Thursday, August 25, 2016

Brocade Posts Q3 Revenue of $591 Million, up 7% YoY

Brocade posted Q3 revenue of $591 million, up 7% year-over-year and up 13% quarter-over-quarter, along with GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.02, down from $0.21 in Q3 2015 and from $0.11 in Q2 2016. The results include approximately two months of financial results from Ruckus Wireless.

"Against the backdrop of a mixed macro environment, we posted solid results, with total revenue at the high end of our outlook range," said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade. "During Q3, we also continued the momentum of new product innovations across our portfolio, building a solid foundation for business growth and expansion of our addressable markets. Furthermore, with the successful completion of our acquisition of Ruckus Wireless in the quarter, we are pleased to welcome this talented and committed team to the Brocade family. Our combined strengths open up new opportunities and distinguish Brocade as a pure-play networking company for the digital transformation era."

Some highlights:

  • On May 27, 2016, Brocade completed the acquisition of Ruckus Wireless.
  • SAN product revenue of $282 million was down 9% year-over-year. The year-over-year decline was primarily the result of lower Fibre Channel director sales, which decreased 23%, partially offset by fixed-configuration switch sales which increased 3%. Sequentially, SAN product revenue decreased 5%, with directors declining 20%, partially offset by fixed-configuration and embedded switch sales growing 7% and 8%, respectively. 
  • During the quarter, Brocade launched the Brocade X6 Director, the industry's first Gen 6 Fibre Channel director for mission-critical storage connectivity. This highly reliable, high-performance, low-latency solution is specifically designed for all-flash data centers. IP Networking product revenue of $209 million, including $73 million of product revenue from Ruckus Wireless, was up 36% year-over-year. The increase was due to the acquisition of Ruckus Wireless, partially offset by lower U.S. federal revenue, which was down 26% year-over-year, primarily due to the timing of large orders. Sequentially, IP Networking product revenue increased 59% due primarily to the inclusion of Ruckus revenue.


http://www.brocade.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Reliance/GCX Launch SD-WAN

Reliance Communications & Global Cloud Xchange are teaming up to offer a global SD-WAN solution for enterprises.  The service delivers enhanced MPLS class VPN connectivity for enterprises, featuring low cost, Cloud-based, secure routing across the world’s largest subsea cable infrastructure.

“In today’s market, it is evident that SD WAN is rapidly gaining momentum as it offers an innovative way to adapt traditional WANs to Cloud services,” said Bill Barney, CEO, RCOM (Enterprise) and GCX. “Cloud X WAN, was developed to address the market, offering an affordable solution which embraces flexibility, scalability and enhanced security.”

RCOM/GCX’s Cloud X WAN will provide cloud-based managed services globally across the company’s proprietary CLOUD X platform; a leading edge Cloud ecosystem and multi-service orchestration platform implemented in key hubs along GCX’s Global subsea network infrastructure.

“Cloud X WAN is an evolution of GCX’s existing hybrid WAN service which already connects more than 20,000 locations to a global MPLS network via the Internet. A simple SD WAN router will form the basic building block, carrying out instructions from a centralized SD WAN controller. This device will perform key routing functions and other virtualized network services as selected in real-time in a portal by the customer” said Braham Singh, SVP, Product Management, RCOM (Enterprise) and GCX.

http://www.globalcloudxchange.com

Virtru Raises $29 Million for Trusted Data Format Encryption

Virtru, a start-up specializing in encryption and data protection, announced $29 million in Series A financing led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) with New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Soros Fund Management, Haystack Partners, Quadrant Capital Advisors, and Blue Delta Capital also participating in the round.

Virtru, which first launched in 2014, provides email and file encryption to more than 4,000 organizations around the world. The Virtru solution integrates encryption, access control, and data loss prevention (DLP) into tools like Gmail, Google Drive, and Microsoft Outlook.

