Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Equinix Cites Rapid Growth in Direct Connections to Azure

Equinix cited rapid growth in the number of enterprise customers accessing Azure in Equinix’s International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers around the globe.

Specifically, over the past year as the availability of direct connections to Microsoft Azure has expanded to 16 market, Equinix has facilitated hundreds of connections to Azure via its Cloud Exchange. Recent Equinix customers taking advantage of private access to Azure include GE, HarperCollins, Hitachi Data Systems, and Red Lobster, among others.

Some notes:

  • More than one hundred companies are currently on the Equinix Cloud Exchange, the company’s interconnection solution that brings cloud and network service providers together with enterprises through private, security-enhanced and high-performance connections. Since launching the service in 2014, Equinix has facilitated hundreds of connections to Azure taking place on Cloud Exchange. The company also offers a number of flexible interconnection offerings, including Cross Connects (dedicated fiber cables), Internet exchange (carrier grade switches connecting many providers) within the data center, and Metro Connect (dedicated Layer 1 and switch-based Layer 2 services) between data centers in the same metro.
  • Equinix recently announced that it will be one of the first companies to offer private, managed connections to Microsoft Office 365, including Skype for Business, via ExpressRoute through the Equinix Cloud Exchange.
  • Hybrid cloud deployment is on the rise among enterprise customers. In fact, according to Robert Mahowald, program vice president at IDC and head of the SaaS & Cloud Services practice, “More than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016, vastly driving the rate and pace of change in IT organizations.”
  • Azure is used by 57% of the Fortune 500, and according to a recent report by Synergy Research is experiencing 96% year-over-year growth, and is second in overall market share for cloud infrastructure services.
  • Access to Azure via ExpressRoute on Equinix Cloud Exchange is currently available in 16 markets globally, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Washington DC, Amsterdam, London, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, with Osaka being added later in 2015.

“By providing direct access to Azure via ExpressRoute inside Equinix data centers, we are enabling companies to bridge their cloud and data center strategies and fully realize the benefits of hybrid and multi-cloud. Since we began offering the Microsoft solution just over a year ago, we have witnessed significant growth in connections and companies increasingly benefit from the scale, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of the cloud—all without the complexities associated with traditional network connections,” stated Chris Sharp, vice president, Cloud Innovation, Equinix.

Equinix also noted that it is working with Datapipe, Unitas Global and ScienceLogic to develop custom solutions that further help enterprises create hybrid clouds, maximizing the public cloud through Azure and ExpressRoute, paired with dedicated on-premise infrastructure and services inside Equinix.

http://www.equinix.com/solutions/by-services/interconnection/exchanges/equinix-cloud-exchange



NetScout Acquires Danaher’s Communications Business

NetScout Systems completed its acquisition of Danaher Corporation’s Communications Business. The deal was valued at $2.3 billion and involved the issuance of 62.5 million shares of NetScout common stock at $36.89 per share to Danaher’s shareholders.

The acquisition includes Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks and parts of the Fluke Networks businesses, all of which were owned by Danaher Corp.  The deal was first announced in October 2014.

Danaher’s Communications business generated revenue (unaudited) of approximately $836 million for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Danaher’s Communications business, which has over 2,000 employees worldwide, includes: 

Tektronix Communications, based in Plano, Texas, which provides a comprehensive set of assurance, intelligence and test solutions and services support for a range of architectures and applications such as LTE, HSPA, 3G, IMS, mobile broadband, VoIP, video and triple play. Also included are VSS Monitoring and Newfield Wireless.

Arbor Networks, based in Burlington, Massachusetts, which provides solutions that help secure the world’s largest enterprise and service provider networks from DDoS attacks and advanced threats.

Fluke Networks, based in Everett, Washington, which delivers network monitoring solutions that speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. The data cabling tools business and carrier service provider (CSP) tools business within Fluke Networks are not included this transaction.

“This acquisition represents an important milestone for NetScout that enhances our ability to drive value for customers, stockholders, employees and other stakeholders,” stated Anil Singhal, president and CEO.   “With a broader range of market-leading capabilities and technologies, as well as more extensive, global go-to-market and distribution resources, NetScout will be better positioned to capitalize on the many exciting opportunities we see to further expand our customer relationships around the world.  We welcome over 2,000 new colleagues to NetScout and collectively, we are looking forward to realizing the Company’s potential in the marketplace.”

NetScout also announced today that it has secured a new five-year, $800 million senior secured revolving credit facility that replaces its previous revolving credit facility of $250 million.

http://www.netscout.com

Danaher acquired Tektronix in 2007 for $1.1 billion.

Danaher acquired Arbor Networks in 2010.

Windows Server Now Available on Google Compute Engine

Google announced general availability of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 on its cloud compute service.

