Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Zayo Cites Big Win with Cloud Storage Provide for Wavelength Services

Zayo announced its selection by a leading cloud storage provider to provide metro dark fiber and wavelengths services. The solution will leverage existing network from prior success-based capital projects, including new segments with committed tenants, which are currently under construction. The customer name was not disclosed, nor were financial terms.

Zayo said it is providing this cloud service provider with a three node ring in the Dallas metro area to connect its data centers. The wavelengths solution will provide eight 100G routes, creating a ring between the Bay Area, Seattle, Chicago and Dallas. The solution will provide a diverse ring in the western U.S. and double the customer’s network capacity.

“Zayo is ideally positioned to meet to the infrastructure needs of web-scale companies,” said Max Clauson, executive vice president of Network Connectivity Services at Zayo. “By leveraging our fiber networks in multiple cities and fiber routes between cities, and by incorporating our product portfolio of dark fiber solutions and lit services, we were able to provide a streamlined, efficient solution for the customer.”


Sprint: 2.5 GHz Footprint Now Covers 70% of LTE POPs

Sprint said its 2.5 GHz footprint has grown over the last two years and now covers approximately 70% of its LTE POPs. The company said carrier aggregation is enabling its network to outperform its competitors in major U.S. cities. Sprint believes its 2.5 GHz spectrum will be the low band spectrum of 5G. With more than 160 MHz of 2.5 spectrum on average across the top 100 U.S. markets, the company conteds that it will have more high band capacity for 5G than any other carrier in the United States.

Sprint is planning a 5G demo using millimetric band radius technology at the upcoming Copa America soccer tournament next month. The company is working with both Nokia and Ericsson to showcase 5G delivering 4K streaming content.

In its quarter and fiscal year-end financial report, Sprint posted net operating revenue of $8.1 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter, operating income of $8 million, and Adjusted EBITDA of $2.2 billion, which grew 24 percent year-over-year. The company also reported fiscal year 2015 net operating revenue of $32.2 billion, operating income of $310 million, and Adjusted EBITDA* of $8.1 billion, which grew 36 percent year-over-year.

“Fiscal 2015 was a transformational year in the turnaround of Sprint. We significantly reduced our operating expenses and stabilized operating revenues, leading to positive operating income for the first time in nine years. At the same time, we generated positive postpaid phone net additions for the first time in three years, capped off by surpassing both Verizon and AT&T for the first time on record this quarter,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure.

Some highlights:

  • Total LTE coverage now reaches nearly 300 million people, including approximately 70 percent being covered by the 2.5 GHz spectrum deployment.
  • Total net additions were 447,000 in the fiscal fourth quarter, including postpaid net additions of 56,000, prepaid net losses of 264,000, and wholesale and affiliate net additions of 655,000.
  • For the full year, total net additions were nearly 2.7 million, including postpaid net additions of more than 1.2 million, prepaid net losses of 1.3 million, and wholesale and affiliate net additions of over 2.7 million.
  • Postpaid churn of 1.72 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter improved by 12 basis points year-over-year and was the lowest ever for a fiscal fourth quarter.
  • For the full year, postpaid churn of 1.61 percent was also the best in company history and improved by approximately 50 basis points year-over-year.
  • Sprint currently has $11 billion of committed liquidity, up from $6 billion at the end of the fiscal third quarter. The company also has an additional $1.2 billion of availability under vendor financing agreements that can be used toward the purchase of 2.5 GHz network equipment.


Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Joins Google's Self-Driving Car Test Fleet

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will integrate Google's self-driving technology into all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to expand Google's existing self-driving test program.

This is the first time that Google has worked directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle.

By later this year, around 100 Pacifica minivans will be built for Google's self-driving technology. Google will integrate the suite of sensors and computers that the vehicles will rely on to navigate roads autonomously.

Google, which is testing its self-driving cars in four U.S. cities, said the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans will be tested on its private test track in California prior to operating on public roads.


