Thursday, October 1, 2015

Google Cloud Platform Adds South Carolina Data Center

Google activated a new us-east1 region in South Carolina for Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Storage, and Google Cloud SQL.  Google App Engine will be coming soon.

Google said the addition of the South Carolina location gives customers across North America the capability to build multi-region disaster recovery plans for their applications running on Google Cloud Platform.

http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com/2015/10/Bringing-Google-Cloud-Platform-closer-to-more-people-and-businesses.html

Verizon Launches Go90 - a Mobile First, Social Entertainment Platform

Verizon launched Go90 - a mobile first, social entertainment platform featuring a variety of fresh video content and available to anyone with the app in the U.S., regardless of wireless carrier.

Go90 features content across comedy, music, gaming, lifestyle, sports, news and entertainment including 15 of the 30 most-viewed network shows and 9 of the 15 most-viewed shows on the web.

At launch, there are over 8,000 titles available to go90 users as well as over 35 exclusive original series, which will nearly double by year’s end. The app is available from the App Store and Google Play.

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/your-entertainment-pleasure-we-present-go90

T-Mobile Data Breach Impacts 15 Million People

T-Mobile US confirmed that a data breach suffered by Experian, which processes credit applications, has exposed the financial records of approximately 15 million people.

The hackers apparently were able to steal names, addresses, birthdates and credit worthiness assessments for anyone applying for T-Mobile service or device financing between 01-September-2013 and 16-September-2015.

http://www.t-mobile.com/landing/experian-data-breach

6WIND Announces Benchmark Results

6WIND announced benchmark results by SDxCentral, which investigated the performance of 6WIND’s Speed Series family on x86 commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) server platforms.

The Speed Series products include Turbo Appliances with 6WIND Turbo Router and 6WIND Turbo IPsec, which are software appliances deployed in bare metal environments and as virtual machines (VMs), and 6WIND Virtual Accelerator, which provides packet processing acceleration for virtual network infrastructures including Open vSwitch (OVS) and Linux bridging.

Highlights of the benchmarks include:

6WIND Turbo Router

Bare Metal:

  • 12×10 Gbps wire speed L3 forwarding performance is achieved in both packets per second with small packet sizes and gigabits 
  • More than 50 times Linux performance in the same conditions 

Virtual Machine:

  • More than 80 Gbps IMIX performance Linux remains below 10 Gbps

6WIND Turbo IPsec

Bare Metal:

  • 70 Gbps of IPsec data plane processing, which is the maximum capacity of the traffic generator and more than 5x Linux
  • 240,000 concurrent tunnels, which is 8x Linux
  • Tunnel setup rate of 12,000 tunnels/second, which is 48x Linux

Virtual Machine:

  • More than 50 Gbps IMIX performance
  • Linux is barely above 1 Gbps

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

AT&T Rolls out NFV-based Network On Demand Service

AT&T launched a Network on Demand service that lets businesses add or change functionality in near-real time. The service uses Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies to create dynamic, on-demand services.


“Businesses need agility to compete and win in their industries. They need to sense and rapidly adapt to changing market dynamics,” said Steve McGaw, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Solutions. “We’re the largest global integrated carrier for business, and Network on Demand makes our network dynamic and adaptive to meet our customers’ needs.”

AT&T cited three vendors: Brocade, Cisco and Juniper.

"Brocade is proud to work with AT&T on their industry-leading innovations bringing agile, new IP network services to customers," said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager of Software Networking, Brocade. "The cloud model taught the world that virtualizing the IT infrastructure speeds service delivery and provides greater flexibility. With Network on Demand, AT&T has proven this also holds true for enterprise network services."

“AT&T and Cisco are longstanding technology and business collaborators with a proven track record of success,” said Pankaj Patel, executive vice president and chief development officer, Cisco. “By combining Cisco’s industry-leading portfolio of over 100 virtualized network functions with AT&T’s vision and industry leadership, together we are working to capture new business opportunities that deliver on the promise of virtualization.”

