Thursday, October 27, 2016

AWS Revenue Soars 55% YoY in Q3 to Reach

Revenues for Amazon Web Services reached $3.231 billion in Q3 2016, up 55% year over year. Operating income at AWS reached $861 million, up 101% year over year. Trailing Twelve Months (TTM) sales reached $11.1 billion. North America represented 58% of the sales mix. The operating margin for the quarter was 31.6%.

Some AWS highlights for the quarter from the Amazon.com quarterly financial report:


  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the availability of the U.S. East (Ohio) Region. AWS now operates 38 Availability Zones across 14 technology infrastructure Regions globally, and plans to open an additional nine Availability Zones in four regions (Canada, the U.K., France, and a second region in China) in the coming months.
  • VMware and AWS announced a new hybrid cloud service, “VMware Cloud on AWS,” that enables customers to use their existing VMware software and tools to leverage AWS’s global footprint and breadth of services, including storage, databases, analytics, and more. This offering will be the primary public cloud service sold and supported by VMware, and AWS will be VMware’s primary public cloud partner.
  • AWS announced the availability of P2 instances, a new GPU instance type for Amazon EC2. The most powerful GPU virtual machine in the cloud with up to 16 NVIDIA Tesla® K80 GPUs, P2 instances are designed for compute-intensive applications such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and rendering workloads.
  • AWS announced the option for customers to bring their own encryption keys with AWS Key Management Service. This new feature allows customers to import keys from any key management and Hardware Security Module solution and use them with AWS services and their own applications.
  • AWS launched new capabilities for AWS Educate, a global program that provides students and educators with resources to accelerate cloud-related learning. The program now includes access to courses designed to teach cloud skills, paired with the AWS Educate Job Board, featuring cloud-related internships and jobs from top employers around the world.
  • AWS announced a new Application Load Balancer option for content-based routing that enables customers to route a request to an AWS service based on the content of the request and supports applications that run in containers. Web sites and mobile applications, running in containers or on Amazon EC2 instances, will benefit from the use of Application Load Balancers.


http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2216758

Qualcomm to Acquire NXP -- Engines for the Connected World

Qualcomm agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of NXP for $110.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $47 billion. The deal will be financed through cash on hand and $11 billion in new debt. The companies expect total annualized synergies of $500 million within two years of close.

NXP Semiconductors N.V., which headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands, employs approximately 45,000 people in more than 35 countries and is known for its mixed-signal semiconductor electronics. The company was known as Philips Semiconductor prior to 2006.

Key markets include automotive, broad-based microcontrollers, secure identification, network processing and RF power. NXP has a broad customer base, serving more than 25,000 customers through its direct sales channel and global network of distribution channel partners.

For Q3 2016, NXP reported revenue of $2.469 billion, up 4.4% over a year ago, and GAAP gross profit of $1.184 billion, up 7.7% over a year ago.

The combined company is expected to have annual revenues of more than $30 billion, serviceable addressable markets of $138 billion in 2020 and leadership positions across mobile, automotive, IoT, security, RF and networking.

"With innovation and invention at our core, Qualcomm has played a critical role in driving the evolution of the mobile industry. The NXP acquisition accelerates our strategy to extend our leading mobile technology into robust new opportunities, where we will be well positioned to lead by delivering integrated semiconductor solutions at scale," said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. "By joining Qualcomm's leading SoC capabilities and technology roadmap with NXP's leading industry sales channels and positions in automotive, security and IoT, we will be even better positioned to empower customers and consumers to realize all the benefits of the intelligently connected world."

Qualcomm also noted that the acquisition is a tax efficient use of its offshore cash.

http://investors.nxp.com/
http://www.qualcomm

NXP to Acquire Freescale for $11.8 Billion

NXP Semiconductor agreed to acquire Freescale for $6.25 per share in cash and 0.3521 of an NXP ordinary share for each Freescale common share, implying a total equity value for Freescale of approximately $11.8 billion (based on NXP's closing stock price as of February 27, 2015) and a total enterprise value of approximately $16.7 billion including Freescale's net debt.

The deal creates the largest supplier of semiconductors for the automotive industry and the No.1 supplier of general microcontrollers (MCUs).

The combined company will capitalize on the growing opportunities created by the accelerating demand for security, connectivity and processing. NXP estimates annual cost synergies of $500 million.

