Monday, July 13, 2015

IDC: EMEA Cloud Infrastructure Market Grows 16% in Q1

IT infrastructure spending (server, disk storage, and Ethernet switch) for public and private cloud in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) grew 16% year over year to reach $1.01 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2015, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Cloud Infrastructure Tracker. IDC's report tracks Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Lenovo, NetApp, Oracle, the major ODM vendors, and others.

Significantly, the cloud-related share of total EMEA infrastructure expenditure on server, disk storage, and Ethernet switch grew 2 percentage points compared with the same period a year ago to reach 19% in the quarter.

"Western European cloud expenditure this quarter was mainly fueled by public cloud, which grew almost 30% year on year also thanks to the impact of hyperscale datacenter installations around the region," said Michal Vesely, research analyst, European Infrastructure, IDC. "Private cloud expenditure, especially on premises, on the other hand, is more directly connected to regular IT investments by enterprises. Private cloud spending saw a slower pace as users assess their storage, as well as integrated and hyperconverged systems, strategies. Once decisions are made, we expect another major push in the forthcoming period."

Some other highlights:

  • In terms of storage capacity, cloud represented around 33% of total EMEA capacity in 1Q15, with 45% year-on-year growth.
  • The emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) took 14% of EMEA cloud investments in 1Q15. This is a strong decrease compared with the same quarter last year, when CEMA accounted for 17%. Challenging macroeconomic conditions in Russia and weaker investments in the public cloud segment were the main reasons for the decline.
  • Cloud infrastructure spending in the CEMA region is estimated to be 11% of the total addressable server, storage, and networking hardware market, with public cloud accounting for about 40% of this.

Crehan: Data Center Switch Market Ready for 100 GbE Upgrade

Switches capable of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) will soon experience a very strong increase in adoption, according to Crehan Research's most recent Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report.

The firm is forecasting that data center switch port shipments in this market segment will grow from a current annual run-rate of tens of thousands to handily exceed ten million by 2019. The report points to compelling pricing as a key enabler of the strong uptake, with average 100GbE selling prices falling by approximately 50% year-over-year for a number of consecutive years.

"We expect that 100GbE-capable data center switching will soon see a dramatic increase as a result of the compelling economics and diverse use-cases that the upcoming next-gen products enable," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "Price premiums over prior technologies should be relatively small, and these switches can be deployed from the core of the data center network all the way down to the server access layer, given their flexible speed configurations via breakout cables," he said.

The report further predicts that the keen interest in this next-generation 100GbE-capable data center switching technology from the hyper-scale cloud segment will be a major driver of the initial strong uptake. The deployment of a new technology from large hyper-scale customers such as Google and Microsoft can result in its dramatic growth. This was recently the case with 40GbE server-access deployments and was highlighted in a prior Crehan Research data center networking report.

Amazon Web Services to Build 208 MW Wind Farm in North Carolina

Amazon Web Services has contracted with Iberdrola Renewables to construct and operate a 208 megawatt (MW) wind farm on 22,000 acres of sparsely populated land in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties, North Carolina.

Amazon Wind Farm US East is expected to start generating approximately 670,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually starting December 2016.  The energy generated will be delivered into the electrical grid that supplies both current and future AWS Cloud data centers.

“This agreement, and those previously in place, puts AWS on track to surpass our goal of 40 percent renewable energy globally by the end of 2016,” said Jerry Hunter, Vice President of Infrastructure at Amazon Web Services. “We’re far from being done. We’ll continue pursuing projects that deliver clean energy to the various energy grids that serve AWS data centers, we’ll continue working with our power providers to increase their renewable energy quotient, and we’ll continue to strongly encourage our partners in government to extend the tax incentives that make it more viable for renewable projects to get off the ground.”

  • In November 2014, Amazon Web Services announced its long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure. 

  • In April 2015, AWS announced that approximately 25 percent of the power consumed by its global infrastructure was from renewable energy sources with a goal of increasing that percentage to at least 40 percent by the end of 2016.

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks Carries 300G Signal over 10K km

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) announced a record of data transmission over a distance of 10,000 kilometers using real-time processing prototypes of a unique 300 Gbps modulation technology that will optimize the performance of submarine cable systems.

