Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Threat Stack Secures $15.3 Million for Cloud Security

Threat Stack, a start-up based in Boston, announced $15.3 million in Series B funding for its cloud security and compliance management solutions.

Threat Stack recently launched its Cloud Security Platform (CSP) in early 2016. The cloud-native platform supports security insight across all environments, cloud security providers and containers.

The funding round was led by Scale Venture Partners (Scale), with participation from all existing investors, including Accomplice and .406 Ventures. This brings total investment in Threat Stack to more than $26 million.

“Since I joined Threat Stack a year ago, we’ve experienced incredible business momentum. Our growth is not only across our customer base but also as a team working passionately to build a security and compliance solution that meets the growing needs of modern cloud infrastructure,” said Brian M. Ahern, chairman and CEO, Threat Stack. “This latest round of funding validates our approach to the market, and will fuel further enhancement of Threat Stack’s Cloud Security Platform to improve operational efficiency, while resolving security and compliance challenges for customers across all industries.”

https://threatstack.com

Delphix Names Chris Cook as CEO

Delphix, a start-up offering a data virtualization software engine that installs as a virtual machine on any supported hypervisor , appointed Chris Cook as president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors. Founding CEO Jedidiah Yueh will transition to executive chairman and focus on continued innovation in the Delphix platform, strategy, vision, and key customer and partner relationships.

Most recently, Cook served as president and chief operating officer of New Relic, a software analytics leader, where he spent over four years scaling the company's operations, leading to a successful IPO in 2014. Prior to New Relic, Cook spent four years as corporate senior vice president and general manager of CA Technologies' application performance management division and held sales leadership positions at Quest Software and BMC Software.

Delphix recently released 5.0, the next major evolution of its flagship product, enabling customers to easily secure and mask sensitive data before migration to the cloud, and extending the platform to IBM DB2 databases and multi-node Oracle EBS deployments.
"Although we've grown quickly over the last seven years, we've only scratched the surface of the opportunity. Continuing to scale at this level really becomes a matter of talent," said Yueh.

http://www.delphix.com

Huawei Marine Carries Unrepeatered 100G for 627km

Huawei Marine has demonstrated a 100G ultra-long unrepeatered system achieving a record transmission distance of up to 627km in a laboratory test in Beijing. The system makes use of Huawei’s advanced 100G technology, Enhanced Raman Amplifier and ROPA (remote optical pump amplifier) technology. Huawei’s 100G transmission combines Combining PDM BPSK modulation, ODSP and third-generation soft decision technology.

Ultra-long unrepeatered systems promise easier installation, lower maintenance or overall lower cost.

“Huawei Marine is committed to investing in the development of high-performance technology,” said Zhang Shigui, Vice President of Technology, Huawei Marine. “This breakthrough in unrepeatered system marks another milestone for Huawei Marine and further demonstrates our technical expertise and ability to deliver innovative solutions to address our customer needs”

http://www.huaweimarine.com/

Monday, April 18, 2016

Telstra Launches Cloud Gateway, Global Digital Media Services

Telstra introduced its new Cloud Gateway service – a solution for businesses to securely connect to multiple cloud environments. Telstra is also extending its Cloud Services range with the addition of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The company said its one-to-many “gateway” model connects an IP network service to the cloud with data carriage, cross connect in the hosting data centre, configuration and support. Initially, Cloud Gateway will offer customers around the world connectivity to AWS and IBM SoftLayer, while Australian customers can also connect to Microsoft Azure, Office365 and VMware vCloud Air – with more infrastructure and SaaS platforms to join over time.

“Most organisations don’t realise the full value of cloud out of a single service. Instead, our customers are investing in sophisticated hybrid cloud environments, which come with their own range of fragmented networking challenges. These include managing multiple vendors, portals and contracts, while trying to maintain a high level of security, performance and operational efficiency. We believe that just because these solutions are sophisticated, doesn’t mean that they should also be complex. Cloud Gateway is Telstra’s simple way to connect multiple clouds, and create hybrid environments. Telstra is very well positioned to help customers with hybrid and multi-cloud strategies, as we bring the cloud and the network together,” said Philip Jones, Executive Director, Global Products and Solutions at Telstra.