TE Subcom Brings 100G Upgrade to Caucasus Cable System

Georgian telecommunications provider Caucasus Online has selected TE Subcom to perform a network upgrade to the Caucasus undersea cable system. The 100G coherent upgrade to the 1,200 km regional system, which will be completed by this month, enables the system to support over 9 Tbps, more than seven times (7x) the initial design capacity. This latest upgrade will increase lit capacity to 780 Gbps.

“As the project supplier for both the full system construction and previous upgrades, we greatly value Caucasus Online’s confidence in TE SubCom,” said Aaron Stucki, president, TE SubCom. “We look forward to continuing our support of this essential cable route by providing state-of-the-art technology that enables Caucasus Online to bring high-volume capacity to its customers.”


Coriant Debuts Compact Packet Transport Box

Coriant introduced its ultra-compact, 7090-2 CEM Packet Transport Platform designed for provisioning of diverse packet services, including Carrier Ethernet, closer to the customer premises.

The 7090-2 CEM is an MEF CE 2.0-certified MPLS-TP packet solution designed for cost-optimized deployment at the network edge. The environmentally-hardened unit supports 16 Gbps of switching capacity in a compact, power-efficient 1RU chassis. It support a flexible mix of end-user connectivity options, including Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet (GigE), and circuit-emulated TDM services such as E1/T1, DS-3, STM-1/OC-3, and STM-4/OC-12. It also supports traffic management, Quality of Service (QoS), OAM, and protection features for both MPLS-TP and Carrier Ethernet environments.

“Next generation transport networks require an ever-increasing degree of packet-based flexibility at the edge of the network as the data connectivity needs of end-users continue to grow,” said Mikko Hannula, Director of Product Management, Coriant. “The 7090-2 CEM is ideal for easing customer migration from TDM to packet-based services while extending the reach and value of our end-to-end 7090 solutions portfolio.”


Radisys Posts Q1 Revenue of $55.1 Million, Exceeding Guidance

Radisys reported Q1 revenue of $55.1 million, up 13% year-on-year. GAAP loss per share was $0.08, an improvement of $0.11 year-on-year. Non-GAAP earnings were $0.05 per diluted share, an increase of $0.02 per share year-on-year and at the high-end of the company’s guidance range.

The company posted Software-Systems revenue of $14.1 million, representing 45% year-on-year growth, with gross margin of 62.5%.  Embedded Products revenue was $41.1 million, compared to $28.4 million in the prior quarter and $39.0 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Radisys also said it fulfilled an initial $19 million order and subsequently received follow-on orders for its DCEngine from a Tier 1 U.S. service provider.

“We had a strong start to 2016 with first quarter revenue of $55.1 million, exceeding the high-end of our guidance range of $49 to $52 million,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to gain momentum across our business, as validated by the 45% year-on-year revenue growth in Software-Systems combined with significant revenue contribution from our recently introduced hyperscale data center solution called DCEngine. This product positions Radisys to deliver a rack-level solution enhanced with innovative hardware, software and services customization. DCEngine is a disruptive solution that displaces the existing offerings of traditional telecom and IT equipment manufacturers by enabling leading service providers to virtualize their networks. Although we incurred somewhat higher costs associated with incubating and deploying these initial shipments, our first quarter non-GAAP earnings per share came in at the top end of our guidance range. Moreover, the successful delivery and fulfillment of these initial DCEngine orders subsequently resulted in follow-on orders from our marquee U.S. customer as well as a growing number of inquiries from other prospective service providers.”


Ixia Revenues Decline in Q1 to $113 Million

Ixia reported revenue of $112.7 million, compared with $121.0 million reported for the 2015 first quarter and $138.5 million reported for the 2015 fourth quarter. There was a GAAP net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share.

"While our results in the quarter were impacted by some near-term headwinds, we remain confident in our product portfolio and go-to-market strategy," said Bethany Mayer, Ixia’s president and chief executive officer. "


Monday, May 2, 2016

Cavium Unleashes 64-bit ARM-based OCTEON TX

Cavium unveiled its OCTEON TX family, a line of 64-bit ARM based SOCs for control plane and data plane applications in networking, security, and storage.

