Thursday, August 4, 2016

CENX: Service Orchestration Encompasses Many Functions

MEF has published its LSO reference architecture. Orchestration encompasses a wide variety of functions, says Marie Fiala Timlin, Director of Marketing for CENX. These capabilities include fulfillment control, security policy, analytics and assurance -- areas that CENX focuses on.

See video: https://youtu.be/QBsh9T5OCD8




Facebook and Google Agree on 48v Open Rack Standard Architecture

Google and Facebook have collaborated on an Open Rack v2.0 Standard, which specifies a 48V power architecture with a modular, shallow-depth form factor that enables high-density deployment of Open Compute Platform (OCP) racks into data centers with limited space.

In a blog posting, Google's Debosmita Das and Mike Lau note that Google developed and has extensively deployed a 48V ecosystem with payloads utilizing 48V to Point-of-Load technology in its data centers since 2010.  Google said its experience with 48v has resulted in a significant reduction in losses and increased efficiency compared to 12V solutions, thereby saving millions of dollars and kilowatt hours.

https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/

Here's what Happened at Open Compute Project Summit


In the five years since its launch, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has chalked up dozens of innovations and technical specification contributions that have been implemented by hyperscale data center operators. The ambitions have now expanded beyond rack hardware to include switching, storage, silicon photonics,  a telemetry framework, an open-source analytics platform and new domain of solutions adapted for telecom operators. Here are some...

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Arista Posts Q2 Revenue of $269 Million, up 11% YoY

Arista Networks reported Q2 revenue of $268.7 million, an increase of 11.0% compared to the first quarter of 2016, and an increase of 37.4% from the second quarter of 2015. Some highlights:

  • GAAP gross margin of 63.8%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 64.0% in the first quarter of 2016 and 65.4% in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin of 64.1%, compared to non-GAAP gross margin of 64.4% in the first quarter of 2016 and 65.8% in the second quarter of 2015.
  • GAAP net income of $38.9 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $24.0 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015.

"We are in the midst of a multi-year shift from legacy IT silos to cloud networking,” stated Jayshree Ullal, Arista President and CEO. “This quarter puts Arista at a billion-dollar run rate, which is a fitting validation of this trend, based on our innovative cloud-class, cloud-scale and cloud-converged offerings.”

Commenting on the company's financial results, Ita Brennan, Arista’s CFO, said, “We are pleased with our financial performance in the second quarter which reflects strong adoption of our new products and consistent operational execution.”

http://investors.arista.com/company/investors-relations/press-releases/press-release-details/2016/Arista-Networks-Inc-Reports-Second-Quarter-2016-Financial-Results/default.aspx

Nokia’s Networks Business Drops 11% YoY

Nokia reported non-IFRS net sales in Q2 2016 of EUR 5.7 billion down from EUR 6.4 billion on a comparable combined company basis (Alcatel-Lucent + Nokia).

The company said it intends to accelerate its cost savings program as it works to integrate Alcatel-Lucent. Related to this, Nokia recorded approximately EUR 600 million of restructuring and associated charges in the second quarter 2016.

Some highlights from the report:

Nokia Networks

Nokia’s Networks business experienced an 11% year-on-year net sales decrease in Q2 2016, which the company said reflected its outlook for the wireless infrastructure market. Net sales were weak in Mobile Networks within Ultra Broadband Networks, and accounted for approximately 80% of the overall decrease in Nokia’s Networks business.

IP Networks and Applications also contributed to the decrease. This was partially offset by strong growth in Fixed Networks within Ultra Broadband Networks.

In Q2 2016, gross margin of 37.4% and operating margin of 6.0% were adversely affected by a customer in Latin America undergoing judicial recovery. Excluding this, gross margin would have been approximately 38% and operating margin would have been nearly 7%.

Nokia Technologies

This division also experienced an 11% year-on-year net sales decrease in Q2 2016. Excluding the impact of non-recurring items that benefitted the year ago quarter, Nokia Technologies net sales would have grown by approximately 10% year-on-year, primarily due to higher intellectual property licensing income from existing licensees.

