Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cisco: Global Cloud Traffic to Quadruple by 2019

Global cloud traffic will more than quadruple by the end of 2019, from 2.1 to 8.6 zettabytes (ZB), outpacing the growth of total global data center traffic, which is forecast to triple during the same time frame (from 3.4 to 10.4 ZB), according to the newly released Cisco Global Cloud Index.

Total global data center traffic, which is forecast to triple during the same time frame (from 3.4 to 10.4 ZB).

“The Global Cloud Index highlights the fact that cloud is moving well beyond a regional trend to becoming a mainstream solution globally, with cloud traffic expected to grow more than 30 percent in every worldwide region over the next five years,” said Doug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing, Cisco. “Enterprise and government organizations are moving from test cloud environments to trusting clouds with their mission-critical workloads. At the same time, consumers continue to expect on-demand, anytime access to their content and services nearly everywhere. This creates a tremendous opportunity for cloud operators, which will play an increasingly relevant role in the communications industry ecosystem.”

The report, which serves as a complement to the widely-cited Cisco Visual Networking Index, is generated by modeling and analysis of various primary and secondary sources.

Some key take-aways:

  • By 2019, 55 percent of the residential Internet population will use personal cloud storage (up from 42 percent in 2014). 
  • Annual global data center IP traffic is projected to reach 10.4 ZB by the end of 2019, up from 3.4 ZB
  • per year in 2014.
  • Annual global cloud traffic is projected to quadruple, reaching 8.6 ZB (719 EB per month) by the end of 2019, up from 2.1 ZB per year (176 EB per month) in 2014, and is expected to account for more than four-fifths (83 percent) of total data center traffic by 2019.
  • New technologies such as SDN and NFV are expected to streamline data center traffic flows such that the traffic volumes reaching the highest tier (core) of the data center may fall below 10.4 ZB per year and lower data center tiers could carry over 40 ZB of traffic per year.
  • By region, North America will have the highest cloud traffic volume (3.6 ZB) by 2019; followed by Asia Pacific (2.3 ZB) and Western Europe (1.5 ZB).
  • By region, North America will also have the highest data center traffic volume (4.5 ZB) by 2019; followed by Asia Pacific (2.7 ZB) and Western Europe (1.8 ZB). 
  • By 2019, 55 percent (more than 2 billion users) of the consumer Internet population will use personal cloud storage up from 42 percent (1.1 billion users) in 2014.
  • Globally, consumer cloud storage traffic per user will be 1.6 gigabytes per month by 2019, compared to 992 megabytes per month in 2014.
Data center virtualization
  • Overall data center workloads will more than double from 2014 to 2019; however, cloud workloads will more than triple over the same period.
  • The workload density (that is, workloads per physical server) for cloud data centers was 5.1 in 2014 and will grow to 8.4 by 2019. Comparatively, for traditional data centers, workload density was 2.0 in 2014 and will grow to 3.2 by 2019.
IoE-Generated Data
  • Globally, the data created by IoE connections will reach 507.5 zettabytes per year (42.3 zettabytes per month) by 2019, up from 134.5 zettabytes per year (11.2 ZB per month) in 2014.
  • A smart city of 1 million will generate 180 million gigabytes of data per day by 2019.
Private vs. Public Cloud Growth
Public cloud, in which services are rendered over a network that is open for public use, is growing faster than private cloud, which includes cloud infrastructure operated for a single organization, in terms of workloads. However, throughout the five-year forecast, private cloud will continue to outpace public cloud in its degree of virtualization.

The Cisco Cloud Index projects:
  • Public cloud workloads are going to grow at a 44-percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019 and private cloud workloads will grow at a slower pace (16-percent CAGR) from
  • 2014 to 2019.
  • By 2019, 56 percent of the cloud workloads will be in public cloud data centers, up from 30 percent in 2014. (CAGR of 44 percent from 2014 to 2019.)
  • By 2019, 44 percent of the cloud workloads will be in private cloud data centers, down from 70 percent in 2014. (CAGR of 16 percent from 2014 to 2019.)

Verizon's ThingSpace Ties IoT with Data Analytics and Cloud

Verizon launched ThingSpace, a new IoT platform allowing developers to create applications, customers to manage devices, partners to market their services, and Verizon to launch integrated vertical solutions in an open environment.

