Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NVIDIA Unveils GPU Accelerators for Deep Learning AI

NVIDIA unveiled its most advanced accelerator to date -- the Tesla P100 -- based on Pascal architecture and composed of an array of Graphics Processing Clusters (GPCs), Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs), and memory controllers. The Tesla P100, which is implemented in 16nm FinFET on a massive 610mm2die, enables a new class of servers that can deliver the performance of hundreds of CPU server nodes.

NVIDIA said its accelerator brings five breakthroughs:

  • NVIDIA Pascal architecture for exponential performance leap -- a Pascal-based Tesla P100 solution delivers over a 12x increase in neural network training performance compared with a previous-generation NVIDIA Maxwell-based solution.
  • NVIDIA NVLink for maximum application scalability -- The NVIDIA NVLink high-speed GPU interconnect scales applications across multiple GPUs, delivering a 5x acceleration in bandwidth compared to today's best-in-class solution. Up to eight Tesla P100 GPUs can be interconnected with NVLink to maximize application performance in a single node, and IBM has implemented NVLink on its POWER8 CPUs for fast CPU-to-GPU communication.
  • 16nm FinFET for unprecedented energy efficiency -- with 15.3 billion transistors built on 16 nanometer FinFET fabrication technology, the Pascal GPU is the world's largest FinFET chip ever built.
  • CoWoS with HBM2 for big data workloads -- the Pascal architecture unifies processor and data into a single package to deliver unprecedented compute efficiency. An innovative approach to memory design, Chip on Wafer on Substrate (CoWoS) with HBM2, provides a 3x boost in memory bandwidth performance, or 720GB/sec, compared to the Maxwell architecture.
  • New AI algorithms for peak performance -- new half-precision instructions deliver more than 21 teraflops of peak performance for deep learning.

At its GPU Technology conference in San Jose, Nvidia also unveiled its DGX-1 Deep Learning supercomputer. It is a turnkey system that integrates eight Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, delivering the equivalent throughput of 250 x86 servers.

"Artificial intelligence is the most far-reaching technological advancement in our lifetime," said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and co-founder of NVIDIA. "It changes every industry, every company, everything. It will open up markets to benefit everyone. Data scientists and AI researchers today spend far too much time on home-brewed high performance computing solutions. The DGX-1 is easy to deploy and was created for one purpose: to unlock the powers of superhuman capabilities and apply them to problems that were once unsolvable."

"NVIDIA GPU is accelerating progress in AI. As neural nets become larger and larger, we not only need faster GPUs with larger and faster memory, but also much faster GPU-to-GPU communication, as well as hardware that can take advantage of reduced-precision arithmetic. This is precisely what Pascal delivers," said Yann LeCun, director of AI Research at Facebook.

http://nvidianews.nvidia.com

Ericsson to Acquire NodePrime for Hyperscale Data Center Automation

Ericsson agreed to acquire NodePrime, a start-up offering a hyperscale data center management platform. The company is based in San Francisco.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

NodePrime's mission is to enable companies to centrally view, diagnose and control their IT infrastructure in minutes using tools similar to those used by Google and Facebook. The idea is to fix the current siloed approach to machine data collection and automation, by allowing systems administrators to rapidly reduce the amount of time spent provisioning and managing the lifecycle of data centers. It provides a full stack of data, tools and APIs across disparate platform and hardware vendors.

NodePrime is integrated into the Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000. The software enables discovery, analysis and automated configuration of existing and new datacenter hardware platforms. This allows datacenters to become hyperscale and adopt distributed infrastructure.

Ericsson said that by acquiring Nodeprime's competence, it will reduce sourcing risk and secure control of roadmap direction and acceleration.

James Malachowski, co-founder and CEO of NodePrime said: "Our vision from the start was to transform the infrastructure into a single entity where it's entirely possible to grasp the management of hyperscale data center infrastructure through the collection of trillions of associated metrics inside one view.

Anders Lindblad, Vice President, Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP said: "We at Ericsson continue to accelerate the creation of the software defined datacenter market, to benefit our customers. NodePrime has unique talent and was a clear choice to bring inside Ericsson. We believe in innovation coming from the Silicon Valley area and will continue to increase our presence and distribution of such innovation"

In October 2015, NodePrime announced $7 million in seed funding. Investors included Menlo Ventures, NEA, Formation 8, Ericsson, Initialized Capital, Crosslink Capital and TEEC Angel Fund. NodePrime said SAP, Ericsson and GoDaddy were already using its platform.

http://www.nodeprime.com/
http://www.ericsson.com

ZTE Appoints Chairman and CEO, Shakes Up Board

Mr. Zhao Xianming was elected as the Chairman of ZTE and Mr. Zhang Jianheng and Mr. Luan Jubao were elected as the Vice Chairmen. The company also announced the appointment of Mr. Zhu Wuxiang, Mr. Luan Jubao, Mr. Shi Lirong, Mr. Wang Yawen, Mr. Richard Xike Zhang, Mr. Lü Hongbing and Mr. Bingsheng Teng as members of the Board's Nomination Committee.

