Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Video: A10 Networks at a Glance

You may not have heard of A10 Networks since it is one of the best kept secrets in the industry, but the company is a major supplier of networking equipment to the video gaming industry, the financial industry, and even for some of the largest casinos in Las Vegas.

Gunter Reiss, VP of Strategic Alliances, A10 Networks, provides a two-minute overview of the 12-year old, Silicon Valley-based company, which has grown to roughly 5,000 customers worldwide. A10 Networks is known for its feature-rich, high-scalable, high-performance, application delivery controller that can be used for carrier-grade NAT, DDoS mitigation, SSL decryption visibility and as a converged firewall.

See video: https://youtu.be/EOtr45E43Mg

Zayo Introduces Encryption as a Service

Zayo Group Holdings announced an Encryption-as-a-Service offering over its fiber network.

Zayo’s Encryption as a Service, which leverages Ciena’s WaveLogic Encryption solution, provides managed wavelength services configured with 10G wire speed encryption at Layer 1, with additional higher speed options in progress.

Zayo’s initial customers include a leading global bank using the service to encrypt credit card transaction data, enabling them to maintain compliance with international security standards.

“Data security continues to be one of the top concerns for global industries, an issue that’s been intensified by recent high-profile attacks in healthcare, retail, banks, hospitality and entertainment,” said Dennis Kyle, senior vice president of Strategic Marketing and Alliances at Zayo. “Our encryption solution is quick and easy to provision and provides high levels of protection without sacrificing network performance. It’s another way we are providing a critical layer of security to protect our customers.”


LinkedIn's Open19 Project Aims for New Rack/Server Spec

LinkedIn is launching a new Open19 project that aims to establish a new open standard for servers based on a common form factor.

LinkedIn believes a new spec could lead to lower cost per rack, lower cost per server, and optimized power utilization in its hyperscale, cloud data centers. The project is open and industry participation is welcomed.

The Open19 platform is based on standard building blocks with the following specifications:

  • Standard 19-inch 4 post rack;
  • Brick cage;
  • Brick (B), Double Brick (DB), Double High Brick (DHB);
  • Power shelf—12 volt distribution, OTS power modules;
  • Optional Battery Backup Unit (BBU);
  • Optional Networking switch (ToR);
  • Snap-on power cables/PCB—200-250 watts per brick;
  • Snap-on data cables—up to 100G per brick;
  • Provides linear growth on power and bandwidth based on brick size.


LinkedIn Acquisition Brings More Cloud Services and Traffic

Microsoft agreed to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash, giving it the world’s largest social network for professional contacts. LinkedIn highlights: 19 percent growth year over year (YOY) to more than 433 million members worldwide 9 percent growth YOY to more than 105 million unique visiting members per month 49 percent growth YOY to 60 percent mobile usage 34 percent growth YOY to more than 45 billion quarterly member page views 101 percent...

LinkedIn Develops its Own Data Center Switch

LinkedIn's engineering team has developed its own data center switch to keep up with the rapidly growing traffic demands of its professional, social network. The new switch, dubbed "Pigeon", is a 3.2 Tbps switching platform that can be used as a leaf or spine switch. It uses Broadcom's latest Tomahawk silicon (32X100G) and switch software developed in house. In a blog post, Zaid Ali Kahn describes why the company decided to take on the difficult...

Why did SoftBank offer £24.3 billion (US$32.4 billion) in cash to acquire ARM Holdings? - Part 1

To make this purchase, SoftBank will need to part with cash-on-hand and take out an additional loan from Mizuho Bank of Japan, adding to its mountainous pile of debt?

ARM is the leading developer of RISC processor designs that are widely licensed for use in smartphones and tablets.  The company, which is based in Cambridge, England, posted 2015 revenue of £968.3 million. A total of 14.8 billion ARM-powered SoCs shipped in 2015, up from just over 12 billion in 2014.

SoftBank is mostly a telco, mobile operator and ISP business in Japan. It also owns the majority stake in Sprint, the fourth largest mobile operator in the U.S., as well as a substantial stake in Alibaba, China's leading cloud and B2B business.

Executives at both firms pointed to IoT as their common future.  Most analysts agree that there will be many years of tremendous growth ahead as the world goes about connecting every machine. ARM processors are already well positioned for this opportunity.  SoftBank's investments in Alibaba and Sprint should also get a boost as more connected devices take off.  But it is not apparent that SoftBank's ownership of ARM could boost its number of IoT design wins.  Nor should we expect ARM-based devices to generate any additional traffic or value just because they are on SoftBank infrastructure.