“As a leader in network innovation, Juniper understands the benefits of automation and virtualization to deliver the agility that global communications providers like AT&T need in order to bring new, value-added services to their customers,” said Rami Rahim, chief executive officer, Juniper Networks. “We believe that Juniper’s long-standing collaboration with AT&T will continue to yield new and exciting offerings that utilize the power and intelligence of a software-centric network.”

http://about.att.com/story/expands_network_demand_platform.html

AT&T Sees Cloud Adoption Driving Net Bond Direct Connects

AT&T reports significant growth with NetBond cloud connectivity service during the course of 2015.

AT&T NetBond now provides direct connections to an ecosystem of 13 leading cloud providers. In the last year, AT&T has launched 9 new leading cloud services: Salesforce, Box, HP, VMware, Amazon Web Services, SoftLayer, Blue Jeans Network, Sungard Availability Services and Equinix. The carrier has just announced 3 new members being announced today: Microsoft GovCloud, Amazon Web Services GovCloud and Cisco.

“Businesses are embracing the economics and flexibility of cloud solutions,” said Jon Summers, senior vice president, AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions. “NetBond is a large part of our strategy to deliver highly-secure cloud connections to leading providers. We provide our customers access from anywhere, at any time and on any device.”

http://about.att.com/story/cloud_adoption_advancing_netbond.html

Google Acquires Jibe to Bring Rich Communications Service to Android

Google has acquired Jibe, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, that offers a Communications Cloud for carrier interoperability that uses WebRTC, RCS, joyn.

Jibe enables carriers to deliver rich IP-based communications services — high quality video calling, group chat and large media-file sharing.  Its customers include U.S.-based Sprint and leading European carriers Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, KPN, and SFR. The company was founded in 2006.

Google said the acquisition will help it bring RCS to a global audience with a better messaging experience on Android.

http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2015/09/committing-to-rcs-latest-standard-in.html
http://www.jibemobile.com/

Mellanox to Acquire EZchip

Mellanox Technologies agreed to acquire EZchip, a supplier of network processors and embedded CPUs for carrier and data center networks, for a cash purchase price of $25.5 per share, implying a transaction value of approximately $811 million (approximately $620 million net of cash).

EZchip’s silicon portfolio of solutions includes network processors, multi-core processors, intelligent network adapters, and high-performance appliances with a comprehensive software ecosystem, that scale to terabit performance levels. The company has expertise in security, deep packet inspection, video, and storage processing. EZChip is based in Yokneam, Israel. Eli Fruchter has served as CEO since the company's inception in May 1999

Mellanox said the EZchip acquisition is a step in its strategy to become the leading broad-line supplier of intelligent interconnect solutions for the software-defined data centers.

“The synergies between EZchip and Mellanox create attractive opportunities. We expect our combined technologies, and product portfolios to deliver leading end-to-end intelligent interconnect and processing solutions to data centers and wide area networks,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies.

“Joining forces with Mellanox represents numerous synergies that create a true powerhouse for connectivity and processing. With Mellanox's leading layer 1 - 3 connectivity solutions for data centers and EZchip's leading layer 3 – 7 processing solutions for carrier networks, the two companies complement each other in technology, products, markets served and customers. Together, we enable a multitude of layer 1 through 7 solutions for data centers and carriers,” said Eli Fruchter, CEO of EZchip.

The combined businesses currently have approximately 2,400 employees, and have generated combined revenues of $668 million for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015.

http://ir.mellanox.com
http://www.ezchip.com


EZchip to Acquire Tilera for its Multi-Core Processors


EZchip Semiconductor will Tilera Corporation, a developer of high-performance multi-core processors, up to $130 million in cash.  The deal includes $50 million at closing and up to an additional $80 million is payable subject to the attainment of certain future performance milestones. Tilera, which is based in San Jose, California, offers a line of multi-core processors, network interface cards and white-box appliances for data center networking...


Teridion Launches Next Gen Content Delivery Network

Teridion, a start-up based in San Francisco,announced the launch of its Global Cloud Network, boasting up to 20x performance improvement for end-user generated bi-directional Internet content.