The company's innovations and patented technologies include full-text search of encrypted content and the ability to use existing identity for authentication -- ensuring that customers no longer need to trade privacy for convenience. Virtru will use the new capital to accelerate support for cloud platforms like Microsoft Office 365 and extending its SDKs and APIs for software developers to integrate Virtru into their applications.

Virtru's architecture is built on the Trusted Data Format (TDF), an open-source technology invented by company Co-Founder Will Ackerly, a former cloud security architect at the NSA. Unlike network-based approaches to security such as firewalls and intrusion prevention systems, Virtru protects the data itself, throughout its lifespan and wherever it travels. Each content object is wrapped in its own secure envelope that can only be accessed by authorized parties. Customers manage their own encryption keys and access privileges can be revoked or changed at any time, even after content has been opened or shared.

"We've always been about making it easy for people to take back control of their private information, on their terms and without unnecessary complexity," said John Ackerly, CEO and Co-Founder of Virtru. "With the new funding and the support of best security and privacy investors and operators in the industry, we will take our mission to more businesses, software developers and individuals around the world."

http://www.virtru.com

Second Intelsat EpicNG Satellite Launched into Orbit

Intelsat 33e, the second of seven planned Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites, was launched successfully from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle.

Intelsat 33e, manufactured by Boeing, will bring high throughput capacity in both C- and Ku-band to the Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia regions from 60°E. The satellite will join Intelsat 29e, the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite, which was launched in January 2016 over the Americas and North Atlantic Ocean region, to form a high throughput overlay to Intelsat’s fleet of enterprise-grade, wide beam satellites.

“Intelsat 33e marks another significant milestone as we continue our ‘epic’ journey toward meeting our customers’ needs for higher performance, improved economics and simplified access to satellite solutions,” stated Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat. “Our first high throughput satellite, Intelsat 29e, is already in service and exceeding our customers’ expectations in the Americas. With Intelsat 33e, customers operating in EMEA and the Asia Pacific regions will now be able to leverage Intelsat EpicNG’s differentiated capabilities and greater efficiencies to grow their businesses and deliver enhanced value to their customers.”

http://www.intelsat.com

First Intelsat EpicNG Satellite Successfully Launched by Arianespace

The first of the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites was launched successfully from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle.

The Intelsat 29e (IS-29e), which is the first of the EpicNG satellites, combines high throughput Ku- spot beams in the Americas to meet broadband demand for carrier-grade telecom and enterprise connectivity as well as Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean coverage for dense aero and shipping routes. It also offers a transatlantic Ku- wide beam overlay and provides efficient broadcast capabilities for in-flight entertainment. C-band wide beam provides full South American continent coverage for media distribution. Boeing served as prime contractor.

“Today’s launch represents a truly ‘epic’ moment in communication’s history, as we begin a new era of high throughput satellite services for our customers,” stated Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat. “This is a testament to the innovation and creativity of the Intelsat team who envisioned the Intelsat EpicNG platform nearly four years ago. Through design expertise and a deep understanding of our customers’ requirements, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will deliver high performance, improved economics and simplified access that will expand the addressable market for our solutions.”

http://www.intelsat.com/Intelsat29e
http://www.arianespace.com/mission/ariane-flight-va228/


  • Intelsat has previously named a number of customers in the region who have already committed to Intelsat EpicNG, include Compania Anonima Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela, BT Latam Venezuela, Anditel, S.A.S, Axesat, Amazonia Cabo Ltda., Cadena Ecuatoriana de Television C.A., Canal 10 CETV, Corporacion Nacional de Telecommunicaciones CNTE.P., Fox Latin America Channels do Brasil, Igrege Mundial do Poder de Deus, Radio e Televisao Banderantes and Telefonica del Peru.
  • In 2012, Intelsat first unveiled its EpicNG platform -- a new approach to satellite and network architecture utilizing multiple frequency bands, wide beams, spot beams and frequency reuse technology. EpicNG will be the company's next generation of satellites, promising higher throughputs and lower cost per bit. It will be a complementary overlay to the company's existing constellation of satellites and global IntelsatONE terrestrial network.