Mr. Zhao Xianming was also appointed the President of ZTE. Mr. Wei Zaisheng, Mr. Fan Qingfeng, Mr. Zeng Xuezhong Mr. Xu Huijun, Mr. Pang Shengqing, Mr. Zhang Zhenhui and Mr. Chen Jianzhou were appointed Executive Vice Presidents of the company. Mr. Wei Zaisheng was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Ms. Cao Wei was appointed Secretary to the Board of Directors.

http://www.zte.com.cn/

Dell Expands Hyper-Converged Appliances with VCE VxRail

Dell expanded its portfolio of hyper-converged infrastructure products, combining storage, compute and networking functions into a single solution or appliance, typically for virtualized environments. New additions include VCE VxRail appliances and VxRack systems, Dell XC Series hyper-converged appliances, and VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes based on Dell PowerEdge servers.

"Dell’s hyper-converged infrastructure approach is consistent with our overall philosophy, which focuses on enabling customer outcomes versus pushing a one-size-fits-all agenda," said Marius Haas, chief commercial officer and president, Enterprise Solutions, Dell.

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/press-releases/2016-04-05-dell-delivers-industrys-broadest-hci-portfolio

Palo Alto Networks Adds Cloud Security Features

The latest version of Palo Alto Networks' PAN-OS adds important breach prevention capabilities of the platform and addresses the security needs of businesses working with cloud-based environments and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.

Specifically, PAN-OS 7.1, extends the breach prevention capabilities of the security platform to all major clouds and provides visibility, control, and threat prevention designed to protect customer data regardless of where it resides. Additionally, among the new features are certificate and two-factor authentication advancements that help protect user credentials or neutralize them if they are stolen.
Some key features:
  • Secure Any Cloud – By adding Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V support for the Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and by enhancing VM-Series auto-scaling support in AWS, organizations can achieve a scalable security architecture that enables consistent prevention measures to be deployed from the network, to the public and private cloud, and to the remote user. 
  • Embrace SaaS – With the release of PAN-OS 7.1 and the newest update to Aperture, Palo Alto Networks adds to its extensive SaaS application capabilities to safely enable Office 365 deployments. 
  • Accelerate Preventative Action With Threat Intelligence – With new capabilities supported in the WildFire threat prevention and AutoFocus threat intelligence services, and PAN-OS, organizations can discover zero-day malware targeting the Mac OS X platform and prevent attacks with the global WildFire feed, now published every five minutes. PAN-OS 7.1 now fully supports Mac OS X signatures and the ability to send Mac OS X files to the cloud. AutoFocus now can add context to every attack and make threat intelligence actionable across the organization.
  • Prevent Breaches With Secure User Credentials – By streamlining the user experience associated with two-factor authentication in GlobalProtect mobile security, organizations can neutralize stolen user credentials. Additionally, enhancements to WildFire and PAN-DB help prevent identity theft from happening in the first place by stopping known and unknown attacks and preventing phishing attempts.

NEC Begins Work on South Atlantic Cable System

NEC is beginning construction of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), the first subsea fiber optic cable system ever to connect Africa and South America in the southern hemisphere.

SACS will span 6,200 km across the South Atlantic, connecting Luanda, Angola and Fortaleza, Brazil. From Fortaleza, SACS can be connected to another cable system which stretches to Miami Florida. The system will have an initial design capacity of 40 Tpbs (100Gbps x 100 wavelengths x 4 fiber pairs). It will also employ an SDN control plane. Commissioning is expected in the middle of 2018.

SACS is expected to cost $160 million and will be partially co-funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) with the support of Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) through the Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola (BDA).

"Our main objective is to improve the quality of communications between Africa and the Americas, creating a totally new route in the south hemisphere, providing term and peak capacity product offerings and support for the region's expanding data requirements of today and for tomorrow," says Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables. "SACS will be constructed using state-of-the-art technology, with 100G-coherent design for low latency, reliable delivery for even the most demanding bandwidth needs and direct data centre to data centre connectivity across the Atlantic."

http://www.angolacables.co.ao
http://www.nec.co.jp

Intel Reorganizes its Reporting Structure

Beginning with its upcoming quarterly financial statement, Intel will report its results in the following operating segments:

  • Client Computing Group (CCG)
  • Data Center Group (DCG) - includes platforms designed for enterprise, cloud, communications infrastructure, and technical computing segments.
  • Internet of Things Group (IOTG)
  • Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG)
  • Intel Security Group (ISecG)
  • Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) - (the newly acquired Altera)
  • All other
  • New Technology Group (NTG)

http://www.intel.com

Monday, April 4, 2016

Ethernet Alliance's 2016 Ethernet Roadmap


Scott Kipp, President of the Ethernet Alliance, gives an overview of the 2016 Ethernet Roadmap, including a look at new speeds under development, the different types of copper and optical modules, and the new Flex Ethernet.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/jyXnbQbuPXA



Mellanox Introduces InfiniBand Router

Mellanox Technologies introduced a new line of InfiniBand router systems based on its Switch-IB switch ASIC and aimed at next generation mega data centers.