Teridion is using IBM's SoftLayer infrastructure to optimize bi-directional, user-generated Internet content, Teridion features:

  • The Teridion Global Cloud Network - Bringing intelligent routing to the cloud. Proprietary algorithms and the Teridion Management System, in conjunction with Teridion Measurement Agents, provide a real-time congestion map of the Internet to find the best possible path, taking into account bandwidth, latency and geography.
  • High performance, low latency - Up to 20x Internet performance improvements, enabling users to rethink what's possible online.
  • Flexibility - Teridion Cloud Routers are created on demand, providing scalability and enabling users to only pay for the resources consumed. The solution works with the largest cloud providers in the world to ensure the speed and reliability of traffic, without requiring customers to leave their cloud provider.
  • Bolstered security - Teridion does not cache users' data, and end-to-end SSL encryption with no termination secures data across the network.
  • Simple onboarding - With no hardware or software to install, and quick and easy provisioning, a typical cloud customer can be connected to the network in under an hour.

The company said its solution is currently being used by more than 15 companies spanning some of the most bandwidth-demanding applications and services, such as hosting and file sharing, rich media and advertising.

Teridion also announced a total of $20 million in funding, having closed a $15 million Series B round of financing led by Singtel Innov8. Existing investors JVP and Magma also participated in the round.

"The Internet is an incredibly powerful tool, but until now, we have struggled to take full advantage of its capabilities. It's still common for us to fall victim to slow response times and volatile connections," said Elad Rave, founder and CEO of Teridion. "We are breaking down these boundaries and providing users with a seamless Internet experience -- no matter their location, device or application. It's our goal for our SaaS customers to be able to generate additional customer loyalty, and the funding and general availability of our product are major steps in this direction."

http://www.teridion.com

Google Cloud Extends its Load Balancing to 32 Cities

Google has extended its cloud load balancing locations to 20 additional cities, reaching a total of 32 distinct points globally. Additional locations bring better performance for Google Cloud Platform.

Here's the list of cities with local Google Cloud load balancing: Berlin, Budapest, Chennai, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Dublin, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Marseille, Miami, Milan, Mumbai, Munich, New York City, Osaka, Paris, São Paulo, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, Sofia, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Washington D.C..

Google also announced the addition of Orange Business Services to its Carrier Interconnect service provider ecosystem.

http://googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com/2015/09/Announcing-new-global-load-balancing-locations-and-new-Carrier-Interconnect-partner-Orange-Business-Services.html

Mirantis OpenStack 7.0 Focuses on Scalability and Resilience

A newly released Mirantis OpenStack 7.0 distribution focuses on enhanced scalability, resilience, and support in mission-critical enterprise environments.

“Early OpenStack releases were all about more features fast, as it was important to gain minimum feature parity to VMware, Microsoft and other cloud solution providers,” said Boris Renski, Mirantis CMO and co-founder. “Today the feature parity gap is largely closed with enterprises such as  AT&T, Symantec, Walmart and many other Global 2000 enterprises running OpenStack at massive scale. The development priorities for OpenStack in both the community and at Mirantis have shifted from feature racing to stability at scale and day two operations.”

Mirantis OpenStack 7.0, which is  based on OpenStack Kilo,  enables richer OpenStack environments through a number of new features for Cinder, Glance, Horizon, Keystone, Neutron and Sahara. It features out-of-the box integration with VMware vCenter while offering choice in networking, including, but not limited to, Cisco ACI, Juniper Contrail and VMware NSX fabrics.

The company said this release is able to specify flexible underlay network topology in a simple manner using network templates;

·         Tune control-plane architecture by moving services onto separate controller nodes;

·         Deploy controllers on virtual machines for small footprint deployment;

·         Build hybrid clouds with hierarchical multi-tenancy;

·         Secure integration of control-plane various IT systems with SSL endpoint encryption;

·         Scale North-South traffic with Distributed Virtual Router (DVR);

·         Integrate with container platforms, including Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes;

·         Simplify bringing VMware environments to the cloud with new functions such as NSX-v  and vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS);

·         Deploy multiple Hadoop or Spark big data clusters in parallel through new Sahara features and gain additional flexibility via an updated plug-in for HDP v2.2.

In addition, Mirantis is extending the support period of the distribution from two years to three.

http://www.mirantis.com

Etisalat UAE Tests Virtual CPE with NEC/NetCracker

Etisalat UAE completed a series of virtual customer-premises equipment (vCPE) trials in partnership with NEC and NetCracker.

The proof of concept (PoC) validated the NEC/NetCracker vCPE solution’s ability to move highly complex IP and connectivity functionality from end-user gateways to Etisalat’s data center, which will reduce complexity for residential customers and provide them with more control over services. Etisalat’s deployment of the vCPE solution will enable it to experience a number of critical advantages, including the ability to provide next-generation connectivity without deploying highly complicated equipment at customer locations, resulting in reduced costs and fewer truck rolls.

