Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SAP's New HANA Vora Software Extends In-Memory Query Engine to Spark

SAP introduced its new HANA Vora software for bringing context-aware decision to data sets encompassed by Apache Spark.

SAP HANA Vora is a new in-memory query engine that leverages and extends the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop. As a socket inside the Spark framework, the Vora capabilities can tap into distributed Big Data. It extends the in-memory computing innovation from SAP to distributed data and provides OLAP-like analytics with a business semantic understanding of data in and around the Hadoop ecosystem.

At a launch event in San Francisco, company executives said SAP HANA Vora is key to extending cloud growth outside of its SAP HANA customer base.

“Our mission at SAP is to empower businesses to lead the digital transformation in their industry,” said Quentin Clark, chief technology officer and member of the Global Managing Board of SAP SE.  “In order to succeed in this digital transformation, companies need a platform that enables real-time business, delivers business agility, is able to scale and provides contextual awareness in a hyper-connected world. With the introduction of SAP HANA Vora and the planned new capabilities in SAP HANA Cloud Platform, we aim to enable our customers to become leaders in the digital economy.”

“As part of our Big Data initiative, we currently have Hadoop and SAP HANA deployed in our enterprise IT landscape to help manage large unstructured data sets,” said Aziz Safa, VP and GM, Intel IT Enterprise Applications and Application Strategy. “One of the key requirements for us is to have better analyses of Big Data, but mining these large data sets for contextual information in Hadoop is a challenge. SAP HANA Vora will provide us with the capability to conduct OLAP processing directly on these large, rich data sets all in-memory and stored in Hadoop. This will allow us to extract contextual information and then push those valuable insights back to our business.”

SAP HANA Vora is planned to be released to customers in late September; a cloud-based developer edition is planned to be available at the same time.

http://www.sap.com

VMware Adds Support for Public Cloud Services, Including Google Cloud Storage

At its VMworld 2015 event in San Francisco, VMware rolled out a number of enhancements for its unified hybrid cloud platform, including new public cloud services and software-defined solutions.

Some highlights:

  • Disaster Recovery OnDemand: VMware will add a pay-for-what-you-consume pricing option to VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. Customers will pay a flat fee for each VM protected and the amount of storage consumed by the VMs. When a DR test is run or a DR event occurs, customers will only pay for the compute consumed when VMs are running.
  • Site Recovery Manager Air: Site Recovery Manager Air is a software as a service offering that will provide VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery customers with a comprehensive management solution for designing, testing, executing and orchestrating centralized business continuity and disaster recovery plans. VMware Site Recovery Manager Air will enable fast, reliable and orchestrated recovery of multi-VM applications and data centers protected in VMware vCloud Air.
  • VMware vCloud Air Object Storage - VMware vCloud Air Object Storage is a portfolio of highly scalable, reliable and cost effective storage services for unstructured data. VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by Google Cloud Platform is based on Google Cloud Storage and integrated into vCloud Air OnDemand. VMware vCloud Air Object Storage powered by EMC is based on EMC ViPR, offered by EMC Cloud Services and integrated into vCloud Air OnDemand. VMware vCloud Air Object Storage will be easy to setup and exceptionally durable and available, and will reduce the need for data protection with built-in redundancy. It will support global access use cases with easy access from any device, anywhere, anytime.
  • VMware vCloud Air SQL - VMware vCloud Air SQL is a new database as a service offering that will provide easy access to scalable, cloud-hosted relational databases. Delivered in a cost-efficient pay-as-you-go model, and built on the trusted foundation of vSphere, vCloud Air SQL will support hybrid data solutions that seamlessly and securely extend on-premises databases to the cloud. VMware vCloud Air SQL will support Microsoft SQL Server, with a variety of memory, compute and storage options, and plans to support other relational databases in the future.

