Sunday, March 13, 2016

Video: Equinix Joins Telecom Infrastructure Project

Equinix has just joined OCP's Telecom Infrastructure Project, which aims to bring the same principles of openness and disaggregation to the telco domain.


In this video, Ihab Tarazi, CTO of Equinix, discusses expectations of the project.  Equinix will support customers in its data centers as they deploy the next generation of OCP-compliant systems.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/ViWLx1lFnx8


Video: Open Building Blocks for Data Centers

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is really opening up and disaggregating the fundamental building blocks of data centers, explains Dell's Jeff Baher.

We're seeing a significant shift in the industry as new leaders set the new rules for the cloud.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/jMead-6ZPB4

Cisco ACI Anchors NTT Docomo's NFV Rollout

Cisco confirmed that its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is being used to support the NFV capabilities recently rolled out in  NTT DOCOMO commercial LTE network. DOCOMO serves over 70 million mobile customers in Japan. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“DOCOMO is working to provide our customers with high-quality telecommunications services that address the increasing demands of data,” said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO  INC. “We are pleased that we have built an NFV system employing Cisco's SDN solution ACI for our network infrastructure.  We look forward to working with Cisco to build an ecosystem for the mobile network industry.”

“Cisco Systems is proud to expand our relationship with DOCOMO through a co-development model for NFV deployments,” said Soni Jiandani, Senior Vice President of Cisco. “In order to meet the needs of our customers, we continue to offer the broadest choice of SDN solutions in the market. Taking advantage of Cisco ACI innovations for NFV, DOCOMO is able to lead the industry in the rapidly changing environment of mobility services.”

ACI is Cisco Systems next-generation SDN solution incorporating application profiles for the integrated management of virtualized network functions, whether the functions are deployed purpose-built hardware, physical servers, virtual servers, or container-based micro-services. The ACI solution is comprised of Cisco Nexus 9000 switches, a policy controller called the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), and the ACI operating system.

http://www.cisco.com

NTT DOCOMO Deploys NFV with NEC in Commercial Network

NEC confirmed that NTT DOCOMO has deployed its NFV solutions, including virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and a Virtual Network Function Manager (VNF Manager), in its commercial networks.

On March 9, DOCOMO started providing its commercial mobile communication service by using the NFV technologies.

The vEPC virtualizes the functions of a LTE core network, including the Mobility Management Entity (MME), the Serving Gateway (S-GW), and the Packet Data Network-Gateway (P-GW). A VNF Manager from Netcracker, a wholly owned NEC subsidiary, handles lifecycle events, such as creation, activation, termination and update of virtualized Network Functions (VNF).

"I'm delighted that we have developed and deployed NFV with NEC and other leading vendors in the NFV domain. To maximize benefit of NFV, DOCOMO expects to virtualize many other key components of its mobile network, aiming to eventually establish a fully virtualized network. I'm convinced that our multi-vendor NFV is the first step toward our goal," said Mr. Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO.

"We are delighted to contribute to DOCOMO's successful deployment of network virtualization technologies for their commercial networks," said Mr. Shunichiro Tejima, Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation. "With this success, NEC will further expand commercial deployment of NFV based solutions globally, which enable telecom operators to introduce innovative services to the market more quickly and efficiently."

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201603/global_20160311_02.html

Ericsson Supports Multi-vendor NFV for NTT DOCOMO

Ericsson announced that its open NFV platform is supporting the multi-vendor solution deployed in the commercial network of NTT DOCOMO. The launch represents the first commercial deployment of this kind in the world.

The Ericsson NFV platform provides interoperability and connectivity with any carrier class virtualized network function and SDN. Based on an open architecture, the solution consists of the OpenStack-based Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment as the virtualization platform and the NFV orchestrator, Ericsson Cloud Manager. In addition, Ericsson provided system integration and support services.  The solution initially supports a multi-vendor virtual EPC deployment.

Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NTT DOCOMO, says: "DOCOMO has again demonstrated its technology leadership by the launch of multi-vendor NFV.  I am extremely excited to see this progress to provide better services based on standardized future-proof architecture."

Anders Lindblad, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP at Ericsson, says: "As the solution partner to NTT DOCOMO, Ericsson is proud to be part of a landmark launch which is significant for the whole industry. We believe our mutual experiences from the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) network architecture will accelerate global standardization and interoperability. We will continue to bring cost effective network operation and flexible, dynamic resource management for them. "

http://www.ericsson.com

Saturday, March 12, 2016

O3b Networks Brings Broadband to Kiribati

O3b Networks is bringing broadband access to The Republic of Kiribati, which has a population of about 100,000 spread over 33 atolls and islands across 3.5 million square km of the Pacific.

