Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ooredoo Kuwait Picks VMware vCloud for NFV Platform

Ooredoo Kuwait has deployed both Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and IT applications on a single, unified cloud based on the VMware vCloud for NFV platform.

Specifically, VMware's professional services team partnered with Ooredoo Kuwait and their VNF vendor Huawei to design and deploy the VMware vCloud for NFV platform and virtual network functions into a test environment in less than three months.

VMware said its vCloud for NFV supported the seamless transfer of the virtualized Core IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) from test environment to Ooredoo's production IT environment, and enabled Ooredoo to conduct its first Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call. The deployment of Ooredoo Kuwait's new Core NFV was fully automated, leveraging VMware vCloud Director and the VMware NSX network virtualization platform. The service is expected to go live in its production service network later this year.

VMware vCloud for NFV is an integrated network functions virtualization platform that combines VMware's production-proven virtualized compute, networking, storage and management solutions, to help ensure ongoing multi-vendor virtualized network function (VNF) support and maximize the cost and agility benefits of a shared network and IT infrastructure in a secured architecture. The Ooredoo platform uses VMware's policy-based resource allocation features to maintain application service level agreement (SLA) enforcement, and software-defined networking capabilities of the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to address NFV network scalability needs, multi-tenancy with microsegmentation, capacity on demand and QoS. VMware NSX is a main pillar in segregating tenants across Ooredoo's single converged private cloud.

"Ooredoo Kuwait's strategy aligns with VMware's One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device™ strategy, and we're delighted to be working with such forward-thinking customers who understand the value of a platform-based deployment strategy for NFV," said David Wright, vice president, Telecommunications and NFV Group, VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/

Virgin America Teams with ViaSat for Ku- and Ka-Band Satellite

Virgin America announced a new technology partnership with ViaSat to bring faster satellite broadband to the airline's 10 new A320 aircraft deliveries, beginning in September of this year.  Virgin America will tap the power and economics of ViaSat-1, the highest capacity Ka-band satellite in the world, offering 140 gigabits-per-second, to deliver the fastest in-flight Wi-Fi service for high-quality video streaming.

The deal will make Virgin America the first commercial airline to offer an in-flight Wi-Fi service that can operate in both Ku- and Ka-band satellite networks on the same aircraft.

Virgin America will begin installation of ViaSat's systems immediately – with the first Ka-band antenna equipped aircraft to take flight in the continental U.S. in September 2015.  Aircraft scheduled for Hawaii flights will be outfitted with ViaSat's hybrid Ku/Ka-band antenna in early 2016.  During the beta period rollout of the ViaSat product, Virgin America will offer free Wi-Fi access on its first ViaSat equipped aircraft.  The airline will introduce pricing for the service in 2016.

"Our competitive advantage is rooted in the unique bandwidth economics of ViaSat-1 and the forthcoming ViaSat-2 satellite networks. We can empower airlines to engage all of their guests in an in-flight, online experience just like they'd get on the ground - including streaming high quality video," said Don Buchman, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Mobility Business, ViaSat. "Virgin America is a brand that shares our love of innovation and strives to bring the best service possible to the traveler.  By leveraging our technology, Virgin America can maximize passenger engagement and increase customer loyalty."

http//www.virginamerica.com
http//www.viasat.com

Xilinx Collaborates with China Mobile on 5G Fronthaul Interface

Xilinx is working with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) for the development of the next generation fronthaul interface (NGFI) for 5G. Fronthaul is the link between the baseband and radio units, which are expected to be distributed in 5G architectures.

Specifically, Xilinx is contributing to the NGFI eco-system with a validated NGFI reference design on its Zynq SoC platform. The reference design, which can easily be migrated to other Zynq and Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC devices, will serve as a baseline framework for 4.5G/5G wireless network research.

