Thursday, November 5, 2015

Linux Foundation Launches Open API Initiative

The Linux Foundation is launching an Open API Initiative to extend the Swagger specification, which is a description format used by developers to design and deliver APIs that support a range of connected applications and services. Smart bear is making the initial contributions to the Open API. Founding members of the initiative include 3Scale, Apigee, Capital One, Google, IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, PayPal and Restlet.

The goal of the initiative is to extend the Swagger specification and format to create an open technical community within which members can easily contribute to building a vendor neutral, portable and open specification for providing metadata for RESTful APIs. This open specification will allow both humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of the respective services with a minimal amount of implementation logic. The Initiative will also promote and facilitate the adoption and use of an open API standard.

“Swagger is considered one of the most popular frameworks for building APIs. When an open source project reaches this level of maturity, it just can’t be managed by one company, organization or developer,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Open API Initiative will extend this technology to advance connected application development through open standards.”

Swagger was created in 2010 and offered under an open source license a year later.

http://collabprojects.linuxfoundation.org/
http://openapis.org
http://swagger.io/

Alcatel-Lucent Announces Commercial Shipment of New Small Cell

Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that its residential multi-standard small cell devices have commenced commercial deployment.

The units, which were developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and use a single chipset to support both 3G and LTE, will allow operators to extend superior 3G and 4G LTE connectivity and coverage into homes, substantially enhancing the in-home voice and data wireless experience via mobile devices.

The Alcatel-Lucent 9961 Multi-Standard Home Cell (MSHC) voice (VoLTE) and LTE data services while also providing support for 3G-based devices.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucents-new-small-cells-designed-and-shipping-record-time-bring-superior-coverage-homes

T-Mobile Launches 4G LTE CellSpot

T-Mobile is introducing a residential small cell for providing LTE coverage inside a home.

The T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot delivers a 4G LTE signal for customers with or without an indoor cellular signal on compatible 3G, 4G and LTE handsets for up to 16 callers at one time anywhere a customer has broadband Internet and T-Mobile wireless spectrum. The customer must provide the location address and acknowledge 9-1-1 limitations. The device is free for customers on T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan.

“Where the T-Mobile Wi-Fi CellSpot’s like a T-Mobile tower, this new 4G LTE CellSpot is a T-Mobile mini-tower—and it’s a huge feat of engineering,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “The big difference between us and the carriers is that they’ll do absolutely everything they can to bleed you dry. We’ll do absolutely everything we can and use every proven technology available to give you the best coverage possible.”

https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/media-kits/4g-lte-cellspot.htm

CenturyLink Looks to Sell its 59 Data Centers

CenturyLink has retained financial advisors to assist in the exploration of strategic alternatives for its data centers and colocation business operations.

CenturyLink has 59 data centers in North America, Asia and Europe with more than 185 megawatts of power across 2.6 million square feet of raised floor capacity. The review of strategic alternatives will involve a full range of options including, but not limited to, a partnership or joint venture, a sale of all or a portion of the data centers, as well as keeping some or all of these assets and operations as part of CenturyLink's portfolio.

"We are confident in our strategy of combining enhanced network and hosting capabilities with a suite of related managed services offerings for our customers. We expect colocation services to remain part of our service offerings, but we do not believe ownership of the physical data center assets is necessary to effectively deliver those services. Therefore, we are exploring all of the strategic alternatives available for our data centers. We have not set a timetable for completion of this process and will take the time necessary to ensure we best position CenturyLink and deliver value to our shareholders, while remaining focused on providing our colocation customers excellent service," stated  Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president.

In its quarterly financial statement, CenturyLink stated that revenue from high-bandwidth data services provided to business customers, including MPLS, Ethernet and Wavelength, grew more than 7% year-over-year. Strategic business revenues were $1.56 billion in the quarter, a 2.1% decrease from third quarter 2014, primarily due to continued declines in low-bandwidth data and hosting services.

http://news.centurylink.com/news/centurylink-reports-third-quarter-2015-results

Telefonica Business Solutions Tests VNF Service Chaining with Nuage

Telefonica Business Solutions, in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage Networks division, has completed evaluation and testing surrounding service chaining of virtualized network functions (NFV) in a multi-vendor SDN environment.

Specifically, Telefonica Business Solutions executed the proof of concept evaluation with Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) working with Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router (SR) and Virtualized Service Router. The companies also demonstrated seamless integration with Telefonica's existing third-party IP Edge Routing platforms in the roles of Datacenter Gateway and Datacenter Provider Edge, including integration between the automated value-added applications in the Datacenter and WAN connectivity services. The hybrid solution will provide Telefonica's enterprise customers the flexibility to make use of automated value-added services together with the optimal WAN service depending on needs for bandwidth, control, cost and quality of service.