The trial, which was conducted on the 10,000km of ASN’s test bed, combined the new 300G 8QAM (8 quadrature amplitude modulation) technology of ASN’s 1620 SOFTNODE platform and second-generation coherent submarine fiber (CSF-2).

ASN said its 8QAM technology can optimize both existing and new undersea cable systems, enabling operators to deliver more than 15 terabits-per-second per fiber pair on transoceanic systems/

Olivier Gautheron, Chief Technology Officer of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said: “This breakthrough underlines ASN’s strategic focus in R&D to raise the bar for undersea fiber-optic technology. Our researchers continue to develop new solutions to further apply our own innovation to help traditional and web-scale operators cope with increasing requirements for speed, capacity and cost-effectiveness.”

Comcast Readies "Stream" Video Service

Comcast is preparing to launch a new "Stream" video service for its Xfinity Internet customers.

Stream will include the major broadcast networks, HBO and thousands of on-demand movies. It will be available only inside the customer's home on laptops, tablets and phones.  The service will cost $15 per month and will first launch in Boston at the end of the summer. Availability across the Comcast footprint is expected by early 2016.

Cavium Adds Flash Memory Support to ThunderX Processors

Cavium’s 64-bit ThunderX processor family now supports SanDisk flash memory to accelerate the  performance of  Hyperscale and HPC workloads.  The ThunderX product family includes 64-bit ARMv8 data center and cloud processors, offering high performance custom cores, single and dual socket configurations, very high memory bandwidth, and integrated hardware accelerators.

SanDisk's data center storage solutions range from Solid State Drives (SSDs) to PCIe application accelerators and storage systems.  These solutions accelerate performance of servers and storage arrays supporting cloud, big data and database workloads.

“SanDisk delivers Flash-based storage solutions that accelerate workload performance for our customers and we see Cavium taking a similar CPU design approach for HPC and other demanding workloads,” said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Solutions, SanDisk.  “As datacenter workloads, compute and storage requirements continue to grow, so too will the demand for flash based storage acceleration. We intend to work with and enable innovators like Cavium to address these needs.”

China Mobile Tests ALU's Virtualized Radio Access Network

China Mobile has conducted the industry's first field trial of a virtualized radio access network-based architecture based on network functions virtualization (NFV) technology from Alcatel-Lucent.

The trial – carried out at Beijing's Tsinghua University - demonstrated the flexibility, scalability, cost and energy-efficiency of Alcatel-Lucent's vRAN and NFV technologies. Coverage included both indoor and outdoor areas of the 442 hectare campus.

Following the successful field trial at Beijing's Tisinghua University, Alcatel-Lucent will demonstrate the vRAN platform at Mobile World Congress Shanghai between July 15 and 17, 2015. The demonstrations will include the NFV-based RAN and the wireless dual site solution based on the convergence with wireline. The demonstration further underlines Alcatel-Lucent's leading position in wireless NFV and its continuous focus on the evolution of wireless networks to accelerate industry adoption of next-generation technologies.

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage Networks announced that China Mobile (Suzhou) Software Technology Company Limited has deployed its SDN technology in its Development and Operations (DevOps) private cloud architecture. Specifically, China Mobile’s private cloud architecture includes Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) to deliver the functionality and scalability required for its internal subsidiaries and for developing new cloud-based services.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gigamon's Shehzad Merchant: Intersection of Open and Security

The open networking movement is here to stay. It's not just about open source software, says Shehzad Merchant, CTO of Gigamon, but really about taking a vertically-integrated networking stack and disaggregating it. With various components of the networking stack supplied by different vendors, maintaining visibility across every layer of that stack becomes critical.

By disaggregating the networking stack, you are, in principle, opening up new attack vectors across multiple surfaces. On the other hand, there will be a much broader ecosystem moving much quicker to address vulnerabilities.

This 9-minute sponsored video covers (1) whether the many open networking projects help or hurt the case for better network security (2) the overlapping trands of virtualization and higher networking speeds (3) security as the use case for SDN (4) redefining security boundaries with SDN

Saturday, July 11, 2015

FANTASTIC-5G Targets sub-6 Ghz Air Interface

A group of 16 leading players in the field of telecommunications kicked off the “FANTASTIC-5G Project” (Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation) with the aim of developing a new air interface below 6 GHz for 5G networks.