"It's time to rethink current fronthaul solutions and addressing the major challenges for CRAN deployment is critical," said Dr. Chih-Lin I, chief scientist of China Mobile Research Institute. "New efficient and flexible fronthaul solutions are being worked on for the enablement of large scale CRAN deployment and our work with Xilinx will surely accelerate the delivery of such solutions."

"Current 'hard' mobile networks are plagued with a number of serious challenges including time to market, service innovation, energy efficiency, TCO and interoperability," said Sunil Kar, vice president of wireless communications at Xilinx. "Through our close collaboration with China Mobile Research Institute, we are working to address these challenges and identify the key technologies and components for highly optimized next generation fronthaul interfaces."

http://labs.chinamobile.com/cran/wp-content/uploads/White%20Paper%20of%20Next%20Generation%20Fronthaul%20Interface.PDF
http//www.xilinx.com

Comcast Boosts Residential Speeds

Comcast is increasing the speed of its Blast! tier by almost 50 percent to 150 Mbps (formerly 105 Mbps) and introducing a new Performance Pro speed tier of 75 Mbps, for customers in New England and mid-Atlantic states.

“Today, our customers simultaneously connect to the Internet through multiple smartphones, tablets and laptops, and whether it’s to stream, shop, video chat, upload photos or do homework, we’re committed to ensuring they get the best overall experience with blazing fast speeds and the most Wi-Fi coverage, all delivered over our state-of-the-art network,” said Kevin Casey, President of Comcast Cable’s Northeast Division, which includes 14 states from Maine to Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The new speeds and tiers will be available to most Comcast customers in these regions starting later this month.

http://www.comcast.com

Monday, July 6, 2015

IDC: Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Spending to Grow 26% in '15

The total cloud IT infrastructure spending (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) will grow by 26.4% in 2015 and will reach $33.4 billion, accounting for a third of all IT infrastructure spending, up from 28.1% in 2014, according to IDC's  Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker.

Private cloud IT infrastructure spending will grow by 16.8% year over year to $11.7 billion, while public cloud IT infrastructure spending will grow by 32.2% in 2015 to $21.7 billion. In comparison, spending on non-cloud IT infrastructure will remain flat at $67 billion.

"End users continue to evaluate various approaches to adopting cloud-based IT: some integrate public cloud service into their IT strategies, others choose to build their own private clouds or use third-party private cloud offerings, and some, seeing benefits in both, implement hybrid cloud strategies," said Natalya Yezhkova, Research Director, Storage Systems. "The breadth and width of cloud offerings only continue to grow, with an increasing universe of business- and consumer-oriented solutions being born in the cloud and/or served better by the cloud. This growing demand from the end user side and expansion of cloud-based offerings from service providers will continue to fuel growth in spending on the underlying IT infrastructure in the foreseeable future."

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25732415

Ooma Readies for IPO with its Consumer & SMB Communications Platform

Ooma, a start-up that provides Internet-based telephony services based on a proprietary CPE device and cloud platform, has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock.

Ooma has applied to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OOMA. The company plans to offer 5 million shares at an expected price range of $16 to $18 per share.

In its SEC filing, Ooma, is based in Palo Alto, California, said it has 678,000 core users as of April 30, 2015, up from approximately 174,000 on January 31, 2011 and representing a compound annual growth rate of approximately 38%. The company reports total revenue of $39.2 million, $53.7 million and $72.2 million in fiscal 2013, fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015, respectively. Its total revenue for the three months ended April 30, 2014 and 2015 was $16.3 million and $19.9 million, respectively. Subscription and services revenue, which includes the recurring portion of our total revenue, has increased as a percentage of total revenue over the last four years, from approximately 30% in fiscal 2011 to 75% in fiscal 2015. It has also increased as a percentage of our total revenue from 67% for the three months ended April 30, 2014 to 78% for the three months ended April 30, 2015.

As for competitive differentiation, Ooma says its unique hybrid SaaS connectivity platform is scalable and extensible to new services. The company says this platform will enable it to add new connected services and exploit adjacent markets, all without significant additional capital investment or high customer acquisition costs. http://www.ooma.com/

Cisco Invests in 6WIND for its SDN/NFV Software

Cisco has made an investment in 6WIND, a high-performance networking software company based in France.