The new EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Routers offers 36 EDR 100Gb/s ports, which can be split among six different subnets.

Mellanox said its new InfiniBand Router brings increases resiliency by segregating the data center’s network into several subnets; with each subnet running its own subnet-manager (SM) thereby effectively isolating each subnet, and thus providing better availability and stability. For example, the storage subnets may use a Fat-Tree topology while the compute subnets may use 3D-torus, DragonFly+, Fat-Tree or other topologies that best fit the local application. The SB7780 can also help split the cluster in order to segregate between applications that run best on localized resources and between applications that require a full fabric. The design also enables scaling the fabric up to a virtually unlimited number of nodes.

"The SB7780 InfiniBand Router adds another layer to Mellanox's solutions that pave the road to Exascale solutions," said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox. "This new InfiniBand Router gives us the ability to scale up to a virtually unlimited number of nodes and yet sustain the data processing demands of machine learning, IoT, HPC and cloud applications. Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions, together with the SB7780 router, represent the only scalable solution currently available on the market that support these needs."

http://www.mellanox.com/

Mellanox Intros 100Gbps InfiniBand Switch

Mellanox Technologies introduced its next generation InfiniBand switch for High-Performance Computing, Web 2.0, database and cloud data centers.

The Mellanox Switch-IB 2 is capable of 100 Gbps per port speeds and is the world's first smart network switch that offloads MPI operations from the CPU to the network to deliver 10X performance improvements. It integrates 144 SerDes which can operate at 1Gbps to 25Gbps speeds per lane and delivers 7.02 billion messages-per-second, 90ns switch latency and low power consumption, making Switch-IB 2 the best solution for high-performance computing, cloud, Web 2.0, database and storage centers.

Mellanox said a major innovation is that the switch can manage collective communications (MPI and SHMEM) using embedded hardware, decreading the amount of data traversing the network, reducing application latency with additional benefit of freeing up CPU resources for computation rather than using them to process communication.

GigOptix Acquires Magnum Semi - Changes Name to GigPeak

GigOptix agreed to acquire Magnum Semiconductor for approximately $55 million.

Magnum, which is based in Milpitas, California, aupplies ICs, SoCs, software, and IP for the professional video broadcast and IoT camera markets. The privately-held company claims approximately $19 million in revenue in FY 2015.

GigOptix also announced that it is changing its name to GigPeak, Inc., and that it will continue to trade on the NYSE MKT exchange under the symbol “GIG.”

The company said its corporate rebranding reflects its broadening scope, uniting GigOptix’s high-speed enterprise networking connectivity portfolio with Magnum’s expertise in video broadcasting, compression, and analytics.

“We have a long and proven track record of acquiring and integrating cutting edge technology companies in the most financially prudent manner. The acquisition of Magnum Semiconductor, our eighth acquisition since inception, is another important step in realizing our initial 2007 roadmap vision and strategic plan to expand GigOptix through inorganic and organic growth. With the addition of Magnum Semiconductor, we have taken a meaningful step in expanding our product portfolio to further enhance our mission of enabling high-speed and high-quality information streaming end-to-end over the network, from the core to the consumer,” said Dr. Avi Katz, GigOptix’s Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.

http://www.gigoptix.com/

Brocade to Acquire Ruckus Wireless for $1.5 Billion

Brocade agreed to acquire Ruckus Wireless in a deal valued at approximately $1.5 billion, consisting of $6.45 in cash and 0.75 shares of Brocade common stock for each share of Ruckus common stock.

Ruckus' wireless products add to Brocade's enterprise portfolio and will also significantly strengthen Brocade's strategic presence in the broader service provider space. Ruckus has over $370 million in annual revenue and over 1,000 employees worldwide. Ruckus Wireless' current CEO, Selina Lo, will continue to lead this division, reporting to Brocade CEO, Lloyd Carney.  Ruckus is based in Sunnyvale, California, not far from the Brocade headquarters.

"This strategic combination will position us to expand our addressable market and technology leadership with Ruckus' fast-growing wireless LAN products, and supports our vision to deliver market-leading New IP solutions that enable the network to become a platform for innovation," said Lloyd Carney.