For Windows Server instances, Google Compute Engine promises "increased uptime due to transparent maintenance, cheap and predictable block storage, and best in class Google Cloud Storage Nearline backup. Sharepoint, SQL and Exchange Server, and other Microsoft applications are also available to Compute Engine customers via the Microsoft License Mobility program."

Other OSes supported by Google Compute Engine include CentOS, Debian, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE, Ubuntu, CoreOS, FreeBSD, openSUSE, and SELinux.

http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com/2015/07/Bringing-Windows-to-Google-Cloud-Platform.html

Digital Realty to Acquire Telx for Data Centers and Internet Exchanges

Digital Realty Trust agreed to acquire Telx, a national provider of data center colocation, interconnection and cloud enablement solutions, for $1.886 billion from private equity firms ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners.

The combination is expected to double Digital Realty's footprint in the rapidly-growing colocation business, as well as provide Digital Realty customers access to a leading interconnection platform.

As of March 31, 2015, Telx managed 1.3 million square feet of data center space operating out of 20 facilities across the country, of which two are Telx-owned, 11 are leased from Digital Realty, one is partially sub-leased from Digital Realty and an unrelated third party, and six are leased from third parties. Telx's flagship facilities include its NYC1 data center at 60 Hudson Street in Manhattan, which serves as a nerve center for international communications and offers access to physical connection points to the world’s telecommunications networks and Internet backbones. Telx occupies multiple floors at 60 Hudson with interconnectivity to more than 400 carriers, financial exchanges and application, media, content, and software-as-a-service providers with just a single connection. Telx operates other NYC data centers at 111 8th Ave. and 32 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave).

As of March 31, 2015, Digital Realty's portfolio consisted of 130 properties, including 14 properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprised of approximately 22.1 million square feet, excluding approximately 1.2 million square feet of space under active development and 1.3 million square feet of space held for future development, located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

"This transformative transaction is consistent with our strategy of sourcing strategic and complementary assets to strengthen and diversify Digital Realty's data center portfolio and expand our product mix and presence in the attractive colocation and interconnection space," said A. William Stein, Digital Realty's Chief Executive Officer.  "Telx's well-established colocation and interconnection businesses provide access to two rapidly-growing segments with long-standing customer relationships in top-tier metropolitan areas such as New York and Silicon Valley.  The fact that more than half of Telx's 20 facilities are run out of Digital Realty properties further highlights the strategic fit as well as the potential incremental revenue opportunities we expect to be able to pursue as one company on a global basis.  This transaction advances our objective of ensuring that Digital Realty's suite of products and services is able to best serve our customers' current and future data center needs."

"We are excited to join Digital Realty and become part of a much larger global data center services platform," said Chris Downie, Chief Executive Officer of Telx.  "We look forward to working with the Digital Realty team to extend a broader, enhanced data center solution to our collective customers.  The combination of Telx's colocation and interconnection capabilities with Digital Realty's expansive wholesale platform provides greater flexibility and optionality for our customers and creates a global solutions provider covering wholesale customer applications and smaller performance-oriented deployments in select high-growth urban submarkets across the U.S.  As we open this new chapter, I am proud of our team who, with the support of our partners, ABRY and Berkshire, have significantly increased Telx's revenue and earnings since 2011 and have positioned the company for long-term growth."

In connection with the definitive agreement, Digital Realty received a commitment from a syndicate of lenders for a $1.850 billion unsecured term loan bridge facility, the proceeds of which will be available for use, if necessary, to fund a portion of the acquisition of Telx.  Borrowings, if any, under the bridge facility will bear interest at a rate based, at the borrower's option, on LIBOR or a Base Rate (as defined in the commitment papers), in each case plus an applicable margin based on Digital Realty 's credit rating, and the facility will mature 364 days after the closing date of the acquisition of Telx.

http://www.telx.com
https://blog.digitalrealty.com/2015/07/power-of-connection-bill-stein-telx-acquisition/


SK Telecom Deploys Accedian's Performance Monitoring

Accedian Networks announced the deployment of its performance monitoring solution across the SK Telecom mobile network -- encompassing 12,000 locations across the six largest cities in South Korea.

Accedian's virtualized solutions collect precise network performance indicators in real time from SK Telecom's existing network infrastructure, as well as from Accedian's NFV-based (network function virtualization) performance assurance modules. SK Telecom operates a multi-vendor network, ensuring each supports the RFC-5357 two way active measurement protocol (TWAMP), a vendor-independent, global performance monitoring standard. Accedian's centralized monitoring solution acts as a uniform instrumentation layer, centralizing a real-time view of network performance throughout the network. Where access equipment lacks TWAMP standards support, SK Telecom installs Accedian's Nano smart SFP modules to ensure ubiquitous network coverage from end-to-end.