Rajeev Suri, Nokia's President and CEO, commented:

"Nokia’s second quarter results were largely as expected and reflect solid execution in the midst of a challenging market and the ongoing integration of Alcatel-Lucent. When we announced our first quarter results, I said that we did not expect to see typical seasonal patterns in the first half of the year, and that prediction proved to be correct. Net sales were slightly up sequentially in Q2, while operating margin was slightly down, in part reflecting a meaningful negative impact from one of our major customers in Latin America."

"The decline of our topline remains a concern, and reflects challenging market conditions. While we do not expect those conditions to improve in the near term, we believe we are well-positioned given the scope of our portfolio, focus on operational discipline, strengthening sales execution, and opportunities in the evolution from 4G towards 5G."

http://company.nokia.com/en/system/files/download/investors/nokia_results_2016_q2b.pdf

Windstream Revenue Dips in Q2, Profitability Rises

Windstream reported Q2 2016 total revenue of $1.36 billion and total service revenues of $1.33 billion, to $1.42 billion and $1.38 billion, respectively, year-over-year. Operating income was $155 million compared to $79 million in the period a year ago. Net income was $1.5 million or 1 cent per share compared to a loss of $111 million or a loss of $1.13 per share a year ago.


  • Consumer and small business ILEC service revenues were $395 million, a decrease of 2 percent from the same period a year ago. Consumer service revenues were $311 million, a decrease of 1 percent year-over-year. Consumer average revenue per household increased 1 percent sequentially and 5 percent year-over-year driven partly by higher consumer adoption rates of premium Internet speeds.
  • Carrier service revenues were $160 million, a decrease of 7 percent year-over-year. Core carrier and wholesale revenues were $149 million, a decrease of $1 million sequentially.
  • Enterprise service revenues were $491 million, an increase of 3 percent year-over-year. Enterprise contribution margin was $80 million, or 15.7 percent, an increase of $32 million, or 68 percent, year-over-year, and an increase of $9 million, or 13 percent, sequentially.
  • Small business CLEC service revenues were $125 million, a 12 percent decrease year-over-year. Small business CLEC contribution margin remained steady sequentially at $41 million, or 33 percent.
  • Windstream affirmed its previously provided financial guidance for the year with improved cash interest and cash tax guidance.

"We are making solid progress on achieving our 2016 goals. Each business unit is executing an operational strategy to advance the goal of stabilizing and growing operating cash flow over time. We are making the right investments and optimizing the balance sheet. All of which will drive improving results and create value for investors," said Tony Thomas, president and chief executive officer at Windstream.

http://investor.windstream.com/investors/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=982861

CenturyLink Posts Q2 Revenue of $4.4 Billion, Flat Sales but Higher Profits

CenturyLink reported Q2 2016 revenue of $4.40 billion, compared to $4.42 billion in second quarter 2015. Declines in legacy and data integration revenues were partially offset by higher strategic revenues and increased high-cost support revenues related to Connect America Fund Phase 2 (CAF Phase 2) in second quarter 2016.

Net income and diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $196 million and $0.36, respectively, for second quarter 2016, compared to $143 million and $0.26, respectively, for second quarter 2015. The increase in diluted EPS was due to higher net income and the impact of the lower number of shares outstanding due to share repurchases in 2015.

"CenturyLink delivered solid second quarter financial results with total operating revenues and core revenues in line with our guidance, and operating cash flow and adjusted diluted earnings per share that exceeded our previous guidance," said Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president. "Our new sales and marketing leadership team continues to refine our sales channels and associated go-to-market strategies for the Business market, and continues to pivot toward higher-value bundled solutions for the Consumer market. While second quarter Consumer subscriber metrics were softer than anticipated, we expect to see an improvement in unit trends in the second half of the year.

"We also are continuing to invest with a 'network first' focus on delivering higher broadband speeds and in the transformation and virtualization of our network infrastructure through the deployment of NFV4 and SDN5 technologies. We ended the quarter with more than 8.4 million addressable households and businesses with 40 Mbps or higher speeds, including 1.2 million GPON-enabled addressable units. We expect to reach 11 million 40 Mbps or higher, including 2 million GPON-enabled addressable households and businesses by year-end 2017," concluded Post.

http://www.centurylink.com



Sedona Raises $13.6M for IP/Optical Converged Control

Sedona Systems, a start-up based in Israel with offices in Cupertino, California, announced $13.6 million in Series B funding for its IP/optical converged control platform for service provider networks.

