Thursday, October 20, 2016

Verizon Cites Wireless Profitability as Overall Revenue Shrinks

Verizon reported total Q3 operating revenues of $30.9 billion, a 6.7 percent decrease compared with third-quarter 2015. The company said that, excluding third-quarter 2015 revenues from since-divested local landline businesses, total operating revenues on a comparable basis (non-GAAP) would have declined 2.9 percent year over year. The company reported third-quarter 2016 EPS of 89 cents, compared with 99 cents per share in third-quarter 2015.

 “Verizon continues to deliver strong financial and operational results in highly competitive markets while positioning itself for future growth,” said Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam. “While we transform our company in a challenging environment, we have maintained the financial flexibility to invest in our industry-leading networks to better serve customers, add scale to bring innovation to the mobile media and Internet of Things (IoT) markets, and increase dividends for a 10th consecutive year.”

Some highlights from the quarterly report:

Verizon Wireless


  • Verizon reported 442,000 retail postpaid net additions in third-quarter 2016, excluding wholesale device and wholesale IoT connections. 
  • At the end of Q3 2016, Verizon had 113.7 million retail connections, a 2.6 percent year-over-year increase. Verizon’s retail postpaid connections base grew 3.0 percent to 108.2 million, and retail prepaid connections totaled 5.5 million.
  • Total revenues were $22.1 billion in third-quarter 2016, a decline of 3.9 percent compared with third-quarter 2015, as more customers continued to choose unsubsidized device payment plans. Service revenues plus device payment plan billings increased 2.3 percent, to $19.3 billion, comparing third-quarter 2016 with third-quarter 2015.
  • The percentage of phone activations on device payment plans was about 70 percent in third-quarter 2016, compared with about 67 percent in second-quarter 2016. 
  • At the end of third-quarter 2016, Verizon Wireless had a total of about 35.8 million device payment plan phone connections, representing about 41 percent of the postpaid phone base.
  • Segment operating income was $7.6 billion, and segment operating income margin was 34.6 percent. In third-quarter 2016, Verizon Wireless generated $9.9 billion in segment EBITDA (non-GAAP), a year-over-year increase of 0.1 percent. Segment EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) was 44.9 percent, compared with 43.2 percent in third-quarter 2015.
  • Customer loyalty remained high. Retail postpaid churn was 1.04 percent in third-quarter 2016, a year-over-year increase of 11 basis points, as strong retention in the phone base was offset by increased churn in tablets. Retail postpaid phone churn was up 2 basis points year over year and remained below 0.90 percent for the sixth consecutive quarter.
  • The 442,000 retail postpaid net additions in third-quarter 2016 included 357,000 4G LTE smartphones. Net phone additions decreased sequentially to a loss of 36,000, as the net gain in 4G phones was offset by a net decline in basic and 3G phones. Tablet net additions totaled 221,000 in the quarter. All other postpaid net additions totaled 257,000, primarily due to sales of hum, Verizon’s telematics device.

Wireline

  • Total wireline revenue decreased 2.3 percent, to $7.8 billion, comparing third-quarter 2016 with third-quarter 2015. Retail consumer revenues grew 0.2 percent, to $3.2 billion, supported by consumer Fios revenue growth of 4.2 percent.
  • Total revenues for Fios services grew 4.4 percent, to $2.8 billion, comparing third-quarter 2016 with third-quarter 2015. Rebounding from net connection declines in second-quarter 2016 due to a work stoppage, Verizon added a net of 90,000 Fios Internet connections and 36,000 Fios Video connections in third-quarter 2016.
  • Fios revenue growth has been driven by a larger customer base, strong customer loyalty and consumer demand for higher internet speeds. Approximately 16 percent of the company’s Fios Internet base has opted for speeds of 100 megabits per second or higher, compared with 11 percent in second-quarter 2016. Customer demand for Custom TV remains strong and is consistent with prior quarters.
  • Wireline operating income was $156 million in third-quarter 2016, compared with a loss of $109 million in third-quarter 2015. Segment EBITDA (non-GAAP) was $1.7 billion in third-quarter 2016, up 10.1 percent from third-quarter 2015. Segment EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) was 21.2 percent in third-quarter 2016, compared with 18.9 percent in third-quarter 2015, due to Fios growth and cost management. Verizon believes it will continue to make progress in expanding wireline EBITDA margin.
  • During the third quarter, Verizon Enterprise Solutions entered into new agreements or began work with a number of clients, including The American Red Cross, ADP, CA Technologies, CDK, Citrix, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Concentrix, ICON Clinical Research, Juniper Networks, the National Weather Service, PTC, Sage, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Vantiv, Inc., Viacom, Virginia Information Technologies Agency and the French subsidiary of Allianz Worldwide Partners.


