Wednesday, June 8, 2016

HPE Expands its Cloud Portfolio

Hewlett Packard Enterprise rolled out a set of major updates to its cloud portfolio, including:

  • HPE Helion Cloud Suite, a new software suite enabling customers to deliver and manage their full spectrum of applications -- from traditional, virtualized, cloud native and containers -- across a broad range of infrastructure environments. HPE Helion Cloud Suite includes full-stack automation to enable rapid delivery of IT services and applications, and provides a common simplified, self-service storefront for IT and developers. It also includes a complete development environment supporting DevOps processes for traditional and cloud-native applications.
  • HPE Helion CloudSystem 10, an engineered hardware and software solution to build and rapidly deploy an enterprise grade cloud environment for a full range of workloads and offering a deep integration with HPE OneView 3.0 for automatic provisioning of cloud resources from bare metal infrastructure. It delivers hosting, automation and orchestration of traditional and cloud-native workloads. This pre-integrated solution, brings together HPE hardware, storage, networking, software and services into one package.
  • HPE Helion Stackato 4.0, a complete and open application development platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution, powered by Cloud Foundry, designed to speed the delivery of cloud native applications.
  • HPE Cloudline 3100 Server, offering industry leading economics for service providers. The CL3100 meets cloud service providers' dense storage requirements for Hadoop/Cassandra/compute workloads. The CL3100 (1U) storage server is 75 percent smaller than the CL5200 storage server (4U), requiring a smaller footprint.
  • New HPE Technology Services offerings for IT transformation and workload migration

"No enterprise has a one size fits all approach to cloud -- every customer wants solutions that help them drive their business faster and cut costs across their full spectrum of applications," said Bill Hilf, senior vice president and general manager, HPE Cloud. "Organizations require their own right mix of traditional IT, private, managed and public clouds and the flexibility to support applications spanning different technologies, architectures and delivery models. The HPE Helion portfolio gives customers a simple, powerful set of options, offering the breadth and coverage they need."

http://www.hpe.com

IEEE SDN and EIT Digital Plan 5G Open Testbed Community

A new Open Testbed Community (OTC) aimed at stimulating 5G innovation is getting underway with the backing of IEEE Software Defined Networks (IEEE SDN), a cross-society IEEE worldwide program addressing the main techno-economic aspects concerning SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and EIT Digital, the leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organization.

The organizers hope the testing will spur important work on performance, orchestration and validation. This is an open initiative, and all stakeholders are encouraged to help shape this important work. A goal of this work will be to set clear, achievable deliverables in the spirit of agile software development.

Roberto Minerva of Telecom Italia, the Chairman of the workshop stated: “We estimate that the combination of these new Open Federated Testbeds and the IEEE Testbed Catalog will result in a 50% reduction in the time to test network functions, applications, services and even new, disruptive business models.”

Marko Turpeinen of EIT Digital’s Silicon Valley Hub said: “EU-USA collaboration on the future of networks and 5G paves the way for a host of multi-lateral initiatives with industry, academic research and innovators on a wide range of key technology challenges. We look forward to engage fully on this cooperation path with IEEE.”

https://www.facebook.com/IEEESDN
http://www.eitdigital.eu

Progress for 25, 50 and 100G Ethernet

The 2550100 Alliance, an industry group working together to bring solutions to market based on new 25, 50 and 100Gb Ethernet technology, announced the following six milestones:

  1. Dell became the first company with general availability of 25GbE solutions spanning servers and networks. Dell will be marketing their PowerEdge servers with QLogic 25GbE adapters and Dell Z9100-ON top-of-rack switches,
  2. The alliance completed its first SolutionFest on April 27 with the participation of Cumulus, Dell, Finisar, Ixia, Kaminario, QLogic, Teledyne LeCroy and Veeam. The event yielded 40 reference architectures. 
  3. Three companies (Ixia, QLogic and Teledyne LeCroy) have opened  2550100 Solution Labs. 
  4. In only one year since its inception, membership in the 2550100 Alliance has grown to over 140 companies.
  5. The alliance has become a global community with members in North America, Europe and Asia.
  6. Crowd-sourced reference material from members and non-members is now available to industry watchers at www.2550100.com.