Sedona said its NetFusion software platform enables coordinated control of the IP and Optical layers in multi-vendor networks, automatically creating a live map of all traffic paths and cross-connections. Following this unique network discovery process, multilayer apps are executed over the platform for tasks ranging from coordinated maintenance to automatic optimization, from network restoration to enabling broadband services on demand. Using Sedona, service providers can run their networks “hotter” and save up to 50% of their expansion capex.

“Service provider networks are going through a generational change,” said Yossi Wellingstein, Sedona’s CEO. “Software and virtualization have become crucial tools in facing the tidal wave of demand for network services. Sedona helps service providers rise to the challenge by using software to fuse the hitherto separate optical and IP layers into one agile and flexible network.”

The new funding round was led by Intel Capital. NextStar also joined as a new investor and previous investor Bessemer Venture Partners participated fully in the round. This brings total investment in the company to $19.6 million.

http://sedonasys.com/index.php/company/news-events/216-sedona-systems-closes-13-6m-series-b-funding

NEC and Netcracker Provide virtualized LTE core to ITRI Taiwan

NEC and its subsidiary Netcracker Technology have provided a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution to the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a non-profit research institute working under the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan.

The NEC/Netcracker vEPC solution delivers virtualized network functions, such as the Mobility Management Entity (MME) that accommodates LTE handset authentication and handover controls, and the Serving Gateway (S-GW)/PDN Gateway (P-GW) for audio and packet processing, enabling them to run on a general-purpose IA server.

The vEPC was adopted by ITRI for an experimental network established for the Small Cell LTE Plugfest compatibility testing event. Ten Taiwanese small-cell LTE base station manufacturers participated in this event, seeking to verify functions for their base stations, enhance the competiveness of their systems and explore new business opportunities.

“We are very pleased to have recently hosted a successful Plugfest compatibility testing event, utilizing the world’s first commercially available vEPC solution from NEC and Netcracker,” said Dr. Sheng-Ching Cheng, Deputy General Director of the Information and Communications Research Laboratories of ITRI. “We will remain focused on undertaking R&D activities in cooperation with NEC, primarily with respect to Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and the Internet of Things (IoT), aiming to develop new business opportunities and increase the competitiveness of the telecommunications equipment industry in Taiwan.”

http://www.netcracker.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Global Capacity's Mary Stanhope: Ethernet Drives Today's Hybrid WANs

Ethernet continues to drives the next wave of hybrid networks or software-defined WANs, says Mary Stanhope, VP of Marketing for Global Capacity, speaking at the MEF's Annual Members Meeting in Boston.

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

MEF16 - November 7-10, 2016, Baltimore


ONF's Dan Pitt: SDN Meets MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has been working with the MEF for over a year to bring SDN and NFV into the scope of Carrier Ethernet, says Dan Pitt, Executive Director of ONF.

The focus now is on Lifecycle Service Orchestration and carrier-grade SDN into multi-carrier deployments.

See video: https://youtu.be/UYtHIjTg8H8


Wedge Networks on Security and Lifecycle Services Orchestration

Security must be an essential part of the MEF's Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO) and the Third Network, says Wedge Networks' CTO Hongwen Zhang. Tomorrow's cloud-based economy will rely on the security of network services.

Wedge Networks is proposing a Security as a Service Ad Hoc Working Group within the MEF.



MEF Readies University Partnership Program

The MEF is looking to kick-off a new University Partnership program aimed at fostering collaboration with academia, says Lance Hassan, MEF Director and Principal Engineer at Charter Communications. The first site will be Purdue.

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


Riverbed: Olympic Games Could Strain Enterprise Networks

The majority of global enterprise network managers expect to be monitoring performance trends next week as the summer Olympics are underway in Brazil, according to a survey of 403 companies commissioned by Riverbed.

