Friday, April 1, 2016

Microsoft's Progress with Azure: Moving to Cognitive Services


Microsoft is unique among the big cloud players in that enables enterprises to use the same technologies in their own data center and in the Azure public cloud, said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's Executive VP of Cloud + Enterprise, speaking at the company's Build 2016 event in San Francisco last week. The Microsoft Cloud is progressing quickly from bulk applications to advanced services, such as IoT, Microservices, Media Streaming, High Performance Compute, Data + Analytics, and Cognitive Services.

Here are some highlight on the progress of Azure:

  • Azure infrastructure encompasses Compute, Storage, Networking, and Security.
  • There are now 30 Azure regions around the world, which is more than AWS and Google Cloud combined.  Applications run closer geographically to many users.
  • In one of its US East regions, Microsoft is currently building a data center campus that is more than a mile in length.
  • The Azure cloud now encompasses more than a million servers.
  • The 3 main reasons customers give for adopting Azure are Choice/Flexibility, Enterprise-ready, and Productivity. 
  • Popular tools supported by Azure include Puppet, Chef, Ansible, WordPress, Drupal, python, Ruby, SQL, hortonworks, mongoDB, Windows Server, Red Hat, Linux, Docker, etc.
  • Microsoft has tens of thousands of support professionals.
  • Azure is the only global public cloud vendor with a license to operate in China.
  • 85% of Fortune 500 use the Microsoft cloud
  • Azure introduced hundreds of new features and services over the past 12 months. Pace of innovation continues to accelerate.
  • There are over 1.4 million SQL databases currently running in Azure.
  • Azure IoT is now processing 2 trillion messages per week.
  • Microsoft has acquired Xamarin for mobile app testing in the cloud. Xamarin is now available at no extra charge to every Visual Studio customer.
  • Azure Fabric Service is now commercially available. It is a prescriptive microservice platform. It can deploy as a runtime on Azure, Azure Stack, VMware, OpenStack and AWS.
  • Azure Container Service is now providing deep integration with Mesos, Swarm, Docker and other container technologies on both Linux and Windows Server.
  • DocumentDB, which is a managed NoSQL database, now scales to 100s of Terabytes.

Scott Guthrie's keynote is online.
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2016/KEY02

Microsoft Launches Azure Service Fabric

Microsoft announced general availability of Azure Service Fabric -- its microservices application platform for the cloud. The technology has actually been in use on Microsoft's internal infrastructure for the past five years and is currently powering a range of services including Azure SQL Databases, Azure DocumentDB, Intune, Cortana and Skype for Business.

Azure Service Fabric as a service handles application lifecycle management for simplified application scaling and resiliency. Microsoft Visual Studio now provides seamless integration with Service Fabric.  This simplifies coding and deployment from the developer's local machine onto Azure with streamlined provisioning of microservices.

Microsoft also announced previews of Service Fabric for Windows Server, enabling deploying on-premises and other cloud.  The company is also working on Service Fabric for Linux and Java APIs.  Microsoft noted that it plans to open-source the programming frameworks of Service Fabric for Linux later this year.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/

An Introduction to Microservices with Mark Russinovich - Part 1



Part 2

Big 2015 Numbers for Huawei - Revenue of US$60.8 Billion, up 37%

Huawei's 2015 revenue exceeded US$60.8 billion (CNY395 billion), up 37% YoY.  Net profits amounted to US$5.68 billion (CNY36.9 billion), up 33% YoY.

In its newly-released annual report, Huawei said its Carrier, Enterprise, and Consumer Business Groups (BGs) all achieved strong year-on-year growth Huawei's financial statements were audited by KPMG.

"In part, Huawei owes its long-term growth to the sheer size of the ICT market, which is the driving force of digital economies around the world. However, our growth is also a direct result of strategic focus and heavy investment in our core businesses. Over the next three to five years, we will concentrate on enhancing connectivity, enabling the development of vertical industries, and redefining network capabilities. With an open and collaborative approach, and a commitment to shared success, we will work closely with our customers and partners to maximize industry development opportunities. Together, we will build a Better Connected World," stated Guo Ping, Huawei's deputy chairman and rotating CEO.

