Thursday, August 6, 2015

IBM to add Medical Imaging to Watson

IBM agreed to acquire Merge Healthcare Incorporated (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of medical image handling and processing, interoperability and clinical systems for $7.13 per share in cash, for a total transaction value of $1 billion.

IBM said the deal will provide Watson with the ability to "see" by bringing together Watson's advanced image analytics and cognitive capabilities with data and images obtained from Merge's medical imaging management platform.  Merge's technology platforms are used at more than 7,500 U.S. healthcare sites, as well as most of the world's leading clinical research institutes and pharmaceutical firms to manage a growing body of medical images.  The vision is that these organizations could use the Watson Health Cloud to surface new insights from a consolidated, patient-centric view of current and historical images, electronic health records, data from wearable devices and other related medical data, in a HIPAA-enabled environment.

"As a proven leader in delivering healthcare solutions for over 20 years, Merge is a tremendous addition to the Watson Health platform.  Healthcare will be one of IBM's biggest growth areas over the next 10 years, which is why  we are making a major investment to drive industry transformation and to facilitate a higher quality of care," said John Kelly, senior vice president, IBM Research and Solutions Portfolio. "Watson's powerful cognitive and analytic capabilities, coupled with those from Merge and our other major strategic acquisitions, position IBM to partner with healthcare providers, research institutions, biomedical companies, insurers and other organizations committed to changing the very nature of health and healthcare in the 21st century. Giving Watson 'eyes' on medical images unlocks entirely new possibilities for the industry."

Arista Posts Q2 Revenue of $196 Million, up 42% YoY

Arista reported Q2 revenue of $195.6 million, an increase of 41.8% compared to the second quarter of 2014, and an increase of 9.2% from the first quarter of 2015.

GAAP net income came in at $24.0 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $21.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2014. GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 65.4%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 67.7% in the second quarter of 2014 and 65.8% in the first quarter of 2015.

"Arista has now shipped a cumulative five million cloud networking ports worldwide,” stated Jayshree Ullal, Arista President and CEO. “I am pleased with this important milestone for the company combined with our continued Q2 2015 customer momentum and solid profitable growth."

Arista Offers Subscription-based CloudVision for Workload Orchestration

Arista Networks introduces its CloudVision network-wide approach for workload orchestration and workflow automation.

The idea is to provide a turnkey solution for sharing network-wide switch state data across a cloud and integrating with SDN controllers from Arista's ecosystem partner community.

Arista CloudVision extends the SDN architectural approach across the network for state, topology, monitoring and visibility.

Key attributes of Arista's CloudVision:

  • Centralized representation of distributed network state, allowing for a single point of integration and network-wide visibility and analytics
  • Controller agnostic support for physical and virtual workload orchestration through open APIs such as OVSDB, JSON and OpenStack plugins.
  • Turn-key workflow automation for zero touch provisioning, configuration management and network-wide upgrades and rollback.
  • Compliance dashboard for security, audit and patch management
  • Real-time Streaming for telemetry and network analytics, a modern approach to replace legacy polling per device.
  • Provides visibility and troubleshooting for underlay and overlay networks
Arista CloudVision is available now as a software subscription, expanding Arista’s existing software subscription offerings. Pricing starts at $295/device per month.

Arista CloudVision partners include, Dell, F5, HP, Infinera, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Rackspace, Supermicro, and VMware.

Qualcomm to Acquire Atheros for and other Broadband Tech

Qualcomm Atheros agreed to acquire Ikanos Communications, a developer of broadband networking semiconductors and software for both central office and home gateways, for $2.75 per share in cash, and assume all outstanding indebtedness at the closing of the transaction. (implied value of approximately $47 million)

Ikanos provides a wide array of leading technologies, including A/VDSL2 and modem technology and chipsets for consumer premises equipment (CPE) and central office (CO) infrastructure. Ikanos also offers multi-mode gateway processor and accelerator technology for fiber, LTE, Ethernet and hybrid-copper applications. In addition, Ikanos inSIGHT software allows remote diagnosis, management and optimization of the broadband connection and quality-of-service, and voice over IP (VoIP) integrated access devices and bridges. Ikanos’ strong central office product portfolio, as well as its technology collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent in the area of fixed access communications, enables Qualcomm Atheros to offer a strong product portfolio in the ultra-broadband access space, including

Qualcomm Atheros said the acquisition will expand its footprint in the carrier fixed line segment with the addition of high performance broadband access and modem technologies.