For ARM executives and shareholders, a 43% jump is valuation is certainly good news.  It more money to grow the business, and more money in the retirement account.

For SoftBank, what other reasons could be driving its decision to take on more corporate debt, especially in the highly-volatile semiconductor business, where it has now prior experience? 

Some considerations:

•   ARM Holdings is a profitable business and holds a 95% share of the market for processors used in smartphones.

•   SoftBank can borrow large amounts of cash at negative interest rates in Japan. The negative interest rates in Japan tend to force spare cash overseas.  Japanese lenders would rather put their money into a fast growing concern like ARM than see it languish at home.

•   The British pound has depreciated significantly versus the yen.  Today's rate is approximately 140 yen for 1 British pound, verses 190 yen for 1 British pound about a year ago.

•   ARM's RISC processors could play a key role in robotics, which is an area of intense interest for SoftBank and its chairman in particular. SoftBank owns the "Pepper" humanoid robots that have made quite a splash of late in Japan.

•   SoftBank may be forecasting a positive entry for ARM into the processor market for servers used in hyperscale data centres, such as those owned by Alibaba.  A strong entry in to this market could significantly weaken Intel.

It has also been revealed that the deal came together in great haste -- just two weeks.  Masayoshi Son denied that the timing was influenced by Brexit or the decline in the value of the pound, instead stating that he has admired ARM for many years. He decided to approach the company with his offer two weeks ago (that would be around June 30th). The SoftBank offer was so compelling that the ARM board decided to approve it rapidly (apparently without shopping around for any other alternative suitors) and to recommend it to shareholders.  ARM's financial advisors were Goldman Sachs and Lazard & Co.

The companies are expecting a straight-forward approval process because they have no areas of competitive overlap. Completion is expected by November 2016.

Masoyoshi Son said the deal is a mark of confidence in the UK, noting that some other Japanese companies he knew were considering whether they should move their European headquarters out of the UK. He said he strongly believes that now is the time to invest in the UK.

On the merger conference call, as well as in previous financial calls, Son reminds investors that SoftBank has the highest EBITDA operating margins and greatest free cash flow of any major carrier at 54%, ahead of Verizon, AT&T or China Mobile. ARM also enjoys nice margins.

Balanced against these reasons in favour of the giant SoftBank + ARM merger are several immediate concerns.  First, did SoftBank offer too high a price?  With a 43% premium over how the LSE valued the ARM business, SoftBank is certainly seeing positive prospects. We know that ARM devices are inside nearly every smartphone, that nearly everyone on the planet own or aspires to own a smartphone, and that these devices need to be replaced on a regular basis.

 Good for the UK?

Then there is a nationalist concern. ARM is currently at the top of its game and it has many bright prospects ahead in mobile phones, tablets, embedded devices, automotive, IoT devices, network infrastructure, and cloud servers.  It one of the few remaining British technology firms with a global impact. Selling out to a Japanese firm, raises the possibility that the UK's influence in the IT sector could be diminished by this transfer of ownership.  ARM and SoftBank addressed this issue at the top of their press event, stating that the ARM organisation would remain intact with its current senior management team, and that it would continue to be based in Cambridge.  The companies are also assuring that employee headcount in the UK will roughly double over the next five years, representing the addition of 1,500 or so high-paying jobs.

SoftBank has successfully kept its word with its other big properties. Following the acquisition of Sprint in 2013, there has not been any changed public perception of the company.  In other words, the U.S. consumer market accepts Sprint as a top four American mobile operator -- not as a Japanese carrier doing business in the U.S. (the same can be said of T-Mobile USA, which is also widely seen as a local player and not a German company).  In China, there is the potentially sensitive issue of a Japanese firm owning major shares of the country's leading cloud and B2B firm.  Whereas other Japanese companies have struggled through several recent episodes of public anger regarding China's political relationship with Japan, SoftBank has brilliantly navigated these waters largely thanks to Masoyoshi Son's charisma and personal friendship with Alibaba's Jack Ma.  As a Japanese citizen of Korean ancestry, Son has long been the outsider willing to take chances and disrupt the established order. His bold investments and entrepreneurial spirit have helped him open doors, whether in Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Hangzhou or Beijing.  Foreign takeovers are never easy, but Son's chances of adapting to Cambridge are probably better than others (just consider if ARM were to be bought by Huawei or Samsung).