The investment comes as part of Cisco's country digitization initiative announced in Paris last February to commit $100M to innovative French businesses. The announcement coincides with the visit between Cisco CEO John Chambers and CEO Designate Chuck Robbins, and French President Francois Hollande, in France this week.

6WIND's software enables the network architecture transition to SDN and NFV.  It delivers the performance, features and network hardware independence required for virtual networking on standard servers, without changing the existing software infrastructure.

"We are proud to have Cisco, the largest networking company in the world, as an investor, which is a testament to the critical technology 6WIND provides to enable the transition to NFV and SDN," said Eric Carmes, CEO and Founder of 6WIND. "With this investment, we look forward to further advancing our technology innovation and world-wide growth to accelerate the networking and telecom industry transformation."

http://www.6wind.com


AMS-IX Extends its Bay Area Presence

The AMS-IX Bay Area Internet Exchange has established a presence at Hurricane Electric’s Fremont 2 data center.

AMS-IX Bay Area is a neutral and independent Internet Exchange, distributed across four data centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. This platform is OIX certified and modeled after AMS-IX in Amsterdam, providing a professional, high-quality, non-blocking peering service for all types of IP traffic, from regular IP data to Voice over IP, mobile Internet traffic and video.

“I am very pleased that our latest expansion is with Hurricane Electric, a well-established provider of carrier-neutral colocation services,” said Job Witteman, Chief Executive Officer at AMS-IX. “Our newest point-of-presence at Hurricane Electric’s Fremont 2 data center will have significant and lasting benefits for both Hurricane Electric’s customers and the other customers of AMS-IX Bay Area.”

“This expansion helps us to improve our connectivity offering since it will give our customers the ability to directly exchange traffic with other members of the exchange, enabling lower latency and improved performance,” said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric.

https://bay.ams-ix.net

Allot Lands $8 Million in Contracts from Three New Tier-1 Mobile Operators

Allot Communications announced three strategic wins totaling approximately $8 million.  These include:
  • A multi-million dollar order from a new Tier-1 mobile operator in Asia Pacific (APAC) for the Allot Service Gateway Tera and Allot ClearSee Network Analytics, to be integrated with its policy and charging systems for enabling data monetization.
  • A multi-million dollar order from a new multinational, Tier-1, mobile operator based in Latin America. The deal displaces an incumbent solution on the basis of performance and scalability and will allow the operator to drive new revenues through greater network visibility and customer engagement.
  • A multi-million dollar order from a new Tier-1 Mobile operator in EMEA for Allot Service Gateway Tera and Allot ClearSee Network Analytics for reporting and network visualization, as well as Allot Service Protector for DDoS protection.
Additionally, Allot said it received an expansion order for its Websafe Personal licenses from a Tier-1 operator in Europe, and signed a contract for an expansion order from a Tier-1 operator in North America, following a successful initial phase in Q1.

http://www.allot.com

Intersil Intros Buck-Boost Regulator for Wearables

Intersil introduced a buck-boost switching regulator that enables efficient power management of system power supplies and peripherals such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, memory cards or LCD modules in connected devices, including wearables, smartphones, smart thermostats and point-of-sale devices.  The regulator supports single-cell Li-ion or Li-polymer batteries, or 2-cell alkaline, NiCd or NiMH batteries.