“The new generation of 25, 50 and 100 Gb Ethernet technology bolsters enterprise performance and workload management required by hyperscale, cloud service providers and high performance computing,” said Ravi Pendekanti, Vice President of Server Product Management at Dell. “Proven reference architectures, or blueprints, are helping speed the pervasive adoption of 25GbE technology. Regardless of ecosystem, customers now have a clear path to designing and deploying I/O intensive computing environments, an essential step in building a future-ready data center.”

http://www.2550100.com


Embotics Raises $12 Million for Multi-Cloud Software

Embotics, a start-up based in Ottawa, raised $12.1 million for its multi-cloud management software for public and private cloud environments.

The Embotics vCommander integrates into private, public or hybrid infrastructure to empower enterprises and service providers to deliver ITaaS, intelligent automation and enhanced IT governance and control, without locking them into a single platform.

The funding came from Arrowroot Capital.

“We are thrilled to partner with Arrowroot to support our objective of creating the world’s leading cloud management software company,” said Michael L. Torto, CEO of Embotics. “We continue to execute on our company’s mission of delivering the easiest and most powerful multi-cloud management solutions while driving down operational costs and providing intelligent IT automation and controls for our customers. The investment capital comes at a perfect time to help us step on the gas and speed our growth.”

http://www.embotics.com

Midokura Secures $20 Million for Network Abstraction

Midokura announced $20.4 million in Series B funding for its software network virtualization solutions.

Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM)  technology offers an intelligent, software-based network abstraction layer between the hosts and the physical network, thereby decoupling the IaaS cloud from the network hardware.

The Series B funding participation came from Japanese Fintech company Simplex Inc., and existing investors Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) and Allen Miner, a member of Midokura’s board of directors. The new funding brings Midokura’s total investment to over $44 million to date.

“Midokura aims to fundamentally transform and automate networking for any public, private or hybrid cloud and container deployment. We are delighted to have the support of our investors in our $20 million Series B funding round, and are poised to build upon our success,” said Dan Dumitriu, co-founder and CEO of Midokura. “We look forward to further developing our globally adopted MEM network virtualization technology to support the world’s appetite for microservices and IoT connected devices, as well as growing our team, strategic business partnerships and valuable channel alliances.”

http://www.midonet.org

Solarwinds Brings Visibility in Hybrid IT

SolarWinds release a major update to its flagship Network Performance Monitor (NPM) tool that now gives network administrators the hybrid IT visual insights and analysis needed for visibility into the performance of services across not only the networks they own—but those of their service providers and cloud vendors as well.

Specifically, SolarWinds NPM 12 now features NetPath and Network Insight, providing the ability to view the performance details of and pinpoint bottlenecks on all the networks connecting critical services and applications, whether they be on-premises or in the cloud.

The SolarWinds NPM 12 network monitoring software visually maps hybrid network paths alongside on-premises data. For example, NetPath gives IT professionals whose organizations use cloud-based applications such as Salesforce® the ability to identify the exact location of a performance issue—whether on the internal LAN, with a WAN provider or on the cloud application vendor’s own network—and provides actionable insights for resolution. Specific NetPath features include:

  • Dynamic and visual hop-by-hop analysis of critical paths and devices along the entire network delivery path—on-premises, in the cloud or across hybrid IT environments.
  • Specific, actionable information to resolve network issues regardless of network ownership.
  • Automatic and dynamic thresholds to identify unhealthy critical paths and network nodes, providing an estimated 50 percent faster time to resolution.
  • Visualized critical path performance over time for historical views of network latency.
  • Identification of device configuration changes along critical paths when integrated with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager.
  • Immediate insight into the traffic travelling across flow-enabled devices impacting network performance when integrated with SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer.


“Applications, whether on-premises or in the cloud, are the heart of business, but they’re useless without the networks that connect them to end users,” said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds. “Until now, the capabilities to monitor the performance of those networks regardless of ownership were impossible within a single tool—traceroute tools are typically blocked from accessing service provider networks, and cloud monitoring tools don’t have adequate visibility into on-premises infrastructure performance. With NetPath and Network Insight, SolarWinds NPM 12 is delivering the dynamic visibility and actionable insights IT professionals need to effectively manage all the networks impacting the applications their organizations rely on in a hybrid IT world—every node, every path, every network.”
http://www.solarwinds.com

Skyport Appoints Kelly Seelig as CMO

Skyport Systems, a start-up offering secure infrastructure solutions, has appointed Kelly Seelig to the position of chief marketing officer (CMO).