"Digital business transformation is creating new opportunities and new risks across every industry," said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president and general manager, Software-Defined Data Center Division, VMware. "Applications are the fuel of this digital business transformation. With our One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device™ strategy and our unified hybrid cloud platform, VMware is empowering the next wave of industry leaders to deliver applications with the stability, security and reliability of an enterprise, while allowing organizations to innovate with the agility of a startup."

http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-newsfeed/VMware-Extends-Unified-Hybrid-Cloud-Platform,-Empowers-Customers-to-Innovate-Faster/1984569#sthash.vLxfoK7D.dpuf

XtremIO achieves $1 billion in Bookings for All-Flash Arrays

In just six quarters since its launch, EMC's XtremIO group has achieve $1 billion in aggregate bookings for its all-flash storage arrays. The company now has over 1,750 customers, including 60% of the Fortune 100 and 47% of the Fortune 200.

This makes the all-flash arrays the fastest growth product in EMC's 36-year history.

http://www.emc.com

Ericsson to License its OSS interfaces to Cisco and NETSCOUT

Ericsson announced license agreements with both Cisco Systems and Tektronix Communications (a wholly owned subsidiary of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS) in alignment with the principles outlined in the OSS Interoperability Initiative (OSSii).

Specifically, Ericsson will license its OSS interfaces for integration with Cisco self-optimizing network (SON) products and Tektronix Communications TrueCall geoanalytics platform.

OSSii enables pre-verification of products for new network releases, and provides lifecycle management for interfaces. In addition, it allows both OSSii partners and third parties to support network releases without lengthy and complex integration projects.

Fredrik Gessler, Head of Network Analytics and Management, Ericsson, says: "With the rapid evolution of mobile networks, interoperability is becoming a major expense for operators. OSSii addresses this issue by delivering integration efficiencies, faster time-to-market and lower integration costs, and Ericsson's agreements with Cisco Systems and Tektronix Communications underline Ericsson's commitment to supporting interoperability and to providing flexibility for our customers."
Uzi Breier, Director of Business Development, Cisco, says: "Cisco's collaboration with Ericsson on the OSSii initiative helps both companies deliver superior service. Fine tuning Cisco's SON to the most updated Ericsson interfaces and specifications will help maximize the potential of our customers' Radio Access Networks."

Both agreements run from August 2015 and will initially cover three years.

http://www.ericsson.com

In February 2014, Ericsson has signed cross-license agreements with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Huawei for multi-vendor interoperability, to simplify operators' use of Operations Support Systems (OSS).  In signing the agreements, Ericsson furthers the goals of the Operations Support Systems interoperability initiative (OSSii).

OSSii is an initiative led by major network vendors (Ericsson, NSN and Huawei), which aims to facilitate the interoperability between network management systems from different vendors. OSSii is promoting competition for network-level OSS systems by reducing the overall integration costs, as well as speeding up the time to market for new services. The licenses will be available to other OSS vendors on FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) terms and conditions.

Cross-license agreements allow Ericsson and other vendors to develop and sell network management products and services based on each other's proprietary OSS-interfaces. As part of the initiative Ericsson will provide a remote testing service for interoperability testing.

Link Lab Raises $6 Million for Low-power WAN Wireless

Link Labs, a start-up based in Annapolis, Maryland closed a $6 million funding round  for its work in low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The company’s primary markets are industrial sensing and control, building management, smart agriculture, government and municipal applications, asset tracking, and the growing connectivity requirements of the Internet of Things.  The line features a low and high power module, repeaters, an 8-channel gateway (indoor and outdoor versions) as well as 24- and 64-channel base stations. The breadth of this product line allows developers to quickly bring long-range communications to their devices and network operators to cost effectively cover cities and regions with a range of base stations and repeater technologies. These devices are FCC-certified for operation in the 915 MHz ISM band and ETSI-compliant for use in the 868 MHz band in Europe and are capable of licensed or unlicensed deployment from 137 MHz-1020 MHz.