Thingspace, which will leverage an existing ecosystem of more than 1,000 channel partners and revenue from the company's IoT and telematics business, promises to accelerate innovation and adoption of IoT devices.  At a press event in San Francisco, Verizon's executives said the industry is poised to move from millions to billions of connected devices and sensors in the coming years. To achieve this, Verizon is creating a new dedicated network core and new connectivity options for the next-generation of IoT use cases in verticals such as agriculture, healthcare, the consumer electronics evolution and the sharing economy.

Verizon has created a core IoT network within its LTE architecture optimized for Cat1 devices.  The company is also working with partners to embed LTE chipsets in a wide-range of connected machines to automate the provisioning process and make it faster to deploy IoT devices on its wide-area network

Significantly, Verizon will offer a big data analytics engine tied into its IoT deployments. ThingSpace will provide end-to-end management of IoT environments and related data, from device to network to application. The goal is to offer hundreds of APIs via the Thingspace environment. The data and analytics engine is being developed at the Verizon labs in Palo Alto, California.

“Continued innovation in smart cities, connected cars and wearables demonstrates that IoT is the future for how we will live and work,” said Mike Lanman, senior vice president Enterprise Products at Verizon. “Despite the exciting potential, IoT is still too complex, too fragmented, too expensive to connect and too hard to scale. Success in that future relies on a leader that can cut through the complexity and change the IoT model. That’s where Verizon comes in. With our experience in networks, devices, platforms and applications, we are taking a holistic approach to simplifying adoption to expand the IoT market from millions to billions of connections.”

LTE IoT Chipset Targets 10 years of Battery Life

Ericsson, in partnership with AT&T and Altair Semiconductor, plan to demonstrate ultralow power consumption for IoT devices with a target battery operational life of ten years.

The demonstration of LTE Power Saving Mode on a commercial LTE Internet of Things (IoT) chipset is showcased at this week's GSMA Mobile 360 Series - North America event in Atlanta, Georgia.

The IoT device Altair's FourGee-1160 Cat 1 chipset featuring ultra-low power consumption. Power Saving Mode is an Ericsson Evolved Packet Core feature based on 3GPP (Release 12) for both GSM and LTE networks. The feature is able to dramatically extend IoT device battery life up to ten years or more for common use cases and traffic profiles.

Cameron Coursey, Vice President, Product Development, AT&T's IoT Organization, says: "IoT connectivity is essential to helping businesses stay tethered to their assets around the world. Whether a trucking company hauls expensive cargo across the country or a restaurant transports fresh food overseas, a long battery life on their connected devices can help them provide continuous service.  Businesses can save money and become more efficient with battery replacements every few years rather than very few months.

"Power Saving Mode running on a Cat 1 device enables new use cases and services so far impractical for LTE based IoT networks. We are very pleased to cooperate with ecosystem partners such as Ericsson and AT&T to demonstrate how these use cases are made possible today, based on existing and commercial device and infrastructure technology," stated Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development, Altair.

IBM to Acquire Weather Company's B2B, Mobile, Cloud Properties

IBM plans to acquire The Weather Company’s B2B, mobile and cloud-based web properties, including WSI,, Weather Underground and The Weather Company brand. The Weather Company is currently owned by a consortium comprising the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital, and NBCUniversal.

The deal does not include the TV segment – The Weather Channel, which will license weather forecast data and analytics from IBM under a long-term contract.

IBM is seeking to integrate weather expertise into a new Watson IoT Unit and Watson IoT Cloud platform. The idea is to bring together IBM’s cognitive and analytics platform and The Weather Company’s dynamic cloud data platform, which powers the fourth most-used mobile app daily in the United States and handles 26 billion inquiries to its cloud-based services each day.

“The Weather Company’s extremely high-volume data platform, coupled with IBM’s global cloud and the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of Watson, will be unsurpassed in the Internet of Things, providing our clients significant competitive advantage as they link their business and sensor data with weather and other pertinent information in real time,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, IBM Solutions Portfolio and Research. “This powerful cloud platform will position IBM to arm entire industries with deep multimodal insights that will help enterprises gain clarity and take action from the oceans of data being generated around them.”

Telco Virtualized Network Function (VNF) Runs in Apcera's Containerized PaaS

Ericsson and AT&T demonstrated a Telco Virtualized Network Function (VNF) running in a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment that is integrated with OpenStack.