"Today's announcement is a transformative step in our objective to become the industry leader in high performance mixed signal solutions. The combination of NXP and Freescale creates an industry powerhouse focused on the high growth opportunities in the Smarter World. We fully expect to continue to significantly out-grow the overall market, drive world-class profitability and generate even more cash, which taken together will maximize value for both Freescale and NXP shareholders," said Richard Clemmer, NXP Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Clemmer will continue to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of the merged company.

http://ir.freescale.com/investor-relations.aspx
http://www.nxp.com

CoreSite's Revenue Grows 17% YoY to $101 Million

CoreSite Realty Corporation reported third-quarter total operating revenues of $101.3 million, representing a 17.2% increase year over year. Reported third-quarter net income per diluted share were $0.36, representing 38.5% growth year over year.

"We delivered another quarter of solid financial and operational performance in the third quarter, highlighted by strong earnings growth and leasing momentum. Our third quarter volume of new and expansion leasing for deployments of 5,000 net rentable square feet or less set a company record, as the demand for performance-sensitive retail colocation solutions remains robust," stated Paul Szurek, CoreSite’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, we opened SV7, our 230,000 net rentable square foot turn-key data center building in Santa Clara, which was 62% leased upon opening of the facility, another record for CoreSite. ”

Some highlights for the quarter on CoreSite's data center business:

  • CoreSite executed 162 new and expansion data center leases representing $11.2 million of annualized GAAP rent during the third quarter, comprised of 59,991 NRSF at a weighted-average GAAP rental rate of $187 per NRSF.
  • CoreSite’s third-quarter data center lease commencements totaled 50,455 NRSF at a weighted average GAAP rental rate of $148 per NRSF, which represents $7.5 million of annualized GAAP rent.
  • CoreSite’s renewal leases signed in the third quarter totaled $10.9 million in annualized GAAP rent, comprised of 76,735 NRSF at a weighted-average GAAP rental rate of $142 per NRSF, reflecting a 4.0% increase in rent on a cash basis and a 6.8% increase on a GAAP basis. The third-quarter rental churn rate was 2.2%, which included 160 basis points of churn related to a customer move-out at CoreSite’s VA1 data center.


http://www.coresite.com

Nokia Sees Softening Market Conditions, Especially Mobile Infrastructure

Nokia posted net sales (non-IFRS) in Q3 2016 of EUR 6.0 billion, down from EUR 6.4 billion on a comparable combined company basis for the same period a year ago.

"Nokia delivered solid third quarter results. Nokia Technologies led the way, with a sharp year-on-year increase in net sales, largely driven by revenues related to the Samsung licensing agreement that was announced in Q3. The results also reflect another excellent quarter from Fixed Networks, which improved both net sales and profitability from one year ago," stated Rajeev Suri, Nokia's President and CEO. "We were able to deliver these solid results despite market conditions that are softer than expected, particularly in mobile infrastructure. As we look forward, we expect those conditions to stabilize somewhat in 2017, with the primary addressable market in which Nokia competes likely to decline in the low single digits for that year."

Some highlights:


  • Nokia's Networks reported a 12% year-on-year net sales decrease. Net sales were weak in Mobile Networks within Ultra Broadband Networks, and accounted for approximately 80% of the overall decrease in Nokia's Networks business. IP Networks and Applications also contributed to the decrease, partially offset by growth in Fixed Networks within Ultra Broadband Networks.
  • Nokia Technologies reported a 109% year-on-year net sales increase and 168% operating profit increase in Q3 2016. Excluding the impact of non-recurring licensing income, Nokia Technologies net sales and operating profit both would have grown by approximately 50% year-on-year, primarily due to higher intellectual property licensing income and, to a lesser extent, increased net sales resulting from the acquisition of Withings.
  • Nokia and China Huaxin are continuing their discussions under the memorandum of understanding, as originally announced on August 28, 2015, to combine Nokia's telecommunications infrastructure businesses in China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell into a new joint venture. A deal has not yet been reached.


http://www.nokia.com

A10 Networks' Q3 Sales Hit $55 Million, up 8% but Missing Guidance

A10 Networks' Q3 2016 revenue grew to $55.1 million, up 8 percent when compared with $50.8 million in the third quarter of 2015. On a GAAP basis, A10 Networks reported a net loss for the third quarter 2016 of $4.7 million, or $0.07 per share, compared with a net loss of $9.0 million, or $0.14 per share, in the third quarter of 2015.