The funding round ws led by TCP Venture Capital, which included investment from the Maryland Venture Fund, Blu Venture Investors, and individual and existing investors.

http://www.link-labs.com

Infinera Appoints Nick Walden as Sr VP of Sales for EME

Infinera named Nick Walden as senior vice president of sales, EMEA with responsibility for leading Infinera's sales activities in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) markets. Walden previously served as vice president and managing director for Ciena's regional carrier business in EMEA. Prior to that, Mr. Walden served in numerous capacities at Ciena for 14 years including his role as the regional managing director leading the Northern Europe business across service provider, partner and enterprise markets.

http://www.infinera.com

Monday, August 31, 2015

VMware's Photon Containers Promise "Just Enough" Virtualization

VMware introduced two new concepts for the cloud-native applications:  VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and VMware Photon Platform. The technologies enable containers in production on-premises and on VMware's public cloud, VMware vCloud Air.

"Today, VMware is announcing foundational infrastructure that will enable customers to deploy cloud-native applications in production with confidence," said Ray O'Farrell, chief technology officer and chief development officer, VMware. "It's all about choice. Customers will be able to jumpstart their container initiatives on top of their existing VMware vSphere environments or consume new infrastructure designed specifically for cloud-native applications."


VMware vSphere Integrated Containers: uses VMware vSphere at its foundation and enables IT teams to take advantage of their existing investments in VMware infrastructure, people, processes and management tools. The solution integrates with other container ecosystem solutions, including CoreOS Tectonic, Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere's Data Center Operating System and Cloud Foundry. VMware says vSphere Integrated Containers assures the integrity and authenticity of containers and their underlying infrastructure. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers will enable provisioning of persistent data volumes for containers in VMware vSphere environments. In addition, with VMware NSX, containers can be integrated with the rest of the data center, and can be connected to quarantine, forensics and/or monitoring networks for additional monitoring and troubleshooting.


The Photon Platform: a new, container-optimized platform developed for high churn workloads and an API-first model, promising "just the right level of functionality" to run cloud-native applications at scale.  The VMware Photon Platform is designed for DevOps teams planning to build out large pools of commodity computing capacity that solely run cloud-native applications. DevOps teams will have a choice of open container orchestration frameworks including Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, Mesos and Cloud Foundry to run on the platform. The technology -- components of which will be open sourced -- will also support dynamic continuous integration environments, platform as a service (PaaS) or SaaS deployments, and sizable data analytics clusters running Hadoop or Spark.

The VMware Photon Platform, which will include future integrations with VMware NSX, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vRealize Suite, features the following technologies:

  • VMware Photon Controller - A multi-tenant, API-driven control plane optimized for scale, churn and high-availability. Automation-savvy DevOps teams will be able to speed the creation of thousands of new containers per minute and support hundreds of thousands of total simultaneous workloads. The controller will be released as an open source project to help encourage broad input, testing and adoption from customers, partners and the community at large. The technology will also incorporate Project Lightwave, which provides enterprise-grade trust and security for containers.
  • VMware Photon Machine - This technology will include a new ESX Microvisor based on the proven core of VMware ESXi. It also includes Project Photon OS, a lightweight Linux operating system for containerized applications and optimized for VMware environments.

http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmw-newsfeed/VMware-Previews-vSphere-Integrated-Containers-and-Photon-Platform-to-Accelerate-Cloud-Native-Apps-in-the-Enterprise/1984726#sthash.SkYqjpM5.dpuf

Federal Aviation Administration to Migrate to Hybrid Cloud on AWS and Azure

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded a contract valued at $108 million to CSC to consolidate data centers and migrate FAA data and systems to a hybrid cloud environment. The CSC team includes Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, as well as other strategic business partners.

Under the contract, the team will use the CSC Agility Platform cloud management tool to orchestrate efficient cloud deployment while leveraging alliance partners for data and cloud services.

The contract could be extended, with the potential to reach $1 billion in value over 10 years.

“CSC and our alliance partners are demonstrating the unique value that we as a team can bring to deliver an innovative, next-gen IT cloud solution that drives the FAA’s mission forward,” said Mike Lawrie, CSC’s president and chief executive officer. “By coming together as we have, we are in a unique position to help meet the agency’s operational and budgetary challenges over the life of the program.”

