Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AWS Accelerates its Growth Trajectory

Amazon Web Services continues to ramp up in services, availability regions, data centers, applications, customers and revenue.

At its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Andy Jassy, SVP of Amazon Web Services said the business is now on a $7 billion annual run rate, up 81% YoY. AWS now has over 1 million active customers that have used the platform in the last 30 days.  Amazon EC2 compute instance hour usage is up 95% YoY. Amazon S3 object storage data transfers have grown 120% YoY. AWS databases services are growing at 127% YoY.

Some highlights:



  • AWS re:Invent has a total of 19,000 attendees in person and 38,000 of the livestream.
  • The AWS Marketplace has over 2,300 listings offered by over 800 independent software vendors. These have generated over 143 million EC2 compute hours of usage so far.
  • Snowball - a faster/cheaper alternative to high speed Internet connections for transferring terabytes or petabytes of data from an existing data center to the AWS cloud. Snowball provides 50TB of encrypted transfer capability per unit. It is entirely self-contained in a weather-resistant shipping container with a 10 GB network connection on the back and an E Ink display/control panel on the front.
  • Amazon QuickSight - a new AWS data visualization engine for business intelligence. QuickSight is designed to handle many types of data-intensive workloads including ad targeting, customer segmentation, forecasting & planning, marketing & sales analytics, inventory & shipment tracking, IoT device stream management, and clickstream analysis.  QuickSight is built around SPICE (the Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory Calculation Engine). Amazon claims it can deliver the solution at 1/10th the cost of on-premise solutions from "the old guard"
  • Amazon Kinesis Firehose - loads streaming data such as from IoT sensors into hosted databases. Users simply create a delivery stream, route it to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket and/or a Amazon Redshift table, and write records (up to 1000 KB each) to the stream. Firehose will take care of all of the monitoring, scaling, and data management.
  • Amazon Inspector - a new service that analyzes the behavior of your applications in AWS and helps identify potential security issues.
  • MariaDB - Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) now offers support for the popular MariaDB database, beginning with version 10.0.17. This engine was forked from MySQL in 2009, and has developed at a rapid clip ever since, adding support for two storage engines (XtraDB and Aria) and other leading-edge features. 

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/

Teradata Expands to AWS

Teradata, which offers a portfolio of big data analytic solutions, will offer its data warehousing as a service on AWS.

The initial version of Teradata Database on AWS will be offered on a variety of individual multi-terabyte virtual servers--known as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances--in supported AWS regions via a listing in the AWS Marketplace.

"Today, Teradata is adding more innovation by coupling data warehousing capabilities with public cloud convenience," said Tony Cosentino, Vice President and Research Director at Ventana Research, a leading benchmark research and advisory services firm. "No longer is cutting-edge technology the sole domain of the upper echelon of the corporate community; soon virtually any organization on the planet can tap into – and trust – the power of Teradata."

http://www.teradata.com

Equinix Streamlines AWS Migrations

Equinix and its professional services arm, Nimbo , announced two solutions to help enterprises migrate to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The AWS Direct Connect Converged Infrastructure bundles feature deployment tools from Nimbo; NetApp's NPS capability and Cisco technologies; along with secure, direct connection inside Equinix's data centers.  These bundles enable enterprises to use the same storage and network management tools used in their on-premises deployments as they migrate to public or hybrid cloud architectures.

Equinix and Nimbo will also provide Equinix Cloud Exchange configuration and foundation enablement services, either as part of the Equinix Cloud Exchange Starter-Kit or as individual, stand-alone offerings.


Sungard Launches AWS Recovery Solution

Sungard Availability Services will offer its disaster recovery solutions on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The new Sungard AS AWS Recovery Solution allows Sungard AS to expand its offerings to provide backup, vaulting and recovery services into the AWS U.S. East and West Regions. Customers can be assured their data is replicated quickly and fully so that they will always have continuous access to applications to perform critical functions.