“We reported third quarter revenue of $55.1 million, which was below our guidance and reflects a shortfall in North America where we received a couple orders too late in the quarter to ship and some deals slipped into future quarters,” said Lee Chen, president and chief executive officer of A10 Networks. “While we are disappointed with our topline performance, we continued to drive leverage in our operating model, significantly improve our bottom-line results and invest in key areas of our business to foster long-term growth. The share repurchase authorization announced today reflects our confidence in our market opportunities and ability to meet our financial objectives.”

http://www.a10networks.com

American Tower Looks to Europe for Opportunities

American Tower, a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate with a portfolio of over 144,000 tower sites, will form a joint venture with Dutch pension fund manager PGGM to develop telecommunications real estate investment opportunities in select European countries. The new company will be called ATC Europe.  American Tower will contribute its German assets into ATC Europe and PGGM will acquire a 49% interest in ATC Europe. American Tower will retain operational control and day-to-day oversight of ATC Europe.

"We are pleased to be able to enter into this partnership with PGGM,” said James D. Taiclet, Jr., American Tower’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that the combination of PGGM’s long-term investment philosophy and extensive knowledge of the European landscape with American Tower’s proven track record of investing in and operating telecommunications real estate assets will establish a compelling platform for future investment opportunities."

http://www.americantower.com/

Mellanox Posts Sales of $224 Million, up 4.4%

Mellanox Technologies reported Q3 2016 revenues of $224.2 million, up 4.4 percent compared to $214.8 million in the second quarter of 2016. GAAP net income was $12.0 million, compared to $4.7 million in the second quarter of 2016.

“We are pleased to report the sixth consecutive quarter of record revenue. We see strong customer adoption of our 25/50/100 Gigabit Ethernet solutions. We believe the transition to 25/50/100 Gigabit Ethernet provides Mellanox significant growth opportunities due to our first mover advantage. We saw strong sequential growth in our InfiniBand business, driven by continued adoption of our 100 Gigabit EDR solutions,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “Our third quarter results show continued leadership in both Ethernet and InfiniBand, and we expect growth to continue, driven by our interconnect and processor technologies.”

http://ir.mellanox.com

GSMA Elects Sunil Bharti Mittal as Chair

The GSMA elected new members of the GSMA Board for the two-year period from January 2017 through December 2018. The GSMA Board has also elected Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises as Chair, and re-elected Mari-Noëlle Jego-Laveissiere, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Orange Group as Deputy Chair.

“I am delighted to be elected as Chairman of the GSMA, and look forward to working closely with the rest of the Board, the GSMA leadership team and our entire membership to address the critical issues facing our industry and our customers,” said Mittal. “In a relatively brief period of time, mobile has had a transformational impact on individuals, businesses, industries and societies, contributing significantly to local economies and improving the lives of billions around the world.”

The GSMA’s Director General Mats Granryd also serves on the GSMA Board. The GSMA Board for the 2017-2018 term comprises:


  • Juan Carlos Archila, Executive Vice President, International Relationships, América Móvil
  • Bill Hague, Executive Vice President-Global Connection Management, AT&T Mobility
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises
  • Sha Yuejia, Executive Director and Vice President, China Mobile
  • Sun Kangmin, Executive Director and Executive Vice President, China Telecom
  • Lu Yimin, President and Vice Chairman, China Unicom
  • Wolfgang Kopf, Senior Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom
  • Hatem Dowidar, CEO International, Etisalat
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Christian Salbaing, Deputy Chairman, Europe, Hutchison
  • Takashi Tanaka, President, KDDI
  • Eelco Blok, CEO, KPN
  • Chang-Gyu Hwang, Chairman and CEO, KT Corporation
  • Mauricio Ramos, CEO, Millicom
  • Phuthuma Nhleko, Chairman and Acting CEO, MTN Group
  • Andrei Dubovskov, President, MTS
  • Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, President and CEO, NTT DOCOMO
  • Mari-Noëlle Jego-Laveissiere, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Orange Group
  • Dong-Hyun Jang, President and CEO, SK Telecom
  • Julio Linares López, Vice President of the Board, Telefoìnica
  • Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group
  • Johan Dennelind, President and CEO, Telia Company
  • Kaan Terzioğlu, CEO, Turkcell
  • Roy Chestnutt, Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon
  • Serpil Timuray, Group Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer, Vodafone
  • Scott Gegenheimer, CEO, Zain Group


GSMA Chair Jon Fredrik Baksaas will step down from the Board at the end of 2016, after holding this position for the past three years. Baksaas was elected as a member of the GSMA Board in 2008.

http://www.gsma.com

WSJ: CenturyLink and Level3 in Merger Talks

The Wall Street Journal reported that CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications are in advanced talks to merge.  Neither company confirmed the report.

