Monday, June 20, 2016

Docker Brings Built-in Container Orchestration

Docker is adding built-in orchestration capabilities to it Docker Engine, thereby enabling developers and IT organization to form a self-organizing, self-healing pool of machines on which to run multi-container distributed applications – both traditional apps and microservices – at scale in production. Specifically, Docker 1.12 will offer an optional “Swarm mode” feature that users can select to “turn on” built-in orchestration, or they can also elect to use either their own custom tooling or third-party orchestrators that run on Docker Engine.

“Orchestration is at the same stage today as containerization was before Docker. You either need an army of experts to build it, or you lock yourself to a monolithic platform which will drastically reduce your choice of suppliers,” said Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO at Docker. “Three years ago we brought containerization into the mainstream by making it usable for non-experts, without lock-in. We think it’s time to do the same for orchestration. This is a necessary step for the industry to move forward, and as the leaders of the containerization market it’s our responsibility to lead this change.”

The upcoming Docker 1.12 release simplifies the process of creating groups of Docker Engines, also known as swarms, which are now backed by automated service discovery and a built-in distributed datastore. The company said that unlike other systems, the swarm itself has no single point of failure. The state of all services is replicated in real time across a group of managers so containers can be rescheduled after any node failure. Docker orchestration includes a unique in-memory caching layer that maintains state of the entire swarm, providing a non-blocking architecture which assures scheduling performance even during peak times. Additionally, the system has a built-in routing mesh technology that addresses the challenge of how to provide container-aware load balancing. The routing mesh ensures that requests are made to the right containers regardless of where they have been scheduled within the swarm.

For security, each Engine is automatically assigned a cryptographic identity which ensures that only validated Engines can be accepted into a swarm. Moreover, Docker Engine comes with mutually authenticated TLS, providing authentication, authorization and end-to-end encrypted communications among every node participating in the swarm, without the operator having to take any steps to enable it.

http://www.docker.com

Weaveworks Debuts Microservices Console

Weaveworks, a start-up that offers networking and monitoring software for containers and microservices, today announced the public beta of Weave Cloud, a microservices console allowing developers and operations to quickly connect, visualize and monitor containers and microservices, regardless of the orchestrator. The console can be used to connect and manage containers and microservices, bridging the gap between the orchestration platform and the application. The product integrates SaaS versions of the full Weave stack, including Weave Net and Weave Scope.

Weaveworks is also introducing Weave Net 1.6, part of Weave Cloud, which adds native Docker container network integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Specifically, Weave Net orchestrates Docker and AWS VPC so that containers become “first class citizens” on the VPC network, using IP addresses from the VPC and gaining direct access to all of the rich networking capabilities of VPC.

https://www.weave.works/

Datadog Sees Docker Deployments Increasing

Docker market share has grown 30% in one year with larger enterprise companies leading adoption, according to a recent survey by Datadog, which offers a monitoring service for dynamic cloud infrastructure.

Datadog’s Docker Adoption Research was based on a sample of 10,000 companies and tracks real usage, making it the largest and most accurate review of Docker adoption published to date. Datadog found that two-thirds of companies that try Docker adopt it within one month and quintuple their usage within nine months. These statistics demonstrate that containerization is solving real, immediate problems for companies at scale.


Datadog also introduced its Automated Service Discovery, a service that enables teams to seamlessly monitor Dockerized infrastructure without interruption as it expands, contracts, and shifts across hosts by continuously listening to Docker events. Whenever a container is created or started, the Datadog Agent identifies which service is running then starts collecting and reporting metrics. Whenever a container is stopped or destroyed, the Agent recognizes that as well.

“Datadog has been adopted by thousands of leading enterprise companies transitioning away from legacy IT,” said Olivier Pomel, Co-Founder and CEO of Datadog. “This gives us unique insight into where the industry is heading, what innovative technologies are being adopted, and allows us to better service these customers.”

http://www.datadog.com

Dell Launches New High Performance Computing Portfolio

Dell launched a new a family of high-performance computing (HPC) systems tuned for specific science, manufacturing and analytics workloads with fully tested and validated building block systems, backed by a single point of hardware support and additional service options across the solution lifecycle. Dell's new HPC Systems feature an Intel Scalable System Framework configuration with the latest Xeon processors, support for Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) fabric, and software in the Dell HPC Lustre Storage and Dell HPC NFS Storage solutions.

