Thursday, November 3, 2016

Gigamon Enhances FlowVUE Feature with Overlapping Flow Samples

Gigamon introduced a subscriber-based IP sampling paradigm which helps service providers turn big data into manageable data providing greater visibility and insight.

The new capabilities in Gigamon’s FlowVUE application enable users to send overlapping flow samples to multiple analytic tools at the same time.

Gigamon said that by expanding tool rail depth of analysis, operators can gain a multi-dimensional understanding of subscriber behavior and deeper traffic insight for improved and actionable intelligence.

FlowVUE also increases tool performance by scaling the traffic to fit the attached tool processing throughput capacity as the network traffic volumes shift during high and low peak times. Service providers gain new operational efficiencies by avoiding the unnecessary traffic and tool dimensioning of over- and under-subscription across a wide set of tools. The optimized throughput processing allows operators to dimension their tool rail for a specific percentage of the typical busy hour and apply cost savings elsewhere on their network.


“For the first time, service providers can experience higher levels of subscriber-aware visibility and intelligence to make real-time decisions and improved customer experiences,” said Andy Huckridge, director of service provider solutions at Gigamon. “By centralizing and correlating previously siloed data samples with Gigamon’s FlowVUE, service providers can now offer expanded services to their high-value subscribers, create new revenue streams, de-risk new technology rollouts and gain an operational advantage in the process.”

htttp://www.gigamon.com

See 1 Minute video: https://youtu.be/9BXVMfGM7SA



Ericsson Lands Big Managed Services Contract with Turkcell

Turkcell has selected Ericsson to manage and operate its mobile and fiber optic fixed network, which includes microwave links and covers all technologies from 2G to 4G/LTE. Ericsson is now Turkcell's exclusive managed services partner in the Marmara region, which includes Istanbul. The deal extends a long-term partnership between the two companies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson said it will also introduce tools, processes and refined ways of working to improve performance, predictability, and quality of services as part of the deal.

Gediz Sezgin, Senior Vice President of Network Technologies at Turkcell says: "Our ongoing strategic cooperation with Ericsson extends beyond our requirements as a mobile network operator. At Turkcell, we continue to invest in both our current network and future technologies. We feel that our ideologies regarding the future of ICT are aligned with Ericsson. We see this cooperation as a milestone in order to reach common goals."

http://www.ericsson.com

Arista Hits Q3 Revenue of $290.3 million, up 33.4% YoY

Arista Networks reported Q3 revenue of $290.3 million, an increase of 8.0% compared to the second quarter of 2016, and an increase of 33.4% from the third quarter of 2015. GAAP gross margin came in at 64.2%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 63.8% in the second quarter of 2016 and 65.2% in the third quarter of 2015. GAAP net income was $51.3 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $28.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015.

"I am pleased with our record Q3 2016 earnings and our cumulative shipments of 10 million cloud networking ports,” stated Jayshree Ullal, Arista President and CEO. “These milestones highlight Arista's customer enthusiasm for our new 7000 series products and the inevitable shift from legacy to cloud networking.”

http://investors.arista.com/

Rackspace Completes Privitization

Rackspace is now a private company.  It was acquired by affiliates of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo for $32.00 per share in cash. In connection with the transaction, funds managed by Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. also made a strategic equity investment in the acquired company. Rackspace's common stock will no longer be listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

"We are excited to begin this new chapter for Rackspace as a private company," said Taylor Rhodes, president and CEO of Rackspace. "I would like to thank our Rackers around the world who, throughout this process, have remained focused on serving our customers. Every day they deliver expertise and Fanatical Support for the world's leading clouds. We look forward to working with Apollo as we manage Rackspace for long-term growth and expand our early leadership of the managed cloud market. We believe that the best years for Rackspace are yet to come."

http://www.rackspace.com

Rackspace to go Private in $4.3 Billion Buyout

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) announced plans to go private in a buyout led by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management.

Under the deal, Rackspace will be acquired for $32.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of 38% compared to Rackspace's unaffected closing stock price on August 3, 2016, the last trading day prior to news reports speculating about a potential transaction. In connection with the transaction, funds managed by Searchlight Capital Partners will make a strategic equity investment in the acquired company. The transaction has a total value of $4.3 billion, which includes the assumption of $43 million of net cash.