The service will be provided to consumers, businesses and government customers by Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (Kiribati) Limited (ATHKL), a subsidiary of Amalgamated Telecom Holdings of Fiji.

Kiribati is in the final stages of testing the O3b link, and will first deploy the service to Tarawa, the largest island in the country. The multi-year agreement provides flexibility to expand capacity where required, ensuring ATHKL can provide high-performance connectivity for HD video, e-commerce, online education, or cloud services.

O3b’s Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites orbit at 8,062km above the Earth and have a latency of less than 150 msec—25% that of the geostationary (GEO) satellite systems connecting Kiribati. The switch to the lower-latency, higher-throughput O3b service will transform the island nation providing connectivity equivalent to long-haul fiber, while avoiding the exorbitant cost of laying an undersea cable to the island.

http://www.o3bnetworks.com/

Xilinx Develops 56G PAM4 Transceiver Technology

Xilinx has developed a 16nm FinFET+-based programmable device running 56G transceiver technology using the 4-level Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM4) transmission scheme.

Xilinx said PAM4 solutions will help drive the next wave of Ethernet deployment for optical and copper interconnects by doubling bandwidth on the existing infrastructure.

"Our customers are already anticipating how to accelerate their next generation applications. We recognize the need to raise awareness of 56G PAM4 technology solutions now, to help prepare them to transition their own designs," said Ken Chang, vice president of the SerDes technology group at Xilinx. "I am delighted to be able to showcase our technology."

http://www.xilinx.com

Friday, March 11, 2016

IBM to Build Cloud Services with Indosat Ooredoo

IBM announced a partnership with Indosat Ooredoo to develop and deliver solutions on the IBM Cloud to help businesses streamline processes and improve productivity.

Under the five-year partnership, which was valued at $200 million, the companies will build an integrated command center to serve local clients. IBM will also help Indosat Ooredoo transform its own IT operations, improving overall client experience and supporting the rapid development of new telecommunications services in the country.

“This collaboration shows how IBM’s expertise, technology and services can help Indosat Ooredoo and Lintasarta lead market change in Indonesia while also transforming their existing operations,” said Martin Jetter, senior vice president, IBM Global Technology Services. “Indonesia has one of the world's most rapidly growing economies, and the use of smart mobile devices is becoming pervasive, opening up enormous opportunities for local businesses - so we are excited to be working with Indosat Ooredoo and Lintasarta to help clients tap into the power and flexibility of cloud-based solutions and digitally transform their businesses."

http://www.ibm.com

Thursday, March 10, 2016

OIF Completes FlexE IA for Data Center Interconnections

Members of the OIF have finalized and implementation agreement (IA) covering flexible Ethernet for Data Center and transport interconnect efficiency.

The FlexE Implementation Agreement provides a generic mechanism for supporting a variety of Ethernet MAC rates that may or may not correspond to any existing Ethernet PHY rate. This includes MAC rates that are both greater than (through bonding) and less than (through sub-rate and channelization) the Ethernet PHY rates used to carry FlexE.

“The FlexE IA allows Ethernet to be used more efficiently in response to ever changing technologies, link rates, and bandwidth needs,” said Scott Irwin of MoSys and the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer Working Group – Protocol Vice Chair. “OIF members worked hard to get this IA completed in record time to meet the industry’s need for flexible and scalable bandwidth provisioning.”

NTT DOCOMO Deploys NFV with NEC in Commercial Network

NEC confirmed that NTT DOCOMO has deployed its NFV solutions, including virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and a Virtual Network Function Manager (VNF Manager), in its commercial networks.

On March 9, DOCOMO started providing its commercial mobile communication service by using the NFV technologies.

The vEPC virtualizes the functions of a LTE core network, including the Mobility Management Entity (MME), the Serving Gateway (S-GW), and the Packet Data Network-Gateway (P-GW). A VNF Manager from Netcracker, a wholly owned NEC subsidiary, handles lifecycle events, such as creation, activation, termination and update of virtualized Network Functions (VNF).

"I'm delighted that we have developed and deployed NFV with NEC and other leading vendors in the NFV domain. To maximize benefit of NFV, DOCOMO expects to virtualize many other key components of its mobile network, aiming to eventually establish a fully virtualized network. I'm convinced that our multi-vendor NFV is the first step toward our goal," said Mr. Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NTT DOCOMO.