Key features and specifications

  • Ultra high efficiency up to 98% reduces power drain and heat buildup
  • Accepts a wide input voltage range from 1.8V to 5.5V, works with multiple battery topologies
  • Large adjustable output voltage range from 1V to 5.2V for use with multiple power rails
  • Output current up to 800mA (Vin = 2.5V, Vout = 3.3V)
  • 2A switches supports both high and light load currents with high efficiency
  • Ultra-small footprint with 1.41mm x 1.41mm package saves board space, requires only a single inductor
  • Quiescent current of 41uA maximizes light load efficiency for low power consumption
  • Automatic and selectable forced bypass power saving mode reduces quiescent current to less than 0.5uA
  • Full protection for under-voltage, short-circuit and over-temperature

"Intersil's innovative adaptive PFM architecture addresses the most critical low power design requirements for wearables and other 4G/Wi-Fi-enabled portable products functioning as IoT connected nodes," said Andrew Cowell, senior vice president of Mobile Power Products at Intersil. "The new ISL9120 regulator's small size, industry leading efficiency, smooth transition between buck and boost modes and rapid transient response to a large load step is extremely attractive to customers."

http://www.intersil.com

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Video: Corsa Demos SDN Metering and QoS




Corsa Technology is a networking company that offers a full, OpenFlow programmable data plane that delivers performance, flexibility, and scale. Its DP6400 series switch offers full support for OpenFlow 1.3, with multiple match/action tables, deep packet buffers and fast flow-mod update capability in a fully programmable platform.

At the recent Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara, California, Corsa demonstrated its new bandwidth metering and QoS capabilities.   Corsa also conducted a multi-vendor packet/optical optimization demonstration,  along with a demonstration of the new "Atrium" software release from the ONF.

The first use case for SDN-based metering and QoS involves large data set transfers, such as between major research facilities and super computer labs. Corsa's demo uses OpenFlow 1.3.

Presented by Bruce Gregory, David Whittaker, and Carolyn Raab.

https://youtu.be/obUZTBB76xM

Blueprint: The Evolution of the Network

by Leon Adato, Head Geek, SolarWinds

Learn from the past, live in the present and prepare for the future.

While this may sound like it belongs hanging on a high school guidance counselor’s wall, they are words to live by, especially in IT. They apply perhaps to no other infrastructure element better than the network. After all, the network has long been a foundational building block of IT, it’s even more important today than it was in the days of SAGE and ARPANET, and its importance will only continue to grow in the future while simultaneously becoming more complex.

For those of us charged with maintaining the network, it’s valuable to take a step back and examine the evolution of the network. Doing so helps us take an inventory of lessons learned—or the lessons we should have learned; determine what today’s essentials of monitoring and managing networks are; and finally, turn an eye to the future to begin preparing now for what’s on the horizon.

Learn from the Past

Think back to the time before the luxuries of Wi-Fi and the proliferation of virtualization, and before today’s wireless and cloud computing.

The network used to be defined by a mostly wired, physical entity controlled by routers and switches. Business connections were based on T1 and ISDN, and Internet connectivity was always backhauled through the data center. Each network device was a piece of company-owned hardware, and applications operated on well-defined ports and protocols. VoIP was used infrequently, and anywhere connectivity—if even a thing—was provided by the low-quality bandwidth of cell-based Internet access.

With this yesteryear in mind, consider the following lessons we all (should) have learned that still apply today:

It Has to Work
Where better to start than with a throw back to IEEE RFC1925, “The Twelve Networking Truths”? It’s just as true today as it was in 1996—if your network doesn’t actually work, then all the fancy hardware is for naught. Anything that impacts the ability of your network to work should be suspect.

The Shortest Distance Between Two Points is Still a Straight Line
Wired or wireless and MPLS, EIGRP or OSPF, your job as a network engineer is still fundamentally to create the conditions where the distance between the provider of information, usually a server, and the consumer of that information, usually a PC, is as near to a straight line as possible. When you forget that but still get caught up in quality of service maps, automated functions and fault-tolerance, you’ve lost your way.

An Unconfigured Switch is Better than the Wizard
It was a long-standing truth that running the configuration wizard on a switch was the fastest way to break it, whereas just unboxing and plugging it in would work fine. Wizards are a fantastic convenience and come in all forms, but if you don’t know what the wizard is making convenient, you are heading for trouble.