"Sungard AS delivers a range of recovery services that, when used in conjunction with cloud services, provide a resilient and scalable architecture," said Jack Dziak, Executive Vice President, Global Products, Sungard AS. "Now, specifically for AWS, customers can experience the full capabilities of Sungard AS – including operating system recovery, storage replication, off-site storage and automated recovery of protected workloads – as a fully managed, utility-priced service on AWS."

http://www.sungardas.com/

IBM Launches "Cognitive" Consulting Practice

Leveraging its Watson artificial intelligence cloud, IBM is launching a consulting organization dedicated to helping clients realize the transformative value of "cognitive business."

"Our work with clients across many industries shows that cognitive computing is the path to the next great set of possibilities for business," said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services. "Clients know they are collecting and analyzing more data than ever before, but 80 percent of all the available data -- images, voice, literature, chemical formulas, social expressions -- remains out of reach for traditional computing systems. We're scaling expertise to close that gap and help our clients become cognitive banks, retailers, automakers, insurers or healthcare providers.”

"Before long, we will look back and wonder how we made important decisions or discovered new opportunities without systematically learning from all available data," said Stephen Pratt, global leader, IBM Cognitive Business Solutions. "Over the next decade, this transformation will be very personal for professionals as we embrace learning algorithms to enhance our capacity. For clients, cognitive systems will provide organizations that adopt these powerful tools outperform their peers.”

IBM noted that over the past year, it has forged strategic partnerships with Apple, Twitter, The Weather Channel and Facebook, all aimed at unlocking new data sources to the advantage of clients worldwide.

http://www.ibm.com

Pure Storage Fizzles in IPO

Pure Storage, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, completed its initial public offering (IPO) of 25,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $17.00 per share.  Trading of NYSE:PSTG closed at $16.01. The company offers all-flash storage arrays.

https://www.purestorage.com


  • In April 2014, Pure Storage closed a $225 million Series F funding round, at a pre-money valuation of over $3 billion, to support its all-flash enterprise storage array strategy.  The round included contributions from previous public market investors including T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and Tiger Global and new investor, Wellington Management Company. The round also included participation from prior venture capital investors Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. The new funding brings the company’s total capital raised to $470 million to date.

Digicel Withdraws Plans for Upcoming IPO

Digicel Group, which provides communications services in 31 markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific, withdrew its plans for an upcoming initial public offering.  The company cited inopportune conditions particularly in emerging markets.

Commenting, Denis O’Brien, Chairman, Digicel said: “Given our growth outlook, an IPO for Digicel was optional and predicated on achieving fair value for the company. Recent volatility in equity markets has seen a number of IPOs listing at a discount to their signalled price range and this was a less attractive route for us.”

“Digicel is now at a key juncture in our growth story following a $1.5 billion investment programme over the past three years; we generate strong and growing free cash flow and we have no material debt maturities until 2021. Our growth plans remain unchanged and we remain in a strong position to exploit areas of interest in: Data, Business Solutions, Cable TV and Broadband.”

http://www.digicelgroup.com/en.html

TeliaSonera Deploys Metaswitch’s Network Interconnect Solution

TeliaSonera has deployed Metaswitch’s Network Interconnect Solution to better serve its customers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The installation, which includes Metaswitch’s Perimeta session border controller (SBC), secures real-time communications and delivers visibility into the network. In addition, Metaswitch’s Service Assurance Server (SAS) feature set offers network technicians tools for smarter, faster troubleshooting.

“Metaswitch is pleased to provide TeliaSonera with the solutions that better equip it to offer subscribers a superior level of service across multiple technologies, services and devices,” said Dave Reekie, SVP of Metaswitch Interconnect Solutions. “Metaswitch’s Network Interconnect Solution, powered by the Perimeta SBC, will consistently enable a full interworking of services while providing TeliaSonera with a flexible, modular architecture that’s ready for the future.”

http://www.metaswitch.com

NTT Com Develops Cloud-based Video Analytics

NTT Communications is developing an artificial-intelligence (AI) technology called Time-series Deep Learning  that analyzes time-series video data to identify specific human motions with high precision.

The goal is to analyze video images taken with network cameras to distinguish between specific motions, such as people crouching, acting restlessly or moving things.

