Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sequans Delivers LTE Cat 1 for IoT for T-Mobile

Sequans Communications will deliver LTE Cat 1 technology and products to T-Mobile’s (NASDAQ: TMUS) machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) customers.

Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 chipset platform, which uniquely supports VoLTE and enables a wide range of industrial and consumer IoT applications, including asset tracking, alarm systems, telematics devices, retail applications, smart utility meters and more, is now certified and available for use on T-Mobile’s network.

“We are very happy to support T-Mobile’s IoT network strategy as an LTE Cat 1 technology provider,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “LTE Cat 1 enables 4G solutions to rival 2G/3G in cost while providing much greater longevity. This means T-Mobile’s customers have access to a leading wireless network that is scalable and secure with broad coverage, along with affordable, long-lived connectivity solutions for successful IoT and M2M business models.”

http://www.sequans.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ericsson and Cisco Win IP/MPLS Project with Cable & Wireless

Ericsson and Cisco announced a joint service provider customer.  Cable & Wireless Communications has selected Ericsson to deliver an IP/MPLS network in three markets: the Bahamas, Jamaica and Barbados. The project includes an upgrade to the IP backbone network in the Bahamas to improve performance and support an increase of traffic, and a new business-to-business IP/MPLS network in Jamaica and Barbados. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal includes Cisco routers and switches (ASR9000, ASR900 and WR4500 families), supply and installation of NMS system (EPN-M), overall project management, and customer support.

"Our teams complemented each other with the right approach, from network analysis and planning to systems integration and customer support from Ericsson, to selecting the right routers and switches from Cisco, and finally ensuring the right flow along every step with Ericsson services," says Clayton Cruz, Vice President Ericsson Latin America and Caribbean. "The partnership has delivered real value to Cable & Wireless in terms of accelerating their IP transformation by combining end-to-end business transformation competence and experience with deep product and domain expertise."

"Cisco and Ericsson working together have the combined breadth, depth and lifecycle engagement required to help operators like Cable & Wireless succeed in their transformation to an IP-centric network," says Jordi Botifoll, Cisco President Latin America & Senior Vice President in the Americas. "Working together on this project will lead Cable & Wireless to a standardized approach across other markets, so that all their business-to-business and IP fixed networks will be supported by IP/MPLS, helping them do things better and faster."

The companies said that they currently have over 200 active customer engagement, some of which have now started to turn into won deals. Previously, the companies announced deals with 3 Italy, Vodafone Portugal and Aster Dominican Republic earlier this year.

In November 2015, Ericsson and Cisco formed a global business and technology partnership. The first product from the partnership, Ericsson Dynamic Service Manager, was announced in February 2016.

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.cisco.com

OIF Launches 100G Serial Electrical Links

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has begun work on a 100G Serial Electrical Link project.

The very short reach (VSR) CEI-112G chip-to-module interface project will support a nominal lane rate of 112 Gb/s, enabling narrower interfaces to optical modules and is expected to be more energy efficient than previous interfaces. The CEI-112G-VSR specification doubles data rates over the current generation CEI-56G-VSR interfaces.

The OIF said this work will be followed by both shorter and longer reach projects.

“As bandwidth increases, electrical interfaces need to reflect that trend. Given the lead times, development of standards for the next generation of electrical links needs to start now,” said David Stauffer of Kandou Bus and the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer Working Group Chair and board member. “The OIF is continuing its roadmap for 100 Gb/s thru 400 Gb/s and beyond applications, addressing multiple reaches for chip-to-chip and chip-to module interfaces.”

http://www.oiforum.com

A10: Malware Hidden in SSL Traffic Poses Growing Threat

Nearly half of cyber attacks used malware hidden in encrypted traffic to evade detection, according to a new report from A10 Networks based on a survey conducted in partnership with Ponemon Institute of 1,023 IT and IT security practitioners in North America and Europe. A full 80% of organizations were victims of cyber attacks during the past year.

