Monday, May 23, 2016

Netronome Integrates P4 and C Programming on Production Server NICs

Netronome introduced a P4 and C compliant Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for dynamically programming new networking capabilities on its Agilio CX and LX family of intelligent server adapters (ISAs).

The news is significant because bringing SDN capabilities into a server NIC could help identify and resolve tenant application performance bottlenecks rapidly, enabling cloud service providers to maintain high levels of user experience.

For telco NFV deployments, Netronome said its solution enables a significantly higher degree of dynamic data center traffic observability, helping telco operators to pinpoint issues related to call drops or poor call and video quality in 4G and 5G networks. AT&T and Netronome are presenting and demonstrating this use case at the P4 Language Consortium workshop this week at Stanford University.

The P4 Language Consortium, of which Netronome is an active member, is currently developing specifications for the P4 programming language and associated compilers.The Netronome IDE leverages the Consortium’s open source P4 compiler to deliver 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps performance for popular data center networking functions using the Agilio server networking platform. Extensions developed by  Netronome also enable integration with optional C-based programming for sophisticated functions such as stateful processing.

“Server-based networking has evolved as the most widely deployed form of SDN; its fundamental tenets are feature velocity and control - important requirements for data center operators,” said Sujal Das, senior vice president and general manager, marketing and corporate strategy. “As a pioneer in hardware-accelerated, server-based networking solutions, we take great pride in being the first in the industry with shipping products that can truly help customers realize the value of integrated P4 and C programming for their data center applications.”

A beta release of the Netronome IDE with Programmer Studio v6.0 featuring P4 and C programming on Agilio CX and LX ISAs is available.

http://www.netronome.com
http://www.open-nfp.org
http://www.p4.org

Netronome Brings Hardware-Acceleration to OpenStack Networking

Netronome has tuned its Agilio Server Networking Platform for delivering hardware-acceleration for OpenStack networking, allowing data centers to accelerate applications such as network virtualization, security, load balancing and telemetry using different data plane options suitable for use cases spanning traditional IT to IaaS and Telco NFV workloads. Netronome's own testing has found a 5X boost in VM performance when network functions are offloaded to its Agilio interface cards.

At this week's OpenStack Summit in Austin, Netronome, in collaboration with Ericsson and Mirantis, is showcasing acceleration of open source datapath implementations, specifically, Open vSwitch (OVS), Stateful Firewall (Connection Tracking) and OpenContrail vRouter using Agilio CX intelligent server adapters. The company said this approach will be incorporated as an enhanced OpenStack networking plug-in architecture specification. As a result, critical networking functions that would otherwise hamper performance of the OpenStack implementation are offloaded to the Agilio platform, accommodating significantly more virtual machines per server leading to up to 6X lower TCO and higher services revenue per server compared to traditional NICs.
http://www.netronome.com


Netronome's Agilio Server Networking Accelerates Cloud Data Centers

Netronome introduced its Agilio Server Networking Platform for transparently offloading server-based networking data paths, such as open virtual switch (OVS), Juniper Networks Contrail vRouter, and Linux firewall.

The company said its hardware and software-based Agilio platform delivers up to 5X higher throughput while reducing CPU requirements by up to 80 percent compared to traditional NICs and server-based networking implemented in software.

Server-based networking is being widely deployed in cloud data centers to handle virtualization, firewalls, load balancing, telemetry, zero-trust security using micro-segmentation, virtual network functions (VNFs) and application-based analytics. The big cloud providers (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google) are using server-based networking in their mega data centers. Netronome's Agilio solution accelerates such server-based networking functions by offloading compute-intensive flow and tunnel processing from the CPUs.

The Agilio CX intelligent server adapters (ISAs) are based on Netronome's own flow processing silicon (NFP-4000) and software architecture (Agilio Software). The Agilio ISAs use onboard memory to support up to two million security policies, and deliver 28Mpps of throughput using hardware-based acceleration.