NTT Com said its system can attain more than 80% accuracy, paving the way for network-based detection applications for preventing crimes or accidents, understanding purchasing behavior, analyzing sports performance, etc.

NTT Com is planning to launch this Video Analysis Platform as a service.

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20151007_3.html

O3b Hits First Year Milestones for its Satellite Network

O3b Networks marked first year of commercial operation, saying its high-throughput, low-latency satellite network has become the fastest growing in satellite history. The company operates a Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation, which at 8000 km, is much closer to the earth than traditional geostationary (GEO) satellites.

O3b’s first year anniversary achievements include:


  • 12 satellites in orbit
  • Initial constellation capacity of 192 Gbps
  • 40 customers in service
  • 31 countries with live customers
  • Already, the capacity that O3b has sold is equivalent to nearly 10% of the contracted capacity of the three largest Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) operators combined.

“Our first year of commercial service has been phenomenal. We couldn’t be happier to see the impact that O3b has had on our customers and their businesses. The breadth of industries and geographies that our customers span reflects the broad based demand for high performance connectivity and we are excited to help our customers take their network capabilities to another level,” stated Steve Collar, CEO, O3b Networks.

http://www.o3bnetworks.com

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Infinera Unifies its Long-Haul and Metro Optical Transport Portfolio

Infinera unveiled new hardware and software capabilities that unify its flagship, long-haul DTN-X platforms with the metro packet-optical solutions obtained through its acquisition of Transmode.

The rollout, which comes just weeks after the completion of the Transmode acquisition, is intended to address the surge in demand forecast for metro 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) packet-optical networking solutions in 2016.

Some highlights:

  • New hardware modules for the DTN-X XTC Series - enable direct 100 Gbps WDM line-side interworking with the Transmode TM-Series metro packet/optical platforms. The TM-Series offers packet-optical transport for a rich set of metro applications including mobile fronthaul and backhaul, business Ethernet and triple play aggregation for cable and service provider networks. The new PT-Fabric for the TM-Series is designed to extend these capabilities to terabit switching and metro 100 Gbps networking.
  • New capabilities for the Infinera Digital Node Administrator (DNA) network management system - enable unified control of the DTN-X Family and the TM-Series from metro access to long-haul core. 
  • New Metro DTN-X Platforms - XTC-2 and XTC-2E for metro core and regional network applications. The XTC-2 and XTC-2E converge 100 Gbps coherent WDM transmission with packet-aware OTN switching in a platform with the small footprint and low power consumption demanded by metro and regional networks. All platforms in the XTC Series support the oPIC-100, Infinera's next-generation photonic integrated circuit (PIC) to extend the space, performance and reliability benefits of PICs from the long-haul to the metro.
  • New Long-Haul DTN-X Platform XT-500 - a two rack unit, stackable platform based on Infinera's PIC-500, delivering 500 Gbps WDM super-channels and designed for rapid deployment of high bandwidth long-haul data center interconnection. The XT-500 seamlessly integrates with the Infinera FlexILS Line System to support fixed and flexible grid for extended reach and increased fiber efficiency. Applications for the XT-500 include point-to-point interconnect and within optically switched mesh network topologies using reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexers (ROADMs). Managed as a part of a DTN-X node, the XT-500 supports Infinera's Instant Bandwidth to rapidly deploy additional bandwidth in 100 Gbps increments with a few clicks of a mouse.

"Our vision is to enable an infinite pool of intelligent bandwidth that the next communications infrastructure is built upon. Infinera's new unified Intelligent Transport Network portfolio is engineered to provide network operators a precise set of tools to scale long-haul, datacenter interconnect and metro networks," said Tom Fallon, CEO at Infinera. "As network operators transform their networks to 100 Gb/s, Infinera's unified portfolio offers right-sized, application-specific platforms that scale bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and simplify network operations."

The XTC-2, XTC-2E, XT-500, unified portfolio hardware and software features are planned for general availability in Q4 2015.

http://www.infinera.com/infinera-unifies-end-to-end-product-portfolio-and-introduces-new-platforms-for-surging-metro-100g-market/

See video: Transforming Metro Networks


See video: Infinera Unified End-to-End
Portfolio in Action

AT&T Plans Virtual Security Functions for Customers

As part of its transition to a software-centric network strategy (NFV), AT&T disclosed plans for virtualizing security functions for its customers.