Red Hat Updates its Kernel-based Virtual Machine

Red Hat updated its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered virtualization platform for both Linux- and Windows-based workloads.

Red Hat Virtualization 4 includes both a high-performing hypervisor (Red Hat Virtualization Host) and a web-based virtualization resource manager (Red Hat Virtualization Manager) for management of an enterprise’s virtualization infrastructure. Specifically, Red Hat Virtualization 4 introduces new and enhanced capabilities around:


  • Performance and extensibility
  • Management and automation
  • Support for OpenStack and Linux containers
  • Security and reliability
  • Centralized networking through an external, third-party API
  • Performance and Extensibility


“While virtualization remains a key underpinning for the modern datacenter, customer needs are rapidly evolving to demand more than simply virtualizing traditional workloads. Modern virtualization platforms need to address these standard scenarios while making way for the emergence of virtualized containers and cloud computing, key aspects that Red Hat Virtualization can address in an open, extensible fashion," stated Gary Chen, research manager, Software Defined Compute, IDC.

http://www.redhat.com

Digicel Signs Usain Bolt as "Chief Speed Officer"

Digicel Group, which offers mobile and entertainment services in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific, has signed Usain Bolt to serve as its "Chief Speed Officer (CSO)."

Digicel has been a sponsor of Usain Bolt since 2004 - when he was fresh out of high school.

In his role as Digicel CSO, Usain will promote the company in a number of ways from both a commercial and community point of view and will continue to inspire, motivate and captivate customers and fans across the globe for many years to come.

Peter Lloyd, Director of Marketing for Digicel Group, said; “We are honoured to be turning our twelve year relationship with Usain into a lifelong relationship. Our relationship with Usain transcends sport – he is a unique human being who inspires millions of people across the world. We take pride in having been the first to offer superfast LTE and fibre to the home services in our markets across the globe and to be delivering a truly cutting edge communications and entertainment experience to our customers. As our Chief Speed Officer, we expect Usain to challenge us constantly to deliver awesome experiences to our customers be it from a product, service or community perspective.”

http://www.digicelgroup.com/en.html

SoftBank Adopts SanDisk's Multi-petabyte Flash Platform

SoftBank has adopted the SanDisk InfiniFlash all-flash storage platform for its software-defined storage solution.

Specifically, SoftBank has built a new software-defined, multi-petabyte in-house system using the SanDisk InfiniFlash platform as its core storage engine for real-time data transaction applications, enabling the installation of software in general-purpose servers. Previously, SoftBank was running an in-house traditional storage system combining hard disk drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD) for some of its applications.

SanDisk said its InfiniFlash platform offers up to 512TB of recording density in one 3-rack-unit (3U) platform.

http://www.sandisk.com

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

QTS and Canonical Collaborate on Private OpenStack Cloud

QTS Realty Trust, which owns, operates or manages more than 5 million square feet of data center space and supports more than 1,000 customers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, is working with Canonical the company behind Ubuntu, the to offer a private, fully managed OpenStack cloud solution.

The private, OpenStack cloud will be available from any of QTS’ geographically diverse and highly secure data centers in mid-September. It will be built on Ubuntu OpenStack and use Canonical’s application modeling service Juju as well as Canonical’s Bare Metal as a Service (MaaS).

In addition to the Private Cloud offering, QTS will offer a public, multi-tenant pay-as-you-go OpenStack cloud solution that is self-provisioning, elastic and highly scalable.  

“As a leading data center and IT infrastructure services provider, QTS is focused on delivering seamless hybrid cloud hosting solutions using proven, best-in-breed platform technologies,” said Anand Krishnan, Executive Vice President, Canonical Cloud. “We are pleased to support QTS’ delivery of OpenStack solutions that combine the rapid availability and elasticity of compute resources with the security and control their enterprise customers demand to support their mission critical applications and workloads.”