Dell has instituted a customer early access program for early development and testing in preparation for Dell’s next server offering in the HPC solutions portfolio, the Dell PowerEdge C6320p server, which will be available in the second half of 2016, with the Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor (formerly code-named Knights Landing).

http://www.dell.com

Aviatrix's Project Skyhook Aims to Manage Distributed Container Clusters

Aviatrix Systems,a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced Project Skyhook to securely connect container groups and enforce policies across distributed hybrid and public clouds.

The project builds on Aviatrix’s cloud native networking software which provides centralized network connectivity, management, and security of applications running on virtual machines.

Specifically, Project Skyhook aims to provide the missing connectivity and adaptive policy management for companies with distributed clusters of containers that are deployed either on-premises or in the public cloud. Aviatrix said its software is not a network overlay. Rather, Aviatrix sits directly in the data path, taking advantage of the richness of Docker’s native VXLAN overlay drivers and APIs, just as it harnesses the AWS, Azure and Google APIs to offer cloud native networking.

“There have been over 30 years of development and increasing sophistication around segmentation and security of on-premises networks for servers and virtual machines. The cloud, containers, and microservices need all this too,” said Steven Mih, Aviatrix CEO. “In tomorrow’s distributed environments, containers will be first class citizens, able to deploy across logical and geographic borders, wherever it makes sense. Thanks to Project Skyhook, Aviatrix will make sure they travel safely.”

http://www.aviatrix.com

Aviatrix Builds Cloud Native Networking for Scaling Virtual Private Clouds

Aviatrix, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, unveiled a "Cloud Native Networking" solution that combines a software-defined network controller and software gateways to enable businesses to scale out virtual private clouds (VPCs) with VLAN-like segmentation of cloud instances and policy-based security. The idea is to make it easier to provision and manage VPCs that span public, private and hybrid clouds. The Aviatrix software provisions, orchestrates and connects secure tunnels across regions, eliminating manual configuration and reducing administrative complexity of cloud-to-cloud, user-to-cloud and site-to-cloud connectivity.

The upcoming Aviatrix 2.0 software, which will be generally available in June, enables virtual cloud provisioning for AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.  Aviatrix could be used to link and manage resources in multiple clouds. The company said it has already established close partnerships with the big three cloud providers.

The solution consists of the Aviatrix web-portal-based controller, and one or more Aviatrix gateways deployed on the cloud or on-premises. The controller is the central point of configuration, orchestration, and monitoring for all functions and cloud services, while the gateway manages each VPC and performs encryption/decryption, packet forwarding, policy enforcements and logging capabilities. VLAN-like segmentation helps maximize application security by ensuring that each application is fully isolated and protected

Platform9 Managed Kubernetes Supports Docker

Plarform9 announced support for Docker containers with its enterprises-ready, container management and orchestration platform, which is based on Kubernetes.

Platform9 said Kubernetes is the leader among a new class of container management frameworks because it provides features such as service discovery, load balancing and application lifecycle management.

Platform9 adds features such as single sign on (SSO), role-based access control (RBAC) and multi-tenancy for policy and governance, as well as persistent storage, isolated networking, and image management. Further, uptime and stability of the deployment are critical.

"For forward-looking organizations that are taking a containerized approach to applications for greater agility and efficiency, Kubernetes provides a powerful orchestration framework for DevOps workflows," said Madhura Maskasky, co-founder and vice president of product at Platform9. "Platform9 Managed Kubernetes simplifies and supercharges orchestration with operational capabilities and service-level guarantees that make it quick, easy and affordable for enterprises to deploy and run containers at scale in production."

The new product is in beta release.

http://www.platform9.com

Platform9 Enables OpenStack Private Clouds

Platform9, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced general availability of its a SaaS solution that transforms an organization's existing servers into an AWS-like agile, self-service private cloud.  A version of Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere environments is now available.  A version for KVM environments has been in production since January 2015. Support for Docker is in development; a beta will be announced later this year.

The company said its Platform9 Managed OpenStack’s unique SaaS delivery model not only makes it easy for IT to quickly deploy an OpenStack private cloud but also provides ongoing operational support by including monitoring, troubleshooting and updates for OpenStack.

With today’s announcement, Platform9 now fully supports VMware vSphere environments: a new VMware specific Virtual Appliance is now available to integrate the OpenStack controller services with vSphere resources. The Virtual Appliance works using vSphere APIs and is 100% interoperable with VMware vSphere, so operations can be performed either via the OpenStack control plane or via vSphere directly. The result is that for the first time, VMware customers have an easy to manage, fully interoperable solution to orchestrate their resources as an OpenStack-based private cloud.

