Friday, September 30, 2016

AWS Adds High-Powered NVIDIA GPUs to its Cloud Offerings

Amazon Web Services announced the availability of a new GPU instance type for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) that provides up to 16 NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPUs -- the most powerful GPU instances available in the cloud.

The largest P2 instance offers 16 GPUs with a combined 192 Gigabytes (GB) of video memory, 40,000 parallel processing cores, 70 teraflops of single precision floating point performance, over 23 teraflops of double precision floating point performance, and GPUDirect technology for higher bandwidth and lower latency peer-to-peer communication between GPUs. P2 instances also feature up to 732 GB of host memory, up to 64 vCPUs using custom Intel Xeon E5-2686 v4 (Broadwell) processors, dedicated network capacity for I/O operation, and enhanced networking through the Amazon EC2 Elastic Network Adaptor.

The new P2 instances are designed for compute-intensive applications that require massive parallel floating point performance, including artificial intelligence, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and rendering.

“Two years ago, we launched G2 instances to support customers running graphics and compute-intensive applications,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2. “Today, as customers embrace heavier GPU compute workloads such as artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and big data processing, they need even higher GPU performance than what was previously available. P2 instances offer seven times the computational capacity for single precision floating point calculations and 60 times more for double precision floating point calculations than the largest G2 instance, providing the best performance for compute-intensive workloads such as financial simulations, energy exploration and scientific computing.”

http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/p2/

Nutanix Soars 130% in IPO - Nasdaq NTNX

Shares in Nutanix (NTNX) soared during an initial public offering (IPO) on Friday, ending the day up 130% over its initial price.

The company offered 14,870,000 shares of Class A common stock at a price of $16.00 per share.

http://www.nutanix.com




Nutanix S1 Filing: Quarterly Revenue at $139.8 million



For its most recently fiscal quarter ended 31-July-2016, Nutanix recorded revenue of $139.8 million, according to a recently updated Form S-1 registration statement filed with the SEC ahead of a potential initial public offering (IPO). Nutanix provides a next-generation enterprise cloud platform that "converges traditional silos of server, virtualization and storage into one integrated solution and can also connect to public cloud services." Some...


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Zayo Confirms Fronthaul Contract with Major Carrier

Zayo announced that a major wireless carrier has selected Zayo it to deploy C-RAN connectivity in two major metro areas. The identity of the customer was not disclosed.

Under the deal, Zayo will provide an “over the top” fronthaul solution, providing incremental fibers on existing paths to supplement the existing network. In a second market, Zayo will initiate service for the carrier in a new cluster of sites, solving for high-demand areas by extensively leveraging dense, existing metro dark fiber assets. T

“C-RAN enables wireless carriers to cost-efficiently keep pace with the growing bandwidth demand of their customers,” said Dave Jones, executive vice president, Dark Fiber Solutions at Zayo. “C-RAN, which requires a plentiful supply of dark fiber, is a prime example of second tenant economics for Zayo.”

http://www.zayo.com

Equinix to Open Internet Exchange in Finland

A new Equinix Internet Exchange is slated to open in Helsinki, Finland in Q1 2017.

Equinix currently operates six data centers in Finland, all in the Helsinki metropolitan area, which offer campus and metro-wide connectivity.

The company noted that its Helsinki data centers are also facilitating Internet connectivity growth locally by anchoring the new Cinia submarine cable system, C-Lion1, between Finland and Germany, providing a bridge between Russia, the Baltic countries, and network nodes in Central Europe. With a record-breaking capacity of 144 Tbps and round trip rate of less than 20 milliseconds between Helsinki and Frankfurt, Equinix customers will be able to take advantage of enhanced international capacity, network latency and performance, as well as Finland's climatic and competitive power pricing benefits.

http://www.equinix.com

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Google Expands Cloud Data Center Regions, Sharpens its Focus

Google is consolidating its broad portfolio of cloud products, technologies and services under a single brand: Google Cloud. This includes user-facing collaboration and productivity applications (now named G Suite), all Machine Learning tools and APIs, enterprise maps APIs, and the Android phones, tablets, and Chromebooks that access the cloud.