What is Not Explicitly Permitted is Forbidden
No, this policy it’s not fun and it won’t make you popular. And it will actually create work for you on an ongoing basis. But there is honestly no other way to run your network. If espousing this policy will get you fired, then the truth is you’re going to get fired one way or the other. You might as well be able to pack your self-respect and professional ethics into the box along with your potted fern and stapler when the shoe drops. Because otherwise that huge security breach is on you.

Live in the Present 

Now let’s fast forward and consider the network of present day.

Wireless is becoming ubiquitous—it’s even overtaking wired networks in many instances—and the number of devices wirelessly connecting to the network is exploding (think Internet of Things). It doesn’t end there, though—networks are growing in all directions. Some network devices are even virtualized, resulting in a complex amalgam of the physical, the virtual and the Internet. Business connections are DSL/cable and Ethernet services, and increased use of cloud services is stretching Internet capacity at remote sites, not to mention opening security and policy issues since it’s not all backhauled through the data center. BYOD, BYOA, tablets and smartphones are prevalent are creating bandwidth capacity and security issues. Application visibility based on port and protocol is largely impossible due to applications tunneling via HTTP/HTTPS. VOIP is common, also imposing higher demands on network bandwidth, and LTE provides high-quality anywhere connectivity.

Are you nostalgic for the days of networking yore yet? The complexity of today’s networking environment underscores that while lessons of the past are still important, a new set of network monitoring and management essentials is necessary to meet the challenges of today’s network administration head on. These new essentials include:

Network Mapping
While perhaps a bit back-to-basics and also suitable as a lesson we all should have learned by now, when you consider the complexity of today’s networks and network traffic, network mapping and the subsequent understanding of management and monitoring needs has never been more essential than it is today. Moving ahead without a plan—without knowing the reality on the ground—is a sure way to make the wrong choices in terms of network monitoring based on assumptions and guesswork.

Wireless Management
The growth of wireless networks presents new problems, such as ensuring adequate signal strength and that the proliferation of devices and their physical mobility—potentially hundreds of thousands of network-connected devices, few of which are stationary and many of which may not be owned by the company (BYOD)—doesn’t get out of hand. What’s needed are tools such as wireless heat maps, user device tracking, over-subscribed access points and tracking and managing device IP addresses.

Application Firewalls
When it comes to surviving the Internet of Things, you first must understand that all of the “things” connect to the cloud. Because they’re not coordinating with a controller on the LAN, each device incurs a full conversation load, burdening the WAN and every element in a network. And worse, many of these devices prefer IPv6, meaning you’ll have more pressure to dual-stack all of those components. Application firewalls can untangle device conversations, get IP address management under control and help prepare for IPv6. They can also classify and segment device traffic; implement effective quality of service to ensure that critical business traffic has headroom; and of course, monitor flow.

Capacity Planning
Nobody plans for not growing; it’s just that sometimes infrastructure doesn’t read the plan we’ve so carefully laid out. You need to integrate capacity for forecasting tools, configuration management and web-based reporting to be able to predict scale and growth. There’s the oft-quoted statistic that 70 percent of network outages come from unexpected network configuration changes. Admins have to avoid the Jurassic Park effect—unexpected, but what in hindsight were clearly predictable outages is the bane of any IT manager’s existence. “How did we not know and respond to this?” is a question nobody wants to have to answer.

Application Performance Insight
Many network engineers have complained that the network would be stable if it weren’t for the end users. While it’s an amusing thought, it ignores the universal truth of IT—everything we do is because of and for end-users. The whole point of having a network is to run the business applications end-users need to do their jobs on. Face it, applications are king. Technologies such as deep packet inspection, or packet-level analysis, can help you ensure the network is not the source of application performance problems.

Prepare for the Future

Now that we’ve covered the evolution of the network from past to present—and identified lessons we can learn from the network of yesterday and what the new essentials of monitoring and managing today’s network are—we can prepare for the future. So, stay tuned for part two in this series to explore what the future holds for the evolution of the network.