The demo at this week's OpenStack Summit in Tokyo showcased a fast and secure deployment of the virtualized Web Communication Gateway (vWCG) in Apcera's container-based, policy-driven PaaS environment that is fully integrated with OpenStack. The demo showed audio and video communications between multiple Web browsers utilizing the vWCG deployed in an OpenStack-integrated PaaS environment.

"AT&T and Ericsson have been working together on a prototype to demonstrate the deployment of a Telco VNF in an OpenStack-based PaaS environment. This specific prototype showcased a fast and secure deployment of the virtualized Web Communication Gateway (vWCG) - a Telco VNF - in Apcera's container-based policy-oriented PaaS environment that is fully integrated with OpenStack," stated Toby Ford, Assistant Vice President, IT Operations Strategic Realization, AT&T.

"Ericsson is leading the development of both Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and PaaS environments that are integrated with OpenStack for deploying VNFs on Telco networks. This demonstration showed how a complex VNF such as vWCG can be deployed using Apcera's PaaS technology with a few clicks of a mouse. This is an important step toward fast, secure and policy-integrated deployment of Telco VNFs on micro-services-based containers," stated Magnus Arildsson, Head of IaaS and PaaS, Ericsson.

"The partnership between Ericsson and Apcera has accelerated the development of a micro-services-based PaaS environment suitable for deploying Telco VNFs. This PoC paves the way for cost-effective, efficient deployment of VNFs and further collaboration with Telco operators to integrate carrier-grade requirements with Apcera's trusted cloud platform," stated Derek Collison, CEO and founder, Apcera.

Google's Project Loon Announces Tests with Indonesian Operators

Three mobile network operators in Indonesia - Indosat, Telkomsel and XL Axiata - will begin testing Google's Project Loon for delivery balloon-powered Internet service.

Google estimates that about one in three of Indonesia's 250 million residents has Internet service.  Getting conventional service to Indonesia's 17,000 islands has proven difficult. Google said its Project Loon has the capability to transmit signal from areas that are connected to an Internet groundstation and bounce that signal across a constellation of balloons and back down to even the most remote islands.

SanDisk Software Delivers Flash Performance Boost for Virtualized Apps

SanDisk released a new version of its FlashSoft server-side, solid state caching software that delivers significant application performance acceleration gains, up to three to five times, especially in transactional and virtualized environments which often experience high I/O latency.

This newest version of its FlashSoft server-side is updated for Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Linux operating systems. It ensures that the most frequently accessed data (hot data) is serviced by server-side flash rather than slower back-end storage. This alleviates storage performance bottlenecks and accelerates applications by reducing response time, without mandating a large investment in hardware. Organizations running large database-driven applications on shared storage infrastructures typically experience high I/O latency as the primary constraint on application performance. FlashSoft software helps address the pain points of these enterprises by dramatically improving availability of hot data.

“This new offering exemplifies our dedication to transforming the data center through flash technology,” said Ravi Swaminathan, vice president and general manager, Systems and Software Solutions, SanDisk. “We recognize that efficient access to data for key applications is an essential requirement for our enterprise customers. The new version of FlashSoft software now offers customers even better application acceleration, regardless of the environment or scale.”

Cisco to Acquire 1 Mainstream for Cloud Video

Cisco announced plans to acquire 1 Mainstream, a start-up offering a cloud-based video platform designed to quickly launch live and on-demand OTT video services to a variety of connected devices. Financial terms were not disclosed.

1 Mainstream, which is based in San Jose, California, helps service providers, broadcasters, media companies and emerging digital content companies deliver their media content to almost any connected media device, from Apple TV to Microsoft Xbox.  The company was founded in 2012 and is backed by DCM, Menlo Ventures, BskyB, and Luminari Capital.

Cisco said the acquisition complements its new ‘Infinite’ suite of cloud-powered video entertainment solutions designed to help service providers, broadcasters and media companies.

  • 1 Mainstream is headed by Rajeev Raman, CEO, who previously was Head of Product at Roku, CEO and Founder of mywaves, EIR at Menlo Ventures, as well as VP of Product and Engineering at Questra Corp.

F5 Posts Revenue of $501.3 Million, up 8% YoY

F5 Networks reported revenue of $501.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, up 4 percent from $483.6 million in the prior quarter and 8 percent from $465.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014. For fiscal year 2015, revenue was $1.92 billion, up 11 percent from $1.73 billion last year.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $97.0 million ($1.36 per diluted share) compared to $93.2 million ($1.29 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2015 and $94.0 million ($1.26 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter a year ago.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2016, ending December 31, the company has set a revenue target of $480 million to $490 million with a GAAP earnings target of $1.13 to $1.16 per diluted share.