Some highlights:

  • The Carrier BG generated CNY232.3 billion (US$35.8 billion) in annual revenue, up 21% YoY. Widespread rollout of 4G networks accounted for a large portion of this growth.
  • The Enterprise BG generated CNY27.6 billion (US$4.3 billion) in annual revenue, an increase of 44% YoY. In particular, Huawei's enterprise business experienced rapid growth in the public safety, finance, transportation, and energy sectors.
  • A major highlight of the company's performance in 2015, Huawei's Consumer BG reported CNY129.1 billion (US$19.9 billion) in annual revenue, up 73% YoY. This increase was a direct result of increased demand for high-quality products that deliver a premium user experience, as well as Huawei's growing influence as a consumer brand.
  • R&D expenditures amounted to 15% of its annual revenue – CNY59.6 billion (US$9.2 billion). Huawei's total R&D investment over the past decade exceeds CNY240 billion (approximately US$37 billion).

 http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/annual-report/2015

FCC Proposes Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules

The FCC is proposing new privacy guidelines to ensure broadband customers have meaningful choice, greater transparency and strong security protections for their personal information collected by ISPs.

Specifically, to provide consumers more control over the use of their personal information – and enforce the broadband provider’s responsibility to safeguard such data – the NPRM separates the use and sharing of information into three categories, and proposes adoption of clear guidance for both ISPs and customers about the transparency, choice and security requirements for customers’ personal information:

Consent Inherent in Customer Decision to Purchase ISP’s Services:  Customer data necessary to provide broadband services and for marketing the type of broadband service purchased by a customer – and for certain other purposes consistent with customer expectations, such as contacting public safety – would require no additional customer consent beyond the creation of the customer-ISP relationship.
Opt-out:  Broadband providers would be allowed to use customer data for the purposes of marketing other communications-related services and to share customer data with their affiliates that provide communications-related services for the purposes of marketing such services unless the customer affirmatively opts out.
Opt-in:  All other uses and sharing of consumer data would require express, affirmative “opt-in” consent from customers.

In addition, the NPRM proposes:
Transparency requirements that require ISPs to provide customers with clear, conspicuous and persistent notice about what information they collect, use and share with third parties, and how customers can change their privacy preferences;
Robust and flexible data security requirements for broadband providers that include requirements
to adopt risk management practices; institute personnel training practices; implement strong customer authentication requirements; identify a senior manager responsible for data security; and take responsibility for use and protection of customer information when shared with third parties.
Common-sense data breach notification requirements to encourage ISPs to protect the confidentiality of customer data, and to give consumers and law enforcement notice of failures to protect such information.

http://www.fcc.gov

CyrusOne Acquires Huge Chicago Data Center from CME Group

CyrusOne paid $130 million to acquire a huge data center in Aurora, Illinois from CME Group, which operates the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX.

The deal includes a 428,000-square-foot data center serving the Chicago metropolitan region. In addition, CyrusOne has acquired approximately 36,000 colocation square feet available for lease and approximately 15 acres of developable land directly adjacent to the data center.

CME Group has entered into a 15-year lease for data center space at the Aurora facility. The company’s electronic trading platform, CME Globex, is to remain in operation within this space. The agreement is expected to enhance the range of services available to CyrusOne and CME Group’s mutual customers through connectivity, hosting, and data offerings.

http://www.cyrusone.com/

Zayo Acquires 2 More Data Centers in Texas

Zayo Group Holdings paid $18.9 million to acquire Clearview International, which operates two data centers Texas.  The first is located at 6606 LBJ Freeway in Dallas and the second is located at 700 Austin Avenue in Waco.  Together, the facilities total approximately 30,000 square feet of colocation space. The Clearview acquisition builds on the 66,000 square feet of Dallas data center capacity at 1100 Empire Central Place acquired by Zayo on December 31, 2015.

Zayo said it continues to experience strong demand resulting from the interplay between data center and fiber needs across its markets and particularly in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. This hybrid demand has been boosted by the kick-off of a 2,000+ route miles Dallas area fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) deployment, announced in May 2015. A recent example is a global SaaS provider securing colocation in Zayo’s Dallas Empire Central facility plus four diverse 10G wavelengths tethering to a Zayo presence in the primary Dallas carrier hotel.