The problem of malware hidden in SSL traffic poses a serious threat to organization who are increasingly relying on encrypted traffic to protect their workflows. SSL hides data from both potential attackers and from common security tools.

A10 Networks said many network managers mistakenly believe that there will be a performance penalty for inspecting inbound and outbound SSL traffic.

“IT decision makers need to think more strategically,” said Dr. Chase Cunningham, director of cyber operations at A10 Networks. “The bad guys are looking for ROI just like the good guys, and they don’t want to work too hard to get it. Instead of focusing on doing everything right 100 percent of the time, IT leaders can be more effective by doing a few things very strategically with the best technology available. It’s the cyber security equivalent of the zombie marathon — as long as you can avoid being the slowest in outrunning the zombies, you minimize risk.”

Some highlights of the survey:


  • Almost half of respondents (47 percent) cited a lack of enabling security tools as the primary reason for not inspecting decrypted web traffic—closely followed by insufficient resources and degradation of network performance (both 45 percent). 
  • 80 percent of survey respondents say their organizations have been victims of a cyber attack or malicious insider during the past year. And nearly half say that the attackers used encryption to evade detection.
  • Although 75 percent of survey respondents say their networks are at risk from malware hidden inside encrypted traffic, roughly two-thirds admit that their company is unprepared to detect malicious SSL traffic.

“The Hidden Threats in Encrypted Traffic study sheds light on important facts about the malicious threats lurking in today’s corporate networks,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute. “Our goal is to help organizations better understand the risks to help them better address vulnerabilities in their networks.”

https://www.a10networks.com/

VMware Builds its Container Capabilities

VMware unveiled two new capabilities of VMware vSphere Integrated Containers, which enables IT operations teams to provide a Docker compatible interface to their app teams, running on their existing vSphere infrastructure.

New container registry and management console features round out VMware vSphere Integrated Containers to further help IT teams operate containers in production with confidence.

It is now available as open source software and registration for a beta program is now open.

"A significant challenge for most enterprises is moving their containerized applications into production considering the variety of operational requirements," said Ray O'Farrell, executive vice president and chief technology officer, VMware.

"Relying on our enterprise know-how, we're delivering VMware vSphere Integrated Containers to dramatically simplify the delivery of containers and application services into production in virtual environments whether on-premises or in the public cloud. Application development teams can benefit from the flexibility, portability and speed of containers while IT benefits from the security, visibility and management capabilities

http://vmware.com/vicbeta

Cisco Acquires ContainerX for Management Console

Cisco has acquired ContainerX, a start-up offering a console for managing Docker containers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ContainerX, which is based in San Jose, California, promises "a single pane of glass for all your containers" where running on Bare Metal or VM, Linux or Windows, private or public cloud. The company describes its product as the world’s first multi-tenant container-as-a-service (CaaS) platform for both Linux and Windows. ContainerX also provides APIs for enterprises wanting to integrate the platform’s capabilities into their custom management portals.

The company was founded in 2015 by a seasoned team of entrepreneurs, PhDs and engineers from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix.

http://containerx.io/
http://www.cisco.com

VMware Revs its OpenStack 3 Release

VMware announced the latest release of its OpenStack distribution, which is now based on the OpenStack Mitaka release.

New capabilities allow customers to use existing VMware vSphere workloads in an API-driven OpenStack cloud.

"Leveraging our experience and history of contributions to OpenStack, we've focused on streamlining deployment, operations and upgrades to help IT deliver an OpenStack cloud in a predictable fashion and time frame. The faster IT deploys the cloud, the faster developers get access to OpenStack services and APIs to build new apps and services that differentiate the business," said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware.

http://www.vmware.com

Monday, August 29, 2016

Verizon Launches LTE Advanced - 50% Faster Peak Speeds

Verizon launched LTE Advanced service in 461 cities across the United States.

The network upgrade uses carrier aggregation to combine two or three bandwidth channels into one larger channel. Verizon is using a combination of 700 MHz, AWS, and PCS spectrum.

