Monday, September 7, 2015

Bharti Airtel Picks Ericsson for 4G in Delhi

Bharti Airtel, India's leading telecom services provider has chosen Ericsson to roll out a 4G (LTE-FDD) network in Delhi. This four-year agreement marks the first LTE-FDD rollout by Ericsson in Delhi. As part of the contract, Ericsson will provide its multi-standard radio equipment from the Ericsson RBS 6000 base station family for macro and small cell networks. The agreement also includes deployment of Ericsson's LTE RAN software for Bharti Airtel. The solution works seamlessly with the existing 2G and 3G networks deployed by Ericsson. In addition to Delhi, Ericsson has also partnered Bharti Airtel to deploy LTE networks in 4 other circles.

Abhay Savargaonkar, CTO, Bharti Airtel, says: "The Delhi market is currently experiencing a rapid increase in the uptake of data-centric services. As market leaders, we at Airtel are deeply committed towards delivering the best data experience for
smartphone users and have made investment in high speed 4G network to improve the data experience of the customer. We are delighted to partner with Ericsson to offer a world-class 4G experience for our customers in Delhi."

In addition, Bharti Airtel awarded a four-year agreement to Ericsson to expand 3G WCDMA network across eight telecom circles in India. The new agreement includes rollout of 3G services in both UMTS 2100 MHZ and UMTS 900MHz band (in three circles). As part of the contract, Ericsson will supply, install and perform managed services for WCDMA Radio Access Networks (RAN). Ericsson will provide its multi-standard radio equipment from the Ericsson RBS 6000 base station family for macro and small cells. This will enable energy-efficient and cost-effective operations while allowing the operator to meet growing demands of better and faster mobile internet connectivity for the end-users.

http://www.ericsson.com

Friday, September 4, 2015

BlackBerry to Acquire Good Technology for $425 million

BlackBerry agreed to acquire Good Technology for $425 million in cash.

Good Technology, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, offers a suite of collaboration applications, a secure mobility platform, mobile device management, unified monitoring, management and analytics, and a third-party application and partner ecosystem. It claims 6,200 customers worldwide.

Blackberry said Good will bring complementary capabilities and technologies, including secure applications and containerization that protects end user privacy. With Good, BlackBerry will expand its ability to offer cross-platform EMM solutions that are critical in a world with varying deployment models such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD); corporate owned, personally enabled (COPE); as well as environments with multiple user interfaces and operating systems. Good has expertise in multi-OS management with 64 percent of activations from iOS devices, followed by a broad Android and Windows customer base.(1) This experience combined with BlackBerry’s strength in BlackBerry 10 and Android management – including Samsung KNOX-enabled devices – will provide customers with increased choice for securely deploying any leading operating system in their organization. The proven Good Dynamics platform provides app-level encryption, advanced data loss prevention and secure communication between applications. The platform has more than 2,000 independent software vendor and custom applications built today.

“By acquiring Good, BlackBerry will better solve one of the biggest struggles for CIOs today, especially those in regulated industries: securely managing devices across any platform. By providing even stronger cross-platform capabilities our customers will not have to compromise on their choice of operating systems, deployment models or any level of privacy and security,” said John Chen, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO. “Like BlackBerry, Good has a very strong presence in enterprises and governments around the world and, with this transaction, BlackBerry will enhance its sales and distribution capabilities and further grow its enterprise software revenue stream.”

Good’s technology will integrate with BlackBerry’s enterprise portfolio and trusted global network, creating a comprehensive management solution for all mobile devices that protects customers’ security and privacy. This holistic experience will provide customers with greater mobile enterprise productivity, including seamless integration of capabilities across multiple applications, including BBM, WatchDox, Good Work and other value added services.

https://www1.good.com/about/press-releases/BlackBerry-to-Acquire-Good-Technology.html

Thursday, September 3, 2015

MUOS-4 Secure Communications Satellite Successfully Launched

The U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched last week aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  The addition of MUOS-4 completes the initial constellation and provides the MUOS network with near-global coverage, extending the reach of communications further toward the North and South poles than ever before.

