Sunday, July 10, 2016

Google Acquires Anvato for Media Content Platform

Google has acquired Anvato, a start-up based in Mountain View, California that provides video processing software for TV operators, programmers, and broadcasters. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Anvato said its software will now be offered on the Google Cloud Platform.

Anvato lists NBCUniversal, Univision, Scripps Networks, Fox Sports, and Media General as among its customers.

Anvato is headed by Alper Turgut, who previously led Verkata and was co-founder of Aligo. The team also includes Ismail Haritaoglu, Mehmet Altinel, Oztan Hamanci, and Matt Smith.

Anvato was funded by Oxantium Ventures.

https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/07/welcome-Anvato-to-the-Google-Cloud-Platform-team.html
http://www.anvato.com

Avast + AVG Merger Extends Cyber Reach to 400 Million Endpoints

Prague-based Avast Software agreed to acquired AVG Technologies N.V. for $25.00 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $1.3 billion. The offer price represents a 33% premium over the July 6, 2016 closing price and a premium of 32% over the average volume weighted price per share over the past six months.

Both companies offer antivirus software and Internet security services.  Both were founded in the Czech Republic in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The combined company will cover more than 400 million endpoints, of which 160 million are mobile. The increase scale of the combined company will provide a deeper network of de facto sensors for tracking emerging cyber threats across the Internet.

Avast currently serves over 230 million endpoints.  The company has over 500 staff in Prague, Czech Republic, with additional offices in the USA, Germany, China, South Korea and Taiwan.

AVG, which is now based in Amsterdam, serves over 200 million endpoints.

"We are in a rapidly changing industry, and this acquisition gives us the breadth and technological depth to be the security provider of choice for our current and future customers," said Vince Steckler, chief executive officer of Avast Software. "Combining the strengths of two great tech companies, both founded in the Czech Republic and with a common culture and mission, will put us in a great position to take advantage of the new opportunities ahead, such as security for the enormous growth in IoT."

"We believe that joining forces with Avast, a private company with significant resources, fully supports our growth objectives and represents the best interests of our stockholders," said Gary Kovacs, chief executive officer, AVG. "Our new scale will allow us to accelerate investments in growing markets and continue to focus on providing comprehensive and simple-to-use solutions for consumers and businesses, alike. As the definition of online security continues to shift from being device-centric, to being concerned with devices, data and people, we believe the combined company, with the strengthened value proposition, will emerge as a leader in this growing market."

http://www.avast.com
http://www.avg.com/

Polycom Drops Mitel Merger, Agrees to Private Equity Buyout

The Board of Directors of Polycom terminated a previously announced merger agreement with Mitel Networks Corporation, and instead approved a new merger agreement with Triangle Private Holdings I and Triangle Private Merger Sub, entities affiliated with Siris Capital Group.

Under the new deal with Siris, outstanding shares of common stock of Polycom will be exchanged for $12.50 per share in cash at the completion of the merger.

On July 7, 2016, Mitel Networks Corporation waived its right to renegotiate its merger agreement with Polycom after receipt of notice of the Polycom board’s determination that Siris was offering a superior deal. Polycom will pay a merger termination fee to Mitel.

http://www.polycom.com





Mitel to Acquire Polycom for Nearly $2 Billion


Mitel agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Polycom common stock in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $1.96 billion, including $3.12 in cash and 1.31 Mitel common shares for each share of Polycom common stock, or $13.68 based on the closing price of a Mitel common share on April 13, 2016 -- a 22% premium to Polycom shareholders based on Mitel's and Polycom's recent share prices. The deal combines Mitel's leadership...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Veriflow Pioneers Mathematical Network Verification

Veriflow, a start-up based in San Jose, announced $8.2 million in Series A funding for its work in network breach and outage prevention.

Veriflow said it uses formal mathematical network verification to eliminate change-induced network outages and breaches. The technique was created by a team of computer science professors and Ph.D. students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The funding round was led by Menlo Ventures and included current investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA).

“The feedback from customers and analysts indicates the market is ready for a new approach to network breach and outage prevention. Our use of mathematical network verification, grounded in data-plane information, gives customers a proactive approach to identifying vulnerabilities before they are exposed to catastrophic problems,” said James Brear, president and CEO of Veriflow. “Veriflow provides a comprehensive view of the network that gives administrators the confidence to make changes without fear of damaging critical services and layers of defense. We’ve spent several years developing our innovative technology, and this funding will enable us to hire key talent, bring our product to market more quickly and expand into new markets.”