Telstra also announced the addition of two cloud-based online video platforms to its global media portfolio - the Video Monetization Solution (VMS) and Online Video Solution (OVS).

  • VMS is specifically designed for broadcasters, content owners and pay-TV operators, enabling them to deliver high quality video content with studio-grade protection, rights-management and flexible monetization models.
  • OVS - which was launched in Australia in 2015 and is now available to Telstra's customers globally - is a high quality end to end video publishing solution suitable for enterprises and consumer brands looking to deliver tailored video content to capture larger audiences, increase viewer engagement and drive better revenue results.

"As the world's thirst for online video content continues to grow exponentially, so too does the desire for a more personalized and higher quality viewing experience. However for many media customers - from large-scale broadcasters to smaller publishers - the complexity of delivering an on-demand service from scratch can seem daunting, due to the associated technical challenges and costs. This means an increasing number of media customers are looking to new platforms which incorporate data analytics services to deliver enhanced and more targeted video content to audiences across multiple devices, such as smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles," stated Trevor Boal, Head of Telstra Broadcast Services.

http://www.telstra.com.au

Ericsson Expands its Unified Delivery Network Ecosystem

Ericsson announced a number of high profile additions to its new Unified Delivery Network Ecosystem including China Telecom, Chunghwa Telecom, Dolby Laboratories, Far EasTone Telecommunications, Globe Telecom, Mavshack, Paramount Pictures, Singtel, SK Broadband, XL Axiata, Vubiquity and Twentieth Century Fox.

Previously announced partners include Hutchison Global Communications, Telstra, AIS, Vodafone, Brightcove, DailyMotion, EchoStar, Deluxe, LeTV and QuickPlay. Ericsson will be working with all these partners, as well as Ericsson's own platforms - Ericsson Managed Player and MediaFirst.

The aim of the ecosystem, which was launched at Mobile World Congress in February, is to advance the traditional content delivery network model.

Unified Delivery Network is a global content distribution network (G-CDN) ecosystem that enables and aggregates network capabilities into the public domain, allowing services to be optimized and scaling the delivery of over-the-top (OTT) services and high quality video content. Ericsson and its global service provider partners will work collaboratively to deliver enhanced business and customer values by harnessing the following agile services and capabilities enabled by UDN, including:

  • Last mile: With the last mile edge delivery, content providers are equipped to optimize services and scale the delivery of high quality content and advanced services including 4K, Ultra High Definition, gaming and virtual reality.
  • Global reach: With a content peering partnership, the collective members of the Unified Delivery Network have a full global reach for content delivery and value-add services to keep pace with the number of growing viewers, gamers and data surge with the rise of broadband connectivity and mobility.
  • Rich data analytics: Insights into drivers of revenue such as campaign performance and user engagement from operators enable Ericsson Unified Delivery Network to offer hyper-targeted content offerings and advertising, leading to highly personalized viewing experiences and greater business opportunities.
  • Service enablement: Content providers can add services through the service provider's networks at any given time, enabling rapid innovation, cost savings, and faster time to market for new services.


http://www.ericsson.com


Akamai Opens OTT Broadcast Operations Control Center

 Further addressing the consumer demand and business requirements for over-the-top (OTT) video quality and experiences that exceed those of traditional broadcast and cable television,

Akamai inaugurated its Broadcast Operations Control Center (BOCC), a state-of-the-art facility located at the company's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass..

The BOCC facility is designed to help ensure the reliability of OTT services through a combination of highly trained technical staff and a host of monitoring, analytics, reporting, quality and availability measurement tools that provide real-time support and operational insight for customers delivering critical live, linear and on-demand video content.