AT&T said its emerging NFV capabilities will enable it to deploy and updated services, such as security, more rapidly and dynamically.

AT&T will offer a virtualized firewall solution that includes additional layers of security like intrusion detection, application control, antivirus solutions, and web filtering to help protect information stored in the cloud.  The company said its virtualized security functions can be deployed in different cloud environments, including public, private, and hybrid clouds.  Virtualized security is also integrated with AT&T’s threat analysis, customer portal, and contracting/billing systems. Connection to the threat portal means virtualized security functions will be constantly learning from the latest threats and working to adapt and improve security protections to help businesses stay highly secure.

http://networkingexchangeblog.att.com/enterprise-business/att-to-introduce-virtual-security-functions-for-customers/#fbid=lx0M6BPzPks

AT&T and IBM Team Up on Mobile Cloud Security

AT&T and IBM announced a partnership focused on delivering a scalable mobile cloud solution to help protect corporate data and apps. 

The reference architecture includes:
  • IBM MobileFirst Protect: helps organizations manage and control mobile devices, apps and documents.
  • AT&T NetBond: provides a highly secure, scalable network connection to IBM's Cloud infrastructure services, SoftLayer.
  • IBM Cloud: the SoftLayer infrastructure secures public and private clouds for applications and data storage.
  • AT&T Work Platform: enables separate billing of business and personal charges for voice, messaging and data use on an employee's personal handset.
"Balancing employees' need for convenience with security has become a challenge for CISOs and CIOs across the world," said Caleb Barlow, vice president, IBM Security. "To help protect organizations, employees and data, IBM Security and AT&T are delivering a tested and easy to deploy set of complementary tools. We're giving enterprise mobile device users stable, private access to data and apps in the cloud."

"More employees are using mobile devices to be more productive. At the same time, data and apps are moving to the cloud. The changes are exciting, but security needs to be top-of-mind," said Steve McGaw, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Solutions. "Trusted collaborators like IBM are helping us better address changing business models. Together we're giving options to deliver highly secure mobile access to cloud apps and data."

Cisco Creates DevNet Labs to Foster Innovation

Cisco is expanding its DevNet developer program with the launch of DevNet Labs, a place for developers to share their innovations and co-create with other DevNet developers. The idea is to share ideas and code on how to develop modern applications that integrate with the network infrastructure.

DevNet was established one and a half years ago in Cisco’s CTO Office under Dave Ward. The program is now moving under Rowan Trollope.

Cisco is seeding DevNet Labs with a number of innovation projects developed inside Cisco but now ready for the open community:

  • DevIoT: DevIoT is an extensible integrated developer environment for writing IoT apps. DevIoT helps design, deploy, and operate IoT apps.
  • Glance: Glance is a cloud application that uses indoor location information to find experts and track devices and assets. It is built on Cisco’s CMX platform, which exposes indoor location information through APIs on Cisco’s 802.11 access points and Mobility Services Engine.
  • NeXt: NeXt is an HTML/javascript UI toolkit that allows developers to easily visualize network topologies in network web applications. The NeXt SDK was released on DevNet last spring and will be released as an open source project in Open Daylight.
  • Open Daylight BGP apps: We are sharing the source code for a number of BGP apps we built on top of Open Daylight. These apps draw topologies using NeXt with information from BGP-LS topology information and program MPLS traffic engineering paths using PCEP.

https://communities.cisco.com/community/developer/devnetlabs/blog

IEEE Introduces 802.1AX Link Aggregation Standard

IEEE introduced its 802.1AX-2014 standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks – Link Aggregation.