"The combination of our two companies will create an exciting new thought leader in networking and significant opportunities for our stakeholders to participate in the combined company's future growth potential," said Selina Lo. "We operate in adjacent segments of the larger networking market with a number of common customers for our complementary products, and have a successful track record of working together."

An investor presentation is on the Brocade website.

http://newsroom.brocade.com/

Samsung: First 10-Nanometer Class DRAM Enters Production

Samsung Electronics announced the start of mass production of the industry’s first 10-nanometer (nm) class, 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 (double-data-rate-4) DRAM chips and the modules derived from them. The milestone is expected to accelerate the industry-wide shift to advanced DDR4 products.

The production of Samsung's 10nm-class DRAM uses ArF (argon fluoride) immersion lithography, free from the use of EUV (extreme ultra violet) equipment.

“Samsung’s 10nm-class DRAM will enable the highest level of investment efficiency in IT systems, thereby becoming a new growth engine for the global memory industry,” said Young-Hyun Jun, President of Memory Business, Samsung Electronics. “In the near future, we will also launch next-generation, 10nm-class mobile DRAM products with high densities to help mobile manufacturers develop even more innovative products that add to the convenience of mobile device users.”

The new DRAM supports a data transfer rate of 3,200 Mbps, which is more than 30 percent faster than the 2,400Mbps rate of 20nm DDR4 DRAM. Also, new modules produced from the 10nm-class DRAM chips consume 10 to 20 percent less power, compared to their 20nm-process-based equivalents, which will improve the design efficiency of next-generation, high-performance computing (HPC) systems and other large enterprise networks, as well as being used for the PC and mainstream server markets.

http://www.samsung.com

HPE Sells its Stake in Mphasis - IT Services Arm in Bangalore

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will sell its equity stake in Mphasis Limited, an IT services provider in Bangalore, to private equity funds managed by The Blackstone Group, for US$825 million.  Specifically, Blackstone will purchase at least 84% of HPE's stake in Mphasis for INR 430 per share. Blackstone will purchase the maximum amount of the remaining 16% stake that is permitted by Indian securities laws and subject to the outcome of a mandatory tender offer between signing and closing.

"While our financial relationship is changing, the business and commercial relationship with Mphasis remains an important part of our service delivery strategy," said Mike Nefkens, EVP and GM of HPE Enterprise Services. "We remain committed to our strategic partnership with Mphasis and to providing our customers with the high level of service and support they expect from HPE."

In fiscal year 2015, HPE recognized approximately $650 million of revenue and $110 million of operating profit from Mphasis.

http://www8.hp.com/

Malaysia's PCS Deploys Infinera Mobile Fronthaul

Kaula Lumpur-based Platinum Core Solutions (PCS) has deployed the Infinera Mobile Fronthaul Solution to provide a mobile wholesale service from the central office all the way to a shared cell tower in Malaysia.

Specifically, PCS deployed Infinera’s Mobile Fronthaul Solution in its network to support mobile operator customers as they migrate to the C-RAN architecture. The mobile fronthaul network is part of a wider wholesale offering that spans from the central office locations of PCS’ customers to a new shared tower facility.

Infinera said its Mobile Fronthaul Solution enables PCS to deliver an economically advantageous mobile network that supports multiple mobile operators using the same infrastructure. The Infinera Mobile Fronthaul Solution is designed to support all Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) rates, ranging from 614 megabits per second to 12 gigabits per second. By deploying the passive option of the Infinera Mobile Fronthaul Solution, PCS benefits from a highly flexible infrastructure across its network that is capable of supporting the company’s mobile operator customers as their capacity demands grow.

“PCS’ deployment of the Infinera Mobile Fronthaul Solution is the first in Malaysia, leading what we expect to be global adoption of this commercially deployable fiber-deep WDM technology,” said Andrew Bond-Webster, vice president of APAC Sales at Infinera. “With this deployment, PCS enables mobile operators to roll out advanced C-RAN architectures to support the massive growth of mobile data that is expected to continue for the next several years.”

http://www.infinera.com



Affirmed Releases Service Automation Platform

Affirmed Networks introduced its Affirmed Service Automation Platform (ASAP) for legacy and virtualized networks of mobile operators.

Affirmed Networks said its solution provides broad service automation across a wide range of standard network element interfaces, enabling non-programmers to quickly create service templates or recipes from existing methods of procedure (MOPs) and execute those recipes across the entire network.

"Today, NFV is being deployed globally as a result of the transformational benefits it can provide in terms of both cost savings and revenue-creation," said Angela Whiteford, Affirmed Networks' Vice President, Product Management and Marketing.  "Automation is the missing link that enables rapid service creation in legacy and virtualized environments and allows operators to create new services that were not possible before in their current environment."

http://www.affirmednetworks.com/

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/