Verizon said users should expect 50 percent faster peak speeds when using one of the 39 LTE Advanced-capable phones and tablets already on Verizon’s network – including top-selling Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7 smartphones, Moto Droids and Apple iPhones. There is no additional cost to the user and no customer device update is required. Customers will continue to see typical download speeds of 5 – 12 Mbps, but two-channel carrier aggregation can deliver peak download speeds of up to 225 Mbps.

Verizon is also launching a national advertising and social media campaign to support its LTE Advanced rollout.

“Our customers just received a major network enhancement for no additional cost,” said Tami Erwin, head of operations for Verizon’s wireless unit. “Verizon LTE Advanced works like a turbocharger on an engine. Speed boosts kick in when you need it most, with big data use.  That’s when you get the big peak boost of Verizon LTE Advanced.”

  • Verizon first launched commercial LTE service in 2010.

VMware Unveils Cross-Cloud Architecture, Partnership with IBM

VMware unveiled its Cross-Cloud Architecture, which aims to deliver cloud freedom and control to customers.

In a keynote at its VMworld event in Las Vegas, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said that 75% of corporate workloads currently reside in traditional IT infrastructure vs. only 15% in public #cloud, and that it is likely to be 2030 or beyond before the majority of workloads are fully in public cloud infrastructure. VMware believes much work remains to be done. Gelsinger cited an August 2016 Economist Intelligence Unit global survey, commissioned by VMware, which found that the majority of its 600 respondents noted IT complexity is harming the operations of the enterprise. It also found that 36 percent of senior IT executives said that IT could not move fast enough to support business users. Cloud is contributing to this complexity and if not done right, can contribute to the inefficiencies as well.

The VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture promises to give customers the ability to manage, govern and secure applications running across public clouds, including AWS, Azure and IBM Cloud.

In addition, VMware announced VMware Cloud Foundation which offers a new "as a service" option that delivers the full power of the SDDC in a hybrid cloud environment.

IBM is the first VMware vCloud Air Network partner to deliver the new offerings.

"We believe that all businesses who want to thrive must embrace being a 'digital business,'" said Gelsinger. "Partners and customers want to engage with a mobile experience, and there is no longer a distinction between digital and traditional. The VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture is the strategy to run, manage, connect and secure apps in this all-digital world."

VMware is preparing to release Cross-Cloud Services, which are new SaaS offerings featuring discovery and analytics, compliance, security, etc.

http://www.vmware.com

Mellanox Tunes its Ethernet Offload Engines for VMware vSphere

Mellanox Technologies announced software driver support for ConnectX-4 Ethernet and RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) on the VMware vSphere virtualization platform.

The new vSphere software for ConnectX-4 delivers three critical new capabilities; increased Ethernet network speeds at 25/50 and 100 Gb/s, virtualized application communication over RoCE, and advanced network virtualization and SDN (Software Defined Networking) acceleration support.  The release delivers three critical new capabilities; increased Ethernet network speeds at 25/50 and 100 Gb/s, virtualized application communication over RoCE, and advanced network virtualization and SDN acceleration support.

“In the past, customers working in virtual environments in their data centers had to trade off performance for efficiency,” said Motti Beck, senior director, enterprise market development, Mellanox Technologies. “Mellanox’s advanced networking technologies for VMware vSphere enable industry-leading performance and high efficiency.”

http://www.mellanox.com/

Samsung Commences Mass Production of 14-nm Mobile Processor

Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of Exynos 7 Quad 7570, the company’s newest mobile application processor (AP) built on 14-nanometer (nm) process technology for the budget smartphone market as well as other IoT devices.

The Exynos 7570 is also the first Exynos processor to fully integrate a Cat.4 LTE 2CA modem and connectivity solutions including WiFi, Bluetooth, frequency modulation (FM) and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) in one chip. Exynos 7570, with four Cortex-A53 cores in 14nm, delivers 70 percent improvements in CPU performance and 30 percent improvement in power efficiency when compared to its predecessor built on 28nm.

