Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hibernia Express Transatlantic Subsea Cable Ready for Service

The Hibernia Express transatlantic cable is now ready for service.

The new 4,600km ultra low latency submarine cable connects Halifax, Nova Scotia to Slough, England and Cork, Ireland. It carries optical transport services up to 100Gbps speeds and is capable of 200Gbps service on select segments. The 6-fiber-pair cable is optimized for lowest latency performance, offering an unmatched roundtrip delay of sub-60 milliseconds on the New York to London route. It is engineered to potentially scale up to 400Gbps per circuit and up.

“The Hibernia Networks team has demonstrated an unwavering commitment towards completing the first transatlantic subsea cable in over a decade and we are thrilled to announce its official launch,” states Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO of Hibernia Networks. “We are proud to have accomplished this transformational milestone, and more importantly, we are proud to deliver the lowest latency, highest performance capacity required to facilitate real-time access to information and content by the ever growing global communications community.”

http://www.hibernianetworks.com/hibernia_express


  • 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.

Qualcomm Acquires Capsule Technologie for Telehealth

Qualcomm announced its acquisition of Capsule Technologie, a leading global provider of medical device integration and clinical data management solutions with more than 1,930 hospital clients in 38 countries.

Capsule's medical device integration and clinical data management platform enables data collection, EMR and health IT system integration and monitoring in one of the largest ecosystems of connected devices inside the hospital. The acquisition extends Qualcomm Life's connected health offerings into the hospital, ultimately creating a more seamless care continuum from hospital to home and all points in between.

Capsule will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Life.

"Qualcomm is focused on strengthening its position in specific Internet of Everything verticals, like healthcare," said Derek Aberle, president, Qualcomm Incorporated. "The acquisition of Capsule expands the breadth of our healthcare platform, enabling us to provide connectivity solutions for the entire care continuum and create one of the world's largest connected health ecosystems. This will be an important step in advancing the Internet of Medical Things."

http://www.capsuletech.com/
http://www.qualcomm.com

FireEye Calls Out SYNful Knock - A Cisco router implant

FireEye published a technical overview of SYNful Knock, a stealthy modification of a Cisco router's firmware image that can be used to maintain persistence within a victim's network. The backdoor malware reportedly has been confirmed in a number of router implants spread across four different countries:  Ukraine, Philippines, Mexico, and India.

FireEye warned that this attack vector is potentially severe.

https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2015/09/synful_knock_-_acis.html

Plexxi Raises $35 Million for SDN

Plexxi, a start-up pioneering next-generation converged networking solutions, raised a $35 million round of financing .

Plexxi’s products – Plexxi Control and the Plexxi Switch – and market solutions create an optimized network that dynamically helps applications perform better.

The round was led by a new investor with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. This brings Plexxi’s total funding to $83 million.

“We are experiencing a generational shift to a new era of IT in which applications and data are rapidly increasing demand for a new agile and scale-out networking architecture,” said Rich Napolitano, CEO of Plexxi. “Plexxi represents a transformative converged networking and application-centric approach to traditional legacy networking. 2015 has been a record-breaking year for Plexxi as we gain a foothold in federal, financial services, education and service providers markets here in the United States and around the world.”

http://www.plexxi.com/


  • Plexxi is based in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Broadcom Adds Wi-Fi/Bluetooth to Automotive Silicon Portfolio

Broadcom introduced two new connectivity chips in its automotive portfolio for providing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for in-car infotainment and telematics systems.

The new solutions include a 5G WiFi/Bluetooth Smart 2X2 MIMO combo chip with Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB) support as well as a stand-alone tri-mode Bluetooth Smart (version 4.2) system-on-a-chip (SoC).

"Broadcom's new automotive-grade chips enable car makers and tier one suppliers to keep pace with the rapidly evolving mobile and IoT ecosystem by providing immediate access to the latest in wireless connectivity technologies," said Richard Barrett, Broadcom Director of Automotive Wireless Connectivity. "By tailoring our products to meet the stringent quality and environmental demands of the automotive industry, we can significantly expand our footprint and stay ahead of the competition in this fast-growing market."

http://www.broadcom.com

Monday, September 14, 2015

Arista Debuts Data Center Switches for 25/50/100GbE

Arista Networks introduced its new line-up of data center switches for 25/50/100GbE switching.

