Wednesday, June 22, 2016

CenturyLink Intros SD-WAN Service

CenturyLink rolled out a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) service that provides business customers with centralized control over a variety of private network access technologies.

The fully-managed service bundles site connectivity, equipment, software licensing, configuration, performance tuning and monitoring with a management and analytics portal. CenturyLink said the customer has the option of managing their own policies or letting CenturyLink manage their policies. CenturyLink also can manage connectivity from a wide range of providers as part of an aggregated solution. Customers can build standalone SD-WAN networks or pursue hybrid approaches that seamlessly integrate MPLS and SD-WAN connected sites. Some key features:

  • Unified management – One network manager that ties disparate networks and access types into a more agile, responsive wide area network that is easy to administer.
  • Access to bandwidth – Leverage broadband connectivity for bandwidth-intensive applications.
  • Speed and agility – Turn up new locations quickly and easily.
  • Simplicity – Add on-demand features that previously required hardware procurement.
  • Security – Access, implement and enforce a broad array of security controls.
  • Economic pricing – Reduce capital expenses and operating expenses for equipment, maintenance and staffing.
  • Visibility – Monitor network and application performance at any point in the network, with access to broad and granular analytics and reporting.
  • Reliability – Experience uniform service levels across all locations, thanks to flexible carrier choices and the ability to scale using network functions virtualization (NFV).
  • Integration – Extend and complement existing network services, such as MPLS and Ethernet, through integration into the SD-WAN platform.
  • Proactive customer support – Access personal support, ongoing performance tuning and recommendations from CenturyLink.


CenturyLink is launching a free-of-charge, 90-day proof-of-concept offer for businesses interested in testing SD-WAN within their wide area network.

"Cloud-based applications, media streaming, video surveillance, enhanced analytics and in-store experience continue to push the network needs of the enterprise. Without significant increases to their traditional private network budgets, enterprises are challenged to meet these ever-growing demands, improve the end-user experience and ensure security and application performance," said CenturyLink Chief Technology Officer Aamir Hussain. "CenturyLink SD-WAN offers a game-changing approach, enabling an instantly better network experience and addressing many of the common pain points faced by organizations that need high-speed, cost-effective network services for numerous locations."

http://news.centurylink.com/news/centurylink-unveils-fully-managed-sd-wan-service

Equinix Silicon Valley Expansion - Interview with Karl Strohmeyer

Equinix has just broken ground on its eight data center in the San Francisco Bay area.

The new building, Equinix SV10, joins two other data centers on the company's campus in south San Jose.  The first phase is expected to come online in 2017 with capacity for about 800 cabinets. Karl Strohmeyer, President of the Americas for Equinix, says this first phase of expansion represents an investment of about $125 million. Equinix is aiming for 100% sustainable power.

See video:  https://youtu.be/qqevSOs0M1Q





Elisabetta Romano: Immersive Experience & VR

Immersive experiences and virtual reality will drive transformative change across the media business.

Big changes in media patterns over the next 5 years will be much more impactful than the industry's evolution over the preceding 50 years, says Elisabetta Romano, VP and Head of TV & Media, Ericsson.



See video:  https://youtu.be/AqKKJ2NiNiE


Twilio's IPO Priced at $15

Twilio announced the pricing of its public offering of 10,000,000 shares of Class A common stock at a price of $15.00 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on June 23, 2016 under the symbol “TWLO.”

Twilio's platform enables developers to embed real-time communication and authentication capabilities directly into their software applications. The company was founded in 2008 and has over 500 employees, with headquarters in San Francisco and other offices in Bogotá, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Mountain View, Munich, New York City, Singapore and Tallinn.

http://www.twilio.com

  • Twilio was founded by Jeff Lawson, previously a Product Manager for Amazon Web Services, and Evan Cooke, previously a Postdoctoral research fellow in network security and distributed systems at the University of Michigan.

HPE Joins OPNFV Pharos Community Test Labs Project

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has joined the Linux Foundation’s OPNFV Pharos Project to help advance the evolution of network functions virtualization (NFV) and ensure consistency and interoperability for the HPE OpenNFV partner ecosystem. The Pharos project is a federated NFV testing infrastructure of community labs around the world designed for hosting continuous integration, deployment and testing of the OPNFV platform. The diversity of perspectives across developers, users and vendors participating in these labs make the project critical to the success of the OPNFV platform.

In addition, HPE will institute processes to verify that its more than 75 HPE OpenNFV partners have OPNFV compliant solutions. This will allow HPE OpenNFV partners to confirm they can run on the OPNFV platform and ensure OPNFV compatibility across environments and vendors, reinforcing HPE’s open, multi-vendor approach to NFV. Communications service providers (CSPs) will then then be able to connect with OPNFV-certified virtual network functions (VNF) partners through the HPE OpenNFV Solution Portal.