NTT Creates High Density Optical Fiber with 19 Cores

Researchers at NTT, Fujikura, and Hokkaido University have demonstrated the world’s highest density optical fiber.

The optical fiber has a diameter of less than 250 µm and contains 19 optical paths (cores) that can support six kinds of optical signals (modes). It provides 114 (= 6 modes × 19 cores) spatially multiplexed communication paths (channels) in one optical fiber.

The researchers calculate that the ultra-large capacity optical fiber that can handle a Peta- to Exa-bit transmission capacity.

The work was partially based on work commissioned by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2016/1605e/160516a.html

Xilinx Adds Data Center Accelerators to 16nm UltraScale+ Roadmap

Xilinx plans to add acceleration enhanced technologies for the Data Center to its 16nm UltraScale+ product roadmap.

The resulting products will deliver the combination of Xilinx's 16nm FinFET+ FPGAs with integrated High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM), and support for the recently announced Cache Coherent Interconnect for Acceleration technology (CCIX).

CCIX is initially driven by a group of seven companies to enable an acceleration framework that works with multiple processor architectures.

Specifically, Xilinx HBM-enabled FPGAs will improve acceleration capabilities by offering 10X higher memory bandwidth relative to discrete memory channels. HBM technology enables multi-terabit memory bandwidth integrated in package for the lowest possible latency.

"Having already delivered 19 billion transistors on a chip at 20nm leveraging our second generation 3D IC technology, we are creating a third generation 3D IC breakthrough  for data center acceleration and other compute intensive designs," said Victor Peng, executive vice president and general manager, Programmable Products at Xilinx. "When combined with next generation CCIX acceleration framework and our software defined SDAccel™  development environment, this technology will enable a new breed of high-density, flexible platforms for accelerating compute, storage and networking applications."

http://www.xilinx.com

Microsoft Awards Grants for Affordable Internet Access

Microsoft announced Affordable Access Initiative grants for 12 entrepreneurial businesses to help scale their solutions and business models to increase affordable Internet access in communities around the world.

Microsoft's Affordable Access Initiative aims to democratize access to the Internet through grants, commercial partnerships, connecting new leaders and community engagement.

The winners are:

Power Solutions
African Renewable Energy Distributor (Rwanda)
New Sun Road (Uganda)

Hardware Solutions
Zaya Learning Labs (India)

Connectivity Solutions
AirJaldi (India)
Axiom Technologies (United States)
C3: Communications Consulting Centre (Malawi)
Ekovolt (Nigeria)
Wi-Fi Interactive Network (Philippines)

Application Solutions
Kelase (Indonesia)
Movivo (United Kingdom)
Tambero.com (Argentina)
VistaBotswana (Botswana)

"With more than half of the world's population lacking access to the Internet, connectivity is a global challenge that demands creative problem solving," said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft. "By using technology that's available now and partnering with local entrepreneurs who understand the needs of their communities, our hope is to create sustainable solutions that will not only have impact today but also in the years to come."

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/affordable-access-initiative/home

Telco Systems Releases CloudMetro 10 vCPE Platform

Telco Systems has released its CloudMetro 10, a new 1GE virtualization platform and announced the completion of a series of commercial trials with Tier 1 service providers around the world.

CloudMetro 10 is a new member of Telco Systems' Open Metro Edge (OME) portfolio, which includes CloudMetro vCPE 1GE to 10GE family of virtualization platforms, EdgeGenie Orchestrator for management and orchestration, and TelcoApps library of pre-configured packages of virtualized network functions.

CloudMetro 10 supports hardware acceleration and pre-integrated VNF applications enabling carrier-grade performance with multi-service chaining.

Telco Systems has also expanded its library of VNF applications, which includes security, routing, SD-WAN and WAN-optimization services from leading vendors, including Check Point, Audio Codes, Palo Alto and Netrounds.  The company has recently successfully tested additional VNF applications with Cisco, Brocade, Juniper, Silver Peak, Riverbed and Fortinet.