The new family of Arista 7060X, 7260X and 7320X fixed-leaf and modular-spline form factor switches offers a range of options at 1GbE to 100GbE along with Arista EOS (extensible operating system) features such as Smart System Upgrade with hitless software upgrades, hitless speed change and network rollback.  Highlights:

  • 7060CX-32S - offers multi-speed 10/25/40/50/100GbE on all 32 ports in a 1RU leaf switch along with flexible L2 and L3 features and wirespeed performance.
  • 7260QX-64 - 64 ports of 40GbE in a compact 2RU system with low latency and power per port of under 5W per port.
  • 7260CX-64 - delivers a new standard for 100GbE port density within a fixed form factor chassis offering 64 line rate 100GbE interfaces in 2RU.
  • 7320X-32C - brings high density 40/100GbE connectivity options to the 7320X series of modular switches with 32 ports of 100GbE for a total of 256 ports of 100GbE per system. Each port can support a choice of 100GbE, 40GbE, 2x50GbE, 4x 10GbE or 4x 25GbE.

New 7050X fixed switch models are the 7050SX-72Q and 7050TX-72Q that offers a flexible combination of 48 10GbE ports with 6 QSFP+ 40GbE ports that are both power efficient and low latency with support for wire speed VXLAN routing.

Significant, Arista said pricing for the 7060X and 7260X start at under $1000 per 100GbE port.

Arista also announced availability of new optics at both 40G and 100G including an industry compatible 40GbE BiDi transceiver that operates over multi-mode fiber and a choice of cost effective solutions for 100GbE connections for server to leaf and leaf to spine connections including Active Optical Cables, 100GBASE-SR4 and 25GbE breakout cables.


As part of the new product launch, Arista hosted an event with key ecosystem partners at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The event concluded with the closing bell ceremony. http://www.arista.com

Salesforce App Cloud Extends its Enterprise PaaS Model

Salesforce introduced the next evolution of its core platform -- Salesforce App Cloud integrates services including Force, Heroku Enterprise and Lightning along with new shared identity, data and network services. The tools enable developers "to build apps fast in any language they want, for any device, and manage them in a single enterprise cloud environment."

Salesforce is also adding a new interactive learning environment called Trailhead and AppExchange, which the company says is the largest enterprise app marketplace in the world.

alesforce pioneered the enterprise Platform as a Service market when it launched the Force platform in 2008. And today, Salesforce is the leading enterprise PaaS.

The company said its new App Cloud extends the enterprise Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Highlights:
  • Heroku Enterprise—Private Spaces, Regions and Identity: enables developers to create connected apps using network, data and identity services shared across the App Cloud. Enterprises can run apps in a dedicated Heroku private space with direct access to Salesforce's trusted infrastructure and to customers’ on-premise data from legacy systems. With Regions, companies can choose to run their apps in metro areas throughout the world--including Dublin, Frankfurt, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Northern Virginia and Oregon--based on accessibility, compliance or other requirements. In addition, with Identity, Heroku Enterprise is connected to Force with bi-directional data sync, single sign-on and robust role-based access controls.
  • Salesforce Lightning—The Future of Modern Apps: a new metadata-driven platform service that is highly customizable, with drag and drop components, such as maps, calendars, buttons, and number entry forms. 
  • Trailhead—Interactive Learning for All Salesforce App Creators: App Cloud includes Trailhead, a new interactive learning environment with gamification features. 

“CIOs need a way to develop apps for the connected world,” said Tod Nielsen, executive vice president of App Cloud, Salesforce. “App Cloud brings together all of Salesforce’s leading platform services, empowering IT leaders with an integrated, trusted platform to quickly build connected apps for every business need.”

http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2015/09/150910.jsp

Taiwan's Chunghwa Deploys G.fast with Alcatel-Lucent

Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s leading service provider, is to commence the world’s first commercial deployment of G.fast ultra-broadband access technology.