It is staffed 24x7 by a team of specialized broadcast issue resolution experts possessing hybrid skills across media and networking to address the unique needs of Akamai OTT customers. The

The BOCC was designed and is managed by Akamai Director of Media Operations Matt Azzarto, a veteran broadcast systems engineer tasked with bringing together best practices from online video streaming, network operations and television broadcasting into a central hub to monitor and support business-critical OTT video services.

"With the new BOCC, Akamai is helping to address consumer quality-of-experience expectations for OTT by raising our customer service, support and component-level access into the CDN. We're replacing help tickets and hold time with real-time communication and deep, proactive monitoring designed to alert customers to potential issues before they actually arise," explained Azzarto. "We're taking the ubiquity of Akamai's pervasive network and our Media Delivery Solutions, and empowering a specialized staff who have 'eyes-on-glass' 24x7 to support our customers with a unique set of tools that we believe deliver unprecedented visibility into hundreds of live video streams and linear channels at any given time."

http://www.akamai.com

NYU Hosts Brooklyn 5G Summit: Livestream Link

New York University's Tandon School of Engineering is hosting the third annual Brooklyn 5G Summit thi this week.  The invitation-only event, which is jointly organized by NYU WIRELESS and Nokia, brings together executives from Nokia, Verizon, DoCoMo, Intel, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, and Vodafone, as well as the Federal Communications Commission and the Scripps Clinic and Research Institute.

"The 5G era architecture will be the fabric that opens up a whole new set of human possibilities. Technology innovations have made it possible to do 5G earlier than most thought, with operators moving to pre-standard implementation to start developing and trialing 5G business models before the commercial availability of the full 5G standard," said Volker Ziegler, head of 5G leadership and chief architect for Nokia. "Early 5G services will be rolled out in 2017, with full 5G commercial services coming in 2020 that will transform and automate how we live in the digital world."

Some highlights from the organizers:

  • Technical challenges to creating efficient 5G networks and innovations in cell networks and mmWave technology will be key topics at the Brooklyn 5G Summit. 
  • For the first time, the summit includes an automotive focus featuring a keynote and panel participation by researchers at Toyota's InfoTechnology Center.
  • NYU WIRELESS will demonstrate its channel sounding system and measurements for indoor and outdoor environments that dispelled the myth that human bodies would block mmWaves; this demonstration will cover the 73 gigahertz spectrum.
  • NYU WIRELESS will demonstrate the mmWave channel simulator software that NYU WIRELESS is making open-source in order to speed 5G development.
  • NYU WIRELESS will demonstrate a biosensor system for neuroscience applications that takes precise measurements of electrochemical signals. 

To watch the live stream on April 21 and 22, register at https://register.comsoc.org/bklyn5g
http://engineering.nyu.edu

Start-up Aims for AI-based Real-time Video Identification

Valossa, a start-up based in Oulu, Finland, is working with Orange Silicon Valley and EchoStreams to demonstrate its AI-based real-time video identification technology.

Valossa’s Val.ai is based on years of research at the world-renowned computer vision and AI labs of the University of Oulu. The company says its technology analyzes streaming videos in real-time to identify thousands of concepts (e.g., places, objects and unique topics).

A system powered by EchoStreams FlacheSAN1N NVMe storage technology and GS420ND4 Exascale platform runs Valossa's software for identifying objects and people in real-time across more than 25 simultaneous HD video streams. The optimized-for-video supercomputer uses 16 state-of-the-art NVIDIA GPUs, exceeding 48,000 CUDA cores in a single 4U server.

“We are excited to collaborate with Valossa and OSV to bring High Performance Server and Storage platforms, which normally are only available in Supercomputing Data Centers, to the Media and Entertainment industry,” said Andy Lee, EchoStreams Director of Product Marketing. “By harnessing HPC computing power and Valossa AI, this demonstration is truly a breakthrough implementation of the Artificial Intelligence concept in real-world applications such as the Media and Broadcasting industry.”

http://www.valossa.com

IBM Collects $10.8 Billion in Cloud Revenue over Last 12 Months

In its newly released financial report, IBM reported that total cloud revenues (public, private and hybrid) for the quarter increased 34 percent (up 36 percent adjusting for currency).  Cloud revenue over the trailing 12 months was $10.8 billion.  The annual exit run rate for cloud delivered as a service -- a subset of the total cloud revenue -- increased to $5.4 billion from $3.8 billion in the first quarter of 2015.

