Friday, November 20, 2015

Cisco Expands in Central London

Cisco inaugurated a new Central London office located at 10 Finsbury Square, just south of Silicon Roundabout in Tech City.  The office will host over 300 cloud technology professionals.

Cisco said the new London location is in addition to the Finsbury Circus office that was opened in 2009, and will house a major part of its growing base of cloud-based technology division focused on mobility and security, which includes Meraki Networks.

Beyond its two Central London offices the UK business houses around 5,000 people in corporate, sales and technical functions across 14 locations, including Manchester, Edinburgh and Chandler’s Ford, with the 267,000 sq ft Bedfont Lakes (Feltham) site Cisco’s UK HQ.

  • In July 2015, Cisco committed to investing $1 billion to accelerate UK digital economic growth through multiple projects over three to five years. These included investments in education and skills initiatives, a major extension of Cisco’s British Innovation Gateway programme, and $150m of venture capital investments in Internet of Everything UK start-ups.

SC15 Attracted Attendance of Nearly 13,000

Last week's SC15 conference in Austin for high performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis attracted a record-breaking 12,903+ registered attendees. The SC15 Exhibition was sold out, with 217 industry-focused exhibits, including 43 first-time exhibitors and 113 international exhibitors from 23 countries (outside the US). In all, there was a total of approx. 137,000 net square feet of exhibit space and 343 industry and research organizations.

During the conference, Austin also became the hub for the world’s fastest computer network - SCinet (SC15’s custom network) which made 1.62 (16 100G + 2 10G) Terabits of bandwidth available to exhibitors and attendees. The network featured 84 miles of fiber deployed throughout the convention center and $18 million in loaned equipment.

The entire Plenary is available online.

SC16 will be held next November 13th-18th in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sandvine Receives $4 Million Order

Sandvine reported an expansion order for more than $4 million from a major fixed line Communications Service Provider in North America that has been a customer since 2005. The purchase relates to Sandvine's Policy Traffic Switch (PTS) 32000 hardware. Approximately $1 million of the order value is expected to be recognized as revenue in the company's fourth quarter, with the remainder to be recognized in FY 2016.

In its 2RU form factor, the PTS 32000 delivers PCEF/TDF functionality at with support for 100GE, 40GE, and 10GE interfaces.

"This is now the fourth generation of our Policy Traffic Switch that the customer has deployed," said Tom Donnelly, Sandvine's COO, Sales and Global Services. "Sandvine prides itself on its history of innovation. Only by continuing to deliver industry-leading products like the PTS 32000 can we deliver value for a customer of this quality for over 10 years."

Splunk's CEO Steps Down

Godfrey Sullivan, the Splunk's President and CEO, has stepped down and been replaced by Doug Merritt, who previously served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Field Operations.  Sullivan will remain on the Board and serve as non-executive Board Chair.  Prior to joining Splunk, Merritt served as Senior Vice President of Products and Solutions Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc., a networking company, from 2012 to 2014. From 2011 to 2012, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Baynote, Inc., a behavioral personalization and marketing technology company.

“Since joining Splunk in 2008, Godfrey has been an outstanding and inspirational leader, growing the Company from 750 customers and $18 million of annual revenue to over 10,000 customers and trailing 12 month revenues of nearly $600 million,” said John Connors, lead independent director.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bell Labs' MIMO-SDM Sets Path to Petabit/Sec Optical Transmission

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, announced a space-division multiplexed optical multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO-SDM) system with the potential to increase current 10 to 20 Terabit-per-second fiber capacities to Petabit-per-second capacity - the equivalent of 1,000 Terabits/s.

Bell Labs said it has demonstrated real-time 6x6 MIMO-SDM using six transmitters and six receivers in combination with real- time digital signal processing to remove cross-talk.  The experiment was conducted over a 60-km-long coupled-mode fiber in Bell Labs’ headquarters in New Jersey.

The researchers claim this MIMO-SDM technique could overcome the capacity limitations imposed by the non-linear ‘Shannon limit’ on current optical fiber.

“This experiment represents a major breakthrough in the development of future optical transport. We are at the crossroads of a huge change in communications networks, with the advent of 5G Wireless and cloud networking underway. Operators and enterprises alike will see their networks challenged by massive increases in traffic. At Bell Labs we are continuously innovating to shape the future of communications networks to meet those demands,” said Marcus Weldon, CTO of Alcatel-Lucent and President of Bell Labs.