Lockheed Martin said MUOS-4 is the latest addition to a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces. From its geosynchronous orbit, MUOS-4 will enable near-global coverage for a new secure military communications network offering enhanced capabilities for mobile forces. Users with operational MUOS terminals can seamlessly connect beyond line-of-sight around the globe and into the Global Information Grid. MUOS’ new smart phone-like capabilities include simultaneous, crystal-clear voice, video and mission data, over a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

The Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems and its Communications Satellite Program Office responsible for the MUOS program are based in San Diego.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2015/september/space-muos-4-launch.html

Intel Invests in QuTech for Quantum Computing

Intel will invest US$50 million and provide significant engineering resources to Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research, to accelerate advancements in quantum computing.

Intel said its goal is to extend the university's physics expertise and diverse quantum computing research efforts by contributing advanced manufacturing, electronics and architectural expertise.

"A fully functioning quantum computer is at least a dozen years away, but the practical and theoretical research efforts we're announcing today mark an important milestone in the journey to bring it closer to reality," said Mike Mayberry, Intel vice president and managing director of Intel Labs.

Intel also published the following infographic on quantum computing.



http://www.intel.com

Amazon Web Services to Acquire Elemental

Amazon Web Services agreed to acquire Elemental Technologies, which offers software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Elemental, which is based in Portland, Oregon, will continue to operate its business under its existing brand, delivering the full range of solutions for pay TV operators, content programmers, broadcasters, governments, and enterprise customers. Elemental will also expand the integration of its offerings with AWS.

“Elemental shares Amazon’s passion for invention and putting the customer first,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President of Amazon Web Services. “Together, we’ll collaborate on deeper technology integrations and new infrastructure offerings so that media and entertainment companies can evolve their hybrid and cloud models as they continue to innovate their services for viewers.”

http://www.elementaltechnologies.com

IBM Expands IoT Partnership with AMD

IBM is expanding its Internet of Things (IoT) platform – called IBM IoT Foundation - through an integration with ARM.

IBM will provide out of the box connectivity with ARM mbed-enabled devices to analytics services via fully managed, cloud-hosted offerings on the SoftLayer Infrastructure. Specifically, the integration between IBM and ARM will allow products powered by ARM mbed-enabled chips to automatically register with the IBM IoT Foundation, and connect with IBM analytics services.

IBM also announced the first in a series of IBM Cloud-based, industry-specific IoT services with IoT for Electronics. The service will enable electronics manufacturers to gather data from individual sensors that can be combined with other data for real-time analysis.

“Deploying IoT technology has to be easy, secure and scalable for it to feel like a natural extension of a company’s business,” said Krisztian Flautner, General Manager, IoT Business, ARM. “By collaborating with IBM, we will deliver the first unified chip-to-cloud, enterprise-class IoT platform. This will empower companies of any size with a productivity tool that can readily transform how they operate, and the services they can offer.”

http://www.IBM.com/IoT

Telefónica Spain Picks Juniper MX Edge Routers for Metro Network

Telefónica Spain has selected Juniper Networks' MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers to build a next-generation Metro network across Spain. The new network will deliver fixed and mobile broadband services, including high-speed TV for residential users, as well as cloud services for businesses, all from a single IP network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telefónica will use the Juniper edge routers to consolidate its wholesale, residential and business services onto a single end-to-end IP infrastructure.

“Building a new network for a global service provider entails a profound transformation that requires a reliable and proven relationship to succeed. Beyond providing future-proof innovative technology, Juniper is committed to helping Telefónica accomplish its strategic objectives through high-touch support and professional services throughout the different phases of the deployment and operation of its new network,” stated Gerard Allison, senior vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net

Seagate Intros 8TB HDDs

Seagate introduced a new line of 8TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD drives based on proven conventional magnetic recording hard drive technology and backed by nine generations of data center innovation.