“Against the backdrop of a volatile macro-economy, F5 achieved a year of solid growth and profitability,” said Manny Rivelo, F5 president and chief executive officer. “With a Q4 revenue run-rate above two billion dollars, record annual revenue and gross margins contributed to a 17 percent increase in GAAP net income for the year. From a regional perspective, the United States and EMEA were the strongest performers, with solid year over year revenue growth in Q4, offset by weakness in Latin America, Canada and Japan.

“During the quarter, software sales continued to grow as a percentage of our product mix, reflecting incremental demand for our Virtual Editions and Good-Better-Best bundles and a steady ramp in sales of our Cloud-based Silverline SaaS offerings and our other subscription services. These trends validate our success in meeting the growing need for hybrid solutions that can be deployed and centrally managed on-premise and in the Cloud, and we expect to see them continue throughout fiscal 2016.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

GSMA: North America Leads in New Mobile Tech Adoption

The North American mobile industry continues to lead other regions in the adoption of new mobile technologies, according to a newly released GSMA report called "The Mobile Economy - North America 2015’, including 4G networks, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital commerce.

North America is home to more than 250 million unique subscribers, equivalent to a unique subscriber penetration rate of 70 per cent and 360 million mobile connections (excluding M2M), with three-quarters of connections being smartphones.

Some stats:

  • 4G already accounts for just over half of the connection base in the US, while Canada is expected to breach the 50% level in early 2016. By the end of the decade, 84% of connections in North America are forecast to be on 4G networks.
  • The US is by far the largest market with 232 million unique mobile subscribers, a penetration rate of about 72%. In Canada the rate is still much lower at 56%, with a total of 20 million unique subscribers.
  • Cisco forecasts that mobile data usage will grow at a 42% CAGR in North America through to 2019, reaching nearly 11 GB per user per month. This compares to a global average growth rate of 24% and a 2019 usage level of 4 GB.
  • This total impact includes a direct economic contribution of mobile operators and the rest of the mobile ecosystem of $217 billion (1.1% of GDP), an indirect impact on the rest of the economy of $130 billion (0.7% of GDP), and a productivity impact of $324 billion (1.7% of GDP) brought about by the use of mobile technology by businesses and workers in the region.
  • Cellular M2M: 12.8% of connections in North America (Q3 2015), global average is 3.9%, the next highest region is Europe at 8.2%

“The North American mobile industry has been the strongest performing of any developed region globally for some time, characterised by substantial subscriber growth, the early adoption of new technologies, high levels of mobile usage and strong revenue trends,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “The region continues to lead innovation in a number of areas in the mobile ecosystem, including hardware, access technologies, operating systems and new apps and services that are scaling rapidly and changing how individuals live and work.”

Equinix Picks Infinera Cloud Xpress for Metro Datacenter Interconnection

Equinix is deploying the Infinera Cloud Xpress to interconnect its four data centers in Tokyo. The Equinix IBX data centers in Tokyo currently serve over 260 companies.

Equinix is also using the Infinera Cloud Xpress in Hong Kong to interconnect local data centers.

“Equinix is rapidly expanding across the globe,” said Teri Francis, vice president of technology at Equinix. “Cloud Xpress is an ideal solution for us to scale bandwidth in our Hong Kong and Tokyo networks and enhance our ability to connect our customers. Cloud Xpress is extremely simple to deploy and manage and fits our high-density, low power requirements. We are now looking forward to deploying the Cloud Xpress family in other markets globally to take advantage of these same scaling benefits.”

“The continued deployment of the Cloud Xpress by a leading datacenter operator like Equinix underscores the value Cloud Xpress brings to high-bandwidth datacenter interconnect,” said Stu Elby, senior vice president of cloud network strategy and technology at Infinera. “The Cloud Xpress, a purpose-built rack-and-stack datacenter platform, is ideal for operators in Asia where space limitation is a factor. The Cloud Xpress addresses the critical needs of datacenter operators and continues to gain traction in networks across the globe.”