Nuage Networks VSP provides the automated overlay networking for Telefonica's existing VMware virtualization environment as well as a test environment based on OpenStack and the open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.

http://www.nuagenetworks.net/news/nuage-networks-and-telefonica-business-solutions-complete-service-chaining-proof-of-concept-for-large-enterprise-customers/

Arista Posts Revenue of $217.5 million, up 40% YoY

Arista Networks reported Q3 revenue of $217.5 million, an increase of 40% compared to the third quarter of 2014, and an increase of 11% from the second quarter of 2015.
Gross margin (GAAP) came in at 65.2%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 64.9% in the third quarter of 2014 and 65.4% in the second quarter of 2015. GAAP net income was $28.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $21.9 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2014.

"Arista is witnessing the mainstream acceptance of open and programmable cloud networking across the globe,” stated Jayshree Ullal, Arista President and CEO. “I am delighted by our customer traction across four major verticals and our consistent profitable revenue growth."

http://investors.arista.com/company/investors-relations/investors-home/default.aspx


Cask Data Raises $20 Million for Enterprise-class Apache Hadoop

Cask Data, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, raised $20 million in Series B funding for its enterprise-class Apache Hadoop solutions.

Cask's flagship offering, the Cask Data Application Platform ("CDAP"), provides an open source layer on top of the Hadoop ecosystem that adds enterprise-class governance, portability, security, scalability and transactional consistency. From Data Lakes to Data Apps, the CDAP platform is ideal for enterprise environments because it abstracts many layers of the Hadoop ecosystem, allowing developers to use their existing skills to build high-performance, large-scale Big Data applications. The company said its approach dramatically accelerates development of applications and deployment into production, cutting average time to implement by more than 80%, while retaining the operational controls required by today's enterprise customers. Major customers and partners include AT&T, Cloudera, Salesforce, Pet360 and Lotame.

The funding was led by Safeguard Scientifics with participation from Battery Ventures, Ignition Partners and other existing investors

"Big data has moved into the mainstream, but enterprises continue to struggle with the complexities and new skill sets required in the Hadoop ecosystem," said Cask Founder and CEO, Jonathan Gray. "Because our platform can layer on top of any distribution, instantly integrate with new and existing data stores, and easily support both Spark or MapReduce, it delivers real value for enterprises in a data-heavy environment, slashing development and deployment timelines. We are excited to be a part of the Safeguard family of partner companies. This financing, along with the operational expertise and guidance from our new board members Phil and Frank, will allow us to take Cask to the next level."

http://www.cask.co

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Shows 14nm FinFET process with AMD

GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced a development milestone in its path to 14nm FinFET process technology. AMD has taped out multiple products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 14nm Low Power Plus (14LPP) process technology and is currently conducting validation work on 14LPP production samples.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES now anticipates its 14LPP process technology will reach high-volume production in 2016. The 14LPP platform taps the benefits of three-dimensional, fully-depleted FinFET transistors to enable customers like AMD to deliver more processing power in a smaller footprint for applications that demand the ultimate in performance.

“Our 14nm FinFET technology is among the most advanced in the industry, offering an ideal solution for demanding high-volume, high-performance, and power-efficient designs with the best die size,” said Mike Cadigan, senior vice president of product management at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “Through our close design-technology partnership with AMD, we can help them deliver products with a performance boost over 28nm technology, while maintaining a superior power footprint and providing a true cost advantage due to significant area scaling.”

http://www.globalfoundries.com

Former VimpleCom CEO Arrested in Norway

Jo Lunder, the former CEO of VimpleCom, was arrested in Oslo, Norway as part of an investigation into the company's business practices in Uzbekistan.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission and Dutch authorities have previously alleged that VimpelCom paid millions of dollars in bribes to a company controlled by the daughter of the president of Uzbekistan.

Earlier this week, VimpelCom announced that it had reserved $900 million for litigation costs in connection with the U.S. and Dutch investigations.

Separately, a law firm in Delaware filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of all persons or entities that purchased the securities of VimpelCom between June 30, 2011 and November 2, 2015.

ZTE Opens 5G R&D Lab in Tokyo

ZTE has opened a new Research and Development Center in Tokyo to focus on the development of 5G and other next-generation network technologies. This brings the number of ZTE R&D centers to 20 worldwide.