ARM's business model as a licensor of intellectual property would also remain unchanged.  ARM is an intellectual property firm. Unlike Intel, which designs and fabricates its own silicon, ARM does not own or control the manufacturing process.  Building fabs is an extremely capital intensive business, especially as the lithography moved under the 90nm threshold a decade ago.  Each new fab is a multi-billion project that takes years of planning but with a short time window in which to recoup the investment.  ARM licensees build their own devices, largely in the fabs of TSMC, UMC, and Global Foundries. This type of manufacturing has long left the UK.  While the idea of a fab-less semiconductor company seemed radical in the early 1990s, the virtual enterprise is all the rage these days.  Investors much prefer a smaller company with very high margins to a behemoth with high levels of production but low productivity. As long as ARM can continue to improve its architecture so that its customers can continue the unending technology update cycle, the company will continue to prosper, as ARM has demonstrated since its founding in 1991.

Ericsson's Q2 Sales Declined 11% YoY, Further Cuts Announced

Ericsson's Q2 sales decreased by 11% YoY, or down 7% YoY when adjusted for comparable units and currency, as mobile broadband sales continued to decline particularly in markets impacted by a weak macro-economic environment, such as Brazil, Russia and the Middle East.

"The negative industry trends from the first quarter have intensified impacting demand for mobile broadband, especially in markets with a weak macro-economic environment. We are delivering on ongoing cost reduction activities. However, in light of market development, management has, with the support of the Board of Directors, initiated significant actions to further reduce cost," stated Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.

In addition to its ongoing cost and efficiency program targeting savings of SEK 9 b. during 2017, Ericsson said it now plans to reduce R&D investments in IP and capture efficiency gains from the new company structure. Together, these activities are expected to reduce the annual run rate of operating expenses, excluding restructuring charges, to SEK 53 b. in the second half of 2017. This is to be compared with SEK 63 b. for full-year 2014 and equates to double the previously targeted savings in operating expenses.

Some highlights:

  • In Europe, completion of mobile broadband projects in 2015 continued to have a negative effect on sales growth YoY. 4G sales in Mainland China were stable YoY as the fast pace of deployments continued.
  • Network sales in North America were stable YoY driven by continued mobile broadband capacity investments. Global Services sales declined in North America as activities in Professional Services were lower.
  • The transition from 3G to 4G continued primarily in parts of Asia, contributing to solid sales growth in region South East Asia and Oceania.
  • Sales in the targeted growth areas were 20% of total sales and grew by 5% in the quarter in constant currencies. 


Broadcom Samples NVMe over Fibre Channel

Broadcom announced sampling of its Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) over Fibre Channel solution on its Emulex Gen 6 Host Bus Adapters- a first for the industry.

The NVMe over Fibre Channel solution delivers 55% lower latency when used with NVMe drives compared to SCSI drives and a 28% performance advantage versus Ethernet solutions.

Broadcom said its NVMe over Fibre Channel builds on the performance improvements delivered by Emulex Gen 6 HBAs, which cuts latency in half versus the previous generation.  The combination of Emulex Gen 6 with NVMe over Fibre Channel delivers an even greater reduction of 75% in latency versus legacy 8Gb Fibre Channel storage networks.

“NVMe over Fabrics is going to fundamentally change datacenter architectures over the next few years,” said Jeff Hoogenboom, vice president and general manager, Emulex Connectivity Division, Broadcom Limited. “Fibre Channel will play a pivotal role in NVMe deployments because it delivers a superior connectivity solution by providing better performance, lossless and reliable networking with no dropped packets, and it’s incredibly easy to deploy.”


Skycure Raises $16.5 Million for Mobile Threat Defense

Skycure, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced $16.5 million in series B funding for its mobile threat defense.

Skycure helps enterprises secure employee mobile devices when adopting BYOD to increase productivity.

The new funding was led by Foundation Capital and included the participation of all of the company’s previous investors, including Shasta Ventures, Pitango Venture Capital, Skycure customer New York Life, and private investors Peter McKay, and Michael Weider. This round brings Skycure’s total funding to $27.5 million.  The company also added Lane Bess, industry veteran and former CEO of Palo Alto Networks, as a private investor in this series.
“The more devices we carry to streamline business, the larger the attack surface to the organizations grows,” said Yair Amit, CTO and co-founder of Skycure. “IT departments just can’t deal with the massive assault on their mobile devices every day from vulnerability exploits, malware, and network threats. Skycure’s predictive technology uses a multi-layered approach that leverages our crowd-sourced threat intelligence, plus device- and server-based analysis, to proactively protect mobile devices from all of these threats. Solutions using a single approach are just not effective. With our new funding we can focus more on research and invest more in development, further enhancing our security innovation and expanding our product leadership in the market.”