“With Exynos 7570, more consumers will be able to experience the performance benefits of the advanced 14nm FinFET process in affordable devices,” said Ben K. Hur, Vice President of System LSI Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “By successfully integrating various connectivity solutions, Samsung is strengthening its competitiveness in the single chip market”

Last year, Samsung was the first in the industry to adopt advanced 14nm FinFET technology for its premium processors and has since expanded the adoption to other segments, bringing premium features to more affordable smart devices. As part of such efforts, Exynos 7570 is the first in its class with 14nm FinFET, making it highly power-efficient while enabling outstanding performance.

http://www.samsung.com/exynos

Nutanix Acquires PernixData and Calm.io

Nutanix announced the acquisition of two start-ups: PernixData and Calm.io.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

PernixData, which is based in San Jose, specializes in scale-out data acceleration and analytics. The company’s flagship product, PernixData FVP software, virtualizes server flash and RAM to enable scale-out storage performance that is independent of capacity. No changes are required to VMs, servers or primary storage, ensuring maximum performance of all virtualized applications in a seamless, scalable and cost-effective manner.

Nutanix said it shares PernixData's architectural design philosophy that next-generation datacenter fabrics must keep data and applications close in order to drive the fastest possible performance and to deliver flexible, cost-effective infrastructure scaling.

“PernixData software has helped hundreds of customers virtualize their applications without compromising performance and visibility,” said Poojan Kumar, CEO and co-founder, PernixData.

Calm.io is working to bring an application-first approach to choosing, managing and consuming IT infrastructure – enabling customers to pick the right cloud for each application. Nutanix said it plans to add cloud automation and management capabilities to its existing software stack to deliver application and service orchestration, runtime lifecycle management, policy-based governance, comprehensive reporting and auditing services to support all application environments, including virtual machines, containers and microservices.

http://www.pernixdata.com
http://www.calm.com
http://www.nutanix.com

IDC Predicts 3.3% Annual Growth in IT Spending Through 2020

International Data Corporation (IDC) is forecasting that worldwide revenues for information technology products and services will grow from nearly $2.4 trillion in 2016 to more than $2.7 trillion in 2020 -- a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3% for the 2015-2020 forecast period, according to the firm's newly updated Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide..

IDC said its forecast sees positive momentum in big industries like financial services and manufacturing, where companies continue to invest in 3rd Platform solutions (e.g. cloud, mobility, and Big Data) as part of their digital transformation efforts.

The telecommunications industry is forecast to remain relatively sluggish, although spending levels are expected to gradually improve compared to the past several years. Combined, these four industries (banking, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and telecommunications, which are also the industries with the largest IT expenditures) will generate nearly a third of worldwide IT revenues throughout the forecast.

"While the consumer and public sectors have dragged on overall IT spending so far in 2016, we see stronger momentum in other key industries including financial services and manufacturing," said Stephen Minton, vice president, Customer Insights and Analysis at IDC. "Enterprise investment in new project-based initiatives, including data analytics and collaborative applications, remains strong and mid-sized companies have been especially nimble when it comes to rapidly adopting 3rd Platform technologies and solutions. Assuming the economy remains stable in 2017, smaller businesses will also begin to climb aboard the 3rd Platform in greater numbers."

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS41699316

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Facebook Advances its Robotron for Network Management at Scale

Facebook outlined its new state-of-the art system, named Robotron, for managing the tens of thousands of network devices connecting hundreds of thousands of servers globally at Facebook.

In a newly published whitepaper, the team behind Robotron describe key learnings in designing, implementing and operating the Robotron system on Facebook’s production network of data centers, global backbone, and edge point of presence (POPs) over the last eight years.

Robotron, which is an evolutionary leap beyond the automated scripts used to manage the Facebook infrastructure in the early days, now covers multiple stages of the network management life cycle: network design, config generation, deployment, and monitoring. At heart of Robotron is FBNet -- a central repository for information, implemented as an object store, where each network component is modeled as an object.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/529305410613534/robotron-top-down-network-management-at-scale/

IBM Cloud Data Center Inaugurated in Korea

IBM opened a new Cloud Data Center in Korea in collaboration with SK Holdings C&C.