Veriflow’s automated approach predicts how and if network policies will be violated before an incident occurs.

http://veriflow.net


  • Veriflow exited stealth mode in April 2016 with $2.9 million in initial investor funding from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Veriflow is led by James Brear, who was previously CEO of Procera until its successful acquisition in August 2015, along with the company’s founders, who include Fulbright and Alfred P. Sloan fellows and an ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star awardee. 


Latest Kubernetes Release Scales for 2,000-node Clusters

Newly released version 1.3 of Kubernetes brings supports 2000-node clusters.  The new release also adds better end-to-end pod startup time, with latency of API calls within one-second Service Level Objective (SLO).

One new features is Kubemark, a performance testing tool to detect performance and scalability regressions.

http://blog.kubernetes.io/

Can Docker Become the Dominant Port Authority for Workloads Between Cloud?


If you think these little snippets of Linux source code might have limited revenue-bearing potential given the fact that anyone can activate them on an open source basis, then you might want to consider DockerCon 2016, which was held June 19-20 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.  DockerCon is an annual technology conference for Docker Inc., the much touted San Francisco-based start-up that developed and popularized Docker runtime Linux containers, which are no longer proprietary but hosted as an open source project under the Linux Foundation.  Docker Inc. (the company) is among the rarified “unicorns” of Silicon Valley – start-ups with valuations exceeding $1 billion based on a really hot idea, but with nascent business models and perhaps limited revenue streams at this stage of their development.



Even with a conference ticket price of $990, DockerCon 2016 in Seattle was completely sold out.  Over 4,000 attendees showed up and there was a substantial waiting list. For comparison, last year, DockerCon in San Francisco had about 2,000 people. The inaugural DockerCon event in 2014 was attended by about 500 people. The conference featured company keynotes, technology demonstrations, customer testimonials, and an exhibition area with dozens of vendors rushing into this space. Big companies exhibiting at DockerCon included Microsoft, IBM, AWS, Cisco, NetApp, HPE and EMC.
 
Punching way above its size, Docker rented Seattle's Space Needle and EMP museum complex to feed and entertain all 4,000+ guests on the evening of the summer solstice.  

Clearly, Docker’s investors are making a big bet that the company grow from being the inventor of an open source standard.

Why should the networking and telecom community care about a new virtualization format at the OS level?

There is a game plan afoot to put Docker at the crossroads of application virtualization, cyber security, service orchestration, and cloud connectivity.  Docker enables applications to be packed into a standard shipping container, enabling software contained within to run the same regardless of the underlying infrastructure. Compared with virtual machines (VMs), containers launch quicker.  The container includes the application and all of its dependencies.  However, containers make better use of the underlying servers because they share the kernel with other containers, running as isolated processes in user space on the host operating system.  The vision is to allow these shipping containers to move easily between servers or between private and public clouds.  As such, by controlling the movement of containers, you essentially control the movement of workloads locally and across the wide area network. The applications running within containers need to remain securely connected to data and processing resources from wherever the container may be located. Thus, software-defined networking becomes part of the containerization paradigm. Not surprisingly, we are seeing a lot of Silicon Valley’s networking talent move from the established hardware vendors in San Jose to the new generation of software start-ups in San Francisco, as exemplified by Docker Inc.
 
The Timeline of Significant Events for Docker

Docker was started by Solomon Hykes as an internal project at dotCloud, a platform-as-a-service company based in France and founded around 2011. The initial Docker work appears to have started around 2012/3 and the project soon grew to become the major focus of the company, which adopted the Docker name.  The official launch of Docker occurred on March 13, 2013 in a presentation by Solomon Hykes entitled “The Future of Linux Containers” hosted at the PyCon industry conference.  Soon after, the Docket whale icon was posted and a developer community began to form.

In May 2013, dotCloud hired Ben Golub as CEO with a goal of restructuring from the PaaS business to the huge opportunity it now saw in building and orchestrating cloud containers. Previously, Golub was CEO of Gluster, another open source software company but which focused on scale-out storage.  Gluster offered an open-source software-based network-attached filesystem that could be installed on commodity hardware.  The Silicon Valley company successfully raised venture funding, grew its customer based quickly, and was acquired by Red Hat in 2011. 

