Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cost Savings is the Big Driver for OpenStack

A survey of the OpenStack user base has found that cost savings is primary motivation for deploying the technology.

The survey was conducted by the OpenStack Foundation.  Some key findings:


  • Seventy-two percent of OpenStack users cite cost savings as their No. 1 business driver.
  • The Net Promoter Score (NPS) for OpenStack deployments—an indicator of user satisfaction—continues to tick up, eight points higher than a year ago.
  • Containers continues to lead the list of emerging technologies, as it has for three consecutive survey cycles. In the same question, interest in NFV and bare metal is significantly higher than a year ago.
  • Kubernetes shows growth as a container orchestration tool.
  • Seventy-one percent of deployments catalogued are in “production” versus in testing or proof of concept. This is a 20 percent increase year over year.
  • OpenStack is adopted by companies of every size. Nearly one-quarter of users are organizations smaller than 100 people.


http://www.openstack.com

OpenStack Hits its 14th Release - Newton


The OpenStack community released Newton, the 14th version of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. Newton brings user experience improvements for container cluster management and networking. New features in the Ironic bare metal provisioning service, Magnum container orchestration cluster manager, and Kuryr container networking project more seamlessly integrate containers, virtual and physical infrastructure under one...


Australia's nbn Hits 8 Gbps in Testing Nokia's XG-FAST

In lab testing, Australia's nbn recorded throughput speeds of 8 Gbps using Nokia's XG-FAST solution. Specifically, the XG-FAST trial conducted in nbn's North Sydney-based lab facilities generated peak aggregate data throughput speeds of more than 8 Gbps over a 30-meter twisted-pair copper cable typically deployed in field. A 5Gbps peak aggregate speed was achieved over 70 meters of twisted-pair copper cable.

XG-FAST is a Nokia Bell Labs-developed extension of Nokia's commercially available G.fast.  Nokia said the technology can deliver fiber-like speeds of more than 10 Gbps over short distances using existing copper infrastructure.

Dennis Steiger, CTO at nbn said: "Although XG-FAST is still in its very early stages of development, the lab trials we have conducted demonstrate the huge potential that the technology offers. XG-FAST gives us the ability to deliver multi-gigabit speeds over copper lines - virtually on a par with what is currently available on Fiber-to-the-Premises - but at a lower cost and time to deploy. We are really thrilled to be the third operator in the global market to run lab trials of XG-FAST, following in the footsteps of BT last year and Deutsche Telekom in February. This shows that nbn is committed to delivering Australians the best possible broadband experience on the nbn(TM) network."

http://www.nokia.com

Deutsche Telekom Tests XG-FAST over Copper with Nokia

Deutsche Telekom hit throughput speed of more than 10 Gbps in a trial or Nokia's XG-FAST technology that was conducted at Deutsche Telekom's cable laboratory in Darmstadt, Germany. The trial used two bonded pairs of Category 6 cable at 50 meters in length. Similar tests using standard drop cable illustrated the feasibility of XG-FAST for fiber-to-the-front door applications, achieving aggregate rates that exceed 8Gbps over 50m.  All trials were performed using prototype equipment from Bell Labs under laboratory conditions.

XG-FAST is a Bell Labs-developed extension of Nokia's commercially available G.fast technology. The lab trial was conducted end of 2015 by Nokia's subsidiary Alcatel-Lucent.

Deutsche Telekom's network - which uses VDSL2 Vectoring as well as fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology - currently offers customers access speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

Nokia said  XG-FAST is in the early stages of lab testing, but has exceeded expectations in trials with several customers so far.

XG-FAST is also capable of delivering 1Gbps symmetrical services at distances of 70m enabling operators to deliver fiber-like speeds inside buildings using existing telephone lines, eliminating the need to install new cabling. This allows for faster installation times and less hassle for the end-user.

Intel Posts Q3 Revenue of $15.8 Billion

Intel reported third-quarter GAAP revenue of $15.8 billion, operating income of $4.5 billion, net income of $3.4 billion and EPS of 69 cents.

“It was an outstanding quarter, and we set a number of new records across the business,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. “In addition to strong financials, we delivered exciting new technologies while continuing to align our people and products to our strategy. We’re executing well, and these results show Intel’s continuing transformation to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected devices."

