Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fortinet Extends Presence in Azure Government Cloud

Fortinet and Microsoft announced an extension of their partnership to protect the cloud environments of their joint government customers.

Specifically, Fortinet’s Security Fabric solutions for the cloud have been released on the Azure Government Cloud platform to provide comprehensive security, threat intelligence, and the visibility to detect, isolate, and respond to threats in real time for workloads running in the Government Cloud.

This includes virtual security products, such as Fortinet’s enterprise firewall (FortiGate), web application firewall (FortiWeb), mail security (FortiMail), as well as its integrated security management (FortiManager) and analytics (FortiAnalyzer) solutions are now available. Fortinet is also a go-to-market partner with Microsoft’s Azure Security Center.

https://blog.fortinet.com/

Fortinet Posts Q3 Sales of $316.6 million, up 22%, but Missing Target

Fortinet reported Q3 revenue of 316.6 million, an increase of 22% compared to $260.1 million in the same quarter of 2015. GAAP net income was $6.3 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to GAAP net income of $8.2 million for the same quarter of 2015. GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.04 for the third quarter of 2016. GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.05 in the third quarter of 2015.

"While our third quarter results were impacted by a moderated spending environment, extended sales cycles and sales execution challenges, we continued to outgrow the market, as well as add 9,000 new customers," stated Ken Xie, founder, chairman and chief executive officer. "Fortinet remains in a position to benefit from key secular trends such as security vendor consolidation and next generation cloud architectures. We have a strong technology advantage and visionary roadmap in place to help us continue to grow our market position, address our large opportunity, and make progress towards achieving our long term margin targets."

Total billings were $347.5 million for the third quarter of 2016, an increase of 16% compared to $299.6 million in the same quarter of 2015.
Deferred Revenue: Total deferred revenue was $934.8 million as of September 30, 2016, an increase of 32% compared to $706.9 million in the same quarter of 2015. Total deferred revenue increased by $30.8 million compared to $904.0 million as of June 30, 2016.

http://investor.fortinet.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=996021

Friday, October 28, 2016

Vodafone Announces a Deal in Iran

Vodafone announced a deal with HiWEB, a leading Iranian ISP, to assist in rolling out and modernizing network infrastructure in Iran. Fixed and mobile Internet services will be offered under the HiWEB brand/In addition, HiWEB will be able to provide Vodafone’s multinational corporate customers with fixed and mobile services in Iran.

Vodafone will also support HiWEB in marketing, distribution and sales, including the provision of Internet of Things (IoT) services to HiWEB’s customers.

The deal is a new non-equity Partner Market agreement.

Vodafone Partner Markets Chief Executive Diego Massidda said: “I am delighted to reach agreement with HiWEB on a partnership that will benefit both parties in Iran. Vodafone’s corporate customers will get the benefit of quality network services in the country – including in rural areas – and HiWEB will be able to access Vodafone’s global expertise to support the roll out of products, infrastructure and the launch of IoT services in Iran.”

http://www.vodafone.com/content/index/media/vodafone-group-releases/2016/hiweb-iran.html

ZTE Posts Q3 Revenue of US$10.54 Billion, up 4.4% YoY

ZTE reported operating revenue of RMB71,564 million (US$10.54 billion) for Q3 2016, representing a year-on-year growth of 4.44 percent. ZTE’s net profit, attributable to holders of ordinary shares of the listed company, amounted to RMB2,859 million, representing a year-on-year growth of 9.78 percent. Basic earnings per share amounted to RMB0.69.

ZTE attributed the growth primarily to 4G system products and optical transmission products in the domestic and international markets, as well as handset products and family terminal products in the domestic market.

Some highlights:

  • The company’s chip shipments doubled compared with the same period last year, achieving a record high. 
  • Shipments of mobile terminal chips accounted for 80 percent in overseas markets. There has been a rapid development in IoT chips and ZTE was the first company to support all bands of prototype chips in China and to conduct an IoT test at China Mobile, which has helped to gradually establish a strong industry ecosystem.
  • In regards to its wired network business as of the end of the third quarter, ZTE's next-generation passive optical networks (PON) market share, the overall growth of fixed-line market access and digital subscriber line (DSL) market share growth all ranked first in the world and ranked second in optical network market share globally.


http://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/press-center/news/201610ma/1027ma

Colt Builds its Second Tokyo Data Center

Colt initiated construction of its second data center in Inzai, located just east of Tokyo.

The building will offer 15MW of critical IT load across 5,000 square meters of server room space and feature state of the art energy efficiency.

This development follows the recently announced additions to Colt’s data centres in London, Berlin and Hamburg.

http://www.colt.net/news/new-tokyo-data-centre/

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

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