The OCTEON TX combines Cavium's data plane architecture with its optimized ARMv8.1 cores (the company continues to produce its OCTEON III processors, which are based on MIPS).

The new processors expand the addressability of Cavium’s embedded products into control plane application areas within enterprise, service provider, data center networking and storage that need support of extensive software ecosystem and virtualization features. This product line is also optimized to run multiple concurrent data and control planes simultaneously for security and router appliances, NFV and SDN infrastructure, service provider CPE, wireless transport, NAS, storage controllers, IOT gateways, printer and industrial applications.

Cavium said the control planes of next gen platforms will need to run commercial software distributions and operating systems (e.g., RHEL, Canonical and Java SE), support open source applications (e.g., OpenStack, OpenFlow and Quagga), launch services dynamically and run customer specific services. Multiple types of high performance data plane applications also need to be supported for firewall, content delivery, routing, and traffic management. While current OCTEON SOCs are used in applications for data plane as well as control plane with embedded software, control plane applications requiring wider software ecosystem and support traditionally have been addressed by the x86 architecture. The ARM architecture is able to service these critical needs.

OCTEON TX Highlights

  • Enhanced ThunderX (TX) ARM64 bit cores based on the latest ARM v8.1 ISA, with up to 2.2 GHz core frequency and 78K of I-Cache and 32K of D-Cache
  • CN80XX, CN81XX: From 1 to 4 cores, up to 2MB of Last Level Cache, 1x32b/64b DDR4 with ECC. Sampling in Q2.
  • CN82XX, CN83XX: From 8 to 24 cores, up to 8MB of Last Level Cache, up to 2x64b DDR4 with ECC. Sampling in Q3.
  • Simultaneous support of bulk and RSA crypto, from 400Mbps to 40Gbps of IPSEC performance and 600 to 20K RSA Ops/sec for 2048 bit keys.
  • Latest security features – Supports a wide variety of protocols including IPsec, SSL, TLS 1.x, DTLS and ECC Suite B. Also supports a wide variety of algorithms including several variants of AES, 3DES, SHA-2, SHA-3, RSA 2048, RSA 4096, RSA 8192, ECC p256/p384/p521, Kasumi, ZUC and SNOW 3G.
  • From 500Mbps to 50Gbps of Layer 3 forwarding
  • Up to 2x 32/64-bit DDR3/DDR4 controllers with ECC, with up to 2400MTS
  • Integrated Compression Engines with up to 40Gbps
  • High bandwidth IO: Integrates up to - 12 10Gb/1GbE, 3 40GbE, 4 PCI-Express Gen3, 6 SATA 3.0
  • Latest ARMv8.1 and SMMU v2 for data center class full-SOC virtualization support
  • Low Power to meet the strict thermal profiles of fanless designs, off-load cards and outdoor industrial grade form factors

“Cavium has delivered breakthrough performance for data plane and security applications with its multi-core OCTEON SOCs,” said Steve Klinger, General Manager, Infrastructure Processor Group at Cavium.   “The wide range of products in the OCTEON TX ARM 64-bit product line builds upon this success and expands the use of these products into control and embedded processing applications that leverage the fast growing ARM ecosystem and breadth of open source initiatives”.


Pluribus Updates its Insight Analytics

Pluribus Networks announced a major update to its network monitoring and business analytics solution.

Pluribus  VCF Insight Analytics (VCF-IA) now provides automated metadata tagging allowing the business to get a contextualized view of their data center consumption. In addition, VCF-Insight Analytics is now available as a premier monitoring solution from Dell as part of its software-defined open networking portfolio.

Pluribus said VCF-IA 1.5 can be deployed in any data center network – either with or without other Pluribus Networks switches – to enable advanced monitoring and business analytics across a wide range of networking topologies.

“For years, enterprises have been searching for an affordable way to gain deep insight into the business operation of their data center IT systems from the network perspective, but their efforts have been severely constrained by the significant investment required,” said Mark Harris, VP of Corporate Marketing at Pluribus Networks. “Working with Dell, we have proven that customers can deploy our switching solutions to transform their data centers and realize the industry’s most cost-effective SDN.