Within 3 months of joining Docker, Golub established an alliance with Red Hat. A second round of venture funding, led by Greylock Partners, brought in $15 million. Headquarter were moved to San Francisco.  In June 2014, Docker 1.0 was officially released, marking an important milestone for the project.

In August 2014, Docker sold off its original dotCloud (PaaS) business to Berlin-based cloudControl, however, the operation was shut down earlier this year after a two-year struggle. Other dotCloud engineers credited with work on the initial project include Andrea Luzzardi and Francois-Xavier Bourlet. A month later, in September 2014, Docker secured $40 million in a series C funding round that was led by Sequoia Capital and included existing investors Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Insight Ventures, Trinity Ventures, and Jerry Yang.  

In October 2014, Microsoft announced integration of the Docker engine into its upcoming Windows Server release, and native support for the Docker client role in Windows.  In December 2014, IBM announced a strategic partnership with Docker to integrate the container paradigm into the IBM Cloud.  A year and a half later, in June 2015, IBM's Bluemix platform-as-a-service began supporting Docker containers. IBM Bluemix also supports Cloud Foundry and OpenStack as key tools for designing portable distributed applications. Additionally, IBM claims the industry's best performance of Java on Docker. IBM Java is optimized to be two times faster and occupies half the memory when used with the IBM Containers Service. Moreover, as a Docker based service, IBM Containers include open features and interfaces such as the new Docker Compose orchestration services.

In March 2015, Docker acquired SocketPlane, a start-up focused on Docker-native software defined networking. SocketPlane had only been founded a few months earlier by Madhu Venugopal, who previously worked on SDN and OpenDaylight while at Cisco Systems, before joining Red Hat as Senior Principal Software Engineer.  These SDN capabilities are now being integrated into Docker.

In April 2015, Docker raised $95 million in a Series D round of funding led by Insight Venture Partners with new contributions from Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. Existing investors Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures also participated in the round.

In October 2015, Docker acquired Tutum, a start-up based in New York City. Tutum developed a cloud service that helps IT teams to automate their workflows when building, shipping or running distributed applications. Tutum launched its service in October 2013. 

In November 2015, Docker extended is Series D funding round by adding $18 million in new investment.  This brings total funding for Docker to $180 million.

In January 2016, Docker acquired Unikernel Systems, a start-up focused on unikernel development, for an undisclosed sum. Unikernel Systems, which was based in Cambridge, UK, was founded by pioneers from Xen, the open-source virtualization platform. Unikernels are defined by the company as specialized, single-address-space machine images constructed by using library operating systems. The idea is to reduce complexity by compiling source code into a custom operating system that includes only the functionality required by the application logic. The unikernel technology, including orchestration and networking, is expected to be integrated with the Docker runtime, enabling users to choose how they ‘containerize’ and manage their application - from the data center to the cloud to the Internet of Things.

Finally, at this year’s DockerCon conference, Docker announced that it will add built-in orchestration capabilities to it Docker Engine.  This will enable IT managers 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. 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. The new orchestration capabilities go above and beyond Kubernetes

Rose Herrera - City of Innovation



San Jose is the city of innovation, says Rose Herrera, Vice Mayor, as it looks to technology to deliver better services with greater efficiency.  The opportunities for women in engineering are limitless, she says, as companies here struggle to fill vacant engineering positions.

See video: https://youtu.be/HgpXo0fXwD4



Ixia Integrates ControlTower with Cisco Nexus Switches

Ixia announced integration of its ControlTower network visibility solution with Cisco’s Nexus 3000 switches.

Ixia’s ControlTower solution, a key component of Ixia’s IxVision Architecture, provides visibility within physical, virtual, and software-defined networks (SDN). The distributed architecture provides network administrators access to monitoring and diagnostic tools from any point in the network.

Cisco Nexus switches use a common programmatic interface.

At Cisco Live 2016, Ixia will demonstrate how Ixia ControlTower enables network administrators to dynamically repartition Cisco switch ports between production switching and visibility enablement.

"We have expanded the functionality of ControlTower to now provide a single view over both Ixia supplied network packet brokers and Cisco Nexus 3000 switches, acting as an aggregation layer in large network visibility deployments,” said Dennis Cox, Ixia’s Chief Product Officer. “Ixia is the only visibility vendor to provide an integrated solution using our own equipment combined with Cisco Nexus 3000 switches.”

http://www.ixiacom.com

Skyport Interoperates with Cisco ACI

Skyport Systems, a start-up offering secure infrastructure solutions, announced interoperability between its SkySecure platform and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) solution.