“Platform9’s mission is to make private clouds easy to deploy and manage for the enterprise. By fully supporting VMware vSphere, we are enabling every VMware customer to instantly derive greater value and infrastructure agility from existing virtualized infrastructure,” said Sirish Raghuram, co-founder and CEO of Platform9. “Customers no longer need to choose between the world’s leading private cloud platform (OpenStack) and the world’s leading virtualization platform (VMware vSphere): Platform9 Managed OpenStack is 100% interoperable with VMware vSphere, allowing customers to integrate OpenStack and vSphere seamlessly. Developers can have self-service provisioning using OpenStack while at the same time, IT Operations manages the underlying infrastructure using vSphere.”

Platform9 also announced $10 million in Series B funding, bringing the funding total to $14.5 million. Menlo Ventures led the round, and previous investor Redpoint Ventures also participated. The company plans to use the money to accelerate its product roadmap for its growing customer base.

http://www.platform9.com


  • Platform9 was founded by early VMware engineers Sirish Raghuram (CEO), Madhura Maskasky (VP Product), Roopak Parikh (VP Engineering) and Bich Le (Chief Architect)/ 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ericsson's 5G Software Plug-ins Extend LTE

Ericsson announced a number of 5G Plug-Ins, software-driven innovations that bring essential 5G technology concepts to existing LTE networks. Ericsson said LTE will continue to expand and evolve, addressing both an increased number of subscribers and their growing demands for extreme app coverage for data and video, as well as new low power wide area (LPWA) applications for the Internet of Things (IoT).  These include:

  • Massive MIMO Plug-In: Massive MIMO is the combination of Single-User MIMO (SU-MIMO) and beamforming supported by advanced antennas with a large number of steerable ports. Massive MIMO improves both the user experience and the capacity and coverage of the network. 
  • Multi-User MIMO Plug-In: building on Massive MIMO, Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) transmits data to multiple user devices using the same time and frequency resources and coordinates beamforming. MU-MIMO provides a better user experience, enhances network capacity and coverage, and reduces interference.
  • RAN Virtualization Plug-In: RAN Virtualization improves network efficiency and performance by enabling Virtual Network Functions (VNF) to be centralized on a common platform supporting both 4G and 5G.
  • Intelligent Connectivity Plug-In: where 5G and 4G coverage areas overlap, Intelligent Connectivity enables the network to robustly anchor and intelligently route data based on application requirements and network resource availability, increasing the combined data throughput of 4G and 5G resources.
  • Latency Reduction Plug-In: this Plug-In shortens access procedures and modifies the frame structure to enable instant network access and more frequent transmissions. This in turn reduces time-to-content while enabling real-time communications for key 5G applications such as smart vehicles.

"5G will be driven by new use cases requiring higher performance - from connected cars with perfect driving records, to immersive augmented reality for remote surgery, to multi-K movies on mobile devices. 5G will unlock new consumer and industrial applications, and with our 5G field trial plans already well underway, we are now introducing Ericsson 5G Plug-Ins, which enable the evolutionary steps that operators need to take as they develop networks to secure their 5G future," stated Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com


Bluetooth 5 Promises 4X Range, 2X Speed

The next update to Bluetooth, which should arrive in late 2016 to early 2017, promises significantly increased range, speed, and broadcast messaging capacity.

Bluetooth 5 will quadruples range, doubles speed, and increases data broadcasting capacity by 800%, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest group. The increased data broadcast capacity will drive the adoption of Bluetooth-enabled beacons and location-based services in the home automation, enterprise, and industrial markets.

“Bluetooth 5 will transform the way people experience the IoT by making it something that happens simply and seamlessly around them,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Increasing operation range will enable connections to IoT devices that extend far beyond the walls of a typical home, while increasing speed supports faster data transfers and software updates for devices. And now with the ability to broadcast a much richer set of information, Bluetooth 5 will make beacons, location awareness, and other connectionless services an even more relevant part of an effortless and seamless IoT experience”

ASML to Acquire HMI for Sub-10nm Lithography

Netherlands-based ASML, a leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, agreed to acquire Taiwan-based Hermes Microvision,  a leading supplier of pattern verification systems used for advanced semiconductor devices, in a cash transaction valued at about TWD 100 billion (approximately EUR 2.75 billion).

The two companies are leaders in their respective fields and have been working together on new approaches that IC manufacturers can use to improve yields in the production of the most advanced microchips as they enter sub-10 nanometer resolutions and 3D integration. This requires very dense, high resolution metrology to measure and control device performance, whereas 3D integration requires very dense, high voltage contrast metrology for process control.