Saisei's FlowCommand Promises Equal Access for Users

Sunway Digital Wave (SDW), a managed service provider in Malaysia, is using Saisei FlowCommand to guarantee fair and equal access to network services and a superior quality of experience (QoE) to all subscribers.

Saisei, which is a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, offers a real-time flow-policy control, analytics and security platform that leverages patented flow-engine technology to change the way that TCP/IP network traffic under its control behaves.

Saisei re-engineers how flow control, security and visibility can be realized when using “domesticated” TCP/IP flows. Its FlowCommand runs on x86 processors atop commodity hardware, either as a bump-in-the-wire on a server in the data-forwarding path or as a VM under hypervisor control. The software can monitor up to 5 million concurrent data flows on a 10G link 20 times per second. While examining the flows it can apply any combination of up to 40 bandwidth, business and security policies to each flow and execute those policies in under one second.

Saisei saids its flow-control technology guarantees each user or host has equal access to the network regardless of how many users are on the network or what applications they are running.

In this deployment,Sunway Digital Wave is using Saisei's technology to make links higher performing, more secure, scalable, ordered and more predictable than any traditional packet-based routed IP network.

“One of the big challenges we faced was the first and largest users accessing our network consumed most of the bandwidth, compromising performance for other users and high-priority applications.  We started to get complaints about network performance from customers frustrated by slow applications and Internet access,” said Daniel Soh, Assistant General Manager, Sunway Digital Wave. “Customers get what they pay for and we can deliver the bandwidth needed for a high-quality, reliable user experience.  Customers are much happier with the network performance, we get fair fewer complaints these days,” said Soh.


Bell Canada to Acquire Manitoba Telecom

Bell Canada Enterprises agree to acquire all of the shares of Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) for approximately C$3.9 billion (US$3.1 billion).

BCE, which is based in Montreal, said the deal brings a 22% premium for MTS shareholders and long-term benefits to MTS customers and the Province of Manitoba.

"This transaction recognizes the intrinsic value of MTS and will deliver immediate and meaningful value to MTS shareholders, while offering strong benefits to MTS customers and employees, and to the Province of Manitoba," said Jay Forbes, President & CEO, MTS. "We are proud of our history and what we have achieved as an independent company. We believe the proposed transaction we are announcing today with BCE will allow MTS to build on our successful past and achieve even more in the future."

As part of the deal, BCE promised to invest $1 billion in Manitoba in the five years after the transaction closes to:

  • Make Gigabit Fibe Internet, offering average access speeds up to 20 times faster than what MTS customers receive today, available within 12 months after the transaction closes,
  • Expand the mobile LTE network and make improvements to mobile data speeds that will double our customer's average download speeds, and
  • Provide access to Fibe TV, North America's most innovative TV platform.
  • Make Winnipeg its headquarters for Western Canada, which with the addition of the MTS team will have a total of approximately 6,900 employees.
In addition, TELUS reached an agreement in principle with BCE that will see approximately one-third of MTS’ postpaid wireless customers become TELUS customers once the purchase of MTS by BCE concludes. As part of the agreement, Bell will also assign one-third of MTS’ dealer locations in Manitoba to TELUS.


Ruckus Hits Q1 Sales of $100.6 million, up 22.5% YoY

Ruckus Wireless reported Q1 revenues $100.6 million, an increase of 22.5% from the first quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP net income was $12.2 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared with non-GAAP net income of $6.5 million for the first quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP operating income was $12.4 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared with non-GAAP operating income of $6.8 million for the first quarter of 2015. GAAP net loss was $0.9 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared with GAAP net loss of $0.6 million for the first quarter of 2015.

"Our first quarter results were strong, with revenue at the high end of our updated guidance. Combining the revenue strength with a continual focus on operational execution, non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP earnings exceeded our previously updated guidance," said Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer, Ruckus Wireless. "I remain excited about our pending acquisition by Brocade, which will enable us to jointly deliver innovative, value-added solutions to our enterprise and service provider customers."


