Wednesday, December 14, 2016

AWS London Opens for Business

Amazon Web Services officially launched its AWS London Region, offering two availability zones (data centers).  The new London Region is currently available for multiple services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS).

The London Region joins Ireland and Frankfurt as AWS’ third European location. This brings the number of AWS Regions worldwide to sixteen, and the total number of AWS Availability Zones to 42.

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2016/12/announcing-the-aws-europe-london-region/

AT&T Connects NASA's Deep Space Network Radio Antennas

AT&T will provide a global VPN linking the giant radio antennas of NASA's Deep Space Network.

AT&T said its highly secure and reliable VPN lets NASA protect and transmit data 3x faster than before. It also lets NASA increase of decrease bandwidth on demand.

NASA’s Deep Space Network supports communications for interplanetary spacecraft missions. It also provides radar and radio astronomy observations that improve our understanding of the solar system and the larger universe

http://www/att.com
http://deepspace.jpl.nasa.gov/about/

Arista Wins in Copyright Case Versus Cisco

A U.S. jury in the Northern District of California has found that Arista is not liable for copyright infringement related to Arista’s use of a small number of commands similar to those found in Cisco’s Command Line Interface (CLI), and does not owe damages to Cisco.

“We would like to thank the jurors and Judge Freeman for their tireless efforts. Today’s verdict represents an important victory not only for Arista but for the entire industry,” said Marc Taxay, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Arista.

http://www.arista.com


Cisco Confirms Import Ban for Infringing Arista Products


In a blog posting, Cisco's Mark Chandler confirmed that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative has stated that the International Trade Commission’s import ban and cease and desist order covering all Arista products that infringed three core Cisco patents is now in effect. In the statement, Chandler said Cisco is prepared to bring an enforcement action if Arista violates the ban and continues to sell or support infringing products. http://blogs.cisco.com/news/protecting-innovation-facing-the-facts Cisco...


Blacksky Integrates Satellite Imagery wtih Data Streams

Spaceflight Industries introduced a cloud-based platform that integrates satellite imagery, social media and other data feeds – to reveal timely and relevant insights around specific topics or locations.

The new BlackSky global intelligence platform offers two major capabilities:


  • Imagery: Customers can discover, purchase and download imagery via the BlackSky platform, which currently provides access to more than 10 high-resolution imaging spacecraft including those from 21AT’s TripleSat, SIIS’s KOMPSAT, and UrtheCast’s Deimos-2. The platform will incorporate data from BlackSky’s 60-satellite constellation as it enters commercial operation in 2017. Additionally, customers can acquire real-time images by tasking partner satellite systems and soon the BlackSky constellation.
  • Insights: The platform fuses the satellite imagery with information from other sources including news outlets and social media to create curated data feeds by location (ex: port, pipeline, border) or theme (ex: geopolitical conflict, natural disasters, energy, or health/outbreak). Through machine learning, predictive algorithms and natural language processing techniques, the platform triangulates these relevant global events in time and space. Customers then receive customized results that are prioritized based on their preferences.

“Our business plan has always been to look at the planet in real time, in every spectrum, to solve real-world problems,” said Jason Andrews, chief executive officer of Spaceflight Industries. “Today we are announcing significant progress on that journey. For the first time, organizations can fuse satellite imagery with a wide array of data services contextualized in time and space”

http://www.blacksky.com

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sprint Extends 2.5 GHz Spectrum with High Performance User Equipment

Sprint announced plans to leverage High Performance User Equipment (HPUE) to optimize its 2.5 GHz network coverage.

Sprint said HPUE technology, which was certified by 3GPP earlier this month, is capable of extending its 2.5 GHz coverage by up to 30 percent to nearly match its mid-band 1.9 GHz spectrum performance, including indoors where an estimated 60 to 70 percent of wireless traffic is generated. HPUE is a new power class – Power Class 2 – for end-user devices such as smartphones, and is designed to improve the performance of TDD-LTE Band 41 networks around the world. Sprint co-led the development of HPUE in conjunction with the Global TDD LTE Initiative (GTI) and companies such as China Mobile, SoftBank, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Samsung, ZTE, Broadcom, MediaTek, Skyworks Solutions, Alcatel, Motorola, LG and Qorvo.

