Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Docker Content Trust Ensures Integrity of Containers

A newly released Docker Content Trust capability uses digital signatures to ensure the integrity of Dockerized content. The idea is to allow Docker users to operate exclusively on signed content when building or deploying Dockerized applications. The capability is built using Notary and The Update Framework.

When enabled, Docker Content Trust ensures that all operations using a remote registry enforce the signing and verification of images. In particular, Docker’s central commands `push`, `pull`, `build`, `create` and `run` will only operate on images that either have content signatures or explicit content hashes.

Docker said it will be signing the Docker Hub Official Repos, providing users with a trusted set of base images they can use to build distributed applications.

“As organizations evolve from a monolithic software architecture to distributed applications, the secure distribution of software becomes increasingly difficult to solve,” said Diogo Mónica, Security Lead for Docker. “Without a standard method for validating the integrity of content, Docker has the unique opportunity to leapfrog the status quo and build a system that meets the strongest standard for software distribution. With Docker Content Trust, users have a solution that works across any infrastructure, offering security guarantees that were not previously available to them.”

Docker Content Trust also generates a Timestamp key that provides protection against replay attacks, which would allow a malicious actor to serve signed but expired content. Docker manages the Timestamp key for the user, reducing the hassle of having to constantly refresh the content client-side.

https://docs.docker.com/security/trust/content_trust/

Windstream Expands 100G Rollout with Infinera

Windstream Carrier Solutions, which has been deploying a 100G long-haul express network using Infinera's Intelligent Transport Network solution since 2014, confirmed a number of milestones.

This year, Windstream has implemented:


  • 12 new 100G markets including:  Buffalo, Denver, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa 
  • added 3,900 fiber route miles featuring Infinera’s 500G super-channel technology 
  • 20 Day Express Install guarantee for customers leveraging the Long-Haul Core Network

During the remainder of 2015, Windstream plans to expand 100G service to seven additional markets, including Minneapolis and Louisville in September.

The carrier also plans to add 5,600 route miles to its Long-Haul Core Network. providing additional diverse routing options from major cities.

“Carrier customers are increasingly looking to Windstream Carrier Solutions to meet their transport service needs. Windstream is uniquely positioned to provide long-haul and metro services in both Tier 1 and tertiary markets, often via diverse carrier routes,” said Joe Scattareggia, vice president of Sales for the Carrier and Content verticals at Windstream Carrier Solutions.

http://www.infinera.com/j7/servlet/NewsItem?newsItemID=467

ADTRAN Simplifies Virtual Network Function Rollouts

ADTRAN introduced its Virtual Network Function (VNF) solution suite, offering the same feature set and proven interoperability found in ADTRAN’s advanced multi-service, multi-functional networking solutions currently deployed in small businesses.

The VNF suite is aimed at helping telecom and cable service providers to transition from embedded customer premises equipment (CPE) solutions to virtualized, software-based networks without compromising performance.

ADTRAN said that while most NFV implementation strategies utilize cloud-based VNF components sourced from various vendors to allow best-in-breed networking functions. its approach its to virtualize the most valuable CPE functions—such as routers, firewalls, enterprise session border controllers (eSBC) and voice quality monitoring (VQM).  This gives gives service providers the option to bundle them into a single VNF, eliminating multi-vendor overhead and associated server hardware related expenses.  For additional flexibility and for those service providers that want to pick and choose which network functions are virtualized, ADTRAN offers functions on a more granular basis, allowing the creation of service chains from multiple software vendors.

“ADTRAN has long provided open architecture throughout its entire portfolio of solutions and services to pre-position our customers for a smooth transition to virtual networks. Our expertise in bridging the end-to-end network – from the carrier to the enterprise – gives us unique insight into what service providers need from their VNF functionality. Giving providers the option to bundle multiple networking functions into a single VNF eases deployment headaches, improves efficiency and lowers expenses,” said Chris Thompson, director, customer device portfolio, ADTRAN. “As service providers’ business models evolve, ADTRAN is designing, integrating and managing the next generation of networking solutions to align with that forward-looking vision.”

http://www.adtran.com

Red Hat Supports Container-Based Deployment Strategies

Red Hat release a new version of its Satellite systems management solution, adding security capabilities, enhanced discovery and container management capabilities across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Red Hat Satellite 6.1 brings users significant upgrades in three key areas:

  • Container management
  • Security
  • Provisioning
  • Container Management

The core capabilities of Satellite 6.1 provide Docker with more control around versioning, authentication and integration with existing platforms. A scalable on-premise registry based with Role-Based Access Controls, auditing and a robust API are now available for developers seeking to manage systems in a container-based environment.