“Qualcomm Atheros has always viewed the home gateway as the enabler for consumers to not only access the Internet for browsing and downloading content and video streaming, but also as the hub of the Internet in the home for a variety of reliable and high quality services,” said Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The combination of Qualcomm Atheros’ broad home gateway IP portfolio, including Wi-Fi, powerline, small cell, and Ethernet switch technologies, and Ikanos’ advanced wired modem technology, is designed to create a complete solution for a wide range of home gateway products to better serve the carrier segment.”

Separately, Ikanos reported revenue for the second quarter of 2015 of $11.1 million, compared to revenue of $11.3 million for the second quarter of 2014 and revenue of $10.2 million for the first quarter of 2015. Net loss for the second quarter of 2015 was $(12.3) million, or a loss of $(0.72) per share on 17.1 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared to a net loss of $(12.3) million, or $(1.24) per share on 9.9 million weighted average shares outstanding, for the second quarter of 2014 and a net loss of $(12.0) million, or $(0.77) per share on 15.6 million weighted shares outstanding, for the first quarter of 2015. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the second quarter of 2015 were $16.0 million, compared to $13.0 million at the end of the first quarter of 2015. Additionally, at the end of the second quarter of 2015, inventory was $2.0 million, compared to $2.1 million at the end of the first quarter of 2015. Current liabilities at the end of the second quarter of 2015 were $20.6 million, compared to $18.1 million at the end of the first quarter of 2015.

  • In September 2014, Ikanos Communications announced that Tallwood Venture Capital and Alcatel-Lucent purchased $11.25 million and $5.0 million, or approximately 27.4 million and 12.2 million shares, of the company’s common stock, respectively, at $0.41 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $16.25 million. Alcatel-Lucent committed to loan the company up to $10.0 million, subject to the terms of the loan agreement.  Tallwood has also agreed to purchase an additional $11.25 million of common stock at the same per share price.  In addition, Alcatel-Lucent has entered into a collaboration with Ikanos on the development of ultra-broadband products.

Blueprint: Carriers Set Their Sights on 1Gbps Rollouts with

By Kourosh Amiri, VP Marketing, Ikanos, Inc. Demand for high-speed broadband access by consumers has never been more intense than it is today.  Rapidly increasing numbers of connected devices inside the home and the adoption of higher-resolution (4K and 8K) television are just the tip of the iceberg.  Home automation, remote patient monitoring, and multi-player gaming – among countless other applications – are contributing to an Internet...

NeoPhotonics Posts Profitable Quarter as 100G Growth Continues

NeoPhotonics reported Q2 revenue of $85.4 million, up $7.9 million, or 10.2%, from the second quarter of 2014, and up $4.0 million, or 4.9%, from the prior quarter. Gross margin was 30.6%, up from 18.8% in the second quarter of 2014, and up from 29.6% in the prior quarter. Net income was $1.8 million, up from a loss of $6.8 million in the second quarter of 2014, and up from $0.1 million in the prior quarter.

“Our goal is to be a leader in High Speed 100G and beyond product solutions and to deliver sustained profitability. With strong traction of our High Speed 100G and beyond products in transport and Metro markets as well as in rapidly growing Datacenter Interconnect system applications, 59% of our revenue was from High Speed 100G and above products. Our second quarter results continue to demonstrate our strong execution towards our profitability goals and our target model with sequential increases in revenue, gross margins, profitability, EBITDA and operating cash flow,” said Tim Jenks, NeoPhotonics Chairman and CEO. “We further bolstered our balance sheet with our equity raise of $45.6 million,” continued Mr. Jenks.

Top customers include:

  • Alcatel-Lucent - 11%
  • Ciena - 22%
  • Huawei - 40%

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

GE to enter Cloud Services Market with Predix Cloud

GE announced plans to enter the cloud services market with its Predix Cloud -- a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) designed specifically for industrial data and analytics.

