Monday, August 8, 2016

Samsung Claims Top Spot in Enterprise SSDs - Key Role in Data Centers

Samsung Electronics is now the world’s number one supplier of enterprise solid state drives used in corporate data centers, according to a number of analyst firms cited by the company:

The IDC report, Worldwide Solid State Storage Quarterly Update CY 1Q16, shows that Samsung rose to the leader position in Enterprise SSD sales in Q1 of this year, with the IDC data showing Samsung at 32.4 percent compared to the second place finisher with 16.9 percent. This shows a sharp upswing in Enterprise SSD sales from Q4 of 2015 when Samsung was in a virtual dead heat with its closest competitor with about a 22 percent market share. For the year 2015, IDC showed Samsung with a 20.6 percent share.

Analyst firm Forward Insights showed a slightly larger market lead for Samsung, reporting that in the first quarter of 2016, Samsung easily led the enterprise SSD market with a 34 percent share, well above the 19 percent share of the nearest competitor. This compares with a second place Samsung finish with 25 percent of Enterprise SSD market share in Q4 of 2015, according to the analyst firm.

TrendFocus charted Samsung with a 45 percent leadership position in Enterprise SSD market share for the first quarter of this year, rising from a second place finish with 26 percent share in the fourth quarter of last year.

“The enterprise market is a top Samsung memory focus, so it should come as no surprise that we have now also taken the lead in supplying SSDs to the enterprise, after years of leadership in the client market,” said Jim Elliott, corporate vice president, Memory Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. “Our securing the No. 1 position in enterprise SSDs has been supported by market leading advances in flash density and performance, and continued success with our 3D V-NAND manufacturing and state-of-the-art controllers,” he added.

http://www.samsung.com


Samsung Ships 512 GB NVMe SSD


Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing the industry’s first NVMe PCIe solid state drive (SSD) in a single ball grid array (BGA) package, for use in next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs. The package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller.  The new SSD is 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm and weighs only about one gram (an American dime by comparison weighs 2.3 grams). The single-package...

Samsung Ships its 15.36TB SSD


Samsung Electronics began shipping the industry’s largest solid state drive (SSD) – the “PM1633a,” a 15.36 terabyte (TB) drive. The new 15.36TB SSD is based on a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, for use in enterprise storage systems. Samsung said the unprecedented 15.36TB of data storage on a single SSD is enabled by combining 512 of its 256Gb V-NAND memory chips. The 256Gb dies are stacked in 16 layers to form a single 512GB package,...

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Toshiba Debuts Flash-based Analytics Platform

Toshiba America Electronic Components introduced an all-flash, big data, real-time streaming analytics platform targeted at distributed applications in manufacturing, finance, medical and security. TAEC will debut the technology at this week’s 2016 Flash Memory Summit.

TAEC's new Flashmatrix leverages NAND flash memory arranged in a matrix. Flashmatrix enables multiple data sets to be accessed in parallel and scaled linearly. All of the NAND flash memory is shared by every CPU allowing for flexibility and high performance. The entire platform is in 2U enclosure and offers linear rack scale scalability. Flashmatrix is optimally designed for low power consumption.

“Big data processing can face multiple problems in scaling, latency and power as the customer demands increase,” said Ralph Schmitt, Executive of System Development at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. “Flashmatrix addresses each of those issues to create a system that is a true solution for analytic processing by offering low-power-consumption, parallel processing to reduce system latency, card level scaling and a large non-volatile memory space shared by all CPUs. Flashmatrix continues Toshiba’s mission to persistently develop innovative technologies to make the best use of NAND flash memory.”

TAEC will showcase Flashmatrix at this week's 2016 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California.

http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com

Kalray Unveils C/C++ Programmable Acceleration Card

Kalray, which is based near Paris, France, introduced its Krypto128 programmable acceleration card based on 2nd generation, "Bostan" MPPA high-speed I/O processor. The

The Bostan processor combines high computing performance with real-time processing and low power consumption, while using a C/C++ programming model.

Kalray will target two main markets with its Krypto128 card: storage computation pipelines, which include algorithms such as compression, encryption, erasure coding and integrity checks, and the IPsec and OpenSSL transparent market.

Kalray said it has customer use cases in which a Krypto128 card can offload and replace up to 8 Intel Xeon E5 2630v3 @2.4Ghz when implementing a Lz4 compression, an AES128 encryption, an erasure coding (8 to 10) and a CRC 32 bits on 4K block of data.