"We are delighted to contribute to DOCOMO's successful deployment of network virtualization technologies for their commercial networks," said Mr. Shunichiro Tejima, Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation. "With this success, NEC will further expand commercial deployment of NFV based solutions globally, which enable telecom operators to introduce innovative services to the market more quickly and efficiently."

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201603/global_20160311_02.html

Lenovo and Juniper Collaborate on Data Center Infrastructure

Lenovo and Juniper Networks announced a global strategic partnership focused on the next generation of converged, hyper-converged, and hyper-scale data center infrastructure.

Lenovo offer an extensive portfolio of x86 based servers and switches. Juniper's portfolio encompasses routers, switches, network management software, network security products and software-defined networking technology.

The companies expect to collaborate to offer simplified management and orchestration in the datacenter leveraging Lenovo’s xClarity management software as well as Juniper’s Network Director and Contrail SDN software.

“Lenovo is on a mission to become the market leader in datacenter solutions. We will continue to invest in the development and delivery of disruptive IT solutions to shape next-generation data centers. Our partnership with Juniper Networks provides Lenovo access to an industry leading portfolio of products that include Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions – essential for state-of-the-art data center offerings,” stated Gerry Smith, Lenovo executive vice president and chief operating officer, PC and Enterprise Business Group.

“Partnering with Lenovo expands Juniper’s strategy to deliver a full-stack solution for a wide-range of data centers, from the mid-range enterprise to private cloud and to hyper-scale customers. We are excited about collaborating with Lenovo to leverage the full power of our IP-networking portfolio based on JunosOS and Contrail, in delivering the next generation of converged, hyper-converged, and hyper-scale solution to customers in China and globally,” said Rami Rahim, chief executive officer at Juniper Networks.

http://www.juniper.net

Cavium's XPliant Switching Silicon Supports OpenSwitch

Cavium announced support for the OpenSwitch open source network operating system (NOS) on Cavium XPliant switches.  Additionally, Cavium introduced Open APIs for the XPliant Programmable Switch (OpenXPS) open source software.

OpenSwitch is an open source, community-led Linux-based network operating system, launched by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and other industry leaders in October 2015, optimized for the scale and architecture requirements of modern next-generation data center networks. It enables a developer ecosystem with the ability to accelerate innovation and realize investment protection, allowing IT organizations to rapidly build data center networks customized for unique business applications.

“Cavium’s support of OpenSwitch is another example of expanding the open source community effort,” said George Tchaparian CEO Edgecore Networks. “Cavium’s OpenXPS support for these open initiatives including OpenSwitch, SAI, and ONL enables rich ecosystems of differentiated solutions, including those open software options on the Cavium’s XPliant based Edgecore AS7500-32X switch, an open hardware design contributed to the Open Compute Project (OCP).”

OpenXPS APIs map the XPliant Software Development Kit (XDK) rich feature-set to an open software interface enabling integration of custom applications on the extensible XPliant switch hardware platforms.  Users now have more freedom to select their software control plane in disaggregation with the hardware, boosting application innovation. OpenSwitch can now use OpenXPS APIs to control the XPliant switch hardware platforms, leveraging a high degree of extensibility.

http://www.cavium.com/newsevents-Cavium-Seamlessly-Connects-OpenSwitch-Software.html

Cavium Shows New Xpliant Silicon Driving SDN-enable Ethernet Switches

Cavium is demonstrating OpenFlow and OpenFlow-Hybrid Ethernet switches based on its new XPliant silicon.

Cavium's XPliant Ethernet switches deliver full line rate support in OpenFlow through XPliant's SDK APIs and integration of Open vSwitch (OVS) at an aggregate switching capacity of 3.2 terabits per second.

"Historically, large scale data center customers were only interested in the speeds and feeds of networking silicon. Now customers are looking for standards based vendor interoperable features that enable them to effectively control their networks, scale and grow over time," said Eric Hayes, VP/GM, Switch Platform Group at Cavium. "The XPA architecture is the ideal solution available today with all of these capabilities simultaneously in a cost effective manner."