Specifically, the 2-year FANTASTIC-5G project will develop a new multi-service air interface that is:

  • Highly flexible, to support different types of data traffic.
  • Scalable, to support an ever-growing number of networked devices.
  • Versatile, to support diverse device types and traffic/transmission characteristics.
  • Energy- and resource-efficient, to better use the available spectrum.
  • Future-proofed, enabling easy upgrades to future software releases.

FANTASTIC-5G has received eight million Euros of funding by the European Commission under the EU´s “Horizon 2020” initiative aiming to advance digital Europe.

The members of FANTASTIC-5G include service providers (Orange, Telecom Italia), component and infrastructure vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Samsung, Sequans Communications, Wings ICT Solutions), universities (Aalborg University, Politecnico di Bari, Institut Mines-Telecom/Telecom Bretagne, University of Bremen) and research institutes (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives - Laboratoire d’électronique et de technologie de l’information (CEA-Leti), Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institut (HHI)) from Europe.

“FANTASTIC-5G is of key importance, as the multi-service air interface concepts being developed in the project will be evaluated and validated by the partners. This helps to build up consensus and to facilitate the standardization process of 5G”, says Frank Schaich from Alcatel-Lucent´s Bell Labs, who is leading the FANTASTIC-5G project.

Internap's OpenStack Public Cloud Adds Mgt, Orchestration, Auto-Scaling

Internap enhanced its public, OpenStack-powered, "AgileCLOUD" with OpenStack Glance image management functionality and Heat orchestration and auto-scaling capabilities.

Glance’s image management capabilities facilitate interoperability between service providers and platforms. Internap customers can use Glance to quickly import disk images from other service providers onto AgileCLOUD and also move disk images from AgileCLOUD to other cloud or virtualized environments. Glance also gives users the ability to create and save custom server images from Internap base images, allowing engineers to provision customized server images more effectively and rapidly.

Heat auto-scaling capabilities let DevOps teams define additional rules for automatically provisioning new instances and terminating instances based on criteria such as CPU load or bandwidth traffic changes.

“As market demand increases for public cloud services to power performance-centric Web applications – from SaaS platforms to e-commerce sites – we’re seeing the engineering and DevOps teams responsible for keeping these applications up and running seek more effective and efficient ways to scale, customize and manage their infrastructure environments,” said Satish Hemachandran, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting, at Internap. “By adding support for OpenStack Glance and Heat to our public cloud, we’re giving customers optimal control for their applications as well as powerful orchestration and auto-scaling capabilities needed to meet growing user demand.”

Both Glance and Heat are immediately available out of Internap’s Secaucus, N.J. and Dallas data centers, and will be rolled out in Internap’s Amsterdam facility at the end of July.

Ericsson Heads METIS-II 5G Radio Project

Ericsson will serve as coordinator of anew METIS-II EU project to develop the overall 5G radio system design and roadmap recommendation for 5G standardization.

The METIS-II project brings together 23 partners from all regions with strong 5G R&D initiatives (China, the EU, Japan, South Korea and the US) and involving most of the major international vendors, major operators, and key researchers. On a strategic level, METIS-II will provide the 5G collaboration framework within the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) for a common evaluation of 5G radio access network concepts and a recommended 5G spectrum roadmap.

The project is co-funded in the EU H2020 research program and has a budget of EUR 8 million.

In addition, Ericsson will take the lead as the technical coordinator of the mmMAGIC (Millimetre-Wave Based Mobile Radio Access Network for Fifth-Generation Integrated Communications) project, which will develop and design new concepts for mobile radio access technology for deployment in the 6-100 GHz range.

METIS stands for Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty Information Society. The original METIS project was launched in November 2012 and concluded in April 015.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Telefónica Tests NFV with Alcatel-Lucent

Telefónica is conducting NFV tests in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent. A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the companies renews and expands on an alliance announced in February 2014, which focused on Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand platform to advance NFV implementation. Under the new agreement, Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica will investigate how mobile networks can be transformed to meet demands being placed on them by the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine communications and increased customer connectivity.