NETSCOUT Announces nGenius for Flows

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS announced its "nGenius for Flows" solution for extending its Adaptive Service Intelligence analysis to flow-based data sources

Specifically, nGenius for Flows, which is an integrated extension to nGeniusONE, adds NetFlow and other flow data to the core packet flow. The data sources all are converted to proprietary Adaptive Service Intelligence® (ASI) data for business assurance analytics.

“The digital transformation pace today requires enterprises to have real-time visibility into the health and dependencies of their key digital initiatives and into the infrastructure supporting them so that they can accelerate time to deployment and reduce risk to service continuity and quality,” explained Michael Szabados, chief operating officer at NETSCOUT. “With the introduction of nGenius for Flows, NETSCOUT offers the most extensive and most scalable service monitoring capability and enables the largest global enterprises and government agencies to deploy major new initiatives with confidence.


Monday, July 18, 2016

SoftBank Confirms Acquisition of ARM

SoftBank Group Corp. agreed to acquire ARM Holdings Plc in an all-cash deal valued at £24.3 billion. (US$32.4 billion), or 1,700 pence per ARM share, and representing a premium of 43% over the closing price on preceding trading day. The deal would be Softbank's largest to date.

SoftBank, which is based in Tokyo and is headed by Masayoshi Son, said it intends to preserve the ARM organization and business model, including ARM's senior management team and its headquarters in Cambridge, England. The companies said they intend to double employee headcount in the UK over the next five years.

ARM is the leading developer of RISC processor designs that are widely licensed for use in smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, embedded systems, and, increasing, servers. The company posted 2015 revenue of £968.3 million. A total of 14.8 billion ARM-powered SoCs shipped in 2015, up from just over 12 billion in 2014.

SoftBank will fund the acquisition with cash on hand and a load from Mizuho Bank of Japan.

“We have long admired ARM as a world renowned and highly respected technology company that is by some distance the market-leader in its field. ARM will be an excellent strategic fit within the SoftBank group as we invest to capture the very significant opportunities provided by the “Internet of Things,” stated  Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank.

Regarding strategic rationale, both companies said they see big opportunities ahead with IoT.

ARM's next generation designs are expected to increase the number of processors per chip from a maximum of 8 today to 256 cores per chip.


  • In July 2013, Softbank paid $22.2 billion for a 78% ownership interest in Sprint.

Softbank to Sell $7.9 Billion of its Stake in Alibaba

Softbank announced plans to sell US$7.9 billion of the shares it holds in Alibaba Group Holding Limited (“Alibaba”).

Specifically, the transactions are comprised of (i) the intended sale of $2.0 billion of Alibaba ordinary
shares to Alibaba, (ii) the intended sale of $400 million of Alibaba ordinary shares to members of the Alibaba Partnership acting collectively, and the sale of $500 million of Alibaba ordinary shares to a major sovereign wealth fund pursuant to an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act and (iii) an intention to offer, subject to market conditions and other factors, $5.0 billion aggregate purchase price of its mandatory exchangeable trust securities exchangeable into American depositary shares of Alibaba in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act.

After the sale, Softbank would continue to hold approximately 28%3 of Alibaba’s total outstanding shares.

“When I first met Jack Ma, I knew immediately he had the vision and passion to build the world’s leading e-commerce company, and I was very happy to invest alongside him to help him realize his ambition.” said SBG Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son. “This investment has been phenomenally successful and, over the past 16 years, we have built a close relationship, working together on many exciting projects. In that time, we have not sold any Alibaba shares. There are huge opportunities ahead for Alibaba and SBG looks forward to the continued partnership.”


Infineon to Acquire Wolfspeed for $850 Million

Infineon Technologies AG agreed to acquire the Wolfspeed Power and RF division of Cree for US$850 million in cash (approximately Euro 740 million.  The deal also includes the related SiC wafer substrate business for power and RF power.