Alcatel-Lucent announced the first commercially available single-carrier 100G technology in June 2010 and the first commercially available 100G/200G single-carrier line card in 2014, that can deliver up to 24 Tbps capacity.

In 2013, Alcatel-Lucent announced the first deployment of a 400G superchannel optical link with FT Orange with a capacity of 17.6 terabits-per-second, based on the 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE), co-developed by Bell Labs.

Facebook Targets 32x100G Wedge Data Center Switch

Facebook confirmed that work is already underway on Wedge 100, a 32x100G switch for its hyperscale data centers.

Facebook is also adapting Wedge to a much bigger aggregation switch called 6-pack, which uses Wedge as its foundation and stacks 12 of these Wedges in a modular and nonblocking aggregation switch. FBOSS will be used as a software stack across the growing platform of network switches: Wedge, 6-pack, and now Wedge 100.

In an engineering blog post, Facebook said thousands of its initial Wedge top-of-rack network switch have already been deployed.  Teh design has been contributed to the Open Compute Project and is now commercially available from various vendors.

Facebook also revealed that its FBOSS software undergoes a weekly cadence of new features and bug fixes. Facebook is able to update thousands of switches seamlessly, without any traffic loss, to keep up with this pace.  Some new capabilities include detailed monitoring, non-stop forwarding, warm boot, etc.

Facebook Debuts "6-Pack" Open Hardware Modular Switch

Facebook is taking the wraps off of its "6-Pack" open modular switch platform designed for the flexibility, efficiency, and scale required in its massive data centers. The architecture allows Facebook to build different size switches using common line card and fabric card building blocks. Last year, Facebook disclosed the specification of its top-of-rack network switch (code-named “Wedge”) and a Linux-based operating system for that switch (code-named...

Facebook Unveils "Wedge" Top-of-Rack Programmable Switch

Facebook introduced a new top-of-rack network switch, code-named “Wedge,” and a new Linux-based operating system for that switch, code-named “FBOSS.”  Both products are part of Facebook's efforts to "disaggregate" the network from traditional product categories so as to create more flexible, more scalable and more efficient data centers.  The Wedge switch features a modular design that brings capabilities of a micro-server using a range...

Facebook's Latest Open Compute Project Data Center

Facebook has kicked off construction of its fifth mega data center in Fort Worth, Texas. The new site will join the other major Facebook data centers located in Prineville (Oregon), Forest City (North Carolina), Lulea (Sweden), and Altoona (Iowa). The new Fort Worth data center will feature the latest Open Compute Project hardware designs — including Yosemite, Wedge, and 6-pack — making it one of the most advanced data centers in the world. Notably,...

Facebook Releases FBOSS Open Switching System

Facebook released its open switching system (code-named “FBOSS”) on GitHub. The initial release consists primarily of the FBOSS agent, a daemon that runs on each switch and manages the hardware forwarding ASIC. It receives information via configuration files and thrift APIs and then programs the correct forwarding and routing entries into the chip. It also processes packets from the ASIC that are destined to the switch itself, such as control plane...

Arista Adds 6-port 100G DWDM Line Card for DCI

Arista Networks announced new capabilities that extend its spine networking platforms to include data center interconnect use cases. These capabilities include:

Spine Transit: A long haul Coherent DWDM, 6-port 100G line card with integrated MACsec encryption for the Arista 7500E Spine switches.
Spine Interconnect: Production-ready, standards-based VXLAN solutions for Layer 2 service extension between sites.
Spine Peering: An Arista EOS approach for supporting full Internet routes in cost-effective merchant silicon spine platforms.

Box, an enterprise content management and collaboration platform, is using the Arista 7500E Coherent DWDM solution to help support the increase in bandwidth demand between data center sites as it grows and expands. 

AT&T Aims for Carbon Savings 10X the Footprint Of Operations By 2025

AT&T has set a goal to enable carbon savings 10 times the footprint of its operations by 2025.

The gains will achieved by enhancing the efficiency of its network and delivering low-carbon customer solutions.

To be achieved by 2025, additional goals focus on the communities in which AT&T operates and the company's supply chain:

  • AT&T will invest resources, develop initiatives and collaborate with stakeholders to close the skills gap, by increasing the number of Americans with high-quality, post-secondary degrees or credentials to 60 percent.
  • AT&T will work with its industry peers to develop and promote adoption of sustainability metrics that will transform the environmental and social impact of technology supply chains.