  • In June 2015, Infinera announced the addition of 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) client services in its Cloud Xpress family of metro Cloud platforms.  The Cloud Xpress family, which Infinera announced last September 2014 and began shipping that December, is designed specifically to address the needs of Cloud service providers, Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers, large enterprises and other large-scale datacenter operators.  It leverages the company's unique oPIC-500 metro-optimized photonic integrated circuit to deliver DWDM datacenter interconnect services up to 500 Gbps in a compact two rack unit chassis.  With the addition of the new platform, the Cloud Xpress family now supports 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE client-side interfaces to match customer specific requirements.
    Along with the introduction of the new Cloud Xpress with 100 GbE, Infinera announced important enhancements to the Cloud Xpress family including MACsec encryption for improved security, NETCONF & YANG support for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and ease of use, and LLDP discovery protocols enabling datacenter automation. NETCONF & YANG support enables smooth integration into datacenter automation and management systems; LLDP protocol awareness for auto-discovery of adjacent switches and routers across the WAN supports efficient connectivity validation and troubleshooting, and MACsec provides end-to-end encryption to keep data secure.

Cisco to Acquire Lancope for Traffic Behavior Analytics

Cisco agreed to acquire Lancope, a privately held network security company for $452.5 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention based incentives for Lancope employees who join Cisco. The companies have been commercial partners for some time.

Lancope, which is based in Alpharetta, Georgia, provides network behavior analytics, threat visibility and security intelligence to help protect companies against top cyber security threats. Its StealthWatch FlowCollector collects and analyzes massive amounts of network data to obtain visibility for early threat detection. The goal is to quickly detect a wide range of attacks from APTs and DDoS to zero-day malware and insider threats.

Cisco said the Lancope acquisition will advance itsSecurity Everywhere strategy of providing advanced threat protection across the full attack continuum -- before, during and after an attack. With Lancope, Cisco's portfolio of security solutions adds an additional capability of network behavior analytics that extends protection further into the network.

"As enterprises digitize, security challenges rapidly evolve. Real time visibility and understanding of the behavior of every machine or device on the network becomes critical in adapting the ability of enterprises to identify and respond to the next wave of cyber threats," said Rob Salvagno, vice president, Cisco Corporate Development. "Cisco is committed to helping organizations defend their networks and devices. Together with Lancope, our combined solutions can help turn a customer's entire network into a security sensor."

Lancope was founded in 2000 with backing from Canaan Partners, Council Capital and H.I.G. Ventures. The company is headed by Mike Potts, who previously served as President and CEO of AirDefense.

IHS: Growing Prospects for SDN in Macrocell Backhaul

A growing number of Service Providers will be deploying SDN technologies in their mobile backhaul networks in 2016, according to a newly published 2015 IHS Infonetics Macrocell Backhaul Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey.

Some highlights of the survey:

  • Greater network flexibility and improved operational efficiencies are the chief drivers for implementing network functions virtualization (NFV) within the backhaul network
  • Over half of those surveyed currently share backhaul facilities with other operators or intend to do so
  • Capacity and cell site location are the top-rated criteria by respondents in planning for 5G networks; this is echoed in rising backhaul link capacity requirements
  • Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei tie for leading macrocell backhaul vendor, each cited as a top-3 vendor by 41 percent of respondents, ahead of Ericsson

“With the evolution of mobile networks in progress, mobile backhaul solutions need to be more flexible, scalable and simplified to deliver increased capacity with quality of service. Operators taking part in our latest macrocell backhaul survey have a clear set of priorities regarding backhaul service-level agreement metrics, for instance. It’ll be important for backhaul to be integrated for macrocell and small cell backhaul and be more intelligent, fully optimized and operationally efficient,” said Richard Webb, research director for mobile backhaul and small cells at IHS.

IHS: QSFP28 Shipments to Surge in 2016

Big changes are underway in the market for optical transceivers aimed at data center applications, according to a newly released IHS Infonetics 10G/40G/100G Data Center Optics report.

The report tracks in granular detail optical transceivers, or short reach optics, by speed, reach, wavelength and form factor.