NEC and NetCracker demonstrated several highly sophisticated use cases for Etisalat, including the ability to let customers personalize device- and subscriber-specific usage controls through an easy-to-use self-service portal. NEC and NetCracker also showed how customers can extend their LAN to enable cloud-based L2 services and content, as well as the vCPE solution’s ability to deploy virtual firewalls.

“By implementing the NEC/NetCracker vCPE solution, Etisalat can provide customers with access to a diverse set of services and capabilities through a self-care portal. The vCPE solution will also help Etisalat enable IPv6-based Internet connectivity without the need for any complex on-site processes,” said Noboru Takahashi, President & CEO at NEC in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

http://www.nec.com/en/global/about/solutionsforsociety/message.html
http://www.netcracker.com/

euNetworks adds Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute

euNetworks will begin offering direct access to Microsoft Azure for clients via Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute via its owned and operated fiber network across Europe.

“We are a bandwidth infrastructure company, owning and operating our own fibre networks that connect more than 260 data centres and 1,000 buildings across Europe as well as offering direct access to cloud platforms,” said Kevin Dean, Chief Marketing Officer of euNetworks. “Our relationship with Microsoft Azure means we offer unmatched direct access to this platform across our pan European footprint, offering significant benefit to companies as they move more of their IT infrastructure into the cloud.”

http://www.eunetworks.com/

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Microsoft Azure Takes Big Steps Forward

At its AzureCon 2015 event, Microsoft rolled out a number of big improvements to its Azure cloud platform centered around containers, security, infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT). The company also announced the availability of Microsoft Azure services in India from three regional data centers:  Central India in Pune, South India in Chennai, and West India in Mumbai


"We live in a connected world, and the intelligent cloud is powering it all,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud + Enterprise Division. “As data and devices continue to proliferate, there is vast opportunity for businesses to tap into their data to make their applications more intelligent

Highlights include:

General availability of Azure File Storage, featuring support of SMB 3.0 and the ability to mount file shares from anywhere (Azure or on-premises).

  • More that 40% of revenue on Azure comes from start-ups
  • 80% of Fortune 500 are using the Microsoft cloud.
  • New Azure Container Service -- building on work with Docker and Mesosphere to create and manage scalable clusters of host machines onto which containerized applications can be deployed, orchestrated, and managed. Azure Container Service makes it easier to create and manage clusters of hosts pre-configured with Docker, Apache Mesos, Marathon and Docker Swarm. This work couples Azure's hyper-scale and enterprise-grade cloud with proven open source technologies to deliver the foundation for the container deployment, orchestration, and management service any team building container apps will need.
  • New N-series, a new family of Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) powered by NVIDIA GPUs. Microsoft is the first hyper-scale provider to announce VMs featuring NVIDIA Grid 2.0 technology and the industry-leading Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform for professional graphics applications, deep learning, high-performance computing and more. A preview will be available in a few months.
  • New Azure Mobile Engagement -- a new SaaS-delivered, data-driven user engagement platform that enables real-time fine-grain user segmentation, app user analytics, contextually-aware smart push notifications and in-app messaging across all connected devices.
  • New Linux for Azure Data Lake -- aiming to make big data technology simpler and more accessible. Azure Data Lake makes HDInsight, which is Microsoft's Apache Hadoop-based service. Customers logging into the Azure Portal will now have a choice to select either Windows or Linux when deploying HDInsight. 
  • New Azure IoT Suite -- brings together preconfigured offerings to enable companies to leverage Azure Stream Analytics for IoT. The latest Stream Analytics updates include support for IoT Hub input the ability to output stream analytics to Azure DocumentDB.
  • New Azure CDN using the Akamai network -- integrating Akamai’s  CDN capabilities directly into the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. 
  • New Shared Access Signatures, delivering full parity with storage account keys and providing a more secure alternative to delegating access to storage users than storage account keys provide.
  • New Azure Storage client library for iOS.
  • The Azure Storage client library for Java will soon support client-side encryption complementing the existing capability in the Azure Storage client library for .Net.
  • New Azure support for the Financial Services Industry, including a detailed set of Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Data Security Standard (DSS) guidance describing Azure and customer shared responsibilities.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/

XO Launches Managed Security Service over AWS Direct Connect

XO Communications (XO), in collaboration with BAE Systems and Fortinet, announced a Managed Security Bundle for businesses using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect service.