"Connect to Good represents our company's vision of using the power of our network to build a better tomorrow," said Charlene Lake, senior vice president – corporate social responsibility and chief sustainability officer, AT&T. "Our technology will guide us as we work with our employees, customers, suppliers and communities to fulfill our goals."

These long-term goals require checkpoints along the way. AT&T has built a roadmap to 2025 that includes 2020 goals to meet on the way to achieving the 2025 goals, in addition to specific targets to reach throughout the years to demonstrate transparency in reaching the goals.

Rollout Continues on Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) Cable

Phase II of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system, a 5,000km extension from the Gulf of Guinea island of Sao Tomé-et-Principe to South Africa, is set to begin. Phase II will link Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville and South Africa, including an extension to Cameroon. On completion of the Phase II extension, the ACE system will deliver an overall design capacity of 12.8 Tbps.

Alcatel-Lucent is supplying 100G submarine technology,

“The extension of the ACE system to South Africa is a significant milestone that confirms our commitment to address the connectivity challenges facing Africa. ASN’s know-how and technological innovations, which we have recently tested on our existing network, will support us in further developing direct connectivity within Africa and to the overall objective of ACE to reduce communication costs and drive social and economic growth in the continent,” stated Yves Ruggeri, Chairman of the ACE Management Committee/

  • ACE consortium, led by Orange, is composed of 19 operators, namely: Benin ACE GIE, Cable Consortium of Liberia, Canalink, Côte d’Ivoire Telecom, Dolphin Telecom, Guineenne de la Large Bande, Gambia Submarine Cable Company, International Mauritania Telecom, Orange Cameroun, Orange France, Orange Mali, Orange Niger, MEO, Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB), Sonatel, SPIN (Gabon) and STP Cabo.. Phase I covered 11,500 km linking Sao Tomé and Principe to France - via Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Tenerife (Spain) and Portugal. Phase II will span more than 5,000 km, for an overall system distance of 17,000 km.  

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Blueprint: Six Steps toward Data Center Energy Efficiency

by James A. Stark, P.E., Senior Director of Engineering, Electronic Environments Co.

As Patrick Gammons, Senior Manager of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy at Google, observed in a recent blog post concerning data center energy efficiency, “The cleanest energy is the energy you don’t use.”

Gammons’ remark coincided with the announcement that Google would be converting a coal power plant in Jackson County, Alabama, scheduled for shutdown in October, to become its fourteenth data center. The Alabama data center, expected to begin construction early next year, will incorporate state-of-the-art energy efficiency technologies, including super-efficient servers and advanced cooling technologies “to squeeze more out of every watt of power” it consumes.

Today, start-up organizations to Fortune 500 global enterprises utilize mission-critical facilities to house their vital data, and with data center energy consumption nearly 100 times higher than that of a typical commercial building, data center owners and operators are placing a greater focus than ever before on improving energy efficiency. With the August 3 announcement of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, the country’s first-ever national standard to limit carbon pollution from power plants,  it’s highly probable that similar regulatory action to reduce energy consumption in data centers will eventually become policy.

With the writing on the proverbial wall, it’s incumbent upon our industry to develop the most energy-efficient data centers possible, ensuring maximum uptime and minimal costs, while reducing their carbon footprint. With these exigencies in mind, here are six critical steps data center owners and operators can take to achieve optimal energy efficiency.


Data center assessment professionals are equipped to provide thorough, in-depth analyses, providing recommendations for cost effective solutions to correct infrastructure deficiencies and improve maintenance programs. A detailed assessment of your data center’s operational performance will outline the individual areas in which your energy efficiency practices may fall short. Airflow management practices, identification of hot spots, and overall temperature regulation are all critical items to assess in order to develop a strategic plan to lower energy costs. A data center assessment professional can also provide insider information to prepare for external audits and contextual data for developing strategies.

Preventive Maintenance

The Ponemon Institute reports that data center downtime costs owner-operators an average of $7,900 per minute. Downtime is the number one issue that not only adversely affects your bottom line, but your company’s reputation as a reliable organization. To ensure maximum uptime, a comprehensive preventive maintenance program should include, but is not limited to, battery testing and maintenance, load bank testing, generator coolant, fuel and oil sampling, and periodic testing of overcurrent protective devices.