"We are proud of the progress and achievements we have made with our CloudMetro platforms and OME solution," commented Raanan Tzemach, Vice President of Product and Marketing at Telco Systems. "We are positioning our customers to take full advantage of the benefits of SDN and NFV and efficiently offer a new set of virtualized services with flexible business models based on our VNF-packages."

http://www.telco.com

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Blueprint: Evolving Security for Evolving Threats in Payments

by Jose Diaz, Director, Payment Strategy, Thales e-Security

At this point in the history of cyber security, it seems like the eternal optimism of “it couldn’t happen to me” is the only reason consumers by the millions haven’t abandoned the digital life and gone back to cash-only transactions. Huge-scale data breaches persist, snatching more and more personal data. Retailers certainly want to protect their customers and their reputation, but are they really doing all they can?

There’s a reason why we are still experiencing huge breaches, and it’s not a lack of technology. Solutions that provide increased protection for cardholder data, while maintaining the highest levels of performance—up to millions of transactions per day—were defined and developed after the highly publicized breaches in 2009. The Payment Card Industry (PCI) released solution requirements for Point-to-Point Encryption to assist merchants in protecting cardholder data and reducing the scope of their environment for PCI DSS assessments. However, these approaches still seem to be a concept rather than common practice.

This is a critical issue in need of a thorough solution. Reducing the risk of payment data breaches requires encrypting sensitive data at the point of swipe (or dip in the case of EMV cards) in the payment device and only decrypting it at the processor. Direct attacks on devices in the payment acceptance process have become increasingly common and highly sophisticated, but strongly encrypted cardholder data is useless to cyber criminals. To understand the approaches, and the benefits, of implementing sensitive data protection, let’s focus on two key areas: traditional payment acceptance terminals and mobile.

Accepting Payment at the Terminal

Transaction speed is important to both customers and merchants; electronic POS solution providers need to maximize security for payment card transactions without slowing performance. Their solutions need to encrypt cardholder data from the precise moment of acceptance on through to the point of processing, where transactions can be decrypted and sent to the payment networks. By deploying point-to-point encryption (P2PE), intermediate systems that sit between the POI (point of interaction – the point of swipe) device and the point of decryption at the processor are removed from the scope of most PCI-DSS compliance requirements, since the sensitive data passing through them is encrypted.

All encryption is not the same. There’s a difference between encrypting the data at the point of swipe device and encrypting the data in the POS system, more specifically the retail terminal. POI devices are subject to a PCI certification process, thereby providing high-assurance cryptography and key management functionality. Retail terminals, on the other hand, are typically PC/tablet-based devices that in most cases only offer software-based encryption and do not have the security controls of PCI-certified devices.

Data decryption takes place at the point of processing using HSMs for secure key management, as required by PCI-P2PE requirements. HSMs perform secure key exchanges and, in most applications, key management that produces a unique key to protect each and every payment transaction. Taking advantage of these security capabilities, solution providers can build high-capacity and redundant secure systems so that multiple servers and multiple HSMs, deployed at multiple data centers, can combine seamlessly to service high transaction volumes with automated load balancing and failover.

With a distinctive combination of strong security and risk mitigation against malicious capture of cardholder data, Verifone—a provider of secure payment acceptance solutions—is one example of a P2PE solution provider that follows this approach. At the same time, this approach ensures performance and availability for transactions – a win-win for retailers. The Verifone VeriShield solution was specifically designed to enable retailers to implement Best Practices for Data Field Encryption, providing security that helps reduce the scope of PCI-DSS audits.

Accepting Payments on the Fly

Smaller merchants are now able, thanks to the mobile revolution, to afford on-the-go payment acceptance. However, with the increasing availability of mobile payment acceptance options, small merchants and mobile businesses need to take a moment to consider the security of their customers’ payment data.

Mobile devices equipped with an economical card reader “dongle” enable mobile point-of-sale, or mPOS. A mobile phone or tablet can accept payments from both EMV and magnetic stripe payment cards in this way. As with traditional POS, it is critical that the card reader encrypt the sensitive payment data it receives.