"We are pleased with the progress we have made helping our clients apply new cognitive solutions and hybrid cloud platforms," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.  "IBM has established itself as the industry leader in total cloud, analytics and cognitive, all of which helped drive our strategic imperatives revenue growth at a strong double-digit rate, substantially faster than the market."

IBM announced that Comic-Con HQ, Canadian Broadcasting Corp, AOL and Broadway Video are tapping its new Cloud Video unit.

IBM also release details on its new FASPstream open video transport software, which the company says is capable of high-quality, live streaming over commodity Internet WANs. The software utilizes the FASP bulk data protocol to transport live video source and provides timely arrival of the live video independent of the network round-trip delay and packet loss.

http://www.ibm.com

China Mobile Brings On Nokia Flexi Zone + AirScale Wi-Fi

China Mobile deployed Nokia's Mobile Edge Computing an ultra-dense heterogeneous network (HetNet) infrastructure to deliver ultra-low latency mobile video at a major motor race in Shanghai.

Specifically, China Mobile used Nokia’s leading Flexi Zone small cells and cloud-based AirScale Wi-Fi to deliver the speeds and latency required to meet all subscribers’ demands with superior quality at the event. Spectators were able to access a selection of live video feeds on their mobile devices with close to zero latency. This included video feeds from different angles of the race, such as from a driver’s cockpit.

Meng Xin, Deputy GM of Shanghai Mobile’s Optimization Center, said: “As a global innovation leader we always strive to deliver the highest quality services to our customers. We set high expectations with a superb mobile data experience at the event in 2015 and we are pleased to work with Nokia again this year with ultra-high capacity small cells network offering our subscribers a unique real-time video experience.”

Mark Atkinson, head of small cells and Wi-Fi business line at Nokia, said: “Today’s connected consumer expects high-quality mobile data service everywhere, not least in a very densely packed stadium. It is testament to our local services expertise and the strength of Nokia’s leading technology that we could exceed the expectations we set during last year’s event, combining an ultra-dense small cell network with Mobile Edge Computing to transform the digital experience for thousands of spectators.”

http://networks.nokia.com/

Level 3 Gains AWS Advanced Partner Status

Level 3 Communications has been named an Advanced Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) delivering AWS Direct Connect, a network service providing enterprises secure access to the AWS Cloud.

Using AWS Direct Connect, Level 3 customers can access any AWS region through Level 3's high-performance network via the following AWS locations: Ashburn, Dublin, Frankfurt, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Level 3 said it is currently providing cloud connectivity to more than 20 percent of Fortune 50 companies. Last year and in 2014, Level 3 provided dedicated network connectivity to re:Invent, AWS' annual show, supporting live demos, powering AWS developer boot camps and demonstrating Direct Connect tools on-stage directly into the AWS cloud before more than 18,000 attendees.

"We are proud to have achieved this level of partnership with AWS via the APN. Global enterprises rely on Level 3's Cloud Connect service to access AWS for safe, secure and high-performance connectivity to and from the AWS Cloud. By working with Level 3, our customers benefit from the years of experience we've had developing unique networking solutions that make the cloud perform better. Level 3 is excited about our success working with AWS and promoting Direct Connect as a best practice in cloud adoption," stated Brian Hoekelman, VP Business & Cloud Ecosystem Development for Level 3.

http://www.level3.com/

KDDI Picks Ciena for JIH Cable Upgrade

KDDI has selected Ciena for the Japan Information Highway (JIH) submarine cable upgrade project.

Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solutions will be used to provide high-capacity 100G services on KDDI's 3,000km link from Miyazaki-to-Okinawa and Shima-to-Okinawa.

Since 1999 KDDI’s JIH submarine cable has been providing connectivity to the Japanese main islands. The upgrade will add significant capacity on this vital network route.

http://global.kddi.com
http://www.ciena.com

Akitio's Thunder3 PCIe Extenal SSD Transfers at 2.5 GB/s

AKITIO introduced its Thunder3 PCIe external SSD, combining the full PCIe Gen3 x4 bandwidth of Intel's 750 NVMe SSD with Thunderbolt 3's 40Gbps port.

The company claims its external drive delivers performance of 2500MB/s (2.5 Gigabytes per second) with a storage capacity of 1.2TB.

This makes it about 8x faster than USB 3.1 Gen 1. It features two Thunderbolt 3 Ports as well as a DisplayPort video output to connect the latest 4K displays.  The second Thunderbolt 3 port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting USB 3.1 (up to 10Gb/s), DisplayPort monitor or up to 5 daisy chained Thunderbolt 3 devices.  Pricing start at $1,299.

https://www.akitio.com/

Sunday, April 17, 2016

VoLTE-HD Operational in 55 Mobile Networks Worldwide

LTE networks are now widely deployed worldwide with 492 operators now offering commercial service in 162 countries, according to a newly published report from the GSA. LTE-Advanced is currently in commercial operation to some extent with 127 operators and a further 175 are currently testing the technology.

Some highlights from the GSA report:

  • 422 operators deployed LTE using the FDD mode only, 51 operators deployed LTE using the TDD mode only, 21 operators deployed using both LTE FDD and TDD modes
  • 126 operators in 60 countries are investing in VoLTE deployments, studies or trials. 55 operators have commercially launched VoLTE-HD voice service in 34 countries
  • 1800 MHz band 3 spectrum is in commercial service in 104 countries on 226 LTE networks (LTE1800) representing over 45% of all LTE networks globally
  • 5,104 LTE user devices announced by 417 suppliers. This is 2,185 devices more than GSA reported in April 2015, representing 75% Y-o-Y growth. The number of manufacturers grew 40% in the same period
  • 1800 MHz (3GPP Band 3) is the best supported spectrum for LTE deployments, having the largest LTE devices ecosystem (LTE1800). Over 55% of LTE devices can operate in band 3 spectrum


http://www.gsacom.com

Micron Launches NVMe PCIe SSDs for Data Centers

Micron Technology announced a new portfolio of NVMe PCIe solid state drives (SSDs) aimed at scale-out data centers. The idea is to bring nonvolatile memory as close as possible to the processor.

Micron said it sees many customers toward server-based storage instead of SANs of frame-arrays because of the changing computing landscape.  Many hyperscale companies are using server-based storage for consistent, accelerated access to data.

The line-up includes:
  • Micron 9100 NVMe PCIe SSD  -- up to 10x faster compared to a single data center SATA SSD. Offers 3.2TB of storage in both a HHHL & a 2.5" U.2 form factor. The U.2 form factor of Micron's 9100 SSD allows front-bay access to the server, delivering a recognizable form, fit and function.
  • Micron 7100 NVMe PCIe SSD -- brings higher performance and lower TCO. Offers a slim 7mm U.2 (2.5") hot-pluggable form factor. It uses half as many watts as a standard high-performance NVMe drive but provides low latencies unachievable by SATA SSDs. 
  • Micron S600DC SAS SSDs -- greater capacity, better performance and higher endurance at a much more affordable price point compared to 15K HDDs. The S600DC SSD offers 4TB of storage in a 2.5" form factor - more than double the capacity 10K 2.5" HDDs and 4x the capacity of 15K HDDs. 
Micron also announced a set of purpose-built, scale-out accelerated solutions for open source and software-defined data centers. The first suite of Micron Accelerated Solutions are built with key enterprising software and hardware partners including VMware, Supermicro and Nexenta. Some highlights:

  • Micron Accelerated Solution for VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes -- Micron, Supermicro and VMware have partnered to design all-flash Ready Nodes that enable VMware vSphere administrators to future-proof their data center architecture using all-flash, delivering compelling all-flash performance. The companies claim up to 40X IOPs and bandwidth improvement compared to hybrid VMware Virtual SAN implementations that include traditional HDD. The Micron Accelerated Solution for VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes offer deduplication, compression and erasure coding. The VMware Virtual SAN All-Flash Ready Nodes can be purchased for as low as $0.44/GB (effective capacity) which includes the full MSRP of all server hardware, software and three-year support.
  • Micron Accelerated Ceph Storage Solution -- leveraging an open source object storage solution that runs on Linux software that hits 1M IOPS and reaches 140Gbps throughput. The all-flash Ceph storage solution allows customers to stand up a dynamic cloud infrastructure.
  • Micron Accelerated NexentaEdge Solution -- a full featured all-flash block and object storage based on NexentaEdge scale-out Software-Defined Storage. The Micron Accelerated NexentaEdge Solution will provide high performance native block, iSCSI block, Swift and S3 object services to OpenStack, VMware and Container based infrastructure. NexentaEdge provides unlimited instant snapshots and clones, as well as patented cluster-wide inline deduplication and compression.This collaboration is expected to result in a joint reference architecture and purchasable solution from Supermicro in the second half of 2016.

http://www.micron.com


Mitel to Acquire Polycom for Nearly $2 Billion

Mitel agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Polycom common stock in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $1.96 billion, including $3.12 in cash and 1.31 Mitel common shares for each share of Polycom common stock, or $13.68 based on the closing price of a Mitel common share on April 13, 2016 -- a 22% premium to Polycom shareholders based on Mitel's and Polycom's recent share prices.

The deal combines Mitel's leadership in global communications with Polycom's well-known premium brand and portfolio in the conference and video collaboration market. The combined company will be headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and will operate under the Mitel name while maintaining Polycom's strong global brand. Richard McBee, Mitel's Chief Executive Officer will lead the combined organization. Steve Spooner, Mitel's Chief Financial Officer, will also continue in that role. The combined company will have a global workforce of approximately 7,700 employees.

"Mitel has a simple vision - to provide seamless communications and collaboration to customers. To bring that vision to life we are methodically putting the puzzle pieces in place to provide a seamless customer experience across any device and any environment," said Mitel CEO Rich McBee. "Polycom is one of the most respected brands in the world and is synonymous with the high quality and innovative conference and video capabilities that are now the norm of everyday collaboration."

Some key market positions include:

#1 in business cloud communications
#1 in IP/PBX extensions in Europe
#1 in conference phones
#1 in Open SIP sets
#2 in video conferencing
#2 in installed audio
Combined portfolio of more than 2,100 patents and more than 500 patents pending

http://www.mitel.com
http://www.polycom.com

Mitel Acquires Mavenir for $560 million

Mitel agreed to acquire Mavenir Systems (NYSE:MVNR) in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $560 million.

Mitel specializes in enterprise and mobile IP unified communications.  Mavenir prrovides software-based mobile networking solutions, including a portfolio of voice/video, messaging and mobile core products that include IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Session Border Controllers (SBCs). Mavenir was the supplier for the world’s first live network deployments of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and RCS5 with MetroPCS (now T-Mobile); the first mobile network deployment of IMS-based VoWi-Fi (Wi-Fi calling) with T-Mobile US; and the first implementation of Virtualized RCSe with Deutsche Telekom.

ACCO Raises $35 Million for CMOS RF

ACCO Semiconductor, a start-up with offices in Sunnyvale, California and Paris, France, raised $35 million for its CMOS RF solutions.

ACCO has developed and patented RF front-end technology for mobile communications devices (power amplifiers and antenna switches) that uses standard complementary-metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) processing. Its bulk CMOS cellular power amplifier offers highly linear performance yet can operate at high power without breakdown or degradation.