Both companies operate very significant fiber backbone networks.

Over the past few years, CenturyLink has acquired Qwest Communications, Savvis and Embarq (formerly Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division).

In 2014, Level 3 acquired TW Telecom. In 2011, it acquired Global Crossing.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/centurylink-in-advanced-talks-to-merge-with-level-3-communications-1477589011

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

AT&T Activates First LTE-M Commercial Site

AT&T switched on North America’s first LTE-M enabled commercial site in San Ramon, California.

Key features and benefits expected from LTE-M are:

  • Lower costs for modules that connect IoT devices to the LTE network.
  • Longer battery life; up to 10 years for certain enabled IoT devices.
  • Better coverage for IoT devices underground and deep inside buildings.

The site activation supports the pilot of AT&T’s LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network at the AT&T Labs in San Ramon. AT&T said it plans to make the technology widely available across its commercial network throughout 2017.

It will connect a wide variety of IoT solutions challenged by existing network technology. These include smart utility meters, asset monitoring, vending machines, alarm systems, fleet, heavy equipment, mHealth and wearables.

The pilot will also include solutions from a robust contingent of technology providers:  Altair, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Sierra Wireless, Telit, u-blox, Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC), and Xirgo Technologies.  The technology is expected to be available to customers outside of the pilot starting in 2017.

“We’ve joined with Altair, Ericsson and technology leaders from across the ecosystem to launch the first LTE-M enabled commercial site in North America,” said Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “Innovations like LTE-M will bring IoT to more end points than ever before. It’s part of our strategy to offer the widest range of IoT network options to our customers.”

Participants in the pilot will include:

  • Badger Meter – analyze how the LTE-M network, which is dedicated to supporting the IoT, may be used to enhance communications for smart water devices.
  • CalAmp – explore how the LTE-M network can help companies more efficiently manage their connected vehicles and assets.
  • Capstone Metering – demonstrate how LTE-M can improve Smart Cities sensor technologies. It will look to increase battery life and improve connectivity and sensor monitoring for underground smart water meters.
  • PepsiCo -- examine and test ways that sensors can improve the in-store experience with smart vending solutions for the thousands of PepsiCo products consumers love and enjoy.
  • Samsung – evaluate an LTE-M-based solution to enhance performance for consumer solutions. This may include wearables or other consumer devices.

http://about.att.com/story/north_americas_first_ltem_site_to_grow_iot.html

Vendors Showcase Application Portability with OpenStack

Vendors at this week's OpenStack Summit in Barcelona showcased application portability across a diversity of OpenStack public and private clouds.

The Community Interop Challenge took a holistic approach to prove interoperability, asking all participants to successfully run the same workload and automated deployment tools across their OpenStack distributions and public clouds. The challengers ran a 3-tiered LAMPStack enterprise application using Ansible and OpenStack Shade live on stage, and also executed a second workload using Docker Swarm scripts and Terraform as part of the collaborative effort.

Participating OpenStack vendors included AT&T, Canonical, Cisco, DreamHost, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Linaro, Mirantis, OSIC, OVH, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE and VMware.

The Foundation also announced continued progress and adoption of the “OpenStack Powered” program, which requires OpenStack products and services to run interoperability tests in order to carry the OpenStack brand. There are now 46 products and services meeting interoperability standards, including 11 public cloud providers which alone have a footprint of 34 datacenters globally.

In addition, the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) also demonstrated a different type of interoperability and performance of OpenStack within complex Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) systems.

https://www.openstack.org/

Ericsson Brings on Investor AB's Börje Ekholm to Head Turnaround

Ericsson's Board of Directors has appointed Börje Ekholm President and CEO, effective January 16, 2017.