About the Author 

 Leon Adato is a Head Geek and technical evangelist at SolarWinds, and is a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), MCSE and SolarWinds Certified Professional (he was once a customer, after all). Before he was a SolarWinds Head Geek, Adato was a SolarWinds® user for over a decade. His expertise in IT began in 1989 and has led him through roles as a classroom instructor, courseware designer, desktop support tech, server support engineer, and software distribution expert. His career includes key roles at Rockwell Automation®, Nestle, PNC, and CardinalHealth providing server standardization, support, and network management and monitoring.

About SolarWinds 
SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500® enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. http://www.solarwinds.com/



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The New Hewlett Packard Enterprise - $55 Billion in Annual Revenue

In an SEC filing last week, HP provided financial details on one of the two companies that will result from its upcoming split.

The mission statement for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company is to "provide the cutting-edge technology solutions customers need to optimize their traditional IT while helping them build the secure, cloud-enabled, mobile-ready future that is uniquely suited to their needs."  It will include the current parent company's Enterprise Group, Enterprise Services, Software and Financial Services businesses. Its portfolio will include  servers, storage, wired and wireless networking, converged systems, software and services, and customized financing solutions.

The company said its competitive differentiator is its "broad and deep" end-to-end solutions portfolio and IT expertise. It also possesses a global distribution and partner ecosystem, along with a multi-year innovation roadmap.

The extensive filing provides in-depth financial data on the soon to be independent company, along with the long and required list of risks and uncertainties.

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1645590/000119312515243056/d944600dex991.htm

PubNub Raises $20M for Data Stream Network for Mobile Apps

PubNub, a start-up based in San Francisco, $20 million in Series C funding for advancing its Data Stream Network for mobile applications and IoT.

PubNub's Data Stream Network is specifically designed for secure, realtime communication over the Internet.  It features an easy-to-use API that enables its customers to connect, scale, and manage realtime applications and IoT devices. The company says it delivers 250ms worldwide data transfer times and scalability for hundreds of millions of devices. Data streamed through the PubNub Data Stream Network is instantly replicated to 14 geographically distributed data centers.

The funding round was led by Sapphire Ventures with participation from existing investors, Relay Ventures and Scale Venture Partners.

“The coming explosion in growth of IoT devices combined with the existing massive demand for mobile and web realtime interaction represents an extraordinary market opportunity,” said Todd Greene, CEO of PubNub. “Sapphire Ventures brings deep infrastructure expertise, a shared vision and commitment to our company’s global growth and success evidenced by its market development team. We’re excited to work with Sapphire Ventures, Relay and Scale to achieve our vision to connect every device on the planet in real-time.”

http://www.pubnub.com

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vodacom Deploys Base station in Shipping Container is SA

Vodacom is testing the use of shipping containers to provide an all-in-one solution for base stations deployed in townships in South Africa.

The carrier said its standard mobile base station typically has a site footprint of 30 square metres or more, including mast, which is usually 15-25 metres tall. In addition, each base station site has an equipment storage building to house radio and power equipment. The cost of each installation varies, but can be in the region of R1.5 million (circa £82,000).

Vodacom’s Chief Technology Officer Andries Delport said, “We’re seeing data volumes in Gauteng’s townships almost doubling year on year, which is well-ahead of the average growth rate countrywide. Identifying and building new sites to cater for this in densely populated areas has been difficult, and on top of that site security can be an issue.

“Our engineers went back to the drawing board and developed an entirely different approach. They repackaged the base station equipment inside a compact steel structure that is then bolted to the roof of existing shipping container shops. This means that new sites can be rolled out quite literally within weeks as opposed to the typical 12-18 month lead time to build new base stations.”

In addition to having a smaller footprint of nine square meters and being able to utilise existing infrastructure, these new base stations are more energy efficient and cost less than half the amount needed to build a traditional site (around R700,000/£38,000).