“Kalray is fully committed to offering solutions to our customers that help them to quickly introduce SSD technology, with all its latency benefits, into their data center,” said Eric Baissus, CEO of Kalray. “And, more importantly, this gives them the possibility to scale up acceleration into VPN routers or secure gateways."

At this week's Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Kalray will demonstrate a complete NVMeOF (Non-Volatile Memory express over Fabrics) chain from compute node to remote NVMe SSDs with SK Hynix. The remote storage system will be built around 13 SKHMS M.2 PCIe Carriers integrating 4 SKHMS PE3110 SSDs each and 6 Kalray smartNIC KONIC-80 equipped with Kalray’s MPPA2 -256 “Bostan” High Speed I/O Processor.

http://www.kalrayinc.com/

Vodafone Spain Deploys Huawei's DB-HSDPA Solution

Vodafone Spain has completed the world's first commercial implementation of dual-band High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (DB-HSDPA) technology using technology from Huawei. The solution delivers approximately double the amount of UMTS throughput compared to single carrier on UMTS 900MHz.

DB-HSDPA is a 3GPP release 9-defined technology. From the second half of 2015, chipsets that support DB-HSDPA technology have been incorporated into commercial devices. DB-HSDPA capable terminals are able to receive and monitor two bands simultaneously, delivering a better user experience.

On the Vodafone Spain network, there is a single carrier on UMTS 900MHz. The companies noted that UMTS 900MHz can absorb a larger number of subscribers than UMTS 2100MHz.  strategy.

"Huawei and Vodafone have cooperated closely to ensure the successful commercial deployment of DB-HSDPA. We will endeavor to assure the provision of innovative solutions, and accelerate the pace and scale of DB-HSDPA's commercial application to benefit more subscribers," said Peng Honghua, president of Huawei's UMTS Product Line.

The successful commercial deployment of DB-HSDPA demonstrates Huawei's ongoing commitment for the supply of innovative techniques in wireless networks to help build the best experience-oriented MBB networks. In addition, Huawei's patented UX2 interface solution will ensure the application of DB-HSDPA not only at intra-NodeB level, but also among different NodeBs.

http://www.huawei.com

Planning Advances for Hawaiki - the 14,000 km Transpacific Cable

A marine route survey has kicked off for Hawaiki, a 14,000 km transpacific cable system that is scheduled for completion in mid-2018. Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.

Some highlights about the Hawaiki Cable:

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  • The 14,000 km cable system will deliver more than 30 Tbps of capacity via TE SubCom’s C100U+ Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE) and will allow for optional connectivity to islands along the route, utilizing TE SubCom’s industry leading optical add/drop multiplexing (OADM) nodes.
  • Hawaiki will be the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.
  • As a carrier-neutral cable system, Hawaiki will usher in a new era of international connectivity benefitting businesses and consumers across the Pacific region.
  • The system was co-developed by New Zealand-based entrepreneurs Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm Dick and Remi Galasso.


“Each stage of this groundbreaking project is important, but after very carefully planning our transpacific route and conducting an extensive survey of each landing site, we are extremely pleased to launch the marine route survey, which will give us data necessary to safely and properly deploy the system in the coming months,” said Remi Galasso, chief executive officer of Hawaiki. “The team is doing a great job; we are on time and on budget. We are confident that with our trusted supplier, TE SubCom, our cable will be delivered as planned in mid-2018, less than two years from now. Hawaiki is not only bringing competition and diversity to the market, but it’s also offering a future-proof solution to its customers in the most cost-effective fashion.”

http://www.hawaikicable.co.nz

Twilio Hits Q2 Revenue of $64.5 Million, up 70% YoY

In its first earnings release as a public company, Twilio reported revenue of $64.5 million for the second quarter of 2016, up 70% from the second quarter of 2015 and 9% sequentially from the first quarter of 2016. Base revenue of $56.4 million for the second quarter of 2016, up 84% from the second quarter of 2015 and 13% sequentially from the first quarter of 2016. GAAP loss from operations of $10.9 million for the second quarter of 2016, compared with GAAP loss from operations of $9.5 million for the second quarter of 2015.

“We delivered strong results in our first quarter as a public company, as we saw continued growth across our product lines,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers around the world use Twilio to build differentiated experiences for their end users by embedding communications into their software applications. The successful completion of our IPO in June will provide additional capital and brand visibility to drive our growth in the future as we look to fuel the future of communications."