Ekholm currently serves as CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor. Prior to assuming this position in 2015, Börje Ekholm held the position as President and CEO of Investor AB between 2005 and 2015. Previous positions also include President of Investor Growth Capital Inc., as well as positions with Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc.

Ekholm is a member of the Board of Directors for Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Alibaba Inc., NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. and Trimble Navigation Ltd. He is also a member of the University Board of KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Chairman of the Board Leif Johansson says: "I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Börje Ekholm. He has a solid understanding of both the technology and business implications of the ongoing convergence of telecoms, IT and media. Having served on Ericsson's Board of Directors for the past ten years, Börje Ekholm has full understanding of the challenges and the opportunities Ericsson currently faces."

https://www.ericsson.com/news/2051527

Hans Vestberg is Out as CEO of Ericsson

Hans Vestberg has stepped down as President and CEO and member of Ericsson's Board of Directors.

Jan Frykhammar, Executive Vice President and CFO, will assume the CEO position until a new CEO is in office.

The resignation comes under pressure from the company's Board of Directors, which issued a statement saying that new leadership is required to address changing market conditions and "drive the next phase of Ericsson's development."  As stated during the disappointing financial report last week, the company must further cut expenses.

In a press statement, Chairman of the Board Leif Johansson says: "Hans Vestberg has led the company for seven years through significant industry and company transformation. Hans has been instrumental in building strong relationships with key customers around the world and his leadership and energy have been an inspiration to employees and leaders across Ericsson. However, in the current environment and as the company accelerates its strategy execution, the Board of Directors has decided that the time is right for a new leader to drive the next phase in Ericsson's development."

https://www.ericsson.com/news/2030327


  • In June 2009, Hans Vestberg took over as CEO of Ericsson, replacing Carl-Henric Svanberg who had taken over as CEO of BP.

IBM's Watson to Analyze Video Content

IBM introduced new Watson-powered cognitive services for unlocking data-rich insights for video content and audiences.

The idea is to apply cognitive technology for mining and analyzing the complex data in video.

“Companies are creating video with vast amounts of valuable data, but they don’t have a way to easily identify that information or audience reaction to it,” said Braxton Jarratt, general manager, IBM Cloud Video. “Today’s new services are a major step forward in using IBM’s cognitive and cloud capabilities to help companies unlock meaningful information about their videos and viewers so they can create and curate more personalized content that matters to specific audiences.”

Accessible through the IBM Cloud, these new services analyze video data that can otherwise be difficult and time-consuming to manually process. They include:            

  • Live Event Analysis: Combines Watson APIs with IBM Cloud Video streaming video solutions to track near real-time audience reaction of live events by analyzing social media feeds.
  • Video Scene Detection: Automatically segments videos into meaningful scenes to make it more efficient to find and deliver targeted content.
  • Audience Insights: Integrates IBM Cloud Video solutions with the IBM Media Insights Platform, a cognitive solution that uses Watson APIs to help identify audience preferences, including what they are watching and saying, through social media.   


http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/50889.wss

F5 Posts Strong Quarter, Sales Rise to $525.3 million, up 6% YoY

F5 Networks posted revenue of $525.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, up 6 percent from $496.5 million in the prior quarter and 5 percent from $501.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015. For fiscal year 2016, revenue was $2.0 billion, up 4 percent from $1.92 billion last year.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $108.9 million ($1.64 per diluted share) compared to $91.8 million ($1.37 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2016 and $97.0 million ($1.36 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter a year ago. GAAP net income for the year was $365.9 million ($5.38 per diluted share) versus $365.0 million ($5.03 per diluted share) in fiscal year 2015.

"Strengthening product sales in the second half of fiscal 2016 culminated in strong fourth quarter results and record annual revenue and earnings,” said John McAdam, F5 president and chief executive officer. “On a regional basis, Americas, APAC and Japan all delivered solid sequential and year over year sales growth, while sales in EMEA were down significantly from the fourth quarter a year ago.