http://www.verizon.com/about/news/strong-wireless-profitability-and-customer-loyalty-renewed-fios-growth-highlight-verizons-3q

NTT Com to Offer Mirantis Managed OpenStack

Mirantis and NTT Communications will partner to offer fully managed Private OpenStack as a service in NTT Com Enterprise Cloud and its data center services across the globe. Specifically, NTT Com will offer Mirantis Managed OpenStack on NTT Com Enterprise Cloud’s Metal-as-a-Service.

NTT Com is Mirantis’ first data center services partner.

“OpenStack is an essential component of tomorrow’s private cloud architectures, and Mirantis has industry-leading technology and processes in its OpenStack software and services, enabling them to manage OpenStack infrastructure as code,” said NTT Com VP of Cloud Services, Hideki Kurihara. “Our technical and go-to-market collaboration will enable true experience of operationalized OpenStack, delivered as a service globally.”

Mirantis Managed OpenStack is a managed private cloud based on industry-leading Mirantis OpenStack software. The offering gives customers 24x7 “as a service” operations by Mirantis and up to 99.99% SLAs on Mirantis’ 100 percent open source software and tooling.

“With direct presence in 87 countries and regions, NTT Group commands the largest data center footprint in the world,” said Mirantis CMO and co-founder, Boris Renski. “Through this partnership we’ll be able to deliver instant-on, hands-off managed cloud experience for our global customers with compelling economics."

http://www.ntt.co.jp/index_e.html
http://www.mirantis.com

China Mobile Now Serves 844 Million Customers

China Mobile reported revenue of RMB542.7 billion (US$80.30 billion) for the first nine months of 2016, up by 4.3% over the same period last year; of which, revenue from telecommunications services was RMB481.2 billion, up by 5.4% over the same period last year. There was a profit of RMB88.1 billion, up by 3.1% over the same period last year.

Some highlights:

  • As of 30 September 2016, the number of mobile customers was 844 million, representing a net increase of 17.42 million for the first three quarters. 
  • ARPU of mobile customers increased by 1.7% year-on-year to RMB60.0. 
  • Of the mobile customers, the number of 4G customers was 481 million, representing a net increase of 168 million for the first three quarters. 
  • Handset data traffic increased by 131% over the same period last year. 
  • As of 30 September 2016, the total number of wireline broadband customers was 74.24 million. 
  • The number of net additional wireline broadband customers for the first three quarters was 19.21 million with ARPU basically remaining stable at RMB33.0.

http://www.chinamobileltd.com/en/global/home.php

Momentum Builds for Citizens' Band LTE (3.5 GHz)

The Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Alliance, which was formed in February 2016 with the goal of making LTE-based solutions in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band widely available, announced the addition of Accelleran, Airspan Networks, American Tower Corp., AT&T, Baicells, CableLabs, Ericsson, ExteNet Systems, Nsight, Ranzure Networks, Rise Broadband, and ZTE as members. Founding members of the alliance include Access Technologies (Alphabet), Federated Wireless, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ruckus Wireless (now part of Brocade).

“For LTE-based solutions in the shared CBRS band to be successful, we need a wide range of ecosystem partners, infrastructure, equipment and network providers, to work together closely,” said Michael Peeters, vice president Innovation Portfolio, Nokia and President of the CBRS Alliance. “We are thrilled to welcome all the new members to the CBRS Alliance and look forward to working together to provide solutions toward in-building and outdoor cellular coverage.”