“HPUE is an incredible innovation that will dramatically improve the performance of our high-band spectrum and deliver an even better experience for the millions of customers on the Sprint network whether they’re streaming videos, playing games or using apps, both indoors and out,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint CTO. “With HPUE, our customers using 2.5 GHz-capable phones can have nearly the same reach as our 1.9 GHz spectrum. This gives them all the coverage advantages of mid-band spectrum while maintaining the tremendous speed and capacity advantages of high-band spectrum.”

“The joint test between China Mobile and Sprint proved the benefits of HPUE technology, and China Mobile will continuously promote the availability and deployment of HPUE,” said Madam Yuhong Huang, Secretary General of GTI and Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute.

Sprint also confirmed that its network is ready for the initial roll-out of HPUE, including in its 250 LTE Plus markets. Samsung, one of Sprint’s most important ecosystem partners, is expected to support HPUE in devices slated for commercial launch in 2017.

Furthermore, Sprint will continue its deployment of three-channel carrier aggregation on 2.5 GHz sites. The company also anticipates leveraging a multitude of advanced technologies including multiple carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) and Massive MIMO to further enhance the capacity and coverage of its 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE spectrum.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=12399


IEEE Focuses on Ethics for AI and Autonomous Systems

IEEE announced the publication of the first version of Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Wellbeing with Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.

The document that encourages technologists to prioritize ethical considerations in the creation of autonomous and intelligent technologies. A key tenet is that AI systems must be aligned to human values and ethical principals.

Contributors to the document include over one hundred global thought leaders and experts in artificial intelligence, ethics, and related issues.

“As we move towards a more fully autonomous world, the first version of Ethically Aligned Design represents a milestone for creating consensus around and developing the methodologies that will ensure humanity utilizes technology that inherently supports and prioritizes our wellbeing and values,” says Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for IEEE Standard Association. “By providing technologists with peer-driven, practical recommendations for creating ethically aligned autonomous and intelligent products, services, and systems, we can move beyond the fears associated with these technologies and bring valued benefits to humanity today and for the future.”

Version One of Ethically Aligned Design is being released under the Attribution-NonCommercial version of the Creative Commons license for any organization to adopt or utilize, thereby helping expedite ethical considerations in the creation of autonomous and intelligent technologies.

http://standards.ieee.org/develop/indconn/ec/autonomous_systems.html

Google Relaunches Self-driving Car Project as Waymo

The Google self-driving car project has been relaunched as an independent company called Waymo.

Waymo's focus is on fully self-driving cars that operate without steering wheels or human guidance. Its test fleet currently includes modified Lexus SUVs and custom-built prototype vehicles. The company plans to add modified Chrysler Pacifica minivans soon.

https://waymo.com/

Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Joins Google's Self-Driving Car Test Fleet

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will integrate Google's self-driving technology into all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to expand Google's existing self-driving test program.

This is the first time that Google has worked directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle.

By later this year, around 100 Pacifica minivans will be built for Google's self-driving technology. Google will integrate the suite of sensors and computers that the vehicles will rely on to navigate roads autonomously.

Google, which is testing its self-driving cars in four U.S. cities, said the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans will be tested on its private test track in California prior to operating on public roads.

http://www.fcanorthamerica.com
http://www.google.com

Huawei Proposes X-Ethernet for 5G Fronthaul/Backhaul

Huawei is proposing a new X-Ethernet variation to bring TDM-like deterministic characteristics to 5G fronthaul/backhaul deployments.

The Network 5.0 Team at Huawei’s Network Technology Laboratory, part of the company’s “Laboratory 2012” developed the innovative X-Ethernet technology.

Huawei said X-Ethernet fundamentally solves the problem brought by the high bandwidth, determinacy, low-latency, hard isolation and low-cost requirements of 5G. X-Ethernet holds many innovative features such as a Layer 1.5 Switch, Hybrid Multiplexing and Ethernet E2E Flexible Hard Pipe. The Layer 1.5 Switch is based on the native Ethernet kernel.  Since it can avoid L2/L3 packets storage-and-forwarding, deterministic low-latency can be guaranteed. The Hybrid Multiplex technology is realized by enhancing Ethernet code block function.