Telefónica has already tested Alcatel-Lucent’s Virtualized Service Router in its NFV Reference Lab using the OpenMANO NFV orchestration stack. The results delivered were outstanding, reaching 100% line-rate performance which allowed data to be transported with zero losses. The companies will continue testing other elements of Alcatel-Lucent’s NFV portfolio in the coming months.

Enrique Blanco Global CTO, Telefónica, said: “We are pleased to continue our work with Alcatel-Lucent on the use of NFV technologies to transform future networks.  We have already seen an outstanding performance in the testing of Alcatel-Lucent’s VSR, showing that it delivers comparable performance to hardware-based routers. Use of these technologies will open up new opportunities as we continue innovating to exceed our customer’s expectations.”

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Video: White box Adoption Moves to the Edge

White boxes are not just a data center story anymore, says Pica8's Calvin Chai.

New use cases are emerging for delivering network services at the customer prem. This will be a key opportunity for white boxes. Another consideration, the risk profile for using white boxes at the customer edge is lower than for whiteboxes in a data center.

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Blueprint: The Future Is Looking up for Telco Cloud

by Sandro Tavares, Head of Telco Cloud Business Development, Nokia Networks

If there’s one thing the telco industry has experienced over the last decade and a half, it’s been a constant march of progress. While there have been a variety of technological challenges to overcome, we’ve seen the development of ever faster networks, better performance despite an exponential increase in traffic, and a constant stream of innovative new features and services for end users. But despite all these wins, there is still a significant step the industry has to take sooner or later to continue providing the best service: fully embracing cloud technologies.

IT Cloud vs. Telco Cloud

The IT industry has already been realizing the benefits of the cloud for more than a decade, experiencing reduced costs and more dynamic networks with data center consolidation and virtualized functions. The flexibility of the cloud also enables a tight innovation cycle, allowing IT and Internet providers to experiment with a wide variety of projects, and try new things until they find success. A cloud infrastructure enables them to easily shift resources to new projects for maximum efficiency.

Telcos, however, still have to deal with a set of discrete infrastructures for each project in development, prolonging the innovation cycle from weeks to months and limiting their options. Each project has to be carefully evaluated and almost guaranteed to be a success, which limits their capability to innovate.

Looking at the operational model, IT cloud in general is very centralized, and providers typically operate a few enormous data centers that may be far from most of the users. These IT data centers can be placed strategically for cost savings; they might be in the far north to save on cooling costs, for example, or they may even be located in a rural area so as to save on the cost of the property itself. The location is irrelevant, so long as they provide the services users need.

The flip side to the IT model of the cloud is that there is a higher latency involved as data travels hundreds or thousands of miles for everyday transactions. Most IT applications, like e-commerce for example, may accept a delay of a few seconds as there are no impacts on how they work and their customers are accustomed to it. But that kind of delay in telecommunications makes a network unusable and would likely spell the death of the operator. As a result, the telco cloud will require a greater number of smaller data centers located closer to the traffic. These centers may even be so small that they consist of only a single rack of servers, and they may be so close together that data remains within a single city or even a neighborhood. This minimizes latency, and it also addresses the issue of traffic volume. Telco network functions may utilize far larger amounts of data than most IT applications; data that would choke a network backbone and incur enormous costs when traveling across a country.

The Current State of Telco Cloud

We have already seen some important strides toward telco cloud adoption with network function virtualization (NFV). NFV is the technology that allows a variety of telco network elements to be hosted on a cloud environment. This enables operators to quickly scale services and apps to meet fluctuating demand. Openness also plays a big role in NFV, promoting interoperability across vendors and eliminating dependency between hardware and software. By taking the leap towards telco cloud/NFV, operators will implement more open solutions into their networks, becoming more flexible, reducing costs and increasing their choice of vendors to better meet their needs.

As more of the network functions are virtualized, operators will see improved network performance and will have the ability to provide a more advanced and attractive portfolio of services. The direct impact of this is a potential reduction of customer churn, which is a key benefit for the industry.