“CBRS is creating opportunities to bring the benefits of LTE technology to a wider ecosystem,” said Neville Meijers, VP Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and chairman of the board for the CBRS Alliance. “CBRS enables new kinds of deployments and business models, from LTE-based neutral hosts that can serve multiple service providers, to dedicated networks serving various entities such as enterprises or IoT verticals.”

http://www.cbrsalliance.org


  • In April 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules for CBRS, which opens 150 MHz of spectrum (3550-3700 MHz) for commercial use — while providing necessary protection of incumbent users of the band. Spectrum access is actively coordinated based on priority and granular location, making previously allocated spectrum available to new entrants and services.



Orange Business Services Launches Datavenue for IoT

Orange Business Services announced the international launch of its Datavenue service for helping enterprises implement IoT.

Datavenue includes four modules:

  • Select relevant objects and sources of data. Orange offers a full range of certified and tested connected objects, such as sensors, cameras or modules to connect existing assets. Datavenue has a catalog of data that includes population movement analytics using anonymized data from mobile networks.
  • Connect objects reliably with the most suitable and secured networks. A truck travelling cross borders or an agricultural sensor in a field would require different networks. To adapt to the wide diversity of needs, Orange provides a broad range of connectivity options. These include future-proof global cellular networks and innovative capabilities, such as eUiCC, worldwide fixed and satellite networks, as well as low-power solutions, such as LoRaTM.
  • Manage data to improve efficiencies and create enhanced services. For example, a construction company can monitor cranes worldwide to prevent problems and reduce maintenance costs. Managing data in real-time enables technicians to solve issues remotely or to arrive on site with the right material, thereby reducing service interruptions. Orange offers both cloud-based and on-premises software solutions, encompassing remote device management, processing and visualization.
  • Control key elements of enterprise transformation projects. Orange experts ensure end-to-end security and data protection, integration with information systems and service scalability. Throughout the entire project and beyond, customers can rely on Orange to ensure the solutions are future-proof and adapted to market evolutions.

“We have developed extensive vertical expertise around IoT and data analytics in several sectors, including automotive, industry, smart cities, healthcare and smart homes. Our solutions have already improved performance and employee safety through industrial machinery monitoring, enhanced patient care with remote assistance, and enriched citizen well-being with smart city services. This is now all being brought together to support the international launch of Orange Datavenue,” says Olivier Ondet, IoT and analytics vice president, Orange Business Services.

The service has been available in France since last year.

http://www.orange-business.com/en/datavenue

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Now Runs on Amazon EC2

AWS announced the ability to run Windows Server 2016 on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in all AWS regions globally.  The lastest version of Windows Server is supported in four distinct forms:


  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter with Desktop Experience – The mainstream version of Windows Server with support for both traditional and cloud-native applications. 
  • Windows Server 2016 Nano Server -A cloud-native, minimal install that takes up a modest amount of disk space and boots more swiftly than the Datacenter version, while leaving more system resources (memory, storage, and CPU) available to run apps and services. 
  • Windows Server 2016 with Containers – Windows Server 2016 with Windows containers and Docker already installed.
  • Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016 – Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016 already installed.

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/

Telia Carrier Delivers Backhaul to OJUS Sea Cable for LATAM Connectivity

Telia Carrier has established a new network Point-of-Presence at the OJUS Cable Landing Station in Hollywood, Florida, ensuring a resilient network option for customers wishing diverse connectivity to the Nap of the Americas in Miami and Equinix MI3 in Boca Raton as well as Telia Carrier's global IP backbone, AS1299.

The cable landing station located in Hollywood provides Telia Carrier customers access to important subsea cable systems including MAYA-1, Americas-II and Columbus-III, which link the US to the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Telia Carrier offers options from stm-x all the way to 100 Gb/s increments as well as terabit capacity to IP and Transmission customers.  In addition to the Miami and Boca Raton facilities, Telia Carrier can provide diverse high capacity services extending to over 70 Pops in North America and internationally as well.

http://www.teliacarrier.com

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cisco's Colin Kincaid: Virtualization is Transforming Service Providers

In thinking about how Service Providers are implementing technologies such as SDN and NFV in their central offices, it is becoming clear that edge services and a lot of traditional services can now be deployed as virtual entities.  There is a need to extend control of these virtual entities all the way back into the network in a single service chain.