Satellite 6.1 brings upgrades to errata management, allowing users to address security, bugfix and enhancement errata. Improved reporting now enables organizations to more quickly identify and respond to hosts affected by a security vulnerability, minimizing downtime and sensitive data exposure in vulnerability scenarios such as those presented by Shellshock, Heartbleed and GHOST. Additionally, OpenSCAP, a standardized approach to maintaining enterprise system security, is now available in tech preview. OpenSCAP automatically verifies the presence of patches, checks system security configuration settings and examines systems for signs of compromise in daily/weekly/monthly cadences that can be customized by end users to best fit their own internal security protocols.

https://access.redhat.com/products/red-hat-satellite

SoftBank Group Buys More Shares of Sprint on Open Market

Saying it believes the share price of Sprint is under valued, SoftBank Group announced a program of open market purchases of Sprint's publicly traded shares.

Speaking on Sprint's quarterly financial conference call last week, Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO of SBG and Chairman of Sprint, said he is enthusiastic about Sprint's prospects.

http://www.softbank.jp/en/corp/

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Verizon Completes 10G FTTP Trial Using NG-PON2

Verizon has completed a test of a 10 Gbps technology on its fiber-to-the-premises network.

Field testing of the NG-PON2 technology was completed recently from Verizon’s central office in Framingham, Mass., to a FiOS customer’s home 3 miles away as well as to a nearby business location. This followed extensive testing in Verizon’s laboratories in Waltham, Mass.

A new optical line terminal (OLT) installed in the Verizon central office generated four wavelengths, each capable of operating at 10G/2.5G. Later versions are envisioned to support the same download and upload speeds of 10G/10G per color. One test transmitted the NG-PON2 signals over a fiber serving live GPON customers proving that the network can simultaneously deliver GPON and NG-PON2 on the same fiber. The trial was conducted with a NG-PON2 equipment system from Cisco and PT Inovação.  The technology will have the system capacity to grow to 40-80 Gbps as the market demands.

Verizon said upgrades on its FTTP network will begin when commercial equipment is available to support business services such as switched Ethernet services. The company plans to issue a request for proposals later this year for the purchase of hardware and software for the new NG-PON2 platform.

“The advantage of our FiOS network is that it can be upgraded easily by adding electronics onto the fiber network that is already in place," said Lee Hicks, vice president of network technology for Verizon. "Deploying this exciting new technology sets a new standard for the broadband industry and further validates our strategic choice of fiber-to-the-premises.”

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-tests-superfast-10-gigabit-internet-service-using-newest-optical-technology


HGST Announces Persistent Memory Fabric Technology

HGST has developed a persistent memory fabric technology that promises low-power, DRAM-like performance, and does not require BIOS modification nor rewriting of applications. Memory mapping of remote PCM using the Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) protocol over networking infrastructures, such as Ethernet or InfiniBand, enables a seamless, wide scale deployment of in-memory computing. This network-based approach allows applications to harness the non-volatile PCM across multiple computers to scale out as needed.

At this week's Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, HGST, in collaboration with Mellanox Technologies, its showcasing the PCM-based, RDMA-enabled in-memory compute cluster architecture. The HGST/Mellanox demonstration achieves random access latency of less than two microseconds for 512 B reads, and throughput exceeding 3.5 GB/s for two KB block sizes using RDMA over InfiniBand.

"DRAM is expensive and consumes significant power, but today's alternatives lack sufficient density and are too slow to be a viable replacement," said Steve Campbell, HGST's chief technology officer. "Last year our Research arm demonstrated Phase Change Memory as a viable DRAM performance alternative at a new price and capacity tier bridging main memory and persistent storage.  To scale out this level of performance across the data center requires further innovation.  Our work with Mellanox proves that non-volatile main memory can be mapped across a network with latencies that fit inside the performance envelope of in-memory compute applications."