Chunghwa Telecom is conducting a nationwide roll-out of FTTx (fiber-to-the-premises) infrastructure to residential and business customers using a combination of fiber and copper technology from Alcatel-Lucent. Specifically, CHT will use a combination of Alcatel-Lucent’s fiber and G.fast technology as part of their FTTx strategy including:

  • 7368 Intelligent Service Access Manager (ISAM) Optical Network Terminals (ONTs)
  • 7368 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) CPE with integrated reverse power
  • 5520 Access Management System to accelerate last mile fiber-to-the-home ultra-broadband connectivity while taking advantage of reduced costs and complexity.

Alcatel-Lucent said its G.fast technology has already been in trials with more than 30 operators worlwide.

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

NSF Funds Smart City Projects across U.S.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced nearly $40 million in grants to support Smart City projects around the U.S.

"NSF's investments are helping to cultivate increasingly smart and connected communities for the future," said NSF Director France Córdova. "The effective integration of networked computing systems, physical devices, data sources, and infrastructure, all with humans in the loop, is improving the quality of life for people all across the nation."

The funding commitment includes:

  • Approximately $12 million for new projects funded through US Ignite to support research leading to prototype applications that leverage gigabit and advanced networking connectivity and impact multiple national priority areas, including healthcare, energy, transportation, manufacturing, education and learning, and public safety. The awards will also build "living labs" that provide the support needed to scale up these prototype applications across cities and regions, leading toward an ecosystem of smart and connected communities.
  • Approximately $10 million in new Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) research projects with a focus on Smart and Connected Communities and the Internet of Things.
  • More than $3 million to support the creation of a new instrument--the Array of Things--in Chicago that will be the first research infrastructure to allow researchers to rapidly deploy sensors, embedded systems, computing and communications systems at scale in an urban environment.
  • Nearly $2.5 million to enhance the design and operation of efficient, secure and Critical, Resilient, Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) that provide essential goods and services in the context of cities and communities.
  • $2.5 million to enable NSF-funded researchers to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Global Cities Team Challenge.
  • Approximately $2 million in new Smart and Connected Health research projects to accelerate the development of next-generation health care solutions to enable patient-centered care and wellness that extend to the home, workplace, and community.
  • $375,000 to establish a Research Coordination Network to stimulate novel international research on how to integrate data from physical sensors, social media and other sources.
  • Nearly $4 million to support academic and industry partnerships through the Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program that facilitate integration of breakthrough research discoveries into human-centered service systems.

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136253&org=NSF&from=news

Avi Networks Names Amit Pandey as CEO

Avi Networks, the next-gen ADC company, appointed Amit Pandey as its, new chief executive officer, succeeding co-founder Umesh Mahajan, who now takes on the role of Chief Strategy Officer.

Pandey spent nearly a decade at NetApp in a wide range of executive positions, and followed that with two successful stints at startups - first as CEO of TerraCotta that was acquired by the European software giant, Software AG and next as CEO of Zenprise that was acquired by Citrix.

“It’s quite astounding that the multi-billion dollar load-balancing and ADC industries have not responded to the huge movements towards self-service, DevOps and cloud, evidenced by the lack of major innovation from these legacy vendors in over a decade,” said Amit Pandey, CEO of Avi Networks. “By comparison, our customers are excited about Avi’s groundbreaking capabilities that enable elastic scale, self-service provisioning and much higher levels of automation.  That’s why I’m excited to join a great team and together we will help Avi capitalize on a huge market opportunity in front of us.”

https://avinetworks.com/

Crossbar Raises $35 Million for Resistive RAM

Crossbar, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $35 million in Series D funding for its Resistive RAM (RRAM) technology.

Crossbar said its RRAM technology is based on a simple device structure using CMOS friendly materials and standard manufacturing processes. It can be stacked in 3D, making it possible to combine logic and memory onto a single chip at the latest technology node. Crossbar RRAM’s low power, small size, high performance and low latency make it an ideal memory solution for a wide assortment of applications, from very small devices such as wearables and connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT), to very high capacity, very fast SSDs in cloud data centers.  Crossbar is currently in beta testing.