“We believe there are several emerging market conditions that are driving an increased appeal of our products with our customers. These include the ability to orchestrate SSL traffic flows, provision our proxy based security solutions to deploy a consistent security stack across on-premise, off-premise and public cloud infrastructures, and customers moving workloads to public and private cloud architectures. We believe these trends, combined with our new product offerings will drive our business forward in fiscal 2017 and beyond.

http://www.f5.com

Infinera Reports Revenue of $186 Million

Infinera reported GAAP revenue of $185.5 million for its third quarter of 2016 compared to $258.8 million in the second quarter of 2016 and $232.5 million in the third quarter of 2015. GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 45.6% compared to 47.8% in the second quarter of 2016 and 44.2% in the third quarter of 2015. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (5.9)% compared to 6.2% in the second quarter of 2016 and 6.1% in the third quarter of 2015. GAAP net loss for the quarter was $(11.2) million, or $(0.08) per share, compared to net income of $11.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016, and net income of $8.5 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015.

“As expected, weak demand across much of our business in the third quarter led to financial results that were below our standards,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera’s Chief Executive Officer. “While the revenue environment is likely to remain challenging in the near term, we are making continued progress towards delivering our next generation of products and increasing the cadence in which we will introduce step function technology improvements. I firmly believe that we have the team and the core technologies that will enable us to recover from our current challenges and ultimately return to delivering differentiated financial results.”

http://www.infinera.com

Aqua Comms Appoints Nigel Bayliff as CEO

Aqua Comms , the operator of Ireland’s first dedicated subsea fibre-optic network interconnecting New York, Dublin and London, has appointed Nigel Bayliff as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing interim CEO Greg Varisco, who remains a senior executive with the company.

“We are excited for Nigel to join the team as our new CEO,” remarks Mr. Varisco. “Nigel’s strategic vision, technological expertise and proven leadership experience with some of the most successful global telecom and subsea cable companies in the world will prove invaluable as Aqua Comms embarks on the next leg of its journey and expands its customer base and networks.”

Prior to joining Aqua Comms, Bayliff was advisor and consultant to cable development, private equity and government clients in the industry, and Vice-Chairman of the United Nations joint task force that examined the gathering of disaster mitigation and climate information from the global web of undersea cable systems.  Mr. Bayliff also served as CEO and a board member of Huawei Marine Networks, which he led from a start-up to initial success in the subsea cable construction industry while introducing several major, technological advances into the marketplace.  Prior to this, he was a member of the executive team of FLAG Telecom where he served as an officer and deputy chairman for a number of group companies.  At FLAG, Mr. Bayliff was responsible for the construction and operation of the FLAG Global Network, which encompasses 65,000 km of submarine cable systems and provides carrier-grade connectivity services to 40 countries.

http://www.AquaComms.com


https://youtu.be/SVjGxgPe8uY


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ARM Extends its IoT Strategy with Secure Cortex Processors

ARM unveiled new processors for delivering security, efficiency, low-power connectivity and device life cycle management for the Internet of Things (IoT).  The rolluot includes the new processors, radio technology, subsystems, end-to-end security and a cloud-based services platform, ARM is aiming to increase the rate at which IoT scales globally.

Some highlights:

  • Cortex-M33 features configuration options including a coprocessor interface, DSP and floating point computation, with increased performance and efficiency relative to Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M4.
  • Cortex-M23 takes security to the most constrained devices, building on the standard set by Cortex-M0+ as an ultra-low power microprocessor in a tiny footprint.
  • TrustZone CryptoCell-312 fortifies the SoC with a rich set of security features protecting the authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of code and data.
  • Next-generation ARM Cordio radio IP with Bluetooth 5 and 802.15.4-based standards ZigBee and Thread. Next-generation Bluetooth 5 enables faster data rates and extends ranges within existing ultra-low-power envelopes. 802.15.4 helps to ensure compatibility within the expanding ZigBee and Thread device market.
  • New mbed Cloud, a new standards and cloud-based SaaS solution for secure IoT device management. mbed Cloud helps OEMs to simplify connection, provisioning, updating and securing of devices across complex networks.


“As IoT technologies become more pervasive, it is time for a complete solution that secures data from the sensor to the service,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president and president of product groups, ARM. “ARM partners shipped a record 15 billion chips last year, many destined for smart embedded applications. The IoT already runs on ARM but the goal now is scale, which we are enabling today through a uniquely comprehensive set of technologies and services built to work together seamlessly.”

http://www.arm.com

Netronome Brings Express Virtio for OpenStack

Netronome announced the addition of Express Virtio (XVIO) technology to its Agilio Server Networking Platform.

The XVIO technology brings to the standard Virtio drivers available in many Guest OS’s the level of performance of SR-IOV solutions but maintains full VM mobility.