Huawei has released X-Ethernet technology for 5G bearer networks at the ITU-T 2020 FG Workshop and Demo Day Wireline Technology Enablers for 5G conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2016/12/Huawei-X-Ethernet-Solutions


McAfee Labs Finds 93% of Security Ops Managers Overwhelmed by Alerts

Security Operations Managers are finding it difficult to triage cyber threats due increasing volume of activity and growing complexity, according to a primary research study commissioned by Intel Security.  The newly released McAfee Labs Threats Report details key 2016 developments in ransomware, and illustrates how attackers are creating difficult-to-detect malware by infecting legitimate code with Trojans and leveraging that legitimacy to remain hidden as long as possible.

“One of the harder problems in the security industry is identifying the malicious actions of code that was designed to behave like legitimate software, with low false positives,” said Vincent Weafer, vice president of Intel Security’s McAfee Labs. “The more authentic a piece of code appears, the more likely it is to be overlooked. Just as 2016 saw more ransomware become sandbox-aware, the need to conceal malicious activity is driving a trend toward ‘Trojanizing’ legitimate applications. Such developments place an ever greater workload on an organization’s SOC – where success requires an ability to quickly detect, hunt down, and eradicate attacks in progress.”

Some highlights:

  • Alert overload. On average, organizations are unable to sufficiently investigate 25 percent of their security alerts, with no significant variation by country or company size.
  • Triage trouble. While most respondents acknowledged being overwhelmed by security alerts, as many as 93 percent are unable to triage all potential threats.
  • Incidents on the rise. Whether from an increase in attacks or better monitoring capabilities, 67 percent of respondents reported an increase in security incidents.
  • Cause of the rise. Of the respondents reporting an increase in incidents, 57 percent report they are being attacked more often, while 73 percent believe they are able to better spot attacks.
  • Threat signals. The most common threat detection signals for a majority of organizations (64 percent) come from traditional security control points, such as antimalware, firewall and intrusion prevention systems.
  • Proactive vs. reactive. The majority of respondents claim to be progressing toward the goal of a proactive and optimized security operation, but 26 percent still operate in reactive mode, with ad hoc approaches to security operations, threat hunting and incident response.
  • Adversaries. More than two-thirds (68 percent) of investigations in 2015 involved a specific entity, either as a targeted external attack or an insider threat.
  • Causes for investigation. The respondents reported that generic malware led the list of incidents (30 percent) leading to security investigations, followed by targeted malware-based attacks (17 percent), targeted network-based attacks (15 percent), accidental insider incidents resulting in potential threats or data loss (12 percent), malicious insider threats (10 percent), direct nation-state attacks (7 percent), and indirect or hacktivist nation-state attacks (7 percent).

In the third quarter of 2016, McAfee Labs’ Global Threat Intelligence network registered notable surges in ransomware, mobile malware and macro malware:
  • Ransomware. The count of total ransomware grew by 18 percent in Q3 2016 and 80 percent since the beginning of the year.
  • Mac OS malware. New Mac OS malware skyrocketed by 637 percent in Q3, but the increase was due primarily to a single adware family, Bundlore. Total Mac OS malware remains quite low in comparison to other platforms.
  • New Malware. The growth of new unique malware dropped 21 percent in Q3.
  • Mobile malware. We cataloged more than 2 million new mobile malware threats in Q3. Infection rates in Africa and Asia each dropped by 1.5 percent, while Australia increased by 2 percent in Q3.
  • Macro malware. New Microsoft Office (primarily Word) macro malware continued the increase first seen in Q2.
  • Spam botnets. The Necurs botnet multiplied its Q2 volume by nearly seven times, becoming the highest-volume spam botnet of Q3. We also measured a sharp drop in spamming by Kelihos, which resulted in the first decline in quarterly volume we have observed in 2016.
  • Worldwide botnet prevalence. Wapomi, which delivers worms and downloaders, remained No. 1 in Q3, declining from 45 percent in Q2. CryptXXX ransomware served by botnets jumped into second place; it was responsible for only 2 percent of traffic last quarter.
http://www.intelsecurity.com/