Q3 Highlights

  • Client Computing Group revenue of $8.9 billion, up 21 percent sequentially and up 5 percent yearover-year
  • Data Center Group revenue of $4.5 billion, up 13 percent sequentially and up 10 percent year-over-year
  • Internet of Things Group revenue of $689 million, up 20 percent sequentially and up 19 percent year-over-year
  • Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group revenue of $649 million, up 17 percent sequentially and down 1 percent year-over-year
  • • Intel Security Group revenue of $537 million, flat sequentially and up 6 percent year-over-year
  • Programmable Solutions Group revenue of $425 million, down 9 percent sequentially


http://www.intel.com

Cisco Delivers IP/Optical for Iraqi National Backbone

Cisco is providing optical transport systems for rebuilding the Iraqi National Backbone, a multi-layer IP and optical network that spans the long terrestrial route from Iraq to Turkey.

The Iraqi National Backbone is a joint venture between Symphony and EarthLink JLT, reaching most major Iraqi cities. Commercial launch is expected in March 2017.

Cisco said it is supplying a mix networking technologies for the projecy, including the Cisco NCS 5500 and ASR 9000 router platforms and the NCS 2000 for DWDM. The entire solution is based on industry standard protocols, including WSON in the optical layer. Cisco Software Defined Networking (SDN) coordinates restoration events between the optical and IP portions of the network. A common management solution with Cisco Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) Manager is also critical for the multi-layer network views into each event. The IOS XR operating system powering the Iraqi Backbone network will be capable of supporting advanced operational capabilities such as segment routing, real-time model driven telemetry and standards-based programmability using NETCONF and YANG.

“Creative thinking by the leaders of Symphony and EarthLink will soon be changing the lives of the people of Iraq,” said Mike Weston, vice president, Middle East, Cisco. “The extended reach of the network and its advanced capabilities unleashes the transformational power of connectivity and sets a solid foundation for achieving Iraq’s development goals. With this project, Cisco further establishes its leadership with IP and optical networks that require multi-layer restoration and automation, and industry leading performance in long haul applications.”

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=press-release&articleId=1798147

Rancher Labs Launches Partner Program for its Container Management

Rancher Labs, a start-up specializing in container management software, is launching a partner program designed to expand the company’s global reach. The program will support consultancies and systems integrators, as well as resellers and service providers worldwide, with initial partners from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

“Community interest in Rancher’s open and easy-to-use container management platform has shattered expectations, with over a million downloads and over ten million Rancher nodes launched since this year alone,” said Shannon Williams, co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing at Rancher Labs. “To help us meet demand within the enterprise, we’re partnering with leading DevOps consultancies, system integrators and service providers around the world. We’re excited and humbled by the strong interest we’ve seen from the partner community, and we’re looking forward to working with our partners to help make containers a reality for our joint customers.”

http://rancher.com/

Rancher Ships its Container Management Platform

Rancher Labs, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, released its open-source container management software.

The Rancher software is designed to simplify the deployment and management of containers in production enterprise applications. The software lets users select from multiple container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes and Docker Swarm, while maintaining a single management experience.  Rancher implements a cloud-agnostic infrastructure services layer that works across any public or private cloud, or traditional data center. The platform works across cloud and data center boundaries, and its load balancing and persistent storage services function uniformly on any computing resources.

Rancher said its solution allows organizations to gain visibility, manage policies and exert control of containers and infrastructure spread across different teams within an organization.  It also enables IT to improve deployment reliability, orchestrate software upgrades, and improve the utilization of infrastructure resources.

“Since announcing our beta product less than a year ago, Rancher Labs has experienced incredible demand, as well as received encouraging and helpful feedback and community support for this open platform which has enabled us to make meaningful enhancements to Rancher,” said Sheng Liang, CEO, Rancher Labs. “Now, with well over a million downloads, Rancher has quickly become the platform of choice for teams serious about running containers in production.”

http://rancher.com/

Telia Carrier Brings 100G to 365 Data Centers Pittsburgh

Telia Carrier is now offering 100G IP connectivity to customers in 365 Data Center's Pittsburgh edge facility.

365 Data Centers' Pittsburgh customers will now have access to Telia Carrier's IP Transit, Ethernet, IoT and mobile data services.

Telia Carrier already provides 100Gbps services in seven other 365 Data Centers including Detroit, MI.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; St Louis, Mo.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Ind.

http://www.teliacarrier.com




Broadcom Intros OLT Silicon for XGS-PON and NGPON-2

Broadcom introduced PON OLT devices with support for the recently ratified ITU G.9807.1 XGS-PON and G.989 NGPON-2 protocols, speeding time to market for symmetric 10Gbps broadband services.