Cavium noted its XPliant packet architecture XPA Software APIs expose the OVS control abstractions, enabling users to benefit from OVS rich management and networking features, such as L2 pipeline (VLANs, LAGs, FDB, STP etc.), bonding modes (LACP), and advanced tunneling protocols (Geneve, VxLAN, NVGRE) as well as future yet-to-be-defined standards. Now, through XPA Software and APIs, these open and industry proven features can be seamlessly invoked representing a truly hybrid switch optimized for virtualized environments, in a single hardware.

http://www.cavium.com

Vapor IO Ups its Open Data Center Runtime Environment

A new release of the Vapor Open Data Center Runtime Environment (OpenDCRE) adds supports for AppliedMicro X-Gene server family and BASELAYER Anywhere modular data center (MDC) products. 

Vapor's OpenDCRE is an infrastructure automation and DevOps platform for connecting IT and physical infrastructure. These partnerships highlight Vapor IO’s goal of furthering development of hyper converged data center architectures within the open source community.

OpenDCRE provides a secure, RESTful API for monitoring and completely controlling your entire data center and IT equipment. It can be used as an open platform for monitoring and managing data center hardware, software and environmental characteristics. The OpenDCRE API enables easy integration with third-party monitoring, management and orchestration providers. An alternative to proprietary interfaces and custom silicon, it provides a simple, curl-able interface for common and custom DevOps tasks. There are a wide variety of possible applications, deployments, physical mounting strategies, and network connectivity options for which Vapor IO is working to foster community support.

“Data center environments are becoming increasingly complex and filled with a myriad of hardware and software solutions and tools from various vendors. In order for IT organizations to succeed they need to run efficient and agile environments. The collection of resources that make up today’s data centers must work together seamlessly, but at the same time exist as independent components so they can be replaced, repaired or upgraded as necessary,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO, Vapor IO. “Our mission is to take the disaggregated data center, and turn it into a highly efficient, well-connected but intentionally decoupled IT system.”


Vapor IO Secures Series A Funding for Hyper Modular Data Center

Vapor IO, a start-up based in Austin, Texas, announced a Series A funding round for its intelligent, hyper modular data center solution.  The funding was led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from AVX Partners, but the amount was not disclosed.

Vapor IO is focused on new design for maximizing density and energy efficiency in data center design.

“For the past nine months we’ve been singularly focused on building a telemetry optimized data center analytics company whose mission is to modernize today’s legacy infrastructure and design,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “Recognizing the need for innovation and the now standard deployment of open source technologies, we’re thrilled to partner with Goldman Sachs and AVX Partners to drive full stack data center automation in an industry that has traditionally bifurcated the physical assets from the application.”

http://www.vapor.io

NEC Selected for Submarine Cable Connecting Guam and Saipan

DOCOMO PACIFIC awarded a contract to NEC to build ATISA, an optical submarine cable system that will connect Guam with the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

ATISA, a state-of-the-art six fiber pair optical fiber submarine cable system measuring approximately 280 kilometers in length, will connect the islands of Guam, Saipan, Rota and Tinian. Completion is expected in early-2017.

http://www.nec.com

Red Centroamericana Deploys Coriant

Red Centroamericana has deployed the Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform to scale its regional transport network and its carrier-class services, including wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, Points of Presence (POP) inter-connectivity, and cloud computing services.

REDCA is a private company that was created under the Panama’s Law to operate and market the Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) fiber installed on SIEPAC’s cable (Sistema de Interconexión Eléctrica de los Países de América Central). Providing coverage of over 2,150 kilometers and scalability to 1 Tbps and beyond, the Coriant hiT 7300 solution is part of REDCA’s end-to-end DWDM transport network built along the SIEPAC infrastructure, an interconnection of the power grids of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The Coriant solution offering includes a range of world-class support services designed for rapid network deployment and always-on service availability.

http://www.coriant.com

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Here's what Happened at Open Compute Project Summit

In the five years since its launch, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has chalked up dozens of innovations and technical specification contributions that have been implemented by hyperscale data center operators. The ambitions have now expanded beyond rack hardware to include switching, storage, silicon photonics,  a telemetry framework, an open-source analytics platform and new domain of solutions adapted for telecom operators.