Zayo now owns and operates seven data centers in Texas, and a total of 57 facilities in North America and Europe. Zayo’s dense fiber backbone in Dallas spans more than 3,500 miles, inclusive of the in-process FTT deployment. In addition, Zayo’s Phoenix-Dallas longhaul fiber build will provide additional connectivity between Dallas and Waco.

http://www.zayo.com

ZTE to Make Changes to be Removed from US Trade Sanction List

ZTE has confirmed that it will fulfill any commitments necessary to be removed permanently from the U.S. Department of Commerce's list of sanctioned entities.  The company is expected to announced the resignation of certain senior managers in the coming days.

In March, the U.S. Department of Commerce added ZTE to the list of entities involved in "activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States." The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) listing, which limits the availability of most license exceptions on U.S. technology sales to ZTE, was driven by a finding that ZTE willingly resold restricted U.S. technology products to Iran during the period of economic sanctions. The listing could prevent U.S. semiconductor companies from doing business with ZTE.

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201603/t20160322_449346.html

Verizon Completes $10.5 Billion Transaction with Frontier

Verizon completed its previously disclosed sale of landline assets in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications.  The deal was valued at approximately $10.5 billion (approximately $7.5 billion net of income taxes), subject to certain adjustments and including Frontier’s assumption of $0.6 billion in debt.

Frontier Communications now owns and operates these landline businesses, which include broadband, video, voice and Fios operations in the three states. The sale does not include the services, offerings or assets of other Verizon businesses, such as Verizon Wireless and Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Approximately 9,400 Verizon employees in California, Florida and Texas were transferred to Frontier.

Verizon said the sale concentrates its remaining landline operations in contiguous northeast markets – which will enhance the efficiency of the company’s marketing, sales and service operations across its remaining landline footprint.

http://www.verizon.com
  • The deal was first announced in February 2015. At the time, the companies said the transaction involved 3.7 million voice connections, 2.2 million broadband connections, and 1.2 million FiOS video connections. The network being acquired was the result of substantial capital investments by Verizon and was 54 percent FiOS enabled. Verizon spent more than $7 billion in the buildout of FiOS in the acquired territories.
  • In October 2014, Frontier Communications completed its previously announced $2 billion acquisition of AT&T’s wireline business, statewide fiber network, and U-verse operations in Connecticut. As part of the acquisition, Frontier also acquired AT&T’s DISH satellite TV customers in Connecticut. 
  • In 2010, Verizon divested its local wireline operations serving residential and small-business customers in predominantly rural areas in 14 states by selling these operations to Frontier Communications. The deal included all of Verizon's local wireline operating territories in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Also included were fiber-to-the-premises assets deployed by Verizon in 41 local franchises in Indiana.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Zayo Launches Flex Ethernet Service

Zayo launched a usage-based Ethernet service for flexible cloud and data center connectivity.

Zayo FlexConnect provides dedicated Layer 2 Ethernet connecting to more than 200 data centers, cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, VMWare and Cisco Intercloud.  Customers pay only for the data they transport.

The service is available from 500 Mbps to 100 Gbps.  Zayo’s online self-service platform lets customers compare prices, purchase services, track orders, view their bandwidth usage and invoices.

“Zayo’s FlexConnect is aligned with today’s on-demand world, enabling businesses to scale up or down and pay only for the service they use,” said Max Clauson, executive vice president of Network Connectivity Services at Zayo. ”The solution is ideally suited for cloud and IaaS or any enterprise application with fluctuations or seasonality in traffic demands.”

“With FlexConnect, which leverages Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to connect to Microsoft Azure, more customers can leverage Azure services easily and cost effectively,” said Venkat Gattamneni, group product marketing manager, Microsoft Azure. “FlexConnect is an ideal solution for customers who need more secure, flexible connectivity to the cloud to meet changing business needs.”

“We are excited to continue to work with Zayo to bring new, creative network solutions to customers inside Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers. FlexConnect will provide customers in our facilities with on-demand, cost-effective connectivity to a wider selection of providers and destinations,” said Bill Long, vice president of Interconnection Services at Equinix. “We also look forward to attracting new customers who now have an exciting new option to connect to our Cloud Exchange.”

http://www.zayo.com

Intel Rolls Out 14nm Xeon E5-2600 v4 Processors

Intel is rolling out its new Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family and aimed at software-defined clouds. The launch is accompanied by new Intel SSDs, including the first 3D NAND drives optimized for cloud and enterprise workloads,

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family is built on 14nm process technology and features Intel Resource Director Technology, which enables customers to move to fully automated SDI-based clouds with greater visibility and control over critical shared resources like processor caches and main memory.