Equipment Upgrades

Equipment upgrades are necessary to make data centers more efficient and to maintain a robust and reliable facility. Fortunately, new technologies are continually developed that reduce overall energy consumption, such as Economy Mode (eco-mode) Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), 380V DC power systems, lighting system retrofits, dynamic cooling systems and efficient chillers.

Eco-mode is the term used to describe UPS systems that run in bypass mode during normal operation, and switch to on-line mode on the inverter when the incoming power deviates from acceptable limits for the IT equipment. This is the inverse of a traditional on-line reverse transfer UPS system where the IT load is normally supported by the inverter. Because in eco-mode the UPS is effectively offline, system efficiencies of 98-99% can be achieved and energy savings can be significant. By knowing what innovative technologies are available and understanding the ROI of many of these upgrades, you may be able to use them to your advantage within your data center design.

Airflow Management

Flawed airflow management wastes large amounts of energy and is an immediate financial drain. By adjusting rack layouts, improving supply air delivery, and reducing air recirculation, data center operators can realize substantial savings. Improved airflow management is a simple, low-cost path to improved Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).

Dynamic Cooling Management

Cooling system operation plays a critical role in the energy efficiency of a data center; and since no two data centers are alike, cooling solutions often need to be customized accordingly. Dynamic cooling systems are easy to deploy and can produce immediate energy savings. Rather than controlling temperature and airflow based on overall ambient room conditions, CRAC fan speeds are adjusted based on real-time readings collected through rack temperature sensors and control modules. Redundant CRAC units can be set in standby mode, ready to turn on if conditions in the room change or a primary CRAC unit fails.

Baseline Energy Reduction

Sustainable energy sources, including fuel cell, solar and wind power are increasingly becoming more commonplace within data centers to reduce their overall carbon footprint and save money on electricity consumption. Baseline reductions can also offer facilities free cooling and renewable energy, translating into immediate savings. To return to the example of Google, after repurposing a 60-year-old paper mill to a data center in Hamina, Finland, the American multinational technology company reused the cooling infrastructure that drew water from the Bay of Finland to cool data center equipment.

While not every data center owner-operator will have immediate access to such unconventional energy-efficiency methodologies, deployed in concert, the above steps will reap short- and long-term energy reduction, improve reliability, ensure overall performance and reduce expenditures.

About the Author 

James A. Stark has been with the Electronic Environments Co. for over twenty years, providing engineering and construction project management in the Mission Critical Facilities Services Group. He has extensive experience in delivering mission critical data center projects, site assessments and power quality studies. Jim has a degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and is a registered professional electrical engineer.

Ericsson: 5G to Reach 150 Million by 2021

Ericsson is forecasting 150 million 5G mobile subscriptions by 2021. A newly released Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that South Korea, Japan, China and the US will lead the 5G subscription uptake.

The report, a comprehensive update on mobile trends, reveals a significant increase in mobile video consumption, which is driving around six times higher traffic volumes per smartphone in North America and Europe (2015 to 2021). North America data traffic per active smartphone will grow from 3.8 to 22 GB per month by 2021; in Western Europe, the increase is from 2 to 18 GB per month.

With 20 new mobile broadband subscriptions activated every second, global increase in mobile subscriptions is another clear driver for data traffic growth. As of now, there are the same amount of mobile subscriptions as there are people on the planet; in 2016 we will reach the four billion mark for smartphone subscriptions alone.

Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Ericsson, says: "5G is about more than faster mobile services - it will enable new use cases related to the Internet of Things. For example, Ericsson has built a prototype testbed for applying 5G networking functions and data analytics to public transport, which can save resources, reduce congestion, and lower environmental impact. ICT transformation will become even more common across industries as 5G moves from vision to reality in the coming years."

Some highlights:

  • A significant increase in mobile video consumption will drive around six times higher traffic volumes per smartphone in North America and Europe by 2021
  • Mainland China becomes largest LTE market in the world with nearly 35 percent of all LTE subscriptions. By the end of 2015, Mainland China will have 350 million LTE subscriptions - nearly 35 percent of the world's total LTE subscriptions. The market is predicted to have 1.2 billion LTE subscriptions by 2021.
  • Video dominates data traffic: Global mobile data traffic is forecast to grow ten-fold by 2021, and video is forecast to account for 70 percent of total mobile traffic in the same year. In many networks today, YouTube accounts for up to 70 percent of all video traffic, while Netflix's share of video traffic can reach as high as 20 percent in markets where it is available.
  • Africa becomes an increasingly connected continent: Five years ago (2010) there were 500 million mobile subscriptions across Africa; by the end of 2015 this number will double to 1 billion. Increased connectivity improves the prospect of financial inclusion for the 70 percent unbanked through mobile money services starting to take form across Africa.
  • ICT will enable savings in energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all other industrial sectors. The total emission reduction could be up to 10 gigatonnes of CO2e, representing about 15 percent of global GHG emissions in 2030 - more than the current carbon footprint of the US and EU combined.