Taylor Rhodes, president and CEO of Rackspace, said, "We are presented with a significant opportunity today as mainstream companies move their computing out of corporate data centers and into multi-cloud models. Apollo and its partners take a patient, value-oriented approach to their funds' investments, and value Rackspace's strategy and unique culture. This is an exciting transaction for Rackspace and we look forward to working closely together."

Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Rackspace and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation is acting as its legal advisor.

http://www.rackspace.com

  • Rackspace, which was founded in 1998 in San Antonio, provides businesses with expertise and exceptional customer service for the world's leading cloud platforms, including AWS, Microsoft, and OpenStack (the open-source cloud platform that Rackspace co-founded in 2010, along with NASA). Rackspace has been publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 2008. The company reported 2015 revenue of $2.0 billion.
  • Rackspace collaborated with NASA to develop OpenStack in 2010.

Private Equity Firm Acquires Lattice Semi for $1.3 Billion - FPGAs

Canyon Bridge Capital Partners agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC) for approximately $1.3 billion inclusive of Lattice’s net debt, or $8.30 per share in cash. This represents a 30% premium to Lattice’s last trade price on November 2, 2016, the last trading day prior to announcement.

Lattice supplies low power FPGA, video ASSP, 60 GHz millimeter wave, and IP products to the consumer, communications, industrial, computing, and automotive markets worldwide. The company is based in Portland, Oregon.

Darin G. Billerbeck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lattice, commented, “We are pleased to announce the transaction today with Canyon Bridge, which will unlock tremendous value for shareholders. This transaction is the culmination of an extensive review process with our Board, financial and legal advisers, and it delivers certain and immediate cash value to shareholders while reducing our execution risk. We are excited to leverage Canyon Bridge’s resources and market connections as we enhance our focus on executing our long-term strategic plan of continued innovation. Importantly, we will operate as a standalone subsidiary after the acquisition and do not expect any changes in our operations or our unwavering commitment to continued innovation for our customers.”

Ray Bingham, Founding Partner, Canyon Bridge, noted, “Lattice’s low-power FPGA franchise, along with its video connectivity and wireless solutions, make it a compelling, strategic investment. We expect the Company will continue to leverage its existing customer relationships with major OEMs globally, while further broadening the role of its technology solutions and accelerating its strategic plans.”

http://ir.latticesemi.com/

NeoPhotonics Hits Recrod Revenue of $103M, up 24% YoT

NeoPhotonics, which supplies advanced hybrid photonic integrated optoelectronic modules and subsystems, posted record Q3 revenue of $103.3 million, up $19.8 million, or 23.6%, from the third quarter of 2015, and up $4.2 million, or 4.2%, from the prior quarter. Gross margin was 26.6%, down from 28.4% in the third quarter of 2015, and down from 27.8% in the prior quarter.

“In our third quarter NeoPhotonics delivered solid results with revenue of $103.3 million. High Speed 100G and above products again increased to a record 67% of revenue with unprecedented demand for our 100G and beyond products, which we are seeing as a sustaining mid-term trend,” stated Tim Jenks, President and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “Demand for leading edge high speed products plays directly into our core competencies, making us optimistic about our growth prospects going forward,” concluded Mr. Jenks.

http://www.neophotonics.com

Marvell Cuts 900 Jobs in Restructuring

Marvell Technology Group announced restructuring actions intended to refocus its research and development (R&D), increase operational efficiency and improve profitability. The company will discontinue specific R&D programs, streamline engineering processes, and consolidate R&D sites.

The restructuring, which will eliminate approximately 900 positions worldwide by the end of October 2017, will lower annual operating expenses from a current annualized run rate of $1.08 billion to the $820-840 million range. In addition, Marvell said it plans to divest non-strategic businesses with approximately $60 million in operating expenses and $100 million in revenue, based on a first half of fiscal 2017 annualized run rate.

Matt Murphy, Marvell's President and Chief Executive Officer, explained, "The single biggest factor limiting the potential of the Cloud and utilization of billions of connected devices is the bandwidth of today's technology. By focusing on our strengths in storing, moving, and accessing data at high speeds, Marvell is well-positioned to enable the technology of tomorrow."

http://www.marvell.com/company/news/pressDetail.do?releaseID=8676

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Broadcom to Acquire Brocade for Fibre Channel Business

Broadcom agreed to acquire Brocade Communications Systems for $12.75 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $5.5 billion, plus $0.4 billion of net debt.