“Our involvement in OPNFV Pharos Labs and our plan to integrate HPE and OPNFV’s onboarding processes are evidence of HPE’s commitment to open source and demonstrate how HPE OpenNFV and OPNFV are complementary efforts to accelerate NFV deployments,” said Prodip Sen, CTO, NFV, HPE and board chair, OPNFV. “Now that we are part of a broader NFV testing environment, we will be able to exchange our experience and learnings with the industry and will be able to improve NFV implementation and interoperability in a consistent way.”

http://www.hpe.com/us/en/networking/nfv.html

Cloudify Offers Open Source NFV MANO

GigaSpaces Technologies announced that a Telecom Edition of its Cloudify platform will be ready for production in early July.

The Cloudify Telecom Edition, which is tailored to the needs of NFV operators, offers NFV-specific plugins as well as blueprints showcasing VNFs and SFC (Service Function Chaining), including:

  • Netconf plugin
  • Clearwater vIMS blueprints and plugins
  • F5 BigIP plugin
  • Network service management
  • TOSCA/YANG data modeling interoperability
  • VNF updates for running VNFs and services
  • NIC ordering
  • Support for Cloud Native services through Kubernetes plugin
  • Multi-VIM - Now fully open source vCloud and vSphere plugins, alongside OpenStack native support
  • Overlay Service Chaining
  • Enhanced Platform Awareness coupled with Data Plane Acceleration through integration with Intel
  • Drag and drop Cloudify Composer with VNF-specific components
  • Native integration with ARIA
  • Support installation within environments with no internet access

The Cloudify Telecom Edition, based on the telecom-friendly TOSCA standard, will be delivered with the ARIA TOSCA Orchestration Engine at its core, an open source and open governance embeddable reference implementation of TOSCA targeted for NFV users.

The Cloudify platform is on display at the Cloudify community booth at this week's OPNFV Summit in Berlin.


Red Hat to Acquire 3scale for API Management

Red Hat agreed to acquire 3scale, a start-up specializing in application programming interface (API) management technology.

3scale, which was founded in 2007, offers a hybrid cloud based API management platform that separates the cloud management layer from the API gateway, providing customers with flexibility, performance, and scale. 3scale provides this API management platform within a self-service model at more than 700 organizations across multiple industries, including Campbell’s Soup; Cartera Commerce; CrunchBase; Johnson Controls; Oxford University Press; SITA; and the University of California, Berkeley. 3scale has offices in Barcelona and San Francisco.

3scale and Red Hat began partnering in early 2015 to deliver a comprehensive platform for API-based application development. The joint solution combined the 3scale API Management Platform with technologies from Red Hat JBoss Middleware, Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Mobile Application Platform to provide an API-centric development, deployment, and management offering designed to accelerate application time-to-market.

Most recently, 3scale introduced a containerized version of their API Gateway for Red Hat OpenShift.

http://www.redhat.com

Red Hat Posts Revenue of $568 Million, up 18% YoY

Red Hat reported revenue $568 million for the first quarter of its fiscal 2017, up 18% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and as measured in constant currency. GAAP net income for the quarter was $61 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared with $48 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Subscription revenue from Infrastructure-related offerings for the quarter was $403 million, an increase of 14% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and 13% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue from Application Development-related and other emerging technologies offerings for the quarter was $98 million, an increase of 39% in U.S. dollars year-over-year and as measured in constant currency.

“Strong adoption of our technologies has been reflected in our total revenue growth including 18% year-over-year growth in Q1 that was driven in part by 39% growth of our Application Development-related and emerging technologies," stated Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat.

http://www.redhat.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Altice Complete Cablevision Deal, Now No.4 Cable Operator in U.S.

Altice completed its previously announced acquisition of Cablevision Systems, the leading MSO in the NY metro region.

Cablevision together with Suddenlink will form Altice USA, the #4 cable operator in the U.S., which serves more than 4.6 million Optimum and Suddenlink customers across 20 states. The deal was valued at $17.7 billion. BC Partners and CPP Investment Board hold a 30 percent stake, as previously announced.

Altice outlined a number of plans, including to:

  • Significantly increase broadband speeds through extensive investments in network upgrades and improvements;
  • Introduce a low-income broadband offering;
  • Introduce a state-of-the art and fully evolutive, all-in-one home center that integrates the functionality of set top boxes, routers and Wifi modems in one device and provides a more user-friendly experience;
  • Introduce a next-generation customer interface offering a modern, informative and seamless navigation, integrating video on demand, online content, and advanced navigation and recommendation tools to maximize the consumer’s experience;
  • Invest more into and support the WiFi network, which will further extend the reach of broadband offerings;
  • Upgrade existing and invest into new IT systems to optimize processes and better serve customers; and
  • Inspire the next generation of technology leaders through programs that encourage the pursuit of STEM-related career paths.