Wolfspeed, which is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is a premier provider of SiC-based power and GaN-on-SiC-based RF power solutions. This also includes the related core competencies in wafer substrate manufacturing for SiC, as well as for SiC with a monocrystalline GaN layer for RF power applications. It has more than 550 highly skilled employees and a strong IP portfolio of approximately 2,000 patents and patent applications.

Infineon said it expects next-generation wireless standards such as 5G, which will use frequencies up to 80 gigahertz, will require advanced compound semiconductors.  GaN-on-Si allows higher levels of integration and offers its advantages at operating frequencies of up to 10 gigahertz. GaN-on-SiC enables maximum efficiency at frequencies of up to 80 gigahertz.

“Wolfspeed’s and Infineon’s businesses and expertise are highly complementary, bringing together industry leading experts for compound semiconductors. This will enable us to create additional value for our customers with the broadest and deepest portfolio of innovative technologies and products in compound semiconductors available in the market. With Wolfspeed we will become number one in SiC-based power semiconductors. We also want to become number one in RF power," stated Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG.


IBM Cites Strong Growth in Cloud and Analytics

IBM reported Q2 revenue from continuing operations of $20.2 billion, with second-quarter revenues from the company’s strategic imperatives --- cloud, analytics and engagement --- increased 12 percent year to year. Cloud revenues (public, private and hybrid) for the quarter increased 30 percent. Cloud revenue over the trailing 12 months was $11.6 billion.

The annual run rate for cloud as-a-service revenue --- a subset of total cloud revenue --- increased to $6.7 billion from $4.5 billion in the second quarter of 2015. Revenues from analytics increased 5 percent (up 4 percent adjusting for currency). Revenues from mobile increased 43 percent and from security increased 18 percent.

"IBM continues to establish itself as the leading cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. In doing so, IBM is pioneering new business opportunities beyond the traditional IT marketplace," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer. "In the second quarter we delivered double-digit revenue growth in our strategic imperatives, driven by innovations in areas such as analytics, security, cloud video services and Watson Health, all powered by the IBM Cloud and differentiated by industry. And we continue to invest for growth with recent breakthroughs in quantum computing, Internet of Things and Blockchain solutions for the IBM Cloud."

Segment Results

  • Cognitive Solutions (includes solutions software and transaction processing software) -- revenues of $4.7 billion, up 3.5 percent (up 3.8 percent adjusting for currency). Cloud revenue within the segment grew 54 percent. Solutions software revenue grew, led by Analytics (including Watson) and Security.
  • Global Business Services (includes consulting, global process services, application management) -- revenues of $4.3 billion, down 2.0 percent (down 2.5 percent adjusting for currency). Strategic imperatives revenue within the segment was up 14 percent (up 13 percent adjusting for currency).
  • Technology Services & Cloud Platforms (includes infrastructure services, technical support services, integration software) -- revenues of $8.9 billion, down 0.5 percent (flat adjusting for currency). Growth of 35 percent in strategic imperatives revenue within the segment was driven by strong hybrid cloud infrastructure services performance.
  • Systems (includes systems hardware and operating systems software) -- revenues of $2.0 billion, down 23.2 percent (down 23.3 percent adjusting for currency). Revenue reflects z Systems product cycle dynamics; gross profit margin improved in both z Systems and Power.
  • Global Financing (includes financing and used equipment sales) -- revenues of $424 million, down 11.3 percent (down 10.0 percent adjusting for currency).


VMware Posts Q2 Revenue of $1.69 Billion, up 6%

VMware reported GAAP and non-GAAP revenues for the second quarter were $1.69 billion, an increase of 6% from non-GAAP revenues for the second quarter of 2015, and an increase of 11% from GAAP revenues for the second quarter of 2015.

  • License revenues for the second quarter were $644 million, an increase of 1% from the second quarter of 2015.
  • GAAP net income for the second quarter was $265 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, up 54% per diluted share compared to $172 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP net
  • income for the quarter was $414 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, up 5% per diluted share compared to $396 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, for second quarter of 2015.
  • strong bookings growth with NSX, vCloud Air Network andh hyper-converged solutions
  • completed Arkin acquisition
  • headcount reached 19,075, up from 18,691 a year earlier

Q2 was a continuation of the good start to the year we experienced in Q1, both for results and against our strategic goal of building momentum for our newer growth businesses and in the cloud,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “Customers are turning to VMware to help them run, manage, secure and connect their applications across all clouds and all devices, with unparalleled connectivity, security and visibility.”