“Government adoption of cloud computing for mission applications is accelerating rapidly, and we are pleased to help FAA’s transition to the cloud,” said Teresa Carlson, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “With AWS’s security and compliance standards – like FedRAMP, ITAR and SRG – CSC will be able to rapidly enable FAA to realize the benefits of agility, cost savings, and flexibility.”

“Microsoft is excited to continue working under the leadership of the FAA and CSC to deliver a secure, cost-effective and intelligent cloud with our FedRAMP JAB-approved Microsoft Azure,” said Greg Myers, vice president of Microsoft Federal. “This builds nicely on our collective success in moving the FAA to the cloud on the productivity side with Office 365. As the agency now moves to a hybrid cloud environment and consolidates its data centers, Microsoft’s Azure will work across applications, software, operating systems, and data to ensure success in support of the FAA’s mission of providing the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.”

http://www.csc.com/newsroom/press_releases/133565-csc_team_wins_federal_aviation_administration_cloud_services_contract_valued_at_more_than_108_million

Avi Enhances its Software Load-balancer with Security Features

Avi Networks, which offers a software-defined application delivery controller (ADC), introduced a new Continuous Security Insights (CSI) Module that help enterprises evaluate their security posture and quickly mitigate application threats and attacks – in real-time.

Avi said its CSI module is able to collect and analyze hundreds of telemetry data points at its strategic point-of-entry into the network.  This intelligence enables the ADC to make changes in traffic delivery. The recent POODLE SSL attack is an example of how this capability could be implemented. The POODLE SSL attack exploited vulnerabilities in the many Internet-based systems still running SSL 3.0 encryption protocol. While the solution was relatively simple – reconfigure all systems to turn off SSL 3.0 – network admins had no way of understanding the full impact of this network-wide reconfiguration, including possibly damaging end-user experiences on websites and other public-facing apps.

Key functionality of the Avi Continuous Security Insights (CSI) solution:

  • Inspect: Constantly analyzes security configurations and user-to-application traffic to detect vulnerabilities, attacks and anomalies. 
  • Inform: Notifies admins about the real-time security posture via alerts, logs and simple to understand metrics such as a SSL Score, DDoS Score, Security Insight and overall application health score.
  • Mitigate: Takes proactive measures against anomalous behavior ranging from simple penalties for spurious transactions to traffic rate-limiting or blocking users for more serious threats.  

The Avi ADC v15.2 software is currently in pilot trials at several large financial services and e-commerce companies as well as a number of cloud service providers.

“Network administrators who cannot understand the current state of their systems cannot secure them,” said Dhritiman Dasgupta, VP of Marketing, Avi Networks. “For most enterprises today, we believe that a healthy security profile is not just a nice-to-have but is mandatory for guaranteeing the health of the overall application experience for today’s end users.”

http://www.avinetworks.com

ZTE's Revenue of Profits Rise in First Half of 2015

ZTE reported operating revenue of RMB 45.9 billion for the first six months of 2015, up 22% over the first half of 2014, primarily reflecting growth in operating revenue for 3G system equipment in the domestic market, FDD-LTE system equipment in the domestic and international markets, TD-LTE system equipment in the international market, wireline switch and access systems in the domestic market and optical communication systems in the domestic market.

Operating profit was RMB 76 million for the period compared to a loss of RMB 210 million for the same period last year.

ZTE said China's domestic telecommunications industry is undergoing a stage of transition in both network and business model. During the first half of 2015, domestic carriers’ investment in equipment remained stable given the progress of 4G network deployment and expedited broadband development as a matter of national policy.  During the reporting period, the Group reported operating revenue of RMB 24.361 billion from the domestic market, accounting for 53.08% of the Group’s operating revenue.

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/about/investor_relations/announcement/201508/P020150826636431955004.pdf

Cisco to Optimize for iOS Enterprise Users

Apple and Cisco announced a partnership to optimize Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad.  Specifically, Cisco will deliver experiences specially optimized for iOS across mobile, cloud, and premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx in order to deliver seamless team collaboration and reinvent the meeting experience.

“Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive,” said Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers. “Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we’re offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices. Together, we’re going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness.”