“Our over-arching goal is to serve our customers even better and offer them the tools they need to achieve higher yields at the most advanced nodes. This acquisition is intended to make a strong product offering even stronger. Our metrology technologies are complementary, and when combined offer the chance to significantly improve process control, and hence yields, for our customers. Our two companies have worked together for almost two years to see how we could best combine our capabilities, and found that we could significantly improve this constructive cooperation and better serve our customer by teaming up as one company. This also means that we expect enhanced product offerings faster,” said Peter Wennink, President and Chief Executive Officer at ASML.

http://www.ASML.com

Samsung Acquires Joyent for Container-Native Platform

Samsung Electronics has acquired Joyent, a start-up based in San Francisco that delivers container-native infrastructure, offering public cloud and private cloud software solutions for real-time web and mobile applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Since its inception, just over ten years ago, Joyent has developed Node.js, a Javascript runtime, into a de facto standard for web, mobile and IoT architectures. Joyent now offers Triton, a containers as a service solution, and Manta, a scalable object storage solution.

As a result of this acquisition, Samsung will become an anchor tenant for Joyent’s Triton and Manta solutions. Joyent said Samsung will bring it scale, financial muscle, and a strong partner for innovation. Joyent will continue as an independent subsidiary of Samsung.

“Samsung evaluated a wide range of potential companies in the public and private cloud infrastructure space with a focus on leading-edge scalable technology and talent. In Joyent, we saw an experienced management team with deep domain expertise and a robust cloud technology validated by some of the largest Fortune 500 customers,” said Injong Rhee, CTO of the Mobile Communications business at Samsung Electronics
http://www.samsung.com
http://www.joyent.com

"5G for Switzerland" Backed by Swisscom and Ericsson

Swisscom, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and Ericsson are launching a "5G for Switzerland" program that aims to understand to how 5G can play a transformative role in areas such as smart transportation, autonomous driving, automated traffic control systems, smart grid, IoT, and virtual reality.

Heinz Herren, CTO and CIO Swisscom said: “5G is still in the early stages of development. For Swisscom it is essential to be in on the planning from the start, preparing for future applications.”

Martin Buerki, Ericsson Country Manager, Switzerland, said: “We are delighted to partner with Swisscom and EPFL to extend our 5G for Europe program to Switzerland where we can address the innovation potential that 5G communications technology will bring by working together with local industries.”

http://www.ericsson.com

T-Mobile US Impletements Enhanced Voice Service Codec with Ericsson

With Ericsson’s support, T-Mobile U.S. has implemented the Enhanced Voice Service (EVS) next-generation audio codec, which was standardized in 3GPP for VoLTE/LTE networks.

The companies confirmed that T-Mobile provides nationwide EVS support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling users, delivering even greater audio quality than current HD voice services, and better call reliability and quality across both T-Mobile’s LTE network and Wi-Fi access.

“With Ericsson’s partnership, we’ve been able to bring better voice reliability and higher fidelity calls to T-Mobile customers in more times and places than HD voice alone could provide. We already have three EVS-capable devices in the market and will have seven by the end of the year,” stated Mark McDiarmid, Vice President Radio Network Engineering and Development at T-Mobile.

https://www.ericsson.com/news/160614-evolved-hd0-voice-for-volte_244039855_c

Coriant Adds SDN Capabilities

Coriant announced a number of new features and capabilities that extend SDN control to a broader set of multi-layer (Layer 0-3) transport applications. These include:

  • Extended SDN control from metro to core – Coriant extends SDN automation and control from the long haul optical core (e.g., Coriant hiT 7300) to packet-centric metro and access applications with availability of Coriant Transcend SDN Solution support for the Coriant mTera Universal Transport Platform (UTP), Coriant 7100 Packet Optical Transport Platform, Coriant Pluggable Optical Layer, Coriant Groove G30 DCI Platform, and Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform.
  • Seamless SDN and NMS interworking – by leveraging common resources and algorithms, including Path Computation Element (PCE) and network databases, Coriant improves interworking between the Coriant Transcend SDN Solution and Coriant TNMS. 
  • Improved Planning and Optimization – new Coriant TNMS software features provide more comprehensive support for full lifecycle tasks, including network planning, commissioning, maintenance, and optimization. Recently deployed in production Tier 1 networks, these intelligent optical control capabilities accelerate time-to-market for high-speed services by automating operational tasks and improving efficiencies in service workflows.
  • Support for MEF Ethernet Services – Coriant expands the multi-layer capabilities of the Coriant Transcend SDN Solution with the addition of support for Carrier Ethernet (CE) and MPLS-TP-based networks and services, with APIs that follow MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) reference architecture.  