Seagate said the new 8TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDDs also delivers a 100 percent increase in random read/write performance compared to previous generations.

http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/enterprise-hard-drives/hdd/enterprise-capacity-3-5-hdd/

Ciena Posts Revenue of $603 Million

Ciena reported revenue of $602.9 million for its fiscal third quarter 2015, as compared to $603.6 million for the fiscal third quarter 2014. Net income (GAA) for the fiscal third quarter 2015 was $23.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $16.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2014.

"We delivered strong financial performance in our fiscal third quarter, including increased profitability and cash generation, demonstrating our ability to deliver on our business model and drive continued operating leverage," said Gary B. Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. "Despite short-term revenue headwinds related to the timing of network implementations at certain large service provider customers, fundamental demand drivers for our business remain strong. In fact, we now expect to exceed 10% adjusted operating margin for the full fiscal year."

Some highlights:

  •  U.S. customers contributed 59.8% of total revenue
  • One customer accounted for greater than 10% of revenue and represented 20% of total revenue
  • Cash and investments totaled $927.3 million
  • Cash flow from operations totaled $117.5 million
  • Product inventory turns were 5.6
  • Headcount totaled 5,196


http://www.ciena.com

Verizon Increases its Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications declared a quarterly dividend of 56.5 cents per outstanding share, an increase of 1.5 cents per share, or 2.7 percent, from the previous quarter.  On an annual basis, this increases Verizon's dividend by 6 cents per share, from $2.20 to $2.26 per share. This is the ninth consecutive year Verizon's Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend increase.

http://www.verizon.com

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Intel Unveils its Skylake Processors

Intel introduced its 6th generation, "Skylake" Core processor family designed for desktops, 2-in-1s, mobile workstations and ultra-mobile compute sticks.

Intel said the new devices, which are built with 14nm manufacturing process, deliver up to two and a half times better performance, triple the battery life, and graphics that are 30 times better for seamless and smooth gaming and video experiences versus the average 5-year-old computer.

"6th Gen Intel Core processors deliver some of the most significant advancements in computing that we've ever seen," said Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group. "New 6th Gen Intel Core-based systems are more responsive than ever with enhanced performance, battery life and security. And they can enable amazing new PC experiences like logging into your computer with your face and having a personal assistant respond to your voice. The combination of 6th Gen Intel Core processors, Windows 10 and beautiful new systems from PC manufacturers make this the best time ever to buy a new computer."

Intel plans to deliver more than 48 processors in the 6th Gen Intel Core processor family, featuring Intel Iris and Iris Pro graphics, as well as Intel Xeon E3-1500M processor family for mobile workstations and 6th Gen Intel vPro processors for business and enterprises.

Microsoft Azure Announces Premium VMs Powered by Intel Xeon E5

Microsoft announced the Azure GS-series of virtual machine (VM) and premium storage types designed to run the most demanding storage and compute-intensive workloads in the cloud.

The new GS-series combines the compute power of G-series with the performance of premium storage.  Powered by the Intel Xeon E5 v3 family processors, the GS-series can have up to 64TB of storage, provide 80,000 IOPs (storage I/Os per second) and deliver 2,000 MB/s of storage throughput. The GS-series offers the highest disk throughput, by more than double, of any VM offered by another hyperscale public cloud provider. Furthermore, both the G-series and GS-series offer up to 20 Gbps of network bandwidth, more than double that of the closest VMs of any hyperscale public cloud provider.

Microsoft also announced a new diagnostic capability for VMs – the ability to see serial and console output from a running Virtual Machine. This will help customers diagnose VMs that may be suffering from boot or runtime failures.

In addition, Microsoft introduced Azure Service Bus Premium Messaging, a new Service Bus tier that provides all the messaging features of Azure Service Bus queues and topics with predictable, repeatable performance and improved availability. Unlike the multitenant model used by basic and standard Service Bus tiers, the premium tier uses a micro services model to provide resource isolation and consistent performance.

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-has-the-most-powerful-vms-in-the-public-cloud/

Crehan: Strong Rebound for Data Center Ethernet Switch Market

The data center Ethernet switch market posted strong growth in the second quarter of 2015, according to a recent report from Crehan Research Inc. The firm reported that revenues and shipments both grew by more than 10 percent, helped by strong increases from 40 gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) and 10GBASE-T (10 gigabit-over-copper).