GE said it is developing Predix Cloud to capture and analyze the unique volume, velocity and variety of machine data within a highly secure, industrial-strength cloud environment. Machine data is expected drive the next phase of growth for the Industrial Internet and enable developers to rapidly create, deploy and manage applications and services for industry.

“Cloud computing has enabled incredible innovation across the consumer world. With Predix Cloud, GE is providing a new level of service and results across the industrial world,” said Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE. “A more digital hospital means better, faster healthcare. A more digital manufacturing plant means more products are made faster. A more digital oil company means better asset management and more productivity at every well. We look forward to partnering with our customers to develop customized solutions that will help transform their business.”

Predix Cloud will leverage GE’s deep domain expertise in information technology (IT) and its operational technology (OT).

“A cloud built exclusively to capture and analyze machine data will make unforeseen problems and missed opportunities increasingly a complication of the past,” said Harel Kodesh, Vice President, General Manager of Predix at GE Software. “GE’s Predix Cloud will unlock an industrial app economy that delivers more value to machines, fleets and factories - and enable a thriving developer community to collaborate and rapidly deploy industrial applications in a highly protected environment.”

GE businesses will begin migrating their software and analytics to the Predix Cloud in Q4 2015, and the service will be commercially available to customers and other industrial businesses for managing data and applications on Predix Cloud in 2016.

Red Hat Releases Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 based on Kilo

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 was released, featuring a new deployment and management tool to simplify installation, ease day-to-day management tasks, and establish the underpinnings for orchestrated live system updates and upgrades for subsequent releases.

Based on the OpenStack community “Kilo” release, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is a co-engineered solution that starts with the proven and trusted foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and integrates with Red Hat’s OpenStack technology to form a production-ready cloud platform.

Version 7 includes several new features aimed at accelerating the adoption of OpenStack including:

  • Simplified deployment and management -  the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform director offers a simplified and automated cloud installation tool with system-wide health checking for a proper deployment. It offers an automated “ready-state” provisioning of bare-metal resources to simplify the deployment and repurposing of hardware resources on an on-demand basis. Based on the community-driven OpenStack management project TripleO, the new director combines multiple technologies to offer a single powerful tool which also establishes a new framework that can be used for live orchestrated OpenStack and director upgrades for version 7 and subsequent releases.
  • Traditional workloads requiring high availability on OpenStack - introduces compute host node high availability through integrated, automated monitoring and failover services from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This new capability monitors host nodes and includes the ability to automatically evacuate virtual machines from hosts, restarting workloads on alternate, available hosts.
  • Greater security control - Telco customers now have greater granularity and control over network traffic ports at the virtual machine level. This allows customers to maintain a tightened security level over the greater OpenStack cloud, while allowing virtualized network function (VNF) traffic through each virtual machine, as necessary. Version 7 introduces this via the Neutron modular layer 2 (ML2) and Open vSwitch (OVS) port security mechanisms included in the community Kilo release.
  • Network flexibility - New Neutron networking features offer greater flexibility and improved network redundancy. Network operators can benefit from several IPv6 enhancements, including the ability to support direct network routing between tenants and the external gateway. In addition, version 7 expands the high availability for Neutron routers and improves the monitoring and reporting of the router to help network operators maintain uptime.
  • Incremental Backup - Storage administrators can now benefit from faster block storage backups and reduced capacity needs with support for snapshot-based backups. With added support for NFS and POSIX file system types, this significantly reduces the amount of storage and time required, by backing up only the incremental changes since the last full state backup.
  • Trusted Integration and Ecosystem

HP Announces Hyper-converged Appliance

HP introduced a hyper-converged appliance that combines built-in disaster recovery with next-generation servers and hybrid cloud orchestration.

The new HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (CS 250) is designed to enable highly-available virtual server and storage infrastructure.It leverages HP’s x86 server and virtualization solutions combined with its HP StoreVirtual software-defined storage (SDS) technology. The CS 250 features enhanced VMware integration, supports hybrid-cloud solution architectures and is accompanied by new delivery services and channel programs.