"Mellanox is excited to be working with HGST to drive persistent memory fabrics," said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies.  "To truly shake up the economics of the in-memory compute ecosystem will require a combination of networking and storage working together transparently to minimize latency and maximize scalability.  With this demonstration, we were able to leverage RDMA over InfiniBand to achieve record-breaking round-trip latencies under two microseconds.  In the future, our goal is to support PCM access using both InfiniBand and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) to increase the scalability and lower the cost of in-memory applications."

http://www.hgst.com

Diablo Debuts All-flash DDR4 Server System Memory

Diablo introduces an all-flash DDR4 server system memory technology that packs four times the capacity of the largest DRAM modules and that is compatible with standard motherboards, servers, operating systems and applications. Diablo replaces expensive DRAM with low cost, high capacity flash.

The company says its Memory1 technology means that same system memory slots that now hold 128 or 384 gigabytes of DRAM memory can house up to four terabytes of capacity.

“Memory1 represents a major evolution in server architecture. The needs of the large-scale datacenter are changing, with a very sharp focus on increasing capability to win the Internet while managing tight constraints on cost and power. The Memory1 platform allows customers to leverage NAND flash as pure system memory in a seamless manner, with no changes to their hardware and software stacks,” said Riccardo Badalone, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Diablo Technologies. “The business impact on datacenter economics and application performance is dramatic. We’ve seen customers envisioning everything from aggressive server consolidation all the way to doubling and tripling individual machine profit. The implications of this technology cannot be overstated.”

http://www.diablo-technologies.com/

CENX Raises $12.5 Million for Service Orchestration

CENX, a start-up providing Lifecycle Service Orchestration solutions for software-defined and virtualized networks, raised US$12.5 million in new venture funding.

CENX's solutions automate the fulfillment and assurance of advanced data services in software-defined networks, bridging physical and virtualized network functions.  The company is based in Ottawa.

New investors BDC Capital, Mistral Venture Partners, and VMware joined the Series D financing round, in which all current investors participated: Highland Capital Partners, Mesirow Financial Private Equity Inc., Verizon Ventures, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, Ericsson, DCM Ventures, and Cross Creek Advisors.

“We welcome the market, business and partnership perspectives that VMware, BDC Capital, and Mistral bring to CENX,” said Ed Ogonek, President and CEO of CENX. “We are seeing tremendous demand worldwide for our Cortx solution, delivering tangible value in today’s networks and empowering the evolution to virtualized networks and services with NFV and SDN. With the support and confidence of our growing investor group, we continue to expand our world-class team to meet these global opportunities.”
 
http://www.cenx.com

Symantec to sell Veritas to The Carlyle Group for $8 Billion

Symantec agreed to sell its information management business, known as Veritas, to an investor group led by The Carlyle Group together with GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, and other expected co-investors for $8 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close at the end of the year and Symantec expects to receive approximately $6.3 billion in net cash proceeds, subject to certain customary post-closing adjustments.

Michael A. Brown, Symantec president and CEO, said, “This transaction strengthens our financial foundation, paving the way for Symantec to grow its security business and increase its lead as the world’s largest cybersecurity company. We believe the agreement with the investors, including The Carlyle Group and GIC, delivers an attractive and certain value for the Veritas business, and is in the best interests of all stakeholders.”

https://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20150811_01

  • In October 2014, Symantec first announced plans to separate into two, independent publicly traded companies: one business focused on security and one business focused on information management (“Veritas”).

Viavi Announces Leadership Change One Week After Launch

The Board of Directors of Viavi Solutions appointed Richard E. Belluzzo as interim president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Belluzzo currently serves as Chairman.  Tom Waechter has stepped down as the company's president and chief executive officer and Board member. The Viavi Board is commencing a search for a permanent president and chief executive officer.

The announcement follows the separation of JDSU into two public companies on August 1, 2015 -- Viavi and Lumentum.

On behalf of Viavi’s Board, Mr. Belluzzo said, "We thank Tom for his contributions to the company since joining in 2007. He has led the company through a period of significant transformation, including the successful spin-off of Lumentum Holdings. As Viavi moves forward, we will seek a new leader with strong industry knowledge and customer relationships, technical expertise and operational acumen.”