The goal is to provide application-layer and system-level security and policy controls needed to extend the trust boundary from a system-level root-of-trust to the network edge. Skyport said its interoperability with Cisco ACI also mobilizes security policies, enabling them to follow workloads throughout their lifecycles, and lets users deploy and maintain secure administrative workstations, jump hosts and multi-zone DMZ architectures as an integral part of an overall security framework.

Skyport's SkySecure converged system brings together zero trust compute, virtualization and a full stack of security technologies. It logs all traffic at a forensically auditable level, enabling users to see where traffic originates, where it is headed, whether it was allowed or not, what policy allowed or blocked it, and when and who put that policy into action. Remote management capability allows users to easily secure branch infrastructure without firewalls, proxies, MPLS or other security measures.

“SkySecure interoperability with Cisco ACI extends policy inward to the root of trust, providing truly end-to-end application-layer security for all assets, no matter where they are deployed,” said Art Gilliland, CEO of Skyport Systems. “This builds on the work we’ve done to secure Microsoft Active Directory and other highly valuable resources, and furthers our mission to help organizations ensure security of their most critical IT assets.”

https://www.skyportsystems.net/

Telia Carrier Deploys Coriant 400G

Telia Carrier has deployed Coriant's 400G-capable CloudWave Optics technology in its pan-European backbone network.

The first implementation of Coriant CloudWave Optics in Telia Carrier's hiT 7300-based pan-European backbone network will include a 400G-enabled fiber route between the cities Copenhagen, Denmark and Frankfurt, Germany.

"As our customers in Europe experience increased demand for capacity to support their business-critical applications, we are committed to investing in best-in-class innovation to stay at the forefront of service excellence," said Mattias Fridström, Chief Technology Officer, Telia Carrier. "The Coriant solution enables us to significantly improve utilization of our existing DWDM infrastructure and rapidly provision new services to meet our customers' dynamic connectivity requirements."

https://www.coriant.com/company/press-releases/Telia-Carrier-Deploys-Coriant-400G-capable.asp

Deutsche Telekom Recruits Bharti Airtel's Srini Gopalan

Deutsche Telekom has appointed Srini Gopalan as the new Board member for Europe. He will assume the duties of Claudia Nemat for the Europe segment, effective January 1st, 2017.

Gopalan is currently Consumer Director India at Bharti Airtel Limited, where he is responsible for consumer business in 23 different regions of India, which covered broadband connections and satellite TV in addition to mobile communications. He previously worked in the UK for over ten years – at first in a number of functions for Capital One, an American financial services provider, which he left as Managing Director UK in 2009. He then worked as Chief Marketing Officer at T-Mobile UK, where he was responsible for marketing and sales. He was part of the management team that led T-Mobile UK to the joint venture with Orange, everything-everywhere. After this, he served as Director Consumer Business Unit at Vodafone UK for three years.

Claudia Nemat will head the new Technology and Innovation Board department.

https://www.telekom.com/media/company/318078

IP Infusion Revs its OcNOS Network Operating System

IP Infusion announced Release 1.2 of its OcNOS network operating system, which includes switching and routing protocol support for MPLS and SDN.

The new Layer 2, Layer 3 and MPLS features in Release 1.2 include:

  • Enhanced BGP support targeted for data centers, with multiple features like Add-path, peer-group configuration, BFD integration for fast failure detection
  • Software patch upgrade with rollback facility for easier upgrades
  • Complete NETCONF support for a L3 data center configuration
  • Complete Ansible support for a L3 data center configuration
  • VRF isolation for operations and maintenance protocols such as SSH, Telnet, etc.
  • Digital Diagnostics Monitoring for supported SFP
  • Multi-chassis LAG integration with RSTP


http://www.ipinfusion.com


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Facebook Intros Open Source Wireless Access Platform

Facebook introduced OpenCellular, its open source, wireless access platform designed for remote areas of the world not served by traditional networks. Facebook said it seeks to encourage telecom operators, entrepreneurs, OEMs, and researchers to locally build, implement, deploy, and operate wireless infrastructure based on this platform.

Facebook plans to open-source the hardware design, along with necessary firmware and control software.