In this 90-second video, Colin Kincaid, CTO - Service Provider for Cisco, discusses this network transformation.

See video: https://youtu.be/Ndb3RCIlix8





Digital Realty Plans to Build Really Big in Chicago

Digital Realty plans to expand its colocation facility on Cermak Road in Chicago into one of the largest data centers in the world.

Specifically, CBRE Group has commenced pre-leasing for a new data center at 330 East Cermak Road in Chicago, to be developed by Digital Realty on a site adjacent to Lakeside Technology Center at 350 Cermak, which is one of the largest existing data centers in the U.S. at 1.1 million square feed and also one of the largest interconnection hubs in the world with over 110 service providers in the building.

Upon completion, which is expected to be within two years of breaking ground, the 330 East Cermak data center will provide up to 698,000 square feet and 54 megawatts of utility load. The new data center building will be 12 stories high and will provide zero-latency connections to the meet-me-rooms at 350 East Cermak.
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“Data center demand is surging, driven by the rapid growth of cloud adoption and corporate IT outsourcing,” said Todd Bateman, North American Agency Practice Leader for CBRE’s Data Center Solutions Group.  “Demand is outpacing supply, both at the national level and within the Chicago area in particular.  The state-of-the-art proposed design at 330 East Cermak, along with the proximity to Lakeside Technology Center at 350 East Cermak, would address market demand and provide prospective customers with the expansion capacity and network density to meet their colocation and interconnection needs.”

“We are delighted to be working with CBRE to build upon the success of our connected campus strategy in Chicago,” said A. William Stein, Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer.  “With the expansion of our Cermak flagship, Digital Realty will be even better positioned to future-proof our customers’ growth, while simultaneously satisfying their most performance-sensitive requirements.”

https://www.digitalrealty.com/news-and-events/

Sprint Picks DragonWave's Microwave Backhaul for Network Densification

Sprint has selected DragonWave's microwave backhaul equipment for network deployment as part of the company's densification and optimization strategy. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specifically, DragonWave's microwave backhaul equipment will be used as part of Sprint's strategy to significantly densify its network through the deployment of small cells and other solutions, with the goal of further improving network performance and the customer experience.

DragonWave said it was selected for the combination of its dual channel capability and industry leading system gain, as well as its advanced network security capabilities.

"We look forward to continuing our work with DragonWave as part of our densification and optimization strategy," said Gunther Ottendorfer, COO of Technology at Sprint. "Microwave backhaul is a cost-efficient, reliable alternative when used in the right ring structures, and it's a key part of the extension of our overall toolkit as we work to provide customers with more consistent coverage, better reliability, and even faster data speeds."

"DragonWave is pleased to extend our relationship with Sprint, and we know that we can bring unique performance advantages that can be leveraged in its network densification efforts," said Peter Allen, President & CEO, DragonWave. "We look forward to supporting Sprint's growth and expansion by delivering on our commitment to provide unmatched product performance, reliability and support."

http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

FCC Fines T-Mobile $48 Million over Unlimited Data Claim

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has ordered T-Mobile tp pay a fine and provide benefits to consumers totaling at least $48 million.

The fine is part of a settlement resolving an investigation into whether the company adequately disclosed speed and data restrictions for its “unlimited” data plan subscribers.

At issue is the policy of slowing down data speeds when T-Mobile or MetroPCS customers on so-called “unlimited” plans exceed a monthly data threshold. The FCC found that T-Mobile did not provide its customers with accurate and sufficient information about the unlimited data plan.

“Consumers should not have to guess whether so-called ‘unlimited’ data plans contain key restrictions, like speed constraints, data caps, and other material limitations,” said FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “When broadband providers are accurate, honest and upfront in their ads and disclosures, consumers aren’t surprised and they get what they’ve paid for. With today’s settlement, T-Mobile has stepped up to the plate to ensure that its customers have the full information they need to decide whether ‘unlimited’ data plans are right for them.”  