ACCO said it is currently accelerating its business into various brands of LTE smart phones now found in several countries throughout Asia and Europe.

The funding round was led by Bpifrance, through its growth fund Large Venture, with participation from investors in both the US and France including Foundation Capital, Pond Ventures, Partech Ventures, Omnes Capital, Siparex Group and A Plus Finance.

"The commitment from Bpifrance and other participating investors validates the importance of building the RF front-end in bulk CMOS—the process used in nearly the entire electronics industry,” states Greg Caltabiano, ACCO President and CEO. “Not only is this important for smart phones, but also critical to IoT where highly integrated, highly functional, low-cost solutions will
drive success of the entire market.”

http://www.acco-semi.com

Israeli Regulator Blocks Cellcom's Merger with Golan Telecom

The Israeli Antitrust commissioner and the Ministry of Communications are opposing the proposed purchase of Golan Telecom Ltd. by Cellcom Israel.

Cellcom Israel Ltd., established in 1994, is the largest Israeli cellular provider with approximately 2.835 million cellular subscribers (as at December 31, 2015).

http://www.cellcom.co.il

Friday, April 15, 2016

Snowflake Targets Secure Data Warehousing in the Cloud

Snowflake Computing, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, has achieved HIPAA compliance with its cloud data warehousing service. Specifically, Snowflake has received key third-party validations of its service and processes, including a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II report and HIPAA compliance. SOC 2 is an industry standard that validates the security of infrastructures and services for cloud-based service providers.

"With organizations increasingly looking to the cloud, security has become a focal point of today's data storage conversation and concern," said Bob Muglia, CEO of Snowflake Computing. "To date, database offerings have put the burden of security on the customer, leaving them to configure, manage, and monitor infrastructure, data, and application security. Snowflake has brought world-class security expertise to designing security into our service from the start, going above and beyond other offerings to relieve users of this burden so that they can focus on solving business problems rather than suffer the headaches of security management."

Snowflake's key feature set:

  • Always-on Enterprise grade encryption. Snowflake automatically encrypts all customer data by default, in transit and at rest, using the latest security standards and best practices at no additional cost.
  • Multi-factor authentication. Snowflake offers integrated multi-factor authentication, to further control access to the Snowflake service, and to reduce the threat of brute force attacks.
  • Federated Services. Snowflake offers federated services for organizations that want to leverage their existing SAML 2.0 investments. 
  • Automatic key management. Snowflake rotates account and table keys on a regular basis, entirely transparent to the customer and requiring no configuration or management.
  • Intrusion Detection. Integrated SIEM services for monitoring and notifying customers of potential suspicious activities to help them thwart attacks.
  • Role based access. Snowflake allows role based access and control for both data access and operation.
  • Dedicated Instances. For customers with sensitive data who need added security including compliance requirements in a virtualized environment, Snowflake offers the option of dedicated compute resources.


http://www.snowflake.net

Supermicro Sees Revenue at Low End of Range

Super Micro Computer said it now anticipates that it will report revenue for its third quarter of fiscal 2016 (ended 31-Mar-2016) in the range of $530 million to $533 million -- at the low end of the company's previous guidance range of $530 million to $580 million.

Non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be approximately 14.8% to 14.9% primarily due to lower demand with some large customers and the channel which led to lower cost absorption based on lower utilization as well as product mix.

“While we saw the market slow down a little in the March quarter, Supermicro revenue continued to grow at an industry leading pace by growing 12% to 13% year over year. However, results for this quarter were weaker than forecasted due to weaker demand with some large customers and the channel than we anticipated. January and February were particularly soft while March showed improved momentum. Storage and datacenter continued to grow,” said Charles Liang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that Supermicro will continue to gain market share consistently and grow multiple times the industry growth rate in the upcoming quarter and year. We will provide more details on the third quarter financial performance at the time of our earnings call later this month.”

http://www.Supermicro.com