Accedian said SK Telecom plans to extend coverage to all sites serving over 28 million subscribers nationwide. T

"At SK Telecom, best-possible quality of customer service and experience is at the heart of our reputation and our business," stated Choi, Seung-won, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Solution Office, SK Telecom. "Partnering with Accedian helps us ensure the highest levels of QoS and QoE, which is particularly important as we continue to extend our network towards 5G, and to expand coverage with small cells, making the need for 24x7 end to end network visibility critical. Accedian's performance monitoring solutions make this possible. SK Telecom selected Accedian's TWAMP performance assurance solution specifically as the quality indicator and standard for LTE business-to-business networks."

"SK Telecom is a premier example of a mobile service provider pushing network performance and technology to the limit," stated Accedian Founder, President, and CEO, Patrick Ostiguy. "They are early adopters and innovators, and their efforts result in the extremely high levels of service and experience quality their customers have come to expect. Accedian is honored to help support their performance assurance objectives through our comprehensive solutions, built with providers like SK Telecom in mind."

http://www.accedian.com
http://www.sktelecom.com




Blueprint: 5G and the Need For SDN Flow Optimization


by Scott Sumner, VP Solutions Development and Marketing, Accedian Networks As more subscribers run bandwidth-intensive applications from a variety of devices, mobile access networks are increasingly strained to maintain quality. According to Ericsson, annual mobile traffic throughput is predicted to increase from 58 exabytes in 2013 to roughly 335 exabytes by 2020. It’s clear that brute-force bandwidth over-provisioning is no longer an economically...


Sysdig Targets Container-Native Monitoring

Sysdig, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced the general availability of its “container-native” monitoring solution along with $10.7 million in Series A venture funding.

Sysdig, which describes itself as "the container visibility company," has developed the first monitoring, alerting, and troubleshooting platform specializing in container visibility. The Sysdig Cloud performance management solution uses patent-pending "ContainerVision" technology" to monitor the entire architecture using its own stand-alone container, with zero configuration.  This enables deep visibility into every other service running in the environment. In other words, Sysdig Cloud is monitoring as a microservice. It is available as software as a service.

“Containers are by their very nature dynamic, isolated, lightweight, and portable,” said Loris Degioanni, CEO and founder of Sysdig. “These characteristics have put containers at the heart of the current revolution from monolithic apps to microservices. But these same characteristics also make containers impractical to monitor with traditional, agent-based methods. What the market is demanding now is a new, ‘container-native’ performance management approach that both respects the core principles of containers and enables their core benefits.”

The recent funding round was led by Accel and Bain Capital Ventures (BCV).  This latest round of financing brings Sysdig’s total funding to date to $13 million, including a previously undisclosed $2.3 million seed funding round led by BCV in June 2013.

http://www.sysdig.com

  • Sysdig is headed by Loris Degioanni (founder and CEO), who was instrumental in the creation of WinPcap and Wireshark.

MapR Reports Triple Digit Growth for its Apache Hadoop

MapR Technologies, a start-up based in San Jose, California, reported more than 100% growth in bookings and billings during Q2 2015 compared to the same quarter in the prior year for its Apache Hadoop solutions.

MapR processes big and fast data on a single platform, enabling real-time applications for enterprise deployments.

“New customer adoption and expanded deployments of the MapR Distribution for Hadoop have continued to accelerate as enterprise customers are realizing top-line revenue growth and operational efficiencies,” said John Schroeder, cofounder and CEO, MapR Technologies. “Our technology innovations with Apache Hadoop coupled by a proven, subscription-based licensing model, has enabled our business to grow with predictable success.”

https://www.mapr.com

MapR Raises $110 Million for Apache Hadoop


MapR Technologies, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $110 million in venture funding for its distribution for Apache Hadoop software. MapR has significant production Hadoop environments in financial services, healthcare, media, retail, telecommunications, and Web 2.0 companies.  The financing will be used to continue growth in the big data and analytics segment, especially to fund additional engineering resources and support...

Monday, July 13, 2015

Intel Shows its Omni-Path Architecture for HPC

Intel conducted the first public "powered-on" demonstration of its Omni-Path Architecture, a next-generation fabric technology for high performance computing (HPC) clusters.

The demonstration, conducted at the ISC2015 show in Frankfurt, featured Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA), an end-to-end solution, including PCIe* adapters, silicon, switches, cables, and management software, that builds on the existing Intel True Scale Fabric and Infiniband. Intel OPA was designed to address the challenge that processor capacity and memory bandwidth have been scaling faster than system I/O.  It accelerates the message passing interface (MPI) rates in next gen systems. Intel OPA also promises the ability to scale to tens — and eventually hundreds — of thousands of nodes.