Highlights:

  • Google announced the locations of eight new Google Cloud Regions — Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, São Paulo, London, Finland and Frankfurt.
  • Google plans to announce more regions next year.
  • The Google Cloud Platform now serves over one billion end-users through its customers’ products and services.
  • Kubernetes version 1.4 has just been released, improving Cluster Federation to support straightforward deployment across multiple clusters and multiple clouds. The company is updating Google Container Engine (GKE) to this new version.
  • The newly re-branded G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Work) includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, etc.
  • The fully-managed Google BigQuery data warehouse has been significantly upgraded to enable widespread adoption of cloud data analytics. BigQuery support for Standard SQL is now generally available.
  • Cloud Machine Learning is now available to all businesses, and can be integrated with data analytics and storage cloud services such as Google BigQuery, Google Cloud Dataflow, and Google Cloud Storage.
  • Adding Customer Reliability Engineering (CRE) support. This includes Google engineers who integrate with a customer’s operations teams.  


https://cloud.googleblog.com/2016/09/introducing-Google-Cloud.html

AWS Plans New Availability Region in France

AWS disclosed plans to open a new data center availability region in Paris, France during 2017.

This will be the fourth AWS Region in Europe. AWS data centers are currently running in Ireland and Frankfurt, Germany. An additional data center in the UK is expected to launch in the coming months.

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/



Nokia Launches Cloud Packet Core for Private LTE Networks

Nokia has expanded its Cloud Packet Core offering with a solution tailored specifically for private LTE networks deployed by global enterprises, the public sector and smaller operators.

Nokia said its new Cloud Packet Core solution provides the scale and performance for MTC and mobile broadband users and devices, supporting 50,000 simultaneous access users/devices and 100 eNodeBs.

The new offering leverages the Cloud Mobility Manager (CMM) and Cloud Mobile Gateway (CMG) software from Nokia's Cloud Packet Core solution, which is already deployed by the world's largest communications service providers.

"Our Cloud Packet Core solution leverages a native cloud architecture to purpose-fit smaller business and critical communications networks without sacrificing the ability to scale as needs dictate. All operators - regardless of size - get the same software foundation, rich capability set, field-proven software and high reliability. This allows them to fully embrace LTE today - and 5G in the future - to assure an optimal, secure and reliable experience and fully realize new mobile broadband, IoT and MTC opportunities for their business," stated Sri Reddy, general manager of IP routing business at Nokia.

http://company.nokia.com/en/news/press-releases/2016/09/29/nokia-expands-packet-core-portfolio-to-meet-private-lte-network-requirements-in-support-of-iot-and-smart-cities

IBM to Add Promontory to its Watson Expertise

IBM agreed to acquire Promontory Financial Group, a global market-leading risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm, to expand the deep industry expertise of Watson.

IBM said Watson’s cognitive capabilities will directly address the massive operational effort and manual cost of escalating regulation and risk management requirements. Promontory's team of 600 professionals will train Watson to help manage financial risk and compliance.

More than 20,000 new regulatory requirements were created last year alone, and the complete catalog of regulations is projected to exceed 300 million pages by 2020.

“What Watson is doing to transform oncology by working with the world’s leading oncologists, we will now do for regulation, risk and compliance,” said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Industry Platforms. “Promontory’s experts are unsurpassed in this field. They will teach Watson and Watson, in turn, will extend and enhance their expertise. This initial offering of Watson Financial Services is emblematic of the transformative cloud-based solutions that IBM Industry Platforms will bring to clients.”

http://www.ibm.com

Microsoft Creates AI and Research Group

Microsoft has formed a new research organization with more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers focused on the company’s AI product efforts.001

The Microsoft AI and Research Group, which will be led by computer vision luminary Harry Shum, is dedicated "to democratizing AI for every person and organization, making it more accessible and valuable to everyone and ultimately enabling new ways to solve some of society’s toughest challenges."

“We live in a time when digital technology is transforming our lives, businesses and the world, but also generating an exponential growth in data and information,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we are focused on empowering both people and organizations, by democratizing access to intelligence to help solve our most pressing challenges. To do this, we are infusing AI into everything we deliver across our computing platforms and experiences.”

http://www.microsoft.com


Adobe Picks Azure as its Preferred Cloud

Adobe has agreed to make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud.