Symantec Files Patent Complaint Against Zscaler

Symantec has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Zscaler, asserting violation of seven Symantec patents across a variety of network security technologies including web security, data loss prevention, threat prevention, access control and antivirus techniques. This lawsuit is based on U.S. Patent Nos. 6,279,113; 7,203,959; 7,246,227; 7,392,543; 7,735,116; 8,181,036; and 8,661,498.

https://www.symantec.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/2016/symantec_1212_01

du Tests Nokia's 40 Gbps TWDM PON

Nokia has supplied its Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexing Passive Optical Network (TWDM-PON) technology to UAE-based telecommunications service provider du for testing in its lab.  The PON solution is capable of aggregate speeds of 40 Gbps.

Nokia said its unique next-generation Passive Optical Network solution will enable du to upgrade its existing GPON network to XGS-PON or TWDM-PON on a single fiber.

Jasim AlAwadi, Vice President - Network Infrastructure & Services, at du, comments: "With the increased use of smart devices and bandwidth-hungry applications by our subscribers, the demand for an ultra-fast network also keeps increasing. Keeping our customers on the top of our mind, we pioneer by introducing market-leading technologies to them. Our successful test of Nokia's TWDM-PON is proof of this. We are confident that our cooperation will take the country's journey toward IoT and smart cities to the next level."

Rima Manna, head of the du customer team at Nokia, says: "With its current strategy, du is very well positioned to evolve its network now and in the long term, and meet the customer needs of one of the leading broadband countries in the world. With this latest successful test, we reiterate our commitment to du in its endeavor to launch truly innovative services for its subscribers across the country."

http://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2016/12/13/du-prepares-for-fastest-fiber-broadband-in-the-uae-with-successful-test-of-nokias-next-generation-40-gigabit-twdm-pon-technology

Alcatel-Lucent Intros 10G TWDM-PON

Alcatel-Lucent is looking to bring down the cost of TWDM-PON (Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Passive Optical Networks) by allowing different types of optics to be used.  Currently, TWDM-PON requires new optics capable of providing four tunable 10 Gbps wavelengths.

Alcatel-Lucent's new ‘Universal TWDM’ solution enables operators to initially deploy one non-tunable 10 Gbps wavelength and easily add more pluggable as demand grows, providing a smooth upgrade to full TWDM without the need to replace network components, evaluate new technology, or reconfigure operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS).

"The primary obstacle for deploying new ultra-broadband infrastructure and services is the business case. Universal TWDM is Alcatel-Lucent’s innovative solution to this challenge. We are enabling operators to build upon their existing fiber investments while bringing down the total cost of ownership of TWDM technology. This means they can immediately address new high-revenue opportunities for gigabit services while knowing that their investment is future-proof,” stated Federico Guillén, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Access Business Line.

The company noted that Universal TWDM and full TWDM-PON can co-exist with current PON technology. Alcaltel-Lucent also estimates that Universal TWDM will have a similar cost as established 10 Gbps technologies, such as XG-PON.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucents-universal-twdm-technology-accelerate-deployment-superfast-gigabit-ultra-broadband

Monday, December 12, 2016

Google Opens Massive Data Center in the Netherlands

Google announced the opening of its newest data center in Eemshaven, the Netherlands. The facility is 100% powered by renewable energy.

https://plus.google.com/+alphabetir/posts/HpBA1UYwV9h



  • In September 2014, Google broke ground for the data center in Eemshaven, saying it planned to invest EUR 600 million in the facility.  The target date for opening was late 2016.

Stratoscale Cloud Infrastructure Software Supports AWS + On-Prem Strategies

Stratoscale released the latest version of its cloud infrastructure software, enabling enterprises to transition towards a hybrid and AWS-based strategy. Stratoscale's Symphony transforms any x86 server into elastic, usable and consumable cloud capacity that is AWS compatible.