“QTS OpenStack Cloud is the latest addition as we expand our Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings to create a one-stop shop for flexible IaaS and hybrid IT solutions that address increasingly diverse customer requirements,” said Jon Greaves, Chief Technology Officer, QTS.

http://www.qtsdatacenters.com/company/news/2016/08/22/openstack

Cisco Confirms Import Ban for Infringing Arista Products

In a blog posting, Cisco's Mark Chandler confirmed that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative has stated that the International Trade Commission’s import ban and cease and desist order covering all Arista products that infringed three core Cisco patents is now in effect.

In the statement, Chandler said Cisco is prepared to bring an enforcement action if Arista violates the ban and continues to sell or support infringing products.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/protecting-innovation-facing-the-facts

Cisco Prevails over Arista in Patent Case


Cisco has prevailed in a long-running patent dispute with Arista (the '944 case). On Thursday, the International Trade Commission issued a Final Determination that Arista’s products infringe three Cisco patents. Two of the patents cover Cisco’s private VLAN network security technology which Arista included in its switches. The third covers Cisco’s proprietary core SysDB technology. Additional court ruling are expected in the coming months for a...


Arista Adds Telemetry Features with HPE, SAP, Veriflow and VMware

Arista Networks is rolling out new telemetry and analytics capabilities for cloud networks.

The new Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) and CloudVision provides visibility into network workloads, workflows, and workstreams on a network-wide basis.

Key features include:

  • Instantaneous event-driven streaming of every state change, providing improved granularity compared to traditional polling models.
  • State visibility from all devices in the network, including configuration, counters, errors, statistics, tables, environmentals, buffer utilization, flow data, and much more.
  • CloudVision Analytics Engine for storing state history and performing trend analysis, event correlation, and automated alerts. The basis for both real-time monitoring and historical forensic event investigation.
  • New Telemetry Apps for the CloudVision Portal, including the Workstream Analytics Viewer, providing simplified visualization of network-wide state for faster time to resolution.
  • An open framework, built on standard RESTful APIs as well as OpenConfig-based infrastructure, providing a point for integration into a variety of partner solutions and customer-specific infrastructure.
  • Expansion of existing EOS Telemetry Tracer capabilities across device, topology, virtual machine, container, and application components.

“The automated network operations in today’s cloud networks are dependent on both a highly programmable software infrastructure as well as deeper visibility into what the network is doing. Legacy approaches to visibility fall short of these cloud requirements,” said Ken Duda, CTO and Senior Vice President, Software Engineering for Arista Networks. “The Arista state-streaming approach provides an open framework with unprecedented levels of completeness and granularity for network state information. Our CloudVision platform harnesses streamed network state to provide customers of all types with clearer real-time and historical visibility into their network.”

Arista said its partner ecosystem can leverage many benefits of this new telemetry solution via access to the network-wide state through common API’s at multiple integration points. Arista’s partners can access the network state either streamed directly from the devices or from the central state repository within CloudVision. The Arista CloudVision Telemetry solution is endorsed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SAP, Veriflow and VMware.

https://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/1463-pr-20160822

Telehouse Activates North Two Data Center in London's Docklands

Telehouse Europe activated the first phase of its new North Two data center on its Dockland's campus in London.

The $175 million facility will cover 259,000 sq. ft of gross floor area across an 11-storey building within Telehouse’s existing 786,000  sq. ft Docklands campus, which is located very close to the center of London.

Telehouse also confirmed that the London Internet Exchange (LINX) is a partner in the new data center. Telehouse is already the primany home of LINX and the new facility extends colocation options.

Hiroyuki Soshi, Managing Director of Telehouse Europe, says: “The partnership between Telehouse and LINX has driven innovation and progress in the UK and worldwide, leading to unrivaled connectivity. The launch of North Two will further drive the industry to reach new heights and allow businesses to grow exponentially.”

Telehouse also noted that the North Two facility will be the first multi-floor data center in the world to feature a vertical Indirect Adiabatic and Evaporative cooling system, delivering a power usage effectiveness of 1.16.

http://www.telehouse.com/2016/08/telehouse-completes-first-phase-london-docklands-north-two-data-center-linx-board/

Brocade Expands Analytics Monitoring for SANs

Brocade introduced new capabilities in its Analytics Monitoring Platform for providing end-to-end visibility and greater insight into application performance.