It can be challenging to secure mPOS solutions. CreditCall and ROYAL GATE, two payment services providers, overcame this challenge by using point-to-point encryption (P2PE) to protect the sensitive payment data from their mobile acceptance offerings. They integrated HSMs with their processing application as a critical component to manage keys and secure customer data following PCI P2PE solution requirements. The use of HSMs enables them to defend against external data extraction threats and to protect against compromise by a malicious insider.

Securing Payment Credentials

There are several options on the market that allow mobile devices to make payments, but Host Card Emulation (HCE) has distinct market advantages. Because the security of the payment data and transaction is not dependent on hardware embedded in the phone, it has much broader applicability; any smartphone could use the HCE approach by loading payment credentials on the device and using it in place of a physical card.

Mobile devices have a NFC (near field communications) controller, which HCE-based applications leverage to interact with a contactless payment terminal. However, since the application cannot rely on secure hardware embedded in the phone for protection of the payment credentials, alternative approaches for protecting sensitive data and transaction security have to be used. These approaches include tokenizing payment credential numbers as well as actively managing and rotating keys used for transaction authorization. This enables issuers to manage the risk introduced by having a less secure mobile device environment for payment credential data.

The approaches that protect this data are based on HSMs in the issuer environment, which not only create the rotating keys but also to send them securely to the mobile device. In addition, the HSMs are also a critical part of the tokenization and transaction authorization process. The HCE infrastructure does not actually introduce any new security processes or procedures for retailers and processors; it just enables issuers to combine their existing strong security practices—comprising key generation/distribution, data encryption and message authentication—into a cohesive offering to enable payments with mobile devices.

Protecting What’s Yours

The sophistication and determination of malicious actors has resulted in a global,
multi-billion-dollar industry. The real possibility of huge financial reward spurs cyber criminals to evolve their methods, including attacks on payment devices themselves. But the reality is that retailers and their acquirers can reduce their risk and fear if the sensitive cardholder data in their possession is nonsense to hackers. This is why P2PE is so critical in the fight to reduce fraud.

In addition to using P2PE and PCI-certified devices to keep card data safe, merchants are using HSMs in the processing environment to protect critical secure data protection and transaction keys. These steps also create a trust environment that complies with PCI requirements and reduces risk on payment acceptance and HCE-based credentials. Following these best practices will help merchants and their acquirers safeguard the lifeblood of their business, protecting their bottom line and their good name.

About the Author

Jose Diaz has worked with the Thales group for over 35 years and is currently responsible for payment product strategy at Thales e-Security. He has worked with payment application providers in developing solutions and roadmaps for securing the payments ecosystem. During his tenure at Thales, Jose has worked in Product Development, Systems Design, Sales in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Business Development.


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Video: BT Americas - Cloud Security is a Board-level Issue

Security cannot be an afterthought when moving to the cloud. The perimeter has completely changed and is now about the individual and the data.

Identity and access management coupled with the cloud are of such critical importance that they have become board-level concerns, says Jason Cook, BT Americas' CISO.

See video: https://youtu.be/dM7-3tbZzaE





Tata Comm Sells Data Centers to Singapore's ST Telemedia

Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia) has agreed to acquire a 74% majority stake in Tata Communications’ data center business in India and Singapore for .

The deal includes Tata Communications’ fourteen data centers in key cities across India and its three Singapore facilities. The data centers serve a diversified customer base, including blue chip enterprises in Asia, e-commerce platforms and global multi-national corporations.

ST Telemedia said the acquisition will further expand and strengthen its global data center network to span four geographies, including strong bases in two of Asia’s largest growth markets - India and China.

Tata Communications, which will retain a 26% stake in the businesses, will focus on its advanced managed services portfolio, including IP, cloud enablement and unified communications services.