Advancing into Telco Cloud Management

Automation and cloud management play a significant role in the industry’s journey to telco cloud. Already important now, they will become even more critical as more network functions go to the cloud, including baseband radio. As the different apps, nodes and other network functions are offloaded to cloud-based resources, maintaining real-time visibility and simultaneously managing cloud and traditional environments can become a challenge for operators. This is where the next generation of operations support systems (OSS) will be vital. Cloud-enabled OSS systems will provide visibility and management functions for both cloud and traditional network elements, allowing a consolidated view and delivering troubleshooting capabilities across both domains.

To continue advancing and achieve the level of automation necessary for success, the industry has to move towards implementing standards for multi-vendor and cloud-stack agnostic network orchestration. This enables integration with the multiple virtualized network function managers that will be active in the cloud and centralize the decision related to resource assignment, disaster recovery, etc. Without an open orchestration layer, the industry could in practice be back to the old monolithic approach, which is counterproductive to goals.

The end goal of the telco cloud is simply that the customer pushes a button and the phone on the other end starts ringing, or the video starts streaming immediately. While that goal has been constant for more than a century, telco providers are offering so much more than users could have dreamed of just a few decades ago. By making the cloud a reality, operators have a unique opportunity to optimize their operations, reduce operational costs and position themselves for the next leap forward in technology as we begin laying the groundwork for 5G.

About the Author

Sandro Tavares has more than 14 years of international experience in the telecoms industry, holding positions in sales and marketing, and participating in industry breakthroughs such as the launch of the One Voice Initiative for VoLTE.

 He has worked with the Nokia family of companies for more than 10 years, and currently is Head of Telco Cloud Business Development for Nokia Networks. Previously, he served as Head of Mobile Core Marketing, overseeing strategic and product marketing activities for the company’s Mobile Core portfolio. His topics of coverage included Telco Cloud, Content Delivery Networks and Customer Experience Management.

Sandro holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Universidade de Brasilia, a corporate MBA from Fundacao Dom Cabral and a post-MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

About Nokia Networks

okia Networks, which provides broadband infrastructure, software and services, operates at the forefront of our industry. From the first ever call on GSM to the first call on LTE, we have set the pace of innovation, a record that continues with future technologies such as 5G. Together with our operator customers, who serve close to 5 billion subscribers, we are embracing the opportunity of the connected world and helping to solve its challenges.

AWS Launches API Gateway Managed Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced a new fully managed, Amazon API Gateway service to help customers to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) at any scale.

The idea is enable customers to create an API that acts as a “front door” for applications to access data, business logic, or functionality from their “back-end” services, such as workloads running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), or code running on AWS Lambda.

Amazon API Gateway handles all of the tasks associated with accepting and processing billions of daily API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management. Amazon API Gateway has no minimum fees or startup costs, and developers pay only for the API calls they receive and the amount of data transferred out. To learn more about Amazon API Gateway, visit

“Building and running rock-solid APIs at massive scale is a significant challenge for customers. And yet, this is one of the most important ingredients for building and operating modern applications that are consumed through multiple devices,” said Marco Argenti, Vice President, AWS. “At AWS, we have over nine years of experience running some of the most heavily used APIs in the world. The Amazon API Gateway takes this learning and makes it available to customers as a pay-as-you-go service that eliminates the cost and complexity of managing APIs so that developers can focus on building great apps.”

To help customers protect access to their back-end services, Amazon API Gateway allows customers to use familiar AWS security tools such as AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to verify and authenticate API requests. Amazon API Gateway lets companies run multiple versions of an API simultaneously so that they can develop, deploy, and test new versions of their APIs without impacting existing applications. Once an API is deployed, Amazon API Gateway allows customers to control the number of API requests that hit their back-end systems within a certain time period to protect them from traffic spikes, and helps reduce API latency by caching responses. Amazon API Gateway also monitors the usage and performance of back-end services, providing metrics such as number of API calls, latency, and error rates.

Nokia Networks Tests Drones for Network Inspections

Nokia Network is testing unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) carrying smartphones with cameras and testing applications to inspect and survey mobile infrastructure.

Nokia recently conducted a test of these telco drones in partnership with Du at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City, which has a seating capacity of 25,000 people. The Proof of Concept (PoC) gathered network data and provided Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for a speedy performance test and efficient network optimization actions. Telco drones were also used for tower inspections, radio planning and Line of Sight (LoS) testing between radio towers.