Intel Omni-Path Architecture uses technologies acquired from both QLogic and Cray, as well as Intel-developed technologies. In the near future, Intel says it will integrate the Intel Omni-Path Host Fabric Interface onto future generations of Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi processors.

Intel also announced new a collaboration with HP to develop purpose-built HP Apollo systems designed to expand the use of HPC solutions to enterprises of all sizes.  The purpose built HP Apollo compute platforms will utilize the Intel HPC scalable system framework, including next generation Intel Xeon processors, the Intel Xeon Phi product family, Intel Omni-Path Architecture and the Intel Enterprise Edition of Lustre software.

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/high-performance-computing-fabrics/omni-path-architecture-fabric-overview.html


In April 2015, Intel and Cray were selected to build two next generation, high-performance computing (HPC) systems that will be five to seven times more powerful than the fastest supercomputers today.

Intel will serve as prime contractor to deliver the supercomputers for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). The Aurora system will be based on Intel’s HPC scalable system framework and will be a next-generation Cray “Shasta” supercomputer. Intel said the Aurora system will be delivered in 2018 and have a peak performance of 180 petaflops, making it the world’s most powerful system currently announced to date. Aurora will use future generations of Intel Xeon Phi processors and the Intel Omni-Path Fabric high-speed interconnect technology, a new non-volatile memory architecture and advanced file system storage using Intel Lustre software.



In November 2014, Intel confirmed that its third-generation Intel Xeon Phi product family, code-named Knights Hill, will be built using 10nm process technology and that it will integrate Intel Omni-Path Fabric technology. Knights Hill will follow the upcoming Knights Landing product, with first commercial systems based on Knights Landing expected to begin shipping next year.

Intel also disclosed that its Intel Omni-Path Architecture will achieve 100 Gbps line speed and up to 56 percent lower switch fabric latency in medium-to-large clusters than InfiniBand alternatives. The architecture targets a 48 port switch chip compared to the current 36 port InfiniBand alternatives. This will reduce the number of switches required in HPC clusters.

Intel Previews Enhanced Lustre File System for HPC

Intel previewed a number of new features coming in its Enterprise Edition for Lustre 2.3, including support for Multiple Metadata Targets in the Intel Manager for Lustre GUI. Lustre, which has been in use in the world’s largest dataccenters for over a decade and hardened in the harshest big data environments, leverages an object-based storage architecture that can scale to tens of thousands of clients and petabytes of data.

New capabilities will enable Lustre metadata to be distributed across servers. Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre 2.3 supports remote directories, which allow each metadata target to serve a discrete sub-directory within the file system name space. This enables the size of the Lustre namespace and metadata throughput to scale with demand and provide dedicated metadata servers for projects, departments, or specific workloads.

Intel is also preparing to roll out new security, disaster recovery, and enhanced support features in Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre 1.2, which will arrive later this year. These enhancements will include network encryption using IPSec, the ability to recover a complete file system using snapshots, and new client mounting tools, updates to instance and target naming, and added network testing tools.

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/software/intel-enterprise-edition-for-lustre-software.html

WSJ: Tsinghua Unigroup Bids for Micron

Micron Technology, which makes DRAM and NAND memories, is the target of a $23 billion acquisition offer from Tsinghua Unigroup of China, according to The Wall Street Journal.  Neither company has confirmed the report.

http://www.micron.com/


  • Tsinghua Unigroup is 51% owned by Tsinghua Holdings and 49% owned by Beijing Jiankun Investment Group.   It has previously acquired Spreadtrum and RDA Microelectronics.  Tsinghua Holdings is controlled by Tsinghua University in Beijing.


Intel and Micron Announce 3D NAND Flash Memory

Intel and Micron Technology announced availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory, for use in data center servers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.


The new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by Intel and Micron, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies.  The companies have been able to package up to 48GB of NAND per die — enabling three-fourths of a terabyte to fit in a single fingertip-sized package.  A 256Gb MLC version of 3D NAND currently is sampling with select partners, and a 384Gb TLC design will be sampling later this spring.

"Micron and Intel's collaboration has created an industry-leading solid-state storage technology that offers high density, performance and efficiency and is unmatched by any flash today," said Brian Shirley, vice president of Memory Technology and Solutions at Micron Technology. "This 3D NAND technology has the potential to create fundamental market shifts. The depth of the impact that flash has had to date—from smartphones to flash-optimized supercomputing—is really just scratching the surface of what's possible."

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.


http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUK25750815


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.

http://www.crehanresearch.com/

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.”

http://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainable-energy/


  • 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.”

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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.

http://www.comcast.com

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.”

http://www.cavium.com

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. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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

http://open.convergedigest.com/2015/05/gigamon.html


See also