Mr. Belluzzo added, “The Lumentum spin-off and related business realignment are the first milestones in repositioning Viavi for the future. Viavi’s Board is committed to implementing additional steps to enhance both its market position and shareholder value. The appointment of two new directors will add experience, expertise and momentum to these efforts. Through this transition, our foremost focus will remain on delivering value to our customers and shareholders as we execute to our industry shaping vision.”

http://www.viavisolutions.com/

Video: Tom Waechter on the Viavi Launch


In this 2-minute video, Tom Waechter introduces Viavi Solutions. the new company out of JDSU following the spin-off of the optical components division as Lumentum. Viavi itself has two divisions: the optical security and performance business; and the network & service enablement business. The name Viavi derives from "Via" (the Way) and Vi (visibility). https://youtu.be/sWbk0HjS2N...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Samsung's 3D V-NAND Flash Memory Enters Mass Production

Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of the industry’s first 256-gigabit, three-dimensional (3D) Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory based on 48 layers of 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) arrays for use in solid state drives (SSDs).

Samsung’s new 256Gb 3D V-NAND flash doubles the density of conventional 128Gb NAND flash chips. In addition to enabling 32 gigabytes (256 gigabits) of memory storage on a single die, the new chip will also easily double the capacity of Samsung’s existing SSD line-ups, and provide an ideal solution for multi-terabyte SSDs. A 48-layer 3-bit MLC 256Gb V-NAND flash chip delivers more than a 30 percent reduction in power compared to a 32-layer, 3-bit MLC, 128Gb V-NAND chip, when storing the same amount of data.

“With the introduction of our 3rd generation V-NAND flash memory to the global market, we can now provide the best advanced memory solutions, with even higher efficiency based on improved performance, power utilization and manufacturing productivity, thereby accelerating growth of the high-performance and the high-density SSD markets,” said Young-Hyun Jun, President of the Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “By making full use of Samsung V-NAND’s excellent features, we will expand our premium-level business in the enterprise and data center market segments, as well as in the consumer market, while continuing to strengthen our strategic SSD focus.”

http://www.samsung.com

PMC Debuts Fastest SSD Contrillers and PCIe Switches

PMC-Sierra introduced the industry’s first PCI Express (PCIe) storage switches and the world’s fastest solid-state drive (SSD) controllers.

The company says its new, second-generation Flashtec NVMe Controllers will power new SSD capable of one million IOPS and greater than 20TB of flash capacity. They are the industry’s first SSD controllers to integrate DDR4 DRAM.

PMC's new Switchtec PSX storage switches enable PCIe flash drives to scale in high-performance storage systems, with enterprise-class resiliency and the industry’s lowest power. PMC says systems built with Switchtec PSX consume up to 60 percent less power than those using other PCIe switches, enabling a savings of nearly 1000 Watts per rack. Systems also require 75 percent fewer devices than other switches in a typical flash array, allowing system designers to increase flash density, lower bill of materials costs, and improve the mean time before failure for higher reliability. The Switchtec PSX family comprises switches from 24 lanes to 96 lanes.

“While working with the industry to enable the first NVMe SSDs, it became clear there was no reliable way to connect and scale many of them in a single enclosure, much like SAS does today,” said Derek Dicker, vice president of the Performance Solutions Group at PMC. “In partnership with the industry’s most forward-thinking hyperscale and all-flash array customers, PMC created a new PCIe storage switch category with our Switchtec products to deliver the high port count, low power, resilient storage features that the industry needs.”

http://www.pmcs.com/performancestorage.

Toshiba Develops 16-die Stacked NAND Flash Memory

Toshiba announced the world’s first 16-die (max.) stacked NAND flash memory utilizing Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology.

The prior art of stacked NAND flash memories are connected together with wire bonding in a package. TSV technology instead utilizes the vertical electrodes and vias to pass through the silicon dies for the connection. This enables high speed data input and output, and reduces power consumption.

Toshiba’s TSV technology achieves an I/O data rate of over 1Gbps which is higher than any other NAND flash memories with a low voltage supply: 1.8V to the core circuits and 1.2V to the I/O circuits and approximately 50%*2 power reduction of write operations, read operations, and I/O data transfers.

http://www.toshiba.com

Toshiba Launches High-Performance PCIe SSDs

Toshiba America Electronic Components introduced three families of PCIe solid state drive (SSD) products based on NVMe2 (Non-Volatile Memory Express) protocol technology. Sampling begins in Q4 2015.