“There is no one-size-fits-all solution for infrastructure,” said Manish Goel, senior vice president and general manager, HP Storage. “This is why HP continues to offer flexible and interoperable solutions based on HP StoreVirtual technology to help our customers lower costs independent of the hypervisors and hardware platforms they choose. Hyper-convergence is simply the next step in HP’s evolution of the software-defined data center.”

Tintri Raises $125 Million for VM-aware Storage

Tintri, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $125 million in Series F venture funding for its VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments.

Tintri's application-aware storage is able to see how applications behave at the virtualization layer and present information in a way that’s useful to IT professionals. The application-awareness helps eliminate planning and complex troubleshooting by providing VM-level visibility, control, insight and agility, with all flash performance for virtualized environment and the cloud.

The new funding round was led by Silver Lake Kraftwerk. Tintri’s existing investors—Insight Venture Partners, Lightspeed Ventures, Menlo Ventures and NEA—also participated in the round, bringing Tintri’s total capital raised to $260 million. The company will use the funding to accelerate global adoption of VM-aware storage.

“We are honored to be partnering with such an esteemed group of investors,” said Ken Klein, chairman and CEO for Tintri. “The storage industry is going through a dramatic transformation. Virtualization and cloud are forces for change—and conventional DAS, NAS and SAN storage is struggling to keep pace. That’s why our message of VM-aware storage (VAS) is winning in the marketplace. This funding fuels our mission—we’ll be growing our global footprint and raising visibility of the business benefits of storage built specifically for virtualized enterprises. ”

SanDisk and Toshiba Announce 256 Gigabit 3D NAND Chip

SanDisk and Toshiba have begun samplingt a 256 Gigabit (Gb) 3-bit-per-cell (X3) 48-layer 3D NAND chip at a fab in Yokkaichi, Japan.

SanDisk’s 256 Gb X3 BiCS chip is designed for wide applicability in consumer, client, mobile and enterprise products, and is expected to begin shipping in SanDisk’s products in 2016.

“We are pleased to announce our first 3D NAND chip targeted for production,” said Dr. Siva Sivaram, executive vice president, memory technology, SanDisk. “This is the world’s first 256 Gb X3 chip, developed using our industry-leading 48-layer BiCS technology1 and demonstrating SanDisk’s continued leadership in X3 technology. We will use this chip to deliver compelling storage solutions for our customers.”

BiCS is a nonvolatile memory architecture designed to bring new levels of density, scalability and performance to flash-based devices. BiCS NAND memory will also provide enhanced write/erase endurance, write speeds and energy efficiency relative to conventional 2D NAND.

Bhutan Telecom Picks Coriant hiT 7300 DWDM

Bhutan Telecom, the incumbent provider of telecommunications and Internet services in the Kingdom of Bhutan, has selected the Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform as the backbone solution for its new country-wide DWDM network.

Coriant said Bhutan Telecom, the leading provider of both mobile telephony and Internet services in the Kingdom of Bhutan and the only fixed line telephony services provider in the country, is deploying the hiT 7300 platform to enhance the performance of its high-bandwidth business and consumer services, including 3G, LTE, VPN, and fixed line broadband Internet access. The new country-wide optical fiber backbone network, which replaces Bhutan Telecom's existing SDH transmission infrastructure, will be based on Coriant's coherent optical transmission technology.

CenturyLink Misses Q2 Financial Targets

Citing continued pressure on wholesale revenues and higher employee costs, CenturyLink reported Q2 2015 revenue of $4.42 billion compared to $4.54 billion in second quarter 2014. Net income (GAAP) for second quarter 2015 was $143 million compared to a net income of $193 million for second quarter 2014, and diluted earnings per share was $0.26 for second quarter 2015 compared to $0.34 for second quarter 2014.

"CenturyLink's results for the second quarter were below our forecast and Street consensus, primarily due to continued pressure on wholesale revenues and higher employee and benefit costs," said Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president. "While we are disappointed with the financial results for this quarter, we are positioning CenturyLink to drive stronger sales, strategic revenue growth and improved operating cash flow in the months ahead."