The new facility, which is located outside of Seoul in Pangyo, is IBM’s ninth Cloud Data Center in the Asia-Pacific region, and part of the company’s growing global network of 47 Cloud Data Centers.

“A key part of our cloud strategy is to fuel new ecosystems to spur innovation and collaborate with companies who understand the local market.” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud.  “That’s why we chose to partner with SK Holdings C&C in Korea. Together, we are able to bring the local expertise, platform and data services that gives Korean customers the ability to compete on a global scale.”

“Companies all over the world are seeking for new business and profit opportunity throughout digital transformation,” said Jung-ho Park, CEO of SK Holdings C&C. “The new Cloud Data Center provides one-stop cloud converting service of existing IT system and infrastructure, and become the base camp to support digital innovation for customers’ businesses by converging digital technologies such as IoT, Big data and AI.”
Growing the Cloud Ecosystem in Korea

The companies said the new data center will further accelerate their commitment to cognitive and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, as they plan to support local startups and IT developers to create cognitive apps and industry-specific services that leverage Watson. Developers in Korea will also have access to Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud platform, and more than 150 APIs and services spanning key areas such as cognitive, blockchain, Internet of Things and big data.

https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/50401.wss

Flexenclosure Delivers Tier IV Data Center in Myanmar

Burst Myanmar Co Ltd. and Flexenclosure, which specializes in pre-fabricated data centers, have achieved Uptime Institute Tier IV design certification for the Burst data centre project in Myanmar.

Burst Myanmar's new facility is a custom-designed, prefabricated modular data center building.  The 220 square meter, 68 rack data centre is in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on the outskirts of Yangon and is the anchor of the planned Burst teleport, which will enjoy over 150 Gbps of international connectivity and support a domestic VSAT and Wi-Fi mesh network to be deployed nationwide.

Flexenclosure noted that this is the first Tier IV data center ever to be built in Myanmar and only the fifth such design certification in all of Southeast Asia.

http://www.flexenclosure.com/burst-myanmar-co-ltd-and-flexenclosure-achieve-uptime-institute-tier-iv-data-centre-design-certification-for-myanmar-project/

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rackspace to go Private in $4.3 Billion Buyout

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) announced plans to go private in a buyout led by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management.

Under the deal, Rackspace will be acquired for $32.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of 38% compared to Rackspace's unaffected closing stock price on August 3, 2016, the last trading day prior to news reports speculating about a potential transaction. In connection with the transaction, funds managed by Searchlight Capital Partners will make a strategic equity investment in the acquired company. The transaction has a total value of $4.3 billion, which includes the assumption of $43 million of net cash.

Taylor Rhodes, president and CEO of Rackspace, said, "We are presented with a significant opportunity today as mainstream companies move their computing out of corporate data centers and into multi-cloud models. Apollo and its partners take a patient, value-oriented approach to their funds' investments, and value Rackspace's strategy and unique culture. This is an exciting transaction for Rackspace and we look forward to working closely together."

Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Rackspace and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation is acting as its legal advisor.

http://www.rackspace.com

  • Rackspace, which was founded in 1998 in San Antonio, provides businesses with expertise and exceptional customer service for the world's leading cloud platforms, including AWS, Microsoft, and OpenStack (the open-source cloud platform that Rackspace co-founded in 2010, along with NASA). Rackspace has been publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 2008. The company reported 2015 revenue of $2.0 billion.
  • Rackspace collaborated with NASA to develop OpenStack in 2010.

Friday, August 26, 2016

NTT Invests in NYC Real Estate

NTT acquired a six-floor office building at 799 Broadway in New York City. The property is located Greenwich Village where New York University owns many properties and many tech companies have taken root.

Since establishing a U.S. branch in 2013, NTT Urban Development has acquired seven properties in Washington D.C., New York, and Boston as investments.

http://www.nttud.co.jp/english/news/detail/998.pdf




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