The new AWS Direct Connect-enabled managed security bundle enables XO customers to procure high-speed connectivity to the AWS Cloud with firewall technology and managed security from a single provider.


XO integrates firewall technology from Fortinet and highly-respected managed security services from BAE Systems into the XO MPLS network for customers accessing AWS Direct Connect that sign up for the managed security bundle.

“Our new managed security bundle for AWS Direct Connect is an integral element of our network-enabled cloud strategy helping businesses to effectively and efficiently leverage both public and private cloud services to maximize their business productivity,” said Jake Heinz, senior vice president of marketing and product at XO Communications.  “In today’s environment where data security is a top priority, businesses can effortlessly leverage services designed for a higher level of security for their AWS Cloud data accessed through the XO network.”

XO expanded its AWS Direct Connect capabilities in 2014 and currently offers secure network connectivity for enterprises at speeds ranging from 50 Mbps to 10 Gbps.

http://www.xo.com/baesystems-fortinet/

Juniper Unveils Unite Architecture for Bring Cloud to Enterprise Networks

Juniper Networks unveiled its Unite reference architecture for modernizing enterprise campus and branch networks into cloud-enabled service platforms. The goal is to deliver an agile and secure network architecture for enterprises looking to quickly deploy cloud applications and services through a single, easy-to-manage network management platform.

Juniper Networks Unite is comprised of enterprise switching, security, and routing products and software technologies, as well as third-party solutions through the Open Convergence Framework (OCF). Key innovations in the architecture include Junos Fusion Enterprise, enhancements to Junos Space Network Director as well as advancements to the Juniper Networks EX9200 line of programmable Ethernet switches. Juniper Networks Unite also includes the company's Sky Advanced Threat Prevention, new SRX Series Services Gateways and significant modernization of Junos Space Security Director.

"Amid increasingly connected business environments, Juniper understands our enterprise customers’ complex challenges across the network. The introduction of our Juniper Networks Unite architecture gives our customers the building blocks required to modernize their enterprise campus and branch environments with simple, automated and secure solutions that can harness the power of the cloud - transforming IT from a business necessity into a powerful business asset,” stated Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation, Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net/us/en/solutions/cloud-enabled-enterprise/

PLUMgrid Supports Load Balancing as a Service with F5

PLUMgrid released a new version of its Open Networking Suite (ONS) for OpenStack with support for multiple OpenStack distributions, Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS) plugins, high availability, and dynamic Tunnel Heatmap.

PLUMgrid ONS supports multiple OpenStack distros and installers including Huawei Compass, Mirantis OpenStack, Rackspace Private Cloud, RDO, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, and Ubuntu OpenStack. The newest release, PLUMgrid ONS 4.0, has also achieved Red Hat certification with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7.

PLUMgrid ONS is adding support for OpenStack LBaaS (load balancing as a service) for Microservices. The company said that with the growth of microservices in data centers, LBaaS demand is increasing to provide seamless application and workload performance to all tenants. Utilizing LBaaS extensions in the Neutron API, PLUMgrid and F5 Networks have validated interoperability between F5 BIG-IP Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) and ONS 4.0 to verify deployment scenarios for high availability with scale-out, scalable IP addressing, and real-time overlay tunnel status.

http://www.plumgrid.com/

Tata Communications Builds ExpressRoute for Office 365

Tata Communications has teamed up with Microsoft to connect businesses to Office 365 via the Tata IZO network platform and ExpressRoute private connections.

The IZO Private cloud enablement service is part of Tata Communications’ IZO, a global network platform for enhanced hybrid cloud enablement. IZO is uniquely engineered for predictable routing, together with enterprise private and public cloud connectivity and interconnected data centers.

"By offering Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 through its IZO Private platform, Tata Communications is providing customers the enhanced security and reliability that come with a private connection, ultimately taking cloud-based communication and collaboration to the next level," stated Ross Ortega, Principal Product Manager, Networking, Microsoft Azure.

http://www.tatacommunications.com/


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