Crossbar’s Series D financing closed on August 26th, 2015, led by new investor, Tyche Partners. Other investors included Artiman Ventures, CBC-Capital, Cheerful Link Ventures, Correlation Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Korea Investment Partners, Northern Light Venture Capital, Oriza Holdings, SAIF Partners, Tao Invest and the University of Michigan. This brings total funding to $85 million.

“The future of electronics innovation rests largely on new developments in memory technology,” said George Minassian, CEO and Co-Founder, Crossbar Inc. “Crossbar RRAM has been enthusiastically embraced as the leading contender to replace aging non-volatile memory due to its manufacturability and scalability for a broad variety of applications. This latest round of funding will enable us to take the next crucial steps in bringing our technology to market.”

http://www.crossbar-inc.com/

Broadcom Debuts GNSS Chip for IoT and Wearables

Broadcom introduced a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip for Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices. The device handles thes bulk of the signal processing by calculating position, velocity and time (PVT) on-chip, delivering significant system power savings.

Key features:

  • PVT computed on-chip
  • Integrated GNSS receiver with concurrent support for GPS and GLONASS, combined with accelerometer inputs to produce stable, accurate and low power speed and distance
  • Context engine and adaptive firmware to enable low power consumption for every activity and context without compromising accuracy
  • Ability to produce GNSS fixes with only 5mA current consumption in certain scenarios
  • MCU host interfaces include SPI, UART or I2C
  • Sensor interfaces include I2C master, SPI master, I2S, ADC and GPIO
  • Large on-chip memory for enhanced PVT accuracy and customer applications
  • Embedded processor with self-boot capability
  • Geofencing and lifelogging capabilities
  • 70 ball WLBGA package with 0.4mm ball pitch


http://www.broadcom.com

Zayo Doubles Down on Miami Data Center

Zayo plans to double the size of its Miami data center by early 2016.

zColo, which is the data center and colocation business of Zayo Group Holdings, provides colocation and interconnection services at the Miami data center for some of Zayo’s largest customers, including top content and gaming providers.

Zayo developed the center in downtown Miami as a key interconnection hub, partnering with Netflix and Host.net to form the Florida Internet Exchange (FL-IX). This new exchange allows content providers, ISPs and enterprises to exchange traffic in an open and transparent environment. FL-IX connectivity is provided through Zayo’s Miami data center and provides an important part of the interconnection ecosystem.

“Customers have embraced this new data center with the extensive interconnection capability we have built,” said Stephanie Copeland, president of Zayo’s zColo. “This is evidenced by the support of key anchor customers out of the gate, plus strong follow-on demand in the short period since. Miami is a vibrant and growing market, and an important Latin American gateway for many companies. We have provided a differentiated option in the market.”

Zayo’s zColo U.S. footprint totals 36 facilities and more than 480,000 square feet of billable space.

http://zayo.com/services/colocation

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Nokia, Ericsson and Intel Endorse Narrow-Band LTE

Nokia, Ericsson and Intel announced their support for Narrow-Band Long-Term Evolution (NB-LTE) technology as the ideal wireless connectivity solution for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market segment.

Intel said it has a roadmap for NB-LTE chipsets and product upgrades beginning in 2016 that will enable slim form factors. The products will add to Intel's growing LTE portfolio. Nokia and Ericsson will provide the required network upgrades to support an extension of existing LTE networks with NB-LTE optimized for low power Machine-to-Machine communication.

"We believe in building an ecosystem around NB-LTE to speed up the take-up of the Internet of Things. This development will bring consumers benefits such as enhanced and improved connectivity of devices, and at lower cost. This is another extension of Nokia's aim to improve people's lives through a programmable world where billions of people, things, sensors and devices are connected," said Stephan Litjens, vice president, Portfolio Strategy & Analytics, Nokia Networks.

"Cellular networks already cover 90 percent of the world's population so it makes sense to leverage this global footprint to support and drive IoT adoption through the standardization of Narrow-Band LTE. Working with Intel and Nokia, Ericsson is driving the ecosystem to accelerate IoT growth and ensuring a global foundation for a vast range of new IoT applications for consumers, industry and government," said Thomas Norén, vice president and Head of Product Management, Business Unit Radio, Ericsson.