OpenCellular consists of two main subsystems: general-purpose and base-band computing (GBC) with integrated power and housekeeping system, and radio frequency (RF) with integrated analog front-end.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1754757044806180/introducing-opencellular-an-open-source-wireless-access-platform/

Facebook's Telecom Infra Project Gets Organized

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP), which was kicked off by Facebook earlier this year with a mission to take the principles of the Open Compute Project (OCP) model and apply them to software systems and components involved in access, backhaul, and core networks, has expanded its membership and formed the first set of technical project groups.

New TIP members include Axiata Digital, Indosat, MTN Group, Telefonica, Vodafone, Acacia, ADVA, BlueStream, Broadcom, Coriant, Deloitte, Juniper Networks, and Lumentum. TIP launch partners included Intel, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom.

The new Project Groups include:

Access
System integration and site optimization – Chaired by SK Telecom
New integration via innovative, cost-effective and efficient end-to-end solutions that address rural and urban regions difficult to serve profitably.

Unbundled solutions – Co-chaired by SK Telecom and Nokia
Taking a fresh look at access, specifically through a cost-effective approach for low-power, low-maintenance solutions.

Media-friendly solutions – Chaired by Intel
Focusing on methods to increase effective throughput and further enhance the mobile user experience by bringing compute and storage capacity closer to the network edge.

Backhaul
High-frequency autonomic access – Chaired by Facebook
Defining thin and extensible software stack to autonomously coordinate routing, addressing and security related functions in packet-switched IPv6 networks.

Open optical packet transport – Co-chaired by Facebook and Equinix
Defining Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) open packet transport architecture that triggers new pace of technology innovation and flexibility, and avoids implementation lock-ins.

Core and Management
Core network optimization – Chaired by Intel
New innovation through disaggregation of traditional telecom core network via deconstructing traditionally bundled components.

Greenfield telecom networks – Co-chaired by Nokia, Facebook and Deutsche Telekom
Accelerating operator-friendly evolution towards a pure and efficient IT-based network architecture via greenfield solutions designed from the ground up.

https://telecominfraproject.com/news/updates-to-the-tip-foundation/

Facebook's Terragraph Accelerates WiGig for City Access

Facebook took the wraps off of two terrestrial connectivity technologies for fast wireless access.

Terragraph is a 60 GHz, multi-node wireless system for dense urban areas and that uses radios based on the WiGig standard. Facebook said Terragraph will deliver gigabits of data capacity. IPv6-only Terragraph nodes will be placed at 200m intervals. Terragraph will incorporate commercial off-the-shelf components and aim for high-volume, low-cost production. Facebook noted that up to 7 GHz of bandwidth is available in the unlicensed 60 GHz band in many countries.  U.S. regulators are considering expanding this to a total of 14 GHz.

Facebook Terragraph will also leverage an SDN-like cloud compute controller and a new modular routing protocol that Facebook optimized for fast route convergence and failure detection. The architecture also tweaks the MAC layer to solve shortcomings of TCP/IP over a wireless link. The company says the TDMA-TDD MAC layers delivers up to 6x improvement in network efficiency while being more predictable than the existing Wi-Fi/WiGig standard.

Terragraph is already in operation at the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California, where it delivers 1.05 Gbps bidirectional (2.1 Gbps total throughput per distribution node) in P2P mode, up to 250 meters away. A wider trial is planned for San Jose, California.

Facebook also released details on Project ARIES, a transmission technology that is a) spectrally efficient and allows for higher throughput in even the smallest bandwidths, and b) energy efficient, allowing for extended coverage range.

The proof-of-concept system features a base station with 96 antennas and can support 24 streams simultaneously over the same radio spectrum. Researchers have demonstrated 71 bps/Hz of spectral efficiency. The target is aiming for an unprecedented 100+ bps/Hz of spectral efficiency. Facebook said ARIES is an embodiment of Massive MIMO — by using “spatial multiplexing,” the antenna array at the base station can serve a multiplicity of autonomous user terminals on the same time-frequency resource. This opens up possibilities such as resource sharing as an alternative not only to the need for spectrum licensing.

Facebook already has an ARIES testbed delivering 10x spectral and energy efficiency gains in point to multi-point deployments.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1072680049445290/


Ixia's TrafficREWIND Captures Traffic Patterns for Replay

Ixia announced TrafficREWIND, a new solution that captures traffic patterns from a production network and accurately recreates them in a controlled sand-box environment.