Here are some highlights from this week's OCP Summit in San Jose, California:

  • Hundreds of companies and thousands of developers are now participating in Open Compute
  • Facebook estimates it has saved several billion dollars thanks to OCP
  • The OCP Board of Directors includes Jason Taylor (Facebook), Bill Laing (Microsoft), Don Duet (Goldman Sachs), Mark Roenick (Rackspace), Jason Waxman (Intel), Andy Bechtolsheim, and Frank Frankovsky.
  • OCP has big ambitions for the telecom world which needs efficient infrastructure too. OCP has launched a Telecom Infrastructure Project that includes initial participation from AT&T, DT, EE, Equinix, Nokia, SK Telecom and Verizon.
  • Facebook is moving quickly to bring 100G technology into the network backbone of its hyperscale data centers
  • Intel said its OCP Rack Scale Architecture, with compute shelves, NVMe storage shelves, and network shelves has gained traction from a robust ecosystem of partners.
  • OCP rack servers are moving to a standard 19" design.  This enables system to pack up to 256GB of DDR4 DIMMs on a single motherboard.
  • OCP foresees that specialized workloads, such as security or SDN, will benefit from acceleration boards based on FPGAs.
  • Silicon photonics will soon be a requirement in hyperscale data centers, especially when backbones eventually upgrade beyond 100G.
  • OCP is developing an open telemetry framework for data centers.
  • OCP open telemetry will be matched by an OCP open analytics platform.
  • Microsoft highlighted its role in developing an open switch abstraction interface (SAI) to remove complexity in hyperscale data centers
  • Microsoft's next OCP contribution is Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC), which allows sharing of the same software stack across hardware from multiple switch vendors. With its modular architecture and lean stack, SONiC allows data center operators to debug, fix, and test software bugs much faster. It also allows the flexibility to scale down the software and develop features that are required for datacenter and networking needs.
  • Artificial Intelligence applications will require highly efficient and massively scalable hardware blocks.  Facebook is bringing these AI requirements to OCP. Its Big Sur AI hardware assembly has already deployed thousands of machines in just a few months. Big Sur is Open Rack-compatible and incorporates eight high-performance GPUs of up to 300 watts each, with the flexibility to configure between multiple PCI-e topologies. It uses NVIDIA's Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform.

  • Google has just joined OCP. The biggest cloud participants also include Facebook, Microsoft and Rackspace.  (still missing Amazon, Alibaba, Apple, LinkedIn, etc).
  • Google's first contribution to OCP is its design for a 48v data center rack.  Google said its design is 30% more energy efficient, in part by minimizing AC-DC conversions.
  • Equinix has announced it is adopting Facebook’s Wedge network switch design and open-source architecture.
  • Goldman Sachs announced that more than 80% of servers that the company has acquired since last summer are based on OCP standards.
  • OCP is introducing Lightning, which is  flexible NVMe JBOF (just a bunch of flash). It is designed to provide a PCIe gen 3 connection from end to end (CPU to SSD). It leverages the existing Open Vault (Knox) SAS JBOD infrastructure to provide a faster time to market, maintain a common look and feel, enable modularity in PCIe switch solutions, and enable flexibility in SSD form factors. 

http://www.opencompute.org/


Panasonic's "freeze-ray" Long-term Storge Uses 300 GB Optical Discs

Panasonic unveiled its enhanced "freeze-ray" series Data Archiver, which uses 300GB Optical Discs for long-term storage. The system was developed in collaboration with Facebook and shown at this week's Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose.


A fully-loaded freeze-ray system can pack 1.9 petabytes of data in a standard 19-inch data center rack.

In the future, Panasonic plans to increase the capacity of the Archival Disc to 500GB and eventually 1TB per disk.

http://panasonic.net/avc/archiver/freeze-ray/

Radisys Launches DCEngine Frame Inspired by Open Compute

Radisys launched its "DCEngine" - a 42 RU frame based on principles of the Open Compute Project (OCP) with enhancements for communication service providers.

Radisys said its DCEngine provides a disruptive cloud platform that goes well beyond software-defined networking to create a truly open, software-defined services delivery infrastructure that fully embraces open source hardware and software technologies and offers DevOps agility to service providers.

DCEngine highilghts:

  • A pre-installed, ready-to-deploy frame inspired by OCP as an open architecture for Radisys and third-party partners. 
  • Performance and scalability through a collection of easily deployed and serviced compute, storage and networking sleds. DCEngine offers up to 2.4 petabytes of storage and up to 152 Intel Xeon class processors in a standard 42 RU frame.
  • A flexible software and management framework enabling the most demanding service provider workloads. This framework is based on leading open source projects including the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) and Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) initiatives being led by On.LAB.
  • A design that meets next-generation central office and service provider data center specifications, including NEBS temperature, EMI and seismic requirements where required.
  • Professional services and cradle-to-grave lifecycle management of DCEngine hardware and fully validated and supported software stacks, including design, installation, configuration, deployment and ongoing maintenance and validation.
Radisys confirmed initial orders and shipment of DCEngine into one of the world’s largest mobile operators late in 2015 .