"We are excited to collaborate with two leading network vendors Ericsson and Nokia on the next wave of wireless innovation to connect the growing IoT market segment, and to further grow the momentum for Intel's LTE portfolio and roadmap with NB-LTE," said Stefan Wolff, vice president, Platform Engineering Group and general manager of the Multi-Comms Business Unit, Intel.  

http://www.nokia.com
http://www.intel.com

Intel Establishes Automotive Security Review Board

Intel has established an Automotive Security Review Board (ASRB) To help mitigate cybersecurity risks associated with connected automobiles.

Intel plans to staff the board with top security industry talent across the globe with particular areas of expertise in cyber-physical systems. 

Intel also published the first version of its automotive cybersecurity best practices white paper, which the company will continue to update based on ASRB findings.


"We can, and must, raise the bar against cyberattacks in automobiles," said Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security. "With the help of the ASRB, Intel can establish security best practices and encourage that cybersecurity is an essential ingredient in the design of every connected car. Few things are more personal than our safety while on the road, making the ASRB the right idea at the right time."

Saturday, September 12, 2015

IBM Acquires StrongLoop for Enterprise Node.js capabilities

IBM has acquired StrongLoop, a software start-up specializing in enterprise Node.js application development.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

StrongLoop, which is based in San Mateo, California, offers enterprise Node.js that enables software developers to build applications using APIs (application programming interfaces).

IBM said it intends to integrate Node.js capabilities from StrongLoop with its software portfolio, which already includes MobileFirst and WebSphere, to help clients better use enterprise data and conduct transactions whether in the cloud or on-premises. These new capabilities will enable clients and developers to build scalable APIs, and to more easily connect existing back-end, enterprise processes with front-end mobile, IoT and web apps in an open, hybrid cloud. Node.js is one of the fastest growing development frameworks for creating and delivering APIs. Through integration on IBM Bluemix, these Java and Node.js communities will also have access today to many other IBM and third-party services including access to Mobile Services, data analytics and Watson.

“Enterprises are focused on digital transformation to reach new channels, tap new business models, and personalize their engagement with clients,” said Marie Wieck, general manager, Middleware, IBM Systems. “APIs are a critical ingredient. By bringing together StrongLoop’s Node.js capabilities to rapidly create APIs with IBM’s leadership in Java and API Management on our cloud platform, we are unlocking the innovation potential of two vibrant development communities.”

“With this acquisition, the industry benefits from Node.js’ formal entry into the mainstream enterprise,” said Juan Carlos Soto, Chief Executive Officer, StrongLoop. “As leaders in the Node.js open community, we plan to further advance open, community-driven innovation coupled with global, enterprise class software and services offerings to grow client value in the API economy.”

https://strongloop.com/

Cox Acquires Trapollo for Home Telehealth

Cox Communications has acquired Trapollo, a provider of managed services that enable healthcare providers, home health agencies and insurers to deploy telehealth and remote health monitoring solutions.   Financial terms were not disclosed.

Trapollo, which is based in Sterling, Virginia, integrates remote health monitoring solutions for chronic disease management, independent living, and employer health and wellness programs.

"Becoming a part of Cox is a unique opportunity for our company, employees and customers," said Todd Leto, co-founder and chief executive officer, Trapollo.  "With Cox's long-term commitment and shared vision, we will have the resources to provide our existing and future customers with the solutions necessary to successfully design and implement effective remote health monitoring programs."

http://www.coxmedia.com
http://www.trapollo.com

  • Earlier this year, Cox announced the formation of Vivre Health, a strategic alliance with Cleveland Clinic, and an investment in HealthSpot, a pioneer in patient and provider driven telehealth technology. 


Sky Extends STB Collaboration with Cisco

Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company with more than 21 million customers, has agreed to extend its collaboration with Cisco for set top box middleware solutions.

Under the extended contract, Sky will continue to utilize Cisco’s security portfolio that includes the next-generation evolution of the Cisco VideoGuard conditional access (CAS) and digital rights management (DRM) solutions, to securely deliver content to its millions of subscribers.

http://www.sky.com
http://www.cisco.com


  • In January, the companies announced their collaboration on the Sky AdSmart addressable TV advertising ecosystem for which Cisco contributed key components of its cloud video portfolio.


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