Ixia said the goal of TrafficREWIND is to speed fault isolation and outage resolution with real world testing. The solution leverages the advanced functionality of several of the company’s solutions, including the Vision ONE network visibility solution to capture production network traffic profiles, the BreakingPoint testing platform to replay the traffic in a controlled environment such as a pre-deployment lab or a staged network, as well as Ixia’s Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) technology for advanced threat intelligence.

“Ixia continues to lead the industry in the development of test and visibility technologies that solve complex network challenges,” said Sunil Kalidindi, vice president of product management at Ixia. “We’ve used that expertise to design TrafficREWIND and make it easy for customers to recreate their unique network traffic to quickly identify problems and fix them before there is any significant loss of productivity or potential revenue.”

https://www.ixiacom.com

Twistlock Raises $10 Million for Container Secuirty

Twistlock, a start-up based in San Francisco and Tel-Aviv, announced $10 million in funding for its enterprise security suite for virtual containers.

The company says its security suite provides full stack vulnerabiltiy management, advanced access control, and smart runtime protection.

The Series A funding round was led by TenEleven Ventures and Rally Ventures.

Twistlock was founded by Ben Bernstein (CEO) and Dima Stopel (VP R&D).

“A good security protection is one that you never hear from. We aim to deliver completely automated security for the entire container stack without manual intervention and disruptive false alarms,” said Dima Stopel, head of R&D and co-founder of Twistlock. “This is what enterprises want and this is where Twistlock is headed.”

https://www.twistlock.com

KOSC Telecom Picks ADVA for National Network in France

KOSC Telecom has selected the ADVA FSP 3000 for a new nationwide DWDM transport network in France for delivering 100G wholesale connectivity to other service providers.

KOSC is a new telecom operator dedicated to the wholesale business connectivity market in France. The new network will serve major French cities, such as Paris and Marseille, to mid-sized cities, including Annecy and La Rochelle, spanning 20,000km and covering all regions of the country.

“We’re bringing a new level of flexibility and efficiency to the wholesale connectivity market. That’s why it’s essential to have a technology partner we can trust. ADVA Optical Networking’s team has supported and worked with us at every stage to create our ideal solution,” said Antoine Fournier, CEO, KOSC Telecom. “We knew we wanted phenomenal capacity and always-on dependability. Our other essential requirement was scalability. As French businesses harness more cloud-based services and virtual reality applications, and as the industrial internet of things continues to develop, demand for reliable, super-fast broadband will only accelerate. That’s why we’ve invested in a network that can grow and we’ve already discussed the potential to deploy the 400Gbit/s capabilities of ADVA Optical Networking’s CloudConnect™ solution in the future.”

“KOSC Telecom’s new transport system features a seamless combination of our long-haul technology and our highly versatile metro solution. By teaming up these technologies we’ve enabled KOSC Telecom to deliver 100Gbit/s capacity across its entire national network,” commented Fabrice Jean, VP, North and Southwest Europe sales, ADVA Optical Networking. “The people behind KOSC Telecom share many of our core values. At every level, they have a clear vision of what customers need and a bold strategy for delivering it. By working closely with their engineers we’ve been able to create a network tailor-made to their customers’ needs. Now service providers will be able to deliver even more in France by accessing cost-effective, super-fast and incredibly reliable wholesale broadband.”

Ericsson to Acquire Spanish fiber-services leader Abentel

Ericsson agreed to acquire Abentel, a subsidiary of Abengoa that specializes in end-to-end fiber installation and management.  The deal includes the transfer of Abentel's assets, projects and employees to Ericsson. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Abentel has approximately 500 employees who provide fiber network roll-out and maintenance services.

Richard Hoepner, Head of Network Roll-Out and Customer Support, Ericsson, says: "Fiber is a key component for the next generation all-optical IP network. By acquiring Abentel's capabilities and coupling them with Ericsson's world-class service offering, Ericsson can deliver unmatched scalability for its customers' fiber projects. This agreement is a winning combination as it brings together the global leader in telecommunications services with one of the leading fiber-related service provider in Spain."

http://www.ericsson.com

Google Acquire Moodstocks for Machine Vision

Google has acquire Moodstocks, a start-up based in Paris, that specializes in image recognition and machine vision technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Moodstocks said its new mission "will be to build great image recognition tools within Google." The team included Denis Brule and Cedric Deltheil.

http://www.moodstocks.com

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