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.

Brocade Trims Quarterly Sales Forecast

Brocade now expects revenue for its fiscal quarter ending 30-April-2016 to be in the range of $518 million to $528 million, compared with the range of $542 million to $562 million in its previous guidance. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for the second fiscal quarter is expected to be within the range of $0.21 to $0.23, compared with the range of $0.22 to $0.24 expected previously.

"Consistent with the general softness in IT spending reported by many of our partners and peers, we expect revenue for the quarter to fall short of our original expectations," said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade. "This is largely the result of weaker than anticipated SAN revenue. In addition, IP Networking headwinds, noted on our fiscal Q1 2016 earnings call in February, continue to negatively impact our sales, particularly in our service provider and U.S. federal business. We are addressing these near-term challenges by continuing our focus on sales execution in this weaker demand environment, maintaining prudent expense controls and managing our investments in line with our stated priorities. We continue to execute on our strategy to build a pure-play networking company for the digital transformation era that expands our market reach, diversifies our revenue mix, and creates exciting, incremental opportunities for growth."


EMC Expands its All-Flash Storage Options

EMC introduced a range of new products for data centers, including:

  • New "Unity" family of all-flash storage -- aimed at small and medium-size IT deployments. It is available in all-flash, hybrid, converged and software-defined configurations and is designed to help customers make an affordable and simple transition from disk to flash. 
  • New Virtustream Storage Cloud -- a global cloud storage platform offering enterprise-levels of resiliency and performance combined with true web scale. 
  • New EMC MyService360 cloud-based service dashboard -- provides a visually compelling, near real-time visibility into the health and status of a customer's entire EMC data center environment. MyService360 is built using EMC's internal data lake and provides powerful analytics and visualization tools designed to improve, enhance and simplify the way customers engage with EMC products to make their jobs easier. 
  • EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management (eCDM) -- an expansion of EMC's Copy Data Management portfolio which helps customers tackle data sprawl and reduce the cost of storing and managing multiple copies of the same data. eCDM enables customers to modernize their storage and protection strategy with discovery, automation and optimization of copy data to reduce costs and streamline operations. eCDM provides companies with a pan-enterprise solution to monitor, manage and analyze copy data, eliminating the waste organizations will spend storing data on the wrong tier of data or when they no longer need the data all together. 
  • ViPR Controller 3.0 -- bridges traditional and cloud native environments to enable business transformation, including support for over 50 EMC and third-party storage platforms. 

"The IT industry is in a state of massive transformation, resulting in both disruption and great
opportunity. Every business leader, across every industry, is facing the dilemma of how to support and grow traditional IT infrastructure while modernizing the data center in order to support the development of new applications and advance their digital agendas," said David Goulden, EMC Information Infrastructure CEO.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Blueprint: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Demand Survey

by Ofer Gadish, CEO, CloudEndure

We live in the Information Age, but it’s fair to suggest we also work in the Availability Age. Just about every organization expects fast and reliable access to their sensitive data and critical applications.

With integral business functions dependent on the highest level of accessibility, companies recognize that disaster recovery (DR) is just as important as the efficiency of their infrastructure or cloud service. But despite aiming high and wanting nearly-perfect business continuity, many businesses are far from reaching that goal.

That’s what we discovered in our most recent annual survey of more than 140 directors, CIOs and managers of large, mid-sized and small companies. The majority of respondents to the CloudEndure 2016 survey Disaster Recovery Challenges and Best Practices serve more than one type of customer, providing services to a mix of enterprises and small businesses and often directly to customers. They face the constant pressure of offering business continuity they can hang their hats on.

The respondents delivered good news: some pain points of disaster recovery have improved since last year. Cloud provider downtime, for example, decreased for many. But the respondents also said progress is still needed in many critical areas, including the prevention of consequential human error. Indeed, the top risk to system availability for most of these professionals is a mistake made by man (and woman) and not machine. The same held true in 2015. Network failure, by the way, was the second most cited risk this year and last.