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.apple.com

ZTE Signs Partnership Deal with Telefonica

ZTE announced a global partnership with Telefonica.

ZTE supplies a range of solutions to Telefonica, including gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology, optical mesh network / large-capacity transmission solutions, Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE), microwave transmission, etc..

http://www.zte.com.cn

T-Mobile US Stops Unlimited LTE Tethering

T-Mobile is taking action to stop users who signed up for an unlimited 4G LTE plan for their smartphones and then use it heavily with tethering.  Although T-Mobile says it supports a limited amount of data usage for tethering use, the company says some users have abused the plan by consuming up to 2 TB of data per month.

In online posting, John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, describes these users as "hackers" intent on stealing data from T-Mobile.

http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/issues-insights-blog/stopping-network-abusers.htm

NETGEAR Unveils 28-port 10-Gigabit Switch

NETGEAR unveiled its ProSAFE 28-port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch - the industry's first 28-port (24 copper, 4 SFP+) 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch purposely designed for small to mid-sized organizations (SMBs) with 10GBASE-T connectivity and Advanced L2+/Layer 3 Lite features.

Key Features:

  • Advanced VLAN features such as Protocol-based VLAN, MAC-based VLAN and 802.1x Guest VLAN
  • Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) with L2/L3/L4 awareness and 8 priority queues including Q-in-Q
  • Static Routing (both IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Private VLAN
  • Dynamic VLAN assignment
  • IGMP and MLD snooping
  • Advanced Security
  • IPv6 support for management, QoS and ACL
  • Easy-to-use web-based management GUI or PC-based Smart Control Center application for multi-switch deployment


It has an MSRP in the U.S. of $4,624.00, although final pricing for end customers may vary depending on the reseller and bundled offerings.

http://www.netgear.com

Sunday, August 30, 2015

OpenStack is Changing the Face of Service Delivery

OpenStack is fundamentally changing the face of service delivery, say Lew Tucker, Vice President and CTO of Cloud Computing for Cisco.  Network providers, media companies, application developers and SaaS providers are all moving towards an open-source, cloud-model based on OpenStack.

This short video also hits on Cisco's role in OpenStack and how Comcast is moving ahead with its OpenStack designs.

https://youtu.be/v6yzWkAC2l8


Hortonworks to Acquire Onyara for Apache NiFi Expertise

Hortonworks agreed to acquire Onyara, Inc., the creator of and key contributor to Apache NiFi, a top-level open source project. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Hortonworks,  which offers enterprise Apache Hadoop solutions, said the deal will help its customers to automate and secure data flows and to collect, conduct and curate real-time business insights and actions derived from data in motion. As a result of the acquisition, Hortonworks is introducing Hortonworks DataFlow powered by Apache NiFi which is complementary to its Open Enterprise Hadoop platform, Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP).

Apache NiFi was made available through the NSA Technology Transfer Program in the fall of 2014. Over the past eight years, Onyara’s engineers were the key contributors to the U.S. government software project that evolved into Apache NiFi. In July 2015, NiFi became a Top-Level Project, signifying that its community and technology have been successfully governed under the Apache Software Foundation.

“Hortonworks is focused on doing everything possible to enable our customers to transform their business through data-driven insights and actions,” said Rob Bearden, chief executive officer at Hortonworks. “Onyara’s impressive work on security and simplicity in NiFi, combined with their commitment to open source makes for a perfect addition to our technology team.”

http://nifi.apache.org
http://www.onyara.com/

SSL Ships "Sky Muster" Satellite for Australia's Broadband Network

Space Systems/Loral (SSL) shipped "Sky Muster", a high performance, Ka-band satellite designed and built for Australia's new nbn broadband network.

Originally called NBN Co 1A, the satellite now awaiting launch, was renamed "Sky Muster" by the six-year-old winner of a country-wide contest. The young girl, who depends on satellite internet for her education, selected the name for its reference to the gathering of cattle, which captures how the satellite will help 'round-up' and connect Australians.