The survey found that network managers are wary of employees accessing Olympic video content during business hours, potentially impacting the performance of mission-critical applications.

Riverbed said 85% of surveyed companies reported that they were likely to more closely monitor the performance of their applications and networks, including Wi-Fi, specifically because of potential strain due to employees accessing Olympic content, with 42% of these same companies being very likely to monitor more closely. Only 2% stated that they were very unlikely to monitor any differently during this the Olympics.

"As athletes prepare for the games, IT organizations need to prepare for the significant increase in network traffic that will occur as a result of employees accessing and streaming online content and applications, and the related increase in volatility of that network demand,” said Mike Sargent, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelCentral at Riverbed.

http://www.riverbed.com

IEEE Publishes 802.3by 25 Gb/s Ethernet Standard for Server Interconnectivity

IEEE officially released its 802.3by Standard for Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 25 Gb/s Operation.

The standard defines single-lane 25 Gb/s PHYs for operation over electrical backplanes, copper twin axial cables with lengths up to 3-5 meters and multimode fiber with lengths up to 100m.
IEE said this new amendment to 802.3 represents the first available industry standard developed specifically to address the growing need for increased Ethernet speeds for server interconnects exceeding 10 Gb/s, and one that offers cost-saving advantages over current higher speed Ethernet offerings.

“We have been fortunate to pool the resources of many individuals who’ve demonstrated considerable dedication and commitment to work collaboratively to advance a much sought after standard for 25 Gb/s Ethernet,” said Mark Nowell, chair, IEEE P802.3by 25 Gb/s Ethernet Task Force. “The work of the IEEE P802.3by 25 Gb/s Ethernet Task Force epitomizes how standards development is a key factor in ensuring best practices, and how best to meet the rapid demands of industry as technological advancements are pursued in the respective areas where Ethernet continues to play a growing role.”

http://standards.ieee.org

Velostrata 2.0 Accelerates Workload Migration to AWS and Azure

Velostrata, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, released version 2.0 of its solution for migrating enterprise workloads to public clouds, especially stateful workloads like ERP, collaboration, middleware, OLTP, Oracle and MS-SQL databases, and compilers.
Velostrata 2.0 is an agentless, streaming-based mobility software that decouples compute from storage for rapid migration. Velostrata uses streaming and caching to allow applications to be operational in the public cloud within minutes, while storage is migrated in the background. The solution adapts workloads for the target cloud, requiring no changes to virtual machine images, storage or even management processes.

Velostrata 2.0 also comes with additional support for Microsoft Azure, complementing existing AWS support and providing multi-cloud flexibility and anti-lock-in.

Velostrata said benefits of its solution include:

  • Improved Business Agility: Migrate compute in minutes while intelligently streaming data in the background, enable workload mobility across cloud regions without the need to move storage, and support dev/test projects on demand, without inflating storage requirements on-premises
  • Reduced Costs: Eliminate data centers by migrating enterprise applications to the public cloud; reduce opex costs by simplifying and accelerating the migration process.
  • Improve Operational Efficiency: Leverage the same in house management tools and processes currently in use. Simplify movement of complex multi-tier applications using Velostrata Runbook Automation, allowing for mass operations with scheduled orchestration.
  • Mitigated Security and Compliance Risks: Gain full control over where data resides (on-premises, in the public cloud or some combination), as data is encrypted in motion and at rest.

In addition, Velostrata announced $17.5M in Series B funding led by strategic investor Intel Capital, with participation from existing investors Norwest Venture Partners and 83 North. Velostrata software enables customers to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy that incorporates the best of both public and private clouds. This latest funding will be used to accelerate growth, particularly within the mid-to-large enterprise market.

http://www.velostrata.com

Everspin Readies First 256Mb MRAM

Everspin Technologies announced the commercial release of the world’s first product using perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (pMTJ) based ST-MRAM to customers.

The 256Mb DDR3 product, which is the highest density commercially available perpendicular ST-MRAM in the market, is based on Everspin’s third generation MRAM technology.