It’s worth reviewing several of the survey’s findings to highlight the deep concerns and enlightened opinions of these IT professionals so that your organization hopefully will have a better understanding of the practices and challenges many businesses have when ensuring DR and business continuity.

DR on the Rise for Production Machines

The importance of disaster recovery has been (almost) fully realized. Today, only five percent of companies have no DR for any of their production servers, according to the survey. Have no fear: Those holdouts expect to have DR by next year. Similarly, 67 percent believe they will have DR for more than half of their servers within the next 12 months. An even better indication of changing standards about disaster recovery – even though it’s a slow shift – is that 22 percent of the surveyed companies want DR for all of their production servers by 2017. Right now, 13 percent of those surveyed have DR across the board.

High Expectations for Service Availability

A smart business will usually research the service availability of a service provider before signing a contract. Our numbers support that: Eighty-four percent of our respondents rated service availability as a highly critical expectation of their customers and thus their business operations. Seventy-seven percent of surveyed organizations have a service availability goal of 99.9 percent (“three nines” or less than nine hours of downtime a year) or better.

But many businesses told us they have even higher expectations for service availability. Twenty-eight percent have a goal of 99.99 percent (“four nines” or less than 53 minutes of downtime), while 19 percent aim for 99.999% or above (“five nines” or less than five minutes of downtime a year). 

Meeting Their Goals

Half of those surveyed define downtime as an inaccessible system, while the other half expanded the definition further by saying downtime also means the system is accessible but its performance is highly degraded or some functions are not operational. With these standards in mind, 90 percent of businesses said they meet their service availability goals consistently or most of the time.

Still Suffering from Downtime

Despite having high expectations for service availability and believing they meet those goals, businesses nonetheless got hit by downtime not long before we reached out with our survey. More than half of them (57 percent) had an outage in the three months leading up to the survey and nearly a third (31 percent) had an outage in the days and weeks before answering our questions.

Human Touch and Network Failures Are Chief Concerns

The top risk to system availability is human error. Twenty-two percent of respondents said lack of training, poorly-labeled and illogical functions, human fatigue and inattention are the leading causes for employees jeopardizing system availability. Not far behind on the list of risks was network failures (20 percent), followed by application bugs (15 percent), storage failures (11 percent) and external threats such as hacking and denial of service attacks (11 percent). More good news: Cloud services might be improving their availability. We say that because the downtime of cloud providers, which ranked as the third biggest risk on our 2015 survey, fell to sixth this year.

What’s Preventing Them from Reaching Availability Goals

Just as we learned last year, insufficient IT resources and budget limitations are the top two challenges stopping businesses from meeting their availability goals. Other hurdles listed this year include lack of in-house expertise, difficulty keeping pace with change and growth, a narrow ability to prevent software bugs and limited cloud resource capability.

The Cost of Downtime Influences DR and Backup Efforts

Resources, budgets and other hurdles undoubtedly hinder businesses from staying on top of backup and DR. For example, while 29 percent of respondents take advantage of continuous data replication, 38 percent of them are on the other end of the spectrum: performing less thorough backup only every 12 to 24 hours.

Unquestionably, time and money spent on DR and backup influence how organizations handle business continuity. Our survey found a strong correlation between the cost of downtime and the average hours a week invested in backup and DR. Organizations that estimate the cost of a day of downtime is less than $10,000, in turn, invest fewer than five hours a week in backup and DR efforts. Those that see daily downtime costs exceeding $100,000 spend more than five hours a week on DR and backup.

The risks and challenges addressed in our survey said a lot about what businesses are worrying about. But if anything, the responses of many of these professionals show that despite budget limits, staffing issues and other hurdles, they want to meet customer demand for service availability and have confidence that disaster recovery will ensure access to critical data and applications.

About the Author

Ofer Gadish, CloudEndure’s CEO, is a serial entrepreneur and prolific innovator. He has over 16 years of extensive experience in senior management positions, both in startups such as Camelot, Jungo and Digicash and at established corporations, including Globespan, Amdocs and Limelight Networks. Ofer was previously the CEO and Co-Founder of AcceloWeb and VP & General Manager in Limelight Networks after its acquisition of AcceloWeb.