“This partnership marks another key milestone in STT GDC’s growth. Since ST Telemedia’s initial investment in the data centre business in mid-2014, we have made remarkable progress in building a formidable data centre footprint internationally with strategic presence in key economic hubs to capture industry demand. The latest addition of India to the STT GDC network will be a major impetus to advance the company’s ambition to be a significant global data centre service provider," stated Sio Tat Hiang, Executive Director, ST Telemedia.

http://www.tatacommunications.com/
http://www.sttelemedia.com/

Equinix to Sell 8 European Data Centers to Digital Realty

Last week, Equinix announced plans to sell eight of its European data centers to Digital Realty Trust for the amount of $874.4 million. These facilities include: TelecityGroup's Bonnington House, Sovereign House, Meridian Gate and Oliver's Yard data centers and Equinix's West Drayton data center in London; TelecityGroup's Science Park and Amstel Business Park I in Amsterdam; and TelecityGroup's Lyonerstrasse data center in Frankfurt.

The sale of these assets was a pre-condition set by the European Commission in November 2015 for Equinix's acquisition of TelecityGroup plc.

Additionally, Equinix has separately negotiated with Digital Realty a binding option for Equinix to acquire Digital Realty's operating business including its real estate and facility in St. Denis, Paris where Equinix has an established presence with its PA2 and PA3 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.

http://www.equinix.com
  • On January 15, 2016, Equinix completed the acquisition of TelecityGroup plc in a transaction valued at approximately $3.8 billion (£2.6 billion). The addition of TelecityGroup's 34+ data centers, net of the divestment, more than doubled Equinix's capacity in Europe, fortifying its position as the largest retail colocation provider in the region and in the world.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

DriveScale Unveils its Composable Rack Scale-Out Architecture

DriveScale, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced $15 million in a Series A funding for its software-defined, data center rack architecture designed to create new capabilities out of commodity components.

DriveScale's solution, which is provided via a set of on-premises and SaaS tools, makes it easier to deploy independent pools of commodity compute and storage resources, automatically discover available assets, and combine and recombine these resources as needed.

DriveScale has been in stealth-mode for the past three years. The team includes several former executives at Sun Microsystems, including Gene Banman, Satya Nishtala, Tom Lyon, and Duane Northcutt.

Ingrasys, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, co-developed the DriveScale product line and is the company’s hardware equipment manufacturer.

The funding round was led by Pelion Venture Partners with participation from Nautilus Venture Partners and Foxconn’s Ingrasys.

“The time is right for a disaggregated rack scale architecture. The state of the art in ethernet switch fabrics enables wire-speed connection of pools of commodity CPU and storage resources under software control, with no loss in performance. The market opportunity for flexible scale-out infrastructure for enterprises is enormous,” said Gene Banman, CEO at DriveScale. “The whole computer industry is moving our way. It’s just a matter of time.”

http://www.drivescale.com


Friday, May 20, 2016

Mitsubishi Upgrades IMEWE Submarine Cable for 100G

Mitsubishi Electric is upgrading the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable System for 100G line rates, thereby increasing the overall capacity of the system to 5.6Tbps.

The upgrade, which will involve installing submarine line terminal equipment (SLTE) and terrestrial line terminal equipment (TLTE) in eight countries, is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

The cable system comprises three optical fiber pairs with two fiber pairs on an express path, plus a terrestrial link connecting the cities of Alexandria and Suez in Egypt.

http://www.imewecable.com/
http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/news/2016/0519-b.html

Mitsubishi Updates India-Middle East-Western Europe Cable


 Mitsubishi has upgraded the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable Network with its 40 Gbps DWDM.  The upgrade involved installation of submarine line terminal equipment in eight countries.

The IMEWE Cable System spans 12,091 kilometers with 10 terminal stations owned by a consortium of nine leading telecom carriers in eight countries: India, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and France.