Today’s settlement includes $48 million in total financial commitments from T-Mobile.  This includes a $7.5 million fine in addition to $35.5 million in consumer benefits offered to T-Mobile and Metro PCS customers with “unlimited” plans and at least $5 million in services and equipment to American schools to bridge the homework gap facing today’s students.  Eligible subscribers will be offered discounts on accessories and additional data.

http://www.fcc.gov

Open Networking Foundation and ON.Lab to Merge

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) announced plans to merge.

The combined organization, which will operate under the ONF name, will be led by ON.Lab Founder and Executive Director, Guru Parulkar. It will bring together the operations, membership, budget and employees of both organizations, including ONF’s 110 member companies and ON.Lab’s ecosystem of more than 70 companies and 17 partners.

“Over the last few years, it has become clear that SDN standards and open source software development must come together. Open source is critical to SDN deployment,” said Parulkar. “With the combination of ONF and ON.Lab, we are shaping the future of networking by bringing standards and open source efforts under a single umbrella. This will build real synergy between the two – letting open source development and deployment guide standards development. We believe that standards based on widely adopted open source projects such as ODL, ONOS, OPNFV, and CORD can be more widely and easily implemented within the industry. This emphasis on open source, supported by ON.Lab’s successful software development, will guide ONF’s ongoing standards work, including updates to OpenFlow.”

ONF will be governed by an interim board of directors through the end of 2017. This board will be comprised of one delegate elected by the ONF membership and additional delegates from AT&T, Google, and NTT Communications. SK Telecom will represent CORD on this interim board and Verizon will represent ONOS. The interim board will also include ONF Co-Founder Nick McKeown; current ONF board member and Princeton University Professor, Dr. Jennifer Rexford; and Dr. Guru Parulkar.

ONF will continue advancing ONOS, the software-defined networking (SDN) OS, and the Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD) open source projects, which are led by ON.Lab and The Linux Foundation. The organization will also work with other open source projects such as OpenDaylight and the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) to ensure that future ONF standards, including ongoing updates to OpenFlow, are derived from a consensus among these open source developer communities.

https://www.opennetworking.org
http://onlab.us/

Red Hat and Ericsson Alliance Targets OpenStack, Containers, NFV, SDN and SDI

Red Hat and Ericsson announced a broad alliance to deliver fully open source and production-ready cloud infrastructure, spanning OpenStack, software-defined networking (SDN) and software-defined infrastructure (SDI).

The companies have previously collaborated to bring Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat JBoss Middleware to Ericsson customers.  The collaboration will now focus on NFV infrastructure (NFVi), OpenStack, SDN, SDI and containers and help define the next generation of modern technology for the communications industry, including:

  • Upstream collaboration: The companies are taking an “upstream first” approach to collaboration across open source projects and communities - including OPNFV, OpenStack, and OpenDaylight - to address customer concerns about lock-in resulting from proprietary forks, differentiating the partnership from other providers. Engineering teams from both companies will collaborate to address customer requirements in upstream open source projects, helping accelerate technology innovation for scalable cloud deployments.
  • Solution certification and new joint offerings: Red Hat and Ericsson are collaborating on hardware and software roadmaps, aimed at developing new joint offerings for NFV infrastructure, SDN and SDI. Through the collaboration, the companies plan to work together to certify Ericsson’s platform and portfolio of solutions including Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment, Ericsson Cloud SDN solution, and Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenStack Platform, and backed by reference architectures and labs.
  • Ericsson is expanding its NFV infrastructure solution to also include Red Hat OpenStack Platform to meet the needs of service providers across the globe who require a fully open and agile infrastructure. For their joint NFV infrastructure, SDN and SDI solutions, the companies plan to work together to offer easy-to-deploy solutions, including automated deployment and management.
  • Technical alignment to advance container innovation and adoption: Both Red Hat and Ericsson see container technologies as a major part of the platform evolution and will collaborate in upstream activities, in for example the CNCF and OCI communities.
  • Backed by industry leaders: Ericsson’s Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based workloads, will participate in Red Hat’s certification program for applications running on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. The joint solutions will be backed by service-level agreements offered by Ericsson.
  • Professional services


http://www.redhat.com

CORD Project Adds New Members

Seven more organizations have joined the CORD Project as collaborators, including Canonical, Mellanox, US Ignite, Viavi, Villa-Tech, Windstream and Xilinx have joined as collaborators.