"New video and cloud traffic demands are driving the need for enhanced software capabilities that help service providers more effectively manage the transition from traditional to SDN-enabled operational environments," said Filipe Caetano, Director of Product Management, Coriant. "Our new software enhancements reduce the cost of operating end-to-end networks and bring a new level of automation to the planning, commissioning, and management of end-user services."

http://www.coriant.com

IBM and VMware Extend Strategic Cloud Partnership

VMware Horizon Air customers will now be able to take advantage of cloud-hosted desktop and application services via the IBM Cloud.

The announcement reinforces IBM Cloud being a strategic cloud partner for VMware.

VMware Horizon Air cloud services delivers full Windows desktops or published applications to desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

“Our strategic partnership with IBM continues to grow and evolve as we look to enable customers to access corporate applications and data through a secure digital workspace," said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, and head of global marketing and communications, VMware. “Customers are asking for choice and innovation, while protecting existing IT investments. Offering VMware Horizon Air on the IBM Cloud addresses customer demands with an enterprise-grade cloud and services from two proven and trusted companies.”

http://www.vmware.com
http://www.ibm.com


  • Earlier in 2016, IBM and VMware announced a strategic partnership designed to help enterprises take better advantage of the cloud’s speed and economics to extend existing workloads from on-premises software-defined data center to the cloud.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cisco Tetration Targets Pervasive Visibility with Forensics

Cisco unveiled its new Tetration Analytics solution for deep, real-time visibility into packet flows across a data center -- every packet, every flow, every speed.

Cisco Tetration Analytics gathers telemetry data from the ASICs on-board Cisco Nexus 9000 switches and/or from low-overhead software sensors in servers. It then applies machine learning techniques using analytics software running on Cisco UCS C220 servers to addresses critical data center operations such as policy compliance, application forensics, and whitelist security. REST APIs are used to drive a WebGUI.

Cisco Tetration Analytics can continuously monitor application flows in real-time, sending out instant alerts when flows deviate from established behavior. The solution also tracks and analyses historical flows, providing forensic analysis of what happened on the network at certain points in time. Cisco claims 10s of billions of events are searchable in seconds. The big picture is to deliver a "single pane of glass" for all data center activity.

Cisco said continuous monitoring and analysis are key to simplifying operational reliability, ensuring zero-trust operations in automated data centers. The Tetration Analytics could be used in conjunction with Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) architecture to automate policy enforcement through a Cisco APIC. It could also be used in brownfield data centers with the software sensors in the servers.

“Gaining much deeper visibility into the data center and automating actionable analysis across a company’s infrastructure marks a critical technology advancement in building secure digital business models like cloud, mobile and IoT,” said David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Networking and Security Business Group. “We believe the insights we gain from  applications and the data center overall will enhance existing software solutions and drive the future development of new advanced software that will improve business operations, efficiency and customer experiences.”

Cisco has implemented Tetration in its own network, collecting billions of data points over a short period of time. The company said it has been able to reduce operational expenses by 70% while also gaining the ability to untangle application dependencies on hardware infrastructure.

http://www.cisco.com


NEC Carries Record 34.9 Tbps over 6,300km of Fiber

NEC has demonstrated a transmission capacity of 34.9 terabits per second (Tbps on a single optical fiber over a distance greater than 6,300 km.

The results, which were presented earlier this year at OFC 2016 in California, broke previous the spectral efficiency record for transoceanic transmission of 7.1 bit/s/Hz, achieving 8.3 bit/s/Hz using the C-band spectrum. This is a 16.9% improvement on the previous record.

NEC said this level of capacity comes very close to the Shannon limit, which is the fundamental spectral efficiency limit of optical communications. In fact, the demonstration came within 0.5 decibels (dB) of the theoretical maximum value.

"We are proud to have come so close to Shannon's cornerstone of communication theory," said Toru Kawauchi, General Manager of the Submarine Network Division at NEC Corporation. "NEC's research and development teams will continue to explore the limits of even greater subsea capacity, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness."

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201606/global_20160613_02.html

Technical University of Denmark Hits 43 Tbps Optical Transmission

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have achieved an optical transmission speed of 43 terabits per second ( 43 Tbps) using a single laser and a single fiber.