About the Company

CloudEndure provides Cloud Migration and Cloud Disaster Recovery for any application, allowing companies to mobilize entire applications with their data to and across clouds with near zero downtime and no data loss. CloudEndure enables truly consistent, block-level, real-time replication using continuous data protection. Founded in 2012, CloudEndure’s Cloud Workload Mobility technology creates an exact copy of the entire application at an alternative cloud location – at the touch of a button, within minutes, and with the latest data. CloudEndure supports physical, virtualized or cloud-based applications as the source and Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft’s Azure and OpenStack as target cloud locations.  http://www.cloudendure.com

Verizon: Phishing Tops Data Breach Report

Incidents of phishing picked up dramatically over the past year, according to the newly released Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, which analyzed more than 2,260 confirmed data breaches and more than 100,000 reported security incidents.

Some key findings of the report:

  • Eighty-nine (89) percent of all attacks involve financial or espionage motivations.
  • Most attacks exploit known vulnerabilities that have never been patched despite patches being available for months, or even years. In fact, the top 10 known vulnerabilities accounted for 85 percent of successful exploits.
  • Sixty-three (63) percent of confirmed data breaches involve using weak, default or stolen passwords.
  • 95 percent of breaches and 86 percent of security incidents fall into nine patterns
  • Ransomware attacks increased by 16 percent over 2015 findings.
  • Basic defenses continue to be sorely lacking in many organizations.

"The Data Breach Investigations Report's increasing importance to businesses, law enforcement and governmental agencies demonstrates a strong desire to stay ahead of cybercrime," said Chris Formant, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Now more than ever, the collaboration and contributions evidenced in the DBIR from organizations across the globe are required to fully understand the threat landscape. And understanding is the first step toward addressing that threat."

"You might say our findings boil down to one common theme -- the human element," said Bryan Sartin, executive director of global security services, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Despite advances in information security research and cyber detection solutions and tools, we continue to see many of the same errors we've known about for more than a decade now."

The full report is online.


SES Takes Majority Stake in O3b Networks

SES will increasing its stake in O3b Networks (O3b) from 49.1% to 50.5%, giving it majority control, for a payment of US$20 million.  This brings its aggregate equity investment in O3b to date to US$323 million (EUR 257 million). On completion, SES will consolidate O3b’s net debt, which is currently USD 1.2 billion. In addition, the Board of O3b Networks has agreed to evaluate an Initial Public Offering (IPO) process for the remaining 49.5% of O3b shares following receipt of the requisite regulatory approvals, and subsequent completion of SES’s increase in ownership to 50.5%.

O3b Networks operates a constellation of 12 High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in a Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) around 8,000 kilometres from the Earth. The company offers customers a ‘fibre in the sky’ solution, with each of the constellation’s beams capable of delivering up to 1.6 Gbps of throughput at a low latency of less than 150 milliseconds, a significant improvement over geostationary connectivity.

O3b claims to be the fastest growing satellite network in history in terms of capacity contracted. Since beginning commercial operations in September 2014, the company has added over 40 Enterprise, Mobility and Government clients across 31 countries. To date, over 50% of customers have already upgraded their initial service commitments, demonstrating the attraction of O3b’s unique and ‘game-changing’ solution. Consequently, O3b has a fully protected contract backlog of US$350 million. O3b’s global customer base includes Digicel Pacific, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, American Samoa Telecom, Speedcast, Rignet, Bharti International (Airtel), Timor Telecom, CNT Ecuador, Entel Chile and (via SES Government Solutions) the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

O3b has procured an additional eight satellites to accommodate rapidly-expanding demand, with four satellites expected to be launched during H1 2018, and the remaining four satellites expected to be launched in H2 2019. These procurements will increase the size of the current fleet from 12 to 20 satellites (including three satellites currently flying as in-orbit back-up). At ‘steady-state’ utilisation, which is targeted to be achieved by the end of the third year of a satellite’s commercial service, the full operational constellation is expected to generate annualised revenue of between US$32 million and US$36 million per satellite.