The full Ericsson Mobility Report, Traffic Exploration Tool, Mobile Business Trends appendix and regional reports for Europe, South East Asia & Oceania (launched November 24th), North East Asia (launched early December), North America, Middle East & North East Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa can be downloaded.

First LTE Carrier Aggregation (CA) in Licensed and Unlicensed Bands

Ericsson, Vodafone and Qualcomm have conducted the first live testing of advanced LTE Carrier Aggregation (CA) of LTE in licensed and unlicensed bands on a commercial mobile network.

The Vodafone LTE trials with unlicensed spectrum are being conducted over Vodafone's network in the Netherlands.  The latest over the air results were achieved by aggregating 20 MHz of Vodafone spectrum in Band 3 (1800 MHz) with 20 MHz of the unlicensed 5 GHz band U-NII-1 band.  The testing validated LTE performance in the unlicensed band and fair co-existence with other technologies like Wi-Fi within the unlicensed 5 GHz band.  The Ericsson RBS 6402 Indoor Picocell includes a 5GHz LTE enabled radio in addition to multiple LTE radio variants and optional 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi module - all in a sleek, compact package with a tablet-sized footprint.  The user equipment utilized in this trial is a test device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem. The Snapdragon X12 LTE modem is a product of Qualcomm Technologies.

Matthias Sauder, chief network officer, Vodafone Netherlands:  "Our intent in deploying small cells is always to deliver the best customer experience, and we see the potential for LTE aggregation with unlicensed bands on small cells as one way to make that customer experience even better.  We are already using Ericsson's RBS 6402 indoor picocell in our own shops in the Netherlands, so it's great to see that it will also support advanced LTE CA capabilities with unlicensed spectrum on our network."

Valter D'Avino, Head of Ericsson's Region Western and Central Europe, says: "Vodafone has taken a leadership position in small cells and our LTE trials on unlicensed spectrum with them, together with Qualcomm Technologies, really underscore their continued commitment to improving the performance of indoor networks to ensure better app coverage for their customers.  The unlicensed 5 GHz band is a shared resource and, as we have seen, it can be aggregated with LTE bands to provide a speed boost for users to improve app coverage, when spectrum is available - of course, the user also maintains their connection to Vodafone's highly reliable LTE network, so they have a great connection no matter what."

Ericsson Achieves 450 Mbps with LTE-U

Ericsson now has License Assisted Access (LAA), sometimes referred to as LTE-U, running live its labs.  The tests support the aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum for peak rates up to 450 Mbps and enabling fair sharing of spectrum between mobile and Wi-Fi devices. The lab trials of both LAA fair sharing and licensed-unlicensed aggregation - 20 MHz on licensed band and 40 MHz on unlicensed 5 GHz band - were demonstrated from the Ericsson radio development units in Ottawa, Canada and Stockholm, Sweden.

LAA, or LTE-U, extends the benefits of LTE to unlicensed spectrum, providing reliable and predictable performance. The licensed band provides an anchor to ensure a seamless user experience with full mobility while the unlicensed band provides incremental capacity and enables faster data speeds.

The technology milestone has been achieved in cooperation with Qualcomm Technologies.  The companies also confirmed that Verizon, SK Telecom and T-Mobile US are already investigating the performance benefits that LAA can offer to mobile customers on their networks.

Starting in the fourth quarter 2015, Ericsson is adding LAA to its indoor small cell portfolio, including the Ericsson RBS 6402 Indoor Picocell (targeted at smaller buildings under 50,000 square feet) followed by the Ericsson Radio Dot System (for medium and large buildings).

Broadcom’s New StrataXGS Drives 2.5G Ethernet for 802.11ac APs

Broadcom announced new enterprise Ethernet switches designed to deliver the faster data rates offered by 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi.

The two new chips, which are built on Broadcom’s StrataXGS architecture, support 2.5G Ethernet to the access point, thereby unlocking the faster wireless speeds and enabling the higher bandwidth demands without needing to re-cable an entire network.

