of our own innovation to extend the reach of unrepeatered submarine cable systems in order to enhance their performance to help operators get the most out of their networks and build new revenue streams.”

ASN has so far deployed more than 20,000 km of unrepeatered cable systems in more than 40 projects for major telecom operators worldwide.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/solutions/submarine-networks

Clouditalia Deploys Coriant for Packet/Optical

Clouditalia, a provider of integrated telecommunications and cloud services throughout Italy, has deployed the Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform to enhance service delivery to its Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) business customers.

The Coriant Packet Transport Network (PTN) solution, which includes support for MPLS-TP, enables Clouditalia to cost-effectively deliver flexible Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services directly to end-user business customers, while expanding support for growing cloud and Data Center Interconnect (DCI) applications. With the ability to efficiently support diverse traffic types on the same platform, the Coriant solution also enables Clouditalia to enhance customer value by seamlessly migrating legacy services such as E1, SDH, and lower bit rate Ethernet.

http://www.coriant.com

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

IBM Implements 100G Optical Transceiver in Sub-100nm CMOS

IBM announced another significant advancement with is CMOS integrated nano-photonics technology. The company said its researchers for the first time have tested a fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip, which will soon enable manufacturing of 100 Gbps optical transceivers. The design implements multiple optical components side-by-side with electrical circuits on a single silicon chip using sub-100nm CMOS technology.

“Making silicon photonics technology ready for widespread commercial use will help the semiconductor industry keep pace with ever-growing demands in computing power driven by Big Data and cloud services,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director of IBM Research. “Just as fiber optics revolutionized the telecommunications industry by speeding up the flow of data -- bringing enormous benefits to consumers -- we’re excited about the potential of replacing electric signals with pulses of light. This technology is designed to make future computing systems faster and more energy efficient, while enabling customers to capture insights from Big Data in real time.”

IBM's new 100G transceiver has a range of up to 2 kilometers and uses four laser at different wavelenghts, each operating as an independent 25 Gbps optical channel. Within a full transceiver design, these four channels can be wavelength multiplexed on-chip to provide 100 Gbps aggregate bandwidth over a duplex single-mode fiber, thus minimizing the cost of the installed fiber plant within the data center.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/46839.wss

Telstra Extends its Global SDN into the Optical Layer

Telstra has extended its new global Software Defined Networking (SDN) Platform into the optical layer, enabling high-bandwidth provisioning up to 100G and automated fault restoration across its global Points of Presence (PoPs).

The announcement follows Telstra's recent acquisition of Pacnet, a provider of connectivity, managed services and data centre services to carriers, multinational corporations and governments in the Asia-Pacific region.  The Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN)an SDN-based service delivery platform with automated provisioning capabilities.

Telstra now operates 25 PEN Points of Presence across eight countries – including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and the UK. Additional connectivity options into public Cloud services to bridge hybrid Cloud deployments are available too.

Jim Clarke, Telstra’s Director of Marketing, Product and Pricing – International, said the extension of SDN and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) capabilities into Layer 1 followed the announcement last month that Telstra had added nine Telstra PEN PoPs to Pacnet’s existing footprint of sixteen PoPs across Asia, creating a globally connected on-demand networking Platform.

“Extending our global PEN platform into the optical layer is the natural next step in our SDN strategy and by providing this infrastructure on demand, we’re able to significantly shorten the provisioning cycle times and better meet our customers’ growing high-bandwidth needs.

“This is an exciting milestone in Telstra’s SDN journey and by leveraging our high quality infrastructure assets and Pacnet’s leadership in early adoption of SDN technology, we will continue to innovate and deliver cost-efficient virtualised network resources to our customers,” Mr Clarke said.

“We believe it’s time for global networks to evolve. The applications of tomorrow require a different kind of network and this latest enhancement to the PEN Platform means we now have the unique capability to provide customers with on-demand provisioning of their network services up to 100G, whenever they want it and wherever they are based.