Previously, Seelig served as vice president of marketing and communications for BlueJeans Network and as senior vice president of global marketing for BlueSnap. She formerly held marketing positions at two other notable Silicon Valley startups, including cleantech company Bloom Energy.

http://www.skyportsystems.com

Skyport Raises $30 Million from GV and Cisco


Skyport Systems announced a $30 million round of funding led by GV (formerly known as Google Ventures), with participation from Cisco Investments, Thomvest Ventures, Northgate Capital and InstantScale, as well as existing investors Index Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Intel Capital. This Series C round brings total Skyport funding to $67 million. Skyport, which is based in Mountain View, California, specializes in secure infrastructure for protecting...

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Skyport Offers Hardened Servers for Microsoft Active Directory.


Skyport Systems announced a turnkey solution to deliver a hardened implementation of Microsoft Active Directory. Through a partnership with Ascent Solutions, Skyport SkySecure delivers bundles for data center Active Directory production forests, highly secure ‘Red Forest’ administrative zones and cloud access DMZ authentication services.  Skyport said this provides a clean source computing platform with secure boot and ongoing malware and rootkit...

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cisco: 22% CAGR Growth in Global IP Traffic from 2015-2020

Global IP traffic will nearly triple at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 percent over the next five years as more than a billion new Internet users come online and new applications take hold, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Complete Forecast for 2015 to 2020.

Some highlights:


  • Globally, M2M connections are calculated to grow nearly three-fold from 4.9 billion in 2015 to 12.2 billion by 2020, representing nearly half (46 percent) of total connected devices.    
  • Global IP traffic is expected to reach 194.4 exabytes per month by 2020, up from 72.5 exabytes per month in 2015. The global annual run rate will reach 2.3 zettabytes by 2020—up from 870 exabytes in 2015.
  • Global broadband speeds will nearly double from 24.7 Mbps in 2015 to 47.7 Mbps by 2020.
  • By 2020, 71 percent of total IP traffic will originate with non-PC devices including tablets, smartphones, and televisions, compared to 47 percent in 2015. 
  • By 2020, smartphones will generate 30 percent of total IP traffic, while PC’s total IP traffic contribution will fall to 29 percent.
  • Internet video will increase four-fold between 2015 and 2020.
  • Online gaming will be the fastest growing residential Internet service, growing from 1.1 billion users in 2015 to 1.4 billion users by 2020.
  • In 2015, Wi-Fi and mobile-connected devices generated 62 percent of Internet traffic (Wi-Fi: 55 percent; cellular: 7 percent; fixed: 38 percent). By 2020, Wi-Fi and mobile-connected devices will generate 78 percent of Internet traffic (Wi-Fi: 59 percent; cellular: 19 percent; fixed: 22 percent).


http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/service-provider/visual-networking-index-vni/index.html

Cisco has been publishing its annual Cisco Visual Networking Index since 2006.  Highlights of previous forecasts can be found here:
http://www.convergedigest.com/search?q=VNI

GSA: Global LTE Subscribers Top 1.29 Billion

The number of LTE subscribers worldwide exceeded 1.29 billion as of the end of Q1 2016, according to GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, and based on data from Ovum.

Alan Hadden, Vice President, GSA said: “LTE subscriptions were signed up during Q1 2016 at an average of 2 million per day and the rate is accelerating. LTE is now connecting over 1 in 6 mobile subscribers worldwide (17.4%).”

Some highlights:

  • LTE gained 182 million connections in Q1 2016, almost 4 times faster than 3G/HSPA systems. 
  • 3G/HSPA subscriptions grew by 48 million while GSM subscriptions fell by 120 million in the same quarter. 
  • The number of LTE and LTE-Advanced subscriptions is expected to pass the 3G/WCDMA-HSPA global total in 2020, and possibly sooner. 
  • Over 645 million LTE subscriptions worldwide were gained during the past year, representing 100% annual growth.
  • The Asia region, with over 734 million LTE subscriptions, further grew its share of global LTE subscriptions quarter on quarter to reach 56.9%. 
  • By March 2016 China had passed 511 million LTE subscriptions, adding 96.3 million in the quarter. North America remains the second largest LTE market with 253 million, though its share of the world market further declined 2.6% in the quarter to 19.6% of the global total. The European share of the global total is 14%.
  • 503 operators have commercially launched LTE systems in 167 countries, according to GSA data announced at the end of May 2016. 
  • Around 25% of LTE operators have commercially launched LTE-Advanced service including several LTE operators who are now introducing LTE-Advanced Pro technologies, sometimes referred to as 4.5G, which is established as a major industry trend in 2016. LTE-Advanced Pro systems can support peak downlink speeds up to 1 Gbps and beyond.