Patrick Drahi, Founder and Controlling Shareholder of Altice: “The completion of the Cablevision acquisition marks a critical step in the development of the Altice Group. Altice USA is a key pillar of our business and a powerful and dynamic growth platform. We are very excited about our U.S. business and the opportunities we see in this market. We will accelerate network investments and bring innovative products and services to U.S. customers by leveraging our global operational expertise, scale and resources. I wish to also thank the Dolan family for entrusting us with their life’s work at Cablevision, where they have developed under their pioneering stewardship one of America’s pre-eminent cable operations with best-in-class management talent.”

http://www.altice.net

Altice to Enter U.S. Cable Market with Acquisition of Cablevision & Suddenlink

Altice, the second largest communications company in France, confirmed plans to acquire Cablevision, the fifth largest cable operator in the United States. Under the agreement, Altice will pay $34.90 in cash for each Cablevision share, for an enterprise value of approximately $17.7 billion. The transaction is to be financed with $14.5 billion of new and existing debt. Altice has received full financing commitments from JP Morgan, BNP Paribas and Barclays.



Cablevision serves the New York City metropolitan area, passing more than 5 million premises and serving more than 3.1 million residential and business customers.  With approximately 65% of its cable customers subscribing to triple-play services, Cablevision generates industry-leading ARPU and benefits from high customer loyalty. The deal also includes Lightpath, the company’s business services unit, as well as local news operations.

Earlier this year, Altice announced plans to acquire Suddenlink for $9 billion, a cable operator based in St. Louis with 1.4 million subscribers in 17 states. The combination of Cablevision + Suddenlink will make Altice the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S. with 4.6 million customers in 20 states.

“As a family business we are proud to be entrusted by the Dolan family with the ownership of Cablevision and look forward to continuing the pioneering path they have paved for us. The strategy of Altice in the large and highly strategic US market is reinforced with the acquisition of Cablevision. We will be in a stronger position, as in all other markets in which we operate, to deliver the best services, invest in the most advanced technology, and develop innovative products for the benefit of our customers,” stated Patrick Drahi, Founder and President of Altice.


http://www.altice.net/


  • Cablevision was founded in the 1960s by Charles Dolan.
  • In 2014, Altice acquire SFR from Vivendi, combining it with Numericable, which has over 5.2 million fiber homes in France, with more than 10 million homes passed. SFR has 3G/4G mobile networks in France as well as 1.6 million fiber homes.
  • In June 2015, Altice acquired Portugal Telecom.

Hedvig Deliver Software-defined Storage for Containers

Hedvig, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, unveiled its end-to-end CloudScale Reference Architectures to provide enterprises with tested infrastructure templates for software-defined storage in containerized environments.

Specifically, Hedvig unveiled three enterprise-ready Docker solutions built on Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ technology.

Quanta CloudScale Reference Architecture for Docker Datacenter: integrates leading Docker open source projects including Docker Swarm, Docker Engine, Docker Trusted Registry and the Docker Universal Control Plane. The company said that by combining the full container stack of Docker Datacenter with Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform software and QuantaGrid D51PH-1ULH hardware, enterprises are provided with an easy to install, datacenter solution for containers that runs on standard x86 datacenter-class servers and starts with as few as four nodes.

ContainerX CloudScale Reference Architecture for Windows and VMware-based container environments: combines ContainerX software-defined compute and networking with Hedvig software-defined storage in a single management interface to deploy containers for stateful and stateless applications that function across bare metal, Windows, and VMware-powered server infrastructure.

ClusterHQ CloudScale Reference Architecture for high availability databases: Hedvig is expanding its ClusterHQ Flocker plugin with a reference architecture designed for highly available (HA) stateful services using Docker Datacenter. It provides a complete recipe for taking advantage of the management capabilities of Docker Datacenter while using the flexible storage environment provided by Hedvig via the Flocker volume plugin for Docker. Hedvig and ClusterHQ are working on expanding the reference architecture to enable Kubernetes and Apache Mesos in addition to Docker Swarm for container lifecycle management.

“Our customers are adopting containers using many different approaches—ranging from wholesale integration of Docker tools to augmenting existing VMware and Windows environments,” said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder of Hedvig. “Data becomes a critical consideration in these environments as modern storage must be highly elastic in order to adapt to constantly changing business needs. CloudScale Reference Architectures remove the guesswork and burden of getting these infrastructure stacks right. Our tested partner solutions harness the power of distributed systems to provide enterprise-ready solutions regardless of the container adoption approach.”

http://www.hedviginc.com

Software-defined storage for Containers



Eric Carter provides a quick overview of Hedvig's software-defined storage for containers at #DockerCon.