CORD, which stands for Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter, is an open source collaboration advancing the leading open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to redefine network access. The project is hosted by The Linux Foundation.

 "New member and community growth are pivotal in accelerating adoption of critical CORD production use cases, demos and proof of concepts,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director and CORD board member. “Thanks to the Broadband Forum (BBF) community embracing CORD, we have the opportunity to showcase R-CORD this week through demos, interactive sessions and panels.”

http://www.opencord.org

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Gigamon Extends Visibility Coverage for Small Enterprises and Remote Sites

Gigamon is extending the visibility coverage of its GigaSECURE Security Delivery Platform from large data centers to small enterprises and remote sites in distributed enterprises with the introduction of its GigaVUE-HC1 appliance.

GigaVUE-HC1 is a modular one rack unit visibility appliance with twelve 10 gigabit (Gb) interfaces, four 1Gb interfaces, two modular slots for expansion and GigaSMART hardware processing built into the base system. It uses the same GigaVUE-OS operating system that powers the Gigamon portfolio, supporting capabilities such as Flow Mapping, inline bypass and multiple GigaSMART traffic intelligence applications.

The new GigaVUE-HC1 appliance provides a centralized way to administer and manage all tools, whether inline or out-of-band, making it well suited for remote sites with independent tools, such as call centers.  Gigamon said its enterprises and service providers can also use the GigaVUE-HC1 to selectively backhaul traffic flows and metadata of interest to centralized tools, enabling both consolidation

“Distributed and small enterprises are an often overlooked, yet an important market segment with specific visibility needs. GigaVUE-HC1 expands the scope of our successful GigaSECURE platform, enabling organizations to see more and increase the scope of security coverage,” said Ananda Rajagopal vice president of products, at Gigamon. “GigaVUE-HC1 delivers a rich combination of metadata and traffic intelligence with the flexibility to deploy both inline and out-of-band security tools, thereby reducing the time to deploy and maintain security tools at smaller sites.”

http://www.gigamon.com

Liberty Global to Acquire Multimedia Polska

Liberty Global agreed to acquire the cable business of Multimedia Polska, the third-largest cable operator in Poland, in an all cash transaction valued at PLN 3.0 billion (approximately $760 million).

The PLN 3.0 billion purchase price equates to a multiple of 6.2x Multimedia’s 2015 full-year Adjusted EBITDA2 when adjusted for PLN 124 million (approximately $30 million1) of projected annual run-rate synergies3 derived from revenue and cost-related items.

Liberty Global already operates in Poland under its subsidiary UPC Poland. As of June 30, 2016, UPC Poland passed 3.1 million homes, or around 20% of total households in Poland, serving 1.4 million unique customers who subscribed to 2.9 million cable subscription services.

At the end of the second quarter of 2016, Multimedia passed 1.6 million homes mainly through its hybrid fiber-coaxial cable network, serving 832,000 unique customers who subscribed to 1.4 million subscription services consisting of 643,000 video, 491,000 broadband and 241,000 telephony RGUs. In addition, Multimedia had 54,000 mobile subscribers at June 30, 2016.

Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, commented, “This acquisition will significantly increase our scale in Poland, where we are already the largest cable operator. It will also enhance our ability to invest in cutting-edge products and services for Polish consumers and businesses that will help drive organic growth across our enlarged footprint of over four million premises. Upon closing of the transaction, we will begin upgrading the Multimedia network, after which Multimedia’s customers will be able to enjoy superfast broadband speeds and our next-generation video service Horizon TV.”

http://www.libertyglobal.com

Facebook Plans 4th Expansion of Iowa Data Center

Facebook announced the fourth major expansion of its hyper-scale data center campus in Altoona, Iowa.

Specifically, Facebook will add cold storage capabilities to the complex.  The expansion will add more than 100,000 square feet to building 3.

Cold storage of Facebook photos and other archival media is currently done at Facebook data centers in Prineville, Oregon and Forest City, North Carolina.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/altoona-data-center/facebook-announces-fourth-expansion-to-altoona-data-center/1141866325903952

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...


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