The advanced XVIO technology is based on and builds upon industry standard and open source technologies such as SR-IOV, Virtio and DPDK supported by OpenStack. The XVIO technology and software components are transparent and integrate easily with open source and commercial server networking software such Open vSwitch (OVS), Linux Firewall and Contrail vRouter. VMs and their applications do not require any changes and all popular guest operation systems with standard Virtio drivers are supported. Netronome has implemented solutions to seamlessly integrate XVIO technology into OpenStack and has an OpenStack request for enhancement (RFE) to Nova and Neutron components for the same.

Netronome said its solution enables virtual machines (VMs) managed using OpenStack to experience bare metal-like networking performance while at the same time supporting complete hardware independence and seamless customer VM onboarding. For the cloud service provider, the benefit utilizing OpenStack cloud orchestration is a consistent and homogenous infrastructure where VMs can be placed and moved to optimize utilization of the data center while maintaining high performance. XVIO technology enabled in Agilio server networking platforms such as Agilio OVS and Agilio vRouter are now integrated with Ericsson’s Cloud SDN product and Juniper’s Open Contrail vRouter product respectively, enabling OpenStack-based networking to deliver higher application performance while reducing TCO by up to 6 times.

“Cloud providers need to enable customers to bring their own hardware-independent VMs while providing an underlying infrastructure that transparently delivers hardware-accelerated performance, pervasive security at scale, and accurate, timely network analytics,” said Sujal Das, chief strategy and marketing officer at Netronome. “With our OEM partners, Netronome is pioneering OpenStack networking, delivering hardware accelerated and easily deployable solutions for the private and public cloud markets for the first time in the industry.”

https://www.netronome.com/press-releases/netronome-releases-express-virtio-xvio-technology-delivering-industrys-fastest-and-lowest-cost-openstack-networking/

Netronome Brings Hardware-Acceleration to OpenStack Networking

Netronome has tuned its Agilio Server Networking Platform for delivering hardware-acceleration for OpenStack networking, allowing data centers to accelerate applications such as network virtualization, security, load balancing and telemetry using different data plane options suitable for use cases spanning traditional IT to IaaS and Telco NFV workloads. Netronome's own testing has found a 5X boost in VM performance when network functions are offloaded to its Agilio interface cards.

At this week's OpenStack Summit in Austin, Netronome, in collaboration with Ericsson and Mirantis, is showcasing acceleration of open source datapath implementations, specifically, Open vSwitch (OVS), Stateful Firewall (Connection Tracking) and OpenContrail vRouter using Agilio CX intelligent server adapters. The company said this approach will be incorporated as an enhanced OpenStack networking plug-in architecture specification. As a result, critical networking functions that would otherwise hamper performance of the OpenStack implementation are offloaded to the Agilio platform, accommodating significantly more virtual machines per server leading to up to 6X lower TCO and higher services revenue per server compared to traditional NICs.

“The OpenStack platform has become the de facto cloud and SDN orchestration tool and server-based networking has become the cornerstone of pervasive SDN and cloud-based networks,” said Sujal Das, senior vice president and general manager, strategy and marketing at Netronome. “Our flagship Agilio product-based demonstrations and proposed open specification bring much needed hardware-based efficiency to that mix.”


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Netronome's Agilio Server Networking Accelerates Cloud Data Centers

Netronome introduced its Agilio Server Networking Platform for transparently offloading server-based networking data paths, such as open virtual switch (OVS), Juniper Networks Contrail vRouter, and Linux firewall.

The company said its hardware and software-based Agilio platform delivers up to 5X higher throughput while reducing CPU requirements by up to 80 percent compared to traditional NICs and server-based networking implemented in software.

Server-based networking is being widely deployed in cloud data centers to handle virtualization, firewalls, load balancing, telemetry, zero-trust security using micro-segmentation, virtual network functions (VNFs) and application-based analytics. The big cloud providers (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google) are using server-based networking in their mega data centers. Netronome's Agilio solution accelerates such server-based networking functions by offloading compute-intensive flow and tunnel processing from the CPUs.

The Agilio CX intelligent server adapters (ISAs) are based on Netronome's own flow processing silicon (NFP-4000) and software architecture (Agilio Software). The Agilio ISAs use onboard memory to support up to two million security policies, and deliver 28Mpps of throughput using hardware-based acceleration.