http://www.gsacom.com

Verizon Picks Radisys FlowEngine

Verizon has selected Radisys’ FlowEngine Intelligent Traffic Distribution System for its its SDN-enabled service delivery platform. In its financial reporting, Radisys had previously disclosed the contract to supply its FlowEngine to a tier-one, North American operator.

Radisys’ FlowEngine, which is available on the company's TDE-1000, TDE-500 and TDE-200 platforms, and as a virtualized network function, delivers high performance IP packet classification and flow-based intelligent load balancing for distributing up to 1.2 Tbps of aggregate data traffic across third-party compute server platforms hosting Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs). This enables service providers to support millions of concurrent subscribers and flows.

“With the improved flexibility and programmability, we can accelerate introduction of new services that have large and small traffic flows, including cloud-based applications, video optimization and IoT,” said Damascene Joachimpillai, director, Internet Services Architecture, Verizon Labs. “Radisys’ FlowEngine technology will help us deploy a cost-effective, intelligent front end traffic distributor that normalizes traffic at a single point in the network for high throughput and low latency.”

Radisys said the FlowEngine’s intelligent load balancing and support for open control interfaces, such as the IETF ForCES architecture and ONF OpenFlow, allow real-time policies to be introduced dynamically and programmatically into the network. Certified interoperable with a number of third-party SDN controllers, including Mojatatu Networks’ MojaNET, FlowEngine allows for independent scale and flexibility of network elements by decoupling the control plane from data plane forwarding.

“Our FlowEngine products have been built from the ground up to enable service agility at scale without compromising performance,” said Bryan Sadowski, vice president of FlowEngine Product Marketing, Radisys. “By embracing the SDN disaggregated network model and industry standard control interfaces as well as working with innovative companies like Mojatatu Networks, we help mobile and cable/MSO service providers drive intelligence to the subscriber level, allowing millions of flows to be accessed and enabled through the network in real-time. We worked closely with Verizon on this technology and are excited to be chosen for their programmable edge router network transformation project.”

http://www.radisys.com

Video: Building Scalable SDN and NFV Deployments with Radisys’ FlowEngine



Key members of the Radisys FlowEngine team: Bryan Sadowski, VP of FlowEngine Marketing; Andrew Alleman, CTO; and Joseph Sulistyo, Director – Product Strategy and Management describe how the FlowEngine allows operators to innovate and deliver new services with agility and speed. https://youtu.be/l_xU2upv07w...


Symantec Debuts Automotive Anomaly Detection

Symantec is launching a new security product aimed at protecting automobiles from zero-day attacks. The idea is to leverage machine learning to provide passive in-vehicle security analytics that monitor all Controller Area Network (CAN) bus traffic without disrupting vehicle operations, learn what normal behavior is and flag anomalous activity that may indicate an attack.

Key benefits of Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive include:

  • Learning the vehicle’s behavior in a deeper, more precise way, enabling automakers to see previously unseen attacks.
  • Automatically prioritizing incidents based on perceived criticality and risk.
  • Automatically detecting anomalies without requiring manufacturers to set rules or create policies.
  • Using minimal memory and CPU power with an analytics solution built from the ground up for vehicles.

“Automotive security threats have gone from theory to reality,” said Shankar Somasundaram, senior director of product management and engineering at Symantec. “Symantec is bringing the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of security technologies to the car. The infrastructure and technology that already helps protect billions of devices and trillions of dollars now protects the car. We’re building long-term comprehensive security all while delivering ground breaking protection for cars today.”

http://www.symantec.com

HPE and Docker Announce Alliance

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a strategic alliance with Docker covering sales, go-to-market, engineering, support, services and knowledge sharing for enterprise data center solutions.

Specifically, HPE is launching a Docker ready server program, which ensures HPE servers are bundled with Docker Engine and support.