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

A few metrics and recent highlights

  • 30,780 Active Customer Accounts as of June 30, 2016, compared to 21,226 Active Customer Accounts as of June 30, 2015.
  • Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate was 164% for the second quarter of 2016, compared to 149% for the second quarter of 2015.
  • Became a featured partner of Facebook Messenger and announced integration into the Messenger platform.
  • Launched Twilio Notify, an API for orchestrating notifications across SMS, push notifications, and messaging applications.
  • Introduced Twilio Programmable Wireless, the first communications platform designed for developers and businesses to easily program cellular connectivity.
  • Expanded our relationship with Amazon Web Services to include delivery of SMS messages for AWS’s Simple Notification Service.
  • Launched Sync, a real-time state synchronization API.

https://www.twilio.com/

Twilio's Completes IPO 

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

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

http://www.twilio.com

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

NeoPhotonics Sees Q2 Sales Rise 16% YoY, Sees Robust 100G Growth

NeoPhotonics reported Q2 2016 revenue of $99.1 million, up $13.8 million, or 16.1%, from the second quarter of 2015, and flat from the prior quarter. GAAP Net income was $2.7 million, up from $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2015, and up from $2.3 million in the prior quarter.

“Globally, we continue to see the overall environment for 100G and beyond products very robust across both telecom and datacenter applications. In spite of PON market softness, we delivered solid financial results in the second quarter including strong profitability at 15 cents per share and cash generation of approximately $10 million. We are accelerating our high speed product growth and we have announced the end of life of our declining and lower margin PON products,” stated Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “We are experiencing an unprecedented level of demand for our 100G products, which we’re seeing as a major and sustaining mid-term trend in China as well as in the west. Given these industry trends and our strong market position, we are raising and narrowing our expected revenue growth for 2016 to a range of 22-25%,” concluded Mr. Jenks.

http://www.neophotonics.com

Google Acquires Orbitera for Cloud Software Sales

Google announced its acquisition of Orbitera, a start-up offering a commerce platform for buying and selling software in the cloud.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Orbitera platform can be used by independent software vendors, service providers and IT channel organizations for deploying, managing and billing of cloud-based software. The company said more than 60,000 enterprise stacks have been launched on Orbitera.

Google said this acquisition will not only improve the support of software vendors on Google Cloud Platform, but reinforce its support for the multi-cloud world.

https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/08/Orbitera-joins-the-Google-Cloud-Platform-team.html

EarthLink Picks VeloCloud for SD-WAN Services

EarthLink is working with VeloCloud to deliver SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) services.

EarthLink’s full-service SD-WAN offering will launch to market in fall 2016.  This technology enables customers to realize the full potential of the cloud by supporting application growth, network agility and simplified branch implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private datacenters and enterprise applications.

“VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN will be offered as part of EarthLink’s complete suite of solutions that includes network access, hosted voice, security services, optimized application performance, bandwidth prioritization controls and always-on customer service to satisfy the needs of a wide range of enterprises,” said Joe Eazor, Chief Executive Officer and President of EarthLink. “Companies wanting to enhance the experience for their customers need to maximize application performance and meet increasing bandwidth demands with a viable cost effective solution. Implementing SD-WAN alongside other managed network services will give our customers more visibility and control over the applications, websites and devices that utilize their network.”

http://www.earthlink.com
http://www.velocloud.com

Power Outage Knocks Delta's Global Operations Offline

A power outage in Atlanta, which began at approximately 2:30 a.m. ET. on Monday, hit Delta's computer systems and operations worldwide, forcing the airline to cancel or reschedule thousands of flights. The stoppage of operations appears to have lasted over five hours.

The disruption in Delta's global network operations follows a multi-day disruption in service last month at Southwest Airlines, which attributed its outage to a router failure and a cascading series of IT problems.

 http://news.delta.com/

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Ericsson and Bombardier test LTE at 200 kmh

Ericsson and Bombardier have completed trials of LTE networks for railway solutions at simulated speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour with the goal of supporting communications-based train control (CBTC), closed-circuit television (CCTV), voice, platform information, advertising and Wi-Fi for passengers, and other such applications.