Intel said its new product family delivers improved performance for cloud tasks with more than 20 percent more cores and cache than the prior generation2, supports faster memory, and includes other integrated technologies for accelerating a wide range of server, network and storage workloads. Security enhancements like workload isolation, security policy enforcement and faster cryptography3 have been added to help protect data more effectively.

The new solid state drives (SSDs) are optimized for the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 family, enterprise storage and cloud deployments. The Intel SSD DC P3320 and P3520 Series are the first Intel SSDs to use the industry’s highest density 3D NAND technology to provide users with a highly efficient, dense storage solution. The DC P3320 offers up to a 5-times performance boost compared to SATA-based SSDs4.

The new Intel SSD DC D3700 and D3600 Series are Intel’s first dual-port PCI Express SSDs using the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocol. The dual-port design provides critical redundancy and failover, safeguarding against data loss in mission-critical storage deployments. Customer systems using the D3700 can see up to a 6-times increase in performance over today’s dual-port SAS solutions.

“Enterprises want to benefit from the efficiency and agility of cloud architecture and on their own terms – using the public cloud offerings, deploying their own private cloud, or both,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group. “The result is pent-up demand for software-defined infrastructure. Intel is investing to mature SDI solutions and provide a faster path for businesses of all sizes to reap the benefits of the cloud.”

As part of its Intel Cloud for All initiative, Intel is collaborating with CoreOS and Mirantis to bring together two of the most popular open source technologies to orchestrate container and virtual machine-based applications. The merging of these two technologies into a single solution will simplify choices for cloud operators to accelerate the adoption of cloud solutions.

In addition, Intel and VMware announced a network of Centers of Excellence aimed at accelerating cloud deployments. The centers will drive custom optimizations, facilitate proof-of-concept testing and integrate cybersecurity best practices in collaboration with The National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and Intel announced the world’s largest cloud application testing cluster for applications “born in the cloud.” The cluster will include more than 1,000 Intel Xeon processor-based server nodes designed to provide developers with the opportunity to test applications at larger scales and deliver the efficiency and portability of cloud native applications to businesses.

http://www.intel.com

HPE Pushes Ahead with Persistent Memory

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced new compute platforms with built-in support for Persistent Memory, a technology that combines the performance of high-speed memory and the persistence of storage to deliver new levels of application performance. The technology will be available for new HPE ProLiant Gen9 servers.

Some highlights:

HPE Persistent Memory. The first product in the HPE Persistent Memory portfolio is a an 8GB NVDIMM that is designed to accelerate database and analytic workloads. The HPE 8GB NVDIMM is designed around industry-standard NVDIMM-N technology, working with standards bodies such as JEDEC and SNIA, and includes back-up power from the HPE Smart Storage Battery, which supports up to 16 NVDIMMs for moving data from DRAM to Flash when power is lost.

New Intel Xeon platform. Designed to support up to 22 cores and memory speeds of up to 2400MT/s, the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v41 processor offers up to 25 percent performance gains2 for HPE ProLiant Gen9 servers. The Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors include virtualization enhancements, added security and improved orchestration capabilities to help customers better manage shared platform resources.

State of the art solid state drives (SSDs). HPE NVMe SSDs are compact, economical and offer up to 2TB of storage in a flexible package that includes Express Bay for front access to drives that are designed for big-ticket jobs, including online transaction processing, business intelligence and Big Data analytics.

Smart authentication. Adding TCG Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 specification 1.16 to HPE ProLiant Gen 9 servers provides a tamper-resistant environment to prevent unauthorized access to servers. TPM supports Microsoft BitLocker, which securely stores authentication elements, such as passwords and encryption keys.

HPE Application Migration to Cloud Solution. Secure, tested and validated reference architecture delivered by HPE Technology Services experts to help customers migrate on-premises applications to a private cloud.

http://www.hpe.com

Dell Releases 13th Gen PowerEdge Servers

Dell launched its 13th generation of PowerEdge 13th generation rack, tower, blade and converged infrastructure architecture servers. The major improvements include over 20 percent improved performance with differentiated air-cooled support and over 12 percent enhanced memory bandwidth aligned to Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 updates.

“Customers are driving the rise of the software defined data center, using workload-oriented solutions that are increasingly compute-centric,” said Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, vice president and general manager, Dell Server Solutions. “Dell’s global x86 leadership gains, particularly in blade servers, are a terrific indicator of how we deliver on these customer needs. Dell PowerEdge 13th generation servers include practical innovations, based on product knowledge that spans our 20-year history, to deliver the right functionality to enable customers’ future-ready datacenters.”