Some highlights:

  • Global 10/40/100G datacom transceiver revenue was up 14 percent in the first half of 2015 (1H15) from the same period a year ago (1H14)
  • Big growth in 40G interfaces is impacting 10G, as high-density QSFP+-based 10G interfaces encroach; IHS believes 10G datacom revenue peaked in 2014
  • 40G SR and LR QSFP+ keep ramping as data centers deploy 40GbE, supercharging 40GBase-SR demand
  • QSFP28 shipments are expected to surge in 2016 as demand exceeds several hundred thousand units

“Suppliers are preparing for a fundamental shift in data center optics from 10G technologies and processes to 25G — this applies to both VCSELs (vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers) and single-mode optics. This is the single largest change the industry has experienced in the last decade, and the advent of 100GbE in 2016 is the key catalyst,” said Andrew Schmitt, research director for carrier transport networking at IHS Technology.

Intel Security Aligns Strategy to End-points and Cloud

Intel Security is revamping its corporate strategy to focus on the endpoint and the cloud as the most effective areas for advanced visibility and practical operational control. The company seeks to deliver a simplified user experience powered by centralized management and a connected architecture across Intel and third-party products.

“The rising volume and complexity of attacks present a vicious cycle of challenges for organizations and makes speed and efficiency critical,” said Chris Young, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel Security Group. “With a rapidly expanding attack surface, and a shortage of relevant talent and expertise, defenders need to win on visibility into events, simplified management, and capabilities that empower teams to close the loop on attacks in progress – faster, more effectively, and with fewer resources.”

The new strategy brings several new solutions:

  • McAfee Endpoint Security 10.X -- delivers a new streamlined and agile endpoint services platform, enabling protection for devices with faster scanning and deployment. 
  • McAfee Active Response -- a new endpoint threat detection and response solution, supplies on-demand and continuous visibility into an array of endpoint activities with powerful, automated tools to respond to and monitor threat events. The solutions can be used and managed together using Intel Security’s broadly adopted centralized management platform for a high-speed, high-accuracy, closed-loop approach to the threat defense lifecycle. 
  • Intel Security also now supports the Structured Threat Integration Expression (STIX) and Trusted Automated eXchange of Indicator Information (TAXII) standards designed to enhance detection of threats through sharing of threat intelligence.

Infinera Reports Q3 Revenue of $232.5 Million

Infinera reported GAAP revenue for its third fiscal quarter of $232.5 million compared to $207.3 million in the second quarter of 2015 and $173.6 million in the third quarter of 2014.

GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 44.2% compared to 46.7% in the second quarter of 2015 and 43.4% in the third quarter of 2014. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was 6.1% compared to 8.0% in the second quarter of 2015 and 4.3% in the third quarter of 2014. GAAP net income for the quarter was $8.5 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to $17.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015, and $4.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2014.

The results included the operating results of Transmode from the date the acquisition closed on August 20, 2015.

"Our excellent third quarter results reflect continued strength across our core business, including growing Cloud Xpress revenues as well as the initial contribution from the new metro business. Adding the recently announced metro core and long haul interconnect products along with Transmode's suite of metro solutions enables Infinera to further enhance the superior experience we deliver to our customers," said Tom Fallon, Infinera's Chief Executive Officer. "As the most vertically integrated transport provider in the world, now armed with a broad end-to-end portfolio, Infinera is in a terrific position to continue to deliver differentiated financial results on both the top and bottom lines."

Radisys Posts Growth in its Software-Systems Revenue

Radisys reported consolidated revenue was $44.8 million, compared to $47.0 million in the prior quarter and $50.8 million in the third quarter of 2014. Gross margin (GAAP) for the quarter was 29.0%, compared to 26.8% in the prior quarter and 28.9% in the third quarter of 2014. There was a net loss (GAAP) of $2.1 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.11 per share, in the prior quarter and GAAP net loss of $4.5 million, or $0.12 per share, in the third quarter of 2014.

Software-Systems revenue was $15.5 million, compared to $14.2 million in the prior quarter and $11.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, representing an increase of 33% year-on-year. Revenue growth was supported by continued strong MediaEngine demand in support of VoLTE deployments. Embedded Products revenue was $29.3 million, compared to $32.9 million in the prior quarter and $39.2 million in the third quarter of 2014. The decline in Embedded Products revenue is consistent with expectations for this segment as part of the company's strategy announced in the first quarter of 2015.

"As expected, we delivered another strong quarter in our Software-Systems business with revenue increasing 33% year-over-year, and when combined with prudent expense management, led to meaningful improvement in our bottom-line results,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and CEO. “During the third quarter, we fulfilled the remainder of the $11 million follow-on MediaEngine order from our large Asian carrier customer and also received purchase orders as part of our ongoing engagement with a large North American carrier for the commercial deployment of our FlowEngine product. We currently expect to ship these initial commercial orders during the fourth quarter, which represents important validation for FlowEngine and the disruptive proposition it affords to communication service providers as we position to double revenue for this product line in 2016.”