The satellite has now arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace.  SSL is also building a second satellite for the nbn network. The two satellites will work in conjunction with one another to provide expanded and advanced service coverage to some of the most remote places in Australia, as well as its coastal islands and external territories including Norfolk Island, Cocos Island, Christmas Island, and Macquarie Island in the Antarctic.

"The satellite for Australia's broadband network is a very advanced broadband satellite that will cover the entire Australian continent including its offshore islands," said John Celli, president of SSL. "It is gratifying to know that the work we do in Palo Alto will help connect underserved people to the rich resources available through the Internet."

http://www.nbn.com.au
http://www.sslmda.com

Thoma Bravo to Acquire Majority Stake in DigiCert

Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm, agreed to acquire a majority interest in DigiCert from TA Associates, another private equity firm currently holding the majority share. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DigiCert is a global SSL Certificate Authority (CA) and the leading provider of trusted certificate management solutions.  The company provides its digital certificates to over 115,000 customers in more than 180 countries, and is one of the few CAs dedicated solely to advancing PKI-based solutions for enterprises and networked devices.  DigiCert is based in Lehi, Utah.

“DigiCert represents an outstanding investment opportunity to back a market leader with a tremendous management team in a sector we know well,” said Seth Boro, managing partner at Thoma Bravo. “SSL and certificate management technology play a critical part in securing the digital economy, and DigiCert has been a market leader in the space, known for its consistent innovation and first-rate customer service.”

http://digicert.com

Thoma Bravo Completes Acquisition of Riverbed

Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm, and Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, completed their previously announced acquisition of Riverbed Technology. The acquisition is valued at approximately $3.5 billion, with Riverbed stockholders receiving $21.00 per share in cash.

“With this acquisition now complete, our team can begin to move forward with the strategic initiatives that will take us to the next stage of growth,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO of Riverbed. “As a private company, Riverbed is better positioned to pursue our long term goals, and has greater flexibility to develop best-of breed technologies that deliver superior application performance for our customers. This flexibility, alongside Thoma Bravo’s deep experience growing companies in the application performance space, makes us very excited about the future.”

http://www.riverbed.com

NVIDIA's GRID 2.0 Virtual Desktop Doubles Density to 128 Users per Server

NVIDIA introduced its GRID 2.0 virtual desktop solution featuring greater density and performance along with support from major server vendors, including Cisco, Dell, HP and Lenovo. NVIDIA has worked closely with Citrix and VMware to bring a rich graphics experience to end-users on the industry's leading virtualization platforms.

Highlights include:


  • Doubled user density: NVIDIA GRID 2.0 doubles user density over the previous version, introduced last year, allowing up 128 users per server. This enables enterprises to scale more cost effectively, expanding service to more employees at a lower cost per user.
  • Doubled application performance: Using the latest version of NVIDIA’s award-winning Maxwell GPU architecture, NVIDIA GRID 2.0 delivers twice the application performance as before — exceeding the performance of many native clients.
  • Blade server support: Enterprises can now run GRID-enabled virtual desktops on blade servers — not simply rack servers — from Cisco, Dell, HP and others.
  • Linux support: No longer limited to the Windows operating system, NVIDIA GRID 2.0 now enables enterprises in industries that depend on Linux applications and workflows to take advantage of graphics-accelerated virtualization.


http://www.nvidia.com

AirVM Raises $8.0 for Cloud Enablement for VMware

AirVM, a start-up based in Ottawa, announced  $8.0 million in Series A funding for its cloud-enablement software.

AirVM's AirSembly software is a cloud management platform purpose-built for VMware to make it easier for service providers to sell, provision, manage, and bill for cloud services.

The funding was led by RHO Canada Ventures, joined by Build Ventures, and current investor Wesley Clover.

“AirVM has grown tremendously in 2015, and as we continue to add new partners, this Series A financing ensures ongoing innovation and growth to meet the demands of the cloud industry,” said Joshua Vautour, CEO and founder of AirVM. “We will continue to build on our momentum as the leading VMware cloud management platform company and expand into new markets.”

http://www.airvm.com