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/04/campaigns/poweredge-13g-server

DOCOMO Invests in Expway for Wireless Multicasting

NTT DOCOMO Ventures has made a strategic investment of EUR 1.5 million in Expway for its wireless multicast solutions. Expway’s current investors, Innovation Capital, I-Source, TechFund and Isatis Capital also invested EUR 1.5 million in this round.

Expway’s newly announced Ultimate Mobile CDN solution optimizes data traffic between the telecom cells and the terminals using LTE Broadcast. In addition, Expway’s solution will also be made available on Wi-Fi networks to enhance video delivery in highly dense areas.

“NTT group and Expway have partnered for more than ten years, building trust and synergies with a number of NTT group divisions” said Thierry Sergent, CEO Expway. “This investment strengthens Expway and its leadership position worldwide as an the only end-to-end Wireless Multicast technology provider.”

http://www.expway.com/

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

MEF Publishes Lifecycle Service Orchestration Reference Architecture

Following approval by its members, the MEF published its Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Reference Architecture & Framework (MEF 55) for Service Providers.

LSO, which aims to automate the entire network service lifecycle in a sustainable fashion, encompasses all network domains that require end-to-end management and control to deliver on-demand connectivity services (Carrier Ethernet 2.0, IP VPNs, MPLS, SDN/NFV, etc.) and to assure their overall quality and security.

The LSO Reference Architecture describes the functional management entities needed to support LSO and the Management Interface Reference Points between them. LSO provides open and interoperable automation of management operations that include design, fulfillment, control, testing, problem management, quality management, billing & usage, security, analytics, and policy capabilities. It enables automated management and control of end-to-end connectivity services that span multiple service provider domains. For example, a provider of dynamic network services could extend its reach by using LSO to interact with other service providers to manage and control access portions of end-to-end services.

“Service providers worldwide are looking for complete automation of the service lifecycle as a means to overcome OSS/BSS challenges that prevent them from taking full advantage of existing and newer SDN- and NFV-enabled networks,” said Nan Chen, President of the MEF. “Many of the world’s largest service providers have supported MEF efforts to define LSO capabilities and supporting APIs to address this challenge. We are thrilled to have completed the first phase in the LSO journey and already have launched new initiatives to accelerate LSO development – including in collaboration with other industry organizations within an open networking ecosystem.”

Michael Strople, Chairman of the MEF, commented: “Lifecycle Service Orchestration is essential to the evolution and implementation of SDN and NFV. The LSO Reference Architecture clearly defines LSO functionality and capabilities and will enable service providers to make big steps forward in the development of virtualized networks and overcoming the operational challenges that have been holding our industry back.”

http://www.mef.net
https://www.mef.net/Assets/Technical_Specifications/PDF/MEF-55.pdf

Level 3 Adds Microsoft Office 365 to its Cloud Connect

Level 3 Communications and Microsoft are enabling direct connectivity to Office 365 via the ExpressRoute service on the Level 3 network.  Enterprises can access everything in their Office 365 service, including Exchange Online, Office web applications, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online across Level 3's global network.

Level 3 offers both point-to-point Ethernet and any-to-any IP-VPN connectivity to Azure and Office 365. At every Level 3-ExpressRoute IP-VPN network-to-network interface, Level 3 has a colocated network-based security gateway.


Level 3 offers global connectivity to Microsoft Azure and Office 365 through the following Microsoft data centers: Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, London, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

"Businesses, and even government organizations, are no longer asking if or when they should look to the cloud to realize the inherent cost and operational benefits, but how. Software as a service models like Office 365 are clearly an entry point to the cloud. With Level 3 Cloud Connect partner ecosystem, enterprises and government agencies can leverage a private, secure and reliable network connection to Office 365 and other Azure cloud services for improved performance, security and productivity," stated Brian Hoekelman, VP Business & Cloud Ecosystem Development for Level 3.

http://investors.level3.com/

Vertical Systems: 2015 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Orange Business Services (France) topped Vertical Systems Group’s year-end 2015 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD.  Other top entries in rank order included Colt (U.K.), BT Global Services (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), Verizon (U.S.), Level 3 (U.S.) and NTT (Japan). The Global Provider LEADERBOARD, the industry’s benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence, ranks companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.