Cato Raises $20 Million for Network Security as a Service

Cato Networks, a start-up based in Tel Aviv, Israel, announced $20 million in Series A funding for its rethinking of network security.

Cato Networks is developing a new Network Security as a Service (NSaaS) platform for the distributed, mobile and Cloud-based enterprise. The solution will be available to the general public in the first half 2016, and the company is currently accepting beta customers.

The company was founded by Shlomo Kramer and Gur Shatz, who had bootstrapped the company until now. Kramer is one of the founding fathers of network security, best known for introducing the first firewall to the market as a co-founder of Check Point Software, and later the first web application firewall as a founder and CEO of Imperva. Shatz brings an extensive background in Cloud-based web applications security and acceleration. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Incapsula. With Cato Networks, Kramer and Shatz are creating the next big chapter in the evolution of network security.

“Cato Networks has identified a cloud-based approach for businesses to address the challenge of network security complexity, which opens up organizations to attacks as hackers can slip through the cracks of misconfigurations and software vulnerabilities,” said Steve Krausz, general partner at USVP. “Shlomo Kramer has already had a major impact on the shape of network security, and we see the potential for Cato Networks to represent the next major paradigm shift.”

The financing was led by Steve Krausz, general partner at U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), and Theresia Gouw, founder of Aspect Ventures.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Oracle Intros Visual Analytics Cloud Service

Oracle unveiled a Data Visualization Cloud Service that lets users combine data from a variety of sources -- Oracle and other SaaS applications, on-premises systems, external sources and personal files -- and immediately gain new insights using visual analysis.

Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service provides compatibility and integration with the full breadth of Oracle's analytics offerings.

"Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service makes data visualization 100 percent self-service, empowering business users to go from raw data to actionable business insights in just a few minutes. This new service delivers rich visual analysis, rapid discovery of insights and secure collaboration, enabling fact-based decisions at every level of the organization," stated Hari Sankar, group vice president, Business Analytics, Oracle.

IBM Launches Apache Spark-as-a-Service

IBM is launching a Spark-as-a-Service offering on Bluemix following a successful 13-week Beta program with more than 4,600 developers using it to build intelligent business and consumer apps fueled by data.

IBM also confirmed that it has redesigned more than 15 of its core analytics and commerce solutions with Apache Spark.

Apache Spark was developed by the AMPLab at UC Berkeley as an open-source cluster computing framework. It offers in-memory processing and is known for its ease of use in creating algorithms that harness insight from complex data.

“For data scientists and engineers who want to do more with their data, the power and appeal of open source innovation for technologies like Spark is undeniable,” said Rob Thomas, Vice President of Product Development, IBM Analytics. “IBM is committed to using Spark as the foundation for its industry-leading analytics platform, and by offering a fully managed Spark service on IBM Bluemix, data professionals can access and analyze their data faster than ever before, with significantly reduced complexity.”

Databricks: Apache Spark Outgrowing Hadoop

The number of standalone deployments of Spark eclipses those on YARN as more users run Spark independent of Hadoop, according to a newly published survey of Spark users conducted by Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Apache Spark. Databricks said that users that are running Spark in standalone (48 percent of respondents) exceeds those running Spark on YARN (40 percent of respondents), alongside a majority of users running Spark in...

Google Cloud Dataproc Brings Fast Hadoop & Spark Cluster Provisioning

Google introduced new capabilities for managing clusters of Hadoop and Spark. Google Cloud Dataproc, which is now in beta,  is a managed Spark and Hadoop service that leverages open source data tools for batch processing, querying, streaming, and machine learning. The service can be used to create and manage clusters ranging in size from 3 to hundreds of nodes. Google said its Cloud Dataproc can create Spark and Hadoop clusters in 90 seconds...

IBM Backs Apache Spark for Cloud Data Processing

IBM is putting its weight behind Apache Spark, which is an open source engine for large-scale data processing and compatible with Hadoop data. Apache Spark can run in Hadoop clusters through YARN or Spark's standalone mode, and it can process data in HDFS, HBase, Cassandra, Hive, and any Hadoop InputFormat. It is designed to perform both batch processing (similar to MapReduce) and new workloads like