Broadcom plans to keep Brocade's Fibre Channel storage area network (FC SAN) switching business and divest Brocade’s IP Networking business, consisting of wireless and campus networking, data center switching and routing, and software networking solutions.

Broadcom expects to fund the transaction with new debt financing and cash available on its balance sheet.

The companies said the deal is not subject to any financing conditions, nor is it conditioned on the divestiture of Brocade’s IP Networking business.

Broadcom said key reasons for the acquisition include the profitability margin for Brocade's FC SAN business, which currently comprises vast majority of Brocade’s non-GAAP operating profit.

“This strategic acquisition enhances Broadcom’s position as one of the leading providers of enterprise storage connectivity solutions to OEM customers,” stated Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom. “With deep expertise in mission-critical storage networking, Brocade increases our ability to address the evolving needs of our OEM customers. In addition, we are confident that we will find a great home for Brocade’s valuable IP networking business that will best position that business for its next phase of growth.”

“This transaction represents significant value for our shareholders, who will receive a 47% premium from the Brocade closing share price on Friday, October 28, 2016, and creates new opportunities for our customers and partners,” said Lloyd Carney, Chief Executive Officer of Brocade. “Our best-in-class FC SAN solutions will help Broadcom create one of the industry’s broadest portfolios for enterprise storage. We will work with Broadcom as it seeks to find a buyer for our IP Networking business which includes a full portfolio of open, hardware and software-based solutions spanning the core of the data center to the network edge.”

http://www.broadcom.com
http://www.brocade.com

Facebook Hits 1.09 Billion Mobile Daily Users

Facebook reported Q3 2016 revenue of $7.011 billion, up 56% from the same period last year.

Highlights:

  • Daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.18 billion on average for September 2016, an increase of 17% year-over-year.
  • Mobile DAUs – Mobile DAUs were 1.09 billion on average for September 2016, an increase of 22% year-over-year.
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 1.79 billion as of September 30, 2016, an increase of 16% year-over-year.
  • Mobile MAUs – Mobile MAUs were 1.66 billion as of September 30, 2016, an increase of 20% year-over-year.
  • Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 84% of advertising revenue for the third quarter of 2016, up from approximately 78% of advertising revenue in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Capital expenditures for the third quarter of 2016 were $1.10 billion.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $26.14 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2016.

http://www.facebook.com

Microsoft Teams Brings New Collaboration/Communications Tools to the Mix

Microsoft unveiled a chat-based workspace in Office 365 for team collaboration.

Microsoft Teams, which is available in preview in 181 countries and in 18 languages, aims to bring a new streamlined form of communications to organizations. Skype and Office apps are integrated into the experience. Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. The service is hosted out of Microsoft's global data centers.

Microsoft said it aspires "to create a more open, digital environment that makes work visible, integrated and accessible—across the team—so everyone can stay in the know."

http://www.microsoft.com

Inphi to Acquire ClariPhy for Coherent DSPs

Inphi, which supplies high-speed data movement interconnects, agreed to acquire ClariPhy Communications, a provider of ultra-high-speed systems-on-chip (SoCs) for multi-terabit data, long haul and metro networking markets for $275 million in cash as well as the assumption of certain liabilities at the close.

ClariPhy is one of only three merchant suppliers of coherent DSP technology. The company is based in Irvine, California.

On the product front, following closing, Inphi expects to be able to offer customers (1) coherent DSP, TiA, drivers for long haul, and metro, (2) direct detect PAM DSP-based solutions for DCI edge between data centers, and (3) NRZ and PAM short reach solutions for inside data centers. On the component front, following closing, Inphi expects to be able to offer TiA, driver, silicon photonics, coherent DSP, PAM and NRZ physical layer devices.

“With the acquisition of ClariPhy, we are completing our product portfolio as the leading component and platform supplier for optical networking customers,” said Ford Tamer, president and CEO of Inphi.  “The ClariPhy coherent DSP complements Inphi TiA, driver, optical PHY and silicon photonics components to provide system OEM and module customers high-performance and low power platform solutions.  Following closing, we expect to have platform offerings for long haul, metro, DCI edge, and intra-data center applications. We believe this will provide customers with faster time-to-market, proven quality, and competitive cost.”

http://www.inphi.com
http://www.clariphy.com

Qualcomm Posts Sales of $6.2B, up 13% YoY

Qualcomm reported revenue of $6.2 billion for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, up 13% over the same period a year ago. Net income came in at $1.6 billion, up 51% YoY, or $1.16 per diluted share. Revenue for the full fiscal 2016 amounted to $23.6 billion.