Automated testing and analysis is more efficient than traditional manual walk tests, as drones can cover the desired area quicker. Additionally, the test data is collected automatically and sent to a server so that it can be instantly processed at Nokia Networks’ Global Delivery Center (GDC) for immediate reporting and any necessary actions to improve network performance.

Telco drones were also used for tower inspections to reduce the number of times technicians need to climb up and down a telecom tower, as well as for radio planning and Line of Sight (LoS) testing. The engineers knew if a frequency used was impacted by trees, if there was sufficient power to cover the distance, what the simulated latency would look like and what performance over such a connection could be expected. This helped achieve optimal site design, establish a clear LoS, as well as suitable antenna height and site location.

IBM Achieves 7nm Test Chips in Siilcon Germanium

IBM Research has produced the first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functioning transistors.  The milestone was achieved using Silicon Germanium (SiGe) channel transistors and Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography integration at multiple levels.

Current generation microprocessors are generally implemented in silicon using 22nm or 14nm technology.

IBM partnered with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE) to achieve the result.

“For business and society to get the most out of tomorrow’s computers and devices, scaling to 7nm and beyond is essential,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director of IBM Research. “That’s why IBM has remained committed to an aggressive basic research agenda that continually pushes the limits of semiconductor technology. Working with our partners, this milestone builds on decades of research that has set the pace for the microelectronics industry, and positions us to advance our leadership for years to come.”

IBM Lands $180 million IT Services & Cloud Contract

IBM announced a five-year IT services agreement including cloud, mobile, analytics and security technologies with Columbia Pipeline Group. The deal is valued at $180 million, Inc. (NYSE: CPGX) supporting the company’s continued growth as an independent energy company.

On July 1, CPG completed the separation of its natural gas pipeline, midstream and storage business from energy infrastructure company NiSource Inc. As a stand-alone, publicly traded company, CPG is rapidly expanding its operations to serve new and existing customers and markets, with net asset investments expected to grow from about $4.6 billion in 2015 to about $13.5 billion by 2020.

The agreement calls for IBM to move CPG’s IT infrastructure and business applications -- including human resources, billing and finance, pipeline operations and IT management -- from NiSource’s data centers into a private cloud in an IBM data center in Columbus, Ohio. IBM also will separate CPG’s networks from NiSource and manage CPG’s integrated IT environment going forward. The solution includes the core data center and IBM Cloud infrastructure, network services, help desk, end user services, intelligent security platforms, mobile device management, and operational analytics.

Corning Intros 8-fiber Optical Cabling

Corning introduced a modular, tip-to-tip optical cabling system featuring an eight-fiber (Base-8) design for use in data centers and storage-area-networks.

The Corning EDGE8 solutions optical cabling system uses eight-fiber MTP connectors.  The company says this make it easy to match the fiber count in the backbone of data center networks and SANs with Base-8 Quad Small Form Factor Plugable transceivers, resulting in full fiber utilization, streamlined 1:1 port mapping, and up to 50 percent reduction in link attenuation by eliminating the need for conversion modules. EDGE8 furthers the benefits of Base-8 design with pinned MTP trunks that enable simple patch cable deployment and optimized harness mapping, resulting in no unused fiber/connectors. EDGE8 modules also offer a 30 percent improvement in insertion loss, resulting in longer duplex link distances.

Barracuda Networks Hits Revenue of $78 Million, up 18% YoY

Barracuda Networks reported revenue of $78.0 million for its first quarter of fiscal 2016, up 18% from $66.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.  Appliance revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 grew to $23.7 million, up from $20.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, and recurring subscription revenue grew to $54.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, up from $45.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, representing 70% of total revenue.

However, there was a GAAP net loss for the quarter of $3.8 million, or $0.07 loss per share, based on a basic share count of 53.0 million.

"We delivered revenue and non-GAAP EPS at the top end of our targeted range," said BJ Jenkins, president and CEO. "During the quarter, we grew total active subscribers, increased gross margin and maintained a 92.5% dollar-based renewal rate, speaking to the underlying strength of our business model."