IEEE 802.1AX has two new key features: Conversation Sensitive Traffic Distribution and Distributed Resilient Network Interconnect (DRNI).
  • Conversation sensitive traffic distribution allows for the association of individual conversations to physical links in a priority order. This enables control of the physical link a conversation utilizes, and ensures that the same link is also used in both the forward and the reverse directions.
  • Distributed Resilient Network Interconnect (DRNI) enables up to three nodes on each side of a Link Aggregation (LAG), further enhancing interconnectivity by adding node redundancy and protection. In effect, IEEE 802.1AX-2014 provides a standardized version of multi-chassis LAG, the common nomenclature for current proprietary solutions. DRNI provides isolation, independence, and rapid recovery even below 50ms. With DRNI, interconnected network domains can be independently administered and managed and can use different technologies. Failure events are isolated so that a failure in one network domain is not propagated to the other, and failure in the DRNI is not propagated to either network domain.
“The new standard revision IEEE 802.1AX-2014 marks yet another milestone in ongoing efforts to improve the performance and reliability of the link aggregation standard,” said Glenn Parsons, chair, IEEE 802.1 Working Group. “In a growing world economy where connectivity is key, the 802.1 working group is committed to supporting broader deployment of the standard to ensure the latest technology is being applied to enhance link aggregation solutions.”



Sysdig Delivers Monitoring for Amazon’s EC2 Container Service

Sysdig, a start-up based in San Francisco, is now providing "container native" monitoring for Amazon’s EC2 Container Service (ECS).

The service is delivered in Sysdig Cloud, which is a monitoring solution built from the ground up to support microservices and containers.

Sysdig said it is able to provide deep, application­-level visibility into ECS containers, while respecting the independence and isolation of each container. Sysdig Cloud now offers alerts and dashboards that integrate tasks and other ECS tags and metadata directly with all the hundreds of metrics pulled from the customer's environment.

“Like many leaders in the market, Amazon continues to invest heavily in a container­ driven future for cloud computing. Here at Sysdig, we’re excited to support this vision and the thousands of companies making the move to containers and microservices,” said Loris Degioanni, CEO and Founder of Sysdig. “No other monitoring technology can come close to the level of visibility into AWS and ECS that Sysdig can offer with ContainerVision.”

http://www.sysdig.com


Aquantia Raises $37 Million for 10GBASE-T and 5GbE Silicon

Aquantia, a start-up based in San Jose, California, announced $37 million in Series H funding for its 10GBASE-T Ethernet silicon solutions for data centers.

Aquantia's 10GBASE-T and AQrate PHY product lines lead the market with low-power, high-performance, and high-density silicon solutions.  Aquantia developed AQrate, a unique technology capable of increasing network speeds to 5 Gbps at lengths up to 100m on existing Cat 5e/Cat 6 cables. The products were first sampled in late 2013 and are currently in mass production. The company currently employs over 160 people. Since its first round of funding in 2005, Aquantia has become a market leader in high-speed Ethernet copper connectivity solutions in data center and enterprise.

New investors participating in this round include Credit Suisse's Direct Equity Partners, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Walden Riverwood along with existing investor Cisco Investments. Previous investors include Intel Capital, Cisco Investments, Xilinx, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Venture Tech Alliance. Aquantia has raised a total of $199 million to date.

"We feel very fortunate to be leading in a market with significant sustaining revenues from design wins that enjoy very long product life-cycles," said Faraj Aalaei, president, and CEO. "Aquantia's success comes from a strong focus on turning technology differentiation into business success. Our driving ambition to take partnership opportunities with our customers to the next level consistently results in expanded opportunity and a secure trust between us and our customers."

http://www.aquantia.com


NTT Com Launches Disaster Recovery Service in Europe

NTT Communications launched its Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution across Europe.

This managed cloud service, in partnership with industry-leading DRaaS platform provider Geminare, helps organizations adapt and evolve their disaster recovery programs to a secure NTT Com Enterprise Cloud platform. NTT Com offers its DRaaS solution from four secure Enterprise Cloud locations in Europe and 14 worldwide, that customers can choose from to place their recovery environments, assisting in their data localization requirements when needed. If customers wish to move their primary infrastructure to an NTT Com data center for operational ease, they can choose from over 130 secure data centers worldwide.

NTT Com's Recovery as a Service (RaaS) solution has been available in the United States since 2012.

http://www.ntt.com/index-e.html

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