The nine IMEWE parties which have contracted for the upgrade and are co-owners of IMEWE system are Bharti Airtel Ltd., Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, France Telecom, OGERO Telecom, Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited, Saudi Telecom Company, TATA Communications Limited, Telecom Egypt, and Telecom Italia SPARKLE S.p.A.

http://www.imewecable.com/

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Video: The Hottest Markets for Data Center Construction

The top data center markets in the U.S. include northern Virginia,  NY/NJ, Chicago, Silicon Valley and Texas.

For new construction, including at the hyperscale size, the Ashburn corridor in Virginia probably tops the list, says Edward Stewart, President of Nova Mission Critical.

See video: https://youtu.be/afr1QFXcfDM



http://nova-corp.com/


Video: Building UC Gateways to the Public Network - Inteliquent

UC providers need to find a network operator that can deliver a range of capabilities, including access to the public network.

Brett Scorza, CIO and EVP of Inteliquent, talks about Inteliquent's nationwide breadth and capabilities for next gen communication providers.

See video:  https://youtu.be/RyFx8mM-u1I






ARM Announces First Multicore Test Chip Based on TSMC's 10FinFET

ARM announced the first multicore, 64-bit ARM v8-A processor test chip based on TSMC’s 10FinFET process technology.

ARM cited significant power and efficiency gains relative to TSMC’s 16FinFET+ process technology.

“Efficiency is a primary guiding principle in SoC design for premium mobile applications due to increasing demands on device performance,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president and president of product groups, ARM. “TSMC’s 16FFLL+ process and ARM Cortex® processors have already set new standards for efficiency. Our collaboration with TSMC on 10FinFET ensures SoC-wide efficiency that will allow our silicon partners even greater room to innovate while staying within strict power budgets.”

“Our partnership with ARM offers our ecosystem rapid advances in process and IP and accelerates customer product development cycles,” said Dr. Cliff Hou, vice president, R&D, TSMC. “Together, we are defining processor technologies that continue to propel the mobile market. Our latest endeavor, enabling ARM processors on TSMC 10FinFET technology, is transformative for the end user experience across premium mobile and a diverse range of consumer electronic goods.”

http://www.arm.com

Brocade Completes vEPC Performance Tests with Telefonica

Brocade completed performance benchmark testing for a virtual EPC (vEPC) implementation within the Telefonica NFV Reference Lab framework.

Specifically, he Brocade vEPC, running on Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Intel-based x86 servers in Telefonica's standardized reference test environment, was benchmarked with a broad mix of mobile traffic loads to measure both user plane and control plane performance. Telefonica's standardized NFV Reference Lab enables the deployment of complex network scenarios using Telefonica's OpenMANO stack. Brocade said its vEPC achieved user data processing rates in excess of 8.5 Mpps while serving 2 million simultaneous bearers at a rate greater than 7,000 bearer activations per second, the highest values seen by Telefonica for the reference test environment. Through this benchmark testing, the Brocade vEPC also demonstrated linear scalability in handling additional user plane traffic and control plane traffic independently with each other.

"The Brocade VCM solution is architected to take maximum advantage of virtualization to meet performance requirements. The ability to quickly scale the control and user planes independently ensures agile and reliable operations. With these capabilities, VCM can satisfy the diverse needs of service providers looking to transform their infrastructure to a cloud environment," said Nishi Kant, vice president of mobile networking at Brocade.

"The objective of the Brocade VCM benchmarking was to determine stability and capacity across a wide range of packet sizes while operating in Telefonica's standard test environment. We are pleased to see that the VCM greatly exceeded the expected performance targets. These results provide the confidence needed to continue with the adoption and deployment of virtualized solutions and to enable the transformation to software-driven networking," said Javier Gavilán, planning and technology director at Telefonica, Global CTO.

http://www.telefonica.com
http://www.brocade.com

Brocade's Q2 Sales Dip to $523 Million, down 4% YoY

Brocade reported Q2 revenue of $523 million, down 4% year-over-year and down 9% quarter-over-quarter, along with GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.11, down from $0.18 in Q2 2015 and down from $0.23 in Q1 2016.