The companies said their strategic partnership will help enterprise companies embrace digital transformation and deliver compelling, personalized experiences through every phase of their customer relationships. Together, the two companies will enable businesses to dramatically strengthen their brands through solutions with Microsoft Azure, Adobe Marketing Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

“Business leaders in every industry are focused on how to better engage their digital customers, wherever they are,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Together, Adobe and Microsoft are bringing the most advanced marketing capabilities on the most powerful and intelligent cloud to help companies digitally transform and engage customers in new ways.”

http://www.microsoft.com

Microsemi Intros Network Synchronization Phase-locked Loops

Microsemi introduced a new family of network synchronization phase-locked loops (PLLs) for Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE), IEEE 1588 and optical transport network (OTN).

The company said its new miTimePLL new products have one third the jitter and half the footprint of current devices, which, in combination with the company's new miTimePLL technology, is specifically designed to address the demands of phase alignment performance required by networks such as wireless infrastructure.

Microsemi's ZL307xx and ZL306xx family of network synchronization PLLs offers 180 femtoseconds (fs) typical jitter, ensuring a single chip, small footprint, low cost synchronization solution for 10GbE to 100GbE applications. These devices come with new features vital for network applications requiring phase alignment, including any-to-any frequency, better than 2 ns input/output (I/O) alignment, embedded 1 pulse per second (ePPS), time of day (ToD) registers, reference/synchronization inputs, and full monitoring and hitless reference switching between GPS/SyncE/1588. Microsemi's ePPS is already providing a simple solution for chassis systems with limited backplane pins by combining phase into a high speed clock, thereby using a single pin, where before two were required.

"Microsemi has a long history in IEEE 1588 PLL devices dating back to 2008 with our first product introduction, and our 1588 solutions are widely used within tier 1 telecommunications equipment vendors. We continue to invest strongly to drive our technologies forward, meeting new challenges to stay ahead of the competition with ultra-low jitter on our new miTimePLL devices—providing a highly integrated, cost-effective solution for our customers," said Maamoun Seido, vice president and business unit manager of Microsemi's timing products. "Customers can remain confident in our capabilities, as these products enable them to handle phase alignment seamlessly within their equipment with a smaller footprint and attractive price point."

http://www.microsemi.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fast Forward Labs: The Growing Impact of AI on Networks

Kathryn Hume, President of NYC-based Fast Forward Labs, discusses the growing impact of artificial intelligence on the world of networking.  We're already seeing the first applications, such as resource optimization.

Filmed at Net Events' Global Press & Analyst Summit in California.




See video: https://youtu.be/C-ZJO7K3sck

http://www.netevents.org
http://www.fastforwardlabs.com/


Cylance: AI and Cybersecurity

James E. Carroll

Stuart McClure, CEO and founder of Cylance, discusses the intersection of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

Cylance, which has been selling its AI-based solution for about 2 years, has grown to over 700 employees and about 3,000 customers with some 3 million endpoints.

Filmed at Net Events' Global Press & Analyst Summit in California.

 

See video: https://youtu.be/27yUlW0lskg

http://www.netevents.org/
http://www.cylance.com


ARM Releases a New Coherent On-Chip Interconnect Technology

ARM released a new CoreLink CMN-600 Coherent Mesh Network interconnect and CoreLink DMC-620 Dynamic Memory Controller technology enabling the latest ARM-based SoCs to offer unmatched data throughput and the lowest edge to cloud latency in the market.

Key attributes:

  • New architecture achieving higher frequencies (2.5 GHz and higher), 50 percent lower latency
  • 5x higher throughput and more than 1TB/s of sustained bandwidth
  • New Agile System Cache with intelligent cache allocation to enhance any sharing of data between processors, accelerators and interfaces
  • Supporting CCIX the open industry standard for coherent multi-chip processor and accelerator connectivity
  • CoreLink DMC-620 includes integrated ARM TrustZone security and supports 1 to 8 channels of DDR4-3200 memory and 3D stacked DRAM for up to 1TB per channel
  • Accelerated SoC development and system deployment

The company said its new on-chip interconnect technology has applicability across multiple markets including 5G networks, data center infrastructure, HPC, automotive and industrial systems.

"The demands of cloud-based business models require service providers to pack more efficient computational capability into their infrastructure," said Monika Biddulph, general manager, systems and software group, ARM. "Our new CoreLink system IP for SoCs, based on the ARMv8-A architecture, delivers the flexibility to seamlessly integrate heterogeneous computing and acceleration to achieve the best balance of compute density and workload optimization within fixed power and space constraints."

http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-system-ip-boosts-soc-performance-from-edge-to-cloud.php

Nutanix Prices IPO Shares in $13-15 Range

Shares in Nutanix are expected to begin trading on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “NTNX.”