“Our fiscal fourth quarter EPS was above the high end of our expectations, reflecting new license agreements in China and strong chipset shipments,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are forecasting continued growth of global 3G/4G device shipments in calendar year 2017, led by growing demand in emerging regions. We are well positioned to extend our mobile technology leadership and footprint into attractive growth opportunities, accelerated by our recently announced agreement to acquire NXP.”

http://www.qualcomm.com

IBM Augments Cloud Storage with All-Flash and Software Defined Options

IBM announced new hybrid cloud all-flash storage solutions as well as new software capabilities that allow clients to store their valuable data where it makes the best business sense.

The all-flash storage leverages a new high density expansion enclosure and new 7TB and 15TB flash drives, enabling IBM Storwize solutions to grow up to 8x larger than previously without disruption. Up to 32PB of flash storage can be configured in only four racks.

“Data feeds the engine for cognitive applications that deliver client value and competitive advantage. Helping clients evolve from having data obligations to using its data to better serve its business is at the heart of today’s wide-reaching announcement,” said Ed Walsh, general manager, IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure. “Hybrid Cloud enablement, as a standard feature for new and existing users of Spectrum Virtualize gives our clients more control to store their data where it can have the most impact to its business.”

http://www.ibm.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Facebook to Contribute Open Packet DWDM to Telecom Infra Project

Facebook outlined its plan for Open Packet DWDM for metro and long-haul fiber optic transport networks.  The idea is to "enable a clean separation of software and hardware" based on open specifications.

Facebook had already developed a new "white box" transponder and routing platform called Voyager based on Open Packet DWDM, which it will contribute to the Telecom Infra Project.

Facebook said the Voyager open line system will include Yang software data models of each component in the system, and an open northbound software interface (NETCONF, Thrift, etc.) to the control plane software. This allows multiple applications to run on top of the open software layer, enabling software innovations in DWDM system control algorithms and network management systems.

The DWDM transponder hardware includes DSP ASICs and complex optoelectronic components, and thus accounts for much of the cost of the system. The hardware design leverages technologies implemented in Wedge 100, Facebook's top-of-rack switch, including the same Broadcom Tomahawk switching ASIC.  It also uses the DSP ASIC and optics module (AC400) from Acacia Communications for the DWDM line side with their open development environment.

Facebook worked with Lumentum to develop a terminal amplifier specification so that multiple applications can run on top of the open software layer to enable software innovations in DWDM system control algorithms and network management systems.

Some additional notes:

  • Equinix has successfully tested the Voyager solution and Lumentum’s open line system over 140km of production fiber. MTN also shared the results of their successful test of Voyager over their production fiber network in South Africa. Facebook, Acacia Communications, Broadcom, Celestica, Lumentum, and Snaproute are delivering a complete disaggregated hardware and software optical networking platform that is expected to significantly advance the industry.
  • ADVA Optical Networking is providing commercial support for Voyager, including all of the essential services and software support needed to make it a complete network solution that is ready for deployment.
  • Coriant is extending its networking software to enable engineering support for Voyager, providing routing and switching as well as DWDM transmission capabilities. The combination of DWDM and packet switching/routing opens up the potential for more open and more programmable network architectures.
  • The first TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centers, sponsored by SK Telecom and Facebook, will open in Seoul in early 2017. Other TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centers are being planned to encourage community participation. The latest companies to join TIP include Bell Canada, du (EITC), NBN, Orange, Telia, Telstra, Accenture, Amdocs, Canonical, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Toyota InfoTechnology Center.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1977308282496021/an-open-approach-for-switching-routing-and-transport/


Infinera Validates Optical Line Systems with Lumentum's White Box

Infinera and Lumentum have validated Infinera’s portfolio of DWDM platforms over Lumentum’s white box optical line system.

The interoperability testing included Infinera’s XTM Series, Cloud Xpress Family and DTN-X Family (including XTC and XT Series) platforms. In addition, the companies successfully conducted interoperability testing of Infinera’s next generation Infinite Capacity Engine pilot hardware.