The opening ceremony for the new R&D center was officiated by senior executives including Shi Lirong, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZTE, Zhang Renjun, Senior Vice President of ZTE, and Zhang Shumin, Head of ZTE Mobile Devices in Asia Pacific.

“ZTE’s world-class research on 5G technology will be further strengthened by the new R&D center in Japan,” Mr. Shi said. “Japan is home to many of ZTE’s most important customers, and we will continue to increase our investment in this key market. The new R&D center will enable ZTE to recruit top local talents to join in our research on next-generation technologies.”

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201511/t20151104_445626.html


  • In July, ZTE announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with SoftBank to collaborate on research and development on pre-5G mobile communications networks technology. 

Qualcomm and ZTE Sign New 3G/4G License

ZTE has signed a new worldwide 3G/4G license agreement with Qualcomm. Under the deal, Qualcomm has granted ZTE royalty-bearing patent licenses to develop, manufacture, and sell 3G and 4G products, such as smartphones, modules, and infrastructure equipment, including 3-mode (LTE-TDD, TD-SCDMA and GSM) smartphones sold for use in China.

The license includes terms that are consistent with the rectification measures that Qualcomm submitted to China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in February 2015.

“Qualcomm is pleased to again have reached an agreement with ZTE that reflects the established value of Qualcomm’s patent portfolio, supports future collaboration between Qualcomm and ZTE, and strengthens the relationship between the companies,” said Eric Reifschneider, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “This agreement with ZTE is another important step for our licensing business in China, and we look forward to continuing our progress in concluding agreements with Chinese device companies.”

http://www.qualcomm.com


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Intel Intros New #IoT Platform

Intel introduced a new IoT Platform reference architecture and new hardware and software products or the Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace. The products include new Intel Quark processors for IoT, free and simple operating systems with a comprehensive cloud suite from Wind River. The company said it is focused on enabling the broad Intel ecosystem to simply develop, secure and integrate smart things.

Intel said its new Quark SE SoC  and the Intel Quark microcontroller D1000 and D2000 feature powerful processing in an energy-conscious envelope. The new products are in an ideal package for IoT, offering extended temperature for demanding environments and have long life reliability for peace of mind. The Intel Quark SE SoC for IoT offers an integrated sensor hub as well as pattern matching technology to deliver real-time insights from complex sensor data at the very edge of IoT.

"Today, Intel further solidifies its position in the IoT and continues to deliver a comprehensive set of building blocks with a strong ecosystem to address the IoT opportunity," said Doug Davis, senior vice president, IoT Group at Intel. "Intel is making it easier for our customers to scale from things to cloud with new Intel Quark processors for IoT and Wind River's free cloud-connected OS for microcontrollers."

SAP is the first company to announce IoT solutions based on the new Intel IoT Platform and its SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

http://newsroom.intel.com/docs/DOC-6949

Facebook Now Reaches 1.55 Billion People

With its quarterly financial results, Facebook released the following operational metrics:

  • Daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.01 billion on average for September 2015, an increase of 17% year-over-year.
  • Mobile DAUs – Mobile DAUs were 894 million on average for September 2015, an increase of 27% year-over-year.
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 1.55 billion as of September 30, 2015, an increase of 14% year-over-year.
  • Mobile MAUs – Mobile MAUs were 1.39 billion as of September 30, 2015, an increase of 23% year-over-year.






http://www.facebook.com

Oracle: Growth in Devices/Services Means Surge in Diameter Signaling Load

New devices and the proliferation of more-personalized and sophisticated digital services will lead to a massive increase in LTE Diameter signaling traffic, according to the recently published "Oracle Communications LTE Diameter Signaling Index, Fourth Edition."

Oracle forecasts that LTE Diameter signaling traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 68 percent in the next five years, from 30 million messages per second (MPS) in 2014 to 395 million MPS by 2019.

Some highlights of the study:

Applications

  • LTE Broadcast is the fastest-growing generator of Diameter signaling traffic, creating 49.5 million MPS by 2019 at a CAGR of 75 percent. The technology is just emerging, and continued growth is expected as CSPs trial LTE Broadcast for everything from digital signage to live video feeds at sporting events
  • Policy continues to drive the majority of Diameter signaling traffic, creating 277 million MPS. With more-sophisticated policy use cases, the number of Diameter transactions between policy enforcement points and charging has increased
  • Mobility will generate 25.3 million MPS by 2019. It is currently not a major factor in overall Diameter signaling traffic generation, because it creates a low number of transactions in the Diameter network
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE) will generate 43.1 million MPS at a CAGR of 49 percent by 2019