One of the chips integrates more high speed 10 gigabit interfaces for fiber uplinks and delivers double the stacking bandwidth of previous generation devices. A second desing enables a smaller form factor with low power consumption, providing multi-mode 1GbE/2.5GbE Ethernet interfaces with 10 Gigabit uplinks. Both are currently sampling.
“Broadcom continues to partner with worldwide equipment manufacturers to deliver the most comprehensive
portfolio for Enterprise Networking.” said Nick Kucharewski, Broadcom Vice President, Network Switch Marketing. “Our new switch products enable a converged wired/wireless enterprise and deliver highly optimized 2.5GE solutions for high density wireless deployments.”

Secret Double Octopus Unveils its Network Security Solution

Secret Double Octopus, a start-up based in Israel, emerged from stealth mode with a solution that secures network traffic and authentication beyond the limitations of PKI, SSL and VPN.

Secret Double Octopus helps site-to-site, site-to-cloud, mobile and IoT initiatives overcome the security vulnerabilities of today’s encryption protocols. The approach employs secret sharing, eliminating the need for cryptographic keys and providing protection that information theory has postulated as unbreakable.

Secret Double Octopus said it is the first company to use secret sharing to build a network-focused security solution. This enables organizations to keep network traffic and authentication information-theoretically secure. Data is represented by random bits across multiple routes that only when assembled at its destination can be interpreted, hardening communications as a result.

The intellectual property that powers the company’s solutions is based on research conducted at Ben-Gurion University by Prof. Shlomi Dolev, the company's CSO, and Dr. Shimrit Tzur-David, CTO.

“Well-publicized data breaches and security hacks underscore the need to more effectively secure critical networks,” said Raz Rafaeli, Chief Executive Officer at Secret Double Octopus. “By utilizing secret sharing, we’ve taken a new approach to security that eliminates the encryption key, an exploited single point of failure in today’s security paradigm.”

Vapor IO Releases Open Source Platform for Server and Rack Mgt

Vapor IO, a start-up offering a hyper modular data center solution, introduced its Open Data Center Runtime Environment (DCRE) - an open source platform for data center rack and server management.

Vapor IO, which earlier this year introduced its hyper collapsed, disaggregated  data center solution, developed this new OpenDCRE software to simplify data center infrastructure communication. The solution exposes current generation interfaces to data center operators, system and devops administrators, thereby simplifying the programming needed to start automating the physical infrastructure itself.

Vapor IO said OpenDCRE is being released as an open source alternative to proprietary interfaces and custom silicon. This ensures that when a user interacts with their data center, they are communicating over a community owned interface and standard. OpenDCRE is designed to support all data center environments supporting HPE Cloudline and other OCP platforms. OpenDCRE replaces the need for out of band management networks saving users thousands of dollars per rack. Additional features of the product include SSL support, analog sensor and power control support and a simple RESTful API running on Raspberry Pi.

“Data centers have proven to be nothing short of problematic,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. ”This is primarily due to poorly integrated systems, legacy software and hardware, and the disjointed approach the industry takes to building out data center environments. As IT prepares to support edge based computing, it is imperative we manage and orchestrate our infrastructure as a whole with no prejudice as to where or how many data centers are employed to support our workloads. This is a large feat and we’re thrilled to have support from partners like Future Facilities and Romonet as we move forward.”
OpenDCRE is now available for download and has already generated support from partners such as Future Facilities and Romonet.

Microsemi Revises Offer to Acquire PMC

Microsemi increased its proposal to acquire PMC-Sierra to $9.22 in cash and 0.0771x of a share of Microsemi common stock for each share of PMC common stock. The implied enterprise value is $2.3 billion, net of PMC's net cash balance as of Sept. 27, 2015. Based on the closing stock price of Microsemi on Nov. 17, 2015, the transaction is valued at $12.05 per PMC share.

"The board of PMC chose not to recommend to their shareholders our previous proposal, which was $0.17 per share higher than the existing offer from Skyworks," said James J. Peterson, Microsemi's chairman and CEO. "Our revised offer delivers even more value to shareholders and we have addressed PMC's preference in increasing the cash component of our proposal. Because we are not subject to the same uncertainty regarding regulatory approvals, our unique ability to close this transaction represents the best approach to realizing the value of PMC in a timely manner, consistent with the board's fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders."

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