Specifically, the Infinera platforms interoperated with the Lumentum white box open line system including the 20 port Transport ROADM. The test cases covered point-to-point metro fiber links carrying multiple modulations including QPSK (quadrature phase shift keying), 8QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and 16QAM with PIC based super-channels over the Lumentum open line system. The test was able to fill the fiber to full capacity at QPSK, 8QAM and 16QAM data rates via 19 super-channels injected into a single rack unit 20 port ROADM. A fully loaded solution achieves up to 24 terabits of fiber capacity using the Infinite Capacity Engine at 16QAM. The testing successfully validated standard optical parameters including optical signal to noise ratio (OSNR) for seamless performance over metro distances.

The companies described the interoperability testing as the first multi-vendor driven demonstration of, and commitment to supporting, an open, interoperable and agile approach to the construction of transport networks, including for data center interconnect (DCI) and metro/edge WDM transport.

Infinera and Lumentum also noted that they are collaborating on open packet optical transport in the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), an industry initiative co-founded by Facebook.

“By validating the industry’s first white box open line system interoperability with Lumentum, Infinera has demonstrated our commitment to delivering the innovative and open optical solutions that our customers need,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “Infinera’s leadership in technology innovation with large-scale photonic integration is changing telecom networks. This announcement is yet another step in the path to delivering on our vision of enabling an infinite pool of intelligent bandwidth that the next communications infrastructure is built upon.”

“Lumentum’s award-winning optical white boxes are designed for simplicity and scalability, with open interfaces to enable Software Defined Networking (SDN),” said Alan Lowe, Lumentum CEO. “The demonstration of successful interoperability with Infinera validates the open system approach that should deliver the simplicity and service innovation many network operators desire.”

https://www.infinera.com/infinera-validates-intelligent-transport-network-portfolio-over-lumentum-white-box-optical-line-system/
https://www.lumentum.com



Cisco Debuts Storage-Optimized UCS Servers - Cheaper than Public Cloud

Cisco introduced a new storage-optimized server category in its Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) portfolio and designed specifically to address the needs of data intensive workloads such as Big Data, streaming media and collaboration applications, as well as to deploy software-defined storage, object storage, and data protection solutions.

The new UCS S-Series Storage Server features a fully modular architecture and automation capabilities.  Cisco calculates that the first product in this series, the S3260, will lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) by over 50 percent compared to public cloud. Compared to traditional servers, the UCS S3260 can reduce CapEx by up to 34 percent.

The UCS S3260 provides a wide range of capacity and performance options with up to 600 Terabytes of storage capacity per system, frictionless scaling up to Petabytes with UCS Manager, cache acceleration, and unified I/O connectivity for any type of data storage.

Cisco also announced the next generation of its ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, a hybrid cloud software solution with a self-service portal that can be tailored for end users, application developers and IT professionals.

http://www.cisco.com

AWS Plans Second Wind Farm in Ohio

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new 189 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Hardin County, Ohio that will generate 530,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually starting in December 2017.  Amazon has contracted with EverPower, a leader in utility grade wind projects, to construct, own, and operate the new wind farm. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We remain committed to achieving our long-term goal of powering the AWS Cloud with 100 percent renewable energy," said Peter DeSantis, Vice President, Infrastructure, AWS. “There are lots of things that go into making this a reality, including governments implementing policies that stimulate cost-effective renewable energy production, businesses that buy that energy, economical renewable projects from our development partners and utilities, as well as technological and operational innovation that drives greater efficiencies in our global infrastructure. We continue to push on all of these fronts to stay well ahead of our renewable energy goals.”

AWS noted that this is its fifth renewable energy project in the United States (and its second wind farm in Ohio) that will deliver energy onto the electric grid powering AWS data centers located in the AWS US East (Ohio) and AWS US East (N. Virginia) Regions. When this newest wind farm is completed, AWS’s five renewable energy projects will generate a grand total of 2.2 million MWh of energy annually – enough to power almost 200,000 U.S. homes

http://www.amazon.com/sustainability

Amazon Plans 253 Megawatt Wind Farm in Texas

Amazon will commission a new 253-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually – enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. homes.