The Challenge Tier of Global Providers includes companies with share between 2% and 4% of this defined market. Seven companies qualify for the Challenge Tier (in alphabetical order): Cogent (U.S.), Global Cloud Xchange (India), SingTel (Singapore), T-Systems (Germany), Tata Communications (India), Telefonica Worldwide (Spain) and Vodafone (U.K.).

“Deployments by Ethernet providers outside their home countries rose thirteen percent in 2015, indicating steady footprint expansion and network globalization,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “In addition to more extensive coverage for their global customers, carriers focused on speed and functionality enhancements, as well as the introduction of new SDN-enabled service capabilities.”

A list of Global Providers with port share below 2% is online.

http://www.verticalsystems.com/vsglb/2015-global-provider-ethernet-leaderboard/

CenturyLink Acquires netAura for IT Security Services

CenturyLink has acquired netAura, a security service
s firm that specializes in engineering, developing and consulting on managed security technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

netAura has deep expertise, having worked extensively with U.S. government agencies and corporations on cybersecurity, security information and event management (SIEM), analytics and vulnerability management since it was founded in 2011. The company is based in Herndon, Virginia.

CenturyLink said the deal strengthens and enhances its managed security services available to business and government customers.
 
“The combination of CenturyLink’s powerful IT solutions and netAura’s strengths in implementation services will enable our customers to continue to meet their security challenges head-on,” said Girish Varma, president, Global IT Services & New Market Development, CenturyLink. “This acquisition helps us continue to deliver comprehensive security architectures to existing and future customers.”

http://www.centurylink.com
http://www.netaura.com/

Telefónica Germany Delivers Enterprise Services with Netcracker BSS

Telefónica Germany has upgraded and extended its use of Netcracker’s Revenue Management solution to simplify and accelerate its rating and billing processes for its B2B operations. The upgraded solution, which contains additional functionality and enhances performance, runs efficiently across all of Telefónica Germany’s hardware and databases.

Telefónica Germany serves more than 48 million customer accesses.

“We are excited to leverage our instance of Netcracker’s Revenue Management solution to manage our billing operations, which are constantly changing and accelerating as new processes and technologies are introduced,” said Kai-Uwe Laag, Director B2B at Telefónica Germany. “Our partnership with Netcracker will support us to even better provide the services which are highly demanded by our business customers.”

http://www.netcracker.com/

Beamr Acquires Vanguard Video and Raises Funding for Encoding

Beamr, a start-up specializing in video optimization technology, announced its acquisition of Vanguard Video, a leading provider of HEVC and H.264 codec technologies.  The company said the deal positions it as a global leader in H.264 and HEVC video encoding and optimization solutions, with over 80 employees and offices in Palo Alto, Tel Aviv and St. Petersburg, Russia.

“Today’s announcement is exciting on many levels,” said Sharon Carmel, Founder and CEO of Beamr. “From an industry perspective, the combination of Beamr and Vanguard Video brings unmatched solutions for the broadcast and OTT content delivery market. For Beamr, the acquisition is an important milestone, and we gladly welcome our new, talented colleagues from Vanguard Video, to the family. On a personal note, it’s no secret that I’m fanatic about quality, and we have found that Vanguard Video’s encoders produce the best visual quality, at the lowest bit rates, with the highest performance levels. Together we will lead the video encoding market by far with unprecedented quality and performance.”

Beamr also announced g a $15M funding round led by Disruptive Growth, with the participation of Marker and Innovation Endeavors.

Red Hat $2.05 billion in Annual Revenue

Red Hat reported Q4 revenue of $544 million, up 17% in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 21% measured in constant currency.  GAAP net income for the quarter was $53 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared with $48 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Full fiscal year 2016 total revenue was $2.05 billion, up 15% in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 21% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue for the full fiscal year was $1.80 billion, up 16% in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 22% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue in the full fiscal year was 88% of total revenue.

“The fourth quarter was a strong close to the year as our results exceeded our guidance. We maintained a high level of execution throughout the fiscal year which contributed to greater than 20% constant currency revenue growth in each quarter. This performance also drove a record backlog of $2.13 billion in U.S. dollars, up 15% year-over-year, and provides us meaningful visibility into future revenue,” stated Frank Calderoni, Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat.

http://www.redhat.com