Some operational highlights:

  • Achieved core revenues of $4.02 billion in second quarter 2015; revenue from high-bandwidth data services provided to business customers, including MPLS3, Ethernet and Wavelength, grew more than 10% year-over-year.
  • Generated free cash flow of $562 million, excluding special items.
  • Added approximately 8,400 CenturyLink® PrismTM TV customers during second quarter 2015, ending the period with approximately 258,000 customers.
  • Ended the quarter with more than 6.1 million high-speed Internet customers, a decrease of approximately 9,200 customers in second quarter 2015 due to typical seasonality.
  • Purchased and retired an additional 2.5 million shares of CenturyLink common stock for nearly $90 million during second quarter 2015.

EchoStar Picks Lockeed Martin for Jupiter 2 Launch in 2016

The EchoStar XIX communications satellite is scheduled to launch in late 2016 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

EchoStar XIX, also known as JUPITER 2, is a large, multi-spot beam Ka-band satellite that will help meet the growing demand for HughesNet high-speed satellite internet service in North America. The satellite, built by SSL in Palo Alto, California, is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer.

“This is an important launch to HughesNet customers and the Atlas V rocket makes it an ideal choice for this launch,” said Steve Skladanek, president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. “The Atlas program brings unmatched performance, reliability and schedule assurance for EchoStar and Hughes.”

Hortonworks Hits Revenue of $30.7 million, up 154% YoY

Hortonworks, which specializes in Open Enterprise Hadoop, reported Q2 revenue of $30.7 million, an increase of 154 percent over the $12.1 million in the second quarter of 2014. There was a total GAAP gross profit of $17.5 million for the second quarter of 2015, compared to gross profit of $5.5 million in the same period last year.

"We are very pleased with our second quarter performance which was highlighted by support subscription revenue growth of 178% year-over-year and solid customer momentum with the addition of 119 new support subscription logos," said Rob Bearden, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of Hortonworks. "As leading enterprise organizations continue to deploy the Hortonworks Data Platform in production at scale, as evidenced by our 144% dollar-based net expansion rate over the trailing four quarters, we could not be more thrilled to serve as their trusted IT partner during this transformational period in the data management industry."

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

F5 Refreshes its BIG-IP for Cloud and Hybrid Deployments

F5 Networks announced a major software release of its BIG-IP platform aimed improving the agility, security, and performance of cloud application deployments. The company said its aim with this product update is to help customers to more easily transition workloads to cloud environments as needed and incorporate technologies like HTTP/2, while maintaining the same visibility, security, and control of traditional infrastructures. This includes a BIG-IP virtual edition available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

BIG-IP version 12.0 takes advantage of F5’s application delivery services fabric, extending the F5 Synthesis model by combining physical and virtual resources to better support cloud and hybrid scenarios.  F5’s BIG-IP 12.0 release includes many integrated enhancements to F5’s security and access solutions, with notable examples below:

  • Reliable Access in All Types of IT Environments with SSO – F5 extends secure authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) capabilities to cloud-based, web-based, and virtual applications while centrally managing federated identity functions. F5 provides over 5x the scalability of other vendors for applications and identity access management. In addition, F5 is one of the only leading access vendors to extend single sign-on (via SAML) to client-based applications and other browser-less environments, such as Microsoft Office 365.
  • Superior Protection with the Largest DDoS Vector Spectrum and Increased Attack Visibility – With BIG-IP 12.0, F5 offers the most comprehensive and effective mitigations to protect against sophisticated, high-volume DDoS threats on-premises or in the cloud. F5 also helps companies strengthen their security postures and agility with simplified threat visibility, providing thorough drill-down summaries of attack details.
  • Improved SSL Capabilities for Comprehensive Security – Organizations’ use of SSL is rapidly increasing, with many IT teams moving toward an “encrypt everything” approach. BIG-IP provides innovative, integrated SSL encryption and visibility to manage security certificates and keys across physical, virtual, and cloud deployments—all without the blind spots or performance loss typical of other vendors’ offerings.

“Organizations are seeking the same confidence level with applications and services in cloud/hybrid deployments that they’ve seen in the data center,” said Karl Triebes, EVP of Product Development and CTO, F5. “Our BIG-IP software is instrumental in helping customers take advantage of the benefits of the cloud without sacrificing security, flexibility, or savings. With these new technologies, we’re committed to meeting organizations along whatever path they take in evolving hybrid application delivery environments and incorporating cloud.”