Broadcom's multi-mode BCM68620 system-on-a-chip (SoC) integrates support for both existing and next-generation fiber technologies under a common application programming interface (API), to enable a unified system software design that can be applied to all PON protocols supported by a system manufacturer. The new support for XGS-PON and NGPON2 fall under this same API umbrella, offering excellent software re-use to existing BCM68620 customers as they easily expand their PON portfolio with line cards dedicated to these new protocols.

Sampling is underway.

“Broadcom heard operators’ need for support of the new XGS-PON and NGPON2 standards in commercial silicon, and OEM requirements for simplified development, and we responded,” said Greg Fischer, senior vice president and general manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom. “Built on our proven PON OLT technologies, the updated BCM68620 family offers the industry’s only silicon platform with support for all the PON protocols ratified and shipping in volume by operators worldwide.”

http://www.broadcom.com

Bharti Airtel Picks Nokia to expand 4G in 9 Circles

Bharti Airtel has signed a new agreement with Nokia to expand its 4G technology in three new circles in addition to six circles it already serves,  The rollout supports new services that started in September. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specifically, Nokia will deploy its 4G FDD-LTE & TD-LTE technology across nine of Bharti Airtel's circles in India including the regions of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rest of Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala and UP East, serving major cities such as Lucknow, Ahmendabad, Patna and Siliguri. Nokia will also expand the operator's 3G network in eight of the territories as part of this rollout and modernization of legacy 2G BTS.

http://www.nokia.com

Monday, October 17, 2016

Qualcomm Announces First 5G Modem

Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon X50 5G modem -- the first commercial 5G modem chipset announcement -- and designed for operators and OEMs who are conducting lab tests, field trials and early deployments.

The Snapdragon X50 5G modem will initially support operation in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum in the 28GHz band.  It will employ Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques, which facilitates robust and sustained mobile broadband communications in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments.  With 800 MHz bandwidth support, the Snapdragon X50 5G modem is designed to support peak download speeds of up to 5 Gbps
.

“The Snapdragon X50 5G modem heralds the arrival of 5G as operators and OEMs reach the cellular network and device testing phase,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president, QCT. “Utilizing our long history of LTE and Wi-Fi leadership, we are thrilled to deliver a product that will help play a critical role in bringing 5G devices and networks to reality.  This shows that we’re not just talking about 5G, we’re truly committed to it.”

Qualcomm said the new device is can be used for multi-mode 4G/5G mobile broadband, as well as fixed wireless broadband devices. It can be paired with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor with an integrated Gigabit LTE modem and interwork cohesively via dual-connectivity. Gigabit LTE will become an essential pillar for the 5G mobile experience, as it can provide a wide coverage layer for nascent 5G networks.

The Snapdragon X50 5G platform will include the modem, the SDR051 mmWave transceivers, and the supporting PMX50 power management chip. Sampling for the Snapdragon X50 5G modem is expected to begin in the second half of 2017. The first commercial products that will integrate the Snapdragon X50 5G modem are expected to be available during the first half of 2018.

http://www.qualcomm.com

Qualcomm, Telstra, Ericsson, NETGEAR Show Gigabit-Ready LTE

Qualcomm, in collaboration with Telstra, Ericsson and NETGEAR, showcased the first Gigabit Class LTE mobile device and the first Gigabit Class LTE commercially ready network.

The results of this relationship includes: The NETGEAR Mobile Router MR1100, based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem along with Qualcomm Wi-Fi solutions, which is the first consumer end device capable of reaching Gigabit Class LTE download speeds up to 1 Gbps; and Telstra’s new Gigabit Class LTE network enabled by Ericsson.

“Achieving the world’s first Gigabit Class LTE download speeds between a mobile device and commercial ready network is another industry achievement towards the availability of Gigabit LTE services,” said Serge Willenegger, Senior Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies. “Qualcomm Technologies has long been a leader in LTE, pioneering many of the building blocks for 3G and 4G and now paving the way to 5G. We’re excited to celebrate this milestone with our partners and to demonstrate our leadership in the commercialization of key technologies that will be foundational elements of future 5G deployments.”

Telstra said its LTE network can support over-the-air data download speeds up to 1 Gbp. The network uses network infrastructure equipment and software from Ericsson.