Zane Rowe, executive vice president and chief financial officer, VMware, said, “This was another good quarter for VMware, and I’m particularly pleased with our financial performance and increasing strength of our balance sheet. We’re also looking forward to returning value to our stockholders through the $1.2 billion stock repurchase we announced last quarter.”


US Ignite's Advanced Wireless Consortium Looks Beyond 5G

US Ignite, which is a non-profit organization inspired by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation, has formed a new Advanced Wireless Industry Consortium "to help align and focus US efforts to exploit new wireless technologies beyond 5G."

The group is aiming to speed up the transfer rate of breakthrough ideas from university research to industry end users, overcoming what is sometimes called the “valley of death” between basic research and commercialization. Big breakthroughs of 1000X are targeted in areas such as millimeter wave (mmWave), dynamic spectrum, 5G+ architecture, and wide-area white space – all areas in which the US will need to excel to sustain its leadership in the global wireless industry.

The Consortium includes 21 companies and organizations: ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions), ATT, Carlson Wireless Technologies, CommScope, CTIA, HTC, Intel, InterDigital, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, National Instruments, Nokia Bell Laboratories, Oracle, Qualcomm, Samsung, Shared Spectrum, Sprint, TIA (Telecom Industry Association), T-Mobile, Verizon, and Viavi Solutions.


Saudi Telecom Deploys Juniper Contrail SDN

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has deployed Juniper Networks Contrail Networking and NFV to create automated cloud services for its customers.

With dedicated cloud services powered by Contrail Networking, STC now has a fully scalable, flexible resource to sell to subscribers and customers on-demand as their IT requirements evolve and change. Contrail Networking enables full automation, better scalability, security and flexibility for STC's NFV-based cloud computing services.

Juniper's Contrail Networking SDN solution automates and orchestrates the creation of highly scalable virtual networks. It interoperates with an OpenStack cloud orchestration platform, enabling the agile creation and dynamic scaling of service instances with high availability and reliability.

"At STC, we have a 'customer-first' approach. We aim to earn our customers' trust and enrich society with comprehensive, innovative services and solutions. The network, underpinned by advanced NFV and automation capabilities, can deliver substantial value to our customers by providing the agility, speed and simplicity that today's businesses require. Juniper is an ideal partner with the same customer-centric approach, providing us with state-of-the-art technology for our cloud-based offerings," stated Dr. Tarig M. Enaya, senior vice president for enterprise at Saudi Telecom Company.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

AT&T Launches Network Functions on Demand Internationally

AT&T announced the launch of its Network Functions on Demand service in 76 countries and territories, including:

AMERICAS – Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Republic,Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, United States, Uruguay, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela

ASIA PAC – Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines,Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand

EMEA – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia,Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom

The service uses a single universal piece of equipment at the customer premise to deliver virtualized functions via the AT&T Network on Demand platform. AT&T Network Functions on Demand is the third service on the platform.

The first AT&T Network Functions on Demand capabilities that customers can choose from include:

  • Juniper Networks virtual routing
  • Cisco virtual router
  • Fortinet virtual security
  • Riverbed virtual WAN optimization

"Building networks by deploying network functions in software is a major shift in network design," said Ralph de la Vega, Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions and International. "We've broken through traditional, cost-prohibitive barriers. Our software platform delivers a simple, flexible and efficient experience for any business, virtually anywhere and anytime they need it."

AT&T noted that since its launch in 2015, more than 1,200 businesses across multiple industries have signed up for AT&T Network on Demand solutions.


AT&T Commits its ECOMP Service Orchestrator to Open Source

AT&T confirmed that it is committed to releasing into open source its current Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) platform, which is the service orchestration system that powers the AT&T software-defined network (SDN).

AT&T said ECOMP is mature, feature-complete, and tested in real-world NFV deployments. The company believes open source ECOMP will bring maturity to SDN and become the industry standard for orchestration, management and policy control.

By releasing the ECOMP code as open source, AT&T said other service providers will be able to use this software to meet non-stop network demands as data-hungry technologies like autonomous cars, augmented and virtual reality, 4K video and the Internet of Things (IoT) take off.

“In March, we opened the hood of our network, showed you the engine and the industry responded asking to join us,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, Technology and Operations, AT&T. “Over the last few years, AT&T invented what we believe to be the most sophisticated, comprehensive and scalable software-centric network in the world. Today, we’re letting anyone use and build upon our millions of lines of software code by committing to releasing it into the open source community.”