Geographical Regions

  • Latin America and the Caribbean showed the fastest growth and will account for 15.4 million MPS by 2019—a CAGR of 118 percent
  • The Middle East and Africa region is the second-lowest generator of Diameter signaling traffic, creating a combined 29.8 million MPS—but it is the second-fastest–growing region with a CAGR of 103 percent
  • The Asia Pacific region will become the largest generator of Diameter signaling traffic in the world by 2019, with 188 million MPS and a CAGR of 78 percent. The region also leads the world in VoLTE signaling, generating 19.9 million MPS at a CAGR of 55 percent
  • North America is beginning to mature in Diameter signaling traffic. Generating 82.9 million MPS by 2019, signaling growth in this region has slowed to a CAGR of 42 percent
  • Europe is the third-largest generator of Diameter signaling traffic, contributing 78.7 million MPS to global Diameter signaling traffic

“LTE innovation is still in the early stages, but it is gaining momentum,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “And we’re looking beyond today’s LTE—NFV is developing, creating a very attractive cloud-based LTE opportunity. The time for CSPs to plan for Diameter signaling growth is now.”

https://go.oracle.com/LP=21245?elqCampaignId=29082

Infinera and Arista Validate Performance of Low-Latency, High Bandwidth DCI

An independent test report has found the Infinera-Arista joint data center interconnect (DCI) solution capable of operating at 100 GbE line-rate throughput with zero loss for any mix of traffic.

The Lippis Report, which provides independent testing of datacenter and enterprise networking solutions, issued the performance test report on the end-to-end DCI solution using Infinera’s Cloud Xpress optical DCI transport platform and Arista’s 7280 programmable switching platform.


Additional highlights of the Lippis test results include:

  • End-to-end latency under 20 microseconds (μs) between servers in different datacenters
  • Up to 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM)
  • bandwidth on one fiber pair with a single two rack unit (RU) Cloud Xpress
  • Ability to extend over 150 kilometers (km) without any external amplification
  • Low power consumption – less than one watt per Gb/s for the Cloud Xpress
  • Ease of installation and operation, optimized for datacenter environments



“The Infinera-Arista end-to-end DCI solution is especially attractive for latency-sensitive applications, and can also be a great fit for a range of DCI use cases, such as business continuity, workload migration, data replication and big data analytics,” said Nick Lippis, principal and publisher of The Lippis Report. “The Infinera Cloud Xpress offers a small form factor and ease of use not previously available for DCI. I believe it will find a welcome reception in large enterprises who need to interconnect their datacenters with high bandwidth, low latency and low power.”

“We are thrilled to showcase this joint DCI solution with Arista and pleased to have the Lippis Report independently confirm the solution’s end-to-end performance under real-world conditions,” said Stu Elby, senior vice president, Cloud Network Strategy and Technology at Infinera. “For almost a year the Cloud Xpress has been proven in demanding customer environments, including hyperscale Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers and select enterprises. We are confident that Cloud Xpress is a great fit for a wider range of enterprise customers, from financial services to media and entertainment, and healthcare.”

http://www.infinera.com
http://www.arista.com


Qualcomm Posts Quarterly Revenue of $5.5B

Qualcomm reported revenue of $5.5 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter, down 18% from the same period last year. Net income was $1.1B, down 44% from a year earlier.

MSM shipments for quarter were 203 million, down 14% from 236 million in Q4 2014.

“Our fiscal fourth quarter revenues and EPS were at the high end of our expectations, with stronger-than expected MSM chipset shipments offsetting slower than expected progress concluding new license agreements in China. We executed a major increase in our capital return program in fiscal 2015, returning a record $14 billion of capital to stockholders,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are encouraged by customer reaction to our flagship Snapdragon 820, are on track to deliver on our fiscal 2016 cost reduction targets and expect to exit fiscal 2016 on an improving financial trajectory.”

http://www.qualcomm.com


Ethernet Alliance Sees Promising Interoperability Results for 25G

A multi-vendor feasibility event testing pre-standard 25 Gbps Ethernet equipment and cabling has found an 86% interoperability success rate.

The recent 25 Gbps technical feasibility event held at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) produced promising results, according to The Ethernet Alliance, with a high percentage of tests exceeding expected requirements of the proposed IEEE 25 Gbps standard. Data captured during the testing was also provided to the IEEE P802.3by 25 Gbps Ethernet Task Force to aid in its refinement of IEEE’s proposed 25 Gigabit Ethernet (25GbE) specification.