“We pride ourselves on our connectivity expertise and we continue that tradition today by completing the first commercialization of a Gigabit Class LTE network and device,” said Mike Wright, Telstra’s Group Managing Director Networks. “With the world’s first Gigabit Class LTE network, we have substantially improved our network capacity and increased real-world LTE download speeds, while also gaining a distinct advantage over competitors as we can

http://www.qualcomm.com


Qualcomm Cites 100+ Design Wins for LTE Cat M Modems

Qualcomm reported design wins among the industry’s leading module original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) based on its MDM9206 LTE modem for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The company said these build on the more than 100 designs announced last June using the its MDM9x07 LTE IoT modems.

The MDM9206 modem is designed to support LTE category M1 (eMTC), upgradeable to dual category M1/NB-1 mode with an anticipated upcoming software update. This allows IoT products to function in a diverse set of operator deployments worldwide, maximizing the products global reach and scalability. The simpler narrowband LTE categories help the MDM9206 modem to support low-cost, low-power, low-bandwidth and greater coverage for the next-generation of IoT products’ and services, while also enhancing battery life as compared to previous LTE generations. Target uses include smart energy and metering, building security, infrastructure, industrial control and automation, retail point of sale, asset tracking, medical, lighting and aftermarket telematics.

“The global IoT opportunity is rapidly expanding,” said Serge Willenegger, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “IoT will be much more than about connecting people to things; they will be extending information management systems all the way to the edge, allowing machines and devices to work with one another and support increasing service opportunities and operational efficiencies across most industries. Momentum around our MDM9206 modem for Cat M1 and NB-1 demonstrates demand today for reliable, optimized LTE cellular connectivity to support the new range of IoT applications and services.”

http://www.qualcomm.com

IBM Looks to Growing Cloud Revenue

IBM reported Q3 revenue from continuing operations of $19.2 billion with diluted EPS (GAAP) of $2.98. Strategic imperatives revenue amounted to $8.0 billion in the quarter, up 16 percent year to year.

"IBM's third-quarter performance, led by continued double-digit growth in our strategic imperatives, is a testament to our leadership in cognitive solutions and cloud," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.  "Our ability to apply deep expertise and breakthrough technology, led by Watson and the IBM Cloud, to massive amounts of data is enabling us to build new markets and transform industries.

Some highlights:

  • Cloud revenues (public, private and hybrid) for the quarter increased 44 percent (up 42 percent adjusting for currency).  
  • Cloud revenue over the trailing 12 months was $12.7 billion.  
  • The annual run rate for cloud as-a-Service revenue --- a subset of total cloud revenue --- increased to $7.5 billion from $4.5 billion in the third quarter of 2015.  
  • Revenues from analytics increased 15 percent (up 14 percent adjusting for currency).  
  • Revenues from mobile increased 19 percent and revenues from security increased 11 percent.


http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/50801.wss




Quantenna's IPO Expected Today - QTNA - Wi-Fi Silicon

Quantenna Communications, which develops high-performance Wi-Fi silicon, expects to launch the initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock on October 17, 2016 on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol "QTNA."

The offering is for 6.7 million shares at an initial price range of $14.00 to $16.00 per share.

http://www.quantenna.com/2016/10/quantenna-communications-launches-initial-public-offering/

Quantenna Announces First 802.11ax Wi-Fi Silicon

Quantenna Communications announced the industry's first 802.11ax silicon. Sampling is expected to begin early in 2017.

802.11ax provides increased speed over 802.11ac and is designed to increase Wi-Fi efficiency in dense deployments.

Quantenna's forthcoming product, called QSR10G-AX, is built on the company's QSR10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi platform. It adds support for the draft 1.0 of the IEEE specification 802.11ax standard.

Key QSR10G-AX Planned Features and Benefits:


  • Integrated AP chipset for dual-band (5GHz and 2.4GHz), dual concurrent operation and management
  • Pin-to-Pin compatibility with QSR10G
  • 802.11ax Draft 1.0 compliant
  • 12-stream operation
  • Supports rich set of interfaces to external hosts such as PCIe Gen3/Gen2, RXAUI, RGMII, and others
  • Support 2.4GHz coexistence interface
  • Enable full offload for external host
  • Cloud managed


"Innovation is what drives us at Quantenna," said Dr. Sam Heidari, Chairman and CEO at Quantenna. "We were the first company to deliver 4x4 802.11n, 4x4 802.11ac and 8x8 802.11ac. Now, we are proud to continue our Wi-Fi industry leadership by being the first to announce an 802.11ax compliant solution."

http://www.quantenna.com/2016/10/quantenna-announces-worlds-first-802-11ax-wi-fi-solution/

AWS Opens Three Data Centers in Ohio

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the availability of its new US East (Ohio) Region consisting of three separate of Availability Zones at launch.