"In order to survive and thrive in the idea economy, companies must transform the IT experience so that lines of business and developers can innovate faster, smarter and fearlessly," said Antonio Neri, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "Hewlett Packard Enterprise is innovating across its entire datacenter portfolio to help customers with that transformation. Together with Docker, we are making it easier for IT to deploy and manage containers, while giving organizations solutions that optimize their investments and power a new generation of applications that are the business."
 
"The default availability of Docker's technology on every HPE server and HPE's hyper-converged platform enables enterprises to take advantage of the benefits of containerization while leveraging their investments in existing systems and process," said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. "Having a strategic alliance that starts with Docker Engine but extends to include our commercial end-to-end platform, Docker Datacenter, provides HPE customers with a comprehensive solution that covers all of their requirements over time. Enterprises leveraging this joint solution can achieve immediate efficiencies while focusing on existing applications, which can include a 20X optimization on their infrastructure, while shipping their applications 13X faster."

http://www.hpe.com
http://www.docker.com

Telia Carrier Provides Global IP Backbone for Ericsson IoT

Telia Carrier will provide backhaul and interconnect solutions to Ericsson's Device Connection Platform via a dedicated IoT backbone. The agreement enables IoT operators to connect via any of Telia Carrier's 220 IPX PoPs directly to Ericsson's Device Connection Platform in a single network hop.

"It's pretty clear that IoT needs its own backbone," says Brendan Ives, CEO of Telia Carrier. "It's one thing to connect the Internet of Things today, but if you consider we will soon be connecting smart cities and the cars that drive us, things are about to get real. Ericsson is one of the driving forces in IoT with the Networked Society. We are pleased to have been chosen to provide the connectivity it deserves."

Anders Olin, Vice President Product Area Network Functions with Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson, says: "Our operator customers can now connect directly to our Device Connection Platform with a preintegrated, scalable & secure backbone solution. The combined offering from Telia Carrier and Ericsson is fully aligned to provide the SLAs demanded by business-critical IoT applications."

http://www.teliacarrier.com/

ARM Advances Cortex-A73 on TSMC 16FFC Process

ARM today announced the availability of ARM® Artisan® physical IP, including POP™ IP, for

ARM advanced the timeline for mainstream mobile SoCs based on the new ARM Cortex-A73 processor on the TSMC 16FFC (FinFET Compact) process by releasing "Artisan" physical IP to help its SoC partner with their development.

ARM taped out the first TSMC 16FFC test chip incorporating Cortex-A73 POP IP in early May 2016. ARM said this new chip is enabling  partners to move quickly towards the validation of key performance and power metrics for their products. The Cortex-A73 is part of the latest ARM mobile IP suite and it has been designed to deliver significant increases in sustained performance and efficiency compared with the Cortex-A72.

“When designing mainstream mobile SoCs, design teams are challenged to balance implementation and optimization efforts with cost-efficiencies,” said Will Abbey, general manager, physical design group, ARM. “Our latest physical IP collaboration with TSMC addresses this challenge by providing ARM partners with the best SoC optimization solution available for the Cortex-A73. An optimized Cortex-A73 POP solution will help our partners to accelerate their own core implementation knowledge and enable faster time to tape out.”

http://www.arm.com

Monday, June 6, 2016

WSJ: Key Engineering Team at Cisco Resigns

Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero, and Soni Jiandani have resigned from Cisco, according a The Wall Street Journal, following a management shake-up.

The "MPLS" team (first letters of their names) were associated with Cisco "spin-in" companies -- start-ups that were officially outside of Cisco but acquired by Cisco once their products were ready.  The latest such venture was Insieme Networks, which developed application centric infrastructure (ACI) technology and the Nexus 9000 family of data center switches for End-of-Row (EoR), top-of-rack and middle-of-rack deployments. Cisco acquired Insieme in 2013 for $830 million.

Other acquisitions associated with the team include Crescendo Communications (1993), which became the Catalyst switching line; Andiamo Systems (2002), a Fibre Channel switch; and Nuova Systems (2008), which became the Cisco UCS line.


Comcast Readies for Gigabit Internet Service Rollout in Nashville

Comcast is beginning an advanced consumer trial of Gigabit Internet service to Nashville, it's second market following an earlier trial launched in Atlanta in April. The service uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology.