The demonstration used a new type of optical fiber (developed by NTT) that contains seven cores (glass threads) instead of the single core used in standard fiber.

DTU noted that its researchers have previously helped achieve the highest combined data transmission speed in the world—an incredible 1 petabit per second—although this involved using hundreds of lasers.

http://www.dtu.dk/english/News/Nyhed?id=bed76c33-c9da-4214-91f3-c9ed3f8a0e24


Cavium to Acquire QLogic for Server/Storage Adapters

Cavium agreed to acquire all of the outstanding QLogic common stock for approximately $1.36 billion in equity value ($15.50 per share, comprised of $11.00 per share in cash and 0.098 of a share of Cavium common stock for each share of QLogic common stock).

QLogic, which is  based in Aliso Viejo, California, supplies Fibre Channel Adapters, converged network adapter for the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) market, Ethernet adapters, iSCSI adapters, and ASICs.  The company has design wins for next generation Ethernet (10/25/50/100Gb) and Fibre Channel (16/32Gb) platforms.

QLogic, which is listed under the NASDAQ symbol QLGC, was created in 1992 after being spun off by Emulex. QLogic has 782 employees.

Cavium said QLogic's portfolio of advanced connectivity and storage solutions is highly complementary to its portfolio of networking, compute, and security solutions. The combination enables Cavium to offer a complete end-to-end offering to customers in Enterprise, Cloud, Data Center, Storage, Telco and Networking markets.

“Today’s acquisition of QLogic is highly complementary and strategic to Cavium and it creates a diversified pure-play infrastructure semiconductor leader,” stated Syed Ali, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cavium.  “QLogic’s industry leading products extend our market position in data center, cloud and storage markets, and further diversifies our revenue and customer base. In addition to the compelling strategic benefits, the manufacturing, sales and operating synergies will create significant value for our shareholders.”

“QLogic with Cavium is a winning combination for customers and employees and is financially compelling for QLogic shareholders,” said Christine King, Executive Chairman of QLogic. “The scale of operations of a nearly $1 billion revenue business will allow the combined company to deliver better solutions for customers and create more career opportunities for employees. Shareholders will benefit from both the immediate premium, as well as the opportunity to participate in the long-term value creation from the combined company’s strong growth prospects.”

http://www.Cavium.com

Linksys Returns to Selling Cable Modems

Linksys has returned to the business of selling cable modems.

Specifically, Linksys is announcing 3 new cable modems and will be shipping two of them:

  • 8X4 Cable Modem – CM3008 --  Broadband plans under 100 Mpbs - $59.99
  • 16X4 Cable Modem – CM3016 – Broadband plans up to 250 Mbps – Available soon.
  • 24X8 Cable Modem – CM3024 – Broadband plans over 250 Mpbs - $129.99

The CM3008 8X4 and the CM3024 24X8 are DOCSIS 3.0 certified, include Intel Puma chipsets and are compatible with major cable service providers including Charter, Comcast Xfinity, Cox and Time Warner Cable.

“Consumers can save up to $120 a year if they purchase their own cable modem instead of paying monthly rental fees,” said Brian Nickell, cable modem product manager at Linksys.

http://www.linksys.com


  • In 2013, Belkin acquired Linksys from Cisco. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • In 2003, Cisco acquired Linksys for approximately $500 million in Cisco stock
  • Linksys was founded in 1988 in Taiwan and later moved its HQ to California.

NEC Completes Wireless Transport SDN

NEC completed a Wireless Transport SDN Proof of Concept (PoC) with the Open Networking Foundation’s (ONF) Open Transport Working Group.

The PoC, which was hosted by the Telefonica laboratory in Germany in April 2016, involved 12 companies, including NEC, and used a standard OpenDaylight controller.

The actual PoC consisted of five use cases used for the purpose of demonstrating dynamic network view, configuration, discrepancy monitoring and detection, and event handling:

  • Detection and configuration of new microwave devices
  • Detection of aberrances
  • Detection and visualization of the configured microwave network
  • Detection and visualization of the currently effective network
  • Receiving, displaying and storing of alarm information

NEC said it provided its iPASOLINK VR ultra-compact microwave communications systems equipped with a NETCONF interface. The iPASOLINK VR completed all the test cases for configuration and management of wireless network elements in an open environment with an OpenDayLight-based controller.

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201606/global_20160613_01.html


Patricia Robb: Transforming the World with 5G

5G will fundamentally transform the way we live. Access to connectivity will become a basic need for all people.