“This is a big decision and getting it right is crucial,” Donovan continues. “We want to build a community – where people contribute to the code base and advance the platform. And, we want this to help align the global industry. We’ve engaged a third-party company to be the integrator and provide support in the industry for the ECOMP platform. And we’ve received positive feedback from major global telecom companies. We’re excited to share more on that front very soon.”


Saturday, July 16, 2016

pureLiFi Secures Funding for LED Wireless Communications

pureLiFi, a start-up based in Edinburgh, Scotland, announced a new round of funding supporting its proprietary LiFi technology, which uses modulated LED light to provide wireless communications. The company says LiFi has the potential to be significantly faster than current WiFi.

The company, which was created in 2012 as a spin-off from the University of Edinburgh, has raised $10 million to date. Investors include Temasek, an investment company based in Singapore, and London & Scottish Investment Partners (LSIP).

Professor Russel Griggs OBE, Chairman of pureLiFi said “This funding, which exceeds what we set out to secure, gives the company the resources required to rapidly scale over the next few years. When I was asked to become Chairman, my task was to build the initial base of the company and secure the funding to take it forward into the sectors we see as the future for the business. Having delivered all that successfully now, I am delighted that we have secured Mike Hickey to take over from me as Chairman, whose international and sector experience will lead the company to even greater success.”


AWS Acquires Cloud9

Amazon Web Services has acquired Cloud9, a start-up based in San Francisco & Amsterdam.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cloud 9 provides a development environment in the cloud. Its mission is "to unlock the benefits of writing code in the cloud." The company was founded in 2010 and was backed by Accel and Atlassian.


Friday, July 15, 2016

QTS Opens Mega Data Center in Former Chicago Sun-Times Bldg

QTS Realty Trust opened a new mega data center at 2800 S. Ashland Avenue in downtown Chicago.

QTS transformed the iconic Chicago Sun-Times facility into a 317,000 square foot mega data center. The facility will serve as QTS' Midwest hub to deliver its fully integrated portfolio featuring customizable data center solutions, colocation, managed hosting, hybrid cloud and disaster recovery services for enterprise and government organizations.

"This data center is restoring an iconic building and giving it a 21st-century purpose," Mayor Emanuel said. "Chicago is a global hub for innovation and technology, and this QTS data center will help the city build on that reputation for years to come. Welcome to Chicago!"


Bay Dynamics Raises $23 Million for Cyber Risk Analytics

Bay Dynamics, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $23 million in Series B financing for its cyber risk analytics.

Bay Dynamics' flagship analytics software, Risk Fabric, automates the process of analyzing security information so that it's traceable, trustworthy and prioritized.

The funding round was led by Carrick Capital Partners and included capital from Series A investor Comcast Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation.

"We are very impressed with the quality of Bay Dynamics' cyber risk analytics platform and the endorsements we have heard from Bay Dynamics customers," said Jim Madden, co-founder and Managing Director of Carrick Capital Partners. "We believe the strongest and highest quality companies, like Bay Dynamics, will continue to thrive and we are excited to be a part of that growth."


Thursday, July 14, 2016

AT&T's Threat Intellect Sifts Billions of Security Events in Minutes

AT&T unveiled a new Threat Intellect service that takes a Big Data + machine learning approach in sifting through billions of security events captured on the AT&T backbone to identify abnormal and malicious activity based on data patterns.

This new approach, which will be the brains behind AT&T security services going forward, provides visibility into the data patterns and threat activity by using multitudes of unique threat signature data streams, analytics and intelligence. Data can come from mobile devices, applications, data centers, or through AT&T security services. The software-defined network can then apply policies to mitigate the threat.

AT&T estimates this automation will improve the speed at which we can deploy security protections by over 95%, greatly improving threat detection and resolution.

“AT&T secures more connections than any communications company in North America,” said Steve McGaw, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Solutions. “No carrier experiences the depth and scale of security threats we see on a daily basis– more than 30 billion vulnerability scans and 400 million spam messages are detected on our IP network. The power of Threat Intellect gives us the ability to process 5 billion security events, a full day’s worth of activity for all of our security customers combined – in only 10 minutes.”

“In the past, you had to know exactly where a specific file was stored to access it. Now, you only need a key word to find that file,” McGaw said. “AT&T Threat Intellect has a similar capability. It is the power behind every AT&T firewall, network security protection and every other security capability we have integrated in our network and services.”

AT&T said 117 petabytes of traffic are traversing its network every day.


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