Cumulus Releases VX Virtual Appliance Edition of its Linux OS

Cumulus Networks releasesd a free virtual appliance designed to simulate its traditional Cumulus Linux operating system environment for open networking.

Cumulus said its VX (Virtual Experience) provides a way for data center cloud administrators and network engineers to learn, prototype and develop open networking concepts at their own pace, in their own environments. Cumulus VX operates without the need for a bare metal switch or specialized hardware and runs on all popular hypervisors. It is not intended for production usage but allows networking experts to test and configure traditional networking protocols like BGP and MLAG as well as Cumulus Networks-specific technologies such as Prescriptive Topology Manager (PTM).

Key benefits:

  • Learn: Cumulus VX will help IT and network professionals become more familiar with open networking.  
  • Test drive: Prospective customers can shorten the evaluation cycle by testing Cumulus Linux or Cumulus RMP features and functionalities at their own pace in their own environments, without needing to invest in hardware.
  • Prototype: Customers can leverage Cumulus VX to experiment and design rollouts, thus minimizing errors and time to production.  
  • Develop applications: Customers and partners can leverage Cumulus VX to develop custom, portable applications that seamlessly migrate into production Cumulus Linux or Cumulus RMP deployments.

“Open networking is the future. We’re seeing firsthand how organizations of all sizes benefit from embracing it. With Cumulus VX, we’re removing all economic and organizational barriers to make it easier than ever for people who are interested in open networking to try it out,” said Reza Malekzadeh, Vice President of Business, Cumulus Networks. “In addition, our partners are excited to have a way to demonstrate the experience of Cumulus Linux or Cumulus RMP right from their laptops, with no switch hardware required.”

Cumulus VX is available for download now on the Cumulus Networks website.

Menlo Security Adds Webroot to its Isolation Platform

Menlo Security, which offers a security solution that isolates all Web content in the cloud, announced a partnership with Webroot, a leading provider of real-time, actionable threat intelligence.

Webroot will deliver granular threat intelligence for Menlo Security’s Isolation Platform through integration with the Webroot BrightCloud Web Classification Service.

The Web classification data and threat intelligence from Webroot enable administrators of the Menlo Security Web Isolation Platform to establish granular policies that selectively allow, block, or isolate websites based on 83+ categories. This combines the productivity-enhancing benefits of advanced Web filtering with the unique malware-prevention benefits of the Isolation Platform. Additionally, the classification intelligence from Webroot augments the logs and reports provided by the Web Isolation Service, enabling administrators to track and analyze all Web usage.

“Webroot has the most comprehensive and effective Web classification service in the market,” said Poornima DeBolle, chief product officer at Menlo Security. “Integrating the Webroot BrightCloud Web Classification Service with our Web Isolation Platform enables us to give our customers comprehensive control, security, and visibility for their organization’s Web activity.”

In June, Menlo Security emerged from stealth to unveil its Isolation Platform, a new technology that eliminates the threat of malware from key attack vectors, including Web and email.

The solution does not use endpoint software. Instead, the Menlo Security Isolation Platform isolates and executes all Web content in the cloud and away from the endpoint. It uses patent-pending, clientless rendering technology, Adaptive Clientless Rendering (ACR), to deliver a non-executable, malware-free copy of the user’s session to their native browser, creating a transparent user experience.

The Menlo Security Isolation Platform is available now as a public cloud-based service or as a virtual appliance for on-premise deployment. The Platform is compatible with any hardware (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone), any OS (Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android) and any browser (IE, Chrome, Safari, FireFox).

Menlo Security also announced $25 million in Series B funding, led by new investor Sutter Hill Ventures and joined by existing investors General Catalyst, Osage University Partners and Engineering Capital.

Radian Emerges from Stealth with Optimization for Data Center SSDs

Radian Memory Systems, a start-up based in Calabasas, California, unveiled its "Symphonic" software for optimizing flash storage in data centers.