The Brocade Analytics Monitoring Platform is a purpose-built SAN appliance that measures application- and device-level I/O performance and analyzes traffic behavior within Brocade Gen 6 and Gen 5 Fibre Channel networks. The solution delivers actionable intelligence to administrators enabling them to optimize application performance.

New features include:

  • Greater flexibility of monitoring and alerting with Flow Collections. This capability allows users to customize monitoring levels per device, application or other uniquely defined logical groups of data flows. The ability to create logical groups of highly granular flow information simplifies troubleshooting, speeds up the planning process and provides simple yet flexible monitoring options for users.
  • Optimized user workflows in Brocade Network Advisor for the Analytics Monitoring Platform allow users to quickly identify problem behaviors and rapidly perform root cause analysis. A new Investigation Mode feature provides intuitive views to instantly drill into the details required for understanding complex behaviors and correlating events.
  • A Flow Filtering capability allows users to pinpoint critical information of interest even in the most complex, virtualized environments with thousands of devices and tens of thousands of flows.
  • Customizable reporting capabilities correlate metrics and events, summarize trends for behavior analysis and demonstrate compliance with performance SLAs.
  • A new database architecture in Brocade Network Advisor provides a highly responsive user experience and increased scalability for large environments.
  • A new user-friendly dashboard interface and modern hardware design.

http://www.brocade.com

Monday, August 22, 2016

PLUMgrid's CloudSecure Targets Containers and OpenStack Clouds

PLUMgrid introduced a "CloudSecure" solution that builds on micro-segmentation and security service insertion trends.  It features a policy-based virtual tap capability, visualization of security policies, and a growing ecosystem of security partners.

“Data centers are increasingly built on ephemeral infrastructure that only lasts for hours or days, instead of months or years,” said Larry Lang, CEO, PLUMgrid. “CloudSecure provides significant protection for increasingly ephemeral, multi-directional traffic flows in container and OpenStack Clouds. Combining it with CloudApex’s simplified visualizations that make it easy to monitor and diagnose breaches, enabling our customers to benefit from the agility and flexibility of these technologies without having to struggle to secure the network infrastructure.”

PLUMgrid said it designed CloudSecure precisely to protect ephemeral infrastructure from malware, and its micro-segmented Virtual Domains contain and isolate any potential breaches from spreading to the larger environment.

Key features of CloudSecure include:

  • CloudApex Security View - Visualizes security flows, and behaviors in an easy to view chord graph to diagnose security breaches.
  • Micro-segmentation - Creates zero-trust domains by isolating tenant traffic and enforcing security policies for containers and virtual machines. In the event of a breach, each segmented domain contains attacks to minimize spread of malware.
  • Security Policies - Provides in-depth security definitions and group-based policies that can be enforced per tenant, virtual machine, or container.
  • Policy-based Virtual Tap - Deploys virtual tap points with policies to select traffic to be mirrored for monitoring, troubleshooting, and remediation.
  • Security Service Insertion - Enables any third party security software to be added to PLUMgrid’s virtual network to introduce or update the latest security quickly.
  • Encryption - Supports encryption between segmented virtual domains to ensure privacy and protection of data. 

The ecosystem of security offerings includes Intel’s Open Security Controller, Fortinet Fortigate NGFW, Check Point security solutions and Rackspace® Private Cloud.

http://www.plumgrid.com

AT&T Reaches Interconnect Agreement with Cuba

AT&T has reached agreements Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba (ETECSA) enabling direct interconnection of its voice network and roaming service for its mobile customers.

AT&T said it will announce commencement of wireless roaming availability and pricing for AT&T customers visiting Cuba at a later date.