The companies said LTE could potentially be employed for CBTC, which uses high-resolution location determination and high-capacity data communications - such as those enabled by LTE networks - to support automatic train protection, operation and supervision functions.  In the CBTC tests, the LTE networks achieved uplink and downlink latencies far below the threshold of 100 milliseconds and packet losses approaching zero (anything less than 0.5% was considered a pass mark). Quality of Service capabilities built into Ericsson's equipment also allowed for the preemption and prioritization of mission-critical railway services.

Charlotta Sund, Head of Customer Group Industry & Society at Ericsson, says: "The results of the tests performed to date are very promising and we will continue to test a variety of modems to ensure we can provide robust LTE networks for rail applications. We aim to develop solutions that ensure enhanced rail safety through communications-based train control and CCTV, as well as enhanced entertainment for passengers through services such as voice, platform information, advertising and Wi-Fi."

https://www.ericsson.com/news/2032987

MEF COO Kevin Vachon: Annual Meeting Highlights & MEF16 Preview

MEF is focused on enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks.

MEF COO Kevin Vachon shares highlights on key LSO and open initiative work at MEF’s Annual Meeting in Boston and provides a preview of the MEF16 event in Baltimore, 7-10 November.

See video: https://youtu.be/o2X5R7i9E40


MEF Launches 5G, SD WAN & Cloud Exchange Projects

MEF is advancing development of Third Network services based on LSO, SDN, and NFV encapsulated in OpenCS use cases and OpenLSO capabilities.

MEF CTO Pascal Menezes discusses the launch of new projects for 5G, SD WAN & Cloud Exchange technology domains that will be orchestrated using LSO APIs.

Project directors will coordinate use cases, information models, and APIs needed for orchestrating services across these and other domains.

See video:  https://youtu.be/bL1y14I4EcQ

Friday, August 5, 2016

MEF Looks to Certify Lifecycle Service Orchestration

MEF is now looking to take the next big step forward with certification of Third Network services enabled by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), says Bob Mandeville, President of Iometrix.

The pivotal moment will come at this fall’s MEF16 event on November 7-10 in Baltimore.


See video: https://youtu.be/I0Kor42LX40




Microsoft Azure Previews Nvidia GPU VMs

Microsoft is getting ready to offer Azure N-Series Virtual Machines, billed as "the fastest GPUs in the public cloud," powered by NVIDIA’s GPUs. The service will enable users to run GPU-accelerated workloads and visualize them while paying on a per-minute of usage basis.

The Azure Our N-Series VMs are split into two categories: NC-Series (compute-focused GPUs) for compute intensive HPC workloads using CUDA or OpenCL and powered by Tesla K80 GPUs; and the NV-Series for visualization of desktop accelerated applications and powered by Tesla M60 GPUs.

Microsoft noted that its service, unlike other providers, will expose the GPUs through discreet device assignment (DDA) which results in close to bare-metal performance.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-n-series-preview-availability/

Vantage Data Centers Plans Second 9-acre campus in Santa Clara

Vantage Data Centers plans to build a new, 9-acre campus in Santa Clara, California. The newly announced expansion will deliver 51MW of critical IT load. This increased capacity is in addition to a 21MW expansion of the existing campus (V5 and V6), which was announced in May of 2016.

The new 9-acre site is located approximately 2 miles from Vantage's existing Santa Clara campus. The company anticipates four separate data center buildings and a dedicated substation, with construction starting on the site in 2017. Capacity will be delivered in phases, beginning in 2018.

“Today’s 51MW new campus announcement underscores Vantage’s strong commitment to supporting our customers’ long term growth in Santa Clara”, said Sureel Choksi, President and CEO, Vantage Data Centers. “When combined with the 21MW planned expansion of our existing campus, Vantage has secured 72MW of total expansion capacity in this highly constrained market, solidifying its position as Santa Clara’s leading wholesale data center services provider.”

Some company highlights:


  • Vantage’s $295M bank facility upsizing, completed in February 2016, increased the credit facility to $570M in total and will support continued growth and expansion.
  • Vantage has 15MW of capacity under construction at its first Santa Clara campus, including its new 6MW V4 facility, all of which are scheduled for completion by fall of 2016. Total campus operational critical IT load will be 51MW by the end of 2016.
  • Vantage has initiated development of 21MW of additional expansion on its first Santa Clara campus, which will deliver capacity in phases beginning in the second half of 2017.


http://www.vantagedatacenters.com/2016/08/04/vantage-continues-santa-clara-growth-with-new-51mw-data-center-campus/

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