“Furthermore, Telstra plans to extend virtualisation to its suite of Managed Services offerings which means we can now, more than ever, deliver the choice and flexibility our customers require, in an age of bandwidth hungry applications, fuelled by distributed computing, big data and mobility,” Mr Clarke concluded.

http://www.telstra.com.au/

In March 2015,

In March 2015, Infinera announced that Pacnet, which operates submarine cable systems connecting 15 cities in the Asia-Pacific region, has deployed the new Infinera Open Transport Switch (OTS) software to extend virtualization into the optical layer of its network. Pacnet’s existing Intelligent Transport Network is based on the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform.

Infinera’s OTS is now deployed within the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), which is an SDN-based service delivery platform that offers Layer 2 Ethernet services on-demand from 1 megabit per second to 10 Gbps. PEN delivers scalable bandwidth and software-enabled intelligence, allowing customers to dynamically provision bandwidth in minutes through a custom portal based on their business needs.

The combination of Infinera's DTN-X platform with the new Open Transport Switch allows PEN to offer a Layer 1 transport bandwidth on-demand service in increments of N x 10 Gbps. It is designed to allow services in increments of N x 100 Gbps for high-capacity customers in the future. The deployment runs in Hybrid Control mode, with new services leveraging bandwidth under SDN control, while existing production services continue to operate using their Infinera DNA network management system.

Telstra Sets Low latency 100 Gbps Link with Ciena/Ericsson

Telstra has achieved a new landmark for low latency, high capacity non-regenerated optical transmission between Melbourne, Sydney and Perth – a round trip distance of 10,358 km  - using equipment from Ciena, supplied by Ericsson.

David Robertson, Director Transport and Routing Engineering Telstra says: ”This new optical technology enables Telstra to provide Australia’s lowest latency link between Sydney and Perth – key access points critical for Trans-Australian and international telecommunications. This high-performance link provides Telstra’s customers differentiation for applications which require high-speed and low latency, such as financial trading or cloud based offerings. We are also pleased to receive a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for 10,358 km un-regenerated terrestrial optical transport link between Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.”

In a demonstration, the 100Gbps optical link between Melbourne and Sydney was increased to 200Gbps per wavelength using Ciena’s WaveLogic Extreme technology.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/150512-telstra-achieve-milestone_244069646_c


Avago Positions PCIe Switching for Data Center Systems

Avago Technologies announced full production of its PEX9700 Series of 3rd generation PCIe switching silicon for the convergence of servers, storage, and network devices in data centers.

PCIe delivers performance of up to 1.5Tb/s through 97 lanes in full-duplex mode.

The Avago ExpressFabric PEX9700 series of switches simplify connectivity of data center systems, delivering the highest PCIe switching performance available inside the rack.

Avago said that while PCIe is the ubiquitous interconnect for internal devices, external device connectivity typically requires using other architectures. This wastes power, reduces performance, and increases costs. With these PCIe switches, devices within a hyperscale system, NVMe enclosure, and rack-scale-based subsystems can now communicate directly through the same high-performance PCIe fabric, turning those devices into a single high-performance, high-capacity compute system.

PEX9700 key new switching features include:

  • Shared I/O - Enables endpoints to be shared among multiple hosts to maximize system resource efficiency and reduce cost and power
  • Tunneled Windows Connection - Interconnect up to 24 (+1 management host) nodes on a single chip or cascade multiple chips to connect up to 72 nodes with no performance loss
  • Embedded DMA Engines - Equips each port with a NIC-DMA engine that enables efficient data transfers between multiple hosts
  • Flexible Port Configuration - Allows up to 23 endpoints to be combined with ports as wide as 16 lanes, providing nearly 16GB/s of bandwidth on each link
  • Downstream Port Containment - Isolates errors in any endpoint from bringing down the entire system
  • Dedicated Port Management - Enables software control of switch features for customized implementations using Avago-developed software modules

"PCIe is fundamental to next-generation data centers to manage the growth and complexity of data traffic," said Tom Swinford, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center Solutions Group at Avago. "With PCIe technology at the core of nearly every product in the data center, fabric convergence within the rack using Avago ExpressFabric is a powerful approach for intra-rack connectivity to enable powerful performance and scaling of systems."

http://www.avagotech.com/

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.”

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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.

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