Some highlights from the quarterly report:


  • SAN product revenue was $297 million, down 5% year-over-year. The year-over-year decline was primarily the result of softer demand across the product portfolio, with Fibre Channel directors down 6%, fixed-configuration switches down 4%, and embedded server switches down 9%. Sequentially, SAN product revenue decreased 15%, with Fibre Channel directors declining 12%, fixed-configuration switches down 14%, and embedded server switches down 25%.
  • IP Networking product revenue of $132 million was down 9% year-over-year. The decline was primarily due to lower router sales, down 33%, partially offset by stronger Ethernet switch sales, up 9% from Q2 of 2015. The year-over-year decline was primarily the result of lower service provider and U.S. federal sales. Sequentially, IP Networking product revenue decreased 2% primarily due to lower Ethernet switch sales, which were down 3% from Q1 of 2016. The sequential revenue decline was primarily due to lower sales to enterprise customers as both service provider and U.S. federal revenue grew sequentially.

"Despite the challenging environment for both SAN and IP networking, Brocade had a productive second fiscal quarter," said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade. "We were excited to announce our intent to acquire Ruckus Wireless, a pioneer in wireless infrastructure solutions, in a transaction that we expect to close in our third fiscal quarter. In addition, we began shipping our industry-leading Gen 6 Fibre Channel switching solution, and garnered our first customer win for the New IP-based mobility platform, Brocade Virtual Core for Mobile, that we launched earlier in the quarter. Through achievements such as these, we continue to drive the strategic evolution of our business as a pure-play networking provider for the digital transformation era. Additionally, we expect our product roadmap to deliver further advancements across our portfolio that set the stage for expanded opportunities in the quarters to come."

http://www.brocade.com

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Signs on For SES-9 Satellite

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Telkom), Indonesia’s largest satellite telecommunications services, has contracted capacity on SES' recently-launched SES-9 satellite.

As part of the agreement, SES and Telkom will co-market SES-9 capacity over Indonesia, allowing customers from across all market verticals, including video, cellular, broadband, maritime andaeronautical, to utilise satellite capacity within the country. SES-9 will be co-located with SES-7, operating in the arc around 108.2 degrees East, and has a dedicated beam that comprehensively covers the Indonesian archipelago. Scheduled to enter service mid-2016, SES-9 will deliver high-powered capacity that meets the rising demands for connectivity across Indonesia.

“Indonesia is an ideal satellite market, due to its geographic spread and large population of heavy mobile users and television viewers, and SES-9 has been designed especially to meet this demand. We are delighted to partner with Telkom to offer SES-9 satellite capacity that has the potential to deliver satellite TV across the archipelago, as well as improve the lives of millions of Indonesians and accelerate the country’s economic growth,” stated Deepak Mathur, Senior Vice President Commercial, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at SES.

http://en.ses.com/blog


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.

http://www.spacex.com

Digicel Pacific Boosts O3b Satellite Capacity to Papua New Guinea

Digicel Pacific will upgrade its O3b satellite capacity to Papua New Guinea (PNG) by more than 300%, with smaller capacity upgrades in both Nauru and Samoa.

O3b Networks said the upgrade is a direct response to significant growth in internet usage throughout these countries due to Digicel’s upgraded and enhanced 3G/4G mobile network featuring the high-throughput, low latency O3b connection.

“This is an exciting time for O3b, Digicel and its customers in the Pacific,” said Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks. “The need for this upgrade shows how hungry consumers are for affordable and quality connectivity. It is not only a sign of healthy economic growth for the region, but also offers promise to other remote locations for similar economic advancement.”

“Digicel is looking to promote data usage over the next two years, so offering aggressive data plans, and having a high-performance connection to deliver on those plans, is absolutely essential,” said Michael Murphy, CEO of Digicel Pacific. “Existing customers in PNG who have not been using data are finding the new O3b-enabled data packages affordable, and usage has already seen a big jump.”

http://www.o3bnetworks.com/

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