Amazon Wind Farm Texas, which is scheduled to open in late 2017, will include more than 100 turbines and be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date. Amazon previously announced wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia that deliver energy to the electrical grids supplying both current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers. The five projects together will generate more than 2.6 million MWh of renewable energy each year.

http://www.amazon.com/sustainability

Cisco Brings on Roland Acra as SVP/GM, Data Center Business Group

Cisco announced the appointment of Roland Acra as SVP/GM, Data Center Business Group. He will be responsible for defining the next phase of Cisco data center strategy and driving development for its data center portfolio, including all data center switching products – NX2/4/5/6K, NX3K, NX7K, and NX9K, UCS, SAN, and associated products and programs.

As a long-standing industry expert in Internet routing, software engineering and communication protocol development, Roland fits right in – once again. He

Acra is a Cisco veteran having held several general management and executive leadership positions from 1991 – 2003. In 2010, he came back to Cisco as Vice President in the Smart Grid Business Unit, following the acquisition of Arch Rock , a developer of IPv6-based wireless sensor networks where he served as President and CEO. Prior to Arch Rock, he was the President and CEO of Procket Networks.

http://www.cisco.com

Red Hat Enhances Ansible for Containers, Networks and Cloud

Red Hat released Ansible 2.2, the latest version of its agentless open source IT automation framework, bringing performance enhancements, expanded container and Windows automation capabilities, and several new modules, including those for networking, cloud provider platforms, and expanded vault support.

New features include:

  • New docker_network functionality enables users to manage docker machine environments and automate their network layers simultaneously. Combined with the ansible-container project, users can now control more aspects of their container development and deployment pipelines, including how containers communicate over a network.
  • Since the Ansible 2.1 release in May 2016, Ansible’s supported networking platforms grew from ten to 20, and total network module count has more than doubled. Ansible 2.2 adds network device support for several vendors, including Cisco (ASA); Dell; F5 Networks; Nokia SR-OS;Pluribus Networks (Open Netvisor) and VyOS.
  • Expanded and enhanced Cisco NX-OS support provides modules designed to make it easier for customers to operationalize Virtual Extensible LAN (VxLAN) programmable datacenter fabrics through automation.
  • New functionality for cloud providers has been added, including: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and OpenStack providers. Finally, new capabilities for VMware and Amazon Web Services have been added. 
  • Ansible 2.2 features new VMware virtual machine management modules and supports new AWS capabilities, including Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), Amazon Redshift and AWS Lambda.


“We are excited to see the results of the investments in our Ansible Core engineering team, as well as continued community momentum in our module development. Networking growth in Ansible has been exciting, covering more than twenty percent of all our modules. We are pleased to see continued momentum and commitment to building open source automation solutions for a wide variety of customers,” stated Tim Cramer, engineering director, Ansible, Red Hat.

http://www.redhat.com

Sonera Trials Nokia's NB-IoT

Nokia conducted a trial using NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) technology on Finnish operator Sonera's  commercial 4G network. The trial used Nokia base stations operating in the 800 Mhz band to maximize coverage.

The NB-IoT technology was used to communicate information on temperature, humidity and air pressure over Sonera's 4G network in Helsinki. The companies also connected a roaming device over the commercial network using NB-IoT technology. This world's first demonstration shows how NB-IoT technology will allow companies to track their mobile assets - for example large maintenance firms such as electricians or plumbers with fleets of vehicles or healthcare providers tracking the status of patients outside of a hospital.

NB-IoT is a 3GPP Rel. 13 radio access technology designed especially for enabling cellular connectivity to Internet of Things devices. Nokia said NB-IoT will co-exist with operators' existing networks to benefit from mobile security and privacy features.

http://www.nokia.com

Ixia Posts Q3 Revenue of $123.9 Million

Ixia reported Q3 revenue of $123.9 million, compared with $125.9 million reported for the 2015 third quarter and $120.1 million reported for the 2016 second quarter. On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income for the 2016 third quarter of $4.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with net income of $4.0 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the 2015 third quarter, and net income of $1.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the 2016 second quarter.

"We are pleased with our results in the third quarter, with revenue and EPS exceeding our guidance. Our revenue performance was driven by growing momentum for our network visibility solutions and record revenue from the enterprise market, which offset softness in our NEM markets," said Bethany Mayer, Ixia’s president and chief executive officer. "We are continuing to execute and invest in our strategy and are pleased with the early results we have generated from the changes we made to our sales leadership and organization.”


https://www.ixiacom.com/