“Cloud-native applications are rapidly becoming the standard, driving enterprises to build AWS-driven strategies for applications and data. The adoption of an ‘all-in’ cloud strategy, however, presents significant challenges as enterprises re-evaluate existing infrastructure and applications. Moving workloads between environments requires a detailed long-term plan and significant investments and adjustments,” explained Ariel Maislos, Stratoscale’s founder and CEO. “As a part of this migration process, Stratoscale Symphony 3 offers a unique value by transforming the data center into a hybrid and AWS-compatible environment.”

Highlights of Stratoscale Symphony 3:

Object Store
Stratoscale Symphony 3 now offers unified and durable cloud-driven storage in which object storage resides side by side with block storage on the same hyperconverged infrastructure. Symphony’s software-defined storage allows admins to shift resources between the different storage types without the need to manage multiple siloed storage solutions, offering the sought-after scalability, agility and flexibility.

Kubernetes-as-a-Service
Symphony’s container service now offers a fully managed Kubernetes-as-a-Service that removes the operational barriers of adopting a container-based strategy by reducing the need for skilled and experienced talent as well as the life-cycle overhead of Kubernetes. Symphony’s Kubernetes services offer direct access to Kubernetes GUI, enabling enterprises to leverage existing practices and minimize the learning curve.
Symphony is responsible for keeping the cluster up and running according to the defined size and providing network access to the cluster endpoints and nodes maintenance. Administrators can now easily monitor their cluster health and usage.

AWS Region
Symphony now enables business units to leverage the same AWS DevOps tools they adopted for cloud-native application and implement them for on-premises workloads. By creating an AWS Region in the enterprise data center, teams can modernize apps and deliver them in a short time, ensuring a high level of portability and alignment with the AWS cloud vision.
Symphony offers EC2, EBS, S3 and VPC services with additional AWS compatible services to be introduced in the near future.

Application Catalog
Symphony’s application marketplace includes more than 130 pre-packaged stacks of a wide variety of enterprise applications. With a single click users can install and deploy the entire application stack. Pre-set automated configurations reduce the operational complexity, boosting agility and shortening time-to-market.

http://www.stratoscale.com

Stratoscale Secures $27M for Hyperconverged Software

Stratoscale, a start-up based in Herzeliya, Israel, secured $27 million in Series C financing for its distributed data center operating system.

Stratoscale's hardware-agnostic Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) solution that offers a holistic data center experience. Its rack-scale architecture aims to transform standard x86 servers into a hyper-converged infrastructure for cloud services while supporting both containers and virtualization on the same platform.  Stratoscale’s true “plug and play” architecture supports OpenStack and Docker.

Qualcomm Ventures joined the Series C financing round with participation from all existing investors. Stratoscale has now raised over $70 million in funding over the past three years that is dedicated to support global expansion of the company.

“Today’s data center managers are looking to Stratoscale to help them more effectively manage their technology infrastructure. To help us scale globally, we are proud to have the support and investment from Qualcomm Ventures,” said Ariel Maislos, CEO of Stratoscale. “This investment enables us to accelerate our adoption in the market and expand operations more quickly to meet the demand for an all-inclusive data center cloud offering that is scalable and efficient. We continue to deliver on the promise of what data centers should be without the burden of being locked into legacy infrastructure that doesn’t grow with your business.”

http://www.stratoscale.com

NeoPhotonics Samples 100G CFP-DCO Coherent Transceiver

NeoPhotonics has initiated sampling of its Coherent CFP-DCO module as part of its ClearLight Coherent Module platform introduction, which uses 16nm Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) and is capable of achieving single wavelength 100 and 200 Gbps transmission over Datacenter Interconnect through Long Haul transmission distances.

NeoPhotonics said its ClearLight CFP-DCO platform is based on optical components with performance capabilities that have already been proven in high volume production. These include a high power tunable laser having the narrowest linewidth and the lowest power consumption in the industry, a low insertion loss modulator capable of higher order modulation, a high responsivity receiver and a low power consumption digital signal processor.

The first release 100Gbps version uses a standard 100GE or OTU-4 interface which can plug directly into existing 100G CFP client-side slots to extend the range and capacity for metro and DCI applications. The module incorporates standard hard decision staircase forward error correction for interoperability, as well as proprietary soft decision forward error correction for high performance applications. A 200Gbps version utilizing 16-QAM is based on the same platform and utilizes the same high volume, proven coherent optical components.