See video: https://youtu.be/151KSqYPfQM


Juniper's Contrail Adds Docker and Kubernetes Capabilities

Juniper Networks is enhancing its Contrail product line to enable Docker and container networking. New capabities will provide abstraction and automation of network segmentation and security, allowing the creation of the assignment of different groups of Docker containers to different virtual networks.

Juniper said Contrail Networking can now integrate with container orchestration systems, such as Kubernetes, and enables automated network segmentation across Kubernetes ‘pods’ using annotations like ’name’ and ’services'. Virtual Networks are securely isolated closed-user-groups. Contrail Networking infers app intent and creates virtual networks to securely isolate app tiers and permits cross tier communication only as per app deployers' specifications. Read the full article.

http://www.juniper.net



Aqua Adds Autoformation to its Container Security Platform

Aqua (formerly named Scalock)is rolling out enhancements to its Container Security Platform, including:
  • A native Jenkins plug-in -- adds an Aqua Security step to the CI pipeline that enables organizations to automate container image security scanning, report within the CI/CD tool on vulnerabilities found, and allow/disallow the use of images according to policy.
  • Integration with HPE’s next generation application lifecycle management (ALM) solution, Octane, allowing development teams to view how their pipelines have fared in security testing, and to set rules as to what constitutes a “pass” mark.
  • Environment variables encryption -- protects container “secrets” by encrypting environment variables. As images are updated, pushed and pulled from the registry, any sensitive data (such as passwords)  – commonly referred to in developer circles as “secrets” - are automatically encrypted.  

Avi Integrates with Docker Swarm

Avi Networks announced full integration with Docker Swarm, the native container clustering orchestration solution for Docker.  AVI said its integration with Docker Swarm enables a dynamic service fabric for micro-segmentation, service discovery, graphical application maps, load balancing, and autoscaling capabilities across thousands of Docker nodes. The Avi Vantage Platform leverages native cluster management for Docker to help developers deploy and scale microservices applications across thousands of nodes in the cluster.

https://avinetworks.com/container-services-fabric-for-microservices-apps

Avi Launches Container Service Fabric for Mesosphere, Docker


Avi Networks and Mesosphere introduced an integrated solution to help enterprises build and deploy microservices applications at scale using Docker Containers. The Avi Vantage Platform works with the Mesosphere Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) and Docker containers to provide a dynamic service fabric for micro-segmentation, service discovery, graphical application maps, load balancing, and autoscaling capabilities deployed across thousands of...


Splunk Delivers Analytics for Docker Environments

Splunk is adding support for Docker environments to its Operational Intelligence platform.

Splunk will now be able to provide insight into metrics and events on Docker containers, as well insight into administrative changes by consuming and analyzing data from Docker Universal Control Plane.

http://www.splunk.com/containers

CloudMunch Offers Analytics for Docker/Kubernetes

CloudMunch released its next-gen Continuous Insights platform for cloud native applications.

Continuous Insights covers the entire delivery pipeline, giving contextual actionable insights by correlating data from across multiple tools in the pipeline. The platform is available for Docker and Kubernetes ecosystems. It also supports Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

http://www.cloudmunch.com/

Western Digital Launches All-flash VMware Virtual SAN with HPE

Western Digital introduced a software-defined, all-flash storage solution featuring HPE ProLiant DL Rack Servers and VMware Virtual SAN™ running SQL Server 2016 workloads.

The virtualized storage and server infrastructure solution uses SanDisk’s enterprise-grade flash storage products and has demonstrated online transaction processing (OLTP) performance results of 2.4 million New Orders Per Minute (NOPM).

“We are excited to raise the bar in the industry with a compelling hyper-converged infrastructure solution that runs the new Microsoft SQL Server 2016 software -- the most virtualized database in the industry,” said Anand Jayapalan, vice president of SanDisk client and enterprise compute solutions marketing at Western Digital. “Our collaboration with HPE and VMware enabled us to deliver optimal certified Virtual SAN all-flash options from our broad portfolio of products. ”

https://www.sandisk.com/business/datacenter/products

Pentaho Labs Announces Docker Utilities

Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, has released Docker open source utilities to help simplify and speed big data analytics. The Pentaho Server now works with the containerized open source platform to build, ship, and run big data analytics at scale. Pentaho’s Docker utilities are currently available in GitHub.

“The open source foundation of Pentaho allows quick innovation with emerging technologies, so that we may remain autonomous and provide flexibility to developers when it comes to adapting Pentaho solutions into their development and test environments,” said Ken Wood, Vice President of Pentaho Labs, Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company. “Developers can leverage a scalable testing and development environment to push boundaries in the areas such as IoT, machine learning and predictive analytics.”

http://www.pentaho.com

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