The company expects the initial public offering price will be between $13.00 and $15.00 per share, potentially raising up to $241.5 million for the San Jose based firm.


Nutanix S1 Filing: Quarterly Revenue at $139.8 million


For its most recently fiscal quarter ended 31-July-2016, Nutanix recorded revenue of $139.8 million, according to a recently updated Form S-1 registration statement filed with the SEC ahead of a potential initial public offering (IPO). Nutanix provides a next-generation enterprise cloud platform that "converges traditional silos of server, virtualization and storage into one integrated solution and can also conn

China Unicom Expands Deployment of Nokia Core Routers

China Unicom selected the Nokia 7950 XRS core router family for additional deployments across China. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Unicom initially deployed the 7950 XRS into metro networks in six provinces - Beijing, Shandong, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Inner Mongolia and Qinghai - and this year plans to scale out to an additional four including Heilongjiang, Henan, Zhejiang and Hunan to improve speed and response times for the fixed and mobile broadband subscribers.

In 2013 China launched its Broadband China initiative to invest $182 billion to boost the speed and quality of Internet services across the country. The aim is to reduce the digital divide by providing businesses and urban and rural citizens with national broadband coverage by 2020. In keeping with this initiative, China Unicom has been continually improving the scale and capacity of its networks.

http://www.nokia.com


OIF Begis Work on IC-TROSA and CFP2-Digital Coherent Optics Project

The Optical Internetworking Forum’s (OIF) has begun work on two optical interface projects:

the IC-TROSA project would enable manufacturers to have a higher level of integration for transmit and receive optical components. Integrated Coherent Transmitter-Receiver Optical Subassembly (IC-TROSA) is the evolutionary step that combines Polarization Multiplexed Quadrature (PMQ) Transmitter (Tx) and Integrated Coherent Receiver (ICR) components to create a single integrated optics package.  The optical sub-assembly that supports high-bandwidth and high-order QAM operations is suited for data center interconnect, metro and long-haul applications. As module sizes decrease, current coherent optics components need similar size reductions to enable next generation multi-terabit switches, line cards, and transport. Density requirements for next-gen line cards, front-pluggable and future on-board 400G+ optical modules are driving the need for further integration and miniaturization.

the CFP2-Digital Coherent Optics (DCO) project will work with other standards bodies to implement coherent modulations formats in CFP modules. The OIF’s CFP2-DCO project includes a way to build address management interface and identify registers necessary to talk to the DSP located in the module, specific to coherent modulation techniques. The CFP2-DCO is intended to be used for 100G, 200G or 400G applications for metro, long-haul and data center interconnections and it can support different formats such as DP-QPSK and DP-xQAM.

“The IC-TROSA project tackles much more than just a simple size reduction,” said Karl Gass of Qorvo and the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer (PLL) Working Group – Optical vice chair.  “It addresses optical packaging in a way that isn’t done in high volumes today. We want to come to industry consensus in this pre-competitive environment.”

http://www.oiforum.com.

5G Automotive Association Gets Underway

A new 5G Automotive Association has been formed with the backing of AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm.

The mission is to develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration of 5G technologies and intelligent transportation.

The association said it will address key technical and regulatory issues, leveraging next generation mobile networks and integrating vehicle platforms with connectivity, networking and computing solutions. The main activities of the association include:

  • Defining and harmonizing use cases, technical requirements and implementation strategies. 
  • Supporting standardization and regulatory bodies, certification and approval processes.
  • Addressing vehicle-to-everything technology requirements, such as wireless connectivity, security, privacy, authentication, distributed cloud architectures and more.  


Christoph Voigt is appointed Chairperson of the Board and Dino Flore is appointed Director General of the Association.

"We expect 5G to become the worldwide dominating mobile communications standard of the next decade. For the automotive industry it is essential that 5G fulfills the challenges of the era of digitalization and autonomous driving. With the 5G Automotive Association we founded a cross-industry forum that allows us to shape the future 5G technology with leading ICT companies. As a co-founder of the 5G Automotive Association we would be excited to welcome further partners engaged in the automotive industry, the information and communication technologies or mobile network operators in the association," stated Dr. Christoph Grote, Senior Vice President Electronics, BMW Group.

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