The company said its technology utilizes conventional SSD hardware to deliver 80% improvements in I/O performance and 10x improvements in critical latency metrics, while at the same time significantly reducing hardware acquisition costs and extending usable product life. The idea is to abstract lower level Flash attributes while enabling the host system software to perform what the company calls Cooperative Flash Management (CFM). Radian’s Symphonic technology is a combination of SSD firmware, host libraries, and an API that replace the Flash‐Translation‐Layer (FTL) traditionally found on SSDs.

Along with the Symphonic software technology, Radian Memory Systems is introducing a line of purpose‐built SSDs for the data center. Beginning with the RMS‐250, a 2.5” NVMe 2TB SSD, each Radian SSD includes the Symphonic firmware and respective host‐based libraries to enable Cooperative Flash Management.

“The biggest barriers to extending Flash penetration in data centers are cost, unpredictable latency spikes, and wear out. At Radian we took a unique approach that addresses each of these challenges at the system level, where applications and data centers can realize the advantages,” said Mike Jadon, Radian’s CEO and co‐founder.

Sandvine Acquires MoMac for Customer Engagement

Sandvine, which supplies network policy control solutions for fixed and mobile operators, has acquired MoMac, , a Netherlands-based  company that sells cloud-based, customer engagement solutions to mobile operators. The purpose price was EUR 7 million.

Sandvine said Momac will enhance its portfolio of Revenue Generation products for its communications service provider (CSP) customers. Specifically, Momac's products will work with Sandvine OutReach to significantly enhance its customer engagement capabilities, such that subscribers are presented with the most relevant message, offer or alert at the right time, on any screen, such that they can take immediate action.

Momac drives customer engagement for leading CSPs by providing on-device user interfaces (browser or native OS application based) that connect the CSP with the customer, bridging the technology gap between internal data systems, service offerings, content and customer care. Momac's products are hosted in the cloud and can be delivered as a subscription or revenue-share service to CSP customers, currently comprising mobile operators in 12 countries.

Momac has 26 employees, based in Rotterdam. Sandvine expects that the acquisition will not have a material impact to revenue nor earnings in fiscal 2015, and expects the acquisition to be slightly accretive to earnings in 2016.

"Momac's products have been primarily used by a CSPs' marketing organizations to rapidly enable promotion and sales of different offerings directly to subscribers. Together, we will build on that capability to create communications campaigns for subscribers that cover a number of use cases, including advice-of-usage, contextual upsell, self-care management, and many others," said Dave Caputo, Sandvine's President and CEO.

Huawei wins largest share of China Mobile VoLTE project

Huawei was awarded the largest share of China Mobile’s VoLTE (CM-IMS phase 2) project, which includes network convergence building and reconstruction across 31 provinces and municipalities in China.

In total, Huawei now expects to capture almost half of the China Mobile VoLTE project share.

China Mobile aims to provide services for 50 million commercial VoLTE subscribers by the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016, and a key part of this is the evolution of fixed IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks to Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) networks across 14 of China’s provinces. Among these 14 provinces, Huawei has won the bid to conduct FMC transformation for 12 developed coastal provinces and cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu.

Equinix Expands Data Center in Singapore

Equinix announced the second phase expansion of its third International Business Exchangedata center in Singapore, known as SG3, which is Equinix's largest data center facility in Asia-Pacific. The purpose-built facility has a gross floor area of approximately 385,000 square feet, which can accommodate approximately 5,000 cabinets at full build; 1,000 of which were available in the first phase, increasing by a further 2,000 cabinets in the second phase.

This brings Equinix's total investment in Singapore to over $350M.

Since March, Equinix has opened five new data centers across four continents with locations in New York, Singapore, Melbourne, London, and Toronto.

"Singapore is en-route to becoming a Smart Nation, integrating all aspects of technology into a coherent and cohesive whole to improve the way people live, work and play. We hope to support Singapore's vision by providing our customers with direct access to established business ecosystems. Increasingly companies see great potential in multi-cloud access and the importance of a strong, reliable, yet flexible solution. SG3 phase two was launched to help companies like Fujitsu ensure that they are in a solid position to support their customers' needs," stated Clement Goh, managing director, Equinix South Asia.