"Cuba is a growing international calling destination for our customers," said Bill Hague, executive vice president, AT&T Global Connection Management. "With this agreement, AT&T customers soon will be able to seamlessly connect with talk, text and data while visiting Cuba."

http://www.att.com

Equinix Activates Latest Data Center in Sydney

Equinix opened SY4, its latest International Business Exchange data center in Sydney.

SY4, which represents an investment of US$97 million, already has more than 20 customers, including managed hosting provider Servers Australia, cloud provider Zettagrid, managed network service provider Connectivity IT, and independent broadband network The Grex Group. SY4 will also be an additional Point of Presence (PoP) for network providers including TPG Telecom and Vocus, and the location of the Australian submarine cable head for Hawaiki, the second trans-Pacific cable route connecting Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States.

SY4 is located in Alexandria, less than three miles from Sydney's central business district. Phase one provides a total capacity of 1,500 cabinets.  Upon completion of the second and final phase, the facility will provide a total capacity of 3,000 cabinets with a total usable floor space of more than 135,000 square feet.

SY4, Equinix now has 5 data centers in Australia, including SY1, SY2 and SY3 in Sydney, and the recently expanded ME1 facility in Melbourne. In total, Equinix has 29 IBX data centers in APAC, across five countries and eight metros, and operates more than 146 data centers globally across 40 metros.

http://www.equinix.com

InfoVista to Acquire Ascom's Network Test Business

InfoVista agreed to acquire Ascom’s TEMS business, which provides network testing, monitoring and optimization.  The companies said the platform is deployed by the world’s top 20 mobile network operators, major infrastructure suppliers and network engineering services providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

InfoVista specializes in network performance orchestration solutions.

InfoVista, which was itself recently acquired by the private equity investment firm Apax Partners, said its acquisition of TEMS will complement the recent acquisitions of Mentum, Aexio and Ipanema, broadening the amount of network data and intelligence that can be used to improve the network, applications and user experience.

“TEMS is a well-established and well-respected business that already helps most of the world’s largest mobile network operators to manage and optimize the capacity and quality of their wireless networks,” said Philippe Ozanian, CEO, InfoVista. “By bringing the TEMS portfolio into InfoVista, we are creating the most scalable, powerful and flexible platform for network performance orchestration to CSPs, mobile operators and enterprises.”

http://www.infovista.com

IHS: LTE-Advanced Goes Mainstream

Barriers to deploying 4G are nonexistent at this point, and the main driver for 4G is the lower cost per megabyte of data, according to a survey of 24 global service providers that was conducted by IHS. 84 percent of IHS Markit’s service provider respondents are already running LTE‑Advanced (LTE-A) networks.

IHS said the most deployed LTE-Advanced feature among operator respondents is inter-band carrier aggregation, followed by enhanced inter-cell interference coordination and LTE‑Advanced coordinated multipoint.

The IHS survey also found that Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is exploding: three-quarters of those surveyed are offering VoLTE, up from just a quarter last year. This will not necessarily lead to imminent 2G or 3G shutdown, but 2G is rising on the agenda.  In addition, over 50 percent of respondents plan to deploy LTE in unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U) by 2018.

https://technology.ihs.com/571834?

ZeroStack Integrates with Trilio's OpenStack Data Protection

ZeroStack, a start-up that offers a private cloud solution that combines on-premises deployment and a SaaS platform, announced that it is the first to integrate Trilio Data’s OpenStack optimized data protection and recovery technology.

ZeroStack said its Cloud Platform delivers full OpenStack functionality without IT operational burden.  It now supports integration of Trilio Data’s TrilioVault OpenStack back-up and recovery.

“As business-critical enterprise workloads move from DevOps into production-ready clouds in OpenStack, the requirements change slightly," said David Safaii, CEO, Trilio Data. "We've partnered with ZeroStack to help deliver enterprise-ready solutions for long-term success not just in accelerating, accepting and growing OpenStack clouds, but maintaining and assuring the application and data integrity customers deserve.”

http://www.zerostack.com


  • ZeroStack, which is based in Mountain View, California, was founded by senior engineers from VMware and Google. The company is funded by Formation 8 and Foundation Capital.