“Radisys’ 25-plus years of communication software DNA, coupled with our leadership in open telecommunication platforms, positions us as the ideal partner for communication service providers looking to evolve from existing central office architecture to the cloud,” said Brian Bronson, President and Chief Executive Officer at Radisys. “DCEngine’s seamless scalability and efficient lifecycle management, coupled with our proven track record of understanding and addressing the needs of the service provider, positions Radisys to be a leader in enabling the evolution of next-generation operator infrastructure.”

Separately, Radisys noted that it has joined the Open Compute Project as a silver member.

Trend Micro Completes TippingPoint Deal

Trend Micro completed its previously announced acquisition of TippingPoint, a leading provider of next-generation intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and integrated network security solutions, from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Trend Micro TippingPoint solutions are immediately available to bring customers comprehensive threat intelligence and protection for current and zero-day vulnerabilities and exploits.

“We are very excited to see this agreement come to fruition as it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to enterprise security,” said Eva Chen, CEO, Trend Micro. “With the addition of TippingPoint, Trend Micro provides customers with the unmatched ability to respond to known and unknown threats, exploits and vulnerabilities across the entire attack lifecycle. Trend Micro is now in a unique position to deliver these integrated, layered capabilities to address the complex network security challenges facing global companies today.”

http://www.trendmicro.com

Trend Micro to Acquire's HP's Tipping Point Intrusion Prevention Business for $300M

Trend Micro agreed to acquire HP TippingPoint, a leading provider of next-generation intrusion prevention systems (NGIPS) and related network security solutions, for approximately $300 million.

The deal encompasses security technology, intellectual property, industry expertise, as well as a large, loyal enterprise customer base.

Since 2014, Trend Micro and TippingPoint have had a strategic partner relationship. HP and Trend Micro will continue to be strong partners post transaction. The two companies will form a strategic partnership with TippingPoint around re-sale, managed services and OEM activities, as well as security intelligence, app security and data security.

Trend Micro said the acquisition positions it as the go-to enterprise security provider of dynamic threat defense solutions spanning endpoints, network, data center and the cloud. Trend Micro will also combine current and acquired capabilities to create a Network Defense business unit, serving more than 3,500 enterprise customers.

“This acquisition complements Trend Micro’s current threat defense expertise, extending its strength in endpoint, cloud, data center and breach detection to the network,” said Mike Spanbauer, vice president of research, NSS Labs. “By combining two strong brands, this move accelerates Trend Micro’s enterprise position into a non-competing segment, and provides a single, complete threat defense solution for enterprises seeking to make a critical security investment.”

http://www.TrendMicro.com

NeoPhotonics Comments on U.S. Department of Commerce Ruling on ZTE

NeoPhotonics, which supplies advanced hybrid photonic integrated optoelectronic modules and subsystems, confirmed that ZTE is a customer but that the Department of Commerce ruling on ZTE would not impact its financial outlook.

NeoPhotonics revenue to ZTE during fiscal year 2015 were approximately one percent of total revenue, and the company does not anticipate materially different revenue from ZTE in the first quarter of 2016 or in the 2016 fiscal year.

http://www.neophotonics.com

Macom Announces CWDM4 L-PIC for 100G Datacenter Applications

M/A-COM Technology Solutions (MACOM) introduced a silicon photonic integrated circuit integrated with lasers (L-PIC) for a 100G transmit solution for CWDM4 and CLR4 applications.

MACOM’s MAOP-L284CN features four high bandwidth Mach-Zehnder modulators integrated with four lasers (1270, 1290, 1310, and 1330 nm) and a CWDM multiplexer, with each channel operating at up to 28 Gbps. The L-PIC operates on a standard single mode optical fiber, and includes integrated tap detectors for fiber alignment, system initialization and closed loop control. A single fiber aligned to the output edge coupler of this 4.1 x 6.5 mm die is the only optical requirement for implementing this device into QSFP28 transceiver applications. MACOM is also offering the MASC-37053A modulator driver integrated with CDR, matched with this L-PIC™ for optimized performance and power dissipation.

“Silicon-based photonic integrated circuits, or PICs, enable integration of optical devices such as modulators and multiplexer onto a single chip. We believe that MACOM’s L-PIC™ solves the key challenge of aligning lasers to the silicon PIC with high yield and high coupling efficiency, making the adoption of Silicon PICs a reality for high-speed optical interconnects within the Datacenter,” said Vivek Rajgarhia, Vice President of Strategy, High-Speed Networking, for MACOM.

http://www.macom.com