“Work on the IEEE P802.3by 25 Gb/s standard is progressing quickly, but having this data available has been highly beneficial to the development of the 25 Gigabit Ethernet standard,” said Mark Nowell, chairman, IEEE P802.3by 25Gb/s Ethernet Task Force; and senior director of engineering, Cisco Systems. “The positive results generated at the Ethernet Alliance 25Gb/s feasibility event were very encouraging. I would like to thank the Ethernet Alliance for making this event a reality and bringing this data forward.”

“Interoperability doesn’t just happen. Ensuring the multi-vendor interoperability everyone is seeking requires investment from the Ethernet Alliance, technology developers, and the industry as a whole. We enable product testing against specifications and between multiple vendors. During our recent 40G/100G plugfest, we were testing equipment developed throughout the last five years, however, 25GbE is still at a nascent stage of the standardization process,” said Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance; and principal technologist, Brocade. “The array of pre-standard equipment and cables tested during our technical feasibility event showed an unanticipated level of maturity. It’s a strong expression of the Ethernet ecosystem’s continued commitment to interoperability and a sign of the industry’s desire to capitalize on the benefits that 25Gb/s signaling offers.”

Vendors taking part in the testing included Amphenol, Arista Networks, Cisco, Dell, FCI, Hitachi, Intel, Ixia, Luxshare-ICT, Marvell Technology Group, Mellanox Technologies, Molex, QLogic, Spirent, TE Connectivity, and Xilinx.

http://www.ethernetalliance.org
http://www.iol.unh.edu


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...

Broadcom Debuts Cloud-optimized 25/50G Ethernet Controllers


Broadcom has begun sampling its new NetXtreme C-Series 10G/25G/40G/50G Ethernet controller product family designed for supporting greater virtual machine density in cloud data centers. The BCM57300 NetXtreme C-Series Ethernet controllers offer bidirectional 50G throughput with 30 Mpps performance and integrated flow processing capabilities from the server to the top-of-rack switch They complete Broadcom's end-to-end 25/50G data center solution,...

Video: Hyperscale Data Centers Drive Ethernet Innovation


Hyperscale data centers, such as those operated by Amazon and Google and Microsoft, are driving innovation in Ethernet, says Ahmet Houssein, Sr. VP and GM of QLogic's Ethernet Business Unit.  This short video highlights the need for 25G in these enormous, cloud facilities. A new 2550100 Alliance has been formed by a group of server, storage, networking and software companies to focus on solutions based on new 25Gb, 50Gb and 100Gb Ethernet technology....

Ixia Offers 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Validation


Ixia is introducing a 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) validation solution that builds on its native QSFP28 XcellonTM-Multis 100 GbE load modules to now provide 25GbE speed. "25GbE is a good example of the networking industry responding to a growing need in an agile manner. With the unprecedented explosion of bandwidth requirements in the data center, new technologies like 25GbE must be deployed very quickly. Ixia is at the forefront of making this happen,”...

Crehan: Multiple Technologies Drive Stronger Server Networking Upgrade Cycle


The availability of multiple new data-center Ethernet speeds will lead to a much stronger server networking upgrade cycle than seen over the past decade, according to a new Server-Class Adapter & LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) Long-Range Forecast Report from Crehan Research. The firm expects that the impending arrival of 25 gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 50GbE and 100GbE products, in combination with existing 10GbE and 40GbE products, will result in more...

AWS to Open Data Center in Korea

Amazon announced plans to open an AWS region in Korea in early 2016. This will be the fifth AWS region in the Asia Pacific area, bringing the global total to 12 (this does not include the regions that we are planning to open in India and Ohio, also in 2016).

In addition to serving Korean customers, the new facility will allow organizations outside of Korea to reach end users in the area with very low latency.

https://aws.amazon.com


NTT Innovation Institute Appoints Nina Simosko as CEO

NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i3), the Silicon Valley-based innovation center for NTT Group, has appointed Nina Simosko as its new president and chief executive officer. She previously held the position of Chief Product Officer at NTT i3. Previous to NTT i3, Nina was responsible for leading the creation and execution of Nike Technology strategy, planning and operations world-wide. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President of SAP's Global Premier Customer Network (PCN).

"Nina's long-standing tenure in the enterprise software and services industry, combined with her unique approach to commercializing progressive and ground-breaking technology solutions has made her an invaluable asset to our organization," stated Hiroo Unoura, President, and CEO of NTT Group. "Our industry is rapidly evolving and the way in which our customers engage and experience technology is changing significantly. We're certain Nina will make immediate strides, meeting the challenges of a fast-paced and competitive market, to expand the reputation of NTT i3 as a premiere Silicon Valley-based innovation center."

http://www.ntti3.com

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