"Our new ClearLight CFP-DCO 100G pluggable Coherent transponder represents a powerful new platform product for NeoPhotonics, and we are pleased to initiate sampling to customers," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "This exciting new product is made possible by our Advanced Hybrid Photonic Integration technology, coupled with the latest advances in 16 nm Coherent DSPs, and provides our customers with a flexible, high performance pluggable coherent module for their high speed networks," continued Mr. Jenks.

http://www.neophotonics.com

AT&T Activates First Open ROADMs with Ciena and Fujitsu

AT&T recently activated a 100 Gbps wavelength in its production network in the Dallas area that uses Open ROADM-compliant technology. Specifically, AT&T connected 2 high capacity IP/MPLS routers with transponders and ROADMs provided by Ciena and Fujitsu.

Open ROADM project is a project underway with the backing of AT&T and a goal of driving faster innovation and open software control for the Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs) used in optical transport networks. An Open ROADM Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) defines interoperability specifications for Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADM). Included are the ROADM switch as well as transponders and pluggable optics. Specifications consist of both Optical interoperability as well as YANG data models.

In a blog posting, Andre Fuetsch, President of AT&T Labs and CTO, said the newly installed ROADMs support full software control according to the published Open ROADM specification. NetConf/YANG APIs are used for controlling and managing the optical network. The 100G wavelength was provisioned using an SDN ROADM Controller developed by Fujitsu and integrated into the AT&T ECOMP architecture.

http://about.att.com/innovationblog/open_roadms
http://openroadm.org/home.html

AMD Outlines Strategy for GPU-Accelerated Machine Learning

AMD outlined its strategy to accelerate the machine intelligence era in server computing through a new suite of hardware and open-source software offerings. Plans include new AMD Radeon Instinct GPU accelerators for deep learning inference and training.

Along with the new hardware offerings, AMD announced MIOpen, a free, open-source library for GPU accelerators intended to enable high-performance machine intelligence implementations, and new, optimized deep learning frameworks on AMD's ROCm software to build the foundation of the next evolution of machine intelligence workloads.

"Radeon Instinct is set to dramatically advance the pace of machine intelligence through an approach built on high-performance GPU accelerators, and free, open-source software in MIOpen and ROCm," said AMD President and CEO, Dr. Lisa Su. "With the combination of our high-performance compute and graphics capabilities and the strength of our multi-generational roadmap, we are the only company with the GPU and x86 silicon expertise to address the broad needs of the datacenter and help advance the proliferation of machine intelligence."

http://www.amd.com

Inphi Completes Acquisition of ClariPhy

Inphi completed its previously announced acquisition of ClariPhy Communications for $277 million plus the assumption of certain liabilities.

"By finalizing the ClariPhy acquisition we achieve an important milestone in offering a platform for optical networking customers," said Ford Tamer, President and CEO of Inphi Corporation. "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. We believe this will provide customers with faster time-to-market, proven quality, and competitive cost."

IHS estimates the total available market for 100G & 200G coherent optical network hardware will grow at 18% CAGR, from $3.2 billion to $7.4 billion, between 2015 and 2020. This growth will be driven by several concurrent, powerful tailwinds: the current optical super cycle, a growing and expanding SAM (serviceable available market), opportunities in regions such as China and with new markets such as Cloud.

http://www.inphi.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

BMC Names Peter Leav as its New CEO

BMC Software named Peter Leav as President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Bob Beauchamp, who continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and will play a key role going forward.

Leav joins BMC from Polycom, where he served as President and CEO for the last three years.Previously, he also served at NCR and Motorola.

"BMC is an iconic software company that has served the world's largest and most successful enterprises for over 35 years. I am excited to lead the company as we continue to grow, innovate and drive success for our customers, partners and employees in the years ahead," said Leav. "I thank Bob Beauchamp for his leadership and many contributions over the past 28 years and am delighted that Bob will continue as our board chair."

http://www.bmc.com

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