SES said the consolidation enables it to extend its global reach and satellite-enabled solutions.

“The move to take control of O3b is a game-changing acquisition and a major step in the execution of SES’s differentiated strategy and complements SES’s growth strategy. O3b delivers a unique capability and solution, which is already in operation, for Enterprise, Mobility and Government clients, particularly for applications where low latency is an increasingly essential feature. The combined GEO/MEO satellite network and capabilities give SES a truly compelling and differentiated service offering within the industry, strengthening SES’s unique positioning across the data-centric markets," stated Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO.


O3B Lands $460 Million to Expand Global Satellite Constellation

O3b Networks closed $460 million in incremental financing to support its next-generation satellite network.  The company plans to use the money to expand the total number of satellites in its constellation from twelve to twenty.

O3b began full commercial operations in September 2014. The company said it now supports connectivity for more than 40 customers worldwide, with more than 50% of those customers having already upgraded their service commitments to O3b during the first year of commercial operation.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for O3b and its customers. Our constellation is highly scalable and can be grown in direct response to market demand. In only a little over a year from our full commercial launch, we can already see the need for substantially more capacity in orbit to serve our customers. We are the No.1 operator in the Pacific and, together with Royal Caribbean, we have revolutionized the cruise connectivity market. Our Telco customers are expanding their service offerings and growing their markets on the back of O3b’s performance and capability,” said Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks.


  • O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

SpaceX Launches SES-9 on Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX successfully launched the SES-9 satellite using a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

SES-9 is SES’s largest satellite to serve the Asia-Pacific region. It weighed 5.3 tonnes at the launch and has 57 high-power Ku-band transponders – equivalent to 81x36 MHz transponders’ It thus provides significant expansion capacity to serve the buoyant and fast-growing video, enterprise, mobility and government sectors across Northeast Asia, South Asia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Boeing was lead contractor.

In addition, SES-9 is equipped with dedicated mobility beams to provide maritime coverage vessels on high-traffic maritime routes between the Suez Canal and Strait of Malacca.

The Falcon 9 rocket attempted to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic, but missed narrowly.


Gogo Leases Capacity on SES Next Gen Satellites

Gogo has contracted major High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam and wide beam capacity aboard two SES next-generation HTS satellites, SES-14 and SES-15, which are set for launch in 2017.

The deal will enable Gogo to address the growing demand for high-speed inflight connectivity on travel routes over North America, including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada, as well as Central America and the Caribbean. Gogo will also have access to HTS capacity on an additional satellite, SES-12, which is set to be launched in 2017 with high-powered spot beam and wide beam coverage over Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Russia.

Friday, April 29, 2016

ZTE Posts Q1 Revenue of US$3.41 Billion, up 4% YoY

ZTE posted Q1 2016 revenue of RMB21.859 billion (US$3.41 billion), representing a 4.09% increase year on year. Net profit amounted to RMB950 million, representing a 15.97% increase from the same period last year.

ZTE noted that it invested 13.96% of revenue in R&D in Q1.


Verizon Strike Continues, Parties at Odds

The strike by 39,000 Verizon employees continues. Employees represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) walked off the job on April 13.

On April 28, Verizon presented union official with an updated proposal for about 36,000 wireline employees in the company’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The new proposal offered to increase wages by 7.5 percent over the term of the contract, among other terms.

A day later, Verizon said it is deploying thousands of additional employees and contractors to serve its customers during the strike. The replacement workers include contractors who are currently enrolled or have recently graduated from the company’s technical training classes in Virginia.

In response, the CWA noted that Verizon intends to cut off benefits for 108,000 striking workers and family members effective May 1st, despite the fact that Verizon made $18 billion in profits over the last 18 months and paid its top executives $249 million over the last 5 years. The union also posted materials labeling top Verizon execs as "The Greedy Bunch."

FBI Expands Data Center in Idaho

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning a huge data center expansion in Pocatello, Idaho. The 100,000 square foot facility is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the area.

For the past several years, the FBI has been working to consolidate its IT operations into fewer data centers.