Vodacom plans to roll out five sites as an initial test, the first of which to go live is in the Alexandra township. These test sites provide mobile coverage over a radius of up to 1.5km and can service 5,000 subscribers at peak times.

http://www.vodafone.com/content/index/about/what/technology-blog.html

Friday, July 3, 2015

Emerson to Spin Off Network Power Business

Emerson recently announced plans to spin off its Network Power business and to streamline its portfolio.
The company is also exploring "other strategic options" to drive growth and accelerate value creation for shareholders.

The spinoff of Network Power will result in two separate companies with distinct strategies and investment profiles. Following completion of all actions, Emerson will continue to be a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide solutions for customers in the process, industrial, commercial and residential markets.  These actions offer significant opportunities for enhanced growth, profitability, cash flow, and returns to shareholders.

As a publicly traded company, Network Power will be the world’s leading, stand-alone provider of thermal management, A/C and D/C power, transfer switches, services and infrastructure management systems for the data center and telecommunications industries.

“Emerson has a proven record of taking decisive actions to enhance shareholder value while providing an unmatched level of service to customers around the world,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Farr. “We are aligning ourselves with the changing global marketplace and our customers’ evolving needs to drive Emerson and Network Power forward. Creating two, independent companies will position both businesses to continue as leaders and to pursue distinct strategies to drive profitable growth. Emerson and Network Power will each have sharper strategic focus, enabling both companies to better allocate resources, incentivize employees and allocate capital to capture the significant long-term opportunities in their respective markets.”

http://www.emerson.com/

  • http://www.emerson.com Emerson reported $24.5 billion in revenue for fiscal 2014. The company is based in St. Louis and currently has about 115,000 employees worldwide.

Alcatel-Lucent Lands Contracts with China Mobile and China Unicom

Alcatel-Lucent announced comprehensive frame agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom, two of the world’s largest telecommunications operators,  to facilitate the transition to dynamic cloud-based networks.

Under the agreements - both spanning a year and valued at up to RMB4.53 billion (EUR 656 million) and RMB3.59 billion (EUR 520 million) for China Mobile and China Unicom respectively - Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access, IP routing, agile optical networking and network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities, as well as Nuage Networks’ software defined networking (SDN) technologies.

The agreements were signed in Toulouse during a visit by Li Keqiang, China’s Premier of the State Council, build on long-standing collaboration between Alcatel-Lucent and the two companies.

"This announcement is highly significant as it furthers Alcatel-Lucent’s role as a key technology provider in China and aligns perfectly with our strategy of bringing high-speed ultra-broadband access to open up new opportunities for both service providers and their customers alike. We are very pleased to continue working with both China Mobile and China Unicom to help them deliver on their commitments under The Broadband China’ initiative," stated Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Renée James to Step Down as President of Intel

Renée James will be stepping down as President of Intel to pursue an external CEO role, effective January 2016.

Intel also announced a number of other executive changes.

  • Arvind Sodhani, President of Intel Capital, will retire in January after a distinguished 35-year career with the company. President of Mergers and Acquisitions Wendell Brooks will take an expanded role to also become President of Intel Capital. Merging these teams under one leader will allow clear focus across all investment opportunities for Intel.
  • On July 1, the Intel Security organization – formerly the independent McAfee division – was formally integrated into Intel operations under the leadership of General Manager Chris Young. This integration will deliver better technologies for our customers and more effective operations that enable Intel Security to advance the state of security across the industry.
  • Intel Communication and Devices Group General Manager Aicha Evans has been elevated to the company's Management Committee, reflecting the leadership role she plays across Intel's business and the importance of communication and mobility to the company's growth strategy and product portfolio.
  • Josh Walden, General Manager of Intel's New Technology Group, now leads all product and research teams that create and deploy new technology categories, such as interactive computing devices, perceptual computing and wearable devices. 
  • Intel executives Hermann Eul and Mike Bell will leave the company after a transition period.

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2015/07/02/intel-announces-leadership-changes