AWS refers to data centers as Availability Zones -- distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network. Customers can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher reliability and fault tolerance.

Along with US East (N. Virginia), the US East (Ohio) Region provides low latency across the eastern and central United States (US).

AWS now provides 38 Availability Zones across 14 technology infrastructure regions globally.

In the United States alone, AWS now has 16 Availability Zones across five regions. AWS has announced that another nine Availability Zones and four regions in Canada, the UK, France, and China are planned to come online in the coming months.

“Our customers tell us that by running their applications in the AWS Cloud, they are able to move faster, operate more securely, and save substantial costs--all while leveraging the scale and performance of AWS,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President, Infrastructure at AWS. “Now with five highly scalable regions across the United States, AWS customers have multiple options for providing US-based end users low-latency access to cloud applications, as well as the opportunity to architect a variety of inter-region backup and disaster recovery operations for even greater availability.”

http://aws.amazon.com


  • AWS is also building a 100 megawatt wind farm Paulding County, Ohio. When operational, which is expected by May 2017, Amazon Wind Farm US Central will produce 320,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually directly onto the grid powering the data centers in the AWS US East (Ohio) Region and other current and future AWS data centers. 

Equinix Connects with VMware's vCloud Air

Equinix is now offering direct and private access to VMware vCloud® Air™ on Platform Equinix™ in major markets across North America and Europe.

Access is available either via Equinix Cloud Exchange, the company's cloud interconnection platform, or via Direct Connect, depending on location. These dedicated, private connections reduce network costs and provide higher and more consistent network performance than Internet-based connections for enterprise customers looking to build out their VMware-based hybrid clouds.

The solution is now available via Equinix Cloud Exchange in London, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers, and also via Direct Connect in Frankfurt, London, New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

"VMware has a strong history and established foothold within the enterprise market, and therefore it is important that we provide direct access to their solution via our Equinix Cloud Exchange as enterprise demand for high-performance, enterprise-grade cloud services continues to grow.  Cloud Exchange was developed with the intent of providing improved performance of cloud-based applications and workloads through high-throughput, low-latency connections and we are thrilled to be able to provide this to VMware customers," stated Mark Adams, Chief Development Officer, Equinix.

http://www.equinix.com


Cisco Acquires Worklife for Meeting App

Cisco has acquired Heroik Labs, a start-up based in San Francisco that is also known as Worklife. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Worklife provides software to improve meeting productivity. Its app gives attendees more options to stay engaged before, during, and after meetings, from sharing agendas before the meeting, to taking notes during the meeting, and sharing those notes, as well as action items, after each meeting.

Cisco said the app adds to its own collaboration strategy. The company said it sees an opportunity to build on the virtual meeting experience that the Cisco Spark platform currently provides, and enhance meeting productivity across the board.

The Worklife team will report into the Cloud Collaboration Technology Business Unit under Senior Vice President and General Manager Jens Meggers. The current plan is that Worklife’s existing online meeting software will continue to be offered free to customers.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-announces-collaboration-news

Cisco Adds Amy Chang to its Board

Cisco has appointed Amy L. Chang, CEO and founder of Accompany, Inc., to its board of directors.

Chang, 39, is CEO and founder of Accompany, Inc., a relationship intelligence platform company. Prior to founding Accompany in 2013, Chang was with Google Inc. from 2005 to 2012, most recently serving as Global Head of Product, Google Ads Measurement and Reporting. Prior to Google, she held product management and strategy positions at eBay Inc. Chang also previously served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, specializing in semiconductors, software and services. She holds a B.S. and an M.S., both in Electrical Engineering, from Stanford University. She currently serves on the board of directors of Splunk Inc.

With the appointment of Chang, Cisco's board consists of 12 members, including: John T. Chambers, executive chairman, Cisco; Carol A. Bartz, former CEO, Yahoo! Inc.; M. Michele Burns, former chairman and CEO, Mercer LLC; Michael D. Capellas, founder and CEO, Capellas Strategic Partners; Brian L. Halla, former chairman and CEO, National Semiconductor Corporation; Dr. John L. Hennessy, director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program and former president, Stanford University; Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, CEO, Cube Hydro Partners, LLC; Roderick C. McGeary, former vice chairman, KPMG, LLP; Charles H. Robbins, CEO, Cisco; Arun Sarin, KBE, former CEO, Vodafone Group Plc; and Steven M. West, founder and partner, Emerging Company Partners LLC.

http://www.newsroom.cisco.com

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