Comcast said initial customers in Nashville will have the choice of a promotional contract price of $70 per month for 36 months, or an everyday price with no contract at $139.95.

http://www.xfinity.com/gig


Starman Plans 10G EPON for Estonia, Not DOCSIS

Starman, the largest cable operator in the Baltic States, plans to deploy a 10-gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10G EPON) across Estonia beginning in Q4 2016.  The new network will deliver ultra-broadband services to residential customers living in Estonia and meet growing customer demand for high-speed, high-quality triple-play (voice, Internet and cable) services. Furthermore, the solution supports DOCSIS provisioning over EPON (DPoE), which allows for a low-touch integration into the existing cable network and DOCSIS back-end systems. The solution also includes Nokia's Optical Network Termination (ONT) devices, providing consumers with the latest generation gigabit Wi-Fi technology.

Nokia said the contract shows "how cable operators globally are considering deep fiber and fiber-to-the-home deployments as a realistic and cost-effective alternative to upgrading their current DOCSIS 3.0 Hybrid Fiber Coax networks to 3.1, in order to meet subscriber demands." Starman is the first European cable operator to commercially deploy a 10G EPON fiber access residential solution for brownfield deployments.

"After careful consideration of the different technology options, we determined that Nokia's 10-gigabit fiber network would allow us to deliver the best service and end-user experience to our customers. We chose Nokia because of their unique ability to provide both the latest technology innovations and expertise from their top specialists. When investing in the Internet services we bring to our customers' home, ensuring the technology is future-proof is essential. Today we are choosing solutions that can allow for symmetrical connections greater than 1Gbps, enabling us to skip some current technological developments and take a seat on the new high-speed 10G train," Starman Group Technology Director Jaanus Erlemann.

http://www.nokia.com

China Mobile Implements Nokia GPON for Mobile Backhaul

China Mobile is deploying a GPON mobile backhaul network in Jiangsu and Henan provinces of China using the Nokia 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager and the Nokia 7368 ISAM ONT. The same technology provides China Mobile with the backhaul infrastructure needed to support residential subscribers, enterprises, hotels, banks, schools and hospitals spread over some of China's most populated areas. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"It's no secret that mobile traffic is exploding, growing exponentially as the world continues to go wireless. To support the data demands of wireless subscribers, operators are increasingly turning to fixed fiber networks such as GPON for their backhaul requirements to satisfy the scale, efficiencies and cost savings they seek. GPON also eliminates the need to create parallel and dedicated networks for backhaul, while simultaneously expanding the fiber footprint to support growing residential and business ultra-broadband demands," stated Federico Guillèn, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks business group.

http://www.nokia.com

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Qadium Raises $20M for Indexing Connected Devices

Qadium, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $20 million in Series A funding for developing its platform for indexing every device on the public Internet.

Qadium, which was seeded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), seeks to identify relationships between connected devices at scale for corporate and government cybersecurity applications. The company said its platform sends signals throughout the public internet space, interpreting returned data to determine what devices are running where, and building network graphs to understand relationships between those devices.Results are made available to customers in a software product called Expander with associated professional services.

The funding round was led by Scott Sandell, prominent technology investor and managing partner of NEA. Peter Thiel (via Founders Fund) and other previous investors also participated in the Series A.

“Our platform is relevant to every IT transaction,” stated Tim Junio, Qadium’s co-founder and CEO. “Every time a company would otherwise pay a team of consultants to come in with clipboards, or to have a security team dig through voluminous log files, Qadium can provide analytic software.”

http://www.qadium.com

ARM Adds Tools for Embedded and IoT Developers

ARM will offer simplified and expedited access to EDA tooling and design environments from Cadence and Mentor Graphics. The partnership builds on the benefits of free access to ARM Cortex-M0 processor IP offered through the DesignStart portal, which offers SoC designers free access to ARM Cortex-M0 processor IP for design, simulation and prototyping with the option to buy a simplified and standardized $40,000 fast track license.

ARM said the addition of Cadence and Mentor Graphics tools for DesignStart users accelerates the development of custom SoCs for embedded and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

“ARM’s DesignStart portal, with its convenient access to the Cortex-M0 package and its low-cost path to commercialization, is already making it easier for start-ups and OEMs to create embedded and mixed-signal SoCs,” said Nandan Nayampally, vice president of marketing and strategy, CPU group, ARM. “Simplifying access to EDA tools from Cadence and Mentor Graphics will further spur rapid innovation, creating a fast path to production silicon for companies looking to deliver an embedded or connected IoT product.”

http://www.arm.com