The new drives are for high performance notebooks; thin notebooks, 2-in-1/convertible notebooks, all-in-one PCs and tablets; and server and storage applications.

Each NVMe SSD product is engineered with a distinct Toshiba-developed controller platform and Toshiba’s own state-of-the-art MLC NAND flash memory, so the technologies are well suited for optimum performance and reliability. Each SSD family is designed for its target segment with capacity, optimized form factor, and security capabilities.

“Toshiba leverages the performance and latency advantages of PCIe and flash memory to produce industry standard NVMe SSDs that will reach client, hyperscale/datacenter and enterprise markets. Market adoption of NVMe SSDs is going to accelerate, and Toshiba is well positioned to capitalize on this trend,” said Don Jeanette, Vice President at TRENDFOCUS.

http://www.toshibastorage.com/

Last week, Toshiba’s Semiconductor & Storage Products company announced its next generation of enterprise solid state drives (eSSDs).

The new PX04S line features four serial-attached small computer system interface (SCSI) SAS eSSD models well-suited for enterprise applications including: mail servers; database servers; virtualized enterprise file servers; and primary storage in read, write or mixed workload environments. Continuing Toshiba’s legacy of quality and reliability, the dual-ported 12Gbit/s SAS PX04S line offers random 4K performance with read IOPS up to 270K and write IOPS up to 145K. This is Toshiba’s first 12Gbit/s SAS SSD to deliver 3.84TB of operating capacity.

The product line up includes a high-endurance model targeted at applications requiring the highest levels of eSSD performance, reliability and endurance, the PX04SHB supports 25 complete drive writes per day with a one hundred percent random workload.

Hibernia Express Transatlantic Cable Reaches Ireland

Hibernia Express, the first transatlantic cable to be deployed in 12 years, has come ashore in Cork, Ireland.  The new ultra low latency submarine cable, spanning 4,600km, will link Halifax, Nova Scotia to Slough, England and Cork, Ireland.  Service is slated to begin in September 2015.

“Our customers are now just weeks away from having access to the most advanced submarine cable system on the market,” states Omar Altaji, CCO of Hibernia Networks. “Financial firms, web-centric companies, media players and traditional telecom service providers alike will benefit from the speed, diversity and scalability that Hibernia Express brings to the transatlantic corridor.”

http://www.hibernianetworks.com

Hibernia Express utilizes a 6-fiber-pair submarine cable, with a portion of the fibers optimized for lowest latency and a portion optimized for 100X100 Gpbs design capacity. The total cross-sectional design capacity of the cable will be over 53 Tbps. Hibernia Express will initially launch with 100 Gbps transmission capacity using TE SubCom’s C100 SLTE platform.

Hibernia Express follows the most direct route between the UK and North America, promising to reduce latency by at least 5 milliseconds over existing cables.

Google Announces Corporate Restructuring

Google is restructuring under a new parent organization called Alphabet Inc. in order to bring more accountability to its growing number of products, services and projects. Alphabet will be a conglomerate of companies, including a slimmed-down Google, Life Sciences (working on glucose-sensing contact lenses), Calico (working on longevity), etc. It will not be a consumer brand.

Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Our two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG.

Larry Page will be CEO of Alphabet. Sergey Brin will be President of Alphabet. Sundar Pichai will be CEO of Google.

https://investor.google.com/releases/2015/0810.html

Black Hat Conference Attracts 11,000

Black Hat USA 2015, which was held last week in Las Vegas, attracted a record-11,000+ professionals across the InfoSec spectrum – spanning academia, world-class researchers, and leaders in the public and private sectors.

Top sponsors of Black Hat USA 2015 include: Diamond Sponsors: FireEye, Lieberman Software, Qualys, RSA, and Tenable Network Security; Platinum Plus Sponsors: AlienVault, Cisco, Digital Guardian, Fidelis Cybersecurity, HP, Lockheed Martin Corporation, LogRhythm, Palo Alto Networks, Inc., Raytheon | Websense, and Webroot; Platinum Sponsors: Bromium, Core Security Technologies, Fortinet, IBM, Optiv Security, Proofpoint, Inc., Tripwire, and ZeroFOX Inc.

The next Black Hat event will be in Amsterdam, November 10-13, 2015.

http://www.blackhat.com/

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