“We continue to see more 40GbE data center switch deployments, especially from the hyper-scale cloud market segment," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "At the same time, we are also seeing strong adoption of 10GBASE-T from both the enterprise and tier-2 cloud service provider segments," he added.

Besides the robust performance of 40GbE and 10GBASE-T, Crehan’s 2Q15 data center switch report includes these notable results:

  • HP Networking saw the strongest quarter-over-quarter data center Ethernet switch revenue growth, while Arista Networks saw the strongest year-over-year growth.
  • Cisco maintained its market share leadership position, accounting for almost 60% of total data center Ethernet Switch revenue. 
  • While all data center Ethernet switch types saw strong shipment growth in 2Q15, the Modular segment had the largest increase.
  • Infiniband switch shipments nearly doubled year-over-year, resulting in a record quarter.
  • In contrast with Ethernet and Infiniband, Fibre Channel switch revenue and shipments declined, both sequentially and year-over-year.

Although 40GbE data center switching is currently growing at a rapid rate, with shipments more than doubling year-over-year, Crehan’s last long-range forecast report noted that the impending arrival of low-priced 100GbE-capable data center switches could significantly slow down this growth, especially in the hyper-scale cloud segment.

http://www.crehanresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/CREHAN-Data-Center-Switch-2Q15-PR.pdf

Verizon Hum integrates Vehicle Telematics and Concierge Service

Verizon Telematics launched hum, an aftermarket vehicle technology and subscription service that enables drivers on the road to make their car smarter through a simple solution regardless of their wireless service provider.

Hum features:

  • Pinpoint Roadside Assistance for breakdowns, flat tires, overheating, dead battery or virtually anything else that might require towing or roadside assistance.
  • Incident Alert & Emergency Assistance notifies the hum emergency response center if the system detects an incident. Help will be dispatched to the vehicle’s GPS location if an accident is confirmed or if there is no response from the driver for additional support. Drivers can also initiate a call at the push of a button to speak with a trained, live agent.
  • Auto Health & Diagnostics helps predict and prevent mechanical issues before they become bigger problems by giving subscribers’ insights into their car’s health via the hum web portal and smartphone app.
  • Mechanic’s Hotline connects subscribers with ASE Certified Mechanics providing personalized, immediate and unbiased consultation related to their vehicle’s repair and maintenance issues.
  • Parking & Meter Tools help drivers find where they left their vehicle — using the hum smartphone app — while also keeping tabs on how much time is left on the meter.
  • Maintenance Reminders and Alerts can be set for oil changes, tire rotations and more. Additionally, hum will automatically alert customers to vehicle troubles and general manufacturer recalls.
  • Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance is available at the subscriber’s request – hum can provide information to authorities in order to help locate the stolen vehicle.
  • Travel & Repair Discounts include hotels, vehicle rentals, related travel expenses, and auto maintenance.

Two year subscription plans start at $14.99 per month plus taxes, fees and equipment for the first vehicle (including the hardware, valued at $120) with the option to add other vehicles for less.

http://www.verizon.com

SanDisk and Nexenta Build Open Software-defined Storage (OpenSDS) Flash Array

Nexenta's flagship software-only storage platform has been integrated with SanDisk’s all-flash InfiniFlash IF100 system.

Capable of scaling from 64 Terabyte (TB) to two Petabyte (PB) configurations, this unique software and hardware solution supports a broad range of deployment scenarios and workloads including, virtualization, Big Data analytics, data warehousing, and dynamic modeling. Built on ZFS, this resilient scale-up, unified block (FC and iSCSI) and file (NFS and SMB) storage solution provides enterprise customers with peace of mind and the assurance needed around functionality and performance. Key differentiators of this joint solution include NexentaStor's inline data reduction and high performance dual parity raid capabilities as well as the InfiniFlash IF100’s extra low space, power and cooling requirements, resulting in industry leading TCO.