Product highlights:

  • Supports over 100,000 times faster write speeds than NAND flash
  • Persistent data with retention that meets the requirements of many enterprise and cloud computing applications
  • DDR3 interface compatibility with symmetrical read and write speed
  • Provides the highest endurance of currently available non-volatile memories
  • No wear leveling required
  • Compatible with standard CMOS and is scalable to Gigabit+ densities
  • Everspin has shipped more than 60 million discrete and embedded MRAM products into data centers, cloud storage, energy, industrial, automotive, consumer, and transportation markets.

“By implementing our patented perpendicular MTJ technology in a 256Mb ST-MRAM commercial product, we have solidified our leadership position as the provider of the fastest non-volatile products to our customers,” said Everspin CEO Phill LoPresti. “By working closely with our partner, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, we brought up the MRAM technology faster than planned on their 300mm line, achieving our target yield and product performance objectives. Everspin and GLOBALFOUNDRIES are now focused on the successful production ramp of the 256Mb MRAM."

http://www.everspin.com

ZTE Seeks to Crowdsource the Next Big Idea in Mobile

ZTE USA, which claims to be the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market, is seeking to crowdsource “the next great mobile device.”
Project CSX will engage directly with consumers at every step of the development process, from conception to what is finally delivered to consumers. The project will be broken into two key development stages where users can submit and vote for their favorite ideas.

Submissions are held to three rules: it must be a mobile product, the technology must be realistically possible by 2017, and the final product must be affordable for the general population.

“This is the first time a phone manufacturer is stepping out and crowdsourcing something entirely new, from start to finish,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “It’s a bold approach for the industry that demonstrates how ZTE keeps consumers at the heart of everything we imagine, design and deliver. Project CSX is taking our core value to the next level.”

http://www.zteusa.com

Ethernet Alliance Adds to its Board

The Ethernet Alliance named David J. Rodgers of Teledyne LeCroy to its Board of Directors.
Rodgers, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Teledyne LeCroy, focuses on defining, designing, deploying, and marketing high-speed serial analysis test and measurement products for Ethernet and Fibre Channel SANs and LANs. A 30-year industry veteran, he is a member of industry groups and organizations including the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA); PCI special interest group (PCI-SIG); and NVM Express (NVMe) special interest group.

“There’s a symbiotic relationship between Ethernet and test and measurement, with advancements in one driving changes to the other. Meeting the test and measurement needs of emerging applications enabled by new Ethernet speeds is critical to their adoption and deployment,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and senior principal engineer, Huawei. “Utilizing David’s vast expertise enables us to address another critical area of the Ethernet ecosystem, in turn allowing us to better serve both the Ethernet and test and measurement communities. His valuable insight is a welcome addition.”

http://www.ethernetalliance.org


Viewics Secures $10.5 Million for Healthcare Analytics

Viewics, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $10.5 million in new funding for its healthcare-focused analytics for hospitals and health systems.

The new funding was led by existing investor Canvas Ventures and new investor Roche Venture Fund, whose portfolio includes 23andMe, Flatiron, and Lumos Pharma. City National Bank also participated.

Viewics HIPAA-compliant platform provides advanced analytics beyond business intelligence software.

http://www.viewics.com

Aerohive Posts Q2 Revenue of $47.6 Million, up 29% YoY

Aerohive Networks posted Q2 2016 revenue of $47.6 million, an increase of 29% compared with $36.8 million for the second quarter of 2015 and an increase of 19% compared with $40.1 million for the first quarter of 2016. There was a GAAP net loss of $7.4 million, compared with $10.8 million in the second quarter of 2015. GAAP gross margin was 67.5%, compared with 67.0% in the year-ago period.

Software subscription and services revenue was $8.1 million, or 17% of total revenue for the quarter, compared with $6.1 million, or 17% of total revenue, for the second quarter of 2015.

 “We delivered record results in Q2 through strong execution in the face of some market headwinds, leading to our fifth consecutive quarter of exceeding expectations on both the top and bottom line and continued progress toward non-GAAP operating profitability,” stated David Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am also pleased with the significant progress we made in our business to strengthen our channels and product offerings, including the introduction of 7 new products in Q2.”

http://ir.aerohive.com