“The coupling of our NexentaStor software and SanDisk’s InfiniFlash systems delivers the industry lowest cost solutions for high performance (ultra low, consistent, sub-millisecond response times and more than 8 Million flash IOPS in a rack) mature unified block and file services to cloud service providers and enterprise customers,” said Tarkan Maner, CEO of Nexenta. “These solutions literally break new ground and make all flash storage economically practical for a wide range of use cases, from high performance databases, to virtualized environments, big data lakes and extra dense active archive repositories.”

The integrated system monitoring and event management capabilities of the new solution, eases system management which ensures a better customer experience. NexentaStor’s ability to support block and file services allows customers to address use cases such as: VMware vCloud Air, OpenStack and CloudStack backend storage, generic NAS file services and Home Directory storage, etc.

http://www.sandisk.com
http://www.nexenta.com

Tanium Raises $120 Million for its Endpoint Security

Tanium, a start-up which offers an endpoint security and management solution, secured $120 million in additional financing from TPG, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., alongside existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The company is based in Emeryville, California.

Tanium noted the following milestones for the first half of fiscal year 2015:

  • Grew bookings by over 250% in Q2 over the same quarter last year.
  • Increased the number of transactions over $1 million by over 100% in the first half over the same period last year.
  • Added a record number of new names to its customer roster, including hallmark brands across the financial services, retail, healthcare, technology and government vertical markets.
  • Now used in production in over half of Fortune 100 companies.
  • Expanded operations to EMEA and Asia Pacific to better support Global 2000 customers, establishing regional headquarters in London, Sydney and Tokyo.
  • Opened its Washington, D.C. office to better support the company’s rapidly growing public sector footprint.
  • Released Tanium Endpoint Platform 6.5, including four product modules that provide new ways to address a variety of security and IT operations challenges including threat detection, incident response and forensics, and patch management.
  • Added some of the best security and IT minds in the industry to the Tanium team, including private sector incident response experts and former government special agents who worked on some of the most high profile post-breach investigations across both the private and public sectors.


“Since its inception, we’ve built Tanium around a strong mission — to help our customers fundamentally improve the visibility and control they have over their growing environments, so that they can stem the bleeding caused by security and operations outages that are going unchecked through the use of older, broken management tools,” said Orion Hindawi, Co-founder, President and CTO at Tanium. “The overwhelmingly positive market reaction and phenomenal growth we have experienced over the past few years has been humbling, but it only reinforces our team’s focus to help the number of companies and government organizations around the world that need Tanium but don’t have it yet. We commit to maintaining laser focus on building truly innovative technology that solves some of the hardest management problems for our customers, and working to ensure that no large organization is forced to manage their environment with ineffective, antiquated tools going forward.”

http://www.tanium.com

In March 2015, Tanium announced that Andreessen Horowitz invested an additional $52 million in the company. This subsequent investment in Tanium is a follow-up to Andreessen Horowitz’s initial financing of $90 million in May 2014.

Verizon Brings On a New Logo

Verizon adopted a new logo.

The company said the new look is more than just the logo as it reflects a new "renewed purpose" at the company -- the promise of the digital world.

Verizon said the new brand identity "takes the best elements of Verizon’s heritage, represented by its colors and the Verizon “checkmark,” and transforms them for a new era. At its most basic level, the new logo is a visual statement that honors our history and reflects an identity that stands for simplicity, honesty and joy in a category rife with confusion, disclaimers and frustration. It’s a cleaner, more human design and the checkmark, the universal symbol for getting things done, uniquely expresses the reliability of Verizon."

http://www.verizon.com

Metaswitch Names Martin Lund as CEO

Metaswitch Networks named Martin Lund as its new CEO, replacing John Lazar, who will remain at Metaswitch as chairman of its board of directors.

Lund joins Metaswitch from Cadence Design Systems, where he has served as senior vice president and general manager of the company's IP Group since 2012. Prior to that, he held a number of top management positions during a 12-year tenure at Broadcom, including senior vice president and general manager of the Network Switching Business. He earlier served in engineering leadership roles at Intel. Lund holds a degree in electronic engineering from Frederiksberg Technical College and Risø National Laboratory at the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen.

http://www.metaswitch.com